DPS assesses the biodiversity strips

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Dole Philippines School (DPS), conducted a Biodiversity Strips Assessment (BSA) at field 117C/D gullies Brgy. Polo, and field 116A/B/C, 101C gullies, Brgy. Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato on January 25, 2020.

SLSPI surveyed their assigned areas to document, assess, and observe the current condition of the macroflora and macrofauna composition in the said areas. It was agreed during the activity, that DPS shall have a follow through assessment on January 31, 2020 and they also agreed to submit their report output by the end of March 2020.

Koronadal City Engineering Office undergoes ODK Training

The City Engineering Office (CEO) of LGU Koronadal City partnered with Mahintana Foundation thru the RESOURCEGov 2 Project to hasten its compliance to DILG on the inventory of roads and bridges using the Open Data Kit (ODK) system. The LGU has already underwent training with DILG about the online Road and Bridges Information System (RBIS), however, data collection on field remains a challenge. The initial ODK orientation of Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the project manager with Mr. Zaldy Gayosa, Engineer IV/Chief PDD of the CEO, led to the three-day ODK training-workshop on January 23-25, 2020.

On January 23, the participants were oriented in the Build, Collect, and Analyze processes and were able to make their own ODK forms and conducted a mock survey to test these forms. On the 2nd day, the participants created the ODK-form based on the RBIS of DILG. To ensure that no roads are missed by the system, the participants grouped themselves by barangay and coordinated with the planning to office to come up with an initial inventory of roads to be monitored. On the last day, the participants were deployed to the four barangays as a sample survey site. After the survey, they shared their experiences and learnings. Their learnings included the following: to check the tablets for updates before going to the filed, updating the road maps with planning office, arrangement of survey questions vis-à-vis survey process, removal of some irrelevant questions, and long tape for measuring road width. Next steps were also discussed which includes another round of reviewing and updating of the form based on the actual mapping experience and the actual survey. Overall, the LGU Koronadal CEO staff trained that the ODK-based monitoring is faster and easier than paper and pen.