Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its RESOURCEGov 2 Project, conducted the Mindanao-wide Talakayan Kontra COVID-19 with the theme “CSO-LGU Bayanihan: Mga Aksyon sa Kasalukuyang Panahon” on August 6, 2020. At least 58 participants were present including Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Plans, Public Affairs & Communications Usec. Jonathan E. Malaya, DILG XII Regional Director Ms. Josephine Leysa, DOF-BLGF XII Regional Director Mr. Jeany Tedera, municipal mayors and representatives of partner local government units (LGUs), and civil society organizations (CSOs) from Regions XI, XII and XIII. The event was also aired through Facebook live.
Organized with the DILG XII, RIATF-EID XII and RTF-COVID 19 XII, the event aimed to provide an avenue for sharing the various initiatives and learnings of the LGUs and the CSOs regarding COVID-19 crisis response and management. This activity also supports the Listong Ugnayan, COVID-19 ay Labanan Online Talakayan Series rolled out by the DILG thru the Local Government Academy (LGA).
The presenters are the following: Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, EnP for Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Ms. Jennifer C. Bretaña, EnP for the Provincial Government of South Cotabato on South Cotabato-COVID-19 Contact Tracing System, Ms. Yvonne Saliling for the University of Southern Mindanao, Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin for MINCODE and its member networks, Mr. Lyndon Arbes for the Action Against Hunger, and Mr. Garie Briones for the Conciliation Resources. Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Programme Manager Ms. Caroline Maningo sent a message of support encouraging the continuous partnership among the CSOs and LGUs. Mahintana Foundation Inc. President Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot shared the synthesis of the Talakayan stating the importance of active partnership and embracing the spirit of bayanihan. The Mindanao-wide Talakayan Kontra COVID-19 did not only affirm the positive impact of the CSO-LGU partnership but also enriched the experiences and strengthened the resolved to help their respective communities especially in this time of crisis.