ARH conducts Room to Room Campaign in UKNHS

ARH Program continues its room to room campaign to partner schools. On July 19, 2019, HEPOs, ARH advocates, and Mahintana conducted the campaign in Upper Klinan National High School (UKNHS) participated by six nurses from the Municipal Health Office of Polomolok.

ARH Volunteer Ms. Wiki Hamilton, Project Officer Ms. Rochelle Juevesano, and HEPOs visited UKNHS Principal Romeo Jerao. Eleven peer educators of UKNHS welcomed and assisted the HEPOs in the campaign. ARH advocates Ms. Rachel Monserat, Ms. Nelia Gay Alinagsa, and Ms. Quenie Diana facilitated the schedules of the sections.

The campaign catered to all students of the junior high and senior high school. The HEPOs were assigned topics to discuss over an average of 10 to 15 minutes: on Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use, Mental Health, Stress Management, STI/HIV/AIDS, and Adolescent Reproductive Health. The HEPOs equipped themselves with references through a PowerPoint presentation and visual aids, using the LED monitor of the classrooms or their laptops.

RESOURCEGov and BLGF 12 seal Partnership with MOU and Project Launching

Mahintana Foundation Inc., through the RESOURCEGov Project, and the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12 sealed their partnership with the signing of the MOU and project launching on July 16, 2019 at Viajer Dine and Café, Brgy. Morales, Koronadal City. The event was attended by BLGF 12 staff, provincial and city treasurers and assessors, Dole Philippines Inc. representative and the project team to a total of 33 participants (Male 17, Female 16). The partnership aims to popularize the use of the Open Data Kit (ODK)-based tax mapping and the Qlik as a data analytics tool in the region and aims to model the utilization of the systems to the whole country.

Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L.  Magdolot shared that the project interventions helped the eight beneficiary LGUs of the project increase their local collections in Phase 1. BLGF 12 Regional Director Mr. Jeany T. Tedera expressed his gratitude to Mahintana in sharing the ODK and Qlik for free, as well as, hopes that the partnership with the organization will be fruitful. Ms. Leamor Bañaga, Dole Philippines Inc. representative, commended the initiative of the partners in adopting IT-based tools that will benefit the LGUs and the communities.

BLGF, a bureau under the Department of Finance, oversees the provincial, city and municipal treasurers and provides them technical assistance on economic growth of the local government units.

RESOURCEGov and LGU Polomolok launch ODK-based Tax Mapping

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Team, in cooperation with the LGU Polomolok Municipal Treasurer’s Office, conducted the Launching of the Open Data Kit(ODK)-based Tax Mapping on July 11, 2019 at the Municipal Lobby, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The event was attended by 49 participants (Male 18, Female 31) including the Municipal Vice Mayor Hon. Atty. Xavier Bayan, BLGF 12 Regional Director Mr. Jeany T. Tedera, Dole Philippines Inc. HR Director Ms. Julieta Burgos and CRD Manager Ms. Leamor Bañaga, Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Municipal Treasurer Ms. Constancia Licayan, ABC President Hon. Antonio Octavio, the project team and LGU employees particularly from the Municipal Treasurer’s Office (MTO).

In partnership with the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) XII, the ODK-based tax mapping was popularized by the RESOURCEGov Project in the local treasurers of the region. This initiative helps LGUs set actual targets of business and real property tax collections, subsequently, enhancing the local revenue of the LGUs. ODK-based tax mapping training was conducted on June 28-29, 2019 for the MTO staff of LGU Polomolok.

RESOURCEGov trains OND HESED Foundation Incorporation on ODK System

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker was invited by OND HESED Foundation Incorporation Exec. Director Sr. Susan Bolanio to conduct the ODK Training on July 8, 2019 at OND HESED’s Office, Cotabato City capacitating 27 OND HESED management and staff (Male 7, Female 20). The one-day activity aims to help the organization to map, profile and monitor the beneficiaries of at least 12 projects it implements in Mindanao and Samar Region.

Sr. Joanne Lorilla gave the welcome address stating that she hopes that there the monitoring of the projects will be more efficient. After the preliminaries, Mr. Blanker presented briefer of Mahintana and the project overview. Mr. Blanker guided the participants through the tutorials of the ODK and gave them ample time to make their own forms. At the end of the workshop, nine project teams presented their own ODK-based monitoring questionnaires. For the closing remarks, Sr. Susan Bolanio, OND HESED Foundation’s Executive Director thanked Mahintana for extending their time and expertise to the organization through the project intervention.

Mahintana and ECCP meet to share OGP Commitment Initiatives

The Mahintana Foundation Inc. represented by the RESOURCEGov 2 Project team met with the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) partners on July 3, 2019 at Out of Nowhere Restaurant, Koronadal City for the complementation of the systems being shared to the Provincial Government of South Cotabato as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments of the said province.

ECCP Team, headed by Ms. Zyra Pajarillo, requested the meeting to know how to link their system-based Open Contracting initiative with the ODK-based Open Monitoring and Evaluation. Ms. Parillo shared that their system where information about project bidders and other relevant data can be accessed online by the public. Meanwhile, Mahintana, represented by its RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager also shared to them the ODK-based project monitoring and evaluation tool which was also developed with the same provincial government. After discussions about the capabilities of both systems, they came up with an agreement. The links of the project being monitored under ODK system shall be shared to the Open Contracting System of ECCP by putting the link in one of its project data fields. This will allow the citizen or interested parties to check on the project documents as well as view the actual monitoring results of the projects implemented. This collaboration will further improve the OGP initiatives of the said province and forms part of the EU’s call for synergy of actions among EU-funded organizations.

Mahintana awarded by PCNC

Mahintana Foundation Inc. received a Plaque of Appreciation by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) on July 4, 2019 during its 20th Annual Assembly for being a PCNC certified organization since 1999. The plaque was received by Mahintana Admin and Finance Officer Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla from PCNC Executive Director Mr. Luis P. Morales.

PCNC is a private voluntary, non-stock, non-profit corporation that will serve as a service organization whose main function is to certify non-profit organizations that meet established minimum criteria for financial management and accountability in the service to underprivileged Filipinos.

BLGF 12 undergoes ODK and Qlik Training

RESOURCEGov Project Team spearheaded by the Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker were invited by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12 to conduct a two-day training on ODK and Qlik Systems on July 3-4, 2019 at BLGF 12 Office, Koronadal City.  The training was participated by 16 BLGF 12 employees (Male 8, Female 8) including BLGF 12 Regional Director Mr. Jeany T. Tedera and facilitated by three project team staff (Male 2, Female 1). The newly appointed regional director expressed his gratitude for the project and hopes that the partnership with Mahintana will be fruitful and meaningful. He shared his intention of rolling out of the trainings to capacitate all the city and municipal treasurers of Region 12 and ARMM LGUs.

Mr. Blanker guided the participants in the making of forms and graphs using their existing forms and data on hand. The outputs during the ODK workshop include: Performance Standards Evaluation of Local Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers, Leave Application Form, Quarterly Report on Real Property Assessment (QRRPA), Loans and Borrowing Forms, Monitoring of Designated Local Treasurers, and Profiling Forms for Municipal Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers (on progress). For Qlik System, the participants generated the following visualizations: Target vs. Actual RPT Collections 2018, Quarter Report of Sultan Kudarat Province of QRRPA, Local Collections Efficiency 2017 (on progress), and Fiscal Sustainability Scorecards (on progress).