Project Team prepares for the 2nd Annual Review

RESOURCEGov Project Team conducted Pre-Annual Review Meeting on October 1, 2019 at Las Casitas Inn, Matina, Davao City to prepare for the upcoming Annual Review and Planning Workshop to be held on October 24-25, 2019. The meeting was attended by 16 project management and staff (Male 8, Female 8). Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented the provisional agenda to be finalized, as well as, the list of the invitees from the government line agencies and other adopters of the project interventions. MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin shared the workshop mechanics and the guide questions to be answered. Lastly, Project Head Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn L. Vilbar presented the budget performance report and the spending plan template. It was agreed that the accomplishment and financial reports, and spending plan will be sent to MINCODE and member networks for their reference

RESOURCEGov Project convenes with DILG 12

To update its associate partner on the project accomplishments, RESOURCEGov Project convenes with DILG 12 on Sept. 30, 2019 at Cicada Conference Room, Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by 34 (Male 16, Female 18) including the DILG 12 Regional Director Ms. Josephine Leysa, CESO V and Assistant Regional Director Ms. Lailyn Ortiz and the provincial directors.

The team, spearheaded by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, presented the project accomplishments particularly the LGUs who adopted the ODK, Qlik and LITS, and the other line agencies and organizations that adopted the systems such as the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12, South Cotabato Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC), the commitments in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and partnership with the Surigao del Sur Academy for Good Governance. Mr. Blanker also presented the flow of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop on October 24-25, 2019. He encouraged the presence of the DILG directors for the planning for the 3rd year and the sustainability of the project. DILG 12 RD Ms. Leysa encouraged the saturation of the systems in the regional line agency by utilisation of ODK in the monitoring and ISO Certification processes. She also suggested that the probable 3rd phase shall focus on the journey of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Program particularly on increasing the revenue of the LGUs of the region. Ms. Leysa hopes that the number of the Region 12 LGU SGLG passers will double in the next years.

MASS-SPECC connects with RESOURCEGov Project

Having attended the Mindanao Learning Exchange on August 29, 2019 and learned about the ODK System, Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (MASS-SPECC) expressed its interest to adopt the system to be used in profiling and data collection of the different member cooperatives. Thus, RESOURCEGov Project Team oriented the MASS-SPECC Manager and IT Manager in their office. Eventually, MASS SPECC might tap MINCODE and RESOURCEGOV Team in building capacity of cooperatives in using the systems and tools introduced by RESOURCEGov

Officers convene for Operations’ Meeting

RESOURCEGov Project Officers of AADC, Kasilak Foundation, PhilDHRRA and MINCODE conducted an Operations’ Meeting on September 23, 2019 at Villa La Selva Agri-Tourism Resort, Lower Pisaan, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur. The team discussed the visibility action/plan, review on the draft partnership agreement with Academy for Good Governance, and draft program for the Provincial CSO Forum for Surigao del Sur.

Mahintana participates in the International Coastal Clean-Up

Mahintana staff participated in the annual International Coastal Clean–Up (ICC) on September 21, 2019 at the Minanga, Buayan with approximately 500 volunteers from BLGU Buayan Council and various civic organizations, academe, government offices and private institutions namely Red Ribbon-KCC, Mindanao Polytechnic College, BSP – Datu Acad Dalid ES, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, DepEd XII Teachers, Balite ES, Shariff Mukshin ES, Ligaya ES, Buayan NHS, City Engineer’s Office, DENR-CENRO Buayan. A total of 2,750 Kgs. or 110 sacks of residual waste (cigarette butts, food wrappers, straws, nylon strings, plastic cups, cellophanes, diapers, etc.) were collected in 0.3 km coastal area of Prk. Minanga, Buayan.

The ICC was conducted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – General Santos City in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., USAID, DENR – XII, Coca-Cola Foundation, Protected Area Management Bureau – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB–SBPS), Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Education, Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) – Sarangani Province, Holy Trinity College of General Santos City, PNP Regional Maritime Office – XII, General Santos Foundation, Inc., RD Foundation, and Smart Telecommunications. The event themed “Battle for Litter-Free Seas” aims to engage the surrounding coastal communities and stakeholders in cleaning beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. Results will aid in better waste management policies/plans, product packaging designs and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.