RESOURCEGov Team trains LGU T’Boli with ODK-based Mapping and Qlik Analysis

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Team, led by it Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, facilitated the ODK and Qlik Training for Business Tax Mapping in LGU T’Boli, South Cotabato on September 3-4, 2019 at LGU T’Boli Conference Hall. It was attended by 28 participants (Male 14, Female 14), 25 of which came from the Municipal Treasurer’s Office (MTO), Municipal Assessor’s Office (MASSO), Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Tourism Office, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO), Municipal Engineering Office (MEO) and Market Operations Office. The training, facilitated by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon B. Edrozo, and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc, aims to help the LGU T’Boli acquire skills and knowledge on ODK-based business tax mapping as mandated by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12.

On the 1st day, the project team was welcomed by the Assistant Municipal Treasurer Rechie Calvo. After a round of introduction of the participants, Mr. Blanker presented a short project overview and proceeded to the ODK Training. In the afternoon, each office were given time to generate their own forms and present their outputs. For the 2nd day, Ms. Patoc facilitated the Qlik Training because Mr. Blanker was in the meeting with the South Cotabato Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC). She guided the participants through the Qlik tutorial. In the afternoon, Mr. Blanker came and helped the participants in their ODK forms and Qlik graphs. The participants also presented their Qlik-generated outputs. Moreover, they gave their impressions about the systems. Most of them said that the ODK will be very useful in mapping businesses and profiling because of the geotagging feature, as well as, fast data consolidation. As agreed after the training, the departments particularly the BPLO, MTO and MASSO will improve their ODK forms and use them in their business mapping/ assessment/ monitoring. They will also make a form for the Joint Inspection Team (JIT), composed by different LGU departments that will conduct a pre-inspection in October 2019.

RESOURCEGov conducts 2nd Mindanao Learning Exchange

As one of the highlights of the 26th MINCODE General Assembly, RESOURCEGov hosted two simultaneous learning sessions of the Mindanao Learning Exchange on August 29, 2019 at Blue Lotus Hotel, Davao City. The activity became an avenue where CSO members of the network to learn, discuss, interact, and appreciate the different best practices of various political and socio-economic issues, as well as, technological advances that affect the engagement of CSOs with the government. The two sessions were attended by 19 (Male 11, Female 8) and 18 (Male 7, Female 11) participants respectively.

The two sessions were all about the interventions of the RESOURCEGov 2 Project namely: “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate: Use of ICT in LGU Revenue Enhancement” (Session 1) and “Becoming Agents of Change: LGU-CSO Engagement” (Session 2). Other sessions are the following: “ICRC: Protection and Assistance to Civilian Population during Armed Conflict and Code of Conduct for NGOs in Disaster Relief” (Session 3), “Social Entrepreneurship: A Vehicle for People Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation” (Session 4), and “Exploring Possibilities: Strategies to Build CSO Financial Sustainability” (Session 5). For Session 1, the ODK, Qlik and LITS were featured presented by LGU partners from Maragusan (generation of ODK forms and forms that are currently used in the LGU Offices such as the OMAG and the MTOs), from President Quirino and President Roxas (Qlik-generated graphs of data coming from the ODK-based tax mapping results), and from New Bataan (the LITS and the benefits of using the system in the SB Office). The participants were able to ask questions and recommend ideas on how these ICT tools be used. The Session 2 presenters were LGU and CSO partners from Tagbina and Barobo.

RESOURCEGov Project supports CSO Conference in Lake Sebu

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc attended the CSO Conference and Selection Representatives to the Local Special Bodies (LSBs) on August 20, 2019 at El Galong Waterpark Resort, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. The activity was attended by 37 participants (Male 17, Female 20). The CSO conference aims to encourage and assist the CSOs in the accreditation process and pre-select possible representatives to the LSBs.

MPDO Engr. Rex Salvador-Espigar gave the opening remarks saying that the CSOs’ participation is very important to the LGUs for they are part of the catalyst of change and that they must be seen as “helpers” rather than “kontra-gobyerno” or against the government. He also presented the schedule of the accreditation process. MLGOO Ms. Maria Fe Soto presented a video “Bantay Korapsyon” that discusses the government’s efforts against corruption encouraging the citizens to change themselves and be part of the change. She then presented the Relevance of Participatory Governance. DILG South Cotabato Community Development Officer Mr. Ruel Tuble, also former RESOURCEGov Project Officer, shared the Code-Mandated Avenues and discussed the different local special bodies which can be participated by CSOs. During the presentation, the CSOs raised questions about the members of Local School Board, the Special Education Fund (SEF) and other concerns showing their interest in participating in the LSBs. After, SB Secretary Mr. Rene T. Landayong presented the Guidelines for CSO Accreditation. He said that accreditation necessary to be recognized by the LGU and can participate to the LSBs. In the afternoon, the MLGOO Ms. Soto, CSO Desk Designate Ms. Nenita Kinan and Mr. Tuble facilitated the pre-selection of possible representatives to the LSBs.

Tampakan CSOs select representatives for the Local Special Bodies

Representing the RESOURCEGov Project, Project Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn L. Vilbar attended the CSO Conference and Selection of CSO Representatives to the Local Special Bodies on August 8, 2019 at the Municipal Conference Room, Municipal Bldg., Tampakan, South Cotabato attended by 67 participants (Male 39, Female 28). The activity aims to guide the CSOs in the accreditation process, learn the importance of the local CSO network and relevance of participatory governance, and select the CSO representatives for specific local special bodies.

The activity started with preliminaries. Municipal Administrator Ms. Minihaha D. Escobillo, LLB gave the opening remarks and MLGOO Ms. Marijovy Manzano presented the objectives and schedule of activities. The MLGOO also discussed about the Critical Importance of Participatory Governance. DILG 12 Community Development Officer Mr. Ruel Tuble, one of the project officers of RESOURCEGov Phase 1, shared the topics on Codal Avenues of Participation and Relevance of Local CSO Network. He emphasized that a network is important because it can help achieve common goals faster and better. He said that there is strength in numbers when it comes to working towards the goal. He also shared that participatory government is promoted, thus, CSOs are encouraged to be accredited and join the local special bodies such as the Local Development Council, Local School Board, Local Health Board, Bids and Awards Committee, Local Peace and Order Council, and People’s Law Enforcement Board. Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Hon. Collado Domingo presented the Guidelines on LGU Accreditation. At the end of the presentations, the body selected the representatives to the local special bodies.

RESOURCEGov Team orients the new LCEs of Malapatan and Maasim

RESOURCEGov Team conducted courtesy visits to the newly elected local chief executives (LCEs) LGUs Malapatan and Maasim in the Province of Sarangani on July 31, 2019 attended by 13 participants (Male 4, Female 9). The activity aims to orient the LCEs, their staff and CSO desk/focal person of the on-going project being implemented in the said municipalities and discuss activities aligned to the project’s goals.

In LGU Malapatan, MLGOO Ms. Maria Fritzie Español ushered Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc to the municipal mayor’s office. In the absence of the mayor, Municipal Administrator Ms. Mayette Suib convened department heads, SB staff and CSO desk officer to attend the project orientation. In the afternoon, the team traveled to LGU Maasim and met the new mayor Hon. Zyrex Pacquiao and his Executive Secretary Mr. Ronald Carmelotes for a short project overview. The mayor assigned Mr. Carmelotes as the focal person for the project. Also, the team met with the CSO Desk Officer Ms. Jean Allera and active CSO representative Ms. Josephine Solidad to discuss on the upcoming CSO accreditation and what the project can do to assist the CSOs.

RESOURCEGov Project trains DSWD-ABSNET South Cotabato Cluster

Initiated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12, RESOURCEGov Team conducted Open Data Kit (ODK) Training for the Areas-Based Standard Network (ABSNET) South Cotabato Cluster on July 30, 2019 at Hotel 105, Koronadal City.  The training aims to help the network make their own profiling and monitoring forms in the ODK System for easier data collection and consolidation. The 19 participants (Male 4, Female 15) were from DSWD 12 and the member non-government organizations (NGOs) and people organizations (POs) including the project team. ABSNET is a network of non-government organizations, people organizations and local government units licensed and accredited by the DSWD.

ABSNET Regional President Ms. Ann Rabang gave the welcome address encouraging for the members to help other NGOs and POs to get their DSWD license and be part of the united network to work as partners of the LGUs. Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented the project overview and started the training proper. He guided the participants throughout the Build-Collect-Aggregate process to generate their own ODK-based forms. The challenge during the training was the very slow internet connection of the hotel, thus, instead of presenting their outputs, Mr. Blanker asked the participants about their impression of the ODK System and of the training. Most of the participants commented that the system will be very useful for their respective organizations in terms of monitoring. They also said that the training is very informative.

Project Team undergoes Qlik Refresher Training

As one of the key agreements of the 5th PIT Meeting for the Regions 11 & 13 areas, the RESOURCEGov Project Team staff of MINCODE and member networks underwent the Qlik refresher training during their updating meeting on July 26, 2019 at Kasilak Development Foundation Inc., Belisario Heights Subd., Davao City. The training, facilitated by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, was attended by 10 participants (Male 4, Female 6).

After the short background of the Qlik System and tutorial, the project staff from MINCODE, Kasilak, AADC and PhilDHRRA project were able to make graphs of the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures (SREs) of their respective LGUs and tried to analyze the data presented. They also discussed how and when to present such data to the Municipal Treasurer’s and Assessor’s Offices before presenting to the local chief executives. For the admin and finance officers, they were able to see the expenses incurred per line item for certain period, thus, they were able to draw out conclusions on which line items are not moving.

RESOURCEGov Project conducts its 7th joint PIT-PMT Meeting

The RESOURCEGov Team met in preparation for the 7th Joint PIT-PMT Meeting on July 25, 2019 at Go Hotels, Lanang, Davao City attended by 50 participants (Male 24, Female 26). The meeting aims not only to update the team of the accomplishment and discuss the issues and concerns in the project implementation, but also, to welcome and orient the newly installed Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) and the new local chief executives and their representatives about the project.

The meeting was facilitated by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker. Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot welcomed the participants and gave a short history of the project conceptualization. DILG partners gave messages of support, all of them, new to the project team. DILG 11 Assistant Regional Director Atty. Abdullah V. Matalam, Maasim MLGOO Mr. Melencio Balanag, Jr. for DILG 12 and Tagbina MLGOO Mr. Roel Camba represented and spoke in behalf of their respective regional directors. The minutes of the 6th Joint PIT-PMT Meeting was reviewed, corrected and approved by the body, and business arising were raised and discussed. To update the body, Mr. Blanker presented a short project overview and the project accomplishments to date including the upcoming activities that will assist the CSOs in the accreditation process. Project Admin and Finance Officer Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla presented the project financial updates. Queries were raised and answered accordingly. For a more innovative way to update the body MINCODE Executive Director and Project Coordinator Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin facilitated a workshop session that aims for the participants to; a) recognize the project’s contributions to local governance; b) acknowledge the lessons learned in overcoming challenges in the course of the project implementations; and c) identify possible ways to sustain or build on the gains from the project. After the session, the body gained insights on the partners’ perspectives and takeaways from the project. Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC) Executive Director Ms. Agnes Bolaños gave the closing remarks. The agreed schedule for the Year 2 Annual Review is on October 24-25, 2019.

LGU Antipas adopts ODK-based Real Property Tax Mapping

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Officer Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao conducted Real Property Tax Mapping Orientation for LGU Antipas on July 22-24, 2019 at HOF Mansion Inn, Kidapawan City with a total of 30 participants (Male 8, Female 22). The activity is in collaboration with Action Against Hunger (ACF) as the pilot LGU for the expansion areas of Region 12. The 4-day activity involved the ODK and Tableau Trainings, creation of the ODK-based real property tax mapping form and simulation of the RPTax mapping in Brgy. Magsaysay.

LGU Antipas is one of the five LGUs assisted by ACF in it EU-funded project namely Empowered Participatory Governance towards Progress in North Cotabato Communities. The implementation of the RPTax Mapping in LGU Antipas was launched in July 18, 2019 and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Mahintana, ACF and the LGU to serve as guidelines in implementing the project.

Lambayong BLGUs undergo LITS Refresher Course

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Officer Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao conducted Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) Refresher Course to LGU Lambayong on July 17-19, 2019 at The Pinnacle Hotel, Davao City with a total of 30 participants (Male 15, Female 15) comprised of barangay captains, councilors, secretary, and treasurers. The activity was a realization of the plans during the former mayor’s term. Moreover, LGU Lambayong shouldered the expenses for the training amounting to Php 198,000.00. For the BLGUs of Lambayong alone, the in-kind counterpart contribution (the equipment used for the utilisation of LITS) is amounting to an estimate of Php 630,000.00.

The 1st day was dedicated to the preliminaries and the step-by-step installation of the LITS to the laptops and desktop units brought by the participants. Mr. Lumbao welcomed the participants and presented the rationale of the activity, and the project overview. Mr. Andrei Martinez shared that as the president of all the barangay secretaries, he commends all the effort and support of his colleagues even if there are some who have not attended. Mr. Lumbao discussed guidelines and procedures in creation of ordinances and resolutions. He used to work in the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Kidapawan City as a transcriptionist who also do reviews on committee reports and other pertinent documents. Originally, the agenda included another resource speaker for the said topic. However, the resource speaker was not able to come. As an initiative, Mr. Lumbao referred to The Local Code of the Philippines, also known as the bible of secretaries in all levels, for the default guideline. The last day was dedicated to the presentation and review of the participants’ outputs. At the end of the training, the participants were able to: install the LITS, troubleshoot the system, create their own legislative documents and add these documents to the LITS.