RESOURCEGov orients the BLGF 12 about the Project

RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker oriented the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12 about the project to forge a partnership with the said government agency on May 17, 2019 at BLGF Office, Koronadal City. It was attended by the 14 participants (Male 9, Female 5) including the BLGF 12 Acting Regional Director Mr. Jeany T. Tedera and his staff.

BLGF, being the source of the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures (SREs), Mr. Blanker focused the presentation of the use of Qlik System that can generate interactive graphs and data visualizations. Seeing the Qlik-generated graphs using the SRE data from the said office, Mr. Tedera expressed his interest to adopt the system and shared that he has heard of Qlik through the Municipal Treasurer’s Office of Lake Sebu. Mr. Blanker suggested that the data collection from each LGU in the region can be done through the use of ODK.

RESOURCEGov trains the DILG-PDMU R12 on ODK and Qlik

DILG 12, the associate partner of RESOURCEGov Project, requested the project team to conduct the ODK and Qlik Systems for the Project Development Management Unit (PDMU) on May 15-16, 2019 at the DILG 12 Conference Room, Regional Center, Koronadal City. The 2-day activity was attended by 30 (Male 20, Female 10) composed of personnel from various programs and projects handled by DILG such as Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG), Assistance to Municipalities (AM), Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CGMP) and Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).  

Project Roel Ian P. Blanker facilitated the training on the monitoring tool ODK on the 1st day where participants were able make their ODK-based project monitoring forms. Impressed as the system can readily consolidate the data after collection, the PDMU staff expressed their excitement to use the ODK in their project monitoring activities. On the other hand, the participants appreciated the Qlik System as an interactive data visualization tool for the data collected from ODK. The PDMU was able to present their outputs after the workshops.

SOLARES ODK Profiling of potential Member-Consumers in Maasim, Sarangani

As part of the EU-funded SOLARES project’s social preparation, a survey/profiling for each of the 5,000 off-grid households in 50 target barangays shall be conducted to validate and establish the individual socio-economic profile, the willingness to participate in the project, and capacity to pay of the potential household beneficiaries. The survey results will serve as baselines to measure future project impact at the household/community level and to help determine/map out the actual location/coordinates of the potential household beneficiaries.

On May 2-14, 2019, the SOLARES project team conducted the ODK profiling in its target benefeciaries in 11 Brgys. in Maasim, Sarangani Province namely: (a) Kablacan; (b) Bales; (c) Lumasal; (d) Amsipit; (e) Kamanga; (f) Daliao; (g) Kanalo; (h) Pananag; (I) Lumatil; (j) Colon; and (k) Nomoh.

Prior the actual profiling, the project team together with nine (9) enumerators conduct Brgy. Courtesy Calls to the Sitio/Purok Leaders to inform them of the purpose of the activity & to allow the team to conduct profiling. Every enumerator received an umbrella and powerbank which they can use as they will be profiling scattered or distant households using android tablets.

The enumerators were residents in Maasim, Sarangani and were all familiar with the local conditions, the people, and cultural sensitivities of the target areas. For 13 consecutive days, they were able to endure the scorching heat and trekked arduous areas, typically on foot & motorcycle and profiled a total of 733 households. Please refer to the table below for the total number of of households profiled per Barangay.

Name of BarangayTotal # of Households Profiled
Kablcan144
Bales 127
Lumasal 119
Amsipit78
Kamanga71
Daliao51
Kanalo26
Pananag23
Lumatil16
Colon1
Nomoh 77
TOTAL733

Mahintana attends the Europe Day Celebration

The Mahintana Foundation, spearheaded by Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, the President & CEO graced the Europe Day Celebration held at Dusit Thani Manila, Makati, Philippines on May 9, 2019. Joining him are Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, the managers of the EU-funded projects of the organization and also Ms. Jean Jumilla, one of the project’s Admin and Finance Officer and Mahintana’s Accountant. The Europe Day marks the birthday of EU, a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The event highlights the friendship and partnership of the EU and the Philippines that was attended by various government officials, civil society organizations, embassies, and EU officers & staff. This also served as an avenue for organizations involved with EU to get to know each other and exchange contacts for possible collaborations. The Europe day is also celebrated worldwide thru its delegation offices.

RESOURCEGov monitors the OGP Commitments of South Cotabato

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project convened with its Provincial LGU counterparts in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments of South Cotabato on April 30, 2019. Held at the Provincial Planning and Development Office – South Cotabato, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the RESOURCEGov2 Project Manager facilitated the updating of Open Monitoring & Evaluation commitment. A total of 9 individuals (5 Male, 4 Female) attended the activity.

The team accomplished the following: updating of the ODK-based project monitoring forms of the province, linked the PPMC monitoring results to the RESOURCEGov 2 ODK account, integrated the website recommendations of the South Cotabato Integrity Circle, developed an ODK-based citizen satisfaction and feedback form, patterned the feedback form based on the feedback requirement of the DevLive app, and updated the official provincial government website of South Cotabato together with the Public Information Office (PIO). Aside from meeting the OGP Commitments, this activity is also a preparation to the regular meeting of the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee of South Cotabato on May 2, 2019 where Mahintana, through the project, provides technical assistance. As to date, the LITS has been installed and there is a pending staff orientation about the system due to elections. Aside from the LITS, the team agreed to schedule the setup of the livestream SP sessions as one of the deliverables of the Open Legislation commitment.

RESOURCEGov Project Team convenes for its 6th PIT-PMT Meeting

The Project Team convened the project management and implementation teams for its 6th Joint PIT-PMT Meeting on April 23, 2019 at Park Inn by Radisson Davao, Lanang, Davao City. Thirty-three participants (Male 15, Female 18) attended including the 3 DILG Provincial Directors (PDs) from Sarangani, Compostela Valley and Surigao del Sur to discuss on the project updates and next steps of the implementation.

Facilitated by Mahintana President & CEO Mr. and Project Director Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, the meeting started with prayer led by PHILDHRRA Project Officer Mr. Alfredo Latasa and a safety orientation by the hotel’s safety officer. Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker acknowledged the participants as well as presented the admin concerns for the meeting. Each of the 3 PDs gave their welcome addresses. Compostela Valley PD Noel Duarte welcomed the participants in Davao City and shared that the LITS will be rolled out province-wide on May 23, 2019. Sarangani PD Rochelle Sero committed to promote and support the RESOURCEGov in Region 12 while Surigao del Sur PD Pedrito Alacaba thanked the project management for the implementation of the project. Mr. Blanker facilitated the reading of the summary of business arising and key agreements of previous minutes, and the discussion was actively participated by the body. For the project updated, Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc presented the project accomplishments for Region 12 areas while Project Officer Ms. Myra Macla for Regions 11 & 13. Project Bookkeeper Mr. Jason Inot presented the financial updates. Mr. Blanker then presented the next steps and schedules and the key agreements.

RESOURCEGov Team updates the DILG 12

The RESOURCEGov 2 Team met with the DILG 12 Provincial Directors, the MLGOOs and/or their representatives of the 8 existing areas of Region 12 on April 2, 2019 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. The meeting was attended by 19 (Male 8. Female 11) and focused on the updating the DILG partners for the developments in the project implementation.

Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented a short project overview and project updates for March 2019. During the presentation, the body discussed about the following: selection local experts in the 8 existing LGUs, project team to sit-in during the existing LGUs’ ManCom Meetings, Real Property Tax Mapping Trainings and actual mapping, presentation of the LITS to the incoming vice mayors after the elections, the project requirement to help CSOs in their accreditation, and the ODK-based CSIS monitoring. Mr. Blanker also presented the accomplishments, current situation, issues & concerns, and recommendations per existing LGU. Moreover, the Provincial Directors identified and recommended qualified personnel in their offices who can be trained on the ODK, Qlik and LITS systems to become local experts who can, in turn, replicate the systems to the other LGUs in their respective provinces. The DILG partners also gave their suggestions and opportunities from the challenge presented. Mr. Blanker then gave the next steps and schedules, informing the body that the some activities are on hold due to the incoming elections.

Mahintana connects with Mongolian NGO for OGP Commitments Peer Learning Dialogue

Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Democracy Education Center (DEMO), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on March 18, 2019, 8:00 AM. Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker attended the teleconference call with DEMO Director Ms. Undral Gombodorj.

DEMO is a Mongolian NGO that launched the mobile app community-based monitoring tool called Check My Service. This initiative was selected by the OGP as one of the best Asia Pacific regional innovations in 2014 and 2016, and received an OGP Global Award in 2016. To date, Check My Services app has already monitored 101 government services of Mongolia. Mahintana, on the other hand, introduced the OGP Commitments such as Open Monitoring using the ODK and Open Legislation using the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS). As to date, the ODK-based project monitoring forms has already finished its dry run stage. Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC) has deemed the ODK system easy-to-use and time-saving in data collection and consolidation. The next step is for the ODK-result map to be linked to the provincial government’s website for public to access and provide feedbacks. For the LITS, the 1st phase, which is archiving of the legislative documents of the province, is already done. The 2nd phase is to make the LITS accessible online, and the 3rd phase is to provide a comment section where the citizens can leave their comments and suggestions.

RESOURCEGov Team conducts 4th PIT Meeting, Financial Workshop, and Financial Monitoring in Davao City

RESOURCEGov 2 Team conducted a series of activities in Davao City on March 11-13, 2019 namely: 4th PIT Meeting (for Regions 11&13), Financial Workshop, and Financial Monitoring. These activities were conducted to ensure the proper implementation of the project in the remaining years according to the financial policies of EU.

For the 4th PIT Meeting for Regions 11 & 13, RESOURCEGov Team from 25 participants (Male 9, Female 16) Mahintana, MINCODE and member networks met for updating. Consolidated accomplishment and accomplishment per member network were presented, as well as the consolidated budget performance, budget performance per implementation, counterpart complied, and spending plan. A small working group for visibility action was formed to ensure the faster implementation of visibility and communication plan including posters and press releases. During the Financial Workshop, the Financial Manual draft was presented and discussed per section. Inputs from team were considered and noted that do not come in conflict with EU financial policies were considered and noted. Lastly, the Financial Monitoring was attended by 7 participants (Male 1, Female 6) of the finance team of Mahintana. Financial monitoring is an internal monitoring & evaluation regularly conducted by Mahintana to MINCODE to ensure the proper documentation of financial records and necessary attachments.

Mahintana attends the DILG Round Table Discussion on Citizen Participation Promotion

Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot was invited by the DILG Central Office to attend the Round Table Discussion: Pushing the Envelope from Nominal to Transformative Citizen Participation on March 12, 2019 at the Luxent Hotel, Timog, Quezon City. The roundtable discussion aims to look into local and global experiences through a peer learning exchange of views in the area of promoting participatory governance. DILG invited 18 resource persons from the different sectors – national government, business, academe, international and national donors and NGOs. Mahintana was the only identified local NGO from Mindanao.

DILG was tasked to absorb the functions of the Office of Participatory Governance (OPG), that is, “to promote and ensure the direct participation of various stakeholders in the crafting and formulation of policies and programs to address concerns at the grassroots level and to initiate programs and projects that will facilitate citizen empowerment and participation in governance at the national, regional, and local levels.”