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.

Mahintana shares about ODK and LITS at 2nd SCIC Forum

In celebration of “Integrity Week”, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato conducted the 2nd Provincial Integrity Forum with the theme “A Smarter South Cotabato, Bringing Services Closer to the People” on September 18, 2019 at the EMR Convention Center, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato. Being 1 of 9 pilot LGUs in the Philippines implementing Project I4J or Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs, Province of South Cotabato developed and implemented its own integrity program dubbed as iSouthCotabato or South Cotabato for Integrity and Jobs, and created the South Cotabato Integrity Circle (SCIC).

The highlight event of the 2019 Integrity Week Celebration featured discussions among panelists coming from the civil society, private/business sector and government regarding how these institutions help enable people in accessing services. The discussion also touched on how to make government be more open, transparent and responsive to citizen needs. The panelists include: Hon. Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr., Governor of the Province of South Cotabato, Ms. Teresita R. Antolin of the Civil Service Commission, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot of the Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Mr. Michael Canares of Step-Up Consulting Services, and Mr. Gerry Constantino of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

The forum also featured the unveiling of the different online systems in relation to South Cotabato’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership. These systems include: the Open Monitoring and Evaluation System using the Open Data Kit (ODK), the Open Mining Portal, the Open Contracting Webpage, and the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) for Open Legislation. These systems are still in its beta phase and will soon be available for public use and linked to the Integrated Provincial Online Database. RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented the ODK and LITS.

The forum concluded with the awarding of the Dangal ng South Cotabato Enterprise Integrity Award for the Large, Medium and Small Enterprises. The winners are as follows:

▪Large Enterprise – ICTUS Premier Multi-purpose Cooperative
▪Medium Enterprise – Delibites Concepts Corporation
▪Small Enterprise – JV Enterprises

Project Team orients Glan BLGUs

In partnership with the Sarangani Vice Governor’s Office (VGO), the RESOURCEGov 2 Project Team, composed of Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon B. Edrozo and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc, oriented the barangay captains and their staff about the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) during the Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting on September 19, 2019 at Liga ng Barangay Hall, DILG Office, Glan, Sarangani Province. There were 25 participants (Male 20, Female 5) who were present during the LITS orientation. The initiative to roll out the system to the barangays other than Malapatan and Maasim is of the Sarangani VGOs who are also developing local experts for the system. The VGO intends to start rolling out the LITS to the BLGUs in 2020.

Before the orientation, the BGO and the project team conducted a courtesy visit to the Glan Mun. Mayor Hon. Vivien Yap, M.D. to inform her of the activity and intention of the VGO. Mr. Edrozo presented a short overview of the project particularly the LITS to inform the barangay chief executives of the benefits of adopting the system. Ms. Patoc enforced the presentation by saying that the system is given out for free and that their respective secretaries will be oriented on how to use the LITS. After the orientation, the barangay secretaries presented their laptops to be installed with the system. However, only one out of 10 units was installed with LITS on the same day. As agreed with the Vice Governor’s staff, the next installation will be done on the Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting on November 2019.

Team meets with CLGU Panabo Vice Mayor

On September 12, 2019, RESOURCEGov2 Team of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. led by Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the Project Manager, with Ms Myra G. Macla, MINCODE Project Officer met with the Office of the City Vice Mayor Janrey Gavina and Office of Sangguniang Panlungsod. The presentation is intended to show the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) and to look into how it will help the direction of Vice Mayor Gavina to make the services of the Legislative Department online and accessible to the public. The legislative team is very optimistic that LITS system and the ODK can help them realize this vision. According to them this is the one they were looking for. They signified their interest and that, as early as possible, they want to have the orientation/training to for their office to have easy access on the information and hasten delivery of services. “If this will help and will be applied, sooner or later, clients of the Department can conveniently access the services online,” says previous City Administrator, Atty. Jamail Lunar G. Macla sharing the outcome of the meeting on his social media account with a shoutout “Panaboans, are you ready?”

RESOURCEGov conducts LITS Refresher Course to LGU RTR

The RESOURCEGov conducted a training on Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS): Installation, Operation and Maintenance on September 11, 2019 at the Municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte. A total of seventeen (17) learners attended from the SB Staff and the seven barangays who actively participated during the orientation. The participants were oriented about the project and the SB officer-in-charge expressed the commitment of the SB for a full support to the project. After, the participants were taught how to install LITS and perform operations through a step-by-step manual. The participants were also able to encode sample ordinances and resolutions to get the feel of using the system. As part of their impressions, they deeply appreciated that the invitation was extended to them because it can significantly help them on their data banking and documents filing. “Hope this will lessen the previous problems we were encountering, where records disappear and data are erased once a new set of officers come in,” says one of the participants. 

Project orients Maasim BLGUs with LITS

The RESOURCEGov Team conducted LITS Orientation to 30 barangay captains, secretaries, and Vice-Gov staff on Sept. 10, 2019 at the ABC Hall of LGU Maasim, Sarangani. Led by Mr. Blanker, he oriented and also installed LITS in 6 barangays who provided a computer unit that day. The barangay captains expressed their gratitude for having a free legislative information system that is at par with higher legislative offices such as the sangguniang panlungsod and panlalawigan. The rollout of LITS to the barangays is spearheaded by the Vice-Governor Office of Sarangani as part of its thrust in strengthening the capacities of the legislative offices down to the barangay level. The team also conducted courtesy visit to Mayor Pacquiao to inform him about the LITS rollout.

EU Philippines features the South Cotabato ODK-based Monitoring

The RESOURCEGov Project was again featured in the European Union of the Philippines Facebook page on September 9, 2019 with the hashtag Cooperation Highlight. As read in the post, the EU Philippines has deemed the cooperation initiative of the project with the local government units. Mr. Cris Fuentes, Provincial Project Officer, was featured in the post sating the ODK and its benefits of using the system in the faster data collection and consolidation leading to more efficient work accomplishments. The post will be accessed through the link: https://www.facebook.com/EUDelegationToThePhilippines/posts/2260918590697818

As one of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Program initiatives of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato, the ODK-based project monitoring is being implemented in various departments of the PLGU especially in the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC).

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.