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 and 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.”

Mahintana and ANSA-EAP conduct Peer Learning Dialogue on OGP Commitments

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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 Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on February 18, 2019, 10:30AM.

Mahintana Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc attended the teleconference call with ANSA-EAP Executive Director Mr. Redempto “Don” Parafina. Each party introduced their respective organizations and the programs and projects implemented by their organizations. ANSA-EAP, according to Mr. Don, works with projects about the governance particularly in citizen’s participation through technology. Mr. Blanker shared the programs of Mahintana focusing on the RESOURCEGov Project under the Institution-building & Governance Program. He said that Mahintana supports the OGP South Cotabato in Open Monitoring and Open Legislation using the Open Data Kit (ODK) and Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS).  On the other hand, Mr. Parafina shared the CheckMySchool app, an issue-based app that can be used as a reporting tool regarding issues and concerns of schools in the Philippines. Issues such as deficiencies in schools/classrooms to be fixed, frequent absences of teachers, etc. can be reported through the app. After the discussion, the parties agreed to coordinate for the updates in the OGP commitments to be met by each organization.

Mahintana Participates in the Consultative Workshop on Mindanao Social Development Program Strategy and Poverty Reduction

As private sector representative of the Regional Development Council XII and active CSO partner of MinDA in Mindanao, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., participated in the Consultative Workshop on Mindanao Social Development Program Strategy and Poverty Reduction on February 11-12, 2019 at The Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City.  Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program Manager, represented Mahintana during the 2-day activity. The activity was aimed at enhancing the draft concept and ensuring a more inclusive and responsive intervention for the crafting of a Program Strategy on Mindanao Social Development and Poverty Reduction anchored on the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and the Mindanao 2030. At least 50 key representatives from the donor agencies (i.e. World Bank), national government agencies, local government units, academe, civil society organizations and business/private sector participated in the event.

During panel presentation on Education, Training, and Employment Policies, Programs and Priorities in Mindanao, Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay of DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment shared the JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information Report enumerating the industries that will create jobs in and skills need for the future. OIC Deputy Director General Gaspar S. Gayona of TESDA shared TESDA’s directions and responses on skills development. He emphasized the importance of “AGILITY” for TVET for Global Competitiveness, “SCALABILITY” for TVET for Job-Readiness, and “FLEXIBILITY and SUSTAINABILITY” for TVET for Social Equity. On Education Policies for Mindanao, Ms. Takiko Igarashi, Education Specialist, World Bank Manila, shared the opportunities for Mindanao’s education. She said that education has great promise, but too often it does not deliver. Mr. Pablo Acosta, Senior Economist, World Bank Manila, shared World Bank’s policy priorities for employment programs. Dr. Nilo B. Oponda, Ph.D. UP Mindanao, shared UP’s views on how to strengthen Industry-Academe Partnership on Workforce Development. He stressed that job-skill mismatch is one of the top 3 concerns of employers. He cited the reasons and solutions to the said problem. Executive Director Rolando Torres, Mindanao Business Council, shared some recommendations for the Industry – Academe Areas for Possible Intensified Cooperation. One of which is the  Local Entrepreneurship in Curriculum – upscaling of entrepreneurial know-how, cross-skilling thru trainings and short courses on other trades, developing Enterprising Professionals, and development coping mechanisms to sustain businesses.

After the panel presentation, Mr. Tubigon participated in the workshop on Workforce Protection and Welfare (Social Protection). He suggested to MinDA and the concerned line agencies such as SEC, NBI, and DOLE to look into the emerging investment schemes in the Region that offered quick returns but have compromised/affected the skill labor requirements of agro-industrial industries and service sector

KAPWA Foundation, Inc. Connects with Mahintana for Networking and ODK Troubleshooting

Meeting with KAPWA Foundation Inc. and ODK Troubleshooting

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project thru its Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and MINCODE Project Officer Ms. Myra Gazo, met with KAPWA Foundation on February 9, 2019 in their office at Davao City to share about the ODK initiatives of the project, collaborate in popularizing ODK in the region, and assist the latter with ODK problems they have encountered. Represented by Ms. Alma de La Paz, KAPWA Foundation Executive Director, the KAPWA officers shared their utilization of ODK in profiling their farmer beneficiaries. However, KAPWA uses the first and original version of ODK wherein they ran into problems in uploading the gathered data. Worried about losing around 500 survey profiles, and with the hope of resolving their ODK uploading issues, KAPWA then coordinated with MINCODE and Mahintana upon knowing that the said CSOs were rolling-out ODK in Regions 11, 12 and 13. The RESOURCEGov Team conducted the troubleshooting and found out that the uploading issue is an internal server problem which cannot be resolved given the server’s storage limit and lack of server-side technical support. The issue was addressed by allowing KAPWA to create an account with Kobotoolbox.org, the ODK version which Mahintana uses. The RESOURCEGov team also helped them how to technically format their collected ODK data to make it Kobotoolbox-compatible, and migrate the data to their Kobotoolbox account. KAPWA successfully migrated all their collected farmers profile and was able to generate the summary report of their profiling activities. Their profiling team appreciated the user-friendliness of Kobotoolbox over the original ODK version which compelled them to use Kobotoolbox version in the continuation of their profiling activities. The KAPWA foundation has expressed their gratitude to the RESOURCEGov 2 Project and is looking forward for more collaboration with the project group in advocating the use of ODK for transparent, accountable, and participative local governance.               

RESOURCEGov conducts its 5th PIT-PMT Meeting and Unveiling of Billboards in LGUs Tagbina and Barobo

 

RESOURCEGov conducted its 5th PIT-PMT Meeting on February 7, 2019 at LGU Tagbina Seminar Hall, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur. On the same day, the Unveiling of the RESOURCEGov Billboards in LGU Tagbina and LGU Barobo was conducted. The activities were attended by 61 participants (Male 35, Female 26) from the RESOURCEGov Team, the DILG 11, 12 & 13, LGU partners of Regions 11 and 13.

The Unveiling of RESOUREGov Billboard Ceremony in LGU Tagbina was attended by Mun. Mayor Hon. Generoso Naraiso and his staff. Messages were given by Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Kasilak Executive Director Mr. Joemil Montebon, MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Anayatin, and was responded by the municipal mayor after the unveiling of the billboard. The 5th PIT-PMT Meeting was then held in LGU Tagbina Seminar Hall followed by fellowship lunch sponsored by the host LGU. In the afternoon, the different offices who utilised the ODK, Qlik and LITS Systems presented the advantages and recommendations in using the systems. After the short presentation, the participants visited the department offices of LGU Tagbina particularly the SB Office, the MPDO, the Assessor’s and Treasurer’s Offices.  The participants traveled to LGU Barobo for the unveiling of RESOURCEGov Billboard in the said municipality. A short program prior to the activity was held where the Mun. Mayor Hon. Joey S. Pama and Hon. Vice-Mayor Allan Bernal expressed their gratitude and support to the project implementation in Barobo. DILG Provincial Director for Surigao del Sur Mr. Pedrito Alacaba shared that the systems rolled-out by the project are helpful to the municipalities. The billboard was then unveiled.

The RESOURCEGov Billboard is one of the visibility actions of the project. For the Phase 2, the 6 LGU partners in Regions 11 & 13 are set to unveil the billboards this year.

 

 

RESOURCEGov does follow-through in its commitment to OGP South Cotabato

Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker conducted a series of monitoring of the use of the ODK and LITS in the South Cotabato Provincial Government with PPDO’s OGP Program Assistant Ms. Doreen Vallar in January 2019. Mahintana’s commitment includes the utilization of the LITS in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the ODK in the project monitoring activities of the PPMC (Provincial Planning and Monitoring Committee).

As to date, the ODK-based project monitoring forms were already finalized by the PPDO-REM (Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring) Office and ready for use on the data gathering on March 2019. LITS was already installed in the SP Office in January 2019. An orientation is scheduled in February 2019 for the SP members and staff. Moreover, with the help of Mr. Blanker, the PIO Office in-charge of the South Cotabato website, has successfully drafted a web page integrating the charts/maps of the project monitoring results in ODK. South Cotabato Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ms. Jennifer Bretaña expressed her joy of the fast progress during the updating meeting.

The LITS and ODK are part of the OGP commitments for Open Legislation and Open Monitoring criteria which is rolled out by the RESOURCEGov Project.

Mahintana invites EU Delegates to Conduct Orientation on Contracts

To address the financial concerns with the implementation of the EU-funded projects of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and its partners, an Orientation on EU Financial and Contractual Policies and Procedures was conducted on January 24-25, 2019 at The Pinnacle Hotel & Suites, Davao City. It was attended by 46 participants from Mahintana, Peace & Equity Foundation (PEF), MINCODE, Kasilak, AADC, PHILDHRRA, and Yamog Renewable Energy Development Group Inc. (Yamog). The 2-day activity aims for the EU grant beneficiaries the common understanding on the EU policies and was facilitated by RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker.

Mahintana and SOLARES Project Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza D. Hora acknowledged team leaders PEF Program Manager Mr. Omar Salvo, MINCODE Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin, and Yamog Program Manager Porterio R. Jabla who introduced their team to the body. Ms. Hora welcomed the EU Delegation to the Philippines Programme Officer Ms. Caroline “Carol” Maningo and Contracts & Finance Officer Ms. Michelin “Chie” Alvarez. Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the opening message expressing the combination of excitement and apprehension in implementing two (2) projects funded by EU. He thanked the funding donor for the continued support and trust to Mahintana and hopes to keep its credibility in running the projects. Mr. Magdolot introduced the members of the SOLARES and RESOURCEGov 2 Projects. Ms. Maningo gave a message of support to the grant beneficiaries, encouraging them to take time in understanding EU’s policies. After the expectation check and presentation of the activity overview by Mahintana Operations Manager and SOLARES Project Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon,  Ms. Alvarez started the discussion of the Implementation of Grants Contracts by Beneficiaries. The participants were able to ask relevant questions which were answered by Ms. Alvarez during the course of the presentation. Questions about cash counterpart, exchange rates, procurement procedures, and 60,000 EUR limit support to the third parties were among the concerns raised. Ms. Maningo discussed the two required reports and the deadlines. On Day 2, a recap was conducted, as well as, more discussions and clarifications were made by the participants. The body was divided to two for the breakout sessions to discuss specific concerns with the EU officers. Mr. Magdolot closed the activity saying that the nervousness did not put out the fire and passion to help the depressed communities esp. in the GIDA (geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas).

 

AKRHO-Polomolok Celebrates 5th Foundation through Tree Growing

In celebration with their 5th Foundation Chapter Anniversary, the AKRHO–Polomolok Council conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Riverside, Prk. Malinawon, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, on January 6, 2019. A total of 500 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. Eight AKRHO – Polomolok Council members participated the activity. The AKRHO agreed to monitor their adopted area periodically and report to MFI the status of the plants.