Mahintana and ECCP meet to share OGP Commitment Initiatives

The Mahintana Foundation Inc. represented by the RESOURCEGov 2 Project team met with the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) partners on July 3, 2019 at Out of Nowhere Restaurant, Koronadal City for the complementation of the systems being shared to the Provincial Government of South Cotabato as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments of the said province.

ECCP Team, headed by Ms. Zyra Pajarillo, requested the meeting to know how to link their system-based Open Contracting initiative with the ODK-based Open Monitoring and Evaluation. Ms. Parillo shared that their system where information about project bidders and other relevant data can be accessed online by the public. Meanwhile, Mahintana, represented by its RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager also shared to them the ODK-based project monitoring and evaluation tool which was also developed with the same provincial government. After discussions about the capabilities of both systems, they came up with an agreement. The links of the project being monitored under ODK system shall be shared to the Open Contracting System of ECCP by putting the link in one of its project data fields. This will allow the citizen or interested parties to check on the project documents as well as view the actual monitoring results of the projects implemented. This collaboration will further improve the OGP initiatives of the said province and forms part of the EU’s call for synergy of actions among EU-funded organizations.

SOLARES Team conducts ODK Profiling on Off-Grid Households of Kiamba

As part of the social preparation, SOLARES (acronym for Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions) Project Team conducted the ODK-based profiling to off-grid households of Kiamba, Sarangani Province on June 24 to July 3, 2019. The profiling aims 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. Using the ODK-based forms, the team can able to map the households and avoid duplication of the potential household beneficiaries, and will also serve as baseline to measure future project impact at the household/community level. A total of 804 households were profiled in the nine sitios and puroks of the municipality.

Polomolok evaluated for the Red Orchid Award

By virtue of Proclamation No. 183 signed on May 30, 1993 by former President Fidel Ramos, June is annually celebrated as the No-Smoking Month in the Philippines. The Municipal Health Office (MHO) together with the Department of Health (DOH) scheduled the anti-smoking evaluation of Polomolok on June 20, 2019. Project Officers Jeric Amparo and Rochelle Juevesano were invited and documented the event.

Over 700 participants from different barangays in Polomolok attended the event to show their participation and support during the evaluation period; barangay captains and kagawads were present as well. Dr. Edwin Dipus from the MHO delivered the opening remarks. Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti also expressed her support to the anti-smoking program. One portion of the stage was taken up by a table filled with the necessary documents the barangays submitted for the evaluation. To close the brief program, Dr. Earl Edward Dimamay delivered the closing remarks and took the time to thank and appreciate the evaluators and volunteers in the Anti-Smoking Cluster. The evaluators were given time to check the submitted documents and following the program, the participants took home their red orchid barangay tarps, no-smoking flaglets, and took photos. As a result of a municipal-wide effort, Polomolok received its third Red Orchid Award, making it a Hall of Famer for Red Orchid.

RESOURCEGov presents at OGP Canada Global Summit

May 28-June 1, 2019

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) selected Mahintana Foundation to represent the Philippines together with the Provincial Government of South Cotabato in the recently concluded OGP Global Summit in Ottawa, Canada from May 28 to June 1, 2019. The organization, thru Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, the RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager, shared the project initiatives to a global audience at the city hall of Canada’s capital city. His presentation got featured in the Scottish Government Blog (https://blogs.gov.scot/open-government-partnership/2019/06/06/10-things-we-learned-in-canada-global-summit-of-open-government-partnership/) after captivating the audience with the project’s innovative and digital ways of doing project monitoring, legislative information tracking, and ensuring citizen participation in local governance. Meanwhile, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato represented by Ms. Jennifer Bretaña, its Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator also shared the province’s integrity initiatives with partner CSOs in summit sessions.

Brief Rationale of Participation

Mahintana thru the RESOURCEGov 2 Project has capacitated the Provincial Government of South Cotabato on the use Open Data Kit and Qlik systems to a better and efficient monitoring of government projects. Specifically, the provincial government has institutionalized the use of the system thru its Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC) to monitor and evaluate projects that have implementation issues together with CSOs and community affected by the projects. Moreover, Mahintana also helped the tracking of the legislations of the province’s Sanggunian Panlalawigan by providing a Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) wherein legislative documents are digitally archived for easy access to public or interested parties, and performance of Sanggunian members and committees are evaluated. The systems provided by the project along with other integrity initiatives of the province promote transparency, accountability, and participation in local governance led to South Cotabato’s active participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). OGP is an organization of reformers inside and outside of government, working to transform how government serves its citizens, and Mahintana supports the province in its OGP Open Monitoring & Evaluation and Open Legislation commitments thru technical assistance on the implementation of ODK, Qlik and LITS systems thru the RESOURCEGov 2 Project. Recognizing the achievements of the province and its partners, OGP invited champions of South Cotabato’s OGP commitments to the 2019 OGP Global Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada including Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, Mahintana’s RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager, Ms. Jennifer Bretana, the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, and other key commitment partners in the national level from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Budget Management (DBM), The Philippine Embassy, and OGP Philippines Steering Committee. Active CSOs who have helped implement OGP commitments in the country also joined the summit and they are from Bantay Kita PH, European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Hivos in the Philippines, LayerTech Software Labs, and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, to name a few.

The OGP Global Summit serves as an avenue for OGP participating countries to learn and share about their open governance initiatives, ideas, challenges, and solutions anchored to themes Participation, Impact, and Inclusion. According to the summit organizers, over 2,000 open government champions has attended from across the 79 OGP member countries. This year’s summit also featured digital initiatives thru civic tech salons, hackathons, and breakout summit sessions by thematic areas. Giant tech firms such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, GitHub and even the world wide web founder himself, Tim Berners Lee, graced the event along with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and many more influential politicians across the globe. The summit also served as an opportunity for global participants to network, learn from other government and CSOs, and share their interventions to further improve their work on making the government more open and accessible to citizens.

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

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.

R2R participates in the Linis Ilog in Klinan and Sugok Rivers

In celebration with the World Water Day on March 22, 2019, R2R team participated the region-wide Linis Ilog Activity of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – XII conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – Buayan headed by Ms. Ma. Elvira Lumayag. The activity was in partnership with the LGU Polomolok headed by Hon. Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) – Polomolok Engr. Agustin P. Valencia, Jr., BLGU Landan Hon. Rebecca J. Diale, Dolefil, and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Sugok and Klinan Rivers, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok.

A total of 289 participants coming from both government and private sectors as well as community members joined the activity and planted 500 bamboo hills along Sugok and Klinan Rivers. A total of 358 Kgs of residual wastes were collected after the activity. 10 selected community members from Prk. 1, Brgy. Landan received 10 ceramic toilet bowls during the ceremonial distribution of the said materials which was donated by Mahintana and the Municipal Health Office (MHO) – Polomolok for the sanitation and Information, Education and Communication Campaign on health.

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.

Mahintana facilitates TFP2K Organization Meeting

Mahintana facilitated an organizational meeting for Task Force Polomolok Kalikasan at Kaligtasan (TFP2K) on March 4, 2019 at MFI Conference Room, Brgy. Cannery, Polomolok. It aimed to orient the invited members of the task force spearheaded by Local Government Unit of Polomolok through the MENRO together with the Non-Government Organizations, Civil Society Groups, private sectors, groups’ offices and entities about the TFP2K.

The task force is a voluntary group that shall serve as the partner of the Local Government of Polomolok in environmental protection and conservation and DRR-CCA. It shall also serve as the consultative and advisory body to the LGU through the MENRO. Agreed during the meeting is to draft an Executive Order as legal basis of the task force to be submitted to MENRO and to the Sangguniang Bayan. Finalized EO, Signing and Induction, as well as, Launching of Task Force is proposed to be conducted during the celebration of “Amyak Maleh” and World Forest Day.