LGU President Roxas conducts ODK-based Business Tax Mapping

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Officer Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao conducted Training workshop on ODK/Qlik Systems for LGU President Roxas on July 8-12, 2019 at Elai Resort, Hotel and Recreation Center, Kidapawan City with a total of 37 participants (Male 19, Female 18). The activity is in collaboration with ACF Foundation (Action Against Hunger), another organization that currently implements an EU-funded project in five municipalities in North Cotabato. The 5-day activity consisted of the following: project launching (Day 1), ODK Training (Day 2), and the actual business mapping for the pilot barangays (Days 3-5).

The project launching was attended by Municipal Mayor Hon. Jonathan Mahimpit and all the department heads. Mayor Mahimpit gave an inspirational message esp. to those who are attending the ODK and Qlik Training. He thanked Mahintana and ACF for collaborating in helping the LGU in attaining higher local revenues and committed his support in the implementing the systems.  ACF Head of Project Mr. William Baang turned over 10 Android tablets and 1 desktop unit to the CSOs of the municipality represented by Mr. Tawing Narciso of PROSESO, a cooperative. A signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of Partnership took place between Mahintana, ACF and LGU Pres. Roxas. Questions and suggestions were raised by the participants showing their interest on the training during the tutorial.

On the second day, Mr. Lumbao continued the training and guided the participants with the Qlik. The participants were able to create their own graphs and present the results and finalize the form to be used for the ODK-based business mapping. For the last three days, the participants mapped assigned pilot areas and the results are the following: Without Business Permit – 297;  With Business Permit – 157; TOTAL: 454 active business establishments assessed/mapped

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RESOURCEGov and LGU Polomolok launch ODK-based Tax Mapping

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Team, in cooperation with the LGU Polomolok Municipal Treasurer’s Office, conducted the Launching of the Open Data Kit(ODK)-based Tax Mapping on July 11, 2019 at the Municipal Lobby, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The event was attended by 49 participants (Male 18, Female 31) including the Municipal Vice Mayor Hon. Atty. Xavier Bayan, BLGF 12 Regional Director Mr. Jeany T. Tedera, Dole Philippines Inc. HR Director Ms. Julieta Burgos and CRD Manager Ms. Leamor Bañaga, Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Municipal Treasurer Ms. Constancia Licayan, ABC President Hon. Antonio Octavio, the project team and LGU employees particularly from the Municipal Treasurer’s Office (MTO).

In partnership with the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) XII, the ODK-based tax mapping was popularized by the RESOURCEGov Project in the local treasurers of the region. This initiative helps LGUs set actual targets of business and real property tax collections, subsequently, enhancing the local revenue of the LGUs. ODK-based tax mapping training was conducted on June 28-29, 2019 for the MTO staff of LGU Polomolok.

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RESOURCEGov trains OND HESED Foundation Incorporation on ODK System

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker was invited by OND HESED Foundation Incorporation Exec. Director Sr. Susan Bolanio to conduct the ODK Training on July 8, 2019 at OND HESED’s Office, Cotabato City capacitating 27 OND HESED management and staff (Male 7, Female 20). The one-day activity aims to help the organization to map, profile and monitor the beneficiaries of at least 12 projects it implements in Mindanao and Samar Region.

Sr. Joanne Lorilla gave the welcome address stating that she hopes that there the monitoring of the projects will be more efficient. After the preliminaries, Mr. Blanker presented briefer of Mahintana and the project overview. Mr. Blanker guided the participants through the tutorials of the ODK and gave them ample time to make their own forms. At the end of the workshop, nine project teams presented their own ODK-based monitoring questionnaires. For the closing remarks, Sr. Susan Bolanio, OND HESED Foundation’s Executive Director thanked Mahintana for extending their time and expertise to the organization through the project intervention.

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Users’ Training for SOLARES Partner Electric Cooperatives on Open Data Kit (ODK)

The activity was facilitated by the EU-funded SOLARES project on July 3, at SOCOTECO II, General Santos City. Mr. Armel Adanza from SOCOTECO II delivered the welcoming and opening remarks. Mr. Adanza thanked the Mahintana team for the ODK training, and he himself saw the possible improvements as a result of adapting the software and how to accomplish Window 1, and to the whole process: from gathering data through a survey of the area for potential beneficiaries. In connection to the activity, Mr. Adanza also announced the 13 Millionth Consumer Connection on July 12, which also be attended by the President of the Republic of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. Participants from SOCOTECO II and SUKELCO attended the training. Mr. Jobe Tubigon, SOLARES project manager first gave an overview of the SOLARES project and followed with a demonstration of the KoboCollect android application on his phone casted to the laptop and through a projection. The demonstration included filling up a sample form provided by Engr. Jomar Sevillano, PEE from SUKELCO.

The participants threw several questions regarding the content of the survey and up to the retrieval of data; possible cases or concerns they or other users might encounter. Mr. Tubigon addressed these concerns and questions as he carried on the training. Tutorials were distributed to the participants; some installed the Kobocollect app on their phones while some were in charge of preparing a sample form to be filled up later that day. Participants stepped outside the room when filling up their forms (in order to capture their current location). Towards the end of the training, Mr. Crisanto Sotelo, SOCOTECO II General Manager, delivered the closing remarks.

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RESOURCEGov Team monitors the LITS in SP GenSan

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker together with Leonardo M. Rendon, former Project Officer visited the Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of General Santos City to conduct courtesy visit to the new LITS in-charge and troubleshoot their Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) on July 5, 2019.  The team met with Mr. Art Amoncio, the Computer Programmer of the office who is also the new staff in-charge of LITS. After a round of introduction, the group discussed about the malfunction of the LITS and deduced the cause of the problem. Initially, some staff were complaining that they can no longer encode in the system after the Security Firewall Software of the network’s main server has expired and uninstalled. During the troubleshooting, Mr. Blanker checked the error and it showed that the users of the system cannot connect to the database, however, the computers connected to the network can actually connect to each other and also can also detect the database. After an hour of checking the computer services, re-running of LITS installation, and reviewing the network configuration, the group found out that the issue was the Windows Firewall. Since the Server’s Firewall was uninstalled, the computers automatically shifted to its default Firewall software which blocks connections to the LITS. When the team added the LITS connection port as authorized and allowed in the firewall, all the computers using LITS have detected the database. The LITS staff were able to use the system again after being down for a few days.

Firewall is a network security system that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules. It typically establishes a barrier between a trusted internal network and untrusted external network, such as the Internet.

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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.

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Mahintana awarded by PCNC

Mahintana Foundation Inc. received a Plaque of Appreciation by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) on July 4, 2019 during its 20th Annual Assembly for being a PCNC certified organization since 1999. The plaque was received by Mahintana Admin and Finance Officer Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla from PCNC Executive Director Mr. Luis P. Morales.

PCNC is a private voluntary, non-stock, non-profit corporation that will serve as a service organization whose main function is to certify non-profit organizations that meet established minimum criteria for financial management and accountability in the service to underprivileged Filipinos.

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BLGF 12 undergoes ODK and Qlik Training

RESOURCEGov Project Team spearheaded by the Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker were invited by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12 to conduct a two-day training on ODK and Qlik Systems on July 3-4, 2019 at BLGF 12 Office, Koronadal City.  The training was participated by 16 BLGF 12 employees (Male 8, Female 8) including BLGF 12 Regional Director Mr. Jeany T. Tedera and facilitated by three project team staff (Male 2, Female 1). The newly appointed regional director expressed his gratitude for the project and hopes that the partnership with Mahintana will be fruitful and meaningful. He shared his intention of rolling out of the trainings to capacitate all the city and municipal treasurers of Region 12 and ARMM LGUs.

Mr. Blanker guided the participants in the making of forms and graphs using their existing forms and data on hand. The outputs during the ODK workshop include: Performance Standards Evaluation of Local Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers, Leave Application Form, Quarterly Report on Real Property Assessment (QRRPA), Loans and Borrowing Forms, Monitoring of Designated Local Treasurers, and Profiling Forms for Municipal Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers (on progress). For Qlik System, the participants generated the following visualizations: Target vs. Actual RPT Collections 2018, Quarter Report of Sultan Kudarat Province of QRRPA, Local Collections Efficiency 2017 (on progress), and Fiscal Sustainability Scorecards (on progress).

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