Mahintana participates in the International Coastal Clean-Up

Mahintana staff participated in the annual International Coastal Clean–Up (ICC) on September 21, 2019 at the Minanga, Buayan with approximately 500 volunteers from BLGU Buayan Council and various civic organizations, academe, government offices and private institutions namely Red Ribbon-KCC, Mindanao Polytechnic College, BSP – Datu Acad Dalid ES, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, DepEd XII Teachers, Balite ES, Shariff Mukshin ES, Ligaya ES, Buayan NHS, City Engineer’s Office, DENR-CENRO Buayan. A total of 2,750 Kgs. or 110 sacks of residual waste (cigarette butts, food wrappers, straws, nylon strings, plastic cups, cellophanes, diapers, etc.) were collected in 0.3 km coastal area of Prk. Minanga, Buayan.

The ICC was conducted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – General Santos City in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., USAID, DENR – XII, Coca-Cola Foundation, Protected Area Management Bureau – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB–SBPS), Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Education, Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) – Sarangani Province, Holy Trinity College of General Santos City, PNP Regional Maritime Office – XII, General Santos Foundation, Inc., RD Foundation, and Smart Telecommunications. The event themed “Battle for Litter-Free Seas” aims to engage the surrounding coastal communities and stakeholders in cleaning beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. Results will aid in better waste management policies/plans, product packaging designs and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.

RESOURCEGov meets PIT for Regions 11 & 13 Areas

September 19, 2019 – RESOURCEGOV Phase 2 Project Implementation Team for Regions XI and XIII areas at Rue Mango Apartelle and Suites. It was attended by 11 partners from Agri Aqua Development Coalition-Mindanao (AADC), Kasilak Foundation, Inc., Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in the Rural Areas-Mindanao (PhilDHRRA), MINCODE Secretariat and Mahintana Foundation, Inc.   The meeting aims to update and review the project implementation in the Municipalities of New Bataan and Maragusan for Compostela Valley Province, Tago, Tagbina and Barobo for Surigao del Sur Province and Remedios T. Romualdez for Agusan del Sur. Other matters included the program flow of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop to be held on October 24-25, 2019.

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.