SOLARES takes part in Kiamba ABC Meeting

Mr. John Tindoy demos the SHS unit.

SOLARES project staff, led by SOLARES Project Manager, Mr. Jobe Tubigon along with SOCOTECOII SBU representative, Mr. John Tindoy, joined the ABC meeting in Kiamba attended by barangay captains of Kiamba, Sarangani Province.

After the presentation of the SOLARES Project to the ABC committee, Mr. Tindoy demonstrated and explained the basic operation of the Solar Home System (SHS) unit to the barangay captains which includes the charging, capacity, loading system and the maintenance of the SHS unit. He also added that the project beneficiaries will automatically become members of SOCOTECO II and are entitled to all the benefits provided by the electronic cooperative.

One of the barangay captains, Capt. Melanie Balanag raised a concern if the households along the coastal areas can also avail of the SHS unit due to the on-grid electrification prohibited by SOCOTECO II along that area. Mr. Tindoy explained the concerns of an on-grid electrification along the coast which includes soil quality and the risks of electrocution. He will be raising the said issue at their own staff meeting.

Barangay captains of Kiamba, Sarangani Province gave a positive response in the SHS Project. They will provide assistance to help in project implementation.

In the afternoon, the team headed to Maasim, Sarangani Province. The project was briefly introduced and demonstrated to ABC President, Alladin Tambingag and to Maasim Mayor, Uttoh Salem Cutan.

Mayor Cutan was very positive about the project especially on the project’s livelihood component. He discussed how far-flung barangays in Maasim would greatly benefit, Maasim farmers have to haul and process their products within the municipality proper  because of the lack of processing equipment and electricity on the remote barangays.

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RESOURCEGov Team updates the DILG 12

The RESOURCEGov 2 Team met with the DILG 12 Provincial Directors, the MLGOOs and/or their representatives of the 8 existing areas of Region 12 on April 2, 2019 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. The meeting was attended by 19 (Male 8. Female 11) and focused on the updating the DILG partners for the developments in the project implementation.

Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented a short project overview and project updates for March 2019. During the presentation, the body discussed about the following: selection local experts in the 8 existing LGUs, project team to sit-in during the existing LGUs’ ManCom Meetings, Real Property Tax Mapping Trainings and actual mapping, presentation of the LITS to the incoming vice mayors after the elections, the project requirement to help CSOs in their accreditation, and the ODK-based CSIS monitoring. Mr. Blanker also presented the accomplishments, current situation, issues & concerns, and recommendations per existing LGU. Moreover, the Provincial Directors identified and recommended qualified personnel in their offices who can be trained on the ODK, Qlik and LITS systems to become local experts who can, in turn, replicate the systems to the other LGUs in their respective provinces. The DILG partners also gave their suggestions and opportunities from the challenge presented. Mr. Blanker then gave the next steps and schedules, informing the body that the some activities are on hold due to the incoming elections.

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Mahintana Foundation is hiring!

We are in need of:

Project Coordinator/ Procurement Officer

  • Graduate of any 4-year business-related course
  • With experience in procurement management, administration & supervision
  • With good oral and written communication and leadership skills
  • With driver’s license
  • Willing to do fieldwork
  • With good moral character

Application letters must be addressed to:

THE PRESIDENT & CEO
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato
(083) 500-2796
mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com

Applicants may submit their application requirements (application letter, resume, and TOR) thru our email address or in person to our office.

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Mahintana demonstrates PPDO Hydraulic Machine

In partnership with the the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), and the BLGU – San Jose & San Miguel, Banga and BLGU Magsaysay, Polomolok, Mahintana conducted a hydraulic machine orientation on March 27, 2019 at Banga River, Brgy. San Jose, Banga. The activity aims to educate the partners who are willing to adopt the indigenous bamboo dike technology, a technology originating from Brgy. Naci, Surallah. Tribal Leaders Development Foundation Inc. (TLDFI) and Municipality of Surallah were the first developed the design of the drilling machine.

Mahintana partnered with the organizations and adopted the bamboo dike technology and the drilling machine with modifications. During the orientation, the participants were taught the proper usage and maintenance. It was agreed that partner BLGUs who are interested to have the machine shall conduct community consultation first before implementing the bamboo dike establishment.

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BBTGF undergoes Orientation, Paralegal Training and FrontlineSMS System Training

The Barangay Bantay Gully Task Force (BBTGF) underwent BBGTF Orientation, MOA Paralegal and FrontlineSMS System Training was held on March 26, 2019 at Esma Restaurant, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok. A total of 81 participants, coming from the LGU Polomolok, MENRO-Polomolok, CENRO-Buayan, furniture shop owners, and partner BLGUs (Landan, Cannery Site, Kinilis, Maligo, Lamcaliaf, Polo, Upper Klinan, and Pobalcion) attended the training.

The activity aims to help capacitate the BBGTF members and Furniture Shop Owners about forestry/environment and natural resources laws and its enforcement and equip BBGTF enforcers on FrontlineSMS System & other monitoring methods for effective implementation of the laws and ordinances and protection of the natural resources. Hon. Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti led the oath taking of responsibility by the BBGTF Enforcers and MENRO Enforcers. DENR XII Chief Enforcement DivisionForester Dirie P. Macabaning and Forester Efren P. Hibaler presented the laws pertaining to Environment and Natural Resources. LGU Polomolok Project and Evaluation Officer Engr. Danny Pelias trained the BBGTF on how to collect information via text messaging. The system is a free open source software that works without an internet connection which is more applicable for the BBGTF who works on field.   

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SOLARES Courtesy Calls: MLGUs Kiamba & Maitum, PAMULCO

On March 22, 2019, the SOLARES project staff visited Kiamba, Sarangani to meet and discuss with MLGU Kiamba. The SOLARES team introduced the project including the project framework and the target beneficiaries, 10 barangays and tentatively 680 target households within Kiamba.

Councilor Jeric Santillana mentioned that a previous project with SOCOTECOII and the government, failed to continue due to issues in land permit and right of way. Unfortunately, households in Datu Dani already paid for the said service. Posts, cables, and all other necessary materials were procured but the project was put to a halt.

Mr. Antonio Yasana mentioned that most barangays in Kiamba are already energized; he provided a list of possible beneficiaries including households in Nalus, Green Valley, Badtasan, Banate and Salakit. Mr. Yasana also invited the team to the Kiamba ABC meeting on April 1, 2019 to further introduce SOLARES to the barangay captains and gauge their interests on the project.

SB Secretary and KIMEMCO Chairperson, Ms. Jane Rojas expressed interest in the project and was pleased that Kiamba was chosen as one of the beneficiaries. Due to her interest in Tableau, which is a software for interactive data visualizations, it was agreed that Mahintana would introduce Tableau to the cooperative, in return, they would share their CBMS file which will aid the project in determining viable beneficiaries.

On the afternoon of the same day, the team headed off to Maitum, Sarangani to meet with the LGUs and discuss/introduce the project to them.

At Maitum on the same day, Maitum MLGOO Mr. Rodolfo Jerez mentioned that the project will be helpful in the remote areas of Maitum, especially in Batian and Zion. It could improve the quality of life in the areas. He expressed his willingness to help Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in any way he can.

Maitum Municipal Administrator Mr. Ruben Balanag was also pleased that Maitum was one of the beneficiaries of the project, reaching about 890 households. He welcomed Mahintana to Maitum and added that he can offer police assistance to Mahintana when conducting site visits.

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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.

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SOLARES Courtesy Calls: MLGUs Kalamansig and Lebak

SOLARES project officers headed to Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat at 3:00 A.M. on March 19, 2019 to meet and discuss with Kalamansig mayor Hon. Ronan Eugene Garcia at 10:00 A.M. Meeting agenda was the introduction of the SOLARES Project to Hon. Garcia including the project framework and the target beneficiaries, which included three barangays and tentatively 1020 target households within Kalamansig.

Hon. Garcia raised his concerns with the project’s specific recipients. There are GIDAs or Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas in Kalamansig. These communities do not use any lighting at all during nighttime. Furthermore, these communities may not be capable of paying the monthly fee. The team clarified that the payment was for the project’s sustainability and maintenance. There will also be an initial ODK profiling, to identify eligible recipients. It was agreed that the team will return along with a representative from SUKELCO to further discuss the viable target areas.

Brgy. Capt. Albaladeso asked if it would be possible for the barangay halls and schools to be SHS recipients as this would seem atypical for households being energized while barangays are not. Apparently, this shall be clarified with SUKELCO first since the intention of SOLARES is to become a part of the electrification program of  the electric cooperative.

Hon. Ronan Eugene Garcia, Kalamansig Mayor; Ms. Ma. Alma Engcong, MLGOO Kalamansig; Mr. Victor Albaladeso, LIGA President, and SOLARES project officers discuss the SOLARES project.

In the afternoon, the team was scheduled to meet with LGU Lebak. with Lebak Administrative Officer Mr. Rusty Vilo. Mr. Vilo conveyed his support to the project and expressed his gratitude that Lebak was chosen as one of the target municipalities. He also shared about a previous solar-related project which awarded SHS units to certain communities after a one-time payment was uninformed the status of said project.

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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.

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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.

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