DepEd, LGU Polomolok and Dolefil supports the launching of Municipal-wide Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program
In response to the rising incidence of teenage pregnancy which becomes a societal problem in the Municipality of Polomolok, S.C., the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) in partnership with DepEd, LGU Polomolok and Dole Philippines has officially launched the Municipal-wide Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program on October 14, 2016 at the Polomolok Municipal Gym. The launching was participated by 232 students in 8 public secondary schools namely: Poblacion Polomolok NHS, Landan NHS, Palkan NHS, Polomolok NHS, Pablo Valencia NHS, Nicholas Barreras NHS, Upper Klinan NHS and Bentung Sulit NHS. Also present during the event were Ms. Liza D. Hora, Admin. & Finance Officer of Mahintana Foundation Inc.; Dr. Edwin Dipus, Municipal Nutrition Office; Ms. Jennifer Tupas, Social Mobilization and Networking Officer of DepEd South Cotabato and Ms. Crispy Arves, ADP-GAD Division Chief.
The program started with a welcome and opening remarks by Mr. Laurence Griño, Municipal Administrator, accentuating that teenage pregnancy is one of the leading causes of overpopulation which can bring emotional, societal & financial distress to young mothers and also negatively impacts the economy as a whole. Messages of support were given by Ms. Leamor Bañaga, Community and Cooperative Relations Manager of Dole Philippines, Inc., who shared that the program was organized to increase awareness especially to adolescents of the deterring effects of early pregnancy, followed by Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI Executive Director, who encouraged the active participation of partners especially the teachers for the implementation of the ARH module.
The resource speaker, Ms. Crispy Arves, ADP-GAD Division Chief, provided a comprehensive overview of the Adolescent Reproductive Health and explained the effects of teenage pregnancy. She also expressed her gratitude to the active participation of the teachers and students and for the untiring support of the sponsors and key stakeholders.
Students took part in the said activity by participating on different competitions such as: Quiz Bowl, Slogan Making, Film Making, Poster Making and by writing their insights on the freedom wall.
The program ended by highlighting the memorandum circular issued by DepEd-South Cotabato to include the ARH module on the curriculum of all public high schools in the municipality which was presented by Ms. Ivan Dawn Arbilon, Project Officer of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
In keeping with the provisions of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), the Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC)-Polomolok Nutripan Bakeshoppe project conducted a GMP orientation last September 14, 2016 at Sarangani Resource Corporation (SRC) conference room. It was attended by 4 Nutripan staff of Polomolok, 1 Nutripan staff of Tboli and 2 staff of Healthplus project. The primary objectives of the training interventions include: (a) To improve the participants’ knowledge and understanding of food safety and (b) To assist them in developing and implementing systems to manage food safety hazards.
According to Mr. Jay Hijos, Health Officer of CAMPCO, Good manufacturing practices are basic steps for food or bakery industry to ensure products from being free from contamination and any food safety hazards. And adhering to these procedures require the staff to establish quality management systems, obtain high-quality raw materials, establish operating procedures, detect and investigate potential problems with product quality and maintain nutritious breads. The orientation sought to ensure that cleanliness, disease control safety of the personnel are observed.
After the orientation, the team proceeded to Polomolok-Nutripan Bakeshoppe and conducted an on-the-spot inspection on the area to confirm their recommendations based on the discussions. It was then agreed that the MNC will present their assessment and recommendations to Ms. Liza Hora, MFI Admin & Finance Officer, together with the project officer of the said project.
GPP Coordinators and Barangay Chairman supports Gulayan sa Paaralan and Organic Community Garden Contest
Part of the 5-Year Implementation Plan created by the Municipal Nutrition Council of Polomolok, South Cotabato is the conduct of a contest for Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) for public elementary and secondary schools and Organic Community Garden for barangays. These are some of the strategies of the National Greening Program of the government to help promote food security, reduce poverty, address hunger concerns and provide adequate financial resources to families. Also, through these programs, the community will learn to love and appreciate the field of agriculture in response to sustainable development
On September 21, 2016, 45 GPP coordinators, 12 barangay officials and 2 nurses from Polomolok East and West District office gathered at Sadok Highway, Polomolok to discuss the said contests. The participants were able to present various concerns including the criteria such as to categorize the contest into urban and rural gardening.
Ms. Miguelita Escolano, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, stressed out the adverse attitudes of some GPP coordinators and Barangay Chairman which resulted in the garden’s minimum involvement, insufficient landscaping and garden fixtures, no proper arrangement and classification of vegetables according to the specified garden models indicated. She stretched consciousness of these realities and on how it can greatly affect the rate of undernutrition in the locality.
Nevertheless, the participants showed support in establishing a vegetable garden by committing to join in the contest. The contest will be a vital contribution in enhancing the physical, emotional and psychological well-being necessary to build a healthy and socially sustainable communities not to mention the monetary consideration it will bring for the community.
Mahintana Foundation continues to support initiatives in uplifting the socio-economic conditions of communities through its Kapit Bisig para sa Kabatan Project, which is funded by Dole Philippines in partnership with LGU Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Mahintana Health Plus Program is in need of a Warehouse Officer with the following requirements:
- College level graduate preferably medical related
- Male (20 to 30 years old)
- Experience in warehousing & inventory management is an advantage
- With good written and verbal communication skills
- With good moral character
Interested applicants may submit their Application Letter, Resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents addressed to:
The Executive Director
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato
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The Final Conference of the 3-year EU-funded “Revenue Enhancement by Strengthening and Optimizing the Utilization of Resources and CSO Engagement in Local Governance” (RESOURCEGov) Project entitled “Sharing of Replicable Practices on Project Monitoring, Tax Mapping, Legislative Tracking and Citizen Satisfaction Survey/Research Using Free/Open Source Apps (cum Final Conference and Sustainability Planning Workshop” took place at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City on September 21-23, 2016. The event was attended by more than 130 representatives and top officials from Local Government Units (LGUs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Academe, Dolefil, DILG-Region 12 as well as the project team from SPECTRUM, CSDO-SC and MFI.
The conference highlighted the 3-year performance of the project including the Citizen Satisfaction Index Survey (CSIS) results and Citizen Priority Action Plans (CPAP) of eight (8) partner LGUs presented by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager.
There were also several presentations of best practices shared by representatives from partner LGUs which allowed learning exchanges and possible adoption for other LGUs, development actors and CSOs. This includes the presentation of Tampakan, S.C. regarding the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) that improved the municipality’s overall Legislative Performance and the experience of Maasim, Sarangani with ODK-based CSIS which helped improve their service delivery performance. Resource persons from Lambayong, S.K. and Aleosan, N.C. shared their experiences in utilizing the Open Data Kit (ODK) system proven to be effective for business tax mapping and increasing the transparency, accountability and CSO participation in Government related projects/budgets respectively.
Also part of the 3-day activity was the presentation of the results of the end-of-project/external evaluation by Mr. Ephrem Gabriel Cortes. The results showed that the project has been successfully implemented with achievements over and above target activities and outputs, particularly, in improving the MLGU’s governance, performance, and service delivery and strengthening the capacity of CSOs in its partner sites.
The dynamic presentations constituted an opportunity for LGUs to develop and present their own specific goals and guidelines to sustain project interventions. Furthermore, interactive open forum sessions enabled a lively discussion wherein the participants shared their experiences, feedback and useful comments on the impact of project implementation and for sustainability of the initial gains of the project.
Ms. Josephine Leysa, Head of the Executive Assistance of DILG Secretary, and Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI Executive Director, expressed their gratitude to the project team and support from all 8 partner LGUs and CSOs who made the project a success. Ms. Leysa quoted in her message, “the RESOURCEGov project have accomplished so much and made significant contributions worth sustaining and replicating to other areas.”
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to all partner LGUs, implementing organizations (SPECTRUM & CSDO-SC) and DILG-12 recognizing their active participation, commitment and support to the project and to the resource persons for sharing replicable practices and imparting their valuable insights.
The EU funded this project from October 2013 to September 2016 through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with DILG Region 12, Dolefil, SPECTRUM and CSDO-SC. The goal of the project is to help improve local governance, performance and service delivery of local government units in Central Mindanao by increasing participatory local revenue generation, transparent resource allocation/utilisation and CSO participation in local governance. The eight (8) partner LGUs are: Maasim & Malapatan, Sarangani; Lambayong & President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat; Libungan & Aleosan, N.C.; and Lake Sebu & Tampakan, South Cotabato.
To protect communities in different Puroks in Barangay Cannery, Polomolok, S.C. from rabid dogs, the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project, implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Dole Philippines, urged pet owners to have their dogs and cats get anti-rabies shots. This is part of the Municipality of Polomolok’s campaign to make the community safe and free from rabies, particularly those dwelt by stray dogs. Rabies, known as an infectious viral disease transmitted through the bites of rabid dogs and other animals, is considered fatal but it could also be prevented.
The massive vaccination joined in by vaccinators and volunteers from OMAG and Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) started on August 6, 2016 in Prk. Santa Cruz. This was then followed by house-to-house vaccination in other 22 Puroks. As of September 3, 2016, 2,929 dogs and 89 cats were vaccinated.
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Volunteers from BLGU Cannery and Provincial Veterninary Office conduct free Castration and Vaccination of Pets
Thirty-three (33) dogs and 3 cats from Barangay Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato were castrated by Veterinarians and volunteers from the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) and Brgy. Cannery on August 12, 2016. The activity was part of the campaign of the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project implemented by Mahintana Foundation in partnership with Dole Philippines, Inc. and the municipality of Polomolok, S.C. to promote responsible pet ownership. It was also an initiative to lessen the number of stray dogs and and mitigate the increase of rabies cases making the community safe especially for children.
Purok Chairmans informed the pet owners of the massive campaign and persuaded them to have their pets neutered. The Barangay also offered free transportation to pet owners from far flung areas. With the help of local authorities, the castration procedure was performed successfully at Barangay Cannery covered court. Also part of the program was the free anti-rabies vaccination given to 40 dogs in the Barangay.
Muslim T’boli United Farmers Association (MTUFA) and Volunteer Forest Guards (VFGs) officers undergo Resource Mobilization, Proposal Preparation and Business Planning Training
To fully equip the Muslim T’boli United Farmers Association (MTUFA), Volunteer Forest Guards (VFGs) officers and the Ridge to Reef staff in mobilizing and managing resources, writing & preparing fundable technical proposals and business plans, Mahintana Foundation, through its “Silway River Watershed Areas Rainforestation and Preservation Phase 2 Project,” conducted a Resource Mobilization, Proposal Preparation and Business Planning Training on August 18-19, 2016 at Durian Garden, Brgy. Sulit, Polomolok, S.C.
Ms. Ma. Theresa Catalan, the resource person, discussed the crucial elements of Resource Mobilization and provided inputs on technical writing and business correspondence as important tools for proposal and business plan preparations. Ms. Yvonne Templonuevo, MFI Project Officer, and Ms. April Love Beronilla, Bookkeeper, also shared the basic mechanisms and importance of Financial Management and Business Planning.
Participants actively participated during workshops and learned how to determine problems in their organization/association, propose solutions to address it and eventually formulate their own project proposals. The MTUFA drafted a proposal on Cacao Production (as an alternative livelihood) while the VFG proposed for the rehabilitation of the watershed of Sitio Lam Elco (as a possible eco-tourism spot).
For the critiquing of workshop outputs (proposals & business plans), Ms. Margie Managuit, MFI Project Manager, given her years of experience and expertise in technical writing, provided feedback/comments in detail. The participants were extremely glad with the opportunity given to them and regarded it as an essential measure to hone themselves with knowledge and skills in preparing fundable/feasible business plans and project proposals and return to their association/organization with a work product in hand.
Eighty-two (82) golf players coming from different organizations and key stakeholders in SoCSarGen participated in the Palo Para sa Bantay Gubat at Kalikasan Golf Tournament held at Clubhouse Kalsangi, Polomolok, South Cotabato on August 6-7, 2016. The event was a fund raising breakthrough for the implementation of the Silway Klinan River Watershed to Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape Ridge to Reef Project (SKRW-SBPS/R2R). It was organized by Mahintana Foundation Inc. in partnership with Dole Philippines, Inc., intended to enhance the vegetation cover of riverbanks, riparian zones or other tributaries of SKRW-SBPS using bamboos and endemic forest species.
A gross amount of P1,223,600 was raised from sponsorships and registration fees from 8 gold sponsors, 40 silver sponsors and 24 bronze sponsors.
The first tee-off commenced on day 1 with at least 36 golf enthusiasts who came early participating in the said event. The golf tournament continued on day 2 with 46 players followed by the awarding ceremony hosted by Ms. Ma. Theresa Catalan, MFI Project Coordinator and Mr. Elvis Dy, Golf Tournament Chairman.
Dolefil’s Vice President and Managing Director, Mr. Randolph Fleming, thanked all the generous sponsors who have shown their support and to the players who made the event exciting and meaningful. Players received door prizes on top of the major awards. Below is the list of winners in their respective classes:
Champion – Mr. Rangie Regidor
1st Runner up – Mr. Arnold Jumalon
2nd Runner up – Mr. Osanu Ikeda
Champion – Mr. Andy Degilla
1st Runner up – Mr. Jimmy Yusie
2nd Runner up – Mr. Louie Julliano
Champion – Mr. Noel Huelar
1st Runner up – Mr. James Carpe
2nd Runner up – Judge Alejandro Alano
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. celebrated its 39th Foundation Anniversary on August 12, 2016 at Jorge F. Calderon, Sr., Park, Cannery Site, Polomolok, S.C. The celebration, dubbed with the theme “Building Resilient Communities, Rising above Adversities,” began with a Thanksgiving Mass held at the Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish followed by the Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK) medical/dental mission.
A short program was held to officially open the Anniversary celebration. Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI’s Executive Director rendered a short welcome message followed by Dolefil’s Managing Director, Mr. Randolph Fleming, who expressed his delight to see several people from different areas who came early to avail of the free medical/dental services.
For the closing message, Dr. Eva Hormigos, MFI Board Member, recognized the support of the volunteers and staff of MFI and other partners in making the event possible. She quoted, “Mahintana will always be with us building resilient communities and helping people.”
Employees of MFI and members/volunteers from Rural Health Unit of Polomolok, Philippine Dental Association of Gensan, Rotary of Polomolok 101, Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital and BLGU Cannery extended their support, assistance and services to the beneficiaries from MFI-assisted barangays of Polomolok and T’boli, S.C. At least 369 beneficiaries attended lectures on Garantisadong Pambata, Tuberculosis, Dengue and Safe Motherhood and availed of free medical consultations. Out of 369 beneficiaries, 72 had dental checkups and underwent tooth extraction, 40 had their blood sugar level (FBS) checked and 55 had their uric acid level screened. Medicines were given to the beneficiaries, courtesy of the Mahintana Health Plus Project and other partners.
It was a successful and a well-organized event commemorating the colorful history of the organization. MFI will still continue on its thrusts to share and work for community development.