Mahintana, Dolefil, and LGU Polomolok supports the Grand Iftar

After a month of fasting, Muslims celebrate Ramadan’s conclusion through the Festival of Breaking the Fast also known as Eid al-Fitr – a holiday observed by the entire Muslim community. Communities gather on this day to break the fast known as Iftar, the evening meal where Muslims conclude their regular Ramadan fast at sunset.

In honor and respect of tradition, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Dole Philippines, Inc. together with the local government unit of Polomolok pooled resources to support the Iftar in the municipality’s Muslim communities in eight barangays. Goats, rice, freshly baked Nutripan bread products, Dole pineapple products, and fruit juice were provided to the communities.

The activity is supported by the Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment (ProPEACE) Programme funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund currently being implemented in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani.

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NOTICE: On Operation Continuity

NOTICE

To our dear partners and stakeholders in community development:
Hoping all is well with you at this time. This is an update to our previous notice dated May 10, 2021, wherein all Mahintana staff will shift to work-from-home setup as required by Municipal Health Office protocols due to COVID-19 exposure. We have also completed the disinfection and sanitation of our office. All our staff have undergone the RT-PCR test and, unfortunately, some of our staff have contracted the virus. We are now working closely with the LGU-MHO for the contact tracing and to inform our partners who are potentially exposed to our affected staff.

Despite this, we continue to deliver our programs and services to all our partners, stakeholders, and community beneficiaries. You may directly coordinate with our officers and staff of your concern via phone call or virtual meetings. We will resume office on May 24, 2021 or until further notice.

Hoping for your kind understanding and support as usual as we remain steadfast in our commitment in serving our communities in these trying times. Together, let’s proactively beat COVID19 and progress safely in this better normal.

Stay safe and healthy,
MFI Management

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SOLARES, SOCOTECO II, and partners conduct Ceremonial Unloading of 3,000 Solar Home System Units

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With the arrival of solar home system units to SOLARES partner electric cooperatives, SOCOTECO II celebrated this event on Monday morning through a ceremonial unloading and acceptance together with SOLARES implementers, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) on April 19, 2021 at the SOCOTECO II Warehouse, Brgy. Apopong, General Santos City. Along with PEF, joining online were the National Electrification Administration (NEA), the Department of Energy (DOE), SOCOTECO II Board of Directors and staff, and Sino Soar Hybrid (Beijing) Technology Co,. Ltd. through Mr. Phoenix Zhang.

Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, president of Mahintana and project director of SOLARES, delivered the opening remarks by thanking European Union for the opportunity of implementing the project on renewable energy and sharing brief updates on the project and the active collaboration among multiple organizations for the SOLARES project. The Department of Energy gave their message of support through Mr. Marc Louie L. Olap, OIC, Rural Electrification Administration and Management Bureau; Ms. Alice de Guzman also expressed her support during the event. Mr. Zhang shared that it was a great honor to be participating in the event. He shared how from 2017, Sino Soar Hybrid (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. supplied the Philippines over 20,000 units and counting despite the difficulties faced during shipping amidst the pandemic. He hopes to continue contributing to bring more light to Mindanao and the whole country.

After the video presentation for the ceremonial unloading (as the units had arrived a few days before), SOCOTECO II through Mr. John Tindoy (SBU Coordinator) and Engr. Angelico Boiser (Area Engineer) facilitated the unboxing of the SHS package, showing functional components included in the box. In his message of acceptance, Mr. Geronimo D. Desesto, General Manager of SOCOTECO II recognized notable local and international dignitaries of the partnership in realizing SOLARES and their role of developing and supporting the renewable energy projects to remain relevant in the power sector.

Representing the Board of Directors of SOCOTECO II, vice president Fausto Y. Tan, Jr. delivered his message of acceptance, highlighting the impact of the SOLARES project to MAKIMA (Maasim, Kiamba, Maitum) areas in Sarangani. Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, project manager of SOLARES thanked the participation of different partners during the event and their contribution to the implementation of the SOLARES project. He also shared to the group the next steps: distribution and installation of the SHS units to Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat areas.

Engr. Lowell Valiente (CPD), Mr. Fausto Tan, Jr., Mr. Magdolot, Mr. Desesto, Mr. Tubigon, and Ms. Liza D. Hora at the join inspection conducted by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and SOCOTECO II.

Participants proceeded to inspect the units at the warehouse. SOCOTECO II, assisted by SOLARES project officers Engr. Jose Jerry Tayactac and Engr. Mohammad Alver Amanoddin, continued the inventory for the rest of the afternoon.

Participants observed safety protocols such as wearing of masks during the event.

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Mahintana launches ADAPT: ODK M&E Tool for partner grower coops

“If the farmer wins, we all win.”

Nicholaos Yiannakis, Dole Philippines, Inc.

On March 29, 2021, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through the project on technical assistance to Dolefil pineapple contract growership cooperatives launched the ADAPT (Agricultural Development and Advancement through People and Technologies) System – Phase 1. Dole Philippines, Inc and five grower cooperatives supported the official launching held at Viajera Dine & Cafe, Koronadal, South Cotabato. ADAPT is the the official monitoring and evaluation tool for the coops’ daily field monitoring activities.

Celebrating the launch were 70 cooperative management staff and technicians from five grower cooperatives (1) Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative headed by Mr. Coskie Sugue Sr., BOD Chairperson and Ms. Edilyn Pabicon, (2) Tupi Integrated Agricultural Cooperative with BOD Chairperson Ms. Edna Guinares and Ms. Angelita Claudio, (3) Polo Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative through their BOD Chairperson Mr. Rolly Demetillo and Manager Ms. Karen Mae Daguro, (4) Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Cooperative with BOD Chairperson Ms. Rhoda Pecadizo and Manager Agustino Gardoce, and (5) Tboli Farm Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative with Head Technician Mr. Emerson Espalabra. Dolefil executives supported the event; 14 executives and officers with Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis, the VP and Managing Director and Mr. Carlos Rodriguez, Agriculture Operations Director.

“If the farmer wins, we all win.” Mr. Yiannakis highlighted in the message of support from Dolefil. Cooperatives BOD chairpersons’ messages of support were expressed, followed by the ceremonial and official announcement of the ADAPT System through Mr. Rodriguez.

The launching event emphasized the significant impact of the system from daily to long term coop activities. The cooperatives shared testimonies from before and on adopting the ADAPT system; the members shared the potential impact to their respective cooperative roles.

Staff and participants observed health and safety protocols in the duration of this event.

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DepEd XII gives recognition to Mahintana at Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal

Department of Education SOCCSKSARGEN awarded a plaque of recognition to Mahintana Foundation, Inc., among groups and organizations recognized at the Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal at The Farm, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City last March 26, 2021.

As the foundation’s representative, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, program manager of Institution-Building & Governance and project manager of ProPEACE (Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment), expressed Mahintana’s continuing support to DepEd SOCCSKSARGEN.

Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal is a regional event highlighting education partners of DepEd XII. Along with Mahintana, also given recognition were those from different sectors such as the public and private sector: PLGUs, LGUs, and line agencies of the region, NGOs, foundations, and corporations for their contribution to the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of DepEd XII.

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SOLARES trains SOCOTECO II installers and verifiers for upcoming inventory, distribution, installation, and verification activities

The project staff conducted a training on Open Data Kit or ODK-based distribution, installation, and verification in preparation for the upcoming next phase of the project with the arrival of the solar home system (SHS) units for MAKIMA in April. The purpose of the training is to replace the use of paper in conducting SHS unit distribution, installation, and verification, and for the participants to have general knowledge and information on ODK-based forms.

15 verifiers, 13 installers, and 5 distributors completed the 2-day training on March 23-24, 2021 at the Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City. Engr. Mohammad Alver Amanoddin and Engr. Jose Jerry Tayactac, project officers of SOLARES, facilitated the training. For Day 1, the project staff shared project updates regarding with the status of activities based on the project timeline, and formally conducted an ODK training. The team shared the general information on ODK and why it is important in project implementation. The prepared ODK-based forms were presented to the participants for their review and any questions and clarifications.

On Day 2, the team conducted a quick recap of Day 1 and a mock distribution, installation, and verification. SOCOTECO II SBUs brought 10 units of SHS and solar panels for the mock-up activity, and each installer to simulate installing and scanning the 10 units with corresponding correct bar codes of the battery and charge controller per system box. The group completed the mock-up within 4 hours (mock distribution to mock verification). Participants encountered minor problems: (1) mobile phones which took too long to recognize the bar code, (2) wrong recording of the numbers of the bar code, and (3) difficulty/errors when proceeding to the next page of the form.

For ease of bar code scanning, the bar codes must have a good light source. The team noticed if there is less light, the scan will record a different value. When provided with adequate light, the scan will be short and accurate. If the form will not proceed even with a correct bar code, the solution is to fill-up a new blank form.

After the mock-up activity, the team conducted an open forum for concerns, recommendations, and questions of the participants. Concerns included regarding the number of photos for the distribution form. With these, Engr. Amanoddin and Engr. Tayactac will be improving the form accordingly.

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URGENT HIRING: Pharmacy Assistants

Mahintana is looking for three (3) pharmacy assistants to be assigned at the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital.

Interested applicants may submit their application letter, resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents to mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com or to healthplusppf@gmail.com. Address the application letter to:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato

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URGENT HIRING: Admin Assistant

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. is hiring an admin assistant:

  • Business-related course graduate
  • Preferably with experience in cashiering, payroll, and admin work

Interested applicants may submit their application letter, resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents to mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com addressed to:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato

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HIRING: Assistant Baker for Nutripan Polomolok

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. is looking for an assistant baker for Nutripan Surallah.

  • Preferably residing in Polomolok or neighboring municipalities
  • Has experience in baking

Interested applicants may submit their application letter, resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents to our front desk at Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Cannery Housing, Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato (open from Monday-Friday 7AM-5PM except holidays) or to mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com with the application letter addressed to:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato



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Groundbreaking ceremony ushers in the Mahintana Resource Center

On March 8, 2021, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) invited partners and guests to the groundbreaking ceremony at French (Dahlia) St., Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Notable guests included Mr. Carlos Baldostamon, Jr., Chairperson of MFI Board of Trustees, Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis, VP and Managing Director of Dole Philippines, Inc., Ms. Nilda Almencion, the Managing Consultant of Unified Engineering Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Mr. Laurence Griño, Municipal Administrator of Polomolok, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI President, and Ms. Liza Hora, MFI Executive Director.

Rev. Fr. Greto Bugas opened the groundbreaking ceremony with a prayer.

For the rationale, Ms. Hora highlighted the Mahintana Resource Center will be housing its programs particularly: the Nutripan Bakery and Commissary in preparation for reaching new areas and its expanding role in feeding programs of the government, HEALTH Plus and its warehouse for pharmaceutical supplies and distribution to nearby provinces, the environmental program and renewable energy solutions, and in support to the continuing partnership with local governments through the institution building and governance program.

Mr. Yiannakis representing Dole Philippines, Inc. emphasized the evolving process of Mahintana to engage in social enterprise—a leap from its donor-driven projects; Nutripan and HEALTHPlus have high potential in terms of sustainability. He gave recognition to how the Foundation explores its elements to better serve nearby communities and expressed Dolefil’s continuing support to the Foundation’s programs.

For his message of support, Mr. Baldostamon shared Mahintana’s religious beginnings—how the Foundation can bear fruit and continue to be a blessing to its partners, donors, and stakeholders.

Together with guests and MFI staff, Rev. Fr. Bugas blessed the groundbreaking site and the entire Mahintana Resource Center lot.

Closing the program on a grateful note, Mr. Magdolot gave thanks to the guests and partners present, highlighted the donation of Sarangani Resources Corporation, congratulated the staff for contributing to the preparations and proposal of the resource center, and for the group to look forward to the blessing and opening of the Mahintana Resource Center soon.

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