Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through the HEALTH Plus Project turned over 70% of shares of South Cotabato Provincial Hospital and Norala District Hospital to the Provincial Government of South Cotabato on July 13, Monday.
Governor Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr., Dr. Conrado Braña the SCPH Chief of Hospital, and Dr. Mila Quinton the NDH Chief of Hospital attended the turnover during the flag ceremony at the Provincial Capitol of South Cotabato. Ms. Liza Hora, Executive Director, and Ms. Margie Managuit, HEALTHPlus project manager represented Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Combined, the shares amount to Php 2,529,769.54 (SCPH Php 2,233,987.04, NDH Php 295,782.50).
Mahintana Foundation Inc. team
led by its Executive Director Ms. Liza D. Hora conducted a brief meeting with
the DILG XII Regional Director Ms. Josephine C. Leysa on July 6, 2020 at the
DILG XII Regional Office, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. The meeting, aimed to
plan for the online learning exchange, was attended by the 8 participants (Male
3, Female 4). The Mahintana team was composed of Ms. Hora, Program Manager Mr.
Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov 2 Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, and RESOURCEGov
Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc while other DILG XII participants included
Assistant Regional Director Ms. Lailyn A. Ortiz, Project Development Monitoring
Unit Head Ms. Herminia S. Ontoy and Development Management Officer II Mr. Ruel
DILG XII responded to the invitation of Mahintana by expressing their interest to co-sponsor the activity along with the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force-Emerging Infectious Diseases (RIATF-EID) XII and Regional Task Force-COVID19. invite DILG Undersecretary for Plans, Public Affairs and Communications Jonathan Malaya, and the Local Government Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) XII. The online sharing is scheduled on July 22, 2020, 9:00AM thru Zoom.
Mahintana Foundation Inc. and the
MENRO-Polomolok conducted a follow-through meeting regarding the
Waste-to-Energy Proposal on July 6, 2020 at MFI Conference Room, Cannery
Housing, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok.
The meeting agenda focuses on the
proposed project’s financials and preparatory activities prior to its
implementation. Present in the meeting was Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, Ms. Ella
Mae Babao and Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor of MFI and Mr. Eric Leonardo, Mr. Efren Lapinid
and Mr. Jaime Lumbos of MENRO-Polomolok. It was discussed that to sustain the
project, sure market must be established by tapping potential partners (Pollution
Control Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PICAPI) – Polomolok Chapter,
industries/companies within Polomolok area) prior to its implementation. Among
the key agreements are the following: conduct financials review, meet
PCAPI-Polomolok Chapter and Dolefil Pollution Control Officers regarding the
proper disposal of special wastes, plan strategy to convince households to pay
for garbage fees, revisit the Genar 22 Facility in Laguna for assessment of project
feasibility and sustainability in Polomolok, secure a copy of current Waste
Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) data from, and conduct a meeting
prior to project presentation to mayor.
Mahintana environment team led by Project
Coordinator Ms, Ella Mae M. Babao monitored the vegetation in the field gullies 112B/113C, Polo, 103AC, Cannery
and 113A, Brgy. Kinilis on July 4, 2020.
flight, the following were observed: a) Field gully 112B/113C has increasing
vegetation and stability of banks. Although there are some areas that need to
be reinforced with bamboo planting; b) Field gully 103A/C leading to Ma. Rosa
Creek has dense vegetation at the upstream area however, the gully bed and bank
after the last drop structure going downstream has widened and has lesser
vegetation; c) Field gully 113A has high vegetation on the whole stretch. There
is a sighting of a Black-shouldered Kite (though not confirmed) midstream of
the gully last June 2019 and during the gully walk (July 2020). There are also
areas observed that needs indigenous stone dike reinforcement. The
recommendation is to prioritize tree growing and indigenous stone dike
construction at field gully 103AC.
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) in partnership with the St. Lorenzo School of Polomolok, Inc. (SLSPI) conducted a photo documentation of the Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) also known as Black Shouldered Kite and other avifauna found at Field 113A/B gullies, Brgy. Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato on July 4, 2020. A team of five instructors went to SLPSI-adopted area where a pair of mature kites produced four offsprings observed since 2018.
The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much smaller kestrels. This Eurasian and African species was sometimes combined with the Australian Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) and the White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) of North and South America which together form a superspecies. This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl-like forward-facing eyes with red irises. Although mainly seen on the plains, they are sometimes seen on grassy slopes of hills in the higher elevation regions of Asia. They are not migratory, but make short-distance movements in response to weather (Source: Wikipedia).
Mahintana Foundation Inc. (MFI) turned over 500 goggles, 500 head covers, 500 isolation gown sets (including foot cover and head cover), 500 N95 NIOSH masks and 300 pcs face shields to Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) of South Cotabato for use by the COVID-testing Center located at Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Memorial Medical Center (DAPMMC) on July 2, 2020.
The PPEs are worth Php 608,240.13 taken from the proceeds of
Palo Kontra Droga Golf Tournament held in 2018 realigned to COVID-19 response
Foundation, Inc. participated the reopening of Tiwan’s Bato Peak Agri-Tourism
Park and dedication of kubo on July 1, 2020 at Prk. 6,Sitio Bato, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South
Cotabato. The agri-tourism park accommodates travelers to meditate,
relax and enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape and the overlooking
Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape. The park’s soft opening was held on March of
2020 but was stalled by the current pandemic.
The peak is said to be a sacred ground for the Blaan
tribe who also protects and preserves the area. It was also noted that a total
of 10 centenarians were living in the area, including Yabing Masalon Dulo, who
is known as a weaver of traditional Blaan costume called “Ikat”. Tourists
can now visit the place in limited slots and are advised to follow IATF
Guidelines on COVID-19 (wearing of facemasks and social distancing).
Foundation Philippines, Inc. and Mahintana Foundation Inc. turned over the
Kinilis Potable Water System (KPWS) to the BLGU Kinilis and Prk. 8 community
members on June 30, 2020 at Prk. 8, Brgy. Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The
water system consists of one spring source collection box, one 10 cu. m.
ferrocement water tank, one 5 cu. m. ferrocement water tank, transmission and
distribution lines and 12 tap stands supplying potable water directly to the 84
households of Prk. 8, Kinilis.
ceremony was participated by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., Dole
Philippines Inc., LGU Polomolok, Mahintana Foundation Inc., BLGU Kinilis and
Prk. 8 community leaders. The blessing of the water system was led by Ptr.
Marcelino Buan who offered thanksgiving prayer and followed by Damsu, a B’laan Thanksgiving ritual, led
by IPMR Oliver Buan and Chieftain Jimmy Buan. After which, messages of support
were given emphasizing the need to conserve and protect the environment and
watershed to sustain the supply of water. The partners and community leaders
then proceeded to the signing of Deed of Donation, ceremonial turning-over of
the gate valve hand-wheel and opening of faucet. The program ended with a lunch
salo-salo for the whole community to
celebrate the provision of water supply.
The Agos Project-Kinilis Potable Water System Rehabilitation Project, funded by Coca-Cola Foundation and implemented by Mahintana, is aligned to the Philippine government efforts to help achieve the targets set for 2030 under Sustainable Development Goal #6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).
To ensure that the
Kinilis Water System spring source will not run out of water, the project
funded by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. and implemented by Mahintana
Foundation, Inc. conducted a tree growing/planting activity on June 22, 2020. At
least 400 hills out of the target 3,000 forest trees was planted in the water
source and adjacent areas of the watershed/MMPL. The activity is also a
celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day, a day dedicated to tree planting.
The tree growing activity was participated by various partners and stakeholders from Protected Area Management Office-Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape headed by PASu Gabriel Baute, Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office (MENRO)-Polomolok headed by Engr. Agustin P. Valencia, Dole Philippines, Inc. represented by the VP & Managing Director Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis and Dolefil Community Relations Manager, Ms. Leamor B. Bañaga, BLGU Kinilis Council and staff headed by Hon. Floro P. Tagaban, IPMR Kinilis Mr. Oliver Buan, Matutum Coffee Producers’ Association (MCPA) headed by Ms. Julita Buan, Prk. 8 community members headed by Chairperson Zaldy Mosquera and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented by the Operations Manager, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon.