The Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT) for Dole Upper Valley Operations conducted their 3rd quarter tree planting activity on July 23, 2016 as part of the conditions of Dolefil’s ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate) for Upper Valley operations. At least 51 MMT members and stakeholders participated in the activity from 3 different groups, namely: Dolefil Upper Valley Operations (DUVO), T’boli Farm Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TFGMPC) and Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Cooperative (L100PMC).
TFGMPC staff and technicians together with their manager, Mr. Adolfo Tanco Jr. and Environment Committee Chairperson, Ms. Josephine Lucas planted a total of 100 bayog seedlings. Likewise, representatives from L100MPC with their BOD Chairperson, Mr. Michael Baldonado along with DUVO staff planted a total of 100 malabago and 100 mahogany seedlings. Ms. Ivy Galindo, DUVO UV-Agri PCO, Mr. Romulo Castor Jr., CommRel Superintendent and Kag. Joseph Lucido, BLGU representative, also joined and participated in the event.
A total of 300 assorted seedlings were planted along the buffer zones of pineapple plantation at Sitio Zigzag, Brgy. Edwards, T’boli, South Cotabato covering a perimeter of 1,324 meters or 4.1 hectares.
On July 26, 2016, Mahintana Foundation Inc. participated in the Nutrition Month Culmination of the Municipality of Polomolok dubbed with the theme “First 1,000 days ni baby pahalagahan, para sa malusong na kinabukasan.” The theme focuses on the first 1,000 days of life starting from conception and before the second birthday of the child creating awareness on the importance of proper infant and young child feeding practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and giving appropriate complementary food after six months while continuing breastfeeding. The event was held at Polomolok Municipal Gym and was organized by the Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC) in partnership with DILG, DepEd, DAR, CAMPCO, PNP, MFI and Dolefil.
The celebration was also an opportunity to promote eating vegetables to families and the production of backyard gardens to augment not only daily food needs of the family but their income through selling of garden products. Likewise, it helps in promoting collaboration among various stakeholders both in public and private sectors for programs serving families with pregnant mothers and children less than 2 years old. It was also a venue for the launching of “Inay Buhay Nakasalalay,” a program of the National Nutrition Council.
After the program was the blessing of the Nutripan delivery vehicle, driver and the three (3) bread storage which were given to Juan Bayan Elementary School, Pagalungan Elementary School and Polomolok National High School. It was graced by Fr. Jesus Jordan of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish together with Honey Lumayag-Matti, Ms. Liza Hora-MFI and the MNC members.
Students and parents took part in the said activity loaded with fun-filled and exciting events such as Bahay Kubo and Jiggle for Life contest. Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Mayor of Polomolok, expressed her gratitude to the active participation of the participants and for the untiring support of the sponsors and key stakeholders.
In order to improve the capacities of the member-organizations of CSO networks (CSDO-SC and SPECTRUM) in project monitoring, mapping/profiling using Open Data Kit (ODK) and business/financial analytics using Qlik Sense, Mahintana Foundation through its EU-funded RESOURCEGov project conducted the ODK and Qlik Systems Training for CSO Network Members in Mindanao on July 27-29, 2016 held at East Asia Royale Hotel, National Highway, General Santos City. Twenty-five (25) participants including CSO representatives and staff from MFI, SPECTRUM and CSDO-SC attended the activity.
The basics in installation, operation and maintenance on ODK and Qlik systems were clearly discussed and explained by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager. He relayed that the ODK and Qlik apps are among the phenomenally growing free/open source apps available in the web which are very useful for project/business monitoring and measuring organizational performances. He also demonstrated the basic tutorials for Qlik and ODK systems, from downloading/installing of the app to exploring, customizing and analyzing data.
The participants, using their 64-bit laptops and android smartphones, showed excellence in effectively learning and using the systems. They experienced hands-on workshop/tutorial with assistance from the project team. With Qlik, they were able to create personalized forms/reports and dynamic dashboards to explore and appreciate various data and garner meaningful insights. With ODK, they were able to customize their own monitoring forms/questionnaires based on their own organization’s existing project monitoring forms, survey/profiling forms and/or financial data.
The Nutripan Bakeshoppe, a Kapit Bisig Para sa Kabataan (KBPK) Project, has a broad aspect of support from the Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) in the Municipality of Polomolok, South Cotabato. The project was initiated by Dole Philippines Inc. and implemented by Mahintana Foundation Inc. which envisions to help reduce the rate of undernourished children on provinces with high prevalence rate.
As the project continues to provide nutritious bread to its target beneficiaries, MFI together with the MNC agreed to widen its market through an eye-catching yet cost-effective tool of advertising by displaying tarpaulins. On July 21, 2016, MFI staff distributed 34 5×6 tarpaulins promoting the different bread products of the bakeshop to 23 barangays and 8 schools in the municipality. The tarpaulins were displayed in strategic areas such as the public market and the national highway to effectively reach and attract many prospective customers.
Launched on September 8, 2015, the project still continues to provide a sustainable mechanism by improving the nutritional status of undernourished children, augmenting the household’s income and strengthening partnerships between private and public sectors.
Mahintana Foundation conducts Orientation on Health Plus Project to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Sultan Kudarat Province
In its aim to expand its reach and develop partnership on improving access to safe, quality and affordable drugs and medicines to other LGUs in Region XII, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. provides orientation on HEALTH Plus to the eight members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Sultan Kudarat Province, headed by Hon. Raden Sakaluran, Provincial Governor, on July 18, 2016.
Ms. Margie S. Managuit, Project Manager of HEALTH Plus, presented a brief background of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) and discussed the institutional relationship of National Pharmaceutical Foundation (NPF), as the mother franchisor of Mahintana-Provincial Pharmaceutical Franchisee (PPF). She also talked about the history and background of the project, its performance and milestones including the positive results and outcomes since 2007 up to present.
It was agreed during the presentation for the SP members to craft the required Resolution authorizing the Provincial Governor to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. to establish HEALTH Plus in the Provincial Hospital.
Upon the request of the SP members, Mahintana representatives proceeded to the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital (SKPH) and oriented the Chief of Hospital on HEALTH Plus project. It was then agreed to schedule HEALTH Plus presentation with the members of the Therapeutics Committee and other resident physicians.
Dole Philippines and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. together with Dolefil Labor Unions recently turned over a newly renovated Health Center to the Barangay Local Government Unit of Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato on July 13, 2016. The renovation of the Barangay Cannery Health Center II/Lying-in Center was part of the Community Development Project initiated by Dole Philippines Inc. and supported by the Local Government Unit of Polomolok, S.C. The facility was established to provide maternal and child health care services to the community.
The event commenced with the ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by the traditional throwing of coins that represent prosperity. The top management of Dole Philippines and MFI and local government officials (Barangay & Municipal) attended and witnessed the momentous event namely: Dolefil’s VP and Managing Director, Mr. Randolph Fleming; Community Relations Manager, Ms. Leamor Bañaga; MFI’s Executive Director, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot; Admin & Finance Officer, Ms. Liza Hora; Brgy. Captain of Cannery, Hon. Antonio Octavio; Municipal Administrator, Mr. Lawrence Griño; and SB Chairperson on Health, Dr. Melanie Deypalan. Also present were representatives from LEAD.PH, Mr. Armando Gomera and LEAD.Salaried, Mr. Francisco Abrea.
Mr. Fleming expressed his sincerest appreciation to the sponsors and partners who have offered their support in materializing the project and to those individuals who have organized the meaningful event. He also shared the challenges Dolefil is currently experiencing but assured the community that the company will continue to upkeep viable programs and projects beneficial to many.
The official turnover was enacted by handing over the miniature health center building to the LGU by Dolefil, MFI and Tri-LEAD. This was then followed by an infant immunization activity to ceremoniously mark the launching of the health center project. At least 120 infants were given free vaccines to protect them against serious illnesses.
The health center features improved facilities for infants, children and mothers seeking medical services, refurbished receiving area, consultation and treatment rooms, labor room and birthing facility.
Since 2009, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. has been active partners in the implementation of the HEALTH Plus project through the establishment of the HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-shop (HPSiS) in South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH). It was agreed between two (2) parties that 70% of the net savings shall be given back to the province for further expansion and improvement of hospital and other health care facilities while 30% shall be allotted to Mahintana as its operating expenses for the project. In 2011, HPSiS model was replicated in Norala District Hospital (NDH) and in 2013 in Polomolok Municipal Hospital (PMH).
On June 13, 2016, Mahintana turned over 70% share of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato on the net savings of SCPH-HPSiS amounting to Php1,005,560.00 and of NDH-HPSiS amounting to P190,447. The activity was headed by Provincial Governor, Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes, SCPH Chief of Hospital, Dr. Conrado Braña and other partners together with Mahintana’s Admin and Finance Officer, Ms. Liza D. Hora and HEALTH Plus Project Manager, Ms. Margie S. Managuit. The momentous event was shared to the public during their weekly flag raising in front of the Provincial Capitol. The government of South Cotabato expressed their deepest gratitude to Mahintana for allowing the people to access affordable and quality medicines through the said project.
Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project finalizes the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ADH) module
Due to the rising incidence of teenage pregnancies in the municipality of Polomolok, South Cotabato, the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project, implemented by Mahintana Foundation in partnership with LGU Polomolok and Dole Philippines, Inc., has deemed it significant to tailor an Adolescent Reproductive Health (ADH) module making it youth-friendly giving emphasis on the prevention against STI/HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, dealing with issues on sexual abuse and sexual orientation, among others.
The development of the module is a collaboration among many individuals from the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Committee (MSWD, DOH, RHU-Polomolok, PTFK) and the Guidance Counselors from Polomolok National High School (PNHS) and Poblacion Polomolok National High School (PPNHS). With the help of a freelance consultant, Mr. Floyd Maglangit, the module has been reviewed and enhanced.
On June 23, 2016, Mr. Maglangit presented the module to the IEC committee and Guidance Counselors from PNHS and PPNHS for comments and approval. Various suggestions to improve the module were discussed. Some topics unsuitable for teenagers were omitted while some topics regarded as important were emphasized. Other suggestions include: (a) to conduct an orientation on Responsible Parenthood to all parents during enrollment period; (b) to include the Certificate on Parenting or Violence Against Women and Children Seminar as a requirement for issuance of Cedula; (c) IEC Committee to create a Responsible Parenthood Video; and (d) to conduct Training on Trainers for School based teachers in nine (9) public high schools in LGU Polomolok.
The finalized module will be presented to the Department of Education (Provincial Level) for approval before it will be introduced and made available for use to public high schools.
Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its EU-funded RESOURCEGov project, conducted the Finalization and Refinement of Proposals for submission to funding agencies/donors cum Training-workshop on Resource Mobilization and Proposal Preparation on July 6-7, 2016 held at Road Haus Hotel, General Santos City. Twenty (20) local government personnel and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) were equipped with knowledge and skills in preparing fundable/feasible business plans and project proposals as well as mobilizing and managing resources.
The participants were oriented by Mr. Jobe Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager, with the different Resource Mobilization Strategies in securing external funds for an organization to carry out a project. He also presented an overview of the general guidelines (documentary and eligibility requirements) of different funding donors such as the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) and Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF). Likewise, Ms. Ludifel Deypalan, Agricultural Technologist, shared the basic requirements of DA in evaluating proposals qualified for funding support and ensuring that organizations are legit and operating.
Although some of the participants have limited capacity and expertise in technical writing but by the end of the training, they were able to enhance the previously drafted proposals and develop new ones addressing the real need of an organization. Thirteen (13) project proposals were finalized, 6 were presented for critiquing and commentaries. Mr. Fred Fredeluces, Green Tropics Coffee Enterprise Proprietor, an expert with years of experience in making fundable project proposals, provided comments and suggestions for CSOs to further enhance their respective proposals by incorporating extensive information about the intention for implementing the project and the expected results to be delivered from it.
Mahintana Foundation, Inc., seeks the services of a consultant/evaluator to do an end-of-project evaluation for one of its projects that will end on September 2016.
The consultant/evaluator of end-of-project evaluation must have educational qualification, expertise and a minimum of 5 years work experience on project evaluation involving programs on CSO governance, participatory governance, public fiscal administration, revenue generation, budget tracking/ management, legislation/legislative tracking, project monitoring, and data management system. The duration of the evaluation will be around 24 working days, starting August 8, 2016 to September 8, 2016.
For parties interested in this consultancy/bidding, please address your CV to Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Executive Director, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato and email to email@example.com. Deadline of submission is on July 31, 2016.
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