Training-Workshop on Values Reorientation, Leadership and Planning for Dole Gawad Pagibig (DGP) Homeowners’ Association Officers
Organizing the Dole Gawad Pagibig (DGP) community is a challenge the DGP officers has to face for they are responsible for uniting people to work together and build a sustainable and socially just community. As community leaders, they need to engage themselves in leadership development, mobilizing and action planning and help promote and implement community-building projects and activities effectively. On April 17, 2017, Dolefil in partnership with MFI conducted the Training-workshop on Values Re-orientation, Leadership and Planning attended by 15 DGP Homeowners Association Officers held at Dolefil Gymnasium, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok, S.C.
The training allowed the participants to discover and reflect on their personal vision, mission and values in line with the organization’s purpose and core values. It also enabled the participants to identify the current problems of the community, bring about solutions to better live in the community and develop an Action Plan for the implementation of developmental programs.
The topic on Values Re-orientation discussed by Ms. Liza Hora was useful in determining how well the participants know themselves and how others view them as individual members of the community. Another topic on Leadership and Action Planning was presented by Ms. Mythel Faith Solis, MFI Project Officer. She explained the different characteristics a good leader should have and facilitated the drafting of the community action plan. The participants engaged themselves in the process of identifying what the community wants to accomplish and the necessary activities required and resources needed. And at the end of the training, the participants were able to draft the Community Action Plan which will be submitted in the next DGP Officer’s meeting.
HIMSOG-Tupi promotes Healthy Lifestyle through “Mag Zumba ta, Tara na” Dance Workout and Fitness program
To promote awareness in healthy lifestyle, the Health Initiatives, Mitigation Services and Opportunities for Growth of Tupi (HIMSOG-Tupi) project initiated by Dole Philippines Inc. through Mahintana Foundation Inc. facilitated the early morning dance workout and fitness program titled “MagZumba ta, Tara na!” on April 7, 2017. The activity which is in line with the celebration of World Health Day 2017 was joined in by participants from LGU Tupi’s Bikers’ Association, Zumba Association, Barangay and Municipal Councils, PNP, BFP, MEEDO, MHO and MDRRM.
Before the Zumba workout, the participants performed a 30-minute dynamic stretching exercises and enjoyed the Fun Walk around the Plaza afterwards. These warm up stretches are essential before any workout routine to condition one’s body and avoid any muscle discomfort or injuries. The Zumba exercise which lasted for about 45 minutes was led by Nurses under the Nurses Deployment Program (NDP) of DOH.
During the short program held after the Zumba session, Dr. Lester Claveria, Mun. Health Offcier, thanked MFI and Dolefil for initiating this kind of undertaking to encourage individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle. He said, “Maayo gid mag exercise labi nagid sa mga kalalakihan para ma avoid ang prostate cancer ug uban pa nga mga sakit, para sa mga tigulang kay makapabata ini, ug mga kabataan para ma maintain ang maayung panlawas.” (Exercise is good particularly for men as a way to avoid illnesses like prostate cancer, for the elderly to look and feel young and for the young adults to maintain physically fit and healthy).
The guest speaker, Ms. Marifort R. Rafael, IPHO Health Education Promotion Officer II, lectured about Pilipinas Go4Health and encouraged individuals commit to a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, proper nutrition and the prevention of smoking and alcohol consumption.
Later, LGU Tupi represented by Hon. Noel Escobillo, Municipal Vice Mayor, gladly accepted one (1) unit of Projector donated by Dolefil and MFI to be used in every Zumba Session scheduled every Monday to Friday. Also, one (1) set of flipchart of Pilipinas Go4Health was given to MHO including Information, Education Communication (IEC) materials on Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD), No Smoking, Hepatitis and STI/HIV/AIDS.
On April 4, 2017, a total of 58 residents from Purok Lote North, Brgy. Cebuano, Tupi were educated on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) facilitated by 8 trained community facilitators who were ably assisted by RHU-Sanitary inspectors and the Mahintana team. The CLTS activity was initiated to help communities understand and realize the negative effects of poor sanitation and empower them to live in a healthy environment.
In this approach, the households went through a participatory process of doing their own sanitation profile through appraisal, observation and analysis of their lifestyle/practices of open defecation and the effects it can bring in their lives. They participated in the process of visiting the location of open defecation called “transect walk”, mapping and indicating places of defecation, faeces calculation and mobility mapping orienting them on the different ways of contaminating diseases caused by unhygienic practices.
This method helped change the community members’ perception and motivated them to change their hygiene and sanitation behaviour and eliminate open defecation. As a result, the community committed to construct their own toilets and a team composed of CLTS facilitators and sanitary inspectors will monitor and validate the installed toilets by first week of May 2017.
The CLTS is one of the advocacy initiatives of the Health Initiatives and Mitigation Services and Opportunities for Growth of Tupi (HIMSOG-Tupi) project, initiated by Dole Philippines, Inc. in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Mahintana Foundation coordinated with eight (8) land owners/planters residing in Sitios Sta. Maria, Barangay Rangayen, Alamada, Cotabato and facilitated the 4-day Gully Tree Planting activity on April 3-6, 2017.
Before the activity began, the participants were oriented on the proper way of planting and learned about the role of trees as physical barriers to protect the soil from the impact of heavy rainfall particularly in sloping areas or gullies.
The group hauled, distributed and planted 3,100 assorted trees and bamboo seedlings in an estimated 3 km stretch of land area to the identified planting sites.
The tree planting activity is one of the interventions of the Foundation’s Technical Assistance for Dolefil Pineapple Expansion in North Cotabato. It was supported by LGU Rangayen and Sitio Leaders. Below is the total number of planted seedlings per day:
Total planted seedlings (fruit/forest/bamboo)
Dolefil and MFI participates in the Turnover Ceremony of 2-Classroom Building to Tboli Sbu Senior High School in Brgy. Lamdalag, Lake Sebu
Tboli Sbu Senior High School (TSSHS) in Brgy. Lamdalag, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato formally accepted on April 4, 2017 the newly constructed 2 classroom building initiated through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Education, Ateneo de Davao University, RD Group of Companies and RD Foundation in partnership with Dolefil and Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
In a simple turnover ceremony held at the school grounds, the event was graced by representatives from project donors and partners namely, Mr. Kernie Fanage and Ptr. Danilo Fredeluces from RD Group of Companies and RD Foundation; Ms. Wiki Hamilton representing Dolefil; and Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI President and CEO. The project is also supported by the Municipal Mayor of Lake Sebu, Hon. Antonio Fungan and Brgy. Captain Antonia B. Menson of Brgy. Lamdalag who were also present to witness the momentous undertaking.
As part of the ceremonial turnover, a thanksgiving ritual was held which was led by Datu Benito Blonto and followed by the dedication of the building. Right after was the ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the opening of the newly constructed classroom building. DepEd XII representative, Mr. Jennifer Tupas, rendered his congratulatory address and extended his gratitude to all the people who have painstakingly worked for the completion of this project. “The new school building will provide a better learning environment for the students so they can be inspired to study harder and reach their highest potential,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Benjie M. Manuel, TSSHS Teacher-in-charge, also shared the challenges that the school management had to go through to provide students with quality education and hoped that this project will help change the situation.
(clockwise from top photo) Donors and partners witnessing the Thanksgiving ritual led by Datu Benito Blonto; Ribbon cutting ceremony; Unveiling of the engraved brass plate; and signing of the Deed of Donation.
Turnover Ceremony of the Newly Constructed 2-Classroom Building to Lamsogod Elementary School in Surallah, South Cotabato
As part of promoting quality education by providing classroom buildings to public schools with limited resources and very large student population, the 5ingkowelahan Project has formally turned over 2-classroom school buildings to Lamsogod Elementary School in Surallah, South Cotabato on April 3, 2017. The event was attended by Dolefil representatives namely, Mr. Recto H. Puno, Director of Dole Cannery Upper Valley Operations; Atty. Melquiades L. Hernandez III, Director of Corporate Affairs Division; and Ms. Leamor B. Bañaga, Community and Cooperative Relations Dept. Manager. Hon. Vice Mayor Pinky U. Divinagracia of LGU Surallah and Hon. Brgy. Capt. Anthony Baladjay also graced the occasion together with representatives from tripartite partners and other key stakeholders.
The first part of the program was the ribbon cutting and blessing of the building followed by the messages of support from project sponsors and the ceremonial turning over of the responsibility to the school. The school gladly accepted the symbolic building miniature and the Principal, Mr. Salvador Lacson extended his gratitude to Dolefil and its partners for their continued support and assistance. The building construction was completed in a duration of 3 months.
Lamsogod Elementary School is the 4th school beneficiary of the 5ingkowelahan Project since its inception in 2014. It is also the second building constructed using the new architectural design for Dolefil’s unique identity through the Unified Engineering and Manpower Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative Engineers spearheaded by Engr. Rosalito Amarante.
The Dolefil-supported “Dole Gawad Pagibig (DGP)” Housing Project was initiated to provide affordable housing loans for Dolefil’s selected rank and file employees. The construction of houses were made out of sweat equity, wherein the employee-homeowners and the management unite and put in effort and toil, not only to build houses but also with the provision to provide a quality home in a safe, clean and peaceful community. Located at Prk. Pag-asa, Polomolok, S.C., the housing project has successfully turned over the keys to the second half of the beneficiaries on March 24, 2017.
The event covered the grand celebration of the Ceremonial Turnover of the Subdivision as it is graced by the Senior Vice President of the Worldwide Manufacturing and Business Development, Mr. Danko Stambuk; Vice President and Managing Director of Dole Philippines, Inc., Mr. Randolph J. Fleming; Local Government Unit of Polomolok, in the person of Hon. Kag. Allan Ines; Dolefil Management represented by the Corporate Affairs Division through the Industrial Relations Department; Sarangani Resources Corporation (SRC) as the developer; Mahintana Foundation, Inc. being the company’s social development partner; three (3) Labor Unions represented also by the Union Presidents, beneficiaries and dependents. Mr. Fleming happily announced his all-out support to the project. “As long as I am with Dolefil, housing projects like this will continue,” he said.
After the ceremonial turnover, the beneficiaries were all delighted to receive the keys made even more pronounced when houses were built out of hard work and team work. One of the beneficiaries was unable to hold back his tears of joy when he rendered a message thanking the company and those people who made this project possible. “I never thought of owning my own house since my salary is just enough to provide the basic needs of my family but because of this project, I am very blessed and thankful that I can now have a home I can call my own and share it with my family,” he said.
Meanwhile, the induction of the DGP Homeowners Association followed in simultaneous with the opening and blessing of the new houses. The event was concluded with abundant Filipino food delicacies shared by everyone.
A Tree Growing Activity took place at Brgy. Silway 8 Riverbank on March 18, 2017 as part of the Youth for the Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) activities of Silway 8 National High School, Polomolok, S.C. The activity is also an integrated approach of the Ridge-to-Reef program to help reverse the degradation of identified upland, lowland and coastal areas.
Participants were oriented by Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, MFI Project Coordinator, in the proper way of planting to ensure high survival rate of planted trees. He also briefly discussed the impacts of grazing heavy livestock such as cattle which can destruct soil structure and the vegetation or plants in the area. At least 130 students and teachers joined in the effort to plant 200 assorted fruit and forest trees in the planting site identified by the Barangay.
Launching and Opening of 9th HPSIS Outlet at Upper Valley Community Hospital in Surallah, South Cotabato
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Local Government of Surallah, South Cotabato has inaugurated the 9th Health Plus Shop in a Shop (HPSiS) outlet on March 14, 2017 located in the Upper Valley Community Hospital (UVCH), a government supported hospital under the supervision of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO). The HPSIS outlet, located inside the hospital facility, aims to provide safe and affordable essential generic pharmaceutical and medicinal supplies to poor and indigent patients. Present during the program and formal opening were Vice Mayor Hon. Pinky Divinagracia; Dr. Barbara Libatique, representing DOH-12; Hon. Dardanillo Dar, SP member; Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, PHO of South Cotabato; Hon. Ellen Grace Subere-Albios, SP Chairperson on Health; Dr. Ana Marie Tuburan, UVCH Chief of Hospital; and Ms. Liza D. Hora, representing Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Other guests from 3 government hospitals namely, Norala District Hospital, Polomolok Municipal Hospital and South Cotabato Provincial Hospital, also witnessed the meaningful event.
Vice Mayor Hon. Pinky Divinagracia expressed her gratefulness that the pharmacy was established as part of the local government’s continuing comprehensive health care delivery program of increasing availability and accessibility of affordable quality drugs to public facilities.
As a 2015 Galing Pook Awardee recognized as one of the most outstanding and innovative local governance programs in the Philippines, the Health Plus Program continues to explore the possibility of expanding to other government run hospitals in Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato provinces to also help reduce the out-of-pocket expenses, as getting sick these days is quite expensive and the burden of paying off healthcare costs and buying medicines can bring a lot of financial problems especially to the poor and marginalized communities .
The Municipality of Tupi celebrated the Blessing and Turnover of the Tupi Nutripan Bakeshoppe’s delivery vehicle on February 13, 2017 at the Municipal Hall of Tupi, South Cotabato. Dole Philippines, Inc. through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. has provided a delivery van intended for transporting freshly-baked bread products to public schools to expand the market of the bakeshoppe and to provide nutritious bread products to many school-aged children.
The Blessing ceremony was officiated by Fr. Carlo Glenn T. Dela Cruz of Sta. Teresita Catholic Church followed by the cutting of the ribbon and turnover witnessed by the staff of MLGU Tupi including Municipal Councilors (Hon. Glenn Hatulan and Hon. Reynaldo Alburo, Sr.), Department Heads (Ms. Renneted Bergado of MEEDO and Mr. Emil Sumagaysay of MDRRM) and Mahintana Foundation. The Municipal Vice Mayor, Hon. Noel J. Escobillo, expressed his gratitude to Dolefil and Mahintana’s continuous support to the Municipality. “We will be supporting and patronizing the bakeshop to help lower our malnutrition rate,” he said.