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PostHeaderIcon “Mahintana facilitates Technical Working Group Meeting on HEALTH Plus project implementation in Norala District Hospital”


As part of the HEALTH Plus Project’s monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the HEALTH Plus Shop in a Shop outlet in the Norala District Hospital (NDH) Mahintana Foundation conducted their first Technical Working Group meeting for the year which was held on March 01, 2018 at the Chief Nurse’s office. It was attended by Dra. Mila Quinton, the Chief of Hospital, Ms. Adelyn Dequico, the Hospital Administrator, Mr. Ben Maypa, the Chief Nurse, and Ms. Helen Soldevilla, Hospital Pharmacist from NDH and Mr. Franz Andrei Cruspero, MFI-HEALTH Plus Operations Officer, Ms. Normelita Lauron, Project Bookkeeper and Ms. Yedda Marie Bandojo, On-the-Job Trainee from Dole Philippines School. new3

The meeting started with the presentation of the Hospital Admissions and Served and Unserved prescriptions for January 2018, wherein the graphs clearly showed an increasing trend in admissions and a decreasing percentage of prescriptions served by the HPSiS outlet. Dr. Quinton said that the increase of admissions were mainly because of the new doctors and specialists that were employed by the hospital. Ms. Soldevilla stated that the decrease of prescriptions served is because of the availability of drugs, medicines and supplies in the hospital pharmacy. Ms. Lauron, presented the financial performance of the outlet for the year 2017. new4

Other issues and concerns of the hospital were that there was an alarming increase of snake bites, Dr. Quinton requested Mahintana Foundation to supply at least 2 bottles of anti-venom in the HPSiS outlets in case of emergencies.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana hosts Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting of HEALTH Plus project in Sarangani

40 participants from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Accounting Office (PACCO), Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO), Office of the Provincial Governor and 4 public hospitals of Sarangani (Malungon, Glan, Maasim and Kiamba) participates in the TWG meeting of Mahintana’s HEALTH Plus Project held on February 07, 2018 at Kalsangi Club House, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The said meeting, facilitated by PHO of Sarangani, led by Dr. Arvin Alejandro, Provincial Health Officer, opens with presentation of rationale which is to identify gaps and challenges and recommendations leading to and improved effective and efficient delivery of health services to its target clients.2 - Copy (2)

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PostHeaderIcon MFI’s HEALTH Plus Project joins NPF and NCIP in Coordination Meeting with DOH-XII in Cotabato City

On January 31, 2018, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. joins National Pharmaceutical Foundation (NPF), HEALTH Plus mother franchisor, and National Commission on Indigenous People in a Coordination meeting with DOH-XII representatives.  NPF CEO Ms. Teofila Remotigue explained the rationale of the meeting, which are to do courtesy call, discuss gaps and challenges in the delivery of health services to the IPs and how well the DOH effectively respond to their needs and gather data on the IPs served by DOH.  Ms. Kathy Cino, Development Management Officer III and GIDA-IP Coordinator, initially explained that DOH aims to have 100% enrollment of indigents to PHIC, but currently the data says that the enrollment is only 92%.  She added that the 8% variance might have come from the IP community.222222222

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PostHeaderIcon HEALTH Plus Project participates in the Consultative Meeting with IPs of Barangay Lower Mainit, Malungon.


Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) through its HEALTH Plus Project, and in partnership with its mother franchisor, National Pharmaceutical Foundation (NPF) and National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), participates in the Consultative Meeting with IPs of Lower Mainit, Malungon, Sarangani initiated by NCIP. The Consultative meeting, held on January 30, 2018 at Barangay Lower Mainit, aims to present the current assistance of NCIP in the establishment of “Balikwat” ng Tagakaolo and  gather information on the viability of establishing RONPDs or Botika ng Barangay in partnership with NPF and MFI under the HEALTH Plus Project.  “Balikwat” which means “trading” in their dialect, is a mini grocery store established as a livelihood enterprise of IPs living in the community. Ms. Teofila Remotigue, CEO of NPF, presented HEALTH Plus project and MFI as its Provincial Pharmaceutical Franchisee (PPF) implementing the project within Region 12.


Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO of MFI, congratulated NCIP for the commencement of this project, expressed his gratitude for MFI to be part of this partnership and further suggested for the community to think of other viable enterprise such as farming or any agricultural activities with the vast terrestrial properties the IPs owned as their ancestral domain.  Some of the key agreements were as follows: for the Tribal Council to conduct a meeting to discuss on other viable projects with the funding assistance from NCIP.   During the said meeting, NCIP spearheaded by Commissioner Era Espa?a, turned over to the Tribal Council additional funding assistance for the “Balikwat” amounting to P50,000.

PostHeaderIcon HEAL Project conducts Year-end Evaluation and Planning Workshop in Palawan

A total of 44 delegates of the South-Eastern Philippines HEAL project left General Santos City for Palawan last January 23, 2012 to participate in the 4-day Year-end Evaluation and Planning Workshop at Kuyba Almoneca, Puerto Princesa City.  Participants comprise of members of the 6 implementing organizations, together with the PHOs and respective MHOs, PHNs and RHMs of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani provinces.

HEAL project delegates give happy smiles after conduct of the activity

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PostHeaderIcon HEAL project distributes medical equipment in South-Eastern Philippines

Mayor Fungan, Lake Sebu, assist SCMSI during the medical equipment turn-over

The South-Eastern Philippines Health and Economic Alternatives (HEAL) project has started the medical equipment and supplies distribution to beneficiary-brgys. last October 2011. The activity is a project intervention, under its health component, aimed at complementing the health services of RHUs and BHS.  Specifically, the activity aims to reduce maternal and child death and improve accessibility and quality of health service delivery in IP, upland and boundary areas of South-Eastern Philippines.


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PostHeaderIcon Call for Bidding: End-of-Project Evaluation and Video Documentation

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., seeks the services of a consultant to do an end-of-project evaluation for one of its projects that will end on February 2012.  The foundation also seeks the services of a contractor to do a video documentation of the said project.

The consultant of end-of-project evaluation must have expertise and a minimum of 5 years work experience on project evaluation, involving programs on public health, agriculture, and local governance.  The contractor of video documentation, on the other hand, must be a member of a qualified video production company, has expertise and a minimum of 2 years work experience on video documentation, and must have proven human resource capacity in production and post-production areas.

End-of-project evaluation will be on November 2011 – 30 January 2012 while video documentation will be on 2-31 January 2012.

For parties interested in this consultancy, please address your CV to Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Executive Director, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato and email to  Deadline of submission is on November 30, 2011.

Please refer to the Terms of Reference below.

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PostHeaderIcon NAPC shortlists HEAL Project on Convergence Framework

NAPC team meets Municipal Tribal Council of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), under the Office of the President of the Philippines, conducted a 3-day visit of the EU-funded South-Eastern Philippines Health and Economic Alternatives (HEAL) Project last August 23-25, 2011. Members of the team include Mr. Sem H. Cordial, OIC-Director, Mr. Rodelo A. Gariguez, Senior Technical Officer, Ms. Fe Turingan, Assistant Technical Officer, and Mr. Allyn J. Lopez, NAPC Consultant.

The 3-day visit aims to gather and document HEAL project’s good practices in addressing poverty reduction in the region, utilizing the convergence approach, carried out through field visits of assisted barangays and focus group discussions (FGD) with implementing teams, beneficiaries, and LGU partners.

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PostHeaderIcon Calling ‘Shit’ a ‘Shit:’ A Promising Radical Approach to Rural Sanitation

“Kinsa sa inyo ang naay kasilyas?, Asa ba kamo naga-tae diri?, and Pila ka sako ang inyong tae diri kada tuig?” (Who among you has toilet?, Where do you shit?, and How many sacks of shit do you produce in a year?)

When you hear a person ask the first two questions, you will probably think he/she wants to use a toilet to relieve himself/herself; while hearing the third question is somewhat unusual and might cause shock, laughter or outrage. However, these questions form part of the new sanitation approach called Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) pioneered by Dr. Kamal Kar, an independent development consultant from India.

Kar developed this approach during his evaluation of a traditional water and sanitation program in Bangladesh in 1999. The approach had spread to Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. CLTS is now reportedly used in over 40 countries, although so far on a limited scale.

In the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) adopted the CLTS approach under its National Sustainable Sanitation Program (NSSP) through DOH Administrative Order No. 2010-0021 dated June 25, 2010. In support to this program, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) through the European Union (EU)-supported Health and Economic Alternative (HEAL) Project, in coordination with the Provincial Health Office of Sarangani, conducted a 4-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on CLTS last 10-13 May 2011 at IML Ecopark, Barangay Lumasal, Maasim, Sarangani Province.

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PostHeaderIcon South-Eastern Philippines HEAL-PIT Gets CLTS-Trained

HEAL-PIT and Barangay Council participants of CLTS Training

A total of 19 members of the South-Eastern Philippines HEAL-PIT, joined by 10 Barangay Council members, participated in the Trainers’ Training on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in May 10-14, 2011 at the IML Ecopark, Maasim, Sarangani Province.  The training-workshop, conducted by Engr. Ruben Pelones, Sanitary Engineer of the Provincial Health Office of Sarangani, aims to orient and train the participants on CLTS as a new approach on sanitation that addresses open defecation (OD).  The approach uses systematic triggering, focused on igniting a change in sanitation behavior rather than constructing toilets, hinged on the premise that shock, disgust, and shame will make people act to address OD.

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