2014 has been a lean year for non government organizations in the country, not because of the absence of opportunities for accessing of funds but because of the lingering effect of the use of allegedly bogus NGOs in controversial engagements.  It is good to note that despite the setbacks brought about by the heightened level of screening and evaluation of non-state actors required by foreign funding donors, Mahintana remains to be one of those trusted in the implementation of development programs and projects in the communities.

As Mahintana continues its commitment to strengthen assisted communities, the foundation also finds ways of strengthening  the core of its operations. Along with other Civil Society Organizations in the Philippines, through the help of our networks, we were able to review and improve our capacity in serving our target communities better through sustainable solutions, improved accountability and the ability to compete for and manage donor resources.

We are also grateful for the opportunity that we were given in responding to the rebuilding efforts for communities ravaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol and typhoon hit areas in Eastern Samar, wherein ,we were able to mobilize P 4.854M for the Caravan of Hope rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts, as an off shoot of our relief operations conducted in 2013; and the partnership we had with LWR in extending relief assistance to conflict and disaster affected 4Ps family-beneficiaries in SoCCSKSarGen Region.

We are also positive that the net revenues of P1.456M raised from the proceeds of the Alay Gabay para sa Maginhawang Buhay Invitational Golf  Tournament will allow us to purchase more wheelchairs for the Wheelchair Distribution Project.

MFI’s presence and active support to the development works in Sarangani and Gen. Santos City also paved the way for the formalization of  an agreement for the establishment of a Health Plus Shop in a Shop (HPSiS) within the Maasim Municipal Hospital, Malungon Municipal Hospital and Gen. Santos City Hospital.  We are honored with the confidence that the Provincial and City Government has accorded us. Likewise, our partnership with PLGU-South Cotabato, specifically for the Health Plus program in the Provincial Hospital, has been nominated for the Galing Pook Awards.

We are not resting on our laurels though. All the more that these opportunities and recognition inspires us to explore new collaborations, extend our networks, renew and strengthen partnerships; and be able to fan out our coverage in helping communities build resiliency.

To our donors and partners who were part of our productive 2014, our sincere thanks and we give our assurance that we will always work with quality and accountability. To the Members of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your wisdom and guidance, and for your active involvement in the activities and undertakings of the foundation. To the hardworking staff of Mahintana, we thank you for your dedication to do more, and for sharing in our psychic reward that once again we have triumphed in proving the legitimacy and reputation of Mahintana, and we have reached out to help more communities.

More Power and Mabuhay!