As we look back to the challenges we have faced  and the accomplishments we have reaped for the Year 2014, we also look forward  to the challenges we have to face in clarifying our legitimacy as social actors and as a non-government organization and our accountability to key stakeholders, especially our donors, to ensure that we contribute to the public good.

For this, I allow me to take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to our project donors for the continuous trust and confidence in our capacity to carry on with the projects.  We are now in the second year of implementing the EU-funded RESOURCEGov Project and we are happy to note that our partner LGUs are now more conscious of up-scaling efforts to improve resource generation, allocation and utilization with the engagement of CSOs in participatory governance. Our community engagements, with the support of Dole Philippines, Inc.  continues to assist communities through interventions in education, health, sanitation and environmental management. And in 2014, we have formalized our assistance through the launch of the 5-year SKRW-SBPS R2R Program , the HIMSOG-Tupi project, the Health,Wellness and Safety Initiatives in the Workplace and Community under the PTFK project, and the Support to Dolefil Pineapple Growership Program Expansion in Alamada, North Cotabato. We also appreciate the trust of PTFCF for the SR-HARP Project and LWR for the MR Distribution Project.

On top of our 3rd 5-year accreditation by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification  (PCNC), and our accreditation by the DOF and BIR as a Donee Institution, and being  duly recognized and granted a License to Operate  by DSWD XII, it is also both a pride and honor that the foundation was also granted an accreditation as a Social Welfare and Development Agency (SWDA) by the Standards Bureau of DSWD-Central Office. This goes to show that more than complying with the requirements set by the DSWD, we were told that we are even setting the bar for accountability of social welfare organizations.

Behind all these accomplishments and accolades are the people and organizations who are part and parcel of Mahintana’s 37 years; our donors, partners, Members of the Board of Trustees, management and staff, who have painstakingly pieced together their commitment,  dedication,  and hard work.

Cheers for the fruitful 37 years and more power for the coming years!

 

BIENVENIDO L. PEREZ