Community Organizing: Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Community Organizing among Indigenous Peoples) The foundation started to develop its partnership with barangay Landan in September 1993 under the foundation’s Adopted Barangays Program. The CO activities resulted to the formal organization of the Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LPMPC) on June 22, 1994. Organizational development activities were undertaken. LPMPC started with only 33 members (comprised of 80% IPs belonging to the B’laan tribe; 15% Visayan migrants and 5% Muslims) who meets under the shade of trees. At times, Pre-Membership Seminars would be fortunate to be held in public school classrooms. A borrowed stage, courtesy of the Barangay Council, was a consistent fixture in the coop’s assemblies. Initial livelihood projects in the area are the Cow Ownership (COW) Project in 1995 and the Crop-Livestock Assistance Project (CLAP), in 1996 funded by the Manos Unidas Campaña Contra El Hambre of Spain.

In the latter part of 1996, the LPMPC, together with Mahintana, conducted a Community Consultation with its barangay residents. This activity was instrumental in the conceptualization of the proposal “Landan Farmers Assistance Program (LFAP), which was approved by the AusAID-Philippine-Community Assistance Program (PACAP) in 1997. The LFAP was LPMPC’s first attempt to directly access funds from a foreign donor agency. The LFAP Year 1 has received a total of P723,000.00, while Year 2 and 3 had a total funding of P2.6 million. This project, which ended in the Year 2000, had been successfully implemented by the cooperative. Also in 1997, the LPMPC started to establish its business partnership with Dole Philippines, Inc. through the Dolefil Private Growers Program, with a total financing of P55 million.

It was also in 1997, when Mahintana started to phase-out from barangay Landan to test LPMPC’s organizational and financial management capability. Institutionally, one of the requirements set by Mahintana, which the “graduating” PO/Coop has to pass, was to develop its skills in accessing foreign funding and complying with the conditions and demands of a foreign donor. Having passed these criteria, LPMPC officially graduated as Mahintana-assisted cooperative in 1998.

In 1999, the coop has accessed funds from AusAID-PACAP for the second time, through the Landan Riverbank Rehabilitation Project. In the later part of the Year 2000, LPMPC was able to directly access funds from the Philippine-German Development Foundation (PhilGERFUND) for its Hog Dispersal Project amounting to P240,000.00. Currently, LPMPC is implementing a P1.3 million worth of Riverbank Rehabilitation Project, funded by AusAID-PACAP under its Area Focused Approach (AFA) Program. As of 2002, the coop has established partnership with the following donor agencies: AusAID-PACAP, PhilGERFUND, Dole Philippines, Inc., Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Local Government Unit.

As of December 2006, LPMPC has the total assets of about P157, 990 million, with a total membership of 1,593 member-beneficiaries, who has generated a total of P12.890 million as Capital Build-Up (CBU) and P7.690 million as savings. Further, in the year 2005, the coop has generated a total net surplus of P2.091 million. As of 2005, the coop is assisting a total of 1,700 hectares. Of this figure, 1,688 hectares are devoted to pineapple, while the remaining 12 hectares are planted to papaya.

LPMPC has received the following citations: Regional Winner of the Gawad PITAK Award (Category B) of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for the Year 2000; Regional Winner of the Gawad PITAK Award (Category A) of the Land Bank of the Philippines for the Year 2001. Also in the same year, LPMPC was nominated for the Search for the Gawad Matutum Award, sponsored by the Provincial Government of South Cotabato. Further, in the same year, LPMPC was chosen as “Best in Business Operations” among the coops assisted by the LBP. The coop was also tagged as the “Most Outstanding Cooperative” assisted by Dole Philippines, Inc. In 2006, LPMPC was awarded as the Gawad Pitak Hall of Fame by Land Bank of the Philippines.

Today, LPMPC stands proudly in Landan with a building of its own, a warehouse, solar drier, corn sheller and a training center. Its post-harvest facilities now include trucking services to support the coop’s produce to their markets. The coop staff has grown from four (4) to its current 43 personnel.

Kapatan Marine Conservation and Development Project (KMRDP): KMRDP is a coastal resource management project funded by AusAID-PACAP during the period of 1997-2000. KMRDP promotes the development, conservation and rehabilitation of marine and coastal resources; encourages the use of appropriate fishing technologies and sustainable resource use and developing an organization capable of effecting positive change in their community.

The project was instrumental in extending economic assistance to at least 40 members of Cabug Fisherfolks and Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CAFIFAMCO) with a total amount of P300,000. It has also constructed a multi-purpose building worth P166,000 and provided Cabug community with water system facility worth P295,000 which benefited at least 95 households. It has also developed strong linkages with national government agencies and various development players in the area.

In 1998, CAFIFAMCO has won citation in the provincial and regional levels as the “Most Outstanding Fisherfolks’ Organization in Region XI” for implementing viable community-based coastal resource management project. The organization is now sustaining the interventions made by the program. Further, AusAID-PACAP has named KMRDP as one having adopted some “best practices” in the area of coastal resource management.

Maligo Integrated Livelihood & Conservation (MILCon) Project Year II-AFA: MILCon is another project implemented under the AusAID-PACAP Area Focused Approach. The project is implemented in partnership with Maligo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MMPC). It has assisted a total of 258 beneficiaries who are members of the barangay-based MMPC and the sitio-based Miranda Tree Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MTFMPC) and Kawit Farm Fruit Tree Planters Association (KFFTPA). In 2002, the coop has reforested about 91 hectares and established about 30 hectares of assorted fruit trees. The project has also developed and sustained a total of 20 has. of hilly farms adopting the Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT). A potable Water System was also installed in the barangay to support the community’s activities.

The barangay-based MMPC is currently producing prime quality products, such as Guava Jelly, Banana Chips, Calamansi Concentrate; Kaong Vinegar and Passion Fruit Concentrate. This project receives technical assistance from AusAID-PACAP and the Upland NGO Assistance Center (UNAC).

The MILCon Project has considerably strengthened the barangay-based cooperative (MMPC) through training-workshops and technical support. As of December 2005, MMPC has a total assets of about P1.2 million and has generated a total of more than P255,000 as Capital Build-Up (CBU).

Community Organizing/ Organizational Strengthening Component of SMICZM Project: The Government of the Philippines (GOP) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) provide fund for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the implementation of the Southern Mindanao Integrated Coastal Zone Management (SMICZM) Project. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. implemented the Community Organizing/ Organizational Strengthening (CO-OS) Component of the said project, as contracted by DENR Region XI and XII (2003-2004). The CO-OS Component covers the areas of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL), Silway-Klinan and Buayan River Systems and the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS), with a total of 37 barangays, eight (8) municipalities, one (1) city and two (2) provinces.

Matutum Integrated Conservation and Development (MICADEV) Project: The Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) was one of the initial partners of the foundation way back in 1995 for the implementation of the MICADEV Project. This project covers a total of 14 barangays in four (4) municipalities and two (2) provinces. Some of the components of the MICADEV Project include Environmental Advocacy, Organizational Development and Strengthening, LGU Capacity-Building and Multi-sectoral participation. The project was also instrumental in organizing the Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (MFPC), recognized as one of the Local Special Bodies under DENR.

Integrated Community Health Services Program (ICHSP): The AusAID-assisted project of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato tapped the expertise of the foundation in 2001 to implement the said project in the Municipality of Polomolok. This project was implemented in Barangay Sumbakil, Polomolok, South Cotabato, in partnership with the Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Polomolok and Dole Philippines, Inc. The components of the project include: establishment of potable water system, distribution of sanitary toilet seats, IEC on Primary Health Care and establishment of the Botika ng Barangay.

STD/HIV/AIDS Education/Prevention in South Cotabato and Policy Development/ Advocacy, Policy Compliance and Monitoring in General Santos City: Mahintana was also a partner of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) for five (5) years (1997-2001) to implement its various projects in General Santos City, one of the DOH-identified sentinel sites. Among its major accomplishments were the formulation and enactment of the City Ordinance No. 09, Series of 2000, entitled “An Ordinance Providing A Mechanism to Control and Eradicate the Proliferation of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among the Workers and Patrons of the Entertainment Industry within General Santos City” and the City Ordinance No. 09, Series of 2001, entitled “An Ordinance Creating the General Santos City STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Council”.

Community Development/ Reciprocating Program: This includes “Tools for Trees”, “Chairs for Trees”; “Pews for Trees”, etc. This program supports the Adopt A School Project of Dolefil, and follows a scheme which requires the requesting institution to plant a tree for every P10.00 worth of assistance. The cost of the pews and armchairs, which are fabricated out of scrap palettes, as well as industrial and garden tools, are determined and serve as reference in the number of trees which has to be planted. The foundation also provides the trees for this purpose.