PostHeaderIcon Mahintana Staff undergo Earthquake Preparedness and Fire Safety Seminar and Drill

DSC_9212_Fotor_CollageMahintana Foundation, Inc. in coordination with Dole Philippines Inc. and the Municipality of Polomolok’s Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDDRMO), recently conducted the Earthquake Preparedeness and Fire Safety Seminar and Drill on November 13, 2017. The activity, which took place at MFI Conference Room, aims to orient the Mahintana staff on how to respond to eventualities for it is best to be prepared and react appropriately during and after any occurrence of an earthquake or fire.

The resource person, Mr. Rodelen Atimonan, OIC-LDRRMO, oriented the staff on the correct procedures to be followed when a major earthquake occurs. Also, he emphasized the importance of storing emergency supplies and kits and creating an emergency plan.

Moreover, the staff also learned the basic tips to prevent fire as well as on what to do and where to run to place themselves in safety in case there is a fire. They also had an actual handling and discharging of fire extinguishers at Dr. George Calderon Park where most of the staff including the security personnel of the foundation actively participated. The fire extinguisher drill was facilitated by Mr. Patrick Mayol, Health and Safety Officer and his team from Dole Philippines, Inc.

PostHeaderIcon IMMEDIATE HIRING

Nutripan Bakeshoppe in Koronadal City is in urgent need of the following:

Master Baker (1)

Assistant Baker (1)

 

Requirements:

Preferably Male

At least 5 years working experience in commercial/retail baking

Must be goal-oriented

Can work well with other staff

 

Interested applicants may submit their Application Letter, Resume and other pertinent documents addressed to :

 

President & CEO

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site

Polomolok, South Cotabato

 

Email address: mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com

PostHeaderIcon Youth Peer Education Training-Workshop on Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health

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As part of the component of the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program, Mahintana Foundation in coordination with the Technical Working Group (TWG) under the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) project, organized a 3-day Peer Educators and Peer Counselors Training on October 27-29, 2017. The activity was held at Anchor Hotel, General Santos City attended by 68 youths from private and public secondary schools including the Out-of-School Youth. The purpose of the activity is to provide the youth the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively deliver messages on sexuality and reproductive health and empower them to become responsible adolescents.

This kind of intervention have a potential for reaching a broad segment of youth through the effective use of peer educators as role models for their peers by practicing what they were taught and educating other young individuals about adolescent development, sexuality and reproductive health as well as their roles and responsibilities as catalysts of change.

The lecturers were teachers from different schools and their discussion covered various topics related to ARH such as: Personal Challenges as a Teenager, Sex and Gender roles, Fertility Awareness, STI/HIV/AIDS, Perils of Pornography, Sexual Harassment, Teenage Pregnancy, Courtship and Marriage, Facilitation skills and How to be a Peer Educator and Peer Counselor, among others.

Workshops were initiated where the students actively participated and shared their thoughts and insights during group discussions. Role-playing was also part of the training which provided the peer educators an opportunity to practice their communication skills and understand current scenarios.

Overall, the activity was successful in achieving most of its objectives. It made a remarkable impact to the peer educators and empowered them to take charge of their own sexual and reproductive health. They also learned important skills such as how to be compassionate, non-judgemental and actively listen. As Peer Educators, they are now involved in raising awareness and promoting a positive change with their peers and in their community.

PostHeaderIcon Brgy. Cannery Youth Summit Livelihood Exposure and Tree Growing Activity

In line with the 5th Youth Summit and 4th Leadership Camp of Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato, 100 youths participated during its livelihood exposure trip in Maligo Multipurpose Cooperative (MMPC) on October 26, 2017. They learned about the basic process of producing the calamansi juice, including the proper administration and practices needed when inside a food processing area.

20171027_103218_Fotor_CollageOn October 27, 2017, the same set of participants joined the Tree Growing activity at Field 103C Gully, Prk. Dignadice, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok. A total of 1,000 bamboo trees were planted in the riverbanks to serve as a soil erosion and flood control in the area in the future. Barangay Captain Antonio Octavio graced the activity along with the barangay councillors and youth coordinator. After the activity, a symposium was held in the Brgy. Cannery Gymnasium where Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, Mahintana’s Environmental Project Coordinator, shared about the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.

The activity is an annual youth development program of the local government unit of Brgy. Cannery under its Task Force on Youth Development. It aims to establish rapport to every youth leaders by upholding a responsible adolescent living to pursue a brighter future for the community.

PostHeaderIcon Community-Led Total Sanitation and Housefly Control General Assembly

DSC_0397_FotorAround 120 households together with Barangay health workers, Barangay Kagawads and Purok Chairmen from Brgy. Cebuano, Tupi, South Cotabato, attended the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Housefly Control General Assembly on October 16, 2017.

The speaker and Project Officer in-charge, Mr. Gil Artates, explained in detail the negative effects on poor hygienic practices and sanitation. This encouraged the participants to change their sanitation behavioral ways and they were obligated to install their own sanitary toilet. The discussion also created awareness that maintaining a clean environment will surely benefit everyone.

The activity is part of the HIMSOG-Tupi (Health Initiatives, Mitigations, Services and Opportunities for Growth of Tupi) Project to assist the barangay to totally ban open defecation with the intention to declare it as a Zero Open Defecation community before the month of November ends.

PostHeaderIcon Mahintana Visits Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc. in Davao City

The President and CEO of Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc., Mr. Winchester Lemen, welcomed and accompanied the team from Mahintana Foundation, Inc as they visited the recycling facility located at Bunawan District, Davao City, on October 10, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to explore opportunities and exchange information in advocating waste reduction alongside a social enterprise endeavour.

Mr. Lemen led the group as they entered the recycling plant. They were taken through the receiving area where massive amounts of residual plastic wastes undergo a recycling process from sorting to crushing to the finished product. Every 30 kilogram of wastes can make one (1) plastic armchair and sold at a reasonable price.

The Mahintana staff together with the President & CEO, Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, gained an understanding not only on the basic process of recycling but its importance both to the environment and to the people.

(top photo) Mr. Winchester Lemen led the group to the sorting area where wastes are separated and baled; (lower left) Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI's President & CEO, checking the wood's durability; (lower right) the armchair, as the finished product

(top photo) Mr. Winchester Lemen led the group to the sorting area where wastes are separated and baled; (lower photos) The Mahintana team checking the durability of the finished product

PostHeaderIcon Indigenous Dike Technology Assessment Round Table Discussion

20171010_090853_FotorOn October 10, 2017, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented by Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program Manager, Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, Project Coordinator and Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao, Project Officer, participated in the round table discussion about the NACI Dike Technology Assessment. The meeting was held at the Media Room, Community Center, Ateneo De Davao University.

The Project leader of the NACI Dike Assessment, Dr. Jesse B. Manuta, introduced the rationale and the overview of the research. This was followed by the presentations on Dike Technology given by Engr. Richard P. Manapol from the Civil Engineering Department; Cultural Adoption and Adaptation presented by Dr. Rosalinda T. Tomas from the Anthropology Department; and Ecological Assessment by Dr. Virgilio G. Dela Rosa who belonged in the Biology Department.

The discussion highlighted the primary intention and results of the bamboo dike technology, as a new structural measure to flood control and yet resulted as an effective erosion control system. The Mahintana project team remained attuned to their viewpoint and explained that the bamboo dike is a successful flood prevention measure. To further improve this kind of technology, the group came up with the following recommendations: (a) bamboos shall be planted at least 3 meters from the edge of the river; and (b) napier grass shall be planted between the poles.

Also in attendance were the different sectors from the academe represented by Ateneo De Davao University, Tribal Leaders Development Foundation, Inc. (TLDFI), Allah Valley Landscape Development Association (AVLDA) and the funding donor, Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE).

PostHeaderIcon Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan at Brgy. Kematu, T’boli, South Cotabato

IMG_5335_Fotor_CollageIn celebration of Health Plus Program’s 10th year implementation, another Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan activity was held at Brgy. Kematu, T’boli, South Cotabato on September 21, 2017. Medical doctors and nurses from the Provincial Health Office in South Cotabato together with Community health care providers came early at the venue to provide the following services to at least 437 beneficiaries: medical consultations, dental check-ups and extraction, laboratory tests (e.g. urinalysis, random glucose test, hematocrit blood test), and skin tests to determine skin infections. Volunteers from partner-suppliers rendered their services and distributed medicines for free.

Hon. Dibu S. Tuan, Municipal Mayor of T’boli, expressed his full support to the health programs initiated by Mahintana Foundation and thanked all those who helped and participated in the event.

Mahintana's Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan Team together with the volunteers from the Provincial Health Office of South Cotabato

Mahintana’s Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan Team together with the volunteers from the Provincial Health Office of South Cotabato

PostHeaderIcon LWR-funded Nutripan BREAD (Business for Rural Economy and Agriculture Development) Project Assessment

IMG_5477_Fotor_CollageOn September 22, 2017, the master bakers from the Lutheran World Relief (LWR)-supported Nutripan Bakeshops in Surallah and Koronadal City together with LWR Program Manager, Mr. Roderick Valones, MFI Admin & Finance Officer, Ms. Liza D. Hora, and the project team convened for the assessment of the Nutripan BREAD (Business for Rural Economy and Agriculture Development) Project.

With collaborative efforts of LWR and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and support from officials in the barangay, municipal and provincial levels, the project was successfully launched on July 10, 2017 in Koronadal City and on September 7, 2017 in Surallah. Established as a Social Enterprise, this project aims to improve access to healthy, nutritious and affordable snack alternatives among school children.

Mr. Valones explained that it is vital to assess the project’s initial performance and its accomplishments, examine the challenges encountered and determine the extent to which the project was able to meet its objectives. As the front liners, the master bakers, were encouraged to be open and honest to share positive as well as negative factors affecting the overall operations of the bakeshoppe. This includes their personal assessment of the following: (a) sourcing of ingredients; (b) production; (c) marketing strategies; (d) Admin & Management; and (e) other concerns (e.g. interaction among bakers, attitude of bakery staff). By doing so, the project team were able to examine if the project has achieved its goals, determine how effectively it is being managed, formulate recommendations to improve its performance and define the factors that may help set its direction, whether it is sustainable or not.

It is evident that handling a Nutripan Bakeshoppe comes with an array of challenges and overcoming it may not be easy. The project team still has high hopes that the project will be successful in the long run, with the aim not just to provide Nutritious Bread products to the communities but to also offer livelihood/employment opportunities.

The Assessment Plan is an important element for the formulation of the Nutripan BREAD project’s Strategic Plan, which will be used as basis for future investment of Lutheran World Relief.

PostHeaderIcon Nutripan Staff participates on Financial Management and Simple Bookkeeping Training

DSC01813_FotorOn September 9, 2017, at least 14 Nutripan staff from different branches participated on Financial Management and Simple Bookkeeping Seminar conducted by Mahintana Foundation Inc. held at MFI conference room. The training is one of the ongoing activities of the Nutripan BREAD (Business for Rural Economy and Agriculture Development) Project focused on developing the capacity of the participants on financial operation. The training aims to improve production analysis, bread costing and inventory management of the Nutripan staff and strengthen their financial management capabilities in the implementation and generation of accurate financial information of Nutripan Bakeshoppe using a participatory approach.

The morning session was devoted to looking at how important Baker’s Math is and how it affects the operation of the bakeshoppe.  The afternoon session was focused on Financial and Inventory Management which includes understanding on how to achieve break-even sales. Discussion were then summarized from some of the key points linked into the need to improve and mainstream financial scrutiny throughout the Nutripan Bakeshoppe outlets. Deficiencies in the current financial process implementation were also highlighted.

At the end of the training, participants shared their learnings as such they were able to understand the need to assess and steer the overall Nutripan Bakeshoppe’s operation and financial records.

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