Mahintana Health Plus Program

Serving as the chairperson for the Health Financing Committee of the Provincial Coordinating Council for Health Concerns (PCCHC), the foundation has explored partnerships to help respond to South Cotabato’s growing concern on how to improve the poor communities’ access to safe, affordable and effective medicines.  This concern has become one of the council’s priorities, especially when the Provincial Health Office reported that majority of the residents in poor and remote communities die without having access to safe and affordable medicines.

Given such challenge, PCCHC through its Financing Committee decided tobnb3 undertake this program in support of the Department of Health’s Fourmula One (F1) and as part of promoting the Generics Law in the province.  As a result, Mahintana has developed partnership with the National Pharmaceutical Foundation (NPF) which facilitated our access to Health Plus and its various product lines such as serving as Provincial Pharmaceutical Franchisee (PPF) covering the SOCSARGEN Area.

In close coordination and partnership with the Provincial Government of South Cotabato, Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), Mahintana was started its program as Provincial Pharmaceutical Franchisee (PPF) on September 18, 2007.  The said event has simultaneously launched four (4) other Health Plus Outlets (HPOs) and Botika ng Barangays (BnBs) located in the barangays of Polomolok, South Cotabato.

BNBFor this year, Mahintana PPF was able to organize and operationalize a total of 12 HPOs, 4 HPPs, 2 HPSIS and serves 9 existing BnBs.  As of this report, 14 are in the process of completing their requirements for licensing as Health Plus Outlet  (HPO), while 1 other health facilities are applying for Health Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) and 2 Health Plus Pharmacy (HPP).

Mahintana Health Plus Program has been instrumental in forming and deepening community-based partnerships to help ensure that safe, affordable and effective medicines are made accessible to the communities located in the poor and remote barangays in the SOCSARGEN Area.  While it provides the necessary supply requirements of the Botika ng Barangays, it also capacitates the partners by providing technical support in the areas of financial and operations management including marketing, monitoring and evaluation.

“Alay Gabay Para sa Maginhawang Buhay”: A Wheelchair Turnover Caravan”

wheelchair_MAASIMDole Philippines, Inc., in partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. has successfully turned-over a total of 305 wheelchairs since March 26, 2008 to June 2008 through its project entitled: “Alay Gabay Para sa Maginhawang Buhay”.  This wheelchair turnover caravan was initiated by Dole Philippines to reach out to the most neglected sector of “differently-abled” persons in South Cotabato and Sarangani Province.  Such turn-over activities have benefited a total of four (4) municipalities, namely:  Tboli, Surallah and Tupi in South Cotabato and Maasim in Sarangani Province.

Initially, Dolefil’s project, “Alay Gabay Para sa Maginhawang Buhay” bought 100 units of wheelchairs from the Wheelchair Foundation.  Glad to find a company-partner who helps this sector, the Wheelchair Foundation offered to match said units of wheelchairs, making available a total of 305 wheelchairs. Further, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Council for the Welfare of the Disabled Persons (NCWDP) have approved the tax exemption of these wheelchair units coming from the United States.

Through the company’s Community Development Program, the company hopes to create better impact on the welfare of the community with the help of other partners. The governor of South Cotabato committed to give an amount to buy more wheelchairs and make another round for the succeeding years.  The municipal LGUs, on the other hand, promised to ensure health, education and infrastructure services to this sector

Technical Assistance to Polomolok STI/HIV/Council

The Polomolok STI/HIV/AIDS Council was organized in September 2007 as an offshoot of the EC-PhanSup supported “ReproHealth Youth Base (RHUB) Project” implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc.  Since its organization in 2007, Mahintana continues to provide technical assistance to the council and serves as its Secretariat.

Highlights of the Council’s accomplishments for the year include conduct of the STI/HIV/AIDS Education among the registered entertainment workers in Polomolok.  An exposure trip at the City Health Office in Davao City was also organized for the Council members.  Moreover, the project has facilitated a meeting providing venue for the council members to actively interact with the members of the HIV/AIDS Core Team (HACT) of Davao Medical Center (DMC).

Further, the Council has also been active in the implementation and monitoring of its planned activities for the year.  LGU-Polomolok has allocated an annual budget of P100,000.00 in support of the council’s various activities.  Periodic surveillance and monitoring of entertainment establishments in Polomolok are also undertaken through the offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Municipal Heal Office (MHO) and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).  Finally, the Polomolok STI/HIV/AIDS Council also took the lead in the commemoration of the World AIDS Day in Polomolok last December 1, 2008.

Community Consultation Meetings for Dengue Awareness

Dolefil has initiated series of community consultation meetings participated by various sectors, such as Barangay LGU, Municipal LGU, cooperatives, academe, NGOs, public and private health service providers, women, youth and elderly.  These consultation meetings intend to heighten the communities’ awareness about the alarming increase of Dengue cases in the municipality.

In the initial meetings, the Municipal Health Office (MHO) of Polomolok confirmed that the municipality has the highest incidence of Dengue cases in the entire province of South Cotabato, with a total of 121 recorded cases for the period of January-August 2008.  This data shows a considerable increase compared to the 2007 data where the municipality has recorded a total of 90 Dengue cases for the entire year.  Given this concern, the representatives from various sectors contemplate on organizing a local task force who shall assist the LGU in addressing local health concerns.

TBLINC Project: Teaming Up

for TB Control in Maasim

TBMahintana was tapped by the USAID through the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to implement the Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TBLINC) Project in the municipality of Maasim.  The TBLINC Project, which started in September 2008, is being implemented in all the seven (7) municipalities of Sarangani in partnership with local NGO partners who are members of the Sarangani Province Empowerment for Community Transformation Forum (SPECTRUM).

The project aims to organize community support groups for TB control in the municipality and to eventually improve the utilization of DOTS facilities and services, community behavior and attitudes for TB control and treatment.  As such it has piloted the five (5) barangays of Amsipit, Seven Hills, Malbang, Kanalo and Lumasal in Maasim.  More specifically, the project has conducted initial Community Organizing activities aimed at building and capacitating community-based support groups for TB control in the identified pilot barangays.  The identified Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) shall conduct advocacy with barangay & municipal officials to support the TB Control Program; conduct IEC activities; identify TB symptomatic and referral to health facilities for examination.  They shall also serve as Treatment Partners.  The project is also expected to organize and strengthen a Municipal Multi-stakeholders TB Council that shall advocate for the enactment of a Municipal TB Control Ordinance.

Immunization, Pre & Post Natal Care

Serving as one of the pioneering projects of Mahintana in 1977, this program has been implemented by the Immunizationfoundation in partnership with the Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Polomolok in the past 31 years.   This project includes services, such as immunization for infants, pre and post natal counseling and administration of Tetanus Toxoid (TT) among pregnant women.

For the year 2008, the project was able to immunize a total of 2,495 children, of which 467 are classified as Fully Immunized Children (FIC).  Further, it has provided pre and post-natal counseling and TT administration to 655 women, of which 330 are categorized as Fully Immunized Women

PROJECTS FOR CHILDREN’S

Now on its 3rd year of project implementation, the “Kapit-Bisig Para sa Kabataan” (KBPK) Program aims to address the increasing malnutrition problem in the province by utilizing the concept of Community Foundation.

Based on the project’s experience, a total of 2,053 children were identified and provided with supplemental feeding interventions of at least three (3) times a week for the duration of six (6) months.  Results of the project evaluation after six (6) months of project interventions have shown that that 69% of children has progressed from Below Normal (BN) and Below Normal-Very Low (BNVL) to Normal (N).

More specifically, the project is comprised of the following components, namely:  Health Education, STH Detection, Deworming, Micro-Nutrient Supplementation, Supplemental Feeding, Backyard Gardening and Identification/Implementation of Income Generating Projects.

The “Kapit-Bisig para sa Kabataan Project” (KBKP) is implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Provincial Nutrition Office of South Cotabato and its six (6) municipal LGUs (Polomolok, Tupi, Tampakan, Surallah, Tboli & Lake Sebu) and one (1) city (Koronadal City).  This project is supported by various stakeholders in the province such as, Dole Philippines, Inc., Rotary Club of Koronadal, Rotary Club of Polomolok 101, Dona Luisa Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Gensan, Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET), Notre Dame of Marbel University and local cooperatives namely: Cannery Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Dole Employees Cooperative, FARB Cooperative, Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Coop, Landan People’s MPC, Polo SN MPC, Tboli Multi-Fruit Growers Coop, Tibud sa Katibawasan MPC, Tupi Integrated Agricultural Coop, and Unified Engineering Services & Manpower Coop.

“Tambayayong GenSan: Batang Himsog” ProjectTambayayong

Tambayayong Gensan: Batang Himsog is a multi-stakeholders-initiated Supplemental Feeding Program supported by 25 partners, namely: City Government of GenSan through the City Health Office, Jollibee Foundation, Dole Philippines, Inc., Stanfilco-Kasilak Development Foundation, Mt. Matutum Lions Club, Rotary Club of Gen. Santos City, Rotary Club of Midtown Gensan, Kiwanis Club of Gen. Santos City, Kiwanis Club of Synergia Gensan, PAMET-SOCSARGEN Chapter, Community Health and Development, Inc., RD Foundation, Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, GenSan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Metrobank Purple Hearts Club, GenSan Medical Society, Rugella Fishing, Gaisano Mall of GenSan, KCC Mall of GenSan, Phil. National Red Cross-GenSan, Alliance Tuna International and ABS-CBN Foundation.

This project is designed to conduct Supplemental Feeding, among other components, to identified 1,483 malnourished school-children by providing them with nutritious “hot meals” (lunch) prepared by their parents for a complete duration of 120 days. The project’s feeding component is supported by various partners. Initially, after 75 days (August-December 2008) of providing “hot meals” to the target malnourished kids, the project has significantly achieved a remarkable accomplishment by rehabilitating 60% of its target pupils from Below Normal (BN) to Normal (N) level.

The project other components include:  Health Education, Distribution of Hygiene Kits, Information and Education Campaigns (i.e. Personal Hygiene, Proper Nutrition for School Age Children, ResponSan Jose TGBHsible Parenthood and Household Budgeting), STH Detection and Deworming, Micro-nutrient Supplementation, Backyard Gardening.

A multi-stakeholders-initiated nutrition program established after a series of consultation meetings with the local partners from the academe, civic organizations, non-government organizations, business, LGU and DepEd. It aims to achieve enhanced competitive academic performance of school children of GenSan. The project was launched last August 8, 2008 and currently assists 1,323 Grades I & II pupils from 19 public elementary schools in Gen. Santos City. Currently, its scope of assistance comprise 9.7% of the total 15,212 malnourished pupils from Grades I to VI, or 22% of 5,952 malnourished pupils from Grades I and II.  Based on DepEd data, the bulk of the project’s target group belongs to Grades I & II, whose cognitive and psychomotor developments are at its peak levels. Hence, the consortium has initially set this grade levels as the priority of assistance.

Move On Philippines:  Sowing Seeds

of Knowledge

Move On Philippines (MoP) which is based in Florida, U.S.A. is a non-profit charitable organization of Filipinos living overseas

MoP Maasim

whose vision is to provide educational tools for poor children in the Philippines.  MoP’s vision complements with the current needs of the public elementary schools in SOCSARGEN who envision an improved competency and school performance of its schoolchildren.

MoP has provided reading and reference materials to our adopted schools, as well as to the following public schools:  Colon National High School, Landan National High School, Sulit Day Care Center, Datu Acad Dalid Elementary School, Daan Banwang Elementary School, OT Santos Elementary School and San Jose Elementary School. The table below presents the 2008 summary of MoP’s assistance in the SOCSARGEN Area:

School

No. of Books

Total population

Distribution Date

Colon National High School 80

1600

Feb. 12, 2008
New Dumangas Elem. School 4 vols of Encyclopedia & 98 books

470

Feb. 14, 2008
Landan National High School 93

468

July 16, 2008
Sulit Day Care Center 64

71

August 27, 2008
Desawo Elementary School 6 vol. of Britannica Encyclopedia & 97 books

352

August 4, 2008
Arcal Elementary School 10 vol. Britannica Encyclopedia & 85 books

143

August 13, 2008

Kyumad Elementary School 119 books

301

Blat Elementary School 103

163

Datu Acad Dalid Elementary School 6 vol. Young Students Encyclopedia, 179 reading and reference materials for elem. & preschool

563

November 19, 2008

Daan Banwang Elementary School 117 reading & reference materials

156

San Jose Elementary School 22 vol. world Book Encyclopedia & 90 books

700

OT Santos Elementary School 114 books

272

Total for 2008 48 volumes of encyclopedia and 1,239 reading & reference materials

5,259

KALUSUGAN PARA SA KABATAAN
(KPK) PROJECT

The Kalusugan Para sa Kabataan” Project, which is now on its second year, is a multi-partnership project between Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Dole Philippines, Inc., Provincial Government of Sarangani, Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET)-Gensan Chapter, Kiwanis International, Rotary Club of Polomolok 101, RHU-Maasim and the Global Fund on Malaria Component, Polo Samahang Nayon MPC and Tupi Integrated Agricultural Cooperative. The project’s major components include: STH Detection and Distribution of Hygiene Kits to Grade 1 and Grade II pupils of the three (3) adopted schools in Maasim.

The KPK Project basically focuses on deworming, however, with the support of various stakeholders the project has expanded its activities to include Information and Education Campaign on personal hygiene, environmental sanitation and Malaria Control and Prevention. Distribution of health kits containing toothbrush, toothpaste, nail cutters, slippers, bath soap, iodized salt and hand towels was also realized through the strong support of the identified partners.
For 2007, the KPK Project has served a total of 304 children from three (3) adopted schools in Maasim. (Back to Main Page)