MICADEV Coffee Production Support Project

The MICADEV Coffee Production Support Project aims to help improve the quality of coffee beans from the farmers’ coffee farms thereby increasing their productivity and income levels.  The project is implemented in partnership with partner POs, namely: Matutum Blaan Farmers Association and the Miranda Tree Farmers and Sumbakil Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

ded3For 2008, the project has established a total of 100 hectares of new coffee farms planted with 105,000 hills of Arabica coffee seedlings.  With the project’s current interventions, substantial supply of coffee beans is expected after three years. Moreover, a total of 104 hectares of established shaded grown coffee farms were identified for the whole project duration.  Most of the farms are located within the Mount Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) which provides protection for the civet cats in the area. Protecting the civet cats (bal?s) is very important to the Civet Coffee Production since these cats play a very significant role in providing the farmers with extra income by collecting coffee beans out of the civets’ droppings.

Further, the project has distributed a total of 25 units of coffee de-pulpers benefiting 34 farmers and 4 cooperatives within the communities along the MMPL and other partners in the SOCSARGEN area.  The beneficiaries include the five (5) barangays namely; Kinilis, Maligo, Landan, Palkan, and Sumbakil in the municipality of Polomolok, South Cotabato.  Other community beneficiaries are located in the Municipality of T’boli in South Cotabato and in General Santos City areas.  The total project cost is Php1,535,200.00, of which P500,000.00 is a grant from the German Development Services or Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED).  Serenity Coffee Corporation is expected to provide P168,000.00 as counterpart contribution.

Technical Assistance for the

ACT for Peace Programme

The Act for Peace Programme builds on the gains achieved by the GOP-UNMDP and seeks to continue to strengthen the peace-building efforts of the Peace and Development Communities (PDCs) in South Central Mindanao.  The programme operates in five (5) major components.  As such, it has tapped the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. last October 2007 until December 2008 to provide technical assistance to PDCs under the Component III- Promoting Human Security through Community Economic Development.  Generally, the said componenA4P1t aims to initiate, promote and develop through highly participatory processes, sustainable community economic development activities based on local resources that ensure human security and lasting peace in the PDCs.

For 2008, Mahintana has provided technical assistance and capacity-building activities to the six (6) identified PDCs in Tupi, South Cotabato (i.e. Atbangan Community MPC; Bunao Farmers’ MPC; Kalkam Tribal Farmers Coop; Palian Community Workers’ Association; Polonuling Community Workers’ Association and Sitio Clod Bla-an MPC) for the implementation of the Chicken Broiler Production and Poultry Supplies Marketing Projects.

It has facilitated community consultation meetings, exposure trip to existing poultry projects and trained a total of at least 39 participants on Business Planning, Proposal Development, Poultry Management and Simple Bookkeeping.  The project has also conducted periodic follow-through coaching and monitoring of the implementation of specific project activities, as identified in their respective business plans (i.e. site validation, poultry house construction, purchase of equipment and supplies, poultry management, marketing arrangements, networking/partnership with both the LGU and private partners).

A4P2In the overall, the five (5) Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) have satisfactorily managed the poultry project.  They have generated an average total sales of P80,249.64 and an average gross surplus of P67,988.24.  However, the CBOs decided not to pursue the 2nd production cycle due to increasing price of feeds, day-old chicks and other poultry supplies.  Instead, they are planning to engage into another poultry-related business (layer egg production) in 2009, which they are planning to undertake in partnership with the Development Alternative Framework (DAF) program of the provincial LGU.

On the other hand, despite inflation and other challenges in marketing operations, the Poultry Supplies Marketing Project implemented by BUFAMCO has generated a total sales of P289,647.25 with a gross income of P16,406.50 and a net surplus of P6,143.00.  With the decision of the five (5) CBOs, BUFAMCO is also contemplating on shifting its marketing project into other business activities.

PONTIL SUPPORTS MICROFINANCE INITIATIVES

The Popular Neighborhood Teamwork for Integrated Livelihood (PONTIL) Project is a micro-finance project supported by Mahintana, which started in 2003. The project was initially intended to support the women entrepreneurs of Polomolok, South Cotabato and aims to support its target communities in their income-generating activities for them to emerge into seIf-sustining, empowered and productive entrepreneurs.

However, due to growing concerns on loan delinquency among small-scale businesses, the project has shifted its focus into supporting medium to large scale business enterprises in South Cotabato. For the year, the project has provided a total of P2.OM assistance for two (2) institutions in support of their on-going micro-finance project. (Back to Main Page)

Sumbakil Productivity Enhancement Assistance for

Community Empowerment (PEACE) Project Phase III Year 1

Sumabkil P1The Lutheran World Relief (LWR)-supported Sumbakil PEACE Project is now on the first year of its 3rd Phase after its official start-up last July 1, 2008.  Such project, which is implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Sumbakil Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SMPC) aims to directly assist the four (4) barangays of three (3) municipalities in South Cotabato, namely: barangays Sumbakil and Koronadal Proper in Polomolok; Barangay Simbo in Tupi and Barangay Datalbob in Tboli.  The said project, with a total project cost of P17.8 million is comprised of the following components: Marketing, Milling & Trucking Support, Production Assistance/Technology Dissemination, Agro-forestry Establishment Rice Duckand Organizational Development/Enterprise Management.

In the past six (6) months of project implementation, the project has established a multi-pass rice mill facility model CRM-10A with a maximum output capacity of 15 bags per hour and an average milling recovery of 70%.  This facility has facilitated the selling of 525 sacks of milled rice to 288 clients generating a net income of P34,707.00 for its first six (6) months operations.

The project has also facilitated the actual survey and validation of 250 hectares for rice production, using GIS/GPS technology.  Under the Production Assistance/ Technology Dissemination component, a total of 23 rice farmers have adopted sustainable farming technologies such as vermi-composting and rice-duck farming system.  A total of five (5) training-workshops were undertaken in 2008 and were participated in by a total of 200 (service counts) participants.  The said training-workshops are as follows:  Rice Milling Operation & Maintenance Workshop, Training on Vermi-composting, Rice-Duck Farming System, Simple Bookkeeping, Financial and Credit Management; Orientation on Agro-forestry/Livestock Management.

vermi-banderThe LWR-supported Sumbakil PEACE Project started in the year 2002.  In the past six (6) years of project implementation in the identified project sites, community members recognize the significant change it has made in their lives both as farmer-households and as active participants in community development.

Vermiculture Project

vermi2 With the aim of popularizing the “vermi-culture” technology as an alternative method of composting in support of organic fertilizer production among the partner communities in the MMPL and, the Vermi-culture Project was established.

This project utilizes African Night Crawler (ANC) worms to decompose and process biodegradable household and backyard wastes.  The project started in 2006 with five (5) kilos of ANC worms distributed into five (5) vermi beds.  Vermi beds are prepared using substrates comprised of “greens”, “browns”, “manures” and other biodegradable wastes.  Depending on the volume of wastes vis a vis the volume of worms, substrates are processed by the earthworms into readily absorbable plant food in an average of 90 days.  These organic farm inputs serve as alternate for the increasing cost of commercial fertilizers.    Various studies had been Vermi1undertaken globally indicating that castings of vermi (vermicast) are found to be better in terms of performance than the conventional organic fertilizer.

This project has served as a “learning site for vermi-culture technology” for partners at the same time provides the much-needed technical assistance for the assisted communities.

 

 

 

MICADEV-AFA Phase-Out Project

This project serves as the final phase of Sustaining AFA Support Services and Upscaling Livelihood Initiatives.  This project is part of AusAID-PACAP’s continuing support to sustain the activities undertaken under the Matutum Integrated Conservation and Development-Area Focus Approach (MICADEV-AFA) program.

For 2008, the project was able to conduct Organizational Development activities by enhancing the skills of 21 POs on Financial Management targeting their key leaders and second-liners as participants.  It has trained 15 POs on Resource Mobilization and negotiated more than P300 million worth of projects.  Further, as part of Capability Enhancement/ Strengthening, the project has adopted the plant compartmentalization to streamline workflow as a result of the Productivity Training in partnership with DOST Region XII.  The partner coop has also enhanced the capability of at least 10 food processors through on-site training on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).

On Economic Enhancement Support, the project has supported and operationalized post-production and marketing needs of 21 POs utilizing about P1.0 million worth of Marketing Support Fund with an average repayment rate of 95% and operates with a revolving fund of around P1.8 million.  In the overall, combined Capital Build-Up (CBU) at the PO level has reached about P15.4 million.  Under the Facility Development & Certification Support component, the Maligo Multi-Purpose Cooperative has already been reSUSAFA2gistered with Department of Health-Bureau of Foods and Drugs (DOH-BFAD), Department of Science & Technology (DOST), Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Global System 1 (GS1) after it has upgraded its food processing systems, tools and equipment.  As part of Marketing Support, the partner coop has increased its number of outlets and expanded its markets as a result of its exposure and participation in various trade fairs and marketing expos both in the local and national levels.

Through the Networking and Linkaging component, the project has strengthened multi-sectoral coordination with the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape-Protected Area Management Board (MMPL-PAMB), Project Management Committee (PMC), Project Implementation Team (PIT), Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (MFPC), etc.  It has also provided mobilization and insurance support to at least 64 MFPC-Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENROs) or Bantay Gubat.  The project has also manualized the MFPC-DENRO Operations including the scheme for its existing Scholarship Program, which is currently supporting the college education of five (5) Bantay Gubat dependents. (Back to Main Page)