RESOURCEGov Team trains the South Cotabato PPMC on ODK-Based Project Monitoring

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker was invited by South Cotabato Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC) for the Open Data Kit (ODK) Training Workshop on October 29-30, 2018 at Cinco Niñas, Koronadal City. Mahintana supports the Open Monitoring and Open Legislation Commitments of the Open Government Program (OGP). It was attended by 50 participants (Male 26, Female 24) of the different provincial offices part of the PPMC.

The first day was composed of the following activities: creation of Kobotoolbox account per department, discussion on the form generation, making their participants’ own forms, and presentation of generated forms.

On the 2nd day, the participants used their ODK forms for the mock monitoring of two on-going projects namely the: 1) Alteration of the Grandstand and Construction of Control Tower in the South Cotabato Sports Complex; and 2) the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CGMP) funded road construction in Brgy. Cabuling, Tantangan, South Cotabato. After the mock monitoring, the participants presented their results and learnings. The participants also shared their optimism that the ODK system will be of great help to them in mapping and monitoring.

 

Mahintana treks Kinilis with CTNI Staff

Mahintana Ms. Ella Mae Babao spearheads the Kinilis Trekking on October 27, 2018 with Mr. Fred Fredeluces of Greentropics Coffee Enterprise, Mr. Boyet Buan of Matutum Coffee Producers Association and CTNi staff Mr. Tabilla and Mr. Hilot. The CTNi staff came to assess the plantation. One of the recommendations is the possibility of in situ colning of coffee in Mr. Buan’s area.

R2R Team undergoes Macrosomatic Cloning Training

  

R2R Team participated in the Claveria Tree Nursery, Inc. (CTNi) Macrosomatic Cloning Training conducted for Dole Philippines Inc’s Research Department on October 24-26, 2018 at Mahintana Conference Room and Dole Agri Research Center, Poblacion, Polomolok South Cotabato. This training is a preparatory activity on the Corporate and Community Investment on Tree and Environment – Growing Trees for Pallets Program of the company. It was attended by 17 participants from organizations and institutions namely: Dole Agri Research (6), Cannery Community Nursery (5), Matutum Coffee Producers Association (2), Greentropics Coffee Enterprise (1), Dole Community Relations (1) and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (2). The resource speakers from CTNi were Forester Ebenezer A. Tabilla, Nursery head and Agriculturist Rex C. Hilot, Extension Forester. This training aims to capacitate the Research Department of the company and several community partners on the techniques and process of Macrosomatic Cloning.

In Macrosomatic Cloning, cuttings (meristems) are obtained from a good mother tree and enhanced to produce more tissues, which further differentiate themselves and become an individual plant or clone of the mother tree. Thus, this will accelerate the propagation of endemic species of trees in the area.

RESOURCEGov 2 conducts its Annual Review and Planning Workshop

 

The RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project conducted its 1st Annual Review & Planning Workshop on October 23-24, 2018 at Go Hotels, J.P. Laurel Ave., Lanang, Davao City. The 87 (Male 45, Female 42) attendees were composed of EU Delegates, DILG partners, representatives of the 14 LGU beneficiaries, CSO federation presidents, EU partners in Mindanao, the project team, and the media.

Project Coordinators Mr. Jobe “Obet” C. Tubigon and Ms. Raizsa Mae “Bai” Anayatin, the facilitators, acknowledged the participants per province.  President & CEO and Project Director Mr. Martiniano “Dodoy” L. Magdolot gave the opening remarks, thanking and welcoming the participants for coming. Partners from EU Delegation to the Philippines Ms. Caroline Maningo, Dole Philippines Inc. representative Atty. Melquiades Hernandez, MINCODE BOT Chair Ms. Andrea Maria Patricia Sarenas, DILG 11 Compostela Valley Provincial Director Mr. Noel Duarte, and DILG 12 Cotabato Provincial Director Mr. Ali Abdullah gave their messages of gratitude, congratulations, and support to the project. Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented the project work plan, targets and accomplishments for November 2017 to September 2018. Questions regarding the project operations were welcomed. Then, Project Admin and Finance Officer Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla presented financial updates. She also shared the challenges experienced by the team during implementation and asked the EU delegates if the recommendations given were right. Ms. Divina Somera, EU Finance Manager, addressed some of the concerns.  In the afternoon, 7 out of 14 LGUs were given task to present their learnings and challenges in the project implementation based on specific interventions.

 After the LGU testimonials, the participants were grouped according to LGUs for the planning workshop. The LGU representatives were given time to think of activities to be conducted aligned with the interventions and its respective budget. The project officers and finance team guided the LGU partners in their budgeting. 

On the 2nd day, a representative per province presented the proposed activities for Years 2 and 3. Another open forum was conducted. Recommendations were given and agreed. Ms. Maningo appreciated the LGUs’ consciousness of the budget. Mr. Blanker shared the body the key agreements and next steps. He emphasized that the activities planned in the workshop are just indicative and are still subject for review and approval. Kasilak Development Foundation Inc. Executive Director Mr. Joemil S. Montebon gave the synthesis of the 2-day event. Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) Regional Coordinator Mr. Glenn Bais gave the closing remarks.

SK-Cannery celebrates 6th Youth Summit

In celebration of the 6th Youth Summit and 7th Leadership Camp, Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Cannery Site (SK-Cannery) conducted a tree growing activity at field 102B gully on October 25, 2018. A total of 300 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. The activity was organized by SK-Cannery headed by April Dave Sorioso, SK Chairman, and was participated by 60 youth representatives from Brgy. Cannery, Out of School Youths (OSYs), and youth members of Obed’s House Ministries of General Santos City.

DARBC Celebrates Cooperative Month 2018 with a Tree Growing Activity

In celebration of the Cooperative Month 2018, Dolefil Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (DARBC) conducted a tree growing activity at Fields 109ABC gully on October 24, 2018. A total of 1,500 hills of fruit and forest tree were planted at the mentioned sites.

There was a short program before the planting rites which was facilitated by DARBC staff. Mr. Cecilio Balili, Director of DARBC, gave his inspirational message followed by messages of support by  Municipal Cooperative and Development Council (MCDC) Mr. Lory Asilo and Municipal Councilor Nilda B. Almencion of LGU Polomolok. The event was participated by a total of 67 participants from the LGU Polomolok, MCDC, Unified Engineering Works Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UEWMPC), BLGU Cannery, DARBC Clusters, and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI).

DXCP – CMN 585 kHz. Radyo Totoo & CPAG ARKVentures Enterprise conduct Tree Growing Activity

DXCP – CMN 585 kHz. Radyo Totoo & CPAG ARKVentures Enterprise conducted a tree growing activity on October 20, 2018 at Prk. Pananggalon, Brgy. Poblacion, Malapatan. A total of 1,000 mangrove propagules were planted along the 1 linear Kilometer coastline. A total of 14 CPAG workers participated in the said event.

 

The adopters agreed to conduct a periodic monitoring of the planting site and inform Mahintana of the planting area’s status.

Mahintana speaks at the Philippine-American Fund Grantees Sustainability Forum

Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot was invited be one of the speakers about Resource Mobilization at the Philippine-American Fund Grantees Sustainability Forum on October 17-19, 2018 at Mezzo Hotel, Cebu City.

Mahintana was one of the USAID Program grantees in the past years.