Mahintana Presents the SOLARES Project during the Official Launch of Grants Awarded under EU-ASEP Call for Proposals

As one of the seven grant awardees of the European Union Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (EU-ASEP) Call for Proposals (CfP), Mahintana Foundation, Inc., presented the SOLARES Project during the official launching of the grants awarded under EU-ASEP CfP on January 30, 2019 at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program Manager, and Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, Project Manager, represented Mahintana during the event. Mr. Jobe C Tubigon presented the SOLARES project on behalf of Mahintana.

Prior to the presentation of grant awards, Asec. Redentor E. Delola of the Department of Energy (DOE), provided the welcome remarks during the opening session. He thanked EU for its support to renewable energy through ASEP which has become a vital partner of DOE to attain its goal of 100% electrification by 2022. Mr. Enrico Strampelli, Head of the Development Cooperation of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, shared a message of support on behalf of the EU delegation. He said there were at least 73 applications in the competitive EU-ASEP Call for Proposals which had proposed sustainable renewable energy solutions in the remote areas of the Philippines, particularly Mindanao. Of the 73 applications, only 7 were selected based on their feasibility and sustainability mechanisms.  Mr. Willy Hick, Programme Office, Development Cooperation Section, EU Delegation to the Philippines, provided the overview of EU-ASEP Program. He shared that when you have a partner like DOE that speaks with so much enthusiasm and commitment in the ASEP program – that’s the EU wants in all their development programs. After the overview, each of the 6 Projects awarded under the EU-ASEP CfP were presented. After the presentations of the awarded projects, Asec. Romeo Montenegro, Deputy Executive Director, MINDA, shared the updates on the Mindanao Power Development Program including the Mindanao Power Outlook.

In the morning session, Mahintana also participated in the consultation and validation workshop on the program framework for Sustaining Peace and Accelerating Socio-economic Development in Mindanao.

BLGU San Isidro conducts Tree Growing with Mahintana

As part of their humanitarian services and environmental awareness campaign, the BLGU – San Isidro, conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Prk. Lower Matibay Riverside, Brgy. San Isidro, General Santos City on January 29, 2019. A total of 1,000 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. 25 participants from Integrated Barangay Affairs (IBA), 4Ps beneficiaries, BLGU – San Isidro staffs, and Drug Surrenderees enjoined the said activity. BLGU San Isidro have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the quarry operators in the vicinity to take part in the maintenance of their adopted area periodically and report to MFI the status of the plants.

RESOURCEGov does follow-through in its commitment to OGP South Cotabato

Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker conducted a series of monitoring of the use of the ODK and LITS in the South Cotabato Provincial Government with PPDO’s OGP Program Assistant Ms. Doreen Vallar in January 2019. Mahintana’s commitment includes the utilization of the LITS in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the ODK in the project monitoring activities of the PPMC (Provincial Planning and Monitoring Committee).

As to date, the ODK-based project monitoring forms were already finalized by the PPDO-REM (Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring) Office and ready for use on the data gathering on March 2019. LITS was already installed in the SP Office in January 2019. An orientation is scheduled in February 2019 for the SP members and staff. Moreover, with the help of Mr. Blanker, the PIO Office in-charge of the South Cotabato website, has successfully drafted a web page integrating the charts/maps of the project monitoring results in ODK. South Cotabato Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ms. Jennifer Bretaña expressed her joy of the fast progress during the updating meeting.

The LITS and ODK are part of the OGP commitments for Open Legislation and Open Monitoring criteria which is rolled out by the RESOURCEGov Project.

FMRC Chapters Conduct Tree Growing

As part of their humanitarian services and environmental awareness campaign, the Family Mix Rider Club (FMRC) – Polomolok, Koronadal City, and General Santos City Chapters, conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Riverside, Prk. Dignadice, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, on January 27, 2019. A total of 100 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. 26 FMRC members from the three chapters participated the activity. FMRC agreed to designate a monitoring team to maintain their adopted area periodically and report to MFI the status of the plants.

Mahintana invites EU Delegates to Conduct Orientation on Contracts

To address the financial concerns with the implementation of the EU-funded projects of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and its partners, an Orientation on EU Financial and Contractual Policies and Procedures was conducted on January 24-25, 2019 at The Pinnacle Hotel & Suites, Davao City. It was attended by 46 participants from Mahintana, Peace & Equity Foundation (PEF), MINCODE, Kasilak, AADC, PHILDHRRA, and Yamog Renewable Energy Development Group Inc. (Yamog). The 2-day activity aims for the EU grant beneficiaries the common understanding on the EU policies and was facilitated by RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker.

Mahintana and SOLARES Project Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza D. Hora acknowledged team leaders PEF Program Manager Mr. Omar Salvo, MINCODE Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin, and Yamog Program Manager Porterio R. Jabla who introduced their team to the body. Ms. Hora welcomed the EU Delegation to the Philippines Programme Officer Ms. Caroline “Carol” Maningo and Contracts & Finance Officer Ms. Michelin “Chie” Alvarez. Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the opening message expressing the combination of excitement and apprehension in implementing two (2) projects funded by EU. He thanked the funding donor for the continued support and trust to Mahintana and hopes to keep its credibility in running the projects. Mr. Magdolot introduced the members of the SOLARES and RESOURCEGov 2 Projects. Ms. Maningo gave a message of support to the grant beneficiaries, encouraging them to take time in understanding EU’s policies. After the expectation check and presentation of the activity overview by Mahintana Operations Manager and SOLARES Project Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon,  Ms. Alvarez started the discussion of the Implementation of Grants Contracts by Beneficiaries. The participants were able to ask relevant questions which were answered by Ms. Alvarez during the course of the presentation. Questions about cash counterpart, exchange rates, procurement procedures, and 60,000 EUR limit support to the third parties were among the concerns raised. Ms. Maningo discussed the two required reports and the deadlines. On Day 2, a recap was conducted, as well as, more discussions and clarifications were made by the participants. The body was divided to two for the breakout sessions to discuss specific concerns with the EU officers. Mr. Magdolot closed the activity saying that the nervousness did not put out the fire and passion to help the depressed communities esp. in the GIDA (geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas).

 

Urgent Hiring!

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. is in need of the following:

  1. Project Coordinator (1)
  • Graduate of Electrical or Electronics Engineering or any engineering course (with or without license)
  • Male/Female
  • Experience in off-grid solar panel installation is an advantage
  • With good oral and written communication and leadership skills
  • With driver’s license
  • Willing to do fieldwork
  • With good moral character
  1. Project Officers (4)
  • Graduate of Electrical or Electronics Engineering or any engineering course (with or without license)
  • Male/Female
  • Experience in off-grid solar panel installation is an advantage
  • With driver’s license
  • Willing to do fieldwork
  • With good moral character
  1. Project Documenter (1)
  • Graduate of any 4-year course
  • Good in oral and written communication skills
  • With good moral character
  1. Project Bookkeeper (1)
  • Graduate of Accountancy or any business course
  • Male/ Female
  • Experience in bookkeeping is an advantage
  • With good moral character
  1. Project Cashier/ Accounting Clerk (1)
  • Graduate of any course
  • Good in oral and written communication skills
  • With good moral character

Application letters must be addressed to:

THE PRESIDENT & CEO
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato
(083) 500-2796
mahintana_mfi@yahoo.com

Applicants may submit their application requirements (application letter, resume, and TOR) thru our email address or in person to our office.

AKRHO-Polomolok Celebrates 5th Foundation through Tree Growing

In celebration with their 5th Foundation Chapter Anniversary, the AKRHO–Polomolok Council conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Riverside, Prk. Malinawon, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, on January 6, 2019. A total of 500 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. Eight AKRHO – Polomolok Council members participated the activity. The AKRHO agreed to monitor their adopted area periodically and report to MFI the status of the plants.