In partnership with the the Provincial Planning and
Development Office (PPDO),
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), and the BLGU – San Jose & San Miguel, Banga and BLGU
Magsaysay, Polomolok, Mahintana conducted a hydraulic machine orientation on March
27, 2019 at Banga River, Brgy. San Jose, Banga. The activity aims to educate the
partners who are willing to adopt the indigenous bamboo dike technology, a
technology originating from Brgy. Naci, Surallah. Tribal Leaders Development
Foundation Inc. (TLDFI) and Municipality of Surallah were the first developed
the design of the drilling machine.
Mahintana partnered with the organizations and adopted the bamboo dike technology and the drilling machine with modifications. During the orientation, the participants were taught the proper usage and maintenance. It was agreed that partner BLGUs who are interested to have the machine shall conduct community consultation first before implementing the bamboo dike establishment.
The Barangay Bantay Gully Task
Force (BBTGF) underwent BBGTF Orientation, MOA Paralegal and FrontlineSMS
System Training was held on March 26, 2019 at Esma Restaurant, Brgy. Cannery
Site, Polomolok. A total of 81 participants, coming from the LGU Polomolok,
MENRO-Polomolok, CENRO-Buayan, furniture shop owners, and partner BLGUs (Landan,
Cannery Site, Kinilis, Maligo, Lamcaliaf, Polo, Upper Klinan, and Pobalcion) attended
The activity aims to help capacitate the BBGTF
members and Furniture Shop Owners about forestry/environment and natural
resources laws and its enforcement and equip BBGTF enforcers on FrontlineSMS
System & other monitoring methods for effective implementation of the laws
and ordinances and protection of the natural resources. Hon. Mayor Honey
Lumayag-Matti led the oath taking of responsibility by the BBGTF Enforcers and
MENRO Enforcers. DENR XII Chief Enforcement DivisionForester Dirie P.
Macabaning and Forester Efren P. Hibaler presented the laws pertaining to
Environment and Natural Resources. LGU Polomolok Project and Evaluation Officer
Engr. Danny Pelias trained the BBGTF on how to collect information via text
messaging. The system is a free open source software that works without an
internet connection which is more applicable for the BBGTF who works on field.
On March 22, 2019, the SOLARES project staff visited Kiamba, Sarangani to meet and discuss with MLGU Kiamba. The SOLARES team introduced the project including the project framework and the target beneficiaries, 10 barangays and tentatively 680 target households within Kiamba.
Councilor Jeric Santillana mentioned that a previous project with SOCOTECOII and the government, failed to continue due to issues in land permit and right of way. Unfortunately, households in Datu Dani already paid for the said service. Posts, cables, and all other necessary materials were procured but the project was put to a halt.
Mr. Antonio Yasana mentioned that most barangays in Kiamba are already energized; he provided a list of possible beneficiaries including households in Nalus, Green Valley, Badtasan, Banate and Salakit. Mr. Yasana also invited the team to the Kiamba ABC meeting on April 1, 2019 to further introduce SOLARES to the barangay captains and gauge their interests on the project.
SB Secretary and KIMEMCO Chairperson, Ms. Jane Rojas expressed interest in the project and was pleased that Kiamba was chosen as one of the beneficiaries. Due to her interest in Tableau, which is a software for interactive data visualizations, it was agreed that Mahintana would introduce Tableau to the cooperative, in return, they would share their CBMS file which will aid the project in determining viable beneficiaries.
On the afternoon of the same day, the team headed off
to Maitum, Sarangani to meet with the LGUs and discuss/introduce the project to
At Maitum on the same day, Maitum MLGOO Mr. Rodolfo Jerez mentioned that the project will be helpful in the remote areas of Maitum, especially in Batian and Zion. It could improve the quality of life in the areas. He expressed his willingness to help Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in any way he can.
Maitum Municipal Administrator Mr. Ruben Balanag was
also pleased that Maitum was one of the beneficiaries of the project, reaching
about 890 households. He welcomed Mahintana to Maitum and added that he can
offer police assistance to Mahintana when conducting site visits.
In celebration with the World Water Day on March 22, 2019, R2R team participated the region-wide Linis Ilog Activity of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – XII conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – Buayan headed by Ms. Ma. Elvira Lumayag. The activity was in partnership with the LGU Polomolok headed by Hon. Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) – Polomolok Engr. Agustin P. Valencia, Jr., BLGU Landan Hon. Rebecca J. Diale, Dolefil, and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Sugok and Klinan Rivers, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok.
A total of 289 participants coming
from both government and private sectors as well as community members joined
the activity and planted 500 bamboo hills along Sugok and Klinan Rivers. A
total of 358 Kgs of residual wastes were collected after the activity. 10
selected community members from Prk. 1, Brgy. Landan received 10 ceramic toilet
bowls during the ceremonial distribution of the said materials which was
donated by Mahintana and the Municipal Health Office (MHO) – Polomolok for the sanitation and Information, Education and
Communication Campaign on health.
SOLARES project officers headed to Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat at 3:00 A.M. on March 19, 2019 to meet and discuss with Kalamansig mayor Hon. Ronan Eugene Garcia at 10:00 A.M. Meeting agenda was the introduction of the SOLARES Project to Hon. Garcia including the project framework and the target beneficiaries, which included three barangays and tentatively 1020 target households within Kalamansig.
Hon. Garcia raised his concerns with the project’s specific recipients. There are GIDAs or Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas in Kalamansig. These communities do not use any lighting at all during nighttime. Furthermore, these communities may not be capable of paying the monthly fee. The team clarified that the payment was for the project’s sustainability and maintenance. There will also be an initial ODK profiling, to identify eligible recipients. It was agreed that the team will return along with a representative from SUKELCO to further discuss the viable target areas.
Brgy. Capt. Albaladeso asked if it would be possible for the barangay halls and schools to be SHS recipients as this would seem atypical for households being energized while barangays are not. Apparently, this shall be clarified with SUKELCO first since the intention of SOLARES is to become a part of the electrification program of the electric cooperative.
In the afternoon, the team was scheduled to meet with LGU Lebak. with Lebak Administrative Officer Mr. Rusty Vilo. Mr. Vilo conveyed his support to the project and expressed his gratitude that Lebak was chosen as one of the target municipalities. He also shared about a previous solar-related project which awarded SHS units to certain communities after a one-time payment was uninformed the status of said project.
Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Democracy Education Center (DEMO), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on March 18, 2019, 8:00 AM. Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker attended the teleconference call with DEMO Director Ms. Undral Gombodorj.
DEMO is a Mongolian NGO that
launched the mobile app community-based monitoring tool called Check
My Service. This initiative was selected by the OGP as one of the best Asia
Pacific regional innovations in 2014 and 2016, and received an OGP Global Award
in 2016. To date, Check My Services app has already monitored 101 government
services of Mongolia. Mahintana, on the other hand, introduced the OGP
Commitments such as Open Monitoring using the ODK and Open Legislation using
the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS). As to date, the ODK-based
project monitoring forms has already finished its dry run stage. Provincial Project
Monitoring Committee (PPMC) has deemed the ODK system easy-to-use and
time-saving in data collection and consolidation. The next step is for the
ODK-result map to be linked to the provincial government’s website for public
to access and provide feedbacks. For the LITS, the 1st phase, which
is archiving of the legislative documents of the province, is already done. The
2nd phase is to make the LITS accessible online, and the 3rd
phase is to provide a comment section where the citizens can leave their
comments and suggestions.
RESOURCEGov 2 Team conducted a series of activities in
Davao City on March 11-13, 2019 namely: 4th PIT Meeting (for Regions
11&13), Financial Workshop, and Financial Monitoring. These activities were
conducted to ensure the proper implementation of the project in the remaining
years according to the financial policies of EU.
For the 4th PIT Meeting for Regions 11
& 13, RESOURCEGov Team from 25 participants (Male 9, Female 16) Mahintana,
MINCODE and member networks met for updating. Consolidated accomplishment and
accomplishment per member network were presented, as well as the consolidated
budget performance, budget performance per implementation, counterpart
complied, and spending plan. A small working group for visibility action was
formed to ensure the faster implementation of visibility and communication plan
including posters and press releases. During the Financial Workshop, the
Financial Manual draft was presented and discussed per section. Inputs from
team were considered and noted that do not come in conflict with EU financial
policies were considered and noted. Lastly, the Financial Monitoring was attended
by 7 participants (Male 1, Female 6) of the finance team of Mahintana. Financial
monitoring is an internal monitoring & evaluation regularly conducted by
Mahintana to MINCODE to ensure the proper documentation of financial records
and necessary attachments.
Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot was invited by the DILG Central Office to attend the Round Table Discussion: Pushing the Envelope from Nominal to Transformative Citizen Participation on March 12, 2019 at the Luxent Hotel, Timog, Quezon City. The roundtable discussion aims to look into local and global experiences through a peer learning exchange of views in the area of promoting participatory governance. DILG invited 18 resource persons from the different sectors – national government, business, academe, international and national donors and NGOs. Mahintana was the only identified local NGO from Mindanao.
DILG was tasked to absorb the functions of the Office of Participatory Governance (OPG), that is, “to promote and ensure the direct participation of various stakeholders in the crafting and formulation of policies and programs to address concerns at the grassroots level and to initiate programs and projects that will facilitate citizen empowerment and participation in governance at the national, regional, and local levels.”
Three from the Dole Philippines School (DPS) Grade 12 students of HUMSS strand, Gilmore Leaño, Sairah Sipe, and Ronjey Rendon, underwent the 2-week Student Work Immersion Program in Mahintana Foundation Inc. in January 2019. Mr. Leaño and Ms. Sipe were designated to work in the Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Project under the supervision of R2R Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao. On the other hand, Mr. Rendon was assigned in Nutripan Project under Ms. Yvonne Templonuevo’s watch. Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza D. Hora received a Certificate of Appreciation from DPS in behalf of the organization. Adolescent Reproductive Health Volunteer Ms. Wiki Hamilton was also recognized in the speech for her invaluable support to the immersion work experience.
During the Grade 12 Culmination Program of DPS on March 8, 2019, the immersion students were given the opportunity to share their work experiences. Booths were also set up with photos of their immersion work. Mr. Leaño representative of the HUMSS students who worked in Mahintana, shared:
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Yes,
nothing is going to lose when you help someone.
“Building resiliency and sustaining
development has been the bullseye of the institution. Empowering people’s
capacity has also been greatest investment – we learned, through this institution,
on how to help others by helping themselves. It is not just all about helping
others and giving what they need but also helping them to stand and live by their
own efforts. As we entered the foundation, the Mahintana force had embraced us
with love and care as if we had never felt like anyone else inside the room. In
fact, they treated us like family. Two weeks were a bit short for us. Short as
it was, however, we cherished the moments that the institution had taught us.”
More than the appreciation of the environmental and socio-economic development interventions, he cherished the learnings and experiences, as well as, relationships built with the mentors and co-workers in Mahintana. Also, he mentioned that with Mahintana, they were able to immerse with the culture and dream of the community and travel to the project sites as an exhilarating experience. Mr. Leaño encouraged the incoming Grade 12 HUMSS and Grade 11 students to freely express their insights and creative juices in developing the society.
HUMSS, or Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of the tracks offered to senior high school in DepEd’s Kto12 Program. It is the strand for students who will take up communication arts, liberal arts, education, and other social science-related courses in college. Meanwhile, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) strand students worked in Dole Philippines, Inc.