Mahintana Foundation is hiring!

We are in need of:

Project Coordinator/ Procurement Officer

  • Graduate of any 4-year business-related course
  • With experience in procurement management, administration & supervision
  • With good oral and written communication and leadership skills
  • With driver’s license
  • Willing to do fieldwork
  • 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.

Mahintana demonstrates PPDO Hydraulic Machine

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.

BBTGF undergoes Orientation, Paralegal Training and FrontlineSMS System Training

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 training.

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.   

R2R participates in the Linis Ilog in Klinan and Sugok Rivers

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 Courtesy Calls: MLGUs Kalamansig and Lebak

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.

Hon. Ronan Eugene Garcia, Kalamansig Mayor; Ms. Ma. Alma Engcong, MLGOO Kalamansig; Mr. Victor Albaladeso, LIGA President, and SOLARES project officers discuss the SOLARES project.

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.

Mahintana connects with Mongolian NGO for OGP Commitments Peer Learning Dialogue

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 Team conducts 4th PIT Meeting, Financial Workshop, and Financial Monitoring in Davao City

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 attends the DILG Round Table Discussion on Citizen Participation Promotion

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.”

A Student’s Gratitude Speech for Mahintana’s Work Immersion Program

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.

Mahintana facilitates TFP2K Organization Meeting

Mahintana facilitated an organizational meeting for Task Force Polomolok Kalikasan at Kaligtasan (TFP2K) on March 4, 2019 at MFI Conference Room, Brgy. Cannery, Polomolok. It aimed to orient the invited members of the task force spearheaded by Local Government Unit of Polomolok through the MENRO together with the Non-Government Organizations, Civil Society Groups, private sectors, groups’ offices and entities about the TFP2K.

The task force is a voluntary group that shall serve as the partner of the Local Government of Polomolok in environmental protection and conservation and DRR-CCA. It shall also serve as the consultative and advisory body to the LGU through the MENRO. Agreed during the meeting is to draft an Executive Order as legal basis of the task force to be submitted to MENRO and to the Sangguniang Bayan. Finalized EO, Signing and Induction, as well as, Launching of Task Force is proposed to be conducted during the celebration of “Amyak Maleh” and World Forest Day.