SOLARES expresses support to coffee organizations in Sultan Kudarat

Mr. Arnel Butron, Mr. Stefan Babera, and Mr. Elmor Segume at the coffee processing site.

As a part of the livelihood component of SOLARES, Mr. Stefan Babera, project officer of Peace and Equity Foundation visited Brgy. Keytodac, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat on November 19, 2019.

Mr. Babera called a meeting on preparation for the next operation of the association, particularly for their coffee and corn consolidation and trading, and production loan support to officer-members. Mr. Arnel Butron, President and Mr. Arnold Colcolan, Business Manager participated in the meeting.

One of the agenda included setting up of financial management system. For coffee and corn operations, there were four (4) books of transaction presented to the association; inventory book (purchase of coffee), sales book (delivery), operating expense book and cash book. Discussion covered the content of these books and most importantly the division of work among Mr. Butron and Mr. Colancolan.

Participants also tackled documentation of operation flows. Constraints faced by the association were on the recording of transactions due to the voucher signatories which cause confusion, delays, and mixups of records. The association will implement the open-market marketing strategy for this year.

Mr. Babera assisted Keytodac for a few more days to guide the operation.

BLGU Poblacion conducts tree growing

In celebration of the 80th Foundation Anniversary and 12th Malambuon Festival, the BLGU – Poblacion, Polomolok conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Demonstration Farm, Prk. Aquino Gate, Pobalcion, Polomolok on November 23, 2019. A total of 200 bamboo, fruit and forest trees (100 Bb, 100 F/F) were planted by approximately 300 participants in the 1-hectare area.

Mahintana participates in BMRB Workshop

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) participated on the CBFRM Output 3 Validation Workshop for the Buayan Malungon River Basin (BMRB) at Pinobretel, Tiongson St., General Santos City on November 22, 2019.

The purpose of the said workshop is to formulate/support the plans and implementation of the CBFRM of the municipalities within the Buayan-Malungon River Basin (BMRB).

PIT-PMT meets for Year 3 Spending Plan Refinements

As a follow-through activity of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop, RESOURCEGov Team conducted its 8th Project Implementation Team – Project Management Team (PIT-PMT) Meeting on November 18-19, 2019 at Blue Lotus Hotel, Davao City. The 2-day activity, attended by 24 team staff and partners (Male 12, Female 12), aimed to refine the spending plan for Year 3 and discuss the next steps and schedules of the project implementation team.

After the preliminaries, Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the welcome address reminding the team that the project is already in its last year of implementation and must focus on building pool of experts to sustain the project gains. Project Head Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn Vilbar and (MINCODE) Bookkeeper Ms. Jessica Jose-Teves presented the consolidated spending plan per LGU as the result of the planning workshop conducted in October. During the presentations, issues and concerns were raised and discussed in the plenary. Suggestions and recommendations from participating DILG partners were noted. Financial workshops were conducted to do necessary revisions and refinements to the spending plan. On the 2nd day, the minor revisions were made and presented to the plenary. Key agreements include the following: 1) revisit the budget and consider to forego some activities to give way to the other proposed activities; 2) Inform the MLGOOs of the 2016 CSIS results before the conduct of the 2020 CSIS survey (Region 12) c/o project officers; 3) decide collectively on where to get budget for the LITS roll-out for the barangays of Sarangani, among others.  The next step is to submit the finalized annual interim and financial reports and request for budget realignment will be sent at the end of the month.

Mahintana participates in MENRO – Polomolok MOA Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated the MENRO – Polomolok MOA Meeting at Municipal Ecotourism Office, Municipal Plaza, Polomolok on November 19, 2019. The meeting aims to bind all the roles and activities of all willing volunteer stakeholders who area dedicated and committed to preserve the environment as well as part of the endeavor to solve the global warming brought about by green-house gases emissions.

Among the agreements are the following: MENRO-Polomolok shall designate the tree growing areas for the stakeholders and shall verify if it is National Greening Program (NGP) or other government adopted areas; stakeholders shall provide tree guards (made of bamboo, pallets, lumber) painted with agreed color scheme and set the time of maintenance of their respective adopted areas; MENRO-Polomolok shall conduct Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign for all participating enterprises; and MENRO-Polomolok together with stakeholders shall set a schedule for MOA signing.

Mahintana undergoes EU-organized Gender and Development Training

Mahintana Foundation Inc., represented by RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and HEALTH Plus Project Manager Ms. Margie S. Managuit, also the gender focal person of the office, attended the Gender and Development Training organized by EU Delegation of the Philippines to all CSO-EIDHR and CSO-LA program beneficiaries. Held at UP Diliman on November 13-15, 2019, the training seeks to integrate gender-responsiveness on project management, communication and visibility planning of the EU-funded projects. The participants of the activity as required are project managers and the documenters or the gender focal person of the beneficiary organizations.

Mahintana attends South Cotabato Tourism Plan Formulation TWG Meeting

Mahintana Foundation Inc. attended the TWG Meeting for the Formulation of South Cotabato Tourism Master Plan on November 15, 2019 at Villa Princessita, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato. The meetng aims to collect stakeholder’s ideas to validate the practicability of the plan in crafting the South Cotabato Provincial Tourism Master Plan and was attended by various stakeholders representing the 11 municipalities of the province.

Tourism Council staff Mr. Mr. Richie Matunding presented the consolidated/combined output of the tourism plans of the different municipalities. He then presented the work plan for the formulation of the master plan. It was agreed that the municipalities without tourism master plan to formulate their own plans while those with plans have to review theirs by January 2020. Moreover, a planning workshop for  TWG and Tourism council is scheduled on February 2020.

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. brainstorms for its Strategic Mid-Program Review and Planning

In order to review the foundation’s 5-year strategic plan (2017-2021), Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted its Strategic Mid-Program Review and Planning on November 7-8, 2019 at Malagos Garden Resort, Davao City. The invited resource speaker Mr. Jaime “Bong” Antonio, Jr. facilitated the following segments to the 2-day activity: part 1, examining our influence and impact as a development partner through portfolio reports and the sense making workshop; part 2, defining our locus through examining Mindanao trends and Mahintana Situational Analysis and strategic plan review and updating; and part 3, the teambuilding retreat.

Clockwise from top left: Ms. Liza Hora, Admin and Finance Officer; Mr. Jaime Antonio, Jr. and Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, President and CEO; (lower right) Ms. Jea Roque, HealthPlus Supervising Pharmacist.

Each program was tasked to prepare and present portfolio and accomplishment reports to serve as an overview of the different programs: (1) Basic Social Services, (2) Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation, (3) Institutional-Building and Governance, and (4) Social Enterprise. Before proceeding to the discussion on the outputs of the sense-making workshop, the group was halved and assigned to list Mindanao trends and another half was tasked to evaluate whether the previous situational analysis is consistent to the present or needs updating.

Despite the lengthy process on mapping out the activities of each program, the discussion proved to be fruitful and became a way to level the staff’s knowledge about the foundation’s programs. The most important segment of this activity was the review and update of the strategic plan. Based on their previous outputs (the sense making workshop, Mindanao trends, and situational analysis) the teams could incorporate changes based on these and as a result of further discussion and brainstorming.

Clockwise from top left: Mr. Jan Solomon Edrozo, RESOURCEGov2 Project Officer; Mr. Jeric Amparo, ZOD/HIMSOG-Tupi Project Officer; Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Operations Officer & SOLARES project manager; and Mr. Jay Amiel Ajoc, SOLARES project coordinator.

Mahintana, Dolefil, Stanfilco, Kasilak, RD Fdn., & partner coops share 2nd wave of blessings to earthquake victims in North Cotabato

On November 7, 2019, Mahintana, Dolefil, Stanfilco, Kasilak, RD Fdn., Inc. and other partner organizations/coops in SOCCSKSARGEN area shared second wave of blessings to the earthquake victims of Makilala, North Cotabato under its Caravan of Hope. At least 1,893 families or 9,465 individuals in five (5) barangays of Makilala, North Cotabato have benefited from food packs, mineral water, clothes (for men, women & children) and assorted Dole products (fruit cups, canned & dried fruits, etc.). Dolefil or Dole Philippines, Inc. has donated at least PHP 6.9 Million worth of assorted Dole products.

Right after the relief operations, feedback from the beneficiary families has been encouraging. Majority of the beneficiaries remarked that this relief operation was by far provided them with the most number of relief goods which they found it difficult to carry by one person. Others said that this is the most orderly, efficient and transparent relief operation. They liked the idea that the donors also personally distributed the relief goods because majority of donors (LGUs & private sector alike) just leaved their goods to the hands of the Brgy. Officials to distribute.

The third wave of Caravan of Hope will be conducted in the following weeks.

Doctors also “heal” the environment

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI), facilitated the Tree Growing activity in partnership with Philippine College of Physicians – Polomolok Chapter at Field 103A Gully, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok South Cotabato on November 8, 2019.  They aim to lessen the unfavorable effects of climate change to the environment.

A total of 50 hills of bamboo and 150 hills of assorted fruits and forest trees were purchased and planted by the organization which covers an estimated area of 2,600 sq. m. and attended by 25 participants.