RESOURCEGov 2 Project conducted the 3-day ODK Training of Trainers (ToT) for
Mahintana, MINCODE, and other Networks on November 16-18, 2020 at the Mahintana
conference room and online via Zoom. Attended by 24 participants (Male 11,
Female 13), the training aims to capacitate the project officers to train the
respective local experts of LGUs in their areas. In turn, the LGU local experts
shall train other departments. This shall form part of the sustainability plan
of the use of ODK.
Mr. Aristotle Sunada presented the training preparation, presentation and
facilitation, and the sustainability plan template. The trainees learned that
communication, knowledge of the guiding documents, and managing the group
dynamics are required skills to become a trainer/facilitator. Also, the trainer
must be able to identify the participants, system requirements and venue before
conducting a training. Mr. Sunada taught about the basics of Kobotoolbox and
Kobocollect including the system features and the question types. The
participants were also able to share their sustainability plans of the LGUs,
and the case scenarios on the problems and solutions that can be addressed by
using the ODK. The ToT was made more interesting because of the pre-test and
post-test in Kahoot!, a quiz app that helped the participants understand the
To equip the project team and partner electric coops with knowledge on proper installation of PV systems, SOLARES project organized the Basic Electronics and Solar PV Installation Training on October 29-30, 2020 at The Farm, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City with resource speaker Engr. Oliver Tolentino, Technical and Operations Manager of Solarhub Photovoltaic Systems.
SOCOTECO II and SUKELCO along with the project team participated in the training. Engr. Tolentino facilitated the training with both lecture and hands-on sessions. He also recommended specialized tools for assembly and installation to ensure the quality of each process (from connector, cables, cords, to panels).
The hands-on demo of solar panel installation closed the first day of training.
Day 2 of the training included a visit to Solarhub Photovoltaic Systems office. Four REC 270W-panels powered a 1hp solar-powered submersible pump. Engr. Tolentino shared what factors to consider when installing panels and the impact of shading on the overall energy generated from the panel. He demonstrated by letting the participants adjust a fifth panel and observe changes through the inverter.
SOLARES Project made sure to observe safety protocols to properly minimize contact among participants such as wearing of mask and social distancing during the entire event.
The SOLARES project team together with SOCOTECO II conducted a community consultation to 8 barangays of Maitum to continue project implementation in the area. Engr. Jay Amiel Ajoc, SOLARES project coordinator, briefly presented a project orientation to barangay chieftains, IPMR, and NCIP representatives for them to be informed of the project goal and its implementer, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and its existing programs.
All the eight barangay chieftains agreed for SOLARES to continue project implementation covering barangays Wali, New La Union, Zion, Batian, Upo, Kalaneg, Kalaong, and Tuanadato. A resolution from IPS and NCIP regarding this approval will follow.
SOLARES Project made sure to observe safety protocols to properly minimize contact among participants such as wearing of mask and social distancing during the entire event. In preparation for the activity, the project staff informed the municipal local government unit regarding travel and conduct of the activity.
The Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK), in partnership with LGU Polomolok through the Municipal Health Office (MHO) and Municipal Cooperative Development Council (MCDC), conducted the Contact Tracing Orientation to Mahintana Foundation Inc. and partner cooperatives on October 30, 2020. This orientation aims to intensify the contact tracing measures through proactive collaboration with MCDC in contact tracing of a confirmed COVID-19 positive case. It was attended by at least 50 participants.
Honey Lumayag-Matti welcomed the participants saying that everyone’s
cooperation is essential in this war against the virus. Dr. Earl Edward Dimamay
discussed the definition of contact tracing, the role of contact tracers and
the templates used for contact tracing. He emphasized the importance of the
data privacy of the individuals involved. Present also during the orientation are
the members of DILG contact tracing team and the Polomolok MLGOO Ms. Eleanor
Magbanua to answer the questions of the participants during the open forum.
The Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR) XII – Provincial Environment and Natural Resources
Office (PENRO) South Cotabato, Allah Valley Protected Landscape (AVPL), Mafoko
Agri Ventures Development Corporation, Dole Philippines, Inc. (Dolefil),
Mahintana Foundation, Inc., and Tboli Farm Growers MPC signed the Memorandum of
Agreement for the adoption of the Enhanced National Greening Program – Forest
Plantation Project at the Mafoko Agro Industrial Farm in Brgy. Tbolok, T’boli
on October 28, 2020.
The Protected Area Management board (PAMB) of the
AVPL issued a clearance to Mafoko Agri Ventures for the development of the 456
hectares within the protected landscape. A portion of 100 hectares is allocated
for Agro Forestry. Dolefil, through the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. supports the
Adopt-A-National Greening Program of the Mafoko by providing assistance in the
maintenance and protection of established plantations in CY 2011 – 2017 which
have no more financial allocations for the said activities from the eNGP.
The Task Force Polomolok Kalikasan at
Kaligtasan (TFP2K) underwent the Gully Classification Consultative
Meeting/Forum on October 28, 2020 conducted by the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of
Polomolok. The TFP2K, headed by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources
Office (MENRO)-Polomolok and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) as secretariat,
requested the said forum to know whether the gullies/dry creeks are private or
public properties. Following the COVID-19 protocols, the activity was done in a
blended manner (both virtual and physical) attended by 19 participants.
Hon. Alan Ines, the SB Chairman of
Environment and Natural Resources Committee welcomed the participants.
Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao presented overview
and objective of the activity highlighting the soil stabilization and gully
bank protection interventions. Engr. Danny Pelias presented the location map of
the gullies. The presentation of legal opinions were given by Provincial
Environment Management Office (PEMO), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR),
Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Buayan, and
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XII.
Polomolok Municipal Health Office (MHO) and Mahintana
Foundation Inc. (MFI) collected water samples from the Kinilis Potable Water
System (KPWS) Rehabilitation Project on October 26, 2020 at Prk. 8, Brgy. Kinilis, Polomolok, South
Cotabato. Twelve water samples were collected and brought to South Cotabato
Provincial Hospital (SCPH) for water analysis.
During the water
sampling, it was observed that the water has no discoloration compared to the
previous sampling conducted last July 27 that yielded all 12 samples positive
to E.coli. It was noted that there was a heavy rain prior to the last
sampling conducted. As for the planted forest trees, approximately 70% (2,100/3,000)
have survived. Mortalities were caused by alleged grazing livestock in the area
and weed entanglement.
Inc. (MFI) welcomed the Sarangani Provincial Bamboo Industry
Development Team (SPBDIT) and the Department of Trade and Industry-Sarangani
(DTI-Sarangani) in the Bamboo House on October 23, 2020. The activity is part
of the Sarangani’s Learning Mission on Bamboo Plantation and Processing Centers
that seeks to gain exposure and knowledge on bamboo-based projects in
SOCSKSARGEN esp. on how South Cotabato is leading in the promotion of bamboo
industry in the region.
Dolefil-assisted Program (DAP) Coordinator
shared the about MFI’s bamboo house and crafts, while SOLARES Project
Coordinator presented the integration of solar energy into bamboo house. As an
agreement, MFI can ask assistance from DTI-Sarangani on capacity development
trainings for bamboo industry. However, DTI-Sarangani’s capital outlay for 2020 activities was
aligned to the COVID-19 response.