Mahintana participates in the Joint MADAC-MCPC 1st Quarter Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated the joint 1st quarter meeting of Joint Municipal Council for the Protection of Children and Municipal Peace and Order Council and (MADAC- MCPC) on March 29, 2021 at the 3rd Floor Function Room, Municipal Hall, Tupi.

The meeting agenda included MADAC updates, reports, and concerns such as the quarterly conduct of drug clearing operation (and continuous Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) for new watchlist, drug testing, and updating of identified People Who Use Drugs (PWUD), after-care monitoring for PWUD who graduated CBRP and continuous drug testing, conduct of community and school-based advocacy by MADAC oversight committee and PNP, proposal for the livelihood 2021 (PWUD), Action Plan of MADAC, Anti-Illegal Drug & BADAC, and presentation of 2020 updates on VAWC, CA, and CICL.

Other relevant matters included the presentation of Dangerous Drug Board No. 3, series of 2017 aimed at strengthening of Barangay Drug Clearing Program.

Mahintana launches ADAPT: ODK M&E Tool for partner grower coops

“If the farmer wins, we all win.”

Nicholaos Yiannakis, Dole Philippines, Inc.

On March 29, 2021, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through the project on technical assistance to Dolefil pineapple contract growership cooperatives launched the ADAPT (Agricultural Development and Advancement through People and Technologies) System – Phase 1. Dole Philippines, Inc and five grower cooperatives supported the official launching held at Viajera Dine & Cafe, Koronadal, South Cotabato. ADAPT is the the official monitoring and evaluation tool for the coops’ daily field monitoring activities.

Celebrating the launch were 70 cooperative management staff and technicians from five grower cooperatives (1) Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative headed by Mr. Coskie Sugue Sr., BOD Chairperson and Ms. Edilyn Pabicon, (2) Tupi Integrated Agricultural Cooperative with BOD Chairperson Ms. Edna Guinares and Ms. Angelita Claudio, (3) Polo Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative through their BOD Chairperson Mr. Rolly Demetillo and Manager Ms. Karen Mae Daguro, (4) Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Cooperative with BOD Chairperson Ms. Rhoda Pecadizo and Manager Agustino Gardoce, and (5) Tboli Farm Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative with Head Technician Mr. Emerson Espalabra. Dolefil executives supported the event; 14 executives and officers with Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis, the VP and Managing Director and Mr. Carlos Rodriguez, Agriculture Operations Director.

“If the farmer wins, we all win.” Mr. Yiannakis highlighted in the message of support from Dolefil. Cooperatives BOD chairpersons’ messages of support were expressed, followed by the ceremonial and official announcement of the ADAPT System through Mr. Rodriguez.

The launching event emphasized the significant impact of the system from daily to long term coop activities. The cooperatives shared testimonies from before and on adopting the ADAPT system; the members shared the potential impact to their respective cooperative roles.

Staff and participants observed health and safety protocols in the duration of this event.

Mahintana takes part in the BFAR Orientation on Fisheries Administrative Order 263

Message of support by Glenn Padro, Chief, Fisheries Management and Regulation Division (FMRED) (left); newly selected regional representatives per sector (top)

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through the Ridge-to-Reef Program participated in the orientation of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources XII (BFAR XII) on Fisheries Administrative Order 263 series of 2019 (FAO 263) otherwise known as “Establishment of Fisheries Management Areas (FMA) for the Conservation and Management of Fisheries in Philippines Waters” on March 25, 2021 at Koronadal City.

The objective of the FMA is to provide a science-based, participatory, and transparent governance framework and mechanism to sustainably mange fisheries consistent with the principles of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management anchored on food security and supplementary livelihood for poverty alleviation consistent with the objectives of the Amended Fisheries Code.

DepEd XII gives recognition to Mahintana at Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal

Department of Education SOCCSKSARGEN awarded a plaque of recognition to Mahintana Foundation, Inc., among groups and organizations recognized at the Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal at The Farm, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City last March 26, 2021.

As the foundation’s representative, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, program manager of Institution-Building & Governance and project manager of ProPEACE (Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment), expressed Mahintana’s continuing support to DepEd SOCCSKSARGEN.

Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal is a regional event highlighting education partners of DepEd XII. Along with Mahintana, also given recognition were those from different sectors such as the public and private sector: PLGUs, LGUs, and line agencies of the region, NGOs, foundations, and corporations for their contribution to the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of DepEd XII.

SOLARES trains SOCOTECO II installers and verifiers for upcoming inventory, distribution, installation, and verification activities

The project staff conducted a training on Open Data Kit or ODK-based distribution, installation, and verification in preparation for the upcoming next phase of the project with the arrival of the solar home system (SHS) units for MAKIMA in April. The purpose of the training is to replace the use of paper in conducting SHS unit distribution, installation, and verification, and for the participants to have general knowledge and information on ODK-based forms.

15 verifiers, 13 installers, and 5 distributors completed the 2-day training on March 23-24, 2021 at the Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City. Engr. Mohammad Alver Amanoddin and Engr. Jose Jerry Tayactac, project officers of SOLARES, facilitated the training. For Day 1, the project staff shared project updates regarding with the status of activities based on the project timeline, and formally conducted an ODK training. The team shared the general information on ODK and why it is important in project implementation. The prepared ODK-based forms were presented to the participants for their review and any questions and clarifications.

On Day 2, the team conducted a quick recap of Day 1 and a mock distribution, installation, and verification. SOCOTECO II SBUs brought 10 units of SHS and solar panels for the mock-up activity, and each installer to simulate installing and scanning the 10 units with corresponding correct bar codes of the battery and charge controller per system box. The group completed the mock-up within 4 hours (mock distribution to mock verification). Participants encountered minor problems: (1) mobile phones which took too long to recognize the bar code, (2) wrong recording of the numbers of the bar code, and (3) difficulty/errors when proceeding to the next page of the form.

For ease of bar code scanning, the bar codes must have a good light source. The team noticed if there is less light, the scan will record a different value. When provided with adequate light, the scan will be short and accurate. If the form will not proceed even with a correct bar code, the solution is to fill-up a new blank form.

After the mock-up activity, the team conducted an open forum for concerns, recommendations, and questions of the participants. Concerns included regarding the number of photos for the distribution form. With these, Engr. Amanoddin and Engr. Tayactac will be improving the form accordingly.

100 bamboo hills planted for reforestation and environmental awareness advocacy

On March 22, Global Tri-People Agri-Tourism, Consumers, Transport and Integrated Association, Inc. (GTPATCTIAI) partnered with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. for their reforestation and environmental awareness advocacy through planting 100 bamboo hills at Silway River, (6°11’36.32″N, 125° 5’16.56″E), Brgy. Silway 8, Polomolok on March 22, 2021.

URGENT HIRING: Pharmacy Assistants

Mahintana is looking for three (3) pharmacy assistants to be assigned at the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital.

Interested applicants may submit their application letter, resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents to or to Address the application letter to:

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato

Ridge-to-Reef participates in the BLGU Cannery Site 5-Year Barangay Development Planning/Workshop

Hon. Antonio Octavio delivering his opening message (upper left) and Engr. Danny Pelias of OMPDC giving the overview of the planning/workshop and the BDP’s impact to the recipient barangay (lower left); during the presentation of Mr. Gonzalo Palma III, DARBC representative, on the plans of the cooperative (upper right); group workshop sessions (lower right)

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through Ridge-to-Reef Program, participated in the 5-Year Barangay Development Planning/Workshop of barangay local government unit Cannery Site facilitated by the Office of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator on March 16, 2021 at the Barangay Social Hall, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Participants were grouped by sector: environmental, agricultural, economic, social, and infrastructure in identifying respective goals.

802nd Squadron Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary – Southern Mindanao District celebrates World Water Day & Nat’l Womens Month through mangrove planting and growing

Mahintana through the Ridge to Reef project supported the humanitarian mission, of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) conducted a mangrove planting and growing activity at Purok Minanga, Brgy. Buayan, General Santos City (6°32’26.83″N, 124°50’12.68″E). PCGA celebrated the World Water Day (March 22) and March 2021 National Women’s Month by planting 350 mangrove propagules/seeds and 130 seedlings.

A coastal clean-up was done along the coastal area of Queen Tuna Park and feeding program at Purok Minanga. Civic Society Organizations (CSO), namely, Rotary Club of Polomolok 101 and Epsilon Phi Sigma joined the celebration on March 13.

URGENT HIRING: Admin Assistant

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. is hiring an admin assistant:

  • Business-related course graduate
  • Preferably with experience in cashiering, payroll, and admin work

Interested applicants may submit their application letter, resume, Transcript of Records and other pertinent documents to addressed to:

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Cannery Housing, Cannery Site
Polomolok, South Cotabato