Mahintana, Dolefil, and LGU Polomolok supports the Grand Iftar

After a month of fasting, Muslims celebrate Ramadan’s conclusion through the Festival of Breaking the Fast also known as Eid al-Fitr – a holiday observed by the entire Muslim community. Communities gather on this day to break the fast known as Iftar, the evening meal where Muslims conclude their regular Ramadan fast at sunset.

In honor and respect of tradition, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Dole Philippines, Inc. together with the local government unit of Polomolok pooled resources to support the Iftar in the municipality’s Muslim communities in eight barangays. Goats, rice, freshly baked Nutripan bread products, Dole pineapple products, and fruit juice were provided to the communities.

The activity is supported by the Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment (ProPEACE) programme funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). ProPEACE is currently being implemented in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani through a consortium with Kasilak Development Foundation, Maguindanaon Development Foundation, OND Hesed, and Tribal Leaders Development Foundation.

NOTICE: On Operation Continuity

NOTICE

To our dear partners and stakeholders in community development:
Hoping all is well with you at this time. This is an update to our previous notice dated May 10, 2021, wherein all Mahintana staff will shift to work-from-home setup as required by Municipal Health Office protocols due to COVID-19 exposure. We have also completed the disinfection and sanitation of our office. All our staff have undergone the RT-PCR test and, unfortunately, some of our staff have contracted the virus. We are now working closely with the LGU-MHO for the contact tracing and to inform our partners who are potentially exposed to our affected staff.

Despite this, we continue to deliver our programs and services to all our partners, stakeholders, and community beneficiaries. You may directly coordinate with our officers and staff of your concern via phone call or virtual meetings. We will resume office on May 24, 2021 or until further notice.

Hoping for your kind understanding and support as usual as we remain steadfast in our commitment in serving our communities in these trying times. Together, let’s proactively beat COVID19 and progress safely in this better normal.

Stay safe and healthy,
MFI Management

Mahintana completes Bamboo Bootcamp’s Carpentry Crash Course

For its Environmental Sustainability Plan through the establishment of its Sustainable Ecotourism and Environment-based Innovations Demonstration (SEED) Farm, Mahintana FOundation, Inc. participated in the Bamboo Bootcamp: Carpentry Crash Course Training on May 5-8, 2021 at Montenawin Eco-Resort & Restaurant/ Brgy. Baganihan, Marilog District, Davao City. Bamboo Bootcamp is a non-profit organization based in Davao City which specializes in bamboo building fundamentals.

Bamboo Carpentry Crash Course is a 4-day intensive training highlighting the essentials in building with bamboo through traditional and contemporary construction techniques. During the workshop, the participants were tasked to build a medium-sized bamboo structure.

Mahintana staff completed the carpentry module which included lectures on bamboo building properties, treatment and treatment methods, and lashing technique (ropemanship) and practical demos on using power tools, joinery and connections, bamboo splitting, methods for walls, floors, etc.

SOLARES deploys 100 solar home system units to Sarangani for pilot installation

Beneficiaries bring home their SHS packages; solar panel installation by SOCOTECO II

The SOLARES project staff conducted a pilot installation of 100 Solar Home System (SHS) Units at Datal Basak, Brgy. Kablacan, Maasim, Sarangani Province on May 3-4, 2021. The pilot installation will serve as an example to the neighboring sitios/puroks, barangays and municipalities that the SHS unit is capable of providing basic needs of energy in each household.

The project staff together with SOCOTECO II – SBU prepared 120 SHS units for the pilot installation. Due to the terrain condition at Datal Basak, SHS units were transported by foot (from the nearest point the truck could reach to the venue).

Distribution formally started after lunch. The project team conducted an orientation to the beneficiary households, with information on SOLARES, its donor European Union, and the implementing partners of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Peace and Equity Foundation.

Community members showed appreciation, including those who initially showed no interest during SOLARES and SOCOTECO II social marketing. Several still requested to apply and avail of the SHS units, seeing their neighbors using the light provided by the project.