ProPEACE partners and stakeholders celebrate Linggo ng Kabataan in Lumakil

From lower left counter-clockwise, parents of tuli (circumcision) beneficiaries, a beneficiary provided with HEALTH Plus hygiene kits and packed meal at Prk. Maguindanao, Lumakil women residents give thanks for the free slippers provided, Prk. Maguindanao residents during the outreach program, municipal health personnel attends a beneficiary

Mahintana Foundation Inc., through the GCERF – funded Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment (ProPEACE) Programme supported the local government unit (LGU) of Polomolok in celebration of the Linggo ng Kabataan (Week of the Youth) in Lumakil, Polomolok last August 24-26, 2021. Dole Philippines, Inc. (Dolefil) and the 10th Special Forces Company of the 5th Special Forces Battalion (Philippine Army) extended their support to the event, which was launched in the presence of local authorities, mayors, and councilors.

From left, Polomolok Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti , South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr. and ProPEACE project manager, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker

During the launching, Hon. Efren Cordon Lumakil Punong Barangay, welcomed stakeholders and beneficiaries, with reminders on observing health protocols. Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti, municipal mayor of Polomolok, expressed the commitment of the local government to restore the barangay through social services support. With the recent security concerns, Mayor Matti encouraged the constituents assuring that the local government and its stakeholders’ support are in place: “Ibalik natin ang dating sigla ng Lumakil.” (Let us collectively regain Lumakil.) Ms. Daren Talahuron, Lumakil Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, expressed her gratitude for the support as this year’s Linggo ng Kabataan is themed Transforming Food System: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Sustainability. They showcased local delicacies to promote acceptance of diversity in Lumakil while also empowering youth as leaders in their communities.

Lumakil showcases their local delicacies during the launching event

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. turned over a wheelchair to a Lumakil beneficiary at the program, represented by his parent, who expressed gratitude to the foundation and its partners for realizing her wish for her son’s mobility. Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, President, and Ms. Liza Hora, Executive Director, demonstrated the customized wheelchair and mentioned the ongoing wheelchair caravan in South Cotabato. The caravan will benefit 200 persons with disabilities. Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, ProPEACE Programme Manager, concluded the program by sharing the ProPEACE programme, emphasizing the need for collaboration with and among the community and to assist them in addressing peace and development concerns resulting in the multi-stakeholder support for Lumakil.

From left, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot and Ms. Liza Hora of Mahintana, demonstrate the customized wheelchair, Ms. Sarkiya Leong thanks the foundation on behalf of his son a beneficiary from Lumakil

After, the local government unit organized a medical-dental mission and outreach program in Purok Maguindanao, Brgy. Lumakil.  Around 79 children were enrolled in the LGU’s feeding program. Meanwhile, Mahintana and the Municipal Health Office team educated the youth and children about appropriate sanitation and hygiene at the barangay-covered court. Following the orientation, the team distributed a total of 100 hygiene packs to the participants. Continuing the activity, youth session named Healthy Young Ones composed a series of anti-smoking, anti-drug abuse, and adolescent reproductive health campaigns for 100 adolescents was conducted. The activity was facilitated with the assistance of the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK), a task force established by the LGU through a public-private partnership with Dole Philippines, Mahintana as secretariat, and the Municipal Cooperative Development Council. The task force assists the municipality in addressing emerging health concerns.

From top clockwise, municipal health office staff distributes vitamin supplements, youth lecture symposium Healthy Young Ones”, Ms. Rhogelyn Diana, PTFK project officer hands out bread snacks during the feeding program.

On August 25-26, the 10th Special Forces Company, led by Capt. Harold Layan provided tuli (circumcision operation)  and haircut services together with the Lumakil Barangay Health Center.  85 children benefitted from the Operation Tuli. Parents of the children also received Vitamin C supplements through Mahintana’s Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan Program, a health promotion caravan conducted through Health Plus Project, a social enterprise pharmacy that provides safe and affordable medicines and supplies where the hygiene kits, as well as the medicines and supplies needed for Operation Tuli were obtained.

From top left, clockwise, Capt. Harold Layan, 10th Special Forces Company greets the Lumakil residents and briefs the parents of tuli beneficiaries, an army officer operates a circumcision, Ms. Jea Roque, HEALTH Plus operations officer and Ms. Rhogelyn Diana, PTFK project officer distribute Vitamin C supplements to beneficiaries’ parents, an army officer services a haircut

The community responded with the activity, indicating that it helped restore the locality’s sense of community. Lumakil is one of the areas in Polomolok affected by security concerns.

The support extended during the Linggo ng Kabataan celebration resulted from community consultation visits conducted in July with Mahintana, the local government unit, and security forces through the ProPEACE Programme.

Lumakil Sangguniang Kabataan Council and Pag-Asa Youth Association of the Philippines with local officials and guests

With the assistance and commitment of stakeholders, the adopted community will continue to benefit from the recovery efforts on a regular basis.

Other notable guests were Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. of South Cotabato and Hon. Eamon Gabriel Matti, South Cotabato,1st District Board Member.

The SK continues the week-long celebration with tree-growing activities as a commitment of the youths to the environment.

ProPEACE bridges the gap through Barangay Development Plan Support

ProPEACE project team during the Barangay Development Plan Workshop of Brgy. Laconon, Tboli, South Cotabato

In Tboli, ProPEACE programme local sub-recipient Tribal Leaders Development Foundation supported a three-day Barangay Development Planning (BDP) Workshop on April 21-13, 2021. One of the beneficiaries, Geraldine Lambong is a community day-care worker from Sitio Bakngeb, Brgy. Laconon, Tboli, South Cotabato. Ms. Lambong expressed her concern with the underwhelming actions by local officials in her experience of 20-year service. Despite her willingness to serve, she faced setbacks: lack of funding and structural support.

Now, with the programme’s support, she has shifted her perspective on local governance. Through the workshop, she was able to participate in the crafting of the programs and projects to address her community’s prevailing issues. Ms. Lambong shared, “I am grateful because, with my 20 years of service as a daycare worker, this is my first time to join a BDP workshop. It helped me understand clearly what BDP is, how the budget is allocated, and where to lobby our concern for guided actions.”

More guided and motivated, her attitude towards local officials improved. “Through this BDP workshop our situation was discussed and taken into consideration, I hope that within five years our concerns will be addressed,” she said.

The five-year Barangay Development Plan (BDP) sets strategic activities that should be implemented to address relevant issues and concerns within a barangay and provide direction for its growth. During its sectoral planning, the sub-recipient seeks to identify areas of complementation with the programme’s framework.

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

BLGU Poblacion partners with Ridge-to-Reef for tree growing

Tree growing activity & BLGU-Poblacion proposed planting area

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) through its Dolefil-assisted Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program supported the tree growing activity and environmental advocacy of the barangay local government unit of Poblacion (BLGU Poblacion) on August 9, 2021 along Prk. Ma. Rosa (6°13’59.95″N, 125° 3’59.97″E) to San Agustin (6°13’1.03″N, 125° 4’20.63″E) riverside, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok.

BLGU Poblacion planted 300 bamboo seedlings as part of their flood mitigation and riverbanks erosion prevention measures in celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM).

Mahintana, Dolefil, and partners support Landan People’s MPC launching of the decorticated pineapple fiber project

Dole Philippines Inc., Mahintana Foundation Inc., PhilFIDA and Honorable Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti

The Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LPMPC) successfully launched their Decorticated Pineapple Fiber Project on August 9, 2021 at the Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative Grounds, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. LPMPC is exploring new businesses for additional source of income while promoting value-adding and waste upcycling of pineapple production. The cooperative’s pineapple fiber production is supported by Dole Philippines Inc. and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) and the local government unit of Polomolok.

Notable guests include Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Mayor of Polomolok; Mr. Kennedy Costales, Executive Director of PhilFIDA; Ms. Milagros Laburada, ROXI OIC-PhilFIDA; Mr. Harlan Sunada, Vice President of Dole Packaged Foods Asia Technical Services of Dole Philippines Inc.; Mr. Tristan Sotto, Director of Engineering Services Division of Dolefil; Mr. Edgar Trazo, Director of Strategic Projects, Dole Philippines, Inc.;  Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, President of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.; Ms. Liza Hora, Executive Director of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.; and Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Operations Manager of Mahintana Foundation Inc. Staff from PhilFIDA, Dolefil, and LPMPC joined the launching event.

Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti expressed her support to LPMPC’s new venture. The cooperative is to send their proposal to the LGU to further help fund the project. Mr. Sunada, Mr. Magdolot, and Mr. Costales also expressed their support and continuing partnership with the cooperative.

Ms. Edilyn Pabicon, the General Manager of LPMPC, closed the program with a warm expression of their gratitude for the support that LPMPC has received. An actual demonstration of decorticating pineapple leaves to pineapple fiber was conducted with the assistance of Mr. Renato Amistad of PhilFIDA ROXI and the LPMPC decorticating machine operator.

Mahintana joins in the creation of the Region 12 Bamboo Council

The Department of Trade and Industry-Region 12 (DTI 12) led the creation of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Bamboo Council through a blended session on August 5, participated by provincial bamboo council officers and members, national government agencies, and non-government organizations such as Mahintana Foundation, Inc. The organizational meeting gathered bamboo stakeholders of the region to form a body responsible for consolidating the interests and concerns of its members, plan for the regional direction of the industry, and raise industry concerns to specific agencies. The organizational meeting resulted with DTI 12 as the chair and Mahintana Foundation Inc. as co-chair along with the provincial government of Sarangani as the vice-chair for the Region 12 Bamboo Council.Part of the council’s next steps include small group meetings to consult stakeholders for the synchronization of inter-agency plans and to localize the bamboo roadmap. The Department of Environment and Natural Resource – Region 12 expressed support for the endeavor. “Rest assured that DENR will support our partner non-government agencies (NGA’s) on their bamboo initiatives for sustainable development,” said DENR Conservation Development Chief Ali M. Hadjinasser. The council prepares for a series of activities for the World Bamboo Day on 18th of September 2021.