Caravan of Hope for families affected by Typhoon Odette in Surigao

In the spirit of “bayanihan” and sharing especially this Christmas season, Mahintana together with various organizations in Mindanao shared time, energy and resources for the Typhoon-affected families in Surigao under its Caravan of Hope on December 28, 2021. At least 1,000 families or 5,000 individuals in three (3) barangays in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte (i.e. Brgys. Balite, Linongganan and Amontay) have benefited from food packs and water assistance. Per family received 1 pack of 5 kgs. rice, 6 pcs. canned Tuna, 1 pack ½ kg. mongo, 1 pack powdered milk, 1 bundle of Nescafe sticks at 12 pcs/bundle, 1 kg. brown sugar, 1 kg. iodized salt, 1 pack 200ml soy sauce, 1 pack 200ml vinegar, 1 gallon Jerry can with & w/o water (depending on family’s choice), and 1 pack health kits of 5 pcs. surgical mask, 1 pad Vitamin C, and 1 pad paracetamol.

Right after the relief distribution, Brgy. Chairman Eduardo Bantilan of Brgy. Linongganan offered his thanks and appreciation to the group organizing the relief assistance/Caravan of Hope (thru Amping Surigao) as their barangay and adjacent barangays in San Francisco, Surigao were usually left out in major relief distributions conducted by international NGOs (as their focus are usually in islands of Dinagat and Siargao). Hearing the appreciation of the affected LGUs and seeing the smiles of the beneficiary-families (even in face-masks) were already enough for the relief volunteers from their 12-hour travel to bring the relief goods to Surigao.

These are the following organizations which shared their time, energy and resources during the Caravan of Hope relief distribution in Surigao (in alphabetical order): Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC), CARE, CCF, DCOMPC, Dole Philippines/LeadPH, German Doctors, Kasilak Dev’t. Foundation, Inc., KPS-SEED, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., MCDC-Polomolok, MINCODE, PhilDHRRA, RD Foundation, SEDMFI, SIKAP Inc., and Tibud SKMPC. The group is also planning for the succeeding Caravans of Hope.

Sulong Kapayapaan-Sarangani recognizes GCERF and Mahintana Foundation’s ProPEACE programme

Implementers of the ProPEACE programme received recognition during the United Nations Development Programme-Sulong Kapayapaan Peace and Development Communities Assessment Results Presentation on December 17, 2021, at Paraiso Verde Hotel, Koronadal City. Global Community Engagements and Resilience Fund (GCERF) and Mahintana Foundation Inc. together with the partner implementors of the Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment (ProPEACE) programme, Kasilak Development Foundation Inc., OND Hesed Foundation, Maguindanaon Development Foundation Inc. and Tribal Leaders Development Foundation are partners of Sulong Kapayapaan Sarangani in peace and development efforts in the province.

Ms. Jennifer Kamid presents the UNDP-Sulong Kapayapaan Sarangani Peace and Development Communities Assessment Results and Mr. Winston Aylmer A. Cariñas UNDP – Resilience and Peacebuilding Unit Head

Mr. Winston Aylmer A. Camariñas, Resilience and Peacebuilding Unit Head, United Nations Development Programme together with Ms. Jennifer A. Kamid, Sulong Kapayapaan project manager and Mr. Jonathan Sinfuego, Sulong Kapayapaan project director presented the plaque of recognition during the Handog Pasasalamat Para sa Kapayapaan. The recognition was themed as Sustaining the Gains of Peace: The Sarangani Experience success story, as ProPEACE was modeled with Sulong Kapayapaan with its objectives to sustain its gains in Sarangani and replicate them in South Cotabato.

Clockwise: Mr. Ruhel Jon Besinga shares a message of support, Ms. Ailien Bocol of OND Hesed Foundation and Mr. Jhonter Rubante of Tribal Leaders Development Foundation Inc. receives the plaque of recognition given by Mr. Jonathan Sinfuego Sulong Kapayapaan Project Director

Representatives of the ProPEACE programme at the event included Mahintana Foundation Inc. Mr. Ruhel Jon Besinga, ProPEACE project officer and respective project officers of ProPEACE subrecipients. In his message of support, Mr. Besinga thanked Sulong Kapaayapaan for their unwavering support for the programme especially in terms of technical assistance in the various project implementation.

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, 73rd Infantry Batallion, Armed Forces of the Philippines (Bravo Company), Department of Interior and Local Government-Sarangani, Department of Agriculture Region XII were among those who were present.

The ProPEACE programme aims to contribute to the improvement of peace, security, tolerance and respect for the diversity of tri-people (Muslims, Christians and Indigenous Peoples) implemented in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani by the Mahintana Foundation Inc. through a consortium with Kasilak Development Foundation Inc., OND Hesed Foundation, Maguindanaon Development Foundation Inc., and the Tribal Leaders Development Foundation Inc. ProPEACE programme is supported by the Global Community Engagements and Resilience Fund. (GCERF).

Mahintana, together with CENRO-GSC and GSC Water District, Participate in Water Demand Management Training of Trainors

Learning sessions on water demand mngt. for future water auditors.

As part of strengthening capacities of local resource institutions in water security, particularly in the aspect of water demand management, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., together with CENRO-GSC and GSC Water District participated in the Intermediate Water Demand Management Training of Trainors (TOT) in Seda Hotel, BGC, Taguig, Metro Manila on 15-16 December 2021. Mahintana was represented by its Operations Manager, EnP. Jobe C. Tubigon, while CENRO-GSC and GSC Water District were represented by EnP. Allan Marcilla and Engr. Jade de Juan respectively.

A total of 23 participants joined the 2-day TOT activity representing other organizations/provinces in the country, particularly Palawan and Negros Occidental. These other organizations include San Carlos City Waterworks, Kabankalan City Water District, University of Saint La Salle Bacolod, City Government of Puerto Princesa, Puerto Princes Water District, Seda BGC, PBSP, Maynilad Water Services, and Nalco Water The activity was organized by Safe Water Project – DAI Global, with technical support/facilitation from Water Alliance, represented by PBSP, Maynilad and Nalco Water, as resource organizations.

The TOT activity was generally aimed at promoting and building capacity of the WSPs, LGUs and private sector in adopting measures to decrease their water footprint & manage their wastewater at company/ institution and industry levels through the WDM strategies and technologies. It was intended for participants to familiarize water supply and demand scenario, water balance computation, basics of water resource conservation and management, and water management modalities. It provided hands-on application of the framework, processes and tools on water demand management – for participants to be equipped with knowledge and skills as local Water Auditors.

During the 2-day activity, the participants/participating organizations/LGUs were able to conduct hands-on water audit in the water facilities of Seda Hotel BGC as learning site – a must have learning experience/demonstration for future water auditors. International standards/parameters in water use/consumption for fixtures, fittings and appliance were used during the demo water audits. The participating organizations/LGUs were also able to formulate re-entry/actionable plans for water demand management/water audits for their respective organizations/LGUs.