RESOURCEGov 2 Project Team meets for its 10th PIT-PMT

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project team convened for the 10th PIT-PMT Meeting on October 15, 2020 via Zoom attended by 22 participants (Male 9, Female 13). The meeting discussed about the approved 3-month project extension, remaining project activities, and project financial updates.

Among the remaining major activities include the Training of Trainers for identified experts in the LGUs, installation and turnover of 141 computer units to Sarangani BLGUs, publication of the best practices book, monitoring, end-of-project evaluation, and exit conferences in the partner LGUs.

Call for Bidding: End-of-Project (EOP) Evaluation for the EU-funded RESOURCEGov 2 Project

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., seeks the services of a consultant/evaluator to do an end-of-project evaluation for one of its projects that will end in October 2020.

The consultant/evaluator of end-of-project evaluation must have educational qualification, expertise and a minimum of 5 years work experience on project evaluation involving programs on CSO governance, participatory governance, public fiscal administration, revenue generation, budget tracking/management, legislation/legislative tracking, project monitoring, and data management system. The duration of the evaluation will be around 23 working days, starting September 21, 2020 to October 21, 2020.

For parties interested in this consultancy/bidding, please address your CV to Ms. Liza D. Hora, Executive Director, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato and email to  Deadline of submission is on September 11, 2020. Please refer to the Terms of Reference in the link below:

Mahintana initiates the Mindanao-wide Talakayan Kontra COVID-19

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its RESOURCEGov 2 Project, conducted the Mindanao-wide Talakayan Kontra COVID-19 with the theme “CSO-LGU Bayanihan: Mga Aksyon sa Kasalukuyang Panahon” on August 6, 2020. At least 58 participants were present including Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Plans, Public Affairs & Communications Usec. Jonathan E. Malaya, DILG XII Regional Director Ms. Josephine Leysa, DOF-BLGF XII Regional Director Mr. Jeany Tedera, municipal mayors and representatives of partner local government units (LGUs), and civil society organizations (CSOs) from Regions XI, XII and XIII. The event was also aired through Facebook live.

Organized with the DILG XII, RIATF-EID XII and RTF-COVID 19 XII, the event aimed to provide an avenue for sharing the various initiatives and learnings of the LGUs and the CSOs regarding COVID-19 crisis response and management. This activity also supports the Listong Ugnayan, COVID-19 ay Labanan Online Talakayan Series rolled out by the DILG thru the Local Government Academy (LGA).

The presenters are the following: Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, EnP for Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Ms. Jennifer C. Bretaña, EnP for the Provincial Government of South Cotabato on South Cotabato-COVID-19 Contact Tracing System, Ms. Yvonne Saliling for the University of Southern Mindanao, Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin for MINCODE and its member networks, Mr. Lyndon Arbes for the Action Against Hunger, and Mr. Garie Briones for the Conciliation Resources. Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Programme Manager Ms. Caroline Maningo sent a message of support encouraging the continuous partnership among the CSOs and LGUs. Mahintana Foundation Inc. President Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot shared the synthesis of the Talakayan stating the importance of active partnership and embracing the spirit of bayanihan. The Mindanao-wide Talakayan Kontra COVID-19 did not only affirm the positive impact of the CSO-LGU partnership but also enriched the experiences and strengthened the resolved to help their respective communities especially in this time of crisis.

RESOURCEGov 2-RISE CSO-LGU Projects train NC LGUs on ODK-based Tax Mapping

Mahintana’s RESOURCEGov 2 Project teamed up with Action Against Hunger’s (AAH) RISE CSO-LGU to train the LGUs Magpet and Tulunan on ODK-based Business Tax Mapping on July 28-30, 2020 at Elai Resort Hotel and Recreation Center, Kidapawan City. A total of 26 participants (Male 14, Female 12) attended the 3-day activity. The partnership forms part of synergy actions of the EU-funded projects in Mindanao.

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian Blanker and Project Coordinator Mr. Kurt Jurgen Von Lumbao facilitated the training on ODK and Tableau Systems, while AAH’s RISE CSO-LGU Head of Project Ms. Cora Obra turned over the five Android tablets to the LGUs for ODK use. Part of the training is the mock business tax mapping in the respective LGUs where they appreciated the intervention and committed to implement the ODK-based tax mapping.

We are Hiring!

Mahintana Foundation Inc. is hiring a Project Officer with the following qualifications:

  • Preferably Food Technology graduate
  • Preferably has work experience in quality assurance
  • Has passion for baking
  • Driving license holder is an advantage
  • Willing to do fieldwork
  • With good moral character

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

RESOURCEGov implements CSIS Survey in Malapatan

Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon Edrozo facilitated the orientation and the implementation of the CSIS survey for Malapatan, Sarangani on July 20-27, 2020. The 10 selected enumerators (Male 8, Female 2) were CSOs from the local health board, municipal development council, and farmers and fisheries cooperatives. The presentation of the CSIS results to the municipal mayor and department heads is set on 2nd week of August for the formulation of action plans.

Mahintana-DILG XII plan for the online learning exchange on COVID-19 response

Mahintana Foundation Inc. team led by its Executive Director Ms. Liza D. Hora conducted a brief meeting with the DILG XII Regional Director Ms. Josephine C. Leysa on July 6, 2020 at the DILG XII Regional Office, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. The meeting, aimed to plan for the online learning exchange, was attended by the 8 participants (Male 3, Female 4). The Mahintana team was composed of Ms. Hora, Program Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov 2 Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, and RESOURCEGov Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc while other DILG XII participants included Assistant Regional Director Ms. Lailyn A. Ortiz, Project Development Monitoring Unit Head Ms. Herminia S. Ontoy and Development Management Officer II Mr. Ruel B. Tuble.

DILG XII responded to the invitation of Mahintana by expressing their interest to co-sponsor the activity along with the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force-Emerging Infectious Diseases (RIATF-EID) XII and Regional Task Force-COVID19. invite DILG Undersecretary for Plans, Public Affairs and Communications Jonathan Malaya, and the Local Government Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) XII. The online sharing is scheduled on July 22, 2020, 9:00AM thru Zoom.

MFI and MENRO meet for Waste-to-Energy Project Proposal

Mahintana Foundation Inc. and the MENRO-Polomolok conducted a follow-through meeting regarding the Waste-to-Energy Proposal on July 6, 2020 at MFI Conference Room, Cannery Housing, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok.

The meeting agenda focuses on the proposed project’s financials and preparatory activities prior to its implementation. Present in the meeting was Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, Ms. Ella Mae Babao and Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor of MFI and Mr. Eric Leonardo, Mr. Efren Lapinid and Mr. Jaime Lumbos of MENRO-Polomolok. It was discussed that to sustain the project, sure market must be established by tapping potential partners (Pollution Control Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PICAPI) – Polomolok Chapter, industries/companies within Polomolok area) prior to its implementation. Among the key agreements are the following: conduct financials review, meet PCAPI-Polomolok Chapter and Dolefil Pollution Control Officers regarding the proper disposal of special wastes, plan strategy to convince households to pay for garbage fees, revisit the Genar 22 Facility in Laguna for assessment of project feasibility and sustainability in Polomolok, secure a copy of current Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) data from, and conduct a meeting prior to project presentation to mayor.

Mahintana envi team flies drone over gullies

Mahintana environment team led by Project Coordinator Ms, Ella Mae M. Babao monitored the vegetation in the field gullies 112B/113C, Polo, 103AC, Cannery and 113A, Brgy. Kinilis on July 4, 2020.

During the flight, the following were observed: a) Field gully 112B/113C has increasing vegetation and stability of banks. Although there are some areas that need to be reinforced with bamboo planting; b) Field gully 103A/C leading to Ma. Rosa Creek has dense vegetation at the upstream area however, the gully bed and bank after the last drop structure going downstream has widened and has lesser vegetation; c) Field gully 113A has high vegetation on the whole stretch. There is a sighting of a Black-shouldered Kite (though not confirmed) midstream of the gully last June 2019 and during the gully walk (July 2020). There are also areas observed that needs indigenous stone dike reinforcement. The recommendation is to prioritize tree growing and indigenous stone dike construction at field gully 103AC.

MFI and SLSPI document a rare bird in Brgy. Kinilis

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) in partnership with the St. Lorenzo School of Polomolok, Inc. (SLSPI) conducted a photo documentation of the Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) also known as Black Shouldered Kite and other avifauna found at Field 113A/B gullies, Brgy. Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato on July 4, 2020. A team of five instructors went to SLPSI-adopted area where a pair of mature kites produced four offsprings observed since 2018.

The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much smaller kestrels. This Eurasian and African species was sometimes combined with the Australian Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) and the White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) of North and South America which together form a superspecies. This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl-like forward-facing eyes with red irises. Although mainly seen on the plains, they are sometimes seen on grassy slopes of hills in the higher elevation regions of Asia. They are not migratory, but make short-distance movements in response to weather (Source: Wikipedia).