In the midst of the calamities experienced in the southern
part of Mindanao, the bayanihan spirit is alive!
On October 31, 2019, Mahintana, Kasilak, Dolefil and Dole
Stanfilco distributed six rolls of tarpaulin (trapal) that will serve as
temporary shelter for the earthquake-afflicted families in North Cotabato. The
second batch of the Caravan of Hope was conducted on November 2, 2019 where Mahintana
Foundation, partner cooperatives, the Rotary Club Central and the Municipal
Cooperative Development Council (MCDC) of Polomolok pooled resources to be
donated to the affected. There were 321 families who received grocery packs,
clothes, beddings and water. The next
batches of the donations will be delivered within the week.
Indeed, Filipinos are resilient in the face of troubles because
of their generosity and bayanihan. #BangonMindanao
Ending the Year 2 of project
implementation, RESOURCEGov Project conducted the Annual Review and Planning
Workshop on October 24-25, 2019 at Dusit D2, Lanang, Davao City. The activity
was attended by 104 (Male 59, Female 45) comprised by guests from EU Delegation
to the Philippines, DILG Central Office, DBM 12, BLGF 12, the Sarangani Vice
Governor, local chief executives of the 14 LGU partners and their respective CSO
representatives, project management and implementation teams, and the media.
The 2-day activity became an
avenue for presentations of the accomplishments and financial updates, as well
as, sharing of best practices of the project areas in video testimonials and in
open forums. Key messages of support and response to the accomplishments were
given to wit: Program Officer Ms. Carol Maningo of the Delegation of European
Union to the Philippines, DILG XI Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Atty.
Abdullah Matalam, DBM XII Regional Director (RD) Mr. Akmad Usman, BLGF XII RD
Mr. Jeany Tedera, and Sarangani Vice Governor Dr. Elmer De Peralta. During the open
forums, challenges and opportunities were discussed and among the support
gained for the project implementation is the Sarangani Province Vice Governor’s
Office’s pledge of Php 3.5M worth of the computers for the cascade of LITS to the
barangays of Sarangani. Also, RD Usman shared that national government is to
increase the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and hopes that the LGUs will use
the remaining year of the project to equip themselves. For the planning
workshop, the spending plan per LGU was distributed to the respective
LGU representatives to plan for the Year 3. The consolidated spending plan was
presented by the project bookkeepers on Day 2.
Seven management staff of
Surigao Economic Development and Microfinancing Foundation, Inc. (SEDMFI) led
by their Executive Director, Ms. Imelda Wines, conducted Learning Visit at
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) to
benchmark on implementation of HEALTH Plus. The activity held on October 24-25,
2019 started with the presentation of the implementation of Social Franchising
System in the Philippines including history, objective, social franchising, institutional
arrangement and different business models of HEALTH Plus by Ms. Margie S.
Managuit, Project Manager. It was
followed by presentation of the 12-year experience of the foundation on HEALTH
Plus including history & background, initial investment, project areas,
12-year performance and milestones, success factors, gaps and challenges. The participants also shared the challenges
with their public hospitals which are lack of budget support to the provincial
hospital, clients are navigated to Caraga Regional Hospital due to lack of
manpower, medical supplies and equipment at the public hospitals. These concerns may be the hindering factors
for them to successfully implement the HEALTH Plus. Ms. Managuit suggested to lobby and to provide
technical assistance to the local government for the upgrading of the public
health facilities considering the implementation of the newly-approved
Universal Health Care Law.
On the second day, the participants
visited SCPH to learn on the billing and collection process with Dr. Rodit
Delfino, Admin Officer, Atty. Marnito Cosep, OIC, Provincial Legal Office and
Ms. Cynthia Barrientos, CPA, Provincial Accountant, facilitated by Ms.
Managuit. Dr. Delfino testified on the active partnership between Provincial
Government and Mahintana which is an important facilitating factor on the
successful and sustained implementation of the project. Ms. Barrientos also suggested for SEDMFI to
bring with them the provincial department heads on their next learning
visit. At the end of the 2-day
activity, SEDMFI partners were very
happy of their learning and were encouraged to implement HEALTH Plus in their
region also to increase access of more indigent patients to quality and
affordable medicines and supplies.
Mahintana also committed to assist SEDMFI in the establishment of their
chosen HEALTH Plus model/s.
The HEALTH Plus project implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted Technical Working Group meeting on October 23, 2019 at Maasim Municipal Hospital (MaaMH) with 3 representatives from the hospital headed by their Chief of Hospital, Dr. Rosalie Sobretodo and 3 representatives from Mahintana-HEALTH Plus led by their Project Manager, Ms. Margie S. Managuit. Ms. Jea A. Roque, RPh, HEALTH Plus Supervising Pharmacist presented the accomplishments of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop, a hospital-based complementary pharmacy located in MaaMH and managed by the project. Accomplishments as of September, 2019 include number of patients served, served and unserved drugs and medicines, Type ABC inventory, Drug Price Comparison Survey results and financial performance. Some of the challenges raised during the meeting were the unpredictable change of fast-moving items due to change in the doctors-on-duty which led to stock-outs both at the hospital pharmacy and HPSiS and the increase amount of expenses due to renovation of HPSiS which results to a negative bottomline. At the end the meeting, the participants agreed to set-up a Revolving Drug Fund (RDF) amounting to P20,000 for the HPSiS to temporarily address stock-outs.
Four representatives from Polomolok Municipal Hospital (PMH) headed by Dr. Graciano P. Vencer, Chief of Hospital (COH), and three from Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (2 from PPF and 1 from HPSiS) led by Ms. Margie S. Managuit, HEALTH Plus Project Manager, convened for a Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on October 18, 2019 at COH office of PMH. The meeting started with the presentation of accomplishments of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) as of September, 2019 including number of patients served, served and unserved prescriptions and financial performance. It was noted that there was really decrease in the gross revenue of the HPSiS comparing it to previous year due to the availability of drugs, medicines and supplies at hospital pharmacy. Ms. Wency Musa, PMH Admin Officer, also updated the participants that there is still P1M budget allocated for payment to Mahintana. She added that there wouldn’t be any concerns on payables of the hospital to HPSiS until the end of the year. Ms. Analyn Lingganay, PMH Liaison Officer, also raised the concern on the returned Statement of Accounts (SOAs). They then resolved and agreed that there should be checking of SOAs first at the HPSiS level before submitting it to hospital bookkeeper. They also agreed that the submission is at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily to avoid backlogs.
Ms. Managuit also informed the body that the DOH-FDA is doing their regular monitoring of the hospital pharmacies. She suggested for HPSiS to transfer beside the hospital pharmacy since the former is a rider to the LTO and under the supervision of the hospital pharmacy. At the end of the meeting, they agreed for Mahintana to fastrack the renovation of the new location of the hospital pharmacy and HPSiS; PMH also requested for 10 pallets for their storage to comply with FDA requirements.
On October 16, 2019, Mahintana
Foundation, Inc. through its HEALTH Plus project, joins the Technical Working
Group (TWG) meeting in Lake Sebu with representatives of Rural Health Unit
(RHU) and Community Health Care Complex (previously Lake Sebu Municipal
Hospital) headed by Dra. Jocelyn Bayquin, Municipal Health Officer (MHO) and
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. with Ms. Margie S. Managuit, Project Manager and Ms.
Jea A. Roque, RPh, Supervising Pharmacist and Ms. Yvonne Templonuevo, Nutripan
Coordinator. The meeting started with
updates from Dra. Bayquin on the operations of the hospital with recently
approved PhilHealth accreditation. She
stated that their petty cash of P50, 000.00 per week for medicines and supplies
will not anymore suffice the demand of increasing admitted patients. She recommended for Mahintana to fastrack
establishment of HEALTH Plus in their locality.
She added that the design and program of works for the renovation of the
location of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) is already available and the
cost has reached P158, 000.00. She added
that if ever there are concerns with FDA then the RHU will apply for its own
License to Operate (LTO) with the salaries of the registered pharmacist to be
taken from the operations of HPSiS. For the meantime, she added that, the
hospital is applying for LTO but Ms. Joyce Bagaybay, RPh, has some concerns
with the formulation of the Risk Management Plan (RMP) as one of the
requirements for LTO application. She also stated that the Ordinance
integrating RHU and hospital is already on public hearing, however, there are still
challenges on convincing Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members for its approval.
Ms. Managuit stated that she
will submit the design and program of works to management for their approval
and once approved, she will formulate the service contract and communicate with
Dra. Bayquin to start the renovation. Ms. Roque also stated that she might be
able to help in the formulation of the RMP.
Dra. Bayquin also instructed Ms. Bagaybay to provide the list of fast
moving medicines and supplies of the hospital and Ms. Guia Arroza, Public
Health Nurse, for the RHU to be submitted to Ms. Roque through email for
reference in the initial stocking of Lake Sebu HPSiS.
In line with the celebration of its 12th founding
anniversary, Mahintana-HEALTH Plus project joins the medical-dental mission cum
“Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK)” in partnership with the Provincial Government of
Sarangani through its Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Arvin Alejandro,
Provincial Health Officer and Municipal Government of Malapatan headed by Hon.
Salway Sumbo, Municipal Mayor and Dr. Bong Remitar, Municipal Health
Officer. The LBK was held in Barangay
Kinam, Malapatan on October 15, 2019, also in line with the celebration of
their 6th Tuke Fali Festival. Barangay Kinam is one of the
Geographically Isolated and Depressed Areas (GIDAs) where majority of its residents
are Blaans and other Indigenous Peoples.
The activity served at least 482 indigent patients with dental and
laboratory services, family planning and implanon insertion, medical
consultation and distribution of free medicines, feeding of undernourished
children, PhilHealth enrollment, and dog vaccination. The pregnant women were
given priority in order to address challenges on maternal and child mortalities.
Several residents also availed the PhilHealth enrollment to ensure access to free
government health services whenever they are hospitalized. Additional residents
will also be served of the same services through the Rural Health Unit of Malapatan
and DOH Human Resources for Health manpower the following day, October 16.
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.,
through its HEALTH Plus project sponsors the Association of Municipal/City
Health Officers of the Philippines (AMCHOP) – South Cotabato Chapter Quarterly
Meeting on October 15, 2019 at Viajera Dine, Koronadal City, South
Cotabato. The meeting was attended by 5
Municipal Health Officers (MHOs) from Sto. Nino, T’boli, Tantangan, Tampakan
and Lake Sebu, 3 representatives from Integrated Provincial Health Office
(IPHO) headed by Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, Jr., Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and
2 representatives from Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Dra. Jocelyn Bayquin, MHO of
Lake Sebu, AMCHOP President and presider of the meeting, started with giving of
rationale which is a follow-through activity of the Strategic Planning workshop
held at Venue 88 and clear out any misunderstanding regarding the Universal Health
Care (UHC) implementation. She updated
the group that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law has already
been signed thus, will become the basis of the province’s implementation as one
of the advanced sites. Dr. Aturdido also
updated the group that the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) with their Bridging
Leadership program will gather the Provincial Governor and all Municipal/City
Mayors to orient them about UHC and deepen their understanding on the Special
Health Fund on October 22, 2019. Mr.
John Salcedo, IPHO Admin Officer, also provided the group updates about the
Local Investment Plan for Health (LIPH) as an output of the strategic planning
workshop. Ms. Marifort R. Rodel, IPHO
point person on UHC, presented the UHC implementation plan of the province for
the next 6 years per integration area: technical, managerial and financial. She also informed the participants that they should
start with their survey since the deadline of PhilHealth on the submission of
the results will be on or before December 31, 2019. Dra. Evelyn Diosana, MHO of Sto Nino, raised
the concern on the budget for printing of survey forms. Ms. Hora suggested that instead of having
manual profiling, for the RHUs to utilize the paperless Open Data Kit (ODK) in
the profiling. She committed for the foundation to sponsor the ODK training for
the enumerators. The group agreed on the
At the end of the meeting, the
participants agreed on the following: IPHO together with Reach Health as TA
provider on UHC, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Dra. Bayquin, to enhance the
implementation plan on October 18, 2019 for presentation to the Governor and
Mayors during the October 22 meeting; Mahintana to schedule ODK training for
the enumerators not later than the last week of October, 2019, depending on the
availability of the Resource Speaker, and confer the final schedule for the
training to Dra. Bayquin; MHOs to include in their LIPH the purchase of tablet
and android phones for ODK-based survey and profiling; Ms. Rodel of IPHO to
discuss with DOH 12 for the availability of tablets for temporary use by the
enumerators for profiling to hit PhilHealth’s deadline.
October 12, 2019, Saturday – Mahintana Foundation Inc., through its R2R Program, assisted during the tree growing activity of Girl Scouts of the Philippines Poblacion Polomolok National High School Chapter (GSP-PPNHS) along the riverbank of Purok Masikap, Brgy. Pagalungan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. A total of 1,800 assorted seedlings were planted sponsored by different organizations including Mahintana which covers an estimated area of 6,300 sq. m. The activity was a proposed project entitled Ecology: Mini Forest for Chief Girl Scout Medal Scheme by PPNHS Grade 8 Student Ms. Kristina Andrea L. Mirasol, an active member of the GSP South Cotabato Council.
The 1,600 participants were from 32
different organizations and entities, among of them are BLGU Pagalungan, MENRO
Polomolok, F’lomlok Mio Club (FMC),
Philippine Road Sport Confederation (PRSC), Pagalungan Tricycle Operations and
Drivers Association (PATODA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Poblacion
Polomolok National High School (PPNHS) students, Public Vehicle Club of PPNHS
(POBTODA), Pagalungan Elementary School, Best College of Polomolok, Inc.,
Gensan Rafols Industry Machine Shop and etc.
The Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program of Mahintana Foundation Inc. supported the Tree Growing and Ceremonial Stone Diking Activity of Unified Engineering Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UEWMPC) on October 12, 2019 in celebration of the Cooperative Month. A total of 1,000 hills of bamboo and assorted fruit and forest trees were planted at Prk. Pagkakaisa, Maligo, Polomolok in partnership with MENRO Polomolok and at least 50 meters of indigenous stone dike was constructed prior to the activity.
The R2R Team also checked on the previous year’s planted bamboos and forest trees which were in very good condition.