Mahintana attends in SPECTRUM Board of Trustees Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) participated the 4th Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum Incorporated (SPECTRUM) Board of Trustees Meeting at RD Foundation, Inc., Orchid St., Purok Sta. Cruz, Calumpang, General Santos City on December 10, 2019.

The agenda of the meeting was mainly focused on the Project REDUCE Accomplishment Report, where a total of 13.04 tons of coastal garbage from Sarangani Bay coastal communities was collected. Thirty percent (30%) of that are recyclable wastes including PET bottles and was upcycled by partner schools and institutions. An approximate 7,500 individuals participated in all project activities ranging from government officials and personnel to local household of the partner coastal communities. This constitutes to the estimated 50,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries had been served, with six barangays participated. Also, presented in the meeting was the Proposal of Project i-REDUCE (“i” means intensified). Also, presented and discussed in the meeting was the participation of SPECTRUM Project Officers to workshops, accreditation of SPECTRUM to LGU-Gensan and PLGU/LGU-Sarangani, and fund-raising initiatives (run-for-a-cause).

BLGU Poblacion conducts tree growing

In celebration of the 80th Foundation Anniversary and 12th Malambuon Festival, the BLGU – Poblacion, Polomolok conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Demonstration Farm, Prk. Aquino Gate, Pobalcion, Polomolok on November 23, 2019. A total of 200 bamboo, fruit and forest trees (100 Bb, 100 F/F) were planted by approximately 300 participants in the 1-hectare area.

Mahintana participates in BMRB Workshop

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) participated on the CBFRM Output 3 Validation Workshop for the Buayan Malungon River Basin (BMRB) at Pinobretel, Tiongson St., General Santos City on November 22, 2019.

The purpose of the said workshop is to formulate/support the plans and implementation of the CBFRM of the municipalities within the Buayan-Malungon River Basin (BMRB).

PIT-PMT meets for Year 3 Spending Plan Refinements

As a follow-through activity of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop, RESOURCEGov Team conducted its 8th Project Implementation Team – Project Management Team (PIT-PMT) Meeting on November 18-19, 2019 at Blue Lotus Hotel, Davao City. The 2-day activity, attended by 24 team staff and partners (Male 12, Female 12), aimed to refine the spending plan for Year 3 and discuss the next steps and schedules of the project implementation team.

After the preliminaries, Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the welcome address reminding the team that the project is already in its last year of implementation and must focus on building pool of experts to sustain the project gains. Project Head Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn Vilbar and (MINCODE) Bookkeeper Ms. Jessica Jose-Teves presented the consolidated spending plan per LGU as the result of the planning workshop conducted in October. During the presentations, issues and concerns were raised and discussed in the plenary. Suggestions and recommendations from participating DILG partners were noted. Financial workshops were conducted to do necessary revisions and refinements to the spending plan. On the 2nd day, the minor revisions were made and presented to the plenary. Key agreements include the following: 1) revisit the budget and consider to forego some activities to give way to the other proposed activities; 2) Inform the MLGOOs of the 2016 CSIS results before the conduct of the 2020 CSIS survey (Region 12) c/o project officers; 3) decide collectively on where to get budget for the LITS roll-out for the barangays of Sarangani, among others.  The next step is to submit the finalized annual interim and financial reports and request for budget realignment will be sent at the end of the month.

Mahintana participates in MENRO – Polomolok MOA Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated the MENRO – Polomolok MOA Meeting at Municipal Ecotourism Office, Municipal Plaza, Polomolok on November 19, 2019. The meeting aims to bind all the roles and activities of all willing volunteer stakeholders who area dedicated and committed to preserve the environment as well as part of the endeavor to solve the global warming brought about by green-house gases emissions.

Among the agreements are the following: MENRO-Polomolok shall designate the tree growing areas for the stakeholders and shall verify if it is National Greening Program (NGP) or other government adopted areas; stakeholders shall provide tree guards (made of bamboo, pallets, lumber) painted with agreed color scheme and set the time of maintenance of their respective adopted areas; MENRO-Polomolok shall conduct Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign for all participating enterprises; and MENRO-Polomolok together with stakeholders shall set a schedule for MOA signing.

Mahintana undergoes EU-organized Gender and Development Training

Mahintana Foundation Inc., represented by RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and HEALTH Plus Project Manager Ms. Margie S. Managuit, also the gender focal person of the office, attended the Gender and Development Training organized by EU Delegation of the Philippines to all CSO-EIDHR and CSO-LA program beneficiaries. Held at UP Diliman on November 13-15, 2019, the training seeks to integrate gender-responsiveness on project management, communication and visibility planning of the EU-funded projects. The participants of the activity as required are project managers and the documenters or the gender focal person of the beneficiary organizations.

Mahintana attends South Cotabato Tourism Plan Formulation TWG Meeting

Mahintana Foundation Inc. attended the TWG Meeting for the Formulation of South Cotabato Tourism Master Plan on November 15, 2019 at Villa Princessita, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato. The meetng aims to collect stakeholder’s ideas to validate the practicability of the plan in crafting the South Cotabato Provincial Tourism Master Plan and was attended by various stakeholders representing the 11 municipalities of the province.

Tourism Council staff Mr. Mr. Richie Matunding presented the consolidated/combined output of the tourism plans of the different municipalities. He then presented the work plan for the formulation of the master plan. It was agreed that the municipalities without tourism master plan to formulate their own plans while those with plans have to review theirs by January 2020. Moreover, a planning workshop for  TWG and Tourism council is scheduled on February 2020.

Doctors also “heal” the environment

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI), facilitated the Tree Growing activity in partnership with Philippine College of Physicians – Polomolok Chapter at Field 103A Gully, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok South Cotabato on November 8, 2019.  They aim to lessen the unfavorable effects of climate change to the environment.

A total of 50 hills of bamboo and 150 hills of assorted fruits and forest trees were purchased and planted by the organization which covers an estimated area of 2,600 sq. m. and attended by 25 participants.

Mahintana signs MOU with MPC

On November 5, 2019, Mahintana Foundation Inc., Mindanao Polytechnic College (MPC) and Silverberry Homes, Inc. (SBHI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at QSS Center, MPC, General Santos City. This MOU is in line with the one-year research project entitled “Employing Wave-Breakers and Seedlings Planter: A Means of reducing the Mortality Rate of Newly Planted Mangroves along the Coastline of Barangay Buayan, General Santos City,” an approach to address the low survival rate of planted mangrove seedlings and help establish a mangrove park through planting and nurturing of the mangroves that may eventually create a source of livelihood among purok residents.

Mahintana Foundation aims to partner with more private organizations and institutions in protecting, preserving and conserving the environment.

RESOURCEGov orients Malapatan BLGUs with LITS

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project continued rolling out the LITS orientation and installation to the barangays of Sarangani. Thru the coordination efforts of the Vice-Governor’s Office of Sarangani, the project cascaded LITS  to the barangays under the municipality of Malapatan on November 5, 2019. The honorable Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta also joined the activity to inspire the barangays to do better in local legislation and their performance as the basic government units. A total of eight (8) barangays have installed the system.

The following barangays have installed LITS: Poblacion, Patag, Sapu Padidu, Libi, Kihan, Tuyan, Lun Masla, and Lun Padido.