RESOURCEGov 2 Project Officer Mr. Aristotle Sunada visited the expansion areas of South Cotabato on June 25, June 30 and July 2, 2020 for Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) monitoring. He met with SB Secretary and staff of LGUs Norala, Banga, Sto. Niño, Surallah, T’boli, Tantangan, Tupi, and Polomolok. Whilst the other seven LGUs continued to utilise the LITS, LGU Norala is not using the system due to poor transition from the previous LITS administrator to the current SB staff. The result of the monitoring shows that the LGUs encoded a total of 22,244 resolutions, 933 ordinances, and 376 sessions.
Mahintana Foundation Inc. (MFI) turned over 500 goggles, 500 head covers, 500 isolation gown sets (including foot cover and head cover), 500 N95 NIOSH masks and 300 pcs face shields to Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) of South Cotabato for use by the COVID-testing Center located at Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Memorial Medical Center (DAPMMC) on July 2, 2020.
The PPEs are worth Php 608,240.13 taken from the proceeds of Palo Kontra Droga Golf Tournament held in 2018 realigned to COVID-19 response and management.
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated the reopening of Tiwan’s Bato Peak Agri-Tourism Park and dedication of kubo on July 1, 2020 at Prk. 6,Sitio Bato, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The agri-tourism park accommodates travelers to meditate, relax and enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape and the overlooking Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape. The park’s soft opening was held on March of 2020 but was stalled by the current pandemic.
The peak is said to be a sacred ground for the Blaan tribe who also protects and preserves the area. It was also noted that a total of 10 centenarians were living in the area, including Yabing Masalon Dulo, who is known as a weaver of traditional Blaan costume called “Ikat”. Tourists can now visit the place in limited slots and are advised to follow IATF Guidelines on COVID-19 (wearing of facemasks and social distancing).
The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. and Mahintana Foundation Inc. turned over the Kinilis Potable Water System (KPWS) to the BLGU Kinilis and Prk. 8 community members on June 30, 2020 at Prk. 8, Brgy. Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The water system consists of one spring source collection box, one 10 cu. m. ferrocement water tank, one 5 cu. m. ferrocement water tank, transmission and distribution lines and 12 tap stands supplying potable water directly to the 84 households of Prk. 8, Kinilis.
The turnover ceremony was participated by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., Dole Philippines Inc., LGU Polomolok, Mahintana Foundation Inc., BLGU Kinilis and Prk. 8 community leaders. The blessing of the water system was led by Ptr. Marcelino Buan who offered thanksgiving prayer and followed by Damsu, a B’laan Thanksgiving ritual, led by IPMR Oliver Buan and Chieftain Jimmy Buan. After which, messages of support were given emphasizing the need to conserve and protect the environment and watershed to sustain the supply of water. The partners and community leaders then proceeded to the signing of Deed of Donation, ceremonial turning-over of the gate valve hand-wheel and opening of faucet. The program ended with a lunch salo-salo for the whole community to celebrate the provision of water supply.
The Agos Project-Kinilis Potable Water System Rehabilitation Project, funded by Coca-Cola Foundation and implemented by Mahintana, is aligned to the Philippine government efforts to help achieve the targets set for 2030 under Sustainable Development Goal #6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).
To ensure that the Kinilis Water System spring source will not run out of water, the project funded by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. and implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted a tree growing/planting activity on June 22, 2020. At least 400 hills out of the target 3,000 forest trees was planted in the water source and adjacent areas of the watershed/MMPL. The activity is also a celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day, a day dedicated to tree planting.
The tree growing activity was participated by various partners and stakeholders from Protected Area Management Office-Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape headed by PASu Gabriel Baute, Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office (MENRO)-Polomolok headed by Engr. Agustin P. Valencia, Dole Philippines, Inc. represented by the VP & Managing Director Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis and Dolefil Community Relations Manager, Ms. Leamor B. Bañaga, BLGU Kinilis Council and staff headed by Hon. Floro P. Tagaban, IPMR Kinilis Mr. Oliver Buan, Matutum Coffee Producers’ Association (MCPA) headed by Ms. Julita Buan, Prk. 8 community members headed by Chairperson Zaldy Mosquera and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented by the Operations Manager, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon.
Municipal Health Office-Polomolok and Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted water sample collection on June 22, 2020 at Kinilis Potable Water System, Prk. 8, Barangay Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The samples will be sent to South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) where its potability will be analyzed after facility completion and chlorination.
The team was headed by MHO Polomolok Sanitation Inspector Mr. Ferdinand Frigillana with Mahintana Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor. The water samples were collected from the collection box, and the 5 cu. m. and 10 cu. M. tanks.
Mahintana’s Nutripan conducted panel taste test of three new products on June 19, 2020 at Dole Dole Philippines Inc.-Room 2 participated by nine panelists from Dolefil and Mahintana. The initial products tested were choco swirl banana loaf, squash mini cheesecake and pineapple cookie as prepared by one of the consultants of MFI.
Nutripan BREAD aims to upgrade its products and widen its market, thus, the conduct of on-going research & development. Dolefil expressed their support for the R&D of the Nutripan.
Mahintana Foundation Inc., represented by Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor, participated the coordination meeting with the Protected Area Superintendent – Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (PASu – MMPL) and Dole Stanfilco Division at Conference Room, Station 88, Dole Stanfilco Division, Brgy. Kablon, Tupi on June 18, 2020.
The agenda of the meeting focuses on the rules on special uses and allowable projects and facilities within MMPL which may affect the operations of Dolefil/Dole Stanfilco Division based on the new guidelines of the Protected Area Management Plan (PAMP).
Project Team headed by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian Blanker conducted the presentation of Citizen Satisfaction Index Survey (CSIS) to the local chief executive and the relevant department heads on June 17, 2020 at the SB Conference Hall. The presentation, facilitated by Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon Edrozo, was attended by 15 participants (Male 9, Female 6).
Hon. Mayor Floro Gandam gave the opening remarks and thanked Mahintana Foundation for the unending support and partnership. Mr. Blanker, in turn, thanked the presence of the LCE and the heads during his short introduction about the CSIS presentation. Mr. Edrozo then presented the results of the CSIS survey conducted on February 17-27, 2020 in partnership with the Sta. Cruz Mission School Inc. (SCMSI). The mentioned local research institute (LRI) was also the LGU’s local school board member represented by Ms. Maria Gandam. She shared that the partnership with the LRI highlights the cooperation between the local government unit and the private sectors to achieve transparent and accountable local governance. Mr. Blanker assured that the results are not the gauge of the performance of the LGU, rather, how the citizens see the LGU’s service delivery. Hon. Mayor Gandam said that the CSIS results will help them improve the quality of the services for the Lake Sebu constituents. It was then agreed that the CSIS results will be presented during the ExeCom Meeting on July 14, 2020 for the LGU to plan their next steps.
Mahintana Foundation Inc., represented by Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor, participated in the different council meetings from June 16-17, 2020 in Tupi, South Cotabato. Mahintana is actively sitting as member of the different councils and has been in partnership with the LGU in its various programs.
On July 16, Mr. Siacor attended the Municipal Development Council Meeting where the Supplemental Annual Investment Program and the COVID-19 response were discussed. He also attended the 2nd Quarter Joint Municipal Peace and Order Council and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council and another meeting with the Tupi Task Force Against COVID-19 on July 17.