Mahintana meets with the PASu-MMPL for new PAMP guidelines

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).

RESOURCEGov 2 presents CSIS Results to LGU Lake Sebu

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 interviews Crossing Palkan bamboo crafters

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted a random interview with select Crossing Palkan-based bamboo crafters in line with MFI’s plan to pursue bamboo social enterprise projects through crafts-making and bamboo-based housing on June 13, 2020 at Prk. 4, Brgy. Crossing Palkan, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

The activity involved three (3) random bamboo craft makers namely, Mr. Ronelo Apitong, former Palkan barangay captain and proprietor of Joycylaine Bamboo Crafts, Mr. Angelo Bañas and Ms. Lilibeth Bañas of Bañas Bamboo Crafts. The discussions were focused on the supply of bamboo resources, buying price of bamboo poles, products offered, trainings involvement (government and private sponsored), and machineries used for the production. The bamboo crafters shared that they underwent basic to intensive trainings organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) and other private institutions. Trainings involve small crafts/novelty items (spoon, fork, straw, lampshades, shelves, sala sets, chandeliers), bamboo preservation methods, and etc. They have also participated benchmarking activities with other bamboo craft shops in the Philippines to learn their best practices. However, due to lack of machineries, market, and skilled workers the small crafts-making did not materialize which subsequently forced crafters to opt for products such as huts and sala sets that has a more established market.

MFI conducts KPWS Operations and Financial Management Training

Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted the Operations and Financial Management for the beneficiaries of the Kinilis Potable Water System (KPWS) Rehabilitation Project on June 10, 2020 to ensure the sustainability of the project after the turnover. The training was attended by 25 participants from BLGU Kinilis Council and staff, Prk. 8 residents represented by the Matutum Coffee Producers Association and Greentropics with speakers from Polomolok Water District, WatSan RHUB-XII and Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Brgy. Kinilis Captain Hon. Floro Tagaban gave a welcome message thanking the donor, implementer and everyone who attended the event. Mahintana Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao then gave the background and overview of the training.  The one-day training was about four topics: 1) Water System Operations and Maintenance and 2) Water Quality Testing both presented by Polomolok Water District, 3) Asset/Cash Management by Mahintana, 4) BWASA and Policy Review by RHUB XII. The turnover ceremony is scheduled on June 30, 2020.

R2R monitors mangrove-planted area in Buayan

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through its Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program conducted a monitoring for the adopted area of Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Laws-General Santos City (SP-Gensan) and BLGU-Buayan at Prk. Minanga, Brgy. Buayan, General Santos City on May 29, 2020.

Out of the planted 2,000 mangrove hills, at least 1,000 or 50% survived. Mortalities were caused by algae entanglement and strong wave action. It was observed that the constructed drift materials barrier needed to be repaired and the installed signage to be replaced.

Prohibition Billboard unveiled in celebration of 2020 Month of the Ocean Culmination

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through its Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program participated in the 2020 Month of the Ocean Culmination themed “Free the Seas from Marine Debris” with an unveiling ceremony of the prohibition billboard in partnership with City Environment and Natural Resources Office  – General Santos City (CENRO-GSC) and BLGU – Buayan at Prk. Minanga, Brgy. Buayan, General Santos City on May 29, 2020.

The activity aims to promote awareness and the protection of the coastal and marine resources in Brgy. Buayan. Hon. Rogelio Solis, Punong Barangay of BLGU-Buayan, Mr. Allan Marcilla, EnP, CENR Officer-GSC, Ms. Joy Ologuin, Protected Areas Superintendent – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PASu-SBPS) encouraged the Minanga community and the people’s organizations to be frontliners in preserving and protecting the marine resources against illegal activities. The billboard informs the public on P.D. 705/E.O. 2277/P.D. 7161, and R.A. 11038 otherwise known as the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Law and on the City Ordinance No. 43, Series of 2018 “An Ordinance Establishing the Datu Sharif Zainal Abedin Mangrove Eco-Tourism Zone, Situated in Barangays of Bula, Baluan, Buayan All of this City, Prescribing Guidelines for its implementation and for other purposes”.

AMCOOP Foundation feeds the volunteers on Labor Day

May 1, 2020 – the AMCOOP Foundation donated 60 lunch packs to the relief operations volunteers on Labor Day. AMCOOP thanked Mahintana for the opportunity to feed the unsung heroes of Polomolok. For those who are interested to donate, please contact us through our Facebook page or through our telephone number (083) 500-2796.