Caravan of Hope for families affected by Typhoon Odette in Surigao

In the spirit of “bayanihan” and sharing especially this Christmas season, Mahintana together with various organizations in Mindanao shared time, energy and resources for the Typhoon-affected families in Surigao under its Caravan of Hope on December 28, 2021. At least 1,000 families or 5,000 individuals in three (3) barangays in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte (i.e. Brgys. Balite, Linongganan and Amontay) have benefited from food packs and water assistance. Per family received 1 pack of 5 kgs. rice, 6 pcs. canned Tuna, 1 pack ½ kg. mongo, 1 pack powdered milk, 1 bundle of Nescafe sticks at 12 pcs/bundle, 1 kg. brown sugar, 1 kg. iodized salt, 1 pack 200ml soy sauce, 1 pack 200ml vinegar, 1 gallon Jerry can with & w/o water (depending on family’s choice), and 1 pack health kits of 5 pcs. surgical mask, 1 pad Vitamin C, and 1 pad paracetamol.

Right after the relief distribution, Brgy. Chairman Eduardo Bantilan of Brgy. Linongganan offered his thanks and appreciation to the group organizing the relief assistance/Caravan of Hope (thru Amping Surigao) as their barangay and adjacent barangays in San Francisco, Surigao were usually left out in major relief distributions conducted by international NGOs (as their focus are usually in islands of Dinagat and Siargao). Hearing the appreciation of the affected LGUs and seeing the smiles of the beneficiary-families (even in face-masks) were already enough for the relief volunteers from their 12-hour travel to bring the relief goods to Surigao.

These are the following organizations which shared their time, energy and resources during the Caravan of Hope relief distribution in Surigao (in alphabetical order): Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC), CARE, CCF, DCOMPC, Dole Philippines/LeadPH, German Doctors, Kasilak Dev’t. Foundation, Inc., KPS-SEED, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., MCDC-Polomolok, MINCODE, PhilDHRRA, RD Foundation, SEDMFI, SIKAP Inc., and Tibud SKMPC. The group is also planning for the succeeding Caravans of Hope.

Mahintana, together with CENRO-GSC and GSC Water District, Participate in Water Demand Management Training of Trainors

Learning sessions on water demand mngt. for future water auditors.

As part of strengthening capacities of local resource institutions in water security, particularly in the aspect of water demand management, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., together with CENRO-GSC and GSC Water District participated in the Intermediate Water Demand Management Training of Trainors (TOT) in Seda Hotel, BGC, Taguig, Metro Manila on 15-16 December 2021. Mahintana was represented by its Operations Manager, EnP. Jobe C. Tubigon, while CENRO-GSC and GSC Water District were represented by EnP. Allan Marcilla and Engr. Jade de Juan respectively.

A total of 23 participants joined the 2-day TOT activity representing other organizations/provinces in the country, particularly Palawan and Negros Occidental. These other organizations include San Carlos City Waterworks, Kabankalan City Water District, University of Saint La Salle Bacolod, City Government of Puerto Princesa, Puerto Princes Water District, Seda BGC, PBSP, Maynilad Water Services, and Nalco Water The activity was organized by Safe Water Project – DAI Global, with technical support/facilitation from Water Alliance, represented by PBSP, Maynilad and Nalco Water, as resource organizations.

The TOT activity was generally aimed at promoting and building capacity of the WSPs, LGUs and private sector in adopting measures to decrease their water footprint & manage their wastewater at company/ institution and industry levels through the WDM strategies and technologies. It was intended for participants to familiarize water supply and demand scenario, water balance computation, basics of water resource conservation and management, and water management modalities. It provided hands-on application of the framework, processes and tools on water demand management – for participants to be equipped with knowledge and skills as local Water Auditors.

During the 2-day activity, the participants/participating organizations/LGUs were able to conduct hands-on water audit in the water facilities of Seda Hotel BGC as learning site – a must have learning experience/demonstration for future water auditors. International standards/parameters in water use/consumption for fixtures, fittings and appliance were used during the demo water audits. The participating organizations/LGUs were also able to formulate re-entry/actionable plans for water demand management/water audits for their respective organizations/LGUs.

Mahintana, Dolefil, Stanfilco, Kasilak, RD Fdn., & partner coops share 2nd wave of blessings to earthquake victims in North Cotabato

On November 7, 2019, Mahintana, Dolefil, Stanfilco, Kasilak, RD Fdn., Inc. and other partner organizations/coops in SOCCSKSARGEN area shared second wave of blessings to the earthquake victims of Makilala, North Cotabato under its Caravan of Hope. At least 1,893 families or 9,465 individuals in five (5) barangays of Makilala, North Cotabato have benefited from food packs, mineral water, clothes (for men, women & children) and assorted Dole products (fruit cups, canned & dried fruits, etc.). Dolefil or Dole Philippines, Inc. has donated at least PHP 6.9 Million worth of assorted Dole products.

Right after the relief operations, feedback from the beneficiary families has been encouraging. Majority of the beneficiaries remarked that this relief operation was by far provided them with the most number of relief goods which they found it difficult to carry by one person. Others said that this is the most orderly, efficient and transparent relief operation. They liked the idea that the donors also personally distributed the relief goods because majority of donors (LGUs & private sector alike) just leaved their goods to the hands of the Brgy. Officials to distribute.

The third wave of Caravan of Hope will be conducted in the following weeks.

Invitation for Bids

Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (ASEP)
Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project

Contract Title:        

Solar Home Systems (SHS) for Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, Mindanao, Philippines, SOCOTECO II and SUKELCO

Reference No.:        

SOLARES-SHS-19-01

1. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. has received grant funds from the European Union for the implementation of the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, Philippines, and intends to apply part of the funds toward payments under the contract for Solar Home System.

2. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply and installation supervision of 5,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS) units in the service areas of the South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO II) and Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SUKELCO) located in Provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. These SHS units are to be installed in accordance with program milestones. No margin of domestic preference shall be applied for this procurement. However, bidders should already have Lighting Global (LG) verified solar products or as stated within the Bidding Documents to be technically qualified to participate.

3. Bidding will be conducted through the International Open Bidding (IOB) procedures as specified in the European Union’s Guidelines/Practical Guide: Procurement and Grants for European Union External Actions [Applicable as of 2 August 2018] (“Procurement Guidelines”), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the Procurement Guidelines. In addition, please refer to Instruction to Bidders (ITB) subsections 3.9., 5.1.and 5.2 of the Bidding Document setting forth the policy on conflict of interest, corrupt and fraudulent practices.

4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from Mahintana Foundation, Inc., at www.mahintana.org and inspect the bidding documents during office hours, 0900 to 1600 hours MNL time, at the address given below.

5. A complete set of bidding documents in English may be purchased by interested eligible bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of EUR 900. The method of payment will be by check or cash deposit to RCBC (French Street, Polomolok, South Cotabato) EURO Account 8-562-00159-0 in the name of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

6. The document will be sent by express courier to a requested address or collected at the address given below.

7. A Pre-bid meeting shall be held on 22 August 2019, 1 PM, at the address below and shall be open only to those that have purchased a complete set of bidding document

8. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 1:00 PM of 30 September 2019. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the bidder’s designated representatives who choose to attend at the address below at 1:00 PM of 30 September 2019.

9. All bids must be accompanied by a “Bid-Securing Declaration” following the prescribed form included in Section IV, Bidding Forms, of the Bidding Documents.

10. The address referred to for inspection of bidding documents and collection of purchased bidding documents is:

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Attn: The SOLARES Project Manager

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site, Polomolok,

South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines

Tel: +63 (083) 500-8434

11. The address referred to for pre-bid meeting, submission and public opening of bids is:

MFI Conference Room,

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site,

Polomolok, South Cotabato,

Mindanao, Philippines