Mahintana participates in the 1st Region 12 Bamboo Council Meeting

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 12 (DTI 12) as the chair of the newly created Region 12 Bamboo Industry Development Council or Kawayan Dose., Mahintana Foundation, Inc. as co-chair, and PLGU Sarangani as the vice-chairperson, conducted the first Regional Bamboo Council Meeting on September 2, 2021 through an online platform and physical meeting.

Organizing and strengthening the council was done through the discussion of the following agendas: Identification and finalization of membership (Government Sector Representatives: DENR, DA, DA-ADPO, DOST, DAR, PLGUs, DepEd, NHA, DOLE, TESDA, ATI, NCIP and MinDA, Private Sector Representatives: Cotabato Province – Central Mindanao Green Workers Assoc. & Green Workers Corporation, Sultan Kudarat – Bamboo Crafters Association (Tacurong), Sarangani: Conrado Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. (CLAFI), South Cotabato: Mahintana & SCBIDC, Financing Institutions: DBP and LBP, Academe: South Cotabato State College, Mindanao State University, Sultan Kudarat State University and University of Southern Mindanao (Kabacan and Kidapawan), creation of relevant committees, discussion on establishing a quorum during meetings, identification of Secretariat (DTI 12 Industry Development Division), activities for the World Bamboo Day 202 with the theme “Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan!

Mahintana as the co-chairperson delivered the closing message highlighting “Building networks among those working in the field of research and information services, on policy development and implementers for the council and in moving forward to the development of the regional bamboo roadmap, are part of the important mission for the council. Like a bamboo, “The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, the third year it leaps.” Let the council continually cultivate one another and build strong roots for our region.”

BLGU Poblacion partners with Ridge-to-Reef for tree growing

Tree growing activity & BLGU-Poblacion proposed planting area

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) through its Dolefil-assisted Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program supported the tree growing activity and environmental advocacy of the barangay local government unit of Poblacion (BLGU Poblacion) on August 9, 2021 along Prk. Ma. Rosa (6°13’59.95″N, 125° 3’59.97″E) to San Agustin (6°13’1.03″N, 125° 4’20.63″E) riverside, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok.

BLGU Poblacion planted 300 bamboo seedlings as part of their flood mitigation and riverbanks erosion prevention measures in celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM).

Mahintana, Dolefil, and partners support Landan People’s MPC launching of the decorticated pineapple fiber project

Dole Philippines Inc., Mahintana Foundation Inc., PhilFIDA and Honorable Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti

The Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LPMPC) successfully launched their Decorticated Pineapple Fiber Project on August 9, 2021 at the Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative Grounds, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. LPMPC is exploring new businesses for additional source of income while promoting value-adding and waste upcycling of pineapple production. The cooperative’s pineapple fiber production is supported by Dole Philippines Inc. and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) and the local government unit of Polomolok.

Notable guests include Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Mayor of Polomolok; Mr. Kennedy Costales, Executive Director of PhilFIDA; Ms. Milagros Laburada, ROXI OIC-PhilFIDA; Mr. Harlan Sunada, Vice President of Dole Packaged Foods Asia Technical Services of Dole Philippines Inc.; Mr. Tristan Sotto, Director of Engineering Services Division of Dolefil; Mr. Edgar Trazo, Director of Strategic Projects, Dole Philippines, Inc.;  Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, President of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.; Ms. Liza Hora, Executive Director of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.; and Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Operations Manager of Mahintana Foundation Inc. Staff from PhilFIDA, Dolefil, and LPMPC joined the launching event.

Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti expressed her support to LPMPC’s new venture. The cooperative is to send their proposal to the LGU to further help fund the project. Mr. Sunada, Mr. Magdolot, and Mr. Costales also expressed their support and continuing partnership with the cooperative.

Ms. Edilyn Pabicon, the General Manager of LPMPC, closed the program with a warm expression of their gratitude for the support that LPMPC has received. An actual demonstration of decorticating pineapple leaves to pineapple fiber was conducted with the assistance of Mr. Renato Amistad of PhilFIDA ROXI and the LPMPC decorticating machine operator.

Mahintana joins in the creation of the Region 12 Bamboo Council

The Department of Trade and Industry-Region 12 (DTI 12) led the creation of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Bamboo Council through a blended session on August 5, participated by provincial bamboo council officers and members, national government agencies, and non-government organizations such as Mahintana Foundation, Inc. The organizational meeting gathered bamboo stakeholders of the region to form a body responsible for consolidating the interests and concerns of its members, plan for the regional direction of the industry, and raise industry concerns to specific agencies. The organizational meeting resulted with DTI 12 as the chair and Mahintana Foundation Inc. as co-chair along with the provincial government of Sarangani as the vice-chair for the Region 12 Bamboo Council.Part of the council’s next steps include small group meetings to consult stakeholders for the synchronization of inter-agency plans and to localize the bamboo roadmap. The Department of Environment and Natural Resource – Region 12 expressed support for the endeavor. “Rest assured that DENR will support our partner non-government agencies (NGA’s) on their bamboo initiatives for sustainable development,” said DENR Conservation Development Chief Ali M. Hadjinasser. The council prepares for a series of activities for the World Bamboo Day on 18th of September 2021.

Mahintana grows trees at SEED Farm for upcoming anniversary

Clockwise from left: Ptr. Ruiz Espanol, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker (program manager for Institution-Building & Governance), project staff, Ms. Liza Hora (Executive Director), & Ms. Grace Miguel (Accountant)

As part of the area development activities of the Sustainable Eco-tourism and Environment-based Innovations Demonstration (SEED) Farm of Mahintana Foundation, Inc., a tree growing activity was conducted at the perimeter of the fenced area. This is also in line with the launching activity of the monthlong celebration of Mahintana’s 44th Foundation Anniversary.

L: Mahintana staff during the tree growing at the hillside area; Upper Right: Mahintana staff completing the tree growing, Mt. Matutum in the background; Lower Right: view of the SEED Farm from the hillside

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its president Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, executive director Ms. Liza D. Hora, and around 26 Mahintana staff (program managers and project staff) celebrated by planting seedlings.

Ptr. Ruiz P. Espanol led the prayer and dedication for the area. Mr. Iyad A. Tantong, project officer for the Gully Tree Planting project gave an orientation of the proper way of planting seedlings. The staff could tie ribbons around the stakes to mark their planted seedlings.

Through the activity, the group planted 430 hills of forest and fruit trees: 150 seedlings of Lauan, 150 seedlings of nabol, 100 seedlings of chestnut and 30 seedlings of mangosteen, rambutan, and lanzones.