Mahintana Foundation, Inc. brainstorms for its Strategic Mid-Program Review and Planning

In order to review the foundation’s 5-year strategic plan (2017-2021), Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted its Strategic Mid-Program Review and Planning on November 7-8, 2019 at Malagos Garden Resort, Davao City. The invited resource speaker Mr. Jaime “Bong” Antonio, Jr. facilitated the following segments to the 2-day activity: part 1, examining our influence and impact as a development partner through portfolio reports and the sense making workshop; part 2, defining our locus through examining Mindanao trends and Mahintana Situational Analysis and strategic plan review and updating; and part 3, the teambuilding retreat.

Clockwise from top left: Ms. Liza Hora, Admin and Finance Officer; Mr. Jaime Antonio, Jr. and Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, President and CEO; (lower right) Ms. Jea Roque, HealthPlus Supervising Pharmacist.

Each program was tasked to prepare and present portfolio and accomplishment reports to serve as an overview of the different programs: (1) Basic Social Services, (2) Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation, (3) Institutional-Building and Governance, and (4) Social Enterprise. Before proceeding to the discussion on the outputs of the sense-making workshop, the group was halved and assigned to list Mindanao trends and another half was tasked to evaluate whether the previous situational analysis is consistent to the present or needs updating.

Despite the lengthy process on mapping out the activities of each program, the discussion proved to be fruitful and became a way to level the staff’s knowledge about the foundation’s programs. The most important segment of this activity was the review and update of the strategic plan. Based on their previous outputs (the sense making workshop, Mindanao trends, and situational analysis) the teams could incorporate changes based on these and as a result of further discussion and brainstorming.

Clockwise from top left: Mr. Jan Solomon Edrozo, RESOURCEGov2 Project Officer; Mr. Jeric Amparo, ZOD/HIMSOG-Tupi Project Officer; Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Operations Officer & SOLARES project manager; and Mr. Jay Amiel Ajoc, SOLARES project coordinator.

SOLARES Courtesy Calls: MLGUs Kalamansig and Lebak

SOLARES project officers headed to Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat at 3:00 A.M. on March 19, 2019 to meet and discuss with Kalamansig mayor Hon. Ronan Eugene Garcia at 10:00 A.M. Meeting agenda was the introduction of the SOLARES Project to Hon. Garcia including the project framework and the target beneficiaries, which included three barangays and tentatively 1020 target households within Kalamansig.

Hon. Garcia raised his concerns with the project’s specific recipients. There are GIDAs or Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas in Kalamansig. These communities do not use any lighting at all during nighttime. Furthermore, these communities may not be capable of paying the monthly fee. The team clarified that the payment was for the project’s sustainability and maintenance. There will also be an initial ODK profiling, to identify eligible recipients. It was agreed that the team will return along with a representative from SUKELCO to further discuss the viable target areas.

Brgy. Capt. Albaladeso asked if it would be possible for the barangay halls and schools to be SHS recipients as this would seem atypical for households being energized while barangays are not. Apparently, this shall be clarified with SUKELCO first since the intention of SOLARES is to become a part of the electrification program of  the electric cooperative.

Hon. Ronan Eugene Garcia, Kalamansig Mayor; Ms. Ma. Alma Engcong, MLGOO Kalamansig; Mr. Victor Albaladeso, LIGA President, and SOLARES project officers discuss the SOLARES project.

In the afternoon, the team was scheduled to meet with LGU Lebak. with Lebak Administrative Officer Mr. Rusty Vilo. Mr. Vilo conveyed his support to the project and expressed his gratitude that Lebak was chosen as one of the target municipalities. He also shared about a previous solar-related project which awarded SHS units to certain communities after a one-time payment was uninformed the status of said project.