Mahintana assists LGU Polomolok’s CoViD-19 Relief Operations

Mahintana Foundation Inc. continues to stay true in its commitment in building communities by supporting the LGU Polomolok’s CoViD-19 Relief Operations. It has actively assisted in the packing of the relief goods and monitoring the distribution per barangay. The organization also introduced the use of the ODK, an ICT tool, for the data gathering and mapping of the relief operation distribution. While the organization oversees the packing of the relief packs, the volunteers are from the different cooperatives and Dolefil managerial staff.

Mahintana Executive Director Ms. Liza D. Hora sits as the vice-chair of the Polomolok CoViD-19 Task Force Hinabang, the task force responsible for peaceful and transparent relief operations amid the CoViD-19 crisis.

Dolefil and Mahintana assist SoCot communities amid COVID-19 quarantine

Amidst the enhanced community quarantine in South Cotabato, Dole Philippines, Inc. and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. sustains its cooperative efforts to support the community. On March 24, 2020, the local government unit of Polomolok received 250 hygiene kits—each kit included 1 bar of soap, 1 small towel, 2 reusable masks, and 1 500ml bottle of isopropyl alcohol for their COVID-19 frontliners. In the same week, 45 hygiene kits were distributed to barangay health workers of Brgy. Cannery. Dole Philippines, Inc. through Mahintana provided 10 sprayers and 10 1L disinfectants to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of South Cotabato. Through the help of Brgy. Cannery, TIBUD, Dole Gawad Pag-ibig, and Elmer’s Tailoring, as of March 27, 23,293 face masks are being produced and distributed to employees of Dole Philippines, Inc.

Mask production at Elmer’s Tailoring

Mahintana participated in LGU Tupi’s Retooled Community Support Program Meeting

Represented by Project Officer Mr. Jeric Amparo, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated in the Retooled Community Support Program Meeting at Municipal Hall, Tupi last February 26, 2020. The meeting was set to discuss the Orientation of Executive Order No. 70 series of 2018 of PRRD, the preparation on Immersion at Barangay Cebuano, and other relevant matters.

PMAJ Virlen Pampolin, Chief of Police, Tupi Municipal Police Station gave the orientation for the Executive Order No. 70 series of 2018 or otherwise called “Institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and directing the Adoption of a National Peace Framework. Furthermore, Ms. Cristy Buenaflor, of DILG XII, conducted orientation on the Retooled Community Support Program. RCSP is convergence mechanism for LGU particularly in the barangay for the identification of issues and needed interventions. Members of the RCSP will conduct Field validation on March 3, 2020 at Barangay Cebuano, Tupi.

Mahintana participates the Gender and Development Planning and Budgeting Training

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., represented by Project Officer Mr. Jeric Amparo. participated the Gender and Development Planning and Budgeting Training at DILG Office, Municipal Hall, T’boli, South Cotabato last February 24, 2020.

The said training aims to orient the new portal system of the submission of GAD Accomplishment of 2019, and Budget and Plans for 2021. The DILG Province Representative discussed and reviewed the structure of the members of the GAD Focal Point System and Technical Working Group.

Mahintana participates the Special PAMB Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated the Special Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Meeting at the PolomolokMunicipal Nursery, Prk. Summerlight, Brgy. Magsaysay, Polomolok on February 21, 2020. The meeting was called to discuss the Proposed Road Concreting of Prk. Estrebilla Hills to Prk. Kawit, Brgy. Maligo, Polomolok  and the Mt. Nabol Integrated Farm (MNIF). Also, the body discoursed on the groundbreaking and demarcation of MMPL and Construction of Protected Area Management Office.

SOLARES conducts Factory Acceptance Test Training

Part of the SOLARES Project bidding and procurement process is the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) and before the contract signing, a successful conduct of FAT must take place first. For a successful FAT, it is important that the project’s FAT team is equipped with technical know-how on how FAT is done. To do this, the SOLARES project requested the technical assistance of ASEP-TA/GIZ, through Mr. David Balleza as technical consultant, for the FAT training and actual conduct of FAT.

The FAT training was aimed at equipping the FAT team/TWG on how to conduct FAT, especially in preparation of actual conduct of FAT in China. The 5-member FAT team is composed of key technical persons from SOCOTECO II (1), SUKELCO (1), Mahintana (2) and ASEP-TA/GIZ (1). Aside from the FAT team, the training was also participated by the key project staff of the SOLARES project as part of building local capacities in FAT, PSI, O&M and other related activities. The 2-day activity was conducted on 30-31 January 2020 at Q CitiPark Hotel, General Santos City with Mr. Balleza of ASEP-TA/GIZ as technical resource person given his experience and expertise in solar/renewable energy.

Key results of the training include sharing and demonstrating the FAT process, protocol, steps, test procedures and FAT requirements per major Solar Home System (SHS) component – the device under inspection (DUI). During demo, visual screening as part of the test procedure was conducted on PV module, battery and battery management system, charge controller, LED lamps, and vending machine/management system (VMS) of the sample SHS unit of PVM Window 1. The demo was based on the draft FAT manual/ guidelines designed by the project (part of the bid documents). Accomplishing sample FAT forms and report by the FAT team was also part of the key results.

Meanwhile, the actual conduct of FAT which was originally scheduled on 10-15 February 2020 in China was postponed due to travel restrictions brought about by the novel Corona virus outbreak.

IFC and Sierra Tropical Ltd. Partners visit and participate in MFI’s tree growing

On January 24, 2020, guests from International Finance Corporation (IFC) Shino Saruta, Operations Manager of IFC. Niraj Shah, Social Specialist of IFC. Jeremy Ansell Senior environmental specialist of IFC and Sierra Tropical Ltd. Head Nurse Maria Hernandez, accompanied by Dolefil VP & Managing Director Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis, visited Mahintana Foundation Inc. to learn about the organization’s programs and activities on community development. They also toured the Cannery Community Nursery for a short orientation.

To leave a remarkable memory of their visit, they participated in the ceremonial tree growing activity using bagras seedlings at 116C field gully to take part on the advocacy of the foundation on environmental protection and conservation.