LITS in South Cotabato LGUs monitored

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Officer Mr. Aristotle Sunada visited the expansion areas of South Cotabato on June 25, June 30 and July 2, 2020 for Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) monitoring. He met with SB Secretary and staff of LGUs Norala, Banga, Sto. Niño, Surallah, T’boli, Tantangan, Tupi, and Polomolok. Whilst the other seven LGUs continued to utilise the LITS, LGU Norala is not using the system due to poor transition from the previous LITS administrator to the current SB staff. The result of the monitoring shows that the LGUs encoded a total of 22,244 resolutions, 933 ordinances, and 376 sessions.

MFI turns over PPEs worth Php 600K to South Cotabato IPHO

Mahintana Foundation Inc. (MFI) turned over 500 goggles, 500 head covers, 500 isolation gown sets (including foot cover and head cover), 500 N95 NIOSH masks and 300 pcs face shields to Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) of South Cotabato for use by the COVID-testing Center located at Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Memorial Medical Center (DAPMMC) on July 2, 2020.

The PPEs are worth Php 608,240.13 taken from the proceeds of Palo Kontra Droga Golf Tournament held in 2018 realigned to COVID-19 response and management.

Mahintana participates the Tiwan’s Bato Peak Agri-Tourism Park Reopening

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated the reopening of Tiwan’s Bato Peak Agri-Tourism Park and dedication of kubo on July 1, 2020 at Prk. 6,Sitio Bato, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The agri-tourism park accommodates travelers to meditate, relax and enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape and the overlooking Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape. The park’s soft opening was held on March of 2020 but was stalled by the current pandemic.

The peak is said to be a sacred ground for the Blaan tribe who also protects and preserves the area. It was also noted that a total of 10 centenarians were living in the area, including Yabing Masalon Dulo, who is known as a weaver of traditional Blaan costume called “Ikat”. Tourists can now visit the place in limited slots and are advised to follow IATF Guidelines on COVID-19 (wearing of facemasks and social distancing).

SOLARES visits Maitum: Social Marketing LGU Coordination & Sanitation Supplies for Livelihood Partners

(Upper right) Coordination Meeting: Mr. Ruben Balanag; Maitum Municipal Administrator, Mr. Roel Albellar, KPS-SEED Branch Manager and Engr. Tayactac | (Counter-clockwise) Distribution of sprayers and other supplies: Engr. Amanoddin with Mr. Joel Acas of KPS-SEED; Engr. Tayactac with Mr. Nicholson Tagum from KIMEMCO; Mr. Rodolfo Dela Torre, Jr., General Manager of Sta. Cruz MPC with Engr. Amanoddin

On Wednesday, June 17 SOLARES project staff Engr. Jose Jerry Tayactac and Engr. Mohammad Alver Amanoddin visited Maitum for a coordination meeting with KPS-SEED Microfinance, Inc. regarding the upcoming SOLARES project activities in the area. Engrs. Tayactac and Amanoddin also coordinated with LGU Maitum for social marketing activities with Mr. Ruben Balanag, Municipal Administrator. As Sarangani is under Moderate General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), Mr. Balanag permitted the team for the 1-week conduct of Social Marketing provided that safety protocols will be observed and necessary documents will be secured by the team.

      During the visit, project staff also distributed a total of 3 sprayers, 3 disinfectants, 300 reusable masks to project partners in the livelihood component of SOLARES. Sta. Cruz Multipurpose Cooperative, KPS-SEED Microfinance, Inc., and Kiamba Micro Entrepreneurs Multipurpose Cooperative each received 1 sprayer and disinfectant and 100 washable masks.



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.

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.

SP Board Member Eamon Matti and DPS sponsor the volunteers’ meals

South Cotabato Board Member Hon. Eamon Matti, Dole Philippines School (DPS) Principal Mr. Bob Doctolero and Ms. Lerma Songcuya sponsored the meals of our relief operations volunteers on April 28-30, 2020. The relief packing is still on-going. For those interested to donate for the volunteers’ meals, please contact Mahintana through our Facebook page or our telephone number (083) 500-2796.