Mahintana Foundation Inc., represented by RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and HEALTH Plus Project Manager Ms. Margie S. Managuit, also the gender focal person of the office, attended the Gender and Development Training organized by EU Delegation of the Philippines to all CSO-EIDHR and CSO-LA program beneficiaries. Held at UP Diliman on November 13-15, 2019, the training seeks to integrate gender-responsiveness on project management, communication and visibility planning of the EU-funded projects. The participants of the activity as required are project managers and the documenters or the gender focal person of the beneficiary organizations.
Mahintana Foundation Inc. attended the TWG Meeting for the Formulation of South Cotabato Tourism Master Plan on November 15, 2019 at Villa Princessita, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato. The meetng aims to collect stakeholder’s ideas to validate the practicability of the plan in crafting the South Cotabato Provincial Tourism Master Plan and was attended by various stakeholders representing the 11 municipalities of the province.
Tourism Council staff Mr. Mr. Richie Matunding presented the consolidated/combined output of the tourism plans of the different municipalities. He then presented the work plan for the formulation of the master plan. It was agreed that the municipalities without tourism master plan to formulate their own plans while those with plans have to review theirs by January 2020. Moreover, a planning workshop for TWG and Tourism council is scheduled on February 2020.
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.
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.
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.
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI), facilitated the Tree Growing activity in partnership with Philippine College of Physicians – Polomolok Chapter at Field 103A Gully, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok South Cotabato on November 8, 2019. They aim to lessen the unfavorable effects of climate change to the environment.
A total of 50 hills of bamboo and 150 hills of assorted fruits and forest trees were purchased and planted by the organization which covers an estimated area of 2,600 sq. m. and attended by 25 participants.
On November 5, 2019, Mahintana Foundation Inc., Mindanao Polytechnic College (MPC) and Silverberry Homes, Inc. (SBHI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at QSS Center, MPC, General Santos City. This MOU is in line with the one-year research project entitled “Employing Wave-Breakers and Seedlings Planter: A Means of reducing the Mortality Rate of Newly Planted Mangroves along the Coastline of Barangay Buayan, General Santos City,” an approach to address the low survival rate of planted mangrove seedlings and help establish a mangrove park through planting and nurturing of the mangroves that may eventually create a source of livelihood among purok residents.
Mahintana Foundation aims to partner with more private organizations and institutions in protecting, preserving and conserving the environment.
The RESOURCEGov 2 Project continued rolling out the LITS orientation and installation to the barangays of Sarangani. Thru the coordination efforts of the Vice-Governor’s Office of Sarangani, the project cascaded LITS to the barangays under the municipality of Malapatan on November 5, 2019. The honorable Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta also joined the activity to inspire the barangays to do better in local legislation and their performance as the basic government units. A total of eight (8) barangays have installed the system.
The following barangays have installed LITS: Poblacion, Patag, Sapu Padidu, Libi, Kihan, Tuyan, Lun Masla, and Lun Padido.
In the celebration of the Cooperative Month, the Tupi Integrated Agricultural Cooperative (TIAC), Tupi, South Cotabato conducted tree growing on October 31, 2019 at Sitio Glandang, Brgy. Palkan, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
A total of six hundred (600) hills of fruit and forest trees were planted during the activity. A memorandum of agreement was also established for both parties to look after and nurse the plants in order to ensure its growth.
The RESOURCEGov 2 Project was featured in Mindanao Journal for its issue dated October 21-27, 2019. The paper, circulated in Davao City, wrote about the 2-year accomplishments of the project as reported during the 2nd Annual Review and Planning Workshop on October 24-25, 2019 at Dusit D2, Lanang, Davao City. The Mindanao Journal and other media partners were invited during the said activity to witness the presentations of the project accomplishments and the LGU/CSO partners’ testimonies and feedbacks.
In partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc, the Theta Sigma Omega Skylarks Fraternity and Sorority International 1975 – Polomolok Chapter at Lusanez River bank, Brgy. Bentung, Polomolok South Cotabato conducted tree growing activity at Lusanez River bank, Brgy. Bentung, Polomolok South Cotabato on October 27, 2019. According to the organization, the activity is a support to the “Save the Environment” Program of the government.
A total of 50 hills of assorted fruits and forest trees were planted which covers an estimated area of 274 sq. m. and attended by approximately 25 participants.