CTNI visits Community Nurseries, Gullies and Dole Agro Research Facility

Dole Philippines, Inc., together with Mahintana, facilitated the visit of Claveria Tree Nursery Inc. (CTNI) General Manager Mr. Roberto J. Togle and CTNI Nursery Head Mr. Ebenezer A. Tabilla at the proposed area for the Ramet Multiplication Garden on September 26-27, 2018.  The visit was a follow-up activity of the Dole and Mahintana benchmarking at CTNI at Misamis Oriental for the Trees-for-Pallets Project. The activity was headed by Dole Industrial Operations Senior Analyst Mr. Yohei Kajikawa, together with Dole Corporate Affairs Division Head Atty. Melquiades L. Hernandez III and Community Relations Department Manager Ms. Leamor B. Bañaga, Mahintana President& CEO Mr. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao.

The team led the visitors to Cannery and Brgy. Maligo Community Nurseries for exposure trip on the different planted bamboos and assorted forest and fruit trees. Then, the team went to the 4-hectare company owned area at Prk. 5 Dam, Maligo & Landan where bagras trees can be planted and be used as a ramet multiplication garden. Mr. Tabilla inspected the trees and commented that one of the trees is a possible candidate as a mother plant. They also visited 113BC Gully in Brgy. Polo to see the different tree species are planted.  On the second day, the team visited Dole Agro Research Facility in Poblacion, Polomolok and was toured by Dr. Noel Perpetua and Ms. Meredith Dacayo around the facility. The team took a side visit to the Engineered Bamboo House.

During the discussion on the next steps, it was agreed that: the species for planting will be hybrid bagras, white lauan, and other locally available species; CTNI will provide technical assistance and transfer of “Macro Somatic Cloning” Technology to Dolefil.

CTNI is into mass production of quality tree seedlings by means of Macrosomatic Cloning. It is a subsidiary of RI Chemical Corporation with a vision to be a leader in the propagation of genetically superior trees that will fight climate change, alleviate the poverty and increase the income of tree farmers.

Mahintana participates in Adopt-Malungon River Launching Activity

Mahintana participated in the Adopt-Malungon River Launching Activity thru Bamboo Growing Project of the Municipality of Malungon at Brgy. Nagpan, Malungon, Sarangani Province on Aug. 15, 2018.  The organization was represented by Operations Manager Mr. Jobe Tubigon, R2R Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao, and Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor together with Dole Philippines Inc. CRD Supervisor Mr. Reb Shanton Minion. A total of 1,000 hills of afus were planted on the riverside out of 35,000 afus hills target covering 4.8km stretch of river.  

Mahintana was agreed to present the R2R Program during the ABC meeting and a benchmarking activity at R2R project areas scheduled within the year.

Mahintana and SRC lead the Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction Activities

In celebration of the 41st Anniversary of Mahintana and SRC with the theme “Exploring Possibilities Beyond Boundaries”, a Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction activity was conducted in the 116A Field Gully at Prk. Paglaum, Bgry. Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by around 200 participants including the executives and directors of Dole Philippines, Inc., partner cooperatives, LGU representatives of the municipality and barangays, and SRC and Mahintana staff.

Participants assembled and registered at the Brgy. Cannery Hall grounds before jumping off to the site. The welcome address was given by Mahintana President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot. Mr. Magdolot welcomed the key persons and participants, as well as, acknowledged the support of the stakeholders to the tree growing activity as one of the celebratory activities of Mahintana and SRC. Among those who gave the Message of Support are the following: Dolefil VP and Managing Director Mr. Randolph I. Fleming, Mun. Councilor Mr. Allan Ines, MCDC Chairperson Mr. Lory Asilo, and Cannery Punong Barangay and ABC President Mr. Antonio Octavio.  For the closing remarks, SRC President Mr. Carlos T. Baldostamon, Jr. said that planting trees is a great way to leave a legacy aside from educating the young.

The Ceremonial Tree Growing commenced by a demonstration on how to plant the seedlings by Mr. Baldostamon and R2R Project Officer Mr. Ramon Christopher Manero followed by a dance number depicting the B’laan Tribe planting ritual dance by Landan National High School students. Then, the participants were given fruit and forest tree seedlings and started planting. The VIPs were invited to come down the gully for the stone dike construction.

Mahintana signs Partnership with FPE

A Partnership Agreement was signed between the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) represented by Ms. Lourdes R. Simpol, PhD., Chairperson/CEO and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented by Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President and CEO, on February 23, 2018 at FPE-Mindanao Regional Unit Office at Matina, Davao City. This represents the approval of the Scale-up Reduced Pollution through Vegetation and Rehabilitation (Scale-up REPAIR) of Silway River (Phase 3) proposal.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Regional Unit Manager of FPE Mr. Armando C. Pacudan, MFI Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, FPE Project Officer Ms. Neriza M. Agbuya and MFI Accountant Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla.

The REPAIR Phase 3 Project seeks to reduce water pollution and enhance the vegetative cover of riverbanks, gullies and/or tributaries of Silway River System/Watershed of Barangays Lumakil and Rubber in Polomolok, and Brgy. Basag, T’boli, South Cotabato. The project worth P2,000,000.00 is to be implemented for 1 year which shall take effect on March 1, 2018 until April 1, 2019.

Mahintana joins ALERT Training

Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented CSDO-SC in the CARE Humanitarian Partnership Platform Capacity Training and ALERT Roll out on February 6-8, 2018 at N-Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. The training was participated by nine (9) civil society organizations namely, Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), Disaster Response Center (DIRECT), Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. (MISFI), Bread for Emergency Assistance and Development (BREAD), AL-MUJADILAH Development Foundation (AMDF), Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), Panday Bulig, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC) and KADAIT. CSDO-SC is under the umbrella of MINCODE. The 3-day event is part of the ALERT trial period, where different NGOs were trained and supported to trial and/or integrate the ALERT emergency preparedness system in their organizations.

 

ALERT is “An innovative emergency preparedness system that improves country office preparedness, reduces the burden of preparedness on the country team and increases their ability to respond immediately, effectively and appropriately when a disaster strikes.” The ALERT Project aims to contribute toward the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance by providing the humanitarian community with the technology and guidance to facilitate an increased level of emergency preparedness and maintain their operational preparedness at a consistent and appropriate level.