Mahintana participates in the International Coastal Clean-Up

Mahintana staff participated in the annual International Coastal Clean–Up (ICC) on September 21, 2019 at the Minanga, Buayan with approximately 500 volunteers from BLGU Buayan Council and various civic organizations, academe, government offices and private institutions namely Red Ribbon-KCC, Mindanao Polytechnic College, BSP – Datu Acad Dalid ES, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, DepEd XII Teachers, Balite ES, Shariff Mukshin ES, Ligaya ES, Buayan NHS, City Engineer’s Office, DENR-CENRO Buayan. A total of 2,750 Kgs. or 110 sacks of residual waste (cigarette butts, food wrappers, straws, nylon strings, plastic cups, cellophanes, diapers, etc.) were collected in 0.3 km coastal area of Prk. Minanga, Buayan.

The ICC was conducted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – General Santos City in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., USAID, DENR – XII, Coca-Cola Foundation, Protected Area Management Bureau – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB–SBPS), Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Education, Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) – Sarangani Province, Holy Trinity College of General Santos City, PNP Regional Maritime Office – XII, General Santos Foundation, Inc., RD Foundation, and Smart Telecommunications. The event themed “Battle for Litter-Free Seas” aims to engage the surrounding coastal communities and stakeholders in cleaning beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. Results will aid in better waste management policies/plans, product packaging designs and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.

Scaleup REPAIR installs 9 Signage in 3 Barangays

As part of its Information, Education and Communication (IEC) to campaign for better environmental practices, Scale-up REPAIR Project installed nine in three barangays of Polomolok and T’Boli on September 3, 2019. Two of the signage were installed in Brgy. Lumakil and the other two in Brgy. Rubber, Polomolok. Five other signage were installed in Sitio Malo, Brgy. Basag (3) and Sitio Bianan, Brgy. Basag (2) in the municipality of T’Boli.

The signage were about: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) /Rainfall Advisory System (4), Solid Waste Management and Forest Protection (2) and Project Map (3).

Invitation for Bids

Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (ASEP)
Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project

Contract Title:        

Solar Home Systems (SHS) for Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, Mindanao, Philippines, SOCOTECO II and SUKELCO

Reference No.:        

SOLARES-SHS-19-01

1. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. has received grant funds from the European Union for the implementation of the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, Philippines, and intends to apply part of the funds toward payments under the contract for Solar Home System.

2. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply and installation supervision of 5,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS) units in the service areas of the South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO II) and Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SUKELCO) located in Provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. These SHS units are to be installed in accordance with program milestones. No margin of domestic preference shall be applied for this procurement. However, bidders should already have Lighting Global (LG) verified solar products or as stated within the Bidding Documents to be technically qualified to participate.

3. Bidding will be conducted through the International Open Bidding (IOB) procedures as specified in the European Union’s Guidelines/Practical Guide: Procurement and Grants for European Union External Actions [Applicable as of 2 August 2018] (“Procurement Guidelines”), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the Procurement Guidelines. In addition, please refer to Instruction to Bidders (ITB) subsections 3.9., 5.1.and 5.2 of the Bidding Document setting forth the policy on conflict of interest, corrupt and fraudulent practices.

4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from Mahintana Foundation, Inc., at www.mahintana.org and inspect the bidding documents during office hours, 0900 to 1600 hours MNL time, at the address given below.

5. A complete set of bidding documents in English may be purchased by interested eligible bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of EUR 900. The method of payment will be by check or cash deposit to RCBC (French Street, Polomolok, South Cotabato) EURO Account 8-562-00159-0 in the name of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

6. The document will be sent by express courier to a requested address or collected at the address given below.

7. A Pre-bid meeting shall be held on 22 August 2019, 1 PM, at the address below and shall be open only to those that have purchased a complete set of bidding document

8. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 1:00 PM of 30 September 2019. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the bidder’s designated representatives who choose to attend at the address below at 1:00 PM of 30 September 2019.

9. All bids must be accompanied by a “Bid-Securing Declaration” following the prescribed form included in Section IV, Bidding Forms, of the Bidding Documents.

10. The address referred to for inspection of bidding documents and collection of purchased bidding documents is:

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Attn: The SOLARES Project Manager

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site, Polomolok,

South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines

Tel: +63 (083) 500-8434

11. The address referred to for pre-bid meeting, submission and public opening of bids is:

MFI Conference Room,

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site,

Polomolok, South Cotabato,

Mindanao, Philippines

Mahintana joins JICA’s ) Ecotourism for Officials on Nature Conservation Program

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through the Ridge-to-Reef Program represented by Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao participated on the JICA-KCCP Ecotourism for Officials on Nature Conservation Training Program on June 25 to August 2, 2019. This program aims to strengthen the capacity of administrators in charge of promoting/developing nature conservation plans/projects including ecotourism in and around nature reserves.  It primarily targets officials and staff at national/local government agencies who are dedicating themselves to implement and promote nature conservation policies/plans and activities by utilizing ideas of “ecotourism” in and around protected areas.

The 39-day program was participated by seven other namely Ms. Leni Pajarillo from the Philippines, Mr. Brivce Ulrich Mavoulou from Gabon, Ms. Andrea Naivana from Palau, Mr. Nguyne Dinh Dien from Vietnam, Mr. Timon Uatoia from Kiribati, Ms. Tamara Cvetcovic from Serbia and Ms. Anna Pridun from Ukraine. The participants were able to learn about phenology, learn from Ministry of Environment on the Management and Operation of National Parks in Japan and Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of Environment on the Policies on Ecotourism in Japan, Issues and Lessons Learned in Ecotour Development, and visit various nature centers and parks such as Lake Shikaribetsu, Mt. Higashi Nupukaushinupuri, Tokachi Millennium Forest, Nakasatsunai Art Village, Kiritappu Wetland, Kenbokki Island, ND Akkeshi Waterfowl Observatory, Kushiro Wetland, Cape Kirakotan, Hosooka Observatory, among others.

The Stone Dike Technology: Innovation that Helps Mitigate Soil Erosion in the Gullies

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., continues to think outside the box in the conservation, preservation and protection of the environment particularly around the Mt. Matutum Protective Landscape (MMPL). To mitigate the soil erosion that usually occur in the plantation gullies, the organization innovated a technology that uses indigenous materials found in the locality such as large rocks, used fishnets from the fishing industries in General Santos City, and malabago trees, thus, the birth of the stone dike technology. The technology was purposely constructed in scoured gully banks to prevent their further damage.

The ceremonial construction of the stone dike was conducted on August 10, 2018 at Gully 116A/101C, Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato as one of the activities of the 41st anniversary celebration of Mahintana and SRC. From its construction to present, the stone dikes were able to allow sedimentation that increased the vegetation around the dikes and stabilized the gully banks by protecting them from further scouring. Other stone dikes were constructed in 110A/109C Cannery and 113C/112B/113B Polo.

SOLARES Consultation Meeting with SUKELCO, SOCOTECO II & Dole Philippines, Inc.

To ensure that the Solar Home System (SHS) technical design and other implementation/procurement arrangements will be effectively and efficiently carried out, the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) project facilitated a Consultation Meeting on May 3, 2019 held at Dole Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. In attendance were members/management staff from Electric Coops’ SUKELCO and SOCOTECO II. Also present were Dolefil’s Directors Atty. Renato N. Alvarez and Mr. Yohei Kagikawa and DPO Manager Wilson A. Peria.  Mahintana sought the expertise of the ECs as they have experiences in implementing ASEP’s PVM Window 1 Project.

Project Manager Jobe C. Tubigon presented the SOLARES project overview, objectives, expected impact & outcomes, the SHS package and Procurement and installation timeline. His presentation also included the composition and functions of different groups such as the Technical Working Group, Technical & Financial team and the Advisory group. Additional members were added to ensure that the preparation, review & evaluation of bid documents will be in accordance to EU’s procurement standards and requirements.

The demonstration of the SHS technical specifications followed afterwards. Engr. Jay Amiel Ajoc explained the system functions, battery capacity and the load vending management scheme.

Currently, the project is conducting profiling, validation and social marketing while waiting for EU’s approval of the amendments of the contract particularly on change of SHS technical design/specs, project sites, and budget reallocation. Once approved, the posting/publication of bidding documents will follow. The group were able to share their suggestions and views to ensure that the right implementation/procurement arrangements & mechanisms will be applied.

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Peace and Equity Foundation, Electric Coops’ SUKELCO and SOCOTECO II is implementing the EU-funded SOLARES project for 3 years.

SOLARES conducts Project Orientation and Consultation Meeting with the Local MFIs

On April 24, 2019, the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) project team facilitated a Consultation Meeting/Project Orientation together with local Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)held at Dolefil Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Representatives from five (5) MFIs namely: (1) KPS-SEED; (2) MDFI; (3) Sta. Cruz MPC; (4) KIMEMCO; and (5) Bacbacan MPC were in attendance. The purpose of the activity was to present the project overview and opportunities for future partnership and to gain the full support and engagement of the local MFIs.

Through Skype video conferencing, Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) Project Coordinator Ms. Shunie Pearl Palacion, shared about PEF’s history and overview as a development financing organization engaged in the promotion and development of social enterprises. She also talked about partnership guidelines & requirements and answered the queries and concerns of the attendees. SOLARES Project Manager presented the SOLARES project overview/framework, Solar Home System technical design/specs, operational flowchart, and project management and implementation plan. He emphasized that the MFI’s role to provide access to livelihood support to household beneficiaries of the project to help improve their income opportunities and capacity to pay for the maintenance fees of SHS systems. 

Project Officer Engr. Jose Jerry Tayactac initiated the demonstration of the Solar Home System (SHS) and explained the basic operation/installation process and explained in detail the charging process, battery capacity, prepaid loading system and the maintenance of the SHS unit.

Mahintana demonstrates PPDO Hydraulic Machine

In partnership with the the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), and the BLGU – San Jose & San Miguel, Banga and BLGU Magsaysay, Polomolok, Mahintana conducted a hydraulic machine orientation on March 27, 2019 at Banga River, Brgy. San Jose, Banga. The activity aims to educate the partners who are willing to adopt the indigenous bamboo dike technology, a technology originating from Brgy. Naci, Surallah. Tribal Leaders Development Foundation Inc. (TLDFI) and Municipality of Surallah were the first developed the design of the drilling machine.

Mahintana partnered with the organizations and adopted the bamboo dike technology and the drilling machine with modifications. During the orientation, the participants were taught the proper usage and maintenance. It was agreed that partner BLGUs who are interested to have the machine shall conduct community consultation first before implementing the bamboo dike establishment.

SOLARES Team attends the Solar PV Mainstreaming Project Joint Meeting

The SOLARES project staff headed by Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Project Manager, participated in the Solar PV Mainstreaming Project Joint Meeting/Window 2 Design Workshop held at Socoteco II Seminar Hall in General Santos City on February 26, 2019. The purpose of the workshop was to review the Solar Home System (SHS) or Photovoltaic (PV) Mainstreaming Window I implementation experience in Mindanao and identify lessons learned to simplify and improve SHS Window II implementation. PV Mainstreaming is a Department of Energy (DoE) initiative, supported by the World Bank’s Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (ASEP) Programme.

Electric Cooperatives (ECs) presented their Window I experiences on the preparation, procurement, marketing, installation & verification phases. The group were also able to brainstorm together and complement actions to improve its mechanics for Window II.  It was also an opportunity for Mahintana to harmonize the SHS technical design/specifications, the target areas and sustainability mechanisms of PVM with the SOLARES project.

World Bank Consultant Mr. Ian Driscall presented the Renewable Energy for Rural Electrification (RE4RE) system, a GIS platform developed to strengthen the impact of electrification projects fostering access to electrical services. The platform makes information available to aid in decision making on energy-related projects and monitoring the progress of ongoing projects.

The attendees were key staff and officers from different Electric Coops (ECs) namely: SUKELCO, FIBECO, COTELCO, Socoteco II, DASURECO and BUSECO. Also present were representatives from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Yamog organization, National Electrification Administration (NEA) and Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF).

SOLARES Project facilitated Meeting with DoE, World Bank and EU Delegation

Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, a 3-year EU-funded project in partnership with Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), facilitated the Coordination and Harmonization Meeting held at Hotel Esse, Davao City on February 21, 2019. Among the attendees are Ms. Carol Maningo from EU Delegation, Mr. Ian Driscall from World Bank, Mr. Douglas Liner from the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) and Ms. Shunie Pearl Palacios from PEF. Also present were representatives and management staff from the Department of Energy (DoE), MINDA, SUKELCO and SURECO. The meeting was an avenue for stakeholders to share solar-related project experiences and for Mahintana to harmonize initiatives to implement SOLARES Project successfully.

SOLARES Project Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon presented the target areas and beneficiaries, the project framework, the solar home system (SHS) design options, and the project implementation plan. Discussions included concerns such as the target areas’ accessibility, the SHS specification options, the livelihood programs, electrification, the procurement processes, the installation of the solar load vending stations, and the sustainability of the project. With the inputs given by the group, Mahintana noted replicable existing systems and will consult EU for major amendments in the project concept. EU Programme Officer Ms. Carol Maningo stated that the project may be overwhelming, yet, it can be beneficial to Mahintana, and the partners, esp. the beneficiaries. DoE Director Mr. Mario Marasigan encouraged the body to work together for the total electrification of the off-grid in Region 12 and ARMM through the provision of SHS.