Mahintana participates in the 1st Region 12 Bamboo Council Meeting

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 12 (DTI 12) as the chair of the newly created Region 12 Bamboo Industry Development Council or Kawayan Dose., Mahintana Foundation, Inc. as co-chair, and PLGU Sarangani as the vice-chairperson, conducted the first Regional Bamboo Council Meeting on September 2, 2021 through an online platform and physical meeting.

Organizing and strengthening the council was done through the discussion of the following agendas: Identification and finalization of membership (Government Sector Representatives: DENR, DA, DA-ADPO, DOST, DAR, PLGUs, DepEd, NHA, DOLE, TESDA, ATI, NCIP and MinDA, Private Sector Representatives: Cotabato Province – Central Mindanao Green Workers Assoc. & Green Workers Corporation, Sultan Kudarat – Bamboo Crafters Association (Tacurong), Sarangani: Conrado Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. (CLAFI), South Cotabato: Mahintana & SCBIDC, Financing Institutions: DBP and LBP, Academe: South Cotabato State College, Mindanao State University, Sultan Kudarat State University and University of Southern Mindanao (Kabacan and Kidapawan), creation of relevant committees, discussion on establishing a quorum during meetings, identification of Secretariat (DTI 12 Industry Development Division), activities for the World Bamboo Day 202 with the theme “Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan!

Mahintana as the co-chairperson delivered the closing message highlighting “Building networks among those working in the field of research and information services, on policy development and implementers for the council and in moving forward to the development of the regional bamboo roadmap, are part of the important mission for the council. Like a bamboo, “The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, the third year it leaps.” Let the council continually cultivate one another and build strong roots for our region.”

BLGU Poblacion partners with Ridge-to-Reef for tree growing

Tree growing activity & BLGU-Poblacion proposed planting area

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) through its Dolefil-assisted Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program supported the tree growing activity and environmental advocacy of the barangay local government unit of Poblacion (BLGU Poblacion) on August 9, 2021 along Prk. Ma. Rosa (6°13’59.95″N, 125° 3’59.97″E) to San Agustin (6°13’1.03″N, 125° 4’20.63″E) riverside, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok.

BLGU Poblacion planted 300 bamboo seedlings as part of their flood mitigation and riverbanks erosion prevention measures in celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM).

Mahintana joins in the creation of the Region 12 Bamboo Council

The Department of Trade and Industry-Region 12 (DTI 12) led the creation of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Bamboo Council through a blended session on August 5, participated by provincial bamboo council officers and members, national government agencies, and non-government organizations such as Mahintana Foundation, Inc. The organizational meeting gathered bamboo stakeholders of the region to form a body responsible for consolidating the interests and concerns of its members, plan for the regional direction of the industry, and raise industry concerns to specific agencies. The organizational meeting resulted with DTI 12 as the chair and Mahintana Foundation Inc. as co-chair along with the provincial government of Sarangani as the vice-chair for the Region 12 Bamboo Council.Part of the council’s next steps include small group meetings to consult stakeholders for the synchronization of inter-agency plans and to localize the bamboo roadmap. The Department of Environment and Natural Resource – Region 12 expressed support for the endeavor. “Rest assured that DENR will support our partner non-government agencies (NGA’s) on their bamboo initiatives for sustainable development,” said DENR Conservation Development Chief Ali M. Hadjinasser. The council prepares for a series of activities for the World Bamboo Day on 18th of September 2021.

Mahintana grows trees at SEED Farm for upcoming anniversary

Clockwise from left: Ptr. Ruiz Espanol, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker (program manager for Institution-Building & Governance), project staff, Ms. Liza Hora (Executive Director), & Ms. Grace Miguel (Accountant)

As part of the area development activities of the Sustainable Eco-tourism and Environment-based Innovations Demonstration (SEED) Farm of Mahintana Foundation, Inc., a tree growing activity was conducted at the perimeter of the fenced area. This is also in line with the launching activity of the monthlong celebration of Mahintana’s 44th Foundation Anniversary.

L: Mahintana staff during the tree growing at the hillside area; Upper Right: Mahintana staff completing the tree growing, Mt. Matutum in the background; Lower Right: view of the SEED Farm from the hillside

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its president Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, executive director Ms. Liza D. Hora, and around 26 Mahintana staff (program managers and project staff) celebrated by planting seedlings.

Ptr. Ruiz P. Espanol led the prayer and dedication for the area. Mr. Iyad A. Tantong, project officer for the Gully Tree Planting project gave an orientation of the proper way of planting seedlings. The staff could tie ribbons around the stakes to mark their planted seedlings.

Through the activity, the group planted 430 hills of forest and fruit trees: 150 seedlings of Lauan, 150 seedlings of nabol, 100 seedlings of chestnut and 30 seedlings of mangosteen, rambutan, and lanzones.

Dolefil, Mahintana, and Ridge to Reef stakeholders celebrate Philippine Env’t Month online

Lower right, clockwise from upper left: Hon. Alan Ines (SB Polomolok), Mr. Nick Yiannakis (Dolefil), Mr. Junbard Mahinay (MCDC), & Engr. Agustin Valencia, Jr. (MENRO), Lower right, clockwise from upper left: Hon. Alan Ines (SB Polomolok), Mr. Nick Yiannakis (Dolefil), Mr. Junbard Mahinay (MCDC)

Dole Philippines, Inc. through Mahintana Foundation, Inc, and its Ridge-to-Reef Program in collaboration with the local government unit of Polomolok and the Task Force Kalikasan at Kaligtasan (TFP2K) facilitated the online celebration/culmination of the 33rd Philippine Environment Month in Polomolok with this year’s theme, “Sama-samang Pagkilos, Sama-samang Paghilom: Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan.

Dolefil through Mahintana with support from its stakeholders in the public and private sectors, established various environmental and disaster risk reduction – climate change adaptation initiatives through the Silway-Klinan River Watershed to Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape Ridge-to-Reef Program (SKRW-SBPS R2R) which aims to help reverse degradation and improve the economic and environmental status and benefits of the upland, downstream, and coastal resources of SKRW to SBPS since 2014.

Speakers and notable guests include Hon. Alan Ines, Chairperson, Sangguniang Bayan of Polomolok Committee on Environment, Engr. Agustin Valencia, Jr., Head of Office, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Mr. Junbard Mahinay, Chairperson, Municipal Cooperative Development Office (MCDC), and Mr. Nicholaos “Nick” Yiannakis, Vice President & Managing Director of Dole Philippines, Inc.

The celebration also included the announcement of the contests on Miniature Bamboo Model House and TFP2K Logo-making which will conclude on August 4 and announcement of winners will be on August 12, 2021 just in time for the 44th Anniversary of Mahintana Foundation, Inc..

A highlight of the event is the launching of Civet Cat as the flagship species of the Municipality of Polomolok through General Ordinance No. 12, s. 2020 otherwise known as the “Civet Cat Flagship Species of Polomolok, South Cotabato,” mandating for the protection of Civet Cat and its habitat. In support to the Civet Cat launching, Dolefil through Mahintana launched the Agro-Biodiversity Strips Project which aims to establish baseline data of existing macroflora and macrofauna along gullies in partnership with St. Lorenzo School of Polomolok, Inc., Polomolok National High School, and Dole Philippines School. The partner schools have adopted Field 113, 116, and 117 gullies, of barangays Cannery, Upper Klinan, and Polo, Polomolok, South Cotabato, to study the area’s biodiversity and develop measures to further protect and conserve the macroflora and macrofauna species found in those gullies.

For the culmination of the Philippine Environment Month Online Celebration 2021, Ms. Liza Hora, Executive Director of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. encouraged everyone through her closing message:

..renew our commitment in making a healthy and sustainable environment by building alliances and partnerships, and raising our voices in making the environment a better place to live in.

Liza D. Hora

The celebration aligned with the Proclamation No. 237, s. 1988 which was signed by the late President Corazon C. Aquino, declaring the month of June of every year as Philippine Environment Month. This annual celebration seeks to call upon all citizens and residents of the country regardless of race or creed, to support and participate actively in the observance of the Philippine Environment Month, and to give generously their time and effort towards the protection, enhancement and development of our environment. Philippines’ celebration of World Environment Day was declared by the late President Ferdinand Marcos on June 1, 1973, by virtue of Proclamation No.1149, Series of 1973. This event is in consonance with the United Nations General Assembly’s Resolution No. 2994 dated December 15, 1972, declaring the 5th day of June every year as World Environmental Day and urging governments in the United Nations System to undertake on that day, activities reaffirming their concern for preservation and enhancement of the environment.

Arbor Day in the Philippines has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25th throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities. The necessity to promote a healthier ecosystem for the people through the rehabilitation and re-greening of the environment was stressed in Proclamation No. 643 that amended Proclamation No. 396, s. 2003. Proclamation No. 396 enjoined the “active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity.”

Tateh Premium Feeds Corporation partners with Mahintana and MENRO Polomolok for tree growing activity

In celebration of the Philippine Environment Month 2021 in June and Arbor Day celebrated on June 25 for 2021, Tateh Premium Feeds Corporation in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and the local government unit of Polomolok through MENRO Polomolok conducted a tree growing activity at Purok Asa, Brgy. Silway 8, Polomolok, South Cotabato [6°10’51.20″N, 125° 5’52.11″E] on June 26, 2021.

Tateh Premium Feeds Corporation planted 300 bamboo seedlings and 50 assorted fruit and forest tree seedlings as part of their commitment to environmental sustainability on flood mitigation and riverbanks erosion prevention measures. Around 20 participants from Tateh Premium Feeds Corporation, LGU/MENRO Polomolok, Prk. Asa residents, and Mahintana joined in the activity on Saturday.

Mahintana takes part in the BFAR Orientation on Fisheries Administrative Order 263

Message of support by Glenn Padro, Chief, Fisheries Management and Regulation Division (FMRED) (left); newly selected regional representatives per sector (top)

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through the Ridge-to-Reef Program participated in the orientation of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources XII (BFAR XII) on Fisheries Administrative Order 263 series of 2019 (FAO 263) otherwise known as “Establishment of Fisheries Management Areas (FMA) for the Conservation and Management of Fisheries in Philippines Waters” on March 25, 2021 at Koronadal City.

The objective of the FMA is to provide a science-based, participatory, and transparent governance framework and mechanism to sustainably mange fisheries consistent with the principles of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management anchored on food security and supplementary livelihood for poverty alleviation consistent with the objectives of the Amended Fisheries Code.

Ridge-to-Reef participates in the BLGU Cannery Site 5-Year Barangay Development Planning/Workshop

Hon. Antonio Octavio delivering his opening message (upper left) and Engr. Danny Pelias of OMPDC giving the overview of the planning/workshop and the BDP’s impact to the recipient barangay (lower left); during the presentation of Mr. Gonzalo Palma III, DARBC representative, on the plans of the cooperative (upper right); group workshop sessions (lower right)

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through Ridge-to-Reef Program, participated in the 5-Year Barangay Development Planning/Workshop of barangay local government unit Cannery Site facilitated by the Office of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator on March 16, 2021 at the Barangay Social Hall, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Participants were grouped by sector: environmental, agricultural, economic, social, and infrastructure in identifying respective goals.

802nd Squadron Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary – Southern Mindanao District celebrates World Water Day & Nat’l Womens Month through mangrove planting and growing

Mahintana through the Ridge to Reef project supported the humanitarian mission, of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) conducted a mangrove planting and growing activity at Purok Minanga, Brgy. Buayan, General Santos City (6°32’26.83″N, 124°50’12.68″E). PCGA celebrated the World Water Day (March 22) and March 2021 National Women’s Month by planting 350 mangrove propagules/seeds and 130 seedlings.

A coastal clean-up was done along the coastal area of Queen Tuna Park and feeding program at Purok Minanga. Civic Society Organizations (CSO), namely, Rotary Club of Polomolok 101 and Epsilon Phi Sigma joined the celebration on March 13.

Sangguniang Bayan Public Hearing and Orientation of environment-related ordinances

During the presentation of the CBLE by Hon. Ines before the barangay councils of Palkan, Kinilis, Maligo, Landan, and Lamcaliaf (left) and during the orientation of the Trekking policy and Civet Cat as flagship species of the Municipality of Polomolok (right)

Hon. Alan Ines, Chairperson of the Sangguniang Bayan of Polomolok Committee on Rules, Good Government and Legal Matters invited Mahintana Foundation, Inc. to participate in the public hearing and orientation held at Session Hall, Sangguniang Bayan Building, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato on March 5, 2021. The following ordinance and resolutions were as follows:

ORDINANCE ADOPTING RESOLUTION NO. 06 SERIES OF 2015 OF THE PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT BOARD (PAMB) MT. MATUTUM PROTECTED LANDSCAPE (MMPL) – Implementation of Community-Based Law Enforcement (CBLE) which aims to equip constituents of the concerned barangays on law enforcement and will serve as stewards on the protection and conservation of MMPL and its natural resources (flora and fauna) therein.

RESOLUTION ENACTING AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING RESOLUTION NO. 11, SERIES OF 2016, OF THE PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT BOARD (PAMB) – MT. MATUTUM PROTECTED LANDSCAPE (MMPL), WITH MODIFICATION, THEREBY REPLACING GENERAL ORDINANCE NO. 6, SERIES OF 2006, OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF POLOMOLOK, PROVINCE OF SOUTH COTABATO – revised MMPL trekking policies.

RESOLUTION APPROVING AN ORDINANCE DECLARING CIVET CAT (PARADOXURUS HERMAPRODITUS) AS THE FLAGSHIP SPECIES OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF POLOMOLOK, PROVINCE OF SOUTH COTABATO, PROVIDING ITS PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION, IMPOSING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS THEREOF, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR – an ordinance declaring the Civet cat as flagship species of the Municipality of Polomolok and imposing penalties on the illegal poaching/trade and consumption of the said fauna.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of South Cotabato (DENR-PENRO SC) through the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) is to establish 163 permanent landmarks/boundary stones as basis of barangay borders of the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape which consists of 4 municipalities: Tampakan, Tupi, Malungon, and Polomolok (barangays Palkan, Kinilis, Maligo, and Landan).