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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
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.
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).
Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, Representative of the 1st District of South Cotabato
and General Santos City, requested Mahintana Foundation, Inc, (MFI) through the
Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program to participate in the coordinative meeting on the
proposed Silway River Ecopark Project on February 24, 2021.
River Ecopark Project aims to rehabilitate and develop the Silway riverbank to
protect its constituents living in the nearby coastal area from the onslaught
of storm surges. The project covers portion of Brgy. Dadiangas West and
Labangal facing the coast of Sarangani Bay turning it into an esplanade and
eco-tourism park. The final stage of the preparation pf its master plan and the
inventory and consultation with the residents living in the aforesaid danger
zones are underway.
Since the project is still on its developing stage and need to find appropriate holistic approaches for the project’s implementation, Mahintana presented its best practices on environmental protection and conservation measures, the Silway-Klinan River Watershed to Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SKRW-SBPS) Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program as a reference for Silway River Ecopark Project.
Notable attendees include Mr. Radzak Sinarimbo (PENRO-South Cotabato), Ms. Ma. Elvira Lumayag (DENR-CENRO Gensan), EnP. Allan Marcilla, MSDS (City ENRO-Gensan), Mr. Ariel Austin Acosta (Representative of DENR-MGB XII), Engr. Emerald Signar (City Engineer’s Office – Gensan).
a result of the meeting, there will be a harmonization of development
approaches within Silway River of both LGU and private sector, creation of the
task force or committee for Silway River Ecopark Project, and formulation of the
Silway River Development Master Plan.
To ensure that the
Kinilis Water System spring source will not run out of water, the project
funded by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. and implemented by Mahintana
Foundation, Inc. conducted a tree growing/planting activity on June 22, 2020. At
least 400 hills out of the target 3,000 forest trees was planted in the water
source and adjacent areas of the watershed/MMPL. The activity is also a
celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day, a day dedicated to tree planting.
The tree growing activity was participated by various partners and stakeholders from Protected Area Management Office-Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape headed by PASu Gabriel Baute, Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office (MENRO)-Polomolok headed by Engr. Agustin P. Valencia, Dole Philippines, Inc. represented by the VP & Managing Director Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis and Dolefil Community Relations Manager, Ms. Leamor B. Bañaga, BLGU Kinilis Council and staff headed by Hon. Floro P. Tagaban, IPMR Kinilis Mr. Oliver Buan, Matutum Coffee Producers’ Association (MCPA) headed by Ms. Julita Buan, Prk. 8 community members headed by Chairperson Zaldy Mosquera and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented by the Operations Manager, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon.
On June 18 to 19, SOLARES project staff Engr. Jay Amiel Ajoc, Project Coordinator, Engr. Dhan Jaycle Diolanto, Project Officer, and Ms. Grace Miguel, Project Bookkeeper, visited Kalamansig for coordination meetings to LGUs and monitoring at livelihood partners in the area.
On Thursday, the team sat with Hon. Rolando Garcia, mayor of Kalamansig regarding the resumption of project activities such as social marketing in the area. Engr. Ajoc shared project status and updates. Social marketing is projected to be conducted in 8 barangays and towards the end of June. The project team was permitted to conduct the social marketing, as long as protocols are being followed: coordination with barangays, secure the mayor’s permit, and only a maximum of 10 participants all with masks per gathering.
In the same day, the project team visited livelihood partners Bacbacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative for monitoring. Bacbacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative received the sanitation supplies: sprayer, disinfectant, masks, and alcohol. Supplies for Kalamansig Farmers Agricultural Development and Marketing Association (KFADMA) and Kalamansig Coffee Growers Association (KCGA) were also provided.
On Friday, the team visited LGU Lebak for brief updates. They also visited KIMEMCO for the monitoring. During the 2-day activity, LGU Kalamansig and LGU Lebak received alcohol, disinfectants, sprayer, and cloth masks. KIMEMCO and Sta. Cruz Multi-Purpose Cooperative having been previously visited, received alcohol.
Municipal Health Office-Polomolok and
Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted water sample collection on June 22, 2020 at
Kinilis Potable Water System, Prk. 8, Barangay Kinilis, Polomolok, South
Cotabato. The samples will be sent to South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH)
where its potability will be analyzed after facility completion and
The team was headed by MHO Polomolok Sanitation
Inspector Mr. Ferdinand Frigillana with Mahintana Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy
Siacor. The water samples were collected from the collection box, and the 5 cu.
m. and 10 cu. M. tanks.
Mahintana Foundation Inc., represented by Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor, participated the coordination meeting with the Protected Area Superintendent – Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (PASu – MMPL) and Dole Stanfilco Division at Conference Room, Station 88, Dole Stanfilco Division, Brgy. Kablon, Tupi on June 18, 2020.
The agenda of the meeting focuses
on the rules on special uses and allowable projects and facilities within MMPL
which may affect the operations of Dolefil/Dole Stanfilco Division based on the
new guidelines of the Protected Area Management Plan (PAMP).
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted a random interview with select Crossing Palkan-based bamboo crafters in line with MFI’s plan to pursue bamboo social enterprise projects through crafts-making and bamboo-based housing on June 13, 2020 at Prk. 4, Brgy. Crossing Palkan, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
The activity involved three (3)
random bamboo craft makers namely, Mr. Ronelo Apitong, former Palkan barangay
captain and proprietor of Joycylaine Bamboo Crafts, Mr. Angelo Bañas and Ms. Lilibeth Bañas of Bañas Bamboo Crafts. The discussions were
focused on the supply of bamboo resources, buying price of bamboo poles,
products offered, trainings involvement (government and private sponsored), and
machineries used for the production. The bamboo crafters shared that they underwent
basic to intensive trainings organized by the Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Bamboo
Industry Development Council (PBIDC) and other private institutions. Trainings involve
small crafts/novelty items (spoon, fork, straw, lampshades, shelves, sala sets,
chandeliers), bamboo preservation methods, and etc. They have also participated
benchmarking activities with other bamboo craft shops in the Philippines to
learn their best practices. However, due to lack of machineries, market, and
skilled workers the small crafts-making did not materialize which subsequently
forced crafters to opt for products such as huts and sala sets that has a more