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).

R2R joins coordinative meeting on Silway River Ecopark Project

During the presentation of the developmental approaches by participating government agencies and MFI as basis on the implementation of Silway River Ecopark Project

Hon. 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.

Silway 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).

As 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.

SOLARES visits Kalamansig and Lebak: Coordination Meeting & Sanitation Supplies

Clockwise: Hon. Rolando Garcia, Mayor of Kalamansig; SOLARES with Hon. Garcia, SB Member Felicisimo Opiña, and William Saratao; SOLARES with LGU Lebak, Hon. Fredrick Celestial, Mayor.

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.

SOLARES project staff with Bacbacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative and KIMEMCO

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.

Mahintana meets with the PASu-MMPL for new PAMP guidelines

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 interviews Crossing Palkan bamboo crafters

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 established market.