TFP2K meets for master planning

Mahintana hosted the Task Force Polomolok Kalikasan at Kaligtasan (TFP2K) Flood Risk Management (FRM) Technical Team and Master Plan meeting at Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Cannery Housing, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok on February 7, 2020.

The meeting aims to formulate flood mitigating measures as well as discuss the direction of the task force based on the agreed master plan. The said activity was participated by Municipal Planning and Development Officer Mr. Eronio Muno, Engr. Danny Pelias, EnP, Dolefil Community Relations Department (DCRD) Manager Ms. Leamor Bañaga, DCRD South Zone Supervisor Mr. Evren Managuit, Dolefil Soil Conservation Department/North Zone Manager Mr. Rowen Lacanaria, Dolefil Soil Conservation Department/South Zone Manager Mr. Danny Dagooc.

LGU Malungon and KDFI benchmark R2R Projects

The Ridge-to-Reef Project, under the environmental program of Mahintana, facilitated the benchmarking activity of LGU Malungon and Kasilak Development Foundation Inc. (KDFI) at Field 109A/C Gullies, Cannery Community Nursery, Bamboo House, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok on February 6, 2020. The LGU Malungon, in partnership with KDFI, intends to replicate the environmental initiatives in their municipality.

The next steps are the coordination meeting to decide what intervention the LGU will adopt and presentation to the Malungon municipal mayor for review and finalization of plan.

Mahintana facilitates the 1st BBGTF 1st Regular Meeting

To formally discuss the issues and concerns about the gullies in the six barangays, Mahintana facilitated the Barangay Bantay Gully Task Force (BBGTF) 1st regular meeting at Mahintana Conference Room, Cannery Housing on January 31, 2020. The meeting was attended by Councilor Hon. Alan M. Ines, the Chairperson of the Committee on Environmental Protection, Natural Resources, Ecological & Solid Waste Management & Disater Risk Reduction and Climate Change, MENRO-Polomolok, the BBGTF members, and project officer of Mahintana.

The issues discussed included the illegal activities such as garbage dumping, charcoal making, and quarrying. The participants also discussed matters such as flooding, the need to install riffraff, and the like. Hon. Ines said that the BBGTF is about to end on February 14, 2020 but they have seen the its significance and said that the LGU will continue the said task force. He also shared that all topdowns should be registered for better illegal activities monitoring. One of the recommendations is that a common BBGTF hotline shall be established for reporting illegal activities.

Mahintana participates in the dialogue with LGU Polomolok and Dolefil

LGU Polomolok, Dolefil and Mahintana convened for a dialogue on January 31, 2020 at the Office of the Municipal Mayor, Polomolok Municipal Hall. The said dialogue was participated by Municipal Mayor Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Vice Mayor Atty. Xavier Bayan, Mr. Municipal Administrator Laurence Griño, Municipal Planning Development Officer Mr. Eronio Muno, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Mr. Rodelen Atimonan, MENRO Staff Mr. Eupee Zainal Abedin, MENRO Enforcer Mr. Eduardo Dignadice, Dolefil Agri Division Superintendent on South Zone Operations/SoilCon/LandPrep Mr. Rowen Lacanaria, Dolefil Agri Division Superintendent on North Zone Operations/SoilCon/LandPrep Mr. Danny Dagooc, DARBC Community Relations Manager Mr. Cecilio Balili, Dolefil Community Relations Department  Supervisors Mr. Evren Managuit and Mr. Erwin Balogo, and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. President & CEO Mr. Matiniano Magdolot and Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor.

The meeting was called to discuss about the Crossing Repolyo roadside incident that happened on December 9, 2019 particularly the damage of at least 300 “lawaan” hills due to Dolefil’s field operations. Dolefil, in return, took action by replanting 400 “lawaan” hills to replace the damaged trees and conducted an Information and Education Campaign to prevent such incident in the future.  

DPS assesses the biodiversity strips

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Dole Philippines School (DPS), conducted a Biodiversity Strips Assessment (BSA) at field 117C/D gullies Brgy. Polo, and field 116A/B/C, 101C gullies, Brgy. Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato on January 25, 2020.

SLSPI surveyed their assigned areas to document, assess, and observe the current condition of the macroflora and macrofauna composition in the said areas. It was agreed during the activity, that DPS shall have a follow through assessment on January 31, 2020 and they also agreed to submit their report output by the end of March 2020.

Mahintana participates in BLGU Cannery BDRMMC Meeting

Mahintana Foundation Inc. participated the 2020 Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) Plan Meeting of BLGU-Cannery Site at Session Hall, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok on January 22, 2019. A total of 22 participants attended from BLGU-Cannery Site Council, BFP-Polomolok, Dole Philippines, DepEd and the religious sector.

The meeting aims to present the BDRRMC Plan focused on disaster risk prevention and mitigation measures such as construction and improvement of flood control structures, reforestation of gullies, and IEC campaigns and capacity development of communities on disaster preparedness and response.

ITOCHU and WWFP Partners grow trees near Kalsangi

Mahintana hosted the tree growing activity of the guests from ITOCHU Corporation Sust. Management Dept., Ms. Keiko Mayuzumi, VP of Global Sustainability of WWFP, Mr. Keisuke Oba and Brown and Green Environmental Services, Inc. representative Ms. Elizabeth I. Layug on January 21, 2020. The group grew bagras seedlings during their visit at Mahintana, taking part on the advocacy of the institution on environmental conservation and protection.

Mahintana shares environmental interventions during LCCAP Orientation in Tupi

Mahintana Foundation Inc. participated the Local Climate Change Adaptation Planning (LCCAP) Orientation in cooperation with the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) XII. The DILG representative discussed the step-by-step process of the enhanced local climate change action planning, applied the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) – the tool for local climate change action planning, and recognized the  importance of mitigation and adaptation as important components of the local climate change action plan.

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. shared some technologies such as bamboo dike, stone dike and earth matting that can be used as mitigation for Tupi areas.

BBGTF convenes for reorientation

On January 10, 2020, Mahintana Foundation Inc. facilitated the Barangay Bantay Gully Task Force (BBGTF) Reorientation activity at Mahintana Conference Room, Cannery Housing, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok. The activity aims to capacitate BBGTF members pertaining environmental laws and policies (both national and local) which tackles Solid Waste Management (ESWM), tips on apprehensions, and the BBGTF legal basis.

The body agreed the following: a) LGU Polomolok, MENRO and BLGUs to identify enterprise owners and operators within Polomolok; b) the BLGUs shall adopt the Responsible Pet Ownership Ordinance; c) schedule of the BBGTF monthly meeting will be on January 31, 2020.