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.

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.  

PEF and Mahintana conduct SOLARES Financial Management Assessment and Monitoring

The SOLARES team composed of Ms. Grace B. Miguel, SOLARES Project Bookkeeper and Mr. Stefan H. Babera, PEF Livelihood Project Officer visited the partner MFIs and POs in the SOLARES covered municipalities in Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani Province to conduct a financial management assessment and monitoring on December 17-19, 2019.

The first partner visited was the Kalamansig Farmers Agricultural Development and Marketing Association (KFADMA), formerly the Kalamansig Coffee Industry Development Council (KCOINDECO), located in Brgy. Sta Clara, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat. The team discussed with key officers headed by Mr. Fernando Saycon, KFADMA President. As of today, the association has registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

On December 18, the team visited the office of Ms. Maria Magdalena Ruiz, Loan Officer of Bacbacan Multi-purpose Cooperative located in Poblacion, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. The team gathered information regarding the financial management system of the cooperative which was fairly established and were closely monitored by MICOOP Area Officers. The system can generate updated financial reports which makes their credit and saving operation easier. With regards to the training needs of the cooperative, they want an in depth analysis and understanding of the financial reports so as to capacitate their staff in interpreting the figures in the report for faster decision making.

The team proceeded to Brgy. Keytodac in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. The team was welcomed by the association officers headed by Mr. Arnel Butron, the association’s president. They are practicing the traditional financial recording but is maintaining a revolving fund with a higher amount because their geographic setting is far from the bank and it is costly for them to regularly go.

The following day, December 19, the team proceeded to Kiamba in Sarangani Province to visit Kiamba Micro Entrepreneurs Multi-purpose Cooperative (KIMEMCO). The team talked with Mrs. Jane Rojas, BOD Chairperson, Ms. Amaya Albaran, Bookkeeper. The cooperative also maintains a financial recording and reporting system for their credit and savings. Ms. Albaran also gave a demo on how to use the existing system particularly on updating of financial reports and status of credit of borrowers. The team went to Maasim, Sarangani Province to visit Sta. Cruz Multi-purpose Cooperative and they met with Mrs. Juvelyn Besin, Loan Officer of the cooperative.

Overall, the MFIs/cooperatives’ financial recording and management is in place with the help of installed systems in operations and report generation are easier for them. However, cooperatives will have to further improve their skills in interpreting and analyzing financial reports to aid in their decision-making.

MFI facilitates BBGTF Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted and facilitated the meeting for the Barangay Bantay Gully Task Force at SRC Conference Room, Cannery Housing, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok on December 18, 2019.

The agenda of the meeting was the presentation of 2019 incident reports, updating on BBGTF performance, review of BBGTF Executive Order and Memorandum of Agreement, and mode of reporting and schedule of meetings for 2020.