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.

R2R monitors mangrove-planted area in Buayan

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through its Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program conducted a monitoring for the adopted area of Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Laws-General Santos City (SP-Gensan) and BLGU-Buayan at Prk. Minanga, Brgy. Buayan, General Santos City on May 29, 2020.

Out of the planted 2,000 mangrove hills, at least 1,000 or 50% survived. Mortalities were caused by algae entanglement and strong wave action. It was observed that the constructed drift materials barrier needed to be repaired and the installed signage to be replaced.

Prohibition Billboard unveiled in celebration of 2020 Month of the Ocean Culmination

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through its Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program participated in the 2020 Month of the Ocean Culmination themed “Free the Seas from Marine Debris” with an unveiling ceremony of the prohibition billboard in partnership with City Environment and Natural Resources Office  – General Santos City (CENRO-GSC) and BLGU – Buayan at Prk. Minanga, Brgy. Buayan, General Santos City on May 29, 2020.

The activity aims to promote awareness and the protection of the coastal and marine resources in Brgy. Buayan. Hon. Rogelio Solis, Punong Barangay of BLGU-Buayan, Mr. Allan Marcilla, EnP, CENR Officer-GSC, Ms. Joy Ologuin, Protected Areas Superintendent – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PASu-SBPS) encouraged the Minanga community and the people’s organizations to be frontliners in preserving and protecting the marine resources against illegal activities. The billboard informs the public on P.D. 705/E.O. 2277/P.D. 7161, and R.A. 11038 otherwise known as the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Law and on the City Ordinance No. 43, Series of 2018 “An Ordinance Establishing the Datu Sharif Zainal Abedin Mangrove Eco-Tourism Zone, Situated in Barangays of Bula, Baluan, Buayan All of this City, Prescribing Guidelines for its implementation and for other purposes”.

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.