Polomolok NHS plants along 109A Gully

In celebration of their 2018 Science Fair, the Polomolok National High School (PNHS) conducted a tree growing activity on October 12, 2018 at 109A Gully, Brgy. Cannery, Polomolok. A total of 300 bamboo hills were planted as part of their replanting action for the mortalities from their previous planting activity last May 30, 2018. The activity was headed by Mr. Ednie Agtas, PNHS Science Coordinator, which was participated by 50 students.

Hineleban Foundation, Inc. visits LWR-REVIVE and SMICZMP Areas

R2R Team toured Hineleban Foundation, Inc. IP Affairs Coordinator Mr. Erwin Marte at the LWR -REVIVE (2011-2014) and Southern Mindanao Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project – Community Organizing and Organizational Strengthening (SMICZMP – CO/OS) (2004) areas on September 27,2018 at Prk. 7, Sumbakil, Polomolok. The community participation and involvement on the reforestation activities was highlighted on the tour.

The team showed Mr. Marte the assorted forest and fruit trees planted at Prk. 7 and the Sumbakil Nursery which are part of the REVIVE Project. The bamboo forest on both sides of the Silway River was also showcased where the communities has started the harvest of bamboos at their areas. An average income of Php 5,000 per month were profited by the land owners on the planted bamboos (only 6-8 poles per harvested per clump for sustainability).

CTNI visits Community Nurseries, Gullies and Dole Agro Research Facility

Dole Philippines, Inc., together with Mahintana, facilitated the visit of Claveria Tree Nursery Inc. (CTNI) General Manager Mr. Roberto J. Togle and CTNI Nursery Head Mr. Ebenezer A. Tabilla at the proposed area for the Ramet Multiplication Garden on September 26-27, 2018.  The visit was a follow-up activity of the Dole and Mahintana benchmarking at CTNI at Misamis Oriental for the Trees-for-Pallets Project. The activity was headed by Dole Industrial Operations Senior Analyst Mr. Yohei Kajikawa, together with Dole Corporate Affairs Division Head Atty. Melquiades L. Hernandez III and Community Relations Department Manager Ms. Leamor B. Bañaga, Mahintana President& CEO Mr. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao.

The team led the visitors to Cannery and Brgy. Maligo Community Nurseries for exposure trip on the different planted bamboos and assorted forest and fruit trees. Then, the team went to the 4-hectare company owned area at Prk. 5 Dam, Maligo & Landan where bagras trees can be planted and be used as a ramet multiplication garden. Mr. Tabilla inspected the trees and commented that one of the trees is a possible candidate as a mother plant. They also visited 113BC Gully in Brgy. Polo to see the different tree species are planted.  On the second day, the team visited Dole Agro Research Facility in Poblacion, Polomolok and was toured by Dr. Noel Perpetua and Ms. Meredith Dacayo around the facility. The team took a side visit to the Engineered Bamboo House.

During the discussion on the next steps, it was agreed that: the species for planting will be hybrid bagras, white lauan, and other locally available species; CTNI will provide technical assistance and transfer of “Macro Somatic Cloning” Technology to Dolefil.

CTNI is into mass production of quality tree seedlings by means of Macrosomatic Cloning. It is a subsidiary of RI Chemical Corporation with a vision to be a leader in the propagation of genetically superior trees that will fight climate change, alleviate the poverty and increase the income of tree farmers.

MENRO Polomolok conducted tree growing at Bgry. Lamcaliaf

Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor and Mr. Dante Francisco participated the tree growing activity of Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO)  Polomolok where 2,000 forest tree hills were planted along Crossing Repolyo to 306A located at Brgy. Lamcaliaf, Polomolok, South Cotabato on September 26, 2018 as part of their community development initiative.

The activity was headed by Engr. Agustin Valencia, Sr., MENRO – Polomolok Officer, which was participated by other stakeholders namely, Local Government of Polmolok (LGU – Polomolok), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), faculty and students from the General Santos Academy (GSA), and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI). A total of 98 participants from the aforementioned institutions/organizations joined the event.

Polomolok Water District conducts Tree Growing Monitoring

Mahintana Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy Siacorand Polomolok Water District representatives Mr. Edwin Edillo and Mr. Thomas Edillo conducted a monitoring for the tree growing activity of the said institution on September 25, 2018 at Prk. 7, Brgy. Kinilis & Sitio Miranda, Brgy. Maligo, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

3,095 of 3,125 (99.04%) hills of forest tree planted last May 7, 2018 at Prk. 7, Brgy. Kinilis. The 30 damaged forest hills were replaced. 3,600 of 3,750 (96%) hills of forest tree planted last September 30, 2017 at Sitio Miranda, Brgy. Maligo where 150 damaged hills were replaced. 3,480 of 3,500 (99.42%) hills of forest tree planted last July 1, 2017 at Sitio Miranda, Brgy. Maligo, and 20 damaged hills were replaced.

Polomolok Water District will conduct quarterly monitoring and relay the information with MFI as agreed.

Klinan NHS Science Club plants trees along the Klinan River

To support the Klinan National High School Science Club environmental awareness program, the Science Coordinator Ms. Richel M. Nacubuan  and 100 students of Klinan NHS conducted a tree planting activity at Brgy. Upper Klinan in support for the Upper on September 5, 2018. A total of 100 hills of fruit trees were planted at the riverbank of Klinan River.

SK Poblacion invites R2R to speak in the Linggo ng Kabataan Environment Protection Seminar

Mahintana through the R2R program was invited to be a part of the Linggo ng Kabataan Environment Protection Seminar n August 30, 2018 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Lay Parish, Polomolok, South Cotabato.. An estimated of 200 students from Poblacion Polomolok National High School and Schola de San Jose attended the seminar.

R2R Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao presented the the R2R program overview, the current situation and global challenges faced by the environment. She also presented what the youth can do to help in environment protection.

Mahintana participates in Adopt-Malungon River Launching Activity

Mahintana participated in the Adopt-Malungon River Launching Activity thru Bamboo Growing Project of the Municipality of Malungon at Brgy. Nagpan, Malungon, Sarangani Province on Aug. 15, 2018.  The organization was represented by Operations Manager Mr. Jobe Tubigon, R2R Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao, and Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor together with Dole Philippines Inc. CRD Supervisor Mr. Reb Shanton Minion. A total of 1,000 hills of afus were planted on the riverside out of 35,000 afus hills target covering 4.8km stretch of river.  

Mahintana was agreed to present the R2R Program during the ABC meeting and a benchmarking activity at R2R project areas scheduled within the year.

Mahintana and SRC lead the Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction Activities

In celebration of the 41st Anniversary of Mahintana and SRC with the theme “Exploring Possibilities Beyond Boundaries”, a Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction activity was conducted in the 116A Field Gully at Prk. Paglaum, Bgry. Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by around 200 participants including the executives and directors of Dole Philippines, Inc., partner cooperatives, LGU representatives of the municipality and barangays, and SRC and Mahintana staff.

Participants assembled and registered at the Brgy. Cannery Hall grounds before jumping off to the site. The welcome address was given by Mahintana President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot. Mr. Magdolot welcomed the key persons and participants, as well as, acknowledged the support of the stakeholders to the tree growing activity as one of the celebratory activities of Mahintana and SRC. Among those who gave the Message of Support are the following: Dolefil VP and Managing Director Mr. Randolph I. Fleming, Mun. Councilor Mr. Allan Ines, MCDC Chairperson Mr. Lory Asilo, and Cannery Punong Barangay and ABC President Mr. Antonio Octavio.  For the closing remarks, SRC President Mr. Carlos T. Baldostamon, Jr. said that planting trees is a great way to leave a legacy aside from educating the young.

The Ceremonial Tree Growing commenced by a demonstration on how to plant the seedlings by Mr. Baldostamon and R2R Project Officer Mr. Ramon Christopher Manero followed by a dance number depicting the B’laan Tribe planting ritual dance by Landan National High School students. Then, the participants were given fruit and forest tree seedlings and started planting. The VIPs were invited to come down the gully for the stone dike construction.