PNHS conducts Biodiversity Strips Assessment

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Polomolok National High School conducted a Biodiversity Strips Assessment (BSA) at Field 113B/C, 116C, 112B gullies, Brgy. Polo, and field 109A/B gullies, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato on January 15, 2020. PNHS teachers and students 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 PNHS shall have a follow through assessment on February and they also agreed to submit their report output by the end of March 2020.

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.

SOLARES Project wraps up its first year with the Annual Review and Planning Workshop

SOLARES Year 1 officially concludes on December 13, 2019. The SOLARES project management and project implementation team were invited to participate in the Year 1 Annual Review and Planning Workshop cum Project Management Meeting. Together with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., representatives from Peace and Equity Foundation, Dole Philippines, Inc., SOCOTECO II, SUKELCO, Bacbacan MPC, KCOINDECO/KFADMA, Keytodac CGA, KIMEMCO, KPS-SEED, Sta. Cruz MPC participated in the workshop last December 10, 2019 which was held at Dolefil Clubhouse Kalsangi, Kalsangi, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

In order to assess project performance in terms of implementation and fund utilization, Year 1 project accomplishments and challenges were presented for assessments and action and financial plans for Year 2 and 3 were updated. Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, SOLARES Project Director and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. President & CEO welcomed the team with a brief background on how the project started up to the latest updates regarding SOLARES. Mr. Jobe Tubigon followed with an expectation check and workshop overview for the participants. Representing Dole Philippines, Inc. and on behalf of Mr. Nick Yiannakis, Dolefil Vice President and Managing Director, a message from SOLARES partners was delivered by Engr. Wilson Peria, Dolefil plant utility manager. Engr. Peria congratulated the team for its first year and recognized how through the project, Dolefil gained knowledge and experience in solar power. Mr. Tubigon proceeded to discuss the presentation of Year 1 Project Accomplishments and Challenges through the different components: social preparation and community mobilization, capacity building and technical assistance, SHS electrification support, and Mr. Stefan Babera, project officer of Peace and Equity Foundation presented for livelihood and financing support. Ms. Grace Miguel, project bookkeeper updated the team regarding the SOLARES Year 1 project financial performance and budget performance report.

From upper left, clockwise: Engr. Crisanto Sotelo, Mr. Stefan Babera, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, Mr. Elmer Jay Seguma, Engr. Wilson Peria, Mr. Jobe Tubigon, and the SOLARES project.

Before proceeding to the open forum, a ceremonial turnover of livelihood assistance to Keytodac CGA was done. Mr. Elmer Jay Seguma, Keytodac CGA was present to participate in the turnover. In the afternoon, a planning workshop was done; different groups in the project developed their action plans and financial plans for Year 2 and 3. To officially conclude the workshop, Engr. Crisanto Sotelo, General Manager of SOCOTECO II expressed gratitude and congratulations to the SOLARES team for their first year.

MFI holds TFP2K Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. facilitated the Task Force Polomolok Kalikasan at Kaligtasan (TFP2K) Follow-Through Meeting at Mahintana Conference Room, Cannery Housing, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok on December 11, 2019.

The agenda of the meeting was focused on the key agreements noted during the TFP2K Action Planning activity held on November 20-21, 2019 at The Barn by Mamay’s Payag, Pioneer Avenue, Poblacion, Polomolok. The agenda is about the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Laws & Policies (Charcoal Production, Air Pollution, Solid Waste), Pineapple Plantations, Tree Growing Activities, Capacity Development, Mapping, and Standard Dimension for Public Vehicles.

Mahintana attends in SPECTRUM Board of Trustees Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) participated the 4th Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum Incorporated (SPECTRUM) Board of Trustees Meeting at RD Foundation, Inc., Orchid St., Purok Sta. Cruz, Calumpang, General Santos City on December 10, 2019.

The agenda of the meeting was mainly focused on the Project REDUCE Accomplishment Report, where a total of 13.04 tons of coastal garbage from Sarangani Bay coastal communities was collected. Thirty percent (30%) of that are recyclable wastes including PET bottles and was upcycled by partner schools and institutions. An approximate 7,500 individuals participated in all project activities ranging from government officials and personnel to local household of the partner coastal communities. This constitutes to the estimated 50,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries had been served, with six barangays participated. Also, presented in the meeting was the Proposal of Project i-REDUCE (“i” means intensified). Also, presented and discussed in the meeting was the participation of SPECTRUM Project Officers to workshops, accreditation of SPECTRUM to LGU-Gensan and PLGU/LGU-Sarangani, and fund-raising initiatives (run-for-a-cause).

Mahintana assists the GSP-PPNHS Tree Growing Activity

October 12, 2019, Saturday – Mahintana Foundation Inc., through its R2R Program, assisted during the tree growing activity of Girl Scouts of the Philippines Poblacion Polomolok National High School Chapter (GSP-PPNHS) along the riverbank of Purok Masikap, Brgy. Pagalungan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. A total of 1,800 assorted seedlings were planted sponsored by different organizations including Mahintana which covers an estimated area of 6,300 sq. m. The activity was a proposed project entitled Ecology: Mini Forest for Chief Girl Scout Medal Scheme by PPNHS Grade 8 Student Ms. Kristina Andrea L. Mirasol, an active member of the GSP South Cotabato Council.

The 1,600 participants were from 32 different organizations and entities, among of them are BLGU Pagalungan, MENRO Polomolok,  F’lomlok Mio Club (FMC), Philippine Road Sport Confederation (PRSC), Pagalungan Tricycle Operations and Drivers Association (PATODA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Poblacion Polomolok National High School (PPNHS) students, Public Vehicle Club of PPNHS (POBTODA), Pagalungan Elementary School, Best College of Polomolok, Inc., Gensan Rafols Industry Machine Shop and etc.

R2R supports UEWMPC’s Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction

The Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program of Mahintana Foundation Inc. supported the Tree Growing and Ceremonial Stone Diking Activity of Unified Engineering Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UEWMPC) on October 12, 2019 in celebration of the Cooperative Month. A total of 1,000 hills of bamboo and assorted fruit and forest trees were planted at Prk. Pagkakaisa, Maligo, Polomolok in partnership with MENRO Polomolok and at least 50 meters of indigenous stone dike was constructed prior to the activity.

The R2R Team also checked on the previous year’s planted bamboos and forest trees which were in very good condition.