SOLARES holds Social Marketing and SUKELCO Member Consumer Sign-Up at Lebak

Lebak: one of seven municipalities included in the SOLARES project

After completing profiling and validation in Lebak, the SOLARES project staff marketed the solar home system (SHS) units to barangays in the area. Consistently, SUKELCO conducted a membership consumer (MC) orientation and application.

Households gained knowledge on the use of the SHS unit, including minor standard operating procedures. Through the activity, the team addressed a common misconception regarding the project: Once they are signed up for the SHS unit, they are no longer eligible for the grid connection.

Once electric grid distribution is available in their area, there will be a recall of SHS units to be transferred to an off-grid community.

The SHS package includes an ERC mandated tariff of Php 7.40 a day. Replacement of worn out or damaged parts will be covered by the maintenance fee. After the project duration of 3 years, the units will be turned over to SUKELCO as part of their sustainability mechanism.

MC sign up will continue until the end of March 2020. Community members are required to submit accomplished PVM membership forms to their barangay secretary along with the one-time membership fee of Php 255.

Membership orientation by SUKELCO at Pansud, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat

In line with the livelihood component, Mr. Stefan Babera, project officer from Peace and Equity Foundation, visited to monitor partner MFIs/people’s organizations/associations. Mr. Babera assisted Keytodac Coffee Growers Association (KCGA) with possible partnerships and preparation of a consolidated financial statement. He also visited Kalamansig Farmers Agricultural Development Marketing Association (KFADMA) and Bacbacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BMPC) for a possible partnership as well. As a result of the monitoring, the project organized a financial systems installation training in support of partner MFIs/POs/associations.

SOLARES conducts Accounting for Non-Accountants: A Financial System Installation Workshop

Keytodac Coffee Growers Association (KCGA) and Kalamansig Farmers Agricultural Development and Marketing Association (KFADMA) participated in the Financial System Installation Workshop conducted through the SOLARES project. Ms. Phoebe Montefalcon, CPA assisted by Ms. Donna Funticha both from the PP Montefalcon Accounting Service shared their expertise to the associations in terms of improving their financial documentation in the 2-day workshop last February 27-28, 2020 at the Q Citi Park Hotel, General Santos City.

Sessions consisted of lectures, exercises, and workshop. Ms. Montefalcon discussed introduction of accounting, accounting elements, books of accounts, and the accounting cycle. The participants accomplished sample source documents and posted in book of accounts. The participants prepared trial balances, worksheets and a financial statement. Ms. Montefalcon and Ms. Funticha assisted and assessed their outputs and offered guidance in the preparation.

Regardless of their educational attainment and work experience, participants shared the ease of learning because of how the workshop was packaged specific to operations of their associations, and examples of application in their context.

Mr. Stefan Babera from Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) facilitated the workshop. Mr. Jobe Tubigon, SOLARES project manager, provided insight in his opening remarks on the need for and advantages of proper financial documentation. Ms. Shunie Palacios (PEF) provided clarification and assistance to the associations and thanked both resource speakers and participants to a successful workshop.

UEWMPC conducts tree growing

As one of the continuing partners of Mahintana Foundation, Inc., the Unified Engineering Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UEWMPC) conducted a tree growing activity on February 22, 2020 at 108B field gully, Prk. Pagkakaisa, Brgy. Maligo, Polomolok, South Cotabato. At least 45 cooperative staff along with the project officer of MFI joined who planted 150 hills of bamboo (150 hills) and 100 hills of forest trees were planted in between the constructed indigenous stone dikes at the same area. 

Mahintana evaluates site for DILG XII’s adopted site

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) conducted an evaluation on the proposed plating area of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) XII at Barrio 6 (6.477228° N, 124.883349° E), Brgy. Concepcion, Koronadal City on February 20, 2020.

The line agency requested a total of 500 seedlings of bamboo to be planted at the abovementioned site on March 17, 2020.

Mahintana conducts site evaluation for UEWMPC tree growing

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.conducted an evaluation on the proposed plating area of the Unified Engineering Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UEWMPC) at Prk. Pagkakaisa, Brgy. Maligo, Polomolok on February 11, 2020.

The cooperative requested a total of 250 seedlings of bamboo (150 hills) and forest (100 Lawaan hills) trees to be planted at the abovementioned site on February 22, 2020. It also committed to do the maintenance of the trees to be planted as their counterpart.

MFI participates the SCBIDC TWG Meeting

Desiring to upscale bamboo farming in its areas of operation, Mahintana Foundation Inc. participated the South Cotabato Bamboo Industry Development Council (SCBIDC) Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting at DTI Negosyo Center, NDMU Campus, Koronadal City on February 10, 2020.

The meeting aimed to brief the Hon. Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo about the SCBIDC and its legal basis, review its action plan, discuss the major events in 2020, and plan the transfer of the equipment from Surallah National Agricutural School (SUNAS) to LGU-Tampakan as the new Bamboo Hub of the South Cotabato Province. Mahintana also presented its project proposal on bamboo-based social enterprise such as engineered bamboo and bamboo crafts.

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.

Mahintana attends the SR-WQMA Governing Board Meeting

The Silway River-Water Quality Management Area (SR-WQMA) Governing Board Meeting conducted on February 7, 2020 attended by representatives from MENRO/CENRO of LGUs Tupi, T’Boli, Polomolok and Gensan. The meeting aimed to present the 2019 water analysis result and accomplishments, updates on the compliance scheme, remobilization of the SR-WQMA 10-year action plan, and other related matters.

After the presentation of 2019 accomplishments, representatives from Dept. of Human Settlements and Urban Development advised the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development (SUID) of Gensan about the settlement areas and inventory of public areas/lands. Also, the DOST-RSTL XII representative encouraged all the members to utilize the Solid Waste Management-related technologies from DOST XII thru grants with minimum financial counterpart. Key agreements include the identification of activities to be conducted on the World Water Day 2020, provision of incentives/compensation for the barangay/purok officials to intensify and catalyze Zero Open Defecation Program, among others.

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.