Farmer-Partners build Vermicomposting Beds

On October 2, 2018, Scale-up RePAIR Phase 3 conducted meeting with the farmer-partners at Brgy. Lumakil, Polomolok and Brgy. Rubber, Polomolok for their plant maintenance fee and vermicomposting bed construction. It serves as the output of their Vermicomposting Training in the previous quarter. Nine (9) farmer-partners participated in the activity for the two barangays. The vermicompost constructed will be used for the maintenance of their planted bamboos and forest and fruit trees and FAITH gardens, specifically on the fertilization 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.

Scale-up RePAIR Phase 3 conducts Organic Pest Management Trainings

Mahintana Foundation Inc., through its Scale-up RePAIR Phase 3 Project, conducted Organic Pest Management for 20 farmer-partners of Brgy. Lumakil, Polomolok on August 28, 2018 and for 53 farmer-partners of Brgy. Basag, T’Boli. The activities were facilitated by the Project Officers Mr. Luwee Siacor and Mr. Zaypee Kakim. The training aims to capacitate the farmer-partners to make their own organic pesticides, and know the adverse effects of using synthetic ones.

 

The resource speakers were the Offices of the Municipal Agriculture (OMAG) agricultural technicians of the respective municipalities. OMAG Polomolok  Technician Ms. Annie Balanay and OMAG T’Boli Technician Ms. Ligaya Pedrano taught the beneficiaries  the importance of using organic instead of the chemical pesticides. The farmer-beneficiaries were able to make the following: Fish Amino Acid (FAA) as natural source of nitrogen and micronutrients, Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO) for the beneficial microorganisms, Oriented Herbal Nutrients (OHN) as natural pesticide and Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) as growth enhancer.

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.

Scale-up REPAIR Project Launching

The Scale-up Reduced Pollution through Vegetation and Rehabilitation (Scale-up RePAIR) of Silway River (Phase 3) was launched on March 16, 2018 at Dolores Farm Resort, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The activity was attended and participated by at 52 participants coming from Polomolok and T’boli Local Government Unit, Barangay Officials, concerned government agencies and community farmer partners.

Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao acknowledged the participants and agave the activity overview. Mahintana President& CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot Messages of support were given by PENRO-SC representative Mr. Wahid Amella, MENRO-Pomolok Mr. Eupee Abedin, EMB XII representative Mr. Izar Jesson Claudio, and CENRO-Banga Ms. Helen Villame. Ms. Maria Theresa B. Catalan facilitated the open forum.

Scale-RePAIR Phase 3 is a P2,000,000.00 worth – one (1)-year project funded by the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) implemented by Mahintana Foundation Inc. The project seeks to help reduce the water pollution and rehabilitate the Silway River System/Watershed of Barangays Lumakil, Rubber, Polomolok and Basag, T’boli, South Cotabato through strategies on Riverbank Vegetation Enhancement, Food Access and Alternative Livelihood Options and Policy and Environmental Advocacy.

Mahintana signs Partnership with FPE

A Partnership Agreement was signed between the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) represented by Ms. Lourdes R. Simpol, PhD., Chairperson/CEO and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented by Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President and CEO, on February 23, 2018 at FPE-Mindanao Regional Unit Office at Matina, Davao City. This represents the approval of the Scale-up Reduced Pollution through Vegetation and Rehabilitation (Scale-up REPAIR) of Silway River (Phase 3) proposal.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Regional Unit Manager of FPE Mr. Armando C. Pacudan, MFI Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, FPE Project Officer Ms. Neriza M. Agbuya and MFI Accountant Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla.

The REPAIR Phase 3 Project seeks to reduce water pollution and enhance the vegetative cover of riverbanks, gullies and/or tributaries of Silway River System/Watershed of Barangays Lumakil and Rubber in Polomolok, and Brgy. Basag, T’boli, South Cotabato. The project worth P2,000,000.00 is to be implemented for 1 year which shall take effect on March 1, 2018 until April 1, 2019.

IDIS visits Mahintana Project Sites

The Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) program facilitated the learning visit of the 11 staff of Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) Inc., together with their Executive Director Ms. Chinkee P. Golle, and four (4) Bantay Bukid members on February 15, 2018 at the project areas of R2R.

Program Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao presented a brief orientation on what is Mahintana and R2R Program prior to the field visit. During the orientation, the IDIS also shared their different experiences and interventions in the watershed rehabilitation in Davao City. Following the orientation, Mahintana President and CEO Mr. Martiniano Magdolot received a Certificate of Appreciation from IDIS as their token of gratitude. The group toured the R2R project areas starting from Cannery community nursery where they had an orientation on bamboo propagation using branch-cutting method then they toured the Gully 109C/110B where they are oriented on the earthmatting and napier planting technology.

  Afterwards, they visited the REVIVE project in Barangay Rubber where the 4-year-old bamboo forest is located followed by the tour at the Indigenous Bamboo Dike at Barangay Magsaysay and Napier planting to see and learn some of the Ridge-to Reef program approaches in riverbank vegetation enhancement and rehabilitation. Aside from the R2R areas, the group also visited the Nutripan Bakeshoppe and Chairs-for-Trees fabrication area.

The activity served as an opportunity for both organizations to obtain extensive and varied opportunities towards sustainable environmental protection and initiatives.