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.

Mahintana participates in the International Coastal Clean-Up

Mahintana staff participated in the annual International Coastal Clean–Up (ICC) on September 21, 2019 at the Minanga, Buayan with approximately 500 volunteers from BLGU Buayan Council and various civic organizations, academe, government offices and private institutions namely Red Ribbon-KCC, Mindanao Polytechnic College, BSP – Datu Acad Dalid ES, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, DepEd XII Teachers, Balite ES, Shariff Mukshin ES, Ligaya ES, Buayan NHS, City Engineer’s Office, DENR-CENRO Buayan. A total of 2,750 Kgs. or 110 sacks of residual waste (cigarette butts, food wrappers, straws, nylon strings, plastic cups, cellophanes, diapers, etc.) were collected in 0.3 km coastal area of Prk. Minanga, Buayan.

The ICC was conducted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – General Santos City in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., USAID, DENR – XII, Coca-Cola Foundation, Protected Area Management Bureau – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB–SBPS), Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Education, Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) – Sarangani Province, Holy Trinity College of General Santos City, PNP Regional Maritime Office – XII, General Santos Foundation, Inc., RD Foundation, and Smart Telecommunications. The event themed “Battle for Litter-Free Seas” aims to engage the surrounding coastal communities and stakeholders in cleaning beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. Results will aid in better waste management policies/plans, product packaging designs and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.

Scaleup REPAIR installs 9 Signage in 3 Barangays

As part of its Information, Education and Communication (IEC) to campaign for better environmental practices, Scale-up REPAIR Project installed nine in three barangays of Polomolok and T’Boli on September 3, 2019. Two of the signage were installed in Brgy. Lumakil and the other two in Brgy. Rubber, Polomolok. Five other signage were installed in Sitio Malo, Brgy. Basag (3) and Sitio Bianan, Brgy. Basag (2) in the municipality of T’Boli.

The signage were about: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) /Rainfall Advisory System (4), Solid Waste Management and Forest Protection (2) and Project Map (3).

Scale-up REPAIR inspects planted trees in 3 Barangays of Polomolok and T’Boli

To monitor the status of the planted trees, Scale-up REPAIR conducted plant monitoring and inspection on August 28-30, 2019 in Brgys. Lumakil & Rubber, Polomolok and Basag, T’boli. The project assists 76 farmer-beneficiaries from Brgy. Lumakil (10), Brgy. Rubber (15), Sitio Bianan, Brgy. Basag (12), and Sitio Malo, Brgy. Basag (39). A total of 3,211 coconut, 508 guyabano, 1,522 coffee, 1,784 cacao, 935 forest trees and 5,435 bamboos were planted covering 35.0775 hectares of land with the survival rate of 96%. Farmer beneficiaries stand beside the planted trees

Invitation for Bids

Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (ASEP)
Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project

Contract Title:        

Solar Home Systems (SHS) for Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, Mindanao, Philippines, SOCOTECO II and SUKELCO

Reference No.:        

SOLARES-SHS-19-01

1. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. has received grant funds from the European Union for the implementation of the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) Project, Philippines, and intends to apply part of the funds toward payments under the contract for Solar Home System.

2. Mahintana Foundation, Inc. now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply and installation supervision of 5,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS) units in the service areas of the South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO II) and Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SUKELCO) located in Provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. These SHS units are to be installed in accordance with program milestones. No margin of domestic preference shall be applied for this procurement. However, bidders should already have Lighting Global (LG) verified solar products or as stated within the Bidding Documents to be technically qualified to participate.

3. Bidding will be conducted through the International Open Bidding (IOB) procedures as specified in the European Union’s Guidelines/Practical Guide: Procurement and Grants for European Union External Actions [Applicable as of 2 August 2018] (“Procurement Guidelines”), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the Procurement Guidelines. In addition, please refer to Instruction to Bidders (ITB) subsections 3.9., 5.1.and 5.2 of the Bidding Document setting forth the policy on conflict of interest, corrupt and fraudulent practices.

4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from Mahintana Foundation, Inc., at www.mahintana.org and inspect the bidding documents during office hours, 0900 to 1600 hours MNL time, at the address given below.

5. A complete set of bidding documents in English may be purchased by interested eligible bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of EUR 900. The method of payment will be by check or cash deposit to RCBC (French Street, Polomolok, South Cotabato) EURO Account 8-562-00159-0 in the name of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

6. The document will be sent by express courier to a requested address or collected at the address given below.

7. A Pre-bid meeting shall be held on 22 August 2019, 1 PM, at the address below and shall be open only to those that have purchased a complete set of bidding document

8. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 1:00 PM of 30 September 2019. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the bidder’s designated representatives who choose to attend at the address below at 1:00 PM of 30 September 2019.

9. All bids must be accompanied by a “Bid-Securing Declaration” following the prescribed form included in Section IV, Bidding Forms, of the Bidding Documents.

10. The address referred to for inspection of bidding documents and collection of purchased bidding documents is:

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Attn: The SOLARES Project Manager

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site, Polomolok,

South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines

Tel: +63 (083) 500-8434

11. The address referred to for pre-bid meeting, submission and public opening of bids is:

MFI Conference Room,

Mahintana Foundation, Inc.

Cannery Housing, Cannery Site,

Polomolok, South Cotabato,

Mindanao, Philippines

Mahintana joins JICA’s ) Ecotourism for Officials on Nature Conservation Program

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through the Ridge-to-Reef Program represented by Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao participated on the JICA-KCCP Ecotourism for Officials on Nature Conservation Training Program on June 25 to August 2, 2019. This program aims to strengthen the capacity of administrators in charge of promoting/developing nature conservation plans/projects including ecotourism in and around nature reserves.  It primarily targets officials and staff at national/local government agencies who are dedicating themselves to implement and promote nature conservation policies/plans and activities by utilizing ideas of “ecotourism” in and around protected areas.

The 39-day program was participated by seven other namely Ms. Leni Pajarillo from the Philippines, Mr. Brivce Ulrich Mavoulou from Gabon, Ms. Andrea Naivana from Palau, Mr. Nguyne Dinh Dien from Vietnam, Mr. Timon Uatoia from Kiribati, Ms. Tamara Cvetcovic from Serbia and Ms. Anna Pridun from Ukraine. The participants were able to learn about phenology, learn from Ministry of Environment on the Management and Operation of National Parks in Japan and Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of Environment on the Policies on Ecotourism in Japan, Issues and Lessons Learned in Ecotour Development, and visit various nature centers and parks such as Lake Shikaribetsu, Mt. Higashi Nupukaushinupuri, Tokachi Millennium Forest, Nakasatsunai Art Village, Kiritappu Wetland, Kenbokki Island, ND Akkeshi Waterfowl Observatory, Kushiro Wetland, Cape Kirakotan, Hosooka Observatory, among others.

Scale-up REPAIR hauls and distributes nursery materials

Supporting the community nurseries, Scale-up REPAIR hauled and distributed nursery materials on July 24, 2019 at Brgys. Rubber and Lumakil, Polomolok and Basag, Tboli. A total of 48 various materials were distributed such as 3 units wheel borrow, 6 units spade, 3 units B-net double, 12 packs of polyethylene bag (5×6), 3 rolls of hose, 15 pairs of gloves, and 6 units pruning shears.  

SOLARES Project Orientation, MOA/MOU Signing and Project Inception/Planning Workshop

As part of the preparatory activities and to establish a common understanding and commitment from project partners and beneficiaries, the EU-funded SOLARES project conducted a Project Orientation and MOA/MOU Signing on May 30, 2019 held at Avior Hotel, Santiago Blvd., General Santos City. The event was graced by key actors in the energy sector (Dole Philippines, Inc., Peace and Equity Foundation, Inc., SUKELCO, SOCOTECO II) and the Microfinance Institutions (PAMULCO, KIMEMCO, KPS-Seed MFI, Sta. Cruz MPC, Bacbacan MPC). Over 100 participants were present including Brgy. Captains and top officials & representatives from partner LGUs and Brgys. in Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani areas.

The activity was an avenue to update the project partners/beneficiaries on the status/progress of the project especially on some changes of the project proposal and budget (i.e. change in SHS technical design/specs, project sites, implementation arrangements, etc.).  The program preliminaries included the project overview presentation delivered by the SOLARES Project Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and messages of support from key stakeholders and partners. Governor Steve Chlongbian-Solon of Sarangani Province also graced the event and verbalized his commitment and support for the implementation of the project.

The ceremonious signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)/Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) followed afterwards which aims to gain/secure commitment from project partners and to ensure effective and sustainable implementation of the project. The signatories were Dolefil’s VP & Managing Director Mr. Randy Fleming, PEF Executive Director Mr. Robert Calingo, Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, SUKELCO BOD President Mr. David Batayola & SOCOTECO II BOD President Mr. Jose Santos. This intimate gathering ended with a brief networking and socialization among the guests and participants.

The Project Orientation also consist of a 2-day Project Inception/Planning Workshop on May 30-31, 2019, held right after the MOA/MOU Signing event. The workshop brought together the SOLARES project management/implementation team from Mahintana and PEF together with ECs SUKELCO & SOCOTECO 2 and five (5) Microfinance Institutions represented by their Chairperson, Manager and Bookkeeper/Finance Officer to further discuss about the project deliverables and expected outcomes.

More specifically, the workshop provided an opportunity for all potential partners to review & assess project timelines of the planned activities, especially on the technical design, implementation arrangements and strategies on SHS eletrification and livelihood components and to develop an action plan for the key activities.

The Stone Dike Technology: Innovation that Helps Mitigate Soil Erosion in the Gullies

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., continues to think outside the box in the conservation, preservation and protection of the environment particularly around the Mt. Matutum Protective Landscape (MMPL). To mitigate the soil erosion that usually occur in the plantation gullies, the organization innovated a technology that uses indigenous materials found in the locality such as large rocks, used fishnets from the fishing industries in General Santos City, and malabago trees, thus, the birth of the stone dike technology. The technology was purposely constructed in scoured gully banks to prevent their further damage.

The ceremonial construction of the stone dike was conducted on August 10, 2018 at Gully 116A/101C, Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato as one of the activities of the 41st anniversary celebration of Mahintana and SRC. From its construction to present, the stone dikes were able to allow sedimentation that increased the vegetation around the dikes and stabilized the gully banks by protecting them from further scouring. Other stone dikes were constructed in 110A/109C Cannery and 113C/112B/113B Polo.