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.

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.