ProPEACE bridges the gap through Barangay Development Plan Support

ProPEACE project team during the Barangay Development Plan Workshop of Brgy. Laconon, Tboli, South Cotabato

In Tboli, ProPEACE programme local sub-recipient Tribal Leaders Development Foundation supported a three-day Barangay Development Planning (BDP) Workshop on April 21-13, 2021. One of the beneficiaries, Geraldine Lambong is a community day-care worker from Sitio Bakngeb, Brgy. Laconon, Tboli, South Cotabato. Ms. Lambong expressed her concern with the underwhelming actions by local officials in her experience of 20-year service. Despite her willingness to serve, she faced setbacks: lack of funding and structural support.

Now, with the programme’s support, she has shifted her perspective on local governance. Through the workshop, she was able to participate in the crafting of the programs and projects to address her community’s prevailing issues. Ms. Lambong shared, “I am grateful because, with my 20 years of service as a daycare worker, this is my first time to join a BDP workshop. It helped me understand clearly what BDP is, how the budget is allocated, and where to lobby our concern for guided actions.”

More guided and motivated, her attitude towards local officials improved. “Through this BDP workshop our situation was discussed and taken into consideration, I hope that within five years our concerns will be addressed,” she said.

The five-year Barangay Development Plan (BDP) sets strategic activities that should be implemented to address relevant issues and concerns within a barangay and provide direction for its growth. During its sectoral planning, the sub-recipient seeks to identify areas of complementation with the programme’s framework.

With support from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, the Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment (ProPEACE) programme is currently being implemented in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani by the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through a consortium with Kasilak Development Foundation, OND Hesed, Maguindanaon Development Foundation, and the Tribal Leaders Development Foundation.

ProPEACE supports the 10th Special Forces Educational Film Viewing

Mahintana Foundation Inc. and Dole Philippines through the Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment ( ProPEACE) programme supported an educational film viewing activity of the 10th Special Forces at Brgy. Koronadal Proper, Polomolok, South Cotabato on June 22, 2021.

During the film viewing Nutripan bread and Dole products were distributed for the participants.

Support for initiatives aimed to educate and promote peaceful coexistence among the tri-people is a key component of the ProPEACE programme.

ProPEACE programme is currently implemented in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani through a consortium with Kasilak Development Foundation, OND Hesed, Maguindanaon Development Foundation, and the Tribal Leaders Development Foundation.

ProPEACE supports Hay-atul Ulama SARGEN’s Strategic Planning Workshop

On June 22 – 24, 2021, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with the OND Hesed and the Maguindanaon Development Foundation, organized a three-day strategic planning workshop for the Hay-atul Ulama SARGEN (Sarangani-General Santos) chapter through the ProPEACE programme. The activity aimed to outline programs, activities, and overall direction of the organization.

Officers and members of Hay-atul Ulama SARGEN identified organizational strengths and weaknesses to reinforce the activity’s goal-setting and planning process. Facilitators assisted in evaluating and validating their outputs.  Ms. Jennifer Kamid, representing partners of Sulong Kalinaw – Sarangani, graced the event and delivered a brief message to the participants on the national peace and development framework.

The crafted three-year strategic plan will serve as a basis for the Hay-atul Ulama SARGEN with its future engagements with the programme as well as other stakeholders.

Mahintana, Dolefil, and LGU Polomolok supports the Grand Iftar

After a month of fasting, Muslims celebrate Ramadan’s conclusion through the Festival of Breaking the Fast also known as Eid al-Fitr – a holiday observed by the entire Muslim community. Communities gather on this day to break the fast known as Iftar, the evening meal where Muslims conclude their regular Ramadan fast at sunset.

In honor and respect of tradition, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Dole Philippines, Inc. together with the local government unit of Polomolok pooled resources to support the Iftar in the municipality’s Muslim communities in eight barangays. Goats, rice, freshly baked Nutripan bread products, Dole pineapple products, and fruit juice were provided to the communities.

The activity is supported by the Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment (ProPEACE) programme funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). ProPEACE is currently being implemented in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani through a consortium with Kasilak Development Foundation, Maguindanaon Development Foundation, OND Hesed, and Tribal Leaders Development Foundation.

Mahintana launches ADAPT: ODK M&E Tool for partner grower coops

“If the farmer wins, we all win.”

Nicholaos Yiannakis, Dole Philippines, Inc.

On March 29, 2021, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through the project on technical assistance to Dolefil pineapple contract growership cooperatives launched the ADAPT (Agricultural Development and Advancement through People and Technologies) System – Phase 1. Dole Philippines, Inc and five grower cooperatives supported the official launching held at Viajera Dine & Cafe, Koronadal, South Cotabato. ADAPT is the the official monitoring and evaluation tool for the coops’ daily field monitoring activities.

Celebrating the launch were 70 cooperative management staff and technicians from five grower cooperatives (1) Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative headed by Mr. Coskie Sugue Sr., BOD Chairperson and Ms. Edilyn Pabicon, (2) Tupi Integrated Agricultural Cooperative with BOD Chairperson Ms. Edna Guinares and Ms. Angelita Claudio, (3) Polo Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative through their BOD Chairperson Mr. Rolly Demetillo and Manager Ms. Karen Mae Daguro, (4) Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Cooperative with BOD Chairperson Ms. Rhoda Pecadizo and Manager Agustino Gardoce, and (5) Tboli Farm Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative with Head Technician Mr. Emerson Espalabra. Dolefil executives supported the event; 14 executives and officers with Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis, the VP and Managing Director and Mr. Carlos Rodriguez, Agriculture Operations Director.

“If the farmer wins, we all win.” Mr. Yiannakis highlighted in the message of support from Dolefil. Cooperatives BOD chairpersons’ messages of support were expressed, followed by the ceremonial and official announcement of the ADAPT System through Mr. Rodriguez.

The launching event emphasized the significant impact of the system from daily to long term coop activities. The cooperatives shared testimonies from before and on adopting the ADAPT system; the members shared the potential impact to their respective cooperative roles.

Staff and participants observed health and safety protocols in the duration of this event.

DepEd XII gives recognition to Mahintana at Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal

Department of Education SOCCSKSARGEN awarded a plaque of recognition to Mahintana Foundation, Inc., among groups and organizations recognized at the Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal at The Farm, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City last March 26, 2021.

As the foundation’s representative, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, program manager of Institution-Building & Governance and project manager of ProPEACE (Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment), expressed Mahintana’s continuing support to DepEd SOCCSKSARGEN.

Buliganay 2020 Gawad Parangal is a regional event highlighting education partners of DepEd XII. Along with Mahintana, also given recognition were those from different sectors such as the public and private sector: PLGUs, LGUs, and line agencies of the region, NGOs, foundations, and corporations for their contribution to the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of DepEd XII.

MFI successfully launches ProPEACE Programme

Clockwise from lower left: DILG Asec. Alexander Macario, ProPEACE Programme Manager Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, MOU ceremonial signing, guests and participants

To officially commence the GCERF-funded (Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund) Promoting Peace Engagements and Community Empowerment (ProPEACE) Programme, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) together with CSOs, partners, and other stakeholders held a programme launching on February 18, 2021, at The Farm, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

Notable guests include Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary for Public Safety and Security Alexander Macario, DILG XII, DepEd 12, and local chief executives of Sarangani and South Cotabato.  A ceremonial signing of the memorandum of understanding with Local Chief Executives and partner organizations also took place.

ProPEACE programme aims to contribute to the overall peace and security of the region by increasing religious and cultural tolerance. It will be implemented two years in Sarangani and South Cotabato in 8 target municipalities.

RESOURCEGov implements CSIS Survey in Malapatan

Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon Edrozo facilitated the orientation and the implementation of the CSIS survey for Malapatan, Sarangani on July 20-27, 2020. The 10 selected enumerators (Male 8, Female 2) were CSOs from the local health board, municipal development council, and farmers and fisheries cooperatives. The presentation of the CSIS results to the municipal mayor and department heads is set on 2nd week of August for the formulation of action plans.

Mahintana-DILG XII plan for the online learning exchange on COVID-19 response

Mahintana Foundation Inc. team led by its Executive Director Ms. Liza D. Hora conducted a brief meeting with the DILG XII Regional Director Ms. Josephine C. Leysa on July 6, 2020 at the DILG XII Regional Office, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. The meeting, aimed to plan for the online learning exchange, was attended by the 8 participants (Male 3, Female 4). The Mahintana team was composed of Ms. Hora, Program Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov 2 Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, and RESOURCEGov Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc while other DILG XII participants included Assistant Regional Director Ms. Lailyn A. Ortiz, Project Development Monitoring Unit Head Ms. Herminia S. Ontoy and Development Management Officer II Mr. Ruel B. Tuble.

DILG XII responded to the invitation of Mahintana by expressing their interest to co-sponsor the activity along with the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force-Emerging Infectious Diseases (RIATF-EID) XII and Regional Task Force-COVID19. invite DILG Undersecretary for Plans, Public Affairs and Communications Jonathan Malaya, and the Local Government Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) XII. The online sharing is scheduled on July 22, 2020, 9:00AM thru Zoom.

RESOURCEGov 2 presents CSIS Results to LGU Lake Sebu

Project Team headed by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian Blanker conducted the presentation of Citizen Satisfaction Index Survey (CSIS) to the local chief executive and the relevant department heads on June 17, 2020 at the SB Conference Hall. The presentation, facilitated by Project Officer Mr. Jan Solomon Edrozo, was attended by 15 participants (Male 9, Female 6).

Hon. Mayor Floro Gandam gave the opening remarks and thanked Mahintana Foundation for the unending support and partnership. Mr. Blanker, in turn, thanked the presence of the LCE and the heads during his short introduction about the CSIS presentation. Mr. Edrozo then presented the results of the CSIS survey conducted on February 17-27, 2020 in partnership with the Sta. Cruz Mission School Inc. (SCMSI). The mentioned local research institute (LRI) was also the LGU’s local school board member represented by Ms. Maria Gandam. She shared that the partnership with the LRI highlights the cooperation between the local government unit and the private sectors to achieve transparent and accountable local governance. Mr. Blanker assured that the results are not the gauge of the performance of the LGU, rather, how the citizens see the LGU’s service delivery. Hon. Mayor Gandam said that the CSIS results will help them improve the quality of the services for the Lake Sebu constituents. It was then agreed that the CSIS results will be presented during the ExeCom Meeting on July 14, 2020 for the LGU to plan their next steps.