Mahintana interviews Crossing Palkan bamboo crafters

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted a random interview with select Crossing Palkan-based bamboo crafters in line with MFI’s plan to pursue bamboo social enterprise projects through crafts-making and bamboo-based housing on June 13, 2020 at Prk. 4, Brgy. Crossing Palkan, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

The activity involved three (3) random bamboo craft makers namely, Mr. Ronelo Apitong, former Palkan barangay captain and proprietor of Joycylaine Bamboo Crafts, Mr. Angelo Bañas and Ms. Lilibeth Bañas of Bañas Bamboo Crafts. The discussions were focused on the supply of bamboo resources, buying price of bamboo poles, products offered, trainings involvement (government and private sponsored), and machineries used for the production. The bamboo crafters shared that they underwent basic to intensive trainings organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) and other private institutions. Trainings involve small crafts/novelty items (spoon, fork, straw, lampshades, shelves, sala sets, chandeliers), bamboo preservation methods, and etc. They have also participated benchmarking activities with other bamboo craft shops in the Philippines to learn their best practices. However, due to lack of machineries, market, and skilled workers the small crafts-making did not materialize which subsequently forced crafters to opt for products such as huts and sala sets that has a more established market.

Mahintana presents projects to DTI XII

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. presented the projects with Social Enterprise/Livelihood component on March 5, 2020 to DTI-Region XII in order to gain partnership for the programs and grants they can offer. Four representatives from DTI namely Mr. Babylon Maganaka Jr., OIC-Chief, Ms. Darlen Joy Galope-Morales, Business Counselor, Ms. Rhea Mae Casipe, SSF Staff and Mr. Ross Vincent Carillo, IT, visited the office and project sites. The projects presented were: 1) Nutripan BREAD, 2) Ridge-to-Reef – Bamboo-based plan, 3) Renewable Energy.

Ms. Yvonne Templonuevo presented the Nutripan BREAD background and plan for expansion at Lake Sebu and Polomolok National High School – Technical Learning Resource Center. Mr. Maganaka is very interested with the Nutripan since it will be the first bakeshoppe/SE that will be assisted by DTI in South Cotabato. This was followed by the presentation of Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao on the R2R background highlighting the bamboo-based crafts/products. Then Mr. Jobe Tubigon also briefly discussed the Solar-powered project and possible equipment of DTI related to renewable energy.  

After the presentations and discussions, the team proceeded to the Bamboo Model House to check and visit.

Nutripan BREAD Launches KNCHS-SHS Technical Learning Resource Center

KNCHS-SHS Technical Learning Resource Center -Nutripan BREAD

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its Nutripan BREAD Project Lutheran World Relief and Dole Philippines Inc. and in partnership with the Provincial Nutrition Office and LGU Koronadal, South Cotabato, successfully launched the school-managed Technical Learning Resource Center (TLRC) at the Koronadal National Comprehensive High School- Senior High School (KNCHS-SHS) on February 12, 2019. It was attended by guests from the Department of Education, Dole Philippines, Inc., Lutheran World Relief, Mahintana Foundation Inc., LGU Koronadal, Provincial Capital of South Cotabato, teachers and students of KNCHS. The Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Partnership Agreement between parties also took place.

The launching started with a welcome address given by the Senior High School-Assistant Principal for Academics Mr. Fernando Nequinto. Mahintana Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza D. Hora gave the brief history of Nutripan BREAD.

During the turnover of responsibility, Dolefil Assisting & Managing Director Mr. Jorge Paez shared that KNCHS is the 1st in Mindanao to have an immersion center for SHS students and hopes that the school will sustain the project. KNCHS Principal Mr. Valentin Dignadice, Jr. accepted the responsibility saying that not all schools were given such opportunity to manage a public-private partnership project. He guaranteed the support to the TLRC as this is addressing the need of the school’s work immersion center.

Lutheran World Relief Country Manager Ms. Femia Baldeo expressed her appreciation to successful launching of the TLRC-Nutripan BREAD that sustains and continue the project’s milestone, at the same time, supporting the DepEd K to 12 Curriculum. The program proceeded to the Signing of the MOA and Partnership Agreement for the KNCHS-SHS Technical Learning Resource Center-Nutripan BREAD witnessed by teachers, students and representatives from DepEd. Following the signing is the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ms. Liza Hora, Mr. Jorge Paez, Ms Femia Baldeo and Mr. Valentin Dignadice. Fr. Edgar de Juan conducted the blessing of the building, bakery staff and the delivery van.

This initiative is in support the Department of Education (DepEd) K to 12 by addressing the need of a TLRC and in support to Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. It will serve as an immersion center for bread and pastry production with 7,520 students enrolled in Junior High School and 2,364 students enrolled in Senior High School. Moreover, it supports the ABM, STEM and HUMSS strands given the social entrepreneurship component and increase economic opportunities of students by establishing public and private partnership to support the DepEd K to12 curriculum.

BREAD stands for Business for Rural Economy and Agriculture Development.

HEALTH Plus Project conducts Values Orientation on Leadership and Teamwork

To continually support the development of its staff, HEALTH Plus Project conducted Values Orientation on Leadership and Teamwork and PPF & HPSiS Team Meeting on November 6-7, 2018 at hacienda Don Juan, Brgy. Lago, Glan, Sarangani. This activity aims to provide updates to the team on the accomplishments of HPSiS from January to October 2018, document gaps and challenges on the implementation of HEALTH Plus. It also aims to enhance knowledge and skills on leadership, influence and teamwork leading to an improved performance between and among PPF and HPSiS staff.  It was attended by 18 participants from Mahintana management, PPF core staff and team leaders of HPSiS outlets in the Provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani and City of General Santos.

Ms. Luzviminda T. Herezo, the invited resource speaker, talked about emotional intelligence and work excellence, leadership and management with an application through structured learning exercises and problem solving.  Individual exercises include:  (1) Leadership Awareness Inventory to identify and differentiate their function as a leader or manager; 2) Solidarity and Commitment Exercise through an object that defines one’s personality; and (3) Commitment renewal as a member of the HEALTH Plus team.