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.

Mahintana Participates in the Consultative Workshop on Mindanao Social Development Program Strategy and Poverty Reduction

As private sector representative of the Regional Development Council XII and active CSO partner of MinDA in Mindanao, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., participated in the Consultative Workshop on Mindanao Social Development Program Strategy and Poverty Reduction on February 11-12, 2019 at The Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City.  Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program Manager, represented Mahintana during the 2-day activity. The activity was aimed at enhancing the draft concept and ensuring a more inclusive and responsive intervention for the crafting of a Program Strategy on Mindanao Social Development and Poverty Reduction anchored on the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and the Mindanao 2030. At least 50 key representatives from the donor agencies (i.e. World Bank), national government agencies, local government units, academe, civil society organizations and business/private sector participated in the event.

During panel presentation on Education, Training, and Employment Policies, Programs and Priorities in Mindanao, Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay of DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment shared the JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information Report enumerating the industries that will create jobs in and skills need for the future. OIC Deputy Director General Gaspar S. Gayona of TESDA shared TESDA’s directions and responses on skills development. He emphasized the importance of “AGILITY” for TVET for Global Competitiveness, “SCALABILITY” for TVET for Job-Readiness, and “FLEXIBILITY and SUSTAINABILITY” for TVET for Social Equity. On Education Policies for Mindanao, Ms. Takiko Igarashi, Education Specialist, World Bank Manila, shared the opportunities for Mindanao’s education. She said that education has great promise, but too often it does not deliver. Mr. Pablo Acosta, Senior Economist, World Bank Manila, shared World Bank’s policy priorities for employment programs. Dr. Nilo B. Oponda, Ph.D. UP Mindanao, shared UP’s views on how to strengthen Industry-Academe Partnership on Workforce Development. He stressed that job-skill mismatch is one of the top 3 concerns of employers. He cited the reasons and solutions to the said problem. Executive Director Rolando Torres, Mindanao Business Council, shared some recommendations for the Industry – Academe Areas for Possible Intensified Cooperation. One of which is the  Local Entrepreneurship in Curriculum – upscaling of entrepreneurial know-how, cross-skilling thru trainings and short courses on other trades, developing Enterprising Professionals, and development coping mechanisms to sustain businesses.

After the panel presentation, Mr. Tubigon participated in the workshop on Workforce Protection and Welfare (Social Protection). He suggested to MinDA and the concerned line agencies such as SEC, NBI, and DOLE to look into the emerging investment schemes in the Region that offered quick returns but have compromised/affected the skill labor requirements of agro-industrial industries and service sector

KAPWA Foundation, Inc. Connects with Mahintana for Networking and ODK Troubleshooting

Meeting with KAPWA Foundation Inc. and ODK Troubleshooting

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project thru its Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and MINCODE Project Officer Ms. Myra Gazo, met with KAPWA Foundation on February 9, 2019 in their office at Davao City to share about the ODK initiatives of the project, collaborate in popularizing ODK in the region, and assist the latter with ODK problems they have encountered. Represented by Ms. Alma de La Paz, KAPWA Foundation Executive Director, the KAPWA officers shared their utilization of ODK in profiling their farmer beneficiaries. However, KAPWA uses the first and original version of ODK wherein they ran into problems in uploading the gathered data. Worried about losing around 500 survey profiles, and with the hope of resolving their ODK uploading issues, KAPWA then coordinated with MINCODE and Mahintana upon knowing that the said CSOs were rolling-out ODK in Regions 11, 12 and 13. The RESOURCEGov Team conducted the troubleshooting and found out that the uploading issue is an internal server problem which cannot be resolved given the server’s storage limit and lack of server-side technical support. The issue was addressed by allowing KAPWA to create an account with Kobotoolbox.org, the ODK version which Mahintana uses. The RESOURCEGov team also helped them how to technically format their collected ODK data to make it Kobotoolbox-compatible, and migrate the data to their Kobotoolbox account. KAPWA successfully migrated all their collected farmers profile and was able to generate the summary report of their profiling activities. Their profiling team appreciated the user-friendliness of Kobotoolbox over the original ODK version which compelled them to use Kobotoolbox version in the continuation of their profiling activities. The KAPWA foundation has expressed their gratitude to the RESOURCEGov 2 Project and is looking forward for more collaboration with the project group in advocating the use of ODK for transparent, accountable, and participative local governance.               

RESOURCEGov conducts its 5th PIT-PMT Meeting and Unveiling of Billboards in LGUs Tagbina and Barobo

 

RESOURCEGov conducted its 5th PIT-PMT Meeting on February 7, 2019 at LGU Tagbina Seminar Hall, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur. On the same day, the Unveiling of the RESOURCEGov Billboards in LGU Tagbina and LGU Barobo was conducted. The activities were attended by 61 participants (Male 35, Female 26) from the RESOURCEGov Team, the DILG 11, 12 & 13, LGU partners of Regions 11 and 13.

The Unveiling of RESOUREGov Billboard Ceremony in LGU Tagbina was attended by Mun. Mayor Hon. Generoso Naraiso and his staff. Messages were given by Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Kasilak Executive Director Mr. Joemil Montebon, MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Anayatin, and was responded by the municipal mayor after the unveiling of the billboard. The 5th PIT-PMT Meeting was then held in LGU Tagbina Seminar Hall followed by fellowship lunch sponsored by the host LGU. In the afternoon, the different offices who utilised the ODK, Qlik and LITS Systems presented the advantages and recommendations in using the systems. After the short presentation, the participants visited the department offices of LGU Tagbina particularly the SB Office, the MPDO, the Assessor’s and Treasurer’s Offices.  The participants traveled to LGU Barobo for the unveiling of RESOURCEGov Billboard in the said municipality. A short program prior to the activity was held where the Mun. Mayor Hon. Joey S. Pama and Hon. Vice-Mayor Allan Bernal expressed their gratitude and support to the project implementation in Barobo. DILG Provincial Director for Surigao del Sur Mr. Pedrito Alacaba shared that the systems rolled-out by the project are helpful to the municipalities. The billboard was then unveiled.

The RESOURCEGov Billboard is one of the visibility actions of the project. For the Phase 2, the 6 LGU partners in Regions 11 & 13 are set to unveil the billboards this year.

 

 

UEWMPC Celebrates its 27th Anniversary through a Tree Growing Activity

In celebration of the Unified Engineering Workers MPC (UEWMPC) 27th Anniversary with the theme “Save a Tree, Plant a Tree and Grow a Tree: For a Cleaner, Greener and Healthier Community”, UEWMPC held a tree growing activity at 108F Field gully, Brgy. Maligo, Polomolok, South Cotabato on February 2, 2019. A total of 500 hills of Bamboo and assorted forest and fruit trees were planted along the field gully and at the perimeter area of the hill beside the gully. 250 bayug bamboo  were planted at the barren area at least 5 meters away from the gully bank while the forest and fruit trees (acle, hagakhak and guyabano) were planted at the perimeter area of the compound. Monthly maintenance will be conducted by the coop’s assigned personnel.

Mahintana Presents the SOLARES Project during the Official Launch of Grants Awarded under EU-ASEP Call for Proposals

As one of the seven grant awardees of the European Union Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines (EU-ASEP) Call for Proposals (CfP), Mahintana Foundation, Inc., presented the SOLARES Project during the official launching of the grants awarded under EU-ASEP CfP on January 30, 2019 at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO, Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program Manager, and Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, Project Manager, represented Mahintana during the event. Mr. Jobe C Tubigon presented the SOLARES project on behalf of Mahintana.

Prior to the presentation of grant awards, Asec. Redentor E. Delola of the Department of Energy (DOE), provided the welcome remarks during the opening session. He thanked EU for its support to renewable energy through ASEP which has become a vital partner of DOE to attain its goal of 100% electrification by 2022. Mr. Enrico Strampelli, Head of the Development Cooperation of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, shared a message of support on behalf of the EU delegation. He said there were at least 73 applications in the competitive EU-ASEP Call for Proposals which had proposed sustainable renewable energy solutions in the remote areas of the Philippines, particularly Mindanao. Of the 73 applications, only 7 were selected based on their feasibility and sustainability mechanisms.  Mr. Willy Hick, Programme Office, Development Cooperation Section, EU Delegation to the Philippines, provided the overview of EU-ASEP Program. He shared that when you have a partner like DOE that speaks with so much enthusiasm and commitment in the ASEP program – that’s the EU wants in all their development programs. After the overview, each of the 6 Projects awarded under the EU-ASEP CfP were presented. After the presentations of the awarded projects, Asec. Romeo Montenegro, Deputy Executive Director, MINDA, shared the updates on the Mindanao Power Development Program including the Mindanao Power Outlook.

In the morning session, Mahintana also participated in the consultation and validation workshop on the program framework for Sustaining Peace and Accelerating Socio-economic Development in Mindanao.

BLGU San Isidro conducts Tree Growing with Mahintana

As part of their humanitarian services and environmental awareness campaign, the BLGU – San Isidro, conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Prk. Lower Matibay Riverside, Brgy. San Isidro, General Santos City on January 29, 2019. A total of 1,000 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. 25 participants from Integrated Barangay Affairs (IBA), 4Ps beneficiaries, BLGU – San Isidro staffs, and Drug Surrenderees enjoined the said activity. BLGU San Isidro have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the quarry operators in the vicinity to take part in the maintenance of their adopted area periodically and report to MFI the status of the plants.

RESOURCEGov does follow-through in its commitment to OGP South Cotabato

Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker conducted a series of monitoring of the use of the ODK and LITS in the South Cotabato Provincial Government with PPDO’s OGP Program Assistant Ms. Doreen Vallar in January 2019. Mahintana’s commitment includes the utilization of the LITS in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the ODK in the project monitoring activities of the PPMC (Provincial Planning and Monitoring Committee).

As to date, the ODK-based project monitoring forms were already finalized by the PPDO-REM (Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring) Office and ready for use on the data gathering on March 2019. LITS was already installed in the SP Office in January 2019. An orientation is scheduled in February 2019 for the SP members and staff. Moreover, with the help of Mr. Blanker, the PIO Office in-charge of the South Cotabato website, has successfully drafted a web page integrating the charts/maps of the project monitoring results in ODK. South Cotabato Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ms. Jennifer Bretaña expressed her joy of the fast progress during the updating meeting.

The LITS and ODK are part of the OGP commitments for Open Legislation and Open Monitoring criteria which is rolled out by the RESOURCEGov Project.

FMRC Chapters Conduct Tree Growing

As part of their humanitarian services and environmental awareness campaign, the Family Mix Rider Club (FMRC) – Polomolok, Koronadal City, and General Santos City Chapters, conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Riverside, Prk. Dignadice, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, on January 27, 2019. A total of 100 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. 26 FMRC members from the three chapters participated the activity. FMRC agreed to designate a monitoring team to maintain their adopted area periodically and report to MFI the status of the plants.