SOLARES Project wraps up its first year with the Annual Review and Planning Workshop

SOLARES Year 1 officially concludes on December 13, 2019. The SOLARES project management and project implementation team were invited to participate in the Year 1 Annual Review and Planning Workshop cum Project Management Meeting. Together with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., representatives from Peace and Equity Foundation, Dole Philippines, Inc., SOCOTECO II, SUKELCO, Bacbacan MPC, KCOINDECO/KFADMA, Keytodac CGA, KIMEMCO, KPS-SEED, Sta. Cruz MPC participated in the workshop last December 10, 2019 which was held at Dolefil Clubhouse Kalsangi, Kalsangi, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

In order to assess project performance in terms of implementation and fund utilization, Year 1 project accomplishments and challenges were presented for assessments and action and financial plans for Year 2 and 3 were updated. Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, SOLARES Project Director and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. President & CEO welcomed the team with a brief background on how the project started up to the latest updates regarding SOLARES. Mr. Jobe Tubigon followed with an expectation check and workshop overview for the participants. Representing Dole Philippines, Inc. and on behalf of Mr. Nick Yiannakis, Dolefil Vice President and Managing Director, a message from SOLARES partners was delivered by Engr. Wilson Peria, Dolefil plant utility manager. Engr. Peria congratulated the team for its first year and recognized how through the project, Dolefil gained knowledge and experience in solar power. Mr. Tubigon proceeded to discuss the presentation of Year 1 Project Accomplishments and Challenges through the different components: social preparation and community mobilization, capacity building and technical assistance, SHS electrification support, and Mr. Stefan Babera, project officer of Peace and Equity Foundation presented for livelihood and financing support. Ms. Grace Miguel, project bookkeeper updated the team regarding the SOLARES Year 1 project financial performance and budget performance report.

From upper left, clockwise: Engr. Crisanto Sotelo, Mr. Stefan Babera, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, Mr. Elmer Jay Seguma, Engr. Wilson Peria, Mr. Jobe Tubigon, and the SOLARES project.

Before proceeding to the open forum, a ceremonial turnover of livelihood assistance to Keytodac CGA was done. Mr. Elmer Jay Seguma, Keytodac CGA was present to participate in the turnover. In the afternoon, a planning workshop was done; different groups in the project developed their action plans and financial plans for Year 2 and 3. To officially conclude the workshop, Engr. Crisanto Sotelo, General Manager of SOCOTECO II expressed gratitude and congratulations to the SOLARES team for their first year.

MFI holds TFP2K Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. facilitated the Task Force Polomolok Kalikasan at Kaligtasan (TFP2K) Follow-Through Meeting at Mahintana Conference Room, Cannery Housing, Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok on December 11, 2019.

The agenda of the meeting was focused on the key agreements noted during the TFP2K Action Planning activity held on November 20-21, 2019 at The Barn by Mamay’s Payag, Pioneer Avenue, Poblacion, Polomolok. The agenda is about the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Laws & Policies (Charcoal Production, Air Pollution, Solid Waste), Pineapple Plantations, Tree Growing Activities, Capacity Development, Mapping, and Standard Dimension for Public Vehicles.

Mahintana attends in SPECTRUM Board of Trustees Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) participated the 4th Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum Incorporated (SPECTRUM) Board of Trustees Meeting at RD Foundation, Inc., Orchid St., Purok Sta. Cruz, Calumpang, General Santos City on December 10, 2019.

The agenda of the meeting was mainly focused on the Project REDUCE Accomplishment Report, where a total of 13.04 tons of coastal garbage from Sarangani Bay coastal communities was collected. Thirty percent (30%) of that are recyclable wastes including PET bottles and was upcycled by partner schools and institutions. An approximate 7,500 individuals participated in all project activities ranging from government officials and personnel to local household of the partner coastal communities. This constitutes to the estimated 50,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries had been served, with six barangays participated. Also, presented in the meeting was the Proposal of Project i-REDUCE (“i” means intensified). Also, presented and discussed in the meeting was the participation of SPECTRUM Project Officers to workshops, accreditation of SPECTRUM to LGU-Gensan and PLGU/LGU-Sarangani, and fund-raising initiatives (run-for-a-cause).

SOLARES expresses support to coffee organizations in Sultan Kudarat

Mr. Arnel Butron, Mr. Stefan Babera, and Mr. Elmor Segume at the coffee processing site.

As a part of the livelihood component of SOLARES, Mr. Stefan Babera, project officer of Peace and Equity Foundation visited Brgy. Keytodac, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat on November 19, 2019.

Mr. Babera called a meeting on preparation for the next operation of the association, particularly for their coffee and corn consolidation and trading, and production loan support to officer-members. Mr. Arnel Butron, President and Mr. Arnold Colcolan, Business Manager participated in the meeting.

One of the agenda included setting up of financial management system. For coffee and corn operations, there were four (4) books of transaction presented to the association; inventory book (purchase of coffee), sales book (delivery), operating expense book and cash book. Discussion covered the content of these books and most importantly the division of work among Mr. Butron and Mr. Colancolan.

Participants also tackled documentation of operation flows. Constraints faced by the association were on the recording of transactions due to the voucher signatories which cause confusion, delays, and mixups of records. The association will implement the open-market marketing strategy for this year.

Mr. Babera assisted Keytodac for a few more days to guide the operation.

BLGU Poblacion conducts tree growing

In celebration of the 80th Foundation Anniversary and 12th Malambuon Festival, the BLGU – Poblacion, Polomolok conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Demonstration Farm, Prk. Aquino Gate, Pobalcion, Polomolok on November 23, 2019. A total of 200 bamboo, fruit and forest trees (100 Bb, 100 F/F) were planted by approximately 300 participants in the 1-hectare area.

Mahintana participates in BMRB Workshop

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) participated on the CBFRM Output 3 Validation Workshop for the Buayan Malungon River Basin (BMRB) at Pinobretel, Tiongson St., General Santos City on November 22, 2019.

The purpose of the said workshop is to formulate/support the plans and implementation of the CBFRM of the municipalities within the Buayan-Malungon River Basin (BMRB).

PIT-PMT meets for Year 3 Spending Plan Refinements

As a follow-through activity of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop, RESOURCEGov Team conducted its 8th Project Implementation Team – Project Management Team (PIT-PMT) Meeting on November 18-19, 2019 at Blue Lotus Hotel, Davao City. The 2-day activity, attended by 24 team staff and partners (Male 12, Female 12), aimed to refine the spending plan for Year 3 and discuss the next steps and schedules of the project implementation team.

After the preliminaries, Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the welcome address reminding the team that the project is already in its last year of implementation and must focus on building pool of experts to sustain the project gains. Project Head Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn Vilbar and (MINCODE) Bookkeeper Ms. Jessica Jose-Teves presented the consolidated spending plan per LGU as the result of the planning workshop conducted in October. During the presentations, issues and concerns were raised and discussed in the plenary. Suggestions and recommendations from participating DILG partners were noted. Financial workshops were conducted to do necessary revisions and refinements to the spending plan. On the 2nd day, the minor revisions were made and presented to the plenary. Key agreements include the following: 1) revisit the budget and consider to forego some activities to give way to the other proposed activities; 2) Inform the MLGOOs of the 2016 CSIS results before the conduct of the 2020 CSIS survey (Region 12) c/o project officers; 3) decide collectively on where to get budget for the LITS roll-out for the barangays of Sarangani, among others.  The next step is to submit the finalized annual interim and financial reports and request for budget realignment will be sent at the end of the month.

Mahintana participates in MENRO – Polomolok MOA Meeting

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated the MENRO – Polomolok MOA Meeting at Municipal Ecotourism Office, Municipal Plaza, Polomolok on November 19, 2019. The meeting aims to bind all the roles and activities of all willing volunteer stakeholders who area dedicated and committed to preserve the environment as well as part of the endeavor to solve the global warming brought about by green-house gases emissions.

Among the agreements are the following: MENRO-Polomolok shall designate the tree growing areas for the stakeholders and shall verify if it is National Greening Program (NGP) or other government adopted areas; stakeholders shall provide tree guards (made of bamboo, pallets, lumber) painted with agreed color scheme and set the time of maintenance of their respective adopted areas; MENRO-Polomolok shall conduct Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign for all participating enterprises; and MENRO-Polomolok together with stakeholders shall set a schedule for MOA signing.

Mahintana undergoes EU-organized Gender and Development Training

Mahintana Foundation Inc., represented by RESOURCEGov 2 Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and HEALTH Plus Project Manager Ms. Margie S. Managuit, also the gender focal person of the office, attended the Gender and Development Training organized by EU Delegation of the Philippines to all CSO-EIDHR and CSO-LA program beneficiaries. Held at UP Diliman on November 13-15, 2019, the training seeks to integrate gender-responsiveness on project management, communication and visibility planning of the EU-funded projects. The participants of the activity as required are project managers and the documenters or the gender focal person of the beneficiary organizations.