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.

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BLGU Poblacion partners with Ridge-to-Reef for tree growing

Tree growing activity & BLGU-Poblacion proposed planting area

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) through its Dolefil-assisted Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program supported the tree growing activity and environmental advocacy of the barangay local government unit of Poblacion (BLGU Poblacion) on August 9, 2021 along Prk. Ma. Rosa (6°13’59.95″N, 125° 3’59.97″E) to San Agustin (6°13’1.03″N, 125° 4’20.63″E) riverside, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok.

BLGU Poblacion planted 300 bamboo seedlings as part of their flood mitigation and riverbanks erosion prevention measures in celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM).

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Mahintana, Dolefil, and partners support Landan People’s MPC launching of the decorticated pineapple fiber project

Dole Philippines Inc., Mahintana Foundation Inc., PhilFIDA and Honorable Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti

The Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LPMPC) successfully launched their Decorticated Pineapple Fiber Project on August 9, 2021 at the Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative Grounds, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. LPMPC is exploring new businesses for additional source of income while promoting value-adding and waste upcycling of pineapple production. The cooperative’s pineapple fiber production is supported by Dole Philippines Inc. and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) and the local government unit of Polomolok.

Notable guests include Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Mayor of Polomolok; Mr. Kennedy Costales, Executive Director of PhilFIDA; Ms. Milagros Laburada, ROXI OIC-PhilFIDA; Mr. Harlan Sunada, Vice President of Dole Packaged Foods Asia Technical Services of Dole Philippines Inc.; Mr. Tristan Sotto, Director of Engineering Services Division of Dolefil; Mr. Edgar Trazo, Director of Strategic Projects, Dole Philippines, Inc.;  Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, President of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.; Ms. Liza Hora, Executive Director of Mahintana Foundation, Inc.; and Mr. Jobe Tubigon, Operations Manager of Mahintana Foundation Inc. Staff from PhilFIDA, Dolefil, and LPMPC joined the launching event.

Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti expressed her support to LPMPC’s new venture. The cooperative is to send their proposal to the LGU to further help fund the project. Mr. Sunada, Mr. Magdolot, and Mr. Costales also expressed their support and continuing partnership with the cooperative.

Ms. Edilyn Pabicon, the General Manager of LPMPC, closed the program with a warm expression of their gratitude for the support that LPMPC has received. An actual demonstration of decorticating pineapple leaves to pineapple fiber was conducted with the assistance of Mr. Renato Amistad of PhilFIDA ROXI and the LPMPC decorticating machine operator.

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Mahintana joins in the creation of the Region 12 Bamboo Council

The Department of Trade and Industry-Region 12 (DTI 12) led the creation of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Bamboo Council through a blended session on August 5, participated by provincial bamboo council officers and members, national government agencies, and non-government organizations such as Mahintana Foundation, Inc. The organizational meeting gathered bamboo stakeholders of the region to form a body responsible for consolidating the interests and concerns of its members, plan for the regional direction of the industry, and raise industry concerns to specific agencies. The organizational meeting resulted with DTI 12 as the chair and Mahintana Foundation Inc. as co-chair along with the provincial government of Sarangani as the vice-chair for the Region 12 Bamboo Council.Part of the council’s next steps include small group meetings to consult stakeholders for the synchronization of inter-agency plans and to localize the bamboo roadmap. The Department of Environment and Natural Resource – Region 12 expressed support for the endeavor. “Rest assured that DENR will support our partner non-government agencies (NGA’s) on their bamboo initiatives for sustainable development,” said DENR Conservation Development Chief Ali M. Hadjinasser. The council prepares for a series of activities for the World Bamboo Day on 18th of September 2021.

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Mahintana grows trees at SEED Farm for upcoming anniversary

Clockwise from left: Ptr. Ruiz Espanol, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker (program manager for Institution-Building & Governance), project staff, Ms. Liza Hora (Executive Director), & Ms. Grace Miguel (Accountant)

As part of the area development activities of the Sustainable Eco-tourism and Environment-based Innovations Demonstration (SEED) Farm of Mahintana Foundation, Inc., a tree growing activity was conducted at the perimeter of the fenced area. This is also in line with the launching activity of the monthlong celebration of Mahintana’s 44th Foundation Anniversary.

L: Mahintana staff during the tree growing at the hillside area; Upper Right: Mahintana staff completing the tree growing, Mt. Matutum in the background; Lower Right: view of the SEED Farm from the hillside

Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its president Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, executive director Ms. Liza D. Hora, and around 26 Mahintana staff (program managers and project staff) celebrated by planting seedlings.

Ptr. Ruiz P. Espanol led the prayer and dedication for the area. Mr. Iyad A. Tantong, project officer for the Gully Tree Planting project gave an orientation of the proper way of planting seedlings. The staff could tie ribbons around the stakes to mark their planted seedlings.

Through the activity, the group planted 430 hills of forest and fruit trees: 150 seedlings of Lauan, 150 seedlings of nabol, 100 seedlings of chestnut and 30 seedlings of mangosteen, rambutan, and lanzones.

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SOLARES conducts PMT-PIT for Mid-year Annual Planning

Lower left: Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, SOLARES Project Director (Mahintana Foundation, Inc. President); Upper right: Ms. Liza D. Hora SOLARES Project Admin & Finance Officer (Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Executive Director)

On July 8, 2021, the SOLARES project invited the members of its project management team and project implementation team for a Joint PMT-PIT Meeting cum Mid-year Annual Planning.

Together with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., and Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), physically present during the meeting were Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SUKELCO), Bacbacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Kalamansig Coffee Growers’ Inc., and KPS-Small Enterprise and Economic Development Microfinance, Inc. The Coalition of Social Development Organizations in South Cotabato (CSDO-SC) also joined the meeting for partnering with PEF on the upcoming activities in the livelihood component. The rest of project partners joined via Zoom (South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc., Sta. Cruz Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Kiamba Micro Entrepreneurs’ Multipurpose Cooperative, and PEF).

Project updates were presented by component. On social preparation and community mobilisation, during the actual solar home system (SHS) installation, there were beneficiaries who backed out and new member-consumers who signed up upon seeing the SHS package. There was a significant number of beneficiaries of Maasim, Kiamba, and Malitum areas expressed interest in availing the SHS package despite the sign-up period having ended. For the RE/SHS Electrification component, as of June 30, 2021, 3,874 off-grid households solar are energized/energy-secured through the SOLARES project.

On capacity building and technical assistance, follow-through trainings on finance and enterprise management are to be conducted. Mr. Babera added there are pending trainings: online sessions will be conducted for Sarangani partners on the end of July. With the travel restrictions lifted in the area, physical training for Sultan Kudarat partners will be facilitated in the coming weeks.

On Livelihood/Financing and PURE (Productive uses of renewable energy) Support, there was already an online pre-bid meeting held last June 28 for the supply, delivery, and installation of solar-powered water systems (SPWS) (SB-SOLARES-PURE-21-01). SPWS are only one of the many PURE proposals to be implemented in Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat.

The proposed spending plan was also approved during the meeting and other PURE and non-PURE proposals to be implemented during the remainder of the project duration and in line with the request for possible project extension as with the intentions of the implementers and its partners.

Participants observed safety protocols such as wearing of masks and social distancing during the event.

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