Mahintana envi team flies drone over gullies

Mahintana environment team led by Project Coordinator Ms, Ella Mae M. Babao monitored the vegetation in the field gullies 112B/113C, Polo, 103AC, Cannery and 113A, Brgy. Kinilis on July 4, 2020.

During the flight, the following were observed: a) Field gully 112B/113C has increasing vegetation and stability of banks. Although there are some areas that need to be reinforced with bamboo planting; b) Field gully 103A/C leading to Ma. Rosa Creek has dense vegetation at the upstream area however, the gully bed and bank after the last drop structure going downstream has widened and has lesser vegetation; c) Field gully 113A has high vegetation on the whole stretch. There is a sighting of a Black-shouldered Kite (though not confirmed) midstream of the gully last June 2019 and during the gully walk (July 2020). There are also areas observed that needs indigenous stone dike reinforcement. The recommendation is to prioritize tree growing and indigenous stone dike construction at field gully 103AC.

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MFI and SLSPI document a rare bird in Brgy. Kinilis

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) in partnership with the St. Lorenzo School of Polomolok, Inc. (SLSPI) conducted a photo documentation of the Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) also known as Black Shouldered Kite and other avifauna found at Field 113A/B gullies, Brgy. Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato on July 4, 2020. A team of five instructors went to SLPSI-adopted area where a pair of mature kites produced four offsprings observed since 2018.

The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much smaller kestrels. This Eurasian and African species was sometimes combined with the Australian Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) and the White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) of North and South America which together form a superspecies. This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl-like forward-facing eyes with red irises. Although mainly seen on the plains, they are sometimes seen on grassy slopes of hills in the higher elevation regions of Asia. They are not migratory, but make short-distance movements in response to weather (Source: Wikipedia).

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LITS in South Cotabato LGUs monitored

RESOURCEGov 2 Project Officer Mr. Aristotle Sunada visited the expansion areas of South Cotabato on June 25, June 30 and July 2, 2020 for Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) monitoring. He met with SB Secretary and staff of LGUs Norala, Banga, Sto. Niño, Surallah, T’boli, Tantangan, Tupi, and Polomolok. Whilst the other seven LGUs continued to utilise the LITS, LGU Norala is not using the system due to poor transition from the previous LITS administrator to the current SB staff. The result of the monitoring shows that the LGUs encoded a total of 22,244 resolutions, 933 ordinances, and 376 sessions.

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MFI turns over PPEs worth Php 600K to South Cotabato IPHO

Mahintana Foundation Inc. (MFI) turned over 500 goggles, 500 head covers, 500 isolation gown sets (including foot cover and head cover), 500 N95 NIOSH masks and 300 pcs face shields to Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) of South Cotabato for use by the COVID-testing Center located at Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Memorial Medical Center (DAPMMC) on July 2, 2020.

The PPEs are worth Php 608,240.13 taken from the proceeds of Palo Kontra Droga Golf Tournament held in 2018 realigned to COVID-19 response and management.

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Mahintana participates the Tiwan’s Bato Peak Agri-Tourism Park Reopening

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. participated the reopening of Tiwan’s Bato Peak Agri-Tourism Park and dedication of kubo on July 1, 2020 at Prk. 6,Sitio Bato, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The agri-tourism park accommodates travelers to meditate, relax and enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape and the overlooking Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape. The park’s soft opening was held on March of 2020 but was stalled by the current pandemic.

The peak is said to be a sacred ground for the Blaan tribe who also protects and preserves the area. It was also noted that a total of 10 centenarians were living in the area, including Yabing Masalon Dulo, who is known as a weaver of traditional Blaan costume called “Ikat”. Tourists can now visit the place in limited slots and are advised to follow IATF Guidelines on COVID-19 (wearing of facemasks and social distancing).

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SOLARES visits Kalamansig and Lebak: Coordination Meeting & Sanitation Supplies

Clockwise: Hon. Rolando Garcia, Mayor of Kalamansig; SOLARES with Hon. Garcia, SB Member Felicisimo Opiña, and William Saratao; SOLARES with LGU Lebak, Hon. Fredrick Celestial, Mayor.

On June 18 to 19, SOLARES project staff Engr. Jay Amiel Ajoc, Project Coordinator, Engr. Dhan Jaycle Diolanto, Project Officer, and Ms. Grace Miguel, Project Bookkeeper, visited Kalamansig for coordination meetings to LGUs and monitoring at livelihood partners in the area.

On Thursday, the team sat with Hon. Rolando Garcia, mayor of Kalamansig regarding the resumption of project activities such as social marketing in the area. Engr. Ajoc shared project status and updates. Social marketing is projected to be conducted in 8 barangays and towards the end of June. The project team was permitted to conduct the social marketing, as long as protocols are being followed: coordination with barangays, secure the mayor’s permit, and only a maximum of 10 participants all with masks per gathering.

In the same day, the project team visited livelihood partners Bacbacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative for monitoring. Bacbacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative received the sanitation supplies: sprayer, disinfectant, masks, and alcohol. Supplies for Kalamansig Farmers Agricultural Development and Marketing Association (KFADMA) and Kalamansig Coffee Growers Association (KCGA) were also provided.

SOLARES project staff with Bacbacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative and KIMEMCO

On Friday, the team visited LGU Lebak for brief updates. They also visited KIMEMCO for the monitoring. During the 2-day activity, LGU Kalamansig and LGU Lebak received alcohol, disinfectants, sprayer, and cloth masks. KIMEMCO and Sta. Cruz Multi-Purpose Cooperative having been previously visited, received alcohol.

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SOLARES visits Maitum: Social Marketing LGU Coordination & Sanitation Supplies for Livelihood Partners

(Upper right) Coordination Meeting: Mr. Ruben Balanag; Maitum Municipal Administrator, Mr. Roel Albellar, KPS-SEED Branch Manager and Engr. Tayactac | (Counter-clockwise) Distribution of sprayers and other supplies: Engr. Amanoddin with Mr. Joel Acas of KPS-SEED; Engr. Tayactac with Mr. Nicholson Tagum from KIMEMCO; Mr. Rodolfo Dela Torre, Jr., General Manager of Sta. Cruz MPC with Engr. Amanoddin

On Wednesday, June 17 SOLARES project staff Engr. Jose Jerry Tayactac and Engr. Mohammad Alver Amanoddin visited Maitum for a coordination meeting with KPS-SEED Microfinance, Inc. regarding the upcoming SOLARES project activities in the area. Engrs. Tayactac and Amanoddin also coordinated with LGU Maitum for social marketing activities with Mr. Ruben Balanag, Municipal Administrator. As Sarangani is under Moderate General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), Mr. Balanag permitted the team for the 1-week conduct of Social Marketing provided that safety protocols will be observed and necessary documents will be secured by the team.

      During the visit, project staff also distributed a total of 3 sprayers, 3 disinfectants, 300 reusable masks to project partners in the livelihood component of SOLARES. Sta. Cruz Multipurpose Cooperative, KPS-SEED Microfinance, Inc., and Kiamba Micro Entrepreneurs Multipurpose Cooperative each received 1 sprayer and disinfectant and 100 washable masks.

       

     

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