SK Poblacion invites R2R to speak in the Linggo ng Kabataan Environment Protection Seminar

Mahintana through the R2R program was invited to be a part of the Linggo ng Kabataan Environment Protection Seminar n August 30, 2018 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Lay Parish, Polomolok, South Cotabato.. An estimated of 200 students from Poblacion Polomolok National High School and Schola de San Jose attended the seminar.

R2R Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao presented the the R2R program overview, the current situation and global challenges faced by the environment. She also presented what the youth can do to help in environment protection.

Scale-up RePAIR Phase 3 conducts Organic Pest Management Trainings

Mahintana Foundation Inc., through its Scale-up RePAIR Phase 3 Project, conducted Organic Pest Management for 20 farmer-partners of Brgy. Lumakil, Polomolok on August 28, 2018 and for 53 farmer-partners of Brgy. Basag, T’Boli. The activities were facilitated by the Project Officers Mr. Luwee Siacor and Mr. Zaypee Kakim. The training aims to capacitate the farmer-partners to make their own organic pesticides, and know the adverse effects of using synthetic ones.


The resource speakers were the Offices of the Municipal Agriculture (OMAG) agricultural technicians of the respective municipalities. OMAG Polomolok  Technician Ms. Annie Balanay and OMAG T’Boli Technician Ms. Ligaya Pedrano taught the beneficiaries  the importance of using organic instead of the chemical pesticides. The farmer-beneficiaries were able to make the following: Fish Amino Acid (FAA) as natural source of nitrogen and micronutrients, Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO) for the beneficial microorganisms, Oriented Herbal Nutrients (OHN) as natural pesticide and Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) as growth enhancer.

Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Self Appreciation Day 2018 #StandUpForYourself #InspireOthers

In celebration of the 41st founding anniversary of Mahintana Foundation Inc., its Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) organized the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Self Appreciation Day #StandUpForYourself #InspireOthers with the theme “Be Empowered: Build Your Future, Pursue Your Dreams” on August 23, 2018 at Municipal Gymnasium, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The event was made possible with the support of Local Government Unit (LGU) of Polomolok, through the Municipal Health Office (MHO), and Dole Philippines, Inc. through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI).  This is also in partnership with the Provincial Health Office, Department of Education, Health Education Promotion Officers (HEPOs) of the partner cooperatives, PNP-Polomolok, Civil Security Unit and was participated by at least 6,000 high school students from 10 public and 6 private schools in Polomolok.

The activity composed of the contest such as: Modern Dance, Spoken Poetry, Slogan Making, Team Quiz Bee and the most-awaited Battle of the Bands. Messages were heard from Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Dr. Edwin D. Dipus, MFI Board of Trustees on Health Dr. Eva B. Hormigos, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rogelio B. Aturdido, Dole Philippines, Inc. Supervisor for Community Relations Department (CRD) Mr. Karlo D. Hora, and Municipal Mayor Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti. To further inspire the students to strive for their dreams and aspirations, Rev. Orlando Macaspac shared his life story of how drugs and vices destroyed his life and how he stood up from it all by the help of the Lord. While waiting for the results of the tabulation of scores, President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the closing message thanking the participants and the support of the stakeholders.

Below is the list of the winners.

Team Quiz Bee 

1st place – Upper Klinan National High School

2nd place – Landan National High School

3rd place – Polomolok National High School

Modern Dance Competition

1st place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Palkan National High School 

3rd place – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Polomolok Inc.

4th place – Dole Philippines School

5th place – Polomolok National High School

Slogan Making Competition

1st place – Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Silway-8 National High School

3rd place – Landan National High School

4th place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

5th place – Notre Dame Siena College of Polomolok

Spoken Poetry Competition 

1st place – Palkan National High School

2nd place – Notre Dame Siena College of Polomolok

3rd place – Upper Klinan National High School

4th place – Bentung Sulit National High School

5th place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

Song Composition and Battle of the Bands

1st place – Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Polomolok Inc.

3rd place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

4th place – Landan National High School

5th place – Christian School of Polomolok

Mahintana participates in Adopt-Malungon River Launching Activity

Mahintana participated in the Adopt-Malungon River Launching Activity thru Bamboo Growing Project of the Municipality of Malungon at Brgy. Nagpan, Malungon, Sarangani Province on Aug. 15, 2018.  The organization was represented by Operations Manager Mr. Jobe Tubigon, R2R Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao, and Project Officer Mr. Luwee Roy Siacor together with Dole Philippines Inc. CRD Supervisor Mr. Reb Shanton Minion. A total of 1,000 hills of afus were planted on the riverside out of 35,000 afus hills target covering 4.8km stretch of river.  

Mahintana was agreed to present the R2R Program during the ABC meeting and a benchmarking activity at R2R project areas scheduled within the year.

Mahintana and SRC lead the Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction Activities

In celebration of the 41st Anniversary of Mahintana and SRC with the theme “Exploring Possibilities Beyond Boundaries”, a Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction activity was conducted in the 116A Field Gully at Prk. Paglaum, Bgry. Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by around 200 participants including the executives and directors of Dole Philippines, Inc., partner cooperatives, LGU representatives of the municipality and barangays, and SRC and Mahintana staff.

Participants assembled and registered at the Brgy. Cannery Hall grounds before jumping off to the site. The welcome address was given by Mahintana President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot. Mr. Magdolot welcomed the key persons and participants, as well as, acknowledged the support of the stakeholders to the tree growing activity as one of the celebratory activities of Mahintana and SRC. Among those who gave the Message of Support are the following: Dolefil VP and Managing Director Mr. Randolph I. Fleming, Mun. Councilor Mr. Allan Ines, MCDC Chairperson Mr. Lory Asilo, and Cannery Punong Barangay and ABC President Mr. Antonio Octavio.  For the closing remarks, SRC President Mr. Carlos T. Baldostamon, Jr. said that planting trees is a great way to leave a legacy aside from educating the young.

The Ceremonial Tree Growing commenced by a demonstration on how to plant the seedlings by Mr. Baldostamon and R2R Project Officer Mr. Ramon Christopher Manero followed by a dance number depicting the B’laan Tribe planting ritual dance by Landan National High School students. Then, the participants were given fruit and forest tree seedlings and started planting. The VIPs were invited to come down the gully for the stone dike construction.

LITS Monitoring and Troubleshooting in LGU T’boli

Project Officers Mr. Byron E. Delandrino and Kurt Jurgen Von D. Lumbao visited the Municipality of T’boli for the monitoring and troubleshooting of the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS) on May 29, 2018.

The LITS was already installed during the visit on February 6, 2018. Since then, the staff using the system already encoded resolutions, ordinances and minutes to the system. As of the present date, the SB Secretary staff encoded around 150 ordinances ranging from years 1991 to 2017 and 221 resolutions from 2015 to 2017. However, some data can’t be searched through the LITS search tool. The project officers offered solutions such as: a) all attached JPEG files should be replaced with PDF format; b) to start completing the necessary data to draft entries for the features of the system to work. Lastly, to present the LITS and the accomplished encoded entries during the regular or special session of the Sanggunian.

RESOURCEGov Team Conducts Training for Maasim and Malapatan CSOs

RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project Team conducted CSO Participation to Local Budget Process and CSO Desk Strengthening/CSO Accreditation Training for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Municipalities of Maasim and Malapatan, Saranggani Province on May 24-25, 2018 at Mt. Sabrina Panoramic View and Resort Incorporated, Tambler, General Santos City. It was joined by 57 participants (Male 36, Female 20) including the 4 team members.

This is the last leg of the series of two-day trainings to capacitate the CSOs to actively participate to the local budget process and the accreditation process. During the introduction, when Ms. Marie Nisa Suib introduced herself she raised a tag line of Malapatan like when she said “Malapatan” her co-participants from the municipality answered “Mapia Gid!” and same with Ms. Josephine Soledad, their tagline was Maasenso Maasim. Both municipalities are aware of the CSOs’ participation because almost of the CSOs are accredited and invited by Mahintana in Phase 1. Ms. Lala Lumatao, representative of the budget officer of LGU Maasim, inspired everyone to support the project. LGOO IV Mr. Ian Jon Clemente was the resource speaker for the Accreditation Process and Atty. Libertine Cagang discussed the Participation of CSOs to the Local Budget Process. In the course of discussion, questions were raised regarding the appropriation of the budget.

The CSOs were given time to convene and discuss about their next steps. Both CSO networks requested for Lakbay Aral as learning exchange between the two municipalities.

PTFK conducts Learning Package on Parent Education

Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan-Adolescent Reproductive Health Program in partnership with Dole Philippines and Local Government Unit through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted Training of Trainers on Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development to the ARH Advocates and Principals of the 10 partner public secondary high school on May 21-22, 2018 at CCT-Retreat and Training Center, Sitio Lao, Brgy. Nagpan, Malungon, Sarangani Province.

The two-day ToT was graced by the President and CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot and three (3) resource speakers from the Provincial Population Commission namely, Ms. Melanie Chiva, Ms. Vanessa Pamplona and Ms. Crispy Arves. At the end of the training, the ARH Coordinators and Advocates submitted activity plan schedules of each school of the roll-out of the same training.

The ToT’s objectives are the following: to undertake parents’ education program on adolescent responsible sexuality; to provide age-appropriate, values laden and rights based (right to protection, development and participation) information, education and counseling services (at home, in-school, out-of-school, workplaces and other settings; to conduct training for youth on life skills and fertility awareness; to capacitate programs implementers and advocates as program partners; to equip the parents and educate them with the necessary knowledge on sexuality and other health related concerns of adolescents and skills on communicating such concerns to their children; and to highlight the role of parents as primary source of accurate and sound information on adolescent health and development including ASRH.