Dolefil Executives Join the Coffee Plantation Trekking

Mahintana assisted and coordinated the coffee plantation trekking activity  of Dolefil Executives on October 13, 2018 at Prk. 8, Kinilis, Polomolok . The area was the adopted community of Mahintana during the MICADEV Project. This is an exposure activity of the Dolefil visitors on the livelihood and culture of the Mt. Matutum Coffee Producers Association which is composed of B’laan Indigenous People.

The Dolefil Executives are Industrial Operations Director Mr. Peter Hamilton and his son Ryland Hamilton, Senior Analyst Mr. Yohei Kajikawa, Industrial Operations Mr. Jorge Arturo Gomez, Agri Research Ms. Adriana Obando and Mr. Roberto Rojas. They were assisted by Mr. Fred Fredeluces, proprietor of Greentropics (supplier of Arabica and Civet Coffee), Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao. Mr. Roel Ian Blanker and Ms. Shinny Ula from Mahintana and Ms. Ma. Theresa Catalan from Dolefil Community Relations Department.

RESOURCEGov 2 conducts Pre-Annual Review Meeting

In preparation for the upcoming Annual Review, RESOURCEGov 2 Project Teams from Mahintana, MINCODE and its member networks met for the Pre-Annual Review Meeting on October 11, 2018 at the Cicada Room, Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by 25 project staff (Male 9, Female 16). The agenda of the meeting includes the following: review of project targets and workplan, presentation project accomplishment based on indicators, presentation of interim narrative report, presentation of financial report as of Sept. 30, 2018, presentation of BPR per LGU, presentation of agenda for the annual review, delegation of tasks for annual review, presentation of spending plan, and other matters.

 

Polomolok NHS plants along 109A Gully

In celebration of their 2018 Science Fair, the Polomolok National High School (PNHS) conducted a tree growing activity on October 12, 2018 at 109A Gully, Brgy. Cannery, Polomolok. A total of 300 bamboo hills were planted as part of their replanting action for the mortalities from their previous planting activity last May 30, 2018. The activity was headed by Mr. Ednie Agtas, PNHS Science Coordinator, which was participated by 50 students.

Farmer-Partners build Vermicomposting Beds

On October 2, 2018, Scale-up RePAIR Phase 3 conducted meeting with the farmer-partners at Brgy. Lumakil, Polomolok and Brgy. Rubber, Polomolok for their plant maintenance fee and vermicomposting bed construction. It serves as the output of their Vermicomposting Training in the previous quarter. Nine (9) farmer-partners participated in the activity for the two barangays. The vermicompost constructed will be used for the maintenance of their planted bamboos and forest and fruit trees and FAITH gardens, specifically on the fertilization for sustainability.

Mahintana and CRD Staff undergo Community Organizing Training

As part of its staff development, Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted its Community Organizing Training on September 15-17, 2018 at Dolores Farm Resort, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended byparticipants of the different Mahintana projects, Dole Philippines Inc. Community Relations Department (CRD) and a representative from PASAR Corporation. The 3-day training was set to help the staff get the necessary skills in organizing the communities they are working with.

The participants were grouped into three big groups. Ms. Mindaluz “Dayluz” Tagle-Herezo discussed the training overview. She shared the experiences of Mahintana in the past 41 years of community organizing and community development. The staff were given a task to write in meta cards their frustrations, motivations and dreams as a community organizer. A representative of each group processed the feelings described. After, President and CEO Mr. Martiniano Magdolot shared Mahintana’s Development Approach. He discussed the 4 development strategies of the organization, as well as, the experiences that empowered it to help more communities. Mr. Magdolot said that we have to implement projects that are “worth the community’s while”, hitting the “kwento and kwenta” objectives. Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza Hora summarized the development approach.

Discussions for the next 3 days were about: Emotional Intelligence & Work Excellence, History of Community Organizing, Principles of Community Organizing, History of Community Development Work in the Philippines, Commuity Organizing: Mahintana Experience, Community Organizer’s (CO) Traits & Characteristics, Functions of a CO, Stages in Community Organizing, Understanding & Demonstrating CO Skills, Effective Communication Skills, Management & Leadership, Time Management, Basic Facilitation Skills, Handling Meetings, and Problem-Solving & Analysis.

Group and individual exercises included the following: 1) one thing in your purse that describes you and/or your impact to the community; 2) writing of Community Organizer’s Creed; 3) Self-Awareness & Leadership Bingo; 4) drawing a caricature of one’s self; 5) CO Skills Demonstration per Group; and 6) writing one’s commitment as a CO. On the 3rd day, each group was given a caselet to solve and demonstrate CO skills. The group activity showcased the learnings during in the training.

 

Hineleban Foundation, Inc. visits LWR-REVIVE and SMICZMP Areas

R2R Team toured Hineleban Foundation, Inc. IP Affairs Coordinator Mr. Erwin Marte at the LWR -REVIVE (2011-2014) and Southern Mindanao Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project – Community Organizing and Organizational Strengthening (SMICZMP – CO/OS) (2004) areas on September 27,2018 at Prk. 7, Sumbakil, Polomolok. The community participation and involvement on the reforestation activities was highlighted on the tour.

The team showed Mr. Marte the assorted forest and fruit trees planted at Prk. 7 and the Sumbakil Nursery which are part of the REVIVE Project. The bamboo forest on both sides of the Silway River was also showcased where the communities has started the harvest of bamboos at their areas. An average income of Php 5,000 per month were profited by the land owners on the planted bamboos (only 6-8 poles per harvested per clump for sustainability).

CTNI visits Community Nurseries, Gullies and Dole Agro Research Facility

Dole Philippines, Inc., together with Mahintana, facilitated the visit of Claveria Tree Nursery Inc. (CTNI) General Manager Mr. Roberto J. Togle and CTNI Nursery Head Mr. Ebenezer A. Tabilla at the proposed area for the Ramet Multiplication Garden on September 26-27, 2018.  The visit was a follow-up activity of the Dole and Mahintana benchmarking at CTNI at Misamis Oriental for the Trees-for-Pallets Project. The activity was headed by Dole Industrial Operations Senior Analyst Mr. Yohei Kajikawa, together with Dole Corporate Affairs Division Head Atty. Melquiades L. Hernandez III and Community Relations Department Manager Ms. Leamor B. Bañaga, Mahintana President& CEO Mr. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao.

The team led the visitors to Cannery and Brgy. Maligo Community Nurseries for exposure trip on the different planted bamboos and assorted forest and fruit trees. Then, the team went to the 4-hectare company owned area at Prk. 5 Dam, Maligo & Landan where bagras trees can be planted and be used as a ramet multiplication garden. Mr. Tabilla inspected the trees and commented that one of the trees is a possible candidate as a mother plant. They also visited 113BC Gully in Brgy. Polo to see the different tree species are planted.  On the second day, the team visited Dole Agro Research Facility in Poblacion, Polomolok and was toured by Dr. Noel Perpetua and Ms. Meredith Dacayo around the facility. The team took a side visit to the Engineered Bamboo House.

During the discussion on the next steps, it was agreed that: the species for planting will be hybrid bagras, white lauan, and other locally available species; CTNI will provide technical assistance and transfer of “Macro Somatic Cloning” Technology to Dolefil.

CTNI is into mass production of quality tree seedlings by means of Macrosomatic Cloning. It is a subsidiary of RI Chemical Corporation with a vision to be a leader in the propagation of genetically superior trees that will fight climate change, alleviate the poverty and increase the income of tree farmers.