THE YEAR 2017 is another milestone for Mahintana Foundation, Inc. as it celebrates its 40th founding anniversary. We hope to rekindle our passion to serve the communities and our compassion to the needy in the next years. The organization’s legacy is that we do not only act with the commitment to serve, but we also stir up the hearts of others to take part in our endeavors to make this country a better place for our future generations.
Our efforts in protecting the environment is reaping good results. The Silway-Klinan Watershed Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program had gained over 30 partners from all sectors including international private companies and mobilized 28 stakeholders to adopt areas to plant mangroves, forest and fruit trees, and bamboos along riverbanks and gullies. Dole Philippines Inc. invited its business partners RAUCH and MacEwen Falconer & Co. Ltd. Thus, the birth of the Ma. Rosa Creek Rehabilitation Project in partnership with the LGU-Polomolok and the Municipal Cooperative Development Council (MCDC) which was launched in 2017 as part of the agro-biodiversity corridor development. In 2017, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. was awarded by the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) a Plaque of Recognition for its contribution in the conservation and preservation of environment and bio-diversity in Mindanao. Being its long-time partner in environmental advocacies, FPE supports the foundation in the implementation of the Scale-up REPAIR Project which had rehabilitated 10.7 linear km of riverbanks planted with 68,122 trees and used the earth-matting technology to lessen soil erosions.
Moreover, our social enterprise ventures soared this year. The Health Plus Project celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017 and had established its 9th branch in the Upper Valley Community Hospital. With its partnership with the provincial government, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recognized the Province of South Cotabato as one of the LGUs with best practices on Public-Private Partnership in the country. Mahintana also partnered with the Lutheran World Relief in providing healthy breads and more job opportunities in South Cotabato through the Nutripan Program. Two LWR-funded Nutripan bakeshops opened in Koronadal City and Surallah, S.C.
Co-funded by European Union and Dole Philippines, Inc, and working hand-in-hand with the DILG and Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), Mahintana spearheads the implementation of RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project that helps the 56 Local Government Units have accountable and transparent governance. The positive impact and results of the phase 1 to the eight municipalities had encouraged the donors to approve its 2nd phase, expanding and replicating the project to 42 other LGUs of Region 12 and 6 LGUs of Regions 11 and 13.
We could never achieve so much without the help of our benevolent donors. To our partners in the government and the private sector, we thank you all for the trust and confidence you have given us as you continually support Mahintana. Our heartfelt gratitude to all of you.
Mahintana also acknowledges the overwhelming guidance and excellent leadership of the Board of Trustees, and the dynamism, commitment and passion of the staff. The synergy resulted to another productive and purposeful year for the foundation garnering the award as the Best Non-Government Organization of DSWD’s PaNata Ko sa Bayan Ko.
We are looking forward for better opportunities for complementation and partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders in addressing the health, social, economic, government and environmental issues of the communities we assist. We can only give what we have, thus, we want to share the heart of gratitude and drive for excellence as we continue to serve God and people.