In line with the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Capacity Development Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Mahintana Foundation was invited to share its best practices (as model NGO/CSO in Region 12) to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The activity aims to help strengthen the competency of CSOs to effectively deliver basic services and produce positive sustainable results in development and governance.

On February 5, 2016, Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, Executive Director of Mahintana Foundation, shared the experiences and challenges of Mahintana as one of the trusted organizations in the implementation of development programs and projects in the communities to at least 60 Civil Society Organization (CSO) representatives from 3 municipalities of Cotabato Province (Aleosan, Antipas, Kidapawan). He provided an overview of the organization’s milestones, development strategies and interventions. He also presented the different projects currently being implemented and the organization’s networks and partners (National, Regional, Provincial).

Mr. Elpidio Escote (in blue shirt), Project Manager of the Brgy. Cannery Community Nursery, holding a bamboo seedling and sharing the ideal way of propagating it.

The participants also visited the Community Nursery at Brgy. Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato and they were warmly welcomed by plant owners/growers. Mr. Elpidio Escote, Project Manager, briefly oriented the participants of their methods in propagating plants grown to usable sizes and sold at reasonable prices.

CSOs have a full range of roles as development actors and it is important to acknowledge their complexity and diversity. Capacitating the CSOs will help them apply new systems and skills to achieve significant results and attain their visions.

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