Mahintana signs Partnership with FPE

A Partnership Agreement was signed between the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) represented by Ms. Lourdes R. Simpol, PhD., Chairperson/CEO and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented by Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President and CEO, on February 23, 2018 at FPE-Mindanao Regional Unit Office at Matina, Davao City. This represents the approval of the Scale-up Reduced Pollution through Vegetation and Rehabilitation (Scale-up REPAIR) of Silway River (Phase 3) proposal.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Regional Unit Manager of FPE Mr. Armando C. Pacudan, MFI Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, FPE Project Officer Ms. Neriza M. Agbuya and MFI Accountant Ms. Wilma C. Jumilla.

The REPAIR Phase 3 Project seeks to reduce water pollution and enhance the vegetative cover of riverbanks, gullies and/or tributaries of Silway River System/Watershed of Barangays Lumakil and Rubber in Polomolok, and Brgy. Basag, T’boli, South Cotabato. The project worth P2,000,000.00 is to be implemented for 1 year which shall take effect on March 1, 2018 until April 1, 2019

Mahintana Foundation Inc. receives SWDA Certificate of Accreditation Level II

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. was awarded with Certificate of Accreditation Level II in the Implementation of Community Based Programs and Services for Families and Communities in Region XII in compliance with Republic Act 4373 “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for Other Purposes” on February 20, 2018 at Cinco Niñas, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Ms. Liza D. Hora, the Admin Finance Officer of Mahintana, received the award in behalf of the organization. SWDA stands for Social Welfare and Development Agency.

 

EU Partners in Mindanao Complementation Meeting

 

Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) met with Mr. Glen Bais, Mindanao Regional Coordinator of Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PHILDHRRA), Ms. Bai Raizza Anayatin, Executive Director of Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), Mr. Dam Vertido, Executive Director of Mindanao Land Foundation Inc. (MINLAND), and Mr. Isabelo Julius Caezar Benitez, Project Manager of Action Against Hunger (AAH) on February 18, 2018 at the PHILDHRRA Mindanao Office, Lunar St., Marfori Hts, Davao City.

This meeting was an off-shoot of the groups’ representatives’ discussion during the EU Delegation to the Philippines CSO consultation last February 6, 2018 in Makati City to explore complementation among and between EU-assisted partners in Mindanao. Mahintana, with partners MINCODE and PHILDHRAA, was granted the funds for the RESOURCEGov Phase 2 Project, while PHILDHRAA for Consolidating CSO Networks for Citizens’ Engangement Towards Participatory and Accountable Governance for Poverty Alleviation (CCCCE PAG-PR) Project, and MINLAND and AAH for RISE CSO-LGU Project.

IDIS visits Mahintana Project Sites

The Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) program facilitated the learning visit of the 11 staff of Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) Inc., together with their Executive Director Ms. Chinkee P. Golle, and four (4) Bantay Bukid members on February 15, 2018 at the project areas of R2R.

Program Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae Babao presented a brief orientation on what is Mahintana and R2R Program prior to the field visit. During the orientation, the IDIS also shared their different experiences and interventions in the watershed rehabilitation in Davao City. Following the orientation, Mahintana President and CEO Mr. Martiniano Magdolot received a Certificate of Appreciation from IDIS as their token of gratitude. The group toured the R2R project areas starting from Cannery community nursery where they had an orientation on bamboo propagation using branch-cutting method then they toured the Gully 109C/110B where they are oriented on the earthmatting and napier planting technology. Afterwards, they visited the REVIVE project in Barangay Rubber where the 4-year-old bamboo forest is located followed by the tour at the Indigenous Bamboo Dike at Barangay Magsaysay and Napier planting to see and learn some of the Ridge-to Reef program approaches in riverbank vegetation enhancement and rehabilitation. Aside from the R2R areas, the group also visited the Nutripan Bakeshoppe and Chairs-for-Trees fabrication area.

The activity served as an opportunity for both organizations to obtain extensive and varied opportunities towards sustainable environmental protection and initiatives.

 

 

Mahintana joins ALERT Training

Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. represented CSDO-SC in the CARE Humanitarian Partnership Platform Capacity Training and ALERT Roll out on February 6-8, 2018 at N-Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. The training was participated by nine (9) civil society organizations namely, Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), Disaster Response Center (DIRECT), Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. (MISFI), Bread for Emergency Assistance and Development (BREAD), AL-MUJADILAH Development Foundation (AMDF), Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), Panday Bulig, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC) and KADAIT. CSDO-SC is under the umbrella of MINCODE. The 3-day event is part of the ALERT trial period, where different NGOs were trained and supported to trial and/or integrate the ALERT emergency preparedness system in their organizations.

ALERT is “An innovative emergency preparedness system that improves country office preparedness, reduces the burden of preparedness on the country team and increases their ability to respond immediately, effectively and appropriately when a disaster strikes.” The ALERT Project aims to contribute toward the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance by providing the humanitarian community with the technology and guidance to facilitate an increased level of emergency preparedness and maintain their operational preparedness at a consistent and appropriate level.

 

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 of entries cannot be searched using the LITS search tool. The LGU requested for the RESOURCEGov project officers to look into the problem. The officers found out the following: a) most of the encoded entries were only drafts and necessary data for search feature were not provided; and b) the files attached were JPEG instead of PDF format (the system supports only PDF format files). The project officers then updated the OS of the database servers, backed up the encoded data and loaded it to the new database, client stations were reconnected to the new server, and taught the staff how to save drafts using indexing for those entries that are still in the first reading. After converting of the JPEG files to PDF format, the team tested and successfully searched the entries.

At the end of the monitoring and troubleshooting activity, it was agreed that all attached JPEG files should be replaced with PDF format. Also, to start completing the necessary data to draft entries for the features of the system to work. Thirdly, to present the LITS and the accomplished encoded entries during the regular or special session of the Sanggunian.