ARH establishes Federation of Peer Educators and Peer Counselors

 

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. gathered the Peer Educators and Peer Counselors to establish a federation among the peers on March 23, 2018 in Mahintana Conference Room. The said activity was attended by 24 peer educators, 3 peer counselors and 2 MFI personnel. The goal is to further help the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program be more productive and effective among target students.

ARH Project Coordinator Ms. Mythel Failth Solis and Project Officer Ms. Cristine G. Abayon agreed to consolidate the activity plans of the schools to have a baseline of uniform activities for the whole year. After the dry-run of new set of questionnaires, the Peer Educators gave their comments and suggestions on what to include in the questionnaires presented.

Below is the set of newly elected officers of the federation:

President:                       Kristin Saito – BEST School of Polomolok,
Vice-President:           Christian Filamo – PNHS
Secretaries:                    Angelo Medez – GSA & Precious Dondan- PYAP
Treasurers:                     Grace Bartolata – BEST School of Polomolok & Easther Belle Tambanillo-Silway8
Auditor:                            Kyle Romano – UKNHS
P.I.O:                                   Krystle Cabilao – PNHS
Bus. Manager:              Selwyn Jan Sulpico – PVNHS & John Rey Ellaga – LNHS
Representatives:
MMCS:                       Angel Rose Palmes
PALKAN NHS:        Alber Nalugon
NBNHS:                      Honey Jane Chavez
PPNHS:                       Kryzel Liza Vaay
BSNHS:                      Bernard Jayson Cabangil

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Bamboo Model House Project conducted

March 20, 2018 marks the commencement of construction of the Bamboo Model House Project. The project is funded by Dole Philippines, Inc. implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. in partnership with LGU-Polomolok, BLGU-Cannery, Dolefil Kaugnay, LEAD Trio. It will be constructed by Unified Engineering Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative together with the Palkan Bamboo Association. This project aims to help establish a sustainable ecotourism site in Polomolok by utilizing indigenous materials and maximizing the locals’ skills and resources.

Hon. Antonio Octavio, Cannery Brgy. Capt. gave the welcome remarks. He is grateful that Brgy. Cannery was chosen as the location of the bamboo house. Then, Ms. Liza D. Hora of Mahintana presented the project background followed by the messages of support from Mr. Francis R. Gales, LEAD.PH President and Kaugnay Representative and Mr. Eronio P. Muno, MPDO and LGU representative.

Lastly, the groundbreaking rites was conducted. The Brgy. Kagawads participated in the lowering of the bamboo house design capsule followed by the dumping of cement on the hole participated by all stakeholders.  

Scale-up REPAIR Project Launching

The Scale-up Reduced Pollution through Vegetation and Rehabilitation (Scale-up RePAIR) of Silway River (Phase 3) was launched on March 16, 2018 at Dolores Farm Resort, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The activity was attended and participated by at 52 participants coming from Polomolok and T’boli Local Government Unit, Barangay Officials, concerned government agencies and community farmer partners.

Project Coordinator Ms. Ella Mae M. Babao acknowledged the participants and agave the activity overview. Mahintana President& CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot Messages of support were given by PENRO-SC representative Mr. Wahid Amella, MENRO-Pomolok Mr. Eupee Abedin, EMB XII representative Mr. Izar Jesson Claudio, and CENRO-Banga Ms. Helen Villame. Ms. Maria Theresa B. Catalan facilitated the open forum.

Scale-RePAIR Phase 3 is a P2,000,000.00 worth – one (1)-year project funded by the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) implemented by Mahintana Foundation Inc. The project seeks to help reduce the water pollution and rehabilitate the Silway River System/Watershed of Barangays Lumakil, Rubber, Polomolok and Basag, T’boli, South Cotabato through strategies on Riverbank Vegetation Enhancement, Food Access and Alternative Livelihood Options and Policy and Environmental Advocacy.

DPS Students Immersion Culmination

Three (3) Grade 12 Humanities and Social Studies (HUMSS) students of Dole Phil. School (DPS) worked from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for 10 days in Mahintana Foundation Inc. for the Work Immersion Program, a requirement of senior high school. Ms. Ma. Virginia Jayoma, Ms. Yedda Marie Bandojo and Ms. Camila Fernanda Cedeno were exposed to the operations of the organization’s projects and activities. The immersion work program started on February 26, 2018 and culminated on March 9, 2018.

During the 2nd staff meeting of Mahintana, the students were given the opportunity to present their learnings and express their thoughts about the organization as part of the culmination activity for them. Each of them prepared powerpoint presentation that showed the pictures taken during their immersion to the field and the communities. They thanked Mahintana esp. their supervisors, the admins and Mr. Magdolot for the opportunity given to them.  According to them, their stay in the organization is worthwhile: the people are for keeps and memories will be cherished.

 

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Awarded as the Best Non-Government Organization by DSWD

Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, President & CEO of Mahintana Foundation. Inc., joined by Atty. Melquiades L. Hernandez III, Corporate Affairs Director, Dole Philippines, Inc., received the Best Non-Government Organization Plaque during the the “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PaNata Ko sa Bayan) Awards” of the Department of Social and Development (DSWD) Central Office, Quezon City on March 8, 2018. 

The core message of DSWD is “We would never be able to succeed in our work of helping Filipinos in need without our partners. In all advocacy campaigns and operations, we work with so many others to meet common goals: help those in need and serve with compassion” as it gave recognition to its various partners and stakeholders. DSWD OIC Emmanuel A. Leyco said that the awards are “the Department’s way to thank the various groups and individuals who have helped us in providing programs and services for the vulnerable sectors that we serve, such as older persons, persons with disabilities, poor families, disadvantaged and abused women, children and youth.”