In a convergence of environmental stewardship and community synergy, the Ridge to Reef Program of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. funded by Dole Philippines, Inc. held its R2R Stakeholders’ Forum 2023, and unfolded its transformative narrative on December 13, 2023. Diverse voices harmonized during this event, creating ripples of change that extend far beyond the confines of the forum and weave into the very fabric of environmental advocacy. The forum was attended by impassioned participants from all 23 barangays of Polomolok, South Cotabato, uniting under the theme ‘Strengthening Collaboration, Sustaining Collective Action.’ This dynamic assembly emerged as a crucible for collective wisdom, where stakeholders delved into the issues and crafted actionable solutions, cementing a roadmap for sustainable change.

The symphony of voices within the forum was not merely discourse; it was a call to action. From the ridges to the reefs, impassioned dialogues echoed a commitment to the betterment of the Municipality. A ceremonial thumb marking was conducted, serving as a testament to their commitment in support of the Task Force Polomolok: Kalikasan, Kaligtasan at Kalusugan program. The unwavering dedication of these communities signifies that collaboration is not merely a strategic choice but a fundamental ethos.

This forum was attended by Board Member Hon. Alan M. Ines, Ms. Leamor B. Bañaga, Corporate Affairs-Senior Manager of Dole Philippines, Inc., Ms. Liza Duropan-Hora, Executive Director of Mahintana Foundation, Inc., Ms. Florence Funog, EMS II of DENR-EMB XII, Mr. Rolly Aquino, PDRRMO-OIC, Mr. Eupee Zainal Abedin, EMS 1, MENRO Polomolok, Engr. Danny Pelias, Project and Evaluation Officer – LGU Polomolok, and Ms. Kris Bianca M. Buaron, Community Health Nurse – LGU Polomolok.

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