Mahintana Staff undergo Basic Life Support Training

 

In the afternoon of December 7, 2018, Mahintana staff underwent the Basic Life Support Training facilitated by the Bureau of Fire Protection Polomolok Fire Officer 2 (FO2) Paulo Manansala and FO1 Ranvic Jay Encontro.

The participants learned the proper way of the doing the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), techniques and maneuvers on how to bring the victims of cardio and respiratory arrest back to life, techniques how to help a choking person, and the different pulses in the body to check in a victim. A demo of how to do the CPR and help the choking person were conducted.

HEALTH Plus Project conducts Values Orientation on Leadership and Teamwork

To continually support the development of its staff, HEALTH Plus Project conducted Values Orientation on Leadership and Teamwork and PPF & HPSiS Team Meeting on November 6-7, 2018 at hacienda Don Juan, Brgy. Lago, Glan, Sarangani. This activity aims to provide updates to the team on the accomplishments of HPSiS from January to October 2018, document gaps and challenges on the implementation of HEALTH Plus. It also aims to enhance knowledge and skills on leadership, influence and teamwork leading to an improved performance between and among PPF and HPSiS staff.  It was attended by 18 participants from Mahintana management, PPF core staff and team leaders of HPSiS outlets in the Provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani and City of General Santos.

Ms. Luzviminda T. Herezo, the invited resource speaker, talked about emotional intelligence and work excellence, leadership and management with an application through structured learning exercises and problem solving.  Individual exercises include:  (1) Leadership Awareness Inventory to identify and differentiate their function as a leader or manager; 2) Solidarity and Commitment Exercise through an object that defines one’s personality; and (3) Commitment renewal as a member of the HEALTH Plus team.

Mahintana visits Dole Korea

Mahintana President & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Admin & Finance Ms. Liza D. Hora, Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon and South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes met with the top management of Dole Korea on Nov. 7, 2018. During the meeting, the management presented the products and that the Philippines is the leading country exporter of the Dole products in South Korea. Also. Dole Korea Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focus on education and the environment. Gov. Fuentes committed to support infrastructure projects in Region 12 that will help Dole Philippines, Inc. continue its service to export world-class Dole products.

The team visited few of South Korea tourism sites to benchmark these tourism spots.

Mahintana and CRD Staff undergo Community Organizing Training

As part of its staff development, Mahintana Foundation Inc. conducted its Community Organizing Training on September 15-17, 2018 at Dolores Farm Resort, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended byparticipants of the different Mahintana projects, Dole Philippines Inc. Community Relations Department (CRD) and a representative from PASAR Corporation. The 3-day training was set to help the staff get the necessary skills in organizing the communities they are working with.

The participants were grouped into three big groups. Ms. Mindaluz “Dayluz” Tagle-Herezo discussed the training overview. She shared the experiences of Mahintana in the past 41 years of community organizing and community development. The staff were given a task to write in meta cards their frustrations, motivations and dreams as a community organizer. A representative of each group processed the feelings described. After, President and CEO Mr. Martiniano Magdolot shared Mahintana’s Development Approach. He discussed the 4 development strategies of the organization, as well as, the experiences that empowered it to help more communities. Mr. Magdolot said that we have to implement projects that are “worth the community’s while”, hitting the “kwento and kwenta” objectives. Admin & Finance Officer Ms. Liza Hora summarized the development approach.

Discussions for the next 3 days were about: Emotional Intelligence & Work Excellence, History of Community Organizing, Principles of Community Organizing, History of Community Development Work in the Philippines, Commuity Organizing: Mahintana Experience, Community Organizer’s (CO) Traits & Characteristics, Functions of a CO, Stages in Community Organizing, Understanding & Demonstrating CO Skills, Effective Communication Skills, Management & Leadership, Time Management, Basic Facilitation Skills, Handling Meetings, and Problem-Solving & Analysis.

Group and individual exercises included the following: 1) one thing in your purse that describes you and/or your impact to the community; 2) writing of Community Organizer’s Creed; 3) Self-Awareness & Leadership Bingo; 4) drawing a caricature of one’s self; 5) CO Skills Demonstration per Group; and 6) writing one’s commitment as a CO. On the 3rd day, each group was given a caselet to solve and demonstrate CO skills. The group activity showcased the learnings during in the training.

 

Mahintana Relaunches Website

Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) launched its newly revamped website on September 25, 2018, incorporating a minimalist CMS (content management system) format throughout the site. In order to steer focus not only on content and information archival, the redesign seeks to address the distinct design, ease of navigation, and visual appeal of its decades-old web presence. The move comes after years of using the old homepage template, and as an online culmination of MFI’s 40 years in the service of its communities, as well as its thematic direction in 21st century humanitarianism.

Mahintana and SRC lead the Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction Activities

In celebration of the 41st Anniversary of Mahintana and SRC with the theme “Exploring Possibilities Beyond Boundaries”, a Tree Growing and Stone Dike Construction activity was conducted in the 116A Field Gully at Prk. Paglaum, Bgry. Upper Klinan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by around 200 participants including the executives and directors of Dole Philippines, Inc., partner cooperatives, LGU representatives of the municipality and barangays, and SRC and Mahintana staff.

Participants assembled and registered at the Brgy. Cannery Hall grounds before jumping off to the site. The welcome address was given by Mahintana President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot. Mr. Magdolot welcomed the key persons and participants, as well as, acknowledged the support of the stakeholders to the tree growing activity as one of the celebratory activities of Mahintana and SRC. Among those who gave the Message of Support are the following: Dolefil VP and Managing Director Mr. Randolph I. Fleming, Mun. Councilor Mr. Allan Ines, MCDC Chairperson Mr. Lory Asilo, and Cannery Punong Barangay and ABC President Mr. Antonio Octavio.  For the closing remarks, SRC President Mr. Carlos T. Baldostamon, Jr. said that planting trees is a great way to leave a legacy aside from educating the young.

The Ceremonial Tree Growing commenced by a demonstration on how to plant the seedlings by Mr. Baldostamon and R2R Project Officer Mr. Ramon Christopher Manero followed by a dance number depicting the B’laan Tribe planting ritual dance by Landan National High School students. Then, the participants were given fruit and forest tree seedlings and started planting. The VIPs were invited to come down the gully for the stone dike construction.

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.”

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.