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

 

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.”

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.