The Mindanao assembly with the theme “PHILKOFA LIGHTS LIVES” was scheduled on 29-31 October 2016. It aimed to: (i) To build-up the sustainability efforts of strengthening the PHILKOFA as an association that aspires to be relevant in terms of service to its members and the community; (ii) To increase PHILKOFA’s networking ability and collaborative efforts with public and private partners in project implementation where PHILKOFA members can participate thus allowing them to share their time, skills, expertise and resources; (iii) To allow PHILKOFA members in all parts of the country to improve its relationship with KOICA volunteers and fellow scholars through shared commitment and involvement in PHILKOFA activities; (iv) To ensure that PHILKOFA members appreciate the culture, heritage and tradition of the Mandaya indigenous peoples(IPs) living in the province; and (v) To value the fellowship program offered by KOICA with scholars sharing their insights and training application through the visualization of training outcomes session.
The highlights of the Mindanao Regional Assembly were the following;
The three-day Mindanao Regional Assembly formally commenced with the first activity which was the Feedback Seminar on Visualization of Training Outcome of KOICA Fellowship Program. The event was aimed at sharing and apprising PHILKOFA members on the outcome and impact of training/scholarship programs availed through KOICA.
The said occasion was attended by thirty (30) participants consisting of PHILKOFA members and board officers, friends of PHILKOFA, KOICA Volunteers, Ms. STELLA KIM and Mr. SOM MING JIE and NFA personnel and TESDA KORPHIL staff.
VP for Mindanao Marizon Loreto gave the overview of the feedback seminar activity, giving emphasis on the importance of the seminar to both KOICA and PHILKOFA as well as partners to ensure transfer of knowledge and technical information on the KOICA sponsored trainings and academic scholarship and its application of learning/s in the workplace for the scholars.
- Feedback Session on Visualization of Training Outcome of KOICA Fellowship ProgramFirst Speaker: Mr. JOSEPH JUNIO, TESDAMr. Junio shared his learning/s from his KOICA training on Welding Technology (participated 3 years ago) and how he has applied his work learning/s at the KorPhil TESDA RTC as a Welding Instructor. He said that his training in Korea was a great experience for him, boosting his morale and created great confidence. He recognizes Koreans’ way of working hard (continuously working without saying a word). Mr Junio also appreciated his exposure in handling sophisticated welding equipment during his training in Korea. Further discussions tackled the following topics: under water welding, follow-up training to update welding application, ship/boat using aluminum speed boat (TESDA’s involvement on the New Zealand-China-Singapore Assessment Center), TESDA RTC’s involvement on the American Welding Standard Facility, program levels on welding process (NC3, NC4), among others. He also mentioned that TESDA KorPhil continues to work for excellence to achieve the top place in the Asia-Pacific Accreditation of Technical Institutions and to be ISO-certified. And as PHILKOFA strengthens its partnership with member agencies, the faculty exchange program (with Don Bosco, TUP, PUP, etc.) will likewise be considered.Second Speaker : Ms. MARGARITA DIZON, PHILVOCSMs. Margarita Dizon discussed her learning/s from her 2015 Training on the KOICA-JICA Joint Capacity Development Program on Landslide and Slope Hazard Prevention. She said that the PHILVOLCS’ continuing projects on EIL closely relate to her training applications. The said projects is in collaboration with DND, DILG, DSWD, DOST, and NEDA.In closing the session, PHILKOFA Board Auditor Aurora Collantes expressed positive remarks on the smooth flow of the seminar and noted the benefits garnered in the conduct of such Feedback Seminars, which include the exchange of learning/s or ideas, strengthening partnership and collaboration among agencies/institutions/organizations and may pave the way to address issues and concerns besetting the said agencies/institutions/organizations.
- Mangrove Planting ActivityPHILKOFA members undertook the mangrove planting activity at Barangay Tamisan, Mati City in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Happy Fish Kids Village residents. A total of fifty (50) mangrove propagules were planted by the participants.
- Community Outreach Activitya. Distribution of Goods and Feeding Program to Happy Fish Kids Village Residents-A total of ninety-three (93) children received school supplies and personal hygiene items.Their families were handed with rice and other food products. Books, office supplies, educational instructional materials as well as first aid kits/medicines, used clothes and vegetable seeds were extended to the Village Center and received by the Project Coordinator of the Happy Fish Kids Village. After the distribution of goods, the feeding program followed with hot chocolate drink and regular yum/burger for the kids and snack food products for the parents.A total of ninety-three (93) children received school supplies and personal hygiene items.Their families were handed with rice and other food products. Books, office supplies, educational instructional materials as well as first aid kits/medicines, used clothes and vegetable seeds were extended to the Village Center and received by the Project Coordinator of the Happy Fish Kids Village. After the distribution of goods, the feeding program followed with hot chocolate drink and regular yum/burger for the kids and snack food products for the parents.
- Donation of 20 Sets of Solar Lamps to FisherfolksBefore the twenty (20) sets of solar lamps were awarded to selected fisher folks in the said barangay, a lecture-demonstration was conducted by PHILKOFA member and TESDA trainer, ENGR. CONSTANTINO,PANES, JR. who explained to the thirty-eight (38) male participants the usage and the mechanics of preparing a solar lamp.
- Lecture on Maternal Health and Child Care to Mothers-Ms. TERESITA PUENTE, also a PHILKOFA member, gave a lecture to the sixty-eight (68) mothers in attendance on maternal health and child care including water sanitation methods. She also gave tips on dengue prevention to the said group.
- Exposure to Davao Oriental’s Culture and Heritage-PHILKOFA members took time out to visit the province’s Subangan Museum which serves as the showcase of the history, culture and heritage of the province’s indigenous group, the Mandaya tribe. The area also featured the different tourism and historical sites found in the province of Davao Oriental.
- Special Regional Board Meeting-
A special board meeting was held after the event to discuss all the activities anent the Mindanao activity. Preparations for the forthcoming General Membership meeting was also tackled along with other matters. It was agreed that the Mindanao Scholarship project will be launched in the general membership meeting.
- Meeting with the Honorable Mayor of Mati CityPHILKOFA members had the chance to meet the City Mayor of Mati, Hon. CARLO RABAT. He shared to the group his advocacy programs for the said locality. He also signified his interest to avail of the KOICA programs particularly in the area of local governance and agricultural development.