The Association of Foundations (AF), Mahintana Foundation, and the Provincial Government of South Cotabato formalized their partnership for the establishment of the CSO Academy that will build the capacities of local CSOs to effectively participate in local governance processes. The Provincial Government of South Cotabato under the leadership of Gov. Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. has agreed to be the pilot LGU for the Academy. The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement was held on September 27. The South Cotabato LGU was represented by Provincial Board Member Nilda Almecion and DILG Dose RD Josephine Cabrido-Leysa while Mahintana was represented by its Executive Director Liza Hora. AF was represented by AF Trustee and Vice-President for Mindanao Ryan Vidanes and AF Executive Director Oman Jiao.