Archive | October, 2013


The DSWD Field Office 10 joins in the celebration of the National Anti-Poverty Commission’s observance of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty with the theme, “Working Towards a World Without Discrimination. The Department strengthens the thrusts to overcome problems of poverty with the Tatsulo Program composed of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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Haven Culminates Nutrition Month Celebration


With this year’s theme,”Gutom at Malnutrisyon , Sama-sama nating Wakasan”, the Regional Haven of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 celebrated Nutrition Month with a day-long activity .

Under the lead of  Ms.Nimfa Rivera, the Regional Haven Center Head with the assistance of the staff and houseparents , activities lined up included cooking contest, poster making contest and jingle making contest.

A lecture on the importance of eating healthy go, grow, and glow foods and on healthy lifestyle was conducted by Ms.Rechel Grace Ceniza (Nutritionist-Dietitian I).   Ms. Rosana Padilla, Joana Berro , and Evangeline Isidro from the regional office acted as the judges of the various contests.  Awarding of prizes marked the end of the whole day activity.

The Regional Haven for Women is a facility of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for disadvantaged women from ages 18 to 59 years old who were victims of forced prostitution,illegal recruitment,sexual abuse,armed conflict.  The facility  also serves as a refuge for battered women and women in detention. (Jasmine Mercado Ranao/Mitzie Santiago)



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Regional Haven for Women Celebrates Family Day

In observance of the Family Day Celebration, the Regional Haven for Women of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, had an outdoor beach activity which was participated by the residents of Haven and some members of their families and friends.

With this year’s theme, “Unity Across Generations: A strong Family, a Strong Society “ the whole day activity started with a welcome message by Ms. Nimfa Rivera, Center Head of Regional Haven  which marked the start of fun-filled activities for the residents, staff and visitors .

With the houseparents facilitating and leading the parlor games, residents enjoyed participating and winning some prizes prepared for them.  Another highlight of the activity was the recognition of the birthday celebrators from the month of April to September.

It was indeed a day of relaxation,fun and laughter for  the staff, houseparents , and the residents particularly who felt that they are all part of a big family.

The Regional Haven for Women is a facility of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for disadvantaged women from ages 18 to 59 years old who were victims of forced prostitution,illegal recruitment,sexual abuse,armed conflict.  The facility  also serves as a refuge for battered women and women in detention. (Jasmine Ranao-SWO I/Mitzie Santiago)

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Poverty has always been continuously defined in many ways. Lots of formulas have been developed on how to eradicate such. Many ways were already done to somehow lessen its impact to the community. Many were done but none of them were effective enough in addressing the needs and meeting the demands. I came for a poor family and that is why I can say these things.

I met Leonisa Mahusay in a small village called Camalan in the municipality of Lala, province of Lanao del Norte. By just the sound of her name, I knew that she was someone fierce. The 29-year-old single mother, who prefers to be called as Ate Ayang, juggles three responsibilities: caring three toddlers singlehandedly, a parent leader for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and a treasurer of an association created through DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Before involving herself to community activities, she admitted that she was the kind of person who did not have a care in the world. She considered herself apathetic towards community development. Young as she was, she did not even know what good parenting means. Let alone, she did not even know her obligations in raising her family. “Everybody knew I was the last person to know all these things,” Ate Ayang recalls.

When Ate Ayang became a beneficiary and a parent leader of Pantawid Pamilya, she realized how big her responsibility was in raising her children. It was also in the same Program where she learned how to deal with people with different personalities. “It was kind of intimidating talking to people whom I think had more experiences than I did, but I did not let my age bother me. I want to help, that’s why I involve myself in development activities.”

When I asked her about how she feels being a beneficiary of the SLP of the DSWD, she smiled. “Like I said, I was immature and apathetic. I spent my money on things that were irrelevant. Ever since I was a member of the SLP, I began to see the value of every penny that I have worked for.”

Because she wants good and healthy things for her children, a personal conviction she learned through Pantawid Pamilya, she made a family budget plan through the help of the SLP. “With the budget plan, I get to spend on things that are healthy for my children and I. I now buy fruits, vegetables, and other supplies for the house. With SLP, my finances are now well managed. Gone are the habitual mistakes of spending on things that were not beneficial to my children.”

She also added that through SLP, she was able to effectively manage her own crab-fattening business. “I had this business long before I was a beneficiary of SLP. Before, all my earnings from the business would go directly on buying anything I wanted; I spend more than what I earned to the point that there is nothing left to sustain the business.

“But through SLP, I learned how to account my income. It was in this program that I learned the Entity Concept in which I separate money for personal expenses and another for the business,” she shared.

Although her crab-fattening business has some low points due to seasonal disruptions, she came up with strategies to ensure that her business will sustain and that her budget will not be diverted to something else. “I guess SLP has taught me to be smarter now,” she laughed.

Ate Ayang said that she and her children are now enjoying a good quality of life because of the values and lessons she learned from the two programs of the DSWD. When asked what lessons from the programs did have a great impact on her, she replied, “Well, three things. I learned how to be more responsible. I learned how to be more sensitive to the needs of the people around me, and I learned how to be smarter.”

The article is written by Johnson Rubelle M. Acol-acol, a DSWD worker who has personally witnessed how a young single mother survives her three kids through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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In  line with the celebration of the 24th National Statistics Month with the theme “Statistics that Matter to Every Filipino”,  The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction Unit  was invited to participate in the Statistical Exhibit held in one of the malls in Cagayan de Oro City from October 7-13, 2013.

The theme for this year’s National Statistics Month hopes to highlight the  vital role that data and statistics play in the everyday life of a Filipino.

Statistical data from different government agencies were exhibited after it was opened to the public which is one  the highlights of the  week -long celebration. Other national government Agencies who also exhibited their statistical data , products and services includes the Department of Health, the National Disaster Coordinating Council,the Department of Tourism, and the National Statistics Office,

Aside from the exhibit, other activities lined up includes a tree planting activity which will be held in Balulang , Cagayan de Oro City within the week.

As part of advocating Listahanan data ,Mr. Putong had the opportunity to share to the participants the audio visual presentation of Listahanan/NHTS-PR and the Regional Profile.  Copies of the profile were also distributed and a locally produced Listahanan brochure.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or what is now known as Listahanan  is  an information management system that aims to establish a database  of poor households that will become beneficiaries  of social protection programs which is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development .

Mr. Ian Putong (Regional Field Coordinator) , Ms. Charmaine P. Tadlas (Regional Information Officer), and Ms.  Mitzie Santiago (Administrative Assistant )  represented the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 during the said event.  (Mitzie S. Santiago)

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DSWD-X finds its Model Filipino Family

The Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) Field Office 10 in partnership with the Regional Inter Agency Committee on Filipino Family (RIAC-FF)  conducted the Regional Parents Education Congress last September 25 – 26, 2013 at Pearlmont Inn, Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City with the Theme: Unity across Generations: A Strong Family, A Strong Society.

The congress aimed to give recognition to the families who stood out on their participation and contribution to the community more so when caught in dilemma along economic deprivation and social discrimination and to promote strong collaboration among regional and local government and non-government organizations in support to families.  There were    forty seven (47) participants who came from different Local Government Units  that composes mostly of family members of those  who vied for the Search for Model Filipino Family and  members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the RIAC-FF.

Sr. Gina R. Rama of the Daughters of Saint Paul  the invited Resource Person emphasized on the importance of  the mission of a Filipino family with a sense of service to others and having a guide for a strong and binding one anchored on three (3) C’s which are Christ, Commitment and Communication.

This year’s celebration was highlighted  with the Awarding of the Search for Model Filipino Family.  The  Family of Ponciano and Delia Castaños of Lunao, Gingoog City was this year’s model with their exemplary contribution to the community that up to the present are imbibed on the day to day lives of the family members.

The second winner is the family from Kalasungay, malaybalay City.  Mr. Roger and Emelinda Sario  are members of the Indigenous People (IP) of Bukidnon, the Higaonon tribe who are the moving force of the IPs on their quest for cultural heritage and mainstreaming their hopes and aspirations to the larger community.  The third winner is from Iligan City, Mr. Leoncio and Nida Callo who are very active on their voluntary service to the people of Iligan city.

The Congress was indeed a success having drawn support from the partners and stakeholders in the spirit of convergence as the community had been the proof thereof.###Monavic M. Budiongan, SWO III

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October 2013