Archive | November 28th, 2013


The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X has successfully hosted two (2) National Training Workshop held at Cagayan de Oro City, last November 18-22, 2013.

The Training-Workshop on Property Records for Equipment Monitoring and Inventory System (PREMIS) was participated by the Luzon Cluster. With an introduction of the newly designed PREMIS, the said training was a great venue for the Field offices to enhance the process and procedures for effective and efficient property management.

Likewise, a Seminar Workshop on Personnel Administration was attended by the personnel officers and assistants across regions in the Philippines. CSC Circulars/policies, GSIS retirement modes and benefits and other guidelines relating to human relation concerns were tackled during the seminar. The Seminar Workshop enabled the personnel officers to have a uniform interpretation and execution on the policies and guidelines relating to personnel administration.

According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD-X Regional Director, the two (2) National Training Workshops had a “fruitful end.” Aside from the thorough and substantial inputs discussed to the participants, they were also given the chance to explore and enjoy their stay in Region X. Participants had their site tour at Cagayan de Oro City and witness the vast pineapple plantation at Del Monte Philippines, Camp Philips, Bukidnon.

Written by Manuel M. Borres, Chief Administrative Officer, DSWD-X

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“Kanus-a man ta manghawa dinhi, Ma? (when are we leaving, Ma?)” Rasmiah Asi’s five-year-old daughter asked as she was laying her head on her mother’s lap. They were at the bleachers watching her brothers running around the basketball court without any slippers on. “Let just wait for God’s time, dear. (Hulatan lang nato ang panahon sa Ginoo, anak.)” Rasmiah replied.


Rasmiah, together with her husband and children have long been living in an evacuation center in a small village in the municipality of Munai, Lanao del Norte. Having been victimized by the armed conflict that occurred in 2008 in the rural town of Munai, the Asi family joined hundreds of residents who ran for safety in evacuation centers.

Having six children to care for, both Rasmiah and her husband struggled to make ends meet while living uncomfortably in makeshift beds, sacrificing their privacy and health due to the overcrowded evacuation center.

Without much choice, Rasmiah’s husband can only do menial jobs during those times and rely on relief goods that were provided to them by the government. Her children had stopped going to school because her small food-vending business closed down and they were running out of finances. Having no relatives to ask for support, their family waited and waited for hope.

For many nights, Rasmiah would stay awake and watch her family sleep on the basketball court’s cemented floor. She’d glance on the other families who suffered the same fate like her family did. “Even if the armed conflict ends, we may never be able to go anywhere at all. We have nowhere to go but here,” she remembers. Those nights were filled with questions and prayers of desperation.


Upon hearing of the national government’s effort to help them through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Rasmiah could not help but cry tears of joy. This was the time she had been waiting for.

Pantawid Pamilya is the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s response to the education and health needs of poor families, particularly of children aged 0-14 years old. While provided a cash grant to a maximum of P1,400.00 on a monthly basis, the families are also expected to comply to their co-responsibilities to the program by ensuring that their children are attending school and that their health are being attended to through regular health center visits.

Three of Rasmiah’s children have regularly been receiving the cash grant and have started going back to school.

“The cash grant may not be too much, but as a mother who is pained by the fact that she cannot send her own children to school because she could no longer afford to, I believe this is enough. I am truly happy that they are now back to school,” Rasmiah shares.


Aside from seeing her children going to school again, she was overjoyed when she learned that she was also qualified to avail the benefits of the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

The SLP has enabled her to go through numerous trainings and skills enhancement workshops so that she can re-open her food-vending business. In addition, she has also received an amount of P5,000.00 as her seed capital in re-opening it.

“When I received the money, I immediately bought supplies for my business. I was actually grinning from ear to ear!” she recalls.


Although the peace and order situation may not have completely stabilized in the town of Munai, this did not stop the Asi Family from having a good life they rightfully should. In 2011, they finally transferred to their new home built through Rasmiah and her husband’s perseverance and hard work.

“There is just a blissful feeling when you see your children sleeping comfortably and peacefully in their own home. It is a relief knowing they are back to school, I have my business again and that my husband can finally find a good job and never have to be worried with our supply of food back home,” Rasmiah smiled.

“I guess those tearful nights of prayers did it,” she added.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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Poverty is never a hindrance to success. One can succeed no matter what his/her status is in life. The state of being in poverty does not necessarily mean all hope is lost.  All one needs is perseverance, hard work, and a crack at that opportunity that would lead you to success.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, with its three core anti-poverty programs; the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Community Driven Development), and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (formerly SEA-K) provides just about that opportunity.

The programs provide everyone that opportunity of breaking away from the cycle of poverty. For instance, the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the department aims to deliver opportunities for groups to improve their socio-economic capacity by providing capital seed funds for new entrepreneurs, thus improving their standard of living.

One fortunate group who availed the program’s seed fund is Sinuza 4Ps SKA. They were fortunate enough to be a beneficiary of the program.  The group originated in Barangay Sinuza, Tudela, Misamis Occidental. The group is composed if 30 members, all of them coming from marginalized families.

The problem of scarcity and financial difficulties in providing for their family’s needs was the force behind their determination to be part of the Sustainable Livelihood Program. The 0% interest rate for the loan scheme was very enticing that is why the group chose to go with the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

They presented their proposal for the project, and fortunately, they got the loan. After receiving the loan, they immediately went to work.  They attended workshops conducted by several agencies, but it was one of the Department of Trade and Industry’s trainings which aims to encourage displaced workers and unemployed persons to engage in their own business and learn different skills in crafts amid the global financial crisis. Tea making (out of Luyang Dilaw) it is. The project grabbed their attention. It was something they wanted; something they saw themselves successful in.

The group attended the Luyang Dilaw Tea Livelihood Training last March 2012 held in their own Barangay, and in no time, they were able to muster the craft. Starting with P 6,000.00 as capital, the group tried saving as much budget as possible.

Fortunately for them, the main ingredients for the Tea are native to their area, making them save some of their budget.  Today, the group supply different organizations, stores and municipalities with their products.  Their products are reaching as far as Lanao del Norte, and even the DSWD Regional Office in Cagayan de Oro City.

Their success from scratch is a story worthy of telling.  Now, they are able to provide their families with the basic needs they were unable to provide before. They owe their success to themselves; for dreaming and for persevering.  The DSWD and its programs are only channels for success. It is still ones heart and determination that ensure success.  The DSWD core anti-poverty programs are your partners; your aid in progress and growth.

This success story of the Sinuza 4Ps SKA are among the many success stories the department has encountered. The department is willing to be of help to everyone who dreams of making it big in their own craft. THE SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM IS AT YOUR SERVICE.

Written by Admeela Cyndy E. Padilla II, Project Development Officer, and Marko Davey D. Reyes, Social Marketing Officer

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November 2013