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Mabanta Family is Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2013 Grand Prize Winner

Hardworking, participative, and with leadership qualities – these are but few qualities that best describe the grand prize winner of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2013.

Helen D. Mabanta, together with her husband and siblings, are just ordinary dweller of Purok 5, Barangay Libertad, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, but with extraordinary achievements in family life, community development, academic activities, and spiritual enrichment.

The nominee family, an active and compliant member of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program for more than two years now, is a spark that has shined for many years in their community. Rachel is an active chairwoman of her purok and volunteer of the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA that promotes women empowerment in the village through participation and trainings in the implementation of the said project.

As chairwoman of her sub-village, Helen encourages pahina, a local word for volunteerism, for the PAMANA project while acting as well as member of the Bids and Awards Committee of the village.

She is not only excelling in leadership, but also in beautifying and greening her village. Her one of a kind garden with a fish pond has earned her recognition in her town, province and the whole region of Northern Mindanao.  In 2010 and 2011, she bested the whole contingents of Kauswagan town in household gardening contest organized by the Department of Agriculture and the local government of Kauswagan. Due to persistence, labor, and love for environment; the vegetable garden with fish pens becomes one of her sources of income; aside from the fact that it provides them vegetables and viand.

The Municipal Agriculture Office of Kauswagan recognizes backyard gardening of the family because it promotes “Food Always in the Home (FAITH).” As it is, the regional office of DA endorses other farmers to emulate and duplicate the backyard garden of the family.

The husband and wife nominee never faltered in rearing their children with love and high respect. The parents inculcated in the minds of the children to be God-center individuals, humble, kind, and obedient to anyone. The mother nominee also extends her passion and advocacy in teaching her neighbord good values.

She did not let things get her down and was proud of being a mother, a wife, a chairwoman, a volunteer, and a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary.

The family laid a strong foundation of family life and is encouraging other neighboring families to do the same.

Aside from the spiritual nutrients, physical and biological needs are also given by the parent nominee to their children. Even before their enrollment to Pantawid Program; the parents have been planting variety of vegetables: gabi, eggplant, malunggay, okra, squash, among others; to their small backyard garden. The garden became the food and nutrient provider to the family.

 

The Mabanta couple also divides household chores among their four children, promoting unity, cleanliness, participation and strong family ties. While the other is tasked to help Helen on laundry, the other child will take care of the chickens they have acquired as tenant from a neighbor, and still others will cook food for the whole family.

Aside from the vegetable garden, the family is always active in the community. They join other families of Barangay Libertad in cleaning the streets regularly, volunteering for PAMANA project and in every activities of their village.

The family is also active in their school as Helen is one of the officers of the Parents-Teachers Association. Almost all activities of the school, the Mabanta couple are present to support their children.

The family has a lot to do with the large number of family who are now involved in the village activities. They see the servant leadership of the nominee- setting examples to their neighbors and the caring and commitment they show and catch some of their spirit and “can-do” attitude!

Aside from being a servant-leader in school, the five children of this family are all achievers. All children of the Mabanta family completed their respective elementary education with honors. Both parents always reminded the children that education is their best legacy they can give to their children as they promise to support for the education of their children until they will all have their degrees and title.

Momentarily, the family is thankful for the grants they have received from Pantawid Pamilya as they can provide all educational and health needs of their children. Each of the children beneficiaries has its complete school supplies bought because of the grant. Aside from the regular medical check-up, the parent nominee provides food supplements and nutritious food for their children.

Though, only three are grantees, but all of the children have enjoyed the full benefits of the grant, as the parents efficiently managed the grant only and for their children’s welfare.

The meager income of Rolando from being a highway cleaner of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is for other expenses of the whole family. The Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD Field Office 10 facilitated the entrance of Rolando to DPWH as highway cleaner.

These wondrous performances of the family has earned them respect, emulation, and love in their community, organization, school and church. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)

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CDRRMC TRAINS DSWD YOUTH CLIENTS ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Gingoog City – Bradge H. Jumo, representative from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recently served as a resource person to discuss on Disaster preparedness to the youth residents of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development based in Northern Mindanao.

According to Jumo, the Philippines has experienced several calamities including floods, tsunami, and earthquakes. Basing on a report from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), over 22 typhoons enter the Philippine area of responsibility every year and that five to six of these calamities are catastrophic. Jumo also stated that the country also experience drought, volcanic eruptions, landslide, trash slide and complex insurgencies and technical hazards.

Jumo provided a number of tips to the young people of RRCY on what to do when calamities strike in their area.

The RRCY is a residential facility for male children in conflict with the law whose age range from nine to 18 years old. The residents undergo institutional rehabilitation instead of being mixed with hardened criminals in jails. The general objective of the facility is to enable boys to resolve their problems and restore their normal functioning, thus regaining self-esteem and dignity through rehabilitative services.

Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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Higaonons: Proud and Getting By

 

You can never go wrong when you are in the countryside.

Bukidnon for example, offers a picturesque view of the mountains and a weather far better than any crowded metropolis’s discomforting humidity. Walking past unending greenery that is only dotted by interspersed rows of houses, one would only imagine what’s behind the innocuous plains, valleys and plateaus. Still, the hidden wonders escape yet patiently await both the lucid and the jaded travelers.

But it isn’t just about the delightful weather and postcard-perfect scenery that invoke images of unfussy parochial living.

The lumads

Past the bustling City of Valencia and from the city proper of Malaybalay, known for its Baguio-like temperament, off we went to Kibalabag which unknown to many, is home to the industrious Higaonon tribe. Some time during the two-hour ride and walk through pebbled and grassy roads, and a river that was inviting for a quick swim, we, a group of select-media practitioners together with some 4Ps NCR staff and regional field workers, were greeted by sudden rain. But as we arrived at the place, we were in awe of the welcoming dance-and-sing lumads that we totally forgot about the arduous trek. The breathtaking mountains offered a seething backdrop to the settlement that only defined consummately how ‘humble and proud’ they are as seemingly forgotten people. The tentative showers failed to dampen the festive atmosphere. They danced to the steps of ‘Pasasalamat’ and courtship, and even sang the Philippine national anthem in their own dialect.

HIGA means Living, GOAN means mountains and ONON means people. They could be described as “people of the living mountains.”

According to The United Association of Higaonon Tribes or UNAHI Mindanao Inc., the Higaonons are an indigenous tribe found in the northern regions of the island of Mindanao in The Philippines. “With a population estimated at 350, 000, they are distributed over five provinces — Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon. Since “Creation Times” the Higaonon have lived in their forest home, undisturbed, managing the forest in a natural and harmonious way,” the website said.

The tribe, it further added, is made up of eight clans centered in the eight main rivers of their “Ancestral Domain” that are divided into warrior and peaceful clans. They follow a Datu system of government where each Datu, generally an elder, is trained in distinct areas of expertise, e.g. administration, spirituality and education.

The women-beneficiaries of 4Ps

Wencelie Lagunday, wife of the barangay captain easily talked about how at least 30 women earned a living out of raw abaca that they plant themselves to craft baskets, bags, brooms and other home decors. “Mura lang po ito pero binibenta po nang mahal pag nasa labas na,” she generously quipped. She was referring to their products being sold to traders from the lowlands who bought them at cheaper rates.

Wencelie is one of the 1,204 of the nearly 27,000 IPs in Bukidnon who is a beneficiary of DSWD’s 4Ps. As a member of the ten-year old Kibalabag Handicraft Makers, she received from the start a P1,000 capital from the DSWD which was payable on installment basis to help propel the women’s communal livelihood.

“Matagal na pong bayad kami at sa awa ng Diyos nakatulong naman kahit papano,” said Nancy Odiseo, president of the handicraft makers. The challenge she said is to be able to sustain their livelihood. Apart from selling their finished products on cheaper prices, the travel to the trading areas is long and takes a considerable amount of money for fare. “Minsan wala nang natitira sa amin.” They would be elated if occasional visitors come to their barangay and buy their products. She said the DSWD has already discussed to them other programs they can avail of to reinforce and build on what they already have.

According to the September 2013 Valencia City’s accomplishment report, Higaonons has the most number of beneficiaries. “Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program has saturated the whole province of Bukidnon,” said the City’s report. The 4th district includes the City of Valencia and the Municipalities of Kalilangan and Pangantucan.

The Higaonons today are simply living by their unique customs and traditions – a legacy passed on by their forefathers from one generation to another. In their struggle to survive as indigenous people and adhere to the sacred duty to preserve the tribe’s heritage, Higaonons adopt to the challenges of modern times through peaceful co-existence and acceptance for what they really are — as relevant as every Filipino who has a valuable cultural and indigenous imprint. (Written by Ariel C. Sebellino, Executive Director, Philippine Press Institute)

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PROJECT QUALITY ENSURED THROUGH ASSURING AND ABLE HANDS

One of the necessary issues guaranteed in the implementation of any of the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects is the supervision and quality control practices that definitely have a very big impact in the completion of a certain sub-project.  The Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) ensures that those working for the sub-projects have the necessary knowledge and skill to guarantee the best quality of work possible.

The Kalahi-CIDSS program invests on empowering the community through volunteerism.  A hefty amount is provided to communities to work on sub-projects that would answer their most pressing needs.  It is a big thing that the money does not go to waste.  And with the mobilization of volunteers to work on the sub-projects, it is really a risk for the quality and supervision of the sub-project to be compromised.

Engr. Johnny V. Eman, chosen by the community to head their Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project as the Barangay Sub-Project Management Council Chairman for Barangay Solinog, Calamba, Misamis Occidental,  willingly accepted the challenge. Having no experiences, whatsoever, in being part of any government projects, Engr. Eman was ready to face any challenges for his endeavor with the Kalahi-CIDSS project (AusAID-funded sub-project) of one (1) Day Care Center unit. One thing that encouraged him to do so was the promise of the KC RPMO that technical assistance will surely be provided to the volunteers.

Overseeing for the implementation, Engr. Eman was all hype having to be in a field he has loved for so long and missed of doing. Construction was a significant part of his life working as a Project Engineer for RALS Contraction at Dubai, United Arab Emirates for two (2) years. Being back working for the KC project, he was excited because he is confident that he will be able to do the job properly, and that he could also share his knowledge and skills to the other volunteers.

First off for Engr. Eman was that, even if the sub-project being worked on was fundamentally basic, he wanted to ensure that the supervision and quality control practices were following standard methodology.  Everyone was to follow the basic requirements for construction.  Simple stuffs like wearing of proper personal protective equipment, proper storage of construction materials, maximized use of materials (least possible wastage of materials especially those that require cutting of steel bars, plywood, etc.) were given utmost attention.

Engr. Eman ensured that all those working for the project was able to follow these protocols for their own good. The necessary knowledge and skills acquired in the implementation would go a long way for these volunteers, this is why Engr. Eman invested on these things. He said that what is more important than the finished Day Care Center for the children was the experience of the volunteers. The learning’s they would have with their endeavor with Kalahi-CIDSS would be a stepping stone for future engagement.

The Kalahi-CIDSS program is more than a project which provides infrastructure for access to basic social services. Its main agenda is to empower individuals in the community to be self-reliant, one thing that Engr. Eman understands. Following supervision and quality control practices may be a simple matter, but would definitely go a long way for these volunteers.

Kalahi-CIDSS may be implemented in the most far-flung areas of the country, but this does not mean that things are done differently.  The RPMO ensures that basic methodologies are followed at the frontline of work.  The same practices are followed to ensure the same success. The Kalahi-CIDSS FO-X RPMO would go the extra mile to safeguard not just the results of the project implementation, but also the positive learning and experiences of the KC volunteers and beneficiaries.

Written by Marko Davey D. Reyes – Social Marketing Officer (Kalahi-CIDSS)

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KAUSABAN (CHANGE) A Poem by Tomasa Baptista Galbinez (Kalhi-CIDSS Volunteer)

I.

Drainage Canal dugay nang gihandum, nahuman karong adlawa

Pagidusar, pagdawat ang seremonyas

Ikaw, ako, kitang tanan nabulahan

Bag-ong terminal, bag-ong merkado dili na mabahaan.

(Drainage Canal, long been dreamt of; just been completed today

Turned-over, accepted during the ceremony

Surely, you and I, and everybody else will all be fortunate of

New terminal and new market will never be flooded again)

II.

Drainage Canal daghan sakit gi-hipos.

Dengue, Hilanat, psoriasis, kagid, gilatos.

Schistosomiasis, dako nga tiyan gipahuyos.

Uban pang mga sakit iyang gipus-pos, gilutos.

(Drainage Canal fixing problems of sicknesses

Spanking dengue, fever, psoriasis and skin diseases.

Schistosomiasis, enlarged stomachs deflated

Other sickness bashed, other sickness whacked)

III.

Drainage Canal dakong naitabang.

Ang huyong-huyong gihimong kamad-an.

Baho nga tubig, lapok, gikankan.

Gidala sa suba, gibanlas sa kadagatan.

(Drainage Canal a tremendous help

Soft muddy areas dried in no time

Foul smelling water, mud, excavated

Brought into the rivers, splashed into the seas)

IV.

We see the change around us.

A choice, clearly we were not mistaken.

We thank the Lord for giving us a chance

To choose drainage canal, we needed, the most important.

V.

Miabot ang laing hinabang nga mao ang eskwelahan.

Pasilungan ang mga magtutudlo ug ang kabataan.

Dinhi ibu-bo ang kaalaman, isilsil ang maayong pamatasan.

Daghang Salamat sa AusAID among gipahumslan

Ikalipay namo uban sa mga ginikanan.

(Here comes another aid, a school building

Providing shade to teachers and students alike

Here is where knowledge will be dispensed, good conduct, inculcated

Thanks to AusAID, we will surely benefit of

All of us including the parents are rejoicing. )

VI.

Maraming Salamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa himala.

Salamat sa volunteers at mga mangagawa.

Init at ulan hindi namin pinansin

Alikabok, baho, putik aming tiniis.

(Thank you so much Kalahi-CIDSS of the miracle

Thank you to all the volunteers and workers

We never gave in to the heat of the sun and the pouring rain

Enduring dusts, foul smells, and muddiness.)

VII.

Walay sapayan, kaning kalidsod among giagian,

Pagalagad ug serbisyo nga gikinahanglan

Aron molambo ug mausab ning Kapatagan.

Panginoong Diyos imo kaming gitabangan, Salamat sa tanan.

(Thanks to the hardship we have gone through

We endured the work and services needed

To ensure growth and development in Kapatagan

Lord God you helped and provided for us, we thank you for everything.)

VIII.

Ang panginabuhian mi sulbong.

Daghan nang mga hayop, daghan nang mga tanom.

Minus na ang sakit, wala nay taong ga tikongkong.

Maayong panglawas, daghang makaon, milambo na ang panahon.

(Livelihood is in full bloom

Livestock and vegetation are a boom

Sickness has been limited, no one is in pain and suffering

Good times are rolling, we have good health, and abundance of food.)

IX.

Mabuhay Kalahi-CIDSS project, magpadayon.

Mabuhay Kapatagn, daghan kausaban.

(Long live Kalahi-CIDSS, keep it up.

Long live Kapatagan, continue progressing.)

 

– The Auhor, Mrs. Tomasa Baptista Galbinez is a retired elementary English teacher from Brgy. Poblacion, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. At the ripe age of 83, she is still an avid volunteer for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) for Brgy. Poblacion. This poem was delivered during the Cycle 3 Inauguration of their Drainage Canal Sub-project and their AusAID-funded One classroom building where Mrs. Galbinez was asked to share her experience in volunteering for the project.

 

 

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BECAUSE FAITH AND HARDWORK PAY OFF

Lanao del Norte – 33-year-old Ms. Jobaira P. Daluma knows how frustrating it could be when you play the role of a mother to five children and with a job that can hardly suffice the daily needs of the family.

Her children aged 14,10, 9, 8, and 4 and with a husband who also could not provide much are relying on her meager income.

As a beauty product dealer, and with a monthly income of P600.00 to 900.00, Jobaira’s faith could sometimes waver at the predicament her family faces. She could hardly bring her children to school and provide food on the table three times a day.  Every day she would try and find her “suki” friends whom she hoped will buy her products so she can provide a humbling supper for her hungry children at home.

With no opportunities of a job that would allow her to leave her children during the day, she was forced to settle for mere selling of beauty products which to her do not have a promising income.

But in 2009, she received news that she was qualified to receive cash grants from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a conditional cash transfer scheme of the national government that will help provide her children’s education and health needs.

With the monthly stipend of P1,400, she was then able to send her children to school and check her children’s health needs through health center visits and provision of nutritious foods.

After hearing that the national government also offers sustainable livelihood that could help her family economically, she then joined to become a member of a Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Association which can receive as much as P300,000 for its members’ small scale businesses.

As she received her first seed capital from the Sustainable Livelihood Program last March 2012, she was then able to open her very first store that sells ready-to-wear and beauty products and have purchased a photocopier machine for photocopying services. Each day, she would open her little store which to her is her hope of making things possible for her family to have enough food on the table.

Eventually, she found herself relieved because of the assistance that she received from the national government through PantawidPamilya and Sustainable Livelihood. Not only can she send her children to school now and provide them with nutritious foods, she can also stretch her monthly income which has now been increased to P2,000.00 to P3,000.00.

“I found peace within myself knowing that I am now able to provide enough for my children’s needs and can now provide just about enough for my family,” she says. “What I may now be earning may not be much for others, but it is enough for me to know and be assured that my family can have a brighter and healthy future ahead.”

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer, DSWD

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A BETTER LIFE FOR A PANTAWID PAMILYA BENEFICIARY

For Filipinos, it is always heartwarming to know that the government, through its anti-poverty alleviation programs, is sowing needs of hope among poor people to continue working, not giving up, in order to have a better tomorrow.

PantawidPamilya is a human development and rights-based program that aims to alleviate poverty through investment in health, education and nutrition to poor children ages 0-14 years old. It helps to ease the effects of poverty at the same time invest in the future of poor children.

In order to sustain the investments of the program to its beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development instituted a transition strategy where the Department’s core social protection programs are converged to achieve a higher impact.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program of the national government implemented by the social welfare department is a capability program that provides non-collateral and interest-free loan to enhance the socio-economic skills of poor families.

As part of the transition strategy, beneficiaries who have been assessed to be eligible to receive livelihood or employment intervention are provided with livelihood to help them become self-sufficient when they graduate from the PantawidPamilya after five years.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is the formation of a saving and credit facility provided to beneficiaries with access to socialized credit to enable them to finance income-generating projects.

The program provides interest free loans payable in one year and part of the program’s design is for the beneficiaries to organize themselves in a livelihood association that shall be provided with technical assistance by DSWD to self-administer its own savings and credit program.

Bolinsong SKG is a group association formed in Barangay Bolinsong, Municipality of Bonifacio, province of Misamis Occidental which belongs in Region X – a total of 324 households including non-Pantawid beneficiaries.

Lorna Bacus, is 36 years old, married with three children aged 14, 12 and 8. Lorna is the President in their association.

For eight years, she is a day care worker and now a preschool teacher in their barangay.  Her husband is a porklechon-maker. As an additional capital for their lechon making business, their family were granted a loan of P10,000.00.

Oftentimes, they make lechon two times a week with a net monthly income of P6,800.00.  Lorna has a P2,800.00 as her own savings.Their group composed of ten members were organized last April 25, 2011 and loan was released August 15, 2011 amounting to P150,000.00. As of this day, they have already fully paid the loan.

One of the difficulties that Lorna experienced in their business is some of the customers making delays in their payments especially the regular customers. Fortunately, she overcome the situation because she had a monthly salary of P3,000.00 as a preschool teacher.

Lorna’s household learned a lot about entrepreneurship through Sustainable Livelihood through the financial literacy training it provides to its members for them to gain knowledge and skills in managing micro-enterprise.

Regular attendance to family development sessions (FDS) also taught Lorna about budgeting, gardening, and preparing nutritious food for the family. Lorna shared that she learned how to budget money for their daily expenses and set aside for their savings.

“There is really a big difference with our situation before and at present. I give big thanks to the government for helping us lessen our sufferings from poverty”, Lorna said.

The seeds of hope that the government is sowing through the 4Ps and Sustainable Livelihood programs and other development programs, are shining rays of the sun making families ever focused on working hard to make brighter tomorrows.

Written by Mary Emaly G. Llagas, Project Development Officer II, and Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer, DSWD

Written by Mary Emaly G. Llagas, Project Development Officer II

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DSWD CONVERGENCE: A TRUE TESTAMENT OF GENUINE GOVERNMENT SERVITUDE

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has made it to a point that regardless of the issues being thrown at the institution, it is being dealt by showing how successful programs are being implemented, and how transparent transactions are dealt with. In fact, in Region X, the management has clearly maximized all programs to subsidize all beneficiaries by employing qualified and competent workers. To do so, the management, with the constant supervision of the Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, has made sure all workers are knowledgeable of all the programs offered by the department in the region.

Workers from top positions to the bottom are comprehensively informed of the progress of the programs and important matters that has something to do with ensuring that regional operations are at its best.

The Convergence Strategy of maximizing impact of the three Anti-Poverty Programs of the Department, namely, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4 P’s), the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP, formerly known as SEA-K) or the TATSULO Program is at full swing at ensuring that people who deserve government aid are reached by programs that would address their needs. A true testament to this is the municipality of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

In 2008, the municipality had gone through a serious ordeal when Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels attacked civilians in Muslim and Christian barangays in the municipality. War broke out in Lanao del Norte and the people were the biggest losers in the battle.  The little progress that the municipality felt had a set-back because of the conflict. With the entry of the TATSULO Program, problems brought about by the forgettable incidents of 2008 will now be dealt with.

The Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA Program is a project of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) program geared at aiding armed conflict areas by providing them necessary sub-projects to bring them back on track on progress. It is being managed by the DSWD through the Community-Driven Development Program of the Department, the Kalahi-CIDSS. Through the program, barangays are given the opportunity to deal with problems brought about by the armed conflict issues in the area. All thirteen barangays of the municipality have benefited from twelve sub-projects (Brgy. Libertad and Brgy. Tacub had a merged water system project) for the PAMANA Cycle 1 implementation.

As of the moment, the municipality is implementing the PAMANA Cycle 2, which will then again provide their different barangays with means to deal with the problems of armed conflict and the different effects it has brought to the lives of the people of Kauswagan.

The Municipality is also benefitting from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).  There are a total of two thousand seventy-four (2,074) beneficiaries of the program distributed in six (6) sets and a hundred and seventy-three (173) of these beneficiaries are under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer – Extended Age Coverage Program, where beneficiaries or families with children 15-17 are still provided cash grants for their continuing schooling needs.

The 4Ps is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, particularly families with children aged 0 to 14 years old. Pantawid Pamilya provides cash grants to beneficiaries provided that they comply with the set of conditions required by the program. The program provides immediate relief from difficulties that often push families to sacrifice their future to survive the present. It aims at putting an end to the inter-generation of poverty that a lot of Filipino families are facing.

Lastly, Kauswagan also benefits from the Sustainable Livelihood Program through the Bottom up Budgeting Program (BUB) in the municipality. The SLP implements and manages funds of the BUB. Through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, 340 beneficiaries (households/groups) have benefitted from Php 3,400,000 worth of livelihood capital and benefitted from SLP trainings on livelihood sustainability and compatibility.

Kauswagan went through a troubled past. But the future is bright for the people of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte all because the government, through the different programs of the department tries to ensure that the municipality be steered back to its former glory. The Department of Social Welfare and Development will ensure just that through the partnership with the provincial local government unit of Lanao del Norte and the municipal local government unit of Kauswagan. Because of this, all hope is restored for Kauswagan.

Written by: Marko Davey D. Reyes – Social Marketing Officer (Kalahi-CIDSS)

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