Archive | December 12th, 2013


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.


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. )


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.)


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.)


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.)


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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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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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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December 2013