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A Ray of Hope for a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, February 10 (PIA) — For people who have less in fortune, getting a help from a particular organization, charity programs and others would be one of the hopeful ways for them to get out or at least ease the indigence they are experiencing.

In line with this, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or also known as Pantawid Pamilya is one of the many programs that the government provides to improve the lives of the people.

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Program aims to alleviate poverty simply through offering marginalized families cash allowance granting that they would follow all the conditions of the Program.

One beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya is Vilma Montes-Beñas, 42, with two children aged 10 and 9. Vilma became a beneficiary of this Program since 2009. According to Vilma, she never thought that she will be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Program and will be given the chance to give a better life to her children.

Despite the fact that she came from a less fortunate family, Vilma did not expect much from the Program as she has lived all her life working hard just to earn for a living. She flew to Manila during his early teenage years to get a job to support herself and her family.

While in Manila, she met her husband, Roland Beñas. After months of knowing each other, they decided to come home to Vilma’s hometown in Cagayan de Oro after they learned that she was pregnant. From then on, they lived together and got married in 2010.

Knowing that both of them do not have a good job to support their family, Vilma cheerfully shared that the Pantawid Pamilya really became a big help in terms of giving their kids the right to be sent to school and be given a healthy environment.

“Nagpasalamat gyud kaayo ko sa gobyerno ug sa DSWD aning programa kay kung wala gyud ni, tingali pit-os gyud kaayo among kinabuhi karon” (I am really grateful and so much thankful to the government and the DSWD as well. If not because of this program, we would surely be living a pitiful life),” Vilma said in an interview.

Moreover, Vilma enthusiastically shared that with the addition of DSWD’s Self-Employment Assistance Para sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) livelihood program, their life has become even better.

In 2011, the couple was able to loan P5,000 from SEA-K which enabled them to build a small sari-sari store and further helped Vilma’s husband as he no longer have to strive really hard driving a pedicab until late night.

In addition, the P2,200 that the family gets every other two months from the Pantawid Pamilya also helped a lot in supporting the studies of Vilma’s kids saying, “Kada dawat gyud nako sa 4P’s insigida pud gyud ko mugahin ug pampalit ug vitamins sa mga bata kay kahibalo ko nga importante gyud ang ilang kahimsog. Ug usa pa pud, ginatudlu-an man mi sa DSWD nga kining 4P’s kinahanglan gamiton gyud sa saktong pamaagi ug igahin gyud para sa kaayuhan sa pamilya hilabina sa akong mga anak kay kini para sa ilaha.”

(Every time I receive my 4P’s cash grant, I would really immediately set aside certain amount for my kids’ vitamins because I know that health is very important. Furthermore, DSWD has always been so consistent in reminding us to spend the cash wisely and use it only for the welfare of the whole family, especially the kids)

It is indeed undeniable that Vilma and her whole family are grateful for the cash grants they receive. The Pantawid Pamilya has certainly given them a lot of reasons to celebrate life and be thankful to God and to the people behind the program as well. In fact, her two sons never fail to always enlighten their day simply by giving them pride as they continue to do better in school.

“Unta lang gyud magpadayon ni nga programa sa atong gobyerno kay kini dako gyud kayo ug natabang dili lang sa ako kundili sa mga parehas nako nga yanong tao lang. Gusto ko nga tanan pod untang mga pobre sama nako, maka benefit aning maong programa arun matabangan pod sila nga mauswag ilang pamuyo parehas nako”

(I just hope this program will still continue in the coming years because this has really given much help not just to me but also to the plain and simple citizens around. I want every poor family to benefit from this program so that they would also have that opportunity to improve their lives),” Vilma added.

She also mentioned that DSWD has also requirements which should be fulfilled such as regularly attending to the Family Development Sessions (FDS) every month. The goal of the FDS is to educate the family, especially the parents, in disciplining their kids in a proper way.With this, it is envisioned that sooner, lives of the Filipino families will improve not just physically and mentally but also spiritually.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s is a human development program of the national government. This program aims to help poor households by giving them cash grants, particularly for children aged 0-18 years old. However, the cash grants, which the beneficiaries receive every other two months, will only be released if the beneficiaries will follow the conditions laid in the said program.

On the other hand, the Self-Employment Assistance Para sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) is also a program of DSWD. This is a livelihood assistance program which allows needy families to loan in order to start their own business. The DSWD only approves the loan of those members who actively participates in the seminars, weekly meetings and business management trainings conducted by the DSWD.(Sherlyn E. Lugto/RTP/PIA10)

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DSWD Centers and Institutions Staff Acknowledged for Exemplary Performance

With two of its residential care facilities garnering Level 2 Accreditation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Standards Bureau – Central Office, the DSWD Field Office 10 staff are thankful for achieving such certification for the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and the Home for Girls.

Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman presented the Level 2 Accreditation to the Reception and Study Center  for Children (RSCC) and the Home for Girls for passing the standards in the operation and management of the Regional Office ran institutions. The accreditation was awarded last January 13, 2014 at a simple rights during the Monday Convocation at DSWD, Central Office, Batasang Pambansa, Constitution Hills, Quezon City. Present during the awarding were DSWD Field Office 10 director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, CESO III and Ms. Virginia Mayol-Cardona, SWO IV (RSCC Center Head and Center Monitor for the Home for Girls).

Director Solamillo congratulated everyone behind the success of the accreditation, and the Director was also confident that the Level 2 accreditation would be maintained with confidence, especially of how the Regional staff are performing, and how proficient management staffs are.

DSWD FO X is the only regional office awarded with the Level 2 Accreditation among all the Department-Managed centers all over the country, and is the first ever to be awarded with such accreditation; a feat that the DSWD Field Office 10 staff are very much proud of. Director Solamillo has even challenged the Centers Staff and Management to aim higher and go for a Level 3 accreditation, a challenge the Centers and Institutions gladly accepted. The Director has pledged whatever is needed to accomplish such accreditation in the coming future.

The Reception and Study Center for Children is a child-caring institution that provides services to abandoned, neglected and/or surrendered children 0-6 years of age. The primary aim of the center is to help the child achieve survival, development and rehabilitation while the Home for Girls is a residential facility that provides protection, care, treatment and rehabilitation to abused and exploited girls below 18 years old. The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and the Home for Girls are located at the DSWD FO 10 compound, Mastersons Avenue, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

Written by Marko Davey D. Reyes (Social Marketing Officer-CDD) and Ms. Virginia Mayol-Cardona, SWO IV (RSCC Center Head and Center Monitor for the Home for Girls).

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Albao: A Living Example Of Public Service Of DSWD Field Office 10

Cagayan de Oro City — To say that Olipio G. Albao is humble, committed, trustworthy, and hardworking is an understatement.

No amount of words can best describe this lowly man who serves the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 here for 32 years now as a security guard.

His mission in work does not stop upon logging out in the logbook in the office. He always goes beyond his duty and responsibilities. He is the man that can be called and relied on 24/7 for assistance.

His dedication to his work with the agency has earned admiration and emulation from his colleagues, community, and family.

He is the concrete example of a worker that works efficiently with less supervision from his supervisors.

Loving Father and Responsible Husband

Albao laid a strong foundation of family life and has set an example in his community.

A soft spoken person and a man of few words, Olipio is a responsible father to his three children.

Despite his meager income from his salary, he was able to let all his children enroll in prestigious universities in Northern Mindanao.

The eldest John Mark who finished his education degree in Xavier University-Ateno de Cagayan is now a teacher in a public elementary school in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu while the middle child Rehannah who took up Certified Plan Mechanic in Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) in this city is an electro mechanical officer of Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines in the biggest plant of Coke in the country in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

Both are married.

The youngest, Rachel Mae, is a graduating student of MUST, taking up Architecture. She is now having her on-the-job training with Architect Sugoc, the architect of Limketkai Commercial Complex of Cagayan de Oro.

He also divides household chores among their children, promoting unity, cleanliness, participation and strong family ties.

He never falters in displaying his love and affection to his children. He would always extend his patience an extra mile in dealing with them, a legacy that his married children are trying to emulate.

Ask about his how he manage to be close with his wife, Mr. Albao would answer that his secret weapon is patience. He always had good quality time with her wife Cecilia, a venue for communication and love, despite his hectic schedule as security officer and maintenance officer of the agency.

Olipio does not let things get him down. He always wears a smile wherever he goes-a distinctive characteristic of him that goes viral within the agency. His facilitative mood can, at least, lighten the clientele’s feeling, especially those who are availing of funding assistance at the Crisis Intervention Unit.

Innovations and Best Practices

Thousands of pesos have been saved by DSWD Field Office 10 after Olipio volunteered himself to do maintenance work in the field office. Instead of hiring an electrician from outside, the field office enjoys the generosity of Olipio after he supervises and maintains enough power supply to the growing demands of the field office, which has recently constructed the Tatsulo Building and Encoding Station and Data Center; where it is occupied by numerous workers who are using computers and other equipment. As it is, power outage due to overloading experienced for several months within the DSWD Field Office has been addressed.

The agency also saved a lot of money because Olipio closely monitors the lighting facilities of the field office and replacing defective ones immediately. His dedication to implement cost-cutting measures in his end has proven sufficient that it merits recognition from his direct supervisors.

At one time, clients from Home for Girls and Canteen Personnel felt a sigh of relief after a sewerage system has been constructed to solve the floodings during heavy downpour. The construction was supervised by him.

The multi-tasking ability of Olipio does not end there. He has repaired defective electric fans used by the different divisions and units of the agency. This year, he has repaired 10 defective electric fans. He has repaired also defective chairs and tables and file cabinets of the agency.

To prevent leakage and maintain health and sanitation of occupants of Home for Girls; Olipio has installed a gate valve of the water pipeline of the center. The gate valve controls the strong current of the supply of water that before resulted to the breakage and leakage of pipelines.

During the relief operations and rehabilitation efforts of DSWD Field Office 10 in the devastation of Typhoon Sendong, Olipio supervised the packing of relief supplies inside the field office. He continued his passion in extending extra miles of excellent public service by making himself available to the field office as supervisor to packers who are under the cash and food-for-work program during the augmentation of relief operation efforts of the agency during the Pablo response and Zamboanga stand-off because of his passion to help others. This is true during the devastation of Sendong when he selflessly offered his services despite being badly hit by the deadly storm.

To facilitate a systematic release of cash assistance to beneficiaries of the agency, the agency put up a sound system that allows Cashier personnel to announce the names of the next beneficiaries to be accommodated while clients are waiting at the waiting area. This addresses overcrowding at the Cashiers Office. Olipio installed the sound system.

Trustworthy multi-tasking worker  

If there is someone who can readily offer his/her services 24/7 in the DSWD Field Officer 10 without reservations, that is Olipio. He is the spark that has shined for 32 years in the field office. He is just an ordinary dweller of Zone 9, Phase 2, Macanhan, Carmen in this city, but with extraordinary achievements as worker.

Olipio claims a sense of responsibility in all undertakings of the field office, especially in attending to the needs of the clientele. He is not just a simple security guard of the agency that ensures order and peaceful environment for all, but a worker who adds other functions in order to facilitate easy accessibility of public service. As it is, he works at the field office with less supervision from his immediate superiors.

The service of the nominee is not rooted on his meager salary, but on the humility of serving other people.

He has encountered clients who scolded him for no apparent reason. He will just humbly lay down guidelines and systems and process flow of the agency in availing services and programs. He claims he will not get angry at the mad customers, instead, he will extend his patience of explaining on the laws and guidelines of the agency and facilitate them in availing services and programs.

He also happily endorses clients to the right unit or division if the need is beyond his control. With that, agency’s clientele go home happily and satisfied by Olipio’s facilitative attitude. This is true to Sendong survivors who attempted to hold rally against DSWD. After peaceful dialogue and resolution to issues and concerns, rallyists thankfully recognized Olipio’s efforts as the security guard with a facilitative attitude.

God-Centered Man

Olipio puts God at the center of his family and community life. Influenced by his loving parents, he was introduced to regularly attend and hear Holy Mass on Sundays early of his life until he got married to Cecilia. His family attends church together.

Like Jesus Christ, he learned the lesson of being humble at all times. He said it is in lowliness that he has acknowledged the manifold blessings the family receive from the Almighty.

These wondrous performances of the nominee have earned him respect, emulation, and love in his community, organization and family.

More than two years now, Olipio will retire. He is sure that he will have a legacy in leaving out the portal of the field office. He wants to be remembered as a humble person admired by people because of his excellent performance in public service.

Recently, DSWD Central Office through Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman recognized Albao as Best Support Staff – Sub Professional Category throughout the country during its 63rd Founding Anniversary. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)

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