Archive | March 31st, 2014


Oro Youth meets with DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman last March 26, 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City to discuss on how the youth can contribute to nation building by partnering with DSWD. Secretary Soliman gives them the DSWD areas for partnership where the youth can engage in.

Photo and caption by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD culminates Women’s Month celebration

With this year’s theme, “ Juana: Ang Tatag mo ay tatag natin sa pagbangon at pagsulong” , the Department of Social Welfare and Development had a culminating activity which was headed by the Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Purita H. Santa. It was participated by selected staff particularly members of the Men Oppose Violence Everywhere (MOVE) and representatives from the different Units of the Agency .
Advocacy on the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 was discussed by Mr. Raiz A. Ampaso (SWO II) as part of the Department and Social Welfare and Developments’ information drive to eliminate human trafficking . In order to activate and strengthen Men Oppose Violence Everywhere (MOVE), a re-orientation was also done by Mr.Ian Putong. Ms Monavic Budiongan also discussed on Gender Sensitivity to develop the participants’ sensitivity in perceiving gender issues and inequalities as well as in recognizing the different situations and needs of women .
Another highlight of the one day activity was the film showing of “Enough”which showed how far a violence victim can go if and when the problem is not given resolution and intervention. This was also hoped to enhance their perception on Violence Against Women .
The Women’s Month is celebrated annually and is spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development being the lead Agency in advocating for the rights of women.
Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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Why Community-Driven Development?

There is no denying that amidst countless efforts of the Philippine Government and its different attached agencies, the struggle for attaining and maintaining the best program that would ensure sustainable growth and development for our communities is still up for debate. The government is still addressing pressing issues that has contributed to problems of poverty all throughout the country. But with every solution possible, there also lies every possible contributing factor for failure.

To defeat poverty, it is necessary to fight factors contributing to its existence. To defeat it, a comprehensive action must be done; an effective action that will end the intergenerational poverty cycle in the country.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, the country’s lead agency in the promotion of the rights and welfare of the underprivileged, has strategically molded an approach to address poverty through its Tatsulo Program. Among the programs, the Kapit-Bisisg Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Program (Kalahi-CIDSS), a Community-Driven Development project, is implemented to target poor communities to have the opportunities to resolve their own problems that contribute to their being poor.

The Community-Driven Development (CDD) is a developmental program approach which is proven and effective in promoting community empowerment; especially poor communities. It is a participatory type of development program where communities are encouraged to participate in governance to ensure that their needs are properly addressed and that resources are allocated and used for the community’s needs.

DSWD in Northern Mindanao has been implementing CDD through its Kalahi-CIDSS Program. Poor municipalities in Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental have been recipients of the program.

Communities who implement Kalahi-CIDSS appreciate the uniqueness of the project. Its multi-stakeholder approach ensures an inclusive delivery of the needed services to poor communities. Local Government Units (Provincial/Municipal/Barangay), Civil Society/Non-Government/People’s Organizations, beneficiaries, work hand in hand to implement the project.

Ana C. Defamente, a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer from San Isidro, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte was ecstatic on how she felt for Kalahi-CIDSS during one of the project’s culmination activities in Kapatagan.

“Kini ra gyud nga programa nga ang benepisyaryo magbuot unsay angay idapat ug ponduhan nga project. Ang kwarta, ang katawhan pa gyud ang maghawid. Anaa pay mga trainings sa amo nga mga volunteers aron makakat-on mi unsaon pagpadagan ug proyekto sa goberno. Makasiguro gyud ka nga dghan ka makat-unan sa proyekto”, Ana shares with so much enthusiasm. (This is the only program where the beneficiaries are themselves the ones who would choose what project to make and fund. The budget is being handled by the people. And there are trainings to capacitate volunteers on how to run government projects. You can really ensure that you learn a lot from this project.)

The project also ensures strengthened ties with Local government units. In the process, CDD supports poor LGU’s in the local development. Through a participatory process, LGUs become more effective leaders in addressing the needs of the community while the community members are empowered to participate in governance and demand social accountability from their leaders.

Atty. Benjie Y. Baguio, municipal mayor of Kapatagan acknowledges the impact of the project in the progress his municipality is accomplishing right now. He says that the project has encouraged participation of communities in various programs and services of the LGU. He says that true progress would only be attained by Kapatagan if people themselves would be included in planning and implementation of programs.

Again, to defeat poverty, it is necessary to fight factors contributing to its existence. This will never be done by a few people or the government alone. It is quite necessary that the people who are directly affected be given the opportunity to be capacitated so that they themselves be able to break themselves from the horrific grip of poverty.

So, why Community-Driven Development? Because it gives the poor the opportunity to do something about their problems. CDD ensures that progress is inclusive. It ensures everyone the opportunity to be part of the solution. It ensures transparency and accountability. This has been proven effective through the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS; together with the other Anti-poverty programs of the Department, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Written by Marko Davey D. Reyes, DSWD

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Not just “housewives” anymore: Lanao women take on the lead to community development

Lanao del Norte – Gina works on her clients, day in and day out. She goes around each day, attending to her patrons; working on manicures and pedicures, she does it with all humility and a big glaring smile.

Gina is among the many women we have today who are challenged with the realities of life; challenges of customs and traditions that limit women from opportunities. But this was a thing of the past, says Gina. Now, women in her hometown are empowered to rise from the stereotyping of yester-years.

Gina Pagente is a 40 year old resident of Barangay. Poblacion, Kauswagan, this province, married to Rolly for 15 years now, and a mother to a teen daughter. She has expended her days obliging on her role as a mother and wife, basing her worth in the family and society on how well she does her job as a woman.

Having to live in a community of mixed cultures (a mix of Maranao and Bisayans) there is always that tendency for conflict to brew within communities. She says that even though she was a Christian, they are submitting themselves to the customs and traditions of the Maranaos to eliminate any chance of building conflict within their community.

According to Maranaos in their neighborhood, the Maranaos are patriarchal; men heads over the family and community, and women are in charge of the household. Seldom do women work or even expose themselves in the community.

This practice is cascaded down from generations to generations, and even cascaded to the community, to the Bisayans in their barangay.

Gina shares that because of this, there is that tendency for women to be dependent on their husbands; an alarming matter she says, because there are families who are not well off, who needs more than a pair of hands working to provide for the family’s needs.

Rolly, her husband works as a Civilian Security Staff with the Municipal Government Unit of Kauswagan. She shares that because her husband’s job is temporary and that his salary is sometimes delayed, they have problems budgeting for food and their other needs.

“To help in raising income, I have tried learning how to do fingernail cleaning – pedicure and manicure. In this way I would be able to have additional income to cover other expenses for the family,” Gina shares.

Slowly but surely, she was able to raise money to buy basic materials for pedicure and manicure. She did home services since she is unable to work regularly at parlors because she still needs to attend to her husband and child. But what she was earning was covering ground for their family’s expenditure.

But since she was relying on regular patrons, there were days when she had no customers. There were times when she was unable to buy new materials until she finally ran out of nail coloring materials, and she couldn’t afford to sharpen her materials.

With little opportunities for women within their municipality, and even in their neighboring municipalities, she said it was hard to find another job when her previous job failed.

She was again a stay-home mom. She had a lot of time on her hands. So much time that she was able to be part of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Project under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Service (Kalahi-CIDSS) Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the municipality of Kauswagan.

She was amazed of the mechanics of the program. She said that it was unique since it was them who would implement the program and handle the funds directly, and that she was attracted to it because of the conduct of the Participatory Situational Analysis where they were the ones who would determine what sub-projects to fund, depending on the community’s needs. But what she embraced the most was that the project ensured equal rights and opportunities both to men and women.

Poblacion started implementing their drainage canal since the village has been suffering from problems with flash floods for a very long time. People were hired to work on the sub-project. Gina was fortunate enough to be hired as a timekeeper at the sub-project site. For a few days, she was earning two hundred pesos.

“At least I would be proud to say that I am part of the project, because I volunteered for it and because I worked on it”, she said.

In the four days that she was able to work as a timekeeper, she was able to raise money to buy nail polish materials and sharpen her pedicure/manicure kit. This led her to take on her pedicure/manicure job again. Soon enough, she was able to accept home services again. The income she earned was more than enough to put food on their tables and spent on the different needs of her child in school.

“One good thing was that women were allowed to work for an infrastructure project. We have been used to women being underestimated when working in this type of work, especially working with a lot of men,” Gina said.

Even Rolly is thankful that Gina was able to help them with their needs through the opportunities she had with Kalahi-CIDSS. He says that rather than spend her time at home, she spends it volunteering, and that he was happy seeing Gina happy.

Gina thanks Kalahi-CIDSS for all the opportunities she had in being part of the program. She says that Kalahi has drawn the resiliency in her. “With all the problems we have in our lives, Kalahi reminds me that as long as I am alive, there is always an opportunity to defeat poverty. I CAN make a difference,” Gina says with conviction.

The Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA project has been advocating gender equality in the project implementation. There are equal opportunities ensured both for men and women, regardless of what the job is, as long as men or women are capable of doing the job. In fact, several Maranao communities have adopted this practice, allowing women in working in the field, specifically during the sub-project implementation.

To date, Gina Pagente is among the 116 women laborers equally compensated for their services during the PAMANA implementation in the region. This number grows by the minute as the PAMANA project continues to empower communities with history of armed conflict.

Together with the DSWD’s promotion of peace in the region are efforts of promoting gender sensitivity in PAMANA implementing communities.

Written by Marko Davey D. Reyes, DSWD

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DSWD intensifies SPDR orientation for LGUs

DSWD conducted another round of orientation of the Social Protection and Development Report represented by Ms. Linda A. Canguit, the Department’s Regional Planning Officer. She emphasized the importance of the Social Protection and Development Report (SPDR) specifically on the preparation of the Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, for them to focus on those highly at risk indicators and vulnerable sectors given the limited budget of the government. She advised those members of the LPRAT to present the data in the SPDR/RVA as basis in the identification of prioritized poverty reduction projects during the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process.

About 44 local social welfare and development officers and planning and development officers in the municipalities of Bukidnon province attended the activity conducted last March 25 at Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

For the province of Misamis Occidental, Orientation on the preparation of SPDR/RVA will be conducted on April 29, 2014 at Ozamiz City and and on April 30, 2014 for the province of Lanao del Norte.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, as reported by Ms. Linda S. Canguit

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DSWD conducts Social Protection Reporting and Risk and Vulnerability Assessment in Camiguin

DSWD oriented the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Planning and Development Officer and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers and Planning and Development Officers on the preparation of Social Protection Report and Risk and Vulnerability Assessment last March 27, 2014 at Mambajao, Camiguin. The said orientation was done to help the local officers focus on those with highly at risk indicators and vulnerable sectors given the limited budget of the government.

Photo and caption by Linda S. Canguit, DSWD

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Baybay City thanks DSWD in Normin through Resolution

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Baybay City, Leyte released City Resolution No. 254 s. 2013 thanking the Department of Social Welfare and Development, particularly in Region 10, for its delivery of relief goods given to the city for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda that hit the area last 2013.

According the resolution, the province of Leyte suffered so much damage due to the typhoon and that many victims, especially the indigent families, needed the immediate relief for their basic needs “as they have nothing left.”

It also said that the DSWD was one of the first organizations that have responded to the call for help by delivering goods to alleviate the needs of the victims.

DSWD is mandated to assist local government units through augmentation of resources during disasters and to make immediate response to relief, early recovery and rehabilitation for victims of the calamities.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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