Archive | April, 2014

DSWD Partners with DepEd’s School-Based Feeding Program

A two-day Planning Workshop on the School-Based Feeding Program was conducted recently at the Regional Education Learning Center. It was attended in by school implementers which includes School Heads, Feeding Coordinators, and School Bids and Awards Committee members.Representing the Department of Social Welfare and Development was Ms.Sheryl N.Ave, the Regional Nutritionist & Dietitian.
The Department of Education recognizes the importance of good nutrition to the improvement of academic performance of learners. It is considered to be a sound investment in education as it is associated with increased enrollment, improved attendance, better performance , decreased repitition, and decreased dropout. Hence, DepEd proposed in the 2014 Budget a School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP)and was approved by President Aquino.The said feeding program will cater to a targeted 562, 262 severely wasted school children from Kinder to Grade 6 nationwide.
The SBFP shall be implemented in partnership with the local government units, non-government organizations, civil society organizations. Budget for the said Feeding Program shall be lodged with the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The feeding program is expected to start this July 2014 and many preparatory and planning activities are needed to be done at the Regional and Division levels, one of which was this planning workshop wherein the Operational guidelines for the program was presented .
In Region 10, there will be an estimated 17,529 children to be fed starting this July . It is expected that with the feeding program, children will have improved nutritional status, improved school attendance , and decreased dropout rate among the elementary and secondary students.
The School Based Feeding Program aims to provide hot meals to the children within a 120- day period. Following the developed, standardized recipes using malunggay, along with the 20-day cycle menu utilizing locally-produced and/or grown foods, beneficiaries are assured of an additional 300 calories per day to address their nutritional deficiencies.
Written by Sheryl N.Ave & Mitzie Santiago,DSWD

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DSWD beneficiary makes summer fun, worthy for family

Cagayan de Oro City — It’s school vacation this summer, which means most kids are planning to goof around the pool, head to the beach or meet new friends during summer camps-just to find ways to cool off from the sizzling environment.

But, it’s not for the Verana Family of St. John, Puntod this city.

The Veranas, a Pantawid Pamilya household under Set 1A, will be busy preparing for homemade foods and quenchers to be sold here in order to earn for their studies next school opening and for their daily needs.

Edith, 50, and mother of five children, helps her husband, Ramon, 50, buy ingredients for native delicacies they bake such as “puto” and “suman”. “Suman” is a glutinous rice soaked, milled, mixed with coconut milk and sugar, wrapped in the banana leaves and steamed while “puto” is a kind of steamed rice cake derived from the Southern Indian dish Puttu. It is eaten as is or with butter and/or grated fresh coconut.

At dawn, the Verana siblings: John Paul, 17; Jenevive, 16; and Melanie Grace, 14; help their mother bake these delicacies; after which Ramon wakes up and sells the baked native delicacies in Agora Market and Terminal here.

Edith disclosed that she divides the task of baking the delicacies among her children since they started to establish its business after availing the capital seed from the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in November 2013.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants. It is implemented through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which equips the program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by making use of available resources and accessible markets.

After a month of operation, Edith, one of the 12 members of Puntod Bangon Kabus Association organized by SLP, has fully paid her loan to DSWD.

Aside from the native delicacies, the Veranas also operates a small sari-sari store where they display cups of Binignit, a Visayan vegetable soup traditionally made with slices of sabá bananas, taro, and sweet potato. The mixture is brought to a boil; being stirred occasionally until done.

More income from tailoring

Early this month, Edith graduated from a dress-making class sponsored by the Urban Community Driven Development Program of DSWD here, in collaboration with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Northern Mindanao.

After graduation, the barangay sub-project management council chairperson of Puntod said she immediately earns from dress-making as her neighbors come to her house for tailoring jobs.

While on training with TESDA and Urban CDDP, Edith’s mother gave her a sewing machine for her to practice in making dress, blouse, polo, long pants, and curtains.

Edith and her fellow dress-making graduates is now a member of a women’s livelihood organization in Puntod which will provide tailoring-related services.

Commitment to support children’s education

Edith, a parent leader of Pantawid Pamilya in her cluster of Puntod here, assured DSWD that she will support the studies of her children, who are all studying last school year at Lapasan National High School in this city.

With the interventions provided by DSWD, Edith is optimistic that she can have all her children finish high school. “Sigurado ko nga makabangon mi sa kakabus ug makatapos og high school akong mga anak,” she said. (I am sure we can rise from poverty and my children will finish high school)

She hopes that all her children will earn a job after finishing their secondary formation.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD


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Resiliency and Diligence in Livelihood Boost Norhaya’s Faith in Herself

Norhaya Toma has always believed that resiliency and diligence are two important pillars to success. Having nine children, she knows how bitter life could be, especially when finances are not enough to provide their basic needs. Living in a small village in Barangay Piraka, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, in the province of Lanao del Norte, Norhaya had little opportunities to improve their way of life. Even chances to make ends meet were slim, she recalled.

Like any other mothers who only want to provide for her children, the 53-year old searched daily for ways to be able to bring food on their family table. At one point, because of her resourcefulness, she was able to open her own sari-sari store but because of the lack of capital and the lack of knowledge in managing her business effectively, it eventually closed down.

“I felt like I was in a dark room, not knowing what to do to see that light I needed. I was actually at that point of questioning myself as a person. Why can’t I provide a good life for my family?” Norhaya says.

The day Norhaya was introduced to the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, she felt that this was an opportunity for her to get back on her feet. She eagerly made herself available to capability building workshops the Program provided.

The SLP is a DSWD intervention that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households such as that of Norhaya’s. Through the community-driven enterprise development approach, participants like her undergo workshops and skills training in order to determine the most suitable market-driven and resource-based livelihoods to engage in.

“It was in these workshops where I saw the mistakes I did in the Sari-sari store that I managed. It was in these workshops where I learned how to manage a small-scale business, how to get more customers, and to sustain it even with the little that I have,” Norhaya says.

Thankful for the financial support of the Hanapbuhay Piraka 4P’s SEA-K Association – an association established through the DSWD’s Micro-Enterprise Track of the SLP, Norhaya rebuilt her Sari-sari store, this time armed with knowledge and strategies in managing the business.

Today, she prides herself because of her resiliency and diligence in putting up her business. The store became a source of income for her and her nine children. It has brought food on their table and has provided for their basic needs. “I can now even bring my children to the market to buy them toys,” she smiles.

Although there were times that the business came to a low point, she did not mind. “I think it is part of the business, but I do not let it bother me. I am pretty much sure that with just a little faith in myself, I can get back on my feet.”

Norhaya is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipno Program beneficiary who is also identified under Listahanan – the national household targeting system used by the DSWD and other social protection providers for poverty reduction.

Written by Charmaine Tadlas, DSWD

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Supplementary feeding boosts Pantawid child’s academic performance

Cagayan de Oro City — A mother in this city claimed that her child becomes mentally and physically alert after undergoing supplementary feeding by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao.

Lota Janiola, 42 of West Kolambog, Lapasan here is proud that her son, John Manny, 5, received several awards from West Kolambog Day Care Center during the recently concluded recognition day. The Janiola family is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary under Set 5 B.

Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s Conditional Cash Transfer scheme that prioritizes health and education for children 0-18 years old through provision of monthly cash grants.

John Manny was awarded outstanding award, best in reading, most friendly and most punctual.

Lota attributed the achievement of her son as a result of good nutrition he earned from the regular feeding program of DSWD, implemented in coordination with the local government unit of this city.

Johnny Manny is one of several day care pupils in his village found to be underweight before the implementation of the feeding program in September 2013. Now, he weighs 15 lbs; earning two pounds from his previous weight of 13.

The younger Janiola has also shifted his choice of favorite food-from hotdogs to vegetables and fruits since his mother became more vigilant in preparing these healthier foods for their family’s consumption.

Asked why she has now become conscious of the foods she brings to her family, Lota says that she has seen the positive changes in her son’s activities and performance in school because of good eating habits and has now decided to maintain the healthy lifestyle. “Kaya nako ang kausaban, ug magsugod kini sa akong pamilya pinaagi sa pagkaon nga among ginahatag para sa among mga bata,” she says.

The feeding program of West Kolambog, Lapasan this city, which culminated last summer, provided variety of vegetables, fruits, and fish for day care pupils.

The supplementary program of DSWD aims to provide food, including locally processed foods, equivalent to 1/3 of the recommended energy intake, and 1/3 of the recommended intake for protein, iron, and vitamin A; to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers/child caregivers as well as of other family members along key nutritional practices; to monitor the growth of beneficiaries regularly; and to refer beneficiaries to health care facilities as may be needed.

Targets of the program are: wasted infants 6 months to 24 months old, or those with MUAC<115 mm; underweight pregnant women; wasted preschool children 36-71 months old, or those with MUAC<115 mm are the third priority; underweight school-age children; and malnourished children discharged from health facility.

For her part, DSWD Northern Mindanao’s supplementary feeding focal Sheryl Ave, a nutritionist, emphasized that proper nutrition is essential for building children’s bodies.

Ave said it is the energy used to grow child’s body to adulthood and it’s the fuel they need, both to physically get them from place to place, as well as to learn.

Nutrients are the building blocks that grow muscle, support bone density, encourage proper cell development, support immune defense, and develop brain function – all the functions that are necessary to grow your child into a healthy, strong adult.

Without proper nutrition, Ave said, the child will have difficulty learning in school, exhibit poor behavior, be sluggish and have limited energy, or on the opposite end be hyperactive.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD.


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More indigent senior citizens receive pension from DSWD

Cagayan de Oro City – 19,417 senior citizens in Northern Mindanao are now enjoying the benefits of the Social Pension provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. This was issued by the DSWD in its first quarter report, revealing that 3,198 are coming from Bukidnon, 843 from Camiguin, 4,910 from Lanao del Norte, 5,304 from Misamis Occidental, and 5,162 from Misamis Oriental.

The Social Pension is additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of senior citizens.

Qualified senior citizens are those who are considered frail, sickly, or with disability; without pension from private and government institutions; without permanent source of income, compensation or financial assistance from his or her relatives to support his or her basic needs.

The Social Pension targets those citizens who are under the DSWD’s Listahanan – the national government’s targeting system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The same program serves those who are 77 years old and above.

The Social Pension is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the “Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010.”

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD taps health officials for measles prevention

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao has tapped the expertise of local health officials to prevent possible viral infection caused by measles to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

Jerome Humawan, Family Development Session (FDS) focal of Pantawid Pamilya, said the doctors, nurses, and midwives have conducted lectures about the potentially deadly infection during the monthly conduct of FDS in order to protect the beneficiaries against measles, especially children, pregnant mothers and immuno-compromised individual.

Northern Mindanao has 248,606 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and is divided into 8,815 cluster group. Each cluster is composed of 30 to 35 households.

Humawan disclosed that during the first two months of this year local health officials intensified its campaign against possible spread of measles virus among beneficiaries.

“It was a region wide activity of FDS where majority of the resource persons are from the Department of Health, registered nurses from RN heals, midwives of LGUs, and city and municipal health officers,” he said.

During the discussion, local health officials emphasized on the importance of measles vaccination to Pantawid Pamilya grantees, as it is a highly contagious disease. A single measles case can infect up to 18 other individuals.

Measles is an infection of the respiratory system, immune system and skin caused by paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus.

During the FDS, the health officials told the parents that most children with measles easily recover, but the illness may cause death because of pneumonia, acute diarrhea with severe dehydration or acute encephalitis.

Pantawid Pamilya is a program of the national government that promotes human capital accumulation by incentivizing the children’s capacity to stay in school. The accumulation of human capital is necessary to break the transmission of inter-generational poverty and to make growth more inclusive while FDS is one of the conditionalities of the program that beneficiaries should comply with in order to receive cash grants.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD


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Rain or Shine

DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya workers brave the slippery and muddy road of a hinterland barangay of Kitaotao, Bukidnon to conduct massive validation of potential grantees of the program.

“Caption by Oliver Badel Inodeo; Photo by Cherrylou Acobo”

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Pantawid Pamilya Validation

Potential grantees of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development troop to the on-going validation such as this in the interior town of Kadingilan, Bukidnon.

Bukidnon has 8,054 potential beneficiaries.

“Caption by Oliver Badel Inodeo; Photo by Cherrylou Acobo”

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April 2014