Archive | August 12th, 2014

Village officials help DSWD in monitoring compliance of beneficiaries

Bukidnon — A hinterland village in Impasug-ong, this province, has started to help the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 in monitoring the compliance of beneficiaries to the agency’s programs and services.

Hagpa village chief Alberto H. Suday Sr. said the move will assist workers of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and other programs of DSWD here in checking compliance of the beneficiaries in his barangay.
Suday and other members of Barangay Hagpa, a far flung village that takes more than two hours motorcycle ride from the municipality proper, passed and approved a resolution creating a barangay monitoring team.
The team is composed of the Municipal Links of Pantawid Pamilya; Suday who is representing the barangay council; Sebastian Tulod who is the principal of Hagpa Elementary School, health workers of Barangay Hagpa, parent leaders of various clusters of Pantawid Pamilya, among others.
Suday disclosed that the team will call the attention of beneficiaries whose children incurred absences in classes, whose family members of beneficiaries failed to visit and to have medical check-up regularly in barangay health center, and those household head who will use the money for gambling and drinking spree and those who failed to attend the Family Development Session.
The team, he added, will also receive and facilitate resolution of grievances filed by DSWD clients and non-clients.
Jed Ocay, team leader of municipal links here said the team has helped the Municipal Action Team in advocating for compliance to DSWD program conditions since its creation last January this year.
Ocay has observed an increase of compliance among beneficiaries in village.  He cited that in Family Development Session alone in January 2013, Impasug-ong reached 90.21 percent of compliance rate. After the establishment of the monitoring team this year, Impasug-ong got 97.30 percent compliance rate or a seven percent increase compared to last year’s rate of the same period.
With that, the 12 remaining barangays of Impasug-ong will follow Hagpa’s move, said Ocay.
The measure to encourage compliance to conditions stemmed from Suday’s concern over the big amount of budget set for the program’s beneficiaries. Last year, P62 billion out of the P84 billion of the 2014 DSWD budget goes to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pili­pino Program.
“We want to safeguard the money of the government and we want to ensure that beneficiaries will not cheat the government by not complying with the conditions,” said Suday.
LGUs replicate barangay monitoring
Seeing the worth and success of the creation of barangay monitoring team, at least two local government units in Bukidnon province have replicated it.
Christopher Capinpin, Provincial Link of Pantawid Pamilya in Bukidnon, disclosed that several barangays of Quezon town and and Malaybalay City have already set up its respective team to help DSWD in monitoring the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya and other programs and services while all other locality of the province are still in the process of putting up barangay team.
Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 10 welcomed the development and commended the efforts of barangay officials in helping DSWD monitor its programs and services in the field.
This way, Solamillo said, barangay officials and municipal links can really make a difference through their job so that no one will be left behind towards development.###smu

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Fathers build KALAHI-CIDSS Day Care Center

Bukidnon – It is always assumed that when it comes to providing food for the family, the fathers are always expected to be on top of it. It is common to see women more involved in community and church activities because, according to the wives, their husbands are “out working and searching for food for the family.”

But in a small village in Barangay Siloo in the municipality of Malitbog, fathers are becoming more visible in community activities as well.

Ajito Manaba, a 49 year old farmer, remembers that when KALAHI-CIDSS under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) was implemented in their village sometime in December 2013, he and his neighbors identified that their village needed a Day Care Center.

“It always pains us fathers whenever we see our children leaving our homes in the morning and start trekking up to the next barangay to attend Day Care, which takes about almost an hour by foot,” he says.

He said that because of their anxiety towards their children’s health and security each day, they were driven to build their own Day Care Center through KALAHI-CIDSS-GPBP, a program spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

“We did a ‘pahina’ everyday. We changed shifts – father to father,” Ampilo Melgo, also a farmer in their village, shares. “We all wanted to contribute something to this project because we all know that this building is a big help for us fathers.”

On May 15, 2014, their Day Care Center was completed and inaugurated, and is now being used by 40 pupils each day.

The project cost more than P739,000 – of which the P500,000 comes as a grant from the KALAHI-CIDSS GPBP, and P239,000 from the local government unit of Malitbog. The Barangay office also shelled out in-kind contributions through provision of chairs, cabinets, and other furniture.

“I learned that when fathers become more involved in community activities, they are not just helping their own families, but the entire village as well.” Ampilo says. “Now we are more at ease knowing that our children no longer have to walk so many miles just to get to Day Care. They are now attending in our local Day Care Center – built by our own hands.”

“Kaya diay namo ang kabag-ohan kay nakatukod kami ug Day Care Center gikan sa among pagpaningkamot para sa among mga kabataan, (we realized that we can actually make a difference because we built a Day Care Center with our own power and determination for our children,” says Ajitor, who served as the Chairman for the Barangay Sub-project Management Committee created by the villagers themselves.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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August 2014