Archive | October, 2014

PWD Volunteer: My disability is not a hindrance to help

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL — 59-year-old Maria Elena Pailden grew up with a disability that many would believe is a hindrance to leading and helping others. She could not walk.

But for Elena, her disability is not an unfortunate condition, but rather an advantage to help her community in the municipality of Sinacaban, this province.

Elena has started volunteering for Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi CIDSS) way back in 2011, after serving as one of the municipality’s councilors.

Spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Kalahi-CIDSS empowers community people to participate in the development of their barangays. This project gives them the opportunity to identify and implement whatever sub-projects they believe can ease poverty in their locality.

Since the project requires teams to implement a sub-project, Elena was identified by her neighbors to chair their Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) – a group of community volunteers in charge of overseeing the concreting of 320-meter road in Barangay Poblacion.

According to Ellen Paulo, the area coordinator for Kalahi-CIDSS in Sinacaban, the people in Poblacion named her as the chair of their BSPMC because they see that she can lead and influence her neighbors to participate. “She has the ability to see things in a wider perspective, and she lives by principle,” Paulo says.

Through Elena’s efforts in making sure that they complete the concreting of the barangay road, she and her team was able to complete the road at 420 meters – a hundred-meter more than its proposal. According to her, it was the team’s lobbying and determination that has enabled them to accomplish such.

Today, the barangay road is being used by the public and is maintained by the Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers through its operation and maintenance team.

Elena says that although Kalahi-CIDSS takes so much of her time and effort, she is still able to give quality time for her husband and her two adopted daughters. “Yes, although I am like this physically, I am still able to take care of two beautiful children. One is now happily living in London, and the other one is now attending school here in Sinacaban,” she proudly shares.

Asked what makes her happy despite her physical condition, she replied, “It is the thought that I am able to help my neighbors and my community. I am happy that although my movement is limited, my passion to serve is not.”

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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828 individuals in Lanao del Norte gained jobs through PAMANA

LANAO DEL NORTE – 828 individuals from various communities in this province has gained decent jobs through “Payapa ang Masaganang Pamayanan” (PAMANA) of the KALAHI CIDSS – National Community Driven Development (KC-NCDDP) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

According to Teofreda Dingal, Regional Deputy Program Manager of the DSWD, said that these individuals are now working for the construction of sub-projects in their communities, like hauling and time-keeping, and are compensated by the said Department.

As of October 2014, over Php1.3 Million has been used to pay the said individuals for their services.

PAMANA is the government’s framework for peace and development in conflict-affected communities. It is aimed at reducing poverty and vulnerability through community infrastructure and focused delivery of social services.

It is also implemented by the government to improve governance through partnerships with national and local institutions, building capacities for governance, and enhancement of transparency and accountability mechanisms.

According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of the DSWD, said that PAMANA also empowers communities and strengthens their capacities to address issues of vulnerability and peace through activities that promote social cohesion.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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“Lupon Tagapamayapa” Peace Mediator brings women empowerment in community development

Cagayan de Oro– 50 year old Susan Sabaldan, deems that being a peace mediator in the community call for a commitment and devoted time in public service.

Susan volunteered since April 2013 and assists in the implementation of KALAHI CIDSS – National Community-Driven Development Program in an urban community of Barangay Puntod, this city, despite the burden of her present works in the barangay as “Lupon Tagapamayapa” member. Being a concerned citizen of her community, she observed the economic or financial situation of her neighbors, which she believes need to be addressed. She made herself as one of the most active volunteers in the project implementation.

KC-NCDDP through the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach answers community issues in particular to address poverty in the community. Using this strategy, it empowers ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing and monitoring projects to address poverty issues collectively.

Determined to extend a hand

Susan has been known by her community as a peace advocate, and a mother of three children. As a peace mediator, she demonstrates her commitment to community development by showing to the community as a law abiding citizen and sets herself as an example to the villagers.
“We are proud to say that in our community we have a leader and a peace maker who is a woman” says a volunteer. “It’s not only men who can lead or manage a certain community; even women today are already empowered, therefore both men and women have equal opportunities.”

Susan personally believes that as a volunteer, I should be fair enough in my decisions and maintain myself as a good model for others. Without bias in my representation to the villagers, I widen more my knowledge and extend as well my patience in bringing change in my community.” Susan says.
Susan and other 112 volunteers have undergone capability-building trainings in the following courses: technical trainings on Pharmacy Servicing, Motorcycle Repair, Housekeeping, Dress Making and Facilitation for Janitorial Services.

According to her, the KC-NCDDP truthfully helped their community considering the project beneficiaries have gained decent jobs. Judith Gora, Ana Tabor, Kristine Gadrinab, Sheila Mabatam, Virgie Arat and Maricel Pino are now employed in different corporations. “Some are also waiting to work abroad to get housekeeping jobs,” she says.

“Kung tayo ay magtulong-tulong at makilahok sa kuminidad, kaya natin ang pagbabago at mabigyan natin ng maayos na buhay ang bawat Pilipino,” Susan says.

Written by Mario Luis Arquiza, DSWD

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Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council organized

Cagayan de Oro City – The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC) was recently organized with the facilitation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development held here September 3, 2014.

The said organization also conducted its first meeting that includes an orientation on the features of Republic Act 10630, an act strengthening the Juvenile Justice System of the Philippines amending Republic Act 9344, otherwise known as the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.” The said meeting also introduced the functions of RJJWC which was discussed by the Cagayan de Oro Public Attorney Office (PAO).

The gathering ended with the formulation of 2014 Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council Plan of Action by all Members. The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC) is composed of the DSWD, which serves as the Chair, and the departments of justice, education, interior and local governance, health, Commission on Human Rights, League of Cities and Municipalities, children and youth sector, and non-government organizations.


Written by Mario Luis Arquiza, DSWD


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DSWD-10 shepherds KC-NCDDP Trainors

Cagayan de Oro–The Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted a ten-day Training of Trainors for its newly hired employees under KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP), held here last September 22 to October 2, 2014. The objective of the activity was to orient, train and equip the new staff regarding information pertaining to the concepts and rationale of the said program.
The KC-NCDDP is the scaling up of the Kapit –Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the national government’s flagship programs of the national government for poverty reduction.

The participants were the Area Coordinators, Municipal Monitors, Deputy Area Coordinators, Municipal Financial Analyst and Community Facilitators which comprise the Area Coordinating Teams (ACTs) or Municipal Coordinating Teams (MCTs). The training discussed the whereabouts of KC-NCDDP in the context of development, the roles and functions of ACT ot MCT as counterparts and the correlation of each position to other ones.

The KC-NCDDP uses the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach to address poverty. Using this strategy, it will empower ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing and monitoring projects to respond local scarcity issues and concern communally. The program currently covers 367 of the poorest municipalities in 12 regions. This number will increase to 847 in 16 regions within the year.

In the culmination program DSWD Field Office X regional director Atty. Araceli Solamillo challenged the participants to make sure that they will work as a team, encouraging collaboration or partnership with other stakeholders, conveying as well their commitments and innovations in helping attaining the goal of the project.

Written by Mario Luis Arquiza

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Pantawid Pamilya children from Normin joins National Children’s Congress

Three children from Northern Mindanao recently joined the National Children’s Congress (NCC) last October 22-26, 2014 sponsored by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Quezon City to observe Children’s Month slated every October.

Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Child winners Jinky Gomez, 14, Ilyn Jie Nestal, 14, and Kythe James Sanes, 9, recently joined other children from other regions to celebrate the said event which aims to inspire children to become better citizens and that through them change can happen in the communities. The same event was also part of the Department’s campaign on “Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago” – an advocacy effort of the DSWD in empowering poor families to combat poverty through community participation, education, and health.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is the conditional cash transfer scheme of the Philippine government that invests in the health and nutrition of poor families, particularly for their children aged 0-18.

NCC included fun-filled activities that allow children to appreciate their own talents and gifts, improve their skills in dancing, singing, song-writing, and other arts.

During its culmination, the children were joined by DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, Dingdong Dantes, Commissioner of National Youth Commission (NYC) and officials from the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) to celebrate Children’s Month.

Jinky who hails from El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental is Northern Mindanao’s winner for the Search of Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children, followed Ilyn from Calamba, Misamis Occiental, and Kythe from Lala, Lanao del Norte.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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Buwan ng Wika and Fiesta sa Nayon Conducted

The Regional Haven for Women, a residential facility managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development which provides protective and rehabilitative services to women who are victims of exploitation and abuse , recently celebrated the Buwan ng Wika and Fiesta sa Nayon in the Center.

With the support of the staff and active participation of the residents, the double celebration was a success.

Highlights of the celebration included the Search for Ms.Buwan ng Wika, which gave the residents the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills which helped in developing their sense of confidence as well as their socialization skills.

Group sessions were conducted wherein the theme for the celebration was explained to the residents giving emphasis on the conduct of relevant activities related to language and Filipino culture.

The activities were considered beneficial to both the clients and staff specially in maintaining good working relationship which is very essential in the helping process.

Written by Rosanel D.Pague/Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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DSWDs women facility celebrates Family Day

The Regional Haven for Women in Northern Mindanao commemorated the Family Day celebration with this year’s theme , “Celebrating the Filipino Families: Resilient and Caring.

Activities for the one day activity participated in by the residents and some invited family members included a mass officiated by Msgr. Florencio Salvador. This was then followed by a short program showcasing the talents of the residents and parlor games facilitated by the houseparents and Center staff. Residents had the chance to reunite, socialize and, and strengthen family ties.

The Regional Haven for Women is a residential facility managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It provides protective and rehabilitative services to women who are victims of exploitation and abuse.
The Center annually celebrates Family Day with the participation and cooperation of the residents along with the support of the staff.

Another highlight of the day-long activity was the conduct of group sessions and family conferences with the presence of representatives from their respective Local Government Units particularly from the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices where the residents come from .

Written by Rosanel D. Pague/Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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