Archive | October, 2014

Model Filipino Families recognized

Cagayan de Oro- A family from this city was recently named the Regional Filipino Model family in line with the annual celebration of the Filipino Family Week by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Mr.Marcelo and Mrs. Lunita Cabus with their children, Alex (45),Marlon (40), Ramil (43), Leonil(41) and Walter(36) ,both parents work as building contractor and day care worker respectively.

Based on the criteria of the search, the Cabuses showed remarkably their love and respect with each other, while upholding and demonstrating Filipino values in their way of life encouraging love of country through community participation and involvement.

Following the Cabus family were the Lignes family , from Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental who won the second place, the Pepito family from Malaybalay City, Bukidnon ,for the third place, and the Daya family from El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, who won the fourth place.

With this year’s theme, “Celebrating the Filipino Families: Resilient and Caring”, the search was open to all families in the five provinces of the region, endorsed by the Local Government Units.

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DSWD Joins Tree Growing Activity

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently participated in a Tree Growing Activity spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources held in one of the badly hit barangays during Sendong.
Around ten employees of the Department joined in the activity along with other representatives from various National Government Agencies in the region.

The tree growing activity was part of the many activities lined up for the month-long celebration of the National Statistics Month which is being held annually. Around three hundred tree seedlings were distributed among the participants.

Other agencies who participated in the tree growing activity included the Department of Education, Department of Health, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Army, Philippine Statistics Authority, and the Department of Agriculture.
Staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in coordination with the Barangay Council of the barangay oriented the participants beforehand on the proper way of planting the tree seedlings.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources was tasked to ensure that the planted trees will be monitored regularly.

This activity is only one of the many collaborative efforts among the National Government Agencies in protecting the environment .

Written by Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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LISTAHANAN Conducts Advocacy Summit

Cagayan de Oro- The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan/NHTS-PR (National Household Targetting System for Poverty Reduction recently conducted an Advocacy Summit here.

The Advocacy Summit was conducted back to back with the Pantawid Pamilya Dance and Educational Contest and was participated in by National Government Agencies , Civil Society Organizations,and Media Partners which included both those who have and have not engaged with the Department of Social Welfare and Development through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) relative to the utilization of the NHTS-PR /Listahanan data.

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is the information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor households are needing the various programs and services of the government and other major stakeholders. The database of Listahanan is being centrally managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The Advocacy Summit was aimed to give recognition to partner agencies and Civil Society Organizations who have executed a MOA with the Department relative to the utilization of the Listahanan data and, to advocate to other organizations as well, to engage with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in order to be able to identify their potential beneficiaries who need the most of their programs and services.

Director Araceli Solamillo presented the Profile of the Poor in Northern Mindanao and the Updates on Listahanan. Testimonials were also given by representatives from Philhealth 10 and Safer River Life Saver Foundation on how they utilized the Listahanan data in identifying their beneficiaries.
Ms.Rosalina Huerbana, Executive Director of Safer River,Life Saver Foundation expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to be able to execute a MOA and utilize the Listahanan data in order for them to focus on what most -needed services they can extend to the families living near the riverbanks .

Plaques of Recognition were also distributed to local partners in Northern Mindanao including the regional offices of the Department of Health, National Economic and Development Authority, Philhealth and the Technical Education & Skills Development Authority .

Other highlights of the Advocacy Summit were the signing of partners in the Commitment Wall , display of products of beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program, and the putting up of information tables for the various core programs of the Department .

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago, DSWD

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DSWD Joins Celebration of National Statistics Month

With this year’s theme for the National Statistics Month , “NSM @ 25 and Beyond: Solid and Responsible Philippine Statistical System in Support of Globalization and Regional Economic Integration , the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Unit participated in the Exhibit competition which was formally opened for public viewing last Oct. 1, 2014, in one of the malls in the city.

Participants of the exhibit were partner and member agencies of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee of the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA formerly National Statistics Office) which included the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture,Department of Health, and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Mechanics and conceptualization of the exhibit per agency revolved around the theme of the National Statistics Month. The exhibit runs from October 1-3, 2014 and is only one of the many activities lined up within the month .
In her message during the opening program, Director Malou Igdon,stressed the importance of statistics be it for purposes of conducting researches,implementing programs, and in planning what should be done in the future. Statistics, she said, is one of the best tools in determining how far the implementation has gone so far as well as in helping determine what should be the next steps for the future .

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and target- focused strategy.

Various activities including symposiums related to statistics will be conducted with the one month celebration .

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago,DSWD

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DSWD reaches street families thru MCCT in CDO and Iligan

Cagayan de Oro-The Department of Social Welfare and Development is set to reach street families by providing them conditional grants for their children’s education and health.

About 221 families from the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro are said to be under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT), and this is done in coordination with the local government units.

The MCCT-HSF (Homeless Street Families) is a human development program of the national government that focuses on providing cash grants to street families, provided that they comply with certain conditions set by the program.

The conditions include attendance to Family Development Sessions (FDS), health center visits, and their children’s enrollment and attendance to school.

Unlike Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme for eligible poor households, families under MCCT are to attend more often in FDS in the first six months from their registration. The children will also be endorsed to the Alternative Delivery Mode or Alternative Learning System (ALS) programs of the Department of Education should the households find it difficult to send their children to a regular school.

According to Kenneth Sanchez, Program Coordinator of Pantawid Pamilya, the DSWD is now in the process of finalizing the list of these street families in coordination with the local government units of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, wherein the program is being piloted in Northern Mindanao.

Sanchez also added that the Department is now exploring possibilities on how to best implement the MCCT considering the regional context and the homeless conditions of the said families.###smu


Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas

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5,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries flock to celebrate Family Day

Over 5,000 families under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program flocked in Pelaez Sports Center last September 28, 2014 to celebrate National Family Day.

With this year’s theme as “Pamilyang Pilipino para sa Pagbabago: Tumatawid sa Kaunlaran,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day and Convergence Caravan in observance to the National Family Week, a yearly nationwide celebration held every fourth of September.

According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, the event is an opportunity for the beneficiaries to share their stories of positive changes now that they have become empowered to help themselves out of poverty with the help of the resources poured in by the government and with the non-government entities.

The Napone family, who was one of the families who participated in the event said that because of Pantawid Pamilya’s family development sessions, their family relationship have strengthened, their children are more excited in going to school, they are wiser in their expenses, and more participative in community works. The Napone family – who hails from Guinsiliban, Camiguin – was named as the Regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2014.

Irah Cristina Esporma, an 11-year-old girl who is under the same program also shared that because of Pantawid Pamilya, her parents have become more supportive towards her schooling and that she has become more confident over her dream that someday she would be able to finish school and find a good job so that she can support her parents when they grow old. Asked what she wanted to be when she grows up, she answered, “I want to work with the DSWD, as a social worker, so that I can help those who are also in need – like how DSWD has helped me and my family when we were in need.”

The event also presented the Pantawid Pamilya exemplary children, the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya and model families who have served faithfully in the communities. Various national government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society groups and the academe shared in the conduct of the event, celebrating these positive changes that the beneficiaries have shared.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of children 0 to 18 years old from eligible poor households.

It provides cash grants of as much as P1,400 to qualified households provided that they comply with certain conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers regularly for check ups and attending family development sessions.

As of September 2014, there are now 253,385 families in Northern Mindanao who are under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.###smu

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October 2014