Archive | January 14th, 2015

Listahanan gears up for more program beneficiaries

To ensure that more poor households will be able to benefit from social welfare and development programs and services, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, in response to one of its strategic goals, will increase the number of poor households identified in the database of Listahanan, an information management system that the government uses to identify who and where the poor households are nationwide, so that they will able to enjoy more benefits from social protection programs provided by various government entities, non-government organizations, and civil society groups.

Based on its latest data released last December 2014, Listahanan, known before as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), shows that 286,318 Pantawid beneficiary households and 22,111 non-Pantawid beneficiary households have availed and benefited two or more programs from the Department and other partner stakeholders.
A name matching was recently conducted to ensure an accurate data of who among the identified poor households have availed of the various programs and services implemented in Northern Mindanao .

The system makes available to National Government Agencies (NGAs) and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

In Northern Midanao, as per the 1st round household assessment conducted in 2009, out of the 691,689 households assessed in the 5 provinces comprising 13 congressional districts , 9 cities and 84 municipalities , 338,749 were identified as poor.

With the Listahanan database, it aims to deliver basic programs and services to those who need them the most.
In Northern Mindanao, 78 local government units and four provincial local government units including civil society organizations have engaged with the Department of Social Welfare and Development through a Memorandum of Agreement pledging for their commitment to utilize the Listahanan database in the implementation of their various programs and services.
With the upcoming second round assessment, it is hoped that more poor households needing the most of the programs and services will be served.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Micro-lending no more

Gina Helen Estuita, 47 of Mansabay Bajo, Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental has learned a lesson of not spending beyond her income.

Gina, who is now benefiting from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), disclosed that before the family’s inclusion to the programs, she was forced to borrow money from a micro-lending institution which imposed high interest on her loan to sustain the needs of her family and the operation of her sari-sari store.

To her dismay, Gina has to pay the borrowed money, including the high interest and used the capital and profit of her small store.

Everything changed when SLP was introduced to Gina in July 2012. SLP taught Gina to spend according to her resources under the financial literacy training.
Pantawid Pamilya is a program of the national government through DSWD which invest in the health, education, and nutrition of children while SLP is a strategy which spread prosperity among Listahanan-identified poor families, especially Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program members by engaging them in resource-based and market-driven community micro-enterprises, or explore employment opportunities. Today, there are now 1,718 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Lopez Jaena town who are also enjoying the benefits of SLP.

Under SLP trainings, they are taught to spend money wisely and to manage efficiently their chosen business.

Now, Gina promised not to borrow money from micro-lending institutions. ###


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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Pantawid Pamilya gains success in pottery through DSWD’s livelihood program

 Misamis Occidental — Violeta Gimena of Biasong, Lopez Jaena, this province, always makes sure to involve her whole family with pottery making, a common business in her community.

Realizing the rich supply of clay soil in her village, Violeta, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, set up a small pottery shop.

But, Violeta only earned a minimal income since she cannot cope with the increasing demand of pottery products in the neighboring provinces of Misamis Occidental.

Violeta’s dream of expanding her business was answered when the Department of Social Welfare and Development introduced the Sustainable Livelihood Program to her in April 2012, along with other 105 Pantawid Pamilya family beneficiaries in her fishing village.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human investment program of the Department that invests in the education and health of poor families, particularly of children aged 0-18 years old. On the other hand, the SLP is the Department’s livelihood intervention that aids poor families by incapacitating them to become financially and economically stable.


With the P10,000 additional capital, Violeta with her husband Arthur and three children ventured to expand their market in Lanao del Norte and in the neighboring islands of Siquijor and Bohol.

To meet the increasing demands of supply, Violeta hired three workers.

“With my business, the future of my children is secured,” Violeta happily disclosed, adding that, “the price of success is dedication, hardwork, and unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

With DSWD intervention, Violeta claimed that, “Kaya naming ang Pagbabago!”###

Today, there are now 1,718 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Lopez Jaena who are also enjoying the benefits of SLP.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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“Tambay” becomes an entrepreneur, DSWD helped

Misamis Occidental — Dolores Lawas, 36 of Don Victoriano, a hinterland municipality of Misamis Occidental and 117 kilometers off west of Cagayan de Oro City, used to drink alcohol during her idle time with her friends while playing tong-its, a locally known card game.

Dolores disclosed that for her, life seemed meaningless. “As long as I can eat three times a day, it was okay,” she told.

Her husband Romel is a casual employee of the local government unit of Don Victoriano.

But when Dolores became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, more than five years ago, her life gradually changes.

Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s assistance to poor families that invests in their children’s education and health.

Dolores claimed that the Family Development Session of Pantawid Pamilya guided her to slowly turn away from vices and focus on caring for her three children.

In 2012, Dolores was able to avail benefits from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) implemented by the DSWD, a reason for her become more focused in improving the well-being of her family. SLP is the DSWD’s livelihood program that helps poor families rise from poverty through capacity building and provision of seed capita.
Dolores put up a carenderia, a small eatery in her town after receiving P10,000 loan from SLP.

After a year of operation, Dolores expanded her eatery into a refreshment shop. She is now earning P3,500 a week, higher compared to the weekly income of P2,000 during her first year of running her own business.


“I will never stop dreaming and working hard because success comes to those who go for it,” said Dolores in Cebuano.

Dolores added that DSWD touched and changed her life.

Today, there are now 740 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Don Victoriano who are also enjoying the benefits of SLP.###

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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