Archive | April 28th, 2015

DSWD trains Area Supervisors for Listahanan Household Assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is set to train 172 area supervisors for the second batch, out of 331 newly-hired area supervisors within this week to prepare them for the upcoming second-round assessment of the DSWD’s Listahanan also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) scheduled within the first semester of this year.

Listahanan or the NHTS-PR or Listahanan 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.

The newly hired Area Supervisors will be deployed in various areas in Northern Mindanao. Part of their responsibilities will be handling enumerators in the areas they will then be deployed.

For the four-day training, modules on how they will be handling various scenarios they and their teams will encounter in the field during the conduct of the household assessment will be discussed.

Mr. Manuel Borres, Assistant Regional Director for Administration stressed their crucial role as Area Supervisors for the successful implementation of the Second Round Assessment. He cited to them that they should learn by heart their roles and responsibilities in handling their assigned enumerators.

A total of 793,989 households will be targeted for assessment for the Second Round assessment.

The first Round of Assessment was conducted way back 2009 with 691,689 households assessed in which 338,749 households were identified as poor.

The training aims to equip the Area Supervisors with the necessary skills before they will be deployed in the field, in order to come up with reliable and accurate data from the households that will be assessed. They are also expected to be part of the training team in the next batches of training for Area Supervisors and enumerators which will be conducted by province in the succeeding weeks.

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago, DSWD

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Honoree to fellow grantees: Don’t waste cash grants

Cagayan de Oro City — An honor student in Gingoog City, some two hours ride from here, calls for his fellow grantees of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) to capitalize on education and health and not waste the opportunity and the cash grants provided under the program.


In a recently concluded commencement exercise of Bal-ason National High School, 15-year old Jachor Mc Collins Calvo Opaon of Barangay Hindangon, Gingoog City, stressed to both students and parents who attended the activity that, “what we are enjoying now is a gift that must be capitalized on,” adding that “ once these opportunities are put to waste, there is no way to bring the past back and it is sad to look back on the opportunities wasted and lingered on the ‘what-if’s.’


Jachor is all praises with Pantawid Pamilya, expressing gratitude to President Benigno Aquino III and to DSWD for promoting and implementing the program. He says Pantawid Pamilya has been helping him and his parents.


“The meager income of my mother, a Barangay Nutrition Scholar, and father, a farmer, is not enough to supplement all the needs of my family,” Jachor discloses, adding that, “Now, with the cash grants, we have a budget for our education.”


He also thanked his parents for pushing him to be the best that he could be and for always reminding him the importance of education to whatever dreams he has in the near future.


Academic Achiever


Jachor is among the millions of Pantawid Pamilya grantees in the country who will move on up after completing his Grade 9 studies in Bal-ason National High School in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental province.


In the recently concluded recognition ceremonies, Jachor is the top one in his class. He also received the Best in English, Best in Science, Best in Filipino, Best in MAPEH, Best in Art awards. The city government of Gingoog through Mayor Marie Guingona also recognized him as outstanding Grade 9 student in the city.


Active Student


In a generation where youth is synonymous with the social media and mobile phone applications and gaming, Jachor struggles to become effective and focus on family, education, values education, and decorum, instead.


Like his elementary years, Jachor manifested his grace and enthusiasm through his active involvement in his community and school.


He was an editorial writer participant in the Regional School Press Conference, a science quiz bee finalist, among others. He tries to balance his curricular and extra-curricular activities to develop a well-rounded character.


He once bagged third place at the Mathematics challenge, MTAP (Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines) contest.


Pantawid Pamilya is a government’s poverty-reduction strategy that provides cash grants to extremely poor households aimed at helping them raise educated and healthy children aged 18 years and below.


It utilizes the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme where beneficiaries receive cash grant provided that they send their children to school, get preventive health check-up, and the parents attend the monthly Family Development Session.


Jachor is one of the 8,818 household grantees of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental of Pantawid Pamilya. Currently, Northern Mindanao has 271,077 active household beneficiaries of the program.###smu


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao with reports from Skye Stephan Reyes (SWA in Gingoog City).


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PWD among top academic achievers of Pantawid in NorMin

Cagayan de Oro City — Life has not been easy for 17-year-old Edy Rose T. Tayab of Purok 17, Barangay Butong, Quezon, Bukidnon. She was born with a congenital deformity. She has no feet and left hand.


But Edy Rose did not let her disability get in the way of achieving her dreams. She wanted to excel in her class, just like her friends.


“I want to prove myself that I can do what the normal people can do,” claimed Edy Rose who disclosed that she cannot avoid to compare herself to her classmates.


Having no feet, Edy Rose can still manage to walk using her underdeveloped lower limbs without crutches daily.


Her residence is approximately three kilometers away from Apayao National High School, a challenge she has to face just to finish her secondary formation.


“Usahay makamahay ( I feel resentful at times),” she said, especially when some or her classmates or even adults would taunt her, saying, “Nganong ing-ana man imong nilaktan? Mohilom nalang ko. Pero sa akong galamhan gisakitan nako, (Why are you walking like that? I just keep silent. But deep inside I am hurt).”


A dream come true


Edy Rose, who placed top nine at Apyao National High School of Quezon town, this year started focusing on her studies even while in her elementary years. She is a consistent honor pupil.


“I enjoy studying,” Edy Rose said, adding that it was during in her elementary years that she noticed she loves Mathematics.


“It feel like I’m just playing games when it comes to Mathematics,” said Edy Rose. She added she wants to answer Mathematical challenges.

Finishing at the ninth place is a dream-come-true for Edy Rose, who plans to take business and accountancy related courses in college.


Thankful to DSWD, PNoy


Edy Rose, monitored by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (Pantawid Pamilya) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), expresses her heartfelt gratitude to DSWD and to President Benigno Aquino III.


“Magpasalmat jud ko sa DSWD ug ni Presidente PNoy kay natabangan ko nila sa pag-eskwela pinaagi sa Pantawid Pamilya aron makab-ot nako ang akong mga pangandoy,” she said. (I will thank DSWD and President PNoy because they have helped me in my studies and in reaching my dreams through Pantawid Pamilya).


Before having been enrolled in the program, Edy Rose recalled that her family could hardly send her to school. “May adlaw ko nga walay balon sauna. Karon kompleto nako og balon ug mga gamit sa eskwelahan,” she disclosed. (Before, there were days that I don’t have food to take for my meal. Now, I have food to eat and I have school supplies.)


Fellow Achiever


Edy Rose is not the only Pantawid Pamilya academic achiever in her school. Via Calibjo is the Class Valedictorian of Apyao National High School.

Calibjo also received academic awards like the Excellence in English, Excellence in Filipino, Excellence in Mathematics, and Excellence in Science.


Pantawid Pamilya is a government’s poverty-reduction strategy that provides cash grants to extremely poor households aimed at helping them raise educated and healthy children aged 18 years and below.


It utilizes the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme where beneficiaries receive cash grant provided that they send their children to school, get preventive health check-up, and the parents attend the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).


Edy Rose and Via are among the more than 20,381 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who will graduate this school year 2014-2015. Currently, Northern Mindanao has 271,077 active household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.


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DSWD male workers support elimination of violence

Cagayan de Oro City — Male workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao support the campaign for the elimination of violence against women and other sectors of society.

The workers, who are members of Men Opposed to Violence against women and other sectors Everywhere (MOVE) has dramatized its support through a motorcade in major thoroughfares here recently.

MOVE DSWD Field Office 10 chapter president, Rogelio Jabla, said MOVE members aim to pursue its commitment in recognizing their role as protectors of women and other sectors.

Organized in 2007, MOVE has been taking initiatives to support implementation of the Republic Act 9262 or the act defining violence against women and their children.

The law defines violence against women and their children as any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

“As members of the MOVE, we are condemning any acts of violence against women and other sectors of our society,” said Jabla.

After the motorcade, the lecture on RA 9262 was done at DSWD Field Office 10.

The activity is one of the highlights of the women’s month celebration this year with the theme, “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na.”### smu


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao.

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April 2015