Archive | May 6th, 2015

Enumerators trained for Second Round Assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development will train 1,654 enumerators this month before the latter’s deployment for the Department’s Listahanan Second Round Assessment come June.

The enumerators, along with area coordinators and area supervisors are expected to be deployed immediately after the training, and will be paying courtesy calls to local government units prior to their household assessment activities.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development aims to assess 793,989 poor households in the region and is set to be conducted within this quarter.

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that generates data of who and where the poor are in the country.

The DSWD also encourages national government agencies, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to utilize the database as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of their social welfare programs and services. Today, there are more than eighty four (84) offices and groups that are using the Listahanan database.

The enumerators, being the front liners of the assessment, will be assigned in the various municipalities and provinces all over the region.

The assessment is targeted to be completed within the month of June this year.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Institutionalizing Community Driven Development

Lanao del Norte — “Good Governance and Transparency is the key of Local Development” inspiring words from the father of Local Government of Kapatagan, Atty. Benjie Y. Baguio.

Kapatagan is one of the 2nd class Municipality of Lanao del Norte, with a multi ethnicity group like Muslim and Christians. Most of the people engaged in farming, fishing and trading. Before Kalahi-CIDSS was introduced, most of their infra projects were implemented in accordance with the public and highways project guidelines, no community involvement. They also had a livelihood program which was designed and implemented by the LGU. Participation of people’s organization is not a practice.

Introduction of Kalahi-CIDSS

In 2010 the Kalahi-CIDSS program was introduced to their locality, imparting the concept, approach and strategy. The chief executive was convinced and believed to the idea of the program. “I could still recall sa panahon nga gi introduce kanamo ang idea sa Kalahi-CIDSS nga diin nalipay ug giganahan ko sa pamaagi niani. Bisan tuod dli na mo-agi sa buhatan sa mayor ang pondo, nakita nako kung unsay benepisyo makuha sa mga tao sa komunidad ug mao kani akong giganahan sa programa.”(I could still recall the time when Kalahi-CIDSS was introduced to our LGU, I was delighted and I like the approach. Even though the funds will no longer pass through mayor’s office but I see the advantages of the program and its benefits to the people. This is what I really like most of the program.) Mayor Baguio said.

Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a flagship anti-poverty program of the national government that empowers communities to be involved in development through community-driven development approach (CDD).

Influenced by CDD

Today, LGU Kapatagan funded and implemented their own sub-projects in which they apply the Kalahi- CIDSS approach and strategy. “Masigarbuhon ug nalipay pud mi nga dinhi sa among Municipality, among local leder nag implementar ug adaptar ug mga proyekto sa iyang kaugaligong pundo. Ug labaw sa tanan pinaagi kini sa Community Driven Development nga approach, kami mga tao o mga volunteers sa komunidad gitagaan ug dako nga katungod mo plano, mo mopadagan sa kaugalingong financial ug labi na gayud gitagaan kami mo desisyon kung unsa nga proyekto among e implementar or nahimo kami nga mga empowered volunteers.” (We are glad and proud to say that in our LGU, our leader implemented and adopted our own projects with the used of local government funding. Most especially that we implemented the said project thru Kalahi-CIDSS approach, where people in the community are empowered, we are given the opportunity to manage and to decide with what project is best for us.) says, Gloria Cagampang BSPMC.” We are now empowered,” she added.

The Kalahi- CIDSS way

One of the subprojects they implemented in Barangay Dorano that many of the villagers benefited is the water system applying the Kalahi-CIDSS strategy . “ Sa una galisud gayud mi sa among panubig, gani mobaklay pami halos usa ka kilometro para lang makakuha ug tubig. In ana kapait among sitwasyon sa una, pero karon tungod sa paningkamot sa among lokal nga pangagamhanan, nga nag adaptar sa pamaagi sa kalahi-CIDSS, gipaminaw ug gesuportahan among gusto nga proyekto nga diin maoy naghatag sa kasulbaran sa problema sa panubig.” (Before we really had a difficulty to access water, in fact we really had to travel around almost a kilometer just in order for us to get water, that is how hard our situation before. But now, with the effort of our local government officials, applying the kalahi-CIDSS Community Driven Development, our water problem was given a solution. They listened and supported our proposed project, and that is the water system) says, Julieta Bucog president of Durano Water Association.

Fruits of Labor

Another LGU funded which has the same method of Kalahi-CIDSS was the construction of classroom in Barangay Tagitik, where majority of their children can now access and avail a conducive classroom for learning’s. “Lahi gayud mi dinhi sa Kapatagan kay ang among local nga pang gobyerno nagtan-aw gayud sa kaayohan sa kadaghanan nga residente dinhi, mao man gani daghan mi mga kina-kaugalingon nga mga proyekto nga gipunduhan sa local nga kagamhanan, sama nalang sa klasrom nga diin daghan sa among mga kabataan maka skwela ug ma edukar na. Ang pamaagi parehas ra sa Kalahi-CIDSS Community Driven.” (We really are different here in Kapatagan, our Local Government is seeing the welfare of the constituents that is why we have lots of community project that has been funded and implemented, just like classrooms where majority of our children can now access education, adopting the Kalahi-CIDSS Community Driven Development way.”) Tomasa Galbinez community volunteer said.

CDD Milestones

With the support of Kalahi- CIDSS more subprojects will be realized and more communities will be benefited such as; hanging bridges, day care center, roads, water system, farm to market roads and others. And all of these will be attained because of the trust & confidence of the Local Government Unit of Kapatagan to the Kalahi-CIDSS.

LGU Kapatagan received the National Awards in 2012 as the Model LGU and chosen as Regional Nominee in 2014 DSWD National GAPAS Award.

Written by: Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD X

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Gender Differences, No More

Lanao del Norte — “Being a woman is not an issue anymore,” says 47-year- old Catherine P. Asi of Barangay Delabayan, Lanao del Norte, who believes that community development is more than a culture.

Catherine is a native Maranao of Barangay Delabayan, Kauswagan, Lanao Del Norte, and a mother of five; she became widowed in 1991 when her husband killed in an ambush that happened in their community.

After her husband’s death, Catherine’s life became a little difficult. Accustomed by their culture where only men can be considered as the head of the family and women are neither to decide nor are allowed to lead a group, she felt like an outcast, and cannot participate activities that men usually do,
for instance, in choosing a community leader or a political leader, normally only the husbands were given the opportunity to represent, while wives are just left at home to do the household chores and to care for the children.
Catherine did not find it easy raising her children with the culture she, her parents and husband have customarily practiced – until such time when she realized that she needed to go beyond traditions: to look for a job, even if it means outside the walls of her home.

Moving on

Catherine started to open herself to trainings and seminars, to learn more of what the world has to offer for her and her children.

Her participation in community organizing trainings including gender sensitivity seminars conducted by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) opened her eyes and started to change her views in life.

“Na-amguhan gyud nako nga ang babae ug lalaki parehas ra diay kung maghisgot ta ug oppurtunidad, dili sabton na porke lalaki ka ikaw ra naay katungod mo trabaho or mahimong lider”( I realized that women and men are the same or have an equal opportunity, it doesn’t mean that if you are a male you are the only one who has the right to work or to become a leader), Catherine says.
Last 2013, Catherine volunteered to be part in the implementation of Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services in their community, because she feels the need to continue her crusade in fighting poverty. Kalahi-CIDSS is a flagship anti-poverty program of the national government that empowers communities to be involved in development through community-driven development approach (CDD).

Driven the Community

After being exposed to different trainings in community development, she showed dedication and transparency to kalahi CIDSS, where eventually she earned the respect and trust of her fellow volunteers: she became one of their active community leaders.

“Dali ra nako mapasabot ug gapaminaw pud ang akong mga silingan nako tungod nakita nila kung gi unsa nako pagdala akong pamilya nga diin nahimo ako ug usa ka INA-TAY or isip inahan ug tatay” (“I can easily explain to my neighbors the goals of the program and they seem interested with what I have to say about it, perhaps because they saw me how I care for family, in which I am the mother at the same time stand as a father.”), says Catherine.
Despite not being able to finish school and having only reached grade six, Catherine has remained to be a great influence to her fellow volunteers – even the barangay chairman trusts her with her capability to the point that she represents the barangay, in behalf of the local leader, during government or non-government organization conferences.
“Wala koy pag duha-duha sa kapasidad ni Catherine mao nang basta naay invitation sa mga convention o seminar, siya gayud ang akong ginapadala, kay kabalo ko sa iyang didikasyon, mohatag ug mga pagtulon-an sa iyang nakat-onan sa iyang na apilan nga mga seminars (“I never doubt Catherine’s capabilities that is why every time there is an invitation of a seminar, I always recommend her to represent our barangay because I trust her dedication towards her work and she shared her learning’s from the training she attended”) Barangay Chairman Cosain Mananggolo said.

Women power

She learned through kalahi CIDSS that even after the program ends, she will continue to oversee the sub-project implementation, monitoring, maintenance, and its sustainability as well as promotion of gender participation.

Her determination, genuineness and dedication to lead the volunteers inspire other villagers to do more positive things that will help them improve their living condition. She makes herself as an example and an eye opener to everyone in the community/barangay that men and women are equal.

”Kung kaya sa lalaki ang pagpalambo sa komunidad, kaya pud nato mga babae (if men can lead a community to develop, so can we, women).”

Through her passion and conveying the spirit of volunteerism, Catherine received Kalahi CIDSS National Bayani Ka Award for promoting gender equality/advocacy.

Written by: Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD X

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