Archive | June, 2015

Nutritional status of 2,324 day care children in NorthMin improves

Cagayan de Oro City — The nutritional status of 2,324 children enrolled in day care centers across Northern Mindanao were reported to have normalized after undergoing the children into a 120-day feeding program implemented by the government.

More than 132,000 children who were enrolled in day care centers were given supplementary food given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP). 15,077 of them were reported to be malnourished prior to the feeding program.

According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of the DSWD, malnutrition among these children has decreased by 1.77% after six months from the time SFP started its implementation in the day care centers.

“From 11.37% rate of malnutrition, there was a remarkable decrease to 9.60% of malnutrition among these children,” says Solamillo.

The Department of Science and Technology revealed that in their 2008 National Nutrition Survey, results showed that malnutrition proved to be prevalent among Filipino children. The National Statistics Office also showed in their 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey that about 1.1% of Filipino families were considered as hungry and food-poor.

“DSWD implemented the SFP as a response to the urgent call to help the food-poor families, especially their children,” Solamillo says.

The SFP is the provision of hot meals to be served during snack or meal time to day care children five days a week for 120 days. The parents also help in the program by managing and preparing the food using indigenous food supplies guided by the DSWD and the local government units.

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DSWD Region X Conducts KALAHI-CIDSS National Community Driven Development Program Governors and Mayors’ Forum

Cagayan de Oro – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Northern Mindanao recently conducted KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven Development (KC-NCDDP) Governors and Mayor’s Forum for the additional 44 Municipalities that comprise the Provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and some additional Municipalities of Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte, held at Pryce Plaza Hotel.

The KC-NCDDP is a flagship anti-poverty program of the national government that empowers people through the community-driven development (CDD) approach. The project aims to empower local communities; reduce poverty by providing seed funds for community infrastructure, common service facilities, capability building and improve governance by providing stronger feeling of belonging and community ownership. The program is in support with World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

The objective of the forum is to discuss and present the comprehensive principles of KC-NCDDP and to officially facilitate the signing of Memorandum of Agreement with the new 44 Municipal Mayors.

In the program proper, DSWD X Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo gave her welcome message with the emphasis on encouraging new Local Chief Executives to support the program by enabling Kalahi CIDSS Champion Municipalities in region 10 to showcase their best practices on Kalahi-CIDSS implementation.

To date, Hon. Governor Khalid Mohamad Q. Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte and Hon. Mayor Benjie Y. Baguio of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, both shared Kalahi CIDSS positive experiences in the ten year implementation since 2003, where Province Of Lanao del Norte was the pioneering pilot province of the region.

Other highlights of the activity were the presentation of data of the 2014 Kalahi CIDSS accomplishment report, highlighting 13 municipalities (11 in Lanao del Norte and 2 in Misamis Occidental) that had completed the Kalahi CIDSS implementation, and generated a total of 112 community projects with an accumulated project cost of P15 Million. From the Yolanda affected areas, a total of 92 community projects were identified and prioritized by the seven municipalities: Mahinog, Catarman, Sagay, Guinsiliban, Mambajao in Camiguin, Malitbog Bukidnon and Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, with a total cost of P101 Million and a counterpart of 4 Million pesos coming from the municipalities both cash and in-kind.

The forum ended with the signing of 44 Memorandum of Agreement spearheaded by DSWD X Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo and the Municipal Mayors concerned.

Written by: Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD-X

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DSWD beneficiaries finish tech skills, gain decent jobs

Medina, Misamis Oriental – Mr. Ryan Mangca, a 27 year old father of one child was one of the 25 graduates of Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II which he earned through the assistance of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Ryan, who is currently a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, is now a regular employee of Fresh Fruit Ingredients Incorporated. He now earns a daily income of P291.00.

According to Ryan, having completed a technical course made him more confident as a breadwinner for his family. He says that he is grateful to the government that he was able to earn a diploma and land in a decent job. “My family gives me inspiration to thrive and work harder for our better future,” he says.

Mrs. Pamela Salazar, on the other hand, is a newly certified Massage Therapist who is currently employed at Duka Bay Resort. A mother of three children and a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary as well, Pamela completed a course of Massage Therapy under the SLP. She shares that this accomplishment has changed her and her family’s condition.

The same positivity is also expressed by Mrs. Maricel Dadang from Purok 5 Alubijid, Misamis Oriental who is now waiting for her passport to work as a Household Service Worker in Qatar.

Ryan, Pamela and Maricel are three of the 84 graduates who have completed technical courses offered by the Skills Mastery Institute (SMI).

Misamis Oriental Yevgeny Vicente Emano also expressed his thanks to the national government for bringing programs and projects such as SLP to the province of Mismais Oriental. “Mindanao has been called the ‘land of promise’, people promise us things and yet they do not come. DSWD has indeed realized their promise,” he added.

To this date, the SLP is counting more graduates and improved lives.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a multi-stakeholder program of the DSWD that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households. The program facilitates opportunities for the development and management of resource-based, culturally sensitive, market driven and economically viable micro-enterprises; employment facilitation; community empowerment through skills enhancement trainings; link program participants to micro-insurance providers and promote comprehensive family-based approach and community participation.

The implementation of Sustainable Livelihood Program immensely improved some of the lives of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in this province.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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The student is now a teacher

Cagayan de Oro City —On April 27, Evelyn Caballero, 39 of Barangay Balulang of this city marched on stage along with her husband and daughters during the graduation ceremony of the Philippine Institute of Skills and Development (PISAD).

PISAD is the partner of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao in training Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries under the Sustainable Livelihood Program technical-vocational skills training.

Evelyn finished the Beauty Care Course of PISAD and passed the NC II accreditation by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).


After more than a month, Evelyn is now teaching the clients of Haven for Women of DSWD here.

Happy to share

Happiness to see others developed their skills in beauty care matters most to Evelyn.

“Gusto ko ma-improve ang skills nila ug gusto ko nga daghan ang matabangan,” she said. (I want to improve their skills and I want to help more people)

Evelyn will be teaching the clients of DSWD on manicure, pedicure, make-up, foot massage and spa, among others every Tuesday and Wednesday until July 2015.

Haven for Women Center Head Rosanel Pague disclosed that DSWD utilized the expertise of Evelyn because she has been into training with DSWD clients for several years.


Evelyn has a parlor in Balulang then. But, in December 2011, Tropical Storm Sendong ravaged all her beauty tools. She was left with nothing.

Persevere in dreaming to finish tech-voc course

After more than three years Sendong hit this city and in Iligan, Evelyn’s prayer for beauty care kit has been answered.

PISAD gave beauty care kits to 30 Pantawid Pamilya graduates under the SLP skills training program in coordination with TESDA.

Evelyn, president of the class, said her family has a brighter future because of DSWD.

Before, Evelyn disclosed that she has been into training by private institutions in beauty care but it is not accredited by TESDA.

“Lahi ra jud sa SLP kay TESDA accredited man gud. Dili lang mi basta graduate, tinud-anay jud nga graduate,” she said. (SLP skills training is different because it is accredited by TESDA. We are not a mediocre graduate, but an excellent graduate).

Under the SLP skills training program, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are helped to become productive and gainfully employed through skills training, job search assistance, and provision of cash allowance for transport and food.

Majority of the beneficiaries are children and dependents of recipient families of the DSWD Cash Conditional Transfer (CCT) also known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

TESDA, through its 126 administered training institutions, is responsible for the skills training and development component of the project. The six-month training includes skills assessment and certification and entrepreneurship development activities.

The skills training program has two components: training for wage employment and training for self-employment.

Parlor re-opens

For Evelyn, she is interested in re-opening her parlor in Barangay Balulang. She doesn’t want to go abroad for employment because she wants to focus on guiding her daughters who are in school.


Evelyn’s elder daughter Christine Mae is taking up social work course, Flynda Jane Leizl is a Grade 10 of Balulang National High School, and Christie Liza, a Grade 4 of Balulang Elementary School here.

With the re-opening of her parlor, Evelyn claims that, “nakatawid na jud ko.” (I have overcome poverty).

Before, she said, her family could hardly support the education of their children.

Thankful to PNoy and DSWD

With the national government’s intervention through DSWD’s conditional cash transfer to improve the plight and condition of the poor families and to empower them through skills training; Evelyn is thankful to the program.

“I thank President (Benigno) Aquino and DSWD for giving us the chance to live out of poverty,” she said in vernacular.

“It really helped me and millions of Filipinos who, before, don’t have the opportunity to improve their quality of life. But, now, we are all enjoying all the interventions,” Evelyn said.

Evelyn said she will never cease dreaming of an abundant life, adding she is determined to live out of poverty through education.

“It’s only in education that I can reach all my dreams for myself, to my husband, and to my children,” said she.

The Pantawid Pamilya program is the national government’s social development program that provides conditional cash grants to poor families with children aged 18 years old and below. A household could receive a maximum of P1,400 a month for their health, nutrition and education provided that they comply with conditions of the Program. These conditions include availing of regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines, maintaining at least 85% school attendance, and regularly attending family development sessions.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 259,797 active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.###


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao.


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Media Partners witness Actual Household Assessments

Media partners of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao recently participated in a media tour in Lanao del Norte.

The said activity was aimed at giving the media the opportunity to witness actual household assessment conducted by Listahanan or the NHTS-PR (NationalHousehold Targetting System for Poverty Reduction.

Area chosen for the actual field visit was Barangay Pigcarangan, one of the barangays in the municipality with the highest rate of poverty incidence.

The province of Lanao del Norte had the highest inclusion and exclusion error rating during the First Round Assessment way back 2009.

Based on the 2009 assessment, 94,007 households were identified as poor putting the province second with the highest number of poor households identified in the whole region of Northern Mindanao, with a percentage share of 27.8% in the regional profile of poor households.

Participants of the media tour were able to observe and interview field workers, Local Government Officials, residents assessed and residing in the areas visited.

In a forum with Pantawid beneficiaries, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar dela Cruz stressed the importance of the conduct of the assessment and urged them to support and cooperate in the conduct of the household assessments. She also encouraged them to advocate to their fellow barangay residents who are non-Pantawid beneficiaries the significance of the conduct of the assessment.

To date,Second Round Assessment is ongoing for the whole province of Lanao del Norte and the rest of the four provinces in Northern Mindanao .

Listahanan or the National Household Targetting System is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are.

It aims to provide a database and basis for National Government Agencies , Local Government Units,Civil Society Organizations and othe. legitimate stakeholders for potential beneficiaries of their various social development programs and services.

The media tour was successfully conducted with the full support of Lanao del Norte Gov. Khalid Q. Dimaporo and Mayor Nelieta Noval of the municipality of Tubod.

Written by Mitzie Santiago,DSWD

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June 2015