Archive | July, 2015

DSWD celebrates 41st Nutrition Month 2015 in Northern Mindanao

received_992586280773359Northern Mindanao — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here together with its four centers: the Regional Haven for Women, Home for Girls, Regional Reception and Study Center for Children and the Rehabilitation Center for Youth recently conducted celebratory activities in line with the Annual Nutrition Month which focuses on addressing overweight and obesity. This year’s theme is “Timbang Iwasto, sa Tamang  Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo!”

Activities that were conducted involved the DSWD clients to cooking contests, outdoor activities for physical fitness, quiz bees, poster making contests, lectures on Basic Nutrition and Importance of Healthy Diet, Proper Hygiene and Sanitation.

The “10 Kumainments” was promoted during the Monday Convocation of all the employees in the DSWD here with the distribution of advocacy materials to the staffs coupled with a lecture on Healthy Weight Management.

The Field Office employees are challenged that despite the pressures at work, they have to make positive decisions towards consumption of healthy diets and be physically active to prevent non-communicable diseases as a result of overweight and obesity.

The DSWD is an active advocate on proper nutrition for all sectors of the society.

Written by Rechel Grace Ceniza ND1, DSWD

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DSWD to meet with LGUs, FSCAP to discuss pension for senior citizens

Northern Mindanao — Local social welfare and development offices and offices for the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) here will be getting their hands full this year as they partner with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the implementation of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

Local social welfare officers and FSCAP presidents will meet with the DSWD for the first two weeks of August this year to determine their roles in the implementation of the Social Pension. The DSWD will orient them on the various administrative orders relative to the program in Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Misamis Occidental.

The Social Pension is the national government’s initiative to augment the needs of indigent senior citizens in compliance to Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.

The Social Pension provides P500 per month to each qualified senior citizen for his or her medications, food, and other necessities that are important to their well-being.

Qualified senior citizens are those aged 66 years old and above and are not beneficiaries of any other social pension such as GSIS and SSS. They also need to have a certification of indigence issued by their barangay office or local social welfare and development offices located at their municipal or city office.

The Field Offices, City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers under the Local Government Units, and Office of Senior Citizens Affairs validate the qualifications of the senior citizens. Even Barangay Officials, FSCAP, Senior Citizens Organizations, NGOs, youth volunteers, barangay health workers, and other groups also assist us in the validation.

If qualified, the senior citizens may apply at the City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office under the local government unit. They can also apply at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA). They are required to bring their Office of the Senior Citizens Association (OSCA) ID and proof of date of birth.

Today, there are now more than 48,000 senior citizens in Northern Mindanao who are receiving social pension from the DSWD.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD



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Sibomit Family: A bent house family of Misamis Occidental

Misamis Occidental – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao since 2013 conducted a yearly National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya that recognizes family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in their respective communities. These families serve as inspiration and proof to the public that the program helps in achieving positive changes in their lives.

In the quest for searching a family to represent Misamis Occidental Province for the regional elimination of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015; we encountered a family who remarkably live in traditional and ideal living that commonly illustrated in our Filipino books way back in our elementary years.


The family is the description to the typical Filipino family who lives in a small but decent house “bahay kubo” or bent house, a garden at the back of their house, with parents who are loving and responsible; blessed with children who are adorable, respectful, and diligent. Tgus, inspires in the nursery rhyme Bahay Kubo, one of the oldest Filipino Folk Song.


This is the family of Mr. and Mrs. Lionedes Sibomit of Barangay Matugas Bajo, Jimenez this province. They are quite an ordinary family perceived at a glance but when you get to know them, you’ll be amazed at how they live abundantly in simplicity, enduring, and overcoming the trials that cross their paths despite the hardship of poverty.


Literally, the Sibomit house is not a “Bahay Kubo” or nipa hut but a typical house nowadays in developing rural areas. It is halfway finished, made of wood, and partly of concrete. The house is surrounded by flowers like the anthurium which is noticeable by the variety of colors and beauty. The garden reminds us of the song “Bahay Kubo” that narrates the different varieties of vegetables planted in their backyard, such as okra, string beans, eggplant, alugbati, pechay, camote, among others. Fruit bearing trees are also abundant at their backyard. You can find jackfruit, banana, durian, and santol.


The family also raises hogs, goats, and cows after they have availed of the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s self-employment assistance-kaunlaran. Not only that, they have a small pond where they raise cultured tilapia. However, the fish is only for family consumption, and not for marketing. They only sell vegetables. In short, they practice the basic concept of Food Always In The Home (FAITH) in gardening. They have planted vegetables and fruit trees, and raise chickens and hogs even before the Family Development Session of the program have discussed those.


Both parents: Leonides and Rebecca are members of the Subanen Tribe. They are blessed with six wonderful and magnificent children. It’s vividly shown in the family’s relationship among members. The children interact with their parents like a brother, sister, friend to them.


As parent, the couple said it is really a challenge to nurture a child. This is the reason why they strive harder. In return, the couple is rewarded with great accomplishments and academic achievements of their children. Seeing them achieved, the couple said it is more than worthy rewarding because they feel it with great pride and glory.


The eldest, Ronelo, is now taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering at Misamis University. Ronelo graduated Salutatorian during his elementary years at Matugas Bajo Elementary School, Jimenez this province.


Next to Ronelo is Claire who is now taking up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Mindanao State University –Maigo, Lanao del Norte Campus. Claire graduated with honors during her elementary years.


Next to Claire is Grace, who is now taking up Bachelor of Science in Biology at Mindanao State Univeristy-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte. Like her elder brother and sister, she graduated with honors-Valedictorian, during her elementary years.


Third youngest among the Sibomit family is Leah who was also a Valedictorian in her elementary education. She is now at Grade 7 at a private secondary school.


Both the second-to-the-last child and the youngest among the family are Grade 6 and Grade 5 pupils, respectively.


Based on the latest Social Welfare and Development Indicator conducted by the municipal link of Pantawid Pamilya, the household scored a highest in terms of their role as a family, which includes involvement of family members to family affairs; ability of parents to discern problems and arriving at solution; participation of family members to community activities; among others.


Written by Eleazar D. Gonzales, Social Welfare Officer III of Misamis Occidental


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Youth receives Stipend from Government Internship program

Fifty out of school and in school youths received their stipend from the Government Internship Program.

Receiving the amount of P 6,600.00 per recipient, they thanked the Department for giving them the opportunity to earn for almost a month which they can use for their school and daily needs .

These out of school and even those in school youth recipients were chosen by the Regional Technical Working Group after a thorough deliberation.Out of hundreds of applicants, only fifty made it to the final list.

Recipients were chosen based on the family income and upon the recommendation of the Local Government Units where they reside. Priority was also given to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who have been out of school for not more than two years.

The GIP which is implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development is one of the components of the Kabataan 2000 program of the government, which provides opportunity for both out-of-school and in- school youths a hands-on experience of working in various government agencies.

The program enables them to learn life skills in the workplace, while earning money to help them meet their school needs. It is implemented during summer time when the youths are on vacation, thus, using their available time in a productive manner.

It introduces the youth to public service, serves as a recruitment mechanism for potential public employees, and extends possible financial assistance for their enrollment in the next school year.
The selected GIP participants were assigned in different Divisions and Units in the Regional Office .

Written by, Mitzie S.Santiago,DSWD

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Lanao del Norte Hosts PYAP Anniversary

Hosted by the Province of Lanao del Norte, three hundred youth representing various municipalities and cities in Northern Mindanao gathered in the capital town of Tubod for a three day celebration of the PYAP 41st Anniversary.

With this year’s theme, ““PYAP Kusganong Kaakohan sa Pag-amping sa Kinaiyahan”, the participants coming from Cagayan de Oro City, Ozamiz City, Valencia City, El Salvador City,,Gingoog City , and Iligan City had their hands full of activities for the three-day celebration.

Among the highlights of the anniversary celebration were the Solidarity Night, Search for Mr. and Ms. PYAP 2015 and the tree planting within the vicinity of the Mindanao Civic Center. Lectures were also given by various partner agencies on Responsible Parenthood, Health Lifestyle,Trafficking in Persons,Basic Life and HIV .

Ms.Annabelle Mendez (Acting Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer) thanked the participants for joining the Annual celebration as she believed that the youth can do a lot to advocate that Lanao del Norte has a lot to boost aside from being the Motocross Capital of the Philippines and not a conflict area .

The Pag –asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) came into existence in carrying out the goal of providing opportunities for the youth in order to actualize their potentials, aspirations,experiences, self-fulfillment and in the process,contribute to the growth of their communities as they participate in the task of nation building.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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A century man grateful to DSWD Social Pension

Cagayan de Oro City — Francisco E. Opalla Sr, a 100 year old of Barangay Lumbia this city, widow with five children experienced financial problem for his medication particularly his maintenance in high blood pressure and rheumatism. He has difficulty in walking and cannot stand for a long time.

After his wife died in 2010, Francisco was accompanied by his younger sister Mamerta Opalla. Since then, her sister is the one who accompanies him, the one preparing his food, medicines and in his scheduled medical checkup. “ Naglisud gayod ko sa pagkamatay sa asawa ni Francisco kay gawas sa akong kaugalingon nga pamilya, gi apil pud sya nako ug atiman kay wala nagayod mobantay niya( when his wife died in 2010, I am a having hard time taking care of him, because I also have my own family to take care of, but since nobody will accompany him, so I volunteered)”, Mamerta said.

When Francisco suffers from high blood pressure and severe arthritis, his doctor advised him to visit the clinic every month and to maintain several medicines. “ nag problema gayod ko sa dihang nag sugod na iyang high blood ug rayuma kay daghan kayo geresita ang doctor sa iya ug dili igo akong kwarta e palit (I am having a problem when he suffers high blood and rheumatism, because his physician prescribed lots of medicines and I do not have enough money to buy)”, Mamerta added.

Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 was approved; it covers all senior citizens to receive a monthly pension of P500 from DSWD Social Pension. Since it was approved by the President, many Filipinos are benefiting this law, which includes Francisco Opalla.

To date, for this year 2015 the government has allocated P5.962 billion to benefit some 939,609 indigent senior citizens aged 65 and above nationwide.

In 2013, Francisco officially started receiving his DSWD social pension.“ Nagpasalamat gayod ko sa atong Presidente Aquino pinaagi sa DSWD Social Pension nga diin dako kayo ug natabang sa atong mga senior citizens ( I am thankful to our President Aquino through DSWD Social Pension, it really helps a lot to all Senior Citizens)”, Francisco shared.

There are one thousand three hundred forty one senior citizens are receiving their pension regularly in Cagayan de Oro City. “ Malipayon kayo ko, nga ang atong gobyerno nabati ug nasabtan nila ang paningahanglunon sa mga pobre nga filipino, labi nagayod katong gipang abandoner na (I am grateful, that our government feels and understands the needs of all poor Filipinos most especially the indigent senior citizens who mostly neglected or perhaps abandoned, I owe this to DSWD Social Pension)”, Francisco concluded.

Written by Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD

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Photo Enthusiast bags award for DSWD Photo Contest

"Kwarto" is Mario Christian Micabalo's winning entry to the Listahanan Photo Contest held last this month. The photo shows how a DSWD enumerator interviews a household to be included in the data of who and where the poor are in the country. (Photo by Mario Christian Micabalo)

“Kwarto” is Mario Christian Micabalo’s winning entry to the Listahanan Photo Contest held last this month. The photo shows how a DSWD enumerator interviews a household to be included in the data of who and where the poor are in the country. (Photo by Mario Christian Micabalo)

Northern Mindanao — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here recently awarded Mr. Mario Christian Micabalo of Cagayan de Oro as the regional winner for the Listahanan at Work: Identifying Families in Need of Special Protection Photo Contest.

He was awarded with Php10,000 and a round-trip ticket to Manila to witness the National Launching of the Listahanan Data, with free hotel accommodation. His photo will also be exhibited during the special event.

The Listahanan Photo Contest was aimed at promoting transparency on the process of identifying the poor and raise awareness and understanding on  activities involved in the assessment . This activity  involved an orientation of the assessment  and an excursion in areas where participants took pictures of the actual assessment.

Listahanan  is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are.  As per  Executive Order 867 series of 2010, the assessment will be conducted once every four years.  It is a very vital undertaking as it will define the quality of data and information for the database that will serve as basis for beneficiary selection of national government programs and services for the next four years. The first assessment was done in 2009.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Armor from Disaster

Lanao del Norte —Lydia Encabo, a 48 year old plain housewife and a farmer of barangay Kawit Occidental, Kauswagan, a fifth class Municipality in this province, believes in disaster preparedness and that, a disaster resilient community is ready to face manmade disaster like war, where their town is known to be one of the conflict areas in the province.

She used to be passive on any civic or communal activities and gathering. “Ang akong kinaiya sauna dili gayod ko ga apil-apil o gapakabana sa mga kalihokan sa among barangay kay nagatuo ako nga wala lang gihapon kaayohan makuha nako (Before I was so passive that I do not want to get involved in any community activities because I believed that there is nothing positive I could get from it)”, Lydia said.

Most of the people in the community has the same attitude with Lydia, “Sa among lugar, kasagaran batasan sa mga tao parehas gayod kang Lydia, walay pakialam (In our community, many of the villagers have similar attitude towards communities like Lydia, who showed no concern)”, says Basilisa Ruelan, a former Barangay Chairwoman.

In 2011, Barangay Kawit Occidental was hit by the worst flash flood that washed out their houses due to the water overflowing from the river. That made Lydia realizes that there must something to be done in order to protect their life and properties in their barangay. “Tungod sa among experiensya sa 2011 nga grabe nga baha diin gi banlas tanan among mga balay, nahadlok na gayod kami ug dili na namo gusto mahitabo pa ug utro (Because of that sad experienced in 2011, where a huge flood destroyed all our properties, we are now already terrified and we do not want it to happen again)”, Lydia shared.

In 2012, the community began to open their eyes to change when Kalahi CIDSS-PAMANA was presented to their community. Lydia volunteered to lead the community by setting an example to everyone that spending time to community activities is an investment. She personally embraced and conveyed her neighbours the concepts and strategies of KC-PAMANA particularly in driving the community to development because she feels and see the positive impact of the program that truly address poverty and community empowerment.

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). Using this strategy, it empowers ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing and monitoring projects to address poverty issues collectively.

Through the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach, Lydia encouraged thirty two (32) volunteers to join her crusade in fighting poverty and community concern. “Nakita gayod namo ang sensiridad ug didikasyon ni Lydia modala sa grupo mao siya gayod among napili nga bag-o nga BSPMC chairmen (We feel the sincerity and dedication of Lydia to lead our community, that is why we chose her as our new BSPMC Chair)”, says fellow volunteer Rodelia Bendanellio.

The Kalahi CIDSS Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (KC-PAMANA) is a joint partnership of DSWD and Office of the Presidential Affair for Peace Process (OPAPP). The program also helped the community volunteers strengthen and enhance their knowledge in poverty alleviation to their society, how to protect the environment and disaster preparedness. “Tungod sa Kalahi CIDSS daghan ordinaryong lumolopyo sa among barangay ang nahimo nga mga matarong ug magpakabanaon nga tao sama nalang kang Lydia nga diin nangulo gayod siya sa pagpakita sa among kumonidad sa pagpakabana labi na sa among proyekto nga flood control, diin dako kayo ug tabang. Isa gayod siya ka empowered women (Because of Kalahi CIDSS, many ordinary residents in our Barangay are now becoming responsible and pro-active citizens, just like Lydia where she lead the volunteers in addressing community concerns in particular our sub-project: the flood control which is a big help to us. She is an empowered woman)”, says Venus Lozano, the current barangay chairman of Kawit.

That same year, with the hardship and active cooperation among the community volunteers practicing the so called “Bayanihan”, they completed flood control with a total project cost of P300, 000.00 which benefited the entire community from disaster, particularly flash floods.

“Ang kumunidad nga nagtinabangay makahimo ug lig-on nga panagang sa kalamidad (A community that works together builds a strong armor from disaster)”, Lydia Encabo concluded.

Written by: Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD

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