Archive | July 1st, 2015

A New Day in Waterlogged Community

Lanao del Norte — “Community Driven Development is the key that brings change and hope to our people in the Barangay, says Fermin P. Buray Chairman of Barangay Darumawang Bucana, Lala, this province.

Being one of the most populous barangay in the Municipality, most of the residents are engaged in fishing and trading. Because the entire barangay is an island, majority of the villagers are fishermen. “Sauna wala pa ang Kalahi CIDSS DFAT giabot sa among barangay, ang among mga anak kung mag eskewela, mo sakay pa sila ug bangka para lang maka abot didto sa mainland nga mga eskwelehan. In ani kalisud among kahimtang sauna (Before Kalahi-CIDSS DFAT was introduced to our community, all of the children ride a motorboat just to be able to arrive at the mainland schools. That is how difficult our life is)”, says community volunteer Divina.

The Coming of New Hope

In 2014 the Kalahi-CIDSS DFAT program was introduced to their community conveying the idea, method and approach. The barangay chairman was positive and abides to the concept towards the project. “Sa dihang gi presentar kanamo ang programa sa Kalahi-CIDSS DFAT, nalipay gayud mi ug dako kay nagatoo gayud kami nga mao kini ang tubag sa problema sa among komunidad (When Kalahi-CIDSS DFAT was presented to our Barangay, we were all glad, because we believed that these would be the solution of our community problems)”, Barangay Sub-Project Management Chairman Marlito Canton 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).

Spirit of Volunteerism

The program persuades individuals to be proactive in community sub projects implementation. “Nag pasalamat gayud mi nga naa mi kauban nga volunteer sama kang Marlito nga diin nahimo namo siya nga modelo sa among komunidad tungod sa iyang gipakita nga maayong buhat. Sama nalang sa pag sakripisyo niya sa among barangay, naghatag gayud siya ug taas nga oras ug panahon sa pag serbisyo (We are thankful that we had a fellow volunteer like Marlito, he is a good example in our society, because of his good deeds. He did some sacrifices, he gave enough time for community service), says Danilo Begontes, a fellow volunteer.

Marlito C. Canton was one of the active volunteers and became a role model to the other community volunteers. He was the regional finalist of Bayani Ka Awards in the category of Volunteerism.

Building Connection and Education

Today, Barangay Darumawang Bucana completed the School Building Classrooms with the project cost of P 1,572,252.00 and construction of concrete elevated foot path amounting to P 2,906,970.85. “Tungod sa Community Driven Development kami mga volunteers gitagaan ug dako nga katungod mo plano ug mo mopadagan sa kaugalingong financial. Masigarbuhon ug nalipay gayud kami nga dinhi sa among Barangay, napa semento na gayud namo ang among mga dalan-tulay nga sauna hinimo lang ug kawayan, Ug nalipay pud kaayo mi karon, labi na gayud kaming mga benepesaryo sa Pantawid Pamilya kay ang among mga anak dili na kailangan motabok ug mogasto ug mahal nga pamasahe aron lang makasakay ug bangka para mo eskwela, kay karon aduna na kami kaugalingon nga eskwelehan. Naka tawid na gayod kami sa kalisud sa pag eskwela (Because of the Community Driven Development Program, we volunteers were empowered to plan and to run on our own finances. We are so proud and overjoyed that in our Barangay, we already concreted the footbridge, that before it was only made of bamboo. And we are so happy, especially we the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries our children will no longer pay a high or expensive fare to ride a motorboat in going to school, because now, we already have our own school buildings. We surpass the burden in sending our children in school”, says, Barangay Kagawad Mary Jane Marata ” we are empowered now”, she added.

Written by: Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD X

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DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program signs MOA with 22 Technical Vocational Institutions

Cagayan de Oro – In the quest to uplift the economic condition of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the DSWD has recently signed Memorandums of Agreement with 22 Technical Vocational Institutions with continues to strengthen the implementation of skills enhancement trainings to the poor families in the region. The provision of these trainings is one of the capacity-building strategies of the SLP to prepare the families to be better at managing their livelihood activities and opportunities in an utmost quality.

Director Sales of TESDA 10 leading the MOA Signing

Director Sales of TESDA Region 10 leading the MOA Signing with DSWD Region 10 and the 22 Technical Vocational Institutions

The signing of MOA with the 22 Technical Vocational Institutions marked another milestone to the department’s mission to improve the lives of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. With this additional P96.7M budget for SLP’s TechVoc, 5,671 qualified beneficiaries will be given opportunity to study and build their own future.

Engr. Edgar Sales, the Regional Director of Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) Region 10, shares his sincerest commitment to support DSWD by continuously collaborating and to work in partnership specifically in identifying the best institutions to serve our beneficiaries.

There are now 2,693 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of SLP who finished Technical Vocational (TechVoc) Courses of which 247 graduates are regularly employed to various companies here and abroad.

The SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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DSWD maintains clean database of Pantawid Pamilya

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is reiterating that the agency is keeping a clean database of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao, said that measures and systems are continually enforced to maintain a clean list of beneficiaries.

Northern Mindanao has 277,510 beneficiaries listed under the regular Pantawid Pamilya, aside from the 18,901 grantees who are members of the different groups of Indigenous People under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer.

Solamillo emphasized that only the rightful beneficiaries of the program are included in the database, adding that the Grievance Redress System (GRS) of the program is continually capturing and processing complaints related to the program.

Since the implementation of the program in 2010, GRS has delisted 2,438 beneficiaries due to inclusion errors; found out and delisted 13,210 because the household has no eligible children aged 0-18 years old; and delisted 717 grantees found to have regular income.

GRS also has cleaned its list from double entry or duplication, fraud, missing, waived, not registered, among others.

For her part, Kenneth Haze Sanchez, Regional Program Coordinator of Pantawid Pamilya in Northern Mindanao, explained that one way of keeping the database from leakage is through immediate filing of updates by encoding those updates in the system.

As of this year, Sanchez disclosed that GRS has received, processed, and resolved only minimal complaints of inclusion error which are coming from the grantees under Sets 6 and 7 or grantees included in the program for the last two years.

She also added that the Department conducts regular spot checks nationwide and consultations with different partner-agencies and organizations to help improve the implementation of the program.

Earlier, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has clarified reports citing a paper by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which stated “improvements are needed in the program’s targeting system to reduce an estimated leakage rate of 30%”.

ADB through its Philippines Country Director Richard Bolt, however, has already issued a clarification saying that the paper they published referred to studies from 2013 and 2011, which in turn used data from 2009.

“It is unfortunate that outdated data was used in media reports claiming that 19 billion pesos of program funds did not go to intended beneficiaries. That figure is based on a calculation drawn from outdated 2009 data—at a time when the budget for the program was much smaller—rather than the most recent 2014 budget. Initial targeting errors have been substantially reduced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with advice from ADB and other partners. It is important to note that these targeting errors did not lead to misappropriation or misuse of funds.

“Since 2010, ADB has worked closely with DSWD to ensure funding goes to intended beneficiaries. ADB technical assistance has supported DSWD in implementing measures—such as a grievance redress mechanism, extra training for staff, and spot checks in the field—to improve targeting models so they exclude non-eligible families.

“As part of ADB’s continuing efforts to improve the program’s effectiveness, a new round of poverty assessment processes is ongoing to update the status of beneficiary households and ensure funds are properly directed,” said Bolt in his statement which is also posted in ADB’s website

Solamillo also enjoined the public to report, through the GRS, any complaint or questions about the Pantawid Pamilya. Messages can be sent through the text hotline 09189122813 or via electronic mail or via Facebook: Tanggapan ng Reklamo.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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