Archive | July, 2015

DSWD identifies poor in NorthMin through assessment

38% more to go in the household assessment and the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao will soon complete the data of who and where the poor are in the Region through Listahanan.

The Listahanan, previously known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is the data management system that the government uses in identifying its potential beneficiaries for their social development programs and services. The data shall also be used by interested providers of social development programs and services such as civil society groups, academe, and faith-based organizations.

In Northern Mindanao, of the 793,989 targeted households, a total of 495,223 households have already been assessed regionwide.

According to the DSWD, call-backs are also done by its enumerators to households who were not present in their homes during the assessment. This is to ensure that all households are being covered by the assessment.

The Department is also at the process of reviewing the Family Assessment Forms, a tool that its enumerators use in conducting the assessment, and are now being encoded to finally complete the data.

Assessment for the urban areas and cities are also being undertaken as of this writing.

The DSWD conducted its first assessment of the Listahanan in 2009 where over 300,000 households all over the region were identified as poor.

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago,DSWD

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Stroke survivor thanks DSWD for free medication

Cagayan de Oro City — Victor Maglangit, 52 of District 2, Barangay Puntod this city has a trouble with walking. He is struggling to balance his body after surviving from a recent stroke attack that paralyzed his left arm and left leg.


After his stroke on June 20, Victor was brought to Northern Mindanao Medical Center for medication.

During his seven-day admission inside NMMC, Victor felt worried on his hospital bill, the doctor’s fee, and expenses for his medicines.

But, after a week, the attending physician advised Victor to go home because he has fastly recuperated from a stroke.

Victor immediately told her wife, Marilyn, to inquire on their bill at the cashier of NMMC so that they can look for someone to help them pay the amount.

When at the cashier, Marilyn was told by the cashier that they have nothing to worry because the hospitalization, medicines and professional fee for the doctors were all free.

“Ayha pa nako nadumdoman nga libre man diay kay Pantawid Pamilya man diay ko,” said Marilyn. (I realized then that they were all free because I am a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary).

In turn, Victor and Marilyn were told by the attending nurse That they can start packing their things and go home.

“Wala jud ko nagtuo nga libre diay to tanan,” told Victor. (I never thought that it’s all free.)

Thanks DSWD

Victor is diagnosed to have cerebrovascular disease, hemorrhage, right lentiform nucleus, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease after the stroke according to the medical certificate.


“Galibog jud ko og asa ko og ibayad dihang na-hospital ko last June,” said Victor. (I was confused where to get money to pay when I was hospitalized).

In 2012, DSWD and PhilHealth partnered to provide health care for the poor.  Some 14.7 million indigent individuals aged 21 and above identified through the DSWD’s Listahanan database of the poor are now Philhealth card holders.  Of the total, 3.9 million, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are enrolled under the Philhealth program, as of March 2014.

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are afforded with PhilHealth coverage as Sponsored Members.

“Nagpasalamat jud ko og dako kay dako kaayong tabang nako ang DSWD, ang Pantawid ug ang PhilHealth,” said Victor. (I thank DSWD, Pantawid, and PhilHealth so much for the great help to me).

Because Victor is sickly, he is dependent to the income of her wife from massage.

Being a low income earner, Victor was reluctant to be admitted to the hospital since he knew he could not afford to pay for the hospital bill, let alone for the medicines and medical processess that costs far more than what his family earns.

But, his wife Marilyn insisted at that time that someone told her that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries can avail of Philhealth benefits.

Marilyn only presented her Pantawid Pamilya identification card to the hospital’s admission office.

Now, Victor is doing daily exercise to immediately recuperate from the stroke. He is helped by his wife Marilyn and their son during the routine.

DSWD is also on the process of helping Victor defray the cost of his daily drug maintenance through its Assistance to Individual in Crisis Situation.

Today, there are 283,150 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao. These families are identified through Listahanan, a system that generated data of poorest households in the country in 2009.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao.


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DILG 10 Supports CDD institutionalization in Northern Mindanao

Cagayan de Oro- the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-10), being one of the members of the Regional Inter-Agency Advisory Committee (RIAC-10) has issued a regional memo enjoining all Provincial Governors and Municipal Mayors through DILG Provincial and City Directors to support the KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven Development Program.

KALAHI- CIDSS Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) is implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The program was launched in 2003 with twenty one (21) municipalities being covered in Northern Mindanao. This year the program expanded its coverage with the additional new forty four (44) municipalities, making a total of sixty five (65) LGU’s in the region.

The successful implementation of KC-NCDDP has proven to be effective in addressing poverty incidence and building community empowerment. It also helps enhance local governance which warrants transparency and accountability from the Provincial, Municipal down to Barangay and the community.

The DILG instituted its convergence mechanism to provide necessary support in the implementation of the Government’s programs and projects in the region, in particular DSWD KC-NCDDP.

The regional memorandum purposely aims to institutionalize the Community Driven Development (CDD) in Northern Mindanao.

Written by Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD

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DSWD SLP-PAMANA 3rd cycle project implementation to culminate by December 2015


SLP-PAMANA Community Stall Project at Brgy. Dableston, SND, Lanao del Norte

Lanao del Norte –The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will culminate its implementation on PAMANA in this province by December this year.

SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the DSWD that intends to improve the standard of living of poor households identified under Listahanan especially the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

The program also implements special projects of the government such as the PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan, a peace and development program of the government which aims to respond and strengthen resiliency to conflict by improving the socio-economic capacity of the communities and families in the covered areas.

In 2013, the 3-year program cycle commenced with a budget of P36 Million from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) allotted for the recognized PAMANA areas which are the municipalities of SND, Sapad, Munai, Pantar and Baloi Lanao del Norte.

With each cycle year, 122 barangays of the said municipalities are receiving the said budget allocation for their respective community projects not more than P300,000 each.

Mr. Rhandy Ladoroz, the SLP-PAMANA focal says, “The implementation of this project went through needle holes and rough edges since the covered areas are conflict affected. However, we are confident that this particular intervention has really left a mark in the communities since the identified projects are feasible and community driven”. “We are also thankful to the respective LGUs in their support and participation during the course of implementation”, he added. “We are hopeful that when this project ends, the community shall continue to endure our efforts and sustain the projects”, Ladoroz says.

Mr. Ladoroz also mentioned that a Productivity Incentive Fund of P50,000, shall be allocated to these communities for the sustainability of their respective projects.

To date, the program has implemented, 940 community projects which are mostly common service facilities such as solar dryers, rice and corn threshers, community stores and other post-harvest facilities.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Over and Beyond the duty of Data Gathering

“To be able to be instruments in giving hope to the poor” is one of the things that Mr.Kenneth Samson, an Area Coordinator under the Department of Social Welfare and Development, instills in his mind and heart as he monitors his team in three municipalities in the Province of Lanao del Norte.

Indeed, to be one of the Area Coordinators for the Listahanan Second Round Assessment is not a joke. It entails a lot of determination and responsibility in making sure that the team is able to conduct the assessments accurately and on time. For Kenneth, sacrificing personal relationships even becomes a part of his being an Area Coordinator.

Listahanan is the data management system that the Department uses in identifying who and where the poor are . Partner Agencies and various stakeholders who have engaged with the Department of Social Welfare and Development through a Memorandum of Agreement have also been utilizing the Listahanan data since the first round of assessment , which was conducted in 2009 wherein, over three hundred thousand families all over the region were identified as poor.

Vernalyn Delgado, an Area Coordinator in Lanao del Norte, also shares that “one of the challenges I have is that, most of the enumerators assigned in my team are Maranao Muslims who are on fasting for the Ramadan. This posed a challenge for me considering that I have to encourage them to go on with the assessments despite their empty stomachs and, it just so happen that our hinterland barangays in our areas are really remote entailing us to hike kilometers.”

“Oftentimes, it takes even half of the day to reach a part of a barangay or a sitio and assess only one or two households. Time and again, and much as I want to give due respect and understanding of their tradition, I have to painstakingly remind them of our commitment to reach our target and comply with what we are obliged to do for the Second Round Assessment.”

Indeed, there a a lot of stories behind the Second Round Assessment. For Al Nor Paingco Limpao, he chose to be hired again as an enumerator rather than to be hired as Area Supervisor or Area Coordinator (he was an enumerator during the Soc Pen validation) since he finds conducting household assessments a very fulfilling job — to see people smile once they arrive in the barangays which, according to the barangay folks, seeing people from the government visit their humble homes and ask them a lot of questions is proof enough that the government cares for them and that they have high hopes that someday soon, they will be able to avail of programs and services from the government for the good of their families.

To be able to be an instrument in identifying the poor who need the most of the government’s programs and services is indeed more than enough for those who understood the significance of being part of the nationwide household assessments.

Buchairan Mamalampac, a Person With Disability, never looks at her condition as a hindrance in becoming one of the enumerators assigned in the municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND), one of the remote and interior municipality of Lanao del Norte.

Ms. Novalyn Tocmohan-Matuan, the Area Coordinator of the municipality of SND, commends her team in which Buchairan is a part of. For her teamwork, concern and coordination among the group forms a big part to the success of the household assessments. “Our team has 27 enumerators and they really support each other, same as with the Area Supervisors who directly oversees the operation and activities of the group.”

One can see the commitment and dedication of the workers in the field as they encounter various experiences and challenges as they go about conducting the household assessments. For them, commitment goes beyond the regular hours of work , hiking for hours just to assess a household or two on top of a mountain, risking their lives in the wee hours of the night just to make a callback, starting the household assessments very early at dawn before the rain pours, and reviewing their FAFs late at night.

As Mr. Beethoven Allena puts it, to be part of the assessment, one has to have the determination to go on despite the odds and sacrifices.

In a radio program advocating the Second Round Assessment, Mr. Jong Pamisa and Mr. Allena continues to encourage and lift up the spirits of the enumerators and commends their efforts as frontliners of the operation.

As Area Coordinators, they have witnessed how the workers labor in the field and they really appreciate the efforts of their team members who also try their best to come up with accurate, factual,and complete data of households.

For them, data gathering can bring a great impact and opportunity for poor families in the near future, and their performance in the assessment would greatly affect the future of the families since this would also be the basis for identifying families who need the most of the government’s and stakeholders’ programs and services.

The smiles and the warm welcome of the people are proof enough that they are receptive to the government’s efforts to reach out to them and be able to work out with them in determining what services they need to uplift their living situations.

The DSWD targets 793,989 households in Northern Mindanao to be included in the second round household assessment of the Listahanan.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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KBP and DSWD X strengthen partnership in advocacy

Bukidnon- The KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven Development Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, established partnership with Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here.

The partnership aims to continue the corroboration on the program’s impact to poor identified communities in Northern Mindanao which public advocacy initiatives like radio plugs or radio program play a vital role in the implementation of the program.

Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services or KALAHI-CIDSS National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP), anchors the program through Community Driven Development or CDD which aims empowered Communities where the poorest barangays are given access to and control of key development decisions and resources through community mobilization techniques.

It also aims at improving local governance which ensures that transparency, accountability and community participation are either installed or revitalized in the barangay and municipal government structures.

The KC-NCDDP also aims at reducing poverty where funding of barangay projects (public goods, community enterprise, and human resource development) improves access to basic services and increases productivity.

As an expansion of the program, there is an increase by 250% with 847 Municipalities. Targeting 19, 647 Barangays in 58 Provinces of 14 Regions with 5.4 million households.

To date, an a additional of 44 Municipalities in Northern Mindanao which comprises of Bukidnon-14, Lanao del Norte -6, Misamis Occidental-4 and Misamis Oriental-19.

Written by Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD

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Household Assessments fasttracks to beat deadline

Northern Mindanao – For over a month of conducting household assessments, 480,326 households all over Northern Mindanao have been assessed out of the 793,989 targeted households for assessment.

For the rural areas , assessments are almost done while for the urban areas and cities, assessments are still ongoing .

Assessments in the rural areas were done using the Family Assessment Forms while for those in the urban areas and cities, enumerators used tablets for the household assessments which are directly sent to the Regional database encoding centers .

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Second Round Assessment is currently being conducted nationwide.

The first Round of Assessment was conducted in 2009 with over three hundred thousand households identified as poor here in Northern Mindanao.

The Listahanan or the NHTS-PR is the data management system that the government uses in identifying the potential beneficiaries of the various programs and services of the Department and other Partner Agencies and stakeholders who have engaged with the Department of Social Welfare and Development through a Memorandum of Agreement for the utilization of the Listahanan database.

The public is again informed that the households assessments should be conducted within their household and not in barangay halls, health centers, and other public gathering places and that the assessment is for free. No fee is to be collected from the households assessed and that its objective is purely for data gathering purposes and not an assurance for their inclusion in any program of the Department particularly the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago, DSWD

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DSWD warns against pawning of Pantawid cash cards

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is warning beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program against pawning of cash cards issued to them to receive grants for their children’s education and health needs.

This warning was issued after the DSWD has received grievance reports of an alleged pawning among its program beneficiaries in some parts of Northern Mindanao.

“We do not allow pawning of cash cards because it diverts the money to other expenses rather than to its sole purpose: for their children’s health and education,” Atty. Araceli Solamillo, DSWD Regional Director, says.

Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s initiative of cutting the intergenerational cycle of poverty by investing in education and health of poor families, especially of their children aged 0 to 18 years old.

Each family-beneficiary receives a maximum of P1,400 per month to enable them to send their children to school, and to health centers on a regular basis to monitor their children’s health.

According to DSWD, beneficiaries who are found pawning the cash cards will be warned, and if the beneficiary continues to do the malpractice, even if they are already warned, may be de-listed from Pantawid Pamilya.

However, the DSWD is concerned that there is a reason behind such malpractice. “This is a sign that there is still a need to develop more programs to help them manage their finances effectively, and to improve their capacity to access opportunities to move them to a better status of well-being,” Atty. Solamillo explains.

“That is why all of our beneficiaries are given livelihood, skills trainings, and job opportunities through our Sustainable Livelihood Program,” Atty. Solamillo emphasizes. “We have also partnered with other national government agencies, local government units, civil society groups, faith-based organizations, and private institutions to join us in helping our poor families.”

Today, there are 283,150 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao. These families are identified through Listahanan, a system that generated data of poorest households in the country in 2009.


Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD


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July 2015