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The Essence of being Instruments towards development

Truly, the service and commitment of the workers of the Department of Social Welfare knows no bounds.
Upon reaching the remote barangay of Matampay in the municipality of Munai, the first thing that came to my mind was, to commend the efforts of our enumerators, area supervisors and Area Coordinator of this far flung area.

Geographically located at the foot of Camp Bilal, one of the three largest Moro International Liberation Front (MILF) camp in the Philippines, Barangay Matampay is only one of the twenty six remote barangays of Munai.

In this humble barangay, 345 households were assessed and given hope that one day soon , various Agencies will pour out their blessings to their community in the form of programs and services.

For Area Coordinator, Diomedes Dionson, conducting the assessments to the 5,453 households in the municipality of Munai per se, was indeed a challenge for the twelve enumerators and 2 Area Supervisors assigned in the area. “ Though we encountered a lot of challenges during the assessment considering that areas in the municipality of Munai are known to be conflict areas, we really appreciated the efforts of the Local Government Officials headed by Mayor Muammar John Macquiling and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer , who made sure that the assessment operation in the twenty six barangays turn out smooth. We were even provided with Police and military escorts to ensure the safety of our enumerators . The Barangay Health Workers and Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders who served as our guides helped us a lot also in guiding us through the terrains in the area and going with us in travelling from one barangay to another ”.

Noramisa Codaye, one of the active Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders of Barangay Pantaon in Munai, was one of the volunteers who guided and took care of the enumerators in Munai. For her , it was a great opportunity to be able to be a part of the significant activity in identifying who and where the poor households are in their municipality as she, has high hopes that one of these days, her fellow residents in Munai would reap and benefit from the fruits of the assessment.

The Second Round Assessment is on its final phase. Most of the field workers assigned in rural areas have been conducting exit conferences and updating the Local officials on the status of the recently conducted household assessments.

The people from the Land of Beauty and Bounty, Lano del Norte, have always been receptive of the efforts of the Department and true to its word, the Department of Social Welfare and Development have earned the trust and commitment of the people through time, to work hand in hand with the Agency and its workers assigned in the area.

This has been so, as the people have witnessed the Department’s initiative to reach out through the various programs and projects from Pantawid Pamilya Pilipinio Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program, Supplemental Feeding Program ,among others.

With the Listahanan Second Round Assessment, they have high hopes that there are still a lot more programs
and projects they can look forward to.

Indeed , the assessment was more than just the duty to identify who and where the poor households are . It also involved the efforts of beneficiaries and local officials alike who knew the value beyond the database.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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DSWD implements projects amidst conflict and inconveniences

Lanao del Norte -– The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development implements PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan, a special project of the government focusing the 5 most conflict affected municipalities of Lanao del Norte namely Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Sapad, Munai, Baloi and Pantar as identified by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP).

To recall, Lanao del Norte is one of the widely-known affected provinces during the 2000 all-out war in Mindanao. The unending cycle of violence and grief since, has shown 800,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), civilians and children. However, the cost of conflict may actually outweigh the toll on human lives and damaged properties because internal displacement have a serious long-term impact especially on the children. Apart from being the most vulnerable persons during conflict, most of these children are forced to skip schooling because of conflict and work instead in order to survive.

The aftermath of conflict in this province is evidently seen and felt by the field workers of DSWD, such that inconvenience in transportation, unsound peace and order, community participation, political dynamics among other challenges which somehow affects program implementation.

However, being the lead agent of social protection services, the department is committed to realize it mission and vision of a well-empowered society.

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In Barangay Capucao, SND, Lanao del Norte, the people walk through this uphill and rocky road to do their everyday activities. Apparently, there has been no other interventions in this area except for DSWD social protection programs. People are hoping for construction of Farm-to-Market road to ease their living condition.

 

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It was amazing to see this project established and operational amidst all these challenges. Accordingly people collaborated their labor force to deliver the materials needed to complete this Corn Mill project amounting to P300,000. People are overwhelmed and thankful for this project as it does not only ease their livelihood but also increases their income.

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Meanwhile in Barangay Karkum, Sapad, Lanao del Norte, this is what their road looks like when you visit their area. It will take you a 2 hour walk uphill and will pass through this rapids before you reach their residence.

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In Brgy. Karkum, the people shared that they were able to complete the construction of the concrete Solar Dryer and Corn Mill by making use of their horses in transporting the needed materials. “It took a lot of time and effort to complete the project but it was all worthy, because this is the first time that we have receive aid from the government” says the association’s president.

 

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On the other hand, the municipal mayor of Munai, Lanao del Norte, Hon. Muammar Macquiling, expressed his sincerest gratitude to DSWD in all it programs implemented in his municipality. “I am so thankful that you included Munai as one of the recipients of your programs, this endeavor gives opportunity to break the biases and criticisms towards our municipality as a war torn area”, he says.

The PAMANA is a 3-year cycle program began in 2013 with a budget of P36 Million, 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.

The program modalities include organization of Community Core Group and Peoples Organization who will identify, establish, manage and operate a community project. Their choices of project can be identify from manufacturing or processing facilities, equipment for common service facilities and transport facilities.

To date, the program has established 940 community projects amounting to 109,800,000.00. The SLP-PAMANA will conclude by the end of this year.

The program implementation in such areas are just few of the many interventions of DSWD geared towards poverty alleviation and community empowerment.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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