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3,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to celebrate National Family Day in CDO

DSC_0084Cagayan de Oro City — Over 3,000 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will attend this year’s National Family Day dubbed as “Tuloy ang Pagbabago!” at Pelaez Sports Center here on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Hosted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the event will highlight the positive contribution of poor families in uplifting their lives through responsible parenting, family development, community participation, community volunteerism, and sustainable livelihood. It will also recognize the support of various national government agencies and non-government organizations which have helped improve the lives of the beneficiaries.

The event will also serve as a celebration among children beneficiaries who became recipients of education and health assistance from the national government.

In partnership with other national government agencies, the DSWD implements the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as an investment on human capital among poor families by assisting them in their children’s health and education, and in strengthening family and community development.

Through Pantawid Pamilya, the DSWD provides  cash grants amounting to a maximum of P1,400 per poor family for their children’s health and education, provided that they comply with certain conditions set by the Program such as enrolling their children to school, sending them for periodic check-ups, and attendance to Family Development Sessions facilitated by the DSWD and its partners.

The National Family Day will also present the provincial “Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya” from the municipalities of Don Carlos in Bukidnon, Catarman in Camiguin, Kolambugan in Lanao del Norte, Jimenez in Misamis Occidental, and Cagayan de Oro City.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD explains delayed pay out of Pantawid Pamilya cash grants

Cagayan de Oro City — After receiving issues on the delayed release of cash grants for the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here explained that the delay was due to the postponement of schedule issued by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for its over-the-counter payments.

 

According to LBP, the postponement had to be done due to some internal factors that need immediate resolutions. The bank had earlier scheduled the pay-out to beneficiaries under offsite payment on October 1-15, but, postponed it later.

 

LBP is the only authorized entity to disburse cash grants for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

 

DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo said that the Department acknowledges the concern of the beneficiaries not receiving their grants considering that it should augment their family expenses.

 

The DSWD is currently lobbying with LBP to fast track the pay-out of unpaid cash grants.

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DSWD: Protect children during emergencies

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development is reminding its partners and the public to uphold the welfare of children and to ensure their protection and security especially during emergencies or crisis situations.

According to Delia Maravillosa of the DSWD, the Department saw the need to enhance strategies and systems to improve services for the children who are at risk during disasters. “That is why we are tapping our non-government partners to help us out in ensuring that children are safe and are being attended to,” says Maravillosa during the conduct of the DSWD’s orientation with non-government organizations on child protection during emergencies held today, September 29, 2015, here.

Non-government organizations and civil society groups have been active partners of the DSWD in providing rehabilitation interventions to children.

It can be recalled that last December 2011, Tropical Storm Washi, locally known as “Sendong” hit this city, affecting hundreds of children psychosocially, physically, economically, and even socially. A DSWD report cited that many of these children were displaced and were traumatized by the disaster.

DSWD shared such lessons to the non-government organizations during the forum where strategies were created to make the children safer and secured at the onset of any disaster.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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NorthMin’s livelihood products nominated for Bangon Kabuhayan 2015

Cagayan de Oro City – Northern Mindanao has recently gained two nominations for the Bangon Kabuhayan 2015, a competition by the Department of Social Welfare and Development that provides highlights of the good practices and success stories of beneficiaries or group of beneficiaries of every region particularly those with micro-enterprise models and other services, established through the support of DSWDs Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). The winning entries shall serve as SLP benchmark for possible replication in other areas with similar contexts.

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Poona’s Finest Virgin Coconut Oil

One of the two entries of region 10 is the Virgin Coconut Oil Production of Poona Piagapo, Lanao del Norte by the Poona Piagapo Parent Leaders Association. Established in 2014, through the collaborative support of the department, the LGU and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The product has also been recently nominated as one of the DTI’s most innovative product and currently the One-Town One-Product (OTOP) of the municipality.

On the other hand, the beneficiaries who are graduates of Massage Therapy NC II from Medina, Misamis Oriental, is the region’s entry in the employment facilitation category, since most of them earned jobs in the local resorts after graduation. Also, they have establish their very own Spa Clinic through the support of the LGU and the Skills Mastery Institute.

The criteria considered for selection include innovation, impact, economic viability and sustainability. All entries shall undergo validation process by the national office and the winners shall be presented during the national PaskuJuan 2015 on November.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Listahanan Close to Final Phase of Second Round Assessment

assessment opol2The Listahanan Second Round Assessment is close to its final phase. With a total of 781,700 households assessed in Northern Mindanao or 98.5 % accomplished vis-a-vis the target of 793,989 households assessed, initial steps for validation are now underway.

During validation, posting of the initial list of poor families in the barangays will be conducted for the communities to provide feedback on the list . A Local Verification Committee (LVC) will be formed in each municipality/City who then will act on the complaints and grievances. Furthermore, it is at this phase wherein families who were not visited during the regular enumeration will be given the chance to appeal and be assessed.

“The validation phase is considered one of the most important and essential activities of the assessment since the result of the validation forms a big part in generating the list of poor households in the region” , says Regional Director Atty.Araceli Solamillo .

During validation, posting of the initial list of poor families in the barangays will be conducted for the communities to provide feedback on the list . A Local Verification Committee (LVC) will be formed in each municipality/City who then will act on the complaints and grievances. Furthermore, it is at this phase wherein families who were not visited during the regular enumeration will be given the chance to appeal and be assessed.

As per Memorandum Circular No. 2015-69 of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Local Government Units are encouraged to support the conduct of the Validation through the organization of the Local Verification Committee, composed of the Local Chief Executive, The Municipal /City Social Welfare & Development Officer, Planning Officer and two CSO (Civil Society Organizations) representatives

The Listahanan Second Round Assessment was conducted to identify who and where the poor are , who will be the potential beneficiaries of the social protection services of the Department ,other partner Agencies and stakeholders , who have engaged with the DSWD through a Memorandum of Agreement and have utilized the Listahanan database .

The First Round of Assessment was conducted in 2009 where over three hundred thousand families were identified as poor and have benefited from various programs and services since then.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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CDD drives a retired educator to be a proactive citizen

“I thought I am already at my retiring and idle days but I was wrong, when KALAHI CIDSS came, I felt, that I’m still young and productive. I became active and physically energized says 70 year old Carmelito K. Go of Barangay Alangilan, Sagay, Camiguin.

Barangay Alangilan is located Southwest in the Island of Camiguin. It is one of the nine barangays in the municipality of Sagay. A coastal barangay, one side is facing in an open sea, while the opposite side is hilly with two big mountains (Mt. Ilihan & Mt. Timpoong).“ Ang among lugar agi-anan ug duolanan gayod sa mga natural nga kalamidad (our community can easily be concluded as vulnerable to any natural calamity)”, says Carmelito.

For the past natural disaster like typhoon and flash floods that happened in the province, Barangay Alangilan was one of the most affected by typhoon. “Kung naay moabot nga mga kalamidad sa among kumonidad, wala gayud kami mabuhat kung dili mang hinahot nga dili naunta mausab ( When fury of nature strikes, nobody is indispensable. If you experienced and became a victim, you always hope not to happen again)”, says Leonilo Pabillore fellow volunteer.

In 2014 Barangay Alangilan was one of the communities identified and prioritized by the seven municipalities under the Yolanda-affected in the Kalahi CIDSS National Community Driven Development Program -Disaster Response Operation Management areas or the KC- NCDDP DROM areas.

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.

The Disaster Response Operation Management (DROM) areas are those municipalities that have been identified as Yolanda-affected areas that will undergo rehabilitation and repair. Thus, their activities were accelerated.

After attending regular meetings, engaging in bayanihan and other Kalahi CIDSS trainings and seminars, Carmelito opened his new horizon in life. “ Sa una akong ginahuna-huna mao ra gayod kung unsaon nako ang pagbuhi sa akong pamilya pinaagi sa gamay nako nga sweldo isip usa ka maestro (back to my previous years my thinking and direction was focused to my family. My concerned is how I could meet the family basic needs out of my meager income),” Carmelito said.

A structural graph has been presented to better understand the process. Role and functions of every volunteer has been clearly defined and explained by KALAHI CIDSS personnel during seminars. Empowerment has been emphasized to the volunteers; “PEOPLE EMPOWERMENT” became a catchword.
“Sa pag sulod sa KALAHI CIDSS sa among barangay wala na gayod mi naglisod ug nagmakuli sa padawat kay nakita namo ang kaayohan nga makuha sa mga tao sa barangay (when KALAHI CIDSS entered in our community we never doubted and we easily accepted it because we saw the benefits that our people in the Barangay can get),” says Barangay Chairman Rogelio D. Zaballero

“Volunteerism is not merely offering up oneself freely to a work, but a sacrifice by offering his time, effort and even resources no matter how it cost,” Chairman Rogelio Zaballero added.

As their identified community sub-project the Concrete Flood Control Structure which on its way to a 100% completion with a project cost of P1,788,637.95 “Nalipay gayod kami sa among barangay tungod sa KALAHI CIDSS nagtinabangay kami tanan pinaagi sa bayanihan sa pag kab-ot sa flood control project, diin dako kaayo ug tabang kanamo labi na ang mga lumulupyo ug mga studante kay dili naman mabaha-an an ang mga panimalay ug ang eskwelahan (We are so happy with our barangay, because of KALAHI-CIDDS we collaborated or helped each other through “Bayanihan” to achieved the flood control project, in which it is really a big help especially to the community particularly the students, because there are no more floods in our residence and schools)”, chairman Zaballero shared.

“As KALAHI CIDSS volunteer, my horizon widened. It gave me a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Life became exciting because I have served people in my least and humble capacity despite of limitations. It is at this stage in my life that I realized that serving other people is a sign of unselfish love. It can give you a legacy as a person. For me, life is more meaningful and fruitful if you become a Good Samaritan. I also realized that happiness lies not on what you have but on how you appreciate of what you have”, Carmelito concluded.

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Listahanan conducts re-interview on selected households

Being on the last phase of the Second Round household assessment,random re interviews to selected households in the urban areas and cities are being conducted.

This is being done to ensure that the assessments done by the enumerators using tablets instead of the usual Family Assessment Forms (FAF)were done accurately.complete with the essential details in determining whether a certain household can be considered as poor,near poor, or non-poor based on the standard basis.

With the 793,989 targeted households for assessment in Northern Mindanao,it is expected that after validation which will be conducted in October of this year, a database of poor households will be generated.

The database will then serve as the basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social development programs and services of the Department and its partner Agencies and stakeholders.

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is the data management system of who and where the poor are and is used in identifying the potential beneficiaries of 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.

To date,Phil health, National Nutrition Council, Department of Health, Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Health are some of the National Government Agencies who have engaged and utilized the Listahanan data.

Local Government Units within the region have also been utilizing the Listahanan database in identifying the Listahanan database in identifying the beneficiaries of their locally – initiated programs and services.

The First Round of Assessment was conducted in 2009 where over 300,000 households in the region were identified as poor

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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