Archive | October, 2015

140 children celebrate Children’s Month thru “Zumbata”

DSC01108Cagayan de Oro City — Children from around Northern Mindanao assembled here to kick-off the Children’s Month Celebration through “Zumbata,” a joint word for “zumba” and “bata,” which allows children to celebrate the event through dancing.

Children’s Month falls every October of every year.

Coming from various provinces, the children participate in the annual event as their support and advocacy to protect children from any forms of abuse and neglect.

The event was hosted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, in partnership with local government units and non-government organizations.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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Pantawid PWD becomes massage therapist

Medina (one of the graduates)Misamis Oriental — The Department of Social Welfare and Development provides social protection programs to 2,059 PantawidPamilya Beneficiaries in the municipality of Medina, this province. This year, through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and Skills Mastery Institute, a group of beneficiaries were trained with Massage Therapy NC II specializing in “Swedish Massage.”

One of the recipients of massage training is Aida A. Papel, a person with disability (PWD) and a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of Barangay Pahindong. She is a mother of two.

According to Aida, with their qualifications and certificates, livelihood opportunities are open for grasp. “My disability never hinders my will to support my family. Prior to SLP, I have been earning less through traditional “Hilot” and selling herbal products”, she says. “Now, I am earning P300.00 to 600.00 pesos a week as part time massage therapist to Duka Bay Resort in Medina along with my other colleagues who are also beneficiaries,” she added.

The group has also established their very own massage clinic through the support of the Local Government Unit of Medina. They operate and manage the clinic located at the heart of town six days a week . The resort has also been very generous and committed to employ the trained beneficiaries in support to their program goals.

To date, their business is vastly growing and they have recently earned a nomination to the Bangon Kabuhayan 2015 of the department as Best Employment Model.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Working student is exemplary child of NorMin

exemplary child 2015Cagayan de Oro City — A working student has been hailed as the Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Child 2015 of Northern Mindanao here.

Angel Anne Marie Jabian, 14 of Purok 2, Mitazan, Aloran, Misamis Occidental, bested other four provincial representatives during the two-day search here recently.

A daughter of a farmer, Angel disclosed that the income of her parents is not sufficient to support her daily fare in going to her school, Aloran Trade High School, from her house, that’s why she volunteered herself to become a working student to one of her relatives living near the school.

Angel’s residence is relatively far from the school and she would spend P30 a day for her fare before.

But, Angel is quick to add that she managed to balance her studies and household chores.

A consistent Top 1 pupil from Grade 1 to Grade 6 during her elementary formation; Angel has never been absent from school despite her obligations as a working student.

“I persevere to achieve my dreams and to become successful in the future,” Angel said during her first radio interview in a local station here.

Good example to others

When asked about her passion, Angel disclosed that she wants to become good example to others. “I want to be different from others in a good way because I know, I am unique. I want to become a good example to others,” Angel said.

Serving as the newly ambassador of children’s rights in Northern Mindanao, Angel is overwhelmed by the support from her family, school administrators, local government unit, and other stakeholders of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Misamis Occidental.

“It’s worth the hardwork and diligence that I have invested. I owed back this to Pantawid Pamilya, my mentors, my family, my friends and to my God,” Angel said, adding that she is a proud beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya.

Changes in life

Everday, Angel’s father, Rey, will visit and cultivate the family’s ricefields while her mother Mariter will take care of her and her elder sister.

Either under the heat of the scorching heat of the sun or under a heavy downpour, Angel’s father has to work hard to support the family’s need.

“Honestly, every afternoon when I got home from school in my elementary years, I can see from my naked eyes that my father is really tired from work. I felt guilty of it,” shared Angel during the radio interview.

“Sad to say, his income is not enough for my needs. At that moment, I was losing hope to finish my studies. Until such time when we became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya,” added the teary-eyed Angel.

Angel’s family became benefiary of the program in 2011.

“Pantawid Pamilya is a great help to my family. I can already buy the materials and supplies needed for my projects on time. Because of Pantawid Pamilya, I achieved good grades and I maintain my top post,”said Angel.

Aside from that, Angel told us that, “Pantawid helped educate my parents and other beneficiaries in terms of livelihood, halth and wellness, education for children and many others.”

As it is, “I am always been grateful to DSWD and all other government agencies which helped us fight poverty.”

Meanwhile, Rosa Bianca Galos of Mambajao, Camiguin and Regine Dablo of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental have earned the second and third spots, respectively.

The contender were judged based on their behavior and practice, talent, intelligence and wit, community and school participation, and Kaya Koa ng Pagbabago (I am capable of change) presence and appearance.

The search is conducted to recognize the children beneficiaries of the program who set examples at home, in school, and in their community.

It is one of the strategies of Pantawid Pamilya to encourage the children to nurture habits and values that would mold them to good and active citizens.

Written by Oliver B. Inodeo, DSWD

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DSWD taps LGUs, CSOs to validate list of poor

DSC_0291Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction have recently tapped  Municipal and City Mayors, Planning Officers, Local Social Welfare and Development Officers, barangay chairmen, and representatives from Civil Society Organizations in the five provinces of the region to prepare for the validation phase of the Listahanan Second Round Assessment.

Listahanan is a management system run by the DSWD to identify who and where the poor are. This is done through a household assessment which was saturated in the whole of Northern Mindanao last May of this year.

In the region, DSWD was able to assess 795,000 households.

Local Verification Committees, composed of the Municipal and City Mayors, Planning Officers, Local Social Welfare and Development Officers,  and representatives from Civil Society Organizations were organized to address complaints and grievances relative to the posting of initial lists of poor households.

In Northern Mindanao,  target date for posting will be within the third week of October 2015.

Area Supervisors and enumerators will be assigned in the various localities to facilitate in the conduct of the validation.

With the conduct of the validation, it is hoped that the list of poor households in Northern Mindanao will be correct and accurate as to who will become potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services of the Department and other partner agencies.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Pantawid families receive livestock from DA

lopez jaenaMisamis Occidental — As support to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Agriculture (DA) gave livestock for its program beneficiaries who are ready for entrepreneurial ventures in Lopez Jaena, here.

According to Merge Anunciado of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the agriculture department gave livestock to 18 families coming from various barangays in the municipality as part of their commitment to the Municipal Action Plan for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. In addition, DA also conducted capability building activities to teach these families on livestock production and in sustaining the business to support their families.

The Pantawid Pamilya is a national government’s intervention for poor families by investing in their children’s health and education. It also gives them access to livelihood opportunities in order to support them socio-economically.

The program is implemented by the DSWD but is also being supported by the DA and other national government agencies, local government unit, non-government organizations, civil society groups, and academe through provision of various resources such as conduct of skills development and livelihood trainings, job opportunities, scholarships, among others.

One of the Pantawid families that received livestock from DA was the Caay family.  Sally Caay, a resident of Barangay Dampalan in Lopez Jaena, said that the livestock she received from DA has greatly helped her with her finances to support her family of six.

Nagpasalamat gyud ko sa atong nasudnong panggobyerno kay naghatag silag pagtagad kanamong mga kabus (I thank the national government for attending to us, poor families,” Sally says. “Dako kaayo ug tabang ang kining livestock nga gihatag sa DA sa akong pamilya. Sa pagkakaron, gina-alima namo ang kining baka nga gihatag sa DA aron makatabang kini sa among pinansyal nga panginahanglanon sa umaabot (this livestock is a big help for my family. For now, I am just raising this cow that I received from DA so that this can help us financially in the future).”

Lopez Jaena is a home of 1,639 Pantawid Pamilya families.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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Women organization gain more than just livelihood

DAWFED CANTEENBukidnon — “I remember selling piglets just to raise funds for our group, but now we do not have to worry about funds anymore because we have learned how to manage our income and sustain our business,” says Mrs. Nelly Tabanao, a member of the Damulog Women’s Federation here.

Damulog Women’s Federation (DAWFED) is composed of 25 women from various people’s organizations from the municipality of Damulog, Bukidnon, organized to provide support to community empowerment and social awareness.

Having less financial opportunities, the association initially imposed a monthly contribution of P50.00 to the members and used the raise funds to buy piglets and some amount for lending giving 5% monthly interest. The association took off and continue running its business.

Because they saw the need of a much bigger financial assistance to sustain their venture, Nelly, the president of the DAWFED, approached the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office to seek for additional support.

The program intervention

In 2009, the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, then called as SEA-K or Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran, enhanced the DAWFED with business management training and provision of capital assistance amounting to P140,000.00 which was payable within two years. Through social preparation activities, the group identified Canteen and Catering Services as their project for SEA-K.

The Local Government Unit also supported the group project by donating a space for their canteen and a monetary donation of P9,500 for their initial operational expenses. Apart from the processing of business registration and other credentials necessary for starting a business.

In addition to their food business, they also invested their capital to create a Multi-Purpose Cooperative as a financial institution.

The gains and more

After a year, the association paid their dues to DSWD and continued its business operations based on their revenues. Since then, they have been catering to employees of the municipality and abruptly increased their cooperative members.

“As the leader of the group, I am grateful for DSWD for assisting me to improve my capacities and for believing us that we can do better,” Nelly shares. “Kaya gyud diay namo ang kabag-ohan.

Because of their effective management, the association has been recognized as the Outstanding Womenpreneur and Best Performing Women Organization in the province of Bukidnon and a nominee for “Most Outstanding Organization” in Mindanao.

To date, the association is still in operation and growing.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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CSOs back institutionalization of Pantawid Pamilya

Cagayan de Oro City — Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Northern Mindanao expressed hope that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) would be institutionalized to ensure its continuity even with changes in leadership.

During its monthly regular meeting here, 18 CSOs passed a resolution declaring its support to the institutionalization of the conditional cash transfer of the national government.

In a three-page resolution number 001-2015, the organizations headed by its chairman Francisco Mabaso Jr, president of the People Power Volunteer for Reform (PPVR) Bukidnon, also expressed its assistance to DSWD in conducting the family development sessions with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries on active citizenship.

The resolution said, “CSOs deemed conditional cash transfer to beneficial to its partner beneficiaries considering the upshot on partner beneficiaries’ status of well-being- from survival to subsistence (82.03%) and from subsistence to self-sufficiency (0.198%) as of April 2014.”

Aside from Mabaso, signatories of the resolution include Elvie Parel, vice president of CSOs and president of Pilipina; Eden Jacinto of GCAMFI; Michael Cagulada of GROUP Foundation; Jonathan Mongcal of Citizens Watch on Good Governance; Dr. Rosalina Huerbana of Safer River Life Saver Foundation of Liceo de Cagayan University; Rizalina Amesola of Ranao Women and Children Resource Center, Pastor Crispin Dura of NACPHIL; Adelina Sales of GTAPWo; Rufiniano Lindongan of NACPHIL; Noel Resma of MROFI-NAC MRP; Gil Salavaleon of Farmers Federation; Jimmy Oco of ALEMA Organization; Brenda Caberiana of MALISA Home; Christian Flores of Values Restoration Advocate for Mindanao; Felipe Tangcalagan of Philippine Task Force Movement; Roseller Bastillada of PHILCARED Inc.; and Virgelia Demata of Philippine Island Kids Foundation.

Along with beneficiaries, the CSOs will gather signatures in support for the institutionalization of Pantawid Pamilya.

The House Committee on Poverty Alleviation has already approved the consolidated bills institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilya.

Tarlac Rep. Susan Yap authored House Bill (HB) 154 or “An act institutionalizing the Conditional Cash Transfer program of the government to reduce poverty and promote human capital development and providing funds therefor.”

HB 154 or the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Act “seeks to provide assistance to the poor, break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, promote gender equality, achieve universal primary education, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, which are also the part of the government’s Millennium Development Goals.”

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 10, welcomed the support of the CSOs.

Given the success of the program in reaching out to the poor, Solamillo said there is a need to ensure sustainability through an enacted policy.

Today, there are 283,150 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao.

Under the bill, qualified household beneficiaries will receive conditional cash transfer of P500 per month for health and nutrition expenses, P300 per month per child for educational expenses, and a supplementary education grant of P300 for each child who maintains passing grades in all subjects after the first year of implementation of the program. A maximum of three children will be allowed for each qualified household beneficiary.

The bill will limit the time span of beneficiaries to avail the assistance to seven years and provides programs that would ensure that said beneficiaries will remain non-poor after the time limit.

According to a study conducted by Dr. Celia Reyes of the House Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department, school attendance rates of children six to 11 years old from Pantawid Pamilya household families were higher compared to children from non-Pantawid families. This marks the positive impact of the program to school participation of children at the primary level.

Pantawid Pamilya invests on the health and education of children by providing monthly cash grants to households complying to it.

The studies also disclosed that most of the parent beneficiaries who are poor belong to the categories of those who did not finish their studies or out of school youths (OSYs).

Through the program, parents learn the value of good health and education to their children’s future and its effect in the struggle against poverty.

At present, over 10 million children in the country are sent to schools through the program.

Last March, a total of 333,673 high school beneficiaries nationwide were able to graduate through the program.

Some of them continued their studies in college through scholarships and graduated with honors.

More than 4.4 million poor households in the country are benefiting from the program.


Written by Oliver B. Inodeo

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LGUs and CSOs to validate DSWD’s initial list of poor

Cagayan de Oro — Members of the Local Verification Committees (LVCs), composed of mayors, local social welfare and development officers, planning officers, and representatives from civil society groups in Northern Mindanao, are presently undergoing orientation in preparation for the validation of the initial list of poor households generated from DSWD’s second round household assessment conducted in the last two months.

Listahanan, previously known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is a management system run by the DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The data shall serve as the basis of identifying beneficiaries for social protection programs implemented by DSWD, national government agencies, local government units, civil society groups, and non-government organizations.

The validation phase is when initial lists of poor households based on the conducted assessment will be posted in strategic locations in the barangays for the people in the communities to provide feedback. It is also in this phase when families who were not yet visited by the enumerators will be given the chance to appeal, be assessed and lodge on their complaints and grievances to the Local Verification Committee (LVC).

The orientation is conducted simultaneously in the five provinces of the region.

Barangay Chairmen, who were also oriented on the process of the validation, pledged to help disseminate to their barangay constituents the conduct of the validation specifically of the date of posting of the initial list of poor households  in their barangays.

Mr. Philip Waye Mapala of the DSWD says that the orientation does not only serve the purpose of knowing the importance and process of validation, but also serves as a venue where issues and concerns relative to the conduct of the Second Round household assessments particularly their feedback and observations are also discussed and noted.

Barangay officials expressed their hope that with the conduct of the validation, the Listahanan data would prove to be correct, viable, and accurate basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services of the Department of Social Welfare and Development  and  its partner agencies and stakeholders.

Both LVC members and the Barangay Chairmen shared their high regard to the recently  conducted household assessments as they also look forward that exclusion and inclusion errors will be minimized as compared to the First Round Assessment in 2009.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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