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Subanen group share positive changes to World Bank

DSC_0540Misamis Occidental —Indigenous People (IP) belonging to Subanen Tribe here share positive changes in their lives brought about by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) to World Bank representatives during a recent visit here.

Rogelio Montac, village chief of Barangay Namut here, said Pantawid Pamilya has encouraged IP parents to send their children in school.

Before, Montac said parents were hesitant to enroll their children in school because they cannot afford to buy school supplies and uniform.

Also, parents will let their children help them do chores for their living.

Micheil Suminday, Grade 6 adviser and Pantawid focal person of Tonggo Elementary School, a school of living tradition for Subanen Tribe in Namut village here, disclosed that out of 290 children enrolled in the tribal school run by the Department of Education, 158 are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Suminday said all enrollees belong to the tribe who are living in the hinterland barangay located at the ridge of Mt. Malindang.

“Pantawid has addressed the needs of the children,” Suminday said.

The village is the home to 310 Subanen households.

Improved delivery of health services

Montac disclosed that Subanen tribe members are regularly submitting themselves for check-up at the health center.

he said, residents will not visit the health center because they are shy for consultation. Now, residents are frequenting at the health center they now have confidence to face people.

A midwife and barangay health workers are manning the center daily while a physician visits the center for consultation once a week.

During emergencies, residents need not to wait for an ambulance to arrive because a motor-for-hire locally known as habal-habal will transport patients directly to Tudela District Hospital, some 20 kilometers from the village.

Improved participation in school

Leizl Bahan, Principal of Tonggo Elementary School, noticed that Pantawid beneficiaries in her school is active in all activities of the school.

Bahan said parent-beneficiaries are always in the forefront in assisting teachers during activities like Brigada Eskwela, clean-up drive, beautification, feeding, among others.

Beneficiaries are also actively involved in discussions during meetings, she said.

Develop confidence

DSC_0535Anita Montac, a beneficiary under Cluster 5 of Namut village, said she never visited the health center before for fear of discrimination.

Montac added that she opted to cultivate her farm with her husband than spending hours of visitation and consultation at the health center because she cannot control her fears from people who are not from her tribe.

After earning confidence during series of Family Development Sessions conducted by her Municipal Link, Montac claimed she can now manage to speak to visitors, barangay officials, and municipal leaders without fear and reservation.

Gina Lumigid, for her part, said FDS has built a strong foundation of her family life.

“Before, my husband was irresponsible and a drunkard. After series of lectures on family and values, he has changed. Now, he stop drinking alcohol and he do his tasks,” said Lumigid.

FDS is one of the conditions of Pantawid Pamilya, a conditional cash transfer scheme of the national government that provides cash grants to beneficiaries.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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Validation of Poor households continues

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Looking  at the throng of people patiently waiting for their turn  to lodge on their complaints, one can feel that  people in the communities  are receptive to change and the initiatives  of  the government to reduce poverty .

In the city of  Cagayan de Oro, since the first day of posting of the Listahanan initial list of poor households in the  barangays,  residents started  to herd  to the City Hall to  file their complaints.

Through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Listahanan , household assessments were conducted last June of this year  in which , 72,000 households were assessed leaving some 30,000 households to be assessed during the validation phase.

With the support  of the  Local Government Unit, massive advocacy efforts  have been done to  inform the public on the importance of the validation as well as on the process  involved  in the  conduct of the  validation.

A designated area was also  alloted  by the City Government in order for  the  Area Supervisors to receive complaints  orderly .

Barangay officials were  also very active in initiating rekorida  to inform their barangay constituents  on the schedule and venue  where  they can  file their complaints.

Complaints ranged from those  poor households who were not included in the list , those who should not be included in the list, correction of spelling, or incorrect data in their Family Assessment Forms.

Those who filed complaints were requested to bring proofs to be attached to their complaint forms which includes birth certificates, Certification from their respective barangay Captains, Marriage certificate, valid IDs, among others, depending on the nature of their complaints.  Collateral interviews were also conducted.

Resolution of complaints are done with the support of the Local Verification Committees organized by the local Government Unit.

For  Adela Pragamac,  a Sendong surivivor,  the posting of the initial list of poor households gives  them hope that in the near future, they will benefit from various social protection programs of  the  government  .

To be given the chance to file a complaint according to Eleanor Loretero, a resident of Carmen, is also a way for the government to have  a clear, definite,and accurate  listing of  who really needs the most  of the programs and services.

“Mao pagkadungog namo sa radyo nga puwede mi magreklamo kabahin sa listahan nga gipaskin sa barangay, nianhi dayon mi diri sa City Hall” (That is why when we heard on radio that we can file complaints on the list posted in our barangay, we immediately proceeded here at the City Hall)  , quips Eleanor.

Listahanan  is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor households are.  It serves as the  basis  for the Department and its partner Agencies as well as Civil Society Organizations ,in  identifying potential beneficiaries for their various social protection programs  and services.

The Second Round household assessments was  conducted nationwide last June of this year with 791, 222 households assessed in Northern Mindanao  .

 

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

 

 

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Day Care Workers Trained on Child Growth Standard cum Menu Planning

A two-day training on Child Growth Standard cum Menu Planning was conducted in three batches for the whole month of October.

The training which was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development was participated in by  Federated Day Care Workers President from the  provinces of Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte .

The month –long  training  was aimed to hone their skills & knowledge and  in the delivery of quality service in the implementation of the 5th cycle Supplementary Feeding Program particularly ,in their respective  communities.

Participants were trained to  measure a Child’s Growth using the World Health Organization Child Growth Standards as well as be able to determine  the different growth indicators .

The participants’ skills  in menu planning using indigenous food were also capacitated during the training.

The workshops  introduced concepts on Measuring a Child’s Growth, Interpreting Growth Indicators and Counselling on Growth and Feeding which were clearly discussed and explained by the Resource Person, Ms. Susan B. Batutay of the World Food Programme.

 

Written by Sheryl N. Ave/Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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Day Care Workers Trained on Child Growth Standard cum Menu Planning

A two-day training on Child Growth Standard cum Menu Planning was conducted in three batches for the whole month of October.

The training which was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development was participated in by  Federated Day Care Workers President from the  provinces of Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte .

The month –long  training  was aimed to hone their skills & knowledge and  in the delivery of quality service in the implementation of the 5th cycle Supplementary Feeding Program particularly ,in their respective  communities.

Participants were trained to  measure a Child’s Growth using the World Health Organization Child Growth Standards as well as be able to determine  the different growth indicators .

The participants’ skills  in menu planning using indigenous food were also capacitated during the training.

The workshops  introduced concepts on Measuring a Child’s Growth, Interpreting Growth Indicators and Counselling on Growth and Feeding which were clearly discussed and explained by the Resource Person, Ms. Susan B. Batutay of the World Food Programme.

Written by Sheryl N. Ave/Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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DSWD to evaluate well-being of poor families

IMG_20151027_131545DSWD-10 workers assess poor households to determine their levels of well-being through its Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI) tool which generates a data that will serve as a baseline of how much has improved in a family’s socio-economic status after a year of receiving government assistance.

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Pantawid Women Association serves their way to success

Sr. Nazareno 4Ps SKA1Cagayan de Oro City — The city’s fast growing economy particularly in the food industry, inspires our Pantawid women association to come together and set up their very own food business. Geared with the necessary skills and attitude, the Sr. Nazareno 4Ps Association, actively participated to all program activities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

In 2014, this group composed of 26 women, joined the Basic Micro-enterprise Management Training and Entrepreneurship, wherein participants are given basic management training, financial management and processes to achieve their entrepreneurial goals. The program provided them with the necessary capital fund to realize their business goals.

The women’s eatery serves basic “lutong-bahay” (homemade) foods, desserts, and even expand their venture to rice retailing. The business is inevitably growing since they are planning to build another branch within the city.

According to Ms. Jocel Cabanay, the association’s president, the secret to their success is cooperation and trust. “Our business success is a shared effort among all of us, we make sure that we maintain transparency and remain responsible to our duties as members of the group”, she added. “We want to prove to our trainers that we have learned from them, and that we can make our lives better”, she emphasized. “Nalipay gyud kami tungod ky kani among negosyo dagko gyud ang natabang sa among mga pamilya ug panghinanglanon”, she said.

After more than a year of operations, the women’s eatery has been making themselves known. They have offered their services to DSWD several times, one of which was during the Secretary’s visit to the region where the group served their food to more than 300 people. To this date, the office calls for their services whenever there are events to be held within the city.

The group accepts orders and catering services. You can personally visit Sr. Nazareno 4P’s Delicious Eatery at Julio Pacana Street, Barangay 26, Licoan, Cagayan de Oro City.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Communities help DSWD validate list of poor households

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Cagayan de Oro — To ensure transparency and to correct errors in the list of poor households it generated, the Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to accommodate error issues filed by families and communities regarding the initial list of poor households posted in their barangays as part of the Department’s validation phase.

The list of poor households is generated through the DSWD’s “Listahanan” or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, which shall be the basis in identifying qualified beneficiaries for social protection programs and social services in the country. The list can be used by other national government agencies, and providers of social protection programs and services.

Earlier this month, the DSWD posted the initial lists of poor households in strategic areas in the barangays to give an opportunity for the communities to give feedback on possible errors such as  inclusion, exclusion, correction of entries, misspelled names

Mr. Philip Waye Mappala of the DSWD also says the validation phase also enables families who were not visited by the DSWD enumerators to appeal and be assessed. “This is also the time when they can lodge their complaints and grievances to the Local Verification Committees,” Mappala says.

The members of the Local Verification Committees include the municipal or city mayor, the local government unit’s planning officer, social welfare and development officer, and members from the civil society organizations. The DSWD shall serve as the secretariat of the committees.

Mappala says that the complaints filed shall be elevated to the Local Verification Committees and shall be resolved within five days from filing. The DSWD, through its area supervisors, shall also update those concerned regarding the status of their issues.

The Listahanan validation phase is targeted to run within the month of November 2015 before the finalization of data of poor households nationwide.

The DSWD encourages the public to  participate during the validation process  to ensure  that  the list of poor households in the region will be accurate, correct, and viable.

 

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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