Archive | January, 2016

DSWD sends food packs to victims of tribal feud in Bukidnon

A second tranche of more than 500 family food packs and 50 sacks of used clothing were sent to the Higaonon families in Malaybalay City last January 22, 2016, after a tribal feud took place sometime in November last year affecting more than 70 Higaonon families, and resulting three casualties, and injuring two individuals.

According to Mr. Romeo Fernandez of the DSWD Field Office X, the first tranche of more than 800 food packs were sent to the tribe last December as its assistance to the victims.

The DSWD is mandated to augment resources to the local government units in assisting victims of man-made or natural disasters. It helps ensure that the LGUs are able to provide food packs, temporary shelters, and early recovery and rehabilitation for all families affected by disaster.

The DSWD has a standby calamity fund of P1,000,000.00 and 30,000 family food packs should local government units request for immediate augmentation.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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Photo Release: Kalahi CIDSS empowers Sumilao

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SUMILAO, Bukidnon – Residents of Sitio Laruk, Barangay Kisolon, listen to the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) orientation during the 1st Barangay Assembly held in the last quarter of 2015.

The year 2015 is a year of transition in terms of the coverage, from 19 municipalities to 64 areas; there was a massive pooling of workers to meet the demand of community sub-projects completion. Sumilao is among the new areas of the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP implementation. The development objective of KALAHI CIDSS is the empowerment of local communities through their involvement in the design and implementation of poverty reduction projects and improved participation in local governance. [Photos by Luigi Carlo A. Sescon, Technical Facilitator, DSWD KALAHI CIDSS, Region X]

 

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FEATURE: Pantawid Pamilya continues to change beneficiaries lives

CAGAYAN DE ORO, 23 January (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to impact the lives of the poor Filipino families with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya).

During the regular program of Philippine Information Agency’s Lambo Dyes in Radyo Ng Bayan, two Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries shared their insights on how the program changed their lives. Both of them serve as parent leaders in their respective barangays where they handle 30 or more members.

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According to Vivian Anadon, 35, who currently resides in Pinikitan, barangay Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City, there was really a big change that happened to herself and  family. Anadon is a mother of four who are all attending school with the help of the Pantawid Pamilya. She said she was able to send her children to school and has bought school materials because of the program.

Anadon’s membership to the Pantawid Pamilya and becoming a parent leader brought her so much experience and learning. She was even chosen to be in Manila for DSWD’s first international conference on Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) held on January 11. Anadon took part in the workshop by sharing her experience as a beneficiary and a parent leader to her co-members and guests from other countries like Mexico.

“I was less confident before but now I learned to face everyone,” Anadon expressed.

Meanwhile, Joecel S. Cabanday, 38, parent leader of Barangay 25, shared that she became a recipient of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) after attending several seminars on livelihood. Cabanday added that there were really significant changes that happened from the past, shifting from being clueless to managing their own sources of income with the aid of SLP seminars.

Cabanday and Anadon are members of Pantawid Pamilya for more than four years and as parent leaders, they take charge in the assembly of members in a cluster for Family Development Sessions (FDS) and other Pantawid Pamilya related seminars. Parent leaders also work with the DSWD city links to convey the concerns and updates of the members and vice versa.

Currently, DSWD urges the community of both members and non-members of the program to safeguard the families that are in need of help and reminds the public on the major conditions that every ‪beneficiary has to observe to be retained on their list and that includes regular attendance to the family development sessions, monthly family check-up at the rural health units, and at least 80 percent attendance in school for the children. All these are designed for the beneficiaries to be able to achieve social transformation and eventually attain self-sufficiency. (Jonathan M. Macas/PIA10)

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DSWD advocates drug abuse prevention and anti gender-based violence programs in Lanao town

Lanao del Norte — The Department of Social Welfare and Development has been intensifying its efforts in advocating programs and services at the grassroots level.

Recently,  Ms. Morena Fernandez of DSWD lobbied and advocated the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Programme (FDAPP) and the Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender-Based Violence (CIAGV) to the local officials of Sapad, this province.

The Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP) is a community-based prevention program designed to educate and prepare families about the adverse effects of drug abuse.

In Northern Mindanao, thirteen municipalities and 2 cities have forged a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department in support of the implementation of the said program.

The Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender Based Violence (CIAGV) Program,  on the other hand, envisions a community where women and girls will be less vulnerable to Gender-Based Violence through increased access to to quality response and reintegration services and participation in preventive actions.

To date, nine local government units have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the DSWD to help prevent and combat violence in their respective localities.

For the year 2016, activities have been planned out to intensify the advocacy of the two community based programs particularly in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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DSWD continues encoding and verification for validation of poor households

The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) or Listahanan is now on its final stages of encoding and finalizing the outputs of the recently conducted validation of poor households in the region.

The validation phase was the last phase of the DSWD’s second round household assessment wherein complaints on the posted initial list of poor households were acted upon with the support of the Local Verification Committees (LVCs) organized in all Local Government Units.

The initial list of poor households was the result of the second round assessment conducted within the months of July to September last year.

With the conduct of the second round assessment and the validation phase per se, it is hoped that potential beneficiaries of various programs and services of the government and other stakeholders will be the ones needing it the most.

As per the Department’s Breakthrough Goal # 2 of the Department which is to increase the number of Listahanan identified poor families covered by at least two Social Welfare and Development (SWD) programs and services by 2015, a total of 270, 999 households (both Pantawid Pamilya and non Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries) have been identified to have availed of at least two Social Welfare and Development programs and services of the Department.

The Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide.  The database of poor households will be the basis in identifying the potential beneficiaries of various programs and services of national Government Agencies, local government units, non-government organizations and other agencies given that the latter has forged Memorandum of Agreement with the Department.

 

 

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

 

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Opinion: Stopping Pantawid would be stupid

Reposting a column written by: Mahar Mangahas of Philippine Daily Inquirer

Posted on 01:23 AM January 16th, 2016

Whoever wins the next presidential election, said the distinguished sociologist Randy David, “would not be so stupid” as to stop the Pantawid program. This was in this week’s Conference on Sustaining the Gains of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program in the Philippines, at the Asian Development Bank, after he had introduced himself as being an independent adviser of the CCT for some time, and admitted that he was skeptical of the program in the beginning.

Randy is now convinced, by hard evidence, that the Pantawid program is working well. He is careful to point out that, since it is essentially a scholarship program for children, its fruits will be reaped after many years, when the children find better work than their parents. Pantawid is a program against intergenerational poverty.

Thus, the drops in poverty and hunger seen in recent Social Weather Stations surveys are not due to Pantawid; the Pantawid children are not yet due to join the workforce. The drops are more likely due to the relative mildness of inflation.  If poverty and hunger were to rise soon, neither would it imply the failure of Pantawid.

Pantawid is like nurturing an orchard that bears fruit in the long term. The health of the orchard can be assessed, by science, even before fruiting begins.

SWS is proud to have done the special surveys of mothers, children, teachers, health workers, local officials, bank officials and others that were used by the government, the World Bank and the ADB to assess Pantawid. It stands by its survey quality, whether or not an impact assessment is favorable.

Aniceto Orbeta Jr., of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, told the conference that his findings are favorable—the children are attending at least 85 percent of their classes, and not cutting them due to a need to earn money by work; the mothers are getting pre- and post-natal care; the work efforts of adult family members have been stable (i.e., there is no dependency); there is no rise in drinking or gambling; etc. (See also “Real evidence supports Pantawid,” Opinion, 7/18/15.)

Pantawid is the first propoor program of the Philippine government to use a scientific system to identify beneficiaries. UP School of Statistics dean Dennis Mapa talked on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (Listahanan), which selects the Pantawid beneficiaries from a present data base of some 10 million households from the poorest areas of the country.

The starting criterion for selection is the official poverty line, plus modest adjustments to allow the near poor to qualify. The official line is so stingy—even cruel, I would say—that literal adherence would disqualify three out of ten Pantawid beneficiaries. I prefer to call the seven of ten selections bull’s eyes, and the other three selections good hits, who are “near poor” rather than “nonpoor” (see “Pantawid: 71% bull’s eyes,” Opinion, 7/20/13; disclosure: I am a member of the Listahanan advisory committee).

President Noynoy Aquino obviously deserves credit for recognizing Pantawid’s value, continuing it without changing its name, and expanding the beneficiaries from 800,000 in 2010 to 4.4 million by 2014. At the conference, ADB president Takehiko Nakao pledged another $400 million to support the CCT.

The Pantawid program is one of the best CCTs in the world, said panelist Rogelio Gómez Hermosillo, former national coordinator of Oportunidades, the CCT of Mexico. He, Randy David, and the other panelists (Alison Chartres, assistant secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Aleksandra Posarac, lead economist, World Bank-Manila; and Karin Schelzig, senior social protection specialist, ADB) strongly urged that Pantawid be allowed to maintain its focus, and warned against burdening it with other objectives.

The conference’s closing speaker was Angelita Castillo, a Pantawid mother and family session leader, who has graduated from the program. Pointing to her neat attire, she said, “Maybe you think I am not a beneficiary, because I look like this? I didn’t look like this before.  Now I do, thanks to Pantawid.” She managed to get four extra years of schooling, and now, in her 40s, has become a schoolteacher, and will continue to help the Pantawid.

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Pantawid has high vote-getting potential. This week, SWS reported that “continuing the Pantawid program” scored 80 percent, the highest among 10 advocacies separately tested in its September 2015 national survey of adults, as to whether the respondents would probably vote, in the next election, for a candidate favoring it  (see “SWS confirms survey on agricultural issues for Greenpeace,” www.sws.org.ph, posted on 1/12/16).

The next most popular advocacies were “meeting needs of farmers” (76 percent), “meeting food needs” (75 percent), and “promoting environment-friendly farming” (70 percent). Inclusion of these advocacies was commissioned by the Greenpeace organization, which agreed to SWS’ proposal to ask its three items in a broad context, together with seven other items not pertaining to food or agriculture, framed by SWS on its own.  The 10 items were asked in random order.

Two out of three respondents said they would probably vote for advocates of “continuing the Daang Matuwid” (65 percent) and “amending economic provisions of the Constitution” (64 percent).

Half would probably vote for advocates of “enacting a law on freedom of information” (48 percent) and “enacting an anti-dynasty law” (46 percent).  Less popular were the advocacies of “enacting a Bangsamoro Basic Law” (31 percent) and “enacting a law on divorce” (26 percent).

SWS reported these findings of its September 2015 survey only this week, when Greenpeace exercised its option to make its commissioned items public.

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Contact mahar.mangahas@sws.org.ph. The ADB conference materials and other information about Pantawid are available from the DSWD’s Policy Development and Planning Bureau, at pdpb@gov.ph.

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Message of the new Regional Director of DSWD-10

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Regional Director, Nestor B. Ramos, addressing the employees of DSWD-10

I stand before you today as the new Regional Director of this region (DSWD-10), grateful for the trust and confidence of our leaders (our Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman), humbled by the highest honor any public servant can hope for. I am inspired to take up the greatest challenge of my career as your new leader, but at the same time mindful and hoping that I may have the acceptance of every employee and officers of this region.

I submit that the honor and challenges of my career as your leader was made possible by the grace of God, the architect of the universe and through the inspiration and support of my former family members (DSWD-8) whom I bade farewell with heavy heart.

While I am mindful of the challenges ahead of me as your leader, I wish to remind us all that in any organization, the growth, success and failure, does not lies/depend on the leader but must on the contribution of each and every member. So it just fitting to say that the challenges and trials for this region to carry the vision and mission lies in our unified contribution of knowledge and resources. Fitting to say, let us work us one family, with one direction guided by one blue print (our vision) and let the code of conduct for public officials and employees be our square and compasses.

I must also think that they consider my transfer as the triumph of meritocracy, the recognition of 39 years of hard work, dedication and passion for public service. Therefore, it is but fitting that I make meritocracy the hallmark of my journey to this region. Together we will raise the bar for performance and accountability, so that excellence is rewarded and mediocrity receives is just desserts.

And as we take our journey which begin today, trials and temptation is inevitable but can be avoided by continuously open the line of communication (communicate, coordinate and collaborate) communication is the rudiment of a successful organization. As your leader, I will always be mindful of individual concern be it personal and your professional growth, I will praise servant in public for his/her merit and will never scold in public for mistake one, mistake should be whisper in low tone of voice.

I must also submit that I am not a perfect leader (only Him up (gaotu) is a perfect leader) which I wish you’ll consider and ready to open line of communication rather than criticism in public which will end to disunity in an organization.

According to Mahatma Gandhi in his book Spiritual Revolution, human relationship is a rudiment in making employees satisfied in his workplace, it is not salary that make public servant happy in post, it is environment. Join my friend in creating healthy environment for this noble organization, DSWD-10.

Again in raising the bar of performance for excellence, I will only ask you and no other more but only your support.

Your support we will be able to continue as has already been started the good performance of this region.

DSWD-10, let us aim high, fly high para sa bayan.

Daghang salamat, maraming salamat, thank you. Mabuhay DSWD-10. Mabuhay Philippines and Lupang Sinilangan.

 

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Photo Release: Ramos is new Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao

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Cagayan de Oro City — Workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Northern Mindanao warmly welcome the newly installed Regional Director, Nestor Briones Ramos.

Ramos, a former Regional Director of DSWD Eastern Visayas, replaced the vacated position of Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo who is now assigned as the Regional Director of DSWD Zamboanga effective January 4.

In his message during the flag raising ceremony, Ramos said he is not asking DSWD workers’ loyalty, but workers’ loyalty to their work.

He said he expects everyone’s cooperation in delivering services to the agency’s clientele.

Photos by Shaun Alejandrae Y. Uy, Text by Oliver Badel Inodeo

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