Archive | February, 2016

Our Lady of Triumph Institute of Technology provides quality training programs to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

Ozamiz City — A technical vocational institution has reportedly provided a number of job placements for the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in support to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

OLT beneficiaties receive their toolkits after graduation

OLT beneficiaries receive their tool-kits after graduation.

Providing comprehensive education and training programs to students and transform them into a professional and globally competitive citizens, while assuring their local and international placements through their partner agencies worldwide, the OLT produced two hundred (200) female graduates of Household Attendant of which one hundred fifty (150) who passed the necessary requirements were directly employed and deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2013.

The selection of graduates recommended for employment went through vigorous process which included the submission of personal credentials, legal documentation and medical certification. Today, the said beneficiaries earns a monthly salary of four hundred dollars ($400) per month for a two-year contract which started December 16, 2013 and ended May 7, 2015.

In 2015, another eighty (80) beneficiaries trained with Carpentry NCII were immediately endorsed for employment with the Phoenix Garuda Construction and Development Corporation in its Manila Bay property development projects.

The school also offers community based trainings to beneficiaries who prefer local and self-employment. With top of the line facilities and assured starter kits, the beneficiaries are in for a quality training and competitive results. For the beneficiaries taking Cookery NCII and Bread and Pastry NCII, they are trained through their Mobile Kitchen Laboratory which is in a 10-wheeler wing van, with complete kitchen equipment and can accommodate 40 trainers at once. This specific Mobile Kitchen Facility was built solely to support the training of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of the municipalities of Bonifacio, Tangub City, Ozamiz City and Oroqueta City.

All qualified graduates of the trainings are provided with toolkits and “pangkabuhayan” (livelihood) so they can easily establish their very own business.

“The OLT understands the utmost goal of the department that is to improve the living condition of our beneficiaries through human capital development”, Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos said.

To date, the institute has trained a total of seven hundred (700) beneficiaries from the province.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Families tapped to support Adoption and Foster Care

Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently oriented families representing Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Bukidnon to the Alternative Family Care Forum last February 19, 2016 to deepen the knowledge among families on Adoption and Foster Care.

The DSWD, an active advocate on legal adoption, said that the forum served as a venue to discuss how legal adoption is being processed, its effects, and how foster care is being done in the communities.

Adoption is the socio-legal process of providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily relinquished their parental authority over the child. In adoption, the legal ties between the biological parent(s) and the adoptee, except when the biological parent(s) is the spouse of the adopter, is severed.

Adoption shall also deem the adoptee as a legitimate child of the adopter and gives both the latter and the adoptee equal rights and obligations arising the relationship of parents and child, including but not limited to, the right of the adopter to choose the name the child is to be known and the rights of the adopter and adoptee to be legal and compulsory heirs of each other.

Foster on the other hand, is the provision of planned temporary substitute parental care to a child by a foster parent, who is duly licensed by the DSWD to provide foster care.

Families who wish to adopt or foster a child may visit the DSWD regional office at Masterson Ave., Upper Carmen, this City to orient them on the legal process, its effects, and the documents required by the national government.

The said forum was conducted as an observance to the Adoption Consciousness Month slated every February.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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Beneficiaries for Social Pension receives Stipend


The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Social pension program recently released stipends for  indigent senior citizens in Cagayan de Oro.

A total of 1,206 social pensioners received their stipend for first Quarter of 2016 and those unclaimed for the last quarter of the previous year.

In Northern Mindanao, there are 75,003 indigent senior citizens  who are beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program.

The Social Pension for indigent senior citizens is one of the provisions under Section 5 of the Republic Act No.9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010”.  It  is an additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos  (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of senior citizens.

Eligible senior citizens who have availed of the Program includes those frail,sickly,or with disability, those without pension (both from government and non-government institutions), and those with permanent source of income, compensation or financial assistance from his/her relatives to support his/her basic needs.

The schedule of  pay out for social pension is on quarterly basis with each beneficiary receiving P1,500.00 each per quarter.

Total amount released during the said pay out totalled to P1,809,000.00.


Written by,Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD



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Listahanan Facilitates Updating of Pantawid Beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan is currently conducting an updating of  1,977 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries regionwide .

The said beneficiaries were those households  that were not assessed during the regular assessment schedule and validation phase of the Listahanan Second Round Assessment.This was conducted  in coordination with the Pantawid Municipal Action Team and the City Action Teams assigned in the Local Government Units who were mobilized to conduct the updating and monitoring of the said beneficiaries.

To date, the DSWD is now on the process of finalizing and encoding of the  accomplished forms used during the validation. Review and rectification of household records are also being done in the process.

The First Round Assessment which was conducted way back 2009 was the basis for identifying the present Pantawid beneficiaries.

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. Its database serves as basis for the Department, Local Government Units, Partner Agencies , academe, and other stakeholders who have entered into a  Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, in identifying potential beneficiaries of their programs and services.

The Second Round household assessment was conducted in the middle of the previous year.  Validation of the initial list of poor households identified during the assessment was done with the support of the Local Verification Committees in all the Local Government Units.


Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Network conducts regular Forum


The Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNET) spearheaded by the  Department of Social Welfare and Development recently conducted the Misamis Oriental Cluster 1st Quarterly Meeting for the year 2016.

Participated in by  its member organizations, updates on the Department’s Guidelines and   Regulatory Services  well as salient issues and concerns were also tackled.

The ABSNet or the Area-Based Standards Network is composed of all registered, accredited Social Welfare and Development Agencies organized to strengthen cooperation and coordination among area-based intermediaries and in the process, ensure quality implementation of Social Welfare and Development constituencies and clientele.

As one of its functions, the DSWD registers, licenses and accredits individuals, agencies and organizations engaged in social welfare and development services, sets standards and monitors the empowerment and compliance to these standards. It seeks to respond to the evolving needs of the target sector by setting up and enforcing SWD standards toward quality implementation and continuing provision of technical assistance and resource augmentation to members of the civil society.

Representatives from member organizations of the Network also informed the  group  updates, highlights of accomplishments of their respective entities.

Certificates for Renewal of Licenses and Accreditation were also awarded to member representatives of three organizations  which included  the Home for Girls Calabrian Children’s Foundation Inc., Foundation of Our Lady of Divine Love, Safer River, Life Saver Foundation and the  Cagayan de Oro – Misamis Oriental Differently Abled Sports Club.

Ms. Portia Roldan, who represented Director Nestor Ramos in her inspirational message, thanked the members of the network for their continued support  and partnership in serving, advocating, and encouraging  other organizations in their respective communities , which resulted in the upgraded delivery of quality programs and services to their various clientele.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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FEATURE: IPs: Pantawid helps preserve Subanen culture

Misamis Occidental — While it is true that one language dies every two weeks and some languages are in danger of becoming extinct, the Subanen Tribe in this province has started to push forward in passing their own dialect to the present generation.

Simeon Limbago, 58 of Matugas Bajo, Jimenez town here claimed that he and his fellow Subanen learned to speak fluently of their dialect because they used it during Family Development Session (FDS), a co-responsibility of an indigenous people-beneficiary under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People (MCCT-IP) of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.


Limbago said his cluster, composed of more than 30 IP household grantees, sings the national anthem in their dialect.

Aside from that, his fellow grantees discuss topics of the FDS using their dialect.

A father of four, Limbago said he is happy with the implementation of MCCT-IP because he has learned to speak the Subanen dialect, a culture that he and his neighbors almost forgotten to speak for years. Limbago can speak both in Cebuano and Subanen dialect fluently now.

“Amo gyud gigamit sa panahon mag-ampo mi, mokanta og Lupang Hinirang ug kung mag-discuss mi,” he said. (We used it when we pray, when we sing Lupang Hinirang, and when we discuss.)

Nedelyn Yma Saligan, 34 of Sibaroc village in Jimenez town in this province claimed she is proud of her culture.


Saligan claimed she is starting to learn the Subanen dialect because her neighbors are using it frequently during FDS and other engagement.

Also, Saligan said their Subanen Bae is constantly teaching them different rituals of the Subanen Tribe.

Free hospitalization

Left by his wife for two years now, Limbago said MCCT-IP has helped him maintain the health of his family.

“Sa una, mahadlok jud ‘mi ma-hospital kay lisod kaayo. Daghan kaayong bayran. Karon, libre na. Wala jud ‘mi bayran bisan gamay,” told Limbago. (Before, we fear of being hospitalized because we can’t pay.

There are so many bills to pay. Now, it’s free. We have nothing to pay even a small amount of money.)

Limbago’s youngest son RJ, 14, is a Grade 7 of Jimenez Comprehensive National High School while the other elder brother and sisters are married.

No more inferiority

Saligan and Limbago both claimed that Subanen tribe members are usually aloof with outsiders who do not belong in their tribe.

But, DSWD has opened more opportunities for the tribe members after their community was identified to be under MCCT-IP.

“Sauna, maulaw ko og tugbong sa Poblacion, mga walo ka kilometro kalayo, kay mahadlok ko. Karon dili nako maulaw makig-atubang og tawo,” said Saligan, who is a mother of three children: Jehasil Mae 14; Jeralyn, 10; and Jexilechin, 4. (Before, I am afraid to go down at the Poblacion area, some 8 kilometers down from her village. Now, I am confident to face people.)


Saligan is currently the parent leader of 53 IP households in her community while her husband is presently the Parent-Teacher Association president at Sibaroc Elementary School, treasurer at Sibaroc Day Care Center, and Auditor at Jeminez Bethel Institute.

The MCCT-IP is a program designed for the indigenous people resulting from a series of policy and program participatory reviews. The program is designed to harmonize with the socio-cultural-political and geographic setting of IP communities.

The program serves the beneficiaries who are in vulnerable and disadvantaged areas as identified during social preparations.

The beneficiaries are those IP families with 0-18-year-old children or those beyond 18 years old who are still currently enrolled in Elementary, High School, Alternative Learning System, School of Living Tradition, other indigenous learning systems, IPs living within or outside their ancestral domain, and those who are in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

The objective of the MCCT-IP program is to empower, promote, and protect the IPs from any unavoidable adverse effects caused by the development process.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 18,924 active IP beneficiaries who are mostly living in the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Misamis Occidental.



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36,000 poor households gain livelihood assistance

Andrew Serrano

Andrew Serrano, Regional Program Coach Monitor from NPMO conveying the 2016 Program Directives to the field workers during Program Planning last February 11, 2016 (Photo Credits to Jamila M. Taha)

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to develop and implement social protection programs to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged communities of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental.

In 2015, through the collaborative efforts of the department, National Government Agencies, CSOs and other partner institutions, 36,000 more Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries received livelihood assistance under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). From these beneficiaries, about 33,000 were trained and provided with capital assistance to establish their own businesses. Meanwhile another 3,000 trained with technical courses were directly referred to partner agencies for local and international employment.

According to Mr. Andrew Serrano, the Regional Program Coach Monitor, “the thrust and priorities for 2016 is to strengthen the existing micro-enterprises through constant mentoring and monitoring; and invest more on human capital through capability building while ensuring their employment as well”.

This year, the program further aims to offer a more sustainable livelihood projects and opportunities to 20,000 poor households. Special projects like Buttom-Up Budgeting (BuB) will carry on, taking into consideration the development needs of poor municipalities as identified in their respective Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan formulated with strong participation of civil society organizations.

Moreover, the program also adheres to issues on natural calamities such as the “El Niño”, which severely affected the local farmers of the region. About 15,000 farmers shall be given livelihood assistance to cover their investments and gain their losses.

The SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation. It gives significant priority to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in all its interventions since they are considered to be the poorest of the poor as signified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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FEATURE: A PWD kneading towards success

Mrs. Aida A. Papel possess in her workplace

Mrs. Aida A. Papel, a certified Massage Therapist from Barangay Pahindong, Medina, Misamis Oriental (Photo Credits to Nolanie Gadia, PDO II of Medina, Misamis Oriental)

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a multi-stakeholder program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation. It gives significant priority to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in all its interventions since they are considered to be the poorest of the poor as signified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

One of the modalities of the program provides Technical Skills Training, a capacity-building strategy to prepare program participants to better manage livelihood opportunities and pro-actively ensures optimum quality performance in managing their livelihood activities.

In 2015, the program produced about 3,500 graduates of technical courses with NC II certifications as assessed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). One of the notable recipients of this program is Mrs. Aida A. Papel, a 50 year old mother of six children, a Person with Disability (PWD) and a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of Barangay Pahindong, Medina, Misamis Oriental since 2011.

Realities of life

Medina is a forth class municipality located in the coastal and eastern portion of the province of Misamis Oriental, 106 kilometers drive from Cagayan de Oro City, with a population of 38,969 and home to 2,059 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

Mrs. Papel is leaving in a neighborhood close to her relatives with her husband whose only source of livelihood is farming. “Life was difficult then, but we worked it out together to survive our daily needs”, she says. However, their simple living was challenged because of an accident that burned Mrs. Papel’s hands, almost burned their home as well and eventually cost her marriage. “Gibiyaan ko sa akong bana tungod kay wala kaagwanta og atiman sa ako panahon sa kalisod (my husband left me when I was terribly ill, he couldn’t take care of me)”, she adds.

Separated from her husband, Mrs. Papel has to work harder and face life’s challenges alone, for her children’s welfare, she took every livelihood opportunity she could despite of her disability. Neglected at first but eventually finds her way forward, she works more than anyone, from a sales agent to a community volunteer and later a community leader. Well ahead, she was enlisted as one of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the area, which immensely made an impact to her family particularly her children who are still in grade school.

Gears toward success

At the beginning of the skills training provided by the department in partnership with the Skills Mastery Institute for this particular area, Mrs. Papel was discouraged to partake due to her disability. Her burned hands which resulted to deformity may seem unsuited for massage therapy. However, Mrs. Papel’s perseverance and determination to learn aided her to participate and complete the 25 days theoretical and hands-on training, which eventually earned her the National Certificate II on Massage Therapy along with her groupmates of 29 other beneficiaries.

Since then, the group has established their very own Massage Center, through the support of their local executive. They also have an exclusive contract of service with Duka Bay Resort which earns them P200.00 each per client apart from extra tips. “Isip usa sa mga nagdumala sa among Massage Center, nalipay gyud ko nga ang akong giiskwelahan kay nagamit gyud nako sa akong panginabuhi (being part owner and manager of our Massage Center, I feel glad that I have used my learning for living)”, she says.

Each member of the group shares part of their income to their group fund for the maintenance of their business. Although, the building and electricity is covered by the local government, they also anticipate the future operations of their business if there will be a change of government leadership in their municipality.

Beyond this junctures, Mrs. Papel’s now harvest the fruits of her hard work. She has not only restored their house but also the status of their family to the community. Her children can now go to school with new clothes, schools supplies and reasonable allowance. Above all, her experiences brought her self-worth and boosts her confidence and strength to move farther.

“Nagpasalamat ko sa DSWD pinanguluhan ni Secretary Dinky Soliman, sa gihatag nga oportunidad sa ako isip usa ka kabus ug benepisyaryo sa Pantawid Pamilya, nga makabakod og mulambo ang panginabuhi pinaagi sa mga program niini (I am thankful to the DSWD through the leadership of Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman for the opportunity they gave me being one of the poor and beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya, to develop and improve our lives through their programs. Sana magpadayon kini nga mga programa (I hope these programs will continue),” she says.

“Nanawagan ko sa akong mga kauban nga PWD nga dili mawad-an ug paglaum ug magpadayon kita sa pagpaningkamot alang sa kalambuan sa atong pamilya (I am appealing to other PWDs not to lose hope and strive farther for the betterment of your families),” she pleas.

“Hindi hadlang ang iyong kapansanan para maabot mo ang iyong pinapangarap na magandang buhay (disability is not a constraining factor to achieve your dream of a beautiful life),” she affirms.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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