Archive | April, 2016

Regional Inter Agency Committee conducts Workshop for Senior Citizens Plan of Action

In order to enable concerned partner Agencies to share their ideas  and ideas relative to the Senior Citizens Action Plan , the Regional Inter Agency Committee recently conducted  a workshop for the Philippine Plan of Action for Senior Citizens  .

The Philippine Plan of Actiuon for Senior Citizens (PPASC) was formulated through the Department of Social Welfare and Development  and Inter-Agency efforts, including inputs and participation of the members  from the Regional inter- Agency committee. It serves as the blueprint for all government offices (national and regional), non-government organizations and local government units in undertaking activities to promote and safeguard the welfare of  Senior Citizens.

Participants  of the workshop  included staff  from the Regional Office and at least  fourteen   representatives from  the  Regional Inter-Agency Committee  (TIAC)  .

The two-day activity included  lectures  focused on reviewing the existing documents on the accomplishments of each inter-agency partner  .

The outputs of the workshop conducted will serve as inputs in planning the activities for the drafting and formulation for the Philippine Plan of Action  2017-2021.

In his welcome message,  Assistant Regional Director for Administration  Manuel Borres, hoped that the assessment workshop  will yield  positive results  for the advancement of the Senior Citizens which is one of the vulnerable  sectors served by the Department and its partner Agencies  .


Written by ,Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD


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DSWD brings employment opportunities closer to the people through the Philippine Employment Service Office

Maramag, Bukidnon — In its aim to improve socio-economic condition of poor families through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, conducts Employment Facilitation of beneficiaries who are graduates of technical courses. This was made possible through the supervision and support of the Philippine Employment Service Office (PESO) in the municipality of Maramag, Bukidnon.

Considering the distance of the communities from the main city of Cagayan de Oro, the department seeks to amplify employment opportunities closer to the people.

“More than the assistance, our goal is to empower our beneficiaries and encourage them to be confident about themselves through participation in community activities”, says Ms. Leah Viray, SLP Provincial Coordinator.


The Employment Facilitation activity, highlighted matching of applicant’s competence vis-à-vis the job offers. Possible placement agencies for either local or international employment were invited for the initial screening of applicants. Subsequent processes will be done by the respective agencies considering the legal processes and bulk of applicants that needs to be reviewed. (Photo by Carlo Gamboa, PDO II, Maramag)

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“Dagko kaayo ang kausaban sa akong kaugalingon, human ko nakagradute ug technical course, confident na ko makig-abi abi sa ubang tawo. Karon pod nga gitagaan ko ug dagkong oportunidad makatabang sa akong bana para sa maayong kaugmaon sa among pamilya. (After earning my certificate in technical course, I feel confident about myself especially in engaging with other people. This employment opportunity is really a blessing for me, to be able to support my husband and earn as well for the future benefit of our family”, says Maricel Reños (Photo by Stephen Lim, Cluster Grievance Officer)

Mrs. Maricel Reños, seeks for local employment to support her husband who works as a farm laborer. Although the education of her two children is being supported under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the income of his husband is not sufficient to support the greater needs of the family.


About 600 beneficiaries coming from the municipality of Maramag and nearby municipalities, join the activity along with participating placement agencies and partner Technical Vocational Institutions. “If only we continue to conduct similar activities, unemployment will be a memory”, says one placement agency representative. (Photo by Carlo Gamboa, PDO II, Maramag)






The Sustainable Livelihood Program (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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MisOcc Volunteer Thankful for DSWD, Kalahi-CIDSS


Rogelio C. Cajeta, a father of 2 children and who lost his wife a couple of years back, is a Kalahi CIDSS NCDDP volunteer from Barangay Bagumbang, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental.

Rogelio C. Cajeta, a father of 2 children and who lost his wife a couple of years back, is a resident of Barangay Bagumbang, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental. He says that volunteering for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) helped him adjust from the state of grief since he was always given tasks to be part of the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee – Monitoring and Inspection that oversees the implementation of the project all throughout. “Sana mag-patuloy ang KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP na programa ng DSWD, dahil dito kami ay nabigyan ng tama at kumpleto na pasilidad na Health Center, dahil mahigit 40 taon na kami nag hihintay ng bago at tamang pasilidad, Salamat DSWD Kalahi CIDSS, i-pag patuloy nyo po ang inyong nasimulan (I wish that the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP program of DSWD will continue, it is through it that we were given a health center – it’s been 40 years since we longed for a new and quality facility, thank you DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS, do continue what you have started)’’ enthused Rogelio. Furthermore, he says he is happy that he is a part of the BSPMC Committee since the program seeks to uplift the barangay and community from the state of poverty.

Photo by Dienelle Paolo B. Mordeno, CEF, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental

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INFOGFX: Updates on Augmentation Assistance to El Niño Affected Families

Here’s some updates on the Augmentation Assistance for El Niño Affected Families in Region 10.INFO-UPDATE INFO-UPDATE2 INFO-UPDATE3

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Pillars Of Juvenile Justice Conducts Dialogue




After nine years of implementing the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 or Republic Act 9344, a need was felt to revisit and renew the law.

Repulic Act No.9344 as amended is a landmark child protection law, not only in the country but also in Asia.  It seeks to remedy the significant problem of the plight of children in conflict with the Law (CICL) in the Philippines.  It established a comprehensive and child-sensitive justice system where children can be held accountable using procedures that avoid their imprisonment  and emphasized on prevention and rehabilitation so that there will be lesser risk of re-offending.

Relative to this, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (JJWC) conducted a dialogue for Misamis Oriental Cagayan de Oro, and Bukidnon Clusters which was participated in by registered social workers  from the local government units particularly those handling cases of Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) and Children at Risk (CAR), representatives from the Philippine National Police, prosecutors, judges,and lawyers from the  Public Attorney’s Office.

Through the dialogue, the members of the  the Pillars of Justice were able to assess the extent of its implementation, discussed issues and concerns  and its possible solutions for the stakeholders and the communities to fulfill and discharge  their duties  and responsibilities for the smooth implementation of the law.

Furthermore, the forum was also aimed to strengthen collaborative efforts of the different stakeholders for the paramount interest of  Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) and Children at Risk.

Manuel M. Borres, Assistant Regional Director for Administration  of the DSWD Field Office X,thanked the participants for their undying support to the Department and its Programs and services specially those geared for the best interest of children.  He also urged them to continually communicate,collaborate and cooperate to ensure a more effective implementation of Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act .


Written by,Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD





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DSWD: 57,000 bags of rice still available for El Nino-affected farmers; LGUs encouraged to request

Cagayan de Oro City — 57,729 bags of rice are still available at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X which are ready to be distributed to the El Niño affected communities in Northern Mindanao should local government units need resource augmentation from the Department to respond to the El Niño-affected communities.

The bags of rice are intended as assistance for the farmers and their families who have been affected by the drought that has been drying up farmlands since November 2015. 65,070 bags of rice were purchased by the DSWD from the National Food Authority for such cause.

Each bag contains 50 kilos of rice. Each family is allocated 25 kilos for their consumption.

Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office X, says that these bags are ready to be released to the affected communities, but the Local Government Units need to submit their proposal and master list of beneficiaries first before these can be distributed to them. “The allocation for each LGU is dependent on the proposal and master list of beneficiaries that they submit to us,” Ramos says.

“We are encouraging our LGUs to fast track their request to the DSWD so that we can mobilize ourselves in distributing these bags of rice to their constituents. We also need them to be ready in the howling of these bags to their areas,” Ramos emphasized.

“As of April 23, 2016, we have only released 7,341 bags or 12% of the total number of purchased bags of rice from the NFA-X. This means that more than 43,000 families in Northern Mindanao have received these rice or about to receive them by April 29, 2016,” Ramos said.

The DSWD has recently conducted dialogues with the diocese in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental and with civil society groups to help in the distribution of the bags of rice. “We were able to get the support of the Church and civil society groups in the distribution of the bags to the affected families, and we truly appreciate their partnership with us,” Ramos shared.

He also said that the DSWD will immediately release the bags based on the LGUs’ master list of beneficiaries that will be submitted to the office. “We, however, would like to clarify that these rice are for the farmers because they are the ones who are severely affected by the dry spell. Those who are non-farmers may ask assistance to the DSWD through our Crisis Intervention programs. They can always approach our provincial offices to help them.”

Ramos expressed that the DSWD is working very hard to assist families who are affected by the drought. “We are prioritizing our efforts and resources to the families affected by the dry spell. We are continuously mobilizing our workforce to the affected communities so that we can provide them with immediate relief.”

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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FEATURE Gala: An Empowered Community at the Top of Misamis Occidental

The picturesque view around Barangay Gala, Municipality of Tudela in Misamis Occidental provides serenity for the Subanen tribe who reside there. One would wonder why they live on top of a ravine, somehow, “when you get there, you’ll know why” says Bong Alcantar.

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Sunset view over Barangay Gala

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) takes us for a look-see on how this empowered community is well underway to development.

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The Subanen participate in the 5th Barangay Assembly in Barangay Gala, Tudela, Misamis Occidental

Peter Paul “Bong” Alcantar, Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP Sub-Regional Program Coordinator, lead his team on a 2-hour climb to Barangay Gala in Tudela for the project’s 5th Barangay Assembly.  

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A single father attends the assembly

The climb required traversing an open-trail; almost 80 degrees uphill climb starting from the river bank, “we wanted to see for ourselves the beauty of Gala and how the living conditions of the Subanen tribe who are there” said Alcantar.

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff crossing the boundary bridge to and from Brgy Mitugas


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The river boundary on the way to Barangay Gala

KC CEF crossing the boundary bridge from mitugas

“They’re 100% Subanen, the community is one of a kind – both sides are ravines but the view is beautiful, Gala has electricity and a school building, but they lack a working water system, their main source of income is farming – and still follow the traditional ways of farming” continues Alcantar.

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At the edge, view of Gala community from Barangay Mitugas

Gala used to have a working water system; however, the pipes were installed underground and due to kaingin, these melted under extreme heat.

“So now, the more common thirst quencher there are softdrinks, if you want water, you’ll have to trek back to the river” says Alcantar.


“Ang mga tawo dadto, walay footwear, mostly barefoot, kung naay footwear, pinikas kung dili – oversized (the people there have no footwear, mostly barefoot, if they have – mostly it’s either mismatched or oversized)” continues Alcantar.

The community sub-project is a pathway from the river bank stretching 2 kilometers and will cost 2.08M, some parts of the pathway will be stair-type.

In the barangay assembly, community volunteers of Gala are given instructions for the subproject implementation like documents required, request of fund release, and completion of requirements for fund release, “enthusiastic sila, nagutana sad sila what if kung dili mahuman ang project, akong tubag – with the guidance sa atong staff mahuman gyud na, so giassure nila nga paningkamotan gyud nila mataiwas nila ang subproject ug magtinabangay sila (they are enthusiastic, and are asking what if they cannot finish the project, my reply to them – with the guidance of our staff, it will be done, so they assured me that they can finish the subproject and they will help each other)” Alcantar enthused.

The Subanens of Gala are hopeful that when the pathway will be completed – more people would visit their place and “ang pathway mao gyud ni ang makahatag ug higayon para madala ilang mga produkto sa merkado (the pathway will give opportunity for them to bring their products to the market)” concludes Alcantar.

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The nearest source of drinking water is the river which is a 2-hour descent from Barangay Gala

Community-driven development (CDD) refers to an emerging approach in community development practice where processes, principles, strategies and resources are applied to ensure community empowerment by giving the people authority and control over decisions and resources. In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD, Photos by Peter Paul Alcantar, KC-NCDDP SRPC


Gala in Photos

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Subanen people trek down to the river to fetch drinking water.

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Open trail to Barangay Gala

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Graduation rites at Barangay Gala School

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At the edge, view of Gala community from Barangay Mitugas

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Community Empowerment Facilitator preparing for the Barangay Assembly

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Baloi, Lanao del Norte readies for community driven development


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Eager residents of Barangay Abaga, in the Municipality of Baloi, Lanao del Norte listened and participated in the 3rd Community Consultation Assembly. Project Preparation Team Chairman, Mr Ansary D. Elias (standing, left) facilitated the availability of the venue, sound system, blackboard and other things needed during assembly. The prioritized sub-project in Barangay Abaga is the Farm to Market Road along Purok 2 stretching a distance of approximately 2 kilometers and this is in partnership with the Barangay Local Government Unit of Abaga, Baloi, Lanao del Norte. Abaga is categorized under the “new” NCDDP areas, thus maximum community participation is encouraged. Photo by Nelsa P. Dicay, Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator, Baloi, Lanao del Norte


Despite the small space of the barangay hall of Abaga, Baloi, Lanao del Norte, residents showed interest and eagerness to participate in the community consultation assembly.  

Community-driven development refers to an emerging approach in community development practice where processes, principles, strategies and resources are applied to ensure community empowerment by giving the people authority and control over decisions and resources. In the Philippines this process is adapted through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP).

Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP Area Coordinator of Baloi, Nelsa Dicay, enthused that Barangay Abaga residents were eager to hear the feedback from the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF) Participatory Resource Allocation (PRA) – “8:30 sa buntag naa na mi sa area, okay na ang venue – ready na, og five minutes after naa na tanan participante sa assembly ug naminaw gyud sila (we arrived in the area around 8:30 in the morning, the venue was ready, and five minutes after, the participants already arrived and they really listened and participated during the assembly.

The MIBF serves as the venue for the processing of experiences and feelings brought about by project prioritization and other activities. It is also one of the venues for the resolution of complaints; grievance related to the violation of policies, principles and implementation guidelines of the The MIBF-PRA is an activity where the community formulates the criteria to be used in the ranking of barangay sub-projects as well as procedures, guidelines, mechanics of the ranking.

The prioritized sub-project in Barangay Abaga is the Farm to Market Road along Purok 2 stretching a distance of approximately 2 kilometers and this is in partnership with the Barangay Local Government Unit of Abaga, Baloi, Lanao del Norte. Abaga is categorized under the “new” NCDDP areas, thus maximum community participation is encouraged

The Kalahi-CIDSS Project is a poverty alleviation undertaking that seeks to apply the emergent approaches that were proven to be effective in community development work though the community driven development mindset.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD, with reports from Nelsa P. Dicay, Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator, Baloi, Lanao del Norte

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April 2016