Archive | May, 2016

DSWD field workers convergence initiatives


A group photo with the DSWD Provincial Operations Office – Bukidnon headed by Mr. Christopher Capinpin, Provincial Link, taken last May 12, 2016 in BSU Auditorium, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon during the Culmination Night of the 5th Year Anniversary (Photo by Carlo Gamboa)

Malaybalay City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Provincial Operations Office – Bukidnon commemorates its 5th year anniversary on May 10, 2016. This event is a celebration introduced by the provincial office under the leadership of Mr. Christopher Capinpin, the Provincial Link. “This initiative began in 2011 from a simple gathering of the provincial staffs, until it later extends to the field workers”, Capinpin narrates. “The event aims to strengthen the camaraderie between and among the field workers through team-building activities and hopefully create a more positive working environment leading towards better delivery of services to our partner beneficiaries”, Mr. Capinpin says.

The team-building activities include Sports Fest / Competition, allowing each municipality creates their very own teams for a friendly competition against the other areas. Each teams comprise of staffs working from various programs of DSWD like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, KALAHI-CIDSS and others. Like any other competition, winners from each sports category are rewarded with trophies, medals and some cash prizes.

torch lighting

Lighting of the Torch by Mr. Stephen Lim, Grievance Officer and Sports Fest Committee Head, to begin the Sports Event (Photo by Carlo Gamboa)


“Tip-off” Basketball Final Game between San Fernando Team and Team POO where San Fernando bags the Championship (Photo by Jamila Taha, DSWD)

To magnify convergence initiatives, the event also featured the Search for Mr. and Ms. Convergence 2016, were selected candidates are expected to embody DSWD core values that includes respect for human dignity, integrity and service excellence and becomes a catalyst of convergence.


Mr and Miss Convergence 2016 Keith Young and Gretchen Jimenez (Photo by Carlo Gamboa)

Apart from team-building activities, the provincial office also sends out various certificates of recognition and awards to all hardworking men and women in the field as a sort of motivation and encouragement to consistently thrives and be better public servants. “All deserving staffs who have worked above par expectations are rewarded, not to undermine the others but mostly to inspire them to improve and continue the good work they are doing”, Capinpin adds.

Bukidnon Award

Awarding of Certificate to Maramag Convergence Team with Mr. Christopher Capinpin and Rodeth Lozano (Photo by Carlo Gamboa)

This particular convergence activity is peculiar to this province among the four other provincial offices of the region, as it is the only DSWD Provincial Operations Office that observes such activity. Mr. Capinpin says this event overall serves as a thanksgiving gathering of all convergence staffs who have endured challenges in their respective areas and eventually surpass them and deliver quality service to the public.


Manolo Fortich Convergence Team (photo by Carlo Gamboa)

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Listahanan data Launching scheduled

As a  result of the Second Round Assessment,the Department of Social Welfare and Development, through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) or Listahanan ,  will be officially  launching the regional data result of the assessment conducted last year.

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction  (NHTSPR) is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are nationwide.

It serves as a basis for data users in identifying potential beneficiaries of  their programs .

Out of the 870,198 households assessed, 485,539 households have been identified as poor which allots for for the 9.5% nationwide share of poor households identified.

Nationwide, NHTSPR or Listahanan have identified 5.1 million poor households out of the 15.1million households assessed .

The  Regional Launching will be conducted on June this year to present and share the results of the Second Round Assessment and database to various Listahanan data users.

Another objective of the launching will be to encourage other organizations,agencies,and stakeholders to utilize the Listahanan data in identifying the potential beneficiaries of their various social protection programs and services.

Local Chief  Executives, Planning Officers, Local Social Welfare and Development Officers, and representatives from National Government Agencies, Non Government Agencies, Academe and Research Institutions will be invited to witness the said Regional Launching.

The First Round Assessment was done in 2009 out of which, 4.2 million households were enrolled in the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program.

Aside from other National Government Agencies who have utilized the Listahanan data in their programs , Non Government Organizations have also utilized the data which includes some from the Academe like the  Safer River ,Life Saver of Liceo De Cagayan University and Civil Society organizations as well.


Written by Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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Kolambugan Enjoy Benefits of Community Driven Development

A resident of Barangay Lumbac, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte walks through the completed 235 (Linear Meter) LM Concrete Farm-to-Market Road 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).

Completed 235 LM Concrete Farm to MArket Road of Barangay Lumbac, Kolambugan ,LDNPhoto courtesy of Carolyn P Caw-it, DSWD Area Coordinator, Kolambugan, LDN

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FEATURE: A Mother, All-in for Development

Maribel's small business

“Arieng’s Kakanins”, Maribel’s small business in Barangay San Jose, Mahinog, Camiguin (Photo by: 1 And All Technical School)

“Sa mga lumipas na panahon, natutunan ko na ang pagtaguyod ng pamilya ay tulad din ng pamamahala ng gobyerno, na nangangailangan ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan upang makamit ang tagumpay (over the years, I learned that managing a family is like managing a government, it needs unity and cooperation to succeed), says Maribel Vertudazo, a 47 year old mother of ten children from the Island of Camiguin. She claims to have learn this over her years of experience being a community volunteer to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s KALAHI-CIDSS program and as a Pantawid grantee.

“Being a community volunteer taught me to be strong and creative in dealing with various types of people”, says Maribel. “While the Pantawid Pamliyang Pilipino Program is providing aide to my children’s need, I also get to improve our family income through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, an all-in privilege indeed”, she adds.

In early days

In early days, Mrs. Maribel’s family was challenged after a near-death encounter of her husband who was once a member of the Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO) most commonly known as “Barangay Tanod” of Barangay San Jose, Mahinog, Province of Camiguin. Accordingly, her husband was stabbed 5 times in vital parts of his body which he has to undergo vigorous surgery to survive. “Isa ka bulan mi nagpuyo sa ospital tungod sa operasyon sa akong bana, ang iyang tambal kulang ang dos mil kada-adlaw, naglisod gyud ko ato unsaon pagbayad sa mga galastuhon (because of his surgery, we were confined in the hospital for a month, his medicines cost two thousand pesos more or less every day, it was devastating considering we do not have enough money to pay for the expenses, I didn’t know how to survive that)”, she narrates.

But because of her awareness to DSWD programs, she was able to seek for medical assistance and other support to aid their needs. “Nagpasalamat gyud ko sa DSWD kay wala gyud ko gibalibaliran panahon sa among kalisod, (I was thankful to DSWD because they didn’t fail us in times of our struggle”, she affirms.

Moving forward

Although Mr. Virtudazo survived the incident, his vital organs was severely weakened that in result he is prohibited to do heavy lifting jobs or any heavy works for that matter. “Pero ang akong bana gadawat gihapon ug ginagmay nga trabaho sa basakan, pangtustos sa among pagkaon kay inadlaw man iyang abot (but my husband now accepts farm labor works on a daily basis or on call basis were he earns a penny just to support our daily need for food”, Maribel says.

Given the circumstances, Mrs. Maribel has to look for other source of livelihood, she has to earn as well to support her family. Even though most of her children has families of their own, she still have four minor children to attend to.

Three of her children are being monitored under the Pantawid Pamilya program, this means that their education and health needs are supported under this program. “Dagko gyud ang natabang sa Pantawid Pamilya program sa among pamilya kay tungod, tanang panghinaglanon sa akong mga anak sa eskwelahan gitubag na sa programa, dili na kayo ko mamroblema (I am really grateful to the Pantawid Pamilya program because it helped tremendously my children’s needs in school apart from the health benefits, I don’t have to worry too much on this matter)”, she says.

As an added income to her husband, Maribel sells “kakanin” or native Filipino delicacies to their neighborhood.

Community participation leading to development  

Food Processing Training

Hands on Food Processing Training of DSWD-SLP participants by 1 And All Technical School

Moving forward, Maribel continues to be active in DSWD activities, given that she a community volunteer and a Pantawid grantee, she is always informed about the other development programs of the department. When the Sustainable Livelihood Program came in, Maribel knew she has to get involved. Well, she did. She was one of the thirty-four participants from the municipality of Mahinog, who completed the 15-days Food Processing Training provided by 1 and All Technical School for this particular project. “Wala gyud ko nagduha-duha ug apil sa training, labi na kay ganahan ko magluto-luto (I didn’t hesitate to join the training especially because I really like cooking),” she asserts.

For this particular training, the participants were taught on how to process foods, make it presentable and eventually earn from it.

Maribel's Graduation Day

Maribel’s Graduation Day along with thirty-four other participants from Barangay San Jose

“We are more than privileged to be working hand-in-hand with the government particularly in investing to human capital development, a noble approach to improve their livelihood”, says Ms. Joy Co, the President of 1 and All Technical School.

“Our school’s mission is to develop a workforce of responsible and effective citizen to make significant contribution to the manpower demand locally and globally surpassing the requirements of the industries and the community”, “But beyond this, we also want to genuinely help people like Maribel, who are persistent and resilient, who uses her weakness to rise and succeed”, she adds.

“Human sa among training, gitagaan mi nila ug “starter kits”, galingan, blender, kitchen tools, ug uban pang materials para sa food processing, aron makasugod gyud mi ug negosyo (after our training, the school provided us “starter kits” which included grinder, blender, kitchen tools and other materials needed for food processing necessary for us to start our very own business”, she says.

Maribel further affirms that getting involved in community development programs of the government is really important. “Base sa akong mga na-experience isip usa ka community volunteer ug Pantawid grantee, daghan gyud kog natun-an (based on my experiences as community volunteer and Pantawd grantee, I have learned a lot of things)”, she tells. She confirmed that apart from the technicalities she learned from being a volunteer, she has also evolved as a woman. As a wife and a mother, she now understands the importance of communication and cooperation in sustaining harmonious relationship among families. Most of all, she feels confident about herself.

In her final statement, Maribel emphasized, “kitang tanang pwede mahimong instrumento alang sa kalambuan sa atong nasod (all of should take part in developing our nation, we can be instruments of change)”.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Photo Release: Troopers help DSWD relief distribution





Troopers of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army help City Links of Pantawid Pamilya deliver sacks of rice to El Nino affected families in the hinterland barangays of Cagayan de Oro City such as this in Dansolihon. Photo by Majalil Flores, City Link of Cagayan de Oro City. As of April 23, 2016; DSWD has served 24,911 families with relief assistance amounting to P14,747,204.

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Kolambugan Reaps Fruit of Community Driven Development

Completed 360 LM Concrete FMR of San Roque,Kolambugan,LDN

Completed 360 LM Concrete FMR of San Roque, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte

Community volunteers, and residents alike, can now enjoy the benefits of their completed concrete  360  Linear Meter (360 LM) Farm-to-Market Road sub-project in Barangay San Roque, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte 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). 

 Photo courtesy of Carolyn P Caw-it, DSWD Area Coordinator, Kolambugan, LDN

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DSWD Welcomes New Partner in Community Development


Director Nestor B. Ramos, awarding the Certificate of Accreditation to Eduardo Bullecer, President and Director of UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc. (Photo by Jamila Taha, DSWD)

Cagayan de Oro City — In in its aim to strengthen  public private relations and widen support to community development, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) awards Certificate of Accreditation to UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc., after having satisfactorily complied with the qualification requirements of a legitimate Civil Society Organization (CSO) pursuant to the Joint Resolution of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Commission on Audit (COA) entitled “Guidelines for Accreditation of CSOs as Implementing Entities of Government or Public Funds”. The accreditation covers the Livelihood and Community Development for Indigenous People for three years from issuance unless suspended or revoked prior to its expiration.

The UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc. (UFI) is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Unifrutti Group Philippines, a Mindanao based conglomeration of agricultural operations prim banana, which started around the Davao Region in 1992, and gradually expanded into Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur. Unifrutti has the distinction of being able to operate in culturally sensitive areas (IP communities) as well as in conflict zones like Maguinanao and Lanao del Sur in ARMM, and even in places outside of ARMM where the NPA’s are actively operating. The foundation also offers scholarship and livelihood programs and support environmental and peace related programs.

“UFI considers itself very privileged to be qualified by the DSWD as a legitimate civil society organization, as an implementing agency of government or public fund.  It commits to wholeheartedly support the DSWD’s Livelihood and Community Development for Indigenous People”, says Eduardo Bullecer, President and Director of UFI.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Photo Release: Home Visit

home visit

Home Visit. Municipal Link Alex Cervantes (seated right) of DSWD assigned in Sagay, Camiguin visits the homes of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries belonging to the survival level such as this in Barangay Alangilan, Sagay to help them improve their well-being. Beneficiaries identified under survival level are living below the poverty threshold and can hardly provide basic needs of the family. Photo by the Municipal Action Team of Sagay, Camiguin.

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May 2016