Archive | June, 2016

Photo: Volunteers show high participation in MisOcc


Aloran, MisOcc Kalahi CIDSS NCDDP volunteers.

Barangay Pelong, one of the highly populated barangays in the Municipality of Aloran convened with more than an 80% Participation rate during the conduct of their 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) 2nd Barangay Assembly. Mr Rogelio Balanding a participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) volunteer solicits ideas and facilitates the assembly comprising of fellow residents into reaching a consensus for their proposed sub-project in Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP.  This reflects the program’s Community-Driven Development initiative that people are empowered to participate in the decision making for their community sub-projects.

Photo by Riljan H. Selim, DSWD, Community Empowerment Facilitator, Aloran, MisOcc

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Feature: Volunteer Encourages Communities to Push for Community-Driven Development

Saipah Angni, 23, of Barangay Bubong, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte started out her volunteer work as a Day Care School teacher in their area. Saipah narrates how she started out as a volunteer, “volunteer teacher ko sa day care school, graduating ko adto sa Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED), akong mama treasurer sa Barangay Bubong, wala ko adtong panahon sa pag-elect sa mga Kalahi-CIDSS committees pero akong mama ang nagvolunteer sa ako as bookkeeper, didto nagsugod ang tanan, sukad adto, naa na gyud ko pirme dayon sa mga aktibidades sa Kalahi-CIDSS (I was a volunteer teacher at a day care school, I was a graduating student of Bachelor of Elementary Education, my mother is the treasurer of Barangay Bubong, I wasn’t there during the election of committees for Kalahi-CIDSS but my mother volunteered me as the bookkeeper, that started it all for me, after that, I was always present during Kalahi-CIDSS activities).”


Saipah’s experience as a volunteer in the Kalahi-CIDSS program gave her the opportunity to help others in her community, part of her work as a bookkeeper was to submit reports on a monthly basis with regards to the expenditures and cash flow of the community and money in the community’s bank account.

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The Farm-to-Market Road – Kalahi-CIDSS community sub-project in Brgy Bubong, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Caw-it, Area Coordinator, Kolambugan, LDN

Saipah said she noticed that her lifestyle changed when she started volunteering for Kalahi-CIDSS “nausab, kai sa una halfday ra man ang daycare, after – naa ra ko sa balay, matulog, tanaw tv, pero pagvolunteer na nako sa Kalahi-CIDSS wala na koy time sa pagtanga. Nagimprove ko as a person kai karon always na ko ready, dili pareho sa una nga magtanga lang (it changed, as day care was only half-a-day’s work, after I was just in the house, sleeping, watching TV, but when I volunteered for Kalahi-CIDSS, I did not have time to be lazy. I improved as a person, now I am always ready, unlike before that I just bummed around).”

Barangay Bubong in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte is a Muslim community, a traditional one at that since according to Saipah “Muslim community na nga lugar, tanan Muslim, traditional pa ang community gamay, dili pa kaayo open sa pagbag-o (the place is a Muslim community, all Muslims, the community is still a little bit traditional, not that open to change).”


Saipah, however tells us that while these traditions still exist, programs on women empowerment are slowly changing the mindset of the community.

“Sa aspeto sa women empowerment, naa na may mga programa nga para sa kababaehan, naa naman hinuon mga organisasyon gumikan sa Local Government Unit (LGU), sa Kalahi-CIDSS medyo gakakuha na nila ang pagsalig sa among komunidad (in the aspect of women empowerment, there are programs that are for women, there are already organizations through the Local Government Units, in Kalahi-CIDSS little by little we have earned the trust of the community).”

This trust then led to the implementation of a subproject that would benefit not only their barangay but neighboring communities as well.

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The community celebrates the turn-over ceremony of the Farm-to-Market Road – Kalahi-CIDSS community sub-project in Brgy Bubong, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Caw-it, Area Coordinator, Kolambugan, LDN

“Dako gyud ang kabag-uhan, paghuman sa among project nga farm-to-market road, dako gyud og tabang sa katawhan ang proyekto kai dili na mahasol ang mga tawo, dali na makaabot ang mga tawo sa ilang paignan kai ayo na man ang dalan. (after our farm-to-market road, it made a big difference, the project is really of big help to the community because it makes it easier for the community to reach their destination because the road is now good)” Saipah enthused.

“Dili ra among barangay ang natabangan sa among proyekto, pati ang tanan nga mulabay dadto sa among barangay (the project doesn’t only help our barangay but everybody who passes through our barangay)” Saipah continued.

The impact of the projects goes to the communities go beyond the numbers on the reports and expenses incurred during its implementation, says Saipah with conviction.

“Nipaspas na ang mga lihok sa komunidad, ang dili paspas sa una, nahimo nang paspas karon. Ang komunidad maoy nagdumala ug nagbuhat sa mga proyekto. Dako gyud og tabang ang Kalahi-CIDSS, dili lang sa barangay apil pud ang kadaghanan sa katawhan (The community’s movements are now faster, the ones that were not before are now faster. The community now manages and implements the projects. Kalahi CIDSS is really a big help, not only to the barangay but also to the majority of the people)” Saipah said.

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The community celebrates the turn-over ceremony of the Farm-to-Market Road – Kalahi-CIDSS community sub-project in Brgy Bubong, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Caw-it, Area Coordinator, Kolambugan, LDN

Now that she is part of the Municipal Coordinating Team of Kolambugan, Saipah says she is thankful for the opportunity to volunteer in Kalahi-CIDSS and that now she has to work even harder to achieve the vision of community-driven development, “ang panglantaw nako, hopefully, magtinabangay mi para dali ra mahuman ang mga buluhaton dili na maglangy-langay (my hopes include that we would be able to work together for the faster delivery of our work and no delays)”.

Saipah says “dili sa magjudge kung unsa ang Kalahi-CIDSS, tanawon una sa komunidad kung unsa’y pasabot sa programa, kung naay mga assembly o mga aktibidades sa Kalahi-CIDSS – mutambong gyud sila para makabalo sila sa unsa’y tumong ug tinguha sa progama (don’t judge just yet what Kalahi-CIDSS is all about, the community should look into what the program means, if there are assemblies or activities of Kalahi-CIDSS – they should join and participate so that they will know what the programs goals and objectives are).”

“Hinaot nga mapadayon ang community-driven development, dako man gyud ni og tabang, daghan man gyud ta og makita nga nangahuman nga mga proyekto diri ug sa ubang munisipyo, dako nako gyud siyag tabang dili lang sa barangay pati na sa tibuok katawhan (I hope that the community-driven development continues, it is really of big help, you can see a lot of finished community projects here and other municipalities, it’s also a big help not only to the barangay but to the entire community)” Saipah concludes.

The Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi CIDSS) brought in 111 community sub-projects to Kolambugan from 2012 to 2016 amounting to P67,391,692.00. The NCDDP brought in 29, 11 of which are on-going (2016), community sub-projects from 2012 to 2016 amounting to P35,700,750.00; the PAMANA modality poured in 78 sub-projects from 2012 to 2015 amounting to P23,400,000.00; and the AUSAid/DFAT brought in 4 amounting to P8,290,942.00 from 2015 to 2016.

Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP is one of the three poverty alleviation program, along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program, of the Philippine Government being implemented by DSWD that aims to empower communities of targeted municipalities to achieve improved access to services and participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.

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.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

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Kapatiran Community Organization to receive PAMANA Projects


DSWD meeting with the Kapatiran Community Organization in Maramag Bukidnon on June 21, 2016 to discuss PAMANA projects.

Maramag, Bukidnon — The Department of Social Welfare and Development will soon implement PAMANA or PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn projects in the municipalities of Maramag and Don Carlos, Bukidnon. This is in continuing partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process or OPAPP, the working force of the government towards just and lasting peace for the country, particularly in Mindanao and other conflict affected regions.

PAMANA is the government’s peace and development program that responds and strengthens peace-building, reconstruction and development, in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas, to strengthen communities’ resilience to conflict by improving their socio-economic capacities.

This year, the Kapatiran Community Organization will soon receive PAMANA projects as identified and assessed by OPAPP, through DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. The group will identify their own livelihood projects based on the PAMANA modalities namely: Manufacturing or Processing Facilities, Equipment for Common Service Facilities, Acquisition and consolidation of goods from suppliers, Selling, Supplying and distributing goods, Transport facilities and the likes.

The Kapatiran Community Organization also known as Kapatiran para sa Progresong Panlipunan (KPP) is composed of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas, Revolutionary Proletarian Army, Alex Boncayao Brigade – Tabara Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG). Although majority of the Kapatiran is based in Negros Island Region, some of its group members left the region and settled in the province of Bukidnon to avoid further conflicts and find their livelihood.

The identified Kapatiran groups in Bukidnon include BACFA or Base Camp Farmer Association of San Miguel, Maramag, Bukidnon and BASARFA or the Barangay Sinangguayan Agrarian Reform Association of Don Carlos, Bukidnon. The associations will receive Five Hundred Thousand pesos (500,000) livelihood assistance each, apart from capability building trainings including basic business and financial management.

Ang buong Kapatiran ay lubos na nagagalak sa pamahalaan dahil ang nuoy pinapangarap naming kapayapaan at kaunlaran ngayo’y unti-unti nang naisasakatuparan, we (the Kapatiran) are thankful to the government because our aspiration of a peaceful and developed communities are finally being realized”, says Benjie Carion, a former revolutionary now a Project Management Officer to the OPAPP assigned in the province of Bukidnon.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Photo: Thumbs Up from Aloran Volunteers


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Kalahi CIDSS volunteers of Aloran, Misamis Occidental Photo by Engr. Nhoe D. Sayson, DSWD, Technical Facilitator, Aloran, MisOcc

Thumbs up from the people of Barangay Balintonga, as the fulfillment of their dream of the construction of Barangay Health Station is well within their reach 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). This was learned after the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum – Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA), April 14, 2016 after the conduct of the 5th Barangay Assembly. Barangay Captain Warnita Y. Mocay (2nd row, seated, 7th from right), Kalahi CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator Honey Le Asilum (2nd row, seated, 6th from right), along with the community volunteers and residents of the barangay in a photo op after a successful event. 

Photo by Engr. Nhoe D. Sayson, DSWD, Technical Facilitator, Aloran, MisOcc

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Photo Release: Pantawid Pamilya braces for calamities

The Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council of Lala, Lanao del Norte, in coordination with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, holds series of lecture on readiness of community against any eventualities such as this where beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya listen to the lecture during the Family Development Session. Photo by the Municipal Action Team of Lala.

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PHOTO: Father to a deceased SAF in Lanao accepts DSWD’s livelihood assistance


Mr. Lino Cabanlit with Mr. Ramonito Liwanag, MPDO of Lala and DSWD regional staffs Norman Pacturanan, Special Projects Focal and Lanny Raras, SLP Provincial Coordinator for Lanao Cluster 2 (Photo by Jamila Taha)

Mr. Lino Cabanlit, father of the deceased SAF 44 member PO2 Godofredo Cabanlit, accepts DSWD’s livelihood assistance amounting to 300,000 pesos, on June 16, in the the municipal hall of Lala, Lanao del Norte.

In witness thereof on behalf of the LGU is Mr. Ramonito Liwanag the Municipal Planning Development Officer, along with representatives from Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, DSWD regional office represented by Mr. Norman Pacturanan, Special Projects Focal for Sustainable Livelihood Program with Municipal Convergence Staffs.

The assistance is part of the continuing aid of the government to the remained families of SAF 44. The assistance aims to provide livelihood support to the families based on their requested livelihood project.

Mr. Cabanlit expresses his gratitude to DSWD and promises to realize his project in memory of his son.

Mr. Cabanlit project includes funding of Dried Fish Dealing, a business originally planned by his deceased son.

Written by: Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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FEATURE: Volunteers never lose sight of their goals


Community Volunteers of Brgy Monterico, Aloran, Misamis Occidental (from left) Rezel Tiong, Marilyn Balwit, and Lovely Ando, PSA Volunteers and Josephine Egiya, Project Preparation Team (PPT) Chairperson of Aloran, Misamis Occidental.

Community Volunteers of Brgy Monterico, Aloran, Misamis Occidental (from left) Rezel Tiong, Marilyn Balwit, and Lovely Ando, PSA Volunteers and Josephine Egiya, Project Preparation Team (PPT) Chairperson, are all excited 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) site validation and risk assessment of the proposed Construction of Potable Water System Level – II (Pump Driven). The barangay is geographically located 10. 5 km from the heart of the Municipality of Aloran, with an elevation of 418 meters and is one of the 20 of 38 barangays in Aloran that suffers from water shortage.

Photo by Marvin P. Jordan, DSWD, Community Empowerment Facilitator, Aloran, MisOcc

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Beneficiaries with Technical Skills Thrive to Improve their Livelihood

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to empower Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries through its Sustainable Livelihood Program. One of its commendable approaches provides life skills training as a capacity-building strategy to prepare program participants to better manage livelihood opportunities and pro-actively measure and ensure optimum quality performance in managing livelihood activities.

The department partners with schools or institutions which are accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to be able to provide the best training and eventually produces the best graduates who would be certainly qualified for any technical and well-paid jobs.

As it has been grasped and materialized by some DSWD’s beneficiaries like Reynan Amonhay and Guillermo Baliling Jr., it is easier to find job when you have credentials to show, they said.


Reynan Amonhay certified Technician from Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon

Reynan Amonhay, 22 years old, single and out of school helps his father in farming to be able to provide for their huge family. Reynan along with his eleven siblings, work hand in hand to survive their daily needs. Although he has completed his high school, he didn’t have much skill to boast and look for a job. “Karon malipayon kaayo ko sa akong nakab-ot sa akong kinabuhi, bisag high school graduate rako naka trabaho ko ug natagaan ko sa dakong kahigayonan nga mulambo pinaagi sa natabang sa DSWD ug nahatag nga bag-o nga kahanas sa 1 AND ALL Technical School, I am really glad because of this milestone in my life, that despite the fact that I am only a high school graduate, I was able to find a job and that I am given an enormous opportunity to improve our living condition through the support of DSWD and 1 AND ALL Technical School”, he tells. Reynan earns about Six Thousand Pesos a month as a technician in Globe Telecom.


Guillermo Baliling Jr. certified Mechanic from St. Peter, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Guillermo who is 25 years old, single, shares the same experience with Reynan. As a Lumad coming from the same province of Bukidnon where farming is the main source of livelihood, Guillermo also dreams of having a well-paid job to support his family.

Mao dagku kaayu ang akong pasalamat sa kini nga mga institusyon kay sila ang nahimong instrumento nga sa hinay-hinay ako na makab-ot ang akong pangandoy sa kinabuhi because of this I am very thankful to these institutions for being the instrument of change and opportunity for me to reach my goals”, says Guillermo.

Ug manghinaot ko nga daghan pa ang matabangan aning programa and I am also hopeful that other people will also benefit from this program”, he adds.

From the mountainous remote area he now takes his journey in the city as he became the head auto mechanic in Opol Auto Repair Shop that earns him a minimum of Two Hundred Fifty Pesos a day depending on the numbers clients.

Reynan and Guillermo are both certified NC II passers of Electrical Installation Maintenance and Automotive Servicing assessment examination conducted by 1 AND ALL Technical School, the same school who provided for their starter tools after graduation and recommendations for employment.

“Our school ensures hands on approach in teaching and we are very generous in terms of sharing the best techniques and tools to our students to make sure their gains are par excellence and beneficial for their future”, says Miss Joy Co, President of 1 AND ALL Technical School. “Rest assured that we will also continue sharing similar change stories of our graduates, to serve as an inspiration, to all of us working in community development”, she affirms.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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