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DSWD empowers Lumads for a better livelihood

Nanette GonzalezNanette Gonzalez, a 50 year-old mother of ten children proudly presents her certificate on Food Processing NCII during her culmination day along with other one hundred thirty Lumads from the indigenous tribes of Manobo and Umayamnon, last May 2016 in the municipality of Quezon, Bukidnon.

Gonzales is one of the recipients of the MCCT-IP or the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People Program, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The MCCT-IP is a program specifically intended to Indigenous Peoples living in geographically isolated areas of the region. These beneficiaries are given technical skills training under the Sustainable Livelihood Program through partner technical institutions.

In an interview with Joy Co, President of 1 AND ALL Technical School and the implementing partner for this project, she said “This particular program for the lumads really inspires us to be better service provider”. “Women like Gonzalez proves that with right attitude and inspiration, anyone can be successful”, she adds.

Co further narrates that Gonzalez, suffers Bell’s Palsy, a medical condition that causes paralysis to one side of her face, hence the deformity and blocks her one eye from closing or blinking. Her disability caused a lot mocking and insults by neighbors which made her inferior. “When we met her in the training, she was a bit aloof and indifferent, she barely talked to anyone, she was less confident of herself”, says Co. “Later we learned that she lost her husband because of a shooting incident which was never resolved”, Co tells.

Being a Lumad with less skill, Gonzales had a hard time looking for a job to support her family.

“Isip usa ka mama ug papa sa akong mga anak, naglisod gyud ko primero kung unsaon nako pagsuporta sa ilaha, pero naningkamot gihapon ko tungod kay katungod sa akong mga anak nga matagtam nila ang kaayuhan ug kalipay sa ilang kinabuhi, (being a solo parent, I really had a difficulty in supporting their needs, but I have to strive for them because it is their right to have a blissful and joyful life), says Gonzalez.

Dagko pod ang natabang sa gobyerno tungod kay apil sila naningkamot sa paghatag ug suporta sa parehas namo nga kabus busa pasalamat gyud ko labi na sa DSWD, (on the other hand, the government has been doing their role as well in providing assistance to the less fortunate like us”, Gonzales tells.

Gonzalez worked as Household Helper in Manila for five years but had to leave afterwards because of mistreatment from her employers. Now, she works as a part time laborer in a sugar cane plantation in Bukidnon; and because of her recent accomplishment, she was able to establish her own Longganisa (meat processing) business, which is very marketable in their place because of its distinct taste and quality.

Co further tells that although this may be a simple success, but it’s a good leap in achieving a greater dream, especially for a parent like Gonzalez.

DSWD believes that no one should be left behind in the process of development, so it gives equal opportunities and relevance to our Indigenous groups, special sectors like the youth, Persons with Disability and women. “This is why we are continuingly building the capacities of our beneficiaries, we want them to learn but most of all we want them to be confident about themselves no matter what, because confidence will eventually lead them towards success”, says Rhandy Ladoroz, Project Development Officer for DSWD.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Volunteer shares her thoughts on CDD

Brgy. Cosina, Talakag,Bukidnon

Evelyn Pacana, a community volunteer of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP), of Barangay Cosina, Talakag, Bukidnon shares her experiences being a volunteer of the program during the 5th barangay assembly. She recounts her experiences during the Kalahi-CIDSS activities. Evelyn said that it is not easy to act in front of many people just to portray the situation of their barangay, she was nervous during their presentation during one of the activities, but all their efforts bear fruit as their barangay was among the top prioritized barangay for resource allocation being the 8th ranked of the top 10 prioritized barangays. The Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development (CDD) effort of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as a poverty alleviation program. Photo by Aiza Angni , KC-NCDDP Area Coordinator, Talakag, Bukidnon

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Photo: 100 Pantawid grantees finish vocational course

Another one hundred beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program finish Automotive Servicing NC II in Valencia City, Bukidnon. DSWD through the Sustainable Livelihood Program funded the training of the grantees in coordination with DATS Technical School. Photo by Rhandy Ladoroz of SLP, DSWD Field Office 10.



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Pantawid Pamilya boosts local economy says research study

The findings of a research study done by the team of Dr. Lourdes S. Adriano, a former professor at the University of the Philippines, for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were discussed during the  Public Forum entitled, “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: Stimulus to Local Economic Growth?” held jointly by the DSWD, Ateneo School of Governance (ASoG), and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the Ateneo University on June 23.

The study was carried out with support from the Australian Embassy.

In her message during the forum, former DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said, “We hope this study can help the incoming administration to further improve the program.”

“If there is one good thing that we can turn over to the new administration, it is evidence-based policy making, planning and evaluation,” former Sec. Soliman added.

The research study used quantitative and qualitative methodology to determine the nature, form, and degree of the economic impact of the Pantawid Pamilya cash grant expenditures on the local economy.  The study covered the provinces of Masbate, Camarines Norte, and Albay.

The study was divided into five parts namely; Household Economy, Economic Sector: Bicol Rice Value Chain; Economic Sector: Flea Market Case Study; Regional and Macro Perspective; and  Integration of Recommendations.

The key findings of the study are:

Household Level Analysis

  1. For food items, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are consuming more cereals, in general, and more rice, in particular, than non-beneficiaries. For non-food items such as clothing, health, education, utilities, communications and recreational goods, the patterns of spending are shown to be generally higher among Pantawid beneficiaries compared to non-beneficiaries.
  2. The overall pattern in terms of savings and other forms of investments shows that Pantawid beneficiaries are saving and investing more than the non-Pantawid Pamilya counterparts.
  3. In terms of key economic decisions made by the household, the results showed that women in Pantawid Pamilya households are more active in the decision making on household marketing and budgeting. This demonstrates that the program does not  only affect the behavior of the households in terms of consumption but has also enhanced the women’s role in the decision making on marketing and budgeting.
  4. The benefits of Pantawid Pamilya is not limited to its direct material benefits. It was found out that the program influences aspirations, which in turn determines the future behavior of the beneficiaries. The study showed that beneficiaries are more optimistic in terms of their children achieving more in life than their parents. Further, beneficiaries have higher social aspirations compared to non-beneficiaries.

Economic Sector Analysis (Rice Value Chain)

  1. The Pantawid Pamilya cash grants along with the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the local government units (LGUs) create a multiplier effect in the local economy of Bicol estimated to be 7.87 and 3.49 for the first and second income deciles, respectively. Also, it was found out the Pantawid Pamilya cash grants for Bicolanos can potentially generate an additional P18 to 40 billion revenue for the local economy.
  2. There is a significant increase in the number of registered agricultural-related businesses in the three locales of the study. Total capitalization of all registered agriculture businesses increased from about P1.65 million in 2005 to about P13.27 million. Total sales are rose from a measly amount of P3.645 million in 2005 to P119.23 million in 2015.
  3. Rice consumption behavior of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are not rice farmers, has changed in terms of quality as manifested by the shift from NFA rice to commercial rice. According to the respondents, the cash grants, along with the relatively lower prices of commercial rice, enabled them to afford better quality commercial rice.
  4. There are changes in behavior and action of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries toward other rice stakeholders. They increased their access to credit from rice retail stores because of the predictable streams of income coming from the Pantawid Pamilya cash grants. Beneficiaries have forged a stronger relationship with retail stores through a “suki relationship” over time. Rice Value Chain (RVC) players confirmed slight increase in their incomes when Pantawid beneficiaries became group buyers. In turn, rice retailers and wholesalers have extended credit and other special arrangements to Pantawid rice consumers to encourage them to buy.

Flea Market Case Study

  1. It is now a common sight to see the operations of a flea market near the site where the Pantawid Pamilya cash payouts are being made. The case study shows that the operations of the flea market is a manifestation that the extra income received from the Program can perk up local economic activities since most products being sold in the flea market come from the locality or neighboring areas. Even merchants not participating in the flea market, such as pharmacy store, mini-grocery, and school supplies shops, gained from the expenditures of Pantawid beneficiaries.
  2. The municipality derived extra revenues from flea market traders by imposing market rental fees collected by a designated market collector. The positive contribution of these extra revenues generated is highly visible in Libon where the successful operation of the Libon Town Center (LTC) is partly supported by the fees generated from the market rentals where various merchants sell their wares particularly during payout days.

These findings reinforce that Pantawid Pamilya can transform not only the lives of its beneficiaries, but also the communities where they live,” former Sec. Soliman emphasized.

On the other hand, Dr. Fermin Adriano, member of the research team said that Pantawid Pamilya should be combined with other economic enhancing efforts to achieve optimal impact. ==



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