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DSWD holds media forum, visits Solar-powered water system sub-project in Alubijid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 10 recently held a forum with the members of the media to introduce its programs and services, January 15-16 at the Pearlmont Hotel. The forum also introduced updates on the promotive programs namely the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), and the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP).

DSWD Field Office 10 program focal persons introduced their respective programs to the media and entertained queries from the media present during the forum. Among the DSWD presenters were from Social Technology Unit, headed by Ms Morena B. Fernandez; Social Pension Program by Ms Daisy Ramos; Centers and Institutions by Ms Rosanel Pague; Kalipunan (formerly Convergence) by Mr Abdul Jabbar Usman; Ms Amelita Paye for Assistance to Individuals/Families in Crisis Situation (AICS); Mr Rhandy Ladoroz for SLP, Ms Kenneth Haze Sanchez for 4Ps; and Ms Teofreda Dingal for Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP.

Butch Enerio of the BusinessMirror raises some points and queries for the Social Pension program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development during the Media Forum, January 15-16, at the Pearlmont Hotel. (SAUy/DSWD)

The Kalahi-CIDSS NCDD Program

Ms Teofreda Dingal, DSWD Region 10’s Deputy Regional Program Manager for DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP said that the program has 3 key messages: DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP is a means to achieve improved access to basic services and to participate in more inclusive local planning and budgeting, the program assists poor communities to facilitate improvement of the well-being of their barangay and its residents, and that the Community-Driven Development (CDD) is a well-documented and tested approach which empowers communities to take control of the planning, implementing, and resource investments in their locality.

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.

Regional based media, together with DSWD workers pose for posterity on-site the Solar-powered potable water system community subproject during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. (SAUy/DSWD)

Part of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS community-driven development approach is the empowerment of women. According to the data provided by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional program management office through its Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, headed by Ms Gemima Lopez, that as of December 2017 – there are a total of 477 community subprojects spread throughout the 5 provinces of the region with a total of 26,539 paid-labor workers, 5,673 of which are women.

The most common community sub-projects in the region are farm-to-market roads and pathways which comprise 47% of the total number of sub-projects, followed by potable water systems, and health stations. Other community sub-projects include day care centers, pre & post-harvest facilities, bridges, flood-control structures, and school buildings.

 

Solar-Powered Potable Water System

The members of the media, together with the DSWD workers, visited Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, headed by Mr Ruel O. Barros –Punong Barangay, where a solar-powered pump-driven potable water system was constructed through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program grant of P1,173,972.80 and local counterpart from the Municipal Government of Alubijid, headed by Mayor Alvin Giovanni A. Labis, of P45,733.20 and community counterpart of P18,120.00 – totaling P 1,237,826.00.

According to Mr Arman Batutay, a community volunteer who heads the operation and maintenance of the water system – “kusog ang tubig nga gikan ani nga pump, di na mi maglisod sa pagkuha sa tubig (the flow of water from this pump is strong, we don’t have a hard time getting water now).”

Arman Batutay, Community Volunteer, who leads the operation and maintenance of the Solar-powered potable water system community subproject demonstrates to the media how the pump works during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. (SAUy/DSWD)

A total of 366 households in Barangay Tugasnon benefits from the potable water system, there are also 203 households who are beneficiaries of the 4Ps program who benefits from this community sub-project.

Brgy. Tugasnon, Alubijid Misamis Oriental is one of the beneficiaries of DSWD KALAHI – CIDSS. It has 8 purok with a total population of 2,493, Total HH 597HH and 631 families.

The pump is powered by a 2.1Kwpk 265w Solar Polycrystalline system and produces an average of 20 cubic-meters per day – and is distributed throughout the barangay’s 10 designated tap stands.

Barangay Tugasnon Punong Barangay Ruel O. Barros and Arman Batutay, Community Volunteer, demonstrates the flow of water in one of the designated tap-stands during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. The Solar-powered potable water system community subproject is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program grant of P1,173,972.80 and local counterpart from the Municipal Government of Alubijid, headed by Mayor Alvin Giovanni A. Labis, of P45,733.20 and community counterpart of P18,120.00 – totaling P 1,237,826.00. (SAUy/DSWD)

CDD Adoption

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National and Regional Program Management Offices continue to advocate to the local government units and communities in adopting the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in their local development plans with the aim of empowering communities, better local governance, maximization of resources towards need-responsive programs or projects and inclusive decision-making.

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DSWD-X prepares to give out P200 for Listahanan poor families

Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X will have another wave of validation in preparation for the Unconditional Cash Transfer where the national government gives P200 per month to each family validated in the list of poor households which was generated through Listahanan – the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction managed by the Department.

Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of DSWD-X, says that it shall conduct validation of 262,623 families who are not beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and are not beneficiaries of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, but are enlisted in the Listahanan database because there were considered as poor during its enumeration in 2009 in Northern Mindanao.

Ramos says that the DSWD shall pay P2,400 for 2018 to each family validated as poor by the Department. However, he emphasizes that the payout shall only start after the validation has been conducted and finalized this year.

The said cash assistance shall also be given to all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, in addition to their cash grants, and beneficiaries of the Social Pension for indigent senior citizens, in addition to their monthly subsidy of P500.

The DSWD shall provide the cash assistance in line with its vision to ensure that all Filipinos are free from hunger, and poverty, and have equal access to opportunities, enabled by a fair, just, and peaceful society. ###

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer, DSWD-X

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A Mother’s Story of Hope and Perseverance

We all go through various challenges in life.  For Elsa Marie P.  Ganzan, being able to surpass her trials in life indeed, left her lots of lessons.

A mother of six, Elsa is an epitome of a solo parent, who has nothing in mind but, to be able to find means to provide for the needs of   her growing children. She is a picture of strength and determination to withstand trials and the ups and downs in life.

Her day starts with cooking kakanin or native delicacies to be sold for the day and at the same time, cooking the meals for her five children and preparing them for school.  Elsa earns a living by selling kakanin or native delicacies and cooked viand.

A petite 47-year-old woman like Elsa, one would never know that, she had indeed been to a lot of hardships in life much more, a victim of domestic violence and abuse before.

Living with an abusive and violent partner for 14 years was never easy for Elsa.  Her partner, then a construction worker, always finds fault in her, oftentimes, accusing her of having other affairs.  This led to continuous and habitual beatings which were witnessed by her children.  Elsa then, did not have the courage of pressing charges against him, out of pity to her children.  She painstakingly endured every beating and all forms of abuse inflicted by her partner for the sake of her children.

It was then in 2014 when she could no longer take the abuse of her live in partner when he would also beat her children.  She resorted to filing charges against her partner.  This was the reason why Elsa and her kids were brought to the Regional Haven for Women in Northern Mindanao for temporary shelter.

It was at the Center where Elsa learned how to cook various delicacies.  While at the Center, it was not only Elsa who was helped but more so, her children to slowly recover from the trauma they had experienced from their abusive father.

For Elsa, it was a blessing in disguise that they were placed for temporary shelter at the Center.  “I am grateful that through the Haven of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, not only was I able to recover from the bad experiences and the trauma I have had but, it has also provided me opportunities to learn a lot of skills which I have used to meet the needs of my children.  It is never easy to be a solo parent, but, with the help of the DSWD, it has somehow eased the burden.”

Through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s recommendation, Elsa and her kids were also granted a unit by the Filipino Housing Project in Calaanan Relocation Site in Cagayan de Oro City.  Aside from the free housing Unit that they were granted with, the children are presently enrolled at the nearby Public Schools to which, Elsa is even more thankful.

Elsa’s story is only one of the many lives who have been transformed and have proved to themselves that indeed, there is hope after all the trials they have been through.  This also shows how the Department of Social Welfare and Development, through the untiring support and labor of the staff of the Regional Haven for Women, have helped restore the once broken and hopeless lives of women and children victims of abuse and violence.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

 

 

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