Archive | June, 2018


Greening. DSWD workers in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, along with officials of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Gingoog and beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) plant hundreds of Talisay (Terminalia catappa) and Balok-balok (Pongamia pinnata) seedlings along the beach of Barangay 19, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Talisay and Balok-balok Trees are widely distributed along the shores of Gingoog City and other shorelines of Misamis Oriental province, serving as secondary forest.

The activity is first of the series of convergence initiative in the city by the Gingoog City Action Team of DSWD.

The participants also clean the coastal areas of the city. Tomorrow, they will plant trees in Barangay 24 and clean its coastal waters.

A basic life support training will also be conducted for the beneficiaries of 4Ps by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.  (Photo by John Rey B. Berro of City Action Team of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental)



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 Micheal Casey of the Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNet) in Region X welcomes members from non-government organizations and local government units to the forum. ABSNet is a group of social services providers who are registered, accredited, and licensed with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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Dir. Manuel Borres, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X, says that the Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNet) plays a critical role in ensuring social welfare and development programs are within the legal standards and operating procedures set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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Serving vegetables in a meal saves benes from spending more on food

PANGANTUCAN, Bukidnon — Eva Tamong of Barangay Concepcion here does not need to buy meat every time she prepares a meal for her family.
The 50-year-old Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary cooks vegetables to pair it off with rice daily, a strategy she has been using to save money for the family’s daily needs.
She is not buying the vegetables, either. Instead, picks it up from the garden she and her family has been cultivating for years to help them meet their food intake needs.
The family grows Baguio Beans, Ladies’ Fingers or locally known as Okra, String Beans, Sweet Potato, Alogbati (Basella Alba), Horse Radish, Chinese Cabbage, Eggplant, Spring Onions, and Amplaya (Momordica Charantia) in its backyard.
The garden does not only serve the family’s food intake needs, it also gives Eva an opportunity to earn an income out of taking care of the plants.
Eva earns an average of P50 a month from her Spring Onions and another P100 from the varieties of leafy vegetables.
This extra income complements the seasonal income of her husband, Felipe, a Civilian Volunteers Organization member of this barangay, who formerly worked at a banana plantation company here.

Organic Fishpond

Aside from the vegetables garden, Eva’s family dug a two-meter deep pond for tilapia for their consumption.
The family feeds the tilapia fish with chopped vegetables leaves and chicken dung.
To date, the family has harvested tilapia fish four times and momentarily rears 1,500 tilapia fingerlings.

LGU gives free vegetables seeds

The Municipal Agriculture Office distributes free vegetable seeds through its volunteers and barangay officials.
The free seeds distribution is in line with the local government unit’s effort to implement backyard gardening among residents of the town, especially 4Ps beneficiaries.
Pangantucan Mayor Miguel Silva Jr issued a memorandum order on backyard gardening dated May 9, 2017.
Mayor Silva, in his memorandum order number 047-05-2017 issued to all barangay captains, directed the village chiefs to monitor the gardening activities of the 4Ps members.
Vegetable planting, Silva said, will help solve malnutrition in the town, adding that barangay captains shall check regularly the backyard gardens of 4Ps members.
The barangay captain shall then issue a compliance certificate to every 4Ps household for free for the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee to monitor the compliance of the beneficiaries.

Teaching kids while young

Eva and her husband, Felipe, have been farming since they got married.
The parents claimed they introduce vegetables to their eldest child, Rachel, 25; when she was still a child. Now, Rachel has her own family and she introduced vegetables to her child, too.
Aside from that, Eva introduced farming to Rachel while she was still a child, bringing her to their garden when harvesting fresh green beans, tomatoes, spring onions, among others.
Maintaining a garden even before becoming a beneficiary of 4Ps, Eva said she and Rachel would gladly share the crops with family and neighbors.
Today, Eva is also teaching their youngest son, Renel, on farming and eating vegetables, a passion for food and sharing she would like to continue to her next generation.
Concepcion has a population of 658 according to the 2010 Census of Population and Housing of the Philippine Statistics Authority. Of this number, 62 households are Pantawid beneficiaries. But, all residents of the village are into backyard gardening and farming.

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4Ps Couples Wed Through Convergence Initiative

NOT ALONE. Sometimes, you just don’t get married alone. Mass weddings can happen for a variety of reasons like this where 64 couples belonging to the Umayamnon Tribe of Bukidnon exchange their “I Do’s”, however, not in their traditional marriage ceremony in Sitio Miaray, Barangay Mandahican, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on June 14, 2018.

The couples are all beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The activity is part of the convergence initiative of the Municipal Action Team of DSWD, Mayor’s Office of Cabanglasan, and Municipal Civil Registrar.

Mayor Renante Inocando solemnizes the first mass wedding in town involving indigenous peoples.

(Photos by Elvie S. Pina-apol of MAT Cabanglasan)

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A farmer daughter is now a licensed agriculturist

Valencia City, Bukidnon — Rechelle Lacorte, 22 of Purok 1, Tongantongan here grew up in a farm where his parents have been cultivating since her childhood.

Rechelle’s parents did not own the land. They are tenants whose income is dependent on the farm labor and on their share of the income of the produce.

Rechelle have witnessed the sufferings of her parents and neighbors brought about by poverty for years. However, she saw it as an opportunity for her growth and understanding.

Rechelle Lacorte at the Department of Agriculture Office 10 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Challenges in studies

It was not easy for Rechelle to get academic opportunities. She had to face and endure the financial predicaments from elementary up to college because of lack.

“It was not new to me whenever there was a delay in my allowance, or if I didn’t receive any,” Rechelle said, adding that the struggles went on until her college days.

“When I have lots of requirements, my parents would even ask her where to source out the money to buy those,” explained Rechelle.

“Moana gyud si Mama nako, asa nato ni kwaon ang pampalit ani, nak? Ang allowance ra gyud nimo atong gisaligan and wala pay harvest diri sa ato,” Rechelle disclosed. (My mother would ask me where to find money to buy [for my requirements in school]. We are only dependent on your allowance and it’s not even harvest season yet).

Rechelle was referring to the scholarship she earned from several grants during her college days due to her meritorious academic achievement since elementary.

I was raised and was able to send to school through tenant farming and with the help of some scholarships offered by the government like the Provincial Scholarship Program of Governor Jose Maria F. Zubiri and the Academic Scholarship of Central Mindanao University in first year and third year in college.

“But, then at the end of the day, problems and challenges made me a strong person. I took that as an inspiration to get high grades and to excel in academics, said Rechelle who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness Management at Central Mindanao University, Maramag, Bukidnon in 2016.

Pantawid Pamilya helps her achieve her dream

“Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) helped me a lot to pursue my dreams and it became a very big part of where I am today,” declared Rechelle, who is now a licensed agriculturist.

“I know there is nothin in this world that can pay how indebted I am to ESGP-PA (Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation),” said Rechelle, adding that, “ESGP-PA came at the time when my parents decided that they could no longer enroll me in fourth year college.”

ESGP-PA is a college scholarship program of DSWD, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Under the program, a student-grantee who is a 4Ps beneficiary is entitled to a maximum grant of P60,000 per school year or P30,000 per semester for tuition and other school fees, textbooks or other learning materials, and stipend.

“Of all the scholarships I have enjoyed, ESGP-PA was really a great help to those students like me that come from poor families. My parents’ joint income was not enough and in the last three semesters in college in 2016, finances really mattered,” said Rechelle.

“ESGP-PA serves as a light to a path where I want to be, a road to success where at the end I want my parents proud, happy and will have a comfortable living, let them rest and let me do all the things they’ve done for me and pay them back with something good for all their hardships,” said a teary-eyed Rechelle.

Rechelle claimed that she has to pay back her parents for enduring the heat of the sun in tilling the farm just to earn money for her allowance and all just for her to earn a degree.

Rechelle disclosed that ESGP-PA also helped her pass the Licensure Examination for Agriculturists. She reviewed at Aim to Top Review Center for free, sponsored by the ESGP-PA, through the efforts of the Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon.

Rechelle Lacorte with General Services Section Chief Engr. Lolita A. Galenzoga of the Administrative and Finance Division of the Department of Agriculture 10.

Dedicating success to parents, 4Ps

“I dedicate my success to my parents and to others who have extended a helping hand so that I can reach my dreams, to ESGP-PA of 4Ps and to our Almighty Father,” said Rechelle when asked where to dedicate her success.

A degree holder and a registered agriculturist, Rechelle is currently working at the Department of Agriculture Region 10. She is assigned to the Administrative and Finance Division of the General Services Section of the regional office.

She plans to take up technical-vocational courses related to agriculture. She also plans to take and pass the Civil Service Examination.

She is hoping she will meet 4Ps beneficiaries who are now enrolled in college in order to share her story and inspire them to strive hard in their studies.

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4Ps beneficiary is now a public school teacher

MARAMAG, Bukidnon — Finishing her college education is the only way out for Charmaine T. Noynay of Purok 4, Base Camp here from a life filled with hardship.

Charmaine, a public secondary school teacher at Bukidnon National School of Home Industries (BNSHI), is a former Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary.

Finishing her college education is the only way out for Charmaine T. Noynay of Purok 4, Base Camp here from a life filled with hardship. Charmaine, a public secondary school teacher at Bukidnon National School of Home Industries (BNSHI), is a former Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary. Among six siblings, Charmaine is the first to finish college at the Central Mindanao University in 2016.

Among six siblings, Charmaine is the first to finish college at the Central Mindanao University in 2016.

“I have three siblings who finished high school, but did not continue to college due to our financial instability,” she said, adding that it was her dream to finish her tertiary education and improve the well-being of her family.

“As the fourth child, it has always been my dream to finish my studies no matter what it takes. It has come to me that my family’s future has to change, especially with my two younger siblings,” Charmaine said.

She builds a house

When she got her first pay, Charmaine started to buy construction materials for her dream house here.

Erected beside the older house, Charmaine still can’t believe that her dream of building a new house for her family is now a reality.

Construction is still on going

The Provincial Schools Division of Bukidnon of the Department of Education hired Charmaine after she passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers last year and assigned her to handle Mathematics subjects at BNSHI here.

A life filled of hardship

Her father is a farmer-laborer, while her mother is a housewife.

“We belong to the poverty line and that is very evident in our household. We are eight in the family. My father is a farmer-laborer and my mother is a housewife,” Charmaine disclosed.

“When I was about to graduate in 2016, my father was only earning P300 a week and that’s not even fixed. My mother was earning as well but only for our daily needs,” said Charmaine.

“My first two years in the university was the hardest years of my life. My allowance was not constant. Sometimes, I don’t even have an allowance. No matter how much I budget my money, it is still not enough. I always borrow photo copies from my classmates so I could study for our tests,” she said, adding that, “but no matter how difficult it was, I had always prayed for strength so I could keep going.”

“My academics have never been easy also. I may not be that intelligent but I always study hard so I could maintain my grades and still be in the scholarship program of the university,” Charmaine explained.

ESGP-PA helps her achieve dream

It was in her third year in college when she became a beneficiary of the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

The ESGPPA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program (4Ps), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

“The program helped me a lot especially on my allowance and school fees. I was assured that I could continue my studies and finish it on time because the program is very generous to the grantees,” Charmaine said.

Charmaine considered the program as her greatest blessing during her college years.

“My life has become better after I graduated and I am grateful for the program for helping me reach my dreams. I do hope the program (4Ps) will continue to help a lot of students who dream not just for themselves, but for their family also and for the country’s future as a whole,” said Charmaine.

“Yes, I graduated Cum Laude, but the success wasn’t mine alone. The success was mine to share with my beloved family, who were my greatest motivators and inspirations and to the persons behind the amazing program which aided my education,” continued Charmaine.

“I pray that the program will continue to serve the poor, but deserving students,” said Charmaine, thanking God for her achievement.

Charmaine is currently taking her master’s degree at CMU. She is planning to finish a doctorate degree to earn a title as a statistician of the Department of Education.

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June 2018