Archive | September, 2018

DSWD Field Office 10’s Assistant Regional Director De La Cruz wins Civil Service Commission’s Dangal ng Bayan Award

DSWD Field Office 10 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar-dela Cruz receives the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Dangal ng Bayan Award for the 2018 Search for Outstanding Government Workers.
The award is presented during the 2018 Parangal at Pasasalamat event of the CSC, celebrating the 118th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, September 27, 2018, SM City Cagayan de Oro.

Director Dela Cruz says: “No words can properly express my immense feeling of gratitude to all of you who are instrumental in bestowing upon me the Dangal ng Bayan Award, which is awarded to an individual for performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior.

I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful DSWD Family throughout Field Office 10, headed by RD Nestor Briones Ramos, for giving me the chance to efficiently serve and dedicate myself to our clientele: the poor, disadvantaged, and vulnerable sectors of Northern Mindanao.

This award is for all of you. Please allow me to express my appreciation with a sincere and profound thank you to all of you.

To my fellow workers of DSWD, no matter what kind of job you perform under the DSWD, please know that your labor is not in vain as every task you accomplish helps the Department achieve its strategic goals, which include helping to alleviate the lives of the poor from poverty. I urge you, my fellow public servants to uphold the principle of honesty and integrity, and to continue to provide dedicated public service to our clients.

I have always been proud of you as I have seen your dedication and strong commitment to providing excellent government service to the people that we serve—the poorest of the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged Filipinos in Northern Mindanao.

Truly, this award is a manifestation of the continuous commitment of DSWD workers to render service to the clientele na Tapat, May Malasakit, at Walang Puwang sa Katiwalian.

This award is both a challenge and inspiration to me. Challenge because I need to beat my best in rendering the DSWD’s Maagap and May Malasakit na Serbisyo. On the other hand, this award inspires me to push myself with utmost humility and dedication to cater to the needs of our workers, partner-stakeholders, among others.

Lastly, I would like to share with you this word of wisdom according to John Baldoni, an internationally recognized executive coach and leadership educator, When people act humbly, they are acknowledging their limitations and accepting that they cannot go it alone. This mindset is valuable to a team because it serves as an invitation for others to help. Humility, however, is not an excuse for slacking. It also means having the willingness to help others do their jobs when the need arises. It is a means for allowing different personalities to coordinate with each other.

Mabuhay po tayong lahat!


Written by Oliver B. Inodeo and Shaun Alejandrae Uy, DSWD

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CDD in Action: DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS holds Knowledge Management Forum

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its community empowerment program, Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP), holds a Learning Event and Knowledge Management Forum, Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City, Manila, September 18-19, 2018.

DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe emphasized the importance of data and researches for program implementation and how this would help streamline the Kalahi-CIDSS successor program. This, as the Kalahi-CIDSS is in its closing phase in 2019.

The learning event dubbed as CDD (Community-Driven Development) in Action: Empowering Communities through Research and Knowledge Exchange is facilitated by the Kalahi-CIDSS Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (M&E) headed by Deputy National M&E Specialist Abigail de la Cruz.

DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe emphasized the importance of data and researches for program implementation and how this would help streamline the Kalahi-CIDSS successor program. This, as the Kalahi-CIDSS is in its closing phase in 2019. Undersecretary Jarabe also said that with researches conducted for the program – its results can help address the gaps in the program implementation. Undersecretary Jarabe also acts as the Deputy National Program Director and OIC for Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP.

CDD in Action showcased national and regional studies conducted on Kalahi-CIDSS, and gathered comments and feedback from the program’s partners and stakeholders on these studies, mainly on ways to promote CDD and determining the challenging areas of the program.

The plenary sessions provided an avenue for the participants to organize a community of practice for continuous and regular exchange of information on community-driven development.

Alongside with the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS since 2003, various studies were also conducted to assess program effectiveness at different levels through qualitative and/or quantitative approaches. Some interesting facts generated through these researches include: Kalahi-CIDSS was projected to generate a conservatively estimated economic internal rate of return of 21 percent and a net present value of P1.03 billion. (Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Community Driven Development: The
KALAHI-CIDSS Project, 2007)

It was also found out that Kalahi-CIDSS is an effective platform for integrating key elements of an effective local poverty reduction strategy. It provides citizens an experience in project management that gave them voice, held leaders accountable and able to demand transparency. (The KALAHI-CIDSS Project in the Philippines: Sharing Knowledge on Community-Driven Development, 2012)

Roads and water systems were the projects most desired by households and barangay officials. Barangay assembly attendance was reportedly high, with 68% of households indicating having a member attend in the past 6 months. (Impact evaluation of the Kalahi-CIDSS: Baseline Report, 2014)

Kalahi-CIDSS National Communication Specialist Ma Rosario Consuelo Lagman presented Knowledge Products and endeavors which are produced by the different social marketing officers of DSWD regional field offices.

Volunteers have become more confident, had leadership opportunities, acquired construction skills, and had found employment as staff in the barangay or in Kalahi-CIDSS. (Process Evaluation of Kalahi-CIDSS 2015)

In a case study conducted in July 2016, it was notably observed that there was a fast-paced organizing done by the community people. As the time of data collection, all (28), except two barangays had established women’s organizations in less than a year. Some organizations were reactivated (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP Process Documentation: Assessing Philippines’ Community-Driven Development Fast Tracked Response to Natural Disasters, 2016)

Kalahi-CIDSS National Communication Specialist Ma Rosario Consuelo Lagman presented Knowledge Products and endeavors which are produced by the different social marketing officers of DSWD regional field offices.

“What the studies tell us is that the poor, especially the marginalized such as the indigenous peoples and people living in conflict-affected areas, can truly benefit from the community-driven development approach. The results prove that giving communities control over decisions and resources makes people-centered development possible even in the most challenging contexts”, Lagman says.

She also said “the feedback given by the government agencies, representatives from the academe, and civil society organizations that now comprise DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’ newly-formed Community of Practice will also help us address the challenges and strengthen the program implementation”.

The learning event dubbed as CDD (Community-Driven Development) in Action: Empowering Communities through Research and Knowledge Exchange is facilitated by the Kalahi-CIDSS Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (M&E) headed by Deputy National M&E Specialist Abigail de la Cruz.

This event highlights the different Kalahi-CIDSS national studies: TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS FOR THE KC-NCDDP PHILIPPINES (World Bank 2016) by Maria Loreto Padua, Social Development Specialist – World Bank; ENHANCING COMMUNITY-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT THROUGH CONVERGENCE: A Case Study of Household and Community-Based Initiative in the Philippine Villages (ADB 2015).

CDD in Action also featured three regional studies by Todd Lucero, Rodolfo Nillosguin Jr, Christine June Arapoc, regional monitoring and evaluation specialist of DSWD Field Offices 7, 9, and 12 respectively.

Undersecretary Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe, in her closing message, highlighted the value of convergence, as evidenced by the national and regional studies presented in the forum. Policy reform agenda is a step closer when partners in development continue to do research and share what they know on CDD.

These studies add to the knowledge base of community-driven development. The good practices and lessons learned by the implementers serve as benchmark for other communities yet to adopt the participatory approached in lifting households out of poverty by providing them access to basic social services. More than their official publication, these good practices and lessons are meant to be shared to partners and stakeholders to inform program evaluation and policy reform agenda, through a learning event and knowledge management forum.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in Region 10 covers 45 municipalities in the Provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental with a total of 1,105 barangays funded since 2015, amounting to Php 992,386,007.41. This covers Cycles 1 through 3 of the implementation, with a total of 112,279 community volunteers involved in the sub-project implementations.

The 1105 community sub-projects include roads, water systems, health stations, flood control structures, electrification, school buildings, pre/post-harvest facilities, foot paths, sea walls, training centers, public markets, and spillways among others. Topping the list of community sub-projects are roads with 599 and water systems with 92.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Where our kids are given second chances in life

It is a nightmare for every parent to hear when their child is arrested or “rescued” after being caught committing a crime or offense.

It is a dreadful sight and feeling when their child, whom they love and cared for years, is in prison. Worse, it breaks every parent’s heart to see their child imprisoned and squatting for 24 hours (and even days) just to fit inside a 3 meters by 7 cell filled with adult offenders, suffering and crying in overwhelming heat and reek of body odor, food scarcity, and at risk in getting infected with various diseases in the prison cell such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and HIV.

Although some people, or perhaps the parents themselves, may say that their children deserve their fate for their wrongful doing, our core of humanity still tells all of us that children, juvenile they are or not, deserve to be treated humanely, and they will and always will have rights to protection and welfare.

Republic Act No. 9344 otherwise known as the “Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006” has been a controversial law for years. Some people say that it excuses juvenile kids to be above the law, that they should be prosecuted and suffer the consequences for their actions. Some, however, do not agree. Their side says that juvenile kids are still kids. Yes, they should face the consequences for their actions, but they should also be treated differently and should not be treated like an adult offender.

Many parents whose children are detained in prison cells have long cried foul over how their children are maltreated and bullied inside the cells by adult offenders. Thus, the law was birthed to protect the rights of the children in conflict with the law.

In support to the law, the Department of Social Welfare and Development established the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) based in Gingoog City, where the children in conflict with the law are placed by the courts while their cases are in due process. Unlike in prison cells where they wait in agony and fear, the center provides them with the necessary care and shelter.

With RRCY’s vision to have children become a useful, productive, and law abiding citizen, and for them to become good examples to their families and communities, its mission as well is to develop, build, and modify the behavior of the youth in order to achieve behavioral change.

That is why in RRCY, it is common to see male children in counselling and psychological sessions, in healthy activities where they are molded into becoming better, respectful, and self-reliant individuals. They are trained in various skills and livelihood, they are introduced to various arts and education, and are also engaged in spiritual improvement activities.

Further, the Council of the Juvenile Justice for the Welfare for Children, an attached agency of the DSWD, closely monitors the welfare of our children who are currently detained in prison cells, and actively advocates the Republic Act 9344 to ensure that children are no longer found in prison cells but in facilities such as the RRCY.

The RRCY is the government’s way of respecting and protecting the rights of our children in conflict with the law and ensuring that while their cases are being handled by the courts, they are still treated humanely and are free from any violations against their rights.

And that while they are staying in RRCY, they are given another chance in life, learn from past mistakes, and become respectful, better and productive citizens. (smu-cpt)

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22 centenarians in Northern Mindanao have recently received their incentives of P100,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X as part of the latter’s implementation to Republic Act No. 10868 otherwise known as the Centenarians Act of 2016.

Hailing from various cities and municipalities in the Region, each centenarian received their incentives from the Department, which conducted a thorough validation of their documents to prove their years of age.

The DSWD is also encouraging the public who have family members who have reached the age of 100 years or above to apply for the said incentives with proper documents such as birth certificate of the centenarian and birth certificates of his or her children, if needed for further assessment. Once the DSWD receives such application, a validation shall be conducted by its personnel.

The DSWD also emphasizes that it is open to all Filipino centenarians, regardless of their economic status, geographical location (local or abroad), and health condition.

For clarifications regarding incentives for centenarians, the public may contact the DSWD Field Office X at 088-858-8134 or email at (smu-cpt)

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September 2018