Archive | February, 2019

Empowering communities through CDD

By Evangelina B Blaya, Community Empowerment Facilitator

The Municipality of Aloran in Misamis Occidental is a fourth class municipality with a total of 27,625 people according to the 2015 population census. The municipality 38 barangays and is blessed with the Mimolan Falls – covered with a thick forest that is abundant with rare flora and fauna in Barangay Roxas and Macubon Shrine Natural Spring and beaches, and is also home to the “Bunga Dag Tabinal Festival” in September of each year.  

Amidst these natural beauties, Aloran’s communities still long for access to some necessary basic services.

Labo is one of the 38 barangays in Aloran that lacks road access, aside from the dangers lurking behind each muddy, treacherous trip on the trails – it is quite difficult for them to deliver their farm commodities to the market, as they lack a decent access road.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) – National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) reached the Municipality of Aloran, Misamis Occidental bringing along opportunities for the beneficiaries.

The community of Barangay Labo is now able to participate in nation building through community-driven development; through capacity building activities and seminars, they acquire knowledge on how to implement, monitor, and sustain the program and their community sub-project.

Barangay Labo, Aloran, Misamis Occidental declarated that the community was deprived of a safe and comfortable trip to and fro the barangay, adding that the farm products, which are the main source of their income, were constantly damaged during delivery due to a very rough road, forcing them to sell these on cheaper prices.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS facilitated a series of barangay assemblies in Labo and discussed processes that introduced the community to the possibilities of improving their accessibility to the main town which is 2 kilometers away from their barangay.

The community decided that the community sub-project will be the concreting of 0.184 kilometer barangay road (with reinforced concrete single barrel box culvert) which spans from Barangay Labo proper to the municipality proper. 

The community and residents of Labo are hopeful that through this sub-project people and vehicles can now pass the road with ease,

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers of Barangay Labo during the construction of the Farm-to-Market road community sub-project.

The entire community fully embraced the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach after it was introduced to them by the DSWD staff.

Felix Tayone, 50, of Purok 2, Barangay Labo was selected by their community to act as the Procurement Implementation Team Chairperson narrates the difficulties they face on a day-to-day basis, “lisod, ang dalan ilabina kung ting –ulan ang mga studyante magkalapok-lapok ang mga sapatos ug galisod ang mga mag-uuma sa pagdala sa ilang mga produkto padulong sa merkado (the road was difficult, during rainy days, students always get their shoes muddy and farmers have difficulty in bringing their produce to the market).”

“Dako kini og katabang sa amoa nga mga taga Labo,(this is really of big help for us in Labo)” concludes Felix.

The farm-to-market road community sub-project in Barangary Labo is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS amounting to P1,310,122.00 with P140,00.00 local counterpart from the Barangay Development Fund of Labo.

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 National Community-Driven Development Program.

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Success requires Sacrifice

BSPMC Treasurer Evangeline Curtina (2nd person from the left) during the technical assistance given by MFA Judith Feliciano

by Maria Dina L. Heramis, Municipal Financial Analyst of Medina, Misamis Oriental

Evangeline Curtina, 59, a Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) treasurer and a Bids and Awards Committee head of their community, a mother of 6 children who’s willing to sacrifice her own time and efforts for the success of their 300m Farm-to-Market Road community sub-project in Barangay Bangbang, Medina, Misamis Oriental. This is implemented and funded through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) – National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

This community sub-project, completed in May of 2018, would not have been successful if not for the perseverance and grit of Evangelina and her co-volunteers.

Evangeline said that it was not easy being the BSPMC treasurer, and that it is a big responsibility and very challenging. Despite all the challenges, she is still grateful for the program’s staff that guided the volunteers on the process by providing technical assistance. Evangeline is also thankful for the series of capability trainings which gave her the confidence, skills, and knowledge necessary in handling such responsibility.

She also said “It was not easy to handle this kind of project especially in doing paper works, audits, completion of attachments for the cheque to be released, disbursements and doing fiduciary work. Through these activities I gained knowledge in every transaction that you have to undergo thorough checking.”

Evangeline is also thankful that the program encourages women participation in the workforce during community sub-project construction.

She says “I am thankful for the help of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS for all the learning they provided to our community even if we are from a remote area. The opportunity and project implemented in our barangay unites us more.”

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintenance.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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4Ps Parent Leader heads Community-Driven Development project

by Michie Lou Cruda, Community Empowerment Facilitator

Being a volunteer is not easy, especially if it is for the progress of a certain community; it needs time, perseverance and heartfelt service. It is rare that we see a person who has the guts to take charge without doubt and hesitation. This is Delia Daung, a 50-year old widow and resident of Barangay Pahindong, Medina, Misamis Oriental.

Delia is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Parent Leader, a barangay records keeper, and the president of Pahindong Women’s Association, and a Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) association leader in their barangay.

Amidst these responsibilities, it did not stop Delia from volunteering in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP). She was chosen as the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson.

“Nagka-interes ko sa Kalahi-CIDSS tungod kay isa kini ka pamaagi nga makatubag sa ubay-ubay nga problema sa among barangay kung gani among barangay maprioridad nga matagaan ug pondo sa programa (I got interested with Kalahi-CIDSS because it’s also an answer to a lot of problems that our barangay is facing, if we will be given fund priority provided by the program) said Delia.

The conduct of the Barangay Participatory Situational Analysis (BPSA) resulted that the people’s main problem is lack of road lighting, which endangers residents, especially at night. To address the problem, their proposed project of the Installation of a 40-unit Solar Street Lights system was granted by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS through the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA) which prioritized their barangay as a recipient of the grant and the local government unit’s counterpart.

Delia, and the rest of the community volunteers of Barangay Pahindong, went through challenges that made them question their individual capacities – some even questioned Delia’s leadership skills, this almost made Delia give up the BSPMC chairmanship.

However, Delia managed to continue working and collaborating with her co-volunteers and together, they have resolved their issues to push through the completion of their community sub-project.

The installation of the 40 units solar street lights project was successful through “bayanihan” (communal unity, work, cooperation) of the people, barangay local government and the Municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental.

Delia concludes with the time tested quote “united we stand, divided we fall” and that these experiences taught the people of Medina – to achieve success it is important that individuals possess the necessary qualities of understanding, patience, and respect.

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintenance.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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More Children found new families through Adoption

With the target to place 16 children for adoption in 2018, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 revealed through its Office Performance Contract Evaluation Report that it was able to place out 19 children instead, reaching 118% against its target.

DSWD-10 installs Adoption Help Desks in SM Malls in Cagayan de Oro City to give information regarding legal adoption during the Adoption Consciousness Month in February 2019.

Aldersey Mumar-de la Cruz, Officer-in-Charge Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office 10, said that this accomplishment shows how much effort the DSWD and its partners have worked together to ensure that the orphaned and those children declared as legally available for adoption are placed in families who they can call home.

De la Cruz also says that the DSWD will continue to intensify its advocacy on legal adoption, inviting potential families to consider legal adoption as one of their options in expanding their families.

According to Sean Pamela Balais, the DSWD is also asking the public to be very vigilant against simulation of birth, an illegal activity that manipulates information in birth certificates which eventually affects the true identity of a child. “We are asking the public to report these cases to DSWD, or to their local social welfare and development offices. This is an offense and should not be taken lightly.”

It is the mandate of the DSWD to protect the rights of the children and to ensure that these rights are being carefully respected by the public. xxxcpt

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Widow: Financial assistance, a great help for those in need

Aralyne T. Balbin, 50 of Iligan City cleans an office daily to earn a minimum daily wage to support her extended family.

As a janitor, Aralyne’s income does not meet her family’s needs.

Being the only child of her family, Aralyne took the responsibility of caring for her aged parents, aside from taking care of her grandchildren and her children who are staying with her. The widow supports the family of her unwed children since the latter has no regular source of income.

Infected with bronchial asthma, Aralyne, a solo parent to seven children, has to divide her meager income for the family’s daily sustenance and for her medicines.

Her agony doesn’t stop there. Aralyne’s father is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Her father has been going in-and-out of the hospital due to the infections and complications brought about by the prostate cancer.

Aralyne felt helpless at that time, finding some remedies to help her defray the cost of hospitalization of her father, aside from the fact that she has to support her family’s needs.

Until she learned that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) helps individuals who are in crisis.

DSWD has various programs and services. Under the Protective Services Division are range of interventions to individuals, families, and communities who are in crisis or difficult situations, such as those affected by or vulnerable to disasters.

As such, the provision of Assistance to Individuals/Families in Crisis Situation (AICS). The AICS, enhanced on 2015, is offered to every opened satellite office in every province of Northern Mindanao for it to become more accessible to individual and families in need of assistance due to unexpected crisis such as illness, loss of love ones and other related crisis situation.

Aralyne went to the satellite office in Iligan City to avail of the AICS.

Dako kaayo og ikatabang sa amoa ang AICS, ilabina 76 years old na akong papa ug uban sa akong mga apo nga walay mga papa na naa sa akoa,” she said. (AICS is a big help to us, especially that my father is now 76 years old and my grandchildren who have no father are staying with me).

Aralyne availed of the educational assistance first for her youngest daughter to augment the educational expenses.

“Insakto kaayo nga naa sa Iligan Sattelite Office sa DSWD ang AICS, dili nako kinahanglan moadto’g Cagayan de Oro o sa Tubod aron makakuha ko,” she said. (It was timely that AICS is offered at Iligan Satellite Office of DSWD, I don’t have to go to Cagayan de Oro City or in Tubod, Lanao del Norte to avail of it.) She added that it answers all her prayers to find money for the enrollment of her youngest daughter.

“I had availed of the medical assistance twice a year for my maintenance medicines. Recently, I availed the assistance for my father and grandchild because they were confined in the hospital,” she disclosed.

Aralyne stressed that AICS program of DSWD really help those people who are in need especially those who loss family members which is very important.

“Ang AICS dako kayo katabang labi na sa namat’yan. Pasalamat jud ko naa financial assistance diri sa DSWD,” she confessed. (AICS is a big help, especially for those whose love ones died, I am thankful of DSWD’s financial assistance).

She rated the program from 1-10 as 10 due to her satisfaction to the implementation of the program and the benefits provided by the program.

She hoped AICS provision will be sustained and will be continually implemented to benefit those who are in need and in crisis.


Aralyne Balbin, a utility worker, always wear a smile despite the trials in her life like in this photo with her friends from DSWD Satellite Office in Iligan City. Photos grabbed from Aralyne’s Facebook account.

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DSWD-10 improves Supplementary Feeding Program through Capability Building

Consistent with its mandate and functions, the Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to improve its quality of services and systems, particularly in the implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

Over the years, the clients being served by the SFP and that of other protective programs being implemented by the Department have remarkably increased. The SFP and other protective programs have been intensively implemented to address the social and economic issues on hunger, malnutrition, and even poverty. One of the target beneficiaries of the SFP are those growing children who are in enrolled in day care centers across Northern Mindanao.

In this view, the Department is facing a great challenge in ensuring that such increase of beneficiaries will also pave way for its personnel to be more equipped, more resilient, and more knowledgeable in implementing SFP, and how various system improvements can be done to ensure that program effectiveness and efficiency are considered and prioritized.

Such challenge is addressed through the conduct of “Advocacy on Supplementary Feeding Program among Protective Services Division Staff cum Capability Building and Planning Workshop” which will be held on February 13-15, 2019.

According to Director Aldersey Mumar-dela Cruz, Officer in Charge for the DSWD Field Office 10, the DSWD is advocating the SFP in various external stakeholders, but such cannot be fully effective if its internal staff are not also fully equipped on what SFP hopes to deliver, what it hopes to change, and what impact it hopes to bring to the communities.” The SFP is now on its 8th cycle of implementation, and hundreds of children have been served, communities benefitted. De la Cruz says it is imperative that awareness of the program is strengthened internally so that the DSWD personnel may deliver the program effectively and with efficiency. xxx cpt

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