Archive | November, 2019

Renewed Hope to Dream

One gets easily discouraged when life offers you limited choices. The future does not seem any better for Rolly P. Oracion as he only completed elementary education finding it difficult to find a stable job for himself. His family makes ends meet by loaning in micro-finance institutions and neighbors which gets paid from the corn harvests. During harder times, they are forced to sell their livestock just so that they can buy food to put on their table. 

An opportunity came knocking on their door literally on June 2017. It was the last call for enrollees to the Backhoe HEO NCII Skills Training at Brgy. Minsuro, Manolo Fortich, a Sustainable Livelihood Program Employment Facilitation through Skills Training track project. A worker from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) visited Rolly and his wife Gina at their house and offered them a slot to the aforementioned training. Rolly was hesitant at first because he felt too old to be hired and he has not finished his formal schooling. His wife prodded him to grab this opportunity. He shared that there were times he felt quitting from the training but his wife motivated him to finish it. And finished he did with NCII certification.

Mr. Rolly P. Oracion during the Commencement Exercises held last June 24, 2017 at Manolo Fortich Gymnasium, Municipality of Manolo Fortcih, Bukidnon.
(Photo credits to Mr. Earl Ryan Janubas)

With complete requirements, including a valid driver’s license, he was easily hired by private companies and contractors. His job experiences harnessed his skill in operating a backhoe equipment. After finishing project-based jobs, he finally landed in GAMMA Food Inc. on May 2019 as mainstay operator for regularization within the year. There he earned a daily salary of Php457, complete with health and social pension benefits. 

Mr. Rolly P. Oracion showing off his skills in operating a backhoe equipment at his work area.

Rolly is more than optimistic than ever in facing the challenges ahead of him. He is grateful that they were able to pay off their debts that they can finally start saving for their house renovation and buy a motorcycle which he needs to use to and from his work station. There are times he ends up getting soaked in the rain when going home. For now, he is simply beyond grateful to be employed so as not to worry when they would get money to buy for their meals and daily needs as he has a regular salary every 15 days. 

The Oracion Family. Rolly, standing left most, with his children and wife Gina, standing 3rd from left.

The rest of the family are also doing good on their own. Gina is a Pantawid Parent Leader and President of an SLPA in Brgy. Sto. Niño, which was funded recently this November 4, 2019. The group project is cassava production. His eldest son is also a Backhoe NCII holder and is working at Dahilayan Forest Park as Park Attendant. His eldest daughter is enrolled at National Bukidnon Community College taking up B.S. Business Administration, while their youngest child is an enrolled Grade 10 student at Manolo Fortich National High School. They ascertain that the grants they receive from the Pantawid Program as they comply with the conditions. 
The future is better now for Rolly and he can only say these words “Daghan salamat sa DSWD kay natagaan mi ani nga opportunidad.” (Thank you, DSWD, for giving us this kind of opportunity.)

Walay sapayan, Rolly.

Story and photos contributed by Richie Dangazo, Project Development Officer II

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CDD in ACTION: Translating Numbers and Stories into Impact

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) recently concluded the Community-Driven Development (CDD) in Action Knowledge Exchange Forum, November 19-22, Manila. 

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program of the Philippine government uses the CDD approach that gives communities control over decisions and resources while working in partnership with local government units within the frameworks of participatory governance, transparency and accountability.  

This approach provides a people-centered development assistance, capacity-building, and implementation support to poverty-disadvantaged and disaster-affected municipalities.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is currently advocating for the institutionalization of CDD and aims to introduce the CDD approach to all its partner agencies and institutions to continue the advocacy and the community empowerment brought about by the program.

The Resource Speakers of the forum with DSWD AsecRhea Peñaflor

CDD in Action is participated by select DSWD Regional Staff, academe, other government agencies and civil society organizations. Existing Kalahi-CIDSS policies, initiatives, and accomplishments were presented to strengthen the knowledge management component of the program.

Success stories were also presented; these success stories were composed of people or volunteers who experienced so many challenges while dedicating a good number of years to Kalahi-CIDSS and how they’ve contributed efforts to help their community achieve development and success. 

CDD in Action also featured inspiring lessons as it reflects the hard work and dedication of the communities implementing Kalahi-CIDSS.

Another major highlight of the forum is the sharing of good practices and innovations coming from other regions, partner agencies, organizations and academe.  DSWD Caraga shares their ISO journey and their high quality management system, through a computer application, for them to easily track Kalahi-CIDSS records and data in just one click and less paper.   

The GIS or Geographical Information System amazes the participants of this forum for it is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial geographic data. This is useful for Kalahi-CIDSS in implementing projects in a certain municipality for it allows users to create interactive queries and edit maps and add information on it. It is also useful for disaster response since it allows users to add photos of certain locations who needs rescue operation during calamities.

(from left) DSWD Field Office 10 participants: Roque L. Salvo (Social Marketing Officer), Delia Maravillosa, (Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator), Karlo Alberto De Asis, (Deputy National Program Manager) and Jayjul Delima, (Monitoring and Evaluation Officer).

CDD in Action also gathers organizations and partner agencies who support the advocacy for CDD institutionalization. Among the participants were representatives from the Urban Poor Associates (UPA) who tackles about people’s plan for housing and the community planning introduced by De La Salle University (DLSU), agriculture cooperatives and other farming issues were tackled by PAKISAMA. The youth in sustainable organic agriculture program was discussed by University of Santo Tomas (UST). These topics were eye-openers and will contribute to the communities having a similar objective as the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program which is to empower communities.

Regional Stories on local governance and the Municipal Talakayan were also presented that participants may have a bigger picture of the core functions of Kalahi-CIDSS in developing and empowering communities nationwide. The CDD in Action Knowledge Exchange Forum is full of learnings and unites organizations and agencies in advocating the concept of community-driven development.

This forum may serve as one of the key advocacy activities for DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS CDD Institutionalization in the hopes of reaching more communities to empower and to realize the core functions of the program.  

DSWD National Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Abigail De la Cruz shared her synthesis of the said forum.

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DSWD Field Office 10 sends team, relief goods to augment DSWD operations in Regions 11, 12

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 (DSWD FO 10) sent food and non-food items on November 1, 2019 to DSWD Field Office 11 and 12 to augment the on-going response efforts of the agency for the internally displaced families affected by a series of earthquakes that shook parts of Mindanao.

Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang immediately ordered to send an 11-man augmentation team to help the response efforts of the national government and the local government unit in Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

The team, composed of social workers and an engineer, among others facilitated the distribution of goods for the displaced families. The team has also established evacuation camps in some villages of Bansalan. Psycho-social interventions to children, women, men, and other vulnerable sectors inside the evacuation camps were introduced to help the displaced families overcome traumatic experiences brought about by the earthquake.

Director Libang also thanked the offices of Cagayan de Oro Councilor Joyleen Mercedes “Girlie” Balaba and Barangay 21 Chairperson Gilda “Gigi” Go for facilitating the transportation of all items from DSWD Field Office 10 to DSWD Field Office 12.

As of today, DSWD Field Office 10 delivered 8,700 Family Food Packs, 9,000 drinking kits, 3,000 malongs, and 50 laminated sacks to DSWD Field Office 12 while 3,000 sleeping kits, 5,000 drinking kits, 100 bundles of roof tarpaulin were sent to DSWD Field Office 11.

The DSWD Secretary, Rolando Joselito Bautista, extended his deep appreciation to DSWD staff from all over the country who are always responding to challenges, finding opportunities to help the Filipino people, especially during times of calamities.

Director Libang ensured that DSWD Field Office 10 will continue to augment food and non-food items to DSWD Field Offices 11 and 12 until the displaced families will live back to normalcy after the disaster.

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