FEATURE: Visually Impaired Father, a certified Electrician


Mark Lester T. Echeveria, a certified Electrician from Barangay Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon

Mark Lester T. Echeveria, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary and a father of four children, now works as an Electrician in J.V. Angeles Construction Company in Sumilao, Bukidnon, after passing the NC II Assessment Exam on Electrical Installation Maintenance conducted by 1 AND ALL Technical School, one of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s partner schools in providing Technical Vocational Skills Training under the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Echeveria lost his one eye due to an accident he incurred years back in line of duty. “Usa ka dagkong pag sulay ang niabot sa akong kinabuhi, ang maoy nakapawala sa akong paglaom kadtung nadisgrasya ko sa motor, nga maoy hinungdan nga gikuha ang akong pikas mata aron dili maapektuhan ang akong pikas mata (one of the most devastating and demotivating experienced I had in life happened when I incurred an accident that resulted to removal of my one eye to retain the other)”, he narrates. Because of this, Echeveria lost confidence and quit work for about a year.

“Miabot ang mga kahigayonan, usa ka programa nga gi pangulohan sa DSWD na libre nga skwela sa kahanas, pero nag duha-duha ko tungod kay baldado ko, daghan kaayo ang akong mga pangutana sa akong kaugalingon, unsay makuha nako niini, makatabang ba ni sa akong pamilya, (when the opportunity knocks through the DSWD’s free technical vocational skills training, I had doubts whether to take it or not, I even asked myself what’s in it for me or will it benefit my family)”, he tells. But in the in the end, “everything was worth it”, Echeveria adds. “Ang akong pangandoy nga maka graduate ug mkasul-ob sa toga ako ng naangkon (my dream to graduate and wear toga came to reality)”, he says with pride.  

Echeveria now feels confident that he will be able to provide for his family despite his impairment because of government’s untiring intervention and support. “Mao nang dagko gyud ang akong pasalamat sa gobyerno ilabi na sa DSWD ug sa 1 AND ALL Techncial School (this is why I am very grateful to the government especially to DSWD and 1 AND ALL Technical School)”, he praises.

Echeveria earns about eight thousand pesos a month apart from overtime pays and benefits.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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FEATURE: An Out of School Youth shapes her own livelihood

Rofa Mae Halina, an Out of School Youth

Rofa Mae Halina, an Out of School Youth recipient of Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Technical Vocational Training, from Barangay Tagdu, Mambajao, Camiguin

Rofa Mae Halina, an Out of School Youth from Barangay Tagdu, Mambajao, Camiguin, now owns here very own Homemade Longganisa business after completing a technical course on Food Processing, offered by 1 AND ALL Technical School through the support of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Being the eldest child, Rofa Mae has to sacrifice her studies for her two younger siblings and work harder in order to support their family, after her father became sickly and weak.

“Dagku gyud ang akong pasalamat sa DSWD ug sa 1 AND ALL Technical School tungod kay usa ko sa mga natagaan ani nga training, labi na gyud kay gitagaan pa ko og gamit pangakabuhayan human sa among graduation (I am really thankful to DSWD and 1 AND ALL Technical School for the opportunity they have given me as one of the recipient of this training apart from the start-up kit they have provided us after graduation)”, says Rofa Mae. “Maningkamot gyud ko nga mapalambo ning akong gamay nga negosyo alang-alang sa akong pamilya (I will do my best to improve my business for the benefit of my family), she avows.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation. It gives significant priority to the youth being the hope of the future generation, similar to the 1 AND ALL Technical School whose mission, is to develop responsible and effective citizens to make significant contribution to the workforce that would eventually improve the livelihood of every community.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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PHOTO: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate their Graduation

Indigenous Peoples Celebrate their Graduation

Indigenous Peoples Celebrate their Graduation

Manobo and Umayamnon Tribes celebrate their Graduation Day along with other one hundred thirty Indigenous Peoples who are recipient of the MCCT-IP or the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development on May 18, 2016 in the municipality of Quezon, Bukidnon. This was made possible through the support of 1 And All Technical School our partner institution for this particular project. The graduates completed technical courses like Driving NCII, Housekeeping NCII, Food processing NCII and Computer Hardware Servicing NCII. (Photo by Leah Viray, SLP Provincial Coordinator, DSWD)

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DSWD field workers convergence initiatives


A group photo with the DSWD Provincial Operations Office – Bukidnon headed by Mr. Christopher Capinpin, Provincial Link, taken last May 12, 2016 in BSU Auditorium, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon during the Culmination Night of the 5th Year Anniversary (Photo by Carlo Gamboa)

Malaybalay City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Provincial Operations Office – Bukidnon commemorates its 5th year anniversary on May 10, 2016. This event is a celebration introduced by the provincial office under the leadership of Mr. Christopher Capinpin, the Provincial Link. “This initiative began in 2011 from a simple gathering of the provincial staffs, until it later extends to the field workers”, Capinpin narrates. “The event aims to strengthen the camaraderie between and among the field workers through team-building activities and hopefully create a more positive working environment leading towards better delivery of services to our partner beneficiaries”, Mr. Capinpin says.

The team-building activities include Sports Fest / Competition, allowing each municipality creates their very own teams for a friendly competition against the other areas. Each teams comprise of staffs working from various programs of DSWD like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, KALAHI-CIDSS and others. Like any other competition, winners from each sports category are rewarded with trophies, medals and some cash prizes.

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Lighting of the Torch by Mr. Stephen Lim, Grievance Officer and Sports Fest Committee Head, to begin the Sports Event (Photo by Carlo Gamboa)


“Tip-off” Basketball Final Game between San Fernando Team and Team POO where San Fernando bags the Championship (Photo by Jamila Taha, DSWD)

To magnify convergence initiatives, the event also featured the Search for Mr. and Ms. Convergence 2016, were selected candidates are expected to embody DSWD core values that includes respect for human dignity, integrity and service excellence and becomes a catalyst of convergence.


Mr and Miss Convergence 2016 Keith Young and Gretchen Jimenez (Photo by Carlo Gamboa)

Apart from team-building activities, the provincial office also sends out various certificates of recognition and awards to all hardworking men and women in the field as a sort of motivation and encouragement to consistently thrives and be better public servants. “All deserving staffs who have worked above par expectations are rewarded, not to undermine the others but mostly to inspire them to improve and continue the good work they are doing”, Capinpin adds.

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Awarding of Certificate to Maramag Convergence Team with Mr. Christopher Capinpin and Rodeth Lozano (Photo by Carlo Gamboa)

This particular convergence activity is peculiar to this province among the four other provincial offices of the region, as it is the only DSWD Provincial Operations Office that observes such activity. Mr. Capinpin says this event overall serves as a thanksgiving gathering of all convergence staffs who have endured challenges in their respective areas and eventually surpass them and deliver quality service to the public.


Manolo Fortich Convergence Team (photo by Carlo Gamboa)

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FEATURE: A Mother, All-in for Development

Maribel's small business

“Arieng’s Kakanins”, Maribel’s small business in Barangay San Jose, Mahinog, Camiguin (Photo by: 1 And All Technical School)

“Sa mga lumipas na panahon, natutunan ko na ang pagtaguyod ng pamilya ay tulad din ng pamamahala ng gobyerno, na nangangailangan ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan upang makamit ang tagumpay (over the years, I learned that managing a family is like managing a government, it needs unity and cooperation to succeed), says Maribel Vertudazo, a 47 year old mother of ten children from the Island of Camiguin. She claims to have learn this over her years of experience being a community volunteer to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s KALAHI-CIDSS program and as a Pantawid grantee.

“Being a community volunteer taught me to be strong and creative in dealing with various types of people”, says Maribel. “While the Pantawid Pamliyang Pilipino Program is providing aide to my children’s need, I also get to improve our family income through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, an all-in privilege indeed”, she adds.

In early days

In early days, Mrs. Maribel’s family was challenged after a near-death encounter of her husband who was once a member of the Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO) most commonly known as “Barangay Tanod” of Barangay San Jose, Mahinog, Province of Camiguin. Accordingly, her husband was stabbed 5 times in vital parts of his body which he has to undergo vigorous surgery to survive. “Isa ka bulan mi nagpuyo sa ospital tungod sa operasyon sa akong bana, ang iyang tambal kulang ang dos mil kada-adlaw, naglisod gyud ko ato unsaon pagbayad sa mga galastuhon (because of his surgery, we were confined in the hospital for a month, his medicines cost two thousand pesos more or less every day, it was devastating considering we do not have enough money to pay for the expenses, I didn’t know how to survive that)”, she narrates.

But because of her awareness to DSWD programs, she was able to seek for medical assistance and other support to aid their needs. “Nagpasalamat gyud ko sa DSWD kay wala gyud ko gibalibaliran panahon sa among kalisod, (I was thankful to DSWD because they didn’t fail us in times of our struggle”, she affirms.

Moving forward

Although Mr. Virtudazo survived the incident, his vital organs was severely weakened that in result he is prohibited to do heavy lifting jobs or any heavy works for that matter. “Pero ang akong bana gadawat gihapon ug ginagmay nga trabaho sa basakan, pangtustos sa among pagkaon kay inadlaw man iyang abot (but my husband now accepts farm labor works on a daily basis or on call basis were he earns a penny just to support our daily need for food”, Maribel says.

Given the circumstances, Mrs. Maribel has to look for other source of livelihood, she has to earn as well to support her family. Even though most of her children has families of their own, she still have four minor children to attend to.

Three of her children are being monitored under the Pantawid Pamilya program, this means that their education and health needs are supported under this program. “Dagko gyud ang natabang sa Pantawid Pamilya program sa among pamilya kay tungod, tanang panghinaglanon sa akong mga anak sa eskwelahan gitubag na sa programa, dili na kayo ko mamroblema (I am really grateful to the Pantawid Pamilya program because it helped tremendously my children’s needs in school apart from the health benefits, I don’t have to worry too much on this matter)”, she says.

As an added income to her husband, Maribel sells “kakanin” or native Filipino delicacies to their neighborhood.

Community participation leading to development  

Food Processing Training

Hands on Food Processing Training of DSWD-SLP participants by 1 And All Technical School

Moving forward, Maribel continues to be active in DSWD activities, given that she a community volunteer and a Pantawid grantee, she is always informed about the other development programs of the department. When the Sustainable Livelihood Program came in, Maribel knew she has to get involved. Well, she did. She was one of the thirty-four participants from the municipality of Mahinog, who completed the 15-days Food Processing Training provided by 1 and All Technical School for this particular project. “Wala gyud ko nagduha-duha ug apil sa training, labi na kay ganahan ko magluto-luto (I didn’t hesitate to join the training especially because I really like cooking),” she asserts.

For this particular training, the participants were taught on how to process foods, make it presentable and eventually earn from it.

Maribel's Graduation Day

Maribel’s Graduation Day along with thirty-four other participants from Barangay San Jose

“We are more than privileged to be working hand-in-hand with the government particularly in investing to human capital development, a noble approach to improve their livelihood”, says Ms. Joy Co, the President of 1 and All Technical School.

“Our school’s mission is to develop a workforce of responsible and effective citizen to make significant contribution to the manpower demand locally and globally surpassing the requirements of the industries and the community”, “But beyond this, we also want to genuinely help people like Maribel, who are persistent and resilient, who uses her weakness to rise and succeed”, she adds.

“Human sa among training, gitagaan mi nila ug “starter kits”, galingan, blender, kitchen tools, ug uban pang materials para sa food processing, aron makasugod gyud mi ug negosyo (after our training, the school provided us “starter kits” which included grinder, blender, kitchen tools and other materials needed for food processing necessary for us to start our very own business”, she says.

Maribel further affirms that getting involved in community development programs of the government is really important. “Base sa akong mga na-experience isip usa ka community volunteer ug Pantawid grantee, daghan gyud kog natun-an (based on my experiences as community volunteer and Pantawd grantee, I have learned a lot of things)”, she tells. She confirmed that apart from the technicalities she learned from being a volunteer, she has also evolved as a woman. As a wife and a mother, she now understands the importance of communication and cooperation in sustaining harmonious relationship among families. Most of all, she feels confident about herself.

In her final statement, Maribel emphasized, “kitang tanang pwede mahimong instrumento alang sa kalambuan sa atong nasod (all of should take part in developing our nation, we can be instruments of change)”.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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DSWD Welcomes New Partner in Community Development


Director Nestor B. Ramos, awarding the Certificate of Accreditation to Eduardo Bullecer, President and Director of UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc. (Photo by Jamila Taha, DSWD)

Cagayan de Oro City — In in its aim to strengthen  public private relations and widen support to community development, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) awards Certificate of Accreditation to UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc., after having satisfactorily complied with the qualification requirements of a legitimate Civil Society Organization (CSO) pursuant to the Joint Resolution of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Commission on Audit (COA) entitled “Guidelines for Accreditation of CSOs as Implementing Entities of Government or Public Funds”. The accreditation covers the Livelihood and Community Development for Indigenous People for three years from issuance unless suspended or revoked prior to its expiration.

The UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc. (UFI) is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Unifrutti Group Philippines, a Mindanao based conglomeration of agricultural operations prim banana, which started around the Davao Region in 1992, and gradually expanded into Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur. Unifrutti has the distinction of being able to operate in culturally sensitive areas (IP communities) as well as in conflict zones like Maguinanao and Lanao del Sur in ARMM, and even in places outside of ARMM where the NPA’s are actively operating. The foundation also offers scholarship and livelihood programs and support environmental and peace related programs.

“UFI considers itself very privileged to be qualified by the DSWD as a legitimate civil society organization, as an implementing agency of government or public fund.  It commits to wholeheartedly support the DSWD’s Livelihood and Community Development for Indigenous People”, says Eduardo Bullecer, President and Director of UFI.

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DSWD brings employment opportunities closer to the people through the Philippine Employment Service Office

Maramag, Bukidnon — In its aim to improve socio-economic condition of poor families through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, conducts Employment Facilitation of beneficiaries who are graduates of technical courses. This was made possible through the supervision and support of the Philippine Employment Service Office (PESO) in the municipality of Maramag, Bukidnon.

Considering the distance of the communities from the main city of Cagayan de Oro, the department seeks to amplify employment opportunities closer to the people.

“More than the assistance, our goal is to empower our beneficiaries and encourage them to be confident about themselves through participation in community activities”, says Ms. Leah Viray, SLP Provincial Coordinator.


The Employment Facilitation activity, highlighted matching of applicant’s competence vis-à-vis the job offers. Possible placement agencies for either local or international employment were invited for the initial screening of applicants. Subsequent processes will be done by the respective agencies considering the legal processes and bulk of applicants that needs to be reviewed. (Photo by Carlo Gamboa, PDO II, Maramag)

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“Dagko kaayo ang kausaban sa akong kaugalingon, human ko nakagradute ug technical course, confident na ko makig-abi abi sa ubang tawo. Karon pod nga gitagaan ko ug dagkong oportunidad makatabang sa akong bana para sa maayong kaugmaon sa among pamilya. (After earning my certificate in technical course, I feel confident about myself especially in engaging with other people. This employment opportunity is really a blessing for me, to be able to support my husband and earn as well for the future benefit of our family”, says Maricel Reños (Photo by Stephen Lim, Cluster Grievance Officer)

Mrs. Maricel Reños, seeks for local employment to support her husband who works as a farm laborer. Although the education of her two children is being supported under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the income of his husband is not sufficient to support the greater needs of the family.


About 600 beneficiaries coming from the municipality of Maramag and nearby municipalities, join the activity along with participating placement agencies and partner Technical Vocational Institutions. “If only we continue to conduct similar activities, unemployment will be a memory”, says one placement agency representative. (Photo by Carlo Gamboa, PDO II, Maramag)






The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation. It gives significant priority to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in all its interventions since they are considered to be the poorest of the poor as signified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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INFOGFX: Updates on Augmentation Assistance to El Niño Affected Families

Here’s some updates on the Augmentation Assistance for El Niño Affected Families in Region 10.INFO-UPDATE INFO-UPDATE2 INFO-UPDATE3

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