DSWD Centers and Institutions Staff Acknowledged for Exemplary Performance

With two of its residential care facilities garnering Level 2 Accreditation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Standards Bureau – Central Office, the DSWD Field Office 10 staff are thankful for achieving such certification for the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and the Home for Girls.

Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman presented the Level 2 Accreditation to the Reception and Study Center  for Children (RSCC) and the Home for Girls for passing the standards in the operation and management of the Regional Office ran institutions. The accreditation was awarded last January 13, 2014 at a simple rights during the Monday Convocation at DSWD, Central Office, Batasang Pambansa, Constitution Hills, Quezon City. Present during the awarding were DSWD Field Office 10 director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, CESO III and Ms. Virginia Mayol-Cardona, SWO IV (RSCC Center Head and Center Monitor for the Home for Girls).

Director Solamillo congratulated everyone behind the success of the accreditation, and the Director was also confident that the Level 2 accreditation would be maintained with confidence, especially of how the Regional staff are performing, and how proficient management staffs are.

DSWD FO X is the only regional office awarded with the Level 2 Accreditation among all the Department-Managed centers all over the country, and is the first ever to be awarded with such accreditation; a feat that the DSWD Field Office 10 staff are very much proud of. Director Solamillo has even challenged the Centers Staff and Management to aim higher and go for a Level 3 accreditation, a challenge the Centers and Institutions gladly accepted. The Director has pledged whatever is needed to accomplish such accreditation in the coming future.

The Reception and Study Center for Children is a child-caring institution that provides services to abandoned, neglected and/or surrendered children 0-6 years of age. The primary aim of the center is to help the child achieve survival, development and rehabilitation while the Home for Girls is a residential facility that provides protection, care, treatment and rehabilitation to abused and exploited girls below 18 years old. The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and the Home for Girls are located at the DSWD FO 10 compound, Mastersons Avenue, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

Written by Marko Davey D. Reyes (Social Marketing Officer-CDD) and Ms. Virginia Mayol-Cardona, SWO IV (RSCC Center Head and Center Monitor for the Home for Girls).

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Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 10 Community Driven-Development (CDD) Program staffs are undergoing Basic Computer Aided Drafting and Creation of Civil 3D Models Training at Chali Beach Resort, Cagayan de Oro City.

Engineers of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), the CDD Program of the Department, from the Regional Project Management Office (RPMO), and Deputy Area Coordinators (DAC)/Municipal DAC are currently undertaking the said training to enhance their skills in operating the program that would come handy in preparing plans and layouts of the different sub-projects they are and will be working on.

The 4-day training (January 20 – 24, 2014) is being conducted to ensure able CDD staff manning the CDD implementation in the region. As the field office awaits for the finalization of the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), all necessary preparations are being done to capacitate CDD staffs preparing them of the challenges ahead.

As of the moment, the CDD Program is now focusing on the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) implementation in the region. 8 municipalities are implementing the PAMANA Project in the region, all of which are in the province of Lanao del Norte.  PAMANA is the National Government’s program and framework for peace and development which is implemented in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. It is now in partnership with Kalahi-CIDSS. It’s implementation is geared at ensuring that the government can now push on the delivery of basic needs to municipalities/barangays affected by armed conflict in the region by focusing on the needs of the community.

Written by Marko Davey Reyes – Social Marketing Officer (Kalahi-CIDSS)

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“My life has but one purpose; I was born to CARE, SHARE and SERVE.”

– Mrs. Tomasa Baptista Galbinez

“The greatest heart is that of a volunteer.” Often times, people seldom overlook gallant acts of kindness and selflessness. There are dire times that people step up and accept challenges without having to be recognized for deeds of such great heights. These people get to do the job without being compensated; all because they have the heart to serve.  Indeed a heart of a volunteer is unique especially if their intentions for volunteering are noble.

Mrs. Tomasa B. Galbinez wakes up at 4:30 AM, prepares breakfast for her husband and son, freshens up, and by 7:00 AM goes to the Kapit-Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) sub-project site at Barangay Poblacion, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. This is her daily routine from Monday to Friday, a common day for her, and definitely for a majority of working wives all over the country.  But what is unique about what she does is that she is working as a volunteer for the Kalahi-CIDSS Project, and wait, here comes the unique part – she is an 83 year-old retired teacher. Now, could anyone say that her daily routine is a typical day, just like everybody else’s day?

Nana, as she is fondly called in their barangay, started volunteering for Kalahi-CIDSS in 2010 (Kapatagan’s first cycle implementation of the program), and has since been a volunteer for three cycles for three years. “When I first heard of the project during the municipal orientation in 2010, I was excited to be part of it. It was unique. At my age, I was hoping that there was something I would be able to do. When I was asked to be part of the volunteer’s pool, without any hesitation I said YES,” Nana said.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the banner projects of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that utilizes the Community-Driven Development strategy in implementing sub-projects in the community. Through the project, the community is given an opportunity to address their most pressing needs and problems with a solution that they themselves would work on. The project allows communities to handle the funds for the project that would solve their problems and community volunteers are utilized to have a hands-on experience in implementing the sub-projects.

“I could still remember how people told me that volunteering would be a bad idea since I am already old. I could still remember how our neighbor, who was also our schools superintendent before I retired, told me – Tomasa, are you really serious with your decision on volunteering for the project? Maybe you would be the cause why the project won’t work out for our barangay. When he passed away, while looking at him on his coffin, I jokingly told him, – look who’s still up and at it, superintendent,” Nana shared.

Nana was chosen as the Monitoring and Inspection Team head for the first cycle.  It was something she was comfortable with. The members of her team respect her, this is why even at her age, members of her team still look up to her capacity to lead.  “I spent my days monitoring work in the field. Amidst the hot rays of the sun and cold pouring rain, we endured it just so we could finish our job on time. They called me the team janitor because I spent a lot of time cleaning up the mess we left behind while working on the field, Nana said.

It was fulfilling on the part of Nana to be part of the program. For her, service was a way of life. After spending more than 37 years in teaching, she said that she has never felt more important than serving as a volunteer for Kalahi-CIDSS.  “My life has but one purpose; I was born to CARE, SHARE and SERVE other people.  That is why I loved teaching so much, because I get to be part of the lives of my students. Now, Kalahi has paved another way for me to share my life for an important purpose and this is to help our barangay,” Nana added.

Through the Kalahi-CIDSS project, volunteers are exposed to different trainings to capacitate them in carrying out the job needed in the project implementation. One funny thing Nana shared was that because of the engineering seminars she had with the project, she was turned into an overnight engineer.  “I would remember meddling with the laborers in the field working with our Drainage Canal Sub-Project. I would tell them to place the bigger rocks on the base to strengthen the canal.  They would just laugh and say yes, Madam Engineer,” Nana shared.

“Kalahi-CIDSS was really important to us. It provided a solution to our worsening flooding problems. But more than that, it gave each and every one of us something life-changing. It showed us that we had something more than what we had; that we possessed something special, and that what we really needed was to trust ourselves that we are capable of doing incredible things,” Nana said.

During the three cycles of Kalahi-CIDSS in the municipality, Barangay Poblacion has been prioritized all because the volunteers believed that they were capable of handling a multi-million project; regardless of their age, sex, educational background, and religion.  In all 3 cycles, Nana led the Project Implementation Team in ensuring that the quality of work provided by every laborer and volunteer was close to perfection.

“I maybe old but I never gave in to the notion that old people are incapable of doing amazing things. 83 is just a number, I never feel that I am old. In fact, I feel happier and younger with what I do. I am 83 and I love every bit of it. What matters is that I have a young heart and a young mind that keeps me going.  I am proud to be a volunteer. At least I get to have the chance to impart my life to something significant not just for me, but for other people,” Nana said.

Volunteers are supposed to be young and agile. Volunteers are supposed to be strong and fast. Nana discredits these notions. What she says is critical is one’s heart. “A TRUE VOLUNTEER IS SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING TO SERVE REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES.”

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One of the necessary issues guaranteed in the implementation of any of the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects is the supervision and quality control practices that definitely have a very big impact in the completion of a certain sub-project.  The Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) ensures that those working for the sub-projects have the necessary knowledge and skill to guarantee the best quality of work possible.

The Kalahi-CIDSS program invests on empowering the community through volunteerism.  A hefty amount is provided to communities to work on sub-projects that would answer their most pressing needs.  It is a big thing that the money does not go to waste.  And with the mobilization of volunteers to work on the sub-projects, it is really a risk for the quality and supervision of the sub-project to be compromised.

Engr. Johnny V. Eman, chosen by the community to head their Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project as the Barangay Sub-Project Management Council Chairman for Barangay Solinog, Calamba, Misamis Occidental,  willingly accepted the challenge. Having no experiences, whatsoever, in being part of any government projects, Engr. Eman was ready to face any challenges for his endeavor with the Kalahi-CIDSS project (AusAID-funded sub-project) of one (1) Day Care Center unit. One thing that encouraged him to do so was the promise of the KC RPMO that technical assistance will surely be provided to the volunteers.

Overseeing for the implementation, Engr. Eman was all hype having to be in a field he has loved for so long and missed of doing. Construction was a significant part of his life working as a Project Engineer for RALS Contraction at Dubai, United Arab Emirates for two (2) years. Being back working for the KC project, he was excited because he is confident that he will be able to do the job properly, and that he could also share his knowledge and skills to the other volunteers.

First off for Engr. Eman was that, even if the sub-project being worked on was fundamentally basic, he wanted to ensure that the supervision and quality control practices were following standard methodology.  Everyone was to follow the basic requirements for construction.  Simple stuffs like wearing of proper personal protective equipment, proper storage of construction materials, maximized use of materials (least possible wastage of materials especially those that require cutting of steel bars, plywood, etc.) were given utmost attention.

Engr. Eman ensured that all those working for the project was able to follow these protocols for their own good. The necessary knowledge and skills acquired in the implementation would go a long way for these volunteers, this is why Engr. Eman invested on these things. He said that what is more important than the finished Day Care Center for the children was the experience of the volunteers. The learning’s they would have with their endeavor with Kalahi-CIDSS would be a stepping stone for future engagement.

The Kalahi-CIDSS program is more than a project which provides infrastructure for access to basic social services. Its main agenda is to empower individuals in the community to be self-reliant, one thing that Engr. Eman understands. Following supervision and quality control practices may be a simple matter, but would definitely go a long way for these volunteers.

Kalahi-CIDSS may be implemented in the most far-flung areas of the country, but this does not mean that things are done differently.  The RPMO ensures that basic methodologies are followed at the frontline of work.  The same practices are followed to ensure the same success. The Kalahi-CIDSS FO-X RPMO would go the extra mile to safeguard not just the results of the project implementation, but also the positive learning and experiences of the KC volunteers and beneficiaries.

Written by Marko Davey D. Reyes – Social Marketing Officer (Kalahi-CIDSS)

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KAUSABAN (CHANGE) A Poem by Tomasa Baptista Galbinez (Kalhi-CIDSS Volunteer)


Drainage Canal dugay nang gihandum, nahuman karong adlawa

Pagidusar, pagdawat ang seremonyas

Ikaw, ako, kitang tanan nabulahan

Bag-ong terminal, bag-ong merkado dili na mabahaan.

(Drainage Canal, long been dreamt of; just been completed today

Turned-over, accepted during the ceremony

Surely, you and I, and everybody else will all be fortunate of

New terminal and new market will never be flooded again)


Drainage Canal daghan sakit gi-hipos.

Dengue, Hilanat, psoriasis, kagid, gilatos.

Schistosomiasis, dako nga tiyan gipahuyos.

Uban pang mga sakit iyang gipus-pos, gilutos.

(Drainage Canal fixing problems of sicknesses

Spanking dengue, fever, psoriasis and skin diseases.

Schistosomiasis, enlarged stomachs deflated

Other sickness bashed, other sickness whacked)


Drainage Canal dakong naitabang.

Ang huyong-huyong gihimong kamad-an.

Baho nga tubig, lapok, gikankan.

Gidala sa suba, gibanlas sa kadagatan.

(Drainage Canal a tremendous help

Soft muddy areas dried in no time

Foul smelling water, mud, excavated

Brought into the rivers, splashed into the seas)


We see the change around us.

A choice, clearly we were not mistaken.

We thank the Lord for giving us a chance

To choose drainage canal, we needed, the most important.


Miabot ang laing hinabang nga mao ang eskwelahan.

Pasilungan ang mga magtutudlo ug ang kabataan.

Dinhi ibu-bo ang kaalaman, isilsil ang maayong pamatasan.

Daghang Salamat sa AusAID among gipahumslan

Ikalipay namo uban sa mga ginikanan.

(Here comes another aid, a school building

Providing shade to teachers and students alike

Here is where knowledge will be dispensed, good conduct, inculcated

Thanks to AusAID, we will surely benefit of

All of us including the parents are rejoicing. )


Maraming Salamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa himala.

Salamat sa volunteers at mga mangagawa.

Init at ulan hindi namin pinansin

Alikabok, baho, putik aming tiniis.

(Thank you so much Kalahi-CIDSS of the miracle

Thank you to all the volunteers and workers

We never gave in to the heat of the sun and the pouring rain

Enduring dusts, foul smells, and muddiness.)


Walay sapayan, kaning kalidsod among giagian,

Pagalagad ug serbisyo nga gikinahanglan

Aron molambo ug mausab ning Kapatagan.

Panginoong Diyos imo kaming gitabangan, Salamat sa tanan.

(Thanks to the hardship we have gone through

We endured the work and services needed

To ensure growth and development in Kapatagan

Lord God you helped and provided for us, we thank you for everything.)


Ang panginabuhian mi sulbong.

Daghan nang mga hayop, daghan nang mga tanom.

Minus na ang sakit, wala nay taong ga tikongkong.

Maayong panglawas, daghang makaon, milambo na ang panahon.

(Livelihood is in full bloom

Livestock and vegetation are a boom

Sickness has been limited, no one is in pain and suffering

Good times are rolling, we have good health, and abundance of food.)


Mabuhay Kalahi-CIDSS project, magpadayon.

Mabuhay Kapatagn, daghan kausaban.

(Long live Kalahi-CIDSS, keep it up.

Long live Kapatagan, continue progressing.)


– The Auhor, Mrs. Tomasa Baptista Galbinez is a retired elementary English teacher from Brgy. Poblacion, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. At the ripe age of 83, she is still an avid volunteer for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) for Brgy. Poblacion. This poem was delivered during the Cycle 3 Inauguration of their Drainage Canal Sub-project and their AusAID-funded One classroom building where Mrs. Galbinez was asked to share her experience in volunteering for the project.



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The Department of Social Welfare and Development has made it to a point that regardless of the issues being thrown at the institution, it is being dealt by showing how successful programs are being implemented, and how transparent transactions are dealt with. In fact, in Region X, the management has clearly maximized all programs to subsidize all beneficiaries by employing qualified and competent workers. To do so, the management, with the constant supervision of the Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, has made sure all workers are knowledgeable of all the programs offered by the department in the region.

Workers from top positions to the bottom are comprehensively informed of the progress of the programs and important matters that has something to do with ensuring that regional operations are at its best.

The Convergence Strategy of maximizing impact of the three Anti-Poverty Programs of the Department, namely, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4 P’s), the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP, formerly known as SEA-K) or the TATSULO Program is at full swing at ensuring that people who deserve government aid are reached by programs that would address their needs. A true testament to this is the municipality of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

In 2008, the municipality had gone through a serious ordeal when Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels attacked civilians in Muslim and Christian barangays in the municipality. War broke out in Lanao del Norte and the people were the biggest losers in the battle.  The little progress that the municipality felt had a set-back because of the conflict. With the entry of the TATSULO Program, problems brought about by the forgettable incidents of 2008 will now be dealt with.

The Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA Program is a project of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) program geared at aiding armed conflict areas by providing them necessary sub-projects to bring them back on track on progress. It is being managed by the DSWD through the Community-Driven Development Program of the Department, the Kalahi-CIDSS. Through the program, barangays are given the opportunity to deal with problems brought about by the armed conflict issues in the area. All thirteen barangays of the municipality have benefited from twelve sub-projects (Brgy. Libertad and Brgy. Tacub had a merged water system project) for the PAMANA Cycle 1 implementation.

As of the moment, the municipality is implementing the PAMANA Cycle 2, which will then again provide their different barangays with means to deal with the problems of armed conflict and the different effects it has brought to the lives of the people of Kauswagan.

The Municipality is also benefitting from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).  There are a total of two thousand seventy-four (2,074) beneficiaries of the program distributed in six (6) sets and a hundred and seventy-three (173) of these beneficiaries are under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer – Extended Age Coverage Program, where beneficiaries or families with children 15-17 are still provided cash grants for their continuing schooling needs.

The 4Ps is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, particularly families with children aged 0 to 14 years old. Pantawid Pamilya provides cash grants to beneficiaries provided that they comply with the set of conditions required by the program. The program provides immediate relief from difficulties that often push families to sacrifice their future to survive the present. It aims at putting an end to the inter-generation of poverty that a lot of Filipino families are facing.

Lastly, Kauswagan also benefits from the Sustainable Livelihood Program through the Bottom up Budgeting Program (BUB) in the municipality. The SLP implements and manages funds of the BUB. Through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, 340 beneficiaries (households/groups) have benefitted from Php 3,400,000 worth of livelihood capital and benefitted from SLP trainings on livelihood sustainability and compatibility.

Kauswagan went through a troubled past. But the future is bright for the people of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte all because the government, through the different programs of the department tries to ensure that the municipality be steered back to its former glory. The Department of Social Welfare and Development will ensure just that through the partnership with the provincial local government unit of Lanao del Norte and the municipal local government unit of Kauswagan. Because of this, all hope is restored for Kauswagan.

Written by: Marko Davey D. Reyes – Social Marketing Officer (Kalahi-CIDSS)

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With the on-going issues we have with corruption in the government and with intrigues on government expenditures, especially in national agencies, one could wonder if whether there is still but one politician or government agency who/that is still true to their calling.

People say that once you are part of a blemished system, you also get to be infected; soiled.

With these things at hand, it is now a priority of government agencies to clear their names of any negative image, or distance themselves from the issues by clearing their ranks of employees whose names are being dragged onto the issue, or just by keeping mum about the issues.

But what better way to prove all detractors wrong than to show how successful programs are being implemented by being transparent.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) deals about this matter.  The Community-Driven Development strategy of the program allows a multi-stakeholder approach in the project implementation; opening all doors to just about everyone who gets to benefit from the various sub-projects of the program.

In this manner, various organizations/bodies (Civic Society Organizations, Non-Government Organizations, Peoples Organizations, Local Government Units, National Agencies) get to be part of the project implementation primarily as Bantay (Watchdogs – geared at preventing corruption), Gabay (Guide – provide technical support to the department), Tulay (Bridge – link between the department and the various target sectors), Kaagapay (Partners in implementing various programs or projects). The multi-stakeholder approach encourages people or groups to ensure that the project implementation is on the right track, achieving all goals.

Pilar Jimenez Bonete, Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) Chair for Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, is an avid partner of the project.  One could never miss her on the sub-project sight of Barangay Kawit Oriental, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. Supported by her aluminum walker, she steadfastly monitors the construction of the 300 linear meters Farm to Market Road PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) sub-project; doing her part as an advocate for transparent governance.

“I am glad of the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA project in our municipality.  We get to be part of the implementation, especially in the monitoring.  We senior citizens may be old, but we can still function in our society very well”, Mrs. Bonete Said.

Mrs. Bonete is a retired teacher in Kauswagan, serving for more than 30 years, and ending her career in teaching as principal for Kauswagan Elementary School. Her advocacy to empower senior citizens earned her an award from the Coalition of Elderly Services in 2011; the only awardee from Mindanao that year.

“As the chair for OSCA in Kauswagan, I have been working with the DSWD especially in the payout for the Social Pension Program.  I always offer my help, especially in locating those members who are unable to be present in the payout. But what I do for the PAMANA project is another matter. I serve as a partner for the implementation. Our organization serves as guardians to ensure transactions are transparent”, Mrs. Bonete said.

Another member of OSCA, Mrs. Efigencia S. Jumawan, Federated Secretary for Kauswagan, partners with Mrs. Bonete overlooking KC-PAMANA sub-projects. She admires the enthusiasm of Mrs. Bonete in partnering with the DSWD to ensure that the PAMANA implementation is on the right track.

“Day in, day out she is out on the field monitoring the PAMANA sub-projects. She even checks documents at the Barangay Sub-Project Management Office to ensure that funding for the project are well managed, Mrs. Jumawan said.

“It is about the right time that the government allows groups outside the national government realm, such as our Senior Citizen group, to take part in the implementation of government projects. The money used in these projects is tax payer’s money, and that includes my money. So it is just fair that we take part in monitoring where our money is spent on; whether properly or anomalously”, Mrs. Bonete said.

The Kalahi-CIDSS Project upholds the right of all stakeholders in the implementation of the project. This is one way of ensuring that the community, the local government units, organizations in the community and other agencies are empowered of the process the project adheres to.

The Kalahi-CIDSS project believes that a united effort is critical in achieving growth and development and defeating the problems of poverty; the more hands working on the project, the easier to achieve the different goals that would address the problems of the community.

Thanks to people like Mrs. Pilar Jimenez Bonete who stepped up to ensure that people get to have their money’s worth; tax payers are ensured that their taxes are spent on legitimate projects.  Transparency is one of the principles of Kalahi-CIDSS, something that the project implementers are apparently serious on.

Written by: Marko Davey D. Reyes – Social Marketing Officer (Kalahi-CIDSS)

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Ms. Helen D. Mabanta is a mother of five. With her meager income from her small backyard farm and her husband, Rolando’s income from working for the Cash-For-Work program of the Department of Public Works and Highways, they have tried providing their kids their basic needs, especially with their educational necessities.

The couple is proudest of their achievements, especially that with their little income, they have endured sending all children to school. Their eldest son, Helkent, was able to graduate as a caregiver from UHA Caregiver Training Center. Their eldest daughter, Helqueen, is currently taking up Criminology at Iligan Capitol College.

Their three other children, Hero King, 4th year student at the Marcela T. Mabanta Memorial National High School, Hero Kris, 1st year, also from MTMM NHS, and Heart Queencess, grade 3 from Libertad Elementary School are all covered by the 4Ps. A thing that the couple says is a “breath of fresh air” for them since the program gets to shoulder the expenses for their schooling.

At first, the family was very glad that they get to be part of the Pantawid Pamilya program. Helen attests that the program not only helped them financially, but also helped them to be better parents, especially with the Family Development Sessions (FDS) they have.

“Through the FDs, my husband and I have learned a lot, especially with improvements we need to raise a better family.  I know it is required of us to take part of the sessions but later on, we saw it as something important, and whether it was not a requirement, I would definitely still participate,” Ms. Helen said.

With the learning they had with the FDS, Ms. Helen immediately ensured that their family capitalized on it.  She and her children then started to build a backyard garden, since one of the sessions they had was with self-sufficiency. The backyard garden, later on, awarded as Best Backyard Garden for their Barangay Libertad during their town fiesta in 2012.

It was also in 2012 that the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, (managed by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) was implemented in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

“Not in a hundred years would I ever imagine having to win an award all because I have taken care of my family. Through the programs of DSWD, my family and our community has gained a lot of ground in our fight against poverty.  Pantawid took care of our expenses for our children’s schooling and health. And through Kalahi-CIDSS, I have learned to trust myself because now I am confident to face other people and be part of an activity and accept responsibilities in running something, as what I have gone through with Kalahi-CIDSS.  Kalahi-CIDSS has indeed molded me into a leader and taught me to face responsibilities with confidence,” Ms. Mabanta shared.

Ms. Helen also shared that it is not only through Pantawid Pamilya that her children have benefited from the DSWD. She said that her youngest child has also been a recipient of the Supplementary Feeding Program of the Department. The DSWD monitors the standard of Day Care Center operations in all the barangays in Kauswagan (including Brgy. Libertad, where the Mabanta Family are from) and complements the Supplementary Feeding Program of the local government unit. 640 day care students have been served for this year alone.

Aside from the Tatsulo Program or the three Anti-Poverty flagship programs of the Department, the DSWD has also strengthened the implementation/operation and management of the other programs of the department all over the region. In Kauswagan, the people in the municipality has also been well taken-care off with the Social Protection Programs of the Department.

Written by: Marko Davey D. Reyes – Social Marketing Officer (Kalahi-CIDSS)

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