The DSWD Field Office 10 joins in the celebration of the National Anti-Poverty Commission’s observance of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty with the theme, “Working Towards a World Without Discrimination. The Department strengthens the thrusts to overcome problems of poverty with the Tatsulo Program composed of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, as lead agency in protecting the welfare of women and children spearheaded the conduct of a one day forum on R.A. 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2012 and R.A. 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009, on August 30, 2012 at Pearlmont Inn, Cagayan de Oro City.

As Chair of the Regional Inter-Agency Council on Anti-Child Pornography, and Vice-Chair on the Regional Inter-Agency Council for Trafficking in Person, the Department headed the said activity to continue the region’s efforts in eliminating incidents of trafficking and child pornography. Attended by participants from Municipalities of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental, composed of Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Social Workers, Women and Child Protection Desk (WCPD) Police Officers, and selected Barangay Officials with Trafficking in Person cases handled, Internet and Hotel Operators in Cagayan de Oro City, the forum focused on the salient features of the two laws and increased awareness of the participants on their roles in the implementation of preventive, protective, rehabilitative, and reintegration programs and services.

In her welcome message, Assistant Regional Director Aldersey Mumar Dela Cruz (delivering in behalf of the Regionald Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo) emphasized the importance of each of the participants’ role in promoting and implementing the two laws.  She pointed out the need for coordination, collaboration and collective efforts in combating trafficking cases and child pornography incidents and extending preventive programs and services to the community and support system programs to the victims and their families.

The participants were very thankful to the Department for the conduct of the said activity since it has simplified everyone’s roles and responsibilities and promoting the two laws and added up to their knowledge and skills simple protocol procedures in handling cases.  The participants were also up to the challenge of working with partner agencies in promoting the two laws, asserting that a collective work is needed to stop or even limit cases of Trafficking and Child Pornography in the region.

The Forum has clearly defined each and everyone’s part in promoting the laws, clarifying matters which have hindered implementing agencies on acting on cases.  It will be a tall order to deal with, but participants of the activity were positive that the job can be done, as long as everyone does their part in promoting the laws.


By: Marko Davey D. Reyes (Social Marketing Officer / Kalahi-CIDSS) and Ms. Rosanel D. Pague (SWO II)

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The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Region X recently piloted the conduct of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Municipal Evaluation and Orientation in the municipality of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte last August 27-30, 2013. The team, which was led by the Regional Community-Driven Specialist, Roger Alabado was tasked to evaluate the feasibility and practicability of the conduct of the said program in the area.  This in contrast to the peace and order issues threatening the implementation of the PAMANA Program in the area.

A little over four months (April 26, 2013) had passed since an election-related violence occurred in the municipality, where a mayoralty candidate and her entourage was ambushed right after a campaign sortie leaving 13 dead and 10 hurt, including women and children.  This has led to the deferment of the project implementation which was supposed to have started long before the conduct of the local elections of 2013.  This has prompted the Kalahi-CIDSS RPMO to ensure the peace and order situation and other definitive matters that would put the field staff at risk of any danger before pushing through with the PAMANA implementation.

The Municipal Orientation was conducted on August 27, 2013, which was attended by the municipal mayor, Hon. Abdul Manamparan II, municipal vice-mayor Atty. Abdul Malik Manamparan, members of the Sanguniang Bayan, barangay captains, municipal employees, and community members.  The LGU and the community have showed eagerness to start with the implementation since it has been delayed due to past incidents that have been cause for postponement.

Field assessment was also done with the conduct of barangay assessment/visitation, on August 28-29, 2013, led by the Regional Infrastructure Assistant Engineer (Kalahi-CIDSS), Engr. Ruel Paguia, and Regional Infrastructure Assistant Engineer (PAMANA), Engr. Gary Santa.  Noted during the field assessment were various infrastructures existing in the barangays, current road/trail conditions, terrain of each barangays, and viable resources that might be useful during the sub-project implementation.  This was also conducted to anticipate for possible difficulties the Area Coordinating Team may face in the future implementation of the program.

Things were ironed out during the conduct of the Exit Conference on August 30, 2013.  Present during the said activity were the RPMO staff, municipal mayor, Hon. Abdul Manamparan II, municipal vice-mayor Atty. Abdul Malik Manamparan, and members of the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee.  During the activity, the Memorandum of Agreement between the DSWD and the LGU of Nunungan was revisited to ensure that all conditions be attended to by all parties involved.  It was also during the said activity where clarifications were addressed especially on matters discussed during the Municipal Orientation.

During the discussion on the assurance of safety among the PAMANA staff, the upcoming barangay elections was brought into the discussion, deeming it as a foreseen problem for the implementation of the project. Chief Inspector Dennis Tano, Municipal Chief of Police of Nunungan affirmed this possible problem stating that there are only a few police officers in the municipality and that there might be a problem of ensuring the safety of the field staff since his men would have to attend to election matters as well.  With the emergence of the issue, Mayor Abdul Manamparan II decided that if it was possible for the deferment of the project implementation to after the barangay elections is done, it will be more favorable to all concerned.  Mayor Manamparan decided to address the matter to the Nationaol Project Management Office, through the RPMO for the deferment as soon as possible.

The Municipal Evaluation and Orientation was indeed a right step at empowering the people of Nunungan, after several unfortunate incidents that have led to the deferment of the project.  The Kalahi-CIDSS RPMO is always equipped to address matters to accommodate and ensure the successful implementation of the different Community-Driven Development programs and modalities for the people of Region X.  Along the way, it is also the obligation of the RPMO to ensure that the project staffs are ensured of safety and that their well-being is attended to with utmost consideration.  In no time, the people of Nunungan will implement the PAMANA project in their respective communities.  It will be in no time that they will feel the fruits of the peace-promoting program in their respective barangays.

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Panaon, Misamis Occidental – Three barangay sub-projects were turned over to communities during the conduct of the project inauguration of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) on September 3 and 4, 2013.  Among the sub-projects inaugurated were Barangay Health Station Sub-Project (Brgy. Camanucan), Brgy. Drainage Canal (Brgy. Poblacion) on Sept. 3 and Brgy. Drainage Canal (Brgy. Magsaysay) on Sept. 4, 2013. The sub-projects were properly turned-over to the respective Operations and Maintenance Committees of each barangay, who will oversee the operation of each sub-project, ensuring that their community sub-projects will be taken care of and be kept operational.

Highlighted during the activities were the hard work asserted by the volunteers to complete their sub-projects, which the representative of the Regional Project Management Office applauded and well-regarded as the crucial determinant for the success of the sub-project implementation. Another thing was the successful multi-stakeholder approach that was successfully attended to by those part of the project implementation. The RPMO stressed out the important contributions of the Provincial government of Misamis Occidental, through Gov. Herminia Ramiro, the Local Government Unit of Panaon, Misamis Oriental, through Mayor Francisco Paylaga, Jr., and the Barangay local government units of each barangay for extending support and complying with their deliverables, thus aiding in the completion of the community sub-projects.

The communities were also reminded of their role in preserving and keeping the sub-projects operational, since these are important to each barangay. Volunteers shared their experiences of being part of the Kalahi-CIDSS program and said that though they had difficulties giving their one hundred percent support to the project implementation due to conflict of schedules they have between volunteer work and family responsibilities, they tried balancing all of these just to ensure success since the sub-project they were working on was for their own benefit.  They also added that though the Kalahi-CIDSS process was quite long and demanding, the scene of their completed sub-project was a sight for sore-eyes; a welcoming spectacle that soothes all the hardship they underwent.

The Kalahi-CIDSS involvement for them was an empowering experience that “will never be forgotten.”  Volunteers were exposed to an experience where they held in their hands, life-changing decisions and solutions that will hoist them out of the problems of poverty.  Volunteers were able to work with the local government units, exposing them to the processes of working on government projects; showing them how things are done, how things are managed for their benefits.  In part, the local government unit of Panaon thanked Kalahi-CIDSS for the opportunities provided for the people of Panaon.  Mayor Paylaga stressed the importance of the program in providing sub-projects to the barangays of the municipality since the LGU of Panaon could not stand alone in providing all the needs of the communities, and that the collaboration has greatly helped not just the LGU of Panaon, but the people of the municipality.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the Convergence Strategy programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development which utilizes the Community-Driven Development approach in the project implementation.  Through the program, a Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) is employed for the community to define their utmost needs, conceive a plan of resolving their problems, and capacitating volunteers so that they will be competent in implementing sub-projects that will answer to their necessities.


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DSWD’s KALAHI-CIDSS program wins International Development Award (Re-posted)


Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the World Bank, was chosen as one of the awardees of the U.S. Treasury’s second annual Development Impact Honors Awards, beating over 40 other candidates.

The award will be given on July 25, 2013, at the Main Treasury Building in North Washington, USA. Aside from the awardees, attendants of the event include members of the U.S. Congress and other U.S. government agencies, as well as representatives from the developmental sector.

The Development Impact Awards recognizes the different projects supported by multilateral development banks all over the world. The awards are meant to distinguish development-oriented programs, such as those that fight poverty, hunger, and disease. The entries were judged based on criteria such as quality of results, focus on priority sectors, innovations used, and risk mitigations strategies utilized.

Kalahi-CIDSS was chosen as one as the awardees out of the other entries because it is “especially high-impact and noteworthy,” according to U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob J. Lew in his letter to Worldbank President Dr. Jim Kim.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the three core social protection programs of DSWD in combating poverty. It uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy to empower ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects together to address local poverty issues.

Some of the results of Kalahi-CIDSS include improved access of communities to basic services, increased community involvement, and positive impact in household wellbeing.

The World Bank has been a partner of Kalahi-CIDSS since its inception in 2003. John Roome, World Bank Sustainable Development Director for East Asia Pacific, is pleased with the award, saying, “One of my first field visits was in Kalahi-CIDSS sites. From those early visits, I could see the impact of the project on people’s lives.”

He added that with the advent of the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), which will scale up the CDD strategy utilized by Kalahi-CIDSS, there will be even greater impact to communities in the country.

From the 364 municipalities covered by Kalahi-CIDSS, NCDDP will be targeting 900 of the poorest municipalities in the Philippines. It was approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board last January 18, and will be launched in late 2013.

Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman was delighted with the recognition. “We are honored to have Kalahi-CIDSS chosen as one of the awardees by the U.S. Treasury,” she said. “We are optimistic that with NCDDP, we will be able to help even more families and communities rise from poverty”, she added.

Last year’s awardees of the Development Impact Honors Awards were the African Development Bank for the Mali-Senegal Road Project, the Asian Development Bank for the Afghanistan Telecom Development Company Project, the Inter-American Development Bank for its Basic Nutrition Program, and the World Bank for their Amazon Region Protected Areas Program.

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Bayanihan” or the spirit of communal unity and cooperation has been a Filipino heritage for generations. The image of a group of people carrying a native hut is one of the images we as Filipinos oh, so dearly patronize. But do we still practice this tradition right now? Do people on this day and age of Candy Crush and iPads still relinquish traditional practices that have for so long been a part of our lives? Or has bayanihan been minimized to just a thing of the past; a form of folklore we only speak of during our “back in my days” stories we tell the younger generations?

People have forgotten this priceless gesture of solidarity; a simple show of camaraderie and genuine act of care for those in the neighborhood. Today, majority of people have belittled this gallant act, and have even tagged it as “old school” or “baduy” (out of style or out dated). But what this tradition has goes beyond trends. It goes beyond what is new and hip.  It is a simple gesture of oneness and compassion for others but it ensures strengthening of relationships within the community.

Indeed this is an old thing; an old thing that still works pretty well in bringing the community together and sure enough gets things done even with the odds going against the community. Take for instance the success of the Barangays in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte implementing the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), the national government’s program and framework for peace and development which is being implemented in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. Through sheer determination and bayanihan, several communities get to finish program sub-projects with just limited budgets.

The PAMANA Project, being implemented by the Kalahi-CIDSS Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development provides barangays of qualified municipalities Php 300,000 to fund sub-projects that would answer to the direst needs of the barangay that would address conflict issues in their respective communities.

For several people, the Php 300,000 funding for any sub-project is not enough to accommodate sub-projects such as potable water systems, peace centers, farm – to – market roads, and the likes.  But this shortage of funds has challenged the community, bringing about the best ideas from community volunteers implementing the PAMANA. For optimistic persons, the limited funds only open more opportunities to venture into, just to be able to make things work.

Barangay Tugar and Paiton were among those whose most pressing need was potable drinking water, and they saw PAMANA as an opportunity to do something about their problem.  Yes, Php 300,000 was limited for a Gravity Driven Potable Water System (Level2), and may only cover the basic materials for the sub-project, but this was more than enough to start providing solutions to their problems. They showed that when there was strong will, especially from the beneficiaries, there was a sure way to handle the matter.

To compensate for the deficiency in the exact total budget costs, the community volunteers came up with a pretty good idea that would totally solve their problems.  Aside from the Php 300,000 budget from PAMANA, the Local Cash Counterparts form the MLGU and the BLGU, the community decided to revive the bayanihan spirit.  But this will only be effective if everyone believed this would work and bring about success in the project implementation.

It was time to awaken a long-time dead tradition; which was for the community, the only way to deal with the matter.  They all agreed to do “Pahina” or free/voluntary services to complete their water system sub-project.  All the families in their barangay would be willing to dig ditch holes and work on the water reservoir without pay. Everyone was in a schedule to do labor until the job was done.  For those who were not available, they were to provide meals for those working, which is pretty much fair enough according to those doing labor.

Everyone agreed and the rest was history.  Work was finished in just about 5 days; better than any contractual work by any professional.  Indeed the community has proven once and again that in unity, there is definitely success. The bayanihan spirit has once again proven itself worthy even in modern times.

What is wonderful about the success of the project was that it empowered communities to work for a common goal, one that definitely solves their most pressing needs.  Kalahi-CIDSS believes that to empower the communities, there must be enough room for the community to be creative in thinking of solutions for their problems. This is an important matter in empowering them; to let them be responsible for their own sub-projects.

Again, is bayanihan dead in modern times? The answer is definitely and absolutely NOT.  It just needs to be applied in a proper place and time.  The Gravity Driven Potable Water System (Level2) of Barangays Tugar and Paiton, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte are true testaments of the value of bayanihan.

All it takes is a little bit of unity and cooperation, a bit of will and determination, a sprinkle of sacrifice, and then you have a completed and operational Gravity Driven Potable Water System (Level2) for all the community to enjoy. A little bit of bayanihan goes a long way towards empowerment and self-sufficiency.

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Regional General Assembly Captured Moments

Regional General Assembly Captured Moments

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X recently conducted its Regional General Assembly last June 26, 2013 at Chali Beach Resort, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City. The once in two years activity is an important event to update the department on the latest news and important matters affecting the staff and management in the field office.

The one day activity was filled with interesting activities that surely provided the DSWD employees with the necessary knowledge and important information very much needed to be effective in working with the agency.  Ms. Purita Santa, Assistant Regional Director for Administration welcomed all participants to the activity and wished that the event be fruitful so that the department may benefit from the said gathering.

During the said activity, important matters were discussed/presented. Ms. Portia Roldan, OIC-Chief of the Institutional Development Division presented to the body the latest on the Performance-Based Incentive System-Performance Based Bonus. Ms. Roldan emphasized that the bonus will be given to personnel bureaus or delivery units in accordance to their contribution to the accomplishment of the department’s over-all targets and commitments.

Next presenter was Mr. Joseph Manuel Aguja, Training Specialist II who presented the Feedback Report Template, the proper way of completing requirements for any department staff who would be having  official travel for trainings, workshops, and seminars. Ms. Christine Leyva, Human Resource Development Unit also presented Memorandum Circular No. 6, series 2012 or the Strategic Performance Management System, an important tool at monitoring the competence and effective services of the employees of the department.

ARDA Santa then discussed policies and procedures for department employees traveling abroad. Several misconceptions and matters were clarified during the presentation, which definitely enlightened the agency employees on rules and regulations covering government employees regarding the matter.

A special presentation was also given by Ms. Aloha Jaudian, Representative from the Department of Labor and Employment who shared information about the Kasambahay Law, which definitely gave the DSWD employees a clearer picture of how the law works.

Issues and concerns were then discussed to ensure that operations at the field office would be as smooth as possible. Add to the day good food and exciting games and prizes, the Regional General Assembly was definitely a success. A whopping 165 employees attended the activity, all in the mood for ensuring unity and camaraderie in the workplace.

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DSWD Field Office X Participates in the 2nd Northern Mindanao Career Advocacy Congress

The DCAREER ADVOCACY CONGRESSepartment of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office X participated in the recently concluded 2nd Northern Mindanao Career Advocacy Congress held last May 24, 2013, at Pryce Plaza, Cagayan de Oro City.

Represented by the DSWD – FO X Human Resource Management Unit, the whole day affair was conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment – X and participated by various regional government agencies, guidance counselors and school administrators from various private and public schools around the region, representatives from the local government units, the media, and other stakeholders.

The Career Advocacy Congress aims to strengthen the labor trends in the region through strengthened cooperation and partnerships with the various stakeholders in the region.  Ms. Christine Z. Leyva, Unit Head of the Human Resource Development Unit, DSWD FO-X saw the Advocacy Congress as a welcoming development, especially that the activity could now be a venue for the department to introduce existing and upcoming projects and programs.

Ms. Leyva took the opportunity to introduce to the participants the forthcoming implementation of the National Community-Driven Development Program the department will carry out starting July 2013.  “The Career Advocacy Congress is the perfect venue for us to introduce the NCDDP and also a venue to promote the job opportunities for the said program since we will be hiring more than 400 employees in implementing the region-wide project,” Ms. Leyva said.

The conduct of the 2nd Northern Mindanao Career Advocacy Congress was just among the Inter-Agency partnership activities in the region that aims to promote development and sustainability in Northern Mindanao.  Participants of the said activity has seen the significance of the activity and are hopeful that there will be more activities such as this one that will follow in the future.

“The activity does not only showcase programs and job opportunities of the various government agencies and the private sectors, but a good venue in strengthening Private-Public Partnership that will ensure harmony and cooperation among stakeholders in improving lives of people in Northern Mindanao especially in developing tools that will aid career paths for our youth in the region,” Ms. Leyva said.

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