Publiko gi-alerto sa DSWD batok scam sa Senior Citizens

Cagayan de Oro City — Gi-alerto karon sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Northern Mindanao ang publiko batok sa mga nangolekta og kwarta bugti sa kunohay paglakip kanila sa opisyal nga listahan sa Senior Citizens.

Giklaro ni Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director sa DSWD Northern Mindanao, nga wala nangolekta ang DSWD Northern Mindanao og kwarta o bayad ngadto sa mga sakop sa senior citizens aron lang malakip sila sa listahan sa mga modawat og social pension.

Ang pahimangno ni Atty. Solamillo gihimo human nakadawat og taho ang DSWD gikan sa social networking sites ug sa CSWD mismo sa Cagayan de Oro City nga si Teddy Sabugaa nga adunay nigamit sa ngalan sa DSWD Northern Mindanao ug nagdala-dala og sulat aron sa pag-ilad sa mga nag-edad og 65 anyos pataas.

Gidugang sa Regional Director sa DSWD Northern Mindanao nga subay sa lagda sa pagpatuman sa social pension alang sa mga senior citizens, kadto lang nag-edad og 77 anyos pataas ang pwedeng malakip sa listahan sa social pensioner.

Gawas niini, gikinahanglan usab nga nalakip ang nag-edad og 77 anyos pataas sa listahan sa Listahanan, ang kanhi National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction sa DSWD ug wala usab kini magdawat og pensiyon gikan sa Social Security System o sa Government Service Insurance System ug wala magsuporta ang mga anak niini.

Sa post ni Teddy Sabugaa, gi-alegar niini ang usa ka Jessie Perez Fernandez nga nangilad ug nangolekta og P500-P800 ngadto sa mga senior citizens aron ma-apil sa social pension.

Gihangyo ni Solamillo ang tanan sa pag-report gilayon sa DSWD Northern Mindanao kung adunay mamatikdan nga sama niining nga scam pinaagi sa linya sa telepono (088) 858 6333; mobile number 0915 440 8933; facebook account nga DSWD Northern Mindanao o sa buhatan sa DSWD Northern Mindanao sa Masterson Avenue, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

Ang madakpan nga nalambigit sa scam mag-atubang og tukmang kaso, panapos ni Atty. Solamillo.

Ang pagpatuman sa Social Pension nalatid ilalom sa Republic Act 9994 o ang Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.


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DSWD rehabs thousands of malnourished children

Cagayan de Oro City — Thousands of children in Northern Mindanao are now medically considered as healthy after 120 days of supplementary feeding by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

DSWD’s Nutritionist-Dietitian Rechel Grace C. Ceniza disclosed that out of 123,991 children, only 4,345 are left malnourished after being subjected to supplementary feeding for 120 days.

Ceniza said Day Care Centers throughout the region followed a 20-day cycle menu, serving variety of viands and rice in a day.

She said the menu is standard supplement to the three meals for a child under the modified nutritional recipes for the implementation of supplementary feeding.

Bukidnon province tops the number of malnourished children during the 2013-2014 cycle of feeding with 39,145. But, it declines after the 120-day period of feeding with 3,432 left malnourished or 8.8 percent.

Camiguin has the least number of malnourished children in the entire region with 2,510 at the start of the program. Of the number, only 121 children are left malnourished.

Ceniza explained that malnourished children are those found either severely underweight or underweight.

“The 120 days feeding program has improved the nutritional status of 11,736 malnourished beneficiaries due to strengthened monitoring and coordination among DSWD, parents, and local government units,” the nutritionist-dietitian added.

Parents have been involved in feeding preparations and sessions while Day Care Workers supervised the program.

Meanwhile, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao; is optimistic that several children in the region will become healthy this 2014-2015 4th feeding cycle, which will start this July 2014.

DSWD has targeted 115,430 children, currently enrolled at day care centers.




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DSWD brings services, programs closer to people

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Northern Mindanao has recently brought its services and programs closer to the residents of Malitbog town, an interior municipality of Bukidnon province; some 52 kilometers off east of this city.

The convergence caravan dubbed as Serbisyo Distrito ni Cong. Malou, hosted by Rep. Ma Lourdes Acosta-Alba of the first district of Bukidnon, features the various programs and services of the local government unit and the national government agencies, including DSWD.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo expressed gratitude to Rep. Acosta-Alba for the activity wherein DSWD directly offered its services and programs to the most vulnerable sectors of Malitbog.

“The caravan has brought the national government programs closer to the people, especially to the vulnerable sector of the communities,” said Solamillo.

Most of the clients of DSWD during the caravan are students who avail of the educational assistance, followed by Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who asked for the status of their updates to the Municipal Links.

More than 2,000 residents, including Higaonon Tribe members, avail of the services of the national government agencies.

Solamillo disclosed that the caravan contributes to the upliftment of well-being of both Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and non-Pantawid Pamilya clients because it helped them accessed the various government services.

DSWD also distributed flyers of its different of programs and services.


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DSWD feeds DepEd pupils with P42.8 M

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao has transferred funds amounting to P42,810,800 to the Department of Education to feed the severely wasted Kinder and Grades I-VI pupils and their families in the whole region.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo said the transfer of funds aims to address the under nutrition problem and short term hunger among public school children in Northern Mindanao through the School- Based Feeding Program.

Solamillo and DepEd officials had recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to implement the feeding program.

The implementation of the program is the response of DSWD to the recent DepEd Nutritional Assessment Report for SY 2012-2013 which revealed that 14.24% or about 2 million school children are wasted and 0.4 million school children are overweight.

DSWD is responsible in releasing funds to the DepEd in accordance with COA circular numbers 94-013 dated December 13, 1994 which tasks DSWD to help DepEd in the monitoring of fund management, utilization, program implementation and respond to operational concerns of the SBFP and shall likewise designate a project focal person to ensure that the implementation of the program is administered.

On the other hand, DepEd shall be responsible for the full implementation of the SBFP and ensure timely release of funds to the division offices and its liquidation.

Sheryl Ave, focal person of Supplementary Feeding Program of DSWD Northern Mindanao, said that based on the program, DepEd will provide food in addition to the regular meals of severely wasted school children to address the under nutrition problem and short term hunger among public school children.

Ave also clarified that the wasted children may also be included in the program of a local government unit or of a non-government organization.

“The food supplementation will be in a form of hot meals to be served once a day during snack/meal time five days a week for 120 days to target beneficiaries,”she said.

Parents of the beneficiaries will managed the feeding program based on a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous food supplies.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao


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Higaonon Tribe to receive Pantawid grants from national government

DSWD Northern Mindanao field workers under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program try to tame the perilous trail in reaching the Higaonon Tribe community in Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. The field workers, who walk for seven hours, prepare the community for the implementation of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples who are living in ‘geographically isolated disadvantage areas.’ The IPs of Claveria and San Fernando, Bukidnon are the recipients of the pilot implementation of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for IPs.

Photos by Norven Espadilla, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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Higaonon Tribe to try turning aquatic weeds to revenue resources

Cagayan de Oro City — In a serene and interior village of Pagalungan, some 45 minutes ride from downtown here, cradles a Higaonon Tribe community of this city.

The tribal community relies on corn, rice, root crops, bananas, among others for their staple food and from a small lake for tilapia and carp fish supply and a freshwater lobster locally known as ulang.

Datu Rosalino Aguio Manlinombay, the tribal leader of the community, disclosed that the small lake is important to their community because it is the breeding place of thousands of tilapia and carp fingerlings he cultured this year.

It also becomes the source of tap water for washing and bathing of some households living near the lake.

Not only that, the lake in this mining village also grows water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), a free-floating perennial plant with dark green leave blades which varies from circular to elliptical in shape attached to a spongy, inflated petiole.

The lake is one of the two bodies of fresh water in this city that grows mats of water hyacinth. The other is in urban area of this city; along the silted river bank of Cagayan de Oro River located in Balacanas, Consolacion village.

Threats of water hyacinth

The tribal community did not recognize the imminent threat of the water hyacinth that abound in their lake.

Unknown to the community, the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources has considered the aquatic plant as pest and water pollutant as it invades and chokes up waterways causing flood and problems to the locals and the environment.

Further, it provides a growing field for mosquitoes and screens off sunlight that is required by aquatic flora and fauna. Recently, a tribe member who is a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary disclosed that he has a low catch for months now compared to several years before. However, he attributed the low catch from the siltation and shallowing of the lake, and not to the spread of mats of water hyacinth over the lake. Studies show that water hyacinth is a very aggressive invader and can form thick mats. If these mats cover the entire surface of the rivers they can cause oxygen depletion and fish kills. Besides, water hyacinth has no known direct food value to wildlife and is considered a pest species.

Studies also revealed that water loss can be as much as 1.8 times that of evaporation from waterways free of these plants; access to sites becomes difficult when weed infestation is present; fish populations decrease as water begins to lose oxygen and sunlight; populations of crocodiles and snakes increase; and in areas where fishermen are barely able to sustain themselves from this industry, this is an economic disaster.

Also, when water hyacinth thrives, it will compete with other aquatic plants. This causes an imbalance in the micro‐ecosystem resulting in reduced flora and the fauna that depend on it. Localized water quality also deteriorates which may be harmful to people who rely on the waterway for drinking water.

Making water hyacinth beneficial

Recently, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao through the Sustainable Livelihood Program and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development of Cagayan de Oro; Department of Tourism; Villar Foundation; Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association; and the barangay council of Pagalungan made an ocular inspection at the lake to identify a processing site for dried petioles of water hyacinth which will be waved into mats, bags, slippers, and other products.

Nathaniel Palalay II of Villar Foundation promised to Datu Rosalino Aguio Manlinombay that they will provide trainings for production and marketing of the finished products of water hyacinth.

The foundation will also provide to the tribal community machines for the processing of dried stalks of water hyacinth for production of baskets, bags, mats, among others.

The Villar Foundation is committed to the preservation and conservation of the environment and ensuring the sustainability of its environmental programs through the establishment of social enterprises that will lead the path towards economic independence for every Filipino.

Datu Aguio Manlinombay said he is happy with the proposed project because women, mostly Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, will no longer be idle and be engaged illegally in panning for gold in his village.

For her part, Project Officer Charlita Ladera of the Department of Tourism of Northern Mindanao said DOT will help the promotion of the finish product of the Higaonon Tribe.

Nollie Arguelles of COHARA promised to the community that restaurants and hotels in this city will patronize the product of the community and promote these to their clients.

The community has 119 Pantawid Pamilya households under Set 5, 6, and 7 respectively. It has an additional 19 households for validation this coming April 24 under Set 7 Batch C.

Village chief Rene Oporto, during the ocular inspection, expressed his gratefulness to DSWD Northern Mindanao for implementing Pantawid Pamilya and SLP programs in his barangay.

A literature from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) said water hyacinths have been used as raw material for agricultural fertilizers, animal feeds, biogas, paper, board, and even construction materials.

The plant can also be used in controlling water pollution because it is capable of quickly absorbing heavy metals in water.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD


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DSWD beneficiary makes summer fun, worthy for family

Cagayan de Oro City — It’s school vacation this summer, which means most kids are planning to goof around the pool, head to the beach or meet new friends during summer camps-just to find ways to cool off from the sizzling environment.

But, it’s not for the Verana Family of St. John, Puntod this city.

The Veranas, a Pantawid Pamilya household under Set 1A, will be busy preparing for homemade foods and quenchers to be sold here in order to earn for their studies next school opening and for their daily needs.

Edith, 50, and mother of five children, helps her husband, Ramon, 50, buy ingredients for native delicacies they bake such as “puto” and “suman”. “Suman” is a glutinous rice soaked, milled, mixed with coconut milk and sugar, wrapped in the banana leaves and steamed while “puto” is a kind of steamed rice cake derived from the Southern Indian dish Puttu. It is eaten as is or with butter and/or grated fresh coconut.

At dawn, the Verana siblings: John Paul, 17; Jenevive, 16; and Melanie Grace, 14; help their mother bake these delicacies; after which Ramon wakes up and sells the baked native delicacies in Agora Market and Terminal here.

Edith disclosed that she divides the task of baking the delicacies among her children since they started to establish its business after availing the capital seed from the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in November 2013.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants. It is implemented through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which equips the program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by making use of available resources and accessible markets.

After a month of operation, Edith, one of the 12 members of Puntod Bangon Kabus Association organized by SLP, has fully paid her loan to DSWD.

Aside from the native delicacies, the Veranas also operates a small sari-sari store where they display cups of Binignit, a Visayan vegetable soup traditionally made with slices of sabá bananas, taro, and sweet potato. The mixture is brought to a boil; being stirred occasionally until done.

More income from tailoring

Early this month, Edith graduated from a dress-making class sponsored by the Urban Community Driven Development Program of DSWD here, in collaboration with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Northern Mindanao.

After graduation, the barangay sub-project management council chairperson of Puntod said she immediately earns from dress-making as her neighbors come to her house for tailoring jobs.

While on training with TESDA and Urban CDDP, Edith’s mother gave her a sewing machine for her to practice in making dress, blouse, polo, long pants, and curtains.

Edith and her fellow dress-making graduates is now a member of a women’s livelihood organization in Puntod which will provide tailoring-related services.

Commitment to support children’s education

Edith, a parent leader of Pantawid Pamilya in her cluster of Puntod here, assured DSWD that she will support the studies of her children, who are all studying last school year at Lapasan National High School in this city.

With the interventions provided by DSWD, Edith is optimistic that she can have all her children finish high school. “Sigurado ko nga makabangon mi sa kakabus ug makatapos og high school akong mga anak,” she said. (I am sure we can rise from poverty and my children will finish high school)

She hopes that all her children will earn a job after finishing their secondary formation.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD


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Supplementary feeding boosts Pantawid child’s academic performance

Cagayan de Oro City — A mother in this city claimed that her child becomes mentally and physically alert after undergoing supplementary feeding by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao.

Lota Janiola, 42 of West Kolambog, Lapasan here is proud that her son, John Manny, 5, received several awards from West Kolambog Day Care Center during the recently concluded recognition day. The Janiola family is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary under Set 5 B.

Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s Conditional Cash Transfer scheme that prioritizes health and education for children 0-18 years old through provision of monthly cash grants.

John Manny was awarded outstanding award, best in reading, most friendly and most punctual.

Lota attributed the achievement of her son as a result of good nutrition he earned from the regular feeding program of DSWD, implemented in coordination with the local government unit of this city.

Johnny Manny is one of several day care pupils in his village found to be underweight before the implementation of the feeding program in September 2013. Now, he weighs 15 lbs; earning two pounds from his previous weight of 13.

The younger Janiola has also shifted his choice of favorite food-from hotdogs to vegetables and fruits since his mother became more vigilant in preparing these healthier foods for their family’s consumption.

Asked why she has now become conscious of the foods she brings to her family, Lota says that she has seen the positive changes in her son’s activities and performance in school because of good eating habits and has now decided to maintain the healthy lifestyle. “Kaya nako ang kausaban, ug magsugod kini sa akong pamilya pinaagi sa pagkaon nga among ginahatag para sa among mga bata,” she says.

The feeding program of West Kolambog, Lapasan this city, which culminated last summer, provided variety of vegetables, fruits, and fish for day care pupils.

The supplementary program of DSWD aims to provide food, including locally processed foods, equivalent to 1/3 of the recommended energy intake, and 1/3 of the recommended intake for protein, iron, and vitamin A; to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers/child caregivers as well as of other family members along key nutritional practices; to monitor the growth of beneficiaries regularly; and to refer beneficiaries to health care facilities as may be needed.

Targets of the program are: wasted infants 6 months to 24 months old, or those with MUAC<115 mm; underweight pregnant women; wasted preschool children 36-71 months old, or those with MUAC<115 mm are the third priority; underweight school-age children; and malnourished children discharged from health facility.

For her part, DSWD Northern Mindanao’s supplementary feeding focal Sheryl Ave, a nutritionist, emphasized that proper nutrition is essential for building children’s bodies.

Ave said it is the energy used to grow child’s body to adulthood and it’s the fuel they need, both to physically get them from place to place, as well as to learn.

Nutrients are the building blocks that grow muscle, support bone density, encourage proper cell development, support immune defense, and develop brain function – all the functions that are necessary to grow your child into a healthy, strong adult.

Without proper nutrition, Ave said, the child will have difficulty learning in school, exhibit poor behavior, be sluggish and have limited energy, or on the opposite end be hyperactive.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD.


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November 2021