FEATURE: Pantawid grantees now zero open-defecation

Camiguin — A simple housewife never imagined that she would be busy campaigning for zero open-defecation in her barangay to further boost its tourism industry.


Lucia Anoc Abao, 41, of Barangay Mainit, Catarman in this province said she actively cooperated with the local health unit of Catarman to campaign for her fellow beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) to put up their own comfort room.


Catarman town is home to the famous Sunken Cemetery and Cross Marker in this province dubbed as the “Island Bord out of Fire.” In this town you will also find ruins of the church wiped out and partly submerged by volcanic materials from the eruption of Mt. Vulcan and the famous Sto. Niño Cold Spring where you can dive and swim into the huge pool of cold spring water.


Lucia’s campaign boosted when she became a signatory to the Bottom-Up Budgeting projects under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Lucia monitors the implementation of all DILG projects in the municipality of Catarman.


During one of their meetings, Lucia lobbied to Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) that DILG will provide construction materials to 200 beneficiaries who don’t have toilets in their homes.


As a result, LPRAT allocated budget amounting to P850,000 for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are living near the tourist spots and don’t have toilets.


Aside from that, LPRAT implemented farm-to-market roads connecting to the Tuwasan Falls and Soda Spring under the BUB implementation of DILG.


Lucia said she cared for the tourist spots of Catarman because these boost the income of the town and of the residents.


Nakat-on ko nga i-preserve ang kinaiyahan atol sa among Family Development Session (FDS),” Lucia claimed. (I learned preservation of our environment during our Family Development Session.)


The FDS is a monthly session where the partner-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are required to attend as part of their co-responsibilities. Through the FDS, parent/s or guardians are educated about personality development which includes proper grooming and hygiene; strengthening family relationships; and fostering respect by inculcating one’s rights, roles, and responsibilities within the family and their community. Parents also discuss disaster preparedness, financial literacy, and other topics that may be helpful to the family.


Mao gani nga akong gitudloan akong mga anak nga palanggaon ang atong mga tourist spots kay dako kini og nahatag nga income sa among lugar,” Lucia added. (That is why I taught my children to love our tourist spots because these gives income to our place.)


A parent leader of Cluster 2 of Barangay Mainit, Catarman; Lucia also encouraged her fellow beneficiaries to observe cleanliness in their respective surroundings.


Ang kalimpyo man gud mao ang sunod sa atong pagkasuod sa Ginoo. Kinahanglan jud nga nay CR ang mata-usa aron limpyo ang palibot, dili kay pataka lang og labay sa hugaw,“ stressed Lucia. (Cleanliness is next to Godliness. It is important that each one has a CR to maintain cleanliness of surroundings, not the open-defecation.)


Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households’ primary of children aged 0-18. It utilizes the conditional cash transfer scheme where the partner-beneficiaries receive their grants provided that they fulfill their co-responsibilities, including sending their children to school, availing of health services, and attending the monthly FDS.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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FEATURE: Pantawid Pamilya continues to change beneficiaries lives

CAGAYAN DE ORO, 23 January (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to impact the lives of the poor Filipino families with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya).

During the regular program of Philippine Information Agency’s Lambo Dyes in Radyo Ng Bayan, two Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries shared their insights on how the program changed their lives. Both of them serve as parent leaders in their respective barangays where they handle 30 or more members.

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According to Vivian Anadon, 35, who currently resides in Pinikitan, barangay Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City, there was really a big change that happened to herself and  family. Anadon is a mother of four who are all attending school with the help of the Pantawid Pamilya. She said she was able to send her children to school and has bought school materials because of the program.

Anadon’s membership to the Pantawid Pamilya and becoming a parent leader brought her so much experience and learning. She was even chosen to be in Manila for DSWD’s first international conference on Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) held on January 11. Anadon took part in the workshop by sharing her experience as a beneficiary and a parent leader to her co-members and guests from other countries like Mexico.

“I was less confident before but now I learned to face everyone,” Anadon expressed.

Meanwhile, Joecel S. Cabanday, 38, parent leader of Barangay 25, shared that she became a recipient of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) after attending several seminars on livelihood. Cabanday added that there were really significant changes that happened from the past, shifting from being clueless to managing their own sources of income with the aid of SLP seminars.

Cabanday and Anadon are members of Pantawid Pamilya for more than four years and as parent leaders, they take charge in the assembly of members in a cluster for Family Development Sessions (FDS) and other Pantawid Pamilya related seminars. Parent leaders also work with the DSWD city links to convey the concerns and updates of the members and vice versa.

Currently, DSWD urges the community of both members and non-members of the program to safeguard the families that are in need of help and reminds the public on the major conditions that every ‪beneficiary has to observe to be retained on their list and that includes regular attendance to the family development sessions, monthly family check-up at the rural health units, and at least 80 percent attendance in school for the children. All these are designed for the beneficiaries to be able to achieve social transformation and eventually attain self-sufficiency. (Jonathan M. Macas/PIA10)


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Opinion: Stopping Pantawid would be stupid

Reposting a column written by: Mahar Mangahas of Philippine Daily Inquirer

Posted on 01:23 AM January 16th, 2016

Whoever wins the next presidential election, said the distinguished sociologist Randy David, “would not be so stupid” as to stop the Pantawid program. This was in this week’s Conference on Sustaining the Gains of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program in the Philippines, at the Asian Development Bank, after he had introduced himself as being an independent adviser of the CCT for some time, and admitted that he was skeptical of the program in the beginning.

Randy is now convinced, by hard evidence, that the Pantawid program is working well. He is careful to point out that, since it is essentially a scholarship program for children, its fruits will be reaped after many years, when the children find better work than their parents. Pantawid is a program against intergenerational poverty.

Thus, the drops in poverty and hunger seen in recent Social Weather Stations surveys are not due to Pantawid; the Pantawid children are not yet due to join the workforce. The drops are more likely due to the relative mildness of inflation.  If poverty and hunger were to rise soon, neither would it imply the failure of Pantawid.

Pantawid is like nurturing an orchard that bears fruit in the long term. The health of the orchard can be assessed, by science, even before fruiting begins.

SWS is proud to have done the special surveys of mothers, children, teachers, health workers, local officials, bank officials and others that were used by the government, the World Bank and the ADB to assess Pantawid. It stands by its survey quality, whether or not an impact assessment is favorable.

Aniceto Orbeta Jr., of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, told the conference that his findings are favorable—the children are attending at least 85 percent of their classes, and not cutting them due to a need to earn money by work; the mothers are getting pre- and post-natal care; the work efforts of adult family members have been stable (i.e., there is no dependency); there is no rise in drinking or gambling; etc. (See also “Real evidence supports Pantawid,” Opinion, 7/18/15.)

Pantawid is the first propoor program of the Philippine government to use a scientific system to identify beneficiaries. UP School of Statistics dean Dennis Mapa talked on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (Listahanan), which selects the Pantawid beneficiaries from a present data base of some 10 million households from the poorest areas of the country.

The starting criterion for selection is the official poverty line, plus modest adjustments to allow the near poor to qualify. The official line is so stingy—even cruel, I would say—that literal adherence would disqualify three out of ten Pantawid beneficiaries. I prefer to call the seven of ten selections bull’s eyes, and the other three selections good hits, who are “near poor” rather than “nonpoor” (see “Pantawid: 71% bull’s eyes,” Opinion, 7/20/13; disclosure: I am a member of the Listahanan advisory committee).

President Noynoy Aquino obviously deserves credit for recognizing Pantawid’s value, continuing it without changing its name, and expanding the beneficiaries from 800,000 in 2010 to 4.4 million by 2014. At the conference, ADB president Takehiko Nakao pledged another $400 million to support the CCT.

The Pantawid program is one of the best CCTs in the world, said panelist Rogelio Gómez Hermosillo, former national coordinator of Oportunidades, the CCT of Mexico. He, Randy David, and the other panelists (Alison Chartres, assistant secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Aleksandra Posarac, lead economist, World Bank-Manila; and Karin Schelzig, senior social protection specialist, ADB) strongly urged that Pantawid be allowed to maintain its focus, and warned against burdening it with other objectives.

The conference’s closing speaker was Angelita Castillo, a Pantawid mother and family session leader, who has graduated from the program. Pointing to her neat attire, she said, “Maybe you think I am not a beneficiary, because I look like this? I didn’t look like this before.  Now I do, thanks to Pantawid.” She managed to get four extra years of schooling, and now, in her 40s, has become a schoolteacher, and will continue to help the Pantawid.

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Pantawid has high vote-getting potential. This week, SWS reported that “continuing the Pantawid program” scored 80 percent, the highest among 10 advocacies separately tested in its September 2015 national survey of adults, as to whether the respondents would probably vote, in the next election, for a candidate favoring it  (see “SWS confirms survey on agricultural issues for Greenpeace,” www.sws.org.ph, posted on 1/12/16).

The next most popular advocacies were “meeting needs of farmers” (76 percent), “meeting food needs” (75 percent), and “promoting environment-friendly farming” (70 percent). Inclusion of these advocacies was commissioned by the Greenpeace organization, which agreed to SWS’ proposal to ask its three items in a broad context, together with seven other items not pertaining to food or agriculture, framed by SWS on its own.  The 10 items were asked in random order.

Two out of three respondents said they would probably vote for advocates of “continuing the Daang Matuwid” (65 percent) and “amending economic provisions of the Constitution” (64 percent).

Half would probably vote for advocates of “enacting a law on freedom of information” (48 percent) and “enacting an anti-dynasty law” (46 percent).  Less popular were the advocacies of “enacting a Bangsamoro Basic Law” (31 percent) and “enacting a law on divorce” (26 percent).

SWS reported these findings of its September 2015 survey only this week, when Greenpeace exercised its option to make its commissioned items public.

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Contact mahar.mangahas@sws.org.ph. The ADB conference materials and other information about Pantawid are available from the DSWD’s Policy Development and Planning Bureau, at pdpb@gov.ph.


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Photo Release: Ramos is new Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao



Cagayan de Oro City — Workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Northern Mindanao warmly welcome the newly installed Regional Director, Nestor Briones Ramos.

Ramos, a former Regional Director of DSWD Eastern Visayas, replaced the vacated position of Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo who is now assigned as the Regional Director of DSWD Zamboanga effective January 4.

In his message during the flag raising ceremony, Ramos said he is not asking DSWD workers’ loyalty, but workers’ loyalty to their work.

He said he expects everyone’s cooperation in delivering services to the agency’s clientele.

Photos by Shaun Alejandrae Y. Uy, Text by Oliver Badel Inodeo




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DSWD empowers beneficiaries to choose candidates, party

Cagayan de Oro City — All DSWD Personnel of DSWD Field Office 10 are one in recognizing that all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are free to decide, choose, and express their beliefs and rights on issues concerning their lives and their communities.


DSWD only acts as facilitators on how their voices will be amplified and be heard and be converted into action.

This coming local and national elections, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) promotes empowerment of the beneficiaries on active citizenry.

Newly installed Regional Director of DSWD Nestor B. Ramos said Pantawid Pamilya promotes the beneficiaries’ rights to participate in the electoral processes, especially, in the coming national elections.

During the monthly Family Development Sessions, beneficiaries are enlightened with their critical role in choosing candidates through the active citizenship module.

While the prohibition against partisan political activity prevents DSWD personnel from endorsing candidates and political parties, DSWD personnel may still espouse particular principles on good governance, policies on inclusive growth, poverty reduction or on programs like Pantawid Pamilya.

On a related note, the DSWD has vigilantly implemented its Anti-EPAL Campaign to prevent candidates and potitical parties from using DSWD programs and projects for their own purposes.

However, this does not mean that the DSWD should hinder the beneficiaries of its programs and projects from participating in the political process. Beneficiaries have the right to support, campaign for, and vote for the candidates and political parties they believe in, as long as they do not do so during official DSWD activities and do not use DSWD resources.

For her part, Kenneth Haze Sanchez, Regional Program Coordinator of Pantawid Pamilya, disclosed that she has been monitoring all activities of the program throughout the region in order to put all systems in place in maintaining the non-partisanship of the program and its workers.

Sanchez urged beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of the program to report to the regional office of DSWD, along Masterson Avenue, Carmen in this city any political party or candidate, individual or Pantawid Pamilya worker violating the prohibited acts of The Omnibus Election Code which include, but not limited to the following: during the Election Period, persons (including DSWD personnel) may not, whether directly or indirectly, solicit and/or accept any gift, food, transportation, contribution or donation, whither in cash or in kind, from candidates or their representatives; during the 45-day period before Election Day, DSWD personnel may not release, disburse and/or expend public funds – except for salaries and other normal and routine expenses. However, please note that in past elections, the COMELEC has categorized expenses for ongoing DSWD programs, projects and activities as “normal and routine.”; during the 45-day period before Election Day, candidates and their relatives may not, whether directly or indirectly, participate in distributing relief goods to victims of calamities or disasters; during the 45-day period before Election Day, heads of agencies and offices may not hire new employees or create or fill new positions – unless with the prior approval of the COMELEC – or promote or increase the remuneration of any employee.

Also, Sanchez emphasized that only the DSWD can delist a beneficiary if he or she is not following the conditionalities of the program and that only the DSWD has the authority to de-list beneficiaries if the latter do not comply their co-responsibilities with Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a social protection measure of the Philippine government that focuses on human capital investment to the poor households in the country. It is a developmental program that uses conditional cash transfers to poor households based on their compliance with verifiable conditions that have been identified and agreed upon by the beneficiaries.

The DSWD implements the Pantawid Pamilya, one of the key poverty alleviation programs of the national government. It seeks to contribute in breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty in the country. It is anchored on the Social Welfare Reform Agenda of the DSWD through the National Sector Support on Social Welfare and Development Reform Project (NSS-SWDRP).

Pantawid Pamilya also embodies the vision, mission, and mandate of DSWD, and reinforces DSWD’s role as the lead agency in championing social welfare and development.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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Speech of Jinky Gomez, 2014 Exemplary Child of Pantawid Pamilya

(Delivered during the National Family Day 2015 of DSWD at Pelaez Sports Center, Cagayan de Oro City on October 5, 2015)

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The call for change has always been the battle cry of this nation! We have been on a never-ending longing to experience changed. Change in the present societal condition towards the advancement of this country. As the cliché says, “Change is the only thing constant in this world”.
To the Regional Director of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, dedicated staffs and facilitators of DSWD, honored guest, parents & friends, ladies and gentlemen , grace and peace to all.
It is with great privilege and honor to stand here and speak on behalf of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program as the Exemplary Child of 2014 of Northern Mindanao.
Allow me first to introduce myself. I am Jinky Gomez, 15 years old and currently residing in Amoros, El Salvador City. I am a 10th grader student and being blessed of being a constant 1st honor student since then. We are 10 in the family and I am the 9th one, because we are ten in the family my parents are really struggling in our daily needs.
My mother is a housewife and my father is a jeepney driver at present. This has been the primary reason why my older siblings were not able to pursue college education. They go to work at an early age to help my parents sustain our daily necessities.
Year 2011, when we became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program since then the program has improved our family. Before, I witnessed the bitter taste of what poverty has brought to us. I saw how my parents struggled for our school allowance, projects, school fees, food and many more.
But, despite the challenges I faced, I never stopped from schooling. Instead, I stand firm to achieve my goals and persevere.
Truly, Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program has helped our family a lot in terms of financial assistance.
Back October 2014, opportunities opened up , it was when I was chosen as the representative of our Division to compete for the Provincial Exemplary Child Contest of Misamis Oriental and being blessed, I won and able to represent the Province of Misamis Oriental in the Regional Competition. And I won in the Regional Competition.
Never in my widest dream that being a beneficiary of this Program will lead me to go to Manila to represent Northern Mindanao in the National Competition.
Although I was not able to make it to the top 5, the experience that I have gone, being there, makes me a winner. Since then opportunities in schools and in our community to compete in any oral competitions opens up.
Knowing that I had gone to Manila and represented the region helps other people specially my teachers to trust me. As far as I remember, our Divisions EPS in English told me when they picked me as the contestant in the Regional Oratorical Contest and have to memorize a 3 pages speech in 2 days she said, “Langga, you don’t have to worry you are a national speaker.”
Being a Regional Exemplary Winner opens opportunities and changes the views of people about our family and helped build confidence and trust in us.
On the other hand, there are non-beneficiaries who view that beneficiaries had abused the program and become irresponsible in using it-that they no longer work to satisfy their needs and just wait and heavily rely on the program.
That is why this program received feedbacks and comment from people for they thought that it’s just a way of giving money for free. Many arguments in the senate recommending that this program should be stopped because they say that the government was just wasting their money, but wait, are these reasons enough for us to judge and jump into conclusion that Pantawid Pamilya is a waste of money?
How about to the families being helped by the program? Those families like us? Let us first stop questioning the program and listen to these people. There are conditions given by the government to those who are beneficiaries to make them more responsible in our society and encourage the students to go to school to find better jobs and not to heavily rely on the program.
“Kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.” That is why, this program invest on us youth to achieved the change we desire in our society.
I am challenged to become a role model to everyone. To the youths who are rebelling to their parents because of their current situations which resulted to teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, alcoholism, stop schooling and a “tambay.” My dear friends, let us reflect to the sad reality in our country. Are these things really helping us to overcome poverty? Or it’s just a way of running from the challenges of life. Remember that quitting is never a choice. Let us all continue to build our dreams and make poverty not the hindrance to make the best of ourselves as what Mahatma Ghandi says, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Kaya natin ang pagbabago. We can achieve change! Hold on to God and trust in Him. God bless us all and once again Good Afternoon!

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DSWD explains delayed pay out of Pantawid Pamilya cash grants

Cagayan de Oro City — After receiving issues on the delayed release of cash grants for the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here explained that the delay was due to the postponement of schedule issued by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for its over-the-counter payments.


According to LBP, the postponement had to be done due to some internal factors that need immediate resolutions. The bank had earlier scheduled the pay-out to beneficiaries under offsite payment on October 1-15, but, postponed it later.


LBP is the only authorized entity to disburse cash grants for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.


DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo said that the Department acknowledges the concern of the beneficiaries not receiving their grants considering that it should augment their family expenses.


The DSWD is currently lobbying with LBP to fast track the pay-out of unpaid cash grants.

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Making resilient against disaster

MAKING RESILIENT AGAINST DISASTER. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries of Camiguin Province undergo series of lecture on disaster preparedness such as this in Sagay town in coordination with Engr. Alex Daraga, Municipal Planning and Development Officer of Sagay. Photo by Alex Cervantes, Roving Municipal Link of Camiguin, DSWD Northern Mindanao.

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