DSWD finds out well-being of Pantawid grantees

Cagayan de Oro City — Workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao are now gathering data of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) beneficiaries to find out the status of their well-being.

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Using the Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI), the workers will record and measure changes in the lives of the beneficiaries.

SWDI, a yearly monitoring of DSWD to Pantawid Pamilya grantees, aims to assess the level of well-being of the family -from survival, subsistence, and self-sufficiency.

It also serves as the reference in the case management of these said beneficiaries – to help them gain their fighting chance against poverty.

 

In Northern Mindanao, there are 251, 727 families who will be covered by the assessment.

The DSWD will be using the enhanced social welfare and development indicator (SWDI), a case management tool that measures the level of well-being of families in terms of their economic sufficiency and social adequacy.

In terms of economic sufficiency, families will be evaluated based on the employable skills of members, employment and salary, source of income, membership to social security and access to financial institutions. The social adequacy, on the other hand, will rate the families based on the members’ health condition, nutrition and education, access to safe drinking water and sanitary toilet facility, house construction and ownership, and awareness of social issues.

The evaluation of poor families involves a visit to the family’s residence and an interview with the household head.

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The results of the SWDI will determine the needs and capacities of every Pantawid Pamilya household and will be used by the DSWD in the planning of interventions to help them improve their families’ living condition and later become self-sufficient.

Interventions may include employment facilitation, skills training, provision of livelihood opportunities and referral to other programs and services of the DSWD, other national government agencies, local government units and private organizations.

This year’s assessment results will be the baseline to be used by the DSWD in evaluating the poverty alleviation programs and services provided to these households.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao; Photos by Rona Dagondon, Grievance and Redress Officer, Camiguin Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Operations Office, DSWD

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Sibomit Family: A bent house family of Misamis Occidental

Misamis Occidental – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao since 2013 conducted a yearly National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya that recognizes family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in their respective communities. These families serve as inspiration and proof to the public that the program helps in achieving positive changes in their lives.

In the quest for searching a family to represent Misamis Occidental Province for the regional elimination of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015; we encountered a family who remarkably live in traditional and ideal living that commonly illustrated in our Filipino books way back in our elementary years.

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The family is the description to the typical Filipino family who lives in a small but decent house “bahay kubo” or bent house, a garden at the back of their house, with parents who are loving and responsible; blessed with children who are adorable, respectful, and diligent. Tgus, inspires in the nursery rhyme Bahay Kubo, one of the oldest Filipino Folk Song.

 

This is the family of Mr. and Mrs. Lionedes Sibomit of Barangay Matugas Bajo, Jimenez this province. They are quite an ordinary family perceived at a glance but when you get to know them, you’ll be amazed at how they live abundantly in simplicity, enduring, and overcoming the trials that cross their paths despite the hardship of poverty.

 

Literally, the Sibomit house is not a “Bahay Kubo” or nipa hut but a typical house nowadays in developing rural areas. It is halfway finished, made of wood, and partly of concrete. The house is surrounded by flowers like the anthurium which is noticeable by the variety of colors and beauty. The garden reminds us of the song “Bahay Kubo” that narrates the different varieties of vegetables planted in their backyard, such as okra, string beans, eggplant, alugbati, pechay, camote, among others. Fruit bearing trees are also abundant at their backyard. You can find jackfruit, banana, durian, and santol.

 

The family also raises hogs, goats, and cows after they have availed of the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s self-employment assistance-kaunlaran. Not only that, they have a small pond where they raise cultured tilapia. However, the fish is only for family consumption, and not for marketing. They only sell vegetables. In short, they practice the basic concept of Food Always In The Home (FAITH) in gardening. They have planted vegetables and fruit trees, and raise chickens and hogs even before the Family Development Session of the program have discussed those.

 

Both parents: Leonides and Rebecca are members of the Subanen Tribe. They are blessed with six wonderful and magnificent children. It’s vividly shown in the family’s relationship among members. The children interact with their parents like a brother, sister, friend to them.

 

As parent, the couple said it is really a challenge to nurture a child. This is the reason why they strive harder. In return, the couple is rewarded with great accomplishments and academic achievements of their children. Seeing them achieved, the couple said it is more than worthy rewarding because they feel it with great pride and glory.

 

The eldest, Ronelo, is now taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering at Misamis University. Ronelo graduated Salutatorian during his elementary years at Matugas Bajo Elementary School, Jimenez this province.

 

Next to Ronelo is Claire who is now taking up Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Mindanao State University –Maigo, Lanao del Norte Campus. Claire graduated with honors during her elementary years.

 

Next to Claire is Grace, who is now taking up Bachelor of Science in Biology at Mindanao State Univeristy-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte. Like her elder brother and sister, she graduated with honors-Valedictorian, during her elementary years.

 

Third youngest among the Sibomit family is Leah who was also a Valedictorian in her elementary education. She is now at Grade 7 at a private secondary school.

 

Both the second-to-the-last child and the youngest among the family are Grade 6 and Grade 5 pupils, respectively.

 

Based on the latest Social Welfare and Development Indicator conducted by the municipal link of Pantawid Pamilya, the household scored a highest in terms of their role as a family, which includes involvement of family members to family affairs; ability of parents to discern problems and arriving at solution; participation of family members to community activities; among others.

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Written by Eleazar D. Gonzales, Social Welfare Officer III of Misamis Occidental

 

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Stroke survivor thanks DSWD for free medication

Cagayan de Oro City — Victor Maglangit, 52 of District 2, Barangay Puntod this city has a trouble with walking. He is struggling to balance his body after surviving from a recent stroke attack that paralyzed his left arm and left leg.

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After his stroke on June 20, Victor was brought to Northern Mindanao Medical Center for medication.

During his seven-day admission inside NMMC, Victor felt worried on his hospital bill, the doctor’s fee, and expenses for his medicines.

But, after a week, the attending physician advised Victor to go home because he has fastly recuperated from a stroke.

Victor immediately told her wife, Marilyn, to inquire on their bill at the cashier of NMMC so that they can look for someone to help them pay the amount.

When at the cashier, Marilyn was told by the cashier that they have nothing to worry because the hospitalization, medicines and professional fee for the doctors were all free.

“Ayha pa nako nadumdoman nga libre man diay kay Pantawid Pamilya man diay ko,” said Marilyn. (I realized then that they were all free because I am a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary).

In turn, Victor and Marilyn were told by the attending nurse That they can start packing their things and go home.

“Wala jud ko nagtuo nga libre diay to tanan,” told Victor. (I never thought that it’s all free.)

Thanks DSWD

Victor is diagnosed to have cerebrovascular disease, hemorrhage, right lentiform nucleus, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease after the stroke according to the medical certificate.

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“Galibog jud ko og asa ko og ibayad dihang na-hospital ko last June,” said Victor. (I was confused where to get money to pay when I was hospitalized).

In 2012, DSWD and PhilHealth partnered to provide health care for the poor.  Some 14.7 million indigent individuals aged 21 and above identified through the DSWD’s Listahanan database of the poor are now Philhealth card holders.  Of the total, 3.9 million, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are enrolled under the Philhealth program, as of March 2014.

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are afforded with PhilHealth coverage as Sponsored Members.

“Nagpasalamat jud ko og dako kay dako kaayong tabang nako ang DSWD, ang Pantawid ug ang PhilHealth,” said Victor. (I thank DSWD, Pantawid, and PhilHealth so much for the great help to me).

Because Victor is sickly, he is dependent to the income of her wife from massage.

Being a low income earner, Victor was reluctant to be admitted to the hospital since he knew he could not afford to pay for the hospital bill, let alone for the medicines and medical processess that costs far more than what his family earns.

But, his wife Marilyn insisted at that time that someone told her that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries can avail of Philhealth benefits.

Marilyn only presented her Pantawid Pamilya identification card to the hospital’s admission office.

Now, Victor is doing daily exercise to immediately recuperate from the stroke. He is helped by his wife Marilyn and their son during the routine.

DSWD is also on the process of helping Victor defray the cost of his daily drug maintenance through its Assistance to Individual in Crisis Situation.

Today, there are 283,150 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao. These families are identified through Listahanan, a system that generated data of poorest households in the country in 2009.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao.

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World Bank: Pantawid grantees cut drinking problem

Posted at Philippine Daily Inquirer website on July 16, 2015

By Paolo G. Montecillo

A sobering news for liquor makers is one positive effect of conditional cash transfer (CCT) for poor households in the Philippines.

The CCT program, called the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), has led to a sharp decrease in alcoholism among the ranks of the poor, according to a new World Bank report.

The 4Ps is an expansion of cash transfers started by the previous Arroyo administration. From a small pilot of 6,000 families in 2007, the program grew rapidly to cover 4.4 million families at the end of 2014.

Apart from the original intended effects, namely higher enrollment rates and improved child health, spending on “vice goods” declined sharply in families covered by CCT, the report said.

Reaching key objectives

“Pantawid Pamilya increases households’ investments in education and does not encourage dependency or spending more on vice goods, such as alcohol,” the World Bank said in a report titled “The Social Safety Nets 2015.”

Spending on such vices was lower by 39 percent in families covered by Pantawid Pamilya than those that don’t get the dole, according to the report.

Across the country, CCT has led to better lives for millions of children, while income inequality has decreased. Children have become healthier and are staying in school longer, said the multilateral institution.

“Pantawid Pamilya is reaching most of its key objectives,” the report said.

Health insurance

Among Pantawid beneficiaries, about nine in 10 households are covered by the PhilHealth insurance program. The program also reduces the need for some families to make children work to augment household incomes.

Among beneficiaries, those ages 10 to 14 years old in the program work fewer days a month than children not in the program.

Pantawid Pamilya involves cash doles to qualified families on the condition that children stay in school. The CCT program also encourages regular checkups for mothers.

This year, the government expects to spend about P62 billion for the CCT program, up from just P9 billion when the program was started under the Arroyo administration.

Effective implementation

The World Bank report, which analyzed conditional and unconditional cash transfer programs around the world, said Pantawid Pamilya was among the five largest cash transfer programs on the planet based on the number of beneficiaries.

Data from 2013, which was cited in the report, showed 19 million people benefiting from Pantawid Pamilya. The biggest CCT program in the world is India’s, which covers close to 80 million.

The efficient implementation of Pantawid Pamilya was also noted by the World Bank.

“Pantawid Pamilya encourages the trial use of modern family planning methods. The program promotes facility-based deliveries and access to professional postnatal care and improves children’s access to some key health-care services,” the World Bank said.

Progressive

The government’s targeting was also praised. According to the World Bank, CCT programs such as Pantawid Pamilya should earmark at least 20 percent of the money spent for families in the poorest 20 percent of the population in order to make a difference.

If this indicator is above 20 percent, the distribution tends to be propoor or progressive; if it is below 20 percent, the distribution is regressive, the World Bank said. In the Philippines, 46 percent of CCT money goes to the poorest 20 percent.

Income inequality reduced

As a result, Pantawid Pamilya has led to a 2.4-percent reduction in income inequality and a 12.5-percent cut in the number of poor people, World Bank data showed.

Results of the World Bank’s analysis come amid criticism against Pantawid Pamilya. The House committee on poverty alleviation in May proposed the creation of an independent body that would look into alleged “leaks” in the CCT program.

The investigation stemmed from House Resolution No. 591 filed by Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing.

Complaints

Suansing called for an inquiry into alleged issues besetting the CCT program “with the end view of addressing the complaints and problems in the program and make the necessary remedial legislation.”

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), one of Pantawid Pamilya’s technical partners, said most issues were already addressed.

Since 2010, the ADB has worked closely with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to ensure funding goes to intended beneficiaries.

ADB technical assistance has supported the DSWD in implementing measures—such as a grievance redress mechanism, extra training for staff and spot checks in the field—to improve targeting models so they exclude noneligible families.

“Rigorous impact evaluations have shown that the program is meeting its overall objectives. Monitoring and evaluation of the program by government and partners will continue,” said ADB Philippines country director Richard Bolt.

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Pantawid, politics and that P19-B figure

Posted at Surveil Column, Opinion Page of Business World Online website

By Amina Rasul

 

Recently, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Management (DSWD) came under attack. Again. More popularly known as 4Ps or Pantawid (Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program), political commentators seized on a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which stated that close to P19 billion of the 4Ps budget did not go to the poor.

What?! I have been a member of the program’s National Independent Advisory and Monitoring Committee for over two years now and was shocked by the figure. So I did my own research.

It seems that the media’s source was the ADB publication Learning Lessons, which said: “The inclusive growth study noted that improvements are needed in the program’s targeting system.” Where did the P19-billion figure come from? This is where it gets amazing. The footnote of the ADB document referred to a study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), which estimated a leakage rate of nearly 30% using 2009 data.

In 2009, the CCT Program’s budget was P8.3 billion, and the total number of beneficiaries was 777,500. Assuming the PIDS estimate of 30% was correct, then the amount of the purported leakage (based on the 2009 budget) would be P2.4 billion. How did the media come up with P19 billion? Simple. They applied 30% to the current budget (P62 billion). Voila! — P19 billion, give or take P400 million. I may not be that great at math, but even a 4Ps high school beneficiary would know better than to use an outdated 2009 figure and apply it to 2015 data.

Assuming a 30% leakage is correct, the actual amount would be only 13% of the P19 billion figure thrown about by some so-called political commentators.

However, the estimate of 30% is a matter that requires investigation. As Yul Brynner as the King of Siam said, “It’s a puzzlement!” I have asked the CCT Secretariat to find out what the formula was, since its own monitoring in 2010 actually delisted some 15% of the beneficiaries for noncompliance of the requirements.

What is the CCT all about, anyway? Why is the government, from the time of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the present, supporting it with billions of pesos? Is it a poverty alleviation program, like so many before that threw money at the poor?

An inspired and useful program initiated by the Arroyo administration, the CCT adapted the programs implemented by Mexico and Brazil to help reduce poverty by subsidizing poor families with school-age children. To me, it seems like a scholarship program for poor grade-school kids.

How does it work in the Philippines? A poor family with no steady income, with children aged six to 14, can get up to P1,400 monthly for five years. The family gets the subsidy for a maximum of three children, as a health grant and the rest as educational assistance. The family needs to make sure the kids are healthy and attend school. Thus, the grant really is more like a scholarship for the kids. No kids, no grant. Kids fail in school, reduce the grant. Further, pregnant women are required to get pre- and post-natal check ups. To make sure that the beneficiaries really do accomplish the conditions set, the monitoring of Pantawid is quite strict. The public schools provide proof of enrollment and the grades of the kids, the Department of Health centers monitor the health of the babies, kids and mothers. Children up to five years old are required to undergo check-ups and vaccines.

Further, Pantawid has implemented a values formation program through the Family Development Services (FDS), where the beneficiaries in a community gather regularly to participate in capacity building on parenting, health and literacy, among many topics. Local nongovernment organizations are partners of the DSWD, with local coordinators acting as municipal links who facilitate the FDS. Parents are required to attend the FDS. Anecdotal information to date tells us that the transformation of the parents has been remarkable.

Launched in 2008 with 380,000 poor households, it doubled after a year. Today, the program has expanded to cover 4.4 million families this year. About 11 million school children are being supported. To date, the DSWD has reported that compliance of the beneficiaries with the conditions is high: 93% for health, 98% for education, and 96% for family development services.

With regard to the need to improve the selection of its beneficiaries, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman has been quite zealous. Several years ago she invited leaders from civil society, academe, business and the religious sector to be part of the National Independent Advisory and Monitoring Committee (NIAMC) to help improve the CCT operations. Currently chaired by Evelyn Singson, the NIAMC members are as zealous as Secetary Dinky. I have attended several meetings where NIAMC members, like Economist Winnie Monsod, investigated DSWD monitoring reports the way the Senate conducts its hearings (without the harassment, bullying and disrespect).

When we analyzed the accomplishments to date, we were impressed by the impact of the cash grants. In education, near-universal enrollment of elementary age children (6-11 years old) and the enrollment rate for children aged 12 — 15 was six percentage points higher among Pantawid households than non-Pantawid ones. Child labor among Pantawid households has decreased by an average of seven days per month. Further, Pantawid mothers are more likely to seek pre- and postnatal care and deliver babies in health facilities.

Richard Bolt, ADB country director for the Philippines, has issued three statements to date to correct the misimpression that today’s 4Ps is so poorly managed that P19 billion has been lost.

Acknowledging that there were leakage issues in 2009, Bolt wrote: “The targeting issue raised in the PIDS report has been addressed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Conditional Cash Transfer Program and related ADB support. As such, we are confident that the issue raised is dealt with in the ongoing Conditional Cash Transfer Program.”

He goes further and states that the ADB Independent Evaluation report is “strongly positive and supportive of the program and its achievements including improved health outcomes and increased school participation, as well as its likely effect on the employability of the beneficiaries, and their chances for breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty.”

Will Bolt’s statements arrest the attacks on 4Ps? I have heard the line of attack of some of the so-called commentators. Sadly, I doubt if they will give equal air time for the official ADB statements. Its just so much more rewarding to stoke the anger of the masses by repeating, ad nauseum, that the government has thrown away P19 billion. I do hope and pray that Congress will be guided by fact, not politicking, when they deliberate on the budget of the Pantawid program. After all, over 4.4 million families and 11 million school children, their constituents, will benefit. Hope springs eternal.

Amina Rasul is a democracy, peace and human rights advocate, and president of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy.

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DSWD maintains clean database of Pantawid Pamilya

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is reiterating that the agency is keeping a clean database of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao, said that measures and systems are continually enforced to maintain a clean list of beneficiaries.

Northern Mindanao has 277,510 beneficiaries listed under the regular Pantawid Pamilya, aside from the 18,901 grantees who are members of the different groups of Indigenous People under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer.

Solamillo emphasized that only the rightful beneficiaries of the program are included in the database, adding that the Grievance Redress System (GRS) of the program is continually capturing and processing complaints related to the program.

Since the implementation of the program in 2010, GRS has delisted 2,438 beneficiaries due to inclusion errors; found out and delisted 13,210 because the household has no eligible children aged 0-18 years old; and delisted 717 grantees found to have regular income.

GRS also has cleaned its list from double entry or duplication, fraud, missing, waived, not registered, among others.

For her part, Kenneth Haze Sanchez, Regional Program Coordinator of Pantawid Pamilya in Northern Mindanao, explained that one way of keeping the database from leakage is through immediate filing of updates by encoding those updates in the system.

As of this year, Sanchez disclosed that GRS has received, processed, and resolved only minimal complaints of inclusion error which are coming from the grantees under Sets 6 and 7 or grantees included in the program for the last two years.

She also added that the Department conducts regular spot checks nationwide and consultations with different partner-agencies and organizations to help improve the implementation of the program.

Earlier, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has clarified reports citing a paper by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which stated “improvements are needed in the program’s targeting system to reduce an estimated leakage rate of 30%”.

ADB through its Philippines Country Director Richard Bolt, however, has already issued a clarification saying that the paper they published referred to studies from 2013 and 2011, which in turn used data from 2009.

“It is unfortunate that outdated data was used in media reports claiming that 19 billion pesos of program funds did not go to intended beneficiaries. That figure is based on a calculation drawn from outdated 2009 data—at a time when the budget for the program was much smaller—rather than the most recent 2014 budget. Initial targeting errors have been substantially reduced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with advice from ADB and other partners. It is important to note that these targeting errors did not lead to misappropriation or misuse of funds.

“Since 2010, ADB has worked closely with DSWD to ensure funding goes to intended beneficiaries. ADB technical assistance has supported DSWD in implementing measures—such as a grievance redress mechanism, extra training for staff, and spot checks in the field—to improve targeting models so they exclude non-eligible families.

“As part of ADB’s continuing efforts to improve the program’s effectiveness, a new round of poverty assessment processes is ongoing to update the status of beneficiary households and ensure funds are properly directed,” said Bolt in his statement which is also posted in ADB’s website www.adb.org.

Solamillo also enjoined the public to report, through the GRS, any complaint or questions about the Pantawid Pamilya. Messages can be sent through the text hotline 09189122813 or via electronic mail 4psreklamo@gmail.com or via Facebook: Tanggapan ng Reklamo.

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Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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Pantawid grantees on skills training, employment: Gov’t loves us

Cagayan de Oro City — They have nothing to say, but, to say their thanks.

On the day of their departure to Manila from here, the eleven Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who finished a housekeeping course paid a courtesy call to DSWD Northern Mindanao to express their thanks and promise to do their best in living out from poverty.

Mitzi Pactanan, mother of seven children, told Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao, that she has been preparing her husband, her children and herself emotionally because she is leaving for work in Saudi Arabia.

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Pactanan finished the skills training at Skills Mastery Institute under the Sustainable Livelihood Program last May 2015.

She feels blessed with the TESDA-accredited training at SMI because “I was given a big opportunity by the government to undergo skills training for free and they facilitated to help me find employment.”

Pactanan, a resident of Mauswagon, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, urged her fellow graduates to make use of their skills to improve their well-being.

“Dili tanan nga gusto mo-eskwela maka-eskwela mao nga thankful kaayo ko sa DSWD, sa TESDA, ug sa SMI nga gihatagan ‘mi og opportunity nga makatabang sa among pamilya. Makapa-eskwela na jud ko sa akong manghod.” (Not all who desires to study can study. That is why I am thankful to DSWD, TESDA, and SMI for giving us the opportunity to help our families. Now, I can send my younger brothers and sisters to school).

Pactanan said she has been dreaming for a better life and the national government fulfilled her dreams. “Nangandoy jud ko sa una pa nga mo-angat among panginabuhian. Salamat kaayo sa national government. Hinaot daghan pa ang inyong matabangan. We feel nga love kaayo mi ninyo,” said Pactanan. (Before, I dreamed of a better life. Thank you very much for the national government. I hope you can help more people like us. We feel you love us more.)

Work in Saudi Arabia

Pactanan is among the first batch of SMI graduates who will work as housekeeping personnel in Saudi Arabia.

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Four of her batchmates: Sheryl Gequilan of Parola, Macabalan this city; Glory May Llemit and Emeelyn Roco of Bal-ason, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; and Rizalina Alora of Sangalan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; are set to depart for Saudi Arabia on June 22, 2015.

The other seven, including Pactanan, will momentarily stay in Manila for passport processing and pre-employment seminar.

Dr. Irene Floro, president of SMI, told Atty. Solamillo and TESDA 10 Regional Director Edgar Sales that SMI will shoulder for the food and accommodation of the 11 DSWD beneficiaries in Manila for free.

The SLP recently conducted series of graduation exercises with the support of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and their accredited schools, highlighting the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries’ completion of various Technical Vocational (TechVoc) Skills Training programs in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

Monitor workers

Atty. Solamillo, during the courtesy call, reminded the future overseas workers that DSWD will continue to monitor the well-being and status of their respective families.

The regional director emphasized that municipal links have been ordered to provide psycho-social interventions to the families they will leave behind.

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The future overseas workers, Solamillo added, must also accept the fact that they will feel lonely being far from their respective families.

One way of overcoming it, she said, is to pray.

Engr. Sales, for his part, told the beneficiaries to adhere to the values taught by DSWD, TESDA and SMI in their workplace.

Sales is optimistic that the beneficiaries are equipped with skills that are more than what is being demanded by their employers.

The SLP facilitates opportunities for the development and management of resource-based, culturally sensitive, market driven and economically viable micro-enterprises; employment facilitation; community empowerment through skills enhancement trainings; link program participants to micro-insurance providers and promote comprehensive family-based approach and community participation.

Meanwhile the Pantawid Pamilya program is the national government’s social development program that provides conditional cash grants to poor families with children aged 18 years old and below. A household could receive a maximum of P1,400 a month for their health, nutrition and education provided that they comply with conditions of the Program. These conditions include availing of regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines, maintaining at least 85% school attendance, and regularly attending family development sessions.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 259,797 active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. Of this, 108,998 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries enjoy the benefits of the SLP. ###

 

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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The student is now a teacher

Cagayan de Oro City —On April 27, Evelyn Caballero, 39 of Barangay Balulang of this city marched on stage along with her husband and daughters during the graduation ceremony of the Philippine Institute of Skills and Development (PISAD).

PISAD is the partner of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao in training Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries under the Sustainable Livelihood Program technical-vocational skills training.

Evelyn finished the Beauty Care Course of PISAD and passed the NC II accreditation by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

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After more than a month, Evelyn is now teaching the clients of Haven for Women of DSWD here.

Happy to share

Happiness to see others developed their skills in beauty care matters most to Evelyn.

“Gusto ko ma-improve ang skills nila ug gusto ko nga daghan ang matabangan,” she said. (I want to improve their skills and I want to help more people)

Evelyn will be teaching the clients of DSWD on manicure, pedicure, make-up, foot massage and spa, among others every Tuesday and Wednesday until July 2015.

Haven for Women Center Head Rosanel Pague disclosed that DSWD utilized the expertise of Evelyn because she has been into training with DSWD clients for several years.

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Evelyn has a parlor in Balulang then. But, in December 2011, Tropical Storm Sendong ravaged all her beauty tools. She was left with nothing.

Persevere in dreaming to finish tech-voc course

After more than three years Sendong hit this city and in Iligan, Evelyn’s prayer for beauty care kit has been answered.

PISAD gave beauty care kits to 30 Pantawid Pamilya graduates under the SLP skills training program in coordination with TESDA.

Evelyn, president of the class, said her family has a brighter future because of DSWD.

Before, Evelyn disclosed that she has been into training by private institutions in beauty care but it is not accredited by TESDA.

“Lahi ra jud sa SLP kay TESDA accredited man gud. Dili lang mi basta graduate, tinud-anay jud nga graduate,” she said. (SLP skills training is different because it is accredited by TESDA. We are not a mediocre graduate, but an excellent graduate).

Under the SLP skills training program, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are helped to become productive and gainfully employed through skills training, job search assistance, and provision of cash allowance for transport and food.

Majority of the beneficiaries are children and dependents of recipient families of the DSWD Cash Conditional Transfer (CCT) also known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

TESDA, through its 126 administered training institutions, is responsible for the skills training and development component of the project. The six-month training includes skills assessment and certification and entrepreneurship development activities.

The skills training program has two components: training for wage employment and training for self-employment.

Parlor re-opens

For Evelyn, she is interested in re-opening her parlor in Barangay Balulang. She doesn’t want to go abroad for employment because she wants to focus on guiding her daughters who are in school.

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Evelyn’s elder daughter Christine Mae is taking up social work course, Flynda Jane Leizl is a Grade 10 of Balulang National High School, and Christie Liza, a Grade 4 of Balulang Elementary School here.

With the re-opening of her parlor, Evelyn claims that, “nakatawid na jud ko.” (I have overcome poverty).

Before, she said, her family could hardly support the education of their children.

Thankful to PNoy and DSWD

With the national government’s intervention through DSWD’s conditional cash transfer to improve the plight and condition of the poor families and to empower them through skills training; Evelyn is thankful to the program.

“I thank President (Benigno) Aquino and DSWD for giving us the chance to live out of poverty,” she said in vernacular.

“It really helped me and millions of Filipinos who, before, don’t have the opportunity to improve their quality of life. But, now, we are all enjoying all the interventions,” Evelyn said.

Evelyn said she will never cease dreaming of an abundant life, adding she is determined to live out of poverty through education.

“It’s only in education that I can reach all my dreams for myself, to my husband, and to my children,” said she.

The Pantawid Pamilya program is the national government’s social development program that provides conditional cash grants to poor families with children aged 18 years old and below. A household could receive a maximum of P1,400 a month for their health, nutrition and education provided that they comply with conditions of the Program. These conditions include availing of regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines, maintaining at least 85% school attendance, and regularly attending family development sessions.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 259,797 active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.###

 

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao.

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