NorthMin Community Volunteers join 2nd National CV Congress

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Northern Mindanao Delegation to Pagsaulog 2018: The 2nd National Community Volunteers’ Congress. The delegation is composed of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Staff and Community Volunteers.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) recently concluded “Pagsaulog 2018”, a Cebuano term which translates to “Celebrate”, the 2nd National Community Volunteers’ Congress and 4th Bayani Ka! Awards, October 2-4, Cebu City.

Pagsaulog 2018 provides a venue for community volunteers and Bayani Ka! Awardees to freely share and exchange stories, initiatives, and unique practices that helped realize CDD in their localities as the event facilitated breakout sessions. Pagsaulog also recognizes the efforts and initiatives made by the community volunteers, partner LGUs, and other stakeholders in pushing for the institutionalization of Community-Driven Development (CDD) in their respective municipalities.

Community volunteers from the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Misamis Occidental comprise the Northern Mindanao delegation. The delegation also represents the regional Bayani Ka! Awards winning communities and their respective Barangay Sub-project Management Committees (BSPMC): Gerlie S Darog of Barangay Macubon, Aloran, Misamis Occidental; Charlyn C Carmelotes of Camp 1 Women’s Organization, Barangay Camp 1, Maigo, Lanao del Norte; and Louzselin H Barrientos of Barangay Mialen, Clarin, Misamis Occidental comprise the regional selection for the Gender and Development Category.

Una sa tanan dako kaayo akong pasalamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP, tungod kay nakataak gyud ko ug Cebu nga wala damha ug akong nahimamat ang mga nagkalain-laing tribu kabahin sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka implementasyon sa programa, akong napamalandungan sa akong kaugalingon nga luyo diay sa akong pag-antos ug pagsakripisyo naa diay kalipay nga akong matagamtaman nga dili nako mahikalimtan sa tibook nakong kinabuhi (first, thank you very much to Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP, I reached Cebu because of it, here I got to meet different tribes and listen to their experiences in the implementation of the program, I said to myself – there is happiness after all hardships and sacrifices, I won’t forget this for the rest of my life) ” says Charlyn.

Neivan Llacuna, Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson of Barangay Sindangan, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental represented the community in the Improved Local Governance category.

Barangay Sindangan, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental Community Volunteer Nievan Llacuna shows the his affixed signature on the document intended for a signature campaign to lobby for the full institutionalization of the Community-Driven Development approach in all local government levels.

Nievan said “the 2nd National Community Volunteers’ Congress is a once in a lifetime experience in which the volunteers had field trips to different places where Kalahi-CIDSS exist for a sharing of experiences and practices in the implementation of Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. As a volunteer, I learned a lot, like community empowerment – in many aspects which I thought was impossible from the very start.”

“I learned how to deal with different people in the community compassionately and patiently. I learned how to be a volunteer-leader in the community with a heart. Best of all, I learned to love to be a volunteer. In my whole life, I always carry this simple quote of mine which serves also as my energizer in doing my tasks (both as a volunteer and as a mentor) untiringly, When one loves, no service seems too hard” Nievan continues.

“Definitely, when we love our work, when we love to volunteer, when there is love, no matter how hard the work is, no matter how there will be conflicts of time and resources, and no matter how heavy the loads we carry, it seems all of these is just a light, simple and easy task to do” Nievan concludes.

Geraldine Magsayo of Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos Bukidnon and Jodie Dura of Portulin, Pangantucan, Bukidnon represent their respective communities in the Sustained Community Volunteers Group category.

Geraldine says “I, together with my fellow volunteers, am very proud of our community. Dili nako ni mahimo kung ako lang isa, but because of community empowerment, nahimong mas dali, mas hapsay, ug mas dayag ang among trabaho as volunteers (I could not have done this on my own, but because of community empowerment, our work as volunteers became easier, organized, and transparent).”

Geraldine also shares her experience during Pagsaulog 2018, “sa dihang niabot na ang panahon sa paglarga padulong Cebu, October 1 pa lang sa gabii tua na ko sa airport – didto na ko natulog kay mahadlok ko nga mabyaan sa eroplano, doble akong gibati, kahadlok ug excited, excited kay first time pa nako makasakay sa eroplano (when it was time to travel to Cebu, I was already at the airport on the night of October 1, I slept there because I was afraid I might miss my flight, I had mixed emotions – both scared and excited, excited because it was my first time to be on an airplane).”

Nagadto mi sa Municipality sa Moalboal, tulo ka oras kapin ang byahe but enjoy ra kay daghan view among nakita nga sa TV ra nako usahay makita, nakita usab namo ang Naga nga diin daghan nakalas ng kinabuhi tungod sa landslide, makasubo (we also went to the Municipality of Moalboal, it was a three-hour trip but we enjoyed it because we saw different landscapes that we only get to see on TV, we also saw Naga where there were many lives lost due to landslide, it was heartbreaking)” continues Geraldine.

The Northern Mindanao delegation during the Pledge of Commitment to continue advocating for Community-Driven Development.

Nalipay sad ko kay pagcourtesy call namo sa mayor’s office, wala damha nga ang ilang vice mayor, Paz A. Rozgoni, ang nagwelcome kanamo ug siya miingon nga gikan pud diay siya sa Don Carlos, Bukidnon (I was happy when we had a courtesy call at the mayor’s office, I didn’t expect that the vice mayor, Paz A. Rozgoni, welcomed us and revealed that she also hails from Don Carlos, Bukidnon)” enthused Geraldine.

Niadto pud mi sa Barangay Saavedra, Moalboal para sa usa ka field visit, didto namo nasinati ang experiences nila paagi sa us aka focus group discussion, adunay kasakit ug kalipay, makarelate mi sa ilang mga gipangbati isip volunteers (we then went to Barangay Saavedra, Moalboal for a field visit, there we heard their experiences through a focus group discussion, there was pain and happiness, we could really sympathize with them as we are also volunteers)” says Geraldine.

Isang karangalan ang ma imbita ng National Community Volunteers’ Congress dahil doon ko nakita kung gaano ka ganda at epektebo ang programa ng DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sa ating gobyerno. Dito, may mga bagong tao akong nakikilala at naging kaibigan sa iba’t-ibang lugar ng Pilipinas na nakasama ko sa congress (It is an honor to have been invited to the National Community Volunteers’ Congress, it was here that I saw how beautiful and effective the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program of our government is. Here, I met different people and made friends from different places of the Philippines)” Jodie shared.

Barangay Portulin, Pangantucan, Bukidnon Community Volunteer Jodie Dura affixes his signature on the document intended for a signature campaign to lobby for the full institutionalization of the Community-Driven Development approach in all local government levels.

Umuwi ako dala ang mga natutunan ko sa CV congress at gustong-gusto ko itong ipamahagi sa aming komunidad lalong-lalo na sa aming Barangay Portulin (I went home, bringing all the learnings from the CV Congress, and I want to share these with our community especially in Barangay Portulin)” concludes Jodie.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Welfare category is represented by Evelyn Alampayan of Barangay Pigtauranan, Pangantucan, Bukidnon and Genalyn H Pata of Barangay Penacio, Clarin, Misamis Occidental. They represent the Talaandig and Subanen tribes respectively.

Evelyn enthused “yes, thank God sa tanan niya nga mga blessing nga gihatag sa akoa, ug salamat sa CDD sa pag-umol sa mga maayong pagtulon-an, hilabina sa pag-implementar og proyekto, wala ko mag dahom nga kaming mga ana-a sa bukid nahimutang aduna pa diay paglaum nga makab-ot ang among gipangandoy nga mahatagan og tarong nga eskwelahan ang among kabataan nga nag antos intawon sa likod sa stage ug ilalom sa kakahuyan (yes, thank God for all the blessings given to me and thanks to CDD for the opportunities to learn, especially during the implementation of the sub-project, I did not expect that we, people living in the mountains, still had hope in achieving our dream of having a school for our children who used the back of the stage and under the tree as classrooms). ”

Busa, ako mapasalamaton gyud sa Kalahi-CIDSS nga maoy ni tubag sa among panginahanglan, ug bahin usab sa akong kaugalingon nahimo kong lig-on ug mapaubsanon sa tanan nga mga pagsulay, during implementation sa maong project (I am thankful for Kalahi-CIDSS that paved the way to facilitate our needs, and I learned to be humble in the face of challenges during the implementation of the sub-project)” says Evelyn.

Helbert Guiniasan of Barangay Dalingap, Clarin, Misamis Occidental represents his community in the Environmental Protection Category.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitators also represented the Northern Mindanao delegation: Mae Damming, Glenda Mae Bete, Evangelina Blaya, Billy Jun Jabonillo, and Ebmae Avelino of Pangantucan, Talisayan, Aloran, Clarin, Maigo respectively. They also shared their experiences during the said event.

“A potpourri like experience where different stories uncluttered in one bowl, stories that are canvassed from aspiration and authored with integrity” says Jabonillo.

“Learnings are the best experience, you don’t just learn by your own experience but hearing all those testimonies and experiences from different people uplift and motivate you to continue volunteerism, inspiring and priceless efforts” shares Bete.

“National Community Congress is an opportune event. Opportune in the sense things happen amazingly, where meeting new people, getting together for a while and eventually become friends, shared happy and tearful experiences about being a volunteer, I am even more motivated to encourage more people in the community to be a volunteer” enthused Damming

Blaya also shares “during the congress, I have seen and observed the cultures of the Filipinos. The Ifugaos are a kind people and based on my interview, their manner of planting is still organic and do not use any chemical fertilizer. We just realized that gaining knowledge is more valuable than money it can’t be compensated by anything.”

“The activity was exemplary it enabled us to fathom and appreciate the experiences and hard-earned success of the community volunteers in engaging and implementing Community-Driven Development (CDD) in their respective communities. Personally, it motivates me to exert my efforts to continue assisting the volunteers and in delivering the social services to the people in order for them to feel the government’s aid that was once labeled as abstract. Also, the community volunteers are the activity’s highlight, showcasing the outcomes of collaborative efforts of the different stakeholders to empower the communities and bring development in their place. Lastly, the activity signifies the community volunteers as agents of change that in the future will influence other people and communities to do the same” says Avelino.

Pagsaulog 2018 also gave birth to the national network of CDD champions dubbed as the Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers Association of the Philippines. Each regional delegation selected a representative to the said association that will be formalized on December 5 this year during the celebration of the International Volunteers Day. The Northern Mindanao delegation will be represented by Nievan Llacuna, community volunteer from Barangay Sindangan, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental. Nievan is also a public school teacher by profession.

Pagsaulog 2018 aims at providing an opportunity for the community volunteers and program implementers to promote CDD institutionalization.

Some Community Volunteers from different regions visit Barangay Saavedra, Moalboal in Cebu during the 2nd day of Pagsaulog 2018: The 2nd National Community Volunteers’ Congress. Here, volunteers shared their experiences in the implementation of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS community sub-projects.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in Region 10 covers 45 municipalities in the Provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental with a total of 1,105 barangays funded since 2015, amounting to Php 992,386,007.41. This covers Cycles 1 through 3 of the implementation, with a total of 112,279 community volunteers involved in the sub-project implementations.

The 1105 community sub-projects include roads, water systems, health stations, flood control structures, electrification, school buildings, pre/post-harvest facilities, foot paths, sea walls, training centers, public markets, and spillways among others. Topping the list of community sub-projects are roads with 599 and water systems with 92.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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CDD in Action: DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS holds Knowledge Management Forum

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its community empowerment program, Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP), holds a Learning Event and Knowledge Management Forum, Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City, Manila, September 18-19, 2018.

DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe emphasized the importance of data and researches for program implementation and how this would help streamline the Kalahi-CIDSS successor program. This, as the Kalahi-CIDSS is in its closing phase in 2019.

The learning event dubbed as CDD (Community-Driven Development) in Action: Empowering Communities through Research and Knowledge Exchange is facilitated by the Kalahi-CIDSS Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (M&E) headed by Deputy National M&E Specialist Abigail de la Cruz.

DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe emphasized the importance of data and researches for program implementation and how this would help streamline the Kalahi-CIDSS successor program. This, as the Kalahi-CIDSS is in its closing phase in 2019. Undersecretary Jarabe also said that with researches conducted for the program – its results can help address the gaps in the program implementation. Undersecretary Jarabe also acts as the Deputy National Program Director and OIC for Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP.

CDD in Action showcased national and regional studies conducted on Kalahi-CIDSS, and gathered comments and feedback from the program’s partners and stakeholders on these studies, mainly on ways to promote CDD and determining the challenging areas of the program.

The plenary sessions provided an avenue for the participants to organize a community of practice for continuous and regular exchange of information on community-driven development.

Alongside with the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS since 2003, various studies were also conducted to assess program effectiveness at different levels through qualitative and/or quantitative approaches. Some interesting facts generated through these researches include: Kalahi-CIDSS was projected to generate a conservatively estimated economic internal rate of return of 21 percent and a net present value of P1.03 billion. (Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Community Driven Development: The
KALAHI-CIDSS Project, 2007)

It was also found out that Kalahi-CIDSS is an effective platform for integrating key elements of an effective local poverty reduction strategy. It provides citizens an experience in project management that gave them voice, held leaders accountable and able to demand transparency. (The KALAHI-CIDSS Project in the Philippines: Sharing Knowledge on Community-Driven Development, 2012)

Roads and water systems were the projects most desired by households and barangay officials. Barangay assembly attendance was reportedly high, with 68% of households indicating having a member attend in the past 6 months. (Impact evaluation of the Kalahi-CIDSS: Baseline Report, 2014)

Kalahi-CIDSS National Communication Specialist Ma Rosario Consuelo Lagman presented Knowledge Products and endeavors which are produced by the different social marketing officers of DSWD regional field offices.

Volunteers have become more confident, had leadership opportunities, acquired construction skills, and had found employment as staff in the barangay or in Kalahi-CIDSS. (Process Evaluation of Kalahi-CIDSS 2015)

In a case study conducted in July 2016, it was notably observed that there was a fast-paced organizing done by the community people. As the time of data collection, all (28), except two barangays had established women’s organizations in less than a year. Some organizations were reactivated (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP Process Documentation: Assessing Philippines’ Community-Driven Development Fast Tracked Response to Natural Disasters, 2016)

Kalahi-CIDSS National Communication Specialist Ma Rosario Consuelo Lagman presented Knowledge Products and endeavors which are produced by the different social marketing officers of DSWD regional field offices.

“What the studies tell us is that the poor, especially the marginalized such as the indigenous peoples and people living in conflict-affected areas, can truly benefit from the community-driven development approach. The results prove that giving communities control over decisions and resources makes people-centered development possible even in the most challenging contexts”, Lagman says.

She also said “the feedback given by the government agencies, representatives from the academe, and civil society organizations that now comprise DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’ newly-formed Community of Practice will also help us address the challenges and strengthen the program implementation”.

The learning event dubbed as CDD (Community-Driven Development) in Action: Empowering Communities through Research and Knowledge Exchange is facilitated by the Kalahi-CIDSS Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (M&E) headed by Deputy National M&E Specialist Abigail de la Cruz.

This event highlights the different Kalahi-CIDSS national studies: TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS FOR THE KC-NCDDP PHILIPPINES (World Bank 2016) by Maria Loreto Padua, Social Development Specialist – World Bank; ENHANCING COMMUNITY-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT THROUGH CONVERGENCE: A Case Study of Household and Community-Based Initiative in the Philippine Villages (ADB 2015).

CDD in Action also featured three regional studies by Todd Lucero, Rodolfo Nillosguin Jr, Christine June Arapoc, regional monitoring and evaluation specialist of DSWD Field Offices 7, 9, and 12 respectively.

Undersecretary Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe, in her closing message, highlighted the value of convergence, as evidenced by the national and regional studies presented in the forum. Policy reform agenda is a step closer when partners in development continue to do research and share what they know on CDD.

These studies add to the knowledge base of community-driven development. The good practices and lessons learned by the implementers serve as benchmark for other communities yet to adopt the participatory approached in lifting households out of poverty by providing them access to basic social services. More than their official publication, these good practices and lessons are meant to be shared to partners and stakeholders to inform program evaluation and policy reform agenda, through a learning event and knowledge management forum.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in Region 10 covers 45 municipalities in the Provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental with a total of 1,105 barangays funded since 2015, amounting to Php 992,386,007.41. This covers Cycles 1 through 3 of the implementation, with a total of 112,279 community volunteers involved in the sub-project implementations.

The 1105 community sub-projects include roads, water systems, health stations, flood control structures, electrification, school buildings, pre/post-harvest facilities, foot paths, sea walls, training centers, public markets, and spillways among others. Topping the list of community sub-projects are roads with 599 and water systems with 92.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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P500 matag bulan ang madawat sa Social Pensioner, dili P6,000 – DSWD

File Photo: UCT Payout to DSWD Social Pension beneficiaries in Gingoog City.

Giklaro sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nga P500 ang matag bulan nga madawat sa mga benepisaryo ilalom sa Social Pension Program ug dili P6,000 sumala sa nikatap nga fake news sa social media.

Ang Social Pension Program ayuda sa mga kabus nga edaran nga mga lolo ug lola subay sa Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 or Republic Act 9994. Ilalom sa nasangpit nga balaod, ang mga mag-edad og 60 anyos pa taas kwalipikado nga makadawat og P500 nga pension kung siya hinay, masakiton o adunay kabilinggan; walay gidawatan nga pension sa Social Security System (SSS), Government Services Insurance System (GSIS) o uban pang social security institution sa gobyerno; ug walay permanente nga income o wala gisuportahan alang sa iyang mga panginahanglanon matag adlaw, sama sa tambal.

Ang DSWD gahatag og ayuda sa mga social pensioners matag tulo ka bulan o P1,500 matag quarter, hinungdan nga mokabat kini ngadto sa P6,000 sa sulod sa usa ka tuig.

Gihangyo ni DSWD Secretary Virginia N. Orogo ang publiko nga dili i-share ang sayop nga impormasyon aron dili na makahimo og kalibog sa publiko.

Iyang gidugang nga bukas nga DSWD sa pagtubag sa mga pangutana lambigit sa mga programa ug serbisyo sa ahensiya.

“Using inaccurate data is not helpful to the public. Much as we appreciate efforts to help DSWD in information dissemination, it would be best that fact-checking to be done first with reliable sources before sharing,” matud niya.

Sa pagkakaron, adunay 2,906,079 ka mga social pensioners nga nakadawat na og ayuda sulod sa ikaduhang quarter ning tuiga.

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Serving vegetables in a meal saves benes from spending more on food

PANGANTUCAN, Bukidnon — Eva Tamong of Barangay Concepcion here does not need to buy meat every time she prepares a meal for her family.
The 50-year-old Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary cooks vegetables to pair it off with rice daily, a strategy she has been using to save money for the family’s daily needs.
She is not buying the vegetables, either. Instead, picks it up from the garden she and her family has been cultivating for years to help them meet their food intake needs.
The family grows Baguio Beans, Ladies’ Fingers or locally known as Okra, String Beans, Sweet Potato, Alogbati (Basella Alba), Horse Radish, Chinese Cabbage, Eggplant, Spring Onions, and Amplaya (Momordica Charantia) in its backyard.
The garden does not only serve the family’s food intake needs, it also gives Eva an opportunity to earn an income out of taking care of the plants.
Eva earns an average of P50 a month from her Spring Onions and another P100 from the varieties of leafy vegetables.
This extra income complements the seasonal income of her husband, Felipe, a Civilian Volunteers Organization member of this barangay, who formerly worked at a banana plantation company here.

Organic Fishpond

Aside from the vegetables garden, Eva’s family dug a two-meter deep pond for tilapia for their consumption.
The family feeds the tilapia fish with chopped vegetables leaves and chicken dung.
To date, the family has harvested tilapia fish four times and momentarily rears 1,500 tilapia fingerlings.

LGU gives free vegetables seeds

The Municipal Agriculture Office distributes free vegetable seeds through its volunteers and barangay officials.
The free seeds distribution is in line with the local government unit’s effort to implement backyard gardening among residents of the town, especially 4Ps beneficiaries.
Pangantucan Mayor Miguel Silva Jr issued a memorandum order on backyard gardening dated May 9, 2017.
Mayor Silva, in his memorandum order number 047-05-2017 issued to all barangay captains, directed the village chiefs to monitor the gardening activities of the 4Ps members.
Vegetable planting, Silva said, will help solve malnutrition in the town, adding that barangay captains shall check regularly the backyard gardens of 4Ps members.
The barangay captain shall then issue a compliance certificate to every 4Ps household for free for the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee to monitor the compliance of the beneficiaries.

Teaching kids while young

Eva and her husband, Felipe, have been farming since they got married.
The parents claimed they introduce vegetables to their eldest child, Rachel, 25; when she was still a child. Now, Rachel has her own family and she introduced vegetables to her child, too.
Aside from that, Eva introduced farming to Rachel while she was still a child, bringing her to their garden when harvesting fresh green beans, tomatoes, spring onions, among others.
Maintaining a garden even before becoming a beneficiary of 4Ps, Eva said she and Rachel would gladly share the crops with family and neighbors.
Today, Eva is also teaching their youngest son, Renel, on farming and eating vegetables, a passion for food and sharing she would like to continue to her next generation.
Concepcion has a population of 658 according to the 2010 Census of Population and Housing of the Philippine Statistics Authority. Of this number, 62 households are Pantawid beneficiaries. But, all residents of the village are into backyard gardening and farming.

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4Ps Couples Wed Through Convergence Initiative

NOT ALONE. Sometimes, you just don’t get married alone. Mass weddings can happen for a variety of reasons like this where 64 couples belonging to the Umayamnon Tribe of Bukidnon exchange their “I Do’s”, however, not in their traditional marriage ceremony in Sitio Miaray, Barangay Mandahican, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on June 14, 2018.

The couples are all beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The activity is part of the convergence initiative of the Municipal Action Team of DSWD, Mayor’s Office of Cabanglasan, and Municipal Civil Registrar.

Mayor Renante Inocando solemnizes the first mass wedding in town involving indigenous peoples.

(Photos by Elvie S. Pina-apol of MAT Cabanglasan)

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A farmer daughter is now a licensed agriculturist

Valencia City, Bukidnon — Rechelle Lacorte, 22 of Purok 1, Tongantongan here grew up in a farm where his parents have been cultivating since her childhood.

Rechelle’s parents did not own the land. They are tenants whose income is dependent on the farm labor and on their share of the income of the produce.

Rechelle have witnessed the sufferings of her parents and neighbors brought about by poverty for years. However, she saw it as an opportunity for her growth and understanding.

Rechelle Lacorte at the Department of Agriculture Office 10 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Challenges in studies

It was not easy for Rechelle to get academic opportunities. She had to face and endure the financial predicaments from elementary up to college because of lack.

“It was not new to me whenever there was a delay in my allowance, or if I didn’t receive any,” Rechelle said, adding that the struggles went on until her college days.

“When I have lots of requirements, my parents would even ask her where to source out the money to buy those,” explained Rechelle.

“Moana gyud si Mama nako, asa nato ni kwaon ang pampalit ani, nak? Ang allowance ra gyud nimo atong gisaligan and wala pay harvest diri sa ato,” Rechelle disclosed. (My mother would ask me where to find money to buy [for my requirements in school]. We are only dependent on your allowance and it’s not even harvest season yet).

Rechelle was referring to the scholarship she earned from several grants during her college days due to her meritorious academic achievement since elementary.

I was raised and was able to send to school through tenant farming and with the help of some scholarships offered by the government like the Provincial Scholarship Program of Governor Jose Maria F. Zubiri and the Academic Scholarship of Central Mindanao University in first year and third year in college.

“But, then at the end of the day, problems and challenges made me a strong person. I took that as an inspiration to get high grades and to excel in academics, said Rechelle who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness Management at Central Mindanao University, Maramag, Bukidnon in 2016.

Pantawid Pamilya helps her achieve her dream

“Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) helped me a lot to pursue my dreams and it became a very big part of where I am today,” declared Rechelle, who is now a licensed agriculturist.

“I know there is nothin in this world that can pay how indebted I am to ESGP-PA (Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation),” said Rechelle, adding that, “ESGP-PA came at the time when my parents decided that they could no longer enroll me in fourth year college.”

ESGP-PA is a college scholarship program of DSWD, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Under the program, a student-grantee who is a 4Ps beneficiary is entitled to a maximum grant of P60,000 per school year or P30,000 per semester for tuition and other school fees, textbooks or other learning materials, and stipend.

“Of all the scholarships I have enjoyed, ESGP-PA was really a great help to those students like me that come from poor families. My parents’ joint income was not enough and in the last three semesters in college in 2016, finances really mattered,” said Rechelle.

“ESGP-PA serves as a light to a path where I want to be, a road to success where at the end I want my parents proud, happy and will have a comfortable living, let them rest and let me do all the things they’ve done for me and pay them back with something good for all their hardships,” said a teary-eyed Rechelle.

Rechelle claimed that she has to pay back her parents for enduring the heat of the sun in tilling the farm just to earn money for her allowance and all just for her to earn a degree.

Rechelle disclosed that ESGP-PA also helped her pass the Licensure Examination for Agriculturists. She reviewed at Aim to Top Review Center for free, sponsored by the ESGP-PA, through the efforts of the Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon.

Rechelle Lacorte with General Services Section Chief Engr. Lolita A. Galenzoga of the Administrative and Finance Division of the Department of Agriculture 10.

Dedicating success to parents, 4Ps

“I dedicate my success to my parents and to others who have extended a helping hand so that I can reach my dreams, to ESGP-PA of 4Ps and to our Almighty Father,” said Rechelle when asked where to dedicate her success.

A degree holder and a registered agriculturist, Rechelle is currently working at the Department of Agriculture Region 10. She is assigned to the Administrative and Finance Division of the General Services Section of the regional office.

She plans to take up technical-vocational courses related to agriculture. She also plans to take and pass the Civil Service Examination.

She is hoping she will meet 4Ps beneficiaries who are now enrolled in college in order to share her story and inspire them to strive hard in their studies.

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4Ps beneficiary is now a public school teacher

MARAMAG, Bukidnon — Finishing her college education is the only way out for Charmaine T. Noynay of Purok 4, Base Camp here from a life filled with hardship.

Charmaine, a public secondary school teacher at Bukidnon National School of Home Industries (BNSHI), is a former Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary.

Finishing her college education is the only way out for Charmaine T. Noynay of Purok 4, Base Camp here from a life filled with hardship. Charmaine, a public secondary school teacher at Bukidnon National School of Home Industries (BNSHI), is a former Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary. Among six siblings, Charmaine is the first to finish college at the Central Mindanao University in 2016.

Among six siblings, Charmaine is the first to finish college at the Central Mindanao University in 2016.

“I have three siblings who finished high school, but did not continue to college due to our financial instability,” she said, adding that it was her dream to finish her tertiary education and improve the well-being of her family.

“As the fourth child, it has always been my dream to finish my studies no matter what it takes. It has come to me that my family’s future has to change, especially with my two younger siblings,” Charmaine said.

She builds a house

When she got her first pay, Charmaine started to buy construction materials for her dream house here.

Erected beside the older house, Charmaine still can’t believe that her dream of building a new house for her family is now a reality.

Construction is still on going

The Provincial Schools Division of Bukidnon of the Department of Education hired Charmaine after she passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers last year and assigned her to handle Mathematics subjects at BNSHI here.

A life filled of hardship

Her father is a farmer-laborer, while her mother is a housewife.

“We belong to the poverty line and that is very evident in our household. We are eight in the family. My father is a farmer-laborer and my mother is a housewife,” Charmaine disclosed.

“When I was about to graduate in 2016, my father was only earning P300 a week and that’s not even fixed. My mother was earning as well but only for our daily needs,” said Charmaine.

“My first two years in the university was the hardest years of my life. My allowance was not constant. Sometimes, I don’t even have an allowance. No matter how much I budget my money, it is still not enough. I always borrow photo copies from my classmates so I could study for our tests,” she said, adding that, “but no matter how difficult it was, I had always prayed for strength so I could keep going.”

“My academics have never been easy also. I may not be that intelligent but I always study hard so I could maintain my grades and still be in the scholarship program of the university,” Charmaine explained.

ESGP-PA helps her achieve dream

It was in her third year in college when she became a beneficiary of the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

The ESGPPA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program (4Ps), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

“The program helped me a lot especially on my allowance and school fees. I was assured that I could continue my studies and finish it on time because the program is very generous to the grantees,” Charmaine said.

Charmaine considered the program as her greatest blessing during her college years.

“My life has become better after I graduated and I am grateful for the program for helping me reach my dreams. I do hope the program (4Ps) will continue to help a lot of students who dream not just for themselves, but for their family also and for the country’s future as a whole,” said Charmaine.

“Yes, I graduated Cum Laude, but the success wasn’t mine alone. The success was mine to share with my beloved family, who were my greatest motivators and inspirations and to the persons behind the amazing program which aided my education,” continued Charmaine.

“I pray that the program will continue to serve the poor, but deserving students,” said Charmaine, thanking God for her achievement.

Charmaine is currently taking her master’s degree at CMU. She is planning to finish a doctorate degree to earn a title as a statistician of the Department of Education.

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PAHIBALO!

Gapadayon ang pagbayad karon sa mga cash grants sa benepisaryo sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4ps) nga ilalom sa over-the-counter.

Apan dili kini dungan o sulod lang sa usa ka adlaw tungod kay adunay skedyul nga gisunod nga natakda sa matag munisipyo ug dakbayan.

Ang gibayaran nga cash grants mao ang nasunod nga mga kondisyones sa benepisaryo sa 4Ps sa bulan lang sa Enero 2018 nga ilalom sa Period 6 nga pay-out.

Wala malakip ang bulan sa Disyembre 2017. Kahibaloan, ang Period 6 nag-cover sa bulan sa Disyembre 2017 ug Enero 2018.

Ang rason nganong wala malakip ang bulan sa Disyembre 2017 mao ang pag-uli sa kwarta nga na-alokar sa maong bulan sa wala pa matapos ang Disyembre 2017 gikan sa DSWD Central Office ngadto sa Bureau of Treasury tungod sa balaod nga gipatuman nga wala nay continuing funds alang sa 4Ps sugod niadto 2017.

Ang DBM (Department of Budget and Management) mao ang nagpatuman sa balaod nga wala nay continuing funds ang 4Ps sugod niadtong 2017. Nagpasabot, nga i-uli ang naka-alokar nga budget gikan sa DSWD Central Office ngadto sa Bureau of Treasury kung dili kini magamit sulod sa maong tuig.

Wala malakip ang Disyembre 2017 sa pagbayad sa tuig 2017 tungod gikinahanglan pa nga susihon ang pagsunod sa mga kondisyones sa benepisaryo sulod sa tibuok bulan sa Disyembre 2017 pinaagi sa compliance verification system, nga mao ang basihan sa paghatag sa cash grants sa benepisaryo sumala sa ilang pagsunod.

Sa pagkakaron, na-request na sa DSWD Central Office ngadto sa Department of Budget and Management ang na-alokar nga budget alang sa Disyembre 2017 aron mabalik ug mabayad kini ngadto sa mga benepisaryo.

Ang DSWD Field Office 10 igo lang mipatuman sa programa sa 4Ps. Ang budget alang sa cash grants sa mga benepisaryo anaa sa Land Bank of the Philippines nga gidrekta og download gikan sa DSWD Central Office ug makagawas lang kini paingon sa mga benepisaryo, panahon nga magbayad na sa cash grants.

Nagpasabot nga dili na moagi ang pundo sa DSWD Field Offices, sama sa DSWD Field Office 10. Busa, dili mahilabtan ang pundo ni bisan kinsa.

 

 

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