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Renewed Hope to Dream

One gets easily discouraged when life offers you limited choices. The future does not seem any better for Rolly P. Oracion as he only completed elementary education finding it difficult to find a stable job for himself. His family makes ends meet by loaning in micro-finance institutions and neighbors which gets paid from the corn harvests. During harder times, they are forced to sell their livestock just so that they can buy food to put on their table. 

An opportunity came knocking on their doorsteps literally on June 2017. It was the last call for enrollees to the Backhoe HEO NCII Skills Training at Brgy. Minsuro, Manolo Fortich, a Sustainable Livelihood Program Employment Facilitation through Skills Training track project. A worker from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) visited Rolly and his wife Gina at their house and offered them a slot to the aforementioned training. Rolly was hesitant at first because he felt too old to be hired and he has not finished his formal schooling. His wife prodded him to grab this opportunity. He shared that there were times he felt quitting from the training but his wife motivated him to finish it. And finished he did with NCII certification.

Mr. Rolly P. Oracion during the Commencement Exercises held last June 24, 2017 at Manolo Fortich Gymnasium, Municipality of Manolo Fortcih, Bukidnon.
(Photo credits to Mr. Earl Ryan Janubas)

With complete requirements, including a valid driver’s license, he was easily hired by private companies and contractors. His job experiences harnessed his skill in operating a backhoe equipment. After finishing project-based jobs, he finally landed in GAMMA Food Inc. on May 2019 as mainstay operator for regularization within the year. There he earned a daily salary of Php457, complete with health and social pension benefits. 

Mr. Rolly P. Oracion showing off his skills in operating a backhoe equipment at his work area.

Rolly is more than optimistic than ever in facing the challenges ahead of him. He is grateful that they were able to pay off their debts that they can finally start saving for their house renovation and buy a motorcycle which he needs to use to and from his work station. There are times he ends up getting soaked in the rain when going home. For now, he is simply beyond grateful to be employed so as not to worry when they would get money to buy for their meals and daily needs as he has a regular salary every 15 days. 

The Oracion Family. Rolly, standing left most, with his children and wife Gina, standing 3rd from left.

The rest of the family are also doing good on their own. Gina is a Pantawid Parent Leader and President of an SLPA in Brgy. Sto. Niño, which was funded recently this November 4, 2019. The group project is cassava production. His eldest son is also a Backhoe NCII holder and is working at Dahilayan Forest Park as Park Attendant. His eldest daughter is enrolled at National Bukidnon Community College taking up B.S. Business Administration, while their youngest child is an enrolled Grade 10 student at Manolo Fortich National High School. They ascertain that the grants they receive from the Pantawid Program as they comply with the conditions. 
The future is better now for Rolly and he can only say these words “Daghan salamat sa DSWD kay natagaan mi ani nga opportunidad.” (Thank you, DSWD, for giving us this kind of opportunity.)

Walay sapayan, Rolly.

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CDD in ACTION: Translating Numbers and Stories into Impact

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) recently concluded the Community-Driven Development (CDD) in Action Knowledge Exchange Forum, November 19-22, Manila. 

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program of the Philippine government uses the CDD approach that gives communities control over decisions and resources while working in partnership with local government units within the frameworks of participatory governance, transparency and accountability.  

This approach provides a people-centered development assistance, capacity-building, and implementation support to poverty-disadvantaged and disaster-affected municipalities.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is currently advocating for the institutionalization of CDD and aims to introduce the CDD approach to all its partner agencies and institutions to continue the advocacy and the community empowerment brought about by the program.

The Resource Speakers of the forum with DSWD AsecRhea Peñaflor

CDD in Action is participated by select DSWD Regional Staff, academe, other government agencies and civil society organizations. Existing Kalahi-CIDSS policies, initiatives, and accomplishments were presented to strengthen the knowledge management component of the program.

Success stories were also presented; these success stories were composed of people or volunteers who experienced so many challenges while dedicating a good number of years to Kalahi-CIDSS and how they’ve contributed efforts to help their community achieve development and success. 

CDD in Action also featured inspiring lessons as it reflects the hard work and dedication of the communities implementing Kalahi-CIDSS.

Another major highlight of the forum is the sharing of good practices and innovations coming from other regions, partner agencies, organizations and academe.  DSWD Caraga shares their ISO journey and their high quality management system, through a computer application, for them to easily track Kalahi-CIDSS records and data in just one click and less paper.   

The GIS or Geographical Information System amazes the participants of this forum for it is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial geographic data. This is useful for Kalahi-CIDSS in implementing projects in a certain municipality for it allows users to create interactive queries and edit maps and add information on it. It is also useful for disaster response since it allows users to add photos of certain locations who needs rescue operation during calamities.

(from left) DSWD Field Office 10 participants: Roque L. Salvo (Social Marketing Officer), Delia Maravillosa, (Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator), Karlo Alberto De Asis, (Deputy National Program Manager) and Jayjul Delima, (Monitoring and Evaluation Officer).

CDD in Action also gathers organizations and partner agencies who support the advocacy for CDD institutionalization. Among the participants were representatives from the Urban Poor Associates (UPA) who tackles about people’s plan for housing and the community planning introduced by De La Salle University (DLSU), agriculture cooperatives and other farming issues were tackled by PAKISAMA. The youth in sustainable organic agriculture program was discussed by University of Santo Tomas (UST). These topics were eye-openers and will contribute to the communities having a similar objective as the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program which is to empower communities.

Regional Stories on local governance and the Municipal Talakayan were also presented that participants may have a bigger picture of the core functions of Kalahi-CIDSS in developing and empowering communities nationwide. The CDD in Action Knowledge Exchange Forum is full of learnings and unites organizations and agencies in advocating the concept of community-driven development.

This forum may serve as one of the key advocacy activities for DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS CDD Institutionalization in the hopes of reaching more communities to empower and to realize the core functions of the program.  

DSWD National Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Abigail De la Cruz shared her synthesis of the said forum.

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DSWD Field Office 10 sends team, relief goods to augment DSWD operations in Regions 11, 12

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 (DSWD FO 10) sent food and non-food items on November 1, 2019 to DSWD Field Office 11 and 12 to augment the on-going response efforts of the agency for the internally displaced families affected by a series of earthquakes that shook parts of Mindanao.

Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang immediately ordered to send an 11-man augmentation team to help the response efforts of the national government and the local government unit in Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

The team, composed of social workers and an engineer, among others facilitated the distribution of goods for the displaced families. The team has also established evacuation camps in some villages of Bansalan. Psycho-social interventions to children, women, men, and other vulnerable sectors inside the evacuation camps were introduced to help the displaced families overcome traumatic experiences brought about by the earthquake.

Director Libang also thanked the offices of Cagayan de Oro Councilor Joyleen Mercedes “Girlie” Balaba and Barangay 21 Chairperson Gilda “Gigi” Go for facilitating the transportation of all items from DSWD Field Office 10 to DSWD Field Office 12.

As of today, DSWD Field Office 10 delivered 8,700 Family Food Packs, 9,000 drinking kits, 3,000 malongs, and 50 laminated sacks to DSWD Field Office 12 while 3,000 sleeping kits, 5,000 drinking kits, 100 bundles of roof tarpaulin were sent to DSWD Field Office 11.

The DSWD Secretary, Rolando Joselito Bautista, extended his deep appreciation to DSWD staff from all over the country who are always responding to challenges, finding opportunities to help the Filipino people, especially during times of calamities.

Director Libang ensured that DSWD Field Office 10 will continue to augment food and non-food items to DSWD Field Offices 11 and 12 until the displaced families will live back to normalcy after the disaster.

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS monitors Don Victoriano CDD project

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) demonstrates that the community-driven development (CDD) approach enables more inclusiveness, broader community participation, gender transparency, and accountability in all stages of barangay development process.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional program management office of Region 10 conducted a series of consultation and focus group discussions with community volunteers, barangay and municipal local officials in the Municipality of Don Victoriano Chongbian, Misamis Occidental.

CDD inherently reinforces good governance values mandated by 1991 Local Government Code. This makes it essential to integrate and adopt CDD elements in the barangay development planning and budgeting process anchored on knowledge gains from several years of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS implementation using the participatory process, tools, and techniques learned from the program’s Community Empowerment Activity Cycle.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS introduced the Makilahok initiative in 2018 with the hopes of strengthening community participation in local development, with CDD as the anchor. It is also known as Participatory Local Governance: Barangay Development Planning and Management Capacity Enhancement Initiative.  

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Makilahok is implemented in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The regional program management office of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Region 10 recently monitored the Makilahok implementation in the Municipality of Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Misamis Occidental. Commonly known as Don Victoriano, it also bears the nickname “The Crossroads of Misamis Occidental” and is home to Mount Malindang National Park.

Assistant Regional Director Aldersey Mumar – dela Cruz and the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional program management office workers, and area coordinating team ride a “habal-habal” on their way to Barangay Gandawan in Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental to monitor Makilahok community sub-projects.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Makilahok community sub-projects currently implemented in the municipality are as follows: Barangay Maramara – construction of a barangay health center; Barangay Petianan – concreting of 0.300 kilometer single lane barangay access road along Purok 2; Barangay Tuno – concreting of 500 linear meter trail road along Purok 1; Barangay Gandawan – concreting of 0.350 kilometer single road farm-to-market road along Purok 3.

Deputy Regional Program Manager Teofreda Dingal says “the Makilahok initiative of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS uses Community-Driven Development approach as the backbone for the implementation, engaging the community members to let them realize the importance of community participation and mobilization in local development.”

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar – dela Cruz says “part of participation local governments must consult community members regarding issues or problems in their municipality or barangay; this gives the individual community members an opportunity to be part of the decision-making process on what projects should be given priority.”

ARDO Dela Cruz also reiterates that keeping the communities informed on the physical and financial statues of community projects is vital to local development.

To date, there are 604,048 community volunteers who worked together to complete the 26,828 community sub-projects nationwide using the Community-Driven Development approach.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Abobacar Tocalo inspects the on-going concreting of the 500 Linear Meter Trail Road Along Purok 1 Barangay Tuno, Don Victoriano Misamis Occidental.
DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Makilahok community sub-project in Barangay Tuno, Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental. This is the concreting of 500 linear meter trail road along Purok 1.

In the Philippines, the CDD approach to inclusive growth, social protection and governance is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program.


The bill is individually authored by Congressman Maximo “Maxi” Dalog (HB 4407), Congressman Lianda B Bolilia (HB 4470), and Congressman Allen Jesse C Mangaoang (HB 4764). Senator Risa Hontiveros authors the bill in the senate now known as Senate Bill 1057. Lanao del Norte 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo also expressed his strong support in institutionalizing the Community-Driven Development approach.

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS launch 1st Barangay Talakayan in NorthMin

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) highlights its pilot “Barangay Talakayan” activity for the year in the town of Binuangan, Misamis Oriental, September 13, specifically in Barangay Kitambis.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff, community volunteers with the barangay officials of Kitambis, Binuangan, Misamis Oriental (R. Salvo, SMO I)

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS initiated the Municipal Talakayan back in 2015; the activity is a dialogue with the municipal local governments in Northern Mindanao. This generated significant lessons, learning, insights, views, suggestions and recommendations to improve the delivery of basic and social services to the communities.

The success of the conduct of these Municipal Talakayan activities led to the conception of the Barangay Talakayan to give the grassroots planners data-based information to help them layout their future and perhaps on-going projects. Presenting and discussing the community’s development situation with key stakeholders and hearing their voices are equally important in assessing the development context of the barangay.

Gemima Lopez, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional monitoring and evaluation specialist, says “the volume of data gathered at the local level is very rich and can be used as vital information for the local government’s planning and budgeting.”

A worker from the Municipality of Binuangan assists in the preparation of the gallery of data. Part of the activity is a “gallery walk” where participants get to see all available data gathered. (R. Salvo, SMO I)

Lopez also says “the Barangay Talakayan is a pilot-initiative that will look at the development status at the barangay level that will measure the overall development status along governance, empowerment and poverty reduction and how these developments contribute to the overall municipal development.”

“Since the Talakayan is an assessment in nature, we want to see if Community-Driven Development or CDD is really at work at the barangay level and has contributed in the development of the barangay” concludes Lopez.

The Barangay Talakayan hopes to increase the local stakeholders’ awareness on the development status of their community, provide a venue for systematic face-to-face feedback between development program or project implementers and the beneficiaries and promote the use of information at the barangay level to support better planning and reporting of outcomes.

A Focus Group Discussion (FGD) facilitated by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS for Volunteers, Kalahi-CIDSS workers and Barangay Captains during the Barangay Kitambis Talakayan in the Municipality of Binuangan, Misamis Oriental to discuss Barangay development and answer all the concerns regarding the status of Community-Driven Development implementation in the locality. (R. Salvo, SMO I)

Through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community-Driven Development experience and the valuable data will give the community members and its local government information in improving local governance, poverty reduction, and community empowerment.

Civil society organizations or CSOs are the partners of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in this endeavor to serve as overall lead facilitator and documenter in all Barangay and Municipal Talakayan activities. The partner CSOs also process and analyze data and prepare the Talakayan presentations, feedback and turnover of Barangay Talakayan reports to Municipalities among others.

Participants to the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Talakayan in Kitambis, Binuangan, Misamis Oriental listen to the data presentations. (R. Salvo, SMO I)

To date, there are 604,048 community volunteers who worked together to complete the 26,828 community sub-projects nationwide using the Community-Driven Development approach. In the Philippines, the CDD approach to inclusive growth, social protection and governance is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program. A bill seeking to institutionalize CDD is already filed in the 18th Congress by Mountain Province Representative Maximo “Maxi” Dalog. The CDD Bill is now known as House Bill 4407. Lanao del Norte 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo also expressed his strong support in institutionalizing the Community-Driven Development approach.

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DSWD-10 to provide social services to former rebels

To support, facilitate, and pursue the country’s peace agenda, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 (DSWD-10) shall provide social services and implement social protection programs for former rebels (FR) who were members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA), and the Militia ng Bayan (MB) and their families, as well as in individuals and families in conflict-affected and vulnerable communities.

With the release of the new guidelines of Executive Order No. 70, which seeks to institutionalize the Whole-Of-Nation Approach to pave the way for collective participation and action in harmonizing government development efforts and services, the DSWD-10 shall implement programs and projects in close coordination with the Local Government Units (LGUs), who, in turn, shall also take the lead in the delivery of interventions to the former rebels. The DSWD-10 shall also provide technical assistance and resource augmentation to the LGUs as deemed necessary.

DSWD-10 programs and projects that are to be implemented for the former rebels include the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT), Sustainable Livelihood Program, Cash for Work (CFW), Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) and Protective Service for Individuals and Families.

In the EO No. 7 guidelines, the DSWD-10 shall provide assistance to the former rebels only upon endorsement by the E-CLIP Committee, for further provision of social welfare and development interventions over and above those being initially provided by the LGUs.

DSWD-10 shall also handle and manage the social cases of the FR women and children who are under the care of the DSWD-managed residential care facilities.

Other DSWD programs and services that shall be implemented in conflict-affected and vulnerable communities include the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayananan (PAMANA) Program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP), Disaster Risk Response and Rehabilitation, Assistance to Communities in Need, Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons, Supplementary Feeding Program, Social Pension, and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). xxx

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NorthMin Volunteers recognized as CDD Champions

Community volunteers from the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and Bukidnon represent the region in the 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress in Butuan City in the Caraga Region, August 13.

Northern Mindanao delegates receive their awards in the 5th Bayani Ka Awards during the 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress in Butuan City, August 13. The awardees are accompanied by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional staff. DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista graces the award ceremony. From left: M&E officer Jay Jul Delima, CV Florentino Amores, CV Mary Ann Patalinghog, Area Coordinator Jhona Landong, CV Mariela Galendez, CV Suzette Mosende, CV Joselito Tumanod, CV Arlene Misiona, CV Roger Mutia, CV Mohammad Shiek Pandapatan, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, DSWD Caraga Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim, CV Josephine Oracion, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Manager Director Janet Armas, Area Coordinator Gilmar Yamba, Area Coordinator Binladin Tiolo, and Social Marketing Officer Shaun Uy.

The Northern Mindanao delegation comprised of nine community volunteers, representing their respective Barangay Sub-Project Management Committees (BSPMC), from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

Mary Ann Patalinghog representing the community of Barangay Kilangit, Gitagum, Misamis Oriental; Suzette Mosende of Barangay Taparak, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental; and Mariela Galendez of Barangay San Jose, Medina, Misamis Oriental are awarded in the Improved Local Governance category.

“dako kayo ang akong kalipay nga kami nga taga-Taparak nahimong usa sa mga awardee sa Bayani Ka Awards, dili namo ni makab-ot nga pasidungog kung wala ang suporta sa among lokal nga pangagamhanan, sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS na staff, barangay officials ug kauban namong mga boluntaryo (I am very happy that we from Taparak are recipients of this Bayani Ka Award, we could not have achieved this recognition if not for the support of our local government, the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff, barangay officials and our fellow volunteers)” says Suzette.

Suzette also says “kini nga award maoy makadugang sa among kadasig sa pag-amping ug pagatiman sa among mga proyekto gikan sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS ug sa ubang ahensya sa gobyerno (this award gives us more enthusiasm in taking care and monitoring our projects from DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and other government agencies).” 

Florentino Amores representing the community of Barangay Aromahon, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental is awarded in the Elderly category which recognizes communities who value the elderly sector with equal opportunities. Florentino is 63 years old, and a pastor.

Nagpasalamat ako sa Ginoo sa mga kaayuhan ug kalamboan nga nahatag sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sa among barangay, nga sa kadugay sa panahon kami nangandoy og proyekto nga makahatag og tingusbawan sa among barangay ug sa mga lumulupyo niini, ug karon natubag na gyud (I thank God for all the blessings and progress the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS brought to our barangay, for the longest time we have clamored for projects that would give prosperity to our barangay and the residents, now it is answered)” Florentino said.

Barangay Aromahon in Laguindingan is recipient to four community sub-projects through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. These are: Day Care Center, 1 unit school building with two classrooms, concreting of 0.350 kilometer farm-to-market road, and a continuation of the 0.300 kilometer farm-to-market road. These community sub-projects span from 2015 to 2019 implementation of the program.

Mohammad Shiek Pandapatan representing the community of Barangay Pacalundo, Baloi, Lanao del Norte is awarded in the Sustained Community Volunteers’ Group. Mohammad is also now part of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority Parliament under the Office of the Member of the Parliament Said Shiek as a Chief of Staff (EA VI). Mohammad volunteered and was selected as the BSPMC chairperson of Pacalundo from 2015 – 2018.

Mohammad Shiek Pandapatan representing the community of Barangay Pacalundo, Baloi, Lanao del Norte and the rest of the participants of the 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress write letters to legislators, the president, and to whom they think can help CDD become a law.

Mohammad encourages everyone to boost the call for CDD institutionalization “Suportahan po natin ang institusyonalisasyon ng Community-Driven Development approach ng DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. Suportahan po natin ang pagsasabatas nito, malaki at maliliit po na problema sa ating mga kumunidad ay nasolusyonan na ng CDD approach  (let us support the institutionalization of the Community-Driven Development approach of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. Let us support making it into a law, big and small problems of our communities have been given solutions using the CDD approach of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS).”

Arlene Misiona of Barangay Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte; and Josephine Oracion of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental represent their communities and are awarded in the Gender and Development category.  

Roger Mutia representing the community of Barangay Ospital, Aloran, Misamis Occidental is awarded in the Environmental Protection category. The Labo creek, which stretches out to the Aloran River overflows and endangers the lives of the community members – despite not being prioritized for two cycle implementations, the community never lost hope of their dream. The community sub-project of the Barangay Ospital is the Construction of 40 Linear Meter Flood Control Structure is now completed which is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS amounting to P1,350,572.00 with P116,00.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Ospital. Roger Mutia was recently elected as a Barangay Councilor and holds the committee chairmanship of environment and infrastructure.

Joselito Tumanod representing the community of Barangay New Eden, Pangantucan, Bukidnon is awarded in the Indigenous Peoples’ Welfare category.

Oracion, Galendez, and Tumanod were also recently elected as barangay councilors in their respective communities.

The Bayani Ka Awards and National Community Volunteers Congress is an activity that recognizes the efforts and valuable contributions of community volunteers who have been implementing sub-projects through the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach.

The activity is an annual event of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS to celebrate the success of community-driven development which is implemented across 827 municipalities nationwide.

This year’s theme is “Padayon, Kalahi-CIDSS!,” which boosts the clamor to institutionalize the CDD strategy in DSWD programs and in the local development process of municipalities.

The participants of the 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress also embarked on a simultaneous field visit to different municipalities that implement DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects in the Caraga Region , here the participants get to interact with the region’s community volunteers in focused-group discussions and other activities.

The event was participated by more than 250 community volunteers, local chief executives, and barangay officials from 14 regions nationwide.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of poverty alleviation programs of DSWD stipulated in the Magna Carta of the Poor. It uses the CDD approach in empowering communities that provides the opportunity for participation by giving them control over decisions and resources. Through CDD, sub-projects target the immediate needs of the communities and community members have larger stake in their own development.          

To date, there are 604,048 community volunteers who worked together to complete the 26,828 community sub-projects nationwide.

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DSWD-10 opens doors of the Regional Haven for Women in Bukidnon

The DSWD opens the doors of the newly built Regional Haven for Women in Alae, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon. The Haven, a 1,750 square meter building, is constructed with the aim to help women living in Bukidnon and neighboring provinces, and whose rights are violated. In the Haven, women will be given government assistance and interventions such as counseling, livelihood, technical education, and other psychosocial interventions.

“Ang Regional Haven for Women ay isang simbolong nagpapaalala sa atin na dapat ipaglaban ang karapatan ng kababaihan kapag ito ay natatapakan, (the Regional Haven for Women is a symbol that reminds us that we need to protect the rights of our women when they are violated.” This is Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista’s message, delivered by Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan during the Inauguration of DSWD-10’s Regional Haven for Women today, August 28, in Barangay Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Sa mga amenities na ito, inaasahan po nating mapabuti ang ating serbisyo at maipadama sa ating mga kliyente ang pagkalinga at higit sa lahat, pagmamahal ng DSWD, (through these amenities, we hope that we will able to improve our services and let our clients experience the care and love of the DSWD).” – Mari-Flor Dollaga Libang in her reference to the new Regional Haven for Women in Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, inaugurated today, August 28, 2019.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development officially opened the doors of the Regional Haven for Women in Bukidnon, a 23-million Peso project that provides temporary shelter and refuge to women who are undergoing difficult circumstances such as abuse and trafficking.

The Haven was built with the aim to provide access to social services to women whose rights were violated and are living in Bukidnon and other neighboring provinces, and to support them through government interventions and assistance, such as counseling, medical assistance, livelihood, technical education, and psycho-social interventions.

“Para mas marami pa tayong mga kakababaihang matutulongan (so that we can help more women),” Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang, Regional Director of DSWD-10, says during her welcome speech among witnesses to the inauguration of the building. She added that many women will now be able to seek refuge in the Haven in times of difficulties and when their rights are violated.

DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan (third from left) shows pride and joy as she ceremoniously unveiled the building marker installed in the newly inaugurated Regional Haven for Women in Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon today, August 28, 2019. With her are Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin , DSWD Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga Libang, former director of DSWD-10, Director Nestor Ramos, and Bukidnon Vice Governor Rogelio Quino.

“The completion of the construction of the Regional Haven for Women is a manifestation of converged efforts,” she continues as she relays that the Regional Haven for Women was realized through planning and implementation by a number of individuals and leaders, both from the local and national government, who took part in the completion of the construction of the 1,750 square meter building.

The facility has four women’s quarters, a conference room, a prayer room, a counseling area, a training room, a clinic, and a library, among others.

The construction of the building started in December 2018 and was completed in August 2019, with the budget coming from the DSWD’s Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF) project fund. Support were also given by other national and local government offices “that shared the same vision the DSWD has.”

DSWD Undersecretaries Luzviminda Ilagan and Camilo Gudmalin ceremoniously cut the ribbon during the inauguration of the Regional Haven for Women in Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, officially opening the facility to women who need DSWD assistance and interventions.

Gracing the inauguration were DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin, Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan, the Provincial Government of Bukidnon, and the local government unit of Manolo Fortich.

Representatives from other DSWD field offices and partner agencies were also among the witnesses in the said event.

A virtual inauguration of 124 DSWD centers and residential care facilities completed across the nation was also held in Cagayan de Oro City in the afternoon of the same day, which was also graced by top executives of the Department.

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