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DSWD: 4Ps are free to decide during elections

Workers of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 remind all the program beneficiaries that they are free to decide, choose, and express their beliefs and rights relative to the upcoming barangay elections through their monthly Family Development Session (FDS), such as this in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.

During the FDS, DSWD workers promote the beneficiaries’ rights to participate in the electoral process, but, emphasize to them that the program shall not be used for advancing political campaigns of any candidate, group, political parties, and the likes during the entire election period.

(Text by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer and Photos by Norhaina Abdulrahman Macala, City Link of El Salvador City.)


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4Ps grantee overcomes anti-social behavior, graduates cum laude

Sheremie Canunayon holds her medals inside her boarding house in Cagayan de Oro City, a day after her graduation at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines. (DSWD Photo)

Cagayan de Oro City — Success belongs to those who try to take every opportunity that comes their way, even if they fail than by regretting for not trying. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary Sheremie Canunayon, 20, believes in this.

Finishing a degree in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education majoring in Mathematics, Sheremie received the highest honors as Cum Laude during the recent commencement exercises of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Main Campus here.

Second to the last or sixth of the seven Canunayon siblings of Purok Sunflower B, Bal-ason, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, some 136.50 kilometers east off the city; Sheremie did not expect to earn such honor during her graduation.

“I didn’t expect to receive such award. What I did was I never wasted the opportunity given to me by DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and CHED (Commission on Higher Education) through the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA). I worked and studied hard to make my family happy,” she said.

When she was in her early elementary years, Sheremie claimed that she was anti-social. She didn’t want to make friends with most of her classmates. She was aloof.

However, she was quick to add that she only had few friends, who were also academic achievers like her.

It was during their frequent group studies that made her realize that she needed people around her, to support her in reaching her goals.

Sheremie disclosed that her teacher in high school inspired to participate in school and community activities to further honed her skills and abilities. This made her more active in school and in her community.

The close supervision of her parents and teachers in high school, she claimed, slowly changed her ways before, from being aloft to being participative in school and friendly with people around her.

‘ESGPPA a good investment in education’

Sheremie Canunayon with her sisters and brother inside her boarding house in Cagayan de Oro City. (DSWD Photo)

Sheremie considers her degree as a ticket to live out of poverty.

A scholar of ESGPPA since her first year at USTP, Sheremie said the program is “something that every 4Ps beneficiaries must be proud of.”

She said both ESGPPA and Pantawid Pamilya are good investments of the national government to the poor families, adding that, “education is my ticket to live out of poverty.”

Like any Pantawid beneficiary, she experienced difficulties in life. It never occurred to them that anyone in the family could reach college. Yet the sheer determination has been her driving force to finish her studies.

“I was so lucky then that I was included in the list of ESGPPA scholars. Because of that, my dream became a reality, big time,” Sheremie shared.

She did excel in her studies and even in extra-curricular activities. Despite her rather hectic schedule, she found time to be with her family to go to church.

Sheremie hoped that 4Ps will continue to help more indigent students to finish a college degree and make their dreams come true like her.

Sheremie is one of the 1,940 ESGPPA scholars in Northern Mindanao.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spearheaded the implementation of ESGPPA.

A student-grantee receives a maximum of P60,000 scholarship grant per school year or P30,000 per semester. This is broken down to P20,000/year Tuition Fee Cost, P5,000/year Textbook Fees and other learning materials, and P35,000 (that is, P3,500/month x 10 months) stipend (for board and lodging, transportation, clothing, health/medical needs, basic school supplies and other related costs.

Sheremie Canunayon browses her graduation photos with her sister.

The 4Ps is a human development measure of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children aged 0-18. It is patterned after the conditional cash transfer (CCT) schemes in Latin American and African countries, which have lifted millions of people around the world from poverty.

The DSWD is the lead government agency of the 4Ps.

Pantawid Pamilya is only one of the poverty reduction strategies of the national government implemented by the DSWD, with the primary aim to break the intergenerational poverty cycle.

In Northern Mindanao, there are more than 270,000 household active beneficiaries of the program.

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DSWD monitors OFW families

Valencia City, Bukidnon — The City Action Team of DSWD Field Office 10 here gathers the spouses of Overseas Filipino Workers to follow up their situation.

The 16 OFWs are all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries who were able to work in Oman and Kuwait as domestic helpers after undergoing skills training and employment facilitation by the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD, in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Multi-Star International.

The DSWD, Public Employment and Services Office of Valencia City, Aboitiz Construction, and the Department of Labor and Employment will schedule another job fair for all 4Ps and SLP beneficiaries on April 26-27, 2018 here.

Written by Oliver B. Inodeo, DSWD

(Photo credit to Francis John Flores, Project Development Officer of Sustainable Livelihood Program in Valencia City.)

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A Song for and from the People of Marawi

Photos and story by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD 10

Since the upsurge of the conflict in Marawi City on May 23, 2017, I have been personally part of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10’s monitoring team who regularly consults with the camp managers designated in thirty-four (34) evacuation centers in Iligan City, Baloi, Pantar and Pantao Ragat, hosting about two thousand (2000) families, to ensure basic social protection services are provided to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), with utmost quality and compassion.

For seven months, I’ve had my fair share of experiences and emotional connection to the IDPs. Being a Maranao who speak the language and understands the culture, I am deeply rooted to strive and be a better public servant for my brothers and sisters in humanity.

One of the most inspiring and memorable experience I’ve faced is when I heard this song, written and performed by the IDPs staying in Calawi Auditorium in the municipality of Pantao Ragat, in one of our monitoring activity.

The song is entitled “Anda so Ingud Ami” which literally mean “Where is Our Home” written by Khairinian and Sidikadatu Family, one of the two-hundred eighty-four (284) displaced families from Marawi City, who fled and sought refuge in the municipality of Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte. The song tells, how these families feel about their current situation and an emotional expression of their longingness and love for their home, Marawi City.

The song may not have the perfect, rhythm or melody but it has the right amount feeling to hit you from within, and it’s worth sharing.

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4Ps pay-out this April

4Ps pay-out this April


Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to pay the cash grants of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries through the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) this April.

Pay-out will start on April 17 until the 27th day of this month.

The synchronization of payouts of 4Ps grantees with the beneficiaries of the 2018 Unconditional Cash Transfer has caused the delay of the payment of cash grants of 4Ps grantees, who are set to receive the grants for their compliance of the conditionalities in December 2017 and January 2018 under Period 6.

The UCT is a component of the national government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) program that aims to assist indigent Filipinos that will be affected by the rising prices because of the implementation of the new tax reform program.

As stipulated in the TRAIN act, DSWD will implement the UCT scheme for three years. It will release P2,400 (P200 per month) in 2018 and a total of P3,600 (P300 per month) in 2019 and in 2020. P24 billion has been earmarked for the 2018 UCT implementation in the FY 2018 GAA.

As it is, ten million households/individuals will receive the UCT. Of this figure, 4.4 million are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

DSWD has already paid the 1.8 million 4Ps beneficiaries with cash cards last 31 January 2018. The remaining 2.6 million Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries without cash cards will receive the grants through partner conduits this April.

The three million indigent senior citizens who are beneficiaries of DSWD Social Pension Program are among the beneficiaries. The remaining 2.6 million households will be selected from the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System (NHTS-PR) which will go through validation.

Payouts for 4Ps beneficiaries is set every two months.

Northern Mindanao has more than 270,000 households 4Ps beneficiaries.



Written by Oliver B. Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Info. Officer ,DSWD

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Youth Representatives Participates in Peer Counseling and Education Training


A training on Peer Counselling and Education has recently been conducted to build capacity of youth focals and PYAP (Pag Asa Youth Association of the Philippines) Federation Officers in Northern Mindanao.

Twenty-five representatives from various Provinces and Cities within the region participated the said activity.  The training is aimed to build the capacity of the participants in delivering informal or organized educational activities, with their peers/ youth in helping them develop their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and skills.

Furthermore, participants are expected to better understand the concept of skills based health education and related peer-led health education methodologies, acquire accurate information about reproductive and sexual health issues including HIV /AIDS.

Focal persons and youth leaders were also expected to discuss their own attitudes and values regarding youth health education.

Workshops and various group activities were integrated within the four-day training sessions including simulation activities to gauge their skills in handling same type of training to various sectors aside from children and youth.

Actual output of the training would be the participants re-echoing of the training in their respective localities.

Resource persons include Mr. Mark Anthony Labriaga, Mr. Marvin Ted Membreve, both peer educators and youth advocates, Ms. Jaya Jowelel Agbu and Ms. Yulibelle Agbu, Youth Development Officer from the Local Government Unit of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

The training was organized and spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X.



Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD


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DSWD-X lauds 8 LGUs in Northern Mindanao

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently presented awards to the city of Iligan and the municipalities of Balo-i, Pantao Ragat, Pantar, Linamon, Bacolod, and the province of Lanao del Norte as the agency’s commendation for their help given to the DSWD in delivering its social protection services.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development presents the awards to the city of Iligan, municipalities of Balo-i, Pantao Ragat, Pantar, Linamon, Bacolod, and the Province of Lanao del Norte as the agency’s commendation for their help given to the DSWD in delivering its social protection services. DSWD also presents the Gawad Good Governance Initiative Award to the local government unit of Ozamiz City which was commended for conceptualizing and implementing the “Pantawid Kolehiyo Program,” which provides scholarship grants to one student per Pantawid Pamilya family beneficiary residing in the city. (Abdul Jabbar Usman, DSWD-10)

It can be recalled that the said Northern Mindanao city and municipalities welcomed and hosted internally displaced persons who evacuated from Marawi City which became a battleground between the Philippine government security forces and militants, including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups last May 23, 2017.

The host local government units assisted the DSWD in ensuring relief and early recovery of over 55,000 family evacuees temporarily seeking shelter and food in Northern Mindanao during the onset of the battle in Marawi.

Meanwhile, the DSWD also presented the Gawad Good Governance Initiative Award to the local government unit of Ozamiz City which was commended for conceptualizing and implementing the “Pantawid Kolehiyo Program,” which provides scholarship grants to one student per Pantawid Pamilya family beneficiary residing in the city.

The DSWD presented these awards during its 67th Anniversary Awarding Rites last March 8, 2018 in Quezon City. The anniversary celebration was commenced with this year’s theme as “Walang Puwang sa Katiwalian ang Paglilingkod nang Tapat sa Bayan.”

The DSWD actively coordinates and provides technical assistance to the local government units in responding to the needs and welfare of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities through delivery of social protection programs and services. ###

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD holds media forum, visits Solar-powered water system sub-project in Alubijid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 10 recently held a forum with the members of the media to introduce its programs and services, January 15-16 at the Pearlmont Hotel. The forum also introduced updates on the promotive programs namely the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), and the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP).

DSWD Field Office 10 program focal persons introduced their respective programs to the media and entertained queries from the media present during the forum. Among the DSWD presenters were from Social Technology Unit, headed by Ms Morena B. Fernandez; Social Pension Program by Ms Daisy Ramos; Centers and Institutions by Ms Rosanel Pague; Kalipunan (formerly Convergence) by Mr Abdul Jabbar Usman; Ms Amelita Paye for Assistance to Individuals/Families in Crisis Situation (AICS); Mr Rhandy Ladoroz for SLP, Ms Kenneth Haze Sanchez for 4Ps; and Ms Teofreda Dingal for Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP.

Butch Enerio of the BusinessMirror raises some points and queries for the Social Pension program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development during the Media Forum, January 15-16, at the Pearlmont Hotel. (SAUy/DSWD)

The Kalahi-CIDSS NCDD Program

Ms Teofreda Dingal, DSWD Region 10’s Deputy Regional Program Manager for DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP said that the program has 3 key messages: DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP is a means to achieve improved access to basic services and to participate in more inclusive local planning and budgeting, the program assists poor communities to facilitate improvement of the well-being of their barangay and its residents, and that the Community-Driven Development (CDD) is a well-documented and tested approach which empowers communities to take control of the planning, implementing, and resource investments in their locality.

Community-driven development (CDD) refers to an emerging approach in community development practice where processes, principles, strategies and resources are applied to ensure community empowerment by giving the people authority and control over decisions and resources. In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP.

Regional based media, together with DSWD workers pose for posterity on-site the Solar-powered potable water system community subproject during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. (SAUy/DSWD)

Part of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS community-driven development approach is the empowerment of women. According to the data provided by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional program management office through its Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, headed by Ms Gemima Lopez, that as of December 2017 – there are a total of 477 community subprojects spread throughout the 5 provinces of the region with a total of 26,539 paid-labor workers, 5,673 of which are women.

The most common community sub-projects in the region are farm-to-market roads and pathways which comprise 47% of the total number of sub-projects, followed by potable water systems, and health stations. Other community sub-projects include day care centers, pre & post-harvest facilities, bridges, flood-control structures, and school buildings.


Solar-Powered Potable Water System

The members of the media, together with the DSWD workers, visited Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, headed by Mr Ruel O. Barros –Punong Barangay, where a solar-powered pump-driven potable water system was constructed through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program grant of P1,173,972.80 and local counterpart from the Municipal Government of Alubijid, headed by Mayor Alvin Giovanni A. Labis, of P45,733.20 and community counterpart of P18,120.00 – totaling P 1,237,826.00.

According to Mr Arman Batutay, a community volunteer who heads the operation and maintenance of the water system – “kusog ang tubig nga gikan ani nga pump, di na mi maglisod sa pagkuha sa tubig (the flow of water from this pump is strong, we don’t have a hard time getting water now).”

Arman Batutay, Community Volunteer, who leads the operation and maintenance of the Solar-powered potable water system community subproject demonstrates to the media how the pump works during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. (SAUy/DSWD)

A total of 366 households in Barangay Tugasnon benefits from the potable water system, there are also 203 households who are beneficiaries of the 4Ps program who benefits from this community sub-project.

Brgy. Tugasnon, Alubijid Misamis Oriental is one of the beneficiaries of DSWD KALAHI – CIDSS. It has 8 purok with a total population of 2,493, Total HH 597HH and 631 families.

The pump is powered by a 2.1Kwpk 265w Solar Polycrystalline system and produces an average of 20 cubic-meters per day – and is distributed throughout the barangay’s 10 designated tap stands.

Barangay Tugasnon Punong Barangay Ruel O. Barros and Arman Batutay, Community Volunteer, demonstrates the flow of water in one of the designated tap-stands during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. The Solar-powered potable water system community subproject is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program grant of P1,173,972.80 and local counterpart from the Municipal Government of Alubijid, headed by Mayor Alvin Giovanni A. Labis, of P45,733.20 and community counterpart of P18,120.00 – totaling P 1,237,826.00. (SAUy/DSWD)

CDD Adoption

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National and Regional Program Management Offices continue to advocate to the local government units and communities in adopting the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in their local development plans with the aim of empowering communities, better local governance, maximization of resources towards need-responsive programs or projects and inclusive decision-making.

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June 2020