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Ang Tulay sa Kinabuhi (The Bridge of Life)

By Danna Jill Ebiza – Pagaling, (former CEF of San Fernando) DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator

Each community has different and unique challenges, some with great challenges yet easily resolved, some appear so easy and simple yet it wounds so deep that the community itself couldn’t help but seek help from others.

Completed Construction of Vented Spillway Bridge in Barangay Da-o, San Fernando, Bukidnon

This story gives us a picture of the experiences of the residents in the community specifically at the river where the sub-project is located.

Barangay Da-o in the Municipality of San Fernando, Bukidnon has a population of 1,145 with 353 households. It has five puroks and two sitios; one of it is Sitio Kiranggel. The Barangay is home to the Matigsalug Tribe. Farming (Corn, Rice, Banana among others) is the main source of income for the communities here; small-scale mining is also a source of income in Da-o.

The barangay is 29 kilometers away from Poblacion Halapitan. The modes of transportation are jeepneys and hired motorcycles. It takes an hour and a half to travel to the barangay proper. Thus, there is difficulty on emergency responses because of its terrain and distance. Barangay Da-o was then affected by an armed conflict; in 2004 there was an encounter between New People’s Army and Philippine Army. Many soldiers of the Philippine Army were killed, but there were no civilian casualties. Currently, the security of the community is considerably safer than before according to residents.

According to the Punong Barangay, Medy M. Mancilla, during year 2010 & 2015 there were flash floods that devastated the communities killing adults and children who were then crossing the river just to get home from their farm and from neighboring barangays.

The main reason that the community volunteers decided on the Construction of Spillway Bridge as their number one priority is knowing that this intervention answers the need of the people.

Community volunteer, Marivic Palo says “Dili na namu gusto nga aduna pay mga kinabuhi nga ma kalas ug masayang panahon nga muabut na usab ang daku nga baha (We don’t want loss of lives again, should there be floods again)”. This was based on Barangay Participatory Situational Analysis result and as decided by the Barangay assembly, it was approved. Before year 2016 concluded, there are 4 rivers to cross before reaching Barangay Da-o, and one of these is the specific location of the current sub-project.

Barangay Da-o is one of the nine recipients of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP with P20M grant in San Fernando for the 1st cycle. Barangay Da-o has a sub-project of Construction of 12 meter vented spillway bridge with reinforced concrete pavement having a total cost of P1,357,686.95.

The spillway bridge sub-project started its implementation on February of 2017 after months of trying to solve the problem by the community volunteers and Barangay officials. The implementation was delayed for more than a year since there were uncontrollable situations that arose in the community the moment it started the implementation. The community itself could not help but seek assistance from other partners just to solve the problem.

All residents are the direct beneficiaries of the sub-project thus, everyone is excited to work and be involved with the implementation. The target of the sub-project is not just the physical structure but of the purpose that the community people has involvement, responsibility, accountability and ownership towards the sub-project.

In August of 2017, the sub-project was 100% completed. The community people involved during sub-project implementation is very grateful for the success completion of the sub-project. As what the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairman, Josar M. Acain, said after the completion of the sub-project, “Ang kahumanan sa proyekto kadaugan ug kalampusan usab sa mga lumulopyo sa komunidad (the completion of the project is victory and achievement of the residents of the community).”

There is now an easy access going in and out of the community. Residents and children no longer feel in danger as they pass the spillway bridge be it day or night. The farmers are more grateful since the sub-project totally addressed the need for convenient transportation of farm products to the market.

Damage to the community sub-project brought about by Tropical Storm Vinta

Four months after the sub-project completion, on December 22, 2017, a flash flood came with Tropical Storm Vinta, residents of the community attested that for many years they lived in the place – it was the first time they have seen the flood seemingly wanting to destroy everything. This damaged the sub-project spillway bridge.

The BSPMC and the Barangay Council yet again encountered a problem after the incident because the headwalls of the spillway were damaged and boulders that blocked the flow of the water. The Kalahi-CIDSS community account is already fully utilized and has since been closed leaving the community to fend off for themselves or find ways to fund the repair of the affected parts of the spillway bridge.

Damaged repaired on the affected parts of the community sub-project with the help of the local government unit of San Fernando, Bukidnon

The barangay, with the community, sought help from the Local Government Unit of San Fernando which responded to their request in 6 month’s time.

Volunteers of Barangay Da-o have learned how to help and work together in times of challenges, be it light or heavy; today, the community maintains positivity, with the belief that through unity, hardwork and dedication, any challenge they encounter can be resolved.

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Community Volunteer sa Talisayan, representante sa rehiyon sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Volunteers’ Association

MANILA – Sa unang higayon, nagkatapok ug nagpulong ang mga representante sa nagkadaiyang mga rehiyon nga nagimplementar og Community-Driven Development nga programa, mao kini ang Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers Association of the Philippines didto sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Management Office, Quezon City para sa “Organizational Visioning and Action Planning Workshop”.

Diri mahisgutan sa maong mga representante ug malatag ang pundasyon sa maong asosasyon, ug ipresentar kini sa umaabot nga 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress sa Hunyo 2019.

Ang mga representanteng mga community volunteers sa kada rehiyon mao sila: Rita Baducao Campos (Ilocos), Gentry Tam-awen (CAR), Ariel Duque (Central Luzon), Ogie Ursolino (CALABARZON), Rey Traballo (MIMAROPA), Elmer Obias (Bicol), Juan Loretto Constantino Jr. (Western Visayas), Jhulmar Bagwisa (Central Visayas), Aida Laruda (Eastern Visayas), Dorothea Dagalea (Zamboanga Peninsula), Nievan Llacuna (Northern Mindanao), Royeca Palbe (Davao Region), Mayvel Aquino (SOCCSKSARGEN), at Vic Gausin (Caraga).

Si DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Organizational Development Management Specialist Rogelio Borbon ang nagpadagan sa maong workshop.




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LGU Salay receives Presidential Award as Child-Friendly Municipality for 2017

The Local Government Unit of Salay, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, have recently received a Presidential Award from President Rodrigo Duterte during the National Awarding Ceremony of the 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) last December 5, 2018.

Coming from the same region, the Local Government Unit of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte was also handed over with a plaque of recognition as finalist of the PACFMC. The said LGU has also received the Regional Seal plus P50,000.00.

In support for the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which was adopted by the United National General Assembly highlighting the rights of children on survival, development, protection, and participation in governance, the PACFMC was conceptualized with the goal of encouraging local government units to be “child-friendly.

The PACFMC was initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) pursuant to Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” issued on December 13, 1999. The Presidential Award was conferred to deserving local government units in recognition of their vital role in the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as ensuring child-friendly governance.

Secretary Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assisted the President in the presentation of the Presidential Award to LGU Salay, as the Chairperson for the Council for the Welfare of Children, including an amount of P500,000.00.

The DSWD Field Office 10 also sends its congratulations to the two local government units of Salay, Misamis Oriental, and Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, for performing child-friendly governance in their communities which have been vital in the improvement of the quality of lives among children.

The Local Government Unit of Salay, Misamis Oriental received the award under the 4th-6th Class Municipality Category. With the said LGU are four other LGUs namely Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya under 1-3rd Class Municipality category; Tagaytay City under Component City category, Dagupan City under Independent Component City category, and Mandaluyong, National Capital Region under Highly Urbanized City category. ###cpt

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Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Advisory on Budget Deficit for Cash Grants

Please be informed that for 2018 and previous years, the annual budget for the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program is computed based on 90% compliance rate or based on the assumption that 90% of the Pantawid Beneficiaries will be able to comply with the program conditions and are entitled to cash grants.

For 2017 and 2018, the compliance rate increased from 90% to 95% resulting in budget deficit corresponding to said 5% increase. The provision of rice assistance may have influenced the increased compliance including attendance to the Family Development Sessions, attendance to school and visit to health centers.


To cover the additional funds needed for cash grants, the DSWD requested budget augmentation/additional appropriation from the Department of Budget and Management.

Rest assured that the Department of Social Welfare and Development is continually pursuing all avenues to augment the appropriation for the Pantawid Program to ensure that complete provision of cash grants.

Thank you and we are hoping for your kind understanding on this matter.

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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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Naawan and Lagonglong towns implement Community Food Bank

The municipalities of Naawan and Lagonglong in Misamis Oriental are two of the identified local government units piloted to implement the Community Food Bank strategy, a social technology project introduced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Nestor Ramos, Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office 10, says that the Community Food Bank aims to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities of affected families in disaster-stricken communities, such those in Naawan and Lagonglong, by mitigating hunger within 72 hours while outside help is not yet available from the regional, national, and humanitarian agencies.

“It is a strategy that establishes facilities within communities which stores locally produced food items to ensure that food can easily be accessed, and can be easily distributed to affected families during emergency situation,” Ramos explains.

He also added that it develops the capacities of the local government units in the production of processed food items with longer shelf life utilizing locally produced raw materials and establishes food bank as community food storage spaces for the locally produced food items.

“It establishes a mechanism for the set-up and operationalization of the food bank to ensure timely distribution of food assistance to disaster affected families within seventy-two (72) hours during onset of emergencies,” Ramos says.

According to Dr. Delia Maravillosa of the Social Technology Unit of the DSWD Field Office 10, the two municipalities are set to implement the Community Food Bank with the guidance and technical assistance from the Department, to make sure that all issues faced during its implementation are documented and appropriate resolutions are made. “The impact of this social technology project shall be documented so that when the implementation is complete, it shall be determined if this can be replicated by other local government units.”

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DSWD Field Office 10’s Assistant Regional Director De La Cruz wins Civil Service Commission’s Dangal ng Bayan Award

DSWD Field Office 10 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar-dela Cruz receives the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Dangal ng Bayan Award for the 2018 Search for Outstanding Government Workers.
The award is presented during the 2018 Parangal at Pasasalamat event of the CSC, celebrating the 118th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, September 27, 2018, SM City Cagayan de Oro.

Director Dela Cruz says: “No words can properly express my immense feeling of gratitude to all of you who are instrumental in bestowing upon me the Dangal ng Bayan Award, which is awarded to an individual for performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior.

I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful DSWD Family throughout Field Office 10, headed by RD Nestor Briones Ramos, for giving me the chance to efficiently serve and dedicate myself to our clientele: the poor, disadvantaged, and vulnerable sectors of Northern Mindanao.

This award is for all of you. Please allow me to express my appreciation with a sincere and profound thank you to all of you.

To my fellow workers of DSWD, no matter what kind of job you perform under the DSWD, please know that your labor is not in vain as every task you accomplish helps the Department achieve its strategic goals, which include helping to alleviate the lives of the poor from poverty. I urge you, my fellow public servants to uphold the principle of honesty and integrity, and to continue to provide dedicated public service to our clients.

I have always been proud of you as I have seen your dedication and strong commitment to providing excellent government service to the people that we serve—the poorest of the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged Filipinos in Northern Mindanao.

Truly, this award is a manifestation of the continuous commitment of DSWD workers to render service to the clientele na Tapat, May Malasakit, at Walang Puwang sa Katiwalian.

This award is both a challenge and inspiration to me. Challenge because I need to beat my best in rendering the DSWD’s Maagap and May Malasakit na Serbisyo. On the other hand, this award inspires me to push myself with utmost humility and dedication to cater to the needs of our workers, partner-stakeholders, among others.

Lastly, I would like to share with you this word of wisdom according to John Baldoni, an internationally recognized executive coach and leadership educator, When people act humbly, they are acknowledging their limitations and accepting that they cannot go it alone. This mindset is valuable to a team because it serves as an invitation for others to help. Humility, however, is not an excuse for slacking. It also means having the willingness to help others do their jobs when the need arises. It is a means for allowing different personalities to coordinate with each other.

Mabuhay po tayong lahat!


Written by Oliver B. Inodeo and Shaun Alejandrae Uy, DSWD

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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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