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Photo: Jasaan kicks off community-driven project


Officials of Barangay Jampason, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, led by Barangay Captain Ermelinda N. Agbong (center) along with their Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee chairman Virgilio C. Lijesta (3rd from left) and the barangay council, gathered in Purok 6 for the ground breaking ceremony, July 13, 2016. The community residents proposed a sub-project to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) which is the Concreting of .310 km farm-to-market road along Purok 6. Agbong, in her speech, said that the capsule symbolizes that the construction of the farm to market road will make the delivery of their farm products to the market faster. Furthermore, the farm-to-market road gives the children an easier access going to school especially during the rainy season. Jasaan is among the new areas of the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP implementation.

Photo by Andie James M. Pacudan, Area Coordinator of DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS: NCDDP, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental

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Young people meet to advocate youth sector concerns


The regional PYAP (Pag –asa Youth Association of the Philippines) officers recently had their third quarter meeting in Northern Mindanao to tackle on issues pertaining to the welfare of the youth sector, and on how to lobby to their respective local government officials to better support the young people in the region.

Mr.  Mohaiman Macaumbang from the National Youth Commission also shared the various programs and services being implemented by the Commission for the youth sector.  He stressed the important role that the officers play in their respective localities as far as encouraging and motivating the youth is concerned.

The Pag-asa Youth Association of the Phillipines, Inc. or PYAP is a duly constituted barangay based organization of the out-of school-youth between 15-30 years old who are clientele of the DSWD.

The PYAP is organized nationwide and is federated from the Municipal, City/Provincial, Regional and national level.

The PYAP Federation of different levels serves as a strategy that provides forum to discuss youth issues and concerns related to their projects and come up with solutions/recommendations addressed to both the youth and other system involved in program planning and implementation.

The youth ,being one of the most active and influential  sectors in the communities also have their share as far as promoting the  involvement and participation of the youth is  to the localities where they are part of.

It was participated by Youth Federation Presidents and Officers from the five provinces of the region namely, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin, and Lanao del Norte.


Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD


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FEATURE: Volunteerism is a way of life for former missionary


“Ang Kalahi-CIDSS maayo kini kay ang isig-katawo sa barangay mu-cooperate gyud ug magpakabana, kung matapok ang katawhan – there is strength (Kalahi-CIDSS is good because it makes the people in the barangay cooperate and care, if the community gathers – there is strength)”

The driving force that Thelma C Paalisbo, 48, from Barangay Libertad, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, has to keep on moving forward in life is dedication, hard work, service for others.

“Sa una, sa gawas ko nagtrabaho, 23 years I joined in a mission outside the Philippines. 10 years mag-raise mi og kwarta para makasuporta sa mission, pagbalik nko diri sa Pinas, nakahunahuna pud ko nga magtrabaho diri o magserbisyo sa komunidad (I worked abroad for 23 years, I joined in a mission outside the Philippines. 10 years we raised money to support the mission, when I returned home, I thought of working here and serve the community)Thelma said.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Community Empowerment Facilitator Glenn Uranus Alcoran describes Thelma as a strong-minded woman. “If she knows she is right you cannot change her mind” continues Alcoran.


Libertad and the Community-Driven Development

The Community-Driven Development (CDD) concept in the Philippines is implemented through the DSWD’s Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP)

Thelma narrates how the Kalahi-CIDSS’ community sub-projects helped their barangay and neighboring communities since 2011.

“Sa PAMANA namo nga project, sa among barangay mabalitok gyud ang mga motor sa una – 2011 nakatabang gyud tag dako ang atong proyekto nga farm-to-market road, karon naa na ang dalan, hamugaway na ang mga magbiyahe ug magdala sa ilang mga produkto ngadto sa merkado (In the PAMANA project, in our barangay – motorcycles would always meet accidents – in 2011, our farm-to-market road project really helped, now the road is there, traveling through the barangay is now smooth and they can bring their farm products to the market)enthused Thelma.

PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) is the national government’s convergence program that extends development interventions to isolated, hard-to-reach and conflict-affected communities, ensuring that they are not left behind.

Thelma says “as a volunteer sa procurement team, you need to find for yourself para pamilite, mangita gyud mi og paagi para makapanganvas. Makatabang man gyud ni (Kalahi-CIDSS), pareha anang eskwelahan nga ang gi-fund sa Australia, mapasalamaton kaayo ko nga naay nag fund, kay diri sa Barangay Libertad – ang mga eskwelahan puros daghan guba, paagi aning among gitukod nga eskwelahan, ang mga bata diri karon ug sa uaabot nga panahon makagamit pa ani nga mga classrooms  (as a volunteer in the procurement team, you need to find for yourself some money for fare, you need to find ways just to canvas for supplies and materials, Kalahi-CIDSS really helps, just like school we built from the Australia funding, I am thankful for the funding because here in Barangay Libertad – the schools are damaged. With this school we built, children now and the next generations can use this).”

In 2015, the community volunteers of Barangay Libertad successfully implemented the construction of a 1 Unit – 2 Classroom School Building funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/AustraliaAid (DFAT/AusAID) with a total project cost of Php 1,899,342.00.

“Nalipay ang komudidad kay naa nay eskwelahan diri nga tarong, nagtinabangay gyud ang mga katawhan aron matapos gyud ang proyekto, kung adunay mga buluhaton sa komunidad, karon nakahibalo gyud ang tanan kung nay mga aktibidades sa barangay (The community is happy that a school building is already in place, the community really worked together for this, now everybody knows all the activities we have in the barangay)Thelma said.

The implementations in the Municipality of Kolambugan, of course, also had their share of struggles. “Only minor struggles, no major struggles experienced since the local government units are very supportive in the implementation of the program, the only struggle we had was dealing with the different behaviors of the community volunteers that sometimes would lead to less desirable scenarios, however, this was resolved through close coordination with them, monitoring and supervision with regular meetings to report updates and discuss issues and concerns with them” DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator Carolyn Caw-it says.

Thelma adds “sa construction, nakita nako nga kung maayo ang budget sa proyekto, makapalit gyud ka og de kaldidad nga materyales para ang building pud malig-on, kung barat ang materyales dili gyud lig-on (in the construction, I see that if we have a very good budget, we can purchase quality construction materials for a strong building, if the materials are substandard it’s not strong).


Volunteers as Partners for Change

Thelma sees volunteerism as a catalyst for change; she sees this first hand in her daily activities with her fellow volunteers in Libertad. “Nausab gyud ang kinaiya sa mga tawo, diri nako nakita nga kung ang komunidad magkahiusa dali ra ang trabaho, nakita pud nako ang kooperasyon sa komunidad, ug ang sa working team namo maayo – maayo pud ang resulta, dili gubot (the attitude of the community changed, I saw that if the community will work together – the work is easy, I also saw the cooperation of the community, and the working team is good – the results are also good and orderly).

Thelma also expressed her thanks on behalf of her fellow volunteers, “mapasalamaton gyud mi aning mga proyekto, nalipay gyud ang katawhan diri sa among barangay kai niabot ang Kalahi-CIDSS, kung wala ni miabot, walay siguro’y mahitabo nga kalamboan. Maayo usab ang CDD kai diri nato makita nga gatinabangay gyud ang mga katawhan sa komunidad ug gapakabana alang sa isig-katawo (we are really thankful for these projects, the people in our barangay are really happy that Kalahi-CIDSS is here, if not for this, there could not have been any progress here. CDD is good since it is through this that we see the people help each other in the community and cares for each other).

“I’m happy serving my country and the people around. I hope nga naa pay daghan proyekto para sa Barangay Libertad ug sa katibuk-an sa munisipyo (I’m happy serving my country and the people around. I hope that there will be more projects for Barangay Libertad and the whole municipality) Thelma concludes.

The community volunteers of Barangay Libertad are currently facilitating the construction of a 100 Linear Meter Seawall with a total project cost of Php 2,471,263.00 from the Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP 2015-2016 cycle.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD


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Photo: Safety First


Safety First

Safety First. Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) Women volunteers wearing personal protective equipment in Barangay Baga, Panaon, Misamis Occidental show off their skills during the construction of a Barangay Health station in their barangay as a supply side component of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s poverty alleviation flagship program – the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The 30% labor force, during the sub-project implementation, comprises women. Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP in the Philippines promotes the emerging concept of Community-Driven Development as a poverty alleviation strategy.

Photo by Gilmar Yamba, DSWD Area Coordinator, Panaon, MisOcc

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Photos: Volunteers, Stakeholders Break Ground in Community-Driven Development


KC-NCDDP Tudela, MisOcc Groundbreaking Ceremonies

The Municipality of Tudela, Misamis Occidental recently conducted the groundbreaking ceremonies of prioritized barangay sub-projects, among those present are the local chief executives of the municipality, the Municipal Social Welfare & Development Officer, Provincial Link, barangay officials, community volunteers and the Area and Municipal Coordinating Teams of Tudela. Different stakeholders expressed their appreciation to the volunteers who have undergone the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) through the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) in its first cycle of implementation. The prioritized barangay sub-projects are: (1) Construction of 70 Linear Meter Flood Control along Purok 1, Barangay Barra; (2) Concreting of 250 Linear Meter Barangay Road along Purok 3, Barangay Colambutan settlement; (3) Concreting of 250 Linear Meter Barangay Road along Purok 3, Barangay Pan-ay Diot; (4) Concreting of 500 Linear Meter Single Lane Barangay Road  along Puroks 1 & 2 in Barangay Mitugas; (5)Concreting of 250 Linear Meter Barangay Road along Purok 4, Barangay Yahong; and (6) Concreting of 500 Linear Meter Barangay Road along Puroks 6 & 7 in Barangay Namut. The total project cost is Php 12,508,401.00.

Photos by Sohanida H. Tawano, DSWD KC-NCDDP Community Empowerment Facilitator

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Database of Poor families Launched in Northern Mindanao




The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the  National Household Targeting System  for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR)  or Listahanan  has finally launched the database of poor households in Northern Mindanao last July 22,2016.

It was participated in by Planning Officers , Local Social Welfare Officers, and some Local Chief Executives from the five provinces of the region.

Testimonials  on how the old database was utilized  (particularly in the implementation of their various social protection programs and services) were also shared by the Local Government  Unit of El Salvador City and one of the active partners of the Department , the Safer River, Life Saver Fouindation  Inc.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Aldersey dela Cruz , presented the Profile of the Poor in the Region while Innovations and Results for Listahanan  2 was also presented by Director Rhodora Alday  of the  Policy Development & Planning Bureau of the DSWD Central Office.

Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad , who was  the  Keynote speaker for the said launching,  stressed to the participants  the importance of figures and number of beneficiaries served   by the partner stakeholders as proof  of  the credibility of the Listahanan data in identifying  direct and concrete beneficiaries.

In Northern Mindanao, the province of  Bukidnon has the highest number of poor households  totalling to  166,160 households . Lanao del Norte ranked the second with 126,949 poor households .  Third on rank  is the province of  Misamis Oriental with 124,737 poor households.

Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction  (NHTSPR) was established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to target who and where the poor are.  The comprehensive database  serves as a basis for selecting  beneficiaries of social protection  programs  and services in the country.

Results from the second round assessment conducted in 2015 identified 485,539 poor households  out of the 870,198 households assessed.


Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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DSWD supports ‘reform’ SK election

Cagayan de Oro City — As the registration period for the barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections started on July 15, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is supporting the introduction and institutionalization of significant reform under the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the SK Reform Act 2016.

Formulated by the National Youth Commission, an attached agency of DSWD, together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Audit, Department of Budget and Management, and the Commission on Elections, the IRR will be published within 15 days in the Official Gazette of the Philippine before the full implementation of the SK Reform Law.

The national government agencies took lead in consulting with various youth serving organizations in some key areas nationwide which commenced last year to March 2016, along with the Union of the Local Authorities of the Philippines, National Economic and Development Authority, Council for the Welfare of Children, and the United Nations Population Fund.

Among the salient provisions which makes the SK Reform Law responsive and transparent are: increase age to 18 years old but not more than 25; fiscal autonomy; presence of mechanism of transparency and accountability; mandatory trainings before assumption of office; inclusion of development plan; and an anti-dynasty provision that states, “he or she must not have any relative in elective public office within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity.”

The registration period for the Barangay and SK elections slated on October 26 started last Friday, July 15 and will only run until July 30.

For the registration, Comelec offices will be open to accept registrants during office hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

To register to vote for the SK polls, voters must be 15 years old but not more than 30 years old on the election day, Oct. 31, 2016 and must have been residing in the barangay for at least six months on election day.

Those who want to register for the village and youth polls shall download the registration form and print them ahead of visiting the Office of Election Officer in their city or municipality to ease the registration process. It must accomplished triplicate forms will make registration quicker.

For more information and queries, the public is reminded to direct queries and clarifications in regard to SK IRR to the Office of the Commissioner-at-Large Cruz of the NYC through



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Photo: DSWD continues to assist dry spell victims

rice for pantawid and mcct ip1

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 continues to extend support to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and tribal communities such as this rice distribution in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Bukidnon province was among the badly hit areas of the country during the recent onslaught of the El Niño phenomenon. Photos by City Action Team of Malaybalay.

rice for pantawid and mcct ip2

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