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Photo Release: Pantawid Pamilya braces for calamities

The Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council of Lala, Lanao del Norte, in coordination with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, holds series of lecture on readiness of community against any eventualities such as this where beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya listen to the lecture during the Family Development Session. Photo by the Municipal Action Team of Lala.

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PHOTO: Father to a deceased SAF in Lanao accepts DSWD’s livelihood assistance

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Mr. Lino Cabanlit with Mr. Ramonito Liwanag, MPDO of Lala and DSWD regional staffs Norman Pacturanan, Special Projects Focal and Lanny Raras, SLP Provincial Coordinator for Lanao Cluster 2 (Photo by Jamila Taha)

Mr. Lino Cabanlit, father of the deceased SAF 44 member PO2 Godofredo Cabanlit, accepts DSWD’s livelihood assistance amounting to 300,000 pesos, on June 16, in the the municipal hall of Lala, Lanao del Norte.

In witness thereof on behalf of the LGU is Mr. Ramonito Liwanag the Municipal Planning Development Officer, along with representatives from Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, DSWD regional office represented by Mr. Norman Pacturanan, Special Projects Focal for Sustainable Livelihood Program with Municipal Convergence Staffs.

The assistance is part of the continuing aid of the government to the remained families of SAF 44. The assistance aims to provide livelihood support to the families based on their requested livelihood project.

Mr. Cabanlit expresses his gratitude to DSWD and promises to realize his project in memory of his son.

Mr. Cabanlit project includes funding of Dried Fish Dealing, a business originally planned by his deceased son.

Written by: Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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FEATURE: Volunteers never lose sight of their goals

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Community Volunteers of Brgy Monterico, Aloran, Misamis Occidental (from left) Rezel Tiong, Marilyn Balwit, and Lovely Ando, PSA Volunteers and Josephine Egiya, Project Preparation Team (PPT) Chairperson of Aloran, Misamis Occidental.

Community Volunteers of Brgy Monterico, Aloran, Misamis Occidental (from left) Rezel Tiong, Marilyn Balwit, and Lovely Ando, PSA Volunteers and Josephine Egiya, Project Preparation Team (PPT) Chairperson, are all excited for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) site validation and risk assessment of the proposed Construction of Potable Water System Level – II (Pump Driven). The barangay is geographically located 10. 5 km from the heart of the Municipality of Aloran, with an elevation of 418 meters and is one of the 20 of 38 barangays in Aloran that suffers from water shortage.

Photo by Marvin P. Jordan, DSWD, Community Empowerment Facilitator, Aloran, MisOcc

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Beneficiaries with Technical Skills Thrive to Improve their Livelihood

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to empower Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries through its Sustainable Livelihood Program. One of its commendable approaches provides life skills training as a capacity-building strategy to prepare program participants to better manage livelihood opportunities and pro-actively measure and ensure optimum quality performance in managing livelihood activities.

The department partners with schools or institutions which are accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to be able to provide the best training and eventually produces the best graduates who would be certainly qualified for any technical and well-paid jobs.

As it has been grasped and materialized by some DSWD’s beneficiaries like Reynan Amonhay and Guillermo Baliling Jr., it is easier to find job when you have credentials to show, they said.

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Reynan Amonhay certified Technician from Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon

Reynan Amonhay, 22 years old, single and out of school helps his father in farming to be able to provide for their huge family. Reynan along with his eleven siblings, work hand in hand to survive their daily needs. Although he has completed his high school, he didn’t have much skill to boast and look for a job. “Karon malipayon kaayo ko sa akong nakab-ot sa akong kinabuhi, bisag high school graduate rako naka trabaho ko ug natagaan ko sa dakong kahigayonan nga mulambo pinaagi sa natabang sa DSWD ug nahatag nga bag-o nga kahanas sa 1 AND ALL Technical School, I am really glad because of this milestone in my life, that despite the fact that I am only a high school graduate, I was able to find a job and that I am given an enormous opportunity to improve our living condition through the support of DSWD and 1 AND ALL Technical School”, he tells. Reynan earns about Six Thousand Pesos a month as a technician in Globe Telecom.

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Guillermo Baliling Jr. certified Mechanic from St. Peter, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Guillermo who is 25 years old, single, shares the same experience with Reynan. As a Lumad coming from the same province of Bukidnon where farming is the main source of livelihood, Guillermo also dreams of having a well-paid job to support his family.

Mao dagku kaayu ang akong pasalamat sa kini nga mga institusyon kay sila ang nahimong instrumento nga sa hinay-hinay ako na makab-ot ang akong pangandoy sa kinabuhi because of this I am very thankful to these institutions for being the instrument of change and opportunity for me to reach my goals”, says Guillermo.

Ug manghinaot ko nga daghan pa ang matabangan aning programa and I am also hopeful that other people will also benefit from this program”, he adds.

From the mountainous remote area he now takes his journey in the city as he became the head auto mechanic in Opol Auto Repair Shop that earns him a minimum of Two Hundred Fifty Pesos a day depending on the numbers clients.

Reynan and Guillermo are both certified NC II passers of Electrical Installation Maintenance and Automotive Servicing assessment examination conducted by 1 AND ALL Technical School, the same school who provided for their starter tools after graduation and recommendations for employment.

“Our school ensures hands on approach in teaching and we are very generous in terms of sharing the best techniques and tools to our students to make sure their gains are par excellence and beneficial for their future”, says Miss Joy Co, President of 1 AND ALL Technical School. “Rest assured that we will also continue sharing similar change stories of our graduates, to serve as an inspiration, to all of us working in community development”, she affirms.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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No Age Limit for Volunteerism

 

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Valeriana Rosita Sala, 76, a resident of Barangay Ospital (Poblacion), Aloran, Misamis Occidental is a  volunteer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP), who acts as the Project Preparation Team (PPT) Chairperson. In this photo, Valeriana prepares the Sub-Project Proposal of the community’s dream project.  She is one of the most active volunteers of Barangay Ospital. At 76, she is still very willing to give her time in every KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP activities to help the community, especially on preventive measures for possible flooding during heavy rains to save lives in her own barangay and nearby communities. 

Photo by Ofelia Mae D. Labadan, Community Empowerment Facilitator, Aloran, MisOcc

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FEATURE: Visually Impaired Father, a certified Electrician

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Mark Lester T. Echeveria, a certified Electrician from Barangay Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon

Mark Lester T. Echeveria, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary and a father of four children, now works as an Electrician in J.V. Angeles Construction Company in Sumilao, Bukidnon, after passing the NC II Assessment Exam on Electrical Installation Maintenance conducted by 1 AND ALL Technical School, one of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s partner schools in providing Technical Vocational Skills Training under the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Echeveria lost his one eye due to an accident he incurred years back in line of duty. “Usa ka dagkong pag sulay ang niabot sa akong kinabuhi, ang maoy nakapawala sa akong paglaom kadtung nadisgrasya ko sa motor, nga maoy hinungdan nga gikuha ang akong pikas mata aron dili maapektuhan ang akong pikas mata (one of the most devastating and demotivating experienced I had in life happened when I incurred an accident that resulted to removal of my one eye to retain the other)”, he narrates. Because of this, Echeveria lost confidence and quit work for about a year.

“Miabot ang mga kahigayonan, usa ka programa nga gi pangulohan sa DSWD na libre nga skwela sa kahanas, pero nag duha-duha ko tungod kay baldado ko, daghan kaayo ang akong mga pangutana sa akong kaugalingon, unsay makuha nako niini, makatabang ba ni sa akong pamilya, (when the opportunity knocks through the DSWD’s free technical vocational skills training, I had doubts whether to take it or not, I even asked myself what’s in it for me or will it benefit my family)”, he tells. But in the in the end, “everything was worth it”, Echeveria adds. “Ang akong pangandoy nga maka graduate ug mkasul-ob sa toga ako ng naangkon (my dream to graduate and wear toga came to reality)”, he says with pride.  

Echeveria now feels confident that he will be able to provide for his family despite his impairment because of government’s untiring intervention and support. “Mao nang dagko gyud ang akong pasalamat sa gobyerno ilabi na sa DSWD ug sa 1 AND ALL Techncial School (this is why I am very grateful to the government especially to DSWD and 1 AND ALL Technical School)”, he praises.

Echeveria earns about eight thousand pesos a month apart from overtime pays and benefits.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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DSWD workers, beneficiaries join Brigada Eskwela 2016

Cagayan de Oro City — Hundreds of field workers of the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao have joined the Department of Education (DepEd) preparing schools in their respective communities for the upcoming opening of classes.

 

With the theme: “Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos, at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School” (All of us for safe and proper schools, and ready from Kindergarten to Senior High School), the workers, mostly of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and Kalahi-CIDSS, went to the different schools in their area of responsibilities to help communities clean classrooms and surroundings; repair chairs, ceilings, and tables; paint classrooms, among others.

 

Along with DSWD workers are Pantawid beneficiaries who actively participates the week long activity of DepEd every year to ensure that all public school facilities are clean, orderly, and safe for the opening of schools in June.

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Photo Release: Pantawid beneficiaries receive free massage during payout

Massage therapists belonging to Healing Hands, an association of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD, provide free massage to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries during pay-out in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental recently. Photo by Tagoloan Municipal Action Team.

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