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Lumads welcome Kalahi-CIDSS in Impasugong

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The “datus” and “baes” who are Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives of each barangay in the Municipality of Impasugong, Bukidnon, performed a ritual called the “singampo” to accept the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) Area Coordinating Team (ACT) into the municipality. This was after the ACT conducted the Municipal Orientation. The Municipal Orientation is the first of 16 steps for a Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP cycle, which is also the program launching in the municipal level. Before any KC project can be built, the community undergoes a social preparation consisting of 4 stages including the Barangay Orientation, Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA) and the validation of the PSA results. The PSA aims to establish a common understanding of the current situation of the area. It extensively analyses and describes the expectations, current socio-economic and political situation as well as the other needs/problems of the community. The data generated by the PSA are used as bases for identifying community development problems and priorities and in planning for appropriate interventions. 

Photos by Kelvin Wu, KC-NCDDP Area Coordinator, Impasugong, Bukidnon

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Filipino Family Week culminates 24th Anniversary

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With this year’s theme, “Matatag na Pamilya, Maunlad na Bukas, the Filipino Family Week celebration culminated with a closing program  in one of the malls recently.

Spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and in coordination with partner and member organizations of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Family (RIAC-FF), various activities were conducted to celebrate the 24th Anniversary Week for Filipino Families.

As stipulated in proclamation No. 60 signed on September 28, 1992 and Executive Order No. 241 dated June 9, 1995, it is a policy of the government to fortify solidarity in the family and actively work for its total development.  Hence, there is a need to call public attention and ensure nationwide awareness on the importance of the family.  In support to this endeavor, the Proclamation provides that the last week of the month of September of every year thereafter shall be declared as the observance of the National Family Week celebration.

Kick –off activity was the Mass held at the Cathedral Church of Cagayan de Oro. Other highlight of the week-long celebration was the Wellness Forum and the Blood Letting activity participated in by selected staff and members of the Latter Day Saints and Rotary Club of Kalayaan (CDO Chapter).

In his inspirational message, Mr. Martin Canguit,  ( General Administrative Support Services Division Chief)  who represented  Regional Director Nestor Ramos,hoped that through the annual celebration, Filipino families will be encouraged and inspired  to do their part in ensuring that every member of the family will realize their significant role in the development and progress of the society where they belong.  He also extended gratitude and thanks in bvehalf of the DSWD family to all who actively supported and participated in the Filipino Family Week celebration and looks forward to a continuous partnership with them.

 

 

Written by  Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago, DSWD

 

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Bukidnon ranks highest number of poor households

Based on the Results of the Listahanan/NHTSPR (National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction)   Second Round Assessment, the Province of Bukidnon has the highest number of poor households.

Out of the 265,038 households assessed in the Province, 166,160 households were identified as poor.    Being the” food basket of Mindanao”, major source of income of these households comes from farming    which may account for the low and unstable income classification of the poor households identified considering that, their income may vary based on their yield or produce.

The National Household Targeting System or Listahanan was established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to target who and where the poor are.  The comprehensive database serves as basis for selecting beneficiaries for social protection programs and services in the country.

Results from the Second Round assessment conducted in 2015 identified 485,539 poor households among the 870,198 households assessed in Northern Mindanao.

It is also the province of Bukidnon which has the highest magnitude of Indigenous People’s Group.  There are 87,824 poor households belonging to an Indigenous People’s Group or tribe.

Indigenous groups included in the province of Bukidnon are the Talaandig and the Manobo. The Visayans, particularly the Cebuanos and the Hiligaynons migrated into the province followed by various groups from Luzon, namely, the IlocanosTagalogs, and merchants and wealthy businessmen from Northern Luzon like the Igorots and the Ivatans. All contributed massive acculturation among the indigenous tribes. Most of those who moved to the mountains and forest continued to hold on their ancestors’ cultural heritage. The wide variety of Filipino groups now thrives in the province and contributed immensely in the socio-economic development.

With the results of the Second Round Assessment, it is expected that Local Government Units, Non- Government Organizations, Civil Society Organizations in the region, will coordinate and collaborate in utilizing the data of poor households in identifying potential beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services through an execution of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Second in rank is the province of Misamis Oriental with 124,737 poor households identified followed by the province of Lanao del Norte with 126,949 poor households.  Misamis Occidental has the fourth largest number of poor households with 60,156.  While Camiguin, being the only island province has the lowest number of poor households with 7,537 households identified as poor.

(Partial Results as of February 29, 2016 as validation is still ongoing for the finalization of data).

 

Written by Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago, DSWD

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A Place of Learning

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Ustazah (a female teacher) Rainisah Acmad guides a young learner of Arabic alphabet inside the Madrasah. Community volunteers in Barangay Tingintingin, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte addressed the low rate of Arabic learning in their area by constructing a Madrasah (which means a “place where learning and studying take place”) through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s poverty-alleviation program Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services: National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP). Barangay Tingintingin is an upland community, 5 kilometers from the Poblacion and about 40 minutes travel by land with a Muslim-Christian population.  The residents’ main source of income is farming. The Madrasah was completed in 2013 with a total project cost of Php 363,700.00 (PAMANA Php 300,000.00 and Barangay Local Government Unit local counterpart contribution of Php 63,700.00). Kauswagan was one of the municipalities in Lanao del Norte that suffered in the “all-out-war” in the year 2000. After the fateful events and atrocities, Kauswagan has emerged as a thriving municipality in terms of agriculture and business.  

Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, SMO, DSWD X

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PYAP celebrates 42nd Anniversary

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With this year’s theme, “Empowering the Youth towards Sustainable Development”: the Regional  PYAP  (Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines)  42nd Anniversary  was hosted  by Iligan City.

A total of  70 out of school  and some in-school youth delegates from all over the region participated in the three –day activity.

The PYAP or  the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Phillipines, Inc.  is a duly constituted barangay- based organization of the out-of school-youth between 15-24 years old who are clientele of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

PYAP was first incorporated on July 29, 1974 with the Securities and Exchange Commission  under the name of Pag-asa Youth Movement Inc. and thus become an affiliate organization of the Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment.  .

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

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 goal of the PYAP is to promote the development of the out of school youth and other disadvantaged youth to become self reliant, economically productive and socially responsible citizens, able to contribute to the development of their family and community.
With this year’s celebration, various activities including ball game competitions, essay writing , poster making contest, and sulong dunong contest were conducted. Other activities which highlighted the anniversary celebration were the Search for  Mr. And Ms. PYAP Contest, Vocal solo,and the Modern Creative Dance Contests.

All activities were planned and aimed to showcase the skills, potentials, and talents of the youth participants from the various delegations.

In coordination with the Department of Education and staff from the DSWD Regional Office, participants also had the chance to learn on very salient and timely topics on Child Friendly Spaces/Child Protection in Emergency Situations, Climate Change Adaptation, and on RA 10672 or the Anti-Child Bullying Law.

Youth participants also had the opportunity to join in the “Suroy sa Iligan” excursion initiated by the City Tourism and City Administration Office of Iligan City.  Participants had the chance to visit famous tourist spots of the City of Waterfalls which includes the Maria Cristina Falls, Mimbalot Falls, Tinago Falls and the Macapagal Ancestral house.

In her welcome message, Ms.Concepcion Dorado (SWO IV) who represented Dir. Nestor Ramos, encouraged the youth to discover,develop and take every opportunity that they have as windows for development and progress not only for themselves but for the society where they  belong.

 

Written by Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago,DSWD

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Learning Arabic

 

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Kauswagan was one of the municipalities in Lanao del Norte that suffered in the “all-out-war” in the year 2000. After the fateful event and atrocities, Kauswagan has now emerged as a thriving municipality in terms of agriculture and business. Community volunteers in Barangay Tingintingin, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte addressed the low rate of Arabic learning in their area by constructing a Madrasah (which means a “place where learning and studying take place”) through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s poverty-alleviation program Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services: National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP). Barangay Tingintingin is an upland community, 5 kilometers from the Poblacion and about 40 minutes travel by land with a mix of Muslim-Christian population.  The residents’ main source of income is farming. The Madrasah was completed in 2013 with a total project cost of Php 363,700.00 (PAMANA Php 300,000.00 and Barangay Local Government Unit local counterpart contribution of Php 63,700.00).

Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

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Poona’s Finest joins SM CDO’s Kahimunan Regional Trade Fair 2016

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) beneficiaries from Poona Piagapo, Lanao del Norte joins SM City Cagayan de Oro and DTI’s KAHIMUNAN Regional Trade Fair. The said trade fair will run from August 19-29, 2016 at the SM mall. Featured product from the Municipality of Poona Piagapo is the Bunil.  Bunil Weaving is an age-old tradition. An expression of Maranao Art. It is in the play of colors that they exude and express one’s culture. The play of bright colors meshed together that links their persona with the identity of the group. The Bunil is available in forms of Blankets, Table Runners, Bedsheets and Pillow cases, Place Mats. Also available from Poona’s Best are the Turmeric (more commonly known as “Dulaw” ) Powder, and Virgin Coconut Oil.   

Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

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Photos: Subanen Babaylan, Archbishop bless ground breaking ceremonies for community projects in Sapang Dalaga

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Community volunteers of Sapang Dalaga in Misamis Occidental joined in on the ground breaking ceremonies for the proposed sub-projects in their municipality. Misamis Occidental is home to the Subanen Tribe, a Babaylan and Archbishop Alex Suaner led the joint ceremonies during the ground breaking ceremonies in the area. The proposed sub-projects are the Concreting of .300km Farm-to-Market Road in Barangay Capundag with a total project cost of Php 1,894,444.35; Installation of 15 Units Solar Street Lights amounting to Php 853,516.00 in Barangay Dioyo; and the Construction of a 1 Unit Day Care Center with a total project cost of Php 886,586.00. The project is funded through the Department of Social Welfare and Development poverty alleviation program Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services: National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP).

Photos Courtesy of Alex Suaner, Area Coordinator, DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS: NCDDP, Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental

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