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FEATURE: A Mother, All-in for Development

Maribel's small business

“Arieng’s Kakanins”, Maribel’s small business in Barangay San Jose, Mahinog, Camiguin (Photo by: 1 And All Technical School)

“Sa mga lumipas na panahon, natutunan ko na ang pagtaguyod ng pamilya ay tulad din ng pamamahala ng gobyerno, na nangangailangan ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan upang makamit ang tagumpay (over the years, I learned that managing a family is like managing a government, it needs unity and cooperation to succeed), says Maribel Vertudazo, a 47 year old mother of ten children from the Island of Camiguin. She claims to have learn this over her years of experience being a community volunteer to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s KALAHI-CIDSS program and as a Pantawid grantee.

“Being a community volunteer taught me to be strong and creative in dealing with various types of people”, says Maribel. “While the Pantawid Pamliyang Pilipino Program is providing aide to my children’s need, I also get to improve our family income through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, an all-in privilege indeed”, she adds.

In early days

In early days, Mrs. Maribel’s family was challenged after a near-death encounter of her husband who was once a member of the Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO) most commonly known as “Barangay Tanod” of Barangay San Jose, Mahinog, Province of Camiguin. Accordingly, her husband was stabbed 5 times in vital parts of his body which he has to undergo vigorous surgery to survive. “Isa ka bulan mi nagpuyo sa ospital tungod sa operasyon sa akong bana, ang iyang tambal kulang ang dos mil kada-adlaw, naglisod gyud ko ato unsaon pagbayad sa mga galastuhon (because of his surgery, we were confined in the hospital for a month, his medicines cost two thousand pesos more or less every day, it was devastating considering we do not have enough money to pay for the expenses, I didn’t know how to survive that)”, she narrates.

But because of her awareness to DSWD programs, she was able to seek for medical assistance and other support to aid their needs. “Nagpasalamat gyud ko sa DSWD kay wala gyud ko gibalibaliran panahon sa among kalisod, (I was thankful to DSWD because they didn’t fail us in times of our struggle”, she affirms.

Moving forward

Although Mr. Virtudazo survived the incident, his vital organs was severely weakened that in result he is prohibited to do heavy lifting jobs or any heavy works for that matter. “Pero ang akong bana gadawat gihapon ug ginagmay nga trabaho sa basakan, pangtustos sa among pagkaon kay inadlaw man iyang abot (but my husband now accepts farm labor works on a daily basis or on call basis were he earns a penny just to support our daily need for food”, Maribel says.

Given the circumstances, Mrs. Maribel has to look for other source of livelihood, she has to earn as well to support her family. Even though most of her children has families of their own, she still have four minor children to attend to.

Three of her children are being monitored under the Pantawid Pamilya program, this means that their education and health needs are supported under this program. “Dagko gyud ang natabang sa Pantawid Pamilya program sa among pamilya kay tungod, tanang panghinaglanon sa akong mga anak sa eskwelahan gitubag na sa programa, dili na kayo ko mamroblema (I am really grateful to the Pantawid Pamilya program because it helped tremendously my children’s needs in school apart from the health benefits, I don’t have to worry too much on this matter)”, she says.

As an added income to her husband, Maribel sells “kakanin” or native Filipino delicacies to their neighborhood.

Community participation leading to development  

Food Processing Training

Hands on Food Processing Training of DSWD-SLP participants by 1 And All Technical School

Moving forward, Maribel continues to be active in DSWD activities, given that she a community volunteer and a Pantawid grantee, she is always informed about the other development programs of the department. When the Sustainable Livelihood Program came in, Maribel knew she has to get involved. Well, she did. She was one of the thirty-four participants from the municipality of Mahinog, who completed the 15-days Food Processing Training provided by 1 and All Technical School for this particular project. “Wala gyud ko nagduha-duha ug apil sa training, labi na kay ganahan ko magluto-luto (I didn’t hesitate to join the training especially because I really like cooking),” she asserts.

For this particular training, the participants were taught on how to process foods, make it presentable and eventually earn from it.

Maribel's Graduation Day

Maribel’s Graduation Day along with thirty-four other participants from Barangay San Jose

“We are more than privileged to be working hand-in-hand with the government particularly in investing to human capital development, a noble approach to improve their livelihood”, says Ms. Joy Co, the President of 1 and All Technical School.

“Our school’s mission is to develop a workforce of responsible and effective citizen to make significant contribution to the manpower demand locally and globally surpassing the requirements of the industries and the community”, “But beyond this, we also want to genuinely help people like Maribel, who are persistent and resilient, who uses her weakness to rise and succeed”, she adds.

“Human sa among training, gitagaan mi nila ug “starter kits”, galingan, blender, kitchen tools, ug uban pang materials para sa food processing, aron makasugod gyud mi ug negosyo (after our training, the school provided us “starter kits” which included grinder, blender, kitchen tools and other materials needed for food processing necessary for us to start our very own business”, she says.

Maribel further affirms that getting involved in community development programs of the government is really important. “Base sa akong mga na-experience isip usa ka community volunteer ug Pantawid grantee, daghan gyud kog natun-an (based on my experiences as community volunteer and Pantawd grantee, I have learned a lot of things)”, she tells. She confirmed that apart from the technicalities she learned from being a volunteer, she has also evolved as a woman. As a wife and a mother, she now understands the importance of communication and cooperation in sustaining harmonious relationship among families. Most of all, she feels confident about herself.

In her final statement, Maribel emphasized, “kitang tanang pwede mahimong instrumento alang sa kalambuan sa atong nasod (all of should take part in developing our nation, we can be instruments of change)”.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Photo Release: Troopers help DSWD relief distribution





Troopers of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army help City Links of Pantawid Pamilya deliver sacks of rice to El Nino affected families in the hinterland barangays of Cagayan de Oro City such as this in Dansolihon. Photo by Majalil Flores, City Link of Cagayan de Oro City. As of April 23, 2016; DSWD has served 24,911 families with relief assistance amounting to P14,747,204.

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Kolambugan Reaps Fruit of Community Driven Development

Completed 360 LM Concrete FMR of San Roque,Kolambugan,LDN

Completed 360 LM Concrete FMR of San Roque, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte

Community volunteers, and residents alike, can now enjoy the benefits of their completed concrete  360  Linear Meter (360 LM) Farm-to-Market Road sub-project in Barangay San Roque, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte through 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). 

 Photo courtesy of Carolyn P Caw-it, DSWD Area Coordinator, Kolambugan, LDN

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DSWD Welcomes New Partner in Community Development


Director Nestor B. Ramos, awarding the Certificate of Accreditation to Eduardo Bullecer, President and Director of UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc. (Photo by Jamila Taha, DSWD)

Cagayan de Oro City — In in its aim to strengthen  public private relations and widen support to community development, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) awards Certificate of Accreditation to UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc., after having satisfactorily complied with the qualification requirements of a legitimate Civil Society Organization (CSO) pursuant to the Joint Resolution of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Commission on Audit (COA) entitled “Guidelines for Accreditation of CSOs as Implementing Entities of Government or Public Funds”. The accreditation covers the Livelihood and Community Development for Indigenous People for three years from issuance unless suspended or revoked prior to its expiration.

The UNIFRUTTI Foundation Inc. (UFI) is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Unifrutti Group Philippines, a Mindanao based conglomeration of agricultural operations prim banana, which started around the Davao Region in 1992, and gradually expanded into Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur. Unifrutti has the distinction of being able to operate in culturally sensitive areas (IP communities) as well as in conflict zones like Maguinanao and Lanao del Sur in ARMM, and even in places outside of ARMM where the NPA’s are actively operating. The foundation also offers scholarship and livelihood programs and support environmental and peace related programs.

“UFI considers itself very privileged to be qualified by the DSWD as a legitimate civil society organization, as an implementing agency of government or public fund.  It commits to wholeheartedly support the DSWD’s Livelihood and Community Development for Indigenous People”, says Eduardo Bullecer, President and Director of UFI.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Photo Release: Home Visit

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Home Visit. Municipal Link Alex Cervantes (seated right) of DSWD assigned in Sagay, Camiguin visits the homes of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries belonging to the survival level such as this in Barangay Alangilan, Sagay to help them improve their well-being. Beneficiaries identified under survival level are living below the poverty threshold and can hardly provide basic needs of the family. Photo by the Municipal Action Team of Sagay, Camiguin.

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World Bank, ADB, DSWD Discuss Capacity Building in Region 10

KOLAMBUGAN, Lanao del Norte – World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) meets with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to discuss on-going and future capacity building activities for the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) staff in the region, particularly in Kolambugan, April 27-28, 2016.



World Bank representatives Ms Corrine Canlas (center), Mr Manoj Kumar Nath (right) discusses certain aspects of the importance of capacity building to the staff and community volunteers 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) while Asian Development Bank representative Mr Ameludin P. Bualan (left) looks on during the mission activity for capacity building in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, April 27, 2016. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

World Bank representatives Ms Corrine Canlas, Mr Manoj Kumar Nath, Ms Sophie Grumelard and Ms Marife Bacate, ADB represented by Mr Ameludin P. Bualan along with Kalahi-CIDSS Island Cluster Manager Ms Elise Sogo-an facilitated several Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with the Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team (ACT), Municipal Coordinating Team (MCT), and Municipal Inter Agency Committee (MIAC) members of Kolambugan in the town’s session hall. The second session held in Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City facilitated FGDs with regards to the implementation of the capacity building efforts by the Kalahi-CIDSS regional staff and the status of the peace lens endeavors in the province of Lanao del Norte. Trainings are facilitated for capacity building so that volunteers will be better able to contribute to their country’s development goals.


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) Community Empowerment Facilitator Dexie Lou M. Puno answers queries from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank panel during the mission activity for capacity building in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, April 27, 2016. World Bank is represented by Ms Corrine Canlas, Mr Manoj Kumar Nath, Ms Sophie Grumelard and Ms Marife Bacate, ADB represented by Mr Ameludin P. Bualan along with Kalahi-CIDSS Island Cluster Manager Ms Elise Sogo-an. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

Kalahi-CIDSS aims to empower communities through participation in decision-making in ways that will improve their skills, strengthen their sense of responsibility and human dignity, to use community projects as a vehicle to promote representation, accountability and reduce poverty, and to strengthen the linkage between communities and their local government units.

Kolambugan Mayor Lorenzo V. Mañigos said “Kalahi-CIDSS paved the way towards empowering local communities, improving local governance, and reducing poverty. The amazing achievement brought about by Kalahi-CIDSS in every municipality, especially Kolambugan, is a great evidence of the principle of community driven development, the involvement, cooperation, teamwork and most of all volunteerism. I optimistically dream that regardless of educational background – once a community resident is given the chance to develop their potential through capacity building that certain person will bloom and will give his best to become a useful member of the community where he belongs, because learning leads to empowerment.”


Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte Area Coordinating Team group photo with DSWD 10 Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos and World Bank, ADB representatives

To achieve sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries, the World Bank commits resources to building stronger institutions and organizations in client countries. World Bank helps build capacity through a variety of means, including technical assistance, studies, equipment, and training.

The World Bank believes that individuals need trainings so that they are better able to contribute to their country’s development goals. One of the World Bank’s goals by 2030 is to end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.


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) Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Area Coordinator Binladin Tiolo discusses the peace efforts during the Kalahi-CIDSS implementations in the municipality with World Bank representative Ms Sophie Grumelard during the mission activity for capacity building in Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, April 28, 2016. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD


World Bank representative Mr Manoj Kumar Nath facilitates a focus group discussion on capacity building with the Regional and Sub-Regional Program Management Office 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) during the mission activity for capacity building in Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, April 28, 2016. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

On the other hand, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) specifically aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. ADB in partners with member governments, independent specialists and other financial institutions and is focused on delivering projects in developing member countries that create economic and development impact.

The DSWD Kalahi CIDSS – NCDDP in the Philippines is the prime mover of Community-Driven Development which 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.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

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Regional Inter Agency Committee conducts Workshop for Senior Citizens Plan of Action

In order to enable concerned partner Agencies to share their ideas  and ideas relative to the Senior Citizens Action Plan , the Regional Inter Agency Committee recently conducted  a workshop for the Philippine Plan of Action for Senior Citizens  .

The Philippine Plan of Actiuon for Senior Citizens (PPASC) was formulated through the Department of Social Welfare and Development  and Inter-Agency efforts, including inputs and participation of the members  from the Regional inter- Agency committee. It serves as the blueprint for all government offices (national and regional), non-government organizations and local government units in undertaking activities to promote and safeguard the welfare of  Senior Citizens.

Participants  of the workshop  included staff  from the Regional Office and at least  fourteen   representatives from  the  Regional Inter-Agency Committee  (TIAC)  .

The two-day activity included  lectures  focused on reviewing the existing documents on the accomplishments of each inter-agency partner  .

The outputs of the workshop conducted will serve as inputs in planning the activities for the drafting and formulation for the Philippine Plan of Action  2017-2021.

In his welcome message,  Assistant Regional Director for Administration  Manuel Borres, hoped that the assessment workshop  will yield  positive results  for the advancement of the Senior Citizens which is one of the vulnerable  sectors served by the Department and its partner Agencies  .


Written by ,Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD


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DSWD brings employment opportunities closer to the people through the Philippine Employment Service Office

Maramag, Bukidnon — In its aim to improve socio-economic condition of poor families through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, conducts Employment Facilitation of beneficiaries who are graduates of technical courses. This was made possible through the supervision and support of the Philippine Employment Service Office (PESO) in the municipality of Maramag, Bukidnon.

Considering the distance of the communities from the main city of Cagayan de Oro, the department seeks to amplify employment opportunities closer to the people.

“More than the assistance, our goal is to empower our beneficiaries and encourage them to be confident about themselves through participation in community activities”, says Ms. Leah Viray, SLP Provincial Coordinator.


The Employment Facilitation activity, highlighted matching of applicant’s competence vis-à-vis the job offers. Possible placement agencies for either local or international employment were invited for the initial screening of applicants. Subsequent processes will be done by the respective agencies considering the legal processes and bulk of applicants that needs to be reviewed. (Photo by Carlo Gamboa, PDO II, Maramag)

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“Dagko kaayo ang kausaban sa akong kaugalingon, human ko nakagradute ug technical course, confident na ko makig-abi abi sa ubang tawo. Karon pod nga gitagaan ko ug dagkong oportunidad makatabang sa akong bana para sa maayong kaugmaon sa among pamilya. (After earning my certificate in technical course, I feel confident about myself especially in engaging with other people. This employment opportunity is really a blessing for me, to be able to support my husband and earn as well for the future benefit of our family”, says Maricel Reños (Photo by Stephen Lim, Cluster Grievance Officer)

Mrs. Maricel Reños, seeks for local employment to support her husband who works as a farm laborer. Although the education of her two children is being supported under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the income of his husband is not sufficient to support the greater needs of the family.


About 600 beneficiaries coming from the municipality of Maramag and nearby municipalities, join the activity along with participating placement agencies and partner Technical Vocational Institutions. “If only we continue to conduct similar activities, unemployment will be a memory”, says one placement agency representative. (Photo by Carlo Gamboa, PDO II, Maramag)






The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation. It gives significant priority to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in all its interventions since they are considered to be the poorest of the poor as signified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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