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Pathways to Leadership: How one woman’s journey with volunteerism changed lives

Rising from the ashes of war, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, is now a thriving municipality and home to empowered communities.


Gina M. Pagente, 42 Kalahi-CIDSS BSPMC chair Brgy Poblacion, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte

Gina M. Pagente, 42, of Barangay Poblacion, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, is known to be the town’s resident manicurist who is also well-loved by her neighbors and community. A wife to Rolly M. Pagente, 46, and a mother to 17-year-old Rolly Jr, Gina was really used to just being a housewife and doing manicure jobs for her “suki” (loyal customers) neighbors until she volunteered for the sub-community projects of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

A natural leader as her friends commended, Gina was also the President of the Sunriser Women’s Association in the community for 5 years.

“Sa ikaduha nga barangay assembly, nakaselect na sila nang committees, naa nay nagvolunteer, ug ako ang napili nga Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson” (During the 2nd barangay assembly, they have already selected committees, and some already volunteered, and they elected me as the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee chairperson).

Gina reveals that she was very hesitant at first but later realized that she could make an impact to the community by helping as the BSPMC chairperson “dili ko kay dili ko kabalo, di nako kaya, ako silang gipangutana nga unsa may buhaton ana” (I don’t want to because I didn’t know how, I cannot handle it, I asked them what needs to be done there). “Siguro, dako ilang pagsalig sa ako, mao nang tanan meetings sa mga committees ako nang ga-apilan, mao nang kabalo gyud ko sa tanan buluhaton” (I think, they have great trust in me, that is why I attend all committee meetings, that’s how I know all that needs to be done) Gina continues.


Gina M. Pagente as the community manicurist

Gina said that her husband, who works in the security services industry, and the community understand her obligation and commitment as a volunteer in the projects.

Volunteers are mostly women, mothers in the community. Gina said that they need understanding, love and respect not only within the family but within the community as well.

One of the most meaningful projects that Gina and the community involved in is the construction of pathways in the different areas of Poblacion Kauswagan.

“Sa amo, pag taas sa tubig dagat, magtaas pud ang tubig sa among lugar, taman tuhod, di na mi makaagi” (In our place, when the sea water level rises, our paths also fill up with up to knee-high water, and we can’t pass through) says Gina. “Pag naa ko’y customer, di na sila kagawas diretso kai taas na man ang tubig, pati mga bata luoy, dili makagawas sa ilang panimalay para muskwela tungod niini” (If I have a customer, they can’t go out immediately because of the water, even the kids, they can’t go out from their houses to go to school because of this) says Gina.


Gina presides a meeting with fellow Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers, initially discussing the next cycle of sub-community projects

With the pathways already constructed in their community, Gina also revealed that they can now move around their community without worrying, and that there are also similar pathways have been constructed in other areas including a pathway to the lake where there are also residents in the area.

A seawall project is also in its finishing phase in construction, Gina enthused that the structure is really helpful to the residents who are near the shores, “pag dako sa balod, parehas adtong bagyong Pablo og Yolanda, nangaguba ang mga balay didto dapit sa dagat” (when there are big waves, like that of Typhoon Pablo and Yolanda, their houses, situated near the shores were really destroyed). “Pagconstruct sa seawall, nalipay na gyud ang mga residente kai makatulog na kuno sila nga walay kakulba” (When the seawall was constructed, the residents were really happy and said that they can now sleep without worrying too much), enthused Gina.


Volunteers put on finishing touches to the 60.1-meter community sub-project project in Brgy Poblacion, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

The construction of the 60.1-meter project, in May of this year, amounted to a total cost of Php 1,612,332.00, wherein Php 1,586,431.05 is Kalahi-CIDSS funded while adding a total contribution from the barangay and municipal local government units amounting to Php 25,900.50.

This also paved way for the men and women in the area to further commit themselves to volunteering in projects, and actively engage in the community.

Gina also enthused that all of this is also possible with the support of the local government unit, headed by Mayor Rommel C. Arnado. She said that aside from the Kalahi-CIDSS projects, women in the community also actively participate and engage in livelihood programs, trainings and other worthwhile activities.

“Kung wala ang Kalahi-CIDSS, basin housewives lang gyapon kami karon, daghan mig natun-an ani nga programa” (If there is no Kalahi-CIDSS, we would all still be housewives today, we learned a lot from this program) Gina said.

On a lighter note, Gina recalls her first speech as a BSPMC chairperson, and when she was through – people congratulated her and cheered her on.

Gina manages her time well and goes by the saying “time is gold”, she said that the moments she always treasures are the long walks in the locale’s boardwalk with her husband and spend good, quality time.

Gina concludes that it is in volunteering for the Kalahi-CIDSS programs that her vision now includes a better community for all and how they can sustain it for everybody’s future.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy (DSWD)

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DSWD prepares for end of Listahanan validation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan /NHTSPR  (National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction) has been conducting the Second Round Assessment validation in Northern Mindanao for a month since November of this year.

Over 18,938 complaints on exclusion have been filed and recommended for resolution.

With the province of Lanao del Norte having the highest number of exclusion complaints, DSWD workers  comprising the Area Supervisors and Enumerators are still on field conducting re-assessments and doing the consolidation of reports  in preparation for the end of the validation phase.

The validation phase was conducted with the posting of the initial lists of poor households in strategic locations in the barangays for the people in the communities to provide feedback . It was also in this phase when families who were not yet visited by the enumerators were given the chance to appeal, be assessed and  lodge on their complaints and grievances to the Local Verification Committee (LVC).

Local Verification Committees composed of the Local Chief Executives, local social welfare and development offices and planning officers , and representatives from Civil Society Organizations  were organized to assist in the  resolution of complaints and appeals.

Complaints on household assessments with incorrect information in the Listahanan database ranked second highest with a total of 15,982 complaints  lodged in the whole region.

To date, DSWD have been consolidating  complaints acted upon for the whole duration of the validation.

Local Verification Committees in the Local Government Units  have been actively involved in the  validation process  by acting on the complaints  through their resolutions and recommendations.

As part of the validation process,complainants have been informed and updated on the status of their complaints  and the resolutions made by the Local Verification Committees in their locality.

It is expected that after the validation, an accurate listing of poor households who will be the potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services of government and non-government institutions will be generated and finalized.



Written by Mitzie Santiago, DSWD


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DSWD facilitates first Municipal Talakayan in Bukidnon

Malitbog, Bukidnon — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) together with the Local Government Unit here initiated the first Municipal Talakayan in the municipality, November 23, 2015.

DSC_0057Anchored on the theme “Measuring and Learning Together Towards Results”, the Municipal Talakayan was participated by officials of the local government unit, barangay officials, Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers, and the Malitbog community.

DSWD Field Office 10 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey M. Dela Cruz said that the “Talakayan features the inspiring stories of Malitbog, some of the best and brightest success stories in its history; Talakayan is not the story of DSWD, this is the story of Malitbog, Bukidnon.”

Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP which features a community-driven development approach empowers communities to participate in governance and community development while local governments become more effective in responding to the needs of the community, especially the poor. In Malitbog, there are 28 community volunteers who have worked through the program.

DSC_0062Dela Cruz said that the Talakayan is to “facilitate paghisgut-hisgot sa mga kalambuan diri sa munisipyo sa Malitbog (facilitate discussions on the developments here in the municipality of Malitbog), bringing new hopes to everybody.”

Municipal Mayor Osmundo Dela Rosa, through his wife and Municipal Administrator Aida Dela Rosa, said that “Many times over the past few years, we have been able to demonstrate our unity, we continue to work together, no challenge we cannot overcome, no problem we cannot forebear, through the Kalahi-CIDSS, we deepen our relationships towards uplifting all the lives of our people especially the poorest among the poor.”


Dela Cruz acknowledges this statement saying that she knows how the LGU of Malitbog exerted efforts so to see to it that the municipality will achieve and sustain their developments.

Gusto ko mubisita sa kada barangay (I want to visit each and every barangay), because this is my work, in order to know that we invested the money, that this is the people’s project” enthused Dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz concludes by saying that the programs of the government are intended to really help the people especially at the community level, she also adds that the DSWD programs are getting bigger and more projects are in place and Talakayan helps facilitate these discussion at the community level,“ang katawhan maoy makigbisog alang sa kalambuan sa munisipyo, mao kini ang tumong sa talakayan” (the people must help in the development of the municipality, this is the essence of talakayan).

Written by: Shaun Alejandrae Y. Uy  (DSWD)


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Senior citizen thanks government for Social Pension

IMG_5455Misamis Oriental — “Tungod sa Social Pension, makapalit na ko sa akong tambal ug pagkaon nga gikinahanglan namo pang adlaw-adlaw (Because of Social Pension, I can now buy my medicine for daily maintenance).”

This is what Mrs. Consolacion Bayno, 77 years old, and a resident of Barangay Baybay, Alubijid, shared regarding her subsidy she regularly receives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Lisod kaayo among kahimtang tungod kay ang akong duha ka mga anak adunay diperensya, ug ang akong bana dili na pud makatrabaho tungod sa pangidaron (It’s very difficult. My children are both mentally challenged and my husband is now too old to work),” she says.

Tungod niana, wala mi sustento. Usahay manghinaot lang ko nga naay manghatag ug bugas didto sa merkado, aron naa mi makaon (Because of that, we do not have any regular income. Sometimes, I just hope that some people would give us some rice at the market, so that we can eat),” she recalls.

Jessie Almacin, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Alubijid, further explains that her two children were found mentally challenged and have been given appropriate intervention by the local government unit. Concepcion lives in a small dilapidated house she and her husband calls home.

Concepcion is one of the 50,593 indigent senior citizens in Northern Mindanao who are receiving Social Pension from the DSWD. They receive P1,500 on a quarterly basis intended for their needs such as food, medicine, and basic needs. Qualified beneficiaries are those aged 65 years old and above and are not receiving other pension from other organizations and offices.

Maayo nalang naa mi Social Pension sa akong bana. Dako kaayo ug tabang. Makapalit mi sa akong bana ug bugas, pagkaon, ug tambal – labi na sa akong tiil nga musakit panagsa (It is good that we have Social Pension, both my husband and I. It helps us buy food and medicines – especially for my legs which is painful sometimes),” Concepcion shares while pointing to her weak legs.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD brings ‘PaskuJuan’ fun fare and bazaar to Oro

12304435_1644519249098244_8549107042039813943_oCagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao has converged here at SM City Cagayan de Oro for the 2015 PaskuJuan, Monday, bringing funfare and bazaar to shoppers.

The one-day festivity complements the positive response from the recently concluded National Pantawid Pamilya Family Day.
“PaskuJuan” featured a bazaar showcasing the various products crafted by the beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Porgram beneficiaries.
It also showcased a variety Christmas Show featuring dancers of Cagayan de Oro City National High School, two-time winner of the recently concluded Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago Dance Contest along with the DSWD Chorale.
PaskuJuan” aims not only to share the spirit of love and joy in celebration and thanksgiving for the gift of family but also to showcase various ideas in making different crafts as a form of livelihood.
Dubbed as “Sama-Sama sa Landas ng Pag-unlad,” DSWD Northern Mindanao Regional Director, Atty. 11227055_1644508185766017_6926891015148779197_oAraceli F. Solamillo said the PaskuJuan is a nationwide festival and bazaar featuring local products of the DSWD livelihood participants.
Solamillo said the PaskuJuan aims to encourage partner-beneficiaries to be active in promoting and marketing their produce as well as generating linkage for product movement not only in their community but in a bigger market like this city.
DSWD has invited schools, media, private establishments, technical-vocational institutions accredited by TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), partner agencies and some 300 Pantawid Pamilya households to the day-long fiesta.
The concessionaires, who displayed their products inside the mall at the constructed booths,  were SLP beneficiaries from the five provinces of Northern Mindanao, selling products such fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit tars, wines, dried squids, home decors, baskets and bags, slippers, milk, bracelets/necklaces, preserved and a variety of processed foods.
 “The success of PaskuJuan last year prompted us to institutionalize it as a yearly activity. It is one way of helping the beneficiaries market their products to the public,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman earlier has said.
SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants or the beneficiaries. It is implemented through two tracks: Micro-enterprise Development and Employment Facilitation.
The Micro-enterprise Development track supports micro-enterprises in becoming organizationally and economically viable, whereas the Employment Facilitation track assists participants to access appropriate employment opportunities.
Both tracks are executed based on the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which equips program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.
Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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Subanen group share positive changes to World Bank

DSC_0540Misamis Occidental —Indigenous People (IP) belonging to Subanen Tribe here share positive changes in their lives brought about by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) to World Bank representatives during a recent visit here.

Rogelio Montac, village chief of Barangay Namut here, said Pantawid Pamilya has encouraged IP parents to send their children in school.

Before, Montac said parents were hesitant to enroll their children in school because they cannot afford to buy school supplies and uniform.

Also, parents will let their children help them do chores for their living.

Micheil Suminday, Grade 6 adviser and Pantawid focal person of Tonggo Elementary School, a school of living tradition for Subanen Tribe in Namut village here, disclosed that out of 290 children enrolled in the tribal school run by the Department of Education, 158 are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Suminday said all enrollees belong to the tribe who are living in the hinterland barangay located at the ridge of Mt. Malindang.

“Pantawid has addressed the needs of the children,” Suminday said.

The village is the home to 310 Subanen households.

Improved delivery of health services

Montac disclosed that Subanen tribe members are regularly submitting themselves for check-up at the health center.

he said, residents will not visit the health center because they are shy for consultation. Now, residents are frequenting at the health center they now have confidence to face people.

A midwife and barangay health workers are manning the center daily while a physician visits the center for consultation once a week.

During emergencies, residents need not to wait for an ambulance to arrive because a motor-for-hire locally known as habal-habal will transport patients directly to Tudela District Hospital, some 20 kilometers from the village.

Improved participation in school

Leizl Bahan, Principal of Tonggo Elementary School, noticed that Pantawid beneficiaries in her school is active in all activities of the school.

Bahan said parent-beneficiaries are always in the forefront in assisting teachers during activities like Brigada Eskwela, clean-up drive, beautification, feeding, among others.

Beneficiaries are also actively involved in discussions during meetings, she said.

Develop confidence

DSC_0535Anita Montac, a beneficiary under Cluster 5 of Namut village, said she never visited the health center before for fear of discrimination.

Montac added that she opted to cultivate her farm with her husband than spending hours of visitation and consultation at the health center because she cannot control her fears from people who are not from her tribe.

After earning confidence during series of Family Development Sessions conducted by her Municipal Link, Montac claimed she can now manage to speak to visitors, barangay officials, and municipal leaders without fear and reservation.

Gina Lumigid, for her part, said FDS has built a strong foundation of her family life.

“Before, my husband was irresponsible and a drunkard. After series of lectures on family and values, he has changed. Now, he stop drinking alcohol and he do his tasks,” said Lumigid.

FDS is one of the conditions of Pantawid Pamilya, a conditional cash transfer scheme of the national government that provides cash grants to beneficiaries.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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Validation of Poor households continues

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Looking  at the throng of people patiently waiting for their turn  to lodge on their complaints, one can feel that  people in the communities  are receptive to change and the initiatives  of  the government to reduce poverty .

In the city of  Cagayan de Oro, since the first day of posting of the Listahanan initial list of poor households in the  barangays,  residents started  to herd  to the City Hall to  file their complaints.

Through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Listahanan , household assessments were conducted last June of this year  in which , 72,000 households were assessed leaving some 30,000 households to be assessed during the validation phase.

With the support  of the  Local Government Unit, massive advocacy efforts  have been done to  inform the public on the importance of the validation as well as on the process  involved  in the  conduct of the  validation.

A designated area was also  alloted  by the City Government in order for  the  Area Supervisors to receive complaints  orderly .

Barangay officials were  also very active in initiating rekorida  to inform their barangay constituents  on the schedule and venue  where  they can  file their complaints.

Complaints ranged from those  poor households who were not included in the list , those who should not be included in the list, correction of spelling, or incorrect data in their Family Assessment Forms.

Those who filed complaints were requested to bring proofs to be attached to their complaint forms which includes birth certificates, Certification from their respective barangay Captains, Marriage certificate, valid IDs, among others, depending on the nature of their complaints.  Collateral interviews were also conducted.

Resolution of complaints are done with the support of the Local Verification Committees organized by the local Government Unit.

For  Adela Pragamac,  a Sendong surivivor,  the posting of the initial list of poor households gives  them hope that in the near future, they will benefit from various social protection programs of  the  government  .

To be given the chance to file a complaint according to Eleanor Loretero, a resident of Carmen, is also a way for the government to have  a clear, definite,and accurate  listing of  who really needs the most  of the programs and services.

“Mao pagkadungog namo sa radyo nga puwede mi magreklamo kabahin sa listahan nga gipaskin sa barangay, nianhi dayon mi diri sa City Hall” (That is why when we heard on radio that we can file complaints on the list posted in our barangay, we immediately proceeded here at the City Hall)  , quips Eleanor.

Listahanan  is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor households are.  It serves as the  basis  for the Department and its partner Agencies as well as Civil Society Organizations ,in  identifying potential beneficiaries for their various social protection programs  and services.

The Second Round household assessments was  conducted nationwide last June of this year with 791, 222 households assessed in Northern Mindanao  .


Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD



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Day Care Workers Trained on Child Growth Standard cum Menu Planning

A two-day training on Child Growth Standard cum Menu Planning was conducted in three batches for the whole month of October.

The training which was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development was participated in by  Federated Day Care Workers President from the  provinces of Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte .

The month –long  training  was aimed to hone their skills & knowledge and  in the delivery of quality service in the implementation of the 5th cycle Supplementary Feeding Program particularly ,in their respective  communities.

Participants were trained to  measure a Child’s Growth using the World Health Organization Child Growth Standards as well as be able to determine  the different growth indicators .

The participants’ skills  in menu planning using indigenous food were also capacitated during the training.

The workshops  introduced concepts on Measuring a Child’s Growth, Interpreting Growth Indicators and Counselling on Growth and Feeding which were clearly discussed and explained by the Resource Person, Ms. Susan B. Batutay of the World Food Programme.


Written by Sheryl N. Ave/Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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