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Volunteers do some light workloads during the actual construction of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) community sub-project in Barangay Villalin, Panaon, Misamis Occidental. The community sub-project in Barangay Villalin is a drainage canal.

Photo by Gilmar Yamba, AC, Panaon, MisOcc  

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DSWD prepares Baliangao for project implementation

(PDW) BSPMC of Brgy. Lumipac raising questions and concernsVolunteers raise questions and concerns during the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) Project Development Workshop (PDW) in Barangay Lumipac, Baliangao, Misamis Occidental. The PDW is part of the Community Driven Development process where volunteers rank, prepare, validate, and finalize their sub-project concepts.  Photo by Elvira Singgit, AC, Baliangao, MisOcc

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DSWD provides food assistance to families affected by El Niño

Food Packs Distribution

A Higaoonon woman takes her bag of food packs from DSWD, in aid for their basic needs being a victim of the El Niño phenomenon. (Photo credits to Jamila M. Taha, DSWD)

Cagayan de Oro City — In aid for the continuing effects of El Niño in the region, the Department of Social Welfare and Development here sends out food assistance to the affected farmers across the province of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. This is in support to the efforts and requests of Local Government Units who declared their areas in a “state of calamity”.

Based on the list provided by the LGU there are about 24,374 farmers, forest workers, farm laborers and fisher folks affected by the calamity, of which 22,247 are from the areas of San Fernando, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Cabanglasan, Lantapan, Quezon, Valencia, Talakag and Malaybalay City Bukidnon, the remaining 2,127 are identified from Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

To this date, 3,776 families have already receive a total of 10,850 Family Food Packs while 7,306 families are expected to receive the same number of food packs this month. The other 13,292 families are still on the process of validation as to their eligibility for assistance. The Family Food Packs contains rice and ready to eat foods.

“We want to ensure the public that the department has Family Food Packs and cash assistance readily available for any disaster response”, says Virginia Cardona, Disaster Response Focal. “The effects of the calamity drastically affected the livelihood of the farmers and we believe other agencies of the government and even the civil society groups have also reached out and extended their aid”, she adds.

The department as the lead agency for social welfare and protection will continue to be vigilant and vigorous in addressing related issues.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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FEATURE: Sacada, househelp daughter graduates cum laude

Maramag, Bukidnon — It’s a life changing for 21-year old daughter of a Sacada farmer and househelp mother who will graduate as com laude of Central Mindanao University here, some 135.6 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro City, today.

Living in a remote village in Kiharang this municipality, Jean Salisali Tejano is among the three com laude graduates who are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries of DSWD under the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) scholarship.


The other two cum laude graduates are Charmaine T. Nonay and Mae Pearl Villagonzalo, who are all earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and ESGP-PA scholars.

Charmaine T. Nonay with her parents.

Charmaine T. Nonay with her parents.

Mae Pearl Villagonzalo of Valencia City, Bukidnon with her mother. Also in photo: Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven, CMU presdident and Fatima Marquida Jorolan, ESGP-PA focal person of DSWD

Mae Pearl Villagonzalo of Valencia City, Bukidnon with her mother. Also in photo: Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven (extreme left), CMU president and Fatima Marquida Jorolan (extreme right), ESGP-PA focal person of DSWD

Earning a degree on Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, major in Filipino, Jean said she only have her dreams and determination to finish her studies because her family cannot support her studies in college if not for the scholarship program of DSWD and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Sugar farm workers known as Sacadas are mostly concentrating and living in Bukidnon province, known for its vast sugar plantation in Mindanao.

Second eldest of the six Tejano siblings, Jean is the only member of the family who will earn a degree in college today, and have reached tertiary education.

Teary eyed when sharing her challenges during her entire college formation during the Awarding of Outstanding ESGP-PA scholars at CMU recently, Jean disclosed that the seasonal income of P160 a day of his sacada father and the P150 a day from her mother as house helper of their neighbor is not enough even for the needs of her brothers and sisters who are still undergoing the basic education curriculum.

Once, Jean recalled that she dreams of finishing a college degree to earn a decent job and will eventually help her family live-out of poverty.

“My parents never wanted me and my brothers and sisters to undergo what they have suffered due to poverty. They always inspire us to strive for our studies so that we can live out of poverty,” said Jean.

Turns discrimination as challenge

With what she has achieved, Jean disclosed that she has proven all who discriminated Pantawid Pamilya college scholars wrong.

“Every time I hear them saying we (ESGP-PA scholars) are wasting government’s money, I feel hurt but I take them as a challenge for me to make good of my studies,” said Jean crying.

Jean added, “The scholarship is God’s grace and God has a purpose for me.”

Being the eldest daughter, Jean said her heart was torn into pieces many times when she saw her sisters and brothers pass school requirements late.

Love of teaching

Since her childhood days, Jean dreams of becoming a teacher.

“I love teaching. With my degree, I can help mold young minds to give importance of Filipino language,” Jean disclosed.

With her degree, Jean is optimistic that she can help her younger brothers and sisters continue schooling and will eventually finish a course.

Jean also plans to give extra time for out-of-school youth in her village by teaching them literacy and numeracy.

“Just like me before, I noticed that they are eager to learn. However, they have no means of supporting their studies,” stressed Jean.

CMU has 51 Pantawid college scholars graduating today under the Expanded Student’s Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, a program of the national government which is instituted by the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, and state universities and colleges.

ESGP-PA provides higher education to poor households that will give them opportunities for high value-added occupations that will eventually help beneficiaries have an improved quality of life.

The college scholarship program aims to contribute to the national government’s thrusts in effectively addressing poverty alleviation by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and to get these graduates employed in order to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to national development.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD


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FEATURE: A Speck of Hope: A Community’s Dream is Coming True

“Tungod kai ang mga lumad wala na-edukar, pirme gyud mailad sa mga daotang elemento, gamay ra nga mga pasalig madala dayon sa mga dautan nga idolohiya”

~Alde “Botsoy” Salusad

San Fernando, Bukidnon – Sitio Kiranggol, Barangay Dao, is roughly a 6-hour open-trail climb into the rain forests of San Fernando. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with the Department of Education (DepED) and National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), lead the joint site validation of a proposed 3-classroom school building to be constructed through the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP). This is part of the Whole of Nation Initiative intervention for Lumads in El Niño affected areas, particularly in the Province of Bukidnon.

Kiranggol (Kiranggel) means a “place of convergence” where other tribes meet to do trade or festivities, this according to Alde “Botsoy” Salusad, the sitio’s peace keeper and whose family ancestry claims the land. San Fernando, Bukidnon is home to two indigenous tribes the Matigsalugs and Tigwahanons.


The sunset view from the proposed 3-classroom school building site in Sitio Kiranggol, Brgy Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)

Kiranggol has been reportedly marred by past insurgent influences and gold mining. According to residents, the sitio used to have a lot of residents and mine workers – chaos then escalated which drove out the residents and workers, a few came back to the community.

In a conversation with “Commander Botsoy”, he said that the community that now thrives in Kiranggol has only been around for three years. The young community already boasts of some businesses in the area despite the fact that the sitio is only accessible by trekking through open-mountain-trail – and only by humans. Even horses would have a difficult time traversing the cliffs and the steep peaks. In Kiranggol, there are sari-sari stores, a karinderya, billiard halls, and … karaoke houses. Supplies are brought to the place by “haulers” and usually one hauler can carry about a 50 kilogram load at the very least – and will charge about 500 pesos to a thousand (or more) depending on the load. So expect the high prices of the commodities – to give you an example, a 1.5 liter softdrink would then cost 150 pesos.

The place is powered by electricity generators or dynamos; they switch on lights at 5:00 in the afternoon until 9:00 in the evening, and 4:00 – 6:00 in the morning. The community pays about 10 pesos per day for the community electricity while some residents have their own electricity generators, and for a fee you may charge some of your gadgets – yes, there are certain spots in Kiranggol with mobile network connectivity.

About 2 kilometers before reaching Kiranggol, there is also a spot they fondly call as “signalan” or a place with mobile network signal.  There, trekkers may stop and rest, as well as text or call – this is the only place with mobile network connectivity along the 6-hour walk.

As the team trekked the treacherous trails, DSWD 10 Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Engineer Roel Jumao-as spoke with the team on the possibilities of materials hauling when the actual construction of the school building will start. To haul a bag of cement would actually cost around 500 pesos each. However, Engineer Jumao-as is both hopeful and determined, “kung mabuhat nato ning school-building diri sa Kiranggol, walay rason nga dili nato mabuhat sa ubang dapit (if we can build the school-building here in Kiranggol, there’s no reason we can’t make it in other areas).”


A young hauler arrives at Kiranggol. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)

Tiring as the trek and climb was, the satisfaction of reaching the sitio was overwhelming – people welcomed us with smiles and a warm meal. There we met the residents who congratulated us on surviving the trek. One even commented “pasensya na sir, walay medalya diri sa finish-line (sorry sir, there is no medal here at the finish-line),” catching my breath – I could only muster a smile.

Good thing they already have a water system in place.

The Dreamers   

DSWD – Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP embraced a warm welcome from the Lumad children of Sitio Kiranggol during the site validation for the construction of a three-classroom school building in the sitio. Kiranggol parents and children alike were delighted to know of the project and have high hopes that their community can now have formal education in their sitio.


(from left) Mitze Antian, Grade 3; Nistle Genlisa Mae Baculao, Grade 4; and Roseann Antian, Grade 4, are pupils of Dao Elementary School in Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon. The three want to become a doctor, a police officer, and a teacher respectively. The grueling 5-hour mountain trek to their school makes it difficult for them to dream big. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)

Mitze Antian, Grade 3; Nistle Genlisa Mae Baculao, Grade 4; and Roseann Antian, Grade 4, are pupils of Dao Elementary School in Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon. The three dreams of becoming a doctor, a police officer, and a teacher respectively.

The grueling 5-hour mountain trek to their school makes it difficult for them to dream big. However, they are given renewed hope and vigor to pursue their dreams as 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) will construct a three-classroom school building in the sitio. Kiranggol can now have formal education in their sitio.

Mitze says “makabalo na ko magsulat, magbasa, ganahan ko nga naay eskwelahan diri sa duol, para makalampus sa pag-eskwela ug mahimong doktor (I know how to write, read, I like that there will be a school near here so that I can finish my studies and become a doctor).”

Roseann hopes to become a teacher, “para makatabang ko sa pamilya ug sa komunidad (so I can help my family and the community).”

Nistle said “Nalipay ko nga di na malayo sa among balay ang eskwelahan, gusto ko makahuman ug mahimong pulis, akong uyu-an kai pulis (I’m happy that our school won’t have to be far from our house, I want to finish and become a police officer, my uncle is a police officer).”

Mira Ombo is a parent of four children; Ling-ling who is now in grade 4, Ian in Grade 1, while Anelyn and Mayan, are in daycare.


(right) Mira Ombo, a Lumad of Sitio Kiranggol, Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon with her children. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)

Mira says that her main sources of livelihood are “mag tanom og kamote, lutya, ug uban pa, usahay manglampas (planting crops like sweet potato and yautia, and others, sometimes I mow fields).”

Mira also is delighted with the construction of the school building, “maayo kaayo nga naa nay eskwelahan, nalipay ko, makaayo kini para sa mga kabataan, dili na namo ipadala sa sentro sa Dao ang mga bata para lang makaskwela kai naa na diri (this is good that there will be a school, I’m happy, this will be good for the children, we don’t have to send our children down to Dao just to go to school because we’ll have our own here).”


Having read stories about Commander Alde “Botsoy” Salusad tells of a horrifying past. However, we met a completely different man during our visit – far from the stories we have read.   

Conversations with residents gave us another picture of Botsoy, one resident narrates a tale when Botsoy spent an almost sleepless night fixing the leaking water pipes on their water system only to be awaken the next morning seeing the pipes chopped by a drunk. Instead of showing rage – Botsoy asked the culprit to pay a tribute of a dozen chickens, and fixed the pipes again. Perhaps this is the reason why one can’t find liquor being sold in the sitio.

Botsoy narrated to us the origin of the name Kiranggol, he said that it was also known as “Maupya” meaning “good” because the early settlers were good people.


Alde “Botsoy” Salusad, with Sitio Chairman Listino Licawan and DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator Danna Jill S. Ebiza, leads the election of Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson and selection of volunteers. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)

Botsoy addressed his fellow Lumads during the site validation and sitio assembly, “kini na gyud ang katumanan nga atong ipangandoy sa mga bata nga matukuran na gyud tag pormal nga skwelahan diri, gikan sa kalisod nato, pag-NPA nato sa una, pagsurrender nato — mao kini akong pangandoy nga maedukar kita, dili nata magsugot nga dili kita maedukar (this will be the fulfillment that we dream for our children that there will be a formal school here, from our hardships, when we were still with the NPA until our surrender, this is what I dreamed of, that we will be educated, we won’t allow that we won’t be educated).”

Botsoy continued “tungod kai ang mga Lumad wala naedukar, pirme gyud mailad sa mga daotang elemento, gamay ra nga mga pasalig madala dayon sa mga dautan nga idolohiya, mao nang pangandoy nato nga maedukar gyud ang mga Lumad (because Lumads are not educated, we are always prone to bad elements, with just a little promise – we get carried away with bad ideology, that’s why I dream that Lumads will be educated).”  

Botsoy is thankful for the upcoming construction of the school building, “magpasalamat ta, nangingkamot ang gobyerno nga tukuran gyud tag eskwelahan diri, priority kita (we are thankful, the government endeavored to build us a school here, we are a priority).”


Department of Social Welfare and Development Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Engr. Roel Jumao-as plots out the perimeter for the site where the three-classroom building is to be built in Sitio Kiranggol, Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon, during the actual Site Validation and Risk Assessment on February 25, 2016. This community sub-project is part of the Priority 1 area set for the Whole of Nation Initiative to help the Lumads in El Niño affected areas. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)

Sitio Kiranggol Chairman Listino Licawan also enthused “kitang tanan magpasalamat kay niabot sila diri sa Sitio Kiranggol, bisan tuod ug layo, mao na cguro kini ang katumanan sa atong mga pangandoy alang sa atong mga kabataan, kinahanglan kitang tanan magtinabangay ug maghiusa para dunay katumanan sa atong pangandoy (we should be thankful that they arrived here in Sitio Kiranggol, though it is far, perhaps this will be the realization of our dream for our children, we must all help out and unite to accomplish this dream).”

“Kinihanglan nga atong dasigon ang atong pagpaeskwela sa atong mga anak, kay mao ray bugtong nga pangandoy nato para sa atong mga anak, ug labi ang mga ginikanan, akong dasigon nga maedukar gyud ang mga anak (we need to encourage our children to go to school, this is the only dream we can have for our children, and to the parents, I encourage you to have your children educated),” concludes Botsoy.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD




A little tricky going up this steep open trail, but there were worse along the way. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)



Just before sunset, a view from the proposed Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP sub-project site in Sitio Kiranggol. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


Rain and fog. DSWD team trekking back to Brgy Dao, when heavy rains and fog greeted us, amid the rainforest. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


Residents of Sitio Kiranggol participate in the election of Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson. The committee shall take care of the overall management of the sub-project and shall oversee sub-project implementation, monitoring, maintenance and sustainability after project completion. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)




Matigsalug Datu Mara Bagubay of Sitio Kiranggol, Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon leads the Pamuhat. The Pamuhat was done on site of the three-classroom school building to be constructed 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). (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


The site validation team comprise of DSWD, DepED workers pose with Alde “Botsoy” Salusad, Kiranggol residents and volunteers after the successful site validation. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


A Lumad family of 7 in Sitio Kiranggol. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


Children playing chase before the assembly started. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


A Tribal Leader of Sitio Kiranggol poses for the camera just before the assembly started. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


A glimpse of Sitio Kiranggol. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


A Lumad mother and child in Sitio Kiranggol. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)


A Lumad family in Sitio Kiranggol. (DSWD Photo|Shaun Uy)

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Listahanan Prepares for Launching of New Database

The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) is now on its preparation stage for the launching of the Latest Database ofthe Profile of the Poor nationwide.

The database is the result of the conducted Second Round Household Assessment done last year.

The National Household Targeting System is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.  The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

Consistent with Executive Order 867, the updating of the Listahanan /NHTSPR database of poor families is done every four (4) years thereafter.  The first Round Assessment was conducted in 2009 where 338,749 households were identified as poor in the region.

For the Second Round Assessment, a total of 858, 804 households were assessed in Northern Mindanao in which 28% of the total enumerated households were made possible through tablet –aided assessment and 72% were enumerated through pen and paper assessment.

With the launching of the new and updated Listahanan database, it is expected that more Agencies, organizations and stakeholders will engage with the Department through a Memorandum of Agreement for the utilization of the Listahanan data in the implementation of their programs and services.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan , aims to contribute to the rationalization of the government’s social protection programs that would lead to an equitable distribution of resources and services to the poor.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD




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UNICEF Partners with Department for Multi-Disciplinary training



As part of the capacity building of direct service implementers and frontline service providers, a multi-disciplinary training on handling and managing cases of child pornography was recently conducted in the region.

Participated by service providers composed of LGU social workers, focal persons, psychologists, social workers from centers and institutions catering to cases of child pornography   , Police handling Women and Children’s Desk, law enforcers, selected Barangay officials and prosecutors from identified hotspot areas, the training focused on how stakeholders complement, collaborate, and converge relative to the various services in addressing cases of child pornography in their respective areas.

Activities for the four-day training which was funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) includes workshops, inter-active discussions and dialogues and presentation of actual cases.

By the end of the training, participants are expected to have increased knowledge and skills on managing online child abuse and exploitation through the use of existing child online protection mechanisms, strategies and approaches to enhance programs and services for victims of child pornography.


Written by, Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD




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Homeless street families to receive livelihood skills training

Cagayan de Oro City — Homeless Street Families in Cagayan de Oro will soon engage themselves in livelihood ventures, to gain employment and other livelihood opportunities with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Modified Conditional Cash Transfer specifically designed to provide livelihood assistance to the Indigenous Peoples and Homeless Street Families.


DSWD-PSST Skills Training Orientation to 41 MCCT-Homeless Street Families last March 14, 2016 at the Philippine School of Science and Technology (PSST), Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City


41 street families here, will receive Skills Training on Massage Therapy NC II, Beauty Care Services NC II, and Housekeeping NC II from the Philippines School of Science and Technology, DSWD’s partner institution for this specific project.

The training aims to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic condition of homeless street families through empowerment and capacity building. This will prepare them in their livelihood ventures, employment and other livelihood opportunities, in the future.

In preparation for their training, the families are given skills training orientation, for them to be aware of the training processes, allowances and duration. “Recipients to this training will be provided with uniforms free of charge and livelihood tool kits during their culmination day”, says Mr. Bendisula, the proprietor of the Philippine School of Science and Technology.

“We are hopeful that through our programs, these homeless street families, will be provided with equal livelihood opportunities and eventually improve their living condition”, says Lexa Lappang, a Community Facilitator for the DSWD.

The skills training will launch following the orientation and will continue up to five (5) weeks.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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