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DSWD holds media forum, visits Solar-powered water system sub-project in Alubijid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 10 recently held a forum with the members of the media to introduce its programs and services, January 15-16 at the Pearlmont Hotel. The forum also introduced updates on the promotive programs namely the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), and the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP).

DSWD Field Office 10 program focal persons introduced their respective programs to the media and entertained queries from the media present during the forum. Among the DSWD presenters were from Social Technology Unit, headed by Ms Morena B. Fernandez; Social Pension Program by Ms Daisy Ramos; Centers and Institutions by Ms Rosanel Pague; Kalipunan (formerly Convergence) by Mr Abdul Jabbar Usman; Ms Amelita Paye for Assistance to Individuals/Families in Crisis Situation (AICS); Mr Rhandy Ladoroz for SLP, Ms Kenneth Haze Sanchez for 4Ps; and Ms Teofreda Dingal for Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP.

Butch Enerio of the BusinessMirror raises some points and queries for the Social Pension program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development during the Media Forum, January 15-16, at the Pearlmont Hotel. (SAUy/DSWD)

The Kalahi-CIDSS NCDD Program

Ms Teofreda Dingal, DSWD Region 10’s Deputy Regional Program Manager for DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP said that the program has 3 key messages: DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP is a means to achieve improved access to basic services and to participate in more inclusive local planning and budgeting, the program assists poor communities to facilitate improvement of the well-being of their barangay and its residents, and that the Community-Driven Development (CDD) is a well-documented and tested approach which empowers communities to take control of the planning, implementing, and resource investments in their locality.

Community-driven development (CDD) 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. In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP.

Regional based media, together with DSWD workers pose for posterity on-site the Solar-powered potable water system community subproject during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. (SAUy/DSWD)

Part of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS community-driven development approach is the empowerment of women. According to the data provided by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional program management office through its Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, headed by Ms Gemima Lopez, that as of December 2017 – there are a total of 477 community subprojects spread throughout the 5 provinces of the region with a total of 26,539 paid-labor workers, 5,673 of which are women.

The most common community sub-projects in the region are farm-to-market roads and pathways which comprise 47% of the total number of sub-projects, followed by potable water systems, and health stations. Other community sub-projects include day care centers, pre & post-harvest facilities, bridges, flood-control structures, and school buildings.


Solar-Powered Potable Water System

The members of the media, together with the DSWD workers, visited Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, headed by Mr Ruel O. Barros –Punong Barangay, where a solar-powered pump-driven potable water system was constructed through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program grant of P1,173,972.80 and local counterpart from the Municipal Government of Alubijid, headed by Mayor Alvin Giovanni A. Labis, of P45,733.20 and community counterpart of P18,120.00 – totaling P 1,237,826.00.

According to Mr Arman Batutay, a community volunteer who heads the operation and maintenance of the water system – “kusog ang tubig nga gikan ani nga pump, di na mi maglisod sa pagkuha sa tubig (the flow of water from this pump is strong, we don’t have a hard time getting water now).”

Arman Batutay, Community Volunteer, who leads the operation and maintenance of the Solar-powered potable water system community subproject demonstrates to the media how the pump works during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. (SAUy/DSWD)

A total of 366 households in Barangay Tugasnon benefits from the potable water system, there are also 203 households who are beneficiaries of the 4Ps program who benefits from this community sub-project.

Brgy. Tugasnon, Alubijid Misamis Oriental is one of the beneficiaries of DSWD KALAHI – CIDSS. It has 8 purok with a total population of 2,493, Total HH 597HH and 631 families.

The pump is powered by a 2.1Kwpk 265w Solar Polycrystalline system and produces an average of 20 cubic-meters per day – and is distributed throughout the barangay’s 10 designated tap stands.

Barangay Tugasnon Punong Barangay Ruel O. Barros and Arman Batutay, Community Volunteer, demonstrates the flow of water in one of the designated tap-stands during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS area tour in Barangay Tugasnon, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, January 16. The Solar-powered potable water system community subproject is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program grant of P1,173,972.80 and local counterpart from the Municipal Government of Alubijid, headed by Mayor Alvin Giovanni A. Labis, of P45,733.20 and community counterpart of P18,120.00 – totaling P 1,237,826.00. (SAUy/DSWD)

CDD Adoption

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National and Regional Program Management Offices continue to advocate to the local government units and communities in adopting the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in their local development plans with the aim of empowering communities, better local governance, maximization of resources towards need-responsive programs or projects and inclusive decision-making.

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DSWD-X prepares to give out P200 for Listahanan poor families

Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X will have another wave of validation in preparation for the Unconditional Cash Transfer where the national government gives P200 per month to each family validated in the list of poor households which was generated through Listahanan – the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction managed by the Department.

Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of DSWD-X, says that it shall conduct validation of 262,623 families who are not beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and are not beneficiaries of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, but are enlisted in the Listahanan database because there were considered as poor during its enumeration in 2009 in Northern Mindanao.

Ramos says that the DSWD shall pay P2,400 for 2018 to each family validated as poor by the Department. However, he emphasizes that the payout shall only start after the validation has been conducted and finalized this year.

The said cash assistance shall also be given to all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, in addition to their cash grants, and beneficiaries of the Social Pension for indigent senior citizens, in addition to their monthly subsidy of P500.

The DSWD shall provide the cash assistance in line with its vision to ensure that all Filipinos are free from hunger, and poverty, and have equal access to opportunities, enabled by a fair, just, and peaceful society. ###

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer, DSWD-X

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ABSNET Holds Forum cum General Assembly



The Area Based Standards Network (ABSNET) recently conducted a Forum cum General Assembly.  It was participated in by representatives from various Social Welfare and Development Agencies duly registered, licensed, and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Highlights of the activity included discussion on Philippine Council for NGO Certification by Dr. Rosalina Huerbana , Executive Director of Safer River, Life Saver Foundation of Liceo de Cagayan University and accreditor of Phil Council for NGOs (PCNC).  Branch Manager for Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Region 10 also discussed on how to avail medical assistance from the said Agency.

Regional ABSNET Federation President, Mr. Michael Casey also reported on the Regional Accomplishment of ABSNET from the first to the early fourth quarter of the year.

The said forum cum general assembly was graced with the presence of Director Marites Maristela from the Standards Bureau of the Central Office.   In her message, she congratulated the participants for their accomplishments in the region.  She also discussed on the Standards Bureau Strategic Initiatives and Priorities for the Calendar Year 2018.

ABSNET is a strategy to form a participative and collaborative endeavor among registered, licensed and accredited Social Welfare and Development Agencies in the region, who also assists the DSWD in monitoring the implementation of Social Welfare and Development programs and services for the disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors they serve.


Written by, Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago, DSWD

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IDP Return o Kambalingan sa Marawi City

Narito po ang proseso ng IDP Return o Kambalingan sa Marawi City.





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16 senior citizens aged 100 years old and above in Northern Mindanao recently received each of their Centenarian Gift of P100,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X last October 16-20, 2017. An additional three Centenarians will also be paid with the same cash gift this month.

This effort was done in accordance with Republic Act 10868 also known as “Centenarians Act of 2016” which honors and grants additional benefits and privileges to Filipino centenarians.

Based on the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Memorandum Circular No. 4 Series of 2017, a Centenarian refers to all Filipinos, who have reached one hundred years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad.

The senior citizens who received the Centenarian gift was identified based on the existing database of the government such as record of Office of Senior Citizens Affairs-issued senior citizens ID, Social Pension beneficiaries, Listahanan (National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction), Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), and other similar sources.

To verify the identification of a beneficiary of the Centenarian Gift, the local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) or the Head of the Office of Senior Citizens Association with the Civil Society Organizations conducts a verification process by requiring the beneficiary to present his/her birth certificate or Philippine passport. In case the said documents are not available, any one (1) of the following primary IDs may also be accepted:

  • Senior Citizen’s Identification Card issued by the Head of the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) indicating the year of birth;
  • Other Philippine-government identification cards such as the Land Transportation (LTO)-issued Driver’s License; social security cards like the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS), Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) License, Philippine Postal ID, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID, etc. which shows Filipino citizenship and year of birth as a reference point for the Centenarian’s eligibility for the cash incentive.

Centenarians may visit their local social welfare and development office for such incentive, subject to verification and assessment by their City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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DSWD-X pays cash for work for Marawi evacuees in Region X

More than 20,800 families who were affected and have evacuated in Northern Mindanao during the crisis in Marawi City have received payment from the Department of Social Welfare and Development for their services rendered under the Department’s Cash for Work Program.

In its program implementation guidelines, each internally displaced person (IDP) is paid P200 per day for 10 days for giving various services like cleaning premises in evacuation centers, dredging of canals, and other services related to the maintenance of cleanliness in evacuation centers and communities. DSWD has already extended a total of P41,658,000.00 as of October 19, 2017, for the Cash for Work Program.

To date, the DSWD’s payment for the services rendered by the internally displaced families is still ongoing and are done through scheduling scheme by area.

The DSWD however emphasizes that those who are qualified under the Cash for Work Program are those that are in the clean list of internally displaced families prepared by the local government units where they are temporarily staying, the local government unit of Marawi City, and the DSWD.

“We would like to emphasize that only those in our list are qualified to work for the Cash for Work Program and are entitled to be paid by the DSWD,” Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of DSWD-X, says.

“We have made a thorough and careful cleansing of our list to ensure that there is no duplicity of entries, and that all eligible families who are truly affected by the crisis in Marawi City are given with their due assistance,” Ramos said.

It can be recalled that the last day of registration of the internally displaced families affected by the Marawi Siege was slated on July 5, 2017, to finalize the list of IDPs in Region X for review and validation by the local and national governments.

The DSWD is also encouraging the IDPs to wait for their schedule of payment to be announced by their barangay officials, of which the DSWD and CSWD is closely coordinating with.

The DSWD also advises those IDPs who were not able to receive their payment during the scheduled payout to report to the City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices of where they are temporarily staying. The CSWDO or MSWDO shall then report their names to the DSWD for another schedule of payout.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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Listahanan Conducts Data Users Forum


The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) Unit recently conducted a Data Users Forum on the Listahanan 2 Database Sharing.

It was participated in by representatives from National Government Agencies particularly from the Commission on Higher Education, Department. of Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, and Civil Society Organization representatives of Philippine Island Kids, BULAK, and Group Foundation among others.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officers from the Provinces of Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental and a representative from the City Government and City Social Welfare and Development Office of Cagayan de Oro City also participated in the said activity.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) or Listahanan is a unified information management system used to determine who and where the poor are.

The Forum was aimed to advocate data sharing to organizations and Agencies interested to engage with the Department and in the process, serve as a take off point for the forging of Memorandum of Agreement between the Field Office and the stakeholders.

Significant topics were discussed in the forum which included, an Overview of Listahanan, The Regional Profile of the Poor in the Region based on the results of the Second Round Household assessments conducted in 2015.  Salient Points of the Data Privacy Act of 2012, Sharing Guidelines and the Processes and requirements needed in engaging into a Memorandum of Agreement was also discussed.

Policy and Plans Division Chief, Zosimo Butil, who represented the Regional Director during the activity, in his welcome message, thanked the participants of the Forum for their active participation and their eagerness to engage with the Department of Social Welfare and Development through data sharing and utilization of the data in identifying the potential beneficiaries of their social welfare and development programs and services.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) or Listahanan conducted the First Round of household assessments in 2009 wherein, for Region 10 alone, 338,749 households were identified as poor.

Nationwide, 10.9 households were assessed of which, 5.2 households were identified as poor and enrolled with Philhealth.  Of these poor households, 3.8 million households were enrolled in the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program.

Other programs of the Department utilizing the data in identifying their beneficiaries also includes Scholarship Program for Pantawid (ESGPPA-Expanded School Grant Program for Poverty Alleviation) Social Pension and Supplemental Feeding.

The Second Round household assessment was conducted in 2015 wherein, out of the 870,596 households assessed region wide, 485,806 households were identified as poor.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan is now on its phase of intensifying its advocacy to the Local Government Units in the region.

For the year 2017, Listahanan’s focus will be on data sharing with stakeholders.  For now, several Local Government Units, some partner Agencies and even regular Programs within the Department have requested for the updated Listahanan data for different purposes.



Written by Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago,DSWD



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MASS-SPECC ang mobayad sa 4Ps sa MisOcc

Mabayaran na gyud ang mga benepisaryo sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) sa DSWD nga ilalom sa over-the-counter payment didto sa probinsiya sa Misamis Occidental karong umaabot nga bulan sa Oktubre.

Kini human nga niadaog ang MASS-SPECC sa bidding nga gipahigayon sa Land Bank of the Philippines Region 9.

Kahibaloan nga na-delatar ang paghatag og cash grants ngadto sa mga apektadong benepisaryo sa 4Ps tungod kay ni-expire na ang kontrata sa kanhi service provider sa Land Bank of the Philippines nga mao ang mohatod sa mga cash grants sa benepisaryo sa matag lungsod nga walay ATM machine nga iya sa LBP.

Apektado sa pagka-delatar sa paghatod sa cash grants mao ang mga benepisaryo sa lungsod sa Aloran, Baliangao, Bonifacio, Clarin, Concepcion, Don Victoriano, Jimenez, Lopez Jaena, Panaon, Plaridel, Sinacaban, ug Tudela.

Gitbuyag ni Kenneth Haze Sanchez, Regional Project Coordinator sa 4Ps sa DSWD Field Office 10, nga gipaningkamotan sa LBP ug MASS-SPECC nga malagdaan na og dali ang Memorandum of Agreement aron makapagula gilayon og Notice to Proceed sa pagbayad ang bangko.

Gidugang ni Sanchez nga nasabtan sa DSWD nga gikinahanglan na gyud sa mga benepisaryo ang ilang cash grants aron makaangkon og ikaayong lawas ug matarong ang pagtungha sa mga bata.

Sa tibuok Northern Mindanao, adunay kapin sa 270,000 ka households nga sakop sa 4Ps.


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