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RIACAT-CP-VAWC 10 strengthens campaign vs trafficking, pornography

Cagayan de Oro City – An inter-agency council of Northern Mindanao here is set to continue strengthening its campaign against human trafficking, child pornography, and other forms of gender-based violence.

The Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Human Trafficking-Child Pornography-Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-CP-VAWC) 10, chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 and co-chaired by the Department of Justice 10 and the Department of the Interior and Local Government 10, has planned out several activities for 2019 that prevent, promote, and protect the rights of the vulnerable sectors.

Atty. Ruby T. Malanog, Deputy City Prosecutor of Cagayan de Oro, said RIACAT-CP-VAWC 10 has recommended to the Department of Education to incorporate the protection and prevention from being preyed to human traffickers in their curriculum.

Atty. Malanog explained that there is a need to discuss and teach parents and their children during PTA (Parent-Teachers Association) meetings and classes of students about the dangers of human trafficking and child pornography.

Malanog also disclosed that the campaign will be carried out during barangay assemblies. The DILG 10 will lead the campaign from the national level down to barangays in Northern Mindanao.

Newly-installed Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 10, Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang, lauded the inter-agency efforts to help curb trafficking, child pornography, and other forms of violence against women and their children.

Director Dollaga-Libang said DSWD Field Office 10 will continue to strengthen convergence efforts among national government agencies, local government units, and civil society organizations to ensure that vulnerable sectors, like the women and their children, will have access to social protection programs of the agency.

The RIACAT-CP-VAWC 10 also proposed to the Police Regional Office 10 of the Philippine National Police to set-up a Regional Anti-Cybercrime Office in Iligan City during its first quarterly meeting at N Hotel here.

This is to help curb online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in Iligan city and its neighboring towns, considering that the City of Falls ranked fourth among cities with high incidents of on-line child pornography nationwide.


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DSWD-X introduces social technology projects to 35 LGUs for replication

Thirty-five local government units in Northern Mindanao attended the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10’s orientation today on social technology projects which they can opt to replicate to their own social services for their constituents.

Social Technology is an innovative model of social welfare and development intervention which utilizes theories and tested method intended to improve social conditions and human behavior of the disadvantaged, poor and vulnerable Filipinos.

Dr. Delia Maravillosa, Social Technology Unit Head of the DSWD-10, says the agency is constantly advocating various social technology projects, which includes those that respond to the needs of communities in resolving the issue on drug abuse. Social protection projects that are related to drug abuse resolutions include the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP) and the Strategies Toward Acceptance, Reintegration, and Transformation (START).

Dr. Delia Maravillosa, Social Technology Unit Head of DSWD F.O. 10 discussed the applicability of Social Technology Projects

FDAPP is a community-based prevention program designed to educate and prepare families about the adverse effects of drug abuse and it targets parents, youth, and adult within the family.

On the other hand, START is also a strategy that is focused on the organization of recovering drug dependents or users who will later become the advocacy arm at the community level and shall be equipped through the provision of the existing basic, social and psychosocial services.

Moreover, the DSWD has also developed the Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender Violence (CIAGV) as its response to the rising incidence of violence against women and children in the provinces. It helps improve the health conditions of women, adolescents and girls through improved prevention, assistance and reintegration of victims or survivors of violence. The agency, Dr. Maravillosa emphasizes, is also advocating this project to the LGUs.

Mari-Flor Libang, Regional Director of DSWD-10, also says that the agency commends all the LGUs for making measures and interventions to address the need to help our families and communities and that their program is apparently parallel to the social technology projects being advocated by the DSWD.

As its mandate, the DSWD responds to the emerging needs and trends that affect the lives of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, groups or families under two key result areas: development of the new social welfare and development technologies; and the enrichment of existing social welfare and development programs.

On the other hand, Director Libang also expresses the agency’s commitment in marketing and promoting completed social technology projects for adoption and replication at the local level – which are the local government units and licensed social welfare and development agencies per Administrative Order 06, series of 2016 otherwise known as the “Enhanced Guidelines on Social Technology Development.”

Moreover, the Regional Development Council passed the RDC-X Resolution No. 22 series of 2018, “supporting the replication of the DSWD’s completed social technology projects,” which was forged during the 115th RDC-X Full Council Meeting on June 2018. This paved way for the LGUs to adopt and replicate the Completed Social Technology Projects of the DSWD.

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CV Cyrus: ‘By volunteering, you can learn a lot about a community rather than just reading about it’

by Van Lee More Z. Guevara, Community Empowerment Facilitator

Don Carlos, Bukidnon is home to Lake Pinamaloy, a freshwater lake with an estimated area of 60 hectares. The lake is the main source of potable water for the municipality as well as a potent tourist attraction.

Don Carlos’ commercial activities are dominated by establishments such as sari-sari stores. More than 300 establishments in the municipality engage in retailing, merchandising, food and beverage, catering and servicing.

Don Carlos is also an agricultural municipality. Its climate and fertile agricultural lands make its agriculture industry a potent and productive one, with 70% of its total land area dedicated to the production of various crops.

Don Carlos is the future home of the proposed Bukidnon Domestic Airport which will be located at the unused former Maraymaray Airstrip in the municipality’s Barangay Maraymaray.

These developments are a welcome sight for the communities of Don Carlos, communities like Barangay Bocboc have also embraced a more grassroots style of development – this is the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. CDD is a community empowerment program implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

According to the community, the people named the barangay as “Bocboc”, a term referring to a certain grass which is abundant in the community; it also means “Kabugta” (decaying) in the Manobo term. However, the present community shows that they are alive and well.

Community volunteer Cyrus Sevilla Banay, 49, is the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee’s (BSPMC) Audit and Inventory Committee Chairperson of Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos, Bukidnon. Cyrus is an engineer by profession.

“Does retirement mean you can longer be a productive member of the community?” Cyrus asked himself once, but he later discovers that retirement is not the end of his road.

“I have been volunteering for six years as lead foreman in the Barangay Bocboc Community,” says Cyrus.

“The main reason is to be able to give back to my society. Also, I feel like I have a duty and responsibility for myself and the community” continued Cyrus. 

Cyrus Sevilla Banay, 49, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer, is the Audit and Inventory Committee Chairperson Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

His skill as an engineer comes in handy in community works. Cyrus holds a Bachelor and Masters in Electrical Engineering and says that “volunteering has been a great experience for me, I enjoy what I am doing; one can always find volunteering opportunities, because there are a lot of them around.”

There is one thing in particular Cyrus enjoys about volunteering – the good he does. “I feel good when I go through the helping process for the day and indeed somebody is helped. The greatest thing that I enjoy is the challenges you face when helping someone and the satisfaction that you get when you succeed. Above all, when the people really show that they appreciate the effort I put into their lives.”

“I have learned a real sense of satisfaction in accomplishing things. I have to learn to be patient, by putting myself in someone else’s shoes. I have learned to appreciate other problems the community face apart from the present problem that one may be working on” says Cyrus.

“I think it’s great to do a thing like that. There are a number of different things to be done. You can match different skills just to help. By volunteering, you can learn a lot about a community rather than just reading about it. I’m blessed & I thank God for every day, for everything that happened for me” concludes Cyrus.

Cyrus Sevilla Banay, prepares the layout for the .30 kilometer Barangay Access Road at Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

Barangay Bocboc completed a DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Sub-Project in 2016 which is the Construction of 14.00 meter x 28.00 meter Solar Drier with a 32 square meter Warehouse Building located at Purok 7 Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos, Bukidnon with a total sub-project cost of P1,134,946.78 with the BSPMC Chair Gerladine Magsayo leading the volunteers. Farmers can now use the facilities to dry, weigh and stock their produce through this sub-project. The Solar Drier and Warehouse is fully functional and operated by the volunteers association which is Security and Exchange Commission registered and is BIR registered, complete with official receipts.

The community of Barangay Bocboc also accomplished their current DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS funded sub-project which is the .30 kilometer Barangay Access Road which complements the solar drier and warehouse facility – to give the farmers better accessibility to the market where they intend to sell their produce. The barangay access road’s total project cost is P2,737,492.04.

The construction of the solar drier and warehouse in Barangay Bocboc is a welcome development in the barangay, since farmers from the area used to bring their products to another town, particularly in Kadingilan, which is almost an hour away. This quadruples their expenses just to get their products to the market.

Today, farmers from the barangay and neighboring barangays can easily dry and store their products in Barangay Bocboc. Drying of their products at Bocboc only costs P3.00 per small sack and P5.00 per big sack, wherein other facilities in other barangays would cost P10.00. This is also complimented by the construction of the .30 kilometer barangay access road which makes transport of agricultural products to the market easier.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Empowering communities through CDD

By Evangelina B Blaya, Community Empowerment Facilitator

The Municipality of Aloran in Misamis Occidental is a fourth class municipality with a total of 27,625 people according to the 2015 population census. The municipality 38 barangays and is blessed with the Mimolan Falls – covered with a thick forest that is abundant with rare flora and fauna in Barangay Roxas and Macubon Shrine Natural Spring and beaches, and is also home to the “Bunga Dag Tabinal Festival” in September of each year.  

Amidst these natural beauties, Aloran’s communities still long for access to some necessary basic services.

Labo is one of the 38 barangays in Aloran that lacks road access, aside from the dangers lurking behind each muddy, treacherous trip on the trails – it is quite difficult for them to deliver their farm commodities to the market, as they lack a decent access road.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) – National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) reached the Municipality of Aloran, Misamis Occidental bringing along opportunities for the beneficiaries.

The community of Barangay Labo is now able to participate in nation building through community-driven development; through capacity building activities and seminars, they acquire knowledge on how to implement, monitor, and sustain the program and their community sub-project.

Barangay Labo, Aloran, Misamis Occidental declarated that the community was deprived of a safe and comfortable trip to and fro the barangay, adding that the farm products, which are the main source of their income, were constantly damaged during delivery due to a very rough road, forcing them to sell these on cheaper prices.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS facilitated a series of barangay assemblies in Labo and discussed processes that introduced the community to the possibilities of improving their accessibility to the main town which is 2 kilometers away from their barangay.

The community decided that the community sub-project will be the concreting of 0.184 kilometer barangay road (with reinforced concrete single barrel box culvert) which spans from Barangay Labo proper to the municipality proper. 

The community and residents of Labo are hopeful that through this sub-project people and vehicles can now pass the road with ease,

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers of Barangay Labo during the construction of the Farm-to-Market road community sub-project.

The entire community fully embraced the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach after it was introduced to them by the DSWD staff.

Felix Tayone, 50, of Purok 2, Barangay Labo was selected by their community to act as the Procurement Implementation Team Chairperson narrates the difficulties they face on a day-to-day basis, “lisod, ang dalan ilabina kung ting –ulan ang mga studyante magkalapok-lapok ang mga sapatos ug galisod ang mga mag-uuma sa pagdala sa ilang mga produkto padulong sa merkado (the road was difficult, during rainy days, students always get their shoes muddy and farmers have difficulty in bringing their produce to the market).”

“Dako kini og katabang sa amoa nga mga taga Labo,(this is really of big help for us in Labo)” concludes Felix.

The farm-to-market road community sub-project in Barangary Labo is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS amounting to P1,310,122.00 with P140,00.00 local counterpart from the Barangay Development Fund of Labo.

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 National Community-Driven Development Program.

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Success requires Sacrifice

BSPMC Treasurer Evangeline Curtina (2nd person from the left) during the technical assistance given by MFA Judith Feliciano

by Maria Dina L. Heramis, Municipal Financial Analyst of Medina, Misamis Oriental

Evangeline Curtina, 59, a Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) treasurer and a Bids and Awards Committee head of their community, a mother of 6 children who’s willing to sacrifice her own time and efforts for the success of their 300m Farm-to-Market Road community sub-project in Barangay Bangbang, Medina, Misamis Oriental. This is implemented and funded through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) – National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

This community sub-project, completed in May of 2018, would not have been successful if not for the perseverance and grit of Evangelina and her co-volunteers.

Evangeline said that it was not easy being the BSPMC treasurer, and that it is a big responsibility and very challenging. Despite all the challenges, she is still grateful for the program’s staff that guided the volunteers on the process by providing technical assistance. Evangeline is also thankful for the series of capability trainings which gave her the confidence, skills, and knowledge necessary in handling such responsibility.

She also said “It was not easy to handle this kind of project especially in doing paper works, audits, completion of attachments for the cheque to be released, disbursements and doing fiduciary work. Through these activities I gained knowledge in every transaction that you have to undergo thorough checking.”

Evangeline is also thankful that the program encourages women participation in the workforce during community sub-project construction.

She says “I am thankful for the help of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS for all the learning they provided to our community even if we are from a remote area. The opportunity and project implemented in our barangay unites us more.”

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintenance.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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4Ps Parent Leader heads Community-Driven Development project

by Michie Lou Cruda, Community Empowerment Facilitator

Being a volunteer is not easy, especially if it is for the progress of a certain community; it needs time, perseverance and heartfelt service. It is rare that we see a person who has the guts to take charge without doubt and hesitation. This is Delia Daung, a 50-year old widow and resident of Barangay Pahindong, Medina, Misamis Oriental.

Delia is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Parent Leader, a barangay records keeper, and the president of Pahindong Women’s Association, and a Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) association leader in their barangay.

Amidst these responsibilities, it did not stop Delia from volunteering in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP). She was chosen as the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson.

“Nagka-interes ko sa Kalahi-CIDSS tungod kay isa kini ka pamaagi nga makatubag sa ubay-ubay nga problema sa among barangay kung gani among barangay maprioridad nga matagaan ug pondo sa programa (I got interested with Kalahi-CIDSS because it’s also an answer to a lot of problems that our barangay is facing, if we will be given fund priority provided by the program) said Delia.

The conduct of the Barangay Participatory Situational Analysis (BPSA) resulted that the people’s main problem is lack of road lighting, which endangers residents, especially at night. To address the problem, their proposed project of the Installation of a 40-unit Solar Street Lights system was granted by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS through the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA) which prioritized their barangay as a recipient of the grant and the local government unit’s counterpart.

Delia, and the rest of the community volunteers of Barangay Pahindong, went through challenges that made them question their individual capacities – some even questioned Delia’s leadership skills, this almost made Delia give up the BSPMC chairmanship.

However, Delia managed to continue working and collaborating with her co-volunteers and together, they have resolved their issues to push through the completion of their community sub-project.

The installation of the 40 units solar street lights project was successful through “bayanihan” (communal unity, work, cooperation) of the people, barangay local government and the Municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental.

Delia concludes with the time tested quote “united we stand, divided we fall” and that these experiences taught the people of Medina – to achieve success it is important that individuals possess the necessary qualities of understanding, patience, and respect.

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintenance.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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More Children found new families through Adoption

With the target to place 16 children for adoption in 2018, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 revealed through its Office Performance Contract Evaluation Report that it was able to place out 19 children instead, reaching 118% against its target.

DSWD-10 installs Adoption Help Desks in SM Malls in Cagayan de Oro City to give information regarding legal adoption during the Adoption Consciousness Month in February 2019.

Aldersey Mumar-de la Cruz, Officer-in-Charge Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office 10, said that this accomplishment shows how much effort the DSWD and its partners have worked together to ensure that the orphaned and those children declared as legally available for adoption are placed in families who they can call home.

De la Cruz also says that the DSWD will continue to intensify its advocacy on legal adoption, inviting potential families to consider legal adoption as one of their options in expanding their families.

According to Sean Pamela Balais, the DSWD is also asking the public to be very vigilant against simulation of birth, an illegal activity that manipulates information in birth certificates which eventually affects the true identity of a child. “We are asking the public to report these cases to DSWD, or to their local social welfare and development offices. This is an offense and should not be taken lightly.”

It is the mandate of the DSWD to protect the rights of the children and to ensure that these rights are being carefully respected by the public. xxxcpt

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Widow: Financial assistance, a great help for those in need

Aralyne T. Balbin, 50 of Iligan City cleans an office daily to earn a minimum daily wage to support her extended family.

As a janitor, Aralyne’s income does not meet her family’s needs.

Being the only child of her family, Aralyne took the responsibility of caring for her aged parents, aside from taking care of her grandchildren and her children who are staying with her. The widow supports the family of her unwed children since the latter has no regular source of income.

Infected with bronchial asthma, Aralyne, a solo parent to seven children, has to divide her meager income for the family’s daily sustenance and for her medicines.

Her agony doesn’t stop there. Aralyne’s father is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Her father has been going in-and-out of the hospital due to the infections and complications brought about by the prostate cancer.

Aralyne felt helpless at that time, finding some remedies to help her defray the cost of hospitalization of her father, aside from the fact that she has to support her family’s needs.

Until she learned that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) helps individuals who are in crisis.

DSWD has various programs and services. Under the Protective Services Division are range of interventions to individuals, families, and communities who are in crisis or difficult situations, such as those affected by or vulnerable to disasters.

As such, the provision of Assistance to Individuals/Families in Crisis Situation (AICS). The AICS, enhanced on 2015, is offered to every opened satellite office in every province of Northern Mindanao for it to become more accessible to individual and families in need of assistance due to unexpected crisis such as illness, loss of love ones and other related crisis situation.

Aralyne went to the satellite office in Iligan City to avail of the AICS.

Dako kaayo og ikatabang sa amoa ang AICS, ilabina 76 years old na akong papa ug uban sa akong mga apo nga walay mga papa na naa sa akoa,” she said. (AICS is a big help to us, especially that my father is now 76 years old and my grandchildren who have no father are staying with me).

Aralyne availed of the educational assistance first for her youngest daughter to augment the educational expenses.

“Insakto kaayo nga naa sa Iligan Sattelite Office sa DSWD ang AICS, dili nako kinahanglan moadto’g Cagayan de Oro o sa Tubod aron makakuha ko,” she said. (It was timely that AICS is offered at Iligan Satellite Office of DSWD, I don’t have to go to Cagayan de Oro City or in Tubod, Lanao del Norte to avail of it.) She added that it answers all her prayers to find money for the enrollment of her youngest daughter.

“I had availed of the medical assistance twice a year for my maintenance medicines. Recently, I availed the assistance for my father and grandchild because they were confined in the hospital,” she disclosed.

Aralyne stressed that AICS program of DSWD really help those people who are in need especially those who loss family members which is very important.

“Ang AICS dako kayo katabang labi na sa namat’yan. Pasalamat jud ko naa financial assistance diri sa DSWD,” she confessed. (AICS is a big help, especially for those whose love ones died, I am thankful of DSWD’s financial assistance).

She rated the program from 1-10 as 10 due to her satisfaction to the implementation of the program and the benefits provided by the program.

She hoped AICS provision will be sustained and will be continually implemented to benefit those who are in need and in crisis.


Aralyne Balbin, a utility worker, always wear a smile despite the trials in her life like in this photo with her friends from DSWD Satellite Office in Iligan City. Photos grabbed from Aralyne’s Facebook account.

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