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Vegetable vendor signs up to volunteer and help community prepare for any disaster

Anna Fe V. Bugtong, a vegetable vendor, shares that with her bitter experience with Tropical Storm Vinta in 2016, she was able to learn a lesson: to always be prepared.

Anna Fe V. Bugtong can still remember how Tropical Storm Vinta washed out her house and that of her neighbors in the afternoon of December 22, 2018 in a small mountainous village of Langaon in Baungon, Bukidnon.

Strong rain and winds forced Anna, her husband and her five children to move out from their house, and had to walk through flooded roads, and cross through surging rivers to find safety. As a mother of five children and a vegetable vendor, she remembers how difficult it was for the family to stay on course with their home and farm destroyed.

Kusog kaayo ang baha. Ninglapas gyud siya sa dalan dapit didto sa tulay. Naguba gyud ang tulay (The flood was overwhelmingly getting worse. It went up as high as that road near the bridge. The bridge was also washed out by the flood),” remembers Anna.

Nakuyawan gyud ko. Nahadlok ko para sa akong mga anak nga basin naay dili maayo mahitabo sa ila. Naglisod gyud mi ug tabok paingon sa highway. (I was scared. I was afraid for my children’s safety. I didn’t know what I would do if something bad would happen to them because of the flood. It was so difficult walking to the highway area),” she added.

She also recalls that many of her neighbors in the village had to go through the same difficulty during the storm. “Naay uban sa ila walay pagkaon nabitbit. Walay bugas. Ang uban nakadala ug bugas, pero taman ra sa usa ka-adlaw. Wala pud mi nakahibalo nga pag-abot sa gabii, naguba na diay among tulay. Wala gyud mi makatabok sa suba. Na-stranded gyud mi (some of the families were not able to bring food with them. No rice. Although some of them were able to bring rice, but it wasn’t enough for one day. We also didn’t know that by night time, the bridge had already washed out. We were not able to cross the river).”

Anna shares that with that bitter experience, she was able to learn a lesson: to always be prepared.

With that lesson in mind, she joined the Risk Resiliency Program – Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (RRP-CCAM) introduced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 through the Barangay Council in Baungon.

The RRP-CCAM is a program that encourages community participation in implementing a community-defined project related to climate change adaptation, climate risk reduction that is sustainable in nature. The program generates temporary employment and provide income augmentation to families and/or individuals through Cash-for-Work (CFW).

In exchange for the works rendered by a participating family for ten (10) days, the beneficiary is provided with cash assistance equivalent to seventy-five percent (75%) of the prevailing daily regional wage approved by the Department of Labor and Employment.

Anna Fe shows the footbridge she and her neighbors built in preparation for any flood or storm that may hit their barangay in Baungon, Bukidnon.

Anna is one of the beneficiaries of the RRP-CCAM Cash for Work in Baungon where she and the rest of her community helped in constructing a footbridge where they can pass through safely from their village down to the municipal proper should a disaster occur in their village.

Nakatabang gyud ang programa sa ako, dili lang tungod kay nakadugang siya ug income sa akong pamilya, pero tungod kay nakatabang pud ang programa sa ako nga mahimong instrumento sa among komunidad nga makapangandam mi kung adunay kalamidad nga mahitabo (The program has helped me, not just because it was able to provide my family an additional income, but it has also helped me become an instrument to my community to become prepared in times of any disaster.)”

With Anna’s participation in RRP-CCAM, she was inspired to become a community volunteer and get involved in the construction of a Barangay Access Road funded by the DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services. She is part of the community’s Project Preparation Team in constructing the said project in her barangay. xxx

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DSWD turns over 50 core shelter units to residents in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon

Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista, Jr., Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, ceremoniously turned over fifty (50) DSWD core shelter units to internally displaced families affected by the 2011 Tropical Storm Chedeng that hit Cabanglasan, Bukidnon last June 28, 2019.

DSWD-10 Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang stated during her project briefing that the Field Office identified 60 families to become recipients of the DSWD Core Shelter Assistance Program which is one of the interventions of the DSWD under the Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness. The 60 families, as per assessment by the Local Government Unit of Cabanglasan, were reported to be “badly hit” by the said storm.

With an allocation of P4,200,000.00, DSWD constructed 50 shelter units under the said program in Barangay Eba, Cabanglasan, while the Local Government Unit of Cabanglasan shouldered the ten (10) core shelter units as their counterpart to the project. Each unit costs P70,000.00.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista, together with PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, graces the turn-over of 50 DSWD core shelter units by handing over a symbolized key to Mr. Generoso Mendoza, President of the Senior Citizens Federation of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, representing the 60 displaced families who were affected by Tropical Storm Chedeng in 2011.

Director Dollaga-Libang also explained that the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) aims to provide environment friendly, structurally strong shelter units that can withstand up to 220 kph wind velocity and earthquakes up to intensity 4 of the Richter Scale. She added that the family who were displaced by Tropical Storm Chedeng can now call their newly built houses their homes.

The ceremonial turn-over of the 50 core shelter units was done during the launching of the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev), the banner program of Northern Mindanao that addresses the root causes of internal armed conflict and insurgency in the region.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang shake hands with residents of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon as their gesture of commitment to provide quality and fast social protection programs beneficial for their families and their communities, such as livelihood, financial assistance, job opportunities, and social services.

In keeping with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70, also known as “Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, and Directing the Adoption of a National Peace Framework,” the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) launched CAPDev which promotes a focused, coordinated, and sustained delivery of the government’s basic services and social development packages in poor, conflict-affected, geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the region.

The launching of CAPDev was led by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar who is designated as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Region 10.

Region 10 is the first region in Mindanao to launch a program and craft a peace framework in response to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70. xxx

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PWD earns agribusiness management degree

Maramag, Bukidnon — After four years of studying in Central Mindanao University (CMU) here; 21-year-old Edy Rose Tayab completes the bachelor degree in agribusiness management recently.

Life has not been easy for Edy Rose of Purok 17, Barangay Butong, Quezon, Bukidnon. She was born with a congenital deformity. She has no feet and no left hand.

Edy Rose Tayab, a 4Ps scholar, receives her diploma during the recently concluded graduation ceremony of Central Mindanao University, Maramag, Bukidnon. Photo supplied by CMU.

But Edy Rose did not let her disability get in the way of achieving her dreams. She excelled in her class while in high school and pursued her dreams to finish a degree in college.

“I want to prove myself that I can do what normal people can do,” claimed Edy Rose who admitted that she couldn’t avoid comparing herself to her classmates.

Having no feet, Edy Rose uses her underdeveloped lower limbs without crutches daily.

To reach CMU, she has to take a 45-minute ride, a challenge she had to face just to finish her college education.

“Usahay makamahay (I feel resentful at times),” she said, especially when people, some of whom are her classmates would taunt her, saying, “Nganong ing-ana man imong nilaktan? Mohilom nalang ko. Pero sa akong galamhan gisakitan nako, (Why do you walk like that? I just keep silent. But deep inside I felt hurt).”

Edy Rose, who placed top nine at Apyao National High School, Quezon, Bukidnon in 2015, was a consistent honor pupil in her elementary years.

“I enjoy studying,” Edy Rose said, adding that it was during in her elementary years that she noticed she loved Mathematics.

“It feels like I’m just playing a game when it comes to Mathematics,” said Edy Rose. She added she loves to answer Mathematical challenges.

Edy Rose Tayab with her father, Eduardo.

Edy Rose, whose mother died while she was on her third year in college, is a former recipient of the Extended Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA) of DSWD and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) while studying at CMU. Only last year, when free tertiary education was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, that she was placed under the scholarship of the UNIFAST of CHED.

“Magpasalamat jud ko sa DSWD kay natabangan ko nila sa pag-eskwela pinaagi sa Pantawid Pamilya aron makab-ot nako ang akong mga pangandoy,” she said. (I thank DSWD because they have helped me in my studies and in reaching my dreams through Pantawid Pamilya).

Before her enrolment in the program, Edy Rose recalled that her family could hardly send her to school. “May adlaw ko nga walay balon sauna. Karon kompleto nako og balon ug mga gamit sa eskwelahan,” she said. (Before, there were days that I don’t have food to take for my school. Now, I have food to eat and I have school supplies.)

Pantawid Pamilya is a government’s poverty-reduction strategy that provides cash grants to extremely poor households aimed at helping them raise educated and healthy children aged 18 years and below. 

It utilizes the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme where beneficiaries receive cash grant provided that they send their children to school, get preventive health check-up, and the parents attend the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

Edy Rose is among the more than 20,381 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who graduated in 2015, the first batch of 4Ps high school graduates. Currently, Northern Mindanao has 260,663 active household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. 

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Photo: DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista signs resolution condemning CPP-NPA atrocities in Northern Mindanao

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista (in blue) and IP leaders commit to Regional Peace and Order Council X’s (RPOC-X) resolution condemning CPP-NPA Atrocities in the Region. The commitment was made during the Launching of Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) at Barangay Iba, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on January 28,2019.

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Photo: DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista speaks to Bukidnon Residents re CAPDev

“Labanan po natin ang kahirapan sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaisa. Hikayatin po natin ang ating mga kapatid na nasa kabilang bakod na magbalik loob sa pamahalaan. Sa gayon makapiling nila ang kanilang pamilya at mabuhay ng matiwasay.
“Sa parte po ng gobyerno, gagawin po namin lahat ng paraan upang matugonan ang kanilang pangangailangan.”

-Secretary Bautista to the residents of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon during the launching of Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) on June 28,2019.

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Photo: Government officials express commitment to support CAPDev in Bukidnon

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Baustista (in blue), Director Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang (in red) and other heads of different national government agencies pose for peace and change during the launching of Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) at Barangay Iba, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on June 28, 2019.

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Photo: Residents of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon thanks DSWD for core shelter units

Leaders of Barangay Iba headed by Barangay Captain Reynard Encarguez thanks DSWD for the different programs and services extended to their community during the Launching of Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) at Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on June 28, 2019.

On the same event, DSWD turns over 50 core shelters to the residents of Cabanglasan who were badly hit by Typhoon Chedeng. The Department also distributed 200 family food packs to the residents.

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Photo: Turn-over ceremony of DSWD 50 core shelter units to Bukidnon residents affected by 2011 Tropical Storm Chedeng

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista and Secretary Andanar cut the ribbon during the turn over ceremony of DSWD 50 core shelter units to residents in Barangay Iba, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon last June 28, 2019. Barangay Iba was one of the most affected aread in Bukidnon during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Chedeng in 2011.

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