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Training and Perseverance: Key to Successful Business

Cagayan de Oro City — Everyday is a chance to fulfill and achieve one’s dream.

This is true to the life of a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) beneficiary here as she tries to realize her dream business.

Georgy Sosobrado, 39 of Phase 3 Macanhan, Carmen this city, said she complements the meager income of her husband, Anecito, who is a multicab driver, through her tailoring shop.

Despite operating for only four months now, Georgy is not new to the business as she earned her skills in cutting, designing, and sewing from her mother who is also helping her at the shop.

Out of the nine siblings, only Georgy followed the footsteps of her mother who is always at the shop to help carry-out her dream business.

Georgy started to establish her tailoring shop specializing on curtains, pillow, eco-bag, bead works, gowns, among others October last year when she and fourteen members of Faithfulness Macanhan 4Ps SEA Kaunlaran Association availed of the P150,000 loan from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


Georgy, who is blessed with six children, can still manage to do some household chores and care for her family after a hard day’s work.

She disclosed that she learned how to manage her time after she underwent trainings on management with the SLP when her group availed of the benefits of the program.

Aside from this, she also learned management of a business during Family Development Sessions of Pantawid Pamilya.

This leader of the SKA of SLP is also the Parent Leader of Cluster 3 of Carmen this city.

Georgy also pointed out the importance of learnings from her trainings under SLP and Department of Trade and Industry because her group has to earn in order to pay the P5,000 monthly rental of space of her shop located along the bustling Vamenta Boulevard, Barangay Carmen here.

DTI taught the group of Georgy and other SKAs of SLP in packaging their products, ensuring quality and durability so that they can earn patronage of their customers.

But she quickly added that it is the informal training she got from her mother, who taught her perseverance and determination in all circumstances at young age, inspired her to continue to look for other effective in rearing her children.


Since not all 25 members of her group know how to sew, design, and cut textiles for clothing, Georgy assigned 21 of them to canvass and promote the tailoring shops to prospective customers in schools and other agencies of the government.

This strategy, she said, can attract prospective customers to avail of their services.

She found it effective way of luring customers that resulted in growing income of their business.

However, Georgy lamented that only eight members of her group are religiously looking for orders from customers.

Lately this month, the city government of Cagayan de Oro brought samples of their eco-bags during the CDO Business Forum in Makati City.
The Field Office of DSWD, through SLP, has also linked them to the Department of Tourism for possible market of their bead works as it is good for pasalubongs (token).

For now, all she can do is to continue to manage and operate the business with unceasing determination to boost everyone’s income of her group.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program of DSWD that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants. It is implemented through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which equips the program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by making use of available resources and accessible markets.

On the other hand, Pantawid Pamilya is the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of government implemented by the DSWD so that families are able to get financial assistance, provided they comply with certain conditions imposed by Pantawid Pamilya, which include seeing to the health and education needs of their children. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)



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DSWD celebrates Adoption Consciousness Week

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is once again spearheading the observance of Adoption Consciousness Week Celebration by virtue of proclamation No. 72. With this year’s theme, “Legal na Pag-aampon sa Lahat ng Pagkakataon “,the celebration started from February 15 to 23, 2014 .

As part of its advocacy efforts various activities such as radio guesting and Adoption Forum were conducted to raise awareness of the general public on legal adoption. It is hoped that through these activities, more families will open their homes to care and love for children whose biological parents or legal guardian cannot provide permanently for their needs. Going through the legal adoption process will be beneficial to both the child and the adoptive parents.

The Local Government Units and Child Caring Agencies of the Region are also encouraged to conduct advocacy activities in order to make the public be aware and understand that adoption is providing a permanent home or families to children who are abandoned, surrendered, orphaned or neglected.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is the lead Agency in pursuing programs to make legal adoption easier. (Sean Pamela Balais-SWO II/Mitzie Santiago)

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DSWD FO 10’s Celebration of Week-long Anniversary Successful

Cagayan de Oro City – With emphasis on coordinated efforts in stepping up to heed to the challenges of the times, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao celebrated its 63rd anniversary with the theme, “Kaagapay sa Pagbangon at Bagong Simula”.

The week-long celebration kicked-off last January 27, 2014 with a celebratory mass followed by the opening of the Sports Festival that showcased the importance of sportsmanship and camaraderie that would definitely come in handy in promoting Convergence among staffs of the different programs of the department.

The Field Office staff were divided evenly to four (4) groups for the Sports Fest, who in their capacity tried to out play and outwit opposing teams to win in the various ball games. But at the end of the day, the teams still managed to relieve the importance of the games, which was fellowship and solidarity.

The celebration climaxed with the culmination activity (Gala Night) on the 30th of January, 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The celebration was a formal dinner which showcased the different successes of the department, including the acknowledgment of the different partners from the region in the different endeavors in 2013. Retirees and awardees of the field office were also recognized for their undying support and contributions to the department.

Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, focused her message on the department’s thrust to be the country’s premiere foundation of social welfare services, taking into account the theme for the celebration which aims at the department’s lead on the relief and rehabilitation efforts on calamity-struck communities and impoverished population.

Atty. Solamillo emphasized the big role of the department in stepping up to the challenges of the social needs of the Filipino people in these “ever changing times” we have right now.

The 63rd DSWD Anniversary celebration in the region was a success thanks to the cooperation of the DSWD field office staff and the collaboration of the different committees who prepared for the programs and activities under the guidance of the Regional Director.

Written by: Marko Davey Reyes, DSWD

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DSWD Field Office 10 Sweeps Pantawid Pamilya Awards

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 bagged several honors in this year’s year-end national Program Review and Evaluation Workshop of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) in Legazpi City, Albay.

The field office brought home several awards, including first place in Family Development Session Implementation in 2013.

The National Project Management Office of Pantawid Pamilya presented the awards to DSWD Field Office 10 Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar Dela Cruz, Pantawid Pamilya Regional Project Coordinator Kenneth Haze Sanchez, and Monitoring and Evaluation Officers Phillip Waye Mappala and Divorrah Meneses during the said event.

The various awards include: highest monitored over eligible for health facility visit compliance in 2013; highest Family Development Session compliance rate in 2013; highest education compliance rate in 2013; highest percentage of payments, compliance and appeals grievances resolved within 30 days; second highest percentage of attending children; second highest monitored over eligible for education compliance in 2013; third highest health facility visit compliance rate in 2013; and third highest deworming compliance rate in 2013.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman also presented a certificate of recognition to DSWD Field Office 10 for its steadfast support during the rapid validation of Pantawid Pamilya households in Region 8 after Typhoon Yolanda.

Meanwhile, the acting Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 8, Nestor Ramos, also gave a certificate of appreciation to DSWD Field Office 10 for its assistance in relief and rehabilitation of Region 8 during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

In his Facebook account, Mappala posted that the awards would mean a greater challenge to all Pantawid Pamilya workers ‘to always beat our best.”

For her part, Sanchez congratulated Pantawid Pamilya workers of DSWD Field Office 10 saying, “more than the awards, it’s you that I am most proud of. I knew you can do it. And you proved me right.”

Lawyer Solamillo encouraged all workers to do their best in achieving excellence performance in the delivery of programs and services to the agency’s beneficiaries.

She said the practices and systems of the programs had been in place, but workers should develop new strategies and tactics to respond to the different tests in the field.

She added that workers should continue to walk the extra mile in rendering matapat, mahusay at magiliw na paglilingkod to our clientele-the vulnerable individuals, families, and communities.

The Pantawid Pamilya is a rights-based program of the national government that invests in human capital through their children’s education and health. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)


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Listahanan Gains support from Regional Development Council

The Regional Development Council recently held its 1st Quarter Social Development Committee meeting at the National Economic & Development Authority (NEDA X) Conference Room. It was participated in by representatives from National Government Agencies,Non-government organizations and representatives from the Persons With Disabilities and Indigenous Peoples Sector in Region 10.
On the said activity , the Department of Social Welfare and Devlopment Field Office X through Mr.Ian Putong (PDO IV) was given the opportunity to advocate Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) and solicit support from the various stakeholders.
The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or what is now known as Listahanan is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and target- focused strategy.
Relevant concerns particularly on what are the requirements and what should be done in order to have access to the Listahanan data were asked by the participants, which also showed their genuine interest to support and advocate Listahanan.
Advocacy materials which includes base kits containing Listahanan’s basic information , regional profile booklets, and desk calendars were also distributed to the Members of the Regional Development Committee as part of the advocacy activity.

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Municipality of Damulog Utilizes Listahanan Data in Local Programs and services

Damulog  is one of the 4th class municipalities in the province of Bukidnon.  With a total land area of 24,419 hectares, it is situated in the southern part of Bukidnon.  Home to 25,538 residents and 4,378 households (2010 survey),  it is politically subdivided into  seventeen barangays.

Damulog is also one of the municipalities in the region who willingly executed a MOA with the Department of Social Welfare and Development as a  requisite for the sharing and utilization of the Listahanan data.

Prior to the access and utilization of Listahanan or NHTS-PR data by various LGUs, NGAs, CSOs, and different stakeholders, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) should be made and undertaken between the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development  and the data user based on Administrative Order No.2 series of 2009.   An approved Resolution by the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) also forms part as a support to the MOA in order to ensure the confidentiality and usability of the requested data for the purposes agreed upon and between DSWD.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or what is now known as Listahanan is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and target- focused strategy.

After it has executed a Memorandum of Agreement with the DSWD, the municipality of Damulog had made use of the Listahanan  data in the registration and issuance of PWD ID cards  to Persons With Disabilities recommended as beneficiaries for livelihood projects through the National Poverty Reduction Program  (LPRAT).

The Listahanan data also served as the basis for financial assistance for the victims of natural calamities including their hospitalization as well as in the validation and registration of Indigenous Peoples through tribal groups .

This  manifests that   the NHTSPR data can be very useful and significant in terms of addressing the needs of the locality through its various programs and services.  Through the utilization of the data, Local Government Units can assure  the constituents that programs and services are being rendered to those deserving poor households  .


Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD X

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GASSD Chief Lauds Outstanding Workers

Cagayan de Oro City — A chief administrative officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 has commended its workers for being a national awardee.

Manuel M. Borres, Chief Administrative Officer of the General Administrative Support Services Division of DSWD Field Office 10 said he is thankful of the overwhelming cooperation and support of his fellow workers to the two employees of his division who made to the top post in the recent national awarding of DSWD in time for the 63rd Founding Anniversary of the agency.

“The secret of GASSD in achieving our goals to greater heights is our cooperation and excellent communication in which harmony always prevail in our division,” said Borres.

The Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) chosen Olipio G. Albao, a security guard of DSWD Field Office 10, as Best Support Staff (Sub-Professional Level) while DSWD Field Office 10 Records Officer Evelyn E. Cortes became a national finalist for Best Support Staff (Professional Level). Both are working under GASSD.

Albao will also enjoy an all expenses trip to Japan anytime this year, courtesy of DSWD. He will be accompanied by Undersecretary Mateo G. Montano, GASSG head of DSWD Central Office.

The awards were given to DSWD employees who showed exemplary performance in their respective fields.(Written by Manuel M. Borres, GASSD Chief)


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A Ray of Hope for a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, February 10 (PIA) — For people who have less in fortune, getting a help from a particular organization, charity programs and others would be one of the hopeful ways for them to get out or at least ease the indigence they are experiencing.

In line with this, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or also known as Pantawid Pamilya is one of the many programs that the government provides to improve the lives of the people.

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Program aims to alleviate poverty simply through offering marginalized families cash allowance granting that they would follow all the conditions of the Program.

One beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya is Vilma Montes-Beñas, 42, with two children aged 10 and 9. Vilma became a beneficiary of this Program since 2009. According to Vilma, she never thought that she will be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Program and will be given the chance to give a better life to her children.

Despite the fact that she came from a less fortunate family, Vilma did not expect much from the Program as she has lived all her life working hard just to earn for a living. She flew to Manila during his early teenage years to get a job to support herself and her family.

While in Manila, she met her husband, Roland Beñas. After months of knowing each other, they decided to come home to Vilma’s hometown in Cagayan de Oro after they learned that she was pregnant. From then on, they lived together and got married in 2010.

Knowing that both of them do not have a good job to support their family, Vilma cheerfully shared that the Pantawid Pamilya really became a big help in terms of giving their kids the right to be sent to school and be given a healthy environment.

“Nagpasalamat gyud kaayo ko sa gobyerno ug sa DSWD aning programa kay kung wala gyud ni, tingali pit-os gyud kaayo among kinabuhi karon” (I am really grateful and so much thankful to the government and the DSWD as well. If not because of this program, we would surely be living a pitiful life),” Vilma said in an interview.

Moreover, Vilma enthusiastically shared that with the addition of DSWD’s Self-Employment Assistance Para sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) livelihood program, their life has become even better.

In 2011, the couple was able to loan P5,000 from SEA-K which enabled them to build a small sari-sari store and further helped Vilma’s husband as he no longer have to strive really hard driving a pedicab until late night.

In addition, the P2,200 that the family gets every other two months from the Pantawid Pamilya also helped a lot in supporting the studies of Vilma’s kids saying, “Kada dawat gyud nako sa 4P’s insigida pud gyud ko mugahin ug pampalit ug vitamins sa mga bata kay kahibalo ko nga importante gyud ang ilang kahimsog. Ug usa pa pud, ginatudlu-an man mi sa DSWD nga kining 4P’s kinahanglan gamiton gyud sa saktong pamaagi ug igahin gyud para sa kaayuhan sa pamilya hilabina sa akong mga anak kay kini para sa ilaha.”

(Every time I receive my 4P’s cash grant, I would really immediately set aside certain amount for my kids’ vitamins because I know that health is very important. Furthermore, DSWD has always been so consistent in reminding us to spend the cash wisely and use it only for the welfare of the whole family, especially the kids)

It is indeed undeniable that Vilma and her whole family are grateful for the cash grants they receive. The Pantawid Pamilya has certainly given them a lot of reasons to celebrate life and be thankful to God and to the people behind the program as well. In fact, her two sons never fail to always enlighten their day simply by giving them pride as they continue to do better in school.

“Unta lang gyud magpadayon ni nga programa sa atong gobyerno kay kini dako gyud kayo ug natabang dili lang sa ako kundili sa mga parehas nako nga yanong tao lang. Gusto ko nga tanan pod untang mga pobre sama nako, maka benefit aning maong programa arun matabangan pod sila nga mauswag ilang pamuyo parehas nako”

(I just hope this program will still continue in the coming years because this has really given much help not just to me but also to the plain and simple citizens around. I want every poor family to benefit from this program so that they would also have that opportunity to improve their lives),” Vilma added.

She also mentioned that DSWD has also requirements which should be fulfilled such as regularly attending to the Family Development Sessions (FDS) every month. The goal of the FDS is to educate the family, especially the parents, in disciplining their kids in a proper way.With this, it is envisioned that sooner, lives of the Filipino families will improve not just physically and mentally but also spiritually.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s is a human development program of the national government. This program aims to help poor households by giving them cash grants, particularly for children aged 0-18 years old. However, the cash grants, which the beneficiaries receive every other two months, will only be released if the beneficiaries will follow the conditions laid in the said program.

On the other hand, the Self-Employment Assistance Para sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) is also a program of DSWD. This is a livelihood assistance program which allows needy families to loan in order to start their own business. The DSWD only approves the loan of those members who actively participates in the seminars, weekly meetings and business management trainings conducted by the DSWD.(Sherlyn E. Lugto/RTP/PIA10)


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