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Haven Conducts Self-Care and Resiliency Workshop

As part of strengthening the relationship between and among the residents and the staff, the Regional Haven for Women in Northern Mindanao recently conducted a self-care resiliency workshop and family conferencing activity.

Facilitated by Dr. Miguela Napiere, Dean of Graduate School in one of the colleges in the region, the clients were oriented on what self-care is and resiliency per se.

Another highlight of the activity was also the conduct of family conference .

Center residents also had the opportunity to share what they have learned from the trainings on livelihood and showcase their talents to their fellow residents.

The outing and bonding activity also added to the highlight of the the Center’s’activity. This venue, aside from being a regular quarterly activity also provides the opportunity for the clients and the staff to get to know each other better which can be helpful in the client’s rehabilitation and preparation for their eventual mainstreaming in society .

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago,DSWD

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Listahanan conducts judging of Photo Contest Entries

Cagayan de Oro City – As part of advocating transparency in identifying families in need of special protection, Listahanan recently conducted a Photo Contest dubbed as the Listahanan at Work : Identifying Families in Need of Special Protection .

In Northern Mindanao, out of twenty finalists, ten were qualified for the final judging of photo entries. Each participant was required to submit at least three photos .

Headed by Assistant Regional Director for Administration,Mr.Manuel Borres, panel of Judges included virtual artist/photographer Mr.Pennessencio Estarte (Ateneo de Cagayan) , Mr.Froilan Gallardo(photojournalist), Ms. Recthie Paculba (PIA 10), and Lifestyle Photographer ,Mr.John Ian Udang.
Photos were also posted at the Regional facebook page as part of advocating it through the social media as gathering of “Likes” per photo was part of the judging.

The Photo Contest was also aimed to raise the awareness and understanding of the public on the activities involved in the Second Round Assessment.

An orientation on Listahanan and mechanics for the contest and study tour were conducted to the participants as part of the photo contest.

Listahanan is the government’s data management system that identifies who and where the poor households are through the conduct of the assessment in households all over the region .

The Listahanan Second Round Assessment is currently being conducted nationwide with 793,989 households targetted for assessment in the region.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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Indigenous People to receive livelihood assistance from DSWD

MCCT-IP staffs Ms. Kristianette Karyll Remigio, Mr. Phil Russell Palomo, Mr. Mark Villarin, Ms. Janine Conde together with Mr. Stephen Lim of CGO-Bukidnon and the Talaandig Tribal Leaders

DSWD staffs Ms. Kristianette Karyll Remigio, Mr. Phil Russell Palomo, Mr. Mark Villarin, Ms. Janine Conde and Mr. Stephen Lim together with the Talaandig Tribal Leaders

Bukidnon – More than 1,000 indigenous peoples from the Talaandig tribe in the municipality of Lantapan in this province are going to receive livelihood assistance provided through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The said assistance is in line with the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP) who are in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

The MCCT-IP is a special program of the department that focuses mainly in the provision of support services to the indigenous peoples.

For region 10, DSWD serves 18,901 MCCT-IP beneficiaries.

“For a long time we are being neglected and even mistreated sometimes by the general public, and the government who supposed to protect us was not there”, elders of the Talaandig tribe say. “It almost seemed like our children are left behind in terms of education and other basic services, we have dreams for them too”, they added. “We are just glad that we are now going to receive livelihood assistance from DSWD”.

a smile of hope

…a smile of hope

As a celebration of peace and partnership, the tribe offered their rituals and prayers to the whole group. This signifies positivity among the implementers and even more a responsibility to work harder to support these people. As the DSWD secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman says, “No one should be left behind”.

In Mindanao there are a total of 18 indigenous groups collectively known as “Lumad” with a population of about 60% of the overall population of IPs in the Philippines as disclosed by the National Commission on Indigenous People.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) will provide all the technical assistance in the preparation and implementation of this MCCT-IP Support Services Program, which will commence this month.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program signs MOA with 22 Technical Vocational Institutions

Cagayan de Oro – In the quest to uplift the economic condition of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the DSWD has recently signed Memorandums of Agreement with 22 Technical Vocational Institutions with continues to strengthen the implementation of skills enhancement trainings to the poor families in the region. The provision of these trainings is one of the capacity-building strategies of the SLP to prepare the families to be better at managing their livelihood activities and opportunities in an utmost quality.

Director Sales of TESDA 10 leading the MOA Signing

Director Sales of TESDA Region 10 leading the MOA Signing with DSWD Region 10 and the 22 Technical Vocational Institutions

The signing of MOA with the 22 Technical Vocational Institutions marked another milestone to the department’s mission to improve the lives of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. With this additional P96.7M budget for SLP’s TechVoc, 5,671 qualified beneficiaries will be given opportunity to study and build their own future.

Engr. Edgar Sales, the Regional Director of Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) Region 10, shares his sincerest commitment to support DSWD by continuously collaborating and to work in partnership specifically in identifying the best institutions to serve our beneficiaries.

There are now 2,693 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of SLP who finished Technical Vocational (TechVoc) Courses of which 247 graduates are regularly employed to various companies here and abroad.

The SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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DSWD maintains clean database of Pantawid Pamilya

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is reiterating that the agency is keeping a clean database of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao, said that measures and systems are continually enforced to maintain a clean list of beneficiaries.

Northern Mindanao has 277,510 beneficiaries listed under the regular Pantawid Pamilya, aside from the 18,901 grantees who are members of the different groups of Indigenous People under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer.

Solamillo emphasized that only the rightful beneficiaries of the program are included in the database, adding that the Grievance Redress System (GRS) of the program is continually capturing and processing complaints related to the program.

Since the implementation of the program in 2010, GRS has delisted 2,438 beneficiaries due to inclusion errors; found out and delisted 13,210 because the household has no eligible children aged 0-18 years old; and delisted 717 grantees found to have regular income.

GRS also has cleaned its list from double entry or duplication, fraud, missing, waived, not registered, among others.

For her part, Kenneth Haze Sanchez, Regional Program Coordinator of Pantawid Pamilya in Northern Mindanao, explained that one way of keeping the database from leakage is through immediate filing of updates by encoding those updates in the system.

As of this year, Sanchez disclosed that GRS has received, processed, and resolved only minimal complaints of inclusion error which are coming from the grantees under Sets 6 and 7 or grantees included in the program for the last two years.

She also added that the Department conducts regular spot checks nationwide and consultations with different partner-agencies and organizations to help improve the implementation of the program.

Earlier, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has clarified reports citing a paper by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which stated “improvements are needed in the program’s targeting system to reduce an estimated leakage rate of 30%”.

ADB through its Philippines Country Director Richard Bolt, however, has already issued a clarification saying that the paper they published referred to studies from 2013 and 2011, which in turn used data from 2009.

“It is unfortunate that outdated data was used in media reports claiming that 19 billion pesos of program funds did not go to intended beneficiaries. That figure is based on a calculation drawn from outdated 2009 data—at a time when the budget for the program was much smaller—rather than the most recent 2014 budget. Initial targeting errors have been substantially reduced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with advice from ADB and other partners. It is important to note that these targeting errors did not lead to misappropriation or misuse of funds.

“Since 2010, ADB has worked closely with DSWD to ensure funding goes to intended beneficiaries. ADB technical assistance has supported DSWD in implementing measures—such as a grievance redress mechanism, extra training for staff, and spot checks in the field—to improve targeting models so they exclude non-eligible families.

“As part of ADB’s continuing efforts to improve the program’s effectiveness, a new round of poverty assessment processes is ongoing to update the status of beneficiary households and ensure funds are properly directed,” said Bolt in his statement which is also posted in ADB’s website

Solamillo also enjoined the public to report, through the GRS, any complaint or questions about the Pantawid Pamilya. Messages can be sent through the text hotline 09189122813 or via electronic mail or via Facebook: Tanggapan ng Reklamo.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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92 beneficiaries of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program receive their Housekeeping NCII Certificates


The 92 graduates together with the DSWD Staffs, TESDA, SMI and representatives from the LGU of Camiguin

Camiguin — An increasing number of beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development are now getting brighter days ahead after completing technical vocational courses offered by the Department in the last few months.

In this province, 92 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries coming from the municipalities of Mambajao, Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman, have just received their NCII certificates for Housekeeping after finishing a 30-day intensive skills training program spearheaded by Skills Mastery Institute (SMI) and with assistance from the DSWD under its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) which is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation.


DSWD’s Assistant Regional Director for Administration Mr. Manuel M. Borres, giving the certificates to the graduates

The SLP gives significant priority to the PantawidPamilya beneficiaries in all its interventions since they are considered to be the poorest of the poor as signified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of the DSWD, the NCII certificates the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries have received, serves as a guarantee that they will gain decent jobs locally and abroad.

Under the Republic Act 7796, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is mandated by law to develop and implement a national system of skills standardization, assessment and certification in the country. Skills certification is the process of assessing the skills of workers or individuals based on the skills standards or a set of competencies for the occupation. All Certified Workers registered in TESDA will be linked to certain occupations nationwide. 

In further collaboration with TESDA, 9 beneficiaries of the total graduates are now preparing their credentials for a job awaiting them in the Middle East. This opportunity is made possible by SMI’s partner agency, the Greengate International Manpower Company.

The Island born out of fire holds 6,402 of our Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and recipient of the various social protection programs of the DSWD.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD


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DSWD Region X Spearheads Alternative Dispute Resolution and Grievance Redress System training

Cagayan de Oro – The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently conducted the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Grievance Redress System training for its Regional Project Management Office staff and the Sub Regional Project Management staff under Kalahi-CIDSS National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP), held at Chali Beach Resort Hotel.

The KC-NCDDP is a flagship anti-poverty program of the national government that promotes transparency, active participation, and it empowers people through the community-driven development (CDD) approach. Since the program promotes accountability in its project implementation including the people behind it, the Grievance Redress System (GRS) was created as one of the mechanisms used to responds to queries and clarifications about the program and to problems that arise out of the implementation.

The objectives of the training are to develop and enhance the skills of Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) Staff and Sub Regional Project Management Office (SRPMO) Staff in the field of mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution handling. The activity also promotes the deeper understanding of Grievance System that will ensure its viability in all levels of the project implementation.

In the training proper, Mr. Benjie Ramos Monitoring and Evaluation Officer IV of the National Project Management Office (NPMO) was the resource speaker. Highlights of his presentation and discussion were the Social Accountability, GRS Handling Structures & Processes, Municipality-community Roles & Responsibilities, Conflict Management Concepts-Diagnosis, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Techniques and overview of Republic Act 9285.

Other highlights of the training were the workshop and actual execution in handling conflict management. On the other hand, Mr. Martin Canguit General Administration and Support Services Division Chief of DSWD X shared also the Regional Grievance System of the department.

The activity ended with the closing remarks by Ms. Teofreda Dingal Deputy Regional Program Manager of Kalahi CIDSS, with words of encouragement and guidance to all RPMO and SRPMO staff to do their job well in order to be fair and righteous in dealing the Grievance Redress System.

Written by: Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD X

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About Listahanan at Work Photo Contest

The Listahanan at Work Photo Contest is in line with the Department of Social Welfare’s Listahanan second round of assessment, which will cover 15.3 million households nationwide.

As per Executive Order 867 series of 2010, this assessment will be conducted once every four years. It is a very vital undertaking as it will define the quality of data and information for the database that will serve as basis for beneficiary selection of national government programs and services for the next four years.

The Listahanan at Work Photo Contest involves an orientation on the 2nd round household assessment and an excursion in areas where participants will take pictures of the actual assessment.


1. All photography enthusiasts aged 16 to 25 years old may join the contest by submitting to the nearest DSWD Field Office by e-mail ( the scanned copy of the accomplished application form (, and at least three (3) sample photos taken in digital format.

2. Applicants with the best sample photos submitted shall be contacted by the DSWD Field Office. They will officially compete in the regional photo contest.

3. DSWD Field Office shall set the date for a study tour. Photographers will be given an orientation on the Listahanan 2nd round of assessment before being deployed to the field to take photos. They will be accompanied by a guide who will ensure that the activity will not disrupt the assessment or influence its outcome.

4. Before the activity ends, participants will submit three (3) of their best photos to their guide. These photos must depict the theme of the contest, “Listahanan at work: identifying families in need of social protection.”

5. Photographers must ensure that the photos to be submitted must bear the following filename format:

Name (space) Title of the Paragraph (space) Region

Spaces in between the first and last names in between words in long titles shall be substituted by underscores.

6. The DSWD shall have no liability for the delayed, corrupted, or lost entries.

7. All entries must be taken during the study tour and should not include watermarks, signatures, frames, data and/or time stamp or any other markings on the photo.

8. Digital manipulation is not allowed. Enhancements must be limited to basic post-processing such as adjustments of contrast, minimal color-balancing, sharpening, cropping, and dodging and burning.

9. The DSWD respects the rights of photographers and recognizes that the copyright of the photograph belongs to the photographer. Thus, the DSWD will give appropriate credit whenever the photo is published and used by the Department for the purpose of information, advocacy, campaigns and promotions in all its future projects, whether print, online, or any other medium.



1. The regional awards committee shall be composed of five (5) judges coming from the DSWD Field Office, partner national government agencies, and a renowned artist/photographer in the region. Only the top three (3) entries shall be awarded.

2. The criteria for judging the photograph are as follows:


40% – Thematic Relevance – Relevance of the photograph to the theme of the contest

10% – Audience Impact – Appeal of the photograph to viewers as evidences by the number of likes and shares in Facebook

30% – Creativity and Originality – Style, technique, and skill

20% – Technical Excellence – Clarity and quality of photograph

TOTAL: 100%



1. The top 3 shall be informed through e-mail. The DSWD Field Office will also post an official announcement on its website and the Listahanan Facebook page a month after the conduct of the study tour.

2. Awarding will only be conducted at the regional level as part of the National Statistics Month (NSM).

3. The winning entries shall receive the following cash prizes:

1st prize – Php10,000 + Plaque

2nd prize – Php7,000 + Plaque

3rd prize – Php5,000 + Plaque

Honorable Mention

(at least 3) – Php2,000 + Plaque

4. In addition, regional first placers will be invited to attend the National Launching of Listahanan 2 Database of Poor Families. Printouts of their photographs will be exhibited during the event. Costs of photo developing, transportation / attendance to the event and other related expenses shall be shouldered by the DSWD.

For clarifications, you may call the Social Marketing Unit (088) 858-8134 local 103, or Ms. Mitzie Santiago at 0906-263-1785, or through Facebook Page “DSWD Field Office X.”

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July 2021