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The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, as lead agency in protecting the welfare of women and children spearheaded the conduct of a one day forum on R.A. 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2012 and R.A. 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009, on August 30, 2012 at Pearlmont Inn, Cagayan de Oro City.

As Chair of the Regional Inter-Agency Council on Anti-Child Pornography, and Vice-Chair on the Regional Inter-Agency Council for Trafficking in Person, the Department headed the said activity to continue the region’s efforts in eliminating incidents of trafficking and child pornography. Attended by participants from Municipalities of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental, composed of Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Social Workers, Women and Child Protection Desk (WCPD) Police Officers, and selected Barangay Officials with Trafficking in Person cases handled, Internet and Hotel Operators in Cagayan de Oro City, the forum focused on the salient features of the two laws and increased awareness of the participants on their roles in the implementation of preventive, protective, rehabilitative, and reintegration programs and services.

In her welcome message, Assistant Regional Director Aldersey Mumar Dela Cruz (delivering in behalf of the Regionald Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo) emphasized the importance of each of the participants’ role in promoting and implementing the two laws.  She pointed out the need for coordination, collaboration and collective efforts in combating trafficking cases and child pornography incidents and extending preventive programs and services to the community and support system programs to the victims and their families.

The participants were very thankful to the Department for the conduct of the said activity since it has simplified everyone’s roles and responsibilities and promoting the two laws and added up to their knowledge and skills simple protocol procedures in handling cases.  The participants were also up to the challenge of working with partner agencies in promoting the two laws, asserting that a collective work is needed to stop or even limit cases of Trafficking and Child Pornography in the region.

The Forum has clearly defined each and everyone’s part in promoting the laws, clarifying matters which have hindered implementing agencies on acting on cases.  It will be a tall order to deal with, but participants of the activity were positive that the job can be done, as long as everyone does their part in promoting the laws.


By: Marko Davey D. Reyes (Social Marketing Officer / Kalahi-CIDSS) and Ms. Rosanel D. Pague (SWO II)

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The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Region X recently piloted the conduct of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Municipal Evaluation and Orientation in the municipality of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte last August 27-30, 2013. The team, which was led by the Regional Community-Driven Specialist, Roger Alabado was tasked to evaluate the feasibility and practicability of the conduct of the said program in the area.  This in contrast to the peace and order issues threatening the implementation of the PAMANA Program in the area.

A little over four months (April 26, 2013) had passed since an election-related violence occurred in the municipality, where a mayoralty candidate and her entourage was ambushed right after a campaign sortie leaving 13 dead and 10 hurt, including women and children.  This has led to the deferment of the project implementation which was supposed to have started long before the conduct of the local elections of 2013.  This has prompted the Kalahi-CIDSS RPMO to ensure the peace and order situation and other definitive matters that would put the field staff at risk of any danger before pushing through with the PAMANA implementation.

The Municipal Orientation was conducted on August 27, 2013, which was attended by the municipal mayor, Hon. Abdul Manamparan II, municipal vice-mayor Atty. Abdul Malik Manamparan, members of the Sanguniang Bayan, barangay captains, municipal employees, and community members.  The LGU and the community have showed eagerness to start with the implementation since it has been delayed due to past incidents that have been cause for postponement.

Field assessment was also done with the conduct of barangay assessment/visitation, on August 28-29, 2013, led by the Regional Infrastructure Assistant Engineer (Kalahi-CIDSS), Engr. Ruel Paguia, and Regional Infrastructure Assistant Engineer (PAMANA), Engr. Gary Santa.  Noted during the field assessment were various infrastructures existing in the barangays, current road/trail conditions, terrain of each barangays, and viable resources that might be useful during the sub-project implementation.  This was also conducted to anticipate for possible difficulties the Area Coordinating Team may face in the future implementation of the program.

Things were ironed out during the conduct of the Exit Conference on August 30, 2013.  Present during the said activity were the RPMO staff, municipal mayor, Hon. Abdul Manamparan II, municipal vice-mayor Atty. Abdul Malik Manamparan, and members of the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee.  During the activity, the Memorandum of Agreement between the DSWD and the LGU of Nunungan was revisited to ensure that all conditions be attended to by all parties involved.  It was also during the said activity where clarifications were addressed especially on matters discussed during the Municipal Orientation.

During the discussion on the assurance of safety among the PAMANA staff, the upcoming barangay elections was brought into the discussion, deeming it as a foreseen problem for the implementation of the project. Chief Inspector Dennis Tano, Municipal Chief of Police of Nunungan affirmed this possible problem stating that there are only a few police officers in the municipality and that there might be a problem of ensuring the safety of the field staff since his men would have to attend to election matters as well.  With the emergence of the issue, Mayor Abdul Manamparan II decided that if it was possible for the deferment of the project implementation to after the barangay elections is done, it will be more favorable to all concerned.  Mayor Manamparan decided to address the matter to the Nationaol Project Management Office, through the RPMO for the deferment as soon as possible.

The Municipal Evaluation and Orientation was indeed a right step at empowering the people of Nunungan, after several unfortunate incidents that have led to the deferment of the project.  The Kalahi-CIDSS RPMO is always equipped to address matters to accommodate and ensure the successful implementation of the different Community-Driven Development programs and modalities for the people of Region X.  Along the way, it is also the obligation of the RPMO to ensure that the project staffs are ensured of safety and that their well-being is attended to with utmost consideration.  In no time, the people of Nunungan will implement the PAMANA project in their respective communities.  It will be in no time that they will feel the fruits of the peace-promoting program in their respective barangays.

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Panaon, Misamis Occidental – Three barangay sub-projects were turned over to communities during the conduct of the project inauguration of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) on September 3 and 4, 2013.  Among the sub-projects inaugurated were Barangay Health Station Sub-Project (Brgy. Camanucan), Brgy. Drainage Canal (Brgy. Poblacion) on Sept. 3 and Brgy. Drainage Canal (Brgy. Magsaysay) on Sept. 4, 2013. The sub-projects were properly turned-over to the respective Operations and Maintenance Committees of each barangay, who will oversee the operation of each sub-project, ensuring that their community sub-projects will be taken care of and be kept operational.

Highlighted during the activities were the hard work asserted by the volunteers to complete their sub-projects, which the representative of the Regional Project Management Office applauded and well-regarded as the crucial determinant for the success of the sub-project implementation. Another thing was the successful multi-stakeholder approach that was successfully attended to by those part of the project implementation. The RPMO stressed out the important contributions of the Provincial government of Misamis Occidental, through Gov. Herminia Ramiro, the Local Government Unit of Panaon, Misamis Oriental, through Mayor Francisco Paylaga, Jr., and the Barangay local government units of each barangay for extending support and complying with their deliverables, thus aiding in the completion of the community sub-projects.

The communities were also reminded of their role in preserving and keeping the sub-projects operational, since these are important to each barangay. Volunteers shared their experiences of being part of the Kalahi-CIDSS program and said that though they had difficulties giving their one hundred percent support to the project implementation due to conflict of schedules they have between volunteer work and family responsibilities, they tried balancing all of these just to ensure success since the sub-project they were working on was for their own benefit.  They also added that though the Kalahi-CIDSS process was quite long and demanding, the scene of their completed sub-project was a sight for sore-eyes; a welcoming spectacle that soothes all the hardship they underwent.

The Kalahi-CIDSS involvement for them was an empowering experience that “will never be forgotten.”  Volunteers were exposed to an experience where they held in their hands, life-changing decisions and solutions that will hoist them out of the problems of poverty.  Volunteers were able to work with the local government units, exposing them to the processes of working on government projects; showing them how things are done, how things are managed for their benefits.  In part, the local government unit of Panaon thanked Kalahi-CIDSS for the opportunities provided for the people of Panaon.  Mayor Paylaga stressed the importance of the program in providing sub-projects to the barangays of the municipality since the LGU of Panaon could not stand alone in providing all the needs of the communities, and that the collaboration has greatly helped not just the LGU of Panaon, but the people of the municipality.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the Convergence Strategy programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development which utilizes the Community-Driven Development approach in the project implementation.  Through the program, a Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) is employed for the community to define their utmost needs, conceive a plan of resolving their problems, and capacitating volunteers so that they will be competent in implementing sub-projects that will answer to their necessities.


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“Ma, mangaon pud unta ta ug isda panagsa (Ma, I wish we could have fish to eat sometimes),” Remely’s son suggested one day during lunch after realizing that they have been eating the same kind of foods ever since he was born.

“Puhon, anak. Puhon, (Someday, my child. Someday)” she replied, although she felt a bit of a motherly pain there.

Someday, she thought. And Remely believed that. Someday things will be better for her and her family.



A mother of four little children, Remely Hermoso spent most her days toiling and planting vegetables in their small piece of land in Barangay Tuno – a small village found at the foot of Mt. Malindang in Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental.

Everyday she would go to her little farm located just beside her home where she would sow and harvest vegetables. She would take some of the harvest for consumption, and some she would sell at the market, hoping that she would earn a bit to help her husband’s meager income. “It was difficult because as soon as I earn money from my produce, I would be using it to pay for transportation costs to the market and back. I was back to zero when I return home at night. It was useless.”

Jerry, her husband, works as a tenant for a neighbor and can only earn as much as P60.00 a day which can hardly make ends meet. With her and her husband’s daily income combined, she could not afford to buy things that are needed by her family – let alone a kilo of fish just to make their viand a little different every meal.



When Remely got enrolled as a beneficiary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, she sensed hope.

Remely is one of the 237,848 households benefiting from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-14 years old. It provides cash grants to beneficiaries provided that they comply with the set of conditions required by the program.

Hearing that she would be receiving a cash grant of P1,400 a month for her children’s education and health, she thought that perhaps this was the start of her breakthrough she was praying for. She will no longer worry about buying school supplies for her children and their health needs.

Remely felt an exciting rush when she received her first cash grant. Staring at the money in her hands, there was only one thought in her mind: buy a kilo of fish, fry it, and have a sumptuous dinner with her family.

And it was a sumptuous and a memorable dinner, indeed. Remely finally found peace as she looked at her children enjoying their fish. She thought that with Pantawid Pamilya, things will be a bit easier now.

Little did Remely know that things will be much better than how she even expected it to.

When she found herself joining Tuno 4Ps SKA-II, an association of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries organized last May 2012 for the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, she was lent a seed capital fund of P5,000.00 to start her small-scale business of selling vegetables.

DSWD provides assistance with entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for the poor through the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

As of June 2013, there are a total of 38,837 poor households served under the Program. Remely is one of the participants who were provided with capital assistance for starting and managing micro-enterprises.

“When I got the amount, I was too excited, I did not know what to do next,” she laughed. “Thank God, the DSWD people were there to help me out with the small business that I had.” She narrated how she was able to attend skills enhancement trainings with the DSWD and the Department of Agriculture (DA) and how she was even taught on how to manage her funds. “I wanted to know everything about selling and how I could help myself become a good entrepreneur. It really did help me, personally,” she said.



Today, Remely can now be found riding her very own van, managing her own little warehouse selling vegetables. She is now a known major supplier of vegetables and delivers her produce everyday from Don Victoriano to her customers in neighboring municipalities and in the city of Pagadian. Aside from these, she is now even into owning and herding eight pigs for selling in the future.

Remely’s family can now buy the things they need and even want. She is now in her breakthrough.

“I think what really helped is not just the money that I received from the government. What also helped me is my perseverance and faith that things will be better for me and my family. Sulking or quitting was never an option.”

“Fish during meal time is no longer a problem,” she smiled. “Everytime my son asks me for fish to eat, I get all happy because now I can cook it for him right there and then.”

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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DSWD conducts misting to protect residents from Dengue

Due to the alarming and rising number of cases of Dengue in Northern Mindanao, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X recently conducted misting to protect residents of its centers and institutions: the Regional Reception and Study Center for Children, Haven for Women, and Home for Girls, located in the agency’s compound.

DSWD partnered with Cagayan de Oro City Health and Department of Health in conducting the misting to eradicate possible breeding places of mosquitoes in the premises of the DSWD compound. The said preventive measure was one of the activities done to protect residents of the centers and institutions from sudden outbreak of various diseases in the Region caused by climate change.

Written by Richie Somcio, RSCC-DSWD, and Charmaine Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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908 Pantawid Pamilya grantees enjoy DSWD’s livelihood program

As of August 31, 2013, the Department of Social Welfare and Development  Field Office 10 through its Sustainable Livelihood  Program  has released a total of P4,640,000.00  to 908 beneficiaries in the municipalities of Matungao, Lala, Salvador, and Sultan Naga Dimaporo all in Lanao del Norte province.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD is a community-based program which provides capacity building to improve the program participants’ socio – economic status.

Recipients who availed of the released checks are beneficiaries under Set 1 and Set 2 of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, whose grants will end this coming December 31,2013.

Breakdown of released checks and the number of beneficiaries were as follows:      

                                                              Number of Beneficiaries                   Amount

Matungao,Lanao del Norte                                55                                         P  325,000.00

Lala,Lanao del Norte                                      437                                           2,235,000.00

Salvador,Lanao del Norte                               180                                              900,000.00

Sultan Naga Dimaporo,LDN                           236                                           1,180,000.00


                                                                                         TOTAL            P    4,640,000.00

It is expected that these beneficiaries would be self-sufficient then and would be able to provide the needs of their family members despite the absence of the conditional cash transfer of the national government.   (Manuel M.Borres, Chief GASSD)

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DSWD holds Inter-Agency Dialogue and Press Conference for Listahanan

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 through the Listahanan Unit recently conducted an Inter-Agency Dialogue and  Press Conference at the Pearlmont Inn,Cagayan de Oro City.

It was participated by various Partner Agencies  and tri-media representatives.The Inter –Agency Dialogue and Press Conference was part of the advocacy efforts of the NHTSPR or Listahanan as it starts the second round of implementation  of the nationwide household enumeration.

The DSWD highly recognizes the involvement of both the media and the partner agencies as well   as far as advocacy is concerned.  The forum was also conducted with the belief in the essential role of the media being essential partners in creating awareness, recall,and appeal among the program’s target audiences in orderfor them to appreciate, fully understand and support the program.

Various issues and concerns were also tackled during the Open forum cum press conference.  Live radio and TV Interviews were also conducted .

The NHTS-PR or what is now known as Listahanan  is the national government’s project being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development . It is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries  of social protection programs.

With the conduct of the Inter-Agency Dialogue and Press Conference, it is hoped that the forum provided better appreciation of the Listahanan data as well as promoting healthy working relations with the partner Agencies and the media.

Another highlight of the Inter-Agency Dialogue particularly  was  that of providing the other National Government Agencies  the opportunity to have a continuous access to Listahanan database through entering  into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

During the said dialogue and press confernece focal persons from Sustainable Livelihood Program,  KALAHI-CIDSS, and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program  were also present to adress queries  relative to their  various programs  of concern .  (Mitzie S. Santiago)

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The National Household Targeting Office of DSWD Field Office 10 will be conducting a series of Orientation for the 93 Local Government Units and five provinces of region 10 from August 22-30,2013. This is in line with the preparation for the implementation of the Second Round Regular Household Assessment/Enumeration within this year.
The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan is an information management system that the government use 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.
Being the lead Agency, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Regional Project Management Office is enjoined to closely coordinate and collaborate with the respective Local Government Units (LGUs) in the conduct of said household assessment and enumeration in the entire region. The said orientation will be participated by Governors, Mayors or their representatives, Provincial/City/Municipal Planning and Development Officers, ABC Presidents, Provincial /City/Municipal SocialWelfare and Development Officers within region 10.
One of the major activities in the conduct of the Second Round RegularHousehold Assessment/ Enumeration will be the on-site house-to-house assessment and household enumeration . It is aimed at targeting and creating a database of poor households nationwide known as “Listahanan Ng Mga Pamilyang Nangangailangan” for social protection programs and services. (Mitzie S.Santiago)

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