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Community Volunteers complete DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS school building project

Story by Ferdinand V. Lofranco, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator

Access to Education is on top of everyone’s list, however, many communities here in the Philippines lack the opportunity to proper school facilities – Barangay Corrales in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental is no exception.

Those coming from mountainous places traverse rivers or long walks (oftentimes with no footwear) and on very rough, muddy roads just to get to class causing others to give up in going to school.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) facilitated a series of barangay assemblies for the possibility of improving the road for the convenience of the children and the community of Barangay Corrales Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.

The real struggle of the students of this barangay is they have to travel on foot from their respective houses to Barangay Aplaya where the school is situated and that is approximately a 5-kilometer walk everyday just to attend classes which resulted in them getting home late at night and puts the lives of these students in danger especially girls.

Nestor V. Tumapon, 65, is the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson of Barangay Corrales, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. Here, Nestor poses near the site of the construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairman Nestor V. Tumapon, 65, of Purok 1, Barangay Corrales says “Among mga estudyante nag-antus gyud og baktas kada adlaw arun lamang maka tungha sa pagskwela kay wala gyud high school dinhi sa among barangay busa lisod gyud para sa amoa (Our students have been suffering from hiking 5 kilometers everyday just to get to school since we don’t have a high school here in our barangay and it’s not easy).”

Nestor also says “Ang katawhan gyud nagkauyon og pagtukod sa eskwelahan para sa Highschool students (The community agreed to propose a school building specially for the high school students).”

The Barangay Corrales Community decided that the community sub-project will be a Construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom School Building as they embrace the community-driven development approach after it was introduced to them by the DSWD workers.

“Isa pud ka problema dinhi sa among barangay mao ang lisod ang dalan pero ang munisipyo naghagtag og dugang pundo sa barangay. Panahon sa Participatory Situational Analysis sa Kalahi-CIDSS, ang eskwelahan gyud ang number one nga among prioridad kay tanan ang maka-benepisyo niini. (One of the problems of Barangay Corrales is the lack of roads. The Municipal Local Government Unit also provided the fund for the said project it’s already under construction. During our Participatory Situational Analysis workshop of Kalahi-CIDSS, the construction of the school building was the top priority since it would be beneficial to all residents)” said Nestor.

The construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, the total project cost of P1,726,400.00 with a local counterpart of P93,000.00 from the barangay and municipal local government units.

The construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, the total project cost of P1,726,400.00 with a local counterpart of P93,000.00 from the barangay and municipal local government units.

The community of Barangay Corrales, parents, and local officials alike are grateful to have the school building finally constructed. They no longer worry of having their children walk home, especially late at night, since the school is now just a 5-minute walk from their respective houses.

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 maintaining them.

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). 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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Marawi Siege affected families receive P73,000 from DSWD-10

A DSWD-10 staff pays a Marawi Siege survivor his Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) and Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) in Marawi City as his transitory support and start-up capital for his livelihood needs. More than 27,000 families are expected to receive the TFSP and LSG from the DSWD by the end of May 2019,

3,606 families who were affected by the Marawi Siege have already received P73,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 for their transitory support and livelihood needs.

About 98% of the families from Barangays Banggolo, Bubonga Lilod Madaya, Daguduban, and Dansalan (Marawi Capital) and who were targeted to receive the Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) of P53,000 and Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) of P20,000.00 were able to claim their assistance from the DSWD-10 last April 6-7, and April 10-12, 2019.

The TFSP is intended for the affected families’ needs such as food, shelter, school supplies and toys and non-food items like family kits, hygiene kits and sleeping kits; while the LSG is intended as their start-up capital for their livelihood activities.

According to Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang, Regional Director of DSWD-10, the Field Office has already paid out P262.4 Million for the TFSP and LSG assistance, including the pabaon package which includes canned goods, coffee, sugar, and cooking oil.

Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang of DSWD-10 leads and guides the staff on how to properly deliver the payout smoothly and on how to ensure their security during the activity.

“There are 27,939 families that we have targeted to serve with TFSP and 30,522 families to serve with LSG. We have already scheduled payouts for the other 20 barangays in the Most Affected Areas (MAA) in Marawi City.”

The upcoming schedule of payouts for the other 20 barangays are:

Datu Naga – April 16, 2019; Datu sa Dansalan – April 17, 2019; Kapantaran – April 23, 2019; Lilod Madaya- April 24, 2019; Lumbac Marinaut – April 25, 2019; Lumbaca Madaya – April 25, 2019; Marinaut East – April 30, 2019; Marinaut West – May 2, 2019; Moncado Colony – May 7, 2019; Moncado Kadingilan – May 8-9, 2019; Norhaya Village – May 10, 2019; Raya Mandaya I – May 16, 2019; Raya Mandaya II – May 16, 2019; Sabala Manao – May 17, 2019; Sabala Manao Prop – May 21, 2019; Sangcay Dansalan – May 22, 2019; South Madaya Proper – May 23, 2019; Tolali – May 24, 2019; Tuca Marinaut – May 28, 2019; Wawalayan Marinaut – May 29, 2019

The beneficiary families are advised to bring Government-Issued Identification Cards for verification purposes and must subject themselves to be verified through the Kathanor Biometric Profiling.

The TFSP and the LSG are under the Programs, Projects, and Activities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development included in the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan, amounting to P2.2 Billion Pesos for the affected families living in the most affected areas in Marawi City during the Marawi Siege that occurred last May 2017.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas

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Overcoming poverty: A 4Ps family story who is about to exit from the program

Cagayan de Oro City — Life has never been easy for the family of Evelyn Caballero, 42 of Villamor Compound, Balulang here.

But, the perseverance of Evelyn and her family brought here to live out of poverty.

Three years ago, Evelyn Caballero proudly marched onstage along with her husband and daughters during the graduation ceremony at the Philippine Institute of Skills and Development (PISAD).

Evelyn finished the Beauty Care Course of PISAD and passed the National Certificate II accreditation by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Evelyn was among the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries who participated in the skills training in November 2014 until April 2015

The six-month training includes skills assessment and certification as well as entrepreneurship development activities. It has two components: training for wage employment and training for self-employment.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program has partnered with PISAD and TESDA in providing skills training to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya is only one of the poverty reduction strategies of the national government implemented by the DSWD which focuses on human capital investment through provision of health and education cash grants to eligible households with children aged 0-18, with the primary aim to break the intergenerational poverty cycle.

Re-opening her parlor 

Even if Evelyn has a TESDA accreditation and is eligible to work abroad, she has no plans of leaving.  She is determined to stay in the country to guide her children during their formative years.

Instead of working abroad, she has her heart set on rebuilding her parlor which was destroyed by Typhoon Sendong in December 2011.

Through her quality and affordable services, Evelyn maintains good number of customers daily. Because of this, Evelyn’s income from operating a beauty parlor becomes a big income grosser to the family’s coffer. She can easily pay the P6,000 rent a month for her parlor.

Her aimed to provide a better life for her family, especially for the education of her three children became a reality.  Her eldest, Christine Mae is now working in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 as a Municipal Link assigned in Maramag, Bukidnon.

Her middle child is now a first year college at Lourdes College here, taking up Bachelor of Science in Social Work while her youngest, Leizl is a Grade 7 student of Balulang National High School.

“Nakatulong talaga ang technical-vocational training na ito sa akin at sa iba pang mga kababayan natin na dati ay hindi nabibigyan na oportunidad para mapaginhawa ang buhay. Ngayon na-eenjoy naming mahihirap ang mga tulong na ito (The training has helped me and our countrymen who were previously not given opportunities like this to improve our lives. But, now, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are reaping the benefits of government programs),” Evelyn stated.

Taxi operators

Evelyn’s husband, Silvestre, 43, used to drive a passenger jeepney. The meager income from driving could barely make him money. So, he decided to drive a taxi.

After a few months of driving a taxi, Silvestre could hardly sustain the needs of his family, if not without the augmentation of Evelyn’s income from their parlor.

Until the owner of Silvestre’s taxi introduced him a rent-to-own scheme. This was the beginning of Silvestre’s brighter future in the taxi industry.

Now, the family owns two units of taxi and they are on the process of acquiring another unit.

Evelyn used to train the residents of the DSWD-Field Office X Haven for Women, a facility for victim-survivors of abuse, on manicure, pedicure, foot massage, make-up and spa.

Evelyn said she wanted to share the skills she learned to others by offering it to her fellow 4Ps beneficiaries.

“Gusto kong ibahagi ang biyaya  na ipinagkaloob ng DSWD at makatulong sa kapwa  sa pamamagitan ng pagbahagi ng aking kaalaman sa Beauty Care  (I like to share the blessings DSWD has given me, as well as help other people by imparting my knowledge on Beauty Care).

Evelyn is about to exit from the program anytime.

She is grateful for the assistance that she and her family received from the government.

She said the keys to her success are hard work, dedication, perseverance, and willingness to accept change.

“If you came from a poor family don’t think and act like you will be poor forever and feel sorry for yourself. God helps those who help themselves!” she added.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 258,461 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are provided with health and educational a11ssistance, and the opportunity to further improve their economic well-being through the various livelihood assistance provided by the government.

It is the priority of DSWD to provide effective, caring, and immediate delivery of social protection services to the poor and the needy particularly the PWDS, senior citizens, children and women and other vulnerable sectors.

All DSWD offices will ensure that such services will be given to them properly and timely when they needed it most. For Northern Mindanao, they can contact through its FB Page: DSWD Region X, landline: (088) 858-8959, twitter: DSWD Northern Mindanao @dswdfo10, and website:


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4Ps beneficiaries joins the COMELEC’s Vote Counting Machine (VCM) Roadshow

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries of Cagayan de Oro City, like this is in Baikingon and FS Catanico, join the Vote Counting Machine (VCM) Roadshow of the Commission on Elections of Cagayan de Oro City to have a glimpse of how it is going to be like on election day.

The roadshow allowed participants to practice shading and feeding their ballots to the VCM, aside from informing the voters on the prohibited acts during and after elections.
DSWD through the Pantawid Pamilya has partnered with the City COMELEC to empower the beneficiaries by letting them exercise their rights to suffrage.

The partnership is in line with the Bawal ang Epal Dito campaign of the DSWD to ensure that the implementation of 4Ps during elections and campaign period is free of political influence and manipulation while safeguarding the rights of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries for free and honest elections.


Photos by Cagayan de Oro City Action Team.

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DSWD-X receives four ambulance units for its centers and facilities

Four (4) new units of ambulance are ready to be used by the four (4) centers and residential facilities of the DSWD-10. The vehicles are going to be used to transport clients with medical needs.

Cagayan de Oro City – Four (4) units of ambulance were delivered to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 last March 29, 2019 for the agency’s centers and residential care facilities.

The four (4) 70 Toyota Ambulance units were purchased by the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City amounting to Php164,990,000.00 for the use of the Regional Haven for Women, Regional Reception and Study Center for Children, Home for Girls which are located in Cagayan de Oro City and Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, which is located in Gingoog City.

These centers and residential care facilities are temporary homes of individuals who are under difficult circumstances and are under the custody of the DSWD. In the facilities, they are provided with various interventions such as counselling, therapeutic sessions, livelihood and, medical assistance and services.

To date, there are now 15 women residents with 19 dependents in the Regional Haven for Women, 37 residents in the Regional Reception and Study Center for Children, 23 residents in Home for Girls and, 65 residents in Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth.

Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang, Regional Director of the DSWD-10, says the four (4) units will be of great help to all the residents who need immediate medical attention from time to time in hospitals and clinics. ###cpt

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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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June 2020