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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS monitors Don Victoriano CDD project

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) demonstrates that the community-driven development (CDD) approach enables more inclusiveness, broader community participation, gender transparency, and accountability in all stages of barangay development process.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional program management office of Region 10 conducted a series of consultation and focus group discussions with community volunteers, barangay and municipal local officials in the Municipality of Don Victoriano Chongbian, Misamis Occidental.

CDD inherently reinforces good governance values mandated by 1991 Local Government Code. This makes it essential to integrate and adopt CDD elements in the barangay development planning and budgeting process anchored on knowledge gains from several years of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS implementation using the participatory process, tools, and techniques learned from the program’s Community Empowerment Activity Cycle.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS introduced the Makilahok initiative in 2018 with the hopes of strengthening community participation in local development, with CDD as the anchor. It is also known as Participatory Local Governance: Barangay Development Planning and Management Capacity Enhancement Initiative.  

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Makilahok is implemented in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The regional program management office of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Region 10 recently monitored the Makilahok implementation in the Municipality of Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Misamis Occidental. Commonly known as Don Victoriano, it also bears the nickname “The Crossroads of Misamis Occidental” and is home to Mount Malindang National Park.

Assistant Regional Director Aldersey Mumar – dela Cruz and the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS regional program management office workers, and area coordinating team ride a “habal-habal” on their way to Barangay Gandawan in Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental to monitor Makilahok community sub-projects.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Makilahok community sub-projects currently implemented in the municipality are as follows: Barangay Maramara – construction of a barangay health center; Barangay Petianan – concreting of 0.300 kilometer single lane barangay access road along Purok 2; Barangay Tuno – concreting of 500 linear meter trail road along Purok 1; Barangay Gandawan – concreting of 0.350 kilometer single road farm-to-market road along Purok 3.

Deputy Regional Program Manager Teofreda Dingal says “the Makilahok initiative of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS uses Community-Driven Development approach as the backbone for the implementation, engaging the community members to let them realize the importance of community participation and mobilization in local development.”

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar – dela Cruz says “part of participation local governments must consult community members regarding issues or problems in their municipality or barangay; this gives the individual community members an opportunity to be part of the decision-making process on what projects should be given priority.”

ARDO Dela Cruz also reiterates that keeping the communities informed on the physical and financial statues of community projects is vital to local development.

To date, there are 604,048 community volunteers who worked together to complete the 26,828 community sub-projects nationwide using the Community-Driven Development approach.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Abobacar Tocalo inspects the on-going concreting of the 500 Linear Meter Trail Road Along Purok 1 Barangay Tuno, Don Victoriano Misamis Occidental.
DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Makilahok community sub-project in Barangay Tuno, Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental. This is the concreting of 500 linear meter trail road along Purok 1.

In the Philippines, the CDD approach to inclusive growth, social protection and governance is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program.

A bill seeking to institutionalize CDD is already filed in the 18th Congress entitled AN ACT INSTITUTIONALIZING THE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT APPROACH AS A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND SOCIAL PROTECTION, MANDATING ALL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, INCLUDING THEIR ATTACHED AGENCIES, OFFICES AND BUREAUS, LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS, AND OTHER GOVERNMENT INSTRUMENTALITIES TO IMPLEMENT THEIR COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, AND PROJECTS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR.

The bill is individually authored by Congressman Maximo “Maxi” Dalog (HB 4407), Congressman Lianda B Bolilia (HB 4470), and Congressman Allen Jesse C Mangaoang (HB 4764). Senator Risa Hontiveros authors the bill in the senate now known as Senate Bill 1057. Lanao del Norte 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo also expressed his strong support in institutionalizing the Community-Driven Development approach.

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DSWD-10 helps children affected by child labor

A mother registers her child to become a beneficiary of the educational grant from DSWD.

Child Labor is a social problem affecting many children in the Philippines. It is a form of exploitation that deprives children of their childhood by forcing them through any form of work, consequently interfering their ability to attend school.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 (DSWD-10) condemns child labor as it affects the well-being of children, including their mental, physical, social, and moral growth.

DSWD gathers children in celebration to the World Day Against Child Labor.

In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment-10, ChildFund Philippines, the Local Government of Maramag, Bukidnon, including the local officials of Barangays Camp 1 and Base Camp, and Kaanib Foundation, Inc., DSWD-10 gathered 54 children victimized by child labor through implementation of the Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) – a project that aims to strengthen the capacity of local government units (LGUs) in the prevention and elimination of the worst forms of child labor.

Children were given educational grants from DSWD during the World Day Against Child Labor.

The children were gathered by the local and national government institutions in celebration to the World Day Against Child Labor held last July 3, 2019 in Maramag, Bukidnon – a pilot area for the implementation of SHIELD in Region 10.

In the celebration, the children were given educational grants as a way to encourage families to send their children to school, instead of them being victimized by child labor.

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4Ps mothers feed children with locally grown vegetables

Mother beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program take part in the LGU-led feeding program for children in schools.

More and more mothers who are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Northern Mindanao have now started harvesting vegetables from their garden this season to prepare a menu for their children in schools.

In Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, 4Ps mothers are now busy preparing for a feeding practice implemented in all day care centers and elementary schools of the 28 barangays weekly, which will run in the whole month of July. Every feeding day, all 4Ps beneficiaries are required by the DSWD to harvest vegetables from their backyard garden and prepare them according to the agreed menu of the week. To sustain the production of their garden, they are to plant anew after harvesting.

A child is seen surrounded by vegetables harvested by his mother and her neighbors who are 4Ps beneficiaries taking part in the feeding program.

The feeding practice of the town aims to provide nutritious food to school children which is implemented in close coordination between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10, Department of Education, and the Local Government Unit of Bonifacio.

4Ps beneficiaries in Lanao del Norte unite in providing nutritious food for their children.

Dave Torrefranca, Municipal Action Team leader of DSWD assigned in Bonifacio, disclosed that the practice has been going in Bonifacio town for three years now. He said all elementary schools have communal garden for the 4Ps beneficiaries after DepEd officials in Bonifacio town suggested to the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee of 4Ps to strengthen the planting of vegetables among (number of 4Ps beneficiaries) beneficiaries of the Program.

Meanwhile, all 4Ps parents in Delabayan, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte collectively prepare and cook their produce during their respective Family Development Sessions. The grantees share them among themselves after the session.

4Ps beneficiaries maintain their own backyard garden as part of the 4Ps advocacy.

A day before a session, 4Ps mothers are seen harvesting their vegetables and agree with their cluster members on what meal to prepare. Each cluster is composed of 28 to 30 household members.

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

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

Currently, Northern Mindanao has 259,675 active household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. 

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DSWD-10 distributes family food packs to Lanao families affected by storm Falcon

DSWD Staff gives a family food pack to a mother whose family was affected by Tropical Storm Falcon that hit the province of Lanao del Norte on July 16, 2019.

Lanao del Norte — More than 3,600 families affected by Tropical Storm Falcon that hit the province on July 16, 2019 received family food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 (DSWD-10) as a response to the request of four municipalities to augment resources in the disaster operation.

DSWD report showed that as of July 20, 2019, the municipalities of Lala, Salvador, Sapad, and Kapatagan, Lanao de Norte had 71 totally damaged houses, and six partially damaged houses that as result of the storm.

In the report, Kapatagan showed the most number of affected families, with 1,691 families or 6,176 individuals; Sapad with 803 families or 3,484 individuals; Lala with 733 families or 3,139 individuals; and Salvador with 410 families or 2,050 individuals.

A resident in Lanao del Norte receives three family food packs from the DSWD for his family who was affected by Tropical Storm Falcon on July 16, 2019.

Costing DSWD with more than P2.8 Million to augment resources to the local government units, 5,298 family food packs were distributed. Each family food pack has six kilos of rice, 4 cans of sardines, 4 cans of tuna, and six sachets of coffee.

Each family is given three (3) family food packs from DSWD.

As of this writing, DSWD-10 continues to distribute family food packs to families affected by Tropical Storm Falcon.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Government officials express commitment to support CAPDev in Bukidnon

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

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

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

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

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