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Dablo Family: A model 4Ps Family in Misamis Oriental

Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental — The Dablo Family here is living a simple life, but, building a future that is optimistic, bright, and full of hope.

The Dablo Family, an active beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the fishing village of Kabulawan in this town, strive hard to improve their living condition amidst difficult situation.

Rex, the head of the family, earns income from fishing while his wife, Genevieve, sells the catch to their neighbors to sustain the needs of the family. The children: Hannah Regie, Regine, and Mahonri Moriancumar help their parents though shared household chores like preparing meals, cleaning the house, washing the dishes, and laundry.


It seems poverty is not an obstacle, but an inspiration to succeed for the Dablo children in their studies.

Hannah Regie, the eldest, is a consistent honor student from Grade 1 to 12, receiving Academic Excellence Award. She is now a freshman student of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines taking up Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Similarly, Regine harvested numerous awards during here elementary and secondary years. A consistent honor student, Regine has been representing her town and Misamis Oriental province in the regional academic and non-academic activities-from school press conferences to quiz bees.

Regine is one of the regional finalist of the Search for Exemplary Child of 4Ps in 2016.

Presently, Regine is a Grade 11 student at Liceo de Cagayan University with full scholarship she earned due to her academic performance.

Meanwhile, Mahonri Moriancumer, the youngest of the Dablo siblings, also gained various awards during his elementary years, graduating as Valedictorian and earned several academic recognitions.

As parents, Rex and Geneveive both claim that they follow a bible verse in raising their children. They are referring to the Proverb 22: 6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

The parents firmly believed that, “families play a major role in how well children do in school, how well they perform on the job as adults and how they will contribute to society in general.”

Rex and Geneveive added that, “Families have the first and foremost influence on our development.”

Active Involvement and Participation

The Dablo Family here is actively involved in numerous activities in their village, church, and community as a whole.

Since 1994, Rex serves as Gospel Teacher of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, aside from being appointed as District President of their church for nine years. As a fisherman, Rex served as Treasurer of the Fisherfolks Association in their village.

Geneveive, on the other hand, is also a seminary teacher and president of the young women of their church.

As for the children, they are also active in their church and school. Hannah Regie is now qualified to teach gospels after completing a course in their local church while Regine is busy on weekends teaching her fellow youth.

All of the Dablo siblings are joining extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in their school.

GAD sensitive

The Dablo couple promotes gender and development at home through shared parenting like taking care of and disciplining their children.

When it comes to decision making, the couple agreed on the affairs of the children, financial management, among others relative to the welfare of the family.

Ultimately, the Dablo Family maintain a God-centered life, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and created an impact to their community.

The family is filled with an atmosphere tempered and flavored with the acts of kindness, respect, humility, love and prayer which makes them a Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.


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PHOTO: We go where we are needed


Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) Engineer Abobakar Tocalo, Kalahi CIDSS Community Infrastructure Officer works with the volunteers at their community project site and provided inputs at Barangay Cabasaran, Poona Piagapo, Lanao del Norte. The community sub-project is a Water System. According to Sub Regional Project Coordinator Peter Paul Alcantar, there was a problem with the flow of water in the pipelines thus the technical intervention was necessary.  

Photo by Peter Paul Alcantar, DSWD, Kalahi CIDSS SRPC

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Kolambugan Reaps Fruit of Community Driven Development

Completed 360 LM Concrete FMR of San Roque,Kolambugan,LDN

Completed 360 LM Concrete FMR of San Roque, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte

Community volunteers, and residents alike, can now enjoy the benefits of their completed concrete  360  Linear Meter (360 LM) Farm-to-Market Road sub-project in Barangay San Roque, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP). 

 Photo courtesy of Carolyn P Caw-it, DSWD Area Coordinator, Kolambugan, LDN

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FEATURE Gala: An Empowered Community at the Top of Misamis Occidental

The picturesque view around Barangay Gala, Municipality of Tudela in Misamis Occidental provides serenity for the Subanen tribe who reside there. One would wonder why they live on top of a ravine, somehow, “when you get there, you’ll know why” says Bong Alcantar.

sunset over gala

Sunset view over Barangay Gala

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) takes us for a look-see on how this empowered community is well underway to development.

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The Subanen participate in the 5th Barangay Assembly in Barangay Gala, Tudela, Misamis Occidental

Peter Paul “Bong” Alcantar, Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP Sub-Regional Program Coordinator, lead his team on a 2-hour climb to Barangay Gala in Tudela for the project’s 5th Barangay Assembly.  

subanen single father

A single father attends the assembly

The climb required traversing an open-trail; almost 80 degrees uphill climb starting from the river bank, “we wanted to see for ourselves the beauty of Gala and how the living conditions of the Subanen tribe who are there” said Alcantar.

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff crossing the boundary bridge to and from Brgy Mitugas


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The river boundary on the way to Barangay Gala

KC CEF crossing the boundary bridge from mitugas

“They’re 100% Subanen, the community is one of a kind – both sides are ravines but the view is beautiful, Gala has electricity and a school building, but they lack a working water system, their main source of income is farming – and still follow the traditional ways of farming” continues Alcantar.

gala community from mitugas

At the edge, view of Gala community from Barangay Mitugas

Gala used to have a working water system; however, the pipes were installed underground and due to kaingin, these melted under extreme heat.

“So now, the more common thirst quencher there are softdrinks, if you want water, you’ll have to trek back to the river” says Alcantar.


“Ang mga tawo dadto, walay footwear, mostly barefoot, kung naay footwear, pinikas kung dili – oversized (the people there have no footwear, mostly barefoot, if they have – mostly it’s either mismatched or oversized)” continues Alcantar.

The community sub-project is a pathway from the river bank stretching 2 kilometers and will cost 2.08M, some parts of the pathway will be stair-type.

In the barangay assembly, community volunteers of Gala are given instructions for the subproject implementation like documents required, request of fund release, and completion of requirements for fund release, “enthusiastic sila, nagutana sad sila what if kung dili mahuman ang project, akong tubag – with the guidance sa atong staff mahuman gyud na, so giassure nila nga paningkamotan gyud nila mataiwas nila ang subproject ug magtinabangay sila (they are enthusiastic, and are asking what if they cannot finish the project, my reply to them – with the guidance of our staff, it will be done, so they assured me that they can finish the subproject and they will help each other)” Alcantar enthused.

The Subanens of Gala are hopeful that when the pathway will be completed – more people would visit their place and “ang pathway mao gyud ni ang makahatag ug higayon para madala ilang mga produkto sa merkado (the pathway will give opportunity for them to bring their products to the market)” concludes Alcantar.

clear river to barth and drink

The nearest source of drinking water is the river which is a 2-hour descent from Barangay Gala

Community-driven development (CDD) refers to an emerging approach in community development practice where processes, principles, strategies and resources are applied to ensure community empowerment by giving the people authority and control over decisions and resources. In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD, Photos by Peter Paul Alcantar, KC-NCDDP SRPC


Gala in Photos

means of livelihood farming

Subanen people trek down to the river to fetch drinking water.

road to paradise - from mitugas to gala

Open trail to Barangay Gala

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Graduation rites at Barangay Gala School

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At the edge, view of Gala community from Barangay Mitugas

CEF preparing for BA

Community Empowerment Facilitator preparing for the Barangay Assembly

  edge of glory from gala looking nearest barangay mitugas

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DSWD explains delayed pay out of Pantawid Pamilya cash grants

Cagayan de Oro City — After receiving issues on the delayed release of cash grants for the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here explained that the delay was due to the postponement of schedule issued by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for its over-the-counter payments.


According to LBP, the postponement had to be done due to some internal factors that need immediate resolutions. The bank had earlier scheduled the pay-out to beneficiaries under offsite payment on October 1-15, but, postponed it later.


LBP is the only authorized entity to disburse cash grants for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.


DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo said that the Department acknowledges the concern of the beneficiaries not receiving their grants considering that it should augment their family expenses.


The DSWD is currently lobbying with LBP to fast track the pay-out of unpaid cash grants.

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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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DSWD pilots program for recovering drug dependents

Recovering drug dependents are now part of the priorities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development as it has piloted the Strategies Towards Acceptance, Reintegration and Transformation (START).

In partnership with the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers Committee of the Dangerous Drugs Board, the DSWD has piloted the START implemention in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in 2014, which gives psychosocial services to rehabilitated drug users and their families, and livelihood assistance and other support services to increase their economic capacities and develop their life skills.

According to Merly Waban, DSWD focal person for START, there are now about 12 drug dependents who were assisted by the DSWD under the program. “They were given various assistance such as livelihood, education, and transportation.”

Having launched its pilot implementation in April 2014, the START is expected to end on October this year, and an evaluation of the program will be done by implementers to see the effectiveness and impact of the program to its beneficiaries.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD


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DSWD pays half million to indigent senior citizens in Jasaan town

Misamis Oriental — The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently handed in a total of P580,500 to 387 indigent senior citizens in Jasaan this province as their social pension for the last three months.

The Social Pension program implemented by the DSWD is the national government’s response to the needs of the indgent senior citizens under Republic Act 9994.

Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of the DSWD, says that indigent senior citizens are paid a monthly stipend of P500 for their daily needs such as medicine and food among others. “We believe that P500 is only very minimal as this has to do with our limited budget allocated for such program,” Solamillo says, “yet DSWD is still working with the legislative body on increasing the budget for such program to either increase the amount or decrease its age coverage.”

Qualified beneficiaries for the social pension program are those senior citizens who are 65 years old and above, and who are also included in the Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System of the DSWD, or those who do not have sources of income, and are not recipients of other pension programs.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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