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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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Photo: Turn-over ceremony of DSWD 50 core shelter units to Bukidnon residents affected by 2011 Tropical Storm Chedeng

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista and Secretary Andanar cut the ribbon during the turn over ceremony of DSWD 50 core shelter units to residents in Barangay Iba, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon last June 28, 2019. Barangay Iba was one of the most affected aread in Bukidnon during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Chedeng in 2011.

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Photo: Launching of Convergence Areas for Peace and Development in Bukidnon

During the Launching of the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon last June 28, 2019, Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista expresses his commitment to ensure that families in Bukidnon will be able to get access to DSWD programs and services, especially those who are going through very difficult circumstances such as armed conflct, disaster, and poverty.

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DSWD Field Office 10 welcomes institutionalization of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 lauded the signing into law of Republic Act 11310 institutionalizing the government’s flagship poverty reduction program known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

4Ps is an investment in human capital which seeks to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by focusing on education and health of the beneficiaries. It provides conditional cash transfer to poor households around the country. It is being implemented by DSWD, in partnership with other government agencies, such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED), among others.

DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang emphasized that the signing of the law is the realization of the long time clamor of beneficiaries to make the program regular and permanent. 

It can be recalled that beneficiaries expressed their apprehensions that the benefits they are receiving from 4Ps might be stopped if the program will not be institutionalized.  It is also important to mention that they played a role in achieving this feat by lobbying for the institutionalization of the program.

For her part, Kenneth Haze Sanchez-Lustre, Regional Project Coordinator, disclosed that with RA 11310, the continuity and sustainability of the program can be assured. The law makes the program more robust by prioritizing farmers and fisher folks, strengthening livelihood and employment opportunities for beneficiaries, ensuring civil society organizations’ seats in the advising councils, and providing automatic coverage to PhilHealth.

Sanchez added that the law will further boost its goal of helping poor families achieve a better quality of life, thereby, contributing to the reduction of poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022, as set by the present administration.

4Ps milestones

Since its inception in 2008, 4Ps has achieved several milestones in the areas of poverty reduction, health, and education.

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), in its launch of the 2015 Official Poverty Statistics said, “One of the major factors in this improvement of poverty reduction is the increased budget in government’s social development programs, which significantly augmented the income of the poorest households… The regularity of the cash transfer sustained for three years for many CCT beneficiaries has accorded them some resiliency to weather certain shocks.  The program also induced more economic activity in the poor barangays given the presence of a cash economy.  These conditions may have also encouraged a number of them to diversify their livelihood sources.”

Moreover, in its 2017 Socio-Economic Report, NEDA stated that, “By far, the most comprehensive program to address […] vulnerability is the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).  This program needs to be sustained and even enhanced.”

Furthermore, the World Bank in its 2018 assessment of poverty in the Philippines (Making Growth Work for the Poor) reported that “transfers from government social programs [CCT] contributed about 25 percent of the [reduction in poverty incidence between 2006 and 2015.”]

Likewise, impact evaluations on the program done and completed in 2012 and 2014 showed that the program can break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. It aids those families who experience poverty trap of being poor because they have no decent jobs or undereducated and sickly.

Based on the two impact studies, the program has positive effects on education and health of children and pregnant women.

The studies showed that program beneficiaries have higher enrolment and attendance rates and lower drop-outs as compared to non-beneficiaries.

As regard to the impact on the beneficiaries health, have increased availment of basic health services and reduced severe stunting especially to children from 6 months to 3 years old.  The impact studies also showed that more pregnant women availed of maternal health services and an increased delivery in accredited birthing facilities, as compared to those who are not covered by the program.

Also, since 2015, the program has paved the way for almost 1 million children-beneficiaries to compete high school and more than 30,000 to graduate from college.

As of March 31, 2019, the program covers 41,552 barangays in all 145 cities and 1,483 municipalities in 80 provinces nationwide with 4.18 million active households. Northern Mindanao has a total of 260,663 beneficiaries as of this writing.

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Lumad Women learn their value through CDD

Jeraline Arion, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS BSPMC Chairperson of Barangay Palacpacan, San Fernando, Bukidnon, performs during the Regional Community Volunteers’ Congress in Cagayan de Oro City, March 27, 2018.

Barangay Palacpacan is an isolated barangay of the Municipality of San Fernando, Bukidnon. The road is difficult to access especially during the rainy season. Most of the residents of the barangay are people of the Matigsalug Tribe.

Like the other tribes in Bukidnon, most of the lumads are given less priority from the government projects that would uplift them for a better life.

This is because they have minimal support and most have no access to basic social services within their communities. With this, the only priority they have is to eat and survive.

Women paid laborers of Barangay Palacpacan, San Fernando, Bukidnon sack aggregates for delivery to the sub-project site.

Time passes and now some of the government agencies are now reaching and responding to address the needs in the community.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is among the various agencies of the government that help address the development of Indigenous Peoples, providing them basic social services. Among the myriad of programs is the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP). The Department is led by Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, a retired general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

390 Meter Barangay Palacpacan Road Concreting Along Purok 1, San Fernando, Bukidnon.

“The Filipino practice of mutual cooperation or bayanihan system is already embedded in the innermost of our being as Filipinos. This is more exemplified in the relentless contribution of our community volunteers in almost all facets of services to the poor and needy. Our staff and community volunteers on the ground have been our indispensable partners to the effective implementation of the Kalahi-CIDSS program,” the Secretary said.

Jeraline Arion is the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson (BSPMC) of Barangay Palacpacan, who strives to help the community by participating in government programs provide basic social services and empower the communities.

Jeraline is a Matigsalug and an active Parent Leader of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) leader.

Jeraline Arion says “Daghan kaayo kog natun-an sa programa sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, dili lamang ang katungod nga magpartisipar sa kalambuan sa Barangay kun dili apil usab nga gitagaan kaming mga Lumad og higayon nga magpartisipar sa programa bisag wala kami nakahuman og eskwela (I learned a lot from the Kalahi-CIDSS program, not just having the right to participate in Barangay development, also, we, the Lumad people are given the opportunity to participate in the program even if we have not finished any degree)”

For her, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is the first government program that gave opportunities to the Lumad people in handling the processes of the activities and giving them the power of decision making.

Through the Kalahi-CIDSS, Jeraline felt that she and her Lumad community now have the voice through the program.

Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) of Barangay Palacpacan working on the aggregates.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is a program under the DSWD that empowers communities. The program uses Community-Driven Development (CDD) as an approach to let the communities identify problems, use available resources, and decide solutions to help the community in order to have access of good basic social services.

The communities are given the opportunities to voice out their needs in the barangay by participating in the local development processes with the help of the non-government organizations, Local Government Units, Area Coordinating Teams (ACT), Sub-Regional Project Management Team (SRMPT), and Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) to ensure that they become actively involved in the local processes.

Dili sayon gayud nga mahimong leader sa Kalahi kay kaming mga Lumad wala na-anad magpadayag sa kadaghanan, kay kabalo kami nga wala kami grado nga ikapaghinambog pero tungod sa mga meetings ug trainings sa Kalahi ug pagdumala sa sub-project namo nga Farm-to-Market Road nadasig ako og taas na akong paglantaw sa akong kaugalingon karon kaysa sa una (It is not easy being a Kalahi leader, as we the Lumad people are not used to addressing a lot of people, because we know that we do not have educational degrees to boast for, but because of the meetings and trainings provided by Kalahi and the implementation of our Farm-to-Market Road sub-project – I am now enthusiastic and I now have high regard for myself as compared before)” says Jeraline.

This inspired her to continue schooling and graduate from the K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) at the Halapitan National High School, San Fernando, Bukidnon.

Jeraline draws inspiration from the Kalahi-CIDSS community empowerment and gender equality perspective of the program “kasagara kaming mga babaeng lumad sige ra’g burosan sa among mga bana, ibilin ra sa balay ipagbantay og bata, usahay pasakitan pa, pero dili tanang Lumad, og mao ra gyud ang among mabuhat isip mga babae, pero dire sa Kalahi-CIDSS gitagaan kami og bili ug importansiya nga naay daghan nga mga butang nga kaya sa mga babae dili lang ang mga lalake (usually, we, the Lumad women, are just being impregnated by our husbands, left in the house to care for the children, and may be hurt at times – but not all Lumads, and that is all we could do as women, but here in Kalahi-CIDSS we are given value and importance, that there are a lot of things that women can do equally as men do)” Jeraline said.

The program requires women to participate every activity especially during Sub-Project construction of at least 30% of the labor force in order to promote gender equality and importance.

The implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in Barangay Palacpacan is not without challenges, “Pasalamat mi kay taas kaayo og pasensiya ang among facilitator sa pagtudlo sa amo unsaon paghimo sa mga minutes, pagprepare sa payroll ug bayronon sa mga materyales, pag-inventory sa materyales ug uban pang butang. Bisag lisod kami pasab-ton tungod kay walay nahuman sa pagskwela apan sa among mga kasaypanan wala kami nagmahay kay daghan kamig natun-an sa programa og nabati namo mga Lumad nga kabahin kami sa pagpalambo sa among barangay (we are thankful that our community empowerment facilitator is very patient in teaching us how to draft the minutes of the meetings, payroll preparation, payment and inventory for construction materials and other things. Even if we are very difficult to teach since do not have any formal education, we do not regret being in the Kalahi program. It is here that we Lumad women felt that we can contribute to the progress of our barangay)” Jeraline said.

The program is a good venue for learning different skills such as financial management, Environmental and Social Safeguards, Social Development, Construction Management, Basic Legal Documents, and other things that may help the Lumad community to educate themselves and to boost their confidence.

According to the community, the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is a blessing to Palacpacan and San Fernando especially to the Lumad people. The Lumad community is given the opportunity through the support of the DSWD and local government units that help them grow and be part of nation building. Jeraline is hoping that the program will continue to help not only the Lumad people but also for those community or tribe who has been left behind that needs support to achieve a better and humane society.

Written by Nico B. Capistrano, Former DSWD-10 Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator

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Medina volunteers put community’s safety as top priority

Story by Michie Lou B. Cruda, Community Empowerment Facilitator

Barangay Tambagan, Medina, Misamis Oriental is one of the communities facilitated by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Tambagan means “to be advised” in the local dialect. Legend has it that in the days before the coming of the Spaniards when “datus” ruled the barangays, there was once an old wise man gifted with the power to give effective advices. He listened to people’s problems, personal and social disputes and were settled through his effective advices.

Tambagan is 2 kilometers away from North Poblacion or town proper and takes 30 minutes to travel by local public transportations such as a single motorcycle or “habal-habal” or a motorcycle with sidecar. The top three economic activities of the barangay are copra (dried coconut kernels) trading, “sari-sari store” and hog raising. The three major crops here include are banana, sweet potato and cassava.

In January 2016, a typhoon hit Northern Mindanao, including the Municipality of Medina; Barangay Tambagan was one of the affected barangays. 11 households were totally damaged. The natural disaster became a challenge for the barangay and its officials having been also affected by the typhoon and there were families displaced during that time. The damaged houses were caused by the overflowing of a nearby river.

The community was traumatized with this experience and caused them to fear it may happen again. This prompted the barangay to seek assistance for a proposed flood control structure from various agencies, this, however, did not get a positive result.

When the 2nd cycle of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS started, the community did not hesitate to grab the opportunity to participate in the program’s activities, armed with the hope of having their flood control structure funded.

Leonides D. Rañoa, the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Secretary facilitating the attendance during a barangay assembly of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in Barangay Tambagan, Medina, Misamis Oriental.

The community volunteers and residents of Tambagan supported the project through attending barangay assemblies, and participating in barangay and municipal activities which introduced them to process of Community-Driven Development (CDD). They also attended capacity building activities to help them manage their community sub-project.

The Community Volunteers and paid skilled laborers of Barangay Tambagan, Medina, Misamis Oriental work together to complete the construction of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS funded community sub-project – a flood control structure.

True enough, with hard work and dedication of the community volunteers, Tambagan became one of the 7 prioritized barangays for the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS 2nd cycle implementation. The community people were happy with the funding of the Construction of 150-Linear Meter Flood Control Structure through the program, as this was identified as their top need during the Barangay Participatory Situational Analysis Workshop. The total project cost of the sub-project is P4,252,929.00 with Local Counterpart Contribution of P18,000.00 from Municipal Local Government Unit.

Leonides D. Rañoa, 51, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Secretary, and is also the secretary of the barangay said “Dili lalim ang pag prepara sa mga papel hilabi na nga bag o pami nakasinati sa Kalahi-CIDSS ug daghan kaayo ang porma nga usahay makalibog. Kinahanglan usab ko mubisita sa area kung aha nakabutang ang sub-project para mag monitor kung naa ba kini progress. Lisod tungod kai naa usab koy kabilinggan sa barangay (Since I have so much duties in my barangay, I can say that I had a hard time understanding what Kalahi-CIDSS is all about and especially the preparation of the forms confuses me sometimes. I also need to visit areas where sub-project was located and to monitor if it has progress)”

Ms. Leonides took these difficulties as a challenge. This was never a hindrance for her knowing that the construction of a flood control structure will benefit the entire community. She became one of the instruments in gaining the support of the community people.

Ako ang usa nga mag-pahibalo sa council ug sa mga katawhan aron sila manambong pag mag asembliya ug kung adunay mga aktibidadis sa barangay, mu-contact ko sa mga 4Ps Parent Leaders aron mapahibalo nila ang ilang mga sakop (I am the one who informs the barangay council and the residents that we all need to attend the barangay assemblies and other activities of the barangay, I even contact all 4Ps Parent Leaders so the beneficiaries can attend)” said Leonides.

Nagbunga gyud ang among kahago. Dako kaayo among pasalamat nga na fundingan mi sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, mao kini ang nakatubag sa dugay ra nga pangandoy nga flood control, ug tungod niini wala nay balay nga manga guba ug wala nai kahadlok ang mga tao nga basin mautro nasad ang panghitabo sauna ug tungod sa sub-project matagaan ug kompyansa ang mga katawhan nga luwas sila sa katalagman (Our hard work paid off. We are thankful that DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS funded our flood control structure because of this, the houses are now safe and the community is less fearful now that the disaster will be repeated, and because of the sub-project, our community are now confident that they will be safe from harm)” Leonides concludes.

Construction of a 150-Linear Meter Flood Control Structure in Barangay Tambagan, Medina, Misamis Oriental funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS ensures that communities are actively involved in the process from start to end. Not only are they given direct access and control of the funds for their community projects, they also have the opportunity to participate in making key development decisions for their communities.

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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June 2020