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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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Travel Clearance for Minors

Required Documents to Support Application for Certificate of Travel Abroad for Minors:

I. Travel Clearance

1. Duly accomplished application form

2. A copy of NSO Birth Certificate

3. Notarized Affidavit of Consent signed by both parents (with valid IDs/passports)

Written consent signed by both parents if minor has a previous clearance from the DSWD or his / her parents personally appear in our office presenting their valid ID card. Faxed copy or email (scanned) documents is acceptable if parents are in abroad or in other place.

If parents are abroad, the Affidavit of Consent and support signed by both parents should be authenticated at the nearest Philippine Consulate Office where the parents are, together with a Special Power of Attorney for the person processing the document at the DSWD.

In the Consent of Parents, please indicate the following:

  • Destination
  • Purpose
  • Name of the Traveling Companion
  • Who will shoulder the expenses

4. A photocopy of the Marriage Certificate of the minor’s parents

5. In case of an illegitimate minor, a certificate of no marriage of the Mother (CENOMAR)

6. In case of a deceased parent, a photocopy of the death certificate of either parents

7. In case of abandoned children, Affidavit of 3 Disinterested Persons attesting to the Circumstance of Abandonment of parents/parent (with valid IDs)

8. In case of study abroad, Acceptance from the school where the child is to be enrolled.

9. In case of On-the-Job Training, Conference, Convention / Youth Summit, Study Tours, Sport/School Events, Math and Science Olympiads, a Certification from school and Invitation from the sponsoring organization

10. In case for medical purposes, medical certificate of the child

11. Two (2) pieces passport sized picture of minor taken within the last six (6) months

12. Photocopy of passport of the traveling companion

13. Photocopy of the passport of the minor, if the minor already has a passport

14. Personal Appearance of the minor at the DSWD office for assessment / interview of the social worker

15. Assessment Report of the Social Worker where the applicant is residing:

  • Iligan City – Ms. Evelyn Madrio (City Social Welfare and Development Office of Iligan City)
  • Misamis Occidental – Mr. Christopher Requina (Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Misamis Occidental)
  • Parts of Misamis Oriental-District 2, Gingoog City, and Camiguin – Ms. Rosanel Pague (DSWD Field Office)
  • Bukidnon Province – Ms. Mayetta Dayata / Ms. Hacelyn Barrero (Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Bukidnon)

16. Payment of P300.00 per travel clearance issued.


II. For Subsequent Traveler

1. Certificate of travel previously issued

2. Written consent signed by both parents, if minor already has a passport or is a subsequent traveler already. Faxed copy or email (scanned) documents is acceptable if parents are abroad or in other place.

3. Photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion

4. Two passport sized picture of minor taken within the last six (6) months

5. Assessment Report of the Social Worker where the applicants is residing:

  • Iligan City – Ms. Evelyn Madrio (City Social Welfare and Development Office of Iligan City)
  • Misamis Occidental – Mr. Christopher Requina (Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Misamis Occidental)
  • Parts of Misamis Oriental-District 2, Gingoog City, and Camiguin – Ms. Rosanel Pague (DSWD Field Office)
  • Bukidnon Province – Ms. Mayetta Dayata / Ms. Hacelyn Barrero (Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Bukidnon)

6. Photocopy of the passport of minor, if minor already has a passport.

*All original documents must be photocopied (1 copy only) and bring all the original documents.

*Processing will take 1-3 days.


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I’m a 4Ps scholar

They call us the lower class, the twerps, a burden to the government. They dub us dependents, supposedly merely after government doles. They call us the poorest of the poor, the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Let me tell you people, we are less fortunate but we are not stupid. Yes, we are receiving a certain amount from the government, to alleviate our current situation, which is the program’s primary objective. But, is it really a basis for social discrimination and bullying?

I am a 4Ps scholar, one of the beneficiaries of the Expanded Students’ Grant-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), to be particular about it. So, what do you think? I am giving you the freedom to say something about it. Are you one of those judgmental persons or among the rational ones?

When I first heard about the opportunity to avail myself of the ESGP-PA, I thought of my dreams becoming possible. It was as if chance had found a deserving student who desired to make a difference in her life, in her family, and in her society. Eventually, I became a lucky grantee. I consider that a significant gift that drew me closer to achieving my aspirations.

For me, tuition and other school fees, academic and extracurricular expenses, the purchase of textbooks, the lack of stipend and transportation fare ceased to be constant worries in the pursuit of a college degree. Each grantee is entitled to P30,000 per semester, and that has been making a difference.

But, the difference includes social discrimination and bullying. Some fellow students say something to this effect: “Those 4Ps scholars, they already have the scholarship, and they’re also given special treatment.” Those students who belong to well-off families look down on us when they learn that we are ESGP-PA grantees, as though we were unsightly.

The worst thing was when, in class, a professor presented his opinion on the program’s “dependency” on the government and how our expenses as grantees were being shouldered by taxpayers including himself, all because of irresponsible parenthood. His opinion just seemed so biased. It appeared that he did not realize: What could this mean, how could this affect, an ESGP-PA grantee in his class?

These have happened, not just to me, but also to my fellow 4Ps scholars. It’s like being a 4Ps scholar is a sin, that being less fortunate is a sin.

We are not the proponents of this program; we are merely the chosen recipients. I’ve come to think: What if everyone is a 4Ps beneficiary? Will their views still be the same? Will the treatment be just and fair? Why does social hierarchy matter a lot in building a community? Irrationality will never unite a country.

This is not all about irresponsible parenthood; this is reality. Poverty is present in the country. We are not building a poverty society. In fact, we strongly want to get out of that status. We strive to lift our families out of poverty and eventually give back to the economy.

I feel that I should just shut my mouth whenever they throw gibberish at us and degrade the ESGP-PA. Yet my open mind cannot fathom the fact that those words come from supposedly educated people who should know better than us. It is just a manifestation that someone can be educated but not learned.

Still, I extend my thanks to the government for providing a great opportunity for deserving students to complete tertiary-level education. I will focus on the positive goals. We’ll eradicate poverty; we don’t need irrationality. We are less fortunate, but we are not stupid.

Rose J. Bongon, 20, is a third-year IT student at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges. She is associate editor of The Spark (the official CSPC school–community publication) and blogs at

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Pantawid Pamilya gains success in pottery through DSWD’s livelihood program

 Misamis Occidental — Violeta Gimena of Biasong, Lopez Jaena, this province, always makes sure to involve her whole family with pottery making, a common business in her community.

Realizing the rich supply of clay soil in her village, Violeta, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, set up a small pottery shop.

But, Violeta only earned a minimal income since she cannot cope with the increasing demand of pottery products in the neighboring provinces of Misamis Occidental.

Violeta’s dream of expanding her business was answered when the Department of Social Welfare and Development introduced the Sustainable Livelihood Program to her in April 2012, along with other 105 Pantawid Pamilya family beneficiaries in her fishing village.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human investment program of the Department that invests in the education and health of poor families, particularly of children aged 0-18 years old. On the other hand, the SLP is the Department’s livelihood intervention that aids poor families by incapacitating them to become financially and economically stable.


With the P10,000 additional capital, Violeta with her husband Arthur and three children ventured to expand their market in Lanao del Norte and in the neighboring islands of Siquijor and Bohol.

To meet the increasing demands of supply, Violeta hired three workers.

“With my business, the future of my children is secured,” Violeta happily disclosed, adding that, “the price of success is dedication, hardwork, and unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

With DSWD intervention, Violeta claimed that, “Kaya naming ang Pagbabago!”###

Today, there are now 1,718 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Lopez Jaena who are also enjoying the benefits of SLP.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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Four housewives enjoying better lives through DSWD help

El Salvador City – Five years ago, Girlie Claudel, Medalla Ladoroz, Catche Quilab, and Devina Gruta of this city shared the same difficulty in life: providing food on their family tables, sending their children to school, and maintaining a good home for their families.

But today, these five housewives can now say that their lives have become better – thanks to Listahanan, the household targeting system run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Listahanan is a management database system that generates a list of who and where the poor households are in the Philippines. These names, which underwent through household assessement, validation, and proxy meant tests in the DSWD system, now become potential beneficiaries of various social protection programs, not only those implemented by the Department, but as well as those run by local government units, other national government agencies, civil society and non-government organizations.

In Northern Mindanao, 338,749 households were identified by the Listahanan as poor. They have been determined through a number of variables, ranging from their access to basic facilities, economic and financial stability, education, health, and shelter, among others.

Because the Listahanan data can be utilized by various social protection providers, with the condition that they forge a Memorandum of Agreement with the DSWD, poor households under the Listahanan data may now have greater opportunities to benefitting to social services.

Girlie, Medalla, Catche, and Devina are four women whose households were identified in the Listahanan Data. Because of this, they have become beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which helps them send their children to school, maintain their children’s health and wellness, and in strengthening family ties. Moreover, they are also enjoying livelihood benefits from the Department’s Sustainable Livelihood Program: Medalla, Catche, and Devina are members of the Bolisong SKA – an association that produces “Duhat” Wine, while Girlie, on the other hand, is now managing her own sari-sari store, both of which are funded by the Department.

According to them, they are also enjoying social services and protection programs implemented by their city government. They said that they are also enjoying free medical services and hospitalization, free medicines, undergo free capability workshops and short-term courses facilitated by their city local government partners.

Tungod sa tabang sa nasudnong panggobyerno ug sa lokal nga pangagamhanan, nabatunan namo ang mga oportunidad nga mapalambo namo ang among kahimtang isip pamilya. Tungod sa ilang tabang, dako na ang akong pagtuo nga kaya nako ang kabag-uhan (Because of the help extended to us by the national and local government, we were able to gain opportunities to improve the conditions of our families. Because of their help, my faith that I can make a change in our lives has strengthened), Girlie says. “Kaya gyud diay namo ang pagbabago.”

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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