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Empowered community volunteers complete DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Health Station

Story by Sohanida H. Tawano, Community Empowerment Facilitator

The completed 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Maribojoc, with a P898,276.00 fund from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, and a P100,000.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Maribojoc.

Access to an efficient health care facility and care services in the Philippines is one of the top priorities for our government; however, geographically challenged communities do not always have access to such. Barangay Maribojoc in Tudela, Misamis Occidental, is one of these communities.

The nearest health station is located at Barangay Canibungan Proper, Tudela, Misamis Occidental which is 5 kilometers away from Maribojoc and the nearest trail to the area is to cross the Timus river.

This changed when a government program aimed at empowering communities showed them that together – through volunteerism, the community can work to have better accessibility to health services and a comfortable health station.

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) helped Barangay Maribojoc in their quest to provide their own community with a proper health care facility.

The Community Volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS workers facilitated a series of barangay assemblies and processes to inform of the community on the possibilities of realizing a solution to their problem. During the series of assemblies and other community empowerment activities, the community volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc proposed a barangay health station as a solution to their lack of access to basic health care services.

This lead to the construction of a 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Maribojoc, with a P898,276.00 fund from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, and a P100,000.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Maribojoc.

Volunteers and paid laborers during the construction of the 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental.

Josephine P. Oracion, 51, of Purok 1, Barangay Maribojoc was selected by their community to act as the, Community and Monitoring Team Chairperson narrates the difficulties in implementing the sub-project “so far, sa pag implementar sa among proyekto wala mi na encounter nga problema nga dako nga nakahatag og babag sa among proyekto, mga ginagmay lang susama anang usahay ma-delatar og is aka adlaw ang delivery sa materyales (so far, we did not encounter a big problem during the implementation that hampered our construction, it was minor like a delay of one day due to late delivery of construction materials).

Ang among solusyon na gibuhat kay silbi isip volunteers og aduna man mi tagsa-tagsa ka katungod, so procurement committee maoy gitahasan nga mag follow up sa delivery aron ma fast track ang implementation sa among sub-project (we solved this by delegating our procurement committee to constantly follow-up on the delivery of materials to fast track the sub-project)” Josephine said.

One of the problems identified by the volunteers during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) was not having accessible road and lack of water supply, “pasalamat kaayo mi nga adunay naka pondo gikan sa laing ahensya sa maong problema kay ang road concreting on going na ang implementation og ang patubig kay gihulat nalang ma download ang pondo sa barangay para masugdan ang proyekto. Panahon sa among Participatory Situational Analysis nga workshop, ang health station ang nag top 1 kay nasuta namo nga tanan katawhan ang maka benepisyo niini (we are thankful that another agency funded the projects needed to address the problems, the road concreting is now underway and the water system project is awaiting funds downloading from another agency. During the Participatory Situational Analysis, the health station was our top priority as the entire community will benefit from this)” said Josephine.

Dako kaayo kini og katabang sa amoa nga isip usa ka lumolupyo sa among barangay ilabi na sa pag imuunization sa mga bata kay sa una sa Multi-purpose Hall ra ipahiluna ang pag immunize sa mga bata og kini dili maayo kay possible makahatag kini og epekto kay makalanghap sila og dili maayo na polusyon tungod kay open area ang multi-purpose. Ikaduha dili na mahasol ang mga barangay health workers nga mutabok pa sa suba para lang maka duty tungod ka yang ilang cluster office ay naa sa pikas barangay, og karon kay nalipay kayo mi ilabi na ang mga barangay health workers namo nga nakaangkon na gyod og kaugalingon nga health station (This health station is a big help for all of us here in Maribojoc, especially for the immunization of the children, before, the immunization takes place in a multi-purpose hall which is very harmful for the children as they might inhale polluted air since the multi-purpose hall is an open space. Also, we the Health Workers will no longer traverse the Timus River to report for duty at a health station on another barangay)” said Josephine.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental pose for posterity during the turnover ceremony of the community sub-project – Construction of 1-Unit Barangay Health Station. Josephine Oracion (right) 51 year old DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, is the Monitoring and Inspection Committee Chairperson and Virginia Jawom (5th from right) is the Barangay Health Worker and volunteer for the Operation and Maintenance committee of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental.

Isip usa ka Barangay Health Worker (BHW) og Community Volunteer sa Operation and Maintenance group mapasalamaton kaayo nga naka baton mi og kaugalingon nga health station kay dili nami mahasol nga muadto pa sa Barangay Canibungan para didto mag duty, dako kini og tabang sa amo nga BHWs kay dili  na mi magplite og usahay walay kung walay ikaplite mutabok mig sa Timos River para lang maka duty (As a Barangay Health Worker and community volunteer of the operation and maintenance group, I am thankful that we already have a health station, we no longer have difficulty in crossing to Barangay Canibungan to report for duty and we can save on transportation fare)” said by Virginia D. Jawom resident of Barangay Maribojoc.

Nalipay kaayo ko nga naabot ang DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program sa Maribojoc tungod kay maayo ang proseso nga ilang gi implement mao ang CDD diin kami nga lumulupyo sa barangay gihatagan og higayon nga makahibalo ilabi na sa maayong pagpadagan sa pangobyerno. Nindot kaayo ang proseso tungod kay kami mismo nga lumulupyo sa barangay ang maglihok o magdumala sa kinatibuk-an implementasyon sa program gikan sa pag assembly ngadto sa pag ila sa top 1 priority problem hangtod sa pag tukod sa sub-project, nindot kaayo ni nga proseso nga gamiton sa mga local government tungod kay mahatagan og higayon ang mga lumulupyo sa barangay (I am also happy that DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program reached our barangay, the process called the Community-driven development (CDD) empowers our community and we are given authority and control over our decisions and resources as well as to construct our sub-project. This is a good process to be use by the local government units because this really empowers the community and gives them opportunity)” concludes Josephine.

The community is hopeful that more people would visit their place and they will embrace the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community-Driven Development approach. 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.

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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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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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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More Children found new families through Adoption

With the target to place 16 children for adoption in 2018, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 revealed through its Office Performance Contract Evaluation Report that it was able to place out 19 children instead, reaching 118% against its target.

DSWD-10 installs Adoption Help Desks in SM Malls in Cagayan de Oro City to give information regarding legal adoption during the Adoption Consciousness Month in February 2019.

Aldersey Mumar-de la Cruz, Officer-in-Charge Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office 10, said that this accomplishment shows how much effort the DSWD and its partners have worked together to ensure that the orphaned and those children declared as legally available for adoption are placed in families who they can call home.

De la Cruz also says that the DSWD will continue to intensify its advocacy on legal adoption, inviting potential families to consider legal adoption as one of their options in expanding their families.

According to Sean Pamela Balais, the DSWD is also asking the public to be very vigilant against simulation of birth, an illegal activity that manipulates information in birth certificates which eventually affects the true identity of a child. “We are asking the public to report these cases to DSWD, or to their local social welfare and development offices. This is an offense and should not be taken lightly.”

It is the mandate of the DSWD to protect the rights of the children and to ensure that these rights are being carefully respected by the public. xxxcpt

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DSWD-10 improves Supplementary Feeding Program through Capability Building

Consistent with its mandate and functions, the Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to improve its quality of services and systems, particularly in the implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

Over the years, the clients being served by the SFP and that of other protective programs being implemented by the Department have remarkably increased. The SFP and other protective programs have been intensively implemented to address the social and economic issues on hunger, malnutrition, and even poverty. One of the target beneficiaries of the SFP are those growing children who are in enrolled in day care centers across Northern Mindanao.

In this view, the Department is facing a great challenge in ensuring that such increase of beneficiaries will also pave way for its personnel to be more equipped, more resilient, and more knowledgeable in implementing SFP, and how various system improvements can be done to ensure that program effectiveness and efficiency are considered and prioritized.

Such challenge is addressed through the conduct of “Advocacy on Supplementary Feeding Program among Protective Services Division Staff cum Capability Building and Planning Workshop” which will be held on February 13-15, 2019.

According to Director Aldersey Mumar-dela Cruz, Officer in Charge for the DSWD Field Office 10, the DSWD is advocating the SFP in various external stakeholders, but such cannot be fully effective if its internal staff are not also fully equipped on what SFP hopes to deliver, what it hopes to change, and what impact it hopes to bring to the communities.” The SFP is now on its 8th cycle of implementation, and hundreds of children have been served, communities benefitted. De la Cruz says it is imperative that awareness of the program is strengthened internally so that the DSWD personnel may deliver the program effectively and with efficiency. xxx cpt

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DSWD – 10 Celebrates 68th Anniversary

Celebrating its 68th Anniversary with this year’s theme as “DSWD, Katuwang sa Pagbabago,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 highlights its recognition to its various partners.

These partners were recognized for their exemplary contribution in social development and social services to the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities by supporting the Department in its implementation of its protective services and promotive programs in the Region.

The municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental is recognized for its outstanding implementation of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program under Employment Facilitation model, assisting beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to land decent and good paying jobs that will sustain them economically.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental is also recognized for its remarkable assistance to the DSWD in implementing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in their locality. Their assistance included the provision of support in the conduct of the Convergence Initiative and Information Caravan facilitated by the DSWD, provision of logistical support to DSWD Personnel to smoothen the implementation of the program, and provided mechanisms in the form of standards, guidelines, resolutions, ordinances, strategies, and policies supporting the said anti-poverty and rights-based program.

The Ranao Women and Children’s Resource Center, Inc., a non-government agency based in Iligan City, is also recognized for its first level standards in the implementation of community-based programs and services for children, women and families in compliance with the provision of Section 23, Republic Act 4373 also known as “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for other Purposes.”

The DSWD Field Office 10 works hand-hand with local government units, national government agencies, non-government agencies, civil society groups, and its clients and beneficiaries themselves. With the coordination and collaboration with the latter, it can realize its vision to have a society where the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities are empowered for an improved quality of life. xxx / cpt

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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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June 2020