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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.

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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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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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June 2020