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4Ps grantee: Interventions for 4Ps families improves our well-being


The Sumaguina Family of Zone 5, Sinaloc, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental 

“O mir’pang ka sa maka-pito, na tind’g ka sa maka-walo,” a Maranao saying which means, “If you fall seven times, stand up eight” is an inspiration to a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) family beneficiary for them to go beyond trials in improving their well-being.

Jalalyn Tedlos Sumaguina of Zone 5, Sinaloc, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental shares her family’s story in overcoming obstacles brought about by poverty.

Jalalyn says growing up and actually experiencing poverty is quite unfortunate but at the same time, satisfying and rewarding to know that her family has actually overcome such challenges.

The challenges, she said, never shook the faith nor discouraged this Maranao family in fulfilling each member’s dream.

Her parents don’t have stable jobs. However, they tried their best to send them to school for a brighter future. Hence, for the past nine years, Jalalyn’s parents have tried all sorts of jobs to earn a living. 

Having this unwavering determination, the family opened a small eatery and sari-sari store hoping that it would sustain all their needs. However, sometimes things just don’t go on their way.

Despite their efforts, the parents decided to separate the Sumaguina siblings because raising and sending them to school simultaneously is impossible due to poverty.

Jalalyn’s parents tapped the help of their relatives to help her brother and sisters continue their studies but with the cost of being away from each other. 

“All of us were struggling. I can even remember those days when our parents knock on every single door in our neighborhood just borrow money and oftentimes, we even hear other people saying that our parents are too ambitious and greedy to send all of us to school even though we’re poor, disclosed Jalalyn. 

She added that her parents just ignored the discouragements and never gave up on sending all of them to school. Instead, she said, they worked harder so that none of the siblings will stop schooling. 

“By the mercy and grace of Allah (SWT), my two elder siblings got scholarships in college and were able to continue achieving their dreams. But still, life after that never became easy, although they have scholarships, other living expenses came into play which greatly challenged their patience and determination. 

“Several times, they’ve slept with empty stomachs and worst, they have to share a banana cue every meal because that’s the only food that they could afford until our parents could earn enough money and send it to them,” told Jalalyn.

The family keeps on struggling for everyday life for three consecutive years until one day, Jalalyn’s family were placed under the 4Ps program in 2011.

“The program aims to provide aid and help empower poor Filipino families. Little did we know that it was the start of a new beginning. Through this program, my mother was able to learn new things and acquire new skills that she used to earn a living,“ she said.

She disclosed that her mother learned from the Family Development Session on how to improve the family’s well-being.

“The small cash assistance she received from the government was used to open a small business. My mother, Lorda, also joined in different TESDA programs which led her to earn an NC II certificate in beauty care and enabled her to offer beauty care services for some time,” she said.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the livelihood of the family was immensely affected. That time, her mother stopped offering home services for safety purposes, and “earning a living today is undeniably hard.” 

But, the Electronic Family Development Session (eFDS) of DSWD Field Office 10 has helped her mother, Lorda, decide to go beyond the challenges.

During pandemic, they start selling pater (a Maranao delicacy) to sustain the family’s needs

“It gave my parents an idea again on how to positively respond to this pandemic. So, we started selling Pater, a Maranao delicacy, packed rice dish made with steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves with dry shredded beef, chicken, or fish.  Through it, we’re able to sustain the needs of our family and of course, we also prioritized our health care needs,” she disclosed.

This year, Jalalyn’s three siblings finally graduated from college and are now helping their parents pay debts and in supporting the daily needs.

Jalalyn is currently in her junior years in college while her youngest sister, Jawaher, is in her high school years. Jawaher is one of the 4Ps Exemplary Children of Northern Mindanao in 2019.

“This is one of the reasons why we are so grateful to the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) because the program didn’t just help our family financially but it also helped us become holistic individuals with the passion and ability to easily connect to and understand people with the same experiences,” she said. 

She said, “reminiscing our past sacrifices and experiences makes us feel so blessed and more grateful. Who would’ve thought that our family could pull it through and overcome those trials? “

Jalalyn realized that “God will not burden a soul more than what it can bear, and our family can attest to that. Our family’s journey taught us to embrace life unconditionally and grab opportunities along the way. 

“Our life may not be perfect but we are hoping that it will serve as an inspiration to others not to lose hope and not to give up and to always remember that even if we fall countless times, let’s still stand up, more than the times we fell,” said Jalalyn.

She said what we should do is to trust the Almighty because for her, “the Almighty is the Best Planner.”

Momentarily, Northern Mindanao has more than 265,000 4Ps households.

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IP Consultation Workshop on Pantawid Pamilya Implementation


Nagsagawa ng Workshop ang mga kawani ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng DSWD Field Office-10 kasama ang mga partner agencies. Ito`y patunay na kahit sa kalagitnaan ng pandemya ay sinisiguro ng departamento na matugunan at masiguro na mas mapaganda pa ang implementasyon ng mga programa.

Pinangungunahan ni Bb Maria Cristina Senefrota, FDS focal, ang pagsasagawa ng aktibidad upang maipahayag ang mga klase-klaseng programa angkop sa mga IP communities

Layunin ng workshop na ito na mas maintindihan at maipaabot ng mga IP communities ang mga bagay na mas makakabuti at para mas maging sensitibo sa kultura ang implementasyon ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ay isang Human Development measure ng ating gobyerno na nagbibigay ng kondisyonal na cash grants sa pinakamahirap na pamilya, upang mapabuti ang kalusugan, nutrisyon, at ang edukasyon ng mga batang may edad na 0-18. Xxxaqc

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4Ps beneficiaries: SAP emergency subsidy, a big help in accessing food and non-food items


Cagayan de Oro CityThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 has started releasing the emergency subsidy pursuant to the enactment of Republic Act 11469 (RA 11469) or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries here today.

Mila Loayan, 50 of the Pigsag-an, a hinterland barangay of this city, said the cash assistance is a big help to her family in accessing food and non-food items to combat the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“I would like to thank President Rodrigo Duterte for the assistance because my family can now buy sack of rice, milk, and medicines,” Loayan said in Cebuano.

She also thanked the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro City and DSWD Field Office 10 for providing them food and non-food assistance with the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine of this city.

For Genevieve Odasco, 30 of Taglimao here, the emergency subsidy from the national government would mean food for her family.

Odasco said she will buy sacks of rice and other food items to sustain her family needs during the community quarantine period.

Gena Donggo of the interior village of Kibalabag, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon said she realized that the national and local government are helping each other for the welfare of the poor.

Pantawid beneficiaries observes social distancing while receiving their cash grants

“The government did not forsake us, the poor,” she said, thanking President Duterte for the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program.

Donggo said she will buy food and non-foods items for her family’s need.

Rosalinda Gotib of Laguitas, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon said she will bring home sacks of rice, grocery items and medicines for her family.

For Neliet Pasulohan of Cabangahan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, the cash assistance would survive her family from the effects of the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine of Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon province.

Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the DSWD is tasked to develop the guidelines and the lead of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). This allows the provision of emergency subsidies that will benefit around 18 million households coming from low income and daily wage earners to include 4Ps beneficiaries. 

The SAP specifically rationalizes distribution of the emergency subsidies to ensure its fair distribution to qualified beneficiaries across all implementing agencies. This means that for the 4Ps beneficiaries, this will be in two (2) tranches as top-up amount added to their regular cash grants. Because of this, they will no longer be recipients of other social amelioration programs services or packages from other agencies as identified in RA 11469.  

During the withdrawals of the subsidy, the beneficiaries observed social distancing and other COVID 19-related protocols.

Earlier, DSWD declared “force majeure” for the 4Ps program covering February and March which suspends the monitoring of compliance that serves as the basis for the computation of cash grants.  This was later on extended to cover the months of April and May.

DSWD and Land Bank of the Philippines has credited the SAP assistance to the accounts of 245,664 4Ps beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao.

DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga advised those 4Ps beneficiaries who have yet to receive their EMV cards to coordinate with their respective City/ Municipal Links for the distribution of their grants.

Director Dollaga also reminded the beneficiaries to be vigilant and to only believe and rely on information released by the official social media and website of the 4Ps and other National Government Agencies such as the DSWD. ==

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DSWD releases emergency subsidy of 4Ps beneficiaries


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will start the release of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) Bayanihan Fund: Tulong Laban sa COVID-19 for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries today, April 3.

The regions that will be covered for today’s schedule of release are: Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The other remaining regions will receive their subsidies on April 4 and 5.

4Ps household beneficiaries will receive P3,650 to P6,650 per month for two months, depending on the prescribed emergency subsidy per region determined from the particular region’s minimum wage levels. The emergency cash subsidy will serve as a top-up amount added to their regular cash grants and rice allowance.     

Program beneficiaries with Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) cash cards may withdraw from any Land Bank of the Philippines Automated Teller Machines (LBP-ATMs) or any ATM subject to minimal charges.  They may also use their cash cards to purchase necessary items in establishments with Point of Sale (POS) terminal.

Meanwhile, for 4Ps beneficiaries who have yet to receive their cash cards, the City/ Municipal links will coordinate with them for the distribution of their grants.

Earlier, DSWD declared “force majeure” for the 4Ps program covering February and March, which suspends the monitoring of compliance that serves as the basis for the computation of cash grants.  This was later on extended to cover the months of April and May.

The Department has already coordinated with local government units (LGUs) and City/Municipal Links to ensure that proper arrangements will be made and that social distancing and other health safety protocols will be strictly observed during the withdrawal of emergency cash assistance.

Under Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” Act, 18 million low-income households, including 4Ps household beneficiaries, are expected to receive emergency cash assistance to cushion the impact of the public health emergency due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The DSWD reminded all its beneficiaries to be vigilant and to only believe and rely on information released by the official social media accounts  and website of the Department. ###

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4Ps Beneficiaries to receive additional Emergency Subsidy from the Social Amelioration Program


Quezon City- The beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) will receive emergency subsidy pursuant to the enactment of Republic Act 11469 (RA 11469) or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Under the law, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is tasked to develop the guidelines and the lead of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). The additional subsidies hope to help the most vulnerable sectors meet their basic needs most especially in accessing food and non-food items to combat the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).   This allows the provision of emergency subsidies that will benefit around 18 million households coming from low income and daily wage earners to include 4Ps beneficiaries. 

The SAP specifically rationalizes distribution of the emergency subsidies to ensure its fair distribution to qualified beneficiaries across all implementing agencies. This means that for the 4Ps beneficiaries, this will be in two (2) tranches as top-up amount added to their regular cash grants. Because of this, they will no longer be recipients of other social amelioration programs services or packages from other agencies as identified in RA 11469.  

The scheduled release for the first tranche of the Emergency Subsidy for 4Ps beneficiaries will be on April 3, 2020 and will be completed on April 5, 2020. For today’s schedule of release, the regions to be covered are NCR, CAR, I, II, III, IVA & BARM. Other remaining regions will receive their subsidies on April 4-5, 2020. The City/Municipal Links of said regions will inform the beneficiaries if they subsidy has already been credited to their accounts.

Prior to the withdrawals of said subsidy, the beneficiaries are reminded to coordinate with the City/Municipal Links so that arrangements will be made with Local Government Units to ensure that social distancing and other COVID 19-related protocols are strictly observed.

Earlier, DSWD declared “force majeure” for the 4Ps program covering February and March which suspends the monitoring of compliance that serves as the basis for the computation of cash grants.  This was later on extended to cover the months of April and May.

In addition to the cash grants for the months of April and May to cover health (P750) and rice (P600) subsidies, each household will also receive the emergency subsidy from P3,650 to P6,650 per month for two months. The amount that each household will receive is based on the prescribed emergency subsidy per region determined from the region’s minimum wage levels as these are close approximations to the amount needed to buy basic food, medicine, and hygiene essentials.

Once the subsidies are credited to the accounts of the 4Ps beneficiaries, they may withdraw it through their Euro Master Visa (EMV) cards or may use them at the grocery stores, supermarkets and drugstores with Point of Sale (POS) terminal.

For those 4Ps beneficiaries who have yet to receive their EMV cards, City/ Municipal links will coordinate with them for the distribution of their grants.

The National Project Management Office (NPMO) of the 4Ps have reminded its program beneficiaries to be vigilant and to only believe and rely on information released by the official social media and website of the 4Ps and other National Government Agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development. ==

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Overcoming poverty: A 4Ps family story who is about to exit from the program


Cagayan de Oro City — Life has never been easy for the family of Evelyn Caballero, 42 of Villamor Compound, Balulang here.

But, the perseverance of Evelyn and her family brought here to live out of poverty.

Three years ago, Evelyn Caballero proudly marched onstage along with her husband and daughters during the graduation ceremony at the Philippine Institute of Skills and Development (PISAD).

Evelyn finished the Beauty Care Course of PISAD and passed the National Certificate II accreditation by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Evelyn was among the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries who participated in the skills training in November 2014 until April 2015

The six-month training includes skills assessment and certification as well as entrepreneurship development activities. It has two components: training for wage employment and training for self-employment.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program has partnered with PISAD and TESDA in providing skills training to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya is only one of the poverty reduction strategies of the national government implemented by the DSWD which focuses on human capital investment through provision of health and education cash grants to eligible households with children aged 0-18, with the primary aim to break the intergenerational poverty cycle.

Re-opening her parlor 

Even if Evelyn has a TESDA accreditation and is eligible to work abroad, she has no plans of leaving.  She is determined to stay in the country to guide her children during their formative years.

Instead of working abroad, she has her heart set on rebuilding her parlor which was destroyed by Typhoon Sendong in December 2011.

Through her quality and affordable services, Evelyn maintains good number of customers daily. Because of this, Evelyn’s income from operating a beauty parlor becomes a big income grosser to the family’s coffer. She can easily pay the P6,000 rent a month for her parlor.

Her aimed to provide a better life for her family, especially for the education of her three children became a reality.  Her eldest, Christine Mae is now working in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 as a Municipal Link assigned in Maramag, Bukidnon.

Her middle child is now a first year college at Lourdes College here, taking up Bachelor of Science in Social Work while her youngest, Leizl is a Grade 7 student of Balulang National High School.

“Nakatulong talaga ang technical-vocational training na ito sa akin at sa iba pang mga kababayan natin na dati ay hindi nabibigyan na oportunidad para mapaginhawa ang buhay. Ngayon na-eenjoy naming mahihirap ang mga tulong na ito (The training has helped me and our countrymen who were previously not given opportunities like this to improve our lives. But, now, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are reaping the benefits of government programs),” Evelyn stated.

Taxi operators

Evelyn’s husband, Silvestre, 43, used to drive a passenger jeepney. The meager income from driving could barely make him money. So, he decided to drive a taxi.

After a few months of driving a taxi, Silvestre could hardly sustain the needs of his family, if not without the augmentation of Evelyn’s income from their parlor.

Until the owner of Silvestre’s taxi introduced him a rent-to-own scheme. This was the beginning of Silvestre’s brighter future in the taxi industry.

Now, the family owns two units of taxi and they are on the process of acquiring another unit.

Evelyn used to train the residents of the DSWD-Field Office X Haven for Women, a facility for victim-survivors of abuse, on manicure, pedicure, foot massage, make-up and spa.

Evelyn said she wanted to share the skills she learned to others by offering it to her fellow 4Ps beneficiaries.

“Gusto kong ibahagi ang biyaya  na ipinagkaloob ng DSWD at makatulong sa kapwa  sa pamamagitan ng pagbahagi ng aking kaalaman sa Beauty Care  (I like to share the blessings DSWD has given me, as well as help other people by imparting my knowledge on Beauty Care).

Evelyn is about to exit from the program anytime.

She is grateful for the assistance that she and her family received from the government.

She said the keys to her success are hard work, dedication, perseverance, and willingness to accept change.

“If you came from a poor family don’t think and act like you will be poor forever and feel sorry for yourself. God helps those who help themselves!” she added.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 258,461 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are provided with health and educational a11ssistance, and the opportunity to further improve their economic well-being through the various livelihood assistance provided by the government.

It is the priority of DSWD to provide effective, caring, and immediate delivery of social protection services to the poor and the needy particularly the PWDS, senior citizens, children and women and other vulnerable sectors.

All DSWD offices will ensure that such services will be given to them properly and timely when they needed it most. For Northern Mindanao, they can contact through its FB Page: DSWD Region X, landline: (088) 858-8959, twitter: DSWD Northern Mindanao @dswdfo10, and website: www.fo10.dswd.gov.ph.

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FEATURE: Pantawid grantees now zero open-defecation


Camiguin — A simple housewife never imagined that she would be busy campaigning for zero open-defecation in her barangay to further boost its tourism industry.

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Lucia Anoc Abao, 41, of Barangay Mainit, Catarman in this province said she actively cooperated with the local health unit of Catarman to campaign for her fellow beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) to put up their own comfort room.

 

Catarman town is home to the famous Sunken Cemetery and Cross Marker in this province dubbed as the “Island Bord out of Fire.” In this town you will also find ruins of the church wiped out and partly submerged by volcanic materials from the eruption of Mt. Vulcan and the famous Sto. Niño Cold Spring where you can dive and swim into the huge pool of cold spring water.

 

Lucia’s campaign boosted when she became a signatory to the Bottom-Up Budgeting projects under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Lucia monitors the implementation of all DILG projects in the municipality of Catarman.

 

During one of their meetings, Lucia lobbied to Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) that DILG will provide construction materials to 200 beneficiaries who don’t have toilets in their homes.

 

As a result, LPRAT allocated budget amounting to P850,000 for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are living near the tourist spots and don’t have toilets.

 

Aside from that, LPRAT implemented farm-to-market roads connecting to the Tuwasan Falls and Soda Spring under the BUB implementation of DILG.

 

Lucia said she cared for the tourist spots of Catarman because these boost the income of the town and of the residents.

 

Nakat-on ko nga i-preserve ang kinaiyahan atol sa among Family Development Session (FDS),” Lucia claimed. (I learned preservation of our environment during our Family Development Session.)

 

The FDS is a monthly session where the partner-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are required to attend as part of their co-responsibilities. Through the FDS, parent/s or guardians are educated about personality development which includes proper grooming and hygiene; strengthening family relationships; and fostering respect by inculcating one’s rights, roles, and responsibilities within the family and their community. Parents also discuss disaster preparedness, financial literacy, and other topics that may be helpful to the family.

 

Mao gani nga akong gitudloan akong mga anak nga palanggaon ang atong mga tourist spots kay dako kini og nahatag nga income sa among lugar,” Lucia added. (That is why I taught my children to love our tourist spots because these gives income to our place.)

 

A parent leader of Cluster 2 of Barangay Mainit, Catarman; Lucia also encouraged her fellow beneficiaries to observe cleanliness in their respective surroundings.

 

Ang kalimpyo man gud mao ang sunod sa atong pagkasuod sa Ginoo. Kinahanglan jud nga nay CR ang mata-usa aron limpyo ang palibot, dili kay pataka lang og labay sa hugaw,“ stressed Lucia. (Cleanliness is next to Godliness. It is important that each one has a CR to maintain cleanliness of surroundings, not the open-defecation.)

 

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households’ primary of children aged 0-18. It utilizes the conditional cash transfer scheme where the partner-beneficiaries receive their grants provided that they fulfill their co-responsibilities, including sending their children to school, availing of health services, and attending the monthly FDS.

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Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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Pantawid grantees on skills training, employment: Gov’t loves us


Cagayan de Oro City — They have nothing to say, but, to say their thanks.

On the day of their departure to Manila from here, the eleven Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who finished a housekeeping course paid a courtesy call to DSWD Northern Mindanao to express their thanks and promise to do their best in living out from poverty.

Mitzi Pactanan, mother of seven children, told Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao, that she has been preparing her husband, her children and herself emotionally because she is leaving for work in Saudi Arabia.

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Pactanan finished the skills training at Skills Mastery Institute under the Sustainable Livelihood Program last May 2015.

She feels blessed with the TESDA-accredited training at SMI because “I was given a big opportunity by the government to undergo skills training for free and they facilitated to help me find employment.”

Pactanan, a resident of Mauswagon, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, urged her fellow graduates to make use of their skills to improve their well-being.

“Dili tanan nga gusto mo-eskwela maka-eskwela mao nga thankful kaayo ko sa DSWD, sa TESDA, ug sa SMI nga gihatagan ‘mi og opportunity nga makatabang sa among pamilya. Makapa-eskwela na jud ko sa akong manghod.” (Not all who desires to study can study. That is why I am thankful to DSWD, TESDA, and SMI for giving us the opportunity to help our families. Now, I can send my younger brothers and sisters to school).

Pactanan said she has been dreaming for a better life and the national government fulfilled her dreams. “Nangandoy jud ko sa una pa nga mo-angat among panginabuhian. Salamat kaayo sa national government. Hinaot daghan pa ang inyong matabangan. We feel nga love kaayo mi ninyo,” said Pactanan. (Before, I dreamed of a better life. Thank you very much for the national government. I hope you can help more people like us. We feel you love us more.)

Work in Saudi Arabia

Pactanan is among the first batch of SMI graduates who will work as housekeeping personnel in Saudi Arabia.

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Four of her batchmates: Sheryl Gequilan of Parola, Macabalan this city; Glory May Llemit and Emeelyn Roco of Bal-ason, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; and Rizalina Alora of Sangalan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; are set to depart for Saudi Arabia on June 22, 2015.

The other seven, including Pactanan, will momentarily stay in Manila for passport processing and pre-employment seminar.

Dr. Irene Floro, president of SMI, told Atty. Solamillo and TESDA 10 Regional Director Edgar Sales that SMI will shoulder for the food and accommodation of the 11 DSWD beneficiaries in Manila for free.

The SLP recently conducted series of graduation exercises with the support of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and their accredited schools, highlighting the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries’ completion of various Technical Vocational (TechVoc) Skills Training programs in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

Monitor workers

Atty. Solamillo, during the courtesy call, reminded the future overseas workers that DSWD will continue to monitor the well-being and status of their respective families.

The regional director emphasized that municipal links have been ordered to provide psycho-social interventions to the families they will leave behind.

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The future overseas workers, Solamillo added, must also accept the fact that they will feel lonely being far from their respective families.

One way of overcoming it, she said, is to pray.

Engr. Sales, for his part, told the beneficiaries to adhere to the values taught by DSWD, TESDA and SMI in their workplace.

Sales is optimistic that the beneficiaries are equipped with skills that are more than what is being demanded by their employers.

The SLP facilitates opportunities for the development and management of resource-based, culturally sensitive, market driven and economically viable micro-enterprises; employment facilitation; community empowerment through skills enhancement trainings; link program participants to micro-insurance providers and promote comprehensive family-based approach and community participation.

Meanwhile the Pantawid Pamilya program is the national government’s social development program that provides conditional cash grants to poor families with children aged 18 years old and below. A household could receive a maximum of P1,400 a month for their health, nutrition and education provided that they comply with conditions of the Program. These conditions include availing of regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines, maintaining at least 85% school attendance, and regularly attending family development sessions.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 259,797 active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. Of this, 108,998 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries enjoy the benefits of the SLP. ###

 

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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