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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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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 continue to receive grants, rice subsidy during quarantine period

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarified that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) will continue to receive their grants and rice subsidy through their cash cards amid enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine in some parts of the country, emphasizing that only 4Ps activities that require mass gathering are suspended.

DSWD also reiterated that program beneficiaries with Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) cash cards may withdraw their grants on March 24, 26, 28, and April 4. 

Cash grants credited through the EMV card may be withdrawn from any Land Bank of the Philippines Automated Teller Machines (LBP-ATMs) or any ATM subject to minimal charges.  

Beneficiaries may also use their EMV cards in establishments that receive payment through point-of-sale or POS. 

Meanwhile, the Department is exploring alternative means to distribute cash grants to beneficiaries who have yet to receive their EMV cash cards. 4Ps City and Municipal Links will cascade the announcement of release once finalized.

Other 4Ps activities that are temporarily suspended are the conduct of the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS) and the assessment of household beneficiaries using the Social Welfare and Development Indicators, and over-the-counter payouts.

The Department has also waived the program conditionalities for the months of February and March following the signing of the resolution on Force Majeure.

Under Rule VIII Section 15 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) 11310 or the 4Ps Act, the Secretary of DSWD may suspend the monitoring of compliance of beneficiaries to program conditionalities under “force majeure” circumstances.

This means that beneficiaries will be receiving their full grants for the said period sans compliance to program conditions.

Amid this health emergency, the Department continues to look into different modes of providing social services without prejudice to public health and safety.


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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 Pamilya continues to change beneficiaries lives

CAGAYAN DE ORO, 23 January (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to impact the lives of the poor Filipino families with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya).

During the regular program of Philippine Information Agency’s Lambo Dyes in Radyo Ng Bayan, two Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries shared their insights on how the program changed their lives. Both of them serve as parent leaders in their respective barangays where they handle 30 or more members.

parent advocates

According to Vivian Anadon, 35, who currently resides in Pinikitan, barangay Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City, there was really a big change that happened to herself and  family. Anadon is a mother of four who are all attending school with the help of the Pantawid Pamilya. She said she was able to send her children to school and has bought school materials because of the program.

Anadon’s membership to the Pantawid Pamilya and becoming a parent leader brought her so much experience and learning. She was even chosen to be in Manila for DSWD’s first international conference on Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) held on January 11. Anadon took part in the workshop by sharing her experience as a beneficiary and a parent leader to her co-members and guests from other countries like Mexico.

“I was less confident before but now I learned to face everyone,” Anadon expressed.

Meanwhile, Joecel S. Cabanday, 38, parent leader of Barangay 25, shared that she became a recipient of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) after attending several seminars on livelihood. Cabanday added that there were really significant changes that happened from the past, shifting from being clueless to managing their own sources of income with the aid of SLP seminars.

Cabanday and Anadon are members of Pantawid Pamilya for more than four years and as parent leaders, they take charge in the assembly of members in a cluster for Family Development Sessions (FDS) and other Pantawid Pamilya related seminars. Parent leaders also work with the DSWD city links to convey the concerns and updates of the members and vice versa.

Currently, DSWD urges the community of both members and non-members of the program to safeguard the families that are in need of help and reminds the public on the major conditions that every ‪beneficiary has to observe to be retained on their list and that includes regular attendance to the family development sessions, monthly family check-up at the rural health units, and at least 80 percent attendance in school for the children. All these are designed for the beneficiaries to be able to achieve social transformation and eventually attain self-sufficiency. (Jonathan M. Macas/PIA10)


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January 2022