Archive | April, 2013


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy on May 2, 2013. The MOA signing will be for the pilot testing of the enhancement of the provincial local government unit (PLGU) engagement in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the three core poverty alleviation programs of the DSWD. It utilizes the community-driven development (CDD) approach, a strategy that gives citizens the opportunity and responsibility to analyze their poverty-related problems, generate solutions, and prioritize and implement their projects.

The results of the pilot testing, which is expected to run for 20 months, is meant to provide information on how to enhance the involvement of the PLGUs in the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

The NCDDP, which is the scaling up of Kalahi-CIDSS, will increase the current coverage of the program from 367 to 900 municipalities. This expands the current coverage from from 50% to 100% of the poorest municipalities in the country.

Compostela Valley is among the PLGUs that have demonstrated innovations in adopting the CDD approach in the past through their implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS. In 2010 to 2011, it implemented the Assistance Towards Unity for Progress thru Empowerment, Accountability, Cooperation, and Efficiency (ATU-PEACE) initiative, which was based on Kalahi-CIDSS and uses CDD in implementing small-scale projects, with financial support from the PLGU.

According to Governor Uy, Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the best programs of the national government because it addresses the actual needs of the communities. “It is not only what the barangay officials or what the barangay captains need or want,” he said, citing that the CDD implementation prevents politicians from dictating what subprojects will be implemented, thereby allowing residents to have direct control over their community decisions and resources.

He added, “If it is the whole community that decides the project, it must be the priority of that community. That is why I adopted the Kalahi-CIDSS concept.” By utilizing the CDD approach through ATU-PEACE, he said that the PLGU was able to prioritize which subprojects were truly needed by the communities.

Compostela Valley is also a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping from the DILG.

Aside from Compostela Valley, Albay was also chosen as one of the pilot sites for the PLGU engagement. The MOA signing with Albay Governor Joey Salceda was held on March 24 in Legazpi City. DSWD

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Humanitarian aid being distributed in Monkayo town.

Humanitarian aid is provided according to four key principles: Humanity, Neutrality, Impartiality and Operational Independence. These are enshrined in a UN resolution to which binds all member states, including the Government of the Philippines. The principles have also been incorporated into voluntary codes of conduct and mission statements, such as “The Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross Movement and Non-Governmental Organisations in Disaster Relief” (1994).

Adherence to the principles is what allows humanitarian action to be distinguished from the activities and objectives of other actors, and thus not considered improper interference in State’s domestic affairs. It is the responsibility of all who provide humanitarian help that they adhere to the principles.

Providers of humanitarian aid usually have codes of conduct for their staff, which outline how they should behave especially towards those who receive their assistance.

HUMANITY. Human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.

NEUTRALITY. Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

IMPARTIALITY. Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no distinctions on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinions.

OPERATIONAL INDEPENDENCE. Humanitarian action must be autonomous from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented. tspablocommcluster

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Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD welcomes participants to the Consultation-Dialogue with Provincial/Municipal/City Social Welfare and Development Officers of Davao Region held Friday at the DSWD Conference Hall. In her message, Director Razon shared updates on various DSWD programs and projects particularly its core poverty reduction programs like Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood and KALAHI-CIDSS. She also thanked concerned local government units and local social workers who actively supported the TS Pablo Disaster Relief Operations of the department. DSWD

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Social Welfare and Development Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon discusses social development during the Regional Consultation on the Philippine Development Plan Midterm Update and Revalidation of the Results Matrix and Public Investment Program at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. The presentation entails two chapters of Davao Region’s Development Plan, which focuses on empowering and enhancing the productive capacity of the region’s workforce for global competitiveness and on capacitating the poor and vulnerable persons to manage economic and social risks. DSWD

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Victoria Junsay, hopeful amidst trials.

MONTEVISTA, Compostela Valley – Four months before Typhoon Pablo brought down her house and every property she had, Victoria “Bicay” Junsay’s husband deserted her and her six children for another married woman from their village. Before TS Pablo struck her town, she already lost her husband. Now, she only has her children and her dreams for them.

“Hagba tanan among balay, walay nabilin maski usa ka butang, napalid tanan. Nagpuyo mi karon daplin sa karsada, nag tent mi sa akong mga anak. Lisod ug pait dyud kaayo ang among kahimtang (Our house collapsed, nothing was left, everything was blown away. Now we are staying along the road in a tent. Our situation is so hard and depressing).”

Deprived but determined

Victoria, 42, is medium-built and finished second year high school. Her small face echoes a long-suffering existence but her aura exudes the strong will and the confidence of a responsible mother. Her sunburnt face lit up when finally her name was called to receive her Cash For Work after working for 10 days.

“Ipalit nako ni og nipa para atop sa among balay. Magpalit pud ko og bugas, tulo ka plato, tulo ka baso , tulo ka kutsara, duha ka luwag, ug panty or shorts sa mga bata (I will use this to buy nipa for the roofing of my house. I will also purchase rice, 3 plates, 3 drinking cups, 3 spoons, two ladles, panties and short pants for my children),” Victoria happily shared.

Victoria participated in the DSWD Cash For Work by cutting weeds and clearing their purok from debris.

Being a typhoon victim, she was also able to receive 10 kilos of rice for three times.

“Maayo nalang kay ginatabangan pud mi sa akong igsoon nga naa sa Nabunturan (We are lucky my sister in Nabunturan helps us).”

“Nagplano ko nga magpagabas og lubi para hinay-hinay ma-repair ang balay. Kulang pa ko og sin, amakan ug lansang. Mobalhin mi kon maayo na among balay (I will have coco lumber sawed to rebuild our house. Right now, I don’t have GI sheets, bamboo slats and nails. We will return to our house once it’s repaired).”

For the children

Victoria’s children are: Rene, 14; Renjie, 13; Renebel, 12; Rvjane, 8; Rencel, 4; and Reniel, 2. Rene, Renjie and Renebel are still in Grade 4 while Rvjane is in Grade 1. Three of her children are covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the family gets a monthly subsidy of P1400.

Victoria feeds her family by doing the laundry of other people and making barbeque sticks which she delivers to nearby Nabunturan town. She does laundry three times a week and makes P150 per day. From her barbeque sticks, sometimes she earns as high as P500 per delivery.

Her bigger children also pitch in by fetching water for their neighbors. “Makadawat pud sila og suhol diha sa paghakot og tubig sa among mga silingan (They earn from fetching water for our neighbors).

She said her husband who earns P330 per day as a welder shares with them a measly P800 every month. “Kulang gyud ni kaayo, dili ni igo para mabuhi mi (This is very insufficient, we could not survive on this).”

Victoria said her children are fine. “Ok ra gihapon sila. Wala man nagsakit. Kaloy-an pud sa Ginoo (My children are good. They are free from ailment, with God’s mercy).”

She brings her children to the health center for regular check-up and weighing. She laments though her second child Renjie, is malnourished who she now feeds with vegetables. She also enlisted him with the barangay feeding program that serves lugaw and arrozcaldo to similarly-stricken children.

“Pahumanon nako akong mga anak, Mam oi. Nagtabang-tabang man pud ilang mga angkol sa ilaha. Magtanaw pud ko og unsay puede nga scholarship. Kana ra baya dyud atong ikabilin, ilaha ra dyud na. Makahuman ra na sila, Mam (I will let my children finish school, Ma’am. Their uncles are also helping them. I will also explore any available scholarship programs. That’s my only legacy with them and that’s theirs alone. They will graduate, Ma’am),” Victoria confidently pronounced.

Following the Cash For Work payout at Poblacion Montevista, Victoria took a habal-habal [public utility motorcycle] with three other passengers, and headed home to her six children in Barangay New Visayas.

A mother who is determined enough and who has overflowing love in her heart will always achieve her goal and will always triumph in the end. Nothing can stop her. DSWD

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‘Pablo’ family heads in Montevista town claim their Cash For Work.

DAVAO City –A total of 44,523 family heads affected by Typhoon Pablo participated in the Cash For Work Program implemented by DSWD, DOLE, International Labor Organization (ILO), Catholic Relief Services, UNDP, Oxfam, DA, and Food and Agriculture Organization.

“Of the 44,523 individuals, 37,453 or 84% worked through the DSWD Cash For Work scheme, 1775 through DOLE, 492 through CRS/UNDP/FAO, 3576 through Oxfam/ILO and 1227 through DA,” explained Nori T. Palarca of ILO and TS Pablo Livelihood Cluster.

According to Palarca, the beneficiaries concentrated on debris clearing which involves segregation, reduction of debris volume on site, recycling and reusing debris, and restoring affected infrastructure and production areas.

Men and women, 18 years old and above and even senior citizens who are still able to perform manual labor were involved in the Cash For Work program.

“We recommend though in the cluster for an assessment of the typhoon’s impact on livelihood for a better understanding of appropriate actions to take towards sustainable livelihood development and recovery. We are also looking into mobilization and organization of communities and preparing them for their active participation,” Palarca added.

Meanwhile, the TS Pablo Shelter Cluster has established and provided 127 bunkhouses, 8874 repair kits, and 60,429 emergency shelter kits in Typhoon Pablo-affected towns in Davao Region. Other ongoing and upcoming interventions for emergency shelter support are 100 shelter units from Filchi, 250 units Debris to Shelter (D2S) from IOM (International Organization for Migration), 100 permanent shelter units from Holcim, 2500 shelter repair kits from Oxfam, 5 duplex units from the Diocese of Tagum, 1000 permanent shelter units from San Miguel Corporation, 4881 shelter kits from DSWD, and 780 permanent shelter units from DSWD.

Mariano V. Nava of IOM and TS Pablo Shelter Cluster said their Cluster has proposed that future Cash For Work activities should be organized around shelter construction (e.g. cutting of lumber, site clearing, etc.) thus providing livelihood and shelter assistance in the same activity.

Consequently, the second round DSWD Cash For Work will be geared towards shelter construction which aptly responds to the proposal of the Shelter Cluster. DSWD

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ANTI-TRAFFICKING. Prosecutor Jonathan Lledo of DOJ Central Office presents the national situationer on Trafficking in Persons during the recent joint meeting of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Regional IACAT-VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children). Also discussed at the meeting were the National Strategic Action Plan on Trafficking in Persons, Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, Trafficking in Typhoon Pablo-Affected Areas, and Collaboration between IACAT and RIACAT-VAWC. DSWD

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Joseph with his family.

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley — They may be young, but the pediatric wheelchairs they received will be unforgettable until they get old.

Joseph Paderog, 7 years old, is one of the two young boys who were fortunate to receive a pediatric wheelchair from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Joseph has severe hydrocephalus, making him unable to walk. He used to have a wheelchair before but it was washed away by rampaging floods caused by typhoon Pablo.

Unlike his old wheelchair, Joseph liked the new one because it fits him, “Ganahan ko ani kay gamay (I like this because it’s small),” he said as he urged members of his family to gather behind him for a photograph session. The old wheelchair, he said, was for adults.

Joseph hopes that he will be able to finish college and eventually become an engineer so he could build houses for the poor.

The family was thankful that Joseph could now go to school on wheelchair and even mingle with other kids at his Grade 1 class.

The other beneficiary was 14-year old Reniel June Diano, the eldest child of couple Rene and Julieta Diano. The boy was diagnosed with muculo-skeletal dystrophy and lower respiratory tract infection. With his family’s meager income, he could not undergo the regular medical check-ups.

But Reniel is determined to go to school. With his new wheelchair, it would now be easier to achieve his dream.

“Para makalaag-laag pud ko didto (So that I could also go there),” pointing at the school grounds near his home.

Like Joseph, Reniel also lost his wheelchair, which serviced him for three years, to the typhoon.

“DSWD, through the Protective Services Unit, continues to implement programs and services to persons with disabilities like the provision of assistive devices. We aim to give them the opportunity to improve themselves despite their conditions,” social technology focal person Cynthia N/ Umbaña said.

“We hope that with the new pediatric wheelchairs, Joseph and Reniel are now a step closer to realizing their dreams,” she added. DSWD

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