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Designed to encourage and increase the number of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) participating as partners in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct a Regional CSO Caravan at the Royal Mandaya Hotel tomorrow,  June 27, 2013.

DSWD believes that opening spaces and institutionalizing mechanisms for CSO involvement in promoting transparency and accountability is a significant step in enhancing sustaining implementation and monitoring the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. These partnerships will pave the way for a mutual sharing of skills, transfer of technology, and resource augmentation for the partners in any area the CSOs may choose in line with their mandate and capacity.

“The continuing pursuits for new partners through the conduct of CSO Caravan in the region is seen as a key step to explore and initiate critical partnership with different organizations both from civil society and the private sector,” stressed DSWD Regional Director Priscilla Razon.

The said activity will include a gallery walk with panels that exhibit a background on the Pantawid Pamilya program, the different areas of engagement patterned from the Bantay, Gabay, Tulay, at Kaagapay framework. The activity will also include a two-hour program with presentations on the Pantawid Pamilya, its partnership framework, its points of intervention for CSO partner, brief background on the various types of engagements, as well as a commitment ritual to conclude the orientation caravan.

The DSWD with its mandate to provide leadership in social welfare and development, recognizes the vital role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), which includes but is not limited to, non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations, cooperatives, trade unions, professional associations, faith-based organizations, media groups, indigenous peoples organizations, foundations, and other citizen groups formed primarily for social and economic development. CSOs are partners of government in addressing the needs of the disadvantaged poor household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, through continuing collaboration and complementation of resources and services. DSWD

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DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon [5th from right] hands over to Davao City OIC Administrator Atty. Zuleika T . Lopez and Assistant City Administrator Atty. Tristan Dwight P. Domingo two checks amounting to P31,087,857.6 for the Supplementary Feeding Program of day care children.

DAVAO City – The Supplementary Feeding Program for Enrolled Children in Day Care Centers here resumes in July following the turnover of the additional P31,087,857.6 to the city government Monday by DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon.

In 2011, DSWD downloaded to the city government P29,232,050, bringing to a total of P60,319,907.6 Supplementary Feeding funds dedicated to Davao City day care children. On top of this, DSWD has allotted P15,850,920 to the National Food Authority for the iron-fortified rice intended for the program.

OIC City Administrator Zuleika T. Lopez accepted the check and expressed her gratefulness to DSWD at the turnover rites after the flag raising ceremonies Monday which was attended by city officials and employees of different departments.

Covering three school years, this SFP fund targets 46,588 day care children enrolled in 338 Day Care Centers throughout the city.

The Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) is being undertaken nationwide to address the increasing prevalence of under- and over-nutrition among Filipino children as revealed in the 2008 National Nutrition Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.

Further, the latest survey [2006] of the Family Income and Expenditure Surveys (FIES) conducted by the National Statistics Office shows that about 11 percent of Filipino families had incomes that cannot buy the food needed by family members for nutritional well-being and health. These families could be considered as hungry and food-poor.

Towards improving the nutritional status of all the target children, the SFP is an augmentation support in the feeding program of local government units using indigenous foods and/or locally processed foods equivalent to 1/3 of Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENIs). The program also aims to improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education.

Feeding in a form of daily hot meals is provided within 120 days. The feeding program is managed by parents who have been organized into Day Care Service Parents Group (DCSPG) with different working committees. The parent committee on Food Preparation provides voluntary labor for the cooking/preparation of food and management of feeding sessions. Parents are also required to attend all the nine (9) capability-building sessions on self, family and parenting, health nutrition, love of country, and home and environment.

Aside from feeding, children are taught proper hygiene such as washing hands before and after eating, table manners, prayer before and after meals, simple concepts on health care and nutrition, among others.

At the outset of the feeding cycle, all children are de-wormed and their nutritional status determined by the day care worker in coordination with the Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) or Barangay Health Worker (BHW) using the weight-for-age and height-for-age measurement based on the new WHO Child Growth Standards or the ECCD growth chart. DSWD

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Nanay Feling just before her 100th birthday.

CATEEL, Davao Oriental -She made it! Felisa Oros Veroy marked her 100th birthday last April 13, 2013, defying the offensive of Typhoon Pablo.

Born April 13, 1913, Nanay Feling, as she is fondly called, is second child and the only daughter to her farmer parents Vicente Sayod Oros and Tmotea Edurece Odales.

Her mother was 28 while her father was 27 when Felisa was born in Sitio Tagada-o, Barangay San Rafael. She was delivered by traditional midwife Memay Andipa of the same village. She had two brothers, Martiniano and Demetrio.

Her family relocated in Barangay Taytayan in 1926 where she attended elementary education. One teacher she remembers was a Mr. Pedro Dacuycuy. Felisa completed Grade 4 level and witnessed the 2nd World War.

She married Leonardo Sillada Veroy and was blessed with her first child Raul, in 1944. During the Liberation in 1946, she gave birth to twins followed by Amador in 1948, then by Urlita in 1950 and finally, her youngest Felizueta in 1952.

When Nanay Feling got older, she decided to stay with daughter Urlita. Then her daughter Felizueta took care of her when Urlita died. Only three of her children got married who eventually produced 20 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren for her.

At her simple centennial birthday celebration, her youngest daughter Felizueta said the opening prayer while Taytayan Barangay Captain Deonicito P. Manangkis gave the opening message. Some Taytayan senior citizens, her children and grandchildren provided the entertainment. Felisa’s brief autobiography was read at the middle of the program. Cateel Mayor Camilo T. Nunez along with her son Amador also shared their message for the celebrant while Cateel municipal officials, Felisa’s relatives and friends offered tokens and presents. Throughout the short program, Nanay Feling was very attentive and extremely overwhelmed with the tribute granted her.

According to her children, Nanay Feling has been a good mother and a loving grandmother. She has imparted values worth keeping. A woman of amazing faith and courage who stood up to and overcome various trials and hardships in life, her children proudly shared.

Her family and friends are so grateful to God for the opportunity to celebrate her 100th year on earth. Truly, her astounding strength and endurance enabled her to outlast Typhoon Pablo. DSWD

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A UNDP Officer Geronimo Giusto Robelo [back on camera] briefs Mission participants on the Cash For Work and Debris Management project undertaken in Cabinuangan, New Bataan.

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley -The Typhoon Pablo relief and rehabilitation initiatives in New Bataan was the focus of Day Two of the High-Level Partnership Mission to the Philippines from June 16-20 organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

According to OCHA Davao Head of Office Mel Schmidt the mission was initiated by the UN Emergency Relief Coordination “to reach out to non-traditional donors and engage OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) countries by showing them how the UN system operates and how the UN works closely with governments.”

Held in Manila, Day One provided the delegates with a briefing on the Multi-lateral Humanitarian Response System including the humanitarian leadership, cluster approach, financing and advocacy. This was followed with a briefing on the national disaster risk reduction and management system, TS Pablo response and ongoing peace processes. Finally, a briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in the Philippines and the Humanitarian Action Plan ensued.

DSWD OIC RD Priscilla N. Razon hopes that through this mission “we will be able to showcase different projects that have been vigorously undertaken by the various responders to TS Pablo.”

Gov. Arturo T. Uy and Mayor Lorenzo Balbin Jr. of New Bataan welcomed the delegation at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall Monday morning where delegates were briefed on the impact of and response to Typhoon Pablo.

Field visits were conducted at ‘Ground Zero’ in Barangay Andap; Andap National High School, primary and day care centers; site of bunkhouses and permanent shelters; and the Cash For Work and debris management site at Barangay Cabinuangan.

At the onsite briefing in Barangay Andap, Lynne M. Dollolasa, Social Welfare Officer 3 and Tourism Officer shared the tragic experience of the town, the recovery and rehabilitation efforts as well as the numerous humanitarian assistance received. She also cited humanitarian needs and gaps like mitigation initiatives, namely; installation of early warning devices and construction of flood control dikes. Other crucial projects she mentioned include reconstruction of community facilities, day care centers and school buildings; restoration of water supply; and permanent shelter.

On the one hand, necessary interventions for the day care service were presented i.e. psycho-social support, supplementary feeding, tents, nutritional screening and school supplies. Moreover, day care children and their parents clamoured for the reconstruction of 14 day care centers, repair of 32 day care centers, learning tools, playground facilities and livelihood for parents.

Led by OCHA Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Luisa Carvalho, the Mission delegates were coordinators, heads, assistant secretaries, directors, ambassadors, and counsellors of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OCHA Geneva, International Islamic Charity Organization, Embassy of United Arab Emirates, Indonesian Embassy, Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey Response Department, Malaysia National Security Council, OCHA New York, Alliance of Civilizations, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Indonesia, and UNICEF.

Representing the Philippine government were DND Undersecretary and Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Eduardo Del Rosario, DFA Assistant Secretary Jesus Domingo, and DSWD XI Director Priscilla N. Razon.

The Mission proceeds to Cotabato City Tuesday for a briefing on the ARMM humanitarian situation and to meet up with the Mindanao Humanitarian Team.

According to OCHA the Mission above all aims to strengthen partnerships among the government, OIC and the international humanitarian community as well as enhance national and local capacities for emergency preparedness and response for both natural disaster and conflict situations in the Philippines. DSWD


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Eloy [4th from right], during the inauguration of the tribal housing in Nasilaban, Pong-pong, Talaingod.

TALAINGOD, Davao del Norte — The only word that I know how to write is my name and for me, this is all that matters.

I am not ashamed of the fact that I have never been formally educated. I have never learned the alphabet. I do not know the letters in my name, though I know how to write it. I do not know how to read. I do not even know my real age. You see, education and age are of no value to us, Manobos.

I live in a very simple village called sitio Pong-Pong. It is so remote that people from the poblacion have to endure a two-hour motorcycle ride to sitio Nasilaban, and another eight-hour trek just to reach our humble abode. Our isolated village has 42 households with about 400 residents. It is considered as one of the rebel-infested areas in the municipality. We do not have any government facility there. This is maybe because of its sheer distance or its small population or maybe both.

The first government project to ever reach the hinterland of Pong-Pong was the Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) project in 2003.

I was elected chair of our community sub-project management committee (CSPMC). As such, I was tasked to go to Tagum City to open a bank account where the funds would be downloaded. It was my first time to travel outside the municipality. It was also my first time to enter a bank. I remember feeling very cold inside the bank that I had to get out from time to time.

As I was told to open an account, I decided to put my thumbmark on the space provided for the signature. Unfortunately, the bank did not accept my thumbmark. I returned home discouraged. I thought to myself, how could our first tranche of funds be downloaded now?

We were already halfway through the community empowerment activity cycle. We had been through a lot of struggles, from using pictures to depict our poverty situation, identifying our priority project, endless meetings and translated conversations with Kalahi-CIDSS staff, and preparing for the community inter-barangay forum.

I could not lose hope. My volunteers relied on me. We needed the tribal housing sub-project for our families.

I had to learn how to write.

I was given a pad of paper and a pencil by my former community facilitator, Marvin Samson. He taught me how to write my name. He patiently showed me how to write each letter. I held on to that piece of paper where he wrote my name. It was my only reference.

Marvin told me to practice writing at home every night. It was very difficult. My hand shook each time I tried to write a single letter. My handwriting was sloppy. It took me two long weeks to learn how to write four letters.

Although I have practiced writing my name a lot since then, there were still times when we were faced with challenges.

I remember one time when the bank did not clear the check I signed. The stroke in the signature was different from the initial sample I gave them, the bank manager said. We had to pay a penalty fee of P2,000. I was so embarrassed.

I am, however, thankful for the effort extended by Marvin. He never gave up on me, encouraging me to keep on practicing, to keep on writing my name. He was not only a community facilitator; he became my friend and my teacher.

Today, I can perfectly sign any document required of me. With my simple knowledge, I am seen as a leader in my small community. I have represented Pong-Pong in ways more than one. I have served as the voice of my fellowmen, helping them lobby community projects like school buildings and health stations.

I am still the CSPMC chair of Pong-Pong. This time we are implementing the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA project. Our barangay will be completing a tribal hall soon. We are all hopeful that this new sub-project will serve its purpose.

I am forever grateful to the Kalahi-CIDSS project, not so much for the tribal housing and tribal hall sub-projects that we have received, but for the lifetime present that it gave me.

Kalahi-CIDSS has given me confidence. It has made me realize that the government is sincere in its efforts to help poor communities.

Yes, the only word that I proudly know how to write is my name. This may not be much for others. But for me, my name is my only treasure.

My name is Eloy. DSWD

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DAVAO City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) currently conducts rapid and intensive duplicity checking as baseline of social protection programs for ‘Pablo’ victims.

It is evident that there has been a progress of families receiving assistance because of the masterlist. Despite some problems encountered, DSWD continues to diligently work for a unified, functional and transparent list of ‘Pablo’- affected families through administration of the Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC).

National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) Regional Focal Person Dahlia S. Padillo clarified that this on-going clearing of the lists and duplicity checking in collaboration with NHTU Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Encoders and other technical persons of the department, will serve as reference point for accessing social protection programs like Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for minor repair of partially-damaged houses and modified permanent shelter for totally-damaged houses.

“We would like to emphasize though that those families already appearing in the list of beneficiaries of other DSWD partner agencies will be delisted from the masterlist . It’s the Local Government Units that set the criteria for the beneficiaries,” she added.

DSWD is also comparing the LGU data with DAFAC for name matching to ensure that the assistance DSWD provides really benefits the right families.

“We have proper coordination with the municipal and provincial units but for now we prioritize the hardest-hit areas for the ESA and we will also prepare the final lists of other affected areas for the efficient distribution of assistance,” stressed NHTU Regional Area Coordinator Elvie G. Bahinting.

The DSWD through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction will continue to provide transparent, comprehensive and complete data of the TS Pablo internally-displaced persons and of other poor families in the country.DSWD

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Pantawid Pamilya children-grantees at the Children’s Congress.

Almost 400,000 children in Davao Region are in school and kept healthy because of the cash assistance provided by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

An identified poor household with three qualified children is entitled to receive P 1,400 a month provided they comply with the conditions on health, education and attendance to the Family Development Sessions.

Pantawid Pamilya started in Davao Region in the fourth quarter of 2008. In its almost five years of implementation in the region, over 190,000 are now benefitting from the program.

Conditional Cash Transfers have been a trend in other countries and have been proven to be very effective in reducing poverty. The Social Weather Station study on Pantawid Pamilya last 2010 show improvements in school attendance, use of health services, immunization coverage, child nutrition, and knowledge of maternal health services.

The SWS assessment also revealed that more students and parents attend extra-curricular activities; students come to school with better clothing, project materials, and food making them more active in classrooms. It is also noteworthy that Pantawid Pamilya plays a major role in reducing child labor especially rural areas because many poor parents are now able to send their children to school.

Furthermore, a Qualitative Impact Evaluation on Pantawid Pamilya done by the Institute of Philippine Culture of the Ateneo de Manila University concluded that the program has a lot of potential in improving people’s lives.

The program was conceived for the betterment of the quality of lives of poor families. Its main objective is to keep children in school and keep them healthy.

These children beneficiaries have a lot to say yet their timid voices are often left unheard. Today, we will put the limelight to six children beneficiaries from Compostela Valley to give a montage of ‘thank yous’ to the program.
“Thank you kay dako kaayo og natabang ang Pantawid Pamilya sa amoang pamilya. Unta ipadayon nila og pagpanghatag og ayuda sa amoang mga pobre (Thank you because Pamilya Pamilya has been a huge help to our family. We hope that they will continue to provide assistance to poor families).” – Angelie Joy Lagarde, 15, Brgy. Linoan, Montevista, Compostela Valley.

“Sa una kay saging lang amoang pamahaw ug baunon padulong eskwelahan pero karon nga naa na ang Pantawid Pamilya makakaon nami og pamahaw unya naa pa gyud mi balon ihatag ni mama para pampalit og pagkaon sa school (Before, we only have boiled bananas for breakfast and baons. But now, with Pantawid Pamilya, we are now able to eat a good breakfast. Our mother is also able to give us baon so we can buy food at school).” – Juvy Panal, 13, Brgy. San Jose, Montevista.

“Ganahan mi moadto sa school kay mapalitan nami ni mama og bag-o nga notebooks ug sapatos. Makabayad na si mama sa amoang bayrunon sa eskwelahan. Dako kaayo nga tabang kay ang mga labaw nga nanginahanglan natabangan gyud og dako (We are inspired to go to school because our mom can now buy us new notebooks and shoes. Our mom can now pay our school obligations. The program has been a big help especially to the poor).” – Arnell John Ramirez, 12, Brgy. San Jose, Montevista.

“Nakatabang gyud sa amoang pag-eskwela ug sa amoang panlawas ang Pantawid Pamilya . Ganahan na mi moeskwela kay naa na man pambayad si mama sa eskwelahan (Pantawid Pamilya has helped us in our school and health needs. We are inspired to go to school because mom can now pay our school fees).” – Kezie Abucayon, 10, Brgy. Mapaca, Compostela.

“Tungod sa Pantawid Pamilya nakalampos ko sa akoang pag-eskwela sa secondary level. Daghan kaayong salamat sa pagtabang sa amoa makab-ot namo amoang pangandoy! (Because of Pantawid Pamilya, I was able to finish my secondary level. Thank you for helping us make our dreams a reality!)” – Normalia Cabugatan, 15, Brgy. Osmena, Compostela.

“Unta ipadayon pa ang programa sa gobyerno kay dako kaayo kini nga tabang sa susama sa amoang mga kabos. Kay maski luyo sa amoang kalisod anaa ang Pantawid Pamilya nga moagay sa amoa para maka-eskwela mi ug makabayad sa tuition ug mga projects ug makapalit sa ubang panginahanglanon sa school (We hope that the government will continue the program because it has been a big help to poor families like us. Despite the hardships, we can still go to school, pay for our projects and buy other school needs because of Pantawid Pamilya). – Gelliane Faith Ligasan, 13, Brgy. Poblacion, Compostela.

Pantawid Pamilya has its share of ups and downs, of losses and successes, yet in the end the smiles on each of the faces of the beneficiaries are proof that it is all worth it in the end. DSWD

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