Archive | July, 2013


An older person at the Home engages in rug making.

TAGUM City  –“As we celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Home, we would like to express our gratefulness to all our partners and supporters who have made significant contributions in the operations of the Home through the years.” This was emphasized by head of DSWD Home for the Aged Annie L. Rosalinda.

Rosalinda cited Apex Mining Corp., PLGU Davao Del Norte, PLGU Compostela Valley, Floirendo Foundation and the Association of Friends of the Home for the Aged, Inc., as among the consistent partners of the Home. She said, “we recognize as well students of St. Mary’s College and University of Mindanao for regularly conducting community service here and all the On-Job-Training students, volunteers and registered nurses who have been faithfully serving our older persons here.”

“A lot of generous individuals visit the Home and provide the needs of our older persons. It’s a wonderful thing when people voluntarily share their time and treasure for the sake of others in need. We are always inspired by these noble acts of kindness and genuine care,” Rosalinda happily said.

DSWD Home for the Aged takes care of homeless and disadvantaged older persons from age 6o onwards. At the moment it has 58 residents being tended to by 22 staff which includes social workers, nurses, house parents and administrative personnel. Its 36th Founding Anniversary on August 2 kicks off with a Walk For A Cause and a Thanksgiving Mass.

Rosalinda said they are lobbying to First District Representative Antonio Rafael G. Del Rosario for a larger male ward with two to three rooms to accommodate comfortably the elderly male residents which outnumber the female.

Recently, the Home received a P100,000.00-worth of donations from the Republic of Indonesia consisting of wheelchairs, pillows, toiletries, slippers, shirts, pants and biscuits.

At the moment, the older persons are made productive and earn some cash from crafting rugs, pot holders and broomsticks. DSWD



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Helen happily cultivates her garden.

DAVAO City  -Gardening used to be a privilege of those with backyards big enough to cultivate garden beds of vegetables and other crops. Usually common in people living in rural areas, gardening is a lifestyle promoted widely in communities. Just recently, a fresh approach on gardening was introduced. Urban Container Gardening is an initiative that hopes to help boost food security in the country.

For 43-year old Helen Camacho of Purok 13, Barangay Tibungco, Davao City, it is an income-generating hobby. “Sa pirmiro nako nga pagtanom, nagsugod ko sa baynte ka semilya sa pechay. Nagakuha pud ko sa sementeryo og mga tetra pack aron matamnan (I started off with only 20 seedlings of Chinese cabbage. I also go to the nearby cemetery to gather and recycle tetra packs which I use as pots),” shared Helen.

From 20 pechay seedlings, Helen now has over 70 pechay seedlings along with other crops that she cultivates in their house. To make soil containers, Helen personally sews the tetra packs that she gathers from the cemetery. She even builds her own makeshift racks. “Dako kaayo og tabang ang Urban Container Gardening sa amoang pagpamuyo. Busa magkugi gyud ko aron mas mapanindot pa ni (Urban Container Gardening is a huge help. I will really strive to improve my garden more),” said Helen excitedly.

Her husband, 41-year old Alejandro works as a tricycle driver and earns at most P 300 a day. As an additional income, Helen repacks the seedlings that she bought and sells it to co-Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries at 5 pesos per piece. Helen also sells her produce to her neighbors or at the local market.

Lima lang man gyud katuig ang Pantawid Pamilya. Apan sa lima ka tuig nga pagka-apil namo daghan kaayo mig natun-an. Kining Urban Container Gardening magamit gyud ni namo kay dili lang kini makalingawan namo, usa pud kini ka pamaagi nga makakwarta kami (We will only stay in the program for five years. However, in those five years we have learned a lot. We can really use this Urban Container Gardening. It is more than a hobby but it is income generating as well),” pondered Helen.

Helen has been cultivating her Urban Container Gardening since February 2013. She now has over 200 seedlings.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is a poverty-alleviation strategy of the national government that provides “conditional cash assistance” to identified poor households in the country by giving out cash grants of at most P 1,400.00 for families with three qualified children. Family beneficiaries are required to send their children to school and keep them healthy in order to claim their cash grants. At present, 193,798 families in 44 municipalities and 6 cities, covering all 4 provinces are benefiting from the program in Region XI. DSWD

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Myrna Ongay of the Matigslaug tribe.

DAVAO City  -Marilog District consists almost half of the land area of Davao, the mountainous rural parts where indigenous tribes thrive. Located at the highlands of Marilog District, Davao City is Sitio Upian, a small community inhabited predominantly by the Matigsalug tribe.

Matigsalug means “people along the ‘Salug River’ (Davao River)”. The Matigsalugs are one of Davao’s most colorful lumads. The Matigsalugs are also known as sturdy, resilient and strong people. They are best known for their fierceness and bravery as occasioned during territorial feuds and wars.

Forty-two year old Myrna Ongay lived in Sitio Upian for most of her life. “Kaming mga Matigsalug kulang mi og kaalam, wala mi kabalo unsa ng deworming o unsa kaimportante ang maayong panglawas sa amoang mga bata o ang edukasyon para sa ilang kaugmaon (We, the Matigsalugs, are illiterate, we did not know what deworming is or how important is health, nutrition and education to our children),” Myrna recalls.

Myrna and her husband, Renato earn a living by upland farming. They work hard to raise their seven children: Remie, 16 years old; Regina, 14; Renah Mae, 12; Ariah Mae, 11; Mery Ann, 7; Renato, 5; and Rene, 3 years old.

In 2010, Myrna and her family were included as one of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. “Dako gyud nga tabang ang Pantawid Pamilya sa amoang mga Matigsalug, ilabi na sa akoa nga napili nga usa ka Parent Leader. Mahadlok pa ko nga dawaton sa una ang pagka-PL kay dili man ko kabalo moihap ug mobasa. Apan karon, nga na-PL ko nahimo kong instrument aron makatabang sa akoang mga kaubanan nga lumad aron usab sila makakat-on (Pantawid Pamilya has been a huge help to the Matigsalugs, especially to me that I was also chosen as a Parent Leader. I was afraid to be elected as PL before because I did not even know how to count or read. But when I accepted the role as PL, I became an instrument for my people, the lumads, to also learn),” shares Myrna.

Makahinumdom ko sa una nga wala pa ang Pantawid Pamilya, hugaw kaayo ni ang amoang palibot. Dili mi kabalo manglimpyo. Basta mag-uma lang mi aron maka-kaon, wala mi pakialam sa amoang palibot. Apan pag-abot sa programa, nakakat-on mi sa importansya sa sanitasyon ug kalimpyo sa palibot. Karon kung makita nimo amoang komunidad, hinlo na kaayo. Dili namo pasagdan nga hugaw ang palibot ilabi na naay mga bata (Before the program was introduced, we, the lumads, did not really care about cleanliness and sanitation. Our environment was very unhygienic. We go to work at the farm without cleaning our backyards or houses. But when the program came, we learned about the importance of sanitation and the tidiness of our surroundings. Now, if you see our community, you can really appreciate the big change the program has made. We will be mindful of our surroundings , especially with kids around.),” she added.

Myrna and other program beneficiaries endure the 10-kilometer walk to the barrio where the Health Center is located to make sure that their children are kept healthy. “Pangandoy namo nga dili nami ma-behind sa uban nga mga tribo. Tungod sa Pantawid Pamilya, dili na gyud kini damgo. Amoa na gyud gipuy-an ang amoang pangandoy (It is our dream to not be left behind by other tribes. Because of Pantawid Pamilya, it is no longer a dream, we are now living the dream).”

Pantawid Pamilya or the Conditional Cash Transfer Program gives cash assistance to identified poor households in the country provided they comply with conditions on health, education and attendance to Family Development Sessions (FDS). Pantawid Pamilya covers 72,550 IP households in Davao Region or 38.5% of the total number of beneficiaries. DSWD


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EMERGENCY SHELTER. Typhoon Pablo victims in Baganga, Davao Oriental claim their DSWD Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA). Baganga town has 255 ESA beneficiary-families that have been provided P10,000.00 each for repair of their damaged houses. To date, a total of P79,000,000.00 has been extended through Emergency Shelter and P78,000,000.00 through Modified Permanent Shelter. DSWD

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte [right] and Regional Prosecutor Antonio B. Arellano unveil the Anti-Trafficking poster at the launch of the Advocacy Campaign Against Human Trafficking. Also in photo is DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon.

DAVAO City  -The Advocacy Committee of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) XI Network launched Tuesday the 2013 Advocacy Campaign Against Human Trafficking at the NCCC Mall Atrium.

The Anti-Trafficking in Person (TIP) campaign materials include AVP, posters, stickers and tarpaulins which were also handed over to partner agencies, mall representatives, taxi companies and schools for dissemination.

Following the campaign launch was the Signing of the Pledge of Commitment by all member agencies and stakeholders.

The Council was created in November 2003 under the mandate of RA 9208 and RA 9262. It is a concrete response to the international protocol of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women or CEDAW, the International Human Rights Law, the Humanitarian Law and other human rights instrumentalities.

It is chaired by the Department of Justice with member agencies such as DSWD, DOJ, DILG, DEPED, DOH, DFA, DOLE OWWA, PPA, ATO, PNP, CIDG, NBI, BI, Visayan Forum, Commission of Overseas Workers, IGDD and CSSDO.

In his keynote address, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said poverty is the fundamental reason why human trafficking exists. He said it is very odious. The people’s travails and lamentations prevail because there is not much opportunity for money to go around, he said.

Targeting the human traffickers, he emphasized, “Hindi ko talaga kayo palulusutin. Galit ako sa droga, galit ako sa recruiters, galit ako sa kidnappers (I will never allow you to get away with it. I am angry at drugs, I am angry at recruiters, I am angry at kidnappers).” I will always protect people, he stressed.

IACAT XI Network Chair and Regional Prosecutor Antonio B. Arellano also cited poverty as the root cause of human trafficking. He said as long as poverty exists, there will always be persons who will be vulnerable to illegal recruitment.

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD presented the initial gains of the Council such as  increased filed cases in court with 6 convicted, increased/maximized participation of member agencies, heightened awareness on Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, strengthened collaboration and cooperation between and among IACAT XI Network member agencies, availment of complete package of services [one-stop shop] of TIP Victim-Survivors, and increased recovery and reintegration of TIP victim-survivors.

Earlier, the Council signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte, Panabo City Mayor Jose Silvosa Sr. and Davao Del Norte Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, to respond to the growing concerns against possible incidence of trafficking in persons in their locality.

A MOA was also inked between the Council and Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon and Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo T. Uy, to replicate the IACAT XI Network in the two provinces.

DILG Director Francisco C. Jose said there is a need to advocate and educate the people down to the barangay level. “We have a long way to go. We invite all, the schools, barangays, to join this campaign and saturate our communities with information against human trafficking. Let’s all work together to end human trafficking.” DSWD

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DAVAO City- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI is now preparing for the second round region wide household assessment through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR).

“We are targeting 793,770 households to be assessed by September this year,” NHTSPR Regional Field Coordinator Elvie Bahinting said.

“This is a saturation assessment and to immediately implement this, we will be hiring 1,654 enumerators, 331 area supervisors, 67 area coordinators, 330 encoders and 66 verifiers,” Bahinting added.

Schedule for interview of applicants is July 17-18 in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, July 19 and 23 in Davao Del Norte, July 19 in Davao Del Sur, and July 19 and 23 in Davao City, Bahinting said.

Successful applicants will be trained and oriented to ensure that the real poor are selected, she added.

NHTSPR is a data management system that makes available a database of poor households as reference in identifying beneficiaries of social protection services. It aims to come up with a functional, objective and transparent targeting system that identifies who and where the poor are, thus reducing leakage of social services to non-poor and minimizing exclusion of the poor from said social services.

DSWD conducts household assessment every four years to define the quality of data and information that will be collected for the database as continuous baseline for social protection programs and services of other government agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations. The department’s goal is to ensure the integrity of the data before sharing it.

On Demand Application and Validation of the data collected are undertaken following the household assessment to resolve issues and concerns in the area with regards to inclusion of non-poor, exclusion of poor and under coverage.

Data to be generated include family size, educational attainment, access to health center, toilet facilities, electricity, water source, roof materials, as well as prevalence of displacement, disability, senior citizens and solo parents.

The data is the basis for classification of households into Food Poor (families whose income is below the food threshold level, i.e. not able to meet their basic food requirements); Survival Poor (those in between the food and poverty threshold, i.e. able to meet their food but not the other basic requirements); and Non-Poor (families living above the poverty threshold and able to meet their basic requirements).

DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens are both using NHTSPR data in identifying beneficiaries. Earlier, PhilHealth and the Department of Health (DOH) have also entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DSWD on the use of NHTSPR data in the implementation of their respective social protection programs.  DSWD


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SGPPA scholars in Davao Oriental.

 MATI, Davao Oriental –Commission on Higher Education Chairperson, Dr. Patricia Licuanan visited Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) in Mati City, Davao Oriental Thursday to award scholarship grants to 54 Typhoon Pablo Victims and to meet the 254 scholars of the Students’ Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGPPA).

“Education is important to improve our quality of life, our families and our community. I believe that with this opportunity to achieve your dreams, you will serve as an inspiration to others and be an instrument of change,” said Chair Licuanan.

The scholarship grants for Pablo Victims were awarded to the St. Mary’s College of Baganga which is the identified institution to cater the scholars. Chair Licuanan together with Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, Mati City Mayor Carlo Rabat and DSWD Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator Araceli M. Layog presented the award.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) spearhead the SGPPA to ensure that grantees are enrolled in selected SUCs duly recognized by CHED, channelled to CHED priority courses, and extended the needed support that will guarantee completion of studies thus qualify them for a high-value added jobs in the future. Also, the SGPPA aims to contribute in the increase of the number of enrolment in higher education in line with the national government’s priority degree programs among poor households and support college graduates’ entry to labor markets through placement assistance.

Implemented since 2012, SGPPA was conceived to benefit qualified Pantawid Pamilya grantees all over the country.

A student-grantee receives a maximum of P 60,000.00 scholarship grant per school year, which is broken down to P20, 000/year Tuition Fee Cost, P 5,000/year Textbook Fees and other learning materials, and P 35,000 (that is, P 3,500/month x 10 months) Stipend (for board and lodging, transportation, clothing, health/medical needs, basic school supplies and other related costs).

At present, Davao Region caters to 622 SGPPA scholars enrolled in four state colleges/universities in the region: University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), Southern Philippines Agri-business, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST), Davao del Norte State College, and Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST).

Pantawid Pamilya is a program that invests in human capital that is contributory to poverty-reduction. The program provides cash grants of at most P 1,400.00 for a family that has three children, ages 0 to 14, enrolled in the program. The family will be able to claim their grants if they comply to set health and education conditions strictly required by the program. As of May 2012, Pantawid Pamilya has a total of 188,000 registered household beneficiaries in 6 cities and 44 municipalities in all 4 provinces of Davao Region. DSWD


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DAVAO City – “Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Persons with Disability” is this year’s theme as the country observes the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPR) from July 17-23.
In Davao Region, local government units through the provincial/municipal/city councils on Disability Affairs spearhead the annual celebration in coordination with DSWD, NGOs, National Council on Disability Affairs, PWD Self-Help organizations and the private sector.
The Davao City celebration kicks off on July 15 with the Flag Raising Ceremonies at City Hall followed by a Motorcade. Other activities lined up include a Thanksgiving Mass at San Pablo Parish, Zumba Dance Exercise for PWDs at SM City Annex, Islamic DAWA’H Symposium, I-Speak Press Conference, Radio Guesting at DXOW and DXRP, Forum on RA 9442 at DSWD, Pag-asa Games, VIP Children Swimming Clinic, PARM M.O.V.E. RUN, Diabetic Counselling and Cholesterol Screening, Issuance of PWD Certificates and Discount Cards, and PWDs Got Talent.
Appealing to the public, Cynthia N. Umbana, DSWD focal person on PWD said, “Through all these efforts and more, we aim to continue advancing and enforcing the rights and privileges of our persons with disability (PWDs), hence we strongly encourage participation and support of the public in these endeavors and in other PWD advocacy initiatives.” DSWD

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