Archive | August, 2013


DAVAO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development encourages the public to help by reporting inconsistencies, disparities or irregularities with regards to the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

In an interview, DSWD OIC Regional Director Priscilla Razon said that complaints and grievances will be duly investigated. The Director urged those who know something about the  irregularities to come forward and help speed up the investigation.

“In Pantawid Pamilya, like any other programs, there is always a margin of error. The DSWD, however, exercises transparency and accountability to correct mistakes and further improve program implementation,” she added.

The program has always been keen in encouraging beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries to voice out their concerns. They can forward queries and complaints to their City/Municipal Links assigned in their respective barangays. The complainant, however, must ensure that the correct and detailed information are provided to the City/Municipal Link so as to fast-track the resolution of the complaint.

Complainants may also visit the Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Management Office at DSWD Compound, Suazo Street, Davao City or call tel nos. (082) 227-1964 /226-2857 local 416. They can also email their concerns to the following email addresses or

Another easier option is through the Grievance Hotline. Complainants may text their questions and complaints to the Grievance Hotline at 0918-9122813 by following the format Pantawid Pamilya <space> your name <slash> address <slash> complaint (ex. Pantawid Pamilya Juan Dela Cruz/Davao City/Wala ko sa payroll).

Pantawid Pamilya is a social development program which focuses on meeting the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. In attaining these objectives, the program provides cash assistance to augment the school and health needs especially of children aged 0 to 14 years old. The beneficiaries will need to comply with the sets of conditions required of them to claim their cash grants.

In Region XI, the laudable impact of the program is already perceived. Stories of gains and development have been documented in Pantawid areas where there have been striking increases in school enrollees, availment of health services and attendance to Family Development Sessions. Pantawid Pamilya not only provides the basic rights to health and education but also a better perspective in life. It empowers beneficiaries to be productive individuals and in turn create a more productive society.

At present, Pantawid Pamilya covers 192,217 registered beneficiaries in 4 provinces, 6 cities, and 43 municipalities covering 1,022 barangays in Davao Region. DSWD




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Director Priscilla N. Razon welcomes delegates to the launch of the programme Synergizing Efforts for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental Tuesday at The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites.  Also present at the launch was World Food Programme Representative and Country Director Praveen Agrawal who provided the programme brief.

With the funding from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Plan International (Plan), and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) agreed to work closely together and build upon each organization’s DRR (disaster risk reduction) programmes to make a bigger impact on vulnerable communities.

The three agencies will share information and assessments and mapping of programme areas and interventions to ensure no overlap in their respective projects. The agencies will also conduct joint monitoring and evaluation activities and share technical expertise and resources as part of the cooperation.

Under this synergy of initiatives, CRS will implement its project in three municipalities (Compostela, Monkayo, New Bataan) and 15 barangays in Compostela Valley. Plan will implement in Baganga, Boston, Cateel and in 12 schools in Davao Oriental. WFP will implement in the two provinces focusing on the PLGUs, Monkayo, New Bataan, Baganga and Cateel.

Activities to be supported include building the capacity of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (PDRRMC), Municipal DRRMCs and Barangay DRRMCs; assisting the LGUs in incorporating DRR into their provincial, municipal and barangay development plans; establishing early warning systems; building vital infrastructure; enhancing preparedness and raising awareness of communities and schools; providing modest emergency equipment; and implementing small-scale DRR projects designed to reduce vulnerabilities.

Benjamin Hemingway, Regional Advisor for East Asia and the Pacific, Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID; Carin van der Hor, Country Director of Plan Interntional; Boy Abunda, Plan Ambassador; and Joseph Curry, Country Representative of Catholic Relief Services also attended the launch. UN/DSWD

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Fresh produce of ‘Pablo’ families.

OLAYCON, Monkayo  -Some 154 professional and non-professional farmer-beneficiaries who are all Typhoon Pablo victims and whose livelihood was heavily affected gathered anew first week of August to mark the 2nd Harvest Festival of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program

The 2nd Harvest Festival on August 2 served as the highlight during the observance of the 59th Araw ng Barangay Olaycon. The 1st Harvest Festival was held last May 2 right before the graduation rites on May 3 at SM Lanang Premier where they brought in and showcased their produce.

Now on its 6th year, KSK is spearheaded by SM Foundation, Inc., this time, in partnership with LGU Monkayo, HarBest Agribusiness Corp., DA and DSWD.  The 48th batch of KSK started in February 2013 with participants coming from 10 barangays of Monkayo.

From February to May, the vegetable production course ran for 12 Tuesdays and covered one module per meeting. Celestino Alla of HarBest Agribusiness Corp. conducted the lectures in the morning while afternoons were slated for hands on sessions. Among the topics discussed were Nursery Preparation, Seed Sowing, Land Preparation, Caring & Nursing of Seedling, Pruning, Trellis Preparation, Fruit Selection and Fruit Thinning, Pest and Disease Control, Irrigation & Drainage, and Postharvest Technology.

Integrated in the training course is the orientation on the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) focused on Community Driven Enterprise Development approach which covers Self Awareness, Time Management, Financial Literacy, Product Management, Participatory Livelihood Issue Analysis, and Value Chain Analysis. DSWD and DA also taught participants Cost Analysis and Return of Investment Analysis.

The one-hectare demonstration farm for the high-value crop production in Barangay Olaycon was donated by the Brillantes family. Managed by the recent KSK graduates, the farm grows fruits and vegetables like watermelon, corn, lettuce, stringed beans, ampalaya, kangkong, eggplant, tomato, squash, honeydew, cucumber, gourd, cantaloupe, and bell pepper.

At least 50 Pantawid Pamilya families participated in the training who also sold their fruit and vegetable produce at the Barangay Market Market. Pantawid Parent Leaders Rio Albit, Irelina Erhuela and Juanita Gogo happily joined other Pantawid grantees in selling their fresh crops during the annual barangay fair, saying, they feel good and renewed to be involved in this activity.

Meanwhile, a number of participants have already started transferring the farming technology in their respective barangays. Alexander Ypil, 45, of Barangay Tubo-tubo have taught 54 individuals and they are now harvesting their crops. Ypil proudly showed his farm to the organizers and visitors and even offered them a taste of his very sweet and luscious watermelon.

Recipient Milagrosa Gogo said the program is a big help to her family and this was confirmed by fellow participants Rea Dulay, Perlita Morala and Lea Rim, adding, “We are trying to get back to our normal lives with our children at school and we are coping despite the hardships.”

In her message, Cristie S. Angeles, Asst. Vice President for Outreach Program and Livelihood of SM Foundation, Inc. stressed that indeed public-private partnership (PPP) is working and very much possible. She said Olaycon is blessed because of good governance. “I can see a better, healthier and happier tomorrow for your community.”

Training participant and Olaycon Barangay Chair Janet B. Diel happily announced that the graduates have been recently organized into Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Vegetable Production Association. “We are overwhelmed with the support we are getting from different agencies and offices. We urged everyone to visit Olaycon and buy our products. ”

Mayor Joselito B. Brillantes proclaimed there is sunshine after every storm, attributing their bout and triumph over Typhoon Pablo. “However, we still need the support of national agencies for us to continue moving forward. I would like to thank DSWD and other national agencies which never failed to bring in relief assistance. Yet we should not depend on dole out but must be self-sufficient and self-reliant. Now, we are also conducting seminars on animal dispersal which provides us more opportunities for recovery.” Addressing the community, Brillantes thanked them for their resilience to trials, pointing out, “Nothing is impossible if we just work hard.”

DA Assistant Director Bernadette San Juan emphasized to recipients, “This day proves your stability and endurance as a community.”

HarBest Agribusiness Corp. President Arsenio Barcelona urged the farmer-beneficiaries, “Learning new agriculture technologies makes the difference. Farmers have lots of opportunities because we all consume food.  Let us share what we learn and make the lives of others better. Every celebration is an opportunity to start a better life. Let us be seedlings that can germinate and grow and bear fruit. Let us be a lighted candle that gives light. Let us make Olaycon a brand that will be known all over the country. Let us make our produce visible at SM malls.”

“You have accomplished this because of your own efforts and cooperation and I acknowledge your capability. Let us continue working together and helping others in need, teach them the new farming technologies. Let’s produce quality products and fetch right value for them. We will help link you up with possible local markets and with government programs that require your produce like the Supplementary Feeding Program and more.” This was the challenge and assurance of DSWD Livelihood Director Georgina Hernandez.

DSWD Poverty Reduction Bureau Director Honorita Bayudan reminded beneficiaries to always put food on the table for the family first and ensure good health of each member before selling the extra to the neighbors or local market. “I am glad that I now see Monkayo rising up. I can sense the dynamism and productiveness of the LGU and NGAs.”

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD said in her message, “We will not go hungry in Monkayo because of the vegetables and the productiveness of the people plus the community has the resources. The real spirit of public-private partnership is manifested here. What has been accomplished here is the result of PPP where collaboration and coordination exist. With this program, we were able to transform lives while food security is ensured. We can replicate this in other areas. Indeed, you have stood up and risen from the ruins. DSWD will continue to provide technical inputs and guidance as you move forward.”

Earlier, DSWD turned over to Monkayo LGU a total of P 11,300,000.00 Cash For Work check and a P 90,000.00 educational assistance for nine students of Monkayo. DSWD


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Davao Del Sur First District Representative Mercedes C. Cagas listens to Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD as she explains the programs and services of DSWD which are being implemented in her district such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, KALAHI-CIDSS, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Supplementary Feeding, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Bottom-Up Budgeting and other interventions for the vulnerable and disadvantaged. Razon conducted a courtesy call Monday along with the DSWD XI Management Committee and program focal persons. DSWD

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SOCIAL PENSION FUNDS. Municipal Mayors of Compostela Valley Province and Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)  for the Transfer of Social Pension Funds to the local government units. Mayors of Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur and Davao Oriental also signed the MOA last Friday at Royal Mandaya Hotel.

DAVAO City  -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the local government units of Davao Region for the transfer of Social Pension Funds to the latter to fast track the distribution of stipend to the  beneficiaries.

The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable older persons as well as backs the full implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The monthly stipend of P500 which took effect January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.

Potential recipients of the Social Pension Program or RA 9995 are non-pensioners who are 77 years old and up, with no regular support from the family, said Rebecca A. Santamaria, DSWD Chief of Protective Service Unit. “As of second quarter in 2013, Region XI has 13,251 total beneficiaries. We will have additional 1384 new pensioners this coming third quarter of 2013, she said.”

Following the MOA Signing, the LGUs shall prepare and submit a quarterly updated list of eligible senior citizens. DSWD will then transfer the annual allocation to the LGUs on a quarterly basis subject to the approved quarterly updated list of eligible senior citizens and liquidation of previously transferred fund.

Santamaria said DSWD will continue to monitor and provide technical assistance to the LGUs through the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO) and conduct orientation, advocacy activities and meetings with the LGU Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), Federation of the Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP), and barangay senior citizens associations.

The LGU City/Municipal Treasurer shall take full responsibility in the proper disposition/disbursement of funds for the implementation of the program in accordance with the existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations and shall liquidate the transfer of funds in accordance with Commission on Audit Circular No. 94-013.

Mayor Edwin Reyes of Bansalan, Davao Del Sur said the senior citizen-grantees will be very pleased with this development which was confirmed by Mayor Nestor Alcoran of New Corella, Davao Del Norte.

Meanwhile, Senator Bam Aquino who was present urged the LGUs, “Dapat tulungan ang mga senior citizens natin (We need to help our senior citizens). All my bills are focused on the disadvantaged sector, I assure you.” Senator Aquino who once chaired the National Youth Commission is one senator who is very supportive of DSWD. DSWD




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An incident report in Montevista, Compostela Valley was filed after a certain Joan Magno falsely introduced herself as a DSWD personnel and allegedly swindled 37-year old Noemie Acero of Barangay Tapia, Montevista and 71-year old Melinda Cabilion of Barangay San Jose Poblacion, Montevista.

On August 7, Magno allegedly gathered the family profile of Acero and informed her that she can process the registration of the family in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD. Magno allegedly asked Acero for P 3,500.00 to facilitate the processing of the documents.

Subsequently, Magno visited the house of Cabilion and also asked for their family profile. Magno allegedly offered Cabilion to process their documents for them to be included in the Social Pension program of DSWD.  Cabilion gave Magno P 1,000.00 to expedite the processing of documents.

“The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reminds everyone to be cautious and vigilant,” said Priscilla Razon, DSWD OIC Regional Director.

“DSWD selects the beneficiaries for its poverty reduction programs through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) where assessment of households in all cities and municipalities is conducted to identify who and where the poor are. The households will be enumerated and interviewed. DSWD will never ask money from these families nor assure them that they will be included in any DSWD programs,” RD Razon added.

For questions or complaints, you may visit the Pantawid Pamilya offices located in all cities and municipalities. You may also go directly to the City/Municipal Links assigned in your barangay. Further, you may text DSWD’s grievance hotline at 0918-912-2813. DSWD


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LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE TO MATIGSALOG GROUP. Melecia Abregana, President of Matigsalog Coco Handicraft and Furniture SKG (MCHFSKG) receives the P70,000.00 livelihood assistance from DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon during the celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9. Organized as a Family Enterprise, MCHFSKG members underwent Basic Business Management Training and Community Driven Enterprise Development through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program. The group now produces and sells various accessories and furniture made of coconut shells and lumber. Also in photo is family head Nole Abregana. DSWD


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TS Pablo rehab workshop session.

DAVAO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently organized a planning workshop on Typhoon Pablo Rehabilitation with the provincial clusters of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley to review what has been accomplished so far and plan out for the activities that need to be achieved in the remaining months of 2013 and what must be delivered in 2014.

“We have invited the two governors, the mayors, the local social workers and engineers of hardest-hit towns as well as the provincial/municipal focals on shelter and food assistance for us to review our coordinated response in the past eight months and be able to focus in the next steps in recovery and rehabilitation especially in the provision of social services,” said Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD Director.

“If we have the funds and materials, we assure you we will build the houses fast. In Gawad Kalinga, we build houses in eight days. With a comprehensive and doable plan for shelter construction, we can build the houses,” emphasized Gov. Arturo T. Uy following his presentation on the provincial response.

Taking up the challenge to construct 6380 permanent shelters in his province by December this year and 7464 in 2014, he pointed out, “Sec. Dinky Soliman was there always in the frontline. DSWD workers did their part, we all agree. On our part, we will try our best to deliver. We assure you walang perang masasayang (no funds will be wasted).”

Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon said, “We cannot start talking about other things with the affected families unless we provide homes first. Talking about other matters will not make sense to them…..hence I need to finish my commitment this year… I admit DSWD work is excellent. As I said even before, I salute them.”

Davao Oriental is set to complete 7586 permanent shelters within the year and 12,229 in 2014. Engineers of the two provinces presented their respective shelter designs, costs and implementation mechanism while DSWD also showed the design of its Modified Shelter Assistance Program. On the other hand, Atty. Junjun Sawadjaan explained the housing design and capability of Habitat for Humanity in shelter construction.

Following the presentation of proposed housing designs, Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin, DSWD, said that in building disaster-resistant homes there is a need to consider and undertake social preparation activities like family validation, site validation, source of building materials and target units per municipality. He assured LGUs that shelter funding will immediately be released. “We commit to support the LGUs. We will continue our close coordination with the LGUs…..We can celebrate on December 4 as we rise from the ashes of Typhoon Pablo.”

DSWD’s commitment in partnership with the two PLGUs is 33,659 permanent shelter units (on site) at P70,000.00 each. Construction of shelter units in resettlement sites (off site) shall be the responsibility of the National Housing Authority which will build 17,480 units. Internally displaced families or disaster victims in the two provinces may avail the Cash For Work at P 226.00 per day while constructing the shelter units.

To date, DSWD has provided 233,354 affected families with over P 1.5 billion relief assistance to cover food packs, non-food items, financial aid, transition shelters, cash for work, emergency shelter assistance, modified permanent shelters, educational assistance, livelihood skills training and cash for training.

The workshop was capped by the MOA Signing between DENR and DSWD on the Use of Hauling Trucks for Food and Non-Food Items and Construction Materials. Meanwhile, DPWH has committed to lend trucks to DSWD for the continuing hauling of relief goods and construction materials to typhoon-devastated towns. DSWD



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