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Social protection forum set

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD lauds the participation of social workers from the local government units, academe, non-government organizations, other government agencies and DSWD social workers in the Forum on Social Protection on Wednesday at SM City Davao Activity Centre. Highlighting the celebration of the World Social Work Day, the forum was hosted by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI)-Davao and DSWD.


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DSWD, DepEd meet to respond to Pantawid issues

DAVAO CITY – Around 500 Department of Education (DepEd) partners of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are convening in a series of consultations from March until April 2014.

Provincial meetings have been slated March 20 for Davao del Sur, March 25 for Davao City, March 31 for Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, and April 3 for Davao del Norte.

The activity aims to provide updates on the implementation status and development of the program in the respective provinces, as well as identify gaps and issues and propose strategic actions to appropriately address these gaps.

“The DSWD is now embracing the challenge of the new normal. We, as stakeholders of the program, have equal take on responding to these new challenges. By working together, no poor family will be left behind,” said Araceli M. Layog, Regional Program Coordinator for Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya has three operational systems – the Beneficiary Data Management System (BDMD), Compliance Verification System (CVS) and the Grievance Redress System (GRS).

The BDMD corrects and updates household information and status. The CVS, on the other hand, monitors the beneficiaries’ compliance to conditions, while, the GRS responds to complaints, issues and concerns relative to program implementation.

These three systems work hand-in-hand to ensure the smooth implementation of Pantawid Pamilya in the region.

Pantawid Pamilya has been keeping children in school and families healthy since its onset in 2008. At present, Davao Region has 194,789 household beneficiaries in all 4 provinces, 6 cities, 43 municipalities covering 2,217 barangays. (DSWD)



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ALAGA KA launched in Nabunturan

[from left] Compostela Valley Province Local Health Insurance Officer Christopher Molina, PhilHealth XI Vice President Dennis Adre and DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon in a huddle during the launch of ALAGA KA Program in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley on Monday.

A joint undertaking of PhilHealth, DSWD, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP), Association of Municipal Health Officers, and other Non-Government Organizations, the ALAGA KA Program aims to advocate the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) to poor families identified in the DSWD Listahanan throughout the country. (DSWD)

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World social work day slated

DAVAO CITY –In observance of the World Social Work Day, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) – Davao City Chapter, will host an Advocacy Forum on Social Protection on March 26, at SM City Annex at one in the afternoon.

At the DSWD flag raising ceremonies on Monday, PASWI Davao President and DSWD Social Welfare Officer 4 Estrella D. Brigole enjoined all social workers to participate in the said forum and gain additional knowledge as progressive social work practitioners.

Brigole said PASWI has also invited social workers of Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Other Government Agencies (OGAs), Academe (Ateneo de Davao University, Holy Cross of Davao College, University of Mindanao, Jose Maria College and Assumption College of Davao), and other stakeholders in Social Protection.

Resource person is Director Gemma B. Gabuya of the Policy Development and Planning Bureau (PDPB), DSWD Central Office who will discuss the DSWD Social Protection Framework.

Gabuya will also present the DSWD Response to Super Typhoon Yolanda Disaster in terms of relief, recovery and rehabilitation.

According to the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), World Social Work Day is the annual opportunity to advocate a social work perspective in political systems that effect the wellbeing of peoples and to celebrate the social work contribution to societies.

Theme for this year is “Social and Economic Crises – Social Work Solutions,” which aims to “step up and take action against growing inequalities and the worldwide dynamics that perpetuate poverty and oppression.”

Further, IFSW stressed that among the social work solutions are Promoting Equality and Equity, Enabling People to Living Life Sustainably, Building Participation, Facilitating Caring Communities, and Respecting Diversity – Connecting People.

Meanwhile, as culminating event for Women’s Month, DSWD will treat its women and gents staffs to a free foot massage, manicure and pedicure on March 28th following an Orientation on Sustaining Health During Stress Time. (DSWD)

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Kalahi-CIDSS completes drainage canal in ComVal village

Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chair Rey E. Jaboneta observes the Construction of the 200 linear meter drainage line canal in his village in Barangay New Panay, Maragusan, Compostela Valley.

MARAGUSAN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY -Amidst the heat and humidity, the people of Barangay New Panay were overwhelmed as they finally witnessed the Turnover and Blessing of the drainage canal community project that they’ve been working on for the past few months.

Held in New Panay Elementary School, said turnover of the 200 linear meter drainage line canal was attended by Mayor Caesar C. Colina Sr., Barangay Captain George Jacosta, barangay officials, family beneficiaries, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Regional Director for Operations Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, Kalahi-CIDSS Community Development Specialist Mr. Nick Elvi Digol, teachers, students, and Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers.

Kalahi-CIDSS, now known as National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) is the flagship program of DSWD along with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

It is a poverty reduction project where decision-making resides in the community.

Volunteers, through the NCDDP Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC), are taught to analyze their situation, identify their needs, manage their finances and procure materials for their prioritized sub-project.

This drainage project here was initiated to alleviate problems that hinder the community from attaining economic stability as it aims to mobilize the people’s active participation in implementing projects.

For the past years, the community struggled with their recurrent drainage problem. The water would continuously overflow when heavy rains pour in the barangay.

Students, especially, would suffer from this because the flood also seeps into their classrooms leading to high rate of absenteeism.

Consequently, students will be deprived of education -the higher the illiteracy rate, the bigger the chance that the economy of the community would waver.

“Students are our investment to attain a better life in the future. We agreed on a project that would serve as a foundation in reducing poverty. Poverty is like a cycle in the community and we want to cut the chain,” Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chair Rey E. Jaboneta explained.

Mayor Caesar Colina stressed, “No words could contain my happiness, for this project helped my constituents in New Panay. The project embodies transparency. Despite the differences that surfaced during the planning stage, the community has put their acts together and now I am very happy to announce that this project, through the help of Kalahi-CIDSS, finally came to reality.”

One of the Community Volunteers Mary de Guzman said, “It’s hard to determine the main problems that we have in the community. There were different opinions from left to right. But through the process of Kalahi-CIDSS, it became easier for us in identifying our primary needs and how to address these.”

Even the children in the village were pleased. Their boisterous sounds of laughter were heard all over the place, heralding that their own community is once again taking another leap towards progress.

Along with the turnover, DSWD also conducted a Municipal Orientation as Kalahi-CIDSS/NCDDP starts another cycle in the municipality. (DSWD)


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PhilHealth taps DSWD Listahanan for ALAGA KA program

DAVAO CITY -Consistent with its commitment of delivering healthcare for all, specifically for the poor and the marginalized, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will join forces with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as it delivers its new ALAGA  KA Program.

Alaga Ka Program is an integrated marketing scheme aimed at keeping the members informed of their PhilHealth coverage, benefits and other public health programs of the Department of Health (DOH).

In collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP), Association of Municipal Health Officers, and other Non-Government Organizations, the ALAGA KA Program aims to advocate the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) to poor families identified in the DSWD Listahanan throughout the country.

Listahanan is a database of poor households and being used as reference in identifying beneficiaries of social protection services. It locates who and where the poor are.

The ALAGA KA Program will be launched on March 24 in 17 regions nationwide.

The regional launch is slated at the National Comprehensive High School Covered Court, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province.

Expected to attend are 4,408 Listahanan-identified poor families.

Lined-up activities for the launch include Members’ Orientation on Tamang Serbisyo Kalusugang Pampamilya (TseKap), Maternity Package and No Balance Billing, Amendment/Updating of Listahanan Member’s Record, Profiling and Enlistment of Members to TseKap, and Provision of Point Care Benefits.

A Help Desk will also be put up to respond to inquiries and complaints from members.

Currently, involved agencies are meeting up to ensure smooth implementation of this latest health care program. (DSWD)


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Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA launched in Kapalong

Beneficiary of Kalahi-CIDSS High School Classroom Elki Mae L. Ubanan relates how the community sub-project enabled her and her fellow students attend school in their own village without having to hike far.

KAPALONG, DAVAO DEL NORTE – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) paved its way to another milestone in empowering poor communities as it launched Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) peace-promoting community projects here.

The launch was led by Mayor Edgardo Timbol, Regional Director of DSWD Priscilla N. Razon, together with the Local Government Officials, Davao del Norte provincial representatives, volunteers and project beneficiaries.

Conducted with the launch was the Municipal Orientation with 10 participants from the town’s 14 barangays who were oriented on the process, implementing policies, management of sub-projects, community structures to be organized, among others.

As Kalahi-CIDSS [now known as National Community-Driven Development Program] sets off a new cycle in Kapalong, aside from its primary goal in alleviating poverty and improving local governance, it also focuses on peace and development in the community specifically in conflict affected barangays (CABs).

In her message, Director Razon stressed, “KALAHI-CIDSS PAMANA aims for peace and development. We want to live in a community where there is peace and tranquillity, to have a peaceful mind, especially children, when they go to sleep at night.”

She also challenged barangay beneficiaries to really make this project sustainable and really meet its goal in 2014.

Elki Mae L.  Ubanan, 15, who benefitted from the program earlier, admitted that the Kalahi-CIDSS project empowered those students who were deprived of education.

Now, they have a school in Barangay Florida through the initiative of Kalahi-CIDSS with the support of the community. The sub-project called “1 unit, 3 High School Classroom Building” was conceived to provide decent classroom to the students.

She is very delighted that other youths like her who live in far-flung and conflict-affected barangays would also enjoy the same privilege she had.

Adding that, “Lingaw gyud mag eskwela kay daghan matun-an, ug nalipay pud gyud ko kay tanan bata nga pareho nako mahatagan na og hapsay nga panghuna- huna, ug wala nay kahadlok tungod sa paghatag og tagad sa kalinaw ani nga bag-ong proyekto (I really enjoy attending school because I learn a lot. I am glad that children like me will have peace of mind because of this new project [PAMANA] that promotes peace).

Following the MOA signing, the barangay captains, councilors, community volunteers and purok leaders also took part in “Panaad sa Pagsuporta”, a symbolic act wherein participants pledged their commitment for the project.

Shortly after the pledge, all participants from the LGU and DSWD signed the Manifesto of Support to signify their dedication to work together for peace and development.

Among the projects DSWD has brought in the town are Pantawid Pamilya, Social Pension for Senior Citizens, Sustainable Livelihood and Supplementary Feeding.

The successful projects of DSWD in the past are indicative of Kapalong’s capability to implement social protection programs for its less fortunate sector. (DSWD)



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Pantawid Parent Leaders hold 2nd general assembly

Salome Fuertes of Brgy 19-B, Davao City shares her story as a Parent Leader during the 2nd General Assembly.

DAVAO CITY  -“Parent leaders are vital instruments in the efficient implementation of the Pantawid Pamilya program in the area.

One of the primary objectives of the program is the investment in human capital, empowering and capacitating parent leaders to become actively involved in community endeavors,” emphasized Evangeline Grandeza, Family Development Session (FDS) Focal Person of Pantawid Pamilya during the recently held Parent Leaders General Assembly at the Gulf View Beach Resort.

Some 150 Parent Leaders from all 12 barangays of the first district of Davao City – Magtuod, Maa, Dumoy, Bago Gallera, Bago Aplaya, Bucana, 21-C, 20-B, 19-B, Matina Crossing, Matina Pangi, Matina Aplaya gathered for a day of fun-filled activities.

“Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders volunteer their time to assist the Pantawid City Links and ensure smooth program implementation in the barangays. They do not receive any remuneration for their work.

“This [assembly] is our simple way of thanking them,” shared John Edward Magbanua, DSWD Social Welfare Officer 3 for Davao City.

46-year old Salome Fuertes of Barangay 19-B has been a true blue advocate ever since the program started.

Sa una ako gyud ang padre de pamilya, akong bana gasalig lang sa akoa apan dako kaayo akoang pasalamat nga atungod niini nga programa dili lang ako, apil akong bana naka-amgo sa iyang responsabilidad sa pamilya (Before, I consider myself as the head of the family. I am very grateful to the program because it not only helped me but it also helped my husband to learn and understand how to be the head of the family. The program has taught him his responsibilities to our family),” recalled Salome.

Bisan sa pagkamatay sa akoang bana niadtong Agosto 29, 2013, wala gihapon ko gibiyaan sa programa. Tungod kay awtomatiko man ko nga miyembro sa Philhealth, gamay na lang amoang nabayaran sa SPMC (Southern Philippines Medical Center) imbis nga P26,000.00 total bill, P4,000 na lang ang amoang nabayaran kay gi-shoulder sa PhilHealth ang P 22,000.00 (Even when my husband died last August 29, 2013, the program never abandoned me. As I became automatic member of PhilHealth, we only payed P 4,000.00 out of the total bill of P26,000.00. PhilHealth covered the remaining P 22,000.00), she added.

Salome’s husband died of diabetes and left her to care for their six children.

“Luyo sa kalisod anaa ang programa nga nag-amuma kanamo mao wala ko maguol. Daghan kaayo ko og natun-an ug matun-an pa sa programa nga akoang magamit sa akoang pagdumala sa akong pamilya (Despite the challenges, the program is there to take care of us, that is why I do not worry too much. I have learned and will continue to learn from the program. I will use these learning in guiding my family and my children).”

At present, Pantawid Pamilya covers 194,789 registered beneficiaries in 4 provinces, 6 cities, and 43 municipalities covering 1,022 barangays in Davao Region. (DSWD)

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