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Kalahi-CIDSS completes classroom project in San Isidro, DavOr

San Isidro, Davao Oriental  – The weather started to gloom and began to drizzle in Barangay Iba here after a long drought.

For the residents, it signifies hope and opportunity for the preschoolers of Iba Elementary School.

The one building, one classroom sub-project through the initiative of Kalahi-CIDSS [Now known as National Community Driven Development Program] and AusAid (Australian Aid) has finally been completed.

Pre-school students can finally enjoy a decent classroom this coming school year.

The Blessing and Turn-over of the sub-project was led by Mayor Justina MB. Yu with the presence of municipal leaders, Barangay Captain, volunteers, and representatives from DSWD.

Sunny Dumandan, Municipal Community Facilitator, shared the struggles of pre-school students before.

He shared the young children would walk two kilometers and trek 63 steps all the way to the top every day to reach the school gymnasium which served as their temporary classroom.

The children are eager and really persevered to learn sans facilities, he said.

The school principal would readily offer her office to the children whenever it rains as the gym is not fully covered, Dumandan noted.

“Maluoy ko sa gagmay na mga estudyante pag mag ulan, unya pag mo init, maabugan pud sila kay dili man sementado ang among gym” (I feel sorry for the young students when rains pour. And during dry season, it gets dusty for them since the gym is not paved).”

“The challenge to the government and its partners is to identify the poorest of the poor, to keenly monitor the progress of the help that we give them. Sustainability is the kind of help that they need for them to stand on their own,” Mayor Yu emphasized in her speech.

The community residents also assisted in monitoring the sub-project during construction.

Through Kalahi-CIDSS, the investment toward education through decent school facilities will help alleviate the illiteracy rate in far-flung barangays.

Implemented by DSWD, Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty reduction program where decision-making resides in the community. (DSWD)




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Kalahi-CIDSS brings peace to IPs in DavNor village

Datu Jaime Panuayan signs the Manifesto of Support during the Kalahi-CIDSS Pamana municipal orientation.

Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao Del Norte – The Ata-Manobo tribe here has never lived in an environment that is as peaceful as it is now. They have suffered years of chaos as tribal wars prevail in their tribe.

Lives were lost, inhumane acts stirred up and justice was very elusive to the people back then. Settlement was tried but injustice still prevailed.

Indigenous people may be rich and diverse in culture, but they don’t have a center or a station where they can settle their issues and concerns.

Datu Jaime Panuayan, assistant mandatory representative of the Ata-Manobo tribe, shared his predicament before Kalahi-CIDSS came to their community.

“We usually gathered and held our hearing in an open area. When the rain starts to pour or if it’s too humid, we stop the hearing and we would end up not settling the issues.”

As a datu, he is the most trusted leader in their tribe. He implements justice and law to maintain peace and unity. Datus serve as judge and decision makers.

On the other hand, to be a tribal leader comes with a great challenge. He admitted that it was never easy to balance everything, especially when there is no venue to settle their problems.

The risk of not having a ‘justice’ hall for settling their issues is the breaching of confidentiality. Almost everyone would want to get involved. There is also that possibility that tribal leaders will be accused of being biased.

They offer something in exchange or settlement of a certain crime such as animals and ancestral domains. But sometimes, with the inconsistency of their hearing or ‘judicial’ procedures, they end up with feud among involved parties. Worse, when problems are not settled, tribal war would erupt.

“It is their culture to defend their family and relatives when there is conflict. Unfortunately, it always results to hurting and killing one another and then the hostilities will be passed on to the next generation then to the next. It’s an endless war.” Francis Pineda, Municipal Monitor of Kalahi-CIDSS explained.

Kalahi-CIDSS Pamana

When Kalahi-CIDSS Pamana came in Talaingod, conflict-affected areas were prioritized as the program supports peace-promoting sub-projects.

Kalahi-CIDSS, now known as National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) is a poverty reduction project where decision-making resides in the community.

The Ata-Manobo tribe underwent Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA) in which Datus and community residents were given the privilege to determine their problem. This was a leap of faith and a hope to the tribe.

The Local Government Unit extended its full support during the implementation of the sub-project. It has been a dream of local officials to settle the tribal wars in Talaingod. Thus, through the help of Kalahi-CIDSS, the peace that they yearned for so long was getting closer to their reach.

Kalahi-CIDSS opened its doors even to those who weren’t given the opportunity to lead. The aspirations of every individual were considered and valued.

The residents then came up with a solution to their problem. They planned of building an Ata-Manobo Libulongan Center (justice hall). Since a lot of tribal members suffered from the unresolved feuds in the past, they were really bent on constructing a justice hall.

“It was hard for Kalahi-CIDSS community facilitators to assist and teach them how to conduct the PSA because of the language barrier. However, our Municipal Coordinating Team, our counterpart in the LGU, patiently assisted us in making them understand,” Pineda said.

The Libulongan Center is an extension of the barangay hall but it only caters to concerns of the Lumad. They solve their problems based on their law and culture.

In support to Kalahi-CIDSS, the community created a women committee that acively took part in the construction of the Libulongan.

“The datus met and discussed the advent of Kalahi-CIDSS. The members of the tribe also participated in this new development,” Datu Jaime recalled.

The beneficiaries are immensely thankful that Kalahi-CIDSS considered their barangay for a sub-project. This could help them in maintaining peace in their community. Further, this would help boost their economy as livelihood activities will no longer be disrupted by the wars.

The various activities of Kalahi-CIDSS made the community closer and united. Kalahi-CIDSS has helped bridge the gaps which lessened the conflicts in the barangay. Camaraderie and the sense of respect started to manifest.

Thus, Kalahi-CIDSS provided more than just a ‘peace’ center. Above all, it helped mobilized indigenous people to become leaders and peace-makers in their own right. (DSWD)

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16 ‘golds’ for Davao City PWD-athletes

PWD ATHLETES. The victorious Davao City PWD athletic team Duterte Agilas grabs a posterity pose with DSWD Officials led by Director Priscilla N. Razon [4th from left] after competing in the recent PSC-PHILSPADA (Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled) Para National Games at Marikina Sports Center. The team won 16 gold medals, 8 silver and 5 bronze in Goal Ball, Shot Put Throw, 800m Dash, 200m Wheelathon, 200m Dash, Wheelchair Table Tennis, Crutches Standing Table Tennis, Discus Throw, and Chess. The team was led by Head Coach and PHILSPADA Davao City President James Infiesto [3rd from left]. DSWD provided for the team’s transportation allowance. (DSWD)


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DSWD awards 430 more shelter units to ‘Pablo’ survivors in DavOr

Abundio Butulan, Sr, 72, of Barangay Poblacion, Boston town happily shows off his Certificate of Occupancy during the turnover ceremony for the modified shelter units.

Cateel, Davao Oriental -An additional 430 families who lost their homes to Typhoon Pablo in December 2012 received new homes from DSWD during the recent turnover ceremonies in the towns of Boston, Baganga and Cateel.

This brings to a total of 2311 shelter units completed in Davao Oriental and 1380 in Compostela Valley built through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) in collaboration with the provincial governments.

Provided to families left homeless by calamities, the shelter units are resistant to disasters and built with concrete and good lumber. Each unit covers a lot area of 70 square meters, installed with a two-room division, painted inside and out, with bathroom and septic tank, separate kitchen, and window-level concrete wall.

Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon conveyed her appreciation to DSWD for the all-out and unwavering support. She cited that no matter how dedicated the local governments and national agencies are in helping but if the people will not cooperate then it will all be futile. She emphasized that progress starts within oneself through discipline and determination.

“We must embrace the new normal and always be ready, disasters or no disasters. Community resiliency is achieved when there is cooperation among the DSWD, PLGU and the residents,” stressed Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, DSWD.

Abundio Butulan, Sr, 72, of Barangay Poblacion, Boston, expressed his gratitude for his new home. “Tulo gyud ka lubi ang mitumba sa amoang daan nga balay. Sa payag-payag lang mi gapuyo uban akoang unom ka anak ug mga apo. Dako kaayo akoang pasalamat sa grasya nga gihatag sa Ginoo pinaagi sa DSWD (Three coconut trees crashed our old house to the ground. We are staying temporarily at a small makeshift home with my six children and grandchildren. I am very thankful for the blessing God shared through DSWD).”

Babylin Castanos, 45, of Purok South Tinimbo, Central, Cateel also conveyed her happiness to the department for her new home. “Luyo sa kapit-os ug kalisod nga amoang nasinati tungod sa Bagyong Pablo anaa gihapon ang DSWD wala gyud mibiya sa amoa. Dako kaayo akoang pasalamat sa DSWD sa panibag-ong grasya nga ilang gihatag sa amoang pamilya (Despite of the hard up situation and difficulty that we experienced because of Typhoon Pablo, DSWD has always been there and did not abandon us. I am very grateful to the department for another blessing that it provided my family).”

The 3rd and final tranche of MSAP is expected to yield some 28,677 units -11383 for Compostela Valley and 17,294 for Davao Oriental. The overall cost of the MSAP is P 2.3 billion. (DSWD)


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Kalahi-CIDSS: For women too

Tambongon, Pantukan -Poverty is a never-ending battle if one chooses not to step up and do something about it and embark on changing for the better.

“She does it like a man.” The Area Coordinating Team of Kalahi-CIDSS and residents in their purok would often say this of her every time she performs her tasks.

But this description would always inspire Vanessa I. Diez, 33, for she believes that women can actually get out of their box and carve an identity of their own.


She grew up poor. Vanessa, fondly called Em-Em in their community, shared her adversity and struggles as a child as she was forced to endure poverty instead of savoring the joy of growing up.

“My father did not allow my mother to work because she had to care for us, their seven children. He believes that women should stay home and serve the family.”

The unstable income of her father being a technician,made it difficult for her family to sustain its daily needs.

Her father would rarely go home due to his work. Young Em-em had to find ways to somehow help her mother. She would sell Safari and Hebi (junk snacks) at her school.

“This was my racket back then. I had to look for means to be able to help my mother as she had no livelihood to rely on and my father was seldom home, working far. At times, we were short of cash to buy our basic needs.”

Her experience as a child was far different from the experience of other children in her neighborhood. The battlefield of life became her ultimate friend. Her family was always hard up and they had to be contented with the little or nothing on the table. Somehow, this experience never discouraged Em-Em for she believed she is above others in terms of endurance.

The trying times she underwent taught her to be skilful. She may have missed the essence of being a child –playing, sleeping, frolicking, yet she came out tougher than most. She also realized that nothing worth having comes easy in life.

Em-em was able to attend college but almost had to stop as her father’s meagre income could not sustain it anymore. Luckily, her father found a new source of income which enabled her to pursue her dream of earning a degree.

“I took up Civil Engineering but my father wanted me to become a teacher. I insisted and I won.”

On her second year, Em-em got pregnant, stopped schooling and got married. Unprepared and young, they settled down as their culture dictated.

Fear and doubts then arose. She thought this could be the end of her dream of having a better life. Her marriage began to shatter.They both had a hard time adjusting with the new responsibility.

At this time, she resorted to selling banana que.

“Hard life was nothing new to me as I had been there, done that.”

Her husband, on the other hand had a hard time looking for a job. Also, Em-em did not see the drive in her husband to really strive hard and be the main provider of the family. Despite these odds, she didn’t want to lose her faith.

Her husband gradually started to recognize Em-Em’s worth and efforts. He began to try to save their marriage. When they at last reconciled, Em-em made it clear to her husband to give her room to grow and be the best version of herself.

“It was not easy at first but what I was really aiming for was to change the trend and do away from what we were accustomed with. We were so struggling because it was only my father who had a job.”

Em-em and her husband started to teach their children to be responsible and independent. They learned to fend for themselves. Steadily, her family coped, with all members sharing with the load and working together.

For others

With a stronger and able family, Em-em then started to serve in her church.Helping others gives her a sense of fulfillment more than anything else. She also actively participated in other community endeavors.

“I would encourage children and parents to enlist and avail of the different services offered by government for free, like circumcision and medicines. The other women in our place refused to participate as they were already burdened with home chores. I did want them to miss out on these opportunities.”

Shortly, the Barangay Council of Women elected Em-em president with 14 puroks under her watch.

Appreciating her concern and selfless service for others, the community urged her to serve as Purok Leader. In her first attempt to get elected, she won. She was awed and overwhelmed with the outpouring support of the community. She was the only woman out of four candidates aiming for the position. Then women power began to unfold in their village.

When Kalahi-CIDSS conducted its Municipal Participatory Analysis in October 2012, Em-em was elected to represent her purok along with two other residents. She was hesitant at first but accepted the new assignment.

“The journey was never easy. To convince the members of the community of this new development strategy seemed to be impossible to achieve. Residents from the 14 puroks had a hard time submitting themselves to this change. They thought that what the government introduced will not be sustained anyway [so why waste our time].”

With the construction of the 200-linear meter road through Kalahi-CIDSS, Em-Em felt she was one step closer to her dream.

This project, she considers as one of her childhood dreams. For a long time, villagers had a hard time transporting their products to the poblacion especially during rainy season. Road accidents were common as the road condition was awful, apart from being strewn with potholes.

Earlier, at the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum where all barangays would present and defend their prioritized community sub-projects, Em-Em took a stand in defending it. She admitted she became emotional during the presentation.

“I felt my happiness could not be contained when I became the voice of my community.”

All their efforts and the sacrifices became more meaningful as their sub-project was prioritized.

Now dreams are coming through and coming true because people worked hard and resources were wisely used.

Born to a poor family, Em-em has had more than her fair share of life’s most painful tribulations. Through it all, she remained steadfast, hopeful and hardworking, helping the community, especially women, to rise up and partake.

Through the opportunities that Kalahi-CIDSS has shared with her, Em-em now celebrates the triumph of determination and positivity versus poverty. (DSWD)

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Globe engages Pantawid families

Globe Business Package recipient Jocelyn Soronio of Barangay Bagongon, Compostela shows off her brand new cellular phone, being a Globe partner in auto-load retailing. Jocelyn is one of the 50 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the towns of Compostela, Monkayo, Montevista, New Bataan and Laak who were identified through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program to engage with Globe.

“I load my retailer SIM card at the Poblacion loading station. Having this kind of business is really good because the money that we earn from our auto-load retailing business helps us in augmenting our daily expenditures. For every 10-peso load, I earn 2.50 pesos.”

Another recipient Phoebe Rodio from Barangay Lagab who uses a Touch Mobile retailer SIM is happy to report that with her earnings, she can readily buy her children’s needs.

After receiving the auto-load business package from Globe, Gerlie Fernandez of Barangay Aurora was able to help her husband earn more for their family. “I am very happy to be one of the recipients because this is really a blessing for our family. While I earn I am able to attend to the needs of my children plus I don’t have to leave the house to sell loads as my customers just come to me.”

The Globe Auto-load Retailer Package contains a brand new mobile phone, a retailer SIM card and a store signage. Globe also provided orientation on Electronic-Load to the beneficiaries.

Earlier, Globe has also partnered with 40 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Montevista, Monkayo, New Bataan, Laak and Compostela. This project aims at helping typhoon-affected families start a small business and augment their family income.

As it regularly renders technical assistance to its partner-retailers, Globe has been providing telecommunication support to the residents of the two ‘Pablo’ hard-hit provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

Meanwhile, the Movement of P-Noy Active Members for Good Governance, Inc. (PMGG), a non-government organization based in Metro Manila will soon engage Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of Barangay Mahan-ob, Baganga, Davao Oriental in mat and basket weaving.

Through the DSWD livelihood program and BELA (Baganga Entrepreneurial Livelihood Association), PMGG will also generate livelihood for identified families as it plans to put up poultry and livestock centers as well as initiate production of bananas, corn, durian and mushrooms in the area.

Using the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) Process, DSWD Project Development Officers are now identifying available resources in the community and the possible market of this upcoming business venture. (DSWD)




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Overcoming disability through Kalahi-CIDSS

BSPMC Chairman Rey Jaboneta [leftmost] confers with project workers and community residents as he monitors the construction of the 200 linear meter drainage canal in Barangay New Panay.

MARAGUSAN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY -Poverty — A never ending battle for the residents in Maragusan, Compostela Valley way back then. Hope, to some of the residents, seemed to be unattainable and far beyond their reach.

Most of them are dreamers. Parents long to provide quality education for their children, farmers yearn to have better facilities for the convenience in delivering their products to market. Residents, like everyone else, dreamed to have a better livelihood for their family.

On the other hand, the lack of resources and drive in pursuing these dreams hindered the residents from believing that it is achievable.

When Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services) came to their Barangay to initiate sub-project implementation to fight against poverty, it did not just change the lives of the families, but it gave a chance of empowerment and sense of belongingness to a person, who was once deprived of life’s vast opportunities.

Born with Polio, Rey Jaboneta has experienced discrimination from people around him. At his young age, fate pushed him to learn things the hard way.

Trying years

From South Cotabato, Rey grew up poor. He has 12 siblings. The source of income of his father is from being a tenant. “Life was indeed hard for us. Our parents could not afford to send us all to school,” recounts Rey.

His younger brother became his other leg. His brother would sacrifice to carry Rey on his back, walked extra miles, crossed rivers, all in the name of helping his brother with disability to learn and gain knowledge.

Kay wala man mi kwarta ipa eskwela, mag sit-in nalang ko sa klase sa Grade 1 aron naa ko matun-an. Maayo nalang, naay dakong kasing-kasing ang mga maestra na paapilon ko para makapaminaw sa klase (Since we didn’t have enough money for schooling I had to enlist as ‘sit-in’ student for me to be able to learn. Luckily, teachers were kind-hearted and would allow me in their class so I could listen).”

Most often, his classmates would bully him. They would often question his ability and torture him with hurtful words that he will never have the chance of standing on his own.

The trials that he encountered as a child motivated him to actively participate in class even if he was not officially enrolled.  He motivated himself to pursue his dreams because he knew that one day, he will have the chance of helping those who are in need.

Teachers were astonished of how eager Rey was as a pupil. Inspired by his enthusiasm, his parents worked even harder and enrolled him the following year.            

“Dili ko gusto na pas-anon ko pirmi sa mga taong nagmahal nako, gusto nako maningkamot ko og mangandoy nga naa koy kapasidad na maedukar ug makatabang sa laing tao  (I don’t want to be dependent forever. I want to strive on my own as I look forward to finish my education and be of help to others).”

This time, he made his own crutches that would serve as his strength in his journey.

His battles prevailed but he didn’t allow his disability to let him down because he believed that he has the competence to lead others. He persisted even if he had a hard time working normally due to his illness. In the end, he achieved his goals.

He attended the seminary for two years where he learned that helping others in his community doesn’t necessarily require money, that, it is all about passion and strength in motivating others to be empowered.

He eventually left the seminary because he felt that he could do a lot of community service outside of it.

Rey pursued his education and enrolled in General Radio Communication Operation. He passed the board examination and went on to become a disc jockey.

His extensive experiences propelled him to become an effective leader. He started to value the importance of helping others and speaking out in behalf of others’ concerns.

Not everyone has the courage and compassion to be able to stand up for other people’s wellbeing. Rey believes that the strength he gained from his trials serves as his ticket towards achieving his life-long dream of helping others.

Empowerment through participation

When he transferred in New Manay, new doors of opportunity opened up to him especially when the community elected him as BSPMC (Barangay Sup-Project Management Committee) Chair for Kalahi-CIDSS.

He attended various trainings such as Project Development Workshop, Pre-Implementation Workshop, Participatory Situation Analysis wherein community and local leaders worked together in determining their main problems.

Through these workshops, Rey was able to understand the situation of his community and he was able to pin point what help and support he needed to exert, in uplifting the status of the residents.

He actively participated in the construction of the 200 linear meter drainage line canal initiated by Kalahi-CIDSS. He also attended programs for PWDs (persons with disability) as he wanted to help people like him with impairment, to open their minds and embrace change.

Various projects have been materialized, more than uplifting the community’s way of living.

For someone who’s been judged as less capacitated to help, Rey boosts the morale of the community and motivates others to take part in Kalahi-CIDSS projects.

His community, like Rey, seemed disabled for the longest time since the villagers were resigned that they could only do very little in improving their way of living.

They felt degraded and insignificant since most of them weren’t able to finish school. But now, they have started to work together to uplift their condition by participating in building various sub-projects.

Kalahi-CIDSS imparted to the villagers a sense of ownership and responsibility towards their projects.

In Kalahi-CIDSS, communities and Local Government Units (LGUs) are guided to choose, design and implement sub-projects that address their most pressing need. From the possible sub-projects, the community will determine which must be prioritized for immediate implementation.

Women, on the other hand, are now being motivated to expand their horizons as they participate in Trainer’s Training on Dress Making/Tailoring with Non Formal Education on Embroidery and Interior Designs.

The community is slowly getting out of the norm and starting to create a new progressive one.

People see Rey as an inspiration because he did whatever it took to prove that he can also be a key player toward change despite his disability.

The residents were enlightened that through their participation in Kalahi-CIDSS, they can unleash their full potential and can be change catalysts in their own right. (DSWD)


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Kalahi-CIDSS promotes environmental protection

 The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan) recently conducted a thematic environmental protection and management seminar (TEMS) held at Hotel Elizabeth.

Regional directors, area coordinators, community facilitators, volunteers, deputy area coordinators, representatives of LGUs from different regions who participated the TEMS training in 2013, shared their gains, experiences and application of TEMS through Kalahi-CIDSS implementation.

Its goal is to make innovative pathways for building community resiliency and develop communities to be equipped with knowledge on environmental responsibility.

The challenge among DSWD staff regarding the “new normal” is to endeavor in building the attitude of the community to be resilient against disasters. It is also important to help the people develop sustainable ways that will support community growth.

The seminar also aimed at providing participants a venue for knowledge sharing on different strategies in environmental management and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) implemented at different levels – national government, local government and community.

Under the implementation aspect, DSWD Region 11 bagged the Best Practice in Promoting Community Environment and Awareness.

Kalahi-CIDSS now gears up for its national scale-up within the year.

The expansion of Kalahi-CIDSS to NCDDP (National Community-Driven Development Program) will cover 847 poor municipalities nationwide. (DSWD)

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