Women as volunteers

Women as volunteers. A Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, Vanessa I. Diez actively participates during the CEAC (Community Empowerment Activity Cycle) orientation in her community. Diez was instrumental in the construction of the Kalahi-CIDSS 200-linear meter road in her barangay, a much-needed and long-awaited barangay facility.With her proven leadership, Diez was elected president of the Barangay Council of Women and as purok leader of Tambongon, Pantukan, Compostela Valley. (DSWD)

Pantawid families graduate from organic agri, farm tourism

Montevista, Compostela Valley -At least 50 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries  who are also Typhoon Pablo survivors recently completed  the course on  Organic Agriculture Production and Farm Tourism NCII from the Natural Farming Institute of ACES Polytechnic College, Panabo City.

Also included in the batch are 71 non-Pantawid family heads and typhoon victims who qualified to participate in the 232-hour vocational-technical course.

“This initiative is our joint undertaking with ACES Polytechnic College, Department of Agriculture and the local government, to help our program recipients be more productive and economically-contributing members of their community,” said Priscilla N. Razon, regional director of the Social Welfare Department (DSWD).

The training aims at generating employment and income for the recipients as well as mobilizing them to cultivate and produce healthy and environment-friendly livestock and crops.

The 121 new graduates are now managing a communal organic business farm here at Barangay Tapia which was designed as a farm tourism destination as well as a production center for healthy food, grown under environment-friendly conditions.

Public-private partnership

Serving as starter kit for the graduates, the farm land and fish pond was provided by Barangay Tapia and LGU Montevista which will also ensure that the farm is secured from poachers and stray animals.

Further, the LGU shall help supervise the recipients as they engage in farm activities.

DSWD through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), funded half of the training cost and one cropping cycle as well as farm inputs while technical assistance has been extended by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Department of Agriculture (DA)

ATI-DA will also provide skills training on food processing following the first cropping cycle.

ACES Polytechnic College which covered half of the training cost shall continue to assist and provide farm inputs and technical assistance.

“Our graduates are now engaged in raising organic native chicken, hogs, high-value vegetables and red tilapia,” Director Razon said.

“The farm is situated in sloping area. It is a tourist attraction with a farm theme. With organically-grown farm produce, the farm is expected to yield high market demand from the buying public,” she added.

The farm provides recreation and education opportunities to both young and old. It envisions as well a paid learning tour as one of its revenue-generating activities in the future.

Group work

The graduates are divided into seven groups that take care of a daily group assignment where each group has its own task to accomplish.

Following harvest and after sales, the net revenue shall be deducted 25% for labor cost which will be divided among the members while the remaining 75% shall be used to cover the subsequent cropping period.

For the chicken, the newly hatched chicks will be dispersed to members in a ‘roll over’ scheme. The recipient will pay the value of the chicks at harvest time.

The participants also planned of venturing into production of humba, tocino and dried fish.


DSWD-SLP is one of the poverty-reduction programs of DSWD along with Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP, Pantawid Pamilya, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding, and Grassroots Participatory Budgeting.

It aims to capacitate and develop the entrepreneurial and socio-economic skills of poor households through income-generating opportunities, enhancing their access to basic social services and employment.

To date, a total of 195 Pantawid beneficiaries from Montevista, Maragusan and Monkayo have been trained on Organic Farming while 75 from Don Marcelino, Talaingod and San Isidro, Davao Oriental trained on Automotive Services, also with ACES Polytechnic College.

In this time when more people prefer organic food, this farm tourism cum organic agriculture production project is very timely and relevant.

High school students or even out-of-school youth can also be trained in this setting where appreciation for agri-aqua culture is easily imbibed.

Farm tourism is a new variant in the mainstream tourism that attracts both local and foreign tourists. But most importantly, it’s a payoff for partner-beneficiaries who learn and earn while working.  (DSWD)







Outstanding DSWD worker cited

DSWD Team Leader in Davao Oriental Gemma D. Dela Cruz receives a plaque from Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon for her ‘distinguished service, loyalty and excellence to her mandated function in channeling regional programs and social services into the province, going above and beyond the normal call of duty’, during the recent  47th Founding Anniversary of the province. A Social Welfare Officer 3, Dela Cruz has been a DSWD social worker for 20 years now. Her first assignment was with the Special Project for Scavengers at the then Smokey Mountain. She also served at the Women’s Help Desk, Home for Girls and Women, Social Welfare and Development operations office in Compostela Valley before she was identified to head the Davao Oriental DSWD team. (DSWD)

DSWD visits Rep. Nograles

DSWD visits Rep. Nograles. DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon updates Davao City First District Representative Karlo Alexei B. Nograles on the status of DSWD programs implemented in his district during a recent courtesy visit of the DSWD regional team at his office in Davao City. (DSWD)

DSWD meet up with Rep. Ungab

Meet up with Cong. Ungab. Davao City Second District Representative Isidro T. Ungab discusses DSWD programs and projects with DSWD Officials led by Director Priscilla N. Razon during a courtesy visit. Also in photo are [from right] Protective Services Unit Head Rebecca A. Santamaria and Budget Officer Teresita V. Mercado.

Discussed at the meeting was the status of implementation of DSWD core programs such as Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding, Assistance in Crisis, and Grassroots Participatory Budgeting. (DSWD)

Shelter and nutrition for Tarragona

Mayor Nestor  L. Uy of Tarragona, Davao Oriental and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Noraflor P. Lague hold the checks that will cover the implementation of the core shelter and supplementary feeding programs in the town. The checks amounting to 61,858,022.00 were turned over by DSWD Officials [from left] Cash Unit Head Gemma G. Gatmaitan, Protective Services Unit Head Rebecca A. Santamaria, Assistant Director Mila T. Segovia and Director Priscilla N. Razon. Also in photo is Tarragona Municipal Planning and Development Officer Vivencio Anislag.

With a budget of Php 60,690,000.00, some 867 shelter units will be constructed under the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program. Shelter beneficiaries will be tapped to help in building their homes through the Cash For Work program with a funding of Php 19,594,200.00. On the other hand, 910 day care children will be provided with nutritious hot meals within 120 feeding days through the Supplementary Feeding program worth Php 1,168,022.00. (DSWD)

First Director’s Cup slated

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD congratulates Project Development Officer Aristides Balaba as Most Valuable Player during the awarding ceremonies for the DSWD XI First Director’s Cup. Also in photo are [from left] Renato B. Mondreza, Sports Committee Chair and Mila T. Segovia, Assistant Director for Administration. Proclaimed as champions for basketball and volleyball are the teams from Sustainable Livelihood Program and Pantawid Pamilya. (DSWD)

Courtesy visit to Rep. Dayanghirang

Davao Oriental First District Representative Nelson L. Dayanghirang discusses with DSWD Officials possible livelihood opportunities for idle family heads in his area during a recent courtesy visit at his office. The DSWD team set the meeting to update Rep. Dayanghirang on the programs and projects the agency has been implementing in his district. Rep. Dayanghirang cited isolated Sitio Kalinawan of Manay and remote barangay Butay of Caraga as mostly needing public services in his area. The lawmaker also expressed interest to be informed of major DSWD undertakings in the district. (DSWD)