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From Pantawid parent leader to DSWD employee

Dominador Guerro attends a seminar on Skills Enhancement for Parent Leaders as Program Advocates.

Davao City -“Every great dream begins with a dreamer, just have within you the strength, perseverance and passion to reach for it,” shared Pantawid Pamilya parent leader Dominador Guerro.

Known as Domeng to most, Guerro, 34, is a parent leader, advocate and a father.

He is overwhelmed with happiness, being the newly-hired Community Facilitator Assistant of Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (CCT-IP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Usa lang ko ka benepisaryo, parent-leader, ug third dyear high school lang pud akoang nahuman. Hantod karon dili pa gyud masulod sa akoang huna-huna nga empleyado nako, pero dako gyud akoang pasalamat sa programa sa Pantawid nga nakita akoang kapasidad bisag dili ko graduate. Karon ulaw man gamay, kampante ko sa programa nga gihatag sa ako (I am a mere beneficiary and a parent leader, and I only finished 3rd year high school. Until now I can’t still imagine that I am already employed. I am very thankful to the program. They believe in my capability even if I’m an undergrad. I may be a bit nervous yet I feel confident to undertake the task),” Guerro admitted.

Savoring this rare opportunity, Guerro commits to surpass what he has achieved as a parent leader.

Parent leader

As leader, Guerro diligently participated in all activities of the program.

For five years, he served as parent leader in Sitios Capaypayan, Mansanitas and Tubilan in Barangay Pichon, municipality of Caraga, Davao Oriental.

“Dili lalim ang mamahimong lider, kinahanglan naa gyud imuhang dedikasyon sa programa. Daghan higayon nga gusto ko moundang pero tungod sa akoang gugma sa akoang mga myembro nagpadayon gihapon ko (It’s not easy to become a parent leader, you really need dedication to the program. For a number of times I wanted to quit but I stayed because of my deep concern for my members),” Guerro recounted.

I feel a sense of pride being able to lead a group, he added.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of children aged 0-18. It utilizes the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme that provides cash grants to poor households on the condition that the children attend school, get preventive check-ups and that parent/s or guardian attends the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

The cash grant is received by the most responsible member of the household.

With his regular interactions with different people, Guerro’s communication skills were enhanced as well as his interpersonal relations.

“Tungod sa akoang pagkaparent leader daghan na kaayo ko naapilan nga trainings and seminars sa bisan asa nga lugar, mao na ang nagadasig sa ako nga mubuhat pa og daghan butang sa amoang komunidad (Being a parent leader, I have already attended lots of trainings and seminars in various places. These opportunities encouraged me more to serve my community).”

Father first

Guerro has 3 children –Joward, 9; Jethel 6; and Jehoo 2. All are covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Guerro is a labourer in peanut farm.

“Dako gyud og kausaban ang amoang kinabuhi sukad nga naapil mi sa maong programa. Kaniadto nga wala gyud hinabang sa gobyerno mapakaon lang nako akoang mga anak og isa o duha sa isa ka adlaw. Ang isa ka salmon nga bugas amoa pa gyud nang tunga-on, ang tunga ilugaw sa karon nga adlaw ug katunga para sa sunod nga adlaw. Kami mag-asawa kay mag saging o kamote na lang (Our life took an immense improvement when we started to participate in the program. Before the program, I could only feed my children once or twice a day. The one cup of rice had to be rationed: half of it to be cooked as porridge for the day while the other half to be stashed and served the following day. My wife and I will just have to be contented with boiled banana or camote),” Guerro recalled.

He said despite all the challenges, he is confident the program is there to take care of them. “Although I did not finish my study, I’ll strive harder to let our children finish their studies. I can do a lot to improve my life because DSWD has helped me develop my potentials as a community leader and now as a worker.”

Guerro plans of enrolling in Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System to complete his secondary education and hopes to take up Social Work.

CCT for IP

Community Facilitator Assistant Dominador Guerro and other field staffs will pioneer a journey of another social development program of DSWD that aims to contribute reduction of poverty amongst the IPs  -one of the most disadvantaged and marginalized sectors.

Guerro will be serving Sitio Butay in Barangay Pichon -one of the pilot areas of CCT-IP implementation and one of the most isolated places in the region which has remained inaccessible by any vehicle.

“We have seen his commitment to the program. His trainings and seminars equipped him with knowledge and developed his skills in social work. We are really confident that he will make it,” Pantawid IP Focal Rayhalda Susulan stressed.

The program will focus primarily on IPs in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) within or outside ancestral domains. It commits to ensure effective delivery of basic health, nutrition and education services for women and children and support IP community-based projects.

Targeting 30,868 IP household beneficiaries in Davao Region, the program will maintain the usual package of Php 500 per month per family for health grant, and Php 300 per child per month for education grant to a maximum of 3 children per family within a school year. (DSWD)


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More homes completed to shelter more families in DavOr

Francisco Culpa of Sibajay, Boston happily holds his Certificate of Occupancy to his new home. Also in photo is his grandchild.

Cateel, Davao Oriental– Typhoon Pablo may have trampled the houses and lives of many residents of Davao Oriental but it also brought transformation to every victim who strives to bounce back.

For Leofora Losentes, 45, of Barangay Alegria, typhoon Pablo was a two-edged sword that brought them not just the devastation but a more beautiful home and more opportunities.

In the continuing rehabilitation program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental, another 728 permanent homes for the typhoon survivors of Cateel, Boston and Baganga were recently completed and turned over.

This brings to 3,369 permanent shelters completed in Davao Oriental through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).

The continuous construction is being implemented while ensuring that residents are properly relocated in safe zones to prevent future disasters.

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Administration Mila T. Segovia conveyed her appreciation to the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental in helping the victims recover from the disaster. To the new homeowners, she shared, “This is also my hometown and I know many of you are still reeling from the vast challenges brought by the disaster but the government is doing every initiative to help you rise and fully recover.”

Losentes expressed her gratefulness to the department for subsidizing all expenses in building their home. “Grabe akoang kalipay nga naa na gyud mi maingon karon nga amoang balay.  Gilupad man sa bagyo amoang balay ug nagpuyo sa payag-payag kilid sa kalsada pero karon makatulog na akoang mga anak og maayo (I am extremely happy now that we have a home we can call our own. Our house was swept away by the typhoon and we had to stay in a makeshift house along the road. My children can now sleep comfortably).”

A Pantawid Pamilya grantee, Losentes has 7 children. Her husband Pedro is a farm laborer. Her older son Luther, 22, works as a laborer in a rice field while second child Jick, 19, is a helper in the construction of houses for typhoon victims.

At the ceremonial turnover, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon encouraged beneficiaries to also participate in the construction, in a scheme where they too are paid for the labor in building their own homes. “We are fast tracking the construction of all the houses and target to finish it as soon as possible. I urge everyone to take advantage of the livelihood opportunity especially that there are still thousands of houses to be constructed.”

To Lorna Rendola, 50, of Barangay Dawis, Baganga, the livelihood opportunity offered by the governor would surely help her family move on. Rendola’s husband died prior to the typhoon. She lost her son, daughter-in-law and three-month old grandson to Typhoon Pablo.

“Sakit gyud akoang gibati hangtod karon pero kinahanglan ko mabuhi para sa akoang pamilya ug mga anak. (Upto now I am deeply devastated by what happened but I need to be strong for my family and children).”

Rendola has seven more children and one grandchild to look after. She is very thankful to the government who never left them and hopeful for all the opportunities that will still come. “Kaya ko ang pagbabago dahil sa patuloy na tiwala at tulong ng gobyerno. Maraming salamat po.”

“The spirit of perseverance has come alive in the province where people surpassed the odds through unity and resiliency. I assure you that in every initiative of the government, no one will be left behind,” claimed Assistant Director Segovia. (DSWD)

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DSWD-WB gab set to improve CCT grievance mechanisms

Davao City – Representatives from the World Bank are currently in the city for a consultation workshop on Pantawid Pamilya grievance system. The World Bank delegates will also visit Barangay Tibungco for a brief field exposure. This was bared by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director Priscilla N. Razon.

“The activity aims to examine how the Grievance Redress System (GRS) mechanisms and processes of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are being implemented at the grassroots level,” said Director Razon.

“The World Bank delegates also want to observe and gather actual field experience on how complaints are handled and resolved,” she added.

The field visit also aims to identify the areas where there are gaps and bottlenecks in terms of resolution of cases, the elements, the processes and possible resources deterring the process; determine areas where tools for client satisfaction can exist and be implemented; account for innovated practices; and analyze the possibility of incorporating the current processes of the GRS to standardize the good practice

The GRS has transitioned from being case-centered to client-centered in resolving received grievances. The goal of this said enhancement is to improve the mechanism of resolving complaints.

Pantawid’s grievance system aims to be more than just a channel of receiving complaints and grievances but more importantly in understanding the context and actually improve on the mechanisms that cause the surge of complaints. In the long run, the system is viewed to create a corrective mechanism that can readily resolve issues and prevent grievances.

For the 2nd quarter of this year, Pantawid Pamilya has already received 2,277 cases and resolved 2,169. The ongoing cases of 108 is related to beneficiaries with retroactive payments.

Pantawid Pamilya has been keeping children in school and families healthy since its onset in 2008. At present, Davao Region has 198,973 household beneficiaries in all 4 provinces, 6 cities, 43 municipalities covering 2,217 barangays. (DSWD)

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