Archive | September, 2014

Pantawid Pamilya’s FDS lauded

A Pantawid parent’s affirmation of the relevance of the monthly Family Development Session (FDS) conducted through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.  DSWD

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Pantawid Family Day

FAMILY DAY. Over 7000 Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries participate in the 2014 National Family Day and Covergence Caravan last Sunday which started with a fun walk dubbed Hakbang “Kaya Ko” Sa Onse. With family-representatives from all over the region, the ensuing program at the University of Mindanao Gym bannered the theme Pamilyang Pilipino Para sa Pagbabago: Tumatawid sa Kaunlaran. In recognition of outstanding Pantawid beneficiaries, the event was conducted simultaneously in all 17 regional offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).  The new DSWD campaign Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago was also launched Sunday. DSWD

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DSWD holds family day with over 1K Pantawid families

Davao City  -As a culminating activity for the National Family Week Celebration and in observance of the National Family Thanksgiving Day, the regional office here of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will convene on Sunday, September 28, some 1840 families for the event dubbed 2014 National Family Day and Convergence Caravan.

Coming from the all provinces and cities in Region XI, the invited families which are composed of over 5000 members, are beneficiaries of the DSWD major social protection programs such as Pantawid Pamilya, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, Sustainable Livelihood, Supplementary Feeding and Grassroots Participatory Budgeting.

According to Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD, the event to be held at UM Matina Campus Gymnasium will be simultaneously conducted by DSWD Offices in the 17 regions all over the country.  In Metro Manila, over 10,000 beneficiaries were invited to participate while other regions will gather 5000 each, she said.

Expected to attend the Davao Region celebration is DSWD Undersecretary for General Administration and Support Services Mateo G. Montaňo.

“In this family day, we will launch the Pantawid Pamilya Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago Campaign and we will provide a venue for the beneficiaries to speak out and share the positive changes in their lives following their participation in DSWD programs and in other government programs. We also want to recognize outstanding families who are active and involved in community affairs,” Director Razon said.

Through this, family-beneficiaries from different areas will have the opportunity to meet, interact and learn from each other, Director Razon added.

The event comes in two parts  -Hakbang “Kaya Ko” Sa Onse Family Fun Walk and Family Day and Convergence Caravan.

To kick off at 6:30 a.m., the Fun Walk will start in two areas: one at SIR Barangay Hall, Sandawa [to enter UM Main Gate along Matina] and the other one at DCWD Office Matina Highway [to enter UM Maa Gate]. Participants will then converge at the gymnasium at 7:30 a.m.

The family day program will cover Family Talent Showcase, Family Feud, Family Sayawit, Huwarang Pamilya Awarding, and Family Ceremonial Commitment.

On top of the family participants, DSWD has invited line agencies like DOH, DILG, DEPED, DTI, DA, DAR, TESDA, BFAR, DOLE, PHILHEALTH, POPCOM, DOT, NEDA, NNC, DPWH, DENR and LANDBANK. Also expected to attend are heads of Civil Society Organizations, partners from the media community, and social welfare and development officers from the local government units. DSWD


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Organic farming yields abundant harvest

ORGANIC ALL. Some 68.5 kilos of red tilapia are harvested during the 1st Harvest Festival of Tapia Organic Farmers’ Association in Tapia, Montevista. The recipient-farmers are DSWD beneficiaries and typhoon survivors who recently graduated from Organic Agriculture Production and Farm Tourism National Certificate II. The farmers also yielded five heads of organic swine weighing 362 kilos. Next harvest is scheduled in December. DSWD

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DSWD XI ranked 1st in 2013 performance

Davao City – The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here has obtained the highest rank in the 2013 Office Performance Contract and Review (OPCR) among the 21 DSWD Offices throughout the country including the Central Office and the Attached Agencies which are the National Council on Disability Affairs, National Youth Commission, Inter-Country Adoption Board and Council for the Welfare of Children.

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD said, “the DSWD XI Rank Category based on the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) Guidelines is Best which topped all DSWD Units nationwide. Second top Best performer is DSWD Region XII followed by Regions VI, X, II, VII and Caraga which were rated Better, she said.

Secretary Corazon J. Soliman of DSWD congratulated every DSWD employee for his/her contribution in the achievements for the year 2013. “Moving forward, let us continuously work together with vigor and rigor so as to ensure that we all deliver on our commitments for this year.

Conducted by the DSWD Office of Strategy Management, Policy Development and Plans Bureau, Finance Service and Office of the Secretary, the DSWD offices were assessed based on the following variables or key result areas: (1) improved well-being of families; (2)  case management of poor households; (3)  expanding number of poor households identified in Listahanan availing SWD (social welfare and development) programs; (4) utilization of Listahanan by other social protection service providers; (5) increased number of fully functioning LGU Social Welfare and Development Office; (6) capacitating LGUs to implement devolved social services; (7) values-based and strategy-based allocation and utilization of resources; (8) expanding partnership in support to SWD programs; (9) application of critical competencies; (10) building a culture of innovation and convergence; (11) process excellence; (12)  leadership and competency, among others.

Meanwhile, DSWD XI was also cited outstanding in the 2013 Report Card Survey of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which measures agency compliance with the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA). DSWD

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DSWD holds forum for gov’t info officers

Davao City –Some 80 Information Officers from the local government units and national agencies will gather here Thursday, September 18 as the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reports its accomplishments and shares implementation status of its major programs and services.

Dubbed Partners’ Forum and Consultation, the event aims to 1) strengthen partnership with local government units and national line agencies relative to advocating development initiatives of the government sector; 2) generate support and commitment of Information Officers in communicating the challenges and gains of government social protection programs spearheaded by DSWD; and 3) intensify camaraderie and coordination among Government Information Officers in Region XI.

In partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the activity will cover the Poverty Profile of Region XI based on the NSCB (National Statistical Coordination Board) and DSWD Listahanan assessment and the corresponding DSWD Response highlighting the Convergence Strategy, Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven Development Program, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding, and the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program (GPBP).

An orientation on the DSWD Kaya Ko Campaign will also be tackled to be followed by the signing of the Manifesto of Support. DSWD

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Rubber seeds farming ensures income, environmental preservation in ComVal town

One of the farmers tending to a rubber seedling.

New Manay, Maragusan — In this far-flung barangay, community residents have encountered disasters like typhoons and landslides that wreck homes and crops. The adversities that occurred have made the poverty situation worse in the area.

“Life was difficult in the area. No matter how we tried to achieve a better life, the force of nature was always a hindrance from achieving it,” shares Welencio T. Magbutang, farmer for almost 30 years.

Farming is the main source of livelihood here. Albeit the effort of the farmers, their income remained unstable because of the difficulty of transporting their crops such as vegetables and banana to the market.

Farmers walked miles from home to their farm. They worked non-stop from morning till afternoon. This has been their way of life since the time of their fathers and they could not muster enough resources to improve on this.

Logging activities in some parts courted disasters like landslides which ruined their crops.

For them, thier situation was an imminent disaster.  In fact, they already refrained themselves from pursuing a better life. Because of their struggle against poverty, their children were also affected. For one, parents could hardly send their children to school due to budget constraints.

On December 4, 2014, when Typhoon Pablo hit the area, it destroyed almost everything that they have worked hard for. The devastation became their eye-opener to make a change.


In May 2013, DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS PAMANA entered New Manay. From then on, things began to change. Residents were hesitant at first to participate because most of them don’t have any formal education. The lack of self-esteem hindered them to believe that they too, can take part in change. This became the barrier between the residents and authority.

“Residents believed that only “persons with authority” have the right to lead and decide for their well-being,” Magbutang said.

KALAHI-CIDSS PAMANA is a program developed to improve access of conflict-affected barangays (CABs) to quality basic social services and responsive, transparent and accountable local governments. The project invests in empowering people and in advancing peace-promoting community initiatives.

Having undergone the distinct KALAHI-CIDSS social preparation phase which involves orientation, community assemblies, participatory situation analysis, and validation, residents agreed on a project that would provide them a long-term income and help preserve the environment at the same time.

The Capacity Building on Rubber-Farming Technology with Soil and Water Conservation Approach radiated a sense of optimism to the farmers of New Manay.

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), farmers participated in field exposures in rubber plantations and they trained on proper planting of rubber seeds and managing rubber seedlings. Indeed, the program lifted the barrier between the local officials and the community.

Rubber trees are known to prevent landslides and one tree holds up to 75,000 liters of water.

“Rubber is more sustainable in nature, though we still have to wait for six years before we can utilize it,” shares Magbutang.

On the side, farmers were taught to implement inter-cropping rubber with other farm produce such as corn, vegetables, coffee and banana. With this technology, farmers can earn an estimated income of Php 200 pesos a day while waiting for the rubber seeds to grow.

To date, there are 80 beneficiaries cultivating a total 500 rubber seedlings through the help of KALAHI-CIDSS PAMANA. They now have four model farms in the area for residents to learn from in terms of proper ways of planting and growing rubber seeds.

Aside from the income that they can acquire from the rubber seeds in a few years’ time, this project secures their safety from upcoming calamities.

Residents, on the other hand, are immensely thankful for this project.  Magbutang said that they have become resilient in dealing with disasters.

“Kaya ko ang pagbabago dahil sa pag-asang ibinigay ng proyektong ito. Hindi lang ang aming kaligtasan laban sa mga sakuna ang maidudulot nito sa amin, kundi ito’y makakatulong rin bilang panghanap-buhay,” he added.

Indeed, the project does not only alleviate the well-being of the residents of New Manay. It also protects the environment, the community’s source of livelihood and shelter. DSWD


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Kakayahan Fair winner

KAKAYAHAN FAIR.  Arnel Tampos of Kapalong and 2nd place winner in English Text Processing in the Kakayahan Regional Abilympics Competition 2014, receives his cash prize and certificate from DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon.  Also in photo is Cynthia N. Umbaňa, DSWD focal on disability affairs. Champion in the recent competition was the Davao Del Norte contingent.

Bearing the theme Talino at Paninindigan ng Taong May Kapansanan, Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran, Kakayahan is a national work skills competition showcasing the distinct capability of Filipino persons with disability (PWDs) as workers and entrepreneurs.

31 PWDs participated in Photography, Floral Arrangement, Cake Decoration, Waste Reuse, Painting, Cooking, Creating Web Pages, Desktop Publishing, and English Text Processing.

Winners of the regional competition will vie in the national competition in Manila while the national winner will represent the country in the 9th Abilympics in Vietnam in 2015. DSWD

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