Archive | November, 2014

Secretary Soliman releases 2779 more shelters to Pablo survivors in DavOr

Davao City  -Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman turns over on Friday, November 21, some 2779 permanent shelters to survivors of Typhoon Pablo in the hardly-hit towns of Baganga, Cateel, Boston and Tarragona in Davao Oriental.

This brings a total of 10,716 units completed in Davao Oriental Province said Director Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD.

The Secretary will also visit the newly-inaugurated Irrigation Dam Site in Cateel; the Sibahay Relocation Site, Riverview Park, and Pablo Memorial Shrine in Boston; and some projects of DSWD in the three towns.

Director Razon said the shelters were constructed through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program as part of the continuing rehabilitation program of the Department in partnership with the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental where the national government funds the project and the provincial government takes charge of site development, land preparation and engineering expertise.

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

Some 2400 Certificates of Occupancy, Titles and house keys will also be handed over, she added.

Earlier, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon said, “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.”

Provided to families left homeless by calamities, the core 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 concrete wall.

Families whose original homes were situated in ‘no build’ zones [per assessment of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau] were relocated in resettlement areas [off site] where basic facilities like water, electricity and road network have also been accessed.

NGA-LGU collaboration

Director Razon earlier said this milestone could not have been possible without the provincial government’s active role in the project. “They [the provincial government] paved the way so that we could execute our interventions a lot easier,” she said.

She also mentioned the role of convergence and partnership in putting this massive housing program to reality.

Noting the province’s remarkable development from being a badly devastated wasteland into being a staggeringly progressing haven, Razon said she is in awe of how the people remarkably recovered despite the huge devastation they had faced.

Meanwhile, DSWD assured that this housing project would not be the last of their assistance to the province as they will be engaging on more livelihood programs, particularly on agri-based production and micro-enterprising strategies programs.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon lauded the DSWD for keeping their commitment to the province despite the fact that the agency had been stretching their coffers to meet the needs of the province and other areas that were hit recently by disasters.

She also thanked DSWD for giving typhoon victims a chance for a fresh start. “This milestone opens more opportunities for our people. These new homes are the symbol of security and a boost in the economy. Indeed, all these developments are just the beginning,” she said.

“This is the result of our convergence, cooperation and resiliency. What we should do now is to help one another and focus more on our development. The victims themselves, the owners of the house were involved as builders or workers; everybody was involved and nobody became idle anymore,” added the governor.

The overall cost of the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) is Php 2.6 billion which is also implemented in the towns of Caraga and Manay in Davao Oriental, and Compostela, Monkayo, Montevista, New Bataan, Laak, Nabunturan, Pantukan, Mabini, Maco, Mawab, Maragusan in Compostela Valley. DSWD/with reports from DavOr PIO

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Trafficking council steps up fight

Davao City  -As it opens the month-long observance of the global campaign against human trafficking, the Interagency Council Against Trafficking XI Network (IACAT XI Network) intensifies its advocacy with the recent massive distribution of posters to officials of the Liga ng mga Barangay in the whole region.

Earlier, through Resolution no. 2, Series of 2014, the Council has declared November 12 to December 12 of every year, as a month-long observance to stop human trafficking.

From January through October 2014, IACAT XI Network has served 81 victim-survivors, who were provided temporary shelter, transportation assistance, livelihood opportunities, legal aid, skills training and education assistance.

Forms of trafficking in persons may include sexual exploitation, forced labor or involuntary servitude, removal or sale of organs, armed activities of children, cybersex and sex tours.

At the launch of the massive postering at NCCC Mall, Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD urged barangay captains to strengthen their Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) or the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), launch education or awareness activities to help residents spot or identify indicators or signs of trafficking incidence, mobilize community members to sustain vigilance in the neighborhood to prevent and even help apprehend perpetrators of any attempt at trafficking, and establish community prevention and protection structures to ensure that the barangay is free from the dangers of trafficking.

“IACAT XI Network considers you as its significant partners in the fight versus human trafficking. Working with you to address this menace, we stand firm that we will never be defeated and we will succeed in making our communities peaceful, and our residents free from the threat of human trafficking,” Director Razon emphasized.

The Council is chaired by  DSWD with Department of Justice as co-chair.

Meanwhile, on November 27-28, Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc., IACAT and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will host the 2014 Civil Society Summit on Trafficking in Persons here under the theme, Mainstreaming Innovations to Address Emerging Vulnerabilities to Human Trafficking.

The Summit will highlight emerging vulnerabilities that contribute to the increase in trafficking cases, and provide an avenue for civil society to share innovations and learning in addressing human trafficking for purposes of linking interventions towards a more holistic and integrated approach.

DSWD will be sharing its experience and accomplishments under the discussion on “Innovations and Lessons Learned: Protection, Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reintegration”. DSWD/VF

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Cabinet execs visit Ormoc on ‘Yolanda’ anniv, laud progresses there

‘Yolanda’ survivors visit the Tzu Chi Great Love Village where shelter units are being constructed.

Ormoc City, Leyte – One year after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged this city, Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman expressed her admiration for the continued rehabilitation here.

Sec. Soliman together with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin were here on  Saturday, November 8, to attend activities commemorating the first year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda.

“I can see that all repairs on major buildings are done, more restaurants have opened, and commerce has increased,” Sec. Soliman remarked.

She commended City Mayor Edward C. Codilla for his leadership in bringing normalcy back to the locality.

The cabinet officials sat as panelists during a media forum where they gave updates on rehabilitation efforts and responded to questions.

Sec. Soliman was asked to explain about the Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC) and Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA).

She explained that the Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC) was implemented in cooperation with the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices to ensure the equal food distribution to ‘Yolanda’-affected provinces in Eastern Visayas. It aims to monitor the status of affected families and whether a family is underserved or overserved though the logs in the cards they hold.

For the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), Sec. Soliman explained that the certificate of occupancy is needed to ensure that the recipients of the assistance will not be evicted from their house.

She added that typhoon victims with totally damaged houses will receive P70,000 cash assistance each and those with partially damaged houses will receive P30,000 cash assistance each.

After the forum, the executives participated in the groundbreaking of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Community Evacuation Center.

Then, they proceeded to the Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Barangay Lilo-Ann which can accommodate 2,000 housing units.

As of November 3, some 37 units have already been completed.  The beneficiaries of this housing village will come from 12 barangays of the city.

Mayor Codilla entered into a usufruct agreement with Tzu Chi Foundation for the use of the 50-hectares land.

To lighten the day’s event, officials and staff of Tzu Chi Foundation led the presentation of the “One Family Song”, which talks about the value of unity, through sign language.

The national agency heads and other guests gladly participated. DSWD

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Tanauan gets back on its feet after ‘Yolanda’

Guests participate in the releasing of doves to symbolize that Tanauan is now moving forward one year after ‘Yolanda’. 

Tanauan, Leyte – To symbolize that normalcy is back in this town, a soft opening of the new town plaza and amphitheater was held on Saturday, November 8, after Typhoon Yolanda hit this municipality and damaged these vital structures here a year ago.

It was led  by  Municipal Mayor Pelagio Tecson, Jr. and attended by Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman,  Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson,  Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin,  Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, and Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.

They were in town to attend activities commemorating the first year anniversary of ‘Yolanda’.

Also present were Leyte Governor Dominico Petilla, Javier Mayor Sandy Javier, and Injap Group of Companies representative Hera Barrameda.

Injap, a private company based in the Philippines that through its subsidiary Mang Inasal Philippines, Inc. owns and operates fast food restaurants, funded the rehabilitation of the town plaza and the construction of the amphitheater.

Solemn commemoration

The event started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by the march of dignitaries towards the memorial ground and offering of flowers for all those who perished during the onslaught of ‘Yolanda’.

The memorial ground was once a mass grave but the local government decided to convert this into a memorial and placed all the names of those who died from the typhoon.

The site now paves the way for a more solemn commemoration every year.

Mayor Tecson, in his message of salutation, recalled  the magnitude of devastation in their municipality but commended the resiliency of the townfolks.

“The typhoon may have been so strong yet it failed to break the spirit of the people,” Mayor Tecson said.


Since December, the local government already started providing shelter assistance to survivors with damaged houses.

Mayor Tecson said in a cheerful tone, “Dating nipa, ngayon yero na. (Before, [the roofs of the houses] were just nipa grass, now they’re galvanized sheets).”

He added that around 100 families have already been transferred to permanent shelters.

The local government, in partnership with the national government and non-government organizations (NGOs), is accelerating the construction of more permanent shelters.

He also happily announced that there had been 30% increase in the number of establishments operating in the town which are helping their economy to recover.

He said that rehabilitation efforts will continue to build a better Tanauan.

“The best way to remember our lost loved ones is to show them that we are moving forward,” the Mayor expressed.

As a symbol of that, the local officials and the heads of national agencies present released doves into the air, which was followed by the release other doves in the area.

No one left behind

For his part, Sec. Singson shared the good news on the approval of the Tacloban-Palo-Tanuan road dike project, which will serve as protection against another storm surge as high as four meters.

The other cabinet secretaries then gave words of encouragement to the people of the Tanauan.

Sec.  Gazmin said, “We should continue to harness our spirits so we could rise amid many adversities. The national government, local government , NGOs, and foreign friends are behind you and working with you to build a stronger Tanauan and  a stronger Leyte.”

Sec. Roxas then shared the ‘one government approach’ of the Aquino Administration emphasizing, ” Kahit gaano kahirap basta tulong-tulong, kaya natin. Walang iwanan (No matter how hard it is as long as we are together, we can do it. No one shall be left behind).”

The rehabilitation effort of the local government got praises from Mayor Javier.

He also thanked the cabinet members, saying, “Sila na binigay ang lahat, nagplano, nagpundar ng tulong na sobrang dami, kahit sila ay binabatikos (They planned and gave their full support and assistance to us despite being continuously criticized).” DSWD

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A dream come true for a ‘Yolanda’ survivor

Olivia Fuentes waiting for the arrival of Pres. Benigno Aquino III during the turn over ceremony of the certificate of occupancy. 

Guiuan, Eastern Samar“Grabe! Sobra-sobra akong nagpapasalamat sa Panginoon at sa gobyerno dahil sa paggawad sa amin ng pabahay dito sa Cogon Resettlement Site  (I am extremely grateful to God and to the government for giving us shelter here in Cogon Resettlement Site).”

Typhoon Yolanda survivor Olivia Fuentes, 40, could not contain her happiness after receiving a certificate of occupancy to their new house from President Benigno Aquino III during the turn over ceremony at the Cogon Resettlement Site on Friday, November 7, a day before the first year anniversary of ‘Yolanda’.

Olivia is one of the 44 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are among the 132 families who have moved to the transitional shelters from tents after the typhoon wrecked their houses.

In his message, Pres. Aquino stressed that although the houses are transitional, they are sturdy, still in accordance with the “building back better” principle used to guide reconstruction and recovery efforts in disaster-hit areas.

 “Gaya po ninyo, naiinip din ako. Pero kailangan po natin idiin na hindi p’wedeng idaan sa bara-bara ang ating ‘build back better’ (Like you, I also become impatient. But we need to emphasize that we cannot be lax in implementing our ‘build back better’),” Pres. Aquino said.

With the President were Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman,  Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson,  Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Alexander Pama, and National Housing Authority General Manager Chito Cruz.


Olivia recounted the times when she dreamt of having her own house.

 “Pangarap ko talaga ang magkabahay para sa pamilya ko kahit noong hindi pa dumadating ang Bagyong Yolanda. Kaya noong nagkaroon ng shelter assistance mula sa DSWD at lokal na pamahalaan, natuwa talaga ako  (It is my dream to have a house for my family even before Typhoon Yolanda came. So I was very glad when DSWD and the local government offered shelter assistance),” she said.

Every morning, Olivia holds the picture of the shelter units mounted on the wall of her small tent, which has been her home together with her six children and her husband after the typhoon destroyed their house.

“Kapag hinahawakan ko ‘yong picture ng shelter units, nagdadasal ako nang taimtim. Sinasabi kong magkakaroon ako nito at lahat ng pangarap ko matutupad sa loob ng bahay na ito (While holding the picture of the shelter units, I am praying deeply that I will have this and all my dreams will come true in this house),” she added.

When Olivia finally received the news that she will be a recipient of the shelter unit at the Cogon Resettlement Site, her heart was suddenly filled with greatest happiness and relief.

In her head, she saw a montage of scenes revealing her family’s pains and struggles in surmounting the challenges brought by the wrath of ‘Yolanda’.

With her voice slowly breaking she said, “Iba talaga ang tinuro sa amin ng Bagyong Yolanda at ang experience namin sa pagtira sa tent. ‘Yung pinagdaanan namin na hirap ang sumukat ng aming katatagan bilang pamilya. Kaya palagi akong nagdadasal at nagpapasalamat sa mga tulong na dumadating sa amin tulad ng Pantawid Pamilya[ng Pilipino Program] at ng pabahay na ito (The lesson brought by Typhoon Yolanda and our experience in leaving in tent is unparalleled. The adversities we went through measured the resilience of our family. Thus, I always pray and I am always thankful for the assistance given to us like Pantawid Pamilya and this shelter assistance).”

Pantawid Pamilya is one of the programs of the national government being implemented by the DSWD that provides cash grants to poor Filipino families in exchange of education and health conditions. The objective of the program is to keep children aged 0-18 years old healthy and in school.

“Malaking tulong ang cash grants na nakukuha ko sa Pantawid Pamilya lalo na noong pagkatapos ng ‘Yolanda’. Ibinibili ko ng gamit sa eskwela at pamasahe ng anak ko sa pagpasok sa school. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako na may Pantawid Pamilya (The cash grants that I receive in Pantawid Pamilya are great help especially after Typhoon Yolanda.  I use the grants to buy school supplies and for the transportation allowance of my children in going to school. That is why I am thankful that there is Pantawid Pamilya),” Olivia proudly said.

Aside from the shelter units, the 132 families also received Pabaon Packs containing 25 kilos of rice, canned goods, cereal drinks, coffee, family kits (kitchen utensils, blanket, plastic sheet and jerrycans), and a hygiene pack composed of bath soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

“Masaya ako sa mga tulong na ito ng gobyerno. At sigurado akong tuloy-tuloy na ang aming pagbangon dahil kaya na namin ang pagbabago (I am happy with the help given by the government. And now I am certain that we will have a continuous recovery because we can face the challenges of change),” she concluded.

Now, with ticket number 18 in her hands, the lot number of her new abode and her lucky number, she is joyfully preparing her family for their occupancy of their new home, where she will rebuild her life and fulfill her aspirations for her family.

Indeed, a dream come true for Olivia and for the rest of the 132 families. DSWD

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Permanent shelters handed over to survivors to mark ‘Yolanda’ anniversary

A ‘Yolanda’ survivor receives his Certificate of Occupancy.

Tacloban City, Leyte – As part of the activities to commemorate the first year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, several cabinet secretaries were here on Saturday, November 8, to lead the turnover of completed permanent shelter units to typhoon survivors.

Some 122 housing units in Ridge View Park, Barangay Cabalawan and 28 units in Villa Sofia, Barangay Tagpuro were distributed to survivors who were drawn at random.

These permanent houses, which also have complete electric and water facilities, are part of a tie-up project of the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the city government.

It was initially agreed that the certificates of occupancy will be handed over by Mayor Alfred Romualdez and NHA General Manager Chito Cruz to the beneficiaries as part of the partnership of the local government unit (LGU) and NHA, with Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Secretary Panfilo Lacson of the Office of Presidential Assistant for Recovery and Rehabilitation (OPARR), and Secretary Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) witnessing the distribution.

However, Mayor Romualdez was not able to attend the 1:30 pm event so he sent City Administrator Atty. Jenny Lyn Polistico-Manibay and Maria Lagman, the head of the Shelter Cluster of the LGU, instead.

Sec. Soliman observed that the event exuded a positive atmosphere with the survivors looking forward to live in their new houses.

Marissa Abraham, 40, one of the beneficiaries of a unit in Ridge View said, “Safe na kami sa baha. Salamat sa tulong na pabahay ng gobyerno (We are now safe from floods. Thanks to the shelter assistance of the government).”

Another beneficiary, Emma Tambulungan, also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to start anew.

Salamat sa gobyerno sa panibagong bahay at buhay na matatamasa namin (Thank you to the government for this house that will help us start anew),” she shared.

Sec. Soliman encouraged the survivors saying, “Patuloy po kaming tutulong at sasabay sa inyo sa pag-unlad.  Tayo ay sama-samang tatawid palagpas sa kahirapan (We will continue to help and walk with you towards development. Together, we will fight poverty).”

For his part, Sec. Lacson reminded the beneficiaries to value what have been given them.

Tuloy pa rin ang tulong na ibibigay ng gobyerno sa hanapbuhay bukod sa pabahay. Kaya tulong-tulong tayong mahalin natin itong pabahay (Aside from shelter assistance, livelihood assistance will continue to be provided. So, let’s take care of these houses),” he said. DSWD

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Tagum City is top implementer of feeding program

Davao City  – Tagum City is among the top three performing local government units of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).  The other two being Tarragona, Davao Oriental and the Municipality of Nabunturan in Compostela Valley Province.

This was bared by Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD who pointed out that strong collaboration among the city government officials, barangay leaders, parents, day care teachers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and Barangay Health Workers is very crucial in the city’s implementation of the feeding program, one of the component services under the Day Care Service Program.

Tagum has been running the program in four cycles now, covering 5,228 children in 91 day care centers, Director Razon said.

Director Razon also noted that organization of SFP Technical Working Group, regular monitoring, supervision during the actual feeding, parent participation, and provision of health services like deworming, dental examination, and Vitamin A supplementation, are among the factors that contributed in the success of the feeding program.

Compliance to City Ordinance No. 647, series of 2013 also known as The Day Care Teachers Code of Tagum City [which provides for timely submission of reports and conduct of daily feeding], has also helped in running the program.

DSWD records show other pertinent factors that the city has guaranteed in support to the feeding program include: 1] functional kitchen, cooking and dining area in 90% of day care centers; 2] attendance of all parents in the Enhanced Parent Effectiveness Seminar; 3] vegetable gardens in all day care centers dubbed “Gulayan sa Paaralan at Day Care Centers” which gained a national award; 4] posting of Monthly Nutritional  Status Report in all day care centers, and 5] summer recruitment and enrollment in every barangay that facilitated timely start of every feeding cycle.

Sally C. Balili, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Division Chief and SFP Focal Person likewise made sure that she conducts quarterly monitoring supervision along with the city’s Monitoring Team and the City Accountant Office in all the 91 day care centers. “We are very happy to report the high participation rate among parents and children-beneficiaries in our day care service centers. Absences and drop-outs have been minimized among our enrollees too. Most importantly, we recorded an increase in nutritional status among the underweight and severely underweight children.”

“We see to it that parents are aware of their roles and responsibilities in the day care centers as well as towards their children. The daily encounter and cooking session of parents in the center also provided more opportunity for bonding and camaraderie among the day care teacher, children and parents, Balili said.”

In a recent report submitted to DSWD, Balili indicated that consumption of junk food was also lessened as children were instead served with a nutritious hot meal.Every day, the day care children look forward to a hot, nutritious and delicious meal prepared by their parents in the day care centers.”

Nora H. Lupiba, CSWDO Department Head, lauded the involvement of non-government organizations in the feeding program. “They augment the insufficient resources we have in our respective day care centers like upgrading of kitchen and dining area, repair and maintenance of day care centers, and provision of additional cooking materials.”

“Parents happily shared that the feeding program really augmented their financial and food consumption needs at home. Apart from stretching their food budget, the foods served are low cost and nutritious. They also learned new vegetable recipes which they now serve to their families, resulting to healthier family members and lesser medical expenses especially among their children.  We hope that DSWD will sustain funding of the SFP and to continue its monitoring to determine the strong points as well as the gaps in program implementation for appropriate interventions. Kaya namin ang pagbabago dahil patuloy ang suporta at monitoring na ginagawa ng DSWD,” Lupiba conveyed.

Hot meals

The Supplementary Feeding Program is administered nationwide to address the increasing prevalence of under- and over-nutrition among Filipino children.

It is an augmentation support in the feeding program of local government units using indigenous foods and/or locally processed foods equivalent to 1/3 of Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENIs).

The program also aims to improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education.

Feeding in a form of daily hot meals is provided within 120 days. The feeding program is managed by parents who have been organized into Day Care Service Parents Group (DCSPG) with different working committees.

The parent committee on Food Preparation provides voluntary labor for the cooking/preparation of food and management of feeding sessions.

Parents are also required to attend all the nine sessions of Enhanced Parent Effectiveness Seminar with topics on self, family and parenting, health nutrition, love of country, and home and environment.

Aside from feeding, children are taught proper hygiene such as washing hands before and after eating, table manners, prayer before and after meals, simple concepts on health care and nutrition, among others. DSWD


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Hito production pushed for 52 Pantawid, livelihood beneficiaries

Edeliza T. Borca [leftmost] recites the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran Credo along with co-beneficiaries in Los Amigos.

Los Amigos, Davao City  – Some 52 families here are now venturing into Hito Culture following the recent release of a Php 520,000.00 livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

A native of Iloilo and SLP beneficiary for less than a year, Edeliza T. Borca, 62, of Purok 1-A Los Amigos said the assistance is already a big help and this Hito Culture project will augment her family’s income from her palayan.

“We can do it because we have been provided appropriate assistance. We will make sure and strive to make this [project] successful. I will not just rely on this project. On the side, I will also raise hogs to increase my income,” Borca said.

Borca arrived in Davao when she was 5 years old. She has six children and her husband is sickly. All her children reached high school but only one finished college who is now a teacher and already married.

She is one of the 23 members of the Los Amigos Non-Pantawid SEA-K Association which recently received a Php 230,000.00 seed capital through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD.

The other group being the Los Amigos 4Ps SEA-K Association whose 29 members are all Pantawid Pamilya families and received a Php 290,000.00 livelihood assistance.

Barangay Captain Angelico Santander stressed that all the people in his village should earn so that all will have a progressive life. “That is why we are striving to learn a new technology like Hito Culture for our own welfare and to have a much better life and a much better community not only for us but for our children especially. We need to work hard and not just depend on government officials to help us.”

In her message, Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD, emphasized that, “we will always ensure the productivity and employability of our beneficiaries. To help you further and really converge the resources of the government, we are partnering with other agencies. That is why we are all here today.  BFAR provides the fingerlings while DOT and DA will continue to extend technical assistance. I urge each one to unite so we can all move up and attain a better life and be able to help other families.”

The Hito Culture Project is under the One-Step Program of DSWD and the Department of Tourism.

The project promotes food tourism and community-based tourism that heavily anchors on the active cooperation of community residents and the barangay local government.

Other partners are the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the City Government of Davao.

Vicente R. Dejardo, President of Los Amigos 4Ps SEA-K Association eagerly imparted that government officers are servants of God who were sent to help. “We are very grateful for the opportunity and for the trust they have shown us.” DSWD


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