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DSWD continues to empower IPs

Joel Quiño, Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator of Monkayo discusses Kalahi-CIDSS with IP Representatives.

Davao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) joins other line agencies in empowering some 150 Indigenous People Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) from different regions in Mindanao through the recent 1st Higher Ground, Longer Vision – Federating Mindanao Lumad Legislators Seminar at Waterfront Hotel.

Headed by the Executive Director of Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue, Albert E. Alejo, S.J, this activity was conducted in coordination with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

“In partnership with National Government Agencies, our goal is to train IP leaders for greater effectivity and to form a federation of Mindanao Lumad Legislators,” said Alan S. Cajes, Vice-President and Managing Director for DAP.

Boosting IP participation

To date, there is a total of 30,709 beneficiaries from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, 51,595 participants in Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services), and 17,639 from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the three core programs of DSWD.

Audrie B. Perez, IP Focal for Pantawid Pamilya emphasized the importance of providing correct and relevant information to boost participation from the IPs.

“Some of the participants here are DSWD beneficiaries. We want to break the barriers that hinder our IPs, particularly those in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA), from enjoying the full benefits of what the agency can give them,” Perez said.

Along with Perez, Kalahi-CIDSS Monkayo Area Coordinator Joel B. Quiño and Anna Maria B. Raymundo of SLP-DSWD Cental Office also discussed the other core programs of DSWD.

In an interview, Alejo shared how indigenous communities are confronted with complex challenges such as discrimination and exclusion.

He emphasized, “This event is formed so that IPs will have a say in the conduct of development in their community. The government must accompany our IP brothers and sisters in their struggle to self-determination.”

Quiňo said the activity enhances the leadership traits of IPs in DSWD targeted communities. This creates a huge space of opportunity for them to learn and engage with different agencies.

IP volunteer of Kalahi-CIDSS from Monkayo, Compostela Valley Honorio M. Erica, 62, expressed his appreciation on the effort of DSWD and its partner agencies for the continuous support in promoting and protecting the rights of the IPs.

Erica added, “Nagpasalamat mi sa tabang sa gobyerno. Tungod sa ilaha, nagkahiusa ang mga lumad ug daghan nakat-on sa mga proyektong ilang gipatuman (We thank the government for the help which made the IPs united. We have learned so much from the projects implemented).”

In 2012, Alejo together with NCIP and DAP, started to conduct trainings for IPs dubbed SALIG LUMAD – Strengthening Advocacy of Lumads in Government, an advocacy that strengthens the capacity of IPMRs in Region XI on local legislative council.

The Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are also involved in this development. DSWD

 

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Pantawid Pamilya holds gender gabs

MATI City -Forty-five couples from the municipalities of Tarragona, Manay, and Caraga in Davao Oriental participated in a recent Gender Dialogue conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The one-day activity provided the participants with the basic input on Sex and Gender and Manifestations of Gender Biases in the Gender and Development (GAD) perspective.

For the couples to better understand the topic discussed, an audio-visual presentation entitled “Impossible Dream” which depicts different manifestations of gender biases in the household and the community was shown.

Moreover, a Focus Group Discussion was conducted to generate experiences and issues along gender outcomes as to personal, family and community following engagement with the Pantawid Pamilya program.

An assessment tool was utilized as well to determine whether the Pantawid Pamilya implementation ushered women empowerment and gender equality at the household level.

Malipayon kaayo mi nga nakaapil ani nga panagtigom. Mas nasabtan namo kung unsa kaning ginatawag nga Gender and Development ug unsa amoang partisipasyon niini. Diri pud nako first time nga nadunggan ang mga pamatasan nga na-angayan ug wala na-angayan sa akoa sa akong bana. Mas nasabtan namo karon ang importansya sa kanunay nga komunikasyon sa magtiayon (We are so happy that we were able to attend this gathering. We were able to understand and appreciate Gender and Development and our participation in this endeavor. It was also my first time to hear my husband’s perspective on my negative and positive traits. We were also able to understand better the importance of open communication between married couples),” shared Analiza Gogo of Barangay Mercedes, Caraga, Davao Oriental.

The gender dialogues held in Tarragona, Manay and Caraga were among the 11 gender dialogues conducted all over Davao Region. Over 160 couples from the municipalities of Laak in Compostela Valley; Talaingod in Davao del Norte; Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Malita, Sta. Maria and Sarangani in Davao del Sur; Davao City; and recently in Tarragona, Manay and Caraga in Davao Oriental were able to participate.

“Women is one of the key target groups of Pantawid Pamilya. The improved health condition of pregnant women and education of school girls as direct beneficiaries are among the paramount consideration of the program. Also, the conditional cash transfers directly granted to mothers provided them not only recognition of women’s unpaid labor but as well as help them increase women’s bargaining power within the household. These all ushered our beneficiaries to the path of empowerment, thereby achieving gender equality in the households and in the community,” emphasized Ella Charise M. Antepasado, Regional GAD Focal Person for Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya is a poverty-reduction strategy of the national government that provides cash assistance to identified poor households in the country. Family beneficiaries comply with certain health and education conditions in order to receive their cash grants. At present, Pantawid Pamilya covers 43 municipalities and 6 cities in Region XI benefitting over 200,000 families in 1,101 barangays. DSWD

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I’m a 4Ps scholar

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:05 AM | Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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They call us the lower class, the twerps, a burden to the government. They dub us dependents, supposedly merely after government doles. They call us the poorest of the poor, the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Let me tell you people, we are less fortunate but we are not stupid. Yes, we are receiving a certain amount from the government, to alleviate our current situation, which is the program’s primary objective. But, is it really a basis for social discrimination and bullying?

I am a 4Ps scholar, one of the beneficiaries of the Expanded Students’ Grant-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), to be particular about it. So, what do you think? I am giving you the freedom to say something about it. Are you one of those judgmental persons or among the rational ones?

When I first heard about the opportunity to avail myself of the ESGP-PA, I thought of my dreams becoming possible. It was as if chance had found a deserving student who desired to make a difference in her life, in her family, and in her society. Eventually, I became a lucky grantee. I consider that a significant gift that drew me closer to achieving my aspirations.

For me, tuition and other school fees, academic and extracurricular expenses, the purchase of textbooks, the lack of stipend and transportation fare ceased to be constant worries in the pursuit of a college degree. Each grantee is entitled to P30,000 per semester, and that has been making a difference.

But, the difference includes social discrimination and bullying. Some fellow students say something to this effect: “Those 4Ps scholars, they already have the scholarship, and they’re also given special treatment.” Those students who belong to well-off families look down on us when they learn that we are ESGP-PA grantees, as though we were unsightly.

The worst thing was when, in class, a professor presented his opinion on the program’s “dependency” on the government and how our expenses as grantees were being shouldered by taxpayers including himself, all because of irresponsible parenthood. His opinion just seemed so biased. It appeared that he did not realize: What could this mean, how could this affect, an ESGP-PA grantee in his class?

These have happened, not just to me, but also to my fellow 4Ps scholars. It’s like being a 4Ps scholar is a sin, that being less fortunate is a sin.

We are not the proponents of this program; we are merely the chosen recipients. I’ve come to think: What if everyone is a 4Ps beneficiary? Will their views still be the same? Will the treatment be just and fair? Why does social hierarchy matter a lot in building a community? Irrationality will never unite a country.

This is not all about irresponsible parenthood; this is reality. Poverty is present in the country. We are not building a poverty society. In fact, we strongly want to get out of that status. We strive to lift our families out of poverty and eventually give back to the economy.

I feel that I should just shut my mouth whenever they throw gibberish at us and degrade the ESGP-PA. Yet my open mind cannot fathom the fact that those words come from supposedly educated people who should know better than us. It is just a manifestation that someone can be educated but not learned.

Still, I extend my thanks to the government for providing a great opportunity for deserving students to complete tertiary-level education. I will focus on the positive goals. We’ll eradicate poverty; we don’t need irrationality. We are less fortunate, but we are not stupid.

Rose J. Bongon, 20, is a third-year IT student at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges. She is associate editor of The Spark (the official CSPC school–community publication) and blogs at https://miraqrose.wordpress.com/.

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Best in performance cited

WINNERS ALL. The four DSWD XI nominees in the national awards  -[L to R] Anne Y. Jickain for Best Social Worker,  Lolita I. Roble for Best Center Manager, Director Priscilla N. Razon for Best Manager, and Raquel E. Nuňez for Best Division Chief.  They attended the national celebration and awarding ceremonies in Quezon City in commemoration of the department’s 64th Founding Anniversary with the theme, DSWD@64: Tuloy ang Pagbabago at Pag-unlad. DSWD

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