Archive | April, 2015

Bagobo Pantawid beneficiary is valedictorian

Rogelyn Cautivo, 12, graduated as class valedictorian at Lumondao Elementary School in Marilog, Davao City. Rogelyn is one of the 405 top performing Pantawid students in Davao Region for school year 2014-2015.

DAVAO CITY -Wearing her trusty backpack and clasping her textbooks on both hands, her bare feet covered in mud, 12-year old Rogelyn Cautivo traverses the usual hilly, mud-laden 1.5-kilometer path to her school in Lumondao, Marilog District, Davao City.

Rogelyn has been a consistent first honor student since Grade 1 and she graduates as class valedictorian this year.

Belonging to a Bagobo family, Rogelyn is the eldest of two siblings. Her family is one of the 1,461 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Marilog, Davao City.

Rogelyn’s parents –Rowena, 38, and Roldan, 34, work at a local Nata de Coco factory in Calinan, Davao City. Working 7 days a week for a Php 120 daily salary, her parents squeeze in the little time they have to be able to visit their three children in Marilog.

Wala mi makalampos og high school sa akoang bana. Busa dako kaayo amoang kalipay nga luyo sa kalisod sa amoang kinabuhi, nakita gyud namo ang paningkamot ni Rogelyn nga makalampos sa esklwela (My husband and I did not finish high school. That is why we are overjoyed that despite our impoverished situation, we saw how Rogelyn really worked hard to finish her studies),” Rowena shared.

Rogelyn and her siblings are left to the care of their 74-year old Lola Rosita who stood as both a mother and father to her grandchildren. “Dako kaayo ang akoang kalipay nga makatapos na si Rogelyn sa elementarya. Kugihan kaayo ni ang akoang apo. Inig human sa iyang klase kay motabang pa na siya og pangabo og tubig didto sa pikas buntod dayon mag-study (I am very happy that Rogelyn will now finish her elementary. She is very diligent. After class, she would help us fetch water from a spring in another hill before she works on her school assignments),” recounted Lola Rosita.

Rachelle Cuaton, Rogelyn’s adviser lauds how Pantawid Pamilya has helped the children beneficiaries in her school.

Dako og nahatag nga suporta ang Pantawid Pamilya ilabi na sa edukasyon sa mga bata. Ma-engganyo ang mga ginikanan nga magpa-eskwela sa ilang mga anak ug ang mga bata malipayon nga moadto sa eskwelahan tungod sa programa (Pantawid Pamilya has provided a huge support especially in the education of children beneficiaries. Parents are encouraged to send their children to school  and the children, as well, are excited to go to school because of the program).”

Out of 14 graduating students from her class, 11 are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.

Rogelyn is one of the 405 top performing students in Davao Region who will graduate this year from elementary and high school.

Ang Pantawid Pamilya usa sa instrumento nga gihatag sa atoa sa Ginoo aron makatabang busa atoa gyud kining ampingan. Sa mga kauban nako nga estudyante nga mo-graduate, dili kita mawad-an og paglaom, dapat maningkamot kita aron makahuman ta sa atoang pag-eskwela (Pantawid Pamilya is one of the instruments given by God to help us, hence we should take care of this. To my co-graduates, we should not lose hope, we should strive hard to be able to finish school),” stressed Rogelyn.

Now with her new umbrella and new pair of boots, Rogelyn will continue on walking the familiar path with confidence in her heart that she will be a step closer in achieving her dreams of being a teacher. DSWD






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ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan goes to Maco

ARENA Caravan. [L-R] BGen. Benjamin Madrigal, 10th Infantry Division -Philippine Army, NEDA Director Ma. Lourdes D. Lim, DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon and DPWH Regional Director Mariano Alquiza turnover to Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy the Php 2,169,318.40 million check for the DSWD Supplementary Feeding Program of Maco town during the recent ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan in Barangay Leyte, Maco. At least 1776 day care children will benefit from the funding. DSWD/Carmela C. Duron

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ARENA XI elects new officers

The Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI (ARENA XI) Officers and Board of Trustees for 2015-2016 following the recent Induction Into Office at People’s Park: [L-R] Director Gaspar Gayona -TESDA, Director John Maruhom -DAR, Director Gary Martel -DBM, Director Anthony Sales -DOST, Director Priscilla N. Razon -DSWD, Major Gen. Eduardo Año -10th Infantry Division PA, Director Mariano Alquiza -DPWH, Director Antonio Arellano -DOJ [inducting official], Director Ma. Lourdes Damaso-Lim -NEDA, Director Fatma Idris -BFAR, Director Josephine Villegas-Liamzon -PRC, and Director Wilhelm Suyko -DILG.

ARENA XI is an association composed of heads and assistant heads of regional offices of national government agencies based in Davao City.  It was organized sometime in 1978.

ARENA XI has been actively involved in the delivery of basic government services in depressed communities in South Eastern Mindanao through its “Serbisyo Caravan” project, reaching out to as far as the municipalities of Boston in Davao Oriental, Malita in Davao Occidental, Pantukan in Davao del Norte, Paquibato District in Davao City, and recently in Maco, Compostela Valley.

The group likewise initiated the inter-agency quarterly flag raising ceremony at People’s Park and conduct of quarterly lecture series. PIA/BFAR/DSWD

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Rehab for CICL

CICL REHAB. Judge Pelagio Paguican visits the DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok Disrict and discusses with center staffs the New Guidelines on Jail and other Facilities Visitation and Inspection. Judge Paguican also updated center social workers on the status of RRCY cases in court. Serving 84 youth residents at present, RRCY provides social work interventions to children in conflict with the law (CICL) to enable them improve their social functioning and ensure successful reintegration to their family and community. DSWD

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DSWD releases P8.8-M for ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan

DAVAO City  -In support to the 13th ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will turnover Php 8,898,238 worth of Family Food Packs, Social Pension and Supplementary Feeding funds to the municipalities of Maco and Maragusan, Compostela Valley on Friday, April 10.

ARENA XI Business Manager and DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon said DSWD will provide 4000 family food packs each containing six kilos rice, six packs noodles, six sachets instant coffee, four cans sardines and four cans corned beef. “At least seven villages in Maco and three in Maragusan will receive food packs.”

“For the two towns’ 3376 children enrolled in day care centers, we will hand over a Php 4,125,958 allocation for Supplementary Feeding. And covering the First Quarter payout, we will also disburse Php 3,246,000 to the 2164 social pensioners of Maco and Maragusan,” Director Razon added.

The ARENA XI (Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI) Serbisyo Caravan brings series of community outreach programs and direct services closer to the people.

The caravan provides a one-stop shop of services of national government agencies especially targeting the poorest barangays in the region.

Over 500 officials and staffs of national agencies and local government units are expected to troop to Barangay New Leyte in Maco where the caravan convenes on Friday.

DPWH Director Mariano R. Alquiza currently heads ARENA XI with NEDA Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim serving as Vice President. DSWD


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Water for peace

Virgilio M. Tengogue, a former New People’s Army (NPA) member and now a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, regained his trust in government and became its partner in building the one million peso potable water system in Barangay Kingking.

Pantukan, Compostela Valley – “Ang pagpagahum sa katawhan pinaagi sa pagsalmot diha sa mga proyekto mao ang kabag-ohan nga akong gihandum ug kini akong nakaplagan  diha sa Kalahi-CIDSS (Having a vision of empowering communities through enhanced participation in their projects, Kalahi-CIDSS is the change that I longed for when I searched for reforms in the government),” former rebel Virgilio M. Tengogue declared.

The construction of a Php 1,162,749.00 potable water system sub-project in Barangay Kingking through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), has changed Tengogue’s perspective on government’s sincerity.

“The project, aside from providing access to clean and safe water to over 26 thousand residents, prevents insurgency and promotes peace in the area,” said Tengogue, now a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer.

Known to many as Kuya Chikee, Tengogue, 56, admitted he joined the armed rebel group after he experienced brutal extortion during the Marcos regime. He was with the NPA (New People’s Army) for 27 years.

In 2012, the tides changed for him. He regained trust in government and decided to be its supporter when Kalahi-CIDSS entered his barangay.


Barangay Kingking, a two-hour ride from Davao City, is one of the villages of Pantukan where the NPA operates. Socio-economic development here was stalled since government had a hard time delivering basic services to the community.

Tengogue said the people in the outskirts side felt neglected and had started losing trust in government. “Wala na maabot ang mga proyekto sa komunidad, mao nagtuo sila na gipasagdan na sila sa gobyerno (Projects did not reach the community. People thought government abandoned them).”

It was a wake-up call for Tengogue to take a leap of chance. “Breaking the never ending cycle of dispute is futile. The community will always suffer if the government, the armed rebels, and the community will not find common goals.”

Trust regained

Tengogue and the rest of the villagers unified and became partners in building the potable water system sub-project in the barangay.

“The people attended barangay assemblies organized by Kalahi-CIDSS area coordinating team. They underwent capacity building activities on how to effectively implement the potable water system sub-project,” recounted Quillano Sabello, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chair.

Now, people enjoy clean, drinking water, and a more stable water supply for all their household needs. This changed a lot of lives in the area.

Sabello happily added, “We are thankful Kalahi-CIDSS granted us sub-projects like this. The villagers, especially children, will no longer walk miles to reach the nearest source of water.”

DSWD came to the barangay starting in 2012, ushering Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA sub-projects such as multipurpose pavement, school library and drainage canal.

Tengogue emphasized, “I am truly grateful to the government for this project. Even if our community is far from the city, they attended to our needs and made sure we had enough to get by. I now believe there’s hope in combatting poverty as long as we unite ourselves in helping our communities.”

Tengogue and several residents also reaped benefits from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Pogram, two of the poverty reduction programs of DSWD.

To date, Barangay Kingking has 5163 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and 295 are engaged in livelihood.


“Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA supports peace-building efforts and addresses the needs of people including peace concerns,” said Rhona Theresa Siojo, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer.

Barangay Kingking Kalahi-CIDSS community facilitator Mark Anthony Bacus said, PAMANA projects became the instrument why the community restored its trust in government.

“The community felt their importance because the government gave them the opportunity to lead the process of project implementation.”

LGU Pantukan shelled out a local cash counterpart of Php 174,914 for the water sub-project that now benefits 5920 households.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development project of the Philippine Government that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects.

PAMANA or PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn is a Kalahi-CIDSS modality that aims to improve access of conflict-affected barangays (CABs) to quality basic social services and responsive, transparent and accountable local governments.

With the scale-up of Kalahi-CIDSS into a national program, it targets to cover 21 municipalities in Region XI in 2015. DSWD



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Bracing Kalahi-CIDSS M&E

Kalahi-CIDSS M&E. Regional Director of DSWD Priscilla N. Razon stresses the critical function of Monitoring and Evaluation in the life cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS during the three-day MySQL (Structured Query Language) Database Training and Presentation of ACT (Area Coordinating Team) Database, and Encoding & Uploading Accomplishments at The Marco Polo Hotel.

Participants were 41 Engineers, Encoders and Area Coordinators of Kalahi-CIDSS operating in the towns of Kapalong, Pantukan, Compostela, San Isidro (DavOr), Gov. Generoso, Boston, Caraga, Cateel, Tarragona, Manay, New Bataan, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Maco, Malita and New Corella. DSWD

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‘Oplan Semana Santa’ installed in Davao City

Davao City  -To ensure the safety and security of Davaoeños, as well as tourists visiting the city for the Lenten season, ‘Oplan Semana Santa’ has been installed.

DSWD Regional Director Priscilla Razon, Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Loreto Rirao and Central 911 Chief Emmanuel Jaldon led the preparedness meeting at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Davao International Airport, Sasa, Davao City on Tuesday, March 31.

The meeting was then followed by a series of inspection at identified areas – domestic and international terminals at the Davao International Airport, Sasa Wharf, Sta. Ana Wharf, Magsaysay Park, Davao City Overland Transport Terminal, SM Ecoland, Crocodile Park and People’s Park.

Further, DSWD reactivated its Quick Response Team for Disaster Preparedness as well as 24/7 Posting of Staff for Skeletal Duty during the period of Holy Week Observance, 24/7 On Call Status of DSWD Provincial Action Teams and Municipal Action Teams,  and 24/7 On Call Status for all DSWD vehicles.

To date, there is a ready stockpile of 28,000 family food packs at the Inter-Agency Relief Operations Center at DPWH Depot, Panacan, Davao City. Food packs have also been prepositioned in DSWD satellite areas located in the four provinces -Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur. Finally, DSWD XI bears a Disaster Standby Fund of Php 4,145,500.00. DSWD



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