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Support to KOMPRe

DILG Secretary Mar A. Roxas graces the KOMPRe Ipadama ang Reporma Fair in Barangay Lasang, Davao City on Thursday. He is joined by DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon [fourth from left] and other regional heads and representatives. Organized by the Koalisyon ng Mamamayan para sa Reporma (KOMPRe) in Philippine key cities, the fair served as a one-stop shop for various government frontline services allowing for promotion, information dissemination, access to and availment of services and application/registration to several government procedures. DSWD

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DSWD joins KOMPRe Ipadama Fair

Davao City  -As part of its External Convergence Strategy with civil society organizations (CSOs) in implementing social protection programs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will participate in the Ipadama ang Reporma Fair set on Thursday, May 22 in Barangay Lasang here.

Organized by the Koalisyon ng Mamamayan para sa Reporma (KOMPRe), the fair will serve as a one-stop shop for various government frontline services allowing for promotion, information dissemination, access to and availment of services and application/registration to several government procedures.

It aims to make existing reforms felt by as many Filipinos as possible by bringing needed government services closer to communities to help them conveniently access these with proper orientation and guidance, to strengthen the Ipadama ang Reporma campaign messaging, and to share good news and success stories about reform initiatives.

In support to the Ipadama Fair, DSWD will mount an information booth; conduct Pantawid Pamilya Family Development Sessions; provide assistance to individuals in crisis situation such as medical, financial, burial, educational, and food and non-food; and access appropriate services to solo parents and persons with disability.

Pantawid Pamilya parent leaders and other beneficiaries will also share their successful engagement as government program participants.

KOMPRe is a gathering of individuals for transparency and accountability.

It believes that for reforms to succeed and be sustained beyond 2016, the citizenry should engage government by assessing, assisting and proposing progressive policies and programs.

Through this kind of CSO initiative, citizens are fully engaged and empowered through active citizenship framework while coalition building is implemented down to the barangay level. (DSWD)




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More shelters awarded in DavOr

MORE SHELTERS. Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon of Davao Oriental Province awards a Certificate of Occupancy to a recipient of Modified Shelter Assistance Program in Cateel.  Additional permanent shelters were turned over on May 15 to 977 families in Boston, Cateel and Baganga in Davao Oriental. To date, a total of 15,858 units have been completed in the province. Also in photo is Gemma D. Dela Cruz, DSWD Team Leader for Davao Oriental and other local officials. (DSWD)

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Listahanan begins

LISTAHANAN BEGINS. A campaign sticker posted on a car in Davao City announces the start of the nationwide 2nd Round Assessment of poor households through the DSWD Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan. DSWD targets 15.3 million households for enumeration all over the country and DSWD Davao Region will cover 793,770 of these. The survey will saturate rural barangays and will take in pockets of poverty in urban barangays. DSWD will be using an enhanced Family Assessment Form (FAF) to gather exact information from the respondent during assessment. It contains 52 item questionnaires that need to be filled out completely by the enumerators. Listahanan survey results will point out the poor and their location, ensuring their inclusion in social protection programs. (DSWD)

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DSWD supports ASAPP

DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon signs the Pledge for ASAPP (Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program) during the ASAPP Salubungan in Davao City. Led by Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson U. Palad, some 100 local government officials; businessmen and other private sector representatives; and directors of regional and provincial government agencies participated. DSWD

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DSWD joins ASAPP Salubungan

DAVAO City  -With the Department of Agriculture (DA) as convenor for Davao Region, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here will participate in the ASAPP Salubungan tomorrow, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Apo View Hotel.

Anchored on the Philippine Development Plan, ASAPP or Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program intends to reduce poverty in multiple dimensions through the creation of sustainable employment opportunities for the poor.

In partnership with the private sector and the local government units (LGUs), ASAPP key elements are economic growth, employment creation, income redistribution, and strategies to maintain low food price inflation.

Through this ASAPP Salubungan, businesses are enabled to expand and increase linkages with the poor either for raw materials or labor. Hence, better employment opportunities for the poor and growth and expansion for the businesses, shared Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

In Davao Region, three areas in Davao Del Sur are being targeted for the ASAPP Salubungan –Digos City, Hagonoy and Magsaysay, said Director Razon.

Thursday’s Salubungan will be attended by Gov. Claude P. Bautista; the mayors of Digos City, Hagonoy and Magsaysay; businessmen and other private sector representatives; directors of regional and provincial government agencies such as DSWD, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Agrarian Reform.

Representing Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, Director Razon will discuss the poverty situation in the three ASAPP pilot LGUs, which will serve as input for the workshops set in the afternoon.

Other points to be tackled during the one day ASAPP Salubungan are: Rationale for ASAPP in Davao Del Sur; Messages/Commitments on Anti-Poverty and Employment Generation; ASAPP Framework and Salubungan Overview; Davao Regional Development Framework [2014-2016]; and Growth Prospects/Opportunities and Priority PAPs for the 3 Focus LGUs.

Following the open forum, the mayors of the three pilot LGUs and heads of the Private Sector will render their Responses and Commitments.

The first Salubungan in the region will then be capped with the ceremonial signing of the Pledge for ASAPP. (DSWD/Carmela C. Duron)


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Maragusan advances Kalahi-CIDSS

Maragusan Mayor Cesar M. Colina prods program recipients to be mindful in managing their community sub-project.

Maragusan, Compostela Valley –Laid back and remote, Maragusan town was able to withstand calamities and now regarded by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as home to heroes.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Services) has recognized Maragusan as the best Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) in Program Implementation during the 1st Bayani Ka Awards in January.

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.

The Bayani Ka Awards recognizes grassroots heroes and nurtures a pool of community champions.


Maragusan is a four-hour ride from Davao City. It is a first class municipality according to National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) and has a poverty incidence rate of 36%.

Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA here took off on September 20, 2012 but the implementation was halted due to the devastation brought by Typhoon Pablo on December 2012.

The joint rehabilitation efforts of the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) and community continue to pour long after the typhoon debris were put away.

Mayor Cesar M. Colina pointed out, “The government needs to provide help that has a long-term effect in the community. The community driven development (CDD) approach of Kalahi-CIDSS will help the victims rise after the calamity, rebuild their lives, and celebrate their newfound resilience.”

Varnell M. Dagansan, former Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator of Maragusan recounted how the LGU helped finish the sub-projects since they already overlapped because of the typhoon.

“One strategy implemented by Kalahi-CIDSS and MLGU was to merge the two cycles, depending on the agreements made every Barangay Assembly. Downloading of local counterpart contribution (LCC) was made ahead of time, thus pushing Kalahi-CIDSS team to muster extra effort to finish the sub-projects.”

The MLGU assigned heavy equipment for free use such as back hoe, concrete mixers and dump trucks to fast track construction of sub-projects.

Presently, the MLGU helps complete the rest of Kalahi CIDSS-PAMANA 3rd cycle sub-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.

To date, a total of 53 sub-projects were completed through Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA. Some 12,717 households already reaped benefits from the sub-projects.

LGU push

Mayor Colina has much confidence in the CDD process of Kalahi-CIDSS. He plans of replicating it with local funds to serve non-prioritized barangays.

He appreciates the pro-people process. “The purpose crosses technical borders -from educating the volunteers, maximizing the funds, improving participation in the community, transparency, sense of ownership of sub-projects, to employment generation in the communities.”

“Since the program heavily promotes transparency in the community, I required the ACT (Area Coordinating Team) to submit weekly reports of accomplishment including that of other government agencies present in the locality, and I discuss these reports in the local FM Station every Monday.”

He wants the people to know where their taxes go, earning him the trust and confidence of the community.

Mayor Colina believes that once an established and well-developed place is attained, everyone that lives in it also improves.

“The well-being of individuals is higher, the quality of living is healthier as well as the economic boost that it gives to the people. The employment opportunity is greater too. These benefits would lead to a better and secure future for all. And we’re not just talking about numbers, but also happier homes, stronger families and more children finishing school. This is my vision for my community.” DSWD


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CSWDO Surigao conducts cross learning visit

CROSS LEARNING. Officials of Surigao City Social Welfare and Development Office led by Myrna B. Destajo [5th from right] and her assistant Gloria R. Salvador [7th from right] receive varied advocacy materials from DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon [6th from right] during their cross learning visit Thursday. As part of their three-day capacity building and professional enrichment activity, the team observed the processes at the DSWD Regional Crisis Intervention Unit and conducted exposure at DSWD residential and rehabilitation facilities like the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, Home for Girls and Women, Reception and Study Center for Children and Home for the Aged. (DSWD)

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