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A PWD levels up thru Kalahi-CIDSS

Rey E. Jaboneta speaks during a Kalahi-CIDSS barangay assembly in Barangay New Panay.

Maragusan, Compostela Valley – “I know my disability will limit my ability to do service that demands physical strength. However, that doesn’t mean that my capacity to dream and pursue my goals will be limited as well,” asserted Rey E. Jaboneta, 42, a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer.

Another good thing about Rey is that he also didn’t stop at simply doing his community work. In fact, he excelled in it. Last January 2015, he bagged the Best PWD (person with disability) Volunteer during the Kalahi-CIDSS 1st Bayani Ka Awards held in Makati City.

This recognition project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD), through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services), aims to acknowledge outstanding community volunteers and initiatives and build a pool of champions for positive change.

Rising to the situation

Notwithstanding his polio, Jaboneta has been an active volunteer of Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA since 2012, leading the sub-project implementation in Barangay New Panay.

He got elected as Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairman during the 1st barangay assembly of Kalahi-CIDSS in the village.

“His role is to take care of the overall management of Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project together with other elected committee members,” said Helenbergs J. Tulang, Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator in Maragusan.

Jaboneta recounted, “Nakulbaan ko pero nalipay sa responsibilidad nga gisalig sa akong mga kauban sa barangay sa akoa (I was anxious but happy at the same time with the responsibility entrusted to me by the community), adding that, he is grateful to community facilitators of Kalahi-CIDSS who were always supportive of his endeavors.

Born with polio, Jaboneta grew up poor. His father would make ends meet with a measly income from being a tenant to provide the needs of his mother and his 12 siblings.

Growing up, he experienced discrimination from people around him. “They would often question my ability and hurl insensitive comments about my disability.”

Instead of being taken aback, he anchored on these negative vibes as challenges to motivate him in pursuing his goals of helping the community.

Upping the morale

Barangay New Panay is almost a five-hour ride from Davao City. It is one of the barangays in Maragusan where delivery of basic social services is hindered due to lack of cooperation from the community.

“They felt demoralized and insignificant since most of them weren’t able to finish school and were more focused on how to earn and provide for their family. Community works and volunteerism were not their priority,” shared Lyre Divine A.  Balili, Kalahi-CIDSS community facilitator.

Jaboneta said through Kalahi-CIDSS, the villagers were guided to choose, design and implement sub-projects that address their most pressing needs.

For someone who’s been judged as less capacitated to help, Jaboneta used his disability to boost the morale of the community. Demonstrating sheer determination, he moved forward as he joined barangay assemblies and capacity building sessions, unmindful of his condition.

He believed if he can do a lot, the people around him could do so much more. They then started to work together, gradually building various successful community sub-projects.

Done and counting

With Jaboneta at the helm, Barangay New Panay has realized construction of a drainage canal and a community E-library. Also conducted was a non-formal education curriculum on embroidery and interior design. All these have benefited 1,389 residents.

“Through Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA, Barangay New Panay now has the opportunity to generate more income and establish a school facility for the children in the community,” said Maragusan Mayor Cesar M. Colina.

DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon emphasized that persons with disability (PWDs) should have equal access to training, inclusive planning and basic social services.

“We want to guarantee that persons with disability will have the same opportunities to be empowered as others. We help everyone and everyone who wants to help will be prioritized.”

“I am thankful that DSWD gives equal opportunities to people with impairment like me. They opened opportunities for us and they made us feel that after all, we have a part and we can contribute to the development of our community,” conveyed Jaboneta.

With the scale-up of Kalahi-CIDSS into a national program, it targets to cover 29 more municipalities in Region XI by 2019.

Rey Jaboneta, who was once deprived of vast opportunities due to his impairment, is now living his dream through Kalahi-CIDSS. (DSWD)


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DSWD conducts 2nd Listahanan survey

DAVAO City- As it continuously addresses the needs of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here has officially launched the Listahanan 2nd Round Household Assessment.

The regional launch kicked off with posting of Listahanan advocacy stickers and grievance hotlines in public and private motor vehicles in downtown Davao City.

Also highlighting the launch was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between DSWD and the offices of Land Transportation Office (LTO), Traffic Management Center (TMC), Davao City Police Office (DCPO), City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), manifesting their support in the Listahanan survey advocacy campaign.

The launch was followed by a Media Forum.

Implemented by DSWD, Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan is a database of poor households and used as reference in identifying beneficiaries of social protection services.

It is a functional, objective and transparent targeting system that identifies who and where the poor are, thus reducing leakage of social services to non-poor and minimizing exclusion of the poor from said social services.

“As the first round of assessment yielded with challenges and issues of exclusion and inclusion error, these advocacy campaign aims to inform the general public on the upcoming enumeration and encourage them to really participate in the data collection process,” DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon emphasized.

This year, DSWD XI targets to enumerate 793,770 households, to be administered by 2,354 workers from April to June. The survey will saturate rural barangays and covers pockets of poverty in urban barangays.

“Though targeting errors cannot be totally eliminated, Listahanan includes a mechanism for minimizing and correcting these errors.  Also, On Demand Application (ODA) gives families who think they are poor but were not visited during the enumeration the chance to apply for assessment,” Director Razon added

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.

To ensure the integrity of the generated information, DSWD encourages the public to participate and provide feedback through grievance hotline numbers 0918-9122-813 ,  0917-830-2327, by texting Listahanan<space>name<space>location<space>grievance/inquiry.

Listahanan can also be reached through email address or its official Facebook page DSWD

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DSWD joins prov’l gab on sustainability

Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, Deputy Regional Program Manager of Kalahi-CIDSS, discusses the impact of harmonization of tools of Kalahi-CIDSS and the provincial government.

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) recently attended the Provincial Inter-Municipal Forum (PIMF) and Provincial Core Team (PCT) joint meeting here on project sustainability.

Held at the Provincial Capitol, the meeting aimed at establishing a mutual partnership agreement in crafting an evaluation tool on project sustainability.

Santos M. Eusebio, Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist of Kalahi-CIDSS, presented the status of completed sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS during the Project Sustainability Dialogue cum Workshop.

“Kalahi CIDSS wants to harmonize the evaluation mechanism of the program and the provincial tool to help the Local Government Units in assessing the sustainability of the implementation at the PLGU level,” stressed Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, Deputy Regional Program Manager for Kalahi-CIDSS.

Compostela Valley and Albay Province are the two selected sites for the pilot testing of the Enhancement of PLGU Engagement in Kalahi-CIDSS funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Raymond Fabre, ADB representative said, the PLGU engagement strengthens coordination among the program implementers, local government units, and targeted communities.

“We want to build harmony down to the grass roots level to form best practices and discover what can be replicated into future projects.”

ComVal is among the PLGUs that have demonstrated innovations in adopting the community driven development (CDD) approach in the past through their implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS.

In 2010 to 2011, it implemented the Assistance Toward Unity for Progress thru Empowerment, Accountability, Cooperation, and Efficiency (ATU-PEACE) initiative, which was based on Kalahi-CIDSS and uses CDD in implementing small-scale projects, with financial support from the PLGU.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of DSWD’s flagship anti-poverty programs. It recently scaled up into a national community-driven development program and is implemented to provide poor communities access to services and increase their participation in more inclusive local planning, budgeting and implementation.

The Enhancement of PLGU Engagement in Kalahi-CIDSS strives to collaborate with MLGUs at the provincial level to mobilize resources and technical assistance to communities and adopt community identified priorities.

Under this initiative, 10 projects are being implemented in the province’s 11 municipalities to date. DSWD

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