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Ata Manobo: A Listahanan hero

IP Listahanan enumerator Torays Dagwa-an conducts family assessment.                                

Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao Del Norte -“Dili gyud babag kanako ang  gigikanan o kultura aron mapalambo nako akoang kaugalingon ug akoang pamilya ( My roots and culture will never hinder me from improving my life and that of my family’s ),” Listahanan enumerator Torays Dagwa-an announced.

Dagwa-an, 24, an Ata Manobo of Sitio Dalingding, Palma Gil is proud to be take part in the Listahanan assessment of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). He is assigned in Talaingod.

Dako akoang kalipay nga naging parte ko aning survey sa DSWD. Tungod ani matabangan nako akoang mga ka-tribo nga maapil sa Listahanan aron matagaan og higayon nga mahimong benepisaryo sa umaabot nga programa sa gobyerno (I am very happy that I’ve been a part of this survey of DSWD. Through this, I am able to help my fellow tribesman to be interviewed and be given the chance to benefit from upcoming programs of government).”

Dagwa-an is also a beneficiary of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP).

Beneficiaries of this program are IP families with 0-18 year old children and/or those beyond 18 years old but currently enrolled in Elementary, High School, Alternative Learning System, School of Living Tradition and other indigenous learning systems; IPs living within or outside their ancestral domain; and those located in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

His wife Genalyn also serves as parent leader of MCCT-IP.


Talaingod town is 80 percent Indigenous people (Ata Manobo) mostly occupying the farthest and hilly areas that Listahanan enumerators have to walk for hours just to reach the IP residents.

“Lisod pud amoang kahimtang kay bisag taga didto ra mi, dili malikayan nga mahadlok ka tungod sa tribal conflict –pangayao, nga usa ka problema sa kumunidad ug ang kalit mag gyera ang sundalo ug militante sa amoang lugar. Pero pinaka-importante nakig coordinate mi sa mga lider ug mapasabot nimu ang programa sa ilaha (Our situation is difficult. Even if we are from the area, we could not help but be apprehensive because of the tribal conflict which is one of the problems in the community, and also the armed encounters between the military and the rebels. But what matters most is coordinating with the local leaders and making them understand the purpose of the survey).

Dagwa-an recalled when his team was caught in a crossfire between rebels and military troops in the nearby sitio while they had an on-going assessment in Sitio Nasilaban. “Ang among gibuhat nitago lang mi sa eskwelahan ug human sa  buto-buto amoang gibalikan pa ang balay nga wala pa nahuman og survey kay maluoy mi kung amoang biyaan (My team hid at a nearby school then resumed the survey after the crossfire because we didn’t want to miss out on any family).”

The determination and sincerity of Dagwa-an and his group made them heroes and endeared them to their own community.

Blessed community

DSWD already covers Talaingod with anti-poverty convergence programs like Pantawid Pamilya, Kalahi-CIDSS, Sustainable Livelihood, Supplementary Feeding, Social Pension and many more.

Dagwa-an also benefited from a solar lighting project of Kalahi-CIDSS in 2013.

Kining pagka-enumerator nako dako nga tabang sa akoang kumunidad, masabtan nako ang linguahe ug akoa pud mapasabot sa ilaha nga ang gobyerno dili mupasagad kanamo nga mga IP (My being an enumerator is an advantage to my community as I know the dialect and I can let them understand that government will not leave out the IPs).”

“In this second round Listahanan assessment, DSWD expects to have an expanded and updated database of poor including the IPs. This will also serve as a tool in determining the potential beneficiaries of existing and future programs and services of the department and other agencies,” DSWD Regional Director Priscilla Razon emphasized earlier.

Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan is a database of poor households. 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.

Listahanan helps government properly allocate and equitably distribute its limited resources to proper beneficiaries. (DSWD)




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Health station in San Isidro opened

HEALTH STATION.  A Kalahi-CIDSS health station opens in Barangay Talisay, San Isidro, Davao Oriental. For the construction, DSWD granted Php 752,987.00 while the municipality provided a local cash counterpart of Php 91, 775.00.  The inauguration was led by Municipal Health Officer Edgardo B. Andit and DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon. (DSWD)

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MOA on Davao Int’l Airport emergency plan signed

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD signs on Tuesday the Memorandum of Agreement on the Davao International Airport (DIA) Emergency Plan. Also in photo is Director Liza R. Mazo of the Office of Civil Defense. Led by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Airport Emergency Plan covers 15 emergency conditions including on-airport aircraft accident, structural fire, weather standby, earthquake, aviation pandemic incident, civil disturbance, and hazardous materials incident. The plan which is one of the required documents for the ISO Certification of DIA, will enable Davao City capably and effectively respond to any airport emergency. A Full Scale Mock Emergency Exercise slated at DIA on Friday, August 28 will be attended by all national and local responding agencies in Davao City.

In his message, City Administrator Jesus Melchor V. Quitain said, “the DIA Emergency Plan will prepare the city for something which we hope will never happen. We are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best as we desire for a safe Davao City and safe airport at all times.”

Other officials who signed the MOA were from DPWH, Bureau of Fire Protection, PNP, AFP, PAF, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Red Cross, PNP-Aviation, Davao Doctors’ Hospital, Davao City Government, MIASCOR Aviation Services, Lufthansa Technik Phils, Aviation Partnership Phils, and Public Safety and Security. Barangay chairs of Angliongto, Sasa and Buhangin also inked their support as well as SilkAir, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, and PAL. Also involved are other city key players like the Highway Patrol Group, Traffick Management Center, Central 911 and Task Force Davao.  (DSWD)

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Kalahi-CIDSS expands in 11 towns

Davao City  – Beginning this month, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) starts its implementation of Kalahi–CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) in 11 municipalities, deploying some 80 field workers.

Director Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD, welcomed the latest batch of Kalahi-CIDSS staffs during the week-long orientation-training at Island Garden City of Samal.

This development is in line with the Kalahi-CIDSS goal of empowering communities down to the grassroots level.

The DSWD recently deployed in every town an Area Coordinating Team (ACT) composed of an Area Coordinator (AC), Technical Facilitator (TF), Finance Analyst (FA), and Community Empowerment Facilitator (CEF).

The team shall lead the implementation of the program in the municipality in coordination with the Municipal Coordinating Team, the ACT counterpart installed by the LGU in every Kalahi-CIDSS area.

Kalahi-CIDSS now operates in Baganga, Lupon, Kiblawan, Jose Abad Santos, Malalag, Sta. Maria, Don Marcelino, Sarangani, Montevista, Braulio E. Dujali, and San Isidro [Davao del Norte].

Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the three core programs of DSWD, 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.

According to Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, choosing applicants to lead the program is one of the most scrutinizing processes in the program.

“The people who should take up the task should have the heart to help other people. The work in Kalahi-CIDSS is not a typical job that we have inside the office. It’s a call for something deeper, they should have the passion to be a catalyst for change, carrying on the goal of the program and that is to empower the community in alleviating poverty.”

Approved by President Benigno C. Aquino on 18 January 2013, Kalahi-CIDSS has expanded into a national scale of operations and opened in 16 municipalities in Region XI in 2014, in its pilot implementation.

Jabla added, the new workers have been capacitated using the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach. ACTs are expected to empower ordinary citizens to directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs and collectively responding to it.

The 11 municipalities will receive a cash grant of Php 173, 980,750.oo that would benefit 197 barangays. (DSWD)


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88% households assessed in Davao Region

Davao City –To date, a total of 699,529 households in Davao Region have been assessed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its ongoing Listahanan Survey.

“We have covered 88% in both rural and urban barangays of the targeted 739,770 households in the region. Of this, some 643,788 family assessment forms (FAFs) have already been encoded,” Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD said.

Listahanan targets to end the enumeration on August 30, 2015 in all provinces in Region XI, Director Razon said.

In the assessment process, trained enumerators conduct house-to-house interviews using paper and pen in rural areas and android tablets for data collection in urban areas.

After the interview, a sticker is posted in a conspicuous place in every house to ensure that not one household is missed out by enumerators.

“DSWD expects to have an expanded and updated database of who and where the poor are by year-end. This will serve as basis for developing programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the poor. This will also serve as a tool in determining the potential beneficiaries of existing programs and services,” Director Razon added.

Validation and Finalization phase will start in October this year wherein the initial list of poor families will be posted in visible places in every barangay for the community to scrutinize.

Families who were not visited during the regular enumeration shall be given a chance to appeal and be assessed.

A Local Verification Committee (LVC) shall be formed in each municipality to act on complaints and grievances received.

After validation, the official and final list of poor families shall be shared with data users as their basis in selecting beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Presently, 12,266,093 (80.09%) households have already been assessed throughout the country, from the target of 15.3 million for this second round of assessment.

The DSWD, under the Aquino administration, enforces Executive Order No. 867 series of 2010 which extends the mandate of using Listahanan database in all national government agencies. This is done through proactive data sharing and through continuously advocating the implementation of targeted social protection programs and services for the identified poor households. (DSWD)



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Best houseparent cited

BEST WORKER. Best Houseparent Judy B. Sifuentes receives her plaque and cash award from DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon during the 38th Founding Anniversary celebration of the DSWD Home for the Aged in Tagum City. Also in photo are Center Manager Annie L. Rosalinda and Association of the Friends of the Home for the Aged, Inc. President Pedro B. San Jose. (DSWD)

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CCT recipients in San Isidro, DavOr

DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon interacts with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Barangay Baon, San Isidro, Davao Oriental during a project launch. Beneficiaries shared how the program improved their lives and that of their families through the assistance on health and education. They also appreciated the basic instructions on family management, livelihood skills and other important topics imparted during the monthly Family Development Session. (DSWD)

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Community participation intensified thru GRS

San Isidro, Davao Oriental  – “Sa una, mahadlok mi mo-istorya kay mahadlok mi sa mga tao nga naa sa posisyon sa gobyerno. Pero sa Kalahi-CIDSS, ilang gipabati sa amoa naa mi katungod nga mupagawas sa among mga mulo ug mga tanyag nga sa tan-aw namo, makatabang sa  paglambo sa proseso sa programa (Before, we were afraid to speak out for we felt intimidated by government workers. However, Kalahi-CIDSS helped us realize that we are free to voice out our thoughts and opinions which we believe are vital in the program),” emphasized Fulgencia Lagmay ,73, a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer in Barangay Manikling here.

As part of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) goal in empowering the community through enhanced participation, a Grievance Redress System (GRS) was installed to ensure that principles of the program such as genuine community involvement, accountability and transparency are upheld.

Mother of six, Lagmay is chair of Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) in her barangay.

She said one feature of the program that she appreciates most is GRS, adding that the capacity building activities thru GRS has enabled her to speak in front of a crowd and more importantly, take a more active role in project implementation and management.

Making GRS a way of life

“GRS is one of the key elements of Kalahi-CIDSS where the stakeholders and the volunteers at large are provided a venue to express their concerns, complaints and suggestions to improve the program,” explained Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

Elvira Anduyan, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of Kalahi-CIDSS said the community will form a committee that would assist the Community Empowerment Facilitator (CEF) in making the GRS functional in the barangay.

“Committee members will train on Installation, Handling and Monitoring Structures as well as Monitoring and Reporting System where they learn documenting resolution process of conflict,” Anduyan said.

The elected members, together with the assigned CEF, will report to DSWD Regional Office on their observations of conflicts and wrongdoings in the area.

Filing of GRS can be done through text message or through the use of the suggestion box lodged at the Kalahi-CIDSS Corner in the Barangay Hall, Anduyan added.

DSWD records show that as of June 2015, Kalahi-CIDSS Region XI has resolved 100% of the 1,784  filed grievances, collected from 299 barangays in 16 municipalities.

Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, Deputy Regional Program Manager for Kalahi-CIDSS stated, “This is a good manifestation that the program is able to empower people since they are very much involved and can now readily express their issues and suggestions on how to improve the implementation of the program.”

“Napuno og pasalamat ang akong kasing kasing sa mga oportunidad nga gihatag sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa mga yanong tao sama namo. Kaya namo ang pag bag-o tungod kay padayon ang pagsuporta sa gobyerno sa pagpalambo sa among kaalam (My heart is overflowing with gratefulness for the opportunities accessed to ordinary folks like us. We can do it. We can improve our lives because government continues to help us develop our knowledge and skills),” Lagmay stressed.

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. (DSWD)


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