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Hiyas ng Kadayawan grateful as DSWD worker

Floramea Manyawron, a Manobo and crowned Hiyas ng Kadayawan 2015 does the “Kaya Ko” sign during the DSWD Monday convocation where she shared her positive transformation as Community Facilitator of the DSWD Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for Indigenous Peoples (Pantawid Pamilya). “My employment with DSWD has opened my eyes to various opportunities available to IPs like me. Before I was a bit shy but now I am more confident to interact with all kinds of people. I am truly grateful to DSWD for the various capacity building sessions which enabled me to perform my tasks with self-assurance and the required competence. I am proud to be Manobo and proud member of DSWD family.” (DSWD)

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Over 5000 due for Family Day celeb

Davao City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expects more than 5000 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program during the National Family Day observance on Sunday, October 4 at Magsaysay Park.

With the theme, Tuloy and Pagbabago, the event will be conducted simultaneously by 17 DSWD regional offices throughout the country.

Starting off at 9:00 a.m. with an ecumenical prayer, the celebration will feature various talents from the provinces and DSWD, product display by recipients of DSWD sustainable livelihood, storytelling for children, face painting and parlor games.

Provincial winners of the Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino will be presented and awarded with plaque and cash.

As a treat to participants, MX3 DMI Medical Supply Inc., Julie’s Bakeshop, Lonbisco, Pepsi, and Yakult (Probiotics) will provide free samples and sell some products.

National government agencies like DOH, PhilHealth, DA, NNC, BFAR and DOLE will also showcase their office profile and products.

Other participating organizations are Eden Nature Park and Resort, DavCo, NCCC Cares, Aboitiz Therma South, Nature Spring, Zest-O, SM Malls, Goldilocks, Office of Councilor Edgar Ibuyan, Nourskin Corporation, Kara’s Angel Agricultural Supplies, MASSPEC, Grand Menseng, and SECDEA.

DSWD has invited its partners from the academe, media, Area-Based Standards Network, civil society organizations, Regional Interagency Committee on Filipino Family, Pantawid Pamilya Regional Advisory Committee 1 and 2, and national government agencies.

Meanwhile, the family of Gimmy and Marebeth Basa of Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental, regional winner of the Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino will join the national awarding ceremonies in Manila on October 4.

To date, the government continues to provide better opportunities to 229,871 families in the entire Davao Region through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program and Kalahi-CIDSS. (DSWD)

 

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MSAP for Ilang folks

SHELTER AID. Vircelina E. Suarez, [3rd from left] a DSWD program beneficiary of Barangay Ilang, Davao City receives on Monday her P70,000.00 shelter cheque from DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon [3rd from right]. Some 129 families of Barangay Ilang are the latest recipients of the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program in partnership with Holcim Philippines, City Social Services and Development Office and BLGU Ilang. Also in photo are [from left] Holcim CSR and Administrative Manager Basilia M. Devilleres, Ilang Barangay Chair Arnolfo Ricardo B. Cabling, DSWD Assistant Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria, and DSWD Assistant Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil. (DSWD)

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Basa Family of DavOc is 2015 Huwarang Pamilya winner

Marebeth, daughter Jim Marey and Gimmy in front of their booming store.

Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental  -“Our family is a circle of strength, founded on faith, joined by love and kept by God. Sa tanan nga amoang kalisdanan, kahuyangan, kalipay ug sa tanan nga grasya nga amoang nadawat, gina-hangad namo tanan sa Ginoo (All our hardships, weaknesses, happiness and for all the blessings that we have received, we offer everything to God),” shared 35-year old Marebeth Basa of Barangay Linadasan here.

The Basas live in a humble oceanfront home.

Marebeth’s husband –Gimmy, 42, is a fisherman. To augment the income they earn from fishing, they opened up a small sari-sari store.

Ginabinuangan gani ko sa akoang mga silingan nga lugi daw kaayo ko sa akoang sari-sari store kay P  600+ lang ang akoang gina-kompra gikan Malita kada bula, unya ang pamasahe padulong ug pauli kay P 500 (My neighbors oftentimes tease me that my sari-sari store is losing  and unprofitable since I only purchase around P 600-worth of goods per month. The round trip van fare to Malita [neighboring municipality where I get the goods] is P 500),” recalled Marebeth.

Despite their meager income, Marebeth and Gimmy strived to send their children to school – Sylka Mae, now 14; Brian James, now 9; and Jim Marey, now 5 years old.

The Basa Family became beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2009.

Dako kaayo nga tabang ang programa ilabi na sa pag-eskwela sa amoang mga anak. Mas na-engganyo sila mo eskwela tungod sa programa (The program has been a huge help especially in my children’s studies. They are more inspired to attend school because of the program),” Gimmy shared.

Another unexpected blessing came to the family when they became recipients of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in 2012.

Marebeth and Gimmy being accustomed to simple, frugal way of living, promised to smartly invest the capital assistance provided through SLP.

Aron makatipid sa pamasahe nga P 500 gikan Malita, naga-hitch lang ko sa mga molabay nga truck padulong Don Marcelino. Bahala’g galisod ko sa mga bitbit nga pinalit, basta maka-save ko sa pamasahe kay saying ang kwarta (To save on the P 500 fare from Malita, I hitch a ride with private trucks going home to Don Marcelino. No matter the heavy load of groceries I carry, as long I can save as money is valuable)” admitted Marebeth.

In two years’ time, Marebeth and Gimmy were able to multiply their capital ten folds. From a small sari-sari store, they opened a new, bigger store just beside their house.

Marebeth and Gimmy never fail to inculcate positive values to their three children. It is evident in their children’s performance at school.

To share the blessings they received and pay it forward, the Basas sends 10 IP students to school. They also sponsor students to Girl Scout campings annually.

Buot namo nga ipa-ambit pud ang among grasya nga nadawat gikan sa Ginoo ug sa DSWD. Tungod niini nga programa, sigurado mi nga makaya namong magtiayon ug makaya usab sa akoang mga anak ang molampos (We want to share all the blessings we received from God and from DSWD. Because of this program, my husband and I and my children are certain that we will succeed),” stressed Marebeth.

The Basa family is just one of the 229,871 families in the entire Davao Region that has benefited from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Pantawid Pamilya is a poverty-reduction program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The program provides conditional cash grants to Listahanan-identified poor families having 0-18 year-old children. (DSWD)

 

 

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Listahanan validation set in Oct

Davao City- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to start the Listahanan validation and finalization phase in October.

“The validation phase will enable the Department to review the preliminary list of poor, non-poor, and near-poor households,” said Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

It also aims to facilitate identification of wrong entries, inclusion of households not assessed, and integration of changes based on merit towards an accurate and credible final list of poor, Director Razon explained.

DSWD will organize a Local Verification Committee (LVC) to resolve complaints and appeals received during the validation period.

Members of LVC include the Local Chief Executive (LCE), Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO), Municipal Planning & Development Officer (MPDO), two officers designated by the LCE and Listahanan Area Supervisor.

The types of complaints/grievance that can be filed during validation are: 1] Exclusion Complaint Type 1 – refers to a claim that a specific household should be included in the List of Poor but is in the Listahanan Database as non-poor; 2] Exclusion Complaint Type 2 – refers to a claim that a specific household should be included in the List of Poor but was not interviewed during the regular assessment; and 3] Inclusion Complaint Type 1 – refers to a claim that a specific household should not be in the List of Poor.

To implement the validation phase, DSWD hired 98 supervisors, 554 enumerators, 166 encoders, and 166 verifiers.

Razon encouraged the public to participate in this activity to ensure that the final results will be reliable, complete and accurate.

Region XI had a total of Php 85,584,333.00 budget for the recently concluded second round of assessment, employing 2,300 field workers.

“Following this second round Listahanan assessment, DSWD expects to have an expanded and updated database of poor. This will also serve as a tool in determining potential beneficiaries of existing and future programs and services of the department and other agencies,” Director Razon added. (DSWD)

 

 

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Women @work in Malita

WOMEN AT WORK. A road marker underscores women participation in community development as Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer Tita Limbudan Sam [right], leads her co-volunteers in the Concreting of a 240 Linear Meter Barangay Road in Centro Barangay Little Baguio, Malita, Davao Occidental. The construction was made possible through a funding of Php 1,479.823.00 from DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS). Along with her fellow volunteers, Tita is immensely grateful to Kalahi-CIDSS for accessing opportunities to women. “Before, our roles and responsibilities were limited in the four corners of our homes. With Kalahi-CIDSS activities, women participation heightened, advancing our significant contribution in community development.” (DSWD)

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Mindanao social workers’ convention set

Davao City –Some 400 professional social workers from all over Mindanao will convene today at Grand Menseng Hotel for the three-day 9th Regional Convention of Social Workers.

With the theme, Dignidad at Karapatang Pantao: Pahalagahan at Pangalagaan, the event is hosted by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) – Mindanao.

Jerry O. Magbanua, President of PASWI Mindanao said the convention aims to forge a stronger community and continually search for positive endeavors for developmental issues and concerns affecting the social work arena and the clientele.

He said that the activity is also part of the continuing professional education and career advancement of the social workers. Social workers from Luzon and Visayas islands have also signified to attend, Magbanua added.

Meanwhile, DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon has urged social workers in the department to participate.

“It is necessary for us to grow as professionals. We need to update and upgrade otherwise we become obsolete and irrelevant to the changing needs of society. This occasion is a most appropriate setting to persist and continue assimilating and applying new valuable teachings from our colleagues, from the experts, and from the people we are serving.”

Founded on November 12, 1947, PASWI envisions a dynamic transformative professional organization towards total human development. Its goal is to uphold professional standards of the Social Work Practice.

PASWI is a member of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and a charter member of Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC). (DSWD)

 

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Grateful Pantawid Parent Leader

Vircelina Suarez, a Pantawid Parent Leader and recipient of Sustainable Livelihood Program from Barangay Ilang, Davao City confidently underscores how her participation in government programs improved her life. “Conscientiously, we observed the rules of the program. I attended Family Development Sessions which taught us to become better parents and better citizens. We have learned a lot and our community is more united now.  If not for Pantawid Pamilya my children wouldn’t have finished school. We are very grateful to DSWD especially now that our community is a recipient of a housing project initiated by DSWD, Holcim Philippines, DBCOM and our barangay. The government has done so much for us. Thank you very much.” (DSWD)

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