Archive | September, 2015

Padada gets BUB fund for livelihood

BUB FOR LIVELIHOOD. Mayor Gladys A. Razonable-Gascon of Padada, Davao Del Sur receives a P 1 million livelihood assistance from DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria. The amount will fund a T-shirt Production community project of Padada women under the Bottom-Up Budgeting on Sustainable Livelihood Program. Also in photo are [from left] DSWD Project Development Officer Marivic N. Arancon, Padada Municipal Treasurer Erasma L. Osilao, and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Inie Q. Macasinag. (DSWD)

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DSWD warns public anew of text scams

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warns the public anew on text scams that continue to circulate.

The text message contains the following: “Congratulations, from President Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, your sim # won P950,000 as second prize winner in the Handog Pangkabuhayan raffle promo, DTI P#9513 s’12. Please text your complete name, age, address.”

“Do not believe this text message. There is no truth about this because the DSWD, as the lead implementor of Pantwid Pamilya, does not hold or engage in any raffle promo or draw. Pantawid Pamilya does not also give away prizes. And there is no Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The DSWD urges all those who will receive this text message not to respond but instead to immediately report this to the nearest DSWD office or text to the Pantawid Pamilya Grievance Text Hotline: 0918-912-2813.

Pantawid Pamilya is a program of the national government that provides cash grants to poor households in exchange of complying with the conditionalities of the program. It is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18 years old. (DSWD)



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Rep. Almario visits DSWD

PROGRAM UPDATES. Davao Oriental 2nd District Representative Thelma Z. Almario [rightmost] discusses implementation updates of DSWD programs in her district with DSWD Officials [from left] Policy and Plans Division Chief Estrella D. Brigole, Protective Services Head Raquel E. Nuňez, Budget Officer Teresita V. Mercado and Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria. (DSWD)

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Kalahi-CIDSS conducts Talakayan in Compostela town

Compostela, Compostela Valley – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehesive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) and the Municipality of Compostela recently conducted a Municipal Talakayan.

With the theme “Managing and Learning Together towards Results”, the activity aimed to assess the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS program in the municipality in the past six years.

In attendance were Compostela Mayor Lema P. Bolo, Vice Mayor Reynaldo Q. Castillo, Municipal Local Government Unit officials, Barangay Captains, and Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers.

DSWD was represented by Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, Regional Community Development Specialist Nick Elvi Digol, Regional Finance Analyst Loudice Joyce Anas, and Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Elvira Anduyan.

Kalahi-CIDSS input

“The purpose of this forum is to provide a venue for an organized dialogue among program implementers, community volunteers, and beneficiaries,” said Jabla.

Jabla added the Talakayan also aims to increase awareness of the local community on current development and plans in the municipality.

To date, the town has a total of 23 ongoing and 64 completed sub-projects built through Kalahi-CIDSS and its other modalities -PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA), Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB), and Government of Australia-Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (GOA-DFAT).

In 2014, DSWD covered 7,399 families under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, 4,650 through Sustainable Livelihood Program, and 18,656 families benefited from Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects.

Vice Mayor Castillo said Kalahi-CIDSS has a huge contribution in the reduction of poverty incidence rate in Compostela. “It went down from 40.98% in 2003, to 27.03% in 2012. Indeed a big leap for this town.”

To add to the milestones, a Focused Group Discussion (FGD) was conducted to identify new initiatives on how to strengthen and effectively implement the program. This way, they get to identify problems in the grassroots and garner prospect solutions for long time problems.

Vice Mayor Castillo emphasized that, “Kalahi-CIDSS is proven to be effective since it prioritizes the needs of the community, and the community is the one who leads the implementation of the program. In fact, they plan to continue the legacy of the program. They said they have never seen their community this passionate about a project.”

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is one of DSWD’s core programs that aims to empower ordinary citizens to directly participate in local governance by identifying their community needs. (DSWD)


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Bigger, brighter future for Gee Phannie

Gee Phannie does the ‘Kaya Ko’ sign.

Malita, Davao Occidental -Education is a right, not a privilege. Education is the gateway towards development. With proper education, poverty will hopefully be diminished, if not eradicated.

Nineteen-year old Gee Phannie Coscos believes that a college degree will earn her the ticket to achieving her dreams. Gee Phannie is a fourth year college student at Southern Philippines Agri-business, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) in Malita, Davao del Sur. She has been consistently one of the top of her class since elementary and now, she is one of the candidates for Cum Laude at SPAMAST.

Gee Phannie is the eldest of five siblings. Her family resides in Barangay Demoloc, Malita, Davao del Sur. He father Epifanio works as a woodcutter. Her mother, Gemma, is a housewife. The hardship her family is experiencing has been her driving force to finish her studies.

Knowing that her family cannot support her college education, Gee Phannie bravely went to Barangay Poblacion in Malita, a 5-kilometer walk from their barangay. “Miadto kog poblacion, naningkamot ko og akoa. Miadto ko sa City Hall kay naa may ginahatag nga ‘Tulong Dunong’ scholarship si Mayor. Gipasayaw ug gipakanta ko nila og ‘Kaulo’, gihimo pud nako. Gibuhat nako ang tanan aron makakuha ko og scholarship kay gusto jud ko moeskwela (I went to Poblacion, I had to do it. I went to the City Hall because our Mayor is offering a college scholarship tagged as ‘Tulong Dunong’. They ask me to sing and dance in ‘Kaulo’ [main tribe in Malita], I obliged. I did everything to get that scholarship because I really wanted to go to college,” Gee Phannie recounted.

She became a ‘Tulong Dunong’ scholar for two years in college. To make both ends meet, she worked as  househelp at her uncle’s home. She also applied for a summer job at the Department of Labor and Employment as surveyor.

When she heard about the Expanded Students’ Grant-in-aid for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, she got excited. “Nalipay ko pagkahibalo nako aning ESGP-PA. Nindot kaayo iya gina-offer nga benefits ug dako kaayo kini’g matabang sa akoang pag-eskwela. Nakahinumdom ko atong panahon nga pagkabalo nako nga nakasulod nako sa ESGP-PA, gahilak ko sa kalipay samtang nagareport sa klase (I was ecstatic when I heard about ESGP-PA. The benefits which the scholarship offers will really help me in my studies. I remember when I learned that I got into ESGP-PA, I cried because of happiness while I was reporting in class).”

Gee Phannie enjoys being an ESGP-PA scholar. She excels in her studies and extra-curricular activities. Despite her rather hectic schedule, Gee Phannie also finds time to earn to augment her finances. “Naa koy mga sidelines, gabaligya ko’g pagkaon sa classroom. At least naa ko’y P 30.00 nga ginansya kada-adlaw. Naga tutor pud ko, ang one hour kay P 50.00 pesos. Nangapply pud ko sauna sa isa ka gamay nga restaurant sa poblacion diin makasweldo ko’g P 200.00 kada 24 ka kanta (I have side-jobs, I sell food in our classroom. At least I have P 30.00 profit per day. I also tutor after class, I earn P 50.00 for an hour. I also applied once in a small restaurant in poblacion where I earned P 200.00 for every 24 songs).”

Grabe akoang pasalamat sa Pantawid Pamilya. Tungod ani na program naka-eskwela mi sa akoang mga igsoon, nakahuman ko’g high school ug nakasulod pa gyud ko’g college. Walay kabutngan akoang pasalamat sa programa (I am overwhelmed with gratitude for Pantawid Pamilya. Because of this program my siblings and I were able to go to school, I was able to finish high school and got to college. My heart is overflowing with gratefulness for the program)”, Gee Phannie tearfully shared.

Gee Phannie offers her achievements to the program. When asked what she wants to do when she graduates: “Gusto ko mag-masteral ug maka proceed og doctorate. Gusto nako mapahuman akoang mga igsuon, makabalay ug matagaa’g gamay nga negosyo akoang ginikanan. (I want to take up a master’s degree and hopefully proceed to doctorate. I want all my siblings to finish school and provide a new house and a small business to my parents).”

At present, there are 2,029 grantees under ESGP-PA in the entire Davao Region.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spearheaded the then SGPPA in 2012.

ESGP-PA ensures that the grantees are enrolled in selected SUCs (State Universities and Colleges) duly recognized by CHED, channeled to CHED priority courses and be extended the needed support that will guarantee completion of studies thus qualify them for a high-value added jobs in the future.

Selection of potential ESGP-PA scholars uses the parameter of one beneficiary per Pantawid household. This number is proportioned to the number of households and the area coverage per municipality.

Potential scholars must be 16-20 years old and must be willing and interested to become a student beneficiary. Moreover, an upcoming student grantee must pass the entrance examination set by the respective SUC. However, in cases that the number of potential beneficiaries exceeds the allocated slots, grade requirement is applied. Students belonging to the upper 20% of the graduating class will be prioritized.

A student-grantee receives a maximum of P 60,000.00 scholarship grant per school year or P 30,000.00 per semester. This is broken down to P 20, 000.00/year Tuition Fee Cost, P 5,000.00/year Textbook Fees and other learning materials and P 35,000.00 (that is, P 3,500/month x 10 months) stipend (for board and lodging, transportation, clothing, health/medical needs, basic school supplies and other related costs). (DSWD)


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Kalahi-CIDSS gab held for CSOs

Davao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently conducted an orientation with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

This orientation aimed to: 1] Orient new and prospective CSO partners about Kalahi-CIDSS and other DSWD core programs; 2] Present the menu of engagement for CSO partnership; and 3] Invite CSOs to signify their commitment to engage with DSWD through Kalahi-CIDSS.

Through public-private partnership, the DSWD has been mobilizing CSOs as partners in implementing its major programs and initiatives like Sustainable Livelihood Program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Convergence Strategy and now, Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations, cooperatives, trade unions, professional associations, faith-based organizations, indigenous peoples foundations, and other civic groups were formed primarily for social and economic development,” shares Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, Deputy Regional Program Manager for Kalahi-CIDSS.

“These prospective CSO partners have a vital role in targeted areas of Kalahi-CIDSS. Through new partnerships forged, Kalahi CIDSS will be able to empower more community volunteers. These new partnerships will be sealed through manifestos of support,” Jabla added.

Also discussed at the forum were the different programs of DSWD, its partnership framework, points of intervention for CSO partners, as well as brief background on the various types of engagements.

Following the presentations, a consultation on the details of the area of engagement was held.

To facilitate matching of needs and preferences for engagement, a gallery of major activities in Kalahi-CIDSS was installed.

The event was capped with the signing of Manifesto of Support by all participants.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of DSWD’s anti-poverty programs. It recently scaled up into a national community-driven development program targeting to intensify meaningful participation of people in their own development by letting them decide for their community as well as linking them to basic services.

A total of 21 municipalities are implementing Kalahi-CIDSS this year, covering 375 barangays with a total grant of Php 173,980,750.  (DSWD)


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Advancing PPP in Maco

Jose Venancio Batiquin, COO of Therma Marine, Inc. and President of Aboitiz Power Oil Group and Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of Organic Red Creole ‘Bombay’ Production.

Maco, Compostela Valley –With the newly forged partnership between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), LGU Maco and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., at least 100 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Barangays Mapaang and Manipongol here will soon engage into Organic Red Creole ‘Bombay’ Production through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Under this latest venture, DSWD is providing Php 405,500.00, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. shares Php 182,700.00 and LGU Maco through its Municipal Agriculture Office will teach the technology and takes charge of project monitoring.

DSWD Project Development Officer Ronnel L. Terante said project participants will be trained on land preparation, soil mixing, seedling preparation, water management, fertilization, topping, harvesting and curing. The ‘bombay’ will be grown within 110-120 days, he added.

At the recent signing of the Memorandum of Agreement at Barangay San Roque, Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD shared, “This is an opportunity for us to provide livelihood to our 100 family-beneficiaries in the two barangays. We are happy that for capability building alone, we have extended Php 8 million so far here in Maco. We have to raise their capacity through microenterprise development or through employment facilitation. We desire to see our program participants really improving their level of well-being, hence we are preparing them for economic activity. We are grateful that we have more partners so that more will benefit from the 6216 Pantawid recipients here.

Director Razon also stressed the constant support of the local government, adding, “Together, we hope to be able to saturate all Pantawid families so they can become progressive and engaging in economic activities that would sustain their livelihood and promote improved quality of their life for their families.

Jose Venancio Batiquin, COO of Therma Marine, Inc. and President, Aboitiz Power Oil Group said, “We are helping these families because we want them to have a better life. We all know that Pantawid assistance will never be enough. We are targeting families who are willing to sacrifice, willing to learn. When the beneficiary learns and understands the technology then he can move on. We are very happy to be part of this endeavor. We have long wanted to reach out to our neighbors.”

Mayor Alvera Veronica R. Rimando expressed her all-out support. “All DSWD projects in Maco are well implemented. We have created a team that will monitor all livelihood projects. This ‘bombay’ production will be successful with our assistance. You have our full support.”

According to Elizabeth D. Uy, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, the LGU has installed a municipal livelihood focal and even a livelihood focal in each of the 37 barangays to assist the DSWD project development officer assigned in the area. “The LGU has even assigned a motorcycle service to the DSWD staff for prompt coordination with other workers in the town and so that he can easily move around to check on project progress,” she added.

Paquita T. Rafols, AVP for Corporate Services emphasized, “We will not just put food on the table today but really a livelihood that will send their children to school. We are happy to have found our partners. We wanted to implement livelihood projects in the past but we were looking for partners then and now we have just found the right partner in DSWD.”

We always welcome the support of CSOs (civil society organizations) which are pro-development and we appreciate their commitment and sincerity to partner with the public sector especially with DSWD, Director Razon added.

Benefiting 993 families at a cost of Php 7.2 million, other livelihood projects recently initiated by DSWD here are Crab Fattening, Computer Hardware Servicing NC II, Automotive Servicing NC II, Organic Corn Production, Kalabasa Production, Kamatis Production, Visual Graphic Design NC II, Native Chicken Production, and Swine Production. (DSWD)



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New KC workers trained

CAPACITATING NEW WORKERS. RD Priscilla N. Razon emphasizes to new Kalahi-CIDSS workers their critical role as members of the Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team during the recent Orientation-Training held at Island Garden City of Samal. “Mobilizing people to participate is already an enormous responsibility. However, your work doesn’t stop there. The people must learn to believe that they can do it. How? By keeping them involved and informed throughout the whole project cycle and even beyond it. Only then are they able to realize and learn to appreciate their empowerment journey and its relevance in their own development. And you can only attain this when you are focused and really work as a team.” (DSWD)

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