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Turned over houses reach over 17K in typhoon Pablo-hit towns

Davao Oriental, November 9, 2015 – Some 17,388 houses have already been turned over to families whose homes were completely damaged in the typhoon Pablo-hit towns of Boston, Cateel, Baganga, and Caraga in the Province of Davao Oriental.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development XI said that the shelter program dubbed as Modified Shelter Assistance Program is now close to its target of 19,880, owing to the continuous and immediately construction of houses after the typhoon Pablo devastation in 2012.

Funded by the DSWD and facilitated by the Provincial Government, these housing units have already benefited majority of the affected families who lost their homes due to the typhoon.

During the latest batch of turnover of houses to 456 beneficiaries in Boston, Cateel and Baganga, the DSWD XI through its Social Welfare and Development Officer Gemma dela Cruz lauded the efforts of the Provincial Government for the quick implementation of the massive housing program.

She highlighted Davao Oriental as one of the most efficient provinces in the country in terms of disaster rehabilitation, particularly in permanent shelter provision. In fact, Davao Oriental’s Building Back Better Program has now become the model in the entire country in terms of disaster response and rehabilitation.

She added that despite the limited resources, the Provincial Government managed to provide beneficiaries houses that are equipped with the basic features of a home, such as a comfort room, electrification, water, and drainage system. In addition, the houses were also built with a ceiling and exterior wall painting – features that are not covered in the initial core house plan.

Residents extended their thanks to the Provincial Government along with its partners who provided them assistance at the time of their dire need. They say that the housing program helped not only in providing shelter but as well as in sanitation practices considering that houses are equipped with its own comfort rooms.

Meanwhile, dela Cruz also addressed several issues in terms of the implementation of shelter assistance. First, she emphasized that only P10,000 Emergency Shelter Assistance was given to each family with partially damaged homes, in contrary to the claims of some groups here that it was P30,000.

“The P10,000 aid was clearly stated in the Memorandum of Agreement signed by  DSWD Regional Director Priscilla Razon and Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon – whom the Sangguniang Panalalawigan had previously authorized to enter into the said MOA signing,” she stressed.

Furthermore, she also reminded beneficiaries of their counterpart to take good care of their house and not to sell it as it will be their legacy to their family and to their children.

Gracing the turnover ceremony are Board Member Niño Uy and First District Representative Nelson L. Dayanghirang.

At the turnover ceremony, Governor Malanyaon congratulated the beneficiaries who are now proud homeowners. She urged them to continue their support to the various development programs of the Provincial Government, particularly on the emerging eco-tourism development in their areas that holds the promise of further local economic improvement.

For his part, Cong. Dayanghirang lauded  the efforts of the Provincial Government under the leadership of Gov. Malanyaon. Complementing the governor’s eco-tourism projects, Dayanghirang reported the nearing completion of the road networks linking Davao Oriental towns to the boundary of the neighboring Compostela ValleyProvince. He also vowed that he will continue to back the thrusts of the present administration and will continue to pour support to the typhoon Pablo-affected towns. (By KLD/PIO DO)

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From Talaingod, DavNor

We usually gathered and held our hearing in an open area. When the rain starts to pour or if it’s too humid, we stop the hearing and we would end up not settling the issues. As a datu, I implement justice and law to maintain peace and unity. We serve as judge and decision makers too.

It was never easy to balance everything, especially when there is no venue to settle our problems. When problems are not settled, tribal wars would erupt.

Through KC Pamana, the Ata-Manobo tribe underwent Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA) in which Datus and community residents were given the privilege to determine their problem. This was a leap of faith and a hope to our tribe. Through the Kalahi-CIDSS, the peace that we yearned for so long was getting closer to our reach. We decided to build an Ata-Manobo Libulongan Center (justice hall).

This center could help us in maintaining peace in our communities. Further, this would help boost our economy as livelihood activities will no longer be disrupted by the wars. Kalahi-CIDSS provided us more than just a ‘peace’ center.  Above all, it helped mobilized indigenous people to become leaders and peace-makers in their own right. (DSWD)

-Datu Jaime Panuayan, Assistant mandatory representative of the Ata-Manobo tribe of Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao Del Norte

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From Palma Gil, Talaingod, DavNor

My roots and culture will never hinder me from improving my life and that of my family’s. 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. My wife Genalyn also serves as parent leader of MCCT-IP.

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.

When our team was caught in a crossfire between rebels and military troops in Sitio Nasilaban while we had an on-going assessment, we hid at a nearby school then resumed the survey after the crossfire because we didn’t want to miss out on any family.

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. (DSWD)

Torays Dagwa, 24, KC and MCCT-IP beneficiary and IP Listahanan enumerator of Sitio Dalingding, Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao Del Norte

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From Marilog District, Davao City

Every morning and after class, I traversed the hilly, mud-laden 1.5-kilometer path just to be able to attend school. I am happy to report that I have been a consistent first honor student since Grade 1 and I graduated class valedictorian last March.

Pantawid Pamilya has provided a huge support especially in the education of children beneficiaries. Parents are encouraged to send their children to school and the children, as well, are excited to go to school because of the program.

Pantawid Pamilya is one of the instruments given by God to help us, hence we should take care of this. To my co-graduates, we should not lose hope, we should strive hard to be able to finish school. (DSWD)

-Rogelyn Cautivo, 12, Pantawid IP child grantee and class valedictorian of Lomundao, Marilog District, Davao City

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From Barangay 23-C, Davao City

I belong to the Tausug tribe and I am an active participant of DSWD programs. If not for my involvement in Pantawid, my children would not have reached college. With my participation, I have become visible and contributing member in my community. I have also helped a number of Badjao families who we now fondly call ‘Goodjaos’. I am overwhelmed and very grateful for the opportunity to grow and change for the better as I am also a part of the Tausug community. (DSWD)

-Pacita Nakilan, Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leader and SLP recipient of Davao City

 

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From Pantukan, ComVal

Having a vision of empowering communities through enhanced participation in their projects, Kalahi-CIDSS is the change that I longed for when I searched for reforms in the government.

I regained my trust in government and decided to be its supporter when Kalahi-CIDSS entered my barangay. The construction of a Php 1,162,749.00 potable water system sub-project in Barangay Kingking through Kalahi-CIDSS has changed my perspective on government’s sincerity.

The project, aside from providing access to clean and safe water to over 26 thousand residents, prevents insurgency and promotes peace in the area.

The people in the outskirts side felt neglected and had started losing trust in government.  Projects then did not reach the community. People thought government abandoned them.

It was a wake-up call for me to take a leap of chance. Breaking the never ending cycle of dispute is futile. The community will always suffer if the government, the armed rebels, and the community will not find common goals.

The villagers unified and became partners in building the potable water system sub-project in the barangay. Now, people enjoy clean, drinking water, and a more stable water supply for all their household needs. This changed a lot of lives in the area.

I am truly grateful to the government for this project. Even if our community is far from the city, they attended to our needs and made sure we had enough to get by. I now believe there’s hope in combatting poverty as long as we unite ourselves in helping our communities.

Several of our residents here also reaped benefits from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Pogram. (DSWD)

-Virgilio M. Tengogue, 56, former NPA member [for 27 years] and Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer of Barangay Kingking, Pantukan, Compostela Valley

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From Maragusan, ComVal

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.

Following my election as BSPMC chair, I was anxious but happy at the same time with the responsibility entrusted to me by the community but I am grateful to community facilitators of Kalahi-CIDSS who were always supportive of my endeavors.

Growing up, I experienced discrimination from people around me. They would often question my ability and hurl insensitive comments about my disability.

Instead of being taken aback, I anchored on these negative vibes as challenges to motivate me in pursuing my goals of helping my community.

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

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

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

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. (DSWD)

-Rey E. Jaboneta, 42, Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, National Bayani Ka Awardee and Kalahi-CIDSS BSPMC Chair of Barangay New Panay, Maragusan, Compostela Valley

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From Sta. Maria, DavOc

There are times that my home becomes the venue for Family Development Session, Skills Training, meeting of SEA-K Association and other community activities. My husband and I now serve actively in our parish. When we have problems, we try to resolve it immediately. We support our children in their school activities. We help our neighbors and also share what we have.

Pantawid Pamilya is one of the biggest blessings we have received because we can now buy all the requirements needed in school, pay the daily transportation fare to school, and even our children can buy snacks or meals in school. We have stopped asking for financial help from our relatives to support our family expenses.

Also, my participation in Family Development Sessions has improved my communication/conversation skills and my knowledge about family care, health information and other family development matters.

The programs are effective and helpful especially to the poor community but we should follow what is right and do also our part if we want to improve our wellbeing as well as our family. As beneficiaries, we should follow the advice, listen to the experts and apply what is applicable to us. I wish and I hope that after our graduation from Pantawid Pamilya Program there will be more programs we can engage in to make us more productive and gain additional income to sustain our basic needs.

-Menerva Luguiber Agudo, 42, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary and president of Wow Kiss SEA-K Association of Barangay Kisulad, Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental

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