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‘Pablo’ mothers moving on

Glenda and her two special children.

Boston Davao Oriental- The municipality of Boston has come a long way because it never surrendered to mounting challenges especially to  disasters like Typhoon Pablo.

“We lost everything we had including our home, our crops. I almost lost my child with disability too,” said 49 year-old Vicmela Paguyan.

Vicmela is a Pantawid parent leader with five children. Her husband Rolly is a farmer. They are now living in a comfortable and descent home constructed under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Our lives now have really changed. After that tragic experience, we have become united in the family. Now I have learned to really pour out my love and attention to my special child Jhon,” Vicmela said.

Jhon has mental disorder and almost drowned when the water soared and penetrated their house.

“It was when I almost lost him that I realized I have not been that good a mother to him. Now my family is enjoying a lot of opportunities from DSWD and we strive harder to be worthy of the blessings,” Vicmela said.


Vicmela is also a grantee of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) as individual fish vendor earning a P 600 profit a day.

The couple is also one of the 85o beneficiaries of the abaca production project under SLP which will be implemented this year.

“We are very blessed and happy for all the opportunities we are enjoying right now. There are times when we thank ‘Pablo’ for coming into our lives because we got all of these,” Vicmela beamed.

Project Development Officer Reynaldo Magadan said that the abaca production project will really help Pantawid beneficiaries sustain their improving condition.

Like Vicmela, a Pantawid mother Glenda Ambili is grateful to DSWD for always being there.

Glenda has three children; two of them are also with special needs (mental disorder).

“It was really a devastating experience yet it tested my mettle as a mother. It was really hard to escape death that time, but my children prompted me to fight and save them),” Glenda recalled.

“As a parent, gazing at my children settling in a nice home we can truly call our own gives me a lot of happiness. I can now focus on paying back all that I received through persistence, resilience and being the best mother to my children,” Vicmela said.

For the two mothers Vicmela and Glenda, the best value to hold on to is to grow and take to heart the lessons that typhoon Pablo brought to their lives. (DSWD)

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Livelihood continues to boost ‘Pablo’ survivors

Archie trains as an automotive mechanic.

Baganga Davao Oriental -In the continuing ‘Pablo’ recovery and rehabilitation program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), more livelihood projects are being accessed to Typhoon Pablo survivors.

Some 43 students whose parents are graduating from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are now enrolled in community based vocational and technical training on Automotive Servicing NC II under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and funded by DSWD.

“This is a big opportunity for us especially for me since I was not able to pursue my education because of financial problem. I believe this course will help me and my family to rise from poverty,” Archie Buo of Barangay Kinablangan shared.

Archie, 26 years old, is the eldest of the six siblings. He serves as the bread winner in the family. His father is a farmer and his mother drowned during the typhoon.

“The death of my mother is still painful and vivid in my memory because I was not able to save her. She hid under the table but suddenly vanished when the water rose and soaked our house. We found her dead under the table. She was trapped when trees smashed our house to the ground,” Archie lamented.

His family is now living in their new house built through the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of DSWD in partnership with the Provincial Government.

“I will do my best to graduate from this course and land a job. This is all for my mother. I know she is proud of me,” Archie said.

DSWD provided P 18, 000.00 cash assistance per student for the payment of their tuition fee for the 6-months Automotive Servicing course.

Other livelihood projects for ‘Pablo’ survivors in Baganga include micro financing, skills training and cash for building livelihood assets (CBLA).

Baganga Mayor Arturo Monday confirmed that through this experience the people of Davao oriental are now united and resilient, having learned their lesson.

“I thanked DSWD for the undying support. DSWD was the first responder among all agencies and was able to sustain its help through the years especially in building the permanent shelters. Typhoon Pablo may have shattered many houses, but in the end we were provided with a much better and a much beautiful home and livelihood programs to start our new life. Indeed, DSWD is our hero.” Mayor Monday joyfully declared(DSWD)

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