Archive | February, 2016

Social pensioners of Marilog District

Social pensioners from the 11 barangays of Marilog District, Davao City troop to Barangay Kibalang gym on Friday to claim their social pension for the 1st Quarter of 2016. Over 600 older persons from the district are benefiting from the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens. To date, Davao City has a total of 11,362 social pensioners while Davao Region has 82,531. (DSWD)

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ComVal wins National Bayani Ka! Awards anew


Gov. Arturo T. Uy delivers his message during the recent 2nd National Bayani Ka! awarding ceremonies in Manila.

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy is joined by DSWD Officials from the national and regional Kalahi-CIDSS program management office as he receives the plaque as Best Provincial Local Government Unit implementing Kalahi-CIDSS at the recent 2nd National Bayani Ka! awarding ceremonies.


Manila – “When I assumed my term as the Governor in 2007, I asked myself how am I going to provide sub-projects to all the barangays equally. But through Kalahi-CIDSS, we have addressed the problems of some barangays that can hardly get assistance due to its distance from the provincial government,” shared Compostela Valley Provincial Governor Arturo T. Uy during the recent 2nd National Bayani! Ka awarding ceremonies at Hotel H2O.

Eight years past and his province wins one of Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) most prestigious community development awards.

In 2015, National Bayani Ka! Awards was conferred to Maragusan town being the Best MLGU in Participatory Governance and also to Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer Rey Jaboneta also of Maragusan, as Best PWD Volunteer.

Tested with problems on peace and order, natural and man-made disasters, the province of Compostela Valley was able to withstand the challenges and even recognized by DSWD as the Best Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) Implementing Kalahi-CIDSS in the 2nd National Bayani Ka! Awards.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is one of the core programs of DSWD that aims to empower communities through enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects.

The Bayani Ka! Awards is a Social Marketing intitiative of Kalahi-CIDSS that recognizes grassroots heroes and nurtures a pool of community champions.

Other national awardees were Mayor Ramon Orfanel of Catanauan, Quezon Province (Best Municipal Local Government Unit), Narcissa Paraso of Nueva Ecija (Best Barangay Local Government Unit),  and Marcelo Gusanan of Sultan Kudarat (Best Volunteer).

Assessing community needs

With a total of 11 towns, prevailing social problems beset the province because not all barangays have basic facilities such as school buildings, day care centers, and health centers.

“I made an inventory in all 235 barangays in the province; 15-20% did not receive any project from the province. And mostly, these areas are the farthest.   Moreover, government funds were spent without considering the real needs of the people,” recounted Governor Uy.

Since the start of Kalahi-CIDSS in the province, the governor has demonstrated his all-out support by visiting and monitoring communities especially during sub-project implementation. Further, the province provided beyond the needed cash and in-kind counterpart.

Governor Uy, whose vigour is known as a leader, challenged his fellow Local Chief Executives, “I obliged my people in the province to take heed of their roles and responsibilities as civil servants.”

He added, Kalahi-CIDSS has proven to be not just one of the most effective poverty reduction programs, but it has accomplished a lot in terms of transforming communities and the people.

To date, a total of 444 community projects were successfully mounted in the province through Kalahi-CIDSS.

“In my term as the Governor of the province, the Kalahi-CIDSS program served as my guide in the implementation of projects in different barangays. I implemented counterpart from the people to imbue the community driven development. The more we involve communities, the more they become empowered,” Governor Uy emphasized.


Compostela Valley is among the PLGUs that have demonstrated innovations in adopting community driven development (CDD) through its implementation of Assistance Towards Unity for Progress thru Empowerment, Accountability, Cooperation, and Efficiency (ATU-PEACE) program, which was patterned from the Kalahi-CIDSS process.

ATU–PEACE was conceptualized in April 2008 to assist local communities in addressing the needs of the constituents by establishing easily accessible and immediately needed projects.

The Asian Development Bank, the funding institution of Kalahi-CIDSS, chose Compostela Valley, along with the Province of Albay, as pilot area for PLGU Engagement as it has supported the CDD strategy since the start of Kalahi-CIDSS in the province.

“Kalahi-CIDSS makes for good politics because the province will submit requirements needed based on the program’s guideline. I highly commended and appreciated its concept because it allows the barangays to prioritize sub-projects through proper consultation and participatory approach in the community,” Governor Uy pointed out.

He added that the program is their springboard of technical expertise, the source of province’s inspiration in terms of touching people’s lives.

To date, a total grant of Php 320,979,000.00 has been accessed to the province for basic infrastructure and community development projects.

“With the province’s constant partnership with DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and the community, a better quality of life for Comvaleños is not too far ahead,” Governor Uy concluded. (DSWD)



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DSWD Davao wins 3 in 1st Gawad Kalahi Awards

Manila – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Kalahi-CIDSS Region XI garnered three awards during the 1st Gawad Kalahi Awards and Project Review and Evaluation Workshop held at Hotel H2O.

Gawad Kalahi Awards aims to recognize all the efforts of internal Kalahi-CIDSS workers based on program operation and implementation.

DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat together with Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, and the members of Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) received the awards from DSWD Undersecretary for Operations and Programs Group Camilo G. Gudmalin and Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Manager Benilda E. Redaja.

Region XI received three awards namely: Gawad Kalahi for Innovation and Breakthrough in Community Driven Development Management, Best Performing Region in Government of Australia – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (GOA-DFAT) Implementation, and Best Performing Region under Small Category.

Undersecretary Gudmalin acknowledged the efforts of each region in bringing Community-Driven Development into fruition.

“The efforts of the implementers in different regions are motivations to keep on striving to do more. Through simple acts, we can achieve something big. Through Community Driven Development, let us work together to make something great,” Undersecretary Gudmalin emphasized in his welcome remarks.

To date, Kalahi-CIDSS operates in five provinces in Region XI. The program is in 27 municipalities with a total community cash grant of Php 347.09 million.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a community driven development program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects.

The Kalahi-CIDSS annual review and evaluation workshop is conducted to revisit program implementation of regional offices. It is a venue to provide program updates and direction for the following cycle year implementation. (DSWD)


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Rice, medicine, milk: Up in the bucket list of social pensioners

Happy and grateful social pensioners Teresita Cabo of Tarragona, Davao Oriental and Rosario Calibay of Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental.

What do most social pensioners buy from the Php 1500.00 social pension they get every quarter?

For 74-year old program recipient of Barangay Matina, Davao City, Restituta Eroy, milk, coffee, biscuits, bath soap and shampoo are the things that she enjoys out of her pension.

“This is my fifth time to receive and I am extremely happy for this assistance that helps me buy my medicine and milk,” Gregorio Hermitaňo Sr, 85, of Piapi, Davao City gratefully shared.

Fe R. Llanos, 77, from Bajada, Davao City said she uses her pension to purchase medicine and food.

“I spend my pension on rice, viand, biscuits and milk,” said Bienvinida D. Mira, 84, of Kinanga, Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental.

According to Surayda S. Bautista, 68, of Dalupan, Don Marcelino, rice, vitamins and milk are what she buys whenever she claims her pension. Bautista was escorted by her daughter at the recent payout in the municipal gym. “I will also pay my electric bill this morning. It’s only Php 56.00 and I will pay it from the pension I got today,” Bautista heartily announced as she showed her DASURECO billing statement.

“I always look forward to getting my pension,” said Rosario Calibay, 74, from Sitio Casa, Kinanga, Don Marcelino. “I usually buy rice, biscuits and viand when I receive my pension.” Calibay lives in a small comfortable house in a municipal relocation site.

Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) of Tarragona, Davao Oriental Noraflor P. Lague said that social pensioners in the town are always eager to claim their pension and usually buy rice and medicine from what they get. “One good thing is that, because of the pension they receive, indigent older persons who frequent our office for assistance have stopped coming. This is a big support of DSWD. For those who are not ambulant anymore, we go to their home and deliver their pension.”

A program recipient since 2015, Teresita Cabo, 74, of Barangay Central, Tarragona said she buys medicine and rice. Cabo has eight children. She lives with her husband Ronaldo, 89. Still active, Cabo grows vegetables in her garden such as alugbati, kangkong and eggplant and sells these to employees at the municipal hall.

OSCA Head Anita D. Canciller, 69, and a retired public school teacher said Tarragona has 2277 members of the OSCA (Office of Senior Citizens’ Affairs). Of this figure, 1734 have qualified in the program.

Eligible to benefit from the social pension program are indigent Filipino senior citizens who are 65 years old and up.

Canciller said social pensioners in the town usually buy rice, milk and other basic stuffs.

For couple Cerelo, 92, and Victorina Pinaco, 80, of Dadong, Tarragona, rice, sugar and coffee are its priority.

Meanwhile, 101 year-old Raymunda B. Tagaunsod of Barangay Central, Tarragona, opts to get milk, viand and rice from her pension. Tagaunsod once was a vegetable grower. She could not read nor write but can count upto the thousands. At her advance age, her children boast that she has no maintenance medicine and they claim that three rites of Extreme Unction have already been performed on her.

Leading simple lives and being contented with simple needs, most social pensioners go for the basics. The pension may just be a meager amount yet it has absolutely lit up lives of over a million poor Filipino seniors. (DSWD)

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Grateful social pensioner

SOCIAL PENSION. 85-year old Gregorio Hermitaňo Sr. of Piapi, Davao City happily claims his social pension at the DSWD Regional Office on Tuesday. The Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens is provided to older persons 65 years old and above who are not recipients of pension benefits from any government or private institution. For 2016, Davao Region has 82,531 social pensioners and 11,362 of which come from Davao City. (DSWD)

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Livelihood for Manay mothers

LIVELIHOOD. A Pantawid Pamilya mother receives a starter kit following the training on Aromatic Coco Vinegar Production. Some 120 Pantawid Pamilya families in the barangays of Zaragoza, Central, Holy Cross and San Ignacio in Manay, Davao Oriental participated in the training conducted through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Part of the capability building project is the provision of starter kit. The training aims to develop additional income opportunities and sustain the socio-economic development of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Manay. SLP is a community-based capacity building initiative that seeks to improve program participants’ socio-economic status. (DSWD)

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More seniors to receive social pension

Couple Martin and Lourdes Mandaguio, 92 and 87, of Barangay Dadong, Tarragona, Davao Oriental is recipient of the DSWD Social Pension Program.


Davao City -With the Php P8,213,646,000.00 billion allotted budget for this year, more poor older persons will benefit from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens.

“The Social Pension Program is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994, otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, which provides Php 500 monthly stipend to senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs,” DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said.

“We value our older persons and we know it gives them great comfort knowing there is a pension they can count on for the rest of their life,” Director Jabagat added.

For pensioner Pepe Lino, 85, of Don Marcelino town, Davao Occidental, his pension has helped them meeting their basic needs.

Dili nako kinahanglan pa mangayo sa akoang mga anak kay sila pud naglisod kay naa naman pud sila sariling pamilya ug kining pension nako nakatabang gyud sa akoa ug akoang asawa nga dili na kaayo kalakaw (I don’t have to ask any support from my children anymore because they are hard up too, having families of their own, and this pension I receive would really help me and my wife who can now hardly walk).”

Lino has 13 children. He was a banana farmer three years before the social pension came.

Priority beneficiaries of the Social Pension are senior citizens who are frail, sickly and disabled, without a regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies. The DSWD Listahanan database of poor families is being used as reference in identifying potential social pensioners.

Ang amoang pension ginapalit namo sa maintenance nga mga tambal, apil pud gatas ug pagka-on. Mao ra man amoang kinahanglan (We use our pension to purchase our maintenance medicines as well as milk and food. These are just what we need),” shared Lourdes Mandaguio, 87, of Barangay Dadong, Tarragona, Davao Oriental.

Lourdes and her husband Martin, 92, are both social pensioners who conveyed their happiness for the cash assistance they get quarterly which is delivered right at their doorstep by the municipal social welfare office since Martin has been paralyzed five years ago.

“When funds for the social pension were downloaded to our municipality beginning in 2013, we initiated to deliver the cash assistance to the homes of those who are unable come during payout due to health and physical limitations,” Tarragona Municipal Social Welfare Officer Noraflor P. Lague said.

“This scheme is more convenient for our older persons who have difficulty in traveling and also to ensure that they will receive what is really due them,” Lague added.

For 2016, DSWD nationwide targets to provide social pension to some 1,368,941 indigent older persons. From this number, Davao Region will serve 82,531 with a budget of Php 495,186,000.00 million. (DSWD)




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Pantawid rescues 1.5 million beneficiaries out of poverty nationwide

Davao City  –  A total of 1.5 million out of the 4.4 million beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program nationwide have been rescued out of poverty according to a top official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 11.

Mercedita P. Jabagat, newly-installed regional director of DSWD 11 said that despite this development, this number of beneficiaries remains vulnerable to disasters.

“They can still be reclassified as very poor once a calamity strikes or when the head of the family is gone.

They can easily lose their lives and property in case a strong typhoon hits their locality,” she said.

She recalled that Pantawid Pamilya started to assist the first batch of beneficiaries in the region since 2008, particularly the set one area which includes the beneficiaries from Davao City.

Jabagat said the DSWD national office is still determining the respective share of every region in the country on the 1.5 million Pantawid beneficiaries reported to have relieved their lives out of poverty.

She said every beneficiary was evaluated every six months, since 2009 by looking closely on the description of dwelling and its content, and level of well-being, ranging from survival, subsistence to self-sufficiency.

“Once a beneficiary reaches self-sufficiency, that would mean he is rescued from poverty,” Jabagat said.

She also underscored that only the DSWD and its beneficiary can stop the Pantawid Pamilya.

“Politicians cannot lay claim on either the termination or continuity of the Pantawid,” Jabagat said.

She said a total of 234,213 families in region have been enrolled in Pantawid Pamilya as of January 27, 2016.

She said that the region also has its share of the modified cash transfer prioritizing the indigenous peoples, covering 39, 966 households.

Jabagat said  a total of 13,187 families from the 234,213 families  have been taken out of the list in the Pantawid in Davao Region due to fraud, transfer of residence, acquisition of regular income and absence of dependent aging 18 years old and below. (PIA 11)


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