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Cash For Work in Ilang

CASH FOR WORK. Gaudiosa Mahasol signs for her pay cheque during the payout Tuesday at DSWD Regional Office. Mahasol is one of the 129 participants of Cash For Work under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Each beneficiary received P2, 260.00 for a10 day-work of land preparation and construction of houses in Barangay Ilang, Davao City. These 129 families are informal settlers living along river banks but will soon enjoy living in brand new homes.

This initiative is a joint project of the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), Barangay Ilang Local Government Unit (BLGU), DSWD, and Holcim Philippines which donated three hectares of land worth P54 million. MSAP is worth P 9,030,000.00 for 129 houses while Cash For Work budget is P 2,915,400.00. (DSWD)

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Physically challenged Pantawid mother takes the lead

Davao City -All she dreamed of is to have a happy family and a husband who will protect her despite her infirmity.

She is Nimfa V. Gepte, 46, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary and parent leader who suffers from poliomyelitis (polio).

Her six children and supportive husband Marcial are the reasons for her smile and strength to live selflessly.

Pasalamat ko sa Ginoo nga nakabana ko og buotan ug supportive ug mga anak nga taas og pangandoy sa kinabuhi (I thanked God for my kind and supportive husband and for my children who dream big),” Nimfa said.

Sa wala pa ko na-benepisyaryo sa programang  Pantawid, ang akoang kalibutan nagtuyok lang sa pag-atiman sa akoang pamilya. Usa ko ka malipayon nga asawa ug inahan sa amoang panimalay bisag maglisod ko og lihok (Before my Pantawid engagement, my life merely revolved in taking care of my family. I am a happy wife and mother despite my difficulty in moving around).”


To help out, Nimfa sold goodies outside the school of her children. In the afternoon, she would prepare banana ‘turon’ and her husband Marcial sells it in the neighborhood in Tugbok.

Tungod sa kalisod halos dili nako mapa-eskwela akoang unom ka anak. Usahay gani manlakaw sila sa balay nga walay baon unya kape lang ang sulod sa ilang tiyan kay amoang kita tama ra gyod sa pangkaon usahay kulang pa (Our hardship almost stopped us from sending our six children to school. There were times they leave for school without ‘baon’ and taking only coffee for breakfast since our income was just enough for the food on the table),” Nimfa recounted.

Better days

When Pantawid Pamilya came, everything changed. Her children are all in school now.

Jefferson, 19, is scholar in Computer Hardware Servicing (NC2) and Ken, 21, into Commercial Cooking (NC2) under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) funded by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Dwight, 20, is a scholar under the Pantawid Pamilya Expanded Students Grant-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) at University of South Eastern Philippines in Mintal Campus.

Nimfa also trained on Basic Carpentry through SLP and Pastry Making sponsored by their barangay. Now, aside from being a homemaker, she bakes pastries like cinnamon roll and Spanish bread for extra income.

“Wala gyud ko nagmahay nga na parent leader ko. Mas nidako akoang kahibalo, mas lipay ko sa akoang kinabuhi tungod sa mga seminars nga akoang  naapilan. Gina-share pud nako sa akoang mga  miyembro akoang kaalam. Karon daghan nako kaila ug amigo. Ilado nako sa amoang kumunidad (I never regretted to becoming a parent leader. I have enhanced my knowledge. I am happier because of the seminars I have attended. I also share with my members the things I learned. I now know a number of people and I have lots of friends. I am popular now in my community).”

Nimfa and her family are among those poor beneficiaries now empowered because of the programs accessed from the DSWD.

Nimfa challenges women-beneficiaries to stand on their own feet. “We should help our husband in working for our children. We should not see our weakness as a hindrance but let us move forward to give our family a better future.”

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides monthly cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers, and attending the Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Nimfa’s family is among the 233,985 active partner-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program in Davao Region. (DSWD)


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Pantawid parent leader turned DSWD employee

Davao City -They say great things happen when you least expect them. Mary Jane Ordaneza, 38, agrees with this.

For five years of being a Pantawid Pamilya parent leader, she didn’t expect to end up as a worker of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Having completed her second year in Commerce, Mary Jane was hired just this month as Social Welfare Assistant Aide (SWAA) to be assigned in Manay, Davao Oriental.

She has four children and lives in Maa Riverside.

“My life as Pantawid recipient and parent leader at that, really changed us. Aside from the augmentation we get in providing the needs of my children and being able to bond with them after every payout, equally important still is to be able to help my co-beneficiaries be empowered,” Mary Jane shared.

Mary Jane and her husband Romeo were financed by her brother to run a small business in Agdao, but due to the meager returns they decided to close shop. Now they invest in ‘kalan’ making.

“Because of the Pantawid program my perspective in the government really changed. I realized that government like DSWD has a heart for the poor and vulnerable, and because of Pantawid conditionalities most of us gave importance on health and education,” she emphasized.

“Through the different seminars and involvement in the community, I was able to influence my members to be more responsible parents and really apply what the Family Development Session teaches us.”

Mary Jane and her co-beneficiaries will also benefit from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) this quarter. They will put up a rice store and eventually, a grocery store so that more members will earn.

“DSWD molded me to be a better person. Because of the skills and life lessons imparted to me by DSWD, I believe I am now equipped and ready to take on my next journey,” she said.

Her perseverance made her what she is now. In the recent celebration of Women’s Month, Mary Jane confidently served as resource person, being one of women-leader beneficiaries of DSWD.

She plans to renovate her house and enroll her children in a better school this year.

“This achievement would not have been attained without Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. I owe this to DSWD,” the new DSWD worker beamed.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18.The program seeks to break the vicious cycle of poverty. (DSWD)

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