Archive | April, 2016

DSWD XI released P89.3-M for El Niňo response

Distribution of family food packs in Barangay Upian, Marilog District.

DAVAO CITY –A total of P P 89,399,915.75 to date was provided by the regional office here of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help out families affected by the drought due to El Niňo.

Under the Cash-For-Work for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM), a total of P 80,204,589.00 was extended to 15 municipalities in Davao Del Sur and Davao Occidental, said Assistant Regional Director for Operations of DSWD Rebecca A. Santamaria.

Benefiting 38,483 El Niňo-affected families, CCAM  covered canal de-silting and de-clogging, dike repair, coastal clean up and vegetation, river dredging, mangrove planting and rehabilitation, seawall expansion, road clearing and rehabilitation, repair of day care center and barangay hall, garbage clean up, tree planting, among others.

On the other hand, the latest release on family food packs was to the 1,540 IP farmers in barangays Marilog Proper, Suawan, Gumitan, Upian, and Pegalongan, all in Marilog District.

Santamaria said each family received 25 kilos rice, 16 cans sardines, 16 cans corned beef and 24 sachets of 3-in-1 coffee.

Earlier, DSWD distributed 2000 family food packs in Barangay Malamba, also of Marilog District.

Some 3,000 family food packs were also provided to affected families in Carmen, Davao Del Norte; 1000 in Maco, Compostela Valley; 5129 in Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur; 1447 in Cateel, Davao Oriental and 4000 released for the province of Davao Del Sur.

DSWD records show that a total of P 9,195,326.75-worth of family food packs have been released to date.

Santamaria said DSWD has pre-prositioned 2,000 food packs in every province and 500 each in all municipalities that have storage area or warehouse.

At the moment, DSWD is conducting validation and assessment in Lupon and San Isidro in Davao Oriental which has requested some 15,463 family food packs, as well as in Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental that requested 10,840 family food packs, she said.

“Also, we are currently validating some areas in Toril and Calinan including Tugbok District’s barangays Tugbok Proper, Balengaeng, Manuel Guianga, Biao Guinga, Los Amigos, Biao Escuela, Matina Biao, Talandang and Tagakpan that have requested 4,922 food packs,” Santamaria added. (DSWD)

















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DSWD statement on the rape of Australian missionary as subject of joke

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) advocates that women and girls deserve respect and protection.

Rape as a violation of human rights is unacceptable! No one regardless of age, sex, physical appearance, social status, race, sexual orientation or even profession deserves to be raped.

The DSWD is one of the government agencies whose mandate includes rehabilitation and empowerment of victims/survivors of violence especially those who were sexually abused. We maintain centers and institutions that provide services geared towards this end.

Rape is a serious and traumatic experience. Using it as a subject of joke is an insult to the survivors and their families.

If we cannot be instruments towards their healing, the least we can do as citizens is to be cautious of our words and actions.

Let us work collectively for a society where every person is valued and human dignity is upheld! ### –

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People’s vote

PEOPLE’S VOTE. At the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum for Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA), members of Kalahi-CIDSS Project Preparation Team in Sarangani, Davao Occidental cast their votes to select community projects to be funded. Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is one of the core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that aims to empower communities through enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects. (DSWD)

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Pantawid scholar grabs highest honors

PANTAWID SCHOLAR. Students’ Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA) grantee of Davao del Norte State College in Panabo City Christy Marie Edaño bags the Second Highest Honors during their recent graduation ceremony. Finishing Bachelor of Science in Fisheries majoring in Aquaculture, Edaño was also one of the top five SGP-PA National Academic Awardees with the Highest General Point Average in 2014. She is among the 526 Pantawid Pamilya SGP-PA graduates in Region XI in April 2016. 

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/year Tuition Fee Cost, P 5,000/year Textbook Fees and other learning materials, and P 35,000 (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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People’s project: People’s choice

Jasmen Europa Manansang, head of Project Preparation Team of Barangay Batuganding.

Sarangani, Davao Occidental – Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services continues to rally behind the power of people in advancing community development as it expands its operation in 11 more towns in Davao Region.

New Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities recently conducted the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum for Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA). These are Montevista, Kiblawan, Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Sarangani, Sta. Maria, San Isidro, Malalag, Baganga, Braulio E. Dujali, and Lupon.

The MIBF-PRA concretizes the role of the citizenry in establishing the demand for development through community proposals to address development challenges. It also hinges on the crucial role of community in development planning through participatory allocation of resources.

In MIBF-PRA, the community prepares a proposal with the respective indicative budget, and through the MIBF, they will lobby for prioritization of their project. Further, MIBF-PRA facilitates establishment of people empowerment and participation as necessary components in effective poverty reduction.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the core programs of DSWD that aims to empower communities through enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects.


Involved in MIBF-PRA are the three elected members of Kalahi-CIDSS Project Preparation Team (PPT) and the three members of Barangay Representation Team (BRT) which were chosen by community members.

During the forum, each barangay will choose a representative, whether individual or group, to propose and defend the sub-project.

Each representative will vote using a canvass form and proceeds on rating the presented projects based on the criteria with corresponding point value.

Jasmen Europa Manansang, 39, PPT Head of Barangay Batuganding, shared how their preparations for the MIBF inspired her to work for development in her community.

“Ganahan ko sa epekto sa sistema sa MIBF-PRA sa amoang mga proyekto. Tungod ani, mas ma–haom ug mas klaro unsa ang kailangan sa usa ka komunidad. Mas nahan-ay pud namo ang pag-prioritize sa mga proyekto. Usahay makahuna-huna mi, sakto na ba ni atong gibuhat? Masakto ba sa moabutay nga kwarta? Pero tungod sa MIBF, wala mi nakulbaan, busa, mas nakabuhi pa kini sa among kadasig sa paghunahuna nga sakto jud among gibuhat (I am pleased with the outcome of MIBF-PRA. It helps us target the needs of our community.  Project prioritization is done accordingly. There are times when we ask ourselves, Are we doing the right thing? Will the projects’ cost match the funding? With MIBF, we are confident that we did it right).”

“The MIBF-PRA of Kalahi-CIDSS brings real people empowerment in the community and through it, the people whose voices have been hardly heard, are now in the frontline,” said Sarangani Mayor Virginia T. Cawa.

The new 11 municipalities covered in Region XI obtained a total grant allocation of P 173,980,750.00 for the year. (DSWD)


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For CCT Bill

CCT Bill. Poverty Alleviation Committee Secretary of the House of Representatives Ma. Lourdes Sagmit-Mendoza discusses the process of how a bill becomes a law in the case of the filed CCT (Conditional Cash Transfer) Institutionalization Bill during the recent Parent Leaders’ Leadership Training at Eden Nature Park Resort, Toril, Davao City. The Poverty Alleviation Committee covers all matters directly and principally relating to policies and programs to address the poverty situation in the country and other actions to alleviate the plight of the poor and promote their right to equal access to opportunities for a better quality of life. (DSWD)

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From housewife to heroine

Elenita receives her Certificate as resource person during a DSWD Convocation Program.

Davao City “Sa una, nagtuo ko nga ang mga kababainhan kutob lang sa panimalay. Igo mag alaga og anak, mag asikaso sa bana, ug magluto sa kusina. Pero tong niabot ang Kalahi-CIDSS, natagamtaman nako ang importansya sa akong kontribusyon sa akong komunidad (I used to think that women are limited to staying at home, take care of children and husband and prepare food. But when Kalahi- CIDSS came about, I sensed the significance of my contribution to my community),” shared Elenita P. Lampera, during a program at DSWD Office.

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

In celebration of Women’s Month and recognizing the crucial role of women, DSWD invited women-leader beneficiaries and volunteers whose lives have improved through their active involvement in DSWD programs, to share their stories of positive transformation.


Recently, Lampera, 43, was awarded as Best Volunteer under Gender and Development Category during the 2nd Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Bayani Ka! Awards.

She is also a Parent Leader of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Her family receives P2, 800.00 every two months, which she uses to ensure that her school-aged children remain in school and avail local health services.

Lampera, a mother of three, considers that education is the best gift she can offer to their children. She believes that the classroom is the heart of any educational system.

“Ang edukasyon ang isa ka bahandi nga among maikahatag sa among mga anak. Mao kini ang ilang bulawan nga dili makuha sa ilaha (Education is one legacy that we can give our children. This is their treasure that could not be taken away from them).”

When she volunteered in Kalahi-CIDSS, she learned for the first time how to do objective and systemized project work. A high school graduate in a provincial public school, it was her first time to do canvassing, budgeting, milestone monitoring, representing her community in meetings, negotiating with suppliers, and most of all, overseeing the implementation of the sub-project.

Through the skills she learned, she led, and was able to successfully carry out the construction of a P 679,175.00 one-classroom high school building through Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA.

Lampera, brimming with fire in her heart, was able to invigorate the Bayanihan spirit in their community. At first, the people in their community were doubtful on a woman’s ability to lead projects. She was called a lot of things —incompetent, weak, and wavering.

She admitted, “I was a victim of harsh gossips and cruel name-calling. Oftentimes, I hear them say that women are supposed to be just at home, doing chores and tending to their husband and children. But I refused to believe that.”

Gains by women

Based on DSWD records, 54% of Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers in Region XI are women. About 7,000 of these women volunteers have attended capacity building sessions, and 1,848 served as laborers in the construction of community sub-projects.

The Bayani Ka! Awards seeks to acknowledge the contribution of program supporters and convene Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer-champions and heroes from different communities. Lampera is such one heroine who surely invested a lot of her time and efforts in making sure that sub-projects are successfully carried out.

What was initially a source of fear for her became something that she came to be proud of, “Dako akong pasalamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa oportunidad nga gihatag sa mga kababainhan. Wala nako damha nga ang among kalihukan sa komunidad, isa kini sa makapa-awhag sa katawhan nga mag bayanihan (I am truly grateful to Kalahi-CIDSS for the opportunities for women. I didn’t expect that our community project will motivate the people to imbibe the bayanihan spirit),” Lampera stressed. (DSWD)


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Food packs distribution in Malamba

FOOD PACKS. Distribution of 2000 DSWD family food packs in Barangay Malamba, Marilog District, Davao City on Friday. Recipients were residents of Malamba who are affected by the long dry spell. Affected families in Davao Del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Del Sur also received  food packs which contain six kilos rice, four cans sardines, four cans corned beef and six sachets of 3-in-1 coffee. (DSWD)

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