Archive | May, 2016

Worry-free with PhilHealth, Pantawid

Aida Esmael and her children sporting the ‘Kaya Ko’ sign.

ISLA VERDE, Davao City (DSWD XI) – A mother of eight, 46 year-old Aida Esmael is lighthearted now that she has Pantawid Pamilya and PhilHealth to back her up when any medical need arises.

Several years ago, Aida recalls how she and her children would queue outside the office of a non-government organization that provides free feeding programs. “Akoang mga anak sa una mga malnourished. Ug wala mi igo nga kwarta aron ipalit sa ilang mga gatas ug uban pang vitamins (My children before were malnourished. We did not have enough money before to buy their milk and vitamins).”

Ang akoang bana, si Edris, usa lamang ka mangingisda. Kung wala siyay kuha, hapay; apan kung naa, lipay. Ing-ana amoang kinabuhi sa una (My husband Edris, was a mere fisherman back then. If there is no catch, we had nothing but if there is, we are ecstatic. That was life back then).”

Aida lost her daughter Pornima in 2013, due to a rare bone disease. Her eight children  Preciosa, 16, Grade 9; Laura, 14, Grade 6; Norhan, 12, Grade 5; Gean Carlo, 9, Grade 4; Golam, 8, Grade 1; Fatima, 4, Kindergarten; Nathaniel, 4; and Airis, 1; attend classes at Zonta Elementary School.

As a mother who’s still grieving the loss of her child, Aida never wanted to experience the same pain ever again.

Karon nga naa na ang Pantawid ug PhilHealth dili nako maguol kung magsakit-sakit akoang mga anak o akoang bana (With Pantawid and PhilHealth now, I no longer worry whenever any of my children or my husband gets sick),” shared Aida.

Naay usahay nga ma-admit akoang mga anak tungod sa suka ug kalibanga, dili nako maguol. Ipakita lang nako akoang ID sa 4Ps, i-honor na nila. Mangutana man gud na sila kung naa koy PhilHealth. Ipakita lang nako sa ilaha akoang ID sa 4Ps. Dawaton dayon nila ug makakuha pa kog libreng tambal, dextrose nga available sa ilahang botica (When my children are admitted due to nausea or diarrhea, I no longer get anxious. I just present my 4Ps ID, they will automatically honor it. They would ask me if I am a PhilHealth recipient. I would just show them my 4Ps ID. They would accept it right away and I also get to avail free medicines and dextrose that are available in their pharmacy),” Aida gleefully shared.

Aida’s family is one of the 264,371 Pantawid households in Region XI that have been identified as “poorest of the poor” through the Listahanan national assessment and are automatically enrolled in PhilHealth.

The premiums of the beneficiaries are paid for by the national government. The beneficiary only has to present his/her Member Data Record (MDR) and Pantawid Pamilya ID at the hospital. The patient is admitted and automatically entitled to PhilHealth’s No Balance Billing (NBB). NBB was started in 2011. (DSWD)


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GAD forum for Pantawid couples pushed

COMPOSTELA, Compostela Valley (DSWD XI) – A symposium on Gender and Development (GAD) was recently conducted by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for Pantawid Pamilya couples here.

“This is a continuous effort in mainstreaming GAD as a strategy to promote both women and men human rights and eliminate gender discrimination,” Pantawid Regional GAD Focal Ella Charise M. Antepasado said.

Representing every barangay, the couple participants were oriented on their different rights, having been victims of gender inequality one way or another.

“Pantawid beneficiaries are the poorest families in the country and most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. It is important for our beneficiaries to know that GAD is not a war of the sexes, that right to life should not be interpreted narrowly, and that they should know the right to the basic necessities of a dignified life,” Antepasado pointed out.

For Hejiara Malawani Gurodato, 31, Pantawid beneficiary of Barangay Poblacion, the symposium was a great help to her because she was enlightened of her right as a woman. She also said that everyone especially the couple should be empowered nowadays and not be stuck with the traditional way of living.

Gurodato belongs to the Maranao tribe and has three children benefiting from Pantawid Pamilya.

The symposium is gender-awakening for the couples especially on shared responsibilities in parenting, reproductive rights of women, basic rights of individuals to decide freely, right to be free from all forms of violence, and many others.

“I have many realizations because of this symposium especially in handling relationships with my wife and children,“ Ruben Dico of Barangay Ngan shared.

“We hope that all Pantawid Pamilya couples especially the husbands will be able to know and appreciate the importance of gender and development. Development is for everyone and all has the right to equal opportunities to achieve a full and satisfying life,” Antepasado added.

To date there are 234,705 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Region XI. (DSWD)


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OPC talks @ RMDC

Director Mercedita P. Jabagat of DSWD clarifies pertinent items in the 2016 Office Performance Contract during Tuesday’s DSWD Regional Management Development Conference at Metropolis Suites. Also discussed at the meeting were Child Pornography law, updates on Foster Family Care, Accreditation of Civil Society Organizations, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and updates on local government replication of DSWD Social Technologies. (DSWD)

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Saving lives thru Pantawid, PhilHealth

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) Melba Mandain, a 68-year old widow, is one of the 398 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of Barangay 23-C, Davao City.  She takes care of her three grandchildren -12-year old JB who is in Grade 4; Vivian, 11, in Grade 3 and Jayson, 12, Grade  4.

To earn a living, she borrows from a local moneylender and buys dried fish to resell along the sidewalks of Agdao, 7 days a week from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Her 200-peso earning is used to buy a few kilos of rice and viand for the day.

In 2011, they became beneficiaries of the program. “Nakakita ko og katabang sa pagpa-eskwela sa akoang mga apo kay dili gyud sakto ang akoang ginakita sa pagpasulod sa ilaha sa eskwelahan (I finally found a helpmate to assist me in the school needs of my grandchildren. My daily earning will never be enough to send all my grandchildren to school),” Melba recounts.

Life has been endurable with Pantawid. However on January 2015, her grandson Jayson contracted a kidney disease and was hospitalized for three months at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

Wala ko kabalo unsa akoang himuon. Nakahibalo ko nga apil mi sa PhilHealth apan naguol ko sa sobra nga bayrunon (I had no idea what to do. I know that we are automatically recipients of PhilHealth but I still got worried on the extra expenses that we may incur),” Melba shares.

Melba worked from dawn until night to earn extra income to be able to cover any additional hospital expense. Their bill reached up to P 90,000.00 but she did not pay a single cent at SPMC.

Pagkabalo sa SPMC nga Pantawid mi ug pagpakita namo sa amoang ID, giatiman gyud mi nila og tarong. Dako kaayo nga tabang gyud ang PhilHealth sa amoa (When SPMC learned that we are beneficiaries of Pantawid, they took care of everything. They were very helpful. PhilHealth has been a great help to us!),” she exclaims.

PhilHealth’s No Balance Billing (NBB) started in 2011. Melba is one of the  234,000 Pantawid households in Region XI that have been identified as “poorest of the poor” through the Listahanan assessment and are automatically enrolled in PhilHealth.

The premiums of the beneficiaries are paid for by the national government. The beneficiaries only have to present their Pantawid Pamilya ID at the hospital where the patient is admitted to avail of NBB. (DSWD)




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JJWC celebrates juvenile welfare act 10th year

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (JJWA) with the theme “RA 9344: Isang Dekadang Pag-asa” at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier on Friday, May 20.

“Republic Act 9344 covers the different stages involving children at risk and children in conflict with the law (CICL) from prevention to rehabilitation and reintegration. To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of its enactment, we will showcase the milestones of the law implementation and, most importantly, recognize the valuable contribution of our partner stakeholders,” said DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil.

Highlighting the event was an Artshop which aimed at encouraging youth participants to communicate and promote this year’s theme in a most creative format. Participants include children from various youth care facilities here -Poblacion A, Buhangin, Pag-asa, Agdao, Paginhawaan Drop-in Center, Talomo A and DSWD’s Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth.

The RJJWC is a policy-making, coordinating and monitoring body created for the implementation of JJWA. Its mission is to promote and protect the rights of children in conflict with the law under a restorative justice and welfare system. (DSWD)

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Advancing R.A. 9344

ADVANCING R.A. 9344. Some youth participants from Davao City Poblacion A, Buhangin, Bahay Pagasa, Agdao, Talomo A, Paginhawaan Drop-In Center, and DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth participate in the Artshop at SMX, SM Lanang on Friday in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Enactment of Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. Spearheaded by the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee, the event was graced by officials from Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines, CSSDO, DSWD, DILG, DepEd, DOH and CHR. Theme for the year is “R.A. 9344: Isang Dekadang Pagasa”. (DSWD)

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Mother gives up gambling, now a Pantawid Parent Leader

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – For a long time, Silvia Chua, 43, a mother of two children fed her family from her earnings as ‘last-two’ (betting game) coordinator. She knew full well that ‘last-two’ is illegal but she continued with the trade because of poverty.

“Kabalo ko illegal ni nga trabaho, gisudlan nako aron madungagan ang kita sa akoang bana sa iyang pagka truck helper (I know this is illegal, I took the risk to augment my husband’s earnings as tuck helper),” Silvia admitted.

Gibuhi nako akoang pamilya sa pagiging last two coordinator, kubrador og usher. Hadlok man pero nangibabaw ang kagustuhan nako nga naay pagkaon amoang lamesa adlaw-adlaw (I supported my family as ‘last two’ coordinator, collector, and usher. It’s scary but I was resolute to put food on our table every day).”


In 2011, Silvia decided to give up the job that put food on her family’s table to become a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary and eventually, a Parent Leader in her community at Barangay Dumoy.

Sauna, nagalanganin gyud ko dawaton ang programa tungod kay kabalo ko sa Pantawid bawal ang sugal og dako ang mawala sa akoang panginabuhi-an adlaw-adlaw, pero gi-guide jud ko sa Ginoo aron mabag-o ko (At first, I was reluctant to accept the program because I know that it prohibits gambling and I would lose much, but God helped me to reform).”

Gihimo ko nila nga Parent Leader.  Dili unta ko mag-Parent Leader kay dili ko angayan, kay sugarol ko.  Nag decide ko nga i-undang ang  akoang bisyo para deserving ko sa ilaha. (They made me Parent Leader. I was hesitant for I was not worthy because of my job. I then decided to quit my vice so I can be credible).”

For Silvia’s family to survive, family members started to plant vegetables in their backyard and sell these in the nearby public market.

Eventually, with the lessons from the monthly Pantawid Family Development Session (FDS) and the guidance of Pantawid City Link, Silvia wholeheartedly embraced her being a Parent Leader.

As beneficiary and Parent Leader, Silvia diligently attends meetings and FDS and heartily imparts the values she learned from the program.

Usa sa akoang natudlo sa akoang mga myembro ang bawal magsugal og buhi-on sa limpyo nga pamaagi ang pamilya (One of the things I taught my members is to refrain from gambling and to raise their family through legal means)” Silvia pointed out.

Silvia also serves as health volunteer in their barangay with a P 1, 000.00 monthly honorarium and actively participates in their parish GKK (Gagmay’ng Kristohanong Katilingban).

From May to December 2015, Silvia qualified and worked as DSWD Listahanan Enumerator and Validator for rural and urban areas, enabling her to send her son Patrick Sam, 18, to First Year College at Holy Cross of Davao College under the BS in Social Work program.

“Napa-eskwela nako akoang anak og isa ka semester tungod sa Listahanan. Dako kaayo ko og pasalamat sa DSWD sa tanan nga tabang nga nahatag og na-pabag-o sa akoa (I was able to support my son for one semester because of Listahanan. I am very thankful to DSWD for all the assistance and the opportunity to change),” Silvia beamed.

The family of Silvia is one of the 264,371 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Region XI.

Pantawid Pamilya is a poverty alleviation program of the national government that aims to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty of poor households by investing in human capital particularly on health, nutrition, and education of children aged 0-18.

Silvia has totally given up on gambling. She is grateful to the program and for the countless realizations she has gained from it, helping her to become a better person. (DSWD)


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Women game changers of DavOr village

SAN ISIDRO, Davao Oriental (DSWD XI) – In November 2014, 20 Pantawid Pamilya mothers came together and agreed to organize the Cambaleon Hog Raisers SEA-K Association.

Having accessed P 200,000.00 capital assistance from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the team of strong-minded women has become the official pork meat supplier in the conduct of Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) for day care children in the town.

Just two and a half hour-ride from downtown Davao City, San Isidro town boasts of ample marine resources and agricultural products. In 1993, it was the choice for the national pilot run of the DSWD Comprehensive and Integrated and Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS).

Most of its barangays are recipient of Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) in early to mid-1990s. It also enjoys other DSWD Programs such as KALAHI-CIDSS and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

Need for livelihood

SLP is a community-based capacity building program of DSWD that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of family recipients, in partnership with local governments, national government and non-government agencies.

SLP is implemented through two tracks -Micro-Enterprise Development (MED) and Employment Facilitation (EF). MED track supports micro-enterprises for organizational and economic viability while EF track assists participants in accessing appropriate employment opportunities.

Like all beneficiaries of SLP, members of Cambaleon Hog Raisers SEA-K Association undertook SLP preparatory technical sessions such as project identification process through Participatory Livelihood Opportunity Analysis, and business management and marketing to prepare them to be competent entrepreneurs.

“We prepared our own project proposals with technical assistance of our SLP Project Development Officer Vanda Cattleya A. Sajetarios,” Association President Renefe Quilisadio said.

In partnership with Pegrolac, we were also provided with technical inputs on proper hog raising and received free vitamins and vaccines for our hogs, Quilisadio shared.


Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Elna G. Arenal expressed optimism during the project launch. “I am very positive that our women will succeed given their sheer enthusiasm and the technical inputs continuously provided by DSWD project development officers.”

I am just so excited because in the past, San Isidro has extensively worked with DSWD on the core shelter units constructed in several barangays here. Now, we still have Kalahi-CIDSS, Pantawid Pamilya, Social Pension, Suplementary Feeding, and others. In a way, our town is blessed with a lot of social protection programs from DSWD and we are grateful for this, Arenal added.

ABC President Reynaldo Peñafiel and some members of the barangay council also conveyed their happiness and pledged to support the project.

Quilisadio promised to take good care of the fund entrusted them and committed as well to deliver the roll back payment in a quarterly basis.

“Initially, we started off with 40 piglets with an average weight of 10 kilos each,” she said.

Based on SLP Policy Memo 04-2013 from the Office of Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of DSWD, Cambaleon Hog Raisers SEA-K Association now serves as the SLP-Supplementary Feeding Program Commodity Cluster Model (CCM) in the locality, Provincial SLP Coordinator Julius R. Duterete shared.

Hence, the group is responsible for supplying the pork meat requirement in the conduct of Supplementary Feeding Program which provides nutritious hot meals to children in day care centers, Duterte added.

Monthly monitoring of the Hog Raising livelihood project is facilitated by PDO Sajetarios together with the association president and barangay officials.

Group members actively attend the weekly meetings while the group enjoys a 100% collection on their savings mobilization. 

Moreover, Barangay Cambaleon, DSWD and the Cambaleon Hog Raisers SEA-K Association have drafted a Memorandum of Agreement indicating their respective roles and functions in project implementation and monitoring. The association has also obtained its business permit and BIR Official Receipts.

The incredible feat of the 20 women demonstrates that unity and discipline could unleash women power and game changers even in a remote village. (DSWD)

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