Archive | May, 2016

Partners for change

PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. Randy Halasan, Head Teacher of Pegalongan Elementary School, gets recognition from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for his support in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Presenting the certificate are [L-R] Convergence Coordinator Merlinda A. Paragamac, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria, Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, and Pantawid Pamilya Coordinator Araceli M. Layog.

“Pantawid has made a tremendous impact to the Matigsalog community in Pegalongan. DSWD is our partner as we strive for change. My passion is to share what I have, to give something without expecting anything in return,” Halasan said.

Halasan is recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award and Datu Bago Award (Davao City’s highest award conferred to an individual). (DSWD)

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Classrooms finally

CLASSROOM FINALLY. Prior to the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS, students in Barangay Lagumit in Malita town, Davao Occidental held their classes in a makeshift classroom beneath a mango tree since their room could not accommodate a large number of students. With the construction of a two-classroom High School building worth P 1,488,158.00 through Kalahi-CIDSS, 90 students can now comfortably sit and learn inside their brand new rooms.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a community-driven development (CDD) initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

It seeks to empower citizens by teaching them so they can develop, implement, and maintain projects that would address their most pressing needs.(DSWD)

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Kalahi-CIDSS in Malita village

KC IN LAGUMIT. Community members of Barangay Pangaleon in Malita, Davao Occidental participate in Kalahi-CIDSS activities like identifying their most pressing needs in the area and finding solutions to these. Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a community-driven development (CDD) initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It seeks to empower citizens by teaching them so they can develop, implement, and maintain projects that would address their most pressing needs. (DSWD)

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60 Pantawid mothers finish beauty course

TORIL, Davao City (DSWD XI) – “We are happy that each of you took time out and really persisted in finishing this beauty care training. Whatever you learned here will be very useful in your day to day subsistence as you also help your husband earn extra income for your family,” Director Mercedita P. Jabagat of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) addressed 60 Pantawid Pamilya mothers during the recent culmination ceremony at Gaisano Grand Toril.

Through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), at least 60 Pantawid mothers in barangays Bato, Bayabas, Binugao, Lubogan and Marapangi were trained in Beauty Care NC II, a TESDA-accredited skills training on Hair Dressing, Nail Care and Foot Spa.

“With the skills you just acquired, you may opt to work in a beauty salon or work on you own as cosmetologist. This is another opportunity provided to you to help you become more productive and gain additional income,” Director Jabagat stressed.

Project Development Officer of DSWD Ma. Victoria R. Maglunob, said the course covers core competencies such as manicure and pedicure, foot care, and basic haircutting.

It also includes common competencies like maintaining an effective relationship with clients and customers, managing own performance, working in a team, practicing occupational health and safety procedures, applying quality standards, and maintaining a safe, clean and efficient work environment, Maglunob said.

The DSWD livelihood team is currently assisting these mothers in establishing their own small business enterprise while some are accessed for employment with existing establishments that specialize in beauty care, Maglunob added. (DSWD)

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PWD wins silver medal in int’l skills competition

A jubilant Julius Rosalinda, with the Philippine flag in the background, after winning the silver medal in the Waste Re-Use competition during the 9th Abilympics held in March in Bordeaux, France.

Julius Rosalinda, a person with disability (PWD)  from Tagum City, Davao del Norte, brought honor and pride to the Philippines when he won a silver medal and the Excellence Award in the Waste Re-Use Category during the 9th International Abilympics competition​ in Bordeaux, France in March.

The International Abilympics is a professional skills competition for people with disabilities and special needs.

Julius was among the nine PWDs who competed in the nine skills contests. They were supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

This year’s competition was participated in by more than a thousand delegates from 35 countries.

Julius showed his prowess  when he assembled a wine rack using wine corks, box, used ribbons, pins, paint can, old wood (from a burned house), pebbles, old glass, and old jigger.

Recognizing the feat of Julius and the team, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said, “The efforts and hard work of the whole team are greatly appreciated. Likewise, it is only fitting to congratulate Julius for winning a silver medal in the Waste Re-Use Competition.  He serves as an inspiration to his fellow PWDs.”

Crippled by polio when he was just one year old, Julius has overcome his disability with his determination to continuously hone his skills in designing objects which he sells to earn a living.

An accounting graduate, he was also the grand champion in the Philippines’ “Kakayahan 2014: National Skills Competition of Persons with Disabilities”, with his entry of a unique candle holder.

He used to repair electric fans and other appliances at DSWD Home for the Aged in Tagum City.  He is now an officer of Davao Del Norte PWD Federation.

“PWDs have the capacity to improve their lives and be productive members of society, as exemplified by Julius and the other members of the Philippine team who competed in the Abilympics,” Sec. Soliman emphasized.

Empowering PWDs

As the lead agency in social protection, the DSWD continuously advocates the welfare and well-being of PWDs, and implements programs with local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) aimed at empowering the sector.

Among the programs implemented for the PWD sector are Early Detection, Prevention and Intervention of Disability (EDPID) among 0-6 year-old children, Tuloy-Aral Walang Sagabal (TAWAG), alternative family support services, family counseling, training and employment, and referral services.

The Department also provides services to PWDs in its various residential and non-residential facilities nationwide. These are psychological and medical services; vocational skills training on scientific massage, handicraft making, tailoring/dressmaking, watch repair, computer repair, canteen management, daily living skills; and job placement.

In the first quarter of 2016, the Department has served 476 PWDs in its centers such as the Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC), Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC), and Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) for children suffering from mental disabilities. (DSWD)

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United we build

Tagakaolo farmers traverse the newly-completed Kalahi-CIDSS 280-Linear Meter Barangay Road in Lagumit.

MALITA, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) – A concrete road in a barangay helps connect communities and people, reduce travel time of farmers in transporting crops, and secure safety of motorists and hikers alike. But for the Tagakaolo tribe in Barangay Pangaleon, the concreting of the road in their sitio means so much more because they took active part in building it.

“During the blessing and turnover, I and the rest of the tribe removed our slippers and ecstatically stepped into our new concreted road,” said Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer Florentina D. Mansalayao.

“We could not contain our happiness. We even wore our traditional costumes. The tribe worked so hard for the sub-project to be completed.”

The P 1,312, 102.00 million-worth Concreting of a 280-Linear Meter Barangay Road is the first-ever Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project the locals inaugurated.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a community-driven development (CDD) initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

It seeks to empower citizens by teaching them so they can develop, implement, and maintain projects that would address their most pressing needs.

Difficult road

Majority of the 2071 residents in Barangay Pangaleon belong to the Tagakaolo tribe like Mansalayao.

Mansalayao shared their struggles with their road which they call ‘subida malas’ (hapless uphill route).

Ang among panginabuhi sa una pirting lisura, ang kalsada kay kurbada na, subida pa. Kada tao nga muagi dira, walay tao nga musakay sa motor tungod kay delikado ug basin sila madisgrasya. Kon ting-init, abog ang dalan, ug ting-ulan, lapok ug danlog, bisan kabayo maglisod (Our life used to be so hard with our road teeming with sharp turns and arduous ascents. Everyone is scared of taking motorbikes, dreading accidents. During dry season, the road emits dust while on rainy days, it becomes muddy and slippery that even a horse will struggle),”  


“The impact of the new road to the locals of Barangay Pangaleon will be enormous,” said Francis B. Pineda, Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator of Malita.

Pineda said Kalahi-CIDSS made an effort to consult with the indigenous peoples whose voices are seldom heard. “The villagers’ voices are critical in making the sub-project successful and sustainable.”

“All members of the community are encouraged to participate. Through Kalahi-CIDSS-led activities, we educate them and help them identify their most pressing needs in the area,” he added.


Despite the challenges, people have been able to adapt and surmounted the difficulties especially in hauling of construction materials.

“Ang pagbayanihan sa tribo ang mao’y nakapadali sa implementasyon. Sa wala pa ma semento, ang mga tao among gipahakot og balas duol sa among sapa, ang mga tao nagtinabangay og lukdo. (The unity of the tribe aided in accelerating project implementation. We mobilized the people in hauling sand from the river. They carried the load atop their head),” recounted Barangay Captain Norman M. Mariano.

When the road construction started, other women-led initiatives began to flourish as well. “Gipinturahan nila ang mga bato sa gilid sa kalsada aron nindot kini sa mga mata sa mga muagi sa dalan (Women painted the rocks installed along the road side, making it pleasing to passersby).”

When construction workers complained of nowhere lack of places to purchase food onsite, women volunteered to prepare food and peddled it.

The spirit of volunteerism united the community and made them so much more thrilled about the new infrastructure in their area.

To date, the municipality of Malita has received a Kalahi-CIDSS municipal grant allocation of P 40,000,000.00 on its first cycle of implementation benefiting 20 barangays.

“Nagapasalamat kami sa Kalahi-CIDSS kay dili lang pag konkreto sa dalan ang ilahang gihatag kanamo, gitagaan nila og oportunidad ang among tribo nga madungog among tingog ug makadumala kami sa pag implementar sa proyekto.  (We are so grateful to Kalahi-CIDSS because it didn’t only provide us a concrete road but the opportunity for our tribe to be heard and manage the implementation of the project),” Mariano gratefully conveyed. (DSWD)

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Aid for DavSur

AID FOR DAVSUR. DSWD distributes family food packs to 1524 families in Matanao, Davao Del Sur affected by the long dry spell. Barangays covered are Towak, Saub, Dongan Pekong and Savoy. To date, DSWD XI has provided over P 110 million-worth of assistance to affected families in Davao Region. The funds also cover the implementation of Cash-For-Work for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. (DSWD)

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New Corella lumads get CAD-T, thank gov’t

NEW CORELLA, Davao del Norte (DSWD XI) – Some 600 indigenous people from 20 barangays gathered recently at the Municipal Gymnasium for the awarding of Certificate of Ancestral Domain-Title (CAD-T) to the Mangguanan tribe.

Present in the event were former Mayor Nestor L. Alcoran, former Vice Mayor Virgilio Maambog, National Commision on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chairperson Atty. Leonor Oralde–Quintayo and 20 IP Mandatory Representatives.

“To date, there is a total of 7,800 lumads in the municipality. Kani nga okasyon, ginasaulog usab sa munisipyo ang mga oportunidad nga natagamtaman sa atong mga igsoong lumad pinaagi sa mga proyekto sa nagkalain-laing ahensya. (We celebrate in this occasion as well the various opportunities enjoyed by our lumads through the projects of various agencies),” said Alcoran in his message.

Also discussed at the event were accomplishments of local government and national government agencies relative to programs for the IPs .

For Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Kalahi-CIDSS has completed 20 community sub-projects here with a total grant allocation of P 6,000,00.00 through PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) and 7 sub-projects worth P 9,138,343.00 through Government of Australia – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (GOA-DFAT) modality.

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 municipality also has a total number of 4,820 beneficiaries under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a poverty reduction strategy of the national government that incentivizes families to keep children healthy and in school.

Datu Rodrigo Kegod, Municipal Tribal Chieftain expressed his utmost appreciation to DSWD for opening opportunities to lumads in their municipality.

“Dako ang among pagpasalamat, diin kay gi respeto sa programa ang among kulturanhong katungod bag-o mag implementar ug mga sub-proyekto sa Kalahi (We are very thankful that the program respected our culture, giving considerations before project implementation).

More than the sub-project implementation, it’s the capacity building sessions that helped lumads improve their knowledge and gain new experiences.

In the thanksgiving celebration, the lumads also offered a ritual dance in appreciation for the opportunities provided them. (DSWD)


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