Archive | May, 2016

Women can do it!

WOMEN CAN. Kalahi-CIDSS women volunteers in Barangay Katipunan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte lead the construction of a P 2,119,839.00-worth 1,300 Linear Meter Drainage Canal through Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP modality. 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. The program also promotes the inclusion of women in paid physical labor, planning and decision making for social development issues at the community level. 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. (DSWD)

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Site validation of classrooms for lumads starts

TALAINGOD, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through KALAHI-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, has started validation of sites eyed for the construction of 169 classrooms for indigenous peoples in Davao Region.

Dubbed as Whole of Nation Initiative (WNI) Classroom for Indigenous Peoples (IP), the project is a partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).

The validation covers Davao City and the region’s five provinces -Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental.

DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said this initiative aims at expanding access to culture-based basic education services for Indigenous Peoples in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

“This is the phase where IP villagers, the primary implementers, will take part in choosing the name, design, type, and other aspects in classroom construction,” Director Jabagat said.

Moreover, the site validation will help implementers prepare plans, conduct consultations, and determine cost of classrooms and ensure that the proposed school buildings are located in strategic areas.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy National Program Manager Cicero Juan Aguilar Jr emphasized that the WNI classroom sub-project will not only provide better quality of service delivery to school children and communities, but will also add value in preserving the culture and celebrating the identity and aspirations of the indigenous peoples.

“The location of the classroom should be acceptable to the community. It is important to talk to the IP leaders and communities on the design, location, and the materials to be used for the classroom.”

The sub-project will be implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS which continues to empower communities through enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects.

“The experience of Kalahi-CIDSS process has been proven efficient, especially in securing participation of IPs in local governance, and it will lessen the cost because of the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach of the program,” Aguilar added.

The classrooms will be built with an indicative amount of P 895,000.00 each.

Since 2003, Kalahi-CIDSS has completed 94 community school buildings in Region XI with a fund exposure of P 102,349,623.70 million. (DSWD)

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Pantawid grantee graduates as ‘Cum Laude’

Pantawid Pamilya grantee Crizzamae Manreal finished Cum Laude at Southern Philippines Agri-Business, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST).

MALITA, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) –Success belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Pantawid beneficiary Crizzamae Manreal, 20, believes in this.

Finishing the course Bachelor in Secondary Education majoring in Biological Science, Crizzamae Manreal received the highest honors as Cum Laude during the recent 30th commencement exercises of Southern Philippines Agri-Business, Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST).

“All of these became possible through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which began for us 2012,” Manreal said.

Like any Pantawid beneficiary, she experienced difficulties in life. Her mother tends to their home while her father is a farmer. It never occurred to them that anyone in the family could reach college. Yet the sheer hardship has been her driving force to finish her studies.

“I never expected that I can still pursue my college degree because I know my parents could not afford my tuition fee. But then Students’ Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA) came. My yesterday’s dream became a reality big time,” Manreal shared.

Wala gyud nako gisayangan ang oportunidad nga gihatag sa akoa, nagtarong ko ug naningkamot nga i-angat akoang sarili para mas ikalipay sa akoang pamilya (I never wasted the opportunity given me. I did good and worked hard to be better to make my family happy).”

Manreal did excel in her studies and even in extra-curricular activities. Despite her rather hectic schedule, she found time to earn from odd jobs to augment her meager finances.

Meanwhile, Gee Phannie Coscos, of the same degree, also a Pantawid grantee and SGP-PA scholar, finished with flying colors too as Cum laude.

“We hope this program will help more indigent students to finish a college degree and make their dreams come true as well,” Coscos said.

They are both products of the Pantawid Pamilya Program and are both very grateful and overwhelmed of the benefits and accolades they received.

The two outstanding students are part of 503 Pantawid college graduates recognized during the regional graduation ceremony dubbed Social Investiture for National Achievers of Grants-In-Aid (SINAG) held in Panabo City on Friday.

Manreal and Coscoc hope to get a job soon so that they can help their family and finance the school needs of their siblings.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spearheaded the SGP-PA in 2012.

With a total of 3139 SGP-PA graduates this year nationwide, Davao Region leads with the highest number of 503 graduates. Of this figure, 68 are from SPAMAST.

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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Life in a medicine

Lola Amy Lancian all set to sell her ‘medicines’.

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – “Medicines are not my daily dose but my daily source of income,” 70 year-old Lola Amy Lancian said.

Lola Amy solely depends on the medicines she sells to survive. Her husband died 26 years ago.

“Even at this age, every day I push myself to work from 1:00 to 8:00 in the morning just to sustain my daily needs.”

Every day is an enormous struggle for Lola Amy. She has to wake up very early to sell generic medicines in a busy market.

“Nagsugod ko og baligya aning mga generic nga tambal sukad namatay akoang bana para mabuhi lang mi sa akoang anak. Sa Bankerohan public market ang akoang adlaw-adlaw nga destinasyon (I started peddling generic medicines since my husband died so that my child and I could survive. My day to day destination is Bankerohan public market),” Lola Amy shared.

When her son died in 2002, Lola Amy was left alone. Old and unaccompanied in her house at SIR, New Matina, she strives to meet her needs. To date, she remains active and productive and refuses to stay put despite her age.

Ginakompra nako akoang tambal sa generic nga botika, kadto lang mga pwede nga tambal. Daghan man pud mamalit kay barato lang man (I purchase basic medicines from a generic drugstore. A lot of people buy because it’s cheap),” Lola Amy said.

Every morning she has P 400.00 in her pocket as rolling capital in her small business.

Lisod kaayo sa akoang katigulang wala koy karamay sa kinabuhi ug sa kalisod. Kinahanglan ko maningkamot para maka-survive ko (It is very hard at my age to be alone, with no one to lean on especially in difficult times. Thus, I need to strive hard to survive),” teary-eyed, Lola Amy conveyed.

Social pension

Dako kaayo og tabang ang pension. Una nako nakuha P 4,500.00, natibo ang tulo ka quarters. Gipuhunan nako sa akoang mga tambal. Pati akoang maintenance sa diabetes mapalit na (Social pension is a great help. Initially, I received P 4,500.00 which covered three quarters. I then invested the amount in my small business. Also my maintenance for diabetes can now be had),” Lola Amy gladly reported.

Lola Amy received her first social pension in early 2015. From her pension, she also buys food and milk.

The Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994, otherwise known as the ‘Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010’, which provides P 500.00 monthly stipend to poor senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs.

Priority beneficiaries are senior citizens 65 years old and above who are frail, sickly and disabled, who do not have regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and who do not receive other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

Davao Region has 82,531 social pension beneficiaries presently. (DSWD)


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Kalahi-CIDSS classroom: Lasting inspiration to young learners

Classmates Kimberly Teo Waloc [left] and Jalie Joy Mariano more than happy with their new classrooms.

MALITA, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) – “When I entered our newly-built classroom, I thought it was too good to be true,” said Kimberly T. Waloc, a Grade 9 student, recalling the day she first stepped into her brand new classroom while gazing at the sparkly ceiling above her.

Made with highly durable concrete materials, the construction of a two-classroom High School building worth P 1,488,158.00 through Kalahi-CIDSS, is a dream-come-true for students living in the outskirts of Barangay Lagumit here.

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


For many students who lived in urban areas, going to school is as easy as riding a school bus or other forms of public transportation. However, for Kimberly and some of her classmates, going to school entails crossing a river and a lot of long exhausting hikes.

Their arduous way to education is aggravated when they arrive in the school vicinity where most classes are done under a makeshift classroom made of a large tarpaulin braced with bamboo poles or beneath a mango tree which fortunately, provides reprieve from the sweltering heat.

Despite this crude condition, students remain attentive in class, Kimberly said, adding, ‘soggy and heavy with rainwater, the tarp would fall on the whole class whenever it rains hard.’

“Due to lack of learning facilities and equipment, the students’ performance is suboptimal even if they are eager to learn in school,” admits Dhannery A. Alquizar, one of the school teachers in the school.

Support to young learners

Kalahi-CIDSS was met by several detractors when it came to the community. There were funding doubts, priority issues, and the community took a while to be united. However, all these problems were resolved eventually.

Comprising of 95% B’laan, the community was not keen to engage in Kalahi-CIDSS.

Tong una nag duha-duha ang mga tao tungod kay nagtuo sila nga lisud ang proseso sa program (People were ambivalent thinking that the process is complicated),” said Leonora T. Arizabal, a Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer.

Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers, together with school officials, decided how the funds will be spent to improve the school and then helped ensure that funds are properly used.

Expenses were reported regularly and posted for transparency. Also, it opened doors for unity and massive volunteerism in the community. They took turns in contributing manual labor into the project.

“We missed the chance of education ourselves and now our children have this opportunity. We will do our best to help improve the school environment and really make it better,” Arizabal committed.

Pinaka nagustuhan namo sa Kalahi-CIDSS, gina edukar kami (What we appreciate most of Kalahi-CIDSS is that it opens up our minds),Arizabal beamed.

To date, Malita, Davao Occidental has received a Kalahi-CIDSS total cash grant allocation of P 60,000,000.00 covering 20 barangays on its first and second cycle of implementation.


The completion of the classroom sub-project is bound to increase both the school attendance and educational performance of students.

Kimberly T. Waloc remains to be one of the top performers in her class. She aspires to maintain her good grades especially now with the new classroom sub-project inspiring her. More important still, she and her classmates can now focus more on their studies with the great chance of performing much better.

“My dream is to become a teacher and I hope to educate more children in my tribe. I dream to inspire more students and help them fulfill their dreams too, just like how Kalahi-CIDSS is fulfilling mine with this classroom sub-project here.”

The classroom sub-project of Kalahi-CIDSS is more than the concrete materials it is made of.  Infrastructures can help empower poor communities and Kalahi-CIDSS continues to build infrastructures that are truly needed and owned by the people. (DSWD)

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More El Niňo aid extended

MORE AID. Distribution of family food packs to 650 families in Barangay Cadalian, Baguio District, Davao City. A total of P 142,211,479.75-worth of assistance has been extended by DSWD to date, to over 46,000 families affected by El Niňo in Region XI. The assistance covers 83,320 food packs as well as the implementation of Cash-For-Work for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in 15 towns of Davao Del Sur and Davao Occidental. (DSWD)

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Beauty care skills for Pantawid mothers

At the culmination ceremony at Gaisano Grand Toril, Davao City, Director  Mercedita P. Jabagat of DSWD interacts with Pantawid Pamilya program participants who recently completed Beauty Care NC II, a TESDA-accredited skills training on Hair Dressing, Nail Care and Foot Spa. To date, 60 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program from barangays Bato, Bayabas, Binugao, Lubogan and Marapangi have finished the course and now earning from their newly-acquired craft. (DSWD)

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People’s project

PEOPLE’S PROJECT. Tabulation of scores of barangay sub-projects during the Kalahi-CIDSS Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum for Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA) in Sarangani, Davao Occidental. Proposed community sub-projects are rated based on a set of criteria which the community formulated. Sub-projects obtaining the highest scores will be prioritized for funding. 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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