Archive | July, 2016

Farmers’ training for Pantawid, SLP families

FARMER’S TRAINING. Now on its 7th week, the Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmer’s Training Program on Sustainable Agriculture has mobilized participation of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood beneficiaries of Sitio Ladian, Barangay Marilog, Marilog District, Davao City. KSK is an outreach project of SM Foundation, Inc. in partnership with HARBEST Agribusiness Corporation, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, and Davao City Government. It seeks to improve livelihood of small scale farmers, enabling them access to better socio-economic opportunities. Earlier, Pantawid families in Monkayo, Compostela Valley and Tagum City have also engaged in the farmer’s training program. (DSWD/lls)

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Sitio Pegalongan engages in Kalahi-CIDSS situation analysis

Residents learning to assess status of their community.

DAVAO City (DSWD XI) – Some 20 Matigsalog community volunteers in Sitio Pegalongan, Barangay Malamba, Marilog District recently undertook Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA) to help them establish a common understanding of the current situation of their area.

Led by field workers of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the PSA is designed to elicit and describe community expectations, current socio-economic and political situation as well as other needs and problems of the community.

“The workshop outputs will guide the participants in identifying the projects and other activities that they would like to engage in to improve their way of living in the community,” said Glenn Paul R. Ylan, Community Development Officer of Kalahi-CIDSS.

Ylan said PSA is part of the social preparation phase of Kalahi-CIDSS program cycle which also aims to teach the community how to adopt the community driven development (CDD) process of Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Data generated through PSA are used as bases for identifying community development problems and priorities and in planning for appropriate interventions,” Ylan said.

Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the core programs of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), aims to empower communities through enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects.

Challenges in the sitio

It’s almost a two-hour ride from the heart of Davao City to Datu Salumay Proper (Davao-Bukidnon highway). From Datu Salumay, it’s an hour ride via single motor (habal-habal) to Patag where one dismounts and sets off on foot to traverse five mountains and two treacherous rivers -Simud and Davao River, to get to the sitio.

Sitio Pegalongan has a total population of 450 and 100% of the residents belong to Matigsalog Tribe. Of this figure, 62 families are grantees of Pantawid Pamilya.

Randy H. Halasan, 33, school principal, has been teaching in Sitio Pegalongan Elementary School for nine years. He lamented on the sorry situation.

“For almost a decade, the road to the only elementary school was not passable through single motorcycles or any other motor vehicle. Children ride on horses to get to school or endure the five to six-hour hike.  With the dearth of transportation access, their livelihood is affected as they are deprived of peddling their farm produce. Also, the villagers don’t even have good access to potable water. With all these difficulties, they truly need all the help they can get.”

“This is the first time that we invited Kalahi-CIDSS workers to use the program’s process, the PSA, outside its covered areas since Davao City is not under Kalahi-CIDSS,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

Through PSA, the community was able to list the top sub-projects that rightfully respond to their immediate needs namely; construction of farm-to-market road, construction of hanging cable footbridge, construction of potable water system level II, and construction of health center, Director Jabagat said.

Following the PSA, DSWD workers also conducted Pantawid Pamilya’s Family Development Session (FDS) and Youth Development Session (YDS), as well as an orientation on protective services that cover legal adoption, social pension, supplementary feeding, foster family care and anti-human trafficking.

“I am truly grateful for the help extended by Kalahi-CIDSS and DSWD in general. Now, the community is fired up with overflowing enthusiasm and oozing energy for actual learning plus their livelihood has a huge potential to improve immensely,” Randy said.

Director Jabagat pointed out that Kalahi-CIDSS program is about maximizing its processes in helping to put in place more transparent and accountable systems of governance. “It’s important to highlight that these systems also consider a number of decisions taken and advocated by the community as a whole, hence, increasing their level of stewardship.” (DSWD)


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Celebrating nutrition month

DSWD workers participate in its annual Cooking Contest using low cost, meatless and nutritious ingredients in support to the 2016 Nutrition Month celebration with the theme, First 1000 Days ni Baby, Pahalagahan para sa Malusog na Kinabukasan. In partnership with local government units, DSWD continues to implement its Supplementary Feeding Program, providing nutritious hot meals within 120 feeding days to children in Day Care Centers all over the country. (DSWD)

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DSWD ARMM team meets Sec. Taguiwalo

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo in a huddle with DSWD ARMM team led by DSWD ARMM Regional Secretary and ARMM Vice Governor Haroun Alrashid Lucman Jr. and DSWD ARMM Assistant Secretary Pombaen Kader [second from right] during the recent DSWD Mindanao Island Cluster Consultation in Davao City. (DSWD)

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Lifetime free service by community volunteers

DAVAO City (DSWD XI) – “Ang Kalahi-CIDSS wala mag pili kung graduhan ka ba o walay grado, propesyonal ka man o wala kay nahuman, lumad ka man o bisan asa imong kagikan.  Ang importante nga kanunay kining naghatag og kahigayunan sa pagkat-on aron mapalambo ang kaugalingon ug ang katilingban sa kinatibuk-an (Kalahi-CIDSS doesn’t discriminate whether you are educated or not, professional or not, IP or whatever your origin is. What is important is that it always offers opportunities for one to learn to develop oneself and the community as a whole).”

This was declared by 29 year-old community volunteer Almer A. Sobiaco from Barangay San Antonio, Municipality of Caraga, Davao Oriental, as he confidently faced fellow volunteers and spoke fervently about his Kalahi-CIDSS experience during the recent Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers’ Congress.

The three-day learning conference served as avenue for exchange of relevant learning and experiences from a year-long implementation of community driven development (CDD).

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

Life changing

Every community volunteer has a story to tell. Unfazed by the audience before him, Almer shared how Kalahi-CIDSS changed his life.

Almer is a laborer in a local farm and earns a modest income. He and his wife Cherry Ann, have three children -Alcher, 6; Andrea, 3; and Arvin, 7 months old.

When Kalahi-CIDSS was implemented in Caraga in 2014, Almer was elected as Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson.

Almer had lots of doubts and fears that his community might not believe in him. He said he only has a very low level of education and that he lacked experience in formal project management.

Excited but with trepidation, he started convening regular committee meetings to discuss how to smoothly run the program.

Shortly, the community endorsed potable water system as one of their prime needs.

The village had a problem in their water supply and it was affecting their day-to-day existence and their livelihood as well. Making matters worse, some members were not cooperating.

Almer said several people deemed it a hassle at first, to engage in Kalahi-CIDSS. Eventually, there were able to work their differences out and they gradually appreciated the community-based procurement, the transparency feature of the program and the step-by-step skill transfer.

“During the implementation phase, we were dubbed as MEs (Murag Engineer), meaning working and serving as real engineers,” Almer recalled.

“The challenge now is how we are going to carry on the lessons we have learned in the program,” he stressed.

“Magpadayon gihapon kami sa among pagka volunteer bisan pa sa daghang hagit kay mao ra kana ang ikatampo namo sa mapadayunong paglambo sa among barangay. Ug mao kini ang bahandi na mahatag namo sa sunod nga henerasyon. (We will continue to serve as volunteers amidst the many challenges because it’s the only thing we can contribute in sustaining development in our village. This is the treasure we can pass on to the next generation).”

When asked if he will continue advocating the program after the end of implementation, Almer responded with a broad smile, “Yes I will, for it promotes transparency and accountability. I will continue to encourage everyone to join. Every individual is allotted an essential role in the program.”

Caraga has a total budget allocation of P 29,000,000.00 for its first cycle of implementation, covering 17 barangays.

To date, there are 15,658 Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers in Region XI. (DSWD)


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Listahanan 2 launched

LISTAHANAN 2. World Bank Senior Economist on Social Protection and Labor Pablo A. Acosta and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim [second from left] receive a Plaque of Appreciation as resource persons during the Listahanan 2 database launch. Presenting the plaque are [from left] DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, DSWD Undersecretary Florita R. Villar and DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria.

NEDA supports DSWD in advocating the usage of Listahanan to other partner agencies and stakeholders while World Bank is an active partner of DSWD that recognizes the Philippines as leading a “good practice” for a growing number of countries that maximize the impact of public funds, ensuring that the poor and vulnerable benefit from government programs and services. (DSWD)

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DSWD Listahanan 2 bares 280,325 poorest households in Davao Region

DAVAO City (DSWD XI) – A total of 280,325 poor households were identified by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the most deserving to benefit from social protection programs following its administration of the second round Listahanan assessment.

According to DSWD Policy and Plans Division Chief and Listahanan Focal Person Estrella D. Brigole, who presented the regional results on Tuesday during the Listahanan 2 launch, the above figure surfaced out of the 836,567 households enumerated by DSWD in 2015.

Listahanan 2 reveals that among the five provinces, Compostela Valley tops with 18.84% share or 52,811 poor households. Davao Oriental comes next with 18.74% or 52,542 households followed by Davao Del Norte with 15.94% or 44,689 households then Davao Occidental with 15.14% or 42,454 households, and finally Davao Del Sur with 14.71 or 41,230 households. Being highly urbanized, Davao City registered 16.62% or 46,599 households.

“The Listahanan database on the targeted poor households were collected through a comprehensive, objective and transparent house-to-house assessment,” Brigole said.

The DSWD enumerated all families in rural-classified barangays and by pockets of poverty in urban-classified barangays.

Of the total households enumerated, 32% reside in urban areas while 67.90% live in rural areas.

Highlights of Listahanan 2 include: 1] 47.67% are women while 52.33% are men; 2] children constitute 33.82% of the total targeted poor population; 3] 138,278 are fisher folks, farmers and foresters; 4] 61,461 are senior citizens; and 5]12,591 are persons with disability.

“Aside from the demographics of the population covered in Listahanan 2, other information such as access to safe water and electricity, quality of housing materials, tenure status of the family’s house and lot and specific occupations were covered,” Brigole said.

“Indeed, the Philippines and Brazil are the only two countries in the world to have succeeded in establishing such a comprehensive data base or “social registry” to identify poor and vulnerable beneficiaries of government programs,” World Bank Senior Economist Pablo A. Acosta stressed during the recent Listahanan 2 Launch here.

Acosta added that the World Bank values the opportunity to partner with the Philippines in support of Listahanan 2. “We consider Listahanan an important pillar for continued institutional development in the Philippines, one that helps to secure efficient and effective use of government resources and enables transparent, objective and fair identification of poor and vulnerable beneficiaries of government programs.” (DSWD)

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RDC XI commits full support to DSWD’s Listahanan 2

Davao City – NRO XI Regional Director Maria Lourdes Lim conveyed the Regional Development Council XI’s commitment to a continuous partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development on the data sharing of the Listahanan 2 in Davao Region.

In her capacity as Acting RDC XI Chair, Director Lim delivered a message at the Launching of the 2015 Region XI Listahanan Database on 19 July 2016, where she cited the Listahanan’s vital role in bringing about positive change in the lives of poor Filipinos.

“It may not be possible to fully quantify the benefits of Listahanan right now,” said Director Lim, “as the real reckoning is yet to be seen in the future generations, the children of beneficiaries who now have access to quality education and health services for a brighter future — thus breaking the cycle of inter-generational poverty.”

In the implementation of the first set of Listahanan in 2011, the RDC XI  collaborated with DSWD through a Memorandum of Agreement, whereby DSWD downloaded Region XI poverty data to the Council for sharing to requesting members.   This had facilitated data-sharing as LGUs and RDC XI member agencies no longer had to sign individual MOAs with DSWD Central Office to access the needed information.  Director Lim assured DSWD that RDC XI shall sustain its support for the Listahanan 2 sharing process.

The DSWD conducted a second round of household assessment for the Listahanan in 2015.  The agency reported that out of 836,567 households assessed in Davao Region, about 34 percent or 280,325 households were identifed as “poor” in the following provinces:  Compostela Valley (52,811); Davao Oriental (52,542), Davao City (46,599); Davao Occidental (42,454); and Davao del Sur (41,230).

The Listahanan 2 launching event was graced by DSWD Undersecretary Florita Villar, World Bank Senior Economist Pablo Acosta and Davao Region’s local chief executives, municipal planning officers, representatives of government agencies, civil society organizations and the media. The activity was capped by a manifestation of support by the Region’s stakeholders.

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction is an administrative tool for identifying beneficiaries of social protection programs, minimizing wastage of resources to unintended recipients.   By way of Executive Order 867, series of 2010, all government agencies were directed to use the Listahanan as mechanism for identifying the poorest population for poverty reduction programs.   This also enjoins the convergence of efforts into appropriately scaled big projects for impact, transparency and good governance in project execution. (NEDA XI)


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