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DSWD turns over 15 Kalahi–CIDSS projects in Lupon town

Lupon, Davao Oriental (DSWD) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) recently turned over 15 community sub-projects here.

The turnover was led by Mayor Erlinda D. Lim, Barangay Captains, members of Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC), as well as community volunteers of recipient barangays.

Among the  sub-projects are solar dryers with storage facilities, 2-storey multi-purpose buildings, double barrel box culverts, multi-purpose buildings, day care center, pre-school building, concrete bridge, barangay road improvement, hanging cable footbridge, and potable water system level 2.

According to Varnell M. Dagansan, Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator in Lupon, the town has a municipal grant allocation of P20 million, and a total of P4,834,000.00 Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) for the 1st cycle of implementation. It was allocated for the 18 identified priority sub-projects in the municipality. Three more sub-projects are ongoing –two projects on barangay road improvement and one potable water system level 2.

“Through the Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) activities, facilitators and members of Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC), have built close coordination and strong relationships in steering development and empowering individuals in the communities,” Dagansan added.

The municipality of Lupon has a population of 63,164 and a poverty incidence rate of 32.8% based on the 2014 data of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Kalahi-CIDSS, is a Community-Driven Development (CDD) program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects.

Lupon is one of the 11 new municipalities covered by Kalahi-CIDSS starting in September 2015.

With the successful implementation of the first cycle, the town is now in its 2nd cycle with a total grant allocation of P20 million.

Mayor Erlinda D. Lim shared, “Kalahi-CIDSS has produced a huge improvement in our community. The participation of the communities at the barangay level in all activities conducted was successfully done. I can really prove that the efforts of the working personalities in Lupon were all worth it.”

She assured that their support for the program will carry on through the 2nd cycle of implementation. (DSWD)


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DSWD announces implementation of Medicine Assistance Program funded by  Pres. Duterte’s Social Fund

In line with   President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s pronouncement that he will allocate P1 billion to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo has released Memorandum Circular No. 16 which mobilizes DSWD Field Offices III, VI, VII, XI and the National Capital Region (NCR) to provide medicine assistance to indigent patients/clients, pending Malacanang’s fund transfer.

Sec. Taguiwalo explained that the Department of Health (DOH) has an ongoing free medicine program for indigents called Medical Assistance Program (MAP),  intended to provide medical assistance to patients seeking consultations, rehabilitation, and examination or otherwise confined in government hospitals. The DSWD provides medical assistance to indigent patients through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS).

“Pres. Duterte, very much aware of the high costs of medicines and the numerous indigent patients who cannot afford to buy prescription drugs, allocated P1 billion to the President’s Social Fund to enable these patients to access badly-needed medicines.  Pres. Duterte instructed us in the DSWD to formulate guidelines for the program, implement, and administer it immediately,” she said.

The DSWD’s medicine assistance program funded under the Pres. P1 billion fund aims to provide assistance to indigent Filipinos so they can immediately secure much needed prescription medicines.

The beneficiaries of the program are Filipinos who seek assistance from a DSWD office to access prescription medicine. The priorities are 1) families/individuals who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged or those in the informal sector and poor based on the DSWD Listahanan; 2) government employees and contract of services workers; and 3) those who are facing crisis situations as determined by DSWD social workers.

Sec. Taguiwalo explained that prescription medicines of drug dependents undergoing treatment/rehabilitation are not covered by the program.

“A separate program is being created for them,” she said.

The DSWD’s Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) will facilitate the release of the medical assistance. The CIU is a special unit of the DSWD that serves as an action center that immediately responds to the needs of individuals and families in crisis situations.  CIUs are located at the Central office (CO), FO, and/or Satellite Offices in the Provinces.

Sec. Taguiwalo said that the requirements of the programs are fairly simple.

“The DSWD has yet to receive the P1 billion from Malacanang, but we are willing to foot the bill in the meantime so Filipinos who need immediate prescription medicines can access them ASAP,” she said.

“As soon as the fund is available, the DSWD will oversee and manage it and the program. Five percent of the fund will be used for project management,” she added.

She also clarified that beneficiaries will not receive any cash, but referral letters from the DSWD which beneficiaries will take to DSWD partner-drugstores and hospital pharmacies.

Those who need medicine should bring and submit to the nearest CIU the needed original or certified true copy documents, and and/or photocopy documents certified by a CIU social worker: 1) clinical abstract/medical certificate with full name, signature and license number of the attending physician (issued not later than three months);

2) The doctor’s prescription with date and the name of the patient. The prescription should be signed by the attending physician with license number indicated);

3) Barangay certificate of indigency or Indigent Card issued by the medical social service of the hospital; and

4) Any valid ID of the client.

“If the prescription costs P5,000 or less, confirmation by the doctor or his/her duly certified representative of the veracity of the prescription is sufficient for the DSWD to provide the assistance,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

However, a social case study report prepared by the LGU social worker/medical social worker, or a social case summary prepared by a registered social worker may be required by the CIU social worker to support assessment and recommendation of assistance.

“A social case study report is needed as a supporting document for assistance more than P5,000. A client can avail of the assistance only once within three months,” she continued.

Sec. Taguiwalo also explained that the DSWD can establish partnerships with service providers to ensure that clients are efficiently and effectively assisted immediately. The DSWD can forge contracts or enter memorandum of agreement (MOA) with qualified service providers.

“As a safeguard, in no case will the implementation of the program be delegated and/or transferred to any kind of civil society organization (CSO) regardless of whether it’s a non-governmental organization or a people’s organization,” Sec. Taguiwalo further said.

Finally, Sec. Taguiwalo said that initially, the DSWD will enter MOA with the following regional hospitals: the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital in Manila; the Jose B. Lingad General Hospital   in San Fernando, Pampanga in Region III ; Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC)  in Iloilo in Region VI; Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City in Region VII; and Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City and Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) in Tagum City – both in Region XI. The hospitals were chosen in the regions where there are the highest poverty levels and to ensure the representation of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. #

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Kalahi-CIDSS solar dryer up in Lupon

KALAHI-CIDSS SOLAR DRYER. The newly constructed Kalahi-CIDSS Solar Dryer with Storage Facility in Barangay Bagumbayan, Lupon Davao Oriental was inaugurated January 10. For the construction, DSWD granted Php 1,146,106.00 while the municipality provided a Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) of Php 251,540. The project turnover was led by Mayor Erlinda D. Lim, Barangay Captain Generoso M. Rañesis, and members of Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC).

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a Community-Driven Development (CDD) program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects. (DSWD/ Photos by Varnell M. Dagansan)

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Ata Manobo is DSWD community facilitator

Sto. Tomas, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) – Persistence begets triumph. Community faciltator Bobit O. Dalatag, 33, believes in this.

“From dawn to dusk, I witnessed my father day in day out tilling the land. That never-ending grind pushed me to persevere and now I am the person I never imagined I could become,” Bobit related.

Bobit graduated Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Liceo de Davao in Tagum City with flying colors. For over a year now he has served his community in Sto. Tomas as Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Community Facilitator under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP).

An Ata Manobo, Bobit is a single parent and was a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary before he got hired at DSWD.

He has nine siblings and both his parents are farmers.

Hard life

My family life was never easy. We lived in a very remote village sans neighbors and far from community structures. Government services could not even make it to our community.  My six siblings died of illness due to poverty, Bobit sadly recounted.

“I did not want to end up a farmer hence I decided and was determined to pursue schooling.”

“From grade school through high school, I endured hiking eight kilometers forth and back every day to attend my classes. This and all the sacrifices we have mustered in the family inspired me to continue my studies notwithstanding the imminent hardships.”


“I started college when I was already 26. I was very much unsure then if I could survive without any financial help from my parents.”

However, Bobit’s dream to survive the tertiary level started to become a reality through a scholarship from a national government organization. He received Php 5,000.00 every semester to augment his school needs.

When life in college was getting harder, Bobit knew he could not pull through if he could not make an extra income to cover for his additional school expenses.

“One day, I was informed that our school was looking for a part time janitor. I immediately applied so that my 18 units every semester will be paid off,” Bobit animatedly shared.

Realizing that his extra effort was not enough especially in his course, Bobit decided to work in a bar as a singer and guitarist which paid Php 300.00 for five hours.

“I was a janitor in the morning, student in the afternoon until evening, and acoustic singer and guitarist from late night until dawn,” Bobit proudly narrated.

“There were times when I almost gave up but I knew I will be just like everyone else in our community -tilling the land until the end of time just to survive. I badly wanted to finish college so that I could offer a better life to my family.”

Life goals

After graduation, Bobit decided to apply in DSWD with the goal of helping his fellow Ata Manobos, especially the children in his community. He wanted them to value education and to inspire them to pursue their own dreams.

Since then, Bobit has influenced many children in his area of responsibility. He also supports his relatives who are in school so that they would also succeed in their different endeavours.

MCCT-IP caters to families belonging to the Indigenous Peoples living in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

“I hope this MCCT-IP program will continue so that indigenous peoples in the Philippines would still have a chance to change and improve their lives through giving importance to education and health,” Bobit urged.

Poverty will always be, yet people who persist will always triumph.  Bobit lives by this by heart.

Pantawid Pamilya has been helping 233,864 families in Davao Region attain their dreams and gain better opportunities. The program is also assisting 29,884 IP beneficiaries thru MCCT-IP. (DSWD)





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