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DSWD supports DavOr’s barangay outreach caravan

Pundaguitan, Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) joined the province of Davao Oriental in the recent barangay outreach cum information caravan dubbed Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan held in Mati City’s isolated barangays -Lanca, Luban and Cabuaya and in barangays Lavigan and Pundaguitan in Gov. Generoso town.

Said caravan is now fast becoming a model strategy for peace and development efforts in Davao Region as other provinces have started attending just to learn the process.

The caravan brings directly basic services and development projects to the people especially in far-flung villages which are very far from vital government and private resources.

Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang lauded the strong and effective convergence of more than 40 participating agencies and offices from the national, provincial and local government in bringing goods and much-needed services closer to the people –especially those who are living in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) wherein the main challenge lies on accessibility.

Last August 22-23, the caravan was brought to the four villages of Caraga, namely; Caningag, San Miguel, Mercedes, and Don Leon Balante, wherein more than 5,000 residents participated and where DSWD and partner agencies also provided goods and services. (DSWD/DAVOR PIO)


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A family for others

Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte (DSWD XI) – “They say that only a life lived for others is worthwhile,” shared Alma Grace Betua of Barangay Balagunan here.

Couple Ian and Alma Grace Betua is popular in their community, both being advocates, leaders, volunteers, followers, counsellors, teachers and friends who never thought they would be all these and more after their life was changed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP).

The Betua family belongs to the Mansaka tribe.


A typical rural family, Grace and Ian rented a house for five years and supported their five children from a meager income of a laborer in a banana plantation.

Lisod gyud kaayo sa una kay daghan kaayo amoang huna-hunaon ug kinahanglan atimanon, gikan sa inadlaw nga pagkaon sa amoang panimalay hangtod sa baon ug galastuhon sa eskwelahan sa akoang mga anak. Usa pa nga pinaka-problema kay sige og ka ospital akoang mga anak tungod sa hubak (It was really hard before since we had a lot of things to consider and attend to, from our daily food consumption to the school allowance and school requirements of my children. Another big trial was the frequent hospital confinement of my children due to asthma),” Grace lamented.

The net income of her husband every 15 days was only Php 200 which could not even sustain their daily needs.

Usahay gani amoang obligasyon sa eskwelahan maabtan pa og December, kung moabot akoang bonus bag-o mabayaran (There were times that we only get to pay school obligations during the month of December when my bonus arrives),” Ian recalled.

To augment their income, Grace as vocational cosmetology graduate, made cash out of her special skills in manicure, pedicure, floral arrangement and even home service hair cutting.

Enters Pantawid

The Betua Family became beneficiaries of the MCCT-IP in 2014.

Dako kaayo nga tabang ang programa ilabi na sa pag-eskwela sa amoang mga anak. Mas na-engganyo sila moeskwela tungod sa programa (The program has been a huge help especially in my children’s schooling. They are more encouraged to attend school because of the program), Grace happily shared.

She said, they always present to her a piece of paper with a list of school requirements every after pay-out.

Kining balay ang usa sa blessing gyud, nga napundar namo kini tungod kay wala nami problema sa amoang adlaw-adlaw sa amoang mga anak ug sa ilang mga kinahanglan sa eskwelahan. Kada sweldo sa akoang bana ginabilin namo sa hardware ang kwarta hangtod sa nakompleto namo ang tanan materyales nga nakabalay gyud mi (This house is a blessing. We were able to build it because our daily needs, including that of my children’s and their school needs have been taken care of. Every salary of my husband was deposited in the hardware until we paid off all materials for this house),” Ian proudly recounted.

The couple are also blessed with responsible children. They help in household chores after doing their home studies.

Their eldest Christina Marie, 14, dreams to be a chef while Chelzie Marie, 12, wants to be a doctor; Cassandra Marie, 9, hopes to be a teacher and Christian Ivan, 7, longs to be a priest someday.

Grace and Ian never fail to inculcate positive values to their children. This is evident how their children perform academically and even non-academically in school.

The Betua family is just one of the 29,184 families in the entire Davao Region that have benefited from MCCT-IP.

Giving back

Grace admitted she is so blessed to become a member of the program. It molded her to become a better person hence she promised to give back what the government provided them.

Grace continuously pours her time and effort to her co-beneficiaries and to the community. She is an active Parent Leader with 99 members in three clusters.

Her advocacy with her members is the beautification of their barangay. They clean their area and plant vegetables in vacant lots.

Grace is also a volunteer religion teacher in Balagunan National High School and serves as Elementary School teacher every Wednesday and Friday, member of Mother Butler in a Catholic Christian community, catechist, choir member, and she also offers free flower decoration during weddings and other activities.

Grace also leads the yearly feeding program to IP children in the remotest areas in their municipality. Once she won in a municipal pageant as “Mataid na Uli” (Beautiful Woman) during the Indigenous People’s Day.

On the other hand, Ian is a “Kaabag” (lay minister) in their church, volunteer teacher, and every Sunday after mass he visits all sick people in their community and performs anointing of the sick.

Ian is also a NC 1 passer in Automotive Servicing through the Sustainable Livelihood program of DSWD.

“Buot namo nga ipa-ambit pud ang among grasya nga nadawat gikan sa Ginoo ug sa DSWD pinaagi sa pagtabang sa ubang tao. Tungod niini nga programa, sigurado mi nga makaya namo mulampos (We want to share all the blessings we received from God and from DSWD by helping others. Through this program, we are sure we will succeed),” exclaimed Grace.

“Lipay kaayo ko nga makita sad akoang mga kaubanan nga  nabag-o sad ilang kinabuhi sa programa, ug ang pinaka maayo sa tanan tungod sa MCCT-IP naging mas garbo kami sa among pagiging nitibo (I am very happy that the lives of my co-beneficiaries were also changed by the program. Most importantly, through MCCT-IP we became prouder of our tribe).”

The Betua family may not excel financially but theirs is a circle of strength, founded on faith, joined by love and kept by God. (DSWD)


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Family Day at DSWD

Davao City (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expects over 500 beneficiaries under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program on Friday at its regional office grounds for the celebration of the National Family Day.

The event, dubbed as “Pamilyang Pilipino: Handang Tumawid sa Pag unlad” will be a venue for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Davao Region to celebrate family togetherness and solidarity, and inspire other families through the positive transformation in their lives.

The theme communicates the family-beneficiaries’ ability and confidence to cross the poverty line which was made possible by their own perseverance and the convergence of the different programs and services of DSWD and its partner agencies.

Starting off at 8:00 a.m., the family day opens with a motorcade from Magsaysay Park traversing through Cabaguio, J.P. Laurel Ave., and ends at DSWD Regional Office where the families will converge.

The celebration will feature various talents from partner beneficiaries and DSWD personnel; free wellness activities like massage, pedicure and manicure and facial sessions; storytelling for children; face painting; and parlor games.

Meanwhile, the DSWD Sports Festival will also kick off in the afternoon as one of the Department’s wellness-for-life activities.

Regional and provincial winners of the Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino and Pantawid Exemplary Child will be awarded with plaque and cash.

The family of Ian and Alma Grace Betua of Brgy. Balagaunan, Sto. Tomas town, Davao Del Norte, regional winner and finalist of the Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino will participate in the national awarding ceremonies in Manila on October 1.

While Kenneth A. Bardinas of B. E. Dujali, Davao Del Norte, regional winner of the Search for Pantawid Exemplary Child will compete at the national level in November during the national celebration of Children’s Month.

Model Pantawid families and children are proof that anyone can have a better chance at fighting the effects of poverty if he or she is accessed to opportunities and tools for human development.

To date, the government continues to provide better opportunities to 260,946 families in the entire Davao Region through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD)





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DSWD awards 24 bancas to Don Marcelino fishers

Davao City (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) which aims to help Pantawid beneficiaries acquire necessary assets for engagement in thriving livelihoods to improve their socio-economic conditions, recently turned over 24 non-motorized bancas to 24 fisherfolks of Brgy. South Lamidan, Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental.

“Our staffs in the field know that the participants primarily depend on the province’s rich coastal and marine resources. That is why from there, we made sure that they get what they really need and that they use what is already available in their area,” SLP Davao Occidental Provincial Coordinator Arthur Diaz said during the distribution of the fishing boats last August 23.

The distribution was also attended by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XI personnel who facilitated the registration of non-motorized boats.

SLP, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services are the three major poverty-reduction programs of the government being spearheaded by DSWD. (DSWD)

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