Archive | November, 2017

Rice, corn production in New Bataan

RICE AND CORN PRODUCTION. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) recently funded the rice and corn production project in the municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley as part of its rehabilitation phase of the affected areas of Typhoon Pablo.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to enhance the capabilities of poor Filipino households and individuals by strengthening their skills, competencies, abilities and resources in accessing income-generating opportunities to help improve their socio-economic well-being. (DSWD)

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Davao City nominated anew for child-friendly award

The city has been nominated anew for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC).

“This is an affirmation of our efforts to stop child abuse and promote the rights of children at all time,” said City Social Services and Development Office Chief Maria Luisa Bermudo .

She said the city government was always conscious in the keeping the welfare of children at the center of its agenda.

The city won the award in 1998, 1999, 2013, 2014, 2015.

This year, the city is faced with equally formidable contenders for the Most Child-Friendly Award — Iloilo, Baguio, and Paranaque.

“Davao has always been at the forefront when it comes to establishing programs for children,” Bermudo said .

Among the programs established by the city government was the Kean Gabriel Hotline, a brainchild of Mayor Sara Duterte. The Kean Gabriel Hotline ‎‎09088184444, a child abuse reporting number, has rescued 483 abused children since it was established.

Aside from the hotline, the city government has also put up the Quick Response Team for Children’s Concern (QRTCC), which was designed to rescue, investigate and document cases of sexual, exploitation, and atrocities committed against children.

Bermudo said if the city won anew, “we will be elevated to the Hall of Fame.”

The consistent standing of the city when it comes to being child-friendly is proof of the success of the various programs and projects that are being implemented in the city for the protection of the rights and welfare of the children, the city hall said.

Since July last year, the city has allocated P50 million for the establishment, operation and maintenance and the upgrading and standardization of residential facilities to satisfactorily meet the accreditation requirements of the DSWD Standards Bureau.

The Crisis Intervention Center (CIC) Balay Dangupan, a shelter care institution for physically and abused children, was accredited First Level Standards last year. On the other hand, the Davao City Children’s Village or Bahay Pag-asa, continues to serve as a temporary shelter for Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL), whose cases had been filed in court and awaiting disposition.

The city also continues to maintain the Paginhawaan Drop-In Center for street children who need temporary shelter and protection and the Lingap Center for Mentally-Challenged Children. The city government also continues to provide day care services for the children of city employees under five years of age at the Child Minding Center.  (PNA)

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Bread vendor son named Pantawid Exemplary Child of Davao Region

Braulio E. Dujali, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) – “Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” 2017 Pantaiwd Pamilya Exemplary Child of Region XI Kenneth A. Bardinas lives by this maxim.

Kenneth, 13, youngest of two is best described by his parents Elmer and Marilou as kind and responsible son. He is currently a Grade 8 pupil at Tagum City National High School in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte. Kenneth is a consistent honor student since Grade 1.  He excels in drawing, spelling, English and Science.

Aside from his school achievements, Kenneth is an active officer and member of various school and community organizations. As a socially-conscious multi-talented child, Kenneth is known in his community.


Kenneth became more popular when he qualified and competed in ABS-CBN’s The Voice Kids in 2016. Under the guidance of Coach Bamboo, Kenneth made it up to the Sing Offs Finals.

Elmer and Marilou have always supported their child amidst poverty. Marilou is a housewife while Elmer is a farmer but also delivers and sells bread in nearby villages using his habal-habal (motorcycle), to augment their daily needs.

Naay mga panahon nga sunod-sunod ang mga problema sa pamilya labina sa pinansyal pero hinay-hinay nga nasayon tungod sa tabang sa Pantawid Pamilya (There were times when our problems piled up especially on finances but our burdens were lessened because of Pantawid Pamilya),” Marilou recalled.

“When Kenneth joined The Voice Kids, he became more popular. There were several invitations. Some of which were for-a-cause but Kenneth didn’t hesitate to oblige and offer his talent as long as it will not affect his studies. It is his way of paying forward and sharing what God has given him,” Marilou added.

Kenneth is also an active choir member in their church.

Despite his youth, Kenneth knows that education is the stepping stone towards fulfilling his dreams and aspirations, hence, he is steadfast in his resolve to finish his studies.

Bisag sa kabata pa nako, kabalo nako sa tanan problema nga amoang naagi-an ug kanunay namo to nalampasan tungod sa tabang ug gugma namo sa pamilya. Mutabang ko sa akoang pamilya nga mag tarong sa akoang pag skwela ug gamiton sa maayo akoang talent aron mamahimo kong inspirasyon sad sa ubang kabataan (In my young age, I know all the problems we’ve been through. We have overcome all these through our cooperation and love within the family. I will help my family by doing good in my studies, and I will use my talent to be an inspiration too for other children),” Kenneth emphasized.

Kenneth wants to be a popular singer and a good teacher someday.

Pantawid Pamilya

Kenneth believes that Pantawid Pamilya is already achieving its goal of sending poor children to school.

“Dako ang pag bag-o sa kinabuhi nako sukad niabot ang Pantawid. Mas naa koy atensyon sa akoang pag-eskwela kay nakit-an nako akoang mga ginikanan wala namublema sa akoang pag eskwela labina naay bayrunon. Mas kumpyansa ko sa mga gusto nako makab-ot sa kinabuhi kay kabalo ko kulang ang kita sa akoang papa sa pag baligya og tinapay (My life improved a lot with the support of Pantawid. I am more focused in my schooling since I witnessed that my parents were not anymore bothered with school fees.  I am now more confident in my aspirations in life because I realized what my father earns from peddling bread is never enough).”

He also often participates in inter-school competitions, representing his school and even joining contests in other places. Every time he wins, he automatically gives his cash prize to his parents to help meet their daily needs.

Tungod sa tabang sa programa, mas pangandaman nakog tarong ang akoang mga pangandoy. Paningkamotan nako sa tabang sa akoang ginikanan ug sa abot kakayanan nga maabot ang tanan pangandoy sa kinabuhi para sa akoang pamilya ug komunidad. Gusto sad ko maging teacher aron mabahagi nako ang akoang mga karanasan sa kapobrehon nga dili balakid sa imong pag-lambo (The program pushed me to prepare well to reach my dreams. With the guidance of my parents plus my personal efforts, I will strive hard to reach all my life goals for the sake of my family and community.  I also want to be a teacher so I can share my experience of poverty which should never be a hindrance to improve one’s lot),” Kenneth said.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides monthly cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers, and attending Family Development Sessions.

Kenneth’s family is one of the 260,939 families in Region XI benefiting from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a national flagship program led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (DSWD XI)


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Maragusan beneficiaries attend Masonry Training

Twenty-five (25) Pantawid beneficiaries from the municipality of Maragusan participate in Masonry Training through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program. Pantawid families are equipped with technical-vocational skills to prepare them embark in economic opportunities when they graduate from the program. To date, 260,939 poor families in Davao Region are benefiting from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD)

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Livelihood for Kapalong folks

Graduation Ceremony and Distribution of Tool Kits for Driving NC II and launch of Kapalong Cookery Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association at Kapalong Town Square, Kapalong, Davao del Norte on October 10. This is led by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its SLP, in partnership with Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology, Inc. (SMIT) and the Local Government Unit of Kapalong. (DSWD XI)

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OIC Sec. Leyco meets DSWD team Onse

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Officer Incharge Emmanuel A. Leyco was in Davao on Friday to dialog with DSWD Davao Region officials led by Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

Fresh from Marawi City, the Undersecretary addressed queries fielded by regional officials ranging from transportation funds for Marawi IDPs (internally displaced persons) in returning home, status of IP community-driven development (IPCDD), performance based-bonus (PBB), CNA incentive for employees, state of funds for individuals in crisis situation, request for fund augmentation for salaries of new regular workers, among others.

Undersecretary Leyco challenged the workers to remain masigasig at mahusay (energetic and effective) in carrying out the mandate of the Department, particularly in responding to the needs of the vulnerable and providing basic services to the marginalized constituents.

Following the consultation, Usec Leyco visited the DSWD Home for Girls and Women and the DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children in barangays Bago Oshiro and Buhangin, respectively.

In the afternoon, Usec. Leyco participated in the Orientation for the ASEAN Summit at Matina Enclaves.

The Undersecretary was joined by newly appointed DSWD Undersecretary for Mindanao Luzviminda C. Ilagan. (DSWD)



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DavOcc livelihood group finances members’ business

Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) – For the 30 Tagakaolo members of Datu Daligasao Farmers Association (DADAFA) of Brgy. Datu Daligasao, the Department’s Livelihood Program (SLP) is a blessing from the government that comes rarely to their place.

Datu Daligasao, an almost isolated barangay in the municipality whose roads have been constantly devastated by heavy rainfall, shelters a community of Tagakaolos engaged in agricultural production for a living like corn production and hog raising.

Some members own hectares of land but still have to loan from the nearby lower barangay to finance their livelihood. The income they get will now be divided between their actual needs and the interest they still have to pay their creditors.

But with the intervention of the Department of social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the members who have indebted more than what they actually earn now do not have to loan from another barangay. Their very own SLP association helps finance their individual livelihood ventures for an interest of only 3.5% to be paid within a maximum of 5 months.

This is not exclusive to the members but also open to the other members of the Tagakaolo community in the area but with an interest of 5% to be paid within the same period. Some 55 non-members have already availed.

The group encourages all its members to expand. In fact, the group is on their second release to members who have completed their first loan.

Dili dapat magsalig ra sa mga cash incentives. Dapat ubanan pud og pagpaningkamot (We should not just rely on cash incentives but we must also work hard),” one of the members said.

All members are Pantawid Pamilya grantees. To date, a total of 484 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the town have been accessed to various livelihood opportunities as well as trainings for employment.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program seeks to help lift households out of poverty by helping them develop micro-enterprises. (DSWD)


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Kauyagan for Talaingod Manobos

Talaingod, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) – Located 89 kilometers north of Davao City, the municipality of Talaingod boasts of rich natural resources that abound its 6,000 hectares of forest suitable for rubber, pineapple, rice, abaca, and corn farming.

But the living conditions of the Manobos in the municipality are a stark contrast to its rich natural resources.

Some people who are living in the remote areas here are deprived of their basic needs as services are generally poblacion-based.

To get to where these services are, the Manobos have to walk for two to three hours as transportation fare costs greater than the actual amount of money they have.


Kauyagan, a Manobo word which means kaayohan or welfare, is an association situated in Brgy. Sto. Niño, Talaingod, Davao del Norte composing of 27 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of the Indigenous Peoples community of the Manobos, all having the desire to uplift their socio-economic conditions and doing it collectively.

With the intervention of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the group was able to receive ₱270,000.00 as cash grant for its identified livelihood project of General Merchandise.

The association now boasts of its own general merchandise retailer located at the heart of the barangay where the members’ needs could be provided by their own products such as food, school supplies, clothes, toiletries, and many more.

This is not only open to the patronage of the members but also to other brothers and sisters in the Manobo community who live near the area so they would not have to spend huge amount of money for their transportation to the poblacion.

The beneficiaries’ primary needs are already accessible to them after the implementation of the project. This saves up the actual expense for transportation.

The Pantawid Pamilya cash grants intended for health, nutrition and education, are now used accordingly and the money they used for transportation before are now spent in buying other basic needs.

A beneficiary shared they would endure the two-hour walk so they can save up whatever money they have, for food.

This has been a sad reality to the Manobo beneficiaries in Talaingod, but the Kauyagan SLP Association General Merchandise became the answer to all their concerns.

This famous Filipino community attitude of bayanihan is apparent in the Kauyagan SLP Association as members yearn to improve their lives together.

From the actual building of the structure to the procurement of goods and up until now that they constantly meet to discuss certain issues and agreements for the benefit of the association, truly, progress knows no distance when everyone unites and hits the same goal. (DSWD)





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