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Pantawid exemplary child is proud Bagobo

Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur (DSWD XI) – A member of the Bagobo tribe is this year’s Pantawid Pamilya exemplary child regional winner. Justin Faith Sioco, 14, hails from Sitio Baruring, Sibulan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Justin is good in dancing, singing and acting and she learned to develop these skills at a very young age. Her talents helped boost her self-confidence and emboldened her to dream big.

Although it is normal for young ones to aspire and fulfill their passions, for the less fortunate and less privileged children like Justin, dreaming remains a luxury in limbo which seems so hard to attain.

Dreaming big

Justin belongs to a large and poor family. Her father Freddie, is a motorcycle driver while her mother Betty, tends to their home. She has three older brothers and three older sisters. With plenty of children to feed from such a meagre income, the family oftentimes struggles to meet their daily sustenance. Because of extreme poverty, Justin reached a point where she decided on quitting school.

Despite all the hardships, Justin knew she is capable of achieving great accomplishments. She is determined to finish school in order to succeed in life and support her family. However, being part of an indigenous tribe, she often encounters discrimination from others. People would tell her that her dreams are too big for her. Nonetheless, she never allows these criticisms to intimidate her. She gains strength and confidence from her family who have never stopped believing in her and is always willing to go the extra mile to support her in achieving her dreams.

Answered prayer

Being a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is more than just an answer to their prayers. In fact, the program has become a stepping stone to her path to achieving her dreams. Augmenting their measly income, the program significantly helped improve their life.

Knowing her interest in pursuing education, Justin’s family spends part of the monthly Pantawid subsidy on her school needs. Now, she can easily join the talent competitions she wishes to, since her other pressing needs are already responded to by the program.

Giving her best

“As my way of gratitude and gift to my parents, I will study hard. Rain or shine, albeit muddy roads or pangs of hunger, I will diligently go to school,” Justin promised.

As a student, Justin does everything with excellence. She does not only do good but instead she always aims to be the best in her class. She finished her grade school as class valedictorian. She also dedicates her extra time tutoring young children in her community. Apart from her academic achievements, she continues to bring pride to her school by winning in inter-school contests.

Finishing her studies and prevailing in competitions extremely matter to her because they do not only confirm her capabilities as an individual but most importantly, they are her best testimonials of the grandeur of her Bagobo tribe and they help as well raise the bar higher for her tribe.

“We won’t let anyone ridicule our tribe and we won’t let anyone ruin our dreams,” Justin stressed.

It is her advocacy to end discrimination and bullying of indigenous peoples especially for school children. She also wants to instill in her people that embracing one’s roots and origin is not a hindrance in pursuing one’s dreams.

She believes in the capability of indigenous peoples to contribute positively even in this modern society. With the continued support of Pantawid Pamilya, Justin is more determined and optimistic to achieve her goal.

“I believe that the challenges that come to your life are there to make you strong and successful. I always bear in mind that grades don’t define intelligence but attitude does.”

God and family

More than anything else, Justin is doing it all for her family. No matter how far she may have come, she never forgets to be a good daughter to her parents and as a person with good values, dignity and solid faith in God.

All the achievements she attained and future successes she may accomplish, Justin wants to share these with the people that truly saw her light even in darkness, the people who believed in her when everyone else doubted –her loving family.

Most of all, she celebrates and gives back her gifts and blessings to the Lord who always inspires her.

Justin is always grateful for government initiatives such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program that helps children with big dreams like her become a model of hard work and perseverance.

Justin Faith’s family is one the 227,720 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Region XI. (DSWD)


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Salas family: Epitome of strong faith, resilience 

San Isidro, Davao Del Norte – “It doesn’t matter how small you are as long as you work hard and have faith, you can reach great heights,shared Jemie and Maribeth Salas, regional winner of Huwarang Pamilya annual search of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Residing in a simple home in Purok 6 San Nicolas, Barangay Kipalili, Municipality of San Isidro, Davao del Norte, is the Salas family. Albeit leading a humble life as farmers with their share of adversities, the Salas family is greatly regarded by their community as model of diligence, resilience and success.

“In our early years of marriage, we already met troubles mainly brought by financial poverty. My husband Jemie was criticized by my relatives because of his measly status in life and low level of educational attainment.  Jemie felt hopeless but I never failed to lift up his spirit. I often told him, “Nakaya nako pagbuhi ang akong mga manghud kaniadto, karon pa kaha nga duha ta magtambayayong para sa atong pamilya. Basta hugot lang ang atong pagsalig sa Ginoo ug pag-ampo kini masulbad ra ang tanan (I was able to sustain the needs of my sisters before. Now, the two of us can do much more to support our family. As long as our faith in God is strong, we will overcome),” Maribeth recounted.

Since then, the two have worked hand-in-hand and remained together more strongly, with God as their inspiration.

Staying firm

The couple makes a living as coconut sap harvesters (mananggiti). Jemie wakes up early in the morning and climbs 25 coconut trees every day to be able to produce at least 12 gallons of coconut wine (tuba).

Maribeth delivers the gallons of coconut wine via one and a half kilometer-hike to Sitio Kipalili.  She makes two delivery trips everyday -six gallons in the morning and another six in the afternoon.  On the average, their estimated income is Php 8,000.00 per month.

Another source of income is farming.  Jemie helps cultivate the agricultural land on behalf of his uncle but only earns Php 7,500 from the cacao harvest annually. Although it is already considered productive, it still does not suffice especially after their family has grown with the addition of three children.

The Salas family have been blessed with three daughters -Jemarie, 22; Jebeth, 21; and Jemalyn, 11 years old.

Sige mi i-bully sauna sa eskwelahan tungod sa paglukdo og tuba kauban si Mama pero gibalewala lang namo tanan pam-bubully kay kabalo mi nga kining trabahoa ang makatabang nga mahuman mi sa among pag eskwela (We were constantly bullied before at school because we carry the tuba gallon on our head to help our mother but we ignored the bullying for we knew this endeavor would help us finish our studies),” shared eldest daughter Jemarie.

What they lacked in money as a family, they covered it up with love, good values and proper education. Jemie and Maribeth strongly believed that education is the only real treasure they can pass on to their children.  It may be a difficult goal to reach, but they were willing to invest in their children’s future.  They also believed they are lucky to have helpful and understanding children. But as their children grew up, so did their needs -another challenge that Jemie and Maribeth must face.

Enters Pantawid Pamilya

One of the greatest blessings they received was their inclusion in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2010. According to them, the program is a big help especially in supplementing their basic needs. More importantly, their fund for the education of their daughters was augmented.

Their eldest daughter, Jemarie was able to finish her degree in Education Major in Mathematics with the help of the program.

Presently, their second daughter Jebeth is also a grantee of Expanded Students’ Grant-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) and is determined to succeed in her educational pursuits through the education subsidy of the program.

Even before becoming a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, the family has lived life more positively and contributed more in the improvement of their community.  All family members have established a deep relationship with God and have continued to engage in church activities. Maribeth is a Pantawid Pamilya parent leader and a catechist volunteer of District 8, GKK San Nicolas, Barangay Kipalili.

Moreover, Jemarie and Jebeth actively participate as members of the Diocese Youth Association (DYA). Also, the youngest, Jemalyn is active in the Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) in their Purok.

Giving Back

The family gives back to the community through civic volunteerism. Both Jemie and Maribeth actively volunteer in the Brigada Eskwela community service at Kipalili Elementary School. Jemie was also conferred a recognition for providing outstanding support to Kipalili Day Care Center in fighting the war against illiteracy. Jemarie also pays forward by financing the education of a son of a parent leader in their community.

The hospitality and generosity of the Salas family had been most significant in the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo in 2012. The family willingly opened its home as a safe haven for the affected families in their community who were seeking refuge. The family also offered free use of its motorcycle unit in case of emergencies. Their hands were ever ready to extend help in the best way they can to anyone who needed support, without asking for anything in return.

The family also gives importance to environmental and physical wellness. Family members have developed their backyard into a healthy vegetable garden patch which has helped them sustain their daily nutritional needs, ensuring that proper nourishment is not compromised especially for their children. They also gather recycled materials like plastics and have crafted garden tools out of it.

For Jemie, one of the greatest treasures they can impart to everyone is their inspiring story of weathering the plights of poverty through sheer resilience, faith and determination to obtain a better life.

As Jemie ponders on, the moment he marched with Jemarie during her college graduation day, he had never been more proud to be a mananggiti  -a trade badge he wears with pride.

The Salas story is a good example of family resourcefulness and wisdom in putting into good use all the blessings that have been provided unto each member.  But above all, they made sure to grow as a family with God’s grace and with love for one another.

The Salas family is one of the 256,761 Pantawid Pamilya households in Davao Region. (DSWD)


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Boats of the people

Sarangani, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) -In the southernmost tip of Davao Region lie two remote islands of Balut and Sarangani. These islands are located 13 kilometers from mainland Mindanao and are separated by the Sarangani strait. Most of the people here rely on fishing as their main livelihood. However, not all of them have their own bancas, or the small boats used for small-scale fishing.

Last May 17, 125 non-motorized fishing boats and fishing accessories were turned over to five barangays of the municipality of Sarangani which were distributed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

One of the recipient fisher folks was Mr. Inocencio Dawang who, despite his disability, still strives to provide for his family through fishing.

Kaniadto nga wala pako’y bangka, dili lang ang halin ang tungaon namo sa tag-iya, apil na pud akong mga nakuha nga isda, amo pud nga tungaon (I had to divide with the owner of the boat not only the income I earn from peddling my catch but my whole catch itself, as rent),” he said.

For small-scale fishers in the area, not owning a boat was an everyday dilemma.

Karon nga naa nako’y sarili nako nga bangka, dili nako maguol sa konsumo sa akong pamilya. Kay akoa na tanan halin ug tanan nakong makuha nga isda (Now that I own one, I no longer worry about what I bring home to the family. The income and the catch are all mine).”

The boats given by the Department was a huge relief to the fisher folks in the area. Their income can now be utilized in whole by their families.

Pasalamat kaayo mi’g dako sa gobyerno nga aduna’y ing-ani nga programa nga andam mutabang kanamong mga naningkamot sa kinabuhi ug pareha nako nga bakol (We are very thankful to the government that programs like this exists that is willing to help us people in need and to people like me with disability).”

Kuya Inocencio lives with his wife and three children at Brgy. Camalig, Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental. His testimony is one of the many stories of growth brought about by the efforts of the government in uplifting its people’s present socio-economic conditions.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to provide access to resources that will improve the productivity of the participants’ already existing livelihood. It is open to every Filipino family especially the poor, marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. (DSWD)


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DSWD releases P63-M feeding funds to Davao City

Davao City (DSWD XI) – A total of Php 63,150,600.00 was recently turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to Davao City government for the 8th cycle implementation of Supplementary Feeding Program which targets to benefit 34,963 preschoolers in 695 child development centers (CDC).

“Our Supplementary Feeding Program has been implemented with the City Government of Davao for a number of years now and since then we have already served some 82,738 enrollees,” Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said.

Director Jabagat said the amount is 56.14% higher than the previous downloads as this now includes funds for the procurement of rice and due to increase in number of beneficiaries. We appreciate the city’s improved implementation schedule and timely liquidation of transferred funds, Director Jabagat said.

According to Senior Dietary Nutritionist of DSWD Helena M. Calatrava, the 91.50% rehabilitation mark for severe and underweight is remarkably higher compared to previous years. This can be attributed best to the reduction of feeding gaps of beneficiary-preschoolers, Calatrava said.

Director Jabagat said the feeding program was backed by the City Social Services and Development Office – Supplementary Feeding Program Team, City Government Financial Division, Parent Committees, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Barangay Health Workers, and other barangay officials. (DSWD)



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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region XI is set to conduct the Pantawid Pamilya Film Festival 2018 which hopes to showcase the impact of the program. This is an advocacy activity which also aims to support young film enthusiasts and professionals to demonstrate their talent in short film making.

The contest is open to all amateur and professional videographers with the theme “KATUMANAN”. Film makers will compete in producing short films featuring results and impact of the program and the effort of the beneficiaries to improve their lives and how they continuously persevere to bridge their way out of poverty.   


  • Deadline of submission of participation forms is October 10, 2018.
  • An orientation on DSWD programs will be conducted on October 15, 2018.
  • Video running time is 3-5 minutes.
  • Deadline of submission of entries is November 15, 2018.

For details, contact:
0930-846-3532 or 227-1964 loc. 435

To download the mechanics and participation form, kindly CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

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Cash For Work payout in San Isidro, DavOr

CASH FOR WORK. Cash For Work  Payout to participants of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation program. Community participants conducted tree planting, communal gardening, canal declogging, mangrove planting, road clearing, riverside clearing, coastal cleanup and canal excavation. The Cash For Work program is one of the interventions of DSWD to help affected families cope with the effects of climate change. Family heads may work for ten days and will receive a daily wage of Php 255.00. Held recently in San Isidro, Davao Oriental, the payout was supported by Mayor Justina MB. Yu, local social welfare and development office, DSWD municipal action team, and senior citizen-volunteers. (DSWD XI)

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UCT registration in Digos City held

Registration of families from Poblacion barangays of Digos City for the implementation of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program. The Wednesday event was attended by Mayor Joseph R. Peňas and City Social Welfare and Development Office department head Fe Navidad. (DSWD)

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Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers trained in leadership

Davao City – Over 200 community volunteers from 11 Kalahi-CIDSS implementing municipalities participated in the recent Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Leadership Training for Community Volunteers.

Divided into four (4) batches, the training spanned from August to September.

Volunteers come from Braulio E. Dujali, Baganga, Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Kiblawan, Lupon, Malalag, Montevista, San Isidro of Davao del Norte, Sta. Maria, and Saranggani.

The two-day training aims to enable community volunteers recognize their leadership strengths and weaknesses, explain key leadership concepts and functions, and enumerate crucial skills necessary for an effective leader to guide his followers.

Discussed during the training were Self-Disclosure and Personal Effectiveness, Leadership and Its Basic Concepts, Important Skills of an Effective Leader, and the Importance of Advocating Community Driven Development (CDD) as Local Leaders.

Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities are now on its 3rd cycle of implementation. Local leaders in the community are geared towards advancing Community Driven Development to help push for the institutionalization of the program.

“Our goal is to make our community volunteers as advocates of the program and have them endorse CDD as an effective development strategy. As we hope to present irrefutable, evidence based-gains like CDD adoption, ordinances, and impact of Community Driven-Development (CDD) as basis for approval of the successor program,” stressed DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

Advancing community driven development

During the workshop, they were given the chance to come up with actions plans and mechanisms on how to incorporate the CDD process in their barangays.

“The leadership training is pivotal because it will hone not only the leadership skills of our community volunteers, but also to come up with strategies on how to advocate Community Driven Development (CDD).  Moreover, it is important to mobilize them to create initiatives, bank experiences of their activities and projects that adopt the CDD process,” said Nick Elvi D. Digol, Deputy Regional Program Manager for Kalahi-CIDSS.

To date, there are 17, 269 trained community volunteers of Kalahi-CIDSS in Davao Region; 45.75% of these are male while 54.25% are female.

“Ang Kalahi-CIDSS wala lamang kini nag hatag og mga proyekto nga makatabang sa atong mga problema, gitagaan pud kita og higayon nga makaapil sa mga trainings aron matabangan ang lokal nga panggamhanan pag dumala sa kalambuan. Ang programa nitabang nga mapalig-on ang atong relasyon diha sa komunidad alang sa kalampusan sa mga proyekto nga atong gihaguan, mga proyektong ato ra gidamgo sa una (Kalahi-CIDSS did not only provide projects to help us solve our problems, we were also given a chance to attend trainings to enable us help our barangay in managing development. The program helped strengthen our relationships in the barangay towards the success of our hard-earned projects which were merely dreams before),” said Nestor L. Cabatic, 59, Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chair from Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental.

On its 3rd cycle of implementation, the 11 municipalities will have a total grant allocation of Php 173, 980,750.00.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the CDD approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly partaking in local governance in identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that will address these needs. (DSWD)



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