Archive | September, 2019

Barrier-free environment for PWDs in Mati City pushed

DAVAO CITY — The rights and welfare of Persons with Disability (PWDS) are being championed by the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA) in Region XI by conducting provincial accessibility audits for both public and private establishments.

Through RCDA’s campaign, the said committee seeks for proper implementation of Batas Pambansa No. 344 or the Accessibility Law which requires private and public buildings to recognize the right of access to PWDs by incorporating accessibility facilities in the design and construction of structures.

According to Ferdinand Rañosa of the Department of Public Works and Highways XI (DPWH), there are various establishments in Davao Oriental that have violations and improper implementation of design for their respective accessibility facilities.

“There are certain deficiencies when it comes to accessibility but can be easily rectified and we are recommending or suggesting improvements in making non-compliant establishments barrier-free,” Rañosa said.

Engineer Darlito Palermo of the National Anti-Poverty Commission said that the impact of the campaign can easily be felt amongst PWDs like him because, through a barrier-free environment, PWDs can have access to different opportunities.

“If we apply the accessibility law, I believe that it can open more opportunities to PWDs in the form of education since, as of now, only 10% of PWDs are educated,” Engineer Palermo mentioned.

Establishments who will not comply with the specifications of the RCDA will be given a notice of non-compliance during each quarterly audit of the DPWH through the district engineering officers.

“We will conduct quarterly audits on the non-compliant establishments and we will give them up to three notices of non-compliance and if an establishment has failed to comply on the fourth audit then a case will be filed against them by the RCDA,” Rañosa said.

The PWD Regional Focal Person of the Department of Social Welfare and Development XI (DSWD) Melecio Fernandez urged to promote cooperation amongst LGUs and government agencies in upholding the rights and welfare of PWDs through the accessibility law.

“I wish to call upon provincial engineers, city engineers, and the DPWH to actively promote and implement a friendly environment for PWDs to help them reintegrate with the mainstream society,” Fernandez said. (PIA XI)

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Sustainable water through community-driven development

Malalag, Davao del Sur (DSWD XI) – Bathing, washing and drinking were major chores for the townsfolk in Barangay Caputian here. Every day, residents had to walk and brave the long strenuous hike to the nearest reservoir located in the mountain to haul potable water for their families.

But now, access to clean, potable and safe water has come into fruition through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), which supported the community in the installation of a Level II water system.

The project provided a grant allocation worth Php2,689,784.00 with local counterpart contribution of Php127,626.00.

Residents have become more productive because they can now fetch water closer to their homes. This also lowers security risks, especially to women and girls, as they no longer have to collect water early morning and in the evening.


“Before Kalahi-CIDSS entered our barangay, our sub-projects here would not usually last because the community did not agree on the operation and maintenance aspect,’ shared Celedelia T. Liston, 39, Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer.

At the time the Kalahi-CIDSS project was drawn up, there was inadequate community participation for the construction of the new potable water system.

“When we initiated collecting money for the maintenance of the sub-project, some doubted our intention. They were wary that we will misuse the funds. I understood their doubts because of our previous experiences. These challenges motivated us to do better to gain the community’s trust,” Liston narrated.

She added, when Kalahi-CIDSS entered their barangay, they used their new knowledge and skills to avoid the problems they encountered before.    

Opportunities and new beginnings

After the turnover of the sub-project, community volunteers launched Caputian Water System Association (CAWASA). This was organized to support the operations and maintenance of the water system once Kalahi-CIDSS exits.

The association aims to ensure that the operations and maintenance of completed sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS are managed well so that they will last and can benefit generations in the future,” said Liliosa B. Caranas, CAWASA President.

Last October 2018, the community made their organization officially legal when they registered CAWASA with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).   

Through the association, they are now able to establish linkages with other stakeholders for resource mobilization and policy support. They can also be included at organizations and committees such as the Local Development Council.

“We learned the importance of transparency in Kalahi-CIDSS. Our responsibility doesn’t end once the sub-project is turned over to the barangay. We have the responsibility to take care of it. The process of the program also built trust among the residents here. People are also motivated to participate and take part in decision-making,” shared Lolita C. Gulay, CAWASA treasurer.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly involving in local governance, such as identifying their community needs, as well as taking part in implementing projects that will address these needs.

“We have always been proud of the strengthened collaboration with ordinary citizens gathered for the united purpose of maintaining the sub-project and making a significant change in the lives of the people,” stressed DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

She added that the community did not only gain a sub-project but also intangible accomplishments attributable to community volunteers who relentlessly advocate participation, transparency, accountability, and empowerment in the local development process.

The potable water system through Kalahi-CIDSS will benefit 467 families.

Through their operations and maintenance group CAWASA, it can be assured that the sub-project in Barangay Caputian will be maintained and will last so that more lives will benefit. (DSWD)

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IP community in DavNor town gets DSWD-PAMANA projects

SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte — The “lumad” families in Sitio Talos, San Jose Village, in Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte will now be able to learn and train themselves with various skills to have a head start for their livelihood after a tribal center was constructed to serve as a common place where delivery of government services will be conducted for better accessibility.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 11 through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) handed over a tribal center and a 100 linear-meter community access road to the community.

The ceremony was done during the community’s 14th “Hiluto ni Kalayag” celebration on Tuesday, September 17.

Spearheading the inauguration and handover ceremony were Sto. Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista, Datu Doming Tumaytay, Barangay Captain Eulogio A. Andoyo, Ireneo Landasan, Jack Pino, OPAAP Area Manager Oliver Binancilan, NCIP Provincial Office Emmanuel Cacal, and other municipal government officials.

In his speech, Evangelista said his administration vowed to support all the programs and developments especially for the indigenous peoples.

“Our lumad brothers and sisters should be given equal access to all our government services. This is in response to the marching order of President Duterte to provide equal opportunities to all,” he said.

Datu Doming Tumaytay, the town’s IP Mandatory Representative, thanked Evangelista for ushering a big change in their IP communities in Sitio Talos. He, for one, lauded the construction of the “School of Living Tradition” tribal center which aims to preserve the cultural tradition of the Ata-Manobo.

Dako kaayo kog pasalamat sa atong halandong Mayor Erning Evangelista sa iyang paghatag og mga proyekto diri sa Sitio Talos. Kami dugay na nagdahom na mahatagan og pasilidad na makatuon ang mga miyembro sa among tribu og mga pagtuon kabahin sa panginabuhin-an,” Tumaytay said in vernacular.

The tribal center and the 100 linear-meter community access road are projects under the Kalahi-CIDSS Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Community-Driven Development Program for Indigenous Peoples (IP–CDD).

The IP-CDD program aims to deliver basic social services to IP communities by supporting the implementation of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP) while operating an Indigenous Knowledge, Systems and Practices, as well as a locally defined programs that promote peace and development.

Mercedita Jabagat, RSW, DSWD Regional Director, said that the real challenge in this project is the preservation of the facility so that the next generation of Sitio Talos can still use the facility and also continue the living tradition of the Ata-Manobo.

For his part, Emmanuel A. Cacal, NCIP Provincial Officer was thankful for the continued implementation of projects as a result of the convergence of agencies from the local and national governments to improve the plight of the lumad.

Under the ADSDPP, the Municipality of Sto. Tomas aims to support and strengthen the partnership between the LGU and the Indigenous Political Structures to achieve a peaceful and progressive community.

Similarly funded projects are implemented in other IP communities affected or vulnerable to conflict such as Nabunturan, Mawab, Maco, Pantukan, Mabini, Maragusan, Talaingod, San Isidro, and Kapalong. The covered areas will conduct ADSDPP Review and Development Planning Forum for prioritization of sub-projects.

In Region 11, the total grant allocation for the IP-CDD implementation is Php 27,000,000.00 million. (PR-MIO Sto. Tomas)

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DSWD awards Huwarang Pamilya, Exemplary Child winners

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will award the regional and provincial winners of the 2019 Regional Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino and Search for Exemplary Child at Grand Regal Hotel on Friday, September 20, 2019.

The event will carry the theme “Pamilyang Pilipino, Taas Noo sa Buong Mundo” which acclaims the dignity, value and empowerment of the family-beneficiaries to stand against poverty. This also signifies the program’s respect and recognition to family-beneficiaries’ perseverance and progress towards the goals of improving their quality of life.

Moreover, the said activity will feature the inspiring stories of Huwaran families and children beneficiaries, highlighting the milestones of Pantawid Pamilya in its ten years of implementation.

“The search aims to recognize family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

The Carlos family of Barangay Malabog Paquibato District, Davao City regional winner of the Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino will participate in the national awarding ceremonies in Manila on September 29, 2019.

While Juhan Dave Tombo of Mati City, 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 in Manila.

The regional winner of Huwarang Pamilya will receive Php20,000.00 and a plaque while all provincial winner will receive Php10, 000.00 each plus a plaque.

The regional Exemplary Child will get Php15,000.00 and a plaque while provincial winners will each receive Php10, 000.00 and a plaque.

Launched in 2012, the search is open to all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries who have good standing in the community with no derogatory records and have not been convicted of any administrative, criminals, civil case or cases involving moral turpitude in the last five years, and a family with 100% compliance in all Pantawid Pamilya conditionalities.

Model Pantawid families and children beneficiaries 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 247,450 families in the entire region through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD) 

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Listahanan 3 to target 834k households in R-XI

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) — The third phase of Listahanan (Listahanan 3) formally known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction will be targeting 834,729 households in Davao Region (Region XI).

Elvie Bahinting regional coordinator of Listahanan 3 said they have hired 1,905 personnel to cover the whole region, of which 1,159 are enumerators. Among these enumerators hired are indigenous people who will be able to reach far-flung communities in the region.

“We have 49 areas, regionwide, we will cover all provinces and municipalities in the region,” Bahinting said.

She said they are in close coordination with the local government units particularly the barangays to cover all poor households which were not covered in the previous Listahanan assessments.

The Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

With Listahanan, issues of leakage (of non-poor being included) and deprivation (poor being excluded as beneficiaries) of social services will be addressed.

Bahinting said they are targeting 17,647 households in Compostela Valley, 191,659 households in Davao Del Norte, 113,584 households in Davao del Sur including Davao City, 72,067 for Davao Occidental, and 119,212 households for Davao Oriental.

Listahanan-3 is expected to start by October this year.  (PIA XI)

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DSWD educational assistance covers in crisis situation, indigent students

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarifies that it extends educational assistance only to eligible indigent students through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

This clarification came following various posts circulating on Facebook that the Department is extending P3,500 educational assistance to college students. 

The educational assistance is given every year to indigent college working students as well as those studying in vocational/technical schools, state colleges, and universities.  Students belonging to families who are experiencing crisis or difficult situation due to the displacement of their parents from employment or death of a family member, and those whose parents are overseas Filipino workers (OFW) but have been repatriated or deported are also eligible for the assistance.

 The schedule for submission of documents and processing of requests for the assistance varies in every DSWD Field Office around the country. The Department advises qualified students to check with the DSWD Field Office nearest them or to visit their social media accounts for the schedule.

At the Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, the submission of documents was on September 14 where the students were given their schedule for interview which will start on September 18 onwards. Their assistance will also be released on the day of their interview. The amount of assistance is determined according to the assessment of the social worker based on the guidelines on the implementation of AICS.

Qualified students can proceed to the Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) of any DSWD office nearest them during office hours and bring the following: valid identification card of the client to be interviewed, Enrollment Assessment Form or Certificate of Enrollment or Registration, validated school ID of the student-beneficiary, and Statement of Account for College Students. The social worker may also require the client to submit a Barangay Certificate of Residency or Certificate of Indigency.

The Department assures to conduct a fair and speedy assessment of the documents so that the educational assistance will be received by the students who are in need. -30-

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DSWD assists families affected by flashfloods

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) delivered and distributed family food packs and non-food items last Friday and Saturday to families affected by the August 28 flashflood incidents. 

Per DSWD Disaster Report, some 3650 families were already assisted in Los Amigos and Talomo areas following a rapid assessment on Thursday. DSWD continues its distribution in Bangkal, Matina Pangi and Catalunan Pequeño areas Monday and Tuesday to over 3000 affected families. 

Starting August 29, staffs of DSWD disaster response division were deployed in all flood affected barangays to assist in validation and assessment of affected families and to continuously coordinate with CSSDO for other needed social services. In this recent disaster, a total of 31,004 individuals were affected.

In any disaster operation, DSWD provides augmentation support in the relief operations of local government units.  Each DSWD regional office all over the country prepositions some 30,000 family food packs and maintains a quick response standby fund of Php 3 million at any given time. (DSWD)

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