COMPOSTELA, Compostela Valley -Volunteers of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) project in Compostela Valley have called on the government to intensify the implementation of the project as this has become an agent in bringing back the normal lives of the people affected by Typhoon Pablo.

Sa karon human sa ‘Pablo’ bisan pait apan naningkamot aron sa pagbarog. Hinay ang panginabuhi, nag-aginod apan dasig sa kaugalingon aron dili mawad-an sa paglaom. Sa amoang gamay’ng nataran nagtanom og gulayon aron alalay sa panud-an kada adlaw. Usahay usab maka income kay naay namalit niini. Tinabangan sa matag-usa (After ‘Pablo’, we are striving to rise again. Livelihood is difficult, but we motivate ourselves so as not to lose hope. In our front yard, we plant vegetables for our everyday consumption. Sometimes, we generate income when people buy our produce. We help each other here),” Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer Luz Marie M. Tayco said.

Tayco added Kalahi-CIDSS is one project that needs to be continued because of the benefits that it gives to poor communities.

[Ang Kalahi-CIDSS] wala’y laing katuyu-an kung dili ang kaayuhan sa komunidad alang sa kalambuan (Kalahi-CIDSS has no other aim but community development),” she said.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is the flagship community-driven development (CDD) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development along with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program. It is a poverty reduction project where decision-making resides in the community. Volunteers, through the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC), are taught to analyze their situation, identify their needs, manage their finances and procure materials for their prioritized sub-project.

Tayco said the project taught them the spirit of unity in facing challenges like ‘Pablo’.

Para mas mapalambo ang pagpatuman sa mga programa, pagtinabangay tali sa mga barangay officials ngadto sa mga katawhan nga sakop sa komunidad ang kinahanglan (We learned that barangay officials and residents must unite to successfully implement government projects),” she said.

Dapat naa ang diwa sa pagtinabangay sa mga volunteers ug sa mga lumilihok sa maong programa (Community volunteers and project implementers must also unite),” Maricel Presores, another Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer of Barangay San Miguel, added.

To date, Kalahi-CIDSS has completed 24 sub-projects in the municipality, while 16 more sub-projects are currently implemented under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) modality. DSWD

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DAVAO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region XI celebrates its 62nd Founding Anniversary on May 24 with the theme, DSWD @ 62: Sama-Samang Husay Tungo sa Tagumpay.

Highlighting the event are Thanksgiving Mass and Awards Ceremonies. “In recognizing the all-out support of our development partners, we shall be honouring them in this activity. Without their continuing support , we would not have undertaken our tasks successfully, ” said DSWD OIC Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon.

The DSWD XI “Panata Ko Sa Bayan Awardees” are Atty. Atty. Alro S. Paglinawan; Dr. Calixto S. Esparagosa; Dr. Phillip Lim, Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc.; Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur; Magsaysay Association of Person’s with Disabilities, Davao del Sur; Federation of Senior Citizens Association

Calinan District, Davao City; Sunstar Davao; GMA Network Davao; DXRP-Radyo ng Bayan; Municipality of Compostela; Ma. Fe Aliño of DXRP-Radyo ng Bayan; and San Antonio Mountaineer SEA-K Association, Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur.

Director Razon said the DSWD will also give due appreciation to its partners and supporters in the Tropical Storm Pablo Disaster Relief Operations like the Government of Malaysia, Republic of Indonesia, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), 10th Infantry Division of Philippine Army, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Regional Police Office XI and Davao City Police Office.

DSWD also pays tribute to its outstanding employees for calendar year 2012: Gemma Dela Cruz, Pedrita Dimakiling, Virgilia Supino, Ellen Nahial, Carolyn Isugan and Elmir Botardo.

Keynote speaker in the Awards Ceremonies is Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao of the Deparment of Labor and Employment.

37 DSWD workers who have served for 10, 15, 25, 30 and 35 years will also receive Loyalty citations from the department. DSWD

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CCT child grantee Arthur John.

COMPOSTELA, Compostela Valley  -Compostela town in Compostela Valley Province is one of the severely-hit towns in Davao Region when tropical storm Pablo hit the region last December 4. With over 200,000 families affected by the aftermath, Compostela, they say, will never be the same again. But, typical to Pinoys, what almost destroys us makes us stronger, wiser.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other government and non-government organizations came together and helped out in all relief efforts to give strength and hope to all affected families.

Compostela is a recipient of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the DSWD. It was prioritized as a program recipient in 2010 as part of the Set 3 area. Expansion areas were also identified in 2011 for the Set 4. Pantawid Pamilya provides cash grants to identified poor households in the country providing they comply with the sets of conditions asked of them.

Geraldine Condeza Chan, a 36-year old Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of Barangay Poblacion, Compostela, Compostela Valley has nothing but good words for the program. Geraldine and her husband, Arturo who works as a painter, strive hard to provide a better life to their five children. To them, Pantawid Pamilya is a faithful partner that helps them in achieving their dreams for their children.

Buot namong ipadayon ang mga programa sa gobyerno tungod kay dako kini og ikatabang kanamo. Ilabi na sa pag-eskwela sa among mga anak. Nakatabang usab sa pagpadayon sa pagsuporta sa among panlawas. Ako usab isip inahan dako ug natabang ang programa bahin sa pag pamatuto ug pagdala sa mga anak nga akoang nakutlo sa amoang Family Development Sessions (We would want the program to continue for it has helped especially in our children’s studies. The program also helped in supporting us in our health needs. I, as a mother, has learned a lot in taking care of our children from our Family Development Sessions),” shared Geraldine.

Her 15-year old son, Arthur John, offers all his academic achievements to the program. “Lami kaayo mo-eskwela kay kabalo mi nga anaa kanunay ang Pantawid Pamilya nga mo-suporta sa amoa. Buot nako nga ipadayon ang mga programa sa gobyerno aron mas daghan pa nga sama kanamo ang mahatagan og ayuda (We are inspired to go to school because we know Pantawid Pamilya will always be there to support us. We would like the program to continue to help more people).”

“Sa pagkakaron, lima ka bulan human ang bagyong Pablo, medyo arang-arang na ang amoang pamuyo. Dako kaayo nga tabang ang relief goods  gikan sa DSWD ug ang ilang mga counseling nga ginahimo (For now, five months after Typhoon Pablo, we are slowly walking on our feet again. DSWD has greatly helped especially in providing relief goods and counseling to affected families),” continued Geraldine.


In a similar manner, 63-year old Cresencia Soro of Barangay Osmeña, Compostela is indebted to the program. In her old age, she still manages to make both ends meet. “Ipadayon ang mga programa sa panggobyerno kay dako kaayo og ikatabang labi na karon nga tigulang nako ug wala na koy trabaho (The program should be continued because it has helped us especially now in my old age with no regular job).” She takes care of all her five grandchildren. With only her daughter, Maricris, to help her, Cresencia is grateful that government did not turn a blind eye and gave them Pantawid Pamilya.

Her grandson, 15-year old Aries John, is equally grateful to the program. “Dako kaayo og natabang ang Pantawid Pamilya sa amoa kay karon makafocus na si lola sa pagbantay sa amoa ug wala na kaayo mi galisod sa amoang pang-adlaw adlaw nga balon.  Dili na pud kaayo lisod inig abot sa tingbayad sa tuition kay naa na man ang Pantawid Pamilya(Pantawid Pamilya has helped us because grandma can now focus on taking care of us. We now have our everyday baon, unlike before. Also, we can now pay our school obligations because of the program).”

Pantawid Pamilya is helping over 193,000 household beneficiaries in Davao Region. The recipients receive a maximum of P 1,400 a month to cover for the children’s education and health needs. Pantawid Pamilya covers 6 cities and 44 municipalities in all four provinces in Region XI. DSWD

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MONKAYO, Compostela Valley – Recipients of livelihood programs here appealed to government workers to sustain implementation of existing programs and even expand these programs to benefit more. They believe the programs really help the poor households.

Gusto kong ipadayon ang programa aron usab magpadayon kami sa nasugdan namong panginabuhian ug unta madungagan ang among financial nga suporta gikan sa gobyerno (I want the programs to go on so we can engage in livelihood still and also we’re hoping for an increase in our financial assistance from the government),” clamored Juvy G. Pueblas, 33, of Barangay Baylo. Juvy has four children. Her husband works as labourer. Her family is a recipient of the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). Of her situation following ‘Pablo’, she said, “Kalooy sa Diyos nakabarog mi og hinay-hinay. Nanghurnal mi aron duna mi kapalit bugas (With God’s mercy, we have gradually recovered. We worked as weed cutters so we can buy rice).”

Cristina M. Ulgasan, 58, a housekeeper and whose husband is a farmer said she wants the programs to continue so that more people can avail. “Nindot nga ipadayon aron dugang makatabang sa mga tao ilabina kung moabot ang mga kalamidad sa maong lugar. Nag struggle mi aron makabangon pag-usab. Pero sa pagkakaron wala pa mi maayong panginabuhian tungod nadaot tanan ang among mga pananom. Nanginahanglan unta mi og financing para makabangon pag-usab. Nagbuhi ko’g baboy, manok ug nagtanom og mga lagutmon (It would be good to continue [the programs] to help people especially when disaster strikes. We are struggling to be able to rise up again. We are financially unstable as all our crops are gone. We need financing to move on. Now, I am rasing hogs, chicken and also cultivating root crops).” Cristina has three children and lives in Purok 8 Poblacion.

The DSWD Sustainable Livelihood is a capability building program that enhances and promotes self-sufficiency of poor Filipino families by developing their socio-economic skills with the help of local government units. This credit facility is interest-free and is payable in two years.

It consists of two tracks: [1] Resource-Based and Market-Driven Sustainable Microenterprise Development through Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran Program; and  [2]  Employable Individuals with Access to Locally-Available Jobs through Guaranteed Employment and Job Network Service.

Carmelita A. Capuyan, 49, of Barangay Poblacion said they need the programs to help the unemployed like her start a business. “Aron matagaan og dugang pagtagad ang mga unang panginahanglan namo, sama sa pagpahulam unta ug dugang capital nga walay enterest aron maka move on name sa among mga panginabuhian labi na sa pag human sa Bagyong Pablo. Kung mag 5 six dako kaayo ang interest (To respond to our basic needs, like access to a capital sans interest so we can move on especially after Typhoon Pablo. Interest is so high if we rely on ‘5-6’).”

A housekeeper Leanisa M. Jimenez from Purok 4, Barangay San Jose said programs of government are a big help to farmers like them. “Makatabang usab sa mga kababayen-an makatabang og panginabuhi sa bana. Kinahanglan usab maningkamot ang tanan aron molambo (The program also helps wives earn and be of help to their husband. Everyone must also work hard to improve their lives).”

Five months past ‘Pablo’,  Monkayo residents have started rebuilding their lives by planting coconut, corn, vegetables, fruits and other root crops. Along with their request to pursue government programs, residents as well call for cooperation of government leaders. “Kinahanglang magtinabangay ang matag pamunuan sa gobyerno aron dili maundang ang mga project nga gilunsad (Government leaders need to work together so that projects are sustained),” urged Cristina Ulgasan and 63-year old widow Nenita D. Orpina of Purok 8 Poblacion. DSWD


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Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers share how the project has helped them recover from the catastrophe brought about by ‘Pablo’.

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley — Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers have urged government to strengthen the implementation of the project so they can recover after suffering from Typhoon Pablo.

Cornelia A. Gayo, 46 and Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee bookkeeper of Barangay Banlag, said the project has become an important element for the progress of the community.

Gayo pointed out that Kalahi-CIDSS is necessary in extending assistance especially that most of the people in the municipality were heavily affected by Typhoon Pablo.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a community-driven development (CDD) project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects.

Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer Leobengildo Agcol Jr, 39, of Barangay Banlag said the project is necessary in the rehabilitation efforts.

Human sa nahitabong kalamidad mga lima na ka bulan ang nilabay, hinay-hinay nami og balik sa pagpananum sama sa ube, mais ug mga lagutmon. Apan dili pa kaayo hingpit nga nakarecober (Five months after the calamity, we are slowly going back to planting purple yams, corn and other root crops. But we have not fully recovered),” Agcol added.

Mao pa’y pagsugod sa among pagpananom (Only recently have we started planting again),” volunteer Milagros Gogo said, pointing out that farmers have also been calling for groups to allow them to borrow capital so they can start all over again.

Some of those in the barangays, she added, decided to join the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan, a program of SM Foundation, so they could be provided with seeds for their farms.

Kinahanglan pa og dugang suporta sa pagtuki sa mga yanong tao aron sila matabangan gyud sa tinud-anay nga panginahanglan (We still need additional support from the government in identifying the needs of the masses and in addressing them),” Pedro I. Bolonos, another Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer of Barangay Olaycon, said.

More assistance are needed by the residents, so stopping the Kalahi-CIDSS as government-initiated project is impractical, Balonos added.

Diri sa amoa karon, mga 50% ang nagasalig pa sa tabang sa gobyerno tungod kay wala pa kaharvest ang mga tao sa ilang mga tanom (50% of the people here in our barangay are still dependent on government aid because we have not yet harvested our crops),” Bolonos said.

The municipality of Monkayo is a recipient of the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA project. 18 of the 20 barangays have proposed core shelter assistance for the victims of ‘Pablo’. Other prioritized projects are potable water system and a school building. DSWD

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The almost-completed tribal hall.




TALAINGOD, Davao del Norte -For the people of Barangay Palma Gil, a tribal hall is a very important structure as this will become a venue for peace.

To be finished in May after its construction was started on March 8, the structure will serve as a venue to settle cases in a village with 44 sitios, which has about 7,000 residents.

It must be noted, too, that each of the smaller villages has at least one village leader or datu who will facilitate the settlement of cases that will be brought to their attention.

Marife Lugatiman, Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, said the village could not have chosen a better project.

Lugatiman said that her barangay has usually become a venue of not only plain disagreements but also conflicts that result in several deaths.

This happened when the datus fail to settle a case among the aggrieved parties. “Kung dili gyud ma-settle ang ilang problema mao nang mangayaw sila (If the problem could not be settled, then they would stage a pangayaw),” she said.

Kung magpangayaw na, wala sila’y gi-ila. Ma-bisaya man o lumad. Bisan kinsa, ma-bata man ka o babae basta masugatan, basta maatlan nga mao na nang adlaw ilang pangayaw, mopatay gyud na sila (They do not spare anybody, whether bisaya or lumad, children or women. As long as you cross their path on that specified date, they will kill you),” she said, pointing out that this is part of their culture.

To the initiated, “pangayaw” is a war of vengeance. The family of the aggrieved party hunts down the enemy and whoever gets along the way will not be spared too.

Recently, Romely Marie Dahonog, another Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, said there was supposed to be a “pangayaw,” but it was eventually settled.

She said that because of this, the village people saw the need for a tribal hall.

Dahonog said the construction of the hall will serve as venue for debates in settling cases. “Ning hangyo ang mga datu nga diri na lang kay wa man silay tigumanan (The datus requested for a tribal hall since they do not have a place where they could meet),” she said, pointing out that this will eventually help leaders prevent bloodshed during conflicts.

She recalled that in 1996, there were so many people who died when a family launched a “pangayaw”, using arrows laden with poison in running after their enemies.

The two volunteers were thankful that Kalahi-CIDSS as a DSWD-led project decided to listen to the call of the villagers.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a community-driven development (CDD) project of the Philippine Government that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects.

PAMANA or PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn is a KALAHI-CIDSS modality that aims to improve access of conflict-affected barangays (CABs) to quality basic social services and responsive, transparent and accountable local governments. DSWD


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