Php 100,000 awarded to centenarians

CENTENARIAN GIFT. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director Mercedita P. Jabagat leads the turnover of the Php 100,000 cash gift to centenarians in Davao City on Wednesday. Centenarians will receive a P100,000 “centenarian gift” among other incentives, as well as recognition from the government for reaching 100 years under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016.

Under R.A. 10868, all Filipinos who reach 100 years, otherwise known as centenarians, will also receive a Letter of Felicitation from the President whether he or she is in the Philippines or not. In addition, centenarians will also receive a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive from their respective cities or municipal governments, to be decided by their local government unit. (DSWD)

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DSWD initiates gab to tackle construction of classrooms for lumad

Talaingod, Davao del Norte (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently held a Consultation-Dialogue with tribal leaders here for the Construction of Classrooms for Lumad (CCL) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Held at the Municipal Tribal Office in Barangay Sto. Nino, the consultation- dialogue was attended by tribal leaders, representatives from Department of Education (DepEd), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Local Government Unit (LGU), and DSWD-Kalahi-CIDSS.

Earlier, a Tribal Resolution submitted by the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives (IPMR) included a grievance to put on hold the implementation of CCL because the identified areas already have existing classrooms.

“This consultation-dialogue aims to settle the grievance and come up with resolution and agreements before the classroom sub-project will be implemented in communities,” said Nick Elvi D. Digol, Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager.

He also stressed that the essence of Kalahi-CIDSS is to motivate the community to help put the building blocks together according to their own needs. These needs were identified and assessed through a community consultation.

The IPMR presented the existing schools in Talaingod. Some of the classrooms are makeshift which are made of light materials and built through the effort of some parents and stakeholders who really pushed to put up learning facilities for their children.

In Kalahi-CIDSS process, LGUs take the lead in coordinating and supporting the conduct of village planning processes thus, promoting achievement of Kalahi-CIDSS requirement of at least 80% of a barangay’s households attend meetings wherein proposed sub-projects are discussed.

“Adlaw-adlaw mi nga nagapangandoy nga ang mga bata maka-eskwela ug matagaan og maayong edukasyon. Ang paninguha lang namo, unta kita nga naa sa Talaingod, isip mga leader, mag respetohanay ug magtahuranay sa atong mga katungdanan ug mahimong responsable pagpangulo sa matag komunidad. Kung walay respetohay, nagpakita nga walay kalinaw sa atong pagpuyo (It is our dream for our children to obtain good education. As leaders, let us strive to honor our roles and be responsible leaders in our respective village. Without respect, there will be no peace in our life),” urged Kaylo Bontolan, 39 year-old Salupongan spokesperson.

Through the classroom sub-project, the goal is to grant lumad beneficiaries 37 classrooms in 17 sitios all over the region, with an estimated amount of Php 29,061,909.00.

“The CCL implementation will follow the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach of Kalahi-CIDSS, as the IPs will be mobilized to be more participative. With the Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo of DSWD and other supporting agencies, we will not only hone their capacities in taking part in building the project but more importantly, provide them opportunities for education that promotes value in their identity and culture,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat

She further said the project will be a collective action or Sama-Samang pagkilos Nang May Malasakit between the community and partner government agencies. Hence, the IPs are involved in construction, monitoring and maintenance of school buildings, making them equally accountable to the project.

Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is a community-driven development program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects.  (DSWD)


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DSWD Bansalan beneficiaries finish Security Servicing

SECURITY SERVICING. 54 beneficiaries of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) graduate during the Security Servicing NC I Commencement Exercise in Bansalan, Davao del Sur last April 26. The skills training was conducted through the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD in partnership with Digos Security Training Institute. (DSWD)

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DSWD Maco beneficiaries start own ‘carenderia’

26 Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) beneficiaries in Brgy. Binuangan, Maco, Compostela Valley opened their Bamboo Kitchenet [sic] Eatery, Catering, and Services on April 18. The community project was funded by the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD. The beneficiaries organized into SLP Association of Maco following various capacity build up sessions with DSWD project development officers. (DSWD)



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More DSWD beneficiaries accessed with sustainable livelihood, life skills

Davao City (DSWD XI) -The Kapalong IP Women and USWAG C-SATS SLP associations of Kapalong, Davao del Norte recently received Php 500,000.00 and Php 400,000.00 micro-enterprise livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The capital assistance fund will benefit 90 beneficiaries who will embark in Rice Retailing and General Merchandise.

Another five Sustainable Livelihood Program associations in San Isidro, Davao Oriental were granted capital assistance fund and will embark in Rice Retailing, Chicken Production, Goat Raising and Production, and Amakan Making.

Meanwhile, 42 beneficiaries of Barangay Tulogan, Padada, Davao del Sur participated in the Technical Vocational Training in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) under the DSWD-SLP in partnership with Cor Jesu College of Digos City.

For the first quarter of 2017, the livelihood unit of DSWD Davao Region has provided seed capital funds to 1,379 program beneficiaries and skills training to 11,657, making them productive and economically active members of the community. (DSWD)




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Concrete road for Suawon, New Corella

The 100 Linear-Meter Road with Single Barrel Box Culvert project in Barangay Suawon, New Corella was completed through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Around 520 households will stand to benefit. For this LGU-led implementation, DSWD granted Php 1,404,426.00 while the Municipal and the Barangay Local Government units provided a local counterpart contribution (LCC) of Php 250, 796.00.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a Community-Driven Development (CDD) program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects. (DSWD)

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More than just moving up

MACO, Compostela Valley  -THE heat was scorching, even those who do not fear the sun will scramble for cover. There was barely any breeze, and the little breeze there was blocked by a school building on the right.

There was but tarpaulin stretched on bamboo poles as cover for the students, parents, teachers, and guests attending the Second Graduation and Moving Up Rites last April 10, 2017 at the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao Inc. (CTCSMI) at barangay Lapu-lapu in Maco, Compostela Valley.

The night before, school administrator Sophia Perez-Garduce and the parents started coming in.

A couple whose son was moving up to senior high did not make it to the 9 p.m. curfew where the school locks its gates and so opted to just sleep in the open. The school only realized that upon the reopening of the gates in the morning.

Among the guests who were squinting through the heat were Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, ACT Party List Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro, and former Gabriela Party-list Representative Luz Ilagan.

The guest list shows the school’s origins and desire to provide the highest possible education to the often marginalized lumads.

Also with them were Maco Mayor Alvera Veronica Rimando, DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat, singer/composer Maan Chua who rendered two songs for the children, Davao artist Kublai Millan, who committed to help perk up the campus for the students, and barangay captain Edgardo Barriga Sr.

Ilagan only has high praises for the students and the school itself for being able to hold its second graduation and moving up ceremonies.

“This time we see that despite all odds, despite the difficulties they encountered, makapa-graduate na sila (they will graduate). So it is a model, pwede naman (they can) mag-succeed. And it’s a reminder to government: this is where you failed to provide services,” she said.

Ilagan said that it is government responsibility to provide education, but since time immemorial, the Indigenous People’s population has been the least served especially in terms of education. Initiatives by the communities themselves and some partners among the militant groups have been accused as communist fronts and administrators, faculty, and students are always threatened.

“During the last years of my term in Congress I joined all dialogues, yung campaign natin sa (our campaign in) Save Our Schools, we would go to Deped (Department of Education), we would go saan-saan, maghangyo, pabayaan na ninyo ang mga lumad, nag-initiative na nga eh, pinabayaan natin in terms of services, ngayon nag-effort sila, sisirain pa natin, hindi yun tama (anywhere, plead to people to leave the lumads alone, they are already initiating, but we left them in terms of services. Now they are making an effort and we are ruining it. It’s not right),” she said of these threats against lumad schools.

But with this moving up and graduation ceremonies by the most comprehensive ever lumad school in Mindanao, Ilagan said, “It is a reminder to government especially that here we have a sector, indigenous people, who have long been clamoring for services coming from government, especially education — very crucial, and for the longest time they have not received these services. Here is an activity that shows despite all the difficulties naka-succeed, they are still able to push through.”

Taguiwalo, meanwhile, said there are social welfare programs that stand to benefit the lumads, especially with the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte to the DSWD to ensure that the lumads are served especially those who at the time Duterte took over as President were living in dire conditions at the Haran House in Davao City because of militarization in their communities.

“Meron kaming Kalahi-Cidss na ang community ang naga suggest kung anong project ang kailangang-kailangan (We have Kalahi-Cidss which suggests what projects have to be done),” Taguiwalo said.

Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (Kalahi-Cidss) is a community-driven development project under which communities and Local Government Units (LGUs) are trained to choose, design and implement sub-projects that address their most pressing need.

But specific for the school and the community, she said, they can assist in looking into the potable water problem there, a situation that was raised by the barangay captain during the program.

“Meron namang scholarships ang mga bata through 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program), meron tayong modified conditional cash transfer para sa mga katutubo (The children have scholarship from 4Ps and we have modified cash transfer for the indigents),” she added.

CTCSMI or better known as the Lumad School in Mindanao is made up of around 70 percent lumad student population coming from ten tribes from all over Mindanao. It opened last June 2015 with only 37 elementary, 77 high school, and 184 college students. Now they have 223 in preschool to grade 10, 42 in senior high, and 182 in college.

Sitting on a 2.5 hectare campus, the school has one facility that is very important to lumad schools — a dormitory.

Students are provided not just with board and lodging, the college students also have bus services.

CTCSMI itself does not have college classes and faculty, rather, it is in a partnership with the Liceo de Davao Tagum College, where the college students taking up education courses are actually attending classes, brought there from the CTCSMI campus every school day on their buses.

Only 179 are studying there as three opted to take up engineering courses, thus, CTCSMI is sending them to St. Mary’s Academy of Tagum.

In one of the classrooms is an exhibit of the children’s art works, which include hand-made toy trucks painted with familiar words like, “Not for hire”, “No Smoking”, and “Flammable” (sic), pieces of their realities manifested in their works.

Several containers decorated with epoxy carvings are for sale, to raise funds for the school as initiative by the industrial arts teacher, Perez-Garduce said.

Donations and scholarships dominate the operations of this school as it is an initiative by those who have long struggled to provide education for IPs but are oftentimes thwarted by accusations of being communists.

Even within campus, it is a small community effort. Students have responsibilities beyond just attending their classes and passing their subjects. Wake-up time starts at dawn where the students have to fix their sleeping quarters, clean the facilities, and cook, depending on their assignments.

The school maintains an organic farm, the produce of which are either sold or prepared as food for the scholars. These are also tended to by the scholars and the school faculty. All these work, however, is much less than from where the children came from, some of whom were once child laborers in banana plantations and mining, and many of whom can only help their parents tend their plots of land but not go to school. The school has donors but is also tasked to raise their own funds to provide for the children.

What was quaint in the program was that the students tasked to deliver their speeches, both elementary and high school, only had words of thanks, no other.

There were no declarations of lofty dreams nor stories of how they were brought up by their parents, not even worn-out quotations from heroes or statesmen, just, thank you, a lot of thank yous. That by itself speaks a lot about what this school is all about and who it serves, and how the students feel as they step up closer to their dreams. (by Stella A. Estremera, Sun Star Davao Editor)


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Multi purpose pavement completed in Bolila, Malita

MULTI PURPOSE PAVEMENT. [from left] Municipal Area Coordinator for Kalahi-CIDSS Jean S. Bautista, Barangay Captain Noli S. Uy, Barangay Sub-project Management Committee Chairman (BSPMC) Danilo O. Palaruan and Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator Francis B. Pineda cut the ceremonial ribbon during the blessing and inauguration of Kalahi-CIDSS Php 793,480.00 Two Units Multi-Purpose Pavement in Sitio Kilongag, Barangay Bolila, Malita, Davao Occidental. The newly inaugurated sub-project will benefit 217 households in the barangay.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, one of the core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is a community-driven development (CDD) program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects. (DSWD/ Photos by Francis B. Pineda) 

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