Davao City’s Carlos Family is Reg’l Huwarang Pamilya

MALABOG, Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Carlos family here is a dignified member of the Bagobo-Tagabawa Tribe hailing from the outlying Sitio Balugo, Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District.

The family was recently named 2019 Regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya. This search recognizes family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and create a positive impact in the community where they reside.

The family will be recognized on September 2019 during the National Awarding of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in celebration of the National Family Week.

Reneboy and Regine were wed in 2010.  They met in a religious community gathering. The family story didn’t start out easy. Reneboy only finished elementary school, while Regine graduated from a computer programming course. Regine was offered with several career opportunities but she chose to start a loving family with Reneboy.

 “When my wife was pregnant of our first child, I swore to her and to myself that I will work twice as hard and do everything to give them a comfortable life –a life that is different from the one I have known and grew up in. I don’t want my children to experience the same struggles that I went through,”Reneboy recalled

Struggles

Reneboy comes from a big family with seven children. He was was born in 1987 at the height of a war between conflicting forces in their sitio. This war went on for a long time, distressing the lives of innocent civilians in the community, including Reneboy and his family. At some point, his family had to live in months within the forests of Paquibato to steer clear of the armed rebels and their cruel war.

“All that we had for our meals was root crop. Most children would spend their days playing in the fields but I spent mine hiding in the woods. I remember my mother would cover my mouth whenever I cry so the rebels won’t be alerted,” Reneboy recollected that dark period in their lives.

Their struggles did not end there. When the war was over, Pangayaw happened in 1989. Pangayaw is a cultural practice or self-governance of the tribes to extract justice or vendetta for killings committed in the community. After years of conflict, their livelihood had been greatly affected. His family had to till lands that belong to others, depriving them a fair share of profit from the harvest.

“I also knew I had to help my father in the farm. I was only 13, skinny and malnourished, and I remember walking seven kilometers to Malabog proper while carrying 30 kilograms of corn that we needed to sell just to have food on our table. That was also the reason that I decided not to pursue higher education after finishing elementary school,” Reneboy recounted.

The couple are blessed with two beautiful daughters. Regine had to become a housewife to care for their children. Reneboy’s opportunities were limited due to his educational attainment, thus he committed himself to find different means to sustain his growing family. 

Reneboy engaged in multi-crop farming, driving motorcycle to several routes and even offered pakyawan transport services to teachers and other government employees assigned within the area.          

Lessons and gains

When the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP) was introduced in 2014, their family was included as one of the eligible beneficiaries. This brought a great positive change to their lives, not only providing them with financial aid but countless opportunities as well.

Reneboy was elected as Pantawid Parent Leader in the Balugo Chapter. With this new task, he was able to develop his leadership skills and self-esteem. Regine also serve as secretary of the Women’s Organization and Rural Improvement Club in their area.

“It is very humbling and at the same time uplifting that people believe in my capacity to lead and serve them despite my low educational attainment. DSWD provided us opportunities like attending a number of trainings, seminars and other capacity enhancement activities,”Reneboy shared.

The Carlos family is also known for its generosity and willingness to help those in need. Reneboy and Regine have been offering free assistance and free transportation services to expectant mothers within the community who are in labor and even accompany them to the nearest birthing facility. A great number of people in their area have also received help from the pair. The two is open to serve their fellowmen as long and as much as they can without expecting anything in return.

With the tested competence and honest work, the family gained respect from many groups in the community and established a good reputation. The principal of Balugo Elementary School has come to know Reneboy and his great contribution to the community. He offered him a stable job as school watchman.

“It was such a great blessing because I haven’t had a stable job since 2017. This new opportunity didn’t stop me from serving the community. For a couple of years, I served as Vice President of Parent-Teachers Association of Balugo Integrated School. I was also involved with many groups, including becoming chair of the Malamboon Agriculture Association and being President of the Balugo Solar Association,”Reneboy proudly shared.

Reneboy and his wife are filled with pride knowing that their eldest child is thriving well in school and is a consistent honor student. The family was able to send their two daughters to school with the help of the financial aid from MCCT-IP.

“I am currently enrolled in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) that was offered in our area, I took it without any second thoughts. My daughter inspired me to continue my education. This is something I have dreamt of all these years but never had the chance to really enroll, Reneboy said.

Inspired

To date, Reneboy is still working as watchman in Balugo Integrated School and serves as a Parent Leader of the MCCT-IP program. He performs all of these noble roles diligently while pursuing his studies at the same time. Most importantly, Reneboy never fails in his duty as a loving father and husband. Regine also continues her work in safeguarding the rights and needs of the women in their community through their Women’s Organization. She also participates in seeking ways to promote rural development in their community.

“We are striving for the family, for the people who believe in me, and I am also doing this for myself because God knows that for the longest time, it is only now that I have realized my worth and I have also come to know how much I can gain and I can give,” Reneboy said.

The life story of the Carlos family is a proof that it is not the past that will define one’s future. The family used its trials as ladders to greater heights. Reneboy has made his struggles an inspiration to work harder and Regine chose a difficult yet the most noble career of motherhood to provide adequate love and care for her family.

“We thank God mostly for casting us all those hard times that molded our souls into strong ones and in teaching us generosity and compassion,” Regine said.

The Carlos family is one of the 254,843 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Davao Region.  (DSWD)

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RSCC obtains 3rd Level Accreditation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) was recently awarded Level 3 Accreditation by DSWD Central Office, having satisfactorily complied with the 3rd Level Standards in the implementation of Residential-Based Programs and Services for Children, in compliance with the provision of Section 23, Republic Act 4373, “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for Other Purposes”. The accreditation is valid for five (5) years unless suspended or revoked before its expiration. (DSWD)

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CIU is 100% compliant

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) led by Gemma D. Dela Cruz [left], is cited for its outstanding delivery of service and 100% compliance to the Management Audit Recommendations on Protective Services Program – Expanded Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation. The Certificate of Commendation is awarded here by DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

The DSWD crisis unit provides integrated services to individuals and families who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged, in crisis or in any difficult situation. Other eligible for the assistance are transients, repatriates, deportees, abandoned, student-in-crisis, former rebels, and families of personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who were either killed-in-action or wounded-in-action (KIA/WIA). (DSWD)

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SMFI Medical Mission targets Pantawid families

MEDICAL MISSION. Some 1,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) join SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) in its one-day medical mission dubbed “Gamot Para Sa Kapwa” held on July 12 at SM Lanang Premier basement parking area. The medical and dental mission was organized as part of SMFI’s corporate social responsibility efforts. This initiative is in partnership with national government agencies such as Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Red Cross, Davao City Government, DSWD and some private sectors targeting poor families. The mission covered medical consultation; X-ray; laboratory tests such as ECG, glucose, uric, cholesterol, and hemoglobin; as well as free dental consultation. (DSWD)

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Social pension payout kicks off in DavSur

SOCIAL PENSION PAYOUT IN DAVSUR. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) workers conduct door-to-door payout of social pension to bedbound and PWD beneficiaries in Bansalan, Sta. Cruz, Hagonoy and Digos City. “Walking miles under the intense heat was a pay off as we were welcomed by the older persons with their genuine smiling faces and their outpouring of gratitude,” said Rey Sombilon, Social Welfare Officer of DSWD. To date, DSWD Davao Region has 254,526 potential social pensioners. The monthly stipend of P500 which took effect in January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens. (DSWD)

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Infra dev’t crucial to 4Ps

DAVAO CITY – Infrastructure development is a crucial component of social protection intervention particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Luzviminda C. Ilagan shared this findings during the recently held Mindanao-Visayas Feedback Forum on the United Nations Commission on Status of Women held at the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU).

She referred this as one of the concerns that emerged in the session among women who attended the Bangkok Conference on Women, that was relayed during the March conference of the UN Conference on the Status of Women (UNCSW63) in New York.

Kasi lumabas sa sharing (It came out during the sharing) of other countries that no matter how good the social protection is, if we do not have the infrastructure to support the program, to support the providers of the benefits, ma-failure din siya (it would still be a failure),” she said.

Citing as specific instance the 4Ps beneficiaries who, she noted, would not be able to line up during cash-out schedules if there would be no good roads and transportation means to take them to town centers where 4Ps cash grants are usually handed out by DSWD with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

She also cited instances where presence of Land Bank and other support agencies are needed in isolated far-flung areas.  In these cases, she noted that roads and bridges are crucial to the status of accessibility to the area where 4Ps beneficiaries converge expecting their cash grants.

“Social protection with the policy intentions, goals in place, should be assisted also by infrastructure; Dapat matutukan para ma-access (there has to be focus on this to access) and it is not only access but also accessibility,” she told participants to the feedback conference done to keep the women in the Visayas and Mindanao abreast of the issues and concerns raised, and commitments made by the Philippine delegation to the New York UN Conference on the Status of Women.

Ilagan was also concerned about DSWD service providers sent to far-flung and isolated areas who have to ride on a single motor called “habal-habal”.  Aside from facing possibilities of road accidents, they also are prone to threats of getting waylaid and robbed, she said.

In her presentation to the plenary on Social Protection during the New York UN CSW63, she described 4Ps as the flagship social protection intervention in the Philippines which “provides short-term income support to the poor and breaks the cycle of inter-generational poverty through investments in health and education.”

Though not totally directed at women, 87% of the 4.2 million 4Ps grantees are women who are seen to substantially benefit from efforts to promote women empowerment and gender equality through the 4Ps Family Development Session, Ilagan noted.

“The program’s spread to critical mass of women has a big potential for it to become a platform to reduce incidence of violence against women; present mechanisms to check the existence of gender-based violence within households,” she said in her talk during the UN CSW63.  (PIA XI)

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Carmen social pensioners: Happy, thankful

CARMEN, Davao Del Norte – Nearly 2000 social pensioners here expressed happiness and gratefulness following the recent release of their social pension by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Held at the municipal gymnasium last June 28, the payout was led by Protective Services Division chief of DSWD, Ma. Elena S. Labrador.

67 years old Ernesto B. Javier Sr. of Purok 2A, Barangay Ising said, “Dako gyud ni nga tabang. Makapalit nako sa akong gusto. Salamat kaayo (This is a big help. I can now buy what I want. Thank you so much).” A former construction worker, Javier is skilled in electrical, plumbing, masonry and piling. He said he will buy rice and pay his electric bill too.

Ika unom na ni nako nga pagdawat sa social pension. Malipayon mi nga midawat niini. Dako among pasalamat sa mihatag niini (This is my 6th time to receive my social pension. We are happy to get this and we are very grateful),” said Sofronio T. Camacho, 72, of Purok 1, Barangay Salvacion. Camacho has six children who are also tending their own families. He shared about his aching knees, making it difficult for him to move around. From his social pension, he would get milk, medicines, food, viand and rice.

Elenita C. Gavino, 69, eagerly shared that after buying milk, rice and viand, she will use the remaining amount for the education needs of her grandchild. “Magpalit pud ko og medisina para sa akong sakit sa kasingkasing. Lipay gyud mi nga nia na ang hinabang (I will also buy medicines for my heart problem. We feel really joyful that the assistance has arrived).” A resident of Purok 8, Barangay Tuganay, Gavino has five children but she lives with her grandchild. To support their daily food consumption, she grows vegetables, pepper, lemon grass, camote, banana and more.

For Everisto T. Aliviado, 76 years old, “Gamiton nako ni para sa panud-an, bugas ug medisina. Salamat sa paghatag niini (I will use this money to buy my viand, rice and medicines. Thank you for extending this).” From Barangay Ising, Aliviado used to live on fishing until his right leg was afflicted with bone cancer. He started wearing an artificial leg in 1976.

Salamat sa tanan. Maayo unta madugangan ang pension (Thank you everyone. I hope our pension will be increased),” Editha J. Mahumot, 69 eagerly exclaimed. Mahumot lives in Barangay Ising. She said she will purchase rice, medicines, vegetables and viand.

“We completed the payout at one in the afternoon. We commend the beneficiaries, the local government unit and the local social welfare and development office for their support in making the payout orderly, peaceful and smooth. We are hoping for a similar experience in our succeeding payouts in other towns,” said Arris P. Medrano, DSWD head of social pension unit.

“In claiming the pension, personal appearance is required with valid Identification Card and a photocopy of the ID. For those physically unable or bedridden, we need to go to their homes and personally hand in their pension,” Medrano said.

DSWD has been conducting the social pension payout throughout the region Tuesday through Friday beginning last week of June. (DSWD)

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Davao Region has 254,526 potential social pensioners in 2019

DAVAO City (DSWD XI) – “We are happy to announce that this year we have more than 200 thousand targeted beneficiaries under the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program,” said Arris P. Medrano, head of Social Pension Unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region.

“This figure is way higher than the previous years. In 2016, we posted 85,532 social pensioners, we had 136,067 in 2017 and last year, we covered a total of 254,526, same as this year,” Medrano said.

“Those who have been included in the payroll were subjected to eligibility assessment and validation, for us to ensure that only qualified senior citizens will benefit,” Medrano added.

DSWD XI hopes to complete the social pension payout of PHP 6000 per beneficiary not later than third quarter this year.

To date, there are 3.4 million potential beneficiaries of social pension throughout the country.

The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program or RA 9995 addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable older persons as well as boosts the full implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The monthly stipend of P500 which took effect in January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.

Potential recipients are senior citizens (60 years old and above) who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) or from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Mutual Benefit Assn.; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from family or relatives.

The list of potential social pensioners is based on the results of the DSWD Listahanan national assessment and per endorsement of local government units (LGUs).

Qualified senior citizens who are not included in the DSWD Listahanan data or were not endorsed by their LGUs may go to the nearest DSWD Office and request for a home visit for the conduct of eligibility assessment or on-demand application. 

Under the program, DSWD shall coordinate with LGUs through the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO) and conduct orientation, advocacy activities and meetings with the LGU Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP), and barangay senior citizen associations. (DSWD)

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