Kalahi-CIDSS solar dryer up in Lupon

KALAHI-CIDSS SOLAR DRYER. The newly constructed Kalahi-CIDSS Solar Dryer with Storage Facility in Barangay Bagumbayan, Lupon Davao Oriental was inaugurated January 10. For the construction, DSWD granted Php 1,146,106.00 while the municipality provided a Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) of Php 251,540. The project turnover was led by Mayor Erlinda D. Lim, Barangay Captain Generoso M. Rañesis, and members of Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC).

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services 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 Varnell M. Dagansan)

Ata Manobo is DSWD community facilitator

Sto. Tomas, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) – Persistence begets triumph. Community faciltator Bobit O. Dalatag, 33, believes in this.

“From dawn to dusk, I witnessed my father day in day out tilling the land. That never-ending grind pushed me to persevere and now I am the person I never imagined I could become,” Bobit related.

Bobit graduated Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Liceo de Davao in Tagum City with flying colors. For over a year now he has served his community in Sto. Tomas as Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Community Facilitator under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP).

An Ata Manobo, Bobit is a single parent and was a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary before he got hired at DSWD.

He has nine siblings and both his parents are farmers.

Hard life

My family life was never easy. We lived in a very remote village sans neighbors and far from community structures. Government services could not even make it to our community.  My six siblings died of illness due to poverty, Bobit sadly recounted.

“I did not want to end up a farmer hence I decided and was determined to pursue schooling.”

“From grade school through high school, I endured hiking eight kilometers forth and back every day to attend my classes. This and all the sacrifices we have mustered in the family inspired me to continue my studies notwithstanding the imminent hardships.”


“I started college when I was already 26. I was very much unsure then if I could survive without any financial help from my parents.”

However, Bobit’s dream to survive the tertiary level started to become a reality through a scholarship from a national government organization. He received Php 5,000.00 every semester to augment his school needs.

When life in college was getting harder, Bobit knew he could not pull through if he could not make an extra income to cover for his additional school expenses.

“One day, I was informed that our school was looking for a part time janitor. I immediately applied so that my 18 units every semester will be paid off,” Bobit animatedly shared.

Realizing that his extra effort was not enough especially in his course, Bobit decided to work in a bar as a singer and guitarist which paid Php 300.00 for five hours.

“I was a janitor in the morning, student in the afternoon until evening, and acoustic singer and guitarist from late night until dawn,” Bobit proudly narrated.

“There were times when I almost gave up but I knew I will be just like everyone else in our community -tilling the land until the end of time just to survive. I badly wanted to finish college so that I could offer a better life to my family.”

Life goals

After graduation, Bobit decided to apply in DSWD with the goal of helping his fellow Ata Manobos, especially the children in his community. He wanted them to value education and to inspire them to pursue their own dreams.

Since then, Bobit has influenced many children in his area of responsibility. He also supports his relatives who are in school so that they would also succeed in their different endeavours.

MCCT-IP caters to families belonging to the Indigenous Peoples living in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

“I hope this MCCT-IP program will continue so that indigenous peoples in the Philippines would still have a chance to change and improve their lives through giving importance to education and health,” Bobit urged.

Poverty will always be, yet people who persist will always triumph.  Bobit lives by this by heart.

Pantawid Pamilya has been helping 233,864 families in Davao Region attain their dreams and gain better opportunities. The program is also assisting 29,884 IP beneficiaries thru MCCT-IP. (DSWD)





Pantawid for IPs

PANTAWID FOR IPs. Director Mercedita P. Jabagat [in yellow shirt] of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) leads the payout of cash-for-work under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP) in Barangay Catigan, Toril, Davao City. Over 300 families of the Bagobo Tagabawa tribe from the area have benefitted. To date, there are some 29,884 family-beneficiaries under MCCT-IP in Davao Region while 233,796 families are covered by the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD)

Grateful partner

GRATEFUL PARTNER. Pantawid Pamilya parent leader Lolita Tano of Matina Pangi, Davao City expresses gratefulness to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) for the remarkable improvement in her family’s social and economic life. In 2016, over 350,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable families and individuals in Davao Region have benefitted from various DSWD programs and projects including its services in four rehabilitation centers and institutions. Also in photo are Tano’s fellow members of SLP Associations. (DSWD)

11 towns get P176-M from Kalahi-CIDSS 2nd cycle

Marcelino, Davao Oriental (DSWD XI) – The second cycle implementation of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) officially begins with the municipal orientation in 11 implementing municipalities in Region XI which will receive Php 176,611,400.00 to fund prioritized community sub-projects.

These municipalities that started the program in 2015 are Baganga, Braulio E. Dujali, Lupon, Kiblawan, Jose Abad Santos, Malalag, Sta. Maria, Don Marcelino, Montevista, Sarangani, and San Isidro (Davao del Norte).

The orientation serves as a forum through which newly elected and appointed local officials, as well as representatives of other government and non-government organizations in the locality are provided overview and updates on Kalahi-CIDSS.

Kalahi-CIDSS 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.

“We are very inspired by what we have achieved during the first cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS as implemented in these 11 LGUs. Truly, the benefits of community-initiated programs empower localities more, and they gain a bigger stake in the future of these projects,” shared Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

Jerome Ruel Susuman, Human Resource Management Officer of Don Marcelino and former Sangguniang Bayan Councilor, expressed his utmost appreciation to the program.

“The Municipality of Don Marcelino is grateful to Kalahi-CIDSS for not only building infrastructures that will help our community, but also in empowering our communities here.  In pledging our commitment in the Manifesto of Support for the second cycle of implementation, I put my heart in every stroke of my signature. We will look forward to a more progressive Don Marcelino and for more communities to develop at a faster pace.”

In the first cycle of implementation in Don Marcelino, a total of 11 sub-projects such as flood control facility, road, multipurpose building, water system, solar home lighting, and hanging cable footbridge were implemented in 11 barangays with a total cash grant of Php 16,776,800.00.

For the second cycle, the municipality will have another grant allocation of Php 16,776,800.00 that will fund sub-projects that address the needs of the community.

Following the orientation, these 11 municipalities will proceed with Community Planning, Proposal Preparation, and Project Approval. The community will be assisted by Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team (ACT) in planning and proposal making, based on their identified community needs.

During the first cycle, these towns completed 110 Kalahi-CIDSS community sub-projects worth Php 173,980,750.00 in 110 barangays.

“More projects are well underway and more communities will continue to benefit from Kalahi-CIDSS. We are very optimistic about what 2017 will bring,” said Director Jabagat. (DSWD)


Children’s Joy gets 3rd level accreditation

ACCREDITATION. Area-Based Standards Network XI President and Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) Executive Director Rosemarie N. Dimagnaong [center] receives on Monday the Certificate of Accreditation from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat. CJFI-Davao has satisfactorily complied with the Third Level Standards in the implementation of residential-based programs and services for children and youth. DSWD Standards Bureau has affirmed that CJFI has satisfied the provision of Section 23 of Republic Act 4373, an Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines. CJFI is also licensed to operate in Region 3, Calabarzon, Region 7, Caraga and NCR. Also in photo is CJFI center head Marichel U. Eyog. (DSWD)

Over 800 Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers joined congress

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Over 800 community volunteers from 27 implementing municipalities participated in the recent Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers’ Congress at Grand Menseng Hotel.

Divided into five batches, the congress spanned from November through December.

Volunteers come from the municipalities of Kiblawan, Sta. Maria, Malalag (Davao Del Sur); Braulio E. Dujali, Kapalong, San Isidro, New Corella (Davao del Norte); Montevista, Compostela, Pantukan (Compostela Valley); Baganga, Lupon, Governor Generoso, San Isidro (Davao Oriental); and Jose Abad Santos, Don Marcelino, Saranggani (Davao Occidental).

The annual congress serves as an avenue of rich exchange of learnings and experiences of community volunteers that led to the successful program implementation of Community Driven Development (CDD).

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

“This Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers Congress, which pioneered here in Region XI, is essential because this is where our volunteers formally gather and learn from each other. They will be given the opportunity to pesent their inspiring stories and be recognized of their hard work and selfless dedication in implementing the program in their respective localities,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

Select volunteers provided testimonies and best practices such as how Kalahi-CIDSS strengthened women’s participation, the sustainability mechanisms they installed in the barangay, stories of massive volunteerism, and their struggles and triumphs in community mobilization.

We have installed a volunteers’ gallery to showcase their achievements and milestones in the municipalities, Director Jabagat shared.

Volunteers also pledged their support in sustaining program gains, she added.

Director Jabagat believes the congress series is a big help in eliciting community volunteers’ recommendations in crafting mechanisms to ensure CDD institutionalization, as it has become a substantial learning session on how these volunteers will carry on the lessons of CDD together with the Barangay Local Government Unit. (DSWD)


Pantawid families learn Cacao Grafting

CACAO GRAFTING. Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in barangays Matina Biao, Tacunan, Angalan and Ula in Davao City train in Cacao Grafting through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program in partnership with Lolamarge Plant Nursery. Each beneficiary family also received a grafting starter kit. To date, Pantawid Pamilya in Davao Region has assisted 234,556 families in 43 municipalities and 6 cities covering all 5 provinces. The program also has 29,884 IP beneficiaries in Davao Region under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP). (DSWD)