DSWD FO 1 disaster relief services continue

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1, through the support of its volunteers, conducts round the clock repacking and distribution of family food packs (FFPs) to monsoon rain affected victims in the region. Since 21 July 2018, a total of PhP13,849,087.00 food and non-food items have been handed to affected individuals and families in all provinces of Region I.

One DSWD FFP consists of 6 kilos of rice, 6 sachets of coffee, 4 cans of sardines, and 4 cans of corned beef which are either packed in a box (from DSWD National Response and Logistics Management Service or NRLMS) or a plastic bag with printed DSWD (from DSWD Field Office). Likewise, one sleeping kit consists of a blanket, plastic mat, mosquito net, and malong-like wrap around tube cloth while one family/hygiene kit consists of a bath towel, undergarments, shorts, sandos, shirts, and slippers.

Bayanihan. Community volunteers assist in the distribution of FFPs at Dagupan City and help in the repacking of FFPs at DSWD Satellite Warehouse in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan.

“The process of requesting (family food packs) is very fast. Our budget cannot give the support it needs to cater almost 100,000 people in the municipality. What you (DSWD) have given us is very helpful. It assures us na lahat ng tao na apektado ay mabibigyan ng relief, tulong, at suporta (It assures us that all affected are given relief goods, help and support),” said Mayor Joseph Arman Bauzon of Calasiao, Pangasinan who also assisted in the distribution of family food packs. The said municipality, along with San Carlos City and Dagupan City, is still flooded that residents even use kuligligs to haul their FFPs.

Disaster Response Management Division Chief Maricel S. Caleja reiterated that selling and buying for consumption or resale of the Department’s FFPs and other relief supplies that are intended for distribution to disaster victims are prohibited as stated under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. Ms. Caleja also assures the recipients that all FFPs are all new and safe for human consumption, and that family/hygiene and sleeping kits are procured brand new. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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SWDL-Net, City of San Fernando, DSWD intensify advocacy on solo parents’ welfare

The solo parents select their officers

The City Social Welfare and Development Office of San Fernando, La Union in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field I (DSWD FO I) conducted an Orientation on Republic Act No. 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Act of 2000 to solo parents of Barangay Sevilla. Parental leave, flexible work schedule, medical and educational assistance, and campaign against work discrimination were among the points of discussion during the orientation.

Intensifying the advocacy on solo parents’ empowerment, the said activity is the pilot project of the Social Welfare and Development Learning Network (SWDL-Net) Field Office I in the city. SWDL-Net is a linkage of organizations, agencies, schools and individuals spearheaded by DSWD who provide and conduct training and related capacity building programs on social welfare and development, primarily on poverty alleviation and social protection in the country.

The different social services and programs of the Department were also discussed during the activity to guide the participants to access assistance per assessment and validation during the profiling.

Solo but not alone. The DSWD staff guide the solo parents during the profiling activity.

The group later elected their officers and organized themselves as Brgy. Sevilla, SCF Solo Parents Association, the first Solo Parent Association of the city in the barangay level. “Madami palang pribilehiyo ang pagiging Solo Parent. Sisikapin naming pamunuan ng maayos ang aming asosasyon para maging inspirasyon sa ibang solo parents (We have learned that being a solo parent has a lot of priviledges. We aim to govern our association well that we shall become an inspiration to other solo parents)”, said the Association President Carlota G. Dela Cruz.  (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Farmers in Burgos, Ilocos Sur are NC III holders

Aiming for a more bountiful harvest, 30 Pantawid Pamilya farmers from Burgos, Ilocos Sur successfully completed the 20-day Skills Training on Agricultural Crop Production National Certificate (NC) III.


SLP program participants show their Certificates of Completion and starter kits during their graduation ceremony on 30 April 2018.

The said intervention which amounted to PhP307,900.00 is an initiative of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I in partnership with the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (ISPSC) Santa Maria Campus through a fund transfer to the latter.


Nabayagak a mannalonen ngem ado pay laeng iti baro a nasursurok ditoy training maipanggep ti panagtalon. Dakkel ti yamanmi ta dakkel a tulong daytoy iti pagsapulan (I have been a farmer for a long time now but I was still able to learn new things on farming through this training. We are grateful because this will improve our livelihood),” shared Francisca Ronquillo, one of the SLP participants, when asked on her insights about her training on tractor operation and advanced crop production techniques and practices. Since most of the participants are farm tenants and part-time farmers, they were awarded with starter kits so they can continue with backyard vegetable farming.


Last year, DSWD and ISPSC signed a memorandum of agreement allowing the former to transfer  PhP2,683,387.00 to the latter for the implementation of skills trainings on food processing, cookery, dressmaking, agricultural crop production, automotive, broiler production, and electronic product assembly servicing to be conducted this year which will cater 212 qualified SLP program participants in Ilocos Sur.


The Department also transferred funds and partnered with the Department of Agriculture, PhilRice-Batac City, Philippine Carabao Center-Mariano Marcos State University, and University of Northern Philippines for this year’s implementation of various skills trainings for hundreds of qualified SLP participants in Ilocos Sur. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur fisherfolks gain additional income through DSWD-SLP

Members of the Nalvoracay Pantawid Business Club proudly offer their daily harvest of sea urchins.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I (DSWD FO I) has reached Brgy. Nalvo, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, one of the biggest sea urchin suppliers in Ilocos Region, through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

With traditional technology and experience on sea urchin aquaculture and the availability of natural resources in the community, 15 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of the Nalvoracay Pantawid Business Club sought intervention from
SLP to improve their livelihood and increase their produce. They underwent a 5-day Skills Training on Sea Urchin Production in November 2017 and received cages and sea urchin fingerlings as starter kits.

As soon as they started operating, the group assigned rotating schedules for task management among members to distribute responsibilities such as feeding and harvesting since they also have other livelihood activities to attend to. The group can harvest an average of 7 kilos of urchins per day which is sold at PhP120.00 per kilo. They sell their harvest at the local market, other times the buyers personally go to their project site to buy.

Jane Tradio, one of the members, said that her share from the group’s income helps in her family’s needs. She is a fish vendor who also offers home service physical therapy. “Agsisinnublatkami met nga agpakan kada agala iso nga makasideline nak pay iti sabali. Barbareng no umado pay ti cage mi ta dumakkel pay ti kitaenmi. (Each day, a o1member is in-charge of the association’s business so others can do sidelines. We aim for more cages for higher income),” she said. Showing expertise in diving and fishing with that of the male members, Jane dives in the water with her snorkeling gear to harvest the sea urchins with her bare hands.

Together with the other members of the Association, the Nalvoracay Pantawid Business Club will receive  PhP400,000.00 Seed Capital Fund from SLP which will be utilized to expand their chosen enterprises on goat raising, fish vending, sari-sari store manangement, broiler production, and sea urchin culture. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Gas up life with vigor

From a typical Professional Forecourt Attendant or more commonly known as a “gasoline boy”, Jason Tadeja, 24, from Brgy. Lussoc, Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur was able to level up as a gasoline station supervisor after 15 months of being employed in his first work designation.

Jason Tadeja on duty

Jason’s family is a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I (DSWD FO I). Trying to make ends meet, his parents were able to send him to school and graduate with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminology. However, due to the high expenses needed to get a license, he decided to pursue another career that would help his family earn a living right after graduation. He was included as one of the recipients of the the Pre-employment Assistance Fund (PEAF) of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD in July 2016 receiving Php3,550.00 which was utilized to secure employment requirements as a gasoline boy. He was referred by a Field Project Development Officer of the Department to one of the gasoline stations in the area and was immediately hired as a gasoline boy in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur until October 2017.

Because of his good working attitude, he was promoted as a Supervisor in October 2017 and was assigned at San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur. “Uray 4Ps ket kaya met umasenso basta kayat mo ken agubra ka a nalaing (Even 4Ps beneficiaires can succeed in life as long as we aim and work hard for it),” he said during an interview. “Dakkel met ti tulong ti PEAF ta nakatrabahoak ken gimminhawa met ti panagbiag. Tatta, ngimmato met ti self-confidence ko (PEAF is a great help in securing my present job. Life’s easier now, I also gained self-confidence),” he added. 

Jason was among the 77 PEAF beneficiaries in Ilocos Sur in 2016. All of them are gainfully employed in different work sectors in the province. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Anda, Pangasinan bags national award

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) acknowledges and commends the efforts of individuals, groups, and partner associations who have continuously supported the programs and services of the agency through the “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PaNata Ko sa Bayan)” Awards.

One of the PaNata Ko sa Bayan Awards is the Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan (GaPaS) Award for Model Local Government Unit Implementing Outstanding Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Microenterprise Development Model which was brought home by the Local Government Unit of Anda, Pangasinan. Mayor Aldrin C. Cerdan, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Jowey C. Celzo of Anda, and Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo received the commendation during the DSWD’s 67th Anniversary Celebration on 08 March 2018 at DSWD Central Office.


DSWD Field Office I (FO I) and the Local Government of Anda, Pangasinan have been working hand in hand in the effective implementation of microenterprise projects. One of these is the organization of ‘Kabaraybayan’ Livelihood Assistance Program (KLAP), a National Bangon Kabuhayan Nominee in 2015.

The Local Government of Anda is always alloting Php180,000.00 for livelihood programs under their Annual Investment Program (AIP). This is usually utilized for livelihood assistances as recommended by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).

The full support of LGU Anda and DSWD FO I,  the cohesive partnership within the organized groups, and sustainability of KLAP led to the organization of the KLAP Cooperative which is now catering to at least 500 members.  From their organization, various key players  poured in partnership and technical/resource augmentation from equipment to grants of loan and grants for community projects including various skills trainings.

For Macandocandong Kalipi KLAP SKA who has a mini mart, a Php10,000.00 from the LGU  was utilized in buying the lot where the mini grocery was erected and Php15,000.00 was utilized as an additional capital. The Provincial Government also gave Php200,000.00 worth of building, Php20,000.00 as an additional capital, and construction materials for the Mini Mart extension. The Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities (ERPAT) group in Dulawan, which is also a KLAP, received cash assistance worth Php5,000.00 for 2016 and 2017 for their tahong livelihood project.

Other government agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry also partners with LGU Anda for livelihood project interventions. In 2017, DTI Anda conducted a skills training on food processing to interested micro-entrepreneurs in the municipality.

In 2015, LGU Anda put up a Tourism Center at the heart of the town where associations can display and sell their products in one area.

As part of the continuous effort of the Local Government of Anda to lessen poverty incidence in the Municipality, it partnered in 2010 with Panangaro Foundation, a non-government organization to come up with a micro-financing facility called Self-Help Group (SHeG) to help poor women acquire financial loans with a lower interest compared to those offered by private lending institutions. Seeing the good economic impact of the concept, it opened its membership to poor men allowing ERPAT group in the municipality to do savings and acquire loans as well. SHeG was then later named as SHG.  In 2012, the LGU has integrated SHeG with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. Associations supported by the SLP of the Department, like the KLAP and Macandocandong Kalipi SKA to name a few, also seek financial loans in SHG for additional capital and emergency needs. SHG members are also being prioritized for Anda Cash For Work (CFW).

From 2015 to 2017, a total of 403 program participants, both Pantawid and non-Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, underwent skills trainings on various business ventures through SLP to strengthen the business capabilities of the program participants. A continuous monitoring of the associations’ progress is done by the DSWD’s Field Monitoring Project Development Officer and the MSWDO in Anda. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Fisherfolks in Sinait, Ilocos Sur receive DSWD-SLP livelihood assistance

Bayanihan spirit. Members of the Siglat Mangngalap Dada Norte SLPA work together in building their fish cages under the scorching heat of the sun.

“Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” literally applies to the 28 members of Siglat Mangngalap Dada Norte Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) and eight (8) members of Dur-as Dada Sur SLPA in Sinait, Ilocos Sur as they underwent a Skills Training on Fish Culture on 5-9 March 2018 to enhance their skills on fish farming. The two SLPAs also received fishing nets, ropes, and fingerlings as livelihood starter kits from the University of Northern Philippines-Research and Extension Office through a fund transfer from the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I which amounted to Php229,500.00 (including training cost).

The Siglat Mangngalap Dada Norte SLPA members who can’t afford to buy a boat used to fish by riding on a ‘rakit’, a flat buoyant structure of bamboos fastened together, which hinders them to go to the deeper part of the sea to catch a more bountiful harvest. With the provision of fish cages constructed just about 50 meters from the shore, it is expected that these fisher folks will be able to generate higher income from the cultured fishes. On the other hand, the barangay folks let the Dur-as Dada Sur SLPA build their fish cages in the barangay-owned fish tank for free.

Rolly Respicio, SLPA President, said that they are optimistic of the success of their project because of the efficiency of the training they had and the continuous monitoring of the DSWD Field Staff in the area who provides technical assistance in coordination with partner stakeholders. Right after their first harvest which is expected in two months, they plan to open an SLPA savings account as part of their financial management. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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EGGtrepreneurship: Working towards sustainable livelihood

Eggs are fast-moving commodities sold in stores everyday. Because of its high demand, the Dan-ar Poultry Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) in Brgy. Dan-ar, Santiago, Ilocos Sur agreed to put up a small egg laying poultry facility in their barangay with the help of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I (DSWD FO I).

The Association composed of 23 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries underwent a Skills Training on Chicken Egg Layering on 28-29 December 2016 and received starter kits which include 300 egg-laying chickens, 150 cavans of feeds, and galvanized roof sheets for the poultry’s housing. Each of the members, on the other hand, contributed bamboo splits for the construction of the chicken cages.

Everyday, the poultry can produce 4-10 trays which are sold at Php140.00 to Php170.00 per tray depending on the size of the eggs. Miki (a local noodle in Ilocos) makers, school canteen manager, and store owners in the barangay serve as their daily buyers. Forty (40) percent of the Association’s profit ranging from Php5,000.00 to Php15,000.00 monthly is divided equally among the members while 60% of it goes to their savings. Some of their savings were used in the insta

Breaking poverty. The Dan-ar Poultry SLPA members show their harvest of fresh eggs.

llation of electricity in the poultry, acquisition of additional 100 egg laying chickens, and construction of a small kubo that serves as the station of the member in-charge in the poultry. The Association pays Php1,000.00 for the land rental annually.

Makatulong daytoy ta ti bingay ti tumunggal maysa ket nayon a balon dagiti annakmi nga agbasbasa (Our business helps our family because the share of each member usually goes to our children’s school allowance),” said Jocelyn Manzano, the SLPA President. Male members are carpenters and farmers while female members are housewives.

Each of the members is scheduled to be at the poultry 24 hours a day. “Mayat ti tinnunosmi nga agkakadwa iso a makitkitami a bareng dumakkel pay daytoy (We have good working relationship among ourselves that is why we foresee the expansion of our poultry),” said Jocelyn. The Association plans to purchase an electric pump that would ease the water system in their poultry. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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