Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries compete for the Best Bio-Intensive Garden

To augment daily needs in food and nutrition, some Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries grow various vegetables through Bio-Intensive Gardening and they aim to topnotch this year’s Search for Model Bio-Intensive Garden (BIG).

Representing their respective parent groups of 20 or more, regional contenders proudly showcased their bountiful vegetable gardens in Brgy. Pila, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Brgy. Mabileg, Sigay, Ilocos Sur; Brgy. Oya-oy, Bacnotan, La Union; and Brgy. Salvacion, Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan to the validators composed of some Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Management Office staff, Agriculturist II Mr. Jake Bantioey from the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1, and Civil Society Organization Representative Bro. Tony Supremido.

Applying their learnings from their Family Development Session on BIG, these beneficiaries were able to successfully put up and sustain their communal vegetable garden which they are confident to bag the title.

Each communal garden measures 5×5 meters, maintained for at least three months with no commercial fertilizer applied and served as a source of additional income and nutritious food for their families.

BIG is one of the thrusts and priorities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development this year through the National Advisory Committee Resolution No. 38, series of 2016.

Search results will be announced during the regional awarding on 27 June 2017. Cash prizes are at stake. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Mark Theodore Mamuyac, Supply Side Assessment Focal)

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New Licensed Teachers are ESGP-PA grantees

Nine graduates of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) are now Licensed Teachers based on the result of the Licensure Examination for Teachers held March 2017.

From this number, three are from the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) in La Union, two each from the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Ilocos Norte and the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) in Ilocos Sur, and one each from the Ilocos Sur Polytechinic State College (ISPSC) and Pangasinan State University (PSU).

The passers are as follows: (Ilocos Norte) Jessa Mae Doctolero from Solsona and Cassandra Subaste from Laoag City; (Ilocos Sur) Jemeline Mandac from Vigan City,  Rojhan Rodillas from San Ildefonso, and Joy Ragunton from Narvacan; (La Union) Florida Maging from Santol and Abegail Hipol from the City of San Fernando; and (Pangasinan) Giovani Duran from Mabini.

The ESGP-PA aims to address poverty by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and let these graduates be employed in high-value added occupations to lift their families out of poverty at the same time contribute to national development.

ESGP-PA prioritizes deserving Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who excel academically as a support to pursue and finish education in preparation for a stable job in the future. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Arlem Kenneth R. Areola, ESGP-PA Focal)


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DSWD Field Offices to accredit Pre-Marriage Counsellors

USec. Templa delivers her inspirational message (left) to all the Luzon Cluster PMCs (right).

“Pag-aralan natin ang nilalaman ng ating puso na siyang magiging batayan sa ating pag-accredit. Iisa dapat ang ating kaisipan para tayo ay magkakasundo para sa maayos na accreditation. Naniniwala akong mas nagiging matibay pa ang bawat Pamilyang Pilipino sa likod ng mga kaguluhan sa paligid. Ang matibay na pundasyon ng isang pamilya ay nakasalalay sa pagsasamahan ng mag-asawa (Let us study what our heart is saying that will serve as basis for our conduct of accreditation. Our minds should be unified and meet at one point for a systematic accreditation. I believe that every Filipino family is getting stronger despite of conflicts around us. The strong foundation of a family depends on the relationship of the husband and wife,” said Undersecretary Mae Fe Templa to inspire all the Pre-Marriage Counsellors (PMCs) Accreditors from the Luzon Cluster of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

All the Luzon Cluster PMCs were oriented with the PMC Manual, Laws, Policies and Guidelines on Pre-Marriage and Accreditation Process for them to be properly guided in efficiently and effectively accrediting the PMCs in their respective regions or local level. The PMC Manual contains updated information about social and legal changes related to the institution of marriage and the family in Philippine society.

The PMC Manual shall be revised and developed as a vital tool in disseminating accurate and important information about marriage and relationships, human sexuality, maternal, child, and neonatal health, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, responsible parenthood and home management to engaged couples.

PMCs discuss married couples’ rights and obligations, and how to nurture the union and the family that they will build.

DSWD implements Executive Order No. 209 otherwise known as the Family Code of the Philippines and Administrative Order No. 14 series of 2009 that mandates the Accreditation of Marriage Counselors and requires marriage counselling prior to the issuance of marriage license and to promote the professional practice of marriage counsellors. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are trusted manpower says private company

Ferdinand and Rodalyn (top photos L-R) together with their co-beneficiaries employed at the Company (below)

“We are really impressed with the performance of all the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries we hire. So whenever we need workers here in our production farm, we always hire them and renew their contract after every six months,” Farm Supervisor Engr. Roland Cararang shared.

East West Seeds Company Incorporated in Dingras, Ilocos Norte has been hiring Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries as farm laborers and pollinators. Ferdinand Ramiro, 51, was one of the pioneer employees.  Due to his loyalty, the Company awarded his three children with scholarship.

Engr. Cararang said that they are expanding their Company in the municipalities of Marcos, Banna, and Solsona, Ilocos Norte and assured that they will again consider Pantawid Pamilya as their source of workforce.

In 2016, the Company and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) were linked with a Memorandum of Agreement to employ Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. There are 181 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hired since then.

Rodalyn Foroganan, 42, reached her fourth year in the Company as an Assistant Lead Man with the assistance of SLP’s Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF), which was used to buy her farm uniform and secure employment requirements. She is thankful of being employed because she has a source of income to augment the needs of her children in their studies.

PEAF is a modality that provides financial assistance to program participants with guaranteed employment to secure employment application and documentary requirements.  (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in San Fabian, Pangasinan claim Social Security

All Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in San Fabian, Pangasinan are now assured to be covered by the Social Security System (SSS).

This is after the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was inked by the Local Government Unit of San Fabian, Pangasinan and the SSS.

Based on the Social Welfare Development Indicator (SWDI) result administered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) as of April 2016, 2,051 out of 3,268 Pantawid Pamilya households in the said municipality have no access to formal financing institutions. Some SSS members who used to be active turned inactive due to unemployment.

The MOA Signing introduced the SSS Alkansya or Coin Bank to assist the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in religiously paying their contribution. The coin banks installed at the San Fabian Municipal Hall will be collected by SSS every month (per schedule). A beneficiary’s contribution starts at Php300.00.

A joint monitoring will be conducted to sustain the continuous contributions of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Leilanie Jane Mendoza, Municipal Link)

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DSWD partners with CSO and DepEd on YDS Implementation

The three MOA signatories (seated from L-R: DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez; Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas; and Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo) showing the signed tripartite MOA with their respective witnesses.

“This partnership is for the youth, as the Department of Education (DepEd) seeks to nurture and develop children. As teachers, this partnership is a commitment and compassion for the children.” This was the statement of Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez during the signing of the Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1), the Olupan na Laiko ed Arkidiosos na Lingayen-Dagupan (ONLA-ALD), and DepEd Schools Division Office (SDO) I Pangasinan. The parties were represented by the DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Most Reverend Socrates B. Villegas, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo.

The said agreement was initiated by DSWD FO1 to implement the Youth Development Session (YDS) of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) Resolution No. 34 series of 2016 – The YDS of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. As parallel intervention to the Family Development Sessions, the YDS targets high school student beneficiaries of the Program to support their holistic adolescent development as well as to prevent the risks and vulnerabilities of the youth to peer pressure, early pregnancy, substance abuse, social media, school absenteeism, and other issues that make them prone to juvenile delinquency.

The areas to be covered by the said agreement include the Local Government Units under DepEd SDO I Pangasinan and those of the ONLA-ALD.

The tripartite MOA signing simultaneously included the re-echoing on the YDS Orientation for Civil Society Organizations participated by Guidance Counselors and Designates from the different schools of DepEd SDO I Pangasinan along with members of the ONLA-ALD.

Accordingly, Archbishop Villegas said in his message, “This partnership among the ONLA-ALD, the DepEd, and the DSWD guards the real treasures of the church, particularly the youth. We need to unite as one in every endeavor that protects the welfare of the poor and the neglected as a church serving its treasures.”

RD Castillo relayed, “By interacting and living with the youth, we will understand them and thus guide them.” He also emphasized that such partnership contributes to the expansion of government programs and services like Pantawid Pamilya. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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CFDS Module for Indigenous Peoples on its first draft

Tribal Leaders and Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) in the Region were convened by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to draft Community Family Development Session (CFDS) Module for Indigenous Peoples.

These Tribal Leaders and IPMRs  from the tribes of Kankana-ey, Bago, Ibaloi, Itneg, Tinguian, Yapayao, and Iowak were selected by the community and will become CFDS facilitators in their own communities.

Contents of the CFDS Module with inputs from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Community Affairs Officers Delia Lagmoy and Diana Monis will benchmark and focus on the IP socio-economic activities, socio-cultural traditions, and beliefs based on their specific needs, systems and practices to promote self-determined IPs.

The CFDS Module aims to develop and empower IP community families to meet their familial responsibilities while taking into account their beliefs, customs, and traditions through shared learning that will strengthen their value system and revitalize their culture as members of the ethnic minorities. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Rice Subsidy for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries starts March 2017

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) announces the provision of additional cash grant to all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries worth Php600.00 a month as rice subsidy based on approved General Appropriations Act 2017.  It is a top-up to the usual health and education grants they receive.

Rice subsidy provision covers registered, active, and compliant Pantawid Pamilya households from regular Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Modified CCT, including those who will be classified as transitioning families.

The rice subsidy is provided on a bi-monthly basis in the form of cash during scheduled payouts.

This month is the first payout for Period 6 (December 2016 – January 2017). All compliant beneficiaries in January 2017 are entitled with rice subsidy. Households that are compliant in December 2016 but not in January 2017 are not entitled with rice subsidy.

199,426 Program beneficiaries in the entire region will receive their rice subsidy this month through their assigned mode of payment (Over the Counter or Bank Deposit).

This is a commitment made by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his State of the Nation Address in 2016 to ensure that all Filipinos be free from hunger and poverty. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)


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