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Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary leads San Nicolas NHS Batch 2015


My medals symbolize success which is within my grasp now–Steven

Steven Jim Andres, 16, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from Brgy. 21, San Agustin, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte is the Class  Valedictorian of San Nicolas National High School-Bingao Campus.

“I was then speechless when I was announced that I am the Class Valedictorian because I never expect this to happen”, he said.

According to him, he just did his very best and focused always on his studies. Because of that he is always on top of his class since his first year except from his third year wherein he was the second honor.

His noble achievement and recognition brought honor and pride to his humble and simple family. He believes that this is the start of a better life for his family because through education he can land to a highly paid job that could uplift their standard of living. He shares his medals and awards to his parents, Esteban and Carmelita for their unending support and priceless sacrifices.

“Pantawid Pamilya gave me the chance to have a quality education and honed my capabilities to become a better individual in the future, which I can consider a lifetime treasure”, Steven narrates.

Steven hopes of becoming a Licensed Civil Engineer someday. He claims that he will pursue his dream profession no matter what happens. Though he admits that it is impossible for his parents to send him in college, he still hopes and prays for the best.

He added that if ever he will become a Licensed Civil Engineer, he wants to work here in the country so he could serve and pay back to the government through practicing his chosen field of specialization.

Carmelita feels so proud and joyful of Steven being awarded as the Class Valedictorian. According to her, she sees Steven’s passion in studying because he wants a better life in the future and she believes that his son can make it to the fullest of his dreams. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Proud Valedictorian in Piddig NHS is a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary


Angeline shows her medals she received during her graduation along with her family.

“These medals and recognition are the fruits of sacrifices of my parents. Our simple way of living served as my inspiration to study hard because poverty through hardwork is not a hindrance to success,” said Angeline Jean T. Agustin, 16, from Brgy. Maruaya, Piddig, Ilocos Norte  who graduated as Valedictorian in Piddig National High School, recently.

Angeline stated that the medals she received attest that being a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary is something to be proud of because the program served as her gateway in achieving her dreams for her family. She plans to take Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City. She also passed the scholarship examination of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) which she believes a great help for pursuing her degree in college.

According to her, as a way of return to the educational assistance given by the government through DSWD, she strived and exerted extra effort for her studies that led her to graduate with flying colors. Coupled of her being a program beneficiary is excelling in all her subjects in school and being a role model to her fellow students on giving their best in studying.

With teary eyes, her mother, Aurea, is filled with joy because of Angeline’s achievement. Aurea said that this was the only time that she and her husband, Ruben, experienced to be at the stage and being applauded by the public while witnessing the awarding of Angeline.

Ruben, her father, said that Angeline’s achievement is the realization of his dream to finish his studies for he only made it on the 4th grade. He also added that with God’s continuous guidance, may Angeline continue her devotion and determination to study hard in college for her to graduate and get a good job that may uplift their economic status in the future. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya Family Development Session improves husband-wife relationship

PL in Mangaldan 02The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as the government’s strategy in alleviating poverty firms up its mechanisms as positive reactions are continuously gathered from ordinary beneficiaries such as in Mangaldan, Pangasinan.

Among the positive testimonials, one came from Simona Gutierez who said that stronger relationship with her spouse was brought about by the series of Family Development Sessions (FDS) she attended.

This was also confirmed by Eva Ribo saying “Lalong tumitibay ang samahan sa loob ng pamilya (Relationships inside the home is solidified).”

This positive change also leads to the realization of rights of the children. Perlita Ellang said, “Dahil sa FDS naintidihan ng asawa ko na kailangang pag-aralin ang anak (With FDS, my husband understood the importance of education).”

Along with FDS, practical lessons such as financial management, social awareness, laws that protects the rights of women and children are learned, and community participation is increased.

Poverty no more

“The Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were tagged as facilitators of change. We are so passionate in engaging them in community activities,” said Executive Director Ester Alconga of Responsible Citizens and Empowered Communities in Solidarity for Social Chage (RECITE) in their forum held recently.

True to its name the RECITE teaches social accountability among various training skills and capability building activities. “We ensure that change is going upward through their oneness in enhancing their personalities and improving their own communities,” said Dir. Alconga.

“Hindi lang sila tanggap ng tanggap ng cash grant, aktibo sila sa implementasyon ng Programa (They don’t only receive cash grants, rather they are active partners in implementation), Dir. Alconga further affirmed. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD launches website dev’t competition

In line with its thrust to involve and empower the youth, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is holding the ‘Savvy Innovations, Zesty Exchange (SIZE) Matters’ Website Development Contest which will run from August 4 to September 15, 2014.

SIZE Matters is an online showcase of innovative ideas and practices of the DSWD which aims to “reinvent the things we do and the way we do things”.

The competition is open to all freelance professionals, students, and out–of-school youths (OSYs), including youth with disabilities.

Participants may fill out entry forms which can be downloaded at facebook/osm.dswd and Deadline of submission of entries is on September 15, 2014.

Mechanics of the contest can be viewed also on

The winning website design will be launched and serve as a platform where one can discuss and develop progressive proposals and practices. The site aims to enhance peer participation and encourage convergence and sharing of ideas.

Once established, the site can evolve into a long-term open platform for mass collaboration to tap knowledge from outside to find solutions to current and emerging demands and challenges of the Department, particularly on good governance and social protection – See more at:

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Secretary Soliman with Pantawid Pamilya parent leaders in Ilocos Norte

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Sec. Soliman with Gov. Marcos on Day Care Workers’ Convention

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“Bahay Kubo” customized for FDS

A “kubo” or “bahay kubo” is a useful native Filipino shelter. It has proven its value to Filipinos then and now. Today, it is proving its worth once again to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in the Municipality of Dingras, Ilocos Norte especially in the conduct of the Family Development Sessions (FDS).

FDS activities are being conducted on specific venues agreed upon by the beneficiaries and the facilitator, usually the Municipal Links. Depending on the availability, barangay halls, covered courts or any open area where discussion can be delivered are the usual places. Most are conducive, some are not.

To address such concern, the Municipal Links in the area proposed to have accessible and uniform venues in conducting FDS — the “bahay kubo”. A “bahay kubo” for every parent group composed of 25-30 member beneficiaries. The idea raised was approved by the Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC).

Initially started in one Barangay, beneficiaries showcased the “Bayanihan” spirit as they contributed time, effort and other necessary resources in putting up their “kubo”. Labor works was contributed by male beneficiaries, lot was lent by co-beneficiary while everyone provided their shared food. Observed to be effective, the project was replicated in all the barangays of Dingras.

A Barangay Ordinance was even enacted in Barangay San Marcelino to ensure that the “kubo” shall be exclusively used by the beneficiaries as venue for FDS where gambling activities are strictly prohibited.

Vegetable gardens were also put up in every “kubo”. Cooperating with one another, they maintain the garden through a set schedule. Those who are scheduled to safeguard the garden during harvest time will have the privilege to take home the produce. Most “kubo” also have medicine cabinets; restrooms and compost pits.

With its benefits, the Local Government of Dingras noticed the project and came up with a competition entitled Search for Model Bahay Kubo ni Bene (beneficiaries) at Gulayan sa Kanyang Bakuran. A contest aimed at recognizing the best and most useful “bahay kubo” and vegetable garden. With sixty seven parent groups and “kubo”, they selected the 31 best to represent each barangay that were judged by the MAC members. The LGU awarded cash prizes to the winning barangays.

According to Norielyn Gaurian, Parent Leader of Brgy. San Marcelino, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, the “bahay kubo” is a big help to them. They were previously conducting FDS at the Barangay Hall which is a venue distant to most of her co-beneficiaries. Now, they were more encouraged to attend FDS with their conducive “kubo” established in a more accessible place for everyone resulting to the increase in attendance.

In addition, Norielyn said that they are very willing to maintain the said “kubo” even without the competition because it is the place where they learn a lot of information for their families through the FDS.

The Family Development Session (FDS) is a regular activity being complied by the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. An important program condition that provides discussions on strengthening family relations, children’s and women’s rights, proper health care, nutrition, and sanitation. Significant components that may strengthen family relations and empowered community.(by: ALLAN O. LULU, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Cervantes PADRE: a DSWD-Listahanan data user


The NHTS-PR or Listahanan provides credible, accurate, and true data through conducting a rigid household assessment.

Six years of intensifying services by the Municipality of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, poor families are assured of an improved quality of life.

Through the Poverty Alleviation and Development for Rural Economy (PADRE) Program, the potential of the poor towards progress has been harnessed.

The Local Government of Cervantes is among of the first to grab and utilize the database of poor households being maintained by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Project or Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

More Focused, More to Help

Recognizing the importance of the NHTS-PR or Listahanan, Municipal Mayor Benjamin N. Maggay claimed that their targeting of Cervantes PADRE beneficiaries became more focused and efficient with the ready database.

“We are now more confident that all poor shall benefit our anti-poverty programs”, Mayor Maggay added.

All the efforts of the municipality with regards to education, livelihood, employment, health, and other programs are all anchored to the NHTS-PR or Listahanan’s database of poor households to ensure that they serve the right people with the right services.

There are more than 1,000 poor households in the 13 barangays of Cervantes who are continuously and unselfishly being served and benefit from the PADRE program.

To Mayor Maggay, it is a fulfillment of the Matuwid na Daan that the poor are properly identified through the NHTS-PR project or the Listahanan.

Working for the Poor

With the urge to prioritize the poor to be empowered in every aspect of their life, the Cervantes PADRE keeps on innovating new ways to respond to their needs.

Mayor Maggay strengthens the partnership and convergence to all Government Agencies and Non-Government Organizations. This is to look for other appropriate programs that would benefit the poor in the locality.

He believes that in working hand in hand with unified purpose, poverty will end. (By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, Listahanan/NHTS-PR).

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