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DSWD-assisted-Php 11.7 M Bottom-Up Budgeting Projects Gain LGUs counterpart

Otherwise known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), this Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) was introduced in Region 1 and has claimed approval among the community folks, LGU counterparts and government agencies to include DSWD with its goal of inclusive development among poor communities.

 From the project name alone, people from community were involved in several processes which led to identification of community projects funded by the Government of the Philippines (GOP).

For CY 2013, Php 11.7 million worth of funded community projects were assisted by DSWD following the scheme of BUB in La Union particularly in Aringay, Bagulin, Bangar, Caba, Luna, Rosario, Tubao, and San Fernando City.

 To ensure completion of projects, Convergence Strategy and Community Driven Development Projects Regional Coordinator Virginia P. Sesay reiterated during check distribution in Bagulin, La Union  that funds come in tranches (50-40-10%), with at least 70% liquidation, downloading of succeeding funds come after.

 With BUB, DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomdes J. Castillo believes that good governance and   empowered voices of communities are cultivated among those who took part in the social preparation activities.

 Farthest Barangay in Bagulin, La Union reached

 It takes a 5-hour walk and 5 times crossing of a river to reach barangay Tio-angan. Even this far, this community will soon establish a Senior Citizen’s Center as its identified BUB  project. This, according to Alenso Talban,  is giving prime to the contribution of elderly in local governance and recognizing their efforts in maintaining peace and security among families and communities.

 Also, a Training Center and a Day Care Center will be established in barangay Suyo and Wallayan, respectively under the BUB.

 It can be noted that Bagulin has no existing training facility yet, of which with the BUB project, more trainings will be conducted by private and public institutions, thus, increasing job placement among out-of-school youth and women, Ernesto Estira, a BUB committee member said.

 For the 3 projects funded, LGU-Bagulin gave Php 300,000.00 as cash counterpart.

 Co-Ownership of Community Projects

 In  Tio-angan, the Senior Citizens Center of BUB will  also serve as an evacuation center and eventually a multi-purpose center since the barangay has limited facilities that will cater to its social activities.

 The value for government projects is felt among the community folks.  “Daytoy a proyekto mangted iti challenge kadagiti ub-ubbing a saluadan da  dagitoy kastoy a tulong tapno addan to manen dumateng a tulong manipud iti gobierno (This project serves as a challenge among the young to also preserve and give importance so that government help will again  be given  in the community)”.

 No more wandering VAWC victims in Rosario, La Union

 Immediate shelter and protection of women and children who are victims of abuse is the main goal of the BUB project in this town with the establishment of a VAWC Center. The town of Rosario has assisted at least 24 VAWC (violence against women and their children) cases in 2012 where the victims were temporarily sheltered among their relatives and/ or barangay officials.

 More importantly, a local cash counterpart of Php 300,000.00 is added to the BUB funds of the same amount. As mentioned by Local Head Social Worker Grenaflor Magsakay, the LGU will again provide an additional                     Php 300,000 to complete the needed furnishing of the VAWC Center. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regl. Information Officer)

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Young Idol

Caila being interviewed during the Regional validation for the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2013

Caila being interviewed during the Regional validation for the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2013

Despite life’s challenges and imperfect family, Caila stays strong focusing more on studying hard and finding the love of a father through her loving uncles.

Born on March 5, 2002, Caila and her twin brother were taught to be God fearing, respectful to the elders and learn to value education. Despite the situation, Caila fully understood the family’s situation.

Grade six pupil Caila is a consistent Top performing pupil in school from Grade 1 to present and a very good student leader of Bani Elementary School. Dreaming to become a Civil Engineer someday, Caila is actively involved both in academic and extra-curricular activities. A stand out name and a proud representative in various competitions such as Quiz Bees, sports (badminton, chess and volleyball) bringing recognition to her school. With these qualities, Caila topped the regional search making her the region’s representative in the national Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2013.

Helping her classmates out, Caila also facilitates “peer teaching” during her vacant period with her classmates who are hard up in class.

Together with her mother and twin brother, Caila is very active in their community’s “Coastal Clean-up Drive”  being held every 14th day of the month.

At home, she also helps perform some home activities such as washing the dishes, helps in gardening; getting firewood and do the laundry of her own clothes during Saturdays.

Caila Jean Munar receiving her 6th place award in the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2013 held in PICC.

Caila Jean Munar receiving her 6th place award in the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2013 held in PICC.

Part of a religious family, Caila joins in the family’s nightly routine of praying the Holy Rosary; going to mass every Sunday and attending Bible classes during summer. With this, Caila believed that “Kung walang Diyos, wala din tayo sa mundong ito.”

As a beneficiary, Caila mentioned that “umangat ng kaunti ang buhay namin” since they were able to buy their school needs through the cash grants being provided. She was also familiar with the program conditions saying “dapat sundin ang mga kondisyon ng programa.

Representing Region 1 in the national search, Caila showcased her talent in declamation with her piece “Let this Angel Live” tackling the agony of unborn children.

Ended on 6th place nationwide, Caila becomes one of the children advocates and ambassadors of Pantawid Pamilya who will advocate the positive changes the program has brought into their lives. Likewise, she is now being eyed as the region’s child advocate in the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC).

Caila JeanDespite the fact that Caila’s father left, she still have the love and respect wishing him to come home and stop working once she finished her studies and turn to give back.

Asked for a wish, Caila hoped for a scholarship for her and her twin brother in order to realize their dreams.

Caila’s optimism, confidence, hard work, and faith are her own recipe of success in transforming their poverty stricken lives into a better future.

Pantawid Pamilya is a conditional cash transfer program of the Philippine government which invests in human capital through health and education by providing cash grants to extremely poor households with children ages 0 – 14 years old.

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Vigan bags DSWDs first CCT Best LGU Award

Representatives Mr. Maximino Kabanal and Mr. Noel Tomas Vergara (3rd & 4th from left) from the local government of Vigan City  receive the award for the Best LGU - Pantawid Pamilya Implementer. (L-R) Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta; Ilocos Sur SWO III Aileen Bautista and DSWD - FO1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo.

Representatives Mr. Maximino Kabanal and Mr. Noel Tomas Vergara (3rd & 4th from left) from the local government of Vigan City receive the award for the Best LGU – Pantawid Pamilya Implementer. (L-R) Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta; Ilocos Sur SWO III Aileen Bautista and DSWD – FO1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo.

Recognizing efforts of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in supporting the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implementation, the DSWD – Field Office 1 recently named Vigan City as the very first winner in its Search for Best LGU – Pantawid Pamilya implementer.

The search was opened to all cities and municipalities where they competed to become one of the four provincial winners to vie for the regional award. Joining DSWD for the validation include partner judges from DILG, DOH and DepEd.

All four LGU entries were judged based on 1.) the conduct and institutionalization on its Municipal/City Advisory Committee (C/MAC) (20%); 2.) Significant increase in Supply Side Assessment Compliance (25%); 3.) Approved Municipal Transition Plan (10%); 4.) Case Management System (10%); 5.) Livelihood Assistance provided to beneficiaries (10%);  6.) Unique good practice/s (10%); 7.) Hired LGU Links (10%) and; 8.) Conducive office provided to DSWD staff (5%).

Vigan City had high remarks on its regular conduct of MAC meeting, complete pool of health professionals, accredited birthing facilities and airconditioned Day Care Centers. Also, the LGU facilitated the installation of school restrooms and washing facilities.

In addition, Vigan City has a plan of achieving zero poor by 2016 thru its on-going poverty reduction program Pagsapulan: Raniag ti Masakbayan Livelihood Assistance. This program offers capital assistance for pottery, longganisa making, sari-sari store among others to identified poor families in the City including Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. Further, Vigan City had provided 158 tricycles and franchise amounting P60,000 to its recipients.

The LGU is also conducting basic computer operations training for Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders who uses this skill in sending reports to their City Link. This eventually minimizes wasted time and effort to both.

Other winners include 1st runner-up Bacarra, Ilocos Norte; 2nd runner up Mangatarem, Pangasinan and; Burgos, La Union, for the 3rd runner up award.

The activity is expected to promote and intensify the importance of converged efforts of the local government units and national government agencies in improving the lives of the poor families.

Pantawid Pamilya is a conditional cash transfer program of the Philippine government which invests in human capital through health and education by providing cash grants to extremely poor households with children ages 0 – 14 years old

by: Allan O. Lulu / Information Officer II, Pantawid Pamilya

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The Rise of ‘Father-Transformers’ in Anda, Pangasinan

Pastors from Anda Pangasinan who attended DSWD ERPAT Training with Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo ( seated front row middle)

Pastors from Anda Pangasinan who attended DSWD ERPAT Training with Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo ( seated front row middle)

Fathers given seminars on parenting skills through DSWD- Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities (ERPAT) are now creating positive results and trends in solidifying families in Anda, Pangasinan.

  At least 30 ‘fathers’ were trained by DSWD on ERPAT. Since then, they became more active in the activities of their communities and the municipality of Anda aside from them being religious leaders in their own Christian groups.

 Thus, said Head Social Welfare Officer Jowey Celso who also leads the group in their monthly meetings where ERPAT advocates share struggles and challenges in moulding their own families and in becoming role models in their own communities.

 They call themselves ‘transformers,’ which they started in their own families,” Celso added.

 According to one of the ERPAT trained Pastors, Ptr. Rogelio Valdez, “we like being taught how to love more our wives and better understand our children.” At first, some of us are hurt, sensitivity of ‘issues’ in the family is carefully undertaken. But today, we are now considered model of the ERPAT in our own communities, Valdez added.”

 As mentioned, during roll-out trainings among fathers in the community, it was observed that over the years that these couples lived together, inhibitions, gaps, misunderstanding led to coldness and insensitivity.

 ERPAT, a challenge to change

 As change agents in their own families and communities, the trained ERPAT also pushed for the creation of a Municipal Ordinance on the Moral Recovery Program.  This was also partnered with National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines (NACPHIL),   where a chaplain (also ERPAT trained)  is assigned  in every  barangay as ‘spiritual leader’ joining the barangay officials in their meetings and activities.

 In the Municipal Level, the trained ERPAT are also involved in ‘Sangguniang Bayan Members’ Meetings/Sessions where they are tasked to lead invocations and other concerns where they could help.

 A larger Vision for Fathers

 As a growing group of fathers in Anda, Pangasinan, they envision their communities abounding with sensible, loving and responsible fathers contributing to community development as a whole. As said “pag matino ang tatay, mapapatino ang buong pamilya; at pag matino ang pamilya, mapapatino ang buong komunidad.”    (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regl. Information Officer)

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Tacloban relief operations: tough but focused

The 5-day travel along with convoy of 19 buses and trucks seem endless but incomparable to the eerie sadness and pain each one felt upon seeing the devastated Samar and Leyte provinces particularly Tacloban City.

Thus, was shared by Social Worker Clarivel Banzuela who experienced 11 days of deployment to DSWD National Relief Operations Center  (NROC) and in delivering goods to Tacloban City.

As mentioned, upon seeing the total wrecked communities, only silent sighs and deep upset consumed her. “There is a lot of work to do. Houses and buildings seemed stirred and pulverized by a hammer. Survivors were left with nothing,”  Banzuela mentioned.

As observed, relief operations in Tacloban City is systematic. The hauling and distribution of goods are tough but every worker is focused on their assigned tasks, she continued. Coordination with the Local Officials on relief distribution is done even up to the  barangay level.

As said, the Social Workers cannot get away from conducting counseling activities, whenever they get in touch with the victims who are still in trauma and fear.

One survivor said, “nakakaiyak yung nangyari na nawalan kami ng ari-arian at mahal sa buhay pero mas nakakaiyak ngayon na makita galing pa sa iba’t ibang lugar ang tumutulong sa amin (we can’t help but cry because we lost our properties and love ones but it is more hurting that people from other places are here to  help us).

Upon return to Manila, about 508 survivors went along and were dropped off to Villamor Airbase for temporary shelter and debriefing sessions.

Moreover, Regional Director ‘Jun’ Castillo together with other regional directors  alternately supervise  the NROC together with other line agencies. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD FO1 Gets CSC Level II Accreditation

In pursuit of  excellence in Human Resource and Organization Development, DSWD passed the Level II Accreditted Status by the Civil

CSC Director Violeta N. Mendoza during the awarding of the certificate of accreditation to DSWD through   Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes  J. Castillo

CSC Director Violeta N. Mendoza during the awarding of the certificate of accreditation to DSWD through Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo

Service Commission, where the former received its accreditation certificate recently.

 With a rating of 90%, DSWD Field Office 1 continues to have a  competent Human Resource Management and compliant with the requirements, said  CSC Director Violeta N. Mendoza.

 Thru this, DSWD speeds up its  hiring and recruitment processes with the bulk of appointments done regularly for its poverty reduction programs. Final action on appointments are done by the appointing authority in accordance with  Civil Service Law, rules, and regulations. This  covers all appointments issued by the appointing authority.

 This program is under the Civil Service Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) that capacitates national agencies in their Human Resource Management functions.

 In response, DSWD Director Marcelo NIcomedes J. Castillo  posed a challenge to continue with the good performance in hiring, managing and developing people to be responsive players in social protection programs and to always practice its mantra of ‘mahusay,’ ‘matapat,’ at magiliw na paglilingkod sa sambayanan.  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Media visits CCT area, highlights MTP

“Dati maraming humihingi ng tulong sa amin, ngayon kaunti na lang” said Mabini, Pangasinan Mayor Carlitos Reyes as one of the manifestations proving that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has gradually helped improve the lives of beneficiaries in the area.

            The statement was made during the visit of media representatives from Pangasinan and La Union in the Municipality to observe the positive effects of the program to beneficiaries. An activity which will eventually help minimize negative publicity about the program.

            Highlight of the activity was the presentation of the Municipal Transition Plan (MTP), a plan of the Municipality in responding to the needs not only of program beneficiaries but also to the majority of their poor constituents. The MTP is the result of the conducted Social Welfare  Indicator (SWI) administration by the Department to identify beneficiaries’ level of well being and their needs to move particularly from Survival to Subsistence level.

            As part of their social responsibility, the MTP indicates the municipality’s projects and their commitments to every interventions in response to the need of the beneficiaries from 2014 to 2016 to be funded by the local government.

            The municipality boasts a decrease in its poverty incidence from 26% to 21% since 2008 and much is being credited to the presence of Pantawid Pamilya.

            Testimonies and success stories from beneficiaries were also gathered in Pantawid Pamilya communities.

            Mabini is a Set 1 municipality having 1,317 beneficiaries and 132 for Set 6 which form part to the 187,603 total beneficiaries in the region.

            Pantawid Pamilya is a conditional cash transfer program of the Philippine government which invests in human capital through health and education by providing cash grants to extremely poor households with children ages 0 – 14. (now 0 -18 years old)

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Adoptive, Foster Parents and Children form Support Group

DSWD Field Office 1 in cooperation with Child Advocates Association Inc. held the First Adoptive, Foster Parents and Children’s Congress at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, Bauang, La Union which  resolved issues experienced by the  foster and adoptive parents and their children and formed a support group  as part of adoption post services.

 In his message, Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo expressed the need to encourage and recruit for more adoptive and foster parents  who could provide a caring home and/or permanent family for the increasing number of abandoned, neglected and abused children of Region 1.

 With the said Congress, adoptive and foster parents were uplifted with the shared testimonies, getting strength from the same situations made them realized that the group is a good avenue of sharing the difficulties as well as happiness of being a foster or adoptive parent, said lead convenor  Clarivel Banzuela.

 ‘Raising an adopted child gives the same happiness and contentment just like having a biological child,” said Myrna Aplot an adoptive parent. “As mentioned, her angel now completes her life and family.”

 Further, Myrna Aplot affirmed that with the activity, “we felt the sincerity of DSWD, totoo palang may concern sila sa amin (they really care about us).”

 To note, adoption is defined as a socio-legal process of providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily relinquished parental authority over the child; while foster care refers to provision of planned substitute parental care to a child by a foster family.

 This event supports the Children’s Month celebration wit the theme “Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban” giving focus on four basic rights of a child anchored on survival, development, protection and participation. ### (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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