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Pantawid Pamilya Program gets International Award


Lizl Ocuaman and her children -beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya at Catuday, Bolinao, Pangasinan

DSWD’s primary poverty alleviation program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program   was internationally acclaimed by the MyWorld Outreach Award for Asia Pacific and Oceana for having realized its goals with the served poor households in the Philippines.

 With this, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman  affirmed that the recognition was a testament of the CCT (Pantawid Pamilya) Program’s being able  to listen to the poor families  to assess their real needs.  As quoted by Philippine Star, Secretary Soliman  believes that the Philippines has empowered and involved citizenry, they, being assisted in the CCT will realize the inclusive growth and development, where no one is left behind in the concerted effort of moving forward.

 In Region 1, the Pantawid Pamilyang  Pilipino Program continues to mark significant effects not only on access to education and  better health among 0-14 years old children but also in developing community leaders,  better parents amongst the beneficiaries.

 According to Mayor Carlitos Reyes of Mabini, Pangasinan, the Pantawid Pamilya has relatively decreased the number of the families requesting for financial assistance.

 To date, with 247,882 identified poor based on DSWD’s database of poor households,  75% of them or 187,336 households  are already assisted by the  Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through cash grants used for education and health needs of 0-14  years old children.

 In the provinces of Region 1, these are the magnitude of poor households assisted by the Pantawid Pamilya Program: 113,528  in Pangasinan; 30,327 in La Union; 18,531 in Ilocos Norte; and 24,240 in Ilocos Sur.

 The Program has also enrolled 655 children in the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program and 1,032 children under the Extended Age Coverage Program. For those pursuing identified courses, there are 159  poor students in  the  Students Grants  In  Aid  Program  For  Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA) in partnership with  Don  Mariano  Marcos  Memorial  State University in La Union and Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City.

 Facilitation of employment opportunities and provision of capital assistance  through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP)was facilitated to Sets 1 and 2 areas. With this, a total of 7,652 households were given capital assistance with a total of Php 33,082,000.00. Meanwhile, 284 Pantawid beneficiaries accessed the ‘Trabahong Lansangan’ that assisted them to work for 6 months at a minimum wage on road-works construction.   ### (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regl. Information Officer)

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DSWD Bares Status of Social Protection in Region 1

In a State of DSWD Region 1 Report, Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo presented the implementation status of social protection programs and services for the needy and vulnerable sectors.

 In the presence  of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries;  media partners  ABS-CBN TV 3 Baguio, Philippine Information Agency, DZAG- Radyo ng Bayan, DZNL- Aksyon Radyo, Amianan Tribune, DZSO – Bombo Radyo; Civil Society Organization representative – Liwawa Ed Asinan Foundation, La Union Provincial Social Welfare  and staff, the activity was  held at DSWD Conference Room on September 30, 2013.

 With the convergence strategy, DSWD is hopeful that the identified 247,882 poor families in Region 1 will attain improved quality of life through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program and the converged efforts with other regional line agencies, civil society organizations and other partners in social development .

 With this number of poor families,  75% of them or 187,336 households  are already assisted by the  Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through cash grants used for education and health needs of 0-14  years old children.

 In the provinces of Region 1, these are the magnitude of poor households assisted by the Pantawid Pamilya Program: 113,528  in Pangasinan; 30,327 in La Union; 18,531 in Ilocos Norte; and 24,240 in Ilocos Sur.

 For the poor Families in Especially Difficult Circumstances, there are 655  enrolled in the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program and 1,032 children under the Extended Age Coverage Program. On the other hand, 159  poor students are enrolled through the  STUDENTS GRANTS IN AID PROGRAM FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION (SGP-PA)   in partnership with  Don  Mariano  Marcos  Memorial  State University in La Union and Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City.

 Complementing the goals of the Pantawid Pamilya Program, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) provided capital assistance and facilitated employment to beneficiaries in the Sets 1 and 2 areas. With this, a total of 7,652 households were given capital assistance with a total of Php 33,082,000.00. External partners such as microfinance institutions also helped at least 753 poor families, while 93 poor families got assistance from other  National Government Agencies and from the Local Government Units.

 With the Department of Public Works and Highways, 284 Pantawid beneficiaries accessed the ‘Trabahong Lansangan’ that enabled them to work for 6 months at a minimum wage on road-works construction.

 Strengthening the public-private partnership, DSWD Region 1 has collaborated with 130 civil society organizations to pour in their technical expertise and resources to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

 ‘As affirmed by Dir. Castillo, these CSOs  are  the extended arms of DSWD in reaching more families needed to be served and empowered through social protection programs that they participated in.

Under the Bottom Up Budgeting, DSWD steered 8 LGUs of La Union to implement 77 community projects  with a total funds of Php 11,700,000.00.

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A Salute to 4 Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children –DSWD

Four (4) consistent top performers in school making extraordinary contributions at home and community are some of the traits of the recently awarded  Exemplary Children of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD Field Office 1.

 Giving due recognition to parents and for these children  to continue being a role model in school and in their own communities were emphasized in the message of Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo during the awarding ceremonies held recently.

 During the evaluation, these children were assessed on their behaviours and practices, intelligence, community and school participation and appearance.

 First Prize winner  Caila Jean Munar from Rosario, La Union captured the heart of the evaluators with her wit, neatness and balanced development both on academic and physical  activities (volleyball and badminton player). She serves as a peer tutor in school and to her brother who also excels in school and regularly attends coastal clean up drive.

 Reaching for better lives through education. This is the focus of Second Prize Winner  Krisha Camille Libertino,  who being a member of the Indigenous “Bago” tribe and attending an annex school (Suyo National High School) does  not see these as hindrance to reach her  dreams. In fact, she believes that “hindi eskuwelahan ang batayan para  makapag –aral at matupad ang mga pangarap sa buhay” (school standards are not the  pre-requisites to having a good school performance and in reaching goals).

 Krisha Camille Libertino  loves performing cultural dances depicting their nature-loving culture. She is a dependable student both at home and in school.

 “Sana matupad na ang tuwid na daan” referring to the tagline of the Aquino administration will be John Prence Gabot’s message, if given the chance to ask President Aquino. Third Prize winner John Prence from Laoac, Pangasinan has high hopes of becoming a doctor someday with his good scholastic performance and love of his parents.

 Fourth Prize Winner  Maylene Adriano from Laoag City is a typical hard working student whose focus is to finish school and  become an accountant someday. Despite meager resources, she has strong desire to finish school even if it takes a half-kilometer  walk from their house to school.

 These children were awarded with cash prizes of Php 15,000; Php 10,000; Php 5,000 each for first, second and 2 consolation prizes, respectively. They will join the National Children’s Congress  in Manila during the DSWD’s Children’s Month celebration and will have a tour at the Senate and House of Representatives. Likewise, Caila Jean Munar will compete in the National Search for Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child for 2013 representing Region 1. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Vigan City’s Livelihood Projects for Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries Aim for Zero Poverty

Some 134 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were considered for Vigan City’s  livelihood program dubbed as Pagsapulan: Raniag ti Masakbayan (Employment: Radiates A Better Future). They were provided with rolling stores, loading station, livestock production, tricycle operation,buy and sell trading activities,  among others.

Prior to the coming of the Pantawid Pamilya Program, 10 poorest families in each barangay  were identified and recommended by the community residents to avail from such projects.

 DSWD’s List of Poor as Basis

Through the City Advisory Committee (CAC) chaired by Mayor Medina, the City Government agreed that DSWD’s  list of poor households will be the basis of priority beneficiaries. At the CAC meeting,   the result of the Social Welfare Indicator administration (assessment of well-being of Pantawid beneficiaries)  was also presented for the information of  City Administration, planners and stakeholders.

“To avoid political manipulations and ensure focused targeting of  beneficiaries, we concentrated on Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries,” Mayor Medina revealed.

Also, DSWD will help in the monitoring of projects implemented and in providing technical inputs in simple book keeping, business management and values re-orientation.

Walang-wala talaga silang  iba pang mapagkukuhanan kung hindi natin  tutulungan”  (These families have no other source of help if we do not provide), Mayor Medina narrated in her interview. We have success stories, but there are some who failed. Also, we thought of longer term livelihood with higher return of investment such as livestock production, Mayor Medina added.

To check on readiness and viability of projects requested, a Verification Committee composed of representatives from City Social Welfare and Development Office, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, and 3 NGOs (STAC Head, City Agriculture and Fishery Council, and Bombo Radyo) was organized.

 Resources Poured in to Pantawid Beneficiaries

Fruit-bearing trees, ornamental plants and vegetable seeds were also purchased for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to increase their livelihood opportunities and at the same time food in their homes.

 So long as there are willing and generous sponsors and partners, resources are easily tapped by Mayor Medina.

 Corporate Social Responsibility Towards Zero Poverty

For the beneficiaries, they have to take care of their income generating activities. If failed, no more chances to access other livelihood programs of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Mayor Medina firmly said.

For the beneficiaries, “ magsipag sila”  (they have to work hard)  because nothing comes easy. They must refrain from ill activities and vices. They must believe that in poverty there is always a hope for better days, Mayor Medina said.

For the City Government of Vigan, we aim for zero poor poverty incidence based on the current clients being served now by the City (more than 1,000 families), likewise the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino  Program, said Mayor Medina .

 All for the Children

As confirmed by Mayor Medina, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Vigan City’s Livelihood Program are focused all the more for the improved well-being of families and the development of children especially on their access to health and education.

“Kahit mahirap kung nakapag aral, at least may puhunan ka na (Even if poor but given the chance to study, there is human capital investment),” Mayor Medina concluded.

“All the things that we do are for our children.  We want  to create a perfect community for the children, we may not be able to see it anymore, but if we prepare for them, they will reap whatever results of the things we do today, they will  realize this in their future,” Mayor  Medina further said. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD forms more anti-trafficking and VAWC Advocates

With the heightened information dissemination on RA 9208 Anti Human Trafficking Act and RA 9262 Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) served 50 victim survivors of trafficking for the first six months this year.

 From the total served clients, 29 of whom were provided with livelihood assistance, 10 were recipients of Balik Probinsiya and the rest were provided with counseling and referred for other support services.

 Among the 10 recipients of Balik Probinsiya are Mr. Bernardito C. Jimenez, 36 and his common-law wife, Ailene, 35 from Brgy. Calepaan, Asingan, Pangasinan. The couple successfully went back home last June through the close coordination being done by the concerned field offices of DSWD.

 Bernardito shared their experience while at the verge of being trafficked for 5 months in Malaysia during a Symposium conducted by the DSWD FO1 regarding RA 9208 and RA 9262 and other related child welfare laws at the Francisco A. Sapigao Cultural Sports Complex in Asingan, Pangasinan.

 “This symposium served as an eye opener to everyone in the proliferation of human trafficking and to avoid being a victim. Nevertheless, DSWD is always on red alert to render appropriate services or assistance to the victims”, said Social Welfare Officer I (SWO I) Teresita J. Emock.

 The Municipal Government Operations Officer V (MGOO V) Mrs. Marivic Q. Guerrero gave emphasis on the functions and active involvement of all barangay officials through the Local Committee on Anti-Trafficking (LCAT). She encouraged the establishment of a VAW Desk in the barangays.

 Aside from that, the participants were urged by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Mrs. Teresita Mamalio to intensify their commitment in the implementation of the laws discussed.

 Salient provisions regarding Anti Human Trafficking Act and VAWC Act and other related laws such as RA 7610 and RA 9775 Anti-Child Pornography Law were rigidly articulated to all the 200 individuals who attended the said symposium.

 Among the participants were Municipal Officials, Asingan Day Care Workers and Day Care Parent Leaders, Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders, selected Tricycle and Jeepney Drivers and Operators Association Leaders, Business/Vendors Association Representatives, Barangay Officials, Women Leaders, LGU MIACAT-VAWC Leaders, OFW Association Leaders, Senior Citizen Leaders, Department of Education (DepEd) Elementary and High School Heads, Midwives and Inter-faith Pastoral Groups. (By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR )

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Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2013 winner named

To recognize families who have religiously followed the program conditions and embodied Filipino values and strong family ties, DSWD – Field Office 1 recently named the regional family-winner for the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2013.

This is to encourage Filipino families maintain a good standing in the community and serve as inspiration to others.

Meeting the criteria with high remarks, the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya award was brought home by the family of Juanito and Evelyn Daniel of Suyo, Ilocos Sur. A hardworking and contented couple focusing on providing best for their two children despite their physical disabilities. They are also members of the Bago Indigenous Peoples Community and are active in community activities, compliant to program conditions and promotes healthy living.

DSWD- FO1 Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta emphasized that poverty is never a hindrance to attain success and fulfillment of one’s dream and that the families’ social standing did not keep them from being good examples to other families.

Other regional finalists include families from Dingras, Ilocos Norte; Tubao, La Union and Bolinao, Pangasinan. All family entries were validated by a team from the Department of Education; Civil Society Organization (CSO) and media partners.

The search was opened to all program beneficiaries in the region and were judged based on 25% compliance to conditions; 20% healthy living promotion; 20% active involvement in community and environmental activities; 20% demonstration of love and respect to the community and environment and; 15% proper utilization of cash grants.

According to Evelyn Daniel, she is very thankful with the recognition which they did not expect since all entries were equally deserving model families.

 Likewise, one of the judges, DepEd District Supervisor Dr. Feliciano Tumacdang said that the search made him a better person as he appreciated the effects of the program to the family-beneficiaries.

The Daniel Family will be the region’s official entry to the National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya who will eventually serve as family ambassadors of the program.

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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FDS prepares sustainable development – Molte Aries

Non-Government Organization (NGO) Molte Aries of San Fernando City, La Union ties up for  the third time with  DSWD through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Family Development Sessions.

A project worth Php 104,466.50 was presented in a Memorandum on Agreement  (MOA) Signing  held at DSWD Field Office -01  with Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and Molte Aries Executive Officer Aurora G. Jucar.

‘With this continuous partnership with DSWD , we see our growth as an NGO by improving our strategies in service delivery and by knowing more our poor clienteles,” Ms. Jucar revealed. The Family Development Session  (FDS) is a sharing of good values among the less fortunate fellowmen, Jucar added.

‘We should not take FDS very lightly because this is a vital component involving behavioral change, the ‘cash grant’ will end but the change in the  lives of these families will remain as their shield and tool in their fight to poverty,” Jucar relayed.

FDS as social preparation

Molte Aries is a NGO registered and accredited by DSWD that provides basic social services geared towards sustainable livelihood of poor families.

As revealed, the regular FDS instigates behavioral change among the poor families. Transformation is the basic step to development. “Pag may pagbabago, hindi na kami matatakot na mabigay ng assistance (with evident change, we are no longer anxious to provide financial assistance).”

The FDS is very a good social preparation strategy prior to providing the livelihood assistance. Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are willing to learn, although hopelessness is mirrored in their faces, Jucar further mentioned.

Pantawid Pamilya partnership with CSOs

As mentioned by Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, Molte Aries is among the 86 civil society organizations (CSOs) that formalized partnership with DSWD in pursuit of the Aquino Administration’s directive to involve them in promoting transparency and accountability. With continuous mutual sharing of skills, transfer of technology and resource augmentation, Pantawid Pamilya will attain its goal of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty by investing on human capital development (health and education).  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regional Information Officer)

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While sitting alone under a shady tree during a windy afternoon and as the birds are flying and chirping around, she takes pleasure in the cool breeze that embraces her as she still longs for someone who will be with her on the last days of her life.

Not only young ladies can fantasize like this but also an eighty five year old woman does. That is why Lola Ernesta Daus, a widow, still feels so youthful, alive, and kicking as manifested by her sweet smiles and crunchy giggles.

From Imaginations to Reality

The urge of Lola Ernesta to have a lifetime partner who will unselfishly cherish her despite of her grey hair and wrinkles somehow came true since she is now one of the Senior Citizens in Brgy. Bitalag, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur who is enjoying social pension from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1).

She further said, “Numanpay balo nakun ken awan pagsapulak, ammuk nga adda ti pagbiagko babaen ti maaw-awatko a pension.” (Though I am widowed already and not able to work anymore, I know that I can still sustain my life through my pension.) Lola Ernesta strongly believes that the Social Pension Program of the DSWD leads to the realization of her dream to have a little comfort despite of being a widow.

Dominador Lardizabal, 63, one of Lola Ernesta’s six children chose not to build his own family house in a distant place in order not to forsake her aging mother. According to him, “Saan ko a mabalin a panawan isuna ta kasapulan nak a mangtaripato kankuana ta agkapsut met isunan.” (I can not leave her because she needs me to take care of her especially that she is getting weaker.) Lola Ernesta easily gets dizzy and might fall while walking moreso that her right eyesight was lost already because it was accidentally injured by a rice grain.

A Piggy Bank to Break


She plans to save what is left from buying viands, coffee, milk, and other needs after her pension lands to her hands. Centavos when being saved become hundreds, that is the principle of Lola Ernesta so she keeps every single cents from her pension.

Because she earned some amount, she confidently said, “Adda bukodkon a de kuryente a paglutwan iti inapoy.” (I now own an electric rice cooker). She decided to buy such appliance because their house almost turned into ashes after she unintentionally left their claystove unattended.

By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR

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