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PhilRice’s Lakbay Palay 2018 introduces new farming techniques to SLP participants

As part of the sealed partnership between the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) and Philippine Rice Research Institute Batac (PhilRice Batac), 985 farmers gathered together through the Lakbay Palay 2018 held on 8-9 November 2018 at PhilRice NTA Station, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The farmers who are from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union are all Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants of DSWD FO 1 who are currently undergoing various skills training on rice, oyster mushroom, and vegetable production.

PhilRice’s Lakbay Palay aims to introduce new farming techniques and approaches to the farmers. With this year’s theme “Lakbay Kaalaman Tungo sa Masaganang Kinabukasan”, the farmers, together with some DSWD and LGU staff, had a tour to PhilRice Batac’s 13 learning stations. The stations include vermicompost production, inbred rice seed production, special purpose rice selection, introduction to new farm machineries, among others.

Pati pay gayam dagidiay ammomin a basura ket mabalin pay gayam a pagkakitaan, diay vermicompost. Pati panagtalon ket high-tech payen, masapol laeng nga adda mangisuro isu nga agyamyaman kami ti DSWD ken PhilRice (Even those that we consider trash can still be a source of income… like vermicompost production. Farming requires high-technology now, we just need someone to teach us the technical know-how, and we thank DSWD and PhilRice for that),” said Modesto Danao from Agoo, La Union who actively participated during the discussions.

PhP15.99 M partnership

The SLP participants actively participate during the Lakbay Palay 2018.

DSWD FO 1 and Philrice Batac signed a 15.99 million peso partnership early this year where PhP15 million came from the DSWD SLP GAA-Microenterprise Development 2017 fund and the remaining amount from PhilRice who served as training specialists.

Maganda ang SLP na programa ng DSWD (The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a good program of DSWD) in terms of attitude transformation among our participants. It is easier for us to introduce new technologies,” said PhilRice Batac Director Reynaldo C. Castro relating to the five processes which the SLP participants underwent. The second process – the Social Preparation stage – follows a participatory process to empower and develop co-ownership among SLP participants.

As the SLP participants are being continuously monitored for assessment and additional technical assistance within a two-year incubation period by the SLP Field Staff, the first batch of farmers who underwent skills trainings have already applied new farming techniques learned through their increased crop production rate during the last harvest season. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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City Government of San Carlos, Pangasinan adopts ReSPPEC

A resident of Brgy. Caoayan-Kiling reads the IEC material of ResPPEC posted in a shanty.

The City Government of San Carlos, Pangasinan, through a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD Field Office (FO) 1, adopted the Reporting System and Prevention Program for Elder Abuse Cases (ReSPPEC), a community-based project initiated by DSWD through the Social Technology Bureau to protect the rights of older persons against all forms of abuse by establishing a local reporting mechanism and referral system.

In March 2016, the project was initially piloted in Barangays Bacnar and Caoayan-Kiling, San Carlos City because of the large number of older person population based on Listahanan data. After more than two years of project implementation, the City Government recognized the importance of ReSPPEC and its relevance in promoting senior citizen-friendly community.

To ensure project sustainability, the City has allocated PhP1 Million included in its Annual Budget for CY 2019 to further reinforce mechanisms, procedures, and protocols to formally report, investigate, intervene, document, monitor, and provide follow-up services to victims of elderly abuse and elder at-risk in the communities.

“Dapat maipalaganap ang ReSPPEC para magkaroon ng tamang pag-intindi, pagtrato, at pag-aaruga sa mga nakatatanda. Huwag nating antayin na mas marami pang maisuplong na kaso ng pang-aabuso. Makialam at labanan ang pang-aabuso sa mga nakatatanda (ReSPPEC must be promoted to provide the right information in understanding, treating, and taking care of the elderly. Let us not wait for more cases of abuse. Be involved and fight elderly abuse),” shared Social Technology Unit Head Mary Grace Rendon. She also disclosed that everyone is accountable for protecting the older persons to promote their well-being, and all must work together to eradicate this societal challenge.

The Philippine government has initiated proactive measures to combat violence on elderly by empowering the sector and providing adequate social services through the implementation of Republic Act 9257 “An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens” and Republic Act 7876 “An Act Establishing a Senior Citizens Center in All Cities and Municipalities of the Philippines, and Appropriating Funds Therefor.” # By: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit

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Bayanihan works in Apang, Alilem, Ilocos Sur

Around sixty participants composed of community volunteers, municipal officials and employees, and representatives of national government agencies join all together for the “Bayanihan sa Apang”.

Dubbed as “Bayanihan sa Apang”, various local and national sectors joined forces with the community volunteers in Apang, Alilem, Ilocos Sur for one day during the construction of the suspension bridge, a sub-project of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or Kalahi-CIDSS of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 1.

Around sixty (60) participants simultaneously pulled the main cable steel wires across Bakun River, the site of the sub-project, in a display of “bayanihan” or unity and cooperation, a famous Filipino tradition.

The event is a brainchild of the community volunteers who suggested the use of physical labor in laying the main cable steel wires during a barangay assembly because of the presence of boulders along the river bank that made impossible for the use of heavy equipment.

A memorandum was issued by the Municipal Mayor enjoining all sectors to participate in the activity.

The participants are Municipal Officials and Employees of said town together with representatives of National Government Agencies like the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Justice (DOJ), Commission on Election (COMELEC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Staff from other DSWD programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) also took part in the said activity. (by Ruperto A. Sabalo, Jr., Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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The Unveiled Heart of a Kalahi – CIDSS volunteer

Community Volunteer Aprilyn Balanon Ferrer (center) actively participates during the fourth Municipal Orientation of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP in San Gabriel, La Union.

“Volunteering for the community is no easy task and even harder when you are alone. Everyone should be working all together.”

These are the words Aprilyn Balanon Ferrer learned in one of her trainings as a community volunteer of Poblacion, San Gabriel, La Union for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi CIDSS – NCDDP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The 33 year-old Ferrer is lamenting the difficulties she is facing as a volunteer for the Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) and as Chairperson of the Project Preparation Team (PPT) from the first to the third cycles of the program in her barangay.

When she sat down for an interview, she was timid and hesitant at first. She was holding her words and seemed like she was sizing up whether or not she could trust her words about her experiences with the program to her interviewer.

Ang hirap (It’s very difficult)!” Ferrer opened up when she was asked of her comment being a community volunteer.

A teary eyed Ferrer continued to tell her challenges in mobilizing the community like gathering them for committee meetings and barangay assemblies. The lack of support from the Barangay Officials is making her work even harder.


The mother of  three  thinks  that the cold treatment of the people of Poblacion to the program stems from the fact that there is no single sub-project proposal from her barangay that is prioritized up to this day.

Baka iniisip nila na wala naman nangyayari sa pagod nila kasi hindi naman kami napa-prioritize (The people might be thinking that nothing is happening with their effort because they have never been prioritized),” says Ferrer. “Pero hindi nila naisip na sila ay nae-empower (But they have not realized that they are being empowered).”

The cold reception was already manifested during the first cycle but it became even colder on the next cycles.

For Ferrer, no matter how much effort she pours in to the program when less people are cooperating, she will always come to a point where she needs to assess herself whether or not she is wasting her time.


When asked if she is giving up, she paused and bowed her head. After a second of silence, she raised her head and then flashed a forced smile on her face.

Hindi ako susuko (I won’t give up),” Ferrer quips. “Gusto ko talaga makatulong sa aming lugar. Iyan yung rason ko kung bakit ako naging volunteer noong una (I really wanted to help our community. That is the reason why I volunteered the first time).”

Ferrer also worked for the Local Government Unit of San Gabriel as a job order for six months because she really wanted doing public service.

She vowed to remain committed with DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS because she believes with the goals of the program. Although it is not easy to be a volunteer while taking care of her family, her passion to spread the program’s advocacy remains high.

Now, that the program is on its fourth and final cycle, she wishes that her barangay’s sub-project proposal will be prioritized at the municipal level in order to get a funding. She feels more positive this time.

Naniniwala naman ako ngayon na may pag-asa nang mas maraming tao at opisyal ng aming barangay ang makikibahagi sa programang ito. Kung hindi pa rin kami ma-prioritize, ang mahalaga ay marami kaming natutunan (I believe that there is hope this time that there will be more people and officials from our community to get involved with this program. In case, we will still not be prioritized, what is important is we learned a lot),” says Ferrer as she closed the interview.

For the fourth cycle of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, Ferrer is once again a volunteer for the PSA of her community.


The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the main poverty reduction programs of the Philippine government that seeks to apply local participatory, community-led and community-driven approaches proven to be effective in community development work.

It is serving eleven (11) municipalities and 133 barangays in Region I. Today, a total of 125 sub-projects have been completed and 25 more sub-projects are being implemented. (by Ruperto A. Sabalo, Jr., Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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DSWD FO 1 augments relief supplies to Typhoon Rosita-affected families

DSWD staff distribute family food packs to evacuees in Bauang, La Union.

31 October 2018 – The DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 continuously provides food and non-food items to local government units (LGUs) that need relief supply augmentation to be distributed to individuals and families who were affected by Typhoon Rosita.

As of the latest data of Disaster Response Information Management Section (DRIMS), the Department has augmented 160 family food packs (FFPs) in Bauang, La Union that were distributed in two (2) evacuation centers in the said Municipality. Further, relief supply augmentation requests from various cities/municipalities are being accommodated by the Field Office. The Municipality of Bolinao, Pangasinan has already requested 5,000 FFPs for affected fisher folks, and once the request is validated, relief supplies will be immediately transported and distributed.

Today, as of 8:00 o’clock in the morning, the two (2) regional and 11 satellite warehouses of DSWD FO 1 throughout the Region have 10,289 FFPs, 4,100 family kits, 9,627 hygiene kits, 5,117 sleeping kits, 2,000 kitchen kits, 220 family tents, and 2,004 collapsible jugs with water purifiers ready for distribution.

Policemen help in the stockpiling of relief supplies at the temporary regional warehouse.

To maintain the stockpiles of the relief goods, volunteers and staff from other government agencies, particularly the Philippine National Police (PNP), help in hauling goods to various satellite warehouses. “Ako ay nasisiyahan sa pagtulong sa ating mga nasalantang kababayan dahil kahit sa maliit na paraan, naipapakita ko ang aking pagiging makabayan (I am very happy that I am able to help our typhoon-affected countrymen because, in my small contribution, I can show nationalism),” shared PO1 Jovito G. Zaballero, Jr. of PNP’s Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 in Region 1. The DSWD staff continuously coordinates with PNP to help in the delivery of rice from NFA to warehouses, and volunteers from various cities/municipalities are still arriving at the temporary regional warehouse located at Brgy. Biday, City of San Fernando, La Union.

Individuals who are willing to volunteer to help in repacking, hauling, and delivery of relief supplies are encouraged to register at DSWD FO 1 for orientation prior to deployment. # (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD FO 1 on full alert for Typhoon Rosita

30 October 2018 – Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) is on full alert due to Typhoon Rosita’s landfall at 5:00 o’clock in the morning.

Volunteers from the City of San Fernando, La Union have already arrived to assist the Field Office in repacking and transporting food and non-food items to local government units (LGUs) that need relief supply augmentation.

Volunteers from the City of San Fernando, La Union assist the DSWD staff in hauling the relief supplies.

Sa mga katulad ko na walang trabaho, maaari po kayong pumunta sa DSWD para mag-volunteer at makatulong sa mga biktima ng bagyo (To those individuals who do not have work like me, you may go to DSWD to be a volunteer to help the typhoon victims),” shared 26-year-old Arnel Padua, a volunteer coordinator from Brgy. Bato, City of San Fernando, La Union. As of 30 October 2018, the regional and satellite warehouses of the Field Office have 10,574 family food packs, 4,100 family kits, 10,245 hygiene kits, 6,117 sleeping kits, 4,000 kitchen kits, 220 family tents, and 2,004 collapsible jugs with water purifier ready for distribution.

On 29 October 2018, the Department headed the Response Cluster Meeting wherein Regional Line Agencies presented disaster preparedness plans. To reinforce the agreements of yesterday’s meeting, the Field Office conducted Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) Meeting today to determine the potential hazards, affected areas, potential impacts, safe areas for evacuation, and the appropriate actions to be undertaken during and after the onslaught of Typhoon Rosita. Assistant Regional Director for Operations (ARDO) Marlene Febes D. Peralta sought the cooperation of all employees to immediately respond to the needs of the typhoon victims. ARDO Peralta also emphasized that LGUs should ensure sufficient relief supplies to guarantee the general welfare of their constituents. The Department only augments relief supplies to LGUs once their stockpiles are already depleted.

The Field Office has already activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) since yesterday to proactively perform disaster-related activities. Further, Provincial and City/Municipal Operations Offices throughout the Region are currently assisting LGUs to ensure zero casualty.

DSWD FO 1 has an existing quick response fund amounting to PhP4,879,581.40 ready for disaster operations use. (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD FO 1 observes National Indigenous Peoples Month

DSWD Field Office 1 employees flaunt their ethnic attires during the Search for Best in Ethnic Attire. The female winner wears an orange indigenous attire (upper picture, 3rd from right) while the male winner wears a modern ethnic upper garment (lower picture, 1st from left).

In promotion and observation of the diverse and rich cultures of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 actively observes and participates in the celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month by wearing ethnic attire every Monday for the whole month of October 2018.

To make the celebration more exciting, the Field Office conducts search for best in ethnic attires, male and female categories, for all employees to show its affinity to the IP communities. In its initial staging, both categories were bagged by the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

“Kailangan nating ipagdiwang ang National Indigenous Peoples Month para maipaalala sa ating mga kababayan, lalong-lalo na sa mga kabataan, na mayroon tayong makulay na kultura (We need to celebrate the National Indigenous People Month to remind our countrymen, especially the youth, that we have colorful cultures),” shared Administrative Assistant II Cherry Y. Rapis, the best in ethnic attire under the female category.

Further, Administrative Assistant II Ronaldo L. Beniegla said that, “Ako’y nakikiisa sa selebrasyon ng National Indigenous Peoples Month para maipakita natin sa buong mundo ang katangi-tanging kultura ng IPs (I sympathize with the celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Month to show to the world the unique culture of IPs).” The best in ethnic attire under the male category highlighted that awareness of the local culture promotes the survival of the rich longstanding cultural traditions.

DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo encouraged all employees to deepen their understanding of IPs’ values and cultures to promote the nation’s cultural diversity. Director Castillo said that traditional cultural attires reflect the values and beliefs held by members of IPs, and by wearing an ethnic attire or any IP accessory, we can support and sustain cultural resilience and sustainability. The Regional Director also advised that an orientation on the proper use of IPs traditional attire in any public event should be facilitated in compliance with Republic Act 8371, also known as the Indigenous People’s Rights Act of 1997.

National Indigenous Peoples Month is celebrated every October of the year pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1906, series of 2009. (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)

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Asingan Sheltered Workshop promotes empowerment among OPs and PWDs

Orthopedically handicapped trainees at the sheltered workshop namely (L-R): George Aguilar, 65; Francisco Sanchez, 65; and Aurora Pastor together with Ms. Alicia Uson, a mother of a Child with Disability

“Mula nang sumali ako rito (sheltered workshop), napagtanto kong may silbi at nakakaambag pa rin kami sa komunidad kahit na matanda na kami at may kapansanan (Since I joined the sheltered workshop, I realized that we can still contribute to the community despite being old and with disability),” Aurora Pastor, 60, testified.

Aurora is orthopedically handicapped and enjoys making dishwashing liquid.  She is proud of her product because it is good for cleaning tiles.

Aurora is one of the 17 trainees at the Sheltered Workshop for Older Persons (OPs) and Persons with Disability (PWDs) who availed skills training on commercial cooking, candle production, dry goods printing, sewing, mug printing, massage therapy, among others.

The Sheltered Workshop is one of the best practices of the Municipality of Asingan that caters to all interested and qualified OPs and PWDs as a stepping stone to become trainees at the Area 1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC 1) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1). This is a pilot project of the DSWD Central Office through the Social Technology Bureau in coordination with the Local Government of Asingan. It is a community-based facility designed to provide work training and productive employment for OPs and PWDs by producing and selling goods or services.

According to Asingan Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Teresa O. Mamalio, since the shelter was established in 2006, 75 clients were already served, and some of them are now employed and running their own businesses.

Atty. Joshua V. Viray, Acting Mayor, emphasized that the OP and PWD sectors should be given priority, and they should directly benefit from all programs and services designed for them. He is also honored that other municipalities in Region 1 are replicating the Sheltered Workshop. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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