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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities take over CDD

Focal persons from the Municipal Local Government Units of the 11 DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS areas were oriented on the process of capacity assessment for the LGU-led Program Implementation.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) convened the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the 11 partner-municipalities to prepare them for the upcoming Cycle 4 dubbed as LGU-led Program Implementation where they will be the prime facilitators of the processes and activities of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

For the past three years, the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS through the Area Coordinating Teams (ACTs) facilitated Community-Driven Development (CDD) in the poorest communities of the Region while training their municipal counterparts to conduct the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC). Anchoring on the Program’s objective to improve local governance, Cycle 4 is to be taken over by the LGU who will be handling the conduct of the CEAC and the facilitation of community empowerment.

The participants walked through their accomplishments for the three cycles ─ the rates of participation of residents in Barangay and Municipal activities and the subprojects completed and prioritized in their respective municipalities.

The Program Fluency Workshop conducted on 27-30 September 2017 was attended by the Municipal Mayors, Sangguniang Bayan Members, and Department Heads from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS areas namely, Alilem, Burgos, Nagbukel, Quirino, Sigay, and Sugpon in the Province of Ilocos Sur; Bagulin, Pugo, San Gabriel, and Santol in La Union; and Burgos, Pangasinan. The workshop focused on preparing these municipalities and formulating an Action Plan for an LGU-led Program implementation.

Various assessment activities will also be conducted to validate the capacity of these municipalities to perform functions that are vital in the Program implementation. All of the 11 areas took the challenge to continue the adoption of CDD in their localities. They believe in the positive impact of the collaborative efforts of the LGU and the local residents.

The LGU-led implementation will commence in January 2018. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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DSWD’s cash assistance amounting to Php 237M for typhoon–affected families on simultaneous release in Region 1

DSWD FO1 is set to complete the release of Php 237,116,850.00 additional cash assistance to typhoon victims through ‘cash cards’ to 32,603 families by the end of November this year.

At present, a total of Php 164,256,500.00 was already released to 22,192 families in the Region.

It can be noted that last year, immediate release of Php 5,000 to these families was done under the Emergency Shelter Assistance Program for Typhoon Lawin victims. The remaining balance of Php 25,000.00 for those with totally-damaged houses and Php 5,000.00 for those whose houses are partially-damaged has been released.

Said total amount also includes Cash for Work amounting to Php 2,100 each family as the minimum wage for an individual who has worked for 10 days on projects restoring infrastructures in the communities such as dike and canal repairs, road clearing, among others. These projects are also mitigating measures to lessen the impact of upcoming disasters.

The Province of Ilocos Sur has the biggest number of recipients with 20,668 for totally-damaged houses followed by the Province of Ilocos Norte with 9,113 families.

Upon instruction of Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and close coordination with concerned institutions like Land Bank of the Philippines and Local Government Units (LGUs), it is expected that all beneficiaries will receive cash cards with the set deadline.

As of last week of October 2017, 9,691 families are yet to receive a total amount of Php 61.97 million until November 2017. This is 30.7 % of the unreleased amount of Php 72.8 million now being fast-tracked maximizing all manpower of the DSWD FO1, its provincial operations offices, and counterparts. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS breeds community trailblazers

In investing on human capital and honing capabilities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Community-Driven Development (CDD) Program, the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), recently conducted the Leadership Training for the community volunteers and members of the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC) and officials of the barangays who are beneficiaries of the said Program.

Community volunteers and local officials participate in the various collaboration workshops during the Leadership Training held on 20-23 September 2017 in Baguio City that would hone them to become better leaders.

The Training aimed to let the participants reflect on their capabilities and characteristics that would make them better community leaders and identify situations where these could be applied. As part of facilitating empowerment in the grassroots communities, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS develops emerging frontrunners who will continue the culture of collaboration and teamwork in addressing urgent problems and needs.

The participants actively participated in various workshops and group activities that tested their leadership skills and personal abilities. They were made to realize the essence of working together and trusting their capabilities in facing challenges.

Uray dakami ti mas nataengan, kasla nga dakami ti annakyo. Gapu ta adu ti insuru yo kadakami. Saan laeng nga empowerment ti insuruyo kadakami, insuruyo pay daguiti banbanag nga saanmi pulos nga maadal ti eskwelaan [Even if we are older than you (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff and facilitators), it was as though we were your children. You taught us a lot. Not only did you teach us empowerment, you also taught us things we cannot even learn in school),” said Felino Dallego of Barangay Cuenca, Pugo, La Union.

This new breed of leaders will pave the way for better partnerships with the local government in crafting progress plans and implementing local development projects. They also committed to continuously improve themselves to become better local heroes who will champion Bayanihan which they believe will hasten their growth as a community.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS stands by its mandate to empower individuals who can give huge contributions in the development of their localities. More than the millions-worth of infrastructure subprojects, the Program invests in instilling knowledge and capabilities to its beneficiaries. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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Sison, Pangasinan Tribes are proud IPs

Various Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Tribes and Women flocked together to commemorate the National IP Month at the Sha-la Hall, Sison, Pangasinan.

Coming from Barangays Agat, Sagunto, Calunetan, Labayug, Asan Norte, Asan Sur, Bila, Cauringan, Dungon, Esperanza, Alibeng, Inmalog, and Paldit, 383 IPs and Women attended the IPs’ and Women’s Caravan conducted by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) under the leadership of Municipal Mayor Danilo C. Uy with the theme, “Proud IP”.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) promotes women welfare and reaches out to the IPs to keep their culture alive and cherished. IPs are DSWD’s valued partners in the Program implementation despite cultural differences. DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta said, “Ang pag-ahon ay para sa lahat. Walang pinipiling edad, sekswalidad, paniniwala, at kultura. Kayo ay katuwang namin sa tunay na pagbabago (Development is for all. It is not based on age, sexuality, beliefs, and culture. You are our partners for genuine change).”

Selected participants represented their respective tribes as they proudly ramped their colorful cultural attire and showcased their cultural dances led by the LGU IP Mandatory Representative Ms. Josephine Saguirre.

Barangays Alibeng, Inmalog, and Paldit were announced as the Best in Barangay Booth with Php5,000.00 cash prize. Abundant and fresh farm products, fruits, spices, and handicrafts were displayed in their respective booths made up of indigenous materials.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) provided a brief orientation on the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (Republic Act 8371). While the Commission on Population talked about Family Planning and Responsible Parenthood.

The IPs and non-Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries availed free medical and dental services through the Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC), Provincial Health Office (PHO), Rural Health Unit (RHU), and Department of Health (DOH).

According to Ms. Daisy Fernandez, member of the Bago Tribe, she was grateful of the free medicines and the tooth extraction she was able to avail.

Prizes were given to the winners of raffle draws and parlor games. DOH backpacks and “Proud IP” t-shirts were also given.


Presidential Decree 1906 declares October as National IP Month based on the constitutional mandate of recognizing and protecting the rights of indigenous cultural communities geared towards national unity and development. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries delight Family Day Celebration

With the theme, Pamilyang Pilipino: Handang Tumawid sa Pag-Unlad, a total of 368 beneficiaries enjoyed Family Day Celebration at the Jose D. Aspiras Hall Gymnasium, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University South La Union Campus, Agoo, La Union.

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 Provincial Winners were introduced to the crowd. They are as follows: Mendoza Family from Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur – Regional Winner; Castañeda Family from Laoac, Pangasinan-First Runner Up; Galiste Family from Tubao, La Union – Second Runner Up; and Arimbuyoten Family from Batac City, Ilocos Norte – Third Runner Up.

The Mendoza Family then attended the National Pantawid Pamilya Family Day Celebration in Metro Manila to receive a recognition.

Ms. Meralie Galiste shared the struggles of their family. According to her, she always makes her children feel her tender love and care despite all odds. She also teaches them the value of education and faith in God. She encouraged the other parents to guide their children.

All the beneficiaries renewed their oath of commitment led by Ms. Gloria Balangyao, Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 Ilocos Sur Provincial Entry. This is to remind them to continue being responsible in complying to the set conditions of the Program.

Sangguniang Bayan Member Hon. Antonio Eslao, graced the event while imposing a challenge to all the beneficiaries. He said, “Sa tulong ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng DSWD sa ilalim ng Administrasyong Duterte, makakaahon tayo, tumawid tayo sa kaunlaran. Huwag tayong tumawid sa kabilang buhay na walang iniwan sa ating mga anak. (With the aid of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program under Duterte Administration, we can improve our lives, let us cross the poverty line. We should not perish without leaving any legacy to our children).”

 The families were thrilled with the parlor games, raffle draws and prizes given to them. A photo booth was also installed for the families to have a souvenir photo.

Partner agencies also participated while extending their services to the families like National Nutrition Council, PhilHealth-La Union, Commission on Population Regional Office 1, and Heritage Baptist Church. Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center offered Free Medical Mission while La Union Provincial Health Office rendered Dental Mission.

Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations in Agoo displayed their products for sale and free spa services.

Ms. Rosalyn L. Descallar, Regional Program Coordinator, hoped that all the families were filled with joy. She also emphasized that unity and love keep the family strong and that each member of the family has a vital role to improve their quality of life. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Ornamental Propagation Business: Blooming and booming

Maria Foronda proudly shows her fruiting cranberry tree.

Awan lugina, no adda man malungsot a mula ket masukatan met laeng (There is no bankruptcy, withered plants are easily and cheaply replaced),” answered Pricila Resuello, 49, an ornamental propagator, when asked why she has chosen ornamental propagation as her family’s main source of living.

Ornamental propagation has been one of the most common livelihoods among the barangay folks of Manzante, Magsingal in Ilocos Sur because soil condition in the area possesses good quality essential for plant growth.

To produce better yields, the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 conducted a Skills Training on Ornamental Propagation in the barangay on 30-31 July 2015 which was participated in by 41 all-women program participants, most of whom are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. This is in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Hidden Garden that served as training providers. Program participants received seedlings  and propagation kits and supplies during their graduation.

Because of DSWD’s intervention to their livelihood, the program participants were able to acquire more knowledge on ornamental propagation and therefore, gained more profit. “Nasursuromi ti ag-graft. Gapo kadagiti naited a supply kas kadagiti ganagan, sprayer, mulmula ken dadduma pay, immado iti ganansyami (We learned how to graft. Because of the supplies and seedlings given to us, we were able to raise more profit),” said Maria Foronda.

After a year, the program participants later organized themselves into an association called The Magsingal Ornamental Supreme where members can better share ideas on ornamental propagation and market strategies to other members. Some of the members buy plants from other members and sell them in the town market or to nearby municipalities. Now, the Association even has buyers as far as from Laguna. During peak season, particularly on summer and Christmas season, income for each member can go as high as Php5,000.00 per week.

Aside from the profit they get out of ornamental propagation, seeing their gardens in full bloom has created good emotional impact among the program participants. “Liwliwami iti agmula. Nagmayat a buybuyaen dagiti agsabsabong a mulami aglalao iti bigbigat (Planting is our form of leisure. It feels relaxing viewing our garden in full bloom especially in the morning),” said Pricila. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Liwanag SLPA in Pangasinan to receive candle orders for Halloween

Scented candles delicately handcrafted by the Liwanag SLPA.

Strong Catholic devotion for Our Lady of Manaoag in Manaoag, Pangasinan, both for locals and tourists, has opened great opportunity for candle industry to prosper in the area. A wide variety of candle design is sold by the locals on the street, brought home, and/or lit at the famous Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag’s Candle Gallery.

Seeing candle industry’s high market potential in the area, the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 provided assistance to 60 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the town through a 3-day Skills Training in October 2016. The program participants were later organized as Liwanag Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA). Right after their graduation, they were given a complete set of starter kits for their business.

Getting an edge over other candle makers, Liwanag SLPA members were taught to make unique delicately handcrafted scented candles sold at a very reasonable price. Their best seller designs include halo-halo candles, fruit cocktail design votive, and 7-day candles all sold at Php60.00 each. Other designs include Delarubia candles at Php35.00 each, Trio candles with rose design at P50.00 per pack, Manaoag Church floating candles sold at Php10.00 each, among others.

As early as now, the Liwanag SLPA is already accepting candle orders for Halloween as they will be doubling their manpower effort to produce and meet customers’ increasing demand. For orders, customers can contact SLPA President Samuel Manaois at 0921-214-8117 and 0929-145-1717.

To generate higher income, the Association aims of acquiring a molder for ordinary candles because of its low production cost but high market demand on regular business days.

Like a candle that can lit up a dark room, the business has started to light the bright future of the Liwanag SLPA members. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Feeding tilapias to feeding pockets

Prunella Retreta as she enjoys feeding the tilapia fingerlings

Apart from furniture making, San Vicente town in Ilocos Sur is also known for its Aquaculture industry. Most of the fish cages can be found in the barangays of San Sebastian and Pudoc. Although this livelihood has a high income potential, most of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the area only get a stipend out of fish farming because they only work as tenant fishermen.

With the assistance from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1, 60 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the said barangays underwent a Skills Training on Tilapia Fish Culture and graduated on 31 October 2016. Each program participant was given an allotted budget of Php10,000.00 from the SLP Regular GAA 2016 Microenterprise Development fund, inclusive of training fees, meals and transportation allowance, complete fishing materials and tilapia fingerlings. The Local Government Unit of San Vicente provided the training venue.

The program participants were later organized into Agtignay Mangngalap Association creating their own rules and regulations. Divided into four groups, they were renting a total of 15 cages for Php500.00 each per year. With the unity and cooperation of the members, each of them received Php5,000.00 from their first harvest, plus their first Association’s saving.


Managing shocks

Bountiful harvest. Marjorie Ragunjan shares the Association’s blessing through grilled tilapia.

Too early to test the Association’s resiliency, a fish kill was experienced in the area due to environmental stress sometime in April and May this year. Applying what was taught in their training, the Association was saved from bankruptcy because they were able to detect the fish kill early, thus fresh tilapias were sold and dead tilapias that were still safe for human consumption were salted, dried and sold. “Imbes a malugi, nakaganansyakami pay laeng iti Php2,800.00 kada miembro. Dakkel a tulong talaga diay training (Instead of losing capital, we were still able to generate Php2,800.00 profit for each member. The training was really a great help),” said SLPA President Marjorie Ragunjan.


Building cages to building home

Supsuportaran na kami dagiti assawami. Isoda pay iti agpakan dagiti sida no dadduma (We are getting support from our husbands. They sometimes feed the fish, too),” said Marjorie. She even shared that her family saved the profit she received out of tilapia farming and later utilized it to improve their house. From a one room bungalow, her family now has  a small sala and kitchen.

Now, the Association is eyeing for a higher income that would sustain the arising needs of their families, particularly for the schooling of their children. It was agreed upon that the Association’s savings will be utilized to buy more fishing materials so they can produce higher yield. Having their own fish propagation cages is also part of their future plan. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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