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Model Families to be introduced in the Pantawid Pamilya Family Day 2017

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya of the four provinces in Region 1 will meet hundreds of selected family-beneficiaries who will attend the Regional Pantawid Pamilya Family Day Celebration on 30 September 2017 at the Jose D. Aspiras Hall Gymnasium, Agoo, La Union.

These model families are the provincial winners during the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017. 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; and Arimbuyoten Family from Batac City, Ilocos Norte-Third Runner Up.

They are proof that anybody can have a better chance at fighting the effects of poverty if they are given the opportunities and tools for human development.

The Mendoza Family will attend the National Pantawid Pamilya Family Day Celebration in Metro Manila on 1 October 2017 to receive recognition to be awarded by the Pantawid Pamilya National Program Management Office.

This year’s Pantawid Pamilya Family Day is celebrated with the theme Pamilyang Pilipino: Handang Tumawid sa Kaunlaran.  The theme communicates the family-beneficiaries’ ability and confidence to cross poverty line, which is made possible by their own perseverance and through the different programs and services of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in convergence with its partner agencies.

Family-beneficiaries can avail free dental and medical consultation and services, spa services, and more. They will also enjoy games and raffle draws where prizes are at stake.

One of the highlights of the celebration will be the Renewal of Oath of Commitment by the participants to remind them of their responsibility in complying with the set conditions of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Pantawid Pamilya Family Day is annually commemorated to observe family ties among beneficiaries, socialize, and share with one another the successes and transformations in their lives brought about by the Program. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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ESGP-PA graduates from UNP enter Social Work Profession

The Newly Registered Social Workers (L-R): Krystel Kaye Garcia-Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur; Julius Jeremi Seguritan-Cabugao, Ilocos Sur; Mariden Serrano-Cabugao, Ilocos Sur; Ma. Dominica Rosiente-Vigan City, Ilocos Sur; and Meryll Eshna Oriente-Santol, La Union

Five grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) from the University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Vigan City, Ilocos Sur are now Registered Social Workers after passing the July 2017 Board Examinations.

One of the priority courses of the ESGP-PA is Social Work. For school year 2016-2017, nine students graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work from UNP.

The ESGP-PA aims to address poverty alleviation by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and let these graduates be employed in high-value added occupations to lift their families out of poverty at the same time contribute to national development. It prioritizes deserving Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who excel academically as a support to pursue and finish education in preparation for a stable job in the future.

According to the passers, they prioritize to work at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and become instruments in delivering social services to improve the quality of life and well-being of individuals, groups, and communities.

They also added that Social Work is a challenging, yet rewarding career. They believe that with their chosen profession, they can fulfil their life’s mission which is to propel the vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of the society to stand on their own two feet to improve their well-being. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Arlem Kenneth R. Areola, ESGP-PA Focal)

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DSWD-FO1 joins the conduct of the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

DSWD-FO1 employees executes the “Duck, Cover and Hold” technique during the Alarm Phase of the earthquake drill.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) through the Disaster Response Assistance and Management Section (DReAMS) partakes in the conduct of the third quarter “Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill” in relation to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Memorandum No. 95 series of 2017.

Between 9-10 o’clock in the morning, the DSWD-FO1 employees cooperatively follows the designated exit routes in the conduct of the earthquake drill

The DReAMS leads the coordination and execution of the earthquake drill with the help of the Administration Unit in designating the exit routes of each rooms to be followed by the DSWD employees.

“Part kasi iyon(designated routes) ng awareness ng mga kasamahan natin para at least alam na nila iyong gagawin nila in times of disaster na magkakaroon tayo ng earthquake talaga. Alam na nila kung saan iyong mga exit points (Designated routes is part of the awareness of our fellow DSWD employees so that they will know what to do and where to go in case earthquake strikes)”, said DReAMS Social Welfare Officer I Ryleen G. Gadong.

A post activity evaluation of the earthquake drill in DSWD-FO1 will be submitted by DReAMS to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for proper reporting and documentation. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Mendoza Family is the new Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya of Region 1

Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta (fourth from the right) together with the Regional Validators NACPhil Regional Director Pastor Mario Tomboc, Radyo Pilipinas Agoo Acting Station Manager Charity Frianeza, and Department of Health (DOH) Region 1 Management Development Officer III Maria Lourdes Ducusin awarded the Mendoza Family (center) with cash prize, plaque, and Certificate of Recognition. The DOH Region 1 also handed a sphygmomanometer and other medical apparatus to the family.

This year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 1 hails the Mendoza Family from Brgy. Nagtupacan, Santa Maria, Ilocos as the Regional Winner on the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 held at the CSI Mall, City of San Fernando, La Union.

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is an annual search conducted by the DSWD as a way of promoting the Program as a source of responsible and model families. It also recognizes family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.

“Kaya naming gawin ang lahat para sa aming pinakamamahal na pamilya. Kaya naming magsakripisyo para mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang apat naming mga anak. Pagsisikapan kong igapang ang binuo kong pamilya. Gusto kong maging mabuting ehemplo sa aking mga anak (We can do everything for our family. We are willing to sacrifice for the better future of our four children. I will strive more to sustain my family. I want to be a good example to my children)”, Renato Mendoza swears this to his family as his lifetime oath.

Cecilia proudly said that within their 16 years of marriage, Renato did not ever harm her and he has no vices at all. That is why Cecilia never ceases to double her effort to provide for their family’s needs through cooking and selling homemade delicacies to their neighborhood while her husband is a part time laborer and farmer.

According to Mr. Renato, “Ipagpapatuloy ko ang magandang imahe ko sa aking mga anak dahil nalaman ko sa Family Development Sessions na mahalaga ang papel ng ama sa pagpapalaki ng mga anak. (I will continue showing a good image to my children because I learned from the Family Development Sessions that a father plays a vital role in raising his children)”.

Claire Ann, 16; John Reycel, 13; Cherry Ann, 12; and Rodny John, 10 are all consistent honor students. They always actively participate in all their school activities and sometimes take the lead.

Cecilia as a Barangay Midwife Assistant is passionate in extending medical help and assistance to her co-residents. It is where she realizes her dream of becoming a Radiologic Technologist. She tried hard to earn for a sphygmomanometer for emergency situations.

The Mendoza Family bested the Castañeda Family from Brgy. Caaringayan, Laoac, Pangasinan, the Galiste Family from Brgy. Rizal, Tubao, La Union, and the Arimbuyoten Family from Brgy. Baligat, Batac City, Ilocos Norte as the first, second, and third runners-up, respectively.

Further, Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta said that the DSWD Field Office 1 is proud of all the model families for proving that a family can be successful when the members are united. She also added that these families’ perseverance is the DSWD’s source of strength and motivation in rendering continuous prompt and passionate service to the disadvantaged sectors. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Ilocandia Heroes join Bukluran – DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National CV Congress

Regional BAYANi Ka Winners claim their awards handed by DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe during the National Community Volunteers’ Congress cum National BAYANi Ka Awards last 19 August 2017 in Quezon City.

Local, everyday heroes of the Ilocos Region participated in the first ever National Community Volunteers’ Congress dubbed as Bukluran: Sama-samang Lakas ng Mamamayan in Quezon City. The biggest gathering of community volunteers from all over the nation was hosted by 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 National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP).

The Bukluran, meaning “to unite,” was a two-day event highlighting the gains of CDD in the municipalities covered by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. The community volunteers were given the opportunity to discuss their learnings and experiences in the implementation of the Program in their respective localities through various collaboration activities and focus group discussions.


Community Volunteers from all over the Philippines collaborated to create a mural depicting their experiences and significant learnings in the implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

The National CV Congress focused on intensifying the advocacy for CDD adoption in implementing local programs and projects. The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS aspires to plant CDD in poor and disaster-stricken communities to empower them to work for their own development.

The Ilocos Region was represented by Mayor Ferdinand Tumbaga of Bagulin, La Union, together with community volunteers and Regional BAYANi Ka Winners Mr. Jun Balas, Ms. Remedios Candid, Ms. Crestie Navida, Mr. Aniceto Esteban, Mr. George Danglipen, Mr. Fredo Domine, and Mr. Felix Dengaey in the said Congress.

The Bukluran concluded with the National BAYANi Ka Awarding Ceremonies to recognize community volunteers, partner Local Government Units, and other stakeholders who put their communities first before themselves. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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The Glassy Waves of San Juan SLPA, Convergence at Its Best


Bob Hunt, Australian business partner of Glassy Waves of San Juan SLPA in white shirt (middle) with the SLPA President and DSWD staff  and the SLPA merchandise on display.

Because of its booming tourism industry, t-shirt printing and souvenir making in San Juan town in La Union has seen high potential. Thus, the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 conducted a Skills Training on T-shirt Printing from 30 January to 15 February 2017 catering 18 Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries in town. As a way to start their business, DSWD FO1 awarded the beneficiaries with starter kits inclusive of heat press, printers, t-shirts, caps, fans, mugs among others plus allowances. The Local Government Unit of San Juan, on the other hand, provided a cargo truck that served as the beneficiaries’ workplace/showroom apart from the Php75,000.00 cash loan that served as an additional capital.

The program participants who later organized themselves into The Glassy Waves San Juan Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) began their 24/7 business in March and have gained good market. Their highest daily sale went up as high as Php16,000.00 to Php20,000.00 last 15 April 2017 during the celebration of Black Saturday where tourist visit in San Juan was at its peak.

Convergence at its best, The Glassy Waves SLPA partnered with Bamboo Growers Association to provide them bamboo craft souvenirs, and Dait ni Ayat (Weave of Love) Association to provide them with bags to be printed. The two associations were also products of DSWD-SLP skills training modality.

Not long after, all hopes and support seemed to turn into ashes when the cargo truck was totally burned up due to faulty electrical wiring on a rainy night of 20 May 2017. Only Php40,000.00 cash was saved leaving Php239,000 worth of printing materials and products totally damaged.

Early morning after the tragedy, San Juan Mayor Arturo Valdriz and all the department heads in town were able to raise P130,000.00 from their department’s budget to help the three associations gain their lost hope and restart their normal business operation two days after. From the said amount, Php75,000.00 went to purchasing new set of printing machines. Also, LGU San Juan provided another workplace for the Glassy Wave SLPA while DSWD provided additional Seed Capital Fund amounting to Php160,00.00 on 10 July 2017.

Hindi na kami yung 4Ps na hindi nagbabago ang buhay. Nakaka-proud kasi may sarili na kaming opisina. Feeling namin e businessmen na talaga kami (We are no longer the so-called Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who have stagnant life conditions. We are proud of having our own office. We feel like real businessmen)”, said Gladys Cabading, SLPA President, as she reminisced how t-shirt printing has changed her life and the lives of her co-beneficiaries.

At present, The Glassy Waves of San Juan SLPA as a duly accredited Civil Society Organization (CSO) beneficiary of DSWD, is the leading souvenir and t-shirt print provider in town, who also caters the souvenir and printing needs of neighboring towns particularly those with souvenir shops in La Union.

Beneficiary CSOs are those that are composed of individuals bound by common interest and or are confronted by a calamity, social condition, problem, issue or crisis and who organized themselves mainly to benefit from government projects or programs that they themselves will undertake. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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Community store opens new income to SLP participants

DSWD FO1 staff with the San Fermin Pangkabuhayan SLPA during the opening and blessing of the community store.

Forty-four (44) Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Brgy. Fermin in Caba, La Union, who organized themselves into San Fermin Pangkabuhayan SLPA, recently opened a community store in their barangay through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) fund of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I. San Fermin is a far-flung barangay in Caba town, thus the community store is a great help to barangay folks needing immediate grocery supplies.

The community store worth Php84,000.00 is funded through Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA. The CBLA modality is implemented through labor-intensive projects that build, re-build and/or protect natural and physical assets necessary for more profitable, self-sustaining and resilient micro-enterprises.

The Association started with a Php332,970.00 capital used in purchasing grocery items, rice, and fertilizers ready for sale, and a refrigerator. According to the Association’s agreement, two of their members will serve as store vendors earning Php1,500.00 monthly salary each. To keep their capital revolving, a no credit policy was also agreed upon. In the meantime, store’s net profit will be deposited in the Association’s bank account.

Saankami nga agprobleman to ti balonen dagiti annakmi nga agbasan (Our children’s school allowance will no longer be a problem),” said SLPA President Jocelyn Valdez, 43, as she optimistically sees their community store gaining profit. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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SLP participants in San Juan, LU receive food carts

Siomai bright future. San Juan Mayor Arturo Valdriz together with DSWD staff and food cart recipients.

Fifty (50) PantawidPamilya program beneficiaries from the 41 barangays of San Juan town in La Union received food carts from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 during their graduation on Skills Training on Business Management leading to Food Cart Business on 11 August 2017. This is in partnership with Leyum Enterprise which served as training providers.

Each participant was given a budget allocation of Php20,000.00 from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) fund which covered the provision of food carts, starter kits, Php1,000.00 worth of siomai and siopao products, and Php2,000 for the processing of required business permits. The Local Government Unit of San Juan, through Mayor Arturo Valdriz, provided the training venue, meal and transportation allowances of the beneficiaries, and gave additional Php50,000.00 capital to the new businessmen.

Real, 42, said that the grant given to her family would be of great help in sending her three children to school. “Ti maganansyak to ket pangalaan iti allowance da nga agbasa ken igatang iti school projects da (The income I’ll be getting will be utilized for my children’s school allowance and projects),” she said. Evelyn is a part-time laundry woman while her husband is a part-time carpenter. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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