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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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The Ilocos Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) proudly commends one of its Child Representatives, Erson P. Muyalde, for winning 2nd Place during the National Population Quiz (POPQUIZ) Show held on 23-26 January 2017 in Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Erson was the regional champion during the Regional Festival of Talents POPQUIZ category of POPCOM held early this year.

His 2nd year of joining POPQUIZ has been his luck after his first attempt to win the regional contest in 2015. Indeed, his determination and confidence has brought him a remarkable recognition for bringing the emblem of excellence in the region outsmarting other 16 representatives from all over the country.

Having been inducted in 2015 in the elite circle of Gawad Rizal awardees, this young man tagged as a “Math Wizard” for winning various math competitions locally and internationally, stays humble and passionate despite his many achievements as a diligent student, a proactive child advocate, and a responsible community leader.

The RCWC is truly proud of having Erson in the group— a living inspiration not only to every child and youth in the region but to the whole nation as well.  To God be all the glory! (by: Maria Cristina F. Martinez, POPCOM1)          

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AVRC 1 promotes Himig Tanglaw Season 2 for visually-impaired persons

The Area 1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center of DSWD, in partnership with the Philippine Chamber of Massage Industry of Visually Impaired, Inc. (PCMIVI), organized the musical talent showdown among 25 visually- impaired (VI) persons from CAR, Regions 1, II, III held at Robinson’s Calasiao, Pangasinan recently.

Himig Tanglaw Season 2 served as an audition for the national competition in the following categories: Vocal Solo, Chorale/Acapella, and Battle of the Bands that will be held at SM Aura in Taguig City sometime in December this year.

For the Vocal Solo category, the following were selected: Samantha Rylin Caber from Laoag City, Alona Bateg from Baguio City, and Rose Michelle Espiritu, an AVRC client.

For the Chorale/Acapella Group,  Himirana (Baguio City)  and  Candon City Federation of PWDs Choral Group  were selected.

With the Battle of the Bands category, the Ignite Band from Ilocos Sur and DM Band of Dagupan City were chosen.

PCMIVI President Ronnel Del Rio recognized the displayed positivity among the visually-impaired persons, especially witnessed in their showcased abilities and even their deeply-felt motivation to live a normal life despite partial or no vision at all.

“Ensuring that PWDs are given  every chance and opportunity  in the mainstream of the society, more so in the field of performing arts,  is among the noble endeavors of DSWD-AVRC 1 and  PCMIVI, their inclusion and participation matter most,” said  Ms. Elizabeth C. Manuel,  AVRC 1 Training Center Superintendent.  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II with report from AVRC 1)

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DSWD FO1 has ready goods for Tropical Storm Jolina victims

The DSWD Field Office 1 is ready to augment requests from Local Government Units (LGUs) to support the immediate needs of the victims of Tropical Storm Jolina.

“At present, Php 11.7M worth of food and non-food items stocked at the regional warehouse and satellite warehouses strategically positioned in the provinces are intact and ready to assist the affected families,” Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo said.

The said amount includes 30,596 family food packs (FFPs) and other food items including bottled water and infant dry cereals.

Moreover, non-food items like generator sets, heavy duty batteries, blankets, mats, beddings, body bags, water containers, and kitchen utensils worth Php 7.2M are also ready at any given time.

Repacking of FFPs is done at the regional warehouse to accommodate requests coming from the LGUs, especially for victims still inside evacuation centers in the Province of La Union: Aringay Ampitheater in Aringay, Santiago Norte Barangay Hall in Caba, and San Francisco Day Care Center and San Agustin Elementary School in the City of San Fernando.

DSWD, being the Vice-Chair for the Response Cluster, is now receiving relief augmentation requests and coordinates with the satellite warehouses to release the needed relief particularly the LGUs in the First District of Ilocos Sur to help the families of fisherfolks along coastal barangays. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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RCWC confers Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance to 120 LGUs in Region 1

RCWC Chairperson Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo (2nd fr. left) awards the Seal of Child-Friendly Governance (SCFLG) to LGU- Nueva Era through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Paz Acosta at the Crown Regency Hotel on 28 June 2017. Also in the picture are DSWD OPD Chief Benjamin F. Baldo (leftmost) and DILG LGOO V Hope Ordoño.

The outstanding regional passing rate of 96 percent is a remarkable achievement of children advocates and workers in the Local Government Units (LGUs) and their regional counterpart. The region has been a consistent top performer since the mandatory audit in 2014.

“This also shows commitment and adherence to local and national policies protecting the rights of children while the crafting of responsive services to ensure stringent observation of children’s welfare in local communities is also given attention,” Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) Chairperson Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo said.

The Seal for Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) is conferred by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), the national counterpart of RCWC, upon LGUs that passed the mandatory Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit.  The first regional awarding rites coincided with the regional convention of Child Development Workers.  It was graced by Mayors, Local Social Welfare and Development Officers, Local Government Operations Officers, official representatives of municipalities and cities, and the media.

The consistent top performing LGUs were observed to have institutionalized integrated efforts translated into legislations to protect the rights of children, as evidenced by 111 LGUs having a Local Code for Children.

Per information from the CWC, the current 12 indicators will be expanded to include more results-based assessment criteria which will be categorized according to the four categories of the rights of a child — survival, protection, development, and participation.

Accordingly, there are strategies being suggested for implementation such as the expansion of the Interagency Monitoring Task Force (IMTF) that is tasked to monitor and evaluate the functionality of Local Councils for the Protection of Children. From its current membership composed of DILG, DSWD, and DepEd, the following are recommended for inclusion: Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Nutrition Council (NNC), and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

To document and share LGUs’ good practices and innovations along the children’s sector, a Knowledge Management System (KMS) shall also be established.  The KMS will serve as repository of data and information through an operational mobile application in smart phones or tablets. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II with report from Ms. Faye Angeli Liwanag)

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