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ESGP-PA Honor Grads to march this year

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) produced honor graduates this year through the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

Out of the 386 graduates, two are Magna Cum Laudes, 24 are Cum Laudes, and 11 are With Distinction.

The Magna Cum Laudes are Bachelor of Science in Agriculture graduate Hazel H. Achuela, and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate Sherrie Anne G. Calapao (Photos: left to right).

The Cum Laudes include: Bachelor of Science in Technical Teacher Education graduate Reynaldo F. Calanasan, Jr.; Bachelor in Elementary Education graduates Aiza A. Cablay, Jeffrey D. Tomboc, Robin H. Rimas, Kimberly M. Agron, Germaine R. Batuyong, Jessah Angelica P. Ganal, Ronalyn M. Langamin, Carmena May C. Libao, and Jasen Kyle S. Ortal; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science graduates Mark Jevy G. Jacaban, and Jhonie D. Munar; Bachelor of Secondary Education graduates Jhun T. Petate, John Darwin E. Barcena, and Lyka A. Julaila; Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education graduates Jazel C. Aquino, Camille V. Bambao, Gerald T. Carbonell, and Fercris P. Gaon; Bachelor of Science in Biology graduate Rica Mae B. Ancheta; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science graduate Chris John V. Tapuro; and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduates Kenneth A. Gudoy, Imee Erica C. Lacambra, and Khyle Deanne S. Lazaro.

The ESGP-PA grantees who graduated With Distinction are: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education graduates Artemio A. Cutillon, Jr., Reylyn Marie A. Baldo, Glenda N. Buis, May Ann D. Castillo, Catherine Joy M. de Fiesta, Charlene S. Pagaduan, and Rhea N. Cawis; and Bachelor in Secondary Education graduates Giovanni C. Duran (December 2016), Carmina de Vera, Jhude Padilla, and Kristine Ritual.

The ESGP-PA aims to address poverty 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. (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 Kalahi-CIDSS builds support systems

Ms. Perla Sotelo, Administrative Officer of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University ─ Mid-La Union Campus, asking for possible support the University could provide to DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS during the Partners Forum held on 13 June 2017.

Kalahi-CIDSS, the country’s largest Community-Driven Development (CDD) Program implemented under the Department of Social Welfare and Development, recently conducted the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Partners’ Forum. The Partners’ Forum aims to strengthen partnership between and among DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its external partners ranging from the Media, the Academe, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Peoples Organizations (POs) present in Ilocos Region.

Nasuruan kami nga agsao para iti bagbagimi, uray no Person with Disability (PWD) ak, adda ak nga maki-partisipar (We were taught to speak for ourselves, even having a disability, I was able to participate),” Remedios Candid, a Community Volunteer of Cambaly, Bagulin, La Union, said in her message inspiring the partners to continuously support the implementation of the Program.

Realizing its wide reach, the various media entities in Region 1 were encouraged to advocate for the adaptation of CDD in the development projects of the local government. They are also effective communicators in spreading correct information to the public and the stakeholders.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS support system. Partners and the DSWD staff posing for a memorabilia after the interactive Forum with commitments for support set for the Program implementation.

The Academe is encouraged to add Kalahi-CIDSS and CDD in their research agenda. They are also being tapped as Learning Service Providers for capability building activities for the community citizens.

Different CSOs and POs operating in the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS areas were also enjoined to participate in the different community empowerment activities by providing assistance in the different areas of Program implementation.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS strongly believes that the strong support from various external partners is what keeps the Program moving towards empowerment of the communities. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)


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Alaminos City residents thankful for DSWD’s core shelter units, Mayor Celeste’s support levered

(Top photo) The ceremonial cutting of the ribbon led by (L-R) City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste, CSWDO Imelda Ruiz and Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo. (Below Photo) children of Pangapisan, Alaminos City pose in front one of one the core shelter units.

The initial awarding of 20 core shelter units at Pangapisan, Alaminos City is a  part of the 500 units amounting to Php 65M worth of Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1, with  Php 130,000.00 for each core shelter unit.

Alaminos City’s counterpart was made possible with the equal passion of City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste to provide decent, safe, and structurally-strong houses for the families living in hazard-prone areas. This was shown through land acquisition, site development, and provision of tools, equipment, and salaries for skilled workers.

The recently awarded units at Pangapisan are concrete evidence of partnership between the national and local governments to serve the beneficiaries better. The 1.6 hectare of land was donated by a US-based couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ruperto and Loreta Gameng, through the intervention of Mayor Celeste who visited them in California and pleaded for the cause of the landless.

The beneficiaries’ Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA) was an active participant in the construction of the houses.

In the spirit of Bayanihan, family heads and members were encouraged to work in the site as their ‘sweat counterpart’. “Diak pati diak kita” (do not believe unless seen) mentality was proven wrong by the CSAP as claimed by City Social Welfare Officer Imelda Ruiz.


Such was emphasized by Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo; that great things happen when the national and local governments and the people themselves pour in synchronized efforts and expertise towards the common good.

CSAP and Pantawid beneficiary Sandy Arevalo and his wife expressed their gratitude for the new house and lot. After fishing, they help in the construction of their own core shelter. Meanwhile, Omar de la Cruz is excited to move in to their new house. “Kahit ilang taon kaming magtrabaho, hindi kami makakapundar ng ganito” (Even if we work for many years, we won’t be able to afford a house and lot such as this), de la Cruz exclaimed.

On this site will rise a Child Development Center and an integrated primary school with a chapel, as well, respectively pledged by Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Danny Sison and Msgr.  Rey Ragudos.

The Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) is designed to provide financial assistance to families whose houses were totally destroyed by manmade or natural disasters. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries compete for the Best Bio-Intensive Garden

To augment daily needs in food and nutrition, some Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries grow various vegetables through Bio-Intensive Gardening and they aim to topnotch this year’s Search for Model Bio-Intensive Garden (BIG).

Representing their respective parent groups of 20 or more, regional contenders proudly showcased their bountiful vegetable gardens in Brgy. Pila, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Brgy. Mabileg, Sigay, Ilocos Sur; Brgy. Oya-oy, Bacnotan, La Union; and Brgy. Salvacion, Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan to the validators composed of some Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Management Office staff, Agriculturist II Mr. Jake Bantioey from the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1, and Civil Society Organization Representative Bro. Tony Supremido.

Applying their learnings from their Family Development Session on BIG, these beneficiaries were able to successfully put up and sustain their communal vegetable garden which they are confident to bag the title.

Each communal garden measures 5×5 meters, maintained for at least three months with no commercial fertilizer applied and served as a source of additional income and nutritious food for their families.

BIG is one of the thrusts and priorities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development this year through the National Advisory Committee Resolution No. 38, series of 2016.

Search results will be announced during the regional awarding on 27 June 2017. Cash prizes are at stake. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Mark Theodore Mamuyac, Supply Side Assessment Focal)

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DSWD FO1 goes healthy towards productivity

DSWD’s ‘May Malasakit’ branding is not only for the beneficiaries and partners but is also applicable to its staff and employees who are now engaged in various healthy activities.

The Medical Section spearheaded activities such as ‘Basketball Tournament’, ‘Dance-Zumba,’ and distribution of medical kits and health booklet to promote health and wellness among the staff.

The recently launched tournament is set to sustain the camaraderie, sportsmanship and teamwork among the six teams from clustered employees per area of assignment.

Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo reminded that the tournament should serve as their avenue to release tensions and stresses, so that upon assumption to work, they are more focused and alert to cope with its demand.

Moreover, the management’s support is on logistics (prizes) and permission for those from nearby provinces to join the games scheduled on weekends.

As to game standing, the All Stars team which leads the competition has 4-0 (win-loss), SLP/Listahanan 4-1, Royals 3-2, LU-RPMO 2-2, PangWest 0-4, and PangEast 0-4.

The tournament is closely assisted by the Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (SWEAP) Region 1 Chapter and selected Pantawid Pamilya staff as to the schedules, logistics preparation, tokens/prizes.  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Home for the Elderly soon to rise in La Union


DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo (in brown polo) together with Asst. Regional Director for Administration Nora D. Dela Paz (in violet polo shirt), LU PSWDO Ranilo P. Ipac (in blue polo shirt), San Juan LGU Executive Asst. Oscar Ganaden, Jr. (in gray polo), and other DSWD-FO1 employees during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Home for the Elderly on 6 June 2017

In response to the needs of the older persons who are poor, without a family, abandoned, neglected, and rejected by relatives and families due to illness and financial burden, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) will establish a Home for the Elderly in Sta. Rosa De Lima St., Ili Norte, San Juan, La Union (LU).

The long-awaited dream of having a Home for the Elderly in Region 1 is finally achieved and DSWD FO 1 Asst. Regional Director for Administration Nora D. Dela Paz is optimistic that the facility will give hope to our older persons particularly the abandoned, neglected, unattached, homeless, and abused senior citizens.

According to DSWD FO 1 Operations and Programs Division Chief Benjamin F. Baldo, after more than 20 years since the lot was donated, finally this year, our national government already allotted 12 million pesos fund for capital outlay intended for the construction of the Phase 1 home care facility for the aged.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Juan, LU warmly welcomes the facility. “We are very lucky here in San Juan, another milestone for the Department and the Municipality ket sapay koma ta ited tayo iti naan-anay nga panangtaripato tayo kadagiti lolo ken lola tayo (and hopefully we will give the necessary care to our grandfathers and grandmothers) as they reach their twilight years,” said San Juan LGU Executive Asst. Oscar Ganaden Jr.

Meanwhile, during the groundbreaking ceremony, LU Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Ranilo P. Ipac shared that the Provincial Government of LU is very much willing to partner with DSWD FO 1 for the welfare of the senior citizens because reality is inevitable that our culture is already changing.

PSWDO Ipac added that before, the usual type of Filipino families is extended since Filipino family ties are very strong and used to take care of their elders, but now, Filipino families are becoming more nuclear. PSWDO Ipac shared that the changing Filipino culture is evident on the survey that was undertaken by LU PSWDO three years ago that around 700 Senior Citizens in La Union are living alone.

The soon-to-be two-storey residential care facility shall be managed by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of LU under the technical supervision of DSWD FO 1 upon signing a Memorandum of Agreement. “We are very fortunate that we have the Province of LU as our partner likewise the LGU of San Juan, LU. Hopefully, the construction of the Home for the Elderly will be replicated by the other provinces,” said DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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La Union Media captures DSWD’s hashtag (#) ‘May Malasakit’

Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo (above) led the La Union Media Press Conference with tri-media partners and PIA (below photo) in the City of San Fernando, La Union.

“DSWD’s hashtag ‘May Malasakit’ is its new  branding that carries the administration’s  call to reach all groups of people needing assistance popularizing the message “Gikan sa masa para sa masa (from the masses to the masses). At Field Office 1, series of campaigns is being done to provide information on programs and services for better understanding, thus, easy access.”

This highlights the opening statement of Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo during the Press Conference recently held at Panlipunan Hall, DSWD, City of San Fernando, La Union.

“Gusto naming makita ng tao ‘yung tunay na pagtulong at madama nila ang serbisyo ng pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng aming mga programa at serbisyo (We want the people to feel the essence of helping them through our programs),” Dir. Castillo further added.

On Social Pension Program, the purpose of Php 1,500.00 ‘stipend’ was explained as an augmentation to the basic needs of the poor senior citizens and its maximized use is not restricted by DSWD. This issue was clarified with the reported case that an instruction was issued wherein rice should be included as among the ‘basic items’ to be purchased.

Started off this year, the rice subsidy of Php 600.00 a month for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries was already included in the received cash grants. “Continuous interventions are pooled or unified to really give a dent and sustain the progress among the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries,” Director Castillo announced.

In addition, community and people empowerment, micro-enterprise and employment facilitation supplement the needs of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The Sustainable Livelihood Program has tapped companies in the localities and in nearby regions like the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines.

According to Dir. Castillo, the Office has also conceptualized strategies to respond to social issues such as the ‘Bajaus’  and ‘Taong Grasa’. Concerned Local Government Units  (LGUs) and government agencies are currently looking into providing better opportunities and safer environment both for these families and to communities where they roam around. “Intervention always goes back to strengthening of families, where basic needs and values formation are done,” Dir. Castillo added.

As to grievances on Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries such as those involved in gambling, card pawning, and grants misuse, the access to ‘grievance hotline’ 0918-912-2813 was shared.

Moreover, to ensure speedy access on Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) for individuals in need, Certificate of Indigency/ Residency accompanied with hospital bill/prescriptions for medical; balance bill from funeral parlor and death certificate for burial; certificate of enrolment/assessment for educational; police blotter for transportation allowance must be secured and submitted to the Crisis Intervention Section. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Pantawid Pamilya farmers gain better harvest through SLP

From 45 cavans of rice, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are now harvesting 60-75 cavans of rice

Eighty-six (86) Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Badoc, Ilocos Norte (IN) are typically engaged in conventional farming as their main source of income.

In the past, according to Mr. Rogelio L. Gamponia (President of 4Ps Farmers Sustainable Livelihood Program Association), they usually reap 45 cavans of rice during the first cropping season.

Thus, in order to have a better harvest, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I organized and funded a two-day Skills Training on Production Technologies for Farm Crops in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Badoc, IN and the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, IN.

Through the said training, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries acquired knowledge on new farming technologies and proper management of crops that enhanced their existing understanding and capability as farmers resulting to an increase in their farm production by at least 20%.

The members of the two (2) associations are contributing Php 100.00 monthly to be deposited to the associations’ bank account for additional capital and savings. They aspire to build an agriculture supply store someday using their associations’ savings.

“Idi, dua a daras kami lang a makamula, nasayaaten nu maka-2nd cropping kami. Tatta ket maka 3rd cropping kamin ta adda datoy naited a training ken machineries. Dakkel a katulungan datoy (We can only plant once or twice a year before and we are lucky if we can plant for the second cropping season. Now, we can even have 3rd cropping because of the training and farm machineries that were given to us)”, said Mr. Gamponia in an interview.

Aside from the training, starter kits worth Php 10,000.00 consisting of farm tools and equipment such as water pump, water hose, knapsack sprayer, and fertilizers were also provided to the 86 participants.

“Dakkel a banag ti naipaay kadakami ta manipud idi nakaawat kami ti makinarya ket simmayaat metten bassit ti panagbiagmi. Adda met ti sangkabassit a maurnong a para ti pamilyak (Our life improved since we received the farm equipment. I now have a small amount of savings for my famiy)”, said Mr. Antonette L. Magbaleta (President of Agri-Anihan Sustainable Livelihood Program Association).

SLP is a program that provides identified poor families with appropriate income-generating opportunities through Microenterprise Development or Employment Facilitation to help improve their level of economic sufficiency. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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