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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are trusted manpower says private company

Ferdinand and Rodalyn (top photos L-R) together with their co-beneficiaries employed at the Company (below)

“We are really impressed with the performance of all the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries we hire. So whenever we need workers here in our production farm, we always hire them and renew their contract after every six months,” Farm Supervisor Engr. Roland Cararang shared.

East West Seeds Company Incorporated in Dingras, Ilocos Norte has been hiring Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries as farm laborers and pollinators. Ferdinand Ramiro, 51, was one of the pioneer employees.  Due to his loyalty, the Company awarded his three children with scholarship.

Engr. Cararang said that they are expanding their Company in the municipalities of Marcos, Banna, and Solsona, Ilocos Norte and assured that they will again consider Pantawid Pamilya as their source of workforce.

In 2016, the Company and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) were linked with a Memorandum of Agreement to employ Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. There are 181 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hired since then.

Rodalyn Foroganan, 42, reached her fourth year in the Company as an Assistant Lead Man with the assistance of SLP’s Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF), which was used to buy her farm uniform and secure employment requirements. She is thankful of being employed because she has a source of income to augment the needs of her children in their studies.

PEAF is a modality that provides financial assistance to program participants with guaranteed employment to secure employment application and documentary requirements.  (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in San Fabian, Pangasinan claim Social Security

All Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in San Fabian, Pangasinan are now assured to be covered by the Social Security System (SSS).

This is after the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was inked by the Local Government Unit of San Fabian, Pangasinan and the SSS.

Based on the Social Welfare Development Indicator (SWDI) result administered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) as of April 2016, 2,051 out of 3,268 Pantawid Pamilya households in the said municipality have no access to formal financing institutions. Some SSS members who used to be active turned inactive due to unemployment.

The MOA Signing introduced the SSS Alkansya or Coin Bank to assist the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in religiously paying their contribution. The coin banks installed at the San Fabian Municipal Hall will be collected by SSS every month (per schedule). A beneficiary’s contribution starts at Php300.00.

A joint monitoring will be conducted to sustain the continuous contributions of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Leilanie Jane Mendoza, Municipal Link)

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DSWD partners with CSO and DepEd on YDS Implementation

The three MOA signatories (seated from L-R: DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez; Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas; and Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo) showing the signed tripartite MOA with their respective witnesses.

“This partnership is for the youth, as the Department of Education (DepEd) seeks to nurture and develop children. As teachers, this partnership is a commitment and compassion for the children.” This was the statement of Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez during the signing of the Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1), the Olupan na Laiko ed Arkidiosos na Lingayen-Dagupan (ONLA-ALD), and DepEd Schools Division Office (SDO) I Pangasinan. The parties were represented by the DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Most Reverend Socrates B. Villegas, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo.

The said agreement was initiated by DSWD FO1 to implement the Youth Development Session (YDS) of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) Resolution No. 34 series of 2016 – The YDS of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. As parallel intervention to the Family Development Sessions, the YDS targets high school student beneficiaries of the Program to support their holistic adolescent development as well as to prevent the risks and vulnerabilities of the youth to peer pressure, early pregnancy, substance abuse, social media, school absenteeism, and other issues that make them prone to juvenile delinquency.

The areas to be covered by the said agreement include the Local Government Units under DepEd SDO I Pangasinan and those of the ONLA-ALD.

The tripartite MOA signing simultaneously included the re-echoing on the YDS Orientation for Civil Society Organizations participated by Guidance Counselors and Designates from the different schools of DepEd SDO I Pangasinan along with members of the ONLA-ALD.

Accordingly, Archbishop Villegas said in his message, “This partnership among the ONLA-ALD, the DepEd, and the DSWD guards the real treasures of the church, particularly the youth. We need to unite as one in every endeavor that protects the welfare of the poor and the neglected as a church serving its treasures.”

RD Castillo relayed, “By interacting and living with the youth, we will understand them and thus guide them.” He also emphasized that such partnership contributes to the expansion of government programs and services like Pantawid Pamilya. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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CFDS Module for Indigenous Peoples on its first draft

Tribal Leaders and Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) in the Region were convened by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to draft Community Family Development Session (CFDS) Module for Indigenous Peoples.

These Tribal Leaders and IPMRs  from the tribes of Kankana-ey, Bago, Ibaloi, Itneg, Tinguian, Yapayao, and Iowak were selected by the community and will become CFDS facilitators in their own communities.

Contents of the CFDS Module with inputs from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Community Affairs Officers Delia Lagmoy and Diana Monis will benchmark and focus on the IP socio-economic activities, socio-cultural traditions, and beliefs based on their specific needs, systems and practices to promote self-determined IPs.

The CFDS Module aims to develop and empower IP community families to meet their familial responsibilities while taking into account their beliefs, customs, and traditions through shared learning that will strengthen their value system and revitalize their culture as members of the ethnic minorities. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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DSWD holds Earth Hour and similar measures protecting Mother Earth

DSWD Field Office 1 facade along McArthur Highway, City of San Fernando, La Union during the observance of the ‘Earth Hour’ on 25 March 2017.

Once again, the DSWD Field Office 1 joined the Earth Hour switch-off  on 25 March 2017 at 8:30 to 9:30 PM simultaneously done in 187 countries.

Believing on the good results of the Earth Hour, as it contributes to Mother Earth’s natural combat to the effects of environmental degradation, Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo adhered to the call.

Relatively, Dir. Castillo continuously campaigns for proper waste management and segregation  in the agency.   Proper disposal of non-reusable items and other office  wastes are discussed during Monday Programs.

Aside from strict no-smoking policy, cleanliness and orderliness within the office premises are implemented and monitored. Also, the 5S and greening activities are practiced in the centers and institutions.

The Earth Hour is a call to protect mother Earth, it is giving her a time-out in  taking in all the ill effects of industrialization and modernization among countries around the globe, said Dir. Castillo. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)



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DSWD-FO1 promotes gender equality on Women’s Month

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS) volunteers partakes in the Community Outreach Program cum Info Caravan in San Gabriel, La Union.

In celebration of the Women’s Month, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I (DSWD-FO1) organized and led the “Community Outreach Program cum Information Caravan” and the “Orientation on the Programs and Services for Filipino Women Migrant Workers and Blood Letting Activity” recently.

The “Community Outreach Program cum Information Caravan” event is in partnership with the Department of Health, PhilHealth and the Local Government Unit of San Gabriel, La Union to personally explain and inform about the programs and services offered by the said government agencies.

Policy and Plans Division Chief Anniely J. Ferrer also oriented the participants on the salient features of “Magna Carta of Women” while          Ms. Shirley Cabanig from DSWD Haven for Children exhibited homemade Peanut Butter making for possible additional income.

Adu ti naadal ko ditoy Community Outreach Program cum Information Caravan kasla kuma iti family planning ken karapatan ti babbai. Sapay la kuma ta maulit to manen (I have learned a lot in this Community Outreach Program cum Information Caravan like family planning and the rights of women. I hope the activity will be repeated)”, said Cristy Agsaoay of Brgy. Lipay Sur, San Gabriel, La Union.

Meanwhile, the DSWD-FO1 “Orientation on the Programs and Services for Filipino Women Migrant Workers and Blood Letting Activity” together with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office 1 and Philippine Red Cross was also conducted at DSWD-FO1 Panlipunan Hall, wherein, more than 50 DSWD staff were oriented and 34 DSWD staff voluntarily and successfully donated various blood types in order to give someone another chance at life.

Further, inter-agency activities for the celebration of Women’s Month was also participated by DSWD-FO1 employees like the “Walk for Gender Equality” and the “Cheering Competition” with the theme: “We Make CHANGE Work for Women.” (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Rice Subsidy for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries starts March 2017

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) announces the provision of additional cash grant to all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries worth Php600.00 a month as rice subsidy based on approved General Appropriations Act 2017.  It is a top-up to the usual health and education grants they receive.

Rice subsidy provision covers registered, active, and compliant Pantawid Pamilya households from regular Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Modified CCT, including those who will be classified as transitioning families.

The rice subsidy is provided on a bi-monthly basis in the form of cash during scheduled payouts.

This month is the first payout for Period 6 (December 2016 – January 2017). All compliant beneficiaries in January 2017 are entitled with rice subsidy. Households that are compliant in December 2016 but not in January 2017 are not entitled with rice subsidy.

199,426 Program beneficiaries in the entire region will receive their rice subsidy this month through their assigned mode of payment (Over the Counter or Bank Deposit).

This is a commitment made by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his State of the Nation Address in 2016 to ensure that all Filipinos be free from hunger and poverty. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)


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Kalahi-CIDSS hones culture-sensitive communities

In facilitating harmony among different cultures existing in the communities, Kalahi-CIDSS has been effectively using the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in its implementation.

Community volunteers presenting Begnas, a thanksgiving practice through community dancing for a bountiful harvest, during the workshop on Facilitating Community-Driven Development with Indigenous Peoples conducted on 8-10 March 2017.

Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), gives strong emphasis in the participation of the vulnerable sectors, which include the Indigenous Peoples (IP).

To ensure that the IPs are assisted in developing and maintaining their traditional models of development while working together with the mainstreamed population, a workshop entitled Facilitating Community-Driven Development with Indigenous Peoples was recently conducted for Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers.

The workshop aimed to let the community volunteers, both IP and non-IP, determine the different IP groups in the Region and their unique culture; to understand the importance of a culture-sensitive subproject; and to gain knowledge and skills in effective engagement with IPs in the various Program processes.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) discussed the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) emphasizing the right of the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC) to maintain their unique language, culture, values, and worldview.  The participants also revisited the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) to make them understand and appreciate that the participation of the IPs is equally important with the participation of the other residents as they all live in one community and they are altogether working for their development.

Many community volunteers come from the tribes Kankana-ey, Bago, Tinguian, Applai, and Itneg. They excitedly shared some of their traditional practices. A group dominated by members of the Tinguian tribe presented Begnas, a traditional community dancing for thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, with reports from Jomara S. Chan, Regional Capability Building Specialist, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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