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Alquisa, a Pantawid Pamilya parent leader, is now a DSWD employee assigned in the Municipality of Sta.Catalina, Ilocos Sur.

Alquisa, a Pantawid Pamilya parent leader, is now a DSWD employee assigned in the Municipality of Sta.Catalina, Ilocos Sur.

Teaching a woman to fish so she can feed herself and her family for a lifetime is a long-term benefit that Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) offers to Pantawid Pamilya grantees like Darleen M. Alquisa, a Parent Leader (PL) from Brgy. Salindeg, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

Alquisa, happily married with four children, is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Two of her children are Pantawid Pamilya beneficaries while the other is a scholar of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I (DSWD-FO1) through the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

Saan met lang nga iyur-uray ti maawat ti maysa a Pantawid. Igaed ko pay lang a makaalaak pay lang ti pagtrabahuak a pangnayon ko ti panagbiag mi (I’m not just waiting for the cash grants from Pantawid Pamilya. I still strive hard to get a job, so I can financially contribute to the needs of my family),” Alquisa said.

The City Links in Vigan City always encourage Alquisa and her fellow Pantawid Pamilya grantees to actively participate in all the trainings and workshops of SLP that will allow them to manage a sustainable micro-enterprise or link them to apply for any locally available job to improve their standard of living.

Her business is now managed by her sister-in-law of which she is earning Php 250.00 a day.

Her business is now managed by her sister-in-law of which she is earning Php 250.00 a day.

Alquisa then was given an opportunity by SLP to attend a training on Basic Food Preparation and Cookery and was also given a Basic Cooking Set worth Php 6,000.00 so she can start her small business of selling street foods.

Even though Alquisa is now 43 years old, she is still keen and determined in grabbing any opportunity to work in DSWD-FO1 since expenses in the education of her children are increasing. She first became an encoder of Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), then an Enumerator of the Special Validation conducted by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) for Social Pension (SocPen) and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer-Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP). She was also hired last year as an Area Supervisor of NHTS-PR/Listahanan during the Second Round of Household Assessment and Validation Phase. She is now a Project Development Officer II of SLP.

Alquisa and her family are grateful for all the assistance and opportunities that they received from the different programs and projects of DSWD-FO1 to uplift their way of life.

Teary-eyed, she narrated “dakkel a talaga ti nagbaliwan ti panagbiag mi, nababa ti estado iti panagbiagmi idi. Arig na saan kami pay a manganen ti mamintallo ti maysa nga aldaw ken usto nga oras. Idi gamin, ti pammigat laeng tay inauna nga anak ko ket kape ken innapoy. Itattan mamintallo kami metten a mangan ti uneg ti maysa nga aldaw. Makameryenda payen dagiti annakkon (Our life has improved from a low state of living. Before, we were not even eating on time and three times a day. In the past, the breakfast of my eldest child was only coffee with rice but now we already eat three times a day and my children can even eat merienda).” (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD-NCIP Partnership Garners Recognition

In the recently conducted Regional Recognition for Innovative and Excellent Practices held at Manila City, Kalahi-CIDSS Field Office 1 brings home the Gawad Kalahi Award for Innovation and Breakthrough in CDD Management for Effective Engagement with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

The Region 1 delegation upon receiving the Gawad Kalahi Award for Innovation and Breakthrough in CDD Management for Effective Engagement with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples during the Regional Recognition for Innovative and Excellent Practices held at the City of Manila.

The Region 1 delegation upon receiving the Gawad Kalahi Award for Innovation and Breakthrough in CDD Management for Effective Engagement with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples during the Regional Recognition for Innovative and Excellent Practices held at the City of Manila.

The partnership between the Department of Social Welfare and Development and NCIP of Region 1 was noted due to its effective partnership in giving due consideration to the Indigenous Peoples who are residents and beneficiaries of Kalahi-CIDSS. The Program ensures that policies on social safeguards are met to protect the rights of the IPs and all sub-projects implemented are participated by them.

DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta, Regional Program Coordinator Virginia P. Sesay, and Deputy Regional Program Manager Orson C. Sta. Cruz led the FO1 delegation in receiving the award handed by National Program Manager Benilda E. Redaja.

Partnerships with other government and non-government agencies are vital in Kalahi-CIDSS to ensure smooth Program implementation. With Ilocos Region still gearing towards the end of the first cycle, it is indeed notable that it has already created deep affiliation and understanding with its partner agencies. Kalahi-CIDSS Region 1 expects to continue this effectual working relationship to best serve its stakeholders especially the marginalized IPs who dominates 10 out of the 11 Kalahi-CIDSS areas. (Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Regional Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP)

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FDS lover mother sets Pantawid Pamilya-inspired rules in her house

Picture1Every mother wants the best for her children and always brings out the best in them. As they say, “Mother knows best.”

Milagros S. Gascon, 46, Parent Leader, and a mother of three, from Brgy. Buyong, Calasiao, Pangasinan believes this mother-child ideology. She said, “Ang tungkulin ko sa aking anak, asawa, at miyembro ay lalo pang pinapatatag ng mga natututunan ko sa buwanang pagdalo ko sa Family Development Session (FDS) (My responsibility to my child, husband, and members is strengthened by the lessons I learn from attending monthly FDS.)”

She thinks of ways to augment the income of her husband, Herardo, 53, a project officer of a lending company waging PhP8,000.00 a month. Meanwhile, Milagros seasonally earns PhP4,000.00 a month from selling mangoes, vegetables, fish, and the like every market day. “Bago ako uuwi sa bahay, bibili na muna ako ng mga kakailanganin namin sa araw-araw kaya wala din natitira sa napagbentahan ko (I buy groceries and our other everyday needs first before going home so what I earn from selling also runs out.)”

She added, “Ang magiging kahihinatnan ng isang bata ay nakasalalay sa kung paano siya pinalaki. Kaya dapat gabayan sa tamang paraan ang mga anak (The upbringing of a child dictates who he/she will become. So guiding them the right way is a must.)”

She keeps her head high as she shared her youngest child Maria Kissandra’s academic achievements. Maria Kissandra topped her Grade 4 class last school year. Since Grade 1, Maria Kissandra has been on top of her class and was awarded as most outstanding during her pre-school.


Motherly mandate

 Strictly no room for foul words. Gossiping is not allowed. Excessive liquor drinking is banned. Thumbs down to gambling. Honor God above all. Milagros strongly employs these rules inside and outside their house. She explains, “Wala akong pinalalampas kahit sinuman na lumabag sa mga ito lalo na kung kapwa ko benepisiaryo. Pinagsasabihan ko sila agad. Kaya nga dumadalo tayo sa FDS para matuto. Magsimula ang lahat ng mabubuting bagay sa ating mga magulang para sundan tayo ng ating mga anak (I never allow anyone especially my co-beneficiaries to break these rules. Right there and then I remind them. That is why we are attending FDS to learn good values. We, parents, should start doing good deeds so that our children will accordingly follow us.)”

“Ang isang kagaya kong Parent Leader ay dapat maging isang magandang halimbawa sa lahat (A Parent Leader like me should be a good example to everyone),” she humbly uttered.


Four joyful years of being a Parent Leader, to infinity and beyond

 Milagros is grateful because unlike other beneficiaries in their barangay, her husband is very supportive in all her endeavors for the Program. She narrates, “Tuwang-tuwa siya dahil alam niyang doon ako masaya sa ginagawa ko. Malaking-malaki talaga ang puso ko sa kapwa ko (He is very happy because he knows I find joy in what I do. I really do have compassion for my fellow.)”

“Kagustuhan siguro ng Diyos na mapabilang ako sa Pantawid Pamilya kaya sabi ko malaking pagpapala ito para sa akin. Kaya noong wala pang napipiling Parent Leader, nagpresenta na ako dahil gustong-gusto ko talagang maglingkod (Maybe, it is God’s will that I became part of Pantawid Pamilya so it is a great blessing to me. So when no one was chosen to be a Parent Leader yet, I volunteered myself to be one),” she recited. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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All done for Burgos, Pangasinan

Burgos, Pangasinan recently conducted its hand-over ceremony for the five remaining sub-projects completing the six Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects in the Municipality. The full ownership of the sub-projects is now handed to the community. Bundled with this, the responsibility of maintenance, safekeeping and sustenance is now in the shoulders of the barangay members.

Earlier this year, Burgos launched its first completed sub-project, a 398-linear meter barangay road in Barangay San Miguel which is now being used to transport products to the market, and for students to conveniently travel from their homes to the school.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo (second from left) and Mayor Alberto Guiang Jr. (second from right), spearheaded the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the 16-unit Deep Well Water System in Barangay Sapa Pequena.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo (second from left) and Mayor Alberto Guiang Jr. (second from right), spearheaded the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the 16-unit Deep Well Water System in Barangay Sapa Pequena.

The ceremony started with a motorcade where the participants went from one sub-project to another to perform a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. The sub-project blueprints were also placed into the pedestal which stands as the formal recognition of the barangay’s unity and participation.

A Deep Well Water System is launched in Barangay Sapa Pequena. With 16 units distributed among all the sitios in the said barangay to ensure that all the residents will benefit from the safe and potable water the Deep Well is producing. One of the 16 is placed inside the campus of Sapa Pequena Elementary School to give the students an easy access to clean drinking water. The total cost of the Water System amounts to P1,767,732.17.

Barangay Poblacion also launched its newly-constructed Day Care Center. The said sub-project will cater to all the Day Care children in Poblacion and is open even to the residents of the neighboring barangays. The sub-project cost totals to P1,021,137.75 covering from the cost of construction and paid labor up to the complete amenities and furnishing for convenient use of the students.

Barangay San Pascual, Papallasen, and San Vicente formally opened their barangay roads for public use. With lengths of 430 meters, 550 meters, and 240 meters, respectively, the barangay roads will ease the transportation of agricultural products such as rice into the market. The roads will also benefit the students who, in the past, walk through muddy farm lands just to attend to school.

Barangay San Pascual sub-project cost amounted to P1,444,314.44, while Papallasen  totaled to P1,732,162.94, and San Vicente P830,442.32.

The 5-in-1 turn-over and ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, the Regional Program Management Office staff headed by Deputy Regional Program Manager Orson C. Sta. Cruz, the Municipal Local Government Unit staff lead by Mayor Alberto Guiang Jr., the Area Coordinating Team, and the Barangay Council members and the community volunteers of the five prioritized barangays, and some members of the media.

“Pag may pagkakaisa ang pamayanan, may patutunguhan ang ating bayan,” Regional Director Castillo said in his message, reminding everyone to continuously unite and be one for the next cycles of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation. (Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Regional Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP)

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Pantawid Pamilya student-beneficiaries now officially enrolled

110 Pantawid Pamilya students (in all levels) were officially enrolled during the launching of early enrolment recently held at the Sudipen Vocational High School, La Union. They were enrolled free of charge sponsored by the Department of Education (DepED) Voucher Program and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) educational cash grant.  Actual enrolment starts from 16 to 20 May 2016.

The DepED Voucher Program is intended for Grade 10 (Junior High School) completers who wish to pursue Senior High School (SHS) education in non-DepED Schools such as Private High Schools, Colleges, and Universities, Local Universities and Colleges, State Universities and Colleges, and Technical and Vocational Schools, starting school year 2016-2017.

Voucher recipients from public/DepED Junior High Schools (JHS) who will enroll in non-DepED SHS will receive a full voucher amounting to PhP17,500.00. Voucher recipients from private JHS will receive PhP14,000.00 while those enrolling in State Universities and Colleges, regardless if they completed JHS in a public or private school, will receive PhP8,750.00. Cash is not directly given to students, the subsidy is remitted to the school, instead.

Meanwhile, DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program provides educational cash grants to the beneficiaries in the amount of PhP500.00 for High School and  Php300.00 for Elementary. Only three beneficiaries per poor household are entitled.

This early enrolment was conducted to generally record the correct school and grade level of children-beneficiaries for more efficient tracking of education compliance leading to an accurate computation of cash grant due to a concerned household.  Also, the activity aids DepED in updating school records in a timely manner.

Ms. Arlem Kenneth Areola, Pantawid Pamilya Institutional Partnership and Development Officer, encouraged all the parents to patiently guide their children in their pursuit of education leading them to a wider range of opportunities in the near future.

There are 392,332 Pantawid Pamilya student-beneficiaries monitored regionwide who are eligible for educational cash grants as of February to March 2016.  (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary fights for peace and for the poor

Picture1“Hindi ko kailanman inisip na lumaban pa dahil sa mga masasakit na salitang binato sa akin. Pinili ko na lang na tumahimik dahil naniniwala akong tama ang ginagawa ko. Gusto ko lang namang tumulong sa mga nangangailangan sa aming barangay (I never thought of fighting back for the harsh words thrown at me. I just chose to remain silent because I believe I am doing the right thing. I just want to offer myself to be of service to those in need in our barangay),” Parent Leader Dominga Picar humbly said.

She narrated that someone attacked her with these words, as she quoted, “Wala kang karapatang tumulong sa iba dahil isa ka lang na poor na poor na poor! (You have no right to lend a hand because you are just very poor!)”

Though she felt so embarrassed, she just let it pass. Her Pantawid Pamliya members persuaded her to be strong and to continue being an instrument in extending services to the poor in their locality. Her members even pushed her to run for Brgy. Kagawad way back 2013, which she turned down at first.

With her passion to be a servant to those in need, she accepted the challenge of her members. Prior to that, she was approached by her persecutor and Dominga accepted her apology.

Dominga was then proclaimed as part of the Brgy. Council. According to her, “Ginawa ko ito, hindi dahil sa kagustuhan ko lang kundi para mas magkaroon ako ng karapatan na tumulong at wala nang makapipigil pa sa akin (I did this not for my own will but to have the right to help others so no one can ever hold me back from doing it.)”

She firmly added “Kahit salat ako sa yaman, buong lakas at tapang ko pa ring ipagpapatuloy ang pagtulong sa aking mga kapwa benepisiaryo sa abot ng aking makakaya, oras, at kakayahan. Ipaglalaban ko ang Pantawid Pamilya hanggang sa huli (Though I lack resources, I can still serve my co-beneficiaries with all my might, time, and abilities. I will fight for Pantawid Pamilya until the end.)” (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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DSWD calls CSOs for accreditation

Project Development Officer III Wensley Sandi  (in the middle) discusses the Guidelines on  CSO Accreditation during DSWD FO1’s radio program aired at DZEA- Catholic Media Network, Laoag City with the Information Officers.

Project Development Officer III Wensley Sandi (in the middle) discusses the Guidelines on CSO Accreditation during DSWD FO1’s radio program aired at DZEA- Catholic Media Network, Laoag City with the Information Officers.

DSWD’s accreditation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that are at least 3 years in operation prove their legitimacy and assessment for possible access to government agencies’ funds and technical expertise.

Thus was announced during the radio guesting of Wensley B. Sandi, Project Development Officer III of the Standards Unit of DSWD FO1.

This Accreditation of CSOs as implementing entities and beneficiaries of government-funded programs and projects is in accord with the Joint Memorandum Circular 2014-001 and Joint Resolution 2015-001 of DSWD, Department of Budget and Management, and Commission on Audit.

Accreditation lies within these areas of expertise: livelihood development, manpower development, sports development, cooperative development, delivery of basic services, environmental protection, agriculture and fisheries, development of local enterprise, disaster risk reduction, disaster relief, and rescue operation.

CSOs applying for the accreditation must not have any derogatory record with any government agency and should not be in default or delayed in liquidating funds from any government agency.

The CSOs applying as implementing entities need to present the following: Certificate of Registration from Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), together with Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Cooperation, By Laws, General Information Sheets for the past three years, Secondary Permit, Current Business License Issued by the LGU, and Certificate of Registration with BIR together with Annual Income Tax Returns and Audited Financial Statement for the past three years.

Documents to prove good standing are also needed such as List of Programs and Projects for the past three years, Certificate of Good Standing Issued by SEC, CDA, DOLE, HLURB issued within the last three months, Certificate of Good Standing from the Government Agency from which the CSO received funds previously, and Certificate of Affiliation and Certificate of Good Standing issued by the umbrella group to which the CSO belongs. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang,IO II )

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Parent Leaders unite in a Community Walk for CCT Institutionalization


Photo by: Dingras Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Operations Office

1,700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the 31 barangays of Dingras, Ilocos Norte convened to show their support for the passing of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Bill through a community walk.

The Parent Leaders organized the community walk with the guidance and assistance of the Municipal and Provincial Operations Offices.

Carrying their posters and streamers with statements for the passing of CCT Bill and the like, all the beneficiaries paraded for three kilometers from the Municipal Hall to Brgy. Peralta and back to the Municipal Hall for three hours.

Parent Leader Marilyn Malvar shared the importance of institutionalizing Pantawid Pamilya. She said, “Kas bilang man maikkat ton ti pamiliak iti Programa, awan luksawko ta adu ti naitulongna daytoy kanyak a mabalin ko a pagbiag ti inaldaw-aldaw. Nu maipalinteg daytoy Programa, ad-adu pay dagiti matulungan ti gobierno a mas agkasapulan ti tulong. (I will not be upset if ever my family will no longer be qualified as beneficiary because I can apply all my learnings from the Program in our everyday life. If Pantawid Pamilya is institutionalized,  more people in need will be helped by the government.)”

For Parent Leader Wendy Esta, “Kadakkelan a tulong para ti maysa a marigrigat a pamilia a mapasayaat ti panagbiagda ket ti panagadal ken panagturpos dagiti annak. Maipasigurado a maadaan dagitoy ti nasayaat a pagsapulan ti sumarsaruno nga aldaw. (Access to education for the children is the greatest help provided by the Program to poor families. This is an assurance that they will land a stable job and regular income in the future.)”

This community walk is just one of the activities of the Parent Leaders in the Municipality. They already sent their petition letters to all the Senators to solicit their support for the CCT Institutionalization.

Same activity is also expected to be conducted in the Municipalities of Paoay, Pinili, and Badoc.  (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya with report from Mr. Irwin Lopez, Municipal Link)

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