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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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Rebel turns into partner beneficiary

Garaña, a rebel returnee, reminisces the past when she used to be a rebel walking through the mountainous area of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Abra.

Garaña, a rebel returnee, reminisces the past when she used to be a rebel walking through the mountainous area of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Abra.

Rebel no more!

As young as 13 years old, Armelina Garaña from Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte was enticed to be a part of a rebel group for five years until she decided to return and is now an active partner-beneficiary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I (DSWD-FO1). “Idi immurnos met ti panunotkon ket naamiris ko nga awan ti maganab ko idiay (kas maysa a rebelde), awan ti masakbayak (When I became more mature, I then realized that I will not benefit and I do not have a future as a rebel),” Garaña said.

Life was not that easy for Garaña having a family with four children. She is a housewife while her husband has a seasonal job as a construction worker.

She narrated how her family’s life became better with the assistance coming from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD-FO1. “Kaasi ti Apo imimbag bassit ti panagbiagmi. Dagitay maaw-awat ko a tulong (naggapu iti Pantawid Pamilya) ken ti panagited da kaniak ti pribelehiyo nga agloan (naggapu iti SLP), dakkel unay nga tulong kaniak tapno mapadur-as ko met bassit ti pamiliak (By God’s grace, our life became better. The support that I am receiving from Pantawid Pamilya and the privilege to get a loan from SLP are of great help so I can uplift the life of my family),” she recounted.

Garaña’s family was identified as poor by Listahanan in the 2009 First Round of Household Assessment, and they became a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary in 2011. In 2014, she was given a Php10,000.00 capital assistance for hog raising through Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) modality of SLP.

Aside from raising two mother sows, Garaña’s sister also provided her additional pigs that she takes care of for extra income.

Aside from raising two mother sows, Garaña’s sister also provided her additional pigs that she takes care of for extra income.

Garaña is now a successful hog raiser who owns two mother sows. Her highest profit was Php 24,000.00 by selling the 20 piglets of the two mother sows. With the income she gained from selling piglets, she started investing in credit facilitation to rice farmers. For every Php 1,000.00 that she lends to farmers in their barangay, she is paid with100 kilos of unhusked rice.

At present, she is the president of their Pantawid Pamilya Association in Brgy. Dumalneg where they have more than Php 9,000.00 savings that the members can borrow in case of emergency with a two percent interest.

She also leads her co-beneficiaries in their vermicomposting pilot project initiated by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dumalneg where they have already harvested 400 kilos of vermicompost sold to farmers at Php 5.00 per kilo.

She was again tapped by the LGU of Dumalneg to spearhead the project of planting coffee seedlings in the hilly area where she is being paid Php 300.00 a day.

Garaña wants to inspire others through her life story. She said, “Uray nu kasatno ti rigat iti panagbiag nu desidido ka a rumang-ay ket kabaelan ti Pilipino nga itawid iti bagi na iti kinarigat iti panagbiag (No matter how hard life is if you are determined to make your life better then you as a Filipino is able to rise from poverty).”(by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan with a report from former PDO II Pamela Lyn N. Vinluan )

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rcwc01In celebration of the National Children’s Month in November by virtue of Republic Act 10661 “National Children’s Month Act” series of 2015, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) has launched the “One Million Lapis Project” to promote the child’s right to (write as basic right) education especially for children whose situations have impeded their chances to go to school. ”Lapis” is a symbolic representation of the child’s need to express one’s ideas and feelings, be empowered through learning, in recognition of the importance of writing skills and materials.

A documentary report in 2012 reveals that in far-flung villages, there are situations where elementary students divide one “Lapis” into three to be able to write. This shows the lack of materials for writing compounded with inadequate school facilities and the long distance of travel from home to school.

The project is a partnership of National Government led by CWC and the Department of Education with business establishments, SM Malls, and National Bookstore. It aims to gather Lapis/Pencils for the benefit of underprivileged students who lack the opportunity to pursue schooling (necessary materials for writing). It is being envisioned to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by 2016.

Education plays an important role in helping children develop, reach their potentials, be able to engage meaningfully and build resiliency. This means that ensuring education of a child promotes child protection by empowering them to build resiliency. Provision of quality and relevant education to girls and boys decreases their risks of becoming victims of violence.(by: Mr. ElinoBardillon, Head, CWC Public Affairs and Information Office)

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DSWD to gain more men opposing violence against women through RDC

MOVE 01With the initiative of DSWD FO1, the Regional Development Council – Ilocos Region passed Resolution No. 42 enjoining private and public entities to organize the Men Opposed to Violence against Women Everywhere (MOVE).

This will advance the firm principle of men protecting every right and welfare of women and children and start the subtle preventive campaign against any violent act.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority Region 1, the percentage of women who experience violence from age 15 remains high at 18 percent.

The organization of MOVE started from DSWD–Central Office spreading to all field offices and eventual coordination with other national agencies has been started with the Civil Service Commission, Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Primarily, the organization of MOVE will train more men to actively campaign and work towards ending Violence Against Women (VAW).

The group shall also strategize activities in the community, school, and work place and form partnerships and linkages with similar groups working on VAW, locally and abroad.
At present, DSWD FO1 is maximizing all efforts to encourage all the Regional Line Agencies, State Colleges and Universities, Local Government Units, Academe, and other private institutions to assemble the MOVE and keep it active. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang,IO II )

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries own and run multiple businesses in Ilocos Norte

Picture3With the booming new tourist destinations in Ilocos Norte, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the Municipality of Dingras were triggered to engage into cottage business in Madongan Dam in Brgy. San Marcelino.

25 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries decided to put up and manage their own cottage for rent through the assistance of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1).

Marilyn Malvar, a Parent Leader and the San Marcelino SLP Association President, reported that since they started their cottage business in March 2016, they have bank savings amounting to PhP5,710.00. They collect a rental fee of PhP400.00 a day.

Along with their cottage business, the association has also been running a broiler production since December 2015. They started raising 1,250 broilers. Each member raises 50 broilers. DSWD-FO1’s SLP in partnership with BMeg and St. Ruiz Agro Merchandise provided the members training and hands-on experience on proper management of broiler production in October 2015. Since December 2015, they now have bank savings amounting to PhP44,000.00.


Top: Marilyn (in stripes) together with her member weighs a broiler potential for disposal.

These broilers are disposed after 35 days, leaving the organization with a monthly income of PhP2,500.00 from their sales of PhP6,000.00 to PhP8,000.00. They will again buy 50 broilers for production. The organization also plans to put up a layering business in the next few days.

As part of the agreement between DSWD-FO1 and BMeg, the latter procures half of the production and the remaining is being regularly supplied at the market and to other customers.

Marilyn also shared that every member and non-member can avail loan from the proceeds of their businesses with 3% and 4% interest, respectively. This is only offered to their co-beneficiaries.

Each member is contributing Php120.00 a week (Php100.00-additional savings and Php20.00-operational fund). For medical assistance, members can enjoy the organizational fund which amounts to PhP9,207.00 earned from December 2015 to April 2016 but for the meantime, it is being offered as loan with 4% interest. They deposit their savings monthly and as of April 2016, the organization has a total bank savings of Php134,000.00

Saan ko nga inpagarup nga uray saan ko a naileppas ti panagadalko ti kolehiyo ket maysa ak kadagiti mangimatmaton itan ti bukodmi (organisasion) a negosio ken mangidadaulo ti grupomi (I did not expect that though I failed to finish my studies, I am one of the managers of our (organization) own business and even a group leader),” says Marilyn. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Mabileg stages DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP Water System sub-project

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Water System in Barangay Mabileg, Sigay, Ilocos Sur spearheaded by the Barangay Waterworks Association chairperson, the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee, and DRPM Orson Sta. Cruz.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Water System in Barangay Mabileg, Sigay, Ilocos Sur spearheaded by the Barangay Waterworks Association chairperson, the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee, and DRPM Orson Sta. Cruz.

Barangay Mabileg, whose name was coined from the local term “bileg” meaning power, in the Municipality of Sigay, Ilocos Sur has completed its sub-project, a Spring Source Level II Water System funded by Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP. The said sub-project will benefit 55 households for clean and safe water source answering the basic necessity of every family.

Leonila Solimen, a member of the Project Preparation Team, said in her testimonial that after they have decided to put up a Water System, she knew in her heart that they will be prioritized since the need for water is a major problem in their Barangay. With participation and unity, her guts did not fail her.

Emphasizing on Community-Driven Development, an approach used by Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) the members of the community become the main agents and key players in assisting development in their Barangay. The community was in-charge of the sub-project from its planning stage, its completion, and its maintenance. Their active participation in all the processes signifies their full ownership of the subproject.

The recently held turn-over ceremony was attended by representatives from the Municipal and Barangay Local Government Units, staff from the Regional Program Management Office, the Area Coordinating Team, and the Barangay Sub-project Management Committee.

Students of Mabileg Primary School lead the invocation during the Turn-over ceremony of Barangay Mabilegs Water System sub-project

Students of Mabileg Primary School lead the invocation during the Turn-over ceremony of Barangay Mabilegs Water System sub-project

Marcial Ubuan, the Barangay Waterworks Association Chairperson, said in his acceptance speech, “Ipanamnama mi apo nga daytoy nga Water System ket aywanan mi tapnu iti kasta mataginayun nga usaren iti bumarangay ken kadagiti dadduma pay nga makasapul (We promise to take good care of and maintain this Water System so all the members of the barangay and those who need can use it).”

Eliza Comiles, with tears on her eyes, sang “Thank You Lord for Your Blessings on Me” by The Easter Brothers to send her gratitude to the blessing they have received.

Agyaman kami kadakayu amin, iti ACT, iti MLGU, nu awan ti panagtartarabay yu kadakami, awan met magun-uddan mi (We thank everyone, the ACT, the MLGU, for without your guidance, we will not be able to achieve this),” Solimen said. (Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP)

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Media, NCIP explore fruits of CDD


Partners from the Media and the NCIP visited three of the four community subprojects in the Municipality of Bagulin during the recently conducted Kalahi-CIDSS Tour.

Partners from the Media and the NCIP visited three of the four community subprojects in the Municipality of Bagulin during the recently conducted Kalahi-CIDSS Tour.

Media practitioners from the Province of La Union and staff from the Community Service Center of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) explored the prioritized subprojects of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) in the Municipality of Bagulin, La Union.

The Tour increased the awareness of the partners of the results of Community-Driven Development (CDD) where people play the key role in their community’s progress.

The Media and NCIP Tour started with a brief orientation on the Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The agency partners visited three of the four subprojects in Bagulin after a courtesy call to Municipal Mayor Ferdinand Tumbaga. Community Empowerment Facilitators Lorena Cariazo and Christopher Ryan Erfe accompanied the party through the Tour.

On-going construction of the Barangay Health Station of Barangay Libbo.

On-going construction of the Barangay Health Station of Barangay Libbo.

The participants visited the PhP 826,136.44-worth Day Care Center of Barangay Suyo. Community volunteers gave their testimonials and actively answered questions asked by the Media.

The party moved to Barangay Cambaly and took a stroll to the 200-meter barangay access road that was concreted by the community members.  The amount of the subproject totaled to PhP 518,967.37.

The last stop was at Barangay Libbo where the construction of a Health Station is on-going.  NCIP CSC Head Adela Nengasca also went on narrating her experience in advocating for the protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Health Station that will cater to the residents of the far-flung barangay costs PhP 1,006,412.65.

The Tour was also attended by the Philippine Information Agency and was facilitated by the Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Management Office. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Regional Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP)

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DSWD SLP beneficiaries in Dingras, Ilocos Norte: first time Mushroom producers

Association president Gary Andres, 29 and Armando Vizconde, 64, at the mushroom growing house

Association president Gary Andres, 29 and Armando Vizconde, 64, at the mushroom growing house

In Barangay Suyo, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, 20 simple mothers and farming-fathers turned into co-owners of mushroom production which now earns at least Php 600.00 to           Php 1,000.00 for a 4-kilo harvest a day in the last 6 months.

This was made possible through DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program’s (SLP) Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) in the amount of Php 41,800.00 as labor cost for 11 days and Php 255,000.00 which funded their skills training with starter kits.

Through this, the Mushroom Producer Farmers Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) was organized from the 20 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Aside from learning the technology from TESDA, camaraderie was developed among the members since the preparation of fruiting bags with saw dust and other materials. “Naragsak kami ta adda tulong iti Sustainable Livelihood Program ken iti munisipyo (We are happy of the assistance from Sustainable Livelihood Program and the Municipality of Dingras),” said Lolita Sarmiento.

The group’s hard work paid off after 45 days of waiting for the first mushrooms to sprout from the hanged fruiting bags. This was the start of their regular duty at the mushroom growing house for cleaning, watering, harvesting, and vending among the neighborhood and other customers.

The beneficiaries were required to deposit minimum savings in the bank instead of weekly repayment like other SLP modalities.

After three months, the group’s savings also financed their hog butchering sub-project which gave them an income of Php 26,000.00, at most.

Convergence strategy employed

Indeed, resources were pooled together from various institutions such as Barangay Suyo, the Municipality of Dingras, and TESDA-Marcos Agro-Industrial School (MAIS).

Through the initiative of a Barangay Lupon who is also a co-owner of the project, Mr. Armando Vizconde, 64, the Barangay Captain and fellow villagers allowed the use of a 9X9 meter-public lot for the construction of mushroom growing house amounting to Php 140,000.00 of materials given by the Municipality of Dingras. Also, additional bags of spawn were given by TESDA-MAIS.

Project Development Officer Fernan Pumbo will help the group tap other agencies that will provide other equipment such as dehydrator to develop other variety of mushroom products. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang,IO II )

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