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Conqueror arises from struggles

DSC_0044“This pride is for my family who inspires me to fight all the way. They are always with me in every battle,” Melody Baided said with evident confidence.

With her guiding principle, Philippians 3:14 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” she always has the courage to fight and overcome the challenges along her narrow road to education.

With strong belief, she said, “When I lift everything to God, I am confident that I can make things happen.”

Road to triumph

According to her, graduating Cum Laude is a treasure that no one can take from her, which will be her weapon in winning her family’s battle against poverty. Her father Jeffrey, 43, fishes at the Paoay Lake and her mother, Rosemarie, 45, dries and sells them. This has been how they earn their living since she was in elementary. Jeffrey is a high school graduate while Rosemarie finished elementary.

Melody takes a 30-minute jeepney and tricycle rides everyday from Brgy. Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte to Mariano Marcos State University-College of Teacher Education in Laoag City.

She strived by all means to excel in her studies despite the scarcity her family experiences. She was a college scholar during her first year. Eventually, she became  a university scholar on her second and third years. On her fourth year, she was luckily entitled to grants through the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). She narrates, “God granted my prayer to have a scholarship with greater financial assistance through ESGP-PA. It was really a great blessing!”

She also topped her class in high school and graduated as class salutatorian in elementary. “I did not want my parents to be frustrated when I entered college, so I exerted extra effort to maintain my academic record,” she said.

Breadwinner’s vision

As a future licensed elementary teacher in a public school and a Master’s Degree holder, she wants to inculcate in the minds of her would-be students the values of faith in God and love of parents because she believes that these helped her in achieving her dreams. “Everything follows when you trust in God and obey your parents,” she humbly said.

“I will take responsibility of sending my two siblings Jerome, 18, and  Charise, 7, to school. Jerome will continue his schooling because he stopped when I entered college,” she thrillingly stated.

Her mother Rosemarie prays for the success of Melody in taking her licensure examination. She said, “I am proud of my daughter’s achievement! Not only I but also our relatives and her grandparents are proud because among the grandchildren, Melody is the first to graduate from college.”

Melody likened ESGP-PA to a candle which lights the way and kindles hope to every student who strives hard to make his/her dreams come true. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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CCT Bill now ready for second hearing at the Senate


CSO Focal Ms. Sharon Roldan updates the Parent Leaders and partner CSOs on CCT Bill status (left). Parent Leaders write their gains, successes, and commitments to the Program during their workshop session.

During the series of Civil Society Organization (CSO)-Led Fora, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) announced that the Senate’s Social Welfare Justice and Rural Development Committee already signed the Committee Report on 08 March 2016.

The said CCT Bill should be signed and approved by the President on or before 30 June 2016 for enactment. Senate session will resume on 23 May 2016 after elections to discuss and approve the CCT Bill and endorse it to PNoy.

Out of the 290 members of the House of Representatives, 19 are CCT Bill authors including Pangasinan Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (House Bill Number 6393). Meanwhile, four senators wrote Bills with regard to CCT (Senate Bill 2954).

With the desire to hasten the passage of the CCT Bill, the Parent Leaders agreed to send petition letters to all the Senators to solicit their full support. They personally wrote the letters articulating their gains and successes obtained through the Program which is why they are strongly fighting for  its continuity through its institutionalization.

Parent Leader Nancy Lorenzo from Calasiao, Pangasinan said,  “Lumilipas at nauubos ang natatanggap naming cash grants pero ang mga kaalaman sa Family Development Sessions (FDS) ay pang habangbuhay naming babaunin at maipapamana sa aming mga anak. (Cash grants come and go but pieces of knowledge acquired from attending FDS is lifetime and can be passed on to our children.)”

Other Parent Leaders firmly broadcasted that they foresee upon institutionalizing the Program, all poor children will be able to graduate not only in elementary but also tertiary. They believe that the Pantawid Pamilya also led them to become empowered, active, and skilled citizens. They also claimed that with the aid of the Program, they are now confident to say that their level of well being has increased and this will be sustained through the CCT Institutionalization. (Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Kalahi-CIDSS acquaints with the media

Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) organized a Press Conference to introduce the Program to its media partners. The recently conducted Press Conference was held right after a hand-over and ribbon-cutting ceremony in Burgos, Pangasinan.

The media partners were invited to witness and cover the hand-over ceremony of five completed sub-projects and then later opened the table for questions about the Program and its implementation. The discussion focused on the background of Kalahi-CIDSS and the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy.

(From left to right) Municipal Mayor Alberto Guiang Jr., Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, and Deputy Regional Program Manager Orson C. Sta. Cruz answer questions raised by the media practitioners about the Kalahi-CIDSS Program during the Press Conference held last 16 February 2016 at Burgos, Pangasinan.

(From left to right) Municipal Mayor Alberto Guiang Jr., Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, and Deputy Regional Program Manager Orson C. Sta. Cruz answer questions raised by the media practitioners about the Kalahi-CIDSS Program during the Press Conference held last 16 February 2016 at Burgos, Pangasinan.

CDD is an approach where the power to decide, plan, and manage is given back to the community. Rather than just saying yes to the people seated in authority, they become partners and key players in implementing the Kalahi-CIDSS Program. Residents of the beneficiary barangays work voluntarily to execute the processes to finish their sub-projects­­­­– the solutions they have identified and prioritized themselves.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo also emphasized that the main project of Kalahi-CIDSS is community empowerment through improved participatory local governance, increased access to basic services, and poverty reduction. It was also explained that the infrastructure projects are called sub-projects because these are the results of the hard work of the community members, that they gain rewards by uniting to participate in the Program.

The other queries and clarifications were answered by Burgos Municipal Mayor Alberto Guiang Jr. and the Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager Orson C. Sta Cruz.

Media partners from DZRD Sonshine Radio, DWRS, DWPR, Bombo Radyo, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, The Sunday Punch, Manila Star, People’s Digest, and Philippine Information Agency attended the said Press Conference. (Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Regional Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP)

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To adoptive parents: thank you for giving life to these children – Dir. Castillo

Adoptive parents and children from different areas in Region 1 in one DSWD-sponsored activity

Adoptive parents and children from different areas in Region 1 in one DSWD-sponsored activity

DSWD Field Office I sponsored the first Adoption Congress and series of advocacy activities promoting legal adoption.

As emphasized by Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo during the Adoption Congress, the event was a good venue to share opinions, experiences, and solicit advice on unresolved concerns in the process of adoption. The adoptive parents were described as true angels of these abandoned, neglected, or surrendered children and Dir. Castillo thanked them for ‘giving life to these children.’

In 2015, Region 1 has catered to 246 child abuse cases – 89 of which are abandoned, 60 are neglected, and 97 are surrendered children.

“Because of the big number of abandoned and surrendered children, DSWD is inviting more interested individuals or couples to adopt,” said Community-based Services Head Clarivel Banzuela.

Because of this regional situation, promoting legal adoption and negating simulation of birth certificate were bannered during series of radio guestings at DZEA, Laoag City and DZRD, Dagupan City.

As advised, interested individuals or couples need to understand that in adoption, the best welfare and interest of children are the primary considerations of the Social Workers during assessment.

Adoption is not self-serving. Adoption happens because there are people wanting to share their lives and resources to these vulnerable children left by biological parents because of varied circumstances as elaborated by Mylene Cabanban, Social Welfare Office II, during DSWD’s radio program aired over DZEA, Laoag City.

An Adoption Desk was also established at SM City Rosales where at least 30 formal queries were attended to in support to the said campaign. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, IO II )

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Young Earth Ambassador is a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary

Picture3James Daryll C. Rey, 12, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from Brgy. Nagyubuyuban, City of San Fernando, La Union was declared as one of Young Earth Ambassadors chosen by the Kids-to-Forest Region 1 Technical Woking Group composed of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-1), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Department of Education Region 1 (DepEd RO1), DepEd La Union Schools Division Office, DepEd City Schools Division Office, City Government of San Fernando, La Union, Provincial Government of La Union, and  Yakap Kalikasan Tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Pilipinas, Inc. — a non-government organization supported by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO).

It is the pride of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) that a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary was recognized by private groups and institutions and some government agencies as one of the Young Earth Ambassadors in Region 1. Daryll boldly advocates for the conservation and protection of natural resources. He influences and encourages the youth, community, school, local politicians, and his family to promote sustainable management of the environment and natural resources. He personally talked and discouraged his father Ernesto, 47, to give up charcoal making and just continue with their piggery business through the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). Daryll, the youngest among three siblings, is in Grade 6 at the Nagyubuyuban Elementary School and top 3 of his class.


DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo congratulates James with his achievement.

Darryl is one the 41 Young Earth Ambassadors regionwide and one of the two chosen to represent the Kids-to-Forest Program in the Asia Pacific Forestry Convention, along with other children advocates for the environment nationwide to share his heartfelt life story of his passion for natural resources conservation.

During the 166th Founding Anniversary of the Province of La Union, he is the youngest recipient of the Governor’s Award because of his noble achievement. (Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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World Bank features a Pantawid Pamilya Model Family in Ilocos Norte for a documentary


Angelita (center) along with her other co-beneficiaries

From sun up to sun down, the World Bank (WB) documentary team filmed the usual chores of the Martinez Family, Model Pantawid Pamilya Family in Laoag City, during the WB’s Completion Mission Field Visit.

Each detail of their daily routine as a family, community member, and especially as a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary was filmed.

According to Angelita, 55, the mother, she felt like a celebrity with cameras following her wherever she went and whatever she did.

She added that this is now her chance to show how productive, innovative, and determined Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are just to survive everyday living. She also showed how close their family is as they enjoy the simplicity of their life.


Angelita actively participates in the Family Development Session (left) as the World Bank captures footages (right).

Angelita wakes up as early as 3:00AM to prepare for the day. She goes to the market to buy vegetables and other items for her Nego Cart to be sold in their neighborhood and adjacent barangays by 6:00AM. Her husband, Sabino, 54, is a tricycle driver and a freelance laborer.

The couple is blessed with eight children who excel in their classes and chosen field of specialization and are exerting extra effort to finish their studies (high school and college). Carl Joseph, sixth child, is presently a scholar at the St. Joseph High School and top of his Grade 10 class. He was also one of Region 1’s representatives to the National Schools Press Conference held recently in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. He was also hailed the first Regional Winner on the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children in 2012. Christopher, 12, youngest, is also an achiever at the same school.

The documentary  will also feature other family beneficiaries from other regions to showcase their inspiring life journey under the Program. (Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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All Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries must be assessed, says Listahanan

11“There are 1,167 Pantawid Pamilya households not identified in the Listahanan database that are now currently being verified at National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) Field Office 1 after the cross-matching of names in the system,” says NHTU Regional Field Coordinator Joan M. Nuesca.

Nuesca added that upon receiving the list of households, she gave the list to the NHTU Area Supervisors (AS) for checking if indeed those households are in the database but with incorrect names.

DSWD-FO1 NHTU staff locates and assesses 15 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in five barangays (Gayusan, Magsaysay, Bangan-Oda, Patar, and Boboy) of Agno, Pangasinan.

DSWD-FO1 NHTU staff locates and assesses 15 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in five barangays (Gayusan, Magsaysay, Bangan-Oda, Patar, and Boboy) of Agno, Pangasinan.

At present, out of the 1,167 households, 1,103 households are already located and assessed. NHTU found out that from the 1,103 households, 489 households are already in the database and the names are just mispelled, 6 households changed the names of Pantawid Pamilya grantees, and 608 households were assessed by the NHTU AS.

NHTU field staff also verified that the 40 households out of the 64 remaining unlocated households  have already transferred to other regions and 2 households refused to be assessed since they are no longer active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Moreover, there are still 22 households to be located, verified, and assessed by DSWD-FO1 NHTU staff  with the help of Pantawid Pamilya staff.  (Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)



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Listahanan List of Poor Households is for free


Mabalin kayo apo nga makaala ti Listaan iti marigrigat, libre met daytoy, makipag-MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) kayo laeng ti DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) (You can have the list of poor households for free, just enter into a MOA with DSWD),” Listahanan Information Officer Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado said during the Validation and Finalization Phase Exit Conference in Bagulin, La Union.

Bagulin MSWDO Erlinda J. Ochoco requests that Local Government Unit of Bagulin be provided with a copy of the updated list of poor households.

Bagulin MSWDO Erlinda J. Ochoco requests that Local Government Unit of Bagulin be provided with a copy of the updated list of poor households.

Apilado, together with National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) Admin. Asst. III for Operations Bryan Arnold D. Tangalan and NHTU Area Supervisor (AS) Rhodora V. Rulloda, informed Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Erlinda J. Ochoco, members of Local Verification Committee, barangay captains, and Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders that a total of 614 complaints were received in Bagulin during the Validation Phase.

Out of the 614 complaints, 502 are about re-assessment and households that are not yet assessed. The remaining 112 complaints are about minor errors like mispelled names, change of addresses, adding and removing household members.

Meanwhile, according to DSWD-Field Office 1 NHTU Regional Field Coordinator Joan M. Nuesca, the Local Government Unit of Bagulin already submitted a MOA with DSWD and she is also encouraging all regional line agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, faith-based groups, private sectors, people’s organizations and registered organizations to enter into a MOA with DSWD if they want to have the list of poor households for their social protection programs and services. (Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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