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Pantawid Pamilya donates learning materials to Day Care Center facilities in CSF


Day Care Children happily receive their learning materials handed in by RPC Rosalyn L. Descallar (in gray jacket) and SSA Focal Narisa C. Ramos.


Spearheaded by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1), Day Care Centers (DCC) in the City of San Fernando, La Union were provided with brand new additional learning materials for Day Care Children.

Funds were extracted from the FundRun conducted by the Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Management Office in December 2015.

Day Care Children together with respective Day Care Workers accepted the musical instruments, counting paraphernalia, educational toys, and the like. These were the needs of the DCCs based on the result of the SSA Administration conducted in October 2015.

Regional Program Coordinator (RPC) Rosalyn L. Descallar and Supply Side Assessment (SSA) Focal Narisa C. Ramos personally delivered these learning materials to DCCs with identified high number of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries such as Pias DCC, Calabugao DCC, Brgy. 1 DCC, Ilocanos Sur DCC, Catbangen DCC, San Agustin DCC, Masicong DCC, Parian DCC, Tanquigan DCC, Bungro DCC, Bangcusay DCC, and Bangbangolan, DCC.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ensures quality education for children beneficiaries in all levels to prepare them for a better future. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya children receive toys from SM Foundation


Right Photo: Regional Program Coordinator Rosalyn L. Descallar (in blue) and Institutional Partnership Development Officer Sharon D. Roldan (in blue and red) lead the distribution of toys.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) in partnership with SM Foundation shared joy to Pantawid Pamilya children in Bugallon, Pangasinan. SM Foundation through DSWD FO1 handed in new toys to 78 girls and 86 boys from 21 barangays of the said municipality.

Bugallon, Pangasinan was hardly hit by Typhoon Lando last year which was primarily the basis for SM Foundation to assist in the psychosocial restoration of these children.

According to Regional Program Coordinator Rosalyn L. Descallar, for due recognition, the said municipality also attained the highest education compliance rate in Day Care, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 from January to October 2015 as one of the conditionalities of Pantawid Pamilya.

DSWD FO1 and SM Foundation continue their joint venture in reaching out to the needy and be an instrument of hope and encouragement to others in the spirit of public service. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Activities inspire volunteerism among the Listahanan Field Staff

Listahanan Field Staff in Bauang, La Union ride a motorboat for five minutes and walk for 5-10 minutes to deliver community service for the nine households living in an isolated barangay.

Listahanan Field Staff in Bauang, La Union ride a motorboat for five minutes and walk for 5-10 minutes to deliver community service for the nine households living in an isolated barangay.

An island community in Isla Solomon, Barangay Pugo, Bauang, La Union was considered for community services during enumeration activities of Listahanan Field Staff assigned in Bauang, La Union.

“Our hearts were touched because when we went there for an enumeration of DSWD’s Listahanan, we saw how simply they lived. Even though they don’t have electricity, internet and most of their houses are made of salvaged materials, they are contented and happy,” NHTU Area Supervisor Lani Mueca said.

“We decided to conduct a feeding session and giving of groceries as soon as we received our first salary as Enumerators, Area Supervisor, and Area Coordinator of Listahanan”, she added.

They prepared a simple meal to be shared with everyone – arroz caldo, pancit, maja blanca and sandwiches with orange juice. They also repacked grocery items such as coffee, milk powder, chocolate powder, biscuits, canned goods, body soaps, shampoo, toothbrushes with toothpaste, and 2 kilos of rice.

The kids of Isla Solomon happily receive inspirational books.

The kids of Isla Solomon happily receive inspirational books.

Further, NHTU Area Coordinator Janice Ballesteros said that as her contribution to their group, she provided inspirational storybooks and afterwards read them to the children.

Furthermore, Mueca said, “As we see them smiling, all our weariness starting from buying and cooking foods and repacking the grocery items fades.”

On the other hand, according to Bauang Municipal Link John Louis Pagaduan, the 9 households in Isla Solomon also received assistance from the Local Government Unit, Non-Government Organizations, Faith-based groups and civil society organizations. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD-SLP’s first bakeshop now in Anda, Pangasinan

Anda_BakeryImprovement of well-being is being escalated all the more among the 30 Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries who are now operating a 24-hour bakery in Anda, Pangasinan thanks to the capital assistance received from Sustainable Livelihood Program.

They started producing the nutritious malunggay pandesal as the main product. Now, there are 11 kinds of local breads cooked with the help of two professional bakers who are also Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

With the use of nine bikes that deliver the bread everyday, average gross sales range from Php2,500.00 to Php4,000.00 for daily operation. Sometimes, their sales reach more than Php 6,000.00 especially during Conditional Cash Transfer pay-outs and special occasions in Anda.

The Association earned a gross sales of Php164,019.00 including those sales during the PaskuJuan Bazaar and Trade Fair in Bauang, La Union and Araneta Coliseum in Metro Manila recently.

With all these initial gains, baker Dericho Consuelo expressed appreciation to the program implementers saying “Bilib na ako, naniniwala na ako sa gobyerno (I am amazed, I already believe in the government).”

This growing enterprise was made possible with the seed capital amounting to Php 300,000.00 through Bottom-up Budgeting of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD.

The Local Government of Anda, Pangasinan also provided a public lot for the construction of the bakeshop and linked the Association to partners and other stakeholders.

The Anda KLAP SEA-K Multi-Purpose Cooperative also helped the association in providing raw materials and other technical assistance on marketing and financial management. The members of the Association also agreed to use their income for daily operation expenses including water, light, power and maintenance, and repayment.

Recently, the Local Government of Anda, Pangasinan was awarded as the Best LGU Partner on the implementation of Sustainable Livelihood Program in the Region. Likewise, Anda KLAP was the Regional Entry on Microenterprise and became one of the Finalists of the 2015 Bangon Kabuhayan National Search. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, IO II with report from Ardel C. Laroya, PDO II/ CDED Officer)

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State of DSWD Region 1 Address banners services on social protection for 2015

2015 SORA300 DSWD partners took part in Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo’s presentation of CY 2015 accomplishments that bannered remarkable implementation of the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) and advocacy of new social technologies resulting to 101 Memoranda of Agreement signed, among others.

Good practices on BUB facilitated the completion of 165 projects in 93 cities and municipalities with Php 207.5M funds. This promoted local governance and active community participation in local planning and budgeting with community structures built for community development. Since 2013, DSWD-sponsored projects have reached Php 357M disbursed funds.

The core poverty reduction programs focused on 200,325 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries who were assisted on employment (with 1,812 families) and microenterprise (with 15,835 families) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program and the KALAHI-CIDSS sub-projects implemented.

These entrepreneurs are now earning at least Php 1,000 to Php 6,000.00 monthly. Strategies such as Cash Building Livelihood Asset and provision of Pre-Employment Assistance Fund were also introduced to further assist the beneficiaries.

Augmentation support to disaster victims has reached Php475M to 141,964 families while Php 439.4M worth of assistance on Emergency Shelter Assistance, Cash for Work and Core Shelter Assistance Program was given to 179,960 families.

Community-based services and Protective Services Program were provided to 15,040 individuals in crisis situation in the amount of Php78M for their basic needs aside from psychosocial interventions.

On child placement, rigid assessment of prospective parents led to increased number of suitable adoptive families. For abandoned and neglected children, 45 licensed foster parents have 62 children under their temporary custody.

This year also marked the second round of household assessment of 858,426 households. This project also created temporary jobs to 3,197 individuals for assessment and validation activities. As reiterated by Director Castillo, the list of poor households is not an automatic list of beneficiaries for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, rather a database of poor households.

The Supplementary Feeding Program’s Php 145.9M supported 93,297 Day Care Children while the Social Pension Program assisted 66,658 indigent senior citizens with Php 399.9M budget. At least 327 resident clients were served by the 5 centers and institutions through their rehabilitative and psychosocial interventions.

This year’s event launched the strategic advocacy activity of theater play dubbed as “Teatro Iti Biag Ko” and was graced by development partners from the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices, Area-based Standards Network, media, and program beneficiaries. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, IO II)

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DSWD residents act in ‘Teatro Iti Biag Ko’

teatro iti biagko Coined from various lives touched by DSWD’s programs, the DSWD Field Office 1 launched its first theater play dubbed as ‘Teatro Iti Biag Ko’ (theater of my life) as among its strategic advocacy activities that also promote rehabilitation.

This was featured during the State of DSWD Region 1 Address at Diego Silang Hall, Provincial Capitol, City of San Fernando, La Union on 14 December 2015.

Two mini plays revolved on frontline programs on disaster management and core poverty reduction programs entitled ‘Salamat, Kasama Kita’ and ‘Pag-ahon’.

These highlighted services provided to disaster victims and the empowered lives of families with DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program and KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP.

Social Marketing Staff started training the residents on theater play sometime in August 2015 on basic elements of theater, acting, blocking, casting, voice modulation/vocalization, props, and costumes.

The script was developed from true stories of families assisted by poverty reduction programs while the disaster management revolved on actual scenarios during disaster management at DSWD Field Office 1.

During the series of workshops and team building activities, self confidence, camaraderie and unity were strengthened along with their enhanced acting. The roles they played did not only magnify the efficiency of services but also the transformation emanated from the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) actors (residents) themselves.

The production team also included staff from the Protective Services Unit, Financial Management Unit, General Services Section, and Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth.(by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, IO II)

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DSWD’s SLP builds cluster enterprise for 175 Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries

Sustainable Livelihood Program’s (SLP) Php 1.8 million awarded to 175 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Lingayen, Pangasinan upgraded their capacities in managing mini-stores commonly known as ‘Sari-Sari Stores’  by being trained on financial management.


Project Development Officer Gilbert Cariño designed a livelihood training that encouraged unemployed Pantawid Pamilya adults in the Municipality of Lingayen, Pangasinan for livelihood and gainful employment/ self-employment.

Purposively, this livelihood training is also designed for beneficiaries with current mini-stores but are not properly managed, unstable, or nearing failure.

With the Department of Trade and Industry – Pangasinan, the beneficiaries were taught on bookkeeping and skills in managing a single proprietorship business with actual demo and return demo of participants.

They were equipped with skills for them to be mainstreamed in the labor market and other various occupation, thus reducing poverty, PDO Cariño mentioned.

After the training, the beneficiaries were grouped into 6 associations and given starter kits amounting to Php 10,000.00 each. This was given in the form of grocery items that helped them start their own mini-groceries while maintaining a cluster mini-grocery.

Each cluster mini-grocery started with Php 33,000.00 from the share of Php 3,000 each for 11 members. Most of them identified rice, drinking water, and charcoal as their cluster commodities.

The Local Government Unit of Lingayen and DTI also shared their counterparts on logistics during the three-day  training.

Community Networking of Entrepreneurs

Aside from lessening the competition among them, the association members appreciated their strength as a cluster group assisting each other in sustaining their own enterprise while maintaining their own cluster enterprise. “Malaking tulong ‘pag magkaisa at magkakasama. Nakakatulong din kami sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng mga members (The union of small entrepreneurs was appreciated especially so that basic commodities sold can be easily accessed by its members),”  beneficiary Regina Rivera narrated.

Through the association and cluster enterprise, beneficiaries were taught to sustain  open communication to openly discuss issues and resolve arising conflicts towards transparency.

For individual enterprise, a mini store is earning at least Php 250.00 a day. This keeps them hardworking. Since it is a family enterprise, the other spouse learned to minimize, if not stop, activities and assist instead in managing mini-store.

“Hindi na kami mag-aalala. Pagkatapos ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, mayroon kaming negosyo na dagdag sa aming kita araw-araw, puwede pa kaming magpautang sa ibang nangangailangan (We do not worry anymore. After Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, we have an enterprise which  adds daily income. We can even lend to other needy fellow),” said beneficiary Miriam Vargas. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Info Officer II)


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