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Assessment of Pantawid beneficiary brings more blessings

AS Grace during her first meeting with Liezel

AS Grace during her first meeting with Liezel

May nagsabi sa akin na hindi daw lahat ng kawawa ay tinutulungan. Ang sa akin naman, kung kaya mong makatulong kahit sa munting paraan, bakit hindi mo tulungan?(Someone told me that not all unfortunate must be aided. For me, if you are capable of helping even in a little way, why not help?)”  These are words of wisdom to ponder on posted by Grace D. Sarmiento on her Facebook account last 25 August 2015.

Grace is an Area Supervisor (AS) of National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) / Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD – FO1) assigned in Sta.Maria, Pangasinan. She has always been a field worker of DSWD since 2009 starting as an Enumerator in the 1st round of household assessment.

A hands-on and experienced field worker, she had already met different kinds of people in all walks of life especially those who really need help just like Liezel Ynalvez, a nine-year-old with hydrocephalus from Brgy. Santa Rosa, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.

AS Grace met Liezel last 7 July 2015 during the enumeration. She felt sorry since a child like Liezel must be attending school and enjoying her childhood, instead of being bedridden, skinny, and wounded on her back and stomach.

Liezel has 7 siblings. Her mother works as a laundry woman while her father is a farm laborer. With limited income, her parents cannot afford to bring her to a hospital for check-up. The education of her siblings is continuous with the assistance coming from DSWDs’ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Upon learning the situation of Liezel, AS Grace felt the need to help her and her family. She took pictures of Liezel and posted them on her Facebook account wishing and hoping that good Samaritans might reach her post and provide help.

AS Grace says Liezel cannot talk and just smiles when she sees her.

AS Grace says Liezel cannot talk and just smiles when she sees her.

She said that with God’s mercy, three individuals who saw her Facebook post donated cash. She then brought Liezel to the community center for check-up and together with her enumerators bought the needs of Liezel like diapers, milk, medicine for her wounds, and two-month supply of grocery items.

AS Grace already visited Liezel seven times and said she will keep on helping and visiting her since more blessings are coming from kind-hearted individuals.(by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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No more scrap-built houses for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

pabahay project2Houses are supposed to give warmth, comfort, and security to families. If these are made of corroding materials, old bamboo poles covered with recycled sacks, tarpaulins, or posters, and situated in hazard-prone areas, how could a family withstand this wrath of poverty?

In Dingras, Ilocos Norte, eight Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were provided with safer and stronger abodes through “Pabahay Project”.

To recall, 20 poor families were in need of safe and sturdy houses based on the result of the first administration of the Social Welfare Indicators (SWI) conducted on March 2013. This is a tool that assesses the well-being of a family from levels of survival, subsistence, or self sufficiency.

Since the need was identified during the SWI administration, it was raised to the Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC), which after several meetings, came up with “Pabahay Project”.

Aside from providing better homes, the Project also aimed to strengthen the collaboration and camaraderie of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in building the Pabahay Project by tapping them to build the houses.

The MAC carefully planned income generating activities that supported the “Pabahay Project” such as raffle draw and run-for-a-cause. With the approval of the Chairperson, Budget Officer Marianita Allado, the MAC agreed to have a “Pabahay Project” for 20 households.

The MAC also agreed to the suggestion of Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Jesannie Gay-ya that the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) be an augmentation to provide other needs of the potential households.

Bayanihan still alive in Dingras, Ilocos Norte

Pooling of resources and technical expertise started with the MAC, public and private partners, barangay officials and even with the beneficiaries themselves.

The Municipal Engineering Office (MEO) designed the houses and provided the estimated overall cost; the School Principals and other MAC Members distributed raffle tickets and encouraged others to join the Fun Run; Municipal Operations Office (MOO) monitored the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries for the ‘Bayanihan’ activities and tapped more service providers to join and participate in the said events.

The raffle draw generated total amount proceeds of Php 154,960.00, of which, Php 22,900 was utilized to buy the prizes. As the project went on, the remaining amount was deposited in the Community Rural Bank of Dingras. The remaining amount was able to build 3 houses for the family-beneficiaries Nancy Ballesteros and Elaine Daquioag from Brgy. Lumbad and Merlita Bayeta from Brgy. Parado.

Likewise, a fun run was conducted that raised a total amount of Php 218,711.00 which was deposited to the Rural Community Bank of Dingras and staggardly withdrawn for the construction of another 5 houses for the families of the following: Nelly Manegdeg from Brgy. Baresbes; Marina Salvador, Brgy. Barong; Florentino Aragon, Brgy. Espiritu; Myrna Tolentiono, Brgy. Suyo; and Ruperto Tadena, Brgy. Medina.

Generoso and Merlita Bayeta’s family is among the 8 families who acquired their house through the “Pabahay Project”. They used to stay near the riverbank. They said in an interview, “Agyaman kami kadagiti timmulong a nangipatakder iti balay. Safe kamin, haanen a mai tip tippang. Sapay ta adu pay iti matulungan yo (Thank you to all those who helped us build our new home. We are now safe unlike before when we are near the river bank risky of eroding. We hope that you will help more).”

DSWD’s Provincial Action Team (PAT) in Ilocos Norte monitored the implementation of the Pabahay Project particularly those Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who worked for the construction of houses. The PAT and its municipal counterpart also provided technical assistance in the liquidation process, proper documentation, records keeping, and monitored proper disbursement of funds.

Towards sustainability

To sustain activities to support the “Pabahay Project,” the Local Government Unit of Dingras drafted and passed an Executive Order. This also ensures the continuity of the Project until all needy families are served. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer)

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Not Qualified Beneficiary volunteers as Parent Leader

Picture2Napamahal na sa akin ang programa, bahagi na sa pang-araw-araw na buhay ko (I have learned to love the program and it has already been part of my everyday life),” said Maritess Jovellano, 47, a Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leader in Dagupan City, Pangasinan but is no longer qualified as a beneficiary (NQB) since her youngest, Julie Pearl, 18, already finished high school last 2013.

Maritess was a Parent Leader since she was included in the program four years ago. For a very long time, she considered Pantawid Pamilya as part of her daily routine as she always monitored her members. This was how she also gained self confidence and learned how to socialize.

NQB is NQV (Now Qualified Volunteer) 

She volunteers to continue her duties and responsibilities as a parent leader but not because of future cash grants to receive. She believes that she can still guide her members to be compliant to the Program conditionalities.

Her members are still pushing her to be their Parent Leader because they are inspired by the way she leads them and her activeness and passion to the Program.

According to her, she loves to listen to Family Development Sessions (FDS) because she gains new knowledge so she still keeps on attending. “Marami po akong natututunan sa FDS na maaring gamitin sa pang-araw-araw na buhay ko, na siyang nagdadala sa akin sa pagiging mabuting mamamayan (I learn so many things in the FDS that I can apply in our everyday life, directing us to become better citizens),” she said.

Prolonging the contentment and pride

Maritess gratefully uttered, “Hindi na kami umaasa pa sa Pantawid Pamilya pero pursigido kami na iangat ang kalagayan ng aming pamilya at dahil sa tulong ng Programa, nakapagtapos na ng high school ang bunso ko (We are no longer dependent to the program, but we are determined to uplift our family’s condition and because of Pantawid Pamilya, my youngest child was able to finish high school).”

She is currently working as a Job Order Employee at the Dagupan City Hall for one year and 4 months now while her husband, Louie, 48, is a tricycle driver. All their five children are high school graduates who have their own work now except the youngest.

“Sa gabay ng Diyos, kami ay nagtutulungan. Naniniwala ako na makakaahon kami sa hirap dahil tinuruan kami ng Pantawid Pamilya magkaroon ng tiwala sa sarili at maging responsable sa aming maliit na paraan. Makikiisa ako sa implementasyon ng Programa hangga’t makakaya ko pa (We help each other with the guidance of the Lord. I believe that we will get out of poverty because Pantawid Pamilya taught us how to become self reliant and responsible in our own little ways. I will extend my assistance to the Program implementation as long as I can,” Maritess asserted. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Ready to serve, no longer to be served

Picture1“Isa akong benepisiario noon na tinutulungan at ginagabayan ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program pero nakahanda na ako ngayon na maglingkod sa Departamento at sa mga dating kapwa ko benepisiario (I was then a beneficiary who is being helped and guided by the Pantawid Pmailyang Pilipino Program but now I am ready to render service to the Department for my former co-beneficiaries),” said Amelita Alcaras, a former Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leader and now a Social Welfare Assistant.

 According to her, she realized that the employment given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to her means that a beneficiary like her is given importance in the professional world.

 “Naging daan ang DSWD para gumanda ang buhay ng pamilya ko sa pamamagitan ng Pantawid Pamilya. Isang malaking karangalan at biyaya na nangyari sa buhay ko itong pagtatrabaho ko sa DWSD (DSWD led my family to a better way of living through Pantawid Pamilya. To work and serve here is really an honor and a great blessing that happened to my life,”) she added.

To overcome the challenges of her life, she chose to make herself busy and productive. She asked the guidance of the Almighty as she took up Certificate of Teaching at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) Open University through the sponsorship of a relative.

She claimed, “Ang masasakit na pinagdaanan ko sa buhay ang nag-udyok sa kin para magpursigi  para sa mas maayos na kinabukasan (The trials that I went through served as my inspiration and motivation to persevere for a brighter tomorrow.”)

 This is because of Pantawid Pamilya’s intervention on her life journey guided with 5Cs — Competence, Compassion, Commitment, Conscience, and Christ-centeredness coupled with sacrifice, determination, and dedication.

She stressed that these 5Cs led her to be a Pantawid Pamilya staff and assured to give her very best to be of service to the Department and to the program beneficiaries as well.

“Ang tagumpay ay hindi nakakamtan sa isang kisap mata lamang bagkus kalakip nito ay sakripisyo, sipag, tiyaga at determinasyon (Success cannot be attained in just a wink of an eye but it is coupled with sacrifice, diligence, perseverance, and determination,” Amelita courageously claimed. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Listahanan assessment nears its end

NHTU-RFC Joan Nuesca informs CSWDO Staff Pearlita Cabello about the status of the assessment in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

NHTU-RFC Joan Nuesca informs CSWDO Staff Pearlita Cabello about the status of the assessment in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU)/Listahanan assessment of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I (DSWD-FO1) is still ongoing in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The rest of the cities/municipalities of the four provinces already finished the assessment.

According to NHTU Regional Field Coordinator (RFC) Joan Nuesca, the 1 month original timeframe for enumeration in Laoag City was not achieved due to the number of field staff required that were not completed during the deliberation. Six Area Supervisors (ASs) and 32 Enumerators (ENs) are needed to finish the assessment of 15,438 households within the set date; however, only four ASs and 17 ENs were hired.

On the 3rd week of August, the NHTU Staff namely RFC Nuesca, Statistician II Ryan Arbollente, Administrative Assistant III for Budget Sharon Lentija, Administrative Assistant III for Information Jaymante Pearl Apilado together with Listahanan Regional Project Training and Monitoring Team (RPTMT) member Robby Boy Macaraeg and two Area Coordinators (ACs) of La Union helped in assessing 279 households in Brgy. Bacsil South, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

There are still six rural barangays (Pila, Balacad, Zamboanga, Lattaag, Camangaan and Lagui-sail) not completely assessed. Only the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program were assessed by the ENs, so this week DSWD-FO1 NHTU staff will again help in completing the partially assessed barangays of Laoag City.

The number of households that were not yet assessed is 1,234 with 121 in Brgy.Pila, 266 in Brgy. Balacad, 221 in Brgy. Zamboanga, 129 in Brgy. Lattaag, 131 in Brgy. Camangaan, and 366 in Brgy. Lagui-sail.

Meanwhile, RCF Nuesca is grateful to DSWD FO1 Officials and employees, Local Government Units, and NHTU Support Staff composed of ACs, ASs, ENs, Encoders/Verifiers, and ASs of Encoders/Verifiers for their unending support and assistance in the 2nd round of household assessment.(by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD assures enough food support to victims of Typhoon Ineng

asec cabrera.jpg (2)DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera pronounced the availability of enough family food packs for the relief operations, early recovery, and rehabilitation of families affected by Typhoon Ineng during the ocular visit conducted recently with Cabinet Secretaries Mar Roxas and Edwin Lacierda in Santa, Ilocos Sur.

Even if relief distribution should last for 3-5 days, DSWD’s food support is enough for Typhoon Ineng affected families in the cities and municipalities of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, ASec. Cabrera confirmed.

During disaster, prompt preparation, quick and proactive response and alertness were emphasized by DILG Secretary Roxas in his opening message. “We cannot alter the effects of climate change, but we can improve the preparations and strategies to respond to any coming disaster,” Sec. Roxas mentioned.

During the joint PDRRMC and MDRRMC Meeting, the proactive disaster operations led by Mayor Jeremy Bueno for Santa and overall provincial disaster operations led by Governor Ryan Singson that saved lives and minimized greater damages on lives and properties were recognized.

As explained by ASec. Cabrera, the early recovery and rehabilitation phase follows after the relief operation or distribution of family food packs to affected families. During this phase, destroyed facilities and community structures will be repaired or restored through Cash/Food for Work appropriate projects to be implemented by community residents upon proposals submitted by Local Chief Executives (LCEs).

Sec. Roxas asked the LCEs how these areas were well responded: human needs, lifelines, and damages. Among others, important road works and repair of the damaged bridge and part of the Santa sea wall were identified as the focus of rehabilitation projects.

After the short meeting, the team visited the collapsed Calungbuyan Bailey Bridge in Santa which also caused some delay in the delivery of family food packs to the island barangays during the height of the typhoon. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Additional DSWD family food packs arrive

Six (6) DSWD-Central Office employees boarded the Navy ships that arrived from Mnila at the City of San Fernando Pier around 12 Noon yesterday.

Six (6) DSWD-Central Office employees boarded the Navy ships that arrived from Mnila at the City of San Fernando Pier around 12 Noon yesterday.

Two (2) Philippine Navy Ships (BRP Ivatan AT928 and BRP Batak AT299) carrying 13,602 Family Food Packs (FFPs) or 2,267 sacks of relief goods from the National Resource Operations Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) arrived yesterday at Poro Point, City of San Fernando, La Union.

The FFPs are for augmentation assistance to the affected families of Typhoon “Ineng” in Ilocos Region. With the help of the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, and Philippine Army, FFPs were transmitted from the two (2) Landing Craft Heavy ships to the 10 trucks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Escorted by DSWD – Field Office I employees, the FFPs are being delivered to the DSWD Provincial Operations Office in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte and in the Province of Abra.

Each sack of relief goods contains 6 Family Food Packs

Each sack of relief goods contains 6 Family Food Packs

950 lang na mga sako ang kayang i-load ng 10 trucks ng Army kaya tuloy-tuloy lang ang loading, pagkatapos maideliver balik agad para tuloy-tuloy ang serbisyo (950 sacks can only be loaded in the 10 Army trucks that is why after the delivery, trucks will return immediately to continue the shipment),” Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) Deputy Commander Capt. Albert A. Mogol said.

According to DSWD-FO1 General Administration and Support Services Division Chief Benjamin F. Baldo, the DSWD truck is also being utilized in transporting the FFPs.

Moreover, DSWD-FO I Disaster Response Assistance and Management Unit Head Maricel Caleja said that 9,602 FFPs were allocated for the Province of Ilocos Norte while the remaining 4,000 FFPs were allotted to the Province of Abra.

To date, a total of 45,982 families with 202,999 individuals in 384 barangays of 43 cities/municipalities were affected in the 3 provinces of the Region. The total cost of assistance augmented by DSWD to the Local Government Units is Php.8,272,094. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)


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DSWD, LGUs still on relief operations for TS Ineng victims

TS Ineng 003As of 24 August 2015, DSWD Field Office I has released 10,899 family food packs worth Php 3.2 million to Local Government Units (LGUs) as augmentation assistance to victims of Typhoon Ineng in the Provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Currently, there are 31,773 families or 149,364 individuals affected by Typhoon Ineng with 828 individuals still at 12 Evacuation Centers. The typhoon also caused 9 casualties (4 injured, 1 bitten by snake, 2 missing, 2 dead) and 316 damaged houses (38 totally and 278 partially damaged).

Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo led the relief operations in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). The Quick Action Response Teams (QuARTs) of the Department continued the repacking and delivery of family food packs, monitoring, retrieval, and consolidation of disaster reports in coordination with the Regional, Provincial and City/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (R/P/C/MDRRMC).

The delivery of family food packs is in partnership with the OCD, Philippine National Police and Philippine Navy for the use of their trucks.

OCD Director Melchito Castro and DSWD Director Castillo conducted an aerial inspection over coastal municipalities of Ilocos Sur. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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