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Kalahi-CIDSS strengthens partnership with NCIP

Participants of the meeting between DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS and NCIP staff firm up the time frame of their action plan as one of the outputs of the activity.

Participants of the meeting between DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS and NCIP staff firm up the time frame of their action plan as one of the outputs of the activity.

A Program that introduces community-driven development, Kalahi-CIDSS of the DSWD also promotes social safeguards to ensure that its operation will not be detrimental to the people whom it serves, particularly the indigenous peoples of the 11 municipalities where Kalahi-CIDSS is currently implemented.

DSWD Field Office 1 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta, Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Virginia P. Sesay, Deputy Regional Program Manager Orson Sta.Cruz, Regional Community Development Specialist Johnson Cea, and Community Development Officer Eddie Tumaliuan, Jr. spearheaded the meeting with National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) staff headed by NCIP Regional Director Felinor B. Sajonia to discuss Kalahi-CIDSS implementation and arrangements between the DSWD-NCIP Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at Marand Resort and Spa, Bauang, La Union.

The activity resulted to: the identification of Joint Regional Technical Working Group (JRTWG) members who will be the team to adhere to the engagements of the two departments which shall be firmed up through a special order from the Regional Directors of DSWD and NCIP before August ends; formulation of an action plan on the engagement of NCIP to Kalahi-CIDSS implementation which included NCIP’s commitment to orient Kalahi-CIDSS staff on various laws and provisions in protecting the welfare of Kalahi-CIDSS IP partner beneficiaries, issuance of Certification Precondition (CP);  and an agreement to conduct an assessment monitoring to ensure that what have been agreed upon materialize.

NCIP Tagudin Community Service Center Head Agustina Balbino said, “Ngayon na meron na ang MOA, mas malinaw na sa parte namin ang aming roles and interventions sa Kalahi-CIDSS implementation. Ang puno’t dulo naman ng lahat ng ito ay nag-aagree ang ating mga ahensya na siguraduhin ang proteksyon ng mga IPs at ng kanilang kultura at palaging pangingibabawin ang kanilang mga karapatan sa kabuuang proseso ng Kalahi-CIDSS (Now that we have the MOA, our roles and interventions in Kalahi-CIDSS implementation are already clear. The bottomline of this is that both agencies agree to ensure the protection of the IPs and their culture and uphold their rights at all times in the overall processes of Kalahi-CIDSS).”

As it is Kalahi-CIDSS’ principle to empower the communities to identify, decide, implement, and maintain the development which they themselves have driven, the Program also sees the importance that its partner beneficiaries’ culture are protected and that they are free to practice their rights. (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)

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NHTU Staff assist in Pasuquin, IN household assessment

(From left to right) NHTU Statistician II Ryan Arbollente, NHTU Admin. Asst. III for Budget Sharon Lentija, and  NHTU Admin. Asst. III for Information Jaymante Pearl Apilado  assess households in Brgys. Davila and Naglicuan, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.

(From left to right) NHTU Statistician II Ryan Arbollente, NHTU Admin. Asst. III for Budget Sharon Lentija, and NHTU Admin. Asst. III for Information Jaymante Pearl Apilado assess households in Brgys. Davila and Naglicuan, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.

Since the second phase (Data Collection and Analysis Phase) of household assessment headed by the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD – FO1) is ending soon, the NHTU Regional Field Coordinator Joan Nuesca with other NHTU staff assisted Pasuquin Area Supervisor Sharon Bulosan and the enumerators in assessing households at Brgy. Davila and Brgy. Naglicuan of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.

“We need to work together and finish the assessment here in Pasuquin. Remember that we are not just working; we are also helping our country in creating the data base of poor families in need of social protection programs,” Ms. Nuesca said.

Data Collection and Analysis phase involves home visits to collect basic information of family members using the Family Assessment Forms (FAFs), android tablets with a FAF data entry application installed in them, and Barangay Community Characteristics (BCC) Form.

To date, 91.79% of the 928,633 total target households in Region 1 were already assessed by the NHTU Field Staff. In particular, 493,024 households were assessed in Pangasinan, 142,020 in La Union, 124,595 in Ilocos Sur, and 92,802 in Ilocos Norte.

Out of the nine cities and 116 municipalities of Region 1, only the Municipality of Pasuquin and the City of Laoag in Ilocos Norte are still working on finishing the enumeration this month of August.

Meanwhile, according to Mr. Arbollente, even though most of the municipalities and cities of Region 1 are done with the assessment, the Area Coordinators of the 15 cities/municipalities are still settling their transmitted FAFs in order to come up with the final number of households assessed in their area of assignment.

After the assessment, the information collected and encoded will be endorsed for Proxy Means Test (PMT) processing that will estimate the income of families classified into poor and non-poor.

The initial list of poor families will be posted in public areas in the barangay and community for the validation phase come September or October. Those who were not visited during the assessment will have a chance to appeal and be assessed.

Further, the Local Verification Committee formed in each city/municipality will handle any complaints and questions regarding the soon to be posted initial list of poor households.

(by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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104 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries access employment immediately

PixDSWD’s capacity to facilitate employment through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) was again realized after partnering with the Region 1 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Vigor International Security Training Academy.

Just after the Recognition Rites of the Security Guards’ completion of their 9-day training, a screening was done by the Eagle Matrix Security Agency Inc. and hired 93 of the 104 graduates for deployment to different private institutions such as SM Group of Companies, Philex Mining Corp., Lepanto Mining Corp., among others. Eleven are already reporting to SM Mall of Asia for their on-the-job training.

DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo mentioned that since this is a Set 1 area of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implementation, the beneficiaries have undergone intensified case management to help them attain sufficiency. Responses to some identified needs were sourced out from partners that provide technical expertise and resources.

Further, Director Castillo advised the graduates to maintain agility, decency, and good performance upon employment. With the given opportunity, they were also reminded to strengthen family values and to sustain quality services related to their jobs.

Solo parent grantee Marissa Salimo expressed her overwhelming gratitude to DSWD because of the given opportunity to enhance skills and eventual access to employment. “Isang kasaysayan sa Bolinao ang programang nag-angat ng antas at uri ng aming pamumuhay. Patuloy kaming mangangarap at huwag sayangin ang pagtitiwalang ibinigay ng pamahalaan. (The training is remarkable in the town’s success in improving the lives of its people. We continue our aspirations and not to forsake the trust given by the government.)”

Third-grader-grantee Regina Calma, mother of 8 whose son Jason is also among the graduates, was impressed with the program scheme that led to a new job opportunity. “Napakalaking bagay ang tulong na ito kasi makakapagtrabaho na ang anak ko. (This is a great help, my son can already work.)” (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD to name Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 in Ilocos

Regional TarpThe Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 is finally over. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) will be announcing the regional winner during the Family Week Celebration this September.

Four provincial winners competed in the regional search — Achuela Family from Paoay, Ilocos Norte;  Aquino Family from Suyo, Ilocos Sur; Zambrona Family from Santol, La Union; and Lambino Family from Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

Regional validators were from the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), DZAG Radyo ng Bayan, and National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines (NACPhil).

According to the regional validators, these families who competed for the search are living testimonies of the positive impact of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Achuela Family in Ilocos Norte maintains strong families ties. Conrado is a solo-parent who responsibly raises his four daughters namely Hazel, Amabel, Fenelyn, and Glenda with good values and guidance of the Almighty. His daughters excel academically and in extra-curricular activities in school. He is a tenant, farmer, and a leader/member of some community groups.

In Ilocos Sur, Aquino Family extends services, assistance, resources, and skills to their neighbors and community as well. Arnel, the father, also acts as a mother to his son Alvin, 10 and daughter Mary Grace, 12 tilling their own agricultural land, also continues being charitable to neighbors by helping them in any way he can. His wife is an Overseas Filipino Worker for six years now.

Simplicity of life is being enjoyed by Zambrona Family in La Union. In a modest dwelling lives a very strong family with two children namely, Norly and Raniel, Grades 8 and 2, respectively, who academically excel in their class. Ralyn, mother,  is a Child Development Worker aside from her other sources of income while Norberto,  father,  is a farmer. This family is bounded with their strong faith in God, as they are also active church members.

Lastly, Lambino Family in Pangasinan is blessed with their singing talent. Music inspires the family to brave the challenges that may come along. All the 6 children are responsible and volunteer to help their parents, Julius and Lonie, in their small eatery and variety store. They share the prizes they get from singing contests with their neighbors. This is their way to inspire their fellow Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to unleash their talents to earn a living.

These four families are all deserving but only one of them will be declared as Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 in the region. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Change beyond vision –Empowerment

Aida presents an oration piece and her drawings depicting their barangay’s need for an access road during the sub-project prioritization in Bagulin, La Union.

Aida presents an oration piece and her drawings depicting their barangay’s need for an access road during the sub-project prioritization in Bagulin, La Union.

Sacrificing her time for Kalahi-CIDSS, Aida G. Sagayo, 41 years old, a Project Preparation Team (PPT) member from Barangay Wallayan, Bagulin, La Union is not disheartened even if their barangay was not prioritized in the recently conducted Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum-Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA).

A farmer, wife, and mother of four, Aida does not count what she has done for her barangay but what more she can do.  As a PPT volunteer in Wallayan, she gave her best effort prioritizing the interest of her community first before herself. She happily shared experiences of trekking roads, walking distances and getting wet under the rain to fulfill her responsibilities as a Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer.

“Noong dumating kasi ang Kalahi-CIDSS dito sa Wallayan nakita ko kaagad ang benepisyong makukuha namin sa Programa at ito nga po ‘yong kasagutan sa pangangailangan namin ng kalsada  (When Kalahi-CIDSS came to Wallayan, I immediately saw what we can benefit from the Program, and that is the answer to our need of an access road),” Aida recalled.  What was unexpected however was when Aida herself realized the equal importance of an access road and the knowledge she has acquired from the Program being a PPT volunteer. She later understood the importance of community empowerment that provided her with the right knowledge and skills on how to process and act accordingly to the needs of her barangay. The workshops she had undergone under Kalahi-CIDSS and the hands-on experience in preparing a project proposal have made her a better and empowered Wallayan resident, believing that with the help of Kalahi-CIDSS, she can do more for her community.

With optimism, even if Wallayan’s proposed sub-project was not prioritized, Aida still feels she  personally benefited from the Program. With all the experience and new knowledge she has come across and learned, her being a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer makes her manifest the real project of the Program, an empowered citizen.

“Pagkatapos nito, ipagpapatuloy ng Brgy. Wallayan ang suporta sa Kalahi-CIDSS. Mas gagalingan namin sa second cycle, baka palarin na kaming ma-prioritize. Tuluy- tuloy lang ang kapit sa Kalahi-CIDSS (After this, Brgy. Wallayan will continue its support for Kalahi-CIDSS. We will do better in the second cycle, we might be prioritized by then. We will continue to link arms with Kalahi-CIDSS),”Aida said.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a four-cycle program currently on its first cycle in the 11 municipalities of Region 1. The second cycle of the Program processes to achieve community empowerment, good governance through the practice of transparency, and poverty reduction in the 11 identified Kalahi-CIDSS areas will roll out in September 2015. (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)

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Dir. Castillo reports DSWD’s poverty reduction results to La Union media men

SFCPressConThe poverty reduction programs handled by DSWD Field Office 1 continue to expand with the addition of KALAHI-CIDSS Program and the widening reach of clients and sectors being served.

Thus was highlighted by DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo to local and national media correspondents during the recently held Press Conference at the Senior Citizens Center, City of San Fernando, La Union.

The previous school year featured the graduation of 18,527 Pantawid Pamilya high school beneficiaries where 1,244 were awarded either valedictorian or salutatorian.

The second round of household assessment reports that 848,598 or 91% of the target households has undergone assessment in Region 1.

“We reform as we perform. We improve our standards in providing the quality service to clientele groups,” Director Castillo said.

This is through faster delivery of services and better strategies parallel to the demands of sectoral clients and beneficiaries in congruence to performance excellence by the Agency.
Director Castillo also mentioned the convergence of DSWD’s institutionalized poverty reduction programs with the Sustainable Livelihood Program assisting the beneficiaries to access microenterprise seed capital and employment facilitation.

Moreover, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries form part during KALAHI-CIDSS Barangay Assembly where needs identification and prioritization of sub-projects are conducted. During the KALAHI-CIDSS sub-project implementation, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are also the prioritized laborers.

For poor senior citizens, the quarterly stipend of Php 1,500 is provided to social pensioners. As clarified by Director Castillo, the amount of stipend was not increased as clamored by many. Instead, the government expanded the program scope by lowering the age cut off from 77 to 65 years old which increased the number of pensioners in the Region from last year’s 39,763 to 64,379.

During the media forum, critic turned avid supporter of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Romy Acosta of Amianan Tribune mentioned the observable positive results among the beneficiaries. In response to his question on continuity of these positive changes, all will depend on the right decision to continue the journey towards development as started by this administration.

The media persons represented the following media outlets during the Press Conference: Rock City FM, Public Eye, The Amianan Tribune, Manila Bulletin, DZAG- Radyo ng Bayan, PIA-1 Regional Office, DZNL-Aksyon Radyo, DZSO- Bombo Radyo, The Weekly City Bulletin, and Hot FM-Agoo. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Piddig Organic Coffee Production Project unites Gov’t Agencies

Department of Agriculture Usec. Emerson U. Palad, together with DA-RO1 Dir. Valentino C. Perdido, DSWD-FO1 Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, and Piddig Mayor Eddie Guillen, answers queries during the open forum.

Department of Agriculture Usec. Emerson U. Palad, together with DA-RO1 Dir. Valentino C. Perdido, DSWD-FO1 Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, and Piddig Mayor Eddie Guillen, answers queries during the open forum.

Initiated by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Piddig headed by Mayor Eddie Guillen, the convergence of Government Agencies was seen through the Piddig Organic Coffee Production Project in Ilocos Norte (IN).

Said project is a pilot Convergence Area Development Project of the Regional Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (RCI-SRD) in Region I as an improvement strategy to effectively utilize the untapped land and generate a wide scale employment for the people in the area.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) together with other 16 government agencies [Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Education (DepEd), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA)] and two (2) private sectors contribute to the advance progress of the coffee project that was designed towards the realization of inclusive growth in the agriculture sector in Piddig where majority of poor are situated.

DSWD-FO1 Dir. Castillo, together with the DSWD employees from IN, joins the tree planting activity.

DSWD-FO1 Dir. Castillo, together with the DSWD employees from IN, joins the tree planting activity.

As part of the convergence, DSWD provided Php3.5 million seed capital assistance to the 700 beneficiary families of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Piddig as starting capital for vermicomposting production. They are now paid for producing vermi fertilizer which they supply to the LGU of Piddig. The vermicompost that they produce is used in fertilizing the coffee seedlings upon planting it in the ground.

Last 23 July 2015, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo attended the Coffee project ceremonial planting activity held at the project site in Brgy. Lammin, Piddig, IN. Dir. Castillo later on visited the Cabaroan Organic Demo Farm where vermicompost is produced by 4Ps beneficiaries.

Seeing the benefits of vermicomposting, Dir. Castillo advised Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Provincial Coordinator Chad Everett Llanes and Provincial Link Ronald Punio to also learn the process of vermicomposting, so they can disseminate the livelihood learning to other 4Ps beneficiaries. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Listahanan Enumerator helps his respondent

Aside from providing groceries, EN Neil together with his friends also donates clothes for Lolo Teodoro.

Aside from providing groceries, EN Neil together with his friends also donates clothes for Lolo Teodoro.

A first time Listahanan Enumerator (EN) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I (DSWD FO1), Neil Manangan did not just assess the household of Mr.Teodoro Dancel of Brgy. Colo, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. He also paved the way for Lolo Teodoro, living alone in his small house, to receive additional help and food assistance.

During the assessment, EN Neil learned that Lolo Teodoro can no longer work since he had stroke and has asthma. He only eats when some of his neighbors give him food or if there is any feast in their barangay or nearby barangay. Lolo Teodoro said he has relatives in the area but they don’t seem to care.

Seeing and witnessing the real situation of poor households, EN Neil having only 200 pesos that time in his pocket gave Lolo Teodoro 150 pesos for his dinner and promised to return to provide more help in any possible way he can.

He asked help from his skateboard group, Thirty Five Krew (TFK), and organized a skateboard event where the money earned from the event was spent in buying groceries for Lolo Teodoro.

Additional grocery supplies were also handed by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Batac City to EN Neil as a support for his lifetime advocacy to assist Lolo Teodoro.

Further, Lolo Teodoro is now a Social Pension beneficiary of DSWD-FO1 and received his first pension amounting to Php1,500.00 last 3 July 2015.

“That’s not the end of it. We will continue helping Lolo Teodoro,” EN Neil said. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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