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DSWD upholds culture-sensitive program implementation through Kalahi-CIDSS

IPs in Quirino continue to practice ethnicity despite the looms of modernity.

IPs in Quirino continue to practice ethnicity despite the looms of modernity.

Supporting the concept of social inclusiveness of the DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS as a program of the Philippine government to alleviate poverty through community-driven development, the inclusion of the Indigenous Peoples’ (IPs) improvement of well-being is a part of the goal of the Program.

Through the social and community organization activities lead by Kalahi-CIDSS such as barangay assemblies, attended by the residents of Quirino, who are all IPs, cultural practices have been strengthened instead of waned down.  Traditions and beliefs that have been passed from generation to generation that are threatened to diminish were restored and strengthened because of the initiated activities of Kalahi-CIDSS. “Ang proseso ng Kalahi-CIDSS ay lalong nag patatag sa aming mga IPs dito sa Quirino dahil ibinalik nito ang maganda naming kaugalian (The Kalahi-CIDSS processes strengthened the IPs in Quirino because the Program has reinstated our old traditions)”, Hon. ArtemioMarvil, Quirino Municipal Council Indigenous People’s Representative said.The DSWD, being a development partner of Municipal Local Government Units leads in the execution and transparent operation of Kalahi-CIDSS which ensures social safeguards for the IP tribes as one of the Program’s unique feature to make certain that the Program implementation will not be detrimental to the people it serves.

More than the restoration of their culture, unity, and participation, the Program has become a venue for the residents to connect with each other again and work hand in hand towards the progress of every community through the Kalahi-CIDSS community assemblies and activities.

The people of Quirino have been aware of the development brought by Kalahi-CIDSS in neighboring provinces and municipalities.  When Kalahi-CIDSS came to Quirino, their hopes for an improved quality of life were brought back. Their understanding on the responsiveness of the program to their needs for a better living by way of community-driven development strategy reinforces their standpoint on poverty mitigation.

As a first in the Municipality of Quirino, Kalahi-CIDSS as a development program responds with sensitivity to the culture of the IP tribes in the area where the people themselves are empowered to lead, decide, and implement the sub-projects which they themselves have identified to respond to their needs for a better life.

“Hangga’t nananalaytay sa ugat naming ang pagiging IP, pananatilihin naming ang kulturang aming kinalakihan. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa pagpapaalala sa aking mga kapwa IP sa kahalagahan ng pagkakaisa at ngamingkultura (As long as being an IP flows in our blood, we shall keep this culture that we grew up with. I am thankful to Kalahi-CIDSS for reminding us on theimportance of unity among IPs and and culture)”, Hon. Marvil added. (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)

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DSWD releases Php3.6M worth of relief goods to monsoon rain victims in Region 1

habagat_julyThe DSWD Central Office and Field Office 1 provided Php3.6M worth of relief goods to monsoon rain victims in the previous weeks affecting 55,778 families or 247,588 individuals in 139 barangays in the Provinces of Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan.

Five deaths due to drowning and landslides were reported: four from Pangasinan namely R-Jay S. Orteras, 6-month old from Bolinao; Marlon N. Lapena, 52 y/o from Urdaneta City; Vince Abrey D. Mendosa, 15 y/o from Sual; Regine M. Velasco, 16 y/o from Calasiao; and one from Sugpon, Ilocos Sur, 13 y/o Annabel Sicmaten. Their families will be provided with burial assistance and were also referred to the Office of Civil Defense for additional assistance.

Also, 39 totally- and 34 partially-damaged houses were reported by the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC). These will be validated for Emergency Shelter Assistance and Core Shelter Assistance Programs after relief operations.

In Bani, Pangasinan, the relief goods prepositioned from the DSWD Field Office 1 were readily available for release to the family-victims. According to Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Grace Taganap, 2,028 food packs released were from DSWD.

In Dagupan City, only 1 Evacuation Center is still open at the City People’s Astrodome where 1,000 family food packs were provided including to families who already returned home.

As a directive from DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, the prepositioned goods in Dagupan City and in the Municipalities of Bani, Rosales, and Sta. Barbara in Pangasinan are regularly monitored by the SWAD Teams for ready release to disaster victims from nearby areas. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Office II)

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Listahanan reports number of assessed household

Bagulin Area Coordinator Rhodora Rulloda informs the LGU of Bagulin of the total households assessed per barangay and thanks them for their support in the Listahanan Project of DSWD-FOI.

Bagulin Area Coordinator Rhodora Rulloda informs the LGU of Bagulin of the total households assessed per barangay and thanks them for their support in the Listahanan Project of DSWD-FOI.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I (DSWD-FOI) already assessed 793,044 households out of the 928,633 target households in Region I.

Out of the 793,044 assessed households, 79,815 households are from the Province of Ilocos Norte; 115,284 from Ilocos Sur; 132,898 from La Union; and 465,047 households from the Province of Pangasinan.

Listahanan Field Staff from six municipalities in La Union (Tubao, San Gabriel, Caba, Sudipen, Bangar, and Balaoan) are already done with their Exit Conference after finishing the enumeration in their designated area.

Last 15 July 2015, the DSWD-FOI NHTU Staff attended the Exit Conference of Bagulin, La Union together with Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Erlinda J. Ochoco, NHTU Bagulin Field Staff composed of an Area Coordinator, Area Supervisor and six Enumerators, and the Barangay Captains or their Representatives from the Municipality’s 10 barangays.

The enumeration proper in Bagulin started last 11 May 2015 and ended on 9 July 2015. A total of 2,689 households was assessed from the one urban and nine rural barangays of Bagulin.

From the 2,704 households in Bagulin that the enumerators visited, three do not have any qualified respondents; nine were temporarily away during the enumeration which the barangay captains confirmed; and three who refused to be interviewed because of their religion which discourages acceptance of help from the government. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD partners with Ilocos Sur’s Magnificent Magic 7

MM7_01DSWD’s expertise on poverty reduction and collaboration with partner regional line agencies will greatly contribute to the success of the Magnificent Magic 7 (MM7), an alliance of the Municipalities of Cervantes, Tagudin, Santa Cruz, Suyo, Sugpon, Alilem, and Quirino in the Province of Ilocos Sur working together to address poverty through increased participation of the stakeholders, accountable governance, and responsive economic platform.

On its Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing held recently at the Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol, the MM7’s major agricultural and industrial priority products will be showcased in the MM7’s Farming Trading Center. Accordingly, this will not only fuel economic lift from among the producers but also open eco-tourism opportunities.

The MM7 together with regional line agencies will look into the development and marketing of the following: calamansi and woven products in Tagudin; fresh tuna and “veggie-noodles” production in Sta. Cruz; ginger tea in Cervantes; sugarcane wine, root crops, and soft brooms in Alilem; yam (ube), soft broom, and rambutan in Sugpon; labtang products and wood products/furniture in Suyo; and red rice, glutinous rice, honey, and mango in Quirino.

According to DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, DSWD will continue to enhance microenterprise and entrepreneurial skills of the beneficiaries through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB). Services to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will also be augmented since some eligible beneficiaries will also be prioritized in the MM7.

The MOA Signing was graced by National Anti-Poverty Commission Undersecretary Florencia Dorotan, Governor Ryan Singson, Second District Representative Eric Singson, and Regional Directors from different line agencies. ( by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD-CSO Engagement: No fees collected

With the increasing number of partners, many Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are encouraged to avail the cost-free engagement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) by entering into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Once entered into a MOA with DSWD, the partner CSO is entitled to trainings/seminars, capability building activities, possibility of network expansion, mutual sharing of skills, transfer of technology, resource augmentation, and funding support for project engagements.

Facilitation of membership or registration of CSOs is direct to the DSWD and not through any organization.

A certain NGO/CSO that allegedly has a MOA with funding for Family Development Session (FDS) from the DSWD is making rounds to the different NGOs/CSOs convincing them to join with a promise of shared funding whenever they conduct FDS, provided, however, that the prospective NGO/CSO will pay fees for membership and ID.  This violates the objective of CSO engagement with DSWD.

CSOs engage in one or more of the four categories of partnership – Bantay, Gabay, Kaagapay, and Tulay – depending on their mandate and capacity for faster, better, and smarter delivery of services of the core poverty programs of the Department  (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and KALAHI-CIDSS) institutionalizing transparency and accountability.

The partner CSO may commence with the implementation of the approved partnership agreement in coordination with the DSWD after signing the MOA and in accordance with the timelines indicated in the action plan in coordination with the City/Municipal Action Team.

Partnership of the Department with the CSOs is stipulated in DSWD Memorandum  Circular No. 7 series of 2012 entitled “Framework on the Engagement with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the Implementation of the DSWD Social Protection Programs”. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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DSWD FO1 releases Php 33.7M assistance for typhoon victims

CFW_BauangCash for Work  (CFW) and Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) worth Php12 million and Php21.6 million, respectively, were released to 20 munipalities and 1 city in Region 1 benefitting 9,966 families who were typhoon victims in 2014.

ESA and CFW  beneficiaries are from the Municipalities of Bantay, Caoayan, Narvacan, Santa, San Esteban, Sinait, Sta. Catalina, Sto. Domingo, San Juan, and Sta. Maria in the Province of Ilocos Sur; Marcos, Pagudpud, Pinili, and Solsona in Ilocos Norte; Calasiao and Sta. Barbara in Pangasinan; Bacnotan, Bauang, San Gabriel, San Juan, and City of San Fernando in La Union.

The Cash for Work Program restores community structures and facilities such as canals, water tributaries, public buildings and roads. Typhoon victims or indigent families are temporarily hired to work for 10 days for a minimum wage of Php190 per day.

The ESA is given to family-beneficiaries to rebuild or repair their houses in the amount of Php5,000 or Php10,000 for partially or totally damaged houses, respectively.

According to Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, the assistance was downloaded by the DSWD–Central Office based on FO1- Disaster Response Assistance and Management Unit’s (DReAMU’s) Rehabilitation Plan which is a consolidation of accurate and on-time disaster reports from Local Government Units (LGUs). (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Four families to compete for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 in Ilocos Region

Out of the 16 municipal entries (four per province), only four (one per province) are advancing to the regional competition after undergoing provincial validation for the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya this year by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1).


The provincial contenders are as follows: Achuela Family from Brgy. Salbang, Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Aquino Family from Brgy. Bito, Poblacion, Suyo, Ilocos Sur; Zambrona Family from Brgy. Lettac Sur, Santol, La Union; and Lambino Family from Brgy. Lucao, Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

The search recognizes family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.

These families will undergo regional validation to ensure the documentations are correct and truthful and to acquire information not captured in the submitted documents/evidence during the provincial validation with validators from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines (NACPhil). Together with Pantawid Pamilya staff, the family-beneficiaries will be assessed on their present situation, family and community relationship, cleanliness, community leadership/participation, moral values, and initiatives, among others.

The regional winner will receive Php20,000.00 (first prize) and will compete in the national level for the chance to be the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015. The others will receive Php15,000.00 (second prize), Php10,000.00 (third prize), and Php5,000.00 (fourth prize).

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is an annual search conducted by the DSWD as a way of promoting Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as a source of responsible and model families. These families shall be Program ambassadors, serve as resource persons in Family Development Sessions and any activity where they could share their knowledge and experiences, and help in the advocacy efforts of the Program. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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DSWD FO I’s Listahanan conducts 1st Listahanan at Work Photo Contest

The nine (9) photographers each with different forte such as Photojournalism, Event/Wedding Photography, Fashion Photography and Portrait Photography join the Listahanan Photo Contest. Also in the photo are Area Supervisors and Enumerators of San Manuel, Pangasinan wearing red shirts.

The nine (9) photographers each with different forte such as Photojournalism, Event/Wedding Photography, Fashion Photography and Portrait Photography join the Listahanan Photo Contest. Also in the photo are Area Supervisors and Enumerators of San Manuel, Pangasinan wearing red shirts.

Focus, click, upload!

For the first time, the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I (DSWD-FOI) conducted a photo contest on the ongoing 2nd Round of Household Assessment last 17 June 2015 at Sitio Laclac, Barangay San Roque, San Manuel, Pangasinan.

The photo contest is a region-wide activity that involved the deployment of photographers in the field to take photos of the actual enumeration of NHTU Field Support Staff such as the Area Coordinator, Area Supervisors and Enumerators. The photographers were accompanied by NHTU Head Glynnis S. Casuga and three (3) Information Officers from Social Marketing Unit (SMU) of DSWD-FOI to ensure that the activity will not disrupt the assessment or influence its outcome.

The activity aimed to promote transparency, acquire support, and raise the awareness and understanding of the general public on the processes involved in identifying the poor.

“Taking pictures of poor households is new to me. I’m happy and blessed because the activity gave me the chance to see and experience the dedication of the field workers in reaching the households to gather information even in the mountainous area”, Ramil Maullion Jr., an event and fashion photographer, said.

Photos taken are now uploaded on the DWSD Ilocandia Facebook Page where viewers can like and share the pictures as part of the 10% weight in the criteria for judging. The top 3 winners shall receive a cash prize of Php.10,000 (1st prize), Php.7,000 (2nd prize) and Php.5,000 (3rd prize).

In addition, the output of the regional 1st placer of this photo contest will be showcased in an exhibit during the National Launching of the 2nd Listahanan Database of Poor Families tentatively scheduled in October this year. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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