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DSWD Field Office 1 assists SAF PO2 Mejia and Nacionales

Financial assistance and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) sessions were provided to bereaved families of Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP SAF) PO2 Omar Nacionales and PO2 Ephraim Mejia during the visit of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas in Luna, La Union and in San Nicolas, Pangasinan, respectively, on 2 February 2015.

CISD session and provision of financial and food assistance to Nacionales family was done in Luna, La Union by Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo together with SWO III Maricel Caleja and SWO II Mylene Cabanban. The same assistance was provided by ARD Marlene Febes D. Peralta, SWO IV Clarivel Banzuela, and SWO II Sheryll Bringas in San Nicolas, Pangasinan for Mejia’s family.

SAF PO2 Mejia’s family did not anticipate his early death because of his bravery and determination to surpass critical situations such as the operation. He reminded them prior to the operation not to be weary because of his confidence that he will survive. His father recalled him to be ‘madiskarte’. Also, his wife did not expect this to happen since Ephraim was very calm during his calls prior to the operation.

Besides the assistance from the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, LGU San Nicolas also provided Php 100,000 as payment for the burial lot of SAF PO2 Mejia. Wife Miya expressed her plans to properly manage the aid being extended to them. Pangasinan 6th District Representative Marlyn Agabas committed Miya to join the Government Internship Program (GIP) at the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office for her to be close to her child and family while working.

On the other hand, SAF PO2 Nacionales’ family recalls him as a happy fellow, full of dreams for his family, and very persistent on the things he does. According to his wife, SAF PO2 Gae Ann DG. Nacionales, he was brilliant and courageous. She even recalled her last phone call with SAF PO2 Nacionales mentioning about the details of the operation; he said that after 5 hours of no call from him means he did not survive.
During the CISD, grieving SAF PO2 Gae Ann narrated the death of their infant few months ago. As of the moment, she has no one to get strength from to start anew. She has no definite plans for now but if granted, she wanted more days of vacation leave.

SAF PO2 Nacionales’ bereaved family requested medical assistance for the eye operation of the mother and medication of the father with pneumonia and high blood especially that they have no PhilHealth cards and even senior citizen IDs. They also requested the possibility of Omar’s brother Ezer joining the PNP since he already passed the Board Exam in Criminolgy, wife SAF PO2 Gae Ann to be re-assigned in Cordillera, and a farm tractor for the parents instead of repair of their typhoon-affected house in Marcos, Ilocos Norte.

Both families will be further assisted by DSWD through a series of CISD sessions, Expanded Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (E-AICS), and possible livelihood or employment facilitation. (by : Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Kalahi-CIDSS ways impress Sugpon Mayor

Sugpon Mayor Quiton, Sr. actively participates in one of Kalahi-CIDSS municipal activity.

Sugpon Mayor Quiton, Sr. actively participates in one of Kalahi-CIDSS municipal activity.

Sugpon, a fifth class municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur and a Kalahi-CIDSS area, embraces a new system in advancing the development in their municipality and sustaining the practice of good governance in their locale.

With Kalahi-CIDSS introduced in the Municipality of Sugpon, Mayor Fernando C. Quiton, Sr. welcomes the Program’s unique way of introducing development where mobilization of the town’s people is its most valued good practice. Seeing the communities of Sugpon actively participate in different Kalahi-CIDSS barangay and municipal activities, Mayor Quiton, Sr. is pleased to witness this change in his municipality.  “I was surprised in a good way to see the people of Sugpon so empowered and manifest capabilities in decision making for the development of our town,” Mayor Quiton, Sr. said.

“Community empowerment in the barangays of Sugpon is still new to the people but with the facilitation of the Kalahi-CIDSS staff in the area and support of the Sugpon Local Government Unit (LGU) and stakeholders I see a promising future of this Program in our municipality,” Mayor Quiton added.

Furthermore, Sugpon’s local chief executive expressed that the start of Kalahi-CIDSS in their municipality does not only manifest community transformation, it has also strengthened the partnership between the LGU of Sugpon and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in delivering paralleled social development services to improve the quality of life of the people in Sugpon.   Aside from Kalahi-CIDSS, Sugpon, Ilocos Sur is also a Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) area. (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)


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I’m a 4Ps scholar

They call us the lower class, the twerps, a burden to the government. They dub us dependents, supposedly merely after government doles. They call us the poorest of the poor, the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Let me tell you people, we are less fortunate but we are not stupid. Yes, we are receiving a certain amount from the government, to alleviate our current situation, which is the program’s primary objective. But, is it really a basis for social discrimination and bullying? I am a 4Ps scholar, one of the beneficiaries of the Expanded Students’ Grant-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), to be particular about it. So, what do you think? I am giving you the freedom to say something about it. Are you one of those judgmental persons or among the rational ones? When I first heard about the opportunity to avail myself of the ESGP-PA, I thought of my dreams becoming possible. It was as if chance had found a deserving student who desired to make a difference in her life, in her family, and in her society. Eventually, I became a lucky grantee. I consider that a significant gift that drew me closer to achieving my aspirations. For me, tuition and other school fees, academic and extracurricular expenses, the purchase of textbooks, the lack of stipend and transportation fare ceased to be constant worries in the pursuit of a college degree. Each grantee is entitled to P30,000 per semester, and that has been making a difference. But, the difference includes social discrimination and bullying. Some fellow students say something to this effect: “Those 4Ps scholars, they already have the scholarship, and they’re also given special treatment.” Those students who belong to well-off families look down on us when they learn that we are ESGP-PA grantees, as though we were unsightly. The worst thing was when, in class, a professor presented his opinion on the program’s “dependency” on the government and how our expenses as grantees were being shouldered by taxpayers including himself, all because of irresponsible parenthood. His opinion just seemed so biased. It appeared that he did not realize: What could this mean, how could this affect, an ESGP-PA grantee in his class? These have happened, not just to me, but also to my fellow 4Ps scholars. It’s like being a 4Ps scholar is a sin, that being less fortunate is a sin. We are not the proponents of this program; we are merely the chosen recipients. I’ve come to think: What if everyone is a 4Ps beneficiary? Will their views still be the same? Will the treatment be just and fair? Why does social hierarchy matter a lot in building a community? Irrationality will never unite a country. This is not all about irresponsible parenthood; this is reality. Poverty is present in the country. We are not building a poverty society. In fact, we strongly want to get out of that status. We strive to lift our families out of poverty and eventually give back to the economy. I feel that I should just shut my mouth whenever they throw gibberish at us and degrade the ESGP-PA. Yet my open mind cannot fathom the fact that those words come from supposedly educated people who should know better than us. It is just a manifestation that someone can be educated but not learned. Still, I extend my thanks to the government for providing a great opportunity for deserving students to complete tertiary-level education. I will focus on the positive goals. We’ll eradicate poverty; we don’t need irrationality. We are less fortunate, but we are not stupid.

Rose J. Bongon, 20, is a third-year IT student at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges. She is associate editor of The Spark (the official CSPC school–community publication) and blogs at Reprinted from Young Blood, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Thursday, February 5th, 2015 – See more at:

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215 Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders to get support from Kasama Ka sa Barangay Foundation Inc.

bayambang_02A Memorandum of Agreement sealed the partnership of DSWD and Kasama Ka sa Barangay Foundation Inc. (KKBFI) for entrepreneurial skills development of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Bayambang, Pangasinan.

The partnership will provide various trainings maximizing the potentials of the beneficiaries, thus increased employment and job opportunities are its end goals.The KKBFI also tapped the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), and the Department of Education (DepEd) as service providers.

After the completion of skills trainings, the Parent Leaders will be covered with a life insurance free of charge from Western Guarantee Corporation.

Pantawid Pamilya supporter KKBFI President, Dr. Cezar T. Quiambao, challenged the beneficiaries to find ways to improve their living by graduating from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as this is not a permanent assistance from the government.

KKBFI President Quiambao mentioned that this public-private partnership contributes to the inclusive growth among the poor and marginalized individuals, giving them equal opportunities.

“With the concerted efforts of the agencies as well as the diligence and perseverance of beneficiaries, success is sustained in achieving self sufficiency,” Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta said.

KKBFI is among the results of the partnership fora conducted by DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program to increase focus on improving Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries’ socio-economic status or self-sufficiency. (by : Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Sugpon, Ilocos Sur sets community-decided criteria for Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project prioritization

Sugpon Vice Mayor Daniel Lano, Jr. expresses his support for Kalahi-CIDSS and participates in the conduct of the first Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum for Criteria Setting Workshop.

Sugpon Vice Mayor Daniel Lano, Jr. expresses his support for Kalahi-CIDSS and participates in the conduct of the first Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum for Criteria Setting Workshop.

Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team (ACT) in Sugpon, Ilocos Sur convened for the first time various Kalahi-CIDSS stakeholders for the first Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF).

Members of the Barangay Representation Teams (BRT) composed of barangay captains and community  volunteers, Municipal Inter-Agency committee (MIAC), Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), Sugpon Municipal Coordinating Team (MCT), Sugpon Local Government Unit (LGU) composed of the Mayor, Vice-Mayor,  and Sangguniang Bayan Members, and representatives from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) gathered to set the decisive factors in choosing the Kalahi-CIDSS  sub-project/s to be prioritized and implemented in Sugpon.

Among the sub-projects proposed in the six barangays of Sugpon are foot bridges, pathways, water system, flood control structures, and concrete barriers. The criteria set by the BRT in the prioritization of these proposed  sub-projects are as follows: 60% on the qualitative criteria which include 1)participation of barangay residents to Barangay Assemblies, 2)percentage of women attendees to BAs, 3)number of resident beneficiaries, 4)number of barangay beneficiaries, 5)percentage of free labor, and 6)non-BUB areas;   and 40% for the quantitative criteria which include  1) the usuefulness of the sub-project to the poorest of the poor, 2) gender sensitivity, 3) responsiveness to the cause of the problem, 4) length of the sub-project serviceability, and 5) sustainability of the sub-project.

With the set of criteria for the selection of the most appropriate and responsive interventions for the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project prioritization processes, participation and transparency are hammered values into the system on how Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects will be managed in the community level by the community volunteers. (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)

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Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project sites in Ilocos Sur undergo validation

Dirdirig, Burgos, Ilocos Sur Brgy. Capt. points the danger that lies ahead if no immediate action will be done. Brgy. Dirdirig residents agree to propose the construction of a 100-meter slope protection right at this site.

Dirdirig, Burgos, Ilocos Sur Brgy. Capt. points the danger that lies ahead if no immediate action will be done. Brgy. Dirdirig residents agree to propose the construction of a 100-meter slope protection right at this site.

Burgos, Ilocos Sur – With the ongoing Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD’s) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), technical facilitators, supervised by Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Engr. Nafianog, started the validation of sub-projects proposed in the communities to assure viability of proposed sub-projects before the prioritization and  implementation      processes     of the Program in their area.

“Our main objective in conducting site validation of proposed sub-projects in Kalahi-CIDSS areas is to verify if the proposed projects are technically feasible in terms of engineering, socially acceptable, and if they conform to social and environmental safeguards which protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and their ancestral domains,  and the preservation of the environment,” Engr. Nafianog said.

As a result to the identification of poverty challenges in the five barangays of Burgos, Ilocos Sur such as unsafe and unsecured roads, inadequate access roads, absence of bridges in flash-flood prone areas, non-existence of Day Care Centers, and rough access roads, the following sub-projects were identified in response to the problems seen: a 100-meter slope protection, 225-meter farm-to-market road, 409-meter hanging bridge, road rehabilitation, and a Day Care Center, to name a few.

When asked about the challenges he had identified in the implementation of sub-projects based on his observations during the site validation, Engr. Nafianog said, “There are not much restrictions in the implementation of sub-project/s that may be prioritized in Burgos, Ilocos Sur.  So far, the concern is more on the worth of the sub-project/s matching the amount of the allocation grant that the Municipality of Burgos, Ilocos Sur will get per cycle.”  The Municipality of Burgos, Ilocos Sur will receive a grant allocation amounting to P4,671,600.00 per cycle and a total of P18,686,400.00 in four cycles.

Provided with a site validation report from the technical unit of the Program, Kalahi-CIDSS proposed sub-projects in the barangay level now have a stronger bearing in the prioritization of projects in the municipal level as to their technical and legitimate status, the site where they will be constructed, and their beneficiaries from the area and possible beneficiaries from nearby barangays. (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS SMO)

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Brgy. Mapisi identifies poverty challenges through Community-Driven Development (CDD)

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP Community Empowerment Facilitator (CEF) Ronelia Bermudez facilitates the 2nd BA in Brgy. Mapisi, Nagukel, Ilocos Sur.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP Community Empowerment Facilitator (CEF) Ronelia Bermudez facilitates the 2nd BA in Brgy. Mapisi, Nagukel, Ilocos Sur.

Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS)  of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Brgy. Mapisi, Nagbukel, Ilocos Sur conducted its second Barangay Assembly (BA) recently.

In the assembly facilitated by Kalahi-CIDSSP Nagbukel Area Coordinating Team (ACT), attended by the residents of Mapisi and presided by its community volunteers, the following were discussed: the results of the Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) where the barangay volunteers identified poverty challenges in their area and possible solutions;  the Seasonal Chart which reflects the barangay residents’  status of income, expenses, and activities for the whole year; the Venn Diagram which identifies the different organizations, including the different government agencies that are actively implementing development projects in their barangay; the problem tree and its corresponding solution tree; and two of the outputs of the barangay activity which are the Barangay Action Plan (BAP) and the Motion to submit a resolution integrating the BAP in the Barangay Development Plan.

As agreed upon by the empowered residents of Brgy. Mapisi, the following problems were identified from which they will choose one to present for prioritization in the municipal level: (1) limited water supply, (2) non-existence of a Day Care Center, (3) fractional provision of elementary education up to grade 2 level only , (4) malnutrition, and (5) low income and unemployment.

Brgy. Capt. Garcia discusses among his constituents the importance of participating in Kalahi-CIDSS activities during the conduct of their 2nd BA.

Brgy. Capt. Garcia discusses among his constituents the importance of participating in Kalahi-CIDSS activities during the conduct of their 2nd BA.

Barangay Captain Henry C. Garcia of Brgy. Mapisi said  “Umaasa kaming mga taga Brgy. Mapisi na maprioritize ang aming sub-project.  Malaking tulong iyon para sa ikauunlad ng buhay namin.  Kaya palagi kong hinihikayat ang mga tao rito na palaging sumali sa mga barangay activities ng Kalahi-CIDSS. Pero kung nagkataong hindi ang barangay sub-project namin ang  ma-prioritize ay tatanggapin namin. Ang importante nailaban namin ang proyektong kailangan namin.  Higit sa lahat, masaya ako at nakikita ko na unti-unti nang na-e-empower ang mga residente ng Brgy. Mapisi.” (We from Brgy.Mapisi hope that our sub-project be prioritized. It would be a big help to better our lives. That is why I always encourage my constituents to always participate in the activities of Kalahi-CIDSS. But if our barangay sub-project will not be prioritized, we will accept it. What is important is that we fought for the project we need.  Most of all, I am happy to see that the residents of Brgy. Mapisi are slowly being empowered.)

Furthermore, Brgy. Capt. Garcia expressed his gratitude not only to Kalahi-CIDSS but to DSWD’s other programs here in Mapisi as well, such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Social Pension (Soc Pen). “Malaking tulong ang mga programa ng DSWD dito sa amin para sa ikauunlad ng Brgy.Mapisi (The programs of DSWD are a big help for the development of Brgy. Mapisi).” (by: JOMARA S. CHAN, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)




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