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DSWD Field Office-1 lauds 2 cities, 2 towns as Convergence Champions

DSWD intensifies partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs) on strategized and effective program implementation to improve the lives of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries so that even after the Program, self sufficiency is sustained.

The four Provincial Action Teams recommended Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Rosario in La Union, and Laoac in Pangasinan for displaying exemplary performance on the following areas: Transition Plan implementation, Policy Formulation prioritizing Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, full convergence with DSWD and partner agencies, documented good practice on convergence, and family/community showcasing convergence strategy.

A regional team headed by Convergence Regional Program Coordinator Virginia P. Sesay conducted a field validation on December 15, 16, and 22, 2014.
Laoag City prioritizes Pantawid Pamilya benes

The Agserbi 24/7 Walang Iwanan prioritizes social services to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries immediately addressing the felt needs of families in the communities. Services include Supplemental Feeding, Milk Vigorous Feeding, Pap Smear, medical and dental services, distribution of Day Care kits, provision of safe water supply, free hair cut/manicure/pedicure, among others.

Three representatives from the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries attend meetings of the City Advisory Committee to air concerns and to take part in decision-making.

Vigan City’s livelihood projects

Through the Pagsapulan: Raniag iti Masakbayan (Employment: Radiates a Future), 339 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were able to augment their income through rolling stores, loading stations, hog and livestock dispersal, driving tricycle for public transportation, rice/frozen food vending, mini carinderia, sari-sari stores, among others.

Laoac, Pangasinan’s array of social services

With their battle cry, ‘Itag-ay Daguiti Nakurapay’ (Uplift the Poor), this small town is proud of its unified efforts towards helping Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries with the support of national agencies, people’s organizations, and private individuals. Thus, the provision of potable water supply, sanitary toilets, and livelihood projects, and the construction of farm to market roads, among others.

Rosario, La Union’s communal vegetable garden

Aside from policies catering to the needs of its poor constituents, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were also encouraged by the LGU to establish their own backyard vegetable gardens for family consumption and additional income.
These finalists will be awarded during the DSWD’s 64th Anniversary celebration in February 2015. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II )

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DSWD’s assisted street children learn baking techniques

HFC_01While temporarily placed in the center for rehabiliation the residents who used to roam the streets are taught of basic baking techniques through the Productivity Skills Development.

This is among the rehabilitative activities of the DSWD’s Haven for Children along with regular counseling, case conferences, spiritual and recreational activities, and regular and non-formal education.

After the demo of Manpower Development Officer Shirley Cabanig, the children’s return demo resulted to their delicious macaroons, cup cakes, tart and roll cake.

As confirmed by Ms. Cabanig, even at their young age and street exposures, these children’s curiuousity and observance led them to follow the procedures. Accuracy in measurement of dry and liquid ingridients, neatness and cleanliness were also observed among the children.

The year ended blissfully with the support of private groups and individuals visited and gave gifts to the children. These include: Ilaw ng Panginoon; La Salette, Dagupan City; Bangko Sentra, Dagupan City; Bonuan First Baptist; REM Citied: Medical/Dental Mission; Dominican Laity of Manaoga, Pangasinan; ABS-CBN, Dagupan City; He Loves You Foundation; Miracle of Jesus; Ms. Maricar Marquez, and Mr. Jojo Jose.

Unified efforts to the former street children

There maybe hard times dealing with the children but fulfillment is already felt seeing their smiles and reintegrating them back to their families, said Center Head Rosemarie Rosales. Enhanced strategies and rehabilitation plans are always considered in giving the quality services to these residents. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD’s stipend sustains old couple

socpen_naguilianHappy 84- year- old Leonardo and Magdalena Tobias of Naguilian, La Union shared how relieved they felt with the stipend received quarterly.

“Napalalo ragsakmi ta nairaman kami a pensioners (We are so glad we have been included among the social pensioners),” the old couple affirmed. They consider the stipend from the DSWD’s Social Pension Program as the first help of the government that reached them.

The stipend helps the couple buy their basic needs. “In-inut a nagatang kasapulan mi kas iti sida, bagoong ken asin (We buy our basic need such as viands, fish sauce, and salt),” the couple narrated. According to them, these basic items complete their plain kitchen made of scrap woods.

Accordingly, the stipend is the only source they depend on for their basic needs. Living independently from their children, Leonardo and Magdalena keep themselves busy by tilling a small vegetable garden of taro, pechay, and legumes.

One thing they wish for is for the stipend to last until they die. “Nu mabalin makaawat kami kuma ket agingga tumangad kami iti baris –sanga ta haan kami a makatalonen (If possible, we receive stipend until we look up to old twigs (death) since we can no longer farm),” Leonardo said.

Not too old for a vegetable garden

Waking up early, the couple cultivates their garden of taro, pechay, lima beans, and bitter gourd. This is also the main source of the viands that they cook. Some of their produce is given to their children who are also living in the same compound.

Since they easily get tired, they need to do some physical activity to maintain their vigor said Leonardo. During harvest season, they also help dry rice grains in the neighborhood.

Education advocates

The couple makes up for their regret of not being able to send their 11 children to college by constantly reminding their grandchildren to finish their studies. Teary–eyed, Lola Magdalena expounds how education would help her grandchildren land good jobs and become successful.

To behold until last breath

As a loving couple, they want to model humility and understanding that bind them until their old age for their children. “Agpinpinnateg kami latta aginggana matay kami (We cherish each other until we die),” the old couple said. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD resolves COA findings on Pantawid Pamilya, maintains auditors only seeking documentation

Responding to news articles citing the findings of the 2013 Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA) on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that answers and clarifications to the audit observations have already been submitted to the state auditing firm.

Sec. Soliman emphasized that the auditors were merely seeking documentation of program implementation and did not indicate any suspicion of misuse or misappropriation of funds.

“We are confident that there is nothing to doubt about the Department’s integrity, especially with the funds that COA cites as unliquidated in their 2013 annual audit report. The funds went to the rightful beneficiaries,” Sec. Soliman added.

The news articles reported that out of the P10.626 billion funds transferred by the DSWD to the Land Bank of the Philippines for the payment of Pantawid Pamilya cash grants for 2013, only P10.295 billion was utilized or disbursed as of Dec. 31, 2013, leaving behind a balance of P330.347 million representing unpaid amount intended for beneficiaries in eight regions. Some P91.929 million of which were unclaimed grants of active beneficiaries in Regions IV-A, VI, IX, and CARAGA.

“The DSWD is currently working on the liquidation of the whole amount. In fact we have already liquidated 94% of the 2013 funds for cash grants. Further, the Department is processing the return of cash grants intended for families/ households who were tagged by our system as delisted, with reflected status as missing, no eligible member for monitoring, or moved to areas not covered by the program,” Sec. Soliman explained.

Likewise, the news already the COA finding of 4,032 double household entries.

The Department has responded and said that 1,752 of which are unique households and were retained in the programs, while only 609 are actual duplicates and were delisted. The remaining 1,636 remaining entries are still undergoing validation.

In the database

In the COA report, the auditors claim to have found 364,036 benefeciaries not in the database entries.

After authenticating, the DSWD confirmed that 107,373 of these beneficiaires are covered under the regular CCT program and are both in the Pantawid Pamilya and the National Household Targetting System (NHTS) databases.

The other 256,663 are under the modified CCT (MCCT).

MCCT households are not under the NHTS, but are considered poor and part of the vulnerable sector. These are street dwellers and indigenouse people. The information of MCCT beneficiaires are stored in a separate database and is open for COA’s viewing.


Sec. Soliman also cited the innovations being undertaken by the Department for a more efficient program implementation.

The program has its own dedicated grievance redress mechanism that captures, validates, investigates, and responds to complaints received by the program.

Apart from the text hotline of 09189122813, grievances may be filed through Facebook page “Tanggapan ng Reklamo” and through the Twitter account @4psreklamo.

As of November 2014, the agency, through the Grievance Redress System (GRS), has already delisted a total of 52,657 households since 2009. A total of 232,747 households have been deactivated or are pending for validation from the program. These are households whose accounts have been frozen, mainly because of reports of ineligibility or double entry, while awaiting results of investigation. This is to continuously address complaints on inclusion errors and maintain a clean database of beneficiaries.

“We have also included third party monitoring by involving Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who are serving as our watchdog as part of our ‘Bantay, Gabay, Tulay and Kaagapay’ framework of partnership with this sector,” Sec. Soliman said.

DSWD also involves the academe, non-government organizations, and the private sector as members of its National Independent Advisory Monitoring Committee (NIAMC) to help in the monitoring of the program.

Investment in the future

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households as identified by Listahanan. It utilizes the conditional cash transfer scheme where qualified households receive grants provided they comply with their co-responsibilities such as attendance of children aged 3-18 years old in school; regular health check-ups for children aged 0-5 years or pregnant member of the household, and attendance to the monthly Family Development Sessions.

To date, the program covers 4.4 million households in the 17 regions of the country.

Sec. Soliman also shared that based on the latest result of the impact evaluation, the Pantawid Pamilya is successful in encouraging school attendance, promoting preventive health check-ups and improving maternal health.

“We would like to assure the public that the amount entrusted to our Department goes directly to eligible poor households and that these investments will bear fruit in the years to come. We recognize that there are challenges in program implementation, but we wish to reiterate that these are being responded to accordingly,” Sec. Soliman concluded. ### (Pantawid Pamilya, Social Marketing Unit)

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Supplementary Feeding Program junks food-like snacks of Day Care children

In Rosario, La Union, 979 Day Care children deviate from the usual junk foods sold near their school because of Supplementary Feeding Program’s (SFP) hot meal served during regular school.

“Aside from nutritious food the SFP encourages children to eat vegetables during the 120-day feeding, thus, making these delicious over time,” said Day Care Parent Gemma Cudiamat, 26, from Camp 1, Rosario, La Union.

Moreover, the Day Care Service Parents Group (DCSPG) and the Day Care Workers’ collaborative efforts promoted flexibility and adaptability on the policies of the SFP.

Day Care parents’ involvement in the Program also promotes discipline and cooperation, Day Care Parent Emy Leano said. Cleaning the feeding area and bringing farm produce are among the responsibilities mentioned.

In an interview, Community Development Assistant Cherry Sapitula mentioned that parents also bring additional rice to augment the minimal budget allocated for each child ( Php 13.00 a day).

Day Care Workers and DCSPG unified

Unity among the Day Care Workers was fostered. Direct instructions were followed from Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Grenaflor Magsakay.

The direct instructions and regular meetings monitoring implementation promoted unity and camaraderie among workers; this cultivated their increased support to the plight of malnourished children.

Every Friday, the Day Care Workers get the cash advance intended for food stuff from the MSWDO while receipts and photos that prove the feeding activities for the week are submitted. Accordingly, these ensure transparency and accountabillity of the Program.

As mentioned earlier, their direct supervision on feeding and their involvement on purchase of needed materials deepened their concern over the needs of the Day Care children.

At Poblacion East Day Care Center, Day Care Worker Domingo Pasag handles the preparation of the hot meal. Even if the feeding is an additional job for him, the love for his work and the children is enough motivation to actively participate in the Program.

SFP causes minimal savings for the mothers

Even if the feeding encourages them to donate farm products, according to the mothers, they are still able to save something for the family’s daily needs because the Day Care children’s allowance is already substituted by the everyday feeding. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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SFP prevails in Batac City, IN


The children pray together before eating their hot meals.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer (CSWDO) Lilibeth Maligsay proudly stated that nothing hinders the timely implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) in Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

According to her, feeding sessions are conducted at the right time because of usual standard operating procedures in the City.

If delay of funds happens, the Day Care Parents’ Group contributes for the food stuff. In the case of Brgy. Nalupta Day Care Center (DCC), parents shoulder for the meantime the budget in buying food items and such will be liquidated. Each parent shells out P13.00 a day. This is an initiative of the DCC Parents’ Group.

All food items bought by the parents are listed and recorded in a notebook for liquidation purposes duly prepared by the Treasurer and approved by the President. The record book is in the custody of the DC Worker, Ms. Imelda Marie Quilit.


CSWDO Maligsay shows the record book of the Nalupta DCC Parents Group.

All DC workers devote time in the preparation of quality report every end of the quarter which satisfies the requirements of the Commission on Audit (COA) and City Accountant.

Parents also help in preparing hot meals for the children. They are guided by the daily schedule (AM and PM sessions).

According to Estella Domingo, 36, preparing and cooking hot meals serve as bonding time with all her fellow parents. They noticed that most of the children do not like some of the suggested menu cycle, so they were substituted with food having the same nutritive value duly approved by the City Nutrition Action Officer Erlinda Cabuyadao.

Due to the change, the nutritional status of all the Nalupta DC children improved and the children no longer suffer from diseases like constipation and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

All barangays in Batac City are supportive of the implementation of SFP because of the directive of City Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta.

With the OMGulay Project of the City Government, all barangays especially in rural areas have their own vegetable garden managed by barangay officials and parents to augment the food items for the feeding activities in DCCs.

One of the favorites of the Nalupta DCC is the veggie noodles made from malunggay and squash produced by Brgy. Palongpong thru the One Barangay, One Product Project of the City Government.

“SFP is our guide in maintaining the health and nutrition of our children with the help of hot meals,” said Estella. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD, PNP confiscate illegal solicitation paraphernalia


MDO 1 Alicia Nisperos and PSI Nancy May Rafael while inspecting coin banks in one of the commercial establishments in San Fernando City, La Union.

Expired solicitation paraphernalia are illegal.

Thus, the focus of the Presidential Decree 1564, otherwise known as the Solicitation Permit Law, and the Administrative Order No. 14 series of 2007 otherwise known as the Revised Omnibus Rules and Regulations on Public Solicitations.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) regulates public solicitation activities for charitable and public purposes for transparency and accountability to the giving public.

As the pilot area, all commercial establishments within San Fernando City, La Union are being visited by a Monitoring and Inspection Team composed of the DSWD FO1 Standards Unit, Philippine National Police Regional Office 1 (PNP RO1), and the City Social Welfare and Development Office represented by Social Welfare Officer 1 Rosenda A. Liwanag with the participation of the DSWD Commission on Audit (COA) headed by the Resident Auditor Ms. Virginia P. Ganaden.

As the team enters an establishment, the DSWD Manpower Development Officer 1 (MDO 1) and Focal Person on Public Solicitation Ms. Alicia Nisperos explains the provision of the said mandates on solicitation to all the managers/owners/proprietors/any representative for information and awareness.

Police Senior Inspector Nancy May S. Rafael also added that violators of PD 1564 and AO 14 shall, upon conviction, suffer the penalty of imprisonment of not more than a year or a fine of not more than P1,000.00 or both, at the discretion of the court.

MDO 1 Nisperos explained that the confiscated solicitation paraphernalia are temporarily in the DSWD’s custody for safekeeping.

Forty-eight coin banks were confiscated from various commercial establishments in the city. Responsible organizations/groups who distributed the confiscated coin banks will be notified by DSWD FO1 for their appropriate action, unless these will be properly accounted for by the COA as witnessed by the PNP and the concerned distributor of coin banks. The total solicited amount shall be remitted to the National Treasury.

This activity was the result of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DSWD FO1 and PNP RO1 represented by Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and Police Chief Superintendent Roman Alońez Felix, respectively, last September 2, 2014. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)



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Barkada-fanatic now an ALS achiever

CICL_02Dats (not real name) considers education as a weapon to combat adversities in life especially after his rehabilitation at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) at Urayong, Bauang, La Union.

Prior to the realization, Dats values his barkada (frat) so much that he likened them to gold. “Sobrang mahalaga parang ginto (very important like gold),” Dats said.

This dramatically changed when his group intentionally left him and did not care anymore after doing a heinous activity.

This alleged activity led Dats and his brother to the Center where his dreams began anew.

Better perspectives learned

It has been three years since Dats started rehabilitative activities at RRCY. As observed by social workers and houseparents, his beliefs and practices as a youth have changed, regaining strength as a renewed individual.

At RRCY, Dats finished his secondary schooling with the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education (DepEd) where he got a high score of 106 points on his second attempt.

With perseverance practiced in the Center, he believes that education will make him a better individual. Five years from now, Dats sees himself as a model to the youth advocating good deeds. He wants to remind them to select their friends and to study hard because time is gold that should not be wasted. He envisions himself as part of the Philippine Army and will work this out even if it entails him to work while studying.

Joining the Myxerns Band

Worthwhile activities are done in the Center as part of their rehabilitative activities. Dats is among the musicians and singer of their group named Myxerns Band. This band joins and sometimes wins various musical band competitions in the nearby barangays and town fiestas.

With their exciting escapades in performing at venues like the SM Mall of Asia, Dats and the Myxerns Band inspire their fellow residents at RRCY.

Dats is waiting for his release on recognizance. Nonetheless, he is still enjoying life in the Center, carefully abiding by the rules and sharing his good thoughts among fellow residents. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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