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Cervantes PADRE: a DSWD-Listahanan Data User


The NHTS-PR or Listahanan provides credible, accurate, and true data through conducting a rigid household assessment.

Six years of intensifying services by the Municipality of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, poor families are assured of an improved quality of life.

Through the Poverty Alleviation and Development for Rural Economy (PADRE) Program, the potential of the poor towards progress has been harnessed.

The Local Government of Cervantes is among of the first to grab and utilize the database of poor households being maintained by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Project or Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

More Focused, More to Help

Recognizing the importance of the NHTS-PR or Listahanan, Municipal Mayor Benjamin N. Maggay claimed that their targeting of Cervantes PADRE beneficiaries became more focused and efficient with the ready database.

“We are now more confident that all poor shall benefit our anti-poverty programs”, Mayor Maggay added.

All the efforts of the municipality with regards to education, livelihood, employment, health, and other programs are all anchored to the NHTS-PR or Listahanan’s database of poor households to ensure that they serve the right people with the right services.

There are more than 1,000 poor households in the 13 barangays of Cervantes who are continuously and unselfishly being served and benefit from the PADRE program.

To Mayor Maggay, it is a fulfillment of the Matuwid na Daan that the poor are properly identified through the NHTS-PR project or the Listahanan.

Working for the Poor

With the urge to prioritize the poor to be empowered in every aspect of their life, the Cervantes PADRE keeps on innovating new ways to respond to their needs.

Mayor Maggay strengthens the partnership and convergence to all Government Agencies and Non-Government Organizations. This is to look for other appropriate programs that would benefit the poor in the locality.

He believes that in working hand in hand with unified purpose, poverty will end. (By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, Listahanan/NHTS-PR).


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DSWD FO1 assists ‘Zaparita’ Children in Bauang, La Union

zaparitaDSWD coordinated with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) of Bauang, La Union and the Barangay Council of Acao of said town for the provision of proper interventions to the televised ‘Zaparita’ children (GMA’s Motorcycle Diaries).

The abandoned Zaparita children are also victims of abuse and neglect by their parents. This caused John Carlo, being the eldest to do odd jobs in the neighbourhood to support his two younger siblings since they were left to an old grandmother whose income comes only from charcoal making/vending, whom he also helps.

Their story of struggle and resilience was featured by Jay Taruc’s Motorcycle Diaries which captured the sympathy of benevolent individuals from local and abroad, who are now giving donations and pledges.

DSWD Field Office 1 Regional Director, Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castilo fast tracked the issuance of foster parent license to Minerva Mayo, wife of the children’s distant uncle and a Barangay Health Worker in Acao, to legally authorize her to take care of the children.

Mrs. Mayo was identified and recommended as the most appropriate foster parent for the children after careful assessment of her parenting capability by the MSWDO of Bauang, La Union and being preferred by the children.

Based on gathered information, Mrs. Mayo was already assisting the children on her own and by sourcing out cash or food stuff from the barangay officials and neighbours, even before the parents left the children, since most of the time they have nothing to eat.

Aside from pledges of scholarships, food and non-food stuff were handed to these children. More benevolent individuals are exploring ways to help these children. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, DSWD-Information Officer II)

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DSWD FO1 Joins Earth Hour

earthhourJoining the whole nation and entire world to help ‘Mother Earth’ restore its natural healing as it combats effect of man-made environmental degradation, DSWD Field Office 1 also shut off its light on March 29, 2014 from 8:30- 9:30 PM.

Believing on the good results of the Earth Hour, Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and the management adhered to this ‘call.’

In addition, as an initiative to protect Mother Earth, Director Castillo has also initiated tree planting activities for all DSWD FO1 staff in areas specified by the DENR-1. This is being implemented in all provinces in Region 1 with the support of the provincial staff.

More importantly, the Field Office, Centers and Institutions are practicing 5S, waste segregation and Greening Program to promote not only cleanliness and orderliness in the environment but also wellness and increased productivity among staff. ### (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, DSWD-Information Officer II)

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DSWD promotes women’s rights


The resource persons: Top (L-R): Hon. Mary Jane C. Ortega and Ms. Nora D. De la Paz
Below: Ms. De la Paz with Ms. Dominga M. Quejado.

“Stand out for your rights. Be ‘Juana’ for a change!”

Thus emphasized by the Vice President of the Global Executive Committee International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, Hon. Mary Jane C. Ortega.

This event marks the celebration of the 2014 Women’s Month and 9th Women with Disabilities Day at the Ortega Gym, San Fernando City, La Union.

The Region 1 Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE-1) together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 spearheaded the event through a Walk for Gender and Development (GAD) around the city going to the venue participated by the different Regional Line Agencies (RLAs), Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), and Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs) of La Union.

The walk aimed to inform the public on the exercise of women’s rights and their vital role for and in development.

According to the DSWD FO1 OIC Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Ms. Nora D. De la Paz, there is no such thing as disability other than bad attitude while discussing Magna Carta for Women.


DSWD FO1 employees joining the Walk for GAD.

She said that there should also be a partnership between every men and women as the principle of GAD suggests.

Furthermore, the retired Manpower Development Officer of the DSWD’s Area 1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC 1), Ms. Dominga M. Quejado, a polio victim, explained the rights of all women with disabilities to include access to basic social services, rehabilitation, education, political and public life, work and employment, participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure, and sports.

She added that she was one of those who fought for the approval of the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Because of this, she encouraged her fellow women with disabilities to bravely exercise their rights (By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, Listahanan/NHTS-PR).

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NHTS-PR database identifies PhilHealth enrollees


The Project Development Officer IV Joan M. Nuesca (top in orange) and Information Technology Officer II Aristedeo V. Tinol (below) assisting the residents in cross matching their names in the Listahanan database.

At least 3,900 indigent families identified by the (NHTS-PR) National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction Project or Listahanan were enrolled to PhilHealth during the simultaneous nationwide grand launching of the Alaga Ka (Alamin at Gawin) Para sa Maayos na Buhay Program at the Sports Center, recently.

According to Mayor Victor Marvin Marron, all poor families in the municipality are now assured to have an easy access to medical and health services and avail of the No Billing Balance (NBB) in accredited hospitals and clinics.

Mayor Marron also added that the NHTS-PR or Listahanan’s database is credible being the prime source of accurate, complete, and true data in identifying the poor.

Moreover, Regional Director Myrna C. Cabotaje of the Department of Health (DOH) also explained that through the process of cross matching and verification of Household ID, this will certify that they are really included in the database of poor households thus, they are the priority for enrolment and renewal of membership.

In Region 1, Luna was selected as pilot area in introducing the Alaga Ka Para sa Maayos na Buhay Program of the DOH in tandem with Philhealth catering all indigent families not only the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Executive Order 867 series of 2010, provides the adoption of the NHTS-PR Project as the mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be recipients of social protection programs nationwide.

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Pantawid beneficiaries now 187,849 – Director Castillo


DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo (middle) with La Union media representatives in the recently held Press Conference.

Since it started 5 years ago, DSWD Field Office 1 continue to assist less fortunate families through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which has reached 187,449 families to date.

Thus, revealed by Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo in the Press Conference held recently with the following media institutions: DZNL-Aksyon Radyo, DZSO-Bombo Radyo, DZAG- Radyo ng Bayan, Rock City – FM, Amianan Tribune, The Weekly Banat, The Weekly City Bulletin..

The continuous efforts to improve the well-being of these beneficiaries with the Sustainable Livelihood Program, employment and provision of capital assistance were facilitated.

As to date, there are now 10,739 individuals provided with capital assistance, while 381 beneficiaries were facilitated to employment through the Department of Public Works and Highways’ road maintenance and construction projects.

On the other hand, poor senior citizens benefiting from the Social Pension Program will be bigger this year with the target of 39,763 indigent senior citizens. However, there is a need for the regional office to conduct special validation on the current beneficiaries provided with stipend as to their status. At present name-matching is done at the National Household Targeting Office- Central Office.

Last year (2013), DSWD served 18,011 indigent senior citizens through the provision of Php1, 500.00 stipend for every quarter.

With the launch of the photo journal of the senior citizens ‘Kagay’, La Union media practitioners aired their appreciation on the Social Pension Program and their desire to also document their stories.

As such,  a community exposure with the media will be pushed through this year.

More importantly, the directives and thrusts of DSWD for this year is anchored on the ‘new normal’ perspective of DSWD which is the reality posed by climate change and poverty to poor and vulnerable families, as mentioned by Director Castillo.

With these ‘new normal,’ stronger and fiercer typhoons may hit our country anytime; the poor families are the most affected by these. Thus, they become more vulnerable to both disaster and poverty, Castillo added.

With the core social protection programs of DSWD and converged services with other agencies, the focus now is to elevate the level of well-being of these beneficiaries to self sufficiency and helping them access to at least 2 social protection programs. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, DSWD-Information Officer II)

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Access Sustains Success

slp.pagudpudIn the beautiful ivory-sand coastline of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, lined up shellcraft stalls of women provided with DSWD’s capital assistance continue to showcase local novelty items giving an inch in the growing tourism industry.

Over the years, convergence of services from among the government offices such as DSWD, DOT and Local Government of Pagudpud continue to mark an improved quality of lives among the less fortunate women such as Caridad Crusina of Barangay Saud.

The capital assistance of Php 5,000 from DSWD and the training sponsored by the LGU of Pagudpud opened the door for her to join the small businesses of women in her community.

After retiring from being a domestic helper, she focused on raising her 7 children alone. Life was not easy for Caridad.

But with continuous hard work, patience and access to assistance given by various government agencies, her shell craft business had grown.

Earning a minimum income of Php 4,500.00 a month from selling shellcraft products during lean months is already considered an improved condition in her family’s economic status. Not to brag, as mentioned by Caridad that during peak season she could earn at least Php 300.00 a day.

In addition, her house is also accredited by the Department of Tourism as a home-stay or transient homes for local and foreign visitors in the area.

The Loner, Now Overcomer

With hardwork, patience, and faith in God, Caridad’s story of being a solo parent is not only an inspiration for her family but also in the community.

As a beneficiary of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, she did not fail to comply with the conditions of the Program. Accordingly, she spent the assistance properly on her business.

Her participation to monthly community clean-up and regular meeting of Barangay Officials continue to take effect in protecting and promoting their place.

With the small earnings that she now enjoys with her family, generosity and being at peace with her neighbors spell her success. ### (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, DSWD-Information Officer II)

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Alone In the Claws of Poverty

spp.magsingalAt the age of 91, living alone in a one-room house not well-kept, eating at least twice a day, cooking outside his abode, and visiting his neighbours complete the daily routine of social pensioner Mamerto Pascua of Magsingal, Ilocos Sur.

Mamerto’s life had no trails of regrets. Born from a poor family, he tasted education only until fifth grade. He used to join vegetable delivery trucks in his younger years, afterwards tried community works as a Barangay Nutrition Scholar until his strength worn out.

With no family beside him, although he had 6 children, no one is extending assistance since his children are also in dire need. Then came the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which was seen as a real blessing.

Stipend Eases Pains of Poverty

The Php 1,500.00 given by DSWD Field Office 1 every quarter is the only money he got and spent sparingly until the next quarter.

With this, he buys 5 ganta of rice good for a month and his daily food supply.

To live within the means is really hard, but Lolo Mamerto got used to it. “Nu agmeryendaak iti malem, haan nakon a mangrabii (If I had snacks in the afternoon, I will not have dinner anymore),” he shared in sad tone.

At times when Lolo Mamerto has no money, he is at the mercy of his neighbours for his intake. With his stipend he eats but for twice a day only.

Wishing for More

With his last days on earth spent in poor situation, his only desire is for his daily sustenance and for his life to be improved. “Sumaysayaat koma iti biag ken adda latta koma makan ken masida (May my life be improved with food and viands always available), he said in his lovely voice. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, DSWD-Information Officer II)

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