DSWD serves 1.750M worth Ramadhan Food packs to IDPs

In observance of the holy month of Ramadhan, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX distributed a total amount of 1.750 million worth of Ramadhan food packs given to the Five thousand seventy six (5,076) families who are internally displaced and currently sheltered in all Evacuation Centers and Transitory Sites.

Each family received Php 350 pesos worth of food packs containing 3 kgs of Rice, 12 sachets of instant coffee, 4 cans of sardines, 3 cans of corned beef and 8 pcs of noodles.

The DSWD has already started giving out the food packs since July 18 covering the following Evacuation centers and Transitory Sites: Taluksangay, PTSI, Tulungatung, ZCES, Cawa-Cawa, Rio Hondo, Dongems,Talon-Talon Elementary School, Masepla, Paniran, Grandstand and Grandstand Bunk Houses.

There will be also 299 families who were fire victims in Campo Islam who shall be receiving the same food packs this month.

Ramadhan is worldwide observation by the whole Muslim community as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. ##

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PWDs benefit DSWD’s Community Based Rehab Program

About 30 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) graduated from Community Based Rehab Program (CBRP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in a closing exercise conducted on June 6, 2014 at Leon Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte.

The CBRP for PWDs is a strategy of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) III to reach out to PWDs who are not able to avail of the programs and services given by the center. The program started on February 24, 2013 after it underwent consultative meeting, social, psychological, medical and vocational assessments.

The PWDs were assessed and verified to see their capacity and potentials to undergo the rigors of rehabilitation and can be declared as fit for the vocational training. The areas on rubber seedling propagation and nursery establishment and management were the identified skills training conducted for a period of seventy days inclusive of the social preparation and skills work evaluation process.

Fifteen of the Thirty PWDs were DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries who were mostly orthopedically handicapped. The recipients of the CBRP were facilitated by Leon Postigo Mayor Ruperto Jamora; Vice Mayor Cypress Jaug; LSWD Officer, Ms. Marilyn Ortuoste; PWD focal person, Ms. Ana Postigo; AVRC III staff, Ms. Georgia Suico; Ms. Arlindela Baes, Mr. Darwin Fernandez; Ms. Cythia C. Julian; DSWD SLP-Project Development Officers assigned on field; Mr. Jeffrey Maraguinot and Ms. Dureza Adlaon.

There were also stakeholders who took part in the implementation of the program which involved Municipal Agriculture, Department of Interior and Local Government-MOO, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-NGP, Planning officer and Foresters.

Prior to the closing exercises, the team conducted field visits to the project sites to see the outcome of the PWDs in applying the learning they have incurred during the skills training. The nursery site has shown the guests asexually propagated seedlings with at least 3,000 bags of rubber and other fruit trees.

The closing exercise allowed the participants to showcase their seedling products and organic fertilizers among their guests to show PWD capacities achieved after the implementation of the program. ##

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Siocon rep wins ZDN’s Provincial Exemplary Pantawid Child Search


Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Winners to the Search for Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child. (L-R) Rose Ann Sanguila from Municipality of Baliguian, Von Glydel Micabalo from Municipality of Siocon and Sarah Mae Lagasa from Municipality of Gutalac.

The Municipality of Siocon’s representative emerged as the new winner of the Provincial Search for Exemplary Pantawid Child held on July 17, 2014 at Bamboo Garden,  Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte.

14 year old Von Glydel Micabalo daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufino Micabalo, is an active and winning campus Journalist, Officer of the Supreme Student Government and member of various organizations in Julian Soriano Memorial Comprehensive High School (JSMCH). Her good performance in academics, active involvement in the community, skills and over-all contribution as a Pantawid Child beneficiary made her win the said search.

The search for Exemplary Pantawid Child is an annual activity of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which aims to recognize children beneficiaries who set examples in their households, schools and communities. It also aims to encourage children to be active citizens by complying the conditions of the program and to harness support from the different stakeholders.

The DSWD’s Provincial Operations Office (POO) of Zamboanga Del Norte gathered eighteen (18) pantawid children representing all municipalities to vie for the search in the presence of their parents, municipal links, cluster heads, guests and DSWD staff.

In his welcome note, Mr.  Jose Cruz, Provincial Link of Zamboanga Del Norte commended all the young children of the program for their commitment and exemplary contributions and performances in their school and community. He also encouraged everyone to consider the search as an avenue of showcasing the real winners in them but not as a competition to be competed for.

The search had an individual exposition of talents and question and answer portion. Results garnered Cluster 1 D of Zamboanga del norte the highest scores emerging as landslide winners of the search with Von Glydel Micabalo of Municipality of Siocon as the Provincial winner, followed by Rose Ann Sanguila of Municipality of Baliguian and Sarah Mae Legasa of Municipality of Gutalac as 2nd and 3rd placers respectively.

The search for the Exemplary Pantawid Child in Zamboanga del Norte is already the last leg of the provincial search in Region 9. The provinces of Zamboanga del Sur , Sibugay and Zamboanga City cluster have already conducted and have named their provincial winners a month ago.

To qualify  for the search, the child must be a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program with the age ranging 10-14 preferably recommended by community leaders, their teacher or even by parent groups or by church groups; must be enrolled in school with compliant school attendance at least 85% from the previous school year and from the months of June-September; He or she must also have a good scholastic standing with no grades below the passing mark, non-repeaters; must be fully immunized and have been dewormed twice in 2013.

The winners of the search will represent their respective provinces in the National Children’s Congress (NCC) in October.##

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DSWD IX Hosts Pilot implementation workshop on Cash for Building Livelihood Assets

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of Field Office IX hosted the Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) Pilot Implementation Review Workshop last June 23-26, 2014 at Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

The activity was attended by forty six (46) SLP Representatives from DSWD Field Office V, VIII and IX who piloted its implementation. This was facilitated by representatives from DSWD Central Office (SLP –NPMO).

The objective of said activity was for all stakeholders to present their evaluation on the implementation of CBLA per region and highlight strengths and areas for improvement. All points were noted by SLP Consultant Mr. Eugene Gonzales who was tasked to consolidate reports and draft guidelines on the implementation of CBLA for the approval of management.

A site visit to the Municipalities of Siayan and Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte was conducted on the third day of the workshop where participants from the other regions were able to appreciate activities conducted by DSWD-Field Office IX.##

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DSWD IX inks partnership with SSS on AlkanSSSya Program Expansion


The MOA signing between DSWD and SSS during the AlkanSSSya program launch.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Filed Office IX with the Social Security System signed a Memorandum of Agreement on the institutionalization of the AlkanSSSya Program during the short launch held on June 23, 2014 at DSWD Conference Room.

Said program aims to intensify its coverage and social security protection for all contractual and Job-order workers of the department through easy and more convenient accumulation of savings for the SSS Monthly contribution Payments. DSWD has signified its intention to participate and assist the SSS in theimplementation of the program to give full support to the coverage of personnel as self-employed member under the Social Security Law.

The MOA signing was led by DSWD’s Regional Director, Zenaida L. Arevalo together with Ms.Elizabeth Cabatingan, Branch Head of SSS Zamboanga Branch, Mr.Riduan Hadjimuddin, DSWD’s Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Mrs. Herminia Bazan, DSWD’s Personnel Officer and SSS staff who served as witnesses. A ceremonial turn-over of AlkanSSSya key followed after the MOA signing.

As stipulated in the MOA, the monthly contribution of each personnel is Three Hundred Thirty Pesos (Php 330 pesos), provided that the regular and associate members of DSWD may increase their contribution to a higher bracket.

An Open Forum came after the Special Message of Ms. Elizabeth Cabatingan, Branch Head of SSS Zamboanga Branch to facilitate questions from DSWD workforce present during the event.

The AlkanSSSya Program shall benefit personnel to have protection against hazards of disability, sickness, maternity, old age, death and other contingencies that the SSS offers. ##



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DSWD IX releases 9.7 M capital seed funds to IDPs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX formally released the P9.7 Million capital seed funds to the forty two (42) the SEA-K associations in a turn-over ceremony held on June 20, 2014 at DSWD conference room, Zamboanga City.

A SEA-K Association president receives the check of the Capital Seed Fund during the turn-over ceremony. (L-R) ARD for Admin, Mr. Riduan Hadjimuddin; ARD for Operations, Mrs. Consejo H. Usman; CSWDO Head, Mrs. Socorro Rojas and RPC for SLP, Mrs. Elizabeth Saavedra.

SEA-K Association president receives their check from DSWD during the turn-over ceremony led by (L-R) ARD for Admin, Mr. Riduan Hadjimuddin; ARD for Operations, Mrs. Consejo H. Usman; CSWDO Chief, Mrs. Socorro Rojas and RPC for SLP, Mrs. Elizabeth Saavedra.

DSWD have identified nine hundred seventy (970) Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) formed from the different transitory sites including Home Based who will be starting livelihood programs in their respective areas. The members received 10,000 pesos each, payable in one-year term with no interest.

The compositions of the 42 SEA-K associations in the transitory sites are as follows: 3 from PTSI Transitory site; 8 from Rio Hondo Transitory site; 9 from Tulungatung Transitory site; 10 from Taluksangay Transitory site and 12 from the Home Based IDPs of Rio Hondo, Mariki, Lustre, Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina.

“Lahat tayo ay hangad na mabago ang lebel ng pamumuhay, kahit sa ganitong paraan matututo tayong tumayo sa ating mga sariling paa” said DSWD Regional Director, Zenaida Arevalo as she encouraged all association presidents present during the event to be responsible in their money for the livelihood activities they have identified as this can be replicated for the rest of the IDPs who also intend to avail the same assistance after its 1st batch.

“ Nawa’y magamit natin sa magandang paraan ang Capital Seed Fund” she added.

The members of the association underwent six month Community Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) process where all of them were trained on Financial Literacy, Time Management and Basic Budget Management during Social Preparation and Capability Building Training phases. This compliance will ensure the effective delivery and readiness on the Livelihood activities they have chosen.

In the presence of the guests, Mr. Diosdado Palacat of the Office of City Agriculturist, Ms. Silva Delos Santos of Department of Labor and Employment, Mr. Ben Aspera of International Labor Organization, the turn-over of checks to the SEA-K Presidents were led by Asst. Regional Directors for DSWD Mr. Riduan Hadjimuddin , Mrs. Consejo H.Usman and City Social Welfare Development Office Chief, Mrs. Ma.Socorro A. Rojas, assisted by Regional Program Coordinator for Sustainable Livelihood Program, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Saavedra.

A short testimonial was given by the SEA-K President of Green Rose who expressed words of appreciation for the immediate release of funds to start a life anew with their livelihood activities after they have been displaced for months due to September 9 standoff.

The Capital Seed Fund is under the Micro-Enterprise Development track of the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program where recipients may avail through Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) modality.

The said 9.7 Million CSF release was a special project as an intervention of the Department on Livelihood assistance intended solely for the IDPs. ##

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Sports sprouts spotlight: Winning back life’s delight through Basketball

BUNKHOUSE PRIDE. Six of the fourteen IDP members of Tulungatung Basketball team (L-R) Ambing Jopakal, Loy Jamdani, James Jammang, Alkadz Sappari, Izan Jopakal.

BUNKHOUSE PRIDE. Six of the fourteen IDP members of Tulungatung Basketball team (L-R) Ambing Jopakal, Loy Jamdani, James Jammang, Alkadz Sappari, Izan Jopakal.

“Primo” (or cousin in local term) as they fondly call themselves, is a group of fourteen young men ages 15-21 who found great companionship when their families were transferred in Tulungatung Transitory site. “Fresh” as they recall back from their young minds how they left their humble homes when the fierce battle on September 9 awakened the city which caused most of them sudden displacement.
Tulungatung transitory site is 18 kilometers far from the main evacuation camp which is the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex. With twenty five (25) bunkhouses available, the site currently shelters 401 families with 2, 336 individuals who are mostly fire victims. Showing their grins as they gathered around for an interview, who would have thought they have been into this traumatic chaos?

James Jammang, 21, member of the group said that he personally do not know anybody from the group when their family decided to be transferred in bunkhouses. Living in such new community would require them to fit again in new setting of community and learn to know people around and perhaps win friends too. These young men indeed showed resiliency after they tried getting back to their normal lives, routines and what delighted them most, playing their favorite sport- Basketball.

Jammang and his other companions agreed that basketball paved the way for them to acquire new fellows since it has been their most loved leisure. Few meters away from the transitory site, there stand a covered basketball court of the local barangay where most of young people from the community and from the site gather every afternoon to spend time and play. Workers from DSWD and CSWDO said that these IDPs have easily adjusted with the community in the area where most of them mingle with local residents too.

Fourteen for “Team”

Ambing Jopakal (left) shares their strategies and experience gained during the basketball match.

Ambing Jopakal (left) shares their strategies and experience gained during the basketball match.

“Masaya kami dahil nakalimutan namin ang gulo doon” uttered by Ambing Jopakal, 19, member of the group when they were asked how does it feel to play Basketball everyday. Some added that it purges boredom among themselves when they play the sport.

Seeing their potentials to win, Christian Flores who acts as their youth leader in the site informed them of the Summer Camp for Youth organized City Social Welfare and Development Office of Zamboanga-Field Office 1 (Ayala District). Said camp will hold basketball league where interested IDPs from the area can join.

Filled with excitement and enthusiasm,few members of the group searched for potential members who will complete their team as they draw so much interest to join in the said league. After forming the complete line up, they officially named their team as “Tulungatung Bunkhouse IDPs”. When asked why did they not use other names, members said that they would be very proud to represent the whole IDPs in the site as young members of the community. They would like to see their fellow IDPs bring back again the smiles through their participation. They also see it as one way to veer away the doubts of the community in them.

With so much willingness to win, the group committed to undergo training facilitated by themselves. ” Madalas kame magpractice, mga alas cuatro ng hapon hanggang alas otso ng gabi, kahit walang ilaw sa court nagpapractice parin kami” (“We usually practice every 4 in the afternoon ’till 8 in the evening. Even without lights, we still pursue our practice in the court”) proudly shared by Jammang. Others have also shared that they usually wake up as early as 4am in the morning to jog around the site and in the community to improve their endurance. ” Nung mas malapit na ang laro, mas pinaigting namin ang paghahanda” (When the actual game is fast approaching, we intensify our preparations”) Jammang added.

Victory amidst Poverty

The group have defeated other teams leading their way to fight for the championship round. With the cheers and presence of their co-IDPs during the game, they felt like they were instant Superstars “Parang pinasaya namin ang mga taga bunkhouse…Hindi namin iniexpect na matalo namin ang ibang grupo dahil malalaki sila” (We felt like we also share the same joy with those from the bunkhouse.. We didn’t expect to win with other group because they are bigger than us” ) said Jopakal while telling their experiences.

“Tatlo lang sapatos namin, kapag may “Sub” ipahiram namin sa kasama namin. Ganun din ang shorts” (” We only have 3 shoes, if there’s someone who asks for “sub” in the group, we usually lend it to others, including our shorts” ) shared Jopakal when he was asked about their uniforms. They were the only teams who don’t have any uniform, common sharing of shoes and jerseys didn’t hinder them to lose hope nor feel disappointed.

The group bested other groups and placed Second to “Cawit Team” who emerged as champion for the feat. Though they did not win, the group felt it was an achievement for them to represent the entire IDPs of Tulungatung. They hope that such achievement would eventually simmer down stereotyping instead the public will realize that they also deserve such glory and opportunity.

Plans and Wishes

The group wanted to continue their participation in this kind of league not only to show off their skills but also to regain the lost pride in them as residents of this city. “Sana magkaroon na kami ng Jersey ” said by one of the member referring to the individual uniform they wanted to have. They also wished to join inter-barangay league to compete again with other barangay champs.

The IDPs are eagerly waiting for their real homecoming while the government is exerting gargantuan efforts in the rehabilitation of the affected barangays of the siege. The transitory site may just be a temporary shelter to them but it did not falter their hopes to rise again and bring back the normalcy in their daily living. The positivity of these young men did not only manifest pride and camaraderie but also a step to make a change amidst the situation. It was an intelligent initiative to make themselves feel be a source of inspiration to others and also to their fellow IDPs. ##

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NHTU-BaSulTa holds 1st leg of LGU orientation, Fieldworkers Training in Tawi Tawi

The National Household Targeting Unit-BaSulTa cluster of the Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted a simultaneous activity at Beach Side Inn, Bongao, Tawi Tawi Province on May 7-9, 2014.

Said activity was an orientation for the Local Government Units (LGUs) on the 2nd nationwide household assessment and training of Area Supervisors and Enumerators in the conduct of the Special Validation for Social Pension Beneficiaries.

Attended by local chief executives, Social Welfare Officers,Planning and Development Officers, some National Government Agencies, the orientation kicked off with a simple launching and brief overview on the new brand name of NHTS-PR to Listahanan (Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan). It followed with the orientation on relevant topics on the Proxy Means Test, Barangay Community Characteristics, Data Sharing Protocols and Memorandum of Agreement presented by DSWD-NHTU staff of Field Office IX.

Tawi Tawi which belongs to BaSulTa cluster is part of the Autonomus Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It has eleven (11) municipalities which holds a target of 73,872 households in the 2nd Assessment.

Meanwhile, One (1) Area Supervisor and Three (3) Enumerators underwent orientation and training on Special Validation for Social Pension Beneficiaries on said dates. The training aims to prepare the workers to take a full grasp on the project’s objective and prepare them in conducting proper assessment to these beneficiaries who are not yet part of the Listahanan database.

A mock household interview was conducted at Brgy.Sowangkagang, a nearby community outside the venue during the 2nd day of training facilatated by Area Supervisor for Basulta, Mr. Ben Nasser Isnaen. Each worker was given a household to assess using the new Family Assessment Form (FAF). Evaluation and Processing of results were done after the fieldwork activity to verify the filled out items and as well to raise the problems and queries met during the activity.

Tawi Tawi fieldworkers will be assessing more of less 3,000 Social Pensioners in the different municipalities of the province for 15 days. Area Supervisor will be out on field seven days ahead of the Enumerators to accomplish the Barangay Community Characteristics Form through interview with Barangay officials which is part of the new assessment tools and procedures.

The activity ended with a toast of commitment led by Assistant Regional Director Consejo H. Usman together with Municipal Mayors, National Government Agencies and MSWDOs and MPDOs present to share common support and cooperation in the implementation of the said project of DSWD.

Listahanan is set to cover 15.2 Million Households Nationwide this year with more than 300 thousand target households for ARMM-Basulta cluster for the 2nd cycle. ##

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