Social Pension Beneficiaries Celebrate Centenarian Year

Six Social Pension beneficiaries in Zamboanga Peninsula who reached the age of 100 years old celebrated their Centenarian year recently.

Among them were Vicente Macrohon Llledo and Diego Bautista Robillo of Zamboanga City who just turned 100 years old last April and May, respectively.

The DSWD personnel and social workers of the local government unit on Monday, June 15, 2020 visited the centenarians in their residence to formally honor and award the cash gift worth 100,000 together with the felicitation letter in the presence of the immediate family members.

Born in 1920, Llledo and Robillo has been a beneficiary of Social Pension program of the DSWD since 2011.

While Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens program is the additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens as indicated in the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 or RA 9994, the Republic Act 10868 or known as “Centenarians Act of 2016” shall recognize all Filipinos who reach the age of one hundred (100) years old, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad. They shall be honoured with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity and a Centenarian Gift in the amount of one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000).

From the twenty seven (27) centenarians recorded in the registry of DSWD for the 1st and 2nd Quarter, 24 of these were already honored while the 3 remaining centenarians are expected to receive their cash gift any time before the month ends. From these records, 8 of which are male while 19 others are female. The oldest was 109 years old, female centenarian from Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.The following are the number of centenarians in Region IX for 1st and 2nd Quarter of 2020: Zamboanga Del Norte -11; Zamboanga Del Sur-6; Zamboanga Sibugay Province-4 and Zamboanga City-6.

The DSWD project development officer and social workers of the local government units shall continue to monitor the centenarians to ensure that the money intended for them shall be used for their basic essentials like food, medicines and other necessities. The DSWD likewise encouraged all its centenarians to open a bank account to ensure proper monitoring of the cash utilization. ##

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Home for the Elderly inaugurates CRCF projects, celebrates 30th year

The Home for Elderly of the Department of Social Welfare and Development on Monday, August 19, 2019 celebrated its 30th year anniversary as a residential facility for the aged.

Established on August 15, 1989 in partnership with Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, the Home for the Elderly is a regional facility operated by DSWD Field Office IX which provides temporary shelter and care to dependent, needy, neglected, homeless, unattached and abandoned Filipino Senior Citizens 60 years and above with no contagious disease.

The center aims to provide clients with residential care to enable them to lead normally and live life decently through provision of rehabilitative programs and services that are geared towards the maintenance of their physical, social and psychological functioning.

Following the Anniversary Mass presided by Rev.Fr.Jonathan Berdejo was the formal Inauguration and blessing of the completed CRCF construction, repair and upgrading projects. Two of the major highlights were the construction of the Multi-Purpose and Wellness Center with Infirmary Clinic and Aqua Therapeutic Building worth 3,336,805.82 and 2,305,000.00, respectively.

The inauguration was led by Undersecretary for Special Concerns Camilo Gudmalin, DSWD Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos and Assistant Regional Director for Operations Fatima S. Caminan.

DSWD Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos formally welcomed all the guests, staff and clients present during the affair. “I would like to welcome everyone in this significant occasion as we celebrate the 30strong years of the Home for the Elderly. I would like to recognize and thank the members of Secular Order for Discalced Carmelites who started the humble beginnings of this center. You are indeed part and parcel of this milestone.”, Director Ramos said.

In his message, guest speaker USec. Gudmalin shared the CRCF journey which made these developments and improvements into reality. He also mentioned how important it is to provide decent and comfortable stay for our clients after assessing the real situation of the 71 facilities nationwide.

“I would like to share three important things you need to remember for a successful project implementation, these are: Unity of Vision, Solidarity of Purpose and Teamwork in Action”, Usec. Gudmalin said.

He also underscored the department’s core value on “Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo” as reminder to our goal for the clients and also recognized the workers who painstakingly worked hard together for the realization of the projects through the leadership and monitoring of DSWD Regional Project Management Team.

DSWD Region IX was allocated with 126 Million Budget in 2017 to pursue the construction of the different CRCF projects in all seven centers in the region.

Apart from the major construction, Home for the elderly also underwent major upgrades and repairs on the following: Upgrading of Mess Hall (Php 1,325,494.25); Upgrading of Resident’s Quarters (Php 1,754,509.25) ; Repair of Houseparent’s Quarters (Php 121,000) ; Repair of Administrative Building (Php 339,500) ; Repair of Laundry and Linen Area (479,443.38) and Repair of Powerhouse (Php 143,000).

Center Head Georgina Suico expressed her gratitude for all the support extended and for the gift of the developments in their facility. She committed to take good care of these projects and utilize it to help improve the well-being of the elders who are staying in the center.

“This affair is not the end but just the beginning of a dream come true. Continue to pray for us here so we will be blessed with strength to embrace our mission effectively for our dear clients”, Mrs. Suico added.

To date, the Home for the Elderly caters 51 total clients where 21 are male and 30 are female, respectively. ##

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Region IX Kalahi-CIDSS Volunteers’ to join 3rd National CV Congress in CARAGA

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Office IX will be sending Seven Community Volunteers to the 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress cum 5th Bayani Ka Awards on August 12-16, 2019 to be held in CARAGA.

This year’s National CV Congress will be anchored on the theme “PADAYON, Kalahi-CIDSS” which will see exemplary Volunteers all over the country gather for the 3rd time to celebrate the gains of the program in the spirit of Volunteerism.

The activity will also serve as venue to exchange experiences and learning from the program implementation of not just the Community Volunteers but as well as some partner Municipal and Barangay Local Government Unit representatives.

The same manner, this activity aims to steer support from the participating stakeholders in pushing for the program’s institutionalization.

The seven Volunteers who will represent the region were chosen on the basis of their active participation as proud members of the community who supports developmental programs and project for the community throughout the region through CDD. They are the following: Susan Trazuna form Olutanga Zamboanga Sibugay, Teodora Apawon and Anecito Padayao Sr from Sindangan Zamboanga del Norte, Adelaida M. Abitona from Polanco Zamboanga del Norte,  Jenelyn Brillo from Pres. Manuel Roxas Zamboanga del Norte, Ifur Ronne from Rizal Zamboanga del Norte and Dorothea Dagalea from Siay Zamboanga Sibugay. ###

Photo taken during the presentation of output re: stakeholders’ vision of CDD for the 2018 Regional CV Congress held in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

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DSWD IX clarifies unliquidated funds of Zamboanga City on Supplementary Feeding

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX clarifies inclusion of the Zamboanga City in the “Shame list” of those Local Government Units who have failed to liquidate the funds for Supplementary Program implementation.

In the circulating articles online, Zamboanga City was included in the Top 10 LGUs who failed to liquidate the funds for the said program amounting to 8.565 million pesos.

The DSWD Field Office IX clarifies that the reckoning period of the said report was June 2017. The CSWDO of Zamboanga City has fully liquidated the said amount last August 2017 and making them 100% fully liquidated at present. In fact, the funds for 7th cycle of Supplementary Feeding program implementation was already downloaded to them amounting to 29.7 million pesos to provide hot meals to children in child development centers for 120 days.

“The city of Zamboanga has been our partner in the implementation of DSWD programs and services and they have been regularly liquidating the funds downloaded to them. We in the DSWD always ensure that the objectives of the programs are met and the timely delivery of these services will never be affected so we always remind and encourage our partner LGUs to take the responsibility to strictly submit their liquidation reports on the given timeline.” Said DSWD Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo

Supplementary Feeding Program is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals, to target children as part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD Program).

“Considering that there are new funds downloaded to them, they have already been cleared by our department and the implementation of the said program continues for the next cycle”, Atty. Solamillo added.

Zamboanga City has been implementing the Supplementary program in 350 child development centers for almost 7 years since 2011 targeting 16,500 beneficiaries at present. ##

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DSWD promotes Listahanan 2 database to social protection stakeholders

Zamboanga City- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officially presented the guidelines on the utilization of the Listahanan 2 database during the regional awarding of the 2017 Seal of Child-friendly Local Governance on August 16, 2017 at Grand Astoria Hotel.

“We are now inviting the Local Government Units (LGUs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), Non-government Organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Sur to use our database considering that we already have the general guidelines for data-sharing,” said Michael D.S. Mustafa, Regional Focal Coordinator of Listahanan-9.

According to him, a stakeholder who will be requesting for statistical data generated by Listahanan 2 will only need to write a request letter addressed to the regional head. “They need to enumerate the specific data needed, the purpose of the request, and the timeline of the release of data,” Mustafa said.

Meanwhile, for those who will be requesting for Personal Information (PI) or Sensitive Personal Information (SPI), a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the stakeholder and the DSWD is needed. He also mentioned that all requesting parties are required to designate one Data Protection Officer (DPO) who shall plan, implement, and evaluate policies for data privacy and security. The stakeholder will also be required to submit an annual report on how the data was utilized in the implementation of social protection programs and services.

The Listahanan 2 is said to be the result of the household assessment conducted by the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) in 2015.

For this year, “our tentative target in data-sharing…since the guidelines were only approved by former Sec. Judy Taguiwalo last month, will have to be two provinces, one Highly Urbanized City (HUC), two NGAs, and two NGOs,” Mustafa said although it is still under negotiation due to the upcoming On-demand Application (ODA) activity scheduled in September this year.

“Despite the fact that some of the areas for ODA assessment are very critical, we will still push through to ensure the integrity of the database since we were not able to penetrate the remaining 21 barangays in Isabela City in 2015 due to security reasons,” added Mustafa.

The Listahanan as an information management system is the mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be recipients of social protection programs and services in the Philippines as stated in Executive Order No. 867, s. 2010. This targeting system accordingly uses a proxy means test (PMT) methodology to estimate the level of economic welfare of a certain household based on its socio-economic and demographic characteristics.

“The Listahanan is a response of the DSWD to contribute in the improvement of social protection programs of the government and in the equitable distribution of services and resources among the poor. It is well said that the Listahanan database is ‘sigurado, kumpleto at totoo’,” ended Mustafa.

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A Kalahi Volunteer makes a Healthy Community

Unlike those people who live in the urban areas where there are abundant of opportunities and unlimited access to basic social services, people who are in far flung areas like the barrios, sitios and in the provinces struggles to even reach one.

In a busy city atmosphere where most people tend to neglect the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, villagers of barangay Guling in the municipality of Guipos in Zamboanga del Sur has been longing to have a decent health facility.

Though Guling have a health center made of wood, but it’s too small to cater the entire barangay. Aside from the small space, the place could not hold when people would crowd in especially during rainy season. It is always a pitiful sight for pregnant women and mothers with infants who would do check-ups at the center.

Residents endured years of inconveniences because they had no choice but to go on with their regular visits since they needed the said services.

What a time when Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP was introduced and implemented in the Municipality, given the limited resources of the barangay, the residents of Guling especially Aling Juana was hopeful that they could do something despite not having a title or a position for the benefit of the community.

Aling Juana Pelarca, a 55-year old woman and a mother of five (5) is a proud volunteer of Kalahi-CIDSS. She works in the farm together with her husband and would raise farm animals for additional income.

As a volunteer of the program, she serves as a member of the Project Preparation Team, who’s in charge of preparing sub-project concept form.

She didn’t expect that she would be preparing project proposals and admitted that is wasn’t such an easy task, but she tried her best because she appreciated the process of having to include ordinary people like them in the implementation of the sub-projects and that she really wanted to see a tangible project out of her participation that she could pass on to her grandchildren’s children.

In August 2016, the Barangay Health Station sub-project was completed.

The community was elated that finally all their hard work has paid off, and most importantly it has opened their barangay to an improved access to health services.

Now that the structure was completed, Aling Juana and the rest of the volunteers felt relieved, “murag ang problema sa katawhan sa among komunidad, murag mawala-wala kay gumikan dili na sila muari sa lungsod magpacheck-up”.

(It has lessened the problem of the people in the community because they no longer have to travel to Poblacion for check-up) she said.

With the new Health Station, attending to patients in times of emergency has become easier, infants and children no longer have to suffer from extreme heat in times of immunization, and pregnant women will no longer have to travel to distant health center to give birth and it will help the villagers save money that they don’t need to worry for the transportation since they have one nearby.

Aling Juana added “nakanindot pud nga naka-on duty na pirmi ang nurse, naa na pud ready ang BHW”, (It’s good that we have a nurse on-duty regularly and the BHW as well).

KC-NCDDP is one of the poverty reduction programs of DSWD that uses the community driven development (CDD) approach in implementing projects that aim to provide the community access to basic services. It is the expanded implementation of the previous program Kalahi-CIDSS. This enables the communities and the local government units in the said areas to implement disaster responsive or preventive projects that may include fast rehabilitation of destroyed infrastructures and livelihoods projects. ### (JGA)

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PWD Week highlights Para Games 2017

“I think what I represent is achieving what you want in life. It’s a matter of your attitude. Some people have a negative attitude, and that’s their disability,” said Marla Runyan, a world-class runner who is legally blind.

The Para Games 2017, touted to be first of its kind in the city, was the highlight during the observance of the 39th National Disability and Prevention Week held last July 17-23.

“This is actually the first one we started,” said Teddy Kahil, Social Welfare Officer II and President of the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA)- Zamboanga City Chapter. “We want to really strengthen the sports activities and…enhance the skills of the persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the city,” he added.

According to Kahil, they have been participating in the Philippine National games. “This is the right time for us to do some assessment, evaluation, and screening of potential athletes that we could probably get and be involved in the Para Games (National) that will be happening some time in December,” he expressed.

Meanwhile, one of the participants with hearing impairment, Nurhanna Palahuddin shared that she was very honored and happy to participate for the first time in a sports event dedicated to them. Palahuddin, who competed in the Table Tennis placed second.  After winning, she said, “In life, I have always believed in myself and I follow my heart all the time.”

Aside from Table Tennis, other games were also held like Goalball, Chess, Domino, Bocce, and Dart which were participated by persons with visual impairment, hearing impairment, ortho problem, and with intellectual disability among others.

Rowena M. Eustaquio, Regional PWD focal person of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) FO IX is looking forward to augment the number of games in the celebration next year. “We will be adding more sports categories in 2018. Basketball on wheels will be definitely one of those, and we will really look for ways and means so we can make it happen,” she said.

As per Proclamation No. 361 signed by former President Joseph E. Estrada, the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA), an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development IX is conducting a series of activities every year to stimulate public awareness on the problems of disability, and encourage every citizen to take active responsibility in the uplifting of the economic and social conditions of the PWDs: thereby encouraging them to take pro-active roles in nation-building as stipulated in the Proclamation. The RCDA-IX prepared a series of events to highlight the celebration with the support of the different stakeholders. This year’s NDPR week carries the theme, “Karapatan at Pribilehiyo ng Maykapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban!”

The following are the winners for the different sports categories:



1st: Joey Bolandrisna

2nd: Peter John Samson


Hearing Impairment

1st: Jayme Jean Cabayacruz

2nd: Nurhanna Palahuddin


Goal Ball

Champion: Vista Spa

1st Runner-up: AVRC- Team

2nd Runner-up: ZCDA

3rd Runner-up: AVRC- Team




1st: Joey Balandrina

2nd: Corazon Medina

3rd: Mirriam Ismael




1st: Jojo Navarro

2nd: Jan-jan Dalus

3rd: Alsadri Sali


Hearing Impairment

1st: Lea May Rojas

2nd: Reginald Espinosa

3rd: Ernie Aranduque



Visual Impairment

1st: Jose Antonio Maraguinot

2nd: Layzner Reputasa




1st: Enrico Cuadra

2nd: Marcir Solis

3rd: Angelita Calusod



1st: Alwida Asahil

2nd: Paola Camille Tee

3rd: Kayrie Anne Del Rosario



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DSWD holds 1st Semester RGA, SWD forum in Dapitan

Some one hundred fifty employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX attended the 1st Semester Regional General Assembly at Dakak Beach Resort, Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte on June 6-8, 2017.

DSWD Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo inspired all participants during her opening speech expressing her gratitude for coming as one together as family.  She said, “It is true that our desire is to provide our employees the best opportunities to improve work habits, increase productivity and develop capacity to engage in the call for “Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo”.

“Our high demand of work is needed to help those who are challenged by circumstances, and we as workers whose hands can make difference in the fulfilment of quality of life and well-being of our clients, need to be developed and be given with exposure such as this to boost high morale.” , she added.

Salient topics were discussed during the activity to include a talk on Personality Enhancement delivered by Institutional Development Division Chief, Carmencita Luna. The newly elected President of the Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (SWEAP), Ma.Corazon Sumicad, presented the overview of the association and future plans for all members. A bingo social was hosted after the talk to provide opportunity among participants to promote solidarity and fellowship.

The RGA is conducted twice every year purposely to gather employees and provide updates on the current policies, and activities undertaken by the department in the region.

Meanwhile, Municipal and City Social Welfare Officers coming from the different municipalities and cities in Zamboanga Peninsula convened during the 1st Semester Social Welfare and Development Forum held on June 8-9, 2017 on the same venue.

The gathering is an opportunity for the participants to be abreast in the programs and services of DSWD and how can the activity serve as a dialogue between the regional management committee and the participants where concerns, suggestions and recommendations are raised to improve its delivery to the clients in the grassroots.

“It is therefore proven that our bond of commitment has become stronger. These have provided our Programs and Services with solid and resilient support from the ground and with that, we in the DSWD are grateful of your contributions as our allies in the delivery of programs and services. With pride and value, I am honoured to see your indefatigable support”, expressed Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo during her opening message


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