DSWD warns public against Pantawid fake IDs, recruiters

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX warns the public on the fraudulent activities reported in Zamboanga City on the issuance of Fake IDs and false inclusion in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The alleged fake IDs being given to victims in exchange of Php 200 pesos and false inclusion to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The alleged fake IDs given to victims in exchange of Php 200 pesos and false inclusion to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

A walk-in complaint was filed by a non-beneficiary victim residing in Barangay Canelar Moret regarding the case. The victim said that a certain Ms. Atilano who presented herself as worker of DSWD told the household that she is conducting interview. Her activities include recruiting of families for inclusion in Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and issuance of fake IDs in exchange of Php 200 pesos. The said recruiter also promised the victims to expect grants amounting Php 3,900 from the program for three months period covered.

The agency clarifies the public that DSWD does not collect any amount in exchange of Identification Cards or any form of services. The DSWD reiterates that issuances of IDs are done only during Program Orientation Seminar (POS) and not through house-to house visits. The agency follows ID request protocols especially for newly registered beneficiaries where extraction of list should only come from the Regional Office through its Pantawid Pamilya Information System (PPIS). Only the City or Municipal links of DSWD assigned in the area are authorized to release IDs to their beneficiaries.

The confiscated fake IDs bear logos of DSWD, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and some information such as Household ID number. Upon validation, it is found out that the household ID number does not match in the Pantawid system or in any number series recorded in the database. There were forged signatures, Typographical errors including incorrect design and layout orientation seen in the fake IDs.The original IDs of Pantawid Pamilya have each unique security features that cannot be easily tampered or reproduced. The names are generated from the list of registered households and cannot be manually written.  Each Pantawid Pamilya household has an exclusive number recorded in the system and can easily be tracked down from the set they belong up to the area where they reside.

DSWD also clarifies that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries have to follow certain conditionalities in Health and Education in order to receive grants. In addition, the grants are not given in one quarter period but rather bi-monthly period only. There is also no assurance of getting the grants without doing their said co-responsibilities.

There are also other documents that need to be filled-up and only City Links assigned in the area can conduct activities such as Family Development Sessions and Community Assemblies.

Potential beneficiaries can only be included in the Pantawid program if the households were assessed by Listahanan and were identified as poor. The household must also have children 0-18 or have a pregnant member at the time of the enumeration for them to be qualified.

Proper coordination has been made among barangay officials to counter these activities. Should there be any similar incident and cases such as this, please immediately report to the regional office for proper action and documentation.

DSWD calls for vigilance among households not to entertain suspicious activities and not to divulge information from anyone without validating from their barangay officials and assigned DSWD worker (City/Municipal Link) in the area. The agency stands on its measure to apprehend the recruiters and be filed with legal charges once proven guilty. ##

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IP beneficiaries get livelihood aid through DSWD

A total of six (6) associations covering 167 families received a total amount of Php 1,210,000 livelihood assistance through the Support Service Intervention (SSI) of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer in a turn-over activity held at Sta.Barbara Health Center, Zamboanga City on February 10.

A subanen IP beneficiary of MCCT in Zambo happily receives her SSI livelihood grant from DSWD Community Facilitators, Association President.

A subanen IP beneficiary of MCCT in Zambo happily receives her SSI livelihood grant
from DSWD Community Facilitators, Association President.

The beneficiaries are Indigenous People covered by the said program under the barangays of Campo Islam, Kasanyangan, Sta.Barbara, Rio Hondo and Sta.Catalina, Zamboanga City.

The said assistance will create opportunities for beneficiaries to start-up livelihood plans through their group and individual income-generating projects. This will further help them earn, augment and sustain the income of their families by building their capacity to be engaged in economic activities. With this, the families are capable to stand on their own and improve their level of well-being.

The beneficiaries underwent Social Preparation and series of meetings through the Sustainable Livelihood Program to ensure that proper management of grants and savings will be practiced.

The six associations are only part of the total 13 associations created for the said livelihood aid. There were already 2 clusters that have been provided with the same intervention and the remaining clusters of Masepla and Magay are expected to be given in few weeks’ time.

The association is led by a President with maximum of 30 members. Each family receives a minimum of Php 7,000 to Php 10,000 maximum grants with spreading payments over multiple periods to be deposited by the beneficiaries in their respective association’s savings account in zero interest. This will enable them to further expand and increase their livelihood opportunities among its members. Some of the livelihood projects initiated were Rice dealership, Soft drinks dealership, Fruit and Fish vending.

To date, MCCT is being implemented across the region with a total number of 31,189 households covering Indigenous People in GIDAs, Itinerant Indigenous people and Homeless street families. Other support service interventions provided to these beneficiaries were skills training and cash for work activities.

Modified Conditional Cash Transfer is designed to reach out to families who are definitely poor and more vulnerable and disadvantaged but are not covered of the regular CCT because of their being excluded in the enumeration of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan. ###

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WMSU holds summit for ESGP-PA grantees

Being one of the five State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) that are currently implementing ESGP-PA in Region IX, Western Mindanao State University conducted a 3-day summit for grantees held in Cecille’s Catering, Tumaga, Zamboanga City on January 29-31, 2016.

Some 217 ESGP-PA grantees had the chance to join the summit after the successful conduct of its 1st batch held December last year.

Mrs. Bernadita Bacang, WMSU ESGP-PA Coordinator said that the activity basically aims to provide them with learning experiences, to build teamwork and enhance camaraderie among other participants while improving their leadership potentials. The activity also served as venue to inspire the attendees with positive stories on program gains through testimonial sharing.

The summit provided the participants with inputs and workshops on leadership, team building activities and Psychological Testing facilitated by its University Guidance Counselling Center. A city tour was also arranged for all with an opportunity to appreciate Zamboanga City as the host venue for the event. Summit participants came from the different External Studies Unit of WMSU around the region.

Mrs. Bacang also added that it is an opportunity for them to personally meet all grantees together in one activity aiding them to become empowered students through consistent guidance and intervention. Last 2015, the coordinators through its ESU conducted close monitoring of students to include activities such as boarding house visits and counselling. They also assisted students through conduct of review classes for those who are Non-CET passers.

To date, the university has 621 ESGPPA grantees covering main campus and ESUs. While region IX has a total of 2,078 ESGPPA grantees coming from the five accredited SUCs of Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, Zamboanga City State of Marine Sciences and Technology, J.H Cerilles Memorial College in Pagadian City, Jose Rizal Memorial State University in Dipolog City and Western Mindanao State University.

ESGP-PA aims to contribute to the National Government’s thrust in effectively addressing poverty alleviation by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and to get these graduates employed in high-value added occupations in order to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to national development. Region IX is expected to have 214 graduates this year.

The event is anchored on the theme: “Trekking the Road to Success: Education, the needed gear”.

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Pantawid kids join National Children’s Congress

Pantawid Pamilya-Children Beneficiaries of Zamboanga Peninsula joined this year’s National Children’s Congress held in Hotel Elan, San Juan City, Manila on November 17-21, 2015.IMG_0011

Now on its 4th year, the said congress gathered Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Children from all seventeen (17) regions that were conferred during the Regional Searches. The participants who have exhibited excellence in school, community  and have served as role model to their peers in their respective regions, had the opportunity to be involved in an intensive inputs and fun-filled workshops facilitated by Make Believe Foundation. This year’s NCC was anchored on the theme: “ Batang Pilipino, Tuloy ang Pagbabago!”.

The kids who represented Region IX are the following: Ann Teffany Guevarra (District VII, Zamboanga City); Sheryl Mae Regasajo (Municipality of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte) and Esel Mae Tumbale (Municipality of Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay).  The three kids were Top 3 winners during the Zamboanga Peninsula’s search for Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child held last October 20-22 at Moninas, Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte.

The activity capped-off with a gathering of children dubbed as “Araw ng Kabataan” led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Council for the Welfare of Children and National Youth Commission where more or less 3,000 children graced the celebration. The activity also launched the Book “Mga kwentong pambata, mula sa mga bata”, a compilation of stories written by children ages 10-14. It highlights stories that express children’s right to be involved in the Family, Community and the Society.

Artists like Robi Domingo, Season 2 the Voice Kids Finalist, Reynan Dacanla, Jairus Aquino and Upeepz Dance Crew also delighted the young crowd with their special appearances and performance.

The event also announced the National Search for Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Children winners where a fisherman’s son from Region 8 hailed as the National Winner.

The activity is in line with the celebration of National Children’s Month every November under Republic Act 10661.

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Rekindled Hope: A mother’s tale to success

Donned with her red gala and cap with dropped swaying tassel, she stepped the stairway of the commencement venue with pride and honor. A Cum Laude has been conferred-to a student, to a mother and to a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary.Publication12

Life’s success is not yet too old to achieve. There are dozens of reasons why Susana Ricafrente, 35, from Brgy. Maso, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay province described her life like a kaleidoscope- challenging, colourful bits of ups and down interplaying with one another.

Her life was a tale of humble and simple journey living with her three kids whose eldest was mentally challenged due to Meningitis. His husband works as a “Habal Habal” driver while she accepts laundry works with a merely weekly income of two hundred pesos (Php200).

She can no longer recount how many times she wept for her challenging and problematic life. Circumstances truly challenged her strength but her will to pursue things positively will always be her foot forward. As a mother of three, she wasn’t able to finish her high school degree due to her family’s perennial problem on Poverty.  Nothing has changed not until she decided to enrol herself in the Alternative Learning System (ALS). There are no signs of uncertainties, only flicker of rekindled Hope.

Susan shared that from 5:30pm-9:30pm she spent herself in ALS night classes to meet the 400 required hours prior to assessment and obtaining a diploma. She has to leave her child at home to pursue her studies. Her will to finish high school and to earn a college degree is genuinely hopeful. Time management played a crucial role on her aspiration; she has to be a mother, a wife and a student in one.

The assessment came when she finally passed and got her diploma from ALS. Another chapter has unfolded closer to her dreams but due to financial difficulties, she’s more uncertain this time if she can still pursue her college degree. She also shared that a municipal councilor sponsored her college study as a scholar where instead of paying full amount fees, she will only have to pay 50% less.

Her family became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya under Set6-C on May 2013, she was already second year then. She thought life will be smoothly running good after blessings such as this came in, but trials are inevitable and even sometimes emotionally painful. Her husband suffered from Periodic Paralysis where it became bedridden for a month. With no income due to unexpected problem, she has to double her efforts in taking care her husband and their children while looking for means how to survive a living. She can recall how she asked for help from her relatives in order to sustain the medications. She stood firm for the family during these trying times coupled with her strength and prayers, but this never hinders her to excel in class.

In tears, Susan expressed her feelings of gratitude, “Ang Pantawid Pamilya siya yung nag open ng door ng opportunities, sabi ko Lord kung makakapasok man ako sa programa,promise tatapusin ko talaga ang pag aaral ko at magbabago na talaga ang mahirap na nakaraan naming Pamilya” (The Pantawid Pamiya opened its doors to opportunities, I said to the Lord, if I will be part of the program, I promise to finish my studies and change the history of our Poor Family.)”

Since her 1st year college, she never failed to make it in the Dean’s List. Her passion and commitment is incomparable and inspiring. She even proudly shared that the Family Development Session of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program had an advantage in her studies because it advances her knowledge in some learning areas. “Ang FDS parang dagdag impormasyon , dagdag kaalamn bilang ina, ung mga topics every month na dinidiscuss naisheshare ko sa bahay at sa paaralan kung saan ako pumapasok, yung natutunan nagagamit ko rin sa school, Advantage un sakin ”(The FDS is an additional information and additional knowledge to us mothers, I was able to share topics discussed every month in our own household and in school. The learning is advantage to me)”, she said.

Susana graduated Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Western Mindanao State University-External Studies Unit, Tungawan as Cum Laude with recognition certificate from TESDA for obtaining an NC-II.

As an additional income for the family, she purchased hogs and chickens using some of the savings from Pantawid Pamilya grants. She valued the program by monitoring her expenses, in order for her to know how far her grants have helped the family’s needs. After Graduation, she immediately took the review classes. She advanced the money from the buyer through selling her piglets and turns it over until it reaches maturity just to generate amount to pay her review fees.IMG_3709

On September 26, 2015, she finally took her Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). She was very hopeful to pass the exam in order for her to have the chance to work and uplift the situation of her family. “Pamilya ko, sila naman ang rason bakit ako nag aral, nais kong makaranas sila ng magandang buhay, makapagtapos nang pag-aaral upang d nila maranasan ang napagdaang paghihirap ko” (My Family, they are the reason why I pursued my studies, I want them to experience the good life, also to finish their studies so they will not experience my difficulties). If given the opportunity, she’s very much willing to serve the community where she resides where she can help other poor children who also have the same dream like her.“Yun yung pinakagusto ko, kung bibigyan ng chance gusto ko maishare sa lahat at sabihin sa kanila: tingnan nyo ako, kahit sa hirap ng buhay, kaya kong magkaroon ng Pagbabago” (That is what I desire, to be given the chance to share to them and said “look at me, despite how hard life, I can have change). She added.

Susana proudly expressed that indeed she have proven her success, “kaya ko ang pagbabago, dahil nakaya ko. Kahit mahirap ako, may achievement ako. Nakaya kong lamangan ang mas may kakayahan o mas may pera pa. Nakita nila Hindi porket mahirap ka ay hindi mo na kaya, walang dahilan para hindi maging matagumpay ang tao”. (I am the change because I did it. Even though I am only poor, I have my achievement. I was able to surpass those who have the capacity or even those who are well-off. It doesn’t mean that you are poor you can no longe r do it. There are no reasons for a person not to be successful).

Life is like a turning wheel, one cannot determine his fate unless you steer the turning point in order to see the brighter perspective that awaits you.  Success is defined by you, not by chance, not by people around you. The story of Susana is a manifestation of a successful story worthy to be told, an empowered woman who defeated life’s trials and challenges using her pure passion and desire to achieve dreams.

As she marched the aisle before the eyes of the thousand graduates, she formed and left an inspiration trail to take lead and call to follow her footsteps. She mirrors the thousand Pantawid Beneficiaries who never considered poverty as deterrent to their dreams.

 

 

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Pag-ibig sa Serbisyong Komunidad: HUWARANG KWENTO NG BATANG MAABILIDAD

Maihahalintulad sa isang binhi na unti unti yumayabong kung si Ann Teffany Guevara, 11 taong gulang o sa mas kilalang si “Tep-Tep” kung ituring ng kanyang mga magulang. Ang kanyang pagsibol ay naambunan ng tamang pagkalinga at pag aaruga dala dala ang mga katangiang ipinababaon ng kanyang ama’t ina sa kanyang pang araw araw na pakikisalamuha.IMG_0065

Pangalawa si Teffanny sa apat na magkakapatid, salat man sa buhay, ngunit di nakitaan ng panghihina ng loob, bagkus ito’y mas pinagtibay ng pagpapanday ng sipag at may pagpapahalaga sa isa’t isa.

Nakatira ang kanyang buong pamilya sa Sitio Cocalan, Brgy.Tictapul mahigit walumput anim (86kms) na kilometro mula sa sentro ng Zamboanga City. Inaabot ng isa’t kalahati hanggang dalawang oras ang byahe at Itinuring isa sa mga pinakadulong barangay ng siyudad na may higit kumulang tatlong libong (3,000) residente at limang daan at walumpu’t pitong (587) benepisyaryo ng programang Pantawid Pamilya. Karamihan na pinagkakakitaan ng mga naninirahan rito ay ang pangingisda at pagsasaka.

Taong 2009 nang maassess ng Listahanan o dating mas kilala sa National Household Targeting System ng DSWD. Mapalad ang pamilya nito na mapabilang sa mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya SET- 4A noong taong 2011. Maituturing isang pag-asa ang bumukas sa kanilang pamilya dahil narin sa napakagandang pagkakataong maging bahagi sa isa sa mga milyon milyong benepisyaryo ng Pantawid sa buong bansa.

Ayon sa magulang ni Tep-Tep, hindi na kinakailangang magbenta ng Yema at Kendi ang kanyang mga anak para makapag ipon lang ng baon at gastusin sa paaralan.  Hindi na rin kailangang mamoblema ang mga anak nila na pumasok sa paaralan dahil nakakain na ito ng maayos,may sapat na pambaon at nakakapagsuot na rin ng maayos na uniporme na dati rati’y hirap na hirap silang itaguyod ito.

Gayunpaman, hindi kailanman naging balakid o nakaramdam ng pangmamaliit sa sarili si Tep-Tep dahil na rin sa mga hirap na kanilang pinagdaanan. Kahit kalawangin na ang halos labing anim (16) na taong gulang  na tricycle, nagsisilbi parin itong bagong pag-asa sa kanila lalung lalo na sa Ama na kumakayod para sa Pamilya. Ito’y sumisimbolo ng patuloy na pagdaloy ng kanilang pamumuhay.

Sa kakarampot na kinikitang isandaang (Php100) piso kada araw ng amang pumapasada ng tricycle, batid nito ang hirap ng pagkakasya ng kaunting kita sa kanilang pagtutostos ng mga pangangailangan sa paaralan at maging sa kanilang pagkain sa hapag kainan. Hindi man nakapagtapos ng pag aaral ang mga magulang, naging matayog naman ang kanilang pagpupursigi na makatapos ang mga anak. High school lamang ang natapos ng ina na si Aling Alice, 43, samantalang elementarya naman ang natapos ng ama na si Mang Fermin, 47. Hindi man nabigyan ng pagkakataong makapagtapos dahil narin sa walang kapasidad ang mga ito na maipagpatuloy ng kanilang pag-aaral, nakapagsibol naman sila ng mga mababait at matatalinong anak na ngayo’y nagbibigay ng karalangan sa kanila.

Mangiyak-ngiyak nang ibinahagi ng mga magulang nito ang saya at kagalakan sa matiyagang pagpapakita ng kanilang mga anak ng interest sa pag aaral. “Minsan ay Napapaluha na lamang ako kapag napapaisip. May kagalakan ang aking puso dahil sinusuklian nila ang sakripisyo namin para sa kanilang magkakapatid”, wika ng Ina.

Buo ang tiwala ni Tep-Tep na di lamang ito ang mga pagsubok na kailangan niyang kakaharapin, kahit bata man ay alam niyang dapat mas matatag siyang haharap sa mga nagdadala ng pagsubok. Kahit sa murang isip ay alam niya kung paano mamuhay ng may dahilan.

Ang talas ng isip nito sa pagbabasa at mga natututunan sa paaralan ay nagagamit sa pamamagitan ng kanyang serbisyo sa libreng pagtu-Tutor. Matagal nang pangarap nito ang maging isang guro upang makapagsilbi sa kanilang komunidad. Madalas ay naglalaan ito ng panahon upang dumayo sa kanyang mga pinsan at kapitbahay tuwing bakanteng oras upang ibahagi ang serbisyong may puso at pagmamalasakit sa kapwang di pa sapat ang kakayahang bumasa. Siya rin ang nagsilbing instrumento sa pagsasanay ng kanilang munting bunsong lalake upang matutong makapagsulat ng sariling pangalan at bumasa. Ang lahat ng ito ay dahil sa kanyang adhikaing makapagsilbi habang inilalapit ang sarili sa pangarap nyang propesyon sa kasalukuyan.

Naipagmamalaki rin nito ang naging magandang resulta ng kaniyang pagpupursigi dahil na rin sa mga magandang marka na nakukuha ng kanyang mga natutulungan.

Nakapagtapos si Tep-Tep ng Valedictorian sa Tictapul Elementary School at hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay nanatili parang mataas at nangunguna ang kaniyang mga marka na siyang namang naging susi sa pagkamit ng kanyang mga parangal.

Dahil na rin sa angking kasipagan at kagalingang taglay, nakitaan rin ito ng kanyang mga guro sa Tictapul National High School ng kakayahang makaimpluwensya at makapagbahagi ng inspirasyon sa mga kabataan. Madalas siyang kinukuhang tagapagsalita o tagabigay ng mensahe na siya mismo ang may akda sa harap ng daan daang studyante at guro sa kanyang paaralang pinapasukan.

Taglay na rin ni Tep-Tep ang katangiang tulad nito dahil mula noong siya ay nasa elementarya pa, aktibo at pursigido itong magkaroon ng mga magandang pagbabago. Buong kagalakan namang kinikilala ng kanyang dating Punong Guro na si Ginoong Ireneo Caguitla ang maayos na pamamahala sa mga proyekto ng paaralan sa ilalim ng pamumuno nito bilang pangulo ng Supreme Pupil Government (SPG). Kinakitaan ito ng katangian ng isang Lider na kung saan ay Pinamunuan nito ang kaniyang mga miyembro sa SPG na ipagpatuloy ang pagtatanim ng bakawan sa sitio Lakpan sa kanilang barangay, kaya’t noong nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na maglunsad ang lokal na barangay ng Mangrove Planting Activity, nakita ang aktibong partisipasyon nito.

Hindi kailanman minaliit ni Tep-Tep ang kanyang munting kontribusyon bagkus pinagmamalaki pa nito ang kanyang pagpapahalaga sa konserbasyon ng bakawan sa lugar. Naibahagi rin nito na madalas nilang binabalikan ang mga Mangrove sa lugar upang imonitor ang tamang paglago nito at masiguradong hindi nauulit ang iilang kaso ng pagpuputol ng mga ito. Ayon pa sa Kapitan ng barangay, nagsisilbing kanlungan ito ng mga isda at iilang pagkaing dagat na siya rin namang kinabubuhay ng mga taga-roon. Kaya naman, patuloy ang kanilang adbokasiya tuwing taon sa Pagpapalaganap at Pagpapaigting ng adbokasiya sa konserbasyon ng Bakawan.

Malaki na rin ang mga itinanim na Puno nina Tep-Tep sa munting bakuran ng kanilang Mini Garden na siya ring naging atraksyon sa dating pinapasukang paaralan. Maliban rito, nagsagawa rin sila ng paglalagay ng mga basurahan sa loob, madalas rin ang kanilang pagmomonitor sa lahat ng mga baitang na umaalinsunod sa kanilang adbokasiyang mapaganda at mapanatiling malinis ang paaralan. Dahil rito, mas naging makabuluhan ang serbisyo nito sa ilalim ng kanyang pamumuno.

Talaga namang nakitaan si Tep-Tep ng pagpapahalaga sa kapaligiran kaya naman kahit sa kanilang tahanan ay dala dala rin niya ito. Malaki rin ang naging kontribusyon nito sa pagpapalago ng kanilang munting hardin sa bakuran na may mga tanim na samu’t saring gulay at prutas tulad ng papaya, saging, kamote, kalabasa at marami pa.

May tuwa rin sa Puso ng kasalukuyang Punong Barangay na si Anastacio Cabayacruz ukol sa pagiging aktibo ni Tep-Tep sa komunidad. Kahit ang buong Tictapul barangay council ay ipinagmamalaki at kinikilala ang kanyang naging mga kontribusyon. Tuwing Lingo, nagsisilbi si Tep-Tep at ang kanyang buong pamilya sa kapilya ng San Isidro Labrador bilang Lector at Commentator. Bahagi rin ito sa Choir na siyang nagbibigay himig  tuwing may idinadaos na misa. Madalas ding nababanggit ng punong barangay na may mga suhestiyon at magandang plano si Tep-Tep na nais isulong sa tuwing nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon na makapag usap sila. Bilib na bilib rin ito sa angking pagpapahalaga nito sa komunidad at nakikitaan ng potensyal ng pagiging isang lider na tagapag-lingkod. “Nawa’y lagi siyang Magdasal, alagaan ang kalusugan dahil nakikita ko na magkakaroon siya ng magandang trabaho dahil na rin sa kanyang mga kaalaman at talento” Dagdag pa nito.

Higit sa medalya at karangalang natatanggap, hindi masusuklian ang serbisyo ng mumunting kamay na nagpapadaloy ng pag asa sa sinumang nakakasalamuha nito. Tila isang mahika kung titingnan, ngunit ang misteryo ay nasa busilak na puso, angking galing at talino ni Tep-Tep na kahit sa murang edad ay may kapasidad na makapagpundar ng inspirasyon at makapagbigay ng pagbabagong kontribusyon kahit sa isang pagpikit ng mga mata’y di mo iisiping sa murang nitong edad ay kayang makapagsaboy ng Pag-asa.

Sa kasalukuyan, isang grupo ang binubuo ng mga guro sa Tictapul National High School na naglalayong magkaroon ng Tutorial Reading sessions para sa mga estudyanteng hirap paring bumasa. Napipisil na isa si Tep-Tep sa mga batang makatutulong upang magbigay ng serbisyo para sa kapwa estudyante.

Ang kahirapan ay naging sakit ng lipunan, sa patuloy na paglipas ng araw may nananatili paring nasa laylayan, ang iilan ay dumadausdos, pumapaitaas, sumasabay na lamang sa daloy ngunit kung hindi kikilos, kailanman ay makukulong sa dilim at mabubulag sa katotohanang-May Pag-asa pa!.

Ang Pagbabago ay matatamo kung may lakas ng loob ang bawat isa na simulan ito sa sarili kahit sa mga simpleng paraan. Si Tep-Tep ay sumasalamin lamang sa libo libong batang Pilipinong magsisimula at magpapatuloy ng pagbabago sa kanilang pamilya. Isang inspirasyon na maituturing kung paano lalabanan ang kahirapan nang may bukod tanging dahilan. Taglay nito ang kabuuang liksi, talino at puso na hindi lamang sa kanyang sarili magmumula kundi sa paghahalo-halo ng buong pwersa ng komunidad at pamilyang kanyang ginagalawan. Namumutawi sa kanyang mga labi ang sinseridad ng kanyang mga sinsabi, kitang kita sa kanyang mga mata ang kagalakan sa puso at dumadagundong ang ingay ng kanyang naging mahalagang kontribusyon.

Si Ann Teffany Guevara ay mukha ng Pagbabagong magtutuloy-tuloy! Inspirasyon ng kabataan, may pag-Ibig sa bayan at huwaran na dapat tularan.

 

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Of Rising and Resilience: Surpassing the ashes, celebrating the changes

HUMBLE BEGINNING

Edgar, 44 and Lolita, 43 started their married life in a small Purok of Pacatan, Aurora, a second class municipality in the province of Zamboanga Del Sur, with a population of more than 48,000 according to the 2010 census. Even without any support from their parents, since both were born out of Poverty, the only thing they can be proud of is to have a family that they can nurture and be considered as lifetime treasures. Blessed with five children, Janiegar, (19); Janiere (18); Jaed (16); Graceli May (14) and Jackeline (12), the family strived hard to provide their needs. With meagre income of Edgar as helper in rice drier and Lolita as a plain housewife, they were able to sustain little by little the needs of their children especially in school.

Step by step, the couple was able to build and live a decent life they dreamed for their family. For them, seeing all their children grow up with their guidance and constant care will make their family succeed in any obstacle that they may face.BBBBBB

SUDDEN MISFORTUNE   

On the night of Febuary 2008, a huge fire swallowed their simple dwelling leaving all their properties burned. The only thing was saved are their children and the only clothes they wear.The family’s hope was shattered together with the huge smokes and ashes. The misfortune truly challenged the faith and strong relationship of the family. The couple once again started from where they began just like when they got married. This time it was even harder since they have five children to take care of. Lolita can still remember the trauma and experience felt while their house was drowned by fire. “Sobrang hirap ang buhay namin noong mga panahong yon,  dahil sa isang iglap nawala ang lahat ng pinaghirapan naming mag asawa. Hindi namin alam kong paano kami ulit mag sisimula. Sinubok ang aming pag mamahal sa panginoon. Pero  bisan pa sa tanan nga pang hitabo nakaingon ko , diyos ko ikaw na ang bahala sa amin.” Lolita said.

After the tragedy, the children were not able to attend their classes for couple of weeks because all of their school supplies including uniforms were all burned down too. “Ni minsan hindi ko nakita umiyak ang asawa ko. Pero sa mga panahon yon nakita ko ang mga anak ko na umiiyak. Mabigat sa loob ko na nakita ko sa mga anak ko ang kung ganoo sila ka apektado sa pang yayari. Gustuhin man nila mag aral ng lumipas ang limang araw, hindi nila magawa dahil wala silang damit na maisuot,walang Tsinelas,walang gamit pang eskwela. Umabot kami sa  punto na parang nawalan na kami ng pag asa na bumangon ulit.” She added

Though temporary displaced, it didn’t stop them to start even from scratch again. They are aware of the difficulties they have to face, but no one can ever be as strong but the couple themselves who served as sturdy foundation to their children. “Balisa ang aking utak, hindi alam kung ano ang gagawin, saan hihingi ng tulong, sino ang tutulong, hindi ko alam ano ang mang yayari sa akin,sa amin ng pamilya ko. Para akong nag dudugtong ng puzzle sa daming worries pumasok sa utak ko.”

With the help of some concerned individuals, they were able to build a makeshift house. Donations came in to include blankets and clothings. Also, the family was able to get some financial assistance of Php 2,000 pesos through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Aurora. With that, they were able to buy some kitchen utensils and other basic home needs. “Tumulong din ang amo ng aking asawa, nag bigay siya ng tatlong puno ng kahoy. Sa amin na yong pera pang putol ng kahoy pero dahil may mga mababait na kapit bahay  binigyan kami ng kaunting pera para pang gasto sa pag putol ng kahoy” Lolita shared. The family is thankful for all who have helped them in one way or the other to slowly get back to their normal lives. With the effort of the Edgar and his brother, they were able to finish a temporary house in two-days. Lolita can still remember how the family have to adopt their new way of living after the tragic experience. After few months the family was able to have a small Nipa hut, no rooms, no electricity. “NakikiCR lang kami sa malapit na kapitbahay, sa malapit na ilog naman ng Barangay Bagong Maslog kami kumukuha ng maiinom at doon na rin naliligo at naglalaba”

Edgar had to strive even harder to provide for the family but no matter how hard he worked, his wage as rice drier never suffice. Amidst the difficulties, Lolita never heard his husband complain. She even tried helping the family to augment the income for their daily living and education of their children. She worked as sari-sari store attendant in the market and at the same time accepts laundry works. While working, she had to bring her two young children with her as no one else can look after them.

SURPASSING THE ASHES

The family was enumerated by National Household Targeting System of DSWD in 2009 and was one of the first set of households in Aurora to be included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Program in 2011. It is by then the family felt the relief and regained the confidence to rise and begin the change they truly aspire. Even before the receipt of the first grant, the Quimod family had already planned out how to use the grants for their children’s education and other family needs. The family started to construct a mini poultry house, a family livelihood project, where they can use for the additional income of the family. The poultry house had been useful to them since 2011 up to present.

PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Aside from their hard work to earn a living, they never missed to actively join in community activities which made Lolita well-known among their neighbors and kabarangays.  Her active involvement earned her a position as Barangay Kagawad in the Barangay Council of Alang-alang, Aurora from 2009 up to present.

During her last term, Lolita is the chair for Committee on Education of which she attended and coordinated with school heads and teachers to ensure that the school attendance of the students are improving and stable. She also served as resource speaker in behalf of the barangay council in some school activities.

She also became an officer in the Parents-Teachers Association in Aurora National High School of which she was given a Certificate of Recognition being an active PTA officer.

Having seen the need to protect the environment and to keep the community healthy, and, at the same time, being assigned as chair for the Committee on Health in 2011, Lolita authored the passage of Brgy. Ordinance no. 1 s. 2011 entitled “Ordinansa nga nagdili sa pagpataka ug labay sa basura sa bisan asa nga lugar sulod sa Barangay Alang-alang” (Ordinance prohibiting the improper disposal of wastes within Barangay Alang-alang).

In addition, she strongly supported the making of vegetable gardens in the barangay as additional means of food supply for the families. Lolita and Edgar together with their children maintained a garden where various vegetables and root crops are planted.

As additional income and help for the environment, the family also planted trees in one of the lots provided to them by the landowners which Lolita’s father used to serve as tenant. Today , the trees planted by the couple are now full grown.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SAVING AND INVESTING

With the unexpected tragedy that came to the family in 2008, the couple taught their children the importance of saving for their future. The couple opened a savings account in MIFAMCO with initial deposit of P6, 000 and separate savings accounts for their children in AIMCOOP with minimal initial deposit of which they can deposit any amount from time to time from their school allowances.

At young age, the Quimod children were already taught by their parents to save so that they will have something to use during emergency situations. “Maraming Salamat sa Family Development Session dahil naturuan ko ang aking mga anak ng mga mabuting asal tulad ng respeto sa kapwa at pag mamahal sa Panginoon. Tinuruan ko din sila mag tabi ng pera kahit pakonte konte upang may madukot sa panahon ng krisis or emergency. Inimulat ko din ang mga anak ko sa kahalagahan ng edukasyon. Dahil eto lang yaman na kaya naming maibigay sa kanila.” Lolita said.

CELEBRATING CHANGES

The active involvement of the family in various community activities can also be reflected in the big improvement of their home.Through the hardwork and efforts of the family, their makeshift house in 2008 was slowly turned into a concrete house.

Their indomitable spirit has never been shaken by any misfortunes and challenges. Truly,the family epitomizes resiliency and bravery to many who have in one way or the other have also experienced serious hardships. The family’s effective management, responsible parenthood and positivity have embraced all their difficulties and burden where step by step they tried to work it well to alleviate the load they carry as they go along the journey.

Today, brick by brick the family has shown and shaped up the positive changes brought by determination to improve their well-being. The foundation has never been this strong, yet they remained undivided and intact. The program has sharpened their strong commitment to their self, family and community. It indeed taught them to appreciate life and has improved their empowerment not only to fight the hard life they’ve experienced. “Naintindihan ko ang kahulugan ng buhay. Sa kabila ng pang yayari nabukasan ang isip at puso namin na mas mahalaga ang buhay. Nalaman din namin na hindi lahat ng pagsubok na binigay ng diyos ay maging dahilan ng pag kasira ng pamilya, kong di ito ang maging daan para kami mag sikap ng husto, maging mas matatag sa lahat ng pagsubok na darating sa aming pamilya.”

The Quimod family is very thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program because of the great opportunity to rise, to walk on the journey and to celebrate each day for the great opportunity to improve their lives. The family believes that every family must have strong faith and values within, for them to be robust and successful. The Quimod family can no longer recount the hardships they’ve gone through but it doesn’t matter to them for as long as they have their children who have grown up responsible, god fearing and most of all who have understood the shortcomings and successes of their family.

Today, the family continues to send all their children to school to finish and reach the ambition they aspire. Every change that transpired in their lives is a manifestation how solid their perseverance not only to bridge out of poverty but to improve their quality of life.  The family remains to be an inspiration to their neighbourhood and fellow beneficiaries. They have gained respect and most of all appreciation from those who have seen their struggles.

 

 

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ZamboSur rep wins Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya regional title

The Guimod Family from Municipality of Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur was adjudged as 2015 Regional Winner of the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.IMG_1198

The event held last July 29 at Sapphire Ballroom,Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City gathered the official provincial nominees representing provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula who have manifested and exhibited good family relationship, empowerment in serving communites and changes brought by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

This regional finalists, Quimod Family (Zamboanga del Sur); Mission Family (Zamboanga Sibugay Province); Bantug Family (Zamboanga Del Norte) and Rebollos Family (District IV, Zamboanga City), were chosen after winning the municipal and provincial level searches.

The search for huwarang pantawid pamilya started in 2012 through the National Program Management Office and National Committee for Filipino Families chaired by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman.

The two-day search exposed the family for a whole day city tour around Zamboanga City’s major attractions and parks on July 28. Some courtesy calls have also been arranged including TV guesting at Emedia Network.

The families were judged based on a standard set of criteria provided by the NPMO. Sixty percent of the total score was based on the packaged documentations prepared by the Provincial Operations Offices while the remaining 40% was based on the panel interview during the regional search proper.

Meanwhile, representatives from Population Commission, National Government Agencies, Media, CSOs and Private institution served as juries which had thorough screening to select the family who will best represent Region IX to the National level search.

DSWD Assistant Regional Directors, Consejo H.Usman and Riduan Hadjimuddin were also present to give inspirational message to the regional finalists.

The 2015 Regional Search declared the following winners: Regional Winner, Guimod Family (Zamboanga Del Sur); 1st Runner up Bantug Family (Zamboanga del Norte); 2nd runner up Mission Family (Zamboanga Sibugay Province) and 3rd Runner up, Rebollos Family (Zamboanga City).The winners received cash prizes, plaque and grocery goods.

Zamboanga del Sur has maintained the regional title for this year after also winning last year’s regional search. 2014 regional winner came from the Municiaplity of Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur.

Apart from the opportunity to be part of this year’s roster of regional nominees to the national search, The families will also become family ambassadors of the program and will get the chance to fly for manila for the Simultaneous celebration of the National Pantawid Family Day in September.##

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