DSWD to hold search for Pantawid Model Families


Gituayan Family of Zamboanga Del Sur, 2014 Regional Winner of the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya , answer questions from the board of judges.

In line with the National Family Week celebration this September, The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently opened the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in Region IX.

The said search aims to recognize family – beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.

The competition is open to all family-beneficiaries who have been part of the program for at least two years with 100% compliance in all conditionalities. They should also obtain nominations and endorsements from Parent Leaders, Barangay Captains or the Local Government Units (LGU) in their respective municipalities.

The families prior to the competition will be judged through packaged document validation where demonstration of Filipino values at home, salient activities and accomplishment in their communities are being screened and assessed.

DSWD Field Office IX shall begin the conduct Provincial searches in the Region to identify Provincial winners who will qualify for the Regional Search scheduled on the 4th week of July. The winning family in the Regional level will serve as the official nominee of the Field Office for the national competition.

The following are the schedule of provincial searches in the Region: July 10 (Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay); July 14 (Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur); July 16 (Zamboanga City) and July 17 (Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte). Meanwhile, the Regional Search will be held on July 29, 2015 in Zamboanga City which will highlight activities such as Media guesting, NGA tour and selection of the regional winner.

The winning family shall become ambassadors and will be part in all advocacy efforts of the Department including the Kaya ko ang Pagbabago campaign.

The Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya was launched in 2012 by the National Program Management Office (NPMO) of DSWD and the National Committee on the Filipino Families.##

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Three Zambosur munis aim to generate jobs, income through ASAPP

PAGADIAN CITY– The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as team convenor, launched on May 26 the Accelerated Sustainable and  Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP) of the government through “Salubungan” at Chandler Suites, Pagadian City.

“Salubungan is to create employment and increase productivity and income” said NAPC Undersecretary Jude Esguerra to all National Government Agencies, Local Government Units and Private sectors present during the affair.

ASAP program aims to reduce poverty in multiple dimensions through creation of sustainable employment for the poor.  The interventions shall concentrate in three types of provinces: 10 Provinces with high magnitude of poor households; 10 provinces with highest poverty incidence based on population and 30 provinces exposed in multiple hazards.

In region IX, three (3) municipalities under Zamboanga Del Sur have been identified to implement the program namely: Municipality of Kumalarang, Municipality of Aurora and Municipality of Mahayag.

DSWD Regional Director Zenaida L. Arevalo also shared the profile of these municipalities based on Listahanan Database of poor to the attendees to serve as baseline info on their economic and demographic data using the Social Welfare Indicators.

A planning session and workshop was also conducted to craft the proposed Action Plan for these municipalities to identify potential job and income generating programs and projects through the commitments of all concerned agencies and offices. The NAPC has identified three National Government Agencies who will become lead shepherds on the implementation of ASAPP in these municipalities. The Department of Social Welfare and Development shall act as lead for the municipality of Aurora while Department of Agrarian Reform and Department of Agriculture will lead municipalities of Kumalarang and Mahayag respectively.

The lead agencies shall convene again its members to hold meetings and submit reports to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for consolidation and submission to the Human Development Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster.

Salubungan also aims to identify constraints faced by businesses to enable them to expand and increase linkages with the poor either for raw materials or labor.##

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Lapuyan town benes lead fund raising affair through Fun walk

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR- Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of Poblacion Lapuyan,Zamboanga del Sur lead the celebration of the Pantawid Pamilya day through Walk for a Cause held in Municipal grounds on May 29.

The event now on its 6th year is an annual activity conducted to highlight the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya of the municipality through conduct of different events and activities. This year’s fund raising event aims to support the call of Municipal Local Government units to end Violence Against Women (VAW) supporting the Municipal Gender and Development code of Lapuyan series of 2007. The amount raised was donated to the Balay Paglaum, a resident shelter for sexually abused girls located in Pagadian city. The mode of raising an amount was in a form of minimal registration fee of Php 2.00-3.00 pesos per beneficiary who will participate in the event.

A total of 3,141 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and 525 beneficiaries of MCCT-IP together with their Barangay chairman assembled in four designated areas at Lapuyan Falls Park, Lapuyan Freedom Stage, Sitio Behing and Tubo, Poblacion. The participants walked with their streamers towards the Municipal grounds where the four groups gathered for the short program.

The program highlighted the turn-over ceremony of the partial amount raised of php 21,871 led by Vice Mayor Joel Sulong to Sr. Teresita Cordova of Religious of Good Sheperd- Balay Paglaum as the receiving beneficiary. The activity projected to raise an amount of 46,498 pesos with other pledges and donations from MLGU, BLGU and NGAs as a support to this initiative.

In an interview, Sr. Cordova expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries for holding this kind of event. She said, “Masaya ako, I am very aware na ang mga beneficiaries ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ay Mahihirap, Ibig sabihin sila rin mismo bilang poor people ay may pagmamalasakit din sila sa kapwa nilang poor. Malaking bagay iyon, Hindi ibig sabihin na sila ay poor ay wala na sa silang dignidad” (I am very aware that the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are poor, so even them have concerns for the poor too.It’s a big thing, It doesn’t mean that even they are poor they do no longer have the dignity). She lauded the beneficiaries for the activity as an initial step to open their consciousness especially on the issues of women.

The Balay Paglaum started its operation in 1999 in Dinas municipality until Bishop Emmanuel Treveno Cabajar requested to build a shelter for girls in Pagadian City in 2006 because of the prevailing number of victims with sexually abused cases. The shelter operates not only for Zamboanga del Sur clients but also areas covered by DOPIM (Dipolog, Ozamis, Pagadian, Iligan, Marawi).

Sr. Cardova said the pledges and donations they receive can go a long way as it helps them operate the shelter by assisting the clients not only basic food and educational provisions but also other services like capacity building and eco-therapy program. She also said that it is the first time that a certain municipality conceive this kind of initiative and will pose a challenge for other municipalities to emulate this act of generosity.

The Pantawid Pamilya day is conducted every Month of May in the municipality of Lapuyan. Other successful activities conducted in the past years were Tree Planting activity, Night Market and Kasalan ng Bayan. ##

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DSWD honors 23k Pantawid Pamilya HS grads in ZamPen

Close to 1,000 High school graduates who are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program gathered in a regional graduation event at Pagadian city gymnasium on April 21, 2015  dubbed as “ Pagtatapos niyo, Tagumpay ng Pilipino: Pagdiriwang para sa Pantawid Pamilya Graduates ng 2015.”

The students who came from Pagadian City and nearby municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur were honored and recognized for their significant achievement of finishing high school. The event aims to stage recognition ceremony for the graduating beneficiaries, highlighting 300,000 graduates nationwide and more than 23,354 graduates regionwide. It also seeks to introduce access to opportunities for High school graduates to the different partner’s services.

Several key officials of the different National Government Agencies (NGAs) in the region such as Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health and Department of Education graced the event to witness and take part in the said ceremony. Some schools and universities also came to set up their booths to offer their academic programs to the students.

Apart from the graduates the program has produced, the event also recognized the 901 academic achievers composed of 108 Valedictorians, 71 Salutatorians and 711 With Honors and Honorable Mention in the region. Provincial representatives Elmer Gumabo of Zamboanga Sibugay, Crisjane Mandawa of Zamboanga del Sur, Kieth Jasper Guantero of Zamboanga del Norte and Ronnie Giap of Zamboanga City who are Valedictorians in their respective provinces served as the event highlights which showcased  their sharing of stories during the talk show segment.

In his Valedictory speech, Elmer Gumabo, a class Valedictorian from Buayan National High School, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay province shared his determined spirit to finish high school with flying colors. He also thanked the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program for being instrumental to his success today. In his speech he shared “ Ipingmamalaki ko na ako ay isang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya. Iminulat neto ang aking isipan na kailangan hindi ako sumuko sa aking mga pagsubok dahil malaki ang tulong na ginawa nila sa akin at hindi ko dapat ito sayangin. “

Meanwhile, Department of Education Provincial Division Superintendent Mr.Arturo Bayucot expressed his appreciation to the students. In his graduation message he said, “Kayo po ang malaking katibayan na ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a very big and successful project of the Philippine Government”. He also lauded the students for their hard work to finish high school and for being the harvest of the synergized efforts of the different development partners who worked together with DSWD for the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program implementation.

The provincial representatives also joined with other regional representatives and more than 11,000 graduates of National Capital Region during the national graduation ceremony held in Araneta Coliseum last April 23.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily children aged age 0-18. To date, Region IX has 287,702 Households where 529,877 of them are monitored children ages 3-18 years old. ##

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E-Negosyo features DSWD- AVRC III Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop as PWD Competitive Enterprise

The participation of DSWD- AVRC III Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop during the celebration of Zamboanga Exposition last year, paved its way to be noticed by the local media outfit on its product quality and the people behind the production.

E-Media production along with its local TV program E- Negosyo, featuravrced the said workshop to showcase the craftsmanship and creativity of Persons with Disabilities (PWD). City councilor Hon. Benjamin “BG” Guingona IV Chairperson for Committee on Ways and Means and Trade, Investment and Industry of the local government unit along with his co-host Mr. Belsie Agustin conducted the segment shooting at the said center.

Councilor Guingona said, that he was very impressed with the determination of PWD workers, “Hats off to the workers for such great work, their determination to be sustainable in life is quite commendable despite their physical condition.” Guingona added.

The show hosts encouraged the general public to imitate the courage and determination of PWD workers in striving hard to pursue in life.

The hosts also shared that the quality of products produced by the PWD workers were very promising. From the styles and the details of sewing,  truly it can be a competitive enterprise in the local market.

The show airs weekly on local channel 37 every Mondays at 4:00 PM and replays every Saturdays ay 10:00 AM.

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Zambo IDPs get permanent shelter on stilts under Z3R

ZAMBOANGA CITY- More than a hundred IDP recipients enjoyed their new permanent shelters as Z3R Houses on stilts project in Taluksangay have been completed and formally turned over during a formal ceremony held on February 26, 2015.Alani Asid, 41 receives the symbolic key which marks the formal turn over of  their new homes in Taluksangay,Zamboanga City

The 40 million worth housing project under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) is located in a 3.5 hectare water area in Taluksangay where 200 units have been built for Internally Displaced Persons who were tagged by the National Housing Authority (NHA) from Layag Layag and Leha Leha.

In an interview, Alawi Jamma Asid, 41 expressed his gratitude to all the agencies especially to the DSWD for the urgent help and assistance extended to them. “Walang makakapantay sa saya namin, sa tagal naming pag aantay tungkol sa sinabi nila na meron talaga kameng totong bahay” He said.

Asid who was also the camp manager of the Taluksangay Transitory Site, was one among the 115 families who will benefit a permanent stay in the new shelters provided to them.

“Masaya kame doon sa Layag Layag, pero ngayon mas masaya kame, Di namin mabubura na mahirap lang kame pero di ko akalain na magkakabahay ako ng ganito. Doon sa Layag Layag  15 years ako, kung makikita mo luma ang bahay pero  pag dito ansaya ko talaga, tinanong ko sa sarili ko swerte ko na yata, ako isang mahirap lang ay magkakabahay ng ganito.” He added.

The families were also provided with Family food packs and Non-Food Items to start a new life in the newly constructed units.They will be also provided with financial aid worth 10,000 pesos from National Housing Authority which will be downloaded to the DSWD for their electricity and water installation.

Present during the event were, Zamboanga City Mayor, Ma.Isabelle Climaco, DSWD Assistant Secretary, Vilma Cabrera, Congresswoman Lilia Macrohon Nuno, Punong Barangay Hadji Abdurahman Nuno, NHA District Officer Al Indanan, IOM and some city councilors.

The activity capped off with an unveiling of the Project Marker on the site with a ceremonial visit on the residents. ##

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the database

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Investment in the future

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

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

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

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

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Tanauan gets back on its feet after ‘Yolanda’

Tanauan, Leyte – To symbolize that normalcy is back in this town, a soft opening of the new town plaza and amphitheater was held on Saturday, November 8, after Typhoon Yolanda hit this municipality and damaged these vital structures here a year ago.

It was led  by  Municipal Mayor Pelagio Tecson, Jr. and attended by Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman,  Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson,  Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin,  Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, and Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.

They were in town to attend activities commemorating the first year anniversary of ‘Yolanda’.

A salute to honor those who perished during Typhoon Yolanda at the memorial ground in Tanauan Plaza.

A salute to honor those who perished during Typhoon Yolanda at the memorial ground in Tanauan Plaza.

Guests participate in the releasing of doves to symbolize that Tanauan is now moving forward one year after ‘Yolanda’.

Guests participate in the releasing of doves to symbolize that Tanauan is now moving forward one year after ‘Yolanda’.

Also present were Leyte Governor Dominico Petilla, Javier Mayor Sandy Javier, and Injap Group of Companies representative Hera Barrameda.

Injap, a private company based in the Philippines that through its subsidiary Mang Inasal Philippines, Inc. owns and operates fast food restaurants, funded the rehabilitation of the town plaza and the construction of the amphitheater.

Solemn commemoration

The event started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by the march of dignitaries towards the memorial ground and offering of flowers for all those who perished during the onslaught of ‘Yolanda’.

The memorial ground was once a mass grave but the local government decided to convert this into a memorial and placed all the names of those who died from the typhoon.

The site now paves the way for a more solemn commemoration every year.

Mayor Tecson, in his message of salutation, recalled  the magnitude of devastation in their municipality but commended the resiliency of the townfolks.

“The typhoon may have been so strong yet it failed to break the spirit of the people,” Mayor Tecson said.


Since December, the local government already started providing shelter assistance to survivors with damaged houses.

Mayor Tecson said in a cheerful tone, “Dating nipa, ngayon yero na. (Before, [the roofs of the houses] were just nipa grass, now they’re galvanized sheets).”

He added that around 100 families have already been transferred to permanent shelters.

The local government, in partnership with the national government and non-government organizations (NGOs), is accelerating the construction of more permanent shelters.

He also happily announced that there had been 30% increase in the number of establishments operating in the town which are helping their economy to recover.

He said that rehabilitation efforts will continue to build a better Tanauan.

“The best way to remember our lost loved ones is to show them that we are moving forward,” the Mayor expressed.

As a symbol of that, the local officials and the heads of national agencies present released doves into the air, which was followed by the release other doves in the area.

No one left behind

For his part, Sec. Singson shared the good news on the approval of the Tacloban-Palo-Tanuan road dike project, which will serve as protection against another storm surge as high as four meters.

The other cabinet secretaries then gave words of encouragement to the people of the Tanauan.

Sec.  Gazmin said, “We should continue to harness our spirits so we could rise amid many adversities. The national government, local government , NGOs, and foreign friends are behind you and working with you to build a stronger Tanauan and  a stronger Leyte.”

Sec. Roxas then shared the ‘one government approach’ of the Aquino Administration emphasizing, ” Kahit gaano kahirap basta tulong-tulong, kaya natin. Walang iwanan (No matter how hard it is as long as we are together, we can do it. No one shall be left behind).”

The rehabilitation effort of the local government got praises from Mayor Javier.

He also thanked the cabinet members, saying, “Sila na binigay ang lahat, nagplano, nagpundar ng tulong na sobrang dami, kahit sila ay binabatikos (They planned and gave their full support and assistance to us despite being continuously criticized).” ###

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