DSWD reveals profile of Women, 900k identified poor in ZamPen


The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office IX  through its Listahanan unit showed support to all strong and resilient “Juanas” who manifest resiliency amidst poverty by showcasing statistics of the identified poor women in Zamboanga Peninsula through Photo and Infographics display.

Anchored on the theme: “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!” , this year’s celebration of Women’s Month pays tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes here in the country and across the globe.

As of 2011, Listahanan data revealed that 48.2 % of 1,954,698 million total poor individuals in Zamboanga Peninsula are women. In terms of magnitude 942,393 of these were identified poor. This only shows that Zamboanga Peninsula draw a huge figure in terms poor women is concern and considered among the top 3 regions  that has a high incidence of poor women in the country together with ARMM and Eastern Visayas regions. In terms of age, 50.9% of these women are below 18 years old.

If grouped according to Area classification, data shows that 807,600 or 85.7% of these women lives in rural area while 134,793 or 14.3% of them are in urban areas.   It also shows that the high magnitude of poor women whose ages 15 years old and above can be attributed to its high unemployment or no occupation rate of 65.1%. One reason that might contribute to this is the high rate of women who were not able to finish any grade level revealing its 22.4% rate. However, most women with occupation are engaged in Farming and Fishing.

The advocacy materials were displayed in the regional office and shared among organizations and centers that cater Women Empowerment and Development to raise awareness and call to act. Through this massive information, statistics will manifest the need for intervention on women in the region.

 DSWD calls everyone to take a serious step to help them in changing these statistics to improve its well being by giving them access to their basic rights and services and provide them necessary interventions.

This showcase is only part of the Listahanan’s intensive advocacy to build a brand of credible, accurate and efficient database of poor households. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It makes available to social protection stakeholders a pioneer database of poor families to serve as their reference for selecting beneficiaries of their programs and services.  Women sector in particular are among the data sets available that can be generated from the database. Regional profile of other sectors like Children, Senior Citizens, Indigenous People (IP) group and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to include housing condition, accessibility to electricity and water facilities can also be made available upon request.

This year, Listahanan shall update its database through the conduct of the 2nd Nationwide Household Asssement in the 2nd quarter. For more details on these statistics you may visit the DSWD Field Office IX-Listahanan Unit, General Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City. or visit us in our website: www.listahanan.dswd.gov.ph. You may also like us in our official facebook page at: www.facebook.com/listahanan.official .

The DSWD salutes all resilient women. Mabuhay ka! ##

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Sec. Soliman leads turnover of bunkhouses to Zambo evacuees

Zamboanga City – Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman led the turnover ceremony yesterday of  five bunkhouses at Barangay Taluksangay for the families whose houses were burned at the height of the clash between government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari Faction in September.

Together with Sec. Soliman were Habitat for Humanity Managing Head Charlito Ayco, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar,  and 2nd District Congresswoman Lilia Nuno.

Representatives of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also joined the turnover.

The five bunkhouses with 54 rooms are part of the 21 to be constructed in the area through the partneship of the Department with Habitat. As of today, eight bunkhouses have been completed.

Witnessing the turnover were the beneficiaries  who transferred there on the same day.

 Starter kits and food packs were also provided to them upon their relocation.

 In her message during the program, Sec. Soliman thanked the partners for their support to the national government in assisting the victims.

She also emphasized that the bunkhouses are only temporary as  President Benigno S. Aquino III has committed to provide better communities after the reconstruction and development of the affected areas.


“Hindi bahay ang mahirap gawin, ang kailangang pagtuunan ng pansin ay ang pagkakaisa natin kahit iba-iba ang ating kultura.  Tayo ay isang komunidad, isang Zamboanga City at isang bansa (It is not difficult to construct houses, what we need to focus on is our unity amid our different cultures. We are one community, one Zamboanga City, one nation),”  Sec. Soliman remarked.

For her part, Mayor Salazar reiterated  President Aquino’s plans for the affected areas.

Ayco, on the other hand, assured their organization’s support to DSWD in providing decent homes to the families.  While DSWD provides the chunk of the budget, Habitat will cover 20% of the costs as their counterpart. They also supervise the actual construction of the houses

Habitat has an existing agreement with DSWD for the construction of the bunkhouses.  Taluksangay Barangay Chair Abdurahman Nuno vowed to ensure cleanliness and peace and order in the area.

“We will take care of these houses,” he swore.

To date, there are still 4,691 families who are in evacuation centers and temporary shelters around the city. ###

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DSWD celebrates Children’s Month for Children Evacuess

October is the month for children as this was tagged as the children’s month. A nationwide celebration for children to showcase their talents and skills. In line with the Children’s Month celebration, DSWD conducted a Children’s Congress for children evacuees from the armed conflict in Zamboanga City. This year, DSWD gave significance to affected children with the said conflict to at least show importance that despite the incident children has still the right to enjoy life.

The activity showcased the creativity of the children with the theme: “Kahirapan ay Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata ay Ipaglaban”. Each evacuation center has their own contestants from categories  3-5, 6-12 and 13-17 years old. With the Draw and Tell contest, each contestant were given 30 minutes to draw their interpretation in this years theme and were given the chance to explain what they have drawn.

For category 3-5 years old,Yolly Alejo from the Grandstand evacuation ranked 3rd place, Richard Repolon ranked 2nd from Tetuan Central School Evacuation Center while Arwina Wahid from Baliwan Central School Evacuation Center bagged the 1st Place. For category 6-12 years old, Jeralyn Castro from Sta. Maria Elementary School Evacuation finished as 3rd placer while Kezrie Hayudini a student representative from East Central School ranked as 2nd placer and Ferdinand Abdurahman from West High School evacuation center was awarded as the 1st placer. For the 7-17 years old Category, Shiela Mae Flores from Tetuan Central School evacuation center landed on the 3rd place and Joshua Nationales from Sta. Maria Evacuation ranked as 2nd placer while Bash Idlasan from West High School evacuation was awarded as the 1st placer.

All the contestants showed their creativity and fluency in the said Draw and Tell contest. Each piece explains their experiences during the conflict and their views to overcome such crisis situation. It was indeed an impressive output from children evacuees how positive they foresee their life in the years to come after having the traumatic experience once they had.### JLE###

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Geo-tagging of Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects in Region 9 kicks off

With the goal of firming up the Project Information Management System and strengthening the practice of transparency in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), the Agency’s community-driven (CDD) development program, started off the geo-tagging of sub-projects in some municipalities in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer IV Mr. Rodolfo Nillosquin III, together with Regional Infrastructure Assistant Ms. Chona Gorda, visited the municipalities of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur and Kabasalan and Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay to conduct geo-tagging during their sub-project inspection. Mr. Nillosquin explained that through geo-tagging, project stakeholders and even the public can readily check the status of the infrastructures built through Kalahi-CIDSS in the different localities through Google Earth, a web-based application. “All they have to do is download the application. While browsing the map, there are labels and pinned locations where the subproject is located, a tracked trail to guide you on how to get Geo tagging is an Information Communication Technology tool where digital resources are associated with physical location through pictures, videos and other forms of media with corresponding coordinates. Geo-tagging can help users find a wide variety of location-specific information”, he said.

Mr. Nillosquin explained how geo-tagging will be able to help promote transparency and minimize the risk of corruption of the program’s resources. “Ghost projects will now be eliminated as this ensures the public that the picture attached in that specific location is the real image of the project built in the said site”, he said.

As of press time, the Regional Program Management Team of KC has geo-tagged a total of 59 sub-projects in 6 municipalities including municipalities of Tabina, Tukuran and Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.

Regional Program Coordinator Marilyn Fabian clarified that there is no projected timeline to geo-tag all the sub-projects in region IX. “We are not chasing on any due date to finish all the sub-projects to be geo-tagged. The goal is to do geo-tagging activity alongside regular Kalahi-CIDSS activities if opportunity warrants.” Fabian stated.

On the other hand, DSWD Regional Director Zenaida L. Arevalo is positive that this initiative will bring good results for both the Department and the public in terms of monitoring government projects. “The geo-tagging will continue until all the Kalahi-CIDSS subprojects in all areas will be covered. We take pride and honor to benchmark and institutionalize this innovative tool in our agency to validate and monitor infrastructure projects and thereby promote transparency, accountability, and efficient and cost-effective project management in remote areas. Kalahi-CIDSS will continue to embark on undertakings which are deemed necessary for the improvement of the program and the welfare of the people”, said Director Arevalo.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the three core social protection programs of DSWD in combating poverty. It uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy to empower ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects together to address local poverty issues.

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Assistance to Zambo evacuees now at P189.5M

Almost two months after the Zamboanga armed conflict, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided a total of P189.5 million worth of relief assistance to the evacuees.

Around P120 million of the said assistance was in the form of cooked meals which DSWD provided to all evacuees at the height of the Zamboanga armed conflict.  The total number of cooked meals provided until October 16 totaled to 2,065,236 food packs.

With the rehabilitation phase underway, DSWD started distributing raw relief goods to the evacuees starting October 17.  The relief packs, distributed every other day, consist of three kilos of rice, three canned sardines, three cans of corned beef, sachets of 3-in-1 coffee and five packs of noodles.

As of October 26, the Department has provided a total of 221,381 family food packs to the affected families which amounted to P55,347,750.

“Pabaon” packs were also provided to each family who returned to their homes.  To date, around 1,000 families were given “pabaon” packs which consist nine kilos of rice, 15 cans of sardines, 10 cans of corned beef, 20 pieces of noodles, and 20 pieces of 3-in-1 coffee.

Aside for the food packs, some P5.1 million of non-food items such as blankets, plastic mats, hygiene kits, kitchen utensils, and mosquito nets, among others were also provided.

As part of the rehabilitation phase, DSWD is now constructing bunkhouses as temporary shelters of the evacuees in partnership with the local government unit of Zamboanga, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Engineering Brigade and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Presently, construction for 62 bunkhouses which will house 702 families is underway, priority of which are the fire victims. The AFP Engineering Brigade is now constructing 21 bunkhouses inside the JFE Sports Complex, while an additional 20 bunkhouses shall be constructed with the IOM.

In partnership with the Habitat for Humanity, 20 more bunkhouses will be constructed at Brgy. Taluksangay intended for 210 families.  Priority families for the said bunkhouses are the Badjao evacuees.

Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the government is “fast-tracking the construction of bunkhouses.”

Despite the immediacy, however, she ensured that the bunkhouses are built in accordance to the standards set by the agencies.

Social protection measures are also being strengthened by the Department in collaboration with partner agencies.

Recently, the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) held a training for the camp managers of the different evacuation centers in handling cases of gender based violence.  The Community and Family Services International (CFSI) shared some strategies in handling cases of children separated from their families in times of disaster.

A referral system in handling cases on gender-based violence was also established in the evacuation centers as an additional measure to protect the women and children evacuees.

To date, 22 evacuation centers remain open, which caters to the welfare and protection of 9,338 families or 41,863 individuals.   In coordination with the city government, DSWD also provides food packs to 10,678 affected families staying with their friends or relatives.###

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DSWD IX Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo stated that the Department  (DSWD) welcomes factual feedback or complaints, especially those substantiated by evidence.

Director Arevalo said this in response to an allegation being posted in facebook of reported padding in prices of the food packs provided to displaced families at the height of the Zamboanga armed conflict situation.

“The allegation on padding of prices of packed meals is false.  We have heard this issue before, but based on our fact-finding, there is no evidence to confirm the claim.  In fact, procurement and accounting documents reveal that the packed goods we provided cost us P25 per breakfast and P40 to P50 per lunch and dinner.  P50 was the maximum amount we paid for lunch and dinner,” Arevalo added.

 “It is improbable that one lunch/dinner meal that is proposed by DSWD at P40 would cost P100 to P150 as per instruction of a staff.  Such price padding in receipts will never be accepted by our accounting unit, as only those indicated in the proposal will be honored.  The billing statements of caterers should, as a requirement, reflect the per unit cost of a packed lunch, in accordance to the bid document.”

Government procurement procedures are standardized by law.  The prices cannot be intermittently changed as only the amount indicated in the approved proposal is considered in budget allocation.    “Those knowledgeable in government procurement know that the allegations of ladderized padding of prices starting from P50 to P100 to a maximum P150 for a P30-meal are impossible.  The fund allocated based on the proposal will simply not cover such baseless and drastic changes in the price, thus, will just result to non-payment of the entire contract.  We welcome any report of such anomaly done by any of our staff, but must be supported by facts.  Any talk of an anomalous transaction by an alleged caterer, without any evidence is just malicious hearsay,” the Director added.

“We appeal to all Zamboanguenos and to the concerned citizens to use their careful judgment when they encounter such issues.  All sectors in society must help towards the rebuilding of Zamboanga.  DSWD also encourage the netizens to advocate towards contributing to the cause of a better Zamboanga, and must be vigilant against any call to action which does not help further this cause,” Director Arevalo stressed.

Moreover, Arevalo requests that all legitimate reports of anomalies and irregularities in the disaster operations by any DSWD staff be reported immediately for the appropriate action.  “Rest assured that we do not tolerate any illegal act, and the Department serves for the benefit of the public.  However, our DSWD employers continue to work hard and their efforts must not go to waste because of hearsays,” she asserted.

DSWD continues to provide relief assistance to the affected families of the Zamboanga armed conflict, which has now amounted to more than P188M  as of October 28.  The Department had also stopped providing cooked meals since last week, and continues to give pabaon relief packs to families who went back to their respective homes. ### (DSWD IX)

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More relief goods arrive in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City, September 22 – Two Philippine Coast Guard ships arrived in this city yesterday bringing in additional relief goods from the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the families affected by the crisis in the area.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman inspected the items at the local wharf and instructed for its transfer to the warehouses for repacking. NROC goods arrival (3)

The BRP EDSA, the first ship to arrive under the command of Lt. Col. Joe Mark Angge, contained relief goods of 17,500 family food packs and 400 boxes of high-energy biscuits.

The second ship Corregidor 892, under Lcdr. Ludovico Librilla, Commanding Officer, carried relief goods comprising 650 family packs, 4,000 family kits that include cooking and eating utensils, 1,000 pieces of blankets, 1,000 pieces of mats, 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets, and 380 tents.

Relief goods from USAID

(Center) DSWD Sec. Dinky thanks USAID through their Area Team Leader Ainee Amboy (right) for the three truckloads of relief goods donated by USAID that were brought to the DPWH warehouse for repacking.

(Center) DSWD Sec. Dinky thanks USAID through their Area Team Leader Ainee Amboy (right) for the three truckloads of relief goods donated by USAID that were brought to the DPWH warehouse for repacking.

Meanwhile, Secretary Soliman also met with the officials of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) compound yesterday morning, to officially receive relief goods for the evacuees.

Ms. Ainee Amboy, USAID Area Team Leader for Mindanao, turned over to the DSWD three truckloads of non-food items (NFI) containing hygiene kits, sleeping gears, and kitchen items.  The donations, as accounted by the DSWD, comprised of 10,000 pieces of bath soap, 10,000 pieces of towels, 10,000 pieces of laundry soaps, 5,000 tubes of toothpaste, 25,000 pieces of toothbrush, 5,000 bottles of alcohol, 9,710 pieces of blankets, 5,000 pieces of sleeping mats, and kitchen items like ladles, cooking pots, and water basins at 5,000 pieces each.

Secretary Soliman ordered for the immediate repacking of these goods for its timely release to the evacuees by Sept. 23.

“I commend the USAID, other donor agencies, civil ociety Organizations, faith-based groups, and kind-hearted individuals for their continued support extended to our brothers and sisters in Zamboanga who are ruthlessly affected by the crisis instigated by MNLF-Misuari faction,” Secretary Soliman said.  ###

– See more at: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/2013/09/more-relief-goods-arrive-in-zamboanga-city/#sthash.a51b9D4p.dpuf

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) represented by Director Zenaida Arevalo of Regional Office IX recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the 52ndEngineering Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines represented by Col. Reynaldo Mutiangpili for the construction of the 96 bunkhouses for victims of the armed conflict in Zamboanga who are staying at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Sports Complex. The MoA signing was held at the DSWD Regional Office.

The MOA stipulates the arrangements of both parties in the realization of the P10.8M worth of temporary shelters for the armed conflict victims.

As agreed, both parties shall jointly formulate plans and specifications as well as programs of work for the construction of bunkhouses, latrines, and kitchen.

According to Director Arevalo, the labor or workforce will be hired from the project’s beneficiaries. “We are going to tap the beneficiaries themselves particularly the family heads for the additional help that the engineering brigade needs for the project. This is to maximize their participation/involvement and to imbibe in them the sense of ownership over these shelters,” she said.

As arranged, the funds that will be transferred to the AFP Engineering Brigade will be in a form of check and shall be released within this week.SAM_0848

Inline image 2 The DSWD and the Engineering Brigade have started to build the bunkhouses at the JFE Sports Complex. Col. Mutiangpili said that his group can complete the project in 60 days. Due to the urgency, Col. Mutianglili stressed that they intend to fast track the work in the interest of providing comfort to the families as soon as possible and before the yuletide season begins this December.

The Engineering brigade is slated to build 21 bunkhouses at JFE Sports Complex. Each bunkhouse has 12 rooms with each room to accommodate one (1) family of 6-10 members. Estimated cost for each bunkhouse is Php 516,284 with a total amount of P10,841,964 for the 21 bunkhouses.

To ensure transparency and accountability, Director Arevalo said both parties shall comply with the provision on standard reporting such as the submission of bi-monthly accomplishment status and physical and audited financial reports, which shall be made readily available to the inquiring public. ### October 22, 2013 (DSWD-Social Marketing Service)

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