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The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Sustainable Livelihood Program, conducted its last pay out for the last batch of Internally Displaced Persons affected by siege last 2013, who were trained for Employment Facilitation last August 23, 2016.

Beneficiaries from different canning plants gathered at Century Pacific Plant to claim their Transportation Allowance amounting to One Hundred Seventy Pesos (P170.00) good for one day training. One hundred seventy four (174) beneficiaries were present to receive their allowance as well as their shirts that were sponsored by International Labor Organization, and their Insurance Cards given by the Philippine National Red Cross.###

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Kalahi-CIDSS to put up School for Lumads

In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) will spearhead the Establishment of New Public Schools for Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao by September, 2016.
The School for Lumads project will be given to Indigenous Peoples in the pre-identified communities in Mindanao. The project specifically aims to improve access of indigenous communities in Mindanao to learning and development activities through the construction of classrooms by the Kalahi-CIDSS.

One of the 3 core programs of the department, Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation project that uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach. The project aims to reduce poverty by empowering communities and promoting good governance, through provision of support for community projects and activities, and encouraging local government responsiveness to community-identified development projects.

The Establishment of New Public Schools for Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao project will be implemented in 18 barangays in 10 Municipalities in Region IX to include the barangays of Labuan, where the conduct of on-site validation started and the other one is in Rio Hondo in Zamboanga City, 5 barangays in Zamboanga del Norte, 6 in Zamboanga del Sur, and 5 in Zamboanga Sibugay as among the areas identified by DepEd for the said project.
The construction of 1-unit-classroom is expected to end by December 2016 with a budget allocation of more or less than Php800,000.00 per structure.###

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SLP assessment on Regional Mid-Year Program Review and Evaluation Workshop

The Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social and Welfare Development conducted its Regional Mid-Year Program Review and Evaluation Workshop last August 16-18, 2016 at Cecile’s Catering and Restaurant, Zamboanga City.

Vigorously attended by seventy four (74) Project Development Officers and five (5) Provincial Coordinators of various municipalities in the region. The activity was purposely held to evaluate the program implementation for the past six months, and to reinforce and enrich the competencies of PCs and PDOs to become more efficient as individuals.

The RPMO headed the activity with close supervision from Vianca Sarahil, Alice Balacaoc, David Pagulayan and Michael Abaya, all members of the National Program Management Office. Also present were Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo and Assitant Regional Director of Operations Consejo H. Usman.

During the 3-day event, assessment of current status of program implementation and identification of key issues were discussed and addressed.

The workshop culminated with action planning and proposals for upcoming projects.


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Solve the problem of landlessness in the provinces so Filipinos won’t migrate to the cities to look for Jobs

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo today issued a comment regarding the recent  editorial of the People’s Journal (dated August 14, 2016, titled  “A Bottomless Pit) criticizing the program began by the previous administration called the Informal Settler Families (ISF) Program or “Oplan Likas” or Lumikas para Iwas Kalamidad at Sakit.

The People’s Journal argued that the efforts of the government to provide funds to Filipinos who live in unsafe areas so they can transfer somewhere else safer. It argued that the program contributed to an “endless cycle of government dependency”.

As one of the implementing agencies of the program, DSWD is tasked to validate and assess the beneficiaries of the program, and to disburse the Interim Shelter Fund worth P18,000 to each of the family-beneficiaries which they can use to find safe residency and livelihood to support their families.

The DILG appropriated a total of P509,606,000 for the Interim Shelter Fund and downloaded the fund to DSWD for the disbursement of the financial assistance to beneficiaries and for administrative operations.

Secretary Taguiwalo said that the P18,000 per family that the government provided urban poor residents living in danger zones  is not an exorbitant amount considering how expensive it is to rent houses much less to own one. She said giving funds to   Filipinos affected by demolitions and relocation programs  is the least the government can do to help them. She said that it was the responsibility of government to ensure that its citizens live in danger-free areas.

“But it has to be said that Filipinos would not have to leave their original communities to find work in the cities of the National Capital Region (NCR) if they had sufficient means of livelihood in the provinces. Many informal settlers are originally farmers, farmworkers and fisherfolk from the poorest provinces such as Bicol and Samar, and they took their chances to move to the NCR in the hopes of finding better employment and means of livelihood there. They end up moving in empty government lots or establishing makeshift houses in communities in danger zones in near waterways and canals because they could not afford to pay rent for houses or apartments,” she said.

The recently conducted nationwide assessment under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS PR) showed that there are 5.1 million poor households with the following conditions: Fisherfolk, farmers, and foresters comprise about 2.8 million of 17.9 percent of the 15.5 million targeted poor individuals belonging to the labor force or those aged 15 years old and above. The majority of (53 percent or 8.2 million) reported having no occupation at the time of the assessment. In the meantime, eight out of 10 and 76.6 percent of the targeted poor households reside in rural areas, while two out 10 or 23.4 percent live.

“There will be no need for programs such Oplan Likas if there were many viable and secure employment opportunities in the provinces. For instance, if there was genuine agrarian reform, our impoverished farmers would have the means to produce food crops such as rice not only to   for their own consumption but also to sell for good prices,” she said. “Solve the problem of landlessness, the cycle of poverty and exploitation it creates, and the lack of basic support services for our farmers and there will be less poor migration from the provinces to the cities.” #

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DSWD reminds TV programs to be mindful of children’s rights

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo reminded all television and radio stations to be mindful of children’s rights when casting them in any kind of program or when putting them in situations that make them vulnerable.

This is in reaction to the current issue involving Badjao teenager who felt ridiculed by her housemates in the Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) reality program produced by the ABS-CBN tv network.

“Ang mga nagpapatakbo ng programa ay may responsibilidad na tiyakin ang kaliktasan ng kabaataang bahagi ng show laban sa pang-aabuso at exploitation. Dapat maging gabay nila ang Republic Act 7610, na nagtatakda ng mga karapatan ng mga bata na dapat pangalagaan. Although reality show ang PBB at hindi hawak ng programa ang magiging reaksyon ng mga kabataan sa loob ng bahay, dapat masiguro na ang kagandahang asal ay malaking bahagi ng mensahe ng programang ito (The production staff has the responsibility to ensure that the teenagers in their show are protected from abuse and exploitation, especially as we have a law, Republic Act (RA) 7610, which provides for their rights. Although PBB is a reality show and the staff does not have a hold over the reactions of the youth real time, they should ensure that the program imparts positive messages),” Sec. Taguiwalo stressed.

RA 7610 or the “Act Providing for Stronger Deterrence and Special Protection against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination, and for other Purposes” stipulates that child abuse includes words, action, deed, or any condition prejudicial to the child’s development.

The same law specifically notes that the children who are employed must be protected from any form of abuse and exploitation which may affect or degrade the child’s development . The same law also has clear stipulations against children being exploited in programs.

Sec. Taguiwalo said that the other children who made fun of the Badjao girl’s clothing must also be made aware of the consequences of their action, which can already be considered to be a form of bullying. They should be made to realize that their actions were disrespectful and hurtful,” she said.

The Secretary also expressed caution against what she said was the tendency of the show to create situations that will prompt emotional – good or bad – responses from the “housemates” who happen to be, in this latest installment of the show – minors.

The Secretary emphasized, “Youth-oriented programs must impart positive messages that encourage viewers to be more socially aware and compassionate towards others. We are against censorship and we fully support freedom of speech and expression, but the television networks must also exercise responsibility in the exercise of these rights. It would be better if they do not create situations which make the youth emotionally vulnerable to make their actions in the show more “ratings friendly” and to have them “trend” on social media. They should instead, produce programs that help young audiences find effective role models they can emulate.” #

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DSWD-FDCI partnership reaches 37 years, inducts new set of officers

DSWD 9 Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo expressed gratitude and commendation to the Foundation of Development for Children Incorporated as she inducted its newly elected officers on Tuesday at DSWD 9 Conference hall.

The FDCI that is now under the leadership of the new board president Dr. Victor Liozo, manages the Reception and Study Center for Youth (RSCC) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-9) and gives assistance thru donations from government and non-government agencies including generous individuals to usher refuge and temporary shelter for orphans until their eventual adoption by foster parents.

“Children, who are considered one of the most vulnerable groups, are given preferential attention by the State and DSWD is given a tremendous task to ensure their protection. It is for this reason that DSWD and FDCI joined forces in 1979 to establishment the Reception and Study Center for Children. Through the years, the solid partnership of these two organizations contributed to the development and successes of our children.” Solamillo said in her message.

Newly elected officers include Nida Tan as the Vice President, Mrs. Rufina Cruz, Secretary, Ma. Corazon Motomal as Treasurer and Dr. Ma. Cecilia May Gonzales as Asst. Treasurer. Meanwhile Mr. Atilano Alaba is elected Auditor while Ms. Lulu Gerolaga is the PIO. The member of the board includes Dra. Milagros Fernandez, Atty. Dorothy Cajayon, Councilor Myra Abubakar, Ms. Jhoy Liong, Ms. Tranquilina Raz, Mr. Edwin Caliolio and Ms. Gloria Abendan. The former president Engr. Efren Arañez is now serving as the Chairman Emeritus.

Since 1979, the DSWD and FDCI collaborated in providing temporary shelter for neglected, abandoned, abused and orphaned children through the Reception and Study Center for Children. The said institution has assisted thousands of clients, most of whom are now living normal lives. Based on records, over 100 abandoned children are housed year round.###

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Sandayong and Jerry Libulong had a history together. Born at a time when Sandayong was formally became a Barangay, the thirty-five year old Subanen knew every single corner of this village and so with the needs for basic services in their community.

Located 26 kilometers away from the municipal proper, Sandayong is the farthest barangay in the Municipality of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay. An uphill village composed of 95% Subanen people and can only be reached through motorcycle or locally known as “habal-habal”.

Farming has been the primary source of living for Jerry and the rest of the people of Sandayong. Occasionally, they would bring farm products downtown, but for most they would store it for supply.

Before Jerry became an active volunteer, he had doubts on joining the program, thinking “Hindi pa kami sanay sa ganitong mga activities. Sa opinion ko lang, parang impossible talaga dahil sa laki ng proyektong pinag-uusapan”, (We are not used to these kinds of activities. In my opinion, it seems impossible considering the volume of the projects being discussed).

Aside from these, they (Subanen) were reluctant to participate in any of the government initiated activities.

But this has caught Jerry’s attention, the reason why he volunteered to join Kalahi-CIDSS was because of their problem with water.

Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan –Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services  (Kalahi-CIDSS) employs community-driven development (CDD) strategy that gives people power to decide for their community in ensuring that their needs are addressed and empowering them to become active citizens of the country.

He sees this as an opportunity to give his Subanen brothers access to safe drinking water. And his sense of commitment motivated the people to reach out to the program as well. Unfortunately it didn’t pass the potability test and instead they swapped their sub-project to school building in time for the MIBF.

Jerry Libulong only managed to finish high school and this is the why they opted to build school building for the Subanen kids in the village. Since most of their students would attend school at distant barangays.

One of the most active volunteers of Sandayong, he had held two positions, the BRT Chairperson and Procurement Team Chairperson. He exercised leadership in the entire process of mobilizing community members in community problem analysis, project development and project monitoring. In a number of times, he had dipped his hands in actual labor work in the construction of barangay Sandayong’s sub-projects.

Under Jerry’s leadership, Barangay Sandayong clinched the top spot in both the 1st and 2nd cycle MIBF-prioritized list of sub-projects, with its  1-Unit 2-Classroom Elementary School Building and 1-Unit 3-Classroom High School Building, respectively.

In addition to these, Barangay Sandayong had also breezed through the implementation of 3 KC-PAMANA sub-projects, namely Community Security Outpost, Balay Husayanan (House of Tribal Justice) and Tribal Hall – community-initiated projects that are designed to promote local security, participation and general well-being of the Subanen indigenous people that Jerry, a Subanen, represents in many forums.

He is also an eloquent public speaker. As a volunteer, he has done project proposals, sub-project monitoring, procurement and community mobilization – making him an all-around volunteer.

Although it was really challenging on their part, he admitted “Mahirap siya para sa mga katulad naming volunteers na karamihan ay hindi nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral. Mahirap lalo na pagdating sa paperworks. Pero gaano man iyon kahirap, kung i-rate natin ang programa ng Kalahi-CIDSS, anumang paghihirap ang maencounter ng mga volunteers, iyong rating natin ay excellent pa rin kasi tatayo ang project natin, talagang hindi pwedeng hindi matapos, kung may problema man pilit hinahanapan ng solusyon, kasi part yan ng training”.

(It is really hard for volunteers like us who didn’t finish their studies. It is really difficult when it comes to paperworks. But no matter how hard it is if we are to rate the program of Kalahi-CIDSS, whatever hardships that we may have encounter, we’ll still rate it as excellent because the project will stand, it cannot be left undone, and if there maybe problems, we will try to find a solution because that is part of the training).

He also expressed how valuable were the sub-projects of the other modality like KC-PAMANA,”Doon nga sa tribal learning center/tribal hall na iyon, parang nanumbalik doon ang relasyon ng lumad sa gobyerno natin na meron pala”. (With the Tribal Learning Center/Tribal Hall, it rekindles the relationship of the Lumads to the government which they once had).

And through the tribal learning center, he believes it has once again lifted the culture of the Subanen Indigenous People.

More so, he was thankful for the experiences he had while journeying together with the program. He confidently responded “Sa sarili ko, iyong kakayahan ko ay mas naenhanced, nadeveloped iyon, nagkaroon ako ng kaalaman sa technical. Kahit ngayon kung i-actual mo ko pagawan ng porma ng building, kaya ko ngayon. Kung kinakailangan na tayo ang magprepare ng mga papers, kaya na”.

(Personally, my capability was enhanced, developed, I have gained technical knowledge. If you’ll ask me to create an actual building form, I can do it right here, right now. If there’s a need for me to prepare the papers, it’s manageable).

Jerry also provided detailed changes with his community. With the coming of Kalahi-CIDSS in Barangay Sandayong, what used to be a threat in their security for being a former camp of the lawless elements, has now been neutralized with the construction of the Community Security Outpost.

“Kung dati-rati may mga alitan sa mga kapit-bahay, walang office ang barangay kung saan i-hold iyong sinasabi nilang amicable settlement. So ngayon, meron na. Dahil meron na tayong Barangay Justice Hall”, (Whenever there used to be trouble in the neighborhood, there’s no office in the barangay that holds settlement. Now we had a place for it, we now have the Barangay Justice Hall).

With great pride he gladly shared “Kung dati-rati marinig mo lang na Subanen ang nakatira diyan, ngayon may identification na ang Subanen people sa Barangay Sandayong kasi nakatayo na iyong Tribal Learning Center natin. Ito iyong nagiging landmark, nagpaalala sa mga Lumad, sa lahat ng mga tao sa Sandayong na nandito itong tribal center dahil Subanen ang nakatira dito. Ito ang mga pagbabago dito sa barangay naming, napakalaking empowerment para sa mga kapatid namin na mga Subanen”.

(They would just hear about Subanen living in this village, but now we have imprinted our identification as Subanen Indigenous People of Barangay Sandayong because here stood our Tribal Learning Center. This has been a landmark that reminds the Lumads, and all the people of Sandayong that here stands a Tribal Learning Center because Subanen people lives here. These have been the changes in the barangay, great empowerment for my Subanen brothers).

And above all, they were grateful to the program for realizing the construction of school building. For paying attention to their problem on education, this has given the Subanen children the opportunity to become competent. “Dahil sa Kalahi-CIDSS ang pangarap ng Subanen ay naisakatuparan din”, Jerry ended. (Because of Kalahi-CIDSS, Subanen’s dream has been realized).

The Subanen Indigenous People of Sandayong who used to be so hesitant and passive has now become participative and responsive in both government and non-government affairs. They have become assertive in advancing their welfare by way of community participation not limited to Kalahi-CIDSS program alone. #

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Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP conducts first Regional Performance Review with MLGU partners

Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) one of the three core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development together with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4PS) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) had its first Performance Review with LGU Stakeholders on August 4, 2016 at Garden Orchid Hotel, in Zamboanga City.

Participated by 20 Municipal Mayors, 9 Municipal Vice-Mayors, 45 Sangguniang Bayan Chair for Social Services, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinators, Sub-Regional Project Management and Regional Project Management Personnel and Staff.

KC-NCDDP recognizes the role of the stakeholders and LGU partners in harnessing potential resources in order to meet deliverables. The LGU partners complement the efforts of DSWD program field implementers-Area Coordinating Teams on their sub-projects implementation, as well as other community development activities.

As highlighted in the statement given by the Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, successful partnership can only be achieved through and through cooperation, communication and coordination among and between Kalahi-CIDSS stakeholders.

Thus the activity aims to present the status of the Regional Program Performance, to identify best practices and strategies during the implementation in relevance to community participation, empowerment and involvement. This is also an opportunity to revisit the engagement, impacts and commitments of Municipal Local Government Units and also to recognize the valuable efforts of LGU Partners in the implementation.#

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