PHOTO CAPTION: Municipal Talakayan in Sindangan

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“Pakiglambigit Alang Sa Kalambuan”… A larger-than-life picture of projects and plans for the people of Sindangan was presented during the conduct of the 2016 Municipal Talakayan in Zamboanga del Norte.

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71 Zambo IDPs complete skills training, set to work for a big firm


“Nagsara man ang pinto ng oportunidad para sa amin nang magkaroon ng giyera sa Zamboanga, nagbukas naman ang isang mas magandang oportunidad para sa amin nang mabigyan kami ng pagkakataon na pag-aralin ng DSWD at CSWDO.” said Alseyd Jauhari, one of the IDPs who graduated from OLT Institute on Monday.

Alseyd, a resident of Mariki, Zamboanga City was one of the thousands who were heavily affected by the infamous Zamboanga Siege last September 2013. He used to work as a freelancer in local firms in Zamboanga. But due to lack of formal training, he could hardly get a stable job. That is why when he was offered to undergo a skills training by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, he immediately grabbed it, though he was anxious and hesitant at first.

In May 2016, some 71 Internally Displaced Persons in Zamboanga were sent to Ozamis City by the City Social Welfare and Development Office through the funding of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office IX. The IDPs had undergone training in vocational courses such as Housekeeping, Masonry, Carpentry, Cooking, Baking, among others, in two months.

One of the DSWD scholars who have been enrolled in carpentry shared their learning experiences during their 2-month stay with the Our Lady of Triumph Institute Technology, Inc., a training facility in Ozamis City that offers world-class training amenities that ensure to produce job ready trainees and skilled manpower in both domestic and overseas work places.

“Swerte kami kasi napabilang kami sa mga scholars. Tinuruan kami dito para makakuha kami ng mas magandang trabaho.”

Through the Disaster Rehabilitation Fund of DSWD which amounted to Php212,000.00, the first batch of identified IDPs were not only provided with skills training, but were also given food and shelter to cope up with their daily needs.

olt 2After the 2-month training, 71 IDPs have successfully completed their chosen tech-voc courses such as masonry, carpentry, housekeeping and cookery and baking. On July 10, a graduation ceremony was held where they were conferred with certificates of completion. The fifty five (55) masonry graduates were immediately engaged into a Contract Signing with one of the biggest construction firms in the Philippines. They are scheduled to leave for Manila on July 13 for job placement in Manila.

Present during the graduation rites were DSWD IX Asst. Regional Director for Operations Consejo Usman, Zamboanga City Local Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Socorro Rojas, OLT Executives Mr. and Mrs. Galileo Maglasang, TESDA and DOLE Regional Officials and DSWD X staff.


“This milestone would not have been possible without the interest and the sacrifices of the participants. They always have to remember that they are the ones who should really work on the change that they want to achieve. The government and other partners are only here to facilitate. And we hope with the skills that you now have, you can build a better future for yourself and your family.” Usman said in her inspirational message.


Another batch of Zambo IDPs is also scheduled to undergo the same skills training in the coming months.

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PHOTO CAPTION: An IDP from Mariki completes training on carpentry & masonry

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“Nagsara man ang pinto ng oportunidad para sa amin nang magkaroon ng giyera sa Zamboanga, nagbukas naman ang isang mas maganda oportunidad para sa amin nang mabigyan kami ng pagkakataon na pag-aralin ng DSWD at CSWDO. Salamat sa inyo at maging sa OLT na maaari na namin ngayon ipagpatuloy ang pagbabago na aming inaasam at pinapangarap.” -Alseyd M. Jauhari, an IDP from Mariki expressed his gratitude as one of the beneficiaries of scholarship in Skills Training Program of OLT accredited by TESDA.

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DSWD lowers age requirement for pension program

Starting this year, the minimum required age for social pension has been lowered from the original 65 years old to 60 years old.

IMG_1461Aside from the age requirement, qualified to be beneficiaries of the said program are those frail, sickly, or have disabilities, those not receiving pension from the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Veterans Pension and do not have permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.

Potential beneficiaries may register through their Local Social Welfare and Development Office or at the Office of Senior Citizens Affair for appropriate assessment and recommendation to DSWD Regional Office.

However, applicants will not automatically become beneficiaries, instead they will be included first in the waitlist since the number of slots given to the region is only good for senior citizens who have been identified last 2015, before the directive on lowering of age requirement was given.

Slots of beneficiaries who are delisted due to ineligibility, failure to claim pension and demise, can be given to waitlisted applicants.

DSWD 9 Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo said that with the new provision, more indigent elderlies will benefit 6,000 stipend every year, which is given on a quarterly basis.

“We hope that this time we can help more senior citizens who can hardly provide for their basic needs, such as food and medicines.” Solamillo said in a statement.

Currently, the program is serving 81,251 beneficiaries in the region, allocated with Php487, 506,000 for fiscal year 2016.

The social pension is one of the social protection programs of DSWD that provides P500 monthly stipends for eligible indigent senior citizens under Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as Expanded Senior Citizens Act.###

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DSWD IX prepares relief plans for La Niña

During the conduct of payout for Cash-for-work and distribution of 25 kilos rice through Food-for-work scheme in different barangays of Zamboanga City last May 2016. Payout is still on-going in some barangays in the city.

The Regional Office IX of Department of Social Welfare and Development bares its plan in preparation for the onset of the rainy season.

In its La Niña preparedness plan, it targets 3,000 families to be potentially provided with family food packs and non-food items such as sleeping mats and blankets.

Currently, the department has a total of P8,265,800.00 worth of emergency relief supplies such as 22,000 Family Food Packs worth P7,920,000.00, 700 pcs sleeping mats worth P175,000.00 and 976 pcs blankets worth P170,800.00

Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo said that these goods are prepositioned in case LGUs request for relief augmentation support.

“DSWD is ready to assist or augment the resources of LGUs during calamities or disaster in case their supplies or funds are exhausted. They just have to send us a request letter and incident report that includes number of families or individuals affected and the needed interventions so we can provide them with adequate relief items.” Solamillo said in a statement.

El Niño Assistance

Worth P6,300,000.00 has been utilized to pay 3,000 farmers in Zamboanga City under the Cash-for-work scheme which was implemented for 10 days. Meanwhile, another group of 3,000 farmers in Zamboanga City also received 25 kilos of rice each, worth P2,250,000.00 in total.

Moreover, 3 municipalities in the region have just completed the implementation of CFW and FFW and are just waiting for the payment to be processed, while 17 others are still under implementation.

The DSWD Regional Office IX allocated a total of P80,132,980.00 for the cash and food for work project to aid the El Niño stricken families in the region.

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Zampen social welfare and development forum held

SWD FORUM 2The Department of Social Welfare and Development held a 2-day Social Welfare and Development Forum with Local Social Welfare and Development Officers (LSWDO) across the region on May 31-June 1, 2016 in one of the hotels in Zamboanga City.

The forum was attended by 72 Municipal/ City SWDOs to get updates on the program and projects implemented in their respective localities.

The forum highlighted the updates on the core poverty reduction programs such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kalahi-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood program. It also created an avenue for participants to raise their issues and concerns in line with the implementation of DSWD’s devolved programs such as Supplementary Feeding and Social Pension. The participants were also briefed about the result generated from the Listahanan’s poor household assessment, wherein they found out the poverty incidence of their respective municipalities and the count of poor households in their Area of Responsibility.

The said forum has provided opportunity for the department to thresh out issues and concerns and level-off expectations with its local counterparts. In this manner LSWDOs will be able to grasp of the social welfare and development situation in the region and appreciate the milestones and accomplishments along major SWD programs and services provided to their constituents.

Futhermore, DSWD 9 Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo expressed deep appreciation to LSWDOs for the assistance and support that the latter have been extending to the department and for ensuring that basic social services to are efficiently delivered to address issues of poverty in the region. She also emphasized that the mandate of reducing poverty is not monopolized by DSWD, but should be a collective effort by multiple stakeholders.

“DSWD considers social protection and poverty reduction as a shared responsibility. It requires our collaboration and joint efforts with the local government units and other social protection program implementers to muster the resources, vitalities and intellectual capacities to produce an optimum result.” Solamillo said during her opening remarks. ###

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DSWD reports over 200k Pantawid beneficiaries in Region 9 are now in self-subsistence

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 9 on Tuesday revealed that there are 229,375 Pantawid households now with improved level of well-being, which is 82% of the overall population of Pantawid beneficiaries across the region.

The said households were identified to belong in self-subsistence level after undergoing the Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI) Assessment last year. This means that these beneficiaries are now exposed and can readily access to resources and alternatives provided by the government to make ends meet.

Atty. Araceli Solamillo giving her opening remarks during her first meeting with C/MSWDOs of Region 9.

Atty. Araceli Solamillo giving her opening remarks during her first meeting with C/MSWDOs of Region 9.

“It is inspiring to note that while most of the Pantawid families started on survival when they entered the program, on the fifth year, 82% have moved up to subsistence level, while a good number of 15% of the once identified as poorest of poor households are now with sufficient capacity to live a decent and dignified life.” DSWD 9 Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo said in her opening remarks during a forum with LSWDOs on Tuesday.


SWDI is a tool that aims to determine the level of well-being of Pantawid beneficiaries so that appropriate interventions will be provided to them not just by DSWD, but by other social protection programs implementers as well. Through the administration of the said tool last year, the department was able to identify 6,336 Pantawid households are still in level 1 (survival level), 229,375 are in level 2 (self-subsistence level) and 43,501 are now in level 3 (self-sufficient level).

Following the SWDI result generation, DSWD now makes available the SWDI data to its partner agencies which they can use as a baseline data for planning and implementing interventions to enable beneficiaries to pass through survival, subsistence up to self-sufficient standard of living.

“The SWDI is a comprehensive assessing tool where we can identify the gaps in the services that we provide the Pantawid beneficiaries, and through identifying these gaps, we can tap or partner with other agencies that can give them the appropriate intervention, like livelihood and employment so that they can elevate further to self-sufficiency level.” Solamillo added.

Survival is a set of condition where there is lack of inner and external resources which make households unable to resolve problems and survive in a daily basis. Subsistence is a condition that opens some resources and alternatives to the beneficiaries to surpass basic needs daily, while self-sufficiency means the households have already other sources of income and can already stand without interventions from the government.

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PHOTO: ICAB, DSWD conduct training on inter-country adoption


“Working with children is a very challenging working arena, where when we’re able to place the children into a permanent home, we feel we became a part and a significant person in the life of every child that we have placed out of foster home or permanent placement be it local or inter-country adoption”, ARDO Consejo Usman shared her experiences working with children through adoption during the ICAB’s weeklong Training on Inter-Country Adoption Program at Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga CIty.

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