4Ps Huwarang Pamilya, Exemplary Child 2017 in ZamPen named

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX recently concluded the regional search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya and the Exemplary Child 2017 on July 4, 2017 at the KCC Mall de Zamboanga.

Laquio family from Barangay Patalon, Zamboanga City hailed victorious as the region’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya while a child from Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur, John Rey Wayco, was named as this year’s Exemplary Child.

Laquio family is composed of 8 members. Ireneo, the head of the household, was a former security guard before he suffered from stroke. Because of his condition, Gemma, his wife, had to stand as the provider of the family. Gemma worked in a canning factory in order to provide the needs of the family and to send their children to school. Aside from working in a factory, Gemma also maintained vegetables and fruit trees in their backyard as augmentation to their income.

Despite the hardships that the family went through, Laquio family manifested resiliency and became more determined to overcome life obstacles. In fact, three of their children had already finished schooling, two of which took up Bachelors in Elementary Education and vocational course, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Exemplary Child 2017 was a proud son from Zamboanga del Sur. Jhonn Rey Wayco, 13 years old, is very active in his academic and extra-curricular activities. His academic performance has earned him a handful of recognitions in the municipality and at the regional level. Other than being a performer in school, he also actively participates in community advocacies and religious activities which made him not only a deserving beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program but also a model child who serves as an inspiration to other beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries alike.

“I would also want to be an inspiration to other Pantawid beneficiaries to strive more in life, perform their best in everything they do, and always put God at the center of every action they take,” said Wayco.

The objective of the search is to give recognition to Pantawid beneficiaries who exemplified outstanding performance in their compliance to the program’s conditionalities particularly in education, health and attendance to the Family Development Session; contribution to the community; nurture of Filipino family values; and active participation to social causes.

Other winners of the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya are as follows: Duron Family from Zamboanga del Sur (2nd Placer); Allones Family from Zamboanga del Norte (3rd Placer) and Obnimaga Family from Zamboanga Sibugay (4th Placer).

For Exemplary Child search, RJ Somosa from Zamboanga City was ranked 2nd Placer, Krizle Joy Corpuz from Zamboanga Sibugay and Mary Maica Nicol Elnasin from Zamboanga del Norte were ranked 3rd and 4th Placers, respectively.

The regional winner for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya and Exemplary Child will be DSWD Zamboanga Peninsula’s representative to the National Search which will be held in Manila this September in line with the celebration of National Family Week and November for National Children’s Month celebration.

Regional winners of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya2017 (Laquio Family from Zamboanga City)
and Exemplary Child 2017 (Jhonn Rey Wayco from Zamboanga del Sur)
in their victorious moment held in KCC Mall de Zamboanga last July 04, 2017

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Oh My, Humay! (A Pantawid PaMEALya Story)

Nothing is more precious than seeing the delightedly bright smiles in the faces of your loved ones. To know that the people you cherish are happy is the sweetest thing of all. That is how Evanjelyn feels whenever she sees her children as they share a meal as one happy family.

But her happiness sometimes becomes short-lived because she knows that she cannot provide everything to her children. In most cases, she could hardly provide for their daily consumption even for food. This breaks the heart of poor Evanjelyn.

Evanjelyn T. Del Rosario, or Bangge as she is fondly called, is a 40-year old housewife living in a humble abode in Barangay Tapian, Municipality of San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur. She and her husband are blessed with six (6) wonderful children that bring joy to their household. Despite the adversities in life, the couple maintains a healthy relationship, sharing abundant love and respect for one another.

Surviving in a poor and unfortunate situation has always been the life of the couple. They are used to being poor and having less as they say. But now that they already have children to provide for is a completely different story. Of course, as parents, they would dream of putting their children in a good school, provide what their children need and want, and secure delicious food for their family. But how could they?

Her husband is a farmer in a land that they do not own. This is where they get their daily consumption and income to support the expenses in school and at home. Being a corn farmer is not a lucrative job so most of the time, what they get from farming is what they serve on their plates.

Unlike many of us who live in an urban community, Del Rosario family eats ground corn in substitute for rice. Though grateful, it is inevitable that their children would sometimes ask about why they eat corn instead of rice.

“Moreklamo man gud sila panalagsa kay hait daw itulon ang mais (Sometimes they would complain because corn feels itchy and can be difficult to swallow),” said Evanjelyn when asked about how her children described their meal.

It brought her tears to know that they cannot sufficiently provide for their children’s physiological needs.

Just when she started to think about it, a good news came to her through an orientation by the DSWD’s Municipal Link in San Miguel. They were oriented on the additional provision of Rice Subsidy to compliant Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino beneficiaries worth P600 per month.

She was elated and became more than ecstatic after hearing the news. To her, it was an answered prayer which made her feel that God listens and works through people who show compassion and care to the needy.

In an interview, Evanjelyn was asked how she manages their consumption since P600 or equivalent to a half sack of rice seems not enough to feed an entire family in a month. She shares that sometimes they mix rice with ground corn to make a satisfying meal for their family.

Evanjelyn recalls the first time she prepared cooked rice for her children and cannot forget how their reaction was.

“Ay, humay! Salamat Mang! (Oh, rice! Thanks Mom.)” And they hugged her tight.

Evanjelyn Del Rosario narrates how DSWD’s Rice Subsidy
significantly helped nurture her relationship with her children.

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Malangas enters LGU-Led KC-NCDDP

The Municipality of Malangas under the leadership of Honorable Mayor Marcelo M. Baquial Jr. recently launched the LGU-Led KC-NCDDP on July 13, 2017, making it the 12th partner-municipality to enter into MOA with the department after completed 3 cycles with Kalahi-CIDSS from 2012.
Witnessing the event are Municipal and Barangay Officials and Sangguniang Bayang Members together with the Kalahi-CIDSS RPC-Designate Roleiste Falsis and Sub-regional Project Coordinator Melanie M. Saragena.
The KC-NCDDP is one of the poverty reduction programs of DSWD that uses the community driven development (CDD) approach in implementing projects that aim to provide the community access to basic services. It is the expanded implementation of the previous program Kalahi-CIDSS. This enables the communities and the local government units in the said areas to implement disaster responsive or preventive projects that may include fast rehabilitation of destroyed infrastructures and livelihoods projects.
The chief executive believed that with the intervention of the national government through the DSWD, Malangas will realize its dream in no time. Thus he emphasized that it takes a concerted efforts from the grassroots, the community and the barangay leaders to participate in the implementation.
RPC-designate Falsis expressed his gratitude, in his words, “Malangas has become a venue of opportunities for Kalahi-CIDSS to implement, to impose Community-Driven Development program”, and encouraged Malangas to continue to provide opportunities on the grassroots level, to continue to give the community the chance to be empowered, to think about their issues and give them the chance to raise interventions on how to solve their problems. ### (JGA)

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Rebokon’s Gain

Annabelle C. Neri, 43, and Lorena A. Codilla, 40, are among the members of “Rewasa” which stands for Rebokon Water-System Association, a group that manages water-system project they had as volunteers of Kalahi in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

When asked about what and how much they know of DSWD services then, they all gave the same response limited to just child/dren’s care and assistance. Little did they know of the various programs and services that the department is offering until Kalahi-CIDSS was introduced in barangay Rebokon on 2013.

Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi – CIDSS) is one of the three core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It uses the CDD strategy to empower ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance of identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing and monitoring projects together to address local poverty issues.

At first they thought Kalahi-CIDSS was an entirely different program apart from the department, but soon after they were made to understand what the program is all about to include its processes, they’re glad to find out that they will be participating.

Although a little hesitant they were at the start, not knowing what to expect with the roles given to them by their fellow volunteers, but instead they focus on what they could benefit out of joining the program as a community.

Annabelle, a teacher by profession, found her way in Kalahi-CIDSS program and now the association’s president. She recalled how much hardwork they’ve been through while campaigning for their sub-project which later led to an eventual prioritization.

“Tanan nga pakiluoy, pakiusap sa kanila na sana iboto nila kami, kay dito wala kaming tubig. Lisud baya ang tubig sa una, magpila pa para makatubig”, she related.

(We appealed to them to vote for us, because we hardly have water around, we need to get in line to fetch some).
The community saw the need to an improve access to safe water especially during rainy season when the water source is hardly clear. What makes it all the more difficult for them is that they have to wake up at dawn to secure gallons of water to avoid other inconveniences.

Despite the struggles in transporting the materials to the area, their sub-project was completed by 2013.
Lorena, who used to run a small-time “carenderia”, for additional income since farming alone could not suffice their daily needs, later joined the program after she heard it from her husband who is also a volunteer.

She could have focused her attention to their small eatery house but she couldn’t let their efforts go to waste. She felt that she could do a difference by taking on the role as the association treasurer, she wanted to make sure that the recording is accurately done.

Admittedly though, she lacks confidence in pursuing a career due to her right-eye condition but she had worked as bookkeeper then during college. But she has overcome her insecurities and regained confidence after volunteering for Kalahi-CIDSS. She said this is one of the legacies that she could leave the community, that she could be remembered for her work ethics especially in keeping accurate recording for their association.

Thus the intention of charging installation fees for water supply and collection per gallon was primarily for operations and maintenance purposes.

With an increase in income, they were able to allot allowance of 1000 each monthly for four plumbers who monitor water supply, leaking and other necessary repairs. They also conducts monthly meeting for income updates since they were provided space by the barangay officials to convene.

Both Annabelle and Lorena were glad that such services of the department came, “apil man diay ning Kalahi sa DSWD, mas maayo man, maguba ang among tubig sa una, tagtulo, tagduha ka adlaw dili moagas… karun maguba aron, dili muagas mga pila lang kaoras kay naa na mag maintain, magtinabangay man”.

(It’s good that Kalahi is a part of DSWD. Before it would take us three or two days to repair when we encounter problem with the water stand, but now it take us only hours to repair since there is someone’s incharge of the maintenance and everyone would help out).

Today “Rewasa” has been servicing to 6 out of the 11 puroks within Rebokon. ###

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Pantawid IP beneficiaries finish skills training in Zambo

To empower the indigent indigenous peoples in Zamboanga City covered by Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) facilitated a 15-day skills training.

A total of 784 beneficiaries have received their certificates of completion and starter kits for various courses enrolled such as Domestic Work, Food Processing, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, and Motorcycle and Small Engine Servicing.

“This is to empower our clients, especially the MCCT-IPs, by capacitating them with practical skills for their possible employment,” says MCCT-IP Focal of Pantawid Pamilya, Germiah Bongabong.

The department has allocated 20,000 pesos for each beneficiary or a total of 15,680,000 million pesos budget for this program which covers training costs, allowances, and starter kits for the beneficiaries.

The training was conducted through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), a capacity building program under DSWD that provides opportunities to indigent individuals through employment facilitation and/or skills training. The said training and completion rites were made possible through 1 and ALL Technical Institute, Inc.

TESDA will soon schedule an assessment for national certification of the abovementioned courses.

Guaranteed employment facilitation will be provided by the service provider for the graduates of Domestic Work while Micro-Enterprise facilitation will be provided by the SLP for the graduates of Motorcycle and Small Engine Servicing, and Electrical Installation.

During the graduation, DSWD-9 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo inspired the graduates by encouraging them to do more as empowered citizens of the society.

“Tayo ay empowered IPs. Ibig sabihin may kakayahan tayong mapagtagumpayan ang anumang hirap ng buhay. Sana ay gamitin natin itong mga natutunan natin dito sa skills training upang maabot ang ating mga pangarap sa buhay habang sinisikap nating mapanatili ang ganda ng ating kultura at tribo sa pagtutulungan ninyo at ng mapagkalingang serbisyo ng DSWD. (We are empowered IPs which means that we have the strength to combat life’s difficulties. I hope that we will be able to use the skills that we have acquired in this training to achieve our aspirations in life while we nurture the beauty of our culture and tribes with your coordination and the DSWD),” Solamillo said.

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Bajau children undergo summer lessons with Pantawid Parent-Tutors

Seven Bajau children undergo summer classes handled by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Parent Leaders who act as tutors in Maasin Learning Center, Zamboanga City.

The program opened an opportunity to capacitate Pantawid Parent Leaders in the literacy initiatives of the school for the entire duration of summer and even during regular school days.

The program aims to help and develop school children to improve their academic performance.

The pupils undergo daily tutorial lessons in reading, spelling, and story-telling from 8:30 until 11:00 in the morning. The school has provided a conducive learning area with resource materials to facilitate learning.

The Twenty one Pantawid Parent Leaders, who volunteered for the literacy program, were properly trained and guided by lectures and modules.

Teachers in Maasin Learning Center have taken part in this initiative and have seen the abilities of the Pantawid parent-tutors to effectively deliver the sessions that are based on specific needs of the children to include those who are non-Bajaus.

Since the inception of the program in 2015, the Department of Education has seen behavioral changes and improvement in school performance among students.

“Over the years, we have seen parents come to school every now and then. The children learn faster and better while the parents feel empowered for being hands-on tutors to children,” said Sherwin Saavedra, Elementary School Principal of Maasin Learning Center.

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5 out of 96 Pantawid Pamilya WMSU scholars graduate Cum Laude

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) proudly announces the graduation of 96 Expanded Students’ Grant in Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA) grantees enrolled in Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) for the current school year. Four of which are graduating with flying colors for being Cum Laude and one as a Magna Cum Laude.

A total of 323 grantees from various schools, universities and colleges within Zamboanga Peninsula are expected to march this year as they complete their academic courses, to wit: 96 from WMSU, 116 from Jose Rizal Memorial State University, 48 from Josefina H. Cerilles State College, 28 from Zamboanga State Polytechnic College and 26 from Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology.

Jeselle Buen, a Cum Laude grantee who took up BS Agriculture in WMSU, expressed how ESGPPA has helped her in her school especially after she lost her father.

“Sobrang hirap ng buhay namin lalo na nung namatay ang tatay ko. Pati pambili ng project o pangphotocopy ng libro kinailangan kong pagsumikapan kaya nagbebenta ako noon ng mga kakanin para lang may panggastos sa eskwela. Pero mula noong naging grantee ako ng ESGPPA natugunan na yung mga pangangailangan ko sa school kaya yung atensyon ko talagang natuon sa pag-aaral. Kaya sa awa ng Diyos, nagbunga naman ang pag-aaral ko at nagtapos ako bilang isang Cum Laude. (It was really difficult especially when my father died. I had to work hard selling native delicacies for my projects or even for when I need to photocopy books. But when I became a grantee of the ESGPPA, my needs in school was addressed and my attention was focused on my studies. That is why in God’s will, my hard work paid off and I graduated as Cum Laude),” says Buen during an interview.

As an ESGPPA grantee, Buen, was entitled to receive a maximum of P60,000 grant per school year for her tuition and other school/college fees. She also received 2,500 monthly stipends to support her other education expenses such as book fees and an additional 3,500 as monthly allowance.

Buen further mentioned how Pantawid Pamilya has helped her family understand the value of education and its role in uplifting the lives of poor families from poverty.

DSWD-9 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, congratulates all graduates of the program for their perseverance and dedication to finish their individual degrees.

Other grantees who graduated Cum Laude are as follows: Meldie Joy Casayas (BSED), Jeselle P. Buen (BS Agri), Jaricklyn B. Villaganas (BSED), Bobby Jeric M. Perdraza (BSED), and Jaymarnel B. Quiapo (BSED) Magna Cum Laude.

ESGPPA is a program of the national government instituted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Budget and Management (DBM), State Universities and Colleges. It provides grantees from identified poorest of the poor households by the Listahanan with access to higher education which will eventually bridge them to opportunities for high value-added occupations and an improved quality of life.

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DSWD urges LGUs to utilize poor households’ database

As the lead agency that promotes and protects the welfare of the poor, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) encourages the Local Government Units (LGUs) in Zamboanga Peninsula to utilize the former’s database of poor households produced by the Listahanan, an information management system that determines who and where the poor are in the region.

The database contains vital information that will help social protection stakeholders in planning up their projects, programs and services that will be targeted and provided to identified genuinely poor families.

Staff from the regional office of the DSWD shall be visiting the provincial offices of local government in the second quarter of the year to personally discuss the utilization processes and requirements.

It can be recalled that the DSWD-Listahanan conducted a nationwide household assessment last 2015 of which result was released last year. A study on the Data Privacy Act was done shortly after the database was disclosed to public which prompted the DSWD to send a moratorium on the suspension of the utilization of database. This is to secure that the personal information of the target beneficiaries will not be used in and for any unscrupulous business.

Early this year, the moratorium was already lifted hence the information of the poor households is readily available for utilization.

Guidelines that will be included in the Memorandum of Agreement are still on its finalization stage nonetheless statistics of poor can now be requested from the DSWD.

The utilization of the database will be beneficial to the requesting party in ensuring objective identification of beneficiaries and upholding transparency in their projects and services.

The DSWD would like to emphasize that the database is given to the requesting party without any charges or fee.

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