DSWD, DepEd strengthens partnership for 4Ps

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has conducted a stakeholder’s forum with the Department of Education to further support and strengthen the good practices in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program particularly on the education component.

78 DepEd employees from across the region were gathered last February 27-28, 2019 in Zamboanga City to discuss what has transpired in the previous year in their implementation of the program.

The program’s accomplishments and updates were also presented to the education partners. It also became an avenue for planning the next steps, strategies, and initiatives of the program to improve the performance of the beneficiaries in terms of compliance to the program conditionalities.

DSWD-9 Regional Program Coordinator of the Pantawid Pamilya, Flordeliza A. Atuy, oriented the participants on the thrusts and priorities of the program for the year 2019.  

She also emphasized the importance of the roles that the education partners play in the achievement of the Pantawid Pamilya goals.

“The Pantawid Pamilya focals in schools play a very vital role not just in the monitoring of the beneficiaries’ compliance but moreover, they help the program by creating a mindset that makes education a priority and puts value in the education of children,” Atuy said.

The DSWD continues to involve its partner-stakeholders in all its endeavors for a holistic development in the lives of the beneficiaries.

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4Ps Fathers form group to protect Women and Children

Male household head members of the country’s conditional cash transfer program have recently organized a group committed to protect the welfare, security, and safety of women and their children in the community.

This was the result after the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program conducted a training entitled “ERPAT” or the Empowerment and Re-affirmation of Paternal Abilities Training cum Gender-Sensitivity Training for Father Leaders across Zamboanga Peninsula last February 5-8, 2019 in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The newly-established organization that protects women and their children
during their induction of elected officers.

The objective of the training is to promote gender sensitivity and stop violence on women and children.

DSWD-9 Gender and Development Focal, Leonora Barahim, said that the participants voluntarily requested for the formation of an organization that would secure the safety of women and children through awareness and GAD-related activities.

“These Pantawid Pamilya fathers left their individual jobs to attend the training and it was expressed by the participants that the training opened their minds about what is happening in the community particularly on issues involving safety of women and children. So they, themselves, formed a group and elected officers that would promote gender and development in their respective communities,” Barahim said.

The training was attended by 72 fathers coming from the municipalities and provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur.

For their first activity, the group plans to re-echo this training to other beneficiaries of the 4Ps program through the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Since the group is voluntarily established by its members and not funded by any organization, the members decided to contribute PHP 100 from their own pockets to serve as their initial fund to support their activities.

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DSWD FO IX celebrates 2019 Adoption Consciousness Week

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX kicks-off its 2019 Adoption Consciousness Celebration at City Mall, Tetuan, Zamboanga City with theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin” (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption).

This is in line with the department’s advocacy on promoting legal adoption. Yearly, the Adoption Resource Referral Section of the department invites local adoptive families to join the celebration and share testimonies on their experiences as adoptive parents.

OIC-Chief of Protective Services Division Ms. Marilyn Fabian welcomed the adoptive families, children from Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and guests from participating agencies. “We hope that through this activity we can advocate more families to share their homes and welcome our abandoned, neglected and surrendered children who are temporarily placed in RSCC at Barangay Talon-talon, Zamboanga City”, she said.

The RSCC serves 0-6 year old children. Custodial care and other services are provided to the residents to protect them from further neglect, maltreatment and exploitation and to prepare them for the most suitable and permanent placement.

As per report of 2018, DSWD was able to place out 22 for domestic adoption, 15 of which are Male and 7 female. While 6 others for inter-country adoption with 4 Male and 2 female children, respectively.

The kick-off activity highlighted testimonial sharing of adoptive families, entertainment, zumba and fun games.

Meanwhile, DSWD invites the public to visit the Adoption Help Desk on February 13, 2019 at City Mall Tetuan and on February 14, 2019 at KCC Mall de Zamboanga.

The Adoption Consciousness Celebration is in pursuant to Proclamation No. 72 series of 1999 Annual observance of Adoption Consciousness every 1st Saturday of the month of February.### JGA

OIC Chief of Protective Services Division welcomed the Adoptive Families present, guests and staff during the Adoption Consciousness Celebration at City Mall, Tetuan, Zamboanga City.

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DSWD: Don’t use 4Ps for political gains

In reference to the upcoming national elections, the Department of Social Welfare and Development warns government officials on using the country’s conditional cash transfer program as propaganda to gain supporters.

The department sees that since the program covers 4.4 million households nationwide, it might be used by public officials for their own political interests.

DSWD-9 Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos emphasized that no politician can remove nor include beneficiaries from and in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“The delisting of beneficiaries is based on the incompliance and disqualification of the beneficiaries to the program conditionalities. No one has the power to take any beneficiary out of the program. The same is true with adding beneficiaries in the program. The inclusion is based on the targeting system of the department,” Regional Director Ramos said.

To combat being politically influenced, the DSWD Pantawid Pamilya promotes active citizenship among its beneficiaries anchored by the tagline Aktibong Mamamayan: Magbantay, Makilahok, at Makialam sa Eleksyon!

The objective is to protect the program and its beneficiaries from undue politicking by providing avenue and opportunity for empowerment through the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS).

The program provides cash grants to beneficiaries to support the educational and health needs of the poor households.

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PWDs graduate from short-term courses

A total of 55 Persons with Disability have graduated today from various short-term courses/training under the Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The courses that were offered are Agriculture, Beauty Care, Commercial Arts, Garments Technology, Industrial Arts, Massage Therapy, Pre-vocational services, and Online Livelihood Computer Program in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

The theme for this year’s graduation and recognition ceremony is PWDs: Eliminating barriers by building capabilities while disregarding disabilities.

DSWD’s Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Carmencita D. Luna, expressed her admiration to the PWD clients of the department in her inspirational message.

“How can I inspire you when it is you, our PWD clients, who inspire us? Your dedication and perseverance continuously  drive our passion to serve more clients. May you always keep the knowledge that these trainings have taught you and may this help you achieve your goals in life,” ARD Luna said.

The graduates were also given employment facilitation through the job placement services that is offered by the center. Majority of the graduates are now ready for their deployment.

The Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center III is a facility under the DSWD that is mandated to implement program and services for Persons with Disability (PWD). The center assists persons with disabilities in achieving the highest level of physical, social and economic adjustment by maximizing their residual capacities through a wide range of social and vocational activities.

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Farmer Field School for IPs

The Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG) has brought about many positive effects in the lives of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program particularly in their daily consumption and nutritional needs. Apart from this, the BIG also has helped the beneficiaries augment their income by selling fruits and vegetables from their backyard and communal gardening.

The same is true with the beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) Program of the 4Ps in Barangay Palinta, Municipality of Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

As an Indigenous People’s Group, (Subanen) whose primary source of income is on farming and agriculture, the community had no issues and difficulties starting a Bio-Intensive Gardening in the area. In fact, they were even elated to know that the program encourages its beneficiaries to have a backyard, container, and/or communal gardening.

In partnership with the LGU Municipal Agriculture’s Office, the MCCT beneficiaries were able to acquire seedlings to plant okra, talong, atsal, pipino, mais, kamatis, and paliya. They were able to harvest 50 kilos pipino but only 10 kilos was sold and the 40 kilos was divided and distributed to all beneficiaries for consumption.

The LGU saw that the beneficiaries are able to sustain gardening for their consumption and income augmentation. Due to this positive result, the LGU provided additional support to the beneficiaries to further enhance their skills in farming hence the Farmer Field School (FFS) was created.

The FFS serves as an avenue to provide the beneficiaries helpful strategies in cultivating their gardens. The sessions lasted for 5 months starting May until September of this year. 33 out of 54 beneficiaries were enrolled to these sessions and graduated last September 11, 2018.

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Pantawid Beneficiary’s Bio-Intensive Gardening receive Modelong Gulayan Award

Walda Sardania, 29 year old is a registered Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer program for Indigenous People (MCCT-IP) batch 1B. She lives at Purok Katipunan, Barangay Magdaup, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province. Last July 2012 Walda got married to Rian. She is a plain housewife to her husband and a responsible parent to their two (2) children. Walda’s husband, Rian, is also a very supportive husband. He engaged into buy and sell livelihood to provide the needs of his family. Since Rian is busy with his livelihood Walda attends to the needs of the family.

Walda is passionate about vegetable farming. She plants string beans, Kangkong, Eggplant and Camote. Walda and Rian plant in their backyard as well as in empty containers for family consumption. Other than for consumption, Walda also gains P20.00 – P 50.00 from the vegetables that she sell to their neighbors. The additional income is used as allowance of their children in school.

Last July 26, 2017 Walda is one of the contestants of “Modelong Gulayan 2017” which was initiated by  Municipal Agriculture’s Office participated by Pantawid beneficiaries in different barangays in  accordance with the celebration of “68th Araw ng Ipil”. Luckily the household garden got the third price in the backyard gardening. They received a certificate and cash amounting to five hundred pesos (P 500.00). The price that they received was used as additional capital to their sari-sari store.

Walda is also a member and recipient of the Landcare Foundation and a vice president of the project in their area in partnership with the Municipal Agriculture’s Office. The aim of the program is to capacitate the participants on how to maximize the small space of the backyard using the recycled container/materials considering that their community is located in the coastal area.  Also the said project provides technical assistance on how to make organic fertilizer to be used in their vegetable garden.

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“No one is too poor to give”

When you think of doing charity, you would probably think of people who have more in life that they can afford to share with people who have less. That is what usually happens in most cases. But this story will make you think otherwise.

Can poor people do charity? Or a more appropriate question would be: could poor people give what they don’t usually get?

This is a story of 3 children who come from poor families but have exemplified a gesture that is worth emulating.

Jane Marian Alberastine, 15, from Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte, Lovely Cris Cagas, 14, from Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur, and Angeline Esteban, 14, from Sibulao, Zamboanga City are ordinary Junior High School students under DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or more popularly known as the 4Ps.

These exemplary children, along with over 80 more Pantawid Pamilya children, were recently invited to attend the 7th National Children’s Congress (NCC) in San Juan City, Manila in line with the celebration of National Children’s Month.

Hailing from the farthest parts of Mindanao, these children are used to a simple life in the province. No malls, no busy streets, no restaurants and fast-food stores. It is their first time to travel to the big and busy city in Manila and so they kind of feel strange and excited at the same time to the new environment.

During the course of the workshop, they were given gift certificates from a fast-food chain as simple rewards to being good role models in their respective communities particularly for the youth.

Jane, Lovely, and Angeline, together with their guardians, decided to stroll around the big city and enjoy the city lights as they sparkle like stars in the sky. They enjoyed the grandeur of the mall that is loaded with stores of bags, dresses, shoes, and many more; the enticing sound of the city noise that somehow seem to be a new kind of music to the ears of the children; and the sight of tall buildings that they rarely or do not see in their respective provinces.

After what seemed to be an endless stroll, they finally decided to take a rest and feed their hungry bellies using the gift certificates that were given to them by a fast-food chain. As they enjoy the food that they ordered in the store, they saw several boys and girls, who are most likely younger than them, that sell sampaguita outside the store.

The three children were amazed by the hardwork of the kids that they saw. It was already past 9PM yet they were still on the street trying to convince by-passers to purchase the sampaguita necklaces that they sell.

Because of their appreciation to the kids, the girls decided to bring them food outside and share their blessings with them.

“Grabe. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam. Nag-thank you pa sila sa amin. (It is so heartwarming. They even thanked us for it),” said Angeline.

“Ang sweet nila. Tinawag pa nila akong Ate tapos naghug kame. (They are so sweet. They even called me big sister then we hugged),” said Jane.

“Akala ko talaga nung una katulad sila ng mga napapanood ko sa TV at pelikula. Pero hindi pala. Ang babait nila. (At first, I really thought that they are the same as how they are portrayed in TV and movies. But I found out that they are not. They are so kind),” Lovely realized.

Even though these Pantawid children belong to the poor families in the country, they have showed that charity and compassion is in the heart of every person regardless of his or her strata in life. This proves that one does not really have to have all the wealth in the world to be able to give and share.

The 4Ps, as a program that promotes the welfare of the poor, invests in health, education, and even more so in building the foundation and values of every beneficiary towards achieving a Bayang Mapagkalinga.

 

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