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IDPs vacate schools, transfer to Mampang transitory site

In preparation for the opening of classes on June 2,  spadework has been doubled-up to finish the construction of the transitory sites for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) temporarily housed at the elementary schools of Mampang and Arena Blanco.

Transferring to the temporary shelters are women Noraida, Dia and Repa.   They all came from the Cawa-cawa evacuation site and stayed at the Mamang Elementary School for almost 2 months.

With their belongings on board government  trucks, the seventy-nine (79) families from Mampang and Arena Blanco Elementary Schools moved in yesterday to the new Mampang Transitory site which is approximately 1.5 kilometers from the main city-road bordering both barangays.

The new site

Dia, who hails from the houses-on-stilt community of Mariki, relayed her excitement of settling in the new temporary site where they will be housed for a period of 6-10 months as projected by the City Government.

Excited ako na makalipat sa lugar na malapit sa dagat dahil marami akong pwede mapagkakakitaan ng hanapbuhay.  Pwede akong maglatu o magsigay” (I am excited to transfer as the place is near the sea where I could gather latu or shells for me to sell) Dia said.

The vast marshland lot owned by the City government of Zamboanga is situated in the southern part of the city overlooking the Basilan Strait.  ‘Bakawan’ or mangroves partly obscures the area from the open seafront.


The Department of Social Welfare and Development financed the construction of 10 bunkhouses in partnership with the 52nd Engineer Brigade of the 545th Construction Battallion of the AFP.  Total cost of the project is P10M.

Each bunkhouse has 24 rooms with each partition having a floor area of 8×12 feet.  Each room can accommodate a family of 5 members.

The bunkhouses are designed to adapt to wetland conditions that concrete posts were used to elevate the flooring.  Catwalks or boardwalks were part of the blueprint that would interconnect the bunkhouses.  Corrugated G.I. sheets and plyboards were used for the roofs and walls for a more-durable refuge for the IDPs.

Construction of latrines and wash areas is still on-going however, portalets are in-placed temporarily until the needed facilities are completed.

Water facilities as well as electricity lines were also installed.

As the family heads kept busy in the hauling of their luggages and other belongings, DSWD provided mosquito nets and food packs good for 2-3 days to ensure their food supply as they get settled into the new environment.    International Organization for Migration (IOM) also distributed new kettles and thermos jugs.

With more bunkhouses to be completed soon, the Shelter and Camp management clusters are now working on the transfer of IDPs from other schools like the Talon-Talon ES and more families from the Cawa-cawa site###

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DSWD reveals efforts on protection, assistance to IDPs

In response to negative reports received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Regional Office IX in Zamboanga City gave clarifications regarding the plight of Zamboanga City Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

On cases of Prostitution

DSWD 9 Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said that the Protection Cluster which was organized as early as September has been monitoring this issue. She said that when the cluster learned of these prostitution incidence, several efforts were done with the aim of bringing an end to this social problem and preventing further damage to the social arena. Efforts include identification of Barangay tanods for all 4 Zones in the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex who were organized and trained to monitor such cases. Coordination with the Philippine National Police has also been carried out to strengthen security on entrance and exit points at the JFESC during night time while coordination with TESDA and DOLE to provide skills training and cash-for-work to ensure that these women are provided with income-generating ventures.

“We cannot confirm that prostitution is really happening at the JFESC, as we neither the police have caught anyone engaging in such demeanor, however, we are not setting aside these reports and coordinated with the City Health Office. In initial interviews done by our social workers, we found out that these women are already sex workers when they were displaced by the Zamboanga crisis.” Director Arevalo said.

The Director further revealed that regular meetings are being done by the five (5) social workers assigned to these women for the rigid case management.

Past emergency response

DSWD reiterates that the situation in Zamboanga is already in the rehabilitation and recovery stage and post emergency response. This indicates that provision of emergency needs has ended which is usually good for only 2-4 weeks after a disaster.

“We have provided food supplies up to December last year with some of our humanitarian partners affording our IDPs with food supplies until March of this year. However, this is already way past the emergency phase and rehabilitation and recovery should already be observed for our IDPs to start things on their own”. The director said.

Transition homes

The DSWD Field Office IX said that there is no truth to the claims of some malicious reporters that ‘no transition sites have been prepared nor are there decent jobs made available’. Per records, todate there are 5 transitory sites with more being developed. About 6,700 individuals have already transferred to these areas, after the government have initiated the immediate decongestion of the JFESC and clearing of the Cawa-cawa boulevard. Humanitarian partners like the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Habitat for Humanity and the AFP 52nd Engineering Brigade has been helping in the construction of the bunkhouses and temporary shelters .

The Sustainable Livelihood Program unit (SLP) of the department in partnership with the Livelihood cluster members continually provide earning opportunities like the Food for work and Cash for Work programs. The project development workers have already started assessing individuals and groups for program requirements.###

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Love knows no place

Love knows no place.  Newly wed Faisal and Arpia, both IDPs, show off their prowess in performing the traditional dance, the “Pangalay” after their wedding ceremony in one of the evacuation centers in Zamboanga City.  The couple met at the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex at the height of the Zamboanga Crisis in September last year.  A two-day celebration shall be held according to the mother of the groom starting off at the Zamboanga East West Evac center where Faisal stays and to ensue at the JFESC where Arpia stays with her family.  The young bride will  join her husband as soon as festivities end###(04/22/14)

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DSWD conducts psychotherapy for kids in EC

As most experts would claim, in any tragic incident, children are the most affected individual.  Yet, oftentimes, their needs are disregarded due to their inability to express the need for intervention for  their feelings and emotions.

Prompted by concern for these ‘silent victims’, the camp management team of the Zamboanga East West Central School evacuation center organized a draw and tell activity last March 23.

Fifteen kids with ages 6-7 years old participated.  Most of them came from Rio Hondo and Mariki which were two of the six affected barangays.

Known to be the ‘silent victims’, these children witnessed the Zamboanga conflict in September last year after alleged troops of the Moro National Liberation Front assaulted some parts of the city.

The social workers who administered the activity revealed that the kids showed interest and were so active and participative during the session.

“Our instruction was for them to draw what’s in their minds but we were surprised when most of them sketched houses”, said  Airene Faustino, one of the social workers.

The team further revealed that during the ‘telling’ part, the kids divulged that they miss home but mentioned that “its magulo” (chaotic) in their place.

One of the kids, Anthony, also drew a house with persons apparently leaving the place and confirming this during the presentation.  In Samal dialect, he explained that the persons are his sister Angela, his parents and himself leaving their house on their way to ‘boulevard’.  (or Cawa-cawa which has become one of the evacuation sites)

Two of the participants drew airplanes and helicopters. When asked why, they uttered “Kasi yan ang nakita namin” (That is what we saw).

The team said they felt happy because despite the experiences of the participants the children could still express their thoughts in simple drawings with smiles on their faces.

The kids also enjoyed the icebreakers through poems and songs “Kumusta ka” and “Sampung Palaka”.

Psychotherapy through ‘draw and tell’ is generally applied to children encouraging release of thoughts, feelings and opinions based on experiences that are usually tragic.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided the materials like crayons, pencils and papers which were given as gifts to the kids after the activity.### (Airine Faustino and Narrabelle Bue)

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DSWD IX hires workers to aid validation of SocPen, MCCT beneficiaries

A beneficiary of the Social Pension receives her quarterly pension.

A beneficiary of the Social Pension receives her quarterly pension.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently released the authority to hire workers who will validate the indigent senior citizens and families covered by Social Pension and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP).

DSWD Field Office IX through its Listahanan (NHTS-PR) unit have been allotted with 50 slots to fill up the positions of Area Coordinators and Enumerators for Social Pension and 10 slots for MCCT workers. There will be also 8 slots for hiring of Encoders who shall be responsible for data entries in the system.

These field workers will be deployed in the different municipalities around Zamboanga Peninsula with a coverage of 6,799 social pensioners and 2,616 MCCT beneficiaries. Area Supervisors will be hired seven days before the training to prepare for deployment planning and another seven days of engagement after the assessment for the preparation of reports.

Hired applicants were notified by the Human Resource Development Unit of DSWD Field Office IX. They will undergo 3 day training facilitated by Listahanan Unit staff on Effective Monitoring for Area Supervisor and Efficient Household Assessment for Enumerators on April 28-30 at JKC Hotel, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The said validation for Social Pension aims to legitimize the resumption of the payment of the social pensioner’s monthly stipend by validating their status for inclusion in the Listahanan Database. MCCT on the other hand would guarantee the mainstreaming of families to the regular Pantawid Pamilya Program if the said validation identified these families as poor.

The assessment will run for a total of fifteen (15) days including weekends to meet its targets provided in the SocPen and MCCT masterlists. The Family Assessment Forms (FAFs) shall be its main assessment tool, A four (4) page questionnaire with forty (46) variables that collects pertinent information about the welfare of a family.A statistical model called Proxy Means Test (PMT) is run to approximate family per capita income.

The Listahanan Unit is currently conducting its preparatory activities as it anticipates the conduct of the 2nd household assessment this year. DSWD advices previous applicants during the massive hiring held August last year to wait for further announcement as to the hiring of the qualified field workers for 2nd household assessment is concerned.

The government’s Social Pension Program (Social Pension) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development provides a monthly stipend of P500 to indigent senior citizens as mandated by Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 while MCCT targets families in need of special protection which provides families with conditional cash grants on Health and Education. ##

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DSWD IX bares stories of Tatsulo beneficiaries

The actual copies of Pagbangon book being distributed to guests and attendees during the book launch.

The actual copies of Pagbangon book being distributed to guests and attendees during the book launch.

Following its 63rd anniversary celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has finally launched the second sequel of its official book on success stories on February 7, 2014 at one of the hotels in Zamboanga City. The Pagbangon (Rise) is the sequel to Paglaom (Hope) which was produced by the Regional Social Marketing Unit in 2012. While Paglaom centered on how the featured subjects find hope to endure and fight the ruthlessness of poverty, Pagbangon on the other hand pivots around how the subjects act on and fight back against life’s adversities through the intervention of DSWD’s programs and services. “This book shares how ordinary people have become the hope of the family, the source of faith of the society and a hero of their own community with the help of the Convergence strategy of DSWD through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kalahi-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood Program.” adds Narrabelle Bue, Regional Information Unit Head.

(From L-R) SLP RPC Elizabeth Saavedra, Kalahi-CIDSS RPC Marilyn Fabian and ARDO Consejo H. Usman pose shortly after unveiling the life-size Pagbangon Book Cover.

(From L-R) SLP RPC Elizabeth Saavedra, Kalahi-CIDSS RPC Marilyn Fabian and ARDO Consejo H. Usman pose shortly after unveiling the life-size Pagbangon Book Cover.

The unveiling of the life-size Pagbangon Book cover highlighted the event, which was led by DSWD IX Assistant Regional Director for Operations Consejo H. Usman, Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Marilyn Fabian and Sustainable Livelihood Program Regional Program Coordinator Elizabeth Saavedra. The Pagbangon book features nine (9) stories depicting the plight of the selected DSWD beneficiaries, how they cope up with shortage, famine and deprivation to basic social service facilities and eventually rise from poverty.



DSWD Tatsulo beneficiaries featured in the said book were also invited to attend the event and to speak up during the Press Conference which followed after the unveiling ceremony.

Johanna Lerona and family from Salug, Zamboanga del Norte, Rhea Lyka Bacang from Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay and Ma. Lourdes Carumba, a resident of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay expressed how grateful they for being part of the book and for the assistance that they have been receiving from the institution.

(From L-R) Lyka Bacang, Johanna Lerona, SLP RPC Elizabeth Saavedra, ARDO Consejo H. Usman, KC RPC Marilyn Fabian, 4Ps RITO Karen Ann Site and Lourdes Carumba during the Press Conference.

(From L-R) Lyka Bacang, Johanna Lerona, SLP RPC Elizabeth Saavedra, ARDO Consejo H. Usman, KC RPC Marilyn Fabian, 4Ps RITO Karen Ann Site and Lourdes Carumba during the Press Conference.

“Sa una, dili kaayu ku ka-join sa mga activities sa school kay kinahanglan man magbayad, then wala man gyud extra akung parents para sa pambayad sa mga extra curriculars, para lang gyud sa mga needs. Pero karun kay gitabangan na mi sa Pantawid pamilya, ka-join na jud ko and daku man gyud ang tabang sa pagtaas sa akung grado. So nagpasalamat gud mi sa DSWD.” (Before, I could hardly join extra-curricular activities at school since our money is only enough to suffice our needs. But when Pantawid came and helped us, my grades went high

because of the extra-curricular activities I joined in school. So we really are thankful to DSWD.) shares Lyka, a high school student who is one of the featured pantawid beneficiaries.

While Johanna Lerona expressed how SLP improved her living condition when she was granted a capital seed fund and was able to start off her business in poultry and hog-raising. “SLP ang nagtabang sa aku nga ipahuman ug skwela ang akung anak. Salamat sa TATSULO.” (SLP sustained my eldest son’s education. All my efforts were paid off. Thank you to TATSULO.)

On the other hand, Lourdes, as an active Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, is also thankful of the things that DSWD has brought to their community. “Kabataan ang among gi-una. Kabaw mi kay importante jud and edukasyon sa mga kabataan. Salamat kaayu sa KC ug DSWD sa tabang na ilang gihatag sa amu.” (We prioritized the youth. We were aware that education is very important to them. Thank you very much to KC and DSWD for the help that they have given us.) Lourdes states.

While serving as an inspiration to the readers, Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo also considers communication materials such as the Pagbangon book as an aid to DSWD Convergence beneficiaries. “We congratulate the people behind the production of the Pagbangon. This book serves as a vehicle to let the public and government entities know the condition of the people who have less and so as to solicit help or intervention from those people who have more, both in resources and power.”

The success of the event was manifested by the presence of the different guests coming from other National Government Agencies such as DA, DOLE, DOST, DPWH, NFA, DTI, NSO, TESDA, PIA, and DILG, guests from the academes like WMSU and Pilar College and also from the media arena such as Zamboanga Today, DXAS and GBPI TV 11.

DSWD senior officials, Tatsulo beneficiaries and guests from participating agencies toast for a commitment to continuously fight against poverty.

DSWD senior officials, Tatsulo beneficiaries and guests from participating agencies toast for a commitment to continuously fight against poverty.

“We welcome and as well as thank all the stakeholders and partner agencies who came here today to  grace the occasion. May we continue to be partners and strengthen more our network to provide a quality public service.” ARDO Consejo H. Usman states during a TV interview. Usman also proposed a toast of commitment to continuously fight against poverty as the event’s finale.

The said activity also includes launching of the new brand name of National household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, which is now dubbed as Listahanan, a moniker for the DSWD information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. The re-branding effort is to mainly create a brand name which is easier to recall for the stakeholders and general public.

The Regional Social Marketing Unit of DSWD IX composed of Reg’l Information Unit Head Narrabelle Z. Bue, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Reg’l Information Officer Jayson Elias, Social Marketing Officer of Kalahi-CIDSS Lei Madeline Mohammad and Listahanan Information Officer Ivan Eric Salvador also distributed advocacy materials such as mugs, calendars, lanyards, infokits, folders, briefers and notepads as tokens of appreciation to the attendees.###

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DSWD IX launches Targeting System’s new brand name ‘LISTAHANAN’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX officially launched “LISTAHANAN (Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan) as the new brand name of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) on February 7, 2014 at Marcian Garden Hotel, Zamboanga City.

 As a Nationwide information system that identifies who and where the poor are, The birth of Listahanan is a result of the branding workshop conducted last May 2013 which aimed to create a new name, logo and tagline for NHTS-PR for easier recall  and improved appeal to the public. The system makes available to national agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

In the presence of the guests from National Government Agencies, Local Media, Academes and Regional Staff, The official logo was introduced in an unveiling ceremony led by  DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Consejo H. Usman and Regional Focal  Person for Listahanan Mr. Hasan Alfad. A short video presentation on the process and overview of the Project was presented together with the rationale of the new brand name.

Listahanan’s new brand name is a combination of LISTAHAN (list) and TAHANAN (house/home) with the tagline “Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan”. It define the project’s initiative to establish a list of poor families in need of assistance from social protection programs. While the graphics in the Listahanan logo emphasizes the role of the project as a targeting tool for social protection.

Since the inception of NHTS project, it has tremendously helped Philhealth achieved our corporate mandate for universal coverage under the Aquino Health Agenda’s Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” said Mrs. Maria Venus B. Giroy, Chief Insurance Officer of  Philhealth IX as she shared their agency’s testimony on how the database have became very useful in the implementation of their programs and services. “The NHTS-PR  which is now branded as Listahanan, has facilitated easy enrollment for the poorest sector of our society. With the list available, Philhealth were able to minimize the duplicity of enrollment in the sponsored program of the Congressional, Provincial, City or Municipal, hence expanding to a greater number of beneficiaries to the NHIP ” she added.  She even lauded the certified list shared by Listahanan of the DSWD to their agency for it has increased the number of NHTS beneficiaries in 2012 from 337,900 to 505,208 last year which included the beneficiaries from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. PhilHealth  is looking forward for the sustainability of the project and for more fruitful partnership with DSWD.

 Assistant Regional Director Usman led the toast of commitment with the guests’ present with their Listahanan Mugs as a sign of the continuous support in the project as everyone is looking forward for the conduct of the Nationwide 2nd Household Assesment this year. A Press Conference followed after the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Pre-Assesment advocacy activities are set to be conducted in the latter part of February to orient Local Government Units on the new brand name and assessment processes all over Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur to include areas of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi. #IES#

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