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DSWD-Listahanan provides list of Households for DOLE’s Profiling of Vulnerable workers

Zamboanga City- More than 400 thousand identified households are currently verified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as it commenced its Profiling of Vulnerable Sectors in Zamboanga Peninsula.

The list were taken from Department of Social Welfare and Development- Listahanan’s or known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction’s database of Poor Households. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It is a database that envisions the improvement of design of the social protection programs that maximizes the benefit of the poor.

The 433, 456 thousand identified households in Zamboanga Peninsula comprises of the following breakdown: Service Workers/Market sales worker (30,868); Farmers/ Forestry workers and Fisherman (267,41) ; Trades and Related workers (6,436) ; Plant and Machine Operators and Assembles (7,196) and Laborers/Unskilled (121,476). Listahanan shared the list from the Provincial to the Barangay Level informations to include Roster of Families under it.

The said profiling seeks to identify areas with high concentration of vulnerable groups to serve as their reference for framing plans, programs and services in terms of livelihood assistance and other services offered by the agency. It is implemented in 16 regions nationwide.

Through the Listahanan database, DOLE shall also verify on field the targeted 46,059 vulnerable individuals which constitute Child Laborers and those from the Informal Sectors in Region 9. Based on the frequency surveys in the presence of DSWD, NSCB and DENR, All Zamboanga Peninsula provinces were included among the thirty (30) poorest provinces in the country.

Furthermore, the result of the Profiling will determine the need of interventions and preferred programs and services of the households from the National and Local Government Agencies.

The agency is currently waving its Flagship program called “DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP)” which contributes to Aquino Administration’s National Agenda on Reducing Poverty. It envisions productive , gainful and secure community employment to the disadvantaged and vulnerable workers in the informal economy. It focuses on three major areas: Formation (Provision of Starter Kits for Displaced and Vulnerable Workers) ; Restoration (Livelihood Assistance like Negosyo sa Kariton for victims of disaster) and Enchancement (Augmentation on Group Livelihood projects for sustainability and development). It also provides the following services: Aquisition of productive resources ; Trainings, orientations and advisories; Assistance in the establishment of common service facilities and Advocacy in setting-up of self -help mechanism for social security.

All recommended beneficiaries taken after the profiling shall benefit the agency’s Integrated Livelihood Program.

DOLE- Regional Office IX has already started its deployment of workers last March 4, 2014 who shall conduct House visits in all Listahanan identified municipalities and cities in the region. The pooling of Enumerators and Supervisors was conducted to serve as their field workers. They shall be using their own tools like Household Profile Forms which determines Household and Socio Economic informations, Support services and Needs assessment. Barangay forms will also be filled up by Enumerators to get its Physical and Demographic Characteristics, Economic Profile including questions on Child-Labor Free Campaign in the Barangay.

The Listahanan data of DSWD served as the agency’s baseline information as to the areas to be validated and verified. Household names were provided to the agency to facilitate easy identification of household’s location.

Executive Order 867 series of 2010 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo mandates all National Goverment Agencies to adopt the NHTS-PR database as reference and basis in identifying beneficiaries to their social protection programs and services.##

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Community workers undergo conflict-sensitive facilitation workshop

Zamboanga City 03/18/14 – To ensure a more conflict-sensitive, responsive and appropriate facilitation of communities, twenty six (26) newly-hired Community Facilitators  coming from different parts of the region have undergone Technical Coaching Session on Community Facilitation on March 28, 2014 at Lantaka Hotel, Zamboanga City.

The said activity was conducted by DSWD 9 Regional Program Management Office of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PaMaNa) following the recruitment of additional staff to be assigned in various areas of coverage.

“This orientation and training hopes to strengthen and improve the quality of project output processes which is one of the basic principles of community facilitation in KC/PAMANA.” Kalahi-CIDSS 9 Regional Program Coordinator Marilyn Fabian explained as to the significance of the undertaking.

Kalahi-CIDSS RCDS Elpidio Lapad discussing the Project Proposal Preparation before the 26 newly-hired community facilitators

Kalahi-CIDSS RCDS Elpidio Lapad discussing the Project Proposal Preparation before the 26 newly-hired community facilitators

Meanwhile, Kalahi-CIDSS 9 Regional Community Development Specialist Elpidio Lapad shared the details of the learning sessions that the participants have gone through.  “We have also provided them technical sessions on Social Preparation, Project Development and crafting of Project Proposal which are the program’s primary components. This will further capacitate and improve the technical assistance delivery of staff in assisting communities identify projects that promote peace and social cohesion in their community.” Lapad added.

Moreover, the activity which will run from March 26-28, 2014 also includes orientation of the new staff on Kalahi-CIDSS-PaMaNa project, particularly on its objectives, principles, implementation and financial arrangements and the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) Process.

The hiring of additional PaMaNa staff under Kalahi-CIDSS was deemed necessary to warrant a more effective, efficient and timely delivery of services and assistance to the community it serves. The 20 newly-recruited community facilitators will be deployed in Naga, Ipil and Malangas, Zamboang Sibugay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur and Sibuco, Baliguian and Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte

PaMaNa Region 9 Focal and Regional Community Development Associate Abegail Luna also shared how the Program has been doing since its commencement in the Region in 2012. “Kalahi-CIDSS PaMaNa or what is also known as Kalahi-CIDSS for Social Cohesion has been successful in addressing the root causes of conflict through interventions on the ground such as peace and development projects identified through community-driven approach. For non-KC PaMaNa areas, it has effectively implemented and developed 164 sub-projects since its birth.” Luna elaborated.

Kalahi-CIDSS for Peace and Social Cohesion is under track 2 of the National Government’s Peace and Development Framework implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, which is to undertake programs aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict through provision of community infrastructure projects. These projects are identified the residents themselves, including the poor, the indigenous peoples and every other member of the community through participation in decision-making, planning, implementation and maintenance of said projects. ###LMSM

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DSWD-NHTU IX gathers ZamPen LGUs for 2nd round Household Assessment orientation

Left Photo: LGU Participants listen to the orientation given by DSWD's Resource speaker on Listahanan. Right Photo: MSWDO of Dipolog raises question during the open forum.

Left Photo: LGU Participants listen to the orientation given by DSWD’s Resource speaker on Listahanan.
Right Photo: MSWDO of Dipolog City raises question during the open forum.

Zamboanga City – 3/24/2014- A total of 200 participants all over Zamboanga Peninsula attended the orientation on Listahanan in preparation for the 2nd round nationwide household assessment.

The orientation conducted by The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) or Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office IX was done from March 10 to 21, 2014. Participants include Local Chief Executives, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers and Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators of the different municipalities and cities in the region.

The series of orientation kicked off at Pagadian Bay Plaza Hotel for Zamboanga del Sur participants, followed at Dipolog City’s Bamboo Garden Hotel for Zamboanga del Norte-Batch 1 and JKC Hotel in Liloy for Zamboanga del Norte-Batch 2 participants respectively. The last leg of the orientation was conducted at Roderic’s Resort in Ipil for cities of Zamboanga and Isabela to include all municipalities under Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Allow me to express our sincerest gratitude in behalf our Regional Director for attending this affair. Please deliver this message of thanks to your local chief executives for bringing you here today.” said Mr.Al-Raschid K. Nandu, Regional Field Coordinator for Listahanan Region IX, as he conveys his message of appreciation before the participants. Some Municipal Mayors of Kumalarang, Sibutan,Dinas, Tukuran, Mutia, Magasalay and Sergio Osmena also showed support by gracing the event.

Mr. Nandu underscored the importance of the Local Government Units in the implementation of the said project. He further discussed that the purpose of the orientation was to enlighten LGUs on the next family assessment, likewise to verbalize their duties and functions in the implementation such as to provide the department with municipality spot map, fare matrix and assistance in identifying pockets of poverty in urban areas. He also added the need to advance for the support of partners, data users particularly the Local Government Units (LGUs) as they will become the front-liners in the area during the conduct of the assessment.

The said orientation covered significant and comprehensive topics which catered the needs for information and knowledge of the participants. Resource speakers were Listahanan’s Focal Person for Region IX Mr. Hassan B. Alfad, Mr. Al-Raschid K. Nandu, Regional Field Coordinator for Listahahan Region IX and Mr. Ivan Eric Salvador, Information Officer for Listahanan

The scope of the orientation presented topics that seek to strengthen the recall and appeal of Listahanan to its stakeholders as the new brand of NHTS-PR discussing its objectives and legal bases. It also highlights its importance and further advocates the utilization of the generated data for identifying clients of poverty reduction and social protection programs. Presentation on the Proxy Means Test, Project Cycle, Encoding System, Social Marketing, Regional Profile of the Poor, Data Sharing Protocols and MOA were also delivered to them.

National Project Coordinators’ Ms. Maria Antonette Lucero and Mr. Euberto Gregorio of the Listahanan -National Project Management Office (NPMO) also joined the NHTU staff in the conduct of the said orientation. They discussed policies, plans, procedures and system for the upcoming assessment. Some of the updates presented are increase in ratio of Enumerators to Area Supervisor and Area Supervisors to Area Coordinators. Accordingly, this is done to ensure that there will be an intensified compliance in the monitoring of the field staff. There will be also increased of targets in the pockets of poverty while the receipt of On-Demand Applications is dispensed to open greater opportunities to participate in the validation process. In terms of assessment tools, Listahanan shall continue to use the Proxy Means Test-a statistical model that approximates family income based on observable and verifiable proxy indicators in the Family Asssesment Forms or FAFs while an additional tool called Barangay Community Characteristics (BCC) form will be used to collect community information such as street patterns, presence of commercial establishments and recreational facilities, among others affecting economic activities of the families in the barangay.

Special validation  for Social Pension and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP) were also announced.

Region IX will have a total assessment coverage of 688,495 thousand households both from rural and urban areas per following breakdown: Dapitan City (15,025 Households); Dipolog City (22,917 households) ; Isabela City (21,250 households); Pagadian City (37,083 households); Zamboanga City (149,253 households) ; Zamboanga del Norte (161,215 households); Zamboanga del Sur (162,113 households) and Zamboanga Sibugay ( 119, 639 households). It shall be implemented in 4 provinces, 5 cities and 67 municipalities around the region.

DSWD is looking forward for the conduct of 2nd Nationwide Household Assessment in the 2nd quarter of the year in full swing. ##

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DSWD reveals profile of Women, 900k identified poor in ZamPen


The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office IX  through its Listahanan unit showed support to all strong and resilient “Juanas” who manifest resiliency amidst poverty by showcasing statistics of the identified poor women in Zamboanga Peninsula through Photo and Infographics display.

Anchored on the theme: “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!” , this year’s celebration of Women’s Month pays tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes here in the country and across the globe.

As of 2011, Listahanan data revealed that 48.2 % of 1,954,698 million total poor individuals in Zamboanga Peninsula are women. In terms of magnitude 942,393 of these were identified poor. This only shows that Zamboanga Peninsula draw a huge figure in terms poor women is concern and considered among the top 3 regions  that has a high incidence of poor women in the country together with ARMM and Eastern Visayas regions. In terms of age, 50.9% of these women are below 18 years old.

If grouped according to Area classification, data shows that 807,600 or 85.7% of these women lives in rural area while 134,793 or 14.3% of them are in urban areas.   It also shows that the high magnitude of poor women whose ages 15 years old and above can be attributed to its high unemployment or no occupation rate of 65.1%. One reason that might contribute to this is the high rate of women who were not able to finish any grade level revealing its 22.4% rate. However, most women with occupation are engaged in Farming and Fishing.

The advocacy materials were displayed in the regional office and shared among organizations and centers that cater Women Empowerment and Development to raise awareness and call to act. Through this massive information, statistics will manifest the need for intervention on women in the region.

 DSWD calls everyone to take a serious step to help them in changing these statistics to improve its well being by giving them access to their basic rights and services and provide them necessary interventions.

This showcase is only part of the Listahanan’s intensive advocacy to build a brand of credible, accurate and efficient database of poor households. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It makes available to social protection stakeholders a pioneer database of poor families to serve as their reference for selecting beneficiaries of their programs and services.  Women sector in particular are among the data sets available that can be generated from the database. Regional profile of other sectors like Children, Senior Citizens, Indigenous People (IP) group and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to include housing condition, accessibility to electricity and water facilities can also be made available upon request.

This year, Listahanan shall update its database through the conduct of the 2nd Nationwide Household Asssement in the 2nd quarter. For more details on these statistics you may visit the DSWD Field Office IX-Listahanan Unit, General Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City. or visit us in our website: You may also like us in our official facebook page at: .

The DSWD salutes all resilient women. Mabuhay ka! ##

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The Gentlemen of Volunteerism

Nido Timagos together with her daughter talks about their experience with Kalahi-CIDSS

Nido Timagos together with her daughter talks about their experience with Kalahi-CIDSS

 “Di mi kaligu, wa mi isabaw sa among nilungag, di mi kahugas plato ug sanina. Samut kalisud gyud sa una. Tanan mi tubig gud ang problema.” (We couldn’t bathe, cook, and we couldn’t even wash our clothes and dishes. It was really hard then. Apparently, water was everyone’s concern then.) Nido Timagos blurted when asked about the usual problem they encountered in their community before a life-changing experience.

Nido Tamagos resides in Barangay Tagulo, Tukuran, a 4th class municipality of Zamboanga del Sur. One of the most important industries here is fisheries. Its long stretch fine black sand lures the dwellers in the nearby municipalities to spend their weekend getaway. It seems so ironic for a place surrounded by water to have lack of access to safe and potable water.

Nido is a father to 2 children with ages 6 and 3 years old. His wife, Liza is a housekeeper. Nido earns a little through farming, and that’s the only source he and his family lean onto. Though he is sometimes called to do electric repairs, he can’t fully count on this since he doesn’t have complete electronic equipment.  “Wala jud trabaho nga maincoman nimu. Mau na’y lisud diri. Kung naa lang ani dunay ku mupakaun sa akung pamilya, kung wala, samut gyud kalisud!” (There’s no regular job here that you really can count on to earn. That’s the problem here. If there’s harvest then that’s when I have something to feed my family, but if none, that’s when it gets worse.)

In spite of being a man, Nido had been so sensitive about the dilemma that his family and the whole community have had faced and endured. He emphatically shared how people were tormented of their everyday ordeal on water supply. According to him, the villagers had to stride a kilometre stretch to fetch water and what makes it harder is that they have to get there on time to catch the water ration scheduled within an hour.

“Sa una, dunay mi gravity type nga water system . Magbantay gyud mi sa schedule kay usa asta duha ka orasa lang man tu muagas sa usa ka-adlaw. Human mga 200 ka panimalay ang mu depend didtu.” (Before, we had a pressurized and Gravity type water supply system. We had to watch out for the schedule of the water ration every day since it only allowed us to fetch water for a short period of time. Usually we are only given 1-2 hours. And there are about 200 households who rely on that source.)

The challenge doesn’t stop here. It gets even more difficult on their way back, as they needed to carry back the full containers to their homes.

“Katung di kabayad pliti sa mga motor para ikarga ang ilahang mga tubig, lakaw lang gyud sila. Maluuy na lang ta. Na human ang mga laki man gyud ang muadtu, magkarga sa mga gallon, magpila. So wala jud sila mahimu lain, di sila makapanrabaho, wala pud sila ma-income.” (Those who have nothing to pay for their fare in ferrying their water-filled containers, they were forced to walk. So usually it’s the head of the family who used to do this. And when they are stuck lining up to fetch water, that’s when they miss a day to earn.)

Struggles faced in the community and family had never become a reason for Nido to fight and continue to move forward. Though not a local of their barangay, Nido was not unlike the inhabitants of Tagulo who hoped of a better place to live in.

He pauses, tries to recall something with a beam on his face and continues, “Sa usa ka takna, tanan nabaylo. Murag kagahapon lang man to ningtambong mi ug pipila ka barangay assemblies ug sa karon nia na! (pointing to the top stand) Dili gyud ni namu mahitabu kun dili tungud sa Kalahi.” (Everything had changed in an instant. It seems to me like it was only yesterday when we were attending series of Barangay Assemblies, and now there it is! (pointing to the top stand) We wouldn’t have achieved this if it wasn’t for Kalahi.)

Nido with his wife Liza and two children showing the tap stand project of Kalahi-CIDSS

Nido with his wife Liza and two children showing the tap stand project of Kalahi-CIDSS

Like an answered prayer, Kalahi-CIDSS came to Tukuran in April 2013. Nido was one of the community volunteers who made the installation of the water system in their barangay a streaming success. Not only a volunteer, but he was chosen as the Barangay Sub-project Committee Chairman.Like other community volunteers, Nido was hesitant at first and was so anxious that his knowledge might not be enough to carry out his roles.

High school graduate lang man ku mam. Kabalu ku kay dili sayun mahimu ug BSPMC. Dili lang kay kinahanglan nga makig uyon sa lain laing klase sa tawo kundili kinahanglan sad nga naa kay abilidad teknikal arun matuman ang usa ka proyekto nga ug tungod aning bahina nabalaka ko. Sa unang pipila ka semana nabalaka ko ug wa nasayod aa akoang gibati nga ila kong gipamirma ug gipagunit ug dagkong kantidad nga mga cheke. Ang proseso taas ug apiki pero dako jud amuang pasalamat nga si sir moner walay paglubad sa pagtabang ug pag giya sa kada lakang. Gi tudluan mi, napailalum sa mga pila ka workshops kung aha mas labaw mi mas ganado mi mutrabaho ug mas maayo.” I was only a high school graduate. I was so much aware that being a BSPMC is not easy. You don’t only have to deal with different kinds of people but practically you have to possess the technical skills to implement a project, and that’s what I was so much worried about. In the first few weeks I felt indifferent as they made me sign and hold huge amount of   checks. The process was a bit lengthy and intricate but we were just so thankful that Sir Moner (Moner, KC Tukuran Area Coordinator) was there to guide us in every step of the way. We were trained; we’ve undergone series of workshops which motivated me, us even more to work harder.”

As of this writing, there are 17 units Tap Water Stands installed in barangay Tagulo to cater 184 households. The residents of Tagulo can readily fetch water anytime of the day without necessarily walking several kilometres and spending the whole day lining up to be able to bring home a pail-full of water for bathing, cooking and washing.

“Para sa aku, importante gyud na ang tubig. Kay kini gyud ang atung gina. Magpasalamat gyud mi kay nakita ni sa kalahi (-cidss).” (For me water is really important. We use it in almost everything we do and it affects nearly every aspect of our lives, our health and our economic condition. And we are just so thankful that kalahi-cidss saw this vital need.)

Roseller Abale chats with his co-KC volunteers

Roseller Abale chats with his co-KC volunteers

Unlike Nido who considers water as a source of life, Roseller Aballe saw it as a threat to everyone in their community.

Barangay of Pantad is bordering on coastal waters in the municipality of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. This makes fishing and seaweeds farming as barangay’s top economic activities. Roseller shared that most of the residents here run to the sea to sustain a living for their family. But most of the time, it is the sea that they had to run away from.

“Nung hindi pa nagawa yung daan, ang mga bata, mga studyante kailangan pa nilang sumakay ng bangka para tawirin an ang tubig, makapasok sila sa kwela. Mas mahirap na pag high tide dahil ang tubig umaabot talaga sa haddanan ng kanilang bahay. Bubuhatin pa sila ng magulang nila, samahan sila sa skwela. Bantayan talaga sila lagi.” (When the road wasn’t rehabilitated yet, children and students had to ride a Bangka (boat) to cross the water and reach their school. It was so difficult especially when it’s high tide because the waters really reach the steps of the pathway. So the parents needed to carry their children, accompany them to school and look after their children all the time.)

Barangay Pantad CIRCA 2011

Barangay Pantad CIRCA 2011

Drenched with water and surrounded by marshes and spongy land, Pantad was then not a conducive place to live in. At least once before kalahi-cidss came to them.

Kalahi-CIDSS started in April 2012 in Pantad, Dumalinao. The implementation of the program in their barangay was not that plain seafaring. The residents were sceptical that Kalahi-CIDSS can give them the convenience they have been hankering to have, a concrete pathway as Roseller said, “Nung una, lahat hindi sigurado, ayaw magvolunteer. Wala talaga may gusto. Parang negatib ba sila na matutuloy ang project. Pero nung nagmeeting, ineksplika ang proseso, naisip namin hindi talaga malulutas ang problema naming kung hindi kame tutulong.” (At first, everyone was hesitant and no one wanted to volunteer. As in literally, no one. Some are pessimistic about the completion of the sub-project until the whole process was explained to us and we realized that if we will not cooperate then there’s no other way that our problem can be solved.)

Roseller lives in another purok, where his family was not completely affected by the problem that their community was facing. But this didn’t become a reason for him not to support and volunteer himself to be part of the sub-project implementation. “Naisip ko, parang swerte na kame na hindi namin (kami) magtiis sa problema na ito tulad ng iba. Kaya ko naman tumulong, so bakit hindi?” (I thought to myself that we are lucky that we don’t have to face this problem everyday unlike the others. I have the strength to help, so why not?)

The Community Empowerment Activity Cycle that   kalahi-cidss uses continued. The 280 meters stretch of concrete pathway was completed in roughly 2-3 months. Roseller happily shared how the lifestyle of the residents had improved.

 “Yung mga napansin kong bago, pagbabago ay yung mga tao dito, lalo na ang mga studyante nagsasapatos na sila pag alis sila nag bahay. Noon kasi, tanggalin pa

Roseller with Pantad Barangay Chairman and co-KC volunteers stand on the concrete pathway project by KC while having a small talk

Roseller with Pantad Barangay Chairman and co-KC volunteers stand on the concrete pathway project by KC while having a small talk

nila ang sapatos nila, tapos itaas ang, kanang pantaloon para hindi sila mabasa ng tubig o madumihan ng putik.” (The first thing that I noticed was that the people living here, especially the students can already wear their shoes when leaving their houses. Because before, they still had to take   off their shoes, fold their pants up so that they will not get wet or mudded.)

The Barangay Sub-Project Committee and Volunteers have undergone several capability trainings and seminars to instil necessary skills and right values to      carry out the activities effectively. With this, Roseller expressed how Kalahi has become an instrument and a bridge in re-uniting and empowering the people to be more resilient, participative and productive.

“Hindi lang nagging maayos ang kalagayan naming ditto sa Pantad, tinuruan din kami ng kalahi mga bagay na hindi naming natutunan sa skwela, kasi halos lahat kami hidni natapos mag-aral.” (Kalahi didn’t only improve our condition here in Pantad, but they also taught us things that we have not learned in school, since most of us were not able to finish our education.) Said Roseller.

Nido and Roseller are epitomes of a real gentleman and a hero to their citizens who holds the comfort of other people above their own in the name of community development through volunteerism. #LMSM

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DSWD, City gov’t and partners dialogue with IDPs

Zamboanga City – With the aim of bridging communication gaps between service providers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Zamboanga City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 9 (DSWD) with the City Government of Zamboanga and other organizations conducted series of information caravan (Infocar) in evacuations centers.

Said caravan is an initiative of the Communications Working Group (CWG) to further bring together the IDPs and all agencies involved in the recovery and rehabilitation effort in one forum where all issues and concerns will be properly ventilated.

Majority of the IDPs’ issues were on food, shelter and relocation, livelihood and other assistance.

DSWD Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo, who spoke personally to the IDPs, clarified that assistance by the department were not discontinued but  have been regulated as other non-government organizations have assured to implement programs such as Cash-for-Work (CFW) and Food-for-Work as (FFW).

Ang DSWD ay naka-focus ngayon sa mga transitory sites, dahil aming inaasam na mabawasan ang mga nakatira sa JFE Sports Complex nang matugunan at mapabuti ang kondisyon ng paninirahan doon.”  (Currently, DSWD is focused on the transitory sites as we are hoping to decongest the JFE Sports Complex to improve the living conditions in this area.)  Dir. Arevalo said, during the infocaravan at Talon-talon Elementary School last Saturday (March 14).

Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco gave a brief background on the Z3R efforts of the government.  It basically underscores the goal of building a better place for those affected by the crisis.

The Roadmap to recovery and rehabilitation (Z3R), approved by President Aquino last December 2013, aims for better housing and better communities for a better Zamboanga.

Planned house structures and services were presented by the City’s Planning Office and National Housing Authority. These include the Home Materials Assistance (HMA) program where clients can avail of construction materials of up to P30,000.  Said assistance shall be through a voucher that can be claimed at a local hardware.


No build zone

According to Col. Andrelino Colina of the Task Force Zamboanga, residents from Leja-leja, Layag-layag and Sumatra will no longer be allowed to reside in the said areas as these are being closely monitored by the authorities.

The officer appealed to the residents for their understanding on this matter saying that the ‘people’s safety is our priority’.  However, these residents are permitted to tend to their ‘seaweed farming’ during the day but will be asked to leave when nighttime comes.
An open forum at the end of the program, provided an opportunity for the IDPs to air more of their concerns which are being responded outrightly by the resource persons.

The CWG initiated the first infocar at JFE Sports Complex.  Same activity will also be done in other evacuation centers soon.

CWG is composed of DSWD, PIA, City Information Office, International Organization for Migration and other humanitarian organizations.###

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Preggies’ Day Out

Zamboanga City- Around 264 pregnant women, those with big bellies and those with hardly-noticeable ones,  started lining up for registration at the lobby of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office here.

Aside from being heavy with babies in their wombs, another thing they have in common is being  ‘IDPs’ (Internally Displaced Persons).

These women were all victims of the Zamboanga crisis last year and who are all housed at the JFE Sports Complex.

DSWD, in line with the observance of the Women’s Month, invited these women for an activity dubbed as “Buntis Congress”.

With the theme, “Juana: Ang Tatag mo ay Tatag natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong”,  the month long celebration aims to highlight the strength and resilience of Filipino women who have shown courage and support after surpassing trials and difficulties brought about by the numerous calamities recently.

The Buntis Congress, held at Field Office’s conference room, aims to orient the participants on women’s health and other concerns related to childbirth and childcare.

Dr. Gracia Gacrama, in-house medical officer, discussed these topics.

An open forum, after the lecture, allowed for clarifications and sharing of pregnancy tips.

Participants who have prior experiences in childbirth identified must-dos for pregnant women.  These include good hygiene, eating a well-balanced-diet and ensuring daily light exercises.  Some of the women revealed that they have not availed of pre-natal consultations but promised to do so upon their return to the evacuation site.

Free medical services

Free medical services is assured for IDPs as mentioned by DSWD-FO IX Director Zenaida Arevalo, in her talk with the participants.

Libre po ang serbisyo para sa inyo ng ating Zamboanga City Medical Center.  Dalhin nyo po ang inyong access card na nagpapatunay na kayo po ay isang IDP” (Services at the Zamboanga City Medical Center are free for IDPs, just bring your access cards to prove that you are an IDP), Dir. Arevalo told the women.

Gift packs 

Gift packs containing baby/infant wear, a ‘malong’, canned goods, energy biscuits, a pair of slippers, sleeping mats and a hygiene kit were given to the participants.

Tzu-Chi Foundation also donated rice for these women with each bringing home with them 25 kilos of rice.

Eight-months pregnant Baraya Ismael, who is having her 16th child, appreciates much the gift.

“Malaking tulong talaga sa amin yung bigas, kaya masaya talaga ako na may iuuwi kami (This is a big help for us and I am happy to bring something home) Baraya said.

Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco, who paid a brief visit, led the women in a prayer for their babies.   She encouraged the women to regularly talk to their babies and to take good care of them as they are gifts from the Almighty.

We want you to have healthy babies and please take care of yourselves, too” the ladymayor said.###

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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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