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Daghan pangarap sa buhay pero kay pobre og kulang sa financial, ako gihapon kayanon para sa mga anak.” Said Geneboy.

A hardworking husband and a loving father of three children, Gene Boy D. Ojas, 43 grew up in Libuganan, San Miguel, Zamboanga Del Sur. Gene Boy’s wife, Evelyn Ojas, 37 is a resident of Manila who is still there looking for a job. They have three children, two of them are already attending school, the eldest is currently a grade 9 student and the latter is a preschooler and the youngest is still an infant. 

Being the lone income provider of the family Gene Boy incomes 30,000 pesos quarterly from farming crops such as corn or coconut. He also earns 500 to 600 pesos from their small sari-sari store. This money is just enough for his growing family expenses. Accordingly, the family expenses sums up to 200 pesos including his children’s allowance. Their monthly electrical fee is 380 pesos and he sends 3,000 pesos to his wife and their baby at Manila.

 “Lisod kay dili permamente ug dugay ang kwarta nga ginakuha sa copras ug maisan, dili dayon ka makahatag sa mga kinanglanon sa imong mga anak para sa ila ginaeskwelahan.” Geneboy sighed.

This is Gene Boy’s every day battle. Being the sole provider he works diligently looking for work and extra income such as, taking care of carabaos and livestocks. He doesn’t smoke and drink nor have any other vices. He is a family-oriented man focused on earning for his family.

Gene Boy’s hardworking and never tiring effort for his family have grown enough trust and attention among the society and being a 4P’s member of the Barangay he was recommended to join the SLP association. The members of the association then assigned Gene Boy to be their caretaker for the livestock.

Ako sila dayon giingnan nga kong ako ang ila pillion nga mag caretaker sa baboy dili gyud sila mag mahay. Naa ko experience ug naa ko oras ug dili suha suha nga ihatag sa pag-alaga sa mga baboy.”

True to his words Gene Boy has enough experience taking care of livestock such as hogs because during his younger days he already experienced raising such. He now serves as the caretaker of the livestock of the association earning an added income of 4,500 pesos a month. He is now relieved that he can now give extra allowance to his children when they need it.

Dili na parehas sa una nga mag ingon ko nila ‘paabuton sa nato nak ha ang kwarta sa maisan o copras’ kung naa sila kinanglanon sa ila mga project.” Said Gene Boy.

He is very happy that he can now give immediately to his children unlike before. Gene Boy still continues on being hardworking.

Maintain lang gihapon, dili asa-asa muadto, dili pasmohon ang baboy, tan awon gyud ang trabaho, dapat systematic ka.”

Pasalamat dako kay ako ang napili nila, lipay sila kay ang baboy dali nag dako, lipay ko kay dili nako mag pa abot tulo or upat kabulan para maka income.” – Gene Boy

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Listahanan 3 to cover more than 700 thousand households in Zamboanga Peninsula

The DSWD Field Office 9 is set to conduct the third round of Listahanan assessment later this year with 724,021 target households for Zamboanga Peninsula.

1,246 field workers who will be comprised of 40 Area Coordinators (AC), 201 Area Supervisors (AS), and 1,006 Enumerators will be deployed throughout the region.

The AC shall serve as the key focal person of the field office through the National household Targeting Unit (NHTU) in a designated regional area. With five supervisors under his/her direction, s/he shall be reporting directly. On the other hand, the AS shall assist the AC in the implementation of the project. With five enumerators under his/her direction, s/he will be reporting directly to the AC. Meanwhile, the enumerators will be the key persons who will be conducting the house-to-house assessment. The field workers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of all documents, information, and other matters related to the Listahanan.

Hundreds of applicants waiting to be interviewed outside the Social Welfare and Development Office at Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur

Moreover, a total of 724,021 households will be covered by the assessment in the region. Among the target, 209,475 will be assessed in Zamboanga del Sur, 209,433 in Zamboanga del Norte, and 125,812 in Zamboanga Sibugay. In Zamboanga City, 156,955 households will be part of the assessment while 22,346 households will be interviewed in Isabela City.

The Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. It aims to establish a socio-economic database of poor households to serve as a reference in the formulation of programs and policies along with social protection. ###

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DSWD joins a dialogue on barangay settlement and referral system

The DSWD Field Office 9 attended the Community-Based Dialogue (CBD) conducted by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) which tackled issues on barangay settlement and referral system under the Republic Act No. 9262 or the “Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004” held on June 25 at Primera Hotel, Zamboanga City.

“Through the dialogue, we were able to discuss the role of the barangay in handling reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation,” said Rowena Eustaquio, Regional Focal for Women, Children, and Family.

According to her, the barangay is mandated to designate a gender-sensitive worker (kagawad or tanod) to be in charge of the barangay help desk that will receive and monitor VAWC cases and shall refer victims to the appropriate agency for the right intervention.

Rowena Eustaquio, Regional Focal For Women, Children and Family shares the role of the social welfare agency in the aspect of case management to fellow participants

The worker in the help desk must enter reports in the barangay blotter for child abuse and domestic violence cases where this shall be kept confidential at all times. Meanwhile, anyone can report to the barangay, and if the report is made by a victim who is less than 18 years old, only personal circumstances must be asked from him or her. 

“The barangay is not allowed to make settlements of VAWC cases on their level. Their role is to primarily receive reports and refer clients to the right agencies for proper intervention,” clarified Eustaquio.

The objective of the said dialogue was to find a common ground and understanding of the issues and concerns with regards to barangay settlement and referral system. During the activity, the roles of each of the participating agencies were also discussed. Aside from the DSWD and CHR, other agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), and several barangay officials, to name a few, were also in attendance.

“The DSWD cannot save the world alone. We need a multi-stakeholder partnership to address the needs of our clients especially those who are victims of abuse and domestic violence,” she ended. ###

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Buug Subanen Workers Association (BSWA) placed 3rd in the Sulong Bayanihan 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Program Management Office conducted Sulong Bayanihan 2019: Solidarity and Innovations in Bridging Opportunities for Livelihoods (SIBOL) in Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City, Metro Manila.

The 3-day activity was attended by beneficiaries coming from the different regions of the Philippines wherein they showcased and competed through various kinds of micro-enterprises and employment opportunities. Together with them also are the regional staff of each regions who are the Regional Director, Regional Program Coordinator, Social Marketing Officer, Provincial Coordinator and Project Development Officer.

Buug Subanen Workers Association (BSWA) is the finalist under transform category which is Technology, Resources and Nutrition for Sustainable Food Reserves and Manufacturing. Their association was represented by Ms. Rosel Alolor who is their auditor. The association produces rice wine and organic coconut vinegar that is very popular and always present especially during weddings and subanen rituals. The BSWA placed 3rd and won a certificate and cash prize amounting to php5,000.00.

Engr. Allan T. Bacatan Provincial Director of TESDA was also present during the activity. He was nominated by DSWD-SLP Dipolog as Outstanding Regional Partner. He received certificate of recognition during the Awarding of Outstanding Regional Partners together with the other partners from the different regions.

The award is given for extensively contributing and exerting great efforts for the implementation, resource mobilization, provision of support and technical assistance, strengthening of market linkages and network, and partaking in the success of the Sustainable Livelihood Program in the region.

During the awarding ceremony everyone, especially the program participants, were attractively dressed with their different cultural representation.

Sulong Bayanihan 2019: Solidarity and Innovations in Bridging Opportunities for Livelihoods (SIBOL) is an annual activity. It aims to deliver services more effectively and efficiently by gathering insights from field implementation through the (1) showcasing of leadership and good practices of SLP Associations (SLPAs) in enterprise and organizational management across different industries; (2) synthesizing experiences in matching labor market supply and demand through employment facilitation; and (3) presenting partnership models to various stakeholders.

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Chef Masiba

Food is one of the biggest aspects of a culture, and cooking is one of the greatest skills a person can ever have. That is why Edna G. Masiba, a Pantawid beneficiary grabbed the opportunity given by Sustainable Livelihood Program through Skills Training.

Edna, married to Edilberto, has five children. Edilberto farms for a living while Edna works as a day care worker at the barangay office of Muyo in Buug. Edilberto could only harvest every after three (3) months and would earn at least P5,000.00per month while Edna earns P5,000.00 from her job as well. As estimated for a family of 7, the daily expenses may amount to at least P500.00 a day for food alone. It was truly a struggle since all of their children are attending school, two of them were in college, one in high school, and two in grade school.

                As described by Edna, they did not have furniture at home, since it was the least of their concerns, they prioritized the welfare and academics of their children. Since their home was far from the schools in the area, the children going to college had to spend P50.00-100.00 for fare alone.  They were lucky enough if their father could take them and fetch them from school, but this was not a regular thing since their father usually starts at the farm early, living them to commute to school themselves. Life is tough for them during those times despite of their parents’ sacrifices and efforts to earn a decent living. The other children were forced to walk from their residence to school and end up having their shoes torn. Living in a far-flung barangay in the municipality was such a struggle because children, or students, needed to wake up early and get home late, since they need to walk to and from school. Fortunately, there are times when good Samaritans allow them to hitch on their habal habal.

                Providing adequate allowance for her children was not easy, as she had other expenses they had to spend on. To make things worse, the El Niño Phenomenon took a hard blow on them, when they were not able to harvest goods from their farm, and they did not earn anything for 3 months.

                Fortunately for the family, DSWD became an opportunity for improvement for them, as Edna was given a slot to be a Pantawid beneficiary.  She decided to be a full-time housewife since her husband needs more of her help in attending to the children. Edna was also chosen to be one of the beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program projects on Seed Capital Fund for barangay Muyo and was elected as president of their association. Aside from this, she was also given the opportunity to be one of the participants of the Skills Training in Cookery National Certificate II on November 2017 since this was the most relevant training for their skills. Edna as a pantawid beneficiary said she used part of the financial assistance with the approval of her children to cook viands and sell it to the people in the neighborhood so that she could contribute and assist to the needs of their family.

                Through the training on Cookery NC II, Edna was able to widen her knowledge on cooking and was able to use or apply her learning on the training in their SLP Food House. She is currently working as a full time Head Cook of the SLP Food House which of course adds to their family’s income. She is also cooking pre-ordered meals from significant personalities like the Mayor of the Municipality and other LGU workers since she was able to establish a good impression on her cooking.Slowly she was able to provide enough baon for her children; and is also able to reward them with their wants. Also she was able to acquire furnitures and appliances to improve the comfort of the family at home.  Moreover, she could now send her three (3) remaining children to school without being frustrated with all the dilemmas that they will encounter along the way.

Unang-unasa ating PoongMaykapal, I’m so thankful na ganito ang narrating ko, mga taong naging instrument niya tulad ng mga sa government agencies na nag-facilitate sa mga projects, sa DSWD mismo dahil sakanila man itong under na programa and then, sa mga workers nito at lahat. So, nagpapasalamat din talaga ako dahil naibigay nila kung ano talaga ang nararapat sa mga tulad namin. Wala man akong masabi dahil hindi ko ma-measure kung gaano ako nagpapasalamat sa kanilang lahat.”


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Subanen Community received Day Care Center funded by Kalahi

A Construction of Day Care Center (DCC) to Subanen Community was inaugurated last June 18, 2019 at Sitio Tilling, Purok Gemelina, Malubal in R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The turn-over ceremony was graced by the Local Government Unit of R.T. Lim headed by the outgoing Mayor Michael Piodena, Vice-Mayor Danilo Piodena and some Sangguniang members, together with the Barangay officials and Kalahi-CIDSS field staff.

The DCC with a total cost of Php1,152,067.25, is the 3rd of the 13 Sub-projects of R.T. Lim under LGU-led implementation that has been turned-over to the community.

According to BSPMC Chairperson Maria Teresa G. Dolendo, the old structure was no longer safe to the kids. The foundation of the old structure is too frail and the materials covering the old day care were all products of donation to the community.

Although there is another structure within the barangay, but it is too costly for the parents to send their kids to the next purok, which is too far away. To reach Sitio Tilling, one has to commute about 6 kilometers on a rough road from the barangay center of Malubal alone.

Maria Teresa Dolendo, BSPMC Chair with MLGU and BLGU Officials during the inauguration of the newly constructed day care center in Malubal, RT Lim.

The road is not too friendly to the children during rainy season. There are portions where it gets too slippery and it tends to drag a person or even a motorcycle down into the mud and people experience difficulty in getting their farm produce out every time.

This is the reason why most of the Subanen in this area could not afford to send their children to school given all the struggles that they have to endure from poor facilities, to limited access and resources.

The volunteers of Malubal who are mostly not from Sitio Tilling felt the need to help send these Subanen children to school by providing them a convenient facility within their vicinity. This will help their children learn and create brighter future ahead of them.

The construction of Day Care Center is a good development to their place since they’ve been feeling like they were forgotten in terms of services from the government since they’re so far from poblacion.

The community volunteers are also grateful to the support provided by the Municipal Local Government of R.T. Lim and the Barangay officials as well.

With this, Barangay Chairperson Gilbert Salazar continuously encourages his Subanen constituents to come out and keep the participation going as this is the key to having their voices heard and knowing what they’ve wanted and needed. The construction of day care center is the second sub-project funded by Kalahi-CIDSS in Malubal. They were also a recipient of Road Concreting project under 1st Cycle NCDDP implementation.

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DSWD readies for Listahanan 3 assessment

The DSWD Field Office 9 through the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) is currently preparing for the upcoming Listahanan 3 assessment to be conducted later this year pursuant to the Executive Order 867, series of 2010 which requires the updating of the Listahanan database every four years. 

“Right now, we are doing some preparatory activities in line with the forthcoming assessment in October this year,” said Michael DS. Mustafa, head of NHTU.

According to Mustafa, a four-phase project cycle will be observed to guide the process of identifying the poor. These phases include Preparatory Phase, Data Collection and Analysis Phase, Validation and Finalization Phase, and Reports Generation Phase.

Listahanan field worker together with one of the identified poor                        
   families at Brgy. Candelaria, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte

For Listahanan 3, the project cycle will run for 1 year and 2 months. “Since May 2019, we have already been working on with the first cycle.  The areas to be assessed and the data-collection strategy appropriate for those areas were already identified,” he added.

Furthermore, all provinces, municipalities, and cities across the region will be covered by the assessment. Apart from the identification of the areas, also included in the present phase are the updating of the Proxy Means Test (PMT) model, enhancement of the Listahanan information technology systems, hiring and training of field staff, and orientation of local government units (LGUs) and other project partners on the implementation of the L3 assessment.

“We will be deploying 1,247 field workers during the data-collection activity. They will be responsible for conducting house-to-house interviews to more than 700,000 target households,” he said. However, at present, the field office has yet to wait for the authority to hire before filling in the positions needed.

The Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. It aims to establish a socio-economic database of poor households to serve as a reference in the formulation of programs and policies along with social protection. More importantly, it seeks to reduce the problems of leakage or inclusion of non-poor and at the same time, lessen exclusion or under-coverage of the poor, particularly in social protection programs. ###

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No more OTC Payout for 4Ps

With the distribution of EMV-enabled cash cards to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) anticipates that there will no longer be OTC or Over-The-Counter payouts for Pantawid beneficiaries.

The grants of the beneficiaries will automatically be downloaded in their cash cards which can be used for withdrawal or swipe in stores.

As of May 31, the DSWD has already distributed a total of 140,958 EMV-enabled cash cards out of the 307,833 beneficiaries in region 9. The remaining 166,875 beneficiaries are to be scheduled to claim their cash cards in the next weekends.

Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator, Ms. Flordeliza Alar-Atuy, said that the conversion of the payout scheme from OTC to cash cards will hasten the payout system and make it more convenient for beneficiaries to claim their grants from the bank.

“They can now withdraw their grants in their convenient time. If they have ATM near their area, they need not go to payout venues and spend extra money for fare,” Atuy said.

The conversion of beneficiaries to cash card holders is expected to be completed by 3rd quarter of this year.

With this payout scheme, the department also advises the beneficiaries to withdraw their grants in full amount as the cash cards do not serve in the same purpose as a savings account.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18 and pregnant women. Program beneficiaries receive cash grants as they comply with the program conditions applicable to their households. The conditions are: pregnant women must avail pre and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS); 0-5 years old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year; and children beneficiaries (0-18 years old) must enroll in school and maintain a class attendance of at least 85% per month. As of May 2018, there are 4.39 million active households in the program nationwide.

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