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DSWD conducts regional consultation on Social Protection Operational Framework

As a follow through activity of a high level conference on Social Protection (SP) conducted earlier this year engaging international and local experts,  a regional consultation workshop on enhancing the Philippine Social Protection  Operational Framework was conducted by DSWD-Policy Development and Planning Bureau (PPDB) on September 6-8 at Ever-O Hotel, Zamboanga City.

According to Fe L. Dela Cruz, OIC-Chief of Policy and Plans Division (PPD), the two-day activity aimed to generate inputs from key stakeholders for the revision of the Social Operational Framework and the SP Plan, which should be aligned with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2017-2022.

“At the regional level, various engagements with partner agencies and other stakeholders were undertaken to collate comments and feedback from the SWD sectors as well as to propose strategies and initiatives from a regional perspective,” she added.

Susan C. Valerio, OIC-ARD of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) – IX presented the Regional Development Plan focusing on social protection mainstreaming a key strategy in operationalizing the PDP.

Dr. Fernando T. Aldaba, Dean and Professor of Economics from the School of Social Sciences of Ateneo de Manila University who is the Consultant for the SP Framework Review, spearheaded the regional consultation and provided salient inputs for the enhancement of the Philippine Social Protection Operational Framework and the Proposed Medium-Term SP Plan.

In line with the operationalization of the PDP, Dela Cruz elicited insights on challenges, policy issues, and gaps in our trasitioning from one medium-term plan to the next onward to attaining the country’s long-term development plan dubbed “Ambisyon Natin 2040.” Valerio cited the limited capacity of the implementing agencies, lack of data from the local level as crucial inputs to planning, continuity of policies and emerging priorities given the changes in administration every three years, and overlapping of funds and resources for some projects as among the challenges in the development strategies execution.

Valerio also underscored the importance of having check and balance through the enhanced participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in monitoring and evaluation of the various programs, projects, and services.

The SP is considered as one of the strategies to build the  socio-economic resilience of individuals and families by reducing their vulnerability to various risks and disasters (PDP 2017-2022). The PDP aims to provide universal and transformative social protection that will benefit the entire population. Since 2007, various perspectives and issues and recommendations were raised by different sectors in the course of implementing and mainstreaming social protection.

The two-day activity was attended by 28 participants from regional line agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), CSOs, and both key technical staff and development planners both from Region IX and ARMM-BaSulTa. ###



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DSWD calls for research proposals from HEIs and CSOs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX is pleased to announce the conduct of the Second Round of Call for Research Proposals for the year 2018-2019.

Following the previous call in 2016, the DSWD continues to be a recipient of the technical assistance grant under the Direct Funding Agreement No. 70507-1 of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government.

This year, the call for research operates under the theme “DSWD Towards Prompt and Compassionate Programs and Services,” with the objective of producing researches that aim to support, improve, or develop the department’s promotive and protective programs towards prompt and compassionate (maagap at mapagkalingang) service, and/or respond to the issues and concerns affecting the poor, disadvantaged, and marginalized as identified during the 2016 Regional Consultation Workshop for the DSWD 2017-2022 Research Agenda.

Furthermore, it also envisions a wider reach, higher budget ceilings, and longer project durations with a greater lead time and learnings from its predecessor.

The call for research proposals is open to all academic institutions and accredited Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with demonstrated experience along social protection and social welfare and development. Proponent CSOs must be currently classified as “Accredited” and are prepared

to submit proof of accreditation.

Each DSWD Regional Office is given a slot of two (2) research proposals with funding assistance ranging from P200,000 to P600,000 per proposal.

Research proposals shall be submitted to the Field Office IX not later than October 26, 2018 for review and subsequent submission to Central Office.

Interested researchers may contact Ms. Fe L. Dela

Cruz, OIC-Chief of Policy and Plans Division at (062) 991-6030 or mobile number # 0928-552-5733 and may also personally visit Field Office IX at Gen. Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City. ###









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Subanon Cultural Preservation through CDD

In a complex society where technological advances is taking over, buildings replaces trees and mountains, and with everything going instant like food, gadgets, clothing and all other necessities in life, it is no wonder why people are constantly evolving with change.

This has been the case for the Subanon tribe of Barangay Tabayo in the Municipality of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. The barangay has a 99% population of Subanon.

The Subanon are known to be “peace-loving” people, which justify the reason why they move from one place to another. They move to areas far from noise. They cultivate crops, they are also known to raise livestock including pigs, chickens, cattle, and carabaos. Subanon houses are built along hillsides and ridges overlooking family fields.

The tribe is continuously confronted with complex societal challenges like globalization, arm struggle, threats from violent extremist and others.

According to Bonifacio Patoh, 54, BSPMC Chair and a resident of the Tabayo, as observed by the community elders of the tribe that the younger generations are losing their sense of appreciation of the richness of their culture. This somewhat contributes to losing their sense of identity which lies the very existence of their tribe.

Thus the proposal on the construction of the “Subanon Piglompokan Nog Baloy Nog Mokogulangan” sub-project was based on the fear among the tribal elders who perceives that the new generation is no longer practicing the Subanon Cultural processes handed over by their forefathers.


The Barangay experiences a lot of difficulties since Tabayo is located 8 kilometers away from Poblacion, problem on education, impassable roads, low income and cultural issues. During the 2nd Barangay Assembly, the people deemed it necessary to give importance to discuss and address the concerns of the IP’s. It cannot be denied that due to “Strong Social Influence” the IP issues were not given priority. And with continuous assemblies surface the agreement on the construction of the heritage village.

Through the Project Preparation Team (PPT) and the Barangay and Local Government Unit of Tabayo, help realized the creation of the IP Heritage Village.

The materials used in this particular sub-project were purely indigenous resources coming from the mountains of Siocon hand-picked by the Subanon community themselves which they believed fits perfectly for the design.

“Dili man ni makadaot sa kinaiya kay dili man ni gidaot namo ang mga kahoy. Selected lang man kung unsa lang ang mga gikinahanglan”, explained by Boni on the process of gathering the materials.

(This will not ruin the environment because we did not intend to destroy the trees for lumber. Only the selected ones which are enough for our needs”).

Unlike the usual western design of Kalahi-CIDSS Structure, the proposed look of the village was based on the historical structure built on specific purposes. Instead of using nails in building the houses made from indigenous materials, they preferred using twigs, for it is traditionally used in building Subanon structures in the past. The twigs were carefully wrapped around the pillars to hold firmly each structure.

The construction of each structure had undergone consultation with the Subanon Elders as respect to their tradition, to include consideration to working days, materials and rituals held before construction.

The IP Heritage Village is an 8-structure sub-project design to be the venue to showcase their arts and crafts, a place to practice their culture and tradition, to strengthen their self-worth and empower them to be more productive members of the community.

Each structure has its own uses, namely; “Baloy Poglompukan”, a structure where Elders gathers to discuss traditional matter. “Baloy Pintow”,a place where family and friends gather. “Maligay”, this is the place where they nurse a person who was believed to be inhibited with spirited elements from the mountains. “Glapow”, this represents the holy church of Subanon people, they usually gather during Wednesdays. “Batah Baloy”, this is the sacred place where the “Boliyan” or Subanon Priest prays. This is where the good spirit usually comes in. “Sigulang”, this is the place where traditional Subanon relaxes after a long hours of farming in the mountains. “Baloy Ponginaguan nog Polongkapan nog Subanon”, this is where they store materials used by sacred Subanon tribe. “Baloy Polindowan”, this is the place where Subanon people meditate to take away stress and problems.


Among the direct benefits identified by the community and the B/LGU includes the revival and preservation of the cultural practices of the Subanon in Tabayo. The sense of discrimination and marginalization of the tribe in the previous year’s even decades can be addressed now.

The DepEd’s IP Education (IPED) more than ever, was strengthened now with the additional specialized teachers provided by the DepEd in Tabayo to demonstrate to the Subanon children concepts about their culture with the help of the Heritage Village as venue thus pushing them to accept their identity. Strategically, since the sub-project was built near the school.

They are more empowered as they have been recognized and have been educated. In fact, several Subanon children have graduated in high school while some have reached college level.

“Ang Kalahi dili lang siya mag-implement og project, maghatag pud og kahibalo sa community kaning pag-process sa mga materyals, pagpadagan sa mga papeles ani. Dako kaayo mig pasalamat ning ani kay kame mismo proud mi nga naa miy ingon ani bisan asa mi makaadto nga area sa IPs”.

(The Kalahi program does not only implements project but they also share knowledge to the community on how to process materials, on how to go about with the documents. We are grateful for we are so proud that we have this kind wherever IP area we may go”, shared by BSPMC Chairperson Patoh during the inauguration ceremony).

Mayor Julius Lobrigas considers the KALAHI NCDDP sub-project developed as an avenue significant in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Subanon.

He emphasized that the structure will provide a place where the IP community can gather together as a community and they become more united.

Completed by December 2017 with a total cost of Php854, 468.00, the sub-project was formally turned-over to the community and is now being used for assemblies and tribal meetings.

Although it has yet to really fulfill its purpose to the community, but by its physical presence at the heart of Tabayo, with the initial plans and support of the LGU to further develop the sub-project, Subanon can now be assured of the services to be centered on them.### (JGA)

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Kalahi-CIDSS 5th Bayani Ka! Regional Search is on

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) will be conducting the 5th Regional Search for Bayani Ka! Awardees.
The Bayani Ka! Awards are the highest recognition given by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS to its exemplary communities in implementing and promoting the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. It seeks to recognize exemplary communities that are engaged in DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and whose efforts significantly contributed to advancing Sama-samang Pagkilos Nang May Malasakit or compassionate, collective action in their respective municipalities.
Nominee or community must atleast have been engaged in the implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS for at least one year or one cycle, have displayed actions that are consistent with the principles and standards of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, and have a heart for service and empowerment of the poor, vulnerable, marginalized and disadvantaged.
The search has nine (9) categories namely; Gender and Development, Environmental Protection, Improved Local Governance, Indigenous People’s Welfare, Promotion of Just Peace, Persons with Disability, Elderly, Youth, Sustained Community Volunteer Group.
Nominees will be evaluated using the following criteria; Bisyon- the nominee is committed to the community’s shared vision ad guides fellow residents in bridging the present to their desired future (15%), Aksyon- the nominee decisively and consistently acts to promote compassionate, collective action in the community and achieve their shared goal. His/her actions exemplify selflessness and have positive impact in the community (20%), Yakag–the nominee has successfully persuaded the community to actively participate in compassionate collective action in and beyond DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS (15%), Abilidad– the nominee maximizes opportunities to exercise the residents’skills and service for the benefit of the community (15%), Nakikiisa – the nominee actively works to sustain and promote compassionate and collective action in the community, and thwarts divisive actions and tendencies that will break the unity of the people (15%) and Integridad at Inspirasyon – the nominee has unquestionable integrity that manifest in word and deed, which motivate people to continuously participate in collective action (15%).
Nomination period begins by October 1-15, 2018, and awarding of winners will be on November 2018 in time for the Regional Community Volunteers Congress.
Winners of the search will form part of the CDD Champions who will help advocates the gains of the program.### (JGA)

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DSWD to celebrate Family Day with 4Ps beneficiaries

In line with the observation of this year’s Family Week which falls on the last week of September, the DSWD will bring together 100 Pantawid families to celebrate the successes, resiliency, and unity of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. The culminating event of the Family Week celebration will be held on September 30, 2018 at the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College Gynmasium.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Nagsusumikap. Nagtutulungan. Nagtatagumpay.”

“In the past 10 years of implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, we have seen and witnessed the resiliency of the poor Filipino families in the hardships that they have gone through in life. In our celebration of the Family Day, we will recognize these families and we will create an avenue where they can bond as a family, develop their relationship and closeness, and have fun while upholding the essence of Pantawid Pamilya,” Regional Program Coordinator, Flordeliza A. Atuy said.

Various activities and services will be offered for the beneficiaries during the Family Day like medical services in partnership with the Department of Health, haircut and makeover services to boost the confidence of the clients, massage services, face painting for the kids, and many more.

Following this event, the national program management office will also celebrate a family day through the conduct of the national search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in Metro Manila which will gather all regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya winners across the country.

Other than the Pantawid beneficiaries, this celebration will also recognize the never-ending support of the families of the DSWD employees that serves as inspiration that drives and motivates them to work harder and deliver services to the poor and the needy.

This celebration is also in line with the national theme “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.”

NGAs, LGUs, CSOs, and other stakeholders are enjoined to celebrate the national family week from September 24 to 28, 2018.

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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DSWD caters poor households excluded in CCT

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as the lead agency that promotes the welfare of the public, recognizes that there are poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged households that may have been excluded in the targeting system of Listahanan.

To address the abovementioned concern, the department has designed a program called the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) in 2012 to respond to the needs of households not covered in the country’s conditional cash transfer program (CCT). It is “modified” because the strategy is through CCT but with modifications in terms of targeting, conditionalities, package of benefits, interventions, and modes of implementation.

Target beneficiaries of the MCCT include Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA), Homeless Street Families (HSF), and Families in Need of Special Protection (FNSP) or those identified victims of disasters or armed conflicts that are placed in evacuation centers or in transitory shelters.

“We recognize the reality that one of the vulnerable sectors in the society is the Indigenous Peoples. Furthermore, we know that there are also poorest families in need of government intervention that do not have shelters or those who reside in makeshift shelters. For these reasons, the MCCT program of the DSWD was developed to provide them means to improve their well-being and be empowered citizens in the community,” said Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Regional Program Coordinator, Flordeliza Atuy.

Currently, there are a total of 33,376 active MCCT household beneficiaries in region IX. 6,541 of which are in Zamboanga City, 1,075 households are in Isabela City, Basilan, 6,179 in Zamboanga Sibugay, 7,748 in Zamboanga del Sur and 11,833 households are in Zamboanga del Norte. Similar to the regular CCT beneficiaries, the MCCT beneficiaries also receive grants for education and health. Other than these, support services interventions (SSIs) are provided to them to facilitate their access to education and health services until they are ready for mainstreaming in the regular CCT.

Shelter assistance in the amount of P4,000 is being provided to HSF beneficiaries. This grant is given directly to the lessor. They are also provided access to job and livelihood opportunities like cash-for-work and thru Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

On the other hand, IP beneficiaries in GIDA are provided with other incentives which may be used for community-initiated projects or for any communal income-generating activities.

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4Ps gears up for OTC Payout in Zamboanga City

The country’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program is all set to conduct Over-The-Counter (OTC) payout in Zamboanga City starting September 4 to 7, 2018. The scheduled payout covers the months of February and March (Period 2) this year.

The following are the identified areas for payout as scheduled: September 4 (Bolong, Quiniput, Sangali, Sinubong); September 5 (Tetuan, Culianan, Recodo); September 6 (Tetuan, Tigbalabag); and September 7 (Talabaan, Curuan, Tictapul).

Prior to the abovementioned schedule, the DSWD have already disbursed Period 2 grants to beneficiaries in various municipalities across Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay last August 14 until the present.

In an interview with the Regional Program Coordinator of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Region 9, Flordeliza A. Atuy said that the grant coverage for the said payout will only be for health and rice subsidy since the program does not provide grants for periods when classes are off for summer.

Atuy also reminded the beneficiaries to bring with them necessary documents to claim their grants such as Pantawid ID card. Grantees who will not be able to claim their grants personally may send a representation on the payout dates provided that the proxy holds an authorization letter, his/her valid ID, and the grantee’s ID.

The following week, the DSWD team and Landbank conduit will proceed to Zamboanga del Norte to conduct payout in the municipalities of Siayan (Sept 10), Baliguian (Sept 11), Sirawai (Sept 12), and Siocon (Sept 13).


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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LandBank, DSWD start 4Ps cash card replacement

In compliance with the order of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), LandBank of the Philippines and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) began replacing old cash cards of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries with EMV chip-enabled cards.

A total of 21,759 EMV-activated cash cards are ready to be distributed to the beneficiaries in Zamboanga City. As of August 29, DSWD had already replaced the cash cards of beneficiaries in Barangay Tulungatung, Cawit, Talisayan, La Paz, and Maasin.

“We are constantly coordinating with LandBank and now working on the schedules of old cash cards replacement. We have already set schedules for the 21,759 cards to be replaced in Zamboanga City while the rest of the provinces in Zamboanga Peninsula are currently being processed,” Flordeliza A. Atuy, Regional Program Coordinator of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino said.

The replacement of cash cards was pilot tested in the municipality of Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay last May this year. It was followed by Basilan where currently all beneficiaries under the regular conditional cash transfer program already hold EMV-activated cards.

Old cash cards for replacement are to be surrendered back to LandBank and will automatically be deactivated.

Pantawid Pamilya protects the welfare of its beneficiaries hence the replacement of old cash cards. Cards with EMV chips are deemed more secure than the traditional magnetic stripe payment cards.

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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