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Bajau children undergo summer lessons with Pantawid Parent-Tutors

Seven Bajau children undergo summer classes handled by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Parent Leaders who act as tutors in Maasin Learning Center, Zamboanga City.

The program opened an opportunity to capacitate Pantawid Parent Leaders in the literacy initiatives of the school for the entire duration of summer and even during regular school days.

The program aims to help and develop school children to improve their academic performance.

The pupils undergo daily tutorial lessons in reading, spelling, and story-telling from 8:30 until 11:00 in the morning. The school has provided a conducive learning area with resource materials to facilitate learning.

The Twenty one Pantawid Parent Leaders, who volunteered for the literacy program, were properly trained and guided by lectures and modules.

Teachers in Maasin Learning Center have taken part in this initiative and have seen the abilities of the Pantawid parent-tutors to effectively deliver the sessions that are based on specific needs of the children to include those who are non-Bajaus.

Since the inception of the program in 2015, the Department of Education has seen behavioral changes and improvement in school performance among students.

“Over the years, we have seen parents come to school every now and then. The children learn faster and better while the parents feel empowered for being hands-on tutors to children,” said Sherwin Saavedra, Elementary School Principal of Maasin Learning Center.

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‘Seas’ the Change

True to its promise, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region IX has completely embraced the core values of Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo through provision of extensive community based services to the poor Sama Bajau communities in Zamboanga City. Amid vulnerabilities for not having formal education and feeling of being underprivileged citizens in the communities, the DSWD has taken its way to open doors to capacitate the households and engage them in various activities that will strengthen not only of their trust in the government services but will also exposure to land based livelihood and cash for work activities. The birth of Comprehensive Program for Sama Bajau has improved not only their way of living but also the perception of people towards them. The importance and contribution they’ve started is a testament of their desire not only to wave their enriching culture and tribe but also a manifestation of pushing themselves to have an improved lives.

In the year 2014, The NCIP has registered 388 households and 1,923 indigent families purely Sama Bajau in Zamboanga City. Common livelihood were related to aqua marine activities such as fishing, agar-agar farming, sea shell collection along the shorelines of Sangali, Zamboanga City. It is in the Year 2014 when the Cash for Work project under the Comprehensive Program for Sama Bajaus was introduced in the community. With proper coordination with City Social Welfare Office, Barangay Local Government Unit, the program gained positive support where the implementation and provision of lot for the Communal Corn crop gardening were granted with authority and approval. Through the help and support of its Tribal Leader, the identification of eligible beneficiaries came very much easy for the project implementers to conduct community assemblies and orientation for the project implementation. The participation in the project was indeed a strong move in providing them another avenue to experience land based livelihood for their families. These enabled them to maximize their potentials to adapt their livelihood activities in the community where they resides amid being tagged as Sea Gypsies.

One hundred fifty one beneficiaries were involved in the Communal Corn Crop Gardening located in the adjacent lot near the Barangay Hall of Sangali. The 500sq meter was provided by Barangay Official of Sangali  for the beneficiares to engage into Agri-Farm technology. These beneficiaries were grouped into 10 with respective leaders to check the daily attendance of the participants.

A total of 339,960 compensated the 151 beneficiaries amounting to 2,250 pesos each for 15 days. This helped them augment their actual income and produce crops in time of harvest. True enough how the beneficiaries truly benefitted from the skills they have acquired and from the income they have earned from all their hard work and involvement in the project. The project has not only enriched the existing traditions they have but also it improved their relationships among members of the tribe. The empowerment process has not only given everyone an opportunity to capacitate themselves but also to contribute in the community.  The program itself embraced the compassionate care for the indigenous people whose lives were challenged by generations and has been vulnerable in the intergenerational cycle of their poverty experiences. Indeed their productivity has never been compromised amid contrast on their livelihood environment. Other interventions under the program were also given such as Livelihood and Educational Assistance covering 280 and 804 beneficiaries respectively.

With all of these, we can see how beneficiaries are productive when given the right opportunities and interventions. The program will soon be replicated in areas where Sama-Bajau communities are many. Members of the households on the other hand can take part in the implementation as well. The future of each of everyone are indeed securely fastened by time, where everyone share common goals and aspirations in development and when everyone “Seas the Change.”

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Titay successfully launched KC-NCDDP

The wait is finally over for a Municipality that the department has longed to be part and now we welcome anew the Municipality of Titay, Province of Sibugay as they has just launched Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS-NCDDP) last March 28, 2017.

Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP is one of the poverty alleviation programs implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that seeks to empower communities to achieve improved access to services and participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting and implementation

The launching of the program was solidified through a MOA signing between the Local Government Unit of Titay headed by Hon. Mayor Leonardo B. Talania and with the department through Assistant Regional Director and the Regional Program Manager Consejo H. Usman in the presence of the different department heads and national government agencies and barangay officials.

Hon. Municipal Mayor Leonardo B. Talania expressed his gratitude to the department for persistently reaching out to the municipality to be part of Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP implementation, “kining Kalahi, sa una pa man ni nag suporta sa atong munisipyo. Pero sa akong pag-tan-aw, wala man ni gidawat sa una, so kay nag tan-aw man ta sa kaayuhan sa atong lungsod sa Titay, naningkamot ang konseho, wa gyud ko nasayud mga kaigsuonan”.

Then Deputy Regional Program Manager Elpidio Lapad was elated with the presence of the stakeholders specially the barangay officials knowing that the implementation will now be realized after encountering hurdles in the past as he provided an overview of the program’s features and processes.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Consejo H. Usman commended the people of Titay for engaging with the program as she humbly recalled how the department went home frustrated on several occasions but the management is still pursuing and insisting to engage Titay, simply because it is one of the qualified Municipalities who deserve the program.

And indeed, hard work paid off, ARDO Usman ensured full support of the department in the implementation of the program in terms of technical assistance, logistical support for operations, capacity-building and trainings with the hope to see transformation in the attitude and values of the people and see the empowerment embodies within the volunteers and to include all other sectors in the community.

And to help achieve the objectives of the program, an Area Coordinating Team (ACT) consist of 13 staff  was also presented with the corresponding Municipal Coordinating Team (MCT) who will work hand in hand to ensure the facilitation of the implementation process.

In acceptance of the program, the Chairpersons of the 30 barangays composes the municipality of Titay, local unit heads, NGAs, CSOs, Sangguniang members, and Hon. Mayor Talania signed in their commitment to support the implementation.

Thus the launching is just the beginning of the many activities that will take place as soon as the Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP implementation calendar gets rolling with the participation of the different sectors of the community and with the support of the local chief executive, the municipal and barangay officials, the volunteers and the men and women of Titay.














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DSWD accepts 88 youth interns for 30-day Government Internship Program

Eighty eight students availed the Government Internship Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Field Office IX this summer.

The students who were deployed in various units, centers and SWADTs of the agency officially started on April 26, 2017.

They shall observe the eight regular working hours per day and shall render 30 days of work to complete the program.

The GIP aims to expose the young interns in the government service, provide a potential avenue for recruits in the future and aid them financially to continue their studies this coming school year.

The applicants were requested to submit an Application Form attached with their recent 2×2 picture, Income Tax Return of parents, Barangay Certificate of Indigency indicating the income of the family and proof of school registration from the university or college institution.  The applicants must be 18-25 years of age during the application period in order to qualify for the said program.

A thorough review of documents were done to assess and screen the applicants through the Techical Working Group composed of key personnel of DSWD Field Office IX. An assessment guide was used to clearly determine the qualified applicants for the slots.

Each student will be paid 210 per day, a total of 6,300 for 30 days of work provided that they have not incurred late and absences during the period. ##



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5 out of 96 Pantawid Pamilya WMSU scholars graduate Cum Laude

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) proudly announces the graduation of 96 Expanded Students’ Grant in Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA) grantees enrolled in Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) for the current school year. Four of which are graduating with flying colors for being Cum Laude and one as a Magna Cum Laude.

A total of 323 grantees from various schools, universities and colleges within Zamboanga Peninsula are expected to march this year as they complete their academic courses, to wit: 96 from WMSU, 116 from Jose Rizal Memorial State University, 48 from Josefina H. Cerilles State College, 28 from Zamboanga State Polytechnic College and 26 from Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology.

Jeselle Buen, a Cum Laude grantee who took up BS Agriculture in WMSU, expressed how ESGPPA has helped her in her school especially after she lost her father.

“Sobrang hirap ng buhay namin lalo na nung namatay ang tatay ko. Pati pambili ng project o pangphotocopy ng libro kinailangan kong pagsumikapan kaya nagbebenta ako noon ng mga kakanin para lang may panggastos sa eskwela. Pero mula noong naging grantee ako ng ESGPPA natugunan na yung mga pangangailangan ko sa school kaya yung atensyon ko talagang natuon sa pag-aaral. Kaya sa awa ng Diyos, nagbunga naman ang pag-aaral ko at nagtapos ako bilang isang Cum Laude. (It was really difficult especially when my father died. I had to work hard selling native delicacies for my projects or even for when I need to photocopy books. But when I became a grantee of the ESGPPA, my needs in school was addressed and my attention was focused on my studies. That is why in God’s will, my hard work paid off and I graduated as Cum Laude),” says Buen during an interview.

As an ESGPPA grantee, Buen, was entitled to receive a maximum of P60,000 grant per school year for her tuition and other school/college fees. She also received 2,500 monthly stipends to support her other education expenses such as book fees and an additional 3,500 as monthly allowance.

Buen further mentioned how Pantawid Pamilya has helped her family understand the value of education and its role in uplifting the lives of poor families from poverty.

DSWD-9 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, congratulates all graduates of the program for their perseverance and dedication to finish their individual degrees.

Other grantees who graduated Cum Laude are as follows: Meldie Joy Casayas (BSED), Jeselle P. Buen (BS Agri), Jaricklyn B. Villaganas (BSED), Bobby Jeric M. Perdraza (BSED), and Jaymarnel B. Quiapo (BSED) Magna Cum Laude.

ESGPPA is a program of the national government instituted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Budget and Management (DBM), State Universities and Colleges. It provides grantees from identified poorest of the poor households by the Listahanan with access to higher education which will eventually bridge them to opportunities for high value-added occupations and an improved quality of life.

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94 Newly Hired PDOs of DSWD-SLP all set for Deployment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX recently hired ninety four (94) Project Development Officers (PDOs) as additional workforce under Sustainable Livelihood Program and now all set for deployment on field after attending the 2-day Basic Orientation Seminar at La Viña Hotel, Zamboanga City on April 25-26, 2017.


The additional workers shall be deployed in the different municipalities/cities of Zamboanga Peninsula to expand the reach of the program implementation.


During the orientation, SLP staff further deliberated the overview of the program to provide the PDOs general knowledge on the different processes of SLP and how it operates as a program.


The newly hired PDOs are expected to do the following major tasks on field: to identify the right projects at the right place for the right participants, to understand the key aspects of Feasibility Assessment in the identification and implementation of SLP projects in the community, and to be able to implement the different SLP modalities following the required procedures, parameters and disbursement processes.


Under the 94 newly hired PDOs, 17 staff shall be under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) which will be assigned in the Municipalities of Sibuco, Sirawai, Siocon and Baliguiaan.


While 22 are SLP Implementing PDOs for the municipalities who do not have PDOs yet and 55 are SLP Monitoring PDOs who will handle 2-3 nearby municipalities in the region.


Moreover, Implementing Project Development Officers has 230 beneficiaries target to give assistance within the year, while 1,000 beneficiaries for Monitoring PDOs yearly.


Sustainable Livelihood Program provides identified poor and vulnerable families and individuals the appropriate income-generating opportunities to help improve their level of economic sufficiency. Through the different modalities that it offers such as skills training, seed capital fund, employment assistance fund, and the cash for building livelihood assets it increases the economic opportunities of the families.###


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The Strong-willed Adelfa

Her everyday ordinary routine, a small table, along the highway, selling vegetables, with a hundred peso capital.

Adelfa Jumuad, 50 years old, is married to Buenaventura Jumuad. They have six children, Eljean, Eljon, Ivy, Ivene, Judel, and Jakemar.

The family lives a simple life, they raise pigs, cows, and carabaos for a living. At times, they are farm workers, they harvest copras…

It was never easy for the family, until there was a break. In 2007 a survey to approve 4Ps beneficiaries were conducted, the family was one of those included, but they were still subject for approval and validation. After 2 years, in 2009, the list of validated beneficiaries was released, and the family was approved to be beneficiaries. This was the start of a new hope for the family and they worked hard for this.

After being a beneficiary of the 4Ps, Jumuad along with other beneficiaries from the community, decided to avail of the Capital Fund, given by the Sustainable Livelihood Program. Not all of the 4Ps beneficiaries decided to avail of it, but those who wanted to, did the best they could to be able to get this help granted to their group. Their application did not take long, after several months, they were already given orientation. After some time, they were granted their Group Capital from the Seed Capital Fund amounting to 295,000 pesos.

But things did not go as easy as planned; the amount was not ready for encashment yet. So Jumuad and the group had a meeting and they decided to find another way to start their business even without their money yet. The group decided to contribute 100pesos each to be able to fund the construction of their building. Even with the contribution of the members, their money was not enough to fund the construction, since not all members were able to give their contribution, because other members, had nothing to give at all. So they decided to borrow money from an engineer, which was Buenaventura’s cousin. The group also spoke to the Barangay Chairman and asked for an area for the construction of their business. The chairman gave them their space and construction started. During one of the group’s meetings, Jumuad asked the members which business they wanted to venture in to. Some of the members suggested a pawnshop, some suggested raising hogs. But since the suggested projects do not have recorded proof of success yet, especially in hog raising, Jumuad suggested “bigasan”. The members agreed to her suggestion, since rice was in demand, and all of them do buy rice.

The construction of their building in barangay Bogo of Pagadian City lasted 2 weeks, even after the completion of the building; they did not receive their fund yet. Nevertheless, the group started on their business. They sold 4 kinds of rice, they sold it for P1,000, P1,030, P1,070 and P1,370 for a 25kg sack. They gain 150pesos for each sack they sold cash, and 200 pesos for each sack sold in credit. They offered a 1month to pay term for those who could not pay cash. Their supplies of rice are from Aurora, which Jumuad and some members of the group purchase themselves. They travel to aurora to buy their supplies and they make sure that their rice is pure, and not mixed.

The group’s income was also used for lending, aside from the restock of rice. They offered a 3% interest rate, for a 2,500pesos principal amount, which was payable in 3-4 months. After loans are paid in full, their credit limit would go more than 2,500 pesos.

During payouts, most of the payments are made. This was to ensure that payments are settled and that there was no excuse for not doing so. All of those who bought from them or loaned from them agreed that after 2months of non-payment that the group was given the right to take their payments from the payouts. City Links were also informed about this agreement.

Through Jumuad’s leadership, the group also agreed to penalties, 5pesos for being late in a meeting, and 50pesos for being absent. Jumuad never wanted to be a Parent Leader, she was very young then, she was 16 when all this started and since she already was exhausted from the work as barangay worker. She attempted to let go of her position as the association’s president, since she was already a Parent Leader, but to no avail. Members of the association did not want her to leave, because they all depended on her. Some of the members even begged to her, crying.

Ling ayaw jud undang Ling kay kung mohawa bitaw ka luoy na intawon ang SLP”

She answered “ngano man luoy nga daghan man opisyales”

“ikaw lng man among gisaligan”

 According to Jumuad, leading the association was never easy.  There were instances where she and one other member had to argue on things that the member wanted and Jumuad thought was wrong. Some other member also became more of a reson to destroy the group rather than helping build it stronger. But all of these were settled along the way. She also needed to go to ask for the payments from those who loaned herself, since some of the members did not want to help. As president of the group, she had to study all of the 59 members’ personality, to be able to handle the group better.

When the business started, Jumuad and other members had to go buy supplies themselves, but today, they only need to make a phone call, and sacks of rice are delivered to their association. As soon as supplies are delivered, they already pay for them as well as the 17pesos per sack delivery fee.

December of 2016 was their store’s 1st year anniversary. They had earned 146,000pesos which they divided and distributed among the members and officials who took turns in the operation of the store. Each member received 2600pesos which was really a big help for them. According to Jumuad, members told her that if it was not for the help of 4Ps and SLP, they would not have the chance to eat good quality rice, they would still be eating corn until now. Their children, having been able to finally eat good quality rice, do not want to go back to eating corn again.

Before Jumuad became a beneficiary of 4Ps and SLP, her capital for her small business was just 100pesos, now, she has 1000pesos which she can turn into a bigger profit. She earns 5,000 to 8,000 per month. This is where she gets money for their daily expenses, as well as the children’s needs in school. Because of the help they gained from DSWD, and the profit they gain from the now better business, they were also able to buy farm animals, which they later sell too.

As usa ka president kinahanglan dapat kita mga opisyales kita ang magsilbing model sa grupo, kita mismo mga opisyales ang maguna sa tanang kalihukan para makuha nato ang kalambuan sa grupo.’

“Pasalmat lang jud ko ug dako sa DSWD kay naa nitabang namo sa mga 4Ps beneficiaries, labi na jud sa SLP kay, saunang wala pa pod ang 4Ps lisod kaayo among kinabuhi.” – Jumuad

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DSWD urges LGUs to utilize poor households’ database

As the lead agency that promotes and protects the welfare of the poor, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) encourages the Local Government Units (LGUs) in Zamboanga Peninsula to utilize the former’s database of poor households produced by the Listahanan, an information management system that determines who and where the poor are in the region.

The database contains vital information that will help social protection stakeholders in planning up their projects, programs and services that will be targeted and provided to identified genuinely poor families.

Staff from the regional office of the DSWD shall be visiting the provincial offices of local government in the second quarter of the year to personally discuss the utilization processes and requirements.

It can be recalled that the DSWD-Listahanan conducted a nationwide household assessment last 2015 of which result was released last year. A study on the Data Privacy Act was done shortly after the database was disclosed to public which prompted the DSWD to send a moratorium on the suspension of the utilization of database. This is to secure that the personal information of the target beneficiaries will not be used in and for any unscrupulous business.

Early this year, the moratorium was already lifted hence the information of the poor households is readily available for utilization.

Guidelines that will be included in the Memorandum of Agreement are still on its finalization stage nonetheless statistics of poor can now be requested from the DSWD.

The utilization of the database will be beneficial to the requesting party in ensuring objective identification of beneficiaries and upholding transparency in their projects and services.

The DSWD would like to emphasize that the database is given to the requesting party without any charges or fee.

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