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5-day training for Listahanan enumerators officially concludes in Zamboanga Peninsula

The DSWD Field Office 9 officially concluded the five-day training for enumerators in all of its clusters in Zamboanga Peninsula yesterday.

A total of 1,006 enumerators had to go through a five-day training in order to prepare them in the upcoming household assessment. The training, which was conducted simultaneously, began on November 11, while the final leg ended last week with Zamboanga and Pagadian’s third and last batches of enumerators.

291 enumerators (per province) will be assigned in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, while 218 will be deployed in Zamboanga City, 175 for Zamboanga Sibugay, and 31 for Isabela City.

The enumerators shall serve as the key persons who shall collect data on the ground. Reporting directly to the Area Supervisors, they are expected to maintain confidentiality of all documents, information, and other matters related to Listahanan. Particularly, they must ensure completeness, correctness, and accuracy of all accomplished Household Assessment Forms (HAFs) to be used during the data-collection activity.

Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), 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 be used by national government agencies (NGAs) and other stakeholders as reference in the formulation and implementation of their respective social protection programs and services. ###

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DSWD recognizes 4Ps children as program advocates

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently recognized children beneficiaries across the country as national advocates of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or more popularly known as 4Ps.

During the Araw ng Kabataan held in Pasig City last November 23, 17 exemplary children were awarded as program advocates that will promote the gains and successes of the country’s conditional cash transfer program.

No less than the DSWD Assistant Secretary, Glenda Relova, together with the National Program Manager, Director Gemma B. Gabuya, presented the recognition to the children.

“We are so happy to see that the program continuous to nurture young and great minds in the hope that their families will soon escape the cycle of poverty. These Pantawid Pamilya children clearly have a bright future ahead,” DSWD ASec. Glenda Relova said.

Also present during the ceremony was Pasig City Mayor, Hon. Vico Sotto who gave salutation to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Pasig and vowed to support the program advocacies for its beneficiaries.

The Araw ng Kabataan served as the culminating activity of the National Children’s Month celebration. In line with this, the Department celebrated a week-long children’s congress from November 18-24, 2019 in San Juan City, Manila.

Approximately 94 children-beneficiaries of 4Ps from different provinces and cities in the country participated in the said congress including regional representatives from Zamboanga Peninsula.

This year’s theme was “Bata Para Sa Bata” emphasizing the role of children in defining a safe space for children in the community.

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.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova delivers her message to the children of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program during the Araw ng Kabataan held in Pasig City last November 23, 2019.

Zamboanga Peninsula Delegates: (from left) Geo Grant A. Baud representing Zambo Sibugay, Reynald A. Baguio –National Exemplary Pantawid Child 2016, Dane Mark Y. Cuento –National Exemplary Pantawid Child 2019 from Zamboanga del Norte, Princess G. Alviar from Zambo City, and Stephanie C. Vicente from Zamboanga del Sur.
Dane Mark Y. Cuento from Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte, along with other Mindanao awardees receive their national recognition as presented by DSWD Assistant Secretary, Glenda Relova and Pantawid Pamilya National Program Manager, Gemma B. Gabuya during the Araw ng Kabataan held last November 23 in Pasig City.

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DSWD joins MCN Serbisyo Caravan

The DSWD Field Office 9 joined the 2019 Mindanao Communications Network (MCN) Serbisyo Caravan last October 24 at the Municipality of Leon B. Postigo.

The activity is inclined to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70, “institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, and directing the adoption of a National Peace Framework.”

With this, the department facilitated the feeding program which benefitted around 800 children.  In addition to this, the various sub-projects implemented by the agency through its Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) program were also presented during the activity.

The agency also conducted information dissemination to the residents of the municipality through face-to-face consultations and distribution of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials.

Meanwhile, in line with the implementation of Listahanan 3, more than 30 copies of the Regional Profile of the Poor were also distributed to partner agencies as part of the advocacy activities of the field office in promoting the Listahanan database to end-users.

Other services provided during the serbisyo caravan were medical and dental mission, circumcision, and free haircut, among others. A number of school supplies and relief packs were also given.  Raffle draws were also initiated by MCN.. Almost 2,000 residents benefited from the whole-day activity.

The general objective of the caravan was to bring government closer to the public pursuant to the president’s EO 70. ###

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DSWD gathers 4Ps beneficiaries for Family Day

In line with National Family Week Celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development gathered the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program in a 1-day activity which aimed to celebrate the values and successes of Filipino families.

The Family Day 2019 was held last October 06, 2019 at the Scout Limbaga, Pasonanca, Zamboanga City in partnership with the Local Government Unit and other program stakeholders.

Anchored on the theme “Kalusugan Pangkaisipan ng Pamilya Pilipino”, approximately 100 family beneficiaries from various barangays in Zamboanga City such as Canelar, Camino Nuevo, Pasonanca, and Sta. Maria joined in the festive merriment as a symbol of unity and promote camaraderie among DSWD staff and beneficiaries alike.

OIC-Regional Director of the DSWD IX, Fatima S. Caminan, personally delivered her message to the beneficiaries emphasizing their crucial role in nation building.

“Family is the smallest yet the strongest unit in the society. And we, in the DSWD, are very proud that most of our family beneficiaries show resiliency amidst hardships which means a lot because it tells us that they are willing to help the Department bring positive change in their lives,” Caminan said.

The event also served as an avenue for other partner-stakeholders of 4Ps to provide social services for the poor household beneficiaries such as medical and dental services from the Department of Health, livelihood training from TESDA, massage services from the Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center III and other recreational activities from Mary Kay and Jollibee Foods Corporations.

The National Program Management Office of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program also held the same activity on September 29, 2019 which was participated by all of the regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya from across 17 regions in the country.


To kick-off the Family Day Celebration, the participants danced to the beat in an activity dubbed as ZUMBARANGAY where several special awards were given such as Jolliest Group, Most Creative Props/Costume, Best Chant, and Most Bibo Participant.
In partnership with Jollibee Foods Corp, we were able to give joy to our children beneficiaries during the Family Day event. Free toys were distributed after the activity.
Several games and activities were conducted and participated
by the beneficiaries in the afternoon of October 06.
Face painting activity for kids.
Make-over session for Pantawid Nanays in partnership with Mary Kay
Pantawid children also enjoyed magic show.

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DSWD holds Forum to Strengthen Partnership on Sustainable Livelihood

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) held its Partnership Forum in LM Metro Hotel, Zamboanga City on October 1, 2019.

Attended  by Participants from the different Government Agencies, Private Sector, and other institutional partners, the forum intends to provide updated and appropriate planned programs and services to be implemented for possible collaborative efforts and support from duly established partners and stakeholders for sustainable implementation in the community where the program implementers of Sustainable Livelihood Program work.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a capability-building program for poor, vulnerable and marginalized households and communities to improve their socio-economic conditions through accessing and acquiring necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods.

The activity also aims to ensure partnership and collaborative efforts in the implementation of developmental programs and services of the communities; To emphasize prioritization of Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations and SLP products in implementing partnership initiatives with the NGAs as mandated by the Central Office, and; To strengthen collaboration with National and Local partners in promoting and delivering employment opportunities, economic ventures and skills enhancement.

In his message, Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos underscored the importance of gathering the SLP stakeholders,  “Reducing poverty is not only responsibility of one sector, like national government but also includes private sector. We cannot achieve development on poorest of the poor without our partners.”

“We are inviting you in a hope of touching your heart in helping us reduce the poverty. I wish this forum of partnership will not only start today but also continue in the future. Let us continue to communicate with each other, look at how we can contribute to reduce poverty.” Director Ramos added

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A Heart’s Desire

Joan France, a 24-year old gal, is from Balangasan, Pagadian City.  She is the eldest daughter of Julieta Nillas-Piedad and Francisco Piedad.  Just like any other teenager, she dreamed of finishing her college degree. Her parents want to make her dream possible. Even her father works as laborer and her mother is a housewife; they find ways to shoulder all the expenses especially her daily allowances, petty contributions and school projects. Joan had to budget wisely her php30.00 daily allowance which is for her transportation to and from the school, and the remaining ten (10) pesos is for her snacks.  However, she prefers to use her php10.00 for their photocopy fees of her lessons so she can study at home.

There were also times that Joan felt difficulty in paying for Intramural’s fee in school during her college days.  She was hesitant to ask money from her parents because she knew that her parents were also paying her younger sister’s tuition fees. 

The time came that her parents decided to stop her from going to school because they couldn’t afford to support her financial needs.  Her parents’ decision pained her so much. She didn’t want to stop studying because she wanted to become someone in the future. So, she decided to work as “kasambahay” (housekeeper) of Ms. Esterlita Dela Torre, the City Public Accountant of Pagadian City.

As a working student, she strictly manages her time in order to cope up and adjust herself as she had to work during the day, and attend classes at night.  She does her household chores early so that she won’t be late in her classes. Just like anyone who losses hope, she felt like giving up because she was exhausted especially during examination period.  She studies while at work, such as reading her notes while washing laundries. She needed to double time her phase to cope up with all the subjects she had to study.

 “I’m proud of myself that I could get through these till I became one of the scholars of DSWD’s Extended Student’s Grant in Poverty Aleviation (ESGP-PA).  I feel blessed and grateful for I didn’t have to work day and night,” Joan proudly said. It was not easy being a “kasambahay” while studying.  She was able to focus more in school and participating in extra-curricular activities.  That led her to get her desired degree, she finished Bachelor of Science in Social Work at Western Mindanao State University External Studies Unit of Pagadian City.

The time came when Joan needs to go for Social Work Review, which means she needs money for the expenses. Fortunately, her mother, Julieta, was a member of Borrowers Cooperative SLP Association (a 2015 project) where her mother borrowed money from with a low interest monthly rate. Joan was determined to make all the efforts of her parents and herself become worth it.  Her prayer was answered and she was very grateful when she successfully passed the licensure examination.

However, Joan didn’t apply for offices that are related with her degree. She availed a Pre-employment Assistance Fund (PEAF) of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) worth Four Thousand Five Hundred Fifteen Pesos (Php4,515.00).  She used the fund to pay her employment processing fees in Mang Inasal. She had her managerial training in Manila and deployed her in Pagadian City in September 2016. Currently, she works as an Assistant Restaurant Manager and she is earning fifteen thousand pesos (Php15,000.00) every month.“Despite of the challenges I’ve been through for where I am now and what I have, all these are fruit of my effort, hardwork, determination, and persistence.  Poverty is not a hindrance to what you want to become. It is always a choice and initiative on how to get what you wanted. There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs,” an inspiring message from Joan France N. Piedad, RSW/Assistant Restaurant Manager.

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DSWD joins commemoration of Zamboanga siege

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with the City Government of Zamboanga honored the heroes of the devastating Zamboanga siege on its 6th-year commemoration on September 9, 2019 at City Grounds, Zamboanga City.

The commemoration activity entitled A Special Day of Remembrance was conducted to pay tribute to the fallen heroes who fought for security, for their comrades, for the civilians who were used as human shields, and for the city; for the civilians who lost their lives protecting their families, friends, homes, neighbors, and the innocent children against violence and greed of the misguided few.

DSWD’s Undersecretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development, Danilo G. Pamonag graced the event as the keynote speaker where he also led the wreath-laying ceremony together with the Zamboanga City Mayor, Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar at the memorial marker on Rizal Street. It was also attended by DSWD Field Office 9 Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos, and other local and national agency representatives.

Prior to his role in the DSWD, Usec. Pamonag served in the military as Commander of the AFP Joint Special Operations Group (JSOG), the country’s top-tier counter-terrorist unit, when the 2013 Zamboanga Siege broke out.

“Do you know the difference between Zamboanga and Marawi? Why were we able to defeat the enemy in 21 days compared to Marawi Siege? In Zamboanga, you have your government led by your Mayor Beng Climaco that looked after the displaced families. So our [military] attention was focused only on attacking and apprehending the rebels. And it helped a lot,” Usec. Pamonag said during his speech yesterday.

It can be recalled that the invasion of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 2013 has affected 14 barangays in the city and displaced more than 18,110 families with 78,747 individuals who temporarily took refuge in the 66 evacuation centers. A total of 510,119,723.08 worth of assistance were provided by the DSWD during emergency, early recovery and rehabilitation phase of the disaster operations.

The DSWD also provided augmentation support amounting to Php. 58,663,500.00 (an amount transferred by the NHA) to continuously implement programs for the Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs) until the eventual transfer of all affected families to their permanent shelters/homes.

As per status report submitted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office as of May 08, 2018, out of the total target of 5,587 IDP families, only 4,415 or 79% initially availed of the financial assistance with a total grant utilized amounting to Php. 43,898,000.00. The remaining unutilized funds are in the possession of the department where schedule of payout depends on the submission of master list from Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD). DSWD is tasked to provide and validate the list of IDPs in permanent shelters with an assistance amounting of Php. 10,000.00 per family.

Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and DSWD Undersecretary Danilo G. Pamonag led the wreath-laying ceremony as part of the tribute to Zamboanga Siege heroes.
DSWD Undersecretary Danilo G. Pamonag awards medal of recognition to ‘Zamboanga Siege Baby’

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KIA beneficiaries receive livelihood aide through DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program special projects and Presidential Management has awarded the dependents of the Killed in Action soldiers on September 6, 2019 at LM Metro Hotel, Zamboanga City.


As can be recalled, an encounter between the Abu Sayyaf militant group and the 44th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on April 6, 2016 took the lives of 18 soldiers and wounded 53 troopers at Sitio Bayoko, Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan Province.

The Malacanang through former President Beningo Aquino ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide further assistance to the members of the bereaved families along with the cash allocation amounting to 300,000.

The Approved project costs of P300,000 will be awarded to each dependent in two tranches where the first tranche shall be equivalent to 70% of the approved projects costs while the remaining 30% shall be awarded after implementation, assessment and liquidation of the initial livelihood funds.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Baustista led the formal turn-over ceremony together with Regional Director Nestor Ramos and Assistant Director for Operations Fatima Caminan.

Following the said turnover of cash assistance, a Basic Business Management Training to these beneficiaries was organized to provide technical inputs as required by the Program itself. The said 3 day training ushered the participants to draw out plans, learn basic skills on financial recording and financial management to identify strategies for resource mobilization.

DSWD assured for further monitoring on their business enterprises three months after the release of their respective funds.

The provision for families of KIA and WIA soldiers is covered under the Special Projects of the Sustainable Livelihood Program in collaboration with the Presidential Management Staff of Malacańang.

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