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SLP Beneficiaries Receives their National Certificate II on Masonry, Housekeeping

179 beneficiaries of Department of Social Welfare and Development from the Municipality of Katipunan graduated from a technical vocational skills training course, implemented by the Sustainable Livelihood Program in partnership with Our Lady of Triumph Institute of Technology (OLT) based in Ozamis City.

The graduates who are in-house students have completed National Certificate II (NC II) on Masonry and Housekeeping.

OLT assures that beneficiaries are directly employed after graduation.

Graduates who will be locally employed under housekeeping are expected to earn the average salary of 13, 500 pesos per month, while masonry will be 450 pesos per day.

Our program participants will gain not only monetary benefits from the acquired skills but it will likewise boost their confidence, self-esteem, and raise their morale because they can now provide the necessities of their family.


Photo Courtesy of Queenie Altamia, Project Development Officer II

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DSWD to launch Bio-Intensive Gardening

In order to maintain and promote the health condition of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has introduced Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG) as a means to secure food for the Pantawid families and address concerns in nutrition particularly for children. The project ensures that nutritional food such as vegetables and fruits become part of the beneficiaries’ daily intake.

The launching will be held on March 23 in barangay Ayala as the initial barangay/district to showcase their backyard, communal and container gardens in one avenue. This will be followed by the launching of other BIG projects by the other districts and clusters of Pantawid beneficiaries.

In 2015, it was found out that more than 100 children in Ayala are under nourished. Due to this alarming case, the team, composed of the BLGU, CSWD, DSWD, Nutrition and Barangay Inter-Agency Council (BIAC) have decided to implement a project dubbed as “Jardin Na Mi Casa.”

The project is also in partnership with the Office of the City Agriculture that teaches the Pantawid beneficiaries how to make organic soil and the technical know-how on planting vegetables.

Meanwhile, a topic on self-reliance is taught through the department’s regular Family Development Sessions (FDS) which is conducted monthly to ensure that the beneficiaries are empowered through skills and knowledge enhancement trainings.

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DSWD augments cash grant with Rice Subsidy

In response to the directive of the President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, to strengthen the country’s conditional cash transfer program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shall be providing rice subsidy to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The rice subsidy shall be given to Pantawid beneficiaries in the form of cash grant on top of their regular grants which are intended for health and education.

A total amount of P7,200 per year or P600 per month per household rice subsidy in cash shall be given to beneficiaries provided that they are active and compliant with the conditionalities of the program. These conditions include school attendance of at least 85% per month for children enrolled in the elementary or high school. Children aged 5 and below would need to undergo preventive check-up as mandated by the Department of Health (DoH), while children enrolled in the elementary must receive deworming pills twice within the school year. On the other hand pregnant women must receive pre and post natal care based on DoH’s protocol. Lastly, parent/s or guardians are required to attend the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

This additional subsidy shall be given on a bi-monthly period along with the release of educational and health grants.

Qualified beneficiaries include (i) those who are registered in Pantawid Pamilya Information System; (ii) victims of natural and man-made disasters rendered homeless with no means of livelihood; (iii) indigenous peoples who are in geographically-isolated and disadvantaged areas; (iv) homeless street families; and (v) transitioning households whose level of well-being have improved but still at risk of subsequent falling back into survival level as they precariously live with little or no buffer against economic shocks.

The provision of rice subsidy conforms to the mandate and vision of the DSWD to make our country and the Filipinos free of hunger and poverty.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government. It invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 18 and below.

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DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo dialogues with repatriates in Zamboanga City

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo visited Zamboanga City during the weekend to primarily assess and check the operations of the various centers under Region IX.

During her visit, she had the chance to dialogue with the remaining 227 repatriates out of 430 who arrived from Malaysia last March 1, 2017 and currently being sheltered in the Processing Center for Displaced Person (PCDP). As of March 3, DSWD was able to provide necessary interventions such as food, shelter, clothing and transportation among these deportees amounting to 289,370 pesos.

DSWD Regional Director Atty.Araceli F. Solamillo assured the DSWD Secretary that the center is always equipped with staff to do the intake and profiling of the arriving deportees with standby funds and food supplies to accommodate them. The secretary herself was able to observe the commitment of the staff in ensuring the welfare of the deportees while in the center.

In 2016, DSWD Field Office IX was able to serve a total of 17,724 deportees where 12,912 are males and 4,812 are females. A total amount of 17,028,070 were given in all forms of assistance. DSWD taps the Department of Health to provide medical assessment and consultation to all arriving repatriates.

During her visit, she also met with Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar where she had a courtesy call and dialogue in the presence of key officials and division chiefs of DSWD and Local Government Unit.

Sec. Taguiwalo also went to inspect DSWD’s Crisis Intervention Unit and Regional Youth Hostel to see what else can be improved on the services rendered to the clients. She expressed her gratitude to the workers for rendering their duties even until Sunday to provide assistance to walk-in clients. She also visited other centers such as Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) as well as the Home for the Elderly in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City.

She also had the opportunity to meet the employees of Field Office IX where she presented the new direction of the department embracing the new Vision and Mission, Brand and Organizational Outcomes. She  gave emphasis on the importance of the protective services, “ito ang frontline na services para sa ating mga mamayan, ang Crisis Intervention Unit natin at ang mga Centers. Ang mga Centers talaga natin hindi man kasing dami ng promotive pero nagproprovide siya talaga ng malaking serbisyo. Para sa mga bata at kababaihan natin na nasa centers, it is only DSWD can provide them these services and so we have to make it better”, Sec. Taguiwalo said during the dialogue. ###



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DSWD-SLP Skills Training Graduation in Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Sustainable Livelihood Program in partnership with TESDA, and Maychengchang Technical School, Inc. culminated its skills training program today with a Graduation Ceremony in Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.

145 program participants received their certificate of completion under Driving and Motorcycle/ Small Engine Servicing National Certificate II.

The said training aims to improve the socioeconomic capacity of the beneficiaries through the provision of skills training for employment facilitation and micro-enterprise development.

The training for Driving NC II ran for twenty (20) days and twenty (25) days for MSES NC II. The graduates that have undergone Driving NC II were also facilitated to get their driver’s license, while MSES NC II graduates were given starter kits.

These beneficiaries came from the different municipalities of Tampilisan and Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.





Photo Courtesy of Joy Magallanes Lihaylihay-SLP Project Development Officer II

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DSWD kicks off Women’s Month Celebration with Boses

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX hosted a special screening of “Boses”, an advocacy film produced by Erasto Films as a kick-off event to the 2017 National Women’s Month Celebration which is celebrated annually every March.

The film shows a moving story of a boy who went through excruciating violence in the hands of his father and the importance of rehabilitation in the recovery processes.

This activity is an advocacy tool to raise awareness on issues related to families and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC). The highly-acclaimed and recommended film shall form part and support of the agency in the Gender and Development activities in Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Almost 300 participants from various sectors have attended the special screening of the said movie which was held in Mindpro Cinema. Present during the screening were representatives from Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Immigration, Civil Service Commission, PNP, ZCPO, PNP-AVSEU IX, PCTC WMFO, WCPD, WCPC-MFU, Visayan Forum Inc., DSWD staff, and Tetuan Central School pupils.

DSWD-Sectoral Focal, Maria Socorro Macaso, calls for public to support the advocacy by taking part in the information dissemination and awareness campaigns and reportage of any incidence of abuse and violence committed against women and children.

Other events such as media guesting, health awareness orientation, beauty and wellness activities are also lined-up to celebrate the beauty, femininity and power of women. All of these activities are anchored on this year’s theme, “We make Change work for Women.”

As a catalyst of change in the society, DSWD adheres to its mandate to be at the forefront in promoting and securing the welfare of the public particularly of the vulnerable sectors.###

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Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP Staff undertakes CBDRRM Training

In response to the regular occurrences of both the natural and human-induced calamities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in partnership with the Office of the Civil Defense Region IX conducted an intensive Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training to Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP Area Coordinators and RPMO Staff on February 20-24, 2017 at Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte.

The CBDRRM roll-out training to Kalahi CIDSS NCDDP Staff aims to ensure that disaster-risk reduction is considered a local priority, to identify, assess, and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning systems, to use knowledge, innovation, and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels,
to reduce the underlying risk factors, and to strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response and recovery at all levels, from the local to the national.

Deputy Regional Program Manager Elpidio Lapad pointed out the role of the Area Coordinators in mobilizing people, managing action and planning for immediate response when or during disaster strikes as managers of their respective areas.

The activity will provide Area Coordinators knowledge in responding to emergency or disaster and can eventually help train people to respond to emergency situations in their communities.

The 5-day training includes steps in conducting Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management, preparedness, prevention and mitigation mechanisms, disaster response and preparation for rehab and recovery and action planning.###

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Zambo del Sur farmer bags Modelong Ama title

A 54-year old farmer from Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur was recently named as region IX’s Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya 2017. Modelong Ama is an initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development under its cash-conditional transfer program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Dario Aligaya, father of 4, bested three other contenders/representatives from the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City.

Aligaya went to several stages of selection prior to being selected as a nominee for the regional search. After thorough validation and deliberation of the Regional Selection Team (RST) composed of the Regional Program Coordinator, Family Development Session Focal, Beneficiary Data Management Division Focal and Men Oppose Violence against women and children Everywhere (MOVE) President, the RST was convinced that Aligaya embodies the character of a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary who can champion women empowerment and gender-equality within the context of the program and its communities.

The Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya 2017 plays a significant role in the achievement of the program’s goals and objections particularly in involving men in the empowerment of women. The winner shall serve as a male ambassador of the Pantawid Pamilya; he will be the voice of the program who can share his knowledge and learning experiences in life as an epitome of a good father, husband, son, community actor and/or gender-advocate during Family Development Sessions or in any GAD-related activities.

This is the first time that the Department has conducted such an activity and DSWD plans to make it an annual event. Among all regions in the country, only region IX has awarded monetary prizes to the participants and the winner.

Aligaya received P5,000 for bagging the first place. P4,000 was given to Pablo Resurreccion from Zamboanga Sibugay; P3,000 for Freddie Mahinay of Zamboanga City; P2,000 for Fernando Ponce of Zamboanga del Norte who bagged 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, respectively. All of the regional nominees have also received plaques of appreciation for supporting the advocacy.

Aligaya will be competing in the national search for Modelong Ama 2017 on March 28-30, 2017 in Manila.

This advocacy is conducted to bring about “transformed gender relations” among beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya as well as push for homes that are free from gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence.

Furthermore, it intends to build community icons/models amongst men who champion better gender-relations in their homes and in the community.

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