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“Reward of a Dreamer”

Gusto gyud ko nga makabaton ug kaugalingon nga negosyo aron moasenso among panginabuhian alang sa kaugmaon sa akong mga anak” expressed by Annaliza when asked about her biggest dream in life.

     Annaliza Panawan is a mother of four children who lives in Purok Riverside, Brgy. Olingan, Dipolog City Zamboanga del Norte.

She spend most of her days at home as a housewife who took care of their humble abode. Her husband, Ranulfo Razaga Panawan Sr, drives a tricycle to support their living. He usually earns 200-400 pesos a day which is barely enough to sustain their everyday family needs. On 2012, her husband caught an illness which made him decided to stop driving.

 “Matud pa sa doctor tungod sa pasmo mao nga nagkasakit akong bana ug dugay gyud kini nga na-confine sa hospital” Annaliza said. Unfortunately, the tricycle which is the only source of income need to be sold in order to defray the expenses of his husband’s hospital bills.“Igo-igo ra gyud kini nga gibayad sa hospital apan nagpasalamat ra gihapon ko sa kahitas-an nga bisan pa ug nabaligya ang maong franchise, mao kini nakatabang nga maluwas ang akong bana nga mao ra gyud ang gisaligan unta sa among panginabuhian” she added.

     Since Ranulfo temporarily cannot work and provide for the family because of his condition, Annaliza need to exert his ways to provide for the famiy thinking all her children are also going to school.

     In 2014, Annaliza was able to avail Sustainable Livelihood Program’s SEA-K assistance. She was granted with an amount of php10,000.00 which she planned to use to start up a business. Fortunately, a friend also offered help for an additional fund to pursue the business plans, “Adunay ni-finance namu ug php15,000.00 sa pagnegosyo ug pig butchering ug tunga kami sa ginansiya, ako ang mulihok ani ug sa panahon nga medyo naulian na ang akong bana kaming duha ang timbang sa maong negosyo, ug maka-ginansya kami ug tag php6,000.00 kada bulan”. Annaliza said

“Hago kaayo ang maong negosyo ug maingun gyud nga alkansi kami kay ang nag-finance igo ra man sa pagdawat ug limpyo/ginansiya” she added.

Makaihaw kami ug 2 heads of pig kada semana pero ug medyo mahal ang isda maka-ihaw mi ug 3 heads of pig” Annaliza further narrated.

Through the successful manifestation of their livelihood, they were able to pay some of their bills. “Kaluoy sa Ginoo maka gross income kami ug tag php3,000-4,000 per day ug tungod sa maong pagnegosyo nga diin utang2x pa sauna karun dili na gyud kay aduna na kami kaugalingon nga pwesto sa highway sa Olingan Wet Market nga cash basis na gyud tanan”.

Analiza even pointed out that because of their perseverance, the business continues to flourish. Through this, they were able to buy freezers for their additional frozen products like dressed chicken aside from the regular pork meat that are being sold in their store. Today her husband is back on track on driving the tricycle, “Ang motor nga kanhi gigamit pamasahero sa akong bana, gitauran na kini ug sidecar gamit pagpangompra ug baboy”. Her husband also receives “pa-lechon” labor for php500 per pig.

Analiza expressed her appreciation on DSWD for the assistance provided to them, “Dako gyud kaayo ko ug pasalamat sa DSWD pinaagi sa SLP kay nakahulam ug php10,000.00 sa SEA-K nga gigamit gyud naku sa pagnegosyo ug ako gyud kini  nga giimpasan sa wala pa miabot ang termino kay nindot ra gyud paminawon nga maimpas ang utang.

     Annaliza and her husband are hands-on in running the business. Her dream of having a livelihood and sustainable income come into reality if not because of DSWD and Sustainable Livelihood Program which assisted them all throughout the process. She knew how hard it is to begin but her family being the driving force to succeed in life challenges became her armor to face the stumbling blocks. They could not thank enough the Almighty Father for using the Sustainable Livelihood Program as an instrument to answer their prayers.

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Sitio Tabuk starts Road Concreting Sub-project

Mun. Mayor Lobrigas ,Vice Mayor Usin with the SB members and Barangay Officials of Makiang led the ground breaking ceremony of the 300 linear meter Road Concreting with Slope Protection Sub-project.

The Municipal and Barangay Local Government Unit of Siocon joined the Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) on the ground-breaking ceremony of the 300 linear meter Road Concreting with Slope Protection sub-project at Sitio Tabuk, Makiang, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte on April 8, 2019.

The said sub-project is under NCDDP Cycle 4 implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) with a total cost of Php3, 011,346.00.

The community sees the need for road concreting since most of the people who lives in Sitio Tabuk has been isolated due to inaccessible road condition. The completion of this sub-project is expected to create opportunity for farmers to carry out products to Poblacion and provide ease in access to basic social services for the community in Tabuk.

Barangay Makiang has also been a recipient of 80 linear meter Drainage Canal for cycle 1 with a combined KC grant and Local Cash Counterpart of Php730,367.00, Ricemill Building with Equipment for cycle 2 at Php1,333,406.00, and 2 unit 2 classroom High School building for cycle 3 at Php3,180,524.

BSPMC Chairperson Maria Venus Villaluna expressed her appreciation to the program, as said during an interview “Nalipay kaayo mi mag boluntir sa Kalahi bisan pa man sa kalisud kay daghan ug trainings, responsibilidad isip boluntir nga usahay ma byaan ang amuang panginabuhian, pero nalipay kame kay nakatabang mi sa amuang barangay. Gikan 1st cycle hangtud 4th cycle kame na prioritized maong daku kaayo mi ug pasalamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa DSWD ug sa suporta nga gihatag usab sa MLGU ug BLGU para ma mugna kining amuang mga projects”.

(We are happy to volunteer with Kalahi despite the difficulties on numerous trainings, with our responsibilities as volunteers sometimes we set aside our work, but we’re happy that were able to help our barangay. We were prioritized from 1st cycle to 4th cycle that is why we are very much appreciative on Kalahi-CIDSS, of DSWD and the support provided by MLGU and BLGU to realize these projects, said Villaluna).

Municipal Mayor Julius S. Lobrigas led the ground-breaking ceremony and followed by the unveiling of signage with Vice Mayor Nathaniel Usin, SB members and BLGU officials. ### (JGA)

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4Ps exemption to election ban approved

The DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program’s petition No. 0457-19 that seeks to be exempted from the election ban following the communications sent by the Office of the COMELEC Secretary has been granted by the Commission En Banc.

It can be recalled that the COMELEC forwarded a communication that prohibits government agencies to release and disburse public funds effective March 29 to May 12, 2019.

The petition filed by the DSWD is for COMELEC to (a) acknowledge the routine and normal expenses of the department; and (b) authorize the DSWD to continue its ongoing and undertake possible disaster relief, early recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

Pantawid Pamilya is considered as among the routine and normal expenses of the department hence it may proceed with its top-ups or loading of cash grants as scheduled.

For Region 9, grants will be deposited in the cash cards of the beneficiaries on April 12. This covers Period 6 or December 2018 to January 2019 period with the total amount of PHP 242,517,700.00 or 67,465 beneficiary households.

Furthermore, the distribution of EMV-enabled cards to beneficiaries and re-carding of their cash cards shall also be continued as part of the regular activities of the program.

Last April 6, beneficiaries from District 2, 3, and 4 in Zamboanga City gathered in front of LandBank Main Branch to have their cash cards replaced by EMV-enabled cards.

Beneficiaries flocked in front of LBP Zamboanga for re-carding of their cash cards.

As of to date, there is a total of 307,834 Pantawid Pamilya households in the entire Region IX. 50,575 of which are from Zamboanga City, 9,568 from Isabela City, Basilan, 56,541 from Zamboanga Sibugay, 88,824 households from Zamboanga del Sur, and 102,326 Pantawid households in Zamboanga del Norte.

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 defers payment of cash grants to UCT beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recently ordered to postpone the payment of cash grants to the beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program due to the current Election Ban per Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution No. 10429.

In a memorandum issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Program Director of the UCT Program dated March 29, 2019 on the cancellation of scheduled UCT payouts nationwide, it was affirmed that the request for exemption of the DSWD was not yet acted upon by the poll body.

Despite being a high priority project of the government, it was decided however that the safest course of action is to postpone the payment of cash grants until the request for exemption is granted by the COMELEC.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC released a new resolution dated April 1, 2019 allowing the department to conduct payout to the household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and to continue the implementation of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) even during election period. (Read here:

Documents presented by UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries are being verified thoroughly
for its completeness and authenticity before they may claim their cash grants at LBP.

In Region 9, the UCT Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) together with the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) have already conducted a series of payout activities to those household beneficiaries that were validated and identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, since November of last year.

“With respect to Field Office 9, we have already commenced the Over-the-Counter (OTC) payout to all identified beneficiaries in the region. Although, some beneficiaries, specifically from Zamboanga del Sur, were left unpaid due to the fact that the municipalities in the province were requested by the bank to be paid through conduits,” said Atty. Johanna Marie Ruiz, UCT Regional Field Coordinator.

Atty. Ruiz also assured that the funds intended for the program are being secured by the disbursing entity. 

“Due to the foregoing circumstance, we would like to assure the public that all funds necessary for the implementation of the program are being kept safe by the LBP and shall be given to all identified beneficiaries, as soon as the procurement process of the bank has been completed and the DSWD has been given the exemption to proceed with the program by the COMELEC,” she expressed.

Furthermore, she reiterated that the funds shall not be used in other agenda aside from meeting the objective of the program. “The funds would NOT be used for any political agency or any other purpose aside from the true intention of the program and of the law,” she ended.

The UCT is a program of the DSWD that aims to mitigate the effects of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law particularly to poor households and individuals that may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising market prices.

It is currently implemented nationwide covering all 4Ps households, beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program, and other poor households (with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds) identified by Listahanan. ###

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DSWD Field Office IX bags two national awards

The Field Office 9 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) received two national recognitions in the recently concluded 2018 Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) held on March 29 at Diosdado Macapagal Auditorium, Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila.

The Regional Information Officer of the Social Marketing Unit (SMU) Ivan Eric C. Salvador emerged as the Best Support Staff for 2018 while the SMU was recognized as 2nd Best Support Office.

“I would like to share the success to all the men and women who have significantly molded and engaged with me in all of my communication and advocacy works. This recognition is our shared success, for without the support and collaboration, I cannot be effective and efficient,” expressed Salvador. 

Best Support Staff: Ivan Eric C. Salvador

As head of the SMU, he spearheads the formulation and execution of the regional communication plan, which revolves on implementing different activities and strategies along communication, public relations, mass media, social marketing and advocacy geared towards increasing public awareness of the department’s programs and services, and building support from the different stakeholders using various communication channels.

Now, he is accordingly looking forward to a more productive year in helping the organization by coming up with new innovations and rendering more valuable contributions.

“I am looking forward for more opportunities to utilize my skills and energies to help not only our clients and beneficiaries but also our staff who need most of our technical asistance,” he added.

The Best Support Staff Award was given to Salvador for his significant support to the operations of the office through communication and advocacy activities, thereby contributing to the heightened awareness, appreciation and support to the agency’s programs, projects, and services by the clients, partners and the general public.

On the other hand, the SMU is the primary unit in the field office with the responsibility to undertake advocacy, publicity, and networking activities which shall embody the Vision, Mission, and the Goal of the department to promote social change, and to nurture relationships with the general public and partner stakeholders. In doing so, the SMU is tasked to implement communication and advocacy plans to raise awareness on the different programs and services of DSWD.

2nd Best Support Office: Social Marketing Unit

Apart from Salvador, the said unit is likewise comprised of various information officers of key programs namely; Fung Kay B. Choi (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program), Bernely Sheilaine N. De Leon (Sustainable Livelihood Program), Jonabeth C. Agana (KALAHI-CCIDSS), and Mumar I. Ibbin (Listahanan). Meanwhile, Juvelyn T. Sanogal serves as the administrative staff or secretary of SMU.

“May this recognition manifest the commitment and dedication we have to public service. May this inspire more workers in the department to work hard with embedded values with them. Strive to innovate and calibrate new ideas to introduce high impact breakthroughs contributing to the operation and implementation of the different programs and services of DSWD,” he said. 

Through the years, the SMU has served as a model office in portraying good performance, complete and effective staff work and exemplary practices.

“The values embodied in all of the staff are magnified in all of their undertakings. The unit has continuously served as the senses of the department by visualizing new communication strategies, listening to the people, and speaking for truth and rightful information,” he ended. 

During the awarding ceremony, the Financial Management Division (Field Office 3) and Standards Section (Field Office 10) were adjudged as 2018’s 1st and 3rd Best Support Offices respectively.

The Best Support Office Award aims to recognize offices that are able to provide support to the operations of the agency, making sure that the Major Final Outputs (MFOs) namely Social Protection Policy Services, Social Policy Services, Capacity Building Services, and Regulatory Services shall be effectively delivered to clients and intermediaries.

Aside from Salvador and the SMU, the regional awardees of the DSWD PRAISE 2018 for Best Division Chief (Asst. Regional Director for Operations- Fatima S. Caminan) and Best Social Worker (Teddy A. Kahil) were also shortlisted as one of the top three semi-finalists in their respective nominations. ARDO Caminan accompanied the national awardees from the region during the recognition rites. ###

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DSWD continues to make change work for women

The Field Office 9 conducted various activities to highlight and honor the achievements of the women sector in observance of the 2019 Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women.”

“As the lead agency in social protection, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of women in nation-building and educate them of the various laws protecting their rights,” said Protective Services Division (PSD) Chief Marilyn D. Fabian.

Headed by the PSD in partnership with the Sectoral Unit and the Social Marketing Unit (SMU), the department commenced the month-long celebration through hanging of tarpaulins in the field office, Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF), and in all of the Social Welfare and Development Teams (SWADTs) across the region to show support of women empowerment.

DSWD FO IX strikes a pose during the annual Dia de Las Mujeres parade and fund-raising event on March 8 at Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, Zamboanga City.

The regional agency also participated during the annual Dia de Las Mujeres parade and fund-raising activity spearheaded by the City Government of Zamboanga last March 8. The event started along the RT Lim Boulevard and concluded at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex with a short program.

For the whole month of March, the E-Media Mo: Servicio Todo-Todo (DSWD Edition) featured the programs and services of the Home for Women and tackled various issues and concerns on Women with Disabilities, Women and Livelihood, and Women Crisis and Vulnerabilities together with the different focals and heads of the field office invited as guests. 

Likewise, the PSD launched the Women in Action Photo Contest and the Purple Your Workplace Inter-Agency Contest. A 2-Day Seminar on Mental Health and Summer Diseases Awareness was also held on March 27 & 28 at Camp Batalla, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

Ms. Greta Martinez welcomes the participants to the 2-Day Seminar on Mental Health and Summer Diseases Awareness on March 27 at Camp Batalla, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

The celebration of the National Women’s Month is conducted every year as part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day governed by Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 (Declaring the First Week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day); Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 (Providing for the Observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month); and Republic Act No. 6949 s. 1990 (Declaring March 8 every year as National Women’s Day).

This year’s celebration is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change. ###

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“A Young Father’s Sacrifice”

To provide for the needs of the family is the main responsibility of a father. Billy Hanz A. Chiong, 23, is a single father to a 3-year old daughter. Since then, he knew that being the head of the family takes huge this responsibility and effort in order to sustain for a living.

Behind their humble abode lives a happy family, is a struggling father. While providing for his daughter, he also helps with the finances of his parents. His father works as maintenance personnel in a government office, while his mother stays at home as a housewife.

When Hanz, as he is fondly called, graduated from High School but failed to proceed in college due to financial constraints.

He ended up working for his uncle who had an aircon repair shop nearby. He was later enrolled by his uncle for a vocational course on Electrical Installation and Maintenance at Dipolog School of Fisheries. Hanz expressed this blessing as a great opportunity for him since he already had an idea on the kind of work after experienced working from his uncle’s shop.

Amid these opportunities, things didn’t go well as planned. Hanz got influenced by his peers from frequent late night from drinking sprees. This has greatly affected him and when his parents learned about this, he was ordered to come back home.

After contemplating and regretting on his mistakes, he went back to attending school and soon enough he was up for assessment. Unfortunately, he was not able to qualify. This started him to lose hope, he was having second thoughts on taking another assessment exam.

On 2015, An Implementing Project Development Officer of Sustainable Livelihood Program-DSWD was looking for interested Pantawid beneficiaries who are already knowledgeable on Electrical Installation and Maintenance to take free assessment examination. This became a good sign for Hanz to grab the opportunity. He took the chance and went for another assessment, this time, he successfully passed. He was able acquire the National Certificate II on Electrical Installation and Maintenance.

Wasting no time, he immediately looked for a job where he got a chance to work on his first job as an electrician at ZANECO, Dipolog City. Later on, he was encouraged by SLP IPDO to take Trainer’s Methodology, which consists of competencies a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainer or assessor must achieve, such as plan training sessions, facilitate learning sessions, supervise work-based learning, conduct competency assessment, maintain training facilities and utilize electronic media in facilitating training. Qualified program participants must be college graduates with National Certificates Level II and has acquired such qualifications and documentations mandated by TESDA to participate in such training. He was hesitant at first because he has no idea on what the training is all about considering he is also the youngest among the group.

The program also offered a free assessment to the skilled beneficiary, this gave Hanz a chance to undergo the process since he was well-skilled. The said support was trainer’s methodology (TM) Level 1 (Trainer/Assessor), this aims to qualify and certify the current pool of trainers to raise the bar of Assessor/Trainer qualification in the areas of technology and methodology for quality assurance.

While attending the training he was also employed at Montano Construction as a laborer, it was hard for him at first to balance work and training due to work pressure, but he continued the opportunities given because of his willingness and eagerness to finish the training.

Several months after being an equipped trainer, he now shares his knowledge to other individuals especially to senior high school students on Electrical Installation and Maintenance.

Later on, He became an accredited trainer of TESDA and currently teaching senior high school students from different schools in Zamboanga del Norte. He already conducted 12 trainings and earns more than 3,200.00 per day. He occasionally gets hired to install electrical wiring of houses and buildings in bulk basis and sometimes works for it for free. Hanz gladly expressed that the training given to him has significantly helped him and his family.

For almost 2 years in his profession, he was able to provide the needs of his family, not only the school fees of his brother but also the needs of his only daughter. He was also able to purchase a second hand motorcycle which he utilized to make travelling to work faster and easier. Aside from the knowledge he gained from the training, he proudly expressed his appreciation on the confidence and empowerment he was able to acquire from the chances given through the help of the DSWD which became instrumental to his successes now. His lifestyle may have changed, but he will never forget the opportunities that SLP has given him. Hanz has a big heart, he helps other people through assisting them in his job especially if there are simultaneous classes. Most of them are his former students and his brother. Still, he supervises everything and pays them for their salary amounting to 400 per day.

Hanz shared that he would not be able to achieve his goals without the help of the program.

     “Wala ko gamahay nga naa ang SLP nga nitabang sa akoa”

     “Thankful kaayo ko nga naa ang SLP nga nitabang sa akoa mga mausob ako panginabuhi, dako kaayo ko og pasalamat sa SLP kay nagpa-conduct sila ani nga Training (TM)”

     He is also very thankful to those people who helped, supported and believed in him and to the IPDO assigned in Polanco, Ms. Ione Rasonable, for motivating and encouraging him to take the projects and trainings offered by DSWD-SLP.  Hanz believes that nothing is impossible if we strive hard to make our world worth living.

Today, he is now enrolled for crash course program in Bachelor of Arts in Economics where hi future plan is to apply at DEPED to be able to handle Technical Vocational Livelihood subjects.

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DSWD, DepEd strengthens partnership for 4Ps

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has conducted a stakeholder’s forum with the Department of Education to further support and strengthen the good practices in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program particularly on the education component.

78 DepEd employees from across the region were gathered last February 27-28, 2019 in Zamboanga City to discuss what has transpired in the previous year in their implementation of the program.

The program’s accomplishments and updates were also presented to the education partners. It also became an avenue for planning the next steps, strategies, and initiatives of the program to improve the performance of the beneficiaries in terms of compliance to the program conditionalities.

DSWD-9 Regional Program Coordinator of the Pantawid Pamilya, Flordeliza A. Atuy, oriented the participants on the thrusts and priorities of the program for the year 2019.  

She also emphasized the importance of the roles that the education partners play in the achievement of the Pantawid Pamilya goals.

“The Pantawid Pamilya focals in schools play a very vital role not just in the monitoring of the beneficiaries’ compliance but moreover, they help the program by creating a mindset that makes education a priority and puts value in the education of children,” Atuy said.

The DSWD continues to involve its partner-stakeholders in all its endeavors for a holistic development in the lives of the beneficiaries.

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