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DSWD holds model family search

In line with this year’s National Family Week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Region IX begins its Modelong Pamilya Search- an activity that serves as an avenue to recognize exemplary family in the entire region.

IMG_0027Early this month, the validating team composed of Carmencita Luna- DSWD Focal, Director Raymond Domingo- National Youth Commission (NYC), Ma. Elena S. Lluisma from DENR and Marissa Mohammad- Department of Agriculture (DA) started visiting the nominated families in Titay, Katipunan, Liloy and Zamboanga City for validation.

Regional Director Zenaida L. Arevalo said that the said contest aims to honor families that uphold Filipino values, promote healthy living and environment protection and inspire other members of the community.

The winners will be awarded on October 4, 2015 in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay during the Pantawid Family Day Celebration.

Meanwhile, DSWD being the chair of the National Committee on the Filipino Family leads some of the major activities in the pipeline for the week-long celebration:

September 21, 2015 – Hanging of the streamers

September 22-23, 2015 – Orientation on Solo Parents Welfare Act (Zambo. City)

September 28, 2015 – Orientation on Anti-Child Pornography (Ipil, ZSP)

September 28, 2015 – DSWD IX FaMEALy Fiesta (DSWD IX grounds)

The National Family Week celebration is a yearly celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60 signed on Sept. 28, 1992 and Executive Order No. 241 dated June 9, 1995, that aims to strengthen Filipino family relationships. This year’s theme is ‘Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families.### Rylle Darryll Estrella WMSU OJT / Lei Mohammad, DSWD 9

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Of Rising and Resilience: Surpassing the ashes, celebrating the changes


Edgar, 44 and Lolita, 43 started their married life in a small Purok of Pacatan, Aurora, a second class municipality in the province of Zamboanga Del Sur, with a population of more than 48,000 according to the 2010 census. Even without any support from their parents, since both were born out of Poverty, the only thing they can be proud of is to have a family that they can nurture and be considered as lifetime treasures. Blessed with five children, Janiegar, (19); Janiere (18); Jaed (16); Graceli May (14) and Jackeline (12), the family strived hard to provide their needs. With meagre income of Edgar as helper in rice drier and Lolita as a plain housewife, they were able to sustain little by little the needs of their children especially in school.

Step by step, the couple was able to build and live a decent life they dreamed for their family. For them, seeing all their children grow up with their guidance and constant care will make their family succeed in any obstacle that they may face.BBBBBB


On the night of Febuary 2008, a huge fire swallowed their simple dwelling leaving all their properties burned. The only thing was saved are their children and the only clothes they wear.The family’s hope was shattered together with the huge smokes and ashes. The misfortune truly challenged the faith and strong relationship of the family. The couple once again started from where they began just like when they got married. This time it was even harder since they have five children to take care of. Lolita can still remember the trauma and experience felt while their house was drowned by fire. “Sobrang hirap ang buhay namin noong mga panahong yon,  dahil sa isang iglap nawala ang lahat ng pinaghirapan naming mag asawa. Hindi namin alam kong paano kami ulit mag sisimula. Sinubok ang aming pag mamahal sa panginoon. Pero  bisan pa sa tanan nga pang hitabo nakaingon ko , diyos ko ikaw na ang bahala sa amin.” Lolita said.

After the tragedy, the children were not able to attend their classes for couple of weeks because all of their school supplies including uniforms were all burned down too. “Ni minsan hindi ko nakita umiyak ang asawa ko. Pero sa mga panahon yon nakita ko ang mga anak ko na umiiyak. Mabigat sa loob ko na nakita ko sa mga anak ko ang kung ganoo sila ka apektado sa pang yayari. Gustuhin man nila mag aral ng lumipas ang limang araw, hindi nila magawa dahil wala silang damit na maisuot,walang Tsinelas,walang gamit pang eskwela. Umabot kami sa  punto na parang nawalan na kami ng pag asa na bumangon ulit.” She added

Though temporary displaced, it didn’t stop them to start even from scratch again. They are aware of the difficulties they have to face, but no one can ever be as strong but the couple themselves who served as sturdy foundation to their children. “Balisa ang aking utak, hindi alam kung ano ang gagawin, saan hihingi ng tulong, sino ang tutulong, hindi ko alam ano ang mang yayari sa akin,sa amin ng pamilya ko. Para akong nag dudugtong ng puzzle sa daming worries pumasok sa utak ko.”

With the help of some concerned individuals, they were able to build a makeshift house. Donations came in to include blankets and clothings. Also, the family was able to get some financial assistance of Php 2,000 pesos through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Aurora. With that, they were able to buy some kitchen utensils and other basic home needs. “Tumulong din ang amo ng aking asawa, nag bigay siya ng tatlong puno ng kahoy. Sa amin na yong pera pang putol ng kahoy pero dahil may mga mababait na kapit bahay  binigyan kami ng kaunting pera para pang gasto sa pag putol ng kahoy” Lolita shared. The family is thankful for all who have helped them in one way or the other to slowly get back to their normal lives. With the effort of the Edgar and his brother, they were able to finish a temporary house in two-days. Lolita can still remember how the family have to adopt their new way of living after the tragic experience. After few months the family was able to have a small Nipa hut, no rooms, no electricity. “NakikiCR lang kami sa malapit na kapitbahay, sa malapit na ilog naman ng Barangay Bagong Maslog kami kumukuha ng maiinom at doon na rin naliligo at naglalaba”

Edgar had to strive even harder to provide for the family but no matter how hard he worked, his wage as rice drier never suffice. Amidst the difficulties, Lolita never heard his husband complain. She even tried helping the family to augment the income for their daily living and education of their children. She worked as sari-sari store attendant in the market and at the same time accepts laundry works. While working, she had to bring her two young children with her as no one else can look after them.


The family was enumerated by National Household Targeting System of DSWD in 2009 and was one of the first set of households in Aurora to be included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Program in 2011. It is by then the family felt the relief and regained the confidence to rise and begin the change they truly aspire. Even before the receipt of the first grant, the Quimod family had already planned out how to use the grants for their children’s education and other family needs. The family started to construct a mini poultry house, a family livelihood project, where they can use for the additional income of the family. The poultry house had been useful to them since 2011 up to present.


Aside from their hard work to earn a living, they never missed to actively join in community activities which made Lolita well-known among their neighbors and kabarangays.  Her active involvement earned her a position as Barangay Kagawad in the Barangay Council of Alang-alang, Aurora from 2009 up to present.

During her last term, Lolita is the chair for Committee on Education of which she attended and coordinated with school heads and teachers to ensure that the school attendance of the students are improving and stable. She also served as resource speaker in behalf of the barangay council in some school activities.

She also became an officer in the Parents-Teachers Association in Aurora National High School of which she was given a Certificate of Recognition being an active PTA officer.

Having seen the need to protect the environment and to keep the community healthy, and, at the same time, being assigned as chair for the Committee on Health in 2011, Lolita authored the passage of Brgy. Ordinance no. 1 s. 2011 entitled “Ordinansa nga nagdili sa pagpataka ug labay sa basura sa bisan asa nga lugar sulod sa Barangay Alang-alang” (Ordinance prohibiting the improper disposal of wastes within Barangay Alang-alang).

In addition, she strongly supported the making of vegetable gardens in the barangay as additional means of food supply for the families. Lolita and Edgar together with their children maintained a garden where various vegetables and root crops are planted.

As additional income and help for the environment, the family also planted trees in one of the lots provided to them by the landowners which Lolita’s father used to serve as tenant. Today , the trees planted by the couple are now full grown.


With the unexpected tragedy that came to the family in 2008, the couple taught their children the importance of saving for their future. The couple opened a savings account in MIFAMCO with initial deposit of P6, 000 and separate savings accounts for their children in AIMCOOP with minimal initial deposit of which they can deposit any amount from time to time from their school allowances.

At young age, the Quimod children were already taught by their parents to save so that they will have something to use during emergency situations. “Maraming Salamat sa Family Development Session dahil naturuan ko ang aking mga anak ng mga mabuting asal tulad ng respeto sa kapwa at pag mamahal sa Panginoon. Tinuruan ko din sila mag tabi ng pera kahit pakonte konte upang may madukot sa panahon ng krisis or emergency. Inimulat ko din ang mga anak ko sa kahalagahan ng edukasyon. Dahil eto lang yaman na kaya naming maibigay sa kanila.” Lolita said.


The active involvement of the family in various community activities can also be reflected in the big improvement of their home.Through the hardwork and efforts of the family, their makeshift house in 2008 was slowly turned into a concrete house.

Their indomitable spirit has never been shaken by any misfortunes and challenges. Truly,the family epitomizes resiliency and bravery to many who have in one way or the other have also experienced serious hardships. The family’s effective management, responsible parenthood and positivity have embraced all their difficulties and burden where step by step they tried to work it well to alleviate the load they carry as they go along the journey.

Today, brick by brick the family has shown and shaped up the positive changes brought by determination to improve their well-being. The foundation has never been this strong, yet they remained undivided and intact. The program has sharpened their strong commitment to their self, family and community. It indeed taught them to appreciate life and has improved their empowerment not only to fight the hard life they’ve experienced. “Naintindihan ko ang kahulugan ng buhay. Sa kabila ng pang yayari nabukasan ang isip at puso namin na mas mahalaga ang buhay. Nalaman din namin na hindi lahat ng pagsubok na binigay ng diyos ay maging dahilan ng pag kasira ng pamilya, kong di ito ang maging daan para kami mag sikap ng husto, maging mas matatag sa lahat ng pagsubok na darating sa aming pamilya.”

The Quimod family is very thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program because of the great opportunity to rise, to walk on the journey and to celebrate each day for the great opportunity to improve their lives. The family believes that every family must have strong faith and values within, for them to be robust and successful. The Quimod family can no longer recount the hardships they’ve gone through but it doesn’t matter to them for as long as they have their children who have grown up responsible, god fearing and most of all who have understood the shortcomings and successes of their family.

Today, the family continues to send all their children to school to finish and reach the ambition they aspire. Every change that transpired in their lives is a manifestation how solid their perseverance not only to bridge out of poverty but to improve their quality of life.  The family remains to be an inspiration to their neighbourhood and fellow beneficiaries. They have gained respect and most of all appreciation from those who have seen their struggles.



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Pantawid beneficiaries undergo assessment

Zamboanga City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is currently conducting an assessment of the living condition of the 287,418 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program household-beneficiaries in region 9. This is to monitor their progress upon benefiting from various programs and services.

Using an enhanced Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI), families are being evaluated in terms of their economic sufficiency and social adequacy, according to Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo.

“The SWDI is part of the department’s effort to determine to what extent the Pantawid families have improved their lives based on their financial sufficiency and stability and as well as their social functioning so that necessary interventions which may include employment facilitation, skills training and provision of livelihood opportunities can be carefully and efficiently planned out.” Arevalo stated.

In economic sufficiency, families are being assessed based on the employability skills of members, employment and salary, source of income, membership to social security and access to financial institutions.

The social adequacy, meanwhile, evaluated families based on the members’ health condition, nutrition and education. It also includes assessment on access to safe drinking water, sanitary toilet facility, house construction and ownership, and social issues awareness.

According to Regional Convergence Focal Rosalie Sanchez, the SWDI will cover 67 municipalities and 5 municipalities in the region which will run until October 20, 2015.

“As of today, a total of 35,686 households have already been visited and interviewed by our field workers, our Municipal / City Links, Community Empowerment Facilitators and Project Development Officers. Unlike the previous years wherein only the Pantawid workers were assigned to administer the SWDI, this year we have involved our workers from other core programs like Kalahi and SLP because we have included indicators that are supposed to be shouldered by Kalahi and SLP like the infrastructures and capital seed fund for sustainable livelihood.” Sanchez explained.

Meanwhile, Arevalo added that SWDI results will define how the poverty alleviation programs and services such as Pantawid, Kalahi-CIDSS, SLP and others as provided by the government have been impacting and improving the lives of the poor Filipinos. ###

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ZamboSur rep wins Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya regional title

The Guimod Family from Municipality of Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur was adjudged as 2015 Regional Winner of the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.IMG_1198

The event held last July 29 at Sapphire Ballroom,Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City gathered the official provincial nominees representing provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula who have manifested and exhibited good family relationship, empowerment in serving communites and changes brought by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

This regional finalists, Quimod Family (Zamboanga del Sur); Mission Family (Zamboanga Sibugay Province); Bantug Family (Zamboanga Del Norte) and Rebollos Family (District IV, Zamboanga City), were chosen after winning the municipal and provincial level searches.

The search for huwarang pantawid pamilya started in 2012 through the National Program Management Office and National Committee for Filipino Families chaired by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman.

The two-day search exposed the family for a whole day city tour around Zamboanga City’s major attractions and parks on July 28. Some courtesy calls have also been arranged including TV guesting at Emedia Network.

The families were judged based on a standard set of criteria provided by the NPMO. Sixty percent of the total score was based on the packaged documentations prepared by the Provincial Operations Offices while the remaining 40% was based on the panel interview during the regional search proper.

Meanwhile, representatives from Population Commission, National Government Agencies, Media, CSOs and Private institution served as juries which had thorough screening to select the family who will best represent Region IX to the National level search.

DSWD Assistant Regional Directors, Consejo H.Usman and Riduan Hadjimuddin were also present to give inspirational message to the regional finalists.

The 2015 Regional Search declared the following winners: Regional Winner, Guimod Family (Zamboanga Del Sur); 1st Runner up Bantug Family (Zamboanga del Norte); 2nd runner up Mission Family (Zamboanga Sibugay Province) and 3rd Runner up, Rebollos Family (Zamboanga City).The winners received cash prizes, plaque and grocery goods.

Zamboanga del Sur has maintained the regional title for this year after also winning last year’s regional search. 2014 regional winner came from the Municiaplity of Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur.

Apart from the opportunity to be part of this year’s roster of regional nominees to the national search, The families will also become family ambassadors of the program and will get the chance to fly for manila for the Simultaneous celebration of the National Pantawid Family Day in September.##

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Beneficiaries in poorest province share impact of DSWD programs

“Ang tabang gihatag sa DSWD labi pa sa pinansyal. Gi pahibaw mi sa proseso, sa tuy-unun arun makaparticipar mi sa mga programa ug uban pang proyekto.” (More than the money, DSWD has given us the opportunity to know and understand the purpose of these programs and the chance to participate in the implementation of these programs and services.) shared Modissa Ocom of barangay Balatakan, Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte.

Ocom was one of the department’s beneficiaries who shared their experiences with the core programs of DSWD during the CSO-led Project Tour last Wednesday conducted simultaneously in Jose Dalman and Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte, the formerly identified poorest province in the country during the 2009 assessment.

DSWD beneficiaries in Mutia, ZDN gather to witness and listen testimonies coming from their co-beneficiaries.

DSWD beneficiaries in Mutia, ZDN gather to witness and listen testimonies coming from their co-beneficiaries.

The activity which is dubbed as Voice of the People: Listening to those who matter most, aimed to encourage and empower the beneficiaries to be articulators of change brought about by the implementation and delivery of the core social protective programs and services of DSWD. The activity provided opportunities for over a hundred partner beneficiaries in Zamboanga del Norte to inspire others by sharing their stories of change through the collaboration with and participation of local media outfits.

One of the beneficiaries also expressed her high hopes for the pantawid program to continue. “Daku kaayu’g kausaban ang gihatag sa pantawid. Dili na mi maglisud magpa-iskwela sa mga bata. Hinuun, ipadayun nila ang pantawid para sa mga kabus.” (Pantawid has changed our lives. We no longer worry over our children’s education. We hope that pantawid will continuously help the poor people.) a Pantawid beneficiary related during her testimonial.

Forife Nuñez, a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer who was part of the team who implemented and built a Barangay Health Station in their community narrated how Kalahi has become instrumental in improving the health services and as well as encourage participation among community members identifying solutions to the communal problems.

“Kami jud ang nagpili unsa ka project ang amung kinahanglan. Kining health station amu gyud ni gipangayu. Pasalamat mi sa Kalahi kay karun naa na sya, dili na mi layu maglakaw para magpa-immunize ug magpatambal.” (We were really the ones who chose the project, we really asked for this project. We thank Kalahi because now that we have health station, we no longer have to walk far just to have our kids immunized and treated by nurses.) Nuñez said in her testimony.

Aside from the media partners, some representatives from the national government agencies like Department of Health and Department of Labor and Employment were able to engage with some beneficiaries to assess community issues that need a multi-sectoral approach and intervention.

Megajane Ligutom, DOLE provincial staff committed to partner with the DSWD in all its efforts and endeavors in empowering the poor communities and providing them better opportunities in accessing basic social services.

“On behalf of the DOLE family, we were, we are and we will commit to serve those people who need our services and program the most. We are always ready to partner with DSWD in ending the vicious cycle of poverty through whichever manner our department is mandated to intervene.” Ligutom said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Jose Dalman Mayor Rachel Ferrater thanked DSWD for bringing in various programs and projects in their municipality.

“Thank you to the DSWD for giving Jose Dalman these programs. Because of Pantawid, SLP, Kalahi-CIDSS and other programs and services, the people in Jose Dalman are now ready to face bigger opportunities and embrace positive changes in their lives.” Ferrater said in her welcome message.

The 2-day activity aimed to encourage their partner beneficiaries to share their testimonial on how the department has helped them achieve change in their lives, what these changes are, and what their plans are for the future given that they now have changed lives.###

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DSWD assures Pantawid beneficiaries are assessed


Field Enumerators conducts actual household assessment in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, now known as the Listahanan, intensifies its effort to make sure that all beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer program, otherwise known as the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) are assessed.

The regional office enlisted the help of parent leaders throughout the region to list down the names of beneficiaries who were not assessed by the Listahanan in the second round of household assessment. The households who signified are now being visited by the field workers to validate and assess if needed.

Unassessed beneficiaries may be due to any of the following reasons (1) the beneficiary/respondent lives in an area outside the pre-determined Pockets of Poverty; (2) the beneficiary/respondent was not in their home after being visited by the field enumerators multiple times; (3) they were missed out by the field enumerator.

In Zamboanga del Sur alone, ranked second highest number of beneficiaries in the entire country, there are a total of 140,804 Pantawid household-beneficiaries. It is Listahanan’s objective to make sure that all 140,804 are already in the database hence the need to validate.

Regional Field Coordinator for region 9, Antoniette Maria Lucero said that the directive of the Regional Director is to continue the assessment until all of the names on the list are validated.

“Except for those who were already interviewed during the Grievance Redress System (GRS) validation, all Pantawid beneficiaries should be assessed in the second round of household assessment,” Lucero said.

As of this writing, the Listahanan was already able to assess a total of 602,380 (Pantawid and non-Pantawid beneficiaries included) out of the targeted 688,495 in region 9.



The Listahanan will be utilizing tablets in urban areas/barangays for faster transmission of data gathered by the field workers to the National Project Management Office (NPMO) for Proxy Means Test (PMT) processing.

A total of 186,672 households out of the targeted 688,495 that reside in urban barangays will be assessed by the field enumerators of the Listahanan.



Deputy Regional Program Management Officer-Listahanan, Pilar F. Francisco said they are hoping that beneficiaries would be truthful in answering the assessment questions as this may have an effect in the respondents’ poverty status.

Duplicates may also happen during the assessment. This means that a household was interviewed twice hence double entry in the Listahanan database.

“The household-beneficiary should tell our enumerators whether or not their household was already assessed to avoid duplicates. Duplicates may create inconsistencies in the data and therefore might affect the result of the assessment. A genuinely poor household may be tagged as non-poor if there are inconsistencies in the duplicates,” Francisco said.

Listahanan’s database determines the levels of wellbeing of the households– survival, subsistence and self-sufficiency.


Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to National Government Agencies (NGAs) and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection program.


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DSWD-9 almost done identifying poor families


Field Enumerator interviews a family-respondent in Zamboanga del Norte for the 2nd round of household assessment.

ZAMBOANGA CITY –From the 688,495 estimated households in region 9, the Department of Social Welfare and Administration (DSWD), has already assessed 87% or equivalent to 602,380 households as of this writing.

By the end of August 2015, the assessment is expected to be done and initial results will become available.

“The initial results will be posted in all barangays in the entire region. The community in each barangay can check whether their household is classified as poor or non-poor,” said Deputy Regional Project Manager for Listahanan, Pilar F. Francisco.

Households with estimated incomes that are equal to and above the latest provincial poverty thresholds are considered non-poor and those with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds are considered poor.

The identification of poor and non-poor households is done in an objective, systematic and transparent manner through an application called the Proxy Means Test (PMT) that is managed by the National Information Technology Office, based in the DSWD Central Office.

The PMT is a statistical model that estimates the income of a household based on the variables that are tested to be good predictors of income.

In order to secure a better targeting system, the PMT used in the 2009 household assessment was enhanced to produce accurate and reliable results.

Improvements made in the new model –such as inclusion of barangay characteristics as one of the determinants of poverty status and the installation of a 2nd stage screener to weed out possible inclusion errors – resulted to a decrease in model-based error rates, from having an inclusion and exclusion error rates of 22-35% in the 2009 model to 6.9-19.3% in the new model.

Should there be questions and complaints in the initial list of poor households, a Local Verification Committee will be formed to receive and act on complaints and appeals from the community.

“This further decreases possibility of having an inclusion and exclusion error in the database,” Francisco added.

The second round of household assessment is spearheaded by the Listahanan (formerly National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction), an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

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DSWD strengthens local social welfare counterparts

To ensure timely provision and delivery of better quality Social Welfare and Development services to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged, the Department of Social Welfare and Development intensifies its effort in ensuring the functionality of the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) in different municipalities all over the region.

“The effort to functionalize our LSWDOs is still part of ensuring that our people get the most efficient and promptest delivery of social services since they are more accessible. Aside from this, we would also like to empower our counterparts in the municipalities like how we are empowering our partner beneficiaries.” DSWD Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said in a statement.

The department through its Institutional Development Division (IDD) has been conducting series of assessment on the four major areas of functionality standards in each municipality; (1)Administration and Organization where LSWDOs must have available written policies on the implementation of the SWD programs and services, (2) Program Management, where social welfare and development programs and services should match with the priority issues and problems per situation based on the Social Protection and Development Report of the municipality, (3) Case Management that requires handlings of cases are based on the case management process, and (4) Physical structures that must be accessible to clients and has the basic utilities needed in the operations.

The level of functionality is categorized through a three-scale score; Fully functional adjectival rating is given to LSWDOs with 100% compliance based on the “must” standards, Functional is given to those with only 51%-99% of the total score in “must” standards and the Partially functional is for LSWDOs having complied utmost 50% of the total score in the assessment tool.

For region IX, of the 72 municipalities, 3 are fully functional, 64 are functional and 4 are partially functional based on the assessment for LSWDO functionality conducted last November 2014. The establishment of this status in terms of the management and operations of the office and the implementation of the programs and services will serve as the basis and direction on the rational provision of technical assistance and resource augmentation to LSWDOs.

“Our baseline data will really help the department in determining what specific technical assistance should be provided to which municipalities for them to be able to comply with all these requirements to become fully functional.” Capacity Building Unit Head Narrabelle Bue said.

As part of the support mechanism in attaining the fully functional level, the department has been conducting capacity-building activities based on the identified priority LSWDO needing capability building intervention. It has also been conducting validation and assessment visits to the LSWDOs to monitor the sustainability of the quality of programs and services. Bue also disclosed that the IDD has employed strategy to speed up the movement of the LSWDOs that have not yet reached the fully functional level.

“We have relegated our staff to work on each of the four major areas of assessment so we can focus on a specific target.” Bue added.

The second assessment of LSWDOs is targeted to complete this October in support to the realization of the department’s strategic goal 3 which is to increase the number of provinces with majority of their municipalities/cities having a fully functioning Local Social Welfare and Development Office (LSWDO) to 40 by 2016.

This initiative forms part of the effort to devolve the delivery of basic social services to the Local Government Units (LGUs) and that the DSWD’s role shall shift from “rowing” to “steering”. However, the implementation of certain programs based on special laws remained within the DSWD’s mandate.###

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