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CSOs lead consultation confab on CCT Institutionalization

A simultaneous consultation conference on the Institutionalization of the Conditional Cash Transfer was held in cities of Zamboanga and Pagadian on April 1.12524136_1714062978805462_2913936504965393225_n

The participants who are Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders were provided with essential updates and status on the passage of the CCT bill. It also aimed to identify, clarify points and concerns raised by the beneficiaries.

Leading the workshops were active CSO partners in the region where it gathered suggestions, recommendation and input from the participants.

An open forum was also conducted where it served as venue to voice out feedback from the beneficiaries on the proposed versions of Senate bill 2954 and House Bill 6393. The said versions were presented in order to give a good comparison to generate Parent Leader’s position for consolidation.

Among the CSO partners who joined as facilitators were Labangan Cultural Heritage Council, NACPHIL, ACORD Inc., CSWD-WMSU and KFI Center for Community Development Foundation Inc.

Strengthening the partnership framework of DSWD on “Bantay, Gabay, Kaagapay and Tulay” among Civil Society Organizations, The Department of Social Welfare and Development considered Public Private Partnership as a system for cooperation between two parties for the purpose of delivering basic social services to the poor, implementing development projects of the government and instituting transparency and accountability mechanisms to fight corruptions.

On February 1, 2016, The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that would make the Conditional Cash Transfer a permanent government anti-poverty program. Meanwhile, the Senate bill is still on the committee hearing level. ##















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On Monday, DSWD staff under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) went to E-Media Productions, a local TV network in Zamboanga City to discuss one of the tracks of the program, the Employment Facilitation.

Questions on the processes, benefits and industry partnership were addressed during the one-hour program entitled Servicio Todo-Todo anchored by media personality, Arvie Delos Reyes.


“SLP is one of the core programs of DSWD. It aims to sustain the level of well-being of our beneficiaries thru employment facilitation or and/or micro enterprenuership,” says External Relations Officer of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Melanie Ladjamalik


Edgar Mag-abo explains that the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) factors in the level of well-being of Pantawid beneficiaries in determining beneficiaries of the program particularly on Employment Facilitation.


“Meron tayong tinatawag na pre-employment fund to help the beneficiary in processing his requirements for employment such as for medical exam and the likes,” Edgar Mag-abo said.


“I’m calling out sa ating mga companies dito sa region Kung gusto niyo po ng mga quality workers, puede po kayo makipagcoordinate sa DSWD dahil makakapagprovide sa inyo ang SLP ng workers na fit sa qualifications na hinahanap niyo,” Melanie Ladjamalik, External Relations Officer.


Servicio Todo-Todo (DSWD Episode) is aired live every Monday, 3:00-4:00 PM on E-Media free TV channel 37, Skycable channel 54 and Mindanao cable channel 98. It is simultaneously aired over 105.9 E-media Mo! and live streaming via

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SAM_1986The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through its Regional Juvenile Justice for the Welfare and of the Children continues to partner with other agencies to ensure that Children in Conflict with Law and Children at Risk are protected.
Yesterday, April 7, 2016, together with City Social Welfare and Development Office, Department of Justice, Public Attorney’s Office, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Health, Department of Education, National Youth Commission and Philippine National Police, the department had its second Bi-monthly Meeting in Zamboanga City to discuss the issues pertaining to CICL and CAR and as well as to present the Guidelines on establishing Bahay Pag-Asa, to include crafting resolution for said endeavor.

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DSWD reveals updated list of poor households

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Information material produced by the National Household Targeting Office distributed to the attendees of the National Launching of Listahanan Database 2 at Manila Hotel

The 2015 second round of household assessment is finally over and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Listahanan launched the updated database of poor households in the country Tuesday, this week.

A total of 5.1 million households were identified as poor in the entire country out of the 15.1 million households assessed. This translates to 14% decrease in poverty rate compared to the results of the first assessment in 2009.

Through this database, the government will be able to develop social protection programs that are targeted to address the felt needs of the poor. This database will also serve as the basis in the identification of potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

“It is their (beneficiaries) situation that dictates the services to be given to them. The government is actually able to focus its resources to who need it the most,” says DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman during the launching of the database.

DSWD reiterates, however, that inclusion in the list of poor does not guarantee a household automatic inclusion to government programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as this program as well as all other programs from the government and other social protection stakeholders follow certain qualifications.

Meanwhile, the national launching of the Listahanan database strengthens the partnership between the department and its stakeholders such us the World Bank and other national government agencies.

“Listahanan has become a major database of core social protection programs,” says Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Amanda Gorely.

In Region IX, 366,621 households were initially identified as poor out of the 665,866 households assessed as of September 30, 2015. This does not include those who were assessed and reassessed during the validation period conducted at the last quarter of 2015.

Regional launching of the database will be conducted after the 2016 elections.

Local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations are encouraged to utilize the updated database in identifying beneficiaries of their programs. This serves as an effort in securing that funds and resources are not wasted by targeting the genuinely poor and deserving less fortunate individuals as recipients.


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Photo Exhibit showcasing the actual household assessment conducted by the field enumerators in all regions.

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DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman delivering a speech during the launching of Listahanan Database 2

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Sec. Soliman answering queries from the media during the press briefing which was held right after the launching of the Listahanan Database

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A mother’s toil on reaped success

She was rushed in the Provincial Hospital morning of February 2002. Her Blood Pressure was unstable, she bleeds her nose, spits blood and the excruciating pain suddenly turned her unconscious. She was uncertain of what awaits her. The only thing she knew was that she’ll about to give birth.DSC02267

Florinda Baguio, 32, a Pantawid Beneficiary from Brgy. Ulingan, Dipolog City , Zamboanga Del Norte never expected that her first born were Triplets. She was unconscious for three days in the hospital after the successful Caesarean operation. Amused by the strength and blessing given to her, the near death experience due to her critical situation was considered a second life, said by her attending physician.

Starting a family with instant three infants made her even unsure and challenged knowing that they are poor and the meager income of his husband as a fisherman is not enough to suffice the family’s basic necessities. The hard life they’ve encountered pushed them harder not rely on other people to feed and provide their children’s need. “Nagpapasalamat lang ako sa Dagat, dahil kapag kinukulang ng gatas ang mga anak ko, binibigyan kame ng diyos ng maraming huli, doon kame nakakabawi sa mga gastusin(I am very thankful to the Sea. In times when we lack supply of infant milk to our children, the Lord would give  us bountiful catch, with that, we can recover our expenses”)

Florinda accepted her motherhood with so much joy and contentment. She was optimistic that no matter how hard the condition they were in, it will never be a reason to give up her responsibility. She could not even forget a time when somebody tried to convince to let her sons be adopted so they can survive living and unload their difficulties. With strong conviction, she never allowed anyone to do it. As a mother, she never imagined herself giving out her triplets because of Poverty. She always made sure that nobody can judge the way she took care of her children and that no one can separate her from the blessing that was given to them because she knows that soon, with God’s mercy they can lift themselves from the rugged battle of survival.

With the increasing needs of their children, she felt that her hope was too hard to realize. Moments came when she sensed that there is no government that concerns them. She did all her means, talked to several people to assist them but nobody came and offered a help. But with that, she never gave up. “Ginagawa namin ang lahat para mapatakbo ang Pamilya at maging maayos na magulang aming mga anak. Nawala ang tiwala ko sa Gobyerno, Sa mga panahon na iyon sa Diyos na lamang ang aming tiwala”(We did all our best to run the family and be good parents to our children. I lose my trust in the government. In those times, it is only God to whom we drew our trust”), said Florinda.

On May 2008, they were assessed and finally included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program under Set 1-A. Little by chances she knew that the program was indeed another blessing. She religiously complied the conditionalities set by the program, attended monthly Family Development Sessions and became an active Parent Leader. It is through the program she realized that hope is coming to save her from falling apart from their situation. A spark of positivism continues to shed light on the dark portions of her life. It is by then she realized that her Hopelessness gradually shifted to positive thoughts and her Motherhood was finally bending back to resiliency.

She continued the change that is taking place in their lives, with careful planning and learning on how to raise the family well through the FDS, they gradually stepped up the ladder with confidence and infused it with empowerment. Year 2011, she finally decided to get back in school. In her humble senior years, she shared that she was conferred with 3rd Honorable Mention. A turning point when she realized the regrets of not pursuing her career goals. With pressing demands of her children, she cannot compromise them by dreaming low. She has to dream big in order to attain change, she added.

Together with her three little boys who in that time in their elementary years, she sends them to school and fetches them after her class in Dipolog School of Fisheries. She endured the years when she had to go home during vacant intervals just to finish the laundry at home. She never complained when she had grumbling stomach while having classes just to save money for her requirements. She always made sure that all the needs of her children were prepared before she hits the sack. In God’s gracious timing, she graduated her tertiary level in BS Aqua Culture with flying colors. She topped the department’s roster of graduates and was conferred a Proficiency Award in Aqua Culture with National Certificate II (NC-II). The marks she got during her final years in college were almost equivalent to a Magna Cum Laude, according to her professor.

She was overwhelmed and grateful for the opportunity given to her. Amid distrust and disappointments, the abundance of blessings she reaped all through the years, was truly enough surprising and fulfilling. How can he thank for all of these if not from God who always provides her the inner and physical strength to go on. “Si God talaga ang Powerful sa lahat, sa kanya ko ionoofer ang success na nakamit ko” (It is God who is truly Powerful. In him I offer all the success I have achieved), she said.DSC04905 (1)

With the aspiration to make the change sustainable, she enrolled herself in the Training Methodology where she successfully got her another National Certificate from TESDA. Anytime soon, she might plan to enrol again to get some Education Units in the Graduate School and pursue teaching in the tertiary school for career her growth.

The success and inspiring story made Florinda and her family won in the entire Dipolog City and emerged 2nd place during the Provincial Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya held in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

On March 31, 2016, she will be walking up the stage with pride and honor, not as a student but as a proud Mother. Reynald Baguio, the eldest of her triplets will be bestowed as class Valedictorian on the upcoming commencement exercises in Ulingan South Elementary School, Dipolog City. The achievement her children replicated is a manifestation of her selfless dedication and good parenting. The light she ignited in their minds and hearts reminded them not to be weary in dreaming what’s the best for them.

She is very thankful to Pantawid Pamilya that she was given another life to make things ideal for her. A family that is stronger and together amid hurled with roughest challenges. “Malaki talaga ang impact sa buhay naming pamilya. May naririnig man akong mga negative comment tungkol sa programa, hindi ako nagpapaapekto dahil hindi nila alam ang pinagdaanan namin at hindi nila nakita ang paraan na ginawa namin para lang makaahon sa dating sitwasyon”, (The impact in our family is truly huge. I heard a lot of negative comments about the program, I was never affected because they do not know our struggles and they didn’t saw the efforts we exerted to uplift our lives from the previous situation), she further expressed.

Florinda had given now her trust to the program, she is now confident to believe in her capabilities. The efforts exerted by the government to look into their plight and needs, reminds her that being among the vulnerable sectors in the society, a chance to see the change in them will bridge them all to achieve an improved life. ##

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Pantawid Parent Leaders convene for Dialogue in region-wide Roadshow

Some 150 Parent Leaders were actively gathered in the 1st DSWD Roadshow held in major cities of Zamboanga Peninsula on March 18, 21 and 22, 2016.IMG_0480

The said event which was conducted in three separate dates, seeks to provide the partner-beneficiaries an avenue to express and voice-out the positive changes of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and other programs implemented by DSWD through facilitated workshops and some testimonial sharing. The guide questions were holistic in approach as it tried to contextualize the impacts in three areas: self, family and community.

DSWD Undersecretary for Promotive Programs Mr. Camilo Gudmalin, provided the participants with inputs on the humble beginning and triumphs of Pantawid Pamilya through the years as a social protection program that aims to break the intergenerational cycle of Poverty through investments in Health and Education.

Undersecretary Gudmalin underscored the change that is continually prevailing among beneficiaries which is evident on the 1.5 million households that were raised from poverty and had an improved well-being based on the 2nd round Household Assessment result. He also shared the 333,673 Pantawid Children who graduated from High School last year is a manifestation of the program’s effective goal and milestone that is worthy to be told. The said talk also presented directions of the program on its nationwide coverage and priorities this 2016 to include the continuous advocacy on the Institutionalization of the Conditional Cash Transfer.IMG_0473

Meanwhile, all Municipal Action Teams were oriented on the afternoon’s session where Listahanan 2nd Round Household initial database, Pantawid Attrition and Social Welfare and Development Indicators results were tackled.

The said roadshow enables the beneficiaries to be well-informed on its positive gains through peer-to-peer experience sharing where each stories mirrored every representation of the program beneficiaries’ evident change.

The successful events were conducted in Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City; Top Plaza Hotel, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte and Springland Resort, Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur.

The roadshow was patterned in the Parent-Leader’s Dialogue format that happened last year in Zamboanga City. ##


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DSWD, DTI partner to provide livelihood facilities for PWDs

Through the Department of Trade and Industry’s Shared Service Facility program, livelihood facilities amounting to 335,000 pesos were provided to Persons with Disabilities who are members of DSWD’s Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop Association.

DTI represented by Zamboanga City Office Head Rolando Acuña together with DSWD IX Asst. Regional Director for Administration Riduan Hadjimuddin inked MOA before the actual turn-over of 13 sewing machines and other equipment last March 15, 2016. The Memorandum of Agreement emphasized that the said facilities will be monitored by DTI for two years with regards to how they are helping the association generate income for the PWD beneficiaries.

“We are very glad that we have been chosen as one of the government training institutions to be aided with these facilities for our PWD clients. We are positive and confident that this will contribute in the sustainability not only of the association but more importantly the socio-economic status of the members.” Hadjimuddin said.

The Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop Association is ran and managed by DSWD’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC). It is a non-residential business-work facility that provides sheltered employment opportunities to PWDs, such as commercial crafts and arts.

Currently RSW Association has sixteen (16) members who are mostly orthopedically handicapped.

PWDs who graduated in commercial arts in AVRC after the 10-12 month training are absorbed in RSW so they can earn for themselves wherein 80% of the earning goes to the members while 20% is for the materials used, electricity and janitorial services.

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DSWD, TESDA, ILO ink MOA for employment of IDPs

In its effort to uplift the lives of as many disadvantaged Filipinos as possible, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the TESDA, Century Pacific Food, Inc. and International Labour Organization (ILO) to capacitate the internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in transitory sites through skills enhancement training in the region.

Through the MOA, the parties vowed to work together to empower and improve the quality of life of the individuals and families who are now moving forward from the devastation caused by the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

200 IDPs will benefit from this collaboration of which 60% are youth with 40% women and 40% are IDPs regardless of age and gender. First 2 batches of 50 members each will commence with their training this April while the next 100 beneficiaries will follow on May.

Funding for the training will come from the ILO, an agency dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities.

As part of its mandate to facilitate employment to the vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens, the DSWD through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) will conduct social preparation for the beneficiaries to prepare them for this employment opportunity.

“For now, we are yet to determine who will be included as participants of this training. Our role will be on social preparation and employment facilitation afterwards. Currently, the DSWD has an existing MOA with Century Pacific who has been our partner in providing employment opportunities for the vulnerable individuals and families,” says Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Head Elizabeth Saavedra.

The signing of MOA marked another milestone to the department’s mission to improve the lives of its clientele. Prior to the MOA signing, there were already 380 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who were trained and employed in Century Pacific Food Inc. through SLP’s employment facilitation program.

The SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation.

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