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In the plight of Poverty: A Superwoman fights

IMG_0304More than being a Lady guard of a resort in the west, she is a Parent Leader, a hardworking mother, a school tutor and most of all a woman.

She stares and talks at you with a catching grin but what sets apart from the blissful disposition she wears, is a strong persona living in a rigid armour whose life was challenged by being a solo parent to children of five.

The battle taught her to face the raging stricken life with valour, but her life’s struggles always break her in tears, her selfless love for her children always dominate in every words she utter. After all, she isn’t a living hero we believe, As a woman, she is still susceptible to pain.

Norelyn Genturalez, 51, is an active beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of Barangay Maasin, Zamboanga City. Her back story narrates the days when she endured walking the dark streets of Pilar after a long day’s work serving as a house helper just to reach the school. Her perseverance to finish the degree in Elementary Education at Southern City Colleges becomes her driving force to pursue. Amid sacrifices she made to push her goal, she unfortunately failed. The earnings she receives at work isn’t enough to sustain a living which leads to insufficient financial capacity to continue her schooling. The dream to become a teacher might not have been achieved and favourable to her, but the positive heart challenged her to continue fighting. Knowing the situation she’s into, she’s always hopeful that someday life can be better.

When she started to build up her family, she recalled back the hard life she encountered. She could still remember the nights where they had to tolerate the old linoleum as the only protection to their back on the direct ground. A protection she believes her children do not deserve because it is unfit for comfortable sleeping. There were moments when they had to eat plain porridge with dash of salt because she can no longer provide complete meals that her children need for nourishment. Norelyn has been separated from her husband due to hostile reasons and the burden to survive a living and provision of family needs made her resilient even better by exerting all her means not to fail her duty. Saddened by the situation she was into, she never exhibited worries in front of her children.

In 2011, the turn of events gradually changed when Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program came in. With so much gratitude for the opportunity given, she believes that being part of the program entail her more responsibilities to take.

What used to be a timid and shy housewife, spending her days inside the household is now an active in the community with good presence in most of the activities. She never imagined herself serving for others apart from taking care of her family. She improved her confidence and determination to pursue life goals and in gratitude, she is grateful to know that all these capacities and social responsibility are learned during monthly Family Development Sessions of the program.

Earning a minimum of 4,000 monthly as a lady guard in AMR resort located in Cawit, Zamboanga City, she know that more than being a beneficiary who is given cash assistance, one has to stand and  push hard to further manifest change, she said.

Her empowerment is within her and indeed prevailing, she became a head guard of a local department store in the city for more than twelve years where she never imagined having the capacity to be one. When asked how she coped up the demands of the work provided she is a woman, she said that all her uncertainties gone by because what matters above else is her children’s future that grows up with pressing needs too. Sacrifice is truly the key how she survived the years, “Ang mga anak ko ang dahilan kung bakit ako nagpupursigi at naging matatag, magutom na ako huwag lang ang mga anak ko” (My children were the reason why I pursued hard and became strong, I could endure hunger but not my children), she added.

July 2015 when some Parent Leaders of Maasin were pre-selected and underwent coaching to be Reading Tutors to some students who were assessed to be slow readers. It immediately shed light and opened doors to finally achieve her long-time dream, an unfinished dream but a continuing mission she believed, which is to be a teacher. At her age, Norelyn could not believe that even in a simple way she was able to impart knowledge and served as a reading tutor to students in Maasin Learning Center. She dedicated an hour per week to assist children under grades 4 and 5 to improve their reading and comprehension capacity following some teaching modules. Her dream to teach and educate was somehow compensated and fulfilled with a great feeling of serving others in her community. She said that the program is not only beneficial to their students but also to them, the Parent Leaders.

Norelyn said that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program transformed her into a woman of strength infused with capacities and new learnings. It enables her to mold the change that is within her, the change she believe of not because of her perseverance, will not prosper in due time.  She hopes that the every woman, members of Pantawid Pamilya in particular must see the turning points in their lives to stand up and believe in the change.  If not because of the empowerment stories she knew, she could not have the resiliency now. She hopes that her story can also create a ripple effect of inspiration to every woman who still lurking in the dark corners, where voices are mute and unheard.


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PHOTO CAP: DSWD IX extends cash assistance to indigent residents in Basilan

PAYOUTPayout for educational and financial assistance facilitated by DSWD Regional office IX was conducted last March 11, 2016 in Isabela City, Basilan. Funds amounting to P3,275,000 has been benefited by 661 indigent residents.

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12832577_1704332449778515_1326119617840646473_n 12800373_1704332419778518_7248731672277144604_n 12814199_1704332423111851_8001761044365531472_n 12809649_1704332439778516_5079333374016711978_nPantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries of Brgy. San Vicente, Sto Nino, Masao and Libertad in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay display their creative and artistic coin banks as part of the output during their Financial Management lesson in the Family Development Session held recently. (Photo Credit: Jemalyn Ello)‪#‎TuloyangPagbabago‬

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Featured Photo: Norelyn Genturalez

3Batid ni Norelyn Genturalez isang benepisyayro ng Pantawid Pamilya mula Zamboanga City ang malaking responsibilidad at sakripisyo na kakailanganin niyang gawin upang maitaguyod ang lima nitong anak.

Bilang isang solo parent, wala na mas hihigit pa sa pagmamahal na ibinubuhos nito upang magabayan sila ng maayos para makapagtapos ito ng pag-aaral- isang pangarap na nais nyang matupad.

Si Norelyn ay isang lady guard sa resort, parent tutor at parent leader. Ang dating may bahay at walang boses sa komunidad, ngayo’y may kakayahan nang makapagbigay ng kapangyarihan sa kanyang sarili at magkaroon ng pagbabago sa tulong ng pakikisalamuha sa iba, oporturnidad na naibibigay ng programa at buwanang Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Juana, Hindi ka nag-iisa, Ituloy mo ang Pagbabago!

‪#‎NationalWomensMonth2016‬ ‪#‎PantawidWomen‬

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2Hindi naging balakid para kay Susana Ricafrente, 35, isang Pantawid Beneficiary mula sa Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay ang edad at kahirapan upang makapagtapos ng pag-aaral.

Bilang isang ina, batid niya ang hirap na ipagsabay ang pangarap at tungkulin nito sa mga anak at asawa.

 Hindi man napagkaloob ng pagkakataong makapagtapos dati, naipagpatuloy naman niya ito sa tulong ng Alternative Learning System.

 Sa tamang pagpupursigi, nakapagtapos si Susana ng CUM LAUDE sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education sa Western Mindanao State University ESU-Tungawan Campus.

 Sa kasalukuyan, si Susana ay isa nang LICENSED TEACHER, matapos maipasa ang Licensure Examination noong nakaraang taon.

 Mabuhay ka Juana!, Ituloy mo ang Pagbabago!

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1Nagsilbing inspirasyon at magandang ehemplo ang labing-lima (15) na Pantawid Parent Leaders mula sa Brgy.Maasin, Zamboanga City na naglalaan ng 40 minuto araw-araw bilang volunteer parent-tutors.

 Ang adhikaing makatulong at makahubog ng kasanayan sa pamamagitan ng pag gabay sa pagbabasa ang siyang nagtulak sa kanila upang igugol ang oras sa mga kabataang slow readers ng Maasin Learning Center.

 Ang magsilbing daan upang magkaroon ng pagbabago sa mga kabataan ay isang napakagandang regalo sa kanilang dedikasyon.


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DSWD urges Pantawid beneficiaries to undergo household assessment

With the 2nd round of household assessment coming to conclusion, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Listahanan, a project that identifies who and where the poor are, rolls its sleeves up to find Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries who were not assessed by the project.

A total of 2,537 Pantawid beneficiaries are to be located by the Listahanan field workers in region 9 while 10,884 beneficiaries are not assessed in BASULTA areas.

Listahanan Deputy Regional Project manager, Marilyn D. Fabian, said that the Department wants to make sure that all Pantawid beneficiaries have undergone the household assessment so that appropriate interventions can be provided to them.

“We have recently concluded the regular household assessment and validation activity in Region 9 and BASULTA. However there are still a few households particularly those beneficiaries of the Pantawid program who were not located because of various reasons, such as transfer of residence. That is why the DSWD is doing all its effort to find these beneficiaries,” Fabian said.

As of this writing there is no definite timeframe yet for this endeavor but the Listahanan takes this as an urgent action to accomplish.

Pantawid beneficiaries who were not assessed during the regular and validation period are advised to coordinate with their respective Municipal/ City Links.

This endeavor seeks to further promote transparency in the identification of deserving beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the DSWD.

On the other hand, the department would like to reiterate that Listahanan is a separate project and does not form part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It is an information management system that makes available a database of poor households to be utilized by agencies in identifying potential and deserving recipients of social protection programs.

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