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DSWD conducts psychotherapy for kids in EC

As most experts would claim, in any tragic incident, children are the most affected individual.  Yet, oftentimes, their needs are disregarded due to their inability to express the need for intervention for  their feelings and emotions.

Prompted by concern for these ‘silent victims’, the camp management team of the Zamboanga East West Central School evacuation center organized a draw and tell activity last March 23.

Fifteen kids with ages 6-7 years old participated.  Most of them came from Rio Hondo and Mariki which were two of the six affected barangays.

Known to be the ‘silent victims’, these children witnessed the Zamboanga conflict in September last year after alleged troops of the Moro National Liberation Front assaulted some parts of the city.

The social workers who administered the activity revealed that the kids showed interest and were so active and participative during the session.

“Our instruction was for them to draw what’s in their minds but we were surprised when most of them sketched houses”, said  Airene Faustino, one of the social workers.

The team further revealed that during the ‘telling’ part, the kids divulged that they miss home but mentioned that “its magulo” (chaotic) in their place.

One of the kids, Anthony, also drew a house with persons apparently leaving the place and confirming this during the presentation.  In Samal dialect, he explained that the persons are his sister Angela, his parents and himself leaving their house on their way to ‘boulevard’.  (or Cawa-cawa which has become one of the evacuation sites)

Two of the participants drew airplanes and helicopters. When asked why, they uttered “Kasi yan ang nakita namin” (That is what we saw).

The team said they felt happy because despite the experiences of the participants the children could still express their thoughts in simple drawings with smiles on their faces.

The kids also enjoyed the icebreakers through poems and songs “Kumusta ka” and “Sampung Palaka”.

Psychotherapy through ‘draw and tell’ is generally applied to children encouraging release of thoughts, feelings and opinions based on experiences that are usually tragic.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided the materials like crayons, pencils and papers which were given as gifts to the kids after the activity.### (Airine Faustino and Narrabelle Bue)

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DSWD IX hires workers to aid validation of SocPen, MCCT beneficiaries

A beneficiary of the Social Pension receives her quarterly pension.

A beneficiary of the Social Pension receives her quarterly pension.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently released the authority to hire workers who will validate the indigent senior citizens and families covered by Social Pension and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP).

DSWD Field Office IX through its Listahanan (NHTS-PR) unit have been allotted with 50 slots to fill up the positions of Area Coordinators and Enumerators for Social Pension and 10 slots for MCCT workers. There will be also 8 slots for hiring of Encoders who shall be responsible for data entries in the system.

These field workers will be deployed in the different municipalities around Zamboanga Peninsula with a coverage of 6,799 social pensioners and 2,616 MCCT beneficiaries. Area Supervisors will be hired seven days before the training to prepare for deployment planning and another seven days of engagement after the assessment for the preparation of reports.

Hired applicants were notified by the Human Resource Development Unit of DSWD Field Office IX. They will undergo 3 day training facilitated by Listahanan Unit staff on Effective Monitoring for Area Supervisor and Efficient Household Assessment for Enumerators on April 28-30 at JKC Hotel, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The said validation for Social Pension aims to legitimize the resumption of the payment of the social pensioner’s monthly stipend by validating their status for inclusion in the Listahanan Database. MCCT on the other hand would guarantee the mainstreaming of families to the regular Pantawid Pamilya Program if the said validation identified these families as poor.

The assessment will run for a total of fifteen (15) days including weekends to meet its targets provided in the SocPen and MCCT masterlists. The Family Assessment Forms (FAFs) shall be its main assessment tool, A four (4) page questionnaire with forty (46) variables that collects pertinent information about the welfare of a family.A statistical model called Proxy Means Test (PMT) is run to approximate family per capita income.

The Listahanan Unit is currently conducting its preparatory activities as it anticipates the conduct of the 2nd household assessment this year. DSWD advices previous applicants during the massive hiring held August last year to wait for further announcement as to the hiring of the qualified field workers for 2nd household assessment is concerned.

The government’s Social Pension Program (Social Pension) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development provides a monthly stipend of P500 to indigent senior citizens as mandated by Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 while MCCT targets families in need of special protection which provides families with conditional cash grants on Health and Education. ##

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Quality Healthcare benefits for Indigent families launched

Pantawid beneficiary avails free service check-up nationwide launching of "Alaga ka" program. (Photo Courtesy PHIC-IX)

A Pantawid beneficiary avails free check-up during  launching of “Alaga ka” program at Zamboanga City Coliseum. (Photo Courtesy PHIC-IX)

Consistent with the government’s commitment in delivering quality healthcare for all, a multi-sector program spearheaded by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), was launched recently at the Zamboanga City Coliseum.

The “Alaga Ka” program launch was attended by some 500 indigent families which were identified through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

Listahanan provides high quality list of the poor households nationwide and maintains its sharing of database among National Government Agencies (NGA’s) as stipulated in the Executive Order 867 series of 2010.

Through the “Alaga Ka para sa Maayos na Buhay” or simply Alaga Ka is a program implemented in 17 regions nationwide that seeks to provide the country’s 14.7 million indigent families with greater access to primary health care services.

Philhealth’s strategic campaign for the ‘Alaga Ka’ aims to increase the utilization of primary care services by the enrolled indigent families, empower families with the right and accurate information about their benefits and educate them on to maximize its used emphasizing the concept that the poor are being taken cared by the government.

During the said launch, DSWD through Listahanan provided assistance to these families and those who are non-members of PhilHealth through a Validation Desk.

Philhealth’s Regional Office IX has already enrolled 1,050,048 members covering Zamboanga Peninsula. They make sure that all those covered by Listahanan (NHTS-PR) can receive the benefits they deserve from them. The National Government shoulders the Annual premium of this indigent families amounting 2,400 pesos.

Furthermore, A massive information drive was also delivered to all attendees to address the need for awareness. Among these is the Philhealth Primary Care Benefit Package (PCB)’s TSeKap (Tamang Serbisyo para Kalusugan ng Pamilya) that seeks to heighten their awareness on the benefits they gain from this programs. TSeKaP consists of essential services aimed at prevention, early detection of diseases and even interventions for healthy living. It includes series of consultation, visual inspection with acetic acid, regular blood pressure monitoring, periodical breast examination, and health promotion like education on breastfeeding, counseling on lifestyle modification and smoking cessation and diagnostic procedures, said Philheath.

In an interview with Mr. Edgardo F. Faustino, Division Chief for Field Operations for Philhealth IX, revealed that the implementation of these indigent programs for the indigent families became more efficient and credible through the presence of the DSWD’s Listahanan (NHTS-PR) database. He further said that through the Listahanan, Philhealth no longer need to go through the voluminous documents and laborious process of identifying its recipients as the list can be easily accessed since it is already done electronically.

Majority of the families present during the event are also Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development coming from selected barangays around the city.

Philhealth Board Resolution No.1571, s.2011, states the enrollment of all indigent families under Listahanan (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD in the indigent programs while entitlement of all Pantawid beneficiaries to Philhealth benefits is in pursuant to it’s Philhealth Circular No. 024, s. 2012.

DSWD shall update its list in the 2nd Quarter of the year in the conduct of the 2nd Nationwide Household Assessment through its Listahanan Unit targeting more than 600 thousand households. ##






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Badjao and Samal IDPs attend namewriting workshop

“Masaya kami dahil natuto kaming magsulat”, 38-year old Happia blurted shyly after showing her notebook with sketches of her basic writing skill.

Happia is just one of the 30 Samah and Badjao women who attended the mini-workshop on basic writing  last Sunday (April 5).

The workshop was for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) temporarily housed  at the Zamboanga EastWest Central School evacuation center  who were victims of the Zamboanga crisis in September last year.

Lani Espiritusanto, Camp Manager said that most of the IDPs who are Badjaos and Samals from Rio Hondo and Mariki expressed their interest to learn how to write especially their names.

Seeing the need and interest of these women, the team conducted the session last Sunday-April 5, right at the office of the Camp at the said school.

Notebooks and pencils were provided to the mostly-women participants.

Aljimar Amil, a volunteer who also assisted in the conduct of the workshop said that they received good feedback as more and more participants continue to arrive obviously interested.

“We find it beneficial not only for the IDPs but also for the agencies and humanitarian groups assisting them because we can ensure that the persons receiving the aid are the right people as thumbmarks can easily be duplicated” Amil said.

According to the team, there were instances where actual recipients complained to them of goods and services being claimed by unknown individuals who have posed or forged their thumbmarks.

Most of the unschooled IDPs would set their thumbmarks instead of their actual signatures  as they do not know how to put in writing their names.

Aya Dari, a housewife with 6 children in shares that she practice name writing everyday.  “Pagkatapos ko maglaba, nagprapraktis na akong magsulat at pasalamat ako na naturuan kami ng mga taga DSWD.”  Aya said.

The women revealed that next to writing, they also would want to learn simple math-solving process and also learning the alphabet.

Both women are looking forward to the follow-up session this Sunday where their homework will be asessed by the camp management team.###

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DSWD-Listahanan provides list of Households for DOLE’s Profiling of Vulnerable workers

Zamboanga City- More than 400 thousand identified households are currently verified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as it commenced its Profiling of Vulnerable Sectors in Zamboanga Peninsula.

The list were taken from Department of Social Welfare and Development- Listahanan’s or known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction’s database of Poor Households. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It is a database that envisions the improvement of design of the social protection programs that maximizes the benefit of the poor.

The 433, 456 thousand identified households in Zamboanga Peninsula comprises of the following breakdown: Service Workers/Market sales worker (30,868); Farmers/ Forestry workers and Fisherman (267,41) ; Trades and Related workers (6,436) ; Plant and Machine Operators and Assembles (7,196) and Laborers/Unskilled (121,476). Listahanan shared the list from the Provincial to the Barangay Level informations to include Roster of Families under it.

The said profiling seeks to identify areas with high concentration of vulnerable groups to serve as their reference for framing plans, programs and services in terms of livelihood assistance and other services offered by the agency. It is implemented in 16 regions nationwide.

Through the Listahanan database, DOLE shall also verify on field the targeted 46,059 vulnerable individuals which constitute Child Laborers and those from the Informal Sectors in Region 9. Based on the frequency surveys in the presence of DSWD, NSCB and DENR, All Zamboanga Peninsula provinces were included among the thirty (30) poorest provinces in the country.

Furthermore, the result of the Profiling will determine the need of interventions and preferred programs and services of the households from the National and Local Government Agencies.

The agency is currently waving its Flagship program called “DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP)” which contributes to Aquino Administration’s National Agenda on Reducing Poverty. It envisions productive , gainful and secure community employment to the disadvantaged and vulnerable workers in the informal economy. It focuses on three major areas: Formation (Provision of Starter Kits for Displaced and Vulnerable Workers) ; Restoration (Livelihood Assistance like Negosyo sa Kariton for victims of disaster) and Enchancement (Augmentation on Group Livelihood projects for sustainability and development). It also provides the following services: Aquisition of productive resources ; Trainings, orientations and advisories; Assistance in the establishment of common service facilities and Advocacy in setting-up of self -help mechanism for social security.

All recommended beneficiaries taken after the profiling shall benefit the agency’s Integrated Livelihood Program.

DOLE- Regional Office IX has already started its deployment of workers last March 4, 2014 who shall conduct House visits in all Listahanan identified municipalities and cities in the region. The pooling of Enumerators and Supervisors was conducted to serve as their field workers. They shall be using their own tools like Household Profile Forms which determines Household and Socio Economic informations, Support services and Needs assessment. Barangay forms will also be filled up by Enumerators to get its Physical and Demographic Characteristics, Economic Profile including questions on Child-Labor Free Campaign in the Barangay.

The Listahanan data of DSWD served as the agency’s baseline information as to the areas to be validated and verified. Household names were provided to the agency to facilitate easy identification of household’s location.

Executive Order 867 series of 2010 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo mandates all National Goverment Agencies to adopt the NHTS-PR database as reference and basis in identifying beneficiaries to their social protection programs and services.##

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Community workers undergo conflict-sensitive facilitation workshop

Zamboanga City 03/18/14 – To ensure a more conflict-sensitive, responsive and appropriate facilitation of communities, twenty six (26) newly-hired Community Facilitators  coming from different parts of the region have undergone Technical Coaching Session on Community Facilitation on March 28, 2014 at Lantaka Hotel, Zamboanga City.

The said activity was conducted by DSWD 9 Regional Program Management Office of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PaMaNa) following the recruitment of additional staff to be assigned in various areas of coverage.

“This orientation and training hopes to strengthen and improve the quality of project output processes which is one of the basic principles of community facilitation in KC/PAMANA.” Kalahi-CIDSS 9 Regional Program Coordinator Marilyn Fabian explained as to the significance of the undertaking.

Kalahi-CIDSS RCDS Elpidio Lapad discussing the Project Proposal Preparation before the 26 newly-hired community facilitators

Kalahi-CIDSS RCDS Elpidio Lapad discussing the Project Proposal Preparation before the 26 newly-hired community facilitators

Meanwhile, Kalahi-CIDSS 9 Regional Community Development Specialist Elpidio Lapad shared the details of the learning sessions that the participants have gone through.  “We have also provided them technical sessions on Social Preparation, Project Development and crafting of Project Proposal which are the program’s primary components. This will further capacitate and improve the technical assistance delivery of staff in assisting communities identify projects that promote peace and social cohesion in their community.” Lapad added.

Moreover, the activity which will run from March 26-28, 2014 also includes orientation of the new staff on Kalahi-CIDSS-PaMaNa project, particularly on its objectives, principles, implementation and financial arrangements and the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) Process.

The hiring of additional PaMaNa staff under Kalahi-CIDSS was deemed necessary to warrant a more effective, efficient and timely delivery of services and assistance to the community it serves. The 20 newly-recruited community facilitators will be deployed in Naga, Ipil and Malangas, Zamboang Sibugay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur and Sibuco, Baliguian and Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte

PaMaNa Region 9 Focal and Regional Community Development Associate Abegail Luna also shared how the Program has been doing since its commencement in the Region in 2012. “Kalahi-CIDSS PaMaNa or what is also known as Kalahi-CIDSS for Social Cohesion has been successful in addressing the root causes of conflict through interventions on the ground such as peace and development projects identified through community-driven approach. For non-KC PaMaNa areas, it has effectively implemented and developed 164 sub-projects since its birth.” Luna elaborated.

Kalahi-CIDSS for Peace and Social Cohesion is under track 2 of the National Government’s Peace and Development Framework implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, which is to undertake programs aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict through provision of community infrastructure projects. These projects are identified the residents themselves, including the poor, the indigenous peoples and every other member of the community through participation in decision-making, planning, implementation and maintenance of said projects. ###LMSM

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DSWD-NHTU IX gathers ZamPen LGUs for 2nd round Household Assessment orientation

Left Photo: LGU Participants listen to the orientation given by DSWD's Resource speaker on Listahanan. Right Photo: MSWDO of Dipolog raises question during the open forum.

Left Photo: LGU Participants listen to the orientation given by DSWD’s Resource speaker on Listahanan.
Right Photo: MSWDO of Dipolog City raises question during the open forum.

Zamboanga City – 3/24/2014- A total of 200 participants all over Zamboanga Peninsula attended the orientation on Listahanan in preparation for the 2nd round nationwide household assessment.

The orientation conducted by The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) or Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office IX was done from March 10 to 21, 2014. Participants include Local Chief Executives, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers and Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators of the different municipalities and cities in the region.

The series of orientation kicked off at Pagadian Bay Plaza Hotel for Zamboanga del Sur participants, followed at Dipolog City’s Bamboo Garden Hotel for Zamboanga del Norte-Batch 1 and JKC Hotel in Liloy for Zamboanga del Norte-Batch 2 participants respectively. The last leg of the orientation was conducted at Roderic’s Resort in Ipil for cities of Zamboanga and Isabela to include all municipalities under Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Allow me to express our sincerest gratitude in behalf our Regional Director for attending this affair. Please deliver this message of thanks to your local chief executives for bringing you here today.” said Mr.Al-Raschid K. Nandu, Regional Field Coordinator for Listahanan Region IX, as he conveys his message of appreciation before the participants. Some Municipal Mayors of Kumalarang, Sibutan,Dinas, Tukuran, Mutia, Magasalay and Sergio Osmena also showed support by gracing the event.

Mr. Nandu underscored the importance of the Local Government Units in the implementation of the said project. He further discussed that the purpose of the orientation was to enlighten LGUs on the next family assessment, likewise to verbalize their duties and functions in the implementation such as to provide the department with municipality spot map, fare matrix and assistance in identifying pockets of poverty in urban areas. He also added the need to advance for the support of partners, data users particularly the Local Government Units (LGUs) as they will become the front-liners in the area during the conduct of the assessment.

The said orientation covered significant and comprehensive topics which catered the needs for information and knowledge of the participants. Resource speakers were Listahanan’s Focal Person for Region IX Mr. Hassan B. Alfad, Mr. Al-Raschid K. Nandu, Regional Field Coordinator for Listahahan Region IX and Mr. Ivan Eric Salvador, Information Officer for Listahanan

The scope of the orientation presented topics that seek to strengthen the recall and appeal of Listahanan to its stakeholders as the new brand of NHTS-PR discussing its objectives and legal bases. It also highlights its importance and further advocates the utilization of the generated data for identifying clients of poverty reduction and social protection programs. Presentation on the Proxy Means Test, Project Cycle, Encoding System, Social Marketing, Regional Profile of the Poor, Data Sharing Protocols and MOA were also delivered to them.

National Project Coordinators’ Ms. Maria Antonette Lucero and Mr. Euberto Gregorio of the Listahanan -National Project Management Office (NPMO) also joined the NHTU staff in the conduct of the said orientation. They discussed policies, plans, procedures and system for the upcoming assessment. Some of the updates presented are increase in ratio of Enumerators to Area Supervisor and Area Supervisors to Area Coordinators. Accordingly, this is done to ensure that there will be an intensified compliance in the monitoring of the field staff. There will be also increased of targets in the pockets of poverty while the receipt of On-Demand Applications is dispensed to open greater opportunities to participate in the validation process. In terms of assessment tools, Listahanan shall continue to use the Proxy Means Test-a statistical model that approximates family income based on observable and verifiable proxy indicators in the Family Asssesment Forms or FAFs while an additional tool called Barangay Community Characteristics (BCC) form will be used to collect community information such as street patterns, presence of commercial establishments and recreational facilities, among others affecting economic activities of the families in the barangay.

Special validation  for Social Pension and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP) were also announced.

Region IX will have a total assessment coverage of 688,495 thousand households both from rural and urban areas per following breakdown: Dapitan City (15,025 Households); Dipolog City (22,917 households) ; Isabela City (21,250 households); Pagadian City (37,083 households); Zamboanga City (149,253 households) ; Zamboanga del Norte (161,215 households); Zamboanga del Sur (162,113 households) and Zamboanga Sibugay ( 119, 639 households). It shall be implemented in 4 provinces, 5 cities and 67 municipalities around the region.

DSWD is looking forward for the conduct of 2nd Nationwide Household Assessment in the 2nd quarter of the year in full swing. ##

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DSWD reveals profile of Women, 900k identified poor in ZamPen


The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office IX  through its Listahanan unit showed support to all strong and resilient “Juanas” who manifest resiliency amidst poverty by showcasing statistics of the identified poor women in Zamboanga Peninsula through Photo and Infographics display.

Anchored on the theme: “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!” , this year’s celebration of Women’s Month pays tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes here in the country and across the globe.

As of 2011, Listahanan data revealed that 48.2 % of 1,954,698 million total poor individuals in Zamboanga Peninsula are women. In terms of magnitude 942,393 of these were identified poor. This only shows that Zamboanga Peninsula draw a huge figure in terms poor women is concern and considered among the top 3 regions  that has a high incidence of poor women in the country together with ARMM and Eastern Visayas regions. In terms of age, 50.9% of these women are below 18 years old.

If grouped according to Area classification, data shows that 807,600 or 85.7% of these women lives in rural area while 134,793 or 14.3% of them are in urban areas.   It also shows that the high magnitude of poor women whose ages 15 years old and above can be attributed to its high unemployment or no occupation rate of 65.1%. One reason that might contribute to this is the high rate of women who were not able to finish any grade level revealing its 22.4% rate. However, most women with occupation are engaged in Farming and Fishing.

The advocacy materials were displayed in the regional office and shared among organizations and centers that cater Women Empowerment and Development to raise awareness and call to act. Through this massive information, statistics will manifest the need for intervention on women in the region.

 DSWD calls everyone to take a serious step to help them in changing these statistics to improve its well being by giving them access to their basic rights and services and provide them necessary interventions.

This showcase is only part of the Listahanan’s intensive advocacy to build a brand of credible, accurate and efficient database of poor households. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It makes available to social protection stakeholders a pioneer database of poor families to serve as their reference for selecting beneficiaries of their programs and services.  Women sector in particular are among the data sets available that can be generated from the database. Regional profile of other sectors like Children, Senior Citizens, Indigenous People (IP) group and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to include housing condition, accessibility to electricity and water facilities can also be made available upon request.

This year, Listahanan shall update its database through the conduct of the 2nd Nationwide Household Asssement in the 2nd quarter. For more details on these statistics you may visit the DSWD Field Office IX-Listahanan Unit, General Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City. or visit us in our website: You may also like us in our official facebook page at: .

The DSWD salutes all resilient women. Mabuhay ka! ##

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