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Lapuyan town benes lead fund raising affair through Fun walk

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR- Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of Poblacion Lapuyan,Zamboanga del Sur lead the celebration of the Pantawid Pamilya day through Walk for a Cause held in Municipal grounds on May 29.

The event now on its 6th year is an annual activity conducted to highlight the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya of the municipality through conduct of different events and activities. This year’s fund raising event aims to support the call of Municipal Local Government units to end Violence Against Women (VAW) supporting the Municipal Gender and Development code of Lapuyan series of 2007. The amount raised was donated to the Balay Paglaum, a resident shelter for sexually abused girls located in Pagadian city. The mode of raising an amount was in a form of minimal registration fee of Php 2.00-3.00 pesos per beneficiary who will participate in the event.

A total of 3,141 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and 525 beneficiaries of MCCT-IP together with their Barangay chairman assembled in four designated areas at Lapuyan Falls Park, Lapuyan Freedom Stage, Sitio Behing and Tubo, Poblacion. The participants walked with their streamers towards the Municipal grounds where the four groups gathered for the short program.

The program highlighted the turn-over ceremony of the partial amount raised of php 21,871 led by Vice Mayor Joel Sulong to Sr. Teresita Cordova of Religious of Good Sheperd- Balay Paglaum as the receiving beneficiary. The activity projected to raise an amount of 46,498 pesos with other pledges and donations from MLGU, BLGU and NGAs as a support to this initiative.

In an interview, Sr. Cordova expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries for holding this kind of event. She said, “Masaya ako, I am very aware na ang mga beneficiaries ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ay Mahihirap, Ibig sabihin sila rin mismo bilang poor people ay may pagmamalasakit din sila sa kapwa nilang poor. Malaking bagay iyon, Hindi ibig sabihin na sila ay poor ay wala na sa silang dignidad” (I am very aware that the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are poor, so even them have concerns for the poor too.It’s a big thing, It doesn’t mean that even they are poor they do no longer have the dignity). She lauded the beneficiaries for the activity as an initial step to open their consciousness especially on the issues of women.

The Balay Paglaum started its operation in 1999 in Dinas municipality until Bishop Emmanuel Treveno Cabajar requested to build a shelter for girls in Pagadian City in 2006 because of the prevailing number of victims with sexually abused cases. The shelter operates not only for Zamboanga del Sur clients but also areas covered by DOPIM (Dipolog, Ozamis, Pagadian, Iligan, Marawi).

Sr. Cardova said the pledges and donations they receive can go a long way as it helps them operate the shelter by assisting the clients not only basic food and educational provisions but also other services like capacity building and eco-therapy program. She also said that it is the first time that a certain municipality conceive this kind of initiative and will pose a challenge for other municipalities to emulate this act of generosity.

The Pantawid Pamilya day is conducted every Month of May in the municipality of Lapuyan. Other successful activities conducted in the past years were Tree Planting activity, Night Market and Kasalan ng Bayan. ##

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DSWD warns public against fake enumerators

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warned the public against unscrupulous individuals who present themselves as employees of DSWD conducting a house-to-house assessment and asking money from the families in exchange for a promise to include them as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The incident alarmed the department after receiving reports about bogus field workers who take advantage of the ongoing household assessment. The said assessment is conducted by the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Deputy Regional Project Manager for Listahanan-DSWD 9, Pilar F. Francisco, clarified that the officially hired field workers are given identification cards with name, ID number, picture and signature of the Regional Director. These IDs are required to be worn by the enumerators, area supervisors and area coordinators at all times when they are on field to be identified as workers of the DSWD.

Furthermore, the enumerators will be using a 4-page questionnaire with logos and watermarks in the assessment of households. This questionnaire uses special paper with security features that make it difficult to repIMG_1004licate.

After the interview, the enumerators will leave a proof of assessment to indicate that the household has already been assessed. This proof of assessment, likewise, bears security features making it difficult to copy.

More importantly, the field workers of the DSWD do not collect and ask for any payment for the conduct of the assessment. Listahanan does not guarantee the assessed families that the latter will be included in any programs and services. However, database of poor families as identified by the Listahanan will serve as basis in the identification of potential beneficiaries of the social protection stakeholders.

The incident is now under further investigation by the field office.

The public is encouraged to inform the DSWD office of any similar incident for proper action. They may also send their concerns to text hotline numbers 0918-9122813 by texting Listahanan<space>name<space>location<space>grievance/inquiry.



Listahanan enumerator doing an actual household assessment

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DSWD goes ‘techie’ in identification of poor

As the second round of household assessment kicks off, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) explores a more efficient means of identifying poor households/families in the region. The department will be utilizing mobile devices (tablets) in the conduct of the house-to-house assessments in identified urban areas/barangays.

The utilization of these tablets aims to hasten the process from the actual assessment to acquiring results.

“(We will be using tablets) mobile for urban barangays for faster transmission (of data gathered by the field workers) to the National Project Management Office (NPMO) for Proxy Means Test (PMT) processing,” explained Regional Focal Person, Hasan B. Alfad.

DSWD has allocated a budget amounting to 1 million pesos for the purchase of 50 units of tablet and 20 laptops to be used during the assessment.

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, DSWD.

The National Household Targeting Office (NHTO)-Listahanan of the DSWD spearheads the implementation of this project.

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.



Regional Associate Statistician, Sharon Faith Marzan, checks system on android device.

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DSWD honors 23k Pantawid Pamilya HS grads in ZamPen

Close to 1,000 High school graduates who are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program gathered in a regional graduation event at Pagadian city gymnasium on April 21, 2015  dubbed as “ Pagtatapos niyo, Tagumpay ng Pilipino: Pagdiriwang para sa Pantawid Pamilya Graduates ng 2015.”

The students who came from Pagadian City and nearby municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur were honored and recognized for their significant achievement of finishing high school. The event aims to stage recognition ceremony for the graduating beneficiaries, highlighting 300,000 graduates nationwide and more than 23,354 graduates regionwide. It also seeks to introduce access to opportunities for High school graduates to the different partner’s services.

Several key officials of the different National Government Agencies (NGAs) in the region such as Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health and Department of Education graced the event to witness and take part in the said ceremony. Some schools and universities also came to set up their booths to offer their academic programs to the students.

Apart from the graduates the program has produced, the event also recognized the 901 academic achievers composed of 108 Valedictorians, 71 Salutatorians and 711 With Honors and Honorable Mention in the region. Provincial representatives Elmer Gumabo of Zamboanga Sibugay, Crisjane Mandawa of Zamboanga del Sur, Kieth Jasper Guantero of Zamboanga del Norte and Ronnie Giap of Zamboanga City who are Valedictorians in their respective provinces served as the event highlights which showcased  their sharing of stories during the talk show segment.

In his Valedictory speech, Elmer Gumabo, a class Valedictorian from Buayan National High School, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay province shared his determined spirit to finish high school with flying colors. He also thanked the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program for being instrumental to his success today. In his speech he shared “ Ipingmamalaki ko na ako ay isang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya. Iminulat neto ang aking isipan na kailangan hindi ako sumuko sa aking mga pagsubok dahil malaki ang tulong na ginawa nila sa akin at hindi ko dapat ito sayangin. “

Meanwhile, Department of Education Provincial Division Superintendent Mr.Arturo Bayucot expressed his appreciation to the students. In his graduation message he said, “Kayo po ang malaking katibayan na ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a very big and successful project of the Philippine Government”. He also lauded the students for their hard work to finish high school and for being the harvest of the synergized efforts of the different development partners who worked together with DSWD for the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program implementation.

The provincial representatives also joined with other regional representatives and more than 11,000 graduates of National Capital Region during the national graduation ceremony held in Araneta Coliseum last April 23.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily children aged age 0-18. To date, Region IX has 287,702 Households where 529,877 of them are monitored children ages 3-18 years old. ##

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DSWD ready for second household assessment in ZamPen

Zamboanga City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX (DSWD-9) is geared up to conduct the 2nd round of household assessment this second quarter of the year. This project is spearheaded by the Listahanan, formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

 A total of 1,778 field workers were trained to facilitate, supervise and ensure the completeness of the project. This includes 57 Area Coordinators, 287 Area Supervisors and 1,434 Field Enumerators who will assess households in region 9.

 The said training aims to equip the field staff with the technical know-how on proper conduct of the assessment, handling situational problems, ensuring quality on the data gathered and other work-related concerns. Furthermore, it also served as an avenue where the roles and responsibilities of a field worker were highlighted as a vital part in the success of the project.

 As the department that is mandated to promote and protect the welfare of the people, Listahanan ensures that the project is done with utmost accuracy by conducting a house-to-house assessment and interview with the respondents.

 “We have installed mechanisms for consistency and accuracy checks at every stage of the data collection process including, but not limited to, complete review by the Area Supervisors of the accomplished family assessment forms, spot checks and re-interview,” Regional Field Coordinator for Region 9, Atty. Antoniette Maria Lucero, said.

 The assessment is done every four years to update the list of poor households in the Listahanan database. It is a very vital undertaking as it will define the quality of data and information for the database that will serve as basis for beneficiary selection of national government programs and services for the next four years.

 The DSWD calls for the participation and full cooperation of the households to the project by allowing the field workers to conduct assessment inside their housing units.

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11 villages in ZamPen avail of Php17Million development projects through KALAHI-CIDSS

Representatives from one of the villages in RT Lim presenting their proposed sub-project through a song with a visual aid

Representatives from one of the villages in RT Lim presenting their proposed sub-project through a song with a visual aid

Zamboanga Sibugay – Eleven (11) barangays in the municipality of RT Lim (Surabay), Zambaoanga del norte have availed of development sub-projects from KALAHI-CIDSS after an “election” of their most urgent needs last week. Contrary to traditional project implementation, community-mobilized volunteers will steer these projects into completion, which amount to Php17Million.

Last April 30, 2015, RT Lim has conducted the sub-project prioritization event, known as the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF) wherein volunteers of Kalahi-CIDSSbpresented their sub-project proposals and chose which among the community projects will be prioritized. The forum participants will choose what they think is the most viable and feasible based on the criteria set by the volunteers themselves.

The most common proposed sub-projects are roads, Day Care Centers and school buildings which reflect the communities’ most pressing need. These sub-projects were deliberated by community folks who took part in a participatory situational analysis, where they discussed prevailing issues and inequities present in the barangays. After preparing the proposals, they endorsed it in a forum, the MIBF.

“We want our children to have a conducive classroom.” Thus, their request for a Day Care Center. During the KALAHI-CIDSS municipal inter-barangay forum, representatives from the different barangays in a municipality casting their votes on the development sub-projects that should be prioritized for funding.

“We want our children to have a conducive classroom.” Thus, their request for a Day Care Center. During the KALAHI-CIDSS municipal inter-barangay forum, representatives from the different barangays in a municipality casting their votes on the development sub-projects that should be prioritized for funding.

In this forum, representatives from the different barangays in a particular municipality are brought together to present their proposals, and afterwards vote for the “best and most urgent”. Their votes are strictly based on criteria, which they have also initially set forth as guidelines.

The KALAHI-CIDSS project provides a grant of Php14,612.609 for the muncipality. Since the amount is limited and not all proposals can be prioritized for funding, the need to vote is essential. However, augmenting the grant for the realization of the sub-projects are local counterpart contributions, which may be pooled from many sources within and outside the municipality. RT Lim was able to raise more than Php2Million as a counterpart.

The MIBF is a highly democratic avenue, which is very similar to the polls. Representatives from the barangays stand on stage and encourage the others to vote for their sub-project. They explain the community’s condition and why they need the sub-project badly. After the “campaigns”, the participants would then cast their ballots.

For RT Lim 11 barangays out of 26 are to undertake their own development sub-projects which are mostly road concreting, Day Care Centers, box culvert and farm-to-market road. They are expected to be completed by August this year.

One of the volunteers espressed their anticipation of of the conduct of MIBF as they have accordingly been needing a Day Care Center for the Indigenous Kids in Barangay Sta. Rosario since the makeshift classroom aren’t conducive anymore for the children to occupy.

“Excited na kami ipatayo ang project kung mapili. Kasi 44 kabataan nga IP wala na sila maklasehan, nagiba na yung dati nilang classroom. Gusto namin madevelop ang kaalaman nila. Kaya umaasa talaga kami sa Kalahi para mas nindut gyud ang ilahang pag-iskwela.” Ederita Tecson shared.

Kalahi-CIDSS which has been implemented for over a decade in poor municipalities in the Philippines has just been scaled up in 2014 to cover additional municipalities in the next 5 years. It aims to empower communities through their active participation in the development cycle, enhance the responsiveness of local governance, and reduce poverty in the poorest municipalities. ###

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E-Negosyo features DSWD- AVRC III Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop as PWD Competitive Enterprise

The participation of DSWD- AVRC III Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop during the celebration of Zamboanga Exposition last year, paved its way to be noticed by the local media outfit on its product quality and the people behind the production.

E-Media production along with its local TV program E- Negosyo, featuravrced the said workshop to showcase the craftsmanship and creativity of Persons with Disabilities (PWD). City councilor Hon. Benjamin “BG” Guingona IV Chairperson for Committee on Ways and Means and Trade, Investment and Industry of the local government unit along with his co-host Mr. Belsie Agustin conducted the segment shooting at the said center.

Councilor Guingona said, that he was very impressed with the determination of PWD workers, “Hats off to the workers for such great work, their determination to be sustainable in life is quite commendable despite their physical condition.” Guingona added.

The show hosts encouraged the general public to imitate the courage and determination of PWD workers in striving hard to pursue in life.

The hosts also shared that the quality of products produced by the PWD workers were very promising. From the styles and the details of sewing,  truly it can be a competitive enterprise in the local market.

The show airs weekly on local channel 37 every Mondays at 4:00 PM and replays every Saturdays ay 10:00 AM.

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Zambo IDPs get permanent shelter on stilts under Z3R

ZAMBOANGA CITY- More than a hundred IDP recipients enjoyed their new permanent shelters as Z3R Houses on stilts project in Taluksangay have been completed and formally turned over during a formal ceremony held on February 26, 2015.Alani Asid, 41 receives the symbolic key which marks the formal turn over of  their new homes in Taluksangay,Zamboanga City

The 40 million worth housing project under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) is located in a 3.5 hectare water area in Taluksangay where 200 units have been built for Internally Displaced Persons who were tagged by the National Housing Authority (NHA) from Layag Layag and Leha Leha.

In an interview, Alawi Jamma Asid, 41 expressed his gratitude to all the agencies especially to the DSWD for the urgent help and assistance extended to them. “Walang makakapantay sa saya namin, sa tagal naming pag aantay tungkol sa sinabi nila na meron talaga kameng totong bahay” He said.

Asid who was also the camp manager of the Taluksangay Transitory Site, was one among the 115 families who will benefit a permanent stay in the new shelters provided to them.

“Masaya kame doon sa Layag Layag, pero ngayon mas masaya kame, Di namin mabubura na mahirap lang kame pero di ko akalain na magkakabahay ako ng ganito. Doon sa Layag Layag  15 years ako, kung makikita mo luma ang bahay pero  pag dito ansaya ko talaga, tinanong ko sa sarili ko swerte ko na yata, ako isang mahirap lang ay magkakabahay ng ganito.” He added.

The families were also provided with Family food packs and Non-Food Items to start a new life in the newly constructed units.They will be also provided with financial aid worth 10,000 pesos from National Housing Authority which will be downloaded to the DSWD for their electricity and water installation.

Present during the event were, Zamboanga City Mayor, Ma.Isabelle Climaco, DSWD Assistant Secretary, Vilma Cabrera, Congresswoman Lilia Macrohon Nuno, Punong Barangay Hadji Abdurahman Nuno, NHA District Officer Al Indanan, IOM and some city councilors.

The activity capped off with an unveiling of the Project Marker on the site with a ceremonial visit on the residents. ##

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