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From sidewalk to a sturdy table

AdiyaAman, 27 years old, a housewife, lives with her husband Molo and 3 children. Their situation is considered extremely different unlike that of thousands of poor in the city. Adiya’sfamily used to live by the sidewalk with a piece of carton. For them the carton they own is considered a treasure as this serves as their comfy mattress at night and a roof during the rainy days. Molo works as a barangay maintenance with a very minimal income that could hardly sustain the needs of his family. Leo, 7 years old, being the eldest son of Adiya and Molodid not have the chance for schooling because of the situation of the family. “It pains me to see my son begging for food in the street, Every time I see my children running after each customer asking for their left overs, it crushes my heart, hoping I could afford to buy food for my children from fast food chain.” Shared Adiya. She added that a bright future for her children is seemed next to imposible.

Until the Modified conditional cash transfer came in the early 2013, Adiya’s family was targeted and was included in the CSO implementing partner, the Human Development and Empowerment Services (HDES).  Driven by the motivation to avail the financial assistance of the program, Adiya religiously complied with all the conditionalities, Leo started schooling and has a regular check-up in their barangay health center. “ If before we’re staying by the side walk with our carton, now my husband built a small “mesa” (table) where we can stay on top at night for sleeping and under it during rainy days. A much sturdy piece of protection out from the grants we received from the program”. Adiya said. “That table will serve as an inspiration for us to strive harder to uplift our lives somehow”.Adiya and her husband Molo is planning to save a little from their grants to start a small business.Thiswill help them out with the daily expenses of their family. Putting a small store that sells cigarettes, candies and several others will augment the expenses of the family. A dream that the family had never imagined in becoming into a reality.

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DSWD Modified Conditional Cash Transfer to register Sabah Displaced Families

DSWD Modified Conditional Cash Transfer to register Sabah Displaced Families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in coordination with the Municipal Social Welfare Development from Basilan, Jolo and Tawi-Tawi and DSWD Provincial Operations Offices convined a planning workshop to respond to the needs of the Sabah Displaced Families. The Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) is a program that provides financial assistance to families affected by difficult circumstances. Families in need of special protection for MCCT includes those who were victims of manmade and natural made calamities, IP migrant families, informal setllers and families with children with disabilities, street children, out of school, child labor, abandoned, abused and children who were victims of other forms of exploitation.

The Modified CCT will be implemented by the field offices in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the region who have the capacity and existing program for Families in Need of Special Protection. The Sabah displaced families will be given priority to be included in the said program with the same conditionalities as that of the regular conditional cash transfer. A biometric enrolment will serve as mode of registration for the Sabah dispaced families due to lack of pertinent documents being an undocumented workers in Malaysia. With this kind of registration potential beneficiaries will be authomatically registered with their fingerprints as proof of their identity. The system has also a security features to ensure the data information of the potential grantee of the program.

Usec. Hashim Taradji, in her welcome message expressed the biggest challenge for DSWD field workers to respond and extend social services to the displaced families. “There’s so much of us to do to strengthen and widen our efforts in ther delivery of services to the poor and disadvantaged, DSWD should take lead in the implementation of programs and services like the MCCT and the Pantawid Pamilya” Asec. Taradji added.

The two-day planning wokshop culminated with a work plan from different provincial areas like Jolo, Tawi-Tawi and Basilan including Zamboanga City. The workshop aims to draft an action plan on the different possible activities and projects catering the needs of the Sabah displaced families. It also aims to include the roles of the different government agencies in making the work plan more tangible and effective.

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Article Partnership Forum Part 1

article partnership forum part1

Snapshots of the event from Top Left :DSWD Assistant Secretary -Mr. TeoduloRomo ,Mr.DeograciasMarangga of FIDA, Mr. Henry Tianero of DOLE, Mr.Cesario Sayre of ABCDE Foundation, Mr. Michael Gahum of DPWH-IX, Pledge of Commitment signed by Stakeholders, SLP PDO’s, and other participants.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program – RegionalProject Management Office of DSWD Field Office IX held its first everSemi-Annual Regional Partnership Forum (Part 1) last April 25, 2013 at the Bamboo Garden Social Hall and Catering, Dipolog City. The event was participated by 20 invited agencies/institutions/organizations coming from the NGA’s, CSO’s and Private sector in the region.


The objectives of the said event was to present updates on the partnership projects implemented in the region, share challenges encountered in the implementation, recognize best practices in the projects implemented, and to list commitments made by existing and potential partners for possible engagements with DSWD through SLP.


During the event, existing partners presented their current accomplishments on the different partnerships projects they have with DSWD while potential partners also presented the services which they can offer to the beneficiaries of 4P’s in the region. Questions and healthy discussions were made during the open forum after the presentation of different partners. The event was participated by; the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), City Environment and Natural Resources Office Dipolog City (CENRO-Dipolog), ROTEO Farm, BancoDipolog Incorporated, BPI-Globe Banko, Livelihood Skills Development and Enhancement Center (LSDEC), CLUB 100, Philippine Red Cross, International Care Ministry (ICM), ABCDE Foundation, ZN Federation of Parents Association, Dipolog’s Trusted Employment Agency (DTEA), and JOPAH Hairvent Corporation who offered potential employment schemes, Capability Building, Capital Resources Provision, Credit and Savings, Insurance, and Market Linkages to the 4P’s beneficiaries of Region IX.


Also present were DSWD Assistant Secretary – Mr. TeoduloRomo, Assistant Regional Director for Operation – Ms. Consejo Usman, Regional Project Coordinator – Ms. Elizabeth Saavedra, SLP Cluster Coordinators, Project Development Officer III for Partnership – Mr. Rex Francis Coz, the SLP RPMO Team, PantawidPamilya IPDO’s, and Dipolog SWADT PDO’s headed by their SWADT Leader – Mr. Alex Sabal. The event was organized by the External Relations Officer – Mr. Shamir Climaco and Facilitated by the Regional Training Officer – Mr. Jerrick Gerard Go. (by SRC)

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Field-testing of biometric system for Sabah Displaced Persons (DPs) under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program (MCCT) of DSWD.

In an effort to assist the displaced persons and families from Sabah regain normalcy in their lives and help them reintegrate into their communities , the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) developed a program that will help alleviate their poor conditions.

The Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program (MCCT) which is a basically a prototype of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, aims to cater to families with children 0-14 years old.

DSWD 9 Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo revealed that for Region 9, they have identified 137 displaced persons who returned to the Philippines due to the conflict in Sabah. Similar to the identification of Pantawid beneficiaries, the 137 names were subjected to the Proxy Means test and accordingly, 102 came out eligible for the program.

To ensure accurate data and to avoid duplication of beneficiaries, Mr. Leonardo U. Lindo, a Project Development Officer from DSWD Central Office, said that enrolment will be through the Biometric Identification system. So far, field testing of the biometric system customized for the program was already conducted last week and participated by prospective beneficiaries of the program.

Aside from Region 9, DSWD will also identify prospective beneficiaries from Region XII and ARMM.

An orientation workshop set for June 12-14 is being arranged. Said workshop will prepare Local government units for the implementation of the MCCT program as well as the processing and implementation of the Biometric enrolment. ###(NZB061112)

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Gov’t maps out action plan as more Pinoys return from Sabah

Gov’t maps out action plan as more Pinoys return from Sabah
Monday, 08 April 2013 00:00
In an effort to track and ensure that services are provided to families returning from Sabah, 50
representatives of government agencies in Region IX and the Autonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao (ARMM) met recently in Lantaka Hotel, Zamboanga City to draft an action plan which
will include all contributions and possible programs from the different line agencies that could be
implemented and provided to the returnees.
Based on the April 5 report of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Disaster Risk
Reduction and Response Operations Office (DSWD-DRRRO), some 5,349 persons have
returned from Sabah.
“The need to converge and pool our resources as well as synchronize our activities is a demand
that we need to address,” DSWD Undersecretary Parisya Hashim-Taradji, who presided over
the meeting, stated.
One action plan is to issue a Family Access Card to displaced persons from Sabah upon
disembarkation to any point in Mindanao. The Provincial Social Welfare Officers (PSWOs) of
the three provinces of ARMM – Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan, will provide color-coded cards to
displaced families to entitle them to services being provided by the national and local
governments and to prevent duplication in the availment of the services.
Undersecretary Taradji explained that the access cards will systematize provision of relief,
transportation, and shelter assistance, and cash-for-work to the displaced families.
She added that the DSWD will also deploy twelve social workers to Sabah today, April 8, to
reinforce the efforts of staff currently assisting the affected Filipinos.
Undersecretary Taradji also disclosed that the DSWD will deploy a four-man team to Tawi-Tawi
and Sulu on April 9-13to undertake needs assessment  and contingency planning for the
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Gov’t maps out action plan as more Pinoys return from Sabah
Monday, 08 April 2013 00:00
continued arrival of displaced Filipin
os from Sabah.
To date, a total of P10.4 million worth of humanitarian aid was provided to the affected families
through the combined resources of DSWD (P10.4 million) and NGOs (P4,100). The aid includes
relief packs, hygiene kits and transportation assistance.
One-Stop Processing Center continues
The One-Stop Processing Center (OSPC) in Taganak, Tawi-Tawi  is another mechanism set-up
by the government to facilitate long-term interventions. The process flow involves two phases -Phase I which DSWD is tasked to handle and Phase II where the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) comes in.
Phase I includes the arrival of displaced families to the Philippines, where they are immediately
attended to as well as interviewed and assessed for appropriate intervention. Phase II highlights
the provision of needed assistance to the displaced families which covers three options such as
the processing of papers for return to employers in Malaysia, the reintegration process for wage
employment, and the provision of livelihood assistance (self-employment).
The OSPC mechanism was implemented in 1997 when the Federal Government of Malaysia
strictly enforced its Immigration Act.  Thousands of Filipinos were deported due to expired work
papers, lack of documents and illegal residency status. ### (DSWD-Social Marketing Service)
April 8, 2013
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NHTU BaSulTa meets with stakeholders for post validation

(05/27/13) As part of the monitoring and reporting process, the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction BaSulTa region has conducted its post validation assessment cum stakeholder forum for the province of Sulu on May 23, 2013 at Jolo Area Coordination Center.

The activity aimed to communicate the validation results and status of data to project stakeholders and provide them opportunity to share vital information that has significant contributions to project monitoring, reporting and planning.

The one-day forum was participated by NGAs of BaSulTa such as the DILG, DTI, DOLE, DOST, Sulu Area Coordinating Center, Sulu PPDO, MSWOs and MPDCs of different municipalities in Sulu.

Among the issues and concerns brought out by the participants were the manipulation of LGUs in the assessment and validation process of the project, misconception that NHTS data are similar of that DOH and DepEd and the promising notion of the project that when a certain household is included in the list, that household will automatically be beneficiaries of social protection programs of the government like Philhealth and Pantawid Pamilya.

During the forum, NHTS-PR Focal Person Mr. Hasan B. Alfad emphasized that complaints regarding LGU manipulation of the list should be addressed directly to the Region IX Targeting Unit for appropriate action. Also he stressed out that NHTS-PR does not promise direct provision of social protection programs to poor households but it helps organization and agencies with social protection program identify beneficiaries accurately so that government resources are given to the people who need it the most.

National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to identify who and where the poor are in the country. (#LMSM)

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DSWD unveils condition of the poor in Zamboanga

(05/24/13) The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region IX launched the Regional Profile of Poor Households on May 24, 2013 at Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City.

DSWD-IX Assistant Regional Director Consejo Usman’s unveiling of the life-sized copy of the “Regional Profile of the Poor” highlighted the event. The regional profile features statistical data describing the condition of the 369,293 poor households in Zamboanga. These households were identified through DSWD’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), which conducted its nationwide household assessment in 2009. From the 10.9 million households assessed, 5.2 million have been distinguished as poor.

“The NHTS-PR uses 34 observable and verifiable variables in the process of household assessment. These will then undergo the Proxy Means Test (PMT) which estimates the household income using the indicators such as the housing conditions, occupation, education, family members and the likes.” said ARD Usman as she explained how the project ensures objectivity in identifying the poor who will be beneficiaries of the social protection programs.

The NHTS-PR database of poor households currently serves as basis for selecting beneficiaries of anti-poverty programs and services of the government such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension, and the Philhealth Indigent Program. “Use of this database is not limited to government agencies”, stated ARD Usman, as she encouraged non-government organizations (NGOs) and local government units (LGUs) to secure a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the department and use the database for the benefit of the poor.

Following the press conference, DSWD-IX premiered “TATSULO: Stories of Hope”, a documentary film directed by Zamboanga-based indie filmmaker Zurich Chan. The documentary features the life stories of the poor households who have become beneficiaries of DSWD’s core anti-poverty programs: Pantawid Pamilya, KALAHI-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood.

NHTS-PR is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. This makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a pioneer database consisting of a comprehensive organization of information about poor households nationwide. The project is expected to update its database in 2014. (#LMSM)

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March 8, 2013/ZC– DSWD IX Asst. Regional Director Riduan Hadjimuddin confirmed that coordination with concerned agencies is underway to ensure efforts are organized and synchronized in anticipation of the massive deportation of Filipinos from Sabah.

As a result of a meeting with ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman last Tuesday , DSWD IX committed to provide manpower and fund support to the ARMM Region. Todate, DSWD has transferred the amount of Five Hundred Thousand Pesos as augmentation support to DSWD ARMM . A team of social workers well-versed with the local dialects of Sulu and Tawi-tawi was organized and ready to go in case reinforcements are requested by the ARMM Provincial Social Welfare Offices (PSWO).

Ms. Hania Aliakbar, Social Welfare Head of Tawi-tawi, revealed that schools were identified as evacuation centers considering the availability of facilities such as comfort rooms. Systems that will help facilitate smoothly the transfer and processing of the deportees such as the “Task Force Tabang’ are already in place through the initiative of Governor Hataman and his cabinet members.

Gov. Hataman said that with the crisis in Sabah, the pooling of resources and efforts by the public and private organizations is a priority. (nzb)

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