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The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a platform of the government to uplift the living condition of disadvantaged people. The Department of Social Welfare and Development is the sole agency which is responsible in implementing the said program.

In 2017, the DSWD revived and encouraged the Pantawid beneficiaries to resort to Bio-Intensive Gardening for the nutritional needs of their families.

Beneficiaries from barangay LUZVILLA, Municipality of Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte formed a group communal garden headed by the parent leader, Ms. Elizar Cabilao, as part of their efforts to supplement nutrition for Pantawid beneficiaries and start a possible augmentation in their income.

Luzvilla IP communal Garden was one of the entries in the fruits and vegetables festival in Piñan festival last August 2018. The festival was spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture and Municipal Mayor Ms. Ceily Carreon who presented the prizes to the group with the most beautiful, creative, and clean garden. The Luzvilla group IP communal was composed of 16 members of Indigenous People in the barangay.

Communal Garden started last MAY 2018 after the Pantawid Day
Area: Barangay LUZVILLA near barangay HALL.

Variety of vegetables: Pechay, tanglad (lemon grass), malunggay, kamatis, String Onio, bawing, bitter gourd, eggplant, okra, string beans, chili, and other herbal plants.

Communal garden validators check the fruits and vegetable during festival contest for modelong gulayan ng barangay.

During the Piñan Fruits and Vegetable festival 2018, IP Luzvilla Communal Garden won 3rd place with three thousand pesos as cash prize. The Luzvilla Communal Garden also won the biggest plants for kalabasa (squash), pipino (cucumber), and marang.

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“Realizing Dreams, Building Future”

“Mahirap talaga ang buhay lalo na kapag wala kang maayos na trabaho sa lipunan.”

This is how Felicitas M. Nonong, 37 years old describes how her life runs every day. She and her husband and four children live in Sitio Asinan, Brgy. Kasayangan, Zamboanga City.

“Naglalako at nagbebenta ako ng gulay dati. Nagigising ako ng alas dos ng umaga para mamalengke tapos wala na akong pahinga hanggang gumabi. Alas sais ng umaga magluluto na ako ng gulay para ibenta. Tapos pagdating ng alas tres ng hapon maglalako ako ng gulay.” She said.

Exhaustion and fatigue was expressed through Felicitas’ eyes as she shared the story of her everyday life. Doing this for a year to be able to provide for the family, she earns Php800 out of her Php300 capital a day. However, just like everybody else, she has her physical limits. It came to a point where she had to be hospitalized due to lack of sleep, fatigue and high blood pressure. Felicitas pushed herself too much to provide for her family, and stress caught up with her.

“Masakit sa loob ko kapag humihingi ang mga bata ng kailangan nila lalo na sa eskwelahan tapos wala kang maibigay.” She sadly said.

Felicitas’ husband, Roland 40 years old, works as a security guard. He earns 4,500 pesos per month which apparently cannot suffice their needs. Aside from the basic needs at home, and the needs of the children at school, they had to pay for their rent.

Felicitas made sure that her children had money in their pockets to be able to commute to and from school. She wants her children to experience the exact opposite of what she’s going through every day just to earn for a living. Life was never easy for them, since they had to take care of one of their children who had “special needs”. However, they never saw him as a burden, but a blessing. She makes sure that her son is settled before she leaves home for work. That’s why Felicitas was thankful when she became a Pantawid beneficiary in the year 2013. The educational assistance she received was really huge relief for her children.

One day, their parent leader in Pantawid announced that Skills Training will be offered by the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD. She felt lucky when she was included in the list because one of the beneficiaries backed out, and she felt that this would become a very good opportunity for her and her family.

They were 25 of them who trained under Housekeeping for 15-days held at the Barangay Hall in partnership with the Barangay of Kasanyangan. After the training they received starter kits which included a pair of shoes, apron and a shirt. After the training’s culmination they immediately went to Ozamis City for the assessment with 3,000 pesos in their pockets and free accommodation.

Through Felicitas’ effort and hardwork, she passed the assessment and acquired a National Certificate II in Housekeeping.

“Masaya talaga ako kase nakapasa ako. Habol ko talaga tong certificate kase para maka-apply ako ng trabaho.” Felicitas Said happily.

A clever Felicitas applied for work while on training. A week after her assessment in Ozamis she was hired in a known hotel in Zamboanga City, the LM Hotel.

She now earns minimum wage by working 6 days a week cleaning function rooms in a hotel in the city.

Felicitas and her family were able to acquire a house through the help of her sibling. It was a secondhand house sold by the government which they renovated from their own money. They are now able to set aside a little amount since they no longer have to pay for rent. Even now that Felicitas is employed, she still walks 45 minutes to and from work every day, just to be able to save a little bit more.

“Sayang kung ipamasahe ko pa ang pera, sanay naman din ako. Yung 30 pesos na pamasahe pwede pang pandagdag yun sa baon ng mga anak ko. Masakit sa loob ko kapag humihingi ang mga bata sakin tapos wala akong maibigay.” Said Felicitas emotionally.

It really shows how Felicitas values every penny that she earns.

“Dati nung hindi pa ako nakapagtrabaho naglalako at nagbebenta ako ng gulay. Dahil sa SLP na binigay ng DSWD nakapagtrabaho ako. Nakakatulong na din ako sa asawa at mga anak ko. Kung ano yung mga pangangailangan nila naibibigay ko na. Natutulungan ko na ang pamilya ko, at nagkaroon ng kahit konti pero pagbabago ang buhay namin. Maraming salamat!” – Felicitas

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DSWD holds media forum on voluntarily-waived Pantawid households

A synchronized media forum is set to be conducted across the country on October 19, Friday. This is relative to the household beneficiaries who have voluntarily waived or exited from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program under the DSWD in Region IX.

The forum will focus on the gains and current situation of the program particularly on its beneficiaries and their reasons for waiving their membership and grants from the country’s conditional cash transfer program.

This year’s theme is Pagpapakilala at Pagkilala sa Natatanging Benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya.

DSWD, in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), invited approximately 30 media men in various platforms (print, radio, television, and internet) to attend the said forum. Waived households are also invited to provide testimonials and answer questions from the media pertaining to their experience as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya program.

“We are providing an avenue where our media partners can directly communicate with our beneficiaries and become witness of how the program has contributed to the transformation in the lives of the Pantawid households in the region,” DSWD-IX Regional Information Officer, Mr. Ivan Salvador said.

As of today, the department has accounted a total of 414 households in the region that have waived from the program since January 2018 up until October this year.

The media forum is in line with the observance of the International Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.

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4Ps parent leaders become program champions

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX recently convened the Parent Leader-beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to train them as advocates that will promote the gains and successes of the program based on their personal experience as beneficiaries.

The training was conducted last October 09 to 12 at Astoria Hotel, Sucabon, Zamboanga and was attended by 80 parent leaders from Zamboanga City and Isabela City who also attended the Level I of the said training.

The objective of the training is to provide in-depth knowledge of the Pantawid Pamilya program implementation, strengthen the participants’ public speaking and writing skills, community volunteerism and convergence.

“Sa training na ito naramdaman namin na mas may karapatan kame ngayon hindi lang bilang mga parent leaders kundi bilang partner ng Pantawid MCCT. Yung tulong na naibibigay namin ngayon hindi na lang sa payout kundi pati na rin sa pag-advice at pagbigay kaalaman sa mga kapwa naming beneficiaries. (We have felt that we are empowered with our rights not just as parent leaders but as partners of the Pantawid MCCT program. The assistance that we provide to the program is not anymore confined to facilitation during payout but even extends to giving advices and sharing of knowledge with our co-beneficiaries),” Geoliza Abdulla, 29, Sama from Barangay Mampang, Zamboanga City said in an interview.

Conduct of the same training in other provinces in Zamboanga Peninsula will follow. October 16-19 in Dapitan City for Zamboanga del Norte cluster, October 23-26 in Pagadian City for Zamboanga del Sur cluster, and November 6-9 in Ipil for Zamboanga Sibugay cluster. A total of 385 IP parent leaders from across the region are expected to undergo the training and become champions of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

As champions, their roles will mainly be as information disseminators, spokespersons, and source of inspiration to other beneficiaries. The department believes that the beneficiaries are the best people to communicate and relate the gains as experienced while under the program.

Furthermore, the training also became an avenue to orient the participants on Gender Sensitivity which will help the IP Parent Leaders to appreciate the equal roles played by men and women in nurturing their families and communities.

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DSWD conducts regional consultation on Social Protection Operational Framework

As a follow through activity of a high level conference on Social Protection (SP) conducted earlier this year engaging international and local experts,  a regional consultation workshop on enhancing the Philippine Social Protection  Operational Framework was conducted by DSWD-Policy Development and Planning Bureau (PPDB) on September 6-8 at Ever-O Hotel, Zamboanga City.

According to Fe L. Dela Cruz, OIC-Chief of Policy and Plans Division (PPD), the two-day activity aimed to generate inputs from key stakeholders for the revision of the Social Operational Framework and the SP Plan, which should be aligned with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2017-2022.

“At the regional level, various engagements with partner agencies and other stakeholders were undertaken to collate comments and feedback from the SWD sectors as well as to propose strategies and initiatives from a regional perspective,” she added.

Susan C. Valerio, OIC-ARD of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) – IX presented the Regional Development Plan focusing on social protection mainstreaming a key strategy in operationalizing the PDP.

Dr. Fernando T. Aldaba, Dean and Professor of Economics from the School of Social Sciences of Ateneo de Manila University who is the Consultant for the SP Framework Review, spearheaded the regional consultation and provided salient inputs for the enhancement of the Philippine Social Protection Operational Framework and the Proposed Medium-Term SP Plan.

In line with the operationalization of the PDP, Dela Cruz elicited insights on challenges, policy issues, and gaps in our trasitioning from one medium-term plan to the next onward to attaining the country’s long-term development plan dubbed “Ambisyon Natin 2040.” Valerio cited the limited capacity of the implementing agencies, lack of data from the local level as crucial inputs to planning, continuity of policies and emerging priorities given the changes in administration every three years, and overlapping of funds and resources for some projects as among the challenges in the development strategies execution.

Valerio also underscored the importance of having check and balance through the enhanced participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in monitoring and evaluation of the various programs, projects, and services.

The SP is considered as one of the strategies to build the  socio-economic resilience of individuals and families by reducing their vulnerability to various risks and disasters (PDP 2017-2022). The PDP aims to provide universal and transformative social protection that will benefit the entire population. Since 2007, various perspectives and issues and recommendations were raised by different sectors in the course of implementing and mainstreaming social protection.

The two-day activity was attended by 28 participants from regional line agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), CSOs, and both key technical staff and development planners both from Region IX and ARMM-BaSulTa. ###



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DSWD calls for research proposals from HEIs and CSOs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX is pleased to announce the conduct of the Second Round of Call for Research Proposals for the year 2018-2019.

Following the previous call in 2016, the DSWD continues to be a recipient of the technical assistance grant under the Direct Funding Agreement No. 70507-1 of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government.

This year, the call for research operates under the theme “DSWD Towards Prompt and Compassionate Programs and Services,” with the objective of producing researches that aim to support, improve, or develop the department’s promotive and protective programs towards prompt and compassionate (maagap at mapagkalingang) service, and/or respond to the issues and concerns affecting the poor, disadvantaged, and marginalized as identified during the 2016 Regional Consultation Workshop for the DSWD 2017-2022 Research Agenda.

Furthermore, it also envisions a wider reach, higher budget ceilings, and longer project durations with a greater lead time and learnings from its predecessor.

The call for research proposals is open to all academic institutions and accredited Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with demonstrated experience along social protection and social welfare and development. Proponent CSOs must be currently classified as “Accredited” and are prepared

to submit proof of accreditation.

Each DSWD Regional Office is given a slot of two (2) research proposals with funding assistance ranging from P200,000 to P600,000 per proposal.

Research proposals shall be submitted to the Field Office IX not later than October 26, 2018 for review and subsequent submission to Central Office.

Interested researchers may contact Ms. Fe L. Dela

Cruz, OIC-Chief of Policy and Plans Division at (062) 991-6030 or mobile number # 0928-552-5733 and may also personally visit Field Office IX at Gen. Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City. ###









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Subanon Cultural Preservation through CDD

In a complex society where technological advances is taking over, buildings replaces trees and mountains, and with everything going instant like food, gadgets, clothing and all other necessities in life, it is no wonder why people are constantly evolving with change.

This has been the case for the Subanon tribe of Barangay Tabayo in the Municipality of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. The barangay has a 99% population of Subanon.

The Subanon are known to be “peace-loving” people, which justify the reason why they move from one place to another. They move to areas far from noise. They cultivate crops, they are also known to raise livestock including pigs, chickens, cattle, and carabaos. Subanon houses are built along hillsides and ridges overlooking family fields.

The tribe is continuously confronted with complex societal challenges like globalization, arm struggle, threats from violent extremist and others.

According to Bonifacio Patoh, 54, BSPMC Chair and a resident of the Tabayo, as observed by the community elders of the tribe that the younger generations are losing their sense of appreciation of the richness of their culture. This somewhat contributes to losing their sense of identity which lies the very existence of their tribe.

Thus the proposal on the construction of the “Subanon Piglompokan Nog Baloy Nog Mokogulangan” sub-project was based on the fear among the tribal elders who perceives that the new generation is no longer practicing the Subanon Cultural processes handed over by their forefathers.


The Barangay experiences a lot of difficulties since Tabayo is located 8 kilometers away from Poblacion, problem on education, impassable roads, low income and cultural issues. During the 2nd Barangay Assembly, the people deemed it necessary to give importance to discuss and address the concerns of the IP’s. It cannot be denied that due to “Strong Social Influence” the IP issues were not given priority. And with continuous assemblies surface the agreement on the construction of the heritage village.

Through the Project Preparation Team (PPT) and the Barangay and Local Government Unit of Tabayo, help realized the creation of the IP Heritage Village.

The materials used in this particular sub-project were purely indigenous resources coming from the mountains of Siocon hand-picked by the Subanon community themselves which they believed fits perfectly for the design.

“Dili man ni makadaot sa kinaiya kay dili man ni gidaot namo ang mga kahoy. Selected lang man kung unsa lang ang mga gikinahanglan”, explained by Boni on the process of gathering the materials.

(This will not ruin the environment because we did not intend to destroy the trees for lumber. Only the selected ones which are enough for our needs”).

Unlike the usual western design of Kalahi-CIDSS Structure, the proposed look of the village was based on the historical structure built on specific purposes. Instead of using nails in building the houses made from indigenous materials, they preferred using twigs, for it is traditionally used in building Subanon structures in the past. The twigs were carefully wrapped around the pillars to hold firmly each structure.

The construction of each structure had undergone consultation with the Subanon Elders as respect to their tradition, to include consideration to working days, materials and rituals held before construction.

The IP Heritage Village is an 8-structure sub-project design to be the venue to showcase their arts and crafts, a place to practice their culture and tradition, to strengthen their self-worth and empower them to be more productive members of the community.

Each structure has its own uses, namely; “Baloy Poglompukan”, a structure where Elders gathers to discuss traditional matter. “Baloy Pintow”,a place where family and friends gather. “Maligay”, this is the place where they nurse a person who was believed to be inhibited with spirited elements from the mountains. “Glapow”, this represents the holy church of Subanon people, they usually gather during Wednesdays. “Batah Baloy”, this is the sacred place where the “Boliyan” or Subanon Priest prays. This is where the good spirit usually comes in. “Sigulang”, this is the place where traditional Subanon relaxes after a long hours of farming in the mountains. “Baloy Ponginaguan nog Polongkapan nog Subanon”, this is where they store materials used by sacred Subanon tribe. “Baloy Polindowan”, this is the place where Subanon people meditate to take away stress and problems.


Among the direct benefits identified by the community and the B/LGU includes the revival and preservation of the cultural practices of the Subanon in Tabayo. The sense of discrimination and marginalization of the tribe in the previous year’s even decades can be addressed now.

The DepEd’s IP Education (IPED) more than ever, was strengthened now with the additional specialized teachers provided by the DepEd in Tabayo to demonstrate to the Subanon children concepts about their culture with the help of the Heritage Village as venue thus pushing them to accept their identity. Strategically, since the sub-project was built near the school.

They are more empowered as they have been recognized and have been educated. In fact, several Subanon children have graduated in high school while some have reached college level.

“Ang Kalahi dili lang siya mag-implement og project, maghatag pud og kahibalo sa community kaning pag-process sa mga materyals, pagpadagan sa mga papeles ani. Dako kaayo mig pasalamat ning ani kay kame mismo proud mi nga naa miy ingon ani bisan asa mi makaadto nga area sa IPs”.

(The Kalahi program does not only implements project but they also share knowledge to the community on how to process materials, on how to go about with the documents. We are grateful for we are so proud that we have this kind wherever IP area we may go”, shared by BSPMC Chairperson Patoh during the inauguration ceremony).

Mayor Julius Lobrigas considers the KALAHI NCDDP sub-project developed as an avenue significant in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Subanon.

He emphasized that the structure will provide a place where the IP community can gather together as a community and they become more united.

Completed by December 2017 with a total cost of Php854, 468.00, the sub-project was formally turned-over to the community and is now being used for assemblies and tribal meetings.

Although it has yet to really fulfill its purpose to the community, but by its physical presence at the heart of Tabayo, with the initial plans and support of the LGU to further develop the sub-project, Subanon can now be assured of the services to be centered on them.### (JGA)

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Kalahi-CIDSS 5th Bayani Ka! Regional Search is on

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) will be conducting the 5th Regional Search for Bayani Ka! Awardees.
The Bayani Ka! Awards are the highest recognition given by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS to its exemplary communities in implementing and promoting the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. It seeks to recognize exemplary communities that are engaged in DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and whose efforts significantly contributed to advancing Sama-samang Pagkilos Nang May Malasakit or compassionate, collective action in their respective municipalities.
Nominee or community must atleast have been engaged in the implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS for at least one year or one cycle, have displayed actions that are consistent with the principles and standards of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, and have a heart for service and empowerment of the poor, vulnerable, marginalized and disadvantaged.
The search has nine (9) categories namely; Gender and Development, Environmental Protection, Improved Local Governance, Indigenous People’s Welfare, Promotion of Just Peace, Persons with Disability, Elderly, Youth, Sustained Community Volunteer Group.
Nominees will be evaluated using the following criteria; Bisyon- the nominee is committed to the community’s shared vision ad guides fellow residents in bridging the present to their desired future (15%), Aksyon- the nominee decisively and consistently acts to promote compassionate, collective action in the community and achieve their shared goal. His/her actions exemplify selflessness and have positive impact in the community (20%), Yakag–the nominee has successfully persuaded the community to actively participate in compassionate collective action in and beyond DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS (15%), Abilidad– the nominee maximizes opportunities to exercise the residents’skills and service for the benefit of the community (15%), Nakikiisa – the nominee actively works to sustain and promote compassionate and collective action in the community, and thwarts divisive actions and tendencies that will break the unity of the people (15%) and Integridad at Inspirasyon – the nominee has unquestionable integrity that manifest in word and deed, which motivate people to continuously participate in collective action (15%).
Nomination period begins by October 1-15, 2018, and awarding of winners will be on November 2018 in time for the Regional Community Volunteers Congress.
Winners of the search will form part of the CDD Champions who will help advocates the gains of the program.### (JGA)

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