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4Ps launches Bata: Balik Eskwela Campaign

The DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will launch a new campaign dubbed as Bata: Balik Eskwela (BBE) that aims to encourage children beneficiaries to enroll and maintain their attendance to school.

This campaign is anchored on the mandate of the program to keep children healthy and in school.

The BBE Campaign will be launched in partnership with the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela 2019 on the following dates: May 20 in Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur, May 23 in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay, May 24 in Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte, and June 03 in Barangay Sam Roque, Zamboanga City.

Moreover, this endeavor aims to address the issue on children who are consistently not attending school as monitored by the program.

“Isa ako sa mga pumunta noong nagkaroon ng orientation tungkol sa BBE. Doon ko nalaman na puede pala akong mag-aral sa Alternative Learning System kaya ngayong pasukan mag-eenroll na ako ulit,” Sitti Norhaya Madjid, Pantawid Pamilya monitored child in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

In a compliance analysis as of November 2018, the department has identified 1,125,293 children beneficiaries nationwide who were not attending school out of the overall 7,954,905 children (3-18 years old) beneficiaries.

As of to date, there is a total of 413,047 eligible Pantawid children in the entire Region IX of which 370,441 are monitored by the program.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18 and pregnant women. Program beneficiaries receive cash grants as they comply with the program conditions applicable to their households. The conditions are: pregnant women must avail pre and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS); 0-5 years old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year; and children beneficiaries (0-18 years old) must enroll in school and maintain a class attendance of at least 85% per month. As of May 2018, there are 4.39 million active households in the program nationwide.

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A Faith Believer

“Knock and shall be open unto you”. These verse mirror a woman who begs to God and seek for help. Blessed with abundance and love with the help of organization, her determination and faith were rewarded.

     Jenny Geliciano Bermudez is a resident of Balabay Bato at Brgy, SAnito, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. In 2007, they decided to settle down and were blessed with 2 children who ages 10 and 5 years old, respectively. Living in a province gives Jenny with mixed feelings because her children needed to walk to school which is 500 meters away from theirhome. There are rocks and footbridge ahead which makes her feel bad seeing their ripped shoes and feet with callouses. Happy at the same time because her children are contented on what they have.

Jenny’s husband, Feliciano, works in a bakery shop for 17 years.He started as a janitor and dishwasher at the same time with a monthly salary of php3,000 pesos. Seeing how hardworking Feliciano is, he was then promoted as a cook. Aside from working in a bakery shop on daylight, he also drives a habal-habal at night to augment their income. Jenny on the other hand is a housewife and is responsible to look after her children. When Jenny finds vacant time, she gleaned for shellfish in a coveand cook some viands to sell in the neighbourhood. By this, she can contribute to her family even with meagre income. .

During the time when Jenny delivered her first child, Eizel, his husband started to experience difficulty on earning money. When Eizel got sick he could no longer afford to bring her to the hospital for check-ups. Jenny realized how hard life is but she never felt discouraged even though their primary problem is insufficient to put food on table. This resulted even todiscover that her daughter is malnourished as declared by the Barangay Household Worker. She continued further the simple earning she does to ensure her family won’t suffer from these struggles.

     In the year 2013, the Department of Health launched a Feeding Program for malnourished children where her daughter became a recipient. All the mothers with malnourished children decided to create a group named “Sanito Motherhood Association”. This association is composed of mothers with malnourished children which aim is to help and assist the agency in the feeding program during the activity

After the creation of the said association, some opportunities and blessings from other agencies were poured out to them. Jenny and the rest of the mothers were given the Skills Training on on Meat and Fish Food Processing given by the BFAR to includethe askills training on bread and pastry given by TESDA. Another skills training on banana chips making, peanut butter, peanut brittle, sweet coated and salty peanuts with starter kits was also given by the DOST. DSWD KALAHI-CIDDS on the other hand shared physical resources like the training centre, electric fans and others.

On 2014, Ms. Jenny and her husband decided to acquire a house to live.  They were able to acquire a simple house, the floor is made of bamboo, while the roof is made of half nipa and half plain sheet.

Jenny alsoplants vegetables in their vacant lotto augmentin their family’s food consumption. She also raised some chickens. On August 11, 2015, Ms. Jenny was hired and served as (BHW) Barangay Household Worker in their barangay.

On March 2016, the DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) came in to give opportunities to the “Sanito Motherhood Association”, After the training, they were granted a financial assistance throughSeed Capital Fund project amounting to Php390,000.00. Their group name now became “Sanito Motherhood Pantawid SKA”. Their association serves catering services and food processing. Coming from their funds, they were also able to acquire a small vehicle to carry and transport their equipment during caterings.

Jenny said that after the implementation of SLP, aside from their earnings in banana chips and other products, each member is given a chance to earn extra money through rendering their services during the catering activity. She earns at Php200.00 in every catering service. Their association caters public and private sectors, with at least 2-3 clients on average every month.

Jenny is overwhelmed even after joining the SLPof DSWD. Shebecame known in the community and got a chance to become a temporary MLGU enumerator for the census. This means she will be paid for the services rendered as an enumerator. She is gratefulon the changes brought by these blessings in their life now. The health of their children isnow in good condition, they have convenient shelter to live, a little vegetable garden for consumption and some chickens for selling in due time. Above all, they can already to afford to eat regular nutritious meals,buy new clothes for her children and other important things.

Having a better life now, Jenny and her husband talked about having their own little fast food store. All her dreams for her family slowly came true.

Jenny is thankful to all the agencies that one way or another helped her and the association to make their lives better. She is also thankful to the people behind the SLP-DSWD who continuously give their untiring services to the poor and vulnerable.

“Daghang salamat sa tabang gikan sa SLP-DSWD, kaning gihatag ninyo sa amoa makatabang dyud og dako labi na sa akong pamilya”.- Jenny Bermudez###

###BernelySheilaineDeLeon/Carolyn Baylon

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“Reward of a Dreamer”

Gusto gyud ko nga makabaton ug kaugalingon nga negosyo aron moasenso among panginabuhian alang sa kaugmaon sa akong mga anak” expressed by Annaliza when asked about her biggest dream in life.

     Annaliza Panawan is a mother of four children who lives in Purok Riverside, Brgy. Olingan, Dipolog City Zamboanga del Norte.

She spend most of her days at home as a housewife who took care of their humble abode. Her husband, Ranulfo Razaga Panawan Sr, drives a tricycle to support their living. He usually earns 200-400 pesos a day which is barely enough to sustain their everyday family needs. On 2012, her husband caught an illness which made him decided to stop driving.

 “Matud pa sa doctor tungod sa pasmo mao nga nagkasakit akong bana ug dugay gyud kini nga na-confine sa hospital” Annaliza said. Unfortunately, the tricycle which is the only source of income need to be sold in order to defray the expenses of his husband’s hospital bills.“Igo-igo ra gyud kini nga gibayad sa hospital apan nagpasalamat ra gihapon ko sa kahitas-an nga bisan pa ug nabaligya ang maong franchise, mao kini nakatabang nga maluwas ang akong bana nga mao ra gyud ang gisaligan unta sa among panginabuhian” she added.

     Since Ranulfo temporarily cannot work and provide for the family because of his condition, Annaliza need to exert his ways to provide for the famiy thinking all her children are also going to school.

     In 2014, Annaliza was able to avail Sustainable Livelihood Program’s SEA-K assistance. She was granted with an amount of php10,000.00 which she planned to use to start up a business. Fortunately, a friend also offered help for an additional fund to pursue the business plans, “Adunay ni-finance namu ug php15,000.00 sa pagnegosyo ug pig butchering ug tunga kami sa ginansiya, ako ang mulihok ani ug sa panahon nga medyo naulian na ang akong bana kaming duha ang timbang sa maong negosyo, ug maka-ginansya kami ug tag php6,000.00 kada bulan”. Annaliza said

“Hago kaayo ang maong negosyo ug maingun gyud nga alkansi kami kay ang nag-finance igo ra man sa pagdawat ug limpyo/ginansiya” she added.

Makaihaw kami ug 2 heads of pig kada semana pero ug medyo mahal ang isda maka-ihaw mi ug 3 heads of pig” Annaliza further narrated.

Through the successful manifestation of their livelihood, they were able to pay some of their bills. “Kaluoy sa Ginoo maka gross income kami ug tag php3,000-4,000 per day ug tungod sa maong pagnegosyo nga diin utang2x pa sauna karun dili na gyud kay aduna na kami kaugalingon nga pwesto sa highway sa Olingan Wet Market nga cash basis na gyud tanan”.

Analiza even pointed out that because of their perseverance, the business continues to flourish. Through this, they were able to buy freezers for their additional frozen products like dressed chicken aside from the regular pork meat that are being sold in their store. Today her husband is back on track on driving the tricycle, “Ang motor nga kanhi gigamit pamasahero sa akong bana, gitauran na kini ug sidecar gamit pagpangompra ug baboy”. Her husband also receives “pa-lechon” labor for php500 per pig.

Analiza expressed her appreciation on DSWD for the assistance provided to them, “Dako gyud kaayo ko ug pasalamat sa DSWD pinaagi sa SLP kay nakahulam ug php10,000.00 sa SEA-K nga gigamit gyud naku sa pagnegosyo ug ako gyud kini  nga giimpasan sa wala pa miabot ang termino kay nindot ra gyud paminawon nga maimpas ang utang.

     Annaliza and her husband are hands-on in running the business. Her dream of having a livelihood and sustainable income come into reality if not because of DSWD and Sustainable Livelihood Program which assisted them all throughout the process. She knew how hard it is to begin but her family being the driving force to succeed in life challenges became her armor to face the stumbling blocks. They could not thank enough the Almighty Father for using the Sustainable Livelihood Program as an instrument to answer their prayers.


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Sitio Tabuk starts Road Concreting Sub-project

Mun. Mayor Lobrigas ,Vice Mayor Usin with the SB members and Barangay Officials of Makiang led the ground breaking ceremony of the 300 linear meter Road Concreting with Slope Protection Sub-project.

The Municipal and Barangay Local Government Unit of Siocon joined the Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) on the ground-breaking ceremony of the 300 linear meter Road Concreting with Slope Protection sub-project at Sitio Tabuk, Makiang, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte on April 8, 2019.

The said sub-project is under NCDDP Cycle 4 implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) with a total cost of Php3, 011,346.00.

The community sees the need for road concreting since most of the people who lives in Sitio Tabuk has been isolated due to inaccessible road condition. The completion of this sub-project is expected to create opportunity for farmers to carry out products to Poblacion and provide ease in access to basic social services for the community in Tabuk.

Barangay Makiang has also been a recipient of 80 linear meter Drainage Canal for cycle 1 with a combined KC grant and Local Cash Counterpart of Php730,367.00, Ricemill Building with Equipment for cycle 2 at Php1,333,406.00, and 2 unit 2 classroom High School building for cycle 3 at Php3,180,524.

BSPMC Chairperson Maria Venus Villaluna expressed her appreciation to the program, as said during an interview “Nalipay kaayo mi mag boluntir sa Kalahi bisan pa man sa kalisud kay daghan ug trainings, responsibilidad isip boluntir nga usahay ma byaan ang amuang panginabuhian, pero nalipay kame kay nakatabang mi sa amuang barangay. Gikan 1st cycle hangtud 4th cycle kame na prioritized maong daku kaayo mi ug pasalamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa DSWD ug sa suporta nga gihatag usab sa MLGU ug BLGU para ma mugna kining amuang mga projects”.

(We are happy to volunteer with Kalahi despite the difficulties on numerous trainings, with our responsibilities as volunteers sometimes we set aside our work, but we’re happy that were able to help our barangay. We were prioritized from 1st cycle to 4th cycle that is why we are very much appreciative on Kalahi-CIDSS, of DSWD and the support provided by MLGU and BLGU to realize these projects, said Villaluna).

Municipal Mayor Julius S. Lobrigas led the ground-breaking ceremony and followed by the unveiling of signage with Vice Mayor Nathaniel Usin, SB members and BLGU officials. ### (JGA)

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4Ps exemption to election ban approved

The DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program’s petition No. 0457-19 that seeks to be exempted from the election ban following the communications sent by the Office of the COMELEC Secretary has been granted by the Commission En Banc.

It can be recalled that the COMELEC forwarded a communication that prohibits government agencies to release and disburse public funds effective March 29 to May 12, 2019.

The petition filed by the DSWD is for COMELEC to (a) acknowledge the routine and normal expenses of the department; and (b) authorize the DSWD to continue its ongoing and undertake possible disaster relief, early recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

Pantawid Pamilya is considered as among the routine and normal expenses of the department hence it may proceed with its top-ups or loading of cash grants as scheduled.

For Region 9, grants will be deposited in the cash cards of the beneficiaries on April 12. This covers Period 6 or December 2018 to January 2019 period with the total amount of PHP 242,517,700.00 or 67,465 beneficiary households.

Furthermore, the distribution of EMV-enabled cards to beneficiaries and re-carding of their cash cards shall also be continued as part of the regular activities of the program.

Last April 6, beneficiaries from District 2, 3, and 4 in Zamboanga City gathered in front of LandBank Main Branch to have their cash cards replaced by EMV-enabled cards.

Beneficiaries flocked in front of LBP Zamboanga for re-carding of their cash cards.

As of to date, there is a total of 307,834 Pantawid Pamilya households in the entire Region IX. 50,575 of which are from Zamboanga City, 9,568 from Isabela City, Basilan, 56,541 from Zamboanga Sibugay, 88,824 households from Zamboanga del Sur, and 102,326 Pantawid households in Zamboanga del Norte.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18 and pregnant women. Program beneficiaries receive cash grants as they comply with the program conditions applicable to their households. The conditions are: pregnant women must avail pre and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS); 0-5 years old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year; and children beneficiaries (0-18 years old) must enroll in school and maintain a class attendance of at least 85% per month. As of May 2018, there are 4.39 million active households in the program nationwide.

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DSWD defers payment of cash grants to UCT beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recently ordered to postpone the payment of cash grants to the beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program due to the current Election Ban per Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution No. 10429.

In a memorandum issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Program Director of the UCT Program dated March 29, 2019 on the cancellation of scheduled UCT payouts nationwide, it was affirmed that the request for exemption of the DSWD was not yet acted upon by the poll body.

Despite being a high priority project of the government, it was decided however that the safest course of action is to postpone the payment of cash grants until the request for exemption is granted by the COMELEC.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC released a new resolution dated April 1, 2019 allowing the department to conduct payout to the household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and to continue the implementation of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) even during election period. (Read here:

Documents presented by UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries are being verified thoroughly
for its completeness and authenticity before they may claim their cash grants at LBP.

In Region 9, the UCT Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) together with the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) have already conducted a series of payout activities to those household beneficiaries that were validated and identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, since November of last year.

“With respect to Field Office 9, we have already commenced the Over-the-Counter (OTC) payout to all identified beneficiaries in the region. Although, some beneficiaries, specifically from Zamboanga del Sur, were left unpaid due to the fact that the municipalities in the province were requested by the bank to be paid through conduits,” said Atty. Johanna Marie Ruiz, UCT Regional Field Coordinator.

Atty. Ruiz also assured that the funds intended for the program are being secured by the disbursing entity. 

“Due to the foregoing circumstance, we would like to assure the public that all funds necessary for the implementation of the program are being kept safe by the LBP and shall be given to all identified beneficiaries, as soon as the procurement process of the bank has been completed and the DSWD has been given the exemption to proceed with the program by the COMELEC,” she expressed.

Furthermore, she reiterated that the funds shall not be used in other agenda aside from meeting the objective of the program. “The funds would NOT be used for any political agency or any other purpose aside from the true intention of the program and of the law,” she ended.

The UCT is a program of the DSWD that aims to mitigate the effects of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law particularly to poor households and individuals that may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising market prices.

It is currently implemented nationwide covering all 4Ps households, beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program, and other poor households (with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds) identified by Listahanan. ###

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DSWD Field Office IX bags two national awards

The Field Office 9 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) received two national recognitions in the recently concluded 2018 Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) held on March 29 at Diosdado Macapagal Auditorium, Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila.

The Regional Information Officer of the Social Marketing Unit (SMU) Ivan Eric C. Salvador emerged as the Best Support Staff for 2018 while the SMU was recognized as 2nd Best Support Office.

“I would like to share the success to all the men and women who have significantly molded and engaged with me in all of my communication and advocacy works. This recognition is our shared success, for without the support and collaboration, I cannot be effective and efficient,” expressed Salvador. 

Best Support Staff: Ivan Eric C. Salvador

As head of the SMU, he spearheads the formulation and execution of the regional communication plan, which revolves on implementing different activities and strategies along communication, public relations, mass media, social marketing and advocacy geared towards increasing public awareness of the department’s programs and services, and building support from the different stakeholders using various communication channels.

Now, he is accordingly looking forward to a more productive year in helping the organization by coming up with new innovations and rendering more valuable contributions.

“I am looking forward for more opportunities to utilize my skills and energies to help not only our clients and beneficiaries but also our staff who need most of our technical asistance,” he added.

The Best Support Staff Award was given to Salvador for his significant support to the operations of the office through communication and advocacy activities, thereby contributing to the heightened awareness, appreciation and support to the agency’s programs, projects, and services by the clients, partners and the general public.

On the other hand, the SMU is the primary unit in the field office with the responsibility to undertake advocacy, publicity, and networking activities which shall embody the Vision, Mission, and the Goal of the department to promote social change, and to nurture relationships with the general public and partner stakeholders. In doing so, the SMU is tasked to implement communication and advocacy plans to raise awareness on the different programs and services of DSWD.

2nd Best Support Office: Social Marketing Unit

Apart from Salvador, the said unit is likewise comprised of various information officers of key programs namely; Fung Kay B. Choi (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program), Bernely Sheilaine N. De Leon (Sustainable Livelihood Program), Jonabeth C. Agana (KALAHI-CCIDSS), and Mumar I. Ibbin (Listahanan). Meanwhile, Juvelyn T. Sanogal serves as the administrative staff or secretary of SMU.

“May this recognition manifest the commitment and dedication we have to public service. May this inspire more workers in the department to work hard with embedded values with them. Strive to innovate and calibrate new ideas to introduce high impact breakthroughs contributing to the operation and implementation of the different programs and services of DSWD,” he said. 

Through the years, the SMU has served as a model office in portraying good performance, complete and effective staff work and exemplary practices.

“The values embodied in all of the staff are magnified in all of their undertakings. The unit has continuously served as the senses of the department by visualizing new communication strategies, listening to the people, and speaking for truth and rightful information,” he ended. 

During the awarding ceremony, the Financial Management Division (Field Office 3) and Standards Section (Field Office 10) were adjudged as 2018’s 1st and 3rd Best Support Offices respectively.

The Best Support Office Award aims to recognize offices that are able to provide support to the operations of the agency, making sure that the Major Final Outputs (MFOs) namely Social Protection Policy Services, Social Policy Services, Capacity Building Services, and Regulatory Services shall be effectively delivered to clients and intermediaries.

Aside from Salvador and the SMU, the regional awardees of the DSWD PRAISE 2018 for Best Division Chief (Asst. Regional Director for Operations- Fatima S. Caminan) and Best Social Worker (Teddy A. Kahil) were also shortlisted as one of the top three semi-finalists in their respective nominations. ARDO Caminan accompanied the national awardees from the region during the recognition rites. ###

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DSWD continues to make change work for women

The Field Office 9 conducted various activities to highlight and honor the achievements of the women sector in observance of the 2019 Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women.”

“As the lead agency in social protection, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of women in nation-building and educate them of the various laws protecting their rights,” said Protective Services Division (PSD) Chief Marilyn D. Fabian.

Headed by the PSD in partnership with the Sectoral Unit and the Social Marketing Unit (SMU), the department commenced the month-long celebration through hanging of tarpaulins in the field office, Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF), and in all of the Social Welfare and Development Teams (SWADTs) across the region to show support of women empowerment.

DSWD FO IX strikes a pose during the annual Dia de Las Mujeres parade and fund-raising event on March 8 at Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, Zamboanga City.

The regional agency also participated during the annual Dia de Las Mujeres parade and fund-raising activity spearheaded by the City Government of Zamboanga last March 8. The event started along the RT Lim Boulevard and concluded at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex with a short program.

For the whole month of March, the E-Media Mo: Servicio Todo-Todo (DSWD Edition) featured the programs and services of the Home for Women and tackled various issues and concerns on Women with Disabilities, Women and Livelihood, and Women Crisis and Vulnerabilities together with the different focals and heads of the field office invited as guests. 

Likewise, the PSD launched the Women in Action Photo Contest and the Purple Your Workplace Inter-Agency Contest. A 2-Day Seminar on Mental Health and Summer Diseases Awareness was also held on March 27 & 28 at Camp Batalla, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

Ms. Greta Martinez welcomes the participants to the 2-Day Seminar on Mental Health and Summer Diseases Awareness on March 27 at Camp Batalla, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

The celebration of the National Women’s Month is conducted every year as part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day governed by Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 (Declaring the First Week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day); Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 (Providing for the Observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month); and Republic Act No. 6949 s. 1990 (Declaring March 8 every year as National Women’s Day).

This year’s celebration is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change. ###

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