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UCT payout commences for indigent senior citizens in Bicol tomorrow

Legazpi City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V will start its payout of the PhP2,400 under its Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program to 195,107 indigent senior citizens as its target beneficiaries in Bicol.

There will be a simultaneous payout tomorrow (July 14) in different towns in Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

With the ongoing payout, Social Pension Program beneficiaries are advised to present their Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) ID and Certification Issued by DSWD Regional Office.

UCT is a cash subsidy provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to lessen the adverse economic effects brought by the said law to poor Filipinos. This will be implemented for three years (2018-2020).

“The UCT cash grant cannot cover all the household expenses. This is only an augmentation to the poor affected by the inflation,” Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

For this year, each beneficiary will receive a total of PhP2,400 which is equivalent to PhP200 per month and for the succeeding years, a beneficiary will receive PhP300 monthly or PhP3,600 annually.

The UCT will be given to beneficiaries of Social Pension and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Listahanan-identified poor households.

To date, DSWD paid a total amount of PhP897,964,800.00 to 374,152 households under Pantawid Pamilya in Bicol.

On the other hand, DSWD Region V has completed the validation of 147,486 Listahanan-identified poor households for potential inclusion in the UCT Program.

The DSWD targets to complete the release of the grant before the end of the year or by September.

The DSWD has partnered with the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) to handle and monitor the distribution of grants.

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42 SLP program participants open rice retailing business in Daet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) officially opens the Gubat Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) Bigasan Association, last June 03, 2018 at Brgy. Gubat, Daet, Camarines Norte.

The activity was graced and attended by Rev. Fr. Edgar Cerilo Eboña, program participants, DSWD staff and followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the business.

The project was under Microenterprise Development-Seed Capital Fund (MD-SCF). A total of Php 420,000.00 was allocated for the said project covers the cost per participants amounting to Php 10,000.00. MD Track focuses on starting, expanding or rehabilitating micro-enterprises, activities. This track includes entrepreneurship, technical – vocational and soft skills training.

Moreover, SCF is a capacity-building grant given to eligible SLP participants to finance the initial operations of their enterprise/s. It provides the participants with financial capital to be able to establish and manage their sustainable microenterprise/s, which should provide a stable source of income.

Since their barangay has a big number of population and rice is one of the basic commodities the Gubat 4P’s Bigasan Association decided to build their own business wherein its residents are forecasted to buy rice in the said store most especially the 4P’s families receiving rice subsidy.

On the other hand, DSWD/Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) /Local Government Unit (LGU) assisted the participants in the registration, other pertinent licenses such as barangay, mayor’s and retailer permit necessary for their microenterprise to officially and legally recognize the operations of the microenterprise. And, through the guidance of the DSWD, Gubat 4Ps Bigasan Association also received their certificate of accreditation as beneficiary Civil Society Organization.

Association President Maribel Rivero said, “Maraming salamat po sa staff ng SLP ng DSWD sa pagbibigay sa amin ng project na ito. Hindi pa rin kami makapaniwala sa biyayang ito na aming natanggap.” (Thank you for the staff of DSWD-SLP for giving us this project. Until now, we couldn’t believe to this grace that we have received.)

“Sisiguraduhin po naming na ito ay lalago at naway magkaroon pa kami ng ibang branch dito sa Daet. Napakalaking tulong nito sa amin at sa aming mga pamilya, gagawin po namin ang lahat para mapalago ang proyekto na ito.”, she added. (We will make sure that this project will prosper and we hope to open up other branches here in Daet. This is a big help for us and for our family and we will do everything for the success of this project).

Furthermore, SLP is a community-based capacity building program that aims to improve the socio-economic condition of the participants. It facilitates interventions that expand the livelihood asset base of the participants (human, social, physical, natural, and financial capital) so they may either have gainful employment or successfully manage a microenterprise. #PRNPOJ06/19/2018

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Region 5 completes 1,631 ADB funded sub-projects; to conduct capacity building activities

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) Region 5 achieved 1,631 community sub-projects in 68 municipalities with a grant of PhP 2,738,747,799.68 from Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The table below shows the breakdown of ADB grant to implement different modes of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS from 2014 to 2018:

Modality Community Sub-Project Grant
 

Non-Poor but Disaster-Affected Municipalities

 

771,533,296.62
Poor and Disaster-Affected Municipalities 1,967,214,503.06
TOTAL 2,738,747,799.68

 

The sub-projects refer to the community projects generated from DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’ planning process. The community sub-projects were identified by Barangay Assembly (BA) through Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) and community consultations to respond or address needs or problems of the community.

The table below shows the sub-projects funded under ADB:

Community Sub-Project Category Number of Funded Sub-Projects
Artificial Coral Reef or Marine Sanctuary 1
Boat 1
Bridge 49
Community Center or Multi-Purpose Building 195
Day Care Center 107
Disaster Response or Rescue Equipment or Tools 2
Electrification or Lighting 56
Flood Control or River Control 217
Footpath or Access Trail 213
Health Station 108
Livelihood Equipment or Building 4
Miniport or Wharf 5
Pre & Post Harvest Facilities 6
Railings 1
Riprap Wall or Slope Protection 43
Road 259
Sanitary Toilets 21
School Building 236
Seawall 61
Small Scale Irrigation 7
Spillway or Overflow Bridge 9
Training and Learning Center or Facility 5
Tribal Housing or Core Shelter 1
Water System 23
Others 1
Total 1631

The ADB is a financial institution created in the early 1960s to foster economic growth and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. This institution also assists its members and partners through loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote socio-economic development.

CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES

On the other hand, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS will conduct its capacity building activities from July 2018 until 2019.

The capacity building activities comprise of two (2) categories which are Barangay Development, Planning and Management System (BDPMS) or Makilahok and Organizational Development and Management (ODM).

The BDPMS or Makilahok is a supplementary training module on participatory governance with a fund of PhP27,136,200.00 from the government that helps barangay integrate community-based development approach into its regular development planning cycle.

Makilahok also lays the foundation for the adoption and institutionalization of CDD approach in local governance that will cover 11 municipalities.

For ODM, it is a series of training to capacitate operation and maintenance groups in the planning process of sustaining the sub-projects that will cover 32 municipalities with a fund of PhP13, 422, 065.20 from the government. This is to ensure the sustainability of sub-projects for extended benefits and strengthen the capability or capacity of operation and maintenance groups in managing the community projects.

Currently, the program continues to implement World Bank-funded sub-projects in 53 municipalities.

For more information, you may visit the official Facebook page: @dswdfo5 or DSWD Region V. #PRRAMS02July2018

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Disaster turns into a blessing

An intense fear grips to a mother senses, as the rain poured heavily and the winds grew stronger battering their defenseless home. She hurriedly packed their things to move out to a safer place. They left their house and sought for stronger and larger place to get away from danger.

This is always the state of Erlinda, 60, whenever a typhoon strikes their place. Their small and makeshift house can be reached after 15 to 20 minutes of walking, crossing three rivers from Barangay Poblacion. A remote barangay, Mayong valley of Tiwi town is the provincial boundary of Albay and Camarines Sur. It shares a common border with some barangays of Buhi and Sangay, Camarines Sur.

When typhoon Nock-ten also known as Nina pounded Albay and the rest of the Bicol region on Christmas night of December 2016, Erlinda and her family experienced storm’s rage again.

“Nakita ko na tumataas ang tubig, ang lakas na ng hangin at walang tigil ang ulan,“( “I saw the water level rise, the winds fearlessly roared and the rain became persistent,” said Erlinda.)

“Naramdaman namin ang lakas ng impact ng bagyong Nina kesa Bagyong Reming noong 2006”. (We felt a stronger impact of typhoon Nina than Typhoon Reming when hit us in 2006,” she added.)

According to Celso Bequillo, Barangay Secretary, their barangay has no evacuation center. Households only rely on those kind-hearted families who would open their housesto affected families during a disaster.

Kahit yung paaralan dito ay hindi ligtas dahil malapit ito sa dagat”, (Even our school is not safe because it’s near the coast, said the official.)

Rebuilding shelter

When the storm finally calmed down and the water receded, she and her husband Nestor quickly checked their house and were dismayed on what they saw.       

Walang natira sa amin. Tinangay ng baha ang buong bahay namin”. (“There was nothing left. Our house was washed away by floodwaters,” Erlinda recounts.)

Instead of grieving, the family focused on rebuilding their house. They are lucky and thankful that all of them made it out of the storm safe. In order to have a place to stay, they need to look for materials to build a new home.

It was devastating but the family needs to move on and be resilient for them to survive. So after constructing their house, her husband and her son went back to Camarines Norte where they work and earn a living as fishermen. Meanwhile, Erlinda had to take care of her two grandchildren whose parents are also working in Manila.

Erlinda was worried that time, not knowing when they will be able to rebuild their own house, a stronger and well-made one.

Bringing hope after the disaster

One day, Erlinda was surprised when someone from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) came to their house to interview them, month after typhoon Nina hit. The staff came to validate the families with totally and partially damaged houses who were deemed to receive cash assistance from DSWD

During the conduct of the interview, she could hardly feel her profound happiness, thinking that they will receive some assistance from the government.

Noon, nakakatanggap kami ng mga relief goods pag may bagyo, pero itong pabahay,hindi namin alam na meron nito”. (Before, we have received relief goods when there’s typhoon, but this shelter assistance, we do not know that it exists, she said.)

When Erlinda received the cash aid from DSWD’s Shelter Assistance amounting to P30, 000. Her sister, who is also a recipient decided to give to her the amount that she received so that they can buy lumbers and other materials for the construction of the house. They agreed to combine the assistance that they received to finance the house construction.

Hindi na namin inaasahan na makakatanggap pa kami ng tulong, malaking pasalamat namin sa DSWD dahil sa binigay na assistance, dahil dito nakapatayo kami ng bagong bahay. Ngayon, kahit na may bagyo, hindi na kami masyado mag aalala at matatakot dahil meron na kaming matibay na bahay na hindi na matutumba o maanod ng bagyo.” (We do not expect that we will still be receiving the assistance, we are very thankful to DSWD because of the shelter assistance, we were able to build a new house.  Now, when a storm strikes, we don’t have to worry much because we now have a sturdy house which can withstand typhoons,” shared Erlinda.)

DSWD’s Emergency Shelter Assistance 

The DSWD’s Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) is part of the rehabilitation efforts of the agency to help “Nina” affected families rebuild their homes. It enables them to purchase shelter materials required in constructing or repairing their damaged houses as a result of the disaster.

As of June 2018, a total of P2, 311,505,000.00 was distributed to households with totally and partially damaged houses in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes.###

 

 

 

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The Ripple Effect in San Jose

Ryan Homan, 32, head teacher and little volunteers of San Jose Elementary School show others that age does not matter in helping the community through education.

When you volunteer, you already have an idea of what kind of community you wanted to live in. You also have the volition to serve other people because of your unending love for your family, friends and village.

According to Martin Luther King, Jr., a renowned leader of civil rights movement, everybody can be great because anybody can serve. He also said we don’t have to have a college degree to serve. We don’t have to make our subject and our verb agree to serve. We don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. We only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Volunteerism does not require how much you earned or what degree you’ve finished. If you have the heart and soul to serve, nobody can question your abilities to help others. Even if you cannot read or unable to walk, nobody can stop you to serve.

This is what Barangay San Jose of Donsol, Sorsogon showed when they were given the chance to create improvements in their village.

Barangay San Jose is a 45-minute travel from the Donsol town main business district through “habal-habal” or motorcycle ride, a mode transportation widely used when going to the village. One of barangay’s salient features considering its surroundings is the hanging bridge overlooking its beautiful sparkling river.

Other than its serene environment, the people of Barangay San Jose do not fail to flash their warm smiles as you cross the hanging bridge.

From the bridge, you will see a bamboo raft painted in color green with Balsa (raft) Basa (read) Project signage which is parked by the riverbank.

The raft is used to reach households living along the riverbank to teach children on how to read or improve their comprehension skills.

BALSA BASA PROJECT

Started in 2013, the Balsa Basa Project is a floating school and library to reach children in far-flung areas who cannot go to school or must walk for one-hour just to reach the school. During weekends, students of Barangay San Jose Elementary School called as “little teachers” help fellow children to read. They would bring books, supplies and food when going to the distant neighborhoods.

Naisipan ko na mag-initiate ng ganitong gawain na mag-volunteer kasi nakita ko yung hirap ng kanilang buhay (I initiate this activity to help communities because I have observed the difficulties they have experienced),” Ryan Homan, 32, head teacher of San Jose Elementary School and founder of Balsa Basa project.

According to Homan, the children who benefitted from this project are also happy to come to school. He also said that they were able to encourage parents to allow their children to study and go to school.

Nag-increase na yung cooperation ng mga magulang, almost 100% na through Bayanihan system (Parents’ cooperation has increased to almost 100% through collective action),” he added.

Karen Toledo, 13, student of San Jose Elementary School shared her experience as little teacher or volunteer for the project.

Nagsimula ako maging little teacher nung makita ko yung mga bata na hindi pa masyadong marunong magbasa kaya nagpursige ako na matutong magbasa para ako ang magturo sa kanila (I started as a little teacher because I saw that there are children who don’t know how to read properly so I tried my best to learn reading to teach them),” Toledo recounted.

Toledo also shared her dream as a teacher.

Gusto ko maging guro katulad ni Sir Ryan na nagtuturo sa mga bata na hindi pa marunong magbasa (I want to be a teacher like Sir Ryan who educates children who doesn’t know how to read),” she explained.

According to Toledo, she became more active as a little teacher because she saw how effective the project to children who wants to learn reading.

Last January, the first Balsa Basa Festival was organized in celebration of 5th anniversary of the project. It is a week-long event recognizing the efforts of the volunteers, parents, teachers and students who contributed to the improvement of their village.

Some of the activities conducted were Karera ng mga Balsa (race using rafts), Street Dancing Competitions, Musikang Pang-Kabataan (Music for Youth), Street Presentation and Motorcade. This is to promote tourism as well as inspire other communities that reading can be made possible even in impoverished villages.

Aside from the floating school and library, the village put up a vegetable garden upon entering the school premises. The vegetables were used during the feeding program of the school.

Located at the center side, a nipa hut was constructed for students when they read books in their free time. To appreciate the beauty of nature, a reading garden was set up for students who love flowers and plants while reading their books. On the other hand, a ship-like classroom called “Bangkaaraman” was built to cater to students in kindergarten on learning the letters of the Alphabet.

HELPING AS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

To further help the village, Homan is also the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS).

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program which uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach to empower barangays or municipalities in achieving improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting and implementation.

The community experienced difficulties in traveling because of their muddy terrain. Seeing this as a need to solve, the village members decided to construct a concrete pathway through the program.

According to Homan, it was very tough to encourage people to volunteer for this kind of endeavor.

Mahirap mag-convince, naghahanap buhay sila kaya wala silang time (It is difficult to convince people because they are working so they don’t have time for other activities),” he explained.

But the teacher realized that we only need one person to initiate the project to persuade others in helping for the community.

Kailangan lang na may isang tao na mag-iinitiate ng isang aktibidad para maraming tao ang gumaya (We only need one person to start the activity so that many people will join),” the BSPMC chairman advised.

May naka-kwentuhan akong nanay, willing siya na mag-volunteer kasi ang sarap sa pakiramdam na makatulong sa isang gawain nang libre para sa komunidad (I had talked with a mother and she is willing to volunteer because it is fulfilling to help for free in an activity that will improve our community),” he continued.

To Homan, it is important to inculcate to fellow citizens and youth the spirit of volunteerism.

Nagkaroon ng mindset tungkol sa pag-vovolunteer na ito ay isang napakagandang kaugalian na i-inculcate sa mga ka-baryo at kabataan kasi ito lang yung kaugaliang Pilipino na ipagmamalaki natin para mapadali ang ating gawain at maging successful ang ating activity (The community realized that the spirit of volunteerism is a good value to instill to fellow barrio folks and youth because it is one of the values of a Filipino we can boast of for the success of any activity),” Homan stated. #FSRAMS18June2018

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Sorsogon has implemented Kalahi-CIDSS in 14 municipalities with a total implementation grant of Php 649,008,985.02 and local counterpart contribution of Php 14,435,890.96 from barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs) to fund community-managed sub-projects.

DSWD had allocated Donsol with Php 62,554,951.58 with a counterpart from the LGU of Php 468,806.00.

The construction of 450-meter concrete pathway has a total project cost of Php 572,588.00 which benefitted 35 households.

For more details about DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, follow this link:

http://ncddp.dswd.gov.ph/site/faqs

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Nine community volunteer groups recognized at 5th Regional Bayani Ka! Awards

Legazpi City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) Region V held its annual Regional Bayani Ka! Awards at Casablanca Hotel, Legazpi City, Albay last June 14.

The Bayani Ka! Awards is the highest recognition for volunteers who took the initiative in improving their communities. The annual recognition also aims to develop a pool of champions that will help in promoting the program.

Volunteer groups were nominated by the Area Coordinating Teams (ACT) in different municipalities implementing DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. The nomination is based on the impact and engagement of the volunteer groups actively participating in the implementation of the program.

These organizations were classified according to their category such as gender and development, elderly, youth, promotion of just peace, sustained community volunteer group, persons with disability (PWD), improved local governance, indigenous peoples’ welfare and environment protection.

The nominations were judged through a desk review conducted last April 24. The technical working group is composed of partner-agency representatives and selected DSWD workers.

Winners has received a development incentive worth Php 10,000.00 which will be added to their group’s developmental funds.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Gender and Development Category

WINNER: Haluban BSPMC – Brgy. Haluban, Lupi, Camarines Sur

Elderly Category

WINNER: Pinontingan Senior Citizen’s Organization – Brgy. Pinontingan, Gubat, Sorsogon

Youth Category

Winner: Youth Task Force – Brgy. Poblacion Central, Barcelona, Sorsogon

Promotion of Just Peace

Winner: San Jose BSPMC – Brgy. San Jose, Lupi, Camarines Sur

Sustained Community Volunteer Group Category

Winner: Lumbang Water System Association (LUWASA) – Brgy. Lumbang, Pilar, Sorsogon

Persons with Disability (PWD) Category

Winner: Lantangan BSPMC – Brgy. Lantangan, Mandaon, Masbate

Improved Local Governance Category

Winner: Ilaor Norte Barangay Local Government Unit – Brgy. Ilaor Norte, Oas, Albay

Indigenous Peoples’ Welfare Category

Winner: Agta-Tabangnon – Brgy. Salog, Goa, Camarines Sur

Environment Protection Category

Winner: Rural Workers’ Organization of Brgy. San Ramon – Brgy. San Ramon, Barcelona, Sorsogon

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For more information, you may visit the official Facebook page: @dswdfo5 or DSWD Region V.

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS conducts advocacy training for CDD Institutionalization

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) organized the Strategic Planning for Legislative Advocacy at AGM Beachfront Resort, Donsol, Sorsogon last May 28 – May 31 this year.

The training was attended by 30 Social Marketing Officers (SMOs), Project Development Officers (PDOs) and Administrative Assistants (AAs) of the program as they have a vital role in organizing lobby groups and supporting the passage of Community Driven Development (CDD) ordinances at the barangay and municipal levels.

This four-day workshop aimed at directing social marketing activities and campaigns towards the adoption of CDD in the local development process.

CDD is being operated on the principles of transparency, participation, accountability, community empowerment and enhanced local capacity.

The strategic planning was held in Donsol, Sorsogon as its Local Government Unit (LGU) has already adopted the CDD approach in their local development plan. They have created the Office of the Barangay Affairs to monitor the development programs of the government and private organizations.

This Office of the Barangay Affairs also focused on creating a database containing the salient information about the communities and their needs as identified by these barangays to address their critical poverty condition.

Through this, the LGU of Donsol is a good case study as basis for legislative advocacy to create strategic plan towards the institutionalization of CDD on the LGUs.

During the workshop, Usec. Luzviminda Ilagan of Office of the Undersecretary for Legislative Liaison Affairs and Special Presidential Directives in Mindanao Region discussed the lobbying experience at the national level.

Meanwhile, Ruperto Sabalo Jr., a SMO of Region I also shared his lobbying background at the municipal level.

To provide a deeper context on the adoption of CDD approach, the SMOs conducted a focus group discussion with Mayor Josephine Alcantara-Cruz, local chief executive (LCE) of Donsol, Sorsogon.

During the interface, Mayor Cruz described how she was able to understand the community empowerment activity cycle (CEAC) process, a unique aspect of the program that helps community members to be part in the local planning, budgeting and implementation.

“I see Kalahi as a university of barrio folks because it teaches communities how to handle a project in uplifting their living condition through its trainings,” she said.

To further intensify the support for CDD institutionalization, the SMOs created its advocacy action plans anchored on the national objectives considering their regional settings and needs.

A nationwide activity is set to be conducted this month as part of the celebration of the program which was launched last June 23, 2014 in Ormoc City.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS will run until 2019, targeting to benefit approximately 5.3 million households with a total project cost of PhP 43.9 billion. #PRRAMS03June2018

For more information, you may visit the official Facebook page: @dswdfo5 or DSWD Region V.

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Bicol celebrates World Day Against Child Labor in Cam Norte

Daet, Camarines Norte—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) officials, BAN Toxics and its partners; Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the local government units (LGUs) and its barangays will celebrate the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) in Villa Mila Hotel on May 30, 2018.

The WDACL theme is: Ligtas sa Paggawa, Malusog na Batang Malaya (Generation Safe and Healthy).

WDACL campaign focuses on the need to end child labor and to improve the safety and health of young workers as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is an annual event to spread awareness about the negative impacts of child labor and how to address it by underscoring existing strategies and initiatives.

Currently, DSWD, ILO, Bantoxics is implementing the Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) project for Child Laborers in three municipalities with the highest cases of child labor, namely, Labo, Jose Panganiban and Paracale which started in June last year.

For this year, SHIELD implementers will covey a WDACL summit that will engage 200 child laborers and stakeholders including their families, miners and financiers from the six pilot villages implementing SHIELD, namely, Malaya and Dalas in Labo, Sta. Rosa Sur and Luklukan Sur in Jose Panganiban and Palanas and Tawig in Paracale.

Activities include Literary and Arts workshops, Family Development Session (FDS) and forum on the following topics: Occupational Safety and Health in Small Scale Mining, Child Labor Situationer, Formulation of Commitment.

A press conference will be conducted at 11:00am to12:00 noon tomorrow.

On the other hand, a storybook will be produced from the literary and art workshops that will be presented tomorrow as part of the culminating activity. The storybook will be distributed to the mining areas as part of the project’s advocacy material.

The key guests and speakers are Child Labor Officer CARING-GOLD Mining Project Arlene Taguba, BAN Toxics Program Manager Sarah Marie Aviado, DSWD Social Technology Bureau Chief Marilyn Moral, DOLE Assistant Regional Director Rovelinda Dela Rosa, Jose Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla, Labo Mayor Joseph Ascutia, Paracale Mayor Lourdes Briguerra and Gov. Jonah Pimentel.

SHIELD utilizes a three-pronged approach and multi-layered strategies to help eliminate child labor, particularly its worst forms and those in the blanket ban (below 15 years old). These approaches and strategies are reflected in the three (3) project components: Child Labor Local Registry (CLLR), Barangay Help Desk on Child Labor and Organizing, Advocacy and Capability Building.

This year, the DSWD through the SHIELD project has provided educational assistance for the first quarter with a total of PhP117,000.00. Each child is entitled to PhP500.00 per child every month.

The LGUs already formed SHIELD Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), developed and pre-tested CLLR tools, designated SHIELD help desk persons in all six pilot barangays, profiled child laborers and their families and passed their Barangay Resolution in the adoption SHIELD. To date, there were 264 validated of the 274 recorded child laborers, 78 of which received educational assistance from DSWD while the 102 children were withdrawn from the mining activities.

SHIELD is being implemented not only in Bicol but also in Region IV-A and Region VIII as pilot areas in the whole country.

Based on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 2011 data, Bicol has the highest number of child laborer in the country with 218,400 or 10.4% if the 2.1 million child laborers.

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