DSWD does not enlist beneficiaries for CHED’s tertiary education subsidy

Mr. Joy Belen III, Project Development Officer IV explains the Listahanan project to the TES grantees of Bicol University and how they became beneficiaries of the TES

Legazpi City- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol clarified today that the agency is not enlisting students to become beneficiaries of the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“We would like to inform the public that the DSWD does not provide any scholarship program. We do not facilitate the enlisting of beneficiaries for any scholarship,” DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia said.

He further explained that the DSWD’s Listahanan data was used by CHED thru the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) in identifying beneficiaries for the TES.

“The database was already completed hence we cannot modify it. Also, as per Executive Order (EO) 867, Listahanan serves as the basis for government agencies involved in social protection programs and should be updated every four years ,” Garcia added.

Under the Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, the TES offers qualified students to pursue a college education without paying tuition fees and other school fees in accordance to its implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

As indicated on the IRR, TES prioritization will apply on the following categories: 1) continuing grantees of Expanded Students’ Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA) 2) students included in the Listahanan 2.0 ; 3) Students residing and studying in private higher education institutions (HEIs) in cities/municipalities with no existing State University & Colleges (SUC’s) or CHED-recognized Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) ; 4) those not in the Listahanan 2.0 but show proof of indigency such as BIR certificate of no income, or barangay certificate of indigency, and ranked according to per capita income.

According to CHED-Unifast V Regional Coordinator Ms. Fau Rey, for this year’s implementation, students who fall in categories 1-3 only were prioritized and have been processed.
“For the 1st semester of 2018-2019, 13,626 students qualified for the TES from 117 schools in the Bicol region came from the Listahanan 2.0 data,” said Rey.

Under the TES, students’ beneficiaries will get an amount of Php 40,000-60,000 per year to cover for tuition fees, books, transportation, supplies, room & board, and other school expenses.

Meanwhile, the agency clarified that being a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary will not automatically entitle them of TES.

“The basis of Pantawid Pamilya came from the Listahanan 1 conducted in 2009-2010 while for the TES was derived from the Listahanan 2 result from the 2015 household assessment,” explained Garcia.

Director Garcia also cleared that being interviewed by the DSWD’s Listahanan will not automatically enroll in any program. He said that Listahanan does not offer nor provide program benefits because it is a tool that puts faces to the poor. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are which serves as the basis of different agencies implementing programs for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized sectors.###

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Reaping fruits of volunteerism through livelihood

“Give people fishes and you feed them for a day. Teach people to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.”

This famous proverb has been the direction of Barangay Caawigan in Talisay, Camarines Norte as they had decided to resolve their unemployment crisis in the community.

According to Caawigan Barangay Captain Filomeno Villagracia Jr., the three (3) main problems in their barangay are malnutrition, unemployment and out of school youth.

He added that over 89 individuals do not receive proper employment opportunities.

Seeing this as one of the issues to settle, the community members decided to construct a one-unit community productivity center through 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 of the national government that aims to increase community engagement in local planning, budgeting and project implementation.

Villagracia also said that the process is systematic through Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) of the program because they used the data acquired during the Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) as a basis in identifying community development problems and priorities in planning for appropriate interventions.

The PSA is part of Social Preparation and Community Consultation Stage of the CEAC. It aims to establish a common understanding of the current situation of the barangay. It extensively analyzes and describes the expectations, current socio-economic and political situation as well as the other needs or problems of the community.

Parang natuto pa nga ako kasi kung magre-request kami sa ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan, i-aapply ko yung sistema ng Kalahi na may documentation at hindi lang basta ka lang magsusubmit ng request na walang nakikitang justifiable reason (I’ve learned a lot in requesting for projects from different government agencies. I have applied the Kalahi-CIDSS’ system with proper documentation and we don’t submit proposals without justifiable reasons),” he explained.

Balancing family and volunteer work

For Melany Mejia, 44, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson, she must juggle her time as a mother and a volunteer.

The Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee takes care of the overall management of the community center. Under the guidance of Barangay Development Council, it formulates policies and makes decisions for the project. It also oversees the sub-project implementation, monitoring, maintenance and sustainability after project completion.

According to Mejia, she would often bring her children during meetings or seminars.

Kahit may ginagawa ka sa bahay once nagpatawag ng meetings or seminars hindi ka pwede na hindi mag-attend kasi yung obligasyon mo andyan na sayo (Even though you have household chores to do, you cannot refuse not to attend the meetings or seminars because you have the obligation to fulfill),” she said.

Mejia shared that being a volunteer requires great responsibility.

“Being a volunteer ay mabigat na responsibilidad kahit man may kabigatan, kusang loob na ibinibigay ang serbisyo namin (Being a volunteer is a great responsibility despite the heavy tasks, we openly give our service),” she explained.

Through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, Mejia learned a lot on bookkeeping and project implementation.

“Usually, kapag sa government galing sa taas papunta sa pababa ini-implement na lang pero sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS galing sa baba kung saan ang volunteers at council ang mag-iidentify ng mga problema na pwedeng tugunan ng programa (Usually, the government uses the top-down approach in implementing projects but in DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, it uses bottom-up where volunteers and council identify the problems that the program can fund),” she continued.

Just like Mejia, the barangay captain also shared other values he learned along the implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

Hindi lang yung pondo ang nakuha namin. Marami kaming values na natutunan katulad ng organization, systematic na paglalatag ng programa. Nakita namin na nabuhay yung volunteerism (Aside from the grant we have received, we’ve learned the organization and systematic execution of the program. We have also seen the reliving of volunteerism),” he stated.

Volunteerism has been the special part in implementing the project because without the hard work of the community volunteers, they would not finish constructing the planned productivity center.

 “Nag-vovolunteer sila na walang bayad pero nagtiyaga sila, kaya ito [productivity center] yung reward. At iyong reward na iyan, sila rin magtatatrabaho sa business (The community volunteers provided their service without pay yet, they’ve shown determination; thus, receiving their reward. With the center, they are also the workers for their livelihood business),” Villagracia imparted.

The community productivity center will be used to cater to their livelihood programs like coconut production.

According to Capt. Villagracia, the barangay has allocated Php68,000.00 as a fund for the community’s livelihood program.

Through volunteerism, the community has built a productivity center that will serve as another source of livelihood of many families. /ramsertan/

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Camarines Norte has implemented DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in 12 municipalities with a total implementation grant of Php 497,514,530.00 and local counterpart contribution of Php 11,345,768.27 from barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs) to fund community-managed sub-projects.

DSWD had allocated Talisay with Php 28,684,800.00 and local counterpart contribution of Php 833,597.81.

The construction of the one-unit community productivity center was completed last October 31, 2018 with a total project cost of Php 2,329,270.00 that will benefit 334 households.

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NEDA Region V conducts study on DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 5 administered a study on the impact of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) Level II water supply system sub-project to Barangay Patag, Irosin, Sorsogon.

The objectives of the evaluation are to evaluate the overall program and sub-project in terms of the following parameters: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability and identify and document innovative and effective approaches including the lessons learned in the program and sub-project implementation.

As based on results of findings, the program is relevant to Bicol Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 strategy of promoting participatory and inclusive governance to fully engage and empower the citizenry towards a people-centered, clean and efficient governance.

The sub-project with a project cost amounting to Php6,485,000.00 was also recognized by the community effective in improving the access to water with 110 tap stands benefitting 642 households.

Based on the survey of 35 respondents, majority uses the sub-project for drinking, washing clothes, bathing, watering plants and other uses like cleaning house and piggery.

Majority of the respondents also said that the water supply is well-maintained.

“The program also contributed in community empowerment since the program has been effective in raising the participation rate of the community in barangay assemblies,” Grace Torres, Economic Development Specialist (EDS) II said.

On the sustainability of Kalahi-CIDSS, NEDA suggested if DSWD can explore the possibility of mainstreaming of Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach, a globally recognized strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction and good governance outcomes.

“DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS has a good process using the CDD approach through Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) and I hope the government can craft a law or amend the Local Government Code on mainstreaming CDD,” Noel D. Mercado, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator suggested. /ramsertan/

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DSWD hands over list of Bicolano poor households to first NGO data user

(L-R) Project Development Officer IV Mr.Joy Belen III and Information Technology Officer Wilson Ecat handed over the USB that contains a list of poor households with children 0-17 years old to Mr.Sandi Belanguin, Information Technology head and Data Protection Officer of EDUCO

Legazpi City- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V handed over to Fundacion Educacion Y Cooperacion (EDUCO), a global non-government organization (NGO) based in Bicol, the list of poor households in Bicol last March 8, 2019, at EDUCO office.

EDUCO will be the first NGO to utilize the DSWD’s Listahanan 2 data results in the implementation of their programs and services for children. Listahanan 2 was the result of second household assessment conducted in 2015.

Mr. Sandi Belaguin, Information Technology Head and designated Data Protection Officer of EDUCO said that the data will be very useful to them.

“The data will serve as our baseline in coming up with a country plan and improving our programming for the children sector and their families especially during and after emergency initiatives”, ­Belaguin said.

Executive Order (EO) 867, series of 2010 mandates all national government agencies (NGAs) to use the Listahanan as a basis in identifying the beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Social protection constitutes policies and programs that seek to reduce poverty and enhance the social status of the marginalized by promoting and protecting livelihood and employment, protecting against hazards and sudden loss of income, and improving people’s capacity to manage risks.

The EO excludes the private organizations and LGUs that is why DSWD urges the non-government organizations (NGOs) and the local government units (LGUs) to use the Listahanan data in the delivery of social protection programs and services.

“Our data is free, everyone can access the Listahanan as long as it aims is to assist and help the poor.”, said DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia.

DSWD Data Sharing protocol

The data sharing protocol of DSWD is compliant to the provisions of Republic Act (RA) no. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, a law to protect the fundamental human rights to privacy while ensuring a free flow of information to promote innovation and growth.

For the complete list of poor households, Garcia said that the following documentary requirements must be complied:

  1. Request letter indicating the specific data request
  2. Signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
  3. Sangguniang Bayan/Panlalawigan Resolution (for P/LGUs)
  4. Executive Order designating a Data Protection Officer as well as its physical and technical capability in custody of the database.
  5. SEC registration (NGOs)

Meanwhile, for statistical data, only request letter shall be needed.

These documents must be submitted to the DSWD Field Office V, Buraguis, Legazpi City.

Garcia also clarified that data to be shared shall be used for purposes of social protection activities.

As part of the agreement, data users shall submit to the DSWD reports on how the data were utilized including if these were shared with other data users.

Listahanan is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that serve as a basis in prioritizing the poor as beneficiaries of social protection programs.

To date, there are two (2) NGAs, three (3) LGUs, and one (1) academe that accessed and utilized DSWD’s Listahanan 2 data.

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DSWD-SLP program participants open rice retailing business

Legazpi City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) opens the Cabanbanan Bigasang Barangay at P-3 Brgy. Cabanbanan San Vicente Camarines Norte last March 1, 2019.

Present in the activity was the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) /Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) Representatives and DSWD employees.

The project was under Microenterprise Development-Seed Capital Fund (MD-SCF) of SLP. A total of Php100,000.00 under 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) was allocated for the said project with 10 members.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that aims to improve the socioeconomic 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.

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.

Based on the conducted project identification, the participants chose the rice retailing business since their barangay has a big number of population and rice is one of the basic commodities in the village so the Cabanbanan Association decided to build their own business wherein its residents are forecasted to buy rice in the said store most especially the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) families receiving rice subsidy.

On the other hand, the BLGU/MLGU will secure to assist the participants in securing the registration, other pertinent licenses such as barangay, mayors and retailer permit necessary for their microenterprise to officially and legally recognize the operations of the microenterprise. And, through the guidance of the DSWD, Cabanbanan Association will also undergo accreditation as beneficiary Civil Society Organization.

“Lubos kaming nagpapasalamat dahil kami ang napili upang mabigyan ng pondo para sa ninanais naming bigasan project (We are very thankful for giving us fund to start our rice retailing business),” Association President Biberlyn Paming said.

“Pinapangako ko at ng aking mga kagrupo na gagawin naming ang lahat upang ito ay lumago at nangangakongsusunod sa mga patakaran ng SLP at mag-iimpok buwan-buwan. Pagbubutihin din naming ang mga pamamalakad ng nasabing tindahan, magiging matapat sa lahat ng oras para masuportahan ang aming pamilya (We promised that we will do our best to make our business successful. We will strictly follow the rules stated in our group constitution and bylaws in order to support our family),” she added. #PRNPOJ03/07/2019

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13 SLPAs receive P4.6 million livelihood fund












Legazpi City- 13 Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations (SLPAs) from Mobo, Masbate received a total amount of Php 4,605,000.00 of livelihood fund through Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) last March 1, 2019.

The turnover of funds was attended by DSWD employees, Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) representatives, and program participants.

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The project was under the Micro-development track (MD)- Seed Capital Fund (SCF) under 2018 SLP General Appropriations Act (GAA).

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.

Before the project implementation program participants undergone training conducted by SLP to prepare the program participants to the livelihood, they choose to manage.

LGU Mobo also expressed their support to the SLP projects implemented in their municipality through continuous technical assistance and monitoring of projects with the help and coordination with DSWD-SLP.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa DSWD-SLP dahil nabigyan ako ng oportunidda na magkaroon kami ng hanapbuhay at capital sa maing negosyo. Kahit na hindi madali ang proseso, kami ay nagtiyaga para makamit naming ito,” (I am grateful to DSWD-SLP because I have been given the opportunity to have a means of livelihood, and for providing capital to our association’s chosen enterprise. Despite the challenges in putting up this enterprise we (members of the association) persevere to achieve our goals.) Leny F. Danao, President of Bagacay Faram Products Consolidator SLPA said.

Ngayong natanggap na namin ang aming puhunan kami ay magsusumikap na palaguin ito.”, (Now that we have received our capital, we are determined to grow and expand our enterprise.), she added. #PRNPOJ03/07/2019

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MLGU Bula approves Municipal Talakayan Ordinance

Bula town approved the ordinance that institutionalizes the Municipal Talakayan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) being the fourth municipality in Bicol Region to adopt such activity.

The Municipal Talakayan is an evaluation tool which has been designed as face-to-face interaction with the people and government to discuss the overall development of municipalities being assisted by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

Since the evaluation was proven effective in achieving government transparency and accountability, the local government unit (LGU) accepted Talakayan as their annual activity that shall be done on the 3rd day of April coinciding the founding anniversary of the town.

Based on the ordinance, the LGU shall provide the development status on governance, poverty reduction and people empowerment.

An initial budget of Php500,000.00 will be allocated and an increment of 20% every other year for the implementation of the activity.

According to Glenn Genio, municipal councilor and author of Municipal Talakayan Ordinance, an LGU is effective if people are included in discussing the development and direction of the municipality.

Itong Talakayan ay magiging basehan ng local government para sa susunod na badyet kung saan tatanunging at kokonsultahin ang lahat na sektor sa ganitong paraan mas binubuhay nito ang people empowerment (This activity will be the basis of the local government for the next budgeting where people from various sectors will be asked or consulted in this way, stimulating people empowerment),” he explained.

Other LGUs that adopted Municipal Talakayan are Viga in Catanduanes, Gainza and Ragay in Camarines Sur.


For Mary Ruth Parro, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC), the local government have decided to institutionalize Talakayan considering DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is about to end this 2019 and the beauty of the process.

Parro explained that one of the benefits of CDD Institutionalization is the effectiveness of programs coming from the needs of the people.

“For a long time, the national government even the local government are implementing programs and plans that are detached from the real need of the people because of CDD, it is better if people themselves will voice out their needs, identify the possible solutions and are part in the implementation and monitoring of the operations of the project,” she said.

The MPDC also added that government officials need to work hard to include people in everything they are doing in the local government with the help of the national government. /ramsertan/


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The 5-minute trip through Bayanihan

Residents of Barangay Canlong won’t have to walk on the muddy trail as they tread along their concrete pathway in Garchitorena, Camarines Sur.

Traveling comfortably is always a luxury especially to communities located in far-flung areas. But, nothing can halt them on reaching the main district to acquire their needed supplies and services. One of those communities is Barangay Canlong in Garchitorena, Camarines Sur.

From Naga City, people must travel five (5) hours on a bus going to the municipality of Garchitorena. Upon reaching the town, they must ride a small motorboat for 30 minutes crossing the river surrounded with mangrove trees. From the makeshift port, they need to tread an uphill trail for an hour withstanding the distress walking on mud.

According to Gemma Clores, 48, barangay treasurer, the main source of livelihood of residents are fishing and agriculture. She also said that the barangay needs basic facilities which are pathway and evacuation center.

Noon, pagnaglalakad kami kapag maputik aabutin sa isang oras. Sa ngayon, nasa five (5) minutes na lang na habal-habal at 40 minutes kapag papunta sa bayan (Before, we must walk for one hour on a muddy trail. Now, it only takes 5 minutes of motorcycle ride and 40 minutes going to the town),” Clores shared.

Through the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS), the community has constructed a two (2) kilometer concrete pathway.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program implemented by DSWD which strengthens community participation in local planning, budgeting and project implementation.

Clores explained the difficulty to be part of the prioritized projects of the program due to the needed documents required.

Ang pinakaproblema namin na makakuha ng dokumento ay yung right of way para ma-prioritized kami ng Kalahi-CIDSS (Our problem is to acquire a document on the right of way to be part of Kalahi-CIDSS prioritized projects),” she added.

She also said that they have to get the barangay map and lot number with its corresponding owners to be used as basis for the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to release the certification.

Sa pagtarabangan kang mga volunteers, napakarhay mi ang project proposal at iba pang dokumentos na requirements kang Kalahi-CIDSS para ma-prioritized kami (With the help of the volunteers, we were able to create a project proposal and acquire the needed documents for the prioritization of Kalahi-CIDSS),” she recounted.

The Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum – Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA) is an activity that identifies projects to be funded by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS using the criteria approved by barangays and community members during the MIBF Criteria Setting Workshop.


The residents of Barangay Canlong saw a big difference especially when they had a pathway. Before, they find it problematic to reach the municipality in times of emergencies.

There is one instance that a child died with pneumonia because of the lack of medical care which is only available at the town.

Clores also described the difficulty in informing people about the importance of the project and how each of them should help in the implementation.

Sa umpisa, talaga masakit paintindihon pero sa kahaluyan nasabutan man ninda dahil sa mga trainings na tinao kang Kalahi-CIDSS (At the start, it was tough to make people understand but through the training of the program, they already appreciate the essence of the project),” she stated.

Due to their community project, some people bought motorcycles as a form of transportation and an additional source of income.

Nakikita ko na lahat na problema namin noon ay ngayon, napagaan. Yung mga produkto na dapat namin dalhin sa bayan ay napapadala namin ng mabilis (Now, I see that our problems before were solved. Even our products that need to be transported to the town were delivered swiftly), she added.

For Cristy Iglesia, 39, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson, they have produced good results through volunteering and collective action of the community.

Gusto ko po maitao sa sakuyang ka-barangay ay ang padagos na pagserbi po sa sainda, padagos pakikipagtabangan sa sainda para sa karahayan sa samong barangay (I want to continue serving and helping the community for the development of our barangay),” she explained.

Dakula man ang sakong pasasalamat sa kapwa volunteer na nagsuporta sa samuyang proyekto (I am also thankful to my fellow volunteers who showed support for our project),” Iglesia continued.

Despite being mired down, the unwavering support for the community has turned a thousand steps of anguish into a 5-minute extraordinary excursion of collective action. /ramsertan/

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Camarines Sur has implemented Kalahi-CIDSS in 35 municipalities with a total implementation grant of PhP 1,950,716,688.10 and local counterpart contribution of PhP 75,273,846.32 from barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs) to fund community-managed sub-projects.

DSWD had allocated Garchitorena with PhP 50,978,599.46 with a counterpart from the LGU of Php 4,597,199.14.

The construction of the pathway has a total project cost of PhP 3, 627,006.23 which benefitted 156 households.

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