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DSWD assesses 722k households in Bicol, enumeration still ongoing

DSWD Listahanan enumerator conducts interview inside the respondent’s house to get the first-hand information on the housing characteristics and verify socio-economic provided such as household assets.

Legazpi City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan has reached 63% or 722,018 out of the 1,143,846 target households for assessment in the region.

According to DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia, the data collection phase targets to finish in the first quarter next year.

“With the Listahanan 3rd assessment, DSWD will have an updated list of poor families which will serve as a tool in determining potential beneficiaries of government and private organizations”, said Director Garcia.

Listahanan is the DSWD’s information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. The data generated makes available to government or private stakeholders as a basis in the identification of social protection beneficiaries.

In 2015, the DSWD has identified 372,451 poor households out of the 1,082,582 households assessed in the region. These households have since beneficiaries of government programs such as Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), a cash aid given to the poorest of the poor in effect from the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law and Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), a financial aid to poor students to support their school finances.

How does DSWD Listahanan identify the poor?

After the house-to-house interviews, the information gathered by the enumerators will be encoded for proxy means test (PMT) processing. PMT is a statistical model that approximates family income based on the observable and verifiable indicators of the household such as housing structure, access to basic services and facilities, and ownership of household assets, among others.The approximated income of a household is compared with the official provincial poverty thresholds to determine their poverty status. Households with income below the poverty threshold are then classified as poor.

After the PMT processing, an initial list of poor will be generated. These will be posted in conspicuous places at the barangay for the community to validate. Families, who were not visited during the regular enumeration, are given a chance to appeal and be assessed. A Barangay Verification Team (BVT) and Local Verification Committee (LVC) will be formed in each barangays/municipalities to act on complaints and grievances.

After the validation, the official and final list of poor households is shared with data users to serve as their basis in selecting beneficiaries of social protection programs.
Under Executive Order 867, all national government agencies (NGAs) are mandated to use the Listahanan data for their programs and services to the poor. Likewise, the DSWD should update the data every four years. ###crb

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DSWD continues to give aid to TY Tisoy affected families in Bicol

Unloading of 700 family food packs in Castilla,Sorsogon intended for the Food-for-Work program to the affected families of TY Tisoy.

Legazpi  City-  The Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol is continuously providing augmentation support to the affected families and individuals of the different local government units (LGUs)   in the region.  The agency has provided 9,320 family food packs amounting to Php P3,634,800.00 to the affected families in the municipalities of Irosin, Castilla, Barcelona, Gubat, Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon City in Sorsogon province and Vinzons in Camarines Norte for the Food-for-Work (FFW) program.

The FFW is an intervention implemented during the early recovery stage after a disaster that provides food to individuals in exchange for rendering community work such as declogging of canals, maintaining the cleanliness of evacuation centers and removing debris on roads and highways, among others.

Based on the December 6 DSWD Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and  Information  (DROMIC)  report,  a total of 181,501 families or 763,674 individuals in the 1,248 barangays in the Bicol region were affected.

The agency has 21,055 family food packs and non-food items such as tents, hygiene/family/dignity/kitchen kits, malongs, laminated sacks, and blankets ready at the DSWD Warehouse. It has also an ongoing repacking of 11,000 family food packs.

Likewise, the DSWD FO V has a standby fund of P3,000,000.00 which can be utilized in the purchase of relief goods for response operation.

Meanwhile,  DSWD  Secretary  Rolando Bautista visited Bicol yesterday to oversee ongoing relief efforts for families affected by TY Tisoy. He together with Regional  Director  Arnel Garcia attended the  Joint Regional and National Disaster  Coordinating Council meeting in  Legazpi  City  Convention  Center which was presided by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Secretary Bautista assured the availability of relief goods for the affected families. He further said that the agency will fast track the validation of families with totally and partially damaged houses to be provided with financial assistance under the Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.

Under the Local Government Code, the local government units (LGUs) are the first responders after a disaster.  They too are responsible for disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Further, the national government agencies like DSWD augments the needed resources of the LGUs to the affected families and individuals.###crb


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RJJWC members, LGUs ink MOA to converge efforts for children

The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC) Bicol and local government units (LGUs) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the convergence program for the children-at-risk (CAR) and children in conflict with the law (CICL) last November 25, 2019 at La Edley Food Services and Recreational Center, Legazpi City, Albay.

The convergence program also known as Bugkos-Paglaom will create a local referral network to improve the coordinative mechanism between RJJWC and pilot municipalities namely Ligao, City in Albay, Castilla in Sorsogon and Bato in Camarines Sur to the needs of CAR and CICL.

The LGUs were identified based on their receptiveness and the functionality of Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPCs), active Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Civic Society Organizations (CSOs) which could capacitate the LCPCs in performing their roles and functions.

“Bugkos-Paglaom is the first convergence program in the Philippines that caters to CAR and CICL,” Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said.

The program shall be implemented for three (3) years from 2020 until 2022 to decrease the incidence rate of CAR and CICL and respond to the needs of the children.

RJJWC was created through the Republic Act 9344 as amended by Republic Act 10630. The committee ensures the effective implementation of the law by monitoring, overseeing and providing necessary technical assistance to the LGUs and LCPCs.

The regional committee members specifically Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine National Police (PNP), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), National Youth Commission (NYC), EDUCO Philippines, Children International Bicol Inc., different LGU leagues and youth representative are led by DSWD Regional Director Garcia, the RJJWC chairperson. /ramsertan/

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LGU San Jacinto adopts DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’ Bayani Ka! Awards

Community volunteers, LGU officials and partners attend the Municipal Bayani Ka! Awards last November 25, 2019 at San Jacinto, Masbate.

The local government unit (LGU) of San Jacinto, Masbate honored community volunteers during the Municipal Bayani Ka! Awards last November 25, 2019.

San Jacinto is the fourth municipality that adopted the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services’ (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’) Bayani Ka! Awards in the Bicol Region.

The first Municipal Bayani Ka! Awards was initiated by the municipality of Bato in Catanduanes last 2016 while Casiguran in Sorsogon and Mandaon in Masbate followed.

Moreover, the awarding ceremony was launched in 2014 to recognize exemplary communities and partners that engaged in DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and whose efforts remarkably furthered the compassionate collective action in their municipalities.

The municipality funded the said event amounting to Php270,000.00.

The nominees were evaluated based on Bayani Ka! Awards’ criteria specifically on their selflessness to serve (20%), ability (20%), persuasion (20%), attitude and motivation (20%) and integrity (20%).

Here is the list of municipal winners:

Best Barangay Representation Team (BRT) Barangay Interior
Best Project Preparation Team (PPT) Barangay Danao
Best Community Bookkeeper Nelia Escorel of Barangay Jagna-an
Best Procurement Team (PT) Barangay Jagna-an
Best Project Implementation Team (PIT) Barangay Almiñe
Best Monitoring and Inspection Team (MIT) Barangay Interior
Best Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Barangay Jagna-an
Best Audit and Inventory Team (AIT) Barangay Dorong-an Daplian
Best Operation and Maintenance Group Barangay Poblacion District 2
Best Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Barangay Dorong-an Daplian
Best Gender and Development Volunteer Jhonnel De los Santos of Barangay Piña
Best Youth Volunteer Dindo Antiquerra of Barangay Bartolabac
Best Senior Citizen Community Volunteer Manuel Esparza of Barangay Piña and Edde Almoguerra of Barangay Roosevelt
Best Barangay Secretary Zaldy Dejino Sr. of Barangay Mabini
Best Barangay Treasurer Ramon E. Lumberio Jr. of Barangay Poblacion District 4
Best Barangay Council Barangay Poblacion District 4
Best Barangay Captain Josefita Magdaraog of Barangay Mabini
Best Sub-Project Implementation Barangay Roosevelt
Best Community-Driven Development (CDD) Story Nena Cantonjos of Barangay Bagacay
Best BSPMC Chairperson Cerconsecion E. Escorel of Barangay Jagna-an

During the ceremony, Cerconsecion Escorel, a community volunteer of Barangay Jagna-an who was honored as Best BSPMC Chairperson shared how DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS made her realized that her capabilities can be used at a good cost.

Hindi man tayo mayaman at kulang ang ating kaalaman ngunit mayroon tayong oras at lakas handang ilaan sa komunidad (We may not be rich and don’t have the knowledge, but we have time and strength that are ready to devote to the community),” she said.

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100 LGUs to receive 2018 SCFLG, Palace will recognize three regional winners

Legazpi City – The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) Bicol will award the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) to 100 out of 114 local government units (LGUs) in the region on November 29, 2019 at Legazpi City Convention Center.

“The SCFLG aims to recognize model LGUs that upheld the four (4) core rights of the child: survival, development, protection and participation through planning, budgeting, legislation and delivery of services,” Director Arnel B. Garcia, the RSCWC chairperson.

Furthermore, Naga City in Camarines Sur, Ligao City and Libon in Albay will be the regional finalists for Independent Component City, Component City and 1st – 3rd class municipality categories, respectively for 2018 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) on November 28, 2019 at Malacañan Palace, Metro Manila.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) launched the Child-Friendly Philippines framework last 2014 that included the SCFLG, a recognition for LGUs with positive results for children in implementing programs and instituting measures to uplift the welfare status of children.

The SCFLG is complemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular of 2014-80 endorsing the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) to all Provincial Governors, City and Municipal Mayors, the ARMM Regional Governor, DILG Regional Directors and other concerned parties.

The annual audit is spearheaded by the Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force (IMTF) composed of DILG together with DSWD, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH) and National Nutrition Council (NNC).

LGUs that will pass the CFLGA will be conferred by CWC for SCFLG. The LGUs shall be assessed based on the twelve (12) assessment criteria:

  1. Percentage reduction in the deaths among children below five (5) years old
  2. Percentage reduction in children 0-59 months who are underweight
  3. Percentage increase in daycare attendance
  4. Percentage increase in the completion rate of elementary schooling
  5. Absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases
  6. Percentage reduction in the number of children victims of violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and trafficking in person
  7. Safety measures for children in the community and schools
  8. Ordinance regulating the seating capacity of tricycles or jeepneys and other modes of public transport
  9. Ordinance prohibiting the selling of firecrackers to children
  10. Mainstreaming of children’s rights to survival, development, protection in the core development agenda of the LGU
  11. Annual Investment Program
  12. Total budget of LGU
  13. Budget allocated for children’s program
  14. Budget utilized for children’s program
  15. Annual State of Children’s Report
  16. Local Code for Children
  17. City/Municipal Council for the Protection of Children (C/MCPC) Functionality
  18. Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) Functionality
  19. Child participation in BCPC
  20. An ordinance or executive order establishing Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAW/C) desks
  21. Philhealth Accreditation in its main health facility or rural health unit for the maternal and primary care services.
  22. A Local School Board (LSB) Plan that is aligned with the School Improvement Plan (SIP)
  23. Completed at least 70% of its LSB Plan for current school year

Conferees of SCFLG are shortlisted and validated for the PACFMC. (with reports from CWC) /ramsertan/


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TS Ramon Disaster Preparedness Update

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V has its stockpiles ready for the effects of Tropical Storm Ramon.

According to the latest Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) weather bulletin at 5:00 pm today, provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon are under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) number 1 while Catanduanes is under TCWS number 2.

Based on the November 13, 2019 Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report for Bicol, there are 23,143 family food packs (FFPs) available at the DSWD Warehouse located in Bogtong, Legazpi City.

Other food items at the DSWD warehouse are still for repacking which includes the following items: 1,470 sacks of NFA rice, 420 boxes of Argentina beef loaf, 556 boxes of Gold Cup sardines, 1,205 boxes of Youngstown corned beef and 490 boxes of Mas Kape 3-in-1 coffee.

Non-food items are also available such as 79 sets of tents, 8,047 boxes of sleeping kit, five (5) pieces of dignity kit, 1,093 boxes of family kit, 2,827 boxes of hygiene kit, 681 kitchen kits, 49,941 pieces of malong, 82 rolls of laminated sacks and 26,338 pieces of blanket.

The DSWD Field Office V has Php3,000,000.00 stand by funds for disaster operations.

.Moreover, DSWD FO V Disaster Response and Management Division (DRMD) is closely monitoring the weather updates and information while the DSWD FO V Quick Response Teams (QRTs) were alerted and advised to be prepared for augmentation support needed from the field and/or 24/7 duty at the DRMD Operation Center.

The Provincial Action Team (PAT) and City/Municipal Action team (C/MAT) members in the six provinces are on standby. The DSWD employees deployed in different cities/municipalities were instructed to coordinate with the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (LDRRMOs) for status reports and updates. /ramsertan/

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Investing for Community Empowerment

Members of Pagao Waterworks and Sanitation Association Incorporated check the pipeline network to ensure the long-term benefits of water system sub-project funded by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS at Barangay Pagao, Bombon, Camarines Sur.

Empowerment is a power, right, authority to do something but it does not only revolve on self- confidence or the freedom to claim one’s rights.

Every citizen always has a goal to contribute something great for the community but doesn’t have the power to create projects.

With the push from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS), the communities used their goal and resources as a driving force to claim their right on deciding for the local growth.

One of these communities is Pagao Waterworks and Sanitation Association (PAWASA), Incorporated, an operations and maintenance group of Barangay Pagao, Bombon, Camarines Sur formed through the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

The CDD is an approach that operates on the principles of transparency, participation, accountability and enhanced local capacity by giving control over planning decisions and resources.

The PAWASA oversees the water system sub-project funded by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS to ensure the clean water supply is provided to the barangay and other nearby communities.


Barangay Pagao proposed the water system sub-project so that community members will not suffer from water shortage and unsafe drinking water.

According to Jose Camalla, 65, community volunteer and president of PAWASA Inc., people used to travel to downtown Bombon just to get water supply and it takes half a day to transport the containers by boat.

Umaabot sa lima hanggang walong piso ang presyo ng isang container ng tubig. Mahaba ang proses makakuha lang ng tubig (A container of water ranges from Php5.00 to Php8.00 depending on its size. It takes a long process just to get water.),” Camalla explained.

The community project was granted in 2013 with 12 units of Level II tap stands to cater 140 households. After a year, the barangay decided to convert the water system to Level III, a piped distribution network with private connection or household taps.

According to Delia Segovia, 68, a resident of Barangay Pagao, community members have saved money from Php100.00 a day to buy water in downtown Bombon to Php13.00 a day or Php400.00 a month through the water system sub-project.

Hindi na kami nahihirapan magbitbit ng mga container ng tubig dahil mismong sa bahay namin makakakuha na ng tubig (We won’t suffer anymore from carrying the water containers because the water supply is already available in our homes),” she explained.


Now on its 6th year of operation, the PAWASA, Inc. was established on June 13, 2013, aiming to give high-quality water to the members of the community as well as strengthen the cooperation of the community on the duties and responsibilities in ensuring the durability of the sub-project.

According to Camalla, the association collects Php30.00 per cubic liter as a tariff for the maintenance services of the project. Through their collection, they were able to purchase a 115 square-meter land and construct an office for the organization.

They also extended their services to nearby communities like Barangay Carigsa in Magarao, Camarines Sur with 22 households.

Napapaunlad namin ang operasyon ng proyekto dahil hindi kami nagkakainteres para sa aming pansariling kapakanan (We were able to expand the operations of the project because we are not thinking of personal interest),” he said.

Through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS,  the government invests in human capital by capacitating community members to take ownership of the community projects they have implemented that will bring long-term benefits.

By giving people access to resources, trainings and participation in decision-making processes to implement community projects is like providing them a chance to prove themselves as agents for sustainable development. /ramsertan/

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Camarines Sur implemented DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in 37 municipalities with a total implementation grant of Php1,971,728,065.54 and local counterpart contribution of Php 75,532,942.01 from barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs) to fund community-managed sub-projects.

DSWD had allocated Bombon with Php 24,699,200.00 and local counterpart contribution of Php 1,256,56.75.

Barangay Pagao has three (3) completed community projects from different modalities that benefitted 177 households.

Here’s the list of sub-projects according to fund source:

Fund Source Sub-Project Grant Local Counterpart
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Construction of Water System – Level II Php1,023,926.00 Php239,816.05
National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) Construction of Barangay Access Road Php3,863,000.00
NCDDP Construction of Barangay Access Road Php1,431,118.40 Php218,881.60

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DSWD Bicol sends relief augmentation to Mindanao quake-hit areas

The relief augmentation from DSWD Bicol for the Mindanao quake-hit areas is scheduled to depart this Saturday afternoon and expected to arrive Mindanao two or three days after.

The DSWD Bicol relief augmentation will be turned over to DSWD Region XII in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

The augmentation includes the following:
1. 20,000 blankets
2. 20,000 pieces of malong
3. 300 tents
4. 200 rolls of laminated sacks (good for 2,000 houses -1 roll at 100 meters good for 10 houses at 10 meters per house)

DSWD Bicol coordinated with the Office of Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs (OPABA) through Usec. Marvel Clavecilla to request from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region V for the additional two (2) flatbed trucks together with DSWD Bicol’s winged van to ferry the abovementioned goods.

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