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LGU Calabanga adopts DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’ Municipal Talakayan

The municipality of Calabanga, Camarines Sur spearheaded the Municipal Talakayan with the theme, “Progresibong Calabanga, Pagtarabangan” last September 4, 2018 at Calabanga Peoples’ Center – Octagon.

During the event, Municipal Mayor Eduardo Severo presented the accomplishments and plans for the municipality.

According to Mayor Severo, the local government unit (LGU) plans to convert the open dumpsite into an eco-tourism park. He also proposes the rehabilitation of public market and terminal as well as the construction of livelihood training center.

The activity was attended by the Civic Society Organizations (CSOs), Persons with Disability (PWDs), senior citizens, academe, department heads, community volunteers, barangay captains, Area/Municipal Coordinating Team (A/MCT), uniformed personnel, Department of Health (DOH), daycare workers and school heads.

The Municipal Talakayan is an evaluation tool which has been designed to capture and assess a “snapshot” of the overall development of municipalities being assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS)

This is conducted annually in municipalities implementing DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS wherein community citizens, local government officials, organized local groups meet and discuss their development situation, issues and identify actions to address concerns at the municipal level.

The Talakayan also increases the local stakeholders’ awareness on the development status of the municipality. The event also provides an avenue for systematic face-to-face feedback from the stakeholders.

Since the evaluation tool has been proven effective in achieving transparency in the municipality, the LGU fronted this year’s Talakayan instead of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

Mayor Severo cited that he adopted DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’ Municipal Talakayan because he wants the constituents to know the programs and projects of the municipality.

According to Engr. Filipina E. Celso, EnP, the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC) and Municipal Area Coordinator (MAC), the municipality would like to conduct the activity yearly starting this 2018.

“Gagawa ng resolusyon ang Sangguniang Bayan para ipagpatuloy ang aktibidad sa mga susunod na taon na siyang paraan para ibahagi ang mga plano at proyektong naisakatuparan (The Municipal Council will craft a resolution to continue the activity for the succeeding years that serves as avenue of the LGU to share the accomplishments and plans for the municipality),” she said.

Likewise, municipalities of Ragay and Gainza in Camarines Sur will also conduct LGU-led Municipal Talakayan.

To date, Calabanga has 47 community projects under DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS wherein 39 are completed and eight (8) are ongoing with a total implementation grant of Php 82,310,717.91 and local counterpart contribution of Php 4,510,130.00. /ramsertan/

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National Blogger’s Tour Held


To strengthen the relationship of DSWD with the members of the media, both mainstream and online, the DSWD Central Office together with the Field Office 5 conducted a National Bloggers Tour last September 4 – 7, 2018 in Pilar, Sorsogon

Said activity aims to have a deeper understanding of the programs and services provided by DSWD and better appreciation through the said tour. It also aims to have more good/success stories published at the National and Regional Level.

Also, the tour showcases the household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilang Pilipino Program whose lives have improved out of their determination and with support from the said Program, local government units and other government partners.

During the tour, local and national bloggers are able to visit Calunggay Elementary School where they are able to interview teachers and parent leaders who shared learnings along basic alphabets and sounds to their co-beneficiaries.**G.Lindio

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DSWD 4Ps Bicol conducts LGU Stakeholders Conference

DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia giving message to the Mayor’s of Camarines Sur

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Bicol held a Local Government Unit (LGU) Stakeholder’s Conference at Prime Days Hotel, Naga City last August 28, 2018.

The activity aims to provide the status of implementation of 4Ps in Bicol Region to Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of various Municipalities in the Province of Camarines Sur.

According to Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, the forum is the Program’s way to reach out to the LCEs in order to address their concerns or other issues about the programs and services being extended by DSWD.

A total of 45 participants attended the said activity which includes the Municipal Mayors and other LGU Representatives.

The Municipal Mayors who attended the conference are Hon. Anthony Reyes of Milaor, Hon. Filimon Goyer of Presentacion, Hon. Ace Cruz of Pamplona, Hon. Oscar Borja of Bombon, Hon. Tomas Bongalonta of Pili.

During the said activity, an orientation about 4Ps was discussed by Provincial Link Arlene Fabellare while the status of accomplishments of the program was presented by Camarines Sur Provincial Link Rina Apuyan.

Thereafter, an open forum with the Mayors ensued to address issues on 4Ps and other programs extended by DSWD.

Meanwhile, Social Welfare Officer III Ma. Magdalena T. Magallano presented the various activities, other initiatives conducted by the Program and other issues that needs to be addressed under 4Ps implementation.

According to Dir. Garcia, the same conference will be conducted on August 29, 2018 to Barangay Captains of various Municipalities in Camarines Sur. “Also, the conference was already conducted in Masbate, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Camarines Norte while Albay is scheduled on September 5, 2018,” he added.

To date, there are 373, 853 household 4Ps beneficiaries in Bicol Region. ***G.Lindio-4Ps-IO

Municipal Mayor Ace Cruz of Pamplona, Camarines Sur clarifying issues about Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA)

Dir. Garcia with the Mayors of Camarines Sur


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DSWD-Bicol registers indigent households for cash subsidy program

Legazpi City- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V conducts simultaneous registration of the Listahanan-identified poor households as beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program in all local government units (LGUs) in Bicol Region.

“The poor households identified by Listahanan were the results of the validation conducted in the first semester of this year. The validation aims to update their family profile and ensure that they belong to the poorest households in the region”, explained DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia.

The regional office has an ongoing registration of 102,853 beneficiaries who are entitled to receive the cash aid under UCT. The agency targets to distribute the UCT cash grants to the Listahanan-identified poor households this year.

The said registration is being conducted in the municipalities and barangays in coordination with the local government units (LGUs).

During the registration, beneficiaries need to submit three (3) pieces 2×2 photos and one (1) photocopy of a valid government-issued ID. Likewise, they must accomplish the Landbank Cash Card Enrollment form. The beneficiaries will be notified by the Barangay Council and Municipal or City LGU of the UCT registration schedule.

For UCT program, as stipulated in RA 10963 or the TRAIN Law, qualified beneficiaries include the Pantawid Pamilya households, indigent senior citizens of the Social Pension program and the poor households identified by Listahanan.

The UCT is the cash subsidy provision of the government to the poor who will be adversely affected by the rising prices of primary commodities as the effect of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law implementation.

The program provides one-time unconditional cash grant of 2,400 equivalent to 200 per month this 2018. This will increase to 3,600 or 300 per month in the succeeding two years.

Formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), Listahanan is an information management system that identifies WHO and WHERE the poor are in the country. It serves as the baseline for the identification of potential beneficiaries of the social protection programs.

Meanwhile, Dir. Garcia clarified that being poor in the Listahanan database does not mean that the household will automatically be a recipient of any program.

“The identified poor households in the Listahanan will be prioritized if there are programs to be implemented but this will again undergo eligibility procedures based on the program requirements”, Garcia said.###

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A people-centered town beyond Community Driven Development

Municipal Mayor Josephine Alcantara-Cruz of Donsol, Sorsogon elucidates how she adopted Community-Driven Development (CDD) in her municipality.

Planning or deciding for yourself is a difficult task to do. How about the weight people carry on their hands in planning, budgeting and implementing projects to fulfill the needs or solve problems of the community as well as the country?

Making the right choices is not decided by one person or a group of individuals but the whole community itself because programs are executed to benefit many people for greater development outcomes.

This kind of intervention was made realized by an approach called Community Driven Development (CDD) wherein it actively engages beneficiaries in designing, managing and implementing development projects.

CDD is widely used in developing countries. Considered as an effective intervention in giving opportunities for vulnerable sectors in community participation and empowerment, CDD is being executed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) in helping communities identify their needs or problems to improve the delivery of services, reduce poverty and good local governance.

Through this strategy, many adopted the process to continue the collective action of communities particularly the municipality of Donsol.


At first, Donsol Municipal Mayor Josephine Alcantara-Cruz had some questions unanswered about the program.

Mayor Cruz narrated her experience on how she was oriented about DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

“On a program orientation for the mayors way back in 2013, doon ko lang na-realize na hindi lang ako yung mayor na naliligaw at hindi nakakaintindi sa Kalahi-CIDSS projects ang dami pala namin (On an orientation for the mayors, I realized that I’m not the only one who is confused and doesn’t understand the program),” she recounted.

According to her, there was another mayor who vocally expressed sentiments questioning if there’s any trust for the mayors and why the funds should be directed to the community.

The local chief executive recalled that all mayors have similar questions:

Ano ba kasi yung Kalahi [-CIDSS] na yan (What is really Kalahi [-CIDSS])?”

Bakit ayaw ibigay at ipadaan sa mayor (Why are funds not directed to the mayors)?”

Bakit limitado ang role ng mayor sa mga proyekto (Why is the role of mayor limited)? Wala ba kayo tiwala sa amin (Do you have any trust in us)?”

Those were the statements that Mayor Cruz cannot forget.

“From there I took the effort of educating myself about Kalahi [-CIDSS] through trainings conducted for the community volunteers,” she said.

Mayor Cruz also raised the issue on volunteerism of barrio folks considering they don’t receive any salary for their efforts but she realized something upon attending the National Community Volunteers’ Congress and 3rd National Bayani Ka! Awards last 2017.

Nag-breakout session (we had a breakout session), then the volunteers started to share their stories about their experiences and sacrifices to improve their community. Gusto ko umiyak doon, sa dami na nai-share nila (During that time, I wanted to cry because of so many things they have shared),” the municipal mayor recounted.

“Others were so passionate na dahil sa volunteerism, nagkaroon sila ng self-worth na may magagawa sila (Others were so passionate. Because of volunteerism, they earned self-worth and they have something they can do for the community),” she added.


Despite doubts on the concept of the program, Mayor Cruz had observed the transformation in each person.

Nakikita ko yung Kalahi [-CIDSS] na parang University for the Barrio Folks (I see Kalahi [-CIDSS] as University for the Barrio Folks),” she stated.

Yung mga walang chance makapag-aral, nakakapag-aral na sila. Natututo sila ng bookkeeping, procurement, paano maghandle ng tao at operations (People who doesn’t have a chance to study were able to learn. They also gained new knowledge such as bookkeeping, procurement, managing and operations),” Mayor Cruz added.

The rationale of the program is to follow the concept of CDD through the application of the strategy in programs to be implemented and needed by barrio folks.

She also added that the first thing they did is the Community-Based Management System (CBMS) wherein they were able to establish the 201 filing system of each barangay containing the salient information such as population, livelihood as well as the problems experienced in the community.

“From here, lahat na proyekto o programang i-implement namin ay base sa data hindi kung saan lang ang gusto kung ano ang dapat (From here, all projects or programs to be implemented are based on a data not just through wants but what is right and needed),” Mayor Cruz stated.

Along with the creation of the OBA, Mayor Cruz also approved the creation of a regular position for the said office.

Among the responsibilities of the position are to assist the barangay in conducting consultations, dialogues and fora for genuine needs analysis and come up with relevant and responsive programs and projects for the people.

Also, OBA will conduct a feedback gathering mechanism among the people regarding the effectiveness of the general programs being implemented by the barangay and municipality.

According to Edwin Orticio, Planning and Development Coordinator, the projects that were not prioritized for funding of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS are included in the Annual Investment Program.

“In the adoption of CDD, the people must participate in the planning process and in the monitoring of the projects,” Orticio added.

Mayor Cruz also shared that she is trying her best to convert the municipality from mayor centered town to community-centered town wherein the people will have an ownership of everything that happens in the community.

“Ang gumagawa at may pag-aari ay ang community hindi lang ang LGU and hopefully this will bring us to next generation and beyond (The people are the ones who have role and ownership in the community, not just the LGU and hopefully, this will bring us to the next generation and beyond),” she added.

Through CDD, the municipality was able to step up beyond from what is expected in the implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS as well as reliving collective action, thus; creating a new chapter in strengthening Bayanihan as one of the most valuable traits of being a Filipino.


About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Sorsogon has implemented Kalahi-CIDSS in 14 municipalities with a total implementation grant of PhP 697,428,961.11 and local counterpart contribution of Php 15,173,647.00 from barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs) to fund community-managed sub-projects.

DSWD had allocated Donsol with PhP 66,588,200.00 with a counterpart from the LGU of Php 351,431.00.

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DSWD: Beware of fake Dir. Garcia as text scammer

Legazpi City- DSWD warns the public against text messages circulating from an impostor of Regional Director Arnel Garcia asking for cellphone load, money and booking hotels and catering services.

The first case was reported directly to Dir. Garcia last August 11, 2018 by his colleague, Regional Director Evelyn Macapobre of DSWD Central Visayas who clarified a query sent from another government official if he has transacted with a caterer. According to her, his impostor arrived with other guests requesting for PhP500.00 load cards for 11 persons.

Dir. Garcia immediately debunked these false requests by posting on his personal Facebook account claiming that he has never asked any favor from anyone.

“Do not entertain the scammers and individuals with doubtful identities who use my name to contact other government officials for their ulterior motives,” he said.

The DSWD Region V already reported the scammer’s details to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) who used the following mobile numbers: 0999 693 8760‬, 09274267919.

The impostor almost victimized the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) and other public officials of Bohol, Bukidnon, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Vizcaya, Bacolod, Pampanga, Palawan, Quezon and Dumaguete City.

Dir. Garcia apologized to the victims of the scam and requested public’s vigilance to validate and immediately report if there are similar occurrences.

“You can reach our Official Facebook Fan Page: @dswdfo5 or call: (052) 820-1309,” he said.

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DSWD consults family court judges on adoption

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Asst. Regional Director for Administration Lorna Rebanal welcomes the participants of the two-day consultation dialogue with family court judges on adoption at Casablanca Hotel, Legazpi City last August 8, 2018. She emphasized that the result of this is for the best interest and welfare of the adoptees.

Legazpi City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V conducted a two-day dialogue with family court judges in Bicol about adoption last August 8-9, 2018 at Casablanca Hotel.

The Protective Services Division through the Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) discussed the domestic and inter-country adoption process to the court social workers, clerk of court and Regional Trial Court judges.

A workshop ensued thereafter to gather agreements and recommendations to address issues on adoption cases. This meeting also wanted to strengthen partnerships with courts handling the adoption process and align these procedures in accordance to rules and guidelines.

Assistant Regional Director for Administration Lorna Rebanal said that the results reaped from the consultation are for the best interest and welfare of the children subject for adoption.

“We will also use the family courts’ recommendations to ensure speedy adoption process because we want these children in need to have proper and permanent parental care and entitle them with rights similar to the biological children,” Rebanal added.

The DSWD Central Office representatives were also present to document policy recommendations with Dir. Bernadette Abejo of Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB).

Moreover, Secretary Virginia N. Orogo reiterated that the importance of legal adoption is to prevent birth simulation that deprives adopted children to know their identity and to break the stigma that legal adoption is only for people who can afford the process.

Based on the ARRS data, 178 children were declared legally available for adoption in Bicol from 2009 to present; 42 of which are placed for domestic adoption while 117 children are cleared for inter-country adoption.

Adoption as an alternative parental care program is one of the statutory programs of the DSWD for abandoned and neglected children as guided by Republic Act (R.A.) No. 8552, the Domestic Adoption Act; R.A. No. An Act Authorizing the Secretary of DSWD to issue a Certification Declaring a Child Legally Available for Adoption (CDCLAA).

Recently, the DSWD Regional Directors have the authority to issue Pre-Adoption Placement Authority, Affidavit of Consent to Adoption and Inter-Country Adoption Matching Clearance

Any interested individuals may seek DSWD’s free services. For those who want to adopt, they can visit DSWD Region V ARRS located at Buraguis, Legazpi City or may call (052) 8201309. However, applicants are advised that they need to spend a considerable amount on legal services and documentary requirements in line with the adoption process.

DSWD Social workers attend to local adoption cases either through walk-in applicants or courts order received from the Regional Trial Courts and referrals from local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) for technical assistance.

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Overcoming near-death experience through Bayanihan

Erlinda Buena, 54, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee chairman explains her roles and responsibilities in the implementing the cable bridge sub-project to Brgy. Capt. Jose Olos during the Stakeholder – Community Volunteer exchange last June 28, 2018 at Brgy. San Vicente, Ocampo, Camarines Sur. /Photo by: Arjay Malto

Ocampo, Camarines Sur – “Naranasan ko na tumawid ng ilog na hanggang leeg ang tubig dahil sa kailangan ko bumili ng gamot para sa asawa kong mayroong sakit (I have experienced crossing the river with flood rising to neck level because I have to buy medicine for my sick husband),” Leony Fraginal, 63, community volunteer on Monitoring and Inspection recounted.

Surrounding the vast rice fields, you will see the ongoing construction of cable bridge. Unflagging construction workers carry heavy sacks of sands to transfer it to the other side of the terrain, where community members live called Sitio Pinacuan, a zone of Brgy. San Vicente.

Just to transport those bags of aggregates, the workers must trek the slope with a height of three-story building. Despite exhaustion, you will notice the undying vigor to finish the tasks since it is a community project led by residents.

Before, residents must cross a river just to reach Ocampo town proper and the trip becomes more difficult during the rainy season as the water level rises.

The residents would often use a raft and rope to help them cross the river. It isn’t enough to solve their problem because the raft can only handle three (3) people. There is also no assurance if they can cross the river without getting submerge from the water.

Kapag binabaha ang aming daanan, hindi na makapasok ang mga bata sa eskwelahan. Minsan hinihintay pa namin ang tubig na bumaba bago sila makapasok (When the path is flooded, our children cannot go to school. There are times we have to wait for the flood to subside before we can cross the river),” Nancy Godoy, 56, community volunteer on Procurement recounted.

These residents were the ones who planned, accounted and executed the sub-project – a community project generated from the planning process of Department of Social Welfare and Development Office Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS). The sub-project was identified through Barangay Assembly or Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) attended by the residents to determine possible solutions to address the problem or need.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS aims to have barangays or communities become empowered to achieve improved access of services and to participate in more inclusive planning, budgeting and implementation.

To implement the sub-project identified, there are community volunteers who work for free. This group of community volunteers is called as Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) which is led by a BSPMC chairman.

As a community volunteer, no one will expect any financial return but the happiness to help the barangay in the improvement of the access of services.

Despite facing difficulties, community volunteers are still full of joy since they can create an infrastructure project that will be used by the community and future generations.

Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko, kahit napapagod at nahihirapan, masaya naman ako. Naiisip ko na itong trabahong ibinigay sa akin, hindi ito lang para sa akin pero para sa barangay (I tell myself that despite experiencing tiredness and difficulties, I am happy. I also think that this job is not just for me but for the barangay also,” Erlinda Buena, 54, BSPMC chairman explained.


To appreciate the hard work and sacrifice of the volunteers as well as the endless guidance of the barangay local government unit (BLGU), the barangay participated in the Stakeholder- Community Volunteer activity or Pamumunong Makamasa: Pagkilos na Sama-Sama. This is a nationwide event in celebration of the 4th anniversary of National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) last June 2018.

This activity is like a mirror — putting oneself in someone else’s shoes as a form of reflection on someone’s circumstances and understanding their perspective or point of view. Once we realize the viewpoint, we understand that there’s something more in the picture.

San Vicente Barangay Captain Jose Olos, 53, gladly accepted the challenge which is to demonstrate the construction and monitoring of the sub-project. For a day, Olos assisted in the construction of the cable bridge together with the barangay council by shoveling aggregates carried by the council members as well as community volunteers.

Nakikita ko na maganda ang pamamalakad ng proyekto ng mga community volunteers. Sa akin naman sa pag-momonitor, pag-evaluation at pag-implement ng proyekto, nagbibigay ako ng technical assistance at palagi ako updated sa kanila [community volunteers] kasi gusto ko mangyari yung proyekto (I notice that the community volunteers are very good in implementing the project. On the monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the project, I often give technical assistance and I am always updated on their activities),” Olos stated.

During the activity, the community volunteers and barangay council shared their learnings along the implementation of the sub-project.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga community volunteers dahil nagkaisa kami dito sa Kalahi pati rin ang barangay (I am thanking the community volunteers because we are united through Kalahi as well as the whole barangay),” Fraginal said.

According to Rey Albino, 49, barangay councilor, he sees DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS as a program that greatly helps communities.

Alam namin na ang Kalahi, maganda ang kanilang layunin para sa aming komunidad,” Albino shared.

The barangay councilor also cited how the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’ process give opportunities to people in improving their communities.

Maganda po ang proseso ng Kalahi kasi community ang nagdesisyon. Dahil sa Kalahi, maraming tao ang nabigyan ng pagkakataon pati na ang mga kababaihan na magkaroon ng partisipasyon sa ating buong komunidad (The process of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is effective because it gives the community to decide on their projects. Through Kalahi, many people were given opportunities especially women to be part of improving this community),” Albino stated.

To date, the cable bridge is on its 50% physical accomplishment.

Despite their near-death experience, these people stand resilient to improve their community. Their right to decide is not given by others because they were born with it. /ramsertan/

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Camarines Sur has implemented Kalahi-CIDSS in 35 municipalities with a total implementation grant of PhP 1,919,920,535.81 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 Ocampo with PhP 60,928,835.00 with a counterpart from the LGU of Php 468,806.00.

The construction of cable bridge has a total project cost of PhP 3,104,272.72 which will benefit 100 households.

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