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Kalahi-CIDSS aids Typhoon Nina early recovery efforts in Bicol

Aside from relief augmentation and technical assistance to local government units during disaster operations, DSWD will also augment in a form of funding support to all municipalities with existing Kalahi-CIDSS program in line with the early recovery efforts in Bicol to areas damaged by Typhoon Nina.

From 2014 to 2019, Bicol has been allocated 4.1 billion and 2.27 billion of which has been utilized by poor villages for the implementation of the community-driven development (CDD) program or Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Qualified municipalities can access their available Kalahi-CIDSS funds waiving the mandatory LGU counterpart for the restoration of basic services and livelihoods in affected villages.

Eligible municipalities must be currently implementing Kalahi-CIDSS and have declared state of calamity supported by Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Resolution.

As of the writing, the Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) has the initial list of eligible municipalities which are all subject to the validation of the Sub-Regional Project Management Office (SRPMO), the Kalahi-CIDSS provincial extension office, and approval of the RPMO.

There will be a shift from the standard Kalahi-CIDSS processes and operations into the use of Disaster Response Operations Procedures (DROP) or the Kalahi-CIDSS disaster response modality using CDD.


Eligible villages

The funds for the early recovery efforts will be directly downloaded to the villages with the following fixed criteria for targeting disaster-affected areas:

  1. Population of the barangay (using the results of the latest census – 20%
  2. Poverty incidence (to be generated from the DSWD National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) – 30%, and;
  3. Extent of damage as measured by the % of damaged HHs (or other available data that allows comparison across all barangays) – 50%.

Moreover, grants are allocated based on severity of damage, thus, barangays will be categorized into three groups:

  1. severely damaged/affected
  2. moderately damaged
  3. least affected

With the limitation of funds, there will be a prioritization and ranking of all villages in a municipality based on the abovementioned criteria. Non-prioritized villages will be referred to their local government unit or other national government agencies. Kalahi-CIDSS will help these municipalities to prepare project proposals and other technical documents to help them access government and non-government aids.


Damage Assessment to Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects

The Kalahi-CIDSS Engineering Unit has been visiting random municipalities and villages in Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Albay to assess the extent of damages to sub-projects and gather relevant data to enhance the design of future sub-projects.

As of January 5, 2017, there are 2, 806 funded sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS from 2002 to present. Based on the initial data gathered last January 11, 2017, there were 118 damaged subprojects.


CDD in Bicol

The operations of the community-driven development (CDD) approach expanded into a national scale, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS. 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of Php4,497,448,178.

CDD puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

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DSWD supports DepEd’s Emergency Brigada Eskwela in rebuilding schools

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was forged between DSWD, DepEd and EDUCO yesterday at the DSWD Regional Office.

A collaborative partnership is in support to Emergency Brigada Eskwela for the repair and rehabilitation of school facilities in Typhoon affected schools.

This is to immediately recover and rehabilitate classrooms which are highly imperative not to defer the access to education by the students. Also, to promote the values of cooperation, cleanliness, camaraderie and sense of community involvement which are significant factors for fast recovery of the schools.

“As observed in the communities, after the typhoon, pupils’ attendance to schools becomes a big issue. The students often help their parents find food for the family,” said DepEd Assistant Regional Director Tolentino G. Aquino

The food for work or food assistance to be provided by the DSWD is highly significant to the parents and community members (who are also victims of calamity) who will provide volunteer services to the Brigada Eskwela, he added.

Earlier this week the DSWD has already provided 350 pcs. family food packs to DepEd intended to the provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Sur. The latter will also request 5,000 food packs to be given in other provinces.

The priority provinces and/or municipalities include those in the third district of Albay, areas in Tabaco City near San Miguel Island, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and some municipalities in Masbate.

The School Maintenance Week or popularly known as “Brigada Eskwela is being conducted a week before the opening of classes in June, however as need arises, particularly after typhoon, the support of education stakeholders is solicited to help the affected schools return to normal classes.###crbarrameda,w/reports from Maria Cristina Baroso, DepEd.

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Regional Child Development Worker’s Convention Held

Unmindful of the heavy downfall, about 2,000 Child Development Workers from all over the region trooped to the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in Naga City to attend the Regional Child Development Workers Convention last November 17, 2016.

With the theme “Sa Child Development Centers, Bata, the activity aims to provide all Child Development Workers the new standard and guidelines in the implementation of Child Care Development Programs. It also aims to update the participants and raise their respective issues and concerns which need to be responded by the concerned staff and focal persons.

Camarines Sur, Vice Governor Ato Peña attended the event in behalf of Governor Migz Villafuerte. In his message, he commended the Child Development Workers for their commitment and sacrifice in providing interventions to Filipino children and ensure how to seek the guidance of God. Vice Governor Ato Peña is the President of the Governor’s League in Camarines Sur.

Meanwhile Ms. Victoria Tagum, the DSWD Asst. Regional Director for Administration, who represented Director Arnel Garcia said that this activity should be regularly done. She also advised the participants to continue the good work, advocate Christian leadership and instill 3

major characteristics: a.) know how to feel the sentiment of the people b.) know how to serve and sacrifice c.) And let God the center of your life.

A representative from the Early Childhood Case and Development Council (ECCD) Mrs. Simeona T. Ebol, an ECCD Consultant was one of the resource person. She discussed the new Guidelines and Standards on the Registration, License to operate and recognition of Child Development Centers.

The day’s event was highlighted with the giving of recognition to Child Development Workers who rendered service for 25 years and above. It also followed the newly elected officers of the Regional Federation of Child Development Workers. The elected officers are as follows:

President Maureen Brizo, Camarines Sur
Vice President Melinda Villagracia Camarines Norte
Secretary Gemma Jaya Sorsogon
Treasurer Purificacion Paglinawan Naga City
Auditor Marina Dura Iriga City

Board of Directors:

Amanda Bocaya Naga City
Ann Madrideo Catanduanes
Juliet Caronel Sorsogon City
Sonia Sardivar Albay
Arlene Vargas Ligao City
Marilyn Abragan Legazpi City
Emma Cabawatan Masbate City
Gina Bejo Masbate Province

The day’s event became colorful and with festive mood diving the showcase of talent by the Child Development Workers. ###eejerusalem

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Bicol Joins the Children’s Month’s Celebration

As mandated by Republic Act 10661 dated July 22, 2014, the month of November year is declared as the National Children’s Month. This is to instill the significance of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nation in the Filipino Consciousness. The Children’s Month Celebration is a time to recognize the value of Filipino Children as the most valuable asset in the society.

The Regional Council for the Welfare of Children and the Department of Social Welfare and Development lead this year’s celebration. The theme for this year’s event is “Isulong, Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata. The theme focuses on the rights of children to education.
With the participation of the different members of the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC), the following are the lined-up Activities:

November 8, 2016 – Foot parade and Zumba
November 15, 2016 – Gulayan sa Paaralan
November 15-17, 2016 – Roll-out Training on Monitoring, Reporting and Response System (MRRS) on the Grave Child Rights Violations in the context of Armed Conflict.
November 14, 2016 – Breastfeeding in Transit
November 15, 2016 – Forum on PIA
Gulayan sa Paaralan

November 23, 2016 – Training for selected school children on Basic Emergency First Aid for Children.
November 24, 2016 – Regional Poster Making Contest on Child Pornography with selected school children.

The month’s celebration will culminate on November 28, 2016 with the following activity: Ecumenical Service, Pledge of Commitment per agency, testimonials from the different sector of children, awarding of Certificate of Commendation to different partners and the turn-over of pencils to DepEd. ###eejerusalem

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Agta is the generic name in Bicol for the natives with dark colored skin, short stature and kinky hair. In Camarines Norte where the culture has been preserved call themselves “Kabihug”. The Kabihug tribe is one of the surviving minorities in Bicol who were found in highlands of Camarines Norte to have no land and homes to call their own.


Kabihug which literally means “friend” is a cultural minority believed to be of the pre-historic origin. By nature, this group is itinerant; moves from one place to another that is why they don’t settle permanently.

For their subsistence and livelihood, the Kabihugs grow root crops, rice and vegetables in their farm. Rice is often hard to come by and is readily substituted with a root crop called “dugma”. Fishing and catching crabs are also other means of livelihood for the “Agtas”. Besides farming and fishing, many of the tribes have also engaged into more lucrative ventures, such as copra making, charcoal making, and also gold mining.

They take shelter in makeshift dwelling framed in wood, roped with leaves and floored by the hard ground. They sleep in improvised beds. During typhoons and heavy rains, they would huddle under big trees for refuge making their way of life miserable and almost devoid of dignity. Because of these isolation, the Kabihugs have also lost the network of intertwining familial and kinship ties among the Agta tribes that used to provide assistance, privileges and protection to its members.

To end this sad plight, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 in partnership with the Camarines Norte Provincial Government and the Municipal Government of Labo started to implement the Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) initially benefitting five Kabihug families. This is to provide indigenous families with a decent dwelling point they could call their own. It was in 2009 when the five core shelter units were initially constructed. In fact there were 18 Kabihug families who have signified their intention to avail of the program and be relocated to a permanent site.

Kabihugs have their own history of contact with the dominant society and the DSWD. They wanted to be placed somewhere on a spectrum from” isolation” to “acculturation”. “Baka pwede naman kaming mabigyan ng radyong de baterya dahil ito lamang ang paraan para malaman namin ang nangyayari sa labas ng aming mundo”, uttered Mang Caloy, the Chieftain. This request was responded to by the DSWD. About a hundred of battery operated transistorized radio and flashlights was purchased by the Department and was distributed to the members of the Kabihug tribe in the province of Camarines Norte.

In 2010 another 65 core shelter units were constructed under the auspices of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Out of this number, 18 units were allotted to 18 Kabihug families. It was then that the tribal folks realized that there was more than can be derived from the implementation of the project. Mobilized by Ms. Lorelie Villanueva, the MSWDO of Labo, the would be beneficiaries of the CSAP readily organized themselves into an association called NASA or the Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance. They all involved themselves in the implementation of perhaps the most commendable project embarked by the community. Each member articulated their own inspirations and together they chartered a collective strategies to actualize their dream of having a home which they can call their own.

Funded by the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) a total of 70 Care Shelter Units was completed and the 23 units were given to 23 kabihug families. “Malaking pagbabago ang nangyari sa buhay namin,” Doris Candule exclaimed.”Hindi na kami nagpapalipat-lipat ng lugar.” she added.

Joel, another member of the tribe said that there is no more sleepless night for them during strong typhoon. Owing to the attention being accorded them now by the government, the Kabihugs are getting more involved and participative in community activities, doing their share in community building. Some members of the tribe are now employed in the Guisican Multi-purpose Cooperative. They are engaged in planting fruit bearing trees and receive a pay of 250/day. Other intervention were focused on the different services; education and the development of their culture and tribe management. The Kabihugs also realized the importance of education. They were also provided with disaster preparedness training and oriented on early warning system for different calamities. These were found useful especially that kabihugs travel from one place to another.

If before they only have a transistorized radio as their means of getting information from their outside world, what is amazing now is that about 70% members of the tribe have their own cellphone.

Meanwhile, what is remarkable now is that these Kabihugs have finally realized that there is more than life off the mountains. They are now mainstreamed with the society. ###eejerusalem

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Partnership against Hunger and Poverty is in full implementation

Partnership against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) is a convergence program intended to create essential social infrastructure aimed at improving access to basic services and facilitating investment into the rural economy.

The implementation of the PAHP programs has been pilot-tested in Bicol where DSWD’s supplementary feeding program (SFP) for Day Care Centers are linked to DAR’s support services program for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBOs), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Local Government Units (LGUs). These organizations/agencies would create greater synergy in engaging the poor households by working closely with rural communities to improve their social capital while addressing hunger and alleviating poverty in the community.

In line with the program implementation, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was forged between the DSWD, DAR, and DA last June, 2016. The implementation is being piloted in Regions VIII, IX and V. For Bicol it is implemented in Camarines Sur particularly in the towns of Pili, Canaman, Ocampo, Bomboa and Calabanga; for Sorsogon it is in Castilla, Sorsogon and soon to be implemented in Camarines Norte.

Report revealed that a total of 3M was released by DSWD under the Sustainable Livelihood Program to fund various projects under the PAHP. The projects are focused mostly on high value vegetable production, organic farming and training on community- based small scale sea weed value added products like pansit, sea weeds, pickles, chips, puto and lumpia with the sea weeds as the major ingredient. Dried anchovies production is also one of the project.

Community based service providers (CBSPs) and Farm Service Providers (FSPs) collectively called the CBOs new provide the needed food items required in Day Care Centers and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) areas under the Supplementary Feeding Program and other government food related programs.

It is envisioned that the Partnership against Hunger and Poverty will expand nationwide where the ARBOs, Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations, cooperatives and other qualified farmers organizations will provide essential food items required for the feeding of the children in the Day Care Centers and SNP areas while improving their farm productions. ###eejerusalem

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DSWD Bicol encourages stakeholders to use the Listahanan data

As part of the department’s objective to facilitate the sharing of high quality database to public and private social protection stakeholders, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V through the Listahanan conducted advocacy forums to national government agencies (NGA’s), academe, civil society organizations (CSO’s)/ people’s organizations (PO’s) last October 20 & 27, 2016 at AVP Hall, Tahao Road, Legazpi City.

“We want to encourage our partner government agencies/civil society organizations to utilize the Listahanan data for the implementation of their social protection programs and services and also for the academe to use in their development studies and researches,” said DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations & Listahanan Deputy Regional Project Manager Arwin O. Razo.
Razo presented the results of the second round of household assessment such as magnitude of poor households in the Bicol region and the socio-economic profile of poor households such as access to safe water and electricity, the quality of housing materials and

their specific occupation etc. He also presented the enhancements applied in the 2015 assessment.
Meanwhile, Mr. Joy Belen III, Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator stressed the Executive Order 867 which mandates National Government Agencies (NGA’s) to adopt Listahanan as a mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be recipients of social protection programs nationwide. The forum also served as a venue for the orientation of the project to better appreciate & understand the Listahanan.

The participants expressed their enthusiasm to access the Listahanan data and to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the department. Likewise, appreciated the effort of the department to unselfishly share the database.

“We at BSP, strongly support this endeavor of DSWD in providing quality database which will be very beneficial to public and private sectors for the implementation of programs and services to the poor. “said Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Director Marlyn Paje.

She also thanked the department for being a strong advocate in the conduct of public information campaign on BSP’s demonetization schedule through the Family Development Sessions (FDS) to the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

Listahanan is the DSWD’s information management system that identifies WHO and WHERE the poor are. It makes available to national government agencies (NGAs) and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as a basis for identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.##

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The hard choice that matters

“Bakit? Papayag ba yan na maging volunteer kung walang sahod? (Why? Would he like to volunteer without receiving any form of compensation?)”

That’s how some residents of Brgy. Cawit Proper, Magallanes, Sorsogon would gossip about Randy Manere, 34.

Randy, a college undergraduate, has been working as a Brgy. Secretary since 2011.

At first, he was hesitant to accept the offer to become a volunteer because of his current responsibility, he thought he cannot manage additional work loads.

In 2013, he was convinced by their Brgy. Captain to become a community volunteer because there was nobody who wanted to get involved. He accepted it because it was also an opportunity to help the village to construct the projects they need.

He was right, the tasks of volunteers were complex and exhausting to acclimatize with most specially at the beginning. As a member of the Procurement Team, he did the minutes of their meetings. He rewrote the manuscripts when there were corrections. He is compelled to complete the task despite of painful hands after a long period of writing.

Randy was also tasked for the bidding process legwork requiring him to get to Sorsogon City, an hour away from Magallanes. He admitted that there were sacrifices. He needed to adjust his schedule and finish the tasks within the day because he has no extra money to spare if he returns the next day to Sorsogon City. He would wait for the bidding documents to get fully accomplished and he would immediately retrieve these the same day.

In 2014, he walked about two kilometers to search for potential bidders because his allowance was only sufficient for his roundtrip fare. He cannot afford to buy himself a ride within the city or even purchase a meal leaving his stomach empty until he reached home.

The following year, he even got drenched in the rain and crossed a flood after retrieving the forms to catch the last trip back to Magallanes.

Randy would go home home feeling hungry, tried and wet after a hectic trip for the project their village will construct.

But the worst is yet to come. Some of the residents and even the members of the Barangay council doubted him.

He can still remember what others said to him: “Bakit? Papayag ba yan na maging volunteer kung walang sahod? (Why? Would he like to volunteer without receiving any form of compensation?)”

They accused him of receiving a kickback by increasing the prices to which he vehemently refuted.

He answered them back: Kung may duda kayo sa akin, pwede niyo puntahan at tanungin ang mga suppliers tungkol sa presyo na nilagay nila sa canvass forms at kung may usapan ang supplier at Procurement Team tungkol sa kickback (If you doubt me then you can go and ask the suppliers about the price they have written on the canvass forms and confirm to them about the kickback arrangements between us).”

Later on, he learned to ignore them though it was punitive for him to get wrongfully accused when his main purpose is to perform his part as a volunteer and think of his neighbors’ welfare.

Despite of these, Randy derived strength from other volunteers who believed and trusted him.

“Ano mang unos o problema na hinaharap ko ay aking nalagpasan dahil sa tulong ng kapwa ko volunteers at iba pang tao sa komunidad (I surmounted the problems with the help of my fellow volunteers and others in the community).”

He is grateful of the people who recognized his consistent dedication for the completion of their projects. He compared his colleagues to a “”walis tingting”” because Randy who belonged to a group of volunteers is united to build their community sub-projects.

“Parang sa Kalahi-CIDSS, nagkakaisa ang mga tao para hindi matinag at lalong lumakas ang pagsasama para matapos ng maganda at maayos ang proyekto (Just like in Kalahi-CIDSS, we are indomitable and solid when we work together to complete the project)”

The opportunity he was forced to accept onset was also the window to altruism. Money did not matter. Randy was fulfilled and elated to contribute for his village’s development.

Their drainage canal was repaired and another one was constrcuted wherein PhP600,000.00 was poured in to the Brgy. Cawit Proper. Lamp posts were constructed with a total grant of PhP300,00.00 while the construction of their new evacaution center is underway with an amount of PhP2,165,000.00 from Kalahi-CIDSS.

Kalahi-CIDSS- Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

The operations of the community-driven development (CDD) approach expanded into a national scale, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS. 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of Php4,497,448,178.

Community-driven development (CDD) puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

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