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DSWD foreign partner checks Kalahi-CIDSS in Bicol


DSWD foreign partner checks Kalahi-CIDSS in Bicol

Community Consultation with  the women laborers, community volunteers and ADB Gender Specialist Yukiko Ito at Brgy. San Roque, Bulusan, Sorsogon last August 19, 2016.

Four villages in Sorsogon were visited by the team of DSWD’s development partner to review the environment and social safeguards aspect of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) during the two-day monitoring visit last August 18-19, 2016.

The team of Asian Development Bank (ADB), one of the development partners of Kalahi-CIDSS, checked on the status of community-proposed sub-projects in Donsol and Bulusan to ensure that policies on environmental and social safeguards assessment are met and all subprojects undertaken by the community are environmentally and socially sound and sustainable. These community sub-projects must have minimal environmental and social impacts through the enforcement of the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF).

The completed three-classroom school building in Brgy. Tres Marias amounting to PhP2,633,684 and the ongoing construction of flood mitigation in Brgy. Gimagaan with a total cost of PhP2,007,646 were visited in Donsol last August 18.

Brgy. Dapdap and Brgy. San Raque were also monitored in Bulusan the next day with the ongoing construction of seawall with a cost of Php3,324,355 and completed evacuation center 4,495,000, respectively.

The ADB team is headed by Joel Mangahas, the Mission Leader/Senior Social Sector Specialist with Social Development Specialist Yukiko Ito, Technical Assistance Coordinator/Consultant Rowena Mantaring, Procurement Specialist Alice Tiongson, Capacity Development Consultant Romulo Romero and Community Infrastructure Specialist Roger Calfoforo.

The ADB team was also joined by the DSWD Project Management Team for Kalahi-CIDSS headed by Cicero Aguilar from the National Office and Irene Malong from the Regional Project Management Office who exchanged dialogues with the LGU officials and the community residents.

In the community, they had community consultations with the barangay officials and the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC), the overall management committee formed for the Kalahi-CIDSS implementation. They were divided in three groups where they separately discussed social safeguards for the first group, gender mainstreaming for the second and financial management, procurement and infrastructure for the third.

“We hope to address the issues and findings raised during our visit with the inputs from the community to improve the implementation,” Mangahas said.

Ito noted that 18% of women are participating in paid labor and must increase this 20 to 30 percent before the compact with ADB ends in 2017. Morales also emphasized that the community must ensure proper document filing system for easy audit and should train women in welding, plumbing and other non-traditional jobs to provide employment opportunity for women even outside Kalahi-CIDSS construction engagement. Mantaring said that the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) form will be simplified and the project staff should emphasize the use of this form to the communities. Calfoforo commended DSWD Region V for the excellent implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS.

Moreover, the field visit aims to look more deeply into the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS Yolanda-affected communities in accordance with the ADB requirements, particularly social safeguards and gender mainstreaming.  It will review the (i) compliance of subprojects with the ADB’s Safeguards Policy Statement and any outstanding safeguards issues from previous mission, and propose measures to resolve these; (ii) implementation status of the gender action plan, and identify any potential constraints and facilitating factors to achieving the ongoing actions and targets; (iii) financial management and procurement particularly at the community level; (iv) technical aspects of subprojects; and (v) capacity building in line with ongoing efforts to establish continuing professional development program for KC-NCDDP staff and related interventions.  The field visit will follow up the EA on the agreements during the midterm review mission.  The findings and agreements will be summarized and incorporated in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will be prepared for the joint ADB-World Bank mission in October 2016.

On 13 December 2013, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved L3100-PHI: an emergency assistance loan to the Government of the Philippines to support the implementation of the government’s Kalahi-CIDSS by restoring basic social services and rebuilding communities affected by typhoon Yolanda.   The project became effective on 10 June 2014. Kalahi-CIDSS has an estimated cost of $1.132 billion, of which the government finances $270 million (24%), while ADB and the World Bank (WB) provide $372.1 million (33%) and $479.0 million (42%), respectively, and the Government of Australia provides a grant of $11.0 million (1%). The Department of Social Welfare and Development is the executing agency (EA) of Kalahi-CIDSS.


Kalahi-CIDSS Expansion

Kalahi-CIDSS is supported by the Philippine Development Plan (2011-2016). Its expansion using the CDD approach in the country was approved last 18 January 2013. 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of Php4,497,448,178.

The development objective of Kalahi-CIDSS is to have barangays/communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.

“It will also be aligned into a program to support community-driven post-disaster response and development in Typhoon Yolanda-affected municipalities within provinces covered by Kalahi-CIDSS,” DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia added.

Moreover, Bicol received a total of Php2,199,377,794.46 from ADB to implement Kalahi-CIDSS in 60 municipalities from 2014 to 2017.

L3100-PHI: KALAHI-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Project

Terms of Reference for the ADB Field Visit

17-20 August 2016, Sorsogon

L3100-PHI: KALAHI-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Project

Terms of Reference for the ADB Field Visit

17-20 August 2016, Sorsogon


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4 Sectoral Committees unanimously endorsed Listahanan to the RDC

Four (4) sectoral committees unanimously endorsed the Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V to the Bicol Regional Development Council.

DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia presented the result of the 2015 Listahanan household assessment to the said committees last August 4-5, 2016 at the NEDA Regional Office.

The committees namely Economic Development Committee, Infrastructure Development Committee, Development Administration Committee and the Social Development Committee favorably supported the Listahanan.

According to Garcia, the Listahanan have a unified set of criteria for identifying the poor that would enable synchronization and convergence of all resources.

He encourages to adopt and utilize the data of poor households in the region generated thru the Listahanan as their basis in the identification of beneficiaries for their respective social protection programs.

Meanwhile, Garcia will again present the Listahanan to the Bicol Regional Development Council Full Meeting on September 9, 2016.

Listahanan formerly known as the National Household Targeting for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is the DSWD’s information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.

It makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders as the reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.###

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2 State Universities in Bicol to receive funding from DSWD on research

MOA signing web copyBicol University and Catanduanes State University were among the 8 universities which have been approved by the DSWD for their research.

This has in reference to the issuance of a call for proposals to public and private state colleges, universities last May 2016 funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The Policy Development and Planning Bureau (PDPB) of the DSWD Central Office received a total of 26 shortlisted proposals from 11 Field Offices of which, 8 proposals have been approved for funding.

The Bicol University will receive an amount of Php 219,000 on the proposed research entitled “Sustainability of the Expanded Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA)”.

Likewise, Catanduanes State University will study on the Prevailing Perceptions of LGU’s on the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program: The Catanduanes experience with a working budget of Php 260, 000.

The results of the studies will be presented during the National Research Conference which will be held on November 14-18, 2016.

The DSWD is a recipient of the technical assistance from DFAT of which part of the grant amounting Php 4.5 million will be allocated to support the conduct of mini-studies and follow through Pantawid which aimed at enhancing local CCT program implementation and helping to build the resilience of Pantawid Pamilya households to poverty and shocks. ###

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Educare Centers in Naga City Celebrates Nutrition Month

As provided for in Presidential Decree 411 designates July of every year as Nutrition Month. This aims to create greater awareness among the Filipinos on the importance of nutrition focusing attention on making informed choices and developing sound, eating and physical activities.

The Educare Centers of Naga City held a one-day activity to culminate the celebration of the Nutrition Month. Four Educare Centers in Pacol, Camarines Sur joint to culminate the event. The day’s event started with a motorcade with the educare children wearing a costume of the different fruits and vegetables. Each center has their own “bahay kubo” with different fruits and vegetables hanged/displayed in the small nipa hut. There was an overwhelming participation from the parents who brought with them nutritious food.

Barangay Kagawad Meñes shared that there are about 120 educare children in the four educare centers in the Barangay. According to teacher Edith, Educare teacher of Center I that right food and nutrition including health care are being introduced to the children not only during the nutrition month but part of the daily activities. It is instilled in the mind of the children that “Good nutrition” is important to everyone.

The Educare Program in Naga City was designed to have nutrition component to allow children to enjoy a regular feeding program that includes a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. Naga City has 75 educare centers in 27 barangays. ###eejerusalem

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August 1 is White Cane Safety Day

There is still less awareness of the general public about Republic Act No. 6759 series of 1989 as the White Cane Act. This law declares August 1 of each year as White Cane Safety Day.

It is the policy of the state to promote and protect the physical, moral and social well- being of all handicapped persons, such as the blind and to undertake studies on specific causes of the high percentage of blind people in the Philippines. August 1 of each year is hereby declared as White Cane Safety Day for the purpose of instilling public awareness on the plight of the blind, promoting recognition and acceptance of the “white cane” as a symbol of the need of the blind for specific assistance and as a reminder of the individual’s duty to care and accord due respects to his unfortunate brethren.

The latest household assessment of the Listahanan revealed that there are 8,194 poor individuals in Bicol with disability and functional disabilities on seeing. This is where the importance of the cane will come in.

Cane is an important assistive device, thus the proper use of the cane must be taught to them and even to the sighted guide.

The observance of the white cane day aims to:

1. To instill public awareness of the plight of blind people.
2. To promote recognition and acceptance of the white cane as a symbol of the inability of a blind person.
3. To serve as a reminder of the duty of the public to accord due respect to the blind.
4. To promote and protect the physical, moral and social well-being of blind persons.

“White Cane is an international symbol for the blind.” ###eejerusalem

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DSWD programs contributes to the fast economic growth of Bicol, says NEDA

The regional economy of Bicol region recorded the highest growth rate it has ever attained in terms of gross regional domestic product (GRDP) as presented by the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) Regional Director Cynthia Perdiz during the news conference on the 2015 Report on the Regional Economy of Bicol Region held last July 28 at Ninongs Hotel, Legazpi City.

The Bicol region topped in terms of economic growth among other regions nationwide. It accelerated to 8.4 percent in 2015, almost double its pace in 2014.

Meanwhile, NEDA Regional Director Agnes Espinas said that DSWD’s programs contribute to this economic growth.

According to her, Services contributed the biggest share of the region’s economy with 56.1 percent while the Industry’s share of 22.5 percent in 2015 improved by 2.8 percent in 2014.

Services include investments in people such as Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program. In 2015, a total of about 369, 000 beneficiaries received conditional cash transfers from the program.

The conduct of 2015 Listahanan household assessment also generated jobs in the other services sector employing 2, 966 field staff all across the region for the conduct of the 2nd round of assessment.

Moreover, the KALAHI-CIDSS or the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services contributed on the other capital outlays with the construction of 1, 370 classrooms for senior highs school, 221 community centers or multi-purpose buildings, 217 flood/river control structures and 215 school buildings. Likewise, the completion of 7, 843 core shelter units under the Core Shelter Assistance Program.

Meanwhile, DSWD’s budget for this year amounted to 8.4 billion, 4% higher than the 2015 fund allocation.###

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Getting into prohibited drugs or being dead drunk will not at all solve one’s problem” Leonie said.

Leonie Buhion Belarmino, 51 years old is a recovered drug dependent. A resident of Zone 2, Bulan, Sorsogon, Leonie is married with three children all boys. But bad fate brought his family to be dismantled. His wife has her own family and his two son is staying with her wife. His eldest son died from a vehicular accident. Leonie is staying with his father. The third child among the 11 siblings. Born to parents whose income is just enough to support the family especially that all the children are in school. Life was tough for the family so he decided to help his father earn a living. Industry is inherent with Leonie. After school, he would go with his father fishing and on weekends he would sell fresh fish. Leonie shared that he finds happiness when he is able to help his father earn a living. “Pangarap ng aming mga magulang na kami ay makapagtapos ng pag-aaral. (It’s our parents desire to see all of us finish our studies.), Leonie said.

Getting into drugs.

At the age of 13, through peer pressure started to drink “tuba.” “Tuba” otherwise known as coconut wine is a sweet, fresh or mildly fermented sap taken from tripping the young expanded flowers of the coconut. For Leonie and friends, “tuba” is the most affordable instead of buying hard liquor. But it was from this coconut wine where Leonie started his vices. Since Leony never stopped from earning a living even at an early age, he always have some penny in his pocket. From the influence of his friends and some schoolmates, he now started to take cough syrup and take marijuana. Addiction affected much his family especially that he already started to sell his personal belongings and tried to get his mother’s medicine. His mother has a heart ailment that one of the medicines prescribed is a tranquilizer.He started using this prohibited drugs in 1997. This caused a problem to his family.

Feeling unwanted, Leonie went to try his luck in Manila and thought of getting away from addiction. Leonie was lucky enough that he was able to find a job. He worked as promo boy for eight years in Manila. “ Lalo akong nalulong sa droga kasi yong tinitirhan kong pinsan ay gumagamit din ng bawal na gamot”.( The more that I get addicted in Manila because my cousin whom I was staying with is also a user of prohibited drugs.” Leonie claimed. Meron akong perang pambili hindi lang nang marijuana kundi shabu at minsan tinikman ko na rin ang cocaine”. (I have already money that I could afford to buy not only marijuana but shabu and even tried cocaine.), Leonie added.

This came to the attention of his father so that in August 20,1986 he was brought by his father to the Psychiatric Department of Quezon City General Hospital where he stayed for three months rehabilitation. Upon discharge he was able to return back to work. The following year he was able to get married. They were blessed with three children. Pinanindigan ko ang isang mabuting ama. Inayos ang paghahanap buhay at pilit kong kinalimutan ang droga. “(I tried to prove my worth as good father and a family man, worked hard and have done away using the prohibited drugs) Leonie claimed.

However the more that he became an addict when he met frustrations in life. He was then 34 years old, when he became addicted to shabu. “Ang paghihithit ng shabu ay ang aking paraan para makalimot sa aking madilim na karanasan sa buhay”, (Snipping shabu was my way to forget all the dark experiences that I had) Leonie sighed with tears falling on his cheeks.

Life’s Struggle

After marriage, Leonie established his residence in Laguna. But he cannot deny that he has to stay away from his family most often because of the demand of his work as a salesman. One day he learned that his wife left their abode with another man bringing with her their children. Another trauma that came into Leonie’s life was when his eldest died due to vehicular accident. He still tried and did everything to win back his wife but to no avail. Given the situation, the more that Leonie was tied up to drugs. He had nowhere to go except to join his friends until the time that he lost his job and eventually his friends. He vividly recalled that he also lost his job and his money. Not a single penny was left in his pocket. Leonie also shared that he lost contact with his family for almost seven months. I had an acute psychological and behavioral problem as shared by my family. “Ako ay naging taong grasa. Para makakain, ako ay namalimos o kumuha ng mga tira-tira sa mga restoran o carenderia.” (I became a psychotic vagrant, lived in the street. I go on begging or ask left over foods in carenderias or restaurants for my food.) Leonie bared. I was able to reached Manila from Pangasinan on foot.

As the saying goes that “Blood is thicker than water”, with the concerted effort of his family looked for Leonie. His brother was able to find him. He was then brought to Mandaluyong Rehabilitation Center where he was treated then brought back to Bicol where he was again admitted at the Department of Psychiatry of the Bicol Medical Center in Pili, Camarines Sur. After his three months stay, he was brought back home but it was observed that he is again from time to time taking shabu and his psychotic behavior is recurring. The support of the family is a big factor in Leonie’s recovery.

Family’s Support

His father did not stop in looking for institutions where it could help Leonie for his full recovery. His father learned about the Malinao Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (MTRC), Malinao, Albay. He was then admitted and stayed for one year. Upon discharged he went back to his hometown and stayed with his father.

To have his own income, his siblings gave him money where he could use as capital to start a small business. He invested the amount in buy and sell of school supplies and other dry goods. His business is doing well. To find ease in his mobility as he is peddling his goods, his brother bought him a tricycle. “Malaki ang tulong sa aking pagbabago ang aking pamilya. Hindi nila ako pinapabayaan” (The support of my family is a big help for my recovery and reform. I am getting their full support and intervention), said Leonie. Since the family and the other siblings are just staying in one compound, Leonie has all the time to bond with them. He has his siblings whom he could talk with if he needed someone to talk to.

Realization and Intervention

One day, he realized that drug addiction have put his life in mess. He wanted to change for good. The reason why there was no desistance when his father decided to bring him to Malinao Treatment and Rehabilitation Center. He knows that it will best help him.

According to Leonie his stay in the rehabilitation center paved a way to let him see life in a different scale.” I decided to be back to the Lord. Detoxification and withdrawal from drugs was the most difficult in the rehabilitation program. But with determination I was able to surpass these difficulties.” said Leonie

Having shown good performance while in the rehabilitation center, Leonie was identified and qualified to be with the intervention group of the START. During the intervention, the START provided medical treatment and recovery through strengthening the spiritual aspect of the person. It also provided him a cash grant of P5, 000.00 for him to start with a livelihood activities. From the grant, Leonie bought a motorized banca where he could use for his fishing business. According to Leonie he does not anymore go out for fishing. Instead he has the banca rented of which he is receiving an income of at least 500.00 per week. He proudly shares that from his buy and sell business and from the boat rental, he is receiving a good income. Leonie proudly said that he is now able to help his brothers and sisters provide a living for their father and now able to send financial support to his two son.

Leonie Belarmino is now a strong partner in the advocacy campaign to educate and prepare families and communities on the adverse effects of drugs. He is also actively involved in the promotion of family life enrichment activities especially those who are recovering from drug dependency to equip them with parenting and life skills to ensure a drug free home.


The Strategy Toward Acceptance, Reintegration and Transformation (START) which was piloted in Bicol Region is a one of the DSWD’s program which focuses on the organization of recovering drug dependents who will later become the advocacy arm at the community level and shall be equipped through the provision of the following existing basic, social and psychological services such as Assistance In Crisis Situation (AICS), economic and livelihood assistance, emergency shelter assistance and referral services. ###eejerusalem

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DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program encourages parent’s involvement

A total of 146, 148 pre- schoolers enrolled in 4,372 day care centers in 108 Local Government Units in Bicol are benefitting from the DSWD’s Supplemental Feeding Program. It has a total funding of 227 million. Each day care child have an allocation of 15.00 per day for a period of 120 days.

The Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals as part of the DSWD’s Contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCO) program of the government. The food supplementation will be in a form of hot meals to be served during snacks/ meal time to children minimum of five and maximum of seven days a week for a period of 120 days.

Children beneficiaries will be weighed at the start of the feeding and monthly. Thereafter until completion of 120 feeding days to determine improvement and sustenance in their nutritional status.

The feeding program is managed by parents/caregivers based on a prepared cycle menu using indigenous food supplies. Parents prepare and cook the hot meals of the children in groups every day. Every cooking session serves as the time for the parents to bond and be friends. It is also an opportunity to show their own cooking techniques that can be done at home.

Aside from the food preparation, parent’s involvement in other related activities of the program promotes camaraderie, discipline, and cooperation. It also generates full support from parents and other stakeholders to the plight of the malnourished children.

The DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program is a strong weapon to fight malnutrition. ###eejerusalem

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