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Sto.Domingo town receives recognition for DSWD’s Gawad Listahanan

Sto.Domingo-town-receives-recognition-for-DSWD’s-Gawad-Sto. Domingo town receives recognition as the Regional Awardee for the 2015 Gawad Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V during its 65th founding anniversary on February 19, 2016 at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City.

Hon.Mayor Herbie Aguas together with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma.Salome Villanueva accepted the plaque of recognition from Regional Director Arnel Garcia on Friday.

The local government used the Listahanan database for the provision of financial assistance, scholarships and referral system.
The municipality entered the competition under the Municipal category contending Jaen, Nueva Ecija and Cabanatuan, Iloilo in the national level wherein Jaen town bagged the title.

Meanwhile, Baguio City won over Bislig City, and Cebu City for the city category, while Iloilo, Pampanga over Palawan for the provincial category.

Regional Director Arnel Garcia extends his gratitude to the local government for the unwavering support to the implementation of Listahanan.

Gawad Listahanan is an award conferred to Local Government Units (LGUs) for providing services to the poor, disadvantaged, and vulnerable.

It aims to promote the convergence of all social protection stakeholders on the identified poor to effectively address the different aspects of poverty.

Spearheaded by the DSWD, Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. This system makes available to NGAs, LGUs and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as a basis for identifying potential beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services. ###

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naga educareThe Early Education Program (EDUCARE) of the Local Government Unit of Naga City bags the Best New Social Technology under the PANATA KO SA BAYAN award of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat with Ms. Elsie Romano, the EDUCARE Division Supervisor and Director Arnel Garcia received the trophy and a cash prize from DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano “Dinky” Soliman and Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin. The awarding ceremony was held at Asian Institute of Management last January 28, 2016 is line with the 65th DSWD Anniversary Celebration.

The Naga City EDUCARE Program was recognized for its creative innovation and combined childcare and early education. This new approach led to the introduction of the School for Early Education and Development (SEED) using the Montessori system. It has since growth to become a key service program with EDUCARE centers catering to pre-school children in all of the city’s barangays.

EDUCARE is a pillar of having “Good Schools” one of the 12 elements of Naga’s Maogmang Lugar vision. The city is committed to the vision of “Education for All” and the Sustainable Development Goals. As human rights – based approach to development, the city is duty bound to uphold the citizens achieve their dreams and goals in life. The programs came about when the City Government in 1990, recognized the need for providing day care services to children ages 3 to 6 years old.

Naga City Mayor John Bongat shared that aside from providing the basic amenities needed at the center, one unit of tablet was also provided to all Day Care Centers. This is to help them in the quick and easy preparation of their lesson plans. Mayor Bongat also shared that the Day Care Workers are given regular trainings for them to enhance/improve their teaching skills. Scholarship program also offered for those day care teachers who are unable to finish their college course. To date, there are 21 day care workers who have completed their course in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

The “Pagkakilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (Panata Ko sa Bayan) awards acknowledges the efforts of the individuals, groups, and organizations whose “PANATA” or “VOW” is to share their resources, time and selves in providing for better opportunity for the disadvantage sector.

“Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan “ is an award given to either a local government unit (LGU),NGO or DSWD, Field Office who has introduced a new and effective social technology who has introduced a new and effective social technology deemed as best practice based on the standard set.# # #eejerusalem

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A Bicolano modern hero is a DSWD national awardee

A Bicolano from Mobo, Masbate received a national award for the 2nd Bayani Ka! Awards last February 9, 2016 in Manila.

Abello Frias of Brgy. Dacu Abello is a community volunteer in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty reduction program of the government under DSWD, for almost seven years.

He was hailed as the national winner for the 2nd Bayani Ka! Awards for Luzon cluster because he encouraged his neighbors to participate in all community activities being conducted under Kalahi-CIDSS despite of resistance among his neighbors onset of the program.

His heroic deed in 2012 made him an exemplary volunteer. Two days before the deadline of submission of their documents needed for the construction of their health center being proposed for funding in Kalahi-CIDSS, he forced his way into a storm (Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 was raised) in a late evening to get their lot document notarized in Masbate City even if he is suffering from flu. It took about two hours to get to town from a 30-minute ride because the way was already flooded.

“Ok lang na ako ang mabasa huwag lang ang mga dockumento. Prinotektahan ko ang papeles. (I don’t mind to get drenched but not the documents. I protected the papers from getting wet),” he said.

Kalahi-CIDSS annually conducts the Bayani Ka! Awards to acknowledge the hard work being put by the local, everyday heroes who put their own communities (“bayan”) before their own selves (“I”). They are the new generation of champions who will help in the advocacy of making community-driven development (CDD) a reality.

The winners of the “bayanI Ka!” awards will serve as the spokespersons of the program in their respective arenas. As such, the nominees must be willing and able to serve as program advocates in various program events and activities.

The other community volunteers recognized during the awarding ceremony were Mary Fe Antones from La Libertad, Negros Oriental for Visayas while Marcelo Gusanan from Barangay Eday in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat was recognized as Best Community Volunteer in the 2nd “Bayani Ka!” Awards.

Frias was already invited to speak during special gatherings and press conferences of DSWD to share his personal experience in Kalahi-CIDSS.

In addition to the health center constructed through Kalahi-CIDSS, Dacu finished the concreting of their pathways and will also receive funds for their seawall.

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Lyndra Aytona Villareal, named as DSWD Outstanding DSWD Worker

lyndra villarealwebMs. Lyndra Aytona Villareal is one among the 13 awardees for the Outstanding DSWD Worker as a Public Servant for 2015. She received the award on January 27, 2016 at the DSWD Central Office during the 65th anniversary celebration of the agency.

This award is given to a DSWD employee who is able to render extraordinary work performance or service and an exemplary demonstration of the three competencies of a DSWD employee in his/her work execution thereby significantly contributing to the achievement of the strategic goals of the department. Ms. Villareal is now in her 27 years in the department. A social worker by profession, she started her stint as Social Welfare Officer II and later promoted to Social Welfare Officer III (SWO III). At present, she is the OIC – Head of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY, at Our Lady’s Village, Pangpang, Sorsogon City.

Ms. Villareal was recognized for her innovation and adopting various strategies in center management. She is a person who even goes beyond the call of duty when the need arise. To ensure the total rehabilitation of the residents and prepare them for a fulfilling and productive life outside the center, Ms. Villareal has strengthened her coordination, networking, and collaboration with partner agencies and other service providers who could help in providing intervention to the residents. She was able to sustain the implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS). The residents are given the opportunity to acquire basic education outside school. The support of Ms. Villareal and her staff to the program is evident as one of the residents got the 3rd place among 108 passers in the province of Sorsogon while two boys were accelerated from elementary to secondary.

To prepare the boys for independent living Ms. Villareal had a strong partnership with TESDA. The boys were able to acquire skills training on carpentry, service small engine component and baking/pastries production. They are now able to have income from the bread and pastries produced.

What is noteworthy is that aside from the vocational skills acquired by the boys, Ms. Villareal had set a day for the residents to experience the work of the staff. There were those who were assigned as a houseparent, cook, social workers, center head and security guard. This activity was a venue to realize and appreciate each one’s responsibility in the center.

She was also recognized by the Presiding Judge in Virac, Catanduanes for the unwavering service and continuous dedication in cooperating with the court in the administration of justice.

Ms. Villareal is a humble, simple and a person with integrity.# # #

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Listahanan validation in Bicol draws to a close



The Validation and Finalization activity of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol under the Listahanan are about to end this February.

According to DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia, a total of 213, 586 complaints was received by the department as a result of the posting of the initial list of poor to each barangays.

These complaints include those households claim that they are poor and should be included in the list, certain household should not be on the list, household have not been visited by an enumerator, complaints for the incorrectly data entry in the family assessment form (FAF) and claim that the list is incomplete and not represents the actual poor household in the community.

Garcia said that of those complaints, 197, 902 or 93 % were already resolved through the conduct of the assessment and re-assessment.

“We target to complete the validation last December however due to typhoon Nona that hit the Bicol region, our operations were affected that’s why we extended until February,” explained Garcia

Moreover, the information gathered by the enumerators are being encoded in the database for Proxy Means Test (PMT) processing.
Proxy Means Test (PMT) is a statistical model that approximates family income based on observable and verifiable proxy indicators of the family’s income such as materials used in the housing structure, family’s access to basic services and facilities like water and electricity, and ownership of specific assets, among others.

It can be recalled that DSWD Bicol completed the household assessment last September 2015 which resulted in the identification of the 410, 186 initial poor out of 1,056,722 assessed households region-wide.

Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide through family assessments. This system 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 their social protection programs and services. ###

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The “putol” foreman of Kalahi-CIDSS

Empowerment is one of the key the ingredients in the development process and it is one of the main goals of Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

Kalahi-CIDSS promotes empowerment through CDD where community actively participate in the design, implementation, and management of development activities that aim to reduce poverty and place control over resources in the hands of the community especially the poor.

The small town of Bombon, Camarines Sur with eight barangays started the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in 2012 with a total fund of PhP10,800,000.00 from Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to 12 community sub-projects.

Barangay Siembre in Bombon was grateful to receive a school building with three classrooms and a day care center.

Gil Arga, a foreman who lost his legs in 2001, was one of the people who erected those buildings in the said village.

“Pasalamat ako dahil napili ako maging foreman sa Kala-CIDSS,” he said.

Gil among the other three applicants for the foreman in 2013, was chosen by most of the laborers during the pre-construction conference wherein discussions focused on explaining the work items and its subsidiary works to be accomplished which included the manpower requirements for the construction of their Day Care Center.

Arga, an elementary graduate, says experience is a good teacher. He started as a carpenter in 1982. After six months, he gained the trust of his supervisor and was promoted by his supervisor as the foreman. His dedication to work, determination and diligence developed him into an adroit worker mastering skills for his craft and working with others.

“Nagibi na sana ako. Dae ko maipaliwanag ang namatian ko. Nagapasalamat ako na maski arog kaini ang kamugtakan ko, inako nindo ako,” he said.

Arga lost important things but not his life. He lost his wife in 2001 and during the same year, he lost his legs. He survived electrocution when fixing the roof of his relative.

“Siguro may misyon pa ako kaya di pa ako kinua ni Lord,” a teary Arga said. 

He was not able to work after those fateful incidents and was confined at home because of his disability for over three years. He got back to work when his relative requested him to manage the construction of their house but opportunity was too evasive since then. 

For over 30 years of experience in construction, Arga was able to build numerous buildings like school buildings, a hospital, residential and commercial spaces both in public and private firms.

When Kalahi-CIDSS came, he was able to build not only their day care center and the school building but the opportunity also strengthened his confidence by getting the trust of his neighbors in Brgy. Siembre when the community chose him as the foreman.

According to Brgy. Capt. Josefa Tan, she believed in Arga because he is a determined person and he should receive equal opportunity in the community.

“Pinili ng barangay si Arga dahil sa kakayahan niya sa construction sa matagal nang panahon. Hindi naging hadlang ang kanyang kapansanan,” Gregorio Abundo, a DSWD worker assigned to Brgy Siembre who guides the people in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS, added

Arga was challenged when there was a weekly rotation of laborers during the construction of their community- sub-projects. He was used to a permanent group of laborers when he was with the private construction firm before but appreciated the system.

“Magayon na nagapalit ning tarbador surusemana dahil ang bilog na taga-barangay natatwan ning pagkakataon na maghanapbuhay,” he said.

According to Abundo, Arga managed the workers properly even though there was a weekly change of manpower and the result of his management prowess greatly affected the quality of the buildings.  

He said that Arga taught the first-timers to perform what is expected from them and guided the whole group by being a good example.

“Pinailing ko sainda na bako hadlang ang pisikal na kakulangan ko. Tigpailing ko sainda ang deteminsyon ko sa trabaho,” Arga said.

Arga did not mind if he receives PhP430 a day which was lower than the salary he usually gets when he was with private firms.

“Dae man ako nagisip ning alangkaw na sweldo. At least nakatabang na ako sa barangay maski magtrabaho pa kami ning Domingo,” he added.

He was also elated to know that the community recognizes his skills and how the Barangay Council is proud of him. 

“Mas nabistohan ko ang mg ka-barangay ko dahil dae man ako nagaparaluwas ta ang trabaho ko sa ibang lugar dati,” Arga added.

According to Antonia Gavica, a resident of Siembre, Arga was inspired to get out of his house because of the work offered to him in Kalahi-CIDSS.

Kalahi-CIDSS gives opportunity to all sectors in the community most specially the physically challenged persons, elderly, women, and Indigenous People to participate in development activities.

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Rapu-Rapu Robbery: DSWD assures Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries will receive their cash assistance

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program assures affected beneficiaries of Batan Island, Rapu-Rapu Albay will receive their cash assistance due to the robbery incident last night (January 26, 2016).

According to Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, total of P3.4 Million cash was taken by the robbers which are intended to be released to a total of 1,350 families out the 2,816 identified beneficiaries in Rapu –Rapu, Albay.

He added that for the meantime, the conduct of pay-out to affected beneficiaries will be delayed but they should not panic since the Department is doing its best and coordinated closely with the service providers and the local government unit of Rapu-Rapu for the investigation of the incident.

According to the initial reports from DSWD field staff assigned in the area, two unidentified men at around 11:00 in the evening, broke into the rented apartment of the staff of St. Anthony Development Cooperatives—the local conduit that had the money intended for the next day’s pay out.

The pay-out is a bi-monthly activity being conducted to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries for them to receive the cash grants.

Under Pantawid Pamilya, beneficiaries receive cash grants for health amounting to P500 per household every month. And for education grant amounting to P300 for elementary or P500 for high school per child every month for ten months (a household may register a maximum of three children for the program).

For a household with three children in elementary, a household may receive P1,400 every month and for a household with three children in high school, a household may receive P2,000 every month.

These cash grants are distributed to the household-beneficiaries through the Land Bank of the Philippines or, if not feasible, through alternate payment schemes such as National Confederation of Cooperatives and rural bank transactions.

As of January 13, 2016, a total of 4.482B cash grants were paid to eligible and compliant beneficiaries for five periods covering November 2014 to September 2015 disbursements for the total of 373, 890 beneficiaries in Bicol Region.***Glorei Lindio, Information Officer Pantawid Pamilya

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Millennium Challenge Corporation funds 679 community sub-projects in Bicol under Kalahi-CIDSS

Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD), completed 532 out of 679 community sub-projects in 26 poor municipalities of Bicol with a grant of PhP797,682,994.00 from Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

MCC has also provided PhP42,648,000.00 to train residents elected as community volunteers under the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee who manage these sub-projects.

In total, MCC had provided Bicol with PhP840,330,994.00 to address the prioritized needs of poor villages.

The table below shows the breakdown of the MCC grant to implement different modes of Kalahi-CIDSS from 2012-2016:

Modality Community Sub-project Grant Training for Community Volunteers Total Grant
Makamasang-Tugon 107,550,000.00 7,170,000.00 114,720,000.00
Cycle 1 197,100,000.00 11,826,000.00 208,926,000.00
Cycle 2 197,100,000.00 11,826,000.00 208,926,000.00
Cycle 3 197,100,000.00 11,826,000.00 208,926,000.00
Additional Grant 20,363,844.00 20,363,844.00
Gender Incentive Grant 3,064,389.00 3,064,389.00
Incentive Grant 75,404,761.00 75,404,761.00
TOTAL 797,682,994.00 42,648,000.00 840,330,994.00

The sub-projects refer to the community projects generated through the Kalahi-CIDSS planning process where set of development activities or interventions are designed, implemented, maintained by a partner community in barangay/s in order to respond/address a need/s or problem/s identified during the Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA).

The table below shows the community sub-projects funded under MCC:

Community Sub-project Category MT Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Additional Grant GIG IG
Access 7 32 37 45 5 7
BHS 6 5 6 7
Birthing Facility 1
Foot/Small Bridge 4 4 1 3 2
DCC 16 18 13 19 2
Drainage 21 12 21 18 7 6
Electrification 1 1 1 1
River/Flood Control 11 3 5 2 3 1
Livelihood 1 1
Market 1
Comm. Library 2
Pre and Post Harvest Facility 2 2 3 1
Road 19 31 24 5 17
Sanitation 1
School Building 22 23 19 22
Seawall 2 2 7 8 6
Training/ Skills Training 1 1 1 6
Slope Protection 4 5 5 9 1
Training Center 3 3 1
Water System 8 27 18 3
Wharf 1
Others 7 7
TOTAL 125 172 164 146 18 14 40

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an independent U.S. foreign aid agencies created in 2004 to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by helping countries promote economic growth.

The compact between the Philippine Government and MCC will end this year. The Closing Activity which aims to communicate the gains and share lessons and best practices among stakeholders, is scheduled in Bicol Region on February 4, 2016, 12 noon at Villa Caceres Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Camarines Sur. Key officials from MCC and DSWD will be present during the said event.

On the other hand, the operations of the 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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