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DSWD lauded by World Bank during the Listahanan launching

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was lauded by World Bank during the Listahanan launching on Tuesday at the Manila Hotel.

The World Bank recognizes Listahanan as a leading “good practice example” for a growing number of countries that aspire to introduce a database.

Listahanan is the country’s information system that identifies who and where the poor are. It has been the baseline for programs to the poorest and the most vulnerable such as DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and Philhealth.

According to World Bank Country Director Mara Warwick, the launching of the new database is an instrument that places the Philippines at the forefront of global experience in national household targeting for poverty reduction.

“The Philippines has taken significant steps forward in transparency and good governance and Listahanan stands out among the factors that are helping to drive these advances,” said Warmwick in her speech.

She also said that the Philippines and Brazil are the only two countries in the world to have succeeded in establishing a comprehensive database or “social registry” to identify poor and vulnerable beneficiaries of government programs.
The launch of Listahanan 2 marks the successful completion of an enormous effort undertaken in 2015 by DSWD with support from the World Bank and the Australian Government.

The World Bank supported the Listahanan since its conception in 2008, including assisting DSWD to develop and update the targeting mechanism, establish and strengthen operational procedures, and implement Listahanan 2010 and 2015.

“We consider Listahanan an important pillar for continued institutional development in the Philippines, one that helps to secure efficient and effective use of government resources and enables transparent, objective and fair identification of poor and vulnerable beneficiaries of government programs” added Warmwick.

The Listahanan second round of assessment covered 15.1 million households of which 5.1 million was identified as poor.
The assessment covered families in all rural and urban areas in 17 regions, 80 provinces, 1,491 municipalities, 143 cities and 42, 028 barangays.

According to DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, Listahanan is a tool that really puts a face to the poor.
She said that out of the 4.2 million Pantawid Pamilya assessed in 2008, 1.5 million families are now with improved well-being based on latest Listahanan assessment.

Information available in the Listahanan database includes disaggregated data on families and other information such as access to safe water and electricity, quality of housing materials, tenure status of the family’s house and lot and their specific occupation, etc.

Listahanan shares the available database to stakeholders at no cost. Information such as statistics and magnitude can be obtained through a data request. However, the list of poor families with names and household members shall be shared only upon execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DSWD and the data user.

Meanwhile, launching of the Listahanan database in the regional level shall be done in May.###

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary leaders of Bicol trained on leadership and advocacy


The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program conducted a two-day Parent Leaders Training on Leadership, Advocacy and Lobbying at Ninongs Hotel, Legazpi City last March 31 to April 1.

Said activity aims to provide the participants with knowledge on Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Bill, share and reflect on their experiences and gains of Pantawid Pamilya and to be able to understand and appreciate the roles of parent volunteer leaders in institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilya.

A total of 30 parent leaders from various provinces together with 25 pantawid pamilya staff participated the said activity.

During the activity lectures and workshop are conducted. Some of the topics are; CCT legislative agenda, reflections and insights discussed by Pastor Melchor C. Buenaflor, regional coordinator of IHelp; describing our dream of an institutionalized CCT Bill; leadership and institutionalization, advocacy and lobbying work and formulation of action plans.

Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, during his message emphasized the rights of the beneficiaries to participate in electoral processes especially in the coming election. He also stated that through the active citizenship module being discussed during family development sessions–monthly activity being conducted to beneficiaries to improve, develop and inculcate family values, the beneficiaries are empowered and capacitated.

One of the participants, Angelina C. Ramos of Barangay Poblacion 2, Mobo, Masbate shared how her life improved through the program. “Sa totoo lang po, yung cash grant na narereceive namin, sa iba ay kaunti lang ito pero sa amin na mahihirap ay malaking tulong na po ito sa pagpa-aral ng mga anak namin. Kaya po kami po ay isusulong namin na sana ay tuloy ang program dahil kami po ang patunay na may nagbago sa aming buhay, [Truly, the cash grant we received, to others it is only less but to us who are poor, it is a huge help to send our children in school. That is why we will advocate to continue the program because we are a living testimony that there are improvements in our lives,” she ended.

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Balatan town avails of the DSWD CSAP

Balatan is one of the coastal municipality of the Province of Camarines Sur which is home to 28, 699. It is prone to typhoon surge and other natural calamity like flooding and landslides. During the onslaught of typhoon Glenda and Ruby there were families especially those in the coastal village who were left homeless and still unable to restore their houses.

In response to this problem, the Department of Social Welfare and Development released the amount of 13.3 million to the Local Government of Balatan thru Mayor Alfredo Bagasbas, the Local Chief Executive. The amount will benefit 190 family beneficiaries from Barangays Coquit, Duran, Siramag and Luluwasan. Each core shelter units is worth P 70,000.

Ms. Maritess Quismorio, the Regional Focal Person for Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) explained that this project is provided to indigent families who were rendered homeless due to disaster. The core shelter is structurally strong and environment friendly shelter units which can withstand 180-220 kph wind velocity, intensified four earthquakes, floodings and similar hazard. It is restoration and rehabilitation strategy that uses teams to provide laborers in the construction.

Meanwhile, the amount of 370,000 was also released by the department as an augmentation support to the beneficiaries for the construction of the unit. Each beneficiary will be given 1,950.00 for food for work.

Mayor Bagasbas bared that the LGU purchased a 2 hectare lot at Barangay Coquit as the relocation site. The 190 core units will be erected in this site. Coordination with the Provincial Government was also done who also committed to finance other features of the unit like the partitions and for painting. It is envision that the construction of the 190 core units will be completed and turn-over comes September or October, 2016..# # #eejerusalem

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New scheme for the release of cash grant to social pensioners will be adopted

socpenThe Social Pension for Senior Citizen is a program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that provides cash assistance of Five Hundred (PhP 500) as monthly stipend to indigent senior citizens. This in accordance with DSWD Administrative Order No. 15 and as mandated by Republic Act no. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

In calendar year 2012, the Social Pension was implemented by DSWD through cash payout to the beneficiaries. The cash requirements for the payout were funded by means of a cash advance drawn by the Special Disbursing Officers (SDO’s) and the payout was administered together with the DSWD Field Offices through the Regional Social Pension Unit (RSPU) staff, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office ( C/MSWDO) and Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA). To fast track the distribution of the cash grant, other LGU’s adopted the fund transfer and this has proven to be effective.

However, these are some social pensioners who were not able to attend on scheduled payout hence door to door delivery scheme will be adopted. To implement this, the department has inked Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Veterans Bank as the service provider.

According DSWD Director Arnel Garcia this scheme aims to ensure the timely delivery of grants/payments to the beneficiary and to protect the staff from the risk of bringing huge amount of money during cash payout.

In Bicol, there are 89, 839 social pensioners. Out of this number 31, 692 pensioners will benefit from the door to door delivery of the cash grant which covers 49 local government units (LGU’s) since the rest of the pensioners were paid direct by the respective local government units under fund transfer. An amount of 3.1 million will be the cost of service for the servicing bank who in turn has the Banking Training Institute as conduit. The latter will be responsible for the delivery of cash grant to the social pensioners for every successful delivery, the courier will be paid P 100.00 each.

For the 2nd and 3rd quarter, 89, 839 social pensioners from 114 LGU’s will be receiving their cash grant at this respective homes. There is an allocation of 134, 758, 500 as a servicing fee. .# # #eejerusalem

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First Municipal Bayani Ka! Awards in the Philippines honors volunteers


The first municipal Bayani Ka! Awards in the Philippines was initiated in Bato, Catanduanes last March 30, 2016 where community implementers of a DSWD poverty program were recognized.

Residents of Bato’s 27 barangays engaged in 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), were awarded for their volunteerism and commendable commitment and support to the program.

“This is a way to honor our community heroes for their selflessness who will help us promote the program through their stories of heroism and transformation that CDD really works,” Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

As a CDD project, ordinary residents are elected as program implementers who will directly manage the resources and construct community sub-projects like evacuation centers, day care centers, health centers, classrooms, roads, drainage, solar dryer, etc.

Apolinario Tejerero, a resident of Brgy. Guinobatan, received an accolade as the Best Community Volunteer who has shown his perseverance to pursue their project despite of struggles.

“Kahit tatlong araw akong pabalik-balik na walang pera para maka attend sa training at seminar para sa aming volunteers, naranasan kong maging masaya dahil marami akong natutunan na kahit na kailanman hindi ko malilimutan,” he said.

Tejerero is the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairman who helped in the construction of their evacuation center funded through Kalahi-CIDSS amounting to 2,397,071.00.

The following volunteers and barangays received the following awards:

Barangay Category Awardee
Barangay Guinobatan Best Barangay Secretary Amelia Villescas
Barangay Bote Best Barangay Treasurer Josephine Mendez
Barangay Guinobatan Best Bids & Awards Committee
Barangay Cabugao Best Barangay Bookkeeper Jonna Tarala
Barangay San Roque Best Audit & Inventory Team (AIT)
Barangay Ilawod Best Project Implementation Team (PIT)
Barangay Tamburan Best Procurement Team (PT)
Barangay Bote Best Barangay Representation Team (BRT)
Barangay Sibacungan Best Monitoring & Inspection Team (MIT)
Barangay Bote Best Operations & Management Team/Group (O&M)
Barangay Guinobatan Best Project Preparation Team (PPT)
Barangay Cabugao Best Barangay Council
Barangay Bote Best BSPMC
Barangay Guinobatan Best BSPMC Chairperson Apolinario Tejerero
Brgy. Cabugao Best Youth Volunteer Jinky Rodriguez, AIT Member
Brgy. Bote Best Senior Volunteer Charles Teope, PIT Member
Brgy. Pananaogan Best Women Volunteer Letty Torcelino, BSPMC Chairperson & Parent Leader
Brgy. Cabugao Best PWD Volunteer Roel Tarlac, AIT Member


Abello Frias, also a BSPMC Chairman from Brgy. Dacu, Mobo, Masbate was hailed as the national winner for the 2nd Bayani Ka! Awards for Luzon cluster last February 9, 2016 in Manila. His heroic deed in 2012 made him an exemplary volunteer. 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 for their health center in Masbate City even if he is suffering from flu.

From 2014 to present, there are 64, 903 community volunteers (Women- 29,483, Men- 35,420) who are trained by DSWD on how they can manage their community sub-projects. They train on project management, community procurement, bookkeeping, community finance, etc.

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Glorious struggles

webDuring my recent visit to San Pascual, Burias, Masbate and after my visit to some of the projects of the DSWD. I was inspired to write (though I’m not a good writer) about the development and transformation in the town.

The first time that I set foot in the town was in 1975 where I was hired as Day Care Worker, the first day care worker under the First Lady Integrated Program (FLIP) of Mrs. Imelda Romualdez Marcos. Since there was no pre-school in town, I had almost 50 toddlers enrolled that I had to conduct in two sessions. I enjoyed my work especially that I have love for children but the problem was the absence of structure where I can conduct the session. The church was my temporary classroom but if the church is unavailable I bring the children to the house or we conduct the session under the tree. The implementation of the program was a success.

In 1979, I was hired as Welfare Aide with the Department of Social Welfare (DSW). I was first assigned in Claveria, Masbate with the same position and was later transferred to San Pascual, Masbate. Life in the area for a field worker and even to the residents was hard. The town has 22 barangays of which three of whom are interior barangays while the rest are coastal villages. It could only be reached by land on sunny days, meaning better travel to it by sea. As a service provider in a welfare agency means that it is a must to go out on field, assess the community and deliver the programs and services of the department to the community.

One funny experience that I had is when I was about to conduct a session on parent effectiveness service in Boca-Chica of the same town. One could reach the place by sea transport and even a small banca will do since the barangay is just across the town’s port. However, the activity is an interior “ sitio” of which I need to hike about 5 kilometers. Having just returned to work after two months maternity leave, I was not allowed to go on foot. Instead, I was asked to ride in a carabao sledge. The trip was exciting but difficult since we have to trek a rocky road with “ talahib”, a wild tall grasses. Suddenly I was surprised when I found myself with the carabao in a muddy canal where the carabao has to “freshen”. I was covered with mud that I have to take a shower, stay under the sun just to dry myself. What was funny was that my slipper was lost so I have no choice but to conduct the session with wet clothes and barefooted.

Going out in the field is really a sacrifice with the kind of terrain in the area. In going to the interior barangay, one has to trek the rocky and sloppy hills. There are no road opening. There is no available vehicle in town. Likewise there is also difficulty in going to the coastal areas especially during monsoon season since it is a risk in traversing a big waves hence there is no choice but to take the risk or at times, we have to reach the area by foot. The trail is dusty during dry season and a first class carabao trail on wet season. There was no power supply, what we have is the “gacera” to illuminate our house even in the street.

I could also vividly recall that the constituents lack the drive and aggressiveness to improve their living conditions especially those in the far flung barangays. The families lived simple lives aspiring for not much in life and in the future.

However, the families know how to feed its households and some also aspire for a better future for their children thus sending them to school. But the geographical condition of some barangays hinders the school children in going to school especially those who will pass through the coastal village especially when its high tide. There was also scarcity in water supply

The Transformation

During my recent visit in the municipality, I was greatly amazed by the development which I saw. I visited four barangays to get pictures of the PAMANA projects and gather data and interview beneficiaries which I could use in coming up with a feature story. One is Barangay Busing. In going to the barangay one would traverse from the town’s port to a coastal village. The trip is about 15 minutes. If before there is a difficulty in getting a boat ride, nor there are enough boat who could ferry the passengers. Then there are already motorbikes waiting near the coastline which would bring the people to the barangay proper. Just to be able to reach the barangay, one would hike at least five kilometers and cross river but now there is a road opening, concreted path walk, a PAMANA funded project.

According to a resident, Annaliza Frias, there is no more difficulty in bringing the farm products to the town and the students have find ease in going to the school. It also provided employment to the motorcycle owners.

Barangay Nazareno is another barangay I visited, there was a great change in the look of the barrio. There is already a regular transport bringing the passengers back and forth to the Poblacion and nearby barangays. There is already a concrete road of which the portion of it is a PAMANA funded projects and the rest is LGU funded. I was able to talk with one of the barangay folk, Rosita Sario, 73 years old. She shared the happiness brought by the government to their barangay. According to her, the DSWD is one among who has invested several project in the barangay. (“Igwa na kami tubig sa mga harong- harong (We already have enough supply of potable water at home.)

According to the town’s Chief Executive Zaki Lazaro, government’s projects has brought total development in the municipality. When the KALAHI-CIDSS was introduced in 1979 and going through the process brought several development projects like; provision of level II water system, path walks, concrete roads, provision of sanitary toilet and with the PAMANA projects it illuminate several barangays. The installation of solar street lights and a foot bridge. Day Care Centers were made available in all barangays. As I look back, I was asking myself why there was no existing facilities during these time when I was still assigned in the area.

The Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program has also brought major changes and touched the lives of the poor.

I got excited at the sudden turn of events, jolted by realization. Never has such a government projects meant so much to the people and brought prospect for development. # # #eejerusalem

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Senior Citizen’s avail regular health services

About 2, 594 senior citizens in San Pascual, Masbate submit for a regular medical check- up and avail the health services of the Municipal Heath Unit.

Mayor Zacarina Lazaro, the town’s chief executive said that this activity which is being done every first Friday of the month aims to ensure that the senior citizens if not all are in good health condition. The senior citizens are required to report to their respective Barangay Health Unit wherein their blood pressure and blood sugar is being monitored.

Those found with severe ailment or need further medical intervention is being referred to the Municipal Health Doctor and there are those advised to go to Naga City or Albay for further check-up or hospitalization if needed. Medicines for hypertension and those for diabetes is being provided.

According to Mayor Lazaro, this activity has been institutionalized years back. Those found to be underweight avails of the feeding program conducted by the Municipal Nutrition Council. Those elderlies who are still physically fit join the HATAW every Friday after feeding. # # #eejerusalem

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Gratitude of accomplishment

gratitude of accomplishment“Saro sa mga achievement ko sa buhay ko ang naging part ako ng Listahanan” (One of my achievement in my life is to be part of the Listahanan) proudly says Elma.

A skilled interviewer coming from the Social Weather Station (SWS) and National Statistics Office, Elma, 37, started as an Area Supervisor with the DSWD during the first round of assessment in 2009.

During the second round of assessment in 2015, she was again engaged with the department as Area Coordinator.
As an AC, her main function is to oversee the activities of the assessment from the preparatory to validation phase such as facilitator/resource person during the training, conduct provincial LGU orientation, supervising the shipment of supplies and materials, coordination with the local officials etc.

When asked why she opted to apply again as field worker though she already has a bookkeeping firm.

“Naenjoy ko siya( as field interviewer) kasi nakakabot ako sa iba ibang lugar tapos yung experience mo na may nakakaistorya kang iba ibang tawo tapos nachachallenge ka pano magdiskarte na nasa iba kang lugar bako ka familiar and may kaiba kang mga tawo na yung security ninda nakasalalay saimo”. (I enjoyed being a field interviewer because I can go to different places and experience to associate with people from all walks of life. I also feel challenged on how to strategize when I’m into a place not familiar with and take full responsibility of my team).

Elma is one of the 2,966 field staff employed by the DSWD in the recent household assessment. This covers the whole Bicol Region assessing 1, 087, 720 households.

Listahanan is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.

A noble leader

Having 5 Area Supervisors and 25 Enumerators, Elma ensures the quality output of her team by doing regular spot checking and monitoring in the field.

She strictly oversee the conduct of assessment activities to safeguard that the data gathered by the team is complete, accurate, and reliable

She plans everything by doing a weekly schedule so that she can monitor her team.

According to them, Elma is strict yet a motivator and a friend. She never fails to ask her team how they are doing and provide technical assistance when needed.

She sets a good example to her co-workers and committedly serve the people.

“I enjoyed working with Listahanan because although I’m not giving money to them, my effort to get the accurate data is enough which might lead them to be potential beneficiaries of any program. That’s something to be proud of that once I’m part of it.” proudly says Elma

She’s a woman with principle and stands for what is right.

One of her big contributions to the Regional Project Management Team of Listahanan is the formulation of guides for the field staff like the common errors in filling out the Family Assessment Form (FAF), the common occupation in the PSOC and Tagalog guide questioners for the enumerators.

These guides helped a lot to the staff, especially to the new field worker. She also imparted her experiences and unselfishly shared her strategies and techniques during the training.

Her dedication and passion for work greatly contribute to the success of the implementation of the project.
Furthermore, she also maintains close coordination with the local officials and facilitates immediate resolution of issues and concerns on the conduct of the assessment.

“Our engagement with Listahanan might be short but surely major impact has been done in our society .Yes, it’s tiring to walk on mountains, cross the rivers yet very fulfilling experience, tearful and heart touching to see those less vulnerable people , risky yet very challenging and most of all worth remembering.”, Elma grins.##

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