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DWD strengthens LGU support to Kalahi-CIDSS

Legazpi City— DSWD has been hosting regular provincial forums for the municipal local government units (LGUs) implementing Kalahi-CIDSS to guarantee their full engagement in the completion of ongoing construction of community sub-projects.

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.

The schedule of the forum per province is: Camarines Norte-October 11; Camarines Sur-October 12 and October 18; Catanduanes-October 14, 2016; Albay and Sorsogon-October 19, 2016 and Masbate-October 25, 2016.

Through the forum, DSWD would like to ensure that LGU commitments such as local counterpart contribution delivery and technical assistance provision to villages are done. LGU performances and accomplishments are reported, action plans are also crafted, issues and concerns are addressed and good practices are discussed.

The LGUs are vital partners of DSWD on the timely completion of community sub-projects so that poor villages can profit from these. LGUs assist the elected residents who directly manage the implementation of these interventions.

To date, there 1,403 funded community sub-projects, 655 of which are completed while the rest are targeted to be completed at the end of the year.

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DSWD recognized by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as Outstanding Partner in Information and Advocacy Program

The DSWD, Field Office 5 was awarded by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as Outstanding Partner in information Dissemination Program on the Demonetization Program.

The 2016 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for BSP Stakeholders was held at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Naga City Branch last September 27, 2016. This was in line with the BSP’s 23rd Anniversary of which the bank gives recognition to various institutions and individual partners who have provided outstanding support to the BSP’s information requirements and advocacy programs.

Arwin Razo, DSWD Asst. Regional Director for Operation received the award from Juan D. De Zuñiga Jr., Monetary Board Member. Mr. De Zuñiga was assisted by Ms. Maricel Remulla, Deputy Director, Department of Economic Statistics, Ms. Marlyn Paje and Edna Aleja G. Aquino, Deputy Directors of BSP Legazpi and Naga Branch respectively.

The DSWD was acknowledged for being a strong partner of the BSP in raising Public Awareness on BPS’s demonetization program of the new design series as well as the security features of the new generation currency through the dissemination of information. This is being done actively by the DSWD through its Family Development Session under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The Family Development Session (FDS) is a monthly activity being conducted to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. It is a venue for educational, interpersonal, interactive and adult learning engagement that aims to empower and strengthen the relationship and ties among family members and the community ###eejerusalem

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Poor solo parent helps village through volunteerism

Even the most destitute member of the community can contribute to its development. For someone who lost a home and a husband, helping others is just normal.

Marites Soquino, 42, a solo parent of Brgy. San Isidro Iraya, Malilipot, Albay was abandoned by her husband five years ago. Their romance ended with five sons and they have been under her care since 2012.

Moreover, Typhoon Glenda destroyed their makeshift house in 2014 and since then, they have been living in a shelter box (tent), an aid they received from a foreign donor.

She reports to work six days a week and takes home a maximum of PhP3,000 a month as a secretary in a direct selling company in Tabaco City, another town next to Malilipot. She also gets an extra profit as a seamstress. Her two children are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who receive a total of PhP2,200 for every two months when all health and education conditions are met.

She said that her children are her inspiration. She values the education of her kids and only wishes them to get a good education.

Her responsibility of raising her five sons was never a hindrance to devote a portion of her time to their village. She was a member of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), a barangay women’s organization, before receiving a volunteer stint.

“Magtarabangan kita tanganing makatapos kamo,” she told her children.

During a community assembly in 2014, Marites and other residents were elected as community volunteers who will manage the construction of their school buildings. Being the head of the volunteers, her responsibility included the management of several volunteer committees to ensure that they are doing their part. Their group was also obliged with the prompt compliance of documentary requirements to build the school buildings.

She even skipped work despite of salary deduction just to attend all trainings and seminars relative to her responsibility.

Marites’ dedication and passion in building a better community for her children was not extinguished by wrongful accusations and rumors.

“Kapos man kami sa pera, edukasyon an maipapamana namin sa aming mga anak,” she said.

Just like any other government projects, the villagers doubted the completion of their school buildings because there was a discrepancy with the documentary compliance effecting a delayed implementation. Thus, rumors surfaced that Marites and other volunteers took the money for their school buildings.

But she was relentless enough to keep the spirits of her co-volunteers high despite of the tirades and bashings. Marites continued to encourage the residents to participate. She would candidly respond to queries about their community project as part of transparency.

As a graduate of two-year course, her leadership skills help the community volunteers appreciate the importance of the project in their barangay.

Their elementary school and high school has one school building each. The construction started last June 6, 2016 and is almost complete. The said project has a total cost of PhP4,126,249.92 from 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).

Kristen Rozen, the project coordinator of the school building in Malilipot, described Marites as a selfless volunteer despite of her poor living conditions, she performs all her functions without expecting anything in return.

She never complained about poverty. She focused on how she can reach her goals for her family and community. She never lost hope when everything turned low. Her strength catapulted her to become a fighter who never surrenders.

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A Second Chance for Rodel and Family

Rodel (not his real name) is given a chance to lead a new life under the principles of restorative justice for children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) as embodied in 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act. Rodel was 17 when he committed a crime.


Rodel is the eldest among the brood of five to parents Romedel and Alma. The family lives in a hand to mouth existence having an income which is not at all enough for the family. Romedel is a construction worker and earns at least 350 per day while Alma renders laundry services to neighbors and is being paid 200 for every service rendered. All their five children are in school so the couple has to work hard to support their children’s needs. “Hindi sapat ang kita naming mag-asawa para maitaguyod ang lahat ng pangangailangan ng aming pamilya”, Alma signed.

To look for additional income, Romedel went to Manila to look for a greener pasture. But his stay in Manila did not bring him good fate. Romedel became a victim of trafficking by a group of syndicate whose main activity is to sell human internal organs. With a promise that he will be given a good sum of money, Romedel submitted for surgical operation and sold one of his kidneys, not knowing the ill- effect to his health especially that he is a habitual drinker. “Kahit papaano kami ay natulungan, nakapagpagawa kami ng maliit na kubo para sa aking mag-anak.” shared Romedel. However as told by Rodel, their house could not be considered a home. “Walang katahimikan sa aming bahay. Walang araw na hindi nag-aaway ng aking mga magulang. Bangayan ng bangayan at kulang pa ang oras para sa amin. “
The reason why Rodel doesn’t want staying home and spent most of his time in the street.


Rodel 18, is the eldest in the brood of five, a grade VI pupil and an orthopedically handicapped which was caused by a vehicular accident.

He was a street child. “Mas masaya ang buhay sa kalsada kasama ang barkada sa halip na tumira sa bahay na maingay.” disclosed Rodel. He became truant in school and learned vices like gambling and drinking liquor. He became a leader of the gang and rarely went home. Many times that Rodel’s parents is being called to the local police station because of their son’s involvement in trouble.

It was on September 15, 2015, when Rodel was arrested with two other boys because of theft. He was put to Jail for a month. Being a minor, the Regional Trial Court Branch 64 in Labo, Camarines Norte ordered for his release on recognizance and further order to undergo diversion program, to be handled by the Barangay Council of Anahaw. Labo,Camarines Norte (the place of origin of Rodel).

The Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) is functional that necessary intervention was extended not only to Rodel but to his family.

Spiritual, education and health intervention was extended to Rodel. He is given a chance to change his life under the principle of restorative justice for Children in Conflict with the Law. (CICL) as embodied in RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act.

The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) is the policy coordinating and monitoring body that promotes and protects the rights of children at risk and children in conflict with the law under a restorative justice and welfare system.


With the support of the BCPC, Rodel was provided with various therapeutic programs such as character- building sessions, like skills training and developmental activities. He also had a former education.

As shared by a member of a faith- based group who is one of extending the diversion program, there was a great change in Rodel’s behavior. If before he is short tempered and sensitive to comments, he became participative and became friends to his fellow youth in the church community. Barangay Captain Medel Porciuncula’s commitment is to closely monitor Rodel and family. Now Rodel exhibited interest in his studies and seldom stay late at night. “Kung noon ay gabing-gabi na siya kung umuwi ng bahay, ngayon ay derecho na ang uwi niya at tumutulong na rin ng gawaing bahay” Romedel happily shared.


Nothing endures but change. A big change is now noted in Rodel’s family. With a smile on the couple’s face (Romedel and Alma) proudly shared that there is a total change in the family. What happened to Rodel is an eye-opener for the couple.

Alma proudly beams that there is no more quarrel between her and his husband. They are actively involved in the diversion program for Rodel like; values formation, attendance to Sunday worship and their regular attendance at the Family Development Session. “Malaki din ang tulong ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Hindi lang ang tulong pinansiyal bagkos ang pagkakaroon ng pagkaka-unawaan sa pamilya. Aktibo na rin ang aking asawa sa mga gawaing pangkomunidad.”

Aside from his work as a construction worker, Romedel was granted financial assistance under the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Person (RRPTP). He invested the amount in a hog fattening project.

“Pinagsisihan ko ang nangyari sa akin subalit sa tulong ng BCPC, ng aking mga guro, si Madam Liza, ang Social Worker at ng aking mga magulang tuluyan na ang aking pagbabago”. exclaimed Rodel with pride. ###eejerusalem

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DSWD readies LGUs for the conduct sustainability evaluation of completed Kalahi-CIDSS projects

DSWD conducted the first batch of the Sustainability Evaluation Orientation for the local government units (LGUs) last September 13-15 at Ninong’s Hotel, Legazpi City.

Lectures and discussions on sub-projects’ sustainability were presented during the training. There was an on-site application of sustainability evaluation and actual administration of sustainability evaluation tool on the identified sub-projects.

The next batch will be trained on September 21-23 in Naga City. The activity was participated in by LGU officials from municipalities that completed community-identified sub-projects implemented under the 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).

As of September 1, 2016, There are 517 completed out of 1,381 sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS Cycle 1 (2014-2015). The remaining sub-projects are expected to be completed by the end of this month.

In Kalahi-CIDSS, sustainability evaluation uses a survey tool that includes indicators that serve as basis of evaluating the functionality of completed sub-projects in terms of its organizational/institutional component, financial management system, and physical-technical, operation and maintenance condition. It also assesses impacts and benefits generated from the sub-project.

The LGUs are expected to administer the sustainability evaluation through the formation of the Multi-Stakeholders Inspectorate Team (MSIT). The MSIT is formed in every municipality covered by KalahI-CIDSS which include the department heads and local officials with the assistance of the DSWD technical staff.

“Sustainability evaluation orientation for LGUs is essential because LGUs will play a crucial role in its conduct this December,” DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

During the simulation of Sustainability Evaluation in Guinobatan, Albay last September 14, 2016, Mayor Ann Ongjoco said that the LGU is committed to ensure that communities will sustain their sub-projects.

“Aalagaan namin ang mga proyekto ng Kalahi-CIDSS. Gagawin namin na mandatory through an executive order na isabay sa barangay development funds ang allocation para sa operations and maintenance ng kanilang proyekto,” Ongjoco said.

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.

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RDC Bicol approved the adoption of the DSWD’s Listahanan

The Regional Development Council (RDC) as the highest planning and policy-making body have approved the adoption of the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) as the mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be recipients of social protection programs.

The endorsement was approved last September 9, 2016, during the RDC Full Council meeting at NEDA Regional Office, Arimbay, Legazpi City.

“By concentrating resources on the poor, social protection programs will have a better impact and this will also ensure that the limited resources shall benefit those who really needs the most,” said DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia.
A resolution shall be made in support for its adoption to have synchronization and convergence of all resources.
To facilitate the sharing of the Listahanan data, a Memorandum of Agreement shall be forged between DSWD and the RDC which ensures that the data will be used only for its intended purposes.
This is also in consonance with Data Privacy Act of 2012, which is intended to protect the integrity and security of personal data in both the private and public sectors.

Last month, 4 sectoral committees namely Economic Development Committee, Infrastructure Development Committee, Development Administration Committee and the Social Development Committee favorably supported the Listahanan and was then endorsed to the RDC.

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

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PYAP BICOL celebrates its 42nd Founding Anniversary

With the theme “Empowering the Youth towards Sustainable Development”, the Pag-Asa Youth Association of the Philippines, Bicol (PYAP) celebrated recently its 42nd Founding Anniversary.

To commemorate the event, a three-day youth camp was held at Sarung Banggi Resort, Sto Domingo, Albay . Attended by 110 officers and members of the PYAP Bicol Federation, the activity was a venue for the youth to establish camaraderie and strengthen the association.

Capability building activities were part of the three days activity. Topics discussed were focused on the following: “Pinggang Pinoy”, salient features of RA 9344 or Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.

A team building activity was likewise introduced. The last day was focused on Life Planning Session conducted by the staff from the Institutional Division Unit of the Field Office. In this activity, the participants were able to know more about themselves, their aspirations in life and their responsibility towards self, family, and community.

The induction of the new set of officers was done with Assistant Regional Director for Operations Mr. Arwin O. Razo as the inducting officer.The newly elected official of the Bicol PYAP Regional Federation were as follows:
President Quenie Marie April Aurellano Iriga City
Vice President Joseff Audryss Serrano Legazpi City
Secretary Ivy Valencia Casiguran, Sorsogon
Treasurer Jeff Borromeo Canaman, Sorsogon
Auditor Cyril Domens Sorsogon City
Bus. Manager Alvin Laranja Bulan, Sorsogon
PIO Jhonel I. De Lima Bato, Camarines Sur

Board of Trustees
Jayvee Bien Tabaco City
Tj Trinidad Sta Magdalena, Sorsogon
Mariane Hepa Irosin, Sorsogon
Cecille Barcelon Ligao City
Kenneth Adolfo Pamplona, Camarines Sur

After the induction ceremony was the presentation of accomplishment of the PYAP Regional Federation for the period 2012 to 2015 by Jackie John Coral the federation’s president. # # # # eejerusalem

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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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