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6,038 household IP of Bicol benefitted in the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for Indigenous People of Pantawid Pamilya


The Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol continuously fulfill its mandate of providing social services to the disadvantaged and marginalized sectors of the society through the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People (MCCT-IP) of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya).

Currently, a total of 6,038 household IP in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) benefitted from the said program. Of the total household IP beneficiaries, 1,007 of which comes from Albay, 1,884 are from Sorsogon, 2,908 are from Camarines Sur and 239 are from Camarines Norte.

MCCT-IP is an innovation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program that provides cash grants and social welfare assistance to IP families not covered by the regular Pantawid Pamilya.

It aims to empower, promote, and protect the IPs from any unavoidable adverse effects caused by the development process.

According to Regional Director Arnel B Garcia, the MCCT-IP is more culturally responsive in improving our partner IP-beneficiaries access to basic social services such as health, nutrition and sanitation, and to formal and non-formal education.

The beneficiaries of the said program are IPs that are vulnerable and disadvantaged based from the assessment done by DSWD staff (community facilitator) and those that are outside or inside their ancestral domains particularly those with no or limited access to social services and with children 0-18 years old.

Like the regular pantawid pamilya program, the identified beneficiaries received a cash grant of P500 for health and P300 for the education of children who are in elementary or P500 who are in high school for a maximum of three children per family.

But, there are certain corresponding conditions to comply which are 85% attendance of all IP beneficiary children and adults enrolled in school. Regular health status monitoring of pregnant and lactating women, full immunization for children and pregnant women, deworming for children, pre and post natal care and should deliver in birthing facilities and attendance to community family development session.

MCCT Focal Person Sharlyn Altavano said that as of present a total of P1,121,200 cash assistance are provided to beneficiaries in the Province of Albay particularly in Municipalities/Cities of Guinobatan, Tiwi, Tabaco, Polangui, and in Camarines Sur in the municipality of Goa.

“We are currently conducting pay-out for the remaining provinces and it will be up to end week of December,” she added.***G.Lindio, IO-Pantawid

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DSWD, TESDA forged a mutual covenant for a training project

webIn pursuant to provide sustainable intervention through skills development and possible employment of the Pantawid Pamilya the DSWD, Field Office 5 forged a mutual covenant with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Camarines Sur recently.

This technical vocational education and training is under the Accelerated and sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP) which will benefit about 1,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Libmanan, Sipocot, Bato and Iriga City.

The Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP) is geared in tapping the skills and resources of the poor in enabling private enterprise to afford their production. With ASAPP, the government aims to bring down poverty incidence in 2016 by creating income opportunities for the poor and enhancing their employment.

TESDA shall conduct 21 varied vocational courses and will be conducted in the desired venue like technical and vocational schools in Camarines Sur.

Meanwhile, the DSWD allocated and transfer the amount of 9.9M to TESDA, Camarines Sur. The amount will be used to purchase tool kits needed for the training and for the food and transportation allowance of the trainees. Each trainee will receive P306.00 per day for the required number of days which is according to their respective training module.

The DSWD shall likewise be responsible to validate the eligibility of the trainee fit for the module and provide continuous technical assistance and capacity building support to the beneficiaries. ##eejerusalem

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PakuJuan Holiday Bazaar of DSWD held


The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V conducted the PaskuJuan Holiday Bazaar last November 29 in Pacific Mall, Legazpi City.

The nationwide simultaneous activity aims to provide additional income to sustainable livelihood beneficiaries and showcase products for potential access to market.

During the activity, various native products are displayed from the respective provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate. A search for best booth was also conducted.

According to Assistant Regional Director for Operation Arwin O. Razo, the activity serves as a venue for our beneficiaries to take pride on their products which will eventually leads access for potential markets and sustainable livelihood.

Picnic banig and coconut made lamp shades of Sorsogon, abaca products, seaweed noodles, milk fish in oil and native parol’s of Albay, shrimp chips, lupi coco jam, and 100% organic coconut sugar of Camarines Sur, crispy koping and latik of Catanduanes, atchara, dried pusit, salabat, bangus spanish sardines of Masbate, tinapa and toasted pastillas of Camarines Norte are only few among the distinctly native products showcased during the activity.

In addition, the province of Albay bagged as the best booth, the provinces of Masbate and Camarines Sur won as 1st and 2nd runner-up, respectively. The Top 3 winners received a cash prize of P10,000, P7,000 and 5,000, respectively and P2,000 were given to the rest of the participants as consolation prizes.

Currently as of January to November 2015, a total of 33,433 families benefited
from the sustainable livelihood program of DSWD.***G.Lindio-IO-Pantawid

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Sto.Domingo town is Bicol’s bet for the 2nd National Gawad Listahanan

The municipality of Sto.Domingo in the province of Albay will represent Bicol region for the 2nd Gawad Listahanan of the web Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The municipality was nominated for using the Listahanan database in selecting beneficiaries in the implementation for social protection programs in their locality.

According to Hon. Mayor Herbie Aguas, the use of Listahanan is of great help for them especially in selecting beneficiaries for their social protection programs. “It serves as an arm in crafting more effective and efficient services to the people of Sto. Domingo” he said.

The municipality used the Listahanan database for the implementation of Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) which provides burial, medical, transportation, food and educational assistance. They allocated P 500.00 for this purpose giving priority to the Listahanan identified poor of the DSWD.

What is special and distinct that the LGU made use of the Listahanan is the referral system. The LGU is firm in the issuance of the Certificate of Indigency especially on legal and court matters, the Listahanan list of poor households was the primary tool used to this concern.

The Gawad Listahanan is an award given to Local Government Units (LGU) for providing services and assistance to the Listahanan-identified poor families.
It aims to promote the convergence of all social protection stakeholders on the identified poor to effectively address the different aspects of poverty.

The competition is classified into three categories; Municipal, City, Provincial.

The national awarding shall be conferred on the DSWD anniversary in January next year. Winner for each category will receive a plaque and a cash incentive of P50, 000.

Meanwhile, the sub-committee for Gawad Listahanan of the National Project Management Office conducted validation visit last November 28-29, 2015 to screen and review the program documents submitted by the LGU and conducted random interviews to their beneficiaries.###

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The driven volunteer of Bombon, Cam Sur


It was hard for Marlyn to refuse the acceptance of a position she never dreamt of but it was harder for her to renounce volunteerism.

The small town of Bombon, a fifth class town in Camarines Sur, implemented the DSWD program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) in 2012.

Kalahi-CIDSS seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD) by giving the people 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.

Because of the people participation as part of the program objectives, Marlyn was one of the elected residents who was trusted to implement Kalahi-CIDSS.

In Brgy. Sto. Domingo, everyone turned to her during the election of volunteers in the community assembly in 2012. She accepted the positon as the head of the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC), but admitted that she was not aware of her roles that time. Her apprehension disappeared when the DSWD worker assigned to Bombon assured to guide her in the whole process.

As the BSPMC head, she manages about 30 members of the working committees during the implementation and construction of their day care center and concrete pathway in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

Marlyn, an elementary graduate, was married to Celso in 1998.  After three years, Celso decided to bring her and their first child to Bombon, his birthplace, to avert the expensive life in Manila.

Though Marlyn had experienced working at an early age to help her family after the sudden demise of her father, she stayed at home during the early stage of her marriage with Celso because of high-risk pregnancy.

After ten years as the housekeeper and mother of four, Marlyn was given the highest volunteer post when Kalahi-CIDSS first came in Brgy. Sto. Domingo in 2012.

Hurdling the obstacles

Her husband was also aware of her new responsibility but he wanted her to quit because he was worried of her involvement in conflicts.

“Hindi kasi nawawala ang hindi pagkakaunawaan pero napag-uusapan at naayos din naman,” Marlyn explained to Celso.

She also said to Celso that her participation in Kalahi-CIDSS gave her the chance to get out of the house and do something other than being a household manager.

But the greatest challenge Marlyn faced was when the residents started to belittle her because she is an elementary graduate.

Marlyn becomes emotional every time others doubt her. Others said that there are more competent people than her for that position.

Even one of her co-volunteer bypassed her once and made decisions without consulting Marlyn. It was painful for her but she confronted the volunteer and solve the issue between them.

“Kahit elementary graduate lang ako kaya ko naman ang trabaho basta pinapaliwanag sa akin ang dapat kong gawin,” Marlyn explained.

Others also assumed that she receives compensation as the BSPMC head but she strongly refuted this by clarifying that volunteers like her serve their village out of philanthropy without receiving anything in return.

She also defended herself for an allegation that they stole sacks of cement for the community pathway. Marlyn was firm and proved her innocence based on what is true.

“Sa apat na taon ko sa Kalahi-CIDSS, wala akong ginawang masama, hindi ako nangloko ng kapwa ko,” Marlyn said. 

Driven woman

Marlyn did not succumb because of these challenges. She kept her commitment to the community.

“Dapat makialam kami sa mga nangyayari sa barangay,” she said.

She was also grateful to gain new friends during her volunteer stint. Marlyn was originally from Manila and she has no relatives in Bombon aside from her husband’s.

“Masaya ako sa Kalahi-CIDSS dahil nakakuha ako ng pangalawang pamilya dito,”

On the other hand, she also encouraged her co-volunteers not to quit their posts by citing her experiences and assured them that they will be taught on how to do their respective functions.

“Kung lahat tayo aalis sa Kalahi-CIDSS, mawawala ang mga projects natin dahil wala nang volunteers,” she told them.

Marlyn is very thankful of the trainings she received and of seminars she attended in Kalahi-CIDSS because she acquired more knowledge and became more confident to perform her roles.

“Dati lang akong tahimik pero ngayon marami na akong alam dahil sa experiences ko,” she added.

Marlyn had a very low self-esteem but her eagerness to learn made her more confident to keep her pace with others for the benefit of their community.

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DSWD child caring institutions in Bicol named as Center of Excellence

Three child caring institutions of DSWD Bicol named Center of Excellence. These are the Reception and Study Center for Children (RRCY), the Home for Women and Girls both located at DSWD Complex, Barangay Nasisi, Ligao City and the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) at Our Lady’s Village, Pangpang, Sorsogon. This was the result of the assessment of the residential care programs and services which met the standards set the delivery of quality services for the welfare of the disadvantaged women, girls, children, and youth with special needs. These centers have satisfactorily met the standards for accreditation with a perfect score as Center of Excellence. The assessment was done by the Standards Bureau of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Central Office.

The three institutions named as Center of Excellence are:

The Reception and Study Center for Children (RRCY) a home and social laboratory which provides protective custody to 0-6 years0-rscweb old children needing special protection such as those abandoned and neglected. These children are provided with their basic needs and special care on homely atmosphere. This quality care helps improve the condition of children awaiting their temporary or permanent placement.

havenwebHome for Women and Girls (HAVEN) protects and rehabilitate children victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. At the center through the social workers, house parents and other employees of the social workers, the wards are provided with protection and their basic needs. Medical and dental services are appropriate. Formal and non-formal education, as well as spiritual orientation/enrichment, delivered great impact on the rehabilitation and development of the clients.

The Youth Rehabilitation Center is a 24 hour residential care facility that provide children conflict, with the law rrcywebwithprotection, care, treatment and rehabilitation services under the guidance of a trained staff where children in conflict with the law on suspended sentence, or “residents” are cared for under a structured therapeutic environment, with the end view of re-integrating them into their families and communities as socially-functioning and productive individuals.

Each center is entitled for a monetary incentive of P20, 000.00 which can be used for program expenses as per Administrative Order number 15 series of 2012 known as Revised Administrative Order No 17 series 2008 (Rules and Regulations on the Registration and Licensing of Social Welfare and Development Agencies and Accreditation of Social Welfare and Development Programs and Services. # # # # #eejerusalem

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“Hindi listahan ng bagong benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya ang nakapaskil sa mga barangay “– DSWD

post“ Hindi mga bagong benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program o anumang programa ang listahan ng mahihirap na nakapaskil ngayon sa mga barangay”, paglilinaw ni DSWD Bicol Regional Director Arnel Garcia sa publiko.

Ayon kay Garcia, ang nasabing listahan ay resulta ng isinagawang household assessment ng Listahanan o ang National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) noong Mayo hanggang Setyembre ngayong taon.

“Gusto rin namin linawin na hindi awtomatikong magiging benepisyaryo ng anumang programa ang mga nasa listahan,potesyal lang sila kung me mga programa at serbisyo na ipapatupad ang gobyerno at ibang ahensya”, dagdag ni Garcia.

Sa ginawang assessment ng ahensya, 410, 186 sambahayan ang natukoy na mahihirap mula sa 1,056,722 na nainterbyu sa buong rehiyong Bicol. Ang natukoy na mahihirap ay siyang nakapaskil ngayon sa bawat barangay sa rehiyon. Ito ang tinatawag na Validation at Finalization na kung saan ipinapaskil ang listahan ng mahihirap para suriin at siyasatin ng mga tao.

Sa aktibidad na ito, binibigyan ng pagkakataon ang publiko na maitama ang maling mga tala tulad ng spelling ng mga pangalan , petsa ng kapanganakan , address at iba pa. Maari rin magreklamo ang sambahayan na hindi napuntahan sa panahon ng assessment o ipatanggal ang sambahayan na hindi mahirap pero nakasabay sa listahan.

Kaya hinihikayat ng ahensya na makialam ang bawat mamamayan sa listahan para maging “Sigurado,Kumpleto, at Totoo” ang talaan.

Ang Listahanan ay isang proyekto ng DSWD na naglalayong tukuyin kung SINO at NASAAN ang mga mahihirap na sambahayan. Ang listahan ng mga mahihirap na sambahayan ay nagsisilbing batayan sa pagpili ng mga benepisyaryo ng mga programa at serbisyong para sa mahihirap.

Tinitiyak ng Listahanan na ang mga tunay mahirap ang makakatanggap ng tulong mula sa mga programa at serbisyo ng panlipunang proteksyon.###

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Kalahi-CIDSS advocates in Bicol receive Bayani Ka! Awards

Legazpi City— The Department of Social Welfare and Development recognizes its exemplary partners and implementers of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) through its Annual Bayani Ka! Awards with four Bicolanos named as the regional winners.

For this year, four Bicolanos were declared as the Bayani Ka! Regional Winners. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda was named as the Best Governor, Mayor Percival Castillo of Mobo, Masbate was recognized as the Best Mayor, Brgy. Capt. Policarpio Baal of Mataoroc, Minalabac as Best Barangay Captain and Abello Frias of Dacu, Mobo, Masbate was the Best Community Volunteer.

The Bayani Ka! Awards acknowledges the significant contributions of the people involved in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS who put their own communities (bayan) before their own selves (I). The winners will serve as the spokespersons in their respective arenas by continuing their advocacy in promoting Kalahi-CIDSS.

The selection was based on how the nominee exemplifies the bayanihan spirit, applies the principles of transparency, empowerment, accountability, shares skills and service for the benefit of the community, persuades people to take part in community activities, serves as role models, shows strong motivation to help the community and maintains firm moral principles.

The Regional Bayani Ka! Awarding Ceremonies was done at La Roca, Legazpi City last October 15, 2015. The said regional honorees were the same people nominated at the national level. The announcement of the national winners is scheduled on January 2016.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

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

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

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