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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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Bicol Joins the Celebration of the National Children’s Month

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) leads the observance of the National Children’s Month of November of every year pursuant to Republic Act 10661, otherwise known as the National Children’s Month Act.

The declaration commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989 and seeks to instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness. Previously, the celebration is October of every year through Presidential Proclamation 267 series of 1993.

For 2015, the theme is “Komunidad at Pamahalaan Magkaisa, Pang-aabuso sa Bata Wakasan Na!” This highlights the protection of children against all forms of abuse and discrimination and to encourage stakeholders to promote as well as advocate protection of children at the family, schools, community, institutions, organizations and other settings.

In Bicol, the month’s celebration was kicked-off by a foot parade and zumbata which was held last November 12, 2015 at Embarcadero de Legazpi. The activity which was participated by about 300 children from the different barangays of Legazpi City and was sponsored by the Provincial Government of Albay .

Another event which will highlight the month’s celebration is the Regional Children’s Congress which will be held at the multi-purpose hall of the Camp Simeon Ola, Legazpi City. This will be attended by 120 children from the different child-caring agency in the region. The participation of children from the indigenous community from the cities of Sorsogon and Iriga is also expected.

The focus of the day’s convention is the discussion of children’s rights and welfare and the educational opportunities. This will be handled by Rica Joyce Genita and Alex Bendo elementary grade pupils of Tanagan Elementary School, Bacacay, Albay. The month long event was managed by the Regional Sub-committee for the Welfare of Children with the DSWD as the lead. # # # eejerusalem

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Barangay Captain, defender of children

brgy captainDILG Memorandum Circular dated August 21, 2008, encourages Local Government Units to organize the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC). This is pursuant to Republic Act 4881, or an act creating a Local Council for the Protection of Children.

In reality, not all the LGUs have an organized LCPC or BCPC. If there is an existing council, it is either just a community structure or not operational. However, in Bulan, Sorsogon, there are two barangays with functional Barangay Council for the Protection of Children; Barangay M. Roxas and Zone 7. Barangay Captain Fernando Gulpo said that the thrust of his present administration is focused on the welfare of children and family. He wants to see the children particularly in his community to be safe from harm, free from abuses and that no children should be left behind. In Barangay 7, Barangay Captain Rey Lorilla is one with Barangay Captain Gulpo in their advocacy effort on drug and child abuse presentation. “I want to see Barangay 7 to drug and a child abuse free community.” Barangay Captain Lorilla disclosed. The two Barangay Chief Executives regularly coordinate with the social workers and other concerned agencies to discuss child welfare concerns during community assemblies. They also have a regular meeting of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children In their respective barangays. The two leaders share that if there are minors who commit petty crimes, they would not only talk to the offenders, but an open dialogue with the parents is being done.

On June 25, 2014, there were seven minors reported who were involved in gang rape of a 13-year-old girl. The four boys who are all 15 years old were released by the court to the DSWD’s Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth in Sorsogon City for the necessary intervention program while the rest of the boys with ages 11, 13 and 14 were turned over to the BCPC of Barangay M Roxas. Since there is no facility in the area where the children could stay, Barangay Captain Gulpo took the responsibility of taking care of the boys. When asked why he volunteered to take custody of the children, the Barangay Captain said that it his responsibility to take them being the chair of the BCPC. Likewise, the children need to be helped and be given necessary care and attention. They need close supervision especially that the boys are all in school. The minors were provided separate shelter in the compound of the Barangay Captain’s residence. Rules and regulations were set. Upon waking up in the morning, they have to fix their beddings, clean their surrounding and wash the dishes before going to school. A curfew hour was also set. At eight o’ clock in the evening, the three boys have to be in bed. Study habits were also developed in them with the Barangay Captain himself supervised their study activities. Also, part of the intervention given by the Barangay Captain is for them to have a backyard garden. Part of their produce is given to their respective parents and some are for their food consumption.

Barangay Captain Gulpo proudly shares that the children are not treated as offenders but as his children. The boys together with the Gulpo’s family hear mass on Sundays. He also ensures that he is able to visit and talk with the children’s parents to discuss matters on the minors concern. “ Ipinapaliwanag ko rin sa mga magulang ng mga bata na dapat kami ay magtulungan para sa ikabubuti ng mga bata.” The barangay captain said.

In August 2015, the three minors were already returned to their respective parents but with continuous monitoring of the Barangay Captain and will also report to the social working in-charge of the minors for a counseling session with their parents.

Taking custody of the minors is learning experience not only me but the BCPC as well. “There is a need to strengthen the organization and functionality of the Local Council for the Protection of Children”, Barangay Captain Gulpo said. Barangay Captains Lorilla and Gulpo will help promote for the functionality of the LCPC in their municipality and together with the minors who were under his custody will be an active advocate for the welfare of children. Their vision is to have the municipality of Bulan, Sorsogon a drug and a child abuse free municipality. # # # #eejerusalem

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DSWD 5 holds Tuloy ang Pagbabago Campaign


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V recently conducted its election related campaign dubbed as “Tuloy ang Pagbabago Campaign” at Regent Hotel, Naga City.

The nationwide advocacy campaign aims to address election related issues and concerns of the beneficiaries at the same time highlight the empowerment they gained through the Program.

A total of 500 beneficiaries from various barangays in Naga City attended the activity together with the partner Civil Society Organizations, media representatives and DSWD Staff.

During the activity, Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano Soliman put emphasis on the rights of the beneficiaries during election.

She added that the campaign will deepen the knowledge of our beneficiaries on the program process, electoral process, and capacitate them to speak and stand for their rights not only as partner beneficiaries but as empowered citizen through the active citizenship module which is being discussed during the Family Development Session – a monthly meeting conducted to the beneficiaries to empower and strengthen the relationship and ties among family members and the community.

Also, one of the beneficiaries Marilyn F. Abesa, the national pantawid pamilya exemplary child of Barangay Tabuco, expressed her gratitude to the Department. “Ang DSWD Pantawid po ang aming sagwan para makatawid kami sa kahirapan at maabot namin ang aming Pangarap. Sumabak man kami sa napakaraming alon sa aming buhay ito ay kakayanin namin dahil tinutulungan niyo po  kami,” she said.

Another beneficiary Lourdes Arevalo of Zone 5 Clupa, Calauag said the program gave her hope and determination to continue sends her children to school. “Salamat po sa Programa dahril nagbigay po ito sa amin ng pag-asa na makatapos ang aming mga anak,” she added.

Also included in the activity is the launching of ceremonial symbolic tree where beneficiaries stated their gains, experiences to the
Program.**G.Lindio, IO-Pantawid

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DSWD Bicol urged the public to participate in the Listahanan Validation

brgy binodegahan pio duran3The Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol urged the public to participate in the Validation activity being conducted by the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

The department has started posting with the initial list of poor in barangays over Bicol region for scrutiny of the community.

“This is the right venue for the public to have their appeals and or complaints before we finalize the list, ” said DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia.

According to Garcia, the Validation provides an opportunity for the review of the preliminary list of poor where wrong entries can be corrected such as spelling of names, birthday, address etc. and also the inclusion of those households not visited during the regular enumeration.

The department encourages the public to follow these simple steps in the Listahanan Validation process:

Step 1: Carefully review the preliminary list of poor posted by the DSWD in barangays.

Step 2: Come to the Area S¬upervisor if there are questions or complaints to the list.

Step 3: To file a complaint, do not forget to write your complete information on complaint form.

Last month, the DSWD Bicol has announced that they were able to assess 1,056,722 households of which 1,006,991 has subjected to the Proxy Means Test (PMT) which resulted to the identification of 410, 186 initial poor households.

The Proxy Means Test (PMT) is a statistical model that estimates the income of households using the proxy variables indicated in the Family Assessment Form.

The Listahanan formerly known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.

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The window of opportunity



The remote agricultural village of Abucay in Pilar, Sorsogon gradually recognizes the role of women in the non-traditional work like construction, an opportunity that made one of its 3,058 residents revive her spirit to practice her profession again.

Gina Magdaraog, 44, thought she had everything she could ask for.

In 1997, she graduated with a degree in Architecture at the age of 26. Shortly after the graduation, she was employed as a designer and structural analyst for almost a year in Bicol then went to Manila with her classmates from college. But Gina had a different purpose. While her colleagues went to review for and take the board examination, she looked for a job and worked as kitchen designer and CAD operator in a manufacturing firm.

But after three productive years in Manila, she was diagnosed with Hemolytic Anemia due to lack of sleep and also developed poor eyesight. Ignoring her health moved her back to Bicol.

“Workaholic ako kasi wala naman akong pamilya na kasama doon. Halos apat na oras na lang ang tulog ko kasi palagi akong nasa trabaho (I am workaholic because I’m not living with my family. I barely sleep for four hours in a day because I’m always at work),” she explained.

She is the second of five children. During that time, her parents expected her to support them financially because she is the first of her siblings to graduate in college. Thus, she skipped the board examination.

Gina, a solo parent, raised her two children by running a sari-sari store. She focused on parenting when she moved back to Bicol in 2000.

Nawalan na ako ng gana na i-practice ang profession ko kasi konti lang yung opportunities dito sa Bicol (I lost my interest to practice my profession because of limited opportunities here in Bicol,” Gina added.

And then 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 people participation, came to Abucay in 2015.

Men and women are given equal opportunities in paid labor for the construction of their Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects. To date, there are 2,228 female paid laborers but Gina is the only known female project supervisor in Bicol.

After fourteen years of waiting for a chance to work, she was grateful that the community recommended her as the project supervisor for the construction of their evacuation center funded under Kalahi-CIDSS. The said building costs P2, 286, 890 with 17 direct household beneficiaries that will immediately accommodate displaced residents during typhoons.

Gina just like other project supervisor, studies and plots the plan, clears the site and manages the laborers during the construction work. She believes that both men and women are of equal capacity in leading the construction.

Jersalene Toledo, the Kalahi-CIDSS Technical Facilitator in Pilar, said that the project supervisor takes her place because she cannot personally monitor the ongoing construction every day. According to her, Gina performs her duty well because she follows the exact measurements based on the planned design and ensures that everyone is doing their assigned functions.

Though Gina was the second choice because the first lacks skills and little is known about her as an Architect, she proved that she is worth of becoming the project supervisor because of her work experiences and educational background.

“My great contribution to our community is to share my skills and knowledge,” she said.

Some of her colleagues describes her strict because she reprimands slack workers but most of her 17 workers laud her as their project supervisor.

One of them is Felina Logenia, a female laborer, who said that Gina pays attention to every detail of the evacuation center’s plan who

Maray ang padalagan niya ning construction dahil tataw siya (Her management is good because she is knowledgeable),” Logenia said.

Mark Anthony Losito, a laborer for many years, said that there’s no difference having a female project supervisor because he is used to encounter male ones.

For her, it was a challenge but she is proud of her achievement because other people recognized her capacity.

More than receiving a daily wage of P450, Gina is more gratified by the priceless experience in Kalahi-CIDSS because it opened better opportunities and gave her a new perspective in life.

Naliwat su pagtubod ko na sa arog kaining edad, may opportunity pa para sako (My perspective change that I still have a chance even if I’m old),” she said.

On the other hand, curiosity led her to becoming a volunteer because she felt responsible to attend barangay assemblies.

Gina was elected as the Barangay Representation Team (BRT) head who represented their community during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF), a municipal Kalahi-CIDSS activity that prioritizes, approves and funds proposed subprojects in front of all the barangays and its residents.

Rodel Cambe, a Kalahi-CIDSS employee assigned in Abucay, said that Gina is one of the most active volunteers who worked hard for their community sub-project.

Gina said that becoming a volunteer gave her the chance to know more about her community.

And every time Gina looks at the evacuation center, she said it symbolizes improvement.

“I’m happy to be part of this masterpiece that will be remembered for a lifetime,” she said.

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Bicol observes Juvenile Justice Welfare and Consciousness Week

smallThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol through the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) celebrates the 4th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week on October 18-24.

For this year it adopted the theme: “Bata ay Gabayan, Batas sa Juvenile Justice Bigyan Daan!” which focuses on the continued efforts of government agencies, non-government agencies, and non-government agencies and other partners and stakeholders to protect the rights of the children in conflict with the law (CICL) and the children at risk (CAR) in ensuring a bright future for them.

Proclamation Number 459 signed by his Excellency Benigno C. Aquino III declared 4th week of October of every year as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week.

This is in conjunction with the annual celebration of the National Children’s Month. The state recognizes the need to mainstream awareness and consciousness of the Filipino people to emphasize the rights of every Filipino youth including the children at risk and children in conflict with the law (CICL).

DSWD Asst. Director Arwin Razo shared that this year’s celebration aims to raise the awareness of the Bicolanos on the current issues, status and condition of the Children In Conflict with the Laws (CICL’s) and Children at Risks (CAR) with the help of the stakeholders and media partners.

A fun walk cum Zumba and a short program signals the start of the week’s celebration. This was led by Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal and other members of the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council such as; DILG, DOH, PNP, BJMP, LGU Bulan, COMPRE children, DepEd, CHR , media partners and DSWD. This was followed by a press conference at La Roca Veranda Suites and Restaurant.

The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC) believe that the mass media play an active role in the promotion of child rights and delinquency prevention by relaying consistent messages through a balance approach.

The RJJWC hopes that every awareness raising activity conducted, we are able to strengthen the commitment of each duty bearer to perform their respective function s in ensuring that the rights of the children are being protected at all times.# # # #eejerusalem

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DSWD’s Listahanan to validate the initial list of poor in Bicol

posting smallThe Department of Social Welfare and Developmet Field Office 5 through the Listahanan will validate the initial list of poor this end of October until November in all barangays in the region.

“The department was able to assess 1,056,722 and subjected to Proxy Means Test (PMT) 1,006,991 households. Of these, 410, 186 were identified as poor.” announced Regional Director Arnel Garcia

For the initial list, Masbate posted the highest percentage in terms of assessed per province with 77,269 or 51.63 % identified poor households out of 149,656, followed by Camarines Sur having 139,750 or 43.10 % out of 324,220, Sorsogon with 56,301 or 38.58 % of 145,916 assessed, Camarines Norte 38,934 or 37.10 % of 104,925, Catanduanes 17,477 or 31.03% of 104,925 and Albay with 80,455 or 34.22% out of 235,076.

According to Garcia the list of poor will change after the validation and finalization phase where the community is given a chance to transparently review the accuracy of the initial list.

The Validation is an activity that provides opportunity for the review of the preliminary list of poor households generated after the initial Proxy Means Test (PMT) and further identifies wrong entries for verification purposes.

“This is also the time for those households who were not enumerated due to the absence of households during the regular enumeration, refusals, and no qualified respondents for them to be assessed. “said Garcia

The initial list of poor will be posted in conspicuous places in the barangays for 5 days. Thereafter queries, appeals and complaints will be entertained by the Listahanan Area Supervisors and will forward to the Local Verification Committee (LVC) for resolution.

The Local Verification Committee (LVC) whose members include the Local Chief Executive, Municipal/City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Municipal/City Planning and Development Officer and two other representatives identified by the LCE.
The grievances/complaints that may be filed are the following;
• An individual claims that a certain household should not be included on the list of poor households (INC 01)
• An individual claims that they are poor and must be included in the list of poor (EX 01)
• An individual claims that they have not been visited by an enumerator for an interview (EX 02)
• An individual complains that interviewer incorrectly entered data in the FAF (ER 01)
• An individual claims that the list is incomplete and not represents the actual poor households in the community (ER 02)
Household assessment will be conducted immediately after consolidating all complaints and appeals to update the record of the households and will re-run to the Proxy Means Test.

After the validation, the official and final list of poor families is shared with data users to serve as their basis in selecting beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Meanwhile, as one of the main stakeholders in the Listahanan implementation, all Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDO’s) in the 6 provinces were gathered for the orientation on all components of the validation and finalization phase on October 13-16 and 20, 2015.

The result of the second round of assessment was presented to them before the conduct of the validation in their respective municipalities. The orientation also served as venue for the feedback generation on the concluded assessment in their areas and planning for the upcoming validation.

The Listahanan formerly known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.

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