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New Government Anti-Poverty Alleviation Program Launched

“Salubungan, a public- private parthership model, the new government’s Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP) was launched in Camarines Sur last May 6.

ASAPP is an inter-agency support which aims to reduce poverty in multiple dimension through the creation of sustainable meployment, tap the skills and resources of the poor in enabling private enterprise to expand their production capacities and markets.It is a program informed by lessons from poverty reduction efforts. The program will be piloted in Camarines Sur with Iriga City, Bato, Libmanan and Sipocot as the growth hub. Camarines is one among the 10 provinces classified as category I in the updated Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.It is one among the provinces with high number of poor families .

Based on the latest data, NEDA said that the poverty incidence among the Filipino individuals and families increased is 25.8% and 20% respectively in the first half of 2014 due to the devastating Typhoon Yolanda and high food prices. Camarines Sur was also identified having the capacity to supply raw materials like coconut, livestock,poultry,seafoods and other farm products.

Under the “Salubungan “ model,NEDA link the poor with the enterprises which may need human and material resources through interventions that include skills to increase the poor’s employability in business with growth potential, trade facilitation and market linkages to allow the poor to supply the needed raw materials and provide inputs and services neded by the bigger businesses.

Program to be financed under ASAPP are the Universal Health Care, Conditional Cash Transfer , Sustainable Livelihood “ABOT ALAM” and others for informal settlers families.DSWD is the lead convener and the co-convener is DENR,

Present during the ASSAP launching were DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman, DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio, Undersecretary Oyen Dorotan of NAPC, Regional Directors,Media, Business Sector representatives, other enterpreneurs and other partners. # # # # #eejerusalem

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The motivation of a Bicolano volunteer

Helen Lorilla is motivated to help others.

“Ang serbisyo, long life; ang kwarta madali mawara (service lasts for lifetime while money perishes instantly), she said.

As a mother of seven children and an owner of an upholstery shop in Balinad, Daraga, she still manages to apportion a part of her time as a volunteer in their community.

She is an experienced volunteer and recently became part of the Project Preparation Team (PPT) who is responsible for the preparation of project proposal for the concreting and improvement of their 70 meters footbridge which will be constructed through Kalahi-CIDSS this year.

Helen who resides in Purok 8 was discouraged by her neighbors to quit as a volunteer because they told her that the footbridge is far from their house. She just ignored their comments and explained to them that they belong to the same community and will directly benefit from it.

“Sabi ko, pawno kamo makaibong sa tulay kung baha, kaya di na kamo mawri san ta kami nganing pinakapuroon oh, pero gusto ming makatabang dito. (I told them that they cannot cross the bridge if it’s flooded. We will help even if the project is far from us),” she said.

She disregarded what the nitpickers said and focused on how she can furnish assistance to their village. Helen exerted effort to participate in the trainings and seminars required by Kalahi-CIDSS from its elected volunteers.

She is grateful for the capacity building opportunities she is receiving because her skills and knowledge are enhanced. She is looking forward to the training this May. Thus, she can provide relevant inputs and suggestions that can influence the decisions of the majority for the betterment of their community.

Helen pledges her full support and dedication to their project because she feels that they are directly involved in the whole process of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation.

“Magayon ang Kalahi-CIDSS ta residente talaga ang mapadalagan ning proyekto. Ang barangay officials ang ma oversee samun (Kalahi-CIDSS is good because the residents run the project while the barangay officials supervise us),” she said.

On the other hand, Helen and her husband are also very thankful to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program because aside from the meager income from their business, the grants they receive from the program give their children a decent life and education.

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

The operations of 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.

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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Marissa M. Peste of DSWD Bicol wins Nat’l Search for Exemplary Government Social Worker

Marissa Moron Paeste, Social Welfare Officer III of DSWD FOV is among the six social workers who won in the search for Exemplary Government Registered Social Worker engaged in Typhoon Yolanda. Sponsored by Consuelo Foundation and the Council for the Welfare of the Children (CWC), the awarding ceremony was held at Manila Hotel last April 28, 2015.

Recognizing the influx of the survivors of typhoon Yolanda from Samar and Tacloban, the DSWD Field Office V set up the Reception Recovery and Control Center (RRCC) for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Matnog Port from November 16, 2013 to December 6, 2013. Three teams composed of social workers, Municipal Links and MSWDOs were organized with Ms. Marissa Paeste as the over-all team leader.

The RRCC was primarily set up in Matnog Port since this is considered a major gateway of the Maharlika Highway to Luzon providing 24 hours information/services to enter island to detect and address potential trafficking cases thus, a receiving desk was installed within the port parameter visible to the public.

With the leadership of Ms. Paeste, the team initiated various activities like; reaching out to stranded passengers to identify their travels and destinations and with families awaiting them. What is worth mentioning was the team’s effort to respond to a potential child trafficking involving 3 male siblings ages 8, 10 and 17 years old from Allen, Samar. The case happened while Ms. Paeste was on duty. With best effort and right intervention she was able to reunite the children to their respective families.

Her core competency is counseling. This mechanism served as a venue to foster team effort and referral network. It also tested each worker’s patients, resourcefulness and resilience towards delivering appropriate service to typhoon survivors.

All the efforts, activities and strategies done by Ms. Paeste and her competencies contributed to the award bestowed her.

Ms. Paeste shared that receiving the award is a humble experience. The element of being involved especially the pressure of work expected of them, the inconveniences and the number of days that she was away from home was a great factor for the award received.

Other awardees are:
Marsha P. Agustin – NCR
Elsa B. Camacho – Region VI
Zenaida M. Cunanan – Region VIII
Rosalinda A. Orobia – NCR
Marissa M. Paeste – Region V
Alice V. Viason – Region VIII ###eejerusalem

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For a family that is poverty stricken, their primary concerns is what to eat and how they will survive for the coming days.

Maricel Aguilar’s family is one among them. They are from Barangay Busing, a coastal barangay of San Pascual, Masbate whose main source of livelihood is farming and fishing. Mario earns P100 per day from fishing while Maricel was engaged in selling dry goods but the project failed. Obviously with five children to feed, the P100 daily income is not enough.Three of the five siblings are in school; two in high school while the youngest is attending day care service while the two older siblings have stopped schooling for financial reason.

Life was so tough for Maricel’s family so she then decided to work in Manila. She was employed as a domestic helper with 3,500 monthly conpensation. “Kahit papaano nakakatulong ako sa araw-araw na pangangailangan ng aking pamilya. Nakapagpapadala ako ng P3,000 bawat buwan.” (At least I can already help in providing the needs of my family. I am able to send P3,000 a month.) Maricel proudly shares. We are now able to support the education of the younger children.. (The two older sons did not anymore have interest in their studies. They are only able to complete their elementary education.) After three months stay in Manila; Maricel’s fate turned unfavourable. She to go back home since she received an information that her husband had conflict with the law. The crime committed was un- bailable that he was put behind bars.

“Ako ang tumayong Tatay at Nanay ng pamilya, Hindi ko alam kung paano itataguyod ang aking pamilya.” (I stood as a father and the mother of the family and I found it hard how I will be able to support the need of the family.), Maricel sighed.

Despite the poverty and hardships she experienced in life, Maricel did not give up. To support the family, Maricel started selling cooked food and render laundry services for her neighboor. After years of struggling to make both ends meet, change finally knock her door. Through the governments’ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, she can now provide the basic needs of her children for health and education.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino is a program that invests in human capital that is contributing to poverty reduction. It provides cash grants of 500 in health and 300 (elementary) or 500 (high school) in education for a family that has three children ages 0-18 enrolled in the program.

Not only a grantee of Pantawid but she was also chosen as a Parent Leader at her area. From a typical housekeeper, she became actively involves in community activities. Maricel shared that as Parent Leader she is able to learn how to deal with people, handle meetings and also prepare minutes of the meeting, reports and updates. She also became the President of the Women’s Organization in their barangay.

To sustain and expand the socio-economic benefits of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Sustainable Livelihood Program entered the community. It provided capacity-building and technical assistance on basic business management or employment for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. Maricel was among those who had the opportunity to have their own business. With the 8,000 capital assistance received, Maricel invested the money for the hog raising project.

Despite the absence of her husband, through patience and perseverance, Maricel is slowly rising from poverty. She was able to support her families need. Aside from her hog raising project, Maricel continued selling cooked food. Her two older siblings are able to help augment the family needs as they are now employed as laborer in a construction firm in Manila. Both sends Maricel P2,000 each monthly.

The educational and health needs of the three children are now well provided. Maricel ensures that she is able to settle her children’s school obligations and regularly visit the health centers for the regular medical check-up.If before it was hard for Marticel to ensure hat they have sonething to eat for tomorrow, now the family is assured that they will have food on the table everyday.

Maricel disclsed that she keeps praying for good of her children because they are her inspiration. “I have dreams for my children ……. to finish their studies” , she siad Maricel believes that education could be her children’s armor in the forthcoming changes in life. # # # #eejerusalem

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PILOT LGUs in Masbate Trained on WASH Program

DSWD 5 – A four day training of trainers on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) was held recently at Bituon Beach Resort, Mobo, Masbate.
Funded by World Bank, the training program was focused on the discussion of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Behavior Change Communication. This will form part of the Enhanced Family Development Session and the DSWD Guidance Note. Likewise, this will be the basis of the respective Municipal Action Team (MAT) members in implementing the WASH integration to the three DSWD core protection program as follows;

For the Pantawid Pamilya, campaign for zero open defecation through Behavior Change Communication through the Enhanced Family Development Session, being attended by the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

The conduct of skills training in the fabrication of toilet facilities like toilet bowls by the Sustainable Livelihood Program Unit. Staff will be tasked to organized beneficiary group to Manage the Sanitation component. Fund will be provided to fund the production of the toilet bowl, and

To facilitate the inclusion and prioritization of water and sanitation sub-projects and assistance of the community in the planning and designing of WASH facilities by the Kalahi-NCDDP.

The training was participated Regional Program Coordinators of Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable
Livelihood, Sub-Regional Project Management Office Staff, Provincial/Municipal Links and representatives from Mabo, Palanas and Dimasalang. All of Masbate Province where the WASH program will be piloted. There were also 19 knowledge exchange participants from DSWD, Field Office XII,

WASH will also be piloted in the towns of Capalonga, Camarines Norte and in Goa, Caramoan, Lagonoy and Ragay of Camarines Sur. # # # eejerusalem

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DSW, LGU Donsol and beach resort owners inks MOU on Sustainable Livelihood of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

In order to provide a sustainable livelihood to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Donsol, Sorsogon, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V formalized partnership through a memorandum of understanding with the local government unit of Donsol and six Department of Tourism accredited beach resorts namely; Elysa, Vitton, Woodland, Dancalan, Amar Farm and AGM Beach Front Beach Resort. The MOU signing was held last April 15 at Vitton Beach Resort in the said municipality.

The areas of cooperation between the parties include the following:
• Employment of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries/sustainable livelihood program participants to private business establishments and tourism areas.
• Provision of areas for promotion/trade display SLP participants made products and
• Market and linkage of SLP participants produced and harvested crops.

Director Arnel Garcia expressed his gratitude to the LGU of Donsol and resort owners and hopes for a better partnership in the future./eejerusalem

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A housewife learns the basics of construction

The poor village of Iyagan in Baao, Camarines Sur worked hard for their first concrete access road. The 1.71 km pathway was completed in 2013 and since then, everyone in the community is reaping the benefits of what they sacrificed for.

Necita Mesa, a housewife with three children, was one of the residents who built their access road. In April 2013, her colleague who belongs to the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC), the community implementer of the access path, offered her a construction job to which she accepted without any reservations. She needed to break her back for her family because she just lost her husband, the provider of the family, that time.

“Kaipuhan ko magsikap para sa mga aki ko (I need to sacrifice for my children),” she said.

The construction started in May 2013; she reported from Mondays to Saturdays for almost a month. Necita was inexperienced but she learned to shovel and bag the sand, arrange the sand bags and assist the foreman and other laborers when needed.

Like other male laborers, she received the same compensation of Php252.00 daily wherein Php25.00 was deducted from it as her in-kind contribution to the project.

From her earnings, she bought school supplies for her children in preparation for the opening of classes in June. Aside from extra income, she also gained new learnings from being a laborer. According to her, wearing personnel protective equipment (PPE) in the construction site is very important to avoid accidents. She dutiful wore socks, pants, long sleeves and other protective gears during her construction stint.

“Natutusok ang bitis ko ning gapo kaya mas gusto ko magsulog bota (I preferred to wear boots because rocks pierce the sole of my feet without it),” she said.

Kalahi-CIDSS, a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD), funded the construction of the pathway amounting to P2,475,544.00 with a grant of 1,390,779.55 from Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. foreign aid agency created in 2004 to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by helping countries promote economic growth.

“The program strictly ensures that there are no accidents, diseases and other harmful effects on the health of the workers during the construction period so that they can continue to work as scheduled and get paid for their services,” DSWD Dir. Garcia said.

The program allocates budget for minimum PPE like hand gloves, hard hats, rubber boots and safety belts.

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DSWD trains thousands of Bicolanos on project proposal making

DSWD targets to train more than 7,000 residents on project proposal making as part of the Project Development Workshop (PDW) conducted through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services).

The said training started last March and will end this April in 88 municipalities and 2,490 communities are the recipients of the training.

The residents trained in PDW were those members of the Project Preparation Team (PPT) elected during the first Barangay Assembly (BA) done in the last quarter of 2014.

“We will download the 2.3 billion to the communities prioritized for Kalahi-CIDSS funding so we need to train them on how to develop project proposals to get the funding and address their needs in a timely manner,” DSWD Dir. Garcia said.

The main purpose of PDW is to train residents on how to prepare detailed community project proposals for public goods, community enterprise, and/or human resource development and capability building subprojects. These include training on feasibility study preparation, technical design of community infrastructure and public works projects, preparation of implementation plans and program of work, community procurement, community finance, and integration of environmental and social management plan (ESMP) and mitigating measures.

Remigio Capobres, an elderly of Brgy. Tuba, Donsol, is one of the elected PPT members who traveled on foot for about an hour from their community to the venue to attend the two-day PDW.

“Gusto ko pa matuto sa mga isinasagawang trainings ng Kalahi-CIDSS bilang tulong sa aming barangay sa pghahanda kung sakaling palarin nang mabigyan ng pondo ang matagal na naming pangarap na proyekto, ang mgkaroon ng konkretong daanan (I want to learn from the trainings of Kalahi-CIDSS to help our village prosper once our dream project, concrete pathway, becomes eligible for funding,” he said.

PPT is formed to lead in the preparation of community proposals for sub-projects recommended by the barangays for prioritization in subsequent project activities, or for submission to possible funding groups and by Kalahi-CIDSS. It is composed of a minimum of three (3) members per barangay, at least one of which should be a woman.

For 2014-2015, there are about 7,000 residents elected as members of PPT. Aside from PPT, there are other groups formed under Kalahi-CIDSS through (BA) that will serve as the frontline implementers of community project the people identified themselves.

To date, DSWD is expecting 1,186 community proposals for the 2014-2015 implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS. Communities prioritized for Kalahi-CIDSS funding were selected based on the community’s population, number of poor households and damage affected households (Typhoon Glenda, Super Typhoon Yolanda).

“Kalahi-CIDSS invests on human development. The construction of community projects is just our instrument to promote empowerment through people participation,” Dir. Garcia added.

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