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First Compre Got Talent Held

About 233 street children and street families participated in the first COMPRE Got Talent held at Hotel St. Ellis, Legazpi City on October 18, 2015.

COMPRE or the Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Families and IP’s especially the Badjaos, provide a package of services and interventions to respond to the needs and provide opportunities to live productively in a safe environment.

As explained by Director Arnel Garcia, it is a two-year program piloted in Legazpi City aims to contribute in the reduction of vulnerabilities of children and families on the street through the provision of comprehensive package of services.

In Legazpi City, there are five COMPRE centers where these group met with structural activities provided. The COMPRE centers are in the barangays of Bitano,Dap-Dap,Tula-Tula,Bay-bay and Cabangan.

In his message Garcia acknowledged the support of the City of Legazpi headed by Mayor Noel Rosal. He also expressed his happiness for the huge crowd of participants in spite of the bad weather. According to Director Garcia, he is one with City Mayor Noel Rosal in advocating for a zero street children and street families. Children must be safe.

Meanwhile City Kagawad Vince Baltazar shared that his advocacy which needs the support of the parents is to stop drug abuse. He urged the parents who were present to take good care of the children. What is the importance of infrastructure if the investment is poor? Who are the investments? …it’s the children” he said

The first COMPRE Got Talent has several categories; modern dance, ballroom dancing, for singing; solo,vocal duet and family participation. The winners who received cash prizes are the following barangays:

Dancing: 1st Dap dap, 2nd Baybay, 3rd Bitano
Ballroom: 1st Baybay, 2nd Bitano, 3rd Tula-Tula
Vocal Solo: 1st Cabangan, 2nd Tula-Tula, 3rd Bitano
Duet: 1st Cabangan, 2nd Tula-Tula, 3rd Bitano
Family rendition: 1st Tula Tula, 2nd Cabangan, 3rd Bitano

The non-winners were also given consolation cash prizes.###eejerusalem

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DSWD Bicol launches Youth Development Session for Pantawid High School Beneficiaries

FDSThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V in partnership with National Youth Commission (NYC) recently launched the Youth Development Session (YDS) for high school beneficiaries held at Anislag National High School, Anislag, Daraga, Albay.

YDS is an intervention for high school beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to aidthem in finishing secondary education and achieving holistic development.

According to Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, YDS is crafted and designed by NYC, DSWD and Department of Education to enhance the self-esteem of high school beneficiaries by providing them basic knowledge, develop their positive attitude, and hone their skills in facing life challenges, helping them improved their full potentials and required skills to become more responsible, well- adjusted and well-rounded adolescents.

The YDS has rolled out in various regions such as National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, and Cebu including Bicol.

A total of 150 identified high school beneficiaries, media partners, civil society organizations, NYC and DSWD staff attended the said launching.

Also participated in the activity, are Rosy Llado, education supervisor of Department of Education, Albay Division; Percival Cendana, commissioner, NYC; Nina Abby Dulay, representative of Commission on Population; Gloria Lorena Senosin of Federation on Associations of Communities and Children Empowerment Inc.(FACE); Nimrod Sonio, Melchor Buenaflor, Alma Buenaflor of iHelp; Alex Basabe and Nina Yang of Universal Peace Federation; Jonelyn Ardales of Camalig Bank Foundation; Emma N. Lindio, municipal social welfare and development officer, Elmer Lodronio, barangay captain of Anislag and DSWD Staff Maricel Gomez, chief, institutional development division, Chok Reyes, project development officer III, Focal Persons of family development sessions of Regions 3 and CALABARZON, Ronsan Pelariza and Lorna Garces, respectively.

During the launching, high school beneficiaries indicated their dreams of who they wanted to be or what profession they aimed for through dream boards.

Aaron Lolor, 14, high school beneficiary aimed of being an engineer someday. His parents earned for a living through sewing and repairing clothes. “Nung nagkaroon po ng Pantawid, nabigyan po kami ng pag-asa na makakatapos po ako ng high school, kasi sila mama hindi na po sila na momroblema ng baon, at pambayad sa school projects naming magkakapatid. Kaya maraming salamat po sa Pantawid,” he added.

Another high school beneficiary, Kathleen Loveres, 12, said she wanted to be a teacher to impart good values and character. “Marami po na kabataang katulad namin na maagang namulat at nag-asawa kaya po malaki po ang tulong nitong YDS para magabayan kami sa tamang direksyon,” she stated.

The YDS will be implemented every month, nation-wide in all pantawid pamilya covered areas to all high school beneficiaries monitored by the program.

It will be conducted in school-based setting, which will fall on weekdays and during class hours.

The NYC representatives will serve as resource speaker during session. Some topics to be discussed will focus along adolescent dynamics, sexuality, career, life skills, teenage pregnancy, reproductive health, decision-making, peer pressure, dangerous drugs, pornography active citizenship for nation building, and other issues that will address the said challenges faced by adolescents.

According to Anilyn Bon, focal person of family development session, in Bicol Region, 12 volunteers are identified to facilitate the monthly session (two volunteers for each province).

Currently, a total of 378,680 households in Bicol benefitted through the cash grants provided by the program, of which 98,843 are beneficiaries aged 15-18.***GANLindio,IO-Pantawid

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Amidst the crowded venue and the humid atmosphere, the 819 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were so attentive and actively participated in the grand launching and orientation of the livelihood skills training under the Sustainable Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The activity was held at the People’s Hall, City Hall Compound, Naga City last October 14, 2015. This is in coordination with the Naga City Government, Polytechnic Institute and the Metro Naga Public Employment Office. Present during the event were; City Mayor John Bongat, Kagawad Jun Lavadia, President, League of Barangay Captain and Mr. Ruel Oliver, PESO Manager.

In his message, DSWD Director Arnel Garcia urge the beneficiaries to be serious in the training field they have chosen as this will be their stepping stone in gaining either open or self-employment which will eventually help improve the family income. He also thanked the Naga city government headed by Mayor John Bongat for the support extended to the department’s effort to fight poverty through the implementation of the different anti-poverty programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Sustainable Livelihood, the Social Pension, etc.

Garcia also shared that the DSWD has transferred fund to the LGU of Naga the amount of P8.7M to fund various livelihood skills training program such as: organic piggery management cum meat processing, automotive servicing, welding, slaughtering services, household electronics, commercial cooking, dressmaking, candle making, hair dressing and nail care.

The DSWD through the Project Development Officers conducted the Participatory Livelihood Issue Analysis (PLIA), a process which will help identify the skills interest or the training needs of the participant.

Each training participant will receive a transportation and meal allowance in the amount of P275 for the days attendance .Starter kits will also be provided either at the start or end of the training. This will depend on the need or the kind of training undertaken. The beneficiaries who have completed the training will either be referred for employment or micro-enterprise.###eejerusalem

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DSWD Bicol holds Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day


The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V recently conducted the Pantawid Pamilya Family Day 2015 in Sorsogon City. The event was graced by the Voice Kids Philippines-Grand Winner, Lyca Gairanod.

Around 3,000 pantawid pamilya families in various barangays gathered at the gymnasium of the said city to celebrate the said event with the theme: “Tuloy ang Pagbabago.”

The activity aims to showcase the gains, positive changes brought by the Pantawid Pamilya Program on the lives of the poor families.

“Bicol Region is among the second largest number of beneficiaries in the Philippines with a total of 376,029 households benefiting from the program. I also thank and encourage our partners to continuously support Pantawid Pamilya in attaining its goals and objectives,” Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government which invests in the health and education of poor households with children aged 0-18.

Known as the Philippine version of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), the Pantawid Pamilya provides cash grants upon compliance to the set of responsibilities which the identified beneficiaries committed to undertake. This includes school attendance of at least 85% of children aged 3-18; pre- and post-natal care for pregnant women based on the government protocol; regular health check-ups for children aged 0-5; deworming for children enrolled in elementary school; and attendance to Family Development Sessions.

Under the program, identified beneficiaries received a cash grant of P500 in health and P300 (elementary) or P500 (high school) in education for a family that has three children, ages 0 to 18.

During the activity, Agot family of Barangay Sto. Domingo, Vinzons, Camarines Norte and Canon Family of Palanas, Pilar, Sorsogon are awarded as first runner-up and second runner up, respectively, for being the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Winners during the conduct of Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015. They also received plaques of recognition and cash prizes P8,000.00 and P5,000.00, respectively.

According to Lani Agot, the program does not only help their family to improve their daily living, sustaining the needs of her children along education and health but also made her personality whole. “Ako po sarong solo parent, pero sa tabang kan programa, nagka-igwa ako nin kusog na patapuson an sakong mga aki hangang sa kaya. Kaya po salamat sa programa. Sana diretso ang pagtabang nin Programa sa mga arog ming nagtitios [I am a solo parent, but through the program, I gained strength to continue my children finish their education to the best I can. That is why I am thankful of the program. I hope the program will continue helping poor families like us],” she said.

Also, Civil Society Organizations, private and partner government agencies extended their social services to the beneficiaries such as; Sorsgon Integrated Health Services Foundation Inc. (SIHS) provided free eyes and ears screening, Federation on Associations of Communities and Children Empowerment Inc. (FACE) provided 1,000 foldable fans, Department of Agriculture provided 500 vegetable seedlings and Aqua Care for free bottles of water for the beneficiaries.***GANLindio,IO-Pantawid

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DSWD to Geotag thousands of community sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS in Bicol

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will geotag 3,803 community sub-projects constructed from 2002 to present for greater transparency 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).

The location information of the geotagged photos of community sub-projects will be available in a Kalahi-CIDSS web application once uploaded. Geotagging of these sub-projects is expected to be completed by the end of year and soon will be shared to the public once all information is completely uploaded.

More than 1,000 DSWD field staffs deployed in 101 municipalities and 2,902 barangays will be trained on Geotagging. They will use their mobile phones as their Geotagging devices. They will be trained on the following Geotagging workflow: data collection, capturing images using global positioning system (GPS) and uploading the data in the cloud storage.

Moreover, some DSWD employees were already trained last October 7-8, 2015 held at Legazpi City who will be trainers in their respective areas of assignment.

In Kalahi-CIDSS, this technology will be also used for the verification and approval of sub-projects, progress supervision and operation and maintenance activities.

DSWD has initially geotagged 156 out of the 3,803 community sub-projects where 110 of which are already published on the Kalahi-CIDSS web application.

According to World Bank, one of the development partners of DSWD, Geotagging is an innovative and practical tool and considered as a Best Practice in sub-project transparencies and total public disclosure.

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.

Sub-projects refer to the community projects that are implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS. The program follows an open menu system, wherein communities will choose what sub-projects will answer their prioritized needs. These are basic services sub-projects, basic access infrastructures, community common services facilities, environmental protection and conservation and skills training and capability building.

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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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 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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Winners of DSWD’s Listahanan at Work Photo Contest awarded

11227789_909560905806887_4366449905762717690_oThe awarding ceremony of the DSWD’s Listahanan at Work Photo Contest happened yesterday at the 2nd floor Annex, Pacific Mall, Legazpi City.

The ceremony was conducted during the opening of the National Statistics Month celebration which carries the theme ” Pagyamanin at Gamitin and Estadistika, Kalusugan para sa Lahat ay Abot-Kamay na”.

Participants representing the members of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee (RSCC), students and general public took part in the event.

According to Assistant Regional Director Arwin Razo, the Listahanan at Work Photo Contest with a theme “Listahanan at work: identifying families in need of social protection” aims to promote transparency on the process of identifying the poor. It also raises awareness and understanding on activities involved in the 2nd round of assessment.

Mr.Victor Angelo Roco from Tiwi, Albay took home the grand prize of P 10,000 in cash and plaque of recognition. He also bagged the Most Popular Photo Award with 2, 000 for getting the most number of likes on Facebook.

The other winners were Jerry Jethro Calag at 2nd place with P 7,000 in cash and plaque of recognition and Judy Anne Bon at 3rd place with 5,000 & plaque of recognition. Special award was also given to Crizziel Medilo as the Most Promising Photographer, being the youngest among the contestants and ranking 4th.

Other participants also received consolation prizes and tokens from DSWD.

The actual taking of photos was conducted on August 4, 2015 at barangays Padang, Bogna and Bitano Legazpi City.

The juries who selected the best 3 photos among the 10 entries were Mr. Felipe Jose Peralta, veteran photographer, photojournalist and media specialist/professor, Dr. Xavier C. Cabredo ,MD, President of Mayon Photography Club Inc., Ms.Anna Bajamundi, Statistician II, Philippine Statistical Authority, Mr.Mark Alvic Esplana, Photojournalist, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Managing Director of PULLOUT Digital & Creative Productions (PDCP) and Ms.Jesseshan Marbella, KALAHI-CIDSS Regional Social Marketing Officer.

The photos from the Listahanan Photo Contest is exhibited on October 1-2 at Pacific Mall, near food plaza along with the statistical exhibit of other government agencies###

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Disbelief ends with trust

Disbelief ends with trust

Abello Frias of Brgy, Dacu, Mobo, Masbate convenes a meeting to resolve issues in the community. He is Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer for almost seven years now.

Abello Frias is an Industrial Engineering graduate. He has four children with his wife, Novelita Frias, a school teacher in Masbate. He was previously employed in Manila but decided to finally join his family in the coastal village of Dacu in Mobo, Masbate after he was diagnosed with diabetes. Subsequent to his return, his remarkable chronicle as a volunteer began.

Abello is a community volunteer in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty reduction program of the government, for almost seven years, however, he was indifferent to government programs at the beginning.

He was elected as a community volunteer in Kalahi-CIDSS Cycle 1 in 2009 and was forced to assume the responsibilities required from an elected resident. Onset, he was hesitant because he believes that government programs and projects are futile and getting involved is also a waste of time. Contrary to this, his neighbor convinced him to dispose his apprehension and said to him that he can give it a try.

Later on, he appreciated the process in and principles of Kalahi-CIDSS that refuted his pre-conceived opinions through the explanations from the Area Coordinating Team (ACT) and by getting directly involved in the project.

“Nabago ang paniniwala ko dati dahil sa Kalahi-CIDSS dahil tao pala ang magsasagawa ng proyekto (My perspectives was changed because in Kalahi-CIDSS the people will implement the project),” Frias said.

Just like him at the beginning, the residents were also doubtful to Kalahi-CIDSS and generally, apathetic, which resulted to poor community involvement. The following year, the community failed to get the Kalahi-CIDSS funding for the construction of their riprap due to lack of people’s participation, a major requirement to avail of Kalahi-CIDSS funds. From that point and onwards, Frias promised to himself and to the people of Dacu that he will do anything to get a subproject from Kalahi-CIDSS to help his neighbors get a better life.

He, then, realized that he can help the DSWD field workers to negate the popular notion of indifference among the residents and get them involved by explaining the benefits they will reap out of sheer participation in community assemblies. It took about three months to persuade some residents but it yielded a better result because Dacu was prioritized in the next cycle for the construction of their health center. The health center provides an easy access for the residents to health who previously travel to town to get medical intervention.

“Kaya ko pala makumbinse ang barangay na makilahok, makiisa and makibayanihan para sa aming proyekto (I realized that I can persuade the community to participate and ),” he said.

Until now, Frias is still the Barangay Sub-Project Management Chairman (BSPMC), the head of the volunteers who take the lead in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS subprojects. The people of this village was impressed by his unwavering diligence, innate intelligence, flawless sincerity and pure dedication. As a result, he gained the people’s trust and seamlessly mobilized them to partake in any community endeavor, even beyond Kalahi-CIDSS activities.

A true bayani in the community

Frias is truly selfless to serve the people.

“Ang isang volunteer ay nasa puso ang kagustuhang makatulong (A volunteer has the heart and desire to help),” Frias said.

In 2012, two days before the deadline of submission of their documents needed for the construction of their health center, 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 in Masbate City even if he is suffering from flu. It took about two hours to get to town from a 30-minute ride because the way was already flooded.

“Ok lang na ako ang mabasa huwag lang ang mga dockumento. Prinotektahan ko ang papeles. (I don’t mind to get drenched but not the documents. I protected the papers from getting wet),” he said.

He also takes an active role in inculcating the bayanihan spirit in their village. He ensures that the residents are informed with the schedule of meetings and community assemblies, both important activities in Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Pinapaalam niya kami kung may patawag na meeting (He informs us if there are meetings),” Nestor Almiñe, a resident of Dacu, said.

With the regular communication to the residents, Dacu’s community participation rate to community assemblies increased from 21% in 2010 to 92% in 2012 and 97% in 2014.

He also teaches his co-volunteers in Kalahi-CIDSS with what he knows to encourage them to perform their functions well in Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Tinuruan niya ako sa pagaayos ng mga papel na kailangan sa Kalahi-CIDSS (He taught me to fix the documentary requirements for Kalahi-CIDSS),” Karen Tamayo, a volunteer, said.

Abello Frias exemplifies a real community hero. His story can inspire current volunteers to work even harder and inspire volunteers-to-be to shove their reservations towards Kalahi-CIDSS and join the road to development.

In addition to the health center constructed through Kalahi-CIDSS, Dacu finished the concreting of their pathways and will also receive funds for their seawall.

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