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BUB funds livelihood project in Aroroy, Masbate

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol released 860,000 and 1.03 million respectively to fund livelihood projects in Aroroy, Masbate under the Bottoms-up-budgeting (BUB).

According to Nida Bagayusa, the livelihood worker of the Local Social Welfare and Development Office, the P 860,00 has funded various livelihood project benefiting 105 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries or 35 recipients from the three barangays namely: Matalang talang with torones de mani and banana chips as their project, fish kropek for barangay San Agustin and production of native bags and fan for barangays Malubi.

In order to prepare the beneficiaries for their new responsibilities as creditors of the govrnment and business entreprenuers, they will undergo training on Basic Business Management.

Meanwhile with a capital assistance of 1.03 million about 107 women most of whom are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hava ventured on veggie noodles production. The veggie veggie noodles is made out of squash and malunggay. The initial operation started in April 6and production is done every weekend since the group is still waiting for the TESDA to conduct skills enhancement on packaging.

Another livelihood project to be funded by BUB is “Nutri-bun ni Juan” a school based bakery at Aroroy, West Elementary School. The project is worth P 157,000.

Bottoms-up Budgeting is an approach in preparing the budget proposal of agencies taking into consideration the development needs of the poor cities/municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector and other civil society organization. ###eejerusalem

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DSWD inks MOA with CLGU Naga and CBSUA for Sustainable Livelihood Program

A partnership has been forged between the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the city government of Naga and with the Central Bicol State University (CBSUA) for Sustainable Livelihood Program last July 20, 2015.

The program aims to improve the socio-capacities of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries by facilitating their access to micro-enterprise development and employment opportunities. This will be done through the conduct of training project in partnership with City Local Government of Naga and CBSUA respectively.

“We want to provide a sustainable intervention to improve the well being of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries by empowering the disadvantaged individuals through skills training assistance and entrepreneurial activities towards gainful employment, “DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia shared.

On the other hand, Naga City Mayor John Bongat expressed his gratitude to the DSWD for the initial grant of 8.7 million. This will benefit about 498 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Naga City with seven skills training to be conducted. “This program will translate to have more productive young people” Mayor Bongat said.

CBSUA will also receive a grant of P 2 million with 162 students; all are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to undergo three vocational skills straining to be offered.

To ensure the sustainability of the project, Director Garcia said that the DSWD will provide livelihood kit to start the livelihood activity which the beneficiaries will engage in.

Likewise, several schools in the Bicol Region like the Bicol University and the Partido State University have also entered Memorandum of Understanding with the DSWD for the same project.###eejerusalem

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DSWD clarifies lump sum in its 2015 budget

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has no lump sum or discretionary funds amounting to P102.6 billion in the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“How can that be when the budget of the Department is already P107.8 billon? We do have a budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses amounting to P102B, and the breakdown can be found in pages 909 to 928 of the national budgetary document,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The DSWD 2015 budget also has the following major categories: General Administration and Support (P980,680,000), Support to Operations (P265,747,000), and Operations (P86,034,766,000). Part of the Operations budget includes P62.2B for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, P5.9B for Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, P4.9B for the Sustainable Livelihood Program, and P3.3B for the Supplemental Feeding Program.

It also has breakdown on locally-funded (P3,545,271,000) and foreign-assisted projects (P17,0303,737,000).

The Department continues to adhere and uphold the tenets of transparency and accountability especially when it comes to budgetary issues involving public funds.

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Educational assistance is not a scholarship, amount varies based on assessment

DSWD Field Office 5 clarifies that the amount received for the educational assistance is based on the social worker’s assessment and documents submitted by the clients.

The common misconception of the public is that the assistance is considered as a scholarship program which DSWD strongly disproves. The educational assistance does not guarantee to cover the full amount of the tuition fee and other school expenses.

“Clients can receive P1,000 to P5,000 based on DSWD screening and should understand that this is only an augmentation to the student’s school-related expenses such as purchase of school supplies, transportation allowance and also school tuition fees,” DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

Moreover, DSWD accepts referrals from anyone but reiterates that the referrals made by any group or individual has no influence to determine the amount received by the beneficiaries. The form and amount of financial assistance to be provided to beneficiaries shall be based on the assessment and recommendation of the DSWD licensed professional social workers.

The last day of registration for the educational assistance closed last May covering the first semester for school year 2015-16.

Educational assistance is under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), a part of the DSWD’s menu under protective services for the marginalized and disadvantaged individuals. It is a form of assistance given to qualified beneficiaries to help defray the other cost of sending students to school.

AICS is being implemented by the’ Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) to provide a .range of services, such as immediate rescue, and provision of direct financial assistance, psychosocial support, and material assistance including medical, transportation, financial, burial, and other services, .

DSWD Field Office 5 caters to applicants coming from the province of Albay. Other applicants can go directly to its satellite offices in the following provinces:

• Masbate- E. Bldg., 2/F, Corner Ibañez and Medina Sts., Masbate City
• Camarines Sur- Topaz St., Jacob ext., Naga City
• Camarines Norte-3/F, LJR Bldg., J. Lukban Ext., Brgy. 3, Daet, Camarines Norte
• Catanduanes-Brgy. Constantino, Virac, Catanduanes
• Sorsogon-Lee Bldg., Quezon St., Polvorista, Sorsogon City

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World Bank & DFAT conducted support mission visit to DSWD Bicol

Legazpi City- A delegation from World Bank and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA) visited three barangays in Legazpi City for the 8th World Bank Implementation Support Mission on July 2-4, 2015.

The field visit aimed to generate ideas about how the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program implemented in Legazpi City given it’s a disaster prone area in Albay.

Moreover, to observe the on-going enumeration of the Listahanan which currently using android tablet as the mode of collecting data in the city.

During the courtesy call, Hon.Mayor Noel Rosal lauded the DSWD for the excellent implementation of the programs and services in the region and is grateful for the assistance extended to his locality.

The field monitoring team split into two groups who simultaneously had dialogues with the Parent leaders, City Links, principals & teachers, barangay health workers/officials in barangays Pawa, San Roque and Taysan.

“We are happy that our visitors gives time to see how their assisted projects are implemented and have first hand experience in the implementation of our programs in the region” said Assistant Regional Director for Operations Corazon B. Miña

The field monitoring team had a chance to observe the conduct of Family Development Session (FDS) to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and to the actual interview of Enumerators to the households in Taysan & Pawa.

Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-18 years old. Meanwhile, Listahanan is the DSWD’s information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.

The members of the field monitoring team comprises World Bank representatives namely: Ms.Aleksandra Posarac, Ms. Rashiel Velarde, Mr. Jorge Avalos, Mr. Motoky Hayakawa, Ms. Maria Loreto Padua, Mr. Rene Manuel, Ms. Ma.Liennefer Penaroyo,Mr.Nigel Bruce of DFAT, Ms.Jocelyn Nique, Anna Liz Bellen, Ma. Dinna Lynne Ordoña of NEDA 5, Dr. Anne Quizon of DepEd Central Office, Chrysalyn Gocatek, Engels Del Rosario, Corazon Adele Lavadia of Pantawid Pamilya National Project Management Office, Mike Mohen Padilla of DSWD Central Office Policy Development and Planning Bureau.

Aside from Legazpi City, they also visited Coron, Palawan as an island municipality for the implementation of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya and Listahanan.

World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. It has long been a major partner of DSWD in addressing poverty in the Philippines.##

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New homes for 97 Families in San Jose Cam Sur

The long years of agony is over for the 97 families who received their certificate of completion and acceptance of the shelter units from DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia witnessed by San Jose Mayor Antonio Chavez . The certificate gave these families from San Jose , Camarines Sur the go signal to occupy their core units.

The agency released the amount of 6,790,000 to 97 families or 70,000 each.

According to Ms. Helen Mendoza, the Municipal Social Welfare & Development Officer , the 97 core shelter recipients belong to seven barangays namely; Catalotoan, Sabang, Tominawog, Oslo, Salugon, Telegrapo, Bagacay and Sugoy, 34 of the recipients have their house constructed in a barangay resettlement site in Catalotoan while the rest of the core shelter units will have an on-site construction. Meaning that this will be erected in the respective lots owned by the beneficiary.

Arnulfo Peñaflorida, a beneficiary shared that he consider this project as a blessing to his family. “ The money we earn is just enough for our food and never in our wild dreams that we were able to have this structure that we could call a home “ We will now be spaced from leaving our abode during strong typhoon” he added.

Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) is provided to indigent families who were rendered homeless due to disaster. The core shelter is structurally strong and environment friendly units which can withstand 180-220 kph wind velocity, intensified four earthquakes, floodings and similar hazard. It is a restoration and rehabilitation strategy that uses work teams to provide laborers in the construction.

The project aims to reduce the number of homeless families every year by providing a structurally strong shelter and at the same time developing and promoting the value of self-reliance among the beneficiaries and the community.
While the DSWD releases fund for the implementation of the project, the LGU is responsible in the provision of additional construction materials and the site. ##

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First CSO led learning visit with Parent leaders held in Guinobatan


The Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) recently conducted CSO led learning visit with Parent Leaders cum Pantawid Pamilya pay-out in Ofracio Hall, Guinobatan, Albay.

It aims to provide awareness about the core poverty alleviation program of the government and make the pay-out activity a worthwhile experience for Pantawid beneficiaries and CSOs.

The activity is piloted in Guinobatan which participated by more than 870 pantawid pamilya beneficiaries, local government units, partners from media and CSOs which are Ago General Hospital, IHelp Inc., Camalig Bank Foundation, Educo, Globe Telecom, Feed Hungry Minds Inc., Unbound, Municipal Agricultural and Fishery Council, Alliance of Concerned Servants, Guinobatan Coco Twine Workers Association, Parish Commission on Social Concerns, NACPHIL, Pigrolac, Southern Luzon College Foundation Inc., Rural Bank of Guinobatan and Albay Youth Organization.

During the activity, pay-out is being conducted while various CSOs extended their services to the beneficiaries such as free medical check-up, free massage, provision of clothing’s, school supplies and other basic needs, free training on financial literary, and other livelihood skills training.

Municipal Mayor Ann Y. Ongjoco expressed her gratitude to the services provided by the Department and CSOs to the people of Guinobatan. She added that Pantawid Pamilya has made a drastic change in improving the living condition of her constituents. Education and health condition has been improved.

Also, the activity highlighted the testimonies shared by selected beneficiaries of the Program who are Vicente Moratalla, 46, of Poblacion 4, Morera, Rizalina Natividad, 63, a parent leader of Purok 1, Dona Mercedes, Michelle Caballero of Barangay Calzada, a pantawid pamilya beneficiary and a volunteer of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Vina Rodrigueza, 16, valedictorian of  Batbat National High School and Hanelie Millamina, 21, a Cum Laude graduate of Bachelor of Science Major in Sociology of Bicol University and a grantee of Student-Grant in Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGPPA).

According to Vina as she is fondly called by her friend, pantawid pamilya enables her to achieve her dream of graduating in high school. “Noon, gasera lang ang gamit ko sa pag-gawa ng assignment, kahit wala po akong baon lahat kinakaya ko para makatapos ng pag-aaral. Mabuti po at naging benepisyaryo kami ng programa, maraming salamat sa Pantawid Pamilya at sa lahat ng sumusuporta rito dahil kahit papaano po ay nakabili na ako ng uniform, at on-time na si Mama nakakabayad ng tuition fees, [Before, I used flambeau in preparing my assignments. Although, I have no money to buy snacks, I did everything to finish my study. It is good that we became a beneficiary of the program, thank you so much to Pantawid Pamilya and to everyone who supported the program because we were able to buy uniform and my Mother was able to pay tuition fee on time],” she said while tears fall down in her eyes.

Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, said the people who testified are the living testimony of the positive impact of the program. Also, he said that the success of the program lies not only on the intensified efforts of the department, its partners government agencies and CSOs but more importantly it lies in the hands of the beneficiaries who are committed to help themselves in order to improve their living condition.***with reports from N.Osial, G.A.N.Lindio, IO-Pantawid Pamilya

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Foundations of development

The coastal town of Donsol is located at the northwestern part of the province of Sorsogon in Bicol region. Its marine waters are home to the gentle giants of the sea, bringing the poor municipality of Donsol in the limelight as the Whale Shark capital of the World.

Its developing tourism industry shaped the gradual economic growth in Donsol where local enterprise blossomed along with fishing, copra trading and cottage industry.

Contrary to its known natural affluence, this town is still nestled in poor living conditions and lacks access to basic community services and facilities. Improving the quality of basic education is one of Donsol’s challenges that need to be addressed as it transitions to the K to 12 program of the government.

It has 51 barangays with a total of 41 elementary schools and the Public School District Supervisor Eduardo Dollarca admitted that there is a shortfall in classrooms resulting to poor performance due to rapid increase of enrollees annually.

Luz Jubelo, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of Brgy. Dancalan, said that classrooms are vital for her children’s education so she proactively participated in the construction of their 1 unit 3 Classroom School Building which was implemented last year through Kalahi-CIDSS, a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

“Importante po ang classroom para makaadal maayos asin matuto (Classrooms are important for proper learning),” she said.

Dancalan is considered as the most populous barrio school in Donsol. Its total enrollees for school year 2014-15 reached to 573 students divided into 16 sections that utilized eight (8) functional classrooms and some may not warrant safety for the students because of its dilapidated condition.

Principal Corazon Montilla also added that there were seven classrooms demolished without replacement in their school before.

Prior to the construction of the classrooms, three sections in Grade 1 and Grade 2 suffer from blistering heat and leaks from roof holes. But the timely and expeditious completion of the additional classrooms last March offered a comfortable edifice to the same grade levels for the next school year.

Jubelo was very elated to see her son in Grade 1 occupying the classroom that she and her colleagues built in Dancalan Elementary School.

Despite of her timid personality, Jubelo did not hesitate to become a member of the community-based management committee formed for the construction of the said classrooms because she is aware of her significant role in their development as an elected volunteer in Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Na apply ko sa Kalahi-CIDSS ang tinuro sa Family Development Session (FDS) ng Pantawid Pamilya na maging aktibo sa barangay (Active citizenship is taught in FDS of Pantawid Pamilya and I applied what I’ve learned in Kalahi-CIDSS,” she said.

82 of 306 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Dancalan Elementary School are expected to benefit from these three classrooms.

“We are thankful to the volunteers who sacrificed for the completion of the project and I’m grateful to the funders because the long wait is over,” Montilla said.

Appreciation of people participation
Brgy. Poso is the smallest yet the most progressive in Donsol where the biggest elementary school is located, the Dancalan East Central School, catering to eight neighboring villages with a total of 1378 students for school year 2015-16.

The school was built 92 years ago and now most of the rooms are dilapidated. Unfortunately, the baneful incineration of five classrooms in 2013 had also affected the students’ academic performances because they were housed in a congested space.

In response to this, the construction of 1 unit 3 Classroom School Building implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS was completed this year.

It made a difference not only to the students but also for its residents as well.

In 2011, Poso’s proposal for the construction of school building was not included for funding during the prioritization of community projects under Kalahi-CIDSS.

Lalaine Cadag, a Grade 4 teacher in Dancalan East Central School and also a volunteer, did not expect that the classrooms will be funded and erected with a grant from Australia’s Aid Program.

According to her, it was a tough job for a teacher and mother like her to give extra time and effort as the head volunteer. Even during weekends, she would check the ongoing construction with the help of other scrupulous residents.

She surmounted this daunting challenge by keeping her heart for her neighbors with an envision of a promising future for the children.

“Kahit hindi pa ako nakapagtayo ng sarili kong bahay, natutunan ko na magconstruct ng school building. Kayang-kaya ko pala (Although I have not built my own house, I learned to construct a school building. I discovered that I am fully capable),”

Moreover, she was inspired by the project itself because everyone in the community is involved.

“Maganda pala ang isang project dahil tao ang nagpapatakbo at lahat nagbabantay kaya walang corruption (The project turned out beautifully because the residents managed the project and all are watchdogs so there is no corruption),” she said.

Cadag is hoping that all government programs would adopt CDD. She appreciated the direct participation of the people in all of processes in Kalahi-CIDSS.

Dollarca agreed with her and added that it is only with Kalahi-CIDSS that he has seen an excellent workmanship of classrooms.

“Gusto namin ulit ma experience ang direct participation kung saan lahat kami ay aware sa barangay (We would want to experience again the direct participation wherein all of us are aware in the community),” Cadag added.
Education is the centerpiece of development and the improved access to basic education of poor communities strengthens their capacities to improve the quality of their lives.

Infrastructures built in Kalahi-CIDSS are perks of a community’s mustered efforts. Development consummates when people influence the decisions affecting their growth while enhancing their capacities to use it for their advantage. It is not only for the benefit of one but for the betterment of everyone.

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