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An SLP Success Story

Barangay Nazareno is a coastal barangay in the eastern side of San Pascual, Burias, one of the three islands of Masbate province. It is a fishing village which is accessible to land and sea transport. However, the only available land transport is the “habal-habal” or a one-sided motorcycle. One could also reach the place by foot, since it is only about five kilometers away from the town proper.

The place is home to 1, 842 people or 348 families with 330 households. It is a Set 1 Pantawid Pamilya recipient with 139 family beneficiaries. The family of Mildred Rodel is among them.

Mildred is 30 years old with two children both in their elementary grade. She is a day care worker with a monthly honorarium of 1, 000 pesos while her husband, Danilo, is a fisherman and earns at least 200 pesos per day if he is lucky to have a good catch, and if he is able to borrow a banca.” Wala po kaming sariling bangka ,” Mildred bared.

Life for the family is so hard with two children to support. As a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, Mildred is aware that the cash grant could not be used for anything else but for the health and education needs of the children. “Kulang na kulang ang pang araw-araw na kita namin para mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang aking pamilya,” Mildred sighed.

In 2010, the Sustainable Livelihood Program was introduced in the barangay with the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries as the priority recipients. Mildred became one of those who qualified for the program. She was one of the active members of the SEA-K Association in Nazareno. Mildred attended the required number of trainings which prepared her and other members of the group as creditors and business entrepreneurs. When she eventually received her capital seed fund of 10, 000 pesos on November 8, 2011, she ventured in buy and sell of scrap materials.

Mildred is a strong woman who will do anything for the good of her children. After her session at the day care center, Mildred and Danilo would traverse the rough road of Barangay Nazareno to buy scrap materials. “Malaking hirap at sakripisyo ang dinadaanan naming mag-asawa sa pangangalakal lalo pa’t wala kaming sariling sasakyan,” Mildred disclosed.

In their desire to augment the family’s income, Mildred also invested part of the grant in buy and sell of agricultural products. The couple is determined to have their business grow. She did not use the money she earned from her buy and sell of scrap materials project but instead, she relied on the income in selling fish and agricultural products.

After a year in the business, Mildred was able to pay the full amount. The couple now owns two small motorboats; one used in fishing by Danilo and the other serves as their transportation in going around the neighboring barangays for their buy and sell projects. “Natutugunan na rin namin iyong pang araw-araw na pangangailangan namin.” Mildred added that she is also saving for the college education of her two children.

It has been my intent to invest the capital assistance to earn more money. A life of poverty stripe her dignity….and I don’t want to be poor forever.

Mildred said that the love of business is parallel with making money. Success in the business depends on one’s will to succeed. Guts and hard work always makes sense. ###eejerusalem


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Juana, ang Tatag mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!

The observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated each year to recognize working women around the world. Pursuant to proclamation no.224 series of 1988 declares the first week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day. Proclamation no. 227 series of 1998 provided for the observance of the month of March as Women’s Role in the history month.

This year’s theme “Juana, ang Tatag mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!  pays tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes here in the country and across the globe.

It is the best time to highlight the “drivers of change” who untiringly volunteered themselves in times of disaster, conflict and calamity. This celebration recognizes the role of women in the rehabilitation process and their over-all contributions to progress.

As the lead advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality, the agency has again geared itself with activities for the implementation of National Women’s Month celebration.

The month long celebration will kick-off with ” Juana walk and Juana Zumba” on March 8, 2014. The activity will start at 6:30 in the morning from Peñaranda Park going to PNP-PRO5 Camp Simeon Ola. This will be followed by a short program and the One Billion Rising Dance to be performed by  children from Haven, one of the centers of the department. This will be participated by members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking (RIACAT)-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC), LGU’s and People’s Organization(PO’s).###

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Listahanan identified child laborers in Bicol get assistance from DOLE

Four hundred child laborers identified by Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) recently received assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment Field Office 5. This was simultaneously conducted throughout the region in the last quarter of 2013.

“Our aim is to give joy to at least 80% of the total child laborers in the region.”DOLE Regional Director Lacambra said.

The Project Angel Tree is a feeding and gift giving activity for child laborers. It is spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in cooperation with private establishments. Donations include toys, bags, school supplies and groceries.

Listahanan provided the list of child laborers to DOLE for the implementation of Project Angel Tree. The latter entered to a memorandum of agreement for the use of data specifically to the list of child laborers in the region as their beneficiaries.

The list of child laborers provided to us by the DSWD’s Listahanan has been very useful to us in the identification of child laborers in the region” bared Edward Lovedorial,Regional Focal Person on Child Labor Program.

We are now processing the livelihood assistance for their parents under our Kabuhayan Para Sa Mga Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa (KASAMA) Program”Lovedorial added.

Aside from Project Angel Tree, DOLE also used the Listahanan’s data on their Regional Anti-Labor Strategic Planning as reference on the number of child laborers in the region.

Listahanan is the country’s database of poor households which makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.###crbarrameda


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DSWD and Legazpi City tap partners for employment and livelihood support, forge MOA under Urban Kalahi-CIDSS pilot project

The city government of Legazpi City and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the academe, business institutions and employment agencies to support project beneficiaries in livelihood and employment for two of the city’s barangays under the pilot implementation of Urban Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) last February 11, 2014 at the Legazpi City Hall.

The MOA Signing aims to strengthen the role of industries and private sectors in their corporate social responsibility commitment of helping improve the economic lives of the urban poor by serving as , and provider of technical support through provision of capability building activities to communities, employer, and ready market.

“I would like to thank all our partners, specifically the involved schools and manpower services, who render their commitment in corporate social responsibility to help the poor,” DSWD Field Office V Regional Director Arnel Garcia said.

Rawis and Bitano, the pilot areas of Urban Kalahi-CIDSS in the Bicol region, will soon be completing the construction of livelihood center with provision of garments production equipment and construction of community development center, respectively, this year.

In connection with this, DSWD tapped Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF)-Legazpi City, Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL), Genecom Institute Of Science And Technology, Inc., Stretch Distribution, Inc., and Personnel Solutions.

As part of the sustainability component of the projects in the barangays, the aforementioned partners will provide employment (long-term or temporary) and conduct relevant trainings and seminars to interested residents from both barangays.

“Sustainability is the real mission of the project and we will implement it properly by engaging other non-government organizations,” Mayor Noel Rosal said.

Present during the MOA signing were DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia, Roy Calfoforo of DSWD Central Office, Mayor Noel Rosal, Brgy. Capt. Joel M. Balinis of Bitano, Brgy. Capt. Joel Orosco of Rawis, Romulo Antivola of AUL, Ellaine Marie Tate of Personnel Solutions, Alma Alvarez of Genecom, Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers and other local officials from the barangay and city LGUs.

The Kalahi-CIDSS project is one of the core poverty alleviation programs of DSWD along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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DSWD Bicol to Host the National Program Review and Evaluation Workshop of Pantawid Pamilya

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will be conducting the National Program Review and Evaluation Workshop (NPREW) on February 10 – 14, in Legazpi City.

The NPREW is an annual activity of the Department in order to evaluate, assess the implementation and accomplishments of the program and to discuss the directions for the succeeding implementation period.

The expected participants of the activity will be Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Undersecretary Parisha H. Taradji, Dir. Honorita B. Bayudan, Dir. Ernestina Z. Solloso, Regional Directors, Assistant Regional Directors, Regional Program Coordinators, Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, finance officers of Financial Management System all over the Philippines and staff of National Program and Management Office (NPMO).

According to Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, with the continuous expansion of the Pantawid Pamilya, covering more poor families in Bicol Region and all over the Philippines, the systems policies and guidelines are being reviewed to enhance program implementation.

The NPREW will cover the review and analysis of last 2013 program operation. It will also present the results of the policy recommendations based on various consultation workshops with the program stakeholders.

The activity will also discuss the prevailing issues and concerns being experienced by the program, and to come up with solutions and recommendations.

The participants will also carefully formulate strategic plans for 2014 based on the annual thrust and priorities of the Department, present the best practices of the Regions and provide recommendations to strengthen the cooperation and team work between National and Regional level staff.***G.Lindio, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer

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DSWD trains 21,655 Bicolanos as community-implementers

The DSWD trained 21,655 residents of 591 barangays in Bicol region on managing community-based subprojects (SPs) under Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) project.

Currently, the first cycle of the project which started in 2012, is being implemented in five (5) provinces namely Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and Catanduanes with 10,831; 3,203; 3,931 and 1520 of local residents trained, respectively. 2,348 of these are Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders (PLs) who are actively involved in the whole process of the project.

“Prior to the actual implementation, appropriate community trainings are provided to selected project volunteers,” DSWD 5 Director Arnel Garcia said.

DSWD-hired workers with the help of other government agencies and local government units (LGUs) train them in basic community finance, procurement, project development, operations and maintenance with an annual funding of Php27,000 for each barangay from Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and World Bank (WB).

The elected group of community residents or called Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC) is trained on ensuring proposed community SPs such as roads, SPs, health stations, fishing boats, cable bridges, schools, day care centers, DRR-related SPs and water systems are completed and maintained. These trainings safeguard transparency, accountability and participation of community implementers with the engagement of the LGU at the barangay, municipal and provincial level.

According to Crispina Cacidilla, a volunteer of Brgy. Malbong in Gainza, Camarines Sur, she and other volunteers attended the project proposal preparation workshop. They were able to construct a Production Center for Handicraft with an amount of 745,030.08 last 2013.

“Bilang sarong housewife, maogma ako ta nakatabang ako sa kapwa ko. Nakatabang ang mga training na inagihan mi sa Kalahi-CIDSS [As a housewife, I’m happy to serve my neighborhood. Those trainings are helpful],” Crispina said.

Through the Barangay Assembly, more than 20 members of the BSPMC are elected for each community and composed of the following committees: Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA) Team, Barangay Representation Team (BRT), Project Preparation Team (PPT), Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Team, Barangay Fact Finding Committee, Project Implementation Team (PIT), Procurement Team (PT), Audit and Inventory Team (AIT), Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and Finance Committee.

What is Kalahi-CIDSS?

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development (CDD) project in the Philippines which strongly advocates the involvement of local communities in the design and implementation of development projects to address the issue of poverty in the country. CDD is a globally recognized strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes. It aims to improve local governance by employing the participation of the people in the communities in the development process.

Community residents consensually decide on what type of poverty-reduction projects they prioritize for funding based from the collective analysis of their needs. Community proposals can vary from public goods/access projects, enterprise or livelihood projects or human development projects.

It is one of the core social protection programs of DSWD along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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An Inspiring Story of a Mother to her Kids

Nanay Nelia express her motherly love by caressing Ruby. She said all she could hope for is to provide Ruby a normal life and a sustainable livelihood for her family.


At the age of 60, people expect elders to be at home, living a simple, happy and contented life but not in the case of Nelia Ilacad, who still performs the role of a mother to her full-grown children and even her grandchildren.

Nanay Nelia, as she is fondly called off by her friends lives in Barangay Cale, Tiwi in the Province of Albay. She has seven children living with her and five grandchildren.

Maski igwang kanya-kanyang pamilya na ang mga aki ko ay hirap talaga ang buhay namon. Wara sinda pwedeng arong digdi lang sakuyang barong-barong. Su mga apo ko man wara pwedeng mag-alaga kundi ako lang ta nagtatrabaho su mga gurang ninda. [Although my children have their own family but they have no place to live, only here in our shanty house. There is no one to take care of some of my grandchildren also because their parents are working]. Nelia said.

Her world was even harder when she found out that one of her grandchildren, Ruby Colot, 9, has autism.  “Nung 2 years old si Ruby, nailing mi ang kakaibang ugali niya kumpara sa ibang mga aki. [When Ruby was 2 years old, we have noticed the difference in her attitude compared with other kids]. She said.

This piece of information turned her mother world upside down but she accepted everything and faces all the challenges that come. “Ako na ang naging magurang kaini ni Ruby ta su Ina niya nagtatrabahong katabang sa Manila asin ang Ama niya ay nasa kulungan. [I am the one who stood as a mother of Ruby because her mother worked as a helper in Manila and her Father is in jail].

Nanay Nelia recognized and fully acknowledged the fact that her mom-job would entail a lot more than feeding to Ruby and the rest of her family members.

Hence, she worked hard to earn at least P300-500 a week through “paghahabi” of abaca to sustain her family needs. “Sinda ang sakuyang kayamanan asin sainda ako minakua nin kusog. Sakatunayan, mas natatabangan ako ni Ruby kaysa ako saiya. [They are my treasure and I gain strength from them. In fact, Ruby has benefitted me more than I did for her]. She stated.

Help Comes

Despite Nanay Nelia’s dire living condition, she still sees hope that their condition will improve.

Until, help comes and Nanay Nelia found a renewed sense of hope when she was included in the list of beneficiaries under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

“Salamat po sa pagtaong tabang kay Ruby. Dakulaon na tabang ini para makaray an samuyang kondisyon. [Thank you for helping Ruby. It is a big aid to our family to improve our condition]. Nanay Nelia said with smile in her face.

MCCT is a prototype of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program which was implemented last 2012 to provide and strengthen the safety, protection and development of children in difficult circumstances.

Under MCCT, families with special needs are provided with P300 educational cash grant per month per child and 500 pesos health cash grant for the family. Eventually, these families will be mainstreamed to regular Pantawid Pamilya Program.

These family beneficiaries in need of special protection are those with children with disabilities, child-laborers, street/homeless families, indigenous peoples, migrants, and displaced families due to man-made and natural disasters.

Like in Pantawid Pamilya, beneficiaries of MCCT engaged in Family Development Sessions (FDS). The children must also attend an alternative mode of learning or formal schools, and visit health centers.

After six months of social preparation the family must reside in a permanent home.

In Bicol Region, a total of 472 registered families benefited from the said program.

“Sa tabang kan programa, naukudan ko kung pano’ mag-ataman kan arog ni Ruby asin makiiba sa ibang tawo. [With the help of the program, I learned how to handle children like Ruby and deal with other people].

Mother of All

More than being a Mother to her children and to Ruby, who is in need of special treatment, Nanay Nelia still finds energy to give something to other people.

Nanay Nelia became a parent leader. She oversees 20 families of Pantawid Pamilya residing in their barangay, monitors the use of cash grants and attendance during family development sessions.

Also, she served her community folks by being barangay health worker and community based rehabilitation worker. “Dakula po ang naukudan ko sa pagiging aktibo sa barangay. [It widens my knowledge through engaging actively in the community],” she stated.

Nanay Nelias unrelenting will to make the most out of her life, her commitment to serve, her dedication to her role as a mother and her level of understanding and awareness despite her struggle are living proof of the unrelenting human will. She said all she could hope for is to have a better source of income for her family and education to Ruby. “Gabos na pangarap mi pwedeng mangyari sa pagpangadyi asin pagtiya-tiyaga. [All of our dreams can be attained through prayers and perseverance]. She ended. ***G.A.N. Lindio, Information Officer –Pantawid Pamilya

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DSWD Bicol Hosts National Financial Management Conference Workshop

The team effort of the DSWD finance people has been proven to be effective in facilitating the reconciliation of the fund release to Field Offices versus Central Office records, the Closing of Books of Accounts and the preparation of the year-end financial statement for timely submission to oversight agencies, hence the conduct of Annual National Conference Workshop, held at Hotel Ellis, Legazpi City on January 19- 25.

In attendance to this workshop are 180 finance officers from the DSWD Central Office and 17 Field Offices throughout the country.

The activity aims to: a. update the participants on the recent developments and integral guidelines of the Department and issuances from the oversight agencies and; b. to reconcile allotment obligations incurred and disbursement from programs/projects/activities for all funds vis-à-vis Financial Accountability Reports.

More so, given the increasing budget of the Department for the implementation of one of the major program of the present administration, the Financial Management Service plays a vital role for the efficient and economical management of financial resources, provide management information for fiscal decisions and the evaluation and analysis of the operating performance of various responsibility center of the Department.

Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said that primary duty of the finance to have timely submission of reports and to render an accounting of all the financial transactions and continuously improve its operation to effectively carry out the mandate of the department.###eejerusalem


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