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Bangladesh Government Officials visits DSWD Bicol for its good practices

DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, CESO II

Daughter of Prime Minister and Chairperson of National Advisory Committee of Autism and Neurodevelopment and Saima W. Hossain

Sixteen senior government officials from Bangladesh came in Bicol Region for a two-day study visit (May 1 -2) to learn about the experiences of the community, the good practices implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V.

The study visit was led by the daughter of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Chairperson of National Advisory Committee of Autism and Neurodevelopment Saima W. Hossain.

Other delegates are Director General, Additional Secretary of Department of Women Affairs (DWA) Badrun Nessa, Additional Secretary, Health Service Division Habibur Rahman Khan, Additional Secretary Anwar Hossain, Director General of Bangladesh National Nutrition Council Mohammad Sha Nawaz, Head of World Food Program-Bangladesh Rezaul Karim, Chief Operating Officer of Shuchana Foundation Malka Shamrose, Programme Director of Maternity Allowance Programme A J M Rezaul Alam Bin Ansar, Secretary of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Kamrun Nahar, Director of Maternal Neonatal Child Reproductive Health Care Mohammad Sharif, Additional Secretary Md Aynul Kabir, Additional Secretary Cabinet Division Shahan Ara Banu, Deputy Chief Shakil Akhter, Addtional Secretary of Finance Division of Ministry of Finance Habibur Rahman, Programme and Policy Officer of World Food Program of Bangladesh Masing Newar and Mamunur Rashid.

Also present are DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin, Deputy Program Manager for Operations Irene Dumlao, Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, and other DSWD field staff.

According to Hossain, she aimed at knowing the challenges faced by the Program and how it has been addressed and the good practices being implemented. “Through this visit, I would like to understand the programs and services being implemented for the poor families including the persons with disabilities who are vulnerable and marginalized. What are the things they are needed for support to come up with strategies, focused ideas and solutions that could be implemented in our country,” she said.

Rezaul Karim, head of the United Nations World Food Program- Bangladesh expressed his immense gratitude to DSWD Bicol for hosting the activity. He said that the visit would be an excellent opportunity to get detailed information and discover the good practices being implemented by the Region.

Also, H.E. Asad Alam Siam, Ambassador to the Philippines, Bangladesh Embassy mentioned that they would like to learn from the successful implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Bicol that can be useful for common future projects and future cooperation.

Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said he aims the delegates to deepen their understanding of the programs and services extended by DSWD, share and exchange information and expertise that are beneficial to both countries to effectively deliver its services to those who are in need and establish linkages and network.

During the visit, Mr. Mohammad Aynul Kabir, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs gave an overview of the profile and primary front line services being implemented in their country.

After which, Assistant Regional Director Arwin Razo shared the latest accomplishments of 4Ps along with the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Listahanan.

He further discussed the effective strategies being applied on how the Region was able to attain more than its target and shared its best practices.

Citing of which are the conduct of Youth Development Session to selected beneficiaries that are not compliant to the conditions of the Program and the reporting, analysis and lobbying strategies to supply the gaps along the implementation of 4Ps. As to the disaster response, are the conduct of training along camp coordination and camp management for other agencies, cash for work during Mayon Phreatic explosion and deployment of Satellite communication during disaster and other best practices.

Moreover, Marilyn C. Valeza, Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian of National Nutrition Council presented their major programs and good practices and Mr. Cedric Daep of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office presented the Disaster Risk Reduction Application supporting sustainable development.

Municipal Mayor Ann Gemma Y. Ongjoco, presented the profile of the Municipality of Guinobatan, and the best practices implemented by the local government in support to the implementation of 4Ps.

The Municipality of Guinobatan was selected as the area to be visited by the Bangladesh delegates on its second day to have the opportunity to encounter with the community residents.

The delegates are scheduled to visit Guinobatan West Evacuation Center, Maguiron and Muladbucad Grande Health Centers and the communal garden in Barangay Calzada Guinobatan, Albay.

Also, they will have an opportunity to witness the conduct of Family Development Session and the showcase of livelihood products of beneficiaries of SLP.***G.Lindio,IO-II


Assistant Regional Director Arwin O. Razo

Bangladesh Delegates with Local Government Officials of Guinobatan, Albay

Guinobatan West Evacuation Center


Daughter of Prime Minister and Chairperson of National Advisory Committee of Autism and Neurodevelopment and Saima W. Hossain expresses her love for children–carrying a baby of  a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at Maguiron Health Center, Guinobatan, Albay


Focus Group Discussion with beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at Muladbucad Grande, Guinobatan, Albay


Bangladesh Delegates planted trees at the communal garden maintained by beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of Barangay Calzada, Guinobatan, Albay


Bangladesh Delegates with Key Officials and DSWD Bicol Staff and Local Government Staff of Guinobatan

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DSWD does not enlist beneficiaries for CHED’s tertiary education subsidy

Mr. Joy Belen III, Project Development Officer IV explains the Listahanan project to the TES grantees of Bicol University and how they became beneficiaries of the TES

Legazpi City- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol clarified today that the agency is not enlisting students to become beneficiaries of the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“We would like to inform the public that the DSWD does not provide any scholarship program. We do not facilitate the enlisting of beneficiaries for any scholarship,” DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia said.

He further explained that the DSWD’s Listahanan data was used by CHED thru the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) in identifying beneficiaries for the TES.

“The database was already completed hence we cannot modify it. Also, as per Executive Order (EO) 867, Listahanan serves as the basis for government agencies involved in social protection programs and should be updated every four years ,” Garcia added.

Under the Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, the TES offers qualified students to pursue a college education without paying tuition fees and other school fees in accordance to its implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

As indicated on the IRR, TES prioritization will apply on the following categories: 1) continuing grantees of Expanded Students’ Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA) 2) students included in the Listahanan 2.0 ; 3) Students residing and studying in private higher education institutions (HEIs) in cities/municipalities with no existing State University & Colleges (SUC’s) or CHED-recognized Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) ; 4) those not in the Listahanan 2.0 but show proof of indigency such as BIR certificate of no income, or barangay certificate of indigency, and ranked according to per capita income.

According to CHED-Unifast V Regional Coordinator Ms. Fau Rey, for this year’s implementation, students who fall in categories 1-3 only were prioritized and have been processed.
“For the 1st semester of 2018-2019, 13,626 students qualified for the TES from 117 schools in the Bicol region came from the Listahanan 2.0 data,” said Rey.

Under the TES, students’ beneficiaries will get an amount of Php 40,000-60,000 per year to cover for tuition fees, books, transportation, supplies, room & board, and other school expenses.

Meanwhile, the agency clarified that being a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary will not automatically entitle them of TES.

“The basis of Pantawid Pamilya came from the Listahanan 1 conducted in 2009-2010 while for the TES was derived from the Listahanan 2 result from the 2015 household assessment,” explained Garcia.

Director Garcia also cleared that being interviewed by the DSWD’s Listahanan will not automatically enroll in any program. He said that Listahanan does not offer nor provide program benefits because it is a tool that puts faces to the poor. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are which serves as the basis of different agencies implementing programs for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized sectors.###

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Graduation Speech: 4Ps Beneficiary – Magna Cum Laude

Graduated Magna Cum Laude
4Ps Beneficiary

How great my joy is that all of our sleepless nights have now paid off after years of hardship today we are finally done, and at least we can now repay the sacrifices of the people behind our success.

After I learned about the news that I was qualified as the Magna Cum Laude of the 2O19 graduating class, a lot of people congratulated me and said good things about me like “Ang talino mo naman,” “Ang galling mo naman.” They even told me that I am almost perfect. There was one who asked, “ how to be you po?” How to be me? I am just an ordinary person, an ordinary student just like the rest of the Asteans. But thenI took the question seriously, how am I different from the rest? What did it take me to have been given this honor? Then these:

First, I am a listener. I listen to my teachers all the time. I see to it that I don’t to do what they require me to do. I study, I recite, I prepare my projects well and see to it that I always give extra effort in preparing all my requirements.

Second, I choose my friends well. I see to it that I am in the company of good friends whom I can rely on especially in trying moments of my student life. They are the friends who always lift me when I’m down, friends who I consider to be my family away from home.

Third, I always consider my family as my inspiration. My father is A PEDICAB DRIVER and my mother is a simple housewife. I always tell myself that I have to do my best because my parents are doing everything they can to make my school life lighter to bear. My father wakes up early in the morning to work until midnight, and my mother wakes up early too to prepare the things that I and my siblings needed for school. We may not have the luxuries that others have but we have all the love that we may ever need. We may not have a beautiful house, but we have a home that bound with happiness. The love of my family keeps me going. It is that love that inspires me to always do my best.

Fourth, I trust God. I fully entrust myself to Him. When I am weak, he becomes my strength; when I am in darkness, he provides the light; and when there are hindrances, He always clears the way. I am grateful for all my achievements but I keep myself humble because I acknowledge that I did not achieve them with my own strength but with the help of God. I am grateful for the honor that is given to me today but I am most honored knowing that I have done my best for His glory.

Lastly, I always do my best. I know that I am not the most intelligent but that fact makes me strive to do the best that I can. I believe that it is not just the intelligence that will make a person succeed but it is the way he understands and handles things the right way. I do my best not to impress others, but doing my best has already become a part of me. It has already become my way of life.

How to be me? I am unique and you too are unique individuals. But I tell you, In order to achieve the things that we dream of, we have to humble ourselves and to recognize our need for our family, for our friends and for God.

I will not be where I am now without my mentors, especially TLE instructors who patiently shared their knowledge and skills with us, and who did not tire of cheering, pushing and believing that we can always do better. Thank you for always protecting and reminding us not to belittle ourselves because there are a lot of things that we alone can do best. Thank you for always reminding us that we are greater than what others think we are.

To the College President, Sir Richard H. Cordial, Sir if you can still remember me, I was the student you talked to at the office of the SDS. You chose me to be the first one to use the computer for survey purposes. At that time I felt grateful for the opportunity to be with the College President. But what‘s more amazing is that I saw how you love and care for the students. I think I even saw tears in your eyes while you were talking about your dream for the Asteans. I deeply admire you and thank you Sir for your commitment, for your fatherly concern and for being our inspiration. We are proud Asteans because of you.

To my classmates and friends who shared with me the four fruitful, happy and challenging years in BISCAST, thank you. The challenges and difficult situations during our journey has become easier to face because of you. Rica Pacis, what you said was right I would never have made it here today if not because of our friends. My best friend Louila, thank you for your love and care ; my study group and research group thank you for the moments you shared with me and for always helping me ;Meco, thank you for your encouragement and for making everything lighter for me; my classmates, thank you for your support and love  and for the happiness we shared together. All of you make me proud to be a TLE major student.

To my Tito’s and Tita’s thank you for helping me financially. To my family, thank you for your unending love, understanding, effort and sacrifices for me. Maybe we cannot buy the things we want, we may not have a concrete house, and we may not have all of the beautiful things in the world but, you have provided me the most important things that everyone needs-love, happiness and respect.

To my mother “Mama,” thank you for taking care of me and for the love and support that you have always given me. To my father who is my first love and my hero, Papa thank you for your immeasurable sacrifices. Being a pedicab driver for so many years is not easy but I know that it is your love for us that gives you strength.

Honestly, there have been times that I felt very tired, incompetent, pressured, depressed and weak. These have been the times that the idea of not studying anymore and not pushing hard enough crossed my mind. And in those times of weakness, I always see a father –waiting for me at the pedicab terminal smiling despite his tiredness; calling me and telling me, “uwi na tayo anak para sabay na tayo kumain.” Every time I think of quitting, I would see my father and I would feel guilty and even get mad at myself. Here is my father who for the longest time had been very tired of driving his pedicab but he never complained. He never stopped driving his pedicab. He never stopped my life from going I know that he is already tired and weak but he pretends to be okay so that he could provide us with the strength that we need.

Papa “salamat po sa ilang milyong pedal ng padyak na ginawa mo para sa amin, salamat po dahil hindi ka tumigil, natakot, nahiya at napagod magtrabaho para sa amin at salamat sa pagmamahal at suportang nabinigay mo sa akin. Sobrang  ipinagmamalaki ko na kayo ang naging pamilya ko at ikaw papa ang ama ko.” Never in my life that I felt ashamed because of my family’s situation because I am proud that my father is a pedicab driver.

As stated in my favorite scripture verse,” Yea I know I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak therefore I will not boast of myself but I will boast of my God for his strength, I can do all things.” All glory to God in the highest! He made us this far. I experience so many miracles while I’m studying and I know that behind those miracles is Heavenly Father.

Finally, even though we have all the inspiration and people around us, we can never succeed if we do not first help ourselves. Ultimately, our success depends on us.  My fellow graduates, we are always faced with difficulties but we need to continue and believe that after every sunset is always the sunrise. Let us continue to believe in ourselves even if others do not. Let us make ourselves better because it is in doing so that we can glorify God.

My fellow graduates, parents and sa lahat ng nakakarinig sa akin, let us be courageous to face the world and do our best to meet the expectations of others, pero kapag ginawa natin ang lahat at hindi pa rin tayo tanggap ng ibang tao, cheer up! for there is someone mightier than them, there is someone mightier than the world and it is the Heavenly Father. I know if we will do our best in everything and choose and do what is right in all times, I know we will make Him happy. We will make him proud. And, for me that is the most important thing that I will always consider.

How great this day is! And how blessed we are! Boast not of ourselves but boast on the persons behind our success!

Thank you and congratulations to all of us!



Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology

Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Technology and Livelihood Education

Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary

Barangay Bell, Magarao, Camarines Sur

Graduated April 2, 2O19

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DSWD 5 Advocacy Forum and Mobile Photography Contest held

Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia during the Advocacy Forum held at La Roca, Legazpi City

In line with the Women’s Month Celebration with the theme: “We Make Change Work for Women,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V recently held an Advocacy Forum on Women and Child Protective Laws and Mobile Photography Contest at La Roca, Legazpi City.

A total of 75 participants from the members of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (Kalipi), staff from the Municipal and City Social Welfare offices of Daraga and Legazpi attended the advocacy forum while students from Cabangan High School, Gogon High School, Oro Site High School and Pag-Asa National High School participated the Mobile Photography Contest.

According to Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, the activity aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in the society. He also made emphasis on the rights and welfare of women and girls to the participants.

During the activity, series of forum was held about the Republic Act No. 9710 “Magna Carta for Women” by Atty. Arlene Alangco, regional director of Commission on Human Rights Regional Office V, Republic Act No. 7877 “Anti Sexual Harassment Act” by Atty. Joyce O. Guerero, assistant regional prosecutor of Department of Justice (DOJ) Regional Office V and Online Sexual Abuse by Project Development Officer III Laisa Maoren Desolo.

Meanwhile, eight photo entries were submitted and captured on the same day, showcasing the daily activities of women and in the workforce. Entries were adjudged by Atty. Joyce O. Guerero, Atty. Arlene Alangco, Dr. Rafaelita O. Lucena of Department of Science and Technology.

Criteria for Judging are; Thematic relavance:25 percent; Composition:25 percent; Photographic quality:25 percent and Visual Impact: 25 percent.

Winners of the Mobile Photography Contest are Champion: Jericho R. Licup of Cabangan High School; First Runner-up: Justin Martin L. Olarte of Cabangan High School and Second Runner-up: Zandra E. Arena of Gogon High School. Certificates and Cash prizes were given to the winners amounting to P5,000, P3,000; P2,000, respectively.***G.Lindio

Atty. Arlene Alangco, regional director of Commission on Human Rights Regional Office V discuss the Republic Act No. 9710 “Magna Carta for Women”











Atty. Joyce O. Guerero, assistant regional prosecutor of Department of Justice (DOJ) Regional Office V discuss about Republic Act No. 7877 “Anti Sexual Harassment Act.”











Winner: Second Runner – Up – Zandra E. Arena of Gogon High School

Winner: First Runner-up- Justin Martin L. Olarte of Cabangan High School

Champion: Jericho R. Licup of Cabangan High School
















































Women’s Voice Women’s Weapon. Ruffa Lozado broadcasts and voices at her insights about the daily news and current issues in the Province.
Pag-asa National High School

Salute for Respect, Salute for Women Empowerment. The Lady Guard at Ayala Mall religously performs her duty by giving the utmost repect to other people.
Oro Site High School

To empower is to educate, to educate is to empower. The student is willing to extend help to the sampaguita vendor knowing that helping people from all walks of life learn something is the noblest thing to be done.
Oro Site High School

Guard on watch. Janine L. Orante, 26, writes report on the in and out patients in one of the hospitals in the city.
Pag-asa National High School

Disabled but abled. A lady physical therapist at SM honing her skills while waiting for her customer.
Cabangan High School

“If my man can’t drive, I will, just for the sake of my family.” Tiya Mina of Bagtang, Daraga, Albay earns her living through her tricycle. She is driving her tricycle for two decades.
Cabangan High School

A spark made of steel. A versatile woman, Kathlyn Dela Fuente, a 22 years old construction welder at JRL3 Construction and Supply, Tahao Road, Legazpi City proves people not to stereotype women, thinking all are feminine. The strength aof a man can also be found in a woman.
Gogon High School

Bizarre Pigment. A woman with passion for the arts, Ruby Decal, a 38 year-old furniture show owner, Imelda Roces Avenue, Tahao Road, Legazpi City express her love for children through brush and ink. With every stroke of her brush comes a perfectly painted wooden rocking horse. Making suck crafts brings joy to her heart. For a woman with a heart, is truly empowered one.
Gogon High School








































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Reaping fruits of volunteerism through livelihood

“Give people fishes and you feed them for a day. Teach people to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.”

This famous proverb has been the direction of Barangay Caawigan in Talisay, Camarines Norte as they had decided to resolve their unemployment crisis in the community.

According to Caawigan Barangay Captain Filomeno Villagracia Jr., the three (3) main problems in their barangay are malnutrition, unemployment and out of school youth.

He added that over 89 individuals do not receive proper employment opportunities.

Seeing this as one of the issues to settle, the community members decided to construct a one-unit community productivity center through the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS).

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program of the national government that aims to increase community engagement in local planning, budgeting and project implementation.

Villagracia also said that the process is systematic through Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) of the program because they used the data acquired during the Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) as a basis in identifying community development problems and priorities in planning for appropriate interventions.

The PSA is part of Social Preparation and Community Consultation Stage of the CEAC. It aims to establish a common understanding of the current situation of the barangay. It extensively analyzes and describes the expectations, current socio-economic and political situation as well as the other needs or problems of the community.

Parang natuto pa nga ako kasi kung magre-request kami sa ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan, i-aapply ko yung sistema ng Kalahi na may documentation at hindi lang basta ka lang magsusubmit ng request na walang nakikitang justifiable reason (I’ve learned a lot in requesting for projects from different government agencies. I have applied the Kalahi-CIDSS’ system with proper documentation and we don’t submit proposals without justifiable reasons),” he explained.

Balancing family and volunteer work

For Melany Mejia, 44, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson, she must juggle her time as a mother and a volunteer.

The Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee takes care of the overall management of the community center. Under the guidance of Barangay Development Council, it formulates policies and makes decisions for the project. It also oversees the sub-project implementation, monitoring, maintenance and sustainability after project completion.

According to Mejia, she would often bring her children during meetings or seminars.

Kahit may ginagawa ka sa bahay once nagpatawag ng meetings or seminars hindi ka pwede na hindi mag-attend kasi yung obligasyon mo andyan na sayo (Even though you have household chores to do, you cannot refuse not to attend the meetings or seminars because you have the obligation to fulfill),” she said.

Mejia shared that being a volunteer requires great responsibility.

“Being a volunteer ay mabigat na responsibilidad kahit man may kabigatan, kusang loob na ibinibigay ang serbisyo namin (Being a volunteer is a great responsibility despite the heavy tasks, we openly give our service),” she explained.

Through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, Mejia learned a lot on bookkeeping and project implementation.

“Usually, kapag sa government galing sa taas papunta sa pababa ini-implement na lang pero sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS galing sa baba kung saan ang volunteers at council ang mag-iidentify ng mga problema na pwedeng tugunan ng programa (Usually, the government uses the top-down approach in implementing projects but in DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, it uses bottom-up where volunteers and council identify the problems that the program can fund),” she continued.

Just like Mejia, the barangay captain also shared other values he learned along the implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

Hindi lang yung pondo ang nakuha namin. Marami kaming values na natutunan katulad ng organization, systematic na paglalatag ng programa. Nakita namin na nabuhay yung volunteerism (Aside from the grant we have received, we’ve learned the organization and systematic execution of the program. We have also seen the reliving of volunteerism),” he stated.

Volunteerism has been the special part in implementing the project because without the hard work of the community volunteers, they would not finish constructing the planned productivity center.

 “Nag-vovolunteer sila na walang bayad pero nagtiyaga sila, kaya ito [productivity center] yung reward. At iyong reward na iyan, sila rin magtatatrabaho sa business (The community volunteers provided their service without pay yet, they’ve shown determination; thus, receiving their reward. With the center, they are also the workers for their livelihood business),” Villagracia imparted.

The community productivity center will be used to cater to their livelihood programs like coconut production.

According to Capt. Villagracia, the barangay has allocated Php68,000.00 as a fund for the community’s livelihood program.

Through volunteerism, the community has built a productivity center that will serve as another source of livelihood of many families. /ramsertan/

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Camarines Norte has implemented DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in 12 municipalities with a total implementation grant of Php 497,514,530.00 and local counterpart contribution of Php 11,345,768.27 from barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs) to fund community-managed sub-projects.

DSWD had allocated Talisay with Php 28,684,800.00 and local counterpart contribution of Php 833,597.81.

The construction of the one-unit community productivity center was completed last October 31, 2018 with a total project cost of Php 2,329,270.00 that will benefit 334 households.

For more details about DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, follow this link:

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NEDA Region V conducts study on DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 5 administered a study on the impact of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) Level II water supply system sub-project to Barangay Patag, Irosin, Sorsogon.

The objectives of the evaluation are to evaluate the overall program and sub-project in terms of the following parameters: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability and identify and document innovative and effective approaches including the lessons learned in the program and sub-project implementation.

As based on results of findings, the program is relevant to Bicol Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 strategy of promoting participatory and inclusive governance to fully engage and empower the citizenry towards a people-centered, clean and efficient governance.

The sub-project with a project cost amounting to Php6,485,000.00 was also recognized by the community effective in improving the access to water with 110 tap stands benefitting 642 households.

Based on the survey of 35 respondents, majority uses the sub-project for drinking, washing clothes, bathing, watering plants and other uses like cleaning house and piggery.

Majority of the respondents also said that the water supply is well-maintained.

“The program also contributed in community empowerment since the program has been effective in raising the participation rate of the community in barangay assemblies,” Grace Torres, Economic Development Specialist (EDS) II said.

On the sustainability of Kalahi-CIDSS, NEDA suggested if DSWD can explore the possibility of mainstreaming of Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach, a globally recognized strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction and good governance outcomes.

“DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS has a good process using the CDD approach through Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) and I hope the government can craft a law or amend the Local Government Code on mainstreaming CDD,” Noel D. Mercado, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator suggested. /ramsertan/

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DSWD hands over list of Bicolano poor households to first NGO data user

(L-R) Project Development Officer IV Mr.Joy Belen III and Information Technology Officer Wilson Ecat handed over the USB that contains a list of poor households with children 0-17 years old to Mr.Sandi Belanguin, Information Technology head and Data Protection Officer of EDUCO

Legazpi City- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V handed over to Fundacion Educacion Y Cooperacion (EDUCO), a global non-government organization (NGO) based in Bicol, the list of poor households in Bicol last March 8, 2019, at EDUCO office.

EDUCO will be the first NGO to utilize the DSWD’s Listahanan 2 data results in the implementation of their programs and services for children. Listahanan 2 was the result of second household assessment conducted in 2015.

Mr. Sandi Belaguin, Information Technology Head and designated Data Protection Officer of EDUCO said that the data will be very useful to them.

“The data will serve as our baseline in coming up with a country plan and improving our programming for the children sector and their families especially during and after emergency initiatives”, ­Belaguin said.

Executive Order (EO) 867, series of 2010 mandates all national government agencies (NGAs) to use the Listahanan as a basis in identifying the beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Social protection constitutes policies and programs that seek to reduce poverty and enhance the social status of the marginalized by promoting and protecting livelihood and employment, protecting against hazards and sudden loss of income, and improving people’s capacity to manage risks.

The EO excludes the private organizations and LGUs that is why DSWD urges the non-government organizations (NGOs) and the local government units (LGUs) to use the Listahanan data in the delivery of social protection programs and services.

“Our data is free, everyone can access the Listahanan as long as it aims is to assist and help the poor.”, said DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia.

DSWD Data Sharing protocol

The data sharing protocol of DSWD is compliant to the provisions of Republic Act (RA) no. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, a law to protect the fundamental human rights to privacy while ensuring a free flow of information to promote innovation and growth.

For the complete list of poor households, Garcia said that the following documentary requirements must be complied:

  1. Request letter indicating the specific data request
  2. Signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
  3. Sangguniang Bayan/Panlalawigan Resolution (for P/LGUs)
  4. Executive Order designating a Data Protection Officer as well as its physical and technical capability in custody of the database.
  5. SEC registration (NGOs)

Meanwhile, for statistical data, only request letter shall be needed.

These documents must be submitted to the DSWD Field Office V, Buraguis, Legazpi City.

Garcia also clarified that data to be shared shall be used for purposes of social protection activities.

As part of the agreement, data users shall submit to the DSWD reports on how the data were utilized including if these were shared with other data users.

Listahanan is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that serve as a basis in prioritizing the poor as beneficiaries of social protection programs.

To date, there are two (2) NGAs, three (3) LGUs, and one (1) academe that accessed and utilized DSWD’s Listahanan 2 data.

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DSWD announces delayed release of 4Ps Cash Grants

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) announced that there is a delay release of cash grants to its beneficiaries.

This is because the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) has yet to secure the permission from the Commission on Election (COMELEC) to procure conduits during election ban. Conduits are responsible for the conduct of over the counter 4Ps pay-out.

According to DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, the delay of cash grants will be for two months which starts from December 2018 to January 2019.

“The cash grants will be released on June 2019 as announced by LBP,” he said.

These cash grants are provided to 4Ps poor families to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of their children aged 0-18.

Under the health grant, a beneficiary family receives P500 per month or a total of P6,000 per year. For the educational grant, a beneficiary family whose children are in elementary receive P300 every month, per child. Also, a family with high school students receive a monthly grant of P500 per child.  A maximum of three children are covered in every family under the program.

In addition, an amount of P600.00 per month is provided to a beneficiary family for their rice subsidy.

These cash grants are distributed to household beneficiaries every after two months through LBP cash cards– or through alternate payment schemes such as rural bank transactions through the LBP identified conduits.

Dir. Garcia made emphasis that the delay release of cash grants affects only those household beneficiaries whose mode of payment are through over-the-counter or those being paid through conduits.

He also reminded the 4Ps beneficiaries that they should comply with the program’s conditions: attending the monthly family development session; Children beneficiaries should attend or should reach 85% attendance in their classes and avail themselves of medical check-up and vaccines in health centers.

“We know these grants are needed by the beneficiaries to augment to their daily living. That is why the Department is working hard to ensure that the target household beneficiaries and individuals will receive their grants,” he said.

At present, a total of 363,870 households are beneficiaries of the Program.

For further queries, beneficiaries may reach their respective DSWD Municipal or City links assigned in their area or go to the nearest DSWD Office or send a text message to the Pantawid Pamilya’s grievance hotline at 0918-912-2813.***GANLindio

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