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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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Albay and municipal LGUs forge MOA on DSWD’s poverty-reduction projects

Albay inked the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with its six prioritized municipalities under DSWD’s PLGU Engagement Pilot this January 24 at Hotel St. Ellis.

The said municipalities were Polangui, Oas, Pioduran, Jovellar, Guinobatan and Manito. DSWD has provided a grant of P100 million while the Provincial Government of Albay has P75 million for its counterpart contribution.

The poverty-reduction projects were as follows:

Polangui Rehabilitation/Improvement of Danao-Matacon Farm to Market Road
Jovellar Construction (Rehabilitation/improvement) of Bautista-San Vicente Farm to Market Road
Pioduran Rehabilitation/Improvement of Buyo-Palapas Farm to Market Road
Manito Concreting of Centro-Nagotgot-Banao-Inangmaharang Farm to Market Road
Oas Improvement/Repair of Batbat-Cabaloaon-Balanac Farm to Market Road

ADB has also been an active development partner wherein they provided support to strengthen capabilities in this pilot project.

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DSWD’s pilot areas on PLGU engagement join in learning exchange on CDD and DRRM

Dir. Arnel B. Garcia of DSWD Field Office V cordially welcomed the local officials of Compostela Valley headed by Board Members Moran Takasan and Macario Humol, both from second district, last January 21, 2014 at Hotel St. Ellis. He emphasized that disaster risk reduction is an integral part of poverty alleviation projects.

Legazpi City- local officials of Compostela Valley and Albay joined in the five-day learning exchange on community-driven development (CDD) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) in Hotel St. Ellis which started last January 20, 2014.

The learning exchange is a support mechanism for both provinces to share best practices on CDD and DRRM strengthened by DSWD and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Both Albay and Compostela Valley are pilot areas of DSWD’s engagement of provincial local government units (PLGUs) in enhancing their role in CDD project. To date, development projects in the said provinces will start its implementation early this year with a funding support from DSWD and the counterpart contribution of the PLGUs.

The formal engagement of PLGUs seeks to test ways on how to strategically link CDD implementation to the PLGUs that carry the mandate of integrating municipal level poverty reduction priorities with broad sub-national level development directions. PLGUs can provide the missing vertical link between the barangay, the municipal, and the broader provincial development plan.

On the other hand, the learning exchange included Albay as the model in DRRM wherein it showcased its proven strategies and best practices to achieve its zero casualty goal. The discussions highlighted the smooth implementation of DRRM in the province by establishing a clear delineation of roles and functions within the PLGU and partner agencies.

Compostela Valley was lambasted by Typhoon Pablo in 2012 and with that, its provincial local officials with selected municipal DRRM officers conferred with the disaster management experts of Albay to adopt successful practices and cascade its learning to the grassroots.

Lectures from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Office of Civil Defense, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) were also featured to highlight their main roles in DRRM.

Moreover, Philippine Red Cross and Children International presented the experiences of non-government organization (NGOs) in responding to disasters.

As part of their field visit, the delegates went to the Climate Change Academy (CCA), sanitary landfill and emergency shelters in Legazpi City, Camalig’s evacuation center and relocation site last January 23. They also had a talk with Mayor Alice Morales of Malinao on the integration of DRRM to Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and their best practices about CDD.

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16 LGU’s in Bicol inks MOA on Listahanan

Sixteen (16) Local Government Units in the region inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 through its information management system dubbed as “Listahanan”.

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.

The provincial orientations conducted last December with the Local Chief Executives, P/C/Municipal Social Welfare Officer and P/C/Municipal Planning and Development Officer caught their attention to enter to a Memorandum of Agreement with the department.

They likewise expressed their support to the upcoming household assessment to be conducted this year.

The municipalities of Del Gallego, Garchitorena, Baao, Tinambac, Magarao, Milaor, Ocampo, Nabua, Ragay & Sagñay in Camarines Sur province, San Lorenzo Ruiz in Camarines Norte, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes, Baleno and Palanas, Masbate, Jovellar and Polangui Albay were among the LGU’s who requested the data.

The data sets will contain list of poor households with their basic information such as names, date of birth, age and address.

Such information will be used by LGU’s as a primary targeting mechanism in determining potential beneficiaries or recipients of the programs and services. This is to ensure that the benefits of their program go to those who really in need.

Data Monitoring

The Listahanan’s data is protected under a memorandum of agree­ment, which ensures that the data will be used only for its intended purposes.

A MOA is required if the information be­ing requested includes the names of family or household members.

Also, as stipulated in the MOA, the data user must integrate Listahanan in all its social marketing activities  highlighting or emphasizing the use of the targeting system in identifying beneficiaries of its social protection programs and projects.Provide regular feedback on data utilization and resolution on complaints regarding beneficiary eligibility and ensure the confidentiality and use of requested data only for purposes agreed upon.

At present, DSWD 5 has a total of 37 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with various organizations utilizing the Listahanan’s data.###crbarrameda

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Sorsogon and Masbate received capital assistance from DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 has recently released the amount of PhP 4, 224,530 as livelihood assistance under the Bottom-up Budgeting in the provinces of Masbate and Sorsogon.

Ms. Generosa Millete, Project Development Officer II and the acting Regional Project Coordinator of the livelihood unit have turned-over the check in the said provinces with the following breakdown:

For the province of Sorsogon, the following were benefited of the capital assistance:

Magallanes     –           PhP 650,000.00

Pilar                 –           PhP 605,000.00

Donsol             –           PhP 1,349,220.00

These will be invested in the conduct of various skills training like food processing and preservation, dress making, masonry, engine repair, carpentry, welding, etc.

Meanwhile Mayor Percival Castillo of Mobo, Masbate received the amount of 1.1 million from Ms. Millete. According to Mayor Castillo the amount will be used to fund various trainings like cut flower raising, bio-intensive gardening, nursery management and seed banking. About 206 qualified individuals from the women, senior citizens, youth sector and agrarian reform beneficiaries are the participants.

The town of Aroroy Masbate has likewise received a cash grant of Php 520,000.00 with 100 SEA-K beneficiaries. The group will venture on noodle production.

Botton-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 civic society organizations.  # # # #eejerusalem

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