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DSWD 5 Conducts Data Monitoring

(From left)NHTS-PR Regional Focal Person Ciriaco B. Abejuro Jr.,Mayor Chito S. Chi and Joy  Belen III,NHTS-PR Regional Field Coordinator during the pilot testing of data monitoring in Baras, Catanduanes

(From left)NHTS-PR Regional Focal Person Ciriaco B. Abejuro Jr.,Mayor Chito S. Chi and Joy
Belen III,NHTS-PR Regional Field Coordinator during the pilot testing of data monitoring in Baras, Catanduanes

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 keeps an eye on the use of the data statistics released in the region.

The data monitoring which started last March 15, 2013 aimed to guard the proper utilization of the data as well as ensuring that it will be utilized according to its purpose.

As a result, it was noted that most of the data shared with the Local Government Units (LGU’s) were lodged at the Municipal Social Welfare Office and Municipal Planning and Development Office which the latter used for the preparation of bottom-up planning/budgeting. Likewise, MSWDO’s were able to utilize the data in the preparation of the Social Protection and Development Report (SPDR).

The shared data is an output of the 2009 enumeration in which 461,242 households in Bicol region were identified as poor.

Presently, the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) has provided statistics data to 90 LGU’s while 6 LGU’s and 2 NGO’s inked into a memorandum of agreement.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management that identifies who and where the poor are. It is intended for the national government agencies, private sector and civil society groups which provides social protection programs to the poor.###crbarrameda

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The Gift

by Lolito C. Bayna Jr.

My three children swiftly rushed to me as soon as I opened the door. All were excited to receive their “pasalubong” (presents) but to my dismay, I cannot even hand them any. My wife even welcomed me with a spark of ire on her face.

That was the moment I realized it’s not easy to give your heart to the community.

It even reached to a point where I found myself stuck in a very difficult situation. I was totally engrossed with my altruist pursuit in our village that I had a sparse time with my family.

I’ve been a community volunteer. Upon the acceptance of this, I know I married our village together with its dreams and aspirations.

Each day is an opportunity to help my neighbors and time was an important elemet in my journey as a volunteer.

The ride was an extraordinary experience of ups and downs. As the head of the volunteers in our community, I worked full time and became a good example to the people. I believe that doing the right thing is something they could look up to me as their leader.

I never wasted time. Each day is a chance to help my neighbors in improving the quality of their lives.

In Kalahi-CIDSS, I learned that it’s possible to practice good governance. I developed a staunch belief that honest service to others comes from the purest intention of your heart.

However, there are few people who will drag you down. They might talk unpleasant things behind your back and doubt you as their leader. But these did not defy my high spirit. It is from my family and the children in our community where I elicit my strength to continue my quest.

Upon the entry of Kalahi-CIDSS, there were numerous questions escalated from those resistant to reform.  What is the project about? Who are the people behind it? Why is it here?

By the time we conducted the community assembly, it was just then everything was made clearer to them. As days went by, the number of people in opposition was diminished and the implementation of the project went smoothly. I realized that if all the people are supportive and participative, we can achieve our goals together.

After all those laborious days, our community was able to build a solar dryer in a span of 32 days. Those sleepless and tiresome days were replaced by jovial rush of hope as soon as we have seen it completed.

This is the biggest reward I could receive from all the sacrifices I made. Despite few setbacks, I was able to claim that I have contributed to the growth of our community.

The solar dryer is a gift to the people from the people. Farmers will now have the convenience in terms of saving time and money.

But the greatest gift I can take home for my family is the token of a brighter future for our children in the community and its forthcoming generation.

I salute Kalahi-CIDSS for giving attention given to poor communities like us.

Lolito “Tolits” C. Bayna Jr. 34 y/o of Purok 1-Pigbucan, Tinapian is the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairman for Kalahi-CIDSS Makamasang Tugon which was implemented last 2011-2012 in Manito Albay. Their subproject under DSWD was the construction of 13×37 Solar Dryer with a total project cost of Php377, 739.95.

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Pantawid Pamilya Has New Mode in the Release of Cash Grant

The Pantawid Pamilya Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development has adopted new mode in the release of cash grant to the beneficiaries and this is through MLhuiller.

This new modality was piloted recently in the municipality of Tinambac, Camarines Sur where 4,900 beneficiaries from the 44 barangays were served.

Pantawid Pamilya is a poverty alleviation program of the national government that aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty of poor households by investing in human capital such as health, nutrition and education. At present the program covers all the municipalities of Bicol with a total of 357, 000 households.

Previously the Pantawid Pamilya cash grant were released through the over the counter payment and the cash cards in the Land bank branches. However it was not noted that these are quite effective especially to the beneficiaries staying in far-flung areas. This is aside from having limited Land Bank and ATM facilities in the region. For these reason, the DSWD and Land Bank in the Philippines has forged partnership with Philpost, Rural Banks and MLhuiller who will take charge of the release of cash grant.###eejerusalem


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Partner Agencies Visit DSWD Subprojects under CDD for Monitoring

Partners and other stakeholders joined the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in monitoring projects under Community-Driven Development Project (CDD), also known as Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), in Sorsogon last June 11, 2013.

Representatives of the provincial local government of Sorsogon, national government agencies (NGAs), and civil society organizations (CSOs) visited Kalahi-CIDSS subprojects in Prieto Diaz and Gubat. These representatives are also the members of Kalahi-CIDSS Inter-Agency Committee, the coordinating body of the project at the provincial level responsible for providing technical assistance in support of its implementation, facilitate coordination among various agencies, monitor and review implementation, and facilitate resolution of technical concerns.

It was a whole-day field visit to random communities aimed at identifying relevant concerns and responding to the gaps that will enhance the implementation of the project at the level of the community.
Kalahi-CIDSS is a 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. It aims to improve local governance by employing the participation of the people in the development process.

Same monitoring visits will also be conducted with stakeholders in Masbate, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes this June 20, July 16, July 17, and July 25, respectively. ###jmarbella

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development, Field Office V hosted the Executive Committee meeting held recently at DSWD, Field Office. The EXECOM was headed by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. With her were USEC. Mateo Montano, USEC. Angelita Gregorio- Medel, Assistant Secretaries Chona David Casis, Vilma Cabrera, Javier Jimenez and Margarita Ana Perez, Head Executive Assistant.

In their two days stay in Bicol, the members of the EXECOM had an interaction with the field office staff as they were having the first Regional General Assembly for 2013.

The visit of the EXECOM in Bicol was highlighted with the turn-over of check amounting to 10m to the Provincial Government of Albay. This is intended for the construction of an evacuation center in San Jose, Malilipot, Albay. The check was received by Provincial Board Members Ralph Andes and Raul Borja from Secretary Dinky Soliman.

They also witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Agreements on the following programs and projects:

The MOA signed between the DSWD, DILG and the Department of Tourism was on “Trabahong Turismo.” The MOA signing was represented by Regional Directors Arnel Garcia, Blandino M. Maceda and Maria-Ong Ravanilla, respectively.

“Trabahon Turismo” is one of the strategies conceptualized to uplift the level of well-being of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from survival to self-sufficiency .It is premised on the belief that if there is an available livelihood projects and opportunities they can be self-reliant and sustaining individuals.

A memorandum of understanding  on the advocacy for Poverty Reduction and Social Protection Programs and services was also inked between the DSWD and Radyo Veritas Legazpi represented by Director Arnel Garcia and Rev. Fr. Paolo Barandon, the station manager.

This is a provision of a two-hour airtime every Saturday with the DSWD as the main host of the program.

Also, a MOA signing between the DSWD and the Unibersidad de Sta Isabel, the latter offers to paraprofessionals the Bachelor of Science in Social Work through the DE PAUL WEEKEND PROGRAM intended for the staff of DSWD who desire to take up Bachelor of Science in Social Work  given two years to finish the course.

The EXECOM were also able to visit other regional facilities like the Reception and Study Center for Children and the HAVEN for Women and Girls at the DSWD Complex, Brgy Nasisi, Ligao City. ###crbarrameda/eejerusalem

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The first regional general assembly for DSWD Field Office 5 staff was held last May 27-31, 2013 at Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City.

With 1,275 employees in attendance, the activity aimed to encourage the staff to work as one of the achievement of the department’s thrust and priorities. The activity also serves as a venue to enhance leadership skills as integral to great teamwork, reduce conflicts between and among staff and to enhance unity & camaraderie.

The regional general assembly was dubbed as “Staff Development cum Sports fest”

It was commenced by a motorcade along the main streets of Legazpi and ended at the Naval Station in Rawis, Legazpi City for the opening program.

The staff was organized into teams with different colors assigned to each group for recognition.

Each team unleashed their competitive sides over games of volleyball, bowling, badminton, basketball, scrabble, chess, and table tennis.

Furthermore, Semestral General Assembly was conducted with the DSWD Executive Committee as guests. Execom members present were Under Secretaries Mateo G. Montaño, Angelita Y. Gregorio-Medel, Assistant Secretaries Ma.Chona O. David-Casis, Javier R. Jimenez, Vilma B. Cabrera and Margarita Ana L. Perez( Head Executive Assistant).

The highlight of the assembly was the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between DSWD and University of Santa Isabel for the weekend program to the bachelor’s degree in Social Work paraprofessionals, a  contract between DSWD and Radyo Veritas Legazpi for partnership on the advocacy for Poverty Reduction and Social Protection Programs and Services.

A Trabahong Turismo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino was also inked with Department of Tourism represented by Director Maria Ong- Ravanilla and turnover of check worth 10 million to Local Government of Albay for the construction of pilot evacuation center in San Jose Elementary School, Malilipot Albay.

A fun walk and hataw dance was also done at Embarcadero de Legazpi which was fully participated by all staff.

The finale of the celebration was the Search for Mr. & Ms. Sports Fest 2013. It was Ms. Mary Grace Pellejera Abenia and Mr.Nico Nario Lomerio of the violet team won the Mr.  & Ms. Sports Fest titles while the neon green as the over-all champion.

“A well run DSWD is like a sports team , it makes the most of each crew members talent and takes advantage of split second opportunity to speed up service”, said DSWD Regional Director Arnel B.Garcia.

The sports fest aims to strengthen the bond between players and to imbue the value of convergence to everyone. In the same note, it hopes to develop the employees’ competitive character and determination to excel, Garcia added.###crbarrameda/eejerusalem

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215 Community-Identified Services to be Completed under CDD Project

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a multi-funded project of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), will complete the construction of total 215 community projects this year aiding 2,051 communities.

Covering municipalities in all provinces of Bicol, Kalahi-CIDSS provides poverty-reduction projects to address local needs in the poorest areas in the region.

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. It aims to improve local governance by employing the participation of the people in the communities in the development process.

Brgy. Sta. Isabel of Baao, Camarines Sur is one of the beneficiaries of Kalahi-CIDSS. The concreting of their 508-meter pathway from Zone 5 to Zone 6 was completed last May with a total funding of P809,211.00.

“Dakulaon ang pasasalamat ko ta maski nagpakasakit kami, nahaman man ang project [We are very thankful because despite all the difficulties, we are able to complete our project],” Emma Capistrano, one of the community volunteers in Brgy. Sta. Isabel.

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.

Kalahi-CIDSS will now expand into a national scale of the operations of CDD which will now be called as National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).  NCDDP is a poverty alleviation program of the National Government, as supported by the Philippine Development Plan (2011-2016), was approved last January 18, 2013. In Bicol, it will be implemented in 105 municipalities.###jmarbella

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DSWD Denies Issuing Registration Forms, Recruiting And Conducting Payouts For Alleged New Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries

The DSWD Regional Office No. V has denied issuing registration forms, recruiting, conducting community assemblies and announcing payouts for the alleged new Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in the fourth district of Camarines Sur.

In a statement released to the media, DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia said that the registration forms that were reportedly circulated in the municipalities of the fourth district of Camarines Sur did not come from the DSWD. Garcia emphasized that the identification of qualified beneficiaries for Pantawid Pamilya is generated solely through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) and payouts are only done through the schedules and modes approved by the Department. “For the record the DSWD is not the source of the alleged registration forms, we are not conducting community assemblies to recruit new beneficiaries for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the Partido area or anywhere else in the Region at the moment and no payouts are being conducted since March 29, 2013”, Garcia stressed.

The circulation of registration forms and the conduct of community assemblies to recruit new beneficiaries for the program in the Partido area of Camarines Sur were reported on Saturday, May 11, 2013, two days before the midterm elections.

It was also reported that on May 15, 2013 a group of persons converged at the town hall of Sagnay, Camarines Sur to “collect their grants” as “newly registered” Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Director Garcia said that such activities are being responded to by the DSWD through its “Bawal ang EPAL Dito” campaign which was launched and intensified during the election period to protect the Pantawid PamilyangPilipino Program, its beneficiaries and implementers against partisan political activities. The campaign also prescribed rules and norms in the conduct of activities and transactions that guided the Department’s workers. The data and information generated by the Department’s campaign revealed that political “epals” used the poverty reduction program to promote their political interests. Some used threats to gain votes by falsely informing the beneficiaries that they will be excluded from the program and lose their grants if they do not vote in their favor. Others promised to work for and deliver more benefits to Pantawid households if elected. A candidate for councilor even used “4Ps” as his nickname to generate more votes. All these “epal” acts were responded to by the DSWD and its field workers to prevent and mitigate the effects and influence of partisan politics.

“The DSWD is committed to protect the integrity of its poverty reduction programs and the safety and independence of its workers for the best interests of the poor and marginalized”, Garcia added. ###

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