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Citizen-led DSWD Project Kick-starts in Legazpi City

During the community volunteers (CVs) meeting with DSWD staff at Rawis Barangay Hall last November 20, 2013. The meeting focused on the pre-procurement activities, plans of actions and project updates.

After trainings and seminars conducted for citizen-implementers, the DSWD community-led project in Legazpi City is set to start its implementation by late December this year.

The local government of Legazpi City pilots the urban version of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) in Rawis and Bitano which was officially launched last year.

Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the core poverty-reduction programs by DSWD, which has originally engaged poor rural communities in the region has scaled-up its operations to reach even the poverty-stricken areas in the urban setting.

Series of consultation meetings and community investigation were conducted by the citizen-implementers or the community volunteers (CVs) as what they are called in Kalahi-CIDSS, to identify the most pressing need in their locality.

Bitano has proposed the construction of community development center, skills training on dress making and human resource development which all focuses on improving the income of the unemployed. Similarly, the people of Rawis would like to construct a livelihood center with skills training component and provision of two non-motorized boats with fishing net and six “padyak” or pedicab tricycles.

A range of capability building activities were conducted for 60 CVs from both barangays this year to prepare them for the upcoming implementation this December. The latest training conducted last September was about community finance. Subsequently, the operations and maintenance training is scheduled in December to ensure the sustainability of the community subprojects.

Josefina Radike, a store owner in Rawis and also the head of the CVs, said that the trainings were very beneficial.

“I was able to apply the basic principles of finance when handling my mini-store and I was able to value my money more because the training made me realize its importance,” she said.

Kalahi-CIDSS is not only an infrastructure-based project but the process undertaken by the CVs in honing their capacities to become productive members of the community is its primary purpose. It employs the community-driven development (CDD) approach to promote a more inclusive and participatory development to address poverty.

Currently, the CVs, barangay officials and the local government of Legazpi City have prepared pertinent documents to comply with the project’s requirements to download the funds directly to the community accounts.

The grant from World Bank for each barangay is one million pesos and the total counterpart form the local government units (community and city) amounts to Php927,500.

What is Kalahi-CIDSS?

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. 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.

According to Arnel Manongsong, a community volunteer in Rawis, he advocates the same cause of the project.

“I personally support the three main objectives of Kalahi-CIDSS: improving local governance, empowerment and poverty-reduction,” Arnel said.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the core social protection programs of DSWD along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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DSWD 5 Extends Assistance to Yolanda victims

Eighteen survivors from Sta.Fe,Leyte came here at the DSWD Field Office mid afternoon today. The said families were escorted by radio reporter Jose Lazado of Bombo Radyo Legazpi.

The four families who were victims of the super typhoon Yolanda were immediately interviewed by Social Workers for their personal circumstances.

“Ang hirap ng sitwasyon nila, walang makain, kawawa lalo na ang mga bata. Hindi na rin sila inaabot ng relief goods” bared Romeo Lianza,the relative who rescued the families using his car.

Meanwhile, 4 of them were immediately brought to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in Legazpi City for medical intervention.

They will be traveling tonight to Metro Manila where they will temporarily stay in their relatives.

DSWD 5 provided cash assistance worth 2,000 for the gasoline expenses and 10 family food packs to the said families.###crbarrameda


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DSWD 5 Holds Advocacy Forum for Listahanan

An advocacy forum was conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through Listahanan last November 15, 2013 at AVP Hall, Legazpi City.

Regional Field Coordinator Joy Belen III, in a statement, said that the forum aims to provide better appreciation and promote the data utilization of Listahanan.

Through the advocacy forum, DSWD was able to reach out to non-government/civil society organizations and the academe. This also served as a venue to have an orientation about the project.

In the event, the participants expressed their eagerness to support the project and to enter to a memorandum of agreement with the department.

An open forum was done at the end of the activity where issues and concerns were tackled.

At present, DSWD 5 has a total of 16 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with various organizations; 7 Local Government Units (LGU’s), 2 Provincial Government, 1 Congressional District, 2 Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), and 4 National Government Agencies (NGA’s)

Listahanan is the country’s information management system that identifies WHO and WHERE the poor are.

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DSWD Field Office 5 Continues Relief Distribution in Eastern Samar

DSWD Field Office 5, today, has an ongoing distribution of relief goods to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in nine municipalities plus Borongan City in Eastern Samar.

These municipalities are Quinapondan, Balangiga, Lawaan, General Macarthur, Giporlos, Salcedo, Hernani, Llorente and Maydolong.

Twenty-two (22) DSWD workers have now reached the abovementioned areas to hand out 24, 664 DSWD Family Food Packs to affected families. Each pack contains three (3) kilos of rice, four (4) tins of sardines, two (2) tins of corned beef, one (1) tin of Vienna sausage and 10 pieces of coffee with a total cost of Php257.30. These were hauled by 17 military and private trucks which departed last November 17 (Sunday).

“The relief distribution in these areas will continue for five days to assure that the goods will reach the distressed families,” Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

Currently, DSWD Field Office V has now sent a total of 78 employees to aid in the disaster operations and will continue to deploy more staff to aid the victims of the super typhoon.

There were 11,296 DSWD Family Food Packs shipped last week to Guiuan, Taft and Balangiga still in Eastern Visayas.

“We will produce more Family Food Packs out of 10,000 sacks of NFA rice for the coming days,” he added.

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NACPHIL Engages with DSWD 5 for Family Development

DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia signs MOA with Regional Coordinator of
NACPHIL Bishop Roger A. Buenaflor for  family development


The Department of Social Welfare and Development Fielf Office 5 (DSWD FO 5) engages with National Auxiliary, Inc. (NACPHIL) through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ) for the conduct of Family Development Sessions (FDS) to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Bicol Region.

The MOA signing activity was held in DSWD FO 5 in Buraguis, Legazpi City, this afternoon of November 15, 2013.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is human development program of national government that invests in health and education of poor households particularly of children ages 0-14 years old.

The NACPHIL will serves as the “Gabay” providing and extending technical assistance to facilitate the FDS being conducted to pantawid pamilya beneficiaries using the FDS module and their good citizenship module topics that are related to the development of family and Filipino values.

Hence, the said partnership will also enable the pantawid beneficiaries acquire new skills, knowledge and new learnings, not only for the development of children but the whole members of the family and even development in the community.

Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said that with the assistance provided by our partners he hopes that the poor families will continue to improve their living. ***G.A.N.Lindio, Information Officer – Pantawid Pamilya.

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A Day’s Life in a DSWD Repacking Center

Almost 24 hours open, the continuous disaster response for super typhoon Yolanda’s victims being done by DSWD in Bicol focuses on relief operations which started late Sunday evening (November 10, 2013) at Albay Astrodome.

DSWD has deployed more than 50 of its employees in three shifting schedules: 8AM-5PM; 5PM-1AM and 1AM-8AM, for round-the-clock work.

On a daily basis, operations normally starts at around five in the morning. The DSWD staffs on duty evaluate and assess the completed tasks such as recording the number of aid packs completed for shipping, cluster family food packs with incomplete contents which will be filled in as soon as deliveries come, organize goods and coordinate with the regional office to get the schedule of the incoming goods’ arrival.

They also cleanup the center by removing clutters from the previous day. They clear the area from cartons, plastics, sacks for recycling and dispose unwanted items and trash.

Upon delivery, a designated DSWD staff inspects the goods to ensure the correct quantity and specifications and that the deliveries are in good condition. After which, supplies are stowed in the center for repacking.

Volunteers are being mobilized for the repacking of the relief goods in collaboration with the local government of Albay. Volunteers Registry Desk is informed about the schedule at the center and how many people are needed for the day.

Repacking usually starts in the afternoon and progresses until evening. Before repacking begins, DSWD conducts a quick yet thorough orientation for the incoming volunteers sent by the local government of Albay. They are informed of the current situation in Region 8. A DSWD staff explains the purpose of the activity and enumerates the tasks to be done.

Thereafter, these volunteers from different sectors are now instructed to sort the goods according to the standard contents of a DSWD Family Food Pack. The pack includes three (3) kilos of rice, four (4) tins of sardines, two (2) tins of corned beef, one (1) tin of Vienna sausage and 10 pieces of coffee.

Aside from that, an emergency food pack was also produced for the victims of Yolanda. It is inclusive of one (1) pack of biscuits, one (1) pack of assorted cupcakes, two (2) bottles of mineral water, three (3) pieces of cookies, one (1) pack of candles and one (1) piece of lighter.

During the actual repacking, DSWD employees rove around the multitude of volunteers to safeguard the goods being bundled. Later on, eight (8) DSWD Family Food Packs are placed inside a sack and are sealed properly which becomes available for shipping to Region 8.

The DSWD Information Desk monitors and records all activities in the repacking center including the information on the quantity of Family Food Packs and how many were dispatched. DSWD makes certain that all necessary documents are complied before releasing the relief goods.

In transit to Region 8, escorts from the department join the trucks of goods to ensure that it will reach the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. In total, 35 DSWD Field Staff (as of November 14, 2013) sent to Region 8 for rapid assessment, humanitarian mission, receiving and releasing of relief goods.

On the other hand, the steadfast support and aid from various groups such as the local officials, volunteers and other organizations hasten the process of relief operations at Albay Astrodome.

Jan Michael Ribaya of Daraga, Albay is one of those volunteers who consistently assist in the repacking of goods. It was his second night last November 13, 2013 at the repacking center and has spent a total of eight (8) hours of volunteer work.

“I grew up in a family who fostered the value of helping others and by simply spending my spare time in the repacking center, I know it will speed up the whole process of getting the relief goods to our brothers and sisters in Tacloban City,” he said.

The members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army, and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) also joined DSWD’s 24-hour duty in sorting, packing, handling and hauling of goods in the center.

A community kitchen based in DSWD Field Office caters to the provision of meals to the uniformed men and other DSWD staff on duty.

The repacking center here in Bicol which is located in Legazpi City is one of those repacking zones set up by DSWD nationwide. Centers are also operating in Cebu City and Butuan City and more is expected to open up in the coming days for faster relief operations.

The DSWD Response aims to address the basic subsistence needs of super typhoon Yolanda’s victims in Samar and Leyte with the support of Office of Civil Defense and the Provincial Government of Albay. It is now on its fourth day and is expected to continue.

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DSWD Field Office V Repacking Center at Albay Astrodome – The New Home of Great Volunteers!

Legazpi City, November 12, 2013 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V steps up repacking of food packs for super typhoon “Yolanda” survivors in Region 8 – Eastern Visayas.

Repacking of Family Food Packs was started by the Field Office on Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Albay Astrodome with the help of civilian, police and military volunteers. Out of the 11,372 food packs produced on the same day 8,000 was initially allocated and transported to Samar.

At present, an additional of 3,296 family food packs was sent to Tacloban City. According to Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, the food packs contains 3 kilos of rice, 7 canned goods, and 10 pieces coffee amounting to P257.30 per food pack. The repacking of food packs shall continue to ensure augmentation support to the relief operations in areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.

Meanwhile, the Department continues to assess the extent of damage caused by said super typhoon Yolanda. Based from the initial rapid assessment report as of November 13, 2013, 12 midnight, conducted by 22 DSWD Staff, a total of 21 Municipalities or Cities in the Province of Samar are affected.

Said affected Municipalities or Cities are Arteche, Balagiga, Balangkayan, Borongan, Can-abid, Dolores, Gen. Mc Arthur, Giporlos, Guian, Hernani, Lawaan, Llorente, Maydolong, Mercedes, Oras, Quinacondan, Salcedo, San Juan, San Policarpio, Sulat and Taft.

A total of 64,729 families or 202,817 persons are also affected due to the devastation brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda. At least 245 persons were killed, 75 persons are missing and 911 persons are injured.  Also, 13,221 houses are totally damaged, and 12,076 houses are partially damaged.

Regional Director Garcia said the initial reports recorded shall form part of the bases of on-going interventions and the rehabilitation plans that will be formulated the Department.

Moreover, to facilitate the receipt, acknowledgement and processing of donations, the DSWD has established donations desks manned by DSWD staff in the Six provinces in Bicol. ***lex. Armena/ee.jerusalem/g.lindio/c.barrameda

 The donations desks are located in the following:

Province of Albay

1. Albay Provincial Capitol,Legazpi City

Contact person: Ms. Nilsa Matamorosa (09094702504)

2. Ground flr.Landco Pacific Mall GaisanoLegazpi City

Contact person: Ms. Lorna Rebanal (09173092897)


Province of Camarines Norte

DSWD Satellite Office

Bagasbas Road

Daet, Camarines Norte

Contact person: Ms. Maricel Mimay (0948-1390179)


Province of Camarines Sur

DSWD, Satellite Office

Jacob, Extension, Naga City

Contact person: Ms. Vilma Lim  (054)811-7664


Province of Catanduanes

DSWD, Satellite Office

Virac, Catanduanes

Contact person: Ms. Emily Mendoza (0920-8369734)


Province of Masbate

DSWD Satellite Office

Balay Valencia

Recero St. Masbate City

Contact Person: Ms. Amie Marie Castillo (0939-3221548)


Province of Sorsogon

Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth

Our Lady’s Village

Pangpang, Sorsogon City

Contact person: Lyndra Villareal (056)211-2093



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DSWD 5 to Lead Relief Operation for the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern and Western Samar

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  Field Office 5 as the lead in the relief operation in the Eastern and Western Samar has initially sent 8,000 relief goods amounting to P2,058,400 intended for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the towns of Guiuan and Taft of Easter Samar.

DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said the DSWD will continue to procure and repack 200,000 family food packs containing 3 kilos of rice, 7 canned goods and 10 pieces of coffee.

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Deference (OCD) Field Office 5 will lead the conduct of a rapid damage and need assessment in the Eastern and Western Samar. The team is composing of OCD, DSWD, Department of Health (DOH) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). For the DSWD, 20 staff was deployed to join the team.

Dir. Garcia disclosed that the data will be the basis for determining what towns were severely affected, the populations affected and the food packs to be distributed.

In response to the immediate need of the victims, the DSWD will likewise procure additional goods like biscuits, assorted cupcakes, mineral water, candles, lighter and flash lights.

The DSWD is also open to accept donations for the victims of the said typhoon. The donations desks are installed in six provinces in Bicol.***ee.jerusalem



  1. Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City
  2. Ground floor of Landco Pacific Mall Gaisano, Legazpi City
Camarines Norte DSWD Satellite Office, Bagasbas Road, Daet, Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur DSWD, Satellite Office, Jacob, Extension, Naga City
Catanduanes DSWD, Satellite Office, Virac, Catanduanes
Masbate DSWD Satellite Office, Balay Valencia, Recero St. Masbate City
Sorsogon Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, Our Lady’s Village, Pangpang, Sorsogon City

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