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What’s Inside a Community Worker’s Bag?

Rudynen L. Elaurza, the Best Community Facilitator of Kalahi-CIDSS for 2012, reveals the contents of her bag during an ambush rummage last October 2013 at their Kalahi-CIDSS office in Gubat, Sorsogon.

Challenging yet rewarding. This is how most development workers will describe their line of work, particularly those who work with communities to bring about social change and upgrade the quality of people’s lives in a local area.

Such is the life of the field workers of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It seeks to actively engage people by empowering them so they can become active participants in identifying the solving the key problems affecting their communities.

The community facilitators (CFs) of Kalahi-CIDSS, who are directly responsible for achieving this, does so by ensuring that all stakeholders, from the communities to the local government units to even third-party groups such as civil society organizations (CSOs), are involved throughout the process through their active participation.

CFs are tasked with mobilizing residents to participate in Kalahi-CIDSS and facilitating their participation in the project’s processes and activities, such as barangay assemblies (BAs). Each community facilitator handles five barangays within a Kalahi-CIDSS municipality,

Due to the nature of their tasks, it is imperative that CFs are always prepared in their line of work. Rudynen “Rudz” L. Elaurza, who was awarded as Bicol’s Best Kalahi-CIDSS Community Facilitator for 2012, shares her must-have items when she does her job.

Rudz, from San Pascual, Libon, Albay, joined DSWD in 2012 and is currently assigned to Gubat, Sorsogon. She handles and monitors five barangays in the municipality: Cabiguhan, Carriedo, Casili, Manapao and Payawin.

Most of community facilitators of Kalahi-CIDSS use backpacks when going out to the areas they are handling. Rudz, however, prefers her pink shoulder bag, having been used to carrying shoulder bags since she was in high school. The things inside her bag are a silent testament of how dedicated Rudz in performing her duties.

Kikay Kit. She wants to be presentable and tidy when facing the people in the community so she never forgets to bring her kikay [vanity] kit. Aside from the expected comb, face moisturizer, makeup, perfume, powder, and lipstick, she also has alcohol, facial tissues, and wet wipes, for sanitary purposes. She also has her ointment rub handy for insect bites and body pains. These essentials keep Rudz fresh and neat during her regular field work.

Office Supplies. Rudz’s bag is like a mobile office with all the necessary supplies she needs for community work. Since Kalahi-CIDSS involves a lot of paperwork, she makes sure that she has available office items in her bag. She has a plentiful collection of ballpens for meetings and community assemblies. On top of that, she ensures she has scissors, stapler, scotch tape, glue stick, correction tape, pencils, markers, and sticky notes. Her steno pad keeps a record of her activities and also serves as a journal. She tracks her daily schedule and notes important issues and concerns from the community. This, in return, becomes the basis for her plans of actions.

File Envelope Bag. Forms are important in a CF’s life. Rudz always carries her file envelope bag to ensure that she submits completed documents by the community to the office. Basically, these forms and documents are intended to capture the whole process of empowerment wherein trained residents prepare the said documents needed by the project.

Umbrella. Rudz simply says getting ill is prohibited for field workers like her. Aside from sun protection, the umbrella gives her refuge when the erratic weather shifts into a downpour especially when she’s out in the field for monitoring.

Digital Camera. Documentation of community activities is required from CFs. Rudz takes her personal point-and-shoot camera to document all activities such as the conduct of community consultations, assemblies and other events related to the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS. Her camera comes with rechargeable AA batteries and charger.

Office ID. Basically, Rudz always brings her ID to be formally recognized by those unfamiliar with her in the locality.

Pouch. Her violet pouch contains keys, receipts and her ATM card. Her religious side is reflected in her Novena booklet and her rosary. Her money is also in her pouch. She spends about PhP 200 a day on her food, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses.

Cellular Phone. According to Rudz, she can live without most of the other things inside her bag – except for her cellphone. Communication is a vital part of her job, especially since she monitors five different barangays. She maintains a consistent link to those people in the barangay by receiving updates and queries sent through her cellphone. This also keeps her close to her co-workers, family, relatives and friends.

Love for Work

She learned that it’s not easy to be a CF but is optimistic about her work.

When asked what trait a community facilitator should have, she says “Patience”. She continues, “Dealing with people from different walks of life is simply about respect. You cannot please everyone around you, but you need to maintain an objective approach in dealing with them.”

Rudz loves her work. Joel Esperanzate, one of the residents of Manapao and a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, can attest to this, having seen her dedication to her job.

“Madali siyang tawagan at handang tumulong sa amin. Anytime na may kailangan kami sa kanya, pumupunta talaga siya sa amin. Tinuturuan niya kami kung ano ang dapat gawin, lalo na sa paper works [We can call on her easily, and she is always willing to help us. She personally comes to us anytime we need her assistance. She teaches us what to do, particularly with paperwork,” Joel said.

Rudz said that field workers should love their work and should be dedicated enough to surpass the hardships and demands of the job.

“Since community organizing is the primary duty of a CF, we need to cross boundaries to help the poor people in need,” she said.

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DSWD 5 Provides Support to Typhoon Yolanda Victims

DSWD 5 Disaster Operation

DSWD 5 Disaster Operation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V is continuously providing relief assistance to families affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda which has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Wednesday, midnight.

According to the DSWD FO V Disaster Operation updated report as of Nov. 8, 2013, 7:00 PM, a total of P5,041,479 cost of assistance are provided in response to the requests of the local government units in Bicol Region.

The assistance provided in the provinces are: Albay – 1,000 sacks of NFA rice, Camarines Sur – 500 sacks of NFA rice and 350 food packs, Masbate – 1,000 sacks of NFA rice and 150 family food packs, Sorsogon – 1,000 sacks of NFA rice and 280 family food packs. In Municipalities of Matnog and Bulusan in the Province of Sorsogon, a total of 350 and 100 family food packs are provided, respectively.

The food packs includes 3 kilos of rice, 4 tins sardines, 2 tins corned beef, 2 tin vienna sausage, 10 pcs. of coffee amounting to P257.30 per food pack.

Also, a total of 281 barangays or 40,140 families are currently affected by Typhoon Yolanda as stated in the said report.

DSWD 5 Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, CESO III, said that the Department is continuously providing augmentation support to affected families. “DSWD will also conduct stress debriefing to affected families caused by Typhoon Yolanda,” he added.

Meanwhile, a humanitarian mission meeting was conducted in Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City to provide support to the Provinces of Samar and Leyte in Region 8-Eastern Visayas.

“The Department will be sending 2 staff for psycho-social intervention to the affected families in Samar and Leyte,” Dir. Garcia said.***G.A.Lindio/E.E.Jerusalem



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DSWD 5 Launches New Brand Name for Household Targeting System

To build a strong trademark and recall to the country’s targeting system, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 has recently launched LISTAHANAN as the new brand name for National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

“Listahanan” according to DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia is a combination of two-words namely; “Listahan”(list) and “Tahanan”(house/home) which accurately describes what the tool is all about.”

Aside from its novel name, a new tagline and logo was also pronounced.

“The tagline “Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan” defines the project as an initiative to establish a list of poor families in need of assistance from social protection programs. The red checkmark in the logo symbolizes accuracy and correctness which describes to the data that the project generates through the household assessment, “Garcia explained.

Although the project has changed its name, Listahanan still aims to identify who and where the poor are.

Meanwhile, the agency continuously promotes the database to different stakeholders in order for them to have access to the list of poor households which will serve as their basis in the implementation of their pro-poor programs.

To date, 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)###crbarrameda


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A Bicol’s Pride: Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child

Awarding. Third Place Winner Nicole Martinez of Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte receives a plaque and cash prize during the conduct of National Search for Exemplary Child 2013. From left are Municipal Link Maryglo Arias, National Deputy Project Manager of Pantawid Pamilya Wadel Cabrera III, Nicole Martinez, Executive Director of Council for the Welfare of Children Brenda S. Vigo, Regional Information Officer Evelyn E. Jerusalem, Information Officer of Pantawid Pamilya Glorei Allelu N. Lindio


Promoting the Children’s Right, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program recently conducted a second National Children’s Congress (NCC) in Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The five day congress was attended by some 175 beneficiary children coming from the poorest cities and municipalities of 17 Regions of the Philippines.

The NCC was launched by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Pantawid Pamilya in 2012 in partnership with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC).

According to Undersecretary Parisya H. Taradji, operations and programs group, the activity is in line with the Children’s Month celebration with the theme: “Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban.” She added that the Department’s top priority is to continuously provide to the children what is right for them. She also urges the children to value education and continuously comply with the conditions of the program.

Said activity aims to bring out the voices of children beneficiaries on issues directly affecting them.

The children participants also proposed recommendations and possible solutions with these issues in order for the government to respond on the emerging challenges that children are being confronted with.

Workshops, games, presentations, group activity pertaining to the rights of the children are also conducted.

Capping up the event was also the awarding of the National Search for Exemplary Children.

The Bicol’s Exemplary Child Nicole Martinez, of Barangay Parang, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, won as the 3rd place in the said Search. While, exemplary children from Region IV-B and Car, IV-A, 8, 1, won the title National Exemplary Child and 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6 place winner, respectively.

“Maraming salamat po, proud po ako dahil nanalo po ako at lahat sila ay magagaling. Natutuwa po ako sa opportunity na binigay nila sa akin. Ipagpapatyuloy ko po ang pagiging mabuting modelo sa mga kabataang katulad ko,” Nicole ended. ***G.A.Lindio, Information Officer-Pantawid Pamilya

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Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 267 series of 1993, the month of October of every year is the commemoration of Children’s Month and October 24 marks the Universal Children’s Day.

The theme of this year’s celebration is Kahirapan Wakasan. Karapatan ng Bata, Ipaglaban. Its objective strongly advocate the children’s rights.

Along the month’s celebration is the conduct of activities for day care children by the respective  LGU’s, PO’s and other NGO’s catering for the welfare of children.

In Cawayan, Masbate about 500 day care children from 75 day care centers in town participated in this big impact. It was not just a day of fun for children but a worthwhile experience for some kids being their first time to see and interact with a mascot; Jollibee and Hetty. The LGU also distributed toys and other goodies for the children.

The highlight of the day’s affair was the delivery the State of the Children’s Address done by Cawayan Mayor Edgar Condor. In his message, Mayor Condor shared his accomplishment relative to the implementation of programs and services for children’s welfare. He also pledged his support in the advocacy campaign on the children’s rights, strengthen the implementation of the day care program will increase the honorarium of the day care centers by P500 and sustain the supplemental feeding program.

Meanwhile, Field Office V will be conducting the Children’s Summit on October 31, at the Liberty Commercial Center, Legazpi City.

With 67 children in attendance, most of whom are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The activity aims to provide stronger advocacy on children’s rights, showcase talents through literary arts competition and encourage our partners for their continuous support to the Pantawid Pamilya Program.

In Camarines Sur, a Provincial Children’s Summit will also be held. In line with the event, the “Kaya Ko” advocacy campaign will be part of the program. This is to highlight gains and impact of the Pantawid Pamilya among the beneficiaries particularly the children.###eejerusalem

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Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders Trained as Advocate

Parent Leaders played an important role in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. They lead their co-beneficiaries in conducting meetings, community assembly, monitoring the receipt and use of cash grants, attendance of household grantees in the community assemblies and family development sessions.

With their crucial function, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V is currently conducting a Skills Enhancement for Parent Leaders as Advocates of Pantawid Pamilya in Sto. Domingo, Legazpi City.

According to Training Specialist Archie T. Medoza, the training is conducted in three batches. A total of 70 parent leaders are trained from the first and second batches which were conducted last October 8-10, 2013 and October 15-17, 2013, respectively. Another 35 parent leaders will be trained in the third batch which will be conducted on October 22-24, 2013.

Said parent leaders comes from the six provinces of Bicol Region which are Catanduanes, Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte.

During the training, lectures, workshops, role playing, film showing was conducted to effectively provide the participants with necessary skills to further perform their duties and responsibilities as leaders, partners and in advocating the program in their respective municipalities and cities.

Some of the topics discussed were about leadership, knowing his/her capacity as spokesperson, effective communication, dealing with the media, rules on effective writing, active citizenship, and convergence program.

Also, the participants are provided with tips on how to effectively promote and be the primary advocate of the program showcasing the positive impact to their lives.

A mock media interview was also conducted to participants to let them experience and provide them a technical know-how in dealing with the media.

“Dakula po ang naitabang kan programa sa pamilya at sa buhay ko. Bukod sa assistance sa pagklase kan mga aki ko, natawan ning marhay na salud ang sakuyang pamilya. Dahil sa mga trainings na inatinderan ko, dai na man ako natatakot maghampang sa mga tao at sabihon ang sakon nasasaloob, [The program helped my family a lot. It addressed not only in providing the educational needs of my children but also provides good health to my family. Due to the trainings I have attended, I am not also afraid in facing and dealing with a lot of people and voice out my opinion],” said Lynlyn M. Salcedo, parent leader of Brgy. Salog, Goa, Camarines Sur ***Glorei Allelu N. Lindio, Information Officer-Pantawid Pamilya

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Bicol Hosts First-Ever Mural Contest in DSWD History

Legazpi City— The first-ever DSWD mural contest focused on the theme: Boses, Kilos, Unlad which will embody the concept of the community-driven development (CDD) used as the overall strategy of Kalahi-CIDSS project.

The contest and live painting went from August 13 to 15 in Camp General Simeon Ola’s perimeter fence with participants from different local government units (LGUs). Each LGU is represented by two (2) bona fide resident-mural artists and one (1) community volunteer.

Murals from the municipalities of Baao, Basud, Bombon, Bula, Caramoan, Cataingan, Gigmoto, Gubat, Irosin, Labo, Libmanan, Ocampo, Prieto Diaz, San Vicente and Viga will be featured. These LGUs are currently implementing Kalahi-CIDSS.

Judging criteria includes impact of message, originality and artistic arrangement. Irosin, Sorsogon; Gubat, Sorsogon and Libmanan, Camarines Sur were announced as the grand winner, first placer and second placer, respectively.

Moreover, the municipality of Sto. Domingo was awarded as the grand winner for the Kalahi-CIDSS non-regular category.

60 Volunteer-staff of DSWD Field Office V assisted in the preparatory work and surface cleaning of Camp Simeon Ola’s perimeter fence last August 9, 2013 (Eidul-Fitar, a regular holiday).

DSWD has partnered with PNP for the use of their perimeter fence and has also tapped Davies Philippines with the provision of 318 litres of paint (in various colors) amounting to Php38,155.00.

What is CDD?
CDD is a bottom-top approach wherein community residents consensually decide on what type of poverty-reduction projects they want prioritized for funding based on 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 used and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS which has been implemented in Bicol from 2003 to present in over 50 municipalities regionwide.

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 has launched LISTAHANAN as the new brand name for National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). This was held last October 14, 2013 at Alvis, Cafe Daraga Albay.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. The system makes available to national government agencies and other stakeholders, a database of poor households as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

The event was part of the month long celebration of National Statistics Month. “The theme for this year’s NSM is “Statistics That Matter to Every Filipino” highlighting the vital roles that data and statistics play in the everyday lives,” Engr. Gil Arce,National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Regional Head bared.

Meanwhile, DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia announced that the 2nd round of household assessment is on the last quarter of this year. “On going interviews are being done for all positions in order to fill the 3, 450 manpower requirements of the program. “Bicol region has an estimated target of 1.08 million households for both rural and urban areas.”

On the other hand Engr.Luis Banua,  NEDA  Assistant Regional Director commended DSWD for  coming up with an improved name for NHTSPR. “With the new name, LISTAHANAN  will have a strong recall and easy pronouncement.”

To have a deeper understanding about the project, Mr. Don Abejuro Jr. Regional Focal Person of Listahanan oriented the participants on its enhanced project cycle for the coming assessment.” For this year’s assessment, we will use android tablets instead of paper and pencil for data collection in urban areas.”he said. “Also enhancements on systems and procedures were developed such as the inclusion of barangay community characteristics derived from the 2009 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) as determinants of poverty status in the new PMT model and the classification of occupation consistent with the Philippine Standard Occupation Classification (PSOC)” he explained.

A covenant signing with the media and the Regional Statistical Coordination Committees (RSCC’s) formed part of the activity. It stressed the essential role of the media in keeping the public well informed and involved about governments programs.

            Also, Philhealth and LCC Foundation as data users shared their testimonials on how they utilized Listahanan’s data in the implementation on their pro-poor programs.

The event was participated in by the Regional Statistical Coordination Committees ( RSCC’s), DSWD technical staff and media.###crbarrameda

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