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DSWD Turns Over Additional Core Houses in Albay

One of the best factor in the successful implementation of a project is when the beneficiaries themselves collaborate and unite in the project implementation.

This is the case of the core shelter project by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Local Government Units with more than a thousand typhoon victims and displaced families in Bicol provided with permanent and decent shelters. As of press time, the DSWD has already turned over a total of 8, 268 units regionwide.

In the municipality of Daraga, a certificate of completion and occupancy was received by 1, 528 core shelter beneficiaries from Ms. Corazon Pitero, head of the Social Protection Unit. She was joined by Daraga Vice Mayor Carlito Baylon, LGU officials and Ms. Yolanda Guanzon, the Provincial Social Welfare Officer.

Ms. Pitero explained that the core shelter project is provided to indigent families who were rendered homeless due to disaster. Core shelter is a structurally strong and environment friendly shelter units which can withstand 180 to 220 kph wind velocity, intensified four earthquakes, floodings and other similar hazard. It is a restoration and rehabilitation strategy that uses work teams to provide labor for the construction.

Each family beneficiary was given materials and that they built the houses with vigour and dedication.

While the DSWD was responsible for the shelter units for their counterpart, the LGU of Daraga provided additional construction materials while the Provincial Government’s counterpart is the relocation site.

The families relocated are from barangays; Alcala, Binitayan, Bañag, Busay, Bañadero, Cullat, Tagas and Malabog. These families were left homeless during the series of strong typhoons which stricken Bicol for the past years.

Meanwhile, an additional of 135 core shelter units will be turn-over in the municipality of Polangui. The family beneficiaries will receive their certificate of completion and occupancy from Asst. Regional Director Felix M. Armeña.###eejerusalem-dswdsmu

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DSWD Field Office 5 Has New Regional Director

Director Arnel B. Garcia was installed as the new Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 5, during a simple turn-over ceremony on January 8, 2013 at the DSWD Conference room, Legazpi City.

He was installed by Asst. Secretary Javier Jimenez, Chief of staff, Office of the Secretary Garcia will assume the post vice Director Remia Tapispisan who will be transferred to Region VIII.

In his acceptance speech, Director Garcia said that the success of the implementation of the department’s programs and projects is the efficient implementation of the staff and the support of the DSWD partners. Hence, he would sustain the strong partnership of the field office with the DSWD partners. “We need convergence”, he said. He also envisions having a pre-devolution relationship in a devolution scenario with the Provincial/City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers.

“We do not pray for lesser targets but we pray for a broader shoulder”, Director Garcia said.

A psychology and social work graduate, Director Garcia has been with the department for about 29 years. He rose from the ranks and started as a Project Assistant under the SEA Foundation. He became a Social Welfare Analyst, Social Welfare Officer IV and Director III. Because of hard work, commitment and love of work, he acquired the plum post as Regional Director for almost five years now.

The turn-over ceremony was attended by partners’ Regional Directors, Civic Society Organization, NGO’s, and some local chief executives from the province of Catanduanes, Masbate, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. Catanduanes Governor Cua was also present. ###eejerusalem-dswdfo5-smu

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DSWD Forge Partnership with Albay Province for the Construction of Evacuation Center

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) has been forged between the provincial government of Albay and the Department of Social Welfare and Development duly represented by Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda and Director Remia T. Tapispisan for the construction of a pilot evacuation center.

As recommended by Governor Salceda, the 10.8 million worth of evacuation center shall be constructed at San Jose Elementary School, Malilipot Albay.

The department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) being the over–all responsible on disaster response, aims to break the culture of most disaster victims who refuse to go to evacuation centers just to be able to take care of their properties.

As explained by Director Tapispisan, bringing these evacuation centers nearer to their place of residence and located at most convenient  and safer place, the department is assured that the loses of lives due to this practice of most disaster affected population will be minimized if not eradicated at all.

This evacuation center cum multi-purpose center will be used as classroom during normal times and evacuation center during disasters and calamities. It is estimated to accommodate 1,000 families affected by flooding, lahar flow and land slide from the barangays of Malilipot namely; San Roque, Canauay, Calbayog and San Jose.

Present during the MOA signing were Malilipot Mayor Herminio Bitara, Mr. Cedric Daep, Director, Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Officer and DSWD Asst. Regional Director Evelyn M. Lontok. ###eejerusalem, SMU-dswd5

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People Say What They Really Want: About 500 Community Proposals Presented for Kalahi-CIDSS Funding

After communities conducted a participatory investigation and research identifying the most pressing need in their village, about 500 community proposals from the barangays under the municipalities covered by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) project were presnted.

“People living in the communities know more about their current local conditions and making them identify their priorities is important in the formulation of development plans,” Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Dir. Remia T. Tapispisan said.

Community proposals were made by a group of trained community members. They are called the Project Preparation Team (PPT), elected by each of the barangays during the Barangay Assembly (BA) for the validation of the identified needs in the community, are taught the key processes and tools to identify, select, and design appropriate solutions to address such problems.

Community proposals are presented during the prioritization activity where the community volunteers, municipal and national governments, non-government organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs) and other groups and individuals within a municipality are gathered. This is called the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum- Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA) in which community proposals are prioritized for funding.

MIBF is a criteria-based allocation of development investments wherein all the barangays within a certain municipality decide what community proposals should be approved for funding. The grant a municipality receives is equal to the total number of barangays multiplied by Php450,000. These funds are directly downloaded to the community accounts once the community proposals are approved for implementation.

George Borja, a community volunteer from Sorsogon celebrates with the villagers of Tupaz because of the forthcoming fulfillment of a long-time dream. Out of 22 barangays of Prieto Diaz, their barangay was one of the prioritized projects with a community proposal of motorized bancas amounting to Php1.2 million.

Inot, gusto kong pasalamatan itong nagboto sa samuyang proyekto pero mas gusto kong pasalamatan su mga nagpaunod dahil naging mahiwas ang saindong pagunawa. Sana sa mga masunod na arog kaining pagtiripon, pirmi tang pairalon ang pagunawa asin pagparaya ta iyo yan ang mabukas ning dalan pasiring sa kauswagan [I would not only thank those who voted for our project but also those people who understood where we are coming from. I hope that we keep our compassion towards one another because this will take us to the road of development],” George Borja said.

As part of its expansion in 2012, Kalahi-CIDSS is currently being implemented in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Masbate with a total of 19 municipalities. ###jmarbella

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Legazpi City Pilots the Urban Kalahi-CIDSS in Luzon

he city government of Legazpi, as the pilot area in Luzon, will formally accept their local engagement in the implementation of Urban Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in December 5, 2012.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be signed between Mayor Geraldine Rosal and DSWD Director Remia T. Tapispisan at Legazpi City Hall. Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda is expected to join the said activity with other key local government unit (LGU) officials.

The Urban CDD Program was previously implemented in the National Capital Region (NCR) specifically in Malate, Manila and in the province of Cavite. The target roll-out for Legazpi City will be on January next year.

Selection Process

Based on the data from National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) in 2009, Legazpi City with 30.7 poverty incidence (PI) has the highest among the component cities in Luzon qualifying for the Urban Kalahi-CIDSS implementation.

After the consultation dialogue between DSWD and key government officials and stakeholders during the preliminary validation, the urban barangays of Rawis and Bitano were identified to implement the said project considering the factors of income vulnerability, disaster risks vulnerability and land tenure issues. According to the 2010 data from the National Household Targeting System (NHTS), both Rawis and Bitano have been listed with high magnitude of poor households in Legazpi City.

Grant Funds and Community Subprojects

The barangays of Rawis and Bitano will receive one million each from the World Bank with a complementing counterpart of 30 percent of the indicative total project cost provided by the city government of Legazpi.

The project management team of DSWD expects that community enterprise and livelihoods are considered to be the major sub-project category in Urban Kalahi-CIDSS.

What is CDD?

CDD is the mechanism used Kalahi-CIDSS which has been proven effective in reducing poverty in the country and in Bicol region. Through CDD, the people in the community play a direct role in a research to identify existing needs, project design and development to address these needs, project implementation, setting-up community associations, and management and operation and maintenance of completed sub-projects.

Kalahi-CIDSS is the flagship poverty-alleviation program of the Philippine government aimed at empowering the communities by honing their skills to participate in their local development process. It is one of the core social protection programs of DSWD along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipno Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program targeting the poorest households.###jmarbella


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Poverty remains the most crucial social problem that needs to be dealt with in the Philippines. What is precisely the nature of this dilemma? Being the 12th  most populated country in the world, the major cause of this is the rapid population growth which resulted to high unemployment rate.

Over the years, poverty rate stays constant because of its limitation to create jobs while increasingly its demand.

Addressing widespread poverty is the country’s great challenge especially its reduction. Augmenting this scenario, the Department of Social Welfare and Development came up with poverty alleviation programs known as DSWD’s Convergence Network also referred as Tatsulo.

In the line is Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) wherein it empowers communities, strengthen local governance and speed up development in the barangays. Next is Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program also known as 4P’s is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-14 years old. It uses conditional giving of cash grants based on compliance to certain conditionality’s whereas Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a multi-stakeholder program that aims to improve the socio-economic status of its participants. It does this through a community-based capacity building program that enjoins the community participants from the planning until the implementation and monitoring phases.

A targeting system was formulated to set up a unified criterion in the selection of the poorest population. This gave birth to DSWD’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.

The system makes database of poor households as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs. It aims to establish an objective targeting system and reduce the leakage of social services to non-poor and minimize exclusion of the poor.


NHTS-PR looks into the poverty incidence of provinces/municipalities/cities for the purpose of prioritizing the areas to assess. This also determined the method of assessment to implement. There are two methods being used, Saturation or complete enumeration for municipalities with 50% and above poverty incidence and Pockets of poverty which applies to municipalities/cities with 49% below poverty incidence. It is a segment or portion of the community where clusters of poor usually reside.

After identifying which process best fit in the area, household assessment is the next step wherein it is conducted by enumerators using the household assessment form (HAF), a two page questionnaire with 34 variables.

All the information gathered in HAF is then encoded to a web application and subjected to Proxy Means Test. Proxy Means Test (PMT) is a statistical model that estimates the income of households using the proxy variables indicated in HAF. These include family composition, education of household members, housing conditions and access to basic services.

NHTS –PR also implements On-Demand Application (ODA)– a process of ensuring complete coverage of poor households and Validation-a process that assesses accuracy of the list of poor and non-poor households with the community to ensure that all qualified will be included in the database. Local Government Units (LGU’) performs key role during these processes.


The assessments were completed last December 2009. The NHTS-PR was able to assess and subject to Proxy Means Test (PMT) 10,909,456 households in the 17 regions, 80 provinces, and 137 cities and 1,493 municipalities nationwide. Of these, 5,255,118 were identified as poor.

In Bicol region, a total of 775,014 households were assessed and subjected to PMT in the six (6) provinces, seven (7) cities and 107 municipalities regionwide. Of these, 461,242 were identified as poor.

Data from NHTS-PR Field Office V is currently being used by DSWD for its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4P’s) and other stakeholders  such as Philhealth RO V, Department of Health (DOH)RO V, Intervida Philippines, Department of Agriculture, National Nutrition Council (NNC), Department of Agrarian Reform and  71 LGU’s in Region V.

Time is a thief for NHTS-PR, after commencing last 2009, the group will be updating its database in 2014.The team is advocating for full cooperation of the communities for the re-assessment to ensure all poor households will be included in the database.###crbarrameda

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DSWD FIELD OFFICE V hosted the 2012 NHTS- PR Year- End Program Review and Evaluation Workshop

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V hosted recently the National Year-End Program Review on National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction. This was held last November 12-17, 2012 at The Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City.

NHTS-PR 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. It aims to establish an objective targeting system and reduce the leakage of social services to non-poor and minimize exclusion of the poor. Ms.Antoniette Maria R. Lucero, NHTS-PR National Deputy Project Manager said, “Our database is a gold mine so maximize its utilization and continue believing that Targeting is something good”.

The assembly aims to; assess the project’s accomplishments vis-a -vis its commitment/target and provide updates on the Project components and formulate a concrete communication strategy for year 2013.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Florita R. Villar, who graced the occasion, shared to the group the recognition given by FutureGov Awards held last October 19, 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The FutureGov Awards serves as an international benchmark by which public sector innovation is judged. It uniquely celebrates agency and project success including the most successful city modernization programmes in the region.

NHTO landed finalists slots in three categories. It was the only finalist from the Philippines. The first category is under the Connected Government which recognizes the office’s excellence in intra-agency and inter-agency workflows. Second is in the Information Management category which recognizes the NHTO’s excellence in the secure capture, storage and distribution of citizen information. Last is the Government Organization of the year which recognizes excellence in public information at the central, state, local government level.

Likewise, Dir. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson,NHTS-PR National Project Manager, stressed the difference between the  Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) from National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), that the two systems have diverse purpose to the community. The focus is on advocating what NHTS-PR is.

The event was participated by NHTO Central Office technical staff headed by DSWD Assistant Secretary Florita R. Villar, Field Office Regional Directors and technical staff from 16 regions.##crbarrameda

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Teacher Donates to Kalahi-CIDSS Project in Masbate Town

High school teacher from Cataingan, Masbate handed down P5,000 as her personal contribution to the upcoming construction of a concrete pathway in a far-flung barangay of the said town.

The Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) Donors’ Forum held in Cataingan Astrodome last October 24 paved the way for Belma Vistones to share her haunting experience in barangay Abaca where she almost lost her twins when she was pregnant.

As a member of Department of Education (DepEd) Evaluation Team for their district, Belma needed to take the rough path in Abaca for more than an hour just to reach the next community to conduct their yearly assessment.


It was in 1989 when the incident happened. The slippery path caused Belma, who was pregnant with her twins, to slide. According to her, the road was steep and difficult to tread, especially during the wet season.

“Dahil din sa daan, nahihirapan talaga ang mga tao na magdala ng kanilang mga produkto sa palengke [People find it very difficult to transport their crops to the market because of the path],” she narrated.

The miserable situation in Abaca coupled with Belma’s unforgettable incident prompted her to give her own money for the construction of the proposed pathway in Abaca.

It was when Kalahi-CIDSS came to Cataingan this year that the opportunity came for Belma to become one of its community volunteers. She serves as one of the members of the Barangay Representation Team (BRT) in the poblacion barangay in Cataingan.

During their actual inter-barangay site visit, Belma and other BRT volunteers came to see all 36 barangays of Cataingan. The group recognized the difficulty experienced by the residents of Abaca and came to an accord that the community needed financial support from Kalahi-CIDSS to construct a concrete pathway.

BRT members represent the barangay in the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF) for criteria setting and for prioritization. In behalf of the community, they select the projects which sub-projects will be funded and implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS. The BRT is composed of the Barangay Captain and another two members who are not public elected officials of the barangay.

Through MIBF-Participatory Resource Allocation (PRA), community proposals are ranked by the BRT members according to priority. At this stage of Kalahi-CIDSS project, proposed community projects like concrete pathways, school buildings, health centers, water systems, and other interventions are finally approved for funding.

Kalahi-CIDSS is the flagship poverty-alleviation program of the Philippine government which adopts the community-driven development (CDD) approach as its overall strategy in targeting the poorest municipalities in the country. It is one of the three core poverty alleviation programs implemented by DSWD in partnership with local government units (LGUs).

CDD empowers the communities by allowing the people themselves to determine what their needs are and what strategies can be utilized to address these. They also design and implement their chosen sub-project themselves, as well as manage the resources to be used in implementing this.

From 2003 to 2012, Kalahi-CIDSS project covered 48 municipalities from all of the six provinces of Bicol region, with a total of 1,327 barangays receiving development interventions for small-scale community projects. At present, Kalahi-CIDSS projects in Albay, Masbate, and Sorsogon are funded by World Bank, while those in Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur are financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the United States of America.

In Cataingan, the total grant fund from Kalahi-CIDSS is P16,200,000 with 30% counterpart from the barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs). Cataingan is one of the new twenty (20) municipalities qualifying under the expansion of Kalahi-CIDSS in 2012. ###jmarbella


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