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Pantawid Pamilya Marinduque nagbigay-handog sa mga estudyante ng Tambunan Elementary School


Boac, Marinduque – Namahagi ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng Marinduque ng mga bagong tsinelas mula sa Yakult Employees Credit Cooperative sa tulong ni Atty. Paul Malapote sa 64 monitored na bata ng programa sa Tambunan Elementary School sa Boac, Marinduque noong Enero 22, 2018.

Layunin ng inisyatibong ito na magbigay-saya sa mga bata na pumapasok sa eskwelahan ng walang sapatos o tsinelas kahit na laging maputik sa lugar at mahirap ang daanan.

Sa inisyatibo nina Municipal Link Marja Fababaer, Social Welfare Assistant Aldin Pineda, at Provincial Grievance/Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Tin Paras, nakipag-ugnayan sila sa punung-guro ng eskwelahan na si OIC Cleobilly J. Valentino upang maisakatuparan ang pagbibigay-handog sa mga batang ito. ###


Photos grabbed from Pantawid Marinduque FB Page


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Ulirang Parent Leader: A Woman of Action and Compassion  

Norma L. Somodio of Bansud, Oriental Mindoro is the firat Ulirang Parent Leader of Pantawid Pamilya MIMAROPA

The Anticipated Encounter

It was a sunny afternoon that day but overlooking the mountain we were heading to, dark clouds were forming, signaling a rain. We rode a tricycle from the Municipal Hall of Bansud to the barangay hall of Conrazon to make a courtesy call to Brgy. Captain Wilson C. Mirano. We requested assistance to him to get to Sitio Dyandang to visit the Tadyawan Mangyans. However, when we got there, Kap Wilson told us that we might not be able to continue our visit because the water in the river we will be crossing is rough and is about waist level. It will also take us almost 8 hours of walking to reach the Mangyan’s village and we might not be able to get back immediately. Moreover, a typhoon is approaching which will hit the province and we can get stranded. Hence, he suggested us to meet with the Mangyans in Sitio Abokado which is nearer.  We feared that we might not be able to contact them due poor cellular service in their area, but when we called them to tell them the new plan, they said that they were already waiting for us in Sitio Abokado. We rushed to the area to start our interview since it’s getting late and we want them to get back to their village before the sun goes down.

We rode with Kap Wilson in his truck and we traverse over smooth and rough roads. The road development is still undone, making it hard for vehicles to travel the area. Yet, the landscape was astonishing as we get to Sitio Abokado. After a 30-minute ride, we already saw the group of Mangyans approaching us. One of them, smiling widely is Ate Norma, the reason for our visit.

Ate Norma Somodio, is the very first winner of the Regional Search for Ulirang Parent Leader which commenced last September 2017. On the day of her awarding, which is during the Regional Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children, I talked to her about taking an interview with her so she can share with me her story and the story of her community. The MAT-leader of Bansud, Darleen Lolong, suggested to meet with her in their house in the municipality but Ate Norma insisted that we go to their sitio so that we can see their condition. As a result, we planned our travel to the area.

We proceeded with the interview in the area where they conduct their family development sessions (FDS). Since Sitio Dyandang is very far, the beneficiaries go down to the mountains to attend their FDS in Sitio Abokado.

Among the five nominees of the Search, Ate Norma has been recognized due to her utmost determination to help not only her cluster but also other IP clusters in their area to uplift their lives through connecting them with support and intervention given by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. According to her, being a parent leader is such a great instrument for her to become an effective and a better person. It did not only benefit her family but it also opened doors to opportunities and personal growth for her.


Discovering the Roots

I asked Ate Norma to describe to us the family she grew up with. She told us that she is the 5th among the 12 children of her parents, born and raised in Sitio Dyandang as a member of Tadyawan Mangyan tribe. Her parents both worked in the farm. She did not acquire any formal education as she was asked by her mother to help her in taking care of her siblings and attending to their farm. Ate Norma’s eyes became gloomy as she continued her story. She said that she sometimes envies her siblings since she was the only one to stay at home with their parents. She really wanted to go to school but even if she tries to, her mother would not permit it. She was only able to attend non-formal education when she was older through different organizations that visit their community. Still, she is very proud of her five siblings who were able to graduate in college and are now working as professional workers.

Ate Norma married at a young age in a tribal wedding with her husband, Ayro. The two were blessed with three children namely Nelsie, Nelson, and Adela. They have been a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya for almost eight years. As a member of the IP community without any formal knowledge, Ate Norma is truly thankful for the program as it gave her a chance to explore her capabilities being a leader.

According to Ate Norma, she has been taking the responsibility of a Parent Leader for eight years to her IP members in Sitio Dyandang. To help her fellow IP beneficiaries who are not good in understanding Tagalog, she translates their module in their ethnic dialect. Seeing her potential, she became a trained facilitator of the FDS under iHelp, Inc., one of the partner-CSOs of the program. She also said that there have been many changes in their community since the implementation of the program especiallyss on personal hygiene and cleanliness. Ate Norma proudly said that IPs in their community are now having the initiative to clean not only their homes but also their surroundings.

Through their income in farming, Ate Norma and her husband are able to send their children to school. Their family has been an inspiration to other IPs as they were the first in their community to send their children to college and vocational school. Their eldest child, Nelsie is currently a Third Year College student taking up BS in Elementary Education at the Innovative College of Science and Technology in Bongabong. The second child, Nelson, is a vocational student taking Automotive Service NCC II at Simeon Suan Vocational Technological College in Bansud. The youngest, Adela, is a Grade 9 student of Pagasa National High School.


A True Leader

During the conduct of our interview, Ate Norma was accompanied by two other Mangyans who are part of her cluster. Since Ate Norma cannot recall all of her community initiatives and participations, the two other beneficiaries told us how Ate Norma helps their IP community. According to them, she assists mothers to their monthly health visits and educates everyone on the importance of good personal hygiene. She is also an advocate of children’s right that is why she assists parents in the registration of their children in the Municipal Civil Registrar. She also encourages parents to send their children to school because she believes that an educated child can go far and can be able to reach his/her dreams. Since she was not able to have formal education, it has always been her desire to see her children graduate and be successful in their chosen career.

Before being a parent leader, Ate Norma told us that she was not very active and participative of any community movement. But, seeing the many issues and challenges their community faces, she became determined to help their community for its betterment. From being a simple housewife, she stepped out to let herself be an advocate to bring changes in other lives of her fellow IP beneficiaries. In fact, she became a dedicated community volunteer and advocate of gender and development. She is always willing to advice and refer women victim of abuse to different departments and agencies to report their cases. She became a volunteer of the construction of the school building in Dyandang Elementary School.

Ate Norma is also a member of the Community Health Team, who assists the community members with regards to health concerns. She is responsible with the deworming of children, weight and height monitoring, and assisting and reporting of pregnant women. With her initiative, she led her members in the community clean-up drive of Bansud River in Brgy. Conrazon. She also coordinated with several private and public organizations to provide seminars and trainings to their IP group. The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and other barangay officials also seek her help to coordinate with other IPs in their community when providing services and facing other concerns. She encourages her members to plant food in their backyard so that they can have alternative source of food. She also advises her members not to rely on the program, but find ways to obtain sustainable income.


Dreaming Forward

For my final question, I asked Ate Norma about her dreams and her aspirations. “Gusto ko lang talaga ma’am na makatapos ang mga anak ko. Para naman sa aming komunidad, sana mas magkaroon kami ng maayos na daan kung hindi man kami mapupuntahan sa taas lalo na ng mga guro,” she answered.

I asked her once again if she has a dream only for herself but she just responded selflessly with, “wala naman na po akong mahihiling pa para sa sarili ko. Ang gusto ko na lang po ay ang para sa mga anak ko.

Sayang Ma’am, sana nakapunta kayo sa amin sa Dyandang para makita ninyo ang sitwasyon namin doon,” Ate Norma said as I wrapped up the interview. She is eager to invite us to their community to see the changes brought through the help of the program as well as other challenges that are yet to be overtaken.


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Kaunlaran Para Sa Mga Mangyan Ng Katimugang Mindoro

Ud may halawon malngan

Ud may ma-adalinan

Hanggan tig idalinan

Bunulan maburi wan

(Wala pong karupukan

Di dapat manghinayang

Dahil masisilayan

Yaong buling gandahan)

Isa sa mga stanza ng Ambahang Balay ng Mangyan (Pitogo, Mangyan Heritage Center)


Ang mga Mangyan ang sinasabing unang grupong katutubo na nanirahan sa isla ng Mindoro. Mayroon silang pitong tribo: ang Iraya, Alangan, Tadyawan, Tau-Buhid, Buhid, Hanuno, at Ratagnon. Mayroong iba pang tribong Mangyan na hindi pa lubos na kinikilala dahil sila ay sinasabing naninirahan sa pinaka sulok ng mga kabundukan ng Mindoro. Ito ang mga tribong Bangon at Gubatnon.

Ang tawag na Mangyan ay nagmula sa pagtawag ng mga kastila sa katutubo na “mangmang”. Kinalaunana ay naging “Mangyan” ang tawag sa kanila, pinaikling “Mangmang yan”. Karamihan sa mga Mangyan ay naninirahan sa kabundukan ngunit mayroon rin na naninirahan sa kapatagan. Agrikultura ang kanilang pangunahing pangkabuhayan, partikular na ang pagtatanim sa pamamagitan ng pag kakaingin, pangunguha ng mga halamang ugat, at pangangaso.

Sa paglipas ng panahon ay unti-unti na ring nakikisalamuha ang mga Mangyan sa mga dayuhan o mga tagalog na kung tawagin nila ay “damuong”. Hindi kaila na hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay nakakaranas parin ng diskriminasyon, pang-aapi, at pang- aagaw ng lupa ang mga katutubong Mangyan.  Upang maiwasan na ang mga ito, bumuo ng samahan ang mga Mangyan upang mapaiglaban at mapangalagaan ang kanilang lupaing ninuno. Isa na rito ang grupo ng HAGURA Mangyan.

Sa katimugan ng Kanlurang Mindoro sa bayan ng Magsaysay ay matatagpuan ang mga tribo ng Mangyan na Hanonoo, Ratagnon, at Gubatnon na bumubuo sa samahang HAGURA. Ang mga Hanonoo ay karaniwang nakatira sa bundok, samantala ang mga Ratagnon naman ay nakatira sa kapatagan. Ang mga Gubatnon, sa kabilang banda ang sinasabing pinaka matapang sa mga tribo ng Mangyan na sinasabing pinaghalong Gubatnon at Ratagnon.

Mahirap ang pinagdaanan ng kanilang tribo, wika ni Pady, isa sa mga miyembro ng HAGURA. Ayon sakanya ay dumanas sila ng pang-mamaliit sa mga ‘damuong’ na kinalaunan ay naging daan upang sila ay ma-organisa at mailabas ang saloobin at maipag laban ang karapatan ng kanilang tribo.

Sa pagdaan ng panahon, iba’t-ibang mga samahan at grupo ang tumulong sa HAGURA. Mayroong mga internasyonal na grupo, mga relihiyosong grupo, at maging ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Magsaysay. Hindi nag-laon at unti-unti na ring kinikilala ng mga damuong ang sistema ng pamunuan ng mga Mangyan sa kani-kanilang tribo.


Sa pagdating ng Kalahi CIDSS sa bayan ng Magsaysay, isa sa mga sinigurado nito ay ang tamang partisipasyon at representasyon ng mga katutubo sa mga Barangay Assemblies. May kultura ang mga katutubong mangyan na kung saan tanging ang nakatatanda o kung tawagin nila ay “mga gurangon” lamang tumatayong representante ng tribo sa mga pulong. Kung kaya naman tinutungo ng mga staff ng Kalahi CIDSS ang kanilang mga tribo, sap ag payag na rin ng mga gurangon, upang doon mas maipakilala ang programa sa mga katutubo.

Sa pag-pili ng pamayanan ng proyekto, hindi maiiwasan na maisantabi ang mga katutubo dahil sa kakaunti nilang representasyon at populasyon kumpara sa mga damuong. Ngunit sa bandang huli ay nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga katutubo na magkaroon ng proyekto sa pagkakaisa at pakikipag tulungan nila sa mga damuong. Ibinahagi ng mga katutubo ang pangangailangan nila upang mapangalagaan ang kanilang lupaing ninuno at mapayabong ang kanilang kultura.

Sa kasalukuyan ay mayroong ipatutupad na proyektong Balay Tirigsunan at isang malaking karatula na nag-sasaad ng sakop ng lupaing ninuno ng HAGURA. Ang Balay Tirigsunan ang magsisilbing lugar kung saan maaaring magpulong, magsanay, at pansamantalang manuluyan ang mga katutubo. Sa kasalukuyan ay sinisimulan nang itayo ang proyekto katuwang ang HAGURA.

Marami pa rin ang kumukwestyon sa kakayanan ng mga Mangyan na mag desisyon lalo na sa larangan ng kaunlaran. Bilang katuwang sa pag-unlad, hindi maiiwasan ng lokal na pamahalaan na minsan ay kwestyunin ang nagiging desisyon ng tribo ng Mangyan pagdating sa pag kakaroon ng mga proyektong pangkaunlaran. Ngunit ayon kay Pady “ang proyekto maliit man o malaki, kung aangkop naman ito at hindi nakakasagasa sa kulturang Mangyan ay tanggap ng samahan.”

Aminado si Pady na malaking kakulangan parin sa mga tribong nasa kabundukan ang mga proyektong pangkabuhayan. Ayon sakanya, mayroong mga tribo na umaangat-angat ang kabuhayan at mayroon ring mga salat sa kabuhayan at edukasyon. Sa ngayon ayon kay Pady, ay patuloy ang gagawin nilang pakikipag ugnayan sa LGU at sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan at siya ay lubos na naniniwala na sila ay mapapakinggan dahil sila ay na-organisa na bilang isang grupo. “Kung ang mga katutubong pamayanan ay organisado at may boses ay maaayos ang kanilang pamayanan.” Wika ni Pady.

Sa kabilang dako ay nagpahiwatig naman ng pag suporta ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Magsaysay sa pagpapatayo ng mga bahay paanakan sa lupain ng mga Mangyan upang hindi na mahirapan ang mga ito na magtungo pa sa bayan sa mga panahong mayroong ina na nag dadalang tao sa kanilang tribo.


“Ak way mamaslakayan

Sa uyayi rinikman

Agod mahimanmanan

Kang maglinyawan banban”

(Muli Sanang Mahimlay

Sa banayad kong duyan

Nang tuna’y pong mapagmasdan

Pagyabong ko’t kariktan)

Isang stanza mula sa Ambahang Alaala ng mga Mangyan (Pitogo, Mangyan Heritage Center)




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SLP Beneficiaries receive 93 Starter kits for Butterfly Project

To further capacitate the beneficiaries of the butterfly project, the Sustainable Livelihood Program distributed 93 starter kits to the barangays of Boac including Caganhao, Tugos, Canat and Boi.

The beneficiaries were given nets and plywood as materials for their chosen livelihood. They have also undergone an enhancement training to ensure that they have the full knowledge in butterfly industry.

The beneficiaries were lucky enough to be trained by the exporters of butterfly. Some of the topics discussed are the standard quality and varieties of in-demand butterfly. This partnership hopes to link them to growers and potential buyers.

The skills training comes with the provision of starter kits to improve the productivity and profitability of the participants in the hopes of their economic sufficiency.



Adonis T. Analista, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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Cooperative Development Authority conducts Capacity Building to SLP-assisted Project

On January 11, 2018, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) conducted a capacity building activity to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP)-assisted project in Bangbangalon, Boac, Marinduque.

Bangbangalon Consumers Cooperative is an organized SLP Association which was developed into cooperative to engage in catering and feeds retailing.

Mr. Rey Evangelista, a CDA staff, conducted a reorientation about the definition and importance of cooperatives, and roles of officers and members. He also held a coaching and mentoring session for the participants to better understand the value of cooperatives in the micro-enterprise development. He emphasized that it is the members of cooperative who could bring success to the cooperative more than the other way around.

The extent of the cooperative’s achievement depends on their synergetic perseverance. Transparency and increasing membership is also a top secret for the longevity of their organization.

CDA provides technical assistance to SLP-assisted cooperatives as part of their commitment to the Provincial NGANI partnership of Marinduque dated April 12, 2016 to work hand-in-hand in helping communities prosper economically.


Adonis T. Analista, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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An Empowered Woman’s Secret to a Successful Piggery

The part of women and its contributions to culture should never be underestimated in this predominantly male-controlled culture, like in the Philippines. Women-led organizations in the government, non-government organization, and private sector have molded and influenced national issues pertaining to governance and other economic-related happenings. More women and women organizations are now playing a proactive role towards national development. One good example is one Sustainable Livelihood Program Association based in Brgy. La Curva, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. The SLPA is an all-women group composed of hog raisers and has been contributing economically to their barangay. This is the story of Teresita “Nanay Tere” Salde who chose to be an empowered woman.

Hog raising in the Philippines has been a profitable business for Filipinos through the decades. Its fame is obviously seen among backyards of rural families. An average Filipino usually raises a small number of pigs to supplement their daily needs. While both parents are busy with their work, children may help in raising a few piglets until they reach their merchantable age. No wonder, more hogs are produced in backyards compared to commercial swine raisers. In Barangay La Curva, it was acknowledged during the conduct of Participatory Livelihood Issue Analysis that there are Pantawid Partner Beneficiaries engaged in backyard hog raising. Usually, traders in the municipality especially public market pork dealers roam within the barangay to buy hogs.

Nanay Tere having no background in agronomy and getting involved onto it is no longer new. She thought that there are lot of enthusiasts all over the world into farming acquiring direct knowledge and involvement thru experiments, pushed by their own advocacy. Through time, she was able to apply such belief in swine raising.

Meant to be a farmer and a lot more, coming across a program of Department of Social Welfare and Development about livelihood and training is almost a surprise to her. Nanay Tere’s interest on pig farming started way back 2008. However, this faded because no one could lead her to an agency that provides training. In 2016, the craving hit again but this time it was purely unintentional.

Going back to the program, she was able to get a short training on livestock raising. Acquiring the basics on pig production and being a member in an organization put her desire in place. It was a perfect timing. Since then, Nanay Tere’s desire to pursue pig raising never left her. In 2016, she started her small farm in La Curva with 3 weaners for fattening from the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD. She applied the feeding technique for swine she learnt at the training. Growth was good but transportation and feed cost pulled the profit. She lost enthusiasm that she almost wanted to quit.

At the moment, revenue is to be realized and even costs are piling up. Nanay Tere did not lose hope. She trusted that God is gracious to the one who preserve His land and the ecosystem. Despite the trials she bumped into due to barriers such as the existing market and operational expenses, she still pursued her business endeavor. As a whole, it is financially and emotionally draining for her.

The Basic Training on Swine Raising was a great help on her decision to put up a farm. “SLP is an enabler”, she added. Being a mother of seven, daily subsistence is really a struggle. But because of having hogs in her backyard, she was able to support their daily expenses and use some of the profit during emergency. She shared that there was a time when her youngest son was diagnosed with dengue and at the same day, she was bitten by a cat wherein free vaccine was not available. The pigs were her lifeline. All the medical expenses came from her small swine business.

“Moved by morals, I’m gaining while losing but at the end of the race, I am winning!” ends Nanay Tere.


Jaime V. Castillo Jr., Project Development Officer II, Occidental Mindoro

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Sustaining Livelihood through Enriched Skills and Social Responsibility

“When you are doing things that you consider precious, in turn, gives the best results for you. What results? Those that can’t, by any existing currencies, be bought, say, happiness, fulfillment and respect.” Ms. Myrna D. Blaza is a native from La Curva, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. She was raised from a family whose everyday survival lies on farming and backyard pig raising. Though exposed to tremendous epidemics and various unnecessary encounters, her love for pigs has never faded; hereby strengthened and remained still through years instead.

Right after marriage, she instantly ventured on pig farming. It was the time when she asked her husband to build a small pig house for her to operate and manage. Her being exposed to her parents’ chores as pig raisers and farmers armed her the necessary skills and knowledge relevant to survive a pig business. Eventually, she maneuvered the overall operation of her small business.

Though well-armed already of knowledge and practice on hog raising, she is still open to innovative ideas that can improve her skills in the said venture. Indeed, one of her very remarkable traits is a successful swine raiser. The provision of additional pigs from the Sustainable Livelihood Program of Department of Social Welfare and Development is not only a help for Nanay Myrna but also a challenge to consider. She feels that she has a social responsibility to fulfill in making the said project successful. Truly, she was able to live on her words knowing that the pigs given to her initially on May 2016 was properly taken care of. Hence, she was able to sell and buy new ones.

A mother always wants the best for the family no matter what expense she gets in doing so. Likely, Nanay Myrna did all she can for the welfare of her children. She believes that the quality and overall condition of the family reflects how good the mother is in providing their needs. Just like in swine management, the health and productivity of pigs are correlated to how best their handlers are in managing them. Though with seven children, Nanay Myrna was able to contribute to their needs. As fruits of her labor, she was able to support her children’s financial expenses even if they already have their own family. She also shared that there are many notable benefits this kind of business can offer. One is that when her daughter-in-law had a very critical condition during her child delivery wherein she had to sell her two fully-grown pigs to pay for the medical expenses.

Above all these things, Nanay Myrna thanks God for pouring her life with plenty of blessings and love which she then shared to her family she cherished most.


Jaime V. Castillo Jr., Project Development Officer II, Occidental Mindoro

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Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos 2018 New Year’s Call

According to Pope Francis, New Year’s Day marks two important observances on the Catholic Calendar: One is the World day of Peace, established by blessed Pope Paul Vi in 1967, and the other is the great feat of Mary as the Mother of God.

He emphasized, “Mary is exactly what God wants us to be, what he wants his Church to be: a Mother who is tender and lowly, poor in material goods and rich in love, free of sin and united to Jesus, keeping God in our hearts and our neighbor in our lives,” he said.

My dearest colleagues, as public servants who have great mission to help and protect the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged and promote their overall well-being, let us reflect on the message of our Pope and let this be our guide for this fresh new year.

Let us have a mother’s heart — welcome 2018!

Looking Back to Year 2017

A new year brings new expectations, goals and hopes, and with this I know that everyone of us has great anticipation as to what will come in the year ahead us.

But before that, let us look back on the journey that we have traversed last year.

Our voyages were not smooth sailing — humongous waves and unexpected events have dared us from time to time.

As we all know, captain of our ship has changed in the middle of our expedition. Judy Taguiwalo was not confirmed which tested the stability of the whole department. Also, various issues such ‘shame list’ which divulged the unliquidated funds of Supplementary Feeding Program, fake rice of Pantawid Pamilya, delayed cash grants of Emergency Shelter Assistance etc. have continuously shaken our peace and amity.

Also, before the year ends, Typhoon Urduja and Vinta during holidays also triggered our beneficiaries in MIMAROPA which tested our Quick Response Team and our Disaster Management Unit.

But despite the challenges that we have encountered, we remained resilient and bounced back from all the rollers and breakers which hit us so hard.

And with this, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you.

I know all of your sacrifices: the extra hours you spent in the office for free; the sleepless nights you’ve experienced just to beat the deadline; and the weekends and holidays you’ve missed in order to ensure that the needs of our clients were provided.

Without your hard work, cooperation, passion and commitment to serve our partner-beneficiaries, and most of all without imbibing a mother’s heart, we will not be able to reach our destination.

With this, I am proud to share with you the gigantic fish we’ve harvested and captured due to our diligence and convergence — internally and externally with our partner-stakeholders.

Once again, let me present to you the awards we received last year:

  • Sustainable Livelihood Program
    • Bangon Kabuhayan 2017 Hall of Famer
      • MANHAK Blue Crab Fattening of Looc Romblon:

Champion, Micro-enterprise category

  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
    • National Exemplary Child 2017
      • Grade 8 student Jecille Arah M. Costales, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program-MIMAROPA child grantee from Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro was selected as this year’s grand winner of the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2017.
    • Gawad Paglilingkod sa Samabayanan (GAPAS) Award
      • Model LGU Implementing Day Care Services:

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

  • Model LGU Implementing KALAHI-CIDSS:

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

  • Model LGU Implementing Protective Program and Services:

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

  • LGU Implementing Outstanding Sustainable Micro-enterprise Development Model:

Taytay, Palawan

  • Gawad Kalasag
    • DSWD MIMAROPA received the Gawad Kalasag for rendering exemplary contributions in promoting and implementing significant DRRM-Climate Change Adaptation programs and innovations that build community resiliency.

Congratulations to all of you. You deserve all the praise and recognition for bringing our region in the limelight and center stage of public servants.

Great Expectations and Hopes for 2018

Now, let us confidently move forward while carrying the lessons of the past. I know that this year, like every one, will still bring hurdles and impediments. But I know that we will face these obstacles with grit and fervor so we will overcome it with ease.

For 2018, I have steadfast hopes for our partner-beneficiaries, that they will have a better life, free from poverty and hunger. And for all of you my dearest colleagues, I have unwavering hope, that you will keep sailing in order to serve, support and love them unconditionally.

Again, just like what Pope Francis said, “let us all continue having a mother’s heart, one which knows how to keep the tender love of God and to feel the heartbeat of all around us.”

Again, may you have a prosperous new year filled with all good blessings. Happy New Year!

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