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Stakeholders to focus on education and livelihood

Discussion onsite. DSWD Regional Director leads the discussion on how the various stakeholders can provide more assistance and services to the community.

Discussion onsite. DSWD Regional Director leads the discussion on how the various stakeholders can provide more assistance and services to the community.

MAGSAYSAY, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – Officials and representatives of various government agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) attended the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Onsite Field Visit last March 25-27, 2014. The activity initiated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) aims to converge the different programs and services of the various partner-agencies and CSOs to ensure the development in the lives of the poor and vulnerable.

Mandato ng gobyerno na tayo ay magkita-kita upang gumawa ng mga polisiya upang lalo pang matulungan ang ating mga kababayan,” said DSWD Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos. She also said that through this activity, stakeholders can evaluate the delivery and effectiveness of programs implemented.

The participants visited six areas in four barangays: Paclolo, Laste, Calawag and Nicolas. They observed a Family Development Session and visited a health center, interacted with partner-beneficiaries and addressed concerns on provision of assistance.

Various infrastructure projects were also visited such as high school building, potable water system and box culverts created through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) project. Moreover, a family working in a furniture business with the assistance of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) gave stakeholders a deeper understanding of how convergence works and changes a household and the whole community in turn. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also informed them that they can provide technical trainings such as furniture design to further improve their skills.

Prioritizing Indigenous People (IP) 

An encounter with the IP partner-beneficiaries was one of the highlights of the visit. The participants were able to interview the IPs on the

Encounter with IPs. IP partner-beneficiaries voice out their issues and concerns on education and livelihod in their community.

Encounter with IPs. IP partner-beneficiaries voice out their issues and concerns on education and livelihod in their community.

pressing issues they are facing. They tackled issues on infrastructure such as provision of health and educational facilities, farm-to-market road and livelihood. The local government can be tapped in providing infrastructures with the help of Kalahi-CIDSS while its municipal agricultural office also committed to give seeds to IP families to help them start planting crops.

It also focuses on reaching the IP students in their areas and providing an opportunity to finish college through scholarships. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) offered their programs where grantees are entitled to an allowance or refer them to TESDA for vocational and technical courses. The DSWD through the Pantawid Pamilya will provide names of IP partner-beneficiaries to the said agencies to avail the scholarships, however, it was recommended that the required passing grade be reduced from 85 to 80 percent to increase the number of grantees.

Furthermore, IP areas such as a spring named “Bukal” in Barangay Nicolas will be lobbied by the NCIP together with the local government to the Department of Tourism (DOT) for accreditation as tourist spot. This will help boost tourism in the municipality as well as incur livelihood to the people in the barangay.

Sharing the right information

Current status of the DSWD programs and services and interventions of the partner-agencies and CSOs were presented. It was emphasized that provinding right information allows for the agencies to properly assess the needs of the people and community. “If we have the right information, we can coordinate and converge better,” said Governor’s Executive Assistant Romy Ruiz.

“Information is power,” as Dir. Naviamos stressed, and to be able to provide better services to the people, it was agreed that it should be shared and coordinated. One resource of the DSWD MiMaRoPa, its Supply-Side Assessment (SSA) mapping, where accurate data about availability of educational and health facilities are found, is shared to other stakeholders to highlight what services can be offered to specific areas.

The field visit is one of the many venues where DSWD, with the help of various stakeholders, continues to provide quality service to the people by working together to achieve their dreams and realize their full potential.

The RAC Onsite field visit was attended by the DSWD regional and provincial staff, DOST, DOT, NCIP, TESDA, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, Commission on Population, PhilHealth, PLAN International, iHELP, and Ministries without Borders.  ###

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More than 10,000 IPs participate in first MiMaRoPa Family Camp

Song and Dance. Participants of Bgy. Pahilahan in Pola, Oriental Mindoro offer a song performance before their fellow Family Camp Participants as part of the cultural song and dance segment of the said event.

Song and Dance. Participants of Bgy. Pahilahan in Pola, Oriental Mindoro offer a song performance before their fellow Family Camp Participants as part of the cultural song and dance segment of the said event.

Malate, Manila –Over 10,000 Indigenous Peoples (IPs) from 58 municipalities across MiMaRoPa participated in the recently concluded “Family Camp”, a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program-initiated activity that promotes family development and camaraderie.

The simultaneously conducted event included an in-depth discussion on responsible parenthood and children’s rights. The discussions aim to shape the knowledge and know-how of the participants to better improve their familial and societal relationships.

Gusto nating bigyang importansiya ang pagpapatatag ng relasyon ng bawat miyembro ng pamilya sa kabuuan ng pagbabago sa isang komunidad,” said Regional Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Focal Maricel Magcamit. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) capacitates the basic unit of society to help attain holistic development to support societal transformation.

One IP community from Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) in each municipality was chosen. GIDAs are hard-to-reach areas  where most services are inaccessible and where most of the IP communities reside. “Naniniwala tayo na sa pamamagitan ng mga gawain na ito ay mapapakita natin lalo na sa mga kababayan nating katutubo na kabilang sila sa mga nais abutin at layuning bigyang-tulong ng DSWD,” said Regional Program Coordinator Vincent Dominic Obcena.

In the municipality of San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro, Tribal Chieftain Larry Camalig of Sitio Arigoy, Brangay Calangatan said in his opening remarks, “Maganda ang programa (Pantawid Pamilya) ninyo kasi narating ninyo kami dito sa aming lugar at nakikita naming inaabot ninyo kami.”

To create a more learning-conducive environment, workshops that included games that allow for fun learning and discussions. “We devised workshops that do not simply follow a lecture type of discussions, but with fun games as well. This is to have a more interactive and entertaining learning activities for the participants,” said Maricel Magcamit.

The family camps were conducted in selected municipalities of Palawan, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro and Romblon. ###

 

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DSWD to include more than 10,000 social pensioners for 2015

DSWD staff visits the residence of social pensioners who are physically weak to move to another place to deliver their financial subsidy.

DSWD staff visits the residence of social pensioners who are physically weak to move to another place to deliver their financial subsidy.

Culion, Palawan –Over 100 senior citizens in this municipality received a Php6,000- financial assistance through the Social Pension (SocPen) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), last March 04, 2015.

In the continuous effort to provide social protection programs to all sectors of the society, DSWD MiMaRoPa started its distribution of the monthly stipend for the identified senior citizen beneficiaries of the region. According to Nerissa Nario, Social Pension Focal of the region, the department distributed the entire subsidy for the year 2014, which has previously been done on a quarterly basis. “We are distributing the entire year’s subsidy at once to enable to provide for their medical and basic needs,” she said.

DSWD have also paid all beneficiaries who have failed to receive their subsidy for the year 2013, in full. “Malaking halaga ito para sa mga katulad naming matanda na at wala ng kakayahang magtrabaho,” said Virginia Abina, 83 years old. She further added that the amount she received will be used for her medicinal needs and food supplements.

Expanding the coverage

The department is planning to reduce the age requirement for social pensioners to 75 years old to include more beneficiaries this year. Listahanan, the DSWD’s arm that identifies beneficiaries for its program is set to conduct the second round validation on the second quarter of the year. “We are fully confident that the number of beneficiaries for social pension will increase after the completion of the second round validation,” said Nario.

There are more than 28,000 pensioners in the region to date and the number is expected to increase by more than 10,000 this year.###

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LGUs in MiMaRoPa strengthen commitment to Kalahi-CIDSS

Malate, Manila-Thirty seven municipalities across MiMaRoPa participated in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region MiMaRoPa’s Local Government Units (LGU) Forum, part of the Disaster Response Operation Procedures (DROP) implemented through the Kalahi-CIDSS Program, held at Tagaytay City, February 27. The key milestones achieved in the gathering were the updates on the status of the Kalahi-CIDSS program implementation and setting of targets for year 2015.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Community Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a poverty alleviation program of the department that is aimed at improving local governance, providing the community members access to social services, and increasing their participation towards the improvement of their own lives.

COMMITMENT-SETTING. Local Chief Executives across MiMaRoPa signed their commitment to Kalahi-CIDSS giving their constituents more access to social services, improved local governance, and opportunities to participate in informed decision-making for their communities

COMMITMENT-SETTING. Local Chief Executives across MiMaRoPa signed their commitment to Kalahi-CIDSS giving their constituents more access to social services, improved local governance, and opportunities to participate in informed decision-making for their communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Gains are the experiences of participation and involvement of the communities,” said Hon. Leila M. Arboleda, Looc, Romblon Mayor and champion of Kalahi-CIDSS. Looc, Romblon has implemented 13 community projects in three consecutive years.

“Ang tunay na kapangyarihan ng mamamayan ay nararamdaman ko, nalalasahan ko, nalalasap ko at ito ay may kasaysayan, [The real empowerment of the community is felt and is part of the history] said Wilma D. Naviamos, Regional Director of DSWD, Region IV-MiMaRoPa, as she speaks for the communities and discusses the intangible results of the Kalahi-CIDSS program especially in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in its 11 years of implementation.

“Yung structures, trophy nila yon, pero yung karanasan nila, nagbago ang pananaw sa sarili at sa kapwa, at may tiwala sa namumuno sa kanila ang nais natin sa programang ito [The structures-community projects- are their trophies but the experience, trust to self and their Local Chief Executives are the desires of the program], she added.

BROKEN BARRIERS. BSPMC Chairperson Linelyn Juanzo and the volunteers of Brgy. Talisay, Calatrava, Romblon struggled to encourage participation from those who lived daily in the corners of their houses and perceived themselves as less important than others. After the one-unit-one classroom building was built, these volunteers received an equal treatment from the teachers and the LGU and gradually broke communication barriers within the vicinity.

BROKEN BARRIERS. BSPMC Chairperson Linelyn Juanzo and the volunteers of Brgy. Talisay, Calatrava, Romblon struggled to encourage participation from those who lived daily in the corners of their houses and perceived themselves as less important than others. After the one-unit-one classroom building was built, these volunteers received an equal treatment from the teachers and the LGU and gradually broke communication barriers within the vicinity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The department also intensifies the impacts of its programs through convergence strategy as discussed in the forum. Through partnership with the LGUs, Civil Society Organizations, and other stakeholders in development, the resources are being maximized, duplication of efforts are reduced at all levels, and processes are being harmonized and synchronized. The department envisions equity wherein no poor will be left behind which could be attained through partnership.

Today, 61 municipalities with 411 members of the Area Coordinating Teams are implementing the program in poor communities and disaster response and rehabilitation to the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected areas across MiMaRoPa. ###

 

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DSWD holds first Livelihood Congress

Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro – More than 700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries marched in the recently conducted graduation rights of SLP Livelihood Congress in this municipality, February 26, 2015.

The congress, titled “Sama-samang Linangin Pangkabuhayan Natin” is a week-long DSWD-led capacity building activity in convergence with the local government unit of Mansalay, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Education (DepEd) and Provincial Tourism, Investments and Enterprise Development Office (PTIEDO).

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD identified more than 700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in 17 barangays for skills enhancement on various fields including: Massage and Reflexology, Tour Guiding, Agricultural Practices, Tanglad Oil Extraction, Ube Pastillas making, Buri extraction, Cosmetology, Haircutting and Fish processing.

The congress, a lecture-cum-application training taught participants of techniques, procedures and skills on their chosen field of expertise. “This is the first time that the region had this kind of simultaneous  capacity building activities, and we will surely conduct the same for other municipalities,” said Domingo V. Agra, Regional Project Development Officer of DSWD-SLP.

In his speech, Mayor Joel Malinaw said that this event is a milestone for their municipality. “Natutuwa ako dahil malaking buti ang maidudulot nito para sa ating lahat, mas mapauunlad nito ang ating pamumuhay” he added. He also announced that the municipality is working a partnership with various stakeholders to assure that employment happens for the attending beneficiaries.

“We have gone through a long process of planning and preparation for this activity, and we are thankful that all concerned stakeholders have been supportive all along,” said Fe Dimaala, Provicial Project Development Officer.

Over Php1.5M was allocated for the said event to enable provision of starte kits for each participants. ###

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