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When Two IPs Unite: Powerful Transformation


He is an Igorot.

She is Mangyan.

Love unites them together.

And they have proven that when two minorities unite, a major and powerful transformation will happen.

Ulirang Nakatatanda

Henry Valdez Sulay, Ulirang Nakatatanda 2015 Awardee.

Henry Valdez Sulay, 74, born in Mt. Province, now a resident of Brgy. Harison Paluan, Occidental Mindoro was 3rd Placer in ‘Ulirang Nakakatanda Award 2015’.

Ulirang Nakatatanda is an annual recognition of the Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-MiMaRoPa to the exemplary attributes, notable efforts and contribution of senior citizens to their personal life, family, community, and fellow senior citizens.

During the validation, Henry told us his love story.

His cheeks blushed and his body shivered every time he recalls the moment he and his wife, Mila Parisan, first met.

“Una ko po siyang nakita noong umakyat kami ng bundok ng kaibigan ko. Nagtitinda po siya noon ng gulay at prutas. Sobrang nabighani po ako sa kanya… Parang na-love at first sight ba. Simula po noon, lagi na akong bumibili sa kanya,” narrated Henry like an inlove teenager.

Known for his dedication and diligence, Henry consistently pursued Mila.

Everyday he visits Mila and helps her in selling fruits and vegetables.

However, their love journey was never easy. Mila’s parents dislike Henry and did everything they can to make him stop from courting their daughter.

“Napakahigpit po talaga nila (magulang ni Mila).  Pinapauwi po agad nila ako at may mga pagsubok na pinapagawa. Ang pinakamahirap po ay ang pagkuha ng Pulot Pukyutan sa itaas ng puno. Tatlo po kaming nanliligaw kay Mila. Yung una eh nahulog sa puno. Yung pangalawa naman eh kinagat ng mga bubuyog. Sa huli po, ako ang nakakuha ng Pulot Pukyutan. Kaya nakuha ko rin ang puso ni Mila,” Henry proudly uttered.

Beehive served as Henry’s trophy.

From then on, Mila’s clan treated him kindly and accepted him as part of their family.

In fact, one day, he was invited to attend a special event.

An event, where in he was the center of celebration. An event that, unknown to him, will change his life forever: his Own Wedding.

He was caught of guard.

But because his pure intention for Mila he accepted wholeheartedly the wedding ceremony and vowed to forever serve and love the IP of his life.


Prosperous Fruits of Love

Henry and Mila’s union gave them intelligent, talented, and amiable six (6) children. All of them are now professionals.

Their eldest, Gloria Sulay, graduated as valedictorian in elementary and salutatorian in High School. She is now working as Mathematics and English teacher at Paluan National High School.

Cecilia Sulay, their second child, graduated BS Computer Science at Rizal Technological Colleges while their third child, Manuel Sulay, took up engineering course and practical electricity.

Their twin children, Joel and Noel Sulay, also gave them double honor and recognition. Joel, is the first Mangyan in Occidental Mindoro who finished engineering. He worked in Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and HUAWEI-Globe Tatoo Company before being the NOC Manager at key Square in Pasig. On the other hand, Noel, worked as principal of one of the private schools in Lucena.

Hariel Sulay, the youngest of their children, finished Associate Electronics Communication Engineering and is now working with Joel.


Sweet, Kind, and Successful Revenge

                Henry and Mila, when they were just starting to build their family, have tasted the cruelty of judgmental and racist people.

“Noong pinakasalan ko po noon si Mila, nilalait po ako ng mga kakilala ko. Habang nagtatanim po ako, sinisigawan po nila ako ng Mangyan… Mangyan…,” recalled Henry who was very downhearted of the harsh treatment.

Even their children have tasted the stigma of being IP.

“ Minsan po umuuwi mga anak ko na umiiyak. Inaaway daw po kasi sila sa school nila dahil Mangyan sila,” narrated Henry.

However, instead of thinking and doing vicious avenge, Henry used all the rude and painful experiences as a fuel to perservere in life.

Henry’s family survived through farm labor. This is their main source of income in supporting the needs of their family and paying the educational expenses of their six children.

Before, there was no elementary school in their area which challenged Henry to send them to a good school to have formal education. For Henry, even when he was still young, education plays a vital role to achieve a successful future.


Mangyans’ Home Sweet Home: a result of powerful and altruistic IP movement

                Henry initiated projects for the Mangyan IP of Paluan. One of which is the Mangyan Dorm in Poblacion of Paluan.

He sought the help of Bishop Apostocial Vicariate of San Jose (AVSJ)and the Parish Priest of Paluan if they can temporarily build a small house inside the church compound so it would be accessible to the elementary schools of Paluan.

“Nakiusap po ako noon sa kaibigan kong Bishop na gumawa ng dormitoryo para sa mga bata.  Buti po at pumayag siya. Malaking tulong po talaga yun,” said Henry.

The bishop approved his request and even helped him in providing school supplies for his children.

He encouraged his fellow Mangyan to also send their children to school to have a brighter future and also to escape from the ruthless treatment of people to them. They responded positively.

Through Henry’s initiatives and Bayanihan system, they built a dormitory inside the Parish compound not only for the students but also for their family who want to visit them.


Dreaming High, Soaring Higher: Power of Mangyan

                Years passed and Henry’s passion in helping his fellow Mangyans did not stop.

He initiated the request to the Occidental Mindoro Division Office of the Department of Education to put a Minority School in their Brgy. Today, Harisson Minority is offering complete education (grade 1 to grade 6) not only for Mangyans but also for the Tagalogs. Also, Henry donated part of his land to the DepEd where this school was constructed.

He also initiated the request survey and distribution of Department of Agrarian reform to the Mangyans of Brgy. Harisson.

Now, he is an active member of Paluan Senior Citizen Association. He persistently encourages Mangyan elders to register in OSCA to fully enjoy their privileges as senior citizens.

It’s all because of Love

Asked what motivates him to serve his fellow Mangyans and senior citizens, Henry answered: LOVE.

First, love for his wife. Even he was born as an Igorot, his commitment to Mila made him a Mangyan by heart. Mila taught him how to love unconditionally and to persevere against all odds. Their union was epic. They have proven that when IPs unite they can generously and sympathetically serve their brothers and sisters.

Also, his love for his children, education and serving others motivated him to create a simple yet powerful movement to help fellow Mangyans acquire educational opportunity and posess a safe haven and to generously serve his fellow senior citizens.

Henry’s altruistic act, exemplary contribution to his family, community ,and fellow senior citizens brought him to be awarded as Ulirang Nakatatanda. ###

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DSWD honors outstanding staff, partners and stakeholders on its 65th anniversary

The Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-MiMaRoPa commemorates its 65th year anniversary through a week-long celebration held from February 15 to 19, 2016.

ARDA Joel S. Mijares led the ribbon cutting of Photo Exhibit.

ARDA Joel S. Mijares led the ribbon cutting of Photo Exhibit.

Themed “DSWD @65: Mga Kwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago”, the launch of the anniversary week was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the “Larawan ng Tagumpay” photo exhibit and the bazaar showcasing products of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) which was available throughout the week.

Staff of the department shared a potluck lunch while being entertained by the Samu’t Saring Mukha ng Buhay Variety Show.

On the second day, groups of DSWD personnel participated in the Runong Social Quiz Show which tested the participants’ knowledge of the department and its programs.


Quiz Show assessed participants’ familiarity about DSWD and its programs.

The third day was a continuation of the variety show while the fourth day promotes the wellness of the staff through the Saliw sa Indayog Zumba session. There were also free spa and skin care services available to the staff for the first three days.

On the last day, DSWD staff along with partners LGU, NGOs, CSO and media capped off the celebration at the Richville Hotel, Mandaluyong City. During the event, employees who have rendered at least 10 years of service were given the Loyalty Award for their immeasurable commitment, dedication and hard work. Partners and stakeholders who have continuously joined hands with the region along social welfare and development endeavours also received plaques of appreciation from the department.


ASEC Rodolfo M. Santos and ARDO Floreceli G. Gunio awarded the Loyalty Plaque to RD Wilma D. Naviamos for her 35 years of service and commitment to DSWD.

The loyalty awardees were Jessie A. Cadalso, for 20 years of service; Helen B. Alcoba and Eliseo G. Umali, Jr., for 25 years of service; Florefe Y. Dimaala and Rosalinda C. Mejorada, for 30 years of service and Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos for 35 years of service.

The title of Best Functioning Team was given to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro and the Best Convergence Initiative was awarded to the Municipal Action Team of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. Fifty-two (52) municipalities of Region IV-MiMaRoPa were given the Seal of Friendly Local Governance.

Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro received the award for LGU with the Most Number of Accredited Day Care Centers/Day Care Workers while the Longest Serving Day Care Worker award was given to Mirriam M. Sabavaro of Lupac Day Care.


Loyalty Awardees of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa.

The department also recognized the volunteers who assisted in the relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Nona. Individuals from the Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Coast Guard Batangas Station, Smart Inc., Core Motorcycle Club and URAC Motorcycle Club received certificates of recognition for their service.


Ribbon cutting and blessing of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa’s new vehicles.

Lastly, partners from the media were given the Gawad Ulat Awards. The awardees were Ms. Gudula G. Sarsagat of Radyo ng Bayan; Ms. Melanie E. Lagrana of DWXR KALAHI; Mr. Romeo G. Media of TV Net; Ms. Gemma Q. Cacas of TV Patrol; Mr. Gerald Ticke of Palawan Times; Mr. Jose M. Leuterio of Mindoro Bulletin; and Mr. Paul Jaysent Fos of Romblon News.

The week-long celebration of DSWD commemorates the establishment of the department and the dedicated employees, partners and stakeholders to the achievement of its mission, vision and goals. ### (Janina Myn Villapando)



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DSWD enhances BUB implementation in Palawan

Puerto Princesa, Palawan—The Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Implementation Support Mission on February 17-20, 2016 in the different municipalities of Palawan.

The event generated discussions regarding the good practices and the constraints and difficulties affecting the implementation of BUB projects. It also initiated the agreement on the implementation timetable and the support needed to accelerate program implementation.

Attending participants were divided into groups that visited projects in different municipalities in Palawan. Staff of the three programs of the department implementing BUB projects, namely, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Protective Services Bureau (PSB) with Municipal and Provincial Action Team (MAT and PAT) leaders visited their respective projects and conducted focus group discussions (FGD).

Ms. Bernadette Mapue, Social Welfare Officer IV of the Operations and Programs Group-Promotive Programs, on behalf of Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin, visited Kalahi-CIDSS implemented BUB projects in the municipalities of Narra and Quezon, Palawan, together with and representatives from the DSWD Central Office. Kalahi-CIDSS implemented BuB projects in Narra and Quezon. The SLP group were in Brooke’s Point while the PSB visited projects in Puerto Princesa City.


Volunteers of of Narra (top) and Quezon (bottom), Palawan sharing their experiences and the challenges they overcame during the FGD

On the last day of the event, the participants gathered to share the information they gathered during the FGDs regarding the challenges faced by the stakeholders, their observations and recommendations in the implementation of the BUB projects.

BUB is a project that is designed to make the planning and budgeting process more participatory, strengthen the convergence of the delivery of national services in the community and provide a balance in the identification of priorities

Deputy National Program Manager of SLP, Cathy Racho wraped-up the event and offered an inspiring message to all the participants. “Ang pagbabago nagssisimula sa ating lahat, kaya magsama-sama tayo tungo sa pagbabago,” she said.

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City Government of Calapan inks partnership with DSWD’s Listahanan

CALAPAN CITY- For the purpose of expanding the delivery of social protection programs in this city, the Local Government of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Data Sharing of list of poor households with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa.

With this agreement, Listahanan database, a mechanism of identifying poor families in need of social protection program and services, will be shared to the stakeholders.

List of non-poor and poor households or families identified from the 2015 household assessment result will be provided. Sectoral data such as senior citizens, children and youth, women, person with disability and Indigenous Peoples are also available.

“To ensure that the data is used for its intended purposes, the Local Government Unit will submit a data utilization report on how the list of poor are utilized,” Regional Coordinator Ernie Jarabejo said.

Calapan and Puerto Princesa, the two urban cities in MiMaRoPa have now both signed agreements with DSWD.

To date, 13 LGUs in Oriental Mindoro forged partnership with the Department and 78 total of MOAs from various national, local government, Civil Society Organizations and academe regionwide.

Aside from data sharing,  LGUs will support the advocacy in popularizing Listahanan in their respective areas said Jarabejo. ###

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DSWD records 472 cases of children in conflict with the law in MiMaRoPa


DSWD Director, Wilma Naviamos explains clearly the role of the LGUs in protecting the CICL that are detained in jail due to their committed crimes.

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa identifies 472 cases of children in conflict with the law (CICL) in MiMaRoPa region for 2015.

In the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee Meeting yesterday at the department’s regional office, DSWD presented that the top three cases of CICL recorded regionwide are theft with 37 percent, rape with ten percent and robbery with eight percent.

There are 248 cases of CICL in Palawan, 103 cases in Oriental Mindoro, 70 cases in Marinduque, 31 cases Occidental Mindoro, and 20 cases in Romblon.

CICL refers to a child below 18 years old, who is alleged, accused or adjudged as committing an offense under the Philippine laws.

“As an intervention, the Juvenile Justice Welfare (JJW) Act of 2006 established a comprehensive juvenile justice and welfare system which creates inter-agency council composed of government agencies and Non-Government Organizations,” said Rosa Fe Roxas, JJW Regional Focal Person.

The JJW aims to lead a community that promotes and protects the rights of children at risk and children in conflict with the law under a restorative justice and welfare system.

With this, CICL are provided with counselling and/or placed under a diversion program or a government’s community services. For heavy crimes such as rape or murder, the child is detained in youth detention centers to be provided supervision, literacy education, values formation and livelihood programs including the parents while waiting court disposition of their cases.

To date, four centers are established regionwide to cater said cases: two facilities in Mindoro, another two centers in the province of Palawan.

Meanwhile, the Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Committee is chaired by the DSWD and is mandated to ensure that the law and its implementing rules and regulations are being implemented efficiently and effectively at all levels of government.

Its members are Philippine National Police, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local government, National Youth Commission, Council for the Welfare and Children, Regional Prosecutor’s Office, Regional Public Attorney’s Office and the League of municipalities, cities, barangays and its extended partner-member like the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. ###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa together with MCA-P and MCC Conducts Regional Learning Forum

QUEZON CITY- With its upcoming compact closure with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) this May 2016, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account—Philippines (MCA-P), together with the DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa, recently conducted the Kalahi CIDSS MCC Regional Learning Forum last 25th of January at Crowne Plaza Hotel Ortigas, Quezon City.

The said activity gathered Community Volunteers (CV), Local Chief Executives (LCE), Municipal Area Coordinators (MAC), and National Government Agency (NGA) representatives across the region as well as partners from MCA-P and MCC.

The forum served as an avenue of exchanging the stories of successes, accomplishments, challenges, and best practices in implementing the community driven development (CDD) approach through Kalahi CIDSS MCC in MiMaRoPa.

“We’re so glad we achieved this triumph as MCA-P has been working hand-in-hand with our government here in the Philippines and also with some LGUs to improve the responsiveness of local government to community needs and encourage these communities to be engaged in developmental activities,” said Marivic Añonuevo, MCA-P Managing Director and CEO.

One of the highlights of the event is the testimony of several community volunteers and local chief executives about the changes brought by the implementation of Kalahi CIDSS MCC to their communities and municipalities.

Secretary Soliman

DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman delivers her keynote speech on the Regional Learning Forum of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa.

Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, in her keynote speech, encouraged everyone most especially the volunteers to share their stories of change to others. “Yun hong mga kwento na binigay ninyo sa amin ngayon, yung mga pagbabago na ikinuwento ninyo, yun ho ang aming lakas. That’s where we get our energy. That’s where we get our strength to carry” Secretary Soliman said.
To date, 372 subprojects are installed across MiMaRoPa with the help of 22, 469 trained community volunteers from the 467 communities empowered by Kalahi-CIDSS.

The program ensures the active participation of the community in the process of identification, planning, implementation, and operation and maintenance of their sub-projects. Most of the projects identified by the communities are roads, schools, and health centers.

And these sub-projects served as a reminder to the communities of the hardship and cooperative effort to achieve a transformative grassroots leadership.

A community-driven development project, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Project (KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP) is implemented by DSWD that provided communities and their Local Government Units (LGUs) trainings to choose, design and implement sub-projects that address their most pressing needs.

MCA-P is the entity responsible for the management and implementation of the $434 million compact from the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Its vision of uplifting the lives of the Filipinos through sustainable economic growth established its main projects on improving infrastructure, community development and revenue reform.
In the last four years of MCA-P’s project implementation, the organization was able to produce significant results through the strict guidance of accountability and transparency among all its projects. ###

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Walang Poor Ever: Local associations in Magsaysay town to fight poverty

WL Poor Ever

DSWD staff and LGU officials hand over cheque amounting 1.6 million to beneficiaries   during the ceremonial awarding.

MAGSAYSAY, Occidental Mindoro– Dubbed with the theme, “We Can End Poverty.Tara Na! Walang Poor Ever”, the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, Local Government of Magsaysay and local associations conducted a one-day dialogue in the town’s Gymnasium.

The dialogue was participated by 27 local associations with 680 members, local officials and Civil Society Organization partners, aims to discuss poverty alleviation policies and programs and promote transparency in its implementation.

Highlight of the activity is the awarding of 1.6 million cheque funded by the government’s BuB for microenterprise projects of sectoral groups such as the Person with Disabilities, Out of School  Youth, Senior Citizens, Community Volunteers, Women’s Group , Solo Parents, Tricycle Drivers, Day Care Workers, Barangay Tanod, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and the Fisherfolk association.

Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) is an approach to the preparation of budget proposals based on the needs  of the Local Government Units identified in the  local poverty reduction action plans, with the participation of basic sector and other society organizations.

Municipal Mayor Eleonor Fajardo challenged the beneficiaries to use the livelihood assistance prudently. For motivation, she promised to give additional fund for the best performing and best managed association.

Poor 101

Members of the 27 associations in Magsaysay, Oriental Mindoro witness the awarding of livelihood assistance fund.

Prior to the awarding of cheques, the Municipal Accountant gave orientation to beneficiaries on the process of bookkeeping and records management to facilitate smooth auditing of account.

Moreover, the associations planned to get accreditation from Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and secure official receipts from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

“This time, we are no longer fighting for our independence against the Spaniards but for our freedom against poverty,” said a beneficiary. ### (Mariefel Cabille, SLP-PDO)

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Taytay Seaweeds awarded ‘Best SLP Association’ in PANATA ko sa Bayan Ceremony

In Photo (from left to right): Domingo V. Agra, Sustainable Livelihood Program Head; Wilma D. Naviamos, CESO III, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV MiMaRoPa Regional Director; Corazon ‘Dinky’ J. Soliman, DSWD Secretary; Jerson Lopez, Taytay Seaweeds Association President.

As Department of Social Welfare and Development marks its 65th anniversary, various Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, local and international partner stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations have been recognized for their invaluable support and selfless commitments to the vision and mission of the Department.

The PANATA Ko Sa Bayan Award acknowledges the efforts of the individuals, groups and organizations whose panata or vow is to share their resources, time and selves in providing for a better opportunity for the disadvantaged sectors.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program ‘Taytay Seaweeds’ of the DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa was awarded as the Best Sustainable Livelihood Program Association.

The Panata Ko Sa Bayan Awarding Ceremony was held last January 28, 2016 at Asian Institute Management Conference Center, Makati City.

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