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DSWD MIMAROPA Conducts Closure RPREW for Kalahi CIDSS MCC

Manila City- With the ending of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s first compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), DSWD MiMaRoPa conducted its final Regional Program Review and Evaluation Workshop (RPREW) for the closing of the Kalahi CIDSS MCC project last May 17 to 19, 2016 at Hotel H2O in Manila.

Attended by 230 participants including the field staff of Kalahi CIDSS MCC MiMaRoPa, the distinguished guests from the National Program Management Office (NPMO) of Kalahi CIDSS, the directors and specialists from the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P), the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of Kalahi CIDSS MCC implementing municipalities, and the provincial governor representatives.

With the theme “Compact Commitments: Completion and Closure”, the three-day event showcased the s journey of the region, the best practices and lessons learned in the implementation of the project, and the regional achievements of MiMaRoPa in helping the communities implement the community-driven development through KC MCC.

Deputy Regional Program Manager Irenea Liza Roque shared the story of Kalahi CIDSS MCC in MiMaRoPa starting from the exploratory meetings with the regional office, to the selection of the three guaranteed municipalities, and up to the random selection of the seventeen municipalities through draw lots. “ Kalahi CIDSS MCC is indeed a blessing to the communities of MiMaRoPa, as it the first compact with the MCC closes, we are hoping for another opportunity to be selected once again.” said DRPM Roque.

In addition, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Floreceli Gunio reported the achievements of the region in the past five years of implementation of the project.

One of the highlight of the event is the “Stories to Tell- Huntahan at Kapehan sa Barangay MiMaRoPa” Vice Mayor of Gloria, Oriental Mindoro- Hon. Ramon Solas, the Area Coordinator and the Deputy Area Coordinator of Gloria Oriental Mindoro- Ms. Ma. Wilma Guevarra and Engr. Marlou Perlas, the Municipal Financial Analyst of Agutaya- Mr. Alben Baac, Community Facilitator from Dumaran- Ms. Beverly Jane Pace, the National Barangay and Gender Development Champion- Ms. Macaria Valenzuela, the Municipal Gender and Development Focal Person of Gloria Oriental Mindoro- Ms. Melojean Candelario, and one of the the Kalahi CIDSS volunteer Ms. Rosalinda Fajilagot starred in the mini talk show that was hosted by the director of MCA-P Kalahi CIDSS-Mr. Andy Moll and the Best Municipal Gender and Development Champion at the national level- Engr. Eugenia Cruzado of Torrijos, Marinduque.

In this session, the group discussed the successful stories of community-driven development in their areas as well as the transformation caused by their involvement in Kalahi CIDSS.

“Sa Kalahi po ay nalaman ko na kung ano ang kayang gawin ng lalaki ay kaya rin gawin ng babae… kung kaya ni mister ay kaya din ni misis dahil lahat naman po, mapa babae o lalaki ay may karapatang maging volunteer. [I learned in Kalahi that women are capable of doing what men can do… if the husband can do something then the wife should also be able to do something because men and women have the right to become a volunteer.]” said Ms. Fajilagot.

Ms. Candelario said “Binuksan ng Kalahi CIDSS ang isipan ng mga mamayan ng Gloria ukol sa pagtatrabaho ng kababaihan sa construction. [Kalahi CIDSS has opened the minds of the people of Gloria about women working in construction sites.]”.

The municipal mayors present in the event where ask to give feedback about the successes and the transformative stories that they heard on the mini talk show. All of them have one tone: that was to be given an opportunity for another compact with the MCC.

More so, the Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) of Kalahi CIDSS MiMaRoPa gave awards and special distinctions to the LGUs and field staff who has shown outstanding and unceasing service to the communities in MiMaRoPa.

The awardees of the special distinctions are the following:

  1. Best Area Coordinator: Ma. Wilma Guevarra (AC Gloria Oriental Mindoro)

  2. Best Deputy Area Coordinator: Engr. Marlou Perlas (DAC Gloria Oriental Mindoro)

  3. Best Municipal Financial Analyst: Alben Baac (Agutaya, Palawan)

  4. Best Community Facilitator: Beverly Jane Pace (CEF Dumaran Palawan)

  5. Best in Fund Disbursement: Municipality and Area Coordinating Team of Banton Romblon

  6. Best in Sub-Project Implementation: Municipality and Area Coordinating Team of Calatrava Romblon

  7. Best in Thematic Environment Management System: Municipality and Area Coordinating Team of Quezon Palawan

  8. Best in Gender and Development Integration: Municipality and Area Coordinating Team of Torrijos Marinduque

  9. Best Area Coordinating Team: Municipality and Area Coordinating Team of Looc Romblon

  10. Special Citations: Engr. Raffil Baylon (for fast tracking the implementation of Sub-Projects in Linapacan) , Engr. Dennis Feria (for fast tracking the implementation of the Sub-Projects in Cagayancillo) , Zuriel Soliven (for fast tracking the fund disbursement in Linapacan)

Staff who has served for more than 3 years in the project was also honored by awarding them a Length of Service Certificate. ###

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Turning negativity into success

2016-04-24-21-27-48-630She talks fast. A petite girl wearing a shirt and jeans emerged from the doors of the office looking fresh despite the scorching heat from the sun on a late morning and greeted everyone with a timid smile.

Lyka Jane Ruiz, 21, is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education last April 2016. Fourth among 10 siblings, Lyka says that their family get by with what they have.

From the island barangay of Bangkal in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, her father, Tatay Roy, works by ferrying people from their island to the proper of the municipality. Lyka’s mother, Nanay Nancy, helps their father in selling whatever product is in season like uling, sinegwelas, etc. Her mother is also a barangay councilor.

Lyka grew up with reluctant parents. She remembers that since elementary, she and most of her siblings were honor students and their parents were not so enthusiastic going up the stage during awardings. Lyka attributed this attitude to the thought that perhaps because they just lived in an island. “Pero super thankful po ako kasi kahit hindi kami ganun kasayang pamilya, buo kami, kumpleto at nandyan pa rin po ang pamilya ko. Hindi nila ako pinapabayaan, sumusuporta, gumagabay sila sa amin at nararamdaman ko na po yung pagbabago sa ugali nila. Ngayon nakapagtapos na kami, parang proud na sila,” said Lyka.

The Ruiz family became part of the Pantawid Pamilya program in 2013. It helped the family in its expenses as well as their family relationship. The change in the outlook in life can be attributed to the constant attendance of the couple in Family Development Sessions. Discussions on family relationships were tackled and talked among community members with the help of the staff.

It was how the people in their island look at things that need to be changed. Lyka also recalls that their neighbors used to say negative things to them like they might just get pregnant or will marry at an early age since most of them are girls. But Lyka did not let these negativities put her down.

Instead, she proved not only to the people around them but also to herself that she can make her way and achieve her dreams. She used this as a determination to push further and study hard. “Na-motivate ako na i-continue po yung pag-aaral ko. Everytime na may bagsak ako sa exam ko, napu-push po akong mag-aral, yun po yung pinagtutuunan ko ng pansin,” recalled Lyka.

And she did. She graduated with honor in college. But to graduate in college with honor is not an easy task. With “sipag, tiyaga at detreminasyon” when asked of what she has why she graduated with honor, Lyka told these three things.

Not an easy road

After high school, Lyka wasn’t able to pursue college right away. She stopped for a year. At that time, her second eldest sister is studying in college while the next is taking midwifery. Her father could not provide for them at the same time.

Instead of staying at home when she stopped, Lyka used her time to help and earn at the same time. She worked as a part-time preschool teacher in Bangkal Elementary School. She was able to receive Php1,500/month for the four months that she worked there.

Before the start of her school year as freshman in college, after working as part-time preschool teacher, she went to the proper of San Jose and worked as a waitress in an eatery. She worked at night for four months. But since she can’t balance her work and studies, she stopped working. Lyka’s tuition fee during her first year was free where she received a scholarship from the local government. However, during her second year, her father paid the tuition in full.

She was in sophomore year when they became part of Pantawid Pamilya. It assisted them greatly in terms of her younger siblings’ needs in school. Lyka narrated that her father is strict in their expenses. There were times that she becomes stressed just thinking where to get the money for her school expenses. Fortunately, another blessing came to them.

An answered prayer

Lyka was a junior when she became a beneficiary of the Students’ Grant-In-Aid for Poverty Alleviation Program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) allotted to the children of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Noong una po talaga, hindi ako makapaniwala kasi libre tuition tapos may allowance pa. Parang di po ako makapaniwala na may ganito palang programa sa gobyerno pero noong natanggap ko na po, ayun naniwala na po ako. Totoo pala,” told Lyka when she received the grant.

Beneficiaries of the now Expanded Students’ Grant-In-Aid for Poverty Alleviation Program (ESGPPA) will receive a maximum of Php60,000 for tuition fee, textbooks/learning materials and allowance (transportation, board and lodging and other school supplies).

Lyka said, “Super blessed po talaga yung mga scholar ng SGPPA. Kasi sa laki po niyan, pag sinayang po nila, sila rin po magiging kawawa noon.” She never thought that they will be part of another government program after becoming a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary.

Now that she graduated, even their neighbors in their island also believe and are now also hoping that their children can be part of the program. “Hindi mawawala yung pasasalamat at pagtanaw ng utang na loob kasi po kami po yung nabigyan ng scholarship. Super thankful, super blessed, thank you po kay God binigay niya po saken yung blessing na ganito,” narrated Lyka.

She is currently reviewing for the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET). She hopes she will be able to find a job soon to be able to give back to her parents and help in house expenses.

She hopes that the young ones today will believe in the seemingly impossible things that the world has to offer. She hopes they will believe that good things will happen to them. “Huwag pong susuko. Kahit everytime po na madadapa, push lang ng push. Kasi kahit isipin mong gusto mong mag-give up wala naman pong mangyayari. Yung ipagpatuloy lang po yung pangarap,” ended Lyka. Just like what she did when she turned negativity to success. ###

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Kalahi-CIDSS Turnover Ceremony of Rainwater Tanks


CAGAYANCILLO, Palawan- Turnover ceremony of three rainwater tanks with catchment in Barangay Nusa, a community subproject constructed thru the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHICIDSS).

KALAHI-CIDSS is a community-driven development project implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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DSWD conducts 2nd RMDC



DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa conducts 2nd Regional Management Development Conference (RMDC) at Haven Tagaytay Hotel.

RMDC aims to discuss the possible internal integration or convergence of programs,services,or plans aligned with DSWD strategic goals and objectives.

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DSWD hires 81 youth in MiMaRoPa under Government Internship Program

MALATE, Manila- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa hired 81 youth regionwide for the Government Internship Program or GIP.

Eleven youth are hired in the province Occidental Mindoro, 16 in Oriental Mindoro, six in Marinduque, 17 in Romblon, and 22 in Palawan.

GIP is one of the components of the Kabataan 2000 program which provides opportunity for both out-of-school and in-school youths a hands-on experience of working in various government agencies. It enables them to learn life skills in the workplace while earning money to help them meet their school needs.

“They are assigned at the DSWD regional and provincial offices and at the different local government unit offices for 22 days and will receive a remuneration of Php 206.00 per day or a total of Php 4,532.00,” said Concepcion Deymos, DSWD youth sector focal person.

Meanwhile, the salary is expected to be released on the second week of June 2016.

“Mas lalong nalilinang ang kakayahan ko. Unang-una marami akong nakikilala at nagiging kaibigan. Pangalawa, nagiging mas professional ako dahil sa pagkakataong makapagtrabaho sa gobyerno. At higit sa lahat, malaking tulong ang perang kikitain ko para sa pagpapatuloy ng pagaaral ko,” said intern Cyrille Delos Santos, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student. ###

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Unity Towards Security

Almost five months after being devastated by Typhoon Nona, traces of destruction are still apparent in some places in Baco, Oriental Mindoro. As one of the municipalities that were severely damaged by the typhoon, the citizens of Baco determinedly continues to rise against the challenges brought about by these types of disasters.

In Barangay Lantuyang, a predominantly Mangyan Alangan community, Nori Veron Maliglig recalls that most of the community scatters to different places to evacuate the area during calamities.

Located right beside the Karayrayan River, many of the residents of Barangay Lantuyang, especially those in the lower areas are in danger from flooding. And because most of the Mangyan houses are made of light materials, strong winds and rains easily damage and destroy their homes.

In the midst of these threats, the community have decided to construct an evacuation center with the funding of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS). As one of the core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, it aims to empower communities to choose and implement projects that address their most pressing needs.

Tagalog turned Mangyan

Nori Veron Maliglig, a sixty-year-old resident of Barangay Lantuyang, is one of the volunteers of KALAHI-CIDSS who persevered for the success of the implementation of the project.

Together with the other volunteers, she diligently worked and showed her care for the residents of the barangay despite being the only Tagalog in a community of Mangyans.

She settled in Baragay Lantuyang forty years ago and has embraced the Mangyans and their culture and now has a family with two children. “Tagalog ako na naging Mangyan (I am a Tagalog who became a Mangyan)”, she laughingly said.

Since this was a first for the community, the Mangyans were hesitant in claiming the job of the Warehouse Keeper, worried that they would have to pay for anything that will go missing from the warehouse.

“Ako naman po ay naaawa na yun na lamang ang wala kaya nilakasan ko ang loob ko na ako ay tumayo bilang bodegera (I felt sorry that it was still vacant so I gathered my courage and became the warehouse keeper)”, said Nanay Veron.


Almost there. Nanay Veron smiles in front of the nearly completed evacuation center.

Not just another charity

The community of Barangay Lantuyang is no stranger to outsiders offering help, especially charities; NGOs, NGAs and private corporations often visit and promise infrastructure and development. Most of which were never completed.

From all the false promises emanated their mistrust of all programs and agencies that reach out to their community.

Because of this, the whole community was at first hesitant in accepting the KALAHI-CIDSS program. According to Nanay Veron, “Noong umpisa, hindi sila naniniwala. Baka mahirapan lang sila pero wala din (At first they did not believe. Maybe it would just burden them but result to nothing)”.

But she tried to persuade them to give the program a chance. “Tignan muna natin (let’s see first)”, she told them.

Seeing the project slowly being completed, “Sinabi ng mga mangyan na pinalakas ko ang loob nila (The mangyans said that I gave them courage)”, said Nanay Veron.

When the community has finally united with one goal in mind, the challenges however numerous and daunting were faced with determination.

The land where the evacuation center was planned to be built was owned by priests. So in groups, the volunteers and community members visited the Bishop numerous times to ask for his approval.

His fear and his mistrust was the same as the community.

With the help of Father Victor Florida, SVD, commonly known by the Mangyans as “Father Jun Jun”, the volunteers and the community tirelessly visited the Bishop to explain the process of KALAHI-CIDSS though at first he remained doubtful. He needed assurance that the program will not be same as the previous projects given to Barangay Lantuyang.

After months of meetings, he consulted the issue with the priests of Oriental Mindoro and finally gave his permission to use the land.

Soon, given the chance and proper training the volunteers were already doing things on their own.

They initiated the relocation of an electric post situated at the construction site by talking with the local energy provider.

Whenever needed, the Procurement Team head, Sawi Villar, can even go alone to Calapan City to talk to suppliers and for canvasing.

As a fairly distant Barangay, transportation can be a challenge for the volunteers. For this, they contribute some of their extra earnings from harvests.

They also had a contribution for the pig used in the pansula, a ritual before the start of the construction to ward off evil spirits.

However, their determination was further tested. During Typhoon Nona, a part of the roof of their warehouse was blown away, leaving all their materials under the rain and the rising water of the river.

Some of their cement got wet rendering them unusable, but the volunteers never lost hope.

Laborers and volunteers were already working on the building while relief goods were being distributed to the residents of the Barangay. Almost all of the community members were also very willing to work have a bayanihan for the completion of their evacuation center.

“Ibinuhos ko na ang aking kalooban jan, ako ay hindi umaabsent at palaging nagbabantay (I poured my soul there, I was never absent and I always look after the materials)”, says Nanay Veron.

Beyond beliefs, beyond religion

The residents of Barangay Lantuyang are now eager to implement projects for the development of their barangay. They plan to propose for a protection dike or a day care center in the following cycles of the KALAHI CIDSS.

During the blessing of their evacuation center on April 28, 2016, Father Jun Jun told the residents to care for the building saying, “panatilihhin nating buo, panatilihin nating maayos, panatilihin nating malinis dahil sa panahon na kailangang kailangan natin na syay nandyan (Let us keep it whole, let us keep it in good condition, let us keep it clean because when the time comes that we will need it, it will be there)”.

In his message, Father Jun Jun also emphasized the importance of the community’s solidarity. “Sa tuwing magpapaalala ako sa mga taga Lantuyang, sinasabi ko na ang pagkakaiba iba ng ating mga pananampalataya ay sana hindi maging hadlang, sana ito ang maging daan para sama sama kayong gumawa (Whenever I remind the residents of Lantuyang, I tell them that, may the differences in religion not be a hindrance, it should be a way for you to work together)”

The community of Barangay Lantuyang, diverse in beliefs and religion, with their initial success in the construction of the evacuation center, was reminded that only with unity will they achieve change and development.

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Father Jun Jun leads the blessing of the evacuation center

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The evacuation center of Barangay Lantuyang



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An opportunity is what it takes

Hard work and determination can go a long way. But if given an opportunity, opens a lot of doors in making things happen as the case of one simple girl who is now working towards achieving her dreams.

Cherry Vergara, 20, lives with her parents and five siblings in their humble abode in Palawan. A true-born and raised gal from Narra, Cherry studied elementary and high school in the said municipality with honors. She even graduated as Salutatorian in high school.

The closest university to them is in the neighboring municipality of Aborlan. She has to travel for an hour to get to Western Philippines University – Aborlan. With the goal to uplift their family, Cherry graduated as a cum laude this April 2016 who took up Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.

Cherry is never discouraged despite poverty seeming to pull them down. With faith and hope, “Pinapasa-Diyos ko na lang po kapag may mga pangangailangan ako lalo na sa pinansyal at ayon nga po nagugulat na lang po ako nandiyan na po ang solusyon,” recalls Cherry.

The family does not have much. Her father, Noli, is a farmer and works as part-time electrician while her mother, Charity, sells rice cakes. They are thankful that they have the Pantawid Pamilya program that aides them especially for the children’s needs in school.

As for Cherry, she is grateful to have become one of the beneficiaries of the Expanded Students’ Grants-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA). “Malaking-malaki po talaga ang pasasalamat ko po sa DSWD kasi kumbaga imbes na maghahanap pa ako ng pambayad sa school ay mag-aaral na lang po ako,” says Cherry.

ESGPPA is a program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) that provides scholarships to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. Beneficiaries will receive a maximum of Php60,000 for tuition fee, textbooks/learning materials and allowance (transportation, board and lodging and other school supplies). Cherry is thankful for the opportunity that paved way towards achieving her dreams. “Nagpapasalamat ako kasi naging daan ang DSWD na makapagtapos po ako ng pag-aaral,” utters Cherry.

She is currently reviewing in Puerto Princesa City for the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) on September this year. Now that Cherry has graduated, she wishes that the chance given to her will be given to other poor families and children as well. They just have to never lose hope, believe that they can and work hard as to not waste the opportunity given to them. ###



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Voters’ Education for DSWD Staff

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Voters’ Education for DSWD staff is happening now at Regional Learning Resource Center of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa.

In order to make sound and intelligent judgement this coming election, May 9, 2016, DSWD staff rate the National and Electoral Candidates based on the VERITAS Matrix Score Card crafted by Julieta M. Flores, Project Evaluation Officer IV.

VERITAS, inspired by Radio Veritas, means: Vision & Mission (V), Engagement of people or community (E), Respect for Life and Environment (R), Integrity (I), Track Record (T), Association & Party Affiliation (A), and Servant Leadership (S).

The candidate garnering the highest aggregate score will be declared as the choice/decision of the majority.###

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