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DSWD MIMAROPA strengthens monitoring of completed SocTech Projects

Recognizing the significance of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in achieving goals and objectives of the agency, Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA conducted a monitoring workshop of the completed Social Technology projects at Filipiniana Hotel, Calapan City.

Workshop was in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bansud Oriental Mindoro.

Monitoring focused on Arugat at Kalinga sa mga Bata sa Barangay Project and Special Drug Education Center (SDEC) project.

Aruga at Kalinga sa mga Bata sa Barangay Project or Foster care in the barangay, involves Local Social Workers to recruit and assess families which will be later on licensed by DSWD as foster parents while the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) monitors and advocates for the project at their level.

While Special Drug Education Center Project increases community involvement and worthwile activities among youth while educating them.


Activity aims to monitor updates on the initial implementation of the action plans done by the LGU implementers in Bansud, Oriental Mindoro of the two projects; capacitate implementers on how to use monitoring and evaluation tool; and prepare a catch up or new strategic plan for the effective and continuous implementation of Social Technology projects in the municipality of Bansud.

“Ang workshop na ito po ay naglalayong mapaunlad pa ang pagimplementa ng mga SocTech Projects sa MIMAROPA. Mahalagang ma-monitor natin ang progress ng mga proyekto para masigurado na makakamit natin ang ating objectives at kung may suliranin man ay maresolba na agad ito, highlights Josephine Macalagay, Social Technology Unit Head.

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Community Development Amidst Diversity

Bayanihan is one of the qualities of Filipinos that transcends to different ethnic groups. It was witnessed in the town of Busuanga, in the barangay of Concepcion wherein people, despite the difference in their culture cooperated to achieve their common goal—development for their community.

The barangay of Concepcion homes different ethnic groups such as Cuyonin, Tagbanuas from Calamian islands, and migrants from the island of Mindoro. These people are often divided and have their own opinions on different community matters. Nevertheless, they know the need of their community for a paved road.

When the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi CIDSS) came to Concepcion, people are quite skeptic, Alvin Baringue, one of the community volunteers said “noong dumating ang kalahi, madami kaming agam agam, sabi pa ng mga tao, kung ano ano nalang ang dinadala na proyekto ng DSWD sa aming lugar.” [“ when kalahi came, we have doubts, the people even said that DSWD brings bizarre projects to our community.”]. Nevertheless, when the program was explained to them during the barangay assembly, Perez said that he saw the eagerness of the people to participate to the program.

Baringue added “natuwa kami noong malaman namin na hindi lang pala project ang dala ng kalahi kung hindi may kasama syang mga training para mapagaling pa ang kakayanan ng mga tao na mag nanais na mag volunteer sa programa” [“we are glad when we learned that kalahi does not only bring project but it also has trainings that would improve the skills of the people who would wish to volunteer to the program”].

From the barangay assembly, the people of Concepcion identified the program they wish to have for their community—a concreted road with canals that would connect the boat landing towards the barangay road. The barangay chairperson of Concepcion said that the road has an economic significance to the community as the road was used mainly by fishermen to sell their fresh caught to market. He added that the road was also served as a passageway for the Tagbanuas from Calamian to reach the mainland from Sitio Depelenged.

Though the program was warmly accepted by the community, its start was not easy. The people were new to the system of Kalahi CIDSS and often times they get confused on the process. There were times when the volunteers still are hesitant to take on their roles as the voice of community and are sometimes reluctant to accomplish their tasks. Community Empowerment Facilitator Fatima Kaye Magbanua said that  it takes passion and perseverance to make the volunteer realize that they have a voice in the community. “ Pinili sila ng taong bayan dahil kinakitaan sila ng potensyal na mamuno at I representa ang komunidad.” [“they are chosen by the people because the people saw their potential to lead and represent the community.’]. Said Ms. Magbanua. Consequently, this collaborative effort of Ms. Magbanua to guide the volunteers and the volunteers’ willingness to have the project yield a fruitful result—both had benefit the community and the individual volunteers.

Estrella Macanas, a member of the project implementation team said that her confidence has boost when she volunteered to Kalahi CIDSS “Napaka mahiyain ko noon, hindi ako nakikipag sa mga hindi cuyonin pero nung nagging volunteer na ako ng Kalahi nakita ko na kailangan makipag usap sa kahit hindi ko kasamamahan na cuyonon dahil kailangan na malaman rin namin ang gusto nila para sa proyekto.” [“ I was very shy before and I don’t talk to non-cuyonins but when I volunteered to Kalahi I saw the need to talk to others even they do not belong to the same ethnicity as me because we need to know what they wanted for the project.”].

Clemente Miranda, one of the members of procurement team admitted that volunteering for Kalahi CIDSS has consumed a lot of his free time. “Mas maayos na rin na nagagamit ko yung mga oras na libre ako sa mga makabuluhang bagay.” [“It was better that I used my free time doing meaningful activities.”]. Said Belis, in addition, he and his colleagues in procurement team, though having different ethnicities had diligently work together to perform their volunteer duties well as they do not wish to bring their people down. He added, “Nung nag PPM kami, talagang inalala naming yung mga bagay na dapat naming gawin dahil ayaw naming mapahiya sa komunidad, ayaw naming umasa sila saw ala at ayaw rin naman namin na maging katatawanan.” [“During the Pre-Procurement Meeting (PPM)we remembered all the stuff that we need to do because we do not want to be embarrassed to the community and we don’t want them to hope in vain and became a laughing stock.”]. 

The volunteers have showed to the community their interest in implementing the project by actively doing their duties and responsibilities. And with their shared efforts, their project concreting of the 110 meter barangay road with 0.11 linear meter canal was completed.

This effort was seen exemplary by the barangay council of Concepcion thus they gave their full support and guidance to these community volunteers. “Hindi matatawaran yung sakripisyo ng mga volunteers kasi minsan kahit ginagabi na sila ng pag-upo sa council meeting ay makikita mo na nasa kagustuhan talaga nila na mapatupad yung proyekto.”    [“The sacrifices of the volunteers are priceless, as sometimes they stay to the council meeting even it lasted until night and you can see their eagerness to have this project because of this dedication.”]. Said Reynante Arceo, the barangay chairperson of Concepcion.

The project has served as a symbolism not only to the development that the community sought by having road concreted, but it also served as a proof that amidst ethnic diversity a shared will can bring a unified development in a community.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is one of the core poverty alleviating programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that aims to reduce poverty, improve access to basic social services, and promote good governance by involving the people, mostly the vulnerable sectors to the local planning and decision making in the community.



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DSWD MIMAROPA trains staff on computer troubleshooting

ICTMU head Angelito Montalbo discusses techniques on how to troubleshoot common computer problems.

MALATE, Manila- Participated by 25 administrative staff, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA conducted a three-day training on basic computer troubleshooting and data loss prevention on June 21-23, 2017.

The Information and Communication Management Technology Unit of the Department spearheaded the said training.

“This activity shall boost the information and communication technology (ICT) capability of the participants which is important in the day to day operations of the agency,” said Information Technology Officer Vincent James Valero.

He added that a highly skilled staff knowledgeable in ICT application translates to a smooth business operation that supports DSWD slogan of maagap at mabilis na serbisyo sa mamayan.

Topics include studying and fixing the common computer, printer, and network problems encountered and learning cloud storage application such as Google Drive, One Drive, drop box.

“The training helped me realized the importance of organizing my files and other records which are deemed vulnerable from loss and damage,” told one of the participants, Adriahn Bernulla.

Moreover, Bernulla confidently said that with his new learning, he can provide technical assistance to his workmates in fixing computer related errors. ###

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DSWD calls to ‘End AIDS Together’

CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY. Participants lighted candles in order to remember and honor those who lost their lives because of AIDS.

In order to raise community awareness about Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and decrease its related stigma and discrimination, Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA Region spearheaded the AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day in Puerto Princesa Palawan.

AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day is a yearly activity commemorated every 3rd week of May in remembrance of the departed AIDS-affected individuals and to give support to People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and their families.

Activity was in partnership with the Local Government Units of Palawan, Department of Health (DOH), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and Faith-Based Groups.

“Despite the advocacy of many countries on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, the incidence continue to rise, thus, here in our country we really need to work harder to strengthen our fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Louie R. Ocampo, Head of  HIV/AIDS Treatment Hub of Ospital ng Palawan.

Since 1984 to date, there are already 200 cases of HIV/AIDS accounted for in Palawan.  Of which, 96 people living with HIV are now undergoing treatment at Palawan Treatment Hub while six (6) were not able to survive according to Dr. Ocampo.

Josephine Macalagay, DSWD Social Technology Unit Head, expresses that DSWD organized the activity in order to provide an avenue to gather partner-stakeholders, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV)  and their family to collectively support fight against HIV/AIDS.

Josephine Macalagay, Social Technology Unit Head, expressed DSWD’s commitment to support fight against HIV/AIDS. According to Macalagay: “DSWD is continuously providing social services for HIV/AIDS affected individuals by giving financial and medical assistance. Also, we give emotional support not just with affected but also with their families.”

 Highlights of activity were sharing of testimonies of people living with HIV/AIDS and candle lighting: inner circle was lighted by guests and government officials while outer circle was lighted by youth participants in order to showcase convergence of generations in advocating fight against HIV/AIDS.

“It was painful for me to have HIV. I experienced discrimination from the community but it didn’t stop me from living my life to the fullest. Luckily, I was blessed with people who provided me emotional and medical support. Now it’s time for me to give back by volunteering to the organizations that helped me. Let us End Aids Together!” voiced out by one of the PLHIV.





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Evacuation Center sa Barangay Tampayan, Pinasinayanan.

Magdiwang Romblon– Nagbunyi ang mga mamamayan ng Barangay Tampayan sa kanilang natanggap na evacuation center cum multi-purpose hall noong umaga ng Hunyo 7, 2017 mula sa kalahi cidss. Ang pagpapasinaya ng nasabing imprastraktura ay dinaluhan ng mga mamamayan at volunteers ng Kalahi CIDSS sa Barangay Tampayan, mga volunteers mula sa katabing Barangay ng Agutay, mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Bayan na pinangungunahan ni Mayor Denisa Repizo, mga opisyales ng barangay Tampayan kasama ang lahat ng mga punong barangay mula sa Bayan ng Magdiwang at mga kawani ng Kalahi CIDSS mula sa sub-regional at regional office.

KANLUNGAN SA MASAMANG PANAHON– “Mabilis tumaas ang baha sa tampayan lalo at walang hupa ang pag ulan kaya malaking tulong sa mga kababayan ko ang evacuation center na ito upang may matakbuhan sila pag binabaha na ang mga bahay nila.” -Punong Barangay ng Tampayan.

Isa sa pinakaaantay ng mga dumalo ng nasabing pagtitipon ay ang pakikinig sa testimonya ng mga Kalahi CIDSS Community Volunteers partikular na riyan ang testimonya nila Project Implementation Team (PIT) head Raymundo delos Reyes at Warehouse keeper Bernadeth Tangco. Ito ang unang beses na nag volunteer ang dalawa para sa kanilang pamayanan at sila ya nagpahiwatig ng pagnanais na muling maging boluntaryo kung mabibigyan pang muli ng pagkakataon.

Sinabi ni G. Delos Reyes sa kaniyang testimonya “nung nag simula na yung project, ako yung tinatawag nilang segunda engineer. Kung titingnan mo, hindi naman paniniwalaan na engineer yan. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, sa ngayon iisipin ko muna yung komunidad hindi lang pansarili. At kung kakailanganin ulit ako ng aking barangay ay willing ako na mag volunteer ulit.”

Nabanggit naman ni Gng. Tangco na . “Unang beses kong nakapag trabaho buong buhay ko at masaya ako na kumita ng sarili kong sahod bilang warehouse keeper.”

Matapos ang mga testimonya ay ibinigay na sa komunidad ang mga hindi nagamit na materyales sa pag buo ng kanilang proyekto, at ang Certificte of Completion and Acceptance. Sinundan ito ng ceremonial turn-over ng susi sa operation and maintenance group na binuo ng komunidad upang mangalaga sa evacuation center. Sa pangunguna ni Mayor Repizo at DRPM Peraren, pinarangalan ng certificate of appreciation ang mga community volunteers upang bigyang pugay ang kanilang walang sawa at walang pagod na pakikibahagi sa programa.

Ang evacuation center cum multi-purpose hall ay isa sa mga proyekto na napondohan ng Kalahi CIDSS sa bayan ng Magdiwang.

Ang Kalahi CIDSS ay isa sa tatlong pangunahing programa ng DSWD na naglalayong mabawasan ang kahirapan sa rehiyong MIMAROPA. Layunin nito na mabawasan ang kahirapan, mapaigi ang pag hahatid ng mga pangunanahing serbisyong oanlipunan sa mga komunidad at mapaigi ang local na pamamahala sa pakikibahagi ng mga mamayan lalo na ang mga mahihirap na saektor sa pagpaplano at pagdedesisyon sa pamayanan.


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More than 300 thousand youth in MIMAROPA are poor- Listahanan

MALATE, Manila- According to the Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), about 301,657 youth aged 15 to 30 years old are living in poor households regionwide on which the male dominates the total number of poor youth with 52 percent.

Listahanan, a government mechanism that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide, records 54,500 poor youth in Occidental Mindoro; 77,828 in Oriental Mindoro; 19,563 in Marinduque; 30,360 in Romblon; and 119,406 in Palawan.

Presidential Proclamation No. 75, s. 1948 designated June 19 as Filipino Youth Day.

“DSWD uses the Proxy Means Test (PMT), a statistical model that estimates household income using verifiable indicators such as household composition, housing structure, educational attainment of members, material assets and access to basic services which is deemed critical to identify the socio-economic status of a family,” said Regional Director Wilma Naviamos.

PMT estimated household income is compared to the existing provincial threshold set by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Income falls below the poverty threshold is considered poor while income above the threshold is tagged as non-poor.

Profile of the Poor Youth

A total of 73,715 (24.4%) of poor youth have finished high school level; 44,468 (14.7%) finished elementary level; and 1,892 (0.6%) finished college level. However, 14,323 (4.8%) youth have no grade completed.

For the labor force, 96,601 (32.0%) poor youth reported having jobs in which 43,322 of them work as unskilled and laborers while 34,298 are farmers, fisherfolks, and forestry workers. On the other hand, 205,056 (68%) poor youth have no jobs.

From the total poor youth, 5,924 claimed as solo parents and 6,004 youth were recorded pregnant during the household assessment.

Program for the Youth

“As an intervention, the Department implements social protection programs such as the Government Internship Program that provides temporary employment to marginalized and the out-of-school-youth,” said Director Naviamos.

Each year, 81 youth are hired for this internship program regionwide.

Unlad Kabataan Program is geared towards the total development of the disadvantaged youth in terms of spiritual, economic, physical, psychological-cultural and social development.

Also, the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in partnership with other government agencies developed the Youth Development Session, a modular session which targets children of 4Ps beneficiaries. It aims to motivate youth in finishing their education and serves as a venue to foster relationship creating peer support group.

In MIMAROPA,  138, 9423 youth benefitted the YDS since 2016, concluded Naviamos. ###

N.B. Listahanan Data as of February 2016

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Listahanan identifies 20k poor widows in MIMAROPA

DSWD staff conducts name-search in the Listahanan database of poor households during the validation phase. 

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA data shows 20,749 poor widows regionwide based on the 2015 Listahanan assessment.

Listahanan is a government mechanism to map out who and where the poor are nationwide.

The database reveals that from the total identified poor widows, 4,831 (23.3 percent) are male; 15,918 (76.7%) are female. Also, there are 1,419 poor widows having a disability.

There are 5,656 poor widows in Oriental Mindoro; 3,723 in Occidental Mindoro; 1,536 in Marinduque; 2,718 in Romblon; and 7,116 in Palawan.

The average age of poor widows is 60 years old.

Puerto Princesa City in Palawan records highest poor widows with 1,064, followed by San Jose in Occidental Mindoro with 1,030, and Naujan town in Oriental Mindoro with 636.

On the other hand, Bancalaan and Mangsee villages in Balabac, Palawan top with the highest number of barangays with poor widows.

International Widows’ Day was introduced to address poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children in many countries. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2010 and is observed annually on June 23.###


N.B. Listahanan Data as of February 2016. 

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Mga kawani ng DSWD MIMAROPA, nakipagtagisan sa taunang sportsfest

Parada ng mga lipi bilang panimula ng DSWD MIMAROPA sports fest.

MALATE, Manila- Sa katatapos lamang na 2017 sports festival ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA, muling pinatunayan ng mga kawani ang kanilang galing sa larangan ng sports at larong Pinoy.

Labanan ng Lipi ang naging tema ng palaro kung saan apat na katutubong tribo ang binuo at nagsipagsiklaban. Ito ay ang Tagbanwa, Iraya, Bantoanon, at Hanunuó.

Bilang panimula ng sports fest, isang payak na parada na dinaluhan ng mga kawani at ng apat na lipi na may kanya-kanyang lakambini at lakandula bilang representante ng tribo. Isa namang sayawan o zumba ang inihanda at sa pagtatapos ng opening celebration, isang masayang  kainan o boodle fight ang pinagsaluhan ng lahat.

Karaniwan sa naging mga patimpalak sa sports ang basketball, dart, chess, volleyball, table tennis at badminton para sa mga kababaihan at kalalakihan. Samantalang nagkaron din ng iba’t ibang laro ng lahi na mas nagpakulay nang nasabing festival.

Labanan sa larong basketball ng mga kababaihang Iraya at Tagbanwa.

Sa pangunguna ng Human Resource and Development Unit, isinasagawa ang sports festival upang mas lalong mapaigting ang samahan ng mga kawani sa loob ng departamento. “Ito rin ay naglalayong mabigyan sila ng pagkakataong maglibang at paraan ng stress debriefing mula sa bigat ng kani-kanilang mga trabaho,” ang pahayag ni Rose Jean Mayrena HR officer.

Samantala, itinanghal na pangkabuang kampeon ang grupo ng Iraya, pumangalawa ang grupo ng Tagbanwa, pangatlo ang Bantoanon at pang-apat ang grupo ng Hanunuó.

Nagkamit naman ng tropeyo at cash prize ang mga nanalong grupo. Ginawaran din ng certificate appreciation ang mga kawani na nagwagi sa mga larong pang-indibidwal.  ###

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