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DSWD MIMAROPA pilots the Unconditional Cash Transfer for social pensioners in Brooke’s Point Palawan

BROOKE’S, POINT PALAWAN – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA, in partnership with Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Brooke’s Point Palawan, implements the Pilot Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) for Social Pensioners, Saturday, 30 June 2018.

This is in accordance to Section 82 of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Accelaration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to provide cash to poor households and individuals who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising process.

From three barangays of Brooke’s Point Palawan, a total of 988 Social Pensioners receive P2,371, 200 UCT cash grant.  277 Social Pensioners are from Poblacion 1; 211 from Poblacion 2; and 505 from Barangay Pangobilian.

Ang ayudang ibinibigay po namin sa inyo ngayon sa UCT ay mayroon pong kasamang pagmamahal at pagkalinga ng pamahalaan. Kayo po ay kinakalinga at inaaruga namin. Kahit gaano po kalayo ay pupuntahan naming upang mailapit sa inyo ang serbisyo ng gobyerno [The UCT cash grant that we are providing is filled with love and compassion. We will reach the unreached and the isolated in order to closely provide the services of the government],” said DSWD Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos.


Ten million households/individuals will receive the UCT. Of this figure, three million are indigent senior citizens who are also beneficiaries of DSWD Social Pension Program which is being implemented with the help of local government units (LGUs) and social development offices

 (SDOs). Also included in the 10 million UCT beneficiaries are 4.4 million Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The remaining 2.6 million

households will be selected from the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System (NHTS-PR) which will go through validation.

The UCT will be implemented for three (3) years. For 2018, each family will receive P200 per month or a total of P2,400 a year through LBP Cash Cards. This will increase to P300 per month or P3,600 annually for both 2019 and 2020. ###

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DSWD advocates Listahanan data sharing to Marinduque LGUs

(L) LGU officials in Buenavista Marindque (R) Marinduque Provincial Government officials.

BOAC- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA held series of orientation on Data Privacy Act (DPA) as part of the mandatory Listahanan data sharing agreements to local government units (LGUs) in Marinduque.

Listahanan is a government mechanism that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide, where the result of the 2015 nationwide household assessment is available and accessible to social protection stakeholders.

“With the passage of the data privacy act, DSWD established a systematic way of sharing data to safeguard personal and sensitive personal information of households in the Listahanan list,” said Regional Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

RA 10173 or Data Privacy Act of 2012 protects individual personal information stored in the information and communications systems of government and private sectors. It aims to protect the fundamental human right to privacy while ensuring a free flow of information to promote innovation and growth.

For requests covering personal information e.g. list of names and addresses of Listahanan identified poor, the Memorandum of Agreement between the stakeholder and the DSWD is required, added Jarabejo.

However, for the statistical data request, a Letter to the DSWD enumerating the data needed and its purpose is required.

Also in this act, stakeholders requesting access to the list of poor are required to designate Data Protection Officer who shall plan, implement, and evaluate policies for data privacy and security, Jarabejo concluded.

The DPA orientations were attended by office heads of the Marinduque Provincial Government and Municipal Government of Buenavista.

To date, the local government of Boac has successfully complied with all requirements in the Listahanan data sharing among the six municipalities in Marinduque.

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Municipality of Sablayan Successfully Conducts Pamumunong Makamasa Activity

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro—As a celebration of the 4th National Community Driven Development month this June, DSWD Kalahi CIDSS MIMAROPA together with the LGU of Sablayan conducted an activity called “Pamumunong Makamasa” this June 26, 2018 in the town of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. The activity aimed to show the close coordination of the community and the LGU of Sablayan and to discuss the effectiveness of using the CDD strategy of Kalahi CIDSS in local governance.

Different department heads of Sablayan that constitutes the Municipal-Inter Agency Committee (MIAC) including Mayor Eduardo Gadiano, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Muriel Reguinding, Municipal Engineer Alfredo Sarona, Budget Officer Fe Santos and community volunteers of Kalahi CIDSS Barnagay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson Chritian Pedrozo, Project Implementation Team (PIT) head Carmela Marisga, and Brgy. Treasurer Gina Obtinalla participated in the activity.

The MIAC heads coached their community volunteer counterparts on their daily tasks as department heads. Municipal Engineer Sarona oriented PIT head Marisga on the daily tasks of a municipal engineer and taught her tips on how to effectively monitor and finish project implementation. According to Miss Marisga after their coaching session, “Napakahirap pala ng ginagawa ng municipal engineer at mas lalo ko na appreciate yung pag pagiging hands-on nya at pag sangguni sa amin sa tuwing nag paplano sa barangay.”

Hon. Eduardo Gadiano sign his pledge to support the campaign towards institutionalization of the CDD process.

A Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was conducted after the activity wherein they shared the lessons they have learned from their counterparts. Mayor Gadiano shared his thoughts as he said in the discussion “kayang ma institutionalize ang proseso ng CDD sa kahit anong class ng munisipyo kung gugustuhin ng LGU dahil yung proseso ng participative process ay mahalaga para matukoy talaga yung pangangailangan ng isang bayan.” The discussion was proceeded with a signature campaign to adopt and institutionalize CDD on local governance in MIMAROPA.

Community-Driven Development is a strategy used by DSWD Kalahi CIDSS to ensure that the development priorities of a community are addressed in an inclusive, participatory, collective, and demand driven way. This is done through localized decision-making during social preparation activities and in the identification, development, prioritization, establishment, and operationalization of community projects. This strategy aims to empower the community, reduce local poverty, and promote good local governance. It also encourages volunteerism and bayanihan by encouraging people to get involved and work hand-in-hand with their LGUs towards the development of their community.

Through time since its inception, DSWD Kalahi CIDSS MIMAROPA encourages local government units in the MIMAROPA region to adopt/institutionalize the CDD strategy in their governance strategy. The Municipality of Sablayan is one of the first municipalities in the country and the pioneer in MIMAROPA to institutionalize the principles of CDD in their governance and development strategy.


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Municipality of Banton Conducts Third Municipal Talakayan

Banton Romblon—Municipal Inter-Agency Committee Heads, Barangay Officials and workers and community volunteers of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS gathered last June 18, 2018 at the multi-purpose hall of Banton Municipal Hall to conduct the 3rd Municipal Talakayan. The activity aimed to provide feedback to the community on the development interventions and development needs which were addressed and will be addressed by their Local Government Unit of Banton and the other national government agencies. Pressing community needs such as source of livelihood, water system and health and evacuation centers were some of the needs that arose during the activity discussion. Moreover, the municipality has also raised concerns on the data discrepancies which was also addressed at the later part of the activity.

The Municipal Talakayan started at 8:30 am with preliminaries and opening message from Banton’s Vice Mayor, Hon. Loi Fegalan. During the presentation of the data on the first session of Talakayan—the municipal development status, the participants had a discussion on the definition of makeshift houses. The data showed that there are 147 makeshift houses in the town. The people were confused on what a makeshift house is and how come there are many makeshift houses in Banton. The plenary agreed to review the data after the Talakayan to check the actual number of makeshift houses present. The satisfaction rating of the people in terms of poverty reduction, people empowerment, and local governance was also presented in Session one. The ratings were obtained through survey with different people from different sectors in Banton and the results showed that citizens of Banton have an overall Very satisfactory rating in terms of poverty reduction, people empowerment, and local governance.

More so, the second session about the summary of municipal development priorities, interventions, and gaps was presented by Kalahi CIDSS Monitoring and Evaluation Officer III Crisanto Galay Jr. In this session, Mr. Galay discussed the present and future development interventions being addressed by the LGU and other National Government Agencies like the DSWD. The data showed that most of the needs of the communities in Banton are has been addressed like the need for a more accessible water supply. It was followed by the discussion of the third session– municipal development agenda by Engr. Jerry Fadrilan.

Participants review and discuss the presented data to look for consistencies and growth on the previous Talakayan data presented

After the discussion of the three sessions, the participants were invited over a gallery walk to have a second and closer look at the data presented during the first three sessions. The gallery walk was followed by a Focus Group discussion wherein the participants sat down in three different groups: the MIAC heads, the Barangay Officials and Baragay Sub-Project Management Committee chairpersons, and the Barangay Nutrition Scholars and other citizens living in Banton.

The Municipal Talakayan is an activity of the Local Government Unit in partnership with DSWD Kalahi CIDSS to promote transparency in Local Governance. ###

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Modelong Gulayan: Gulayan sa Canturoy

Ang pagkakaroon ng gulayan, ito man ay sa bakuran o sa pamayanan ay sinasabing isang pangangailangan sa kasalukuyan. Kakulangan sa pagkain at pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin ang nakikitang dahilan ng unti-unting pag-unlad ng ganitong mga gulayan. Ang gawain ring ito ay nagbibigay ng magandang pagkakataon sa mga tao sa komunidad na magsama-sama at matuto sa isa’t isa ng mga bagong kakayahan habang kanilang painauunlad ang kanilang mga pananim.

Ang Gulayan sa Barangay sa ilalim ng bio-intensive gardening na inisyatibo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ay isa rin sa nagpapaigting ng kagustuhan ng bawat miyembro nito na magsagawa ng kanilang sariling gulayan sa bakuran o sama-samang magsagawa ng gulayan sa kanilang barangay. Naglalayon itong magkaroon ng masustansiyang pagkain sa hapag-kainan ang bawat pamilya sa komunidad hindi lamang ang mga benepisyaryo nito at magbigay din ng alternatibong pagkakakitaan ang mga miyembro ng programa. Ang pagtatagumpay ng gulayan ay nakasalalay sa partisipasyon at pakikiisa ng bawat miyembro ng cluster sanhi ng magandang dulot at kahalagahan nito sa kanilang mga pamilya at pamumuhay.

Ang bayan ng Rizal sa lalawigan ng Occidental Mindoro ay malugod na niyakap ang panukalang gulayan sa komunidad ng Pantawid Pamilya. Nangunguna sa pagiimplementa rito ay ang Canturoy Community Garden.


Pagtutulungan at Pagkakaisa

Ang gulayan sa Sitio Canturoy, Brgy. Manoot, Rizal ay binubuo ng mga cluster groups mula sa Sitio Amaling II, Sitio Lower Canturoy, at Sitio Upper Canturoy. Enero noong taong 2017 nang nagkaisa ang mga benepisyaryo na magkaroon ng kanilang sariling gulayan sa barangay.

Binubuo ng limang cluster groups ang gulayan na ito na kinabibilangan ng mga sumusunod: Jacinto cluster na may 23 samabahayang miyembro; Gomez cluster na may 33 sambahayang miyembro; Burgos cluster na may 26 sambahayang miyembro; Zamora cluster na may 27 sambahayang miyembro; at Luna cluster na mayroong naman 27 samabhayang miyembro. Ang limang cluster groups na ito ay may mga itinalagang mga gawain na kung saan ang lahat ng miyembro ay sumusunod at regular na isinasagawa ang kanilang mga responsibilidad kagaya ng paghahanda ng pagtatanimang lupa, pagtatanim ng binhi, pagdidilig, pagdadamo, at pagsasaayos sa bakod ng gulayan.

Bagamat malaki ang bilang ng miyembro ng gulayan na ito, maayos naman na naipapatupad ang kani-kanilang tungkulin at rotation ng iskedyul ng bawat cluster. Tuwing Lunes, ang Gomez cluster ang nangangasiwa sa gulayan, na sinundan naman ng Burgos Cluster sa Martes, at Jacinto Cluster sa Miyerkules. Samantala, ang Zamora Cluster ay naka-iskedyul ng Huwebes at Biyernes naman ang mga benepisyaryo ng Luna Cluster. Ang Sabado at Linggo ay itinalaga nilang “open time schedule”, kung saan kung sino mang miyembro ang magawi sa gulayan ay siyang magdidilig ng pananim. Hindi naman nawawalan ng miyembrong magdidilig sa mga araw na iyon sapagkat bawat miyembro ay may pagkukusa at nakikiisa sa layunin ng gulayan na makapagbigay ng masustansyang pagkain ang samabhayan sa kanilang komunidad upang mapangalagaan ang kanilang mga kalusugan.

Nobyembre ng taong 2016 nang ipinagpaalam ng grupo kay Kapitan Bonifacio Custodio ang bahagi ng lupa sa Sitio Lower Canturoy sa pamamagitan ni Kagawad Emil Tamboong upang kanilang magamit na siya namang napagbigyan. Hanggang sa kasalukuyan, ang lugar ay ginagamit pa rin ng grupo sa kanilang paggtatanim.

Hirap ang grupo sa pagkuha ng tubig para sa kanilang gulayan dahil malayo ang kanilang pinagkukuhanan. Sa pag-pagkuha ng tubig, isinasakay nila ang kanilang pinag-igiban sa kariton o tricycle upang madala sa kanilang gulayan. Dahil dito, nanguna ang kanilang mga parent leaders na makapagpagawa ng water system sa kanilang lugar. Hindi lamang ang kanilang gulayan ang nakinabang dito kundi pati na rin ang Barangay Health Station, Child Development Center, Elementary School, at ang mga sambahayang nakatira sa paligid nito.

Noong Setyembre 2017, lalong nabigyang ng motibasyon ang miyembro ng gulayan noong sila ay makakuha ng 3rd Place sa gardening contest ng Rizal Local Government Unit sa pagdaraos ng Nutrition Month. Nakapagbigay ito ng inspirasyon sa kanila sapagkat nakilala ang kanilang sama-samang pagsisikap at ang kanilang patutulungan bilang isang grupo.


Pagpapalawig ng Ugnayan at Kooperasyon

Mula sa pakikipag-ugnayan at suporta ng Pantawid Pamilya, nagkaroon ng inisyatibo ang mga benepisyaryo ng programa ng bumuo ng isang proyekto na makakatulong sa pagtustos sa kanilang pangangailangan sa pagpapagawa ng kanilang water system. Ito ay ang kanilang tinatawag na MaBoteng Pamayanan Project kung saan nangolekta ang mga miyembro ng mga bote, lata, at dyaryo upang ibenta. Ang naipon nila mula rito ay kanilang ibinili ng mga materyales na kailangan sa kanilang water system.

Sa pangunguna ng kanilang Municipal Link, napagkalooban din ng training ang ilan sa mga miyembro ng grupo para sa Organic Pest Management. Ang kanilang natutunan dito ay siya rin naman nilang nagamit sa kanilang gulayan. Nagkaroon din ng Farmers Field Seminar noong Marso 2018 sa pangunguna naman ng Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) ng Rizal na nilahukan ng ga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid, kabilang ang ilang miyembro ng grupo, at pati na rin iba pang hindi benepisyaryo.

Hindi naman naging mahirap para sa gulayan sa Canturoy ang makahanap ng butong kanilang itatanim. Bukod sa mga binhi na kanilang nakukuha mula sa MAO, ang bawat isa ay nagbabahagi rin ng kanilang buto mula sa kanilang mga sari-sariling pananim sa bakuran.

Sa kasalukuyan, mayroon muling inisyatibong isinasagawa ang gulayan ng Canturoy sa pangunguna ng mga parent leaders na sina Rosalie Celestial at Lotis Arevalo. Isang proposal ang kanilang ginawa na kanilang ipinasa sa Department of Agriculture – Occidental Mindoro na naglalayon na sila ay matulungan sa kanilang pagpapatayo ng greenhouse para sa gulayan. Ang proposal na ito ay pinoproseso na upang mapagkalooban ang grupo ng materyales na kanilang kailangan para rito.


Alternatibong Pagkakakitaan

Simula noong mabuo ang gulayan ng Canturoy, nakapagtanim na sila ng 16 klaseng gulay at ilang lamang-ugat. Kalimitan sa kanilang mga tanim ay: kalabasa, talong, okra, patola, sili, malunggay, alugbati, pechay, labanos, kamote, sitaw, singakamas, mani, gabi, sibuyas, at bawang. Sa buong panahon na isinasagawa ng grupo ang pagtatanim, wala namang naitalang pagkakataon na sila ay naapektuhan ng peste o pagkabulok ng pananim. Isang matatandaang pangyayari lamang ay nitong nagdaan ang buwan ng Marso 2018, nang hindi naging maganda ang ani ng grupo sa kanilang pananim na mani, dulot ng tagtuyot, kung saan hindi lahat ng pananim ay nagkaroon ng laman sa loob. Ang ganitong sitwasyon ay sadyang hindi mapipigilan ngunit ayon sa grupo, isang biyaya na sa kanila na mayroon pa rin silang napakinabangan sa kanilang pananim sa kabila ng tindi ng tagtuyot.

Hindi man pangunahing layunin ng gulayan ang aspetong ekonomikal, sinubukan pa rin nilang magbenta ng kanilang ani. Ang presyo ng gulay sa kanilang gulayan ay di hamak na mas mababa kumpara sa presyo ng gulay sa pamilihang bayan kaya naman hindi lamang ang mga miyembro ng grupo ang mga bumibili rito kundi pati na rin ang iba pang mga naninirahan sa komunidad. Halimbawa nito ay sa isang tali ng labanos na may anim na piraso, nagkakahalaga lamang ito na P10.00. Samantala, ang pechay naman na may limang puno kada tali ay nagkakahalaga rin ng P10.00.

Ang ani noong Hunyo 2017 ay nakapagbigay sa kanila ng P480.00 at ang ani naman noong Oktubre 2017 ay nakapagbigay ng P780.00. Ang kanilang kabuuang kita na P1,260.00 mula sa kanilang napagbentahan ay idinagdag sa pondo para sa kanilang water system. Masasabing malaki na rin ang kitang ito sapagkat wala silang masyadong pinagkakagastusan sa kanilang gulayan kundi ang kanilang pagbabakod dito at ang pagbili ng trichoderma, na isang uri ng organikong pestisidyo na nagkakahalaga ng P30.00 kada kilo. Ginagamit nila ito upang sugpuin o bawasan ang sakit ng halaman.


Epekto at Dulot ng Gulayan

Maraming karagdagang kapakinabangan ang gulayan sa komunidad sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaroon ng mataas na bilang ng makukuhang masustansyang pagkain, pagpapalakas ng ugnayan ng mga miyembro ng komunidad, pagbibigay ng positibong benepisyo para sa kapaligiran, at iba pa. Ang mga nabanggit ay sya rin namang nagiging dulot ng gulayan sa Canturoy.

Nakakatuwang isipin na ang gulayang ito ay nakakapagbigay ng magandang epekto sa mga miyembro, sa kanilang mga anak, at maging sa buong komunidad. Napansin ng mga parent leaders, na sila ring nagseserbisyo bilang Barangay Health Workers, na gumaganda ang pangangatawan at estado ng kalusugan ng mga bata sa kanilang komunidad. Bagamat mayroon pa ring mga bata sa kanilang lugar na mayroong mababang timbang o kulang sa laki, isang indikasyon pa rin ito ng pagkamit ng layunin ng grupo para sa kanilang gulayan upang lubusan nang maalis ang kaso ng malnourishment sa kanilang komunidad.

Pagtulong sa kapwa – hindi inaari ng bawat miyembro na ang gulayan ay para lamang sa kanilang mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya. Ito ay isang pamamaraan nila ng pagtulong sa lahat ng naninirahan sa kanilang lugar. Ang gulayan ay nagbigay ng motibasyon sa grupo upang mas mangarap na magpaunlad ng kanilang sarili upang kanilang mapaunlad din ang kanilang buong komunidad. ###


Contributed by: Arrah Grace F. Calanza, ML Rizal, Occidental Mindoro

Edited by: Maria Alyssa L. Esguerra, IO, Pantawid


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DSWD records thousands of poor working children in MIMAROPA

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA has recorded 9,521 poor working children aged 5-17 years old regionwide according to the 2015 Listahanan household assessment.

In Oriental Mindoro, 2,304 working children belong to poor households were identified; 2,393 in Occidental Mindoro; 642 in Marinduque; 747 in Romblon; and 3,435 in Palawan.

From the number identified, 15.9 % (1,519) are farmers; 12.5% (1,186) are fisherfolks; and 0.98% (93) are forestry workers.

In MIMAROPA, the top three municipalities with high cases of working children are San Jose, Occidental Mindoro with 456 children; Brooke’s Point, Palawan with 420; and Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro with 411.

The assessment further revealed that from the poor working children, 69.6% are male and 30.4 % are female.

The department continues advocating to stop the illegal employment of children and report cases of child labors in MIMAROPA.

Listahanan of the DSWD is a government mechanism that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. It is a comprehensive database serves as the basis for selecting government pro-poor program beneficiaries.

June 12 is recognized as the World Day Against Child Labour.  Child labor is work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.###

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DSWD conducts Serbisyo Caravan in Marinduque

Aiming to bring its programs and services closer to the people that it mandated to serve, protect and empower, the Department of Social Welfare and Development together with its partner-stakeholders steered Serbisyo Caravan in three municipalities of Mogpog, Boac and Sta. Cruz Marinduque on 5 to 6 June 2018.

Ginawa po namin ang Information/Serbisyo Caravan na ito upang kami na po mismo ang lumapit sa at magbigay sa inyo ng maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo. Nais po namin na lahat ay aming mapaglingkuran lalo na po ang mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan at ang mga nasa pinakamalalayong lugar na hindi pa po namin naabot,“ ika ni DSWD MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director Floreceli G. Gunio.

During the Information Caravan, participants were oriented about DSWD’s various programs and services, such as its Protective Services for disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors and Promotive Programs such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Booths and help desks were also setup to provide immediate service to the clients. Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials

DSWD put up kiosk for participants who would like to avail Assistance to Individuals and Families in Crisis Situation (AICS) which includes educational, medical, transportation and burial services.

For AICS, a total of P109, 500.00 was disbursed for 35 clients who availed the service in Mogpog, Boac and Sta. Cruz Marinduque.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Municipal SWDO also given their support by setting up booth for the Solo Parent, Person with Disability and Senior Citizen Identity Document (ID).

Department of Health through their Provincial and Municipal Health Office provided medical services such as: voluntary bloodletting; wellness service; advice on adolescent health and teenage pregnancy; and dental program.

On the other hand, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority provided free massage service; Department of Agriculture distributed free seedlings; and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources gave free fingerlings.

Also, Philippine National Police through its Police Provincial Office attended the caravan to ensure safety and security of participants while Department of Science and Technology offered consultations for livelihood and scholarship.

Meanwhile, Provincial Government Unit of Marinduque and Local Government Unit of Mogpog, Boac, Sta. Cruz also extended their unwavering support to the activity through their logistic and manpower assistance.

Information Caravan is also in line with the Duterte administration’s thrust of providing prompt government services to the citizenry. ###

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IP Beneficiaries, Engaged in Communal Gardening

The Indigenous peoples of Barangay Manihala, Sitio Palamang comprising of forty-one (41) beneficiaries from both Regular Conditional Cash Transfer (RCCT) and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) of the Panttawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program have joined together to work hand-in-hand to organize a communal garden.

At first, beneficiaries of the said sitio have their individual backyard gardens which became a great source of vegetables for their daily consumption. They have seen positive results with regards to their health condition especially of their children. They have expressed that they do not need to buy vegetables since they can easily harvest their own from their garden and even sell some of it at times. Their determination in maintaining their individual backyard garden has led the Pantawid staff to encourage them to unitedly start their communal garden. 

With this, Pudo Paladan and Analiza Santos, both IP leaders, have led IP beneficiaries to look for an idle land which they can develop into a yielding ground. They were successful to find a land which is around half hectare and said to be owned by a non-beneficiary.

It was during the IP Consultation Dialoge cum Family day last November 6, 2017 that the IP beneficiaries received seedlings from the Department of Agriculture. They were also provided with gardening tools such as rakes, shovels, bolos, and iron bars among others. Additional seedlings and tools were provided by the Local Government Unit during an event initiated by the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Angel M. Saulong.

In January 2018, they started clearing the said idle land which took all forty-one (41) members of the group to clear and finally plant seeds for three (3) days. Most of their crops are different types of vegetables but they’ve also added corn, peanut, ginger and monggo beans.

To ease the difficulty in watering the plants, the water system provided by the Team Mission from Calapan City was extended through the unity and efforts of the members of the group. They have used up the excess hosepipes of the project and installed it near their garden. The Philippine National Police (PNP) Bansud also gave them pails and dippers which they also use in their everyday watering of their vegetables.

Regular meetings are also conducted to ensure the proper maintenance of the communal garden. Agreements were made which are religiously followed by all the members. All the forty-one (41) members were divided into seven (7) groups comprising of six (6) members each which shall have regular daily schedule of watering the plants and cultivating the plots. It was also agreed upon that if a member would not be able to do the task on his/her schedule, the said member shall pay Php 100.00 which will be used to buy food for those who will be working for that day

The group’s vision is to earn from the crops planted and to invest their income. As of the moment, the beneficiaries have expressed that they will continue to maintain their individual backyard gardens for their daily own personal consumption while the communal garden will be for the economic benefit of the group. Since the establishment of their gulayan, they have already acquired an estimated P1,000.00 for their harvest.

The Gulayan sa Barangay Project of Pantawid Pamilya has not only helped the IP beneficiaries on the aspect of health and economic condition but most especially build up camaraderie and unity of the IP beneficiaries.  It serves as a way for them to talk as a group more often and dream bigger together. ###

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