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Ang Mangingisda ng Balogo: Kwento ng Pagdaong

Si Aris Magramo, 32, at ang kanyang maybahay na si Ann, 32, ay tubong Brgy. Balogo, Calatrava, Romblon. Mayroon silang dalawang anak na may edad na siyam at isang taong gulang. Bago maging benepisyaryo ng Department of Social Welfare and Development sa ilalim ng Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), si Aris ay namamasukan bilang security guard sa siyudad ng Caloocan, Metro Manila.

Noong 2017, napagdesisyunan ni Aris na bumalik sa Balogo upang masubaybayan ang asawang maselan ang pagbubuntis sa ikalawa nilang anak. “Nag-baka sakali lang ako sa Maynila. Naisip ko na may bangka naman na ako sa Balogo kaya bumalik na lang ako”, ani Aris. Siya ay sumailalim na sa Skills Training for Motorized Banca Assembly cum Fish Net Assembly and Repair ng SLP bago pa ito lumuwas ng Maynila upang makipagsapalaran.

“Maraming projects ang pagpipilian. May babuyan, manukan. Ang pinili naming ay fishing dahil pamilya kami ng mga mangingisda”, kwento ni Ann. Ang SLP ang nagbigay ng starter kit na naglalaman ng makina ng bangka, lambat, set gillnet, epoxy, pako, at iba pang materyales sa paggawa ng bangka.

“Bale nung February 2017 ginamit ko na agad ‘yung bangkang pampalaot. Maganda ang kita kaya Awa ng Diyos ay nakapagpagawa ako ng isa pang bangka nung Abril”, ayon kay Aris. Ang halaga ng isang bangka ay naaayon sa sukat nito. Ang maliit na bangka (hindi pa kasama ang makina) ay nagkakahalaga ng Php 20,000.00 habang ang malaki naman ay umaabot ng Php 40,000.00 hanggang Php 45,000.00 depende sa laki nito. Ang kanyang dalawang bangka ay nadagdagan pa ng isa noong taong ding iyon.

“Marami nang nagsabi na bibilhin daw nila itong bangkang bigay ng SLP. Ito kasi ang pinakamalaki dito sa amin kaya tinatawag nilang ‘hitter’ dahil napakaganda sa panghuli talaga nito. Sabi ko naman e kahit na offer-an pa ako ng isandaang libo, hindi ko ito ipagbibili. Ito ang swerte sa amin e”, kwento ni Aris.

Mula sa Php 18,000.00 na kabuuang kita (gross income) ni Aris kada buwan noong security guard pa siya, ngayon ay kumikita siya ng Php 12,000.00 (net income) kada linggo sa pangingisda. “Bale ‘yung sweldo ko ‘nung nasa Maynila ako e mababawasan pa ng renta sa bahay at pagkain. Kaya Php 3,000.00 na lang kada buwan ang naipapadala ko sa misis ko kaya kulang talaga. Pero dito sa amin, ‘yung Php 12,000.00 ay akin na ‘yun. Bawas na dun ‘yung para sa dalawang tauhan ko at iba pang gastos”, salaysay ni Aris.

Si Aris ay pumapalaot dalawang beses sa isang araw: simula 3 AM hanggang 9 AM at 4PM hanggang 10 PM. “Puyat talaga pero kailangan na maaga kasi doon naglalabasan ang mga isda”, ani Aris. Hindi naman problema kay Aris ang pagbebenta ng mga isdang nahuli dahil mayroon ng buyer na nakaabang sa kanyang mga huli. “Pag limang kilo lang ‘yung isda, binebenta ko na sa mga kapitbahay. Nagpupunta sila dito sa amin at nagtatanong kung may pwede ba silang pang-ulam. Binebenta ko na”, dagdag ni Aris.

Matapos ang halos dalawang taon mula nang maging kalahok ng SLP si Aris, “Nabayaran na namin ‘yung motor na hinuhulugan at nakapagpatayo din ng maliit na kubo para sa dalawang anak namin dahil nga mainit dito sa bahay. Napalitan ko na din ng mas malaking ref ‘yung ginagamit ko ngayon sa tindahan. Malakas kasi ang kita ng softdrinks sa amin”, salaysay ni Ann na nagpapatakbo ng maliit na tindahan sa harap ng kanilang bahay.

Bilang ilaw ng tahanan, ibinahagi ni Ann na mahalagang matutunan ng katulad nilang benepisyaryo ang tamang pagbabadyet at pag-iipon. Ayon sa kanya, “Ang kita kasi dapat hinahati ‘yan sa mga gastusin at savings. Hindi dapat mawawala sa paglilista ang ipon. Hindi naman kasi pang-habambuhay ay aasa na kami sa gobyerno. Tsaka mahirap mabaon sa utang”. Masayang ibinahagi ni Ann na dumami ang kanyang paninda kasabay ng paglago ng huling isda ni Aris.

“Bale ang pinag-iipunan naman naming ngayon ay ‘yung pagpapaayos nitong bahay. Tumutulo na kasi siya lalo na kapag umuulan”, kwento ni Ann nang tanungin kung ano pa ang nais maipundar sa mga susunod na taon.

“Nagpapasalamat ako na buo pa din kami bilang asosasyon. Lahat kami nangingisda pa din. Napansin ko kasi na ‘yung ibang asosasyon, hindi na sila nagpatuloy”, salaysay ni Aris nang tanungin ang kalagayan niya bilang isang mangingisda sa barangay. “Hindi naman lahat ay kita. Magastos din mag-maintain ng bangka. Labor pa lang ng isang tao umaabot na ng Php 450.00 kada araw”, kwento ni Aris nang tanungin kung paano niya inaalagaan ang mga bangka. Taun-taon ay kailangan din itong pinturahan upang manatiling maganda at matibay ang mga bangka.

Hindi din mawawala ang panganib na kinakaharap ng mga mangingsidang tulad ni Aris. Ayon sa kanya, ang lambat na pang-tulingan ay ginagamit talaga kapag malalaki ang alon. Naikwento ni Aris na mayroong isang pagkakataon na nakahuli ng halos 180 kilo ng isda ang kanyang kapatid gamit ang maliit niyang bangka kung kaya’t muntikan na itong lumubog sa kalagitnaan ng dagat. “Awa ng Diyos at na-rescue naman sila. Palakasan lang talaga ng loob,” ani Aris.

Ayon kay Ann, nasanay na ito sa trabaho ng asawa. “Dasal lang talaga. Kasi magugutom kami kung hindi siya papalaot”, salaysay niya. Maging ang pamilya ni Ann ay mga mangingisda kaya naman lumaki itong nangarap din mamuhunan sa bangkang pangisda. Sa katunayan, marunong din siyang mangisda ngunit hindi na nakakasama dahil sa tindahan at dalawang anak nila.

“Walang makakapantay doon sa kasama mo ang pamilya mo, nakikita mong lumalaki ang mga anak mo. Mahirap man paminsan-minsan, sa kanila ka huhugot ng lakas ng loob para tumayo”, ayon kay Aris nang tanungin kung ano ang pinakamalaking naitulong ng SLP sa kanyang pamilya.  ###

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Tindahan ng Malinsuno: A Model of Community Store in Balabac, Palawan

Convenience stores are often overshadowed by giant supermarkets in the city but for Sitio Malinsuno in Balabac, Palawan, sari-sari stores are important part of the community.

Being a thriving small town in the islet, Sitio Malinsuno is situated in the southernmost part of the province. All goods and services from the mainland are transported by water. Local residents literally rough their way to Barangay Buliluyan, (the last barangay at the southernmost tip of mainland Palawan) or to Barangay Rio Tuba (the most developed barangay in the municipality of Bataraza) to get their basic commodities.

Adding to the difficulty in transportation is that boats used to buy basic goods in the mainland are the same boats used for fishing as livelihood of the residents.

Aiding the Challenge through Small-Scale Enterprise

To aid in the inconvenient transportation of goods and services, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) brought an alternative livelihood to residents in 2013.

A seed capital fund was released to 30 members of the Malinsuno Island SEA-K Association. After two years, members were able to pay the rollback amount to DSWD and were able to save Php 5,000.00 each. Then, majority of the members decided to pull out their savings to put up a community store in the village.

The Birth of Tindahan ng Malinsuno

Tindahan ng Malinsuno SEA-K Association began its operation in 2015 with two objectives: to sustain the benefits gained from the seed capital fund and to make basic commodities readily available and affordable in their community.

Aside from raising the initial capital for this project, the Malinsuno Island SEA-K Association members strengthened their capability as an organization to manage a community enterprise.

Through the assistance of SLP and other agencies, innovative policies were formulated through participatory processes. Aside from establishing the community’s credibility as an association, this also served as an avenue for the government to provide welfare assistance to the remote areas.

The continuous partnership between the partner stakeholders and the association led to the increase in their assets. After a year of operation, the community store was able to gain profit enough for each member to have a fair share of Php 8,000.00 and also to earn enough capital for the next cycle of its operation.

By the end of 2017, each member’s share has rocketed to an increase from a minimum of Php 10,000.00 up to a maximum of Php 14,000.00. At present, the community store is still rolling out for another cycle and its assets continues to increase.

Empowering Women, Empowering Community

Majority of members of the Malinsuno Island SEA-K Association is women. The implementation of SLP generated employment to these women. The birth of the community store organized and empowered the women as they now earn and provide income for their families. Aside from managing their household, they became key players in this microenterprise. Every member has his/her assigned schedule to man the store every day to sustain its operations.

This collective effort has brought a drastic change in the purchasing power and even the mode of purchase of residents. From crossing the sea to buy their day-to-day commodities for a relatively higher price, they are now able to acquire these on cheaper prices. In effect to the community, this has also neutralized the product pricing in the islet as other enterprises also lowered their pricing.

The birth of a convenience store that provided products at lower prices and supplied the needs of the local residents without them crossing the sea to go to mainland is a clear manifestation of the impact of small-scale enterprise to the community. ###

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More evacuation centers closing as ‘Habagat’ evacuees return home in OcciMin  

Continuous distribution of relief assistance to affected families in Occidental Mindoro

Only two (2) evacuation centers managed by Local Government Unit (LGU) in Occidental Mindoro remain open as temporary housing for 176 families or 824 persons affected by South West Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Typhoon ‘Josie’.

At the height of ‘Habagat’, close to 105 evacuation centers were opened to accommodate the affected families.

On the other hand, 78 families or 370 persons are currently staying with their relatives and friends.

Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos today said that even the number of evacuation centers decreased the Department is continuously giving disaster assistance to affected families.

“The decrease in opened evacuation centers may be a good sign that affected families are now ready to start anew. We all know that Filipinos are resilient, even how may typhoons and disasters strike us we will recover quickly. But in our part rest assured, that department will not be complacent in providing the necessary assistance to affected families, even they are inside or outside the evacuation centers,” said RD Naviamos.

As of this writing, a total of 250 Family Food Packs are being distributed in the Municipality of Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro.   While 446 Family Food Packs amounting to Php 186, 428.00 were already distributed to Rizal, Paluan, and San Jose Occidental Mindoro.

To date, the Department has recorded a total of 8,817 affected families or 41, 575 affected persons in 92 barangays of OcciMin and OrMin.

DSWD in coordination with Provincial and Municipal Disaster Risk and Management Office and Local Government Unit of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro continuously monitor and validate the affected areas and families in order to provide appropriate assistance for them. ###

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DSWD extends relief assistance to families affected by ‘Habagat’ in OcciMin and OrMin

Distribution of Family Food Packs (FFPs) in Occidental Mindoro

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA intensifies the operation of its Quick Response Team (QRT) in responding to the needs of affected families in Occidental and Oriental Mindoro due to Southwest Monsoon or ‘Habagat’ enhanced by Tropical Depression ‘Josie’.

DSWD also maintains its vigilant coordination with LGUs in Occidental and Oriental Mindoro for the provision of relief assistance.

As of July 24, 12 noon, the DSWD has distributed a total of 162 food packs amounting to Php 67, 716.00 in the municipalities of Rizal and Paluan Occidental Mindoro while prepositioned goods in municipalities of Sablayan and Mamburao are scheduled to be distributed today.

As of press time, the Department has recorded a total of 7,165 affected families or 32,812 affected persons in 68 barangays of OcciMin and OrMin.

Of this data, a total of 1,890 families or 8,734 persons are staying in 30 evacuation centers in Occidental Mindoro. On the other hand, 591 families or 2,768 persons are currently staying with their relatives and friends.

DSWD MIMAROPA Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos assured the preparedness of the Department to provide assistance to affected families in Occidental Mindoro especially after it has been declared in state of calamity.

“The department has always available stockpile of Family Food Packs per SWADT offices of MIMAROPA region and 200 to 300 prepositioned goods per strategic cluster municipality and identified Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) /critical areas.  So during disaster, assistance can be given immediately to affected families,” said RD Naviamos.

DSWD also converged with the Local Government Unit and other partner-agencies to expedite aid to affected citizens.

“Right now, we are closely coordinating with the LGU for the augmentation of resources and extending aid to affected families due to ‘Habagat’. In fact, as of this moment, there’s an ongoing DSWD relief distribution in Occidental Mindoro,” said RD Naviamos.

Child-friendly spaces were also set up in evacuation centers in Occidental Mindoro to provide games, informal education and other activities for displaced children.

“In times of disaster, we shouldn’t forget the wellness of vulnerable sectors such as children, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and women. The department ensures that friendly spaces are provided for them,” sited RD Naviamos.

RD Naviamos also reminded the public to become vigilant especially the province has been declared in state of calamity due to continuous heavy rains and flash floods.

Four (4) casualties were reported in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. Of four casualties: two (2) were victims of landslide; one (1) was strucked by a falling tree; and one (1) drowned.  On the other hand, two (2) persons were reported missing in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.

“We encourage the public to remain safe. If you were advised to evacuate your place, please do so in order to avoid further casualties.”

To date, there are available stockpile of 33, 470 family food packs in all Social Welfare and Development Team (SWADT) and Regional Warehouses of MIMAROPA.

Also the Regional Office is scheduled to repack additional 1, 366 family food packs to be delivered in affected areas.

Quick Response Team will continue providing reports about the status of affected population and disaster operations.   ###

 

 

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Work Now Pay Later Scheme– the Secret to the Success of Road Implementation in Agojo

The only way used by the residents of Sawang going to the center of the barrio to which daycare center, elementary school, health center and barrio hall are situated is the Sawang/Datag Road, and people from the southern part of Barangay Agojo who wants to go to mainland Looc during Monsoon/Typhoon season is through the same road, the Sawang/Datag Road. Using this road during such season is a dangerous journey not only for children and women but to the elderlies as well.

Flood during rainy season reaches to 3-4 feet that is why pupils will absent in their class most of the time during this season that leads to declining grades of the pupils. Aside from that, this road becomes muddy that when floodwater subsides, mud is knee depth. Agricultural products and marine products by the fishermen cannot be peddled to the mainland due to bad condition of the road, and if luckily reaches the market in Looc proper, it is sold in much lower price because it is not fresh anymore and even in deteriorating condition, that really affect the economic survival of the people of Agojo. Patients and pregnant women cannot immediately brought to the hospital which is again located in mainland Looc and sometimes it resulted to worsening condition or death. Local and foreign tourist and even visitors from Looc are discouraged to visit Agojo because of the unfavorable condition of Sawang/Datag Road.

Sufferings of people of Agojo from this Sawang/Datag Road is prevalent for a long time. According to Ruby Mondia, a resident of Sitio Sawang and became Community Volunteer (BAC member) “simula pa noong bata pa ako at nag-aaral ng elementarya hanggang noong akoy nagkaanak, di ko naranasan magsuot man lang ng sapatos dahil sa putik ng daanan galing dito sa aming sitio papuntang Barrio. Hanggang yung mga ank ko ang nag aaral at hinanhatid ko sa school ay ganun padin ang kalagayan ng kalsadang iyan”. She was narrating her dilemma while crying. She added, “ayaw ko na sana maranasan ng mga anak ko ang mga naranasan ko dati pero wala naman akong magawa”. The same sentiment was expressed by other resident living in Sawang and Datag (adjacent sitio) Lito Santillan. They added that some of the residents of Sitio Sawang sustained injuries beacause of accidents in the same road that was confirmed by Brgy. Secretary Jovel Socito based on the Barangay Tanod’s logbook.

RAY OF HOPE

All the worries of the Residents of Agojo was turned into excitement when their Barangay was prioritized during MIBF in KC-NCDDP 3rd Cycle and the project proposal submitted for prioritization was for the concreting of 1.3 Km Sawang/Datag Road with RCBC and Stone Masonry. Majority of the Community Volunteer are from that Sitio who were most affected by the Sawang/Datag Road problem. They are much willing to help and work for the fulfillment and realization of their dreams to have a concrete road to alleviate the hardships of the people for so many years. The Sub-projects has a budget allocation of Php 5,603,574.00 and it was started on November 7, 2017.

 

SUB-PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION PROBLEM

Sub-project allocation for the Sawang/Datag amounted to Php 5,603,574.00 but half of that budget cost was for the hauling cost of materials. There were no construction materials available in Barangay Agojo like sand, gravel, cement, stone (rubbles) and round bar iron. All these materials were purchased and hauled/transported from Looc mainland to Barangay Agojo by boat that cost a lot, aside from the risk from strong winds and rough to very rough sea caused by monsoon and typhoon season.

Apart from hauling problems by the suppliers, weather conditions and low tide dilemma, lack of laborers contributed to the delay of implementation the Sub-Project. Additional problem cropped up prior to the Sub-project Implementation when Suppliers are hesitant to bid because of the huge expenses that they will incur in delivering the materials, the risk and safety of their personnel and supplies is also at stake during transporting of the same. Also, no pump boats are allowed to travel during typhoon and monsoon season because the sea is rough due to strong winds that was the policy of Philippine Coast Guard and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Laborers are also scarce in Barangay Agojo, because of its location which is near to the island of Boracay, workers are enticed to work in that island which is paying double rather than working in KALAHI Sub-Project which is just paying Php 250 (Municipal Rate). Barangay Agojo already delivered its Bayanihan commitment worth Php 200,000 but it not enough since work to be done is huge especially on the embankment this is to raise the road so that flooding will not be a problem anymore.

 

“WORK NOW PAY LATER SCHEME” PROPOSAL

In the middle of Sub-Project implementation when the Community Volunteer were able to hurdle many problems related to supply of materials, weather conditions, lack of laborers and failure in bidding; Another major problem cropped up, the budget for the laborers for first tranche was already consumed and the next budget for labor is to be requested in 2nd and final tranche. The materials were available but there is no available budget for the payment of the laborers to sustain the remaining number of days of work. The requested fund for 2nd and final tranche is about 1.2 million and it will take many weeks before it can be downloaded from the Regional Office and these are still subject to review

During 4th Barangay Assembly last February 2018, issues and concerns with regards to the halt of work on the Sub-Project and labor cost were tackled by ACT, MCT and BLGU officials. According to the Municipal Area Coordinator Neil Fopalan, there is a need to finish the Sub-Project before the timeline of Asian Development Bank on April 2018. According to him, failure to obligate the fund for 2nd and final tranche before the deadline, will mean fund for the requested tranche shall not be downloaded to the community bank account, which means that in order to finish the project the M/BLGU will shoulder the remaining balance for the project cost to complete the project 100%. According to the Technical Facilitator Cyril Gado, requirements for the request of 2nd and final tranche is to have 60% Physical accomplishment, and according to him, the Physical Accomplishment of Agojo is just 50% below the required target of Kalahi-CIDSS.

Barangay Captain Minnie Torrente challenged her constituents to come up with a positive action in order continue the implementation of the project and ultimately finish the Sub-Project before the timeline even if budget for Labor is still to be requested and soon to be downloaded and she fears also that weather condition might change from good to worse for the next month, which could cause further delay in the implementation.

Community Volunteers and willing citizen responded to the call of the ACT/MCT and BLGU by presenting themselves to help resume work or volunteer to work as soon as possible for continuation of Sub-Project Implementation even if the payment/salary for laborer is to be paid after the downloading of funds for 2nd and final tranche, just to meet the timeline of ADB and the project could be used as soon possible by the people. That proposal was approved by the Barangay Assembly they called that scheme “WORK NOW PAY LATER”. Under this arrangement

Approved by the community, CV’s and Laborers will do the following:

  • Mag tratrabaho sila habang hinihintay ang pag download ng 2nd and Final tranche na kung saan doon kukunin ang kanilang pambayad.
  • Mag papaluwal si Kapitan ng sarili niyang pera para doon sa mga emergency na pangangailangan ng mga trabahador.
  • Mag tratrabaho ang 15 o mahigit pa na trabahador na ayon sa kanilang kagustuhan at walang sapilitan
  • Kahit linggo ay magtratrabaho ang mga laborer na gusto para lang matapos ang project bago sumapit ang deadline
  • Mag dodonate ng meryenda sa mga trabahador ang ang mga pamilya na malapit at madadaanan ng ginagawang kalsada.
  • Magbibigay din ng meryenda sa mga trabahador ang mga kagawad at iba pang gustong mag donate nito.

For the people of Barangay Agojo, MONEY IS SECONDARY and what is important to them is their commitment to finish the Sub-Project as soon as possible for the benefits of the community.

 

BEAT THE DEADLINE

Because of the willingness and sacrifices of the people of Barangay Agojo using the scheme

“WORK NOW PAY LATER” and able to fulfill the following

  • Installed the stone masonry on the side of the concreted pavement
  • Box Culvert was completed within 3 days
  • Riprapping was accomplished by one week
  • From 50% Physical Accomplishment they were able to complete the concreting of the road by 15 days.

The 2nd phase of Sub-Project Implementation go on smoothly and finished it last March 16, 2018 and inaugurated April 20, 2018. Fund for 2nd and final tranche was downloaded to the Community Bank account on April 3, 2018 and all the Laborers were paid immediately (good for 30 days works) and including the Suppliers of the materials.

The commitment of the people of Barangay Agojo paid off and they can use the SP earlier than expected and the whole community are happy to their accomplishments. “Completing the Sub-Project on time is much sweeter than the salary we received, but we got it both “Dominador Gregorio Jr. (Foreman) said.

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

When the Sub-Project was finished, the lives of the people of Agojo changed, according to Kagawad Segundino Buenaventura these are the changes happened in their community:

  • Maaga nang nakakapasok ang mga bata sa iskwelahan na safe at naka sapatos na
  • Madali nang sunduin ang mga bata sa school ng mga nanay at tatay sakay sa mga motorsiklo
  • Hindi na nalalamog and mga gulay at prutas kasama na ng mga lamang dagat papunta ng palengke ng Looc at dahil diyan lahat ng ito ay nabebenta sa mataas na presyo
  • Madali nang madala sa hospital ang mga may sakit at buntis.
  • Dumami na ang mga turista at madami na ang bumili ng lupa dito sa Agojo.
  • May bumabyahe nang mga single na motor at tricycle para maghatid ng mga bata sa school at mga pasahero
  • May peace of mind na at di na nag aalala sa mga anak na pumapasok sa daycare at elementary school.
  • Maliwanag na maglakad sa gabi at masarap na mamasyal

 

TEARS OF JOY

Sub-Project of Barangay Agojo was built by unity and sacrifices of the people. As a result, the finished road according to the people is “Sadya-sadya guid” (beautiful) “ag tibay guid” (well-built/quality work”. During inauguration last April 20, 2018, community volunteers specially the Project Implementation Team (PIT) Head Victor Tayco cried while narrating the hardships they experienced during implementation of the SP. He thanked everybody for the help and he said, “Why I am crying? It is a tears of joy” he said. He is happy because the project was finished and the people of Agojo specifically the children will never experience the hardships of travelling the muddy road anymore, but instead they can now use their bikes and can wear their shoes everyday going to school.

 

RECOGNITION BY THE STAKEHOLDERS

The Municipal Mayor of Looc, Hon. Leila M. Arboleda expressed gratitude to the Community Volunteer for the successful SPI and thanking the Laborers and the people of Agojo for their unselfish effort to work even if salary was not yet available only after the downloading of 2nd and Final Tranche. Because of their noble deeds, all Community volunteers were given a plaque of Recognition/Appreciation by the Mayor.

As a result of the extraordinary accomplishments of Barangay Agojo to beat the timeline of Sub-Project Implementation compelled by the funder, it was considered as a contributing factor why the Municipality of Looc was given again a BONUS CYCLE by KC-NCDDP under the THEMATIC/CDD Cycle.

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DSWD Kalahi CIDSS conducts Thematic CDD Pre-Engagement Consultation Workshop for LGUs

Pasig City, Metro Manila- The Local Chief Executives of the town of Araceli, Cagayancillo, and Magsaysay, Palawan; Banton, Calatrava, and Looc, Romblon; Gloria, Oriental Mindoro; and Sablayan Occidental Mindoro attended the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS MIMAROPA’s Pre-Engagement Consultation Workshop with the Local Government Units on Thematic Community-Driven Developmet (CDD) Pilot Project Implementation last July 17-19, 2018 at the Linden Suites in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The Thematic CDD is a new pilot project of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS wherein the LGUs will select a concept based on their development plans in which they will incorporate the process of CDD to the chosen theme that they will implement.

Hon. Noel Beronio of Araceli, Palawan, Hon. Rommel Dela Torre of Magsaysay, Palawan, Hon. Joseph Fadri of Banton Romblon, Hon. Marieta Babera of Calatrava, Romblon; Hon. Leila Arboleda of Looc, Romblon; Hon. German ROdegerio of Gloria, Oriental Mindoro; and Hon. Eduardo Gadiano of Sablayan Occidental Mindoro attended the said activity together with their LGU delegations which consist of Sangguniang Bayan member for Appropriations, Association of Barangay Captain President, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, and the Municipal Area Coordinator.

The three-day activity provided a comprehensive orientation on Thematic CDD and has also discussed and aswered the queries and concerns of the LGUs regarding its implementation of the Thematic CDD and the concepts selected by LGUs to implement in their municipalities.

Engr. Marvin Trillana discussed the Participatory WASH implementation of Cagayancillo

On the first day, Regional Community Development Specialist (RCDS) Ma. Claire Panganiban presented the Thematic CDD and its

implementation timeline. RCDS Panganiban presented the three main themes that the LGUs can gear their concepts to: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Sustainable Livelihood, and Sustainable Eco-Tourism. Afterwards, the LGUs, together with the Area Coordinators planned and discuss among themsel

ves the possible concepts that they will implement in their town.

On the morning of the second day, three resource speakers where invited to provide inputs on Sustainable Livelihood and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. Mr. Louie Mencias, Training Director of Blue Water Consultancy

discussed and provided his expert inputs on community based eco-tourism and sustainable livelihood. More so, Miss Jing Ocampo from Compassion International and Mr. Marvin Trillana, Community Infrastructure Officer of Palawan Cluster, discussed and shared their expertise on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

 

 

Hon. Noel Beronio discusses to the plenary their Thematic CDD concept on DRRM geared on community resiliency

The LGUs sat with their team and with the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS consultants and with the invited resource speakers to polish their concept notes. On the morning of July 19, the LGUs presented the Thematic CDD concepts they have agreed to implement:

  • DRRM geared towards community resiliency: Araceli and Magsaysay, Palwan and Banton Romblon
  • DRRM geared on community solid waste management: Gloria, Oriental Mindoro and Sablayan
  • Community-based Participatory WASH implementation: Cagayancillo, Palawan
  • Sustainable Livelihood through Community-based Eco-tourism: Calatrava, Romblon

The concepts presented by the LGU were yet to be approved by the National Program Management Office of Kalahi CIDSS.

After the presentation of the concepts, the LGUs signed their commitment to a more inclusive and participatory local governance through the used of Kalahi CIDSS’ CDD strategy.

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.

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DSWD Kalahi CIDSS orients TWG on Thematic CDD

Pasig City, Metro Manila- Technical Working Group (TWG) who will serve as guide to the Local Government Units on the implementation of Thematic (Community-Driven Development) CDD pilot project are gathered last July 16-17, 2018 at the Linden Suites to discuss how Thematic CDD will be implemented and how the team can fully provide technical support to the LGUs in the implementation of this pilot project.

The Thematic CDD is a new pilot project of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS wherein the LGUs will select a concept based on their development plans in which they will incorporate the process of CDD to the chosen theme that they will implement.

Deputy Regional Program Manager for Kalahi CIDSS Maria Liza Peraren discuss with the TWG the Thematic CDD Concept

Area Coordinators, Municipal Financial Analyst, and Technical Facilitator comprised the TWG. On the two-day activity, the Regional Program Management Office of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS discussed with the TWG the Thematic CDD and their roles in its implementation and the DSWD promotive programs directives.

The TWG discussed the challenges they faced on their previous implementation of Kalahi CIDSS NCDDP and how they can improve/prevent these challenges in the LGUs’ implementation of Thematic CDD. Moreover, the TWG crafted their workplan on the Thematic CDD implementation.

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Fear No More

“ Taong 2010, bago akong sesaryan, binuhat ako nang asawa ko papunta sa Barangay Hall, mga 3PM dahil rumaragasa na yung tubig, at mataas na yung baha. Sobrang takot ko noon dahil hindi ako marunong lumangoy, inisip ko baka ako naman yung mamatay.” [It was year 2010, i was newly cesarean and my husband carry me to the barangay hall. It was 3pm and the flood was getting higher. I was so afraid because I do not know how to swim, I was thinking i might die. ]

 Irene Milagrosa, 51, a resident of Barangay Pili recounted her experience before as she faced the cruel and ravaging Looc River that had also took the lives of the people dear to her in year 1988. Irene recalled when she received a call in Manila from her family in Romblon which shook her from her seat. Their house was taken by the huge flood together with his nephew and brother-in-law.

From then on, Irene always feared for huge floods whenever their community is drummed by heavy rains and severe weathers.

 

Danger amidst thriving community

Roughly three (3) kilometers from Poblacion, Barangay Pili is considered as one of the poorest Barangays in the Municipality of Looc. Nevertheless, it is blessed with fertile land and enough water coming from the Mt. Bongan-bongan that allowed the people to produce crops mostly of rice, banana, and rootcrops to feed their family and their community.

The people of Pili have a dream of an improved life by producing more crops and by sending their children to school. However, on the onset of heavy raining, their crops die and their children are not able to attend school. Heavy raining also raises the water in Looc River which then poses threat to the lives and livelihood of the people in Pili.

Over the years, the flooding gets worse and eventually erodes huge parts of the road used by people to transport their produce and by the pupils to go to their school.

Amelia Ibabao, 59, BSPMC Secretary of Pili, narrated how she felt whenever she crosses the said road before. “Mahirap dumaan nakaka-kaba at nakakatakot, dahil ang lupa kasi unti-unti siyang nakakabkab, lalo na kapag umuulan at bumabaha.” [It was difficult to cross, I was noervous and scared because the path is slowly eroding, mostly when its raining and flooding].

Parents and teacher will always fear for the safety of their children, especially during the severe rainy days.

Levie Palacio, the principal of Pili Elementary school had been worrisome to the pupils during breaks and after class as many of them play in the river. “May mga tanod na nag babantay doon (sa tabing ilog) para mapigilian ang mga bata,” said Principal Levie. Yet, she recalled that the pupils still jumped into the water as if there are no threats to them being taken away by the strong river currents. [there are security officers guarding (by the riverside) to prevent the children from playing there.]

More so, Principal Levie also shared the worries of the parents whenever heavy rains started pouring. “Pag uumulan na, sinusundo na ng mga magulang ang anak nila, wala naman kaming magagawa kaya hinahayaan na namin.” [When heavy rains started pouring, the parents start to fetch their children, we cannot do anything about it so we just allow them the parents to do so.]

During days of continuous raining, the school mandatorily suspends classes to prevent casualties among the students.

Principal Levie added, that she was grateful whenever the pupils are able to attend class on rainy weathers, but they still fear for the safety of their pupils as the river may rise anytime.

 

Standing up for safety

 The continuous erosion of the riverbank  and the threat brought by the flooding of Looc River had made the people of Pili anxious about their family’s and livelihood’s safety. When Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan, Comprehensive and integrated delivery of social services (Kalahi CIDSS) came to barangay pili, the people had identified their most pressing needs through the process of Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) wherein the people will analyze the root causes of their problems and identify the solution to these root causes.

The flooding caused by Looc River had topped the problems faced by the community. In that case, the people had identified the long-term solution to their problem which is the extension of the flood control.

It was never an easy task, as attested by Segundino Nadal Jr., the BSPMC of Barangay Pili.

His dreary eyes speak of the difficulty they faced during the project implementation as he recalled how they built the project. “Two weeks kaming naghukay, at sa panahong yun, ay nagkaroon pa nang baha at landslide. Ang hirap nang pinagdaanan namin, kasi maghuhukay ulit kami. Pero hindi kami sumuko, nagpatuloy padin kami.” [ We’ve been digging for two weeks, and by that time, a landslide and flooding had occured. It was very difficult becasue we need to start digging again.]

The mishap caused by the landslide had caused a delay in the construction. However, for BSPMC Segundino, it was not a setback. “Sa kabila nang mga kinaharap na problema, mabilis padin yung naging trabaho dahil nagtra-trabaho din yung foreman namin. Magagaling din yung mga laborer namin. Nakatulong din na pinapa-snacks nang mga tao at nang Barangay ang mga nagtra-trabaho. Siniguro ko din na lage akong nandon para ma-monitor yung proyekto at mga trabahador at volunteers.” [Despite the hardships we’ve faced, the work has been relatively fast because our foreman also worked in the project. Our laborers were also excellent workers. More so, the people and the barngay officials gave snacks for the laborers. Nevertheless, I always ensure that I am present in the project site to monitor the laborers and my co-volunteers.]

Not everything went smoothly during the implementation as, PIT head Jenny Fontamillas shared how she mediated the conflict among the laborers. “Nagrereklamo sa schedule nang pa-trabaho (ang mga laborers), pero naipaliwanag naman nang maayos, at naintindihan naman nila na kailangan bigyan nang pagkakataon ang iba nagusto din magtrabaho (sa sub-project).”

PIT Jenny also noted how her family complains as she usually go to attend the Kalahi CIDSS meeting. She noted how her children complains about her being away and working for kalahi without pay. Nevertheless, Fontamillas explained to her family how she enjoyed her work as a kalahi cidss volunteer and how she appreciates the praise and gratitude of the people because of the sacrifices she made as a kalahi cidss community volunteers.

 

Safe at last

 At present, the people of Pili, no longer worry about rising water during severe weathers. Classes are no longer cancelled and the people’s crops reach the market place even during severe rainy weathers. Most importantly, the people realized that their unified efforts could make a difference in their community.

“Namulat yung mga tao na pwede sila makagawa nang project. At makikita mo talaga yung difference nang project ng KALAHI at ibang project ng gobyerno, sa quality.” [The people are enlightened that they can have a project built.A nd you can see the difference of KALAHI and other government projects in terms of its quality.]  Barangay Chairperson of Pili Rey Dalisay said as he recalled how he saw the bayanihan spirit of the people of Pili even after the completion of the flood control.

The .80 Meters Flood Control Project, truly made a difference in the lives of the residents of Barangay Pili. Despite the flood and landslide that occurred during the implementation, and the misunderstanding among volunteers and workers, they persevered and rose above their situation. Their sacrificial investment of time and effort just to finish the sub-project, motivated with their own and their children’s welfare and safety had made the sub-project into fruition and can be summarized with BSPMC Chairperson Nadal’s note–“the Kalahi Experience was all worth it.”

The Barangay officials having witnessed the practice of good governance during the implementation of the sub-project, which led to the volunteers and the Barangay officials in pursuing funding for their non-prioritized sub-project during the MIBF-PRA.

The flood control built through the efforts of the people of Barangay Pili

They lobbied the sub-project to the Local Government Unit and were granted with multiple sub-projects, which funding even extended to the provincial level as Governor Eduardo Firmalo himself offered to fund the extension of the flood control.

With grateful hearts, the people of Pili continue to hope for more projects from KALAHI-CIDSS as they see it of good quality, and because of the sense of involvement and ownership that they felt. The people together with the Barangay Officials, assured that they will continue to work together as one community towards the development of their Barangay.

Now, Irene and the rest of the people of Pili will no longer have to worry on their lives and property’s safety as the flood control has finally been built and is protecting the people from the ravaging waters of Looc River.

With a wide smile on her face, Irene said, “Wala na kaming takot ngayon, at para mapangalagaan ang proyekto, kami po ay lagi namang tumutulong sa mga bayanihan na pinapatawag nang barangay sa kalahi man o hindi.” [We are no longer have fear, and to help with the maintenance of the project, we will always assist in the bayanihan in the barangay whether it is for Kalahi or not.]

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