Archive | November, 2018

Bangbangalon Consumers Cooperative undergoes Skills Training on Meat Processing: Way to Another Income-Generating Activity

Bangbangalon Consumers Cooperative, an active SLP Association, continuously looks for opportunities for additional income-generating activities. Through the help of the Implementing Project Development Officer in the municipality, the SLPA was granted a Skills Training on Meat Processing sponsored by the Negosyo Center of the Department of Trade and Industry. Some of them have already undergone a training but they still want to learn new ideas and techniques in the industry.

The training was conducted last October 26-27, 2018 at the office of the Cooperative in Bangbangalon Looban, Boac, Marinduque. Aside from the thirty participants from the said SLPA, five non-members were also able to attend the training. This act of inclusivity is an evidence of their social responsibility – extending help to other members of the community.

Mr. Adonis T. Analista, Provincial Coordinator of SLP, graced the event as he gave his message to the participants. The Boac Negosyo Center Coordinator, Ms. Sarah Jane Narvaez, was also present alongside the Project Development Officers, Municipal Link, and Social Welfare Assistant of DSWD.

Mrs. Nenita Gonzales of the School of Technology of Marinduque State College served as the resource person. The school has been a partner of SLP in its trainings. A pre-test was given to assess the level of knowledge of participants in meat processing, followed by a discussion on the topic.

The two-day training provided an avenue for the participants to learn how to make meat products such as ham, tocino, patties, siomai, and embutido. Participants were grouped for the actual activities; they were assisted by MSC students who were with the trainers throughout the training. On the second day, they cooked all the processed meat and garnished them using their own creativity.

The Provincial Coordinator of Boac Negosyo Center, Ms. Elayzah R. Mantaring, did the food tasting and selected the best among the output. Participants also shared their experience throughout the training. Certificates and token of appreciation were given to the resource persons for giving assistance and sharing their expertise. ###

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Pamela C. Ligas

Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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Gulayan sa barangay ng Malis

Brooke’s Point, Palawan – Bawat benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program sa Brgy. Malis, Brooke’s Point, Palawan na mayroong 9 na grupo at 250 na myembero ay sama-samang nagtanim at bumuo ng gulayan sa kanilang barangay na nagsimula noong unang linggo ng Hulyo taong 2018.

Gulayan sa barangay ng Malis

Isa sa nakikitang sagot sa pagkakaroon ng isang malusog na pangangatawan at pagbawas sa kaso ng malnutrisyon sa kanilang komunidad ay ang pagkakaroon ng gulayan sa barangay bukod pa sa gulayan sa bakuran.

Kaya naman, napagtanto ng bawat myembrong kasapi ng samahan na magtulungan mula sa paglilinis, pagbubungkal, paghahanap ng binhi at ang pagtatanim sa kanilang napiling lugar sa barangay, hanggang sa pag-ani ng bawat gulay na kanilang itinanim, at napagkakitaan sa pamamagitan ng pagtitinda ng kanilang mga ani sa palengke. Ilan sa mga gulay na kanilang itinanim ay okra, siling haba, kalabasa, patola, kamatis at sitaw na masasabing isa sa may pinakamalapad na taniman.

Ayon kay Gng. Theresa Ambuan, isa sa mga parent leaders ng nasabing barangay, na isa itong malaking tulong sa bawat myembro ng programa sapagkat ang iba’y dating walang intensyon sa pagtatanim ay natuto at nakita nilang hindi imposible na ito’y kanilang mapagkakitaan din. Dagdag pa niya, simula ng sila’y nagtanim hanggang sa katapusan ng buwan ng Nobyembre sila ay kumita na ng higit sa P7,000.00 na kanilang magagamit na kanila namang paghahatian para sa kanilang pansariling gastusin.

Ipinakikita lamang dito na hindi imposible na magkaroon ng magandang resulta ang bawat pagsusumikap, matutong magkaroon ng positibong pananaw sa buhay ng tulong-tulong para sa pagkakaroon ng isang malusog na mamamayan sa isang komunidad.

Buhat nang ang gulayan sa baranggay ng Malis ay nabuo, nakita hindi lamang ng nga benepisyaro kundi pati na rin ang mga taong nasa barangay ang magandang epekto nito: nabawasan ang malnutrisyon, nagkaroon ng dagdag na kita ang mga miyembro, at napagtibay din ang samahan ng bawat pamilya at grupo. Dahil dito naisin ng bawat miyembro kasama ang konseho ng baranggay na ipagpatuloy, susuportahan, at ibabahagi pa sa iba ang gawaing ito. ###

 

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DSWD MIMAROPA kinilala ang mga iba’t ibang partners sa 2018 Gawad Listahanan

Mga representante mula sa iba’t ibang sangay ng pamhalaan at sektor ng lipunan.

ODIONGAN ROMBLON- Kinilala ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – MIMAROPA Region ang ilang stakeholders at partners nito sa pamamagitan ng 2018 Gawad Listahanan na ginanap sa nasabing bayan nitong Martes, November 27.

Ang mga nasabing parangal at pagkilala na ibinigay ng DSWD-MIMAROPA ay bilang pasasalamat sa walang sawang pagsuporta sa mga awardee sa Listatahan database at iba pang proyekto ng nasabing departamento.

Ilan sa mga kinilala ng DSWD-MIMAROPA ay ang local government units ng Puerto Galera sa Oriental Mindoro; Brooke’s Point at Rizal sa Palawan; at ang Provincial Government ng Romblon dahil sa commitment ng mga ito sa DSWD na gamitin ang Listahanan databse.

Kinilala rin ang Philippine Statistics Authority-MIMAROPA, National Economic and Development Authority-MIMAROPA, at Philippine Health Insurance Corporation-MIMAROPA bilang pinaka-supportive na National Government Agency sa buong MIMAROPA.

Samantala, ang Romblon State University, Marinduque State College, Occidental Mindoro State College, Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology, Divine Word College of Calapan, Palawan State University – PPC Campus, Western Philippines University – Aborlan Campus, ay kinilala rin ng Department of Social Welfare and Development – MIMAROPA dahil sa suporta ng mga ito sa ginanap na 2015 Listahanan road show sa kanilang mga campus.

Pinarangalan rin ng DSWD-MIMAROPA ang Romblon News Network bilang Best Online Media Network sa MIMAROPA, dahil sa pagtulong nito sa departamento na ipaalam sa publiko ang mga programa, aktibidad, at accomplishments ng mga ito. Gayun rin ang government media na binubuo ng Philippine Information Agency – Romblon, Philippine Information Agency – Palawan, Philippine Information Agency – Oriental Mindoro, Radyo Pilipinas – Palawan, at Philippine News Agency – Palawan.

Samantala, kinilala rin bilang Romblon’s best Convergence Initiatives ang Municipal Action Team (MAT) ng bayan ng Odiongan, samantalang first runner-up ang MAT ng bayan ng Ferrol, sinundan ng MAT ng bayan ng Magdiwang at MAT ng bayan ng Santa Fe.

Ang Listahanan o kilala ring National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) ay isang information management system kung saan pwedeng malaman ang mga miyembro ng poorest sector at kanilang mga lugar.

Malaking tulong umano ito sa national government agencies, at local government units sa pagtukoy ng posible nilang beneficiaries sa kanilang mga programa.

Source:  Romblon Network News

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Libreng konsultasyon at serbisyo para sa mga katutubong nasa nayon

Bansud, Oriental Mindoro – Matagumpay na nairaos ang isang outreach program at libreng konsultasyon para sa mga katutubong Buhid Mangyan ng Sitio Palamang, Brgy. Manihala, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro noong Nobyembre 17-18, 2018. Dinaluhan ito ng mahigit 70 na pamilya na benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program sa pangunguna ng Municipal Action Team ng Bansud na binubuo ng mga kawani ng Pantawid Pamilya at Sustainable Livelihood Program ng Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Matiyagang nilakbay ng grupo and komunidad ng mga katutubo upang maipaabot ang serbisyong kanilang bitbit. Ganap na ika-7 ng gabi nang marating nila ang komunidad ng mga katutubo na malugod namang tumanggap sa kanila.

Opisyal na sinimulan ang aktibidad sa ikalawang araw ng kanilang pagbisita. Kasama si Dr. Jonathan Leviste mula sa Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital (OMPH), nagsagawa ng libreng konsultasyon at libreng gamot at bitamina para sa mga katutubo. Kasabay ng konsultasyon ay nagpamigay din ng mga laruan sa mga batang Buhid Mangyan mula sa mga donasyon na nalikom ng grupo. Bukod pa rito, nakatanggap din ang mga batang Buhid ng tsinelas na kanilang magagamit sa pagpasok sa paaralan. Katuwang din ang iba pang ahesnya, nakatanggap din ng libreng kulambo ang bawat pamilyang katutubo na magagamit nila upang makaiwas sa mga karamdamang dala ng lamok.

Nilalayon ng akttibidad na ito na marating ang mga katutubo na walang sapat na pinansyal upoang makapagkonsulta at makabili ng gamot. Higit na ikinataba ng kanilang puso ang mga simpleng regalo na kanilang natanggap na nagbigay ng panibagong pag-asa sa kanila.

Lubos ang kagalakan at pasasalamat ng mga katutubong Buhid Mangyan, na sa kabila ng kanilang kalagayan ay hindi ipinagkait ang ganitong libreng serbisyo. Patuloy naman ang serbisyong ibibigay ng Convergene Team ng Bansud para sa mga benepisyaryo ng programa sa pagsasagawa ng ganitong mga aktibidades. ###

 

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Socorro holds “bote for life” Cycle 7

Socorro, Oriental Mindoro – On November 22, 2018, the Municipality of Socorro, Oriental Mindoro held its 7th cycle of Convergence Initiative ‘Bote for Life’ spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Municipal Action Team – Socorro.

The initiative is a fund-raising activity, which aims to provide Pantawid beneficiaries with free Social Insurance coverage in partnership with Palawan Pawnshop.

According to the 2015 Social Welfare Development Indicator (SWDI) survey, a total of 1,162 program partner households are still non-member of any insurance companies, which put their members in financial risks in times of unexpected incidents.

Since September 2017, all beneficiaries of the municipality of Socorro are required to bring 5 clean empty bottles every conduct of offsite payout, which is collected in a single venue operated by the Pantawid staff. The bottles are then collected in sacks and then sold to a partner junkshop to generate funds out of it. The amount collected would then be used as registration fees of program partner beneficiaries to the Palawan Pawnshop Social Insurance plan 100, which covers benefits for accidental, death, education, and health of five active members of the household for one whole year. Looking at it in a larger perspective, the family’s financial security and safety is ensured in exchange of five reusable bottles brought bi-monthly.

As of Cycle 6, a sum of 578 households have benefited from the ‘Bote for Life’ project, and the DSWD Municipal Action Team is currently on the process of adding more of beneficiaries on the list of ensured families for a more secured future, financial wise. ###

 

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A Dreamer with a Golden Heart  

“Hindi mo kailangang magkaroon ng yaman para ikaw ay makatulong sa iba. Bata ka man o matanda, ang maliit na bagay na itutulong mo sa iba ay malaki ang magiging epekto sa kanila. (You don’t need to be wealthy and rich to be able to help those who are in need. Young or old, a small help you can give will have a big impact on the lives of the needy).

For Adeli D. Tan, 14 years old, from Sitio Cambarwang, Brgy. Adela, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, helping others does not require anything special since the smallest act of kindness can do a great amount of good to others. Known for her desire to help other people in need, Ada, as her friends and family fondly call her, shares that there is a positive feeling when she do things that make other people happy. This feeling inspires her more to strive hard and finish her studies so that one day, she can help more people.

During Typhoon Josie which caused flood in their neighborhood, Ada exerted effort to help families who were affected by starting a donation drive in school. Their house was also flooded but she chose to help even in a simple way.

Her family does not have much but her parents showered Ada and her little brother, with kindness and love which taught her to be more empathic towards other people. “Naiisip ko po kasi na may mga taong mas nangangailangan ng tulong, kaya lagi akong willing tumulong din sa kanila (I believe that there are other people who needs more help, that’s why I am always willing to help them),” Ada said.

At Grade 9 in Rizal National High School, Ada already knows that helping others is one way to achieve her success in life.

 

A farmer’s daughter

Ada’s family lives a simple life in the farm.

Her father, Adelo, 55, is a farmer but does not own a piece of land. He earns a living through tending his relative’s farm. His income is only 10% of his harvest which means that he only takes 10 sacks of rice if he harvested 100 sacks. Meanwhile, her mother, Neftali, 41, helps her father financially through selling vegetables from her backyard garden. Ada is the eldest child. She has a little brother named, Adelino, 8 years old, who is in Grade 3. Their house is far away from the main road and is muddy when it rains.

As a child, Ada already knows that life is difficult. They do not have enough money to buy material things she needs and wants. Hence, since then, she learned to be contented on what her parents can provide them.

Wala naman para sa akin kung hindi ako makabili ng materyal na bagay na gusto ko basta kahit papaano ay nakukuha ko lang ang kailangan ko kasi balang araw, makakabili din naman ako ng mga gusto ko ‘pag nakapagtapos na ako ng pag-aaral (What matters to me most is I can have essential things that I need every day because, I know that when I finish my studies I can buy whatever I want),” Ada explained.

She narrated that when she was in elementary, she goes to school with only P10.00 as her baon, which she uses to pay her tricycle fare going to school and back to their house. For lunch, her only ulam is bagoong which she pairs with rice. When she does not have any food and money to bring, she walks her way to school and back home and only eats nilagang saging during lunch so that she can tame her growling stomach.

Isang beses nung Grade 4 sya, naghahanap pa lang sana ako ng pera para ipangbaon nya kasi walang-wala kami kasi naawa naman ako sa bata na papasok na walang baon. Pero pagbalik ko, nakaalis na pala sya para pumasok sa eskwela (One time when she was in Grade 4, I was looking for money to give her because we do not have any and I feel sad if she goes to school without money. But when I get back, she had already gone to school),” narrated her mother.

After school, she does not forget her responsibilities at home as she helps her mother with the household chores and teaches her brother with his assignments.

Ada’s biggest inspiration is her father. She sees how her father works hard in order to provide for their needs. If there is no work in the farm, her father goes out in the sea to fish for their food or sell in the market.

Nararamdaman ko yung hirap ni Tatay para lang makapagbigay sa amin. Papasok ako sa umaga, madaling araw pa lang ay nasa bukid na siya tapos pagbalik ko galing eskwela, inaabot pa rin siya ng dilim at minsan naabutan pa ng masamang panahon (I am aware of how my father works hard to provide for us. When I go to school, he is already in the fields early in the morning and when I get back home, he is caught in the dark of the evening and sometimes caught in a bad weather),” Ada said.

Ada understands her family’s situation. This has helped her more to study hard in order to help her family get out of poverty. Since pre-school, she is a consistent honor student who has already received 46 medals and a lot of certificates for her academic excellence.

Since they do not have electricity at home, her family was able to spend time together more. Her parents play with them and help them with their assignments and projects. They sleep together and talk to each other before going to sleep. They make sure that they practice open communication in their family. They also value going to church together every Sunday since their family believes that faith in God should be the center of their household.

Ada has a hard life, but experiencing these difficulties has made her more appreciative of what she has and more understanding of other people’s difficulty as well.

 

Provider of noble service

Ada is not only known for her excellent grades in school but also through her good image in helping other people.

Mabait, mapagbigay, honest, at supportive po si Ada. Kahit pagod na pagod na siya ay handa pa rin po siyang tumulong sa iba. Kahit ako ay tinuturuan niya sa mga assignments namin (Ada is kind, generous, honest, and supportive. Even though she is tired, she is always willing to help others. She had also helped me with our assignments)”, said Gracelyn Manugay, one of her classmates.

As an active member of different organizations in their community and in school, Ada was able to reach more people in need. Being a member of the Youth for Christ in St. Peter Parish in their municipality, she was able to promote spiritual wellness among other youths. As she serves as the Grade 9 Governor in the Student Supreme Government (SSG), she becomes the voice of her fellow students, bringing their concerns to their teachers. She is also the President of the RNHS Sports Enthusiast Club where she helps in raising funds for the materials they need during their sports activities. She is also serves as a volunteer in their RNHS Student-Led Watching Team where she participates in the conduct of feeding programs to the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of their community and packs relief goods during disaster.

In many occasions, Ada has already demonstrated her kindness to others. When someone needs her help, she is always there for them.

One of the situations she recalls is when her cousin runs to her for help with her project when she was in Grade 8. The project involves typing and printing but since they have no money to go to a computer shop, Ada accompanied her cousin to her teacher so that they can finish her cousin’s project. Even though she is also working with her own assignments that night, she waited for her cousin to finish her work before going home to do hers.

She also told a story when she had helped one of the candidates during their Foundation Day in 2017. She noticed that an escort from Grade 7 was preparing by himself for the pageant and was about to cry since he was not accompanied by any of his parents or a handler.  Ada felt pity so she called her other classmates to help her in preparing and fixing his clothes.

Noong naglakad na siya sa stage nun, napaiyak po ako kasi nakita ko na umaliwalas yung mukha nya dahil sa ginawa ko. Kahit po pala yung simpleng gawain mo ay makakapagpangiti sa iba (When he walked on the stage, I cried because I saw how his face brightened after what I did. I realized that even small actions can make other people smile),Ada said tearfully as she reminisced that day.

On July 23, 2018, Occidental Mindoro was declared in a state of calamity due to Typhoon Josie. Sitio Cambarwang was affected, and Ada’s house was flooded. They needed to evacuate their house and transfer to the barangay evacuation center for a day until the flood receded. Their house is still intact but some of their things were drifted by the flood. When her mother went back to the evacuation center to check on their other relatives whose houses were destroyed by the typhoon, she discovered that most families in there do not have any clothes with them. So, her mother told Ada to look for clothes in their closet which they can bring to the families. This has led Ada to start a donation drive with her classmates so she can deliver the goods to her neighbors.

Noong July, pagkatapos ng baha, nagulat ako na may dalang damit at goods ang mga kaklase niya at napagalaman ko na siya (Ada) pala ang humingi ng tulong sa mga kaklase nya para ibigay sa mga kabarangay niya na nasalanta, initiative niya yun. Umiiyak siya nung kausap ko siya dahil kailangan daw talaga ng mga kabarangay niya, (On July, after the flooding, I was surprised to see my students brought clothes and goods in class and I came to know that she (Ada) asked her classmates for help so she can give it to her neighbors who were affected by the typhoon. It was her initiative. She was crying when I talked to her because according to her, her neighbors really need those things),” shared Precious Melody T. Norella, her classroom adviser.

Ada’s act of kindness to her neighborhood was recognized in their barangay led by their Barangay Captain Romeo Aguirre. “Hindi siya nagdadalawang-isip sa kung ano ang maari niyang itulong. Isa rin siyang magandang modelo sa kapwa kabataan niya at naniniwala ako na ang katulad niya ang kailangan ng lipunan upang umunlad sa tulong ng pamahalaang local at BLGU. Proud ako sa kaniya, (She did not think twice on what she can give to help. She is a good model for the youth and I believe that someone like her is needed by the community to develop with the help of the local government and BLGU. I am proud of her)”, Capt. Aguirre said.

With this, more people were impressed with Ada for her passion in helping others.

Ang naisip ko po kasi noon ay maswerte pa kami dahil hindi kami umabot sa ganoong malalang kalagayan (I thought to myself that we are still fortunate to not experience any of that),” Ada said.

Ada may have her own problems and difficulties, but she has a desire to give help especially when she is needed.

Kahit mahirap kasi ang buhay, tinutulungan ko rin po ang mga taong mas nangangailangan dahil kahit papaano ay mayroon din naman kasing tumutulong sa amin – ang programa ng 4Ps (Life is hard but I still try to help those in need because at the very least we have 4Ps to help us)”, she shared.

 

Recipient of help

When she was in Grade 1, Ada’s family were included as one of the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Mas narealize ko yung tulong ng programa noong Grade 4 ako dahil nakikita ko na nakakabili na ako ng mga bagay na kailangan ko sa school at may gatas na rin kami at vitamins (I appreciated the program’s help more when I was in Grade 4 because I was able to buy school supplies as well as milk and vitamins),” Ada said.

According to her, since becoming a beneficiary of the program, her family has been more prepared during disaster or if any of them becomes sick. Her father’s income cannot really finance all of their needs but with the help of the program, the grants they receive is used their household’s other expenses.

Moreover, Ada shared that before the program, her mother does not give attention to their backyard garden. But after their discussion on bio-intensive gardening, her mother uses the garden to provide them more nutritious meals as well as use it as another source of income.

According to her, “dahil sa 4Ps, mas nagkaroon ako ng pag-asa na mayroon akong masasandalan bukod sa pamilya ko (4Ps made me realize that I have a someone to rely on other than my family).”

Nabuksan isip ko na hindi porket mahirap ay mananatili kang mahirap. Maraming maaring gawin para umunlad at mayroong sangay ng gobyerno na tutulong sa aming mahihirap upang maabot ang pangarap. At masusuklian namin yun sa pag-aaral nang mabuti upang matulungan ang aming komunidad (I realized that if you were born poor, you will not be poor your entire life. There are many government agencies that will aid us to reach our dreams. And we can give back by studying hard so we can help our community),” she added.

The help from the program that she receives motivates her more to uplift not only their lives but also the lives of other people in their community through studying hard and giving her best in school.

 

A future thinker

Ada, like other children, is a dreamer. She dreams of having a house made of stone for her family to live in in the future. She dreams of finishing her studies and becoming a bank employee, dressing up in a corporate attire.

Ang gusto ko lang naman po ay makapagtapos ng pag-aaral para maramdaman naman ng magulang ko ang kaginhawaan sa buhay (All I want is to finish my studies so that I can provide a good life to my parents),” Ada said.

She also dreams for her community to be peaceful, free from harm and violence for the children, has a clean environment, and where all people lives harmoniously. She dreams to help other people in need as long as she can give so that everyone in her community can uplift their lives.

Hindi ko sila matutulungan ng pinansyal, pero balang-araw, kapag ako ay nakapagtapos, matutulungan ko sila. Sa ngayon, ang magagawa ko ay hikayatin ang mga kabataan na lumaban sa kahirapan para maisip nila ‘yung mangyayari sa future kapag positive lang ang ginagawa nila (I won’t be able to help them now financially, but after I graduate, I know I will be able to help them more. For now, what I can do is persuade the youth to fight against poverty so that they will realize what good they will experience in the future if they only do positive things),” she said.

Her situation in life does not hinder her to study hard and keep the fire burning to achieve her dreams.

Indeed, Ada serves as an inspiration to all. With her kindness and golden heart, everyone believes that a good future awaits her. ###

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How Community-Driven Development Flourished in a Small Town– The Calatrava’s Kalahi-CIDSS Journey

Calatrava is one of the partner Local Government Units of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS in MIMAROPA. They have implemented the program since 2012 under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Currently, the municipality has finished the Cycle three and Cycle 4 milestone 7 of the CEAC process implementation of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS under Community-Driven Development Program (KC NCDDP).

 

The Local Government Unit of Calatrava, saw community-driven development (CDD) as an opportunity to propel the development in their little municipality. Recognizing CDD as the suitable governance strategy towards inclusive community growth in Calatrava, the LGU supported the program beyond what is expected from a 5th class municipality. This commendable dedication to service and partnership of the LGU with the DSWD and other national program agencies have brought the town it’s well-deserved recognitions and praises.

Where it all started

From 2012, the Municipality of Calatrava was one of the randomly selected municipalities to implement the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS program under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Former Mayor Hon. Bong Fabella noted how the process of Kalahi CIDSS was new and very different from the standard LGU governance strategy that they used in Calatrava before.

Still testing the water, the communities in Calatrava, with the guidance of the LGU and staff from Kalahi CIDSS implemented the first cycle of the program. The community has already felt a sense of project ownership even though it is their first time implementing a project, let alone using the Community-Driven Development Strategy.

The municipality of Calatrava finished the implementation of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS under MCC in 2014.  As they transitioned to DSWD Kalahi CIDSS under NCDDP, the volunteerism spirit of the Calatravans continued to yield its gains from the previous implementation of MCC. The Barangay Assembly participation never went lower than the 80% Kalahi CIDSS requirement and the participation of the IPs, women, and Pantawid beneficiaries are always above 50%. This just shows how well-represented the marginalized sectors are during community assemblies.

KC-NCDDP Cycle 1 to Cycle 4 Data on Community Participation

Cycle Household Participation Women’s Participation Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries Participation IPs
1 85.14% 63.66% 66.54% 63.39%
2 85.24% 64.88% 69.26% 68.16%
3 83.40% 60% 72.81% 71.33%
4 82.88% 59.62% 74.92% 78.55%

Source: geotagging desktop-app

A hand that is always there to help

The LGU of Calatrava always provides technical assistance and support to the communities as they implement the Kalahi CIDSS project. All community Sub-Projects in Calatrava from Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 have passed the Sustainability Evaluation Tests (SET) with an average of 4.48. This means that all the projects are still in very good condition during the conduct of SET and are being effectively sustained by the formed O and M groups with the help from the barangay local government unit. The BLGU have even allocated 1% of their annual 20% development fund for the sub-project sustainability cost of the Kalahi CIDSS projects. The sub-projects underwent regular monitoring and inspection from the Municipal Engineering Office together with the Kalahi CIDSS community volunteers to ensure that the sub-projects meet the infrastructure standards of the municipality.

With this, the town of Calatrava has received numerous commendations from DSWD MIMAROPA including Model LGUs implementing Kalahi CIDSS in MIMAROPA, Kalahi CIDSS Best Municipality in Sub-Project Implementation, Two-time awardee of Best in Data Management, Awardee for Zero (0) Findings in Request for Fund Release, Best in Procurement with zero (0) findings in the No Objection Letter (NOL) documents.

The dedication and unwavering support of the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC) to the community volunteers have earned the town of Calatrava these praises. Once the community has furnished the Request for Fund Release they forward it to the MIAC for review. During the MIAC technical review, the MIAC coach the community volunteers on resolving and preventing the technical findings. They also provide tips and techniques to the community volunteers on how they could improve the crafting and presentation of their RFRs.

The LGU of Calatrava has seen the effectiveness of using community-driven development in involving the people to active community growth. As Linelyn Juanzon, one of the Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer from Calatrava said the people no longer shrug or passively accept projects proposed or given to them, they now take part in the decision making and planning on which projects they believe are the deem necessity of their community. The timid day care worker before is now one of the community volunteers who helps in mobilizing her community towards their community’s development.

The notable transformation of the people from merely recipients of projects to active participants in Calatrava’s trailblazing community development initiative has been noteworthy to the LGU of Calatrava which served as the epiphany to them on finally taking the steps of incorporating the community-driven development approach into their governance strategy. The current Mayor of Calatrava, Hon. Marietta Babera noted this progression that has happened in their town and is currently planning to conduct a learning visit to one of the towns in MIMAROPA that has embraced and institutionalized the process of Community-Driven Development—the Town of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro. Mayor Babera wants to ensure that their transition to CDD process will be as smooth as that of Sablayan. This visit would be their first step in institutionalizing the CDD process in Calatrava.

LGU’s Innovations in DSWD Kalahi CIDSS program implementation

One of the innovations contributed by the town of Calatrava, in order to effectively implement the Kalahi CIDSS program is the provision of higher cash counterpart than that of the program’s requirement. From their implementation of Kalahi CIDSS MCC to Kalahi CIDSS NCDDP, the town of Calatrava never fails to provide more than 30% of the total project cost.  The provision of the said cost enabled the town of Calatrava to prioritize more barangays in sub-project implementation as they believe that all the sub-projects proposed during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum are necessities of the communities. It is also a way of boosting the morale of the community volunteers to ensure that their flame of volunteerism is still ablaze. Each BLGU, on the other hand, provide their in-kind counterpart through the purchase of gravel and sand, warehouse, and other construction support.

KC MCC and KC NCDDP Funding and Local Cash Counterparts provided by LGU

Fund Source Total Cost KC Fund Local Counterpart
KC-MCC  

14,145,479.99

 

9,601,114.39

 

4,544,365.60

 KC-NCDDP  

33,534,176.00

 

 

21,706,800.00

 

11,827,376.00

Source: geotagging web-app

More so, the LGU’s hiring of full-time Municipal Coordinating Team allowed the Calatrava to religiously follow the program implementation timeline because these staff are dedicated to monitor, do parallel implementation, and provide support to the Area Coordinating Team of Kalahi CIDSS in Calatrava. This practice also ensured that the LGU are always updated and informed on the real-time status of the Kalahi CIDSS program implementation.

 

Result of the LGU’s implementation of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS program

The constituents of Calatrava expressed improved confidence in community participation because they have learnt that their opinions and insights mattered in addressing issues and problems in their barangays.  Having experienced the KC process that promoted transparency and accountability, they have built more trust to the LGU and expects that the same (CDD) process be used in the future projects (Municipal Talakayan FGD 2016).

The municipality has a population of 11,477 and a total of 1,459 target household beneficiaries in its seven (7) barangays. For the three (3) RS cycles of MCC, nine (9) sub-projects were delivered to the communities and 1 sub-project from incentive grant, which improved the lives of 2,802 households. Under the KC-NCDDP, fourteen (14) sub-projects were funded in 4 cycles. Eight (8) of these were already completed. Six (6) remaining sub-projects physical accomplishment as to date range from 62% – 98% wherein the Municipality targeted to finish all the implemented sub-projects by end of February 2018 until March 2018. The first two (2) cycles target 1,459 household beneficiaries.

The spirit of volunteerism was uplifted in the Municipality of Calatrava as 683 community volunteers were mobilized to conduct various activities under KC Being chosen by the community as the main project implementers of the program, the community volunteers were expected to showcase their passion and their unwavering service to their community. Many volunteers have gone beyond what is expected of them and therefore they serve as a pool of potential future leaders in Calatrava. Being said, twenty (20) community volunteers have been barangay councilors in Calatrava. Also, many of them were employed by their barangays as barangay treasurers, barangay health workers, or barangay secretaries because the BLGU recognized their leadership potential and capabilities.

The formation of the operation and maintenance groups with the guidance and supervision of the LGUs have helped the community to effectively organize and mobilize the community in participation and bayanihan. Bayanihan is a Filipino culture that has been practiced less and less in the communities. As Kalahi CIDSS revived the spirit of bayanihan through a day non-paid labor, the LGU of Calatrava has shown to their constituents that the practice should be revived and strengthened in their town. One notable instance of this is when the LGU started clearing the lot where the project will be placed and soon afterwards the people followed.

Presently, the LGU has adopted the process of participatory situational analysis of the Kalahi CIDSS process during their crafting of the annual comprehensive development plan. Ensuring that all the sectors, emphasizing the presence of the marginalized ones, are being well-represented.

As one of the advocates and champion of community-driven development, Mayor Marieta Babera envisions the town of Calatrava to continually progress together with its empowered citizens who steer the town towards their desired development. She also influences the other Local Chief Executives of MIMAROPA to provide their utmost support to the Kalahi CIDSS program by exemplifying how the people in the town of Calatrava have became active agents of development during the Local Chief Executives Fora and during Regional Program Review and Evaluation Workshops.

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DSWD MIMAROPA bags national award

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA  was accorded the “Best Statistical Activity Conducted by a Government Organization” award during the closing ceremony of the 29th National Statistics Month (NSM) held on October 29 in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas,  Manila City.

The award was given by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) under the 28th NSM Awards.

Jason Eco Oliverio, information officer for the Listahanan (Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan) of the regional field office, said they received the award for holding the “4th Listahanan Anti-Poverty Symposium” as part of the statistics month celebration on October 17, 2017, in Boac, Marinduque.

“Naging entry natin ‘yong symposium na ginagawa every October 17 to end poverty. Ngayong taon sa Romblon po ‘yong symposium natin,” Oliverio said.

The theme of the symposium last year that gave them the award in 2018 is “Answering the Call of October 7 to End Poverty: A Path Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies.”

The symposium was held in cooperation with the Marinduque State College (MSC) in commemoration of the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Extreme Hunger and Poverty.

He said it is a call “to end extreme hunger and poverty along with the Listahanan initiatives in increasing the awareness of MIMAROPA residents on the regional profile of the poor, providing all stakeholders a solid and evidenced-based statistics according to the nationwide household assessment results.”

“Receiving the award means the DSWD MIMAROPA Listahanan has shown significant and distinct initiatives and contributions to popularizing statistics through the holding of symposiums that give a face to their content,” he said.

Oliverio said through the Listahanan’s collected statistical data, local government units (LGUs) can be helped to make sound decisions to address extreme hunger and poverty effectively.

Based on the Listahanan 2015 database, out of 584,562 households assessed and validated regionwide, an estimated 221,324 or 39 percent have been identified as poor.

Of the total number, there are 55,363 poor households in Oriental Mindoro; 39,182 in Occidental Mindoro; 14,051 in Marinduque; 20,777 in Romblon; and 91,951 in Palawan.###

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