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DSWD MIMAROPA trains LGUs to sustain Kalahi-CIDSS subprojects

Participants from Local Government Units from different municipalities in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Romblon posed with staff of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS MIMAROPA after the successful 3-day workshop on Sustainability Evaluation facilitation on July 24-26 at A. Venue Hotel, Makati.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – MIMAROPA held the first of the two workshops for local government unit (LGU) representatives to ensure that Kalahi-CIDSS projects in the region are sustainable and are able to continue to deliver intended benefits to the community.

LGU representatives from Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Romblon attended the workshop on the Sustainability Evaluation facilitation at A. Venue Hotel, Makati. The 3-day workshop held on July 24-26, 2019, aimed to equip the Municipal Stakeholders Inspectorate Team (MSIT) with the skills to assess the sub-project functionality.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a poverty alleviation program of the government which uses the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in its pursuit to contribute to the poverty alleviation efforts of the agency.

With CDD, communities are trained to choose, design, and implement sub-projects that address their most pressing needs.

Six months after the completion of the sub-project, the MSIT are required to conduct the Sustainability Evaluation which utilizes a survey tool that uses indicators as basis for assessment. Sub-projects are assessed in terms of organizational component, financial management system, physical-technical operations, and maintenance conditions.

OIC- Regional Director Floreceli G. Gunio urged the participants to work towards a strengthened partnership between LGUs and the national government.

“Sana tayo ay sama-samang tutugon sa pangangailangan ng tao, tayo ay sama-samang kikilos nang may malasakit,” she said.

The next workshop will be conducted on July 29-31 in Puerto Princesa City to be attended by LGU representatives from Palawan.

As of July 2019, there are a total of 1,623 completed Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project in MIMAROPA.

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No excuses for the PWD who makes things PosSIBOL

Naujan, Oriental Mindoro — “Tinitingnan ko lang po ‘yung picture, alam ko na kung paano gawin,” answered Ronjo Cayetano, the elected secretary of Creations SLP Association, when asked about his inspiration in handicraft making.

The association is a startup microenterprise established by 15 members based in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. Colorful bags and wallets made of plastic straw can be found in their production center. Mga Likha ni Inay, Inc., the marketing program of CARD-Business Development Service Foundation Inc., is one of their target markets for their products. They have already made initial communication with the foundation to assist in product selling.

“Si Ronjo ang isa sa mga pinakamasipag na trabahador dito sa SLPA. Kahit na mayroon siyang kapansanan, tuloy-tuloy lang ang paggawa niya. Hindi siya dumadaing,” said Gliceria Castillo, the association president who supervises him at work.

“It was an Accident”

Everything was fine for Ronjo, 23 years old, until the year 2010. At that time, he was a 1st year high school student in Naujan. “Nakaupo ako sa garden kasama ‘yung mga kaklase ko. Naghaharutan at nagtutulakan sila ‘nung aksidente akong nabagsakan sa likod ng isa kong kaklase,” he narrated. “Kinapos ako ng hininga sa simula kasi yung likuran ko ‘yung napwersa. Tapos after noon um-okay naman na kaya akala namin wala ng problema,” he added.

Few months after, Ronjo transferred school from Naujan to Batangas since his brother based in Batangas will support his studies. Since then, everyday felt different for him. “Isang beses nagpunta ako sa kapatid ko tapos pagbaba ko ng jeep napaihi na lang ako sa shorts,” said Ronjo as he narrates how he lost his bladder control which he relates to his previous accident. “Nakauwi na ako sa bahay tapos kinabukasan paggising ko tatayo sana ako para pumasok sa school pero bumagsak na lang ako. Hindi na nakatayo tapos tuluyan na ‘yun,” he said. He was diagnosed with scoliosis and later on Pott’s disease, a form of tuberculosis seen in the vertebrae. The doctor advised him to undergo spinal bracing which costs Php 100,000.00, but he and his family had no amount of money then. “Natakot po ang inay dahil malabo daw ang chance na gumaling at makalakad pa ako kaya inuwi na lang ako dito sa Mindoro,” he narrated.

No Excuses

Ronjo got depressed for what happened to him which resulted to sudden weight loss. “Yung aksidente never ako nanisi ng tao sa nangyari sa’kin. Hindi niya sinadya. Iniisip ko na kapalaran ko ito at binigay sa’kin. Kelangan ko ito paglabanan,” he said. Watching online inspirational videos helped him cope with his depression. He also reads bible and became an active member of the church. 

Before the livelihood intervention of DSWD, Ronjo is already active in handicraft making, particularly origami. He learned this while browsing art magazines during his fourth grade. “Mahilig na talaga akong magkutingting kaya noong napilay ako, mas in-improve ko na lang ang mga nalalaman ko sa mga gawang-kamay,” he said. Some of his works include paper swan, pencil holder, minions, peacock, and flower vase. It was in 2015 when he totally pursued his craft. He messaged the page of Origami Pilipinas to ask for employment but instead the association provided him with a capital assistance worth Php 2000.00 for the materials needed in origami. He posts his creations in his Facebook page, Ronjo’s Paper Art.

Knowing his skills in handicraft making, his neighbor asked him if he is interested to join the Creations SLPA and he certainly enlisted for it. “Na-discover ko na marami na pala akong nagagawa kahit naka-wheelchair ako,” said Ronjo. Aside from handicraft making, he also enrolled in Alternative Learning System of Department of Education and attended trainings on basic accounting and bookkeeping. A few months ago, he also earned his Contact Center Services National Certificate (NC) II of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). “Malaki bagay para sa’kin na nai-involve ako sa mga ganitong bagay dahil alam ko na ‘yung gawa ko hindi pa best. May i-improve pa. Bilang may kapansanan, motivation ko ang family. Since then, pangarap ko na maiangat sila sa hirap pero nagkaganito nga ako. Sa kabila noon, nagkaroon din ako lakas ng loob na kahit ganito e kakayanin pa din,” said Ronjo.

As one of the agencies supporting the Republic Act 10524 or the act expanding the positions reserved for persons with disability, DSWD provides equal opportunity for employment to PWDs to assist them to become productive members of the society. The intervention of SLP in Ronjo’s passion in handicraft making also attests to the Solidarity and Innovations in Bridging Opportunities for Livelihoods (SIBOL), the brand awareness campaign of Sustainable Livelihood Program. ###


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No more classes under Banaba Tree

Ma’am Evelyn Urieta-Rivera, Principal of Sta. Lucia Elementary School in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

When Evelyn Urieta-Rivera, 57, received her new assignment as an elementary school principal three years ago, she was ecstatic. On her 33rd year of service as a public school teacher, Ma’am Evelyn would finally set foot at Sta. Lucia Elementary School, a quaint learning institution situated at the center of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. This small school, oozing with that childhood energy and innocence, was built atop her family’s ancestral land.

“Kasi itong land area nitong school na ito, sa family namin nanggaling as donation. Kaya sabi ko nga, sa lahat ng school, ito ang pinakamahal ko (My family donated this land for the construction of this school. So among all schools, this is the one dearest to me),” she added.

In 2016, when Ma’am Evelyn reported for her first day however, a heart-wrenching sight welcomed her. Entering the school from the main gate, she saw a Banaba tree, and under its shade sat 25 or more Grade 2 students intently listening to their teacher.

Three years have passed and the Banaba tree has gone transformations to at least give some level of comfort to its 7-year-old patrons. First, a roof was built, then wooden walls and thin cement flooring were added to give the pupils a sense of a normal classroom set-up, she said.

In 2019, the community of Brgy. Sta. Lucia finally found a solution to address their problem. This community used cooperation and volunteerism to pave the way to finally end the years of having school children learning outside the four corners of a classroom.

CLASSROOM. This makeshift classroom under a banaba tree serves as the second home of the Grade 2 students in Sta. Lucia Elementary School.

Classroom Under a Tree

With a total land area of 2,188 sq. kms, Sablayan is considered as the largest municipality in the Philippines. Located at the central part of Occidental Mindoro, it is famous for the Apo Reef Marine Natural Park, the second largest contiguous coral reef in the world next to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Sablayan may be blessed with a one-of-a-kind natural wonder, but this laidback town hasn’t been exempted to one of the most pressing problems of the Philippine education system – the shortage of decent classrooms for students.

“Andun sa puno lang [sila nagkaklase]. Kapag umuulan, kawawa talaga ang mga bata, tumutulo syempre (They were conducting classes under a tree. When it rains, the roof starts to drip.),” said Ma’am Evelyn, pointing to the make-shift classroom which houses the Grade 2 pupils prior to the completion of the new building.

There were more or less 30 students sharing in the small space under the sturdy Banaba tree, she said. Its large trunk, moreover, looked like the classroom’s centrepiece – a wooden column planted in the center of the room. The children’s future had been literally depending on its branches for many years.

Imagine being a wide-eyed 7-year-old kid staying under a tree for eight hours, five times a week, rain or shine, learning the difference between a noun and a pronoun.

“Kasi kung malalaki ung ilalagay namin doon hindi sila kasya kaya maliliit ung nilagay namin doon (We couldn’t give the makeshift classroom to older students because they wouldn’t fit.),” said Ma’am Evelyn.

These Grade 2 pupils were the perfect tenants then, small enough to fit to the small space provided, yet big enough to take care of themselves when the rain drips from the clouds to the leaves and eventually find their way on their thin cement flooring.

Building School, Building Future

TURN OVER: The newly-constructed 1 unit, 2 classroom building has been formally turned-over to Sta. Lucia Elementary School

“Sobrang thankful kami na nagkaroon ng Kalahi, sobrang tuwang-tuwa ang mga teachers eh, kanina binisita nila ‘yan, ay meron ng ceiling fan, makakalipat na kami (We are very thankful for Kalahi, the teachers are very happy. We visited the new classroom earlier, there’s a ceiling fan already, we may be able to transfer soon),” said Ma’am Evelyn, pertaining to the 1 unit, 2 classroom building sub-project of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

To date, Kalahi-CIDSS has a total of 206 sub-projects in the province of Occidental Mindoro, 48 of which are in Sablayan. The poverty alleviation program which uses the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach ensures that community members are in the heart of decision-making especially in identification, prioritization, establishment, and operationalization of the community sub-projects.

In July 2019, the makeshift classroom under the Banaba Tree finally ceased to shelter the Grade 2 students of Sta. Lucia Elementary School. Due to the combined efforts of the community, the school, and the barangay and the municipal local government unit, having classes under a tree is now a thing of the past.

VOLUNTEERISM. Community volunteer Juanita Jarabe proudly posed in front of the school building she helped build.

“Madami pong naitulong [ang Kalahi] at malaki talaga. Ang pangunahing pangangailangan sa community, natutugunan po talaga. Tulad nitong classroom (Kalahi has helped us a lot. With Kalahi, we were able to address our most pressing concern, thus, this classroom),” said Juanita Jarabe, a community volunteer.

Juanita, and the rest of the 16 active community volunteers of Brgy. Sta Lucia, has ensured the smooth implementation of their new classroom worth a little over PHP 1.5 million. Complete with amenities such as tables and chairs, fans, and own restroom, the classroom was constructed from the combined budget of the stakeholders.

Kalahi-CIDSS total grant was at PHP 780,000, to which the municipal LGU gave a counterpart of PHP 500,000, the barangay LGU at PHP 250,000, and even the school has set aside PHP 36,000 from their budget.

For Ma’am Evelyn, the help of the community volunteers and the LGU officials has been vital for the realization of their dream to provide the students the facilities they deserved.

“Nagpapasalamat talaga kami kina Juanita, isa rin sa nagpursige na magkaroon talaga kami nito, sa mga konsehal, sa lahat na nag-counterpart (We are extremely grateful to Juanita and to other volunteers for their efforts, to the councillors as well, to everyone who provided counterpart),” she said.

Juanita, whose youngest child is currently enrolled at Sta. Lucia Elementary School, claimed that she finds volunteer work fulfilling.

“Sabi ko nga sa mga kasama ko masaya ako at nakakatulong ako at nalalaman ko yung mga pangunahing pangagailangan ninyo para magawan ng ng paraan para makahingi ng mga pondo katulad nyang school building (I told my co-volunteers that I am happy for extending a helping hand. At least we’ve identified the major concern and we were able to address it, asking for funds, if needed),” she said.

More than the infrastructure, the lessons imparted by the program has made the community volunteers more devoted to volunteering.

“’Yung mga katulad namin na ordinaryong mamamayan lang ay na-empower po, natuto kaming ipaglaban kung ano talaga ang aming mga karapatan dito sa community (Ordinary citizens, like me, were empowered. We’ve learned to fight for our rights),” Juanita added.

The product of the community’s collective effort is a safer, more conducive for learning classroom for the students – something that Ma’am Evelyn would be thankful for forever.

“Sabi ko nga ma-itransfer man ako bilang principal…masaya na ako kasi makikita ko ang mga bata na maayos ang kalagayan (If ever they have me transferred to other schools, I would still be happy knowing that I would be leaving the kids in a better condition),” Ma’am Evelyn added. ###

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PAUNAWA: 4Ps payout, maantala hanggang Hulyo


Malate, Manila – Patuloy na maaantala ang payout para sa off-site payment ng mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya ngayong Hulyo dahil kasalukuyan pa rin ang pagpproseso sa bidding ng mga conduits na siyang magbabagahagi ng cash grant para sa mga lugar na mayroong limitadong sangay ng Landbak of the Philippines (LBP).

Samantala, hindi naman maapektuhan ang iskedyul ng payout sa mga benepisyaryong mayroong cash card ng Landbank o ng First Consolidated Bank ngayong Hulyo.

Ang aming tanggapan ay patuloy ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa LBP tungkol dito.

Maraming salamat po sa inyong pag-unawa.

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DSWD MIMAROPA names Romero family as Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2019

The Romero Family of San Agustin, Romblon is Pantawid Pamilya MIMAROPA’s Huwarang Pamillya 2019

Malate, Manila – On June 4, 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA announced the Romero Family of Brgy. Bachawan, San Agustin, Romblon as this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2019.The Search which commenced on 2012, was conducted yearly to showcase the improvement in the lives of the family beneficiaries as the fruits of their own hard work and inspire the whole country despite the challenges they experience brought about by poverty.

The Romero Family is an active beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program since 2010. Tess, the mother, is a sales lady, while Felix, the father, is a farmer and is serving as a barangay kagawad. The couple has seven children namely: John Paul, Dannica Joy, John Vincent, April Joy, Felix III, Princess Ella May, and John Angelo.

Tess and Felix’s income cannot always provide the needs of their children especially in school.  Hence, they raise their children to be contented on what they have and to be more understanding of their situation. As the children experience the hardships in life due to poverty, they become more determined to work hard to improve the life of their family. All of their children excels in school and they are also active in different school and community activities.

“Nagsisikap po kami talagang magkakapatid kasi gusto namin na masukllian ang pagod nila Mama at Papa at sila naman ay mabigyan ng kaginhawaan,” said April Joy, the 4th child.

Dannica Joy, the second child, has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in 2018. When she and her eldest brother, John Paul, were both in college, John Paul has to stop going to school to work as a security guard in Manila to help in financing the needs of their siblings. But as soon as Dannica Joy graduated, Felix encouraged John Paul to continue studying so he can fulfill his dream of graduating in college.

The family has also been inspiring their community not only because of their strong family relationship but also because of their compassion to others. Through the leadership and initiative of Felix, a foot bridge was built to cross the river dividing Sitio Iso and Sitio Agnaga.

“Dati rati po kasi tumatawid sila ng sapa habang pasan pasan ang kanilang mga kopra tapos ang mga estudyante malayo naman ang nilalakad para hindi mabasa ng tubig,” narrated Felix. Because of this, he encouraged the community members in both sitios to join together to create a foot bridge. Felix’s family provided foods for the volunteers until the construction of the bridge has finished.

Ultimately, the Romero Family maintain a God-centered life, demonstrated positive Filipino values, and created an impact to their community. With their acts of kindness, respect, humility, and love, the family has been recognized as a huwarang pamilya.

Aside from the Romero family, four families from other provinces of the region has also been recognized. The Orense Family of Bansud, Oriental Mindoro has been awarded the 2nd place, while the Sucidor Family of Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro got the 3rd place. The Cayapas Family of Roxas, Palawan and the Acuzar of Gasan, Marinduque got the 4th and 5th place, respectively.

On September 29, 2019, the Romero Family will represent the MIMAROPA Region in the National Family Day Congress to be conducted in Metro Manila. They will also be invited to be awarded during the DSWD MIMAROPA’s Regional Search for Exemplary Children 2019 on October 11, 2019 also in Metro Manila.

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