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3rd Listahanan ends household assessment in MIMAROPA; to validate results

A field enumerator in Torrijos, Marinduque administers house-to-house interviews to collect accurate data for the Listahanan 3rd round household assessment.

MALATE, Manila– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA has completed the first and second phases of the 3rd Round Listahanan Household Assessment or L3 covering  595,328 households (HHs) in the five MIMAROPA provinces.

Of the 622,230 estimated target households regionwide, 95.7 percent were assessed.

A total of 96,628 (101.6%) HHs assessed in Occidental Mindoro; 183,523 (98.3%) HHs in Oriental Mindoro; 49,825 (98.4)% HHs in Marinduque; 61,025 (93.3%) HHs in Romblon; and 204,327 (91.0%) HHs in Palawan.

The house-to-house assessment started in November 2019 and officially ended in January of this year which was administered by 1,027 field workers comprising Enumerators, Area Coordinators, and Supervisors.

DSWD used the Household Assessment Forms (HAFs) in gathering information that contained poverty indicators deemed in identifying the household’s economic status.

To date, all gathered information in the HAFs are encoded in a computer-based application for initial identification of poor and non-poor through the Proxy Means Test (PMT).

PMT is a statistical formula that estimates household income using verifiable variables indicated in the assessment forms. The estimated household income is compared to the existing provincial threshold set by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). An income that falls below the poverty threshold is considered poor while household income above the threshold is tagged as non-poor.

As part of the process, the initial list of poor households will be open to the public for verification starting March.

L3 Validation Phase

“During the validation stage, the initial results of the data collection are posted in secured areas in the barangay. This gives the chance to validate the accuracy of the list of poor and encourage community participation,” said Ernie Jarabejo, Regional Field Coordinator

Part of the validation phase is the On-Demand Application (ODA), a process that allows unassessed households to be included in the Listahanan database.

In accepting validation-related grievances, the DSWD partnered with barangay and local government units.

“The Department has institutionalized the Barangay Verification Team (BVT) and the Local Verification Committee (LVC) with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through a Memorandum of Understanding,” said Jarabejo.

The BVT and LVC composed of barangay and local officials and representatives from civil society organizations will evaluate and resolve grievances received relative to the initial list.

The Department continues to call the public and all stakeholders to support the Listahanan activities ensuring that less fortunate families and individuals are covered.

“The 2019 Listahanan result will be used as a reference tool for selecting potential recipients of various government social protection programs for the poor. If they are not included in the database, they cannot avail of any program or service,” Jarabejo concluded. ###

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DSWD Listahanan identifies 300k ‘single’ individuals in MIMAROPA

MALATE, Manila– February is known as the month of love. As to celebrate Valentine’s Day, one has to be partnered or married or at least in a relationship. But according to the Department of Social of Welfare and Development (DSWD) Listahanan database, some 352,028  individuals aged 18-40 years old in the MIMAROPA region are single.

Based on the 2015 household assessment results of Listahahan, the government’s scientific way of identifying who and where the poor are in the country, of the identified number of single regionwide, 60% are male and 40% are female.

Single refers to a person who has not been married by any religious and civil rite.

At the province level,  52,595 single individuals recorded in Occidental Mindoro; 106,590 in Oriental Mindoro; 35,363 in Marinduque;  42,758 in Romblon and 114,722 in Palawan.

Moreover, the town of Banton in Romblon has topped the list with the highest percentage of identified single with 19.2% (977 individuals) followed by Cagayancillo in Palawan with 19.1% (1,225  individuals) and trailed by Lubang in Occidental Mindoro with 18.9% (3,130 individuals).

Of the identified total number of single, 35.3% or 124,385 individuals are considered poor.

On the other hand, the Listahanan database shows that 1,013,447 individuals (38.3%) are married.###

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DSWD MIMAROPA distributes EMV cash cards for 4Ps beneficiaries in Coron

Beneficiary from Brgy. Bulalacao signing in the UCT payroll in Coron, Palawan before withdrawing P3,600.00 grant in Landbank ATM through her newly-acquired cash card

Coron, Palawan – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA distributed Landbank EMV cash cards to all Pantawid beneficiaries in Coron, Palawan on October 25, 2019.

Eighty-one and two hundred sixty-eight household beneficiaries of the program from the island barangays of Brgy. Malawig and Brgy. Bulalacao, respectively, went to Brgy. Poblacion to receive their cash cards and withdraw P3,600.00 grant (P300.00 per month) from the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program, a one-time cash subsidy given to 10 million poor households including the 4Ps beneficiaries to help them cope with the effects of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

According to Lynie Libero, a cluster parent leader from Brgy. Bulalacao, the beneficiaries travelled early in the morning by boat to receive the cash cards and withdraw the UCT grant. “Mas gusto po namin ang cash card dahil mas mapapabilis na po ang pagkuha namin ng grant sa pamamagitan nito,” she said.

This year, the Pantawid Program aims to release all Landbank cash cards to beneficiaries who do not yet have cash cards until November. This is in line with the efforts of the program to complete a more efficient delivery of payments. This strategy will provide “easier” transactions to the beneficiaries as the long queues of beneficiaries awaiting for their cash grants through off-site transactions will be cut short, according to Municipal Link Margielen Lazo of Coron.

Ang nakikita lang po naming problema dito ay yung kapag may bagyuhan na at mahirap ang pagbyahe ng mga beneficiaries natin lalo na sa mga island barangays since isa lang po ang ating Landbank ATM dito sa Coron,” she added.

According to Daniel Rio, Financial Analyst III in the regional office of Pantawid Pamilya MIMAROPA, there are continuous dialogue with the Landbank office to partner and coordinate with cooperatives, small banks, and merchants in different areas of the region with limited Lanbank ATM to allow beneficiaries to withdraw their grants through point-of-sale (POS) transactions.

As of October 2019, there are a total of 40,075 household beneficiaries who have already claimed their cash cards this year while 126, 913 household beneficiaries are yet to obtain their cash cards.#

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2019 ‘Regional Exemplary Pantawid Child’ hails from Oriental Mindoro

The regional exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children of DSWD MIMAROPA (From left: Aira Quimora from Marinduque, Francine Kieth Paglicawan from Occidental Mindoro, Jilian Vianca Perez from Oriental Mindoro, Allysa Jane Nacasi from Palawan, Audrey Nicole Teologo from Romblon)

Malate, Manila – On October 11, 2019, Jilian Vianca Perez from Baco, Oriental Mindoro emerged as the champion in the Regional Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2019 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) at Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila, Malate, Manila.

Jilian showing her acting talent during the Search

Jilian, 13 , bested other 4 nominees from the different provinces of the region due to her characteristics and attitude that exemplify a model child who can serve as an advocate of the program. Growing up near the coastal area, where their family relies on to earn a living, she has developed her great love for nature. At her young age, she is active in different community activities which aims to protect the environment such as mangrove planting and clean and green program.  According to Jilian, she can be of help to the environment and her community by starting to do small things like segregating wastes and properly disposing of garbage.

Meanwhile, Audrey Nicole Teologo from Looc, Romblon was awarded as the 1st runner-up while Allyssa Jane Nacasi from Dumaran, Palawan won as the 2nd runner-up. Francine  Kieth Paglicawan from Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro and Aira Quimora from Baco, Marinduque was awarded as the 3rd runner-up and 4th runner-up, respectively.

All winners were awarded with plaque and cash prizes. The panel of judges for the regional search were Angeles Casabuena from Department of Education (DepEd) MIMAROPA, Criza Calabon from Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA, Glaize Anne Ordenes from Commission on Population (POPCOM) MIMAROPA, and Concepcion Deymos and OIC Regional Director Floreceli Gunio from DSWD MIMAROPA.

Other than awarding the model children, the event became an avenue to also recognize the Romero Family from San Agustin, Romblon, who won in the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2019 which was conducted on July this year. The Pantawid Pamilya Art Contest winners were also awarded where the Nabuslot National High School Videography Group from Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro won as champion in the Videography Category and the Third Pitch from Corcuera, Romblon won the 1st place in the Song Writing Category.

Jilian will represent the region in the National Children’s Congress on November as the program’s advocate for children’s right on health and education. #

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DSWD Marinduque Strengthens Partnership with the LGU

The Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA, through the Social Welfare and Development Team of Marinduque, paid a visit to the newly-elected governor Hon. Plesbitero J. Velasco Jr. on September 25, 2019 at the Marinduque Provincial Capitol. Helen Alcoba, SWADT Leader, headed the courtesy call as she discussed the overview and status of the program implementation of the province.

Gov. Velasco expressed his support and noted that program beneficiaries should have their own livelihood that can support their families. He said he is willing to provide logistics support to the programs and services of the department. ###


Adonis Analista, Provincial Coordinator, Marinduque

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10 Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers to represent DSWD MIMAROPA at 3rd National CV Congress in Butuan City

Ten outstanding community volunteers from selected partner municipalities of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or Kalahi-CIDSS program are set to represent the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA in the upcoming National Community Volunteers’ Congress in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte on August 13-16, 2019.

Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairpersons from the municipalities of Quezon, Balabac, Taytay, and Narra in Palawan, Calatrava and Magdiwang in Romblon, Magsaysay and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro, and Gloria in Oriental Mindoro are expected to share their experiences in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in their respective barangays.

Likewise, they are set to learn from over 200 community volunteers from all over the county that are expected to attend the annual event.

The BSPMC is a community organization, composed of various volunteers, who are tasked to carry out the implementation of their chosen community projects.

Through Community-Driven Development strategy of Kalahi-CIDSS, the community members are involved in planning, identification, implementation, monitoring, and management of the development interventions brought to poor communities, with assistance from local-based community empowerment facilitators.

To date, Kalahi-CIDSS MIMAROPA has 32,017 community volunteers who are in the forefront of sub-project implementation in their respective barangays.

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DSWD MIMAROPA ipinagdiwang ang tagumpay ng benepisyaryo ng Pantawid

“Kampay para Sa Tagumpay” – nagsagawa ng isang kampay ang mga dumalo sa aktibidad ng Pantawid Pamilya upang ipagdiwang ang tagumpay ng mga benepisyaryo na naka-“graduate” na sa programa

Puerto Princesa City  – Isinagawa ng Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office MIMAROPA sa pangunguna ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ang “Kampay para sa Tagumpay: Pagkilala sa mga Kwento ng Pagtawid” noong Hulyo 26, 2019 sa Palawan Uno Hotel, Puerto Princesa City upang ipagdiwang ang pag-“graduate” o pag-“exit” sa programa ng mga benepisyaryo nito dahil sa unti-unting pagtaas ng antas ng kanilang pamumuhay.

Layunin ng aktibidad na bigyan ng pagkilala ang tagumpay ng mga benepisyaryo nito at maipahayag ang mga kwento ng kanilang pagtawid sa kahirapan.

“Simula 2011, 1,436 na pamilya na ang naka-“graduate” sa programa hanggang sa kasalukuyang taon. Ang mga pamilyang ito ay may mga nakapagtapos na mga anak, nagkaroon na ng magagandang hanap-buhay, at nagkaroon ng regular na pinagkikitaan habang sila ay nasa loob ng programa. Ang mga Municipal o City Links ang siyang tumutukoy sa pamamagitan ng isang assessment kung ang mga pamilyang ito ay maari nang umalis sa programa. Ang iba naman na mga benepisyaryo ay boluntaryong nagpapatanggal sa programa dahil para sa kanila, kaya na nilang tumayo sa kanilang sariling mga paa dahil ang programa ay nagging malaki na ang tulong sa kanila,” ayon kay OIC Regional Director Floreceli G. Gunio.

Mayroong 30 na pamilya ang dumalo sa nasabing pagdiriwang mula sa Puerto Princesa, Narra, Roxas, at Quezon na nagrerepresenta sa mga benepisyaryo sa buong rehiyon ng MIMAROPA na naka-“graduate” na sa programa.

Nagbigay ng mensahe at testimonya sina Margelyn Mandapat mula sa Quezon, Eva Acierto mula sa Roxas, Joesyl Mantal, mula sa Narra, at Daisy Franco mula sa Puerto Princesa City upang ipahayag ang pagbabago sa kanilang buhay matapos maging benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya.

Ayon kay Margelyn, nabago ng programa ang kanilang buhay maging ang kaniyang sarili sa loob ng pitong taon niya bilang benepisyaryo ng programa.

“Karamihan sa mga kasamahan ko sa cluster ay katutubong Palaw’an na talagang kapos sa buhay at kulang sa sapat na edukasyon. Dahil sa programang Pantawid, pinahalagahan nila ang edukasyon at programang pangkalusugan ng ating gobyerno, na sa totoo lang, noong wala pa ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ay ayaw nilang pagsumikapang paaralin ang kanilang mga anak at napakahirap nilang alukin ng mga programang pangkalusugan na ibinibigay ng ating pamahalaan,” pahayag ni Margelyn.

Si Margelyn ay isang katutubong Palaw’an na ngayon ay nagtatabaho na sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa Palawan.

Dinaluhan din ni Vice Governor Victorino Dennis M. Socrates ang naturang pagdiriwang kasama ang mga katuwang na ahensiya, organisasyon, at lokal na pamahalaan ng Pantawid Pamilya upang magbigay ng testimonya at mensahe sa mga benepisyaryong Pantawid.

Nagpakita din naman ng presentasyon ang Department of Agriculture (DA), Palawan State University (PSU), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Amigonian Youth Center, Inc., International Care Ministries (ICM), at Ligaya ng Buhay tungkol sa ng kanilang mga serbisyo na maaring makuha ng mga naka-“graduate” na pamilya.

Hinihikayat ni OIC RD Gunio ang lahat ng benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya huwag huminto sa pagsisikap, bagkus ay lalong palawigin ang pagbabagong puno ng pag-asa at liwanag tungo sa kanilang pag-unlad.

Ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ay isang programa ng DSWD na nagbibigay ng kondisyonal na tulong-pinansiyal para sa pinakamahihirap na Pilipino upang pabutihin ang kalusugan, nutrisyon, at edukasyon ng mga batang may edad 0 hanggang 18 taong gulang. ###

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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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