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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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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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DSWD MIMAROPA launches Bata Balik Eskwela Campaign

Pantawid Pamilya launches its Bata Balik Ekwela Campaign to the different provinces of MIMAROPA Region to encourage students who are not attending school to continue studying

Malate, Manila – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office MIMAROPA through Pantawid Pamilyang Pamilya Program launched the Bata Balik Eskwela Campaign on May 20, 2019 as part of its efforts to encourage children beneficiaries to enroll in school and maintain their attendance in class. With tagline, “Edukasyon ay Mahalaga, Ito ay ating Ipaalala”, the campaign will continue until the end of enrollment which is set on August.

In order to sustain the compliance of the beneficiaries to the program’s conditionalities especially in education, the Pantawid Pamilya rolled out the Bata Balik Eskwela Campaign or BBE which is targeted mainly for Pantawid children who are not currently enrolled and not attending.

The campaign was launched to encourage Pantawid children who are not attending school to continue studying so that they will fully utilize the program’s benefits,” said DSWD MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Floreceli G. Gunio.

The different Municipal Operations Offices (MOOs) of Pantawid Pamilya set up information booth during Brigada Eskwela as part of the campaign to provide consultation to parents and children who are not attending school (Photo from Buenavista, Marinduque)

The Pantawid Pamilya provides conditional cash grants to the poor Filipino families, investing on health and education of the children. It provides P300.00 for every family who are compliant to its health conditionalities while another P300.00 for every monitored child who maintains 85% of their attendance in pre-school and elementary while P500.00 for those who are studying in high school. Only three children of the household-beneficiary can be monitored.

“Through the campaign, different reasons for not attending school were identified such as early pregnancy/fatherhood, bullying, gender-based violence, loss of interest, and working among others. These serve as guide to manage the cases of the children and provide them proper interventions,” explained Gunio.

Before the launch of the campaign, the Regional Office of Pantawid Pamillya convened all social workers of the DSWD Field Office MIMAROPA to create an action plan based on the different reasons for not attending school. These strategies have helped the field staff of the Provincial Operations Offices (POOs) in the execution of the campaign which include setting up of information desk during Brigada Eskwela; conducting focus group discussions to both parents and children; and tapping Alternative Learning System (ALS) coordinators to provide orientation about other modes of education offered by the Department of Education (DepEd) which they may also attend in lieu of the formal regular classes if they were not able to finish elementary or high school or have not attended school at all. In Oriental Mindoro, Pantawid Pamilya field staff conducted a stage play in every municipality. The stage play commenced on May 22, 2019 in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro and will continue until June 28, 2019. The play demonstrates stories of the beneficiaries and their struggles in life especially in gaining access to education. Through the stage play, the field implementer aim to exhibit the different means which beneficiaries may adopt in order to respond with their problems to allow them to continue studying.

Moreover, the program coordinates with the schools and Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) to discuss the involvement of the school’s Child Protection Policies and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children in the implementation of the campaign. Starting June until August, the field staff will conduct case management, group work, and monitoring for those students who did not enroll for School Year 2019 to 2020.

“It is hoped that through these efforts, the importance of education in providing a better future will be instilled in the minds of the children beneficiaries,” Gunio said.

As of March 2019, there are 14,872 identified children beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in MIMAROPA Region who are not attending school.  ###

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