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Listahanan identifies 20k poor widows in MIMAROPA

DSWD staff conducts name-search in the Listahanan database of poor households during the validation phase. 

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA data shows 20,749 poor widows regionwide based on the 2015 Listahanan assessment.

Listahanan is a government mechanism to map out who and where the poor are nationwide.

The database reveals that from the total identified poor widows, 4,831 (23.3 percent) are male; 15,918 (76.7%) are female. Also, there are 1,419 poor widows having a disability.

There are 5,656 poor widows in Oriental Mindoro; 3,723 in Occidental Mindoro; 1,536 in Marinduque; 2,718 in Romblon; and 7,116 in Palawan.

The average age of poor widows is 60 years old.

Puerto Princesa City in Palawan records highest poor widows with 1,064, followed by San Jose in Occidental Mindoro with 1,030, and Naujan town in Oriental Mindoro with 636.

On the other hand, Bancalaan and Mangsee villages in Balabac, Palawan top with the highest number of barangays with poor widows.

International Widows’ Day was introduced to address poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children in many countries. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2010 and is observed annually on June 23.###


N.B. Listahanan Data as of February 2016. 

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Mga kawani ng DSWD MIMAROPA, nakipagtagisan sa taunang sportsfest

Parada ng mga lipi bilang panimula ng DSWD MIMAROPA sports fest.

MALATE, Manila- Sa katatapos lamang na 2017 sports festival ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA, muling pinatunayan ng mga kawani ang kanilang galing sa larangan ng sports at larong Pinoy.

Labanan ng Lipi ang naging tema ng palaro kung saan apat na katutubong tribo ang binuo at nagsipagsiklaban. Ito ay ang Tagbanwa, Iraya, Bantoanon, at Hanunuó.

Bilang panimula ng sports fest, isang payak na parada na dinaluhan ng mga kawani at ng apat na lipi na may kanya-kanyang lakambini at lakandula bilang representante ng tribo. Isa namang sayawan o zumba ang inihanda at sa pagtatapos ng opening celebration, isang masayang  kainan o boodle fight ang pinagsaluhan ng lahat.

Karaniwan sa naging mga patimpalak sa sports ang basketball, dart, chess, volleyball, table tennis at badminton para sa mga kababaihan at kalalakihan. Samantalang nagkaron din ng iba’t ibang laro ng lahi na mas nagpakulay nang nasabing festival.

Labanan sa larong basketball ng mga kababaihang Iraya at Tagbanwa.

Sa pangunguna ng Human Resource and Development Unit, isinasagawa ang sports festival upang mas lalong mapaigting ang samahan ng mga kawani sa loob ng departamento. “Ito rin ay naglalayong mabigyan sila ng pagkakataong maglibang at paraan ng stress debriefing mula sa bigat ng kani-kanilang mga trabaho,” ang pahayag ni Rose Jean Mayrena HR officer.

Samantala, itinanghal na pangkabuang kampeon ang grupo ng Iraya, pumangalawa ang grupo ng Tagbanwa, pangatlo ang Bantoanon at pang-apat ang grupo ng Hanunuó.

Nagkamit naman ng tropeyo at cash prize ang mga nanalong grupo. Ginawaran din ng certificate appreciation ang mga kawani na nagwagi sa mga larong pang-indibidwal.  ###

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Pantawid Pamilya conducts PL Training Level II

Parent leaders of Romblon on the second-day of their training listening to discussion of module

After 3 weeks of conducting separate trainings in the provinces of MiMaRoPa, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ended its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program’s Skills Enhancement for Parent Leaders as Program Advocates (PL Level II Training) in Palawan on May 5, 2017.

A total of 168 parent leaders from the five provinces of the region attended the training, with 26 participants in Occidental Mindoro, 36 participants in Oriental Mindoro, 18 participants in Marinduque, 36 participants in Romblon, and 52 participants in Palawan.

The training aims to equip parent leaders with knowledge and skills in becoming program advocates or information disseminator to confidently and effectively speak about the program for better appreciation and understanding of Pantawid and non-Pantawid partners. The program was filled with modules and activities that reviewed them about the program, as well as assess, evaluate, and demonstrate how to become effective communicators, leaders, and community volunteers.

Starting the first batch separately in Occidental and Oriental Mindoro on April 18-21, 2017, the said training provided workshops on the following areas of concern: 1) roles of parent leader; 2) self-appreciation; and 3) effective communication. Furthermore, the parent leaders were also provided updates of the program and given information on guidelines on the provision of rice subsidy to Pantawid Pamilya households, all of which are essential in the performance of their respective functions. Training in Marinduque and Romblon was conducted separately on April 25-28.

In Palawan, selected parent leaders were given a chance to be invited as radio guests in Radyo ng Bayan, one of the local radio stations in the province, where they were asked mainly about rice subsidy, and how the Pantawid Pamilya put impacts to their lives. Some were also able to share their written songs and poems on air, while the others were able to observe how radio interviews are being done.

Each province capped off the 4-day training with testimonials of the parent leaders. Parent leaders expressed excitement on the possible advocacy engagements that might be given to them in the future. Moreover, they also expressed willingness to conduct re-echo sessions with their fellow parent leaders during Family Development Sessions (FDS) and parent leaders meeting. ###

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Pantawid Pamilya conducts whole day activity for Contemporary Women of MiMaRoPa

MALATE, Manila – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region MiMaRoPa held a whole day event for the winners of the Regional Search for Contemporary Woman from Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan on May 25, 2017.

Educational discussion with Ms Joms Salvador of GABRIELA

The activity, which aims to recognize women’s efforts, initiatives, and achievements in promoting women empowerment, started with an agency visit at the GABRIELA National Alliance of Filipino Women. Ms. Joms Salvador, Secretary General of GABRIELA provided an educational discussion to the five contemporary women from the provinces who are Marites Bolasco of Occidental Mindoro; Jeneper Fajilan of Oriental Mindoro; Analiza Lupangco of Marinduque; Marife Fabito of Romblon; and Maylende Esler of Palawan.

After the agency visit, winners were invited to be interviewed in DZRB Radyo ng Bayan 738 Khz through the Philippine Commission on Women. They were able to share their stories of empowerment and give testimonies on their experiences with Pantawid Pamilya.

Radio guesting at DZRB Radyo ng Bayan

The activity ended with a symposium entitled, Women Leading Change: A Symposium on Women Empowerment held at the Noel B. Benitez Hall, Philippine Women University (PWU), Taft Avenue, Manila. The symposium, which aims to increase awareness and level of participation on women empowerment and gender equality, was attended by BS Social Work students and faculties from PWU.  The five contemporary women discussed their stories to the participants on how they promote women empowerment on aid, religion, education, and politics. Ms. Mary Nhiang Sung, a social worker from Myanmar served as the guest speaker for the program, who shared her research study on “Women Empowerment in the UN Context and Social Work Perspective”.


Five winners of the Regional Search for Contemporary Woman with DSWD staff and professors from PWU after the awarding at the Noel B. Benitez Hall, PWU, Taft Avenue, Manila

The awarding of the winners for the Regional Search of Contemporary Woman commenced at the end of the symposium.  Jeneper Fajilan from Oriental Mindoro was crowned the Grand Winner, while Marife Fabito from Romblon got the Second Place. The Third Place award was conferred to Marites Bolasco of Occidental Mindoro, followed by Maylende Esler of Palawan and Analiza Lupangco of Marinduque at Fourth and Fifth Place, respectively.

All five winners will serve as active partners of Pantawid Pamilya in promoting gender equality in their respective provinces. ###

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DSWD intensifies SocTech Advocacy on ‘War on Drugs’

MALATE, Manila – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA, in cooperation with Local Government Unit of Abra De Ilog, Occidental Mindoro, intensified the ‘anti-drug’ advocacy campaign of the government by organizing a three-day Strategic Planning  for the Implementation of Completed Social Technology Project on Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP) last April 25 to 27, 2017.

Strategic Planning aims to: 1) Better understand the context of the drug addiction problem in Abra De Ilog; 2) Cultivate a deeper understanding of FDAPP and develop a logical Framework for the municipality; and 3) Identify project implementation activities and clarify roles and responsibilities of participants.

Workshop seminar was participated by Barangay Officials from nine (9) barangays in Abra De Ilog, Occidental Mindoro: Amado, Balao, Cabacao, Poblacion, Lumang Bayan, Wawa, San Vicente, Tibag and Udala.

Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program

Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program is a community based prevention program to educate and prepare families and their members as well as the communities regarding the adverse effects of drug abuse.

Josephine B. Macalagay, Social Technology Unit Head of DSWD MIMAROPA, Discussed the Guidelines in the Implementation of FDAPP

 “Family, as the basic unit of the Filipino society, has a significant role in the education and awareness on the ill effects of dangerous drugs,” highlights Josephine B. Macalagay, Social Technology Unit Head of DSWD MIMAROPA during her orientation on ‘Guidelines in the Implementation of FDAPP’.

FDAPP further aims to equip the families with parenting and life skills towards a drug free home.

Primarily, FDAPP is based on RA 9165 “Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” Section 41, Article IV which states the involvement of the family and tasked it to be primarily responsible for education and awareness on Drug Abuse Prevention.


Components of FDAPP

In order to ensure effective implementation of the program, there are four (4) main strategic components of FDAPP: 1) Organization of Families or transformation of families into family councils who will conduct drug abuse prevention activities within their groups/communities based on their needs; 2) Capacity Building which includes conduct of training activities such as life skills, leaders training, peer counselling and values education; 3) Advocacy and Social Mobilization such as dialogue sharing among parents and children, symposium, and lecture discussion which may heighten support and awareness in the implementation of FDAPP; and 4) Networking and Alliance Building which involves collaboration and cooperation with existing anti-drug abuse councils, government, non-government organizations, parents/youth organizations’ on raising awareness of drug abuse prevention issues that would affect the families and community.

Macalagay, during her orientation, explains, “We will conduct these strategic components of FDAP in order to ensure successful implementation of the program. For now, we are conducting strategic planning in order to better understand the context of drug addiction problem in Abra De Ilog and to develop logical framework for the FDAPP of the province.”

Convergence on War on Drugs

Collaboration and convergence of various National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and other concerned entities made the workshop seminar more extensive and meaningful.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) MIMAROPA Representative Grace D. Lano discussed the ‘National and Regional Situationer of the Drug Trafficking in the Whole World’ and how the PDEA worked for this problem. While, Abra De Ilog Chief of Police Roel Gabito conferred the ‘Project Double Barrel’ and Barangay Drug-Cleaning Operation ‘Oplan Tokhang’ in the municipality.

On the other hand, Rowena Espiloy from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) lectured on ‘Preventing Drug Addiction among Children and Adolescent’.

With the lectures provided, Emmanuelle M. Protasio, main facilitator of the activity, guided the participants in crafting a concrete and strategic drug prevention plan for their respective barangays.

At the end of the workshop seminar, Abra De Ilog Mayor Ma. Gloria M. Constantino and Vice Mayor Orlando Quito, together with barangay officials, committed to support and implement the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program and exert their utmost effort to make Abra De Ilog a drug-free home for their constituents.

The National Drug Rehabilitation Program of the government has three pillars. Pillar I refers to the creation of a data base of drug surrenderers, Pillar II is the community-based rehabilitation pillar, while Pillar III refers to the aftercare, reintegration, and transformation  support for recovering drug dependents. The DSWD, as mandated by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, is one of the lead agencies for Pillar II and Pillar III.




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MIMAROPA centenarians get 100k from DSWD

DSWD MIMAROPA conducts validation of 100-year-old senior citizens who will qualify the centenarian gift.

MALATE, Manila- Thirty-six centenarians in MIMAROPA region already received Php100, 000.00 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) since April 2017.

DSWD record shows that four centenarians have received in Occidental Mindoro; 14 in Oriental Mindoro; six in Marinduque; three in Romblon; and nine in Palawan.

Under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Acts of 2016, all Filipinos who live to 100 years, otherwise known as a centenarian, will receive a Letter of Felicitation from the President and a centenarian gift of P100,000 whether living in the Philippines or not.

To date, the Department has released a total of Php3.6 million.

“We are still in the validation process for another  31 centenarians regionwide to qualify for the said cash gift,” said Maricel dela Vega, senior citizen focal person.

Centenarians will also receive a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive from their respective cities or municipal governments, to be decided by their local government unit.

According to Listahanan– government’s mechanism to identify the poor, there are 22 senior citizens who have turned 100 years old this year, belonging to poor households.###

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DSWD MIMAROPA to hire 80 youth for internship program

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA is in need of 80 youth interns regionwide under the Government Internship Program (GIP).

Twelve youth will be assigned in Oriental Mindoro; 12 in Occidental Mindoro;  eight in Marinduque; 14 in Romblon; 19 in Palawan; and 15 in Malate, Manila.

Interns will serve in the DSWD regional, provincial and municipal offices for 30 days from April 17 to May 29, 2017 and will receive Php 214.00 daily fee or a total of Php6,420.00.

“This is open to single individuals who are 18-25 years old; high school graduates; TESDA or Alternative Learning System certificate holders; members of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines; youth under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program family; and youth belonging to family identified poor by Listahanan will also be prioritized,” social worker Amandy Nieves said.

Interested youth may submit these requirements: application letter, certificate of indigency, latest school registration; and copy of identification card of applicants and their parents/guardians, to the nearest DSWD or MIMAROPA SWAD offices and/or send through email at

Deadline for submission will be on April 10, 2017.

GIP is one of the components of the Kabataan 2000 program which provides opportunity for both out-of-school and in-school youths a hands-on experience of working in various government agencies. It enables them to learn life skills in the workplace while earning money to help them meet their school needs.###

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DSWD MIMAROPA, EDSES Manila prepare for the Big One with shake drill

A DSWD staff shows how to duck, cover and hold during the shake drill.

MALATE, Manila- Earlier today the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA and Epifanio Delos Santos Elementary School (EDSES) Manila conducted earthquake drill in preparation for the ‘Big One’.

According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Phivolcs, the ‘Big One’ refers to the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that could hit Metro Manila if the West Valley Fault moves.

“As part of the government’s preparation, Intramuros in Manila City is identified as one of the  evacuation camps across the metro,” said DSWD Director Joel Mijares.

The said disaster preparedness activity  is part of the nationwide earthquake drill set tomorrow (March 31) in accordance to the  Office of Civil Defense memorandum, which was participated by the social welfare staff and officials, and school teachers and pupils.###

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