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Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries receive free government services

A fellow partner-beneficiary helps an elder Mangyan in getting her cash grant during the Pantawid Pamilya payout in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro.

A fellow partner-beneficiary helps an elder Mangyan in getting her cash grant during the Pantawid Pamilya payout in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro.

San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro – More than 1,000 partner-beneficiaries attended the payout of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program last June 26, 2015. In coordination with the local government and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the regular activity of DSWD MiMaRoPa was maximized to be able to provide free services such as dental and medical check-up, haircut, massage, and opportunities to inquire on government processes on various agencies i.e. Commission on Election (COMELEC), Social Security System (SSS) and PhilHealth.

Ang gawain po ngayong araw ay para po talaga sa inyo upang mas mailapit sa inyo ang mga serbisyo ng gobyerno. Ito po ay isang paraan ng pagpapakita ng convergence hindi lamang sa mga programang inihahain ng DSWD kundi ng iba’t-ibang ahensya at ng mga civil society groups,” said Mrs. Purificacion Arriola, Protective Services Division Chief.

Municipal Mayor Salvador Py is also present in the event and expressed his gratitude for the initiative and continuous efforts of the Department in servicing the poor and vulnerable people.

Maximizing the day not only provides awareness on the Department’s programs and services but also to the different sectors. The other agencies and organizations present are: Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), RedCross, Mangyan Mission, NorFil Foundation, iHelp Inc., LOBO Community and Development Inc., Mangyan Tribal Church Association, Pampamayanan Mangyan Ugnayan, Inc., German Doctors and Kapitolyo Para sa Mamamayan.

Voice of the People  

Parent Leaders huddle as  they discuss how DSWD programs and services brought change in their lives.

Parent Leaders huddle as they discuss how DSWD programs and services brought change in their lives.

On the same day, the Parent Leaders’ Dialogue cum CSO-Led Forum was also conducted. With 150 parent leaders and iHelp as facilitators, the activity aims to encourage and empower the partner-beneficiaries to be articulators of change brought by the various social protective programs and services of the Department. Each of their stories also aims to inspire others to do better in their own households, and in turn in their communities.

During the workshop, the partner-beneficiaries were grouped to tackle their issues and concerns on the programs and services of DSWD. Voicing their concerns and addressing them allows for better understanding and implementation.

Nagpapasalamat kami dahil nakikita namin sa DSWD ang mga pagbabago sa buhay ninyong aming mga partner-beneficiaries. Hindi natin makakamit ang pagbabago kung kami lang ang gagawa dahil sa inyo magmumula ang pagbabago,” said Ms. Maridel Rodriguez, Provincial Link of Pantawid Pamilya in Oriental Mindoro.

The same activity was also done in Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro with almost a hundred participants. ###

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Statement by Richard Bolt, ADB’s Philippines Country Director, on Pantawid Conditional Cash Transfer Program

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) would like to address recent media reports about the Pantawid conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, that have created false impressions about how program funds have been used. ADB reiterates its full support for the program, which has helped improve the health, education and job opportunities of nearly 4.5 million poor families in the Philippines.

It is unfortunate that outdated data was used in media reports claiming that 19 billion pesos of program funds did not go to intended beneficiaries. That figure is based on a calculation drawn from outdated 2009 data—at a time when the budget for the program was much smaller—rather than the most recent 2014 budget. Initial targeting errors have been substantially reduced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with advice from ADB and other partners. It is important to note that these targeting errors did not lead to misappropriation or misuse of funds.

Since 2010, ADB has worked closely with DSWD to ensure funding goes to intended beneficiaries. ADB technical assistance has supported DSWD in implementing measures—such as a grievance redress mechanism, extra training for staff, and spot checks in the field—to improve targeting models so they exclude non-eligible families.

As part of ADB’s continuing efforts to improve the program’s effectiveness, a new round of poverty assessment processes is ongoing to update the status of beneficiary households and ensure funds are properly directed.

This program provides cash grants to poor households based on their fulfillment of  health and education related conditions. From a small pilot of 6,000 families in 2007, the program has grown rapidly to cover 4.5 million families at the end of 2014. In terms of people reached, Pantawid is now the world’s third largest CCT program after Brazil and Mexico. Rigorous impacts evaluations have shown that the program is meeting its overall objectives. Monitoring and evaluation of the program by government and partners will continue.

For participating households, Pantawid has helped to promote near-universal enrolment of elementary school-age children, reduced child labor, and improved access to pre- and post-natal care. ADB is proud to partner with and support the government on this flagship program for poverty reduction.

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DSWD to use tablets for Listahanan assessment in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, MANILA– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa through the Listahanan will use tablets to conduct household assessment in urban areas of Mindoro, Marinduque, Palawan and Romblon provinces.

A total of 360 units of mobile device are allocated for selected barangays.

The classification of urban and rural areas in the region is based from the from the Philippine Statistics Authority data.

The Department will install and use the mobile version of Family Assessment Form (FAF).  FAF contains indicators such as household composition, housing structure, and education of household members, material assets and access to basic services which is critical in identifying the socio-economic status of a family whether they are poor or not.

Moreover, DSWD targets 158,112 households in the urban barangays regionwide or 27 percent of the total target.

“Utilizing android tablets will maximize the information technology and facilitate the digitization of the family assessment. Also it lessens the cost for hiring more encoders thus it saves time for the encoding process,” said Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Hired enumerators will be deployed starting this month to do household interviews using these tablets.

The ongoing Listahanan assessment in rural areas where the paper version of FAFs is used, has completed 414,189 households or 70 percent from its target.

Listahanan is a mechanism of targeting poor households in the country. Identified poor are potential beneficiaries of various governments’ poverty alleviation programs. ###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa to conduct high school graduation rites for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

The student-representatives from MiMaRoPa region listen to the keynote speech of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III during the Pantawid Pamilya graduation celebration at Araneta Coliseum.

The student-representatives from MiMaRoPa region listen to the keynote speech of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III during the Pantawid Pamilya graduation celebration at Araneta Coliseum.

Malate, Manila – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now reaping the fruits of its labor from its flagship program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through its first batch of high school graduates this year. A total of 333,673 children partner-beneficiaries graduated nationwide. Out of the total, more than 14,000 came from MiMaRoPa region.

Out of this number, 4,909 came from Palawan; 5,249 from Oriental Mindoro; 1,836 from Occidental Mindoro; 1,464 from Romblon while 1,246 are graduates from Marinduque.

A post-graduation celebration was held at the Araneta Coliseum last April 23, 2015 with more than 10,000 students in attendance. Five representatives from each of the provinces in MiMaRoPa region were present in the event. They were the top honor students in their schools.

The theme, “Pagtatapos Nyo, Tagumpay ng Pilipino,” recognize the efforts of the graduate beneficiaries as they finish a chapter in their academic life.

Arnaldo Bautista, the class valedictorian of Ligaya National High School from Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro said “Poverty is not a hindrance to success,” adding that life is not easy, but it is not a reason to give up.

Her mother accounted that, “Hindi mo mapapa-absent ang batang yan kahit walang pamasahe o baon makapasok lang sa school”.  Arnaldo has to walk four kilometers from their home to school at times when they have financial difficulties. With Pantawid Pamilya, Arnaldo’s ‘baon’, school supplies and uniform were covered whenever they received their cash grant. For Arnaldo, graduating from high school is just the beginning and a step towards achieving his dreams.

There is still a lot of work to do for the young people like Arnaldo to reach his goals in life but fueled by love for their families and the help from others, it is not impossible to attain them. The DSWD ensures that assistance does not end in graduation celebration but also ushers them to the better life they want.

The post-graduation celebration of the region will be held in Boac, Marinduque, to honor selected Pantawid Pamilya graduates along with their parents on May 20.

For the complete list of names of the Pantawid Pamilya graduates, please click on the link below.

List of Pantawid Pamilya High School Graduates for 2015


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DSWD trains thousand field staff for 2015 Listahanan assessment


DSWD MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos inspires the Enumerators during the training.

MALATE, Manila— A total of 1,718 Listahanan field staff were trained for the second round household assessment this May.

This includes 49 Area Coordinators, 246 Area Supervisors, 1,233 Enumerators and 190 Encoders and Verifiers who will be assigned in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

The series of training were conducted simultaneously from February  to April in MiMaRoPa provinces to equip field staff before the conduct of household assessment. “This aims to enable them to articulate the importance of Listahanan and define their roles and responsibilities,” said Ernie H. Jarabejo Regional Field Coordinator.

Training sessions include strategies used for  interviews such as proper communication. It also highlighted the importance of work ethics and handling of difficult situations encountered in the field.

“Isang napakahalagang bagay na nabigyan kami ng maayos  at mahusay na training para lubos naming maintindihan ang bawat detalye ng aming trabaho at maging handa kami sa aming gagawin,” said Francis Leyco, Area Supervisor.


Highlight of the training is the field simulation where participants are deployed in the area to gather household data.

The second round assessment will update the current list of poor families or the Listahanan Central Database.  Listahanan is the department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are started in 2009.

On the other hand, DSWD calls the public to support and participate on this regionwide activity by allowing field staff to conduct interviews inside their houses to ensure complete, accurate and reliable results.

The result from the assessment will be the basis of targeting potential beneficiaries for government’s social protection programs such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Social Pension Program and PhilHealth enrollment. ###

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Stakeholders to focus on education and livelihood

Discussion onsite. DSWD Regional Director leads the discussion on how the various stakeholders can provide more assistance and services to the community.

Discussion onsite. DSWD Regional Director leads the discussion on how the various stakeholders can provide more assistance and services to the community.

MAGSAYSAY, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – Officials and representatives of various government agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) attended the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Onsite Field Visit last March 25-27, 2014. The activity initiated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) aims to converge the different programs and services of the various partner-agencies and CSOs to ensure the development in the lives of the poor and vulnerable.

Mandato ng gobyerno na tayo ay magkita-kita upang gumawa ng mga polisiya upang lalo pang matulungan ang ating mga kababayan,” said DSWD Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos. She also said that through this activity, stakeholders can evaluate the delivery and effectiveness of programs implemented.

The participants visited six areas in four barangays: Paclolo, Laste, Calawag and Nicolas. They observed a Family Development Session and visited a health center, interacted with partner-beneficiaries and addressed concerns on provision of assistance.

Various infrastructure projects were also visited such as high school building, potable water system and box culverts created through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) project. Moreover, a family working in a furniture business with the assistance of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) gave stakeholders a deeper understanding of how convergence works and changes a household and the whole community in turn. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also informed them that they can provide technical trainings such as furniture design to further improve their skills.

Prioritizing Indigenous People (IP) 

An encounter with the IP partner-beneficiaries was one of the highlights of the visit. The participants were able to interview the IPs on the

Encounter with IPs. IP partner-beneficiaries voice out their issues and concerns on education and livelihod in their community.

Encounter with IPs. IP partner-beneficiaries voice out their issues and concerns on education and livelihod in their community.

pressing issues they are facing. They tackled issues on infrastructure such as provision of health and educational facilities, farm-to-market road and livelihood. The local government can be tapped in providing infrastructures with the help of Kalahi-CIDSS while its municipal agricultural office also committed to give seeds to IP families to help them start planting crops.

It also focuses on reaching the IP students in their areas and providing an opportunity to finish college through scholarships. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) offered their programs where grantees are entitled to an allowance or refer them to TESDA for vocational and technical courses. The DSWD through the Pantawid Pamilya will provide names of IP partner-beneficiaries to the said agencies to avail the scholarships, however, it was recommended that the required passing grade be reduced from 85 to 80 percent to increase the number of grantees.

Furthermore, IP areas such as a spring named “Bukal” in Barangay Nicolas will be lobbied by the NCIP together with the local government to the Department of Tourism (DOT) for accreditation as tourist spot. This will help boost tourism in the municipality as well as incur livelihood to the people in the barangay.

Sharing the right information

Current status of the DSWD programs and services and interventions of the partner-agencies and CSOs were presented. It was emphasized that provinding right information allows for the agencies to properly assess the needs of the people and community. “If we have the right information, we can coordinate and converge better,” said Governor’s Executive Assistant Romy Ruiz.

“Information is power,” as Dir. Naviamos stressed, and to be able to provide better services to the people, it was agreed that it should be shared and coordinated. One resource of the DSWD MiMaRoPa, its Supply-Side Assessment (SSA) mapping, where accurate data about availability of educational and health facilities are found, is shared to other stakeholders to highlight what services can be offered to specific areas.

The field visit is one of the many venues where DSWD, with the help of various stakeholders, continues to provide quality service to the people by working together to achieve their dreams and realize their full potential.

The RAC Onsite field visit was attended by the DSWD regional and provincial staff, DOST, DOT, NCIP, TESDA, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, Commission on Population, PhilHealth, PLAN International, iHELP, and Ministries without Borders.  ###

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DSWD holds first Livelihood Congress

Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro – More than 700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries marched in the recently conducted graduation rights of SLP Livelihood Congress in this municipality, February 26, 2015.

The congress, titled “Sama-samang Linangin Pangkabuhayan Natin” is a week-long DSWD-led capacity building activity in convergence with the local government unit of Mansalay, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Education (DepEd) and Provincial Tourism, Investments and Enterprise Development Office (PTIEDO).

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD identified more than 700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in 17 barangays for skills enhancement on various fields including: Massage and Reflexology, Tour Guiding, Agricultural Practices, Tanglad Oil Extraction, Ube Pastillas making, Buri extraction, Cosmetology, Haircutting and Fish processing.

The congress, a lecture-cum-application training taught participants of techniques, procedures and skills on their chosen field of expertise. “This is the first time that the region had this kind of simultaneous  capacity building activities, and we will surely conduct the same for other municipalities,” said Domingo V. Agra, Regional Project Development Officer of DSWD-SLP.

In his speech, Mayor Joel Malinaw said that this event is a milestone for their municipality. “Natutuwa ako dahil malaking buti ang maidudulot nito para sa ating lahat, mas mapauunlad nito ang ating pamumuhay” he added. He also announced that the municipality is working a partnership with various stakeholders to assure that employment happens for the attending beneficiaries.

“We have gone through a long process of planning and preparation for this activity, and we are thankful that all concerned stakeholders have been supportive all along,” said Fe Dimaala, Provicial Project Development Officer.

Over Php1.5M was allocated for the said event to enable provision of starte kits for each participants. ###

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DSWD continues ‘Yolanda’ relief efforts, distributes 20 ‘bangka’ for livelihood

Blessed. Local Parish Priest, Fr. Amurao of Busuanga held a short Blessing ceremony preceding the distribution of the bangka-for-livelihood assets.

Blessed. Local Parish Priest, Fr. Amurao of Busuanga held a short Blessing ceremony preceding the distribution of the bangka-for-livelihood assets.

Busuanga, Palawan –In the continuous effort to provide assistance to the Yolanda-affected areas of MiMaRoPa, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the region distributed an additional 20 bangka-for-livelihood to identified household beneficiaries in Coron and this municipality.

The turnover ceremony was held in barangay Salvacion and attended by Municipal Social Welfare Officer (MSWDO), Divina Dulce along with the intended beneficiaries. The project was an initiative of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the department in collaboration with the municipalities of Coron and Busuanga. “Loss of livelihood was one of the major damage caused by the onslaught of Yolanda,” said Domingo Agra, Project Development Officer of SLP. He further said that more than rebuilding community assets, it is important to provide a “livelihood that is sustainable”. “This banca will support the livelihood needs and help generate household income for the Yolanda victims,” Agra said quoting.

DSWD, through the financial assistance of foreign and local donors were able to allocate more than Php 2million to produce livelihood assets such as pedicabs- and bangka-for-livelihood. During the celebration of Children’s month in October of last year, 13 pedicabs were distributed to beneficiaries from the island of Coron. An additional 27 motorized banca are currently being constructed, “the bangka-for-livelihood is an on-going project, and additional assets will be distributed to our beneficiaries at the soonest time possible,” said Theresa Tomines, DSWD Project Development Officer of Coron.

“Patuloy ang pakikipag-ugnayan ng aming munisipyo sa DSWD para matugunan pa ang mga pangagailangang pangkabuhayan ng mga benepisyaryo ng Busuanga at Coron,” said MSWDO Divina Dulce.

DSWD have launched various livelihood projects in the municipalities of Coron and Busuanga including: Cash-for-work and Food-for-work Projects, and Capital Assistance for Livelihood. ###

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