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Kalahi-CIDSS MiMaRoPa organizes workshop with LCEs

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – Eight local chief executives attended the workshop organized by Kalahi-CIDSS MiMaRoPa last September 24, 2013. The activity was held in order to let the LCEs know of the updates on the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS on their municipalities, and likewise to address issues and concerns which they may have.

The 11 municipalities which Kalahi-CIDSS covers for 2011 and 2012 were all well-represented. There were also representatives from the Provincial Government and national agencies such as DILG who participated in the activity. Nonetheless, also in attendance were KC National Project Manager Benilda Redaja and Deputy National Project Manager Tomas Cabuenos.

“No one should be left behind in development. Kalahi-CIDSS would want and would still maintain to contribute to this slogan, aside from its three-pronged objectives of empowering the people, improving local governance, and reducing poverty,” said Regional Director Wilma Naviamos, as she welcomed the participants in the activity. She said that the role of local chief executives is crucial not only in the Kalahi-CIDSS but also in other programs implemented by the Department.

Part of the workshop is the presentation of the progress and investment of Kalahi-CIDSS in the region. Assistant Regional Director Annie Mendoza presented the report and briefly discussed the amount of Kalahi-CIDSS grant for the province, the total amount disbursed, and the number of completed sub-projects.

Hon. Hercules Umali, local chief executive of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro and Kalahi-CIDSS advocate, shared their municipality’s experience in Kalahi-CIDSS. A video presentation of various sub-projects built on the municipality of Bongabong was shown to attest how the project changed the municipality during its three-year implementation. Notably, Bongabong was able to implement 30 sub-projects in three years, with an additional 12 sub-projects from its Makamasang Tugon modality. The Makamasang Tugon is a one-year incentive to good performing LGUs who have successfully implemented KALAHI-CIDSS. Sub-projects in Bongabong include school buildings, day care centers, health stations, and water system.

Mayor Umali encouraged his fellow LCEs to fully engage themselves in activities of Kalahi-CIDSS, particularly with the barangay assemblies. This is to better understand the situation of their constituents and also come up with a plan at the level of the local government to address the problems.

An open forum was held to which the several LCEs air their concerns toward the procurement process which impede the sub-project implementation. Provincial Engineer Saylito Purisima said that the provincial government will help and coordinate with those municipalities regarding the issue.

To date, nine municipalities of Palawan (Aborlan, Agutaya, Coron, Cuyo, Cagayancillo, Narra, Taytay, Quezon, Sofronio Espanola) are already in the sub-project implementation stage of Kalahi-CIDSS. From a a total of 53 sub-projects to be implemented in Palawan, twelve sub-projects were already completed. Majority is still on-going in the implementation and is also set to finish before December.

KALAHI-CIDSS or Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is the government’s flagship anti-poverty project funded by Millennium Challenge Corporation which aims to eradicate poverty through improving local governance and empowering the communities. Noteworthy, the project utilizes the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. ###


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11 municipalities ink MOA for 2nd cycle implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS

Of the 11 municipalities covered by Kalahi-CIDSS in the province of Palawan, nine have signed and entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Provincial Local Government, for the Kalahi-CIDSS second cycle implementation, last September 24, 2013 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The MOA was signed by Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos and the Municipal Mayors. This was witnessed by Assistant Regional Director Annie E. Mendoza and Provincial Engr. Saylito Purisima.

The nine municipalities include Aborlan, Agutaya, Cagayancillo, Coron, Cuyo, Narra, Quezon, Sofronio Espanola and Taytay. The said municipalities are currently in the sub-project implementation stage of the first cycle.

The activity was held simultaneously with the Local Chief Executives Workshop.

Kalahi-CIDSS is the government’s flagship poverty alleviation program implemented by the DSWD through the financial support of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. It is implemented in the course of three years, with each year corresponding for one cycle. ###



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PLGU signs MOA for Kalahi-CIDSS 2nd cycle implementation

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – Hon. Jose Alvarez, the Provincial Governor of Palawan, together with DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos, signs the MOA of the 11 municipalities covered by Kalahi-CIDSS for its second cycle implementation.

“You are always more than welcome here in Palawan,” said Governor Alvarez as he signs the MOA of the municipalities. He said that Kalahi-CIDSS will be a big help in improving the lives of many Palawenos who are in deep poverty. He emphasized that the provincial government will firmly support the implementation of the Project, and will even provide what the Project may need.

Deputy National Project Manager Tomas Cabuenos and Assistant Regional Director Annie Mendoza served as witnesses to the monumental event. ###

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Poor households in MiMaRoPa use unsafe drinking water

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa reveals that there are 98,663 or 41 percent of poor households that has no access to safe drinking water in the region.

The province of Romblon has 6,814 poor households using unsafe drinking water, Oriental Mindoro has 18,741 households and 15,056 households in Occidental Mindoro. On the other hand, Palawan has the most number with 548, 59 poor households while Marinduque has least number with 3,193 households.

Listahanan, the Department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are shows that 26 percent of the identified poor households get their main source of drinking water from the dug well. Moreover, another 12 percent of the poor households use water from the spring, river and stream while less than one percent of poor household’s source of drinking water comes from collected rainfall.

To face the crisis, the Department of Health (DOH) thru the Center for Health Development (CHD) MiMaRoPa is dedicated to reduce poverty and ensure sustainable access to safe water thru the implementation of the Provision of Water Supply also known as the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Sa Lahat  (Salintubig) Program.

“The Salintubig is a program that is designed to provide water supply systems for the waterless municipalities, barangays, health centers, and resettlements sites and enhance the capacity of the water service providers in the planning and operation of water supply facilities,” says  Sheila Talvan, DOH IV-MiMaRoPa Sanitary Engineer.

“The use of unsafe drinking water gives a high risk of water borne diseases,” Talvan added.

As a response intervention, the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) has served ­74 barangays regionwide with potable water facilities sub-projects. Kalahi-CIDDS is the government’s flagship poverty alleviation implemented by the DSWD that aims to empower the communities through greater participation of the people in local governance, particularly those involving poverty alleviation measures.###

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Hiring for Listahanan 2013 household assessment, now complete

More than 1600 project-based staff were hired for the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction second round assessment of the Department and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa. This includes the Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Enumerators, Encoders and Verifiers.

Applicants from Puerto Galera, Occidental Mindoro taking the qualifying test during the screening process conducted by the Human Resource Development Unit  last August 1, 2013.

Applicants from Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro taking the qualifying test during the screening process conducted by the Human Resource Development Unit last August 1, 2013.

The province of Palawan has 552 field staff while 124 staff are in Marinduque. There are 234 staff in Occidental Mindoro and 459 staff in Oriental Mindoro. Nonetheless Romblon has 161 field staff. A total of 147 Encoders and Verifiers are hired which will be assigned at the regional office.

“We acknowledge the support of the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) staff for facilitating the screening of highly qualified applicants. Also, the valuable support of the Local Government Units through the Municipal and City Social Welfare and Development Offices” said Regional Field Coordinator, Ernie H. Jarabejo.

The series of screening of applicants was conducted from July to August 2013 across the five provinces in MiMaRoPa.

Listahanan is the Department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are that started in 2009. The result from the assessment will be the basis of targeting beneficiaries for the government’s social protection programs. ###

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Completed SocTech Programs Presented to LGUs

Marinduque – The outstanding concern of Filipinos for the elderly resonated in words spoken at the recently concluded Social Technology Unit’s presentation of its 14 completed programs in Sta.Cruz and Mompog, Marinduque, August 29 and 30, respectively.

Social Technology Unit (SocTech) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-MiMaRoPa is responsible for developing, enhancing and pilot testing programs intended to help address needs of the disadvantaged sector of the society. The programs formulated cater to all sectors of the society including the youth, persons with disability, senior citizens, women and children and the marginalized sector in general.

As part of SocTech’s function to promote various programs it generated, Josephine Macalagay, head of SocTech Unit of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa called out to members of the local government units of Sta.Cruz and Mompog to replicate the 14 programs under its umbrella.

Promoting the understated

In two separate events, stakeholders were gathered at a symposium to formally introduce the projects. The prime objective of the presentation is to encourage LGUs to replicate programs to their respective municipalities.

Macalagay put focused on the distinguishable difference between each of the SocTech programs with the old program models that their municipality has adapted and been adapting. “Incidentally yung ibang programa na ipinipresent ko ngayon ay maaring may similarity sa mga programang naimplement na noon, however there are enhancements in the old models  that would fit and cater to the needs of our target beneficiaries,” stressed Macalagay.

Advancing welfare of the Elderly and the Youth

Out of the 14 programs presented, both municipalities showed interest on projects that cater to the senior citizens and the youth. “Dito ho sa amin eh mataas ang bilang ng mga nakatatanda kaya siguro magiging malaking tulong ang program sa senior citizens,” shared Ishmael Lim, Vice-mayor of Sta.Cruz.  He suggested for Macalagay to expound on the Sheltered Workshop for Senior Citizens, one of the programs dedicated to providing livelihood training for the elderly.

Josephine Macalagay, Head of SocTech Unit expounding on programs catering the senior citizens.

Josephine Macalagay, Head of SocTech Unit expounding on programs catering the senior citizens.

Moreover, the municipality of Sta.Cruz shared about an on-going program focused on IT educational training for out-of-school youths in their community. Mayor Lim excitedly relayed the IT Development program they run for OSYs in Sta.Cruz, to which 6 computers were made available for training purposes.

Macalagay then forwarded to presenting programs that benefits the interest of women. Both municipalities proved to have a low case of incidence towards abusive treatment of women in their town which led someone to comically ask for programs that cater to husbands who are victims of violence. “Paano naman po ang mga lalaking nabubugbog ng asawa? Wala po bang programa para protektahan naman kami?” joked Mompog Mayor, Livelo Senen. “Wala naman hong masyadong lalake na willing i-admit yan, pero pwede naman gawan ng programa kung magkaron ng mataas na insidente,” said Macalagay in jest.

Soliciting Commitment

Funding is one of the most crucial parts in pioneering any development program.  One striking concern that stakeholders raised during the presentation was directed at the source of funds should they adopt any of the programs presented. Macalagay acknowledged their concern and straightforwardly stated that the DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa and SocTech team can augment support for

Stakeholders adjoined in a post-symposium meeting for possible replication of programs presented.

Stakeholders adjoined in a post-symposium meeting for possible replication of programs presented.

training and capability building needs, but the fund for monetary support should come from the LGUs.

“Malaki naman ang maitutulong ng mga programa na ito sa amin, especially yung mga programa para sa mga senior citizens at PWDs,” commented Lim, along with the pledge of convening with his colleagues for finalization.

The two-day event was concluded in an evident interest of LGUs in programs that were presented. Though adaption of any of these programs is still at bay, SocTech unit’s initial intent to make all these programs known to Sta.Cruz and Mompog were met. The department is hopeful of turning the spark of interest into a fiery initiative to replicate any of the presented programs.



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Pantawid Pamilya recognizes model beneficiaries

Excitement. Hope. Joy. These reflect on the young innocent eyes of children and families as DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa held the Regional Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children and Huwarang Pantaiwd Pamilya last August 23, 2013 at the Makati Palace Hotel. The children and families came from their respective provinces to vie against each other and be declared as the regional winner.

In her welcome address,Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos said, “Lahat tayo dito ay dapat masaya. Lahat tayo ay panalo sa paligsahang ito.” The event is a celebration of great young minds. She highlighted that the event is a venue to recognize the good deeds of the children that even at a young age, they serve as an example to the others. RD Naviamos also added that the event is held to acknowledge the parents and their virtuous upbringing despite the difficulties in life.

Exemplary Children

The Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children is an annual activity of the program that aims to recognize children beneficiaries who set excellent examples at home, school, and community. Two children were chosen in their municipalities, who consequently strivedto be the provincial representative at the regional level.

Shemia Pineda (Left), winner of the Regional Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children, smiles at RD Naviamos as she receives her plaque and Php 10,000 cash prize.

Shemiah Pineda (Left), winner of the Regional Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children, smiles at RD Naviamos as she receives her plaque and Php 10,000 cash prize.

Five children namely: Shemiah Pineda of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro,Jestonie Arellado of Sofronio Expanola, Palawan, Argilie Joy Balon of Looc, Romblon, Ma. Isabel Olarte of Socorro, Oriental Mindoro, and Ephraim Laurel of Torrijos, Marinduque competed against each other. They are judged based on the following criteria: Behaviour and Practice (35%), Intelligence (35%), Community/School Participation (20%), and Stage Presence and Appearance (10%).

The contestants battled it out in the talent portion through singing, dancing, and a monologue. After showcasing their talents, they each have answered a question from the judges.

In the end, the 13 year old Shemiah from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro emerged as the regional winner. With her monologue containing an emotional depiction of a child wanting to help her family,combined with vibrant singing and dancing, it is impossible for the audience not to be in awe of Shemiah. Her honest answer also to the question given to her added more appeal to her winning qualities.

During the question and answer portion, Shemiah was asked what she would do if she finds out that a family receives cash grant but does not follow the conditionalities of the program. She answered that she will tell and confide the situation to their parent leader. Her consistent high grades and active participation in extracurricular activities in school added a great factor in her winning.

Shemiah received Php 10,000 cash prize while Jestonie who came in second won Php 8,000. Argilie received Php 7,000, Isabel, Php 6,000, and Eprhaim, Php 5,000, who came in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

Shemiah together with the other contestants will be included in the pool of exemplary children and will join the National Children’s Congress (NCC) to be held this October 2013.

Model Families               

Together with the conduct of the search for exemplary children was also the awarding of the families for the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya. Five families who won in their respective provincial search came to be part of the activity.

Roberto, head of the Pelangco family, raises his hand for a high five with Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator Vincent Dominic Obcena. Together with the selection committee, the family cannot contain their happiness as they were proclaimed as this year's regional winner for the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.

Roberto, head of the Pelangco family, raises his hand for a high five with Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator Vincent Dominic Obcena. Together with the selection committee, the family cannot contain their happiness as they were proclaimed as this year’s regional winner of the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.

The families went through the rigorous process of selection and validation from the provincial level up to the regional level. The regional selection committee interviewed the heads of the family and asked about their life as a couple and their relationship in their family and to the community. The families were assessed using the following criteria: 100% compliance in all conditionalities (25%), practices and promotes healthy living (20%), actively involved in community and environmental endeavors (20%), demonstrates love and respect for the community including the environment (20%), and manages and utilizes cash grants properly (15%).

The committee probed questions as to the recurring arguments and problems the couple deal with and how theyresolve it. They were also further inquired about their lifestyles, jobs, and involvement in the community.

Among the five families, the Pelangco family from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro exhibits the best and strongest family ties. The family exhibited a palpable direction – to have a better life. Inch by inch they are saving and putting up sources of income such as herding animals and tending to a rented land. The family has four children. “Nagdesisyon po talaga kami na apat nalang sana ang anak namin,” said Roberto, father of the Pelangcos, with a smile. They have decided to keep their family’s number as it is since raising children is not an easy job.

All these families aspire for a better quality of life, their determination and actions transpired them to be model families. Yes, they are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya but they each have their own ‘diskarte’ in life to not only rely on the cash grants.They know that their contract with the program expires after five years. They ask themselves, “What happens after?” and they start to plan out their life, a life they always wanted – a family who has more than enough.

The Pelangco family received a cash prize worth Php 10,000 as the regional winner while the Frias family from Buenavista, Marinduque came in second place with Php 8,000. The Solangon family from Roxas, Oriental Mindoro came in third, Juarez family of Aborlan, Palawan came in fourth while the Malacad family of Sta. Fe, Romblon came in fifth and each received Php 7,000, Php 6,000 and Php 5,000, respectively.

Can do more

The activity such as the Search for Exemplary Children only shows that no amount of difficulty in life can stop an individual to pursue his/her dreams, and it can even start at a young age. These children are the reasons why government programs such as Pantawid Pamilya continue to exist and expand. It is giving hope to these poor young children and telling them that despite their situation, they can do more.

The program also reinforces families with aspirations and dreams. It provides support to the families by building a strong foundation – healthy and educated children, and stronger family ties.Being a model family takes a lot of work, and they choose to do more, because they also, as family, can do more.

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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa and BFAR conduct training on seaweed farming

Taytay, Palawan –   Farming made easy – a phrase evident in a three-day training on seaweeds farming conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region IV-MiMaRoPa (DSWD) together with Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Regional Fisheries Training Center (BFAR -RFTC) in two separate sessions in barangays Pamantolon, July 15-17, and Calawag, July 18-20.

The training was a collaborative effort of DSWD, BFAR-RFTC and the Local Government Unit of Taytay which end goal is to provide technical knowledge on seaweeds farming.   It was attended by seaweed farmers who, coincidentally, are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD.

Introduction to strategic farming

Rene Pareño, Training Specialist II and Project Officer of BFAR-RFTC facilitated the training proper. On the onset, he stated how weather conditions affect seaweeds farming system.  Pareño further stated that Palawan is one of the areas in the country that is frequently visited by typhoons wrecking traditionally built seaweed farms. He then segued into the introduction of Multiple Vertical Lines (MVL) – a planting technique in which the seaweeds are grown into a set of long vertical lines as oppose to the conventional horizontal farming method.

MVLs hoisted above sea shows  a new approach to seaweed farming.

MVLs hoisted above sea shows a new approach to seaweed farming.

The unfamiliarity of the technique sparked interest among beneficiaries which lead one to question its cost-efficiency. “Hindi pa namin nasubukan ang ganyan pagtatanim, hindi kaya magastos?” raised one participant in Calawag. Pareño assured beneficiaries of how economically competent the technique is. He further added that the resources needed are readily available in their barangay. “Yung iba sa inyo ay meron ng mga gamit sa seaweeds siguro i-enhance nyo nalang ang mga yun,” suggested Pareño.

Training for livelihood

The training for seaweeds farming is a lecture-cum-experiential-based type of training. The participants had to actively participate from the actual practice of creating their own MVLs to planting the seaweeds. Pareño also highlighted the importance of knowing the market condition in the industry. The significant difference in price between fresh and dried seaweeds adds to the kind of product a farmer should produce. “Mataas na pala ang presyo ng dried seaweeds ayusin natin

Participants immerse in the process of MVL preparation as part of the training agenda.

Participants immerse in the process of MVL preparation as part of the training agenda.

ang pagaalaga ng mga seaweeds para mas mataas kita natin,” advised Pareño.

The training progressed into practical application of techniques taught during the lecture session. The beneficiaries had a hands-on experience of processes followed in building a seaweed farm – from the preparation of materials to be used down to the actual installation of MVLs.


The Bayanihan Ideology

The Filipino culture is known for the high regard it gives to familial relationship. Every member of a community looks out after its people and assures that no one is left behind. If one plans to succeed the rest will contribute an effort to make it happen. Domingo Agra, DSWD-SLP Regional Coordinator, best said put the bayanihan ideology in his message during the closing ceremony saying, “ang training na ito ay naglalayong dapat walang maiwan sa kahirapan, yan ang

Concerted effort. Beneficiaries gather in circle and join hands in wrapping seaweed around one set of MVL.

Concerted effort. Beneficiaries gather in circle and join hands in wrapping seaweed around one set of MVL.

adbokasiya ng aming opisina”.

The participants were awarded with start-up material for building a seaweed farm as well as cash grants from SLP. The three-day training was well-worth the effort. DSWD along with partner agencies assured that the training not only equip the beneficiaries with technical knowledge on seaweed farming but also planted hope for a successful business venture.


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