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DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program awards processing center to Civil Society Organization

On November 28, 2017, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) awarded an 8m X 8m Abaca By-Products Processing Center to Tanikala ng Pagkakaisa Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TPMPC).

A total of Php 510,355.50 worth of materials and labor through SLP modalities, Skills Training and Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA), was granted to 38 beneficiaries of the said organization so that their dream of having a decent processing center will become a reality.

This livelihood intervention foresees an increase in sales in abaca slippers, bags and key chains. The center will also provide a safe shelter to the machineries and materials of the cooperative.

The turnover ceremony was attended by the DSWD Convergence, Barangay Local Government, the beneficiaries, and employees of TPMPC.


Adonis T. Analista, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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DSWD Listahanan ends roadshow in Occidental Mindoro

Students of Occidental Mindoro State College participate the Listahanan Roadshow.

SAN JOSE-  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA completed the Listahanan provincial roadshow in Occidental Mindoro.

Joined by students and local government employees and officials, the last stop of roadshows were conducted in Occidental Mindoro State College- Labangan Campus on November 20-21; San Jose Municipal Hall on November 22; and Occidental Mindoro Provincial Capitol in Mamburao town on November 23-24, 2017.

Earlier this year, roadshows were held in Marinduque, Palawan, and Oriental Mindoro provinces. In 2016, the first roadshow was held in Romblon.

“These roadshows aim to continue to advocate the regional profile of the poor to academe, local government units and the general public,” told Listahanan MIMAROPA Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Listahanan is the government mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are nationwide. This system provides a database of poor families to social protection stakeholders which can be used as the basis for selecting potential beneficiaries of pro-poor programs and services.

In Occidental Mindoro out of 91,707 total households assessed and validated, 39, 182 or 47% are identified poor.

On the other hand, the provincial government of Occidental Mindoro has expressed the interest to enter into an agreement with DSWD to use the Listahanan data in planning and implementing local social protection programs.###

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Mogpog’s School Jeepney Project now in Operation

The School Jeepney Project of Mendez Pantawid Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) has started its implementation as the jeepney was bought last August 30, 2017.

The Mendez Pantawid SLPA was organized on March 15, 2016 composed of forty-five beneficiaries. Based on the result of the Participatory Livelihood Issue Analysis (PLIA), the beneficiaries were able to identify that the main problem of the community is the limited means of transportation.

Brgy. Mendez, a hilly, rocky road which is about 20 kilometers away from town, is one of the interior barangays of Mogpog. There were only two units of Public Utility Jeepney that take passengers, goods, and merchandise from remote barrio of Mendez to Mogpog and vice versa. In addition, the parents of beneficiaries worry for the safety and health of their children going to school especially during rainy season. Most students have no other option but to ride and hang either on the top load or behind the jeep just to get home.

To address these identified gaps, the Municipal Action Team of Mogpog initiated the School Jeepney Project of the community through Seed Capital Fund modality of SLP. The jeepney is now the school service of the students going to Butansapa National High School in the morning and afternoon. The jeepney driver passes another route from Balacanan to Buenavista and vice versa for additional income.

The jeepney costs PHP 350,000.00 in total. During the monitoring, the project earns an average income of PHP 8,000.00 in two months of operation. The project was able to employ a non-pantawid member as the regular driver with a monthly salary of not less than PHP 5,000.00. The parents and all the beneficiaries are thankful for granting this kind of livelihood that addresses the transportation problem of the community and also helps in ensuring the safety of their children.


Marieta J. Manzo, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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SLP CSO beneficiaries undergo accreditation

Acknowledging the critical role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in working closely with the government, the Standards Unit (SU) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA conducted field validation and accreditation to the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s CSO beneficiaries of Marinduque last November 7, 2017.

A total of 18 CSOs from various barangays of Boac, Marinduque were validated for their existence and eligibility to the funding support of the agency.

SLP CSO focal Mr. Juan Paolo Mendoza and Standards Unit Administrative Assistant Ms. Abbie Mae Engracial took a personal interaction to the various SLPA leaders to get first hand data from the field. Beneficiaries’ queries were also answered during the conversations.

CSO accreditation is an activity in compliance to the joint resolution no 2015-001 of the Commission of Audit, Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that the CSO beneficiaries has a distinct legal personality.


Adonis T. Analista, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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Listahanan marks UN int’l day for hunger, poverty eradication

Representatives from national and local government offices, CSOs and students join the Listahanan Antipoverty Symposium to commemorate the UN International Day for Poverty and Hunger Eradication.

BOAC, Marinduque- Hosted by the Marinduque State College (MSC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA held the 4th Listahanan Antipoverty Symposium yesterday in commemoration of October 17 United Nations (UN) International Day for Eradication of Extreme Hunger and Poverty.

This year’s theme, ‘Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies.’

The antipoverty symposium is parallel to the 30th anniversary of the UN’s call to action in the eradication of extreme hunger and poverty along with the Listahanan initiatives in increasing the awareness of the MIMAROPAns on the regional profile of the poor, providing all stakeholders a solid and evidenced-based statistics based on the nationwide household assessment results.

According to Listahanan 2015 database from the 584,562 households assessed and validated regionwide, 221,324 or 37.9 percent are identified poor.

A total of 55,363 poor households were identified in Oriental Mindoro; 39,182 in Occidental Mindoro; 14,051 in Marinduque; 20,777 in Romblon; and 91,951 in Palawan.

“This annual event of the department is one of the actions to show its commitment to the international community in achieving the eradication of hunger and poverty,” said Ernie H. Jarabejo.

This provides an avenue to all stakeholders to discuss various initiatives developed and implemented by their own institutions which are biased to the identified poor in Listahanan particularly the vulnerable, disadvantaged communities, sectors, families and individuals.

One highlight of the event is the presentation of the Ambisyon Natin 2040 by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)- a collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country for the next 25 years. It describes the kind of life that people want to live, as well as how the country will look like by 2040.

Moreover, considering that the province of Marinduque is the Butterfly Capital of the Philippines, Marinduque State College has presented a case study dubbed as Pera Mula Sa Paruparo: The Pro-poor and Pro-Environment Butterfly Livelihood. The case study focused on providing livelihood and employment to the communities through butterfly farming.

The DSWD has presented its experience and gains in the implementation of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in the grass root communities. SLP aims to improve the socio-economic status of poor families by creating more employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

For this year, SLP has served 553 individuals in Marinduque for microenterprise development and employment facilitation with Php15 million fund.

The event was participated by various national and local government agencies, civil society organizations and MSC social work students. ###


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DSWD MIMAROPA, nakilahok sa ikatlong MIMAROPA Naturally 2017

Upang ipakilala at ipakita ang ilan sa mga pinakamagaganda at natatanging produkto ng rehiyon ng MIMAROPA, isinagawa ng Department of Trade and Industry o DTI ang ikatlong MIMAROPA Naturally Agri-Trade and Tourism Fair 2017 noong ika-labingwalo hanggang ika-dalawampu’t dalawa ng Oktubre 2017 sa Megatrade Halls 1 & 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Ipinakita ng DSWD MIMAROPA ang pagsuporta sa aktibidad sa pamamagitan ng partisipasyon ng Manggagawang Aktibo na Naglalayong Harapin ang Kinabukasan Sustainable Livelihood Association o MANHAK SLPA at Native Handicraft SLPA ng Looc at San Andres, Romblon.

Fresh at ready-to-eat blue crabs and inihanda ng MANHAK para sa mga customers nito habang mga native na walis at bags naman ang sa Native Handicraft SLPA. Matatandaan na ang MANHAK ang itinanghal na kampeon sa nakaraang Bangon Kabuhayan 2017 kung saan inilaban nila ang proyekto nitong blue crab fattening.

Itinatayang nasa pitumpung booths ang nakilahok sa nasabing aktibidad. Ayon kay Binibining Chyntia Deocades, Project Development Officer ng Romblon, “Inimprove na  namin ang packaging ng blue crabs. Dati kasi styro lang ang gamit namin, e medyo nahihirapan ang customers na bitbitin. Bukod dito, inayos na din namin ang management system. Bawat isa sa ating beneficiaries ay alam na nila ang gagawin nila. May nagluluto, nagseserve, at nag-aasikaso sa mga customers.”

Nais ng DSWD MIMAROPA na lumahok pa ang mga Sustainable Livelihood Program Association o SLPA nito sa mga ganitong aktibidad na naglalayong ipakilala ang mga natatanging produkto ng rehiyon.

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More than 500k ‘rural’ women are poor in MIMAROPA

MALATE, Manila- The Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA has identified 507,549 poor women living in rural barangays regionwide.

Listahanan is a government mechanism to identify who and where the poor are nationwide. It the basis for beneficiary selection of government social protection programs for the poor.

This is in commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women on October 15 with the theme: ‘Challenges and opportunities in climate-resilient agriculture for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.’

Results of the DSWD Listahanan 2015 household assessment shows that 5,552 of poor rural women have a disability; 16,486 are considered as household heads, and 8,667 are identified pregnant during the assessment.

“With changing climate, women’s already unequal access to land, water and energy are further impacted. At the same time, existing gender inequalities and discriminations that constrain rural women’s decision-making power and participation in their households and their communities, are exacerbated by climate change and climate disasters”, said in a United Nation report.

According to the DSWD database, there are 91,890 poor rural women regionwide experienced displacement due to natural disasters, human-induced calamities, armed-conflict and rural development.

This database further reveals that about 204,458 poor rural women ages 15 years old and above have no occupation in MIMAROPA while there are 29,758 poor women work as laborers and 17,3825 women are farmers, forestry workers, and fisherfolks.

The DSWD is employing the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (Kalipi)- a federation of women’s organization committed to responding to the needs of organizing women from the grassroots level and genuinely promotes women’s development and empowerment by harnessing their strengths and developing their full potentials.

The Kalahi-CIDSS of the department is also empowering rural women through active community participation in the planning and implementing of sub-projects. ###

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Marinduque holds a Skills Training on Upgraded Native Pig Production

Last October 11-12, 2017, the Sustainable Livelihood Program conducted a skills training on Upgraded Native Pig Production for 54 program members. In partnership with the Provincial Government of Marinduque and Local Government of Mogpog, the event was clustered in two batches: batch 1 was held at Brgy. Anapog Sibucao and Janagdong and batch 2 at Brgy. Butansapa.

Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRO) Agricultural Center Chief II Mr. Elmer V. Marbello and Mogpog Municipal Health Office (MHO) Sanitation Health Officers II Ms. Glotilde G. Santos and Ms. Clarita N. Ola, served as the resource speakers who shared their knowledge and skills on hog raising.

DSWD Implementing Project Development Officer II Ms. Marieta J. Manzo and LGU Livelihood Worker Mr. Celso Lampas facilitated the skills training for the participants. Hon. Dominador Del Prado Jr., Barangay Chairman of Janagdong, welcomed the participants as he gave practical examples in livelihood approach and management. Succeeding his opening remarks was Municipal Mayor Hon. Augusto Leo M. Livelo who shared his own techniques, tips, and personal experiences in hog raising.

Mr. Marbello provided a lecture on types of hogs, alternative feeds and feeding management, housing requirements, pests and diseases, and basic cash flow analysis or income-expense statement essential for hog raising. Meanwhile, Ms. Santos and Ms. Ola discussed the health and proper sanitation pertaining to hog raising.

After the training, the participants earned their certificate of participation along with 2 hogs, 4 sacks of feeds, and vitamins and medicines amounting to Php 10,214.00 per participant as a starter kit for their hog raising business.


Marieta J. Manzo, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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