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Human Chain Activity in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro, A Success

Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro—The Human Chain Activity was a successful endeavor. Almost 2,500 people from different Mangyan Sub-Tribes, community volunteers, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, Kalahi CIDSS staff from Regional and National Program Management Office, Municipal Staff, civil society organizations, students, and people from the neighboring town of Sablayan have passed-on sacks of aggregates on the mountainous terrain of Sitio Nalwak to reach Sitio Bambanay.

The Human Chain Activity was organized by the Municipal Action Team of DSWD Magsaysay Occidental Mindoro together with the Local Government Unit for the benefit of the Mangyan communities in Sitio Bambanay. The goal of the activity is to deliver aggregates to be used for the construction of the foot trail Sub-Project identified by the IPs in Sitio Bambanay as their most pressing need. This will come in fruition through the “bayanihan” strategy where the people would line-up from Sitio Nalwak up to Sitio Bambanay and would pass sacks of aggregates The activity started from 5 in the morning until 11 in the morning.

The distance between Sitio Nalwak and Sitio Bambanay stretches around 2.7 km on a mountainous terrain. There were 20 stations wherein one station stretches to 135 meters.

Hand-in-hand, side by side– No Filipino is left behind as the people of Magsaysay and Sablayan helped the IP group of Mangyan in transporting the aggregates that will be used for the access road sub-project proposed by the community to be funded by Kalahi CIDSS

The stations began at station zero (0) where pantawid women beneficiaries put aggregates in the sacks and pass it to people positioned at station zero (0) until it reached station twenty. The furthest that the aggregates reached int he half day activity was at station ten (10). However, Area coordinator Rosalie Frane said she is grateful that people have gathered to help to show their support to the IP community.

On the other hand, almost 80 individuals from the neighboring town of Sablayan headed by Hon. Eduardo Gadiano participated in the Human Chain Activity as they were transported by four large municipal trucks. Community Volunteers from Sablayan has expressed joy knowing they are able to help their co-volunteers
from Magsaysay. “Kahit nakakapagod ay masaya kami dahil nakatulong kami sa mga kapwa naming volunteer at sa mga kapatid naming Mangyan rin.” Said Dionisio Recente, a Kalahi CIDSS Voluteer from Sablayan.

Hon. Fajardo and Hon. Gadiano climbed the difficult terrain going to the Sitio Bambanay to personally see the situation of the IPs in the community. Hon. Gadiano then pledged to give solar panels to the community and Hon. Fajardo pledged to give a multi-cab emergency tricycle for easy transport of people and products.
The foot trail will respond to the main problems identified by the IPs which is transporting their sick to barangay proper and evacuation of the people during times of calamity.

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DSWD to start household validation for UCT recipients in MIMAROPA

MALATE, Manila- The Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA will conduct house-to-house validation of some 94,000 potential beneficiaries of the government’s Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program starting this month regionwide.

There are 18,662 target households in Occidental Mindoro; 22,892 households in Oriental Mindoro; 6,384  households in Marinduque;  7,755 households in Romblon; and 38,435 households in Palawan.

“Under RA 10963 of 2017 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, UCT program will provide unconditional cash grants to Listahanan-identified poor households whose income belong up to the seventh decile,” said Listahanan Regional Coordinator Ernie Jarabejo.

UCT is the biggest social mitigation program under the Duterte administration to aid families who will not benefit from the lower income tax rates but will be adversely affected by rising prices of basic commodities. Recipients will receive P200.00 per month this year; and P300.00/month in 2019 and 2020.

DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Social Pension program beneficiaries will also receive UCT grants to mitigate the moderate and temporary increases in prices due to the enforcement of the comprehensive tax reform program, added Jarabejo.

More than 400 field staff are deployed in the five island MIMAROPA provinces to complete the UCT validation in April.

Jarabejo also calls target household respondents to provide complete and factual information to ensure accurate results.

Listahanan is the government mechanism to identify who and where the poor are. According to the 2015 database, 37 percent or 221,324 households identified as poor out of the 584,562 total households assessed in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces. ###


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DSWD MIMAROPA needs field workers for UCT validation

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA through the Listahanan project is hiring field workers to validate potential beneficiaries of the government’s Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program.

DSWD needs 95 validators and 15 Administrative Assistants (AAs) in Oriental Mindoro; 78 validators and  11 AAs Occidental Mindoro; 27 validators and  six AAs in Marinduque ;  32 validators and 17 AAs in Romblon; and  160 validators and 24 AAs in Palawan.

Under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) or RA 10963, UCT program will provide cash grants in the amount of P200 per month in 2018; and P300 per month in 2019 and 2020 to identified poor families to offset the increase in prices of goods for those who will not directly benefit in the lowering of personal income taxes.

“Validators will be paid per form (P50.00/form) while Administrative Assistant will receive P10,159.00 for 30 days,” said Listahanan Regional Coordinator Ernie Jarabejo.

UCT household validation will start in March targeting 94, 128 households regionwide.

Priority applicants are former Listahanan field staff; at least second-year college level; physically fit; must possess good communication and social skills, and willing to be assigned in other municipalities, added Jarabejo.

Interested applicants may submit their resume through email address at or to the nearest DSWD SWAD office in their area.###


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SLP Marinduque, Marinduque State College hold Skills Training for Meat Processing

In partnership with Marinduque State College (MSC), the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) conducted a series of skills training on meat processing last January 27-28 and February 2-3, 2018.

Participants from various barangays of Boac gathered at the food laboratory of MSC. The organizers also invited Ms. Nenita Gonzales and Ms. Ma. Edelwina Blasé who served as resource speakers for the training.

Participants answered the pre-test examination before they were assembled into smaller groups for the training proper. Some of the discussions include the principles and procedure of meat processing, meat preservation, and even food presentation which the participants enjoyed a lot.

Each group was then assigned to evaluate the performance and product of the other groups through food tasting. Two of the participants shared their insights on the overall training before the certificates and tokens were awarded to the speakers.

SLP partners with different service providers for the conduct of skills training to hone the participants on the modality they chose.



Pamela Ligas, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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SLP Beneficiaries receive 93 Starter kits for Butterfly Project

To further capacitate the beneficiaries of the butterfly project, the Sustainable Livelihood Program distributed 93 starter kits to the barangays of Boac including Caganhao, Tugos, Canat and Boi.

The beneficiaries were given nets and plywood as materials for their chosen livelihood. They have also undergone an enhancement training to ensure that they have the full knowledge in butterfly industry.

The beneficiaries were lucky enough to be trained by the exporters of butterfly. Some of the topics discussed are the standard quality and varieties of in-demand butterfly. This partnership hopes to link them to growers and potential buyers.

The skills training comes with the provision of starter kits to improve the productivity and profitability of the participants in the hopes of their economic sufficiency.



Adonis T. Analista, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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Cooperative Development Authority conducts Capacity Building to SLP-assisted Project

On January 11, 2018, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) conducted a capacity building activity to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP)-assisted project in Bangbangalon, Boac, Marinduque.

Bangbangalon Consumers Cooperative is an organized SLP Association which was developed into cooperative to engage in catering and feeds retailing.

Mr. Rey Evangelista, a CDA staff, conducted a reorientation about the definition and importance of cooperatives, and roles of officers and members. He also held a coaching and mentoring session for the participants to better understand the value of cooperatives in the micro-enterprise development. He emphasized that it is the members of cooperative who could bring success to the cooperative more than the other way around.

The extent of the cooperative’s achievement depends on their synergetic perseverance. Transparency and increasing membership is also a top secret for the longevity of their organization.

CDA provides technical assistance to SLP-assisted cooperatives as part of their commitment to the Provincial NGANI partnership of Marinduque dated April 12, 2016 to work hand-in-hand in helping communities prosper economically.


Adonis T. Analista, Project Development Officer II, Marinduque

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SLP, nagsagawa ng PREW 2017 sa pagtatapos ng taon

Nagsagawa ng dalawang magkahiwalay na Program Review and Evaluation Review (PREW) ang Sustainable Livelihood Program nitong Disyembre upang ipunin ang lahat ng tagapagsagawa ng programa mula sa limang probinsya na bumubuo sa rehiyon ng MIMAROPA.

Ang unang pangkat na ginanap sa Puerto Princesa City, Palawan noong ika-apat hanggang ika-pito ng Disyembre taong 2017 ay dinaluhan ng apatnapu’t tatlong kalahok na binubuo ng Provincial Coordinator at Project Development Officers ng Palawan.

Samantala, ang ikalawang pangkat naman na binubuo ng walumpu’t dalawang kalahok mula sa Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, at Romblon ay nagsama-sama sa Makati, Metro Manila noong ika-labindalawa hanggang ika-labingapat ng Disyembre 2017.

Ang PREW ay inorganisa upang ipaalam sa mga kalahok ang kabuuang performance ng buong rehiyon nitong taon kabilang na ang physical and financial accomplishments ng programa.

Katuwang ang Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) ng MIMAROPA, ang field office ng bawat probinsya ay sama-samang gumawa ng Physical at Financial Targeting para sa munisipyo at buong probinsya para sa taong 2018.

Bawat miyembro ng RPMO ay naghanda din ng kani-kanilang ulat ukol sa programa.  Layunin ng pagtitipon na ito na palakasin pa ang performance ng programa sa pamamagitan ng pagpaplano sa susunod na taon.

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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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