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Sisters’ Keeper: Senior Citizen worthy of Marble Monument


‘My Sister’s Keeper’ is a story of a girl who was conceived to be a savior of her sister, who is suffering acute leukemia, by donating compatible organs, blood, and tissue at her own risks.

In Capaclan Romblon Romblon, there is a heroine comparable to Sister’s Keeper. However, unlike in the movie, she preserves her promise to keep her sisters alive.

As sturdy and pure as a marble, Luisa Maduro Tome serves as the strong foundation and savior of the two elderly— Lourdes Lachica, 83, and Celedonia Mojar Tome, 84 —  who live alone near her home in Brgy. Capaclan, Romblon Romblon .  Even they are not related by blood, she considers them as her true family.

Luisa is their sisters’ keeper.

It may not be organs, blood, and tissue that she has donated, but it is her own life and soul that she has offered and dedicated to Lourdes and Celedonia.

What makes her extraordinary keeper? She is also a senior citizen, with nothing but dignity and purest heart.

Life as thin as stick

Luisa, 77, a widow for 10 years, without children, is a true image of a loving and dedicated sister with a heart like Mother Teresa.  She is altruistic, always others-oriented.

Luisa, Lourdes, and Celedonia are all Social Pension beneficiaries since 2015.

The government’s Social Pension Program (Social Pension) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development provides a monthly stipend  of P500.00 to indigent senior citizens as mandated by Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 Hardships in life.

According to Luisa, life before Social Pension Program is full of hardships and challenges especially that no one is taking care and supporting her.

“Sobrang hirap po talaga ng buhay ko bago yaan (Social Pension Program). Kasi balo na ako ng 10 taon. Tapos wala rin akong anak. Wala ring mga kapatid na tumutulong sa akin. Ako lang lahat, ako lang bumubuhay at nag-aalaga sa sarili ko. Kahit may sakit ako, ako lang,” narrated Luisa while she tries to pose her sincerest smile behind all pains she had experienced.

She has been pierced with irony of life. Even Romblon is known for Marble, she lives in a Nipa Hut made of light materials, with weak foundation, with no electricity and with no direct source of water. Every time there is typhoon, her heart is covered with fear because of danger posed by strong winds and heavy rainfall.

“Dyaan lang po ako nakatira. Mabilis pong magiba yan. Mag-isa lang po ako kaya nakakatakot talaga kapag bumabagyo.”


Luisa doesn’t have a regular source of income. She used to be a ‘walis tingting’ or broomstick vendor.  However, due to her old age, she had difficulty producing broomsticks and peddling it in town.

“Walis tingting lang po ang pinagkakaabalahan ko dati. Kaunti lang po ang kita… Pero hindi na po halos ngayon kasi mahirap na pong maglako sa bayan,” recounted Luisa.
Luisa remains selfless and generous even she had nothing for herself.  She is more concern for the well-being of Lourdes and Celedonia whom she treated as her true sisters.  She always prays for God’s guidance and for her survival — not for her own sake, but for the sake of her sisters so she can continue to take care of them.

Sisters’ Keeper: Sisterhood bonded by heart and soul

“Kahit matanda na po ako. Ako po talaga ang nag-aalaga sa kanila. Wala rin po sa kanilang tumutulong. Kaya gusto ko na lagi akong malakas at hindi magkasakit para mabantayan ko sila,” narrated Luisa as she presses the shoulder of her sisters, showing her unwavering love and support.

Just like Luisa, Lourdes and Celedonia have no one and nothing for themselves. They are also frail and sickly. Lourdes is deaf, mute, and can’t stand on her own while Celedonia has eye problem and has ear impairment.

Luisa, even as senior citizen herself, served as their light and foundation.

“Ako ang tumutulong sa kanila. Kapag may sakit sila, ako ang tumatakbo ng hospital pagkuha ng gamut. Iniigiban ko rin sila ng tubig. Sinasakay ko rin sila sa traysikul kapag pupunta sila sa bayan,” humbly narrated by Luisa.

She is their sisters’ keeper.

She make sure their daily needs are met; she accompanies them in town; she fetches pails of water for them; she takes care of them and buys their medicine every time they are sick.  She does everything to keep her sisters alive.

Social Pension: A program for senior citizens which is sturdy as a marble

Despite all the trials she had encountered in her life, she stays resilient and optimist. She always has a reason to smile and always pray hard for God’s guidance.

Her life becomes even brighter when she became Social Pension Beneficiary last 2015. Luisa is thankful for the regular remittance she receives from DSWD saying that it is a vast help for her to meet her daily needs. She also uses the money to buy her medicines and for the repair of her house.

“Malaking tulong po talaga ang P500.00. Nakabili po ako ng pagkain, ng isda, ng gamut, ng bigas. Nakapagpa-repair din po ako ng bahay. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo at sa Ginoo.”

The priority beneficiaries of the Social Pension are senior citizens who are frail, sickly and disabled, without a regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

As of 2015, there are 7, 575 Social Pension beneficiaries in Romblon province.

Being altruistic, she also helped Lourdes and Celedonia to be Social Pension beneficiaries. She assisted them in processing their requirements and documents. Until now, she serves as their guide in life. Every time there is pay-out in town, she escorts and accompanies them.

“ Tuwing kukuha po ng pera sa bayan. Ako po ang umaalalay sa kanila. Sinasakay ko po sila sa traysikul bilang hindi na nga po sila makalakad ng ayos,” recalled Luisa.

Worthy of monument made of marble, Luisa generously shares her blessings. Her P500.00 per month is not only for her but for the three of them.  Her sisters are more important than her life. She prays that God will extend her life so she can continuously serve Lourdes and Celedonia.

“Sabi ko nga, sana hindi na muna ako kunin ng Ginoo (Panginoon). Dahil iniisip koi tong’ dalawa. Ako lang ang nag-aalaga sa kanila,” said Luisa while she is trying to hold her tears.




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MCT Staff Re-Oriented on the Process of Community Driven Development

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite- The Municipal Coordinating Team (MCT), the local counterpart of the field staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s program- Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi – CIDSS) were re-oriented on the first two stages of the community driven development process of the program.

The two day seminar was attended by 200 participants (47 from Romblon Cluster; 59 from Mindoro, Marinduque, Conception and Banton (MiMaCon) Cluster; and 94 from Palawan Cluster) across MiMaRoPa. Two classes divided into sessions were simultaneously held in Bali Village Hotel (MiMaCon) cluster) and Tagaytay Haven Hotel (Romblon Cluster) in Tagaytay City in March 3 and 4, 2016 while the seminar in Palawan cluster was held at Sunlight Guest Hotel on March 7 to 8, 2016.

The Municipal Coordinating Teams were composed of Municipal Area Coordinator (MAC), Municipal Engineer/ Municipal Technical Facilitator (ME/MTF), Municipal Community Empowerment Facilitator (MCEF), and Municipal Accountant (MA).

The program was started by the opening message from the Deputy Regional Program Manager of Kalahi CIDSS National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) Irenea Liza Roque. Miss Roque reminded the MCTs that they should work hand-in hand with the Area Coordinating Teams in their respective areas. In addition, she acknowledged the accomplishments of the teams and told them about their roles in empowering the people in the communities of MiMaRoPa.

“Let the people participate, let the people be part in the decision making in the government” Miss Roque reminded the participants.

The first day has focused on the introduction of Kalahi CIDSS process to the MCT. The Community Development Officers and the Regional Community Development Specialists served as the resource persons in the introduction of the community driven development (CDD) approach and the community empowerment activity cycle (CEAC) process to the MCTs.

The Community Infrastructure Officers, the Regional Community Infrastructure Specialists, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Officers has also discussed to the MCTs the technical aspects of the program such as the utilization of the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF), the conduct of the site validation for the sub-project, and the overview of Monitoring and Evaluation of Kalahi CIDSS- specifically geotagging of sub-projects, Project Information Management System, and the Grievance Redress System (GRS).


OPEN FORUM- ARDO Floreceli G. Gunio addresses the issues of the MCTs from Romblon on the second day of the MCT Orientation

On the second day, the discussion about the CEAC process continued. In the afternoon, the MCTs from the Romblon Cluster were given a chance to raise their issues and concerns to the Regional Program Manager of Kalahi – CIDSS and the Assistant Regional Director for Operations of DSWD MiMaRoPa Floreceli G. Gunio regarding the implementation of Kalahi – CIDSS in their area. Some of the major issues that arise in the meeting were the accomplishments of the backlogs of the municipalities before their transition into the next cycle.

Being the counterpart of the LGU to Kalahi CIDSS, seminars for the MCTs can serve as a strategic instrument in the institutionalization of the CDD process in the governance strategy of the MCTs respective LGUs.

This seminar will be followed by the next re-orientation of the MCTs on the third and fourth stages of CEAC after the second quarter of this year. ###

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From Woods to Stones, Prepare to Dock on Barangay Pancol

Every two years, the people in Barangay Pancol in Taytay, Palawan has a new wharf for small fishing boats and small passenger boats to dock.

But people dare not to use it.

This boat dock they create every two years was made of rustic wooden planks nailed together. Stepping on these produce squeaky sounds that showed how weak the structure was.

To make the conditions worse, there were members of the community who steal the wooden planks and use it as firewood, leaving a scanty and an almost useless boat dock.

The strategic location of the boat landing in Pancol provides great economic opportunity for the community, if only it was not made of frail materials.

Pebble by pebble

In 2012, the municipality of Taytay was one of the randomly selected municipalities to receive funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to implement the community driven development (CDD) approach of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Service (Kalahi-CIDSS).

The people of Pancol were delighted when they learned from the Area Coordinating Team (ACT) of Taytay the process of Kalahi-CIDSS in which the community would be involved in the planning, selection, and implementation of their identified sub-project.

Several projects have been proposed by the people of Pancol such as a water system and a school. However, after a series of participatory situational analyses and meetings with the community, they finally decided to propose the improvement of their little boat landing.

The high hopes of the people of Pancol plateaued when their community was not selected as one of the barangays to be funded by Kalahi-CIDSS MCC on the first Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF) on the first cycle of the program.

Nonetheless, the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson Mr. Roderic Aguda served as a witness on how the people of Pancol showed the true spirit of Bayanihan to build a strong and functional port.

Built from Outmost Dedication and Heavy Boulders

Mr. Aguda was selected by the community as the BSPMC chairperson of Pancol; he said that he volunteered to Kalahi-CIDSS MCC because he was encouraged by the process of the program. “Maraming dokumento, pero ang dokumento ang magpapatunay na ang lahat ng ginawa namin ay totoo. [There are lots of documents but the documents would prove that everything that we did were true.]”

On the second cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS in Taytay, Pancol was finally included as one of the barangays to be funded. The hopes of the people skyrocketed again upon hearing the good news. They participated actively in the Barangay assemblies and from Mr. Aguda’s account, their Barangay Assembly participation were always greater than the required 80% of the Kalahi-CIDSS.

The improvement of the boat landing was never easy for the people of Pancol. From the light wooden planks that they used for construction of the boat landing before, each worker must now carry heavy boulders from the shoreline to the site. They never used heavy equipment to carry the boulders nor to pile the rocks.

Their working hours also vary on the times of the tides.

Mr. Ricardo Salazar, one of the community workers of the boat landing shared his story on the difficulties he experienced working for its construction.

“May mga pagkakataon na bumabangon na ako ng alas tres ng umaga para makarating sa trabaho ng alas kwatro kasi hinahabol namin yung hibas o yung pagtaas ng tubig. Mahirap kasi mag patas ng mga bato pag mataas yung tubig, parang doble yung bigat pag nahakbang.[there were times where I rose at three AM  to be on the site by four AM because we were chasing hibas or the rise of water. It is difficult to pile-up rocks when the water is high because as you step, its weigh is doubled.] said Mr. Salazar.

Engr. Benjie Cardejon the Deputy Area Coordinator of Kalahi-CIDSS Taytay has served as the motivator of the community volunteers and the workers in ensuring the rigidity and the stability of the boat landing. He always reminded them that they were the end-users of the project and they need to work hand-in-hand for the successful implementation and creation of their boat landing.

According to Mr. Aguda, they strictly follow the orders of the Engr. Cardejon as he always emphasized to them the meticulous construction of the project, from the proper piling of rocks to the correct mixing of the cement, to ensure the stability and sustainability of the boat landing.

“Dugo at pawis ang ibinuhos ng community volunteers at iba pang miyembro ng komunidad para lang magawa ang boat landing na ito kaya iingatan namin ito. [The blood and sweat of the community volunteers and other community members were shed just to create this boat landing thus, we’ll take care of it.]” Mr, Aguda said.

The Fruit of Bayanihan

The late wooden boat dock was now transformed into a concretized boat landing. Miss Ophelia Sumuroy one of the community volunteers said that the boat landing can now withstand overarching waves and harsh weather conditions.

Hindi na kailangan na papalit palit kada makalwang taon dahil konkreto na yung daungan ngayon. [It doesn’t need to be replaced every two years because the port is already made of concrete]” she added.

With the erection of the new boat landing, the economic opportunity of Pancol was realized not only by its people but also by their nearby barangays.

Many passengers coming from different coastal areas of Taytay, Coron and El Nido who wished to go to Taytay chose to dock to Barangay Pancol. The tricycle drivers then were waiting for the arriving passengers and brought them to their destination of choice within Taytay.

More so, the pay-out of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program was now held at Pancol and people in nearby barangays went there to claim their allowance. During those times, the people in the Pancol sell different goods such as vegetables, rice, fish, etc. near the payout site to entice people to shop.

The people of Pancol also wanted to have a small market place near the boat landing to allow the exchange of commodities for the convenience of traders and marketers as well as improving the income of the people of Pancol.

The boat landing has impressed a lot of people including Mr. Andres Moll of the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P is the institution that manages the fund of the MCC grant to the Philippines) and the group of tourists from Manila who once visited Pancol and were impressed when they learned that no heavy equipment were used to build the port.

Other coastal barangays in Taytay also visited Pancol to look and study the structure and use it as a model of their boat landing.


The new boat landing of Brgy. Pancol

The Municipal Mayor of Taytay Hon. Romy Salvame has even remarked this was better in terms of its look and functionality than the boat landing in Taytay proper.

At present, the community of Pancol is proposing to add a breakwater to the boat dock to prevent the destruction of the parked boats during stormy weathers. In addition, for the safety of the passengers travelling at night, they also proposed the installation of solar street lights on the port.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is one of the core poverty reduction programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Its aim is to reduce poverty by empowering the communities through the community driven development approach wherein the communities are involved in the planning, decision making and implementation of their identified project. ###

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When Two IPs Unite: Powerful Transformation


He is an Igorot.

She is Mangyan.

Love unites them together.

And they have proven that when two minorities unite, a major and powerful transformation will happen.

Ulirang Nakatatanda

Henry Valdez Sulay, Ulirang Nakatatanda 2015 Awardee.

Henry Valdez Sulay, 74, born in Mt. Province, now a resident of Brgy. Harison Paluan, Occidental Mindoro was 3rd Placer in ‘Ulirang Nakakatanda Award 2015’.

Ulirang Nakatatanda is an annual recognition of the Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-MiMaRoPa to the exemplary attributes, notable efforts and contribution of senior citizens to their personal life, family, community, and fellow senior citizens.

During the validation, Henry told us his love story.

His cheeks blushed and his body shivered every time he recalls the moment he and his wife, Mila Parisan, first met.

“Una ko po siyang nakita noong umakyat kami ng bundok ng kaibigan ko. Nagtitinda po siya noon ng gulay at prutas. Sobrang nabighani po ako sa kanya… Parang na-love at first sight ba. Simula po noon, lagi na akong bumibili sa kanya,” narrated Henry like an inlove teenager.

Known for his dedication and diligence, Henry consistently pursued Mila.

Everyday he visits Mila and helps her in selling fruits and vegetables.

However, their love journey was never easy. Mila’s parents dislike Henry and did everything they can to make him stop from courting their daughter.

“Napakahigpit po talaga nila (magulang ni Mila).  Pinapauwi po agad nila ako at may mga pagsubok na pinapagawa. Ang pinakamahirap po ay ang pagkuha ng Pulot Pukyutan sa itaas ng puno. Tatlo po kaming nanliligaw kay Mila. Yung una eh nahulog sa puno. Yung pangalawa naman eh kinagat ng mga bubuyog. Sa huli po, ako ang nakakuha ng Pulot Pukyutan. Kaya nakuha ko rin ang puso ni Mila,” Henry proudly uttered.

Beehive served as Henry’s trophy.

From then on, Mila’s clan treated him kindly and accepted him as part of their family.

In fact, one day, he was invited to attend a special event.

An event, where in he was the center of celebration. An event that, unknown to him, will change his life forever: his Own Wedding.

He was caught of guard.

But because his pure intention for Mila he accepted wholeheartedly the wedding ceremony and vowed to forever serve and love the IP of his life.


Prosperous Fruits of Love

Henry and Mila’s union gave them intelligent, talented, and amiable six (6) children. All of them are now professionals.

Their eldest, Gloria Sulay, graduated as valedictorian in elementary and salutatorian in High School. She is now working as Mathematics and English teacher at Paluan National High School.

Cecilia Sulay, their second child, graduated BS Computer Science at Rizal Technological Colleges while their third child, Manuel Sulay, took up engineering course and practical electricity.

Their twin children, Joel and Noel Sulay, also gave them double honor and recognition. Joel, is the first Mangyan in Occidental Mindoro who finished engineering. He worked in Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and HUAWEI-Globe Tatoo Company before being the NOC Manager at key Square in Pasig. On the other hand, Noel, worked as principal of one of the private schools in Lucena.

Hariel Sulay, the youngest of their children, finished Associate Electronics Communication Engineering and is now working with Joel.


Sweet, Kind, and Successful Revenge

                Henry and Mila, when they were just starting to build their family, have tasted the cruelty of judgmental and racist people.

“Noong pinakasalan ko po noon si Mila, nilalait po ako ng mga kakilala ko. Habang nagtatanim po ako, sinisigawan po nila ako ng Mangyan… Mangyan…,” recalled Henry who was very downhearted of the harsh treatment.

Even their children have tasted the stigma of being IP.

“ Minsan po umuuwi mga anak ko na umiiyak. Inaaway daw po kasi sila sa school nila dahil Mangyan sila,” narrated Henry.

However, instead of thinking and doing vicious avenge, Henry used all the rude and painful experiences as a fuel to perservere in life.

Henry’s family survived through farm labor. This is their main source of income in supporting the needs of their family and paying the educational expenses of their six children.

Before, there was no elementary school in their area which challenged Henry to send them to a good school to have formal education. For Henry, even when he was still young, education plays a vital role to achieve a successful future.


Mangyans’ Home Sweet Home: a result of powerful and altruistic IP movement

                Henry initiated projects for the Mangyan IP of Paluan. One of which is the Mangyan Dorm in Poblacion of Paluan.

He sought the help of Bishop Apostocial Vicariate of San Jose (AVSJ)and the Parish Priest of Paluan if they can temporarily build a small house inside the church compound so it would be accessible to the elementary schools of Paluan.

“Nakiusap po ako noon sa kaibigan kong Bishop na gumawa ng dormitoryo para sa mga bata.  Buti po at pumayag siya. Malaking tulong po talaga yun,” said Henry.

The bishop approved his request and even helped him in providing school supplies for his children.

He encouraged his fellow Mangyan to also send their children to school to have a brighter future and also to escape from the ruthless treatment of people to them. They responded positively.

Through Henry’s initiatives and Bayanihan system, they built a dormitory inside the Parish compound not only for the students but also for their family who want to visit them.


Dreaming High, Soaring Higher: Power of Mangyan

                Years passed and Henry’s passion in helping his fellow Mangyans did not stop.

He initiated the request to the Occidental Mindoro Division Office of the Department of Education to put a Minority School in their Brgy. Today, Harisson Minority is offering complete education (grade 1 to grade 6) not only for Mangyans but also for the Tagalogs. Also, Henry donated part of his land to the DepEd where this school was constructed.

He also initiated the request survey and distribution of Department of Agrarian reform to the Mangyans of Brgy. Harisson.

Now, he is an active member of Paluan Senior Citizen Association. He persistently encourages Mangyan elders to register in OSCA to fully enjoy their privileges as senior citizens.

It’s all because of Love

Asked what motivates him to serve his fellow Mangyans and senior citizens, Henry answered: LOVE.

First, love for his wife. Even he was born as an Igorot, his commitment to Mila made him a Mangyan by heart. Mila taught him how to love unconditionally and to persevere against all odds. Their union was epic. They have proven that when IPs unite they can generously and sympathetically serve their brothers and sisters.

Also, his love for his children, education and serving others motivated him to create a simple yet powerful movement to help fellow Mangyans acquire educational opportunity and posess a safe haven and to generously serve his fellow senior citizens.

Henry’s altruistic act, exemplary contribution to his family, community ,and fellow senior citizens brought him to be awarded as Ulirang Nakatatanda. ###

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DSWD honors outstanding staff, partners and stakeholders on its 65th anniversary

The Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-MiMaRoPa commemorates its 65th year anniversary through a week-long celebration held from February 15 to 19, 2016.

ARDA Joel S. Mijares led the ribbon cutting of Photo Exhibit.

ARDA Joel S. Mijares led the ribbon cutting of Photo Exhibit.

Themed “DSWD @65: Mga Kwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago”, the launch of the anniversary week was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the “Larawan ng Tagumpay” photo exhibit and the bazaar showcasing products of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) which was available throughout the week.

Staff of the department shared a potluck lunch while being entertained by the Samu’t Saring Mukha ng Buhay Variety Show.

On the second day, groups of DSWD personnel participated in the Runong Social Quiz Show which tested the participants’ knowledge of the department and its programs.


Quiz Show assessed participants’ familiarity about DSWD and its programs.

The third day was a continuation of the variety show while the fourth day promotes the wellness of the staff through the Saliw sa Indayog Zumba session. There were also free spa and skin care services available to the staff for the first three days.

On the last day, DSWD staff along with partners LGU, NGOs, CSO and media capped off the celebration at the Richville Hotel, Mandaluyong City. During the event, employees who have rendered at least 10 years of service were given the Loyalty Award for their immeasurable commitment, dedication and hard work. Partners and stakeholders who have continuously joined hands with the region along social welfare and development endeavours also received plaques of appreciation from the department.


ASEC Rodolfo M. Santos and ARDO Floreceli G. Gunio awarded the Loyalty Plaque to RD Wilma D. Naviamos for her 35 years of service and commitment to DSWD.

The loyalty awardees were Jessie A. Cadalso, for 20 years of service; Helen B. Alcoba and Eliseo G. Umali, Jr., for 25 years of service; Florefe Y. Dimaala and Rosalinda C. Mejorada, for 30 years of service and Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos for 35 years of service.

The title of Best Functioning Team was given to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro and the Best Convergence Initiative was awarded to the Municipal Action Team of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. Fifty-two (52) municipalities of Region IV-MiMaRoPa were given the Seal of Friendly Local Governance.

Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro received the award for LGU with the Most Number of Accredited Day Care Centers/Day Care Workers while the Longest Serving Day Care Worker award was given to Mirriam M. Sabavaro of Lupac Day Care.


Loyalty Awardees of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa.

The department also recognized the volunteers who assisted in the relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Nona. Individuals from the Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Coast Guard Batangas Station, Smart Inc., Core Motorcycle Club and URAC Motorcycle Club received certificates of recognition for their service.


Ribbon cutting and blessing of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa’s new vehicles.

Lastly, partners from the media were given the Gawad Ulat Awards. The awardees were Ms. Gudula G. Sarsagat of Radyo ng Bayan; Ms. Melanie E. Lagrana of DWXR KALAHI; Mr. Romeo G. Media of TV Net; Ms. Gemma Q. Cacas of TV Patrol; Mr. Gerald Ticke of Palawan Times; Mr. Jose M. Leuterio of Mindoro Bulletin; and Mr. Paul Jaysent Fos of Romblon News.

The week-long celebration of DSWD commemorates the establishment of the department and the dedicated employees, partners and stakeholders to the achievement of its mission, vision and goals. ### (Janina Myn Villapando)



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DSWD enhances BUB implementation in Palawan

Puerto Princesa, Palawan—The Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Implementation Support Mission on February 17-20, 2016 in the different municipalities of Palawan.

The event generated discussions regarding the good practices and the constraints and difficulties affecting the implementation of BUB projects. It also initiated the agreement on the implementation timetable and the support needed to accelerate program implementation.

Attending participants were divided into groups that visited projects in different municipalities in Palawan. Staff of the three programs of the department implementing BUB projects, namely, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Protective Services Bureau (PSB) with Municipal and Provincial Action Team (MAT and PAT) leaders visited their respective projects and conducted focus group discussions (FGD).

Ms. Bernadette Mapue, Social Welfare Officer IV of the Operations and Programs Group-Promotive Programs, on behalf of Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin, visited Kalahi-CIDSS implemented BUB projects in the municipalities of Narra and Quezon, Palawan, together with and representatives from the DSWD Central Office. Kalahi-CIDSS implemented BuB projects in Narra and Quezon. The SLP group were in Brooke’s Point while the PSB visited projects in Puerto Princesa City.


Volunteers of of Narra (top) and Quezon (bottom), Palawan sharing their experiences and the challenges they overcame during the FGD

On the last day of the event, the participants gathered to share the information they gathered during the FGDs regarding the challenges faced by the stakeholders, their observations and recommendations in the implementation of the BUB projects.

BUB is a project that is designed to make the planning and budgeting process more participatory, strengthen the convergence of the delivery of national services in the community and provide a balance in the identification of priorities

Deputy National Program Manager of SLP, Cathy Racho wraped-up the event and offered an inspiring message to all the participants. “Ang pagbabago nagssisimula sa ating lahat, kaya magsama-sama tayo tungo sa pagbabago,” she said.

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Taytay Seaweeds awarded ‘Best SLP Association’ in PANATA ko sa Bayan Ceremony

In Photo (from left to right): Domingo V. Agra, Sustainable Livelihood Program Head; Wilma D. Naviamos, CESO III, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV MiMaRoPa Regional Director; Corazon ‘Dinky’ J. Soliman, DSWD Secretary; Jerson Lopez, Taytay Seaweeds Association President.

As Department of Social Welfare and Development marks its 65th anniversary, various Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, local and international partner stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations have been recognized for their invaluable support and selfless commitments to the vision and mission of the Department.

The PANATA Ko Sa Bayan Award acknowledges the efforts of the individuals, groups and organizations whose panata or vow is to share their resources, time and selves in providing for a better opportunity for the disadvantaged sectors.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program ‘Taytay Seaweeds’ of the DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa was awarded as the Best Sustainable Livelihood Program Association.

The Panata Ko Sa Bayan Awarding Ceremony was held last January 28, 2016 at Asian Institute Management Conference Center, Makati City.

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RD Naviamos awarded in Gawad Kalasag

Gawad Kalasag PhotoThe Regional Gawad Kalasag Awarding Ceremony was held last January 15, 2016 at Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon City.

The Office ofCivil Defense Region IV- MiMaRoPa as the executive arm of Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recognized the outstanding performance of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils, Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committees, Civil Society Organizations, Government Emergency Management, Volunteers Organizations, Individuals who have shown acts of heroism during disaster and other major stakeholders who render exemplary contributions in promoting and implementing significant DRRM-Climate Change Adaptation programs and innovations that build community resiliency.

Director Wilma D. Naviamos of DSWD IV- MiMaRoPa was one of the awardees in the individual category, being at the forefront in providing assistance to those affected by Typhoon Nona. Sheila S. Tapia, DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Disaster Focal, received the award in behalf of RD Naviamos.

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