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Ang mga Biik, Sisiw, at Sibuyas ni Lizilita: Isang Kwento ng PagSIBOL

“Mula sa tatlong biik mula sa SLP, nakapagpundar pa ako ng mga sisiw, at nang makapag-ipon pa ay nakapagsimula din ako ng sibuyasan,” ani Lizilita Ross, benepisyaryo ng Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Hindi naging madali kay Lizilita na bumangon mula sa pagkaka-aksidente ng kanyang asawa kung saan siya ay gumastos ng higit sa isandaang libong piso. Kinailangan niyang bunuin ang halagang iyon upang maipagamot ang kanyang asawa sa isang espesyalista. Bilang isang trabahador sa resort na kumikita ng Php 5200.00 kada buwan, naging masigasig siya sa paghahanap ng iba pang mapagkakakitaan upang mapunan ang lahat ng kanilang gastusin.

Nang maipakilala sa kanya ang SLP, tanging galak ang kanyang naging tugon. “Excited po ako dahil hindi pa man lang nangyayari, interesado na talaga ako,” ani niya. Ipinagpaliban niya ang dapat sana niyang pupuntahan upang makadalo sa pagtitipon ng SLP. Hindi naman siya nabigo nang makapasok siya sa programa. Nabigyan siya ng tatlong biik bilang panimulang kapital.

Matapos ang tatlong buwan ng pag-aalaga, naibenta niya ang mga ito sa halagang Php 23,000.00 sa kabuuan. Bilang isang matalinong negosyante, bumili pa ulit siya ng apat na biik at limampung sisiw para sa ikalawang cycle. Nang maipagbili ang mga alaga, umabot sa halos Php 40,000.0 ang kanyang kinita. Mula dito ay naipagawa na niya ang kanilang bintana at nakapagpa-tiles ng sahig.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa ikalimang cycle na siya kung saan naipagbili niya ang tatlong baboy at isandaang manok sa halagang Php 50,000.00 sa kabuuan. Ang Php 20,000 dito ay ginamit niya sa pagtatanim ng sibuyas. Hindi naman siya nagkamali sa pamumuhunan sapagkat ito ay kumita ng Php 224,000.00 noong anihan. Kaya naman, nabili na niya ang katabing lote ng kanilang kasalukuyang bahay.

“Naranasan ko na walang bigas, walang kape. Ang mga anak ko naglalakad sa kainitan makapasok lamang sa paaralan. Ang bahay namin ay dampa. Kahit ako ay hindi makapaniwala na kaya naman palang umangat kahit kaunti basta pursigido ka sa buhay. Ngayon, ang mga anak ko de-serbis na. Ang bahay namin kahit papaano ay sementado na. Naibili ko din ng tricycle na pampasada ang asawa ko. Ang mga kapitbahay ko napapahiram ko na din minsan sa oras ng pangangailangan,” ani niya.

“Pag binigyan ka ng kabuhayan, mahalin mo,” ito ang tanging payo ni Lizilita sa mga katulad niyang nagsimula sa maliit na negosyo na napalago dahil sa sipag at tiwala sa kakayahan. Tunay ngang ang pagpupursigi ang magiging sandata ng sinumang nagnanais na umangat ang kabuhayan. ###

 

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No more classes under Banaba Tree

Ma’am Evelyn Urieta-Rivera, Principal of Sta. Lucia Elementary School in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

When Evelyn Urieta-Rivera, 57, received her new assignment as an elementary school principal three years ago, she was ecstatic. On her 33rd year of service as a public school teacher, Ma’am Evelyn would finally set foot at Sta. Lucia Elementary School, a quaint learning institution situated at the center of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. This small school, oozing with that childhood energy and innocence, was built atop her family’s ancestral land.

“Kasi itong land area nitong school na ito, sa family namin nanggaling as donation. Kaya sabi ko nga, sa lahat ng school, ito ang pinakamahal ko (My family donated this land for the construction of this school. So among all schools, this is the one dearest to me),” she added.

In 2016, when Ma’am Evelyn reported for her first day however, a heart-wrenching sight welcomed her. Entering the school from the main gate, she saw a Banaba tree, and under its shade sat 25 or more Grade 2 students intently listening to their teacher.

Three years have passed and the Banaba tree has gone transformations to at least give some level of comfort to its 7-year-old patrons. First, a roof was built, then wooden walls and thin cement flooring were added to give the pupils a sense of a normal classroom set-up, she said.

In 2019, the community of Brgy. Sta. Lucia finally found a solution to address their problem. This community used cooperation and volunteerism to pave the way to finally end the years of having school children learning outside the four corners of a classroom.

CLASSROOM. This makeshift classroom under a banaba tree serves as the second home of the Grade 2 students in Sta. Lucia Elementary School.

Classroom Under a Tree

With a total land area of 2,188 sq. kms, Sablayan is considered as the largest municipality in the Philippines. Located at the central part of Occidental Mindoro, it is famous for the Apo Reef Marine Natural Park, the second largest contiguous coral reef in the world next to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Sablayan may be blessed with a one-of-a-kind natural wonder, but this laidback town hasn’t been exempted to one of the most pressing problems of the Philippine education system – the shortage of decent classrooms for students.

“Andun sa puno lang [sila nagkaklase]. Kapag umuulan, kawawa talaga ang mga bata, tumutulo syempre (They were conducting classes under a tree. When it rains, the roof starts to drip.),” said Ma’am Evelyn, pointing to the make-shift classroom which houses the Grade 2 pupils prior to the completion of the new building.

There were more or less 30 students sharing in the small space under the sturdy Banaba tree, she said. Its large trunk, moreover, looked like the classroom’s centrepiece – a wooden column planted in the center of the room. The children’s future had been literally depending on its branches for many years.

Imagine being a wide-eyed 7-year-old kid staying under a tree for eight hours, five times a week, rain or shine, learning the difference between a noun and a pronoun.

“Kasi kung malalaki ung ilalagay namin doon hindi sila kasya kaya maliliit ung nilagay namin doon (We couldn’t give the makeshift classroom to older students because they wouldn’t fit.),” said Ma’am Evelyn.

These Grade 2 pupils were the perfect tenants then, small enough to fit to the small space provided, yet big enough to take care of themselves when the rain drips from the clouds to the leaves and eventually find their way on their thin cement flooring.

Building School, Building Future

TURN OVER: The newly-constructed 1 unit, 2 classroom building has been formally turned-over to Sta. Lucia Elementary School

“Sobrang thankful kami na nagkaroon ng Kalahi, sobrang tuwang-tuwa ang mga teachers eh, kanina binisita nila ‘yan, ay meron ng ceiling fan, makakalipat na kami (We are very thankful for Kalahi, the teachers are very happy. We visited the new classroom earlier, there’s a ceiling fan already, we may be able to transfer soon),” said Ma’am Evelyn, pertaining to the 1 unit, 2 classroom building sub-project of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

To date, Kalahi-CIDSS has a total of 206 sub-projects in the province of Occidental Mindoro, 48 of which are in Sablayan. The poverty alleviation program which uses the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach ensures that community members are in the heart of decision-making especially in identification, prioritization, establishment, and operationalization of the community sub-projects.

In July 2019, the makeshift classroom under the Banaba Tree finally ceased to shelter the Grade 2 students of Sta. Lucia Elementary School. Due to the combined efforts of the community, the school, and the barangay and the municipal local government unit, having classes under a tree is now a thing of the past.

VOLUNTEERISM. Community volunteer Juanita Jarabe proudly posed in front of the school building she helped build.

“Madami pong naitulong [ang Kalahi] at malaki talaga. Ang pangunahing pangangailangan sa community, natutugunan po talaga. Tulad nitong classroom (Kalahi has helped us a lot. With Kalahi, we were able to address our most pressing concern, thus, this classroom),” said Juanita Jarabe, a community volunteer.

Juanita, and the rest of the 16 active community volunteers of Brgy. Sta Lucia, has ensured the smooth implementation of their new classroom worth a little over PHP 1.5 million. Complete with amenities such as tables and chairs, fans, and own restroom, the classroom was constructed from the combined budget of the stakeholders.

Kalahi-CIDSS total grant was at PHP 780,000, to which the municipal LGU gave a counterpart of PHP 500,000, the barangay LGU at PHP 250,000, and even the school has set aside PHP 36,000 from their budget.

For Ma’am Evelyn, the help of the community volunteers and the LGU officials has been vital for the realization of their dream to provide the students the facilities they deserved.

“Nagpapasalamat talaga kami kina Juanita, isa rin sa nagpursige na magkaroon talaga kami nito, sa mga konsehal, sa lahat na nag-counterpart (We are extremely grateful to Juanita and to other volunteers for their efforts, to the councillors as well, to everyone who provided counterpart),” she said.

Juanita, whose youngest child is currently enrolled at Sta. Lucia Elementary School, claimed that she finds volunteer work fulfilling.

“Sabi ko nga sa mga kasama ko masaya ako at nakakatulong ako at nalalaman ko yung mga pangunahing pangagailangan ninyo para magawan ng ng paraan para makahingi ng mga pondo katulad nyang school building (I told my co-volunteers that I am happy for extending a helping hand. At least we’ve identified the major concern and we were able to address it, asking for funds, if needed),” she said.

More than the infrastructure, the lessons imparted by the program has made the community volunteers more devoted to volunteering.

“’Yung mga katulad namin na ordinaryong mamamayan lang ay na-empower po, natuto kaming ipaglaban kung ano talaga ang aming mga karapatan dito sa community (Ordinary citizens, like me, were empowered. We’ve learned to fight for our rights),” Juanita added.

The product of the community’s collective effort is a safer, more conducive for learning classroom for the students – something that Ma’am Evelyn would be thankful for forever.

“Sabi ko nga ma-itransfer man ako bilang principal…masaya na ako kasi makikita ko ang mga bata na maayos ang kalagayan (If ever they have me transferred to other schools, I would still be happy knowing that I would be leaving the kids in a better condition),” Ma’am Evelyn added. ###

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Edukasyo’y Abot, Sa Teatrong Handog

Nagsagawa ng isang pagtatanghal ang mga kawani ng Pantawid Pamilya sa Oriental Mindoro kaugnay ng Bata Balik Eskwela Campaign ng programa

Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro – Ngiti, halakhak, at luha – ilan lamang ito sa mga reaksyon ng mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA na dumalo sa teatro na pinamagatang “Kasibanghay: Pantawid Pamilya Oriental Mindoro People’s Theater”. Ito ay isinagawa ng mga kawani ng Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Operations Office (POO) ng Oriental Mindoro sa Brgy. San Roque sa bayan ng Bulalacao noong ika-31 ng Mayo, 2019.

Kaugnay ng implementasyon ng Pantawid Pamilya ng Bata Balik Eskwela Campaign, isang daan at limampung (150) mga benepisyaryo na binubuo ng mga magulang at mga bata ang dumalo sa pagtatanghal na naglalayong hikayatin ang mga kabataang minomonitor ng programa sa edukasyon na ipagpatuloy ang kanilang pag-aaral.

Ang Bata Balik Eskwela o BBE ay kampanya ng programa upang pabalikin ang mga kabataang tumigil sa pag-aaral dulot ng iba’t-ibang dahilan kagaya ng kawalan ng interes, pagtatrabaho, maagang pagbubuntis, pag-aasawa at iba pa. Hinihikayat ang mga kabataang ito na bumalik sa pagpasok sa formal school o kaya naman ay maiendorso sa Alternative Learning System (ALS) kung sila ay hindi nakatapos ng elementarya o hayskul o kaya naman ay hindi nakapasok ng paaralan kailanman.

Sinimulan ng POO-Oriental Mindoro ang unang pagtatanghal ng teatro noong Mayo 21 sa Brgy. San Aquilino, Bayan ng Roxas sa nasabing lalawigan at patuloy na isasagawa hanggang Hunyo 28, 2019 sa iba’t ibang munisipyo ng Oriental Mindoro, sa pangunguna ni Provincial Link Ms. Maridel T. Rodriguez, RSW. Sa pamamagitan nito, naipapakita sa mga benepisyaryo ang mga sitwasyong hango sa kanilang tunay na kalagayan sa isang masining na pamamaraan upang pukawin ang kanilang kamalayan hinggil sa mga karanasan at suliraning kinakaharap ng mga kabataan sa bahay, paaralan, at komunidad. Bukod dito, ang pagtatanghal ay nagpapakita rin ng mga solusyong maaaring gawin upang tugunan ang mga nasabing suliranin.

Layunin ng teatro na hikayatin ang mga kabataan at magulang na ipagpatuloy ang pag-aaral ng mga kabataan para sa kanilang magandang kinabukasan

Ang “Kasibanghay: Pantawid Pamilya Oriental Mindoro People’s Theater” na hango sa mga salitang “kasi” o love at “banghay” o project, ay nagtatampok ng pagtatanghal na nahahati sa tatlong iba’t ibang senaryo na kasalukuyang nangyayari at nagiging dahilan ng paghinto sa pag-aaral ng mga kabataan.

Sa unang senaryo ay itinatanghal ang mga pangyayari kung paano nawawalan ng interes ang isang bata sa kanyang pag-aaral, tulad ng impluwensiya ng barkada at pagkalulong sa iba’t ibang bisyo na nagiging dahilan ng pagliban sa klase. Sa pangalawang pagtatanghal naman ay ipinapakita kung paanong ang paghahanapbuhay sa murang edad ay isa rin sa dahilan ng paghinto sa pag-aaral. Dulot ng kakapusan sa pantustos sa pang-araw araw na pangangailangan ng pamilya, napipilitang pumasok sa paghahanap buhay ang bata upang makatulong sa magulang. Sa huling parte ng pagtatanghal ay itinatampok ang pangyayari kung paanong ang maagang pagbubuntis at pag-aasawa sa murang edad ay nakahahadlang sa tuluy-tuloy na pagpasok sa paaralan. Ipinapakita rin sa bawat senaryo na ang responsibilidad ng magulang na gabayan ang kanilang mga anak ay lubhang mahalaga upang matulungan ang mga kabataan na magkaroon ng tamang pananaw at patuloy na mangarap ng mas magandang buhay sa hinaharap.

Sa pagtatapos ng bawat pagtatanghal, isang Case Conference ang isinasagawa sa pangunguna ng SWO II, SWO III, at CVS Focal ng lalawigan upang higit na magbigay ng paggabay sa mga magulang at kabataan, at masiguro na sila ay makakabalik sa pag-aaral.

Umaasa ang pamunuan ng programa sa buong probinsya na ang gawaing ito ay magdulot ng positibong resulta kung saan mas maraming bata ang mahikayat at tumugon sa pangunahing layunin na sila ay maibalik sa pag-aaral upang sila ay magkaroon ng mas maayos na buhay sa hinaharap.

Sa kasalukuyan, mayroong 7,656 na bilang ng mga batang Pantawid sa probinsya ng Oriental Mindoro ang hindi pumapasok sa paaralan o hindi nagpatuloy sa pag-aaral.###

 

(Contributed by: Gellai Ferrer Adeva)

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Employment Facilitation – A Road Map to Improving the Level of Economic Sufficiency of SLP Participants

Brooke’s Point, Palawan — The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provides identified poor families the appropriate income-generating opportunities through microenterprise or employment, to help improve their level of economic sufficiency.  The program is implemented in the different municipalities of the country.

The Municipality of Brooke’s Point in the province of Palawan is among the partners of DSWD in bringing the program interventions to identified poor household like Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries and other qualified participants.  The municipality’s economy is primarily anchored on agriculture, with rice and coconut production at the forefront.

In 2015, the Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., a diversified agribusiness enterprise, started to operate in Brooke’s Point, Palawan.  Established with the goal of uplifting the lives of farming communities, it offers high quality natural products on the global sphere.  To respond to the manpower demand of the operation, it outsources job from Worldwide Service Provider Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WILSERV), a cooperative that focuses on providing manpower through employment to companies and individuals in need.

The SLP has two–fold tracks: Microenterprise Development Track (MD) and the Employment Facilitation Track (EF).  In the desire to become responsive in escalating employment demand in the municipality of Brooke’s Point vis-a-vis presence of Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., SLP forged a partnership with WILSERV in the context of employment facilitation track.

The off-shot of the initiative was a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by both parties on September 2017.  Initially, the partnership was focused only in the Municipality of Brooke’s Point, however, with the proximity of Bataraza, Sofronio Española, Quezon, and Rizal, it was expanded to such areas taking into consideration the projected overspill demand of employment.  Recognizing the indispensable role of the Local Government Unit in the success of SLP’s programs and projects, such was likewise engaged.

The initiative was a prelude to the conceptualization of projects that aim to provide employment opportunities to program participants maximizing the employment opportunities at hand.  It is recognized that capacitating the participants through skills training shall provide avenues to employment on a more sustainable context.  Similarly, it shall serve as a vehicle in addressing four economic sufficiency indicators of Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) namely Employment, Income, Employable Skills, and Social Insurance.

Implementation of Guaranteed Employment Project in the Municipality of Brooke’s Point in Partnership with Worldwide Service Provider Multi -Purpose Cooperative and LGU

With the consolidated effort of the Municipal Action Team (MAT) of Brooke’s Point and solidarity of the Local Government Unit, the project was conceptualized in close coordination and partnership with Worldwide Service Provider Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WILSERV) and was realized through the provision of Skills Training on Nuts Pairing and Deshelling.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and poor families identified in the Listahanan database participated in the intervention that aims to provide sustainable income at the household level.   At the end of the skills training, the participants are expected to be hired as workers of Cardinal Agri Products, Inc.

A total of 313 participants availed the skills training, 223 in Nuts Pairing (10 days) and 90 in Deshelling (7 days).  While the SLP provided the skills training and Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF), WILSERV on the other hand provided the starter kit.  At the end of the capacity building, the MOA clearly stipulated that at least 80% of the participants shall be provided guaranteed employment specifically to Cardinal Agri Products, Inc.

Making a Difference in the Life of A Participant and the Family

Rosemarie D. Ancis, a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary who belongs to an indigenous group (Palaw’an) in Brooke’s Point, was one of the participants of the project. Together with her husband, she survives three children.  She used to be a Barangay Health Worker who earns a meager income.

Anecdotes revealed that the family practically lives a hand to mouth existence.  Her income and that of her husband who works as a mechanic (daily labor) at Cardinal Agri Products, Inc. cannot suffice the basic needs of the family.  Daily survival was a true test in addition to providing the needs of children wh  o are all in school.  In 2016, one of her children was hospitalized and she, together with her husband, resorted to borrowing money to pay for the hospital bills.

Rosemarie availed the Skills Training on Nuts Pairing (ST-EF), received the Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF) from SLP, and was consequently hired and deployed by WILSERV at Cardinal Agri Products, Inc.  She started as a Nuts Pairer, later on promoted as Checker and Time Keeper, Overall Machine Operator, and recently as Overall Lead Man of the Production and OIC Supervisor of the night shift operation.  From Php 290.00 daily wage in the beginning, she now receives Php 340.00. Apart from the monetary compensation, the skills and abilities of Rosemarie were developed through attendance in trainings and seminars related to her job and facilitated by Cardinal Agri Products, Inc.

The participant claims that the family’s economic condition today is far different from the predicament before she availed the guaranteed employment intervention.  The increase in income significantly bridged the gap in providing the needs of the family.  A savings mobilization mechanism is now in place which allows her to plan a self-managed microenterprise project of piggery, in addition to operating a lending project.  All these came into reality with the advent of guaranteed employment project which SLP initiated in partnership with Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., WILSERV, and the Local Government Unit of Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

Milestones Indicators/Impact of the Intervention

1.Increase in Income/Stability of Income

Guaranteed employment availed by the participant did not only provide stable wage but likewise helped her establish additional sources of income such as lending business and the soon to be operated hog raising enterprise. In addition, she initiated a savings mechanism out of such incomes and was able to use it during an emergency last February 2019.

2. Acquisition of Assets

Through employment at Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., the participant was able to acquire a brand new motorcycle on an installment basis, appliances (washing machine, family size foam), and other personal items for herself and family members.  In addition, the financial position of the participant increased through the operation of a lending activity.  The present economic capacity of the participant allowed her to access a bank loan which she used to further the lending activity she is currently engaged in.

3.Personality Development

The opportunity to work in a relatively big company boosted the self-esteem and morale of the participant.  The series of promotions stirred good attitudes towards work and ushered development of her leadership potentials. Opportunities to mingle with people widened her social capital, thus, shaping her confidence too. Attendance to several trainings determined competitive advantage should promotion or wider employment opportunities come in the future.

Determining Sustainability of Intervention

The security of employment of the participant determines sustainability of income.  After the period of one year and six months being employed in the company, she has acquired the regular position. The series of promotion of the participant (from being Nuts Pairer in the beginning to now being the Lead Man in Production and OIC Supervisor during night shifts) are indicators of long-term employment and continuous career growth.  This was further guaranteed by attendance to several in-house and invitational trainings facilitated by the company.

The development of her employment status from being probationary to regular is an indicator of job retention.  This is reinforced by the strong determination and commitment of the participant for continuous learning processes, thus, establishing and firming her credentials. By acquiring the regular post in Cardinal Agri Products, Inc., the participant now receives other benefits such as membership to the WILSERV Multi-Purpose Cooperative where a corresponding dividend is expected to be received at the end of every fiscal year.  Likewise, SSS, Pag-Ibig, Philhealth, medical insurance, service incentive leave, emergency loan, and 13th month pay came as additional package of her employment.  It is worth noting also that through the employment opportunity, the participant was able to avail life insurance amounting to Php 100,000.00.

A concrete experience was narrated by the participant on the incident of hospital confinement last May 2018 at Sagrado Hospital due to hypertension.  All hospital bills (including purchase of medicines) were refunded by insurance she availed from WILSERV.  In addition, she enjoyed a 10-day leave from work with pay. Meanwhile, on December 27, 2017 she received her first dividend from WILSERV amounting to Php 942.00. Last December 24, 2018, she enjoyed the second release of dividend amounting to Php 6, 972.00. ###

 

Contributors:

Moises Daniel S. Aban, Project Development Officer II, Palawan

John Rey S. Baylon, Project Development Officer II, Palawan

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DSWD MAT Boac participates in Marinduque Expo 2019

As part of convergence initiatives, the Municipal Action Team of Boac is currently participating in Marinduque Expo 2019 held on April 14-21, 2019 in Moriones Arena in Boac. The provincial government, along with the Department of Trade and Industry, conducts the exposition as part of the yearly celebration of Moriones Festival. The expo, which started in 1998, aims to promote the products of Marinduque during Lent.

During the Parent Leaders’ meeting, MAT Boac conducted an initial consultation with Pantawid beneficiaries for the consolidation of data on existing products in the municipality. Bangbangalon Consumers Cooperative, the leading Sustainable Livelihood Program Association in Boac, attended and gave their full commitment to the initiative. They consolidated all the products of the beneficiaries and manned the booth during the expo. Other associations that participated were the Federation of Marinduque Agriculture Cooperatives (FEMACO) and Tanikala ng Pagkakaisa Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

According to Ezra Mae Reforma, MAT BOAC member, initiatives like this provide an avenue for Pantawid beneficiaries to showcase their skills in cooking, handicraft making, and others. Also, the activity has provided a market for the products, contributing to the objective to attain sustainability. “One of the problems encountered in this livelihood project is the lack of market opportunity and advertising skills to market their products. Because of this initiative, beneficiaries will have an access to market for their products and provide additional income to the members. The Bangbangalon Consumers Cooperative plans to establish this kind of initiative as their primary business and be the first SLP Association to consolidate different DSWD-assisted products in Marinduque. This will be more possible with the aid of different government agencies such as DTI, Marinduque State College, Department of Agrarian and Reform, and Local Government Units.” she added.

“It is tiring but indeed joyful to do this kind of business. It is our first time engaging in retail business, selling not only our products but also the products of other beneficiaries. We also learned how to deal with different type of customers,” shared Annielor Lamoc, Chairperson of Bangbangalon Consumers Cooperative.

This activity aims to promote the products and showcase the stories behind. Through their participation in similar activities, they show that they are proactive and not dependent on the grant received by the program.

 

Contributor:

John Paul Abaincia, Project Development Officer, Marinduque

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#SerbisyongMayMalasakit sa Sitio Ibugan, Brgy. Cabacao, Abra De Ilog, Occidental Mindoro

 

Abra De Ilog, Occidental Mindoro – Hindi hadlang ang layo ng mga benepisyaryo sa Sitio Ibugan, Sitio Baluoy, at Sitio Cabcabo sa Barangay Cabacao, Abra De Ilog, Occidental Mindoro, upang mabigyan ng serbisyo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Noong Abril 3, 2019, ang mga kawani ng programa mula sa Abra De Ilog, na sina Project Development Officer Lucita Estonactor ng MCCT IP at si Municipal Link Jay-ar Ortega, ay tumawid ng pitong ilog

upang makapagsagawa ng Community Family Development Session (CFDS) na isang aktibidad ng programa upang bigyan ng kaalaman ang mga benepisyaryo nito tungkol sa programa at iba pang mga paksa na makakatulong sa kanilang pamilya. Tanging kariton na dala ng kalabaw at paglalakad ang kanilang transportasyon upang matunton lamang ang 26 na benepisyaryo sa ilalim ng Regular Conditional Cash Transfer (RCCT) at 11 na Modified Conditional Cash Trasher for Indgenous People (MCCT-IP) sa lugar na ito.

Isa sa mga problema ng mga estudyanteng minomonitor ng programa sa komunidad ay ang kanilang hindi pagpasok sa eskwelahan sa kadahilanang malayo ang kanilang kabahayan sa lugar na kanilang pinapasukan. Sa Sitio Ibugan ay mayroon lamang Day Care Center kaya naman maraming mga bata ang hindi nakakapasok sa eskwelahan. Kaya naman, bukod sa CFDS na kanilang isinagawa, kinausap din nila

ang mga magulang ng mga batang hindi na pumapasok sa eskwelahan upang

kumbinisihing pumasok sila sa Alternative Learning System (ALS) ng Department of Education (DepEd). Matapos nito ay nakipag-usap na sa guro ng ALS sa lugar ang mga kawani ng programa upang iendorso ang mga bata na naanyaya nilang pumasok sa Hunyo sa susunod na pasukan sa ALS.

Malayo man at mahirap ang pagtunton sa mga benepisyaryo ng programa, patuloy pa rin ang pagsisikap ng mga kawani ng Pantawid Pamilya upang patuloy na mabigyan ng serbisyo ang mga mahihirap na pamilyang kasapi nito.Nagkaroon din ng early updating ng mga eskwelahan ng mga bata at mga batang pwede pang imonitor sa programa upang patuloy na makatanggap ng tulong-pinansyal ang mga pamilya dito.

(Contributed by: Lucita Estonactor, PDO, Abra De Ilog, Occidental Mindoro)

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DSWD MAT Gasan leads Electoral Education Forum for 4ps beneficiaries

56 parent leaders listening during the forum on electoral education initiated by MAT Gasan

Gasan, Marinduque – Less than three months away from the 2019 midterm elections, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA’s Municipal Action Team (MAT) of Gasan held a Voter’s Education Forum with the parent leaders of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the Gasan, Marinduque on March 26, 2019.

The activity, in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Commission on Election, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) of Gasan, Marinduque aims to create awareness and educate the partner beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya about the Voters Counting Machine, Election Ban, different campaign issues and the characteristics or quality that they should look for in choosing the right candidate. Moreover, it aims to encourage beneficiaries to become active citizens during the election period.

With the theme “Gandang Gasan, Boto ko! Kinabukasan Ko!”, the forum gathered a total of 56 Pantawid Pamilya parent leaders. The event was officially opened by the Personal Secretary of the Mayor, where he acknowledged and commended the initiative of the MAT for the activity. According to him, this would be of great help to educate the people especially the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to choose the right candidate with such developmental agenda who will protect the interest and welfare of the critical mass and will help in the improvement of lives of the poor families.

Mr. Menandro Layag Jr., Municipal Election Officer of Gasan introduced the new sample ballot that will be used on the May 2019 election. In line with this, he also discussed every feature found in the ballot to be filled up during the actual casting of votes. In addition, he also highlighted the importance of marking the ballots properly stating: “your votes will be wasted if it cannot be read by the machine”.

Mr. Benmar Cadag, Municipal Link in Gasan, Marinduque, discussing the program advocacies relating to 2019 Elections

Meanwhile, PO3 Jasmin Sol of PNP Gasan discussed “Oplan Sita” due to the election ban. She explained the procedure on how the PNP personnel would undertake the Oplan Sita during checkpoint. The PNP is appealing to the people to avoid or refrain from doing any violation that would lead for their apprehension.

To finish, Mr. Edgardo L. Guevara, Municipal PPCRV Coordinator discussed the quality that a leader must possess which a voter must look into. While the right choice ultimately depends on the voter’s preference, he recommended applying the assessment criteria composed of intelligence, integrity, inclusiveness and innovation. He also stressed that by evaluating candidates using each category, he hoped that voters would be able to look beyond the typical motherhood statements of candidates to find someone who is capable and truly committed to service. He later added that the impact of the choices they make extends beyond the future generations.

MAT Gasan is expecting that this activity would not only be of great help to educate our beneficiaries but as well as to achieve a clean, honest and peaceful election.  At the end of the forum, the Parent Leaders and Program staff thumbs up and shout out loud “Gandang Gasan: Boto ko! Kinabukasan Ko!” in support of this advocacy campaign.

 

(Contributed by: Benmar Cadag)

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Press Release: Delayed payout for 4Ps beneficiaries on March and May

Beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya receiving cash grants during off-site transaction payout in Coron, Palawan

Malate, Manila – The off-site transaction payout for partner-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in MIMAROPA Region will be delayed for the months of March and May 2019 due to the end of contract of partner conduits of the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP).

The cash grants under Period 6 (December to January) and Period 1 (February and March) will be received after Landbank has procured another partner conduit who will help them in distributing the cash grant to areas which have limited Landbank branches.

The program ensures that the delay of payout is not due to cash grants being used for election campaigns. The agency does not hold any of the cash grants since the Landbank is responsible of keeping and distributing it to the partner beneficiaries.

Pantawid Pamilya MIMAROPA has been coordinating with Landbank to arrange the schedule for the next off-site transaction payout.

Meanwhile, beneficiaries with cash cards can coordinate with their Municipal/City Links and/or Municipal Roving Bookkeeper (MRB) for the exact schedule of payouts considering that the top ups and loading of cash grants are put on hold until further notice from the DSWD. ###

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