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DSWD MiMaRoPa launches social media accounts for ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ campaign


DSWD staff answers queries from the local media during the launching of social networking sites for the 'Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago' campaign.

DSWD staff answers queries from the local media during the launching of social networking sites for the ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ campaign.

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-MiMaRoPa launches the official social network sites of the ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ campaign to gather and share stories of positive change from the beneficiaries, workers, partners, and even the public, yesterday November 27 at Asturias Hotel.

The local media personalities from the province of Palawan attended the activity. The ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ is an information and empowerment campaign that aims to communicate the change (pagbabago) the Department’s beneficiaries experience through its programs and services.

What we usually hear about the program are criticisms of from people who really do not know much about how it works. With this campaign, we hope to bring out the benefits of the program, as manifested by these stories of pagbabago. We want to amplify the voices of our beneficiaries, our partners, and our workers,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

Anecdotes, statements, blogs, videos and photos that reflect the positive changes brought about by the various programs and services in the lives of the beneficiaries and other stakeholders can be shared and found at the Facebook page and the Twitter account @KayaKoPH.

In her message, Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos said, “Ang pamunuan ng DSWD MiMaRoPa ay patuloy na maghahatid ng tulong at suporta para sa ikabubuti ng lahat ng mga benepisyaryo. Sa pamamagitan ng mga proyekto at programa ng ating departamento, kayang-kaya natin ang pagbabago.”

Following the launching event, the Social Marketing Unit (SMU) of the region conducted the Media Orientation – to educate the attending media on programs implemented by DSWD. Selected beneficiaries presented the programs, including Pantawid Pamilya, Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Community Integrated Delivery of Social Service – National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI-CIDSS-NCDDP), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) and Social Pension (SocPen) among others.

Beneficiaries, parent leaders and scholars from the Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation Program also attended the event. ###



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DSWD commends continuous rehabilitation of Coron, Palawan

Secretaries Dinky Soliman (DSWD), Mar Roxas (DILG) and Voltaire Gazmin (DND) hand certificates to recipients of 'pedicabs' for livelihood assets to two of 13 beneficiaries during the commemoration of Yolanda, in Coron, Palawan.

Secretaries Dinky Soliman (DSWD), Mar Roxas (DILG) and Voltaire Gazmin (DND) hand certificates to recipients of ‘pedicabs’ for livelihood assets to two of 13 beneficiaries during the commemoration of Yolanda, in Coron, Palawan.

Coron, Palawan – One year after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged this island, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman lauded the convergent effort made by the local government unit for sustained rehabilitation.

Sec. Soliman together with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Governor Jose Alvarez visited Coron on November 12, to attend a short program to commemorate the first anniversary of ‘Yolanda’

Over 200 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who were victimized by TS Yolanda attended the program. “Patuloy po na magbibigay ang DSWD ng karagdagang tulong para sa tuloy-tuloy na pagbangon muli, at mabilis na pag-unlad ng mga sinalanta ng bagyong Yolanda,” Sec. Soliman was quoted saying.

Fifty-five families received livelihood capital assistance while over 150 residents each received a sack of rice as part of the ‘pabaon pack’ project. “Malaki na ang ipinagbago ng Coron, sa tulong ng iba’t-ibang ahensya, lalo na ang DSWD, naging madali ang ating, pag-ahon,” said Gov. Alvarez during his welcome message.

Junewind Sigano, 51, whose house was wiped out in the onslaught of Yolanda received a ‘pedicab’ for livelihood along with 13 beneficiaries. “Malaking tulong po ito para maipag-patuloy ko ang hanapbuhay kong maglako ng isda,” said Junewind. DSWD focuses on providing livelihood to increase economic capacity of Yolanda victims. Aside from provision of pedicabs, 47 DSWD-funded motorized bangkas will be given to further support income-generation of the victims.

A newly constructed Day Care Center, through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program has also been turned over to Barangay Poblacion One during the program.###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa holds 6th UNA 2014

Arsenia DV Bonquin (middle) winner of the basic sector category poses with fellow nominees (L-R) Anatalia Maraliit, Deorianda Bautista, Gloria Raya, Cecilia Sario and Jose Poso, during the Ulirang Nakatatanda Awarding ceremony in Best Western Hotel Manila.

Arsenia DV Bonquin (middle) winner of the basic sector category poses with fellow nominees (L-R) Anatalia Maraliit, Deorianda Bautista, Gloria Raya, Cecilia Sario and Jose Poso, during the Ulirang Nakatatanda Awarding ceremony in Best Western Hotel Manila.

Malate, Manila – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region IV – MiMaRoPa conducted its 6th Ulirang Nakatatanda Awarding (UNA) ceremony at Best Western Hotel, yesterday.

The UNA is an award-giving body initiated by DSWD MiMaRoPa to recognize the contribution of the senior citizen sector in advancing the welfare of the Filipino community. The four distinct categories in the competition are divided into sectors namely: Basic, Professional, Government and Group sector. The Department assures that the award recognizes contribution of the elderly belonging to different sectors of the community.

In his opening remark, Joel S. Mijares, Assistant Regional Director for Administration highlights the importance of the elderly in building the nation. “Hindi nawawalan ng katangi-tanging contribution ang ating mga nakatatandang sektor, sila ang huhubog sa mga susunod na henerasyon,” Mijares was quoted saying.

Protecting the senior citizen rights and privileges

“Isang adhikain din po ng aming ahensya na isulong ang karapatan ng mga nakatatanda,” said Purificacion Arriola, Head of the Protective Services Unit. She encourages the senior citizens to assert their rights to constituted privileges for the elderly.       

Arsenia Dela Vega Bonquin, a mother of 15 from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro won the award for the Basic Sector Category. His contributions in helping build an office for the senior citizens in her community stood out as one of her accomplishments. On the other hand, a retired teacher from Romblon named Priscila Medran grabbed the win for the Professional Service Category. She was actively involved in the provision of food and medicine for the weak and sickly senior citizens in Romblon, and also pushed for building an Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) in her community.

This year’s theme “Ang Nakatatanda ay Yaman, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bayan, Pangalagaan Kanilang Kapakanan.” is a call to the Filipino community to protect the rights and privileges of the elderly. “The seniors are important foundation of the society; they share time and effort, in their own way they contribute, not only for the benefit of their fellow seniors, but the rest of their community, too,” said Mijares.

Mayor Jesus A. Valdez, of the municipality of Rizal Occidental Mindoro won the Professional services sector, while the Central Senior Citizens Sector bagged the top spot in Group category.

UNA is an annual event conducted by DSWD MiMaRoPa with the help of partner agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Education, Department of Tourism, Philippine Information Agency and the Department of Health.

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DSWD IV – MiMaRoPa’S Official Response to the alleged Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries’ complaints

In an article released November 3, 2014 in entitled “Poor people lose 4Ps cash grant”, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) wants to clarify inaccurate information about the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya.

There are beneficiaries specified in the article who supposedly complained about the implementation of the program in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro: May Ann Usman and Emma Constantino of Barangay Ibaba East and Mylene Salih of Barangay Ibaba West.

The name May Ann Usman does not exist in the DSWD Regional Office database/list of the program. Thus, the statement that she is not receiving the cash grant in full amount cannot be validated by the DSWD staff. Second, on Emma Constantino’s claim of calling the number 0918-912-2813, it is an official text hotline of the program and only accepts text messages. Also, she is not eligible to the program anymore since May 2013 because her children are now in college. Third, it is true that Mylene Salih did not receive her full amount of cash grant from July-October 2014 since she failed to update one of her child’s school facility. The regional office already updated her child’s school address and now in process for retroactive payment.

On Mayor Arnan Panaligan of Calapan City as quoted many times in the article. In a text message sent by his office, Mayor Panaligan understands that the local government units have no hold in the identification of beneficiaries, releasing of cash grants and overall implementation of the Pantawid Pamilya. He also refuted the instances in the report as he was cited as the one complaining about the program. He said that he merely told the reporter that he will relay the complaints to DSWD. Mayor Panaligan added that his office does not receive any similar complaints. The DSWD respects the opinion of Mayor Panaligan on Pantawid Pamilya.

Moreover, the DSWD does not condone any unfounded statement from its staff. It even encourages anyone to report any misconduct and grievance against DSWD staff for investigation and proper handling.

With the above mentioned clarification, the Department asks that our partners from the media only reports accurate and well-researched information to avoid misleading views of the program implementation.

The Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that helps uplift the lives of its beneficiaries by ensuring healthy children from ages 0-18 go to school and finish their high school. Along with the various programs and services, DSWD will improve and continue to provide quality service to the poor and vulnerable sectors and achieve better change that its client’s seek and ultimately the society. ###

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Three’s a charm: DSWD MiMaRoPa wins National Exemplary Child award for the 3rd time

Pantawid Pamilya National Program Manager Leo Reynoso, Youth Commissioner Dingdong Dantes and DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman award plaque and cheque to Jemuel Steven Mago for being the 2014 Exemplary Child.

Pantawid Pamilya National Program Manager Leo Reynoso, Youth Commissioner Dingdong Dantes and DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman award plaque and cheque to Jemuel Steven Mago for being the 2014 Exemplary Child.

Quezon City – “Kung ako po ang mananalo sa kompetisyon na ito ay ilalaan ko po ang premyo para sa nakatatanda kong kapatid na nasa kolehiyo para sa thesis niya,” said Jemuel Steven Mago, from San Agustin, Romblon, this year’s winner of the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children.

The search was conducted during the National Children’s Congress last October 22-26, 2014 at Sequoia Hotel.

Nicknamed the “Mayor” of his fellow contenders for his active participation during workshops and activities in the congress, no one would have believed that Jemuel was a victim of bullying in his school.

Jemuel, 14, now on grade eight, was bullied for being a son of a tricycle driver. His father’s income is sometimes not enough to provide for a family of nine. The Mago’s became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to which Jemuel was ridiculed for. He was mocked for being ‘poor’ and financially insufficient.  But Jemuel, strong and determined as he is, stands up for himself and never lets the mockery put him down.

He said that being part of the program is the best thing that happened in their family. “Malaki po talaga ang natutulong ng Pantawid sa amin lalo na po sa pagbili ng mga kailangan namin sa eskwelahan,” testified Jemuel during one of their sessions in the congress. He believes that the program is a big help for him to finish his studies and achieve his dreams.

Jemuel is one of the 10 million children-beneficiaries served and changed by the Pantawid Pamilya, a human development program of the national government that invests in health and education of children 0-18 years old.

More than 50 children from 17 regions in the country attended the congress. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region IV – MiMaRoPa has won the National Exemplary Child Award for three consecutive year. ###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa Celebrates Children’s Month in Coron, Palawan

Day care and Elementary students, along with their parents and staff of DSWD MiMaRoPa and the LGU parade in downtown Coron, Palawan in celebration of Children's Month 2014.

Day care and Elementary students, along with their parents and staff of DSWD MiMaRoPa and the LGU parade in downtown Coron, Palawan in celebration of Children’s Month 2014.

Coron, Palawan – Over 200 participants attended the 2014 Children’s Month Celebration spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa, last October 27, 2014.

This year’s theme “Bata Kasali ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!” encourages concerned stakeholders for all-encompassing development, including provision of social protection programs to children. In her opening remark, Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos assured that children are part of the national inclusive growth. She emphasized the importance Children’s Rights saying “Lahat ng bata ay kasama at may karapatan mabigyan ng sapat na tulong at pagkalinga.” Naviamos added that nurturing the Filipino children and protecting their rights help shape their potential. “Sa pamamagitan ng mga tulong, suporta at proyektong para sa mga bata, matutulungan natin maging ganap ang kanilang pagkatao,” said Naviamos.

The full-day event began with a parade in downtown Coron where children hold placards that flashed their rights and privileges. Invited day care center students performed and selected children join competitions for singing, mask painting and draw and tell.


The DSWD MiMaRoPa have initiated partnership with Saint Therese College Alumni Association, Quezon City Campus for provision of school boats to Pantawid Pamilya Children of Coron. Through funding from the said organization, eight schoolboats were donated for school transportation of intended children beneficiaries during the celebration. Similarly, seven ‘pedicabs for livelihood’ were given to Yolanda-affected beneficiaries from the municipality Busuanga and Coron.

Junewind Sigarino, 51, a recipient of the said ‘pedicabs for livehood’ was grateful, saying “magiging madali na ang paglalako ko ng mga gulay at paninda,” referring to vending vegetables –her main source of income.

The Children’s Month celebration is an annual event commemorated across the country in light of promoting children’s rights and privileges.

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KC-NCDDP to take-off in 25 MiMaRoPa municipalities

Malate, Manila –Twenty-five municipalities across MiMaRoPa gathered for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) Mayor’s Forum last October 8 and 9. Following the KC-NCDDP launch in MiMaRoPa last May 2014, this activity served as a venue for the DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa and its Local Government Units (LGUs) to review and embrace their commitments to the program and sign their Memorandum of Agreement.

The Provincial Local Government Units (PLGU) signed to incorporate the KC-NCDDP’s participatory process or Community Driven Development (CDD) approach in the local development planning. Using this strategy, it will empower ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively. Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs) approved to pass relevant ordinances to support CDD.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-MiMaRoPa and the LGUs agreed to provide technical assistance and capability buildings to Municipal LGU staff and Community Volunteers. Moreover, they will monitor the performance and compliance of municipalities and participating barangays and provide grants and Local Counterpart Contributions (LCC) on the program implementation and accomplishment of community sub-projects.

DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos highlighted in her message that the department engages with different national government agencies to achieve a faster implementation of the program. She said that the partnership will focus on doing things better, smarter, and faster despite the geographical challenges in MiMaRoPa. She further added that the department employs convergence as a strategy to create a concerted effort among partner stakeholders to produce a greater impact.

­“We want to build new institutional arrangements so that all [stakeholders] become responsive to programs and services in order to have societal equity,” said Naviamos.

Romblon Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, in his message, said that the five provinces will now unite and work as one province of MiMaRoPa. The LCEs were also challenged to make this program as their personal advocacy.

In addition to the support given, some of the Mayors conveyed their provision of office spaces for the Municipal Coordinating Teams (MCT) during the Mayors’ Forum. MCT is the unit formed by the MLGU to provide operations support to the Area Coordinating Teams (ACTs). They will lead in planning and conduct of sustainability activities after project phase-out.

Prior to this activity, the ACTs to be deployed in the 25 municipalities underwent training. The training enabled the ACTs to understand their functions and deliverables as individuals and teams. It also allowed the ACTs to grasp the program and its implementation procedures. ACTs are specialists who will facilitate the implementation of the program in the municipalities. During the Mayors’ forum, they were formally introduced to the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of their assignments. They also presented their plans for October to December 2014.

KC-NCDDP is a poverty alleviation program aligned to the community-driven post-disaster response of the National Government implemented by the DSWD. DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa caters 62 municipalities as its beneficiaries for KC-NCDDP implementation.






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Pantawid Pamilya women in Coron learn new skills

Facing a new challenge. The instructor guides the participants for a hands-on discussion on computer literacy.

Facing a new challenge. The instructor guides the participants for a hands-on discussion on computer literacy.

Coron, Palawan – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has initiated livelihood and capacity development trainings for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The partnership is stipulated as Technical Assistance 7587 or the Community-Based Gender Action Plan (CBGAP) by the ADB which aims to improve gender responsiveness of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in 10 pilot municipalities in different regions. In region IV-MiMaRoPa, the pilot area is in Coron, Palawan with more than 500 beneficiaries as target participants.

The capacity trainings commenced this September 2014 and will run until the end of December 2014. The trainings were identified by the Gender and Development (GAD) Core group, a group composed mostly of women from the pilot barangays of Decabobo, Buenavista and Tagumpay in Coron. They aim to identify problems and needs of the community in relation to gender issues. Thus, they come up with a GAD plan containing advocacies and activities aimed to address gender equality in which the said trainings are incorporated.

Magandang pagkakataon po kasi ito para sa aming mga babaeng nasa bahay lang buong maghapon. Hindi na lamang po ang mga asawa namin ang pwedeng magtrabaho,” said Alma Montebon, a beneficiary attending the computer-literacy training. The trainings provide new knowledge to the participants and in turn help them gain confidence.

“Malaking tulong sa mga benepisyaryo ang mga natutunan nilang bagong kakayahan upang magamit nilang pangkabuhayan at mapaangat ang kanilang buhay,” added Psyche Asencio, Regional GAD Focal.

The identified capacity trainings are as follows: massage therapy, computer literacy, tailoring, dressmaking, baking, catering, seaweed farming, hog raising and pandan weaving. Each training will have more than 20 students and will run for about 10 to 15 days. The trainers are accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and hired based on their expertise on the subject matter.

Also, part of the implementation of CBGAP is PILIPINA, a civil society organization tasked to provide technical support through monitoring, resource inventory, mapping and linkages to widen Pantawid Pamilya access to livelihood. ###

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