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Pagtiyak sa maayos na implementasyon ng SFP sa MIMAROPA, Pinaigting

Sa pangunguna ni Ms. Maria Eleonor L. Leal, ND III at Mark Angelo R. Lorenzo, SFP focal, nagsagawa ng ‘monitoring visit’ ang mga kawani ng Supplementary Feeding Program sa mga Child Development Centers ng Sablayan, Rizal at San Jose Occidental Mindoro upang matiyak ang maayos na 7th Cycle Implementation ng programa.

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“Agar-agar”: A Livelihood for MCCT-IP beneficiaries

(Photo taken by Mr. Reign Sarusad Sobebe, PDO II MCCT-IP Balabac)

Balabac, Palawan – With its gold like color, beneficiaries in Balabac, Palawan continued to venture into this livelihood to bring food on their table. But just like gold, it has to go through a refinement process before it could turn into something more valuable. To date, the region has covered a total of more than 300 families under MCCT for Indigenous People with approximately 70% of the registered families engage into Seaweeds Production as their main source of living.

In 2016, the program has provided them with livelihood support through the SSI project of the Department to help them increase their production and eventually bring more resources for the family to meet their daily basic needs. Unfortunately, most of them were affected by Super Typhoon Vinta last December 2017 destroying 80-90% of their seaweeds farms. Months after the impact, families are now trying to rebuild their livelihood with the materials and small capital left by typhoon while waiting for the assistance that could be provided to them by the government and other agencies.

Despite their situation, they are still thankful that there is no casualties recorded brought by the typhoon except in Mangsee Island which sustained great damage to the livelihood and other resources of the residents.

(Words by Mr. Reji Pancho, MCCT-IP Focal)

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Learning and Wellness Sessions for RPMO Staff

Malate, Manila – The Department of Social and Welfare Development Field Office MIMAROPA through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program conducts Learning and Wellness Sessions for the Regional Program Management Office staff. The activity is a a two-hour sessions conducted every Friday from 3PM to 5PM, which aims not only to provide learning opportunities for the regional program staff  but also to enrich the welfare of the employees by covering topics and activities on the four wellness dimensions namely physical, social, intellectual, and financial dimensions.

In order to determine the topics to be discussed, the Capacity Building Unit conducted a needs assessment during the second week of January 2018 to capture the competencies and activities that the RPMO staff deemed as relevant to perform their specific tasks and functions and to improve their welfare as an employee.

The first session was conducted on February 2, 2018 with topics on Nutrition Assessment and Weight Management and Basic Mountaineering. On the other hand, activities conducted during the second session on February 9, 2018 were Zumba and Chess. Also discussed was the Ethical Conduct in Mountain Climbing.

For the third session this Friday, February 23, 2018, topic will be about Prevention of Common Colds.

The two-to-three hour session will continue its conduct every Friday and will be held at DSWD Conference Room.###

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Municipal Mayors from Kalahi CIDSS implementing towns in Palawan gather for the Local Chief Executives Forum

Puerto Princesa City– Last February 15-16, 2018 the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS MIMAROPA under National Community Driven Development Program hosted a two-day forum with the Local Chief Executives of the Palawan Cluster at the Ponce de Leon Garden Resort, Puerto Princesa City Palawan.

Representatives from Kalahi CIDSS implementing municipalities in Palawan participated in the said activity to provide updates on the current program implementation in their area as well as adopt strategies and techniques on how to accomplish the projects efficiently and in timely manner.

Together with the Regional Program Management Office of Kalahi CIDSS MIMAROPA, the management have answered the concerns of the mayors that were raised regarding the closing of the Asia Development Bank (ADB) funded municipalities. ADB funded municipalities are set to close on March 2018 which will affect eleven (11) municipalities in Palawan. Most of the questions revolve on the completion of Sub-Projects and the consequences if the projects were not completed on the target dates. The LCEs were also consulted on the assistance that they need from the RPMO of Kalahi CIDSS to accomplish this endeavor.

More so, the RPMO also lobbied to the LCEs the integration of the Kalahi CIDSS process, plans and activities to be included in the long term plans of the LGU.



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Pantawid Pamilya Marinduque nagbigay-handog sa mga estudyante ng Tambunan Elementary School


Boac, Marinduque – Namahagi ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng Marinduque ng mga bagong tsinelas mula sa Yakult Employees Credit Cooperative sa tulong ni Atty. Paul Malapote sa 64 monitored na bata ng programa sa Tambunan Elementary School sa Boac, Marinduque noong Enero 22, 2018.

Layunin ng inisyatibong ito na magbigay-saya sa mga bata na pumapasok sa eskwelahan ng walang sapatos o tsinelas kahit na laging maputik sa lugar at mahirap ang daanan.

Sa inisyatibo nina Municipal Link Marja Fababaer, Social Welfare Assistant Aldin Pineda, at Provincial Grievance/Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Tin Paras, nakipag-ugnayan sila sa punung-guro ng eskwelahan na si OIC Cleobilly J. Valentino upang maisakatuparan ang pagbibigay-handog sa mga batang ito. ###


Photos grabbed from Pantawid Marinduque FB Page


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Ulirang Parent Leader: A Woman of Action and Compassion  

Norma L. Somodio of Bansud, Oriental Mindoro is the firat Ulirang Parent Leader of Pantawid Pamilya MIMAROPA

The Anticipated Encounter

It was a sunny afternoon that day but overlooking the mountain we were heading to, dark clouds were forming, signaling a rain. We rode a tricycle from the Municipal Hall of Bansud to the barangay hall of Conrazon to make a courtesy call to Brgy. Captain Wilson C. Mirano. We requested assistance to him to get to Sitio Dyandang to visit the Tadyawan Mangyans. However, when we got there, Kap Wilson told us that we might not be able to continue our visit because the water in the river we will be crossing is rough and is about waist level. It will also take us almost 8 hours of walking to reach the Mangyan’s village and we might not be able to get back immediately. Moreover, a typhoon is approaching which will hit the province and we can get stranded. Hence, he suggested us to meet with the Mangyans in Sitio Abokado which is nearer.  We feared that we might not be able to contact them due poor cellular service in their area, but when we called them to tell them the new plan, they said that they were already waiting for us in Sitio Abokado. We rushed to the area to start our interview since it’s getting late and we want them to get back to their village before the sun goes down.

We rode with Kap Wilson in his truck and we traverse over smooth and rough roads. The road development is still undone, making it hard for vehicles to travel the area. Yet, the landscape was astonishing as we get to Sitio Abokado. After a 30-minute ride, we already saw the group of Mangyans approaching us. One of them, smiling widely is Ate Norma, the reason for our visit.

Ate Norma Somodio, is the very first winner of the Regional Search for Ulirang Parent Leader which commenced last September 2017. On the day of her awarding, which is during the Regional Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children, I talked to her about taking an interview with her so she can share with me her story and the story of her community. The MAT-leader of Bansud, Darleen Lolong, suggested to meet with her in their house in the municipality but Ate Norma insisted that we go to their sitio so that we can see their condition. As a result, we planned our travel to the area.

We proceeded with the interview in the area where they conduct their family development sessions (FDS). Since Sitio Dyandang is very far, the beneficiaries go down to the mountains to attend their FDS in Sitio Abokado.

Among the five nominees of the Search, Ate Norma has been recognized due to her utmost determination to help not only her cluster but also other IP clusters in their area to uplift their lives through connecting them with support and intervention given by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. According to her, being a parent leader is such a great instrument for her to become an effective and a better person. It did not only benefit her family but it also opened doors to opportunities and personal growth for her.


Discovering the Roots

I asked Ate Norma to describe to us the family she grew up with. She told us that she is the 5th among the 12 children of her parents, born and raised in Sitio Dyandang as a member of Tadyawan Mangyan tribe. Her parents both worked in the farm. She did not acquire any formal education as she was asked by her mother to help her in taking care of her siblings and attending to their farm. Ate Norma’s eyes became gloomy as she continued her story. She said that she sometimes envies her siblings since she was the only one to stay at home with their parents. She really wanted to go to school but even if she tries to, her mother would not permit it. She was only able to attend non-formal education when she was older through different organizations that visit their community. Still, she is very proud of her five siblings who were able to graduate in college and are now working as professional workers.

Ate Norma married at a young age in a tribal wedding with her husband, Ayro. The two were blessed with three children namely Nelsie, Nelson, and Adela. They have been a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya for almost eight years. As a member of the IP community without any formal knowledge, Ate Norma is truly thankful for the program as it gave her a chance to explore her capabilities being a leader.

According to Ate Norma, she has been taking the responsibility of a Parent Leader for eight years to her IP members in Sitio Dyandang. To help her fellow IP beneficiaries who are not good in understanding Tagalog, she translates their module in their ethnic dialect. Seeing her potential, she became a trained facilitator of the FDS under iHelp, Inc., one of the partner-CSOs of the program. She also said that there have been many changes in their community since the implementation of the program especiallyss on personal hygiene and cleanliness. Ate Norma proudly said that IPs in their community are now having the initiative to clean not only their homes but also their surroundings.

Through their income in farming, Ate Norma and her husband are able to send their children to school. Their family has been an inspiration to other IPs as they were the first in their community to send their children to college and vocational school. Their eldest child, Nelsie is currently a Third Year College student taking up BS in Elementary Education at the Innovative College of Science and Technology in Bongabong. The second child, Nelson, is a vocational student taking Automotive Service NCC II at Simeon Suan Vocational Technological College in Bansud. The youngest, Adela, is a Grade 9 student of Pagasa National High School.


A True Leader

During the conduct of our interview, Ate Norma was accompanied by two other Mangyans who are part of her cluster. Since Ate Norma cannot recall all of her community initiatives and participations, the two other beneficiaries told us how Ate Norma helps their IP community. According to them, she assists mothers to their monthly health visits and educates everyone on the importance of good personal hygiene. She is also an advocate of children’s right that is why she assists parents in the registration of their children in the Municipal Civil Registrar. She also encourages parents to send their children to school because she believes that an educated child can go far and can be able to reach his/her dreams. Since she was not able to have formal education, it has always been her desire to see her children graduate and be successful in their chosen career.

Before being a parent leader, Ate Norma told us that she was not very active and participative of any community movement. But, seeing the many issues and challenges their community faces, she became determined to help their community for its betterment. From being a simple housewife, she stepped out to let herself be an advocate to bring changes in other lives of her fellow IP beneficiaries. In fact, she became a dedicated community volunteer and advocate of gender and development. She is always willing to advice and refer women victim of abuse to different departments and agencies to report their cases. She became a volunteer of the construction of the school building in Dyandang Elementary School.

Ate Norma is also a member of the Community Health Team, who assists the community members with regards to health concerns. She is responsible with the deworming of children, weight and height monitoring, and assisting and reporting of pregnant women. With her initiative, she led her members in the community clean-up drive of Bansud River in Brgy. Conrazon. She also coordinated with several private and public organizations to provide seminars and trainings to their IP group. The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and other barangay officials also seek her help to coordinate with other IPs in their community when providing services and facing other concerns. She encourages her members to plant food in their backyard so that they can have alternative source of food. She also advises her members not to rely on the program, but find ways to obtain sustainable income.


Dreaming Forward

For my final question, I asked Ate Norma about her dreams and her aspirations. “Gusto ko lang talaga ma’am na makatapos ang mga anak ko. Para naman sa aming komunidad, sana mas magkaroon kami ng maayos na daan kung hindi man kami mapupuntahan sa taas lalo na ng mga guro,” she answered.

I asked her once again if she has a dream only for herself but she just responded selflessly with, “wala naman na po akong mahihiling pa para sa sarili ko. Ang gusto ko na lang po ay ang para sa mga anak ko.

Sayang Ma’am, sana nakapunta kayo sa amin sa Dyandang para makita ninyo ang sitwasyon namin doon,” Ate Norma said as I wrapped up the interview. She is eager to invite us to their community to see the changes brought through the help of the program as well as other challenges that are yet to be overtaken.


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Kaunlaran Para Sa Mga Mangyan Ng Katimugang Mindoro

Ud may halawon malngan

Ud may ma-adalinan

Hanggan tig idalinan

Bunulan maburi wan

(Wala pong karupukan

Di dapat manghinayang

Dahil masisilayan

Yaong buling gandahan)

Isa sa mga stanza ng Ambahang Balay ng Mangyan (Pitogo, Mangyan Heritage Center)


Ang mga Mangyan ang sinasabing unang grupong katutubo na nanirahan sa isla ng Mindoro. Mayroon silang pitong tribo: ang Iraya, Alangan, Tadyawan, Tau-Buhid, Buhid, Hanuno, at Ratagnon. Mayroong iba pang tribong Mangyan na hindi pa lubos na kinikilala dahil sila ay sinasabing naninirahan sa pinaka sulok ng mga kabundukan ng Mindoro. Ito ang mga tribong Bangon at Gubatnon.

Ang tawag na Mangyan ay nagmula sa pagtawag ng mga kastila sa katutubo na “mangmang”. Kinalaunana ay naging “Mangyan” ang tawag sa kanila, pinaikling “Mangmang yan”. Karamihan sa mga Mangyan ay naninirahan sa kabundukan ngunit mayroon rin na naninirahan sa kapatagan. Agrikultura ang kanilang pangunahing pangkabuhayan, partikular na ang pagtatanim sa pamamagitan ng pag kakaingin, pangunguha ng mga halamang ugat, at pangangaso.

Sa paglipas ng panahon ay unti-unti na ring nakikisalamuha ang mga Mangyan sa mga dayuhan o mga tagalog na kung tawagin nila ay “damuong”. Hindi kaila na hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay nakakaranas parin ng diskriminasyon, pang-aapi, at pang- aagaw ng lupa ang mga katutubong Mangyan.  Upang maiwasan na ang mga ito, bumuo ng samahan ang mga Mangyan upang mapaiglaban at mapangalagaan ang kanilang lupaing ninuno. Isa na rito ang grupo ng HAGURA Mangyan.

Sa katimugan ng Kanlurang Mindoro sa bayan ng Magsaysay ay matatagpuan ang mga tribo ng Mangyan na Hanonoo, Ratagnon, at Gubatnon na bumubuo sa samahang HAGURA. Ang mga Hanonoo ay karaniwang nakatira sa bundok, samantala ang mga Ratagnon naman ay nakatira sa kapatagan. Ang mga Gubatnon, sa kabilang banda ang sinasabing pinaka matapang sa mga tribo ng Mangyan na sinasabing pinaghalong Gubatnon at Ratagnon.

Mahirap ang pinagdaanan ng kanilang tribo, wika ni Pady, isa sa mga miyembro ng HAGURA. Ayon sakanya ay dumanas sila ng pang-mamaliit sa mga ‘damuong’ na kinalaunan ay naging daan upang sila ay ma-organisa at mailabas ang saloobin at maipag laban ang karapatan ng kanilang tribo.

Sa pagdaan ng panahon, iba’t-ibang mga samahan at grupo ang tumulong sa HAGURA. Mayroong mga internasyonal na grupo, mga relihiyosong grupo, at maging ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Magsaysay. Hindi nag-laon at unti-unti na ring kinikilala ng mga damuong ang sistema ng pamunuan ng mga Mangyan sa kani-kanilang tribo.


Sa pagdating ng Kalahi CIDSS sa bayan ng Magsaysay, isa sa mga sinigurado nito ay ang tamang partisipasyon at representasyon ng mga katutubo sa mga Barangay Assemblies. May kultura ang mga katutubong mangyan na kung saan tanging ang nakatatanda o kung tawagin nila ay “mga gurangon” lamang tumatayong representante ng tribo sa mga pulong. Kung kaya naman tinutungo ng mga staff ng Kalahi CIDSS ang kanilang mga tribo, sap ag payag na rin ng mga gurangon, upang doon mas maipakilala ang programa sa mga katutubo.

Sa pag-pili ng pamayanan ng proyekto, hindi maiiwasan na maisantabi ang mga katutubo dahil sa kakaunti nilang representasyon at populasyon kumpara sa mga damuong. Ngunit sa bandang huli ay nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga katutubo na magkaroon ng proyekto sa pagkakaisa at pakikipag tulungan nila sa mga damuong. Ibinahagi ng mga katutubo ang pangangailangan nila upang mapangalagaan ang kanilang lupaing ninuno at mapayabong ang kanilang kultura.

Sa kasalukuyan ay mayroong ipatutupad na proyektong Balay Tirigsunan at isang malaking karatula na nag-sasaad ng sakop ng lupaing ninuno ng HAGURA. Ang Balay Tirigsunan ang magsisilbing lugar kung saan maaaring magpulong, magsanay, at pansamantalang manuluyan ang mga katutubo. Sa kasalukuyan ay sinisimulan nang itayo ang proyekto katuwang ang HAGURA.

Marami pa rin ang kumukwestyon sa kakayanan ng mga Mangyan na mag desisyon lalo na sa larangan ng kaunlaran. Bilang katuwang sa pag-unlad, hindi maiiwasan ng lokal na pamahalaan na minsan ay kwestyunin ang nagiging desisyon ng tribo ng Mangyan pagdating sa pag kakaroon ng mga proyektong pangkaunlaran. Ngunit ayon kay Pady “ang proyekto maliit man o malaki, kung aangkop naman ito at hindi nakakasagasa sa kulturang Mangyan ay tanggap ng samahan.”

Aminado si Pady na malaking kakulangan parin sa mga tribong nasa kabundukan ang mga proyektong pangkabuhayan. Ayon sakanya, mayroong mga tribo na umaangat-angat ang kabuhayan at mayroon ring mga salat sa kabuhayan at edukasyon. Sa ngayon ayon kay Pady, ay patuloy ang gagawin nilang pakikipag ugnayan sa LGU at sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan at siya ay lubos na naniniwala na sila ay mapapakinggan dahil sila ay na-organisa na bilang isang grupo. “Kung ang mga katutubong pamayanan ay organisado at may boses ay maaayos ang kanilang pamayanan.” Wika ni Pady.

Sa kabilang dako ay nagpahiwatig naman ng pag suporta ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Magsaysay sa pagpapatayo ng mga bahay paanakan sa lupain ng mga Mangyan upang hindi na mahirapan ang mga ito na magtungo pa sa bayan sa mga panahong mayroong ina na nag dadalang tao sa kanilang tribo.


“Ak way mamaslakayan

Sa uyayi rinikman

Agod mahimanmanan

Kang maglinyawan banban”

(Muli Sanang Mahimlay

Sa banayad kong duyan

Nang tuna’y pong mapagmasdan

Pagyabong ko’t kariktan)

Isang stanza mula sa Ambahang Alaala ng mga Mangyan (Pitogo, Mangyan Heritage Center)




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Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos 2018 New Year’s Call

According to Pope Francis, New Year’s Day marks two important observances on the Catholic Calendar: One is the World day of Peace, established by blessed Pope Paul Vi in 1967, and the other is the great feat of Mary as the Mother of God.

He emphasized, “Mary is exactly what God wants us to be, what he wants his Church to be: a Mother who is tender and lowly, poor in material goods and rich in love, free of sin and united to Jesus, keeping God in our hearts and our neighbor in our lives,” he said.

My dearest colleagues, as public servants who have great mission to help and protect the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged and promote their overall well-being, let us reflect on the message of our Pope and let this be our guide for this fresh new year.

Let us have a mother’s heart — welcome 2018!

Looking Back to Year 2017

A new year brings new expectations, goals and hopes, and with this I know that everyone of us has great anticipation as to what will come in the year ahead us.

But before that, let us look back on the journey that we have traversed last year.

Our voyages were not smooth sailing — humongous waves and unexpected events have dared us from time to time.

As we all know, captain of our ship has changed in the middle of our expedition. Judy Taguiwalo was not confirmed which tested the stability of the whole department. Also, various issues such ‘shame list’ which divulged the unliquidated funds of Supplementary Feeding Program, fake rice of Pantawid Pamilya, delayed cash grants of Emergency Shelter Assistance etc. have continuously shaken our peace and amity.

Also, before the year ends, Typhoon Urduja and Vinta during holidays also triggered our beneficiaries in MIMAROPA which tested our Quick Response Team and our Disaster Management Unit.

But despite the challenges that we have encountered, we remained resilient and bounced back from all the rollers and breakers which hit us so hard.

And with this, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you.

I know all of your sacrifices: the extra hours you spent in the office for free; the sleepless nights you’ve experienced just to beat the deadline; and the weekends and holidays you’ve missed in order to ensure that the needs of our clients were provided.

Without your hard work, cooperation, passion and commitment to serve our partner-beneficiaries, and most of all without imbibing a mother’s heart, we will not be able to reach our destination.

With this, I am proud to share with you the gigantic fish we’ve harvested and captured due to our diligence and convergence — internally and externally with our partner-stakeholders.

Once again, let me present to you the awards we received last year:

  • Sustainable Livelihood Program
    • Bangon Kabuhayan 2017 Hall of Famer
      • MANHAK Blue Crab Fattening of Looc Romblon:

Champion, Micro-enterprise category

  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
    • National Exemplary Child 2017
      • Grade 8 student Jecille Arah M. Costales, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program-MIMAROPA child grantee from Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro was selected as this year’s grand winner of the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2017.
    • Gawad Paglilingkod sa Samabayanan (GAPAS) Award
      • Model LGU Implementing Day Care Services:

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

  • Model LGU Implementing KALAHI-CIDSS:

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

  • Model LGU Implementing Protective Program and Services:

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

  • LGU Implementing Outstanding Sustainable Micro-enterprise Development Model:

Taytay, Palawan

  • Gawad Kalasag
    • DSWD MIMAROPA received the Gawad Kalasag for rendering exemplary contributions in promoting and implementing significant DRRM-Climate Change Adaptation programs and innovations that build community resiliency.

Congratulations to all of you. You deserve all the praise and recognition for bringing our region in the limelight and center stage of public servants.

Great Expectations and Hopes for 2018

Now, let us confidently move forward while carrying the lessons of the past. I know that this year, like every one, will still bring hurdles and impediments. But I know that we will face these obstacles with grit and fervor so we will overcome it with ease.

For 2018, I have steadfast hopes for our partner-beneficiaries, that they will have a better life, free from poverty and hunger. And for all of you my dearest colleagues, I have unwavering hope, that you will keep sailing in order to serve, support and love them unconditionally.

Again, just like what Pope Francis said, “let us all continue having a mother’s heart, one which knows how to keep the tender love of God and to feel the heartbeat of all around us.”

Again, may you have a prosperous new year filled with all good blessings. Happy New Year!

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