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DSWD MiMaRoPa releases P22M for ESA in Palawan


DSWD staff orient ESA recipients in Salvacion, Busuanga Palawan on its guidelines and processes.

MALATE, MANILA— The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa releases a total of 22 million pesos budget for the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) of 734 typhoon Yolanda-affected families in Busuanga, Coron and Culion Palawan.

ESA is a cash grant provided to families whose houses are either totally or partially damaged. It may be released in cash or in the form of construction materials, dependent on the situation favorable to beneficiaries and the timelines set.

Aside from families who have no permanent source of income or whose income is below the poverty threshold. The following are also eligible to receive ESA according to guidelines:

  1. Families whose houses were either partially or totally damaged located in safe areas or in controlled areas;
  2. Families who are renting or sharing houses which are totally or partially damaged provided they are listed in the official DSWD- Disaster Family Access Card (DAFAC);
  3. Families whose heads are employed in government or private sector but whose term of employment are not permanent/regular and do not have housing loans;
  4. Regular employees of government and private sectors with fix monthly salary below P15,000.00;
  5. Individuals who are considered lone survivors due to the untimely demise of the other family members due to the typhoon; and
  6. Families listed in items 1-4 who already self-repair, may be granted the assistance as long as their names are included in DSWD-DAFAC.

The municipality of Busuanga received P8, 500, 00.00 for 284 ESA beneficiaries in four barangays while Culion received P6, 000,000.00 for 200 beneficiaries in 11 barangays and P7, 500,000.00 was funded for 250 recipients in six barangays of Coron, Palawan.

Malaking tulong ito para mas magkaroon kami ng desenteng bahay. At sa halagang aming matatanggap higit na magiging matibay ang aming tahanan para hindi basta-bastang masisira ng anumang kalamidad,” said Elmar Alcantara, ESA recipient, San Rafael, Busuanga Palawan.

ESA grants of P30, 000.00 to families whose houses are totally damaged while victims with partially damaged can receive P10,000.00. The said financial aid will be distributed by the local government units thru the fund-transfer formalized by a Memorandum of Agreement between the department. Meanwhile, said LGUs are expected to liquidate the fund within this year. ###

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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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Sec. Soliman ensures reach of poverty-alleviation services to IP communities

Coron, Palawan – Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman ensures provision of more poverty-alleviation services in the recently concluded Joint National and Regional Advisory Committee meeting, April 25, 2014 in Coron, Palawan.

Six barangays were visited for needs assessment by the joint-committee members from 11 National Government Agencies (NGAs). Sec. Soliman and the team had a chance to observe and interview beneficiaries to gain better perspective on program impact. Three major areas of concern were identified from the full-day site visitation – education, health and livelihood.

For education, accessibility to school was a major problem since children need to travel far distances and pay additional fare cost going to the main island. “Nag-uusap po kami ng nasyonal at lokal na pamahalaan para po matugunan ang inyong problema at magtayo nga po ng dormitoryo para mas malapit sila sa eskwelahan sa main land,” said Sec. Soliman. The regional office of DSWD is tasked to tap the Yellow Boat Foundation to provide small boats as school service. The Department of Education (DepEd) will also prioritize reconstruction and rehabilitation of day care centers and elementary school buildings damaged by typhoon Yolanda through their quick response fund and will also provide additional teachers to resolve decrease multi-grade teaching in the areas.

Ailene, an IP beneficiary said, “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Pantawid dahil nahikayat po talagang mag-aral ang aking mga anak. Sana po ay matulungan kami hanggang sa pagkokolehiyo niya.” Thus, the DSWD will coordinate with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP) to access college scholarship programs for the Indigenous People (IP). Furthermore, DepEd will set up review classes for graduating students who will be taking up entrance exams. DSWD and DepEd aim to implement the use of the mother language in Family Development Discussions and in regular elementary education for IPs.

Sec. Dinky Soliman listens to the briefing of Ms. Elbi Cuneta of Tamayo Foundation on construction details of the ecohouse in Brgy. Lajala, Coron, Palawan.

Sec. Dinky Soliman listens to the briefing of Ms. Elbi Cuneta of Tamayo Foundation on construction details of the ecohouse in Brgy. Lajala, Coron, Palawan.

Moreover, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries also have difficulty in complying with the conditionalities in health due to factors such as: inaccessibility to health centers; insufficient supply of vaccines, medicines and birthing equipment; and lack of health personnel particularly midwife. The Department of Health (DOH) agreed to provide construction and improvement of health facilities especially affected by typhoon Yolanda. DOH will earmark the infrastructure development and health staff training in the 2015 to 2017 budget.

Flexibility and culture-sensitive health care protocols and delivery will be crafted to address the needs of the IPs. Frontlining tribal leaders and barangay officials as speakers for the benefit of deworming and other health practices to IP communities are looked into to encourage availing of different health services.

In livelihood, the Department of Labor and Employment will endorse the beneficiaries for vocational training to TESDA and assist in creation of their livelihood project proposals with particular exploration of livelihood opportunities in seaweeds, duck-raising and tourism. Topics on entrepreneurship, marketing, management, leadership and entrepreneurial values are also tasked to be included in the FDS module.

The regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and DSWD will explore the construction of water supply and salination of drinking water in the barangays. The DOST will also share their “tapayan” technology for areas lacking potable water. On the other hand, DSWD MiMaRoPa will tap the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in building farm-to-market roads.

Additionally, DSWD MiMaRoPa will revisit Community Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan to improve management and benefit-sharing of IPs and sustain their livelihood initiatives.

The field visit aims to strengthen operational mechanisms and institutional arrangements among partner agencies. The National Advisory Committee meeting is done quarterly while field visit is conducted twice a year. ###

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Sec. Soliman, 11 National Government Agencies assess DSWD areas in Coron

Sec. Dinky Soliman visits IP barangays to personally assess their living conditions in the area.

Sec. Dinky Soliman visits IP barangays to personally assess their living conditions in the area.

Coron, Palawan – Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the Joint National and Regional Advisory Committee  meeting and field visit in Coron, Palawan last April 23-25, 2014.

The activity is regularly conducted by the Department involving other National Government Agencies (NGAs) to strengthen operational mechanics and institutional arrangements among partner agencies. In the recent field visit, the members of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) observed the outcome of various DSWD programs to the beneficiaries.

The focus of the field visit is to highlight the convergence strategy of the Department allowing beneficiaries particularly the Indigenous People (IP) to benefit from three major programs including Pantawid Pamilya, Kalahi-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood Program. It also aims to gather more assistance from the participating partner agencies to make better living conditions for the beneficiaries.

As part of the Convergence program, Coron showcased the on-going Cash-for-Work project for families affected by typhoon Yolanda. Enlisted beneficiaries were offered temporary livelihood opportunity on two projects: rebuilding Yolanda-damaged houses on a course of 10 days and rebuilding livelihood community assets for 15 days.

Sec. Soliman said, “Pantawid Pamilya is not the only answer to poverty but the convergence of the various programs and services of the DSWD together with the other government agencies and support of the local government unit.” She stressed that the field visit looks at needs of the community through different lenses that help in the formulation and sharpening of programs provided by the government.

The activity was attended by the staff from Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Budget, Department of Labor and Employment, National Anti-Poverty Commission, National Economic and Development Authority, National Commission on Indigenous People, National Nutrition Council, Commission of Population, Philippine Commission on Women and Council for the Welfare of Children. ###


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A new beginning

What does one say to someone who has lost the comfort and safety of a home? What does one say to someone who has work and work so hard to build a place to stay and be just washed away in hours of wind blowing and rain pouring? How do you form the words? How do you start the questions? It will be awkward. But not to Annabelle. “Okay lang po,” she said, when asked if she can be interviewed about that night. The night everyone wants to forget and move on from.

Annabelle stares at some of the materials left from their home when typhoon Yolanda made its landfall in Coron, Palawan.

Annabelle stares at some of the materials left from their home when typhoon Yolanda made its landfall in Coron, Palawan.

The interview took place in a space just a couple of meters from the shoreline where their house used to stand. Now it’s just a space. Empty. It has been more than a month when typhoon Yolanda showed its brunt to the residents of Sitio Bayo-Bayo, Brgy. Tagumpay, Coron, Palawan, and one of them is the Cardiño family.

Thief at night

 Annabelle Cardiño, 36, can still recount their family’s experience that night. Together with her 17-year-old daughter and eight-month-old child, Annabelle stayed in Coron School of Fisheries, one of the evacuation centers set up by the local government in preparation for the coming typhoon. Her husband Renante, 43, together with their 14-year-old son, Rayniel stayed in their house.

At around eight in the night of November 8, winds started to blow and rain started to pour, but Renante said it was still manageable. He was exchanging text messages with Annabelle the whole time. Then the winds and rain subdued and seemed to relax for 30 minutes. After that, Yolanda showed its true nature.

Napakalakas po ng bugso ng hangin. Sinabayan ng mga alon na malalaki. Paghampas po ng dalawang alon sa bahay, doon na po bumagsak, wala na pong natira,” said Annabelle relaying what his husband told her.

Parang hinihigop po yung dagat. Umurong tapos nung bumalik yung alon, malalaki na. Kumukulo po yung dagat, yun pala parang may ipu-ipo na,” continued Annabelle. When asked what he felt that night, reluctant and shy, Rayniel said, “Natakot po.”

Annabelle added, “Sa pagkabagsak ng bahay namin, may nakita pa silang pwedeng isalba, hindi na po nila inintindi, inintindi nilang mag-ama yung buhay nilang maligtas.”

When father and son couldn’t handle the force of the typhoon, they seek refuge from their neighbor’s house. They spent the whole night there while Annabelle’s at school and worried sick about her family.

Annabelle went back to her family and it was a sight that will be forever etched on her mind. The house that offered safe refuge was stolen from them. Her husband and son just sit quietly on where their house used to stand and after a while gathered some of their scattered things that can still be salvaged.

The day after 

Father and son, Renante and Rayniel work together to build a foundation for their new abode.

Father and son, Renante and Rayniel work together to build a foundation for their new abode.

For three days, the Cardiños stayed at the evacuation center. A relative, who happens to own a house in the sitio, extended a hand and offered a place for them to stay. A vacant lot is nearby and Renante and Rayniel have been working and putting up a foundation for a new abode.

The family also received relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government and other private groups and individuals more than willing to help. The provincial government of Palawan also provided cash assistance of 5,000 pesos to those whose houses were totally damaged. They bought wood, yero, and food, especially, milk for their baby.

A week after the typhoon, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD conducted payout to the beneficiaries of the municipality from November 13-14, 2013 where Annabelle’s family happens to be part of.

Annabelle received 1,600 pesos for the last two months that they complied. The first thing that she secured was 15 kilos of rice, “Pasalamat kami kasi may payment kami, nagpasigurado talaga akong 15 kilong bigas tapos gamit ng mga anak.” Annabelle also bought school shirt and pants, notebooks and bag for her son. “Mabuti yung sapatos niya, nakita niya sa isang tabi, bumili na lang akong medyas,” she added.

Annabelle also accounted, “Minsan nga, nag-iiyakan na lang kami, magkaharap kami ng asawa ko. Pero ang sabi ko, tawanan na lan gnatin.” They could not do something about what happened. She assures her children that they can always stand and work their way up again.

Better tomorrow

Just as the Cardiño family is working their way to get back on their feet again, the government is working its local and national arms to rebuild and restore the damaged done by typhoon Yolanda. The DSWD is positioning its food and cash for work, core shelter assistance and livelihood programs to those affected families. “Ang pambansang gobyerno ay nag-usap para sa early recovery, may nakalaan na pong cash for work dito sa Palawan. Ang starting amount po ay five million pesos. Kasunod po niyan ay ang kinakailangan para sa livelihood,” declared Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman of DSWD in the meeting of the provincial and municipal government units of Palawan together with Department of National Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin and Department of the Interior and Local Government Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II in Coron, Palawan.

A lot of residents lost their means to earn. Their boats were destroyed by the typhoon just like the Cardiño family. But with the assurance of assistance like what Sec. Soliman said to hundreds of families affected, “Walang maiiwan at sisiguraduhing mas maganda ang buhay matapos dumaan si Yolanda.” Hope springs in Annabelle and her family. She is grateful that the government and people from different institutions, relative or not, are willing to help. And kindness turns the slump spirit into optimism. Optimism of a better tomorrow and a new beginning.

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