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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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Our own and happy home

Carrying a child in one arm, a mother looks outside her house. She smiles as she sees a group of people approaches and says, “Magandang umaga po. Tuloy po kayo.” She lets the people take a peek of her newly-built house.

Ronalyn Ebron, 34 years old is one of the beneficiaries of the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of the municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Ronalyn welcomes her visitors with a smile to their newly-built home.

Ronalyn Ebron welcomes her visitors with a smile to their newly-built home.

Ronalyn invited the DSWD staff inside her roughly decorated house. She moved to her home last January 2015.  She, together with her five children and husband, used to live in Zone 4, a sitio of Barangay Ilvita, one of the areas often affected by the typhoons and flooded since they are near the river. In 2009, the said sitio received the brunt of Typhoon Jolina that damaged and destroyed properties and houses.

The households living in Zone 4 are considered “at risk” for a long time and therefore pushed the local government to formulate plans for the transfer of the residents to a safer place. After systematic planning in 2013, the local government resorted to the CSAP initiated by the DSWD.

With the groundbreaking ceremony attended by Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman last 2014, the LGU of Sablayan started its “Pangarap na Pamayanan” project with 397 houses for the residents of “at risk” families in barangays Ilvita and Lagnas, another area also affected by typhoons and flood.

Of the total number of houses provided, 112 in Brgy. Ilvita and eight in Brgy. Lagnas are awarded to Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries like Ronalyn. As a stay-at-home mother with a delivery-man husband, Ronalyn’s family strives to do better in life. “Nagpapasalamt po kami kasi nabigyan po kami ng bahay at safe po kami dito,” utters Ronalyn. They are grateful that a sturdy house and spacious lot is provided to them and they can call it their own.  CSAP is one of the contributing factors in the Department’s goal of uplifting the well-being of the partner-beneficiaries.

Lina Basit shows her glee as she pose in front of her new and own home.

Lina Basit shows her glee as she pose in front of her new and own home.

Lina Agmat Basit, 52 years old, is also a Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiary. With tears, she says, “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa ating pamahalaan kasi nabiyayaan kami ng sarili naming bahay na hindi namin naisip na magkakaroon kami.” She recalled that she was excited when she heard they will receive a house from CSAP that she immediately moved to it when it was ready for occupancy.

Lina also stays at home while her husband is a seasonal farmer and construction worker. For others, they don’t have much but for them, what they have is more than enough to be grateful for – their own and happy home.

With convergence from the various programs of the Department as well as the willingness of the local government to provide its best care to its constituents, change in the lives of the poor people is never too far. ###





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Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries receive free government services

A fellow partner-beneficiary helps an elder Mangyan in getting her cash grant during the Pantawid Pamilya payout in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro.

A fellow partner-beneficiary helps an elder Mangyan in getting her cash grant during the Pantawid Pamilya payout in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro.

San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro – More than 1,000 partner-beneficiaries attended the payout of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program last June 26, 2015. In coordination with the local government and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the regular activity of DSWD MiMaRoPa was maximized to be able to provide free services such as dental and medical check-up, haircut, massage, and opportunities to inquire on government processes on various agencies i.e. Commission on Election (COMELEC), Social Security System (SSS) and PhilHealth.

Ang gawain po ngayong araw ay para po talaga sa inyo upang mas mailapit sa inyo ang mga serbisyo ng gobyerno. Ito po ay isang paraan ng pagpapakita ng convergence hindi lamang sa mga programang inihahain ng DSWD kundi ng iba’t-ibang ahensya at ng mga civil society groups,” said Mrs. Purificacion Arriola, Protective Services Division Chief.

Municipal Mayor Salvador Py is also present in the event and expressed his gratitude for the initiative and continuous efforts of the Department in servicing the poor and vulnerable people.

Maximizing the day not only provides awareness on the Department’s programs and services but also to the different sectors. The other agencies and organizations present are: Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), RedCross, Mangyan Mission, NorFil Foundation, iHelp Inc., LOBO Community and Development Inc., Mangyan Tribal Church Association, Pampamayanan Mangyan Ugnayan, Inc., German Doctors and Kapitolyo Para sa Mamamayan.

Voice of the People  

Parent Leaders huddle as  they discuss how DSWD programs and services brought change in their lives.

Parent Leaders huddle as they discuss how DSWD programs and services brought change in their lives.

On the same day, the Parent Leaders’ Dialogue cum CSO-Led Forum was also conducted. With 150 parent leaders and iHelp as facilitators, the activity aims to encourage and empower the partner-beneficiaries to be articulators of change brought by the various social protective programs and services of the Department. Each of their stories also aims to inspire others to do better in their own households, and in turn in their communities.

During the workshop, the partner-beneficiaries were grouped to tackle their issues and concerns on the programs and services of DSWD. Voicing their concerns and addressing them allows for better understanding and implementation.

Nagpapasalamat kami dahil nakikita namin sa DSWD ang mga pagbabago sa buhay ninyong aming mga partner-beneficiaries. Hindi natin makakamit ang pagbabago kung kami lang ang gagawa dahil sa inyo magmumula ang pagbabago,” said Ms. Maridel Rodriguez, Provincial Link of Pantawid Pamilya in Oriental Mindoro.

The same activity was also done in Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro with almost a hundred participants. ###

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DSWD to use tablets for Listahanan assessment in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, MANILA– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa through the Listahanan will use tablets to conduct household assessment in urban areas of Mindoro, Marinduque, Palawan and Romblon provinces.

A total of 360 units of mobile device are allocated for selected barangays.

The classification of urban and rural areas in the region is based from the from the Philippine Statistics Authority data.

The Department will install and use the mobile version of Family Assessment Form (FAF).  FAF contains indicators such as household composition, housing structure, and education of household members, material assets and access to basic services which is critical in identifying the socio-economic status of a family whether they are poor or not.

Moreover, DSWD targets 158,112 households in the urban barangays regionwide or 27 percent of the total target.

“Utilizing android tablets will maximize the information technology and facilitate the digitization of the family assessment. Also it lessens the cost for hiring more encoders thus it saves time for the encoding process,” said Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Hired enumerators will be deployed starting this month to do household interviews using these tablets.

The ongoing Listahanan assessment in rural areas where the paper version of FAFs is used, has completed 414,189 households or 70 percent from its target.

Listahanan is a mechanism of targeting poor households in the country. Identified poor are potential beneficiaries of various governments’ poverty alleviation programs. ###

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DSWD trains thousand field staff for 2015 Listahanan assessment


DSWD MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos inspires the Enumerators during the training.

MALATE, Manila— A total of 1,718 Listahanan field staff were trained for the second round household assessment this May.

This includes 49 Area Coordinators, 246 Area Supervisors, 1,233 Enumerators and 190 Encoders and Verifiers who will be assigned in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

The series of training were conducted simultaneously from February  to April in MiMaRoPa provinces to equip field staff before the conduct of household assessment. “This aims to enable them to articulate the importance of Listahanan and define their roles and responsibilities,” said Ernie H. Jarabejo Regional Field Coordinator.

Training sessions include strategies used for  interviews such as proper communication. It also highlighted the importance of work ethics and handling of difficult situations encountered in the field.

“Isang napakahalagang bagay na nabigyan kami ng maayos  at mahusay na training para lubos naming maintindihan ang bawat detalye ng aming trabaho at maging handa kami sa aming gagawin,” said Francis Leyco, Area Supervisor.


Highlight of the training is the field simulation where participants are deployed in the area to gather household data.

The second round assessment will update the current list of poor families or the Listahanan Central Database.  Listahanan is the department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are started in 2009.

On the other hand, DSWD calls the public to support and participate on this regionwide activity by allowing field staff to conduct interviews inside their houses to ensure complete, accurate and reliable results.

The result from the assessment will be the basis of targeting potential beneficiaries for government’s social protection programs such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Social Pension Program and PhilHealth enrollment. ###

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DSWD holds first Livelihood Congress

Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro – More than 700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries marched in the recently conducted graduation rights of SLP Livelihood Congress in this municipality, February 26, 2015.

The congress, titled “Sama-samang Linangin Pangkabuhayan Natin” is a week-long DSWD-led capacity building activity in convergence with the local government unit of Mansalay, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Education (DepEd) and Provincial Tourism, Investments and Enterprise Development Office (PTIEDO).

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD identified more than 700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in 17 barangays for skills enhancement on various fields including: Massage and Reflexology, Tour Guiding, Agricultural Practices, Tanglad Oil Extraction, Ube Pastillas making, Buri extraction, Cosmetology, Haircutting and Fish processing.

The congress, a lecture-cum-application training taught participants of techniques, procedures and skills on their chosen field of expertise. “This is the first time that the region had this kind of simultaneous  capacity building activities, and we will surely conduct the same for other municipalities,” said Domingo V. Agra, Regional Project Development Officer of DSWD-SLP.

In his speech, Mayor Joel Malinaw said that this event is a milestone for their municipality. “Natutuwa ako dahil malaking buti ang maidudulot nito para sa ating lahat, mas mapauunlad nito ang ating pamumuhay” he added. He also announced that the municipality is working a partnership with various stakeholders to assure that employment happens for the attending beneficiaries.

“We have gone through a long process of planning and preparation for this activity, and we are thankful that all concerned stakeholders have been supportive all along,” said Fe Dimaala, Provicial Project Development Officer.

Over Php1.5M was allocated for the said event to enable provision of starte kits for each participants. ###

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Listahanan nationwide assessment targets half a million households in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, Manila–Targeting 591,699 households across five island provinces in MiMaRoPa, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa will be deploying 1,528 field staff to conduct house-to-house interviews as part of updating of Listahanan database of poor and non-poor families.

“With the successful launching and implementation of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or ListahananCentral Database in 2009, the Department is now preparing for its second round of nationwide household assessment this first quarter of 2015,” said DSWD Regional Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Listahanan is the result of the government’s effort to respond to the need of mapping out who and where the poor are nationwide.

This to establish the integrity and relevance of   DSWD’s list of poor families in identifying potential beneficiaries for various government social protection programs,Jarabejo added.

The Department will be using a two-paged revised Family Assessment Form (FAF) for pen and paper method and mobile application through electronic system. FAF contains verifiable indicators such as household composition, housing structure, education of household members, material assets and access to basic services which is deemed critical to identify the socio-economic status of a family.

“We will assess all households in the community particularly those barangays located in rural areas through saturation method while barangays situated in urban centers are subject for assessment through  pockets of poverty depending on the magnitude of poor households,”Jarabejo said.

The collected data will go through Proxy Means Test (PMT), a statistical formula that estimates the household income based on the non-income variables to identify if the family  is poor or not.###­­­

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DSWD MiMaRoPa to hire field staff for 2015 household assessment

MALATE, Manila– With the household assessment to be conducted this first quarter of 2015, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office MiMaRoPa is now looking for active and socially responsible staff for Listahanan.

“We are hiring project-based staff such as Area Coordinators (AC), Area Supervisors (AS) Enumerators (EN), Encoders and Verifiers that will help complete the nationwide household enumeration,” says DSWD Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

The Department is in need of 49 ACs, 246 ASs, 1,233 ENs and 190 Encoders and Verifiers who will be assigned in the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

“This is the second round of household enumeration based on the guidelines on regular updating of Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction Central Database,” Jarabejo added.

Listahanan is the department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are that started in 2009. The result from the assessment will be the basis of targeting beneficiaries for government’s social protection programs such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Social Pension Program and PhilHealth enrollment.

“They will be conducting house-to-house interviews using the departments Family Assessment Forms. Their main function is to ensure that every household in the region is covered,” said Jarabejo.

Interested applicants may send their resume thru e-mail at: fo4b@dswd.gov.ph or personally submit their application letter at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team at their respective provincial office. Deadline for submission of applications will be on January 22, 2015. ###

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