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Kalahi-CIDSS Photography Contest: Faces of Empowerment

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Deadline of submission: July 15, 2016

Who may join?

The photography contest is open to individuals residing in the Region of MIMAROPA who are at least 18 years old. The staff of the DSWD KALAHI CIDSS Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) are not eligible to enter.

What to enter?

Through the years, KALAHI-CIDSS is continually striving to empower individuals to affect change in their communities and we want to see this through your eyes. In line with the theme “Faces of Empowerment”, photos should capture how communities/individuals are empowered to work towards development through Kalahi-CIDSS.

This is not limited to photos of volunteers or laborers working on a sub-project. We urge you to look deeper into what empowerment really means to you or what it has become after the implementation of sub-projects.

All photographs should follow the following guidelines:

  • Entries must be in digital format and submitted in .jpeg or .jpg form.
  • Photographs should not be digitally altered or manipulated and accurately portray the scene as it appears. Minor editing such as adjustments in brightness, contrast and color are acceptable.
  • The photographer is responsible for securing permission for the use of the photos from the subjects or in case of a minor, from the subjects’ guardian.
  • The caption must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification.
  • By joining the contest, the entrant is considered to have granted the KALAHI-CIDSS RPMO permission or license to use the photos, along with the names of the photographers, for various publications and marketing collaterals and for other purposes.

The following submissions are ineligible:

  • Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in print or online are not accepted.
  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • The KALAHI-CIDSS Regional Program Management Office shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

How to enter?

All images must be submitted thru email including all the required information and the entry form. Download the entry form here.

The photographer may send an unlimited number of entries provided that all required information are complete.

Submissions should be sent to: kcivbsmo@gmail.com


1. Relevance to the Theme – 25%
2. Creativity – 25%
3. Technique (Use of elements of photography) – 25%
4. Overall impact – 25%

• First Prize: Cash Prize of Five Thousand Pesos (P 5,000)
• Second Prize: Cash Prize of Three Thousand Pesos (P 3,000)
• Third Prize: Cash Prize of Two Thousand Pesos (P 2,000)

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DSWD to launch database of poor in MiMaRoPa

Listahanan enumerator administering interview during the conduct of the second round household assessment. Photo: Joebert Famini

Listahanan enumerator administering interview during the conduct of the second round household assessment. Photo: Joebert Famini

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to launch the new Listahanan database on the 30th day of this month in Puerto Princesa City Palawan.

From the 569,316 households assessed and validated, 207,863 or 36.5 percent are identified poor in MiMaRoPa or Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

Palawan shares the highest percentage in the regional results at 40.2% or 83,520 poor households while Oriental Mindoro has 25.7% share or 53,323 households. Meanwhile, Occidental Mindoro has 18.3% or 37,983 households; Romblon has 9.6% or 19,860 households; and Marinduque has 6.3% share or 13,177 households.

The variation of shared percentage of poor households is parallel to the geographical size and the total population enumerated per province.

“Household assessments were conducted from March 2015 until the end of December 2015 administered by 1,772 field staff covering five provinces, two cities, 71 municipalities and 1,459 barangays in eight congressional districts,” said Ernie Jarabejo, Regional Coordinator.

DSWD uses two mode in data gathering: the paper and pen Family Assessment Form (FAF) for rural barangays and the FAF mobile version installed in android tablets for urban barangays. FAF which is critical to determine their socio-economic status that contains verifiable indicators such as household composition, housing structure, demographic profile, access to basic necessities, Person with Disability and Indigenous People.

On the other hand, gathered data are encoded into a computer-based system and subjected to Proxy Means Test, a statistical model that estimates household income using proxy variables indicated in the FAF.  The estimated income will be compared to the poverty thresholds wherein households whose income below the set provincial poverty line is considered poor.

Listahanan is the government mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are, which started in 2009. It aims to have an objective selection of potential beneficiaries for social protection programs intended for the poor.###

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Kalahi-CIDSS Turnover Ceremony of Rainwater Tanks


CAGAYANCILLO, Palawan- Turnover ceremony of three rainwater tanks with catchment in Barangay Nusa, a community subproject constructed thru the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHICIDSS).

KALAHI-CIDSS is a community-driven development project implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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Voters’ Education for DSWD Staff

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Voters’ Education for DSWD staff is happening now at Regional Learning Resource Center of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa.

In order to make sound and intelligent judgement this coming election, May 9, 2016, DSWD staff rate the National and Electoral Candidates based on the VERITAS Matrix Score Card crafted by Julieta M. Flores, Project Evaluation Officer IV.

VERITAS, inspired by Radio Veritas, means: Vision & Mission (V), Engagement of people or community (E), Respect for Life and Environment (R), Integrity (I), Track Record (T), Association & Party Affiliation (A), and Servant Leadership (S).

The candidate garnering the highest aggregate score will be declared as the choice/decision of the majority.###

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SFP: A Powerful Weapon Against Hunger and Malnutrition

To address the issue of hunger and malnutrition among schoolchildren in the Philippines, Department of Social Welfare and Development, through its Supplementary Feeding Program, has allocated P1,560.00 per child for 120 feeding days.

Supplementary Feeding Program is the provision of food, in addition to regular meals, to the child-beneficiaries — two to four years old children enrolled in Supervised Neighborhood play groups; three to four years old children enrolled in Child Development Centers (CDC); and five years old children not enrolled in the DepED Preschool — of the program.

This is part of DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government.

The additional hot meal a day is composed of  rice and meat/fish/vegetables prepared by the parents organized as Day Care Service Parent Group, with the supervision of day care workers and Municipal Social Welfare and Development  Officers (MSWDOs).

The child-beneficiaries will be weighed at the start of the feeding program and three months thereafter. After the completion of 120 feeding days, the improvement in their nutritional status will be determined.


Combat in MiMaRoPa

            Philippines, according to United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), is the 9th country in the world with the most number of stunted children.

In the Philippines, MiMaRoPa region, composed of provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, has the highest underweight and wasting prevalence (Anthropomoteric Survey of Food and Nutrition Research Insitute Departmet of Science and Technology).

About 3 in every 10 (or 27.5%) Filipino preschool children, 0-5 years old, in MiMaRoPa were underweight for their age while one (1) in every 10 or (9.8%) Filipino preschool children was underweight for their height (or wasted).

In order to combat the prevalence of underweight, wasted, overweight and stunted children in MiMaRoPa, DSWD launched SFP in the said region last 2011.

After the implementation of SFP, the overall nutritional status of preschool children in MiMaRoPa has improved.

From 2011 to 2013, the prevalence of underweight preschool children decreased in the provinces of Marinduque (from 21.1% to 14.1%)  and Romblon (from 30.6% to 11.2%).  On the other hand, prevalence of stunting preschool children in MiMaRoPa decreased by 1.6 percentage points while prevalence of wasting children decreased by 0.7 percentage point from 2011 to 2013.

A Worthy Investment

SFP is a worthy investment for the future of children. The extensive school feeding program shows various benefits to the community, parents, teachers, and most specially to children.

As for the community, the overall number of malnutrition decreased.

“Noong 2008 po, wala pang SFP, marami po talagang malnourish dito. Pero bumaba po ito noong nagka-SFP na,” said Analyn M. Tome, Day Care worker of Romblon Romblon.

In addition, it bolsters school enrolment and attendance.

“Nakatulong din po sa daycare worker dahil minsan po ay konti po ang pumapasok sa daycare center, dahil sa SFP po dumarami po,” said Ma. Lourdes M. Fajarda, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer-in-Charge of Romblon Romblon.

Moreover, SFP heigtens awareness about hygiene and nutritional education. Parents learned how to prepare and cook luscious and healthy meals.

“Yung iba talagang kapos sa pagkain at hindi talaga nakakain ng nutritious food. Sa pamamagitan po ng programa, ang mga magulang po ay natututong magluto ng masasarap at masustansyang pagkain sa murang halaga dahil po sa mga binibigay na cycle menu natin,” explained Fajarda.

SFP also helped parents to lessen their expenses and aided them to prepare budget meals.

“Na-lessen ang malnutrition at saka ang budget po namin ay kapos kaya malaking tulong po talaga. Nabawasan gastos namin!” explained Mae Ann Vallente,  parent of SFP child-beneficiary.

            Children, on the other hand, learned how to eat healthy meals specially vegetables. Their overall physical and mental health have also improved. Also, through socialization during the feeding program, the interpersonal and people skills of children have greatly developed.

“Malaking tulong ang SFP, dahil po ‘pag nasa bahay ang anak namin, mahinang kumain, pero kapag nasa maraming tao natuto po syang kumain ng gulay. Nagaya po siya sa mga kaklase nya” added Vallente.

Good practices such as washing of hands, praying, cleaning the dishes and brushing of teeth were also instilled to children because of SFP.

Challenges of the Program

While SFP has been successful for some years now, there are still challenges that program faces specially on its effectiveness and efficiency.

Several factors responsible for this are: lack of political commitment and financial support; inadequate coverage of the population in need of services; deficiencies in the supply and distribution of supplements at health centres; the cultural and health beliefs of providers and recipients; inadequate training of providers; inadequate education of recipients; the colour and other characteristics of the supplements; undesirable side effects; and low compliance.

However, these challenges will not cease the program in fighting hunger and malnutrition.

Collective Effort

In order to sustain and ensure the effective implementation of the program and to cope up with its challenges, DSWD is strengthening its coordination with the Local Government Unit and other concerned government agencies such as Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Health (DOH).

Also, participation of parents and day care workers is heightened in order to meet the objectives of the program which are: (1) provide augmentation support for feeding program for children in day care centers using indigenous food or locally produced food equivalent o 1/3 of Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI); (2) improve the knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education; (3) and improve and/or sustain the nutritional status of the target beneficiaries.

Through their collective effort, they will win the combat against hunger and malnutrition.

By nourishing the body, we nourish the spark of life within the body of these children. Feed the body, nourish the soul! ###


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DSWD MiMaRoPa Advisory on El Niño

Malate, Manila – As of 3PM of April 17, the catastrophic impact of El Niño in MiMaRoPa left the region with 8, 311 affected farmers or fisherfolks in 38 municipalities.
In Oriental Mindoro, there are 151 affected farmers in municipalities of Bansud, Mansalay and Pinamalayan while there are 1,564 devastated farmers or fisherfolks in municipalities of Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, San Jose, Sta. Cruz, Mamburao, and Sablayan Occidental Mindoro. Most of them are watermelon, onion, garlic and corn growers.
On the other hand, there are 100 affected farmers or fisherfolks in municipalities of Alcantara, San Andres, Odiongan and Ferrol Romblon while there are 809 distraught farmers or fisherfolks in municipalities of Boac, Mogpog, Torrijos and Buenavista Marinduque.
Palawan experienced the greatest impact of El Niño . A total of 5,687 affected farmers or fisherfolks in ten (10) municipalities of Palawan has been reported.
DSWD MiMaRoPa, in coordination with other concerned agencies, is doing its peak effort in order to provide the necessary assistance to the affected areas.
As of today, April 18, there are 4,748 family food packs prepositioned and ready for distribution.
In line with this, a total amount of Php 206,000.00 cash for work has already been provided to 100 beneficiaries for the cleaning of irrigation canals and water lily impounding facility in the four (4) municipalities of Romblon: Alcantara, San Andres, Odiongan and Ferrol.
In order to ensure support to relief operations, the department is finalizing the El Nino Deployment Plan for immediate implementation. Also, there is an on-going repacking of goods at Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) field offices in MiMaRoPa.
DSWD is constantly coordinating with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and Municipal Agriculturist of MiMaRoPa for on-site validation or assessment of affected families.###

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Pantawid parent leaders train to be leaders and advocates

20160405_114325MAKATI CITY – The Pantawid Pamilya Program of DSWD MiMaRoPa conducted the Parent Leaders’ Training on Leadership and Advocacy at Makati Palace Hotel last April 4-6, 2016. With 40 participants, the activity primarily aims to inspire and mobilize the parent leaders to take an active role in the institutionalization of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) bill.

The two-day activity allowed the participants to share and reflect on their experiences on the early gains of the program. They were also updated on the House Bill passed and how some of its categories are different on the current implementation design.

The participants were also taught on the legislation process and how the salient provisions in the House Bill can be included in the Senate Bill. The program recognizes the crucial roles of the parent leaders to participate in community development affairs that is why they must be equipped with necessary knowledge and skills.

The training also provided a venue for the parent leaders to understand and appreciate their roles as volunteer leaders and advocates of the program.

20160404_144138Ms. Leticia D. Baldonadu, a parent leader in Palawan encouraged others, “Tayong mga parent leader, malaki ang responsibilidad natin kasi tayo yung mga tao na nasa liblib na lugar na kung saan tayo ang nagdadala ng mga members natin. Ngayon ipaabot natin sa mga member na napakahalaga ng Pantawid Pamilya kasi ito lang yung tanging paraan na naabot talaga ang pinakaliblib na lugar na matulungan ng gobyerno. At sinu-sino ba yun? Di ba yung pinakadulo talaga na naghihirap na tao. Ano naman an gating counterpart o responsibilidad? Ipakita natin na talagang ang lahat ng itinutulong sa atin ay hindi nasasayang. Yun lang ang tanging paraan para ang Pantawid Pamilya Makita ng mga namumuno, mga nasa taas na kailangang-kailangan natin ito.”

Leticia is one of the millions covered by the program and was empowered to take up the challenge to push for the change they want in their lives. ###

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Pantawid parent leaders join discussion to pass CCT bill

Some 50 participants stand together in prayer as the activity starts.

Some 50 participants stand together in prayer as the activity starts.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – More than 50 Pantawid Pamilya parent leaders from the different barangays of the city attended the Consultation Conference on the Institutionalization of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) bill led by Chaplain Isaias Cabral of National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines (NACPHIL) at Palawan Uno Hotel.

The CSO-led activity aims to provide updates on the CCT bill, share significant information and get recommendations through active discussions with the partner-beneficiaries themselves.

Regional Program Coordinator Vincent Dominic Obcena presented the status of the bill and showed the differing contents in the components of the bills in the House of the Representatives and Senate, and how it is in line with the DSWD’s current implementation of the program.

The parent leaders raised and expressed their concerns on every component presented and provided inputs and suggestions that will be essential in the upcoming joint-session of the House and Senate this coming May.

The main concerns were in the components of program conditionalities and grant rates. In program conditionalities, the House proposes four additions: livelihood, cleanliness, tree planting and Bayanihan aside from the current conditions of ensuring 85% attendance in school of every child; consultation/birthing of pregnant women on health centers;  vaccine and regular check-up for children -0-5; deworming of children 0-14; and attending Family Development Session once a month.

Parent leaders break out into groups to discuss their next steps in pushing for the institutionalization of CCT bill.

Parent leaders break out into groups to discuss their next steps in pushing for the institutionalization of CCT bill.

In grant rates, an additional Php700/child in senior high and Php300 as a supplementary education grant for a child who has maintained passing grades in all subjects are proposed while the existing design allows a maximum of three children per household with Php300/child in elementary, Php500/child in junior high, and Php500 for health and nutrition.

In addition, the maximum program limit or the duration of being beneficiaries is also a concern for the participants. The House bill only limits the household to five years while the Department insists that until there is a qualified 0-18 years old and classified as poor by the Listahanan, they must be covered by the program.

All of the discussed points, suggestions and recommendations were documented and will be included in the bicameral session. In her remarks, DSWD MiMaRoPa Regional Director reminded the partner-beneficiaries of their roles and responsibilities. She reiterated, “Nasa kamay ninyo ang pagpapatuloy ng pagbabago sa inyong buhay,” reminding them that change is within their reach as long as they work hard on it.

At the end, the parent leaders made an action plan to push for the institutionalization of the bill listing signature campaign, talks with the barangay council, face-to-face discussion with the officials, among others as their move to let their voices be heard. ##

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