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SFP 5th Cycle Implementation Review



Supplementary Feeding Program conducted its 5th Cycle Implementation Review and Orientation on the Revised Guidelines cum Training on the Nutrient Evaluation of Meals and Vegetable Production/Urban Gardening in Best Western Hotel, Ermita Manila, yesterday, June 20.


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.

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DSWD CaLaBaRZon and MiMaRoPa jointly hold a Special Meeting with the Secretary


Sec. ‘Dinky’ Soliman presenting the milestones of DSWD

Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman led a dialogue with officials and staff of DSWD CaLaBaRZon and MiMaRoPa, yesterday, June 16, at Asian Development Bank, Mandaluyong City.

Special Meeting aims to: provide updates on accomplishments of the Department; call attention of DSWD officials and staff on what they should continue working on; address other issues and concerns; and prepare the department for the transition period.

Based on the data presented by Secretary ‘Dinky’, Listahanan 2 tells us that out of the 15.1 million households assessed: 5.1 million are poor; 880,000 are near poor; and 1.5 million are non-poor.

Also, report says that 1.4 million families have increased their incomes to go above the 2012 poverty threshold.

Secretary also reported the achievement of the department in terms of education. Data says that 3.23 families have members who are now functionally literate while 969,000 Pantawid Pamilya children are currently enrolled in formal or informal education.

“All these gains we have achieved because of empowerment of the poor. However, while we have made significant strides, there’s still much work left to do,” emphasized Secretary ‘Dinky’.

During the symbolic ‘Putong’, RD Wilma Naviamos crowns Sec. Dinky Soliman

As part of the transition period, Secretary ‘Dinky’ presented the Value Proposition of the department which is: “Empowerment of the Poor Lowers Crime”.

In terms of Product branding, Secretary emphasized that DSWD caters: “Calibrated and evidence-based programming and delivery of Social Welfare and Social Protection services and programs via passion-driven, competent, compassionate and demand-responsive workforce”.

On the other hand, according to the Secretary, the Leadership Brand of the Department is: “ A leadership practice that is empowering, convergent, informed in its decision-making, accountable, transparent and participatory”.

“Be impatietly impatient!” emphasized Sec. Dinky as she encouraged each officials and staff to passionately but patiently provide a quality, timely and efficient service to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

In order to heighten the lively spirit of the Secretary, both regions gave gifts and showcased special number for the secretary.


DSWD MiMaRoPa Choir sang ‘Walang Hanggang Paalam’ of Joey Ayala

One of the highlights of the event is the ‘Putong’, a ritual in Marinduque conducted to welcome, praise and acknowledge guests in their province. Also, DSWD MiMaRoPa Choir, sang ‘Walang Hanggang Paalam’ of Joey Ayala, one of the favorite songs of the Secretary Dinky.

Activity ended with a photo shoot with the Secretary which will definitely serve as a reminder of the exciting and dynamic journey of the department with her. ###


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DSWD MiMaRoPa strengthens support for Solo Parent Staff


Department of Social Welfare and Development MiMaRoPa reinforces its support for Solo Parent Employees by conducting a three-day workshop in Tagaytay Bali Village, Tagaytay City last June 1 to 4, 2016.


Solo Parent Employees of DSWD MiMaRoPa

The activity aims to: 1) heighten knowledge, attitude and skills of Solo Parents; 2) build team cohesion among DSWD solo parents 3) enhance self-discipline and appreciation of roles of solo parents in their respective units; and 4) facilitate team energy towards attainment of department’s goal.

“Ang Team Building na ito ay kauna-unahang activity na ginawa para sa mga Solo Parents Staff ng DSWD. Nakita ko na malaki ang tulong nito sa bawat isa sa inyo. Nawa ay magkaroon pa ng mas maraming aktibidades tulad nito,” said Josephine B. Macalagay, Social Technology Regional Project Coordinator.


Solo Parents attended various lectures which heightened their knowledge and awareness about Solo Parenting.

DSWD acknowledges the special needs of Solo Parents who are vulnerable to psychological, physical and emotional anxieties which may due to: intense painful experience because of loss or separation from a partner; financial difficulties; higher demand of rearing children alone; and stigma inflicted by our society.

Thus, being the forefront government agency in promoting social protection, DSWD established the MiMaRoPa-Solo Parents Association in order to provide effective, efficient and sustainable support for their Solo Parent Employees. ###




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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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