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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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DSWD releases 3.9 million for Typhoon Glenda victims in Marinduque

Payment for ESA in Barangay San Miguel in the town of Boac

DSWD Social Worker Helen Alcoba orients beneficiaries on ESA in Barangay San Miguel, Boac during the payout.

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa has started the distribution of 3.9 million Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) fund for 780 families affected by Typhoon Glenda in 2014 in the six towns of Marinduque yesterday.

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.

The municipality of Sta. Cruz received P1 million for 200 beneficiaries, while Boac, Mogpog and Torrijos with 140 beneficiaries each received P2,100,000. Also towns of Buenavista and Gasan with 80 beneficiaries each received P800,000.

ESA grants of PHP5,000 each to families whose houses are damaged due to the said typhoon.###

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DSWD awards livelihood programs in Marinduque province

MALATE, Manila- Beneficiaries in Boac, Mogpog, Torrijos towns in Marinduque received livelihood assistance from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

There are 19 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Barangay Mansiwat, in Boac were trained on Hog Raising and Meat Processing in coordination with Department of Agriculture.

Another P195,000 fund was released for pre-employment assistance and livelihood grants for two Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations (SLPA) in Barangay Bolo and Mabuhay in the town of Torrijos.

Also, 25 units of pedicab were awarded to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Barangay Janagdong and Nangka II in the municipality of Mogpog after completing the 268-hours skill training on Shielded Metal Arc Welding or SMAW.

To date, DSWD serves a total of 1,914 beneficiaries provincewide for various livelihood programs.

SLP is a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of its participants, is implemented using the Community-Driven Enterprise Development approach which enables participants to contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.###

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When Two IPs Unite: Powerful Transformation


He is an Igorot.

She is Mangyan.

Love unites them together.

And they have proven that when two minorities unite, a major and powerful transformation will happen.

Ulirang Nakatatanda

Henry Valdez Sulay, Ulirang Nakatatanda 2015 Awardee.

Henry Valdez Sulay, 74, born in Mt. Province, now a resident of Brgy. Harison Paluan, Occidental Mindoro was 3rd Placer in ‘Ulirang Nakakatanda Award 2015’.

Ulirang Nakatatanda is an annual recognition of the Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-MiMaRoPa to the exemplary attributes, notable efforts and contribution of senior citizens to their personal life, family, community, and fellow senior citizens.

During the validation, Henry told us his love story.

His cheeks blushed and his body shivered every time he recalls the moment he and his wife, Mila Parisan, first met.

“Una ko po siyang nakita noong umakyat kami ng bundok ng kaibigan ko. Nagtitinda po siya noon ng gulay at prutas. Sobrang nabighani po ako sa kanya… Parang na-love at first sight ba. Simula po noon, lagi na akong bumibili sa kanya,” narrated Henry like an inlove teenager.

Known for his dedication and diligence, Henry consistently pursued Mila.

Everyday he visits Mila and helps her in selling fruits and vegetables.

However, their love journey was never easy. Mila’s parents dislike Henry and did everything they can to make him stop from courting their daughter.

“Napakahigpit po talaga nila (magulang ni Mila).  Pinapauwi po agad nila ako at may mga pagsubok na pinapagawa. Ang pinakamahirap po ay ang pagkuha ng Pulot Pukyutan sa itaas ng puno. Tatlo po kaming nanliligaw kay Mila. Yung una eh nahulog sa puno. Yung pangalawa naman eh kinagat ng mga bubuyog. Sa huli po, ako ang nakakuha ng Pulot Pukyutan. Kaya nakuha ko rin ang puso ni Mila,” Henry proudly uttered.

Beehive served as Henry’s trophy.

From then on, Mila’s clan treated him kindly and accepted him as part of their family.

In fact, one day, he was invited to attend a special event.

An event, where in he was the center of celebration. An event that, unknown to him, will change his life forever: his Own Wedding.

He was caught of guard.

But because his pure intention for Mila he accepted wholeheartedly the wedding ceremony and vowed to forever serve and love the IP of his life.


Prosperous Fruits of Love

Henry and Mila’s union gave them intelligent, talented, and amiable six (6) children. All of them are now professionals.

Their eldest, Gloria Sulay, graduated as valedictorian in elementary and salutatorian in High School. She is now working as Mathematics and English teacher at Paluan National High School.

Cecilia Sulay, their second child, graduated BS Computer Science at Rizal Technological Colleges while their third child, Manuel Sulay, took up engineering course and practical electricity.

Their twin children, Joel and Noel Sulay, also gave them double honor and recognition. Joel, is the first Mangyan in Occidental Mindoro who finished engineering. He worked in Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and HUAWEI-Globe Tatoo Company before being the NOC Manager at key Square in Pasig. On the other hand, Noel, worked as principal of one of the private schools in Lucena.

Hariel Sulay, the youngest of their children, finished Associate Electronics Communication Engineering and is now working with Joel.


Sweet, Kind, and Successful Revenge

                Henry and Mila, when they were just starting to build their family, have tasted the cruelty of judgmental and racist people.

“Noong pinakasalan ko po noon si Mila, nilalait po ako ng mga kakilala ko. Habang nagtatanim po ako, sinisigawan po nila ako ng Mangyan… Mangyan…,” recalled Henry who was very downhearted of the harsh treatment.

Even their children have tasted the stigma of being IP.

“ Minsan po umuuwi mga anak ko na umiiyak. Inaaway daw po kasi sila sa school nila dahil Mangyan sila,” narrated Henry.

However, instead of thinking and doing vicious avenge, Henry used all the rude and painful experiences as a fuel to perservere in life.

Henry’s family survived through farm labor. This is their main source of income in supporting the needs of their family and paying the educational expenses of their six children.

Before, there was no elementary school in their area which challenged Henry to send them to a good school to have formal education. For Henry, even when he was still young, education plays a vital role to achieve a successful future.


Mangyans’ Home Sweet Home: a result of powerful and altruistic IP movement

                Henry initiated projects for the Mangyan IP of Paluan. One of which is the Mangyan Dorm in Poblacion of Paluan.

He sought the help of Bishop Apostocial Vicariate of San Jose (AVSJ)and the Parish Priest of Paluan if they can temporarily build a small house inside the church compound so it would be accessible to the elementary schools of Paluan.

“Nakiusap po ako noon sa kaibigan kong Bishop na gumawa ng dormitoryo para sa mga bata.  Buti po at pumayag siya. Malaking tulong po talaga yun,” said Henry.

The bishop approved his request and even helped him in providing school supplies for his children.

He encouraged his fellow Mangyan to also send their children to school to have a brighter future and also to escape from the ruthless treatment of people to them. They responded positively.

Through Henry’s initiatives and Bayanihan system, they built a dormitory inside the Parish compound not only for the students but also for their family who want to visit them.


Dreaming High, Soaring Higher: Power of Mangyan

                Years passed and Henry’s passion in helping his fellow Mangyans did not stop.

He initiated the request to the Occidental Mindoro Division Office of the Department of Education to put a Minority School in their Brgy. Today, Harisson Minority is offering complete education (grade 1 to grade 6) not only for Mangyans but also for the Tagalogs. Also, Henry donated part of his land to the DepEd where this school was constructed.

He also initiated the request survey and distribution of Department of Agrarian reform to the Mangyans of Brgy. Harisson.

Now, he is an active member of Paluan Senior Citizen Association. He persistently encourages Mangyan elders to register in OSCA to fully enjoy their privileges as senior citizens.

It’s all because of Love

Asked what motivates him to serve his fellow Mangyans and senior citizens, Henry answered: LOVE.

First, love for his wife. Even he was born as an Igorot, his commitment to Mila made him a Mangyan by heart. Mila taught him how to love unconditionally and to persevere against all odds. Their union was epic. They have proven that when IPs unite they can generously and sympathetically serve their brothers and sisters.

Also, his love for his children, education and serving others motivated him to create a simple yet powerful movement to help fellow Mangyans acquire educational opportunity and posess a safe haven and to generously serve his fellow senior citizens.

Henry’s altruistic act, exemplary contribution to his family, community ,and fellow senior citizens brought him to be awarded as Ulirang Nakatatanda. ###

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DSWD honors outstanding staff, partners and stakeholders on its 65th anniversary

The Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-MiMaRoPa commemorates its 65th year anniversary through a week-long celebration held from February 15 to 19, 2016.

ARDA Joel S. Mijares led the ribbon cutting of Photo Exhibit.

ARDA Joel S. Mijares led the ribbon cutting of Photo Exhibit.

Themed “DSWD @65: Mga Kwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago”, the launch of the anniversary week was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the “Larawan ng Tagumpay” photo exhibit and the bazaar showcasing products of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) which was available throughout the week.

Staff of the department shared a potluck lunch while being entertained by the Samu’t Saring Mukha ng Buhay Variety Show.

On the second day, groups of DSWD personnel participated in the Runong Social Quiz Show which tested the participants’ knowledge of the department and its programs.


Quiz Show assessed participants’ familiarity about DSWD and its programs.

The third day was a continuation of the variety show while the fourth day promotes the wellness of the staff through the Saliw sa Indayog Zumba session. There were also free spa and skin care services available to the staff for the first three days.

On the last day, DSWD staff along with partners LGU, NGOs, CSO and media capped off the celebration at the Richville Hotel, Mandaluyong City. During the event, employees who have rendered at least 10 years of service were given the Loyalty Award for their immeasurable commitment, dedication and hard work. Partners and stakeholders who have continuously joined hands with the region along social welfare and development endeavours also received plaques of appreciation from the department.


ASEC Rodolfo M. Santos and ARDO Floreceli G. Gunio awarded the Loyalty Plaque to RD Wilma D. Naviamos for her 35 years of service and commitment to DSWD.

The loyalty awardees were Jessie A. Cadalso, for 20 years of service; Helen B. Alcoba and Eliseo G. Umali, Jr., for 25 years of service; Florefe Y. Dimaala and Rosalinda C. Mejorada, for 30 years of service and Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos for 35 years of service.

The title of Best Functioning Team was given to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro and the Best Convergence Initiative was awarded to the Municipal Action Team of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. Fifty-two (52) municipalities of Region IV-MiMaRoPa were given the Seal of Friendly Local Governance.

Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro received the award for LGU with the Most Number of Accredited Day Care Centers/Day Care Workers while the Longest Serving Day Care Worker award was given to Mirriam M. Sabavaro of Lupac Day Care.


Loyalty Awardees of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa.

The department also recognized the volunteers who assisted in the relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Nona. Individuals from the Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Coast Guard Batangas Station, Smart Inc., Core Motorcycle Club and URAC Motorcycle Club received certificates of recognition for their service.


Ribbon cutting and blessing of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa’s new vehicles.

Lastly, partners from the media were given the Gawad Ulat Awards. The awardees were Ms. Gudula G. Sarsagat of Radyo ng Bayan; Ms. Melanie E. Lagrana of DWXR KALAHI; Mr. Romeo G. Media of TV Net; Ms. Gemma Q. Cacas of TV Patrol; Mr. Gerald Ticke of Palawan Times; Mr. Jose M. Leuterio of Mindoro Bulletin; and Mr. Paul Jaysent Fos of Romblon News.

The week-long celebration of DSWD commemorates the establishment of the department and the dedicated employees, partners and stakeholders to the achievement of its mission, vision and goals. ### (Janina Myn Villapando)



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City Government of Calapan inks partnership with DSWD’s Listahanan

CALAPAN CITY- For the purpose of expanding the delivery of social protection programs in this city, the Local Government of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Data Sharing of list of poor households with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa.

With this agreement, Listahanan database, a mechanism of identifying poor families in need of social protection program and services, will be shared to the stakeholders.

List of non-poor and poor households or families identified from the 2015 household assessment result will be provided. Sectoral data such as senior citizens, children and youth, women, person with disability and Indigenous Peoples are also available.

“To ensure that the data is used for its intended purposes, the Local Government Unit will submit a data utilization report on how the list of poor are utilized,” Regional Coordinator Ernie Jarabejo said.

Calapan and Puerto Princesa, the two urban cities in MiMaRoPa have now both signed agreements with DSWD.

To date, 13 LGUs in Oriental Mindoro forged partnership with the Department and 78 total of MOAs from various national, local government, Civil Society Organizations and academe regionwide.

Aside from data sharing,  LGUs will support the advocacy in popularizing Listahanan in their respective areas said Jarabejo. ###

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