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Sec. Soliman visits Pantawid Parent Leaders in Palawan




Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman led the Parent Leaders Dialogue on May 1, 2016  in Puerto Princesa City and Narra Palawan.  Activity aims to  know and address the issues and concerns of Pantawid Parent Leaders and to inform them of the status of Conditional Cash Transfer Bill.


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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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Taytay Seaweeds awarded ‘Best SLP Association’ in PANATA ko sa Bayan Ceremony

In Photo (from left to right): Domingo V. Agra, Sustainable Livelihood Program Head; Wilma D. Naviamos, CESO III, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV MiMaRoPa Regional Director; Corazon ‘Dinky’ J. Soliman, DSWD Secretary; Jerson Lopez, Taytay Seaweeds Association President.

As Department of Social Welfare and Development marks its 65th anniversary, various Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, local and international partner stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations have been recognized for their invaluable support and selfless commitments to the vision and mission of the Department.

The PANATA Ko Sa Bayan Award acknowledges the efforts of the individuals, groups and organizations whose panata or vow is to share their resources, time and selves in providing for a better opportunity for the disadvantaged sectors.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program ‘Taytay Seaweeds’ of the DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa was awarded as the Best Sustainable Livelihood Program Association.

The Panata Ko Sa Bayan Awarding Ceremony was held last January 28, 2016 at Asian Institute Management Conference Center, Makati City.

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RD Naviamos awarded in Gawad Kalasag

Gawad Kalasag PhotoThe Regional Gawad Kalasag Awarding Ceremony was held last January 15, 2016 at Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon City.

The Office ofCivil Defense Region IV- MiMaRoPa as the executive arm of Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recognized the outstanding performance of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils, Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committees, Civil Society Organizations, Government Emergency Management, Volunteers Organizations, Individuals who have shown acts of heroism during disaster and other major stakeholders who render exemplary contributions in promoting and implementing significant DRRM-Climate Change Adaptation programs and innovations that build community resiliency.

Director Wilma D. Naviamos of DSWD IV- MiMaRoPa was one of the awardees in the individual category, being at the forefront in providing assistance to those affected by Typhoon Nona. Sheila S. Tapia, DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Disaster Focal, received the award in behalf of RD Naviamos.

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IP victims of ST Yolanda awarded livelihood grants in San Teodoro, OrMin


Carabao 1- Igna Dante

Dante Igna receives a carabao from DSWD Sustainable livelihood Program.

SAN TEODORO, Oriental Mindoro– Last January 14, 2016, ten Indigenous Peoples (IPs), who were victims of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’, in Barangay Caagutayan in this municipality were awarded with Livelihood Assistance Grants by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-MiMaRoPa Sustainable Livelihood Program (DSWD-SLP).

Livelihood Assistance Grants are in the form of working animals such as nine carabaos, wherein one of the beneficiaries opted to replace it instead for 20 heads of goats and 10 heads of chickens to be raised for production and meat purposes. Cost of carabao is Php 25,000.00 per head.

This activity is part of the continuing rehabilitation and restoration efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The cost of assistance initially extended was Php 250,000.00 disbursed from the Foreign/Local Cash/Cheque Donation Funds out of the Php 1,093,000.00 downloaded in the municipality to assist thirty six  typhoon victims.  Other support extended are in the form of motorized banca, fish nets, fishing gears, trade, and commerce and service projects.

Those who were given one head of carabao were also assisted by the Municipal Agriculture Office in registering the ownership of their livestock.

It is a blessing in disguise that the livelihood assistance grants were provided to them after another strong typhoon, Typhoon ‘Nona’, which hit Oriental Mindoro last December 14, 2015.

Each recipients were grateful for the assistance extended to them. “Maraming salamat po sa DSWD, makakapaghanap buhay na ulit kami dahil napalitan na ang nawala naming mga kalabaw,’’ said IP Dante Igna.  ###






























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Yaman sa Pusod ng Karagatan ng Taytay Palawan




Isa si Minelanyo Sama sa mga napaunlad ang buhay dahil sa programang pagseaweeds farming na kaloob ng DSWD-SLP

Sa malakristal na karagatan ng Taytay Palawan masasalamin ang isang komunidad na punong-puno ng pagkakaisa at pagbabayanihan. Kasabay ng bawat hampas ng alon sa dalampasigan ang lutong at saya ng kanilang tawananan. Ayon sa mga taga Taytay, isang kayamanan ang tunay na nagbubuklod sa kanila: ang Seaweeds.

Higit na pinasigla ang grupo dahil sa matabil na dila, matalas na pag-iisip at maliksing pangangatawan ng kanilang lider, Minelanyo Sama, pangulo ng Pamantolon Small Commuity Farmers Association.

Siya ang inspirasyong itinuturing sa kanilang komunidad, ang ama at modelo ng kanilang asosasyon.

Paglalayag tungo sa kaunlaran

Ang paglalayag ni Minelanyo tungo sa kaunlaran ay punong-puno ng malalaking alon. Alon na sumubok sa kaniyang paninindigan at pananalig sa poong may kapal.  Hanggang sa huli, naniniwala siya na ang hirap sa buhay na kanilang nararanasan ay panandalian lamang at ang kinabukasang puno ng saya at kasaganaan ay makakamtan din nila.

Dati ng nagsi-seaweeds farming si Minelanyo ngunit dahil sa kakulangan ng sapat ng kaalaman at pagsasanay sa tamang pagseaweeds farming, hirap na mapalago ang kanilang negosyo. Araw-araw, matinding pagsubok ang kanilang kinakaharap upang makapagpunla at makapag-ani ng maayos na seaweeds.  Halos magkandakuba na at maging uling ang balat mairaos lamang ang isang buong araw.

“Bago pa po dumating ang SLP ay nagseaweeds na kami. Kaya lang po matumal ang aming kita noon,” malungkot na sambit ni Minelanyo.

Habang nagsasalaysay ng kaniyang buhay, walang humpay ang kaniyang pagngiti. Ngunit sa likod ng matamis na ngiti sa kaniyang labi ang nangingilid na luha sa kaniyang mga mata. Patunay na pinipili lamang niyang magpakasaya sa kabila ng hirap na kaniyang natatamasa.

“Isang kahid isang tuka po talaga kami. Madalas pahirapan kung saan kukunin ang pampakain sa aming pamilya at pampaaral sa aming mga anak,” sambit ni Minelanyo.

Araw-araw, nanalangin siya at ang kaniyang pamilya na magkaroon ng oportunidad upang higit na mapaunlad ang kanilang buhay. At isang araw, kasabay ng bukang liwayway ang isang magandang balitang hatid ng Kapitan ng Kanilang Barangay, Edilberto Y. Felizarte.

“ Sa tulong po ni Kapitan, nakilala po namin ang SLP at ang kanila pong mga proyekto, lalo na ang seaweeds. Laking tulong po talaga,” maligayang sambit ni Minelanyo.

Kaunlaran kasabay ng bukang liwayway

Nagsimula ang proyektong Seaweeds Production ng Sustainable Livelihood Program noong 2013. Ito ang proyektong pinili ng DSWD-SLP dahil sa naaayon ang kanilang lokasyon sa pagpapalago ng seaweeds. Ang Taytay Palawan ay bihirang daanan ng bagyo, may malawak na reef areas at malawig na marine coastlines.

Upang higit na mapaunlad ang kaalaman at kasanayan sa akmang pagseaweeds farming, sumailalim sa anim (6) na araw na training ng SLP sina Minelanyo kasama ang kanilang mga kaasosasyon. Ang pagsasanay na ito ay ibinahagi ng Department of Agriculture, Bureaus of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Regional Fisheries Training Center Palawan at DSWD-SLP.

Napakalaking tulong na naidulot ng pagsasanay ng seaweeds production para kina Minelanyo. Sa tulong ng training, higit na napayabong nila ang kanilang negosyo. Ang dating suntok sa buwan na pagpupunla at pag-aani ay nagkaroon na ng sistema. Nabigyan din sila ng mga tools at equipment na magagamit upang higit na mapabilis ang kanilang pagtatrabaho.

Bukod pa rito, nabigyan din sila ng oporutnidad upang makabili ng kanilang sariling bangka na gingagamit nila sa seaweeds farming. Sa ngayon, anim (6) na bangka na ang pagmamayari ng dalawang asosasyon ng mga seaweeds farmers.

“Laking tulong po. Ngayon po, mas marami na kaming naani dahil sa training namin sa SLP hindi po tulad dati na sobrang tumal talaga ng ani dahil sa maling gawi namin. Mayron na rin po kaming anim na bangka na resulta ng aming pagsisikap,” maligayang sambit ni Minelanyo.

Pagbusilak ng buhay dahil sa seaweeds farming

            Ang seaweeds ang itinuturing na kayamanan ng mga taga Taytay Palawan. Ito ang kanilang pangunahing pinagkikitaan at pinagkukunan para sa kanilang araw-

araw na pamumuhay gayundin ang mga inaasam na mga materyal na bagay. Nagisislbi rin itong libangan at pagkakataon upang higit na mapatibay ang samahan ng komunidad. Kadalasan, si Minelanyo ang pangunahing nagpupulong sa mga kasapi ng kanilang asosasyon upang magtrabaho kasabay ng masaya at malalim na huntahan.

“Dahil sa pagseaweeds, nagkaroon na sila ng mga motor, mga telebisyon at nakapagpaaral na ng mga anak.”


Patuloy na pagyabong ng pangarap

            Malaki na ang naitulong ng DSWD-SLP, ngunit patuloy pang nangangarap si Minelanyo sa higit na mas maaliwalas na pamumuhay. Ayaw niyang habang buhay umasa sa mabibigay ng gobyerno.

“Pangarap ko po na magkaroon na kami ng sarili naming market. Isa po sa mag hindrance nito yung nasasakal kami ng mga middle man. Sana po kami na ang magkron na sariling market. Sa locality namin, kami na po sana ang manguna,” sambit ni Minelanyo habang nakatingin sa himpapawid.


Bukod pa rito, malaki rin ang malasakit niya sa buong komunidad ng seaweeds farming. Iniisip ni Minelanyo ang kapakanan ng komunidad lalo na tuwing may kalamidad.

“ Dumarating ang mga kalamidad sa atin. Kaya pangarap ko na magkaron kami ng sariling Integrated Community Disaster Preparedness Program. Kailangan din ng seaweeds na may disaster preparedness at equipment din.”

Para kay Minelanyo, mahalaga ang preparedness hindi lamang sa seaweeds farming ganun din sa buhay natin.

Nang tinanong kung ano ang itunuturing niyang kayamanan, ito ang kaniyang makahulogang sambit, “ Ito (ang pagsiseaweeds) ang pinakamalaking kayamanan na bigay ng Diyos. Yun bang hindi na ikaw magdukal ng lupa. Ito nakadesinyo na. Yung pagtataniman mo, nakalatag na. Ito po ang pinamatuturing kong kayamanan.” ###






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Development Partners Hold a Joint Implementation Support Mission in Region IV-Mimaropa

Manila, Philippines – KALAHI-CIDSS IV-MiMaRoPa successfully staged the fourth Joint Implementation Support Mission in Busuanga and Coron, Palawan last October 6 – 9, 2015. This is part of the regular activity conducted by the development partners jointly with the key officials of KALAHI-CIDSS and national government agencies (NGAs) in order to determine if covenants and performance targets are being met. This collaborative effort is a milestone in the pursuit of mainstreaming community-driven development in the region.

The mission team was comprised of Leonardo Paat of World Bank; Joel Mangahas, Yukiko Ito and Jane Austria-Young of Asian Development Bank (ADB); Edwin Concepcion and Evelyn Diezmo of Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR); Raul Alamis of Department of Health (DOH); Edelito Sumangil of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP); Rodrigo Emag, Sr. of National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC); and Benilda Redaja, Jay Aribbay, Rannon Padriano, Joyce Palacol, Bessie Magtangob, Sylvia Nachura and Regina Jezika Escudero from the National Program Management Office (NPMO). Participants were split into two groups to simultaneously interview stakeholders in four barangays of the municipality of Busuanga and Coron.

The mission kicked off with a dialogue with the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC) members of municipality of Busuanga, led by Vice-Mayor Elizabeth Cervantes. This was immediately followed with an on-site visit to Brgy. New Busuanga and Brgy. Quezon for an open forum with the barangay officials and community volunteers. On the next day, the team visited Brgy. Cabugao and Brgy. Lajala in Coron. A focus group discussion with the MIAC members, led by Municipal Assessor Reynario Labrador, was also conducted.

National Program Manager Benilda Redaja commended the strong involvement and participation in the communities. She added, “They demonstrated strong ownership over their sub-project and effectively articulated not just how it responds to their need but how it links up to other priorities and funding opportunities.”

KALAHI-CIDSS is a DSWD program that seeks to alleviate poverty using the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach as its over-all community development approach and strategy. The CDD approach ensures that development priorities are addressed in a participatory, collective, inclusive, and in demand-driven way. This is done through localized decision-making during social preparation activities, and in the identification, development, prioritization, establishment, and operationalization of community projects. ###

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Gateway to a brighter future


Blessing of the building after the ribbon cutting ceremony

Blessing of the building after the ribbon cutting ceremony

Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, known as a temporary stop for travelers headed for the white sand beaches of Boracay Island, have earned the title “Gateway to paradise” for its Port of Roxas which provides a fairly less expensive way  to reach Caticlan.

In the coming years however, Roxas will no longer be recognized just as a transitory passage to beautiful places, but a path towards greater opportunities and possibilities for growth and learning.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) granted more than P5 Million to the community of Brgy. Dangay. Together with the local government of Roxas and Brgy. Dangay, they constructed a two-storey technical vocational school building for the Dangay Community College. The project, which started in 2012, was recently inaugurated and turned-over to the local government.


Hon. Jackson Cinco Dy, Mayor of Roxas Oriental Mindoro and DRPM Irene Roque applauding the presentation of the barangay during the inauguration and turn-over event

Brgy. Dangay is one of the 20 barangays in the municipality of Roxas, with almost eight hundred households. According to a situational analysis, interrelated problems in the locality were identified as the leading causes of poverty in the area. One of these is increasing number of out of school youth.

There are approximately 207 out of school youth in Brgy. Dangay alone. Because of the lack of permanent sources of income and the seasonal livelihoods such as farming and fishing, parents are not able to sustain their children’s education. Other students choose to seek employment in other places to be able to lighten their parents’ burden of earning enough money for the family.

Some students who are fortunate enough to attend college have to travel to neighboring towns, which only adds to the family’s expenses. The few private colleges in Roxas, on the other hand, require expensive tuition fees. On both cases, many students are still drop out and are unable to graduate because of financial troubles.

Recognizing their need, the community proposed the construction of an additional two-storey school building where students will be trained on technical vocational courses such as welding, electronics, and bookkeeping. According to Roxas Vice Mayor, Hon. Violeta L. Dimapilis, “Ito ay pundasyon na magagamit ng mga kabataan na nagnanais na mapagtapos sa pagaaral (This will be the foundation for the youth who are aspiring to finish their studies)”.

Because the youth of Roxas and nearby municipalities will finally have access to affordable and quality education, the sub-project will consequently provide economic opportunities to graduates of the courses. “Five years from now, we may encounter professionals and ask them where they graduated and they would tell us, from Dangay Community College, by Kalahi-CIDSS” said Irene Roque, Deputy Regional Program Manager (DPRM) of Kalahi-CIDSS MiMaRoPa.

The “Inauguration and Turn-over Ceremony of Kalahi CIDSS Subproject” was held last September 28 at the Dangay Community College. The volunteers, Area Coordinating Team and the local government all expressed their joy in the realization of the sub-project. Vice Mayor Dimapilis also conveyed her utmost appreciation to the Kalahi-CIDSS program and to everyone who exerted effort for the project and especially for the people who have been involved since the very beginning until its completion.


The Area Coordinating Team together with the Barangay officials and Kalahi-CIDSS staff

DPRM Roque also thanked the team saying, “kayo ang tunay na naglilingkod sa ating bansa (You are the true servants of our country)”. She also added that the Kalahi-CIDSS program in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, would not be possible without the cooperation of the municipal and barangay LGUs and other partners.

The lack of a public college is one of the most pressing problems of the Brgy. Dangay and all the other barangays in Roxas. The local government will also be providing scholarships for students who aspire to finish their studies and are in need of financial assistance.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development. Community-Driven Development (CDD) puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves. ###

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