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SICAD: Poverty alleviation through convergent and strategic implementation of SPPs

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The OrMin Provincial Government awards core housing program to beneficiaries.

Oriental Mindoro is an image of a tropical paradise ranging from its famous white beaches, crystal clear water to green forests covering regal mountains. With its natural beauty, the province has much to offer in terms of tourism and other economic opportunities covering 14 municipalities and one city.

Despite of these great features, a truth lies beneath the province’s socio-economic status. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Listahanan 2009 province-wide assessment revealed 73,878 poor households in Oriental Mindoro putting it 2nd in rank in MiMaRoPa provinces with the highest number of   identified poor. This statistics shows that regardless of government efforts to address economic difficulties, the war on poverty remains a big challenge.

The SICAD Project

 To deal with this challenge, the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro (PGOM) through its current Governor, Alfonso V. Umali, a flagship reform program known as Strategic Intervention and Community-focused Action towards Development (SICAD) was implemented. It is a response mechanism and convergence strategy to synchronize the implementation of local Social Protection Programs (SPPs) of attached government agencies and private sectors in reducing poverty.

SICAD approach targets to improve access on government resources and services; as well as sustainable management of resources and institutional collaboration.  This initiative simply involves convergent delivery of interventions to communities alongside employing the triumvirate processes of change to alleviate poverty, eradicate social inequality and ensure sustainable resource use and management.

Moreover, SICAD aims to: (1) reduce poor number of poor families in Oriental Mindoro; (2) intensify the targeting mechanism of ‘who and where the poor are’; and (3) have a concrete coordination among social protection agencies for better delivery of programs and services to Mindoreños.

Identifying who and where the poor are

PGOM had difficulties in managing the information system. The process of selecting real poor was a big question and the uncoordinated delivery of local programs is another issue. In 2011, Listahanan database (list of names of poor families) was shared to the provincial government under the Memorandum of Agreement on data sharing through which inaccuracies and duplications of beneficiaries’ records and memberships were validated. Thus, identification of beneficiaries became easy, quick and relevant.

Dahil sa Listahanan, madaling tukuyin kung sino at nasaan ang mga nangangailangan kaya mas napapabilis ang pagbibigay ng kaukulang tulong para sa mga mahihirap,” said Provincial Welfare and Development Officer, Teresita A. Umbao.  The DSWD database was utilized in the implementation of localized social protection programs under SICAD intensification.

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PGOM on confirmation of scholars.

 SICAD Gains

Under this flagship reform strategy, programs and projects on education, health and medical services, livelihood programs and other social services are implemented. The Paaralan para sa Kalibliban (PPSaKA), is a continuing program of PGOM in coordination with the Department of Education hires annually contractual teachers for deployment to public schools in far-flung communities. Also, Integrated Scholarship Program to value the significance of education was employed. To date 909 Listahanan identified-poor are covered under this grant. Aside from the regular scholarship aids, short educational assistance through Pang-alalay sa Edukasyon are also offered to indigents totaling to 563 high school and college students.  These address the problems of illiteracy and inadequacy in number of teachers in rural public schools. Scholarship assistance was prioritized for intellectually capable students and those who have the aptitude for technical skills training but cannot pursue higher education due to financial constraints.  This democratizes the opportunities to access on free education for the Mangyans, an Indigenous People (IP) in Mindoro.

The lack of health facilities and limited access to medical services are among common social problems encountered.  In fact, Listahanan data recorded 126, 768 households in the province having no access to health facility. This prompted the continuous provision of medical care activities encompassing free-consultation, minor surgeries, dental services, and free on-the-counter medicines.  Nonetheless, PGOM has enrolled 86,000 poor families to Philippine Health Insurance Cards. The achievement of a universal Philhealth coverage with reliable data source of beneficiaries in the province is accounted through maximizing Listahanan data.

On the other hand, about 28,000 houses in Oriental Mindoro were made of light materials and some 30,000 households have no toilet facilities. This alarming truth motivates the local government in the implementation of Core Housing Program (CHP) and emergency shelter assistance. To date, 352 families received shelter assistance and 69 families for CHP.

Ang tulong pinansyal mula sa lokal na pamahalaan ay malaki ang naiambag para madagdagan ang puhunan ko sa aking pagnenegosyo,” said   Leona Quinzon of Calapan, beneficiary of PGOM livelihood program.

Employment is one of the basic factors toward economic development.  According to DSWD database 64,458 individuals (15 years old and above) are unemployed that largely contribute to the magnitude of poor households. In response, Livelihood Assistance Programs is created through interventions from the local government units. The result 148 beneficiaries of livelihood programs for   senior citizens, 38 beneficiaries for Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) Programs and 65 recipients for SEA for IPs.

Convergence Impact

SICAD converges and aligns the resources and competencies of the stakeholders by creating the necessary mechanisms, including structure and systems, that can push for tripartite cooperation in the area.  In this effort, it provides access to short-term demand-driven skills intended for under-privileged beneficiaries for entrepreneurial and self-employment capacities. For instance, the PGOM has ‘Sanayang Entrepreneur’, a short-term intensive training program to develop entrepreneurial skills. The training includes agricultural entrepreneurship intended to prepare beneficiaries for self-employment.

The convergence of social welfare programs which includes the localized Philhealth, Self-Employment Assistance, shelter assistance and core housing project, scholarship aids and other short-term initiatives of the provincial government effectively address the problem on poverty. Thus, the province of Oriental Mindoro adheres in the government’s unified goal of leaving no one behind. ###

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Department of Social Welfare Region IV – MiMaRoPa Typhoon Ruby Disaster Response Advisory

As of December 07, 2014, 3:00 AM

MALATE, Manila— The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV- MiMaRoPa has already prepositioned more than 5,000 family food packs containing canned goods,  noodles and more than  900 cavans of  rice at the regional office to be delivered  in areas that may be hit by typhoon Ruby.

The Department also provided advanced stockpile for Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces totaling to 31,496 food packs.

As of this writing, 143 evacuation centers across the region were activated catering 1,862 families with 8,510 individuals.

The Department is now ensuring the safety of families in  evacuation centers and enough supplies of food in coordination with the local government units.

Typhoon Ruby is expected to make land fall in MiMaRoPa areas on Monday according to PAGASA.###

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Listahanan joins 2014 PSQ


Participants of this year’s Philippine Statistics Quiz held in Calapan City.

CALAPAN City- The Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa has joined the 23rd Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) – Regional Level last November 13, 2014 in this city.

PSQ is an annual activity of the Philippine Statistics Authority in accordance with the statistics month celebration.  Fourteen   said  students coming from different colleges and universities regionwide participated in the said quiz.

DSWD, as this the vice-chair of the PSQ committee has allocated  Php30,000.00 for the cash prizes of winners.

This year’s champion is a Bachelor of Secondary Education student from Marinduque State College, Roel M. Rey who will also represent MiMaRoPa at the national quiz next month.

Different government agency representatives participated in this activity namely: Department of  Public Works and Highways, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine National Police and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Representatives from local government units have also joined. ###


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One of our own: Empowering IPs as facilitators

There is this infectious pride that comes among people in a certain community when one of their own makes it big somehow. That somehow, if one of them becomes successful, becomes the success of the whole community. Filipinos are like that, taking pride in every one who makes a difference – just like in the case of the municipality of Mamburao, as anyone would not contest, where an initiative has made a leap to educate the indigenous people (IP).

Mamburao is one of the 11 municipalities covered by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the province of Occidental Mindoro. Out of the 1,847 registered grantees as of April 2014, 170 (160 male and 10 female) belong to IPs under the Mangyan ethnic group Iraya. Staying true to its figures, they are a minority but it doesn’t stop them from stepping out and making a move to make their lives better.

Since 2011, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Mamburao has been providing assistance to its poorest families to cope up with their daily struggle in meeting the family’s basic needs particularly on health and education of their children. Aside from the monetary assistance, the conduct of the Family Development Session (FDS) is one of core features of the program as this provides discussions on responsible parenthood and other community related concerns.

However, with the limited number of facilitators, there is a difficulty in conducting the monthly FDS to 57 cluster groups in the municipality. It was also a challenge to the Municipal Link, the program’s frontline staff in the municipality, and the facilitator from the International Engagement for Life and Progress (IHELP), the program’s civil society organization (CSO) partner, to effectively conduct FDS among the indigenous peoples because of limited knowledge on their culture and beliefs.

An IP volunteer-facilitator leads an opening prayer to start their Family Development Session in Sitio Talapa, Barangay Talabaan, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

An IP volunteer-facilitator leads an opening prayer to start their Family Development Session in Sitio Talapa, Barangay Talabaan, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

Owing to these challenges, the Pantawid Pamilya staff in Mamburao together with the IHELP partners came up with the IP-to-IP approach last April 2013. With this strategy, selected IPs were trained and tapped as facilitators for FDS especially in IP communities. Volunteer-facilitators were provided in-depth knowledge on the program and technical sessions on basic facilitation skills by the municipal link and IHELP District Coordinator, Mr. Leon Falla from April to September 2013. There are now a total of 14 trained volunteer-facilitators of which seven (six male and one female) are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. These facilitators were originally affiliated to different Christian Churches in Mamburao and were tapped by IHELP District Coordinator as their volunteer-facilitators and underwent IHELP orientation seminar.

The volunteer-facilitators were assigned to different cluster groups. They have contributed to the conduct of FDS in their respective areas and have been providing inspiration to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries since October 2013. Topics they have facilitated include responsible parenthood and IP culture.

One of the IP volunteer-facilitators, Mr. Anghel Masangkay, was able to facilitate one session of FDS with non-IP beneficiaries. Fredelito Balquin, a non-IP member, said that his perception on IPs changed because of Mr. Masangkay. “Marami akong magagandang aral na napulot sa kanya bilang isang ama” (I have learned a lot from him), shared Mr. Balquin. According to him, the IP volunteer-facilitator served as an inspiration to him as a father. Ms. Irene T. Ramirez, a parent leader, said that she is very happy for Mr. Masangkay since despite being an IP, he was able to provide clear explanations during the FDS session. She was able to learn a lot from him especially on their topic about having good parent-children relationship.

A cluster group of beneficiaries strike a pose together with their IP volunteer-facilitator and municipal link after the conduct of Family Development Session (FDS). The cluster group continues to attend FDS in the belief that it will help them change their lives.

A cluster group of beneficiaries strike a pose together with their IP volunteer-facilitator and municipal link after the conduct of Family Development Session (FDS). The cluster group continues to attend FDS in the belief that it will help them change their lives.

This strategy not only answered the need for additional number of facilitators for FDS but also provided a venue for our indigenous peoples to express their potentials as leaders. This is also one way of strengthening the capabilities of our indigenous peoples with knowledge, skills and attitude on facilitating. Through the IP-to-IP approach, members of the minorities now take part in the society where they are respected and where everyone recognizes their full potential and rights as indigenous peoples is promoted.

It is true that the program is designed to provide cash assistance, but it is far way more than just the money. With what the people in Mamburao did, they turned a challenged into an opportunity to empower their own, hoping that this will provide them better discussions in the future, and better lives in turn.


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DSWD MiMaRoPa to hire field staff for special validation

MALATE, MANILA- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa is now hiring eight (8) Area Supervisors and 39 Enumerators who will be assigned in the five island provinces of MiMaRoPa to complete the special validation of senior citizens this April 2014.

DSWD needs three (3) enumerators (EN) in Marinduque; five (5) EN and two (2) Area Supervisors (AS) in Occidental Mindoro; eight (8)  EN and one (1) AS in Oriental Mindoro; 18 EN and four (4) AS in Palawan and five (5) and one (1) AS in Romblon province.

“We are accepting at least college graduate, with good social communication skills and physically fit applicants,” says Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Special validation aims to validate the poverty status of 5,652 Social Pension recipients, a DSWD program that provides Php500.00 monthly stipends to indigent senior citizens aged 77 years old and above.  This regionwide activity will be spearheaded thru Listahanan- the Department’s targeting mechanism of identifying ‘who and where the poor are.’

“Enumerators will be paid Php30.00 per form while Area Supervisors will earn Php19, 000.00 for one month,” Jarabejo added.

The said staff will be conducting house-to-house interviews using the Department’s Family Assessment Forms (FAF) to ensure that target social pensioners will be enlisted.

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) offices in Mindoro, Marinduque, Palawan and Romblon provinces.

For questions, call (02) 336-8106 local 303 or visit the Listahanan Facebook page, www.facebook.com/listahanan.official. ###

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Poor households in MiMaRoPa use unsafe drinking water

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa reveals that there are 98,663 or 41 percent of poor households that has no access to safe drinking water in the region.

The province of Romblon has 6,814 poor households using unsafe drinking water, Oriental Mindoro has 18,741 households and 15,056 households in Occidental Mindoro. On the other hand, Palawan has the most number with 548, 59 poor households while Marinduque has least number with 3,193 households.

Listahanan, the Department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are shows that 26 percent of the identified poor households get their main source of drinking water from the dug well. Moreover, another 12 percent of the poor households use water from the spring, river and stream while less than one percent of poor household’s source of drinking water comes from collected rainfall.

To face the crisis, the Department of Health (DOH) thru the Center for Health Development (CHD) MiMaRoPa is dedicated to reduce poverty and ensure sustainable access to safe water thru the implementation of the Provision of Water Supply also known as the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Sa Lahat  (Salintubig) Program.

“The Salintubig is a program that is designed to provide water supply systems for the waterless municipalities, barangays, health centers, and resettlements sites and enhance the capacity of the water service providers in the planning and operation of water supply facilities,” says  Sheila Talvan, DOH IV-MiMaRoPa Sanitary Engineer.

“The use of unsafe drinking water gives a high risk of water borne diseases,” Talvan added.

As a response intervention, the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) has served ­74 barangays regionwide with potable water facilities sub-projects. Kalahi-CIDDS is the government’s flagship poverty alleviation implemented by the DSWD that aims to empower the communities through greater participation of the people in local governance, particularly those involving poverty alleviation measures.###

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