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DSWD MiMaRoPa to hire field staff for 2015 household assessment

MALATE, Manila– With the household assessment to be conducted this first quarter of 2015, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office MiMaRoPa is now looking for active and socially responsible staff for Listahanan.

“We are hiring project-based staff such as Area Coordinators (AC), Area Supervisors (AS) Enumerators (EN), Encoders and Verifiers that will help complete the nationwide household enumeration,” says DSWD Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

The Department is in need of 49 ACs, 246 ASs, 1,233 ENs and 190 Encoders and Verifiers who will be assigned in the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

“This is the second round of household enumeration based on the guidelines on regular updating of Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction Central Database,” Jarabejo added.

Listahanan is the department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are that started in 2009. The result from the assessment will be the basis of targeting beneficiaries for government’s social protection programs such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Social Pension Program and PhilHealth enrollment.

“They will be conducting house-to-house interviews using the departments Family Assessment Forms. Their main function is to ensure that every household in the region is covered,” said Jarabejo.

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) Team at their respective provincial office. Deadline for submission of applications will be on January 22, 2015. ###

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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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DSWD gives IT equipment for 9 municipalities in OrMin

CALAPAN City– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa through the Sustaining Intervention in Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) Project provided set of information and communication technology (ICT) equipment amounting to Php 832,000 to nine local government units (LGUs) in Oriental Mindoro last September 11, 2014.

The recipients of the said equipment are the nine SIPAG expansion areas namely: Puerto Galera, Gloria, Pinamalayan, Victoria, Baco, Roxas, San Teodoro, Roxas, Socorro, and the City of Calapan.

SIPAG is a cross-agency collaboration of DSWD, the Department of Health and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation as part of the Social Protection Support Initiative (SPSI) Project.It enables poor households in the province to improve their level of well-being through the convergent delivery of basic social services through an interoperable ICT-supported system.

Set of ICT equipment is composed of desktop computer, printer, flash drives, digital camera and mobile phone with a total amount of Php96, 000.00 per set.

Moreover, DSWD has allocated fund for internet connection until December 2014 to the said municipalities.

According to DSWD Regional Director Wilma Naviamos, the ICT equipment is part of the Department’s effort to facilitate online social case study, including:  tracking of referrals, tracking of movement in the level of well-being and faster retrieval of case details.

SIPAG was pilot-tested in 2011 in the set one areas of Oriental Mindoro.  Set one areas are municipalities with high poverty incidence based on National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) including Bansud, Bongabong, Bulalacao, Mansalay, Naujan and Pola.

Social workers of the nine expansion areas will undergo an intensive training next month to fully capacitate them for the use of the equipment particularly in the preparation of e-social case management###

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‘Balut’ vendor helps build technical vocational school building

She attends barangay assemblies and actively participates in the activities of the Project by day. And by the time it gets dark, she walks towards the pier to sell ‘balut’ until the wee hours at night.

This has been the routine of Jorivic Bautista, a resident of Barangay Dangay, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, upon the arrival of Kalahi-CIDSS.

Jorivic Bautista, a community volunteer of Kalahi, tells her experience in the CDD project.

Jorivic Bautista, a community volunteer of Kalahi, tells her experience in the CDD project.

Jorivic said that what keeps her interested in Kalahi-CIDSS is the role given to the community members that is to identify their most pressing need in the community. Likewise, the involvement of people in the implementation and monitoring of their own sub-project to address local poverty issues.

Nasayahan po talaga ako dun sa Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA). Akala noon madali lang sabihin kung ano ang talagang kailangan, pero talaga pa lang kailangan na alamin muna ang pinaka-puno ba niya, yung mismong ugat ng problema. Madami po talaga akong natutunan doon sa gawain naming iyon,” said Jorivic who also is a PSA volunteer of Kalahi-CIDSS.

A community-driven development project, Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the government’s primary poverty reduction programs.  It allows communities to decide for themselves what project they need the most. Specifically, the project highlights the participation of each individual in identifying their needs, even in the implementation of the sub-project they have identified.

When asked what made her participate in Kalahi, Jorivic shared that she finds joy in attending and participating in various activities of any kind of project that is implemented in their barangay. “Lahat sinasalihan ko kahit yung mga orientation sa munisipyo. Marami na akong nadaluhan na orientation seminar sa mga kooperatiba, sa BFAR, at sa Malampaya foundation,” she said with glee.

But more than joy, she said that she wants to know the ideals and advocacies of any project. Her passion to learn was equally driven by her want to apply the various ideas and learnings in her life. “Kumukuha ako ng ideya kung paano magpatakbo ng negosyo, kaya talagang nagpupunta ako pag may mga orientation ang mga kooperatiba.”

Her continuous involvement in Kalahi-CIDSS made her fellow residents to vote her as head of the Project Preparation Team (PPT), a committee under the sub-project management team of the barangay. “Nakita naman ng mga kasamahan ko na pursigido ako sa mga gawain kaya ako ay kanilang binoto sa posisyon na iyon,” said Jorivic. Despite her involvement in Kalahi, she manages to squeeze in her balut vending at night. She said that it is quite tiring but she will not let her family become hungry. She and her husband struggle to make their ends meet with their measly income.

Matindi ang pinagdaanan ko noon, bilang head ng PPT. Napaka-hirap gumawa ng proposal. Kasi kailangan makita doon kung bakit iyong sub-project na iyon ang kailangan ng komunidad para tugunan ang kanilang problema,” she shared.

Their community’s sub-project is a 1-unit 2-storey technical vocational school building. The said building is an addition to the Roxas Community College located in their barangay. Brgy. Dangay proposed the school building since they saw that it was the most effective solution to the increasing number of out-of-school youths in the area.

Jorivic said that many opt not to go to college because most parents cannot afford to send their children to private colleges. And even when they sent them for private schooling, they also stopped in the middle of the school year because they cannot sustain the finances on transportation and allowance. Most parents do not have a steady income as they rely on fishing and farming, which are also seasonal jobs. They have a hard time making their ends meet, as the expenses at home and at school is rather costly.

Dalawa na sa mga anak ko ang nakatapos ng kolehiyo. Sadyang napakalaki ng gastos namin noon maliit lang ang kita namin. Ang asawa ko ay nangingisda tapos ako nagbebenta ng balut, hindi namin alam kung saan kukunin ang panggastos. Kaya alam ko ang hirap ng mga magulang na mapag-aral ang anak sa kolehiyo. Ayaw man nila patigilin pero kinakailangan dahil kulang talaga sa kita,” Jorivic said.

In this light, the barangay proposed an additional school building for the community college that will offer vocational short courses for the out-of-school youth of Roxas. The residents know that this will lessen the number of out-of-school youth and the rate of unemployment in the barangay. On a positive note, the technical vocational school building will address the need for a quality education and ultimately, help provide economic opportunities to those who will finish the course. Jorivic shared that this will help many students to find better jobs, abroad or local, after they have finished.DSC01218

Jorivic further said that the school building will cater not only the barangay of Dangay, but also the other barangays in Roxas. This is seen as a solution to the problems reflected in the PSAs of several barangays. Nonetheless, it will also benefit the municipalities of Bongabong, Mansalay, and Bulalacao which are proximate to Roxas.

“Malaking tulong iyong dagdag sa community college kasi kaunti pa lamang ang mga kursong itinuturo dito. Kapag natapos maitayo ang school building, madadagdagan na ng ibang course tulad ng electronics at bookkeeping,” Jorivic added. The following courses to be offered will be certified and accredited by TESDA.

Jorivic mentions that this would not have been possible if not for the support of the barangay local government unit and the guidance of the Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team. “Saludo ako sa mga aming opisyal sa barangay dahil kasama namin sila sa proseso at hindi kami pinabayaan. Lalo na ang ACT sa patuloy na pagtulong at gabay. Natagalan man ito pero sulit din ang pagod at paghihintay dahil nakita ko ang effort ng lahat para lamang ito ay mapatupad.”

Two of Jorivic’s children have already finished college. By the time her other four children will enter college, the technical vocational school building may have other courses which her children will happily choose from.

Sobrang tuwa ko talaga dahil mauumpisahan na ang aming proyekto. Na ang lahat ng paghihirap naming mga volunteer ay unti-unti nang nababawi. Magandang umpisa ito para sa lahat sa amin hindi lang dito sa Brgy. Dangay kundi sa buong Roxas,” Jorivic tearfully said. ###




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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa organizes Convergence Information Caravan for IPs

A Convergence Information Caravan was conducted by the DSWD Region IV-MiMaRoPa last November 14, 2013 at the Parang Resort, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

The Information Caravan was held to publicize the Tatsulo, the strategic convergence of the Department’s three core programs, among the marginalized sector, specifically the Indigenous Peoples. Some 95 Mangyans from Calapan, Baco, and Naujan, participated in the activity. These Mangyans are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya. Several key staff from the Regional Office and the IHelp, a CSO partner of Pantawid Pamilya, were also present in the half-day activity.

Apart from the usual orientation on the DSWD Convergence Strategy, representatives from the offices of PhilHealth, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and the National Statistics Office were also invited to talk about the various programs and services that the IPs can avail.

For the part of the National Statistics Office, the representative discussed the process of registration for birth, marriage and death. He said that these are important to be filed so that they will have a record at their local Civil Registry. Several IPs raised their concern on the amount to be paid for the processing of documents, to which the representative said that they can secure of Certificate of Indigency from the DSWD that will certify that they have no means of paying the necessary fees.

On the other hand, the representative from PhilHealth conferred on the types of benefits that IPs can avail, specifically if they have an illness. He emphasized that they can avail the services anytime since they are Philhealth members and similarly encouraged them to maximize the use of benefits.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Of Staff Rowena Sanz, discussed the ways of how people can prevent possible danger brought about by natural calamities. She said that their office is maximizing activities like the Information Caravan to talk to more people and share knowledge on various disaster preparedness and mitigation measures. She added that they will organize a similar activity to orient the people further on the subject of disaster preparedness.

An Open Forum was held to tackle issues and concerns of the participants. ###

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Dreaming of Water

“Dati, pangarap lang [namin] ang tubig [In the past, water was just a far-off dream for us],” uttered Ms. Victoria Padullo, the barangay captain of Malitbog in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro. Her words seemed to energize the participants. Several barangay volunteers echoed in unison, and the slightly cramped room became abuzz with excitement, the people sharing their own experiences in what they deemed as the time when water was so scarce and difficult in their own barangay.

Ms. Padullo started public service in the barangay at the age of 15 when became part of the Sangguniang Kabataan. From there, she served as Kagawad, and later on as the Barangay Captain, a position she holds today. What made her pursue a career in public service is her aspiration to help her barangay, which was sorely lacking in basic services and amenities, including water, be it for drinking, washing, or cleaning.

The lack of clean water, said Ms. Padullo, has been the constant battle that has been fought early on by the barangay.

Unlike other barangays in the municipality, having clean water has long been a struggle for Malitbog. Ms. Padullo shared that although some of the residents are able to get water from a deep well, the liquid is yellowish and gives off a foul, rusty smell. Unfortunately, the residents were forced to use this for washing clothes and dishes, having left with no other choice. “Iyong mga puting damit, madilaw na pagkatapos malabhan, gawa ng tubig [White clothes turn yellow after you wash these because of the water],” Ms. Padullo said.

Even though they were forced to use the water from the deep well in washing clothes and dishes, they knew that it was not potable, so they had to buy drinking water from the Poblacion for PhP 5.00-7.00 per gallon. Those who were well-off installed water pumps in their homes.

Even though they purchased drinking water, the water in their barangay still led to health problems. Children in the barangay often suffered from diarrhea and other water-related diseases. It also fostered poor hygiene and poor sanitation, as students went to school without taking a bath.

The community was forced to bear with theis situation for several years. It was in 2006 when Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) came to their barangay that eventually changed the course of their everyday life.

Kalahi-CIDSS is an anti-poverty project implemented by the DSWD which aims to empower communities through greater participation of the people in local governance, particularly those involving poverty alleviation measures.

When Kalahi-CIDSS entered Bongabong, all 36 of its barangays of Bongabong fully participated, each village hoping that their proposed  community project will be prioritized to address their most pressing needs. Barangay Malitbog hoped that their dream of getting a water system would finally be realized.

Unfortunately, Barangay Malitbog was not prioritized in the three cycles of implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in the municipality, despite the community’s combined efforts and resources. “Talagang nakakalungkot na hindi kami nasama sa tatlong cycle na iyon para mapondohan ang aming water system sub-project [We were really sad that we were not prioritized in those three cycles to get funding for our water system sub-project],” lamented Ms. Padullo.

Ms. Padullo said that there were times in those three cycles that she prayed that the needs of the residents change so that they can stand a chance during the prioritization. Yet this was a farfetched wish, since it really was the water system that the barangay needed. “Hindi naman mababago iyon dahil iyon ang lumalalabas sa PSA, at sa proseso ng Kalahi, importante ang boses ng tao [That will not change, because that is always the concern that was always raised by the residents during the Participatory Situational Analysis. In Kalahi-CIDSS, the voice of the people is listened to],” she said.

When Bongabong was selected again to implement Makamasang Tugon, a modality of Kalahi-CIDSS, the barangay participated fully again. This time, however, they became more careful in preparing the needed documents. Picking off lessons from the earlier three cycles, Malitbog finally became one of the priorized barangays, ranking 6th during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF). The moment was so memorable for the residents of Barangay Malitbog that they jumped for joy upon finding out that their water system will finally be funded.

They waited for years for a water system. With the help of Kalahi-CIDSS, they now enjoy the sight of clean and potable water flowing from the 23 tap stands installed in the barangay.

The water system has made a difference in the lives of every families residing in Brgy. Malitbog. They won’t have to worry about water anymore, since they now have access to it.  Since the families no longer have to pay for drinking water, they are able to invest in other things, such as food and providing for their children’s needs. People bathe every day, as they are now more conscious of proper sanitation and hygiene. Ms. Precy Almarez, the Kagawad for Health and Education, also noted that there was a decrease in the number of children who are brought to the hospital due to diarrhea and water-related diseases.

The water system also brought in a new way of development for the residents.  Apart from these short-term benefits that people enjoy, the water system helped a lot in swine production, one of the industries in the barangay. Water is essential in the business because it is used in the cleaning of wastes of the pigs. Having water in the community now helped these enterprising residents. Some owners opt for accommodating a number of pigs to look after to gain a bigger profit. One resident, Ms. Emiliana Mandigma, earns a Php12,000 commission for the swine production. More people are encouraged to engage in order to have a commission, enough to provide for their family’s needs.

The community has also set up an organization to take care of their water system. The Barangay Water System Association of Malitbog collects an amount of Php20,000 a month for the operations and maintenance of the water system.

The level II water system of Malitbog incurred a total cost of Php 4,290,000.00, with a Kalahi-CIDSS grant of Php 3,375,659.24. The sub-project benefited 576 households, of which all are residents of Barangay Malitbog. The sub-project was completed last December 2012.

Barangay Malitbog knows that access to clean water is not something they can take for granted. Having water in the community has brought them far from the situation they were previously in. Today, they exude with vibrancy, because clean water is no longer a far-off dream for them. ###



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