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New foundation for better lives

It had a scorching heat that day. Arthur, 33, and Jennelyn, 32, were inside the municipal office of Pantawid Pamilya, silently waiting. Reluctant at first, the couple showed little of their smiles. But as asked gently and pushed deeper, the goodness of their hearts emanate.

Little by little the Masalansan family from Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro recounted the changes in their lives since they became part of Pantawid Pamilya in 2008.

Family struggles

Living in a mountain is difficult. The Masalansan family attests to that. Relying on ‘kaingin’, a method of clearing land by slashing and burning bushes for cultivation, is not enough to earn for your family. Also, not owning lands to tend as farmers, Arthur and Jennelyn have to constantly rent to plant crops and with that alone diminishes the earnings they get to pay the landlords.

Before becoming part of Pantawid Pamilya, the family lived in walls sewn in sacks of rice or “tagpi-tagping bahay” as what they call it, making it more difficult for everyone especially during rainy season. They also do not have water source in their own home. They have to walk for almost 500 meters to get to their neighbor with a water pump. It was like that for the family for many years until aid came.

IMG_5189When aid came

The group where the Masalansan belongs is the Mangyan-Alangan. They resisted the assessment of the enumerators in 2008 since they have long history of protecting their domain from prospective mine conglomerates. Arthur recalls that Jennelyn together with the ‘Kuy-ays’ or elders from the tribe stopped the DSWD staff before and demanded to show proof that it is a trusted program in fear of letting mining enter their area.

True to their intentions, the program proved to help the people in need in their area and the Masalansan being included. The cash grant that they receive provided support to the family. It did not fully answer to their overall financial needs but it can afford the needs of the children. The positive impact it brought to them that even Arthur smiles when remembering it is that they were able to give additional food or allowance to their children when they now go to school.

He further said that sometimes their children would be just satisfied looking at the food stalls and they weren’t able to eat merienda like ‘banana cue’. But now, they are able to give at least 20 pesos. Arthur’s faced lit up and considered it a big deal for them. Sometimes, since they can now provide rice for their children, their allowance is allotted to buying viand at school.

When they have enough, the family is able to save. But they ensure that they have enough for their children. Jennylyn shares that they now are also able to buy multivitamins for the kids.

Livelihood to start anew

It not only the cash grants that the family is grateful for. It is also because of Pantawid Pamilya that the family was able to receive the Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) or what is now called the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). SEA-K aims to enhance the socio-economic skills of poor families through the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development.

The prioritized beneficiaries of the then SEA-K are the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. This is to assist the upliftment in the level of well-being of the beneficiaries from survival to self-sufficiency. The Masalansan was one of the families who were granted a capital.

They received a capital of 7,000 pesos and they were fortunate that Arthur’s brother-in-law offered his land to till for free. Arthur could not be more than grateful and thought that luck was really on their side. They do not have to pay for the rent of the land so when the harvest came, they got the earnings in whole.

He bought seeds of corn for 5,000 pesos and another 2,000 pesos for the fertilizers. But the capital was not enough. “Nagtrabaho pa po ako sa labas, yung arawan po kaya nakaipon pa po ako ng 1,000 at yun po ang binili ko po ulit ng abono,” narrated Arthur.

The Masalansans received the earnings of their harvest in full. They earned at around 30,000 pesos. They saved the 20,000 pesos and used it to repair their house. They are able to cement the half of their walls even just a small portion. “Kahit maliit lang, hindi na tulad ng dati na ang bubong namin ay kugon. Mahirap po kasi ‘pag umuulan,” told Arthur. For them, it has brought them a big change and motivated them to work more and better themselves.

The remaining 10,000 pesos from their first harvest were allotted for buying rice crop since it is a different planting season. Since they cannot use his brother-in-law’s land, the couple found another land they could rent. The portion was given to the land’s rent while the remaining 8,000 were allotted for the seeds and fertilizers.

While the family is doing this, they are still doing ‘kaingin’ to sustain the expenses of the family. “Sa amin naman po kasi, makapagbenta ka ng saging, may pambili ka na ng asin. Pag may talbos ka, may ulam kana,” added Nanay Jenelyn.

The hard work of Jennelyn and Arthur paid off. They were able to earn big and saved up 10,000 from that earning to fix their house again. “Hindi po kami magkakaroon ng ganung bahay kung hindi po dahil sa programa ng DSWD,” uttered Jennelyn. They now have a water pump inside their house and are planning to build a proper toilet.

A stable home is what every family wants and the Masalansans had it. It is not grand but it serves its purpose of keeping a loving family sheltered and safe.

Looking things differently

The couple smile together with their youngest and newborn child.

The couple smile together with their youngest and newborn child.

The Department did not only change the family in terms of financial capability but more importantly with their way of looking at life. With the help of the Family Development Sessions which Arthur and Jennelyn attend together, the couple changed their attitude towards things particularly in the health aspect for the children.

Noong wala pang pantawid, hindi po namin naiisip na kailangan manganak sa hospital. Takot po kami, takot. Pero ngayon hindi na,” said Arthur. He added that it is the culture of their parents to give birth in their own homes.

Pero ngayon, ang naiisip po namin, pag manganganak ay dapat sa ospital. Kung safe man sa bahay, mas safe dito sa clinic,” agreed by Arthur.

Jennelyn tells that that they are reminded during FDS that should give birth to a hospital or a clinic that is why when they had their recent sixth child, “Kahit gabi po, humanap po kami ng sasakyan para lang makarating sa clinic at hindi tulad noon na sa bahay lang,” recounted Arthur.

The lessons in those sessions change their family’s lifestyle. “Yung pagbabakuna, noong wala po yung Pantawid, takot po kami. Syempre karayom po yun. Yung magulang takot, yung bata takot din,” Arthur remembers fondly.

Dati po hindi malinis yung mga anak namin pati na rin po kaming mga magulang dahil likas po sa amin yung di po talaga kami naliligo araw-araw. Hindi nga rin po kami naghuhugas ng kamay pag kakain,” added Jennelyn. It is because of Pantawid Pamilya that the family learned to care for their hygiene and cleanliness of their surroundings.

The couple also imbibed learning the rights of children. “Dun sa karapatan ng bata, wala kaming alam dun. Pag nagagalit kami, ang alam naming, pwede naming paluin. Pero ngayon, hindi na. Alam na naming pati ng obligasyon ng mga magulang,” said Arthur.

Even their relationship as a couple was change positively because of attending the FDS. Arthur admitted that he used to drink a lot. Whenever he sees his friends, he will buy alcohol instead of food for the family.

Arthur recalled that he was suddenly awaken. “Hindi na po ako nag-iinom. Nag-isip po talaga akong mabuti. Naisip ko, nahihirapan kami. Walang pambili ng bigas, bakit ganun? Ah kasi, binibili ko ng alak at sigarilyo,” told Arthur.

A bright future

Ang pangarap ko po talaga ay makatapos ng pag-aaral ang aking mga anak. Yung magkaroon sila ng magandang buhay. Sapat na po sakin yun,” said Jennelyn.

Added Arthur, “Kami ay mahirap lamang. Isa pa, katutubo kami. Kailangan ipakita namin sa karamihan hindi lang sa katutubo, kailangan maipakita namin sa lipunan na kahit katutubo ay kaya naming mapaaral ang aming mga anak. Kaya kahit sa anong paraan ay pagsisikapan naming mapag-aral ang aming mga anak.”

The couple doesn’t want their children to experience the life they had all throughout. They never thought that they can have a good life. And it felt good.

Lubos kaming nagpapasalamat dahil noong mula po na nagkaroon kami ng Pantawid, kahit po kami ay naghihirap na ay naitataguyod namin ng maayos ang aming mga anak. Kung noon, yung kakulangan po na hindi namin naibibigay sa aming mga anak ay ngayon po kahit papaano ay naibibigay na po naming,” said Jennelyn.

Kami ay binago ng programa ng DSWD. Nagkaroon kami ng bagong pundasyon. Kumbaga sa bahay, matatag na pundasyon na hindi kayang gibain kahit anong mangyari. Sana marami pang pamilya ang matulungan at hindi lang kami,” ended Arthur.

True to its goal, the program continuous to cover more poor families since its implementation in 2008. More than 4.4 million households are now served by the program nationwide hoping to provide a new foundation for better lives just like what the Masalansan family experienced. ###


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POO Provided QRT and Election-Related Updates to Public


San Jose – Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Operations Office (POO) staff of Occidental Mindoro were invited to guest in the radio program “Para Sa Bayan” by Heart FM this morning.

POO staff provided updates and answered election-related queries about the program. Also, efforts on the on-going Quick Response Team (QRT) regarding the drought in the province were discussed.

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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 MiMaRoPa continues to share stories of change

Participants line up as they enter the venue after the parade in the town proper for the Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago launch.

Participants line up as they enter the venue after the parade in the town proper for the Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago launch.

GASAN, MARINDUQUE – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa continues its efforts in promulgating the positive changes brought in the lives of its partner-beneficiaries through the conduct of the “Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago” launching in the municipality’s covered court last August 4.

With more than 100 attendees, the activity aims to inform the public of the positive changes in the lives of the partner-beneficiaries through the convergence of the Department’s core programs – Pantawid Pamilya, KALAHI-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).  It is also a venue to inspire the participants to use their full potential and spread the message of hope and empowerment.

Totoong nakakatulong ang mga programa ng DSWD sa pag-angat ng kabuhayan ng mga benepisyaryo nito sa bayan ng Gasan, pero sana huwag iasa at sana mas lalo pa silang magpursige. Ang pamahalaan ng Gasan ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa tulong na naibigay ng DSWD,” said Mayor Vicky Lao Lim.

A presentation showcasing the accomplishments of the three core programs was also provided. Video and live testimonies of partner-beneficiaries as well as partner-agencies on the impact of the programs were shown.

Leodegario Mandac testifies on the positive changes brought by Pantawid Pamilya on his family.

Leodegario Mandac testifies on the positive changes brought by Pantawid Pamilya on his family.

Malaki ang naitulong ng Programang Pantawid sa aking pamilya, bukod sa natulungan akong pag-aralin ang pito kong anak, dati nung wala pang pantawid nasa bahay lang ako ngunit noong napasali na ako sa programa naging aktibo na ako sa iba’t-ibang gawaing pangkomunidad,” testified by Leodigario Mandac, a Person with Disability and partner-beneficiary of the program.

The Department does not only ensure convergence in the programs and services but also with other stakeholders such as the partner-agencies and local government units to create holistic development in the community.

Sinisiguro ng DSWD na walang maiiwanang mahihirap kaya ang tatlong programa ng DSWD ay nagsasanib at nakikipag-ugnayan sa ibat-ibang ahensya at sa lokal na pamahalaan upang makamtan ang tunay na pag-angat ng kabuhayan ng ating mga mahihirap na mga mamamayan,” said Domingo V. Agra, Regional Program Coordinator of SLP.

Moreover, cheques were awarded to SLP projects that day the Lamesa SEA-K of Brgy. Lamesa, Sta. Cruz and  Galing at Sipag Tungo sa Kaunlaran of Antipolo, Gasan amounting to Php255,000 and Php80,000, respectively.

A dance of the “Kaya Ko” Song was not missed in the activity together with the participation of the partner-beneficiaries and different stakeholders such as DepEd, DOH, Day Care Workers, Barangay Councils, Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns, iHELP and the local government unit. ###




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Statement by Richard Bolt, ADB’s Philippines Country Director, on Pantawid Conditional Cash Transfer Program

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) would like to address recent media reports about the Pantawid conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, that have created false impressions about how program funds have been used. ADB reiterates its full support for the program, which has helped improve the health, education and job opportunities of nearly 4.5 million poor families in the Philippines.

It is unfortunate that outdated data was used in media reports claiming that 19 billion pesos of program funds did not go to intended beneficiaries. That figure is based on a calculation drawn from outdated 2009 data—at a time when the budget for the program was much smaller—rather than the most recent 2014 budget. Initial targeting errors have been substantially reduced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with advice from ADB and other partners. It is important to note that these targeting errors did not lead to misappropriation or misuse of funds.

Since 2010, ADB has worked closely with DSWD to ensure funding goes to intended beneficiaries. ADB technical assistance has supported DSWD in implementing measures—such as a grievance redress mechanism, extra training for staff, and spot checks in the field—to improve targeting models so they exclude non-eligible families.

As part of ADB’s continuing efforts to improve the program’s effectiveness, a new round of poverty assessment processes is ongoing to update the status of beneficiary households and ensure funds are properly directed.

This program provides cash grants to poor households based on their fulfillment of  health and education related conditions. From a small pilot of 6,000 families in 2007, the program has grown rapidly to cover 4.5 million families at the end of 2014. In terms of people reached, Pantawid is now the world’s third largest CCT program after Brazil and Mexico. Rigorous impacts evaluations have shown that the program is meeting its overall objectives. Monitoring and evaluation of the program by government and partners will continue.

For participating households, Pantawid has helped to promote near-universal enrolment of elementary school-age children, reduced child labor, and improved access to pre- and post-natal care. ADB is proud to partner with and support the government on this flagship program for poverty reduction.

Reprinted from: http://www.adb.org/news/statement-richard-bolt-adbs-philippines-country-director-pantawid-conditional-cash-transfer

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DSWD holds first Livelihood Congress

Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro – More than 700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries marched in the recently conducted graduation rights of SLP Livelihood Congress in this municipality, February 26, 2015.

The congress, titled “Sama-samang Linangin Pangkabuhayan Natin” is a week-long DSWD-led capacity building activity in convergence with the local government unit of Mansalay, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Education (DepEd) and Provincial Tourism, Investments and Enterprise Development Office (PTIEDO).

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD identified more than 700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in 17 barangays for skills enhancement on various fields including: Massage and Reflexology, Tour Guiding, Agricultural Practices, Tanglad Oil Extraction, Ube Pastillas making, Buri extraction, Cosmetology, Haircutting and Fish processing.

The congress, a lecture-cum-application training taught participants of techniques, procedures and skills on their chosen field of expertise. “This is the first time that the region had this kind of simultaneous  capacity building activities, and we will surely conduct the same for other municipalities,” said Domingo V. Agra, Regional Project Development Officer of DSWD-SLP.

In his speech, Mayor Joel Malinaw said that this event is a milestone for their municipality. “Natutuwa ako dahil malaking buti ang maidudulot nito para sa ating lahat, mas mapauunlad nito ang ating pamumuhay” he added. He also announced that the municipality is working a partnership with various stakeholders to assure that employment happens for the attending beneficiaries.

“We have gone through a long process of planning and preparation for this activity, and we are thankful that all concerned stakeholders have been supportive all along,” said Fe Dimaala, Provicial Project Development Officer.

Over Php1.5M was allocated for the said event to enable provision of starte kits for each participants. ###

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MLhuillier, new partner conduit of Pantawid Pamilya in Region IV-MiMaRoPa

Beneficiaries wait in line to receive their cash grants.

Beneficiaries wait in line to receive their cash grants.

Calapan City – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa partners with MLhullier in the release of cash grants to beneficiaries. In the payout to beneficiaries held in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro last June 19, 2013, 446 households with a total amount of Php 672,000 were served.

With five staff of MLhuillier headed by Area Manager Glenn Gaunco, beneficiaries from the five barangays of Gutad, Maidlang, Navotas, Batino, and Camansihan received their cash grants. Most of the Pantawid staff agreed that MLhuillier provided a more organized and faster service compared to the previous payouts.


A beneficiary smiles at the MLhuillier teller as she receives her cash grant.

A beneficiary smiles at the MLhuillier teller as she receives her cash grant.

Municipalities of Puerto Galera and Victoria were also served by MLhuillier last June 20 and 21. There were 645 and 1,138 households with a total amount of Php 969,600 and Php 1,804,000 given in the said municipalities, respectively.  MLhuillier also conducted payouts in the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Marinduque and will serve as a partner conduit of the program for one more payout this year.

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Together, we can achieve more

Life always has its struggles. It always has its ups and downs. For Loida Hernandez, a native of Bulalacao, they may be having their place at the top.

A mother of four children, Loida, 32, lives in Brgy. Poblacion, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro and is married to Josue, 35, for 13 years. Among Loida’s siblings who also live close by, her family is considered to have nothing as attested by her neighbour. Because of the couple’s natural will to survive, they have tried every means possible to be able to provide for their family’s needs.

Loida and her children smiles as she tries to pull one of her daughters to pose with them in front of their sari-sari store.

Loida and her children smiles as she tries to pull one of her daughters to pose with them in front of their sari-sari store.

A hopeful, Loida has never ceased to believe that if they will work hard, they can go through the difficulties. She has been tested before when their eldest daughter, Krista Jane was born with hare lip. Her daughter needs to be operated right away to avoid complications. With the help of a kind-hearted priest in their church, her daughter was operated in Manila and now lives normally like other children without any difficulty or feeling inferior from others. Loida tells that Kristine Jane is an honor student and is keen in joining extracurricular activities.

To be able to provide for their needs, Loida put up a small sari-sari store in front of their house but it is not enough. In 2008, it was a blessed year for their family when Loida became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Loida recalls that the program helped her children a lot especially Krista Jane, her eldest. She joins extracurricular activities but cxbecause they have nothing much, Loida often tells her that she cannot join because they cannot afford the fare. Kristine Jane will opt to walk instead. With the Pantawid Pamilya, Kristine Jane doesn’t have to worry anymore of the expenses in school. “Importante sa kanila ang makapasok. Umiiyak ang mga bata pag hindi pinapapasok kasi walang pambaon,” said Loida.

Being a part of Pantawid Pamilya, the Hernandez was able to provide the needs of their children in school and health. They were also able to provide electricity in their home and buy small appliances for their children’s convenience.

From the stories of Loida and as testified  by the municipal link, she exhibits a great deal in savings. “Yan si Ate Loida, marunong talaga sa pera. Marunong siya magpaikot ng pera. Pag may panggastos pa sila sa mga kailangan ng mga anak, ginagamit muna niya ang sa cash grant kung saan siya pwedeng kumita,” said Irene, municipal link of Bulalacao.

The Hernandez has various means of income. However, those were only seasonal. Aside from their sari-sari store, they also plant bananas, corn, and camote in an unused and unclaimed land near their house. Since it takes time before they can harvest, her husband used their motorcycle as a mean to earn a living through what is known a pampasada. When someone needs a ride to far flung barangays or areas, Josue drives for them. They have paid partial payment for their motorcycle.

It seems that the family is doing and earning a lot but they believe it is not enough. They have to save since they are on their fifth and last year as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya. Loida thought that she can do more in order to secure her family’s future.

With a hopeful start, Loida stands beside the kalakals of her buy and sell business.

With a hopeful start, Loida stands beside the kalakals of her buy and sell business.


Loida became a beneficiary of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). SLP is a community-based program aimed at improving the socio-economic status of its participants wherein beneficiaries are thought to mobilize their savings, engage in microenterprise activities, access capital resources, or receive institutional development support. Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya are qualified to be part of the SLP as part of the convergence strategy (Pantawid Pamilya, Kalahi-CIDSS, SLP) to help the people uplift their lives. The beneficiaries made the proposals themselves as to what is the livelihood they think are best for them. In the case of Loida, she was granted a capital for her buy and sell business. She chose this kind of business because she already knows the ins and outs of it.

Loida received her grant of 10,000 pesos last March 2013 and it is payable within a year. She bought bananas and coconut with two-thirds of the money that she received and the remaining were allotted for their sari-sari store. Since there is someone who surely buys her kalakal (the products that she buys and sells at a higher price), Loida is not afraid to invest big in her business for this will surely give her big earnings as well. A good quality that Loida has is that she monitors their expenses and earnings. In this way, she can guarantee that they can pay back the money lent to them.

“Malaking bagay ang Pantawid at pati narin yung sa SLP, nakakapagnegosyo, tulong-tulong kaming mag-asawa para ma-maintain ang aming pinagkakakitaan,” told Loida. She and her husband work hard for their family. With love and will to survive, their dream of a better life is not impossible. And with programs and services intended for people like them who dreams to have more, together, they were able to do more. And surely, together, they can achieve more.


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