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Pantawid beneficiaries of Santa Cruz Marinduque receive payout

Pantawid beneficiaries of Santa Cruz, Marinduque in queue to receive cash grants for February-March and April-May


Santa Cruz, Marinduque –    On July 28, 2017, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries from the 55 barangays of Santa Cruz, Marinduque gathered in Sta. Cruz Multi-purpose Hall to receive their cash grants for February-March and April-May.

Through the help of the Marinduque Social Action Multi-purpose Cooperative (MASAMCO), which served as one of the conduits of the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) in Marinduque, a total of 14,200,300 pesos was released during the payout— 9,031,800 pesos from P1 of 2017 and 5,186,500 from P2 of 2017.

The delay of payout from the month of February was due to the search for new conduit of LBP, which will help the bank in the distribution of cash grants to areas which has limited LBP branch. The termination of contract of the former conduits  had delayed the process of the distribution for beneficiaries without LBP Cash Card or First Consolidated Bank-Pitakard.  ###


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MAT Bulalacao organizes Umabang Youth Summit

Pantawid youth beneficiaries enjoying their team building activity at the Umabang Youth Summit

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Municipal Action Team (MAT) in Bulalacao organized the Umabang Youth Summit for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program youth beneficiaries as part of its Youth Development Session (YDS) on June 15-16, 2017.

Held in Sitio Umabang, Brgy. Benli, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, the activity is supported by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bulalacao in partnership with the rural Health Unit (RHU) as well as the Barangay Council of Benli and the 4th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

On June 2, 2017 MAT-Bulalacao established the Umabang Youth for Development (UYD), an organization that uphold rights of the youth, preserve culture of the Hanunuo, promote education, increase awareness in the prevention of teenage pregnancy and substance abuse, and serve as a venue for training and employment. The youth summit is the first activity of the organization in achieving its goal.

Philippine Army discussing leadership to the youth

MAT-Bulalacao invited Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from six other sitios near Umabang to attend the youth summit such as Sitio Hamloy, Sito Bantiano, Sitio Balagway, Sitio Balang, Sitio Laag, and Sitio Pa-oy. A total of 271 youth and parent beneficiaries attended the two-day activity including LGU officers, representatives from the 4th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, RHU staffs, and faculty of Umabang Elementary School and Benli National High School – Umabang Extension.

On the first day of the youth summit, a youth development session (YDS) was conducted with topics on mind and emotions, health and personal hygiene, and teenage pregnancy. After the YDS, a cooking contest was organized to showcase their native food nilupak. The activity, called Nilupak Festival, was initiated by Municipal Administrator Ronald Punzalan to engage beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya to participate in making nilupak na balinghoy and nilupak na saging. According to him, “magandang naupisahan natin ang mga ganitong simpleng program para sa kabataan at para sa mga magulang, mas matutunan pa ng mga tao na pahalagahan ang mga simpleng kultura na hindi dapat mawala gaya ng ambahan at lupakan (it is laudable that we start simple program like this for the youth and their parents for them to appreciate and preserve our culture like ambahan and lupakan).”

Youth beneficiaries during  YDS

After the morning and afternoon activities, participants were gathered for a film showing of the movie “Moana” with the aim of promoting gender equality among tribal leadership. When the film ended, elders formed a small group to recite the Ambahan, a traditional poetry of Hanunuo Mangyans.

The second day was filled with team building activities which was facilitated by Corporal Alvin Flores to demonstrate discipline, sportsmanship and leadership for the youths. To cap off the event, a closing ceremony was held after the team building, where certificates of recognition and appreciation were given to parent leaders, community leaders, and winners of each activity.

“Malaki po ang naitulong sa aming kaalaman ng mga pinag-aralan namin, mas magiging maayos na lider pa kami ng kabataan dito sa Umabang at para sa bayan ng Bulalacao (the knowledge we have gained from these lessons help us to become a better youth leader in Umabang and the whole municipality of Bulalacao),” said Vice President of UYD Lalaine Malucon. The Umabang Youth Summit is a jump start program of the Municipality of Bulalacao to provide for the youth, which they aim to replicate to all barangays of the municipality. ###


Written by: John Vincent A. Gasmin
Edited by: Maria Alyssa L. Esguerra

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Pantawid Pamilya conducts PL Training Level II

Parent leaders of Romblon on the second-day of their training listening to discussion of module

After 3 weeks of conducting separate trainings in the provinces of MiMaRoPa, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ended its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program’s Skills Enhancement for Parent Leaders as Program Advocates (PL Level II Training) in Palawan on May 5, 2017.

A total of 168 parent leaders from the five provinces of the region attended the training, with 26 participants in Occidental Mindoro, 36 participants in Oriental Mindoro, 18 participants in Marinduque, 36 participants in Romblon, and 52 participants in Palawan.

The training aims to equip parent leaders with knowledge and skills in becoming program advocates or information disseminator to confidently and effectively speak about the program for better appreciation and understanding of Pantawid and non-Pantawid partners. The program was filled with modules and activities that reviewed them about the program, as well as assess, evaluate, and demonstrate how to become effective communicators, leaders, and community volunteers.

Starting the first batch separately in Occidental and Oriental Mindoro on April 18-21, 2017, the said training provided workshops on the following areas of concern: 1) roles of parent leader; 2) self-appreciation; and 3) effective communication. Furthermore, the parent leaders were also provided updates of the program and given information on guidelines on the provision of rice subsidy to Pantawid Pamilya households, all of which are essential in the performance of their respective functions. Training in Marinduque and Romblon was conducted separately on April 25-28.

In Palawan, selected parent leaders were given a chance to be invited as radio guests in Radyo ng Bayan, one of the local radio stations in the province, where they were asked mainly about rice subsidy, and how the Pantawid Pamilya put impacts to their lives. Some were also able to share their written songs and poems on air, while the others were able to observe how radio interviews are being done.

Each province capped off the 4-day training with testimonials of the parent leaders. Parent leaders expressed excitement on the possible advocacy engagements that might be given to them in the future. Moreover, they also expressed willingness to conduct re-echo sessions with their fellow parent leaders during Family Development Sessions (FDS) and parent leaders meeting. ###

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Strength in Numbers

“Hindi ako nagsisi kahit madami sila…medyo hirap, pero kinakaya tsaka masaya naman (I do not regret having many children…it is sometimes hard, but we get through it and we are happy)” said Marlyn Geonzon, a mother of ten.

Being economically challenged and having more children to feed, Marlyn and his husband, Maclyn, work hard each day to support the needs especially the education of their children.


Marlyn and Maclyn inside their house in Roxas, Palawan

One Big, happy family

In a typical Filipino family, the father is in charge of earning a living for the family while the mother is expected to take care of the children. But Marlyn and Maclyn tend to defy the norm as they consider each other as their ultimate partner in life. Marlyn and Maclyn support each other in providing for their family; however, both of them do not have stable jobs as Maclyn works as a tricycle driver while Marlyn is a food vendor.

They met in 1988 and both have been working hard since then. As their family is growing, the couple knows that they need to earn more in order to sustain the needs of their children.  Both of them wake up at 3:00 in the morning to cook arroz caldo and other viands for lunch which Marlyn sells in government offices and houses near them. She also sells bilo-bilo, pancit, and rice porridge for merienda. When the clock hits 5 in the afternoon, she goes back home to prepare barbecue which she sells in front of their house. Marlyn was able to get a job as a Public Service Foreman in a Job Order Contract in the Municipal Assessor’s Office in 2006, but she continues selling food in their office for extra income.

According to Marlyn, they are lucky enough to be given ten obedient and wonderful children, of which five are girls while five are boys. And despite being economically challenged, the couple was able to give Mark Francis, Mae Sheila Ann, Mary Lovely Jane, Marc Lester, Marc Philip, Mary Apple Rose, Michelle Ivy Zhielaxy, Maclyn Jr., May Angel Catherine and Michael John Irish access to good education.


Getting through life’s hardship

Marlyn and Maclyn strive hard to provide the needs of their children. Just like most parents, they prioritize their children more than themselves. And with the help of certain programs of the government and their family’s efforts and hard work, Marlyn said that they have somehow get through with life’s hardship.

It was in 2009 that they have been listed as a partner-beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which had greatly helped in their family’s finances. Marlyn is serving as a Parent Leader in their cluster since 2011. “Ang programang ito ng gobyerno ay napakaganda dahil kung ihahambing natin ang panahon noong wala pa ang Pantawid ay maraming palaboy-laboy sa lansangan at hindi nag-aaral (This program of the government is helpful because before the intervention of Pantawid, children are seen in the streets instead of studying in school),” she explained.

She is thankful of the program as it helped them in financing for the education and health of their children. Together with the cash grant that they receive and the scholarships that her children obtain from several government office and other organizations, four of her children had already graduated college – Mark Francis, their eldest graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Programming; Mae Sheila Ann graduated Secondary Education; Mary Lovely Jane in Business Administration; while Marc Lester finished his degree in Electrical Engineering. Even though the grant they receive from Pantawid is not much, it helped them a lot especially since it has been difficult for them to send all of their children in school all at the same time.


Working together for a bright future

Children growing up in big families are said to become happier and more successful in life. The Geonzon Family might be a big one, but they believe that as long as they are together, they can overcome anything. It might take a while before all of them graduate from college, but they believe that everything will be worth it once it happened. Little by little, they can soon reach their dreams, knowing that they have their strength in numbers. ###

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Pantawid Pamilya conducts whole day activity for Contemporary Women of MiMaRoPa

MALATE, Manila – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region MiMaRoPa held a whole day event for the winners of the Regional Search for Contemporary Woman from Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan on May 25, 2017.

Educational discussion with Ms Joms Salvador of GABRIELA

The activity, which aims to recognize women’s efforts, initiatives, and achievements in promoting women empowerment, started with an agency visit at the GABRIELA National Alliance of Filipino Women. Ms. Joms Salvador, Secretary General of GABRIELA provided an educational discussion to the five contemporary women from the provinces who are Marites Bolasco of Occidental Mindoro; Jeneper Fajilan of Oriental Mindoro; Analiza Lupangco of Marinduque; Marife Fabito of Romblon; and Maylende Esler of Palawan.

After the agency visit, winners were invited to be interviewed in DZRB Radyo ng Bayan 738 Khz through the Philippine Commission on Women. They were able to share their stories of empowerment and give testimonies on their experiences with Pantawid Pamilya.

Radio guesting at DZRB Radyo ng Bayan

The activity ended with a symposium entitled, Women Leading Change: A Symposium on Women Empowerment held at the Noel B. Benitez Hall, Philippine Women University (PWU), Taft Avenue, Manila. The symposium, which aims to increase awareness and level of participation on women empowerment and gender equality, was attended by BS Social Work students and faculties from PWU.  The five contemporary women discussed their stories to the participants on how they promote women empowerment on aid, religion, education, and politics. Ms. Mary Nhiang Sung, a social worker from Myanmar served as the guest speaker for the program, who shared her research study on “Women Empowerment in the UN Context and Social Work Perspective”.


Five winners of the Regional Search for Contemporary Woman with DSWD staff and professors from PWU after the awarding at the Noel B. Benitez Hall, PWU, Taft Avenue, Manila

The awarding of the winners for the Regional Search of Contemporary Woman commenced at the end of the symposium.  Jeneper Fajilan from Oriental Mindoro was crowned the Grand Winner, while Marife Fabito from Romblon got the Second Place. The Third Place award was conferred to Marites Bolasco of Occidental Mindoro, followed by Maylende Esler of Palawan and Analiza Lupangco of Marinduque at Fourth and Fifth Place, respectively.

All five winners will serve as active partners of Pantawid Pamilya in promoting gender equality in their respective provinces. ###

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Finding The Way Forward

For the economically challenged households, getting through life with their small income is difficult. And as they struggle to ensure that their family can be able to eat at least three meals per day, some of them look at education as more of a privilege than a need. Of the 2.8 million adults in a poor household, on average, 1.6 million (58 percent) completed primary schooling at most, one million (35 percent) either reached or completed secondary schooling, while the remaining 0.2 million (7 percent) reached college.

But Henny’s family begs to differ. Although her family belongs to what the government refer to as the marginalized sector, they are on their way to pursue their dreams believing that education is a key to their success.
Genuine smile of success

Henny smiles widely in front of their house

Living in a small abode in Brgy. Bangon, Odiongan, Romblon is the family of Henny Fodulla Fabellon. Henny, a mother of three, is one of the mothers who work tirelessly to get their children to finish college. Henny and his husband, Willy, do not have a stable source of income but they are able to send their children to school to provide them good education.

Henny and Willy are tenant farmers with only enough income to provide for their family’s every day needs. To add up to their income, Henny takes whatever job she is given, like sewing nipa shingles for 120 pesos for 40 pieces and doing laundry services. They manage to get their everyday food in their farm and backyard garden.

Sending their children to school is hard, but getting all of them to enter college is harder. But for Henny, anything is possible with a considerable amount of hard work and determination. She managed to get her eldest child, John Rey to finish BS Agricultural Engineering in 2015. John Rey passed the board exam last year in August and he is now working at the Department of Agriculture in Manila.  Her second child, Pauline Kris is now on her 4th year as a Civil Engineering student at Romblon State University (RSU). Meanwhile, her youngest child, Clarize Mae is a 3rd year Information Technology student, also at RSU.


Getting there

Henny never thought that she can be able to send her children to college given their economic status. She almost gave up when John Rey and Pauline Kris entered college both at the same time. Henny and his husband are giving the best they can to send all of them to school but sending two of them in college was difficult. Henny asked Pauline Kris if she could stop schooling to give way for her older brother. But Pauline Kris refused. She wanted to continue her studies because that is her dream.

It breaks her heart seeing her children cry hence, Henny looked for ways to let all of her children continue going to school. She gets a loan in their cooperative and asked her friends for help. She even sold sack of rice they harvested in their farm which is supposedly for their own consumption. “Sabi ko nun, bahala na kung anong makain namin. Ang mahalaga makapasok sila, (I told myself that it does not matter what we will eat, as long as my children can go to school, that’s all that matter),” Henny recounted. Henny was able to enroll her children to school that year, but she continuously worries about the future of her children’s education. Timely enough, a year after it happened, Pauline Grace was listed as one of the student-grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA), which has helped Henny and his family greatly.

ESGPPA is a program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) which provides scholarships to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. Beneficiaries will receive a maximum of Php 60,000 for tuition fee, textbooks/learning materials and allowance for transportation, board and lodging and other school supplies.

According to Henny, Pauline Kris spends the grant she is receiving to help her mother with their daily expenses. Pauline Kris shares her money to her siblings especially whenever Henny and Willy cannot provide them their allowances and school expenses.


Education as the key to success

Edukasyon ang tanging pamana ng magulang sa kanyang mga anak (Education is the only inheritance that a parent can give to their children).

Parents, especially from the small-earner, working class are often heard saying this phrase to their children. True indeed, education is an eternal treasure a parent can give to their children which cannot be taken away from them. Henny’s family believes that education is the main pathway to extend their life across poverty and lead their life forward. They believed that poverty is not a hindrance; but more of a challenge for them to push harder.

There are times when Henny thinks of giving up her children’s education. But whenever she sees them willing and determined to finish their studies, she stops worrying and continue working in order to achieve her dreams and her children’s dreams. Although she gets tired, she never fails to wear her smile to let her children see that they can get through whatever difficulty life may bring. ###


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DSWD MIMAROPA naglunsad ng dalawang skills training sa bayan ng Rizal

Game na game na sumabak ang mga kalahok ng skill training sa isang photo op.

Inilunsad ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  MIMAROPA sa ilalim ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program o 4Ps ang dalawang skills training sa bayan ng Rizal, Palawan.

Unang isinagawa ang ‘Skills Training on Banana and Pineapple Intercropping’ noong Enero 24 at 25 sa Barangay Culasian na dinaluhan ng 102 beneficiaries ng Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantage Area (MCCT-IP in GIDA) na nagmula sa nasabing lugar, gayundin sa Barangay Candawaga. Ito’y sinundan ng ‘Skills Training on Corn Production’ nitong Enero 26 at 27 sa Barangay Punta Baja na dinaluhan naman ng 74 benefeciaries ng naturang barangay.

Ang mga nasabing pagsasanay ay isinagawa sa pangunguna ni Lilibeth L. Quilang, Municipal Link. Layunin ng nasabing mga programa ang turuan ang mga IPs upang matulungan silang magkaroon ng sapat na pagkakakitaan na makakatulong sa kanilang pang araw-araw na pamumuhay.

Ayon kay Anitel B. Bitoon, Project Development Officer, ang MIMAROPA region lang ang may ganitong programa sa buong Pilipinas, kung saan magsasagawa sila ng skills training para sa mga beneficiaries, mamimigay ng mga binhi, abono at maging mga kagamitang kailangan sa pagtatanim. Ang mga benepisyaryo ay bibigyan ng 11 working days para sa pagtatanim ng kanilang mga punla sa sariling lupa, kung saan sila ay babayaran ng Php206 kada araw ng pagtatrabaho. Pagdating naman ng anihan, ang DSWD na rin ang bahalang maghanap ng bibili ng kanilang mga produkto at sila rin ang maghahati-hati ng kanilang benta. Dagdag pa ni Bb. Bitoon, umpisa pa lang ito sa ilan pang mga nakalinyang skills training na kanilang isasagawa sa iba pang barangay sa bayan ng Rizal.

Ayon naman kay G. Goldino R. Pitogo, 54 taong gulang at isa sa mga benepisyaryo ng Bgy. Punta Baja, napakalaking tulong sa kanya ang naturang training. Sampung taon na siyang nagtatanim ng mais at sa pamamagitan nito ay napatapos niya ng kolehiyo ang isa sa lima niyang anak at ngayon ay isa nang guro ng elementary school sa Brooke’s Point. Aniya, ngayon niya lang nalaman kung paano at ano ang pataba ang dapat gamitin sa kanyang pananim at ngayon niya lang din lubos na naintindihan na dapat talagang lagyan ng pataba ang kaniyang pananim para mas dadami pa ang kaniyang aanihin dulot na rin ng kondisyon ng kanyang lupa. Galak na galak niyang pinasalamatan ang mga 4th year BS Agriculture students ng Palawan State University Rizal Campus sa pangunguna ng kanilang director na si Gng. Melodia C. Salimbagat at adviser na si Bb. Michelle M. Bungalso. Sila Salimbagat at Bungalso ang nagsilbing resource speakers sa nasabing skills training.

Sa buong MIMAROPA Region, ang Palawan ang may pinakamaraming benepisyaryo ng MCCT-IP na umaabot sa humigit kumulang 7,000 IPs.### (Janice L. Quezon)

Source: Palawan News

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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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