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DSWD 12 holds first MANCOM in Koronadal

KORONADAL CITY, Jan. 8 — Zorahayda T. Taha, regional director of Department of Social Welfare and Development XII, met today her senior staff to discuss the agency’s direction this year, particularly the campaign to uplift the lives of poor residents in the region.

Dir. Taha led their first management committee meeting held at the Farm Hotel in this city along regional assistant director for operation Gemma Rivera; regional assistant director for administration Jackia A. Lao; promotive division chief Bonifacio Selma; Human Resource Management and Development division chief Bailano Salik; Chief Administrative Officer Emerita Dizon, and other senior employees.

According to Dir. Taha, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista instructed them to ensure this year’s programs for the people will be implemented accordingly. 

Among the directives of Sec. Bautista include strengthening the DSWD mechanisms to respond to the current directives of the President relevant to “the ease of doing business”, direct release of funds through the regional offices, and DSWD centrally managed strategic

warehouses; pursue maximum regularization of DSWD employees; Establishment of MOA/MOU with the AFP, strengthening partnership in providing

assistance on the delivery of countrywide developmental programs and services; and establishment of a national DSWD monitoring

system/center to readily access relevant data and reports from the ground.

“There must be a clear purpose, a common goal and a commitment to excellence; supportive of positive values of honesty, transparency,

accountability, respect, fairness, understanding and flexibility in our workplace,” Dir. Taha said. ( Jeoffrey Maitem and Dennis Domingo/ DSWD) 

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DSWD-Kalahi CIDSS volunteers of Soccsksargen receive national recognitions

DSWD-12 awards during the national Bayani Ka! Awards in Cebu

Koronadal City—Five groups of volunteers in Region 12 were given recognition for their dedication to service that facilitates the delivery of social services in their respective communities.

The awards were given during the 4th National Bayani Ka! Awards and 2nd Community Volunteers’ Congress recently held in Cebu, gathering some 300 DSWD-Kalahi CIDSS volunteers across the country.

The Pinamulaan Tribal Association, a group of DSWD-Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers from different tribal people of Pinamulaan, Banisilan, North Cotabato is this year’s recipient of Promotion of Indigenous Welfare Category.

The group has been instrumental for rekindling ‘bayanihan’ and serves as the voice of “resettled” Indigenous Peoples to access government’s social services and projects that improved the lives of its members.

The Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Association of Tinumigues in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat received the Bayani Ka! Awards for PWD Category, as recognition for their concerted efforts to promote the welfare of person with special needs sector in town with their outstanding volunteerism works.

For proving that helping community knows no age with their various volunteer works including the facilitation for the construction of Kalahi-CIDSS water purifying project in the village, the Senior Citizen Association of Poblacion I of Lebak, Sultan Kudarat received the Bayani Ka! Awards for Elderly Category.

The group of Manobo volunteers in far-flung village of Datu Wasay in Kalamansig town, Sultan Kudarat was recognized for implementing various DSWD-Kalahi CIDSS projects through ‘bayanihan’ and promoting community participation, transparency and accountability, received the Bayani Ka! Awards for Promotion of Just Peace Category.

For being an instrument of sustaining the Kalahi-CIDSS projects and model of community-driven development strategy in implementing projects in the village of Sampao, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, the United Volunteers for Community Progress was awarded as Bayani Ka! for Sustained Community Group.

Gemma N. Rivera, assistant regional director for operation of DSWD 12 said that Bayani Ka! Awards and Community Volunteers Congress is an expression of gratitude of selfless individuals volunteering for the Program and to their communities.

“Our volunteers are important individuals of the Program. For us, they are our new local heroes that are offering their time, talent and treasure without expecting in return,” Rivera said.

Bayani Ka! Awards is an annual search for the outstanding community volunteers who are considered as unsung heroes for their extraordinary contributions and dedication to the development of their communities through the country’s community-driven development program, Kalahi-CIDSS. (Hilbert T. Estacion, regional social marketing officer)

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DSWD XII to notify 146,264 poor households as Listahanan UCT beneficiaries

SOCCSKSARGEN – Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 12 through the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is now preparing for the upcoming notification activity of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program.

“To date, a total of 146,264 Listahanan identified poor households will be notified through house-to-house visit starting next month as beneficiaries of the UCT Program,” Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said.

Taha added that out of the Listahanan identified poor households in SOCCSKSARGEN provinces, 57,374 households are from the province of North Cotabato, 6,142 households from Cotabato City, 20,608 households from Sarangani, 29,562 households from South Cotabato and 32,578 households from Sultan Kudarat.

“The UCT beneficiaries were validated from the 191,243 poor households of 2015 Listahanan database. From the target poor households in SOCCSKSARGEN provinces for validation, North Cotabato with 73,894 households, Cotabato City with 7,833 households, Sarangani with 26,613 households, South Cotabato with 40,097 households and Sultan Kudarat with 42,806 households,” according to PPD Chief Sohra P. Guialel.

All the funds for UCT grants are lodged with the Land Bank of the Philippines.  As a result, prior to the implementation of the UCT payouts, DSWD FO 12 officials had a meeting with the Land Bank Managers regarding the different payment methods available and suitable for all the UCT beneficiaries such as the active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the indigent Social Pensioners of Social Pension Program, and the Listahanan identified poor households. – Director Taha ended.

The UCT refers to the social welfare benefit under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law or the Republic Act 10963 in the amount of PhP 200.00 per month in 2018; and PhP 300.00 per month in 2019 and 2020.

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Family battles to overcome darkness in life

T’BOLI, SOUTH COTABATO  — Like any other poor families in the country, the Malones are not stranger to every life uncertainty.

It’s even vivid to Robert Malones, 45, father to six children, about his dark experiences when he was young that until now continue to pops-up every time he is down.

He recalled his relatives and neighbours who were not able to get a degree in college felt they were useless in their community.

That’s was the turning point for him to decide to continue his study along with his children as it will pave the way for them to have a better life than that of his illiterate, impoverished family.

Malones family. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

“It’s my inspiration,” said Malones, now a third year Bachelor of Science Major in Accountancy student at the South East Asian Institute of Technology here, referring to poverty.

“I don’t want to get old and my children to suffer. I noticed if you’re indigent and grow old you will become useless. That’s the reason why we are working hard”.

Inside their small-wooden made home where he lives with his wife, Lilibeth, 44; and children Rolie Joan, 21; Mary May, 16; Melquisedec, 15; Aien, 12; Rhodiline, 9; and Harvey Mae, 7; Malones said he cannot imagine how they managed to survive the daily needs with his children all studying, including himself.

“We want grow old not poor. For me, you cannot see and feel the real success in your life if you did not experience the hardship in life,” he said.

Of his six children, Aien; Rhodiline; and Harvey Mae, were included in the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

He said even they are covered by government programs they don’t rely on their grants.

“We have backyard vegetables and root crops. There are times our one full day meal is not complete. But we will not eat root crops all the days of our life. It will just be a chapter of our life now that we are giving priority to studies,” he said.

For him, the program fuelled eagerness of their children not to waste the government’s opportunity.

“Every member of the family help each other and respects the rights. As parents, we treat our children fair,” Molanes explained.

Malones wife, Lilibeth, remembered when her husband opened his desire to continue with his education after he nearly lost his life years back as village council member, she immediately gave a green light even it’s still not clear where they will get the money.

“I was employed in pineapple plantation as harvester while he focused on motorcycle driving and sometimes freelance laborer or construction helper,” she said.

In a normal day, while everybody were not around, Lilibeth said their third son, Melquisedec, was incharge and overseeing his younger siblings at home.

“My husband and I ensure that they have food during the day,” she said.

Rolie, the eldest among the children, is working security guard at night in one of the shops in the town while finishing his last year in criminology course.

His dream is to finish his study and become a regularly police so he can support the education of his siblings.

“My family is my inspiration. I don’t care if we are poor today. It’s not forever. It’s important we have knowledge. The land title can be robbed except our knowledge,” he said.

For the family, they are optimistic a drastic change in their life, as Molanes will graduate next year. (DSWD-12/ JBM)

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DSWD feeding program benefits 100K school children in Region 12

COTABATO CITY – More than 100,000 children in public schools in the Region 12 have benefitted from the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a social worker reported Saturday.

Jane Blessy Manguray, supplementary feeding program focal person of DSWD 12, said in a local radio interview that the beneficiary-children included those in the province of Maguindanao, a component province of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Region 12 is made up of the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos.

Manguray said North Cotabato had the highest number of beneficiaries with 34,693 school children.

They were provided with daily nutritious supplemental food in schools since the start of the classes his year.

She said the 120-day supplemental feeding program aims to improve the nutritional status of school children, many of them in daycare centers across the region.

Manguray explained that the SFP is the provision of food, in addition to the regular meals, to children currently enrolled in daycare centers. It is part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government.

The food supplement includes hot meals served during break time in the morning session or in the afternoon session to children in Day Care Centers (DCCs), and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP).

Manguray explained that parents actively participated in the program because they managed the prepared meal cycle using available local food supplies.

Close monitoring follows after a month to determine improvement in a child’s weight as compared to their weight prior to the SFP. (Edwin Fernandez/PNA)

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Nearly 400 CCT clients now living above poverty line in Region 12 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 will remove at least 397 beneficiaries covered by the state’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.

In this picture shows DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program attending assembly in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

Kristin De Pedro, DSWD 12 project development officer II for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,  said  their removal  was part of the recertification process wherein social workers will determine if they still need to receive the financial assistance from the government.

“All our beneficiaries were subjected to recertification.  The 397 families will be given six months by the Central office upon receiving the notice to appeal before their formal termination in the program,” De Pedro said.

“If they were removed, it only shows they are already above poverty line,” she added.

Under CCT,  the government allocates grants amounting to P500 to P1, 400 for each beneficiary household, depending on the number of eligible children. Each family is allowed a maximum of three children to receive the monthly benefits provided they have to stay in school and maintain class attendance of at least 85 percent each month.

At the same time, pregnant women are also required to avail pre- and post-natal care, and delivery must be assisted by skilled health personnel, while parents are mandatory to take “family development sessions” to enable them to become better parents. (JBM/DSWD SMS)

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SOCOTECO-I banner project utilizes the gov’t database of poor households

From Left, ARD Jackiya A. Lao (DSWD 12 Data Protection Officer), Director Myrna V. Clavesillas, BOT Chairman and Executive Director and designated Data Protection Officer Janice Pauline E. Del Castillo

KORONADAL CITY — SOCOTECO-I Foundation, Inc. entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD through the National Household Targeting Unit as reference in the selection of beneficiaries mainly, but not limited to, Mission: Juan Koneksyon (M:JK).

The SOCOTECO-I Foundation, Inc. from among its program has identified Mission: Juan Koneksyon (M:JK), a project that intends to provide free electrical installation to poor households.

According to Director Myrna V. Clavesillas, BOT Chairman, the data obtained from DSWD Listahanan database shall be used to determine beneficiaries such as individuals, households, communities, group, etc. in the implementation of other programs of SOCOTECO-I Foundation, Inc. like lighting homes and communities, education, health and wellness, environment protection and livelihood program.

“The beneficiaries of Mission: Juan Koneksyon are poor households from within the franchise of South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO-I),” Clavesillas added.

As of December 31, 2016, there were 167,583 poor households without access to electricity out of the 192,812 poor households with access to electricity in SOCCKSARGEN Areas. Of this figure, a total of 19,584 poor households without access to electricity were from within the franchise of South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO-I):

From left, Edon M. Onto (NHTU Statistician), Sohra P. Guialel (PPD Chief), ARD Jackiya A. Lao, Director Myrna V. Clavesillas (BOT Chairman), Executive Director Janice Pauline E. Del Castillo (SOCOTECO-I designated Data Protection Officer)

  1. Banga – 1,620 HHs
  2. City of Koronadal – 1,134 HHs
  3. Lake Sebu – 4,610 HHs
  4. Norala – 534 HHs
  5. Santo Niño – 414 HHs
  6. Surallah – 1,612 HHs
  7. T’Boli – 5,491 HHs
  8. Tampakan – 666 HHs
  9. Tantangan – 709 HHs
  10. Tupi – 1,620 HHs
  11. Lutayan -1,174 HHs

The SOCOTECO-I Foundation, Inc. designated Executive Director Janice Pauline E. Del Castillo as Data Protection Officer while Assistant Regional Director for Administration Jackiya A. Lao as designated DSWD 12 Data Protection Officer.

In 2015, it can be recalled the DSWD conducted the house-to-house assessment to get the socioeconomic information of the households. This resulted in the identification of 360,395 poor households out of the 805,379 total assessed in SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

Additionally, to request the list of poor households including their personal information, the following documents are needed along with the letter of request addressed to the Regional Director:

Local Government Units (LGUs)

  • Signed MOA (Governor/Mayor)
  • Sangguniang Panlalawigan/ Bayan Resolution
  • Executive Order designating a Provincial/City/Municipal Data Privacy Officer

National Government Agencies (NGAs)

  • Signed MOA with designated Data Protection Officer

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

  • Signed MOA with designated Data Protection Officer (DPO)
  • Board Resolution (original copy)
  • Valid proof of identification of agency head and DPO
  • SEC Registration

Members of the Academe

  • Data sharing shall be limited to raw data and statistics
  • The letter of request from researcher/professor/research adviser and vouched by the Dean or any school authority

As specified in the guidelines, all stakeholders requesting access to the list of poor are required to designate at least one (1) Data Protection Officer who will oversee the use, security and protection of the data.

Furthermore, data users shall submit to the DSWD reports on how the data were utilized including if these were shared with other data users.

Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information management system that identifies who, where and how many poor are nationwide.###

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DSWD 12 releases 16M financial capital for business of clients in Central Mindanao

KORONADAL CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12 released Tuesday more than 16 million worth of financial capital assistance to identified associations as part of central government’s efforts to combat poverty in the region.

Gemma Rivera, DSWD 12 assistant regional director for operations, said at least 41 qualified organisations were also given civil society certificates during the ceremonial turn over of their respective checks at the regional office in this city.

DSWD 12 ARD for administration Jackia Lao talks to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and SLP during the distribution of their financial capital assistance in Koronadal City. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

“We hope that with the cash assistance all of you can start with business for a better life,” ARD Dir. Rivera said.

Bonifacio Selma, promotive division chief, said the financial assistance for the 41 organizations with members also covered by the government’s conditional cash transfer program, was channeled through the office’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

“We will be monitoring the progress of their business they indicated in their proposals,” he said.

Archie Valdez,  Association of Nationalist Disabled Persons in Koronadal City, thanked the government for the assistance.

Valdez said they proposed Php 100,000. 00 to procure  egg incubator for Balut – boiled fertilized duckling egg— business.

“Once we have the incubator, we will buy the eggs from our suppliers and our group will sell it to the public,” he said.

The DSWD SLP program aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation. (DSWD/JBM/SMS)

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