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DSWD 12 honor teacher remarkable undertakings for students in N. Cotabato

KABACAN, NORTH COTABATO — Concerned about the plight of students in her town, Sampaguita Derecho Martin will always make a  way to squeeze in her tight schedule a time to visit students candidates for drop out, encouraging them the future that awaits should they get a degree in college.

The 55-year-old teacher Kilagasan, Kabacan town in the province of North Cotabato, has been chosen by the Department of Social Welfare and Development 12 as Regional Pantawid Focal nominee for her remarkable undertakings, including reaching out to non government organization to solicit school supplies for students in poverty-stricken areas.

Her colleagues, friends and love-ones described Ms. Martin a selfless woman for taking great effort in pursuit for the future of students in their small farming village.

The agency’s choice to nominate her for the National Partnership Summit was based on reflection of her achievements in their community. In the case of Ms. Martin, her selection was also about the values she represents. 

“She was reaching out to the learners through the Conduct home visitation to pupils, especially those who are candidate for drop-out to encourage them to continue attending school and do their best to catch-up with the lesson they have missed and reminded them as well as their parents of the importance of education,” DSWd 12 regional compliance verification officer Kyzyl Salvador said.

“We pick her as our nominee this year because she is also one of the most active member of the Parents-Teachers Association which is a school based organisation with a mission to make the school a better place for children to learn,” she added.

In the last four years, through her own initiative called Bayanihan Parent Involvement of Movement, Ms. Martin has been tapping parents of her students to help in maintaining beautification of their school areas such as Science Park, Herbal Garden, Gulayan sa Paaralan, Materials Recovery Facility, School Nursery, Peace Park, Math Park and other areas within School Premisses.

This upcoming school opening, she was actively participating in the House-to-house campaign for early registration of students in a bid to  increase the number of student enrolees. 

Being honored and nominated by the agency for the national summit, Ms. Martin said she will not stop what she has been doing on the ground that focuses on the needs of students.

“School environment like beautification, orderly placement of buildings and parents academic support for their children resulted to a well-ventilated and good ambience for the learners to learn,” Ms. Martin said. 

Moreover, she Initiated a memorandum of agreement for  Project Ahon where donors will adopt pupils, particularly those covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, for minimal scholarship grant that helped cover students  fees at school.

According to Naifah Sarip Balindong, regional coordinator of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, said Martin’s personal venture as education focal not only covered the education aspect but serving as their school’s nutrition coordinator.  

“She monitors the Health and nutrition of pupils through supplemental feeding program including the conduct of deworming activities,” Balindong said.

Balindong cited other interventions where Ms. Martin was involved. This include Pagbasaam, Pagsiatak, an activity  where teacher share/donate reading books to less fortunate pupils (mostly Pantawid Beneficiaries) who are eager towards reading yet don’t have story books at home and let them develop their reading skills; Sya Ka, Mangagi Ta — the school exerted efforts in encouraging and monitoring of Muslim learners within the 3 Madrasah Situated in Brgy. Kilagasan;  Hot off Knowledge In Pages – a home of powerful papers such as books that gear us up the pupils with the knowledge that they need to be able to face the world head on an books to be read to improve pupil’s reading abilities; and Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education – an intervention where the PNP chosen Kilagasan Elementary School recipient which main goal is to teach effective peer resistance and to strengthen refusal skills of Filipino youth so they can say “NO” to trying and using drugs. (JBM/DSWD 12)

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South Cotabato utilizes the gov’t database of poor households

SOUTH COTABATO – The Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of the Province of South Cotabato entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD field office XII through the National Household Targeting Unit to access the information of poor households of the province.

According to Jennifer C. Bretaña, Coordinator of the PPDO, the data obtained from the DSWD Listahanan Database will be used as a reference in the selection and prioritization of programs and services for our clientele and for the disadvantaged and marginalized sectors that needs our intervention based on their immediate needs.

“Before, the province and even the offices are having the difficulty of collecting information of the households in the province. Now, we are happy to have Listahanan database of DSWD as our basis for identifying potential beneficiaries for the province of South Cotabato,” said by Vice Governor Vicente R. De Jesus during the turn-over ceremony at the covered court, province of South Cotabato.

The data will also serve as reference to identify and determine beneficiaries, individuals, families and communities in the implementation of social protection programs and other programs. – Bretaña added.

The DSWD XII, on behalf of our regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, was grateful to inform the employees and officials of the province about the significant aspects and importance of the Listahanan Database. Aside from the fact that Listahanan provides face to the statistics, it can be used for targeting of social assistance programs, planning, validation and research. – Said by Sohra Pandi Guilel, chief of the Policy and Plans Division

Guialel added that the list of poor families generated from the database, however, can be shared with national government agencies and other stakeholders upon execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DSWD and the data user. The Listahanan’s data is protected under a memorandum of agreement, which ensures that the data will be used only for its intended purposes.

The province of South Cotabato designated Reitz Rashee D. Bautista, Statistician I as Data Protection Officer while Assistant Regional Director for Administration Jackiya A. Lao as designated DSWD XII Data Protection Officer.

DSWD XII Listahanan Data as of December 2016

There were 360,395 identified poor households on SOCCSKSARGEN: South Cotabato – 77,975 HHs, North Cotabato – 137,950 HHs, Sarangani – 55,766 HHs and Sultan Kudarat – 76,271 HHs and Cotabato City – 12,433 HHs.

Of the total 77,975 poor HHs in the province of South Cotabato, the following are the breakdown per city and municipality:

City / Municipality Identified Poor Households
BANGA 6,139 HHs
NORALA 2,988 HHs
T BOLI 11,928 HHs
TUPI 5,747 HHs
Grand Total 77,975 Households

“Listahanan makes available the database of families AT NO COST,” Guialel ended.

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

Moreover, 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 indicated in the data sharing guidelines, all stakeholders requesting access to the list of poor households 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 have to submit reports to the DSWD 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 XII to notify UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries in Maguindanao

MAGUINDANAO – The Department of Social Welfare and Development filed office XII through the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) will start the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) activities namely: notification and registration of the Listahanan identified beneficiaries in the province of Maguindanao.

Sohra Pandi-Guialel, chief of the Policy and Plans Division together with the staff of NHTU assigned in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao last March conducted the UCT-Listahanan orientation to the Local Social Welfare Officers and hired notifiers of the province.

In addition, a total of 138 notifiers were trained to do the notification and registration process of the identified beneficiaries. They were deployed to different areas in the province of Maguindanao to notify the 81,386 poor households as UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries,” said by Aminah P. Macodi, Regional Field Coordinator of BARMM-LaMa.

Breakdown of UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries BARMM- Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao (LaMa):

  • Lanao del Sur – 96,222 households
  • Maguindanao – 81,386 households

For the UCT notification and registration of the beneficiaries for the province of Lanao del Sur, the staff of NHTU is now closely coordinating with the local partners for the alignment and finalization of the activities. – Guialel ended.

The UCT refers to the social welfare benefit under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law or the Republic Act 10963. It seeks to provide cash grants to poor households and individuals for three consecutive years 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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DSWD turns over P1.77 million learning center for out-of-school youth in Palimbang

PALIMBANG, Sultan Kudarat—Teacher Lynie Alameda, 36, will no longer hold classes for her 60 out-of-school youth learners in a dilapidated building where they jostle for space and complain the lack of materials and facilities for education for many years.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12 has turned over recently a P1.77 million worth of community learning center with ameneties in Barangay Poblacion funded through the agency’s community-driven development program, Kalahi-CIDSS.

“We are happy that our government has funded our long-awaited community project. This will be of great help in response to our mandate that ‘no child or person’ will be left behind in terms of education,” Alameda said.

The newly-built learning center, with well paved and well painted classrooms now greets eager out-of-school youth learners of Palimbang, far from the dilapidated, overcrowded and makeshift learning facilities they used to for many years.

“There were programs for out-of-school youth before like livelihood and skills training but because we don’t have venue for conducting it, they were given to other barangays. This project will open more opportunities to our community, Alameda said.

Gemma Rivera, DSWD 12 assistant regional director for operations said that this project is an example that the needs of various sectors are given attention and needs are addressed through participatory, transparent and strong sense of ownership of the villagers.

“When community drives their own development through giving the power to have control over their resources and decision-making, the pressing needs are being addressed,” Rivera said.

Rivera said that the learning center in Poblacion is just one of the completed projects of the agency through Kalahi-CIDSS Program. Rivera added that the Palimbang town has benefited 65 community projects amounting to P82.2 million since 2014.

“On the top of this amount, is our goal to empower ordinary individuals to be active actors of their community development like what teacher Lynie and the community did,” Rivera added.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the poverty-alleviation programs of the government that is being implemented by the DSWD. It uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach, which enables communities in targeted poor and disaster-affected municipalities to identify their own needs, and collectively implement and manage solutions to these needs. (Hilbert T. Estacion)

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Additional 21k poor households to receive UCT cash grants

SOCCSKSARGEN – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office XII through the UCT-RPMO together with the NHTU are set to process the notification, registration and payout activities for the additional 21,392 poor households as UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries.

Last year of 2018, the hired notifiers of field office did the notification activities to the 146,264 identified poor households as UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries. They were given the notification forms and asked to prepare and comply with all the needed requirements to proceed with the registration and payout.

“To date, the staff of the UCT-Regional Management Office (RPMO) together with the NHTU staff is continually coordinating with the LBP branch managers and local social welfare officers for the release of the UCT cash grants to the beneficiaries in SOCCSKSARGEN areas,” Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said.

Breakdown of the additional UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries in SOCCSKSARGEN areas:

Province / City SOCCSKSARGEN
North Cotabato 4158
Cotabato City 585
Sarangani 1244
South Cotabato 2663
Sultan Kudarat 2138
TOTAL 10788

Breakdown of the additional UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries in areas of ARMM-Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao (LaMa):

Province / City ARMM-LaMa
Lanao del Sur 4083
Maguindanao 6521
TOTAL 10604

Taha supplemented that the additional 21,392 poor households are coming from the provinces in SOCCSKSARGEN and ARMM-LaMa will undergo notification, registration and payout activities. The assigned staff will coordinate with LBP and local partners for the schedule of the said activities.

Taha supplemented that the additional 21,392 poor households are coming from the provinces in SOCCSKSARGEN and ARMM-LaMa will undergo notification, registration and payout activities. The assigned staff will coordinate with LBP and local partners for the schedule of the said activities.

Total UCT-Listahanan Beneficiaries

To date, a total of 334,660 Listahanan identified poor households will receive the UCT cash grants. Of these number, 157,052 households are from SOCCSKSARGEN provinces while 177,608 households are from ARMM-LaMa provinces.

For the SOCCSKSARGEN provinces:

  • Cotabato – 61,532 households
  • Cotabato City – 6,727 households
  • Sarangani – 21,852 households
  • South Cotabato – 32,225 households
  • Sultan Kudarat – 34,716 households

For the ARMM-LaMa provinces:

  • Lanao del Sur – 96,222 households
  • Maguindanao – 81,386 households

The UCT-RPMO staff had started to coordinate with the Landbank Managers in region 12 to confirm if the master lists of the additional UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries were being downloaded in their servicing branch. In addition, the notification, registration and payout for the new identified beneficiaries will commence after the needed social preparations of the region has taken place.   

“All the funds for Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) grants are lodged in the LandBank of the Philippines,” – Director Taha re-affirmed.

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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DSWD 12 volunteer group wins PanaTa Ko sa Bayan Awards

UVCP President Mayvel Aquino with DSWD Secretary Bautista and DSWD 12 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Gemma Rivera during the national awarding ceremony in Manila.

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat—A local volunteer group of DSWD Region 12 has been recognized as Best Volunteer Group during the agency’s  8th PaNata Ko sa Bayan Awards Ceremony recently at the Landbank Auditorium, Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila.

United Volunteers for Community Progre is a recognized organization of barangay and municipal local government unit of Isulan that serves as partner of development in local development initiatives. It is a group of Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers from 2011, representing various sectors in the village to help improve the well-being of villagers, encourage participation of various sectors in various development programs, and improve the delivery of coordinated social services.

The organization is a partner of DSWD and local government in implementing programs, designing citizen monitoring initiatives, to empower and foster active citizenship at community levels, and building partnerships between citizens and government in the practice of social accountability.

“Being a volunteer is not an easy job, it takes passion, commitment and sacrifices. This award symbolizes our desire to influence our peers to commit in nation-building and to uplift the principles of community-driven development approach,’’ Mayvel Aquino, 45, the organization’s President.

Aquino also added that the award is a manifestation of the hard work they have offered into the program, the award will also inspire them to continue their commitment in helping their community and in empowering their neighbours to help in achieving the goals of Bayanihan.

Gemma Rivera, Assistant Regional Director for Operations and Regional Program Manager of Kalahi-CIDSS DSWD XII, said that individual or group volunteers like the UVCP is the pride of region and is a living proof that they are still the lifeblood of the program.

“Volunteers recognized nationwide for their heroic deeds are the trophies of the program, it is my honour to have been a part of their journey and to witness their hard work being recognized by the government”, Rivera said.

The annual PaNata ko sa Bayan Awards recognizes partners and stakeholders who have been helpful in providing assistance to various activities of the DSWD especially during disaster and emergency response operations, implementation of protective and promotive programs and services, capacity building activities , and other means of support to assist the marginalized and poor sectors of the society.

The UVCP is a volunteer group is under the DSWD XII Kalahi-CIDSS program who also garnered several awards in the Regional and National Bayani Ka! Awards and was a finalist in Buhay ang Pangarap Awards of the Aljay Corporation last 2018.

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DSWD 12 completes 179 Kalahi-CIDSS projects, benefits 103K households in 2018

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato- The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12 has completed 179 Kalahi-CIDSS projects in 2018 with the total amount of P275.75 million in various barangays and municipalities, an agency top official said Thursday.

Gemma N. Rivera, DSWD 12 assistant regional director and program manager said that the various community projects have benefited some 103K households. 

“These completed projects are considered to be the most pressing needs and have been instrumental in order for the beneficiary communities to access basic social services of the government and other organizations,” Rivera said.

Rivera noted that a good number of these completed projects are located in far-flung and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the region.

“These are fruits of collaborative efforts of various agencies, local government units and villagers in various communities in order to not just simply put up physical projects but also invest on human capital through capacity building activities to enable them to be capable of managing other projects in their communities in the future,” Rivera said.

Rivera added that the mobilization and involvement of ordinary citizens in various community activities is considered of equal importance to the physical projects itself.

“We need to empower ordinary citizens to ensure that they understand their responsibilities as beneficiaries and to inculcate the values of transparency, participation, accountability and sense of ownership to sustain these projects,” Rivera said.

Among the completed projects include schools, pre and post-harvest facilities, health stations, rescue vehicles, solar lights, school buildings, potable water system, road rehabilitation and concreting, core shelter and many others.

Kalahi-CIDSS, which stands for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-A Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Service, is one of the poverty-alleviation programs of the government that is being implemented by the DSWD.

Nationwide, the program is implemented in 14 regions and 10, 595 barangay. It uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach, which enables communities in targeted poor and disaster-affected municipalities to identify their own needs, and collectively implement and manage solutions to these needs.  (Hilbert T. Estacion, regional social marketing officer, DSWD 12)

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DSWD 12 welcomes WB recommendation to expand CCT coverage

KORONADAL CITY — A senior official of Department of Social Welfare and Development welcomed World Bank recommendation to expand  the coverage of the state’s cash program as the global financing institution saw the  program effective in reducing poverty.

In this picture taken 2011 shows CCT beneficiaries in Palembang, Sultan Kudarat, November 2011. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, regional director of Department of Social welfare and Development, said Wednesday the World Bank cited in their latest assessment report large number of poor families with children that have not yet been covered. 

“This is a welcome development for us. We can help more families once the government will allow it,” Dr. Taha said.

The lending company, in their report, cited the Conditional Cash Transfer program, also known Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, is compliant in three of seven key indicators.

“There are solid arguments to expand coverage of Pantawid to include additional families in 2019, taking into account the large number of poor families with children that have not yet been covered,” the latest World Bank’s report read.

Under CCT,  the government allocates rice allowance and 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) 

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