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DSWD-12 completes 472 Kalahi-CIDSS projects

Koronadal City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12 has completed 472 of various community projects through one of its flagship poverty-alleviation programs, Kalahi-CIDSS, an agency official announced Thursday.

Gemma N. Rivera, assistant regional director and Kalahi-CIDSS program manager of DSWD-12 said that the various completed projects were implemented in 17 municipalities in the region from 2014 to 2018.

“These projects have been implemented not just to address the various identified community problems but also to empower the villagers and local government units by adopting community-driven development as a strategy,” Rivera said.

Rivera added that the completed community projects are result of convergence efforts of the agency and local government units by giving ordinary citizens an opportunity to make informed decisions to identify their problems, plan, manage, implement, monitor and sustain their chosen projects.

“These projects are usually located in hardest-to-reach communities in the region basically to facilitate the access of basic social services especially of the poorest among the poor villagers,” Rivera said.

Among the towns who benefited the projects are Alalamada, Aleosan, Banisilan, Carmen and Pikit in North Cotabato, Bagumbayan, Isulan, Kalamansig, Lambayong, Lebak, Lutayan, Palimbang and Senator Ninoy Aquiono in Sultan Kudarat and Glan, Kiamba, Maasim and Maitum in Sarangani Province.

Funded through World Bank and local counterpart contributions of barangay and municipal government units, the total amount of completed community projects is P734 million according to Rivera.

The agency is targeting to complete more than 100 other community projects including schools, bridges, water systems, roads, pre and post-harvest facilities, health stations, disaster response and rescue equipment, livelihood, flood control and many others that are currently implemented in various towns in the region.

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, regional social marketing officer, DSWD 12)

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ARDO Rivera shared her wisdom to Sustainable Livelihood Program’s RPMO specialists

DSWDAssistant Regional Director Gemma N. Rivera, RSW during the SLP RPMO Meeting

The DSWD Field Office XII Assistant Regional Director for Operation Gemma N. Rivera, RSW on her wisdom shared during the Regional Project Management Office meeting together with the Promotive Services Chief Bonifacio V. Selma, SWO V and the Provincial Coordinators from the clustered provinces of the region. ARDO Rivera gave emphasis on the importance of behavior along with attitude of every employees towards its designations and relationship with co- workers.

“ Narating ko ang 40 years in service sa DSWD, but the trust in me is still there.

The wisdom that i wanted to share is that you should always possess the passion and sustain such relationship towards our or your heads and co-workers and to do your part in your own best way as possible. Do not mind and ask others role and functions, if they’re always absent, or not reporting or even not submitting the necessary documents… or bakit hindi n’ya ginagawa ang kanyang trabaho, just do your part, because merong administrators… it’s us
who will look into that.

…I’ve gained and learned my part…i’ve never applied as ARDO, but because i’ve make sure my work and attitude are tacked properly and ni-respeto ko ang aking kapwa, that what makes me, who am i now. Just do you part lang..

“I could still remember the days na naiiwan ako sa office na magisa at nag o-overtime for some reports that I should be submitting at walang magtuturo sa akin kasi nga wala akong matanongan, but I’ve learned how to trouble shot things gradually, I’ve gained my part and you know what, my superiors didn’t heard me complaining, I lingered on into the passion of service and lagi kong iniisip at sina-sapuso na I love my work and gagawin ko ang nararapat kong gagawin na naayon sa aking designation. Kaya all I wanted from all you is that, just do your job well, consider the importance ng pagtatrabaho. That is why for 2018, I wanted that SLP will be having a good start, gusto ko na itaas ang SLP…I want SLP to have a positive image..kaya pagtulongan natin ito.” ARDO Rivera said. ARDO Rivera however was recognized and received an award for her 40TH year in service during the celebration of the DSWD 67TH year anniversary in Metro Manila last month.

The RPMO meeting agenda was the implementation of the Sustainable Livelihood Program in Marawi and the identification of workers who will be implementing the program, the back logs and the plotting of the staffs per province.

Regional Project Coordinator for Operation Noraidah T. Busran presented to the Promotive Services Chief Bonifacio V. Selma, SWO V the Regional Project Management Office specialist wherein he was so glad to have a work force that are driven and capacitated for Sustainable Livelihood Program.

He added that the beginning of the month of 2018 Sustainable Livelihood Program takes off with the releasing of the PEAF or the Pre- Employment Assistance Fund in the 5 clustered provinces of the region. Most of the program participants who received such funds are the graduates in the Skills Training on Security Services NCI, Skills Training on Massage Therapy,Skills Training on Automotive Servicing NCII, Skills Training on Heavy Equipment Operation NCII and those you are currently employed to the program Employment facilitation partners like Magsigue in the Municipality of T’boli, KCC Mall of Marbel and General Santos, Nirvana Construction in Koronadal, AMCOOP in Polomolok  and other unmentioned partners.

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ARDO Rivera, Guest Speaker sa SLP Skills Training Graduation Ceremony

KoronadaL City – Guest Speaker si Assistant Regional Director for Operation Gemma Rivera, RSW sa ginanap na Joint Culminating and Graduation Ceremonies ng Sustainable Livelihood Program at Kidapawan Technical School and Security Training Center, Incorporated sa Bonifacio Street, Kidapawan City sa Probinsiya ng North Cotabato.

10 program participants na pawang mga 4P’s beneficiaries mula sa Munisipyo ng President Roxas ang nagtapos sa Skills Training on Dressmaking NCII, 10 mula sa Munisipyo ng Banisilan, 16 naman mula sa Munisipyo ng Alamada at 21 para sa Beauty Care NCII mula parin sa Munisipyo ng Alamada.

Sa mensahe ni ARDO Gemma Rivera, RSW, binigyan nya ng diin ang pagpapahalaga ng pagmamahal at kahalagahan ng bawat pamilya upang isulong ang pagiging matiwasay ng pamumuhay upang maiahon angn bawat isa sa kahirapan. Aniya, “… kami po sa DSWD, panata na po namin at parte ng aming tungkulin na maibigay po ang nararapat na social services po sa inyong lahat…naway hindi ito ang kataposan, bagkos ito’y umpisa na ng pagbabago sa inyong pamumuhay, livelihood man o micro-enterprise development ang magiging output ng inyong skills training mula sa KTSSTCI, ang Sustainable Livelihood Program ay patuloy parin kayong gagabayan at i monitor ng ating mga Project Developments Officers sa inyong mga barangay. Sana ang mga Starter Kits o Tool Kits Tulad ng Complete set ng Sewing Machines sa bawat isang program participants, mga tela at iba pa para sa Dressmaking NCII na skills training at mga Beauty products ang equipments para sa Skills Training on Beauty Care NCII ay inyong gagamitin, magiging source ng pagnenegosyo o pagkakakitaan para maiangat ang inyong level of well being at higit sa lahat, para sa inyong mga pamilya.” Pinangunahan din ni ARDO Rivera ang pamamahagi ng mga Tool/Starter Kits sa mga nagtapos.

Dumalo rin sa nasabing aktibidad si TESDA senior specialist Engr. Frank Beltran, Sustainable Livelihood Program Regional Project Coordinator for Administration Edgar R. Guerra, Provincial Coordinator for North Cotabato Cluster 1 Ramil Sali Tamama at Provincial Coordinator for North Cotabato Cluster 2 Dels Mandangan mga Project Developments officers ng Banisilan, Alamada at President Roxas at iba pang mga munisipyo.

Ayon kay Kidapawan Technical School and Security Training Center Incorporated Charlin P. Retiza, CST, PhD. at Training Director, magpapatuloy ang partnership ng DSWD at KTSSTCI para sa iisang layunin na matulongan ang mga program participants ng Sustainable Livelihood Program Dswd Socsksargen area na maiangat ang pamumuhay mula sa kahirapan.

Nagtapos ang culminating and graduation activity na may ngiti sa bawat labi ng mga graduates, bitbit ang kani-kanilang mga startkets/tool kits.

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Update on continuing DSWD assistance to Marawi

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues its operations to provide assistance to Filipinos affected by the war in Marawi as efforts for the early recovery phase have begun. For the last two to three weeks, residents forced to evacuate when the war erupted have been returning to their homes.

DSWD workers and volunteers unload sacks of rice intended for residents affected by conflict in MarawiÊCity.

According to DSWD Region XII Director  Bai Zorahayda Taha, returning families are clustered and classified into barangays. Barangays found to be safe are already filling with returning residents.

“Mayroon tayong 9 barangays na bahagi ng 1st batch na natapos na nating naserve. May 5, 783 pamilya na ang kumpleto nang nabigyan ng tulong,” she said.

These barangays are Basak Malutlut, Marawi Poblacion, East Basak, Luksa Datu, Tampilong, Matampay, Datu Saber, Bo. Green and Panggao Saduc.

Families have received the following relief aid from the DSWD:

  1. Family Food Packs
  2. Hygiene Kits
  3. Kitchen Kits
  4. Financial Assistance

The agency has so far spent a total of P59,245,862 for the in-kind goods received by the affected families.

According to Dir. Taha, more barangays are scheduled to receive help from the agency, namely Bacold Chico, Lumbac Toros, Tuca, Toros, Pindolonan, Dayawan, Amito Marantao, Poona Marantao, Fort, and Bangun.

Family food packs called, “Kambalingan Package”,  which were distributed may last for up to two months. Even the first packages which were delivered can last for up to 17 days. Such packs contain a sack of rice, 24 canned goods, 40 sachets of 3-in-1 coffee, and two kilos of pancit bihon.

Meanwhile, the hygiene kits that were provided include the following:

  1. Bucket/Pail – 1 piece
  2. Toothbrush – 3 pcs for adults, 2 pcs for children
  3. Toothpaste – 500 ml
  4. Shampoo – 1, 250 ml – 1 bottle
  5. Bath Soap – 1, 250 g
  6. Laundry Soap – 1, 000 g
  7. Sanitary Napkin – 8 pcs
  8. Comb – 2 pcs
  9. Shaving Razor – 1 pc
  10. Nail Cutter – 1 pc.

Each hygiene kit costs P1,825, while the kitchen kits which contain five spoons, five forks, five water glasses, five plates, a frying pan, a cooking pan, and a laddle each cost P796.

Based on DSWD official data, a total of 77,170 families of 353,636 individuals evacuated from Marawi since the war erupted. They are referred to as “bakwit” or Internally Displaced Person/s (IDPs).

Most IDPs, according to the official data from DSWD, are in Region X including 38,949 families, ARMM with 33,221 evacuating families, Region XII with 2,386 evacuating families. Some families also evacuated to Region XI, CARAGA, and Region VII.

Based on DSWD data, as of November 16, a total of 4,668 families or 20,639 individuals are in evacuation centers. A total of 75,502 families meanwhile are said to be living with their relatives.

DSWD is currently conducting its Cash-for-Work program, and a total of P102 million have already been given.

  1. Region VII – P244, 000
  2. Region X – P53, 050, 000
  3. CARAGA – P396, 000
  4. ARMM – P48, 576, 000

The DSWD is instructed by the national government to conduct efficient relief distribution and give support for the families returning to their homes so they can begin their recovery and eventually resume their normal lives.#

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Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo on the issuance of supplemental guidelines for the P5k aid for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

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The life-changing bridge of Tablao

Koronadal City— Like any usual daily activity, 60 year-old farmer David Canbanban used to wake up early in the morning and visit his farm in the nearby village of Tablao, a remote community in the soutwestern part of Kiamba town, Sarangani province.

Before the sun would have set, he rushed back home with his farm tools and animals by crossing the Pangi River.
The river which is one of the biggest in province, had manifested no sign of danger that Tuesday afternoon.

However, while crossing in the slow-flowing stream, the water swelled up, putting his life in danger.

Unfortunately, Cabanban did not escape from the strong current of water that eventually took his life.

The plight of Cabanban reflects the struggles of villagers in the community. The river that serves as blessing to farmers, is also the same river that they are taking risk just to visit their farms and for their other livelihood activities.

Today, change has come for Tablao. Crossing the Pangi River from the village of Tablao is no longer life-threatening. Thanks to the newly-built hanging bridge for the villagers.

“This bridge means life to us because it literally saves the lives of villagers here,” Mylene Damgasen, a volunteer for the project. “We are always praying that no more another Cabanban case to happen,” she added.

Apart from farmers, high school students have a fair share of struggles just to get formal education.

Before everntually reaching to school, they cross the river barefoot, risking their lives in the process.
“Our students will have to take their shoes, pants and skirts while keeping their learning materials away from water,” a teary-eyed Damgasen said.

In the past, when it rains, teacher here would released school children from Tablao, much earlier to make sure that the children could crossed the Pangi River before it swells, Damgasen added.


The long –awaited hanging bridge was realized though the collaborative efforts of the local government unit, the barangay and Department of Social Welfare and Development through Kalahi-CIDSS.

Amounting to P3.58 million, the 60-meter hanging bridge project in Tablao is now considered as the longest in town, that is believed to stir development in the village.

“Transportation cost of our agricultural products to market is now much lower with this project,” Damgasen said who also served as the chairperson of sub-project committee volunteering for the program.

Constructed through a ‘bayanihan’ system, Tablao residents worked together to make sure that the project will be completed as to save more lives of people. The community has contributed in-kind counterpart through labor and other local resources.

“Villagers have contributed here their time and skills for this project,” Damgasen said. “Basically, this is the product of our tears and sweat,” Damgasen said.

Kalahi-CIDSS, which stands for kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-A Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, is a community-driven development program aiming to empower local communities, improve governance and reduce poverty.

The program emplys a strategy in which communities and their local government units are trained to choose, design and implement sub-projects that address their most pressing need.

“When you have the project that is according to the need of the local communities, expect greater sense of ownership and participation,” Kiamba town mayor Raul Martinez said.

The project has changed the landscape of how people look at development in local communities according to Martinez.
“People have come to realize that development is not a sole responsibility of local officials. Peoples participation, transparency and accountability are key in development process,” Martinez said.

This happens according to Martinez if people embrace that they are actors rather than audience in development, communities can build a project that is of best of quality because at the end they will be the one to utilize it.
“The Tablao hanging bridge project is an example of fruitful collaboration of various stakeholders, especially the community,” Martinez said. “After all, this means saving more lives,” he added.

Martinez said that he hopes that with the project, Cabanban will be the last to sacrifice his life for the welfare of the family because of the lack of infrastructure project before. (Hilbert T. Estacion, regional social marketing officer)

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DSWD 12 releases President Duterte’s official photo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

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Relief ops in Basilan, Sulu continue

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)- Field Office (FO) IX is currently repacking additional family food packs for the families displaced by the ongoing military operations against the Abu Sayyaf (ASG). The FO targets 25,000 food packs for ready augmentation to affected local government units (LGUs) in Basilan and Sulu Provinces.
The FO currently maintains 18,182 food packs as well as other food items such as canned goods, coffee and sardines. It also stockpiles non-food items like clothing, blankets, soaps, slippers, among others.
Earlier, 5,000 food packs have been sent to Sulu while 6,000 packs have been provided as resource augmentation to the three affected municipalities in Basilan.
As of September 19, a total of 3,423 families with 18,783 persons from the municipalities of Albarka, Tipi-tipo, Ungkaya Pukan in Basilan were affected. It was also reported that 1,729 family heads with 6,218 dependents from the four municipalities of Sumisip, Tuburan, Hadji Mohammad Ajul, and Akbar have pre-emptively evacuated. They are still with their relatives and continue to be provided with relief assistance.
On the other hand, a total of 4,546 families or 23,920 persons from 44 barangays in Patikul, Maimbung, Indanan, Parang and Panamao in Sulu have been affected by the military operations in the province.
People’s Day
Over the weekend, the Provincial Government of Basilan initiated a “People’s Day” at Barangay Baguindan,Tipo-Tipo to encourage the affected families of the village to return to their houses as the area, as well as Brgy. Silangkum, have been declared safe by authorities. As of this reporting, the DSWD Disaster Team in Isabela City, Basilan reported that there have been no military clash/incidents for the past weeks within the Tipo-tipo area.
Also during the People’ Day, the provincial government distributed food packs to some 1,400 families and conducted feeding program for children.
A non-government organization, through the DSWD-FO ARMM, distributed school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, and crayons to school children. A medical mission was also conducted by the Department of Health.
“Kami po sa DSWD ay nagpapasalamat sa ibang mga ahensya at NGO na tumutulong sa mga kababayan nating naiipit sa kaguluhan sa Sulu at Basilan. Sana ay mas marami pang organisasyong tumulong upang mapabuti ang kalagayan ng mga Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). Malayo pa ang ating lalakbayin tungo sa kapayapaan sapagkat ang tunay na kalaban natin dito ay ang kahirapan na nagmumula sa kawalan ng lupa ng magsasaka at kawalan ng pambansang industriyalisasyon na maglilingkod sa interes ng mga manggagawa at buong sambayanan (We at the DSWD thank other agencies and NGOs who are helping our countrymen caught in the armed conflict in Sulu and Basilan. We hope that more organizations will help to improve the situation of the IDPs. We still have a long way to go to attain peace since our real enemy is the poverty caused by landlessness of the farmers and the absence of national industrialization that will serve the needs of the workers and of the entire people),” DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo stated. ###

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