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DSWD honors community heroes in Central Mindanao

DSWD honors community heroes in Central Mindanao KORONADAL CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) honored over the weekend at least 70 individuals as this year’s BayanI Ka! Awards, known as the agency’s local version of Nobel prize for volunteers in the development sector. The Barangay Sub-project Management Committee of Kaltuad in Glan Sarangani Province was also recognized for their Best Improved Local Governance Category while the Keytodac Water System Association from Lebak, Sultan Kudarat was proclaimed as winner for Best Sustained Community Group. At the same time, the others who received the recognition for the group category include Blanga Water System Association of Barangay Nalilidan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat for Best Community Volunteer for Indigenous People’s Welfare Category, the Dawing-Kandang Claimants Organization from Barangay Bai Saripinang, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat for Promotion of Just Peace Category and Masisipag na Kababaihan ng Purok Rang-ay Association of Barangay Palumbe, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat for Gender and Development Category. The awards, held at Paraiso Verde Resort and Hotel in this city, aimed to recognize the exemplary efforts of community volunteers along with their local government unit (LGU) partners in anti-poverty drive in their respective communities. Cezario Joel C. Espejo, DSWD regional director, said the event was part of the initiative of one of the agency’s flagship programs, the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-A Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS). “This is our concrete expression of conveying our gratitude to our local partners, especially to our community volunteers whom we considered as the lifeblood of the program,” Dir. Espejo said. The awards, according to Dir. Espejo, not only the completion of volunteers identified sub-projects, but in actively supporting citizen participation in local governance and poverty alleviation initiatives. Dir. Espejo said all the winners received P10, 000.00 each and a trophy. “As awardees, these community volunteers are addition to our pool of community-driven development advocates in their respective communities as we advocate Kalahi-CIDSS to be a regular program of DSWD,” Espejo said. In the same event, the agency also recognized the winners of Kalahi-CIDSS Video Contest for LGUs in which the Municipality of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat took home the grand prize amounting to P50, 000.00. On the other hand, the Municipality of Bagumbayan and Lebak, Sultan Kudarat got the second and third place, respectively, receiving P35, 000.00 and 20, 000.00 each. Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of the government implemented by the DSWD where targeted poor municipalities and selected urban areas identify their own needs, collectively implement and manage their solutions. (Hilbert Estacion / DSWD)

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Health centers constructed under DSWD program completed in Region 12

NEWLY TURNED OVER The community health center of Malisbong, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, one of the 82 completed projects in Region 12 constructed under DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Program

PALIMBANG, SULTAN KUDARAT – Nearly a hundred health center projects were completed under a World Bank-funded project in the region as the central government stepped up social protection programs across the countryside, a government official disclosed Thursday.   

Cezario Joel Espejo, regional director of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), said that five of the total 82 health centers worth P108.67 million built by community volunteers, were finished in the last eight months through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-A Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Service (Kalahi-CIDSS), a scheme implemented by the agency that helps build capacity of communities to implemented their own selected projects.

Assisted by the global financing institution World Bank, the program used community-driven development approach, which enables the recipients in targeted poor and disaster-affected municipalities to identify their own needs, collectively implement and manage solutions to these needs. 

“These projects will help address the gap of health services, especially in the hardest to reach communities,” Espejo said in the recent turnover of health center in the village of Malisbong, adding around 42 thousand households have already benefited the program since 2014.

“We urge the residents to utilize and avail health services in response to the call of government to have their children vaccinated with the recent re-emergence of polio,” he added.

Kalahi-CIDSS, before it was scaled up as country’s national strategy for poverty-reduction in 2014, was chosen as one of the awardees of United States Treasury’s second annual Development Impact Honors Awards, beating over 40 other global development programs.

In Region 12, the program covers the towns of Alamada, Aleosan Bagumbayan, Banisilan, Pikit, and Carmen, in North Cotabato; Isulan, Kalamansig, Lambayong, Lebak, Lutayan, Palimbang, and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat; and Maasim, Maitum, Glan, and Kiamba, in Sarangani. (DSWD-12 / Hilbert T. Estacion) 

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DSWD cites local officials all-out support for social protection programs in Central Mindanao

Koronadal City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Mindanao emphasized Thursday local government officials significant role as the state strengthened social protection programs to address the needs of the people in the region.

Speaking at the orientation of local government units (LGUs) and signing of memorandum of agreement for SIA at the Farm in this city, Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD-12 regional director, said the agency continues to pursue stronger ties with partners, citing they are the foremost organization of the beneficiaries.

Specifically, Dir. Espejo sought the support of LGUs not only for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program but for other programs like Kalahi-CIDSS, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Supplementary Feeding, Social Pension, and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation.

“We recognize the important role of LGUs as we continue to work in a variety of settings and work towards multidimensional collaborative change to bring our services closer to the people,” Espejo said.

The DSWD convened here local chief executives and other officials across the region, renewing partnership by signing a memorandum of agreement under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“The support of the mayors plays a vital role in our effort to continue working together using our resources and initiatives to uplift the quality of lives of our people,” Espejo explained.

Under the agreement, the LGUs shall ensure that health and education services are readily available for beneficiaries of the program, also known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD-12)

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DSWD completes over P1 Billion Kalahi-CIDSS projects in Region 12

BEFORE AND AFTER A far cry from their rusted and tattered houses, poor families of Mabay, Maitum, Sarangani Province are now comfortably living in Kalahi-CIDSS housing, one of the completed projects in Region 12.

KORONADAL CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spent more than P1 billion for infrastructure projects in the last five years in Central Mindanao, a senior government official reported Monday, as the government is working to extend the World Bank assisted program.

Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD-12 regional director, said the funds were used for the construction of  670 community projects since 2014 under Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-A Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Service (Kalahi-CIDSS), a scheme implemented by the agency that helps build capacity of communities to identify, prioritize, budget and implemented their own selected projects.

Of the total budget, Dir. Espejo revealed P969.72 million came from the World Bank’s loan proceeds channeled through DSWD and P46.70 million accumulated local counterpart contributions of residents and local officials from the region’s 17 towns covered by the program.

Citing latest data provided to him, the social welfare agency official reported nearly 350 thousand households, majority of them in isolated areas, benefited the constructions of health stations, school buildings, water systems, post-harvest facilities, farm-to-market roads, bridges, electrifications, livelihood enterprises, drainage systems and other projects proposed for funding of villagers.

“When I was still at the Central Office, I heard a lot of positive stories about the program. It shows only that our government is using peoples’ taxes wisely,” Dir. Espejo noted.

“These community projects are now being benefited by the people themselves,” he added.

Funded by the World Bank, the program utilizes the community-driven development approach, which enables the recipients in targeted poor and disaster-affected municipalities to identify their own needs, collectively implement and manage solutions to these needs. 

Before it was scaled up as country’s national strategy for poverty-reduction in 2014, Kalahi-CIDSS was chosen as one of the awardees of the United States Treasury’s second annual Development Impact Honors Awards, beating over 40 other global development programs.

In Region 12, the program is implemented in the towns of Alamada, Aleosan Bagumbayan, Banisilan, Pikit, and Carmen, in North Cotabato; Isulan, Kalamansig, Lambayong, Lebak, Lutayan, Palimbang, and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat; and Maasim, Maitum, Glan, and Kiamba, in Sarangani. 

The program is set to end on December this year but the Department is working on additional loan from the World Bank to extend and expand the implementation starting 2021. (DSWD-12 / Hilbert T. Estacion, regional social marketing officer) 

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DSWD 12 vows to protect rights of minors in jail

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato — The newly-installed regional director of Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Mindanao vowed Monday to strengthen the government’s efforts in protecting the rights of children facing criminal charges as he urged for immediate release of budget allocation next year for the construction of Bahay Pag-asa, an intervention facility where minors are facing charges sent for rehabilitation.

Speaking with workers of Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Council late last week at EMR Center here, DSWD-12 director Cezario Joel Espejo said the construction of additional centers will provide minor offenders comfortable and safe facilities, and appropriate interventions while the cases are on trial. 

At the same time, Dir. Espejo asked the RJJWC secretariat to fast tract and monitor all the documents needed for the physical transfer of children to Bahay Pag-Asa and DSWD centers. 

Under Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, “a child 15 years of age or under at the time of the commission of serious crimes like rape, murder and homicide shall be exempt from criminal liability.” Meaning, instead of serving jail time, children will go through a reformation program.

The law states the child will undergo an intervention program by government agencies. A child above 15 years but below 18 years of age shall likewise be exempt from criminal liability and be subjected to an intervention program, unless he or she has “acted with discernment.”

Social workers are tasked and mandated to determine whether or not a minor offender acted with discernment in allegedly committing the crime.  (DSWD-12) 

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Sultan Kudarat utilizes DSWD Listahanan’s database of poor households

SULTAN KUDARAT – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XII through the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) and the Provincial Local Government Unit of the Province of Sultan Kudarat entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to access the information of the identified poor households of the province.

From Left: Maslama B. Hassan, Elenita L. Saavedra, RSW, Remos P. Segura, Jimmy C. Andang and Eduardo M. Duque

The Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (PPDC), Engr. Ramos B. Zaragosa said that the Listahanan database was the long-awaited database that planners wanted to be in reality. This database is very useful in the formulation of several development plans that LGUs are preparing.

According to Datu Pax S. Mangudadatu, Former Provincial Governor of Sultan Kudarat, the Listahanan database is very timely and necessary for mapping the poorest of the poor in order to ensure the extension of public services for the needy inhabitants of the province. The services in terms of livelihood assistance and other programs for the poor, we can easily identify if who and where the poor are located.

“The information of the poor households gained from DSWD Listahanan database will be used to fill-in the indicators for poverty statistic on household’s population or data on social services, to cite accurate figures in giving the statistical information regarding PWDs, senior citizens, solo parents, poor households; to be used during the project planning and policy direction on social protections; and for educational, information drive regarding poverty incidence, family data sets, and etc.” – Mangudadatu added.

Moreover, Elenita L. Saavedra, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer added that we are privileged to be given access to Listahanan. It will be our authoritative source of our statistical citations. This will also give us accurate projections on our planning and project directions. Glad to know we are the first few who have availed of this opportunity.

“The Listahanan database will be very useful on social programs and services of the province of Sultan Kudarat.” – Saavedra ended.

From Left: Norodin L. Ambolodto, Elenita L. Saavedra, RSW, Maslama B. Hassan, Edon M. Onto, Salahuddin M. AbdelGafur and Salna P. Panzo

Here are some of the datasets that the Province of Sultan Kudarat will utilize:

  1. Family income per municipality and city
  2. Number of PWDs in every municipality
  3. Number of old persons per barangay, municipality and city
  4. Number of youth in every barangay, municipality and city
  5. Number of children in early childhood education
  6. Number of solo parents
  7. Number of parentless children
  8. Ecological profile
  10. Agricultural profile
  11. Educational profile
  12. GAD indicators

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.

The province of Sultan Kudarat designated Elenita L. Saavedra, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, as Data Protection Officer while Assistant Regional Director for Administration Jackiya A. Lao as designated Data Protection Officer of DSWD XII.

“Aside from the fact that Listahanan provides face to the statistics, the Province of SK can use information of poor households in targeting of social assistance programs, planning, validation and research.” – Shared by Maslama B. Hassan, Regional Field Coordinator of Listahanan during the turn-over ceremony.

Maslama B. Hassan, Regional Field Coordinator of DSWD Listahanan

In addition, the generated list of poor families from the database can be shared with national government agencies and other stakeholders upon execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DSWD and the data user to ensure that such data will be used only for its intended purposes.

“The DSWD Listahanan makes available the database of households AT NO COST,” Maslama ended.

DSWD XII Listahanan Data as of December 31, 2017

There were 361,924 identified poor households on SOCCSKSARGEN: South Cotabato – 78,173 HHs, North Cotabato – 138,550 or 38.28% HHs, Sarangani – 55,919 or 15.45% HHs and Sultan Kudarat – 76,724 or 21.20% HHs and Cotabato City – 12,558 or 3.47% HHs.

Of the total 76,724 or 21.20% of the identified poor HHs in the province of Sultan Kudarat, the following are the breakdown per city and municipality:

City / Municipality Identified Poor Households
LEBAK 10,755
ISULAN (Capital) 5,283
Grand Total 76,724

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

To date, the DSWD Listahanan has existing MOA with NEDA XII, Socoteco I, Municipality of Bagumbayan and Province of South Cotabato.

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, UNDP complete P13-M social infra projects in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY— The partnership of Department of Social Welfare and Development and United Nations Development Programme has completed P13. 18 million worth of infrastructure projects, helping various villagers in the region to access basic social services, an agency senior official said Tuesday.

Bonifacio V. Selma Jr., DSWD 12 assistant regional for operations said that 11 community projects have been completed including day care centers, schools, centers for children with special needs and senior citizens building.

“These are projects identified by communities as their pressing needs and funded under the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) of the government with UNDP as our partner service provider,” Selma said.

Selma added that the completed projects were under the monitoring and supervision of the agency’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-A Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Program.

“On the top of these projects is the empowerment of villagers which means they were given the opportunity to actively be involved in the identification, implementation and sustainability mechanisms,” Selma added.

DSWD 12 recently turned over a day care center amounting to P800 thousand in Midsayap town, North Cotabato.

Rhea Peñaflor, assistant secretary for specialized programs and led the turnover ceremony, said that some 30 children need not to walk some five kilometers to village proper by opening of class in June with the completion of day care center in far flung village of Purok 6, Malamote.

“This partnership between DSWD and UNDP is a pilot project in Asia under the sustainable development goal to bring together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and other actors of development,” Peñaflor

Peñaflor also led the turnover early childhood care and development (ECCD) kits amounting to P575 thousand that will benefit 17 day care centers in Midsayap town.

The 17 day care centers received flat screen televisions, complete sets of chairs, tables, sanitation kits, and various visual learning aids.

Meanwhile, Pamela A. Susvilla, DSWD 12 convergence focal person said that under the DSWD and UNDP partnership, there are still 14 community projects that are set to be completed in the coming months amounting to some P23 million.

“We are fast tracking the completions of the remaining projects in order to benefits intented villagers, especially in those geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas,” Susvilla said. (END)

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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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