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Listahanan to validate Social Pension, MCCT beneficiaries

ILOILO CITY – At least 11,873 indigent senior citizens and 940 families in need of special protection in Western Visayas will undergo special validation by the Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The results of the special validation will legitimize the resumption of the payment of monthly stipends of P500 to Social Pension beneficiaries.

On the other hand, the special validation of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program-Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP) beneficiaries will result in their inclusion in the Listahanan database that will guarantee their advancement to the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

For the first quarter of 2014, only 4,478 indigent senior citizens have receive their monthly stipends after it was found that they are the only ones who are included in the database of Listahanan. The suspension of the payment of the monthly stipends of those who are not in the database is based on the General Appropriations Act which includes a provision that only those in the NHTSPR list (now known as Listahanan) can be paid.

Presently, there are more than 32,000 indigent senior citizens in the entire Western Visayas. With the special validation, it is expected that senior citizens who are not in the database but were earlier recommended by their respective local government units be included in Social Pension will receive their monthly stipends.

Next month’s special validation will need a total of 75 field staff who will work as area supervisors, enumerators and encoders. The house-to-house assessment will be conducted in May and will run for 15 days.More special validations may happen in the future to cover all indigent senior citizens in the region.

The Listahanan, the targeting system being implemented by the DSWD, will spearhead the special validations.

Fe Gencianeo, Listahanan’s Regional Field Coordinator said of the 75 field staff, 69 (49 enumerators, 10 area supervisors and 10 encoders) will work for validation of Social Pension Program beneficiaries while six (four enumerators, one area supervisor and one encoder) will be hired to validate the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program-Families in Need of Special Protection beneficiaries. Priority will be given to those who earlier applied for the second round of assessment and are already shortlisted.

Enumerators will undergo training for three days, area supervisors for two days and encoders will be trained for one day before they will be deployed in the field.
The enumerators who will do the house-to-house assessment will be using the two-paged (back-to-back) Family Assessment Form (FAF) with 52 variables in determining the poverty status of targeted poor families. The newly assessed households will then go through proxy means test (PMT) for poor and non-poor identification. PMT is a statistical formula that estimates the income of households based on the proxy variables included in the FAF.

The National Household Targeting Unit will also soon conduct orientations with local government units and local social welfare and development officers who will play a very important role during the conduct of the enumeration in their respective areas./dswd6/WennaBerondo-Bendol

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DSWD6′s director named Ambassador for Peace

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AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE. Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI (DSWD6) was named Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in a ceremony held in Iloilo City on April 12, 2014.

The citation acknowledges “individuals whose lives exemplify the ideal of living for the sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to practices that promote universal moral values, strong family lives, interreligious cooperation, international harmony, a responsible public media, and the establishment of a culture of peace.”

The citation was awarded by UPF-Asia Chairperson Dr. Chung Sik Yong (2nd from left) and witnessed by (leftmost) Archbishop George Augustus Stallings Jr., president of the American Clergy Leadership Conference, and Rev. Julius Malicdem. The UPF is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace centered on universal, spiritual and moral values.

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4th BPSPA WINNER: DSWD6 to turn over cash prize to community

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DSWD 6 led by Assistant Regional Director Joel Galicia (4th from left) shows their trophy, plaque of commendation and P50,000 cash award after it was named as the Grand Prize winner in the National Government Agency category of the 4th Best Public Sector Projects Awards during the awarding ceremony held at Smallville 21 Hotel, Iloilo City, April 4. Also in photo are (from left) SDC Chair Zinnia Teruel, RGADC Chair Fely Ibojos, DSWD 6 Institutional Development Division Chief Rebecca Gemala, Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Project Manager Leo Quintilla and Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer Maricar Calubiran, RDC 6 Acting Chairperson and NEDA 6 Director Ro-Ann Bacal and DOT 6 Director Helen Catalbas. Galicia, who is also the concurrent Deputy Project Manager of Kalahi-CIDSS, said the P50,000 cash prize will be turned over to the community for the maintenance of the project./PIA6 photo

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Far better than before

Lerma Hidayawan of Brgy. Vista Alegre, Bacolod City attends to her sari-sari store.

Lerma Hidayawan of Brgy. Vista Alegre, Bacolod City attends to her sari-sari store.

RUNNING a sari-sari store and keeping it afloat despite the mushrooming of competitors nearby can be very difficult. Prizes have to be kept competitive. The “suki” (avid buyers) have to be sustained. Stocks should be readily available.

To edge up on the competition, Lerma Hidayawan uses diligence and careful planning in managing her sari-sari store. She also boasts of this one more advantage: she now meticulously puts into practice the lessons she learned from her attendance to livelihood trainings facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The 47-year-old Lerma of Brgy. Vista Alegre, Bacolod City has taken on a lot of menial works in the past. She used to help husband Danilo sell fishes in the neighborhood. But when sickness got into him and he was forced to rest, Lerma stood as both father and mother to her four children. For one a half year, she ventured into buying and selling fried chicken that gave her, at most, P200 income if fully sold out.

Lerma also recalled working as a street sweeper in Bacolod City under the City Government for one year.

“Tanan lang nga paagi, ginhimo ko para mabuhi ko ang mga kabataan (I did everything I could to provide for my children),” said Lerma.

Lerma considered it a blessing when, in 2011, her family was chosen as beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD. Two of her children – Jennylyn, now 12 years old; and Jenerose, now eight years old – receive P300 each as education assistance from the Program on top of the P500 health grant for the family.

Lerma was happy to share that since the start of Pantawid Pamilya, their family has been abiding by the conditions of the Program on health, education and attendance to Family Development Session (FDS). Proof to their compliance is their full availment of P2,200 cash grant every two months.

Lerma Hidayawan of Brgy. Vista Alegre, Bacolod City is a picture of contentment as she remarked how far better her life is now.

Lerma Hidayawan of Brgy. Vista Alegre, Bacolod City is a picture of contentment as she remarked how far better her life is now.



Her inclusion in Pantawid Pamilya also opened doors of opportunities for Lerma. In June 2012, she and 24 other beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya availed of seed capital for their chosen micro-enterprise under the Self-employment Assistance- Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Program of DSWD.

Dureza Oropesa, Project Development Officer of DSWD Field Office VI, said SEA-K is one of the components of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department that provides seed capital and entrepreneurship trainings to economically-active poor.

Lerma’s group, which they named FF Achievers SEA-K Association, is the first group of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who availed of seed capital amounting to P125,000, Oropesa added.

“Bago kami natagaan pondo, damo nga trainings amon gin-atenan kag damo gid kami nahibal-an kung paano magpalakat sang negosyo (Before we were given funding, we attended so many trainings where we learn a lot on how to manage a business),” Lerma said.

Lerma got her P5,000 and started a “bigasan” (rice retailing outlet) which she set up in their house. She also started a small store, selling basic food items.

Early in 2013, Oropesa tapped Lerma to attend another training this time, in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Coca-Cola.

“Lerma was very active as a Parent Leader of Pantawid Pamilya and a treasurer of FF Achievers SKA. She thirsts for more knowledge and skills to further improve her small business that it didn’t need a second invitation for her to say yes to attend the S3TAR Program,” Oropesa said.

S3TAR is the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources program of TESDA and Coca-Cola for women with existing sari-sari stores. The program provides free entrepreneurship training for three months. Training participants, whom they call “scholars,” are given certificates of completion on Basic Entrepreneurship course, additional capital from accredited lending or micro-finance institutions, and freebies for stores such as cooler, signage and promo items from Coke.

Lerma shares that her determination to apply the knowledge and skills she got from these trainings greatly helped her efficiently manage her store which now gives her an average daily earnings of P1,000.

“Gin-utihan ko gid sunod ang mga tips nga gintudlo nila sa amon. Dapat appealing sa manugbakal ang pag-arrange sang baligya, paano mag-entertain sang manugbakal. Adlaw-adlaw ginalista ko kung ano ang mabakal. Amo na nga nagdako ang kita namon. Kag syempre dapat may gina-save gid (I meticulously practiced the tips that they taught us. The arrangement of the items should be appealing, how to entertain the buyers. Everyday, I would list down the most-sought after items. That is why our earnings upped. And of course, I learned the value of savings),” Lerma said.

Lerma’s face light up in delight as she observes how her situation now is far better than it was before.

“Mahambal ko nga naka-angat na, medyo nakaginhawa na kami subong. Mahatag na gid namon subong ang mga kinahanglan sang mga kabataan sa ila pag-eskwela. Ang balay namon, napa-amat-amat naman namon pakay-o halin sa kita sang tiangge kag re-loaning namon sa SEA-K (I can say that our life has improved. We can now provide for our children’s needs in school. We have gradually repaired our house through our store’s income and the re-loan we got from SEA-K),” said Lerma.

She added that her husband Danilo has gone back to working and now earns from driving motorcycles or from working in construction, whenever there is available.

“Damo-damo ako plano. Damo-damo ako handum. Handum ko gid nga mapatapos sanday Jennylyn and Jenerose sa high school. Kay ang duha nila ka magulang, wala nakatapos high school. May blessing gid man basta gasalig lang (I have so many plans. I have so many dreams. It is really my hope that Jennylyn and Jenerose finish high school. Because their two other elders were not able to graduate from high school. Blessings come to people who have faith, indeed),” she said.

Lerma’s plans are seemingly achievable as can be seen in the effort and dedication she gives to her store and all other undertakings she meets along the way. (DSWD6/ Alma Jornadal-Estember)

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Bacolod City hosts Listahanan’s nat’l program review

BACOLOD CITY –At least 106 key staff of the DSWD’s Listahanan from across 17 regions of the country are gathered here for the project’s National Program Review and Evaluation Workshop.

The National PREW, which is slated from April 1-5, 2014, provides venue for Listahanan’s Deputy Regional Program Managers, Regional Focal Persons, Regional Field Coordinators, Regional Information Technology Officers and Regional Associate Statisticians to discuss the project’s accomplishments in the past 2013 and lay down the things that are yet to be done this year.

“After the success of our mid-year PREW in General Santos in July last year, I believe today is the opportune time for us to again gather and discuss things concerning the project, which now carries the brand name Listahanan,” said Evangeline Felecio, DSWD 6 Assistant Regional director for Administration.

Felecio who is also the concurrent Deputy Regional Project Manager of Listahanan for Region 6 said she is hoping that “after this workshop, we will all be enlightened especially on the upcoming special validation of Social Pension beneficiaries and the second round of assessment.”

During the five-day workshop, each of the regions was made to present their accomplishments in 2013. Participants were also briefed on the guidelines in the conduct of special validation for beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program (MCCT) and the beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program.

Key staff of the Listahanan from the 17 regions of the country are gathered in Bacolod City to review the accomplishments of the project and plan for the upcoming activities, particularly the special validations of poor beneficiaries that will happen in the next few months./dswd6

Key staff of the Listahanan from the 17 regions of the country are gathered in Bacolod City to review the accomplishments of the project and plan for the upcoming activities, particularly the special validations of poor beneficiaries that will happen in the next few months./dswd6

There were also focused group discussions on the Family Assessment Form, which will be used to gather the poor families’ data during the house-to-house enumeration. The participants pilot tested the two-page FAF during a field practicum at Sitio Esperanza, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City.

Director Vince Andrew Leyson of the National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) is optimistic that the participants will be able to practice what they have learned during the workshop when they return to their respective regions.

The NHTO targets to conduct the special validation of poor senior citizens aged 77 and above who would be included in the list of beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program./dswd/Wenna B. Bendol


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DSWD6 calls for volunteers for packing of P834M-worth of goods

ILOILO City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is calling on volunteers to help in the packing of relief goods amounting to P887 million for its third and last tranche of distribution.

“Since it’s summer season and many students are on a vacation, we are calling on them to help us in the packing of goods for faster distribution to Local Government Units (LGUs),” said Judith Tanate, head of Crisis Intevention Unit and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Unit of DSWD.

Tanate said this is the final round of relief distribution as the region begins in early recovery and rehabilitation stage. Interested volunteers could come and join other volunteers at Juan Tong Building in Rizal, Lapuz, Lapaz, Iloilo.

“We are doing this to respond to typhoon Yolanda survivors. While there are those who have already recovered, there are still families who live with their relatives and neighbors. There are also families living in makeshift houses. With the relief goods, we hope that we are making life a bit better for them.”

The agency has already distributed packed goods amounting to P155 million for the Provinces of Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Negros Occidental and Guimaras.


According to Tanate, a total of 515,071 families will be receiving the last tranche of relief distribution for Yolanda surviors.

Each pack, amounting to P1,250, will contain 25 kilos of rice, 20 canned goods, 20 packs of noodles and 20 sachets of 3-in-1 coffee.

If broken down, Aklan will have 91,258 families who will receive the goods; Antique, 45,953 families; Iloilo, 179, 396 families; and Capiz, 137,314 families.


Tanate also reiterated that the releasing of goods is through the LGUs.

“The regional office will do the packing of goods, in partnership with other National Government Agencies, volunteer organizations and students, and then we release to the LGUs,” said Tanate.

According to her, they are actually persuading the LGUs to bring with them their own volunteers as well as trucks to hasten the packing and hauling of goods.

“Currently, we are awaiting for the bulk delivery of the supplies so we could speedily distribute to the LGUs. We already have so much supply that needs packing by now thus the call for volunteers. When supplies from Manila will be delivered, we will be needing a lot more volunteers,” she said./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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DSWD6 to spend P384M for livelihood aid to Yolanda survivors

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI will implement a P384 million-worth livelihood project for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

Dubbed as Cash for Work for restoration and rebuilding of community livelihood assets, the project will fund farm to market road restoration, dredging of irrigation canals, repair of public maket, mangrove plantation and  other activities towards restoration of livelihood similar activities.

“Many have lost their means of livelihood because of the typhoon. This cash for work program aims to restore livelihood activities in localities,” said Masculino.

Masculino said that the beneficiaries will be coming from 84 municipalities within the 50 kilometer radius of the path of the typhoon. There will 84,000 families who will benefit, with each town having 1,000 participants.

Each participant will receive P4,305 for a 15-day work at P287 per day.

According to Masculino, they have already communicated for  LGUs to submit their proposal as well as the list of beneficiaries.

“Those who can benefit are typhoon Yolanda survivors, either they had partially or totally damaged houses,” she said.


The municipalities included in the typhoon’s path areAltavas, Balete, Banga, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Kalibo, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Malay, Makato, Malinao, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia and Tangalan, all in Aklan Province.

In Antique, towns identified were Barbaza, Bugasong, Caluya, Culasi, Laua-an, Libertad, Pandan, Patnongon, San Remigio, Sebaste, Tibiao andValderama.

For Capiz, named towns wereCuartero, Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao, Ivisan, Jamindan, Maayon, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, Pontevedra, Pres. Roxas, Roxas City, Sapi-an, Sigma, and Tapaz.

On the other hand, Iloilo LGUs identified were Ajuy, Alimodian, Anilao, Badiangan, Balasan, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Bingawan, Cabatuan, Calinog, Carles, Concepcion, Dingle, Duenas, Dumangas, Estancia, Janiuay, Lambunao, Lemery, Maasin, Mina, New Lucena, Passi City, Pototan, San Dionisio, San Enrique, San Rafael, Sara and Zarraga.

In Negros Occidental, identified were Cadiz City, EB Magalona, Escalante City, Manapla, Sagay City, Silay City and Victorias City.


The DSWD is also calling on LGUs to submit detailed proposals on the program of work where the beneficiaries will engage in.

“In the first batch of cash for work program which the department implemented, the battle neck was in the preparation of proposals. Submitted to us were documents not including the specific work and its scope. For a proposal to be approved, the program of works should be clear,” said  JudithTanate, head of the Crisis Intervention Unit and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Unit.

Masculino, for her part, said that they have given April 15, 2014 as deadline in the submission of proposals to the regional office, already including the list of beneficiaries./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo


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6 SGP-PA scholars get academic awards

How much is P400 worth to you?

The six SGP-PA scholars who are recently recognized as Academic Awardees of WVSU-CAF in Lambunao, Iloilo pose for a souvenir picture with Mr. Jonathan Anteza, DSWD Field Office VI’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Regional Project Coordinator and Ms. Corrina Rene Magbanua, SGP-PA Coordinator. /dswd6

The six SGP-PA scholars who are recently recognized as Academic Awardees of WVSU-CAF in Lambunao, Iloilo pose for a souvenir picture with Mr. Jonathan Anteza, DSWD Field Office VI’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Regional Project Coordinator and Ms. Corrina Rene Magbanua, SGP-PA Coordinator. /dswd6

For some it could be a meager amount probably just enough for three value meals at a fast food chain, an hour stay at a massage spa, and other perks to provide them temporary happiness

For Jocelyn Aligata, it is worth her future. For her, it could already buy her many things she needs for her school projects to be able to pass her subjects.

Amo na (P400) ang pinakadaku nga napadala nila Mama kag Papa para sa akon allowance (That is the biggest amount that Mama and Papa sent for my allowance),” she said.

And that motivated her to study harder.

Jocelyn, 23, is among the six Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA) scholars who received medals as academic awardees during the “Pasidungog 2014” recently held at the WVSU-CAF campus in Lambunao, Iloilo.

The incoming third year Bachelor of Science in Forestry said it was her first ever award in school.

The other SGP-PA scholars who are academic awardees are Jovelyn Dulman, Johnny Lutrago, Rey-An Montes, Irene Ortega, and Ledy Villarma, all taking up Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

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Jocelyn Aligata of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental said their being poor did not make her lose hope. Rather, it motivated her to do her best./dswd6

Jocelyn Aligata of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental said their being poor did not make her lose hope. Rather, it motivated her to do her best./dswd6

Jocelyn is the eldest among seven children of Juanito Aligata, 56, a fisherman, and Rosario Aligata, 48, a housewife of Zone I, Barangay Tagda, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.

Sang primero nabudlayan ko kay nakulbaan ko. Lima ka tuig na bala nga wala ko kaeswela (At first it was difficult because I was nervous. It has been five years since I quit schooling),” she shared. “Nalipay gid ko sang nabal-an ko nga nakuha ako nga scholar sang SGP-PA (I was so happy when I learned that I became a scholar of SGP-PA).”

Being a scholar, Jocelyn is entitled to a free tuition, uniform and book allowance which total to P60,000 a year.

Pero kung kis-a, kung damo gid projects kulang ang allowance ko, amo nga gapangayo ako nila Mama. Ang ginapadala nila sa akon kung ano lang makaya nila eh kay syempre pigado man (But sometimes, when we have many projects, my allowance as scholar gets short so I ask money from my parents. They send me what they can just afford because my family is poor),” she said.

Trying to hold back her tears, Jocelyn related the hardships they have gone through while she was growing up. “Pero wala kami kaagi nagutman kay mapisan si Papa kag kung wala na gid kami makaon nagahulam kami bugas sa tupad balay (But we never got hungry because Papa always find a way and when we don’t have something to eat we borrow rice from our neighbour).”

At 18 years old, Jocelyn went to Manila to work as househelp to be able to augment what her father earns from fishing and to help send her younger siblings to school.

Another SGP-PA scholar, Jhonny Lutrago, from San Isidro, Toboso, also of Negros Occidental, did not only finish his second year as Academic Awardee. He was even elected as the college representative to the Student Council of WVSU-CAF.

A typical case of a “sacada boy,” Jhonny is also giving his all not only to be able to finish his studies but also to excel. However, unlike Jocelyn, who got her first ever medal only in college, he has been a constant achiever since grade school.

“Proud gid ako kay nahatagan kami sang tsansa nga makaeskwela kag sa high standard pa nga eskwelahan amo nga gatuon gid ko sing maayo. Kag gusto ko gid nga makabulig sa akon pamilya nga makatibawas sa kapigadohon (I am very proud because we were given a chance to study in a high standard school. I really want to help my family out of poverty),” he said.

Happy but sad

Ang medal ko subong isa ka pamatuod nga wala gid sang imposible kung nagahandum kag nagatutom ang isa ka tawo. Average student lang gid ko halin sang una, pero ginahimo ko gid ang best ko kay goal ko gid nga makatapos kag makabulig sa akon pamilya (This medal is a proof that there is nothing impossible if one has a dream and that person works hard to achieve that dream. I was just an average student but I am doing my best because it is my ultimate goal to finish my studies to be able to help my family),” she added.

Jocelyn is the only one in the family who is able to study in college. Her two sisters, who are high school graduates, are working as a sales lady and a househelp, respectively. Jocelyn was also working as househelp in Manila when she learned she was chosen to be an SGP-PA scholar and she never had a second thought accepting it because “it was a dream come true.”

Nalipay gid ako kay first time ko nga naka-medal. Pero nasuboan ako kay wala diri si Mama kag si Papa subong (I am so happy because this is the first time that I received a medal. But I am also sad because Mama and Para are not here right now),” she said misty-eyed./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol 

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