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DSWD6 Social Pension gets commendations

The group of elderly are excitedly waiting for their names to be called to get their social pension during the Pay out at Negros, Occidental.

‘’Tungod sa inyo efforts, nabuhinan ang sakada sa antique’’ Rhodora Cadio, Governor of Province of Antique said in commending the DSWD VI on the implementation of Social Pension Program.

This senior citizen couple from Pontevedra Negros Occidental, receive Social Pension thru the agency.

As known, the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens is one of the provisions stated under Section 5 Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
It is an additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos Only (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens, subject to a review every two years by Congress in consultation with the DSWD.

With this, the agency targeted 365,203 indigent senior citizens in the six provinces of Western Visayas last year and served the same number perfectly with 100% corresponding amount of Php 2,191,218,000.00 disbursed in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz ,Guimaras ,Iloilo and Negros Occidental and two lone districts of Iloilo City and Bacolod City.

Aside from this, a total of 7,030 senior citizens were delisted in the list beneficiaries due to death, transferred residence and found out to be pensioners of SSS, GSIS and other private insurance companies.

“We had several skills enhancement and capability trainings conducted per province last year at the same time reviewed the Social Pension implementation to ensure the successful operation of the program,” says Judith Barredo, DSWD6 Social Pension Focal.

She said, “thru these, we become one of the Top Performing Units of the agency in the Directors List of Awards, with the exemplary program performance innovation in CY 2017”.

Furthermore, the agency was also recognized for advocating the replication of social pension for Indigent Senior Citizens in the Local Government Units. /MARYANNROBLES/MERRY JEZZEL M. BRENDIA/DSWD6

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Jeffrey: From a street kid to entrepreneur

“I was once a street kid who never thought that my life will change,” says Jeffrey Pineda, once DSWD Pantawid Admin Aide.

Jeffrey Pineda or “jepoy” as his friends call him, a 27-year old entrepreneur, was formerly a street youngster who never thought that his life would change. “I experienced to be a scavenger, a construction worker and a laborer. Until I realized that I must do something for my future.”

Jeffrey said “I enrolled in Sharing Computer Access Locally and Abroad (SCALA). After the six-month training, I was recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Trainees in our batch. I had my on-the-job (OJT) in April 2011 at the DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. “

“I continued to volunteer in DSWD Pantawid to enhance my knowledge in computer and to learn more about the program. Because of grit and perseverance, I was hired as encoder and was assigned in accounting.”

“My hard work paid off. I gave my first salary to my mom to buy our dinner and kept the remaining for our other expenses. Since then, I never stop dreaming, I worked wholeheartedly and many had recognized my dedication. I became a breadwinner up until I have my own family. “

He, also expressed that diligence is one of the key factors to be recognized. “I have survived through striving and doing any tasks assigned to me.”

“I was really blessed to be part of SCALA and DSWD FOVI, who also had taught me to have grit and dedication. “

Recently, Jeffrey has a food business, the result of his sweats, that by some means according to him, could help them in their daily and future expenses.

“Really, poverty is not a hindrance to pursue our goals if we are determined to become successful,” Jeffrey finally said. /REIZYL JOY BALAYO/MERRYJEZZELBRENDIA/DSWD6

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192,927 WV children avail feeding program

Supplementary Feeding Benes are praying before having their meal for the day.

Children Benes of SF are having fun listening to their teacher while waiting for their meals
to be served.

A total of 192,927 children in Western Visayas availed of the government’s feeding program.

These 3 to 5 year-old children that enrolled in the day care centers, get a full meal for 120 days that is implemented by DSWD in partnership with Local Government Units.

The government has invested more than P300 million for the program. These could help the children improve their physical aspect such as body & health so that they will not be sick and hungry while they are at young age.

“Through the program, we will be able to help curb the hunger’’, said Diana Alcantara, DSWD nutritionist.

Last 2017, DSWD6 targeted number of children beneficiaries in Western Visayas per province.  In AKLAN-13,135; ANTIQUE-21,386; CAPIZ-17,829; GUIMARAS-4,415; ILOILO-61,442; and NEGROS OCCIDENTAL-74,720. The actual number of children beneficiaries served for the said year are as follows; AKLAN-13,687; ANTIQUE-24,059; CAPIZ-19,695; GUIMARAS-5,045; ILOILO-63,553; and NEGROS OCCIDENTAL-72,251.

Through this DSWD SF got the 97% financial accomplishment that shows exactly how the agency gives importance and attention to the children beneficiaries.

Also, In the Province of Capiz, the Municipality of Sapian Feeding Program has contributed much to the program implementation of the agency. They organized sets of officers who are responsible to ensure the program operations.

According to Ma. Theresa L. Aguilar Focal Person of Municipality of Sapian, different committees were created on food preparation, cooking, marketing, deworming and weighting.

“Day Care parents were oriented of proper food preparation/handling and sanitary practices to ensure that the children will eat clean and healthy food,”she said.

“Parents were also encouraging to maintain vegetable and herbal garden in their day care centers for them to have fresh vegetables to cook during their feeding, this will also teach the parents on proper work orientation thriftiness and prepare cheap but nutritious food for their children,” she finally said.

Moreover, Supplementary Feeding Program is implemented in response to the 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) conducted by the National Statistics Office which should that 11 percent of Filipino families had income that cannot buy the food needed by family members for nutritional well-being and health. These families can be considered as hungry and food poor.  Along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, KALAHI-CIDSS or Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services and Sustainable Livelihood Program, Supplementary Feeding seeks to achieve Millennium Development Goal No. 1, which is eradicating extreme poverty and hunger./ Joanna Rose C. Jabonete/DSWD6

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DSWD releases 856T worth of relief goods

The DSWD Region VI released P856,806-worth of relief goods for families affected by typhoon Agaton. If broken down, the different municipalities of Capiz had benefited the said amount.
“We laud the Local Government Units (LGUs)for the quick response and using their own resources in disaster operations. They were the ones who first responded. We only augmented them,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director.

Dao received goods amounting to P58,566; Pontevedra, Php 104,442; Sigma, Php 74,022; Panitan, Php 388,296 and Maayon, Php 231,480.The amount covered 87 barangays; 12,318 families and 55,317 persons in the different municipalities of Capiz.

Geamala maintained that the DSWD has a standby stockpile for family packs numbering to 18,000 for any eventually, whether man-made or natural disaster.

“The stockpile is being maintained to ensure that we have family packs should the need arises,” said Geamala./dswd6/Juvy Ann Caceres

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Geamala enthuses Binirayan spectators

“We should have a role to play in our community,” says Rebecca P. Geamala, DSWD 6 Regional Director during the 1st Provincial Binirayan Sectoral Congress 2017 @ EBJ Freedom Park, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on December 17.

Despite of the weather condition, Geamala continued to inspire the spectators who also took time to witness and participate in the Binirayan Festival 2017.

As known, Binirayan Festival showcases Antiqueno’s aspirations, justice, progress and prosperity. This is a celebration reminding Antiqueno’s pride for his culture, heritage and history.

Geamala continually motivated the listeners telling them that the agency is committed to help develop and eradicate the poverty in the province on her inspirational message.

Groups from different sectors particularly Senior Citizens and Day Care Pupils showcased their talents through dancing and singing.

Also, Outstanding Individuals in the implementation of Social Welfare and Development Initiatives were recognized and awarded.

Among the awardees were Chynna Pajares, Exemplary Child Regional Winner and Villasor Family, Huwarang Pamilya Regional Winner.

Pantawid, SLP and other programs workers of the agency were among the attendees in the said festival.

To ensure the participation of the Social Welfare and Development Sectors for the continuing quest for Development and Poverty Eradication of the Provincial Government addressing Listahanan 2015 survey is one of the objectives of the said festivity. #Merry Jezzel Brendia/DSWD6

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DSWD6 sends goods for Urduja evacuees, strandees

THE DSWD6 released food packs for evacuees and strandees in Iloilo when Urduja hit Panay Island.

Records showed that 227 family food packs were released by the agency. Of which, 40 were used to feed stranded passengers bound for Cebu, Manila and Cagayan while 187 were dispatched for evacuees in Concepcion, Iloilo.

Each food pack costs P360 with six kilos of rice and 10 cans of sardines.

“We laud the quick response of the Local Government Units. The pre-emptive evacuations that they did really helped,” said Geamala.

Geamala called for a meeting on Monday morning, immediately after no area in Western Visayas was placed under storm signal anymore.

The DSWD, which leads the Response cluster, provides augmentation to LGUs should they need additional resources.

“The first responders are still the LGUs. And at this time, we are glad that they are very responsive including using their own resources to provide for the evacuees in their localities,” said Geamala.

The DSWD  has placed its Quick Response Team on alert last week.

Pre-positioned food packs were ensured in the different provinces so that anytime, the LGUs could access them should need arises.

The agency’s Logistics committee also conducted a separate meeting to ensure enough stockpile of relief packs for any eventuality.

“We assure that we have enough stockpile. We have 18,000 food packs ready for dispatch,” said Geamala.

All personnel of DSWD were also ordered to assist the LGUs in conducting disaster operations.

As of this writing, evacuation centers in Aklan and Capiz were reported closed and the people are back to their houses./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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Paving the Way for the Young and Old

What is the value of a road? For septuagenarians and students, a simple cemented road can ease their discomfort and provide accessibility.

In Mayapay, Buruanga, Aklan, 73-year old Orlando Taneza has seen his life change since the Kalahi-CIDSS financed village road was built.

“Mas masadya tana kaeon kay nakay-ad na ang kalsada. Ang dalan kang una kalisod-lisod. Sang una ro di kalasa-lasa gid, (It is better now since a new road is constructed. Before the road is difficult and muddy,” said Taneza.

Taneza, who is already a septuagenarian says he appreciates the government for addressing their needs which already been existing for decades.  “Hay bukot sementado sang una dya lang nag sementado (It is only now that the road is cemented. Before it was not),” he said.

“Gapanaw lang sang una ang mga estudyante. Dahan-dahan lang sila nga indi makadusmo (Before, the students just walked. They walked slowly in order not to slip),” he says.

The new road replaced a narrow path that farmers used to haul their products to market such as copra, vegetables, and bananas.

Taneza recalls before they only carried on their backs their produce from the different sitios to town proper. Today, there are single motorcycles which traverse their village until the nearby village of Bel-is.

Another, septuagenarian Gliceria Sim says it is now much convenient for people to go back and forth especially for people who are of her age.

At 75, Sim enjoys walking from Mayapay to the nearby village of Bel-is though the sun is already up. She was shy but laughs when asked how the project benefits the community especially to the elderly.


With a total Internal Revenue Allotment of P1,402,874, it is impossible for the barangay to allocate fund in building a road project.

Janine Iguiron

Building a road using the Kalahi-CIDSS way is not easy. It was a challenging process at the outset, says Janine Iguiron, Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee chairperson.

Iguiron recalls that at first, she was very hesitant to become the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee chairperson to implement the construction of the 210 meters road project since she was not even a barangay official and a leader.

Her fears address after a series of seminars and trainings conducted by Kalahi-CIDSS among the pool of community volunteers. “Abu-abo gid akon natun-an sa Kalahi-CIDSS bilang isa ka volunteer. Na empowered gid ako sa andang lessons (As a volunteer, I learn a lot from Kalahi-CIDSS, I was empowered because of their teachings). “

Being a community volunteer is not easy. It means taking their time without compensation.

She agrees to lead the pool of communities in Mayapay since she has also seen the sacrifices of people because of inaccessible road. “Nakita nakon ang sakripisyo it mga tawo halin sang una asta nga diya (I have seen the sacrifices of the people before and until now). “

Iguiron says she lived in Manila for more than 20 years and when she returned nothing had changed, the road is still inaccessible.

She says as the lead person among the community volunteers, they had to convince people to donate land for the road. Luckily, one resident donated 6 meters wide and 210 meters long land to give way to the road project.

There was no compensation made since the village did not have a budget for it. They also find it difficult to look for contractors for the project.

The refusal of the people to recognize the Community-Driven Development process and the doubting Thomases in the community also adds up to the challenges in implementing the project, with the community identifying the project and volunteers as lead persons in implementing.


The road project was identified during a village assembly. It was the people who pushed for the project. Luckily, it was prioritized for Kalahi-CIDSS funding, said Iguiron.

Mayapay has seven sitios namely, Liyang, Centro, Bobonga, Cabudwan, Riverside 1 and Riverside 2. The road project is located in Sitio Atintin to Bobonga.

“Grabe ang sakripisyo kang mga tawo nga gaagi di sa amon dalan. Hindi man kasaka ang salakyan (It was a dreadful sacrifice for the people who passed our road. Vehicles could not go up),” she says.

“Copra gid tana ang main produkto namon. Dati ang copra, ginasulod sa sako kag ginapas-an et tawo nga 50-60 kilos ang bug-at. Ang bayad kada sako tag p50-60 sa nagahakwat (Our main product here is copra. Before we placed the copra in sacks and being carried on their shoulders, each sack is 50-60 kilos),” she says.

The muddy road is not only the concern of farmers but also of students who have to walk through it.

“Lasa-lasa ang diya nga dalan pati mga estudyante naga agi di naga tsinelas lang. Wa pa anay sila gasuksok et uniform bale udto lang sila sa ubos gasuksok dahil maputikan ag malasa ang anda ya sapatos (The road is muddy and students only wear slippers. They do not wear their uniforms until they reached in the outer portion of the village because it will smudge their shoes),” she says.

Mayapay also connects to the nearby village of Bel-is. With the road project, it made easier for students from Bel-is Elementary School to reach the school even if it rains.

Iguiron says it took them more than 20 years to have a good road. “Kabuhay-buhay ro gid tana ginapangarap it amon mga pumuluyo diri sa amon barangay mabutangan it dalan (Our people have long been dreaming of a road here).”

Buruanga is one of the municipalities in the province of Aklan which was affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. It became a Kalahi-CIDSS municipality as part of the government’s response to address the needs of typhoon-affected towns.

In 2014, Kalahi-CIDSS provided more than P15 million grant to Buruanga to finance the construction of 14 scale projects including the 210-meter road project in Mayapay.


In bringing their community greater prosperity, Iguiron, her fellow community volunteers, and barangay officials combined their efforts to complete the road project.

“Nakabatyag man kami kalipay sawakas natapos man amon project paagi sa kalisod-lisod nga processo kag kadamo lang nga problema (We are happy that our project is already finished through a complicated process and all the problems),” says Iguiron.

Now, at 42 years old, Iguiron says their dream came true because if the community’s volunteerism. “Ang bolunterismo amo nga i-offer mo gid kanag time, imo ea bulig para sa kamalayran et barangay (In volunteerism, you have to offer your time for the good of the barangay).”

“Ang amon dalan kalisod gid sang una, diya nakita ko nga natapos abo gid ang akon kalipay dahil isa ako sa mga haligi nga nakapatindog ea nga proyekto (Our road before is impassable, today our road is already completed, I’m happy one of those behind its completion),” she says.

“Gapabilin gid sa akon ang natun-an ko sa Kalahi-CIDSS. Ang pagkakaisa sa mga proyekto  ng ating gobyerno ro masarap sa pakiramdam na is aka sa nakabulig  (What I learned in Kalahi-CIDSS stays within me. It feels good to help in implementing government projects),” she says. # (MMC/Kalahi-CIDSS/DSWD)

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The Lure of Mararison: Storm Begets Tourism, Environmental Protection

Jackstone-type cement structures provide Mararison its first line of defense against coastal erosion- a threat to the alluring island

Mararison! The name itself conjures the image of things exotic and mysterious.

A small, hook-shaped island off Antique province, Mararison (or Malalison) has recently emerged as a tourist destination due to its picturesque mountain ridges, a mini-rainforest, a lustrous beach made of corals and refined white shells, and clear waters teeming with marine life, a magnet for divers.

But, only a few years ago, this island barangay, a part of Culasi town, was in danger of getting swallowed by the sea.

Since 2002, this beautiful white sand beach has been eroding. Little by little, the sea water has gnawed at the white sand and shifted some towards the middle of the island.

Despite the environmental degradation, however, the islanders were hardly bothered.

But things got worse in 2008 and 2013 when Typhoons Frank and Yolanda cut a wide swathe of destruction across major parts of the Visayas.

By then the residents felt the tremendous wrath of nature as the typhoons not only disconfigured the landscape but also their homes and barangay infrastructures.

Culasi Municipal Agriculture Officer Amancio Estolloso said more than 100 meters of white sand beach disappeared into the sea due to Yolanda.  Along with it came the barangay plaza and classrooms of the Malalison Elementary School

Estolloso, who is at the same time the Kalahi-CIDSS vice-convenor, said households and structures, including the SEAFDEC station, located along the shores were destroyed.

Estolloso said residents now feared that more houses will disappear in the coming years. Residents living along the shoreline were forced to move to higher ground.

The school and barangay plaza were transferred to the hilly part of the island.

Not too long ago, the villagers waged a valiant effort against the constant erosion wrought by tidal action, the monsoon, and wave surges. They tried to build sea walls in their front yards. Their efforts proved puny against the forces of nature.

Typhoon Yolanda opened their eyes. The damage on Mararison’s storm-battered shoreline exposed the vulnerability of the community to coastal erosion and absence of appropriate infrastructure to address an environmental problem.

Thus, the residents presented the need for the construction of jackstone type coastal protection during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF).

In 2014, Mararison’s construction of jackstone type coastal protection was prioritized for funding in the 2nd Cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation.

The project was to be completed within 40 calendar days beginning November 2014. But it was finished more than a year later in 2016 because of some issues

The hauling of raw materials was difficult and costly. But this was expected. What was not anticipated was the dearth of workers. Community participation was a problem.

The reason? Tourism.

While Typhoon Yolanda did a lot of damage, photos of the island that were posted during relief operations drew a lot of attention to its beauty. It sparked tourism, both local and foreign. In 2015, the number of tourist arrivals drastically increased to unprecedented heights. And the trend continued until 2016. Thus, rather than work on the project, many residents would rather focus on earning a living through fishing and tourism.

Still, some of the community volunteers persisted in pushing the project not minding the difficulties. They applied the Community-Driven Development (CDD), as a process to get the project done.

Volunteer Shiena Doroteo, whose house is one of the structures destroyed by Typhoon Frank, said she had been living on the island for 27 years. Throughout these years, many things have changed. Houses and other structures have disappeared. Even concrete structures were not spared.

“Sa tuod rugya amon balay kadya pero sa mga bagyo nga nag-agi two hectares ginkaon pati amon balay nadula (Our house on this side, but when the typhoons came two hectares was swallowed and our house vanished).”

Doroteo said she volunteered in Kalahi-CIDSS because of the importance of the project in protecting the community. And she wants the younger generation to enjoy the white sand beach.

She recalled that there were times they have to leave the island even if it is raining hard just to attend Kalahi-CIDSS trainings in the town proper.

While Barangay Treasurer Jose Ajero said she is grateful that the proposed project was prioritized for funding since they were not prioritized in the 1st Cycle of implementation.

She added the barangay alone has no capacity to build and finance such project. The project cost P2.9 million for the 210 jackstone type coastal protection.

The persistence and dedication of the community volunteers paid off when the project was finally completed and installed in one portion of the island.

Today, the white sand, broken corrals and shells slowly fill the island’s eroded portion.  It becomes a playground for visiting tourists.

The influx of tourists in the island provides the community an opportunity from making money aside from fishing.

This project has a huge impact in protecting the shoreline against erosion. If not for the white sand, tourists would not come here, said Estolloso.

He explained that the jackstone also protected the marine sanctuary in the island. The jackstone prevented the sand from being swept by the sea. The sanctuary is home to a number of fish species such as grouper and butterfly fish.

While the island is still recovering from its coastal erosion, the local government unit is proposing to abate human activities such as prohibiting the construction of concrete structures and exercise proper waste disposal in the island. # (MMC/Kalahi-CIDSS/DSWD)

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