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DSWD6: We’re working 24/7 to pay ESA to Ilonggos


SARA, Iloilo- The head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here assured Ilonggos that they are working 24/7 to fast track the payment of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to Yolanda survivors.
“We have been working 24/7 to ensure that Ilonggos will have a merry Christmas,” said Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, regional director of DSWD Field Office VI.
Macapobre told this to the residents of Sara, Iloilo during the releasing of ESA worth P9 million on Wednesday (December 17) , specifically P30,000 each for 300 families. Also present were Congressman Niel Tupas Jr. and Vice Mayor Neptali Salcedo.
The ESA is being released by the agency as part of the rehabilitation efforts to help Yolanda survivors rebuild their homes. The amount of P30,000 is intended for those with totally damaged houses while P10,000 will be released for those with totally damaged houses.
“With the releasing of the assistance, we hope that Ilonggos will be able to repair their houses as soon as possible so that they will have a happy Christmas. Sa Pasko, hindi na sila mababasa dahil hindi na tumutulo ang kanilang bahay (In Christmas, they won’t get wet anymore because their roofs don’t have leakage).

Macapobre also called on the beneficiaries to ensure that the amount goes to the repair and rebuilding of their houses.
“Ensure that the amount goes to the house repair and rebuilding. Do not buy a television or a cellphone,” said Macapobre.

During the activity, it was evident the Sara LGU gave first priority to Persons with Disability (PWDs) and elderly.
Albert Aguinaldo, a PWD, for instance was all smiles when he received the assistance from Macapobre and Tupas.
“Salamat gid sa bulig. Ipakayo ko ni sa akon balay (thank you for the assistance. This is for the repair of my house,” he said.

Seventy-two-year-old Rodolfo Azuelo of Villa Hermosa likewise thanked DSWD regional director Macapobre for the assistance.
He said he is still living in a makeshift house where he lives alone. Azuelo, already paralyzed because of a bullet in his spinal column, said his house was totally damaged when Yolanda lashedin their area. “Bisan muskitero ko ginlupad ni Yolanda (Even my mosquito net was blown away by Yolanda).”
“Madamo gid nga salamat. Ibakal ko ni material para mapag-on ang akon balay (thank you so much. I will use this to buy housing materials so I could have a sturdy house),” Azuelo said
During the event, 25 kilograms of rice per family survivor was also released./dswd6

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P2.5M worth of BUB projects inaugurated in San Carlos City

SAN CARLOS CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently inaugurated several projects in this city with a total funding of P2.5 million, which will benefit hundreds of young children.

DSWD 6 OIC Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca P. Geamala led the inauguration of Lupao Daycare Center in Barangay Quezon, Bairan Daycare Center in Barangay Buluangan and Maragoos Daycare Center in Barangay Nataban. The three projects have a total funding of P2.1 million.

Meanwhile, the DSWD regional office, through the BUB, also provided the funds worth P400,000.00 for the purchase of materials for San Carlos City’s Mobile Education for Streetchildren.

Geamala interacts with the kids who are beneficiaries of the Mobile Education for Streetchildren.

Geamala interacts with the kids who are beneficiaries of the Mobile Education for Streetchildren.

City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor commended and thanked the DSWD and all the people behind the project. In fact, he said, the city government, has been extending its all-out support to the programs of DSWD, particularly the Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program.

On the other hand, Geamala said “the DSWD, as the head agency in social protection, has been implementing various social welfare and development programs in partnership with the LGUs.” She acknowledged the role of the San Carlos City LGU together with the DSWD field workers in the success of the projects of the agency.

“What we conduct today (inauguration) is the result of our partnership plus the hardwork of our people down to the ground,” she stressed./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol



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Rice in relief packs are of good quality –DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assures the public that the rice it is giving as part of relief assistance to calamity-affected families are of good quality.

In this photo, typhoon-affected families in Ajuy, Iloilo receive P30,000 as emergency shelter assistance and 25 kilos of rice each from the DSWD regional office.

“You see, they are white and well-milled. They are of commercial quality,” DSWD 6 director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said contrary to the claims of many that NFA rice given as part of relief for calamity survivors have odor and of poor quality (inset photo)./dswd6

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Yolanda hardest-hit town gets P9M in emergency shelter assistance

photo1ESTANCIA, Iloilo-More than a year ago, this town did not just suffer the paralysis of lives brought by typhoon Yolanda, internationally known Haiyan. It also suffered from the oil spill problem as a barge leaked oil into its waters and destroyed livelihood and marine life.
While damaged houses were still visible, the faces of people who left the Estancia quadrangle on Wednesday (December 16) were beaming with happiness and positive prospects, far from the gloomy mood that engulfed the place right after the typhoon.
Thirteen-year-old Japhet Oliva of Daanbanwa, for instance, was all smiles as he accompanied his mother Josephine in claiming her P30,000 emergency shelter assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office VI.
“Now, we could complete the rebuilding of our house,” Josephine said.
According to Josephine, they did receive relief goods from DSWD and shelter materials from World Vision. “With the materials from World Vision and this emergency shelter assistance, we could already have a place we could call a house,” she said in vernacular.
Their family was only one of the 300 families that received the assistance. The total amount released at P30,000 each was P9 milion.

Forty-two-year-old Marissa Singalivo of Poblacion, Zone II, mother to six children, likewise expressed how grateful she is of the assistance.
“We are still living in a tent provided to us by the Canadians. With this amount, we will be able to buy additional G.I. sheets and wood so we could build a house,” she said.
Marissa also said that she is thankful to the help of the International community and DSWD. She said that the tent has since been their shelter after Yolanda damaged their house. Aside from this, Habitat also provided them with G.I. sheets and wood.
Also, Singalivo is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary, the government of the Philippine’s version of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program, which aims to send children to school and keep them healthy.
“Despite the damages of the typhoon, my children have continued their schooling because of Pantawid,” she said.

With prospects of finally building their own homes, a number of the ESA recipients brought with them their spouse and children.
Fernando Veloso, for instance, had his wife and two children join him.
He approached DSWD representative Rosario Sanagustin and told her these words, “Salamat gid kay mapahuman na namon ang amon balay (Thank you because of this, we could finish the construction of our house.”
Congressman Niel “Junjun” Tupas, Jr. of Iloilo’s fifth district also graced the event along with Estancia mayor Rene Cordero. /dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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3 Pantawid Pamilya children thank DSWD workers

ilonggo children say kaya koTHREE Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries thanked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) employees for changing their lives.
In a letter addressed to Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, regional director of DSWD Field Office VI, Friendsheil Sarona of Brgy. Buntatala, Leganes, Iloilo, said, “Una po sa lahat thank you po sa pagbibigay ng tulong sa amin. Kung hindi po dahil sa inyo hindi na po sana kami nakapag-aral at dahil sa inyo nakabayad na po kami sa lahat ng project po namin sa eskwelahan at nakabili na rin po kami ng bagong mga damit at vitamins. (First, thank you for helping us. We are now in-school, able to pay for school projects and have bought clothing and vitamins).”
Friendshel said that while she has been consistently enrolled in school, she had to be absent many times prior Pantawid Pamilya implementation. She said her mother had to find money to put food on the table so she had to watch after her younger siblings.
Sarona was one of the child participants in the recently concluded Kaya Ko! Writeshop with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries which was graced by Macapobre.
May Grace Dela Cruz of Concepcion, City Proper, on the other hand, wrote to Macapobre saying, “Nagpapasalamat (ako) sa inyo dahil isa po ako sa beneficiary ng Pantawid Pamilya. Malaking tulong na financial ang binibigay nyo po sa akin na panugon sa aking pag-aaral (I am grateful because I am one of the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. This is a big financial blessing to me as it answers my needs along education).”
Dela Cruz added, “Bilang ganti po sa inyo, sisikapin ko po na mag-aaral ako nang mabuti at makapagtapos ng pag-aaral at sana po madami pa po ang inyong matulungan dahil marami pa po ang mahihirao sa ating bansa. (I will strive to study harder and finish mu schooling and I wish that you will be able to help more of our countrymen).”

Prior to the writing activities, Macapobre gave tips on writing for the children. She shared that writing ideas comes naturally almost anytime of the day thus a pen and paper should be available all the time.
“I used to forget things. At times, when an idea comes to mind and you don’t put it in writing, you often can forget it. So what I did was put a paper and pen in the different corners of my house so wherever I am and the ideas come into mind, I scribble them down on paper,” said Macapobre.
She also said that reading contributes in good writing as it builds a stock of vocabulary in mind.
For this, Karen Grace Palma of Buntatala, Leganes, wrote to Macapobre, “Una sa lahat salamat dahil kahit busy ka ginagawa mo pa rin ang iyong tungkulin. Kanina nakita ko parang marami ka pang gagawin. Pero salamat at dahil mo nakalimutan na pumunta rito. Salamat sa iyo dahil sa message mo kanina natutunan ko kung paano ko hindi malilimutan ang mga gagawin ko. Gagawin ko rin ang ginagawa mo na maglagay ng ballpen at papel sa kahit anong sulok ng bahay. (First of all, thank you for doing your duty even if you are very busy. It seemed to me that you have many things to do yet you never forgot to visit us. Thank you for your message. Because of you, I learned how I could not forget things. I will also put ballpen and paper in all corners of our house).”
In Region 6, Pantawid Pamilya, the government of the Philippines’ version of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), reaches more than 320,000 families, of which parents are receiving monthly cash grants for the education and health of their children.
Under the program, a family could receive a maximum of P1,400 grant per month to support the children’s health and education. Releasing is made every two months and is being done directly thru ATM cards of beneficiaries or off-site payment in far-flung municipalities.
During the writeshop, majority of the children cited that because of the program, they are able to go to school everyday, have school supplies, eat nutritious foods and get a daily dose of vitamins./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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Igbaras mayor: “We always give priority to the Listahanan poor”

Seeing the importance of serving the “real poor,” an Executive Order giving priority to Listahanan-identified poor in the implementation of local programs and services is now in effect in the Municipality of Igbaras.

Mayor Vicente Escorpion, Jr. has issued Executive Order (EO) No. 10-18, which orders all the government and non-government organizations in the municipality to give priority to households identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan.

The EO said that the giving of social protection, benefits, programs and services to the Listahanan-identified poor families is “designed to uplift their economic condition and status of living.”

Escorpion said among the services that are now being enjoyed by these poor families are the hospitalization benefits, free use of ambulance, scholarship and livelihood assistance. Also, the municipality has sponsored the mass wedding for unmarried couples, most of whom are also Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

The mass wedding was the entry of Igbaras to the Gawad Listahanan and landed as one of the three finalists at the regional level. The Awards aims to recognize LGUs for providing services and assistance to the Listahanan-identified poor families.

Escorpion said the use of Listahanan database gave them the assurance that their services benefit those who really need them the most./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol

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Bugasong women’s groups unite for progress

By Wenna B. Bendol

BUGASONG, ANTIQUE—“Maghirupay”(unite), “Ugwad” (progress) and Forward. Three different words, but when joined together means “unity towards progress.” These are the names of women’s groups in Barangay Bagtason, Bugasong town in the province of Antique. They are three different groups that are working together towards a common goal.

“Nagaburuligay kami. Indi bale kung lain-lain ang amon grupo basta para lang sa tanan (We help each other. It doesn’t matter which group we belong as long as it is for the good of everyone)” said Rosalina Valenzuela, 62, who heads the Forward-SKA (Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran Association).

These women’s groups are engaged in making doormats and potholders out of used clothing. They are now slowly making a name for being a supplier of these products in their town and the nearby province of Aklan because of their good quality.

Since they started as Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, Rosalina claimed she had noticed a lot of changes in the attitude of her neighbours. Their regular attendance to Family Development sessions have taught them well how they can improve their family relationship and especially mould the values of their children. This was reinforced when Sustainable Livelihood Program was introduced in their area.

After their livelihood training in rag-making,residents of their place would meet almost every afternoon in one area not for ‘tsismis’ and talk about other people’s lives but how to improve their work and uplift their living condition.

From ‘rags to progress’

Rosalina’s family belongs to Set 1 of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. She is a Parent Leader and acts as grantee for her two grandchildren—Joemel, 10, and Maegan, 9, whose mother is working in Manila.

“Bahul gid ang nabulig kanamon kang 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilya) kay halin nga nangin myembro ang mga tawo rigya, nakita ko nga may disiplina run sanda, labi na gid pag-umpisa kang SEA-K (Pantawid Pamilya has helped us a lot because when the people here became members, I observed that they have become more disciplined, especially when the SEA-K was introduced), she shared.

Through the help of SEAK, now known as Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the women in the area underwent training on rag-making in July 2013. With Php600 starting capital, they immediately put to use what they have learned during their training and started making doormats and potholders.

“Isa ka simana pagkatapos kang amon nga training, nag-umpisa kami dayun himo. Pag primero, indi pa kami gawa kamaan pay sa sige-sige daw okay raman (A week after our training, we started right away.It was quite hard at first, but as we continue, our work also improved), according to Rosalina.

Each of them would individually purchase their materials. A piece of doormat would need four pieces of shirt, which they buy in ukay-ukay, at Php 5.00. They would sell the finished doormat at Php 45.00 and the pot holder at Php 10.00. In every item that they sell, Php 2.00 goes to their respective organizations.

“Medyo bahul man amon nga kita. Pagka-uti lang gid kag pasensya ang kinahanglan (We earn quite well. We just have to be meticulous and patient),” according to Rosalina.

Their earnings from making and selling rags enabled them to sustain their daily needs. Thru them, Lea Valenzuela said she is able to help her husband earn a living for their family and provide the needs of their growing children, especially in their school.

More than the money they earn

Today, the women’s groups of the barangay continue to supply rags to the municipal government, daycare centers, and a hospital in Kalibo, Aklan. Their products are also bought in bulk by local traders who sell them in the town market.

“Ang pinakanamian ko gid sang nag umpisa na kami sa rag-making kay indika run gawa kakita nga nagalagaw ukon nagatambay ang amon mga tupad balay, ilabi na ang mga asawa kay nagatiner run sanda sa anda balay para maghimo kang doormat (What I liked most about rag-making is that it has changed the practice of the people in our community especially the women because they now stay in their house to weave doormats),” Lea declared.

According to her, it has become their pastime and they can even weave rags while cooking.

“Kung mampisahan mo na gani daw indi mo na pag-untatan (Once you have started it, you can’t seem to stop),” she added. “Tulad kung makita mo kami nga nagatipon rigya tungod sa paghimo kang rags (Now when you see us gather here it is because of our rag-making).”

For Rosalina, Lea and their colleagues in Bagtason SEAK, success is not measured by how much money he/she has but how it made them happy and how it changed their attitude and outlook in life./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries lead in ‘Ruby’ operation

Luckily spared from the wrath of Typhoon Ruby, some beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program voluntarily submitted themselves to the different repacking sites in Iloilo to help in the repacking operation.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 (DSWD-6) has recorded 160 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries out of more than 700 volunteers who joined the Ruby operation in four repacking sites located in Iloilo Sports Complex in Iloilo City and in towns of Guimbal, Cabatuan, and Barotac Viejo, all in Iloilo.

DSWD-6 director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre thanked all the volunteers coming from different organizations who made the relief operation faster.

In fact, the four repacking sites have already completed the production of 20,288 family food packs equivalent to P 7.3 million but repacking operation is still ongoing to replenish DSWD stockpile.

Record of DSWD-6 shows that there are 2, 357 damaged houses. Of which, 214 houses were totally damaged while 2, 143 houses were partially damaged.

On the other hand, the Field Office has already delivered and completed the distribution of 63,463 family food packs and rice packs in the affected municipalities and LGUs. The total cost of assistance provided by DSWD through the provision of food packs now reached to P 20.1 million.//dswd6/Montesa Grino-Caoyonan

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Resonating success through making chips

An array of newly-washed aprons in pink and blue colors neatly hanged in the clothesline in the front yard greeted visitors from the DSWD one fine Tuesday morning.

Inside the small bamboo house was another refreshing sight to behold: a husband busy cleaning and preparing the raw materials for banana and taro chips.

Couple Rosemarie and Relihioso dela Rama, residents of Barangay Tubudan, San Remigio, Antique have been engaged in banana and taro chips business since two years ago.

“If he’s not busy in our farm, he’s really the one doing all the preparations and the cooking,” Rosemarie declared in dialect. She is thankful that she doesn’t have to work so hard because Relihioso is always there not only for their business but also in running their household and even taking care and looking after the needs of their young children.

The couple is blessed with three kids, the eldest of which is in Grade 3 and the youngest in Kinder 1.

Due to their sheer determination to provide their children a better future, they tapped whatever opportunities come their way. So when the Sustainable Livelihood Program was introduced in their barangay, Rosemarie didn’t have second thoughts to join.


Rosemarie dela Rama packs the banana sticks her husband had just cooked.

Rosemarie dela Rama packs the banana sticks her husband had just cooked.

Rosemarie served as their group’s treasurer and attended various livelihood skills training conducted by the DSWD and other private and public agencies.

In 2011, she attended the on-site livelihood training facilitated by Save the Children International, the world’s leading independent organization for children operating in the Municipality of San Remigio, Antique. With the skills she acquired on taro and banana processing, she eventually ventured into the business.

Rosemarie’s active participation during community- based capability building trainings on Sustainable Livelihood Program pushed her to venture into small scale enterprise. She started with Php 5,000.00 and used it to buy the raw materials such as banana and taro. To augment her capital in the processing of food products, BangonTubudan SEA-K Association lent her money amounting to PhP 10,000.00, which she used to purchase a sealer, weighing scale, chipper, cooking equipment and the rest as her working capital.

From a plain housewife, Rosemarie evolved into an entrepreneur and owned the King’s Processed Food Products. Their products: taro chips, banana chips and banana sticks became favourite snacks not just by schoolchildren but also by other consumers and even tourists. In fact, they have already supplied to Shangri-La Hotel in Boracay, Aklan and the sales have been good.

With a number of pasalubong centers, schools and stores getting supply from King’s, it is now earning an average of Php 13,000.00 a month.

“It’s not very big but where else can you find that nowadays? It is what sustains us,” Rosemarie shared.


As an entrepreneur, Rosemarie explored other ways to improve her products and increase its marketability.

Rosemarie is thankful that she doesn't have to work so hard for their business because her husband, Relihioso, is always helping her.

Rosemarie is thankful that she doesn’t have to work so hard for their business because her husband, Relihioso, is always helping her.

With the abundance of banana and taro in the upland areas of San Remigio, Rosemarie and Relihioso used it to their advantage and transformed them into value-added products. And to make them more enticing, they introduced flavours such as original, sweetened, barbecue, and cheese in variety of package that comes in 40g, 80g and 100g.

To ensure that there is abundant supply of raw materials, SLP helped Rosemarie encourage her fellow Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to organize themselves into an association and attend various skills enhancement training on taro and banana processing.

Due to this endeavor, the trained members are now capable of supplying the King’s Processed Food Products with raw materials. Some of them have also evolved into entrepreneurs themselves through the banana and taro that they sell to the dela Ramas.

Both micro-enterprise development and employment generation has become an ally to support the rising business of Rosemarie and her family./with Nicolas Banquero and Noli Valenzuela/dswd6

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Volunteers for relief operations recognized

Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, regional director of Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 (DSWD-6) thanked more than 700 volunteers coming from different organizations who voluntarily helped the department in repacking of relief goods in four established repacking sites in Iloilo for immediate food assistance to evacuees of Typhoon Ruby.

“We are thankful to all volunteers who made the relief operation faster”, said Macapobre.

The DSWD-6 established four repacking sites located in Sports Complex in Iloilo City and in towns of Guimbal, Cabatuan, and Barotac Viejo, all in Iloilo to fast track the delivery of family food packs in all evacuation centers in the region.

These repacking sites produced around 12, 000 family food packs everyday with the help of these volunteers.

These volunteers are composed of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and parents leaders, Philippine Bikers, Army Reserved, Philippine Navy, The Guardians Brotherhood Inc., Barotac Viejo Barangay Volunteers, Philippine Army, 604th Company, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Day Care workers, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Local Government Units, and private sectors./dswd6/Montesa Grino-Caoyonan


Photo shows DSWD Assistant Secretary for Operations and Western Visayas Coach Monitor Camilo Gudmalin (in blue polo shirt) conducts inspection at the repacking site in Guimbal, Iloilo. Also in photo is DSWD 6 OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca Geamala (in blue dress). Photo credit: Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre

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