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Sacrifices always pay off: Sacada’s daughter is valedictorian

SAGAY CITY_MARTINEZ 4SAGAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – Pen and paper. These two made her change her life.
Without any property or belongings because of poverty, a 17-year-old girl toppled other 832 graduating students of Sagay National High School because of her dreams. She did not have money and never owned a cellphone but with a paper a pencil, along with her determination, she is this year’s valedictorian.
Arlyn Martinez is a daughter of a `sacada.’ This refers to a laborer or planter of sugarcane, wherein most of these labourers could be found in Negros Occidental, known to be the ‘sugar capital’ or ‘sugar bowl’ of the Philippines.
Living in a secluded hacienda in the city located in northern part of Negros Occidental, walking almost an hour before reaching to school is not new to her.
Fresh from her memories as she recalls her past, Arlyn said everyday she has to walk far or ride on her father’s carabao to get to a main road and then get a tricycle to go to school.
Arlyn said she may not have tasted the luxuries in life like living in a comfortable house or even riding a car just like some of her well-off classmates and schoolmates but maintains a happy disposition
“I am happy because love abounds in our family. I also appreciate the sacrifices of my father to provide for us,” she said.

For Arlyn, there is great pride in being a daughter of sacada.
“My father has been working hard to feed the 10 hungry mouths including my young twin sisters,” she said.
She added that, “there is nothing compared to the hard work and manual labor of my father as a `karga tapas’ (the process of manually cutting and loading sugarcane onto trucks) in the sugarcane field.”
She also said that there was even a time when he dabbled as a sugarcane worker and then plowed the farm at night to sustain the whole family’s needs.

“Despite the difficulty in life, the brunt of poverty has been lightened because of the atmosphere of love at home,” she said.
Someday, Arlyn dreams of uplifting her family’s condition. “As what I promised to myself, I want to pay back my father’s sacrifices that’s why I study hard,” she said.

Arlyn’s family is included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program – the government’s anti-poverty strategy to ensure that the children are healthy and in school.
Arlyn together with her two other siblings are covered by the program. She said the cash grant they are receiving every after two months helps a lot on their daily expenses especially for their baon, school supplies and uniform.
“The program has helped me to be the valedictorian of our class,” she said.

If given an opportunity, Arlyn wants either to be an Engineer or Teacher. She promised that when she gets a job and gets her first salary, she wants to buy a carabao so that her father could already own one.
During her valedictory speech, Arlyn told her parents how lucky she is to have them and how thankful she is to them to make sure that she does not suffer the same fate since they only finished elementary education.
“Despite poverty, we don’t need to lose hope. Let us keep dreaming and working hard because these will definitely pay off all our sacrifices and later on, the realization of our dreams and what lives we want to be in the future,” Arlyn said as she stood before the stage and wearing her white toga./dswd6/Montesa Grino-Caoyonan

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Capiz dads salute DSWD in Yolanda rehab efforts

CAPIZ-In the opening ceremony of Capiztahan (April 10, 2015), provincial officials here lauded the leadership and personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in their efforts for the rehabilitation of victims of typhoon Yolanda, internationally known Haiyan.
“In November 2013, Yolanda devastated us. Today, we are deeply humbled, as one of the persons who rendered assistance is joining us. We extend our special thanks to Secretary Corazon `Dinky’ Soliman and to the members of her office for reaching out to Capizenos,” said Tanco.
Resolution 076-2015 was passed by the officials of the province “to convey profound gratitude to DSWD for the invaluable support” to the province particularly in rehabilitation efforts for the supertyphoon survivors.
Tanco said that the Capiztahan is an opportune time to celebrate the “collective resiliency, perseverance and the attitude of the Capizenos to never surrender.”
“Gone are the days of Yolanda. As we celebrate Capiztahan, our faith, our sheer will to live has shown what true Capizenos are,” he said.

Secretary Soliman who personally received a plaque of appreciation and her copy of the resolution thanked the Tanco and his people for the recognition.
“Thank you for the recognition. Ginagawa po namin ito dahil kami ay lingkod-bayan tulad din nga ibang nagtratrabaho sa gobyerno. Pangalawa, salamat dahil ito lang pinagkukunan naming ng lakas upang tuloy na makapaglingkod na may ngiti,” said Soliman.
Soliman said that aside from rehabilitation efforts for Yolanda survivors, the agency continues in the implementation of programs like Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kalahi-CIDSS, Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension and Supplementary Feeding.
“Tumataba po ang puso namin sa pagkilala. Tuluy-tuloy po ang pagtulong naming sa nangangailangan,”she said.

Aside from government officials, beneficiaries of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) also expressed gratitude for DSWD’s assistance.
Igleceria Bulquerin of Roxas City said, “Thank you Secretary Soliman. Thank you DSWD for responding to our needs. We used the ESA, amounting to P30,000, to repair our house,” she said.
Bulaclac Jardiolin of Panay, Capiz, likewise said, “Thank you for helping us so we could recover from the devastation of the typhoon. You did not just repair our house. You also restored our belief in the government. Also, we have learned to hope for the future again.”/dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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Conquering poverty

Poverty has enslaved them for years. But she conquered it.

They have been living on a hand-to-mouth existence as far back as she could remember but this did not stop 18-year-old Regine Educano of Purok Sigay, Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City from reaching her dreams.

Regine graduated as their batch valedictorian this year saying that her weapons are “hard work and determination to finish her studies.”

Regine Educano (center) with friends

Regine Educano (center) with friends

At the age of nine, she had to stop her studies for a while since the house they were staying at was demolished. They moved around the city to find a place and luckily, after a few weeks, they found a vacant lot in a coastal area where they are presently staying. Her family was able to build a small house, made of light materials.

When everything was back to normal, she enrolled again and continues her studies in elementary. Her parents worked double time to send her to school together with her five more siblings.

Both of her parents are working together. Her mother works as a housekeeper of a rich family in a nearby barangay while her father is a utility worker of University of St. Lasalle-Bacolod Eco Park and only receives a minimum salary wage which will be divided among their monthly expenses including their school fees.

“Sometimes, we have to share two packs of instant noodles or sardines for our meals,” she said.

Fearing that the scarcity in life would force her to quit her studies, Regine offered tutorial lessons during weekends and gave her earnings to her parents to help augment their daily needs. Apart from this, she also joined different educational competitions and shared her cash prizes to her brothers and sisters so they would have school allowance.

Known to be a good and brilliant leader, Regine was elected as a supreme student government president. She also led some school-based organizations and joined some of the city-wide organizations. Academically, she represented her school in the quiz bee competitions and other contests.


Regine found another shield, amidst the poverty that they have been experiencing, in the government’s conditional cash transfer also known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The program provides her education and health cash grants disbursed to her mother every two months to ensure that her and her siblings need for education and health are met.

“I am very thankful that the government has helped us. My siblings and I were able to go to school because of the help of this program. This is also the reason why I study hard because I want to pay back the goodwill of our government” she said.


Regine also said that through this program, it is not far that she will be able to reach her dream to become a teacher.

“I know one day, I will become Teacher Regine especially with the help of Pantawid Pamilya,” she said.

Right now, Regine is still looking for universities and colleges that can grant a scholarship program for her to continue reaching her goal./Montesa G. Caoyonan/dswd6

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CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMIC GROWTH. Undersecretary Mateo Montano of DSWD Central Office motivates workers of DSWD Field Office VI during the Budget Utilization Agenda in Iloilo City. Saying, “Let us continue to contribute to the economic growth so that we could help improve the conditions of the poor, marginalized and vulnerable sectors,” Montano led officials from Manila to echo directions for the remaining part of the year.
The agency currently leads the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kalahi-CIDSS, National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) otherwise known as Listahanan, Supplementary Feeding and Social Pension.

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Fresh veggies in the market

FARM-TO-MARKET ROAD. Villagers in San Isidro, Guimaras need not to endure walking the stretch of dirt road to transport their produced to the town proper after the completion of the P3.5 kilometer KALAHI CIDSS-Millennium Challenge Corporation’s farm-to-market road implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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Rebuilding home through KALAHI-CIDSS

IN A GLANCE, no one would think that a family lives in a makeshift house in a hilly part of a community in Batan, Aklan. The dwelling is made of scrap galvanized iron sheets and walled with bamboo and nipa. The family was left homeless when Typhoon Yolanda hit the province in 2013.
Yet the household is not without hope. Slowly, the family is healing from the wound caused by the super typhoon as the matriarch worked as a storekeeper in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) classroom project in the village.
Every day, Ethelda Iman is reminded of Yolanda’s fury as seen in what is left of their house. It has been a year after Yolanda ravaged the Visayas yet the images of devastations remain.
The 39-year-old Ethelda is a mother of five. Her husband, Erwin, gathers and shucks oysters for a living. She describes their source of income as “indi perfect” (not perfect), thus, she has also to find ways how she can help her husband support her family and at the same time rebuild their house.
At first, Ethelda was reluctant to accept the offer from the community to work as “bodegera” or storekeeper in the KC project. However, with the meager income she has and with her desire to help the community, she accepted the work.
The constant prodding of the village chief and the school principal also prompted her to work as storekeeper in the two-classroom project implemented by Kalahi-CIDSS. The agreement was made after few considerations.

Ethelda had to bring her 11-month-old daughter at the project site.
“Amo na ang ginpangayo ko sa ila pwede ko dalhon ang akon anak (I asked them if I can bring my daughter to the project site).”
She laughingly narrates how she manages her time at the work site. She brought along with her the child’s playing pen.
“Dira ko lang ginabutang ang akon bata kag hatagan ko lang sa pagkaon kag indi palahibi akon bata (I place my daughter in her playpen and I give her food. She is not always crying).”
“Kon kaisa ginahambalan ko ang mga workers lantaw- lantawa ninyo anay bata ko kay ginatawag ako ni foreman o may ginaisip ako nga deliveries (Sometimes I request the laborers to watch over my child when I am called by the foreman or when I am checking the deliveries).”
She says it takes patience in working at the construction site. Ethelda admits that at times, she gets mad when the laborers failed to wash the construction tools they used.
There are times when she herself does the cleaning. “Kon kaisa nga makita ko sila nga kapoy na ako na lang gahugas kag gatago sang gamit (Sometimes I clean the tools since they are already tired).”
The work at the project site runs smoothly, with the full cooperation of the community volunteers, barangay officials and teachers of Cabugao Elementary School.


Ethelda said her husband’s P150 daily income is only enough for the family’s food. So, her weekly wages from Kalahi-CIDSS is allotted for the construction materials needed to erect and complete the construction of her 14×16 meters house.
“Maayo lang kay nakaobra ako sa Kalahi-CIDSS kundi kabakal ako amat-amat sang mga materials (It is good that I was able to work in Kalahi-CIDSS, gradually I was able to buy the construction materials).”
She buys pieces of plywood, hollow blocks, and iron bars every week out of her more than P1,000 weekly wage.
The community never doubted Ethelda’s sincerity and honesty as the warehouse in-charge. She heard no accusations of any missing construction materials in the site.
“Wala gid sang nag duha-duha sa akon nga may nadula nga materials nga gin gamit ko samtang gapatindog man ako sang akon balay (No one suspected that I stole materials from Kalahi CIDSS to construct my house).”
As the warehouse in-charge, Ethelda should receive P220. But she gets P198 to buy her needs. The deduction from Ethelda’s wage and of the other workers was agreed during the barangay assembly.
With the meager income she has received, yet Ethelda still agreed to donate a portion of it as local cash contribution of the community for the classroom building project.

Ethelda possessed a strong determination to build her new house and at the same time to help her community.
“Kon gusto mag volunteer may paraan. May paraan kon paano mo obrahon imo ulobrahon. Kon gusto mo makabulig te mabulig ka eh (There are ways to become a volunteer. There are ways on how to do your work. If you want to help, you can help).”
She says a half-hearted peEthelda shows the shanty they occupied after Typhoon Yolanda

Ethelda with new houserson can never do what she did.
“Kon hapaw-hapaw lang pagbulig ay hindi mo gid maobra ang gin obra ko nga may bata, gabantay pa ako, gasulat may mag abot materials kag gabantay pa sang tawo (If your help is superficial, you can never do what I have done, watching my child, recording the deliveries and watching the laborers).”
People are also asking her on how she prioritized her work. And her only reply to them is determination and perseverance. She says her children will someday benefit in the KC project./Maricar Calubiran/dswd6

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DSWD helps `Cora’ regain self-worth

A resident of the Regional Center for Women is shown here  during the Christening of her baby

A resident of the Regional Center for Women is shown here during the Christening of her baby

She left home carrying her two sons because of an intense argument with her husband and mother-in-law due to money matters without knowing that she was two-month old pregnant.
Emotionally traumatized by the incident, 28-year-old Cora (not her real name) sought the help of the police in Capiz. Later, she was turned over to Regional Center for Women (RCW) in Iloilo which is being managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 (DSWD-6) for her protection and rehabilitation.
“When she first entered the center, Cora was skinny, very shy, hesitant to be talked to by anybody else and preferred to stay inside her room,” said RCW center head Haydee Canilla.
Canilla said through the rehabilitative activities and counselling conducted inside the center by the houseparents, Cora’s has recovered fast from the trauma until she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
“Now, she is already participating in different activities, knows how to take care of herself including her three children,” said Canilla.
Cora is also thankful that they are benefiting from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Her six-year-old son is covered by the program and receives P1,600 for his health and education.
“We taught her how to handle and manage her money so that she could have more savings for her children. But for the meantime, she keeps her money because all her needs are being provided to her at the center,” Canilla added.
Cora’s husband also reconciled with her and regularly visits her and their children at the center. He promised to provide a separate home for his family and settle the misunderstanding between his wife and parents.
On her part, Cora said she is willing to go back to her husband and start for a new beginning because she still is in love with him.
“I am very thankful to DSWD for taking care of us here. I learned so many things here especially regaining my self-worth. My husband and I had promised to take care of each other and settle differences as soon as possible to avoid possible arguments,” she said in a vernacular words.
Cora is set to return home before June this year.

Cases of abused women in the region are decreasing, revealed Canilla.
Currently, there are 16 residents under the care of the RCW.
The RCW is catering women that are victims of domestic violence, incest, rape, human trafficking, involuntary prostitution, abandonment and illegal recruitment.
Of the 16 cases, 6 are mothers while the 10 are their children. The youngest resident is a six-month old whose mother is suffering from emotional stress.

Canilla said the present number of cases is lower if compared with the previous years.

“Victims are given temporary shelter from three to six months before they will be turned over to their proper custodian,” she said.
While inside the RCW, victims are being taught of livelihood activities, conduct skill trainings, tutorials, and undergo self-therapy, counseling, psychiatric tests, and among others./Montesa Grino- Caoyonan

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DSWD6 gives P109T for trafficking victims

ILOILO City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI has released a total of P109,000 for victims of human trafficking.

The amount was given to a total of 16 victims, seven of them were victims of prostitution and two displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), while the rest were victims of cyber pornography, forced labor, slavery and illegal recruitment.

If broken down by location, five came from Iloilo City; three each from Bacolod City, Iloilo Province and Negros Occidental; and two from Bulacan and Caloocan City.

DSWD is mandated to provide social protection to trafficked persons, thus the implementation of the Recovery and Re-integration program for Trafficked Persons. This was implemented to scale up the programs and services and deliver better interventions to trafficked persons at various levels.

Trafficking in persons refers to the recruitment, obtaining, hiring, providing, offering, transportation, transfer, maintaining, harbouring or receipt of persons with or without the victims consent or knowledge, within or across national borders. Means employed involves threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person or the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person.
Services offered by the agency include psychosocial, medical and legal and economic services that will enable the clients to recover from the traumatic experience, achieve economic independence and a strong sense of self-worth./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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