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Ilonggo kids join NCC

ncc photo1RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE. Ilonggo kids join the National Children’s Congress at Seqouia Hotel, Quezon City today, October 23, 2014 as part of the month-long observance of the Children’s Month. Recognizing the children’s rights for participation in various activities, DSWD Pantawid Pamilya National Program Management Office (NPMO) provides participants with opportunities for fun, learning and self-expression through various group workshops. Western Visayas delegates to this year’s congress are the top three winners of the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children namely Mark Lovel Bedona of Bugasong, Antique; G.Bhe Lasala of Roxas City in Capiz; and Shane Padonio of Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have the right to participate in decision-making processes that maybe relevant in their lives and to influence decisions taken in their regard—within the family, the school, or the community. The principle affirms that children are full-fledged persons who have the right to express their views in all matters affecting them and requires that those views be heard given due weight in accordance with the child’s age and maturity.

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KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP: Transforming Lives

By Maricar M. Calubiran

For the decades, the road network from Calatrava town proper to Barangay Cambayobo is not found in the town’s map. Residence thought is a “sugar road” owned by sugar baron in Negros Occidental.

But the entry of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services- National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) changed the picture.

About 24-kilometers away from the town proper, the hilly portion of the barangay cuts off the barangay’s transportation link to poblacion.

An agricultural village, the residents rely on cash crops, sugar cane and coconut farming for a living. Farmers transport their produce to the market on foot or by carts pulled by horses or carabaos, enduring the two-meter wide rugged road, which is muddy and dangerous during rainy season.

Locals use horses as means of transportation.

Locals use horses as means of transportation.

Despite the presence of sugar cane plantation near the village, Cambayobo’s economic growth is hampered by the absence of reliable and safe farm-to-market road.

Jovencio Flores, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson said that everyone in their barangay wants a road project KALAHI CIDSS presented the Project concept in their barangay assembly.

Starting the project was a challenge as there were no proofs that the project site the villagers proposed a barangay road or that it was donated if owned by private individuals, he said.

“Kalain man oy. Daw sa ano bala tawagon ang dalan sa inyo barangay nga colorum. (It is depressing that they will call our road a colorum),” said Monica Empase, who is a member of the KALAHI CIDSS preparation team.

The lack of supporting documents tested the community volunteers’ fortitude in realizing their dream of having better farm-to-market road that would transport of their produce easy and safe.

To address the problem, the community appealed to the land owners to sign a deed of donation for the 1.45-km KALAHI CIDSS farm-to-market project, in which the donor did. Two other adjoining barangays, namely Winaswasan and Hilub-ang, also pass by Cambayobo. The Sangguniang Bayan passed a resolution declaring the road a barangay road. Their hope of better road was boosted by the support of the municipal government.

For decades, residents of Barangay Cambayobo, Calatrava, Negros Occidental pass by this rugged road to bring their farm produce to the town proper.

For decades, residents of Barangay Cambayobo, Calatrava, Negros Occidental pass by this rugged road to bring their farm produce to the town proper.

But the community’s dilemma did not stop with the issuance of the deed of donation, and the SB ordinance.

The inclement weather created distrust among the community volunteers.
Flores said there are times when they thought the farm-to-market road project will be completed.

“May mga panahon nga nagtuo kami nga dili na mahuman ang proyekto bangud sa mabaskug nga ulan (At time, we believe that the project could not be completed because of heavy rains), “said Empase.

Yet, the persistence of the community volunteers prevailed over their doubts. “Naisip man namon nga dapat kami magtinguha agud mahuman ang dalan bangud ini isa ka daku nga problema sa amon barangay (We are thinking that we should strive to finish the road project since it is the community’s biggest problem), said Flores.

Presently, the community is looking forward to the completion of the P3.2 million project, and finally say goodbye to the times when passing by the road is difficult even for habal-habal.

The villagers are optimistic that the improved road condition could also change their lives, and give way to economic growth they were deprived for decades.#

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Another firm offers to help Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

DSWD 6 director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre (right) shakes hands with Mr. William H. Martirez (left), country director of Micro-Insure Brokers Philippines Inc. after the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the provision of micro insurance to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Under the agreement, which was made possible through the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, the company will likewise provide financial literacy to the family beneficiaries who may want to venture into entrepreneurial activities to help them uplift their living conditions./dswd6

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WV child exemplar reminds Ilonggos to protect environment

TYPHOON Yolanda unleashed its fury in Panay Island almost a year ago but it failed to topple the spirit of a 10-year-old boy from Antique. Instead, it taught him a lesson.

Mark Lovel Bedona, 10 years of age, a pupil of Lacayon Elementary School in Bugasong, Antique and winner in the regional DSWD Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children, said their house was destroyed by the typhoon. But it left a lesson for everyone.

Mark Lovel Bedona, 2014 regional child exemplar in Western Visayas, holds his painting and plaque. With him is his mom Merlyn. The family from Bugasong, Antique is a beneficiary of DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Mark Lovel Bedona, 2014 regional child exemplar in Western Visayas, holds his painting and plaque. With him is his mom Merlyn. The family from Bugasong, Antique is a beneficiary of DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“I will plant trees and I will not throw cellophane (usually locally interchanged with plastic) in my surroundings,” this he quipped in kinaray-a dialect when asked about how he could help save the environment.

Bedona has been on top of his class since kindergarten. He also earned awards as best in writing, math, reading, and, spelling. He is only on his fifth grade but displays prowess in painting.

He was also asked if how he could change their present life as a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary, the young Antiqueno answerd, “I will study hard so that I will find a good job. That way, I could change our lives,” he said in kinaray-a.

Mark received a plaque and P10,000 cash prize and will represent Region 6 in the national search in Manila on the last week of the month.

Awarded second place was G. Bhe Lasala of Roxas City, Capiz while Shane Padonio of Victorias City, Negros Occidental was third.

The Pantawid Pamilya is the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program which aims to send children to school and keep them healthy.

As part of the nation’s celebration of Children’s Month every October, the  National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children, carrying the tagline, “Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago,” is part of the National Children’s Congress that aims to emphasize the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation-building. The search will also identify a pool of children advocates.

It is expected that the search will encourage children to become responsible not only in complying with the conditions and the ideals of the program but more so in becoming outstanding citizens who will be emulated by children and even adults./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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5,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries join Family Day in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY — MORE than 5,000 family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program trooped to the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand in Iloilo City on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in celebration of the Pantawid Pamilya Family Day and Convergence Caravan.

The beneficiaries came from the six districts of Iloilo City – Molo, Mandurriao, La Paz, Jaro, City Proper and Arevalo.

Data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI (DSWD6) shows that there are more than 11,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to date.

Pantawid Pamilya grantees during the 'Panunumpa Para sa Pagbabago.'

Pantawid Pamilya grantees during the ‘Panunumpa Para sa Pagbabago.’

Iloilo City was also the pilot area of Pantawid Pamilya way back in 2008.

Present during the big event were DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin, DSWD6 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, Assistant Regional Director Joel P. Galicia, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, Dr. Eden Deriada of the Department of Education, Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones of the Department of Health, and Iloilo City Social Welfare and Development Officer Alfredo Villanueva.

Asec. Gudmalin led the recognition of model Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries during the event. Awarded were the family of Ruby Gomugda of Jaro, Iloilo City who was named finalist during the 2014 Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya; and Marianne Rose Abang and Bernard Lipata, grand winners in the Iloilo City and Provincial levels respectively in the 2014 Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children.

Also joining the event were representatives from the Iloilo Provincial Social Welfare and

Happiness is in the faces of every beneficiary who attended the event.

Happiness is in the faces of every beneficiary who attended the event.

Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)./dswd6/Alma J. Estember






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`Being a solo parent is not a hindrance’

Gemma Tanutan of Lemery, Iloilo says, "Kaya ng Pinoy ang pagbabago" as DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman listens during the Pantawid Pamilya Day and Convergence Caravan in Ultra, Pasig City this morning

Gemma Tanutan of Lemery, Iloilo says, “Kaya ng Pinoy ang pagbabago” as DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman listens during the Pantawid Pamilya Day and Convergence Caravan in Ultra, Pasig City this morning

She gave her face a gentle tap and squeezed her arm several times. She still cannot believe it. She and her three children have just climbed the stage and were awarded as this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.
Forty-eight-year-old Gemma Tanutan of Lemery , Iloilo, along with her kids Jawo, Gibb, and Jebie received a plaque of recognition and P30,000 cash prize from DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman during the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day and Convergence Caravan at Ultra.
Gemma is a solo parent who did everything to raise her five children. Her husband, Evelio, left for Manila 10 years back and has not returned since then. (See related story at

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DSWD supports project for Out-of-School Youth

Department of Social Welfare and Development regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre signs the commitment of support for the implementation of the “Abot-Alam” Project, a nationwide campaign and strategy with the preliminary goal of targeting all out-of-school youth in the country and reintegrating them to their communities. The project, which is being spearheaded by the Department of Education and the National Youth Commission, with the support of other national government agencies and stakeholders like the DSWD, aims to achieve a zero percent OSY in the Philippines by 2016./dswd6

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The biggest assistance we got was from DSWD—Aklan guv

KALIBO, AKLAN — Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores expressed gratitude to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for all the assistance it has extended to his province especially in addressing the needs of Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

“I am very thankful because the biggest assistance we received was from DSWD,” the governor stressed, citing that the Department has already released close to P60 million worth of relief assistance to typhoon-affected families in his province.

Miraflores delivered his message before local officials of the Municipality of Batan, officials of national government agencies and beneficiaries during the turnover of livelihood assistance to the locals who survived the “super typhoon.”

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre personally released a total of P1,711,156 worth of cash assistance for livelihood projects in the towns of Batan, Madalag and New Washington. Batan received P890,000 worth of livelihood assistance for the 59 local fisherfolk for their fish cages and motorized banca and to Marilou Almanon for her Bibingka business.

In New Washington, 78 beneficiaries went home with a total amount of P636,156.00 for their pedicabs, motorboat, and livelihood assistance while 30 checks with a total amount of P185,000.000 were turned over to the local government of Madalag for the starting capital of typhoon survivors for their livelihood projects.

Recovery from destruction

According to Director Macapobre, the government does not stop from looking for ways to help the people recover from the destruction caused by Typhoon Yolanda.

“This is just part of the government’s efforts to help those affected by the typhoon to recover. We want it fast but we have to follow the process,” she said while appealing to the beneficiaries to put to good use the assistance they received. “Use it in buying your new banca, in your business to restore your livelihood. Make it grow for your family.”

The director also said there may be more livelihood assistance to be extended to the typhoon survivors in the future as the Department, together with the other national government agencies like TESDA, DOLE and DA are continuously looking for ways to help them.

“We cannot extend assistance to affected families simultaneously. There are bases, there are criteria. Some are given priority and those who were not able to receive now may be included in other services that will be provided in the future,” Director Macapobre explained./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol


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DSWD6 ends distribution of relief goods


Recently, radio reports surfaced on relief goods allegedly left idle and soon-to-expire noodles at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

We want to inform the public that we have already cleared the Iloilo Sports Complex of DSWD goods on September 3, 2014. The remaining goods were transferred to our rented warehouse where they are being repacked and given to Local Government Units.

Around last week of August, we also vowed to completely release the remaining goods numbering to 72,010 family packs to LGUs on or before September 15, 2014. We would like to inform you that as of yesterday afternoon (September 15, Monday), we only have 1.5 percent left of the goods or 7,831 family packs (out of the total 515,071 packs for the last round of relief distribution). These goods are intended for Malinao and Tangalan in Aklan.

While we were bent on completing the distribution on our promised date, both of these LGUs pleaded to send their trucks on September 16 as they have to arrange for the availability of the trucking services to haul the goods. Nevertheless, we are thankful to all the LGUs who remain steadfast in their commitment to serve the people.

We would like to assure the public that we, at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), are one with you in the intent to help the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.#


Assistant Regional Director






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Unicef reviews services for kids after ‘Yolanda’

Officials of the United Children’s Fund (Unicef) led by Fergus Thomas (third from left), Humanitarian Advisor of Department for International Development (DFID) Field Team and Sarah Norton-Saal (fifth from right), Chief of Child Protection Section pose for a souvenir photo with DSWD Assistant Regional Director Joel Galicia (fourth from left), Institutional Development Division Chief Rebecca Geamala (fifth from left) and Regional Training Specialist Josie Cambel (leftmost). The team from the Unicef visited the DSWD regional office to look at the different support the organization has provided especially in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda and gather experiences of their local partners in the implementation of their programs for children./dswd6

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