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DSWD6 beefs up workforce for Libreng Gamot

THE DSWD Field Office VI is increasing its number of workers in Lingap Para sa Masa (Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa) to cater all the clients coming from different places effective today.

DSWD6 Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Delia Bagolcol says “We are going to add three Social Workers to accommodate and serve all the clients of Lingap sa Masa.”

She said the agency ensures that its employees in the Lingap Para sa Masa always accommodate and serve clients from Monday to Friday, 8 o’clock in the morning to 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

The department emphasizes that only DSWD Lingap sa Masa workers can issue numbers to clients from 8 in the morning.

“We strongly advise that clients must not fall in line as early as 2 a.m. since it is a waste of time and we observe the No Fixer Policy,” added  Bagolcol.

The agency aims to serve the public efficiently and effectively especially to those who are in crisis. The people will also be updated on updates in implementation, said Bagolcol.

Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa or Lingap sa Masa program  is the presidential fund that  provides assistance through the issuance of guarantee letters for the purchase of medicines from hospital pharmacies or from partner drug stores, wherein the DSWD will be the lead agency who will manage and implement it and ensure that the programs is properly distributed to the indigent citizens.

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Barangay Maduyo’s Road of Opportunities









By Louielyn G. Baldostamon, CDO III

There are just about 22 families who can truly call Barangay Maduyo in their home. A remote, upland village in Miag-ao town, Barangay Maduyo is more than 40 kilometers away from the town proper. And it can be reached only on foot – a grueling ten-kilometer walk.

On a good day, the trek to Maduyo is difficult enough as it is with some of the hilly sections too steep even for motorcycles. It would take about one hour of brisk walking on a sunny day to reach Maduyo. But when it rains, it takes twice the time, maybe longer. Imagine taking that trek if you’re old, or sick, or pregnant… on a rainy day.

Life for this handful of hardy souls in Maduyo is quite simple – fathers till the land raising rice, vegetables, and other crops for food and other needs, mothers tend to the house chores and raising the family while the children walk a few kilometers every day to school in the nearby barangays.

But then came hope. The community has been ‘gifted’ with a 77 linear meters foot walk (community access road through the Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP). Barangay Maduyo is among the 96 barangays in Miag-ao to implement sub-projects aimed to provide community access to basic social services.


The sub-project, dubbed “Improvement of Rural Access through Community Managed Construction of Foot Walk” came as a result of the Barangay Assembly conducted to prioritize the community’s unmet needs. But the construction of the pathway did not only give the residents the vital infrastructure, it also provided them with learning opportunities and life-changing experiences.

Edna Falsario, Barangay Sub Project Management Committee Chairperson, admitted she was very hesitant to take the role as BSPMC. But as the Sub Project has already been implemented, she has come to enjoy and appreciate her role.

As the BSPMC, she convened the workers and the volunteers and even helps in the preparation of their foods. Most of the time, she and her husband provided snacks from out of their own pocket.

Falsario said that the Bayanihan spirit was again strengthened. Given the limited grant of only 134,000, they were able to implement foot walk access road.

“The people here all helped to haul the materials. We took charge of the hauling cost because our fund is too small.”

Community empowerment was very evident in all stages of sub-project implementation. The Barangay Captain Roberto Beason said Kalahi-CIDSS increased community attendance and participation in the Barangay Assembly. “In the past, we had difficulty calling people to a meeting. But with Kalahi, they all come when called.

It was only a 77-meter long foot walk. But life in the village changed. Aside from the convenience of not walking on a dangerous hilly portion of the mountain, the community made an improvised bamboo-railings to make the pathway even safer for the elders and children, especially during the rainy season. (Kalahi-CIDSS/DSWD)

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Gaining Self-Worth as Kalahi-CIDSS Volunteer

By Elizabeth D. Ferraris, CDO III

“Sa likod sang pag pangabudlay may anihon (sacrifices paid off), a volunteer Vicente Eleviran stated during his testimony in the MCC end of project ceremony. This is the journey of one of the volunteers of Kalahi-CIDSS program in Sibunag.

Kalahi-CIDSS as a poverty reduction program of DSWD, had experienced challenges in making beneficiaries, stakeholders and local government work together for a common purpose – development. Without committed volunteers, programs would not create impact that results to the ownership of the projects implemented in the communities. This sense of ownership guarantees the sustainability of the benefits the project provides.

Sibunag became a municipality way back in 1995 when Guimaras was declared as Province through R.A. 7896. It composed of 14 barangays, with an island barangay which is privately owned.

Dependent on the IRA which is only about 64,251,960 Sibunag can hardly provide the basic needs of its population with 2,908 households. Life was difficult despite of the abundance of agriculture and fishery products in the communities. Bad roads and the high cost of transportation impair the delivery of produce from the farm to the market. People hire motorcycles to go to the town.

In 2012, Sibunag was chosen as one of the randomly selected areas for Kalahi-CIDSS funded by the Millennium Challenge Account-Phil (MCA-P) of the US government. The geographic location of Sibunag identified at the beginning stage was viewed as a challenge and may cause the delays in the procurement process. There was no source of materials such as sand and gravel at the area. This will need to be taken from the city of Iloilo, thus a high risk and may be a major cause of delay in all  construction related sub-projects  such as schools, day care centers, health centers and farm to market roads.

Still, since Kalahi-CIDSS started in Sibunag last 2013,  with a strong 1,339 volunteers and the local government units of the barangays under the leadership of the municipal local chief executive, Luben Vilches, and department heads who worked harmoniously in implementing the various sub-projects, Sibunag was able to complete all works with less delay based on the schedules satisfying the beneficiaries.

Performing well in project implementation, Sibunag was chosen to avail of the regional and  national incentive grants amounting to  P40,257,000 that went to the construction of a  6.773  km. concrete farm to market road benefitting the farmers engaged in vegetable gardens, poultry and fishery in barangays of Alegria, Dasal and San Isidro.

The sub-project preparation activities started on November 21, 2015 and was completed on April 14, 2016 before the end of Kalahi-CIDSS MCC compact on May 25, 2016.

Today, the people in Sibunag enjoy a better life, with good roads and access to education, health and economic opportunities, good governance and partnership with communities brought about through the Community Driven Development as experienced in Kalahi-CIDSS. People has seen how responsible, accountable and transparent political system can minimize or eradicate corruption that results to progress of their community.

The project not only changed the physical landscape and economic conditions of Sibunag. It became a venue for people from all walks of life to work together, willingly offered resources and engaged in the project as volunteers.

Also, political leaders like Mayor Vilches experienced working closely with their constituents and shared the responsibilities in developing their areas. Thus, he had seen the impact on the lives of volunteers who had turned into an empowered individuals, like Vicente or Etik who before had no knowledge about project management.

Vicente Eleviran

As the BSPMC of Brgy. Alegria, Vicente Eleviran, more known as “Etik agi” and discriminated for his gender preference, experienced managing the 40 million fund without any major finance findings in the preparation of payments to contractors and suppliers.

Vicente was a Day Care worker before but left the job to focus on the implementation of the project. For him Kalahi-CIDSS made him learned to think and analyze situations.

“Sa Kalahi, pirmi lang pamangkot, nga-a, nga-a, kag wala katapusan nga papeles. Pero nasarangan ko gid kag ginsakripisyo ko ang akon personal  nga interes sa pag ka Day Care Worker kay kinahanglan gid sa proyekto ang tiempo para matapos. Bangod sini nagpati ang akon kasimaryo sa akon abilidad maski ako agi (In Kalahi, you always ask, why? Why? and there’s too many paper works. But I was able to manage and sacrificed my personal interest as Day Care Worker because the project needs time to be completed. Because of this my community members believed in my capacity even if I am gay),” a proud Vicente narrated.

“Sa Kalahi ko na ka experience mag seminar sa hotel kag na katuon sang Fiduciary Review sa diin nakatuon sang paghimus sang mga document sa pagbayad sang mga transaksyon kag magsakay saeroplano sang nag pa Manila kami nag attend forum. Gina pabugal ko akon kaugalingon nga nakapirma ako sang mga tseke balor milyones nga wala sang findings (In Kalahi I experienced attending seminars in hotels and learned Fiduciary Review and filing documents for payment and take an airplane to Manila to attend a forum. I feel proud of myself that I signed checks worth millions without any findings).”

Vicente continues his work as volunteer in his barangay implementing the other development projects and as Resource Person in the Family Development Sessions of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (Kalahi-CIDSS/DSWD)

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Tigmalapad: Making Dreams Come True












By Ramonito Capalihan, Area Coordinator

Punong Barangay Marites Muyong of Tigmalapad, Miag-ao, Iloilo was teary-eyed when she recalled how her family survived a double tragedy in 2008 – Typhoon “Frank” and burying a loved one.

“Sang ga bagyo Frank, nabudlayan ang amon minatay magtabuk sa suba ka San Jose. Isa ka beses nga kinahanglan na gid ilubong angminatay, ang mga tawo nagbinuligay para makatabuk ang amon minatay, kalabanan diri sa amon nga mga barangay sa bukid, didto galubong sang amon minatay. Nasakitan ako nga makita ang kabudlayan sang mga tawo samtang gainulan kag mabaskug ang kuryente sang tubig, gintigayon matabuk sa suba kag idul-ong ang amon minatay (sic) sa patyu sa ubos.

(During the Typhoon Frank, it was very difficult for us to transport the remains of our dead thru the river of barangay San Jose. at one time, we really need to bury our dead already. The people here help in carrying the casket through the swollen river.Almost all of us from the upland areas bury our dead in the cemetery at the lowland. I was really hurt to see the struggle of the people in carrying the dead under a heavy rain and a strong current of water),” said Muyong.

But she has no monopoly over these struggles as accessibility is a big concern of the residents of the upland barangay.

A jump-off point to tourism gems of Miag-ao like Tinagong Dagat and Cabalaunan Rice Terraces, Tigmalapad is accessible through Barangay La Consolacion, which is 30-minute tricycle from the town proper. From La Consolacion, it will take another 30 minutes single motorcycle steep ride to reach Tigmalapad.

Accessibility is important to open up the barangay to development projects. Coupled with the deeply embedded bayanihan spirit in the community, the residents decided to resolve the problem by sharing its resources for the construction of a hanging bridge in nearby barangay of San Jose through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program.

Tigmalapad received P400,000-grant from Kalahi-CIDDS NCDDP in 2014. It was part of the P25-million Kalahi-CIDSS allocation for Miag-ao. The village shared a portion of its grant amounting to P100,000 for the construction of a bridge in San Jose, which is expected to benefit 33 more barangays.

But the sharing of grant came with a risk. The amount is part of the grant for another equally important project dubbed “Improvement of Water Supply.”

It was a challenge for the people of Tigmalapad to risk on both project proposals because the P300,000 allocation for the improvement of water supply of a 4.5 kilometer distance from the source of water to the barangay is too expensive. Muyong exerted all effort to source out all available funds needed based on the designed drafted by the Technical Facilitator until it reached a million peso with the help of Municipal Local counterpart fund.

Despite the distance of the barangay from the Poblacion, the community volunteers of Tigmalapad found ways to attend every KC-NCDDP Community volunteers training. If one of the assigned committee members for the training happened to have a busy schedule on that day, they send a representative from the BSPMC committees to complete their list.

It happened once that BSPMC committee members received payment for their labor payment at a barangay project and they decided to allot the money for the upcoming KC-NCDDP training.”Ang gin labor nila, gin gamit nila pamelete para maka-attend sa training (they used the money that they received from their labor for fare to attend the training),” Treasurer Chona L. Monay said.

The community’s perseverance has moved them closer to attaining their longing for a better access and a sufficient supply of water to sustain their crops all throughout the year. Most of them say it’s a “dream come true.”

“Madamo gid nga salamat kay ginkaluy-an kami sang Ginoo. Paagi sa proyekto sang Kalahi-CIDSS, matigayon ang ginahandum namon nga tubig. (Thank God for being merciful. Thru the project of Kalahi-CIDSS our dreamed of water source has come true)” a resident Janet Momay praised.

At the moment the water supply project is being enjoyed by the community while the hanging foot bridge is now at 80 percent of its physical accomplishment and soon to be used by the residents of 8 barangays in crossing the river going to the poblacion area. (Kalahi-CIDSS/DSWD)

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Street Children avail educational aid from DSWD6

The DSWD Region VI recently released a total of 420 thousand pesos worth of educational assistance for street children.

“The amount was released under the Comprehensive Program for street children which aims to reduce the activities of the children on the streets where they are exposed in various kinds of danger, risk, abuse and exploitation,” said Rosalina Lorque, Head of DSWD6 Social Technology Unit.

The aid for the street children was availed by a total of 210 beneficiaries from the four pilot areas of the said program –Malay, Aklan; Roxas City, Capiz; Estancia, Iloilo; and Iloilo City.

The educational assistance amounting to ₱2,000 was received by 70 beneficiaries from Iloilo City; 50 from Estancia, Iloilo; 50 from Roxas City, Capiz; and 40 from Malay, Aklan.

“Providing assistance to their education is a significant means to secure the welfare and intrest of the children at risk on the street,” Lorque quoted.

Also, livelihood assistance worth ₱10,000 was given to ten families in Roxas City, Capiz who were at risk on the street intended for them to start their own businesses including sari-sari stores, fish stands, retail stores, and vegetable stands.

Meanwhile, seven cash-for-work beneficiaries in Estancia, Iloilo each received ₱4,928 in return for their month-long service as facilitators in organizing and monitoring of the street children./DSWD6/

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DSWD LEADS for employees’ welfare

The DSWD Field Office VI recently launched the DSWD LEADS or the Learning Enrichment and Development Session for its employees.

“Through LEADS, the staff will be enriched with skills and knowledge that will promote personal development, workplace productivity, and awareness and idea generation,” said Delia V. Bagolcol, Assistant Regional Director for Operations.

DSWD LEADS is the upshot of the ₱300,000 prize of the field office, winning as the champion during the KM PRIDE 2017 (Knowledge Management Productivity, Recognition, Incentives and Development for Effectiveness).

DSWD LEADS is an initiative spearheaded by the Knowledge Management Team which is a mix of employees from different units priming for innovation. It is a knowledge-sharing session on various topics, issues, and trends that is being conducted every Friday of every month in coordination with the Employee Wellness Hour from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Aside from the internal learning sessions exclusive for the employees, DSWD LEADS is also available for external participants including students from various universities to be oriented of DSWD programs, services, advocacies, and practices. LEADS will also conduct learning visits to DSWD6 centers with the SWDLNet (Social Welfare and Development Learning Network) as the pilot participants.

During the launching of DSWD LEADS, an idea festival was also conducted which allowed the employees to suggest and contribute ideas that can improve the learning sessions.

“I commend this initiative devised by the Knowledge Management Team and I call on to all the employees of DSWD6 to take time on participating to every LEADS and grab the opportunity to learn and surpass your current capability,” Bagolcol stated./dswd6/XzyrabelleServento/

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Sibolo: Island-barangay quenches its thirst


Water, water everywhere… Nor any drop to drink!

This quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner best describes the island barangay of Sibolo in Caluya, Antique. Potable water is scarce in the island. The water coming from deep well is briny. People only use it for bathing and for other household purposes but not for drinking water.

And because potable water is scarce, it is expensive – a 20-liter can cost as much as P60, a hefty sum for people who could hardly earn that much in a day’s work. The steep cost is understandable, however. Often the water is sourced all the way from Occidental Mindoro or from the Caluya mainland which is about an hour’s ride by pumpboat. The trip gets longer and more daunting when the sea gets rough.

The people of Sibolo are simple folk living off the bounty of the sea. For income, they go fishing, grow sea weed, and catch coconut crab. Locally called tatus, this crustacean climbs and feeds off coconut trees. The crab is a rarity and is considered a delicacy. The town of Caluya has named its annual municipal festival after the crab – Tatusan Festival.

For decades, the Sibolo community had been dreaming of a project to address the lack of potable water in their island. But, lacking the technical knowledge, the skills, and the all-important funding, it had all remained a pipe dream.

Today, thanks to Kalahi-CIDSS, the dream has become a reality.  This agency tasked with bringing government assistance to the most needy and inaccessible has funded and installed a rain-fed water system in Barangay Sibolo.

Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee chairperson Dan Francisco said the rain-fed water system could provide the potable water needs of 104 households for at least 15 days.

Francisco said the project not only caters to the thirst of the community, it also allows to save on water expenses and reduces the risk they face travelling during bad weather.

The community is also planning to save some collected rain water for summer months when water is scarce. During heavy rains, people also gather water for their own consumption, said Francisco.

The community is very grateful to Kalahi-CIDSS and the local government unit for providing them projects such as the rain-fed water system and school building, he said.

The hardship of the community volunteers paid after these projects are completed. Children in the community are also enjoying the comforts of the school building funded by Kalahi-CIDSS, he said. # (MMC/Kalahi-CIDSS/DSWD)

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A School Finally Comes To Igbong

By Kristine Hope Hugo, CDO II

For years, pupils in Barangay Igbong, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo have to walk a long way to complete their elementary education. Although there is a primary school in the village, it consists of just four classrooms and can only cater up to Grade 4.

Mrs. Roselyn Quiñones, 46 and a mother of five, tearfully recalls her own ordeal taking the long walk to attend Grade 5 and Grade 6 classes in a school located in the next village, Barangay Igbong, 5 to 7 kilometers away. Today, decades later, her children are taking the same muddy trek.

With only four classrooms, Igbong Primary School had to transfer their pupils to other elementary schools in surrounding barangays, either in Bagongbong B, Sohoton, Tinorian or, to the most accessible, in Lico-an.

When Kalahi-CIDSS came to Barotac Nuevo in October 2014 to identify priority needs, it was no surprise that Barangay Igbong proposed the construction of an additional school building.

“Dugay na gid niya namon nga gusto nga makumpleto ang grade levels sa amon eskwelahan” (It has been a long time that we wanted our primary school to have complete grade levels), says Ms. Quiñones Her personal experiences, she says, encouraged her to put a personal stake in this undertaking and pushed her to exert more efforts for the realization of their community sub- project.

A small barangay with just around 178 households, Brgy. Igbong received only a small portion of the Barotac Nuevo’s Municipal Grant Allocation. With a grant of only Php 682,911.26, the amount was not enough for the proposed school building. Fortunately, during the Municipal Forum, several barangays with excess grants contributed to cover up the shortage in the grant of Brgy. Igbong to complete the total project cost of Php 800,000.00.

More welcome news greeted the community volunteers when their sub-project was changed from one- classroom to two- classroom elementary school building after Brgys. Tinorian, Palaciawan and Lico-an shared their excess grants.

Quiñones, an active Pantawid Parent Leader (PL), was at hesitant to become BSPMC Chairperson. She was further daunted upon knowing that the BSPMC Chairpersons in other barangays were either retired school principals or district supervisors.

Still, she welcomed the trust bestowed by the community, she took on the position.

“When this project is realized, our children and their parents will no longer suffer,” Ms. Quiñones said. “It will really help a lot.”

They encountered a lot of challenges like the delayed delivery of materials by the supplier, changes in weather and wrong layout of the building but all of that was solved with the help of the active volunteers, supportive Barangay Local Government Unit and Teaching staff of Igbong Primary School.

When their community sub-project that was completed without requesting the 2nd tranche and no shortage of labor, Ms.Quiñones expressed her joy. The teachers were happily anticipating an increase in enrollment and the pupils were excited to use the new classrooms.

Even the barangay officials led by Punong Barangay Mariano Siaotong were very thankful because of these opportunities and blessing that was given to them by DSWD thru Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP. Also, the volunteers with the management of Ms.Quiῆones were thankful to Kalahi-CIDSS because they were empowered and involved in the processes of KC with an additional gift which is the one- unit two classroom elementary school building.

From a shy housewife who also works in the rice fields to support her family, Ms.Quiñones has become an active citizen who has confidence speaking in front of people to air the needs and concerns not only for herself or her family but also her community also. (Kalahi-CIDSS/DSWD)



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