DSWD Pantawid ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ Video Story on Education

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Agcons due north

Conner, Apayao –She does not know how to read and write but through hard work and perseverance she successfully fulfilled her dreams.

Intan was born into a poor family from Jolo, Sulu. She never had formal education and, at an early age, had to work to support her family. At 15, she married Hiyawata Agcon, with whom she now has 10 children.

She promised herself that she would build a home for the family and send all the children to school.

Ayoko na maranasan ng mga anak ko ang naranasan namin, gusto ko makaahon sila [sa kahirapan] at [maging] maganda ang kanilang kinabukasan (I do not want my children to go through the same experience I had. I want them to move up and have a better future), she says.

Intan and Hiyawata relocated to different places wherever job opportunities were available. They lived in makeshift houses or lived with relatives. Hiyawata worked as a security guard in Tawi-Tawi, while Intan took odd jobs to help with the expenses.

The couple eventually migrated up north and settled in Apayao, willingly going through all the difficulties to provide a brighter future for their children.

Receiving help from DSWD

In 2008, after finding a home in Conner, Apayao, Intan’s family was included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. As a beneficiary, she eagerly complied with the conditions set by the program, actively participating in Family Development Sessions conducted in their municipality.

Eventually, she received a P10,000 loan from DSWD when the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) was first implemented.. Without any hesitation, Intan grabbed this chance to continue her existing small enterprise – selling snacks near the Apayao Stage College. In addition to the loan she received, Intan underwent various capability building activities for entrepreneurs.

With help from the DSWD, she was able her to sell more food products like cooked meals for lunch. According to Intan, her earnings peak during school days. Hiyawata, who is now retired, and the children are her partners in operating their small carinderia.

Participating in the Pantawid Pamilya and SLP gave Intan an opportunity to send her children to school. At present, four of her children have already earned college degrees. The other two finished short courses, while the seventh, Annie, is now in college taking up Education. The eighth, Ay-ann, is in high school, while the remaining two are both in elementary.

Intan believes that her dreams are finally coming true. Aside from being able to send the children to school, the family now has two houses in Conner. Intan attributes the fulfillment of her dream to hard work and perseverance.

The secret is in saving

Aside from the positive attitude showed by the Agcon family, Intan said that another secret to their success is that she remembers to save.

Importante mag-ipon,” (Saving is very important) she happily shares. “Dahil sa pag-iipon ko, napalago ko ang aking negosyo”( Because of saving, I was able to expand my business)

Dahil sa tulong ng programa ng DSWD, malaya ko na nagagawa ang mga bagay para sa kapakanan ng kanyang pamilya (With the help of the DSWD programs, I am now more empowered to freely do things better for my family),” which she was not able to do before, she shared.

They no longer ask for help or financial assistance from any of their relatives. There is money saved in case of an emergency. Some of her savings were also used as capital to raise pigs and poultry, from which they gain additional income. Furthermore, the bond among the family built the foundation of a strong workforce, which resulted to the expansion of their business.

Intan believes that without DSWD, her children would not have been able to finish college. Moreover, she may not know how to read or write, but her hard work and perseverance have made Intan successful in her own right. Intan has proven that everybody has the chance to turn their dreams into reality.

SLP in figures

Intan’s family is one of 7,480 Pantawid Pamilya families from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) provided with seed capital assistance through the SLP between January 2011 to June 2014.

Other Pantawid Pamilya families who ventured into micro-enterprises were served through micro-finance institutions, national government agencies, and local government units. Others were provided with physical assets such as infrastructure for their micro-enterprises, while others utilized their savings.

A total of 15,829 families from CAR were served through the SLP for the given period, including non-Pantawid Pamilya families. ###

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Agcons due north

The Agcon couple was able to invest in a piggery/poultry business through the assistance provided by DSWD’s programs.

The Agcon couple was able to invest in a piggery/poultry business through the assistance provided by DSWD’s programs.

Conner, Apayao –She does not know how to read and write but through hard work and perseverance she successfully fulfilled her dreams.

Intan was born into a poor family from Jolo, Sulu. She never had formal education and, at an early age, had to work to support her family. At 15, she married Hiyawata Agcon, with whom she now has 10 children.

She promised herself that she would build a home for the family and send all the children to school.

Ayoko na maranasan ng mga anak ko ang naranasan namin, gusto ko makaahon sila [sa kahirapan] at [maging] maganda ang kanilang kinabukasan (I do not want my children to go through the same experience I had. I want them to move up and have a better future), she says.

Intan and Hiyawata relocated to different places wherever job opportunities were available. They lived in makeshift houses or lived with relatives. Hiyawata worked as a security guard in Tawi-Tawi, while Intan took odd jobs to help with the expenses.

The couple eventually migrated up north and settled in Apayao, willingly going through all the difficulties to provide a brighter future for their children.

Receiving help from DSWD

In 2008, after finding a home in Conner, Apayao, Intan’s family was included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. As a beneficiary, she eagerly complied with the conditions set by the program, actively participating in Family Development Sessions conducted in their municipality.

Eventually, she received a P10,000 loan from DSWD when the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) was first implemented.. Without any hesitation, Intan grabbed this chance to continue her existing small enterprise – selling snacks near the Apayao Stage College. In addition to the loan she received, Intan underwent various capability building activities for entrepreneurs.

With help from the DSWD, she was able her to sell more food products like cooked meals for lunch. According to Intan, her earnings peak during school days. Hiyawata, who is now retired, and the children are her partners in operating their small carinderia.

Participating in the Pantawid Pamilya and SLP gave Intan an opportunity to send her children to school. At present, four of her children have already earned college degrees. The other two finished short courses, while the seventh, Annie, is now in college taking up Education. The eighth, Ay-ann, is in high school, while the remaining two are both in elementary.

Intan believes that her dreams are finally coming true. Aside from being able to send the children to school, the family now has two houses in Conner. Intan attributes the fulfillment of her dream to hard work and perseverance.

The secret is in saving

Aside from the positive attitude showed by the Agcon family, Intan said that another secret to their success is that she remembers to save.

Importante mag-ipon,” (Saving is very important) she happily shares. “Dahil sa pag-iipon ko, napalago ko ang aking negosyo”( Because of saving, I was able to expand my business)

Dahil sa tulong ng programa ng DSWD, malaya ko na nagagawa ang mga bagay para sa kapakanan ng kanyang pamilya (With the help of the DSWD programs, I am now more empowered to freely do things better for my family),” which she was not able to do before, she shared.

They no longer ask for help or financial assistance from any of their relatives. There is money saved in case of an emergency. Some of her savings were also used as capital to raise pigs and poultry, from which they gain additional income. Furthermore, the bond among the family built the foundation of a strong workforce, which resulted to the expansion of their business.

Intan believes that without DSWD, her children would not have been able to finish college. Moreover, she may not know how to read or write, but her hard work and perseverance have made Intan successful in her own right. Intan has proven that everybody has the chance to turn their dreams into reality.

SLP in figures

Intan’s family is one of 7,480 Pantawid Pamilya families from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) provided with seed capital assistance through the SLP between January 2011 to June 2014.

Other Pantawid Pamilya families who ventured into micro-enterprises were served through micro-finance institutions, national government agencies, and local government units. Others were provided with physical assets such as infrastructure for their micro-enterprises, while others utilized their savings.

A total of 15,829 families from CAR were served through the SLP for the given period, including non-Pantawid Pamilya families. ###

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From challenges to changes

To embrace it with optimism is what the 33-year-old Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary Atiya Enting Jumdail always does whenever she faces a new challenge on her life.  She says that every challenge that comes her way brings a perfect opportunity to learn through change. To her, learning through challenges is a strategy that has long helped her through the countless trials that she  experienced ever since she and his husband started their lives together.

Atiya has been married for eighteen years to Timbasil Jumdail, a fisherman. With the meager income of P3,000 a month, the couple struggled to support even the studies of their six children. Atiya, however, carried the challenge devotedly and surpassed it together with her husband.

“Simula nang masama kami sa Pantawid Pamilya, marami ang nagbago sa buhay namin. Nagkaroon kami ng karamay sa pinagdadaanan namin (Since we became beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya, many changes came in to our lives. Now we are not alone on our struggles),” Atiya recounted.

Positive change

Jumdail family is among the first beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in Hadji Panglima Tahil, Sulu. According to them, receiving their first grant from the program in 2009 brought changes to their lives. 

Noong nakuha namin ‘yung una naming cash grant, tuwang-tuwa kami dahil naramdaman namin na may kaagapay kami sa pagpapaaral sa mga anak ko (We were very happy when we got our first cash grant because we finally felt that we are supported on sending our children to school),” said Atiya.

Pantawid Pamilya did not only help the couple send their children to school. Part of the first grants that they received was used as well in upgrading his pump boat, which then gave him a boost on his fishing.

Small successes

The boost on Timbasil’s fishing gave the family a head start on their life. His added earnings were able to add up to the capital of Atiya on their sari-sari store.

With the small but sustainable income of the couple, they were able to ensure that the studies of the children are continued.

For the couple, the education of their children is a paramount consideration. This is why they insisted on sending to school even their married son and his wife. The changes that happened in their lives, no matter how small, were able to contribute to their family’s development.

For them, diligence is key.

Convergence of help

Thankful for how their lives were able to develop through DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya, Jumdali family yet again received another support by being the first batch of families to avail assistance from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

SLP is another project of DSWD that provides zero-interest capital assistance loan to eligible individuals or groups.

“Napakalaki ng pasasalamat namin sa DSWD kasi hindi lang isang program ‘yung tumutulong sa amin. ‘Yung nahiram namin na pera sa SLP, ginamit namin pandagdag na puhunan sa tindahan namin (We are very grateful to DSWD because we are supported by more than one of their programs. The loan that we got from SLP was used as added capital to our store),” said Atiya.

Through the combined income from the sari-sari store and fishing, the couple was able to buy a house in mainland Jolo for their children who are in high school and college.

“Dati, nakakaya naming mag-survive pero ‘nung dumating ‘yung Pantawid Pamilya at SLP, naramdaman naming mag-asawa na kayang magbago ang buhay namin. Hindi man namin inasahan pero malaki ang naitulong ng gobyerno sa aming mga mahihirap (Even if our family survives before, the moment Pantawid Pamilya and SLP went to our life made us feel that we are capable of changing our lives. We did not expect it but the government really gave a big help to us),” they gladly told.

The couple also actively joins different community-based activities such as mangrove planting funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, organic planting funded by the Department of Agriculture, and cash-for-work activities wherein they were able to build a seawall for their community. All these activities not only gave the couple an additional income but a deeper sense of purpose as well that transpires to their community.

Mutual gratefulness

According to Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the changes that happened to the lives of the beneficiaries of the different programs of the Department are not solely brought by the assistance of the government, but because of the willingness of the individuals, families, and communities as well towards change.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa aming mga benepisyaryo sa panininwala na kaya nilang mabago ‘yung aspeto ng buhay nila. Ang mga programa ng DSWD at ng gobyerno ay tulong sa mga nangangailangan – tulong natin para sa mga taong hindi lang handa, kung hindi ay gusto ng pagbabago (We are thankful to our partner beneficiaries for believing that they are capable of changing their lives. The programs of DSWD and of the government are only assistance – assistance that we give not only to those who are capable of, but are willing as well to change),” Sec. Soliman said.

For Atiya and Timbasil, their success cannot be measured based on their current state of living. It is when they look back at what they were before and see the changes in their lives, which they embraced in full willingness. ###

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From challenges to changes

Timbasil Jumdail (in orange shirt) leads the community in preparing seedlings for the mangrove rehabilitation project in their community.

Timbasil Jumdail (in orange shirt) leads the community in preparing seedlings for the mangrove rehabilitation project in their community.

To embrace it with optimism is what the 33-year-old Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary Atiya Enting Jumdail always does whenever she faces a new challenge on her life.  She says that every challenge that comes her way brings a perfect opportunity to learn through change. To her, learning through challenges is a strategy that has long helped her through the countless trials that she  experienced ever since she and his husband started their lives together.

Atiya has been married for eighteen years to Timbasil Jumdail, a fisherman. With the meager income of P3,000 a month, the couple struggled to support even the studies of their six children. Atiya, however, carried the challenge devotedly and surpassed it together with her husband.

“Simula nang masama kami sa Pantawid Pamilya, marami ang nagbago sa buhay namin. Nagkaroon kami ng karamay sa pinagdadaanan namin (Since we became beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya, many changes came in to our lives. Now we are not alone on our struggles),” Atiya recounted.

Positive change

Jumdail family is among the first beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in Hadji Panglima Tahil, Sulu. According to them, receiving their first grant from the program in 2009 brought changes to their lives. 

Noong nakuha namin ‘yung una naming cash grant, tuwang-tuwa kami dahil naramdaman namin na may kaagapay kami sa pagpapaaral sa mga anak ko (We were very happy when we got our first cash grant because we finally felt that we are supported on sending our children to school),” said Atiya.

Pantawid Pamilya did not only help the couple send their children to school. Part of the first grants that they received was used as well in upgrading his pump boat, which then gave him a boost on his fishing.

Small successes

The boost on Timbasil’s fishing gave the family a head start on their life. His added earnings were able to add up to the capital of Atiya on their sari-sari store.

With the small but sustainable income of the couple, they were able to ensure that the studies of the children are continued.

For the couple, the education of their children is a paramount consideration. This is why they insisted on sending to school even their married son and his wife. The changes that happened in their lives, no matter how small, were able to contribute to their family’s development.

For them, diligence is key.

Convergence of help

Thankful for how their lives were able to develop through DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya, Jumdali family yet again received another support by being the first batch of families to avail assistance from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

SLP is another project of DSWD that provides zero-interest capital assistance loan to eligible individuals or groups.

“Napakalaki ng pasasalamat namin sa DSWD kasi hindi lang isang program ‘yung tumutulong sa amin. ‘Yung nahiram namin na pera sa SLP, ginamit namin pandagdag na puhunan sa tindahan namin (We are very grateful to DSWD because we are supported by more than one of their programs. The loan that we got from SLP was used as added capital to our store),” said Atiya.

Through the combined income from the sari-sari store and fishing, the couple was able to buy a house in mainland Jolo for their children who are in high school and college.

“Dati, nakakaya naming mag-survive pero ‘nung dumating ‘yung Pantawid Pamilya at SLP, naramdaman naming mag-asawa na kayang magbago ang buhay namin. Hindi man namin inasahan pero malaki ang naitulong ng gobyerno sa aming mga mahihirap (Even if our family survives before, the moment Pantawid Pamilya and SLP went to our life made us feel that we are capable of changing our lives. We did not expect it but the government really gave a big help to us),” they gladly told.

The couple also actively joins different community-based activities such as mangrove planting funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, organic planting funded by the Department of Agriculture, and cash-for-work activities wherein they were able to build a seawall for their community. All these activities not only gave the couple an additional income but a deeper sense of purpose as well that transpires to their community.

Mutual gratefulness

According to Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the changes that happened to the lives of the beneficiaries of the different programs of the Department are not solely brought by the assistance of the government, but because of the willingness of the individuals, families, and communities as well towards change.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa aming mga benepisyaryo sa panininwala na kaya nilang mabago ‘yung aspeto ng buhay nila. Ang mga programa ng DSWD at ng gobyerno ay tulong sa mga nangangailangan – tulong natin para sa mga taong hindi lang handa, kung hindi ay gusto ng pagbabago (We are thankful to our partner beneficiaries for believing that they are capable of changing their lives. The programs of DSWD and of the government are only assistance – assistance that we give not only to those who are capable of, but are willing as well to change),” Sec. Soliman said.

For Atiya and Timbasil, their success cannot be measured based on their current state of living. It is when they look back at what they were before and see the changes in their lives, which they embraced in full willingness. ###

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DSWD embarks on massive info campaign to highlight ‘change’

The core poverty reduction programs being implemented by the national government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, (DSWD) has changed the lives of millions of beneficiaries nationwide.

Their stories showcasing hope, courage, and determination to rise above poverty are chronicled in testimonies attesting to how the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) have changed their lives for the better.

These transformational stories are packaged in Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago,  an information and empowerment campaign that aims to communicate the stories of change (pagbabago) in the lives of the beneficiaries of DSWD’s  programs and services.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the campaign empowers not only individuals and communities, but also key stakeholders in supporting the convergence of programs and services of the Department, and the government in bringing positive change and significant development to the lives of the poor and the vulnerable.

The campaign also aims to popularize the expansion of Pantawid Pamilya covering the 15-18 age group in view of the K-12 curriculum implemented by the Department of Education.

Beneficiaries speak out

ChristianChristian Taglucop, 21,  from Barangay Nipa, Palanas, Masbate is a beneficiary of the Student Grants-in-Aid for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA), a mechanism which reflects the government’s thrusts in effectively addressing poverty.

SGP-PA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with DSWD as a long-term instrument and commitment to break the vicious cycle of poverty afflicting the poor.

Christian stated, “Malaking tulong po ang pagiging benipisyaryo ko ng SGP-PA upang maipagpatuloy ko ang aking pag-aaral sa kolehiyo. Nag-aaral po ako nang mabuti dahil gusto ko pong makatulong sa mga kapatid ko na makatapos sila hanggang kolehiyo. Ito po ang istorya ko ng pagbabago. Dahil kaya ko ang pagbabago! (Being a beneficiary of SGP-PA is a big help, it enables me to continue my college studies. I am studying hard because I wanted to help my siblings, so that they too, can finish college. This is my story of change, because I can!).

“Nagpapasalamat po ako dahil tinupad po ng DSWD ang pangarap kong makapasok sa kolehiyo  (I am grateful to DSWD for making my dream of entering college come true), Christian affirmed.

IntanIntan and Hiyawata Agcon from Conner, Apayao, beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and SLP also shared how these programs transformed their lives, enabling them to move up from the level of subsistence to self-sufficiency.

Due to poverty, Intan was not able to go to school, but she realized her dreams of sending all her 10 children to school, even until college, through the help of DSWD.

“Ayokong maranasan ng mga anak ko ang naranasan kong hirap. Gusto ko silang sumulong sa buhay at magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan  (I don’t want my children to experience the hardships I encountered. I want them to move up in life and have a bright future),” she shared.

“Dahil sa tulong ng mga programa ng DSWD tulad ng Pantawid [Pamilya] at SLP, napagtapos ko ng college ang apat kong anak. ‘Yung dalawang anak ko naman ay nakatapos ng vocational course. ‘Yung pang-pito ay kasalukuyang kumukuha ng Education. ‘Yung pang-walo ay nasa high school at ‘yung dalawa pa ay nasa elementary  (Because of DSWD’s programs, like Pantawid and SLP, four of my children have already earned college degrees. The other two finished vocational courses, while the seventh is taking up Education.  My eighth child is in high school, while the last two are both in elementary),” Intan added.

“Maraming salamat sa DSWD dahil nakaya namin na mabago ang aming buhay. At alam ko na madami pang darating na magandang pagbabagong mangyayari sa buhay namin dahil kaya namin ang pagbabago (Many thanks to DSWD because we were empowered to change our lives, and I know that many more positive changes are going to happen. We have it in us to change for the better), she enthused.

jorivicJorivic Bautista, a volunteer of Kalahi-CIDSS from Barangay Dangay, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, shared how the program helped transform their community.

She narrated how she gained new knowledge and skills through Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Bilang volunteer, lahat ay sinasalihan ko kahit yung mga orientation sa munisipyo at mga seminar sa mga kooperatiba, sa BFAR, at sa Malampaya Foundation. Kumukuha ako ng ideya kung paano magpatakbo ng negosyo, kaya talagang nagpupunta ako pag may mga orientation ang mga kooperatiba  (As a volunteer, I joined all the activities, including the orientation at the Municipal Hall, seminars at the cooperatives, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources [BFAR] and Malampaya Foundation. I get ideas on how to run a business, so I really go to the orientations conducted by the cooperatives.)

“Sobrang tuwa ko talaga dahil mauumpisahan na ang aming proyekto. Dama ko na lahat ng paghihirap naming mga volunteers ay unti-unti nang nababawi. Magandang umpisa ito para sa lahat sa amin, hindi lang dito sa Brgy. Dangay kundi sa buong Roxas. Kaya namin ang pagbabago  (I am very happy because we have started our project. I feel that all our hardships as volunteers are worth it. This is a good start for all of us, not only here in Brgy. Dangay, but in the entire town of Roxas. We can change! ),” Jorivic said.

Christian, Intan, Hiyawata, and Jorivic are just some of the beneficiaries whose lives were  transformed for the better through the convergence of programs implemented by the government, through the DSWD.

There are many more out there, and as Sec. Soliman puts it, “As long as we know that we are keeping children in school and healthy, sending the older ones to high school and college to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to improve their lives, empowering women, and helping communities achieve progress and development, we are assured that we are on the right track of making people change for the better.” ###

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Balut vendor helps build school

By night, she is a balut vendor, selling duck eggs until the wee hours of night. By day, she is an active member of her community, serving as one of its leaders to help ensure that their village moves toward development.

This has been the routine of Jorivic Bautista, a resident of Barangay Dangay, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, since Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) entered their village.

According to Jorivic, the reason why she chose to become actively involved in Kalahi-CIDSS is simple: the Project gives power to the community, from identifying what their most urgent needs are and how to address these, to developing the solutions to these concerns.

Nasayahan po talaga ako du’n sa Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA). Akala ko noon madali lang sabihin kung ano ang talagang kailangan, pero talaga pa lang kailangan na alamin muna ang pinakapuno ba niya, ‘yung mismong ugat ng problema. Madami po talaga akong natutunan doon sa gawain naming iyon [I was pleased with the PSA. I thought at first that it was easy to identify what our community’s concerns are, but we had to really examine if these were the roots of the problem I learned a lot from the process],” said Jorivic.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the government’s primary poverty reduction programs implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). A community-driven development (CDD) project, it highlights the participation of each individual in identifying their needs, even in the implementation of the sub-project they have identified, as well as in overseeing its operations and maintenance.

Jorivic shared that she finds joy in attending and participating in various activities of any kind of project that is implemented in their barangay.

Lahat sinasalihan ko, kahit ‘yung mga orientation sa munisipyo. Marami na akong nadaluhan na orientation seminarsa mga kooperatiba, sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), at sa Malampaya Foundation [I participate in just about all activities, including orientations in our municipality. I’ve attended a lot of orientation seminars conducted by the cooperatives, by BFAR, and by the Malampaya Foundation]”, she said, her eyes twinkling.

She added, “Kumukuha ako ng ideya kung paano magpatakbo ng negosyo, kaya talagang nagpupunta ako ‘pag may mga orientation ang mga kooperatiba [I want to get ideas on how to run businesses, so I attend these orientations].

More than the satisfaction she gets by attending said activities, she said that she is interested in finding out the ideals and advocacies of any project that enters the municipality.

Her passion to learn was equally driven by her want to apply the various ideas and learnings in her life led her to volunteer in Kalahi-CIDSS.

Despite her active involvement in Kalahi-CIDSS, she still continued selling balut at night. She admitted that doing both was tiring, but she needed to earn money for her family, even as she saw the need for her to help her community.

Her active participation in the Project led to her fellow residents voting for her as head of the Project Preparation Team (PPT), a committee under the sub-project management team of the barangay.

Nakita naman ng mga kasamahan ko na pursigido ako sa mga gawain kaya ako ay kanilang binoto sa posisyon na iyon [My companions noticed my dedication, so they voted for me for that position],” said Jorivic.

With Jovic’s leadership, the community identified the construction of a two-storey technical vocational school building in their barangay, as they saw that it was the most effective solution to support the increasing number of out-of-school youths in the area. The school building will cater not only the barangay of Dangay, but also the other barangays in Roxas, and even neighboring municipalities, which means a lot of youths – and families – will be able to benefit from their school sub-project.

Jorivic said that many youths in their community opt not to go to college because most parents cannot afford to send their children to college. Even those who started studying in private schools were forced to stop in the middle of the school year because their families cannot sustain their transportation and allowance expenses. Most parents in the barangay do not have a steady income as they rely on fishing and farming, which are also seasonal jobs. Making both ends meet for them is a daily struggle, more so if they need to support the schooling of their children.

Jorivic shared her family’s own struggles with providing for the education of her children.

Dalawa na sa mga anak ko ang nakatapos ng kolehiyo. Sadyang napakalaki ng gastos namin noon. maliit lang ang kita namin. Ang asawa ko ay nangingisda tapos ako, nagbebenta ng balut. Hindi namin alam kung saan kukunin ang panggastos. Kaya alam ko ang hirap ng mga magulang na mapag-aral ang anak sa kolehiyo. Ayaw man nila patigilin pero kinakailangan dahil kulang talaga sa kita [Two of my children were able to finish college. We had large expenses, and we earned little. My husband fishes, while I sell balut; we did not know where to get the money to provide for them. That is why I know just how hard it is for parents to support their children through college. Even though they do not want them to stop schooling, they had no choice because they had little income]”, Jorivic said.

The residents know that the construction of the technical vocational school building will help lessen the number of out-of-school youths and the rate of unemployment in the barangay. It will also address the need for a quality education and ultimately, help provide economic opportunities to those who will finish the course.

Jorivic said that the construction of the school building will provide support to the local community college, especially since it offers courses such as electronics and bookkeeping, which will be offered in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), with certification and accreditation from the agency.

Jorivic shared that she hopes the school will help many students to find better jobs, abroad or local, after they have finished their education.

Jorivic’s participation in Kalahi-CIDSS taught her that she, along with her community volunteers, has the capacity to turn things around for their village.

Sobrang tuwa ko talaga dahil mauumpisahan na ang among proyekto, na ang lahat ng paghihirap naming mga volunteer ay unti-unti nang nababawi. Magandang umpisa ito para sa lahat sa amin hindi lang dito sa Brgy. Dangay kundi sa buong RoxasKaya namin ang pagbabago [I am very happy that we will finally be able to start our sub-project. All of the hard work of us volunteers will finally be worth it. This is a good start for us in Barangay Dangay and for the whole of Roxas. We can make the change],” Jorivic said, with tears in her eyes.

She also expressed her thanks for the Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team (ACT) and the barangay local government unit for supporting them in their venture.

She said, “Saludo ako sa mga aming opisyal sa barangay dahil kasama namin sila sa proseso at hindi kami pinabayaan. Lalo na ang ACT sa patuloy na pagtulong at gabay. Natagalan man ito pero sulit din ang pagod at paghihintay dahil nakita ko ang effort ng lahat para lamang ito ay mapatupad [I salute our barangay officials because they were with us and did not abandon us throughout the process. I am also thankful for the ACT for guiding and helping us. We might have experienced delays, but our tiredness is worth it. Our efforts to see this through bore fruit].

While two of Jorivic’s children have finished schooling, she still has four others who have yet to enter college. With a smile, she shared that she is excited that her children now have the option to enter the technical vocational school and choose which of its various courses most appeals to them so they can pursue their own professions. ###

 

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Balut vendor helps build school

Jorivic helps lead the groundbreaking ceremony of their sub-project in Barangay Dangay. Being one of the key players in the implementation, she was tasked to put the time capsule of their sub-project.

Jorivic helps lead the groundbreaking ceremony of their sub-project in Barangay Dangay. Being one of the key players in the implementation, she was tasked to put the time capsule of their sub-project.

By night, she is a balut vendor, selling duck eggs until the wee hours of night. By day, she is an active member of her community, serving as one of its leaders to help ensure that their village moves toward development.

This has been the routine of Jorivic Bautista, a resident of Barangay Dangay, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, since Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) entered their village.

According to Jorivic, the reason why she chose to become actively involved in Kalahi-CIDSS is simple: the Project gives power to the community, from identifying what their most urgent needs are and how to address these, to developing the solutions to these concerns.

Nasayahan po talaga ako du’n sa Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA). Akala ko noon madali lang sabihin kung ano ang talagang kailangan, pero talaga pa lang kailangan na alamin muna ang pinakapuno ba niya, ‘yung mismong ugat ng problema. Madami po talaga akong natutunan doon sa gawain naming iyon [I was pleased with the PSA. I thought at first that it was easy to identify what our community’s concerns are, but we had to really examine if these were the roots of the problem I learned a lot from the process],” said Jorivic.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the government’s primary poverty reduction programs implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). A community-driven development (CDD) project, it highlights the participation of each individual in identifying their needs, even in the implementation of the sub-project they have identified, as well as in overseeing its operations and maintenance.

Jorivic shared that she finds joy in attending and participating in various activities of any kind of project that is implemented in their barangay.

Lahat sinasalihan ko, kahit ‘yung mga orientation sa munisipyo. Marami na akong nadaluhan na orientation seminarsa mga kooperatiba, sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), at sa Malampaya Foundation [I participate in just about all activities, including orientations in our municipality. I’ve attended a lot of orientation seminars conducted by the cooperatives, by BFAR, and by the Malampaya Foundation]”, she said, her eyes twinkling.

She added, “Kumukuha ako ng ideya kung paano magpatakbo ng negosyo, kaya talagang nagpupunta ako ‘pag may mga orientation ang mga kooperatiba [I want to get ideas on how to run businesses, so I attend these orientations].

More than the satisfaction she gets by attending said activities, she said that she is interested in finding out the ideals and advocacies of any project that enters the municipality.

Her passion to learn was equally driven by her want to apply the various ideas and learnings in her life led her to volunteer in Kalahi-CIDSS.

Despite her active involvement in Kalahi-CIDSS, she still continued selling balut at night. She admitted that doing both was tiring, but she needed to earn money for her family, even as she saw the need for her to help her community.

Her active participation in the Project led to her fellow residents voting for her as head of the Project Preparation Team (PPT), a committee under the sub-project management team of the barangay.

Nakita naman ng mga kasamahan ko na pursigido ako sa mga gawain kaya ako ay kanilang binoto sa posisyon na iyon [My companions noticed my dedication, so they voted for me for that position],” said Jorivic.

 

With Jovic’s leadership, the community identified the construction of a two-storey technical vocational school building in their barangay, as they saw that it was the most effective solution to support the increasing number of out-of-school youths in the area. The school building will cater not only the barangay of Dangay, but also the other barangays in Roxas, and even neighboring municipalities, which means a lot of youths – and families – will be able to benefit from their school sub-project.

Jorivic said that many youths in their community opt not to go to college because most parents cannot afford to send their children to college. Even those who started studying in private schools were forced to stop in the middle of the school year because their families cannot sustain their transportation and allowance expenses. Most parents in the barangay do not have a steady income as they rely on fishing and farming, which are also seasonal jobs. Making both ends meet for them is a daily struggle, more so if they need to support the schooling of their children.

Jorivic shared her family’s own struggles with providing for the education of her children.

Dalawa na sa mga anak ko ang nakatapos ng kolehiyo. Sadyang napakalaki ng gastos namin noon. maliit lang ang kita namin. Ang asawa ko ay nangingisda tapos ako, nagbebenta ng balut. Hindi namin alam kung saan kukunin ang panggastos. Kaya alam ko ang hirap ng mga magulang na mapag-aral ang anak sa kolehiyo. Ayaw man nila patigilin pero kinakailangan dahil kulang talaga sa kita [Two of my children were able to finish college. We had large expenses, and we earned little. My husband fishes, while I sell balut; we did not know where to get the money to provide for them. That is why I know just how hard it is for parents to support their children through college. Even though they do not want them to stop schooling, they had no choice because they had little income]”, Jorivic said.

The residents know that the construction of the technical vocational school building will help lessen the number of out-of-school youths and the rate of unemployment in the barangay. It will also address the need for a quality education and ultimately, help provide economic opportunities to those who will finish the course.

Jorivic said that the construction of the school building will provide support to the local community college, especially since it offers courses such as electronics and bookkeeping, which will be offered in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), with certification and accreditation from the agency.

Jorivic shared that she hopes the school will help many students to find better jobs, abroad or local, after they have finished their education.

Jorivic’s participation in Kalahi-CIDSS taught her that she, along with her community volunteers, has the capacity to turn things around for their village.

Sobrang tuwa ko talaga dahil mauumpisahan na ang among proyekto, na ang lahat ng paghihirap naming mga volunteer ay unti-unti nang nababawi. Magandang umpisa ito para sa lahat sa amin hindi lang dito sa Brgy. Dangay kundi sa buong RoxasKaya namin ang pagbabago [I am very happy that we will finally be able to start our sub-project. All of the hard work of us volunteers will finally be worth it. This is a good start for us in Barangay Dangay and for the whole of Roxas. We can make the change],” Jorivic said, with tears in her eyes.

She also expressed her thanks for the Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team (ACT) and the barangay local government unit for supporting them in their venture.

She said, “Saludo ako sa mga aming opisyal sa barangay dahil kasama namin sila sa proseso at hindi kami pinabayaan. Lalo na ang ACT sa patuloy na pagtulong at gabay. Natagalan man ito pero sulit din ang pagod at paghihintay dahil nakita ko ang effort ng lahat para lamang ito ay mapatupad [I salute our barangay officials because they were with us and did not abandon us throughout the process. I am also thankful for the ACT for guiding and helping us. We might have experienced delays, but our tiredness is worth it. Our efforts to see this through bore fruit].

While two of Jorivic’s children have finished schooling, she still has four others who have yet to enter college. With a smile, she shared that she is excited that her children now have the option to enter the technical vocational school and choose which of its various courses most appeals to them so they can pursue their own professions. ###

 

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