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DSWD launches youth dev’t sessions for high school beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and Department of Education (DepEd), launches the Youth Development Session (YDS) today at the Tandang Sora National High School.

The YDS is a modular session for the high school beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program commonly known as the country’s version of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.

“We recognize that the youth of today are faced with various challenges and some of them do not have the appropriate skills and proper attitude to face these challenges. Through the YDS, we are hopeful that we will be able to save our children from the many ills of our society such as drug addiction and early  pregnancy,” shared DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

The YDS is one of the interventions similar to the Family Development Session (FDS) given to the parents/ guardians of the beneficiaries. Through the sessions, the youth will be molded to become productive members of the society capable of helping their own families. This will also serve as venue for the youth to foster relationship creating peer support group.

“Around 150 student-beneficiaries from the National high school will participate in today’s YDS. Topics to be discussed include Changing Body, Teenage Pregnancy, and Substance Abuse. We are grateful that we have the NYC who is helping us roll-out this initiative,” added Sec. Soliman.

“The NYC, together with the DSWD, gives great value to the ability and experiences of our Filipino youth,” said Usec. Gregorio Ramon A. Tingson, Chairperson of the NYC. “But more importantly, we believe in their hopes and dreams. This is why we are giving them the spotlight today – National Heroes’ Day – to celebrate the heroes they are and aspire to be.”

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18. The program seeks to break the vicious cycle of poverty.

As of 29 July 2015, there are 4.3 million households enrolled with 1.8 million children enrolled in secondary education. ###

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13,602 food packs arrive in La Union

food packsPersonnel of the Philippine Navy unload the family food packs from the two Philippine Navy Ships, (BRP) Ivatan AT928 and BRP Batak AT299, which arrived last week at the Poro Point City in San Fernando La Union.

The two ships   carried 13,602 family food packs or 2,267 sacks of relief goods from the National Resource Operations Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  for distribution to families affected by Typhoon Ineng in Ilocos Norte and Abra. ###

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“Bayanihan” spirit leads to the longest human chain in Kalahi-CIDSS history

Age, gender, and profession saw no bounds when the bayanihan spirit pulled the Besao residents to work together, hauling sand for the construction of a school building in Barangay Tamboan. Together, they formed the longest human chain in Kalahi-CIDSS and Besao history.

Age, gender, and profession saw no bounds when the bayanihan spirit pulled the Besao residents to work together, hauling sand for the construction of a school building in Barangay Tamboan. Together, they formed the longest human chain in Kalahi-CIDSS and Besao history.

In the early morning of August 20, people began showing up at the Municipal Hall of Besao, Mountain Province. By early morning, around 400 people coming from 13 barangays of Besao started to gather in front of the Municipal Hall.

Their purpose: to create the longest human chain of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), with funding support from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Their goal, however, goes beyond merely setting a record as they aim to help construct a school building for high school students in one of the town’s barangays.

Using the vehicles lent by several barangays – 4x4s, trucks, and jeepneys – the volunteers, most of whom are from the 13 barangays of Besao, proceeded to Barangay Tamboan, where the school building will be constructed, heedless of the fact that Typhoon Ineng was threatening to batter Northern Luzon with strong winds and rain.


Besao is considered one of the best-performing communities in Kalahi-CIDSS, a program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Tamboan, one of its barangays, is bounded by Quirino, Ilocos Sur and some villages in Tubo, Abra.

With the implementation of the K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd), schools with limited classrooms needed to expand to support the larger number of students. Tamboan National High School is one of these, particularly since some students coming from Quirino and Tubo also go there because of the barangay’s proximity to these towns.

One of the buildings used in the campus was old and decrepit, putting the lives of the students at risk.

“Iyong Grade 7 at Grade 8 na mga estudyante namin, doon sila sa lumang building. Dilapidated na at unsafe na, lalo na ‘yung foundations ng building. Makakatulong talaga ito sa mga bata (Our Grades 7 and 8 students use the old building. It is already dilapidated and unsafe, especially its foundations. The new building will really help the children),” said Teacher Gwen, who teaches at the school. At present, Tamboan High School has more than 30 grade 7 students in the old building.

In the recent cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS in Besao, the community of Tamboan proposed the construction of a one-unit two-classroom school building, amounting to P1,222,826, for their high school. Of this amount, P780,426 will be funded by Kalahi-CIDSS and MCC, P337,000 by the local and barangay local government units, and P105,400 through the in-kind counterpart of the community, majority of which will be for 60 cubic meters of sand that will be used during construction.

Unfortunately, the proposal of Tamboan was not prioritized during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum for Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA), the activity in Kalahi-CIDSS which provides communities within the municipality the opportunity to prioritize the projects that will receive funding from the program. Undaunted, Mayor Wellington Pooten requested for, and was granted, additional funding to accommodate Tamboan and Agawa, the other barangay that was not prioritized.

As the community committed in their proposal, they needed to provide sand as part of their counterpart for the project. Their closest source for this is Basa River, located about 1,500 meters from the project site. Through a community assembly, the residents of Tamboan decided to mobilize people for a Men Og-ogbo Tako ay Men Galatis activity, or a work-for-a-cause activity, in which og-ogbo means “bayanihan” vernacular, and Galatis “free labor”. Og-ogbo and Galatis is still being practiced by Besao communities – their successful implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS is proof of this, as the program strongly relies on community volunteers for the implementation of its sub-projects – but this was their first attempt to do this as one municipality. Their goal was to mobilize at least 500 participants for the activity, in which a person passes a sackful of sand to the next individual until it reaches the project site at the Tamboan National High School from the Basa River.

Longest chain

By mid-morning, more people joined the activity. When Typhoon Ineng made good on her promise and brought the rains, some began distributing large plastic bags to the volunteers of all ages and backgrounds – students, parents, tribal elders, LGU officials, police officers, and others – so they can use these as makeshift raincoats.

“Hindi na po namin naisip kung malapit na ba naming maabot ‘yung 60 cubics [meters] na buhangin, o kung mabigat ‘yung sako dahil sa ulan, o kung madulas na ‘yung daan. Ang naiisip po namin habang nagbubuhat kami, malapit nang magkaroon ng bagong classroom ‘yung mga anak namin (We were not thinking about whether we could reach 60 cubic meters of sand, or that the sacks were getting heavy because of the rain, or that the path was getting slippery. All we thought about while lifting was that our children will finally be able to have a new classroom)”, shared Isaias Palonga, the leader of the Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers of Tamboan.

At some point, however, the rain became too strong and the road too slippery, forcing the volunteers to stop hauling. By the time they ended, 721 people joined the Men Og-ogbo Tako ay Men Galatis activity, who helped haul nearly half of the required amount of sand for the sub-project.

Even though they were not able to reach their target, the volunteers nonetheless were happy about the turnout of their hard work, so much so that they danced in the rain to celebrate their success – represented by each sack they brought to the project site.

“Masaya po na sa ganitong edad po, may nagawa po akong malaki para sa Tamboan, lalo na sa mga susunod pang generations ng mag-aaral dito sa school namin. Sabi po ng teacher namin, ang tamang edukasyon po ang mag-aangat sa amin sa kahirapan. Pakiramdam ko po ngayon, worthy yung sacrifice namin ngayong araw dahil ilang bata po ang makakapag-aral, ilang pamilya po ang unti-unti maaangat sa kahirapan dito sa amin (I am happy that even at my young age, I was able to do something big for my community, which the next generations of students will benefit from. Our teacher said that good education will help us lift ourselves from poverty. I feel that our sacrifice today is worth it; because more students will be able to study, more families will be able to slowly lift themselves from poverty),” shared Roan Milan, a Grade 10 student.

Isaias was emotional at the end of the activity because of its successful turnout. He said, “Kami po, lalo na at hindi kami nakapag-aral, nakikita po namin na balang-araw ang project na ito ang magtatawid sa amin sa kahirapan. Mabibigyan po ng tsansang makapag-aral nang maayos ang mga anak namin. Inulan po ‘yung activity natin ngayon, pero nakita ko pong sobrang dami pa rin ng pumunta at tinuloy pa rin magbuhat kahit sobrang lakas na ng ulan (We, especially us who were not able to study, envision that this project will help us get out of poverty. This will give our children the chance to study well. Even though our activity got rained on, I saw just how far we have come, and that we continued to work even when the rainfall got stronger).”

He revealed that others were already asking when they will continue their project. He said, “Natapos na ‘yong activity pero may mga nagtatanong pa po kung kelan ulit ang susunod na schedule. Yung sinasabi po nila na “faith in humanity,” napatunayan ko po iyon ngayon (Our activity may have ended, but there are already those asking when we can continue. We proved today that ‘faith in humanity’ is true).”

Today, these people have set a record – they now bear the title “The Longest Human Chain” in the history of Kalahi-CIDSS. More than that, however, these people realized they were able to do something more important – they were able to bring hope to future generations who will benefit from the school building in this remote village. ###

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Newborn baby on viral video cleared for discharge – DSWD

After coordinating with the Pasay City General Hospital (PCGH) on the condition of the newborn baby seen on a viral video being slapped by his mother, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) confirmed that the baby has been cleared for discharge on August 26..

“The Medical Director of the hospital relayed to us about the negative results of the blood culture test of the newborn, hence, a pediatric clearance was already issued,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

While exploring possible maternal relatives who can take custody of the baby, DSWD-National Capital Region facilitated his admission at the DSWD-managed Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) for the provision of temporary shelter  upon discharge from the hospital.

Meanwhile, the mother will remain in the hospital pending blood transfusion and while waiting for the result of her counseling session with the psychologist of the Pasay City Social Welfare and Development Office (PCSWDO).

The PCSWDO will also provide appropriate after-care support services to the mother. ###

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Kalahi-CIDSS, Pantawid Pamilya among the showcased programs in Galing Pook governance fair

MANILA – Two of the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are slated to be showcased in the local governance fair organized by the Galing Pook Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization that commits to promote innovation and excellence in local governance. The fair will be held on August 30-September 1, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) will be among the programs that will be featured in the said activity as good governance and citizen empowerment initiatives.

The fair, entitled “Mamamayan, Mamamayani,” is intended to recognize the good governance initiatives of civil society organizations (CSOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), national government agencies (NGAs), and local government units (LGUs) from across the country. In particular, it seeks to acknowledge the efforts made by the said organizations in promoting citizen participation in local governance.

The DSWD seeks to promote people participation and empower citizens, particularly those who are poor, marginalized, and vulnerable, through its programs such as Kalahi-CIDSS and Pantawid Pamilya.

As a community-driven development (CDD) program, Kalahi-CIDSS seeks to help alleviate poverty by capacitating people so they will have the opportunity to identify, implement, and manage community projects and resources that will address their most pressing needs. Through CDD, residents learn how to work together so they can manage the problems affecting their villages.

The community projects identified by the citizens usually come in the form of small-scale infrastructure projects that address basic social service needs, such as school buildings, day care centers, health centers, pathways, rice or corn mills, or electrification projects.

Kalahi-CIDSS also seeks to improve local governance by tightening the ties between LGUs and communities so that they can work together to ensure sustainable local development, even after the program leaves the area.

Meanwhile, Pantawid Pamilya empowers communities primarily through the Family Development Sessions (FDS), which trains parents in how to manage their families effectively.

Some of the gains of the two programs will be presented during the governance fair in a session entitled “Stories of Change: Panibagong Kuwento, Kuwentong Pagbabago” on August 30 at 1:30 p.m.

This session will look into the changes that have happened in the lives of the partner-beneficiaries of these two programs since they became involved in Kalahi-CIDSS and/or Pantawid Pamilya. Among those who will be featured are villages from Ajuy, Iloilo and Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, in which residents served as Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers to help protect their families from poverty. Also to be featured are Alyannah Terite, Allaine Marie Billoan, and Mark Joseph del Prado, Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries and student achievers who recently graduated from high school.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the “Mamamayan, Mamamayani” local governance fair provides the Agency the opportunity to show how the programs do not only seek to promote improved governance, but also aim for sustainable change within poor communities.

She said, “Kalahi-CIDSS and Pantawid Pamilya are more than just short-term responses to poverty. We hope to empower citizens from poor communities and train them so that they can learn to invest in health and education in Pantawid Pamilya, and later, so they can participate in local development issues through Kalahi-CIDSS.”

She continued, “Through their participation in these programs, they get to learn that they can do more for their families and their communities, and even for themselves.”

Sec. Soliman also mentioned how the Sustainable Livelihood Program, the third major program of the DSWD, provides economic opportunities for people affected by poverty, thereby providing another safety net that will help support the changes happening in their lives.

Aside from the DSWD and the Galing Pook Foundation, the other agencies that will participate in the fair include the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Yapak ni Jesse, CODE-NGO, Synergeia, Action for Economic Reform, and the World Bank. ###

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DSWD, LGUs work together to reach affected families in ‘Ineng’- hit areas

The government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units (LGUs),  is exhausting all means to reach all those affected by Typhoon  ‘Ineng’ which devastated Regions I, II, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

As of 26 August 2015, 2PM, a total of ₱12,743,583.05 worth relief of assistance has been provided where ₱11,499,195.80 came from DSWD and ₱1,244,193.25 came from the LGUs.

In Santa, Ilocos Sur, where it was reported to have been isolated,  the DSWD provided 1,460 family food packs as augmentation assistance to the 730 packs extended by the provincial government to the affected families.

Likewise, in Caoayan,  Ilocos Sur,  DSWD provided 390 food packs as augmentation assistance to Barangay Pantay Tamurong.  Another 340 packs  from DSWD  were distributed to affected families in Barangay Puro.

As of press time, a total of 65,403 families or 290,922 persons have been affected by  ‘Ineng’,  where five families or 20 persons are still inside two evacuation centers  in Benguet.

The DSWD-Field Offices in the affected regions continue to coordinate with the  LGUs for further assistance. ###

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We will file charges against individuals involved in ESA anomalies – Sec. Soliman

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman vowed that the Department will find out who are responsible for abusing the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program, and will file the appropriate criminal and administrative charges against these persons.

This came after Ted Failon exposed the modus-operandi of some individuals who exploit beneficiaries of ESA by exposing them to loan sharks.

Failon mentioned some cases in Estancia, Iloilo where beneficiaries were duped to loan their shelter assistance with 16 percent interest from a financier allegedly recommended by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer.

The ESA is provided to qualified families affected by Typhoon Yolanda, with P10,000 for partially damaged houses and P30,000 to those with totally damaged houses.

The ESA is released by the agency through the local government units (LGUs) as part of the rehabilitation efforts to help ‘Yolanda’ survivors rebuild their homes.

Sec. Soliman expressed her disappointment, “Naiinis akong isipin na nagtagal na ngang ibigay eh pagsasamantalahan pa nila yung pantulong sa mga nasalanta.  Meron na tayong mga taong nag-iimbestiga at nangangalap ng ebidensiya (I am disappointed. I cannot accept how they can afford to take advantage of the helpless beneficiaries.  We already assigned some personnel to investigate and gather the necessary evidence).”


On the issue that there are unqualified beneficiaries of ESA, Sec. Soliman explained that DSWD is now conducting a re-validation particularly on those families who were not in the first masterlist.

“We were told that there were families who left their place after the typhoon but have returned when they learned about the housing assistance,” Sec. Soliman said.

She added that DSWD is doing home assessments to validate the claim for totally or partially damaged houses.

“We will retrieve the cash assistance provided once proven that the beneficiaries who received these are not deserving,” she emphasized.

She also shared that they sought the help of LGUs in identifying the beneficiaries since they know who among their constituents are qualified beneficiaries.

Sec. Soliman also mentioned that ESA distribution will hopefully be completed by September 10 to prevent this from being politicized.


When asked how the ESA is being audited, Sec. Soliman shared that there are two auditing levels for the program.

First is the DSWD-initiated audit done through spot checking of ESA distribution and grievance.

Second is the auditing done by the Commission on Audit (COA).

Sec. Soliman also cited the media as a partner in monitoring program implementation. She urged the media to immediately report irregularities that they know of.  ###

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More relief on the way for Ilocos Norte LGUs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) sent today some 13,600 family food packs to Ilocos Norte, which was heavily battered by Typhoon Ineng.

Two Philippine Navy Ships, BRP Batac carrying 7,212 family food packs, and BRP Ivatan loaded with 6,388 packs, left  Sangley Point in Cavite City at around 6:00 am today  for Currimao,  Ilocos Norte, to deliver the goods.

These are apart from the food packs initially prepositioned to the different local government units (LGUs) of Ilocos Norte.  To date, DSWD has already  provided P447,527 worth of relief assistance to the province.

As of 5am today, around 115,506 food packs have already been prepositioned to the various LGUs in Regions I, II, and  the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)  where ‘Ineng’ dumped  heavy rains and caused land slides.

Of these,  close to 20,000 packs have been distributed by LGUs to affected families.  DSWD disaster teams continue to assist LGUs in disaster relief operations.

As of press time, a total of  55, 216 families or  232, 692 persons have been affected.   A  total of 217 families or 819 persons continue to stay in 14 evacuation centers  managed by LGUs.

In Region I,  Ilocos Norte still has 11 evacuation centers and one in Ilocos Sur. All evacuation centers in Region II have been closed. In CAR, Benguet still has two evacuation centers.

A total of 2,405 houses have been damaged of which  122 and 2,283 were totally and partially damaged, respectively.

DSWD teams are conducting rapid assessment to determine the extent of the disaster and to identify  interventions that may been implemented to help the affected families return to their normal functioning. ###

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