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DSWD-7 kicks off orientation on SWDI Assessment to hired enumerators

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) field office-7 through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Regional Program Management Office and Convergence Office recently conducted an orientation to the enumerators in Bohol on the region-wide Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI) Assessment for the 4Ps partner-beneficiaries. The orientation for Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor enumerators will follow on the fourth week of September this year.

Mr. Dexter Gimena, regional convergence coordinator, provides an overview of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) during the recent orientation on Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) Assessment conducted for the enumerators in Bohol. Included in his discussion is also the History and Contextualization of Enhanced SWDI.

The SWDI is a tool used to assess the level of well-being of the DSWD’s 4Ps partner-beneficiaries and to monitor their improvement from Survival to Subsistence to Self-sufficiency.

A total of 157 enumerators were hired for region 7 to conduct the house-to-house survey of the Pantawid Pamilya households using the Social Welfare and Development Indicators. DSWD 7 will deploy 62 enumerators in Bohol; 56 in Cebu; 32 in Negros Oriental; and 7 in Siquijor.

During the orientation, the enumerators were taught on the appropriate filling-out of the SWDI General Intake Sheet through a simulation. They were also discussed with the SWDI Toolkit’s major component, enhanced scoring guide and the General Intake Sheet.

For region 7, a total of 270,912 active Pantawid partner-beneficiaries will undergo the SWDI assessment, which already started in August this year by the City/Municipal Action Team.

The target date of completing the SWDI assessment for the entire region-7 is on the second week of December 2019.

The SWDI uses the qualitative and quantitative approaches and the advanced data capture technology (i.e. tablet devices) to reduce the time lag between the data collection and analysis and to reduce the number of coding errors.

The generated result of the assessment will serve as reference for the planning of possible interventions by the DSWD or other concerned government units to the partner-beneficiaries to further help them improve their level of well-being. ###


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‘Little Pastor’ from Cordova wins 2019 Regional Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children Search

A seventh-grade boy from Cordova, Cebu was declared this year’s regional winner for the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children.

Jhon Rhod C. Amodia, 12 years old from Barangay Gabi, Cordova bested other three provincial winners, Cleia Tadena of Duero, Bohol in second place; Shame Lagos of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental in third place and Kathleen Chen Pastrana of Maria, Siquijor in fourth place. They will be recognized during the 5th Panaghiusa Festival in October and will attend the National Children’s Congress (NCC) in November in Metro Manila.

Jhon Rhod Amodia showcases his talent during the Provincial Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children awarding ceremony held in Cebu City last August.

The judging process was based on the following criteria: Behavior and Practice (20%), Awareness, Advocacy and Talent (25%), Intelligence and Wit (25%), Community and School Participation (20%) and Aptitude and Appearance (10%).

Jhon Rhod’s father, Teodulfo, is a construction worker while his mother, Jonalyn, is a housewife and manages her own sari-sari store and sells food in the neighborhood to augment the family’s income.

Growing up in a Christian home, Jhon Rhod always goes to their church with his parents. At two years old, he was already exposed to the musical instruments in his church. One Sunday, after the worship, the little boy gathered their cookware such as pots and plates and used it as drums.

Their church pastor discovered his potential and bought him toy drum set, which started Jhon Rhod’s passion for music. He has developed a bond with drums and the relationship has grown and evolved over the years. He eventually fell in love with music.

Currently, he plays various musical instruments like piano, guitar, drum and ukulele owned by their church.

“My talent is a gift from God and I must use it to serve him. This talent of mine is to express my love to Jesus not just to impress people,” he said in dialect.

His favorite worship song is 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) “Sing like never before, Oh my soul, I’ll worship Your Holy name.”

He believes in the power of prayer and said that through God, his father Teodulfo became a Christian.  Upon knowing God, his father stopped his vices and has turned into a responsible provider to his family.

There are times that Jhon Rhod would share to his classmates what he learned in the church and that earned him the moniker the “Little Pastor”. Jhon Rhod also never forgets to pray every morning after waking up and before sleeping at night. He prays when he eats, goes to school and feels uncertain of things around him.

Known for his good leadership, he was elected as the President of the Supreme Pupil Government in his school. He attended seminars and takes a strong standpoint against drugs, cyber pornography, child abuse and bullying and he shares these learnings to his fellow pupils and friends in their community.

With the government’s assistance through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Jhon Rhod hopes to finish his studies and get a college degree.

Ang pageskwela importante para makab-ot ang mga pangandoy sa kinabuhi (Education is important for us to achieve our goals in life),” said Jhon Rhod, who dreams of becoming a doctor someday. ###


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ELARDO FAMILY: Pantawid family tills soil to grow organic vegetables

As early as 5 o’clock in the morning, Francisco Elardo, is already tending his plants in his backyard garden.

He would see to it that he greets his plants a good morning because he treats them as friends.

Para nako makatabang ang pagestorya sa mga tanom, dili man sila makatubag apan makatabang kini sa ilang pagtubo (I believe talking to plants can help, even if they could not respond to you but this would help the plants grow healthy),” shares Francisco.

The Elardo family utilizes recycled materials in their organic demo farm in Barangay Taytay, Badian.

In a 1,000 square meter backyard garden that Francisco and his family own in their home in Barangay Taytay, Badian, Cebu, one can see a variety of vegetables like alugbati, eggplant, sweet potato, string beans, pechay, patola and malunggay. The family also have fruit bearing trees like guyabano, papaya, tambis, guava, coconut and avocado.

The Elardo’s love for farming started with their father Francisco Elardo, 46 years old, who once thought of finding his fate beneath the skyscrapers of the city. But later on decided to return to the countryside to till the soil.

Padre de Familia

A college dropout, Francisco worked in a paint factory to feed his family. However, he got sick and he left his work. He returned to his hometown and started farming.

Nipauli ko sa amoa kuyog akong asawa aron magpaayo sa akong sakit ug didto nako nadesisyonan nga mag farming ko (I came back to my hometown with my wife to recuperate from my illness and there I decided to do farming),” he adds.

And that was when Francisco saw his purpose.

Organic farming advocate

Francisco’s inclination to organic farming started when he attended a seminar on organic farming.

Nakat-unan nako sa seminar nga dili kinahanglan mogamit og spray nga adunay mga kemikals (I learned from the seminar that there is no need to use chemical spray to plants),” Francisco says matter-of-factly.

Marilou, 42 years old, Francisco’s wife and partner in tending all their farm crops says that as a couple, they help each other in various household chores. Francisco he is more focused on farming while Marilou takes care of the children. Marilou also helps her husband in nurturing the plants.

The couple is blessed with two (2) children, namely: Reese and Christian who also have their own tasks in tending their farm.

Reese, 19 years old, is currently a second year college taking up Bachelor of Education Major in Pre-Elementary and Technical Livelihood Education at the Cebu Technological University (CTU) Moalboal campus and Christian, 14 years old, a grade 9 student of Badian National High School and a monitored child under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Reese uses her creativity in making artistic and colorful design for their plant pots while Christian is a reliable partner to his father in ensuring that the plants are healthy.

Despite the meager income that the family would earn from farming, Francisco believes that it was in farming where he found himself to be of help not only in providing healthy meals for his family but also for other members of their community.

Each member of the family has its own task in tending the demo farm.

Akong pangandoy gyud nga ma-echo ang organic farming sa akong mga isig-katawo kay mas luwas ni kaysa sa kanang gamitan og synthetic fertilizer. Importante kaayo ni labi na nga ang mga bata dali magkasakit (It has always been my dream to impart my knowledge on organic farming to others because this is safer compared to vegetables sprayed with synthetic fertilizer. This is very important, especially that children are prone to sickness),” Francisco underscores.

In 2013, the family decided to make the backyard garden as a demonstration farm. Since then, many people coming from various institutions like students, government workers and fellow farmers visited it to learn more and see an actual organic farm.

Miski kapoy, malipay gihapon ko mag-demo sa mga estudyante kay ganahan man sad ko nga mapa-ambit sa lain akong nahibaw-an kabahin sa organic farming (Even if I am tired, I am happy to demonstrate to the students because I love to share what I have learned about organic farming),” explains Francisco.

He added that he will never refuse anyone who would approach him and visit their demo farm to gain knowledge on organic farming.

If there are visitors, Francisco would show to them his plants and then discuss about natural farming system like indigenous microorganism, fermented plant juice and fermented fruit juice inside a make shift classroom made of indigenous materials like bamboo and nipa.

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) tapped Francisco as one of the resource speakers for organic vegetables farming seminar. In fact, ATI has chosen the Elardo demo farm as one of the learning sites on backyard gardening.

Francisco is also a barangay coordinator of the Farmer Scientist Training Program (FSTP) and at the same time a farmer’s trainer under the Office of Provincial Agriculturist of Cebu province.

The family also raises animals like cow, goats, chicken and maintains a small pond in their organic farm.

Sa panahon nga wala pay ani, kining mga tilapia maoy among sud-anon (During lean season, these tilapias are our viand),” he says.

Farming is the backbone of the nation. Sa nagkataas nga populasyon, nagsaka pud ang demand sa pagkaon. Kung kalimtan nato ang farming, unsaon man nato pagpakaon sa mga tawo nga sa pagkaon raba na maggikan ang kusog? (Farming is the backbone of the nation. As the population continues to grow, the demand also increases. If we disregard farming, how would we feed the people? Human strength comes from eating healthy food),” Francisco emphasizes.

Kung kita tanan mahimong engineer o mosakay og barko, kinsa may mananom sa pagkaon nga atong andamon para sa atong pamilya? Di ra ba na mahilis ang puthaw (If we all become engineers or become seafarers, who will be left to grow the food that we will serve to our families? Steels are inedible),” jokingly says Francisco.

As an advocate of organic farming, he also encourages other Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries to follow the natural farming system.

The family is also a member of the Taytay Hillyland Farmers Association.

Kung adunay murequest nga magpatudlo sa pagpananom, andam ug tagana kami nga mupa-ambit sa among kaalam kabahin sa organic farming (If there will be request for lectures or trainings, we are more than willing to share our knowledge about organic farming),” says Francisco.

To the Elardo family, what they have gained is a blessing and is something to be shared to others. It is the family’s advocacy to share it with others to replicate their efforts on organic farming. The family has encouraged their neighbors and other people to produce organic vegetables and fruits which are safe to eat and are not harmful to the environment.

Pantawid Partner-Beneficiary

Before the Elardo family became a Pantawid partner-beneficiary, they already showed determination and hardwork.

According to Francisco, he is grateful when his family became a partner-beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2011 because it aided them in providing their children’s education, a basic right of every child.

Dili ingun nga dili nata magkugi kay naa tay tabang gikan sa gobyerno, so akong gibuhat gidoble pa namo among kakugi. Naa naman pamugas nga gihatag ang Pantawid, ang akong gibuhat ang pagpangita sa sud-an (It does not mean that we stop working hard because there is already an assistance from the government, so what we did is we double our efforts. There is already a rice subsidy of Pantawid, what I do is to provide for our viand),” expresses Francisco.

Marilou agreed on Francisco’s statement, “Miskin wala ang Pantawid maninguha gihapon mapaeskwela ang mga bata kay responsibilidad man kana sa mga ginikanan (Even if there is no Pantawid, we should continue sending our children to school because it is the responsibility of the parents to send their children to school)” enthuses Marilou.

On Parenting

For Francisco and Marilou, parenting is also like taking care of the plants.

Just like plants that need a foundation of good soil to support and nourish their roots, sunlight to produce food via photosynthesis and a sufficient supply of water, children also need to have a good family foundation.

Marilou share that in order to strengthen their family, they never forget to have time for each other. Great meal conversations serve as a good venue for the four of them to discuss what transpired during the day in the school, in the farm, in the home and in the community.

Francisco and Marilou Elardo happily pose together with their two children Reese and Christian in their home in Badian, Cebu.

Upat raman mi kabuok mao nga open ang among communication ug adunay problema dali namo masolusyonan kay magtinabangay man kami isip usa ka pamilya (We are only four in the family, so we have open communication at home. And if there is a problem we can resolve it immediately because we help each other as one family),” says Francisco.

Francisco understand that Reese and Christian have their own distinct personality and they have their own life to decide.

Isip ginikanan, ang ato ra man gusto nga maayo ang kaugmaon sa atong mga anak ug kung unsa ilang ambisyon suportaan nato (As parents, we only want what is good for our children’s future and we will support whatever their ambitions are),” adds Francisco.

But Francisco never fails to instill to his children the value of education.

Dili nako gusto nga maparehas sila nako nga wala makahuman og eskwela. Walay rason nga dili sila makahuman og eskwela labi na nga adunay tabang gikan sa gobyerno (I do not want them to be like me. There is no reason for them not to finish their studies, especially now that there is aid from the government),” ends Francisco. ###


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DSWD 7, USC ink MOA to help SLP Beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of San Carlos (USC), to work together in a mutually-beneficial partnership in improving the quality of life of the poor.

STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIP. DSWD 7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala (5th from left) and Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, President of USC (4th from left) lead the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DSWD and the University of San Carlos (USC) for the Sustainable Livelihood Program. Also in the photo are (L-R) Ma. Giovanna Roselyn V. Abada, Private Sector Paartnership Officer SCP-DSWD, Rizalina L. Patindol, Regional Program Coordinator, Shalaine Marie Lucero, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Melanie De Ocampo, Dean, School of Business and Economics (SBE) of USC, Lauro Cipriano Silapan, Assistant Dean, SBE and Allan Gozon, Manager, Center of Entrepreneurship, Ethel Dicdican, Program Manager Academe, SBEC.

Both parties recognize the need to establish a cooperative approach, converging and conservatively utilizing its resources and capacities in common areas to contribute poverty alleviation through empowerment to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) and Non-Pantawid poor participants under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD-FO VII to improve their quality of life.

The DSWD has been implementing the Sustainable Livelihood Program which aims to strengthen the skills, competencies, abilities and resources of poor filipino families, and create an enabling environment for accessing income-generating opportunities to address basic needs, thereby improving their socio-economic well-being.

The beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) and Non-Pantawid poor participants under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD FO VII who are also beneficiaries of Sustainable Livelihood Program, shall benefit from their partnership with the USC. This project is in line with the agency’s mission to provide access to livelihood and job opportunities to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.

For this partnership, the University of San Carlos (USC) agreed to create a convergence synergy model for livelihood opportunities for qualified SLP participants by giving them access to Livelihood Skill Training Program and Technical Assistance through USC with the overall goal of improving socio-economic conditions of the participants.

The USC, through its Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE), a unit of the school, of Business and Economics, provides lifelong learning, research, and entrepreneurship training focusing on the social and environmental impacts, for the participants.

Both DSWD and USC agreed to work together in the areas necessary to attain the purpose of this partnership such as a) Contributing to the resiliency and empowerment of poor and vulnerable SLP participants through provision of skills and technical assistance. b) Establishment of Knowledge Management (KM) system between the DSWD-FO VII and USC on the documentation of livelihood models’ best practices and success stories, and key learning generated by the partnership initiative related to the action researches and training done; c) Designate permanent and alternate project focal person to monitor the progress of the implementation; d) Conduct regular coordination and consultative meetings and conferences to immediately address emerging issues of the partnership initiative related to the action researches and training done;  e) Develop programs, process, and evaluation tools and techniques for the other projects of DSWD-FO VII which will utilize USC’s current and future capabilities subject to further discussion between the parties involved; and f) Implement the partnership initiative within the terms and conditions of the implementing guidelines co-developed with USC.

This partnership initiative shall cover and serve unserved SLP participants who can qualify under the requirements of USC. This agreement covers regional implementation depending on the present and future worksites of USC and DSWD Field Office (FO VII) including its SWAD Offices in Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor. ###


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DSWD-7 Conducts Information Caravan in Dumanjug

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office-7 has continued its information dissemination about its programs and services through the recent information caravan conducted in Dumanjug, Cebu.

Participants listen to Emmalyn Morada, focal person for Family Development Session as she discusses the Bata Balik Eskwela campaign, Institutionalization of 4Ps and Pantawid household update.

A total of 100 participants joined the activity including 4Ps beneficiaries, Sustainable Livelihood Program participants, Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers and daycare workers.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Kalahi-CIDSS, Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizen and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) are the main topics discussed during the activity.

The participants were encouraged to raise questions and clarifications in relation to the programs and services through an open forum where the speakers immediately answered the questions and clarified some issues raised by the participants.

One of the community volunteers shared her experience with Kalahi-CIDSS. “Ni volunteer ko aron makatabang sa barangay samtang ang gihimong concreting sa 0.350 km Brgy. Road sa purok saging nag padayon. Kaluoy sa Diyos sa among pagpaningkamot, amo jud nakab-ot ang among kalampusan. Mapasalamaton kaayo ko sa Kalahi-CIDSS ingon man sa barangay captain na wala me ginapasagdan (I volunteer to help our barangay while the road concreting in purok saging is ongoing, and thank GOD all our hard work paid off. I’m also thankful to the Kalahi-CIDSS program as well as the barangay captain who helped us and never left us alone but Instead he guided us),” said Mrs. Evangelista C. Oyangoren, Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer.

Before the activity ended, the participants actively answered the trivia questions given by the DSWD staff about the programs and services shared to them by the staff. For every correct answer, the participants received some freebies as prizes.

As part of the activity the participants went to Brgy. Kolabtingon, Dumanjug to visit the hanging footbridge, a Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project. ###


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Orientation on DSWD Programs held

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII recently held an orientation to more than 20 new on-the-job training students.

John Lester Carunggay, one of the student interns form Mabolo National High School, encodes the names of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) beneficiaries.

As part of the DSWD’s Student Training Program, the orientation aims to educate the students on the programs and services of the department.

In the orientation, Jennefer Dagaas, focal person of the student training program, presented the agency’s vision, mission and different programs and services.

“Ms. Dagaas explained to us what are the DSWD programs and services. She told us that DSWD has programs and services for abused women, abandoned and neglected children,” said John Lester Carunggay, an intern assigned at Sustainable Livelihood Program.

The orientation ended with a tour to the different offices in the DSWD-7 compound especially to the offices where the interns are assigned. ###


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DSWD-7 distributes school supplies to Pantawid children

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII distributed the school supplies to selected Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) children-beneficiaries for the Bata Balik Eskwela (BBE) advocacy campaign.

Distribution of school supplies to Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries in El Pardo Elementary School, Boljoon, Cebu.

These selected 4Ps children-beneficiaries are those who stopped in the previous school year but enrolled this school year 2019-2020.

A total of 758 4Ps children from different elementary and secondary schools in the cities of Mandaue and Danao and municipalities of Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Boljoon, Samboan, Alegria, Liloan, Compostela and Daanbantayan.

Selected schools in the provinces of Siquijor and Negros Oriental also received school supplies.

The school supplies were donated by various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who are partners in the implementation of 4Ps. These partners are Cebu People’s Multipurpose Cooperative, Personal Collection, Inc., Dumaguete Cathedral Credit Cooperative Multipurpose Cooperative, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. and the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

The DSWD Field Office VII’s Social Welfare Employees Credit Cooperative (SWECC) and DSWD Field Office VII employees also donated various school supplies like notebooks and ball pens.

A total of 486 4Ps children-beneficiaries in three barangays in Cebu City namely; Mambaling, Tejero and Lahug received biscuits donated by the ABS-CBN Bantay Bata Foundation.

The Pantawid Pamilya’s Bata Balik Eskwela campaign aims to remind the children beneficiaries to enroll back to school so that they will fully utilize the program benefits. This campaign also seeks to inculcate in the minds of the children the importance and value of education in their lives and future.

The Pantawid Pamilya children are one of the stakeholders of the program and are responsible in complying with one of the main conditions of 4Ps, which is to attend school every school year. ###


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DSWD-7 joins World Humanitarian Day celebration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII recently joined the World Humanitarian Day (WHD) celebration.

DSWD-7 employees were blue in support to the WHD celebration.

Celebrated every August 19, World Humanitarian Day aims in bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crisis and for the safety and security of aid workers.

This year’s celebration highlights the work of women in crises throughout the world. It supports the recognition that women deserve in the strengthening of global humanitarian response and honoring those women who have tirelessly improved countless lives.

DSWD, as a humanitarian government entity, participated by encouraging its employees wear blue clothing. DSWD-7 employees wear blue clothing on August 13, 19 and 20 in solidarity to the said occasion. ###


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