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DSWD-7 provides house rental subsidy to homeless street families

A total of 274 homeless street families in Metro Cebu availed the house rental subsidy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII.

MCCT homeless street families receive their house rental subsidy from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Visayas.

These homeless street families are partner-beneficiaries under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT), which covers poor families who were not included in the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

MCCT provides assistance to homeless street families, families in need of special protection and indigenous families, which are not limited to education and health grants, but also include safe and responsive housing assistance with access to social services and economic opportunities for the improvement of their living conditions.

These MCCT homeless street families availed of the house rental subsidy because they do not want to return to their places of origin but would like to move out of the streets and get into a permanent and decent house.

For the house rental subsidy, these street families receive a maximum of Php 4,000.00 for a maximum of 12 months.

Out of the 274 MCCT homeless street families who availed of the house rental subsidy, 169 families have already received their complete subsidy.

The 35 families only availed of the six months and opted not to avail the remaining six months due to various reasons like they will live in their relative’s house, have the opportunity to avail relocation site and others opted to rent on their own expense.

The remaining 70 families are currently availing the house rental subsidy. ###


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Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2018: Provincial winners named

After a series of rigorous cluster and provincial desk validation during the simultaneous provincial level search of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has named the top three winners from each four provinces in region 7.

The Bohol provincial winner is the Oque family of Batuan town while the second and third placers are the Lingacion family of Balilihan and Muring family from Trinidad, respectively.

The provincial winner of Cebu is the Campugan family from the town of Cordova. The Villegas family from Medellin ranks second while the Garciano family from Poro ranks third.

The Negros Oriental provincial winners are the following: Suple family of Basay, first place; Bohol family of Mabinay, second place; and Mercullo family of Valencia, third place.

Siquijor’s provincial winners include the Bagundol family of Maria, first place; Caspiz of Siquijor, second place; and Lapinig family of Larena, third place.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said that their stories are truly inspirational and worthy of emulation by other Pantawid Pamilya family-beneficiaries.

“They are an addition to our family ambassadors who can serve as a good role model in their own community,” Director Macapobre added.

The provincial winners will receive a cash prize and a certificate of recognition during the provincial awarding ceremony this June.

The judges during the provincial search were from partner national government agencies like DOH, DepEd and DILG, provincial government of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor and partner civil society organizations (CSOs).

The provincial first placers will compete in the regional level search next month. ###


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Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiary manages own organic demonstration farm

Ganahan ko makakat-on pagdugang kabahin sa pamaol kay mao man kini akong nahibaw-an ug mao kini among panginabuhian (I wanted to learn more about farming because this is what I know and where we get our income),” said Francisco Elardo as he tends his plants in their family backyard in Brgy. Taytay, Badian, Cebu.

Francisco (leftmost) makes sure that the whole family is engaged in their organic backyard garden from which they get a good supply of vegetables.

Francisco’s inclination to farming started after he attended a seminar on organic farming in 2010.

Nakat-unan nako sa seminar nga dili kinahanglan mogamit og spray nga adunay mga kemikals (I learned from that seminar that it is not necessary to spray chemicals to plants)”, Francisco said matter-of-factly.

Francisco immediately applied what he learned from the seminar and fortunately he was right on his decision to pursue organic farming. Together with his wife Marilou and their two children, Reese and Christian, he planted a variety of vegetables like alugbati, talong, camote, batong, pechay, patola and malunggay. He also grew fruit bearing trees like guyabano, papaya, tambis, bayabas coconut, bayabas and avocado.

Human sa usa ka tuig, nalipay ko nga naka-ani mi og daghang utanon ug kini nagamit sa akong pamilya ug ang among mga silingan ug uban sa laing barangay mopalit pud sa among mga ani (I was happy that after a year, we were able to harvest many vegetables, which benefited our family, neighbors and people from other barangays who also buy our fresh produce),” Francisco beamed with gladness.

Instead of chemicals, Francisco applied organic fertilizers on his one thousand square meters backyard garden through vermiculture.

Vermiculture is the use of earthworms to break down organic materials into rich fertilizers for use in organic gardening and farming.

Francisco also uses organic chemicals for spraying his plants and planted insect repellant plants like tanglad (lemongrass) to ward off insects, which are pests for his backyard garden.

Francisco tends to his alugbati.

In the 2013, he decided to make his backyard garden as a demonstration farm because many people now visit his backyard garden to know about organic farming. In fact, many high school and college students visit his demonstration farm to learn more and see an actual organic farm.

In 2014, the Municipal Links of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program coordinated with the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) for seeds to augment Francisco’s demonstration 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 though I am tired, I am happy to demonstrate to students the vermiculture technology because I love to share what I have learned about organic farming),” he said.

If there are visitors, Francisco would discuss the natural farming system like indigenous microorganism, fermented plant juice and fermented fruit juice.

There are also two small fish ponds in their backyard garden.

Sa panahon nga wala pay ani, kining mga tilapia maoy among sud-anon ug dili man pud mi magkalisud palit og bugas kay naa naman rice subsidy nga gihatag sa amo (During lean season, these tilapias serve as our viand and we do not worry about rice since we already have the rice subsidy),” he added.

Last year, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) tapped Francisco as one of the resource speakers for organic vegetables farming seminar.

Currently, he is the Farmer Scientist Training Program Barangay Coordinator and at the same time a farmer’s trainor under the Office of Provincial Agriculturist of Cebu Province.

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

Francisco shows his home-made organic fertilizers.

Magkugi, mag-antos ug labaw sa tanan dili gyud hikalimtan ang atong Diyos kay tungod siya ang naghatag natu sa tanang mga grasya (Persevere, sacrifice and most importantly do not forget God because is the one who provides us all the blessings),” Francisco’s reply when asked of his principle in life. ###


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Hard work breeds better life

Like any other young people who are aiming to have a stable job despite having no degree, Kervin Dominise never stopped searching for one until he got a permanent work.

Kervin, 21, did not have an easy life growing up in Panaguikan, Dalaguete, Cebu.

Kervin Dominise, one of the DSWD SLP participants in call center skills training now poses with confidence and pride.

“Growing up the son of a fisherman and a housemaid with five other siblings, I learn many things. Most importantly, I learn the value of hard work,” says Kervin.

Kervin’s siblings are Katrina, 25, married; Kristine Joy, 23; Junel, 19, grade 12 level; Maria Althea, 12, grade 6; and Alexsam, 6, grade 1. His sisters Katrina and Kristine Joy have no stable jobs.

At an early age, Kervin saw how his parents Samuel, 50 and Nelisa, 41 strove to provide food on the table. After he graduated from high school at the age of 16, he went to Manila and worked as a helper to his relatives for ten months. Then, he came back to Cebu and for four years he helped his father catch tuna to earn a living.

Then, Kervin’s parents got sick.  After 30 years of surviving the rigors of catching fish for a living, Samuel retired as fisherman due to health issues. Nelisa halted being a housemaid for 20 years because she also got sick.

Although Samuel has retired from being a fisherman, he is now into fishnet making. He earns an income of at least Php 3000-Php4000 monthly out from it. But this is not enough to feed the family.

This prompted Kervin to find another job that could help them earn additional income and he ended up a jeepney conductor in Cebu City for four months. He hurdled all the hardships just to meet the family’s needs but still, it was not enough for them.

In December 2016, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) provided a Call Center Skills Training to the qualified SLP participants. The short course took almost two months and ended in January 2017.

Holding on to his dreams and plans for his family, Kervin never had a second thought in joining the training and grabbing this opportunity.  The skills training provided by DSWD through the Call Center Training Academy in Cebu City.

“Dili gyud diay babag ang imong educational background as long as naa kay tinguha nga mokat-on ug mokab-ot sa imong pangandoy (Our educational background is not a hindrance if you desire to learn and achieve your dreams),” Kervin said.

After the training, the SLP provided Php 5000 to the participants including Kervin to help them in terms of complying with all the requirements for their employment.

Knowing the high demand for BPO work, Kervin immediately applied to various Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies in Cebu City. For two months, he applied around six companies and nothing good happened. Kervin became hopeless that time since his allowance from the DSWD SLP could no longer suffice his needs while looking for a job.

He went home to Dalaguete, made fishnets, sold them and earned money. After almost a month after he got enough money to support his job search in the city.

“Nagkugi ug nisalig ra gyud ko nga maka trabaho ko (I worked hard and I believed that I would eventually find the right job),” Kervin said.
After a couple of failures and rejections, the determined Kervin applied again in Qualfon Company. Kervin got hired as a Customer Service Representative. He is now a regular employee for almost 1 year now. He receives Php 15,000.00 monthly income with SSS, Philhealth, Pag-ibig, Health Insurance and other benefits that the company provides for its workers.

“Sigurado, naa ko sa among dapit karon nangisda, o dili ba kaha nag sideline kog pangunduktor kung wala pako naka-apil sa Call Center Skills Training sa Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) sa DSWD (If it had not been for the Call Center Skills Training of the Sustainable Livelihood Program, I would have continued working as a fisherman or a jeepney conductor),” he expressed.

Kervin stands as the bread winner of the family. He never forgets to send part of his salaray to his family in Dalaguete, Cebu especially for his siblings’ educational expenses.

Learning the value of hard work helped Kervin persevered life’s difficulties and challenges. Indeed, his hard work breeds better benefits for his family. ###


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DSWD-7 corrects wrong information about the ongoing field validation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 corrects wrong information being circulated regarding the ongoing field validation for the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program.

DSWD-7 has received inquiries and confirmation from the public regarding the wrong information on the purpose of the said validation.

The said wrong information claims that households who have undergone the field validation are automatically included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), while other speculations claim that the validation is for the implementation of a new program which is reportedly the 5Ps.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, however, clarifies such issues saying, “There is no memorandum lifting the moratorium on the expansion of 4Ps. Thus, we are not adding another beneficiaries for Pantawid yet. Moreover, we do not have 5Ps program as reported, nor we are opening such.”

The ongoing field validation is solely for the implementation of the UCT program which is intended to provide cash grant to 10 million identified poor households.

The UCT program which will be implemented for three years is intended to provide cash grant to 10 million identified poor households. Beneficiaries will receive Php 200 monthly subsidy for 2018 and Php 300 monthly subsidy for the years 2019 and 2020 to help them in their daily living in the midst of the increasing prices of goods and services as a result of the recently implemented TRAIN Law.

The 10 million poor households that will benefit the UCT program include the current 4.4 million identified Pantawid beneficiaries, 3 million indigent social pensioners and 2.6 potential beneficiaries who are non-Pantawid and Social Pensioners but are in the DSWD Listahanan. From the 2.6 million potential beneficiaries, region 7 has a share of 317,624 targeted poor households who are still subject for validation which the DSWD-7 Listahanan field validation staff is currently working on. ###


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DSWD-7 opens Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2018

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII formally opens the 2018 Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.

“We are now looking for new family ambassadors and an addition to our pool of family ambassadors of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who are worthy of recognition and emulation from other family-beneficiaries,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre.

The search is open to all family-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The family must consist of a father and/or a mother (solo parent) and child/children.

Nominees must be beneficiaries of the program for at least two years, have good standing in the community with no derogatory records, whose income do not come from gambling, prostitution, child labor, extortion and other similar illegal resources and most importantly 100% compliant to all the conditionalities of the program.

Desk validation criteria include strong family ties and harmonious relationship while upholding Filipino values despite the challenges of poverty (25%), family practices and promotes healthy living and environment care (20%), family involvement in community activities (20%), family as inspiration to others in the community (20%) and strives to improve living conditions amidst difficult situation (15%).

The winners of the provincial search for Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor will be known on May 30, 2018.

For this year, we introduce a special award called the AlaGAD (an acronym for Affirmative and Laudable Advocacies on Gender and Development).

This award is given to a family from among the regional finalists of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya whose members are living out and championing better gender relations in the homes. They are epitome of family roles that are beyond stereotypical and best exemplify shared responsibilities as well as positive and non-discriminatory Filipino family values.

All provincial and regional winners will get cash prizes and certificates of recognition.

The winner of the regional search will then represent DSWD-7 to the national search and the top five national finalists will be awarded during the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day on the last week of September.

To recall, in 2013 the Sederiosa family from Sagbayan, Bohol won fourth runner-up, in 2014 the Ewican family from Carmen, Bohol placed second runner-up, in 2015 the Torrentira family from Sagbayan, Bohol placed second runner-up, in 2016 the Garay Family from Jagna, Bohol finally won the title as the grand winner of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya and in 2017 the Catubig family from Maria, Siquijor placed fourth runner-up. ###


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DSWD-7 urges 4Ps partner-beneficiaries to update education info

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII urges Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiaries to update the education information of their children.

This is relative to the memo cascaded to the Pantawid Pamilya City and Municipal Links (C/MLs) that they will conduct early updating of the education information for the incoming kinder, grade 7 and grade 11 children-beneficiaries.

This early updating activity has been conducted during their monthly Family Development Session (FDS) since April 2018 until June 2018.

The early updating aims to ensure that the new school and grade level of the children-beneficiaries are captured and readily available for the compliance monitoring and to determine who among the children-beneficiaries are going to enroll in the incoming school year, gather the reason behind of not enrolling and convince them to pursue their education.

It also aims to reduce the number of children not receiving rightful cash grants because their education information is not updated.

Moreover, the school or enrollment certificate is not required during the early updating as long as the update form is certified by the 4Ps partner-beneficiary.

Aside from the 4Ps, partner-beneficiaries under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) are also advised to provide update or visit the office of their C/MLs to assist them in the conduct of the activity.

The 4P’s or Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) is a program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 18 and below. It is implemented by the DSWD together with other government agencies to include the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Health (DoH).

It provides cash grants to compliant household beneficiaries with health grant worth Php 500.00 and educational grants worth Php 300.00 and Php 500.00 each to the children studying in elementary and high school, respectively. ###


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SAP Bong Go spearheads Disaster Response Operations

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre gave out assistance and personally visited the victims of the recent fire that hit barangays Ermita and Tejero, Cebu City early this week.

Special Assistant to the President Mr. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (in white polo) together with the DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre (in red shirt) hands over relief supplies to a fire victim in barangay Ermita, Cebu City during the disaster response operation conducted in the barangay.

The DSWD-7 through its Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) has distributed relief supplies such as family clothing packs, kitchen kits, sleeping kits and food packs to the affected families of the recent fire that hit the two barangays.  Relief supplies costing Php 3,470,627.40 were distributed to the 676 families in barangay Ermita and 19 families in barangay Tejero who are affected by the fire that recently hit in their area last May 7 and May 9.

The Department of Health (DOH) 7 Regional Director Jaime Bernadas and his team also distributed hygiene kits, first aid kits, drinking water and vitamins to the fire affected families. While the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gave out 1 million pesos to barangay Ermita to help the affected families get back on their feet after the fire that completely damaged their houses.

The DSWD-7 has already extended burial assistance to the family of the John Mark (3 years old) and Jovelyn Digman (12 years old) who perished during the fire incident while SAP Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go gave a cash assistance and extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family of the children. He also asked Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino who was with him during his visit to provide any assistance that the family might need.

In Go’s speech during the short program held in barangay Ermita, he has relayed to the fire affected residents President Rodrigo Duterte’s message of sympathy and assured them that the Malacañang office is always open for them and for all Filipinos. Mr. Go also expressed to the victims that the Malacañang office is willing to extend further help that the residents might need through the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino. ###


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