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DSWD-7 Now Hiring 3T Staff for its Second Round of Household Assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Field Office 7 through its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is now hiring 3,234 field staff for the Second Round of Poor Household Assessment in September.

These include 85 Area Coordinators, 432 Area Supervisors, 2,117 Enumerators, 300 Verifiers and 300 Encoders.

To be an Area Coordinator and Area Supervisor one must be a bachelor’s degree holder preferably any course in Social Science, he/she must have at least one (1) year experience in a supervisory role, must have good communication and interviewing skills, must be good in conflict resolution and mediation work and should be computer literate.

For Enumerators one must have at least two (2) years of college education, must have good communication and interviewing skills, physically healthy, willing to travel to far flung barangays and must be computer literate especially on android applications.

To qualify to be an Encoder and Verifier, he/she must have at least two (2) years of college education, must be computer literate and has an encoding speed of at least 35 words per minute.

Interested applicants may personally submit their application letter, comprehensive resume with a 2×2 recent ID picture and a photocopy of transcript of records (TOR) to their City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices where he/she resides.

Deadline for submission of applications will be on July 26, 2013.

These newly hired field staff will go through an intensive training starting August before they will be deployed to their designated areas for the actual assessment conduct on September.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat, said that the target households to be assessed are 1,016,269 to cover all poor households in Central Visayas.

The newly assessed households will go through Proxy Means Test (PMT) for poor and non-poor identification. PMT is a statistical formula that estimates the income of households based on the proxy variables included in the household assessment form.

This stringent process aims to ensure the integrity of the database before sharing it to other government agencies and social protection stakeholders.

NHTS-PR assessment is conducted every four years. It is an information management system that identifies who and where poor households are in the country.

For more inquiries, please call the DSWD Field Office 7 at (032) 232-9505 local 118 or 123. One may look for Kerwin Macopia, Lee Estamo or Ruben Boybanting. (PR- Kerwin R. Macopia)

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DSWD-7 Prepares for 2013 Poor Household Assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 7 is now preparing for the conduct of its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Second Round of Household Assessment in September.

Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat announced that starting August 2013, DSWD-7 will be hiring of 3,471 field staff that will assess the poor households in the region. These include Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Enumerators, Verifiers and Encoders.

NHTS-PR assessment is conducted every four years. It is an information management system that identifies who and where poor households are in the country.

The data generated will constitute the bases from which various government and non-government agencies and civil society will objectively identify beneficiaries of their respective social protection programs and services.

NHTS-PR Regional Field Coordinator Ruben Boybanting, said that the target households to be assessed were raised from an initial list of 869,000 to 1,016,269 to cover all poor households in Central Visayas.

Boybanting added that after the regular enumeration, they will conduct an On-Demand Application (ODA) and Validation of the collected data. ODA and Validation are two major activities made to support the household assessments and address issues on under coverage and inclusion of non-poor households. These processes aim to ensure the integrity of the database before sharing it to other government agencies and social protection stakeholders.

Interested applicants may inquire directly to DSWD-7 at (032) 232-9505 local 118.

The 2013 NHTS-PR is the second of the quadrennial poor household assessment. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)


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DSWD Holds Logo Contest for NCDDP

Cebu City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will hold a country-wide logo-making contest for the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

NCDDP was approved as a national program by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board early this year and will be launched sometime late this year. DSWD is in the process of branding the program to include this logo contest.

The contest will run from July 12-26 and is open to students of colleges and universities. The design that will win will be used as the official logo of a national program of the DSWD and the winning designer will also receive Php10,000.00 as cash prize and a trophy.

The logo should reflect the essence of NCDDP and should have the name in the design. It should also be designed to match the image of DSWD. It can be initially designed in the medium of choice of the contestant such as digital, acrylic paint, watercolor, among others, but the final copy has to be submitted in digital format. Each participant can submit a maximum of three designs.

Interested students can attend an orientation of the NCDDP on July 12, 2013 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Conference Room of DSWD Field Office VII located at corner MJ Cuenco Avenue and Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Barangay Carreta, Cebu City.

The orientation will not only provide more details about the contest, it will also provide information on the program to give participants the opportunity to find out more about the NCDDP.

NCDDP is the scale-up of the operations of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach used and proven effective by Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

CDD empowers ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively.

From the current Kalahi-CIDSS coverage in the Central Visayas, NCDDP will cover 104 additional municipalities with poverty incidence rates greater than 26.5% located in the Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental and Siquijor. The national program will be officially launched in late 2013 and will run up to 2019.

For more information about the contest, interested students may contact Simeon Remata III, Regional Social Marketing Officer for Kalahi-CIDSS from the Social Marketing Unit of DSWD-7 thru telephone (032) 232-9505 loc 123 or email or website


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DSWD Provides Bigger Warehouse for Disaster Relief Operations

DSWD has built a bigger warehouse to store more goods and assures immediate assistance to LGUs during disasters as the rainy seasons arrives.

This bodega was established to enforce quicker, more organized and orchestrated and sustainable response for better service delivery at the same time come-up with a responsive pooling and sharing of resources, establishment of efficient communication/ information system and ensures enough stockpile at all levels.

DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat ensured the public that the DSWD’s Quick Response Team (QRT) are prepared and equipped with tools to be able to give immediate assistance especially in relief distribution during calamities, both natural and man-made.

DSWD has allotted Php. 1,000,000.00 standby fund for their disaster preparedness plan other than the 3thousand Family Packs (FP) in Cebu, 1,000 FP in Negros Oriental, 1,000 FP in Bohol and 500 FP in Siquijor.

She added that these FP comprising of food and non-food items are prepositioned which includes sleeping and cooking materials, toiletries, footwear and underclothing.

These goods are release to the LGUs as augmentation support (both food and non-food items) especially when local resources are limited if not exhausted.

Jabagat added that the Bodega which is located in a 1,000 square meter property is hazard-free and accessible to transportation.

Later the DSWD will expand this place to accept donations at the same time a space to sort and pack.

Meanwhile the DSWD is currently conducting inventory of camps and evacuation centers that will serve as emergency centers or evacuation in towns and cities frequented with disasters.

The DSWD adopts the mandate to provide assistance to Local Government Units, on-Government Organizations, other National Government Agencies, People’s Organization and other members of civil society to ensure quick and efficient delivery of goods and services that will meet the demands of disaster risk-reduction standards (PR- Jaybee Binghay)


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DSWD-7 Speaks to OPTION’s Youths on Livelihood and Anti-VAWC

About 50 community youths from OPTIONS, Inc.  participated in a recent seminar- workshop on Sustainable Livelihood and Republic Act 9262 popularly known as Anti-Violence Against Women and Children at the New Wave Resort in Liloan, Cebu.

The workshop aimed at providing alternative means of income generation through The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program as well as raising awareness on the plight of young adults who are potential victims of different forms of abuse and exploitation. DSWD’s Project Development Officer (PDO), Jennifer Quimno, and Regional Information Officer (RIO) Jaybee Binghay, spoke on social awareness, livelihood opportunities and Anti-Violence Against Women and Children .

Most of the participants were out-of-school youths from Mandue City ages 15-24 yrs. old, who started working at a young age and have been given technical skills and support by way of scholarship by OPTIONS INC.

OPTIONS otherwise known as Outreach Program on Trainings, Integral Organizing and Networking for Solidarity, Inc. is a licensed and accredited Non-Government Organization (NGO) of DSWD-7 whose mission is to eliminate child labor in Cebu and to provide support services for the urban poor youths in Mandaue City. (PR -Jjaybee Binghay)


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DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program Engage Partnerships

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was inked recently by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Visayas through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) with Venray Construction and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Micro-Finance.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat personally signed the MOA to seal the partnerships with the two organizations, in a brief ceremony held at the DSWD Field Office VII in Cebu City.

“Having this MOA means having new strategic partners in implementing anti-poverty projects and programs of the agency,” Jabagat said.

Venray Construction aims to provide employment and necessary trainings to the DSWD program beneficiaries to enhance the skills and further employment placements.

The partnership with Venray was formed as an output to the Contractors’ Forum conducted last May 18.

Previous workers of the “Trabahong Lansangan Program”, a partnership program between the DSWD and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), will be given priority as well as the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries with driving experiences for its construction and heavy equipment.

Meanwhile, RAFI Micro-Finance will provide credit assistance with only 3 percent interest rate per month to the program beneficiaries so that they could be able to sustain their livelihood and further engage them in micro-enterprise.

Prior to accessing the seed fund or any services from partners, the DSWD will also be conducting series of session on Community Driven Enterprise Development (CDED).

CDED is a framework that integrates business principles and techniques necessary for the implementation of livelihood or enterprise projects with community participatory processes that enable the poor from the target communities to prepare their business plans.

Along with the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Community Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), the SLP is part of the Convergence Strategy for poverty reduction of the DSWD, it is a community-based capacity-building program aimed at improving the socio-economic status of its participants. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)


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Sustainable Water Supply for Negrenses

Manjuyod, Negros Oriental – One hinterland barangay in this town has completed their water system project and has set to be officially turned-over to them by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-7 and the Local Government of the Manjuyod this week.

Marissa Nim who is one of the community volunteers of the project has been living in Barangay Kauswagan in Manjuyod since she was born. She is now 32 years old and has a family of her own and she said that fetching water located almost 3kms from their homes is a normal reality that they face everyday. “Sugod na sa akong mga ginikanan ug sa ginikanan sa ako ginikanan, parte na sa among kinabuhi ang magsag-ob didto sa tubod [Starting from my parents and the parents of my parents, fetching water from the spring is already part of our lives here in the community]”, she said smiling knowing that their community project will soon be inaugurated in a few days time.

This water system project has been implemented using the Community Force Account (CFA) scheme of the Kalahi-CIDSS which allows members of the barangay to construct their community project instead of hiring a service provider which would entail higher project costing. CFA is also the community’s way of lessening the total project cost while directly contributing their resources, may it be labour or local aggregates, to realize their project.

 One foundation that the community has partnered to implement the water system project is the Ecological and Agricultural Development Foundation, Inc. (EcoAgri) which has expressed to provide discussions and trainings on how to operate and sustain the community project.

“Kung ang mga tawo dili muhunong sa mga makadaot nga pamaagi ug dili magtanum ug kahoy mahurot gyud ang tubig sa reservoir [If the people do not stop on doing things that are destructible and do not plant trees then the water in the reservoir will surely deplete]”, answered Dante P. Escarmoso, Program Officer of EcoAgro on being asked if there is possibility of an underground water shortage.

As a sustainability measure, the community came up with an operation and maintenance plan. One activity lined up in their plan is a tree planting activity at the reservoir wherein each household will plant and nurse five (5) tree seedlings. Since there are about 144 households who would benefit from the project, there will be 720 new trees to be planted at the reservoir after the inauguration.

“Maayo lang pud nga sa June nahuman ang project kay timing ig ilulan maayo sa among tree planting activity [It is nice that the project is projected to be completed in June because it is in the rainy season which is good for our tree planting activity]”, said Marissa Nim.

Every cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS, communities are asked to conceptualize sustainability measures thru their operation and maintenance plans. In an open forum, DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat talked about the concept of community response as a more useful and insightful way to frame sustainability in the context of Community-Driven Development (CDD) interventions.

“In the context of the project, “sustainability” is defined as the capacity of a community to respond to development challenges in ways that will provide continuing benefit to its members. The focus of sustainability is not only on the quality of construction but also on sustainability which refers to capacity building on the use of a certain type of technology. For without the ability of the community to creatively respond to poverty conditions, both existing and emerging, all development interventions will be placed at risk”, Director Jabagat said.

There are nine (9) water system projects currently being implemented for the first cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in the province – all identified, prioritised and implemented by the communities themselves with funding assistance from the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a funding agency created by the US congress. (PR-Simeon Remata III)


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DSWD Hires More Staff for Poverty Reduction

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-7 needs 103 more staff on board by 1st week of October 2013 for its community-driven poverty reduction program known as the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Integrated and Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Kalahi-CIDSS has recently been scaled up this year and made into a national program coined as the National Community Driven-Development Program (NCDDP) which would cover over 900 poor municipalities and cater roughly 5.9 million households across the country. In Region VII alone, there will be 104 additional municipalities scattered in the island provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor and the province of Cebu.

“Kalahi-CIDSS has scaled up and is not just a project of DSWD anymore; we are now a national program implemented by different national government agencies covering over a 100 municipalities in the region starting this year 2013 to 2019 – which is why need more manpower to implement this huge scale” said Director Mercedita Jabagat, Regional Director of DSWD-7.

Beginning this week until the end of July, the social welfare agency will be accepting applicants for the following positions under the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) Contract of Service: (1) Deputy Regional Project Manager, (1) Regional Community Development Specialist, (70) Area Coordinators, (1) Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist, (3) Monitoring and Evaluation Officer III, (1) Monitoring and Evaluation Officer II, (1) Regional Financial Analyst, and (2) Regional Infrastructure Officer. More positions opening in the coming weeks.

Interested applicant is expected to bring their comprehensive resumes, letter of application addressed to the DSWD Regional Director, Transcript of Records (TOR), certificates and other credentials. Graduates of Social Development courses or have relevant experience working in community organizing and development work are highly encouraged to apply.

For a complete list of vacancies and other inquiries, please visit DSWD Field Office VII, Human Resource Development Section at Corner M.J. Cuenco and Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City or check on website You may also call (032) 232 9505 and look for Miss Daisy Lor, Regional Project Coordinator. (PR-Simeon Remata III)


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