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DSWD-7 assured of Negros Oriental support

The Province of Negros Oriental through the leadership of Gov. Roel Degamo has assured strong support to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII in line with the implementation of the agency’s various programs and services.

Enrique Gonzalez, Demago’s representative during the recently concluded Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago Awareness Walk in Dumaguete City on June 19, 2015 bared that “Gov. Degamo encourages everyone to continue supporting every program and service of DSWD.”

“When there is unity, there is peace because when we work together as one then we can achieve so many things,” said Gonzalez who delivered Degamo’s speech.

“Kaya ko, Kaya Mo, Kaya nating lahat. The Governor wishes to inform the DSWD that we in the province of Negros Oriental will give all out support in every program and project of the department,” he said.

“The governor would like to send his heartfelt support to the DSWD for all the programs implemented by the agency not only in Dumaguete City but to the entire province of Negros Oriental,” Gonzalez added.

Gonzalez, who is the former mayor of Valencia bared that DSWD programs like Pantawid Pamilya truly helps the poorest of the poor.

Dumaguete City Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling Sr. for his part thanked DSWD for all the programs and services implemented in the city.

He disclosed the city’s local government has always been supportive of DSWD.

Maquiling together with DSWD-7 assistant regional director for operations Shalaine Marie Lucero led the participants of the awareness walk.


Lucero in her speech pointed out that the Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago Awareness Walk was aimed to strengthen the DSWD-7’s information and advocacy drive.

“We want to inform the public of the various programs and services offered by DSWD like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, Social Pension, among others,” said Lucero.

More than 300 partner-beneficiaries, DSWD and Department of Education officials, students and partner implementers joined the activity.  Students from Foundation University, St. Paul University and Siliman University made the event more meaningful.

Highlights of the activity include the turn-over of Social Pension to selected beneficiaries and the moving testimonial of Lishley Abillar, a Pantawid Pamilya high school beneficiary who recently graduated as class valedictorian of Dumaguete City High School.

Abillar shared her story of positive change by narrating her struggles as a student and how she fought poverty at a young age. Abillar is currently enrolled in Siliman University as an academic scholar.

DSWD is the lead agency in social welfare and development anchored on the mission to develop, implement and coordinate social protection and poverty reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.


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DSWD-7 Awareness Walk slated in Dumaguete City

To strengthen the information and advocacy about its programs, projects and services, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII through its Social Marketing Unit has slated an activity dubbed as Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago Awareness Walk in Dumaguete City this June 19, 2015.

The said event will run from 5am to 9am. Assembly and finish line will be at the Quezon Park where a short program will also take place. The Awareness Walk will pass strategic areas in the city like the Boulevard and Downtown.

“We are doing this event to inform the public of the various programs and services offered by DSWD like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, Social Pension, among others,” said DSWD7 regional director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

“For more information about these programs, projects and services please visit our Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) team offices located in Dumaguete City, Tagbilaran City, Cebu City and Siquijor municipality,” Jabagat added.

More than 200 partner-beneficiaries, DSWD officials, and partner implementers are expected to join the activity. Students from the different universities have also expressed interest to join the walk.

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The activity will also include a turn-over of Social Pension to selected beneficiaries.

Moreover, Lishley Abillar, a Pantawid Pamilya high school beneficiary who recently graduated as class valedictorian of Dumaguete City Science High School will also share her story of positive change.

DSWD is the lead agency in social welfare and development anchored with the mission to develop, implement and coordinate social protection and poverty reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.


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Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program arrived in the village of Camudlas in the quaint town of Bindoy, Negros Oriental in 2008, followed by the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in the early part of 2011, and to complete the agency’s convergence program, the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) started its first cycle last year.

Bindoy, formerly known as Payabon, is a third class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental. It is a coastal town with mountain ridges and people primarily get their income through fishing and farming.

According to 2009 small area estimates of the National Statistical Coordinating Board (NSCB), Bindoy has the highest poverty incidence rate of 59.90% of all towns in the said province.

Amidst this high poverty incidence rate, one village in this town called Barangay Camudlas has shown how high incidence of poverty is not a barrier to moving oneself out from its disadvantaged situation. Here we meet Marilou Zerna, a mother of two children.

Coming from a tumultuous relationship, she walked away and left her husband who hurt her the most. She then promised to her two children to start anew.

Marilou and some other sixty-two (62) poor households in the village started with Pantawid in November 2008. “Kabus ra jud mi kaayo katong wala pa ning Pantawid. Halos ka-usa sa usa ka adlaw makakaon ug among mga anak ug maglibog pa ug pangita para sa sunod na adlaw. [We were really poor before Pantawid came. My children and I could only eat once almost every day and would not know where to get food for the next day]”, said Marilou.

Pantawid is a human development program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-14 years old. It provides social assistance to families in form of cash assistance to alleviate their immediate need and also provides social development interventions to break the intergenerational poverty cycle through investments in human capital including family development sessions and other capacity building seminars.

Ang gamay nga income sa akong bag-ong bana karun mao na ang among pwedeng ihapak sa uban namong panginabuhian kay ang balaryanon sa pangeskwela ug pang-adlaw adlaw na pangaon sa mga bata nasiguro naman sa Pantawid [We can now allocate the meager income of my new husband to other means of everyday living since educational expenses and food for the children are ensured by Pantawid]”, Marilou said.

One of the conditionalities of being a beneficiary of Pantawid is that the family has to attend family development sessions which are an equally important component in the development process. When families are taught the right values and other skills, they would be empowered and will look for means to liberate themselves out of impoverished situations.

Joining the sessions of Pantawid, Marilou and her husband started to think of ways to earn more income. They would allocate a small capital of their income and invest it on buy and sell business. They would buy bananas and root crops from the other farmers and sell it at the market for a higher price. However, small investments coupled with no proper entrepreneurship training would also mean small profit – this until another program of DSWD arrived in their community.

As set 1 (first wave) of Pantawid beneficiaries, Marilou and her community is now graduating from the conditional cash transfer program and are slowly being introduced to a program called SLP which arrived in the community in the early part of 2011.

Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a community-based program which provides capacity-building trainings to Pantawid beneficiaries on their socio-economic status. It is a community-driven program wherein the beneficiaries get to decide which investment they would like to partake in whether in micro-enterprise development or employment facilitation.

Marilou and her husband wanted to invest more in buy and sell so they initially gathered the other members of Pantawid in their community who have the same business or would like to invest on the same and proposed to avail of the services of SLP as an association. After processing of papers, complying of other documents and attendance to livelihood trainings, Marilou and their association were able to get a loan from the project and increased their investment on buy and sell.

Sauna maka ginansya lang mi mga kinadak-an P2,100 kada bulan katong wala pay loan gikan sa SLP, karon makaginansya mi ug labin minus P4,000 kada bulan [Before, we could gain about P2,100 every month when there was no SLP yet, but now we can gain at least P4,000 every month”, Marilou said.

Applying loan from SLP is being paid with no interest and is payable in two (2) years done in instalments which the beneficiaries have set themselves. This entails a more flexible and practical way for beneficiaries to determine when and how they would pay back the loan. The loan also has a savings scheme wherein a percentage of the loan they applied will go directly to a savings account in which the association can only withdraw when they have completed their payment.

Maayo man pud nga gikwaan ang among loan para sa savings kay naa may mi makobra inig human sa kinalasan na magamit namo sa ubang butang [It is good that a portion of our loan is withheld since we would get a sum of money in the end which we could use on other things]”, Marilou said.

Aside from their own initiated business, the community decided to buy a pig out from a ten-peso contribution from each beneficiary for every month. They then adapted a draw by lots system on who will get the piglets. Now, all members were able to start their own piggery in their backyard.


As Marilou and her association were continuously gaining more income for their families, poverty alleviation arrived in their town of Bindoy a year later. One project that would not only cover individuals and families but would take account their whole community, the town they belong to and other stakeholders located within and outside their communities.

Kalahi-CIDSS, a Community-Driven Development (CDD) Project reached their community in April of 2012. Bindoy as having one of the highest poverty incidence rates in the province, the town was included in the list of areas for 1st cycle implementation in that year.

Marilou recalled how happy she was when she knew there was another DSWD program arriving in their community. “Nabati jud namo nga naa nay pagtagad ang atong gobyerno sa amo mga kabus kay sunod sunod ang mga serbisyo ug proyekto niabot nga makatubag sa among mga panginahanglan [We really felt that our government is now giving us an attention to us poor people of the consecutive services and projects that arrived which address our needs]”, Marilou said.

Marilou and the other members of the association actively joined the barangay assemblies called by Kalahi-CIDSS. Marilou in particular became a Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) volunteer head who led in identifying the pressing issues and problems in the community, while the other Pantawid beneficiaries also became community volunteers assigned in different committees of the Project.

Mas dako ang tumong sa Kalahi-CIDSS kay ang tibuok komunidad ang gikinahanglan mupartisipar sa proseso [The goal of Kalahi-CIDSS is bigger because it needs the participation of the whole community in its processes]”, said Marilou.

Kalahi-CIDDS taps on the potential of the people in a barangay to identify, analyse and prioritize needs of their community. The people, in partnership with their local government units, will propose small-scale infrastructure projects which they will manage and implement themselves. These processes will create a more participatory and transparent local governance and thereby enhances services delivery and approach of local governance in the localities.

Marilou talked about how Kalahi-CIDSS was different from the numerous projects she had experienced from NGOs and even from the municipality. “Daghan naman gud ming naagian nga proyekto ug lahi ra jud ning Kalahi-CIDSS kay bisan koti, ang tingog na mismo sa katawhan ang ginatuman maong klarong mutubag sa unsa may gipanginahanglan sa komunidad [We have experienced many projects already and we see that Kalahi-CIDSS is just different because even if the project is meticulous, it is the people’s voice now that is being heard that surely addresses the needs of the community]”, said Marilou.

The project that Marilou and her community had identified was the construction of a 400 Meter Farm-to-Market Road. She said that although the community has identified several other problems including a water system, school building and a footbridge, the construction of the road project became the number one priority agreed during a barangay assembly as this project would also benefit further hinterland communities in the municipality.

The convergence strategy of DSWD enhances the effectiveness of the core poverty reduction programs and its implementation for faster and better delivery of service to poor beneficiaries. It is also known as “Tatsulo” (short for “tatlong sulo”) which symbolizes the convergence of its three core programs that protect, promote and empower the poor. Tatsulo is illustrated through an image of three flames making up a single “sulo” or torch. The torch is a symbol for lighting up the path away from the darkness of poverty.

As a recap, the three torches symbolize the harmonization of the three (3) core poverty reduction programs of the agency:

• Pantawid Pamilya, the backbone of the social protection framework, is a conditional cash transfer program that promotes investments in human capital and alleviates present financial difficulties of poor families.

• SLP promotes improved opportunities, livelihoods and better jobs for the economically active poor. Its purpose is to deliver a capacity building program to develop the entrepreneurial and socio-economic skills of poor households by providing them with incomegenerating opportunities to enhance their access to basic social services and improve their standard of living.

• Kalahi-CIDSS empowers poor communities to identify their needs and create programs to solve problems through improved social services. It also supports participation and good governance of local development resources.

From a lethargic and unorganized barangay they are now a thriving community. A community that surpassed challenges and emerged triumphant. A testament of human spirit that nothing is really impossible.

Ako nagpasalamat lang ko sa Pantawid, SLP ug sa Kalahi-CIDSS na duna juy gihatag nga kaayuhan sa among mga kabus. Gusto nako na akong baby na umaabot puhon, gusto jud ko nga makahatag ko ug kaugmaon nga dili siya magsunod sa amo nga niadtong naglisud pa mi. Mao nang dako kaayo mi ug pasalamat sa DSWD ug ang nag-ayuda niani nga si atong halandong na President Noynoy Aquino [I am thankful of Pantawid, SLP and Kalahi-CIDSS for the goodness it has given to us poor people. I would like to give my soon-to-be born baby a future that she would never experience poverty as what we previously had experienced. That is why I am very thankful for DSWD and for President Noynoy Aquino who approved of this]”, said Marilou when being asked what she could say about the convergence strategy.

Marilou Zerna can now dream for a brighter future for her two children and for the baby that leaped joy inside her womb.


Co-Written by: KERWIN R. MACOPIA



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