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Central Visayas bet places 2nd runner-up in the National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

The Campugan family of Cordova, Cebu finished as second runner-up in the 2018 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya National Search during the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day held in SM North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City on October 14, 2018.

The Campugan family proudly shows their plaque of recognition during the 2018 Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day. From left to right: Clavel, Haneleth, Pamela, Clodualdo, Kimberly, Clofel Mae and Jesper.

The grand award went to Dionisio family from Labo, Camarines Norte.

The Maraña family of Sta. Maria, Laguna emerged as first runner-up while the Ramos family of Urbiztondo, Pangasinan proclaimed as third runner-up. The Bonite family of Roxas City, Capiz was named fourth runner-up.

Special awards were also given to the Maraña family as the AlaGAD ng Pagbabago (an acronym for Affirmative and Laudable Advocacies on Gender and Development) and to the Ramos family as the Most Innovative Family.

The event gathered more than 1,000 people composed of all regional winners of the 2018 National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya together with selected family-beneficiaries from the National Capital Region (NCR).

Nalipay ko sa pasidungog nga nadawat sa among pamilya (I am happy of the award that our family received),” said Clodualdo Campugan.

Kining pasidungog nagdala og responsibilidad nga kami mahimong maayong ehemplo sa ubang pamilya ilabi na sa isig ka 4Ps beneficiary (This award has its own responsibility that we should be a good role model to other families especially to our co-4Ps beneficiary),” the Campugan patriarch added.

His wife, Ofelia who has a stage 4A breast cancer, was not able to attend the awarding ceremony because the doctor advised her to take a rest.

Out of the six children, three have already earned their degrees from state universities and already have a job. The three younger children are still in school.

This year’s Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day carries the theme, “Pamilyang Pilipino: Nagsusumikap. Nagtutulungan. Nagtatagumpay.” highlighting the hard work of family-beneficiaries to produce positive results in their daily lives, with the help of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The provincial search, which started in May, aims to give recognition to the exemplary family-beneficiary who maintained strong family ties, demonstrated positive Filipino values and created a positive impact in their community through the Pantawid Pamilya program.

The Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya search disproves the misconception that program beneficiaries become too dependent on government aid and underscores the value of working together to achieve success.

Since 2012, the search has been recognizing family-beneficiaries who are able to comply with program conditionalities, sustain family togetherness and become active citizens of their community despite the challenges brought about by poverty.

In 2013 the Sederiosa family from Sagbayan, Bohol won fourth runner-up, in 2014 and 2015 the Ewican family from Carmen, Bohol and Torrentira family from Sagbayan, Bohol both placed second runners-up, respectively.

In 2016, the Garay Family from Jagna, Bohol finally brought glory to Central Visayas region as the family emerged the 2016 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya grand winner.

Last year’s search, region 7 has two representatives, the Nalam Family of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental placed as first runner-up while the Catubig family of Maria, Siquijor placed as fourth runner-up. ###


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Musically inclined girl from Cordova wins the 2018 Regional Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children Search

A ninth-grade girl from Cordova, Cebu recently won the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Regional Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children based on the criteria such as behavior and practice, talent, intelligence and wit, community and school participation, and presence and appearance.

Flanked by her parents Mr. Darwin and Mrs. Elizabeth Polea, Dylene Jee (center) accepts her certificate of recognition and cash prize during the Provincial Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children held in Cebu City. Also with her is sister Sheene (second from left), Pantawid Pamilya Social Welfare Officers III Marhadzda Tudtud (leftmost) and Rossyl Sanchez (rightmost) and Municipal Link Ramel Taoy (second from right).

Dylene Jee S. Polea will represent region 7 in the national search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children during the National Children’s Congress (NCC) in November.

Runners-up are Ma. Janica Delusa of Tagbilaran City, Bohol, 2nd Place; Jhefrell Casido of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, 3rd Place and Abbie Sumagang of Lazi, Siquijor, 4th Place.

Dylene’s father, Darwin, is a driver in a private school while her mother, Elizabeth, is a housewife and manages the family’s small sari-sari store and sells food to augment the family’s income.

A musically inclined girl, Dylene is known as the ‘song bird’ in her class because of her golden voice. She often represents her school in various singing contest.

Her family began seeing the potentials in her when she was only four years old when she just hummed sounds and created harmonies. She used to mimic singers despite uttering the inaccurate lyrics of the songs.

She is also known for her leadership in class. She uses her influence to promote peace and order in her class. And she serves as role model to her classmates in terms of diligence in school. She takes a strong stance against bullying, drug addiction and cyber pornography.

Dylene said that to fight cyber pornography, one needs to be informed and determined so as not to get easily lured by easy money.

In her own little ways, she actively participates in the barangay affairs particularly in Purok Makugihon Youth and Ibabao Youth Circle. She also assists in feeding programs, symposiums, seminars, youth jamborees and clean up drive.

With the government’s assistance through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Dylene is determined to finish her studies and get a college degree.

“My dream is to become a teacher and a professional singer as well. I want to achieve this goal for me to help my family,” said Dylene. ###


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Campugan Family made it to the Top 5 for the National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

The Campugan family of Barangay Poblacion, Cordova, Cebu is a step closer to bringing home the title as the 2018 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya national grand winner.

The family will compete with other four families from region 1, 4-A, 5 and 6.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII received the information last August 24, 2018 after a thorough deliberation of the judges during the national desk validation.

Ofelia waters the plants in the family garden.

Mr. Clodualdo and Mrs. Ofelia Campugan have six children, namely; Kimberly, Clavel, Jesper, Pamela, Clofel Mae and Haneleth.

Out of the six children, three have already earned their degrees from state universities and already have a job.

The three younger children are still in school — one is in her senior year in college and is taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education while the other two are in Senior and Junior High School. The two children in high school are the monitored children under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Clodualdo, who only finished elementary education works as a carpenter. He also drives “trisikad” to augment his income. Ofelia, on the other hand, cooks and sells food and “kakanin”.

“We see the sacrifices of our parents and our determination to finish our studies is our way of paying them back. We cannot ask for better parents, they are already perfect and the best parents for us,” said Clavel, who recently graduated with a degree in Psychology at the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu.

Ofelia, who is currently battling stage 3 breast cancer, put their health as top priority. Having hereditary cancer, she makes sure that a healthy lifestyle should be practiced by the family.

She quips “Lawas ang puhonan sa inadlaw adlaw nga panginabuhi (The body is our capital for daily survival),” Ofelia said.

Her fight against cancer for ten years now may not be far from over but little battles won gives hope that it can be overcome by remaining steadfast and resilient.

No matter how dreadful it would seem to have cancer, she stands unfazed when she uttered that “Kung ang inahan maoy kahayag sa panimalay ug ang kahayag mapalong, unsay mahitabo sa panimalay? Unsay mahitabo sa pamilya? Busa ako sa akong kahimtang, nagpabilin akong lig-on ug positibo alang sa akong pamilya (If the mother is the light of the home and when the light loses its spark, what will happen to the home? What will happen to the family? That is why, despite my condition I remain strong and positive for the sake of my family).”

As Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiary, the family is compliant with all the program’s conditionalities like attending monthly Family Development Session (FDS), children (aged 6-14) receiving deworming pills twice a year, children (aged 3-18) are enrolled in school and had maintained an attendance of at least 85% of class days every month.

Apparently, the family’s world is not confined within the corners of their abode but also extends to their community. They are also active in community activities as they performed various roles whether church-related or socio-civic activities.

Ofelia helps Clavel in dressing up for her Commencement Exercise.

The judges will conduct a field validation next month which includes home visitation and interview with the family, their neighbors, Pantawid Pamilya co-beneficiaries, local officials, school teachers and other people in the community.

The search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya aims to recognize exemplary family beneficiaries and showcase their stories of hope and resilience.

The announcement and awarding of winners will be done during the National Family Week observance from September 24 to 30. ###


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CAMPUGAN FAMILY: An Amazing Story of Hope, Faith and Triumph

As the deep orange sky slowly rises in the east and roosters crow in sync, Ofelia Campugan hurriedly prepares their breakfast as the family starts another day.

Her husband, Clodualdo Campugan, turns on the radio and instantly their favorite Visayan song “Samtang ako may Kinabuhi pa” (While I am still alive) played in the airwaves.

Tumanon ‘ta gayud ang atong mga saad (We must fulfill our promises together),” Ofelia starts singing the chorus while frying some eggs in the kitchen.

Kasakit ug kalipay yayongan ‘tang duha (In sorrow and in happiness we will carry it together),” Clodualdo sings along with Ofelia as he puts the plates in the dining table.

Ofelia confesses that aside from the nice melody of the song, it vividly reflects their journey as husband and wife.

Nindot ang mensahe sa kanta ug tinuod gayud nga kung kamo mag-tiayon tumanon ang mga saad ug magtinabangay (The message of the song is good and it is true that if you are a couple, you need to fulfill each other’s promises and help each other),” says Ofelia.

Ofelia prepares their family meal.

Kimberly, the eldest of the brood of six, enters in the dining area and asks her mother “Nganu man Ma kasagaran sa mga bisaya nga kanta kay pirme man masulub-on? (Ma, why is it almost all Visayan songs are always melancholic).”

Ofelia answers “Kay kining mga kanta nagpakita kung unsa ang kaagi sa nagsulat sa kanta basin na-heartbroken siya o gihimuan niyang kanta ang iyang hinigugma (These speaks of the composer’s experiences like heartbrokenness or he purely writes the song for his girlfriend).”

Usahay magadamgo ako, Nga ikaw ug ako nagkahigugmaay (Sometimes I dream, that you and I fell in love),” Jesper, the only thorn among the roses, sings loudly as he sips his coffee.

Jesper, tawaga na imung mga manghod kay magdungan nata og pamahaw (Jesper, kindly call your younger siblings so that we can eat our breakfast together),” Clodualdo tells Jesper.

The Family

Ofelia, a native of Cordova, Cebu, got married to Clodualdo Campugan who hails from Carcar City in the southern part of Cebu. She actually married late in life at 31. She had apprehensions about marriage in the past, since her siblings happened to marry drunkards.

Later on, however, she felt something was lacking in her life. She prayed the holy rosary straight for nine (9) days every 3:00 in the morning and asked God for a perfect husband.

I prayed at 3 am because most of the people are still asleep and few are praying, Ofelia jokingly says in dialect but indeed God granted her prayers when Clodualdo came into her life.

The couple is blessed with six (6) beautiful children, namely: Kimberly, Clavel, Jesper, Pamela, Clofel Mae and Haneleth.

Kimberly, 23 years old, is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Cordova Public College and was a scholar of the Ramona Sitoy Scholarship Foundation. She is currently working as a Production Planning-In-Charge at the Mactan Export Processing Zone Authority (MEPZA) in Lapu-Lapu City where she earns a monthly gross income of ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000.00).

Clavel, 21 years old, is an Iskolar ng Bayan and will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu.

Jesper, 20 years old, was a grantee of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Expanded Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) who graduated in March 2018 at the Cebu Normal University (CNU) with a degree in Tourism.

Pamela, 19 years old, a CHED scholar and currently a 4th year student of Cordova Public College taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education.

Clofel Mae, 17 years old, and Haneleth, 15 years old, are grade 12 and grade 10 students, respectively, of Cordova National High School.  Both are monitored children under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

While everyone exchanges banters in the dining table, Ofelia looks at her childrens and realizes time flies so fast. She remembers the times she brought all of them to talent contests in their town.

Dili gyud ko maulaw kay kining talent gihatag man sa Ginoo ug angayan gyud nga ipaambit sa uban (I would not be ashamed of our talents because this are God given and this should be shared with others),” she responded.

It was Ofelia’s can-do attitude and willingness that made their family famous for talent contests in their town.

Clodualdo and Ofelia Campugan with their children.

Her children have been joining contests such as quiz bowls, declamations, song and dance, beauty pageants, poetry, writing and sports competitions.  Medals, ribbons, certificates, sashes and trophies hang in the wall of fame in their house like badges of honor.

Aside from showing exceptional talents and skills, their children are also academic achievers which qualified them for scholarship grants.

They are all consistent honor students since in their elementary years. They are also active in extracurricular activities as exemplified in their membership in school organizations.

After they finished their breakfast, Pamela, Clofel Mae and Haneleth proceeded to school; Kimberly went to her work and Jesper take his chance to apply for his first job.

Kimberly and her siblings bid goodbye as each of them take their parents right hand and presses on their forehead as a sign of respect.

Alleviating Poverty Through Education

Raising the six children without a stable source of income is really tough for the Campugan couple especially that the children have age gaps of 1 to 2 years.  However, Clodualdo and Ofelia rose above their circumstances and set aside all excuses to send their children to school.

“We do not use our being poor as an excuse not to send our children to school. We work hard and make sacrifices. We put ourselves into our work, day and night, for our children to be in school and get educated. Our principle is to send all our children to school,” says Ofelia in dialect.

She added that they wanted their children to finish their studies because it is the only gift that they can give to them. The couple believes that education is the key to improve their children’s future and keep them from experiencing the hardships that they went through.

Swerte pud me sa among mga anak kay naningkamot pud sila sa ilang pageskwela (We are blessed to have children who are diligent with their studies),” expresses Clodualdo.

They are also grateful for the scholarships received and for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which helped them realize their goals in life.

Dako gayud among pasalamat sa Pantawid kay nakatabang kini sa pagpaeskwela sa among mga anak (We thank the government for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program because it helps in sending our children to school),” Clodualdo says in dialect.

Madiskarte Factor of the Family

The family’s resourcefulness helps them meet their needs because Clodualdo’s income as carpenter is not enough for the family.

Ma, muadto saku sa akong gitrabahuan nga balay (Ma, I will report now to work),” Clodualdo endearingly says to Ofelia as he went to the house he is currently working on.

Amping Pa (Take care, Pa),” replies Ofelia.

“When we started together, he used to earn Php 150.00 a day from his carpentry projects. I would have to stretch the amount for three meals and the children’s allowance in school. Good thing, my children also understood our situation and always helped us,” Ofelia said.

Having her own home-made sweet recipes, Ofelia prepares home-cooked food and sells it in their neighborhood. This enables her to augment Clodualdo’s income. Out of their hard work, the Campugans able to purchase their own refrigerator and sell ice and ice candy.

Ofelia and Pamela makes flower vases out of recycled plastic bottles.

Currently, Ofelia and her children are making flower vases out of recycled plastic bottles. Clodualdo collects plastic bottles at work and also buy plastic bottles from neighbors if the demand is high.

Naa ra gayud ang kwarta depende ra gayud sa imong diskarte basta ang importante sa tinarong nga paagi (Money is just there; it depends on how you find ways to earn it but the most important one, it is made through hard work and honesty),” Ofelia says as she starts making flower vases together with Clavel.

Ofelia’s family learned the craft when they were asked by a neighbor to help in the production of flower vase from plastic bottles. A flower vase is sold at Php 75.00 each.

Clavel said doing productive things during vacant times is better than watching TV or tinkering mobile phones.

Most often, Ofelia shares their income to her children and put the money to their savings account.

Financial Management Style

As a wife and a mother, Ofelia believes that the amount of money earned does not matter at all. What is important is how much her family saved.

It is interesting to note that the family establishes a healthy relationship with money. They make sure that their hard-earned money is spent well.  They know what their needs are over their wants.

Clavel said that they seldom buy new clothes. Instead, they prefer to go to the “ukay-ukay”. They consume less pork and chicken. Rather they eat fish and much vegetables and fruits.

Each family member has own savings account and own passbook in their local cooperative. Clodualdo and Ofelia give their children money to be deposited in their passbooks and they always set aside some of their allowances in order to save.

In fact, Clofel Mae and Haneleth spare some amount of money from their education grant.

Gi-instill sa among mga ginikanan nga dili mag-sige utang ug magtigom gayud aron sa panahon kung adunay emergency makakuha mi didto (Our parents instilled on us to be debt-free and to save money for emergency),” underscores Clavel.

Being a Pantawid Partner-Beneficiary

The Campugan Family belongs to the Set 6 of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Cordova.

When asked if being a beneficiary of the program makes them indolent and dependent, Clodualdo said “Dili gayud makatapulan ang programa (The program does not make us lazy).

Mas maningkamot pa gani og trabaho para matubag gayod ang panginahanglanon sa pamilya. Ang Pantawid alang gayud sa pagpaeskwela sa mga bata ug sa ilang panglawas. Dako gyud akong pasalamat niini ug sa mga nakat-unan namo sa pag-attend sa Family Development Session (FDS) (We need to strive so that we can provide for the needs of the family. The Pantawid program is for our children’s education and health. I am really thankful for this program for the learnings we get from FDS),” Clodualdo adds as he starts to varnish the kitchen cabinet for the new house where he works.

Clodualdo, who only finished elementary, works as carpenter and sometimes drive a “trisikad” to augment his income.

He started to hone his carpentry skills when he was still single. He always dreamt of being called Engr. Clodualdo Campugan as he saw himself building homes and standing tall amid skyscrapers which he thought he would someday build.

But his dreams remained where he left his childhood as his parents asked him to quit school to begin tilling the soil at an early age.

“My parents would tell me that nobody gets rich out of staying in school. They said real wealth was found under the soil,” the 54-year-old Clodualdo recalled.

“My 13-year-old self-looked closely at the soil that breaks as the tractor passed by it, but I couldn’t see the money that my parents were talking about. I did not understand until a few months later when we harvested the crops. Yes, there was a little money we got but I could not stand the long wait,” he added.

“I started dreaming of becoming an engineer. But there was no chance of realizing that dream since schooling was very expensive and I also had to help my parents,” he said.

“When I got married, I vowed that if we will have our own children, I will make sure that each of them will finish their degrees and have a better future than I had,” he added.

Clodualdo even recalled that in one of their break times, he advised his fellow co-worker about the proper use of the Pantawid grant.

Ako siya gi-ingnan nga ang madawat nga kwarta sa Pantawid kay para gyud na sa mga bata ug dili kay gamitun sa mga bisyo (I told him that the cash grant of Pantawid is for the children and not for vices),” Clodualdo imparts.

Clodualdo also conveys that aside from the grants, Pantawid Pamilya also helped them become indigent members of PhilHealth, which they can avail during emergency situations.

When asked about the continuity of the program, he believes that it should be continued because it helps a lot of poor families like them.

He further says that they are now stepping at a ground above poverty.  However, he expresses concerns for those who still succumbed to abject poverty.  He opines that they also need to be helped.

Participation in the Community Development

Apparently, the family’s world is not confined within the corners of their abode but also extends to their community.

Clodualdo is a member of the “Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities” (ERPAT) in their barangay. ERPAT advocates the role of fathers which is beyond putting food on the table but should also be a good role model to his children and community.

Ofelia, on the other hand, serves as a Heritage and Tourism Officer of Brgy. Poblacion. She is also an active member of the Cordova Women’s Association, Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) and the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

She also maintains a strong stance against drug addiction, human trafficking and gender equality.  She holds the position of a Purok Officer and volunteers herself as an assistant bookkeeper in their Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project implementation.

Ever since the town was in the limelight as a cyber porn capital, Ofelia maintains that trading one’s self is against her moral beliefs.

Dili tungod kabus, ibaligya nalang imung kaugalingon (Not because you are poor, you can just easily trade yourself),” Ofelia laments about her town’s notoriety for cybersex and online pornography.

Diri sa among barangay kay abtik man ang tanan ug kay kung adunay report nga ingun ani, mahibaw-an gyud dayun kung kinsa to (In our barangay, everyone is active and if there is a report like this, we can easily identify them),” adds Ofelia. She also said that the Local Government Unit is serious in curbing the crime and takes a proactive role in eliminating the crime and the negative impression of their town.

Their purok recently joined a slogan making contest in their barangay about anti-cyber porn and crime prevention and the Campugan family actively participated by providing catchy phrases for the slogan. Their purok won in that contest.

Ofelia and Clodualdo’s spirit of volunteerism is also mirrored by their children.  The Campugan children also help in community building. They are active in the Singles for Christ (SFC) and Parish Youth Coordinating Council (PYCC). They also serve in the San Roque Parish Church and believe that distractions of the present times and their negative effects can best be countered by actively participating in meaningful community activities.

Clavel, for instance, holds the post of President of PYCC where she spearheads the conduct of feeding programs, team building activities, HIV Awareness Campaign, anti-drug addiction activities and against teenage pregnancies. Every month of May, she also teaches catechism to children in their neighborhood.

Jesper, on the other hand, won in the recent elections as Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Councilor. It gives him a platform to be the voice of the young people in his community. He plans to champion sports, education and information drive regarding the issues affecting the youth today. He also wants to organize livelihood trainings for out-of-school youth (OSY).

The Campugan family also extends help to their neighbors not necessarily financial but encouraging words to distressed and depressed individuals and by simply lending a listening ear.

“Helping is not all about money; it is about selflessly giving your time and listening them share their problems,” Ofelia says in dialect.

Gardening, Waste Management, Sanitation and Proper Nutrition

Ofelia, who is currently battling stage 3 breast cancer, put their health as top priority. Having hereditary cancer, she makes sure that a healthy lifestyle should be practiced by the family.

She quips “Lawas ang puhonan sa inadlaw adlaw nga panginabuhi (The body is our capital for daily survival),” as she starts to prepare their dinner assisted by Clavel.

The family has a small garden. Since their soil is not good for vegetation, they collect soil and put organic fertilizers such as animal manure and biodegradable wastes like vegetable and fruit peelings. They use containers out of recycled materials to grow vegetables such as malunggay, alugbati, camote tops, spring onion, eggplants, tomatoes and pepper. They also cultivate herbal and medicinal plants.

Ofelia waters the plants in their garden.

Ofelia knows some nutritious recipes. In fact, her family’s favorite dish is “Utan Bisaya” or native vegetables soup.

Dali ra kini buhaton nga recipe kay isagol raman ang mga utan ug usahay butangan pud og isda (This recipe is easy to do because all vegetables are just put in a pot with water; bring it to a boil and season with salt and add fish),” says Ofelia while stirring in the string beans, okra, malunggay and tomato inside the pot.

To ensure clean environment, the family together with purok members practice waste segregation. The family has three containers intended for Bio-degradable, Non-Biodegradable and Recyclable Materials. Bio-degradable wastes are used to fertilize their garden. Non-biodegradable are collected by the barangay waste officers while the recyclable materials are used to create recycled items which the family sells in their neighbor. The barangay has strict implementation of waste segregation.

Clodualdo just returned from work and started sweeping the floor.

Dili man ika-ulaw aning maglimyo sa balay kay ang matag miyembro sa pamilya kinahanglan man magtinabangay (There is nothing to be ashamed of in cleaning your house because every member of the family should help each other),” he firmly said.

Pamela, Clofel Mae and Haneleth arrived from school and immediately asked their parents right hand for “pagmamano”.

Just in time for dinner, Jesper and Kimberly arrived.

Devotion to the Almighty

Right after dinner, Pamela and Clofel Mae clean their dining table while Haneleth and Jesper wash the dishes.

Amo rang gitugyan ang tanan sa Ginoo (We lift everything to God),” Ofelia in her statement when asked how they handle all their problems that they encounter.

Dili mailhan nga aduna koy cancer kay daghan man ko buhaton aron mabusy ko (It is not evident that I have cancer because I do many things to make me busy),” she said with a sense of strength and courage.

Her fight against cancer for ten years now may not be far from over but little battles won gives hope that it can be overcome by remaining steadfast and resilient.

The Campugan family gathers together for their daily prayer.

No matter how dreadful it would seem to have cancer, she stands unfazed when she uttered that “Kung ang inahan maoy kahayag sa panimalay ug ang kahayag mapalong, unsay mahitabo sa panimalay? Unsay mahitabo sa pamilya? Busa ako sa akong kahimtang, nagpabilin akong lig-on ug positibo alang sa akong pamilya (If the mother is the light of the home and when the light loses its spark, what will happen to the home? What will happen to the family? That is why, despite my condition I remain strong and positive for the sake of my family).”

As Ofelia starts to prepare for bedtime, she asked her family to pray in front of their altar. She leads the prayer of the holy rosary while reflecting on each mystery.

Ang tanang pag-antos ug kaagi kay gihalad namo sa Ginoo ug kini nakapalig-on pa sa among pagtuo (All our sacrifices and experiences we offer it to God and this strengthen our faith),” Ofelia says after her concluding prayer. She further says that their family is grateful every single day and hopes that tomorrow will be another bright day.

A New Day

The commencement exercise for Clavel has come and everybody was excited, most especially her proud parents. Ofelia enters Clavel’s room and helps her dress up for her red letter day.

Ma, kining kalampusan nako kay para ni sa inyu ni Papa kay kung wala kamo dili nako kini makab-ot (Ma, I offer this achievement to you and Papa because if it weren’t for you and Papa I will not be able to achieve this),” Clavel expresses to Ofelia as she faces the mirror while wearing her ecru-colored dress and the ‘sablay’ hanging from the right shoulder.

Ikaw ug kamong tanang mag-igsuon ang among hiyas, hinumdumi pirme nga pinangga ta mo ug proud kay ko inyu (You and your other siblings are our treasure, always remember that we love you and we are all proud of you),” she replies as she tightly hugs her daughter.

Today, marks another milestone for their family. ###



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4Ps communal garden encourages beneficiaries to grow own food

Cultivating a communal garden that is prone to flooding every time there is heavy rain has been a challenge to a group of Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries in Barangay Can-upao, Jagna, Bohol.

Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries in Brgy. Can-upao, Jagna take a group photo in their communal garden.

Kada mag-ulan og kusog, malunopan gyud ang among communal garden ug kadaghanan sa tanom madaot busa magtanom kami pag-usab isip hulip sa mga nadaot (Every time there is heavy rain, our communal garden gets flooded and most of our vegetables are destroyed, so we do the replanting),” said Vicente Garay, one of the Pantawid Pamilya parent-leaders.

The group composed mostly of women of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, ages 45-55. They all meet every Saturday but taking care of the garden, members are assigned to do it.

This communal garden had made the 4Ps beneficiaries apply what they have learned about the basics of vegetable production taught to them by the staff from the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO).

Besides educating the beneficiaries on vegetable production, the MAO also provided them seedlings right after the Family Development Session (FDS).

“This started our first communal garden which was in a hilly place where soil is fertile and suitable for growing vegetables,” shared Vicente in dialect.

The group according to Vicente, also shared their own seedlings and planted 17 varieties of crops and vegetables such as ampalaya (bitter gourd), petchay (chinese cabbage), chinese tangkong (water spinach), sibuyas (leeks), batong (string beans), talong (eggplant), luy-a (ginger), okra (lady’s fingers), monggo (mung bean), carabantos (winged bean), gabi (taro root), kamatis (tomato), mustasa (mustard), sili (chili pepper), malunggay (horse radish), kalabasa (pumpkin) and alugbati (malabar spinach).

Vicente Garay shows the photo documentation of their ‘Gulayan sa Barangay’.

However, the communal garden’s success almost came close to an end because the owners would use it already for their house construction.

Luckily, the group found a vacant lot which the owner allowed them to use for their new communal garden.

Kung adunay mga suggestion ang matag usa, among dawatun ug paminawun (Whatever suggestion from any of our members, we accept and listen to them),” said Vicente as he believes that every person can contribute his/her skills, knowledge and time.

Since the new location is prone to flooding, the Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries unleashes their ingenuity to prevent their vegetable from flood, by using recycled tire and bottle for their alternative vegetable garden.

Their harvest from April 2017 to July 2018, yield them an income of Php 2,000.00. They all agreed that their goal of having a communal garden is not for business but for having healthy food on the table.

Buot namo nga makapakaon sa abot sa among garden mao nga dunay mga higayon nga among tapokon ang mga anak sa among communal garden ug saluhan ang among giandam nga pagkaon (We wanted to have feeding for our children with the harvest from the communal garden),” expressed Vicente.

For the group, what is important is they can get vegetables from their garden and cook it in their respective homes.

The income from the communal garden is intended for the group’s savings and will be used if there will be logistical needs like bond papers, folders and pens for their documentation.

“Selling the harvest is the least priority of the group,” stressed Vicente.

Vicente shared that every time they have their feeding for their children, it boosts their group’s camaraderie and friendship.

“Seeing the satisfaction of our children after eating the food we gave them makes us happy,” said Vicente.

The group uses recycled tire in planting their eggplant.

Their effort was paid off when they were awarded as the most outstanding communal garden of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the town of Jagna. ###


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DSWD-7 reiterates criteria for selection of Pantawid beneficiaries, clarifies 4Ps as one of the programs the agency implements

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) reiterates the criteria for qualification to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which is being implemented by the agency.

This came after a viral Facebook post of a teacher about the deplorable situation of her student saying that the family is deprived of 4Ps.

The beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program were selected objectively through the National Household Targeting System (NHTS-PR), also known as Listahanan, which is an administrative tool that identifies who and where poor households are in the country.

The collected information from the household went through a process using a scientific method called Proxy Means Test or PMT. The PMT is a statistical model that estimates the income of household based on the variables included in the household assessment form.

Households with estimated incomes that are equal to and above the latest provincial poverty thresholds are considered non-poor and those with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds are considered poor.

Selection Criteria for Pantawid Beneficiaries

“Once the household is identified as poor, they will become potential beneficiaries for various social protection programs of the government like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. However, their inclusion in the programs still depends on the programs qualifications or criteria,” said Director Macapobre.

In the first round of Listahanan household assessment in 2009, a total of 525,588 households were targeted for the enumeration in region 7.  Out of the said target, 314, 654 households were identified as poor.

From the 314,645 identified poor, a total of 61,149 were enrolled in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2010.  They were enrolled in the program because they meet the criteria for the selection of Pantawid beneficiaries.

Aside from being identified as poor from Listahanan, a 4Ps beneficiary must have children aged 0-18 or have a pregnant member at the time of the first assessment in 2009 and must be willing and able to comply with the conditionalities of the program as part of their co-responsibilities.

It was explained that enrollment of Pantawid Pamilya was done on staggered basis depending on the targeted number and approved budget for the year.

As of July 2018, there are 252,633 active Pantawid Pamilya households in region 7.

“We want to emphasize that the current 4Ps beneficiaries were identified poor households under the Listahanan using the result of the first round of household assessment in 2009,” said Director Macapobre.

In the initial report of the Pantawid staff in Carcar City, it was known that the student’s family had missed the Listahanan first enumeration because based on the mother’s account most of the time they were out of the house to earn a living.

The Listahanan second round of household assessment was conducted in 2015 and the family was already included in the enumeration.

“We launch the result of the second round of household assessment in June 2016 but in August 2016 there was a moratorium on the expansion because the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program was subjected to review,” Director Macapobre underscored.

“As of now, we have not added new 4Ps beneficiaries since the moratorium has not been lifted,” Director Macapobre said.

Director Macapobre clarified that 4Ps is not the only program in the anti-poverty strategy of the government.

“4Ps is just one of our many programs and services. We also have Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP), Assistance to Individual in Crisis Situations (AICS) which the family can apply.  On the other hand, the Local Government Units (LGUs) through their Local Social Welfare and Development Office can also offer their own programs and services,” Director Macapobre added.

Unconditional Cash Transfer

Recently, the DSWD also implemented the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT). The UCT is a program mandated by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law as aid to individuals who might be affected by its implementation.

Cash transfers are provided to lessen the impact to the poor who are affected by the effects of the TRAIN, such as increase in excise taxes on petroleum products, automobiles, and sugar sweetened beverages.

“We would like to inform the public that the UCT program implemented by DSWD together with the Landbank of the Philippines has not identified new beneficiaries to receive the cash grants,” said Macapobre.

She added that although the program is new, the beneficiaries are not, because they are DSWD’s existing beneficiaries.

The DSWD was given the responsibility to implement the UCT that will provide cash grants to 10 million households/individuals. These households/individuals come from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens and Listahanan identified poor.

The beneficiaries receive Php 200 monthly, or a total of Php 2,400 this year. The Field Office is not halfway done with its UCT pay out. ###


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Pantawid beneficiaries now DSWD workers

Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries who were grantees of Expanded Students Grants-in-Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) now work at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7).

From left to right: Mayet Jumao-as, Sarah Mae Albaña, Christian Claven Joseph Inot, Mary Ann Olivar and Lea Araneta, the proud ESGP-PA grantees who now work with DSWD-7.

Christian Claven Joseph Inot, Mary Ann Olivar, Sarah Mae Albaña, Lea Araneta and Mayet Jumao-as who are all fresh graduates from the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Medellin Campus with a degree in Bachelor of Tourism Management applied for a job at DSWD-7 and were hired.

Naswertehan kay sa kadaghang nangapply, naapil ko sa mga nadawat nga empleyado (I am lucky because there were many applicants and I am one of those who were hired),” enthused Mayet, 20 years old from Bogo City, Cebu.

Mayet shared that her parents provided support and encouragement in her pursuit for education but their finances would not suffice. “It was really hard but I am thankful that after my high school graduation, our Pantawid Parent Leader told us about the ESGP-PA and I never had second thoughts in taking the entrance exam in CNU Medellin Campus,” said Mayet in dialect.

When Mayet got the ESGP-PA slot she became more determined to study harder because as a grantee, Mayet was hopeful that she would finish college.

Lea was also thankful for having availed of the ESGP-PA, which provided her free tuition and monthly allowance.

“Some people say that education is not important and they even cite successful people who excelled in their field but did not finish their education. However, for poor people like me, education is a ticket to have a bright future,” said Lea, a 22 years old lass from Bogo City, Cebu.

Lea said she is not really a smart person but she graduated with flying colors because of sheer tenacity and diligence. She further advised the students like her to set their goals and dream big as she believes in the saying “sky is not the limit when there are footprints in the moon”.

Christian, Mary Ann and Sarah Mae said in unison that the program helped them strengthen the foundation in order for them to reach their dreams and to have a better future for their families.

All five of them work as a Social Welfare Assistant (SWA) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of DSWD.

The ESGP-PA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

The program provided opportunities to 4Ps households who have children who are determined to pursue college education and qualified for the scholarship. A college degree for the children-beneficiaries opens an opportunity for them to access better employment and help them improve their lives. ###


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4Ps families become more prepared for disasters

Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries in Central Visayas region are now more prepared whenever disaster and calamities occur.

Through the Family Development Session (FDS), a monthly session that gathers 4Ps partner-beneficiaries, they have acquired new skills and knowledge on various topics like disaster preparedness.

The E-Balde of Garay Family.

In December 2014, Typhoon Queenie wreaked havoc in the Central Visayas region which damaged lives and properties.

Two of the families affected by the typhoon were the Garay and the Cachero families from Can-upao, Jagna and Alejawan, Duero, Bohol.

Dili gyud namo makalimtan ang bagyong Queenie kay naguba gyud among balay ug kadtung hitabo naghatag namu og leksyon nga mangandam gayud ug mu-advice nga for evacuation, mubakwit gyud ang tibuok pamilya (We could not forget Typhoon Queenie because it totally destroyed our house and it served as a lesson for us to heed the call for pre-emptive evacuation of the whole family),” said Marissa Garay.

As a preparation for any disaster, the Garay family has their own Emergency Balde or E-Balde which contains important documents and basic needs of the family, which can easily be carried during evacuation.

Naa na sad mi Family Disaster Action Plan nga maghatag og giya kung unsay buhaton sa matag miyembro sa pamilya (We also have our own Family Disaster Action Plan that will guide each member of the family on what to do when disaster occurs),” added Marissa.

Mary Jane Cachero is also thankful for the learnings from the FDS and the lessons she gained during the training provided by the Barangay Disaster Response Team.

Ako pud kini gipa-ambit sa akong bana ug sa upat nakong mga anak kay importante gyud nga kabalo ang tanan kung unsay buhaton pananglitan adunay kalamidad sama sa bagyo o linog (I also shared this with my husband and four children because it is very important that everybody in the family knows what to do whenever there is a calamity like a typhoon or an earthquake),” Mary Jane said.

Marissa and Mary Jane both agreed that preparedness is important because it mitigates the effects of any disaster.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII joins the nation is celebrating the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) for the whole month of July.

Formerly called the National Disaster Consciousness Month, the celebration was renamed to NDRM through an Executive Order No. 29 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017 and the observance highlights the shift from disaster awareness building to disaster resilience.

This year’s theme is “Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makakamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan”, which emphasizes the necessity of information in order to address the need for resiliency amidst constant disasters. ###


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