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329 DSWD’s MCCT support services intervention funded

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) funded a total of 329 support services intervention (SSI) through the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT).

This is equivalent to Php 119,927.670.68 that funded the identified projects based on the submitted and approved proposals of the beneficiaries

Some of these SSI projects are hog raising, cattle raising, communal garden and general merchandise.

A MCCT partner-beneficiary together with their harvests in Brgy. Taytay, Duero, Bohol.

These projects benefit a total of 12,559 MCCT partner-beneficiaries which are composed of three categories: home street families in Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City; indigenous peoples in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) and the families in need of special protection (FNSP) who were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda and the 2013 Bohol earthquake.

One of the MCCT partner-beneficiaries is Roselyn Sedillo, 35 years old, from Brgy. Amio, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental and a Tribung Bukidnon.

Nalipay ko nga naapil aning MCCT kay nakatabang kini sa pagpa-eskwela sa duha nako nga mga anak labi na nga ang akong bana magbunotay og lubi (I am happy to be part of MCCT because it helps in the education of our two children especially that my husband is just engaged in coconut husking),” said Roselyn in dialect.

Roselyn actively attends the monthly Family Development Session (FDS) and serves as one of the parent leaders in the barangay because of her leadership capabilities to lead other MCCT partner-beneficiaries.

Later, she became the President of their association and manages their general merchandise store.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provided a free entrepreneurship training that helped them effectively manage their store.

According to Roselyn, she meticulously practices the tips that DOLE taught her and the rest of the members who operate their own personal store aside from the association store they have. Some of the tips she got were on how to arrange the items in the display store and how to entertain the customers.

Members of Tribung Bukidnon in Brgy. Amio, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental listen to the entrepreneurship training conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Another group of MCCT partner-beneficiaries are the Taytay Eskaya Tribe Farmers Association (TAYETFA) of Brgy. Taytay, Duero, Bohol who established their own communal garden.

With the help from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and a Non-Government Organization (NGO) called KOPIA or Korea Program on International Agriculture, the association was able to successfully harvest vegetables like lettuce, chinese pechay, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots last September 25, 2018.

The MCCT covers poor families who were not included in the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). It 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 includes safe and responsive housing assistance with access to SSI for the improvement of their living conditions. ###


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Dylene Jee S. Polea: Her Life’s Musical Journey

Kaming mga kabataan karon Ayaw pasagdi’ng mawala…ohhh (We, the children of today, do not allow us to perish…ohhh),” Dylene starts singing her winning song entitled “Paglaum” (Hope).

“Busa palihog agaka Kining among pagpakigbisug Ning lumba sa kapalaran Ika’y paglaum ning kinabuhi (Please guide us In our struggle In this race towards destiny You are the hope of our existence),” she continued singing the lines that made a mark on her at a young age.

Dylene Jee Polea, 2018 Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children regional winner, belts the song “A Million Dreams” during the opening salvo of the 26th National Children’s Month celebration.

“I started joining amateur singing contests when I was five years old. At that time, I did not understand the meaning of the song. Slowly, my father explained to me what the song is all about. Only then that I realized the important message of the song which is about the real situation of children who went astray and faced life’s uncertainties maybe because their parents or guardians had neither guided and nor trained them in the way they should go,” said Dylene in dialect.

Kaming mga kabataan, paglaum sa tanan (We, the children are everybody’s hope),” belted Dylene of the song’s last line, showcasing her singing prowess.

Who is Dylene Jee?

Dylene Jee Polea, 14 years old lives in Barangay Ibabao, Cordova, Cebu.  She is the second daughter of Darwin and Elizabteh Polea. Her elder sister is Sheena, 18 years old and her younger siblings are Darylle, 12 and Wenn, 11.

Darwin, Dylene’s father, is employed in a private tour service as a van driver.

Elizabeth, Dylene’s mother, used to work in Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) in Lapu-Lapu City. But she resigned to take care of her children. To help her husband put food on the table, she manages her own sari-sari store. She also sells food to their neighbors.

Maka-income man sad ko sa pagpaninda diri ug makabantay sad ko sa akong mga anak labi na karon nga silang tanan kay ga-eskwela pa (I can earn through selling, at the same time watch over my children especially now that they are all studying),” said Elizabeth.

Sheene is presently studying at the University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu Mandaue (UCLM) Campus under the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) Senior High School (SHS) Voucher Program. Dylene and Darylle, are in grade 9 and grade 7, respectively, at Babag National High School in Lapu-Lapu City. Wenn is a grade 6 student at Ibabao Elementary School, Cordova, Cebu.

Sheene, Dylene and Darylle are monitored children under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Dylene has all praises for her parents whom she described as hardworking despite their hardships just to provide for their needs.

“If I were to dedicate a song to my parents, it would be ‘Iingatan ka by Carol Banawa’,” said Dylene as she likes the lyrics of the song and the crystal clear voice of Carol, the singer whom she admires.

With her melodic voice Dylene sings the chorus of the song, “Iingatan ka Aalagaan ka Sa puso ko ikaw ang pag-asa Sa ‘ting mundo’y May gagabay sa iyo Ang alay ko’y itong pagmamahal ko (Taking care of you Taking care of you In my heart you are my hope In our world There’s someone who will guide you I dedicate this, my love for you).”

“Saying Thank You to my parents would not be enough to express how grateful I am to be their daughter because they taught us the right values and they encouraged us to show our potentials,” Dylene added. 

On being a Pantawid Pamilya Partner-Beneficiary

Her family is receiving a regular cash grant of Php 4,000.00 every two months for their health and education grants for junior and senior high school students. They also receive Php 1,200.00 rice subsidy and a one-time Php 2,400.00 for the unconditional cash transfer (UCT) for this year.

Nakatabang ang cash grant nga nadawat namo gikan sa Pantawid kay nakapuno kini sa pagbudget ni Mama sa mga galastuhon sama sa kung naa mi school project ug uban pang school activities (The Pantawid cash grants help my mother in her budgeting of the family’s expenses especially for our school projects and for other school activities),” Dylene underscored as she is determined to finish her studies and get a degree.

Elizabeth sees to it that the cash grants are put in good use. She ensures that the money is used to its intended purpose – for children’s education, health and food.

Dako among pasalamat sa tabang pinaagi sa 4Ps pero wala mi nagsalig ani kay kabalo mi nga kini nga subsidy kay usa ra sa paagi sa gobyerno aron matabangan ang mga kabus sama namo (We are grateful for the help of 4Ps but we are not dependent on this because we know that this subsidy is just one way of the government in helping the poor like us)”, Elizabeth explain.

“Our children are our source of happiness and every medal or recognition is already an achievement to us,” Elizabeth added.

Darwin Polea teaches Dylene on how to strum the guitar.

Hence, both Elizabeth and Darwin strive hard to find means to support their family.

The couple are regular attendees of the Family Development Session (FDS).  It is there that they learned insights on responsible parenthood, disaster preparedness, values and spiritual formation and other relevant topics.  Elizabeth, as a parent, gives due attention to the roles of parents and the rights of children. She understands the important role of parents in molding a child.

The family is also aware of the value of money and that they should only spend for the essentials and always saves for emergencies. Dylene and her siblings maintain an ‘alkansiya’ out of their meager school allowance.

On Education and Academic Excellence

The benefits of education are far-reaching and innumerable.  Being educated and informed is a good way to get out of poverty.

Dylene must have realized this when she throws her heart out to attain good education. Her tenacity and perseverance in studying is rewarded by honors and recognition in academic excellence and climbing up the school stage every commencement exercise has become her tradition. All these made her parents beamed with pride and honor.

Dylene said that she gives her all in her studies.

Ganahan ko magtuon kay plano nako mamahimong Doctor aron makatabang sa mga bata nga adunay sakit (I like studying a lot because I want to be a Doctor someday so that I can help the sick children),” Dylene said.

She said that to excel in class, one has to attend the class always for missing even just a day makes a difference. Her secret weapon is to take down notes on important points and not just rely on memory. Nothing beats focus and hard work.

Elder sister Sheene occasionally tutors and mentors Dylene on subjects she encounters with difficulties. In return, she also helps her younger brothers in their assignments.

The Song Bird 

She is dubbed as the “song bird” because of her exceptional singing prowess.  She is exposed to singing tilts inside and outside school. 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 inaccurately the lyrics of the songs.

Her teachers also saw her as a promising singer and afforded her the opportunities to shine by inviting her to sing during school programs. She even became the regular school representative in singing contest.

Recently, she joined the “Your Face Sounds Familiar” contest in Babag National High School wherein she impersonated KZ Tandingan and rendered the piece, “Two Less Lonely People in the World”.

Dylene admits her passion and inclination towards music. It is her way of expressing herself and letting go of suppressed emotions. Music is life for her, so to speak.

“I believe that music is a universal language and I use this God-given talent to promote peace and advance my advocacy against cyber pornography, bullying and drug addiction,” she said.

Known for her good leadership, Dylene got elected as one of the class officers in her school. She uses her influence to promote peace and order in her class. She serves as a good role model to her classmates in terms of diligence and takes a strong stance against drug addiction, cyber pornography and teenage pregnancy.

Dylene makes it sure that she answers her school assignments.

“As a junior police in our school, I am part of the elite team who knows the whereabouts of the students and monitor their absences and cutting classes,” said Dylene.

Her Advocacy

Dylene and her family live in a place where there are known cyber pornographic activities. Despite not being involved in the illegal activities, the young Dylene also suffered the stigma of having lived in the place. She does not deserve to be affected by these activities and she could only hope there is still remedy for this unfortunate situation.

“I am angry to those who are engaged in cyber pornography for ruining the future of the young and innocent lives and for tainting the name of Barangay Ibabao and the Municipality of Cordova,” said Dylene.

“To fight cyber pornography, one needs to be informed so that they will not be easily lured by easy money,” she added.

She believes that internet is helpful but she is also aware of its bad effects to the youth.

In her own little ways, she takes an active participation in the barangay affairs in particular in Purok Makugihon Youth and Ibabao Youth Circle. She renders service in feeding programs and clean up drive and attends in symposiums, seminars and youth jamborees.

Dylene may just be a child but she makes sure she has a voice. She does little things in the hope of creating a ripple effect in the near future. “I will use my small voice to campaign against cyber pornography and tell them that there are many ways in earning money and not the way of selling one’s self,” Dylene said.

She and her friends who are Sangguniang Kabataan Members carry the slogan “Ang kausaban magagikan gayod sa kaugalingon (Change starts from us).”

Faith in God 

Dylene knows that her skills and talents are all God-given.

Kining akong boses kay gihatag sa Ginoo aron pagsangyaw sa maayong balita (My voice is given to me by God to proclaim the good news),” she said.

Dylene attends regular church activities and joins bible studies and sings in the music ministry.

She particularly likes the worship song “How lovely is your dwelling place”.

“Blest are they refreshed by springs and by rain When dryness daunts and scathes

Behold my shield My king and my God,” sings in her angelic voice.

Dylene shares to other students of Cordova National High School her views on a topic discussed during the Information Campaign on Awareness Raising About Online Sexual Exploitation to Children and Anti-Child Pornography.

“The song is a reminder of God’s love and protecting presence and I share this good message to my friends as well,” she added.

Even though the family cannot attend church activities together since they have different religious beliefs, Dylene said that family members respect each other’s belief and conviction.

Dylene and her dreams  

Just like every child, Dylene has her dream and she holds it in her heart. She wants to become a doctor and a singer. A singer doctor, perhaps.

Kanang doctor nga mukanta sa iyang mga pasyente aron madali ilang pag-ayo (A doctor that can sing to her patients so that they can easily be healed),” she said.

Daghan man ko og damgo sa akong kaugalingon ug para sa akong pamilya. Puhon makab-ot naku ni aron makatabang pud ko sa ubang nga nagkinahangalan (I have many dreams for myself and for my family. Hopefully, I can achieve those dreams so that I can help those who are in need),” said Dylene as she remembers a popular song entitled a “A Million Dreams”. ###


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4Ps beneficiaries avails other social interventions

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) provides various social interventions to 174,585 or 69% out of the 259,247 Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries in Central Visayas region.

This abundant Anthurium flower garden of Liptong 4Ps Cut Flower Grower Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) lies in the mountain barangay of Liptong, Valencia, Negros Oriental. The flowers are distributed to different outlets in the municipality, giving income to the association whose 4Ps partner-beneficiaries believe that unity is the key to have a productive business.

“The goal of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps is to send healthy children in school. However, our partner-beneficiaries can only avail the program if their children are aged 0-18 years old or until they finish high school, whichever comes first and so to ensure that the quality of well-being is improved, the Department also provides other programs and services,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre.

To ensure their long-term growth, DSWD provided livelihood and/or employment to 23,892 Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). It invests in building the capacity of people to engage in economic activities so that they will be able to stand on their own.

Some of them are now engaged in hog raising, egg-laying poultry, handicraft production and fashion accessories.

DSWD has also encouraged 4Ps beneficiaries to join the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS). Under this program, 31,272 4Ps beneficiaries participated on issues directly affecting them, as well as draw up solutions in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs).

“Through Kalahi-CIDSS, they become part in the development of their communities and become active citizens. Their voices are heard and they become essential part of decision-making,” added Director Macapobre.

Aside from SLP and Kalahi-CIDSS, 12,060 beneficiaries availed the Assistance to Individual in Crisis Situations (AICS).

“We, in DSWD also recognizes the contribution of our partner national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in alleviating their lives from poverty,” said Director Macapobre.

The Department of Health (DOH) provided services to 25,354 4Ps beneficiaries through their Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program and medical/dental services. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) provided the 25,679 4Ps beneficiaries updated member data records (MDRs) which they used in claiming medical assistance.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provided skills training to 3,896 4Ps beneficiaries, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) gave technical assistance and reproductive health kits to 10,569 4Ps beneficiaries and the Department of Agriculture (DA) was also able to give seedlings to 12,441 beneficiaries.

A total of 23,379 beneficiaries were able to avail themselves of their LGUs initiated livelihood programs, job placements, financial assistance to senior citizens, among others. While partner CSOs provided job facilitations, access to micro finance and insurance, livelihood skills trainings to 6,043 beneficiaries. ###



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Pantawid beneficiary’s son tops naval exam

Joseph Vincent Y. Satura, 21, son of a Pantawid beneficiary, tops the recent naval exam conducted on October 2-4, 2018. He could not believe that he topped in the Naval Architect and Marine Engineer Licensure Examination garnering a rating of 92.20 percent.

He even admitted that on the first day of the exam he had somehow lost the hope to pass it because the questions seemed difficult to him.

The son of DSWD-7 Pantawid partner-beneficiaries Mr. Cresencio and Mrs. Rosalinda Satura, Joseph Vincent Y. Satura in his graduation toga.

Lipay kaayo ko. Wala jud ko nag expect kay ang amoa ra gyud ato sa akong friends nga makapasar lang mi (I didn’t expect to be on top because what we wished with my friends was to only pass the exam),” Joseph Vincent articulated.

He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the University of Cebu (UC) and considered himself as among those ordinary students who only wanted to finish his studies and simply pass the licensure exam – expecting nothing more.

He expressed total gratitude to God and to his family for their prayers and encouragement all throughout his journey towards this feat. And his parents could not be any prouder for the pride that their son has brought to their family.

I hope nga magpabilin siya nga humble bisan paman unsa na iyang mga nakab-ot karon ug unsa pa iyang mga makab-ot (I hope he remains humble even with the accomplishments he already got and with those that he is yet to achieve.),” wished his mother, Rosalinda.

Joseph Vincent vividly relates the life they have. “Living in a communal house in Labangon, Cebu City with my family and other relatives and being the eldest of four siblings, I have dreamt of building our own house and experience what it feels to be able to provide something big for my family. So, I planned on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Engineering believing that it would help me realize my dream house,” he expressed.

His hard work and determination has borne good fruit. He was granted a scholarship from Tsuneishi Foundation (Cebu) Inc. as he qualified and passed all the necessary screenings and examinations required for the scholarship. He was however, somehow, sad as his dream engineering course is not included in the degree programs offered under the scholarship; so, he took the Naval Architecture instead which he eventually fell in love with.

Though he did not get to worry about his tuition fee, budgeting his 50-peso daily allowance for fare, food and other miscellaneous expenses in school was a constant struggle. “I was however, thankful that for a lot of times the cash grants my mother would receive have helped me in my expenses for my projects especially during the time I was doing my thesis,” Joseph recounted.

Despite these financial challenges, it did not hinder him from performing excellently in college. In fact, before he graduated as Cum Laude in his chosen degree last March 2018, he has already championed and placed in different school-based and national competitions, and even represented his school in an international competition.

He championed and placed in different school-based and national competitions such as the 2015 UC Engineering Math Quiz bowl, 2015 and 2016 UC Engineering Subjects and Applied Science (ESAS) Quiz bowl, Stellar Composite Design Competition and the 2nd Alliance of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Students of the Philippines (ANAMESP): Math Quiz bowl and Naval Architecture Quiz bowl. Not only that, he also represented UC in the Worldwide Safety Ferry Association Design Competition in Thailand on April 2017. All these he made with all the backing coming from his family.

Grabe gyud ka supportive akong pamilya mao nga naningkamot jud ko (My family is very supportive. That’s why I strived),” said Joseph.

His mother, Rosalinda, 46, has also been all-out in providing every support that he needed-financial, emotional and moral. His family has been a good support system for him in his journey towards all the milestones he had. Rosalinda know how important it is for her children to have a good support system as they grow. She has been grateful for the takeaways from the Pantawid Pamilya’s Family Development Sessions (FDS) that she gets to apply in responsibly parenting her children.

Dako gyud og natabang ang FDS (Family Development Sessions) sa pagduma nako sa akong pamilya. Ang mga nakat-onan nako sa session ako gyud nang e-apply pirme ngadto sa akong mga anak, sa akong pamilya ug sa uban pud nga tawo sa community since BHW (Barangay Health Worker) man ko (FDS has helped me a lot in managing my family. Everything that I’ve learned in the sessions I always apply to my parenting towards my children, my family and as well as to other people in the community since I am a BHW.),” Rosalina expressed.

Currently, Joseph Vincent is a part-time faculty and is teaching subjects under Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the University of Cebu, Main Campus. He is planning to pursue his chosen profession by working in a shipbuilding company that granted him the scholarship after the school year 2017-2018.

When asked what tips he can give to those students like him, aspiring to be successful in their studies, he said “Always give your best in whatever you do, be it big or small. You have bigger chances of fulfilling your aspirations in life if you work hard for it, and of course never forget to pray and believe in God that he gives whatever your heart desires.”

Joseph is looking forward to designing their dream house very soon, helping his parents in sending his two other siblings who are also in college, taking up Civil Engineering and be able to fully give back to his family for their love and support in as much as he can.

This story of triumph is just one of the many accounts of transformation of the lives of DSWD beneficiaries who have been successful in improving their lives through full determination and support from the Department. ###


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DSWD-7 commemorates International Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, holds media forum

In commemoration of the International Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) -7 through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program conducted a Media Forum with the theme “Pagpapakilala at Pagkilala sa Natatanging Benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya!” wherein selected beneficiaries whose lives were improved through the support from the human development programs of the national government were in the spotlight.

Pantawid partner-beneficiaries, representative from partner National Government Agency (NGA), DSWD officials and media practitioners participate in the forum conducted in commemoration of the International Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.

The DSWD being the lead agency in social welfare and development, the forum also highlighted the contribution and effort of the department in overcoming extreme poverty nationwide through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and other programs and services for the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre emphasized in her message to the participants that it is necessary for the beneficiaries to know their role in improving their status in life and in overcoming extreme poverty.

“We, in DSWD are only supporting actors and actresses. While the department is all-out in providing support to you, your efforts are important to win this battle against poverty,” Director Macapobre told the beneficiaries.

During the forum, a comprehensive update on the accomplishments and gains of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the region was also presented by the Regional Program Coordinator, Ms. Raquel N. Enriquez.

Ms. Enriquez highlighted the Pantawid compliance rate of the region. For Health, the region got 99.12% as of July 2018 while 96.75% for Education as of school year 2017-2018.

Moreover, she also mentioned that 1,717 from the 2,180 monitored and enrolled Expanded Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) grantees have already graduated as of S.Y 2017-2018 where 204 graduated with honors from different state universities and colleges.

Johanna Heart Genon, of Brgy. Kalunasan, Cebu City whose family was a former homeless street family and now a beneficiary of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) Program which helped them secure a permanent house also guested in the forum together with Joel Vincent Oyao, a grantee of the Expanded Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) who just graduated this March 2018 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education Major in Special Education.

The three members of Campugan Family in Poblacion, Cordova Cebu who was hailed as the Regional Winner for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya gives testimony on how their lives were changed through their sheer determination and support from the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program .

Among the guests was also the Campugan Family of Brgy. Poblacion Cordova, Cebu who was hailed as the 2018 Regional Winner for the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya and who placed as 2nd runner up during the National Search held in SM North EDSA Skydome, Quezon, City last October 14. The Campugan family has given their testimonials on how their lives have improved and how the the children in their family have successfully finished their studies through their sheer determination and support coming from the government. They also proudly showcased their talent as they in dancing, declamation and spoken poetry.

A press conference with the guest partner-beneficiaries, DSWD-7 officials and a representative from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) followed thereafter.

Earlier this month, DSWD also participated in the Urban Poor Day celebration spearheaded by Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor held at the Mandaue City Sports Complex. In this celebration, DSWD showcased its programs and services though photo display and distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials. ###


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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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