SICAT Confers Graduate Certificates to 145 SLP Skills Training Participants

OIC Lucia S. Alan, SICAT Superintendent Perla V. Lucas (in green), SLP Isabela Provincial Coordinator Maricel Balisi (fourth from right) with graduates.

With the theme “Akmang Kasanayan at Kaalaman Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan”, the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in partnership with Sourthern Isabela College of Arts and Trades (SICAT) led the conferment rites of SLP Skills Training program participants last February 26, 2018 at Santiago City, Isabela.

The partnership was set to capacitate the 145 program participants from ten municipalities of the province of Isabela to ensure higher productivity and employability on chosen livelihood endeavor.

Program participants proceeded with NC II qualifications including Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Front Officer Services, Bread and Pastry Production, Beauty Care, Galing Masahista, Tailoring, Dressmaking, Electronic Products Asembly and Servicing, RAC Servicing, Computer Systems Servicing, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Driving and Automotive Servicing NC I.

The participants were also given starter kits that correspond to their qualifications.

The ceremony was graced by the presence of Officer-In-Charge Lucia S. Alan, Provincial Coordinator Maricel T. Balisi, Vocational School Superintendent Perla V. Lucas, Vocational Instruction Supervisor Engr. Dominador D. Dizon, San Mateo MSWDO Emily Carino, SLP Field Project Development Officers and SICAT Faculty.

In her remarks, Guest Speaker DSWD Field Office Officer-In-Charge, Lucia S. Alan challenged the program participants to realize the technical and theoretical skills gained on the learning opportunity. She further emphasized the significance of the proper utilization of the awarded starter kits for their micro-enterpise.

“Tandaan natin, kayo ang bida ng inyong buhay, ang DSWD, TESDA, SICAT at iba pang ahensiya ng gobyerno ay pawang mga “extra” lamang na nagbibigay ng tulong at gabay sainyo”, Ms. Alan said. ### By: Melisen Taquiqui, SLP Social Marketing Officer with a report from: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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DSWD FO2 Holds Adoption Consciousness Month Celebration

ARRS Focal Person Rosario Corpuz (middle) and ARRS staff May Asuncion (right) during their appearance in the Tipon-Tipan sa PIA on February 9, 2018.

The Adoption and Resource Referral Section (ARRS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (DSWD FO2) will hold a series of activities in line with the Adoption Consciousness Month Celebration this February.

The celebration with the theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin!” aims to promote legal adoption as a manifestation of unconditional love and care to abandoned, neglected and surrendered children and urges families with children entrusted to them to legalize their adoptions.

The first in the set of activities lined up was an appearance by ARRS Focal Person Ms. Rosario Corpuz and Ms. May Asuncion along with Atty. Noel Mora, member of DSWD FO2’s Regional Child Welfare Specialist Group (RCWSG) in the Tipon-Tipan sa PIA program last February 9, 2018.

In the said program, Ms. Corpuz urged the importance of legal adoption and foster care to nurture a safe environment where children can heal and thrive.

Atty. Mora added that legal adoption is “free, absolute, voluntary and unconditional” to encourage families to follow the process of legal adoption.

A roundtable discussion with representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) will be held on February 14, 2018 at DSWD FO2 to seek support of the agencies in the promotion of legal adoption.

A simultaneous hanging of streamers with the theme of the celebration will also be held on the same day as well as the launching of adoption help desks in SM City Cauayan and SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown on February 14-15, 2018.

The culminating activity of the Adoption Consciousness Month Celebration will be a fun run to be held on March 3, 2018. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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DSWD FO2 Leads Approval of Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Response Plan

With the aim of improving efficiency in the delivery of services during disaster response situations, the Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CVRDRRMC) steered the approval of the first Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Response Plan (CVRDRP) on February 2, 2018 at Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City.

The CVRDRP, which was operationalized as a result of the creation of the National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP), is an operational plan that offers well-designed concepts and procedures for all the agencies and networks throughout the region to follow in disaster risk reduction and management.

The CVRDRP has designs that cover three activity phases namely: Pre-Disaster, During Disaster and Post Disaster which enhances the recovery and rehabilitation of affected constituents and improves the effectiveness of agencies that are mandated by the plan to serve affected constituents.

Under the said plan, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (DSWD FO2) is tasked with the protection of Internally Displaced Population (IDP), Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and the management of Food and Non-Food Items (FNFI).

Officer-In-Charge, Ms. Lucia S. Alan, represented the office in the signing of the CVRDRP with the concurrence of regional directors and heads from other regional agencies.

Mr. Franco G. Lopez, Social Welfare Officer IV, OIC-Head of DSWD FO2’s Protective Services Unit and overall head of the agency’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Unit, said that the approval of the CVRDRP is another step towards making Cagayan Valley more resilient in dealing with disasters and other natural calamities.

Region 2 people are resilient when it comes to preparedness and even with the effects of disasters, they can immediately (recover) because of their (resilient) attitude and with this plan, we will be able to achieve our goal of zero casualty during disaster situations,” Mr. Lopez added.

Mr. Lopez added that the approval of the plan would not cost additional administrative cost to the agencies involved when doing disaster operations and would in fact lessen overall expenses because the said plan focuses on eliminating duplication of function across agencies and other institutions.

The CVRDRP corresponds with “The Practical Guide for National Crisis Managers” and “The National Crisis Management Core Manual” authorized by Executive Order No. 82 of 2012 issued on September 04, 2012 which confers ideas and rules for national crisis management. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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447 SLP Skills Training Participants conferred Graduation Certificates


OIC Lucia S. Alan, leftmost, speaks during the conferment of certificates last February 01, 2018 in Isabela School of Arts and Trades in Ilagan City, Isabela.

The Isabela School of Arts and Trades (ISAT) in Ilagan City, Isabela awarded certificate of completion to 447 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries under DSWD FO2’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) last February 01, 2018.

The graduates, who come from 16 municipalities across 3 districts in the Province of Isabela, were presented with their certificates for different competencies by the Officer-In-Charge of DSWD FO2, Ms. Lucia S. Alan, along with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region II Regional Director, Dante J. Navarro, TESDA Isabela Provincial Director, Romeo O. Talosig, ISAT Vocational School Superintendent, Igmedio S. Casticon and SLP Isabela Provincial Coordinator, Ms. Maricel Balisi.

“It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul,” Ms. Alan said in quoting William Ernest Henley to challenge the graduates to use what they have learned in school to better their lives and uplift themselves out of poverty.

All the 447 graduates of the said school were also conferred the National Certificate (NC II) by the TESDA which makes them eligible to work for positions that fit their skills.

“You… have been instrumental in molding us to become globally competitive through proper skills training and development,” Melo Jane L. Somera, one of the graduates said of the agency and the school in her speech during the conferment rites.

Ms. Maricel Balisi said that most of the participants who were conferred with certificates have already started working and the awarding serves as a culmination of their journey towards being eligible to work in areas where their skills can be used.

Ms. Balisi added that the trainings conducted by the program enhances the “employability and profitability” of the participants as they are capacitated with skills that can be used for livelihood purposes.

The program was also used to distribute tool kits which the participants can use for their livelihood endeavors. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer




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SLP FO2 Conducts Shielded Metal Arc Workshop for Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries

A workshop for Shielded Metal Arc Welding was launched by the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD FO2 last April 4, 2016 to 48 out-of-school Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the Region.

The participants were enrolled to the Cagayan Valley Maritime Studies, Inc., a TESDA accredited school based in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, where they will need to complete a 34-day training in order to finish the workshop.

The said participants come from the Nueva Vizcaya municipalities of Bayombong, Bambang, Sta. Fe, Quezon, Dupax Del Norte and Dupax Del Sur.

Nueva Vizcaya SLP Provincial Coordinator Jane A. Pumaras facilitated the partnership of the program with the school.

Mr. James Daryll B. Liggayu, SLP Project Development Officer II for Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, said that the training was pushed through because of the overwhelmingly positive response of the participants towards it during the profiling and the identification of the course by TESDA as an in-demand course.

“After their training and assessment with TESDA, they will undergo an on-the-job training on an industry located in Subic which will happen in May,” Mr. Liggayu said. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Orientation on Employment Facilitation Conducted in Roxas, Isabela

An orientation for employment facilitation was conducted on April 21, 2016 by the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD FO2 to 113 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the municipality of Roxas, Isabela.

The said orientation, in partnership with Unitas, was done to inform the beneficiaries about job offerings in Magnolia Dressing Plant, which currently have various vacancies related to chicken dressing.

Ms. Cherry Joy C. Molina, Project Development Officer II of the municipality of Roxas, said that various beneficiaries signified their interest to pursue the open positions after the conclusion of the orientation.

“There are interested (beneficiaries) and we will process their referrals for them to be assessed and validated before getting them recommended to take the various vacancies,” Ms. Molina said.

Ms. Molina added that if another partner is willing to go down to their area to offer job openings, another orientation will again be organized. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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DSWD launches results of the 2nd nationwide assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) releases today the profile of targeted poor families based on the result of the LISTAHANAN second round of assessment implemented in 2015.

The second assessment, which covered 15.1 million households, identified 5.1 million targeted poor households nationwide. This latter figure translates to 5.5 million targeted poor families or 28.7 million individuals.

“The LISTAHANAN data on the targeted poor households were collected through a comprehensive, objective and transparent house-to-house assessment”, stated DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. The DSWD enumerated all families in rural-classified barangays and in pockets of poverty of urban-classified barangays.

The assessment used the Proxy Means Test (PMT) models to estimate the per capita income of the households. Through this assessment, the DSWD found that the 5.1 million targeted poor households nationwide have annual per capita income less than the poverty threshold reported by the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) for 2015. Most of these targeted households reside in Visayas and Mindanao as nine out of the 10 regions with the most number of targeted poor households are part of the said island clusters.

The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) topped the list with 11.2% share or 573,446 targeted poor households. ARMM is followed by Region VII (Central Visayas) and Region X (Northern Mindanao) with 525,561 and 485,539 targeted poor households, respectively.

Meanwhile, 8 out of 10 or 76.6% of the targeted poor households reside in rural areas, 2 out 10 or 23.4% live in urban areas.

Of the 28.7 million individuals, 48.4% or 13.9 million are women while 51.6% or 14.8 million are men. It may be noted that children constitute 15.1 million or 52.7% of the total targeted poor population.

Of the 10.7 million children aged 5 to 17 years old, 215,244 reported having an occupation. Most of these children (123,578) are laborers and unskilled workers.
Fisher folks, farmers and foresters comprise about 2.8 million or 17.9% of the 15.5 million targeted poor individuals belonging to the labor force or those aged 15 years old and above. The majority (53% or 8.2 million) reported having no occupation at the time of the assessment.

Senior citizens comprise only 4.2% or 1.2 million individuals. While, 1.1% of the total targeted poor population or 313,574 are persons with disability.

“Aside from the demographics of the population covered in LISTAHANAN, other information such as access to safe water and electricity, quality of housing materials, tenure status of the family’s house and lot and their specific occupation are available upon request,” Sec. Soliman shared.

The list however of names and addresses of targeted poor households, families or individuals can only be obtained upon execution of a data sharing agreement with the DSWD. This is to ensure that the list will be only used for implementation of programs and services meant to improve their well-being.

Complete, transparent

“To ensure transparency in the data-gathering process and maintain the integrity of the list, the assessment involved public validation of the initial list of poor generated from the said assessments,” Sec. Soliman explained.

Appeals of those who were not assessed and complaints of those who contest the list of poor were received and resolved by the Local Verification Committee (LVC) at the municipal or city level during validation. LVCs are composed of the local social welfare and planning officers and three other members from civil society organizations.

“This ensured the completeness, accuracy and inclusiveness of the process,” added Secretary Soliman.

While the Listahanan can generate statistics on the targeted poor households and families, it does not provide the official poverty statistics. The official poverty statistics released by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provides data on poverty and subsistence incidences based on poverty and food thresholds.

The LISTAHANAN or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an administrative tool for targeting poor families.
It establishes a centralized database of targeted poor families to serve as basis for identifying beneficiaries of social protection programs and services, minimizing wastage of resources to unintended recipients.

Consistent with the definition of poor in Republic Act 8425, LISTAHANAN classifies households with approximated incomes falling below the official provincial poverty thresholds reported by the PSA as poor. ###

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DSWD’s Listahanan identifies 1.5-M Pantawid Pamilya families lifted from poverty

The recent second round of household assessment for Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) showed that a total 1,511,320 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program have improved their status to “non-poor”.

This figure represents a large percentage (36%) of the total 4.2 million active Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

“The improvement in the lives of these 1.5 million Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries is due to their dedication and hard work to break from the intergenerational cycle of poverty that they have been in,” Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman shared.

Of those who have transitioned to non-poor, about 67,968 or 4.5% are still at risk of reverting to poverty when faced with disasters and economic shocks.

Studies classify this group as the “vulnerable” or “transient poor”. These are households  who registered as non-poor at a particular year but are dragged back to poverty a few years after.

“Given the number of natural disasters that hit the country in recent years, the DSWD recognizes the need to extend assistance to these families to keep them from becoming poor again,” explained Sec. Soliman.

Using the mentioned studies, the DSWD pegged 1.1 or 10% above the poverty line as the threshold that will enable them to identify the vulnerable families in the assessment. By applying the said threshold to the result of the Proxy Means Test (PMT), the Listahanan will be  able to generate a list of vulnerable families.

Then, the Department can craft programs that specifically address the needs of this sector.

The PMT is a statistical model that approximates household incomes based on specific household characteristics such as education attainment, livelihood or occupation of household members, and appliances, furniture and other household assets, among others.

Of the 15.1 million households or 16.7 million families covered in the 2nd assessment, the Listahanan identified 880,978 households or 983,816 families as vulnerable.

The DSWD encourages other agencies and organizations involved in social protection to allot a portion of their resources to implement programs that will help vulnerable households attain the level of self-sufficiency.

The complete profile of the vulnerable poor, which includes breakdown per sector, geographic location and employment or occupation, among others, is available upon request.

However, the list of households, families or individuals can only be obtained upon execution of a data sharing agreement with the DSWD. This is to ensure that the list will only be used for implementation of programs and services meant to improve their well-being.

“While the Listahanan can generate statistics on poverty, it does not provide the official poverty statistics,” stated DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

The official poverty statistics released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provides data on poverty and subsistence incidences based on poverty and food thresholds.

The Listahanan is an administrative tool for targeting poor families. It establishes a centralized database of poor families to serve as basis for identifying beneficiaries of social protection programs and services, minimizing wastage or resources to unintended recipients. ###

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