Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary Reaps Laurels in Palaro

Algin’s victorious smile was apparent at the University of Mindanao Track Oval. (Photo from Edge Davao)

Davao City – Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Program) beneficiary Algin Gomez breaks the record for the secondary long jump category while also garnering the gold in triple long jump during the Palarong Pambansa 2019 held at the University of Mindanao last April 29-30, 2019.

The 18-year old athlete from Maura, Aparri, Cagayan leapt a record-breaking 7.55 meters beating 2012 title holder Julian Reem Fuentes’ record of 7.26 meters in the same event. Both players are from the Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CAVRAA).

This year’s victory demonstrated an immense improvement over his 6.91-meter record during the 2018 meet held at Vigan, Ilocos Sur where he also won the top spot.

According to Alger, Algin’s father, his son exhibited extraordinary enthusiasm for sports since he was 12 years old, citing further that the Pantawid Program helped support for Algin’s athletic needs to augment his daily income as a tricycle driver.

The eldest of 5 boys of Alger and wife Alma Cortez, Algin recently graduated secondary school at Aparri East National High School maintaining impeccable compliance to the program’s conditions since 2012.

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Mga Bakas sa Basura: Ang Kuwento ng Pamilya Darauay

Ang pamilya Darauay ay binubuo nina (mula kaliwa) Rosemarie, Romeo, Romeo Jr., Rizalina at Reynalyn

“Madalas kaming hindi kumain ng tatlong beses sa isang araw,” panimula ni Rizalina Darauay, 45, maybahay ni Romeo, 44, at nakatira kasama ang tatlong anak sa Annafunan, Tuguegarao city. “Ang mga anak ko, hati-hati pa sa isang supot ng biskuwit maginhawaan man lang saglit ang kanilang kumakalam na mga bituka sa maghapon.”

 

Hindi nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral ang mag-asawa na siyang dahilan ng kawalan ng regular na mapapasukan. Paminsan-minsan naman ay humihingi sila ng kaunting tulong sa mga magulang subalit maging ang mga nakatatanda ay kinakapos din kung kaya naman ay sinubok nila ang iba’t-ibang mapapasukan.

 

“Ang sabi ko sa sarili ko, titiisin ko ang lahat makakain lamang ng kahit isang beses sa isang araw ang aking pamilya,” ani ni Romeo. “Sa pangangalakal ko ng basura, minsan, natutukso akong mag-uwi na lamang ng mga pagkaing naitatapon ng iba. Ang ikinakatakot ko ay kung maging sanhi pa ito ng mas higit na kapahamakan sa kanilang kalusugan.”

 

Samantala, si Rizalina naman ay nagtitinda lamang ng Yakult sa harap ng simbahan maghapon. Dahil walang sapat na kinikita, madalas ay asukal na rin ang tinitimpla niya na pamalit sa gatas ng maliliit na mga anak. Ang naibibigay ng asawa ay para sa higit na mahalagang bagay katulad ng bigas at kaunting ulam na madalas ay noodles o sardinas.

 

Maliit ang bahay na minana pa ni Romeo sa kanyang mga magulang. Sa katunayan, inilarawan niya ito sa isang kuwadra na marahil ay hindi pa magkakasya ang isang malaking kama. Ang nag-iisang kuwarto ay nagsisilbing kusina, kainan, at tulugan ng pamilya. Salat sa mga gamit kundi ang kaserolang lutuan, kalan ilang pinggan at baso at gamit pantulog.

 

Ang mga batang sina Rosemarie, Renalyn at Romeo Jr. ay natuto sa iba’t-ibang gawaing bahay sa murang edad. Nang sila ay magsimula nang pumasok sa paaralan, nakaugalian nilang makitulong sa iba’t-ibang kabahayan upang maka-ipon ng perang pambaon at pambili ng mga gamit.

 

“Hinahangaan ko ang katatagan nila,” pagmamalaki ni Rizalina. “Maraming kabataan ang mahilig humingi ng iba’t-ibang bagay mula sa kanilang mga magulang, ngunit hindi ang mga anak ko. Pinaghihirapan nila ang anumang gusto nilang makamit.”

 

“Hindi namin naranasan ang matagal na makipaglaro sa kapitbahay at mga pinsan dahil may kanya-kanya kaming gawain sa bahay habang wala pa sina mama at papa. Sila ate, maghugas ng pinggan, magluto ng kanin pero kung walang maisaing, uupo na lang kami sa bahay at maghihintay kung may bitbit sila pag-uwi,” kwento ni Romeo Jr.

 

“Nagulat kami nung araw na ipinatawag kami ng isang opisyal ng barangay. Pinadala nila ang iba’t-ibang dokumento at sumailalim sa isang mabusising interbiyu. Naaalala ko noon na nagdalawang-isip pa akong magpunta dahil sa mga oras na maaari ko pa sanang igugol sa paghahanap-buhay.” Balik-tanaw ni Romeo. “Iyon na pala, napasama kami sa mga makikinabang sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”

 

Sa unang tinanggap na ayuda ng pamilya ay mga gamit sa paaralan at pagkain ang pinaggamitan. Ang kaunting natira ay siyang inipon ni Rizalina at ipinuhunan sa pagtitinda ng meryenda tulad ng fishball, kwek kwek, hotdog at iba pa. Pumasok din bilang construction worker si Romeo at ang kinikitang arawang bayad ay ginagamit para sa unti-unting pagpapaayos ng kanilang bahay.

 

Hindi pa rin nalilimutan ni Rizalina ang dinanas na hirap bunsod ng hindi siya nakapagtapos sa pag-aaral kung kaya ito naman ang paulit-ulit niyang pangaral. “Hindi naman habang buhay na may 4Ps na aagapay sa amin. Edukasyon lamang ang pwede naming maipamana sa kanila at ang kagandahan pa nito, hindi ito pwedeng nakawin ninu man. Dahil sa 4P’s, ang dating pangarap lang na mapag-aral namin ang mga anak ay natugunan ng programa. Masasabi kong dahil sa 4P’s, napagtapos ko ang isa kong anak ng kolehiyo at itong bunso ko ay sigurado akong mapapabuti rin ang kinabukasan,” dagdag pa niya.

 

Sa ngayon, ang pamilya Darauay ay binubuo ng walong miyembro kabilang ang manugang, tatlong anak at dalawang apo. Ang panganay na si Rosemarie, 25, ay nakatapos ng dalawang taon sa kursong Computer Science at kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho bilang isang saleslady sa Maynila. Regular siyang nagpapadala ng tulong sa kanyang pamilya. Bagamat solo-parent, hindi siya pinanghihinaan ng loob na mabigyan ng magandang buhay ang kanyang anak katuwang ang mga magulang.

 

Si Renalyn naman, 23, ay nagtapos ng kursong Secondary Education sa Cagayan State University noong 2015. Sa ngayon ay puspusan siyang naghahanap ng mapapasukan. Katunayan, nagpasa siya sa mga pribadong paaralan ng kanyang application at hinihintay kung matanggap siya bilang guro nitong susunod na taon. Datapwat siya ay nakapag-asawa at nagkaanak sa maagang edad, hindi iyon naging balakid sa kanyang pagtatapos sa pag-aaral at pagpursige upang matanggap bilang isang guro.

 

Pangarap naman ni Romeo Jr, 14, ang maging pulis. Nakikinikinita niya ang sariling poging-pogi sa suot na unipormeng asul at makintab na sapatos. Nais niya ring maglingkod sa publiko balang araw.

Ani ni Rizalina, Malaki ang naging tulong ng programa upang makapagsimula at makapagpalago silang mag-asawa sa paglalako ng iba’t-ibang meryenda.

Bahagi ng hamon sa kanilang pag-unlad ang mga naririnig na negatibong usap-usapan ng mga tao na sila ay umaasa sa programa. Sagot nila rito, “Ang paninindigan ko ay hindi kami umaasa lang sa natatanggap naming tulong sa 4P’s, nagsusumikap kaming mag-asawa upang patunayan na hindi lang kami nabubuhay at naghihintay sa tulong ng programa. Hawak kamay kaming patuloy na nangangarap at nagsusumikap na abutin ang aming pangarap, pangarap na alam naming sa bawat paggising ay nasisilayan ng pag-asa, mananatili lamang ang mga bakas sa basura.”

 

### Kwento mula sa Pantawid Pamilya field workers

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More Than Field Workers

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) has been implemented in the region since 2008. Its 11 years of remarkable service to the vulnerable families is made possible through the unwavering determination and diligence of its field workers who serves as the backbone of the operation. As the program prepares to transition families from dependent to self-sufficient and to ultimately exit from the program, it is imperative to look back and recognize the sacrifices, triumphs, contributions and inspiring stories of these workers who made it all happen.

 

Finding Fulfilment

Alvin served as a Sales Engineer for the Right IT Group in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2004 to 2007

Jose Alvin Antiola, who is an electronics and communication engineer, did not find accomplishment in his chosen profession even when he was working in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Sales Engineer. In fact, despite the generous salary, he was not able to save up enough for him to retire sumptuously.

 

Originally from Tondo, Manila, he moved to Tuguegarao City to start building a family envisioning a slow rural life away from the tumultuous city life. While his spouse Roxan worked as an OFW at Tel Aviv, Israel he settled for a local employment to be able to watch over their three children; Chandler, Charlemagne and Charlize.

 

He started in the Department as one of the encoders for the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) in 2011. Learning the ropes quickly enough, he applied for the position of Social Welfare Assistant after three months where he remained for almost three years. Not a stranger to the rigors of ground work, he continued to provide excellent service until he was promoted as a Municipal Link (ML) in 2013.

 

As the program expanded to cover more municipalities, he was assigned to various locations, sometimes even areas most field workers would be anxious to be transferred to. Unfazed, he boldly established himself in municipalities such as Baggao, Lasam including the geographically isolated and displaced islands of Calayan where he committed to serve for more than 3 years.

Alvin finds fulfilment working on field notwithstanding the difficulty in locating beneficiaries living in far flung areas like Baggao, Cagayan.

“At first I was hesitant and felt a bit disheartened at being assigned there mainly because it was isolated and had little to no power supply,” he recounts. “The loneliness of being away from my children coupled with poor communication facilities made it almost unbearable, but eventually, the place and the people grew on me like having an extended family.”

 

Discovering solace in the warm hospitality of the people, he strengthened his linkages with the local government as he moved from the four islands Calayan, Camiguin, Dalupiri and Babuyan just to be able to conduct Family Development Sessions (FDS), Case Management, Compliance Verification and Monitoring and Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI) administration.

Having been re-assigned at Lasam, Cagayan in late 2018, he looks back at the experience and gives this advice to his fellow field workers, “Every field worker should learn the value of working with their local government counterparts. Delivering social welfare development to people will be too difficult if done by just one person, imagine what more you can accomplish if there were more than just a pair of hands working!”

 

A Heart to Serve

Remedios Castañeda revels at being a mother to her 2 children, Ethan James and Loiuse Anaiah, most of all but being a Social Worker occupies a special place in her heart. She started out as a Community Extension Service Coordinator at St. Paul College of Makati from 2005 to 2009 but eventually wanted to be home-based in San Pablo, Isabela.

Remedios maximizes her time with Achilles and kids Ethan James and Louise Anaiah whenever she is not on field.

In 2010, she finally received her break as she was employed as an ML for the Department. However, instead of being assigned in San Pablo, she was instead sent to San Guillermo, more than 125 kilometers away. For a while, she endured being away from home, persevering over the 3-hour commute just so she could come home to her family every night. However, when she got pregnant with her second child on 2016, the risk on her and her child’s health became her husband’s cause of concern so much that it had become a cause of their bickering.

 

This did not deter her resolve to remain steadfast in her commitment to serve. She instead devoted more of her time to work, even sometimes failing to attend to her eldest child’s school events. Eventually, her husband began to accept the nature of her job and her vital role as one of the program’s ambassadors.

 

Seven years in San Guillermo taught her to prevail over her own fears, braving mountainous terrain, strong currents of river overflow, heavy rains and muddy roads, even working in the midst of typhoon just to provide immediate relief to affected families. “For every passing day, challenges become more difficult to overcome. I find the courage to confront these difficulties because it is in my heart to serve, not only because I am a Social Worker, but also because I am a Development Worker.”

For Remedios, being assigned in San Guillermo has taught her to persevere over difficulties.

She was re-assigned to Cabagan, Isabela on January 2018. Surprisingly, she left San Guillermo with a melancholic heart as she looks back at what she has established there for the past few years but also being hopeful and excited to face the new chapter of her life.

 

 

“Aman” of Passion

 

Christopher Aman, also a Social Worker, began his involvement in 2009 as one of the Area Supervisors who facilitated the validation of the “Set 3” beneficiaries  in Calayan, Cagayan before he became an ML for the Pantawid Program.

 

In early 2010, he was assigned at Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya where he remained until 2014 when he was transferred to Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya for the next four years. A native of the mountainous terrain of Sta. Marcela, Apayao, he says that there was a considerable amount of adjustment he had to undergo before he was able to fully assimilate to the culture of the Kalanguya-dominated towns.

9 years as an ML has seasoned Christopher in social work and community development

His natural ability to mingle with the beneficiaries enabled him to quickly build their trust and confidence in him such that his counsel was constantly sought thereafter. His extensive experience in the program qualified him to provide guidance to junior field workers when necessary.

 

In 2012, Shayne Corpuz, the strong-willed and vigorous ML of Gamu, Isabela caught his fancy. Despite being assigned in different provinces, he was determined at pursuing her that he devoted himself at being the best not just in their field but also as a suitable partner for her. He prevailed and in June 28, 2015, they were married.

Presently, Christopher is assigned in Echague, Isabela with his 3-year-old son, Sean Carlo, while his spouse who has since separated from the Department is training under the Philippine National Police.

In 2015, Christopher and Shayne married with the birth of their son, Sean Carlo in the following year.

“For 9 long years I have remained a field worker and still feel passionate with what I do because being in the grassroots, I am able to be a catalyst for change. Seeing these families rise from poverty gives me a sense of pride, their triumphs are also my achievements,” He says.

 

Beyond the Call of Duty

 

A simple girl from Camalaniugan, Cagayan, Lea Mae Tuscano-Arao finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the International School of Asia and the Pacific in 2013. Later that year, she joined the Department as an ML and was assigned at Alicia, Isabela.

 

Being a solo-parent to Jessy Liana at that time, her main struggle was being alone in her rented home away from her daughter. To counter the loneliness, she would extend time with the Pantawid beneficiaries, regarding them as her second family.

From left: Cecil, Jessy Liana, Caesar Liam Duncan and Lea spends quality time in Camalaniugan whenever they can.

She met fellow Pantawid worker, Cecil Arao, sometime that year while securing her income tax returns. The acquaintance blossomed into a remarkable relationship and on July 28, 2015, they married. Cecil, familiar with the workload in the program, had no issue with their areas of assignment, with him at the regional field office and Leia in her area of assignment.

 

With the birth of her second child Caesar Liam Duncan in 2015, Lea’s mother moved to Alicia to help with child care. In 2018, after almost 5 years in Isabela, Leia was finally re-assigned to Aparri less than 20 km from her parent’s home where she now lives with the children.

 

“She is very dedicated to being a field worker, sometimes extending beyond office hours,” Cecil describes her fondly. “She takes pride with her work so much that it is not uncommon for her to go beyond her regular duties.”

 

One instance of her commitment was on March 21, 2019 when she and Land Bank-Aparri Branch Manager Marie Babeth Nicolas personally delivered the EMV chip-enabled cash card of Carmencita Sibayan, one of her monitored grantees from Backiling, Aparri. She had known that Carmencita was involved in an accident on April 16, 2018 where one of her legs was put in a cast for a couple of months.

 

“She would never miss a session of FDS despite the cast on her leg,” Lea explains. “Even when the cast was removed, she would still be assisted by her husband, Clemente, in order to move around. I didn’t want to aggravate the difficulty she was already in and so we decided to hand deliver her cash card.”

 

“Maraming salamat po sa inyong tiyaga na ako’y puntahan. Mayroon na akong pagkukunan ng pambili ng gamot at gastusin ng aking mga apo sa eskwela. Pagpalain nawa kayo sa inyong kabutihan. ” (Thank you for the compassion in coming over to my home. Now I have the means to buy medicines as well as to pay for the education of my grandchildren. May the Lord bless you in all your kindness). Says Carmencita who proudly shows her cash card.

Lea (far left) together with LBP Bank Manager Marie Babeth agreed to deliver Carmencita’s (center) cash card personally in consideration of the latter’s injured leg.

Alvin, Remedios, Christopher and Lea, few names out of the hundreds of Pantawid Pamilya workers dedicated in ensuring to cut the cycle of poverty. Each with a unique story to tell, each more than just field workers.

### story contributions from Pantawid Pamilya RPMO

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KABABAIHAN: KAAGAPAY SA KAUNLARAN

PAGPUPUGAY SA MGA MANGGAGAWANG KABABAIHAN NG PANTAWID PAMILYANG PILIPINO PROGAM

 

2009 noong una kaming nagsama;

Lumipas ang panahon sa DSWD din pala nagkita-kita;

Listahanan ang aming unang naging tahanan;

At di naglaon lumipat sa Pantawid Pamilya Program na aming nadatnan.

 

Sa paglipas ng panahon, aking napagtanto;

Napakaraming dahilan upang kami’y mahinto;

Sa pag-gabay ng mga tao maging benepisyaryo;

Na naging dahilan upang ang programa ay lumago.

 

Samu’t saring karanasan ang kanilang pinanghahawakan;

Na sa akin ay madalas nilang pingangalandakan.

 

May umaakyat ng bundok upang maihatid ang nararapat na serbisyo;

Tumatawid ng dagat pasipiko gamit ang maliliit eroplano;

Na walang ibang dalangin kundi makarating ng maayos at maisagawa ang aming mga plano;

Naglalakad ng isa hanggang apat na oras, para lamang mga benepisyaryo aming makasalamuha at makamusta;

Hindi kakain sa tamang oras para lamang maipamalas, na aming serbisyo sa mga benepisyaryo, ay di maglalaho at never magbabago.

 

Maagang nagigising para siguraduhing maaga ring makararating sa paroroonan;

Dahil ang pagakayat ng bundok, pag tawid ng ilog, pagsakay sa maliliit na eroplano, pagtawid sa dagat pasipiko at mahabang lakaran, ang pagod nilay hinding hindi matatawaran;

Bakit kasi kailangan gawin ang mga yan, aking wari… RC kailangan, hindi lang para ito’y aming maranasan, kundi upang mga staff natin na nasa bayan, ay atin ring matulungan.

 

Kung ang kanilang pagbisita sa mga Munisipyo minsa’y nagdudulot ng kaba’t saya;

Para kay Lala, ito’y nagdudulot ng kakaibang ligaya, na silay’ muling makita;

Para kay Marisa, ito’y may dalang kagalakan na silay muling masilayan;

Para kay Belen, ito’y dagdag sa mga panibagong karanasan at panibagong dahilan upang sila’y matutukan;

Para kay Carla ito’y munting paraan upang sila’y muling makapanayam and masamahan ;

At para kay Jane, ang makasama sila kahit sa konting oras na nailaan, ay lubos ng nagdudulot ng kaginhawaan:

 

Kaya naman hindi kami magsasawang ,mga Municipal Links, Community Facilitators, Social Welfare Assistants at ang mga Community Facilitator Assistants, mabigyang pugay sa kanilang walang sawang pagseserbisyo para sa ating programa at benepisyaryo.

Maaaring sila’y may mga pagkukulang, paumanhin, ginagawa nilang lahat para ito’y kanilang kayanin.

Ang lagi kong paalala, kaya sila tinawag na mga Bisor, hindi upang sila’y maging eye sore;

Kailangan magpakita ng tamang gawi, upang lahat ng staff maka hit ng high score.

 

Ang aming programa hindi tatakbo, kung wala ang mga kababaihang ito;

Sampu nang lahat ng kababaihang patuloy na nagtataguyod at nagbibigay serbisyo;

Ako’y lubos na sumasaludo.

 

Ngayon buwan ng kababaihan, nais kong ipabatid ang aking pagbati, KUDOS sa mga natatanging Provincial Links at SWO III ng Pantawid Pamiyang Pilipino Rehiyon Dos.

 

Marami pa tayong pagdadaanan, ang mahalaga walang iwanan;

Sa pag gabay ni Maam Lucy at Maam Marissa, na laging andiyan at maasahan;

Alam kong minsa’y nais nang sumuko, pero lahat ng ito magbabago, sa ngalan ng serbisyo;

Gaya ng madalas kong nasasabi, kayo ay institusyon nang programang ito;

Hinding hindi yan magbabago;

Samahan niyo ako, kasama ng mga taga RPMO, na mapanatili ang estado ng Pantawid Pamilya sa Rehiyon na ito;

Hindi madali ang trabaho nating ito, ngunit kung sama-sama, maitatawid natin to!

 

Happy Women’s Month, sa lahat ng manggagawang kababaihan ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino!

 

Sumasaludo, RPC ninyo.

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HAMON

Paano makakabangon ang isang pamilya kung putol ang isa nitong paa? Paano mahaharap ang hamon ng buhay kung mag-isang lumalaban upang makamit ang buhay na tinatamasa?

Bilang kaakibat sa mga mahihirap na sektor ng lipunan, nagpatupad ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ng isang programang makakatulong mapa-angat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng mga pamilyang ito, ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Program).

 

Isa sa mga benipisyaryo ng programang ito ay si Mary Jane W. Migeno, limampu’t apat na taong gulang na nakatira sa Balzain Centro 12, Tuguegaro City, Cagayan. Si Mary Jane ay may dalawang anak, hiwalay na sa kanyang asawa at nag-iisang nagtataguyod ng pamilya.

 

Rehistradong nurse si Mary Jane, unang sumabak sa trabaho sa isang pampublikong ospital noong 2005 subalit dahil hindi sapat ang kinikita, nagdesisyong makipagsapalaran ng dalawang taon sa ibang bansa. Hindi pa siya nagtatagal sa napapasukan ay nabalitaan niyang nagkasakit ang kanyang ina sanhi ng agarang pagtatapos ng kanyang kontrata at pag-uwi sa Pilipinas. Ginugol niya ang oras sa pag-alaga ng kanyang ina at ang ipon sa pagpapagamot subalit kalaunan ay pumanaw pa rin ito.

 

Hindi naging madali para sa kanya ang pagkaulila sa kanyang ina, maging ang kanyang mga anak ay nakaramdam ng matinding kalungkutan na humantong sa depresyon. Ayon sa espesyalista, ang panganay na anak ni Mary Jane ay nagkaroon ng karamdamang tinatawag na “Early Onset Psychosis” at kinakailangan ang kanyang mahigpit na pagsubaybay at pag-inom ng mamahaling mga gamot.

 

Taong 2011 nang napabilang siya sa Pantawid Program at nakaramdam ng kaunting kaginhawaan buhat nang magsimulang matanggap ang kanyang mga cash grants. Kasabay nito ang pagpasok niya bilang Barangay Health Worker (BHW) na tumatanggap ng P2,100 kada buwan dagdag pantustos sa pamilya.

 

Sa kabila ng mga pasanin ni Mary Jane, hindi niya pinabayaan ang pamilya. Hindi rin niya binalewala ang mga obligasyon sa programa. Naging aktibo siya sa pagdalo ng mga Family Development Sessions (FDS) na siyang naging daan upang mahasa ang kanyang kaalaman sa pang-araw araw na pamumuhay maging ang aplikasyon nito upang magampanan ang kanyang mga responsibilidad bilang isang BHW.

Higit na nagkaroon ng impresyon sa kanya ang paksa sa mga karapatan ng mga kababaihan at R.A. 9262 o ang Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Law. Sa tulong ng batas na ito, naipaglaban niya ang karapatan ng mga anak sa suporta mula sa kanilang ama. Hindi naman siya nabigo at sa ngayon ay tumatanggap na rin ng dagdag na sustento.

 

Sa ngayon, pinag-iipunan niya ang magpatayo ng isang maliit na tindahan upang magkaroon pa ng dagdag na kita. Si Mary Jane ay larawan ng isang maparaan na ina at matatag na babae. Tunay na ehemplo ng mga kababaihang hindi natitinag sa mga hamon sa buhay.

### kwento ng ilang manggagawa ng Pantawid

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“MATapat na Serbisyo”

ni Shekina Glorie Sario

 

Madaling araw ng lunes ng tayo ay nagigising
Sa tilaok ng manok sa ating hardin
Upang salubungin ang bagong umagang parating
Na puno ng aliwalas sa ating paningin

Backpack check ika nga
Maging tubig ay dala-dala pa
Trabeler ang tawag ng iba pero sa atin mas magandang Dora
Saan man dalhin taralets ang pambungad
sa mga taong nakakasalubong natin

Ngunit anong saya ng pakiramdam pag nakakarating sa lugar na paroroonan
At napupuno ng kaligayahan sa kliyeteng tinutulungan
Na may dala-dalang wagas na pasasalamat

Ating damhin ang taos pusong pasasalamat
Ng mga taong nabigyan ng serbisyong pak na pak
Mula sa MATinik at MATapat
Aba’y iyong lingkod wala ng katulad

Tara FDS na tayo
Lakarin! lakbayin! Hindi tayo patatalo
Marating lamang ang mga benepisyaryo
Upang mabigyan ng kaunting kaalaman at magamit ito sa pang-araw-araw nilang pamumuhay sa baryo

Hindi rin pahuhuli si Grievance!
Kulang sa grants check na check
Toot toot toot toot📲 Ma’am, kailan po ang payout?
Pero teka irecord at magFile para masagot ang grievance upang ang life Hayahay!

Huwag magselos CVS!
Parating na si BUS upang mag-update
Mga benepisyaryong mali mali ang datos
Ating baguhin para ang grants ay kompleto at Recommendation ay approve!

Eto na! eto na! Case Management na!
Ihome visit na mga kliyenteng espesyal ika nga
Case folder ang bitbit at dala
May kasama pang counseling sa mga benepisyaryo.

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Pick and Pay: A Gulayan sa Barangay Story

Barangay Batu, Enrile Cagayan is one of the least accessible barangays of the town. The community which is roughly 10 kilometers from the town proper, it is only accessible through an undeveloped dirt road which could be problematic during the rainy season. That and the scarceness of available public transport forced village residents to hike to the nearest village to hitch a ride. With that, the flow of goods and products to the barangay is slow if not difficult which has greatly affected the availability of a steady source of food.

On January 21, 2015, the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC) of Enrile crafted the Municipal Transition Plan in which one of the objectives of the plan would be to encourage Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to be self-reliant in terms of food production. Thus the establishment of a communal garden came to be.

For barangay Batu, this was a step-up, because as much as the community was willing to provide a larger area and the manpower for it, it was apparent that the community was not very skilled in various technologies on large-scale vegetable production as well as the materials and equipment for it. To address this, the Department of Social Welfare and De velopment (DSWD) through its Municipal Action Team (MAT) collaborated with the Department of Agriculture (DA) as well as the Local Government Unit (LGU) for assistance.

During various meetings on August 2018, the LGU through its Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) and Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) committed to provide the technical assistance whenever necessary. Further, a Cash for Work was organized by the local barangay council for the establishment of a garden site which included plot preparation and fencing. DA on the other hand assured to provide for the planting materials and equipment.

On October 16, 2018, the communal garden was launched which was attended by members of the community, the MIAC, DSWD-Regional Program Management Office and DA. Aside from the tools, DA turned over six types of vegetable seeds and seedlings namely, string beans, upo, patola, petchay, eggplant, okra and squash. The community also supplemented with available planting materials such as kangkong.

Overwhelmed with the support, the community set out to institute a scheme for the maintenance of the communal garden which included a daily schedule for watering the plants and a monthly upkeep which features weeding, clearing, fertilizing and the like. Pantawid beneficiaries divided themselves into four groups, with each group having several plots to maintain.

Fifteen days after the seeds were planted in a germination plot, a staff from the MAO assisted the group in transplanting the young plants as well as in proper maintenance so as to prevent mortality. He further supplemented with information on proper care and maintenance as well as organic fertilizing using materials that can be gathered around the community.

Within three months of cooperation, the garden was able to produce a good harvest for the community with the exception of the eggplant which still needed more time to mature. Instead of dividing the produce among themselves, the group opted to create a profitable source for the continuous upkeep of the garden. The group came up with a “Pick and Pay” scheme copied from practices of Baguio City farmers where the public is allowed to pick from the garden which will be weighed and paid at reduced prices compared to market prices. This way, even transportation of produce is avoided and fresh food is always made available to everyone.

With the sales, the group intends to revolve it for the future purchase of planting materials while also keeping a revolving fund that will be used as a small micro-finance or financial assistance for members of the group in crisis situations.

Masarap sa pakiramdam na maging kaming benepisyaryo ng programa ng gobyerno, may naitutulong din sa aming barangay upang masolusyonan ang kakulangan ng pagkukunan ng masustansiyang pagkain.” (It feels good that even as beneficiaries of government programs we are able to help our barangay in solving the lack of source of healthy food) says one of the parent leaders. Indeed, they have embodied the town’s mantra: “Nalolohon nu Pavurulunan” (Easier when working together).

###Story by George Maguigad

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ADBOKASIYA NG DSWD PARA SA NALALAPIT NA HALALAN, SINIMULAN NA

Tuguegarao City – Sinimulan na ng Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 2 (DSWD-FO2) ang kampanya upang mapalawig ang kaalaman ng publiko, partikular ang mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Program), patungkol sa nalalapit na Pambansang Halalan ngayong Mayo.

 

 

Sa temang “Aktibong Mamamayan: Magbantay, Makialam, at Makilahok sa Eleksiyon”, layunin ng kampanya na mahikayat ang pagiging aktibong miyembro ng publiko upang maging responsable sa  pag-ehersisyo ng kanilang karapatang bumoto sa    pamamagitan ng malawakang diseminasyon ng impormasyon.

 

 

Ang pagpapalawig ng pag-intindi sa programa ang pangunahing iskema ng adbokasiyang ito. Sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalabas ng “Fake vs Fact sheet” na tinatalakay ang ilan sa mga maling haka-haka ng publiko, pinapabulaanan ang paniniwalang kayang maimpluwensiyahan ng kandidato o pulitiko ang estado ng isang benepisyaryo sa programa.

 

 

Ipinapaliwanag rin sa nasabing babasahin na hindi ipinagbabawal ang pagsuporta sa isang kandidato ng isang benepisyaryo o parent group subalit ang paggamit sa opisyal na gawain sa programa katulad ng Family Development Sessions (FDS) sa pangangampanya ay hindi pinapahintulutan at maaaring mapatawan ng karampatang parusa ayon sa probisyon ng Omnibus Election Code.

 

Ayon sa OIC-National Program Manager ng Pantawid Program na si Dir. Ernestina Z. Solloso, ang paghikayat sa aktibong pagkamamamayan ay magiging paksa sa mga susunod na FDS upang masiguro ang malawak na disseminasyon ng impormasyon.

 

 

Alinsunod pa rin dito, ang paksa sa aktibong pagkamamamayan ay tinalakay na rin ng Social Marketing Unit (SMU) ng rehiyon sa ilang programa sa radyo tulad ng sa Radyo Pilipinas sa Tuguegarao City at Bombo Radyo.

 

 

Matatandaang nagsimula ang kampanyang ito sa isinagawang BAED o “Bawal Ang Epal Dito” noong 2013 na kung saan naging pangunahing adbokasiya ang pagsugpo ng paggamit sa programa ng mga tatakbong kandidato sa eleksiyon. Kalaunan, ito ay napalitan ng Aktibong Pagkamamamayan kung saan isinusulong ang responsableng pagboto ng mga benepisyaryo ng programa.

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