FEATURE: A Young Man’s Journey

The announcer gripped the microphone and began to speak, telling to the crowd who among the hundred of graduating high school students has the best command of the English language, and so the individual who perfected the subject-verb agreement has been named. “Best in English, Airon Ace Abogado!,” the gymnasium was filled with cheers.

Airon, proudly walked up to the stage with his face beaming with joy. His smile became wider when her mother joined her and started putting on the medal around his neck. And the audience made another round of applause.

But before Airon can even take his seat, his name was again called. This time, it was the award for ‘Best in Math’. He proceeded to the stage and received the medal.

He went back to his seat, only for him to take the center stage again, and again, for other citations. And the awards kept on coming. Aside from bagging the Best in English and Best in Math awards, Airon was also recognized as the Best in Science, Best in Speech and Most Active. He was also lauded for passing the college entrance examination at University of the Philippines-Diliman, and for passing the scholarship examination of the Department of Science and Technology.

But these achievements are just icing on a cake, because Airon’s greatest feat was graduating from high school with the highest award – being the valedictorian.

Indeed, his graduation was the happiest day for Airon, but all the hardships that he had to undergo before that significant moment was still fresh and vivid on his mind.

Airon is born to parents who both work as farmers. They live a humble life in Brgy. Palawan, San Guillermo, Isabela. Understanding his parents’ limited income, Airon had no choice but to be contented with whatever his father and mother can bring to the table.

“Ang aking mga magulang ay mga payak na magsasaka lamang. Hindi po sapat ang kanilang kinikita para matugunan ang lahat ng aming pangangailangan. Dahil dito, may mga araw na ako po ay pumapasok na walang baon. Hindi rin ako nagmemeryenda tuwing ‘recess’. Dahil sa gutom, minsan ay hindi ko na masyadong naiintindihan ang aming mga ‘lessons’ at hindi ko nabibigyan ng pansin ang aming mga ‘quizzes’ at ‘examinations’, Airon shared.

“May mga pagkakataong nangungutang ako sa ‘canteen’ para lang makakain. At upang makabayad, tumutulong ako sa pagtatanim at pag-aani sa maisan ng may-ari ng ‘canteen’. Ang aking oras tuwing Sabado at Linggo na sa halip ay nakagugol sana sa pag-aaral, ay nailalaan ko sa pagtatrabaho sa bukid. Sa mga ganitong pagkakataon, bumaba po ang aking mga grado,” he continued.

Everything used to be a blurred picture for Airon, not sure of what kind of tomorrow awaits. But life’s focus became crystal clear when the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program came to their midst. And since then, Airon’s story of hardship has turned to a tale of hope.

“Dahil sa cash grant na natatanggap namin, medyo nakaluwag-luwag na po kami. Nagkaroon na ng katuwang ang aking papa at mama. Dahil dito, meron na po akong baon araw-araw. Hindi na rin po ako nangungutang sa ‘canteen’ at hindi ko na po kailangang magtrabaho sa bukid,” he managed.

Airon’s life has changed for the better as he can now enjoy weekends. He comes to school with a full stomach and even eat a delicious snack during break time. He also began to perform better in class and started to gain grades of flying colors.

His parents became more inspired to toil hard to support Airon’s studies, especially knowing that he displays a good academic performance.

In return, Airon promised to study harder so that he can have a good job in the future, and eventually, to give his parents a better living condition. He knows that the the road to success is not easy, but he is prepared to overcome every hindrance along the way. And his quest has already started, and at this stage, he emerged as the victor.

Now, the college life has lots of bigger challenges in store for Airon. But no matter how hard the odds are, he is determined to continue reaping awards and medals. Just like during his graduation day, he will take the platform and show everyone the fruits of his labor.

But greater than that, he will seize the limelight and make himself another living proof that poverty is not a hindrance to success.

“Do not be discouraged when you think of your status in life, or if you don’t have enough resources to finance your studies,” Airon started.

“Most of the successful men in the world came from poor families. Poverty didn’t hinder them to achieve their goals in life, but instead it became their inspiration and fervent desire to turn dreams into realities. We may not know what the future holds, but we can trust the one who holds the future,” he ended. ### By REMEDIOS CASTANEDA, Municipal Link

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FEATURE: Piso sa Bilao

“Gagawin ko ang lahat para sa maayos na kinabukasan ng aking mga anak,” then tears flowed down on her cheeks. Brave, strong but a soft-hearted mother – these are the qualities that make Nora Reperuga.

Nora happily lives with her husband and her five children in Aparri, Cagayan. Though his husband’s job is not regular, she still feels grateful because somehow, they can get through their daily needs.

Despite the financial scarcity, Nora’s face always beams with happiness especially that all of her children are gaining grades of flying colors and are consistent honor students. These achievements motivated Nora and her husband to work harder for the studies of their children. So they thought of making an additional source of income by selling ‘kakanin’.

As the morning sun rises, the Neperuga couple wakes up early and begins working on their humble business. Her husband is the one who cooks the ‘kakanin’, ‘tinudu’, and ‘kalasukus’, while Nora is the one who walks around the neighborhood to sell.

Nora’s first stop is in the market where everyone feasts on her delicious delicacies. When the clock strikes at 1: 00 PM, she walks to and fro, yelling at the top of her lungs, and enticing the community folks to buy and have a bite of her mouth-watering gastronomic delights.

This is how everyday unfolds for Nora. Because of her hard work and perseverance, she earned the admiration and respect of her fellows. “Lahat ng ito ay para sa aking mga anak, dahil sa kagustuhan ko na sila ay mabigyan ng magandang buhay. Salamat sa Diyos at kahit papano, nakakaraos kami sa araw-araw naming pangangailangan,” she said.

All these sacrifices paid off when the Neperuga kiddos all received recognitions last March. The eldest of the brood, Jayson, finished at the top of his class as the valedictorian of Aparri East National High School. Jayson also drew inspiration from the crowd when he delivered his valedictory address during the celebration led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development for high school graduates who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.  He is now assured of a college education as a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology.

“Ang kinikita naming mag-asawa ay sapat lamang upang matustusan ang aming mga pangangailangan, ngunit sa tulong ng Pantawid Pamilya, nararamdaman naming ang kahit na kunting ginhawa,” Nora gushed, telling that the cash grant is solely allotted for the educational needs of her children.

She is very thankful for being a beneficiary of the program because this opened other door of opportunities for their family, as they also became a recipients of the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

“Sa tulong naman ng SLP, kami ay umaasa na unti-unting lalago ang aming simpleng kabuhayan,” she continued.

“Hindi ako magsasawa at mapapagod na maglakad karga ang bilao sa aking ulo, kahit pa ilang milya ay hindi ko iindahin. Ang lahat ng ito ay para sa kinabukasan ng aking mga anak. Sa tulong ng Pantawid Pamilya, buo ang aking paniniwala na isang maliwanag na bukas ang naghihntay para sa kanila. At bilang mga magulang na ang hangad ay isang magandang buhay para sa kanyang mga supling, lahat ay aking titiisin at gagawin,” Nora concluded, with eyes that sparkle with hope, and a voice that evokes determination. ### By ROCEL M. DELA CRUZ, Municipal Link

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FEATURE: For Their Children’s Sake

It has always been said that a parent’s love is always greater than any force known to mankind. Through whatever, and no matter how hard the situation is, the father and the mother will do anything for their offspring. Lucky are those endowed with a comfortable life because they can easily provide for their family’s needs, but for those whose economic status lies on the poverty line, it’s a totally different story.

Giving off tons of sweat, breaking bones and even sacrificing blood – these are what a parent, who never had the chance to grasp a huge amount of  money, does in order to make both ends meet.

This may seem a pitiful story but at the same time, this reality proves that when a parent truly loves his children, he is willing to do everything to put a smile in their faces, and even being poor is not a hindrance.


Flordeliza Balabad, is a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya in Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya, whose source of income lies on her being a “kubrador” of jueteng. Since she didn’t finish schooling, she resorted to this kind of living.

Ako ay lakad dito, lakad doon upang makapagpataya at may maipandagdag sa kita ng aking asawa,” Flordeliza shared as her husband only earns P200 a day as a laborer. But putting their earnings together is not yet enough to cover the needs of her five children.

“Mahirap ang aming buhay ngunit kami ay hindi nawawalan ng pag-asa. Patuloy pa rin kaming nagbabanat ng buto, pinasok ko na ang pagiging isang kubrador para lang matustusan ang pangangailangan ng aking mga anak at sila ay patuloy na makapag-aral,” she added.

But a ray of sunshine rose in the midst of the Balabads when they became a beneficiary of the program. Flordeliza and her family comply with the conditionalities of the program, in health and in education as well as the attendance to Family Development Sessions.

As Flordeliza shared, the cash grant they received is a big help in augmenting the needs of her children in school and in ensuring that they eat nutritious foods. But greater than this, she is very much thankful for the learnings inculcated in her mind through the FDS.

The FDS aims to foster positive behavior among the beneficiaries through topics like Responsible Parethood and Rights of the Children.

“Dahil sa mga napag-aralan naming mag-asawa sa FDS, kami ay nahikayat na mas maging responsable at mabuting magulang sa aming mga anak,” Flordeliza uttered.

This realization made Flordeliza press the end button in her work as a kubrador, since it was also stated in her oath of commitment that as a beneficiary, she is discouraged from engaging in activities that involve gambling.

Inihinto ko ang pagiging kubrador. Ginamit ko ang aking kunting ipon upang makapagpatayo ng munting talipapa. Payak lang ang aking kabuhayan ngunit ito ay aking ipinagmamalaki,” she proudly said.

Flordeliza, together with her better-half,  continues to work hard to ensure that their children will finish their studies. She believes that it’s not impossible for someone to achieve his goals in life as long as he will strive hard for it, and that’s what Flordeliza is doing.


Roderick Ramirez, who also hails from the same municipality, is a doting father to his three children. He works as a carpenter and earns 250 pesos daily. Somehow, this amount is quite able to cover his family’s daily needs, but the problem kicks in when there is no job order since his work is only seasonal.

“Talagang naghihigpit kami ng sinturon dahil ang maliit na halagang kinikita ko ay nakalaan sa lahat ng aming pangangailangan, kaya tipid din ang baon ng aking mga anak, minsan nga, wala na silang dalang pera pagpasok,” Roderick started.

Just like any father, Roderick wants the best of everything for his family, especialy for his children, but he can’t do much except to continuosly budget the little amount that he is earning for their needs.

“Nadudurog ang puso ko sa tuwing wala akong maibigay na pera sa aking mga anak. Ang baon nila sa maghapon ay solo kanin o kaya ay nilagang saging. Masakit sa akin bilang isang ama ang ganitong madalas na eksena,” he continued.

But one day, the usual heart-wrenching scenario has come to an end. Because of the cash grant Roderick receives as a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya, his children now have some coins in their pocket when they go to school.

Roderick considers the cash grant as a big help in addressing the needs of her children, in school and in buying vitamins to ensure their health. He also continuously perseveres to somehow provide for his family.

“Hindi man ako nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral, sipag at tiyaga ang aking puhunan upang mabigyan ko ng magandang buhay ang aking pamilya,” he began. “Dahil sa Pantawid Pamilya, lalong tumindi ang aking kagustuhan na ituloy ang laban sa buhay tungo sa tagumpay na aking pinipilit makamtan,” Roderick finished.

Flordeliza and Roderick are two best examples of how a parent’s love can defy all odds just to make sure that the children will have, if not the best of everything, at least what is good for them. Surely, to be able to put something on the table requires tons of endurance and pain from Flordeliza and Roderick, but when they see their children’s happy faces, all the sweat and blood they poured is all worth it. ### By: ANGEL CABALONGA, Municipal Link

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FEATURE: More Than Words

Some people are speechless when something big and significant happen in their lives, but the smile in their faces speak of their happiness. Marieta Kiso, was also lost for words when her life undergone a transformation, but the shine in her eyes says it all.

Marieta, is a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya. And since she became a recipient of the program, Marieta’s story of positive changes began to unfold.

She is a mother to five children which makes it difficult to sustain her family’s daily needs. They live in their simple house made of “sawali” and whenever there are typhoons, Marieta is worried about their safety.

“We keep a stronghold with our almighty God to beg for help, and ask Him to give us strength and courage to fulfill our tasks as parents,” she said.

Marieta added that she often finds it difficult to budget the meager income of her husband in covering the needs of her children, and their needs as a family. She feels sorry for being unable to grant her children’s wishes, and this situation really breaks Marietta’s heart. But she could not do anything except to hope and pray for better days.

Until one day, Marietta’s prayer was answered. The Kiso family became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and their lives were forever changed, for the better.

The program lessen my burden in budgeting the health and education expenses of my children. I use the grants according to its purposes,” Marieta happily shared.

Because the cash grant solely covers the needs of her children, Marietta can now save some amount from her husband’s earnings, which she used for the repair of their house.

“Now, if anyone visits our house, I’m no longer shy to let them in,” she jokingly said. “We also feel safe and secured when a heavy rain pours,” she added.

But aside from the financial relief that the program provides, Marieta is even more grateful for the knowledge she acquired through the Family Development Sessions or FDS.

“I truly appreciate the FDS because it supplies my ignorant mind with many learnings that I need in order to improve and build a strong relationship with my children and my spouse. There were also topics relevant to our roles as parents. Even if I didn’t reach to college, I’m confident to say that I found precious treasures which freed me from ignorance,” Marietta gushed.

Many positive changes continued to thrive in Marieta’s life. She also became a Parent Leader and actively fulfills her roles and responsibilities. This opened more doors of opportunities for her.

As a Parent Leader, Marieta has gone to different places and set foot in hotels, which before, were just a dream for her. Her most memorable experience was going to Puerto Princesa, Palawan last year for the Indigenous People Stakeholder Consultation Workshop. This was a proud moment for Marietta because she spoke in behalf of her fellow beneficiaries when she presented the issues and vulnerabilities relative to program implementation.

Marieta became more cognizant of her roles as an active member of the community, and her leadership skills were honed. Now, she juggles herself as a Parent Leader and at the same time, as the chairman of the Pantawid for the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT).

During her free time, she bathes and feeds the pigs given to her by the Department of Agriculture in partnetship with their local government unit. Marieta is thankful that the government has given her family another intervention to uplift their status, as they became a recipient of the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

As she digs deeper into the program, she understands that despite the efforts of the government, she also needs to depend on herself and ensure that her family will soon rise from poverty. Recently, Marieta has found a job as a cook in a local restaurant at their place. Her salary is a big help to augment in their family income.

For Marieta, being included in the program is the most wonderful blessing she received. She’s thankful for each day that she no longer lives helpless.

“Halamat!”- (Kalanguya term for “Thank You.”) This is what I can say to all people behind Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

With pride and conviction, she finishes her story with this statement: “I’m Marieta Kiso and Kaya kong Tumawid tungo sa Kaunlaran. Kaya ko ang Pagbabago!”

Needless to say, these fourteen words sum up how the program has positively changed the Kiso family. For Marieta, these words will never be enough but the joy in her face, says it all. ### By: DEN CHRIST D. TELAN, Municipal Link

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4Ps Parent Leaders undergo training as advocates

“Ang mga boses ninyo bilang mga benepisyaryo ay napakahalaga sa implementasyon ng programa, dapat yang kilalanin at marinig,” stressed DSWD Regional Director Remia T. Tapispisan during the Skills Enhancement Training of Parent Leaders as Program Advocates which was conducted in two batches this month.

Forty-two Parent Leaders (PLs) from the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela attended the first batch of training held at Hotel Kimikarlai, Tuguegarao City on July 1-3, 2015 and another 30 PLs from the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya for the second set held at Casa Angela Hotel, also in the same city on July 7-9, 2015.

The three-day training was filled with modules and exercises about Leadership, Building the Core and Effective Communication. These topic equipped the PLs with necessary skills to further perform their duties and responsibilities as leaders and to be partners of DSWD in advocating the program in their respective municipalities and cities.

Assistant Regional Director Ponciana P. Condoy, the Pantawid Deputy Program Manager also graced the activity and emphasized that their roles as PLs play a crucial role in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya.

Some of the duties of the PLs include spearheading the conduct of monthly meeting with members and relaying of announcements and updates about the program.

The PLs were also given tips on how to be co-promoters of Pantawid Pamilya to showcase the program’s impacts not just in the lives of the beneficiaries but in the community as well, which is vital in harnessing increased support from the legislators and other stakeholders.

Moreover, there were mock radio and TV interviews wherein the leader beneficiaries displayed their communication skills and their deep knowledge about Pantawid Pamilya.


The PLs strongly negated the allegation that Pantawid Pamilya encourages indolence in one of the mock radio interviews.

Ma. Teresa Tucay, a beneficiary and a PL from Dupax Del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya said that the program boosted their motivation and determination in achieving a more sustainable well being.

“Tunay na malaking tulong ang cash grant sa pagtustos sa pangangailangan ng aking mga anak. Ngunit upang mas masiguro na naitataguyod namin ang kanilang mga pangangailangan, ako rin ay naghahanap-buhay bilang pandagdag,” Tucay said.

“Dahil sa Pantawid Pamilya, mas lalo akong nagkaroon ng kagustuhan na maiangat ang aming katayuan sa buhay,” she added.

The beneficiaries also expressed their gratitude to DSWD and to the government for implementing programs that cater to the welfare of the vulnerable and poor Filipino families.

The training was spearheaded by Jesusa Joy Cabasag and Loueilla Oggas, Training Specialists, and Maricel Asejo, the Information Officer of Pantawid Pamilya, respectively.

Pantawid Pamilya is currently implemented in the 4 cities and 83 municipalities in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya. As of now, there is a total of 96, 638 household beneficiaries in the region. ###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II

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FEATURE: A Tale of Two SGP-PA Grantees

Many inspiring stories have already been said and written which strongly negate the idea that only those born with a silver spoon are the ones who can live a bed of roses, while those born in a family who struggles just to make both ends meet will forever wallow in scarcity.

The world has heard lots of rags-to-riches tales conveying the message that as long as the determination continues to ignite within one’s soul, he can surely break free from the choking grasp of poverty.

Through the government’s Students Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation or SGP-PA, its scholars are now climbing the ladder in the realization of their dreams- most of which aim to  have a more comfortable and stable living condition.

The SGP-PA is a scholarship program which caters to the beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Scholars are entitled to a P60, 000 grant per school year covering the tuition fee, book allowance, meals, boarding and school uniforms; and they can pursue any of the priority courses offered. With this scholarship, real and ordinary human beings have spoken to share how close they are in the fulfilment of their aspirations.



Edleen Joy S. Parinas of Diffun, Quirino is a 2nd year college student at Philippine Normal University- Alicia Campus in Isabela, pursuing BSED Major in English.

“The SGP-PA is a big help for me in finishing my college education especially that I don’t have to bother my parents for tuition fee and allowance,” Edleen started.

Edleen Joy S. Parinas of Diffun, Quirino is a 2nd year college student at Philippine Normal University- Alicia Campus in Isabela, pursuing Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in English. And admirably, she is one of the students who gain grades of flying colors as Edleen, was an academic achiever last semester.

“I’m really hoping to be a Teacher that’s why I’m toiling hard in my studies so that I can achieve that dream. My family is what keeps me motivated to always excel in everything I do, especially in my studies,” she continued.

As eldest in the brood of four, Edleen gives way to the needs of her three siblings as she knows that her parents, Eddie, and Merlinda, are stretching all means just to make both ends meet.

“Back then, it was a challenge for me to comply with all the requirements since I don’t have extra money for those expenses. And every enrollment, there was the fear of the possibility that I might not be able to continue with my studies,” she shared.

Edleen also said that often were the times that she had to endure the twinge in her stomach because she doesn’t have a ‘baon’.

But now, Edleen is singing a different tune because everything she needs is already covered by the scholarship. She is also happy to be of help to her parents because they can now just focus on financing the needs of her siblings in school.

My family is very thankful for being included in the Pantawid Pamilya. Through its SGP-PA, I’m on my way in giving my family a better life. Little by little, we are rising from scratches, all thanks to the program,” said the 17-year old Parinas pride.


Edmund Tiu, who hails from Sta. Ana, Cagayan braved the distance just so he could finish his college dreams. He is studying at Isabela State University-Cabagan Campus with the course Bachelor in Agricultural Technology. He endured the pain of living miles away from his family.

“Hindi biro ang mapalayo sa pamilya kasi pag may problema  ka, walang agad na sasaklolo sa’yo. Ito ang unang pagkakataon na nawalay ako sa kanila kaya sobrang nalungkot ako nung una,” he said.

But, the feeling of solace was replaced with a smile when he became a Dean Lister’s last semester. When he broke the good news to his family, Edmund shared that his parents were very happy and were proud of him.

“Pinagbubuti ko talaga ang aking pag-aaral nang makatulong ako sa aking Papa at Mama, maging sa mga kapatid ko. Laging nasa isip ko na ang sakripisyong ito ay para sa aking pamilya, at kahit nakakalungkot ang mapalayo sa kanila, ako ay hindi dapat sumuko,” he continued.

All of Edmund’s effort and hardwork continue to pay off when he was also among of the few who were qualified for the international course wherein, together with her classmates, they will be given a month to further enhance their skills and strengthen their learnings.

“Sa mga kapwa ko grantee, ‘wag na wag po tayong susuko sa mga problema at pagbutihin natin ang pag-aaral dahil maraming magagandang oportunidad ang darating ‘pag tayo ay nakapagtapos,” Edmund’s  inspiring words to his fellow scholars as he will already graduate next year.

Poverty- this harsh reality has put fear to some people, but it did not succeed in striking apprehension in Edleen and Edmund’s brave spirit. For them, poverty is a motivation to do and be better; and made it as a passport to enter the realms of a brighter tomorrow. ### Prepared by: MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II-Pantawid Pamilya

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DSWD FO2 searches for model Pantawid Pamilya family

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office II is again on its quest to identify the most exemplary family beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the Cagayan Valley region.

The Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is a nationwide advocacy activity of the department which aims to give recognition to family beneficiaries who religiously followed the conditions of the program and who exhibits good Filipino values and strong family ties.

Presently, the Provincial Operations Office of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya conduct screening to identify their provincial nominee. The four family entries will compete for the regional level and will be subjected to interviews and field validations which will be spearheaded by the Regional Program Management Office together with partners from the national government agencies and civil society organizations. The winning family beneficiary will be the region’s contender for the national title.

The family of Mrs. Ynes Gadingan from Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya, last year’s regional winner, said that the recognition given to them by DSWD has motivated them to be more responsible beneficiaries and even encouraged their fellows to fulfill their responsibilities as recipients of the program.

“Hinihikayat namin ang aming mga kapwa beneficiaries gampanan ang kanilang mga responsibilidad sa programa tulad na lang ng pagsunod sa mga kondisyon. Dapat sinisiguro rin na ang cash grants ay gamitin sa tama, yung para sa kalusugan ng pamilya lalo na sa edukasyon ng mga bata,” Ynes said.

Meanwhile, winning family beneficiaries will receive cash prizes and will serve as advocates of the department in communicating the impacts of the program.

The Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor Filipino children aged 0-18 years old. In exchange of cash grants, children must be enrolled in school and must regularly visit health centers. Parents must also attend the Family Development Sessions.

As of now, there are 96, 638 household beneficiaries for region 02. ###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer II

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Pantawid Pamilya stages series of pay-out with partner CSOs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office II conducted a pay-out activity with partners from the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya from June 9-15, 2015.

The ordinary pay-out activity for the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program was infused with a discussion on Active Citizenship to strengthen their knowledge on their responsibilities and to encourage their engagement in community activities.

Also, some Parent Leaders also shared their testimonies regarding the positive changes that happened in their lives, in their families and in their communities as a result of Pantawid Pamilya.

“Nagpapasalamat ang aking pamilya at kami ay napasama sa programang ito,” said Mylene Apostol, a beneficiary from Diffun, Quirino.

“Malaking tulong ito sa pantustos sa pangangailangan ng aking mga anak at sa pagbili ng masusutansiyang pagkain. Kaya sa mga kapwa ko benepisyaryo, patuloy nating sundin ang mga kondisyon ng programa,” she added.

Each pay-out in the province capped-off with the beneficiaries dancing to the ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ song.

Meanwhile, the partner CSOs present during the activity were the Moral Recovery Formation Philippines Inc. (MRFPI), Quirino Ministers Fellowship (QMF) and the IHELP, as well with the Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc. (ASKI) that talked about Financial Literacy.

The activity was conducted in Sta. Teresita, Cagayan on June 9, 2015 with 537 beneficiaries; in Diffun, Quirino on June 10, 2015 with 830 beneficiaries; in Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya on June 11, 2015 with 330 beneficiaries; and in Echague, Isabela on June 15, 2015 with 680 beneficiaries.

The department continues its partnership with the CSOs to ensure a more effective and more efficient implementation of its programs and services. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II- Pantawid Pamilya

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