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LGU Sta. Teresita uses NHTS database for Social Protection Programs

LGU Sta. Teresita together with their beneficiaries during the distribution of facilities in their Bawat Bahay, May Kubeta program.

The municipal government of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan has been using the data-base of the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) to identify the beneficiaries of their social protection programs.

Ms. Marivic T. Viesta, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer said that the data-base which includes the list of poor households in the region and other types of related data was used in two of their programs – “Bawat Bahay, May Kubeta” and Bahay Mo, Patitibayin Ko”. The 1st involved the provision of materials such as toilet bowls, cement and mixed gravel for the construction of sanitary toilets which benefited 31 poor households in barangays Aridowen, Caniugan, Villa, Simbaluca and Simpatuyo. The 2nd entailed the furnishing of materials such as plywood, nails and galvanized iron sheets to improve the houses of 20 poor households.

“The two programs were implemented last year, but we will continue them as long as we could again find deserving beneficiaries thru the NHTS data-base.”, Ms. Viesta said.

Using the NHTS data base, LGU Sta. Teresita was able to identify 25 beneficiaries from the barangays Caniugan, Centro East and West, Buyun, Luga, Simbaluca and Simpatuyo for the DSWD Cash for work program wherein the beneficiaries cleaned the public market, national high way, canals, municipal park and a lot more.

“The NHTS data-base is really useful for us in choosing deserving beneficiaries of our programs. This way we can give assistance of the real poor.”, Viesta added.

NHTS is a special project of the DSWD that has identified who and where the poor are.(Ailyn P. Aglaua, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR)

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Aling Delia is a loving housewife and a budding entrepreneur rolled into one. She attends to her husband and children’s daily needs. Also, she has a small business of buying and selling tobacco.

She buys dried tobacco leaves from Benito Soliven and rolls it ready for selling. She buys the tobacco for P100 pesos per bundle and sells it for P130 pesos per bundle too.

Since her family is in Set 1 of Pantawid, they will graduate this year. Aling Delia is sad of the fact that their receiving of cash grant will soon end. She has second thoughts whether they can already manage to survive on their own or not.

But come what may, Aling Delia and her family will defy the odds just to uplift their condition.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Aling Delia said, taught them to be more responsible parents and citizens. They also use the money to buy for medicines and school materials. Aling Delia even bragged that the contributions of her children to school were already taken care of.

But greater than the transformation of their behavior, the Pantawid Pamilya has also equipped them with knowledge and an empowered spirit which serve as their armor against life’s tribulations.

Aling Delia is very active in their community, Barangay San Pablo, San Mariano, Isabela.


Just like any other parent leader, Aling Delia has many responsibilities like spearheading the conduct of meetings, monitoring of the use of cash grant and those who might use if for gambling and advising parents on how to treat their children.

Aling Delia is very popular in their place; she is called as “Ate Delia” and proves to be a very effective parent leader adored by her members.

She is also the President of the SALBABIDA SKA (Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran Association).

Last June 2011, Aling Delia’s Salbabida SKA received an amount on P75, 000 pesos from DSWD Field Office II to put up a small business in their barangay. The Salbabida has income generating ventures like a mini-grocery, selling of “balot” and “penoy”, and the making of “baki” which is made up of bamboo where chickens can lay their eggs.

When asked why Salbabida is the name of their SKA? Aling Delia said, “Diba kasi ma’am pag nalulunod ka, salbabida ang sasagip sayo? Kaya yun ang pinili kong pangalan namin. Kasi ito ang sasagip sa amin sa kahirapan.”


Aling Delia’s betterhalf,  Mang Ricky , 47 works as a Tricycle Driver and at the same time, a Palay Farmer. He also spends most of her free time as a Barangay Tanod. He makes sure that barangay San Pablo is peaceful. Together with his colleagues, they often stay at waiting sheds to watch out for those who might cause trouble.

Just like his wife, Man Ricky is also active in community organizations. He is the president of the Parents and Teachers Community Association (PTCA) of San Pablo Elementary School. He spearheads the formulation of plans that can contribute in the improvement of the school and its students. They also conduct monthly general cleaning of the school.


Aling Delia and Mang Ricky are blessed with three smart children. They are Carol, 15, in 3rd year highschool and wants to be a Flight Attendant; Derick, 12, 1st year highschool, Seaman; and Jenny, 8, Grade 3, Teacher.

The three are honor students and are active in extra-curricular activities. They are members of their school’s drum and lyre corps.

The Abella children are very ambitious, but are very much motivated. They know that they have to toil hard if they want to be successful. And sure they can, with the love                 and support of their parents; nothing can hinder them from grasping success.


Knowing the fact that they are about to graduate from the program at the end of the year, Aling Delia and Mang Ricky are saving up for their children’s future. They really wanted that Carol will become a Flight Attendant, Derick as a Seaman and Jenny as a Teacher.

They also make extra income through their vegetable garden which has a vast array of trees, vegetables and plants. Name it, they have it: gabi, munggo, sitaw, bitwelas, santol, saging, kamoteng kahoy, suha, malunggay, papaya and mangga.

Little by little, the Abella family is reaping what they have sown. With Aling Delia and Mang Ricky’s hard work and their children’s impressive intellectual perspicacity, the Abellas are halfway there. ###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer

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DSWD-SM Foundation, partners in Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan for Farmers

Echague, Isabela—To empower the marginalized farmers with updated agricultural farm technology on high value crops so they can produce a bountiful harvest even on a limited space, Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 thru a Memorandum of Agreement had committed to help the marginalized farmers enhance their profitability together with SM Foundation, Inc, Department of Agriculture, Harbest Agribusiness, Corp., and Isabela State University.

Launched at Isabela State Universty-Echague Main Campus last April 11, 2013, the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program is the main livelihood advocacy program of SM Foundation, Inc., which is implemented in partnership with DSWD, DA, Harbest Agribusiness, Corp. and in cooperation of Local Government Units and Non-Government Organizations.

Around 160 farmers from different municipalities in Isabela are set to join the training program of which, 50 slots are allotted to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program beneficiaries from the municipalities of San Mariano and Echague, ISabela.

The program involves a 12-week modular, classroom lectures and hands-on training on high value crop production, product development, marketing and basic bookkeeping.

DSWD Field Office 02 thru its Sustainable Livelihood Unit will also conduct entrepreneurial skills training for the participants coinciding with the agricultural training that will be conducted by Harbest Agribusiness, Corp.

At the end of the training program, the farmers’ produce will be introduced and sold to SM stores in nearby cities to give them an opportunity to become suppliers. ### By Angely Lubo-Mercado, DSWD Regional Information Officer

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In Nostalgia (A Story of Convergence)

It was barely four months ago but the picturesque scenario on that red-letter day is still vivid in my mind. People from all walks of life — leaders, workers, teachers, students—all flocked in the Greyhounds Gymnasium, University of Cagayan Valley, to participate and witness the DSWD Field Office 02’s Convergence Caravan.

It was a sunny 17th day of December, Monday, when staff of DSWD and other national government agencies exchanged the day’s regular workload and amalgamated efforts to provide efficient social services for equally significant clientele.

Partners even from different sectors even showed up for the event. There were legislators, local chief executives, media and representatives from various academic institutions and civil society organizations.

Yet, one group of crowd stood out from the rest—the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya from all corners of the region travelled mountains and crossed rivers for the festivity. Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya. The beneficiaries did not encounter problems in transportation anyhow because their respective local government unit unselfishly provided logistic support.

I remember how astonished was I when I saw the beneficiaries from Quirino riding in a deluxe and air conditioned bus. Some even exclaimed “Bongga naman ang mga taga-Quirino at naka-aircondition bus pa sila.”

Yes. The Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were the stars during that day. Adults and children, men and women, they showcased their talents which left the audience in much amazement.

Group of mother beneficiaries from the four provinces strutted their stuffs and grooved their bodies while chanting an entertaining medley of songs in the Jingle Making Contest.

Also, Pantawid children both in elementary and high school exhibited their intellectual perspicacity and art prowess for the Essay Writing Contest and Poster Making Contest. The children highlighted on the valuable contribution of the Pantawid Pamilya in the health and education of poor Filipino children aged 0-14 years old.

Kate Hyacinth Ubina, of Cagayan, who bagged the 1st place in Essay Writing Contest for High School category wrote in her winning piece: “Ang Pantawid Pamilya ay parang isang pakpak at kaming mga kabataan ang paru-paro. Tinutulungan at ginagabayan kami ng Pantawid para maabot an gaming matatayog na pangarap.”

Some beneficiaries also gave their testimonies regarding the impacts of the program in their lives. They said that the program, aside from the assistance it gives on the health and education needs of their children, have taught them to be more responsible parents. Thanks to the Family Development Sessions.

Even private enterprises also unselfishly took part in the activity’s success. PLDT, a telecom company, provided free phone calls so that beneficiaries can contact their loved ones even just for a while; and Mc Donalds who put laughters in the faces of the children. Pantawid children also enjoyed stomping, shaking and dancing with the food chain’s mascots namely Grimace and Birdie.

What’s even more remarkable is when all the directors of the national government agencies took the stage with then FO2 director Arnel B. Garcia and held hands while swaying and singing to the song “Hawak Kamay.”

The different regional lined agencies have strengthened their vows to continue with the delivery of dedicated and efficient social services especially to the vulnerable sectors of the society. To the poor. To the disadvantaged. To the underprivileged.

“Hawak kamay, ‘di kita iiwan sa paglakbay, sa mundo ng kawalan. Hawak kamay.” And everybody also joined hands. During that momentous day, the spirit of Convergence lives in everyone’s soul.

Yes. It was barely four months ago but the picturesque scenario on that red-letter day is still vivid in my mind.

It was almost four months ago but every individual present during that day have committed himself to be an instrument in uplifting the lives of the marginalized sector. And the spirit of Convergence continues to ignite within one’s soul. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer II

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Four Pantawid Children graduate as Valedictorian, Salutatorian

In photo: Carey Joy Uy, in white sweater, was the Regional Representative for the National Children’s Congress last year with the other exemplary Pantawid children from other regions. Photo by Maricel B. Asejo, Pantawid IO

STA. MARIA, Isabela– Four children beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in this municipality topped their class for SY 2012-2013 and graduated as Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively.

Clarissa Mae Rodriguez and Carey Joy Uy of San Isidro Elementary School graduated as Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Other honor graduates are Liezel Romero, Valedictorian of Calamagui Elementary School; and Ariza Alingod, Salutatorian of Lingaling Elementary School.

According to their Municipal Link, Ms. Jackie Lou Garcia, the four children are very happy for finishing at the top of their class. “Masayang-masaya ang mga bata, lalo na sa kabila ng kahirapan ay napagbubuti nila ang pag-aaral nila. Graduating as a honor student motivate them to do better in high school. They know that education is the way for them to rise from poverty,” Garcia said.

Ms. Garcia also added that the four children are very thankful for the Pantawid Pamilya because the program helped a lot especially in their needs in school. Aside from the augmentation for their education requirements, the program also helped them have a healthy body because of the regular visits to health centers.

Aside from the Academic Awards, Clarissa Mae also received the Journalist of the Year and Athlete of the Year; while Carey Joy got the Girl Scout of the Year and the Leadership Award. Liezel and Ariza were also awarded other special citations and recognitions.

Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Child

Carey Joy Uy, who graduated as Salutatorian, was also hailed as the Provincial Representative of Isabela for the Search for Regional Exemplary Pantawid Children.

Carey Joy together with the other exemplary Pantawid children from the Cagayan, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya joined in the National Children’s Congress at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila on October 28- 31, 2012.

Aside from having grades of flying colors, Carey was also a student writer and the President of the Student Council. She is also active on extra-curricular activities and was a regular delegate of her school to quiz bees and academic competitions.

Poverty is Never a Hindrance

Despite some financial constraints, the four honor graduates are determined to finish their studies. They believe that poverty will not hinder them to attain their aspirations. With hardwork, dedication, support from families and faith in the Divine Creator, these smart children are on their way to a better life.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program implemented by the DSWD that invests in the health and education of poor children age 0-14 years old. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO/ Pantawid Information Officer II


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