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DSWD intensifies disaster preparedness, joins national earthquake drill

Duck, cover and hold! DSWD FO 02 employees put into practice basic safety instructions during the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill.

Duck, cover and hold! DSWD FO 02 employees put into practice basic safety instructions during the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill.

Emergency siren echoed within the halls of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 as it joined the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) led by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on April 21, 2016 nationwide with the possible scenario of the movement of the West Valley Fault.

Mr. Rommel S. Gamiao, Social Welfare Officer II, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Section (DRRM), led the Field Office in the conduct of the said drill starting off with an orientation on the basic duck, cover and hold drills and evacuation areas in the Field Office.

“We recognize that disaster preparedness does not solely rest on one government agency but it must be a convergence of all government agencies, private and public sector and the general public,” said Gamiao.

This #Pagyanig drill seeks to intensify community preparedness and strengthen the local government’s commitment in building safe communities. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II


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DSWD gears up for effect of El Niño in the region

Mr. Franco Lopez (2nd from left) and Mr. Rommel Gamiao (3rd from left) present DSWD FO 02's accomplishments in addressing the impact of El Niño in the region.

Mr. Franco Lopez (2nd from left) and Mr. Rommel Gamiao (3rd from left) present DSWD FO 02’s accomplishments in addressing the impact of El Niño in the region.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to strengthen its collaborative efforts with various government agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) as it presents the Roadmap to Address the Impact of El Niño in the region.

“We are currently conducting needs assessment of priority municipalities and beneficiaries who might need our assistance should the situation in the region worsen. But right now, we are thankful that there are no request yet for augmentation support from any municipality,” said OIC Regional Director Ponciana P. Condoy.

Likewise, Mr. Franco Lopez and Mr. Rommel S. Gamiao, of the Disaster and Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Unit shared during a meeting of the El Niño Task Force led by the National Development Authority, the agency’s strategies to address the El Niño phenomenon particularly its close coordination with the Provincial Action Teams in monitoring would-be affected families.

As of April 21, 2016, a total amount of Php7,878,750.00 financial assistance were released to 4,125 families in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya for the provision of temporary employment  to farmers, farm laborers and  fisherfolks pursuant to the Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Program. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II


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DSWD, DILG conduct CSO Fora on BuB, Pantawid Pamilya programs

With the aim to reflect on the stories of empowerment of various government programs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), conducted a Fora on Bottom up Budgeting (BuB) and Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) this month.

The said Fora was conducted in all municipalities in the region and participated in by Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders, Civil Society Organizations engaged in BuB projects and partner agencies.

The Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries shared the positive impacts of the programs citing that through Pantawid Pamilya and BuB, they realized the importance of empowering themselves to more effectively engage in government programs.

Likewise, action points on how stakeholders can advocate for and support the continuation of these programs were identified along with the updates on the status of institutionalization of CCT.

Bottom up Budgeting an approach in formulating budget proposal of national government agencies taking into consideration the development needs of poor municipalities as identified in their respective Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) formulated with strong participation of national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and people’s organizations. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional information Officer II

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DSWD supports ‘Accessible Tourism for PWDs’

Ms. Lucia S. Alan (upper photo) of DSWD FO 02 extends DSWD's support to the policy and advocacy campaign on Accessible Tourism for PWDs while Ms. Carmen Zubiaga R. Zubiaga, Acting Executive Director of NDA, provides an overview of the campaign.

Ms. Lucia S. Alan (upper photo) of DSWD FO 02 extends DSWD’s support to the policy and advocacy campaign on Accessible Tourism for PWDs while Ms. Carmen Zubiaga R. Zubiaga, Acting Executive Director of NDA, provides an overview of the campaign.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development affirms its commitment to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) sector in their quest for accessible tourism on April 14, 2016 during the Seminar on How to Handle Persons with Disabilities in Tourism Industry.

The advocacy effort was spearheaded by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

“Accessible Tourism for All” is a national campaign providing the policy guidelines for stakeholders on accessible tourism as provided in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP).

The said policy requires DOT accredited establishments such as restaurants, hotels, inns, apartels, pension houses, resorts and similar lodging establishments; tertiary hospitals, ambulatory clinics, spas, sports and recreational clubs/centers, museums, galleries, tourist land, water and air transport operators to comply with the pertinent provisions of R.A. 9442 on rights  and benefits of PWDs, among others.

The seminar aimed to support the said mandate as the workforce behind the tourism industry were provided with knowledge on how to handle persons with mobility, hearing and visual impairments.

In her message, Ms. Lucia S. Alan, the Protective Services Unit Head of DSWD Field Office 02, cited that “tourists with disabilities are becoming an important part of the tourism market as shown by a study conducted by the European Union, in the US and in Australia, hence, we must seize this opportunity to serve an important and growing market, win new customers and increase revenue.”

Representatives from various tourism industries in the region participated in the said seminar as key persons from NCDA provided lecture on disability-related perspectives and key mandates on disability.

“Tourism for All” ensures tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to people regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age as long as they are able to travel and function independently in their socio-cultural and economic activities in the places where they want to visit. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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FEATURE: A Mother’s Tale of Hope

Indeed, age is just a number. It is never too late for anyone to fulfill his dreams as long as the passion continues to ignite within his heart. A 34-year old mother to seven children from Mallig, Isabela proves this as Catherine Mallillin, a grantee of Students’ Grants in-aid for Poverty Alleviation or SGP-PA finished college and even graduated at the top of her class.

All eyes and ears were on Catherine during graduation day as she was the cum laude in her course Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Filipino. She pursued this at Isabela State University in Roxas, Isabela.

Considering her age, Catherine did not anymore entertain the possibility of her being able to finish her studies. So she just dedicated herself in being a loving mother to the best she can.

“Dahil sa kahirapan sa buhay,pumunta ang aking asawa sa Maynila upang magtrabaho bilang tricycle driver. Siya ay nagba-boundery siya sa kanyang kapatid. Anim na taon siya sa dun ngunit umuuwi kada buwan. Tumutulong akong kumita ng pera, kaya iniiwan ko ang aking mga anak sa aking biyenan upang mamitas ng kamatis, mag-ani ng mais, magtanim ng tabako at magsabit ng tabako para may pambili ng bigas at iba pang kailangan. Pagdating sa bahay kakargahin ko saglit ang aking bunso at magsasaing ng bigas. Habang nagluluto, nag-iigib ako ng tubig at maglalaba,” she started.

 This was how Catherine’s life unfolds. As a mother, she is saddened by the fact that she doesn’t earn enough money to provide for her children. But though there’s the scarcity in money, she gives love and care to her children that no amount can ever compare.

“Naranasan ko ang maging ina’t ama dahil ako rin ang nagsisibak ng kahoy. Naglalabandera rin ako sa aking kapitbahay kapalit ay bigas kung minsan naman ay pera. Piso o dalawang piso ang baon ng aking mga anak sa paaran, kung minsan ay humihingi sila sa aking mga biyanan nunit kung talagang wala ay walang baon,” she continued.

Catherine remained strong though life’s blows continue to hit her. “Nahihiya akong umutang sa tindahan dahil sa haba ng listahan ng utang ko. Naisip ko na utusan na lang ang aking panganay dahil kung bata ang uutang maaawa ang nagtitinda at bibigyan siya. Umutang nga ang aking anak ng dalawang noodles. Niluto ko ang isang basong bigas na maraming tubig at inihalo ko ang noodles para magkasya sa aking mga anak. Habang kumakain ang aking mga anak pinanonood ko sila sa isang sulok dahil hindi ko mapigilang tumulo ang aking luha, sa isip at puso ko ay nagdasal at nangako na darating ang araw na hindi na mangyayari ulit iyon maging sa mga magiging pamilya ng aking mga anak balang araw.”

But one day, life took a spin and began to cast its blessing to Catherine’s family. They became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. There, her family started to feel an ease of living as there’s the cash grant that augments their needs. Catherine can now buy healthy food for her children and even finance their school expenses.

Yet, the buck doesn’t end there. As Catherine also became a grantee for the Students’ Grants in aid program for Poverty Alleviation or SGP-PA.

“Taong 2012  ng Abril  ay nag-enrol sa Isabela State University, Roxas Kampus ng Batsilyer sa Edukasyong Pansekondarya Meyjor sa Filipino. Buwan ng Mayo nang sinabi nila sa akin na pupunta ako sa DSWD. Sinabi nila sa akin na iprovide ko lahat ng requirements hanggang alas tres at naibigay ko naman lahat. Pasukan na noon pero wala pa ang resulta kung nakuha ako  pero sabi ko mag-aaral pa rin ako. Last week ng June noong tinawagan ako ni Ma’am Laura Donato at sinabi niyang napili akong scholar at sinabi niya ang lahat ng gagawin ko at sasabihin ko sa Scholar Coordinator sa School,” the tearful Catherine recalled.

But it was not an easy road to trek for Catherine as she quests for the realization of her dreams. There were comments and criticisms saying that she won’t be able to finish her studies and that her education is a joke. Being the formidable woman as she is, she did not succumb to those negativities but continued to hurdle life’s challenges.

She toiled hard in her studies, constantly gaining grades of flying colors, at the same time, continuously fulfilling his role as a loving mother. And her sacrifices and hard work paid off as she finished her course as the top graduate.

“Salamat sa 4P’s at ESGP-PA, dahil sa ESGP-PA dahil napatunayan ko na ang isang ina asawa at may edad na estudyante ay kayang makipagsabayan sa mga estudyanteng nagsisipak para sa kanilang kinabukasan. ANg programa ay naging daluyan ng pagpapala sa aming pamilya dahil natupad ang pangarap ko at  ng aking mga magulang na makapagtapos sa kolehiya. Ang mga programa pong ito ang tumulong upang magampanan ko  ang aking  responsibilidad bilang magulang para sa magandang kinabukasan ng aking mga anak. . Sa Scholarship na ito ay napakalaki ang naitulong sa tulad ko dahil wala ako dito ngayon kung wala ang programang iyo. Tinatanaw ko pong malaking utang na loob ito sa inyo,” exclaimed Catherine.

Now, Catherine is preparing for the board examination to become a full-fledged Teacher. With her unparalleled dedication plus the incomparable will to achieve her dreams, no doubt that Catherine is on the right track. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II; and HAIDEE STO. TOMAS, Municipal Link-Mallig, Isabela

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FEATURE: The Wait is Over


The pride of Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya! Aurora Dumapis during their graduation pictorial.

“Walang salita ang makakapaglarawan sa hindi matumbasang saya na nararamdaman ko ngayon,” Aurora started, with her eyes that beams of joy and excitement.

Aurora Dumapis, a 24-year old lass from Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya, is in cloud nine right now for finishing college at the top of her class. She was awarded as cum laude in her course Bachelor of Agricultural Technology at Nueva Vizcaya State University – Bayombong.

“Narating ko ang yugto na ito dahil sa tulong ng ESGP-PA. Kaya nais ko ring magpasalamat sa mga taong nasa likod ng programang ito. Ang aking pagtatapos ay ang pagsisimula ng pagbibigay katuparan sa aking mga pangarap, at ito ay ang mabigyan ng magandang buhay ang aking pamilya,” she continued.

At this time, her story maybe all about the triumphs and victories but just like any other success story, Aurora had her share of hardships and frustrations. And her eyes that shine with happiness at this moment, used to cry a river of tears. Then.

Aurora is a loving daughter to Carmelo and Herminia who earn a living through vegetable gardening and selling. As the sixth among the brood of twelve, she knows the financial challenges that her family faces. Although her family manages to survive every day’s demand, Aurora strongly felt the choking grasp of poverty when she finished high school.

“Batid ko na kami ay hirap sa buhay, kaya nung nagtapos ako ng hayskul, tinanggap ko ng hindi muna ako makakatunton ng kolehiyo,” she recalled with a heavy heart.

But because she really wanted to finish a college degree and help her parents at the same time, Aurora left home and began to hunt for job. She worked as a helper and as a saleslady for three years. During this time, she fell prey to inferiority thinking that none of her elder siblings finished college and she will end up like them too.

“Nawalan na ako ng pag-asa noon. Naaawa ako sa aking pamilya lalo na sa aking mga magulang. Kulang pa din ang aking ipon mula sa pagtatrabaho kaya tuluyan ko ng sinara ang posibilidad na ako ay makakatuntong sa kolehiyo,” she sobbed.

Aurora saw nothing but grey skies until one day, the sun suddenly flashed a smile and a beautiful curve emerged in her face.

In 2012, after three years, Aurora was chosen as one of the grantee for Student’s Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation or SGP-PA.

SGP-PA is a scholarship program that caters to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It is a tie up project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Labor Employment (DOLE) wherein the student beneficiary is entitled to a maximum of P60,000 pesos grant per school year.

“Nung nalaman ko sa aming Municipal Link na napasama ako bilang scholar ng SGP-PA, talagang nabuhayan ako ng loob,” Aurora exclaimed.

“Dahil ibig sabihin makakapag-aral na ako sa kolehiyo at ni piso ay walang poproblemahin ang aking mga magulang, dahil libre na ang aking tuition fee, boarding, pambili ng libro pati na ang aking mga uniform,” she added.

Armed with the will and determination, Aurora enrolled Bachelor of Agricultural Technology in NVSU-Bambang. In her first day at school, she promised to herself that she will finish the said course and will reap grades of flying colors.

“Ang aking pamilya ang inspirasyon ko kaya pinagbuti ko ang aking pag-aaral. Naniniwala ako na pag ako ay nakapagtapos, mas maraming magagandang oportunidad ang kakatok sa aking pintuan at dun magsisimula ang pag-ahon sa hirap ng aking pamilya,” she cried.

And tears began to flow down her cheeks. Aurora knew that the road which led to where she is right now was not easy, but because the enthusiasm to get a college degree and to uplift her family’s condition continued to ignite in her heart, she did not succumb to those hindrances. Instead, she emerged victorious.

Aurora dedicates the victory to her family, and to her fellow grantees as well. “Walang pangarap na hindi natutupad, lalo at may mga programa ang gobyerno na tutulong upang makamit natin ito,” she tells her colleagues.

“At pag dumating ang pagkakataon, ingatan natin ito at magsikap tayo ng mabuti. Ilang taon man ang inabot bago tayo makapagpatuloy, ang mahalaga ay itinuloy natin ang laban ng buhay. Lahat ng ating paghihirap ay magbubunga,” Aurora ended.

Indeed, Aurora’s life now sings a different tune. But she knows that the fight is not yet over. Whatever life may bring, she will always have the upper card. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II – Pantawid Pamilya

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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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