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Remember when you get hurt if you walk barefoot on rocks, sand or on pavements under the sun? Remember when you see ordinary people walking without slippers like its normal? Or when you see farmers trudge their feet on mud grounds before sunlight until after sunset without ever complaining? You are probably too busy to wonder how they do it but we are all witnesses. We see them everyday and we have grown accustomed with it.

The Barefoot Lady

It broke my heart to see an old lady in her mid seventies wearing nothing on her feet during one of the field simulations that DSWD Region 2 did in preparation for the 2nd Round of Family Assessment or Listahanan. You can see her labor as she walked on uneven ground. Every step was calculated, slow, arduous and unbearably painful. Why does she need to experience this? If only I was rich that time. If only I was powerful enough to change her condition.

When she finally reached the doorsteps, her radiant smile greeted us. It was AMAZING. How can she probably smile with all the things she is going through? You know what I realized? She saw HOPE in us. Perhaps finally, after decades of painful struggles help is coming her way. It puts pressure on people working for DSWD Region 2 to deliver. But at the same time it is a gratifying type of pressure because if you succeed, you know that the needy will finally get assistance. They will finally get the help that they deserve.

Hope Restored

We can only do so much as individuals. We help someone in need and then you turn to another direction and a lot more beg for help. You turn to your resources and realize that it is not enough to help all of them.

We need a beacon of hope, something that the needy people from Region 2 can look up to. That’s where DSWD Region 2’s version of Listahanan comes in. The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Now, all of a sudden, there is a reason to hope again. Just when the poor people of the region think that they are down and out, they now have a chance to be lifted up again.

With the financial assistance that will be distributed after Listahanan identifies the poorest of the poor, they can have the leeway to buy basic necessities. No need to take on the beating by walking, running and working barefoot anymore. They can now have a remedy for their aching feet.

Saving the World, One Feet at a Time

It all starts with their feet. It takes a pair of slippers for them to stand again. It takes a pair of slippers so they can learn to walk again. It takes a pair of slippers so they can start running again. It takes a pair of slippers for them to start chasing their dreams again.

Jesus said that when we lend, we should not lend to people who can pay you back because what good would that bring? When they pay for what you gave, doesn’t that cancel the good act that you did? Jesus said even tax collectors who are considered sinners lend to the poor. He teaches us that we should lend to people who cannot pay us back because that is where real goodness comes in. We should help without expecting something in return. Listahanan works that way. It pinpoints the poor people that will benefit from the financial aid without expecting anything in return. It helps because it can and it has the resources to assist poor people.

Dream all you can. It is free and it is something that no one can take away from you. Believe that social workers are doing their best to identify where the poor are. It is never too late to foster change.

Listahanan will usher the help they need, one foot at a time. A little less foot scarred by the earth, a little less reason to feel hopeless. What difference does a pair of ‘tsinelas’ make? A LOT it seems. ### By CHESTER CARLO M. TRINIDAD, Listahanan Information Officer

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Golden Opportunity

Time is fleeting. You only get limited chances to succeed; sometimes you get none at all. Chances to succeed are few and far between. This is the unspoken reality where we live at the moment. Poverty creeps like a leper in the night. You have to be one or two steps ahead so as not to get overwhelmed with the problem of limited chances of work.

Sometimes people work long hours and only get meager salaries despite their hard work. People may feel cheated because they don’t get any fruit for their labor.

DSWD Region 2’s Training for Enumerators for its Listahanan program is one way of alleviating the lack of work opportunities for our fellow Region 2 citizens. The department’s advocacy works in two ways, help the poor people in the region that badly need assistance while at the same time giving opportunity for job seekers to land a job where they get to earn for themselves and for their family as well.

Hard Work, Harder Pay

If a person has a job, most of the time it is meager and it is only enough for a day’s meal, sometimes even less. You have to work hard in order to earn a dime. When asked what job she had before landing an enumerator position in DSWD, Mrs. Sandra P. Lunag, an enumerator trainee from Nueva Vizcaya, said that she never had any decent job aside from selling rice cakes on the streets. “Wala sir, bale nagtitinda lang ng kakanin, ganun,” Mrs. Lunag said.

“Salamat at meron niyan (Listahanan) para tuwing suweldo may pandagdag puhunan,” Mrs. Lunag added about the potential help that working for Listahanan could have on her.

With the opportunity that DSWD Region 2 is now giving them, the participants say that it will be of great help as they will now have a chance to earn more. Aside from that, they will no longer be just a face in a crowd. They will now be the face in the crowd.

Mrs. Catherine Soberano, an Area Supervisor trainee from Nueva Vizcaya said that the disparity of salary is really big when comparing the salary that she will receive from being an enumerator for DSWD from the salary that she received from her numerous sidelines before. “Ako po sir… iba’t-ibang sidelines… kung ikukumpara malaki po, okay siya,” Mrs. Soberano said.

Fleeting Chance

The trainees also understand that opportunities like this are hard to come by and that DSWD is one, if not the only, department that can give them a great working opportunity. “Wala naman po kasing nag-oopen (job openings), DSWD lang,” Mrs. Soberano said.

A great man once said, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” It is the department’s mandate to uplift the morale of the Filipino people, especially the poor. It was given years ago the ability to use its given resources to create programs and opportunities with the aim of helping the needy and the less fortunate.

The department understands that it can never help everyone in need, but it can definitely help someone. One hand that it saves is one less needy person. By opening the door for the thousands of job-seeking people to have a well-paying job, it can foster change. It can inspire people to keep pushing until they get the job that they aspire. ### By CHESTER CARLO M. TRINIDAD, Listahanan Information Officer

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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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Hope Springs from Trust

There are only three things that you can never take back: a stone when it has been thrown, words when they have been said and time when it has passed. Being careful is crucial in order to not commit the mistake of saying or doing something without properly weighing your options.

Sometimes our perception of someone or something can get muddled because of what we hear or what we see. Sometimes we no longer resort to giving the benefit of the doubt because of premature judgment.

The Challenge

It is common for people to be adversarial towards the government and its departments because of unmet demands and, justified or not, their general lack of trust and dissatisfaction of the government’s overall performance. This has been happening for quite some time now and history suggests that it is something difficult to eradicate. It should be the crusade of the government to win the trust of the people again.

DSWD is not without its liabilities. It had and not because of incompetency but more because of things that are out of its control. As they say, no matter what you do, you cannot control what people say or think about you. You can only control your actions and make sure that you do it well.

The Solution

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

It starts with the people and ends with the people. The department’s mandate is to aid the people in need. As its name suggests, it is for the peoples’ social welfare and development. It ends with the people too because after the department does its work, it is the people who will have to give a sign of approval or an indication of discontent. The first and foremost loyalty of the department is to the people.

You have to play with the cards that you’re dealt with. The department cannot choose the people that they’ll help or govern which makes the implementation of programs harder than it should be. But through all the countless struggles that it had to endure, the Department is standing firm, stronger than ever because it has experienced everything it could handle. What doesn’t destroy you makes you tougher as they say.

Changing Perception

You try to talk to common people and ask them about one word that they can associate with DSWD and they’ll come up with words like help, aid, assistance, support and the like. You can see people slowly embracing and acknowledging what DSWD Region 2 has accomplished for the mass and the promise of continuous assistance that the department offers for the future. They are again giving their trust with full optimism that this time is different from years before.

Mr. Dexter Addatu, an enumerator for Listahanan in Tuguegarao City said that he associates DSWD Field Office 2 with help or assistance to the poor people of the region. “Gobyernong (department) tumutulong sa mga mahihirap at nangangailangan,” Mr. Addatu said.

He also thought that DSWD Field Office 02 is definitely doing its part in identifying the poor people that needs assistance through Listahanan. He said that if ever he gets the opportunity to be a part of DSWD for more than just the duration of the assessment, he will definitely take it.

Ms. Jovelyn R. Perucho, an encoder for Listahanan said she believes that the agency is doing its function of helping the people, especially the poor. She also said that she will relish the opportunity, if given, to be a part of DSWD Field Office 2 so she can get some needed experience and to be able to share her insights as well. “Yes, to learn more and share my knowledge,” Ms. Perucho said when asked why she would be open to working in the department full-time.

Change is the Only Thing that’s Constant            

Times are changing and with it the ravages that it bring. On a personal level, time affects people through aging: you slowly start feeling your age, white hair start to appear on your head, you forget things more often than before and you gasp for air after activities that were easy to do just a couple of years ago. You begin to feel weak to the point where eating meals is a struggle. On a macro level, time affects communities, rural and urban through industrialization or urban and rural decay. We have polluted our world in the last hundred years even more than the total pollutants that were created in the first few billion years that our world has existed. On a positive note, time has brought about advancement in technology such as eco-friendly cars, solar power, and medical breakthroughs including cures for diseases that previously didn’t have treatment.

DSWD Region 2 has gone through changes with time albeit a positive one. Through the hard work of its employees it now reaches more people in the region than in previous years. Programs that target the needy is up and running. More people are getting assistance and as a result, you see people smiling and cheering again. People are not alone anymore. They believe that DSWD Region 2 through Listahanan will do its best to include them in the list of poor households and soon enough get the assistance that they deserve.

People have waited long to be recognized and be included in the list of the needy and it is about time for them to be a part of it. Listahanan was created for this very purpose and it is with this very purpose that the DSWD staff working behind it gets the inspiration to wake up before the sun rises and work way after the sun comes down to be able to include everyone that need assistance. ### By CHESTER CARLO M. TRINIDAD, Listahanan Information Officer

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Soliman visits Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya Province

“Kami sa kagawaran ay natutuwang marinig ang inyong mga kuwento ng tagumpay. Sana ipagpatuloy niyo pa ang mga magagandang pagbabago sa inyong buhay, pamilya at komunidad,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program during her two-day visit in the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya on June 3-4, 2015.

Sec. Soliman’s visit highlighted on her interaction with the 200 Parent Leaders of the aforementioned provinces in a Focused Group Discussion. The beneficiaries shared how the Pantawid Pamilya made a positive impact in their lives.


Soliman listened to the testimonies of the beneficiaries on how the program changed their lives for the better.

“Dati kuntento na ako kung anong meron lang, gaya ang mapag-aral ang anak ko, pero dahil sa Pantawid, mas lumawak ang mga pangarap ko para sa mga anak ko at sa pamilya ko,” said Mary Jean V. Magoncia, a Parent Leader from Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya.

Also through the program, she was empowered and now actively take part in community activities. “Nasa loob lang ako ng bahay dati. Nahihiyang makisalamuha sa mga tao. Pero nung nasa Pantawid na ako, mas lalo akong nagkaroon ng tiwala sa aking sarili at lakas loob na nakikihalubilo sa barangay, at sa mga matataas- tulad ni Governor”.

She also related how the Family Development Sessions (FDS) benefitted her and her husband. “Lagi na lang kami nag-aaway at nagbubulyawan ng asawa ko, dahil kulang-kulang ang pera namin. Ngunit dahil sa pagdalo namin sa FDS at sa mga aral na natutunan namin dito, mas umaayos ang pakikitungo namin sa isa’t isa,” Mary Jean ended.

The beneficiaries also had the opportunity to raise their concerns to which the Secrtary responded.


“Mahalaga ang pagtutulungan ng pamahalaan sa lahat ng antas- sa nasyonal, sa pangrehiyon, sa probinsiya at sa bawat bayan upang masiguro ang maayos at mas epektibong pagpapatupad ng mga programa at serbisy lalo na sa mga nangangailangan,” Soliman emphasized during her interaction with the local officials of the two provinces, headed by Gov. Junie E. Cua of Quirino and Gov. Ruth R. Padilla of Nueva Vizcaya.

The Secretary stressed that convergence among all levels and sectors in vital in eradicating poverty and in uplifting the well-being of the poor.

Soliman’s itinerary capped off with a visit in the project sites under the Sustainable Livelihood Program or SLP. The first stop was the vegetable farm of the Sulong Dibul SEA-K Association in Brgy. Dibul, Saguday, Quirino. The beneficiaries also showcased their products made from fossilised fuel which are being sold in and out of the country. Soliman also witnessed the basket-weaving and broom-making livelihood of the beneficiaries under the May-Pag-asa SEA-K Association in Brgy. Baliling, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.

In her entire visit, Soliman was joined by DSWD Regional Director Remia T. Tapispisan together with the members of the ManCom and some staff of the Pantawid and SLP from the Regional Program Management Office. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II- Pantawid Pamilya

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DSWD Forum underscores importance of understanding children’s behavior post-adoption

Dir. Remia T. Tapispisan (right) inducts the newly-elected officers of the Regional Adoption and Foster Families Association during the Post-Adoption Services Consultation Workshopon May 28-29, 2015 in Tuguegarao City.

Dir. Remia T. Tapispisan (right) inducts the newly-elected officers of the Regional Adoption and Foster Families Association during the Post-Adoption Services Consultation Workshopon May 28-29, 2015 in Tuguegarao City.

“In school, I am considered as the second parent of my students and their love and respect are the rewards of my work that I also long to share with my own child.”

Thus, shared Jacinta Palor, a teacher and an adoptive parent to Liza Jane, a Grade 1 student, from Buguey,Cagayan during the Post-Adoption Services Consultation Workshop on May 28-29, 2015 in Tuguegarao City.

The said workshop was part of the observance of the Adoption Consciousness Month annually observed every February. This year, DSWD FO 02 kicked off the celebration  with the launching of an Adoption Help Desk in partnership  with SM Cares Foundation and other institutions on February 27-28, 2015.

Jacinta, who is an elementary school teacher in Maddalero, Buguey, Cagayan, and her husband Fernando, have been trying to have a child of their own but they have not been blessed with one despite heeding medical prescriptions and advice of fertility experts. Then came their decision to adopt Liza Jane in 2013, then 4 years old, after they heard of DSWD’s notice to the public over a radio program on abandoned and voluntarily surrendered child at DSWD’s Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC).

The adoption process, though tedious and lengthy, was a process the couple legally underwent as they believe in complying with the mandates of the law.

“Initially, we thought of adopting a child from any of our relatives. However, we decided against doing the shortcuts and considered the best interest of the child. The meticulous adoption process we underwent bolstered our faith in the integrity of DSWD’s processes,” Jacinta shared.

She also added that the anxieties and fears they experienced, while undergoing the pre-adoption and matching processes which include a series of interviews and counseling, diminished as they were comforted by the assistance and information shared by DSWD’s Adoption Resource and Referral Unit (ARRU) and the Regional Children Welfare Specialist Group (RCWSG).

This sharing of journey towards legal adoption  by the Palor couple was one of the highlights of the said workshop.

“This workshop aims to assess the status of adoptive and foster families such that the Department may be able to provide them with guidance and share with them expert knowledge specifically on adopted-children’s behavior post-adoption,” explained Ms. Rosario N. Corpuz, Focal Person for Adoption and Foster Care Services.

Likewise, Ms. Janet Salvador, Head of the Adoption Resource and Referral Section from DSWD NCR, shared post-adoption services being offered by the Department as a commitment to ensure the best interest of the child.

“I encourage all Field Offices to conduct Family Camp to strengthen family bonding and to conduct  Adoption-Telling Story Activity which is being  done by NCR nowadays to advocate legal adoption,” said Ms. Salvador.

Meanwhile, Isabel, 15 years old and a third year high school student at St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, expressed her gratitude to DSWD for finding her a home filled with love and afforded her the security and comfort that every child deserves.

DSWD FO 02 Regional Director Remia T. Tapispisan, on the other hand, acknowledges the adoptive families who opened their hearts to homeless children and gave them a chance to live in a loving  home environment.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa DSWD sa mga adoptive families na naririto sa pagiging bukas ng kanilang kaisipan at puso sa pagtanggap bilang bahagi ng kanilang pamilya ang mga batang noo’y nasa pangangalaga namin,” Tapispisan expressed.

Legal adoption process involves several steps such as application of interested parents, approval and disapproval of application, preparation of home study report, matching or family selection, pre-placement and placement of child, supervised trial custody, among others. This process would usually take six months to one year. ### By; GELA FLOR R. PEREZ, Regional Information Officer II

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FEATURE: In Her Own Little Ways

“Dahil sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, nagkaroon ako ng tiwala sa aking sarili na kaya ko ring makiharap sa mga tao na mula sa iba’t-ibang yapak ng buhay,” Mae said, with her eyes that shines with strength and hope.

Her family is one of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid program in Tuao, Cagayan. She is a loving wife and a caring mother to her husband and children. But aside from this, she also squeezes her time as an active Parent Leader who takes charge in disseminating information to her members about the schedule of Family Development Sessions and meetings.

“Bilang isang Parent Leader, sinisikap kong gampanan ng mabuti ang aking mga tungkulin. Sa pamamagitan ng aking mga simpleng pamamaraan, nasi ko ring makatulong sa aking mga kapwa benepisyaryo,” she shared.

Mae is well-loved and is much-respected by her members because she executes her responsibilities admirably. A doting matriarch and a responsible Parent Leader, these are the adjectives that can be used to describe her. But Mae also rolls up her sleeves as a Barangay Health Worker, a Community Health Team partner, and a Barangay Human Rights Action officer.

She performs these roles with enthusiasm, with the goal of making a positive influence in the lives of her fellow beneficiaries.

“Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na ang kahirapan ay hindi makakasagabal sa pagpapaunlad ng ating mga pagkatao,” Mae expressed. She added that poverty, when dealt with an optimistic perspective, can be actually used as a motivation to transform one’s self into a better version he could ever be. And as for Mae, she used poverty as an instrument to touch and make a change, even just little, in the lives of her co-beneficiaries.

Mae owes this huge positive change through the program’s Family Development Sessions. According to her, the FDS has strengthened her knowledge and has awakened her soul on how to be a more responsible and active member of the society.

“Dati, nahihiya akong makihalubilo sa ibang tao dahil nandun yung takot at hiya. Pero dahil sa FDS, nabawasan ang mababang pagtingin sa aking sarili. Nagsimula akong magkaroon ng tiwala sa aking kakayahan at potensyal,” she added.

Mae is grateful for the program because it made her believe that there is something she can do, despite the lack of money. Pantawid is also able to augment the needs of her children in school.

“Napakaraming mabuting pagbabago ang dumating sa aming buhay dahil sa Pantawid Pamilya. Nakakatulong ito sa mga pangangailangan ng aking mga anak gaya sa pagbili ng notbuk at pagbayad ng mga fees. Nasisiguro ko rin ang kanilang kalusugan dahil sa regular na pagpapacheck-up,” Mae emphasized.

But greater than this, she concluded that through the program, Mae began to have faith in herself and trust in her abilities. In her own little ways, she is able to make big changes not just in the lives of her fellows, not just in the community where she belongs, but most of all, she made a big change in herself. ###By JANET A. BALMORES, Municipal Link of Tuao, Cagayan

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DSWD Cagayan Valley earns a nod for implementation of CSAP

Enuemarators are all ears on their trainors as they get trained on how to use the survey tool for rapid assessment of CSAP projects in Penablanca, Cagayan.

Enuemarators are all ears on their trainors as they get trained on how to use the survey tool for rapid assessment of CSAP projects in Penablanca, Cagayan.

The Field Office 02 gets a thumbs up for its good implementing strategy in the construction of core shelter units for typhoon victims during the Rapid Assessment of Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) on May 6-9, 2015 in Tuguegarao City.

Thus, the region was identified as area of study by the Research Monitoring and Evaluation Office of DSWD taking into consideration its good track record in implementing the said program particularly in the municipality of Penablanca, Cagayan with the construction of 466 core shelter units in 2011.

Core Shelter Assistance Program aims to assist family-victims whose houses were totally or partially destroyed by natural or human-induced disasters to acquire decent shelters through cash or material assistance complemented with technical assistance from the DSWD and LGUs.

The impact of this program is measured through the Rapid Assessment on CSAP which aims to determine how the program is being implemented  and detect any potential benefits to its beneficiaries.

The said Rapid Assessment was conducted by the Enumerators on May 11-22, 2015 in Penablanca where they interviewed family-victims on the positive impacts of the program and the possible improvements needed.

It is hoped that the results of this assessment will encourage, not only the other regions, to strengthen its implementation of the program but more so the Local Government Units to speed up the completion of the shelter project. ### By: GELA FLOR R. PEREZ, Regional Information Officer II

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