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STORE OF HOPE

“Nag-umpisa po ako sa maliit na puhunan, sa patingi tinging pagbebenta hanggang sa unti unti ko pong napatayo itong pinangarap kong tindahan.”

 

This is how Amerissa Puyat, a mother of three children, married to Michael Puyat started to share her life-changing story. Her family is currently residing at barangay Sinnamar Norte, San Mateo, Isabela. She is an active parent leader of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program under Set 5.

Way back 2003, during her pregnancy on her third child; the drive to take a leap for a better life came to pass as she decided to venture into a small business. During that time, her husband’s income as a bus driver of Astro Liner is not enough to suffice their daily needs, she pondered on ways to cope with their current situation and meet the necessities of her pregnancy.

With a starting capital of P 3,000.00 borrowed from the employer of her husband as an advance salary, she started a sari-sari store comprising of basic items such as sugar, lard, salt, condiments and the like. As she is determined to expand her sari-sari store, she set aside a portion of her income as her savings for capital build-up. After 2 years of fortitude and positive attitude towards life, she was able to raise additional capital for her sari-sari store.

Life is not always a bed of feathers as it was on 2006 that her husband lost his job. This unexpected event almost shook her faith. Instead of dwelling on the negative side of life, she opted to make the best out of the worst and strived harder to improve her means of living. After a challenging year, fortunately her husband was able to land a job as a bus driver in the same company.

Through the years, as a fruit of her labor, she was able to improve their house, acquire some basic household appliances such as small television and a refrigerator for her sari-sari store, put up a loading station and ventured on rice retailing.

When she became member of SEA-K, the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the DSWD equipped her with new strategies. Through the social preparation and capacity building activities that she undertook, she was able to grasp further knowledge and skills in sustaining and improving her current business. Most of all, she felt empowered as she and her group will about to venture on vegetable production.

Aling Amerissa dreams that someday her small store of hope will transform into an enterprise of success. She knows that it is a long way to go and that trials and hindrances may come along her way but with great determination and a strong will, she knows that she can make it happen soon. ### By: MELISEN A. TAQUIQUI, PDO II, San Mateo, Isabela

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MICROSCOPIC DREAM TO MACROSCOPIC REALITY

 

“To smile is a natural habit, it is either simple or inspirational, but one thing is sure it saves the world from hatred and tears.”

This famous adage perfectly describes who Edna Donato is when I first met her during my arrival in Palanan, Isabela.

Ate Edna, 42 years old and a resident of Dimaliculicu, Palanan, Isabela is one of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries.

Before the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) was being implemented in the area, Ate Edna and her family relied on farming which undeniably insufficient to meet the needs of their family. She had two (2) high school students and a college student. She works in their house and does chores while his husband worked under the striking heat of the sun to have some money to earn. She indeed spent the rest of her days and nights thinking on how she can have enough money to spend for her family.

When she heard that SLP of the Department of Social Welfare and Development is offering livelihood, she almost felt like she have worn out all the thorns that have been troubling her for many years. Ambitiously as it may seem, but she told me then that one of her wish is that someday, their product (sabutan) would be known in the main land.

Indeed her ambition came to reality when one day her sabutan bag was recognized by Community Crafts Association of the Philippines (CCAP). CCAP is an association that promotes cultural heritage of Filipinos through the development of craft industry. They currently export innovative products made out of indigenous materials in the United States of America, Asian and European countries. And when CCAP hosted a trade fare on June 2013, her sabutan bags were one of those products sold during the said fare.

Success indeed comes to people who believe. Edna’s story is a testament that the world offers a lot of things. It is on how we deal on it that carries and brings us to the door of success. ### By: JUNETT C. ADDURU, PDO II, 1st District of Isabela

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A Family’s Road to Success

In photo: Thanks DSWD! The family of Ritchelle poses happily saying DSWD programs had improved their quality of life.

 

“Good people obtain pure joy not because they do great things but because they do small acts of kindness with great love and with a caring heart.”

Ritchelle Soriano is one of the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and a parent leader from Brgy. Casambalangan, Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Her husband was also chosen to be employed at the “Trabahong Lansangan Program” of DSWD and DPWH since October 16, 2011 to present.

It was on February 04, 2012 that Ritchelle engaged in Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K), one of the strategies under the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD which helps to improve the socio-economic status of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. With the capital seed fund or money she received from SEA-K, she began cooking for “kakanin” and sells it in their barangay.

Hand in hand, the couple worked hard until they had enough income to buy their own motorcycle to be used for their transportation to work, for their children going to school and for her to deliver the “kakanin” to the buyers.

Ritchelle now does not only cooked “kakanin” but she also produce and sells “bagoong” and dried fish which she learned from the conduct of Basic Business Management Training conducted by the Project Development Officer (PDO), Mr. Jerome Versoza.

With them earning a good standing in the community, Ritchelle’s family was hailed as the “Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya for 2012” during the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya spearheaded by DSWD Field Office 02 last year. Ritchelle’s family was awarded certificate of recognition, a check amounting to Eight Thousand Pesos (P8, 000.00) and overnight accommodation with the whole family in a hotel in Tuguegarao City.

Fortunate enough, the family of Ritchelle was given more chances in life to go on and face the struggles and problems of life. “Nagpapasalamat po kami sa DSWD sa kanilang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at Sustainable Livelihood at tinulungan kaming tumawid tungo sa kaunlaran”, Ritchelle proudly said. ### By: MARK JEROME M. VERZOSA, PDO II, 1st District of Cagayan

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FO2 on watch for Typhoon Labuyo

The Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) office in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino already started with the 24-hour duty to ensure retrieval and validation of reports from their respective Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (PDRRMCs).

Also, the Disaster Reduction and Management Team or DMRT of DSWD Field Office II was activated to monitor updates on reports and the status of weather condition in the provinces thru the SWAD Teams.

Consequently, the Field Office has released food and non-food items as augmentation support to the affected provinces. A total of 1, 000 Family Food Packs and 1, 000 packs of Relief Clothings is allotted for Quirino while Nueva Vizcaya has 1, 100 Family Food Packs; 1, 000 packs of Relief Clothings and 100 cases of bottled mineral water. Relief operations are on-going in the said provinces.

The SWADs are reminded to ensure that the relief assistance extended to the affected families shall be supported by the Disaster Family Access Card (DAFAC) and completed Relief Distributed Sheet.

Trained social workers on Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing (CISD) were also advised to be ready for deployment in the event that their services will be needed.

As of now, the Field Office is requesting for volunteers from the Media, Academe and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs0 in the region to assist in the repacking of foods and other non-food items for stockpile and additional augmentation support.

For interested volunteers, please come to DSWD Field Office II at No. 48 Dalan na Pagayaya, Regional Government Center, Carig, Tuguegarao City. ###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer II

 

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FO2’s LISTAHANAN ranks second in data sharing nationwide

Listahanan FO2 (National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or NHTS-PR) is the second highest in data sharing with local government units (LGUs) with rate of 81.63% among the 17 regions.This means that 80 out of 98 LGUs (4 cities, 89 municipalities and 5 provinces) have been shared with the list of poor households and other related data. This was revealed during the Project Review and Evaluation Workshop held recently.

The figure represents an increase of 18.63 percentage points from last year’s accomplishment.

Also, there are now 18 national government agencies (NGAs) and 8 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with approved Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

“We are so happy to know that the percentage of our data users had surged. This only shows that unyielding efforts in encouraging LGUs and other stakeholders to use our data base are not wasted.” Ms. Delia S. Sto. Tomas, Deputy Regional Project Manager said.

The Listahanan data-base contains names, addresses and other related data of the poor households such as the list of poor households by type of materials used for the roof and walls, by type of water source, by type of toilet, etc. It was used to identify beneficiaries of various social protection programs of LGUs such as food for work, pre-marriage counseling, provision of toilet bowls and pump wells, plywood, nails and galvanized iron sheets and a lot more.

The data base allows providers of the social protection programs like LGUs, NGAs and CSOs to identify their target beneficiaries and direct their resources to them.

“Im happy that our efforts to campaign for more data users have paid off. This inspires us to continue looking for partners who need our data as this is one of our best indicators of success.” Mr. Felipe P. Adarme, Regional Field Coordinator, said.

Listahanan is continuously making efforts to encourage more LGUs, NGAs andCSOs to enter into a MOA with DSWD and become part of the Listahanan data users.###Ailyn P. Aglaua, Administrative Assistant V (AAV)

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FEATURE: Trabahong Lansangan: A Signature of Success

A tree that has deep roots can survive a violent storm. Much as a person with deep faith can survive any problem that comes along.

Mr. Rolly A. Mamauag or “Oli” as he is fondly called, can never forget what he went through in his first employment. When he initially reported for office, he was given certain papers to fill out which caught him barefooted. He got emotional for a moment and cried as he was frightened for being incapable of writing his name or even affix his own signature. He thought of backing out from the roll. However, he realized the consequences it will befall his family. With strong determination, he sought the help of his co-workers who in turn assisted him.

Oli is one of the seven (7) beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya who are recipients of Sustainable Livelihood Program Track 2 (Employment Facilitation) which was implemented in Barangay San Vicente, Jone, Isabela. He is 40 years old, married to Rhoda G. Mamauag who bore him 3 children ages 19, 15 and 8 years old.

With the joint project of DSWD and DPWH, Oli is now working in the “Trabahong Lansangan” project in Jones, Isabela. He is one of the workers who do road maintenance thru vegetation control and site distance clearing, cleaning and draining ditches.

Oli never got into schooling. “Mahirap ang buhay noon kaya hindi ako napag aral at nagsaka na lamang ako”, he reminisced.

Oli is thankful of his job. When he got hold of his first salary, he exclaimed, “May pangbuhay na tayo!” His wife right there and then went out and purchased cooking utensils to replace the lost ones which were succumbed by fire of unknown source. They could still recount the days when daily meal is insufficient for them and working as farm laborers when possible is the only source of living. With such dilemma, Rolly believed, “ang pag-asenso ay nasa tao.” Given the opportunity and determination to improve their living, he pursued the Trabahong Lansangan. Now, he is able to provide for his family. He learned fast and enhanced his skill.

For Oly, being engaged in the recent project is a remarkable experience. It may not be considered as a great success story for others but for him, it is one, for this experience developed and continues to develop him as a person.

Because of the Trabahong Lansangan, he was able to acknowledge his very own signature, his signature of success. By: MARICEL T. BALISI, Project Development Officer II, Sustainable Livelihood Program

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POOs gear up for Pantawid PIR

With the aim to showcase accomplishments and good practices in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Provincial Operations Offices of Cagayan (POO1), Isabela (POO2), Quirino (POO3) and Nueva Vizcaya (POO4) are all set for the Provincial Program Implementation Review (PIR) which will be held at Holiday Plaza Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan next month.

Some of the components which will be looked into are the Beneficiary Update System (BUS), Compliance Verification System (CVS), Grievance Redress System (GRS) and other areas concerning the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya.

The program is being implemented in the four provinces (except Batanes) covering 83 municipalities and 4 cities with a total of 94, 120 household beneficiaries regionwide.

The Province of Isabela holds the most number of household beneficiaries with 44, 578; followed by the Province of Cagayan with 31, 094; Province of Nueva Vizcaya with 11, 793; and the province of Quirino with 6, 655 household beneficiaries.

All the Pantawid areas will be represented by the Municipal/City Links (M/Cls) and Social Welfare Assistants (SWAs) respectively.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor Filipino children aged a0-14 years old.

In exchange of cash grants, beneficiaries should comply with the conditions of the program which includes (1) pregnant women must avail pre and post natal care; (2) children aged 0-5 years old must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; (3) children aged 6-14 years old must receive deworming pills twice a year; (4) children aged 0-5 years old must be enrolled in preschool/daycare with at least 85% attendance rate; (5) children aged 6-14 years old must be enrolled in elementary and highschool with at least 85% attendance rate; and (6) parents must attend Family Development Sessions or FDS.###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer II

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Parent Leaders, Municipal Link attend PL, NIAMC Forum

Makati City, Philippines-Two parent leaders and one municipal link of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program represented DSWD Field Office II at the National Independent Advisory and Monitoring Committee (NIAMC) and Parent Leader (PL) Forum held at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center –Manila recently.

Parent Leaders Ritchelle Soriano of Sta. Ana, Cagayan and Noel Nalimma from Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya are the representatives of non Indigenous People and Indigenous People respectively. They were accompanied by Arvin T. Longcop, the Municipal Link of Nagtipunan, Quirino.

The NIAMC and PL forum  aim to provide an avenue for the NIAMC and select parent leaders from the 17 regions over the country to share information and discuss how the Pantawid Pamilya program is being implemented in the grassroots level.

Meanwhile, the PLs who are representatives of their fellow beneficiaries and the direct partners of City/Municipal Links and the DSWD in the implementation of the program has a major say about the impact of the program to them. Hence, they are the primary key informants as to how the program is implemented.

 This was also an avenue for the C/MLs to share concrete experiences on how the program operates in the ground, identify emerging issues and provide recommendations needed for the improvement of the program.

 Additionally, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman graced the event with her message of gratitude to the PLs and C/MLs. She mentioned that the PLs are the movers and leaders of the society in the years to come. Hence, there is a need to capacitate them and their parent members since tey have a great role in guiding the children of tomorrow and it is expected that no one will be left behind.

 For the C/MLs, Sec Dinky expects service that is honest, efficient and passionate. Moreover, she reiterated the trust given to them by the community where they were assigned and the active and harmonious relationship between the C/MLs and PLs.

NIAMC is an independent advisory committee composed of 21 members from different popular organizations, academe, non-government organizations and the private sectors nationwide. This independent body has been an active partner of DSWD in the implementation of its programs and services. ###By ARVIN T. LONGCOP, Municipal Link/Nagtipunan, Quirino

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