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Modelong Ama ng FO2, Benny Binando, Umani ng Parangal

Si Gg. Benny Binando ang tinaguriang kauna-unahang Modelong Ama ng Rehiyon II

Makati City – Umani ang pambato ng Field Office 02, si Ginoong Benny Binando, ng ikatlong pwesto sa kagaganap lamang na Pambansang Timpalak ng Modelong Ama na ginanap sa AIM Conference Center sa lungsod ng Makati araw noong Marso 29,2017.

Ang Patimpalak ng Modelong Ama, na nilalahukan ng 18 na rehiyon sa buong bansa, ay ginaganap upang mabigyang karangalan ang mga haligi ng tahanan ng Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program na nagpapamalas ng natatanging galing at dedikasyon sa pakikipagtulungan para sa maayos na implementasyon ng programa.

Si Gg. Benny Binando ay isang Kalanguya ng Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya. Siya ang puno ng kanilang pamilya na binubuo ng kaniyang maybahay at anim na mga anak. Maliban sa pagsasaka bilang pangunahing pinagkukunan ng kanilang pangkabuhayan, siya rin ay naihirang na Kalihim ng Lupon ng Barangay sa kanilang lugar.

Sa gabi ng parangal sinuportahan ng RPMO si Gg. Binando, mula kaliwa, si Mac Paul Alariao ang GAD Focal; Vicenta Pamittan ang RPC; at Jonathan Ramos ang ML ng Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.

Isang natatanging miyembro ng lipunan, naipapamalas ni Gg. Binando ang pagsisilbi sa Diyos bilang isang pastor ng kanilang simbahan. Nahirang din siyang tagapagpayo ng iba pang kalapit sa simbahan ng kabilang munisipyo.

Ang mga katangian niyang ito ang naging dahilan ng pagkahirang niyang Modelong Ama ng Rehiyon 2 sa ginanap na pang-rehiyong paligsahan noong buwan ng Oktubre ng nakaraang taon. Dinaig niya ang mga modelong ama ng mga probinsiya ng Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya at Quirino.

****kwento ni Mac Paul Alariao

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Achieving Beyond Expectations

She is born Shiena Jane Arisga (now Shiena Jane Parocha) out of the passion between the young Jocelyn Arisga and Rudy Parocha on April 23, 2000 at the Province of Rizal. The fresh couple soon married and started to build a family, with 2 more boys added to the brood. But destitution soon deteriorated the love that was the only foundation of the relationship, the couple eventually separated.

Jocelyn, despaired and helpless gave away the youngest son to a considerably well-off family and took off to start anew, leaving behind the 5-year-old Sheina and her other brother to the care of the father.

 

Rudy, equally devastated, soon after found himself in the arms of another woman and deposited the children to his mother in Nueva Vizcaya in order for him to finally co-habit with his new partner in Valenzuela, Manila.

 

Sheina, as a child growing up under the care of her paternal grandmother, is described by relatives as generally withdrawn and awkward around children her age. At school, she only mingles with schoolmates when necessary and prefers to work solo.

 

Her grandmother struggles to make ends meet, carefully managing the trifle support Rudy regularly sends his children while also augmenting the same with odd jobs that pay by the day. Aid also pours in from teachers and friends, though still not enough to maintain all that is necessary for their everyday needs. With the advent of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and the burden of ensuring her education lessened, Sheina began to exhibit scholastic aptitude as well as involvement in extra-curricular activities.

 

“We have noticed gradual change in her behaviour,” one of her teachers commented. “Growing up without the guidance of her biological mother, it is understandable that she is boyish and tends to be irritable. I can feel her struggle in coping with her physical and hormonal changes. Yet despite all that her family is going through, I am amazed at her achievements.”

 

A consistent honor student, she is also one of Sta. Clara National High School’s leading contenders in inter-school press conferences, quiz bees and intellectual tournaments, her latest achievement being hailed as Nueva Vizcaya province’s own 2016 Exemplary Child.

 

“It’s a great honor for the school that she is acclaimed as the Province’s own representative in the regional search,” Sta. Clara High School’s principal noted. “We must be doing something productive.” She further jests.

For Sheina, her journey has just begun. She writes thus:

 

“I will continue to strive hard to fulfil my dreams because I know that education is the key to achieving all that. Being hailed as an exemplary child is a stepping stone for me, and I am proud to have been a part of the Pantawid Pamilya program. It has taught me to be courageous in dealing with the circumstances of life.

Someday, I also want to be able to meet my mother in person. For her to know that despite leaving us, here I am, a successful and strong woman. I want to feel her love, care and guidance still, if only for a short time that we have in this world.

 

I want to find my youngest brother too. I want to complete everything that is missing in my life. I know now, I can do that. I only need to be the best.”

xxx written by Jeanet Antolin-Lozano

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Ginhawa Sa Gulanit na Sapatos

Katanghalian, sa kasagsagan ng mga taong tahimik at mapasensiyang naghihintay sa napakahabang pila upang matanggap ang kaukulang kabayaran sa isang buwang paglilingkod sa programang “Cash For Work,” naroroon si Gng. Banilyn Waguis. Siya ay 46 taong gulang, halong Kalanguya at Ibaloi ang nananalaytay sa kanyang dugo, at ina ng tatlong supling, dalawa rito ay nag-aaral.

“Ang panganay ko, si Dennis Mark, disi-otso anyos na.” Magiliw na panimula niya, “Ayaw na kasing mag-aral. Naroroon siya ngayon sa La Trinidad, Benguet kung saan isa siyang laborer sa pagawaan ng Turmeric. Si Christina Joy ko naman, isa nang grade 10, sa Kongkong Valley National High School samantalang si bunsong Frances Bea ay nasa grade 9 sa parehong paaralan.”

 

Sa pagkuwento ng kanilang buhay, bakas ang lungkot sa kanyang mga mata, “Noong hindi pa kami nakakasama sa MCCT, marami kaming pagkukulang sa pangangailangan namin sa pang araw araw, lalo na sa pag-aaral ng mga bata. Ang asawa ko ay isang magsasaka. Kung minsan ay hindi naibabalik ang ipinuhunan, ako nama’y may munting tindahan. Yung mga naitatabi ko, imbis na magamit ko para sa akin, nahahati para may pandagdag sa sari sari store o kaya napupunta sa pambili ng gamot sa botika kapag walang makukuha sa Health Center.”

 

Patuloy pa ni Gng. Banilyn “Nalulungkot ako kapag naalala ko, required kasi sa paaralan ng mga anak ko na may sapatos sila, madalas ang sagot ko, saka na lang, saka na lang, kapag may pera na tayo. Naubos na ang suelas ng sapatos nila sa saka nalang. Yung klase kasi ng daan namin, mahirap, malayo pa, kaya hindi nagtatagal ang mga tsinelas o sapatos, madaling napupudpod.”

 

“Noong napasama kami sa MCCT, nauuna na naming natutustusan ang pag-aaral ng mga bata. Hindi nalang sa pambili ng mga gamit nila sa paaralan, pati na rin yung para sa mga proyekto nila. Nakakabili na rin ako ng sapatos nila, kahit na yung mura lang, ang importante, napalitan ng bago,” masiglang pagbabahagi pa ni Gng. Banilyn.

 

“Para naman sa aming mga magulang, malaking tulong ang Community Focus Group Discussions o CFDS. Natuturuan kami kung papaano maging responsabelng ina at maayos yung pakikipagkapwa sa ibang tao.” Sa tanong kung ano ang pinaka-nagkaroon ng malaking impluwensiya sa kanya, “Yung sa pakikisalamuha ko sa komunidad at pakikipagtulungan sa Barangay. Kasi hindi lang pala dapat sa sarili tayo nakatuon, dapat lumabas ka, makilahok sa mga proyekto ng barangay, mga pagpupulong at iba pa.”

 

“Hindi porke wala kang kaya sa buhay o wala kang pinag-aralan, hindi dapat iyon maging balakid sa pakikisama sa mga gawain ng komunidad. Katulad nalang dito sa Cash For Work, sa loob ng tatlumpung araw, nagsikap kami upang makatulong upang mapunuan ang mga kakulangan sa mga paaralan, sa health center, dun sa kung saan nangangailangan ng mga tulong naming,” pagtatapos ni Gng. Banilyn.

xxx isinulat ni Jeanet Antolin-Lozano

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Sa Buhay Puto And Bahay Nabuo

“Masasabi kong nakatawid ako sa kahirapan,” panimula ni Ginang Ma. Clara Duerme ng Brgy. Cabudadan, Calayan, Cagayan. May asawa, 42 taong gulang at may dalawang anak. Aniya, “Dahil sa programang Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program ng DSWD, nagkaroon kami ng negosyo at sa kalaanan ay nakapagpatayo ng bahay.”

Ibinahagi ni Gng. Clara na ang una nilang natanggap na cash pay-out ay lump sum na nagkakahalagang labing-apat na libong piso (P14,000.00). Napag-isip isip niya na hindi naman agaran ang mga bayarin ng mga bata sa paaralan kaya ipinuhunan muna ito sa negosyo. Ipinakita niya ang isang Durabox ng mga paninda.

“Nagbebenta ako ng puto, mais at mga kakanin sa umaga. Sa hapon hanggang magdilim ay nagbebenta din ako ng barbeque at ballot,” Saad pa niya.

“Mayroon din kaming ¼ na ektaryang bukid tinatamnan ng palay o mais. Iyon naman ang pinagkakaabalahan ng aking asawa. Paminsan-minsan kapag mahina ang ani, nagagamit ang pera para sa pag-aaral ng mga bata, ngunit sinisiguro ko naman na pagdating ng bayaran ay natutustusan namin agad ang mga gastusin.”

May ngiti sa mga labi niya sa pagkuwento,  “Kumikita ako sa pagtitinda ng aabot sa PhP 900.00 kada maghapon at naitatabi ko doon ang PhP 200.00. Sa kalaunan ay nag-alaga na rin kami ng baboy, siya namang inaasikaso ng aking asawa.”

Dahil sa magandang pangyayaring ito, unti-unting natupad ang mga pangarap ng pamilya.

“Ang bahay namin  noon ay gawa lamang sa Kawayan kaya hindi ito sapat na proteksiyon sa amin tuwing may bagyo,” Halos maluha siya sa pagkuwento, madalas madaanan ng bagyo ang Calayan. “Sa ipon namin, unti-unti naming naipasemento ang bahay. Nakakuha din ako ng retro payment na ginamit naman namin sa pagpapakabit ng kuryente.”

Sa ngayon, ang panganay na anak na si Ryan ay magtatapos na sa kursong BS Information Technology bilang isang ESGP-PA scholar. Ang bunso namang si Clain Joel ay nasa ika-anim na baitang sa Calayan Central School, siya na lamang ang mananatiling iskolar ng Pantawid Program sa pamilya Duerme.

“Sobra-sobra na ang naitulong sa akin ng DSWD. Kahit pa siguro ga-graduate na rin ako sa programa, makakapagtapos pa rin ang lahat ng mga anak ko. Ipagpapatuloy kong isa-isip at isagawa ang mga natututunan ko sa mga Family Development Sessions. Nagpapasalamat ako sa programang ito.” Ang panghuling mensahe ni Gng. Duerme.

*isinulat ni Angelisa Mendez

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FEATURE: Breaking the Barriers

It’s written in all the communication paraphernalia, be it in a Sticker, Poster, Flyer or a Tarpaulin. A catchy phrase that is synonymous with accountability and transparency. It reads: “May Reklamo sa Pantawid Pamilya? Mag-text sa 0918-912-2813.” This text hotline is just one of the many modes by which anyone can file his complaints, suggestions and recommendations on how the country’s version of the Conditional Cash Transfer is being implemented. This is how the Grievance Redress System works.

Commonly known as GRS, this system encourages the public to have active involvement in program implementation that is vital in ensuring more effective and more efficient delivery of social services, especially of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It also guarantees that the grievances elevated will be addressed immediately.

Through the years, the system has already undergone different innovations and developments to adopt with the demands of the fast-changing society, especially with the advent of modern technology.

GRS now offers various ways for the public to communicate their grievances. Tech-savvy citizens may opt for Facebook, Twitter or Gmail; while some still resort through text or through GRS Form.

The 17 regions nationwide has also come up with their own ideas and methods, all geared towards a more reliable and more dependable feedbacking and grievance resolution system.

Out of Cagayan Valley Region’s Box

In order to monitor and evaluate the progress of resolving complaints and concerns on the program, the Regional Project Management Office of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Region 02 intensified its implementation of the Unified Information Communication System or UNICS. Most of the complaints received are on payment issues (not on payroll list) and compliance verification issues (low entitlement).All of these issues are addressed and processed through updating and accomplishing the required retroactive forms to facilitate the payment of grants wherein the region recorded a 99.36% resolution rate.

The efforts of the GRS Officers and the Monitoring and Evaluation Officers also resulted to the creation of “Localized End to End Retro-Payment” that provides a proactive response in resolving payment and compliance verification issues. Through this initiative, the retroactive payments are processed through the generation of CVS Retro Forms, thus, achieving a fast turn-around time of resolving complaints at the city/municipal level.

The RPMO also devised the “Written Warning Form” for prompt resolution on cases of multiple violations and deviation from program’s regulations such as gambling, misuse of grants and other related misdemeanor.

Performance and Action

The hurdles confronting Pantawid Pamilya staff, as well as with our partner implementers, continue to increase as we trudge forward in implementing the program. Receipt and resolution of grievances have always been the responsibilities of the GRS Team, but the understanding and identifying the limitations of the system have also been greater challenges.

Everyday, the GRS officers receive hundreds of complaints. Most of these grievances are about payment issues like lower entitlement to cash grants or not being included in the payroll list. Whatever the complaint is, whatever mode was used, the GRS assures the sender of a reliable and quick response. And one of the beneficiaries who can attest to this is Jerry Gazzingan, 43 years old, from the municipality of Santa Maria, in the province of Isabela.

The Gazzingan family is one of the 97, 708 family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Region II. Just like others, Jerry is thankful for his family is a recipient of the program.

“Napakalaking tulong ng Pantawid Pamilya sa amin, kasi may katuwang na kaming mag-asawa sa pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng aming mga anak sa eskwelahan, at yung para sa kalusugan nila,” Jerry shared.

“Pero higit sa tulong pinansiyal, ay yung mga aral na naibigay sa akin dahil sa Family Development Sessions. Sa pamamagitan ng FDS, mas napalawak ang aking kaalaman sa maraming bagay tulad ng Responsible Parenting, Active Citizenship, Family Planning at iba pa. Kaya naman, may pag-unlad na naganap sa aking sarili. Dahil sa Pantawid, naging empowered ako,” he continued.

With a good compliance rate to the conditionalities of the program, Jerry happily receives his grant through his LBP cash card. He makes sure that the money will be utilized properly, prioritizing the needs of his children at school.

But when Jerry lost his cash card, his world seemed to crumble. Yet he was very hopeful that his lost cash card will be replaced. So he immediately reported it to his Municipal Link and filled out the Grievance Redress System (GRS) form to ask for replacement.
Then, the moment he had been waiting for came. Jerry wore a big smile on his face when he finally got his new cash card. From there, he promised to take extra care of it so that it will not be lost again.

Now, Jerry encourages his fellow beneficiaries to elevate their complaints and suggestions, in any of the different modes they are most comfortable with.

Before, we used to live in a society haunted with apathy wherein only those in uniform have the power. The weak, the poor, the disadvantaged sectors of the society remains vulnerable. They do not have the voice to speak out their minds. But now, it has totally changed.

Now, the weak, the poor, the disadvantaged sectors of the society are empowered to stand up for themselves. They are encouraged to communicate their sentiments and perceptions especially in the programs of the government.

Now with GRS, it’s a different story. ###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer II

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