Cash-For-Work paid up in Paquibato village

CASH FOR WORK. Residents of Barangay Colosas, Paquibato District, Davao City claim their Cash-For-Work during the 20th ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan held in the barangay’s Sitio Panaga on May 18. At least 100 family heads participated in the program for 10 days at Php 255 per day. Men and women participants engaged in community gardening, road clearing, and improvement of waterways. Under its Cash-For-Work Program, a total of Php 255,000.00 was disbursed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the area along with 2000 family food packs which were distributed to barangay residents. Earlier this month, DSWD paid Php 3.1 million to Cash-for-Work participants in barangays Talomo and Buhangin, also in Davao City. (DSWD XI)

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DSWD joins 20th ARENA Serbisyo Caravan

Davao City (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) participated in the recent 20th ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan in Sitio Panaga, Barangay Colosas, Paquibato District, Davao City.

Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Francis N. Tolentino was guest of honor.

Under its Cash-For-Work Program, a total of Php 255,000.00 was disbursed by DSWD in the area along with 2000 family food packs which were distributed to barangay residents.

Serbisyo Caravan of ARENA XI may now be considered the longest-running and the only all-inclusive public service delivery platform in the whole country.

Government cars in convoy, the Serbisyo Caravan brings community outreach programs and direct services closer to the people.

In a ‘fiesta’ setting, it provides a one-stop shop of services and information of national government agencies especially targeting the poorest barangays in the region in partnership with local government units. Lately, some private institutions have started joining and bringing in their services as well.

Part Two of which is the ‘People’s Dialogue’ where the community and local leaders consult with agency heads as well as with their local chief executives on priority development concerns in the locality.

ARENA XI or Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI is composed of heads and assistant heads of over 50 regional offices of national government agencies based in Davao City.

Being one of the prime movers of ARENA XI, DSWD has extensively provided vital programs and services to the various communities where Serbisyo Caravan has been. (DSWD)

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125 fishing boats for Sarangani fishers

Sarangani, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) – A total of 125 non-motorized fishing boats and fishing accessories were turned over to five barangays of the municipality of Sarangani, Davao Occidental on May 17 at the Mabila Port by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and in coordination with the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAgrO).

“There are 50 more boats yet to be turned over to the beneficiaries of the municipality,” SLP Provincial Coordinator Arthur A. Diaz, said in an interview. “The municipality of Sarangani is fortunate to have rich coastal and marine resources where people depend most of their livelihood on. This is why the turned-over fishing boats and fishing accessories would be of great help in improving the beneficiaries’ socio-economic condition.”

The turnover ceremony was attended by the beneficiary-fishermen and their families, representatives of DSWD and some officials of the LGU.

SLP together with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KaLaHi-CIDSS) are the three major poverty-reduction programs of the government being spearheaded by DSWD. (DSWD)


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P88-M for Davao City social pensioners turned over

SOCIAL PENSION. Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte [third from right] receives the Eighty-Eight Million Five Thousand Pesos (Php 88,005,000.00) check from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat [third from left] during Monday’s City Hall convocation program. The amount will pay the 58,670 social pension beneficiaries of Davao City for the second quarter.

The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable older persons as well as backs the full implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The monthly stipend of P500 which took effect January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.

Covering three quarters of 2018, DSWD will transfer a total of Php 264,015,000.00 to the city for the social pension program. From the initial 450 social pensioners in 2011, Davao City has now a total of 58,670 older persons qualified in the program.

Also in photo are [from left] Assistant City Treasurer Villa Dureza, DSWD Protective Services Division Chief Ma. Elena S. Labrador, City Social Services and Development Office Department Head Ma. Luisa T. Bermudo, and City Administrator Zuleika T. Lopez. (DSWD XI)

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IP tribes in ComVal unite for livelihood

CONVERGING RESOURCES. Members of the P’yagadapuyonan Microenterprise Association standing proud before their first and main store in Barangay Poblacion, Maragusan, Compostela Valley. With a funding support from LGU Maragusan and with the proceeds from their previous Cash-For-Work projects, the Mansaka and Mandaya tribes in the town converged and established the microenterprise venture to augment their daily income. Members are beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP). Having set up their first branch in Barangay New Albay, the association is currently preparing the ground works for its second branch to be constructed in Barangay Bagong Silang. The store offers basic commodities to fellow MCCT-IP beneficiaries and other villagers. Members with individual sari-sari store also purchase stocks from the main store. Joining the group here is Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link of Compostela Valley Province John Edward A. Magbanua [in yellow shirt]. (DSWD)

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Pantawid: Gateway to education

Compostela, Compostela Valley Province (DSWD XI) – “Hopelessness has no room to those whose hope is in God,” said Rose Anne Valenzuela, a 19-year old Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary and Senior High School top graduate of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) at Compostela National High School.

Rose Anne succeeded despite adversities and because of sheer persistence.

It was November of 2009 when her family faced a soul-wrecking trial. Her parents, on their way home, were injured in a motorcycle accident. Her mother was declared dead-on-arrival while her father was comatose.

Rose Anne could still recall the tragedy with intense pain, how her dreams of a bright future were instantly relegated to the background. Having six siblings attending school, it was unimaginable how finishing it would still be possible when the only active source of livelihood, her mother, is gone and her father was struggling in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with a very slim chance of survival.

Dili gyud nako malimtan ang adlaw nga nakadungog ko og balita nga akoang mama ug papa nadisgrasya. Si mama dead on arrival ug si papa 50-50 ug na comatose. Mura ko og mabuang og huna-huna kung ngano nahitabo ni sa amoa (I could never forget that fateful day when I learned that my parents met an accident and that my mother had died and my father had a 50% chance of surviving and was in a coma state. I could never fathom why it happened to us),” Rose Anne recalled.

“I thought I would crack up then, taking in all the anguish and the responsibilities left by my mother,” Rose Anne said. “We were shocked but we had to be strong and remain hopeful to be able to survive. Unceasingly, we prayed for a miracle.”

The best Christmas gift their family received on December 25, 2009 was their father, who was declared stable. His life was more important to us than any Christmas present, Rose Anne said.

New challenges, new blessings

Rose Anne performed the responsibilities left by her late mother –from minding various home chores to nursing her father back to health. These became part of her daily routine. She knew there were more trials to come.

While her two older siblings were doing part-time jobs to sustain their daily needs, she had to find ways to be able to pay for their school materials.

Meanwhile, Rose Anne’s bias towards education remained resolute as ever. She did not lose hope and aimed to finish her high school which is her sure ticket in breaking into college.

Rose Anne has been a top achiever since grade school and it was clear to her that her staunchest battle is her family’s low financial capacity.

Di baleng wala kami financially, importante gyod naay edukasyon. Kana amoang ginaisip nga katigayonan (It’s fine if we’re not financially able, it is more important to be educated and that’s what we treasure).”

In 2010, the Valenzuela family became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Dako gyod siya og tabang. Makatabang gyod kaayo sa amoa kay makabayad sa bayronon sa eskwelahan ug mga nautangan nako (It is really a big help to us. We are able to settle our school obligations and other debts as well).”

Strong in poverty

Rose Anne, being the more responsible among the remaining siblings (the older ones are already married), had to carry on and act like a family head which includes taking care of her paralyzed father.

The poverty she lived with everyday pushed her to work harder and graduate in senior high school. She believes their constant financial struggle was her driving force to finish her studies. She knew it is the only sure chance that would grant her family a ticket out of poverty and leading a better life.

“Thanks to Pantawid Pamilya,” Rose Anne declared. Now, she has a better chance.

This summer vacation, as Rose Anne is among the recipients of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) in their locality, she painstakingly looks for opportunities to be able to fund her college degree.

She dreams to be a teacher. She wants her story to be told to inspire children in her town to work hard and pursue their dreams of a more productive and prosperous life.

Hardship is temporary but giving up won’t bring you anywhere. Rose Anne learned this lesson, being a hopeful, struggling poor and a work in progress.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a national government platform that invests in the health and education of poor households.

It provides cash grants to compliant household beneficiaries with a health subsidy of Php 500.00, and educational grants worth Php 300 and Php 500.00 respectively, to children in elementary and high school. As of April 2018, there are 263,127 households enrolled in Davao Region. (DSWD)





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31 repatriates assisted

WELCOMING REPATRIATES. Social workers from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) conduct intake interview to Filipino repatriates who arrived in Davao City from Manado, Indonesia Thursday night. The 31 fishermen were welcomed by Philippine Government officials led by Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher Lawrence T. Go at Camp Feranil Pier, Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City.

DSWD provided transportation assistance and food packs, Department of Agriculture gave out 150 packs of assorted vegetable seeds, Bureau of Fisheries turned over fishing implements, the Office of the President distributed buckets of foodstuffs while Department of Foreign Affairs assisted them with their travel documents. The fishermen hail from different parts of Mindanao such as General Santos City, Sarangani Province, Davao City, Davao Oriental, Zamboanga, and Tawi-tawi. All will be assisted in returning to their homes as soon as possible. (DSWD)

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Aboitiz group funds livelihood skills training of Pantawid families

Davao City (DSWD XI) -Twenty (20) Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of Barangay Indangan here have just graduated from Basic Electrical Skills Training (BEST), also known as Project BEST, funded and initiated by Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and Davao Light and Power Company, Inc. in coordination with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD XI), and the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU).

“This is a proof that private and public sectors are one in their goal of helping the welfare of the Filipino communities. I can attest to the commitment and passion of Aboitiz Foundation which has been a long-time partner of our Office,” Merlinda A. Paragamac, DSWD Promotive Services Division Chief, said in her message.

“The group has always been committed in helping the poor Filipino communities not just in Davao but in the whole country. And we are very much grateful for this opportunity and we welcome more partnership engagements to come,” Engr. Rodger S. Velasco, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Davao Light and Power Corporation said in his closing message.

Held at Indangan gymnasium on Thursday, April 19, the graduation ceremony was also attended by representatives from Aboitiz Foundation, TESDA, DSWD, members of BLGU Indangan, and friends and families of the graduates. (DSWD)

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