DSWD supports peace-building efforts through livelihoods

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) recently conducted a Program Review and Evaluation Workshop for the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project of the national government

In attendance were representatives from the DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) National and Regional Project Management Offices, OPAPP Officials and Regional Managers, and Multi-Inter Agency Councils (MIAC) of the concerned local government units.

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DSWD supports peace-building efforts through livelihoods

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) recently conducted a Program Review and Evaluation Workshop for the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project of the national government

In attendance were representatives from the DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) National and Regional Project Management Offices, OPAPP Officials and Regional Managers, and Multi-Inter Agency Councils (MIAC) of the concerned local government units.

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SLP partners pledge full commitment and support

Being trusted SLP partners, they swear to give their full support to all the program’s thrusts.

Being trusted SLP partners, they swear to give their full support to all the program’s thrusts.

In a unified voice, all active and prospective partners in the implementation of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) verbally pledged their commitment and support of their organization in realizing all the thrusts of the program in bringing about development to the lives of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

The SLP is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1).

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SLP holds Consultative Dialogue


(Left Photo) Roy Serdeña, SLP head, presents updates and accomplishments of SLP to the (Right Photo) LGUs and DSWD staff.

Butuan City – The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development recently conducted its first consultative dialogue with the Municipal Social Welfare Development Officers (MSWDOs) of sets 1 and 2 areas of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The activity aimed to update the MSWDOs and DSWD staff on SLP matters and accomplishments per Municipality.

The activity was also participated by the Provincial and City Social Welfare Officers, Provincial/Local Counterparts of the Project Development Officers (PDOs) of SLP, Social Welfare Officers III of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Welfare Officers II of Convergence.

“I am happy that SLP conducted this activity because it is the right venue for us to raise our issues and concerns on what is really happening in the implementation of SLP in our areas,” said Nenita P. Plaza, MSWDO, Taganaan,Surigao del Norte.

In Caraga region, there are 18, 972 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries served by SLP through SEA-K providing Capital seed fund of 149, 796, 500.00.

It was observed that in San Luis, Agusan del Sur, which is a place near Agusan River their fish cage project is successful. With the help of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) introduced the new technology on Tilapia Cage Culture Production and provide trainings to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The design of the fish cage is not rooted or embedded from the land that allows water to flow. So, rain or shine the water in the pond is in normal level. With this Tilapia Cage Culture Project produces 8, 000 or more tilapia per pond. The value-added products from tilapia are the imbutido, lumpia, fish nuggets, fish chicharon, burger patty, dried fish, polvoron and fish balls. For now, their main customer is the LGU of San Luis but they are also in the process of marketing their products outside the town.

“I am glad that I attended the SLP consultative dialogue because I was reminded of my responsibilities. SLP is indeed a good program especially to our Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries,” said Daisybeil Demavivas, PSWDO/OIC, Agusan del Norte.

“Not all have the opportunity to help others. So we must go beyond our capacity in helping to eradicate the poverty in our region. Let’s have a sense of ownership of this program,” SLP Head Roy Serdeña said.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a community-based capacity building program aimed at improving the participants’ socio-economic status. First, it supports micro-enterprises to become organizationally and economically viable.  Second, it also links participants to employment opportunities. ### Social Marketing Unit (Maria Cecilia N. Sosas)


San Mariano SEA-K Associations hold People’s Congress

San Mariano

Let the people’s voice be heard, towards empowerment and development”.

This was the proactive theme of the People’s Congress which conducted recently in San Mariano, Isabela, joined by Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran associations.

The objective of said people’s congress was to provide opportunity for people especially the poor farmers of San Mariano, Isabela who are members of the SEA-K Associations to present their issues and concerns to the legislative representatives and Local Chief Executive for their consideration in their legislative and executive agenda.

The activity was quite different from the usual gathering of people where the people are the passive listeners.  This time, it was the people who talk about their own agenda. Their voices were put forward while the guests/panelists listened and responded to their issues and concerns. These concern

s were presented by the people’s representatives to the Local Chief Executive and congressional representatives.

The Federation of SEA-K Association in San Mariano, Isabela spearheaded the organization and the conduct of the people’s congress, thru a Steering Committee (SC) composed of the SEA-K Federation Officers, SLP Project Development Officer and the MSWDO. The Technical Working Group (TWG) was composed of the Municipal Links of Pantawid  and other MSWDO staff.

Moreover, Municipal Mayor Dean Anthony Domalanta of San Mariano in his speech proposed to the SEA-K Federation that it should forward a petition or its equivalent to the Sangguniang Bayan so that the Committee on Agriculture will conduct appropriate hearings regarding the issues on corn trading

Here were some of the General Resolutions raised by the SEA-K members during the People’s Congress; 1) Creation of a Multi-sectoral Council for the Welfare and Development of Corn Farmers, 2) Regular dialogue between Traders and Farmers   to be Conducted/Facilitated by the LGU, 3) Development of a Financial and Technical Program Assistance for Planting and Marketing of Typhoon and Drought -resilient Crops, 4) Forging of Laws to protect and uphold the economic rights of farmers specially the marginalized corn farmers.. He also said that he will use the proposed resolutions of the congress as his development blue print in his administration.

Majority of the SKA (Sea-K Association) members are farmers. Thus, the issues presented revolved around the Farmer – Trader Relationship which is a real concern because it involves the vulnerable poor, the masses.   ### By Ramon B. Piano, Project development Officer II


Source: DSWD FO II

Crossing the unfamiliar road of success

A famous writer Amelia Earhart once said that “women like men should try to do the impossible for a woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune”.

This inspirational adage is exactly what Jenny Jane Basubas is living right now.

Jenny is a member of set 5 Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and a parent leader handling 32 member beneficiaries. She is happily married to Ferdinand Basubas and was blessed by four children namely Jefferson, Jennifer, Jasmine Jane and Jerwin Jake.

As a parent leader, she is active and vocal on concerns and needs of her group. Her leadership skill is very evident as she takes initiative in every activity of the program.

As a mother, she knows that family life is not that easy as it may seem to be. Reality bites that she needs to make an extra effort to cope with their daily needs. Apparently, her husband’s income is not enough since his earning as a tricycle driver is not constant due to health constraints. Most of the time, her husband cannot fully concentrate on his job because of his recurring asthma.

Despite such adversities in life, Jenny opted to take it as a challenge in making her family’s situation better. She decided to enter into an unfamiliar realm, a realm dominated by men as she chose to be a tricycle driver. She does not mind if this job is for men, for her it is not about her gender that matters but rather the welfare of her family and the future of her children.

Not minding of the risk in the nature of her job, still she chose to continue not just because it is her means of earning money but also the happiness she gets in transporting her passengers safely to their destinations. A mother’s heart indeed.

As an additional income, she set aside a portion of her daily income from tricycle driving to start a small business. From the small earnings, she ventured in cooking leche flan, tocino, longanisa, embotido and kakanin which she sells during her spare time.

At the end of her busy day in the road, she returns to her home and to her kitchen back to her primary role, a supportive wife and a loving mother to her children. A mother, whose heart travels, willing to cross the unfamiliar road to success. ### By Melisen A. Taquiqui, PDO II – Isabela


Source: DSWD FO II

DSWD-NCR delivers first State of Regional Address


DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan delivered on October 25, 2013 the first State of the DSWD Field Office NCR Address, held at Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City.

Director Bonoan’s report highlighted the accomplishments of the Field Office for 2012 and first semester of 2013 in the implementation of major social protection programs, such as Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Families, IPs, especially Bajaus, Japan Social Development Fund-Livelihoods for Vulnerable of Urban Communities (JSDF-LVUC) projects, Adoption and Foster Care, Supplementary Feeding Program, Programs for CICL and victims of Human Trafficking, Emergency Assistance and Disaster Response, Interim Shelter Funds for Informal Settler Families (ISF), convergence strategy, and programs and services of residential and non-residential care facilities.

She also presented the challenges and commitments of the Field Office towards the achievement of the Department’s Startegic Goals by the end of 2013.

Aside from the presentation of the region’s accomplishments, it also awarded the 2013 Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children, partner Local Government Units, Non-Government Organizations and Media Partner.

This event is part of the region’s celebration of 35th founding anniversary with the theme, “Tagumpay sa Pagsulong at Selebrasyon sa Nakalipas na Tatlumpu’t Limang Taon”. ###


Source: DSWD NCR

Together, we can achieve more

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Loida and her children smile as she tries to pull one of her daughters to pose with them in front of their sari-sari store.

Life always has its struggles. It always has its ups and downs. For Loida Hernandez, a native of Bulalacao, they may be having their place at the top.

A mother of four children, Loida, 32, lives in Brgy. Poblacion, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro and is married to Josue, 35, for 13 years. Among Loida’s siblings who also live close by, her family is considered to have nothing as attested by her neighbour. Because of the couple’s natural will to survive, they have tried every means possible to be able to provide for their family’s needs.

To be able to provide for their needs, Loida put up a small sari-sari store in front of their house but it is not enough. In 2008, it was a blessed year for their family when Loida became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Loida recalls that the program helped her children a lot especially Krista Jane, her eldest. She joins extracurricular activities but cxbecause they have nothing much, Loida often tells her that she cannot join because they cannot afford the fare. Kristine Jane will opt to walk instead. With the Pantawid Pamilya, Kristine Jane doesn’t have to worry anymore of the expenses in school. “Importante sa kanila ang makapasok. Umiiyak ang mga bata pag hindi pinapapasok kasi walang pambaon,” said Loida.

Being a part of Pantawid Pamilya, the Hernandez was able to provide the needs of their children in school and health. They were also able to provide electricity in their home and buy small appliances for their children’s convenience.

From the stories of Loida and as testified  by the municipal link, she exhibits a great deal in savings. “Yan si Ate Loida, marunong talaga sa pera. Marunong siya magpaikot ng pera. Pag may panggastos pa sila sa mga kailangan ng mga anak, ginagamit muna niya ang sa cash grant kung saan siya pwedeng kumita,” said Irene, municipal link of Bulalacao.


With a hopeful start, Loida stands beside the kalakals of her buy and sell business.

The Hernandez has various means of income. However, those were only seasonal. Aside from their sari-sari store, they also plant bananas, corn, and camote in an unused and unclaimed land near their house. Since it takes time before they can harvest, her husband used their motorcycle as a mean to earn a living through what is known a pampasada. When someone needs a ride to far flung barangays or areas, Josue drives for them. They have paid partial payment for their motorcycle.

It seems that the family is doing and earning a lot but they believe it is not enough. They have to save since they are on their fifth and last year as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya. Loida thought that she can do more in order to secure her family’s future.

Loida became a beneficiary of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). SLP is a community-based program aimed at improving the socio-economic status of its participants wherein beneficiaries are thought to mobilize their savings, engage in microenterprise activities, access capital resources, or receive institutional development support. Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya are qualified to be part of the SLP as part of the convergence strategy (Pantawid Pamilya, Kalahi-CIDSS, SLP) to help the people uplift their lives. The beneficiaries made the proposals themselves as to what is the livelihood they think are best for them. In the case of Loida, she was granted a capital for her buy and sell business. She chose this kind of business because she already knows the ins and outs of it.

Loida received her grant of 10,000 pesos last March 2013 and it is payable within a year. She bought bananas and coconut with two-thirds of the money that she received and the remaining were allotted for their sari-sari store. Since there is someone who surely buys her kalakal (the products that she buys and sells at a higher price), Loida is not afraid to invest big in her business for this will surely give her big earnings as well. A good quality that Loida has is that she monitors their expenses and earnings. In this way, she can guarantee that they can pay back the money lent to them.

“Malaking bagay ang Pantawid at pati narin yung sa SLP, nakakapagnegosyo, tulong-tulong kaming mag-asawa para ma-maintain ang aming pinagkakakitaan,” told Loida. She and her husband work hard for their family. With love and will to survive, their dream of a better life is not impossible. And with programs and services intended for people like them who dreams to have more, together, they were able to do more. And surely, together, they can achieve more.



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From selling kakanins to running sari-sari store

SHE had to be both mother and father to her family. Selling kakanins and ready-to-wear items everyday in their barangay, she seemed to have memorized every alley and pathwalk in the area. Never bothered the sweat, the intense heat of the sun and the physical fatigue because of one reason.

What she had in mind were the faces of her children and her ailing husband who suffered from tuberculosis of the bones.

This was how Rosemarie Aro Demafiles, 30, of Purok Langis, Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City, pictured her year 2011. That time, she knew she had nobody to lean on to except herself.  “My husband Patricio used to work as a traffic enforcer. He has been responsible in providing for the family.  However, when he got sick, I was left at doing everything from putting food on the table to sending the children to school and paying for their education,” said Rosemarie.

Rosemarie said that their situation has pushed John Patrick to stop from his college schooling. He was taking up a Seafaring course back then. Jerome, on the other hand, has helped her through driving pedicabs.

Rosemarie’s fate, however, recently took an upside turn when she availed of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Through the SLP, the project development officer assigned to their area, Duriza Oropesa, referred her to undergo the Sari-sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR)  in partnership with Negros Economic Development Corporation, Coca-cola, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is DSWD’s way of sustaining gains already infused in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through Family Development Sessions, which they are required to attend. Primarily, Pantawid Pamilya wants to send children to school healthy by providing cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions. It has, however, a built-in mechanism to help parents develop as productive and empowered individuals. Both Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood are programs under the Convergence Strategy, a scheme to ensure maximum results more than what each program could separately achieve.  “Salamat dahil nalinang ang aking kaisipan at kung papaano matuto ng maayos na pagnenegosyo na hindi na po malulugi. Nagkaroon ako ng disiplina sa sarili kung paano mag-budget at magplano ng tama,” said Rosemarie.

After the STAR training, she shared that she only showed her certificate of attendance  to  Lopuez Mandalagan in Bacolod City and the management allowed her to open a credit line.  She was allowed to get items worth P3,000. With this, Rosemarie said that she stopped walking all the nooks of their area and focused on her sari-sari store business.

“I applied what I learned in the STAR training in my sari-sari store. The first mission was to fill it with goods. And with help of the TESDA-COKE certificate, Lopues gave me the chance to have a credit line in their store,” she said.

Rosemarie said that she has learned many things during the training. These include marketing,  keeping daily records,  income and expense, managing  credit, managing inventory, practicing good housekeeping and quality customer service,  the essentials of merchandising and access to resources.

She shared that her husband Patricio is well now and is helping augment the family income through pedicab driving.

John Patrick

While Rosemarie admits that it would be difficult for now to finance for the schooling of her son John Patrick to go back to his College studies, she is thankful to the government for pouring its resources to them to uplift their conditions.  John is due to start his short-term course on wielding with TESDA in partnership with DSWD.

Pantawid Pamilya

Prior availment of livelihood, Rosemarie’s children have been grantees of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the government’s conditional cash transfer to ensure that children are in school and are healthy. Before the five-year term for them to avail of the program, however, DSWD covers them with livelihood program to ensure that they can stand on their own when the five-year period of receiving cash grant is over. Aside from being a beneficiary, she said that she also volunteered as a Parent Leader in their community. The Parent Leader sees to it that the other beneficiaries are complying with the conditions.

Further, she said that the government has left her a legacy that she will never forget. “I can articulate my ideas now. I also learned how to discipline myself,” she said.



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