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