Archive | April, 2013

Australian gov’t supports education in Caraga with CDD projects

Butuan City – The Australian Government Overseas Aid program through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Caraga region have recently turned-over educational facilities worth Php9,588,295.

A total of ten (10) educational facilities comprising of five (5) day care centers, three (3) pre-school buildings and two (2) elementary school buildings were constructed in the municipality of Pilar, Surigao del Norte through the implementation strategy of the DSWD’s community-driven development (CDD) program called Kalahi-CIDSS.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is one of the government’s flagship poverty alleviation programs designed to reduce poverty by empowering citizens and bringing back the power to them to decide on development projects that will answer basic services need in the community.

“We are very delighted that the Australian government through the DSWD has looked into the situation of our educational facilities here. The DSWD has found out in their social investigation that either a certain barangay here lacks a school building or the building is in need of a major repair which really is a sad scenario,” said Mayor Lucio T. Gonzales during a sub-project turn-over in the municipality last April 19.

The municipality of Pilar has been a recipient of Kalahi-CIDSS for five years. Since 2006, 34 infrastructure projects like footbridges, water systems, postharvest facilities, and road rehabilitation projects among others have been constructed in the area by community volunteers.

“The school buildings Kalahi-CIDSS wasn’t able to provide during its implementation, the AusAID is answering those barangays whose project proposals prioritize educational facilities,” said DSWD Caraga regional director Dr. Minda B. Brigoli.

According to Dr. Brigoli, the Australian government has utilized a two-pronged approach in aiding the Philippine government in fighting poverty. Through Kalahi-CIDSS, community volunteers are able to do their part in constructing the supply side of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

“The Kalahi-CIDSS – AusAID Project is serving the supply side of the beneficiaries of 4Ps. Thus the operation in Kalahi-CIDSS areas will greatly help the children beneficiaries to meet the conditions set by 4Ps by improving their access to early childhood development and basic education services,” Dr. Brigoli added.

Presently, the Kalahi-CIDSS –AusAID Project is currently implemented in five (5) other municipalities in the region, namely: Gigaquit in Surigao del Norte; Jabonga in Agusan del Norte; Marihatag in Surigao del Sur; and Libjo and Cagdianao in the Province of Dinagat Islands. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD Caraga Hosts National IP Focal Consultation Workshop

Butuan City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Field Office recently hosted the National Consultation Workshop and Quarterly Field Assessment and Technical Assistance to the Indigenous People (IP) focal persons of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program held in a hotel here in Butuan City.

The four-day activity aimed to increase appreciation on participative assessment among National and Regional IP Focal Persons for an in-depth analysis of program implementation.  Moreover, the activity specifically aims to create a venue of interactive and participatory discussion of experiences, learning and insights in the implementation of the program, to globally and locally abreast of trends and innovations, strategies to advocate rights for Indigenous Peoples that it is important in program implementation and to kindle the spirit of teamwork crucial in meetings goals and objectives.

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The workshop was participated in by twenty-three (23) participants including the Regional and National IP focal persons and resource persons that shared emerging trends and information, skills enhancement as identified by the participants.

The participants also had a tribal dialogue with 18 IP tribal leaders, parent leaders, beneficiaries and youths from the tribes of Mamanwa, Manobo, Banwaon and Higaonon. The dialogue together with DSWD Regional Director Minda Brigoli  provided a venue for the IP leaders and beneficiaries to identify issues and concerns of the project concerning the IPs, the tribal dialogue has also been a venue to orient the IPs on the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program of the department.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the government recognizes the IP situation of being marginalized and disadvantaged, in order to ensure their welfare and rights, the program created the unit for IP that would put more focus on the IP concerns of the program.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has been implemented in the region since 2008 with pre-pilot municipalities of Sibigat and Esperanza of the province of Agusan del Sur. At present, Caraga region has 14,317 Pantawid Pamilya registered IPs as of March 20, 2013. # # # (Social Marketing Unit)

 

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DSWD Conducts Orientation to 40 Newly Hired SWAs and CWAs

Butuan City- the Department of Social Service and Development (DSWD) Caraga recently conducted a three-day orientation to the 40 newly hired Social Welfare Assistants (SWAs) and Child Welfare Assistants (CWA) Assistance of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program on April 10-12, 2013 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City.

The Pantawid Pamilya SWAs/CWAs primary function is to assist the Municipal/City Link Officers in his/her workload. The SWA/CWA plays a vital role in the carrying out the program’s services, that includes distribution and retrieval of Compliance Verification forms gather and submit Grievance and Redress Systems forms. Moreover, it is also their function to assist in the conduct of Social Welfare Indicator to their respective beneficiaries whenever they are recommended to augment.

The three-day orientation aims to explain to the participants the concept, goals and components of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, for the participants to differentiate the three program systems in relation to their functions namely the Grievance Redress System (GRS), Beneficiary Update System (BUS) and the Compliance Verification System (CVS); to situate their roles and functions in the implementation of the program; and lastly to clarify issues and concerns relative to program implementation policies and system operations.

DSWD Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli welcomed the participants. In her message, Dir. Brigoli encouraged the new workers to give their best in providing services to the target beneficiaries. Ms. Glezza Ty, Head of the Human Resource and Development Unit discussed the DSWD’s vision, mission, mandates, reform agenda and the strategic map. Ms. Mary Chill Momo, head of the personnel section tackled the organizational structure, Department’s policies and other administrative concerns, while Ms. Luz de Guzman explains to the participants the Convergence strategy.

The participants were also oriented about the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) discussed by Ms. Gelyn Valera, MCCT Focal Person, while the 3 systems of Pantawid Pamilya the CVS, GRS and BUS were discussed by its respective focal persons. While Ms. Leah T. Quintana, Regional Information Officer urged the participants not to be used by politicians especially that 2013 election is fast approaching, she also discussed the Bawal ang Epal Dito Campaign of the Department and the DSWD’s Memorandum circular number 24 series of 2012 issued by Sec. Soliman also known as the Guidelines on the Conduct of Activities on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino During 2013 Campaign and National and Local Election Period.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has been implemented in the region since 2008, with the growing number of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, the program’s work force has also increased in order to cater the beneficiaries and successfully implements the program. # # # (Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD completes P64.1-M infra projects in Caraga

Butuan City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recently completed infrastructure projects in Caraga region worth P64.13 million through its anti-poverty project, Kalahi-CIDSS.

Benefiting these infrastructure projects are fifty-three (53) barangays in nine (9) municipalities in the region which include among others, education and health facilities; community production, economic and service facilities; environmental protection structures and preservation projects; footbridges; water systems; road projects.

The municipalities of RTR and Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte; Alegria, Mainit, Tubod, Sta. Monica, Del Carmen, and Burgos, Surigao del Norte; and Lingig in Surigao del Sur are now on their way to inaugurate these projects.

“We are very pleased to report that we have successfully completed 53 infrastructure projects in nine (9) areas in the region that are now ready to be used by the communities built through our Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers,” social welfare regional director Dr. Minda B. Brigoli said.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a community-driven development (CDD) project of the government that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in community projects that reduce poverty.

“Since 2003, Kalahi-CIDSS has been providing beneficiary communities venues to exercise their stake in decision-making and giving them a voice to propel themselves towards development through capability-building activities,” Brigoli explained.

Brigoli added that the completion of these facilities will serve as the supply side of the department’s other anti-poverty program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“The school buildings and day care centers in these areas are now ready for use by students in time for the opening of classes this June,” Brigoli said. ###

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DSWD launches Regional Profile of the Poor

BUTUAN CITY- With its tagline “Sigurado, Kumpleto, Totoo,” the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga launched its first regional profile of the poor in this region, today, April 08, 2013.

The profile is the result of DSWD Caraga’s effort to present the output of the 2009 enumeration. It is writtenfor the national government agencies, private sector and civil society groups which provides social protection programs to the poor.

In her message, Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli of DSWD Caraga said, “I hope this source material will be of great use for all of us, I also hope that it will not only connect government agencies, private sectors and civil society groups but importantly, will engage them in providing social protection programs to the poor, identifying who they are and where they are in the country.”

One of the highlights of the activity is the unveiling of the symbolic copy of the profile that led by Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson and Regional director Minda B. Brigoli. Next is the presentation of the salient features of the regional profile by Deputy Regional Project Manager of NHTS-PR, Nerisa T. Murih.

A press conference was also held during the launching. Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson, National Project Manager of the NHTS-PR, answered when asked by media on the effectiveness of the targeting system, “This database is not purely statistics but a potential factor for social protection programs. Yes, it is effective because based on the grievances on the inclusion and exclusion errors, the number is very minimal.”

Both Leyson and Brigoli encouraged the participants to use the NHTS-PR database by writing their intent to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman and enter into a formal agreement through a Memorandum of Agreement.

Participants in this activity included the heads and representatives from the regional line agencies, local government units, civil society groups, academe, media and the field office staff. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD, Butuan City gov’t ink partnership for Urban CDD

BUTUAN CITY– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Caraga and the local government unit of Butuan City signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on April 15, 2013 in a partnership for the pilot implementation of a community-driven development (CDD) project through Kalahi-CIDSS.

According to DSWD regional director Minda B. Brigoli, the impetus of this first urban CDD implementation in Caraga sprang from the successful ten-year implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) in rural communities since 2003.

“Kalahi-CIDSS has shown that development can be achieved through a bottom-up approach in local governance and it is continually reaping success in alleviating poverty by empowering and capacitating citizens in decision-making and we have champions throughout the region to attest that,” Brigoli said.

 

The CDD approach is a poverty alleviation strategy that puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to have active control in deciding which projects will be implemented in their communities.

 

The Kalahi-CIDSS urban CDD pilot project implementation will cover two barangays in the city. These are barangay Doongan and barangay Pagatpatan, which were identified through the 2009 survey of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) where 2,018 of poorest of the poor households in the city are residing.

Each barangay will receive a grant of one million pesos for infrastructure or livelihood projects depending on a decision the community will reach.

The grant will come from the World Bank for proposed infrastructure projects and the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF) for proposed community livelihood projects. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

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