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DSWD-CAR warns against new text scam

The DSWD regional director advised the public especially the Pantawid Pamilya grantees to ignore the text messages so that they will not be lured further into scams.Jomel Anthony V. Gutierrez | Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer

The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera again warned the public of a new text scam that started to circulate in the Mountain Province.

DSWD regional director Leonardo Reynoso said the DSWD does not conduct any raffle draw of sort and is focused on implementing social protection programs with its partner beneficiaries.

Last week, a DSWD-CAR staff in the Mountain Province personally received the text message informing him that he won Php 950,000.00 in a supposed Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program raffle draw.

The text message also made a reference to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Information Department as the alleged source of the text message with a false DTI permit number. The text message also instructed the recipient to get in touch with a certain Atty. Joel B. Yap for the claiming of the prize.

The regional director also advised the public especially the Pantawid Pamilya grantees to ignore the text messages so that they will not be lured further into scams.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is one of the major poverty-alleviation programs of government. It does not conduct raffle draw in the identification of its beneficiaries as it is a rights-based program that provides cash grants to the poorest households in the country provided they meet certain conditionalities. n DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit

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DSWD-CAR establishes knowledge center

Michael Anthony B. Infante | Government Intern

BAGUIO CITY – The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera is setting up its own learning resource center (LRC).

According to DSWD regional director Leonardo Reynoso, the establishment of an LRC in the region is part of the agency’s plan to link the DSWD Cordillera to the Knowledge Exchange Center at the DSWD Central Office where the central hub and library for sharing the rich collection of information on social protection, welfare, and development can be found.

He added that similar LRCs are being set up in all regional offices of the DSWD nationwide to prepare a network of knowledge centers across the archipelago.

The director revealed that the DSWD LRC will have a physical library and a provision for an electronic or e-library where collections from all DSWD regional offices can be accessed online.

Earlier, the DSWD started to embarked on the digitization of materials that will form part of the e-library collection.

Currently, the DSWD-CAR LRC is building its collections for General Circulation, Reference Section, Corporate Knowledge Section, Magazines, Journals, Newsletters, Multimedia collections, and others.

A special Cordillera Section, now with 72 titles, is also being set up at the LRC to provide researchers unique materials related to the Cordillera Region.As of writing, General Circulation at the LRC has a total of 527 unique titles, Reference Section with 336, and Corporate Knowledge Section with 216. General Circulation has 951 volumes, Reference Section has 456, Corporate Knowledge Section has 343, and Lists of Certificates and Plaques received have 38.

While the DSWD LRC is still a work in progress, Director Reynoso is hopeful that more users in the Cordillera will visit the collection. Among the planned improvements is an online public access catalogue that will help researchers find materials easier and the faster accessioning and cataloging through the latest IT systems and cataloging tools.

The DSWD LRC located at the second level of the DSWD Regional Office at North Drive, Baguio City is open for researchers and the public from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. #

 

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25 towns, 2 agencies in CAR use DSWD poor list

DSWD continues to address inclusion and exclusion errors through special validations thereby maintaining the integrity of the database.Mayrose F. Urbano | SMU/National Household Targeting Unit

Twenty-five municipal local government units and two national government agencies in the region are now using the database of poor households under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

These groups have all signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the social welfare agency on data sharing of the NHTSPR.

DSWD regional director Leonardo Reynoso said the agency is hoping to share the database of poor households to all LGUs and government agencies in the region so that a unified and an objective criteria for the selection of poor households can be achieved.

NHTSPR is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. Available information in the database of poor households include poverty status, health, education and housing condition, also solo parents, person with disability (PWDs), indigenous peoples and among others.

Last year, the Regional Development Council (RDC) signed Resolution No. 72 series of 2012, advocating to all government and non-government entities implementing poverty reduction programs and projects the use of the NHTSPR as the common reference for the identification and determination of beneficiaries at all levels in the region.

For LGUs, the towns of Malibcong and Bucay in Abra now use the NHTSPR data. The Apayao towns of Flora, Kabugao, Luna, Pudtol, and Conner are the data users. The municipalities of Atok, Kapangan, Kibungan, La Trinidad, Mankayan and Tuba are the data users in the province of Benguet while Barlig, Sadanga, Sagada and Natonin are the users in Mountain Province.

In Ifugao, the towns of Aguinaldo, Alfonso Lista, Banaue, Hungduan, Kiangan, Lagawe and Mayoyao have all signed agreement with the DSWD while the town of Balbalan is so far the lone user for Kalinga.

The agreements for data sharing with Santa Marcela, Apayao and Tabuk City, Kalinga have already been forwarded to National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) for finalization.

Meanwhile, together with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) who have national agreement with the DSWD, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) are so far the only two national government agencies that use the NHTSPR list in the region.

DSWD – CAR continues to address inclusion and exclusion errors through special validations. The agency has also kicked off preparatory activities such as consultation dialogues, pooling of field staff, and securing and completion of lists of schools and health facilities for the recertification of poor households next year. # DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit

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FEATURE: Painting development with colors of Cordillera culture

Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva | Regional Social Marketing Officer

Cordillera culture is among the most celebrated ways of living in the Philippine archipelago. Various conquerors may have set their foot in the land locked area of the Cordillera Administrative Region but Cordillerans were managed to preserve most of their traditions and beliefs as they opt to treat these as their treasure and identity.

At the onset of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or Kalahi-CIDSS Project, the marriage of the Cordilleran culture and development has been greatly manifested.

Early on, implementers saw some aspects of the culture as a challenge in the implementation of the Project, but most of the areas in the Cordilleras have built the strong foundation of their success in their culture. For them, the region’s culture was a guide that led them towards improving their situation.

The municipality of Pasil in the Province of Kalinga is one great example of this development. Pasil is among the new guaranteed municipalities that started the Project’s implementation in 2012. As of April 2013, all ten barangays that implemented the Project have already completed the physical implementation of their sub-projects. With this, Pasil is among the top performers of the Kalahi-CIDSS Project in the region.

According to Project Preparation Team volunteer Joseph Fantuyao, this accomplishment of the municipality can be rooted to the strong adherence of the communities to ang-as. Ang-as is a tradition among the pangat or elders in their community. It is a venue on which issues and decisions are talked about. This kind of practice can be traced back even before the Spanish era.

The villagers of Barangay Pugong, to be specific, are the ones who have integrated ang-as in their way of living. Through ang-as, decisions are worked out and concerns are acted upon by all people for their benefit. It is also through ang-as that the community volunteers can share ideas while working together.

The ang-as has greatly influenced how the people of Barangay Pugong implement the Kalahi-CIDSS Project. Although the barangay was the last to start their sub-project implementation, they were able to complete their sub-project on time like most of the Barangays in Pasil. They were able to complete their sub-project which is the improvement of Pugong Drainage System.

This practice has also promoted cooperation and oneness among the people of Pugong. It builds the community. It is the reason why the communities are always at peace with each other. Community problems are easily settled because they have a peaceful venue to talk about the issues and concerns. This gives the community a harmonious way of living while being socially aware and spiritually guided.

The municipality of Luba in the province of Abra also observes a number of practices which is associated to collaboration. These include saad (community practice of extending free labor in construction/repair/transfer of houses where the owner only provides food and drinks for the workers), bang-bang (residential lot preparation where food is the only means of payment for workers), socio or alluyon (practice of cooperation or exchange of labor during rice planting), dang-as (group labor rendered to a family in exchange of a butchered animal, food and drinks), namin or kominyo or ol-ol (obligatory giving of help to the family of the dead), and adang (voluntary giving of help to the family of the dead).

But the most applicable among these practices is the ganap, also called ubra or ubla. This is done when a community counterpart is needed in the implementation of a project. Free labor is readily given by the umili or community members especially during the maintenance of roads, irrigations, school buildings and repair of other communal facilities. Workers are only provided food in exchange of their labor.

As a replacement municipality under the Kalahi-CIDSS, Luba has conducted its Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum for Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA). Even so, collaboration is already seen among them by coming up with a coordinated result of their MIBF-PRA where most of them agreed to have a sub-project which would address water problem in their area. Moreover, because of the practices, calling and keeping these people together will never be a problem.

The Tinggians of the Project’s randomly selected municipality, Langiden in Abra also observes tagnawa or ragup. Tagnawa is commonly done when a certain work requires a massive number of people to finish such work in the soonest possible time. Tagnawa or ragup has helped in the implementation in the Kalahi-CIDSS Project by promoting camaraderie and strengthening unity and solidarity among the people of Langiden for fast completion of the tasks. It is also helping in the preservation of the people’s noble practices.

Although these practices come in different names and forms, all of these have a common value that is cooperation. These practices have evolved to be in consonance with the requirements of the Project.

Implementers consider these as good practices in the implementation of the Kalahi-CIDSS Project because these community traditions allowed the Kalahi-CIDSS Project to introduce the community driven development approach. Truly, without the unity among the Cordillerans, it could have been more difficult for the Kalahi-CIDSS Project to succeed in this region. n DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit

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DSWD feeding program continues to serve 43,000 children in CAR

Under the SFP, children receive hot meal supplementation prepared by their own parents. (Photo by SFP)The Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to serve some 43,740 Day Care Children in 1,999 Day Care centers across the region.

The SFP, which is among the big ticket projects of the social welfare and development agency, is now on its second cycle of implementation after successful results from its launch May last year.

Data from the DSWD in the Cordillera revealed that to date, the program has already served 350 Day Care Centers in Abra, 190 in Apayao, 426 in Benguet, 104 in Baguio, 362 in Ifugao, 287 in Kalinga, and 280 in Mountain Province.

The DSWD regional office reported that the feeding program is still ongoing in many part of the region.

The SFP also continues to capacitate its implementers and partners evident in the lineup of activities for the second quarter of the year.

As the SFP desires to help the children with health and nutrition-related problems, Day Care Workers will be trained on World Health Organization-Child Growth Standard (WHO-CGS) this April.

In addition, an assessment of the earlier implementation cum capability building for local government unit partners will be held this May.

Meanwhile, the DSWD will continue to conduct monitoring and spot check visits in the provinces of Abra, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Apayao to ensure the success of the program. n Jerwin Rey A. Balan-eg (UC Intern)

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