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Jomalig residents start beach resort operation for their livelihood

  • A total of 255 residents of Jomalig, Quezon Province are now owners of a beach resort in the island
    municipality through the capital assistance provided by the Department of Social Welfare and
    Development (DSWD) under its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).
    Of this number, 181 are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program while the rest are
    indigent members of barangays Apad and Bukal.
    The beneficiaries, organized as the Humalik Beach Resort SLP Association, were granted a total of
    PhP2.55 Million as seed capital fund under the SLP, which they used as capital in the construction and
    initial operation of the Humalik Beach Resort located in Barangay Apad.
    The resort, which was opened last March 7, offers air-conditioned rooms, function hall, tent rentals and
    island tours among others.
    As owners of the resort, all the beneficiaries can earn through dividends in the monthly income of the
    resort as well as earn individually through various income-generating opportunities such as
    employment, tour guiding, selling of produce like fish and crops, and sand massage.
    Jomalig is the farthest and smallest island municipality of Quezon Province and has recently been
    gaining popularity among local tourists because of its unspoiled golden sand beaches.
    Community enterprise
    Rhuel Rodriguez, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary and the president of the SLP association, shared that
    the concept of a beach resort as a community business arose because of the emerging tourism in their
    island municipality.
    Unti-unti nang nakikilala ang Jomalig dahil sa ganda ng mga beaches na hindi pa naaabot ng
    komersyalismo. Kaya naisip namin na resort ang gawing negosyo na popondahan sa ilalim ng SLP,
    shared Rodriguez.
    Jason Coronacion, the Project Development Officer of DSWD assigned in the municipality, said that
    since the locality has tourism potentials based on their initial study, the beach resort project was
    immediately supported and funded by the agency.
    All the beneficiaries underwent orientation and training on basic micro-enterprise development, which
    helped them in the conceptualization, construction and implementation of the Humalik Beach Resort.
    As part of the agreement of the association, all members will receive a dividend from 20 percent of the
    total earnings of the resort. The other 80 percent will be used for the improvement and expansion of
    the facility.
    Individual opportunities for income generation
    Rodriguez added that besides the income of the resort, all the members of the association can earn
    individually, too to help them support their families.
    For instance, in the construction of the resort, those who were hired for the daily labor were members
    of the association.
    Bukas din ang resort na bumili ng mga produkto katulad ng mga isda at gulay mula sa mga miyembro
    kapag nag-umpisa na ang catering dito,
    said Rodriguez.
    Meanwhile, workers assigned in the management of the resort, cleaners, tourist guides are also
    Cerlina Hidalgo, 38, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary and an association member, sees future guests as
    customers for her small kakanin business.
    Improved lives through tourism, participation
    During the opening of the resort, Milantie Aceveda, regional program coordinator of the SLP in the
    CALABARZON Region, encouraged the beneficiaries to work together to ensure the success of the
    business. He added that the DSWD will continuously collaborate with the local government of Jomalig
    as well as other partners to help the association.
    Merlie Del Castillo, tourism officer of Jomalig, said that the Humalik Beach Resort is a welcome addition
    in the growing tourism industry of the island and committed to promote the resort to the tourists.
    Rodriguez further shared that they eye expanding their facility as the resort operates and earns.
    Naniniwala ako na magiging matagumpay ito lalo na kung lahat kami ay magtutulungan at magkakaisa
    para sa aming proyekto,
    Rodriguez said.
    The SLP is a community-driven enterprise development program that seeks to improve the economic
    sufficiency of program participants through capacity building for either micro-enterprise development
    or employment facilitation. The SLP prioritizes beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya program to provide
    families with income-generating opportunities towards improving their living condition.#

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Gaining something bigger. A future teacher’s journey to a better life

  • When the last of their animals had been sold, she thought it’s the end of her dream of a college
    Starting 2013, when she enrolled in Laguna State Polytechnic University for a Bachelor’s Degree
    in Elementary Education, Maria Lyza Dioquino’s parents would sell a carabao every enrolment
    period to pay for her tuition.
    Lyza, 19, a resident of Brgy. Masikap in Real town, Quezon Province, never thought she’ll enter
    college in the first place. However, her parents have always been persistent about their
    “Sa kagustuhan ng mga magulang ko na makatapos ako ng kolehiyo, gumagawa sila ng
    paraan. Lagi nilang sinasabi sa aming magkakapatid na dapat naming pahalagahan at isapuso
    ang aming pag-aaral,”
    recalled Lyza, who has four other siblings.
    Her parents’ persistence inspired Lyza to focus on her studies and ensure she’ll get a diploma,
    find a good job and help improve her family’s living condition. Through the years, it is only her
    father, Edwin, 46, who supports their family of seven through farming and being an on-call
    laborer in their far-flung barangay.
    “Pero dumating sa punto na kailangan ko nang tumigil sa pag-aaral dahil wala na kaming
    maibentang hayop,”
    she shared.
    Fortunately, Lyza’s dream did not end there.
    Creating opportunities for poor families
    Lyza’s family has been a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program since 2011.
    According to Jennifer, 40, Lyza’s mother, the program has helped with the needs on health and
    education of her children. However, it is the opportunity to help Lyza continue her dreams that
    make their family even more grateful.
    The Pantawid Pamilya program, through the provision of conditional cash grants to poor
    children, aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through ensuring that children are
    healthy and in school. The DSWD, through the help of various stakeholders including other
    national government agencies, civil society organizations and local government units, promote
    convergence of efforts to help these family-beneficiaries improve their level of well-being.
    To ensure that at least one member of family-beneficiaries finish college and get better jobs in
    the future, qualified beneficiaries are provided opportunities for a college education through the
  • Expanded Student Grants-inAid Program for Poverty Alleviation(ESGPPA) of the Commission
    on Higher Education.
    The ESGPPA is a college grant amounting to PhP30,000 per semester that covers tuition, board
    and lodging and other school-related expenses such as textbooks, uniform and school supplies.
    Lyza became one of the 2,707 ESGPPA grantees in the CALABARZON Region enrolled in
    different state universities in the region’s five provinces.
    Dahil sa ESGPPA, hindi ko na kinailangang tumigil ng pag-aaral. Lahat ng pangangailangan ko
    sa school ay napunan na,”
    shared Lyza gratefully.
    Dreams within reach
    Today, Lyza is just a few months away from her college diploma.
    Being raised in a far-flung barangay where a high school education, much more a college
    education, seems distant, Lyza cannot contain her happiness that she’ll soon become a teacher.
    Isa lang ang school sa barangay namin. Nasa ibang bayan (Pangil, Laguna) na ang high school
    kung gugustuhin ng mga magulang at mga bata na magpatuloy ng pag-aaral,”
    said her mother.
    For Lyza, being given the chance to finish high school and now get a college diploma is a big
    blessing for their family.
    “Lagi kong pinagbubuti ang aking pag-aaral dahil ito ang makakatulong sa aming pamilya.
    Inspirasyon ko sila para makapagtapos at makahanap ng trabaho para matulungan ko rin ang
    aking mga kapatid,
    said Lyza.
    Her parents might have lost the animals that have become their source of income, but with her
    college graduation, Lyza is positive that they have gained something biggerwhich is an
    education that will open better opportunities for her whole family and their community.# with reports from ROJapor

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DSWD recognizes partners and employees, challenges to serve with “May Malasakit”

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-A celebrates its 66th Founding Anniversary last February 14-15, 2017 at Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
With the theme: “May Malasakit”, the two-day celebration highlighted the successes of the Department in improving the capacity of its stakeholders as well as recognized the efforts of both partners and staff in ensuring the quality of the delivery of programs and services to those in need.
In her State of the Region Address, DSWD IV-A Regional Director Leticia T. Diokno reported the accomplishments of the region from the previous year. This signifies the effectiveness of the various strategies and interventions of the Department and other development partners.
By the end of 2016, 1,254 Pantawid household-beneficiaries have improved their status from survival to subsistence while 100,860 of the beneficiaries moved from subsistence to self-sufficiency.
32,518 of these Pantawid family-beneficiaries were served with microenterprise and employment facilitation through the Sustainable Livelihood Program, a core social protection program of the Department.
In terms of the access to the social welfare and development (SWD) programs, 343,222 of the poor households in the region, identified by the DSWD’s Listahanan targeting system are covered by at least two SWD programs and services.
In order to ensure the delivery of SWD services, the functionality of the local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) were assessed in terms of their program operations and management. As of 2016, ten of the LSWDOs in the region are classified fully functional.
Recognizing collective efforts
As part of the first day of the celebration, the Department recognized its valuable and distinguished partners for their commitment and magnanimous support toward the Department’s endeavor to help the poor and the disadvantaged.
A total of 71 donors, civil society organizations, people’s organizations, local government units and national government agencies received the Salamat Po! and PaNata Awards.
The Salamat Po! Awards were given to partners who gave support and assistance to the implementation of the Department’s programs and services. Likewise, the Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan or PaNata Awards were given to partners who exhibited exemplary contributions to achieve the Department’s goals.
Awards include best volunteer, best public-private partnership, best initiative and best non-government organizations.
In recognition to these partners, DSWD’s Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns Jose Antonio Hernandez emphasized in his message the importance of their initiatives and innovations in improving the services for the stakeholders. According to him, their efforts signify their genuine intention and heart to help the poor and the vulnerable communities in the region.
Another part of the celebration is the awarding of the DSWD staff who rendered transcendent public service for the Department’s beneficiaries and clients.
A total of 37 retirees, loyalty and service awardees were recognized during the PRogram on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or PRAISE Awarding ceremony.
The PRAISE awards were given to staff who exhibited outstanding performance and benevolent service for the beneficiaries and clients of the Department.
Ms. Mary Magdalene Peyes, one of the awardees, shared her experience as part of the Department for 35 years.
“I am truly grateful to the people who became part of my life as a social worker. Ever since, the Department and my mentors have nurtured me and helped me hone my skills and knowledge to be able to provide a dedicated service to the people”, she said.
Celebrating as one family
DSWD staff from the field office and the five provinces in CALABARZON participated during the second day of the celebration.
As part the program, the provinces performed their respective festivals namely Sublian, Higantes, Niyogyugan and Paru-Paro festival. The performances exhibited their creativity and resourcefulness. Subsequently, a communal meal or boodle fight was prepared for lunch.
During the afternoon, the staff further demonstrated their camaraderie and sportsmanship in the “Palaro ng Lahi” or Filipino games.
“More that the oath as public servants, we are here in DSWD because each one of us has the heart to serve the disadvantaged regardless of the challenges. Thus, we continue to ensure that our service is “maagap at mapagkalinga,” may patas na pagtrato sa komunidad,” at “tapat at walang puwang sa katiwalian”, a service that is “May Malasakit”, said Dir. Diokno.

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1K poor families in CALABARZON Region received bags of blessing

  • A total of 1,000 poor families received bags of blessing from the Metrobank Foundation
    and GT Foundation Inc. blessing last January 28.
    The said number of families are from Sta. Rosa City, Laguna and Imus City, Cavite and
    are among the 10,000 poor families nationwide identified by the DSWD’s Listahanan, a
    system which identifies who and where the poor are in the country and generates a
    comprehensive and objective database of the poor. These families are Listahanan-
    identified but not covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
    The Bags the Blessing is an annual gift-giving activity of Metrobank in which they
    distribute 10M worth of groceries to 10,000 poor families nationwide. Each bag contains
    P1, 000 worth of grocery items.
    Sta. Rosa City, Laguna and Imus City, Cavite in the CALABARZON Region are two of
    the 18 selected distribution sites in the country. The poor family-beneficiaries are from
    the selected poor barangays in these areas.
    Masaya po ako sa aking natanggap dahil makakadagdag po ito sa pang araw-araw
    naming pagkain, said Donnalyn Avines, one of the beneficiaries of the bags of the
    Avines, resident of Purok 5, Brgy. Aplaya, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, has four children and
    is an on-call laundry woman. Her partner, on the other hand, Bernie San Jose, sells
    bread around their neighborhood. Avines admitted that sometimes their income is not
    enough to sustain the needs of their family.
    In her message, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Annie Mendoza of DSWD
    IV-A emphasized the importance of development partners in the implementation of the
    DSWD programs and services.
    “We hope that there will be more opportunities like this in which non-government
    organizations and other stakeholders work with the DSWD in their endeavor to improve
    the welfare of our fellow Filipinos. We encourage these partners to support our
    programs and services for the vulnerable sectors” she said.
    Listahanan is an information management and targeting system utilized by the DSWD in
    selecting beneficiaries of its social protection programs and services, such as Social
    Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. In the
    second round of Listahanan household assessment conducted in 2015, there are
    202,279 identified poor households in the CALABARZON Region.

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DSWD promotes foster care, legal adoption


Various partners from Tanay, Rizal are being oriented on foster care and legal adoption last November 25.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Field Office IV-A, promotes alternative parental care for children in celebration of the National Children’s Month.

Last November 25, a total of 100 partners from Tanay, Rizal was oriented by the DSWD on foster care and adoption in partnership with the local government of the said town.

Partners include members of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, parent leaders of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, private and public teachers, police, child caring agencies, local civil registrars, medical workers, barangay health workers and day care workers.

According to Lanie Tabios, social worker and focal person of the Adoption Resource and Referral Unit of the DSWD in the CALABARZON Region, these partners are being oriented to promote foster care as the best alternative parental care arrangement for children in need of temporary care and also to promote legal adoption and prevent simulation of birth certificate.

She added that these partners can also help the DSWD in the development and management of a pool of licensed foster parents in the region.# with reports from LDBallon

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CALABARZON’s exemplary Pantawid Pamilya child wins in national search


Rose Ann Dela Cruz, 10, (2nd from left) is this year’s 1st Runner-up in the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children.

The Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Child 2016 of the CALABARZON Region has been awarded 1st runner-up in the recently concluded National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2016.

Rose Ann Dela Cruz, 10, of Brgy. Lakdayan in San Narciso, Quezon Province, came in second place of Zamboanga Peninsula’s Reynald Baguio after competing with representatives from all 18 regions of the country. The awarding ceremony was conducted during the Araw ng Kabataan held last November 22 at the AFP Theater in Quezon City in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) celebration of the National Children’s Month.

Dela Cruz received PhP20,000 as cash prize.

Other winners are Western Visayas’ Anedaine Geamal, 4th runner-up; Bicol Region’s Ihra Mae Madrideo, 3rd runner-up, and; CARAGA’s Kian Jay Cosep, 2nd runner-up.

The National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children is an annual search for child-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who serve as good examples in their respective homes, schools and communities.

“Bilang isang bata, kaya ko pong maging modelo ng kagandahang asal sa aking kapatid, mga kaklase at ibang kabataan sa aming komunidad. Ako po ang magpapatunay sa kanila na kailanman ay hindi hadlang ang kahirapan para magtagumpay sa buhay,” said Dela Cruz.

For Dela Cruz, she wants to instill in the mind of the children, especially poor children who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya, to prioritize education.

Dela Cruz, now in Grade 5 in Lakdayan Elementary School in the said town, is a consistent honor student, active in extra-curricular activities and is regarded by her teachers, classmates and community residents as a model of good behavior.

In the CALABARZON Region, the search was conducted last October 7, 2016 in Tagaytay City with two nominees for each province of the region. Dela Cruz, together with other provincial winners, was awarded as the regional winner last November 11 in the DSWD Field Office IV-A’s celebration of the National Children’s Month in Lucena City.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Pantawid Pamilya dahil sa oportunidad na makapag-aral kami nang maayos. Ngayon, ang karapatan namin sa edukasyon ay hindi na lamang nasa balikat ng aming mga magulang, katuwang na namin ang gobyerno. Sana lahat ng bata ay pahalagahan ang programa at maging matagumpay sa hinaharap,” Dela Cruz said.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a social protection program of the national government that improves human capital through the provision of conditional cash grants to qualified poor families to support the needs on health and education of zero to 18 years old children.#

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A brighter life together


Richel Morales, 33, shares that watching TV has become an afternoon bonding of their family. Her household is one of the 33 households in Brgy. San Vicente who benefitted from the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA electrification project.

As nightfall comes, the darkness triggers memories of a fearful past in Richelda Vargas’ mind.

A resident of the far-flung barangay of San Vicente in Buenavista town, Quezon Province, Richelda has stories of terror from the earlier insurgencies in their area.

“Noong 1980s na mahigpit pa ang panahon sa aming lugar, maraming dumadaan na ibang tao dito sa’min. Sa gabi, bigla na lang may magtatawag sa labas ng bahay, manghihingi ng makakain o maiinom. Palibhasa walang kuryente, hindi namin makilala kung sundalo ba o anumang tao. Nakakatakot. (In 1980s, when insurgency was at its height, strangers would constantly pass by our community. At night, people would knock at our doors and ask for food and drinks. Since we had no light, we could not see if they were soldiers or not. It’s very frightening.),” shared Richelda, 56.

Throughout the years, thankfully, incidence of insurgencies had eased up in the area. The fear, however, stayed because what came next were crimes committed at night, specifically in areas left without electricity.

Beverly Brazal, another resident, shared that her family was one of the victims of theft and murder.

“Walang kasama ang kapatid ko sa bahay nila dahil nakipanood ng TV ang mga anak niya sa ibang bahay. Pinagnakawan sila at napatay ang kapatid ko. (My sister was alone in their house because her children were watching TV in a neighboring house. Someone broke into their house, stole some things and killed my sister.),” lamented Beverly, 32.

With this plight of the residents, they know that they need to do something to feel secure again.

As a community, they led an electrification project last 2014 through the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a community-driven program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In the Kalahi-CIDSS implementation, residents are engaged in the development process of their communities by empowering them to implement projects that improve the delivery of basic social services in their area.

For conflict-affected barangays like San Vicente, the Kalahi-CIDSS also targets to bring back the peace in the community in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) through its PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) project.

With the electrification project, the residents became certain that they will finally feel the security they are dreaming to have at the comforts of their homes.

Light of unity

Richelda was voted to lead the group of community volunteers that oversee the whole project implementation.

They underwent trainings on proposal development, financial management, construction estimates and project operation and maintenance to gain knowledge and skills in implementing their project. Richelda appreciated these capacity building activities especially that most of them did not finish school.

“Karamihan sa amin ay nasa bahay-bahay lang, nag-aalaga ng mga anak at naglilinis ng bahay. Dito, marami kaming natutunan sa pagsasagawa ng isang proyekto at nagkaroon kami ng kumpiyansa sa sarili. (Before, we only stayed at home and took care of our kids. All we did was clean the house. But now, we know how to implement a community project and have gained self-confidence throughout the process.),” Richelda proudly shared.

In April 2014, the residents have installed the 890 meters power line that includes electric posts, cables and a transformer. The project amounted to PhP664,200, which was funded by the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA and the town’s local government.

To distribute the electric supply to the residents’ houses, the barangay council made way to solicit electric meters from the municipal government. Starting December 2015, all the 33 households left without electric supply in the barangay had their electric power at home.

Brgy. Capt. Manolito Vargas is proud to have finally addressed this most pressing need in their community. What makes him even prouder is that the problem was resolved through the residents’ participation and unity.

“Maganda na komunidad ang nagsabi ng proyektong gagawin dahil nakita namin kung ano ang mas kailangan ng majority. At dahil desisyon ito ng lahat, nakisama at tumulong talaga sila sa implementasyon. (It’s good that the community was consulted on what project to implement because we learned the need of the majority of us. And since the project was decided by everyone, the residents actively participated in the implementation.),” shared Brgy. Capt. Vargas.

Light of hope

At night, the community is no longer filled with darkness and fear.

The houses now glimmer with white lights compared to the weak, yellow lights from the gas lamps they used before.

“Dati ay gumagastos kami ng PhP450 kada buwan para sa gasera. Pero ngayon, PhP300 na lang ang gastos namin sa kuryente. At hindi lang para sa ilaw ‘yun. Nagagamit din namin ang kuryente sa ibang bagay. (Before, we spent PhP450 monthly to buy gas for our lamps; but now, we only spend PhP300 for the electric bill. And we use the electricity not just for the lights but for other purposes as well.),” shared Richelda.

Some residents also have television sets at home for the leisure of the children and the whole family.

“Nakapag-provide ako ng maliit na TV para ‘di na kailangang dumayo pa sa ibang bahay na may kuryente ang mga anak ko. ‘Yung kasiyahan ng mga bata, utay-utay kong naibibigay. (I got a small TV so my children don’t need to go to the neighbors anymore. This made my children very happy.),” shared Brgy. Capt. Vargas.

With the electricity, the residents of Brgy. San Vicente feel that their village is now far from being the dangerous, fearful community it once was. As bright as the lights in their community are, their hopes of living with a peaceful mind becomes stronger and closer to reality.#

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DSWD identifies more than 202K poor households in CALABARZON

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DSWD IV-A Regional Director Leticia T. Diokno presents the data of the poor households in the CALABARZON Region.

A total of 202,279 households in the CALABARZON Region are poor, announced the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-A during the Regional Launching of the Listahanan 2015 Database of Poor Households in Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City last June 20.

The said number of poor households is identified based on the assessment of the 1,346,324 households across the region from April to December 2015 under the Department’s Listahanan targeting system.

The Listahanan, previously the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information management and targeting system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It generates a comprehensive and objective database of the poor, which is utilized by the DSWD in targeting beneficiaries of its programs and services for the poor.

The said number of poor households in the region represents 3.95 percent of the 5,116,976 poor households in the country.

In the region, Quezon Province has a total of 80,748 poor households, the highest magnitude of the poor among the CALABARZON provinces. Batangas has 39,945; Laguna has 31,484; Cavite has 29,441, and; Rizal has 20,661 poor households.

All these data are based on the February 2016 database of the poor of the Listahanan.

Listahanan—a reliable database of the poor

“The identification of the poor households followed an objective process where our field staff conducted a house-to-house assessment and collected the socio-economic data of every household to determine whether they are poor or non-poor,” said DSWD IV-A Regional Director Leticia T. Diokno.

She added that the DSWD used a uniform instrument, called the Family Assessment Form, that predicted the income of households through collecting data such as family composition, employment, education of household members, housing condition and access to basic services.

“Also part of the process of the Listahanan is the validation phase where the DSWD posted the initial list of poor households in every barangay to collect complaints from local residents as to the inclusion of non-poor households or exclusion of poor households in the database,” Dir. Diokno added.

This new database of the poor updates the list generated in 2009 during the first assessment of poor households conducted by the DSWD.

In the 2009 assessment, a total of 404,707 households are poor out of the 949,583 assessed in the CALABARZON Region.

Providing services to the poor

The DSWD also emphasizes that households included in the database of the poor of the Listahanan are not guaranteed with a program or service.

“The Listahanan is a targeting system, and being included in its database does not mean a program for the household. Still, the inclusion of a household to any program of the DSWD, particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, is subject to a household’s eligibility to the program as well as the expansion of the program for more beneficiaries,” said Dir. Diokno.

However, the DSWD will be utilizing the said database in targeting beneficiaries for its various programs and services for the poor and planning for interventions, especially in providing these households with opportunities to help improve their living condition.

To date, the said targeting system is being used in the identification of beneficiaries of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

Further, the DSWD calls for other stakeholders to direct their resources in helping these poor families.

“We seek the support of our partners including our local government units and civil society organizations to use the Listahanan database of the poor in planning for programs and services for the poor,” Dir. Diokno said.#

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