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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries receive rice subsidy for 2017

A total of 315,367 household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the CALABARZON Region receive their first rice subsidy this March 2017.


The rice subsidy is provided as cash allowance amounting to PhP600 per household per month or PhP7,200 per year. The provision of said allowance is in accordance to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directive in his first State of the Nation Address last July 2016 to address hunger and poverty among the poor families in the country.


This cash allowance is given on top of the regular cash grants on health and education of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya who are active and compliant to the conditions of the program.


Similar to the regular cash grants, the provision of rice subsidy is conditional and is subject to the household’s compliance to any of the conditions of the program such as 85 percent monthly school attendance of children, monthly preventive health checkup of children and monthly attendance to Family Development Sessions of parent-grantees.


In the ongoing cash grant payout this month, each compliant household-beneficiary receive PhP600 on top of their regular cash grants for the month of January 2017. The beneficiaries will receive succeeding allowances for the months of February to December 2017 on scheduled payouts in May, July, September and November 2017 and January and March 2018.


In the CALABARZON Region, a total of PhP185.20 Million has been released to cover the rice subsidy for the month of January of the said number of household beneficiaries.


In line with the provision of this additional cash allowance to beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) calls for the proper use of this fund among our beneficiaries.


In a statement issued by DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo, the agency trusts that the beneficiaries will use the cash allowance to buy rice as it is the intended purpose of the subsidy. However, the public can report misuse of the subsidy to the DSWD through grievance hotlines 09189122813 or 3456.


To date, beneficiaries are ensured of getting the rice subsidy for the year 2017 as it is already funded under the 2017 General Appropriations Act. The rice subsidy for 2018 onwards will be subject to the availability of funds as approved by the

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AFP mobile kitchen serves 2K stranded passengers due to Nina

The DSWD Field Office IV-A staff assists in the distribution of hot meals to stranded passengers in Batangas Port last December 27. [Photo Credit: FMCanayao]

About 2,500 passengers who were stranded in Batangas Port because of Typhoon Nina were provided hot meals through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) mobile kitchen set up in the said port last December 27, 2016.

The said mobile kitchen was made in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the provincial government of Batangas, the Philippine Ports Authority and the Asian Terminal Incorporated.

According to the DSWD, the need for the setting up of the mobile kitchen was due to the significant number of stranded passengers who were bound to regions MiMaRoPa, VI and VII since December 24.

The DSWD Field Office IV-A, through its Quick Respond Fund, funded a total of PhP26,573.00 as augmentation support to this mobile kitchen. The said amount covered the purchase of hot meals including rice, corned beef, chicken arozcaldo and beef noodles served from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The AFP, on the other hand, managed the mobile kitchen and provided gallons of water to cover the needs of the passengers.

The AFP mobile kitchen is donated to the Philippines by the Korean Government after its use during the Yolanda operations in 2014.#

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DSWD, Adarna Group promote early literacy for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

Teacher Louay Fabros of Adarna Group Foundation, Inc. discusses the importance of early literacy to Pantawid Pamilya parents, children and child development workers in San Antonio, Quezon. [Photo Credit: HSMaligaya]

The Adarna Group Foundation, Inc. (AGFI), in partnership with the local government of San Antonio, Quezon, completed the pilot implementation of the Barangay Early Literacy Program for beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program last December 9 in the said municipality.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-A has partnered with the AGFI to better encourage the Pantawid Pamilya parent-grantees to support the education of the children, in support to one of the goals of the program, which is to ensure all children are in school.

A total of 50 parent-grantees and four to five-year-old children of the Pantawid Pamilya program in the said municipality participated in this activity.

The AGFI, through their Barangay Early Literacy Program, promotes the importance of early literacy to barangays and institutions through art, music and movement class for small children and their parents.

According to DSWD Field Office IV-A Regional Director Leticia T. Diokno, the collaboration between the DSWD and the AGFI complements the resources and services of the two offices in addressing the needs of the disadvantaged families, particularly the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya program.

Activities during the pilot implementation of the program include discussion on the significance of exposing children to early literacy, storytelling session, music and movement activity and distribution of story books.

Further, the AGFI also conducted a workshop on the development of materials, creative presentation and storytelling for children to a total of 22 child development workers from the said municipality.

The DSWD Field Office IV-A is continuously engaging the AGFI as a civil society organization partner for their various child literacy programs. Through this partnership, other literacy programs are set to be conducted for other beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya in other parts of the region.# with reports from HSMaligaya & MAGDiaz

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A business for everyone

Liza Bay, 43, a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, proudly shows their feeds supply business, which she co-owns with 20 other program participants of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

When a small feeds supply business started, 21 women began seeing a different future for their families. However, the story does not end with the 21 of them.

Liza Bay, 43 years old, the treasurer of the Mapayapang Poblacion 2 Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association, shares how their humble feeds supply business is not only helping their members but as well as other poor families in their community.

Liza, a resident of Brgy. Poblacion 2 in Agdangan, Quezon Province, is a beneficiary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program since 2009. This program is directed to qualified poor families with children zero to 18 years old in support to their needs on health and education.

As a strategy to improve the living condition of poor families like Liza’s, the DSWD prioritizes beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya in the SLP, which provides skills training to program-participants towards micro-enterprise development or gainful employment.

When Liza’s group, all members are Pantawid Pamilya mother-beneficiaries, became beneficiaries of the SLP, the group decided to put up a feeds supply business not only because they project it is a good opportunity to earn but also an opportunity to help other Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in their municipality.

Business for their families

According to Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Link Darold Jopson, who is assigned in Agdangan, the putting up of businesses of the beneficiaries of the program undergoes thorough assessment and planning to ensure that businesses will thrive.

“Gina-guide namin sila sa pagpili ng mga nararapat na negosyo ayon sa kanilang kakayahan at sa pangangailangan sa lugar. Dahil din sa networks ng Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries dito sa Agdangan, natutulungan na rin sila na magkaroon ng siguradong customers para sa kanilang negosyo,” Jopson shared.

In August 2016, they opened their feed supply business. The SLP has awarded the association a total of PhP210,000, which they used to rent for their stall and initial products.

“Naisip po namin na magtinda ng feeds bilang negosyo dahil ito ang malakas dito sa amin. Marami ang nagnenegosyo ng pag-aalaga ng baboy kaya marami ang maaaring maging customers,” said Liza, who was manning the store alone in the afternoon.

Liza’s main source of income is through being a dealer of beauty products. She admits that with five children, it is difficult to provide for the needs of the children especially that her husband earns only occasionally through farming.

Further, Liza shares that the rest of the members of the association has similar circumstances as her. Most of them are laundrywomen, house helpers or stay-at-home mothers.

“Malaking tulong sa amin ang pagkakaroon ng negosyo. Kaming mga dating nasa bahay lang o konti ang kinikita ay may pagkakataon nang kumita. Marami rin sa amin ang bumili na ng sariling hayop para mag-alaga. Dito na kami sa aming tindahan bumibili,” she shared.

With this setup, members do not only help find another income opportunity for their families but they also help their business grow by the day.

Helping other poor families

Liza also gladly shares that majority of their customers are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from other barangays in their municipality.

“Marami po talagang mga benepisyaryo ang nagnenegosyo ng pag-aalaga ng baboy kaya dito na namin sila hinihikayat na mamili,” she said.

Liza and the rest of the group make sure that their prices are cheaper than their competitors in town, especially that they know that their customers are also financially struggling like them.

“Sa ganitong paraan, nakakatulong rin kami sa aming kapwa mahihirap habang tinutulungan nila kaming palaguin ang aming negosyo,” said Liza.

Mothers learning responsibility

More than the value of the group business, members of the association learned taking responsibilities seriously.

“Lahat kami ay may responsibilidad dito sa negosyo. Ang bawat isang miyembro ay nagbibigay ng half day na volunteer work kada linggo para magbantay ng tindahan,” Liza said.

She, as the treasurer of the group, is assigned in the afternoon daily and serves as a cashier.

For all of them, the success of their business is in every member’s shoulders. Together, they work hard to make the daily operation of the store smooth and plan for expansions in the future.

However, for Liza and the rest of the members of the Mapayapang Poblacion 2 SLP Association, one responsibility is most treasured. It is the responsibility to help other poor families to move towards improving their lives.

For this, they are continuously inspired by every beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya program who stands up and makes a way to change their lives.#

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7 new partners sign agreement with DSWD

Seven organizations have formally partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-A in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last November 9 in Los Banos, Laguna.

Two of these organizations are academe partners—the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation in Lucena City and the Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna in Calamba City—that will be helping in the facilitation of the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS) of the parent-grantees of the Pantawid Pamilya program.

The FDS is a component of the Pantawid Pamilya that teaches topics on strengthening marital relations, children’s rights, disaster preparedness and budget management among others.

The Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna will also be helping in the provision of livelihood and employment to beneficiaries through referral system and skills training.

Other partners include the Operation Smile Philippines Foundation, Inc. for the provision of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare to children with cleft lip and palate and other facial deformities; the REINA Federation of Parents Associations, Inc. and the Yakap sa Kaunlaran ng Bata, Inc. for the advocacy and organization of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children and facilitation of the FDS; the Avon Cosmetics, Inc. for the provision of livelihood programs and employment opportunities for the beneficiaries, and; the Generika Drugstore Los Baños Branch for the provision of discount on medicines and laboratory tests as well as the conduct of health awareness and generic medicine lectures during Pantawid Pamilya FDS.

“We laud the intention of these organizations in partnering in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Our Department greatly needs the help of CSOs so we can successfully help improve the lives of our beneficiaries,” said DSWD IV-A Regional Director Leticia Diokno.

Teresita Coronacion, president of the REINA Federation of Parents Association, shared that they are always open towards helping the government, especially in the implementation of programs for the welfare of the children.

To date, there are 28 CSOs with formal partnership with the Department in the program implementation.

The Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to qualified poor families in support for the needs on health, nutrition and education of children zero to 18 years old.

In the CALABARZON Region, there are 316,281 household-beneficiaries of this program.#





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700K CALABARZON children are identified poor

A total of 733,371 children in the CALABARZON Region have been identified as poor based on the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Listahanan database of poor households.

These poor children, who are zero to 17 years old, are from the 202,279 poor households identified in the second round of Listahanan household assessment conducted in 2015.

Listahanan is an information management and targeting system, which 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.

It is the targeting system used for the selection of beneficiaries of social protection programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

Based on the Listahanan data, 277,255 poor children are in Quezon Province; 144,912 are in Batangas; 116,886 are in Laguna; 115,550 are in Cavite, and; 81,768 are in Rizal.

Of this number, 287,224 are out-of-school.

In line with the National Children’s Month celebration, the DSWD continuously promotes the welfare of these poor children and encourages national government agencies, local government units and civil society organizations to provide programs and services to improve the lives of these children.

Promoting the health and education of poor children

Two of the social protection programs for children being implemented by the DSWD are the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

To date, there are 588,308 children zero to 18 years old are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya program.

This program provides conditional cash grants to qualified poor families in support to the health and educational needs of children. It provides PhP300 monthly to children in elementary and Php500 monthly to children in high school in exchange for their 85 percent monthly school attendance. Further, every household is provided with PhP500 monthly as health grant in exchange for the monthly preventive health checkup of children zero to five years old.

On the other hand, there are 199,669 children benefitting from the SFP, which is the provision of food, in addition to regular meals, to improve the nutritional status of children enrolled in day care centers and supervised neighborhood plays.

Other programs, services for the children

The DSWD further promotes the provision of a caring and loving home for children.

From 2015 to present, the DSWD has approved the legal adoption of 179 children and is continuously promoting legal adoption and foster care to provide the right of every neglected, abused and abandoned child to a family and a home.

The DSWD Field Office IV-A is also pilot-testing the Comprehensive Program for Street Children and Families At-Risk on the Streets, a social technology project that responds to the needs of street children and reduce their vulnerabilities on the streets.

To date, a total of 270 street children in Cavite and in Rizal are benefitting from this program.

Residential care for children

The DSWD Field Office IV-A is also managing two centers that are catering to the needs of children.

The Bahay Tuluyan Home for Girls in Dasmarinas City, Cavite provides care, protection and rehabilitation to girls who are victims of sexual and physical abuse, exploitation, abandonment, neglect and maltreatment. To date, it has a total of 45 residents.

On the other hand, the National Training for the Boys in Tanay, Rizal, provides protection, parental care and rehabilitation children-in-conflict with the law, has a total of 104 residents.#


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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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A small girl’s big heart–Inspiring big people through small gestures


Rose Ann Dela Cruz, 10, from Brgy. Lakdayan in San Narciso, Quezon Province, is this year’s 1st runner-up in the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children.

Every day, right before she goes home from school, Rose Ann Dela Cruz visits her biggest inspiration.

Right at the entrance of Lakdayan Elementary School is a grotto of Mama Mary where she spends a minute or two daily to say her prayer of thanks for the day. Such habit is not typical among the pupils of the said school, but Rose Ann never forgets a day.

Once the prayer is said, 10-year-old Rose Ann walks her way home, her disposition so bright that people, young and old alike, in their neighborhood would never fail to notice.

Little did Rose Ann know that even with her smallest of gestures, she is being seen to get it ‘big’ one day in their small village of Lakdayan in San Narciso town in Quezon Province.

Big name in the community

At 10, Rose Ann is known by her teachers and neighbors as a model of good character.

“Talagang maipagmamalaki mo sa batang ‘yan na lagi s’yang may paggalang sa mga nakatatanda, mabait at lalong lalo na ay masipag s’yang mag-aral,” shared Lanie Mariño, 42, a neighbor who has known Rose Ann since she’s a newborn.

Her current class adviser, Ms. Kristine Clairon Dinglasan, who is also her neighbor, has been a witness as to how Rose Ann is more than just a bright and talented young girl.

“Pagdating n’ya ng bahay, talagang makikita mong nagmamano sa mga matatanda. Buklat agad n’ya ang mga aralin at gumagawa ng mga assignments. Masasabi kong isa s’yang huwaran ng kagandahang asal at katalinuhan,” Ms. Dinglasan said.

Mr. Arnel Marzonia, Rose Ann’s class adviser last year, also shares his admiration to his most talented student.

“Mayroon s’yang kakaibang talento at talino. Focused s’ya sa pag-aaral. Kapag may hindi s’ya alam, nagtatanong s’ya. Kahit s’ya ay maliit na bata, napatunayan n’ya ring kaya n’yang mamuno,” shared Mr. Marzonia.

Ms. Jonabeth Bello, her Grade 1 adviser, recalls that Rose Ann is very generous with her classmates.

“Lagi s’yang nagtuturo sa mga kaklase n’ya kapag mayroon silang hindi maintindihan sa klase, mapagbigay din si Rose Ann. Hindi s’ya madamot magbigay ng papel o magpahiram ng ballpen sa mga kaklase kahit sabihin pa nating sa mga pinakamalapit n’yang kakumpetensya sa honor roll,” said Ms. Bello.

Further, Rose Ann is seen to be a good influence to her classmates, especially her circle of friends.

Teacher Ethel Razon shares that they have observed that Rose Ann’s friends became dedicated to study as well as become active in school activities.

Christian Malachico, 11, Rose Ann’s friend, shares that besides influencing them to study harder, Rose Ann has also inspired them to be better.

“Tinuruan n’ya kaming maging mapagbigay, magkusa sa lahat ng bagay at rumespeto sa iba,” said Christian.

Youthful innocence

For Rose Ann, who she is now is a product of her parents’ and teachers’ love and hard work as well as her experiences growing up.

Rose Ann is the eldest of two children of Tatay Alvin, 30, and Nanay Rosalie, 28, who started their family at a young age.

“Dahil maaga kaming nagsimula ng pamilya at hindi nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral, naging mahirap ang buhay para sa amin. Ang pinagkakakitaan ko ay pagkakarga ng mga coco lumber sa kabayo,” shared Tatay Alvin.

Nanay Rosalie recalls eating only bananas or noodles during meals.

“Naaawa kami sa mga bata dahil wala kaming pambili ng pagkain. Minsan, pinapangutang namin sila para may maayos silang makain. Tapos kaming mag-asawa, ang kakainin na lang namin ay saging,” shared Nanay Rosalie in tears.

At her young age, Rose Ann understands their plight.

“Gusto ko pong makatawid kami sa kahirapan—‘yung hindi na kami mahihirapang humanap kung saan kukuha ng pagkain o pambili ng gamit sa school. Gusto ko po na lagi kaming masaya at buo, ‘yung hindi na kailangang magtrabaho sa malayo si Papa at mawala nang matagal para masuportahan kami” she shared with conviction.

Even with her youth, Rose Ann has concrete ways to achieve this dream.

“Magiging abogado po ako. Talaga pong pinagsisikapan ko ang pag-aaral ko para matupad ito. Hindi po ako umaabsent, nakikinig po ako sa teacher at pinag-aaralan kong mabuti ang lahat ng tinuturo sa akin,” she shared.

For Rose Ann, chasing opportunities through education will be her key towards achieving her dreams.

“Ang edukasyon po ang papatid sa aming kahirapan dahil ito po ang magpapalawak at magpapalago ng aking kaalaman,” added Rose Ann.

Tatay Alvin and Nanay Rosalie are both proud of their daughter’s commitment to work for the achievement of her dreams. However, according to them, Rose Ann does not stop there.

“Napakaresponsableng bata ni Rose Ann at talagang naaasahan namin s’ya dito sa bahay. Hindi na s’ya kelangang utusan. Isang s’yang magandang modelo sa kanyang kapatid pagdating sa pag-aaral at sa kagandahang asal,” shared Nanay Rosalie.

Besides doing house chores such as fetching water and cooking, Rose Ann also helps Nanay Rosalie in their small sari-sari store. At times, she also sells pancakes in their classroom.

For Rose Ann, being a good daughter, sibling and student makes her less of a burden to her parents as well as the rest of the community.

Big thanks from a small child

Rose Ann knows that she is still at the beginning of the chapter of her life, which she compares to an open book.

“Para akong isang bukas na libro na marami pang p’wedeng maibahagi,” she shared.

For all that she went through, she does not forget to thank every detail of how she has made it to this chapter of her life and how she’ll finish her race.

“Pinakaimportante po sa akin ang pamilya dahil sila po ang naghulma sa kung ano at magiging sino ako,” she shared with pride.

Further, she does not forget her teachers and the good education they are providing her.

“Nagpapasalamat din po ako sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program sa pag-agapay sa mga mahihirap na batang katulad ko. Alam ko pong karapatan namin ang edukasyon pero dahil po sa tulong n’yo, nakikita kong hindi na lang nasa balikat ng mga magulang namin ang pagbibigay sa amin ng karapatang ito. Katuwang na po namin ang gobyerno,” she shared with a smile.

And just like every end of her school day, Rose Ann does not forget to thank God.

She mentions every blessing that came her way and vows to do everything to make it big one day.#

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