Water system built through DSWD program puts a new song in the hearts of residents in Catanduanes town

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent,” says Victor Hugo.

This cannot be truer for Flordeliz Olesco, a 67-year-old retired teacher from Barangay Ananong in Viga, Catanduanes, who found herself writing a song as a way to show her gratitude when her community finally got a water system through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

She wrote a song and made her neighbors sing.

Pampamahalaang ahensya
Tumutulong sa sambayanan
Sa paglutas ng kahirapan

Kalahi-CIDSS was a DSWD program aimed at helping alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD), a strategy that puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

Kalahi-CIDSS has since been scaled up into the National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP), which targets 847 of the poorest municipalities in the country.

One of its development partners is the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. foreign aid agency created in 2004 to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals by assisting countries promote economic growth.

KALAHI-CIDSS sa aming barangay
Tulong nito ay tunay
Sa tubig na ipinagawa
Gumaganda ang pamumuhay

Ananong is a farming village with abaca as its chief product, which Flordeliz describes as being rich in natural resources yet hampered by various circumstances. Residents yield little income because their area is frequently visited by typhoons, as their crops are frequently damaged by strong winds.

This is already bad enough for the residents, but their most pressing problem directly affects their survival: they had limited access to potable water.

Jesus Cervantes, the barangay captain of Ananong, said that while they had an existing 55-year-old water system, its water was no longer fit for drinking. With its reservoir being located near the riverbank, it was common for dirty water to get into the rusty pipes, which already had several holes.

This problem had health consequences to the residents, as the family of Teresita Santos, one of the residents of Barangay Ananong, testified.

She said that two of her relatives had a four-day hospital confinement, during which they incurred bills beyond P5,000, a large sum for a family struggling with finances.

The problem was, although they knew they had a serious problem in their hands, the local officials could not just construct the water system.

“Hindi kaya ng barangay council na magpagawa ng water system kung nakadepende lang kami sa Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) (The barangay council would not be able to construct our water system if we only depended on our IRA),” Jesus said.

As such, when Kalahi-CIDSS reached their village, it came as no surprise that the villagers chose and implemented the water systems for their village.

The sub-project cost P1,063,806.72 and was built through the joint efforts of Kalahi-CIDSS, the local government unit (LGU), and the community, with funding support from MCC, serves 88 households in Barangay Ananong.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa KalahI-CIDSS (We are very thankful of Kalahi-CIDSS),” he added.

Si Sir Russell ang AC
Engineer Joson ang DAC
Si Ma’am Shie ang MFA
Si Sir Bryan ang CF

While Flordeliz, through her song, was quick to thank the Area Coordinating Team (ACT), the Kalahi-CIDSS staff working in the municipality for the water system, it is largely because of the community’s own efforts that they were able to get their much-desired sub-project.

As a CDD program, Kalahi-CIDSS ensures that the people are involved in the development process. From the identification of the sub-project to its actual implementation and operations and maintenance, it relies on citizen participation to ensure that the sub-project will be carried out and is responsive to their needs.

At the same time, they will have more ownership of their sub-project as they are the ones who gave their time, talent, and resources for this.

For example, Jesus donated 3×4 meters of his property for the new water system’s intake tank.

Flordeliz, meanwhile, served as the Barangay Sub-Project Management Chairperson (BSPMC), the leader of the Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers in the area. Despite her age, she was able to perform her tasks effectively.

According to Bryan Tatad, the Kalahi-CIDSS’ community facilitator assigned to Ananong, Flordeliz always explains the importance of their community project to her fellow residents and encourages them to participate in all community activities.

“She is very dedicated to her responsibilities. Despite her age, she can manage to engage in physical activities. She is a living example of a good leader and a good follower,” said Bryan of her.

Through Flordeliz’s leadership, dedication, and diligence, their community was finally able to realize the new water system.

Masaya ang mga taga-Ananong
Sa tubig na pinagawa
Sa tulong niyo’y “Maraming Salamat!”

Flordeliz’s delight in finally having her community get its long-waited water system was expressed in the way she knew best: through song.

Known as the resident composer in her village, she penned the song, which is sang to the tune of Catandungan Inang Bayan, within five minutes, right after she was able to see their water system sub-project completed.

Flordeliz said that the song was a unique way of affirming the success of the Kalahi-CIDSS in Ananong during the inauguration of their water system.

“Dapat kasi may kakaiba sa inauguration kaya gumawa ako ng kanta (Our inauguration must have something different so I decided to write a song),” she said.

She had shared the song to her fellow volunteers in the community and rallied them to sing it aloud during the simple ceremony of the water supply system’s inauguration and turnover, held last August 5, 2014 at the barangay plaza.

The song was met with delighted surprise by Bryan, who said he did not know about Flordeliz’s composition and who thought that the melody was run-of-the-mill until he realized what the lyrics were about.

“I felt happy and proud hearing the song because they were very appreciative of the project despite the difficult processes they’ve been through,” Bryan said.

“Masaya ang mga taga-Ananong sa tubig na ipinagawa. DSWD, MCC, Kalahi-CIDSS. Sa tulong niyo’y maraming salamat (The people in Ananong is happy with the construction of our water system. DSWD, MCC, Kalahi-CIDSS, thank you for your assistance),” Flordeliz together with her colleagues sang the last few lines.

Through Kalahi-CIDSS, Flordeliz and her fellow residents in Ananong now have a new song in their hearts, a song of hope for a better, healthier future.

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Teachers hailed as DSWD songwriting contest grand winners

The family of school teachers from Legazpi City had won the DSWD songwriting contest last October 18, 2014 held at Pacific Mall, Legazpi City.

The song entitled “Kapit-Bisig” of SOP band made the audience burst into loud cheers while impressing the judges with their vocal stunts and outstanding musicality adjudging them as the grand winner of the recently concluded KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP PAMANA Songwriting Contest taking home P30,000.00 as the grand prize.

The seven-piece band is composed of Jona Joy Orobia as the lead vocalist, Joash Orobia on bass guitar, Jephthah Orobia on keyboards, Leo Rosales on drums and Jediael Canicula on guitars with Joshua and Jireh Orobia as the lyricists and musical arrangers. Most of them are public school teachers.

The group’s original song conveyed the theme on community-driven development, a successful poverty-reduction strategy used in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

According to Jireh, the band’s representative, the inspiration for their composition was about the love for God and love for the country.

“We believe that a transformed nation starts from changed individuals. We also believe that when we move together with the government, we can do better than just finger-pointing at anybody,” he added.

Moreover, the same group won as the People’s Choice Award with the most number of likes in DSWD Field Office V’s official Facebook fan page with P5,000.00 incentive. They were also recognized as the best interpreter.

The band SOP had bested the other four finalists, namely, Mash-up, Team Gubat, Jan Aldrin and Rocha Sisters. Non-winners received P5,000.00 each as consolation prize.

The songs were judged based on their performance (20%), musical arrangement (40%) and lyrics and its relevance to the theme (40%).

In addition, Joshua and Jireh of SOP were awarded as the best musical arrangers and Jane Rocha of Rocha Sisters was the best lyricist.

The judges were Melanie Sison, the Communication Specialist from DSWD Central Office, Carlo Aycocho and Armand Mikhail Templado of DSWD FO V and Jospeh Perez and Victor Medalla. Dir. Arnel Garcia was also present during the activity together with Asst. RD Corazon Miña and Information Officer Evelyn Jerusalem.

The grand winner is a Christian band with progressive rock genre who aims to influence and promote transformation of nation through music and original compositions. They started playing together as a kids’ band in the year 2000, trained by their parents who were band members of Sounds Of Praise where the band’s name originated. They were frequently invited to play in different events around the region.

They also joined some contests and bagged awards. They won their first song-writing championship in the 2000 PhilHealth Jingle Writing Contest when they were still kids. This year they won in the Bottle of the Bands Song-Writing Title and also won the Best Composition and other major awards in the Magayon Festival Battle of the Bands 2014.

SOP will record their winning piece with DSWD as part of their responsibility as the grand winner. The other four finalists will also be invited to record their original compositions to form an album compilation for Kalahi CIDSS.

The said contest was an initiative of the field office to promote CDD and Kalahi CIDSS to the public specially to the new areas covered by the program’s expansion this year. (with reports from Jireh Orobia)

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DSWD launches 4.5 billion poverty-reduction program in Bicol

Legazpi City─The DSWD Field Office V officially launched the National Community-Driven Program (NCDDP) last October 16, 2014 at Police Regional Office V, Camp General Simeon A. Ola, Legazpi City with the attendance of mayors and governors who forged the Memorandum of Agreement to formally start its implementation.

Dir. Garcia together with the mayors all over Bicol region has formalized the engagement of local government units (LGUs) through the ceremonial signing of the MOA to address poverty and accept KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP in their respective municipalities.

They released balloons as symbol of rise from poverty and the leaders showed their support to the project by stamping their handprints on the commitment board with the project’s tagline, “Kaya natin ang pagbabago kapag magkakapit-bisig tayo!”

NCDDP scales-up the community-driven development (CDD) strategy, which was proven effective by Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI CIDSS) in its past 11 years of implementation in the Philippines.

CDD champions, the advocates of KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP, who had previously implemented the project, were also present during the launching. They shared their experiences on how the project had improved the quality of the Bicolanos’ lives through the CDD approach.

KALAHI CIDSS has been implemented in all six provinces of Bicol region since 2003, addressing the most pressing need of a village with the collaborative efforts of local residents and their LGUs.

From 48 municipalities it will now expand to 101 municipalities from 2014 to 2018. About 4.5 billion is the total community grant to fund the expansion of the project in all provinces.

This year, 92 municipalities will implement the said project and the remaining will implement in the succeeding years.

The table below shows the total grant allocation per province under KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP implementation 2014-2018:

Province Community Grant
Albay 304,884,950.00
Camarines Norte 459,157,540.00
Camarines Sur 1,888,007,990.00
Catanduanes 247,146,675.00
Masbate 941,078,020.00
Sorsogon 657,173,000.00
TOTAL 4,497,448,175.00

The selection of the municipalities was based on 2010 poverty incidence and those affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Last June, all eligible LGUs were required by DSWD to submit enrolment requirements to check their capacities in implementing the project.

Moreover, LGUs are engaged in providing technical assistance and local counterpart contribution to pursue subprojects such as health centers, school buildings, concrete pathways, water systems and other development interventions funded under KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP.

“The involvement of the people in the implementation of community-identified subprojects promotes the key principles of participation, transparency and accountability in KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP which improves our local governance,” DSWD Dir. Arnel B. Garcia said.

CDD puts the power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement subprojects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Philippine Government being implemented by the DSWD along with Panatwid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). One of the target groups of the KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP community subprojects are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries as well.

The DSWD in Bicol had started to pool applicants last March to fill up 1,315 job vacancies for the project’s expansion this year. The training for the hired field staff had started last September until next month.

The national launching of the project was done in Ormoc, Leyte last June 23, 2014.

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Suzan’s Relief

Suzan and her family almost died in 1995. They even lost their home after that fateful day in November 2, 1995.

It was raining for over a week before Typhoon Rosing swept away their house leaving it in rubbles. Suzan clearly remembered how they dealt with the sudden surge of water and ran for their lives. For them, Typhoon Rosing was the most destructive storm.

Just before All Soul’s Day, Suzan together with her children setup their small stall in the municipal cemetery to sell candles, food and drinks for the weather had improved until the rain started to pour again during night time forcing them to put away their goods.

After returning home, they salvaged their belongings and transferred everything to their neighbour. They were on guard that night because they knew the condition may worsen after knowing the announcements over the radio and television. Heavy rains started to pour at around eleven in the evening and after an hour, the water had increasingly flooded their home. Suzan, whose height is around 5’3”, said that the water had reached her chest level around two in the morning, prompting them to leave. Thereafter, they transferred to the barangay outpost just few meters away from their home, to stay for the rest of the night.

She was dismayed to discover that it was a goodbye for their 11-year old house costing to almost Php10,000.00 when it was constructed.

Suzan Tuazon, now 53, had relocated to a safer ground but did not forget the most pressing moment of her life. Carrying the memory of the tragic past, she was able to become part of the people who found the solution to Zone 2’s frequent flooding.

She took part in the construction of their drainage system in the most critical area of Brgy. Puro Batia wherein it is considered to be the lowest portion of Libaman, Camarines Sur and the catch basin of Sipocot, a neighbouring municipality.

In between the municipal cemetery and 70 households of Zone 2, Puro Batia, is a stream which connects from Sipocot to Libamanan. Even during regular rainy days, Suzan described that the water level can reach knee level and flooding could subside after a week.

She became one of the community implementers of the drainage system which amounted to Php770,600.00 under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan─ Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI CIDSS), a poverty-reduction project of DSWD.
Being aware of the danger that the creek posed to the residents, she had spent her time as a volunteer to target the construction of their drainage, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an international donor of KALAHI CIDSS–NCDDP.

“Nagvolunteer ako ta gusto kong makatabang na makakuang project ang sumuyang barangay [I became a volunteer because I want to help our community to get a project],”Suzan said.

Since community participation was the main requirement by the project, Suzan had successfully joined the rest of the volunteers in complying with this and had found relief after the community-managed project had been completed this year.

Even the eight-hour wrath of Typhoon Glenda which lambasted most parts of Bicol region last July 15 did not endanger the households of Zone 2, Puro Batia because of the drainage.

According to Suzan, the drainage contributed to the unclogged creek and the continuous flow of water to the adjacent river cause no harm to the villagers.
The living and the dead are now saved from the threats of flooding in their community.

According to Dir. Arnel B. Garcia of DSWD Field Office V, the MCC provided a total grant of Php614,284,050 for the implementation of KALAHI CIDSS from 2012-2015.

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The women who changed Laurente

Laurente is utterly poor and several persons can attest to this.

Teresita lived through the pains of indigence. She lived in a community with profuse natural endowments but few opportunities. As a fish vendor, she even traveled to other villages to increase her sales. She usually carried a bucketful of fish and sometimes traversed a slick and muddy foot path during the rainy days which turned out to be a non-profitable trade for the drenched seller.

“Dati po, naga buy and sell po ako. Sus na sakit, mam. May surusuknong ako na balde. Pag mahalnas, nadudulas po ako. Tirigaya! Purot ko naman su mga sira. Ilaog ko naman sa balde [I used to buy and sell. Gosh, it was difficult! I am carrying a pail. The path was slippery, I slipped and stumbled. I just collected the fish and returned to its container],” she explained in zeal while she gestured her mishap.

Teresita also added that it embarrassed her to push for a sale with the mud-spattered fish on hand. With this, she only got a very low profit out of the fish supplies she hauled.

The bounty of fish in their coastal community did not guarantee Teresita and her fellow fishermen a dependable livelihood for their families. Even its transportation to town along with agricultural goods is considered to be a constraint for their business because they lack an access road to the town proper. Some of the buyers who came from town even haggled for a lower price because of the distance and travel time.

In the same neighborhood, another woman commiserated Teresita who likely relates to her predicaments. Mary Jane is one of those few women in their community who went to high school back in 1990’s. She got herself a boarding house near San Pascual National High School to pursue her formal education. For four years, she was accustomed to going on foot for one and a half hours from their village to town. She departed home on Sundays and returned Friday afternoon to spend the weekend with her family.

Mary Jane said they would seek shorter routes to cut the travel time despite of unforeseen harm along the way. Consequently, she and her friends would deal with bothersome cows as they scurried and crossed the pasture to hardly avoid them. However, there were instances they could no longer flee when they already provoked the cattle.

“Tiglalamag kami kang baka [Cows run after us],” she added.

Mary Jane vividly reminisced her brief encounters with furious cows that became part of her youth until she got a hold of her diploma in 1992. Contrary to the popular belief of their neighbors with low regard on education, her parents sent her to school to finish her studies.

She claimed that most of the residents in their community cannot afford to send their kids to school. Most graduates of elementary no longer step high school because it is expensive and distant from their village. Parents would make an excuse that their income is only enough to feed their families in which Teresita, an elementary graduate, could also affirm.

Another mother asserted this to be true. Gregoria had the same situation with Mary Jane. She admitted that it was a great struggle to complete her studies.

Similarly, Elizabeth also recounted how her fellow mothers would go a long way to reach the rural health center in town. She felt the troubles of pregnant women who also took the same route on foot just to avail of medical services they need.

Being a community health worker since 2009, she said that they lack the facility to accommodate the people in their small and dilapidated health center. Only ten people can come in and the rest of them would wait outside.

“Pagkasadit-sadit kang samuyang health center. Masikip talaga siya [Our health center is very small. It’s really crowded,” she described.

Improved well-being
When the opportunity came to their village, the people never wasted the chance.

The stories of Teresita, Mary Jane, Gregoria and Elizabeth propelled them to become even more participative and active to attain prosperity for their families and community.

Luckily, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD came in 2009 investing in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-18 years old that provides cash grants to compliant beneficiaries.

Teresita and Gregoria were one of those qualified beneficiaries molded by Pantawid Pamilya to become responsible parents. They have highly recognized the value of health care for their kids.

“Naaraman ko po kung malnourished ang aki ko ta regular kami magpacheckup [I am aware if my child is malnourished because we go to regular checkups],” Teresita said.

Aside from the cash grant that augmented their children’s allowances to sustain their daily needs and keep them in school, Teresita and Gregoria together with other beneficiaries attended monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS) where educational, interpersonal, interactive and adult learning engagement are discussed to empower and strengthen the relationship and ties among family members and the community.

“Grabe samuya ang tabang ki 4Ps (referring to Pantawid Pamilya). Natugunan ang sa health, edukasyon asin dakol nabago sa sakuyang sa sadiri dahil sa FDS [Pantawid Pamilya greatly helped us. Health and educational needs are met and I changed myself in many ways because of FDS],” Gregoria said.

She also added that she was able to buy decent clothing, school supplies and black shoes for her children replacing the tattered and old ones.

Moreover, social infrastructures were constructed with the funding support from DSWD and other development partners.

The four women were some of the volunteers under the community implementation team of KALAHI CIDSS, a successful poverty-reduction project of DSWD using citizen participation.

Through the PODER 5, a Spanish-funded KALAHI CIDSS project responding to health needs, they were able to fully implement and complete the construction of their new health center in 2010. Likewise, the construction of the concrete pathway in 2012 under PODER 7 was realized through the concerted efforts of the local residents, barangay council and volunteers.

Moreover, the construction of their 410 meter-long concrete pathway implemented through Payapa at Masaganag Pamayanan (PAMANA), another KALAHI CIDSS modality funded by Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), responded to their hopes of an access road. At present, an additional 210-meter concrete pathway will be constructed under the same modality.

Thus, travel time is now reduced into thirty minutes by riding motorbikes or tricycles.

Fishermen can now sell their products in the market for a more competitive price than before. Agricultural products are hauled easily to the public market and other barangays. More children are attending high school and there is ease of commuting pregnant and sick people who need special medical care.

The community heroes

“Dae matatapos ang proyekto kung dae kami nagkasararo [The project will not be completed unless we come together],” Mary Jane revealed.

The implementation and construction of the concrete pathway and health center was entrusted to its residents under the care of its volunteers.

Being elected as one of the volunteers to take the lead, Teresita, Mary Jane, Gregoria and Elizabeth never failed their neighbors. They never rejected the offer knowing that they will not receive any additional income except that they will leave a mark of change in their community.

“Magadan man ako, marurumduman ninda [her children], si mama palan nagtabang diyan [Even if I die, they will remember that it’s their mother who helped out],” Gregoria said.

Aside from bulky paper works performed by the volunteers for their compliance to the project completion, Gregoria and her children rendered a four-day free labor service during the construction of their pathway in 2013.

“Ining pathway, kung maagi ako, marumduman ko na saro ako jan sa nagtabang, pati mga aki ko [If walk on our pathway, I will remember my children and I extended our assistance]” she added.

On top of being a mother, they devoted a great amount of their time in trainings and seminars outside their community to get acquainted on how to run and implement a community infrastructure. Tired but they never wavered.

“Ginibo mi ang tama kahit anong nagabot na problema para ingatan ang tiwala ning mga tawo [We’ve done what is right despite of problems to keep the people’s trust],” Elizabeth said.

She was amused to learn that one cubic meter of sand is equal to around 56 regular [biscuit] cans. This simple computation made her more knowledgeable in ensuring the quality of their project.

On the other hand, there were few inevitable setbacks but it did not dispirit Gregoria. One of which was to deal with some stubborn people.

“Natuto ako magdara ning tawo na may iba-ibang attitude [I learned to handle people with different attitudes],” she said.

According to Elizabeth, they focused not on the problems but they looked on the brighter side of life. They sought for solutions to resolve problems that may delay the implementation of their project.

Teresita Talisic, Mary Jane Bani, Gregoria Rudina and Elizabeth Marquez are the few of those committed volunteers who served the people of and sacrificed for Laurente.

Barangay Laurente is one of the 22 barangays of San Pascual, Masbate considered as poor. At present, Laurente is home to 420 households. Based on the 2011 Listahan data, there are 276 poor households who are recipients of Pantawid Pamilya and there are now 55 beneficiaries of Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Now, they can take full advantage of their natural resources with the improved access to basic social services.

With the improved access road, Teresita can now sell her fish riding in a motorcycle while Mary Jane’s children can just commute in a tricycle to San Pascual National High School. Elizabeth’s grandchildren can also avail of the basic health care services in a more conducive health facility.

“Kayang-kaya na ning Brgy. Laurente na magtindog bilang sarong komunidad para ipadagos ang paguswag [Brgy. Laurente can now stand as a community to continue our development],” Mary Jane said in confidence.

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Safer streets for Bicolanos, lampposts illuminate 85 communities

Legazpi City— More than 23,000 households benefit from streetlights in 85 baranagays all over Bicol region funded under PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA), another poverty-reduction project of the Philippine government under DSWD, one of its implementing agencies.

From 2011 to present, there are 2,661 streetlights installed in nine (9) municipalities providing homes security and safer travel for the public. 273 of which are solar powered and the rest are conventional ones generating electricity from the power grid.

“Just like in KALAHI CIDSS–NCDDP, community-driven development (CDD) approach is employed in the PAMANA project which consults the people in the communities on how peace and development can be promoted and build resilient communities,” Arnel Garcia, regional director of DSWD Field Office V, said.

PAMANA Project is another modality of KALAHI CIDSS–NCDDP providing an annual block grant of Php300,000 per barangay wherein a village implements the said project for three consecutive years to deliver basic goods and services in conflict-affected communities.

Streetlights are one of the community-identified interventions along with basic social services, basic access infrastructures and common service facilities in PAMANA project.

On the other hand, due to Typhoon Glenda that pounded the southern part of Bicol region, 247 lampposts were reported to be damaged.

According to Dir. Garcia, the communities are now lobbying with their respective local government units (LGUs) for the repair of the said streetlights. And as part of the communities’ commitment for the project’s sustainability, they will intensify the implementation of the approved operations and maintenance plan.

Communities pursue bright paths
The municipality of Labo in Camarines Norte, is one of the recipients of the PAMANA project. Their small agricultural village of Mabilo II is one of those who needed lighted streets to maintain peace and order.

“Maliwanag na ang aming kalsada. Safe na kami kahit maglakad pa sa gabi [Our streets are lighted. We can safely stroll at night],” Joana Lagarteja, a locale of Mabilo II, enthused about their newly erected lampposts.

In addition to 16 units of barangay local government unit (BLGU)-funded streetlights, 38 posts were completed last June where greater area of Mabilo II is now illuminated.

According to Jonathan Fruto, the barangay captain of Mabilo II, the BLGU provided a cash counterpart of Php90,000.00 for their streetlights and provided a monthly budget of Php 2,500.00 for its operations and maintenance. He also said that the barangay police officers can quickly respond to residents who summon them for help now that they have additional streetlamps.

However, when residents conducted a community investigation which preceded the installation of PAMANA-funded streetlights, it revealed that 26.9% of Mabilo’s 348 total households are victims of criminal activities wherein robbery is rampant. Goods, agricultural products and properties are stolen, hence, affected the income of the people. Bystanders who shroud themselves in the dark to drink or prowl also harm students and commuters.

Joana, also one of the community volunteers who helped in completing their streetlights, fretted these people in their neighbourhood. She said that unidentified individuals throw stones at people who just pass by.

Confronted with the present condition of the community, Joana, a volunteer of PAMANA and KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP since 2012, adamantly pursued the completion of their streetlights-a solution that will address the problem.

She said that despite of being pregnant during the implementation period, she continued as a volunteer and complied with all the documentary requirements to get funding for and complete their streetlights. She even convinced her co-volunteers to participate in the activities required by the project.

“Ang sa akin lang ay makatulong sa ibang tao. Sinasabi ko parati sa kanila na isa kami sa nakatulong para mapaunlad an aming barangay [My only intention is to help others. I always tell them that we contribute to the development of our barangay],”she added.

Joana is also the Barangay Health Worker, a Parent Leader of Panatwid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and soon to be a mother of three. She has different roles to play but manages her time wisely. She did not give up her stint as a volunteer of PAMANA and KALAHI CIDSS–NCDDP because she can serve the people without expecting anything in return for the common good of all.

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DSWD Field Office V urgently needs 372 field workers

Legazpi City─ The DSWD here in Region V still accepts application of 372 field workers to be assigned anywhere in Bicol under the expansion of KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP (formerly KALAHI CIDSS), a successful poverty-reduction program in the Philippines.

“KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP will commence sometime in September and we are making our best effort to complete the recruitment process for this program by the end of August,” Arnel B. Garcia, director of DSWD Field Office V, said.

DSWD is still accepting application until August 15, 2014 for the following municipal-based workers:

Positions Quantity Salary Grade Minimum Qualification Standards
Area Coordinators 48 18 (Php31,351.00) Education: Graduate of any 4 year course relevant to social developmentExperience:5 years of relevant, progressive work experience, of which:3 years should be in a supervisory or semi-managerial capacity,3 years should be in development assistance projects;Training:            40 Hrs. of relevant training Gender & Development related training a plus.


Others: Demonstrated leadership and project management capabilities

Effective verbal and written communication skills

Computer literate in MS Office applications

Deputy Area Coordinators 92 17 (Php29,028.00) Education: Graduate of Civil Engineering course, preferably a licensed Civil EngineerExperience: Five years of relevant experience in rural or community-based infrastructure development, three (3) years of which in foreign assisted development projectsTraining: Preferably with relevant technical trainings on water supply systems, roads and bridges, procurement, and other social infrastructureOthers:Demonstrated competencies in construction and contract managementEffective verbal and written communication skillsComputer literate in MS Office applications
Municipal Financial Analysts 70 13 (Php21,436.00) Education: Business graduate or preferably AccountancyExperience: At least 1 year relevant work experienceOthers:             Computer literateCan work well with others e.g. self-confident, assertive, independent-minded

Out of some 1500 applicants for community facilitators who applied since February, 495 passed the written examination and will be notified for the panel interview by Human Resource and Development personnel through text/call anytime this week. DSWD will still entertain application for the aforementioned until August 15, 2014. Listed below are the details:

Position Quantity Salary Grade Minimum Qualification Standards
Community Facilitators 162 13 (php21,436.00) Education: Graduate of any 4 year course relevant to social developmentExperience: Two (2) years of relevant, progressive work experience in development assistance projectsTraining: At least four (4) hours of relevant training experience.Others: Demonstrated capabilities in community organizing and social facilitation/mobilization 

Effective verbal and written communication skills

Computer literate in MS Office applications

Moreover, DSWD is also accepting application of region-based staff until August 11, 2014 for the following positions:

Positions Quantity Salary Grade Minimum Qualification Standards
Regional Procurement Officer 1 22 (Php42,652.00) Education: Bachelor’s degree in Civil EngineeringExperience: At least five (5) years work experience in social development program/project with procurement related function; three (3) years of which in foreign assisted projects; facilitated procurement activities using the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other international funding institution (IFI) including the RA 9184. Experience in community-based procurement is an advantage.Training: 48 hours of relevant procurement training, must be proficient with computer application using MS Wword, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and other applicable software. 

Eligibility: Preferably licensed engineer

Regional Training Assistant 1 11 (Php18,549.00) Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science or EducationExperience: Three (3) years of training experience in community focused development work, especially adult educationOthers: Strong group facilitation skills, competency in the following areas: Communication/Human Relations, Administrative Skills, Organization Development Skills
Community Development Officers (CDO) II 8 15 (Php24,887.00) Education: Bachelor’s degree in Community Development, Anthropology, Public Administration, Social Work, or any of the Social Science, Post-graduate degree or units in social science, sociology, anthropology, community development, development research, project management, and/or development studies will be an advantage.Experience: At least two (2) years of combined, progressive experience in project management, community organizing and community development strategies/methodologies. Experience in participatory local governance, community-based resource management, community-based disaster risk reduction management, and conflict sensitivity and peace building, and IP sensitivity will be an advantage. Experience in foreign assisted projects will also be an advantage.Training: At least 40 hours of relevant training in project management, community organizing, and community development approaches, strategies/methodologies, and gender and development, Community-based resource management, community-based disaster risk reduction management, conflict sensitivity, peace building or IP and ICC engagement. 

Others: Proficiency in word processing and database applications (MS Office).

Excellent in written and verbal communication skills, proficient in the major dialect of the region to which s/he will be assigned.

Other region-based vacancies will also be announced soon.

Interested applicants should submit the following requirements:

  1. Application letter addressed to Dir. Arnel B. Garcia, CESO II
  2. Comprehensive resume with 2×2 ID picture and brief job description of positions handled with previous employers
  3. Transcript of Records (Photocopy only)

All workers who will be hired for KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP shall be based on Contract of Service (COS) or Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The COS or MOA refers to the agreement entered into by and between the DSWD and the party being hired or the worker. It defines the terms of engagement between two parties and specifies among others the type of service, expected outputs required of the position, compensation, period covered, benefits (if any) and fund source.

The agency had previously announced the vacancy last March to pool and pre-evaluates eligible candidates through paper screening. DSWD targets to hire a total of 1,271 field workers by the end of the quarter.

For concerns about KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP hiring, applicants can call HRD through 480.0381/480.0547 and look for Ms. Irish Mendez.

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DSWD 5 hosts songwriting contest on community-driven development

The DSWD Field Office V asks all talented Bicolano musicians and bands to write a song with a central theme on community-driven development (CDD), a successful approach in poverty-reduction, in connection with the Songwriting Contest of the agency to be conducted this October 18.

All composers are enjoined to create a theme song based on the CDD strategy of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) programs implemented here in Bicol since 2003. Song entries must incite public’s interest to build appreciation and support towards the programs.

Moreover, contest is open to all Bicolano amateur and professional songwriters with a band who will interpret the composition. The entry form and contest mechanics can be downloaded via DSWD regional website using the link: http://www.fo5.dswd.gov.ph/downloads/.

The selection of the winning theme song will be based on originality, public appeal, musical composition and lyrics and its relevance to the theme.

“We would like to engage the public to appreciate CDD by coming up with a song which simplifies the message of success in engaging ordinary citizens to participate in the planning, implementation and management of resources for local development,” Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

The deadline of submission of entries is on September 17, 2014. There will be an initial screening on September 30, 2014 to identify the top five (5) qualifiers for the live performance during the grand finals which is scheduled on October 18, 2014 to be held in Legazpi City.

The grand winner will record their original composition with DSWD on top of the cash prize of Php30,000.00. The other top four (4) qualifiers will receive a consolation prize of Php5,000.00. The songs featured in DSWD 5’s Facebook fan page with the most number of likes will also receive Php5,000.00.

For other details of the contest, please call/text Ms. Jesseshan B. Marbella of KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP through 09173747003 or (052)4805754.

KALAHI CIDSS which stands for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, puts the power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves. Consequently, the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) scales-up CDD which was used and has been proven effective by KALAI CIDSS in its past 11 years of implementation in Bicol and in the Philippines as a whole. The program is now called KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP.

On the other hand, PAMANA project under its second pillar is implemented by DSWD to facilitate the delivery of basic services at the community level through CDD, and community livelihood interventions.

Both KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP and PAMANA aim to reduce poverty, empower communities and improve local governance.

In these programs, community residents consensually decide on what type of poverty-reduction projects they prioritize for funding based from the collective analysis of their needs. Community proposals can vary from public goods/access projects, enterprise or livelihood projects or human development projects.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is one of the core social protection programs of DSWD along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).


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