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DSWD finishes validation, ‘cleans’ list of poor beneficiaries

Cordillera Administrative Region- As of July 10 2018, the Department of Social Welfare and Development here has already completed the validation of the 31,392 Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program potential beneficiaries. This is after a thorough reassessment of poor households identified in the 2015 Listahanan assessment.

“The first assessment was done in 2009, followed by another in 2015. This 2018, we conducted a validation due to the implementation of the UCT as mandated by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN LAW”, DSWD-CAR OIC- Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.

Validation of Listahanan-identified poor households in the region started on 11 April 2018. Validators conducted house-to-house assessment of the poor households identified in the 2015 assessment.

Out of the 31,392 households, 26,218 households are validated and are identified as potential target beneficiaries of the UCT.

“Though we have already have this number, this still need to undergo our Proxy Means Test (PMT). After running the PMT, we are expecting to have the final list of our UCT beneficiaries”, Armas added.

PMT is a statistical model that generates a score for the households based on household characteristics. A household’s score is then compared against a predetermined provincial poverty threshold to determine whether it is to be identified as poor or non-poor.

Meanwhile, as a result of the validation, the Listahanan has identified 188 duplicated households.

“The Field Office through Listahanan did its best to validate the poor households to ensure that our list will be free from errors such as inclusion of non-poor and non-eligibile and duplicity of entries. Expect that there will be beneficiaries that will be delisted from our programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pension Program,” Armas shared.

As of 30 June 2018, there are 1,555 households that have been delisted from the Pantawid Program due to fraud, duplicity and non-eligibility. Meanwhile, Social Pension Program beneficiaries will be cross-matched to the pensioners of the Social Security System, Government Services Insurance System and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office to ensure that the Social Pensioners are not receiving additional pension from these institutions.

“We would like to reiterate that only DSWD can delist beneficiaries from its programs and services and delisting is only possible if there are grounds for it such as non-compliance to criteria or guidelines. We have a grievance machinery system and delisting beneficiaries shall undergo our process.

If anyone observes any irregularity in our programs and services, you can report to our office so we can provide appropriate action or intervention. Provide the needed information such as their names and address so we can do the necessary investigation. The DSWD is open to comments and observations so we can improve our program and service delivery”, Armas emphasized.

Reports, queries and grievances may be directed to the DSWD-CAR at #40 North Drive, Baguio City or through (074) 446-59-61 or 442-32-62 or or #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva with reports from Mark Erik King Guanzon, Listahanan Information Officer

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UCT for Social Pensioners to be released this July

Cordillera Administrative Region- A total of 66,080 pensioners under the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are targeted to receive their Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) stipend this July.

The stipend amounts to PhP 200.00 per month but will be released once through over the counter modality.

“Our pensioners will be receiving a total of PhP 2,400 for their UCT stipend this year. Over the counter pay-out will be done through the Land Bank of the Philippines”, DSWD-CAR OIC-Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.

A total of PhP 158,592,000 has been allotted to cover the assistance to the social pensioners.

Of the 66,080 pensioners, Abra Province has the highest number of target beneficiaries with 15,600 followed by Benguet Province with 12, 843, Ifugao Province with 11,289, Kalinga Province with 10,677 and Apayao Province with 7,571. Meanwhile, target beneficiaries from Mountain Province is 7,142 and Baguio City is 958. This is out of the 85,048 social pensioners in the region.

“As much as we want to accommodate all our Social Pensioners in the UCT, we regret that only around 77% of them will receive the UCT stipend. Those who will receive the assistance are those born before 5 June 1954. This scheme was implemented to ensure that older pensioners will receive the assistance due to limited funds”, Armas added.

Meanwhile, additional beneficiaries of the UCT are yet to be identified through the validation of Listahanan-listed poor households. After the validation, the NHTS will run a Proxy Means Test to identify those who will be receiving the cash transfer.

As of 3 July 2018, the accomplishment rate of the validation is at 99.82% or 31,336 out of 31,392 households have already been validated.

On the other hand, as of May 2018 around 54,753 Pantawid Pamilya households have already received the UCT stipend. of this number, 6,442 are from Abra Province, 7,604 from Apayao Province, 3,094 from Baguio City, 11,423 from Benguet Province, 8,619 from Ifugao Province, 11,141 from Kalinga Province and 6,430 from Mountain Province.

Queries and additional information on the UCT can be directed to the DSWD-CAR Office at #40 North Drive, Baguio City through (074) 446-59-61 or through its social media accounts at or Twitter account @dswdfocar.

The Unconditional Cash Transfer, lodged under the DSWD, is a provision of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law that aims to alleviate the additional cost of living brought about by the increase in amount of common commodities. Under the law, Social Pensioners, Pantawid Pamilya, and Listahanan-identified poor households are entitled to receive the assistance. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

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Paracelis transports services to geographically isolated areas

Conducting a family development session doesn’t seem to be enough. The generous people of this village seems to need more than that.
From his regular visits in Barangay Anonat, Paracelis, Mountain Province, Antonio Ramon Jr or “Tonyang,” DSWD Project Development Officer (PDO) for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) observed that basic services hardly reach this village. The main reasons ─ distance and lack of transportation. This village is considered as geographically isolated and disadvantaged area (GIDA).


Barangay Anonat is a village in eastern part of Paracelis, Mountain Province. Most of its sitios can be reached using motorcycle or through hiking. “To be able to reach the town center, residents of Barangay Anonat would spend 500 pesos for motorcycle hire,” says Tonyang.
He added that most of the road to this barangay are unpaved, which would change from muddy to rough road depending on the weather condition.


The people of Anonat earn their keep from corn, banana and rice production which they sell in Alfonso Lista, a neighboring town in Ifugao.
They live a simple life. But if there is one thing that they want to improveꟷ it is to keep their health in check, and to be informed on the services of their local government that they can avail.


“For nearly two years working in this village, I’ve seen that services are readily available at the town center but the residents chose not to avail because of the distance and lack of public transportation,” says Tonyang.


It all started from a simple act of service

Wanting to address this issue, DSWD employees deployed in the municipality coordinated with the Municipal Local Government Unit of Paracelis to conduct an outreach program in the barangay. MLGU Paracelis warmly accepted the initiative and through Municipal Administrator Dr. Marcus Ayangwa, some of their personnel were mobilized.


“Dr. Marcus Ayangwa was glad about the proposed activity so he responded positively and immediately for our request to conduct an outreach program,” Tonyang enthused.


Thus, on December 2016, during a family development session, the first outreach program was conducted in Barangay Anonat during the Family Development Session (FDS) spearheaded by DSWD Pantawid Pamilya.


“After our FDS on Financial Literacy, an information campaign of the different services of the LGU followed,” Tonyang continued.
As a highlight of the outreach activity, a medical and dental services was provided by the Rural Health Unit wherein around 140 families who availed of the services.


Tonyang remembers that residents of the barangay cannot stop expressing their gratitude for the services brought in their community. He said that most of the residents could not even remember the last time they visited a doctor.


Dr. Marcus Ayangwa was also elated on the success of the activity. He wished that other LGU employees can participate in such activities to see the actual situation in the community and to practice true public service.


With the good evaluation of the outreach, MLGU Paracelis together with DSWD staff launched efforts to replicate the activity in other areas of the municipality.


Spreading the seeds of service

After a month, their efforts paid off as another outreach activity was conducted in Barangay Bunot wherein around 80 families availed of the services. “Hearing the feedback of the residents of Barangay Anonat, we organized another activity in Bunot,” Tonyang said.
Another outreach followed in four (4) sitios of Barangay Buringal on February 2017. This time, the MSWDO, PNP, RHU, Municipal Civil Registrar, Cooperative Office, CENRO and MENRO, Office of Fisheries and Agricultural Services, Executive Office and Legislative Office joined the outreach and oriented the community about their functions and services.


The outreach also offered on-the-spot NSO Birth Certificate application and laboratory services such as complete blood test and urinalysis.


“The medical and dental services addressed the compliance of Pantawid Pamilya partner beneficiaries to have their check-up once in every 6 months,” Tonyang explained.


He added that while at the communities, LGU officials and employees updated their data on the profile of the barangay.


Sealing it through legislation

“During those outreaches, LGU Officials and employees had a glimpse of the actual situation in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas,” Tonyang recalled.


The outreaches also gave them insight that this is true public service. Thus, through the leadership of MSWDO Emma Tamang, she suggested to the Sangguniang Bayan that the outreach activity should be regularized.


Municipal Coordinator for Japan Social Development Fund Rey Rimas together with Pantawid Pamilya PDO Joanne Gullunan then drafted a resolution for the regular conduct of the activity. The resolution was deliberated by the Sangguniang Bayan and was finally approved on April 24, 2017.


With the approval of the resolution, provision of services to the GIDA are now conducted bi-monthly. LGU Paracelis are also constantly devising various strategies to allot funding for the activities.


Remaining true to their commitment to bring their services to the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, the municipality conducted outreaches in Sitio Gasilang in Barangay Bantay, Barangay Bacarri, Barangay Palitud. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Jasmin Kiaso

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When you want to rise, You stand up

Jonathan and his fellow graduates celebrate as they mark the end of their training and the beginning of their journey equipped with more skills.

Kung gusto nating umangat ang antas ng ating pamumuhay, dapat tayong magsikap hindi iyong palaging nakalubog sa lupa na hindi alam kung kalian aahon” (If we want to improve the quality of our lives, we should know when to rise)”, 21 year-old Jonathan Gonzales positively shared.

It was in the afternoon on April 6, 2018 when Jonathan received his NC II certificate for Mechatronics servicing and Manufacturing Technology from the National College of Science and Technology-Institute of Industrial reseach and Training (NCST-IRRT), Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Early Labor

Living in Pudtol is never easy for Jonathan whose family do not own any agricultural land and are dependent on farming and daily labor as their source of livelihood.

Gapu ta awan iti sarili me nga daga a matalon nga pangalaan iti kanen me, nagrugi ak napan nakilako iti tinapay ken balut idi kaubing ko (Since my family doesnot own a farm, we experienced hardship forcing me to work as a bread and “balut” vendor at a young age)”, Jonathan shared.

At an early age, Jonathan Gonzales was separated from his biological family forcing him to live with his aunt. Jonathan’s mother died when he was still an infant. His aunt who resides in Pudtol, Apayao then took care of him whom he considers as his second mother.

Dahil sa hirap ng buhay namin,  highschool lang ang natapos ko dahil wala na kasi kaming perang gagamitin sa pag-aaral ko. Noong tumigil ako sa pag-aaral, naghanap ako ng trabaho at nakuha naman akong attendant ng isang water refilling station sa amin, kung minsan naman nakikiarawan ako o kaya ay tumatangap ng dalawa o tatlong trabaho para mas malaki ang ma-uuwi kung sahod (Because of poverty, I was just able to finish highschool due to financial constrains for further education. When I graduated from highschool, I worked as an attendant of a water refilling station in our place, at times I accept two or three daily labors to get a higher income)”, Jonathan added.

Take Opportunities Seriously

In December 2016, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) implemented a skills training on Mechatronics Servicing NCII and Certificate in Manufacturing Technology NCII, an opportunity provided to children of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) households in Apayao for viable employability or alternative source of income.

Since their family is a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang since 2012, Jonathan qualified to be a participant of the Skills Training modality of SLP. This is a modality under SLP’s Employment Facilitation (EF) track that aims to provide assistance to qualified participants seeking employment through pre-employment guidance and orientation, technical-vocational and soft skills training, as well as job referrals or placement, among others.

With Endeavour

Jonathan took the opportunity and went to National College of Science and Technology-Institute of Industrial research and Training (NCST-IRRT), he and fellow beneficiaries underwent 3-months skills training and 1-year On the Job Training (OJT).

Acknowledging the importance of this opportunity, Jonathan and fellow participants from Apayao did their best during the training. Their efforts and sacrifices were recognized as they received a Setsuko Miyata-Gan (Model Trainee) Award. During the ceremony they were given certificate and medal. Above these recognitions, Jonathan, now, reaps the fruit of his labor.

“Nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makakuha ng magandang trabaho, ang aking sahod ay pinapadala ko sa aking ina na siyang ginagamit nila sa araw-araw na gastusin. Dahil nakapasok na ako sa kompanya pinagbubutihan ko ang aking trabaho, pag nakaipon ako, itutuloy ko ang aking pag-aaral para makakuha ng diploma (I had the opportunity to get a good job,I am sending a part of my salary to my mother which they use for everyday expenses. Since I am now absorbed in the company, I will continue my study to get a Diploma)”, Jonathan said.

Remembering his hardship and his family, Jonathan made a promise to himself that someday through his continuous endeavours, he will soon receive a diploma and be regularized at work. He wants to renovate their house and provide a livelihood for his aunt.#DSWD-CAR Babble Mae Gorio and Katrina Apayyo

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DSWD-CAR’s Latest Official Statement on the Alleged Robbery Hold-up Incident in Ifugao

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here would like to inform the public on the alleged robbery hold-up in Brgy. Jolungan, Kiangan, Ifugao on 21 May 2018 which involves Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program funds.

The victims of the alleged incident are personnel of the Lagawe Multi-Purpose Development Cooperative (LMDC), a conduit of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) which is the Department’s partner in the release of Pantawid Pamilya cash grants.

The money taken amounts to PhP 2.7 M which is supposed to cover the cash grants for the 1,296 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of Tinoc, Ifugao.

As of 23 May 2018, the LBP, as the one responsible for the grant release, assured DSWD that pay-out will be rescheduled once the Local Government Unit and the Philippine National Police (PNP) clear the area.

Meanwhile, DSWD-CAR will continue its close coordination with the PNP and the LBP until the resolution of this incident.

The DSWD-CAR apologizes for the inconveniences that the incident may cause. Updates on the release of grants will be provided once report or information is provided by the LBP. ###



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Pantawid partner beneficiaries in Boliney, Abra receive livelihood assistance

BOLINEY, ABRA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) granted Php 704, 545.00 worth of livelihood assistance to 37 Pantawid beneficiaries of Brgy. Amti, Boliney, Abra.

Members of the Amti 4Ps Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) underwent a six-day skills training on bread production which ran from April 23 to 28, 2018.

Amti 4Ps SLPA has 37 members who are also beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino ProgramCurrently, the members are reliant on their income from rice farming and daily labor.

“Daytoy nga training ken starter kits nga naited para iti panagpatakder iti bakery ket dakel a tulong para ditoy barangay Amti ken barangay Danac, gapo ta awan iti bakery ditoy ayan mi. Gapo pay ditoy a livelihood naadaan ti ganwat daytoy komyunidad me nga maging close with each other (It is a very big help to the whole of barangay Amti as well as the nearby barangay – Barangay Danac, since there is no existing bakery in the area. The bakery also paved way for the community to get closer to each other,” said Association President Gladys B. Bagtang.

Currently, bread in the barangay are purchased from Bangued, Abra or nearby municipalities. Once put up, the bakery will be the sole supplier of freshly baked and cheaper products in the barangay.
SLP is a capability-building program for poor, vulnerable and marginalized households and communities to improve their socio-economic conditions through accessing and acquiring necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods.
The livelihood assistance provides the participants financial capital , knowledge and skills necessary to be able to establish and manage their sustainable microenterprise.

The participants have undergone knowledge and skills transfer training on bread production to establish their market-driven and resource-based bread production micro-enterprise.

The Department has also provided starter kits which include baking equipment, utensils, and ingredients. #DSWD-CAR Babble Mae Gorio and Jenina P. Balatong

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Public Service Announcement on CCT delayed pay-out

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here would like to inform the public that the Department through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Regional Management Office that the schedule of release of cash grants for its partner beneficiaries will resume this May 2018.

The delay is due to the transition and synchronization of pay-out timeline with the release of Unconditional Cash Transfer.

With this, the DSWD would like to extend its apologies to the beneficiaries and affected stakeholders. DSWD-CAR Director Janet P. Armas assures that the 24,809 partner beneficiaries who receive their grants through over-the-counter or other Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) conduits will receive their cash grants this May 2018 through a scheduled pay-out.

Furthermore, unreleased grants under the Philippine Veterans Bank cash card from the Province of Abra will also be given by the end of June 2018 through a scheduled pay-out.

Meanwhile, updating and redistribution of EMV cards for Pantawid Pamilya partner beneficiaries has begun last 29 April 2018 with Baguio City as pilot area. Second round of updating and redistribution is scheduled on May 26 while the rest of the Cordillera provinces will be on June 2018.

On the other hand, a total of 30,999 partner beneficiaries have already received their cash grants from the regular Conditional Cash Transfer of Pantawid Pamilya and additional PhP 2,400 under the UCT.

DSWD-CAR apologizes for the inconveniences that the delay has caused. Queries about the program can be directed to the Pantawid Pamilya Project Development Officers in their respective areas or through, (074) 446-59-61 or 0995-3525-131. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva and Phylein Maria Rosette Callangan

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Feature: Life beyond 60

Tatang Marcos proudly showing his products as he has made these out of dedication, skill, and passion

Most people say that life begins at 40 as the popular adage claims that a person’s life begins to get better at the age of 40. However, some would argue that life can be enjoyed anytime. But indeed, lucky are those who come to relish life beyond 60.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region, there are 132,893 senior citizens based on the 2015 Philippine Statistics Authority data. Among these include Patricia Tallongon and Marcos Alib, who we met in the Province of Kalinga.

Both Patricia and Marcos now enjoy the 20% discount and priority lanes when availing program and services. They are also among the 79,316 social pensioners who in 2017 were able to receive PhP 500 per month under the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Nanang Patricia’s Sari-Sari Store

Patricia Tallongon of Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga was born on 22 November 1952. She married Jaime Tallongon and together, they raised a family of eight (8) through farming.

“Maysa ak nga farmer. Haanak nga naka-eskwela. Isu nga makipordeya ak idi tapno ada iti mainayon iti maigastos. Apanak agraep ken agdalus. ( I’m a farmer. I was not able to get formal education thus I had to do daily labor for additional income. I harvest [rice] and clean [the surroundings].”, Nanang Patricia shared.

Nanang Patricia had to deal with this physical work until she turned 50. Eventually, she had to stop to take care of her grandchildren. At present, she has fourteen (14) grandchildren, five (5) of which are under her care.

“Tatta ket maysa ak nga baby sitter kadagiti apok. Ken agbanbatayak met iti sari-sari store ko. (I now the baby sitter of my grandchildren. I am also looking after my sari-sari store.)”, Nanang Patricia said.

The sari-sari store was given by one of her children to help her in providing her needs. Nanang Patricia started the store in 2015.

“Dakkel iti maitulong na daytoy store ta isu ti pangalaak iti mausar. Mainayon pay iti SocPen [Social Pension Program], nga pag gatang iti gatas ken dagiti daduma pay nga mausar. Makanayon met nga maisakada iti store. (The store is a big help for me to buy the things that I need. I use the [stipend from] Social Pension Program to buy milk and other needs. It helps in buying items for my store)”, Nanang Patricia shared.

Tatang Marcos’ Rattan Products

While Nanang Patricia acquired her own store through her children, Tatang Marcos believes that his capacity to earn for his living is a gift from God.

Tatang Marcos, 80 years old, proudly showed his products made of rattan including bags, belts, and chains among others.

“Aglaglaga ak ti ilako mi ta isu ti pangalaan mi iti igatang ti sida, ken kape ken daduma pay nga mausar. (I weave so we can sell our products for us to buy food, coffee and other needs.)”, Tatang Marcos shared.

Since his products are sold only in their residence at Butbut, Tabuk City, Kalinga, Tatang Marcos admitted that he cannot consider this as a permanent source of income. But he insisted to continue his craft not just to make a living but to share his skill and to continue being a productive member of his family.

“Nu kuma ada ti kayat na nga ag-adal ket isurok. Ituloy ko latta ta isu iti amok nga trabaho ken makatulong iti pamilyak. (Only if there is someone who is interested to learn the craft, I am willing to teach them. I will continue to do this because this is my job/skill and it helps my family.)”, Tatang Marcos added.

Like Nanang Patricia, Tatang Marcos also receives stipend from the Social Pension Program of DSWD. The Social Pension Program is DSWD’s contribution to the full implementation of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act. The program aims to help the frail, sickly, and poor senior citizens.

“Uray bassit ket isu ti mausar nga paggatang ti agas (Though the amount is minimal, I use it to buy my medicine.)”, Tatang Marcos said.

Living beyond 60

Though the strength of youth has left Tatang Marcos and Nanang Patricia, both have shown their resiliency to continue living a full and productive life.

“Haan ko nga baybayan nga haanak nga makatulong iti pamilyak ta ipapatik nga masapol iti panaggaget tapno agbalin met nga nagaget dagiti uubing. (I will not permit myself not being able to help my family because I believe that I have to be their example of diligence so that the younger people will also be diligent.)”, Nanang Patricia shared.

Though minimal, the stipend from the Social Pension Program plays a big role in their lives.

“Nu awan iti SocPen baka marigatanak nga anayen iti kwarta. Iremedyo mi nga padakelen pay iti store tapno isu ah mainayon iti maawawat ko. (If I do not receive SocPen [Social Pension stipend], it will be difficult for me to make ends meet. We will continue working hard to expand our store so I can still have additional money to use.)”, Nanang Patricia added.

Nanang Patricia and Tatang Marcos look forward to the additional benefits that the Social Pension Program may bring to them. But for now, they continue to prove that they can help their families and most specially, provide for their selves and not depend on the mercy of anyone.

Through the convergent effort of the Government, their families, Nanang Patricia and Tatang Marcos, living beyond 60 is made easier. And we hope that time comes when each one will need not to worry on living a life beyond 60 years old. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

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