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Friday, November 29, 2019

Caraga IPs convene for 2019 IP Summit

By Clea Mariel C. Malunhao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 -- Tribal groups from different parts of Caraga gathered recently for this year’s Indigenous Peoples Summit in this city to celebrate their participation and contribution in nation-building and at the same time raise concerns that their communities are facing.

The one-day summit, which was organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga, was held recently at Balanghai Hotel and was attended by Manobo, Mamanwa, Higaonon, Banwaon, and Mandaya tribal groups.

These tribal groups are from six ancestral domains granted with the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT), namely: CADT 089 – Veruela and Sta. Josefa; CADT 117 – La Paz and Loreto; CADT 078 – Rosario and Tagbina; CADT 134 – Kitcharao, Jabonga, and Santiago; and CADT 048 – Kitcharao, Alegria, Tubod, Claver, Bacuag, and Gigaquit. 

Consequently, these ancestral domains are also part of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) PAMANA–IP CDD implementation.

The summit also served as a venue for the Kalahi-CIDSS program to provide updates as well as for the IP communities to highlight their contributions to the program implementation of the PAMANA–IP CDD or the Payapa at Masagang Pamayanan – Indigenous Peoples Community-Driven Development Project.

DSWD Caraga Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim said that the activity was very significant as it allows the IP communities to voice out their concerns and opinion. Further, RD Lim said that through the said activity, the impact and contributions of the indigenous communities’ in the project are highlighted.

“To our IP leaders, we need your opinion. We want to hear your voice so we may know of your needs in your respective communities. We believe that through this summit, the DSWD and the other concerned agencies will be able to address your concerns especially in the implementation of the PAMANA-IP CDD and other IP programs in your localities,” Gupana-Lim said.

Datu Mario Labao, a Mamanwa tribal leader from Alegria, Surigao del Norte province, expressed his gratitude towards the DSWD for initiating the event because they were able to articulate their pressing concern on education.

“Through this summit, we were given the chance to tackle our request for scholarship funds for our children. We fervently hope this will be granted the soonest because many of our children desire to go to college and study medicine or law”, he said.
The IP Summit was graced by stakeholders from the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

This year’s summit is anchored on the theme, “IP in Action: Strengthening Culture and Tradition by Building a Culture of Peace for Sustainable Development in Ancestral Domain Areas.” (Social Marketing Section/DSWD-Caraga)

CDD institutionalization pushed in Kalahi-CIDSS stakeholders forum

By Clea Mariel C. Malunhao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga have intensified its campaign for the institutionalization of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) by gathering stakeholders from different parts of the region and explaining to them the impact of CDD to poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors and communities, on November 15, 2019, at Watergate Hotel, this city.

The Stakeholders’ Forum was conducted through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Program, the agency’s lead in the advocacy of the CDD institutionalization bid.

The forum was attended by municipal and provincial information officers, and planning and development coordinators and line government agencies’ representatives.

The forum intends to define CDD particularly in the context of Kalahi-CIDSS, to strengthen the advocacy campaign of CDD, to promote the use of this approach in the implementation of other government programs and projects, and to strengthen the ties with the stakeholders in order to gain their support and commitment in the passage of the CDD Institutionalization Bill.

Jean Paul S. Parajes, DSWD Caraga Promotive Services Division OIC chief, said that as the Kalahi-CIDSS program comes to a close this year, the Department is on the move to call for the passage of the CDD Institutionalization Bill, adding that since 2003, CDD has already demonstrated success in poverty alleviation, community empowerment, and participatory local governance.

“With the success of the program, the agency sees the opportunity to ride on the momentum gained through the implementation of the program, through the institutionalization of CDD by making it a regular strategy for programs and services of the government. This way, with the passing of the bill, CDD will be operationalized in government programs, activities, and projects,” Parajes said.

For 16 years, the Kalahi-CIDSS program has been using the CDD approach in empowering communities in targeted poor and disadvantaged municipalities by giving the people the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally-identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address their needs.

During the forum, regional specialists from the program discussed the gains and successes of Kalahi-CIDSS in the context of CDD. They also disclosed the future steps of the program towards CDD institutionalization.

Kalahi-CIDSS also shared the different technologies used by the monitoring and evaluation unit in the implementation of the program. The management seeks to transfer these technologies to help the local government units and government offices in providing a more efficient and effective delivery of services.

Participants expressed their support and commitment to the program, saying that they believe in what CDD can do to help their people.

Trento Municipal Information Officer Allen Joe Lumanta shared that Trento town is now on the move to create a CDD ordinance, after the Kalahi-CIDSS program improved the lives of the communities in the municipality.

“The municipality of Trento has always been supportive of the Kalahi-CIDSS program. We assure the management that our municipality will promote the institutionalization of CDD because we believe that this is an effective strategy in poverty alleviation and fosters inclusivity. This is what our people need,” Lumanta said. (Social Marketing Section/DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Police Caraga launch 8-bullet challenge

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 officially launched the “8-Bullet Challenge” in an opening ceremony held Friday at the Butuan Primer Gun Club and Shooting Range Inc., Brgy. Bonbon, this city.

Police Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel, Jr, PRO13 Director, signed Command Memorandum Circular Number 32-2019 with subject “PRO13 8-Bullet Challenge” which set the guidelines and procedures to be undertaken by PRO13 to enhance the weapon and shooting skills of all PNP personnel in Caraga.

The challenge requires all participants to go through four stages. In stage 1, the target is 5 meters in distance which must be hit by the participant using two bullets in 3 seconds. Stages 2, 3 and 4 will be 7 meters, 10 meters and 15 meters in distance, respectively. No participant will proceed on the next stage unless he/she passed the prior stage.

In his message, Police Colonel Jimili Macaraeg, Deputy Regional Director for Operation, challenged all personnel to continue practicing even after passing the 8-Bullet Challenge to become proficient in handling firearms.

“I encourage all Police Officers to go to the range, once a month to certify ourselves that we can hit the target and basically to defend ourselves and to defend others,” said PBGEN Esquivel, Jr.

The challenge is mandatory in nature which requires all Caraga Police to participate on the activity on their scheduled date and venue. (PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

LGU support assured in ongoing DSWD Listahanan 3 assessment, DILG says

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 -- With the on-going Listahanan 3 implementation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Caraga ensures the participation of all Local Government Units (LGUs) in the 3rd round household assessment activities.

This assurance was delivered by DILG Local Government Operations Officer Ednon John Aparicio during the Listahanan 3 Stakeholders Media Forum which was attended by the National Household Targeting Office and DSWD Field Office Caraga personnel together with the media practitioners of the region held recently at Almont City Hotel, this city.

“With the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DSWD and DILG in relation to Listahanan 3, we ensure that the conduct of Listahanan 3 will be completed together with the participation and cooperation of the local officials,'' said Aparicio.

“If you have difficulties or concerns regarding the implementation of Listahanan 3, you can also report it to the Municipal/Local Government Operations Office for us to take actions,'' Aparicio added.

Based on the MOU, the DILG shall enjoin City/Municipal/Barangay Officials to assist the DSWD in the implementation of Listahanan nationwide household assessment in all phases from the preparatory, data collection, validation, and finalization until report generation phase. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Story of volunteerism: A peek in the life of a youth

By Clea Mariel C. Malunhao

When he was still young, Vicente L. Gausin, Jr., or “Vic”, used to tag along with his parents in their community meetings because he had nothing to do at home and he wanted to avail of the snacks during these meetings. Later on, when he was a little older, he began assisting them in facilitating these meetings. This sparked his interest in community volunteerism.

Vic is a 20-year old youth volunteer from Barangay Pinana-an, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte. His parents, Vicente D. Gausin, Sr., and Ofelia Gausin, used to be Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) community volunteers and members of the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Community Volunteers of Pinana-an.  
While assisting his parents in their volunteer works in Kalahi-CIDSS, Vic realized that he also wanted to do what his parents were doing. He wanted to help the community. He also fathomed that even at a young age, he can contribute to the improvement of his community.

With this realization, he became more active and involved in the community.
As a community volunteer, Vic learned and experienced a lot. It was with Kalahi-CIDSS, where he first learned the significance of community effort. He said that it really motivated him when he saw how each member of the community would walk an extra mile just to accomplish their goals.

“I have seen that the people in my community were united and worked hand-in-hand just to achieve the development we aspire for. This inspires me even more to take part and contribute even in my own little ways,” Vic said.

During the community planning, Vic developed a deeper understanding of the problems in his community and how critical it is to work as a team in resolving these issues. Before, he did not pay much attention to these problems as he thought that it was not his concern at all. But after becoming a community volunteer, he saw that the youth plays a huge role in the improvement of the community as they can offer fresh perspectives and offer new ways on how to address problems.
He said that the youth should be more involved in the planning, budgeting, and implementation of community projects.
But his journey as community volunteer was not smooth sailing at all times. Vic also struggled.

“While volunteering, I also had to go to school. Sometimes, I struggled juggling between volunteer works and my studies. I had to make sure that I do my responsibilities in both aspects,” Vic shared.
He also received discouragement from others, saying that volunteering was a waste of time. He was not compensated for his services and it would not bring him opportunities.

But he did not let this get in his way. He brushed off the negative remarks of other people and continued to serve as a community volunteer. He says that his experiences as a Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer have helped him boost his self-esteem and honed his leadership skills.
Through volunteerism, Vic was given the opportunity to experience real challenges and make meaningful contribution to the society. He was also able to widen his social capital – meeting new people, sharing experiences with them, and learning from them. As a matter of fact, he represented the Caraga Region in the recently concluded Kalahi-CIDSS National Community Volunteers’ Congress in Butuan City last August 2019.

During this event, Vic was able to exchange ideas with other community volunteers from across the country and pitched in suggestions on how to promote the passage of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) Institutionalization Bill.
“I believe that the youth sector plays an important role in nation-building. We may only offer tiny efforts but I know these small contributions can lead to a significant result,” Vic shared.

Since his volunteering experience with Kalahi-CIDSS, Vic has been involved in other volunteering works in school. It has become both his learning venue and comfort zone. He said that he still sees himself in the future doing volunteer works because he had always the heart to serve.

Currently, Vic is in his second year in college at Caraga State University, taking Social Work as he wishes to continue working with the community and serving the people especially those who are in poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged areas.
“My volunteering experience in Kalahi-CIDSS has helped me develop a sense of citizenship. Being a community volunteer was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life,” Vic concluded. (Social Marketing Section/DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD conducts stakeholders media forum to strengthen partnership

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 -- As the agency recognizes the important role of media in disseminating correct information to the general public, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga recently concluded the conduct of Stakeholders’ Media Forum on November 14, 2019 at Almont City Hotel, this city.

The forum which aims to update the media on the status of the on-going 3rd round household assessment and to answer queries related to Listahanan, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Unconditional Cash Transfer, Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens, and Disaster Response, was attended by media outfits from Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur.

Assistant Regional Director for Operation Nerisa Murih, together with the different Division Chiefs, and Program Focal Persons comprised the panel. Also present were DSWD National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) Director Andrew Ambubuyog and Operations Division Chief Aljo Quintans who were more than eager to answer queries from the media.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also attended the forum, and was represented by Local Government Operations Officer Ednon John Aparicio. DILG reiterated its support, together with the LGU’s commitments to the Listahanan 3 implementation during the forum.

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Administration (ARDA) Ramel Jamen, welcomed all the participants by delivering the message on behalf of Regional Director Mita Chuchi Lim, who was able to visit the event during the open forum after attending prior commitments.

“Media plays an important role in informing the public of what is happening in the region, and even outside of the region. Media could easily bridge the communication gap that we have with the rest of the region. This way, we can assure every Caraganon that they have equal opportunities to the programs and services of the Department,’’ Jamen said.

DSWD sees the impact of the programs being aired and published news from media in the region. This is why the field office has been partnering with national and regional tri-media to be able to disseminate pertinent information to the public.

“We want to strengthen our engagement with our local tri-media that is why we are conducting the Stakeholders Media Forum as we want you to update on the implementation of our programs, specifically, regarding on the on-going Listahanan 3rd round household assessment, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Unconditional Cash Transfer as well as our augmentation support to the Disaster Relief Operations in Southern Mindanao,’’ he added.

During the forum, Quintans discussed the Listahanan overview, while Regional Field Coordinator Aldie Mae Andoy reported the updates on the implementation of Listahanan 3 in the region.

Based on the report as of November 5, 2019, a total of 160,261 households were already assessed by the enumerators – 426 barangays have already been assessed. There are 115 barangays with on-going household assessment, while 770 barangays are scheduled for assessment in the following days.

“The barangays that are not yet covered will have its schedule based on the deployment plan of the Listahanan Area Supervisors that is why our households need not to worry as we will ensure that all will be assessed," Andoy said.

During the forum, some of the questions raised from the media are concerns on the conduct of the assessment, especially on the safety concerns in the assessment of households in GIDA and critical areas. The media also raised the issue of the timeline for the household assessment, which is supposed to run for 45 days, covering all possible households in the region.

There were also questions raised regarding the Social Pension Program implementation. Participants wanted clarification of the reassessment done to cleanse the list of beneficiaries. Pantawid Pamilya was also a hot commodity among media partners. The pending issue of the conversion of the cash grant allocation for rice subsidy to actual rice rations was asked, and the MCCT implementation was also tackled.

Augmentation support for the quake incidents in Southern Mindanao was also tackled during the open forum. The DSWD staff present provided appropriate answers to the questions raised, leaving a good impression among the media practitioners.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Nerisa T. Murih closed the activity, conveying the agency’s appreciation to the participating media outfits.

“We thank everyone for being with us today so that you can help the Department in disseminating accurate and fresh data and information on what DSWD is doing for the benefit of the poor people in Caraga. We are looking forward for another discussion like this in the near future,’’ Murih said. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)