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Driver’s Road to Success

12 February 2016

The road seemed to be an endless wandering place for young Dodong or Emilio Isnani. Being abandoned by his parents, the streets became his home back in the days. With the struggles and hardships that he had been through, many of us might probably think that he would end up shattered and devastated. But he […]

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IP beneficiaries get livelihood aid through DSWD

11 February 2016

A total of six (6) associations covering 167 families received a total amount of Php 1,210,000 livelihood assistance through the Support Service Intervention (SSI) of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer in a turn-over activity held at Sta.Barbara Health Center, Zamboanga City on February 10. The beneficiaries are Indigenous People covered by the said program under […]

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Will the POOR always be with us?

09 February 2016

We have seen the many faces of poverty, for sure. We have felt it in so many ways –in education, in employment and even when we purchase goods at the grocery. It becomes as if it’s a cycle passed on from one generation to another. Advocacies on poverty alleviation sprout like mushrooms everywhere. Companies build […]

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WMSU holds summit for ESGP-PA grantees

05 February 2016

Being one of the five State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) that are currently implementing ESGP-PA in Region IX, Western Mindanao State University conducted a 3-day summit for grantees held in Cecille’s Catering, Tumaga, Zamboanga City on January 29-31, 2016. Some 217 ESGP-PA grantees had the chance to join the summit after the successful conduct of its […]

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DSWD gears up from steerer to leader builder

05 February 2016

In the Regional Management Development Conference called by the department’s new Field Office IX Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo on Feruary 3-4, it was emphasized that the department mandates its workforce to be the leader builder as presented by the agency’s executive committee members during the national conference. This initiative forms part of the […]

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DSWD IX reaps national award

02 February 2016

In celebration of its 65th Anniversary, the Department of Social Welfare and Development recognized DSWD Field Office IX’s Municipal Action Team of Tigbao from Zamboanga Del Sur for its Best Convergence Initiative on Case Management-Group Intervention Planning. The recognition was awarded during the Praise and Loyalty awards held last January 27, 2016 in DSWD Central […]

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Validation of list of poor concluded

02 February 2016

January 29, 2016 – After months of receiving complaints, validating and verifying the initial list of poor that was released by the Listahanan project, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has concluded the validation activity aimed at securing that the database of poor households in the country will be as accurate and as […]

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DSWD denies involvement of Zambo evacuees in alleged prostitution in transitory sites

21 January 2016

Following the report of a TV news network that prostitution is rampant in one of the transitory sites for evacuees of the Zamboanga  siege, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarified that there were reported cases in 2014 and in November 2015 but these did not involve women or minor-evacuees now residing at […]

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Community women make transport easier for co-farmers

05 February 2016

  An ever reliable housewife, she has never fails to support her husband’s flight. Mercy Estrella, 48 years old, a native of Margosatubig, Zambonga del Sur was married to Mycon Estrella, a local of barangay Tilasan, RT Lim, Zambonga Sibugay. Being married for 25 years, they are blessed with four children, two sons and daughters. […]

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Reported prostitution in transitory site is an old case –DSWD

20 January 2016

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX negates that there are cases of prostitution among minor IDPs in one of the transitory sites. Mampang 1 Transitory Site Camp Manager Juila Jailani clarified that there’s no such case among minor IDPs in the said recovery shelter. “Yung case ng prostitution nung 2014 pa […]

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DSWD marks 65 years of changing lives

20 January 2016

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office is celebrating its 65th founding anniversary starting January 18 to 22, 2016. Anchored on this year’s theme, ‘DSWD @65:Mga Kwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago’, the activity aims to celebrate the positive changes and progress in the lives of its partner beneficiaries. With this, the department […]

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Pantawid kids join National Children’s Congress

01 December 2015

Pantawid Pamilya-Children Beneficiaries of Zamboanga Peninsula joined this year’s National Children’s Congress held in Hotel Elan, San Juan City, Manila on November 17-21, 2015. Now on its 4th year, the said congress gathered Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Children from all seventeen (17) regions that were conferred during the Regional Searches. The participants who have exhibited excellence […]

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Listahanan’s initial list of poor, not a guaranteed inclusion in Pantawid

26 November 2015

“The DSWD clarifies that the initial list of poor households posted by the Listahanan does not guarantee the enlisted individuals inclusion in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” says Listahanan Focal Person, Hasan B. Alfad. This statement is emphasized after receiving reports from the Area Supervisors (AS) assigned on field about the flock of complaints from residents […]

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Rekindled Hope: A mother’s tale to success

17 November 2015

Donned with her red gala and cap with dropped swaying tassel, she stepped the stairway of the commencement venue with pride and honor. A Cum Laude has been conferred-to a student, to a mother and to a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary. Life’s success is not yet too old to achieve. There are dozens of reasons why […]

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Pag-ibig sa Serbisyong Komunidad: HUWARANG KWENTO NG BATANG MAABILIDAD

17 November 2015

Maihahalintulad sa isang binhi na unti unti yumayabong kung si Ann Teffany Guevara, 11 taong gulang o sa mas kilalang si “Tep-Tep” kung ituring ng kanyang mga magulang. Ang kanyang pagsibol ay naambunan ng tamang pagkalinga at pag aaruga dala dala ang mga katangiang ipinababaon ng kanyang ama’t ina sa kanyang pang araw araw na […]

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DSWD keeps eye on juvenile delinquents

05 November 2015

Nov. 5, 2015 Zamboanga City – With the significant increase in cases relating to children and youth, the Department of Social Welfare and Development IX through its Regional Juvenile Justice Council (RJJWC) creates a Joint Monitoring Team (JMT) for juvenile delinquents. During its 5th bi-monthly meeting yesterday presided by DSWD IX Assistant Regional Director for […]

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DSWD enjoins public to validate list of poor households

05 November 2015

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX calls for the public to participate and file complaints should there be any corrections or grievances in the list of poor households. This validation activity is in line with the 2nd second round of household assessment spearheaded by the Listahanan project. Atty. Antoniette Maria Lucero, […]

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Love at first smile (A story on adoption)

04 November 2015

We often see in movies stories of adoption that revolve around infertility or incapability of a couple to reproduce. This has become a mainstream storyline in the reel world. But there is more to adoption than just not being able to reproduce –there’s connection, passion, and emotions that cannot be expressed in language. Such is […]

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Homeless and IPs participate in Family Camp

15 October 2015

1000 itinerant and homeless street families and Indigenous Peoples are currently enjoying their Family Camp in Zamboanga City, an activity conducted by the DSWD through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The said family camp is an annual activity under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) for Homeless and Street Families (HSF) and Indigenous People who […]

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WB pilots integrity management program roll-out in DSWD IX

15 October 2015

September 25, 2015 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development early this year was chosen for the pilot implementation of the Integrity Management Program (IMP). The World Bank has earlier committed to fund the IMP roll-out at the five identified DSWD field offices, to include region IX. This is after being recognized as the […]

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ARMM field workers undergo assessment after poor household enumeration

15 October 2015

October 9, 2015 – A total of sixty (61) Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors and Enumerators assigned in the Province of Sulu attended the post-assessment seminar organized and facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development IX that started last October 06-09 held at Cecile’s Pension House, Tumaga, this city. The said gathering aimed to […]

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DSWD consults Ulamas on adoption

21 September 2015

Following the amendment of the Omnibus Guidelines on Domestic Adoption Process, the Department of Social Welfare and Development saw the need to solicit insights and inputs from Muslim leaders regarding the adoption of Muslim children. Yesterday, DSWD gathered social workers, Non-Government Organizations, legal officers and legislators to attend the Policy Forum and Consultation on Adoption. […]

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DSWD holds model family search

17 September 2015

In line with this year’s National Family Week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Region IX begins its Modelong Pamilya Search- an activity that serves as an avenue to recognize exemplary family in the entire region. Early this month, the validating team composed of Carmencita Luna- DSWD Focal, Director Raymond Domingo- National […]

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Beyond Incapability is a Changed Life

17 September 2015

“Kahit ganito kami, may laban din pala kami.”  Success does not require an able body. It only needs determination to embrace change despite the incapability. Nora Aminuddin is someone people must take inspiration from not because of how much she has done but because of how much she has become after everything that has been […]

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Of Rising and Resilience: Surpassing the ashes, celebrating the changes

17 September 2015

HUMBLE BEGINNING Edgar, 44 and Lolita, 43 started their married life in a small Purok of Pacatan, Aurora, a second class municipality in the province of Zamboanga Del Sur, with a population of more than 48,000 according to the 2010 census. Even without any support from their parents, since both were born out of Poverty, […]

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Pantawid beneficiaries undergo assessment

07 September 2015

Zamboanga City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is currently conducting an assessment of the living condition of the 287,418 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program household-beneficiaries in region 9. This is to monitor their progress upon benefiting from various programs and services. Using an enhanced Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI), families are being […]

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ZamboSur rep wins Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya regional title

01 September 2015

The Guimod Family from Municipality of Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur was adjudged as 2015 Regional Winner of the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya. The event held last July 29 at Sapphire Ballroom,Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City gathered the official provincial nominees representing provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula who have manifested and exhibited good family relationship, empowerment […]

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Beneficiaries in poorest province share impact of DSWD programs

24 August 2015

“Ang tabang gihatag sa DSWD labi pa sa pinansyal. Gi pahibaw mi sa proseso, sa tuy-unun arun makaparticipar mi sa mga programa ug uban pang proyekto.” (More than the money, DSWD has given us the opportunity to know and understand the purpose of these programs and the chance to participate in the implementation of these […]

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DSWD strengthens local social welfare counterparts

06 August 2015

To ensure timely provision and delivery of better quality Social Welfare and Development services to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged, the Department of Social Welfare and Development intensifies its effort in ensuring the functionality of the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) in different municipalities all over the region. “The effort to functionalize our […]

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DSWD assures Pantawid beneficiaries are assessed

04 August 2015

Zamboanga City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, now known as the Listahanan, intensifies its effort to make sure that all beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer program, otherwise known as the Pantawid Pamilya PilipinoProgram (4P’s) are assessed. The Regional office enlisted […]

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P541M worth development projects await poor communities in ZamPen

03 August 2015

Babylonia cannot anymore contain her excitement with the Bagsakan Center project that is now being constructed in their village in the municipality of Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte. “Excited na kami matapos kasi maraming pamilya ang matutulungan na kumita.” (We are very excited because it will help more families to earn.) Babylonia is one of those […]

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From sari-sari store operator to plantation owner

27 July 2015

For Edgar Cadalin, raising six children is never easy. Aside from the fact that he has to provide them with their basic needs, he also had to earn enough to support their education. But how can he send them to school when their only source of income was their small sari-sari store. “Mahirap talaga noon. […]

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DSWD assists 500 deportees from Sabah

27 July 2015

A total of 500 individuals from Sabah have been deported back to the country last Saturday. The Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Processing Center for Displaced Persons has provided temporary shelter and emergency relief assistance to the displaced persons. “Some started arriving last Thursday, but most of them arrived last Saturday night. […]

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Determination triumphs over disability

23 July 2015

Ashamed, dependent and pessimistic. This is how Eric describes his self before when he was stricken by a poliomyelitis during his growing up years. While her four other siblings were living a normal life, Eric was struggling with his condition. He felt like he was constrained by his disability and so he confined himself to […]

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Redeeming children’s dreams

23 July 2015

June 30, 2015 – “Gusto naku mahimug piloto!”(I want to be a pilot) Johan gleefully answered when asked what he wants to be when he grows up. Like the five-year old Johan, children oftentimes will tell you their ambitions without any hesitation whenever asked. But how are they going to realize these dreams when even […]

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UNSR visits Zambo IDPs, lauds gov’t efforts

22 July 2015

The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights on Internally Displaced Persons Dr. Chaloka Beyani visited the transitory sites in Zamboanga City early today. Beyani together with DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera, LGU representatives, IOM and the other delegates of the UNSR roamed around Transitory Sites in Mampang and Rio Hondo, where families affected by […]

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DSWD continuously aids ZC LGU in recovery efforts

22 July 2015

The Department of Social Welfare and Development took part in the decommissioning of Grandstand Evacuation Center last July 20, 2015 as part of the rehabilitation efforts done towards building back better. The remaining IDPs were transferred to transitory sites in Kasanyangan and Mampang. However, some of these families opted to return to their place of […]

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DSWD to provide assistance to IPs affected by demolition in Dipolog

15 July 2015

July 15, 2015 – DSWD Field Office IX committed to augment assistance for the Subanen families affected by the demolition in Dipolog City. Ma. Eva Avila, SWADT (Social Welfare and Development Team) Leader of Zamboanga del Norte together with Rosalie Casinillio, AICS (Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation) coordinator went to the demolition site this […]

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