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12,000 benefit from ARMM livelihood program

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - No fewer than 12,000 residents of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) stand to benefit from livelihood support packages from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

ARMM’s regional social welfare secretary, Rahima Alba, on Friday said the beneficiaries of the startup financial assistance from the DSWD are members of the department’s Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations.

“We can now distribute what is due to each of the SEA-K association in the autonomous region,” Alba said.

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Alba said beneficiaries can use the startup capital grants for small businesses and procurement of farming inputs needed to improve their yields.

The thrust is bankrolled by the department’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), which has a total funding of P120 million from the national government.

Eighty-seven SEA-K associations in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur received a total of P250,000 grants on Wednesday during a symbolic turnover rite at the ARMM compound in Cotabato City.

The autonomous region also covers the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

The recipients of the SLP are Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members and beneficiaries of DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Non-4Ps beneficiaries in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur have also been given livelihood grants, according to Alba.

Over 2,000 ARMM barangays to receive PAMANA projects

COTABATO CITY – More than 2,000 barangays in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will receive projects this year under the national government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program through the region’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-ARMM).

The projects would be delivered under the PAMANA Community Driven Development (CDD) Expansion and PAMANA MNLF Program. The PAMANA CDD Expansion will target a total of 1,777 barangays in the entire region while the PAMANA MNLF is set to be implemented in 291 pre-identified barangays in 74 ARMM municipalities. Both initiatives are in their last year of implementation.

Rahima Alba, DSWD-ARMM Secretary and concurrent PAMANA program manager, said this year’s PAMANA will be geared towards sustainability of the cooperatives the program has established and supported.

“We want them (beneficiary cooperatives) to continue operating, and for them to have even wider opportunities in their localities. Kahit tapos na ang programa, sila mismo ang magpatuloy ng kanilang pag-unlad (Even if the program ends, they can sustain their development),” Secretary Alba said.

This year, PAMANA CDD will boost its implementation through the Integrated Community Enterprising Market Program. This will augment livelihood opportunities in conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable communities in three modalities:

Capacity development trainings;
Production of inputs; and,
Additional capital assistance.

Each barangay would have a total project cost allocation of P300,000.

The PAMANA MNLF program, on the other hand, will provide services to the families of MNLF combatants through healthcare benefits, college scholarships, tech-voc capacity development, and livelihood ventures support. Each identified MNLF cooperative is allotted a project cost ceiling worth P885,000 from DSWD-ARMM.

From January 15 to 18, DSWD-ARMM has conducted an orientation and planning workshop that marked the start of the 2016 project implementation of the program. The event was designed to orient the stakeholders at the provincial level on the new process and mechanisms of implementation of the last cycle of PAMANA.

The program’s provincial teams, provincial social welfare officers, project development officers, provincial focal persons, and special project staff attended the three-day activity spearheaded by the agency’s Regional Project Management Office.

Also present are officials from the PAMANA National Project Management Office, which is under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP).

Howard Cafugauan, OPAPP assistant secretary for Special Programs, said by the end of 2015, a total of 5,659 households were covered with health insurance, 400 beneficiaries received study grants, and 5,115 households – specifically those displaced by the 2008 conflict brought about by the rejection of the Memorandum of Agreement on the Ancestral Domain – were provided with shelters.

PAMANA is a project aimed at making citizens become stronger agents of peace and development in the region and in the country. This is the current administration’s peace and development framework anchored on promoting inclusive growth and lasting peace. (Bureau of Public Information)

DSWD-ARMM: Focus on food sufficiency, livelihood crucial for poverty alleviation

COTABATO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has launched the pilot run of its Apat Dapat program, an anti-poverty initiative that will focus on 600 of ARMM’s poorest families.

The program will focus on key interventions concerning four basic needs of every family, namely food, lighting, water and sanitation, and shelter. The beneficiaries of the Apat Dapat program’s pilot run are among the poorest of the poor in the region. “We hope that the Apat Dapat program’s focused approach will prove to be a good fit alongside the broader approaches taken by our existing anti-poverty initiatives, all of which are community-driven development projects,” DSWD-ARMM Secretary Rahima Alba said.

Accoording to Alba, ensuring food sufficiency and livelihood, the first of the four components of the Apat Dapat program, involves four modalities. These are (1) satisfying every families’ recommended dietary allowance for protein and energy, (2) identifying what livelihood is best for the families and providing the necessary livelihood training, (3) encouraging families to put up small livelihood activities such as backyard gardening and poultry raising that can support food sufficiency, and (4) gradually transitioning the livelihood activities from being food security measure to also being a source of income for the families.

“Along with continued support in construction of solar dryers and warehouse, as well as the provision of equipment and machineries, we are making sure that every family in a community can live a life where their needs are met through the Apat Dapat program,” Alba said.

Technical assistance have been provided by the World Food Program to ensure the sustainability of the food security program, with input from the World Bank which has been consistent in being ARMM’s partner in poverty alleviation. The DSWD-ARMM is looking into a partnership with the Department of Health’s rural health units and local nutritionists to make sure that food sufficiency and security goals are met. (Bureau of Public Information/Mindanao Examiner)

Anti-poverty program launched for 600 of ARMM’s poorest families

COTABATO CITY – Starting this January, the regional Department for Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-ARMM) will begin the implementation of its Apat Dapat program as part of its efforts to combat poverty in the region. The program’s pilot run is set to last until December 2016, and will cater to the 40 poorest families in 15 select ARMM municipalities.

The program will supplement the ongoing poverty alleviation initiatives both of the regional and national government. It will follow the ‘four for the poor formula,’ which zeroes in on the four most basic needs of a family, namely food, water, light, and shelter.

The four basic needs were determined by a study regarding poverty incidence in the region, conducted by the Regional Planning and Development Office. Major interventions include ensuring families are housed in secure homes with its own water and sanitation system and a basic lighting facility, while providing them with the means to expand their livelihood and achieve food sufficiency along the way.

“Combating poverty has two phases, the long-term and the short-term. While the Apat Dapat program is initially a short-term program, gradually we’re expecting that we’ll earn the necessary experience and milestones for the continuity and expansion of the program into a long-term solution to poverty,” DSWD-ARMM Secretary Rahima Alba said.

To ensure that the program will meet its goals, the DSWD will oversee the conduct of case management of every household. It also hopes to coordinate with the Department of Health’s rural health units and its nutritionists in monitoring the health. There will be 15 pilot municipalities – three municipalities in every province of the ARMM – with forty family beneficiaries in every municipality.

The pilot municipalities are Matanog, Barira and Datu Anggal Midtimbang in Maguindanao; Balindong, Lumba-Bayabao, and Taraka in Lanao del Sur; Tuburan, Tipu-tipo, and Sumisip in Basilan; Talipao, Parang, and Pandami in Sulu; and Tandubas, Simunul, and Sibutu in Tawi-tawi.  (Bureau of Public Information/Mindanao Examiner)

Resource Generation of Assistive Devices

RESWAD January 15, 2016: The Philippine United Support Organization (PUSO), a non-government organization based in Belfast, Northern Ireland of the United Kingdom donated some assistive devices intended for ARMM PWDs and Older Persons as they learned that DSWD in the autonomous region caters disadvantaged sectors through the Disabled Persons Welfare Program (DPWP).

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The following assistive devices were donated by the ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL – FRACTURE CLINIC under the leadership of HEAD WARD SISTER MS. MARGARET ROBINSON:

6 Cricket Base for fractured knees;
18 Air casts Boots for sprained legs and not manageable by surgery;
5 Metatarsal Boots;
1 Thora Column Bar Support for Spinal Surgery;
2 Knee Brace for support of injured Knee (sand color);
6 Innovation Brace for support of injured Knee (sand Color);
3 Timer Frame – (Walker);
35 Arm Crutches;
2 Armpit Crutches; and
4 Elbow Braces

Said assistive devices are slightly used but in mint condition were hand-delivered by BAI INDIRAH ABDULLAH, RN, a Filipina nurse from the region, took the initiative of asking the hospital management through Sister Robinson for donation to ARMM constituents.

The devices were gratefully accepted by the Regional Secretary Bai Rahima Datumanong-Alba, Asst. Regional Secretary Hadja Pombaen Karon-Kader and Planning Officer Ms. Umaya Adil-Salik.


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