The Endless Running Game

Ang pagsuporta at pagboto po namin sa inyo ang nakikita naming paraan upang makabawi sa mga magagandang bagay na nagawa ninyo para sa amin.”

Those are the words that Ate Maria Theresa Sapida, Pantawid Pamilya member and a former parent leader, will perhaps never forget when she came up with the brave intent to run for 2018 barangay election. The words many not be long nor dramatic but unexpectedly yet powerfully struck Ate Tess like lightning in the middle of the summer.

Running for life, Ate Tess presently takes care of grandchildren Stephanie, 11 year-old; Sophia, 10 year-old; Rhian, 8 year-old; Saicy, 4 year-old and Samcy, 3 year-old who all, as she describes, are the best thing that happened to her life. Through working as barangay tanod, she receives allowance that helps the family address its daily need. Ate Tess uses received cash grants in attending to school needs of Stephanie (the only monitored child in roster) and other grandchildren and in purchasing food especially rice for the family. For quite some time, they’ve been living on the same roof with some of their relatives of deceased spouse who happen to own the house—probably the cracks and rocks along the race road Ate Tess has to deal with every day for the owners always demands them to leave the house. Ate Tess, in an interview, tearfully confessed how the owner treats them—how they make Ate Tess feel inferior or out-of-place. Bravely though, Ate Tess said, “Kailangan kong maging matatag dahil walang maitutulong kung panghihinaan ako ng loob. Kailangang matutong makibaka kahit na masakit pa. Kailangan na maging matapang sa bawat unos ng buhay kaya sa ngayon kailangan magtiis na muna.”

Running from the past that haunts Ate Tess, she recalled how life had been harsh to them before the Pantawid Pamilya came recounting even the difficulty in borrowing even 50 php just to feed the stomach of hungry family and added that before, kamote used to be the family’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. Before, Ate Tess even lied to spouse before just to cover acceptance of different ‘raket’ particularly doing laundry and ironing for other people just so the family can live for a day or two. Luckily, life gave them the opportunity which probably its compensation to all the bitter things that happened to them, they have been part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Ate Tess fulfilled the obligations of a Parent Leader with no hesitation that served as a way to earn the respect and trust of the community.

Ang Pantawid ang nagturo at gumabay sa akin upang maging isang lider. Kung wala ito, baka hanggang ngayon ay mailap pa rin ako sa tao. Minahal ko ang aking mga ka-miyembro. Ang Programa ay tinulungan din ako na bumuo ng isa pang pamilya na pinagbubuklod din ng pagtutulungan at pagmamahalan.”

Running for change, Ate Tess independently filed candidacy and ran as Kagawad of Barangay 161. According to co-members,“Ang pagsuporta at pagboto po namin sa inyo ay nakikita naming paraan upang makabawi at tumanaw ng utang na loob sa mga magagandang bagay na nagawa ninyo para sa amin.” It served as Ate Tess’s motivation and she won. When asked about her plans for the barangay, Kagawad Tess wants to initiate feeding program in the barangay’s day care center, start children and youth-centered activities and intensify services for the elderly. On leadership, Kagawad Tess stated, “Para ata akong hinabol ng pagka-lider na na-develop sa akin noong ako ay naging Parent Leader sa ilalim ng Pantawid Pamilya. Basta gusto kong matulungan ang lahat ng nangangailangan mapa-miyembro man sila ng programa o hindi.”

Kagawad Tess selflessly talked about her goal in life—to own a house and live a simple life with her loved ones.

Running with Pantawid Pamilya, Ate Tess, whose life has been touched by the program in countless ways proves again that no one is alone in any race. Cash grants may be enough to solve every problem that one faces in the world but sure enough, the Program will never get tired to act as a running shoes for the member beneficiaries in aiding them win the run of their lives.

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DSWD-NCR continues validating households in Metro Manila

UCT Validators interviewing potential beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the National Household Targeting Office or Listahanan, validates potentials household beneficiaries for Unconditional Cash Transfer in the National Capital Region (NCR) to verify and update Households’ information.

As of May 12, 2018 the DSWD-NCR has validated 46,569 households or 75% from the sixteen (16) cities and one (1) municipality in NCR. Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson extends his appreciation to the local officials for the provision of security personnel during the conduct of Field Validation.

“While the validation is on-going we ensure that the data gathered is complete and accurate,” Mr. Leyson emphasized.

Listahanan is an information management system which aims to identify who and where the poor are in the country. It also serves as a socio economic database in identify potential beneficiaries for the programs and services provided by different National Government Agencies (NGAs).###

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“Kayod Para sa Pamilya” (Istorya ni Fe C. Mahinay)

(L-R) Nanay Fe at Tatay Lino Mahinay at ang mga letratonang kanilang mga anak na nakapagtapos sa kolehiyo at sekundurya

Ito ay kwento ng isang pamilya na patuloy na nagsusumikap para makamit ang kanilang mga pangarap para sa kanilang mga anak, sarili at komunidad.

Si Nanay Fe Mahinay dating Parent Leader ng Programa, limangput limang (55) taong gulang, kasal kay Ginoong Tatalino Salvador Mahinay Jr., limangput-apat (54) na taong gulang naninirahan sa Blk 10 #14 Sitaw Street Tumana, Markina City. Sila ay may labing-isang (11) anak, apat (4) na lalake at pitong (7) babae.

Kanyang isinalarawan ang kanilang buhay noon bago sila naging miyembro ng Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program. “Mahirap na, Magulo pa” kanyang mga sinambit, bukod sa siya ay walang maayos na trabaho at lahat ng kanyang mga anak ay kanilang kinakayod mag asawa para lamang makapag-aral. Naghihikahos din sila noon sa pang araw-araw na pagkain, pambaon, at gastusin sa bahay. Ang kanyang asawa ay umeekstra bilang electrisista at construction worker habang si Nanay Fe ay dumidiskarte sa paggawa ng pulseras, kwintas at hikaw na kanyang nilalako sa kanilang lugar. Nagtitinda rin siya ng biskwit at mga damit, kanya ring inihayag na dati siyang naglalaro ng huweteng at bingo. Ayon kay Nanay Fe, buhat nang sila ay naging miyembro ng programa noong 2012, nagbago ang kanyang pananaw sa buhay. Kanyang binibigyang diin na ang Family Development Sessions ay isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit naging maganda ang relasyon nilang mag asawa na mas lalong pinagtibay ng bukas na komunikasyon sa kanilang pamilya. Gayundin ang kanilang mga anak ay nagbahagi ng kanilang mga natutunan sa pagdalo ng mga Youth Sessions at iba pang aktibidades ng programa. Aktibo rin si Nanay Fe sa kanilang komunidad, kabilang siya sa Anahaw Neighborhood Association sa kanilng lugar, kung saan siya ay isa sa mga opisyal. Ang kanilang samahan ay tumutulong sa mga pamilya tulad ng pag-aayos ng away mag asawa at mga aktibidad sa kanilang barangay.  Naibabahagi niya rin sa kapwa miyembro ang mga aral at karanasang natutunan noong siya ay Parent Leader ng programa.

Sa ngayon, ang kanyang mga anak ay mayroong maayos na trabaho. Ang kanyang panganay ay nakapagtapos ng kolehiyo sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) at namamasukan sa opisina ng SM Mall. Ang isa sa kanyang anak na noo’y benepisyaryo ay nagtapos ng dalawang taong kurso sa TESDA na nakapag trabaho, dahil sa tulong ng mga CSO partners ng programa bilang elektrisista, habang ang kanyang dalawang anak na naging benepisyaryo rin ng programa ay nag-aaral sa kolehiyo. Ibinahagi rin ni Nanay Fe ang isa sa kanyang mga anak na nakatira sa laguna ay nakabili ng bahay at lupa para sa kanilang pamilya. Dagdag pa niya na ang iba pa nilang anak ay may maayos na trabaho at patuloy na sumusuporta.

Patuloy na nangangarap si Nanay Fe at si Tatay Lino na lahat ng kanilang mga anak ay makapagtapos ng pag-aaral at magkaroon ng maayos na pamumuhay. Pangarap din nilang magasawa na magkaroon ng sariling tricycle para dagdag kita sa pamilya. “Lahat ito ay aming makakamit sa patuloy na pagtutulungan namin, hindi kami magsasawang gumabay sa aming mga anak at magsumikap” Mensahe para sa mga kapwa pantawid pamilya miyembro “Mag sumikap at pahalagahan ang biyaya na binigay ng programa” – Nanay Fe

Mensahe ni Nanay Fe sa Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program “Sa mga Pamunuan, Kami po ay buong pusong nagpapasalamat sa inyo sa paglunsad nyo po sa programang ito, ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Ito po ay isang napakaganda at napakamakabuluhang programa para sa aming mga maralitang mamamayang Pilipino. Asahan nyo po na itoy taus-puso po naming pahahalagahan at pangangalagaan sampu ng aming pamilya. Ipinapanalangin po naming na sana po lalo pa po ninyong paigtingin at palawakin ang ganitong programa dahil sa ito po ay napakalaking tulong din para sa ekonomiya at pangakabuhayan naming mga mahihirap. Maraming salamat din po sa mga katuwang ng DSWD sa programang ito, sa tulong po nila ay lalo pang lumakas ang programang ito upang masugpo ang malnutrisyon at maiangat ang antas ng edukasyon at pagilan ang paghihirap. Itinatanaw po naming itong isang napakagandang biyaya para sa aming mga mahihirap. Ito’y isang napakagandang pangitain tungo sa magandang bukas ng aming mga anak kasihan nawa kayo ng ating mahal na Poong Maykapal sa mga programang inilulunsad ninyo at ilulunsod niyo pa. Maraming maraming salamat po”. – Fe C. Mahinay Parent Leader.

Patuloy na nagsusumikap at nangangarap ang pamilyang Mahinay tungo sa pagtawid sa mga pagsubok sa buhay. Patunay sila ng isang pamilyang kayang magbago, matatag, masipag at kayang harapin at pagtagumpayan ang mga hamon ng buhay. Ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ay isa lamang instrumento para sa mamayang Pilipino upang tugunan ang kahirapan sa edukasyon at pangkalusugan tungo sa maunlad na bayan.

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DSWD-NCR Celebrates Annual Character Festival

The Department of Social Welfare and Development National Capital Region celebrated its first Annual Character Festival last May 11, 2018 with the theme, “Magandang Asal ng Isang Kawani, Isapuso at Isaisip.”

The conduct of the Annual Character Festival aims to promote the importance of possessing good character and to provide a venue for the employees to express their creativity and build the spirit of personal and interpersonal excellence among employees.

The activity involves Musical Stage Play wherein 15-25 members will be playing combine songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dancing, solo monologue wherein individual contestants will express their thoughts through delivery of long speech. Winners will be judged according to the following criteria and will be receiving a monetary award:

– Musicality- 20%
– Production-20%
– Stage Presentation- 15%
– Creativity/ Artistry- 10%
– Relevance to the Theme- 15%
– Audience Impact- 5%
Total: 100%

The program started at 2:30 pm with the opening amenities, acknowledgment of participants, opening remarks and introduction of judges. There was also a booth displaying products made by the members of the Sustainable Livelihood Program Association such as rugs, peanut butter, handmade wallets, and bags. The performers from different unit/offices were introduced as follows:

1. Sustainable Livelihood Program
2. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
3. GASD
4. RD/ARD/ORCC/ IDD/PPD/SMO/RCTSU/BAC

Representatives from different units and sections showcased their talents in their respective performances, followed by the awarding ceremony. The winners for each category are as follows:

Musical Stage Play Category:

1st Place- Sustainable Livelihood Program
2nd Place- Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
3rd Place- ORCC/RD/ARD/IDD/PPD/SMO/RCTSU/BAC
Consolation Prize- GASD

Monologue Category:

1st Place-Mr. Alfred Endraca
2nd Place-Mr. Arjay G. Guarino
3rd Place- Ms. Delia C. De Guzman

This activity served as a venue to instill in the hearts and minds of the employees the values possessed by a true public servant.

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Gardening Made Possible in the City

Is it possible to grow vegetables in a massive area under the scorching heat of the sun, with a poor water system? 2013 was a year of new opportunities and challenges to our Pantawid Pamilya farmers. An opportunity for them to strive harder, innovate and to discover, learn and develop their skills in farming.  In partnership with the Elsie Gaches Village, the huge area that they had, has not only been a home for the marginalized children in the Philippines but as well as to our Pantawid Pamilya farmers in Alabang. During the Cash for Work in 2013, our Pantawid Pamilya farmers seized the opportunity not only to gain extra income but also to make a difference in their community. Using their bare hands they remove all the large weeds from the barren land.  The once bushy area in the village was transformed hand in hand by our Pantawid Pamilya farmers into a land where seeds of dreams are planted. With the help of the City Link, they were able to cultured the area and for 5 years now and they have been trying their best to sustain what they had started.

Coming from the different walks of life, they had come together to work on something that they believed would give a positive impact not just for themselves and their family but also to their community. They named their group 4K or “Kapaligiran, Kalusugan, Kabuhayan para sa  Kaunlaran”. From their name itself, they aim to develop and make the world a better place to live in, using their skills in farming. By the year 2016, they decided to elect officers among them to create a better management. Certainly, a system was created within the group. Although the water system was quite a challenge, it did not stop them. As early as 4 o’clock in the morning, our Pantawid Pamilya farmers wake up early just to water their plants since at 8 o’clock in the morning the water will be turned off and be back by 2 o’clock in the afternoon. They pay the water for 45 php per month and to augment this need they decided to contribute 5 php per week and also as a way for them to save. In partnership with the Department of Agriculture they were grateful to receive seeds and seedlings like eggplant, okra, tomatoes, chili, legumes, and pechay. They also planted camote tops, saluyot, lemon grass, sweet potatoes, papaya, malunggay, cassava, among others. Moreover, they have also been active participants to the different trainings conducted by the SM Foundation and Department of Agriculture that led them to become knowledgeable in farming. They also receive containers and hose from the Local Government Unit which was very helpful for them in watering their plants.

The garden was their second home, it provided them their needs as well as a family whom they can share their sorrows and joy in life. Aside from the positive bond that they had, unity in the garden can be discerned. They do not have specific plot for a specific group but everyone owns everything. One of the farmers said, “Tulong tulong kami sa pagpapalago ng mga pananim”.  Aside from consuming their produce, which truly promotes nutrient sufficiency and food security in the family, they also peddle it in the market which adds to their family’s income.

Over the years, the garden helped them developed an attitude of camaraderie and sense of genuine care and joy among them. To this day, they continue to farm with the hope and dreams that one day they will have a better water system that would lead them to a more bountiful produce. Nonetheless, our Pantawid Pamilya famers are determined that brighter days are ahead of them and that they can boldly say that, “Yes! Planting in a huge area under the heat of the sun with poor water system is possible with unity, positive mindset and determined attitude!”

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Gulayan sa Camarin

The Gulayan sa Barangay at Barangay 174 started in May 2016. There are a total of 457 members composed of 16 parent groups involved in this endeavor. According to the members of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, their City Link conducted a general meeting to encourage them to have their own garden in their barangay. Because of the willingness and passion of every member to have their own communal garden, one of the members recommended a vacant lot in their house for them to cultivate and plant crops. The measurement of the said space is 200 square meters.

Since most of them are newbie in urban gardening, members encountered challenges at first due to insufficient knowledge and skills needed to start. Through their City Link’s initiative, they were able to participate on the series of trainings conducted by the Caloocan City Department of Agriculture. Aside from the trainings, the City Government of Caloocan also gave the members enough seedlings for them to start like petchay, watercress and tomatoes. Members also contributed money to buy more seedlings to plant like sponge gourd, siling haba, siling pula, bell pepper, squash, eggplant, and okra. With these efforts and a city link who continuously encourages them, members were motivated to sustain their garden.

The Gulayan sa Barangay really benefited the Pantawid members. They use it for food consumption which promotes good health within their family especially that their produce is organically grown. Whenever they are able to sell from their produce they use the money to buy more seeds. Barangay 175 set 5, 6, and 7 help another to build the garden and make it productive. They consider it as a way for them to learn new things that could help them improve their lives. Their unity in the garden shows how driven they are to do more not just for themselves but also for their family. Urban Gardening was established very well by the Pantawid Pamilya members because of their strong desire to be the agent of change in their community.

Their usual produce are tomatoes, sponge gourd, watercress, pechay, siling haba, siling pula, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, edible tips of sweet potato, squash, egg plant, onions, bitter gourd, okra, radish, lettuce, ginger, papaya, mung beans, and saluyot. There are also herbal plants and fruit crops like sambong, tanglad, oregano, serpentine, kalamansi and bayabas. Members wisely use their spaces in planting vegetables and other types of plants because they were advised by the Department of Agriculture to utilize their spaces properly so that they can sustain their garden. Having a large numbers of members is also an advantage for them in order to maximize the work force for the productivity of their garden. They are using the rice husk as an organic fertilizer. Further, there is also a system of scheduling in their garden. They have assigned person everyday to water and facilitate the garden. This helps them develop discipline and become more responsible not just in gardening but also in their personal lives in terms of time management. As a matter of fact the garden was featured by the Malacañang Press and the people were very happy about it. They felt appreciated and they were more motivated to make their produce more healthy and bountiful.

Pantawid Pamilya believes that Urban Gardening helped them in so many aspects; aside from their cash grants they also began to expose themselves in gardening. It helped them to improve themselves in terms of having time management in caring for their family, doing house chores and their responsibilities in the garden as well. As of now Barangay 174 set 5, 6, and 7 members of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino members continue to produce their own seedlings so they can plant more. They are also planning to look for other vacant spaces that they can utilize not only for their own benefit but also for their family and the whole community. In addition, Pantawid Pamilya members involved in Urban Gardening was able to create different strategies in sustaining their garden. According to one of the parent leaders the secret in their Gulayan sa Barangay is the cooperation among them and their love in what they are doing. The garden has also become a venue for the group to bond and just be together, not only during their Family Development Sessions.

This story of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiaries shows that every member can improve their lives and not just depend on the cash grants. This also shows that everyone has the potential to learn new things and develop their skills. Urban Gardening has a good effect within the members and is a great way for every Pantawid Pamilya members to prove that they can be agents of change in their own family and community as well. This is a call for every Filipino people not only for the members that if we believed that we can make a change, it can happen. This people continue to become an inspiration to their co-members in Pantawid who continues to fight poverty and the courage to change their lives not only for themselves but for the benefit of their family and their community.

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DSWD Sanctuary Center Celebrates its 30th Founding Anniversary

DSWD Sanctuary Center (SC) celebrates its 30th Founding Anniversary on April 27, 2018 with the theme: “Tatlong Dekada ng Pagtataguyod at Paglilingkod ng may Malasakit at Pagmamahal sa mga Kababaihan ng Sanctuary Center.” This was a month long celebration commemorating the importance of Sanctuary Center as the only government residential care facility and rehabilitation center for female with improved mental condition.

The opening ceremony of the Sports Fest marks the beginning of the celebration. Four teams comprised of SC staff together with selected clients participate in various activities such as the lighting of torch, parade of colors, and cheer dance presentation. Outdoor games were also played including badminton, volleyball, sack race, walkathon and even traditional Filipino games such as agawang panyo, luksong baka and tag of war. Simple tokens were given to winning participants during the Awarding Ceremony on 20 April 2018.

On 27 April 2017, Rev. Fr. Rey Anthony Yatco officiated the Thanksgiving Mass participated by residents, staff and guests. The National Teacher’s College Psychorale on the other hand, led the Invocation and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem.

The program highlights the unveiling of new inductee for the wall of friendship wherein generous donors of the center were given recognition. Ms. Erlinda Q. Nacino, one of the donors signifies her continuous support on the operations of the center specifically on the needs of the residents.

DSWD Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson and Mr. Eric Franco C. Esmas SC Officer-In-Charge led the awarding of Plaque of Appreciation to benefactors. Certificates of Recognition were likewise given to nine (9) center staff who exemplified outstanding service and who has shown a positive and supportive attitude to their co-workers and clients. Awarding of Lakas ng Karakter for clients also took place.

An intermission number inspired by the movie “The Greatest Showman” was presented by the manageable clients as they sung “Never Enough” and “This Is Me.” Merienda Cena was served after the program.

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“Kaya Ko Na” Ang Kwento ni Gng. Shirley Bonifacio

Nasa ika-sampung taon na nang pagtulong at pagseserbisyo sa mga kababayan nating mahihirap at mga pinagkaitan ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad. Higit na apat na milyong mga Pilipino sa buong bansa ang tumatanggap ng tulong mula sa programang ito. Iba’t ibang tulong ang kanilang natatanggap, gaya ng edukasyon, kalusugan at maging subsidiya sa bigas. Ngunit lahat ng ito ay hindi ibinibigay bilang “dole out” bagkus ay may mga kundisyon silang kailangang sundin.

Ngayong taon ay may mga pamilya na kusa nang  aalis sa programa sapagkat sa kanilang palagay ay napabuti na ng programa ang kanilang kalagayan. Mayroon ring mga benepisyaryo na inihahanda na para sa transisyon mula sa  pagiging “poor” tungo sa pagiging “non-poor.” Layunin ng lathalaing ito na magtampok ng mga natatanging istorya ng mga benepisyaryo na nalampasan ang mga hamon ng kahirapan. At magbigay inspirasyon sa iba pang mga benepisyaryo na mayroon din silang kakayahan na magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan may tulong man o wala  mula sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Naglalayon din itong pagtibayin ang katagang, “Ang Pantawid Pamliya ay tagapagpatibay ng kakayahan ng mga benepisyaryo sa pag-abot ng kanilang mga pangarap.

Mula sa pagiging isang mapagmahal na ina at isang Parent Leader, ngayon ay isa ng Social Worker Assistant sa District 1 ng Quezon City si Gng. Shirley Bonifacio. Ito ang kanyang ikinuwento sa amin matapos namin siyang makapanayam.

Ang Buhay Noon

Si Gng. Shirley Bonifacio, apatnapu’t limang taong gulang ay nakatira sa Barangay 857 Pandacan, Manila. Mayroon siyang anim na anak, sina Renz Hector, Ron Yves, Rizmel, Bien, Sigrid Joseph at Rachely Star. Mahiyain siya, hindi pala labas ng bahay at ang tanging gusto lamang ay maghanap buhay para sa pamilya. Sa dalawang dekada na pagsasama nila ng kanyang asawa naging madalas ang kanilang hindi pagkakaintindihan. Hanggang sa magdesisyon siyang tuluyan nang makipaghiwalay dito dahil hindi na nito mapigilan ang kanyang bisyo. Sinubukan niya itong ipagamot sa isang rehab ngunit hindi nagtagal ay bumalik siya sa kanyang bisyo. Mula noon ay mag isa na niyang tinaguyod ang kanyang mga anak. Bagamat mag isa  at hirap siya sa buhay, dalawa sa mga anak nito ay nakatapos na sa pag aaral. Apat

sa kanyang anak ay may asawa at sarili ng mga pamilya ngunit hindi maiwasan na sa kanya pa rin ang takbo ng mga ito kapag bilang nangangailangan. Bilang ina, hindi niya matanggihan ang mga anak dahil labis ang kanyang pagmamahal para sa kanila.

Simple lamang ang pinagmulan ni Gng. Shirley, bago makapasok sa Programa ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino ay nagtitinda siya ng mga ihaw-ihaw at almusal sa tapat ng kanilang bahay. Kwento niya, kumukuha siya ng pampuhunan sa pamamagitan ng lending kung saan lingguhan siyang binabayaran.  Araw-araw maaga siyang pumupunta sa mga palengke upang humango ng kanyang ititindang pang almusal at mga pang-ihaw. Sa pagtitinda niya kinukuha ang pang gastos at pangkain nila ng kaniyang mga anak.

Noon pa man ay may puso na sa paglilingkod si Gng. Shirley, sumubok siya sa pulitika at tumakbo bilang kagawad sa kanilang barangay ngunit sa kasamaang palad ay hindi siya nanalo. Hindi siya pinanghinaan ng loob at muling sumubok na tumakbo. Sa muli niyang pagtakbo, taong 2013 ay mapalad siyang nanalo at nabigyan ng pagkakataong maging kagawad ng barangay. Upang hindi magkaroon ng isyu sa pagiging kagawad at benepisyaryo ng programa, sinubukan niyang magbigay ng resignation letter sa kanilang Chairman, ngunit hindi pa siya pinayagan dahil mabusisi daw ang proseso nito.

Noong Benepisyaryo  ako”

Hindi niya maalala kung kalian ngunit may nakapagsabi lamang sa kanila na magpunta sa covered court ng kanilang barangay at magdala ng mga requirements. Wala siyang ideya kung para saan ang pagpapapunta sa kanila doon ngunit nagpunta pa rin siya, wala ring nagbanggit sa kanila kung para saan ang pagtitipon na iyon. Dagdag pa niya, “

Napakaraming taon nun sa court, punong puno.” Matagal ang lumipas na panahon bago niya nalamang para pala ito sa Programang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino.

Taong 2013, nagsimulang makatanggap ng  buwanang tulong mula sa programa si Gng. Shirley. Tatlo sa kanyang mga anak ang nakapasok sa programa, si Bien na nasa sekundarya noon, at sina Sigrid Joseph at Rachely Star na nasa elementarya. Bukod dito, nakatanggap rin siya ng iba’t ibang pagsasanay sapagkat siya’y isang Parent Leader. Ginagamit niya ang buwanang perang natatanggap para sa pag aaral ng kanyang mga anak. Kwento niya, binibili niya ito ng mga gamit sa eskwelahan tulad ng uniform, notebook, mga proyekto at iba pa. Nagagamit din daw niya ang pera sa tuwing nagkakaroon ng field trip ang kaniyang mga anak. Isa sa pinakamalaking tulong  na natanggap niyang mula sa programa ay noong natulungan siya ng isang City Link na maipasok ang kanyang asawa sa rehab. Sa kasamaang palad, matapos ang siyam na buwan sa loob ng rehab, hindi pa rin tuluyang gumaling ang kanyang asawa dahil bumalik ito sa kanyang pagbibisyo.

Matapos

Malaki na ang pinagbago ng kanilang buhay matapos silang maging kabahagi ng programa. Noong isang taon lamang ay nagdesisyon siya na kusang umalis sa programa matapos siyang matanggap bilang isang Social Welfare Assistant sa Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad sa unang distrito ng Lungsod Quezon. “Masasabi ko na kaya ko nang itaguyod ang mga anak ko na ako nalang talagang mag-isa,” pagbabahagi ni Gng. Shirley. Dagdag pa niya, sapat na ang kaniyang kinikita para sa pangtustos sa pang araw-araw na gastusin nilang pamilya. Kung dati ay gusto niya na nasa loob lamang siya ng kanilang tahanan, ngayon may lakas ng loob na siyang humarap sa maraming tao. Nabanggit niya na kung noon ay pahirapan pa para kumita ng pera, ngayon kahit papaano ay may matatag na siyang pinagkakakitaan.

Hindi nagtagal ay nag iba na rin ang pananaw ng kaniyang mga anak tungkol sa programa, kung dati ay nagagalit ang mga ito dahil wala siya sa bahay o di naman kaya ay ginagabi dahil sa mga Family Development Sessions ngayon ay lubos na nilang naiintindihan ang mabuting naidudulot nito sa kanilang buong pamilya. Dagdag pa niya, kung di siya nagsumikap, baka hindi pa giginhawa ang kanilang buhay

Hinaharap

Tanging pangarap niya ang makatapos ang kanyang mga anak na nag aaral pa. Handa siyang makipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa upang kumita ng pera, mapagtapos ang kanyang dalawang batang anak at matulungan ang kaniyang pamilya. Payo niya sa mga miyembro ng programa, na madalas din niyang banggitin tuwing may Family Development Sessions, “Huwag matakot at mahiya. Hangga’t kayang mag-apply ng trabaho sige lang huwag mawawalan ng loob.” Bago siya magpaalam sa kanyang mga kasamahang miyembro, pinayuhan niya ang mga itona gawing ispirasyon ang kanyang pinagdaanan upang mabago rin ang kanilang sitwasyon.

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