Friday, September 26, 2014

Pantawid Pamilya Model Family: A blessing to their community

From the Website of DSWD

Pantawid Pamilya Model Family: A blessing to their community

The Odiame Family sharing their hardships and triumphs.

“Ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ay nagbukas ng napakaraming oportunidad sa amin. Lugmok kami sa kahirapan noon na akala ko ay hindi na kami makakabangon, pero, ngayon, kami ay nagawaran bilang Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya dahil kami mismo ay nakakatulong na din sa pag-unlad ng aming komunidad (Pantawid Pamilya opened a lot of opportunities for us. We already hit rock bottom as if we could no longer get out from poverty, but now my family is chosen as Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in the Regional Category because we are able to help our community towards development),” Jessie Odiame narrated in front of officials and employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the Monday’s flag raising ceremony at the Central Office.

Jessie, his wife elena, and four children hail from Villa Cruzes, Manggahan, Pasig City. The Odiame Family was chosen as this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in the National Capital Region (NCR). They will vie for the National Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Awards to be given on September 28.

The family has been a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary since 2008.

Jessie stated that the program saved them in every sense of the word.

“Merong mga pagkakataon na talagang nawawalan na ako ng pag-asa kasi tila ba hindi kami nauubusan ng problema lalo na sa pera. Hindi namin alam kung saan kami kukuha ng pangtustos sa pangangailangan ng aming mga anak. Sa pamamagitan ng Pantawid Pamilya, nasagot lahat ito (There would be instances that I almost gave up. It seemed that we would never run out of problems. We do not know where to get money for the needs of our children, but Pantawid Pamilya helped us),” Jessie related.

Role model

Though unable to provide material things for his children, Jessie tried his best to meet their basic needs.

He worked hard to provide for his family. He became part of the Trabahong Lansangan, a joint project of the DSWD and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which was launched in 2011.

It provides employment to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya along road maintenance, declogging of drainage laterals, and cleaning of streets.

Because of his good record and performance in the Trabahong Lansangan, he was hired as a regular laborer by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Aside from his regular work, Jessie became involved in community activities.

He became the President of Villa Cruzes Association where he spearheaded the negotiation to acquire land for the village folks since most of them do not own lands.

Jessie is also an active member of Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities (ERPAT) group in their barangay.

ERPAT was initiated by DSWD to give importance to the development and enrichment of knowledge, attitude, and skills of fathers in performing their paternal roles and responsibilities.

Seeing the value of being active in the community, Jessie influenced Elena to also join in the different barangay activities.

Elena, then, became a Parent Leader of Pantawid Pamilya. She is presently the coordinator of parent leaders in Barangay Manggahan.

Furthermore, Elena became a member of the Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Association of the Sustainable Livelihood Program, which helped the family expand their rag making business.

“Dati-rati nakatutok lang ako sa pamilya ko dahil problema ko talaga kung paano namin mairaraos ang araw-araw na pangangailangan namin, pero ngayon pati mga kapitbahay namin ay naaabutan ko na rin ng tulong (Before, my only focus is to ensure the daily survival of my family, but now, I can also extend help to my neighbors),” Elena said.

Also, Jessie and Elena are now able to send their children to school.

Their eldest daughter, Melissa Jane is a graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management Course. She is also helping her family by working as a promo agent.

Jessa May, the second child is pursuing her college degree in Business Administration and a recipient of the Bobby C. Eusebio Scholarship program in Pasig City.

John Cedrick, the third child, is a grade 8 student in Manggahan High School while the youngest, Ellen Joyce, is a grade 6 student in San Lorenzo Elementary School. Both are enrolled in Pantawid Pamilya.

John Cedrick and Ellen Joyce are doing good both in academic and extracurricular activities, reaping awards and making their parents proud of their achievements.

Aside from the children’s education, the family has started to save for their home. They can now afford to buy small appliances and pay for their water and electric utilities.

The Odiame Family became popular among the villagers, not only because of their active participation in their community, but also because of the good advice they share to their neighbors regarding marital conflict.

“Dahil sa tulong ng DSWD, sa pagtutulungan naming mag-asawa, at kooperasyon ng mga bata, nakamit namin kung ano man ang natatamasa namin ngayon na kaginhawaan (With the help of DSWD, the constant support of my wife, and the cooperation of our children, we now enjoy little comforts in life),” Jessie ended. ### - See more at:

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