ATA TRIBE. The Gedorio family (from left to right: Rey Ann Rose, Roselete, Rey, and Rosel Rey) belongs to the Ata Indigenous cultural community of Mabinay town in Negros Oriental. In 2015, the Department of Social Welfare and Development had included their tribe as among the beneficiaries of the modified conditional cash transfer for indigenous peoples (MCCT-IP) in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. (Photo courtesy of DSWD-7)
CEBU CITY – Apart from providing financial assistance to beneficiaries, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided holistic transformation to families through its family development sessions (FDS).
An indigenous family from Mabinay town in Negros Oriental is one of these families that have benefited from the program not just financially but also socially.
Pantawid Pamilya parent leader Roselete Gedorio shared that their life changed when DSWD included their tribe in modified conditional cash transfer for indigenous peoples (MCCT-IP) in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in 2015.
The Gedorio family belongs to the Ata tribe in Barangay Canggohob, Mabinay, Negros Oriental that still observes their distinct indigenous political structure as well as cultural practices until now.
There are 463 Ata families under the MCCT-IP program in Mabinay.
Gedorio said she gradually became confident in dealing with people as well as taking part in organizations and activities in their community when they became part of MCCT-IP.
“Dili lang pinansyal ang natabang sa Pantawid Pamilya sa amo, kundi apil napod ang among kinaiyanhong gawi ug kaalam (Apart from the financial assistance we received from Pantawid Pamilya, it also improved our attitude and knowledge),” she said in a statement issued by DSWD-7 on Saturday.
Gedorio said the best benefit she had gained from the program was learning different values in life.
Gedorio added she applied all the things she learned from the FDS in her family as well as in the community.
“Usa sa among nakat-unan sa pagka-4Ps kay kun unsaon mahimong epektibo nga lider sa komunidad (One thing I learned from 4Ps is how to be an effective leader in the community),” she said.
Gedorio served as one of the councilors in their barangay.
After Gedorio’s term, her husband got elected as barangay official while she now focuses on leading organizations in the community, such as Canggohob Negrosanon Ata Development Association Organization and Couple’s for Christ.
With their strong determination, the Gedorio family now owns multicab pickup for their store as well as four computer units for their cybercafe.
“Dako gayud kaayo og tabang ang mga seminar nga akong naapilan. Naka-realize ko nga dili diay to mao akong gibuhat sa una. Maayo gayud diay nga open-mided ta ug maminaw ta sa mga kabataan ug mga katawhan (Attending seminars was a big help. It made me realize that it is important to be open-minded and to listen to the youth and the community),” she added.
Gedorio and her family commit to continue to help and be good examples to the community as their way of giving back to the government, especially to the DSWD, in providing health and education grants, rice subsidy, as well as life-changing lessons through the FDS. (PNA)