Archive | September, 2013


DAVAO City -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will hold the Awarding of Winners for the Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino 2013 on Friday, September 27th, at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City.

Twenty-two families from all four provinces in Davao Region will attend the awarding ceremony, together with the, provincial winners: Nakilan Family of Davao City; Dumasig Family of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur; Almonia Family of Maragusan, Compostela Valley; Bog-ot Family of Talaingod, Davao del Norte; and Dy Family of Lupon, Davao Oriental.

“This is the second year that the department is holding the said search. The Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino aims to recognize families who have religiously followed their co-responsibilities in the program and embody or demonstrate adopting the Filipino values and strong family ties,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon.

The search is open to all Filipino families who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, married, living together and with child/children who are also recipients of the program. The family must have a good standing in the community with no derogatory records and has not been convicted of any administrative, criminal, civil case or cases involving moral turpitude in the last five (5) years. The family’s income must not be derived from gambling or any illegal resources.

The city/municipal nominees must be endorsed by either Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders, Barangay Captains or the Local Government Units (LGU). Each LGU is only allowed to nominate one (1) family that will serve as its official nominee.

Properly packaged documentations/evidences for screening and validation are then submitted at the regional level. Relatives of employees of the DSWD and members of the selection committee up to the third degree of consanguinity and affinity are not allowed to join the search.

The department tapped other partner agencies – the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Tambayan Center for Children’s Rights, Kinasang’an Foundation and Local Government Units in the selection, validation of entries.

The Search is one of the highlights in the observance of the National Family Week held every last week of September. Spearheaded by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on the Filipino Family, other activities for the weeklong celebration are Motorcade, Family Forum, Family Fun Walk, Family Week Teaser at Abreeza Mall and Radio Guesting.  DSWD

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RICE AID.  ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Secretariat Yasushi Uchikawa [2nd from right] hands over a bag of Tier 3 Rice to NFA Assistant Administrator Jose D. Cordero and DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon. The 23o metric tons rice donation will benefit Typhoon Pablo victims through the Food For Work scheme. Also in photo are NFA national and regional officials.

Uchikawa expressed his highest and sincerest appreciation to NFA and DSWD for the opportunity to carry out this initiative of APTERR and be able to help the people affected by Typhoon Pablo. He strongly believes that their efforts will go a long way in serving the families in distress.

“I thank the Japanese for helping the Philippines in its time of need,” Cordero said in his acceptance message.

With this donation from APTERR, Director Razon said 23,000 family-beneficiaries in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental will get 10 kilos of rice each as they repair their damaged houses.

In her message, Director Razon conveyed her gratefulness and appreciation for the support of APTERR. She cited that JICA/Japan was one of the first responders following the devastation waged by Typhoon Pablo. “Ten kilos of rice can help a lot of families to reconstruct and rebuild their lives. We thank APTERR for taking the lead in donating this rice through NFA. The families would be very happy to partake of this rice.”

To date, DSWD has released Php 139,000,000.00 to 13,900 famlies whose houses were partially damaged. Total cost of assistance provided by the Department to families affected by Typhoon Pablo has reached Php 1,896,942,178.09 to cover food and non-food goods, burial, shelter repair, bunkhouses, permanent shelter, educational, livelihood skills training, cash for work and cash for training. DSWD


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DAVAO City  -With its aim to help attain quality life for its clientele, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has started partnering with other institutions such as Security Bank, SM Foundation, Globe, DOLE, DA, NIA, DPWH, SSS, DENR, DOT, PAKISAMA and People’s Credit and Finance Corp.

Among the projects accessed with these partner agencies are Provision of Livelihood Equipment; Short Term Employment; Employment through Trabahong Lansangan; Capability Building through Agrikulturang Pantawid Pamilya Program; Savings Mobilization; High-Value Crop Production; Diversified Farming; Capital Assistance and Business Package for Livelihood; Capacity Building in Micro-Finance; and Technical Assistance in Marketing of Products.

SLP is a capability building program that develops the entrepreneurial and socio-economic skills of poor households through income-generating opportunities, enhancing their access to basic social services.

Recently, Security Bank Tagum Branch Manager Jocelyn D. Angcos turned over a capital assistance of P 500,500.00 to two community livelihood groups in Tagum City –Pagsabangan and Libuganon Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran Associations.

“We are very thankful to the government and Security Bank for coming up with a program that will help us. This is a fresh start,” said beneficiary Elvira Aballe of Brgy. Libuganon. She said she will be using the money in her fish vending business. Other grantees will spend the money as additional capital in retail stores.

To prepare them, DSWD trained identified beneficiaries on financial management and bookkeeping and provided sessions as well on Self Awareness and Value Formation.

Tagum City Social Welfare and Development Office Head Nora Lupiba said this is a way of capacitating Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to engage in a profitable venture to support their respective families.

Mayor Allan Rellon extended his full support to the program as it is in line with his Eagle Wings Agenda on Governance, specifically on social services and livelihood development.

Earlier, Sec. Corazon Juliano-Soliman of DSWD has identified Tagum City and a town in Benguet for this Security Bank engagement.

Meantime, Department of Labor and Employment Provincial Director Henry O. Montilla handed over Hi-Speed Sewing Machine, Edger Machine, Piping Machine and other Sewing Materials to Nagkahiusang Mananahi sa Camucaan Association in Sitio Camucaan, Brgy. Aplaya, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

In her acceptance message, President Rebecca C. Dulla of the Nagkahiusang Mananahi sa Camucaan Association expressed her gratefulness to the government agencies which have been very mindful in really bringing the needed social services to their community.

PAKISAMA or Pambansang  Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka also conducted an orientation on Diversified Organic Farming to DSWD Project Development Officers and Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Links of Tarragona, Gov. Generoso,  San Isidro and Banay-Banay in Davao Oriental. Soon, farm technicians of PAKISAMA will train 80 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in these areas.

As livelihood support, Apple Evangelista, Globe representative, recently distributed 40 brand new mobile phones, four Retailer SIM cards and store signages  to  40 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Montevista, Monkayo, New Bataan, Laak and Compostela. Globe provided an orientation on Electronic-Load to the beneficiaries coming from different barangays where Globe reception is clear. DSWD/with reports from Tagum CIO






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OCHA TURNOVER. Mel Schmidt, head of UN-OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Davao Sub-Office turns over Monday to DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon a Report on OCHA Pablo Projects and Initiatives as OCHA closes its offices in Davao and Caraga regions. Also in photo are [from left] Corazon Derro, OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Assistant and Mila T. Segovia, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Administration.

In a letter to DSWD XI, David Carden of OCHA Head Office Philippines said their exit strategy is at hand as the emergency response of Typhoon Pablo has shifted to recovery and rehabilitation and large scale coordination is no longer required.

Carden said in the past ten months they have witnessed the strengthened partnership between the local, municipal and provincial governments, national government and the humanitarian community, adding that the achievement of the clusters served to benefit the people affected by the typhoon and contributes greatly to preparedness and disaster risk reduction efforts for the future.

In August, OCHA closed its offices in Trento, Agusan Sur and in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley. Its Davao Office will close first week of October while the Cateel office will function until mid-December this year.

Carden assured that OCHA will continue to engage with its humanitarian partners and government offices in responding to humanitarian needs through its Cotabato sub-office and Manila head office.

Director Razon said the DSWD Field Office has been learning a lot with the Typhoon Pablo experience specifically in coordination work and cluster approach in disaster situations. “We have been continuously working closely with our local and national partners as well as with the humanitarian organizations, and from these engagements we are learning new technologies that are very helpful in our line of work.”

Schmidt said the OCHA Report dubbed Typhoon Bopha Humanitarian Handbook focuses on the fundamental activities and achievements of OCHA in its ten-month operation in the two regions in support to Typhoon Pablo national and international responses.

Specifically, the Report discusses Government Leadership and Response by International Actors, Structure of National Coordination, Humanitarian Message on Accountability, among others.

Recently, Director Razon delivered her State of the Region Address which underscored the strong coordination among DSWD partner organizations as well as the significance and proven effectiveness of public-private partnership. DSWD




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DAVAO City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) rebuffs complaints on non-renewal of contract of field workers.

DSWD Human Resource Personnel Head Loreta Anas said that the management observes renewal criteria as process of hiring field staffs. She explained that DSWD-HR consistently conducts re-evaluation and assessment before renewing field workers, adding that the department has the prerogative on the renewal after the contract expires. The set criteria are based on the worker’s performance and evaluation done on them, she said.

“The government cannot afford to spend much money on employees who are not performing well. We are promoting good governance, transparency and credibility. The management really screens out applicants/workers before hiring or renewing them so that the goals and objectives of the project they are working on will be attained,” Anas further emphasized.

In preparation for the Second Round Household Assessment through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan, the Department already conducted screening to more than 3,000 applicants in all provinces of the region.

“We are still coming up with the final lists of hired applicants. We haven’t posted the names yet since our budget for the Second Round has not been downloaded yet,” Raquel Nuñez, DSWD Policy and Plans Division Chief and National Household Targeting Unit Focal clarified.

Nuñez added that the target households to be assessed in this project have doubled up and the process is Saturation for rural barangays and Pockets of Poverty for urban barangays. Applicants must be computer literate since they will be using gadgets for the assessment. Encoders were likewise screened out through typing test.

The Department requests applicants for the Second Assessment to watch out for the posting of successful applicants in their provinces and municipalities so they will know if they qualify to be hired or renewed.

Queries or Complaints may be channelled to the Regional Office at DSWD Compound, Suazo Street, Davao City or through telephone nos. (082) 227-1964 /226-2857 local 406 or through email: 

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DSWD XI SORA. DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon delivers the first DSWD XI State of the Region Address (SORA) Wednesday at Almendras Gymnasium, Davao City. Highlighted in her report are the accomplishments of the Department in the implementation of its major programs and systems such as Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, KALAHI-CIDSS or the National Community-Driven Development, Listahanan, Convergence Strategy, Supplementary Feeding, Social Pension, Adoption, Foster Family Care, Anti-Trafficking, Emergency and  Disaster Intervention, and DSWD rehabilitation centers and institutions. Also emphasized were the Typhoon Pablo Relief and Rehabilitation initiatives as well as the Department’s thrusts and directions for 2014.

Invited to the SORA were DSWD beneficiaries, partners and stakeholders from the LGUs, national-line agencies, academe, civil society organizations, media, private sector, and international humanitarian groups. DSWD

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Gov. Arturo T. Uy [second from right] leads the kick-off ceremonies for the emergency shelter.

Compostela Valley –The Provincial Government of Compostela Valley recently held a ceremonial kick-off for its Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for Typhoon Pablo Victims in New Bataan ,Compostela and Montevista.

Leading the ceremonies, Governor Arturo T. Uy was joined by the beneficiaries; provincial, municipal and barangay officials; and Department of Social Welfare and Development Policy and Plans Division Chief Raquel E. Nuñez.

The DSWD through its Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) provided the housing materials like G.I. sheets, plywood, lumber, umbrella nails and assorted common nails. The DSWD-ESA is extended to families whose houses were partially damaged by Typhoon Pablo. The ESA is likewise provided to victims of other disasters.

This initiative is part of the 139 million funds for Emergency Shelter Assistance for all partially damaged houses in the affected areas of Typhoon Pablo. ESA for Compostela Valley is P 50.56 million with 5056 beneficiary-families.

Governor Uy expressed his earnest gratitude to the department for the continuous support provided to the victims. He also encouraged the victims to bounce back, rebuild their lives and persevere. “Though government has programs for us but I encourage you to have initiatives to move forward and continue living a normal life.”

Analyn Amada, 33, of Brgy. San Jose conveyed her happiness for the materials received. ”Lipay gyud kami kay mabutngan na gyud og atop amoang balay nga hangtod karon trapal pa amoang ginabutang para maprotektahan mi sa ulan ug init (We are very happy that they provided us materials to rebuild our rooftop because until now we are using tarpaulin as temporary roofing materials  to protect us from the heat and rain).

Nuñez said that this is just a start of the distribution of materials. Other barangays of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental will receive the ESA as scheduled. “ESA is just one part of the rehabilitation phase for the victims. The government continues to work in helping these provinces recover from the impact of the disaster.” DSWD


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ZAMBO AID. Philippine Air Force personnel and hired workers load family food packs in a C-130 plane bound for Zamboanga City Thursday. To date, DSWD XI has delivered 8500 family food packs for the affected families in Zamboanga. Each food pack contains 3 kilos rice, 3 cans beef loaf, 3 cans sardines, 3 pouches noodles and 5 sachets 3-in-1 instant coffee. DSWD

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