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OCHA TURNOVER SET

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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CONTRACT WORKERS’ RENEWAL BASED ON PERFORMANCE -DSWD

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: fo11@dswd.gov.phDSWD 

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