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DSWD HOLDS STATE OF THE REGION ADDRESS

Consistent with its mandate of promoting good governance and transparency in public service, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will hold its first-ever State of the Region Address (SORA) on September 18, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at the Almendras Gymnasium, Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City.

Over 2,500 attendees region wide are expected to witness the SORA including partners from the local government units, national-line agencies, civil society organizations, media, academe, private sector, international humanitarian groups, among others.

The SORA will inform the program partners and key stakeholders about the current programs of the DSWD, including program gains, challenges and successes. The activity will highlight the partnerships the department has fostered over the years. Furthermore, it will showcase the Convergence Strategy as DSWD’s core social protection strategy in generating greater impact on poverty reduction.

Moreover, DSWD will turnover checks to local government units and beneficiaries worth Php 28.2 million to cover program implementation of Supplementary Feeding, Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens and for projects identified under the Bottom-Up Budgeting. DSWD will also handover Early Childhood Care and Development packages and assistive devices like wheel chairs, crutches, cane and prostheses. DSWD

 

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ADVANCING THE STRAW BILL

ADVANCING THE STRAW BILL. National Youth Commissioner Jose Rafael S. Cruz explains the Students’ Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Bill to student leaders and teachers of Davao Region during a consultation Friday at DSWD Conference Hall. The STRAW Bill or the Magna Carta for Students aims to safeguard the freedoms and rights of students in both public and private schools. These rights include meaningful participation in decision making processes, the right to express and organize, right against discrimination in educational institutions, and the right to competent instruction and quality relevant education.

The National Youth Commission is an attached agency of DSWD along with the Council for the Welfare of Children, National Council on Disability Affairs and the Inter-Country Adoption Board. DSWD

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PERMANENT SHELTERS SOON TO RISE IN CATEEL

A model unit for the Modified Permanent Shelter in Cateel.

SAN RAFAEL, Cateel, Davao Oriental  – Some 100 typhoon-affected families in Sitio Cogon here will finally own sturdier homes as 100 permanent housing units will soon be constructed by the provincial government in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc.

Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, Tan Yan Kee Administrative Officer Phillip Sing and Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD led the groundbeaking ceremonies Friday.

Babylyn Edullantes, 43, a Pantawid  Pamilya beneficiary and a mother of three happily said, “Magpasalamat gayod mi sa among bag-ong balay kay grabe pagkalisuda sa among kahimtang kaniadto (We are very thankful with this new house as we were in a very difficult situation before).” Edullantes was a recipient of Cash for Work and her three children also benefited from the Supplementary Feeding Program.

Naka-uswag-uswag gamay, nakaginhawa. Pasalamt mi nga naay hinabang diria labi na ang pabalay karon (We are gradually doing better and thankful for the assistance especially with the housing now),” said Jennifer Losentes, 28. She has two children and her husband is a labourer.

Barangay Chair Liezel Delaluz shared they are recovering and are very grateful as housing is a basic need of the people and they have been staying in temporary shelters since December last year.

Cateel Vice Mayor Isidro Castro said, “DSWD always remembers us and now our miseries are lessened with this housing units which will be built here.”

Phillip Sing said his group is the philanthropic arm of Lucio Tan Group of Companies and focuses on calamity assistance, livelihood and environmental protection. He said the foundation extends assistance to communities heavily affected by disasters. “This gift will go a long way in making your lives better.”

Director Razon urged the community, “We should not dwell on the sadness and the trauma. We have to rise up.” She said DSWD has committed 3046 permanent shelters to be built in Cateel. She also lauded the preparatory activities conducted by the provincial government in the area pointing out that convergence of resources from the local government, private sector and national government is clearly manifested.

The PLGU will manage the construction, DSWD provides P 7 million for construction materials while Tan Yan Kee counterpart is P 4 million. The single-detached shelter unit will have a floor area of 23.586 square meters in a lot that measures 80 square meters.

In her message, Gov. Malanyaon cited as well that public-private partnership is working. “These donors are God’s instruments and it’s God’s will that they help us. We have received so many graces and let us be thankful for all these.” She urged the recipients to engage in livelihood and gardening. “Let us help ourselves and also provide voluntary service to others.”

DSWD is set to build 836 Permanent Modified Shelter units in Boston and 3704 in Baganga. The MVP Group is also providing permanent shelters. Other temporary shelter interventions in the three hardest-hit areas come from the International Organization for Migration -502, Catholic Relief Services -2999, International Committee of the Red Cross -2438, Philippine Red Cross -209, International Federation of the Red Cross -115, Caritas/NASSA/CBCP -954, Plan International -100, and Green Mindanao -797. DSWD

 

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CONVERGENCE OF SERVICES

CONVERGENCE OF SERVICES. A DPWH dump truck is being loaded with family food packs at DPWH Depot in Panacan. DPWH trucks were mobilized to haul continuing DSWD relief assistance to Typhoon Pablo-affected families in Laak, New Bataan, Monkayo, Compostela and Montevista in Compostela Valley. Relief assistance for Davao Oriental was hauled by the respective affected municipalities and through trucking services arranged by World Food Programme and DENR. DSWD/DPWH 

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IP PARTICIPATION IN PANTAWID PAMILYA

IPs IN PANTAWID PAMILYA. Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the Davao City Badjao Community participate in the the celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at Royal Mandaya Hotel. In Davao Region, Pantawid Pamilya covers 72,550 IP beneficiaries in all four provinces or 38.5% of the total 188,501 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. DSWD

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DSWD MEETS UP WITH REP. NOGRALES

DSWD MEETS UP WITH REP. NOGRALES. DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon explains to Davao City First District Representative Karlo Alexei B. Nograles and his staff the different DSWD programs being implemented in his area such as Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Supplementary Feeding, Emergency and Disaster Interventions, Bottom-Up Budgeting, Adoption, Family Foster Care, Residential Facilities, and other protective services. DSWD/Carmela Caigal-Duron

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GLOBE BUSINESS PACKAGE FOR PANTAWID FAMILIES

GLOBE BUSINESS PACKAGE FOR PANTAWID FAMILIES. Globe representative Apple Evangelista [left] distributes 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 also provided orientation on Electronic-Load to the beneficiaries coming from different barangays where Globe reception is clear. This project aims at helping Typhoon-affected families start a small business and augment their family income. Receiving her business package is Rosalina Pacatang of Brgy. Kaligutan, Laak town. DSWD

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CASH FOR WORK FOR MONKAYO

CASH FOR WORK FOR MONKAYO. Monkayo Mayor Joselito Brillantes receives the P 11.3 million Cash For Work check from DSWD Policy and Plans Division Chief Raquel E. Nuñez [2nd from right]. The funds will pay for the work rendered by families victimized by Typhoon Pablo. The DSWD Cash For Work program is one of the disaster relief interventions and is introduced during the Early Recovery Phase wherein a family head may work for ten days and will receive a daily wage of P226.00. Nuñez also handed over P 90,000 educational assistance for nine students of Monkayo. Also in photo are [L-R] Judith Uy of Monkayo College of Arts Science and Technology, [partly hidden] Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Danielle De Leon and Barangay Captain Janet Diel of Olaycon.

The turnover was held during the ABC Monthly Meeting at Poblacion Monkayo wherein some 17 barangay captains witnessed the ceremonies.

Dindo Apari, chair of Brgy. Inambatan shared, “Naka-recover na mi pero dili pa totally, dunay pay kakulangan in terms of permanent shelter and livelihood (We have recovered but not totally yet. We are short on permanent shelters and livelihood).” He added, the residents are now back to farming. 48 of his villagers were able to participate in SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmer’s Training Program.

Olaycon Brgy. Chair Janet Diel said she has encouraged Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and even non-beneficiaries to cultivate vegetable gardens for their daily consumption as well as for livelihood source.

Brgy. Chair Harvey Taroy also urged his constituents in Brgy Union to grow vegetables in their backyard and farm lots. “Okay-okay na man mi, anam-anam na og recover (We are doing better, we are gradually recovering).” He revealed he has over 4000 population who are mostly farmers. He said they are now recipients of DA’s new Riceponsible Program and now also looking into rehabilitation of their farms and construction of permanent shelters.

Salvacion Brgy. Chair Bonifacio C. Pagador revealed they are recovering gradually. Like the other barangays, his community is also focused on farming. DSWD 

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