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DSWD CHILDREN’S CENTER TURNS 33

DAVAO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region XI is happy to announce that its center for children known as the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) at J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City, will mark its 33rd Founding Anniversary on Friday, November 8.

“Our center has evolved from a single one-storey building then occupying the rear portion of the DSWD Regional Office compound to a three-building residential facility and currently serving 56 wards,” shares Director of DSWD Priscilla N. Razon, adding that DSWD shares this accomplishment with the numerous donors and supporters and with the very active members of the Friends of RSCC who have been helping the DSWD center respond to the needs of abandoned and neglected children.

The day-long celebration will be highlighted with a Thanksgiving Mass and the Baptism of some 17 children with DSWD personnel standing as godparents.

Recognizing the significant contribution of its partners, DSWD will confer awards on Friday to Southern Philippines Medical Center, Maharlika Foundation, Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai, Rev. Bernardo Fernandez, Atty. Emmanuel Galicia Jr., Ines Mallari, Dr. Philip Lim, Kiyohito Takigawa, Motoko Yano, Perla Reed, Yushihiro Doi and to Mr and Mrs. Lirio Dufala. The nine character awardee employees of the center will also receive citation.

RSCC provides protection and rehabilitation services to zero to six-year old neglected, abandoned, abused and exploited children, needing alternative family care. DSWD

 

 

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DSWD AWARDS PANTAWID EXEMPLARY CHILD 2013

DAVAO City -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will hold the Awarding of Winners for the Regional Search for Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya on November 8, 2013, Friday at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City.

Five exemplary children and named Provincial Winners from Davao City and all four provinces in Davao Region will attend the awarding ceremony. Provincial winners are Caroline Indangan of Paquibato, Davao City; Quennie Pearl Dumasig of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur; Artero Escropolo of Montevista, Compostela Valley; Florife Malacas of Tagum City, Davao del Norte; and Kenneth Bonalos of Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

“This is the second year that the department held the said search. The Search for Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya aims to recognize children who have shown excellence in academic and non-academic activities,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon.

The search is open to all children beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya who are between 10 – 14 years old, preferably recommended by community leaders, a teacher or even by parent groups or by church groups. The child must be: (1) enrolled in school; (2) has never dropped out/skipped a school year; (3) compliant to the school attendance requirement of the program – must have at least 85% school attendance; (4) with good scholastic standing and no grades below the passing mark and is a non-repeater; (5) fully immunized and dewormed twice this year.

Further, the children must possess the following qualities/characteristics: active in extra-curricular activities (to be certified by teachers/advisers); active in community activities (e.g. participates in community affairs, church activities – to be certified by community leaders); talented (e.g. won awards/recognition in competitions in singing, dancing, sports, essay-writing, poster-making, arts, etc.) and with a good moral character

Each LGU is only allowed to nominate one (1) child who 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.

Pantawid Pamilya is a poverty-alleviation strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash assistance to identified poor households in the country. The program disburses a monthly cash grant of P 1,400.00 to family beneficiaries who are compliant to program conditions on health and education. At present, the program has 192,881 households covered in 6 cities and 43 municipalities in Region XI. DSWD

 

 

 

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PLGU LEARNING EXCHANGE

PLGU LEARNING EXCHANGE. [L-R] Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo T. Uy, DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin and Albay Gov. Joey S. Salceda sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Learning Exchange in the implementation of Community-Driven Development through Kalahi-CIDSS. Witnessing are [from left] ComVal Planning and Development Officer Romeo Celeste, DSWD XI Director Priscilla N. Razon, ADB Social Sector Specialist Joel Mangahas, DSWD Region V Director Arnel Garcia and Albay Planning and Development Officer Macario Pavia.

Running for six months, the learning exchange will be a mechanism for the two PLGUs to share their knowledge and experiences in their implementation of the community-driven development (CDD) strategy. The DSWD, through Kalahi-CIDSS, will be responsible for facilitating the exchanges between Albay and Compostela Valley, with technical support coming from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).  DSWD

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DSWD TO FACILITATE LEARNING EXCHANGE BETWEEN COMPOSTELA VALLEY AND ALBAY

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a learning exchange was signed on November 5 by Governor Arturo T. Uy and Governor Joey S. Salceda, the heads of the provincial local government units (PLGUs) of Compostela Valley and Albay, respectively, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The learning exchange, which will run for six months, is intended to be a mechanism for the two PLGUs to share their knowledge and experiences in their implementation of the community-driven development (CDD) strategy. This is a development approach that has been proven and effective by Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the three core poverty alleviation programs of the DSWD, along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

The DSWD, through Kalahi-CIDSS, will be responsible for facilitating the exchanges between Albay and Compostela Valley, with technical support coming from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Aside from discussing their experiences in CDD implementation, Compostela Valley and Albay will also be sharing their knowledge and experiences in handling critical issues, including but not limited to disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).

Both provinces have had experience in handling rehabilitation efforts following disasters. Compostela Valley is still in the recovery period following 2012’s Typhoon Pablo. Albay, on the other hand, is frequently visited by natural disasters such as typhoons and landslides. Such occurrences strongly contribute to the level of poverty of the residents.

Earlier this year, Albay and Compostela were chosen to be part of the DSWD pilot testing of the enhancement of the PLGUs’ roles in CDD implementation.  According to DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman, the PLGUs can serve as the “missing link” that will be able to better connect the local government units with the national government to better address the needs of the citizenry, particularly those affected by poverty.

She said, “By engaging PLGUs in CDD, we will be able to ensure that the needs of the common citizens will be taken into consideration when the provincial development plan is made. In that way, we will be able to see to it that no one will be left behind in development, not even those who live in the hinterlands”.

After 10 years of implementation, Kalahi-CIDSS is now preparing to scale up its operations into the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), which will expand its reach to cover the poorest municipalities in the Philippines.

The results of the pilot testing, which is expected to run from April 2013 to December 2014, will be used to further enhance the design of the NCDDP. DSWD/NPMO

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2000 FAMILY FOOD PACKS FOR FLASH FLOOD VICTIMS

DAVAO City – At least 2000 family food packs were released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to the families affected by the flash floods which struck Davao City on Thursday, October 31. The food packs were distributed to families residing at Barangay R. Castillo in downtown Davao on November 1 and 2. Each pack contains 3 kilos rice, 3 tins sardines, 5 pouches noodles, 2 tins beef loaf and 5 sachets 3-in-1 coffee. DSWD

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