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Outstanding partners

OUTSTANDING PARTNERS. Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon of Davao Oriental [2nd from left] receives a plaque of recognition as one the Outstanding Partners of DSWD during the department’s 63rd Founding Anniversary on Friday. Bestowing the plaque are [from left] Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin, Director Priscilla N. Razon and Assistant Director Mila T. Segovia. (DSWD)

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DSWD turns 63, honors partners, employees

DAVAO City –“As we celebrate our founding anniversary this Friday, we also give tribute to our partners in development and to our co- workers who have essentially contributed in the pursuit of our programs and projects. We have invited as well the rest of our partners who have been supporting us throughout the years as we continue serving the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors.”

This was emphasized by Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD at the Regional Management Committee Meeting on Monday. She also instructed her staff to invite all media partners. “Our media practitioners have significantly helped us in providing the right information at the right time to the public especially in times of disasters.”

As Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman empahsized in her message during the awarding rites at the Central Office on January 16, “The past year really tested the mettle of the men and women of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who were out there in the field assisting the survivors of various disasters which struck our country in succession. We hurdled the herculean task through the solid and generous support of all of you – our dear partners and colleagues, so you rightly deserve this recognition.”

Director Razon said DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin will be the keynote speaker during Friday’s Anniversary Program.

DSWD Awardees for 2013 are Golden Shrine SEA-K, Marphil Children’s Village Foundation, LGU Talaingod, LGU Padada, People Power Volunteers for Reform, LGU Sta. Maria, Nabunturan Federation of Senior Citizens Association, and Pag-asa Youth Association of LGU Gov. Generoso.

Outstanding Partners are Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, Gov. Arturo T. Uy, Armed Forces of the Philippines, LGU Davao City, Mayor Allan L. Rellon, Mayor Lorenzo L. Balbin Jr., Mayor Lema P. Bolo, Mayor Eutropio S. Jayectin, Mayor Romeo C. Clarin, Mayor Reynaldo B. Navarro, Mayor Rebecco S. Rosit Sr., Mayor Camilo T. Nuñez, Mayor Arturo C. Monday, SUMIFRU Phils., Eduardo A. Borje, Jocelyn A. Romero, Philippine Ports Authority, Port of Davao-Bureau of Customs, Department of Public Works and Highways, Davao Integrated Port Stevedoring Services Corp., 10th Infantry Division-Philippine Army and Eastern Mindanao Command.

Outstanding DSWD workers are Jenny C. Cadoyas, Laurencia P. Mondreza, Annie L. Rosalinda, Gemma D. Dela Cruz, Sheryl Anne R. Dumalogdog and Juliet I. Alladin. The 24 Loyalty Awardees and one Character Awardee among DSWD personnel will also be recognized.

With the theme, DSWD @ 63: Kaagapay sa Pagbangon at Bagong Simula, other events for the day are Thanksgiving Mass, Regional Conference, Parlor Games, Talentadong Empleyado, and Livelihood Bazaar. (DSWD)


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DSWD sends 62K food packs to ‘Agaton’-affected families

Hauling of DSWD relief goods.

DAVAO City  -To date, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has sent  a total of 62,022 family food packs to families affected by Tropical Depression Agaton in the three provinces of Davao Region.

This was bared by Director Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD.  “Apart from this number, we have augmented last night 12,000 family food packs to DSWD Caraga Region to cover the affected areas in Agusan Del Sur such as Rosario, San Francisco, Bayugan City, Prosperidad, Trento and Esperanza.”

The department has also provided affected families with non-food items like blankets, pails, mosquito nets, malong, plastic mats, underwears, slippers, bowls, ladles, frying pans and other cooking utensils.

Director Razon said affected families in Region XI have reached 74,453 with 355,174 members.

Further, based on the reports from local government units, DSWD record shows 33 municipalities and 168 barangays were affected, 63 evacuation centers were put up serving 7909 families, 20 reported casualties, six persons went missing and 30 persons were injured. (DSWD)

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More for ‘Yolanda’

MORE FOR ‘YOLANDA’. Director Efren F. Elbanbuena of the Philippine Information Agency turns over to DSWD Assistant Director Mila T. Segovia a donation box from the Korean students of Pyung-Hae Technical High School. Intended for Typhoon Yolanda victims, the box contains Php 11,758 cash which was generated from the Flea Market organized by 20 Korean students who were in Davao City recently for a 15-day Global English Study. Also in photo is Jenifer P. Reyes of the DSWD Cash Unit. (DSWD)

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BUB for children

BUB FOR CHILDREN. DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon [center] hands over to Davao City Administrator Atty. Melchor V. Quitain and City Social Services and Development Office Department Head Ma. Luisa T. Bermudo one million-worth of ECCD (Early Childhood Care and Development) packages and toys during the city’s flag raising ceremonies Monday.

Proposed under the BUB or Bottom-Up Budgeting [now known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting], the ECCD materials will benefit over 2000 day care children in the city’s 40 barangays.

Funded with a total of Php 11.1 million, other projects under the DSWD-BUB for Davao City include playground apparatus for five day care centers, capability building/life skills training for 100 out-of-school youth, skills training and livelihood assistance for family heads, and construction of day care centers through Kalahi-CIDSS.  (DSWD)

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Early intervention vital in managing autism

DAVAO City –Celebrating the Autism Consciousness Week from January 19-25, parents of children with autism as well as support groups led by Autism Society Philippines –Davao Chapter (ASP) continue to emphasize early intervention as very crucial in order to properly handle Persons with Autism (PWA).

Utilization of early and consistent intervention programs as well as correct knowledge of family members on Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD make a lot of difference in raising PWAs, pointed out Alma Yu, a mother to Pocholo, 21, a PWA.

Alma and husband Randy have patiently and lovingly raised Pocholo aka Popo who can now interact with people and has learned to cook rice and wash dishes, among others.

Guesting in a DSWD radio program Friday over DXRP Radyo ng Bayan, Yu said, “I have brought with me Popo today as part of his continuing education and exposure. He even helped me locate the radio station. It’s a miracle! Thank God for Popo. Before, Popo could not talk, he could only shout loud. I had to borrow books and read hand outs on ASD so we could provide what he needed. I also exchanged notes with other parents just to be able to know more about the condition and deal with it head on.”

To other parents, Yu urged, “What is important is the family’s acceptance and doing what is necessary like providing early interventions and improving perception of family members and others in the immediate community. With God’s help we can do something about this. Let us not lose hope. You are not alone. We are here to help you.”

Yu as a mother and as member of ASP Davao said they will utilize all possible information dissemination outlets to let the people understand ASD and really get to them the right information in order for them to be more receptive and tolerant of PWAs.

She shared that it was through DSWD that the self-help group of parents of PWAs in Davao City was organized in 1996.

Febe Matthews, a mother of a 12-year old child with autism pointed out that her affiliation with ASP helped her in dealing with her child. She said she was able to interact and learn from other parents the best interventions for her child as each PWA is classified and unique and requires different modes of management

Matthews hopes though that government will subsidize the Php 2,000 assessment fee for ASD that is being charged by developmental paediatricians “so other families that can hardly afford could avail such procedure.”

Result of ASD Assessment is needed in prescribing and providing appropriate intervention for a particular PWA case.

ASD is a development disability that severely hinders the way information is gathered and processed by the brain which causes problems in communication, learning and social behavior.

Typically, it appears during the child’s first three years and is four times more common in males than in females.

Found throughout the world in families of all racial, ethnic and social backgrounds, persons with ASD live normal life spans while behaviors associated with it may change and disappear over time.

Clusters of symptoms include lack of language skills, extremely short attention span, absence of response when attention is called, little or absence of eye contact, repetitive body movements such as hand clapping and rocking, fixation on a single object such as spinning fan, and usually strong resistance to changes in routines.

The theme for the week-long observance is Katuparan ng Karapatan ng Pilipinong may Autismo, Isulong Mo, Ngayon Na.

Lined up activities include Angel’s Walk at SM Lanang Premier –January 19, Stress Management Workshop at SM City Davao Annex –January 23, and Sensory Friendly Movie at SM City Davao Cinema 4 –January 25,

ASP Davao President Eric De La Costa invites parents, teachers, professionals and friends to show their love, support and solidarity by joining the events.

“Please do help us develop our PWAs to be self-reliant, productive and socially accepted by the community,” De La Costa appealed.

Further information on ASD and ASP may be obtained by connecting to 0905-2701910. (DSWD/Carmela Cadigal-Duron)


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Kalahi-CIDSS: A decade of enabling communities through genuine people’s participation

Genuine people’s participation through Kalahi-CIDSS.

For over a decade, Kalahi-CIDSS, now known as National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) continues to actualize development in grassroots communities as part of DSWD’s mission in pursuing poverty alleviation and empowerment of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

Kalahi-CIDSS stands for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services.

Employing “Community-Driven Development” (CDD) as a primary strategy, Kalahi-CIDSS trains and engages communities together with their local governments (barangay and municipal) to choose, design, and implement development projects to address their most pressing needs. Through CDD, communities are given control over resources of the Project, and empowered to make decisions.

KALAHI-CIDSS in Region XI had its pilot implementation in the municipality of Sto. Tomas in 2003 followed by the municipalities of Talaingod, Tarragona, Laak, Manay, Mabini, Governor Generoso, New Corella, Compostela, San Isidro [Davao Oriental], Kapalong and Pantukan across phases and modalities until the present.

2012 highlights

In 2012, to widen access to basic services and pursue development, Kalahi-CIDSS through its beneficiary communities prioritized, funded and completed 95 sub-projects amounting to Php 45.65 million. This translates to 18 potable water systems, 20 school buildings, 13 potable water systems, 13 road infrastructures, 7 barangay health stations, 5 flood control systems, 2 footbridges, 7 multi-purpose pavements, 3 solar electrification, 2 Libulongan [peace] centers and 18 other social projects that benefited 22,230 households situated in 135 barangays in 8 municipalities in the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

Community projects built using CDD have been found to be cost-effective and have strong community ownership.

2013 highlights

In 2013, 99 sub-projects were prioritized and funded at an aggregate cost of Php 29.7 million. This means more school buildings, road infrastructures, barangay health stations, multi-purpose pavements, flood control facilities, canals; and other community projects providing basic social services and improving the lives of 9218 more households in 72 barangays in 6 municipalities within 3 provinces.

At the close of 2013, Kalahi-CIDSS in DSWD Region XI looks at a brighter prospect of a wider beneficiary base with the resumption of 4 previous partner municipalities -New Corella, Governor Generoso, San Isidro [Davao Oriental] and Compostela.

2014        onwards

The year 2014 heralds the scale up of Kalahi-CIDSS operations under the NCDDP covering 40 municipalities in 4 provinces of Davao Region with the inclusion of the municipalities of Carmen, Braulio E. Dujali and San Isidro in Davao del Norte; Maco, Mawab, Nabunturan and New Bataan in Compostela Valley; Lupon, Banaybanay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel and Boston in Davao Oriental; and Kiblawan, Sta. Maria, Jose Abad Santos, Sarangani, Don Marcelino, Malita, Sta. Cruz, Sulop, Magsaysay, Matanao and Malalag in Davao del Sur.

The municipalities of Asuncion, Davao del Norte and Montevista, Compostela Valley will be covered in 2015.

All these initiatives form part of the National Government’s response to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to bring down the poverty incidence in the Philippines from 26.5% to 15.6% by year 2015.

Kalahi-CIDSS in Davao Region remains deeply committed to its mandate of service to empower communities through community-driven processes with the goal of improving lives of people in the villages. (DSWD)


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Food packs for flash flood victims

DSWD FOOD PACKS. Workers sort, repack and pile family food packs at the Regional Interagency Disaster Operations Center, DPWH Depot Panacan. To date, DSWD has released some 23,373 food packs for flash flood victims in Davao Oriental and Davao Del Norte. (DSWD)

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