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23,373 DSWD family food packs sent to DavOr, DavNor

DAVAO City –As augmentation to the relief assistance provided by the local government units in Davao Oriental and Davao Del Norte, some 23,373 family food packs have already been released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the victims of flashfloods.

This is in response to the request of the two provincial governments following the flashfloods brought by the continuous rains since Thursday.

To date, the province of Compostela Valley has requested for 350 cases of noodles to complement its prepositioned relief goods.

Earlier, DSWD conducted rapid assessment in Davao Oriental, Davao Del Norte and Compostela Valley while rescue operations were undertaken by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) and volunteer groups.

DSWD learned that barangay, municipal and provincial governments in affected communities in Compostela Valley, Davao Del Norte and Davao Del Sur have initially provided relief goods to affected families.

According to Assistant Regional Director Mila T. Segovia of DSWD, 10,000 family food packs are being prepositioned by DSWD at the Interagency Disaster Operations Center at DPWH Depot, Panacan.

The regional office here aims to repack 10,000 food packs daily to meet the requirements of affected families of the recent flashfloods, Segovia said.

Segovia stressed that DSWD has also mobilized its Social Welfare and Development Teams in each province and activated its Disaster Quick Response Team at the regional office to promptly respond to disaster operations.

Further, DSWD is looking into providing non-food items like cooking pots, kitchen utensils, pails, blankets, mosquito nets, plates, among others to the affected families.

DSWD reports show that to date, a total of 16,615 families were affected composed of 82,686 individuals. Damaged houses totalled to 216 with 9 persons dead.

Among the damaged infrastructures are dikes and bridges while some roads were rendered impassable due to landslides. (DSWD)




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Don Marcelino barangays sign MOA with DSWD for Kalahi-CIDSS BUB

North Lamidan Barangay Captain Neil Johnson (left) looks on as ARD Ma. Vilia Vigil explains briefly the MOA to Don Marcelino Mayor John Johnson while ARENA Chair Mariano Alquiza congratulates Lawa Barangay Captain Angelito Caluyan in the recent ARENA Serbisyo Caravan.

DON MARCELINO, Davao del Sur – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office XI (DSWD) through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) modality of the Kalahi-CIDSS project moves ahead with its implementation activities in four (4) more beneficiary communities. In the recent “Serbisyo Caravan” of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA) held December 6, 2013 in Don Marcelino, Davao del Sur, four barangays in the locality were formally recognized as sub-project beneficiaries in a ceremonial turnover of signed Memorandums of Agreement.

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, representing Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon, led the turnover with ARENA Chair Mariano Alquiza and Don Marcelino Mayor John H. Johnson. Barangay Captains Neil Johnson of North Lamidan; Emily Johnson of South Lamidan; Angelito Caluyan of Lawa; and Joseph Betinol of Kinanga were on hand to receive copies of the MOA in behalf of their respective barangays.

A total grant fund of Php 3.15 million will cover construction of a Drop-In Center in Barangay Kinanga at a cost of Php 750,000 while the three other barangays will build Day Care Centers at Php 800,000 each. The required Request for Fund Release (RFR) documents are being prepared to facilitate downloading the first tranche of the allocated funds.

The BUB modality takes into consideration the development needs of poor cities/municipalities as identified in their respective Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) formulated with the strong participation of basic sector organizations and civil society groups.

Through BUB, Kalahi-CIDSS gets implemented for the first time in the municipalities of Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Kiblawan, Sarangani and Santa Maria in Davao del Sur; Davao City; Asuncion and Panabo City in Davao del Norte; Maco in Compostela Valley; and Baganga and Lupon in Davao Oriental. BUB has a total of 15 beneficiary municipalities with the inclusion of Kalahi-CIDSS recipients Talaingod and Santo Tomas in Davao del Norte; Compostela in Compostela Valley; and Tarragona in Davao Oriental. (DSWD)


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Rep. Dayanghirang at DSWD

Davao Oriental First District Congressman Nelson L. Dayanghirang listens to Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD as she enumerates the various social protection programs being implemented in his district like Pantawid Pamilya, Social Pension, National Community-Driven Development (NCDDP) and Supplementary Feeding. Dayanghirang visited DSWD Office Tuesday morning. (DSWD)

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Parent session in Nabunturan

PARENT SESSION. Parents of day care children attending a Parent Effectiveness Session (PES) in Purok 15 Poblacion Day Care Center in Nabunturan, discuss promoting children’s rights. PES is a component of the DSWD Supplementary Feeding Program which is undertaken nationwide to address the increasing prevalence of under- and over-nutrition among Filipino children.

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Building better homes, better lives for Typhoon Pablo survivors

A new village rises in Barangay Kidawa.

LAAK, Compostela Valley – As you enter Barangay Kidawa of this town, you would hardly notice the bumpy ride ahead.

What will catch your attention in this once Typhoon Pablo-ravaged village just a year ago are the evidence of recovery from the tragedy. New houses, the rebuilt public market and school, the cheerful disposition of the residents who bore the brunt of ‘Pablo’s’ wrath, are all signs that the town has fully recovered.

Victoria B. Gucor, Municipal Administrator, affirming this said, “As of this time, we have fully recovered. Trees and banana plantations decimated by ‘Pablo’ are now bearing fruits, and the people have new homes and sources of livelihood.”

“As the local government unit, we continuously deliver basic services to the people, and we are truly grateful to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which continues to assist us in providing livelihood and other assistance to the Pablo victims,” Gucor continued.

She added that as of November, family food packs have been distributed to 19,000 families in the municipality.

“The construction of on-site and cluster shelter units are also ongoing,” Gucor said.

Best gift 

Brgy. Kidawa was the worst-hit barangay in this town.  Some 115 families lost their homes to ‘Pablo.’

Today, they are now the proud owners of new and sturdy homes as the DSWD, in partnership with the municipal local government and the provincial government of Compostela Valley, awards their Certificate of Ownership in simple turnover rites.

Succeeding turnover of permanent shelter units in similarly ‘Pablo’-stricken towns of Monkayo, Compostela, New Bataan and Montevista will follow suit.

Built through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), the shelter units are constructed on a three-hectare relocation site on higher grounds as approved by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

Each housing unit measures 24 square meters and stands on a 70-square meter lot.

Brgy. Kidawa has 10 puroks with a population of 1,600 consisting of 600 households, 60% of whom belong to the Dibabawon tribe.

With four DSWD workers in the area, residents have been given access to DSWD programs like Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Supplementary Feeding, Social Pension, and Sustainable Livelihood, and Day Care Service.

Other agencies also provide programs and services to the residents.

According to Brgy. Captain Nilo A. Bangonan, the people’s source of livelihood is now stable following the devastation of ‘Pablo’.

“We are currently harvesting palay, banana, corn, peanut, camote, and other crops. As chairman, I wish to thank all agencies especially DSWD which continues to help us until now. We are happy with these shelter units.”

Bangonan outlined his plans for their village including livelihood projects for the women, such as sewing, gardening and food processing. He is also proposing for the construction of a potable water system.

Mary Ann Aportadera, 34, mother of five and a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary, expounded that having a new home “is our best gift.”

With four children studying in Grades 1, 2, 4 and 7, and her youngest in day care, she is happy and grateful that they now have a sturdy and lovely house.

For her, this is a “refuge from the elements where we can begin anew.”

Mary Ann also serves as the secretary of the newly formed Neighborhood Shelter Assistance Association (NASA) which will manage the cleanliness of the new community.

“Most of us who relocated here used to live in Purok 7, Magaed, which was wiped out by the typhoon,” she recalled.

Jaclaryn A. Torrico, 33, said they are happy and grateful that there are people who assisted them in their distress.

“We should not lose hope and faith in God,” she stated.

Rising again

As Gucor puts it, “We have been through a great tragedy. Nevertheless, we will continue to do what we have to do to rise again.”

“Kami mismo ang dapat  na tumulong sa aming mga sarili at huwag palaging umasa sa tulong ng iba (We must help ourselves and not always rely on others’ help).”

Gucor also emphasized the strengthened partnership with the provincial local government, the national government through the different agencies, the NGOs, and humanitarian organizations was instrumental to their recovery.

For her part, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Jo Frasco stated that the provincial government will always be there to assist the people of Laak, and the other towns in ComVal.

“We will all strive to do our best to put the past behind, live in the present, and look forward to the future with hope and determination.”

“A day after ‘Pablo,’ our battlecry was ‘Tindog ComVal,’ (Rise Up ComVal). Now it is ‘building back better lives and better homes,” Frasco ended. (DSWD)

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