Archive | February, 2014

The DSWD ‘Pablo’ response

THE DSWD ‘PABLO’ RESPONSE. Director Priscilla N. Razon reports through People’s Television Network (PTV) the DSWD accomplishments in response to the needs of survivors of Typhoon Pablo during the Pulong-Bayan sa Cateel as the country commemorates the 28th EDSA Revolution Anniversary on Tuesday, February 24th. Interviewing Dir. Razon is PTV’s George Bandola.

Among the needs addressed are Food and Non-Food, Emergency Shelter, Livelihood through Cash-for-Work and Cash-for-Training, Permanent Shelter and Education. (DSWD)



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DSWD completes 2303 permanent shelters in DavOr, ComVal

New homes of ‘Pablo’ survivors in Davao Oriental.

DAVAO CITY – In its continuing rehabilitation efforts, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the provincial governments of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, has to date completed a total of 2303 permanent homes for survivors of Tropical Storm Pablo.

“These completed units are part of the First and Second Tranche target of 3966. Construction of the remaining 1663 is still ongoing. Of those completed, 1265 are in Compostela Valley while 1038 were built in Davao Oriental,” said Director Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD.

The initial housing units were constructed in the municipalities of Compostela-247, Laak-202, Monkayo-573, Montevista-97, New Bataan-146, Boston-27, Cateel-526 and Baganga-485, Director Razon said. “For these two tranches, the national government through DSWD has spent Php 301,020,000.00 while the provincial government takes charge of site development, land preparation and engineering expertise.”

The 3rd and final tranche is expected to yield some 28,677 units -11383 for Compostela Valley and 17,294 for Davao Oriental. The overall cost of the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) is Php 2.3 billion, Director Razon explained.

Provided to families left homeless by calamities, the core units are resistant to disasters and built with concrete and good lumber.

Each unit covers a lot area of 70 square meters, installed with a two-room division, painted inside and out, with bathroom and septic tank, separate kitchen, and window-level concrete wall.

Families whose original homes were situated in ‘no build’ zones [per assessment of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau] were relocated in resettlement areas [off site] where basic facilities like water, electricity and road network have also been accessed.

Apart from DSWD, the National Housing Authority (NHA) has also been building permanent homes in the hard-hit areas, 1000 units in every town. (DSWD)



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Resilience, unity of all sectors : Key to recovery

CATEEL, DAVAO ORIENTAL  -Survivors of Tropical Storm Pablo here confirmed anew that spirit of oneness and resistance to adversity helped them overcome the aftermath of the dreadful typhoon that shattered their family and community in 2012.

Jaime Delos Reyes, a farmer, said, “We are thankful for all the help of the government. Working together, we have risen up from the damage we experienced.”

Rice Processing Center beneficiary Chona Cabañog of Barangay Taytayan is now able to live normally and expressed her gratitude for the project that enabled them easily process their palay. She has seven children and five are professional.

Cateel mayor Camilo T. Nuñez acknowledged the substantial support of the national government through DSWD. “You have witnessed our situation now. We are united with the leadership of the governor. Our priority now is the rehabilitation of our community facilities.”

Pantawid Pamilya and Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) recipient Narcilita Lazo admitted that bayanihan system is at work in their new Better Living Village in Poblacion Cateel. “We are also very conscious of the cleanliness in our community.”

Lazo has six children with the two now in college.

Farmer Melvin Nacis shared, “We are united. That’s the reason why we have easily recovered.” Nacis also cited the support they received from the government and conveyed his gratefulness.

DPWH District Engineer Lito Caballero recognized the effort of each one. “They unite in order to recover, all levels of government –national, local really helped each other.”

Narcing Tumo and Pacito Dacuycuy said they recovered because they cooperated with the others.

“We helped one another so that Cateel recovered. Walang tamad (We discourage indolence),” Marian Bete strongly pushed.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon emphasized, “Through the collaboration of the provincial government, the LGUs, national agencies like the DTI, DA, DOST, DSWD, DOLE and the ICRC, starter kits, seeds and technology assistance were provided to typhoon-affected farmers on chili production, processing, packaging and marketing of hot chili products.”

Paquito Ochoa, President of EDSA People Power Commission said, “Walang pagsubok na magpapayuko sa mga Pilipino with the support of all sectors.”

All these community settlers and officials were part of the crowd of parents, farmers, students, teachers and government officials who participated in the Pulong-Bayan sa Cateel Monday morning where President Benigno C. Aquino III joined thousands of Typhoon Pablo survivors commemorate the 28th EDSA Revolution Anniversary.

In her message, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon emphasized, “We still have to continue with our rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts for the Pablo-hit areas of Davao Oriental…Having a solid support from the national government and other development collaborators, and having put in place operational mechanisms, we are positive that we can harness more resources and partners…”

“We unite with the whole nation in celebrating EDSA. We have proven that we can rise up again and move on. We have shown our strength and unity as Flipinos,” affirmed Director Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD.

The spirit of unity was aptly capped by master of ceremonies John Joson of EDSA People Power Commission, “Buhay na buhy ang tunay na diwa ng EDSA na pagkakaisa dito sa Davao Oriental. Walang imposible pag walang iwanan… Pag gustong magmalasakit, magbibigay ng walang kapalit.”

Underscoring unity and resilience, Pres. Aquino topped, Kapit-bisig tayong kumikilos. Gaya ng ipinamalas natin noong 1986, muli nating pinapatunayan sa mundo ang pambihirang pagmamalasakit ng Pilipino sa kapwa Pilipino. …Malalagpasan natin ang mga darating pang pagsubok… Habang nagkakaisa, mararating natin ang gustong paroroonan.” (DSWD)

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Pres. Noy marks EDSA anniv with typhoon survivors of DavOr

CATEEL, DAVAO ORIENTAL –On Monday, February 24th, President Benigno S. Aquino III started commemorating the 28th EDSA Revolution Anniversary as he joined over 3000  survivors of Typhoon Pablo in a gathering dubbed Pulong-Bayan sa Cateel held at the Municipal Plaza with the theme Kapit-Bisig Tungo sa Pagbangon.

Pres. Aquino meet up with the initial 520 permanent housing beneficiaries who are now occupying new homes after losing their homes to Tropical Storm Pablo in December 2012.

The President also saw the beneficiaries of other government programs like Rice Processing Center, Rehabilitation of Community Facilities, Hot Pablo Chili Production and Irrigation System.

In December last year, Pres. Aquino along with some members of his cabinet also inspected the 115 permanent homes in far-flung Barangay Kidawa in Laak town, Compostela Valley.

Constructed through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), the core units are disaster-resistant and made of concrete and good lumber. These units are provided to families victimized by calamities.

Each unit covers a lot area of 70 square meters, installed with a two-room division, painted inside and out, with bathroom and septic tank, separate kitchen, and window-level concrete wall.

According to Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD, MSAP is funded by DSWD while site development, land preparation and engineering expertise are being provided by the provincial government.

“We are happy to report that a total of 2145 units have already been completed in Davao Region -1038 in Davao Oriental and 1107 in the province of Compostela Valley,” Dir. Razon said.

MSAP is being implemented in the ‘Pablo’-hard-hit towns of Compostela, Laak, Monkayo, Montevista, New Bataan, Cateel, Baganga, Boston and Caraga.

The DSWD is targeting to build 3,966 permanent homes on 1st and 2nd Tranche in relocation sites determined safe for housing by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

DSWD confirmed that a total of P301,020,000.00  cost of assistance has been spent in building these homes.

With the ongoing construction in the two provinces, more units will be completed soon. (DSWD)


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DSWD gains more development partners

DAVAO CITY -Some 48 companies from the business sector and the academe in Davao Region attended the recent Partners’ Forum hosted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), signifying their genuine interest to support government pro-poor programs.

“Poverty ends when partnership begins” was the tagline of the event held at the Marco Polo Hotel.

“This activity aims to win the support of private companies with corporate social responsibility, as well as strengthen the support of key stakeholders on the Convergence Strategy.  The activity discussed the highlights, gains and successes of program implementation for CY 2013, as well as the thrusts and directions for CY 2014,” said Mila Segovia, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Administration.

“The DSWD identified seven areas of engagements with the business sector and the academe and the result is overwhelming! We, at the department, did not expect such overwhelming outpour of commitments to support DSWD programs and services,” ARD Segovia added.

Under education assistance SAMULCO, DORECO, DASURECO, NCCC Cares, University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), San Miguel Consolidated Power Corp. (Malita), St. Joseph Technical Academy of Davao, and Samson Polytechnic College of Davao (SPCD) committed to provide college scholarship grants.

DASURECO also committed to build new classrooms and repair lighting facilities in government schools. UIC, on the other hand, offered to provide school supplies and computer literacy courses. UIC representatives also expressed interest to be included in the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) for IPs.

Under provision of safe lighting facility, DORECO committed to deliver their Sitio Electrification Program to DSWD recipient areas in Davao Oriental. DASURECO has likewise committed to provide street lighting materials to identified areas in Davao del Sur.

Under nutrition, health and sanitation, SPCD committed to provide healthcare services, medical and dental supplies, vitamins and food supplements as well as conduct medical missions and feeding programs. Moreover, Brokenshire College and DASURECO committed to augment the need on medical/dental supplies. DASURECO, SPMC Malita and FedCom offered to conduct feeding programs while San Miguel Consolidated Power Corp Malita vowed to provide help on vegetables and cash crops distribution and conduct medical and dental missions.

Under employment facilitation, DPRDI committed to provide trainings and seminars on organic rice production for six months. SPCD, Phil. Fruits International Corp., Bachelor Express Inc. and Endonela Institute Of Technology Foundation,Inc. offered to provide skills training.

Phil. Fruits International Corp. (PFIC), KFL Manpower Agency, DASURECO, Endonela Institute Of Technology Foundation, Inc. committed to allot slots for job placements to qualified individuals. PFIC, DORECO, KFL Manpower Agency, DASURECO, Bachelor Express Inc. will accept on-the-job trainings.

Under environmental conservation/protection/disaster management, NCCC Cares committed to help out on environmental conservation and protection. DORECO offered to conduct coastal clean-up drives and tree planting activities. Also, FedCom and Bachelor Express offered to provide assistance during disasters.

And on micro-enterprise development, SAMULCO and DORECO committed to provide loan assistance to beneficiaries. DORECO offered to give out livelihood assistance for fisher folks. SPCD will also provide livelihood assistance trainings.

The Convergence Strategy converge all three programs of the DSWD – the Kalahi-CIDSS, a program which empowers communities through active participation in community development projects;  the Sustainable Livelihood Program equips the poor with opportunities and skills to sustain them in the long term; and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which provides conditional cash assistance to identified poor families. The three targets all aspects of development thus, a comprehensive and effective way to combat all phases of vulnerability. (DSWD)


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Adoption consciousness

ADOPTION CONSCIOUSNESS. Former Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio leads the Unveiling of Adoption Advocacy Tarpaulin Thursday at SM City Annex Activity Centre in line with DSWD’s campaign for legal adoption. Also present at the event are [from left] DSWD Adoption Focal Sheryl Ann R. Dumalogdog, DSWD Chief of Protective Services Unit Rebecca A. Santamaria, DSWD Assistant Director Mila T. Segovia, and City Local Civil Registrar Atty. Leo Anthony Braceros. The campaign materials will be distributed in all cities and municipalities in the region. (DSWD)

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Advancing legal adoption

LEGAL ADOPTION. Adoptive father from New Zealand David Earnshaw shares his experience when he and wife Suzanne adopted John Robert Eder Earnshaw [right] during the press conference Monday at SM City Annex Activity Centre. Also in photo are [from left] Assistant Director Mila T. Segovia of DSWD and Sheryl Ann R. Dumalogdog, DSWD Focal on Adoption. DSWD leads the observance of Adoption Consciousness Week from February 15-23 with the theme “Legal na Pag-Aampon sa Lahat ng Pagkakataon”.  (DSWD)

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DSWD continues to promote legal adoption

DAVAO City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to strongly advocate legal adoption as it leads the observance of the Adoption Consciousness Week on February 15 to 23.

“We will always ensure protection of children at any given time, anywhere. That is why we have been implementing and promoting Alternative Parental Care for homeless and abandoned children,” stressed Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

Programs under the DSWD Alternative Parental Care or Alternative Family Care are Domestic Adoption, Inter-Country Adoption, Foster Family Care and Legal Guardianship.

The DSWD Adoption Resource and Referral Unit handles processing of adoption applications.

“To help us disseminate the importance of legal adoption, we invite adoptive families to speak about their experience during Adoption Forum, press conference, radio programs and other public events,” Director Razon said.

Director Razon said one of the DSWD champions on legal adoption is former city mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio who is very proud to have adopted a baby girl.

“We appeal to other adoptive families out there to visit DSWD now and legalize the adoption of your child,” Director Razon added.

With the strengthened adoption advocacy, DSWD XI was able to process a total of 39 adoption cases in 2013. Of this figure, 16 were inter-country adoption wherein applicants [adoptive families] are foreigners.

On February 22, DSWD XI will hold its first Convention of Adoptive Families at Harana Restaurant where some 75 adoptive families will bond and learn from each other.

One important thing up for discussion during the convention is the DSWD Post Adoptive Services. Participants will also take part in family games.

DSWD will also lead the Unveiling of Adoption Advocacy Materials at SM City Ecoland Annex Event Centre on February 13 and host the Adoption Forum on February 17.

Other activities to promote legal adoption are radio and television announcements, press conference, and mounting of Adoption Inquiry Desk at SM City Ecoland [front of National Bookstore] where DSWD and court social workers will respond to queries and concerns on adoption.

Theme for this year’s celebration is “Legal na Pag-Aampon sa Lahat ng Pagkakataon”. (DSWD)





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