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Feb 8-15 is child sexual abuse prevention week

DAVAO City  -“Proteksyon ng Bata, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa” is this year’s theme in the observance of the 18th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

Through Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996, the annual observance aims to provide awareness to children, parents, families and communities in making the environment safe, protective and caring for the children.

In support to the event, the Department of Social Welfare and Development will conduct media announcements through a press conference and radio programs.

The DSWD Home for Girls and Women will host a Thanksgiving Mass, Lecture, Art Painting Contest and Quiz Bee on February 13th.

Other activities pushed by DSWD are Lecture Series, Media Blitz, Lay Forum, and Orientation and Skills Training relative to child protection against sexual abuse.

Further, DSWD encourages media partners to help announce the event.

In 2013, the DSWD Home for Girls and Women has served 21 cases on sexual and physical abuse as well as trafficking incidents.

Meanwhile, the DSWD community-based social workers under the Protective Service Unit processed 45 cases on trafficking in persons, physical and sexual abuse last year.

Victims of abuse are provided assistance like protective custody, temporary shelter, counselling, financial and transportation.

For further intervention, DSWD refers cases to the Philippine National Police, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Public Attorney’s Office, Regional Prosecutor’s Office or to LGU Social Welfare and Development offices, depending on the need of the client. (DSWD)

 

 

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DSWD launched Listahanan

DAVAO City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) formally launched Listahanan, the regional profile of who and where the poor families are.

Regional Director of DSWD Priscilla N. Razon emphasized in her message that the national assessment is the department’s initiative to establish a list of poor families needing social protection programs from both government and non-government agencies.

Director Razon said, “It is important for our partners to know about Listahanan because it will always be the basis on the poor families to be enlisted in the various poverty alleviation programs and services.”

Identification of beneficiaries for social protection programs such as Social Pension, Pantawid Pamilya and issuance of PhilHealth Cards was based on Listahanan, Director Razon added.

NHTSPR was rebranded into Listahanan with a new logo to make it more fitting to the system’s operations and objectives and for easy recall of the brand.

The activity was participated by disaster focal persons and social workers of local government units, and representatives of non-government and media organizations.

National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) Regional Field Coordinator Mae P. Valentin emphasized Listahanan’s vital role in improving the lives of the poor.

“The regional profile [Listahanan] will be our official tool in really targeting the real poor and accessing to them the necessary and appropriate programs.”

She stressed the department’s mandate to continuously provide technical assistance to LGUs, NGAs and other stakeholders for the effective implementation of pro-poor programs and services.

Further, Valentin discussed the project cycle of Listahanan -preparatory phase [identification of areas], data collection and analysis, validation phase and report generation.

In the first round assessment, DSWD Davao Region has enumerated a total of 547,775 households and 272,933 were identified poor.

The upcoming second round targets 793,770 households.

Rural areas will be saturated during the enumeration while urban areas will be enumerated per pockets of poverty. (DSWD)

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Listahanan launch

LISTAHANAN LAUNCH. Director Priscilla N. Razon presents the new logo of Listahanan during the launch Thursday at Apo View Hotel. With the tagline “Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan”, Listahanan is the new brand name of the DSWD National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR). (DSWD)

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For the older persons

For the older persons. Blessing of the renovated female ward at the DSWD Home for the Aged, Tagum City during the feast of the Holy Child Jesus. Other activities conducted were Thanksgiving Mass and Sinulog which aimed at strengthening the older persons’ spiritual well-being as well as fostering community solidarity. (DSWD)

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More ‘Pablo’ survivors grateful for new homes

Brand new homes of Typhoon Pablo survivors through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program.

CATEEL, Davao Oriental- More residents here left homeless by Typhoon Pablo in 2012 expressed profound appreciation for the unexpected gift of brand new and durable homes.

“Dako gayud yang kalipay ko na makahuya da kami sang tarong na bahay. Gapasalamat ako sang Ginoo na yahimo na instrumento yang DSWD para matagaan kami ng bahay. Dako regalo yang gihatag mayo kanami dun ng Christmas. Gibag–o mayo yang kinabuhi nami tanan sang isa ka tuig na pag-antos. (I am very happy that we can finally live in a decent home. I thank God for making DSWD an instrument to enable us own a home. This is a big Christmas present to us. Our lives have been transformed after suffering for a year),” teary eyed 38 year-old Narcilita Lazo shared during the turnover of 72 permanent shelter units in Poblacion Cateel.

Lazo lived in a bunkhouse with her six children after losing her home to Typhoon Pablo in December 2012.

Abundio Mancal, 50, of Purok Madre De Cacao expressed gratitude to those who provided the housing program during a meeting with his co-homeowners.

Mancal is a carpenter and grows coconut, banana and cacao in his small farm lot. His wife Claudelsa works as utility in the local hospital.

“Daghang salamat sa natabang sa DSWD. Dakong kalipay namo nga gitagaan og lote ug balay (Thanks for the assistance of DSWD. We are overwhelmed that we were given a lot and a house), Mancal shared.”

Gerry S. Tabura, president of the newly-organized Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA) of Better Living Village, Poblacion Cateel, said the housing program is a Christmas present which they did not expect.

All kinds of people came to Cateel to help and he would not know how to thank them, he added.

Tabura called for a meeting with the new house owners, lauded their cooperation and urged them to “unite and help each other as they rise up again” [from devastation].

He also bared his plan of accessing the members to livelihood facilities to help them recover.

Led by Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon of Davao Oriental and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director Priscilla N. Razon, the turnover ceremonies was held last December 17.

Also awarded were 72 Certificates of Occupancy and 43 Titles with house keys to the new homeowners at Better Living Village, Purok Madre De Cacao, Poblacion Cateel .

Turnover of housing units in Baganga and Boston towns followed suit.

“To date, we have constructed 825 units in Davao Oriental and construction continuous in all affected towns to complete the more than 7,000 shelters committed by the national government,” said Governor Malanyaon.

She pointed out that DSWD is one of the national agencies that really helped in the total rehabilitation of ‘Pablo’-affected areas.

Further, she disclosed that industries will soon be put up in the province that would help revive the economy of Davao Oriental.

“This will help victims to have a chance to work and improve their lives. The Building Better Back agenda is still a long way to go, but we are positive that resources and partners will come very soon,” she added.

“I am proud to say that this is a real transformation, from a makeshift and shanty house to a more concrete permanent and modified shelter. Let us continue to work hand in hand, take care and love this gift from God,” Director Razon emphasized in her speech. (DSWD)

 

 

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Convergence Framework reviewed

CONVERGENCE FRAMEWORK. DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon welcomes Assistant Regional Directors from the 17 regions who are attending the DSWD Convergence Strategy Consultation Review and Planning Workshop held at The Marco Polo Hotel. The DSWD Convergence Strategy harmonizes the three core social protection programs of the department [Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, National Community-Driven Development ] at both the program and operational levels to generate greater impact on poverty reduction beyond what each program can accomplish on its own. (DSWD)

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