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More ‘Pablo’ survivors awarded new homes in ComVal

[from left] Board Member Joseph Jauod, Vice Gov. Manuel Zamora, shelter beneficiary Vivian Bucotot, Brgy.Capt Moises Bacolod, Jerry Bucotot and daughter, and Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link Nenita Pongcol during the ribbon cutting rites for the shelter turnover.

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley -For many Typhoon Pablo survivors especially for Cynthia Ationg, 48, a resident of Brgy Awao, Monkayo who lost a child, the pain lingers even a year after.

“I’m still feeling sad, but I have to remain strong and to endure for my remaining six children with no husband on my side,” said Cynthia as she wiped her tears.

Her husband was imprisoned before Typhoon Pablo hit their town. For survival, she and her children mainly depend on Pantawid Pamilya and on other government assistance.

Barely a year after homes were destroyed including Cynthia’s home, the continuing recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley yielded brand new homes through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).

A total of 1324 housing units with certificates of occupancy were recently handed over to typhoon survivors of Montevista (97), New Bataan (146), Compostela (247), Monkayo (632), and Laak (202).

Vivian Bucotot, 39, said during the ceremonial cutting of ribbon for the turnover which was held at her new house, “Sakit man gihapon hangtod karon nga makahinumdum mi sa nahitabo pero salamat sa Ginoo wala mi niya gipabayaan ug sa gobyerno nga wala mi nakalimtan (It is still painful when we recall what happened but we are thankful that God didn’t abandon us and to the government that didn’t forget us).”

Bucotot has five children.

“We thank you for not losing hope and continuing to smile even with the worse experience you had. We see hope in your eyes that is why we did our best to help you fully recover from the disaster,” conveyed Vice Governor Manuel ‘Way Kurat’ Zamora.

He said these units would not have materialized without the ‘undying and dedicated support of DSWD and other partner agencies.’

He also lauded the efforts of the Neighbourhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA) for the commitment as partners not just in the construction but in building a new community in their new-found village.

NASA is homeowners association created in every village built through the DSWD shelter program.

Vice Governor Zamora even promised that after the new home, “through the help of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD, people will totally rise from the devastation.”

Raquel E. Nuñez, DSWD Policy and Plans Division Chief and TS Pablo Provincial Coordinator for Compostela Valley, urged the families to take care of their new homes and be grateful of the provincial, municipal and barangay efforts, and of DSWD in helping them realize their concrete and comfortable homes. (DSWD)

 

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Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA starts in New Corella

PAMANA IN NEW CORELLA. Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD and Mayor Nestor L. Alcoran of New Corella sign on Monday the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA project in the town with a funding of Php 6 million. PAMANA or Payaya at Masaganang Pamayanan funds peace-promoting community projects.Witnessing the event are local government officials of New Corella and representatives of Davao Del Norte provincial government and national agencies.

In her message Director Razon urged participants who were mostly barangay captains and municipal department heads, “Let us unite and work together for peace and development. Let us strive so that we can really carry out the three cycles of PAMNA…We all have a role to play in attaining peace and development. This is a collective effort of stakeholders and key players.”

In his response, Mayor Alcoran said, “We must manage the projects well because I know there are still more programs to come if we again succeed in this.” He also cited the abundance of DSWD projects in the town such as Pantawid Pamilya, Supplementary Feeding, Social Pension and Livelihood opportunities.

Following the Signing was the Ground Breaking Rites in Barangay Mambing for the construction of Modified Shelter units for 33 families whose houses collapsed in the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo. (DSWD)

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Events for women’s month bared

DSWD women workers interview an individual in crisis situation in Poblacion Cateel, Davao Oriental.

DAVAO CITY – In drumming up the significance of the month-long celebration for the Filipino womenfolk, various activities have been prepared.

Activities include Women Summit hosted by the Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD), LGU Davao City with its theme, Madasigong Paglihok Alang sa Kauswagan ug Kaangayan.

IGDD will also lead the Early Morning Walk on March 7.

The DSWD Field Office and its Home for Girls and Women have posted event streamers and conducted announcements to its workers as well as to the local social welfare offices throughout the region.

DSWD will also treat its women staff to a free foot massage, manicure and pedicure on March 28th following a brief Orientation on Sustaining Health During Stress Time.

On March 7, the residents of the DSWD Home for Girls and Women will participate in a lecture on Migration and Trafficking in Person, and Violence Against Women and Children.

Further, the 230 Davao City Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders will hold a General Assembly where Women’s Rights and Laws will be discussed and entertaining talents will be showcased.

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) spearheads the national observance of Women’s Month with the theme, Juana, Ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!

This year’s celebration pays tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes in the country and abroad. It underscores the contribution of women in the initiatives for healing and recovery from disaster incidents and scandals that hit the country. Moreover, it showcases the inspiring resiliency of women in the face of adversity and uncertainty.

PCW have organized events such as short film making contest, opening salvo, uploading of campaign streamers in social media pages, online campaign threads, and information dissemination on various women issues.

For details of the PCW undertakings, interested parties are invited to visit www.pc.gov.ph. (DSWD)

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DSWD awards Tagum City

DSWD AWARDS TAGUM CITY. In behalf of DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD Home for the Aged center head Annie L. Rosalinda [second from right] awards a plaque to Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon as DSWD Outstanding Partner for 2013. Joining the courtesy visit at Tagum City Hall are workers of DSWD Home for Aged [from left] Elmir Botardo, Domingo Lequigan and Pacita Ehong. Presently, the Home for Aged serves a total of 58 homeless older persons. (DSWD)

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