Archive | July, 2014

Nutritious veggie meals: A ‘must’

NUTRITIOUS VEGGIE MEALS. Workers and residents of DSWD rehabilitation centers participate in the recent Cooking Competition highlighting the National Nutrition Month observance. Participants from Reception and Study Center for Children, Home for Girls and Women, Home for the Aged, and Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth cooked one main dish and one salad with vegetable as main ingredient. Food entries were rated based on Originality, Palatability, Presentation, and Composition. Theme for the annual celebration is Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan. (DSWD)

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Embroidery: Empowering women in New Panay

One of the women-beneficiaries at work.

Maragusan, Compostela Valley  -Women in Barangay New Panay face various difficulties in pulling out their community from poverty.

Amidst the turmoil that takes place in the area, making dreams for a better life seem to be elusive, their hope continues to light up that there is still a better life awaiting them.

In this far-flung barangay, illiteracy rate has been high due to financial instability and incidence of local armed conflict.

Residents on the other hand do not participate in community events. They keep their silence thinking that the best way to live a better life is to be left alone and just do your own thing.

Aspiring students in the area have no choice but to stop schooling because their parents simply cannot afford it.

These problems in the community remain to be a never ending cycle. Such situation is even aggravated by the prevailing armed conflict in the area.

“We already got used to the thought that the problems here in our community will never stop,” said Mary De Guzman, chair of Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee of Kalahi-CIDSS Pamana.

Fondly called by many as Nanay Mary, De Guzman’s family, just like that of the other residents, experienced poverty at its lowest point. She almost gave up at encouraging others because she also had her moments of being drained due to her own moments of weakness and hopelessness.

De Guzman admitted it has been indeed a struggle for the families of Barangay New Panay to uplift their way of living.

Embracing the life of a stereotype wife, she took care of her husband and children, provided all their needs before they hit work and school. She did all the household chores, and she seldom left home to socialize with others.

Her life revolved in her family. Her growth as an individual was her last priority.

This held true for the other women in the community. According to her, they already felt contented being housewives as men usually take the more active role in society.

“It was hard to take part in our barangay activities. Conflicts erupted most of the time because of differing opinions of the residents here. Instead of tackling solutions to the problems, local leaders and residents focused on the feud that is why it never stopped,” De Guzman lamented.

Getting their acts together

When Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) reached their barangay, things started to change.

The program aims at empowering communities and strengthening the people’s capacities in order to address issues of vulnerability and peace through activities that promote social cohesion.

Program implementation undergoes Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) wherein the community undertakes development actions where people are the key-players in decision making.

During the first cycle, the women in New Panay engaged in Participatory Situation Analysis where residents identify their problems.

In collectively responding to the priority problem, the womenfolk zeroed in on Non-Formal Education on Embroidery.

The community residents were united that this sub-project would enhance the capacity of women and provide them the opportunity to augment their meager family income.

In support to the women of New Panay, the municipal local government and the barangay provided counterpart and facilitated as well the training with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Through Kalahi-CIDSS Pamana, the community was granted 11 sewing machines and other sewing materials for the workshop.

Women matter

The non-formal education on embroidery has gained them the confidence and unity they have long desired. More important still, they are now able to socialize and learn from each other.

The first project the women yielded from their embroidery workshop was the school uniform for the children of Barangay New Panay.

Families who are hard-up and could barely sustain the needs of their children are thankful that they can benefit from the project.

Residents who were earlier hesitant to take part in the project are now eager to cooperate in community development processes.

Women in New Panay feel fulfilled that through their distinct involvement, they are able to inspire children in their community to attend school and chase their dreams.

Now that they have finally gained a significant role in the community, the women of New Panay continue to soar, their voices making a point and reverberating.

“We can change for the better and improve our community because we have learned to make our voices be heard and put our acts together.” (DSWD)


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P 10.5-B ‘Pablo’ rehab funds shared by line agencies -DSWD

Davao City  – “The Php10.53 billion rehabilitation funds for victims of TS Pablo (Bopha) was shared among national-line agencies undertaking rehabilitation efforts,” clarified DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon amidst  clamor  aired by some militant groups questioning where DSWD put the funds.

Bearing placards and tarpaulins, the group of protesters who started to arrive in D. Suazo St. late Sunday evening, staged a rally in front of the Social Welfare and Development Office Monday morning and marched to Rizal Park along San Pedro St. just before noon time.

It can be recalled that in December 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras to head Task Force Pablo.  Along with the appointment of Almendras came the P10.53-billion budget for the Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plan.

Pursuant to the directive of the President, Task Force Pablo was created to develop the comprehensive Pablo Rehabilitation Plan (PRP), which aims to rationalize, harmonize, streamline, simplify, integrate, and unify the efforts of government agencies mandated to rehabilitate the affected areas and address the needs of the affected population.

The Office of the Cabinet Secretary was designated as Chair of the Task Force to ensure proper implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation and integration of the social services, infrastructure, resettlement, and livelihood rehabilitation plans, policies, and programs.

Director Razon said the task force is composed of the departments of Science and Technology, Social Welfare and Development, Trade and Industry, the Interior and Local Government, Agriculture, Public Works and Highways, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, National Irrigation, among others.

Director Razon further explained that the DSWD fund allocation is focused on building of permanent shelter units for the homeless under its Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).

Other agencies were directed to undertake and speed up disaster risk reduction assessment; livelihood generation; and repair of damaged roads, bridges, school buildings and other government infrastructures, she added. (DSWD)

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Abilympics set July 28

DAVAO City –The Kakayahan Regional Abilympics Competition 2014 is set today, July 28 at the TESDA Regional Training Center in Buhisan, Tibungco.

Bearing the theme Talino at Paninindigan ng Taong May Kapansanan, Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran, Kakayahan is a national work skills competition showcasing the distinct capability of Filipino persons with disability (PWDs) as workers and entrepreneurs.

Social welfare department Director Priscilla N. Razon said the select PWDs will participate in Photography, Floral Arrangement, Cake Decoration, Waste Reuse, Painting, Cooking, Creating Web Pages, Desktop Publishing, and English Text Processing.

The 31 participating PWDs have different disabilities but most are orthopedically impaired, Director Razon said.

“This event is one of the highlights in the regional celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week that we celebrate nationwide every July,” she added.

The Abilympics is hosted by DSWD in partnership with the Department of Health and TESDA.

Winners of the regional competition will vie in the national competition in Manila while the national winner will represent the country in the 9th Abilympics in Vietnam in 2015. (DSWD)



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Pantawid women train on cookery

Pantawid mothers attend a cooking course.

Kapalong, Davao del Norte  –Some 31 Pantawid Pamilya program participants here recently completed Cookery National Certificate II conducted by Endonela Institute of Technology Foundation, Inc. (EITFI).

Facilitated by the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the training provided an opportunity for a vocational and technical enhancement skills training.

One fourth of the training cost was sponsored by the partner school while the remaining amount came as a scholarship grant from DSWD.

With Dante Cadayona as cooking coach, the 345-hour training aims at generating employment and income for the participants as well as mobilizing them to engage in micro-enteprise through carenderia management and catering services.

With this timely opportunity, participants are now equipped with the ability and the confidence to earn as they cook.

“We can change for the better because of the trust and the opportunity given us to learn and improve our lot. Thanks to DSWD,” the new graduates bellowed in unison.

This is the 3rd batch of Pantawid Pamilya recipients who trained with EITFI. Earlier, DSWD also facilitated the same training for 77 Pantawid family heads who are also typhoon survivors in Montevista and Compostela towns, Compostela Valley.

DSWD and EITFI will continue assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) or disaster victims and other disadvantaged individuals by providing access to quality education and training for non-degree course appropriate to their individual capacities and relevant to the immediate needs of their communities.

DSWD-SLP is one of the poverty-reduction programs of DSWD along with Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP, Pantawid Pamilya, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding, and Grassroots Participatory Budgeting.

It aims to capacitate and develop the entrepreneurial and socio-economic skills of poor households through income-generating opportunities, enhancing their access to basic social services and employment. (DSWD)

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DSWD key stakeholders convene for Mindanao cluster consultation workshop

Davao City – Around 58 participants from the different Local Government Units, partner National Government Agencies and Civil Society Organizations in Mindanao are due in the city for the Mindanao Cluster Regional Directors’ Consultation Workshop (RDCW) at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City on July 22-25, 2014.

Heads of DSWD partner agencies from all over Mindanao such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will attend the said activity.

The primary objective of the consultation workshop is to zero in on top provinces with high poverty incidence, high magnitude of poverty and high exposure to hazards, and craft a follow through inter-agency plan for the regional commitments with particular inclusion and focus on the priority provinces.

In Mindanao, included in the Top 10 provinces in the country with the highest poverty incidence (based on Listahanan database, 2010) are Lanao del sur with 73.8% poverty incidence, Maguindanao with 63.7%, Zamboanga del Norte with 54.4%, Camiguin with 53.6%, Sarangani with 53.2% and North Cotabato with 52.4%.

Moreover, included in the Top 10 provinces with highest magnitude of poor households (based on Listahanan database, 2010) are Zamboanga del Sur with 170,181 households, Sulu with 122,218 and Davao del Sur with 111, 655.

“The RDCW is a gathering of key stakeholders which aims to strengthen operational mechanisms and institutional arrangement between and among partner agencies. It serves as a venue in strengthening partnership, collaboration and support towards provision of concrete actions to harmonize social protection initiatives of different national government agencies (NGAs) to best serve the needs, especially of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)”, explained Merlinda A. Paragamac, DSWD Regional Convergence Coordinator.

Pantawid Pamilya has been keeping children in school and families healthy since its onset in 2008. At present, Davao Region has 198,973 households beneficiaries in all 4 provinces, 6 cities, 43 municipalities covering 2,217 barangays.

DSWD strives to attain its Strategic Goals by raising the status of the 2.3 million Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to “self-sufficiency” level; increase the number of Listahanan (formerly National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction) identified poor families covered by two national social welfare and development programs from 3.9 million to 5.2 million; and to increase the number of fully functioning Local Social Welfare and Development Offices in every province and region in the country by 2016. (DSWD)

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School-based feeding up soon

SCHOOL-BASED FEEDING PROGRAM. DSWD Assistant Director Ma. Vilia L. Vigil [3rd from left] and DSWD Protective Services Unit Head Rebecca A. Santamaria [4th from left] turnover to Department of Education (DepEd) regional officials led by Director Nenita E. Lumaad [2nd from left] the P 36.6 million check that will fund the School Based Feeding Program. Also in photo are DepEd officers [from left] Dr. Mariblanca Piatos, Dr. Lorna Mapinogos, Dr. Luzminda Onor and Dr. Reynante Solitario.

For the feeding of some 18,349 severely wasted and wasted children from Kinder to Grade Six, the DSWD sustainable livelihood associations will be tapped to provide commodities to schools for the preparation of hot meals.

Using indigenous foods or locally-processed foods, feeding shall be within six months or 120 days in the 10 DepEd divisions in the region.

The program aims to 1) provide augmentation support in the feeding program for children; 2) improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children and parents through intensified nutrition and health education; and 3) improve the nutritional status of all the target children.

Currently, orientation on the program and its implementing guidelines is being conducted in DepEd regional and division offices. For the smooth implementation of the program, quarterly consultation-dialogues shall be held between DSWD, DepEd, local government units, NGOs and other groups involved. (DSWD)

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47th Araw of Davao Del Norte

Workers of DSWD Home for the Aged and DSWD Davao del Norte Provincial Operations Office participate in the 47th Araw ng Davao del Norte Alay Lakad. (DSWD)

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