Archive | August, 2014

Soroptimist Int’l joins anti-trafficking network

ANTI-TRAFFICKING. [from left] DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon, DOJ Director Antonio B. Arellano, and Soroptimist International of Davao President Evelyn Laviňa sign Thursday the Memorandum of Agreement drafting Soroptimist International as permanent member of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking – Region XI Network (IACAT XI Network) and as part of its Advocacy Unit. Witnessing the event are officers and members of Soroptimist International.

IACAT XI Network was created for a more proactive approach in effectively preventing trafficking in persons and for a more efficient prosecution of cases on trafficking in persons. It is chaired by DOJ and co-chaired by DSWD. (DSWD)

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Region has five Bahay Pagasa for CICL

Davao City –With the completion of the newest Bahay Pagasa in Poblacion New Corella in Davao Del Norte, Davao Region has now a total of five rehabilitation centers for children in conflict with the law (CICL).  This was announced by Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DSWD records show that a Bahay Pagasa center was established in Davao City in 2008; in Nabunturan in 2010; in Banaybanay town in 2012; and in New Corella and Mati City this year.

Four of these Bahay Pagasa or youth care facilities were funded with a Php 2.5 million budget from Sen. Francis Pangilinan which was coursed through DSWD while Davao City received Php 2 million. The Banaybanay allocation of Php 2.5 million was directly released to the local government.

“The one in New Corella will be inaugurated and handed over to the provincial government on September 1,” Director Razon said.

Apart from this, DSWD manages its own Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) which served some 131 CICL cases during the first half of 2014.

Originally named Pagasa Home, the DSWD facility was established in 1976 in Maa. The center is now located in a three-hectare rehabilitation complex in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok  District.

Mandated to promote and protect the rights of CICL, DSWD will support the Bahay Pagasa operation by providing continuing technical assistance to the local government units to ensure implementation of quality case management and holistic rehabilitation of the CICL.

The passage of Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 has prompted various government agencies to carry out strategic actions to address the needs of CICL.

Under the law, CICL aged 15 years and below are exempt from criminal liability. CICL above 15 (plus one day) and below 18 years of age are also exempted unless they act with discernment.

The law provides that these children should be returned to their respective families. However, there are circumstances wherein this is not possible or run counter to the best interest of the child. There are cases when parents could not be located, where parents are incapable of providing protection, and where the safety of the CICL is threatened or could not be secured.

Located in all regions throughout the country, Bahay Pag-asa is a 24-hour residential facility that provides temporary care and serves as a rehabilitation center to a maximum of 25 male CICL at any given time.

The center provides protection, care, capability building and rehabilitation for   CICL in a home-like environment for a maximum period of six months.

Managed by the local government unit, Bahay Pagasa facilitates the immediate assessment of the physical, psycho-social, medical and economic condition of the CICL to arrive at a holistic understanding of the child in relation with his violation of the law.

The assessment will guide the social worker in formulating and executing an individualized rehabilitation plan or program that will address the needs of the child.

Moreover, the Bahay Pagasa will indirectly serve as another setting for a dynamic interaction and purposive learning opportunities among the provincial and municipal local government units, the community, other line agencies and DSWD.

Meanwhile, DSWD XI manages other three residential facilities such as Reception and Study Center for Children, Home for Girls and Women, and Home for the Aged. (DSWD)




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KALAHI-CIDSS builds shelter for abused women, children

Maco, Compostela Valley – “Their journey is never easy. We want to make them feel safe, loved and protected in the best way that we can because they too, deserve to rise up and have a peaceful life,” shared Elizabeth Uy, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer here for 27 years now.

She considers her job as one of the most painstaking, yet most fulfilling. In her length of service, she admits she performs more than what is expected of her. She has encountered countless trials in handling people in difficult circumstances.

She consoles, feeds, and assists women and children who are victims of violence and abuse. Since the Local Government Unit of Maco has no center to cater these victims, she and her fellow social workers usually share their homes as temporary shelter of the abused.

“Makabati ko sa ilang mga kasakit ug kahadlok, sa ilahang kawad-an ug paglaom na makuha ang hustisya na ilang ginapangandoy” (I can feel their pain, fear and the hopelessness of obtaining the justice they yearn).

Crunching the numbers

Based on the 2010 census on population, the municipality has 34,603 women and 30,311 children from ages 0 to below 18 years. These sectors are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

In 2012, 49 women and 35 children in the municipality were reported victims of neglect, abuse and exploitation.

In response to the emerging problem, C.A.R.E.S (Children, Adult Ready Emergency Shelter), a drop-in center, was proposed for the appropriate placement of the victims through KALAHI-CIDSS GPBP (Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process), formerly BUB or Bottom-Up Budgeting.

KALAHI-CIDSS is a community-driven project of the National Government and implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It aims to empower ordinary citizens to directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, developing, implementing, managing and sustaining projects together to address local poverty issues

GPBP on the other hand, is an approach to preparing the budget proposal of national government agencies, considering the development needs of cities/municipalities as identified in their respective Local Poverty Reduction Action Plans (LPRAP) that shall be formulated with strong participation of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

The drop-in center project aims to prevent the women and children from being exposed to further exploitation.  The end goal is to for the victims to regain self-esteem and dignity through protective and rehabilitative services.

Intensified collaboration and coordination between government and non-government organizations are currently being undertaken in support to achieving the goals of the center.

To build and restore       

The building is already 75 per cent complete.          

“The drop in center, aside from its goal of ensuring the safety of victims, also provides jobs to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” said Yu.

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries take the lead in the construction of the drop-in center. To them, it’s self-fulfilling that they are able to participate in the process of providing protection and safety to the victims.

Kaya ko ang pagbabago dahil iminulat sa akin ng ahensya ng DSWD at ng kanilang mga proyekto na lahat ng mamamayan ay may kakayahan na tumulong sa pagbibigay proteksyon sa mga kabataan at kababaihan na biktima ng karahasan at pang-aabuso,” Yu pointed out.

Now, women and children are more driven to move on. They are now comforted knowing that there are people who take stand to be their support system. Most importantly, they now have a safe haven to stay while they are on the process of healing. (DSWD)

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Obtaining the SWDIs

OBTAINING THE SOCIAL WELFARE INDICATORS. Assistant Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Camilo G. Gudmalin points out how the core programs of DSWD contribute to the attainment of the 10 Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) during the DSWD XI Unified Regional Program Management Meeting participated by senior officials Friday at Grand Men Seng Hotel. SWDIs include employment, employable skills, income, insurance, health, education, nutrition, hygiene, housing and family activities.

AsSec. Gudmalin also explained the DSWD National Target by end of December 2014, Institutional Capacity, Internal Constraints, Regional Project Scope, Configuration of Workload and Competencies, among others.

Meanwhile, regional focal persons discussed implementation status of Pantawid Pamilya, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, Sustainable Livelihood, Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process, Convergence Strategy, and Initiatives in Attaining the DSWD Strategic Goals. (DSWD)

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DSWD joins Mindanao Trade Expo

DSWD workers visit and buy from the SLP-DSWD booth at the recent Mindanao Trade Expo at Abreeza Ayala Mall. The livelihood unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) participated in the recent Mindanao Trade Expo 2014, in support to the annual celebration of Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival. Held at Abreeza Ayala Mall, the event ran from August 8-14.  (DSWD)

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3049 shelters completed in DavOr

MORE SHELTERS. Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon delivers her message during the turnover of permanent shelters Thursday in Boston, Davao Oriental. Also in photo are [from left] Cabasagan Barangay Captain Arlito Manog, Provincial Board Member Ronald Lara, DSWD Protective Services Chief Rebecca A. Santamaria and DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon. To date, a total of 3049 units have been completed in the towns of Boston, Cateel and Baganga and funded through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).  MSAP is undertaken in close collaboration with the Provincial Government, Municipal, and Barangay Local Governments. The 544th Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army also assisted in building some shelters in Baganga town. (DSWD)

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Directors’ meeting with Gov. Malanyaon

DIRECTORS’ MEETING.  Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon of Davao Oriental and Mayor Nestor L. Uy of Tarragona serve as main speakers at the opening of the recent Mindanao Cluster Regional Directors’ Consultation Workshop (RDCW) hosted by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Participants to the conference were directors of DSWD, 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).

The RDCW 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 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Also discussed in the conference were the Mid-term Updates on the Philippine Development Plan, Inclusive Growth Thrust of the Government, Updates on the ASEAN Integration, Employment Facilitation for Pantawid Beneficiaries, and Skills Training for Pantawid Beneficiaries. (DSWD)

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Adhering to standards

ACCREDITATION. Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) awards a Certificate of Accreditation to the workers of the DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) which recently passed the First Level Standards in the Implementation of Residential-Based Programs and Services for Children and Youth in Conflict with the Law conducted by the Standards Bureau of DSWD National Office.

The DSWD certificate is issued to government and non-government organizations that deliver programs and services which are within the standards set by government through DSWD.

The DSWD, through its regulatory function provides the standards and guidelines that govern the service delivery by the agencies to ensure that the goal of uplifting the well-being of the disadvantaged clientele is achieved.

To date, some 37 Social Welfare Agencies (SWA) in the region have been accredited, 84 were granted a License to Operate while 50 social welfare resource agencies have registered with DSWD.

Meanwhile, RRCY residents are those children in conflict with the law (CICL) who undergo treatment and intervention in a structured therapeutic environment to help them improve their social functioning. The rehab process likewise prepares the youth for eventual reintegration to his family and community and for independent living. (DSWD)

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