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ARENA XI sportsfest kicks off

Davao City – The Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI (ARENA XI) opened its Sports Tournament last Friday, September 5 at People’s Park.

Director Gaspar S. Gayona of TESDA delivered the opening message, DepEd led the recitation of the Oath of Sportsmanship and the Oath of Tournament Officials, and ARENA XI President Mariano R. Alquiza led the Ball Toss Ceremony.

XI Press Relations Officer and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director Priscilla N. Razon said participating agencies will compete in Basketball, Volleyball, Dart, Chess, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton and Bowling which will be played in various sites such DPWH, CENRO East, Smashville Fitness Center and Dover Lanes.

The Sportsfest will run every Friday for the whole month of September with officiating committee from the Department of Education, she said.

Current ARENA XI Officers are DPWH Director Mariano R. Alquiza-President, DTI Director Marizon S. Loreto-Vice President, CSC Director Annabelle B. Rosell-Secretary, SEC Director Javey Paul D. Francisco-Treasurer, COA Director Concepcion C. Lago-Auditor, NEDA Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim and TESDA Director Gaspar S. Gayona-Business Managers, and DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon-Press Relations Officer.

Meanwhile, Board of Trustees of ARENA XI are Major General Ariel B. Bernardo of 10th ID Philippine Army, Director Josephine V. Liamzon of PRC, Director Anthony C. Sales of DOST, Director Fatma M. Idris of BFAR, Director Gary R. Martel of DBM, Director John M. Maruhom of DAR, and Director Antonio B. Arellano of DOJ. DSWD

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Best practice photo gallery contest on

BEST PRACTICE. Area Coordinator Varnell Dagansan presents the best practice of Maragusan, Compostela Valley during the recent Regional Program Management Team Meeting (RPMT). 10 Area Coordinating Teams of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP participated in the Photo Gallery contest that showcases best practices of beneficiaries. With the theme Thematic Environmental Management System: Strategic Initiatives at the Local Level, the contest aims to capture and present the significant and distinctive undertakings of recipient communities akin to environmental protection. Further, it intends to determine the impact of the practice to its beneficiary communities so that this can be shared and incorporated into future activities. To sustain this sharing of remarkable experiences, the contest is slated every two months and entries will be presented during the RPMT Meeting. DSWD/Julie Ace Brandon F. Ramos

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ComVal now uses Listahanan

LISTAHANAN. Compostela Valley Province Governor Arturo T. Uy signs the Memorandum of Agreement for the province’s utilization of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Listahanan database of poor families. Information on families availing health services, children attending school, family members’ educational assessment and occupation, are among the data the province is presently looking into to ensure that appropriate basic services are accessed to deserving families.

Governor Uy emphasized that they really need this data since the people in their province are still bouncing back from the offensive of Typhoon Pablo. “Compostela Valley is implementing programs and services to help the victims especially the poor. I commit to support the second round Listahanan assessment and aim to saturate the hardest hit areas in the province. Kaya ko at kaya natin ang pagbangon at pagbabago.”

To date, six national agencies, two non-government groups and over 20 local government units are already using the DSWD Listahanan in identifying beneficiaries of their social protection programs. DSWD

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Home for the Aged marks 37th year

Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon receives a plague of recognition during the 37th founding anniversary celebration of the DSWD Home for the Aged. Also in photo are [from left] Center Head Annie L. Rosalinda, Association of Friends of the Home for the Aged, Inc. (AFHAI) President Pedro B. San Jose, and Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

In his message, Mayor Rellon said Tagum City will always complement DSWD initiatives in the Home. “I am proud to be a part of the Friends of the Home. I will be supporting the center until I grow old. I want that the mini-park the city has donated will be installed with a lake or a fish pond for the ‘lolos’ and ‘lolas’ to enjoy.”

Presently, Tagum City supports the Home with a Php 200,000.00 donation every year while the Davao Del Norte Provincial Government allocates Php 300,000.00 annually.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Association of Friends of the Home for the Aged, Inc. (AFHAI) celebrated the 37th founding anniversary of the Home for the Aged on August 28.

Located at Visayan Village, Tagum City, the Home is presently serving 58 homeless older persons.

The affair opened with a Thanksgiving Mass followed by the Blessing of the mini-chapel and the renovated buildings.

Some of the invited guests who came were Davao Del Norte Vice Governor Victorio R. Suaybaguio Jr., Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon, City Councilor Macario Bermudez III, Loreto Maghinay, Engr. Severino Mercado and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene M. Semblante.

AFHAI President Pedro B. San Jose and Treasurer Luz T. Pereyras along with DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon and Assistant Director Mila T. Segovia led the celebration.

“As we mark the Home’s anniversary, we would like to give thanks and honor the members of our Friends of the Home. As you can observe, their support has made the Home more beautiful and comfortable for our senior citizens. Our Friends have journeyed with DSWD for 37 years. Today, we are celebrating the achievements not only of DSWD but also of our partners’,” Director Razon emphasized in her message.

The success of the Home confirms the essence of public-private partnership, she added. (DSWD)

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DSWD all set for Gawad Listahanan

Davao City -The Department of Social Welfare and Development XI (DSWD) through Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) is set to nominate for Gawad Listahanan deserving Local Government Units (LGUs) that have been utilizing the Listahanan data of identified poor families since 2011.

This is on top of the the DSWD annual awards “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan” (PaNata Ko sa Bayan), said Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

Director Razon emphasized that Gawad Listahanan was conceived to recognize LGUs that committed and actively utilized the 2009 Listahanan database as they implement their locally funded programs and services.

Thus, it will also promote the complementation and convergence of all social protection stakeholders on the identified poor to effectively address the different aspects of poverty, she added.

LGUs may be nominated to the competition provided that they follow a set of minimum standards.

Gawad Listahanan will be conferred in January 2015 at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City.

The awardees will receive a plaque citing the highlights of their contributions and the significance of their partnership with the department. A cash incentive of Php 50,000 will also be presented.

Listahanan is a DSWD national project that identifies who and where the poor are. It is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.

The database of poor households shows various poverty indicators like composition of households, socio-economic condition, incidence of senior citizens, access to water and electricity, occupation, income, and tenure status, among others.

To date, the Listahanan database is being used by 16 municipalities, one city, two provinces, one non-government organization and five national government agencies that have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD.

“We urge other LGUs and NGOs to adopt the available data to ensure that social protection programs and services will benefit those who really need the assistance, and consequently promote a standardized and transparent household targeting system for improved governance, transparency and accountability,” Director Razon added. (DSWD)

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Bahay Pagasa opens in Davao Del Norte

[from left] Vice Governor Victorio R. Suaybaguio Jr., Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD, Mayor Nestor L. Alcoran of New Corella, and Provincial Board Member and chair of the Committee on Social Services Raymond Joey D. Millan lead the ribbon cutting ceremonies.

New Corella, Davao Del Norte  -The fifth Bahay Pagasa in Davao Region was opened here on September 1 with a Blessing and Handover ceremonies led by Davao Del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, Vice Governor Victorio R. Suaybaguio Jr. and Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Located in a Poblacion New Corella, the center is located in a four-hectare provincial rehabilitation complex along with the Luntiang Paraiso Regional Rehabilitation Center, a drug dependents’ rehab facility.

The center was completed with a funding of Php 2.5 million from Sen. Francis Pangilinan through DSWD and Php 1 million from Rep. Anthony Del Rosario.

Joining the occasion which also commemorated the 80th birthday of Governor Del Rosario, were some local chief executives of the province, municipal social welfare officers, provincial and Tagum City prosecution officials, IP leaders, media practitioners, officials of national agencies and local governments, and officers of Tagum cooperatives.

After the Blessing which was officiated by Rev. Fr. Juanito Lozano of Christ the King Parish, Tagum City, Director Razon presented the objectives of Bahay Pagasa before she turned over the center’s Manual of Operations to the governor.

Governor Del Rosario in his acceptance message said another center to serve disadvantaged women will be put up in the rehabilitation complex. “We are going to call this whole complex Welfare Village, The Healing Fields. I challenge the provincial social welfare office to further improve their services for the good of Davao Del Norte.

Established 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.  (DSWD)

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5th Bahay Pagasa inaugurated

BAHAY PAGASA. The newly constructed Bahay Pagasa in Poblacion New Corella, Davao Del Norte was inaugurated Monday, September 1. The latest rehabilitation facility for CICL (children in conflict with the law) is the fifth in Davao Region and stands in a four-hectare provincial rehabilitation complex. (DSWD)

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