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Day care center fulfills a village dream

Barangay San Jose, Compostela -Typhoon Pablo’s wrath in December 2012 may have ruined homes, infrastructures and farms of almost 90 percent of residents here, but not their will to survive.

Eduardo T. Elangos, 60 years old, farmer and one of the project procurement team heads, recalls how his community stumbled and how they gained back their life and dignity through KC-NCDDP PAMANA (PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn).

Storm casualty

Prior to the typhoon, most of the farmers lived in small houses in the middle of the rice field. As a Purok Leader, he saw how their community suffered from their measly income from farming.

“I have known the problems of my neighbors and I saw how difficult life was especially on days when they earn nothing. They could not provide the needs of their children including access to education.”

After the typhoon left them with almost nothing, residents thought that no one could save them from the clutch of poverty.

“They are more concerned about their children acquiring education since most residents here weren’t able to finish school. But even the school which provides basic education to their children was shattered.”

“After the tragedy, most of the residents believed that the government ignored them and failed to attend to their needs,” Elangos recounted.

A school after the storm

The tide turned to their favor when KALAHI-CIDSS PAMANA granted the barangay  a one unit day care center in Purok 2.

On September 3, 2013, the project was approved during the barangay assembly.

Then a revalidation was conducted by Barangay Officials, Purok Leaders, representatives of religious sector, farmers, and parents.

The community was united in the construction of the day care center with a funding of Php 300,000,00.

“I could say that barangay residents still unite despite the disaster. The tragedy did not dissuade them from cooperating,” reported Elangos.

Village choice

The KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) capacitates the community to choose, design and implement sub-projects that would address their most pressing needs.

The community chose the day care center project to provide their children a better facility for learning. Through the project, each one is given the chance to take part in the implementation and management.

Presently, 50 households in Barangay San Jose benefit from the day care center.

“Kaya namo ang pag bag-o kay dili lang proyekto ang gihatag sa gobyerno nga natugunan ang mga problema sa among komunidad. Gitagaan pud mi nila ug gahum nga mamuno ug makapag desisyon para sa among komunidad (We are able to improve because government did not only provide us a project but also the power to lead and decide for the community),” Elangos said.

The community regained its trust on the government through KALAHI CIDSS- PAMANA. The village children now have a better place to learn and grow so that someday, they will be able to contribute in building their community. DSWD

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Celebrating the seniors

SENIORS’ WEEK. 85-year old Vivencia C. Isidro of Talomo Center Beach, Davao City receives her Philhealth ID and Member’s Data Record as PhilHealth lifetime member during the culmination program for the Elderly Filipino Week on Monday at NCCC Mall Kadayawan Hall. The awarding was led by [from left] DSWD Chief for Protective Services Raquel E. Nuňez, DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon, PhilHealth Health Care Chief Dr. Hector P. Malate, and PhilHealth Field of Operations Chief Filbert Bryan Sollesta.

Also turned over on Monday were wheelchairs, social pension and PhilHealth Cards. Birthday celebrants were ecstatic when each one was called and gifted with a birthday cake.

In her message, Director Razon emphasized that “the older persons are our treasure, our wealth of knowledge, wealth of experience, strength and inspiration. They are a force and our partner in development. We need to take care, nurture and offer them the love they deserve. That is why DSWD has a program for senior citizens. We want you to go home happy. Let us be proud that we are senior citizens.”

Other sponsors in the event were Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty, Smile Therapy for the massage, Department of Health for medical services and vaccine, Dr. Norma Magpantay for the eye examination, Councilor Edgar Ibuyan, PhilHealth doctors, and various medical representatives.

Theme for this year is Ang Nakatatanda ay Yaman, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad Ng Bayan, Pangalagaan Kanilang Kapakanan. DSWD

 

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