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Priming for disasters

DISASTER-READY. Onuora Daniels [rightmost], Project Coordinator, Disaster Preparedness and Response/Climate Change Adaptation of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), discusses with DSWD Officials led by Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon [middle] the preparations being undertaken by WFP in response to future disasters. Daniels along with WFP Senior Programme Assistant Elaine Sunshine R. Angeles [second from right] is currently meeting up with national agencies in the region to inform on their regional presence and update on pre-disaster initiatives by the UN agency. DSWD

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DSWD opens Mandaya Kadyawan center in Panansalan

The newly completed Mandaya Kadyawan Center in Barangay Panansalan.

Barangay Panansalan, Compostela, Compostela Valley -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently inaugurated and handed over  the Mandaya Kadyawan Center [tribal hall] community sub-project here constructed through its KC-NCDDP PAMANA [PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn].

Compostela Mayor Lema M. Bolo, KC-NCDDP Community Development Assistant Kareen Maris S. Manggubat, municipal councilors and barangay officials attended the event.

A total of 200 Mandaya tribe families and 100 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program families residing in six puroks in the barangay will benefit from the peace-promoting sub-project.

Fear factor

Barangay Panansalan is situated in an upland area and is 38 kilometers from Poblacion Compostela.

Some 992 of its total population used to live in fear due to the existence of armed groups, worsening of the tribal war, and political conflicts.

Having undergone KC-NCDDP’s Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA), the community identified the need to construct a tribal center where they can settle their issues and concerns with other parties.

The construction of the project started on March 3, 2014 and was completed in September 2014.

The sub-project has a total cash grant of Php 300,000.00 from PAMANA, one of the modalities of KC-NCDDP that targets conflict-affected barangays (CABs). Counterpart from the municipal local government unit is Php 70,000.00.

Peace hall

Mayor Bolo expressed her gratitude to DSWD for promoting peace and unity in the area. “I am thankful that projects like this are prioritized in the community. It’s a good start for the people of Panansalan to start anew in settling their problems in this tribal hall in a peaceful and diplomatic way.”

With his Words of Challenge, Lt. Jei-em Tagufa, one of the assigned military personnel in the area urged the community to support the government. “Magtabang-tabang ta sa padayon nga kalinaw ug kalambuan sa atong komunidad (Let’s help one another in maintaining peace and progress in our community).”

KC-NCDDP or KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven Development Program, one of the core programs of DSWD in empowering people and improving the lives of poor Filipino families, is now the scaled up program of KALAHI-CIDSS.

For 2014, KC-NCDDP covers 16 municipalities namely; Maco, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Pantukan, New Bataan, Boston, Manay, Tarragona, Governor Generoso, San Isidro, Caraga, Cateel, Kapalong, New Corella, Malita, and Compostela.

Tribal chieftain Diosdado Toledan said, “Dako among pasalamat sa DSWD kay ilang gitagaan og katungod ang mga lumad ug gitagaan og tingog ang mga yanong katawhan nga maapil sila sa pagpaningkamot sa pagpatukod ani nga proyekto (We are very grateful to DSWD for the opportunity provided to  Indigenous Peoples and ordinary people alike to take part in building this project).”

To date, a total of 51 KC-NCDDP sub-projects have been completed in Compostela. Another six sub-projects will be constructed for the 4th cycle of KC PAMANA, and six classroom building sub-projects through KC Australian AID. DSWD

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DSWD Team proclaimed 2nd runner-up

ARENA XI SPORTS. The DSWD XI Bowling Team that grabbed the 3rd Place during the ARENA XI (Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI) Sports Tournament held in September. First and second placers are the teams from Davao City Water District and DENR XI, respectively. Other sports events were Basketball, Volleyball, Dart, Chess, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis and Badminton. DSWD

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Boston aid

ASSISTANCE TO BOSTON. Mayor Rebecco B. Rosit of Boston, Davao Oriental receives from DSWD Protective Services Unit Head Raquel E. Nuñez the Php 20,140,500.00 check that will fund the implementation of the Modified Shelter Assistance Program and Cash For Work for the survivors of Typhoon Pablo in Boston. Also in photo are Boston Municipal Officials [from right] -Treasurer Daisy Castillones, Engineer Nelson Añonuevo and Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Consolacion Cabrera. Also handed over was Php 125,000.00 to cover the first tranche for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS). AICS is one of DSWD’s protective services for the poor, marginalized and vulnerable individuals and families. DSWD

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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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Oct 1-7 is older persons’ week

Davao City  -“Our senior citizens are important to us. We should always remember to recognize their contribution in society because this is one way of encouraging them to live life to the fullest and to continue to be productive despite their advanced years,” urges Social Welfare Director Priscilla N. Razon as the country marks the Elderly Filipino Week from October 1-7.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in partnership with the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Older Persons (RIACOP),  leads the observance with the following activities: 1) Event Launch; 2) Radio Guesting; 3) Provincial and Municipal Celebrations; 4) Orientation on RA 9994 or The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010; 5) Lecture on Normal Aging, Communication with the Older Person, Fall Prevention, and Home Safety for Older Persons; 6) Field Trip of Home for the Aged residents; 7) Social Pension Payout in Davao City; 8) Turnover of Wheelchair to Social Pension Beneficiaries; 9) Issuance of PhilHealth Card;  10) Socio Cultural Competition and Search for 2014 Mutya ng Senior Citizens; and 11) Culminating Program at Kadayawan Hall, NCCC Mall.

The senior citizens will also be treated to a free Eye and Medical Examination, Massage and Haircut.

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

 

 

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Construction of DSWD Mindanao warehouse begins

DSWD WAREHOUSE. DSWD Undersecretary Mateo G. Montaňo [third from right] leads the unleashing and laying of the time capsule in the DSWD Mindanao Warehouse for Disaster Operations at the DSWD Rehabilitation Complex, Bago Oshiro on Monday. The undersecretary was assisted by [from left] DSWD Administrative Officer Herbert P. Duron, DPWH District Engineer Fernando Ongkingko, DPWH Director Mariano R. Alquiza, DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon and DPWH Assistant District Engr. Gregory Yee. With a funding of P7.4 million, the construction is expected to be completed within 90 working days.

In his message, Usec. Montaňo emphasized that the warehouse will serve not only the Mindanao area but all the other regions in the country requiring emergency assistance. “We are preparing this warehouse for nationwide operations, set to respond to a bigger scale of disaster operations.”

If at some point, the operations at the national warehouse is hampered due to flooding or earthquake or any other disaster, this warehouse can then supply the needs of the affected populace at NCR, he pointed out. In the same manner that the warehouses in the Visayas and Luzon can also augment the needs of Mindanao regions when necessary, he said.

DSWD is currently constructing a warehouse in Cebu, Clark Air Base and Davao City. The Davao construction will be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). DSWD

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