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DSWD holds gab with IP Leaders

Davao City –Some 16 leaders from the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives and five leaders from the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) were present at the recent consultation-workshop on KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven Development Program hosted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The event was able to provide a common understanding on the processes of Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), identify gaps that must be addressed to safeguard IP rights, and discuss KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.

DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon in her message emphasized that the IP sector remains to be marginalized due to the difficulty of reaching out to them in the remotest upland areas.

However, she assured that the agency will continue to pour efforts to respond to the needs of the IPs. “DSWD will pursue identifying the needs of the IP. We will continue to empower them to be one of government’s partners in its initiatives in reducing poverty.”

Highlighting the consultation-workshop was the signing of the Manifesto of Support, a symbolic act wherein the IP leaders commit to help the government in implementing KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP in their respective areas.

Chief of Technical and Management Services of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Shiela Iguianon lauded DSWD for giving importance to the IP community.  “Thanks to DSWD for the opportunities extended to our IP communities through KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.  Indeed, this is a huge step towards the empowerment of our IP brothers and sisters.”

In 2014, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP targets 16 municipalities in Region XI namely; Maco, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Pantukan, New Bataan, Boston, Manay, Tarragona, Governor Generoso, San Isidro, Caraga, Cateel, Kapalong, New Corella, Malita, and Compostela.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is the expansion into a national scale of operations of the community driven development (CDD) approach, which was tried and proven effective by Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS). DSWD


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DSWD holds PaskuJuan festival, bazaar

Davao City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will celebrate “PaskuJuan: Salu-Salo sa Pagbabago”, a nationwide holiday festival and bazaar at NCCC Mall Activity Center, Matina on November 30, 2014, Sunday, from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

The activity will start off with a Thanksgiving Mass to be attended by DSWD staff and invited guests from partner agencies and media, as well as DSWD program beneficiaries and stakeholders.

One of the biggest highlights of the event is the bazaar of products and services from various agencies and organizations: Davao del Norte Producers, Department of Trade and Industry (Davao City and Davao Oriental), Fiber Industry and Development Authority (Davao City), SOS Children’s Village, Boston Driftwood Arts and Crafts Association (BODACA), DSWD Listahanan, DSWD Centers and Institutions, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) – Davao Oriental (Subangon Duman Makers), SLP Davao del Sur, SLP Compostela Valley, SLP Davao City, SLP Davao del Norte, Department of Agriculture and CSSDO Davao City.

Moreover, various handicraft demos and other DIY (do-it-yourself)  projects from the following craft shops will also take center stage: Amelie’s 3-craft projects (popsicle snowflake and ornaments making, mini-yarn wreaths, string Christmas tree); Wrap-it gift wrapping; IconArts personalized door plates; SLP beneficiaries’ bag and rug making; and Home for the Aged’s dishwashing liquid making and Christmas décor.

Homegrown talents from the DSWD Kural and talented family- and children- beneficiaries including DSWD family members and friends will also provide entertainment to liven up the bazaar.

For children and child-at-heart audiences, a fun-filled day also awaits. A children’s nook will be provided to offer exciting activities such as face painting while a magic show will entertain them. Children will also delight on the free ice cream and cotton candy during the event.

To give a well-deserved treat to our elderly, a Lolo and Lola’s corner will be put up complete with rocking chairs, masseuse/masseur and free flowing juice and coffee, as well as bite-size crackers.

A boodle salu-salo lunch themed “Mahalin, Pagkaing Atin” will be shared by partner agencies and other program stakeholders.

To cap the day’s fun-filled activity, a Photo Booth will be installed where families, barkadas, couples can take their selfies and groufies. A stub will be issued to each family or group that will avail of the free photo booth service. DSWD

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Regaining hopes and homes

Typhoon survivor Virginia Otig shows off her Certificate of Occupancy.

Baganga, Davao Oriental – Nearly two years after Typhoon Pablo, it was a moment to remember for the survivors as Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon turned over additional 2,779 permanent shelters here as well as in the towns of Cateel, Boston, and Tarragona on Friday, November 21.

To date, under the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), 10,716 units have already been completed in partnership with the Provincial Local Government Unit.

Each shelter unit covers a lot area of 70 square meters, contains a two-room division, bathroom and septic tank, separate kitchen, with concrete walls and completely painted walls.

To hope

“I lost everything that I had including our home, our crops, and even our relatives and neighbors. It was the most devastating time of our lives. None of us even knew if we could survive the catastrophe,” recounted 69-year old farmer Virginia Otig.

It is still vivid in her memory when she hid under the table to dodge from flying debris. She painfully related the magnitude of devastation and how it destroyed everything that she had put up for years of hardwork.

“I was alone when the typhoon happened.  My only son, Anthony, lives in Negros Oriental with his wife. My husband has passed away in 1994. I had no one to depend on during those dark times. Prayer was my only weapon, pervently hoping that I would survive.”

She recalled that she even collected the debris she found on the streets, made herself a makeshift shelter, and went through cold and uncomfortable nights without a proper bed and a roof above her head.

The unimaginable devastation wrought by the typhoon caused her profound misery. She was lost and shocked, unable to comprehend on how to survive the coming days with decent food and shelter.

That was then. Thankfully, today is a different story for Otig.

Close to two years following the killer storm, Otig’s anxiety has been replaced with a smile. She is now a proud owner of a beautiful home through DSWD.

“It’s really different when you have a proper home to stay at. The truth is, this house is even better in terms of material compared to what I had, before the storm wiped it out. I’m truly lucky and I’m really grateful. It’s like claiming a new lease on life,” shared Otig, as tears welled up her eyes.

Otig could not contain her happiness upon receiving the Certificate of Occupancy from Secretary Soliman.

Gone are the days of worry as she is now properly relocated in a much more comfortable and sturdy home, and in a safe area at that.

Secretary Soliman in her message emphasized that the permanent homes would not have been completed without the cooperation of the Local Government Units and the beneficiaries who helped build the units through the DSWD Cash for Work program.

“Everyone of you here is part of this project. That’s the reason why these houses are beautiful because you, the owners also assisted in building it. All of us from the barangay, municipality, province, regional and national have contributed in making all this possible. Let us continue to work together and help each one rise up and get on with our interrupted lives. We can do it because we are united in making our community a better place.”

Aside from permanent shelters, earlier on, the survivors also received family food packs, emergency shelter assistance, supplementary feeding program, social pension, cash assistance and livelihood opportunities from DSWD. DSWD


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Social pension for Cateel seniors

SOCIAL PENSION. DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman turns over Friday to Cateel Mayor Camilo T. Nuňez the P1.3 million-cheque for the 172 social pensioners in Cateel. Also in photo are Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon and Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD. DSWD

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Sec. Soliman awards more permanent homes

PERMANENT SHELTERS. DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman recognizes the contribution of Typhoon Pablo survivors in building their homes during the turnover of permanent shelters Friday in Cateel. The DSWD and the Provincial Government awarded Certificates of Occupancy to some 2779 families in Baganga, Boston, Cateel and Caraga. To date, a total of 10716 units have already been completed in Davao Oriental Province. DSWD

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Winner paraplegic

WINNER PARAPLEGIC. Davao City’s pride swimmer Ernie Gawilan [second from right] is flanked by [L-R] DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD Focal on Disability Affairs Cynthia Umbaňa, and  Philippine Sports Association for Differently Abled President James Infiesto. Gawilan won three medals in the recent Asian PARA Games held in Incheon Korea.

The 23 year old Matigsalug swimmer was born without his legs and his left hand but this never hampered him from excelling in swimming.

Director Razon expressed best wishes for Gawilan’s future competitions. “He is an inspiration for all persons with disability (PWD). We hope that we can discover and develop more athletes who will rise beyond their physical challenges. Ernie has achieved this extraordinary feat because of his persistence and courage. Kaya natin ang pagbabago.” DSWD

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Shelter aid for Manay

SHELTER  AID. Mayor Jon Marco Dayanghirang of Manay, Davao Oriental receives from DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria the Php 14 million-check that will fund the implementation of the Modified Shelter Assistance Program for 200 family-survivors whose houses were damaged by Typhoon Pablo. Also in photo are [from left] Municipal Treasurer Moises Castro Jr, DSWD Central Office Head for Shelter Assistance Program Annabel Arieta and DSWD Team Leader for Davao Oriental Gemma Dela Cruz.  DSWD/Florame B. Espada

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