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DSWD’s Director Razon is Best Manager

Director Priscilla N. Razon is joined by  husband Roberto after receiving her plaque from DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

Davao City  – Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was awarded Best Manager during the celebration of the 64th Founding Anniversary of the department Thursday in Quezon City.

When she was Assistant Regional Director, Director Razon won as Best Assistant Manager in 2011. She was also semi-finalist to the 2007 Lingkod Bayan Awards of the Civil Service Commission and was conferred Best Division Chief in 2006.

Other national nominees from the region are Raquel E. Nuňez for Best Division Chief, Lolita I. Roble for Best Center Manager, and Anne Y. Jickain for Best Social Worker.

With the theme, DSWD@64: Tuloy ang Pagbabago at Pag-unlad, the deparment marked its 64 years with several activities such as Thanksgiving Mass, Livelihood Bazaar, Zumba Party, Photography Contest, Showing of the Best Film of the Decade, Parade and Street Dance, Pinoy Amazing Race, DSWD’s Got Talent, Awards Ceremony, among others.

The regional celebration is set on February 18 which will highlight recognition of DSWD development partners in the region.

Meanwhile, for two straight years now, the region obtained the highest rank during the review of Performance Contract among 21 DSWD Offices throughout the country including Central Office and Attached Agencies.

DSWD XI was also cited Outstanding in the 2013 Report Card Survey of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which measured agency compliance with the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007. DSWD




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DSWD wins support of more partners

Davao City -The rally to work for the improvement of the well-being of identified poor families continues as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) engages more development partners in the region though its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

On Tuesday, confirming their support to government pro-poor programs, some 100 representatives from different national government agencies, private institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) participated in a Partners’ Forum organized by DSWD.

“With this forum, we hope to secure the commitment of private companies through their various programs under corporate social responsibility, as well as sustain our engagement with national government agencies and CSOs,” said DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Rebecca A. Santamaria.

“This forum also serves as venue to identify and match our partners with the DSWD four areas of engagement –Bantay, Tulay, Gabay at Kaagapay,” Santamaria said.

Bantay are partners who will help in fighting or preventing corruption. Tulay  partners will facilitate action-feedback and monitoring of a specific program and area of implementation between the department and its target sectors.  Gabay is a partnership intended to enhance technical capacities of DSWD staff and other direct service workers. Kaagapay partners will help implement anti-poverty projects and activities targeting a commonly agreed upon sector or geographical areas and results.

Commitments forged following the whole day event were: 1] Green Asia Agri Corp. -Coco Coir Training; 2] Hijo Resources Corporation -Employment and Micro-Enterprise; 3] Philippine Crops Insurance Corporation -100% Premium Subsidy (with RSBSA);  4] Sky Cable Davao -Employment; 5] Department of Agriculture -Livelihood Project; 6] NCCC Cares -Disaster Assistance; 7] Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Corporation -Insurance Orientation and Consultation; 8] BAMA Trading –Organic Fertilizer and Supply Services for Fishery Productivity; 9] Cantilan Bank –Financial Literacy Lectures to Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries; 10] Maco Development Cooperative -Savings Generation for Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries; and 11] University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) -Technical and Vocational Training for Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries.

SLP is one of the poverty-reduction programs of DSWD along with Kalahi CIDSS, Pantawid Pamilya, Social Pension and Supplementary Feeding.

It aims to capacitate and develop the entrepreneurial and socio-economic skills of poor households through income-generating opportunities, enhancing their access to basic social services and employment.

“We deeply appreciate the very warm response of our partners. Their commitments ensure a brighter future for our beneficiaries,” Santamaria added.

To date a total of 23,000 beneficiaries have been served through this livelihood program. For 2015, Php 243,709,000.00 has been allocated to fund more projects of deserving poor families.

DSWD believes that continuous partnership and complementation of resources and services of various agencies will help achieve the goals of the national government as it adequately responds to the needs of the disadvantaged sector. DSWD

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Maragusan wins DSWD Bayani Ka Awards

Rey Jaboneta [left] and Maragusan Mayor Cesar Colina with DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman at the Bayani Ka Awards Ceremonies in Makati City.

Davao City – Maragusan town of Compostela Valley was adjudged Best MLGU in Participatory Governance while Person with Disability Rey Jaboneta also of Maragusan was named Best PWD Volunteer during the 1st DSWD Bayani Ka Awards held Friday at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman presented the awards.

The Bayani Ka Awards is a social marketing initiative of Kalahi-CIDSS designed to acknowledge the hard work of local, everyday heroes who put their own communities before their own selves. It also aims to develop a pool of champions to help in promoting the program.

The event was attended by partners from Millennium Challenge Corporation, Kalahi-CIDSS Champions, DSWD Regional Directors, members of Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Management Office, Kalahi-CIDSS regional program managers, and other national awardees from different regions.

Secretary Soliman in her message said Kalahi CIDSS is a program that fully engages the community in project implementation.

She also expressed her appreciation to the local government units and to the volunteers for their efforts to make community driven development (CDD) a successful approach to combat poverty.

“I am honored to tell the whole Philippines that Kalahi-CIDSS program is a reality that brought to life the democracy we Filipinos fought for,” Secretary Soliman added.

The nomination and validation in the field offices ran from September-November 2014. A total of 17 awards were conferred this year.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty reduction program where decision-making resides in the community.  It is a flagship program of DSWD along with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Sub-projects implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS cover basic social services [water systems, health stations], basic access infrastructure [foot bridges, access roads], common service facilities [irrigation systems], environmental protection and conservation [flood control systems], and skills training and capability building.

Grateful winners

Mayor Cesar C. Colina of Maragusan, Compostela Valley personally received the award.

“I am thankful to DSWD because the program helped reduce the insurgency in our area. The attention of the residents was diverted to the project implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS, rather than focusing on the conflict that exists in some areas of our municipality,” Mayor Colina conveyed.

Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer Rey Jaboneta, 42, of Barangay New Panay expressed his utmost gratitude for the recognition he received from DSWD.

Jaboneta, born with polio, shared his experience of being discriminated in his community. At a young age, fate pushed him to learn things the hard way. Through Kalahi-CIDSS, he was given the chance to be at the forefront of the program especially when he was elected as Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chair.

“Let me reiterate my utmost gratefulness to DSWD for giving me this recognition that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life,” Jaboneta stressed.

Kalahi-CIDSS now covers a national scale of operations of the community driven development (CDD) approach, which was tried and proven effective in the past 11 years of implementation.

From 2014 to 2019, the program has a Php9.3 billion project cost nationwide targeting some 847 poorest municipalities. In Region XI, Kalahi-CIDSS will operate in 21 municipalities in 2015. DSWD

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Autism week set

AUTISM WEEK. Thirteen year-old Child With Autism (CWA) Henrico Paolo Basquez confidently performs at SM Annex Activity Centre on Sunday during the PWD Got Talent portion in observance of Autism Consciousness Week. He also sang and wowed his audience at the DSWD Convocation Program Monday morning. Consistent top student, Basquez is in second year high school at SPED Rizal, Davao City. Over 100 children with autism, parents and teachers joined the Angels’ Walk around SM City Davao Mall following the special program. Theme for the celebration is “Autism Inclusive Philippines: Aim High! Fly High!  DSWD

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Listahanan beefs up advocacy

LISTAHANAN. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon engages partners from the Department of Interior and Local Government, Traffic Management Center, Land Transportation Office, City Social Services and Development Office and Philippine National Police, to support the DSWD Information Campaign for the upcoming Listahanan second round assessment during a recent consultation meeting.

“The first round of assessment in 2009 yielded challenges and issues of exclusion and inclusion errors, where the poor were excluded while the non-poor were included in the identification of program beneficiaries. This campaign aims to inform the general public on the survey or enumeration and really encourage them to participate in the data collection process so that errors will be minimized if not totally eradicated, and the deserving poor families will be served accordingly,” Razon emphasized.

To announce the Listahanan 2nd Round Assessment, DSWD and partner agencies will soon conduct a massive posting of stickers and banners in all public utility and private vehicles in Region XI.

The sticker campaign will start first quarter of 2015 and through the stickers and other advocacy materials we will produce, we will ensure inclusion of all poor and disadvantaged families in social protection programs, Director Razon added.

Implemented by DSWD, Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan is a database of poor households and used as reference in identifying beneficiaries of social protection services.

It is a functional, objective and transparent targeting system that identifies who and where the poor are, thus reducing leakage of social services to non-poor and minimizing exclusion of the poor from said social services.

Listahanan likewise serves as guide to other national government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders in identifying qualified beneficiaries of their social protection programs.  DSWD

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DSWD Public Advisory

An incident report in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental was filed on January 17, 2015 when a certain Bernardo Baylosis Cusilit Jr. introduced himself as National Chapter Coordinator of  Full House Multi-purpose Cooperative (FMC), together with a certain Vanessa Japson Majaras (alleged Provincial Coorndinator), Ricky Dugaduga (alleged Overall National Coordinator), Alberto Solibral Lingganay and Leticia Villamor Lingganay (alleged Municipal Coordinators).

The said group falsely introduced the Pantawid Gutom Program as a program accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

On January 12, 2015, the alleged group conducted a meeting at Barangay Tibanban, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. The group supposedly informed that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries are entitled to apply for a Php 20,000.00 loan amount, as well as, free education and hospitalization privileges if they apply for a membership with a P 5.00 membership fee and P 350.00 ATM card processing fee.

A police blotter was already filed with the Governor Generoso Police Station on January 17, 2015. Furthermore, the DSWD Regional Office XI issued a Certificate of No Engagement emphasizing that FMC and its so-called “Pantawid Gutom Program” is not in any way connected with the department.

“The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) urges everyone to be cautious and vigilant,” said Priscilla N. Razon, DSWD Regional Director.

“DSWD identifies the beneficiaries for its poverty-reduction programs through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) where assessment of households in qualified municipalities is conducted by DSWD enumerators to identify who and where the poor are. The poorest households in the municipalities will be enumerated, interviewed and validated. DSWD will never ask money from these families nor promise them that they will be included in any DSWD programs,” RD Razon added.

For questions or complaints, visit the Pantawid Pamilya offices located in all cities/municipalities all over the region. Information may also be directly obtained from the Pantawid Pamilya City/Municipal Links assigned in every barangay, or by texting the DSWD Pantawid Pamilya grievance hotline at 0918-912-2813.






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15 LGUs received Child-Friendly Seal

Davao City – Following the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA), 15 local government units in the region were conferred with the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (CFLG) by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC).

According to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon, recipient LGUs are the cities of Davao, Mati, Panabo, Tagum, Samal and the municipalities of Maco, Maragusan, Laak, Boston, San Isidro –Davao Oriental, Lupon, Hagonoy, Kiblawan, Malalag and Sulop.

Conducted by the Child-Friendly Local Governance Interagency Monitoring Team which is composed of representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government, DSWD and Department of Education, the CFLGA is a mandatory audit and recognition system on LGUs in producing positive results for children’s well-being based on verifiable and quantifiable criteria and indicators.

It aims to ensure child-friendly local governance for effective care and protection of children through functional Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC) at all levels.

Launched in 2013 by CWC in support to the realization of the Philippine commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the CFLG is a pre-requisite for a municipality or city to qualify for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities.

“At the regional level, it is the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) that endorses eligible LGUs to CWC for the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance as well as for the prestigious Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities and Municipalities. We are very pleased that in 2014, 15 LGUs in the region were conferred the Seal. This is an affirmation of our select LGUs’ effective and efficient implementation of programs for the children sector in their respective areas,” Director Razon said.

Assessment of LGUs were based on: 1] Percentage reduction in the deaths among children below five years old or under-five mortality rate; 2] Percentage reduction in the number of children under-six with below normal weights; 3] Percentage increase in the number of 3-4 year-old children attending center-based day care services; 4] Completion rate for elementary schooling; 5] Absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases; 6] Percentage reduction in the number of children victims of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation (all forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, and trafficking in persons); 7] Safety measures for children in the community and schools; 8] Extent of mainstreaming of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation in the core development agenda of LGUs; 9] An ordinance establishing Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks; 10] 2013 PhilHealth Accreditation in its main health facility or rural health unit for Maternal Care Services and Primary Care; 11] A Local School Board (LSB) Plan for CY 2013 that is aligned with the School Improvement Plan (SIP); and 12] Completed at least 70% of its LSB Plan for 2013. DSWD



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