Archive | February, 2015

Bracing the PWD Council

DISABILITY COUNCIL. Engr. Darlito S. Palermo, NAPC-PWD Regional Council Member discusses with DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon strategies to sustain the dynamism of the regional PWD council and its key players and partners. The National Council on Disability Affairs and its regional councils, DSWD and other line agencies ensure promotion and enforcement of Republic Act 7277 or The Magna Carta for Persons with Disabililty. Also present at the meet up Thursday were past NAPC-PWD Regional Council Member and now Davao City Barangay Kagawad Armando A. Amancio and DSWD Social Welfare Officer 4 Pedrita B. Dimakiling. DSWD

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Seniors’ best

SENIORS’ BEST. The DSWD Home for the Aged in Tagum City awards its King and Queen of Hearts Teresita Sedenio and Pedro Barbo during the center’s First Quarter Socio-Cultural activity. The contestants were judged by their stage presence, audience impact and based on their response in the Q and A portion. Activities like this always boost the morale of the older persons who are still mentally and physically active and eagerly awaiting reunification with their family. Presenting the awards are [from left] Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer of Davao Del Norte Arlene M. Semblante and Tagum City Social Welfare and Development Officer Nora H. Lupiba. To date, there are 59 residents at the Home enjoying nutritional, social and medical provisions, among others. DSWD

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Advancing legal adoption

ADVANCING LEGAL ADOPTION. DSWD worker Lealyn M. Amador and daughter Blaire Justice M. Amador share their beautiful and poignant experiences as adoptive mother and adoptive daughter during the 2nd Annual Convention of Adoptive Families at Harana on Saturday. Blaire was one year old and three months when Lealyn and husband Richard adopted her. Blaire turned 18 last October and is now BSBA sophomore majoring in Human Resource Development Management at San Pedro College.

Lealyn related how she and her husband really ensured to legalize the adoption of Blaire and how they treat Blaire as their natural child. Blaire also emphasized she did not feel any discrimination as she was truly taken care and loved not only by her parents but by her parents’ relatives, friends and officemates as well. Some 200 participants arrived for the convention with the theme Legal na Ampon Ako, Anak na Totoo.

In her message, Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD lauded the positive response and commitment of adoptive families who are willing to share their home and genuine affection with children who are homeless and abandoned. “Your kind gesture and initiative and most importantly, your responsible parenting would surely make a big difference in our children’s future. Thank you for sharing your blessings and for legalizing the adoption of your child. We hope more families would visit DSWD and join your ranks.”

Earlier, an Adoption Forum was held at DSWD and attended by Barangay Health Workers, Owners/Operators/Administrators of Hospitals and Maternity Clinics, Court Social Workers, and Prospective Adoptive Parents. At SM City Davao Ecoland and SM Lanang, Adoption Inquiry Desks were set up over the weekend  to provide detailed information on the Legal Adoption Procedure. DSWD

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Adoption Consciousness Week

LEGAL ADOPTION.  Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon announces the observance of the Adoption Consciousness Week during Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw press conference at SM City Davao Annex Activity Centre. Among the events to increase awareness on legal adoption are Adoption Forum, 2nd Convention of Adoptive Families, TV and Radio Guesting, and Setting Up of Adoption Inquiry Desk at SM Lanang and SM City Davao malls. Also in photo is Director Mariano R. Alquiza of DPWH.

Participants to the Adoption Forum on Wednesday, February 18 are Barangay Health Workers, Owners/Operators/Administrators of Hospitals and Maternity Clinics, Court Social Workers, and Prospective Adoptive Parents. Around 150 have been invited while 200 families are expected to attend the 2nd Convention of Adoptive Families on Saturday, February 21 at Harana.

Theme for this year is Legal na Ampon Ako, Anak na Totoo (A Child Finds Worth in Legal Adoption).

Also highlighted this year is the DSWD engagement with DILG, DOH and DepEd pertaining their major role in the advocacy campaign on legal adoption.

The annual observance is based on Proclamation No. 72 and through Administrative Order No. 22 issued by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. DSWD

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DSWD awards partners, employees

DAVAO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office here highlights the Department’s 64th Founding Anniversary by giving tribute to its development partners through the Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan Awards (PaNata) on February 20 at Grand Menseng Hotel.

The PaNata Awards recognizes non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs), People’s Organizations (POs), media persons and organizations, as well as volunteer groups and individuals who have selflessly dedicated their time, energy, and resources helping DSWD carry out its mandate of improving the lives of the disadvantaged sector of society.

It likewise aims to encourage more individuals, groups, and organizations to support the programs and services of the Department.

PaNata Awardees for this year are Davao City Police Office, Sta. Ana Police Precinct, Pagasa Youth Association of the Philippines, Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina-Gov. Generoso, Davao Del Norte Province, LGU Braulio E. Dujali, Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines-Davao City, LGU Maragusan, Commission on Higher Education, Josephine R. Delos Reyes, Manuelito C. Uy, El Shaddai Teaching Ministry, Padre Pio’s Home for Children, Lope Maglana and Camilo A. Sevilla.

PaNata recipients under Gawad Ulat are GMA Network, Inc., UNTV, Sun Star Davao Superbalita, Mindanao Times, The Mindanao Daily Mirror, RGMA Super Radyo, DXMF Bombo Radyo, Marilyn C. Roque, Rhona O. Goc-Ong-Villariasa, Temujin B. Ocampo, Louell T. Requilman, Jan Christian L. Bautista, Leonila G. Duallo, Alger P. Dura, Arnold B. Colama, Renato B. Lumawag, Seth C. Delos Reyes, Robert Vincent G. Gonzales, John Quineth G. Rodriguez, Davao Press Club, Philippine Information Agency and Philippine News Agency.

Meanwhile, PaNata Awardees for Gawad Listahanan are the municipalities of Malalag, Asuncion and New Corella.

Employees with outstanding performance will also be honored along with employees who have served in the Department for five, ten, 15, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years, who will be presented with the Loyalty Award.

With the theme DSWD@64: Tuloy ang Pagbabago at Pag-unlad, the regional office will run a weeklong observance culminating with the Thanksgiving Mass, PaNata Awards, and Opening of Sports Festival on Friday.

Other activities lined up include Bazaar and Products Festival, Cheer Dance Competition, setting up of Adoption Inquiry Desk at SM City Davao and SM Lanang malls, participation in the Kapehan sa Dabaw Press Conference, and Radio Guesting. DSWD

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PREW on trafficking program held

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS. DSWD Assistant Secretary for Operations and Programs Group Teodulo R. Romo Jr. delivers his message Thursday during the Review and Evaluation Workshop on the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons at Grand Menseng Hotel. He emphasized the very sensitive role of social workers managing trafficked persons. “You must have the heart and the courage to be able to effectively respond and manage these very critical cases because it necessitates not just your official commitment but your personal take as well. Also, most often the tasks you undertake require your attention and physical presence beyond your normal working hours.” Over 50 social workers from the 17 regional offices of DSWD participated in the weeklong program review. DSWD/Carmela C. Duron

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1840 more ‘Pablo’ shelters completed in DavOr

Miraluna C. Cotongan of Barangay Carmen, Boston holds her Certificate of Occupancy to her brand new house.

Cateel, Davao Oriental– “Only our houses blown by ‘Pablo’ left us, but the hope still remains,” Typhoon Pablo victim Reysalina Donaldo said.

A total of 1,840 more families in the towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston received their Certificate of Occupancy to their permanent homes through the modified shelter assistance program (MSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in coordination with the Provincial Government.

DSWD provides funding while the Provincial Government handles acquisition and development of resettlement sites.

“For two years, my family never slept in a comfortable home but I am still grateful that blessings from the government flooded our municipality. They never left us during our most trying days,” Donaldo recounted.

DSWD XI Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Rebecca A. Santamaria said she is optimistic that all remaining houses targeted for construction will be completed by the end of March this year.

“These homes mark a new beginning for you. Now that we are given the security of a home, DSWD can now focus more in accessing different livelihood activities under the Sustainable Livelihood Program so that you can totally rise and get going. Houses built under MSAP may not be your dream house but at least government can offer you a comfortable and secure place you can happily call your own home.”

“Dili nako mapugngan nga muhilak nga nakabalay napud kami kay mahinumduman nako akoang bana nga namatay sa depresyon human sa Bagyong Pablo. Sakit pa pero kailangan nako mutindog kay kabalo ko dili ko pabayaan sa gobyerno (I can’t help but cry with this new home because I remember my husband who got depressed and died after Typhoon Pablo. It is so painful yet I need to move on for I know government will not neglect us),” said survivor Gertrodes D. Purazo of Baganga.

Meanwhile, Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon said the downpour of support from the national government agencies especially DSWD has made her province grow stronger and resilient.

“Despite the mounting challenges, there are still people with kind hearts that will help meet the urgent needs and help the province build resilience.”

To date, 13,780 permanent housing units have been already completed on the ground, offering typhoon survivors opportunity for a fresh start.

During the said turnover ceremony, Santamaria announced the upcoming Listahanan second round of assessment and encouraged everyone to cooperate in the data collection process.

Listahanan-identified poor families will benefit from social protection programs of DSWD and other line agencies.

She also bared that age requirement for qualified beneficiaries of social pension has already been lowered from 77 to 65 years old. DSWD


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Kalahi-CIDSS sa Onse wins in envi exhibit 

Puerto Princesa, Palawan – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 11 through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) won 3rd Place in the recent Thematic Environmental Management System (TEMS) Exhibit at Citystate Asturias Hotel.

With the theme, “Environmental Challenges in Island and Coastal Communities”, the entry’s objective is to present innovative pathways for building community resiliency and developing community environmental responsibility.

Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, Community Development Specialist Nick Elvi Digol, Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Santos Eusebio, Community Process Officer Kareen Maris M. Mangubat, Area Coordinator Varnell M. Dagansan and two community volunteers represented the region in the said event.

Participants also conducted field exposures and visited various projects implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS in the different barangays in Palawan.

Jabla said this is the avenue where different regions share their best practices in implementing the program. “Participants vigorously interacted and shared different strategies in environmental management. What is best in other regions [if applicable], can also be replicated and incorporated in our future undertakings in Region XI.”

DSWD Region 7 bagged the 1st Place while DSWD CARAGA won second in the exhibit.

Ginalyn A. Aneuto, 45, Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-project Management Committee Chair from Pantukan, Compostela Valley, expressed her appreciation for the opportunity given by DSWD.

“Gitagaan mi og importansya sa ahensya nga makiglambigit sa mga naa sa taas nga posisyon sa gobyerno. Kani nga programa ang nagsumpay sa masa ug gobyerno nga magkahiusa aron masugpo ang kapobrehon sa nagkalain-laing barangay (We were given importance by the agency, enabling us to interact with people who have positions in the government. This program unites the communities and government in order to fight poverty).”

Started on 2013, TEMS initially trained regional directors, area coordinators, community facilitators, volunteers, deputy area coordinators, as well as representatives of LGUs from different regions.

With the training, officers of different regions were able to showcase their gains, experiences and application of TEMS in Kalahi-CIDSS.

In his message, DSWD Assistant Secretary and Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy National Program Director Camilo G. Gudmalin urged, “In pursuit of environmental preservation, the challenge regarding the ‘New Normal’ lies in our staff and the community. We have to mold and build their attitude to be mindful of the environment and be resilient against disasters.”

Kalahi-CIDSS is now looking forward to the new developments of its national scale-up.  Region XI accrued a total cash grant of Php360, 812,560 million for program operation in 299 barangays within 21 municipalities this 2015.

From 2014 to 2019, the program has a Php9.3 billion nationwide project cost targeting some 847 poorest municipalities in the country. DSWD


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