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