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For the welfare of CICL

FOR CICL. Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD discusses with staffs of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) manpower and logistical requirements as JJWC sets up a regional unit at DSWD Office. JJWC is one of the attached agencies of DSWD along with the National Council on Disability Affairs, National Youth Commission, Inter-Country Adoption Board and Council for the Welfare of Children. DSWD

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Usec. Medel visits ComVal

Gov. Arturo T. Uy of Compostela Valley, DSWD Undersecretary Angelita Y. Gregorio-Medel and Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon joyfully chat on their way to the turnover rites of permanent shelters to typhoon survivors in ComVal. DSWD

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Gawad Ulat 2015

GAWAD ULAT. The DSWD Davao Region Gawad Ulat Awardees of 2015 are joined by Davao Del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, Director Priscilla N. Razon and other DSWD Officials at Grand Menseng Hotel during the Awards Ceremonies. DSWD

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DSWD celebrates women’s month

Davao City – The Gender and Development Technical Working Group of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) leads the Department’s observance of Women’s Month with the theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na”.

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD, a Gender and Development advocate herself, said the regional office in support to the national annual celebration, has approved the conduct of these activities –Radio Programs highlighting women stories of change and empowerment and special laws on women, Women’s Rights Orientation for Women PWDs, Orientation on RA 8972  [Solo Parent Act] and RA 7877 [Anti Sexual Harassment Act], and participation in the foot parade led by the Integrated Gender and Development Division of Davao City.

“At the culmination day on March 27, we will sponsor a Wellness Program for our employees that will cover free massage therapy, manicure, pedicure; and tutorials on basic haircutting and basic make up. Further, we will set up a Videoke Corner for those who love to sing, Photo Booth, and Women Bazaar for selling of food stuffs and pre-loved items,” Director Razon added.

The official ‘Juana’ community dance will also be performed by DSWD employees every Monday this March while the DSWD Women Volleyball Competition is slated for the whole month.

DSWD provincial teams are also organizing support activities to advocate women’s rights as well as gender and development and gender equality.

Meanwhile, members of the DSWD-MOVE (Men Oppose to Violence Everywhere) registered the highest number of participants during Friday’s foot parade dubbed “In Her Shoes: Building New Consciousness on Filipino Women Power Walk” organized by the National Youth Commission. The parade from Freedom Park to People’s Park was attended by men wearing women high-heeled shoes. DSWD

 

 

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DSWD, ComVal Province award 3086 more ‘Pablo’ shelters

Permanent shelters in Barangay Dauman, Montevista.

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley –Some 3086 family-survivors of Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley received their Certificate of Occupancy as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley conducted the third turnover of permanent shelters on Thursday.

Led by DSWD Undersecretary Angelita Y. Gregorio-Medel, Governor Arturo T. Uy, Vice Governor Manuel Zamora, and 1st District Representative Ma. Carmen Zamora, the turnover was held during the Social Services Day in commemoration of the provincial 17th Founding Anniversary and 8th Bulawan Festival.

Addressing the crowd composed of Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Day Care Workers, LGU Social Workers, and shelter beneficiaries who are mostly Pantawid Pamilya grantees, Undersecretary Gregorio-Medel urged, “You need to unite and help each other. You should not just stand up but you have to rise. ComVal is shining because of the collaboration and cooperation among each of you. The real treasure is what is inside of you -pakikipagkapwa, paglilingkod at pagmamahal. Saludo ako sa nagawa at naabot ninyo.”

Grateful recipients

A farmer and father of 11, Nicanor Y. Magnaong Jr of Purok 1, Barangay Pasian, Monkayo is overjoyed with his new home. “Nalipay mi nga nakadawat og balay. Hayahay na among pamati. Salamat sa Ginoo ug sa nagdumala. Dili na mi matuloan. Sa una naghigda lang mi sa trapal. Ang among gipuy-an tent. (We are happy to be recipients. We feel better. Thank God and thanks to the implementers. We won’t be soaked anymore when it rains. We used to sleep on tarpaulins. Our shelter was a tent).”

Walter G. Beniga, 49, also of Barangay Pasian shared, “Pasalamat mi kay dili na barong-barong among balay. Lipay pud ang mga bata ug mga silingan kay duna nay kapuy-an (We are thankful our house is not makeshift now. My children are also delighted as well as my neighbors).”

“I am so grateful for this housing program. Thanks so much for all the help,” said Lydia I. Requinto of Monkayo who along with Magnaong and Beniga also clamoured for livelihood opportunities which can be addressed with Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD and other livelihood assistance of other agencies.

In his message, Governor Uy assured the quality of the new homes and he promised that all typhoon survivors who lost their homes will be provided permanent shelter.

Permanent homes

The homes were constructed through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) as part of the continuing rehabilitation program of the Department in partnership with the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley where the national government funds the project and the provincial government takes charge of site development, land preparation and engineering expertise.

Provided to families left homeless by calamities, the permanent shelters are resistant to disasters and built with concrete and good lumber.

The overall cost of the project is Php 2.6 billion which is implemented in the towns of Boston, Baganga, Cateel, Caraga, Tarragona and Manay in Davao Oriental; Montevista, Compostela, Monkayo, New Bataan, Laak, Nabunturan, Pantukan, Mabini, Maco, Mawab, and Maragusan in Compostela Valley; and New Corella and Tagum City in Davao Del Norte.

To date, 4714 have been completed in Compostela Valley while Davao Oriental has 14,619, and 33 for Davao Del Norte.

The permanent shelters are structurally-strong and environment-friendly units which can withstand wind velocities up to 180 kph, intensity four (4) earthquakes, flooding and other similar hazards.

Shelter beneficiaries are also organized into Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA) which initiates community activities and forms community structures to help the village grow.

Apart from DSWD, the National Housing Authority (NHA) and private companies have also been building permanent homes in ‘Pablo’ hard-hit areas.

Following the ceremonial turnover, the group visited the MSAP Site in Barangay Dauman, Montevista. DSWD

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Cheers for 64th

CHEERS FOR 64TH. The grand champion of the 1st  DSWD XI Cheer Dance Competition  –Team RPMO (Regional Program Management Office), which bagged a Php 5,000.00 cash prize during the recent opening of DSWD XI 2nd Director’s Cup, one of the activities commemorating the 64th DSWD Founding Anniversary Celebration.  DSWD

 

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DSWD feeding starts in city’s Madrasahs

School children partake of free hot meals in a Madrasah in Lower Sirawan, Toril, Davao City.

DAVAO City –At least 1500 children enrolled in Davao City’s Madrasahs will benefit from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) for Sajahatra Bangsamoro within the school year 2014 through 2015.

Director of DSWD Priscilla N. Razon said, “Initially, we are conducting the feeding program to some 550 five to 12 year-old children in 11 Madrasahs in the city. We will be covering another 950 schoolchildren as soon as we receive the master list from our program field workers.”

“For this initial run of 550 children, the Department has allotted Php 910,250.00 for food, dining and cooking utensils, including 6600 kilograms of iron-fortified rice,” she said.

Madrasahs are Muslim schools that focus on Islamic Studies and Arabic Literacy.

The Feeding Program is the daily provision of food in addition to the regular meals, to two to five year-old children in Day Care Centers or to five to 12-year old children enrolled in Madrasah.

Further, the program is an augmentation support in the feeding program of local government units using indigenous foods and/or locally processed foods equivalent to 1/3 of Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENIs).

“Involved in this feeding program for Sajahatra Bangsamoro are communities endorsed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to DSWD through Task Force Bangsamoro Development (TFBD),” Director Razon added.

Feeding is managed by parents of children beneficiaries.

Children are weighed at the start of the feeding and three months after, and after the 120 feeding days to determine improvement and sustenance in their nutritional status.

The program also aims to improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education; improve and sustain the nutritional status of the target children beneficiaries; and concretize the socio-economic peace initiative in partnership with the Government of the Philippines and the MILF.

Participating parents are mobilized to attend nine capability-building sessions on self, family, parenting, health and nutrition, love of country, and home and environment. DSWD

 

 

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DSWD 2nd Director’s Cup

DSWD 2nd Director’s Cup. Team RPMO (Regional Program Management Office) (red shirt) defeats Team DavSur 25-21 during the Opening Ceremony of Volleyball Women 2nd Regional Director’s Cup held at Barangay 22-C Gym, Davao City on Friday.  At the first game, Team DavNor (yellow shirt) beat Team Davao City 26-25. The Volleyball Women Competition will run every Friday afternoon while Basketball Men is set every Saturday, until May 2015.  Other DSWD competing teams are Team ComVal, Team DavOr, and Team Centers and Institutions. DSWD

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