Archive | November, 2015

DSWD ‘Pablo’ response: First, fast, sustained -LGUs

Nearly three years past Tropical Storm Pablo (Bopha), partners and survivors hail the quick and continuing response of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in relief operations, early recovery and rehabilitation of affected communities.

First in line

In her message during the turnover of permanent shelters in Cateel, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon of Davao Oriental, reiterated her gratefulness, “I am very overwhelmed by DSWD’s support to the province. If there’s one agency that we should really thank for its support, then that would be DSWD. I personally have been a witness to DSWD’s massive support to the province since day one until now in our rehabilitation phase. I also commend the efforts of the department for standing ready especially when it comes to providing long-term shelters to the hapless typhoon victims. I admit DSWD work is excellent. As I said even before, I salute them.”

For the province of Compostela Valley, Gov. Arturo T. Uy recounted, “The first national agency to really extend support, it was DSWD, of course, aside from the AFP and the PNP. DSWD extended not only food but also psycho-social intervention. It was not a one-shot deal but has been sustained until now –giving us assistance, guiding us, ensuring that all government funds are implemented. With the cash-for-work and livelihood programs of DSWD, napagaan ang damdamin ng mga tao (eased the people’s burden),”

According to Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer of Compostela Valley Josephine M. Frasco, DSWD played a big role in the Typhoon Pablo response. “At day one, DSWD immediately responded, DSWD workers were already in New Bataan. DSWD was our partner in the crisis. Even before the typhoon, during the Masara landslide in Maco, DSWD was the first to send relief goods and food agad agad (instantly). DSWD is maaasahan (reliable) in the immediate delivery of assistance.”

Enough goods

I would say I was overwhelmed by the devastation of Pablo but I was equally overwhelmed with the assistance of DSWD to ComVal. Our dampened spirits were lifted because of the assistance from DSWD. We did not only have the goods but DSWD workers arrived as well, providing personal touch, Frasco emphasized. “DSWD did not only end in providing shelter but delivered livelihood as well where the community was really involved and where people learned to work together.”

New Bataan Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer for 17 years Beverly Jane B. Dela Peňa narrated: I immediately texted DSWD when it happened. I remember I typed, “Need help, water food.” DSWD staffs came with food. It was also DSWD that installed the systems –evacuation, DAFAC (Disaster Assistance Family Access Card) forms, camp management with Pantawid MLs (municipal links). Even personnel from DSWD Central Office and from other regions came to assist and augment.

Further, Mayor Lorenzo L. Balbin Jr of New Bataan said, “DSWD conducted stress debriefing in the gym. There is continuity of assistance. Programs and projects for recovery and rehabilitation were pushed like livelihood and shelter. We now have Kalahi-CIDSS. The number of families under Pantawid Pamilya has expanded to 4000 plus. And we still have Supplementary Feeding and Social Pension.”

More support

A very big role was played by DSWD including provision of emotional support, stress debriefing and other interventions. The approaches and processes used were relevant especially in the emotional and physical recovery, financial and shelter assistance, stressed Engr. Lolito P. Campos, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator of New Bataan town.

Montevista Mayor Eutropio S. Jayectin pointed out that DSWD delivered the most services –shelter, livelihood. “DSWD workers are a big help too. We got enough from DSWD. We now have Kalahi-CIDSS with P45 million, livelihood, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding. All these are advantageous to us. We recovered fast with all the assistance we got.”

“We were treated well. We were provided shelters and we are very happy. We are doing better with the continuing programs of DSWD. A number of houses have been constructed here and we have far better houses now compared before when our roof was only made of cogon. We really feel the support and the great love of DSWD to Dalaguete, exclaimed Barangay Chair Jolly K. Salvador of Dalaguete, Montevista.

Disaster or none, DSWD workers will continue to advance in affected and poorest communities, armed with the full package of relevant programs and projects. (DSWD)

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Village entreps to lead PaskuJuan bazaar in Tagum

Tagum City -Partner-beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) take the limelight on Sunday, November 29 as they showcase their competitive products at the DSWD 2016 PaskuJuan slated at the Trade Center here.

PaskuJuan is a nationwide festival and bazaar featuring local products of DSWD livelihood participants bannering the tagline Sama Sama sa Landas ng Pag-unlad.

The first PaskuJuan was held last November at NCCC Mall Activity Area in Matina, Davao City.

For this year, “We have invited schools, hospitals, city and local officials, media, private establishments, partner agencies and some 2000 Pantawid Pamilya partner beneficiaries to the day-long ‘fiesta’ which opens at 8 in the morning,” announced Priscilla N. Razon, Regional Director of DSWD.

Concessioners are SLP beneficiaries from the five provinces and six cities in Davao Region which will be selling products like fresh fruits and vegetables, chili powder and paste, home decors, baskets, bags, slippers, fresh milk, bracelets and necklaces, preserved desserts, and a variety of processed foods, Director Razon said.

“We are happy to invite Tagumeňos and residents of nearby towns to view our beautiful products and delight in the finest food offerings and accessories for personal use or give-aways,” she urged.

Director Razon said PaskuJuan aims to encourage partner-beneficiaries to be active in promoting and marketing their produce as well as generating linkage for product movement not only in their community but in a bigger showground like Tagum City.

We have invited Pantawid Pamilya participants to expose them to livelihood and enterprise development and to inspire them to enlist in the program, Director Razon added.  (DSWD)

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Social protection gab fetes DSWD programs

Davao City – Social protection programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) like Pantawid Pamilya, Kalahi-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood will be the main topics at the Social Protection Symposium slated in Ateneo De Davao University on Thursday, November 26. This was bared by Priscilla N. Razon, Regional Director of DSWD.

Other DSWD initiatives for discussion include the Listahanan National Assessment, Convergence Strategy, and the Social Welfare and Development Indicators, Director Razon said.

Further, best practices on social protection as implemented by DSWD program beneficiaries and partners will be shared by Romelyn Barrios-Magallanes, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental; Vanessa Ilustre-Diez, Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer-turned KALAHI-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator of Baganga, Davao Oriental; and Gee Phannie Coscos, Pantawid Pamilya Scholar of Malita, Davao Occidental.

Social work students of 18 schools in Mindanao are expected to participate in the forum organized by the National Association of Social Workers Incorporated (NASWEI) in partnership with the regional office of DSWD.

Social protection is defined as policies and programs that seek to reduce poverty and vulnerability to risks and enhance the social status and rights of the marginalized by promoting and protecting livelihood and employment, protecting against hazards and sudden loss of income, and improving people’s capacity to manage risks.

It has four components –social welfare, social safety nets, labor market interventions and social insurance.

Moreover, social protection operational framework includes: 1) protect and prevent people from falling from their current income/consumption level due to various risk factors; 2) build capacity and adaptability to ensure that better quality of life is maintained and sustained; 3) expand opportunities for income expansion and improve human capital investments in the long term; and 4) sustain standard of living in spite of exposure to risks of different types. (DSWD)

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18-day anti VAW campaign starts Nov. 25

Davao City – The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) kicks off on November 25 and will push until December 12 under the theme “End VAW Now! It’s Our Duty: Gains and Ways Forward”.

Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the special event is spearheaded by the Philippine Commission of Women (PCW) in collaboration with member agencies of the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children (IACVAWC).

The event focuses on how far government agencies and other stakeholders have gone in terms of programs and projects that address VAWC, Director Razon said.

In advocating the national observance, all government agencies are enjoined to participate or conduct activities such as Orange Your Icon For 18 Days, hanging of streamer, Online Campaign Thread using official hashtag #endVAWph, inclusion of event and other VAW IEC materials in agency publications, dissemination of VAW information materials, mobilization of MOVE (Men Oppose to Violence Everywhere) to lead in ending VAW, and active collaboration with local VAWC councils in mounting other advocacy activities to end VAWC.

For more information on the campaign, Rica B. Alvis, PCW Information Resource Management Division can be reached at [02]735-8509 or 0917-845-4814 or through email: and website:

Meanwhile, the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week is celebrated from November 15-21 with the theme, Let’s Develop Our Lives, Our Communities, Our Identities Without Drugs.

This event aims to raise public awareness on the alarming issue of drug abuse as mandated under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and supports as well the National Anti-Drug Program of Action for 2015-2020. (DSWD)

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DSWD all-out support to Serbisyo Caravan nets P68-M

Davao City -“We are happy to report that for the past six years, the Department has released a total of P 68 million-worth of services and programs as our gesture of full support to ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan,” announced Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Among the Department’s programs are Sustainable Livelihood, Pantawid Pamilya, Kalahi-CIDSS, Social Pension and Supplementary Feeding, Director Razon said.

Being one of the prime movers of ARENA XI, DSWD has extensively provided vital programs and services to the various communities where Serbisyo Caravan has been.

Organized and spearheaded by ARENA XI or Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI, the Serbisyo Caravan delivers frontline government services in depressed communities in South Eastern Mindanao.

Composed of heads and assistant heads of over 50 regional offices of national government agencies based in Davao City, ARENA XI likewise spearheads the inter-agency quarterly flag raising ceremony at People’s Park, conduct of quarterly lecture series, and annual sports festival.

DSWD support

“During the two-day caravan, we always ensured that children enrolled in day care centers in the community are provided with nutritious hot meals. Together with barangay health workers, DSWD workers facilitate the on-site feeding and nutrition-education to both children and parents,” Director Razon shared.

Also, groundbreaking rites for Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects were conducted as well as payout of Cash For Work and subsidy to grantees of Pantawid Pamilya both for regular and MCCT-IP, she added.

In the latest two caravans in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte and Compostela town, Compostela Valley, implemented sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS include corn sheller, solar dryer, drainage line canal, low-cost solar LED home lighting system, tire path, community activity center, double-barrel box culvert, 3-classroom high school building, 2-classroom elementary school building, potable water system, and a multi-purpose building.

Meanwhile, livelihood trainings on Cultural Bead-Accessory Production, Indigenous Basket Production, Native Goat Dispersal, Organic Ginger Production, Cultural Management on Sustainable Vegetable Production, and Organic-Based Lowland/Upland Vegetable Production were launched during the caravan in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte.

Further, DSWD workers set up several stations for the most awaited distribution of family food packs to disadvantaged families. To date, DSWD has allotted 21,000 family food packs.

The Department also handed over assorted educational supplies, raincoats and school bags, and more than 100 assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, quad canes and walkers to persons with disability.

Moving up, reaching more

In a span of six years, Serbisyo Caravan has reached out to as far as the municipalities of Boston, Cateel, Governor Generoso and Mati City in Davao Oriental; Don Marcelino and Sarangani in Davao Occidental; Digos City and Sta. Cruz in Davao Del Sur; Kapalong and Talaingod in Davao del Norte; Paquibato District in Davao City; and Maco, Nabunturan and Compostela in Compostela Valley province.

On its 16th leg, the Serbisyo Caravan has leveled up and became a whole nation initiative dubbed National Serbisyo Caravan with participation of the Cabinet Cluster for Peace Security and Justice led by Undersecretary Emmanuel Bautista. And no less than DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman headed the turnover of programs and services in Barangay Sto. Niňo, Talaingod, Davao Del Norte last June.

Member agencies of ARENA XI will continue to converge, convoy and convey their premium services for as long as there are people who are determined on improving their lives by rigorously participating in government initiatives. (DSWD)


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Video infomercial contest highlights human trafficking awareness month

Davao City – College and technical-vocational students take center stage this year as the Interagency Council Against Trafficking in Region XI (IACAT XI) launches for the first time a video infomercial competition for them.

This was bared by Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

With a maximum length of two minutes and using any form of multi-media gadget, IACAT XI was able to elicit seven entries from colleges and universities throughout the region, Director Razon said.

“We will have the screening of entries on Wednesday, November 18 at Cinematheque Davao and subsequently, the public viewing and judging of the five finalists is set at Abreeza Mall Cinema on December 4,” she added.

According to Alma D. Acera, focal of DSWD Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons, judging will also use public poll during the public viewing and through number of likes obtained in Facebook.

Acera said winning videos will be played in Davao Region cinemas and taxicabs as a motivational tool in the in the campaign for the prevention and eradication of human trafficking.

Three top entries will receive a plaque and P 30,000.00, P 20,000.00 and P 10,000.00, respectively during the awards ceremonies on December 11, she said.

Launch of the official IACAT XI Infomercial for 2015 as well as the Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with Taxi Operators and Cinema Owners will also be conducted on said date, Acera added.

The nation once again underscores the importance of public vigilance against human trafficking with its annual observance of the Human Trafficking Awareness Month from November 12 until December 12.

In Davao Region, the month-long event opened with a press conference Kapihan sa PIA held at NCCC Mall Conference Room on November 6.

Other activities include a Zumba For A Cause simultaneously conducted in Davao City, Digos City and Compostela Valley; and a Stakeholders’ Conference and Grand Launch of Project Counter TIPSTER to Fight Trafficking In Person.

IACAT is the regional body that caters to cases of trafficking. Member agencies are DSWD, DOJ, DILG, DepEd, CHED, DOH, DFA, NCIP, DOLE, POEA, PIA, OWWA, PPA, CAAP, PNP, NBI, BID, CHR, Tambayan Center, Child Alert, Center for Overseas Workers, LGU Davao City, PLGUs and city local governments.

Forms of trafficking in persons (TIP) include illegal recruitment, sexual exploitation, forced labor or involuntary servitude, removal or sale of organs, armed activities of children, cybersex and sex tours. (DSWD)

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PIA DG Oquiñena urges public info officers to invest in relationships

It is about friend-raising not fund raising.

Philippine Information Agency Director General Jose Mari Oquiñena inspired the participants of the 13th Mindanao Communicators Network Congress and Workshop in its closing program on October 13 to build relationships.

“Moving forward for our nation, Filipinos should go back to where we are good at, (which is) building relationships,” DG Oquiñena said.

He emphasized that the mission in building relationship is to integrate each other’s talents.

“The goal here is unity. There is no other way to progress, other than being united.”

More than 200 information officers from national line agencies and local government units all over Mindanao attended the congress on November 11-13 at Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro.

Oquiñena also challenged the participants and the private media to make true good stories.

“I want you to tell you the truth and the truth is, it is not always bad news.”

He said that there are positive stories in the region that the nation needs to know and be proud of.

Oquiñena also honoured the public communicators for disseminating government programs to the public and creating a change of perspective to Mindanao. (PIA11)

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Pantawid children set for congress

Davao City – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct the annual Regional Children’s Congress and Awarding of Winners for the Search for Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya on November 11-14, 2015 at Eden Nature Park and Resort.

“Children beneficiaries are considered one of the stakeholders of Pantawid Pamilya. They play an important role in fulfilling the education and health outcomes of the program. With this, it is important that they are equipped with the right knowledge and skills for them to reach their full potentials as members of Pantawid Pamilya households, and ultimately of the community where they belong. In order to do so, Pantawid Pamilya developed the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children, an avenue that will recognize the children beneficiaries of the program who set excellent examples at home, in school and in their community,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon.

The search began in 2012 and is already it its 4th year of selecting and celebrating the exemplary children of the program.

The top three finalists from the regional search in each region will qualify to participate in the National Children’s Congress in Metro Manila. The awarding of the regional winner and provincial winners will be on Friday, November 13. The regional winner will receive P 20,000 and plaque, while the provincial winners will receive P 10,000 each plus plaque.

The Regional Children’s Congress is a series of activities and workshops that aim to teach the children participants the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation-building.

During the workshops, children participants are given a chance to discuss the issues that directly affect them. They are also given a chance to air their voices through policy recommendation and support solicitation that may include their appeal for the institutionalization of Pantawid Pamilya.

This year, DSWD is happy to welcome all 78 children beneficiaries from all over Region XI to this year’s children’s congress.

It is expected that these activities will encourage the children participants to be responsible not only in complying with the conditions and the ideals of the program but more so in becoming outstanding citizens who will be emulated by children and even adults. This is also a strategy to encourage children to nurture habits and values that would mold them to be good citizens by being responsible at home, school and in their communities.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program of the Philippine Government that invests in the health and education of Filipino children belonging to poor households. (DSWD)


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