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DSWD hosts ARENA XI 1st quarter meet up

Davao City  -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here welcomes CY 2016 by sponsoring the ARENA XI Quarterly Flag Raising ceremonies at People’ Park as well as hosting the ARENA XI Lecture Series at Grand Menseng Hotel on the first working day of the year, January 4, 2016.

Over 400 government workers from about 40 national government agencies are expected to participate in the First Quarter Joint Flag Raising rites which will be led by officers and members of ARENA XI (Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI).

Organized in 1978, ARENA XI is composed of heads and assistant heads of regional offices of national government agencies based in Davao City.  It was organized in 1978.

Regional Director of DSWD and Business Manager of ARENA XI Priscilla N. Razon said around 40 heads of offices will participate in the Lecture Series which will be conducted after the Flag Raising and program.

“We will also award the winners of the recently concluded ARENA XI Sports Festival which fostered games such as basketball, volleyball, bowling, dart, cheer dance, table tennis, lawn tennis and badminton,” Director Razon said. (DSWD)

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Food packs all set

ALL SET. Relief goods like the family food packs of DSWD are prepositioned in local government units to address emergency food requirement of affected families during disasters.  At present, DSWD Davao Region has a total of 20,585 family food packs in its warehouse at Bago Oshiro, Tugbok District. Each pack contains six kilos rice, four cans sardines, four cans corned beef and six sachets of 3-in-1 coffee. (DSWD)

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‘Pablo’ survivors continue to rebuild their lives


Three years after Typhoon Pablo ravaged the municipality of Baganga in Davao Oriental, the continuing rehabilitation initiatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are now bearing fruits.

Some 43 survivors are now enrolled in the DSWD-funded community-based vocational and technical training on Automotive Servicing National Certificate II under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). They are among those reaping the fruits of these initiatives.

The training is undertaken through the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) which is a capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of beneficiaries.

Through SLP, beneficiaries are assisted either through the micro-enterprise development or employment facilitation tracks of the livelihood program.

The micro-enterprise development track supports micro-enterprises or small businesses in becoming economically viable, whereas employment facilitation assists beneficiaries to access appropriate employment opportunities.

“Isang malaking pagkakataon itong naibigay na training sa akin lalo na at hindi naman ako nakatapos ng pag-aaral dahil sa kahirapan.

Naniniwala ako na magagamit ko ito sa paghahanap ng trabaho para matulungan ang pamilya ko (This training is a big opportunity especially since I was not able to finish my education because of poverty. I believe this course will help me find a job and help my family),” said Archie Buo of Barangay Kinablangan, who used to accept any odd job that came his way.

Archie, 26, is the eldest of six siblings. He serves as the bread winner of the family. His father is a farmer and his mother drowned during the typhoon.

“Ang pagkamatay ng aking ina ay masakit pa rin sa akin lalo na at wala akong nagawa para iligtas siya. Nagtago siya sa ilalim ng lamesa pero bigla na lang siyang nawala noong tumaas ang tubig at lumubog na ang bahay namin (The death of my mother is still painful especially since I was not able to save her. She hid under the table but suddenly vanished when the water rose and flooded our house),” Archie lamented.

“Gagawin ko ang lahat para matapos ko itong training at makahanap ng trabaho. Para ito sa aking ina. Alam kong ikararangal niya ako (I will do my best to graduate from this course and land a job. This is all for my mother. I know she is proud of me),” Archie said.

DSWD also provided P18,000 cash assistance per student for the payment of their tuition fee for the 6-month training.

Aside from the livelihood training that was provided to him, Archie’s family was also among the recipients of a new house built through the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of DSWD in partnership with the Provincial Government.

Baganga Mayor Arturo Monday confirmed that their experience with ‘Pablo’ has taught them to be united and resilient.

“I thanked DSWD for the undying support. DSWD was the first responder among all agencies, and was able to sustain its help through the years, especially in building the permanent shelters. Typhoon Pablo may have shattered many houses, but in the end we were provided with better and more beautiful homes, and livelihood opportunities to start our new life,” Mayor Monday said.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the road to full recovery and rehabilitation is a long journey but she assured the beneficiaries that building back better is not a remote possibility.

She added that the Department will continue to provide livelihood opportunities and other income generating activities to the survivors to sustain their journey towards normalcy. (DSWD)

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Unity walk for CCT Bill

UNITY WALK. Some 2,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Davao City gathered at People’s Park yesterday for an Ecumenical Prayer and Unity Walk for CCT Institutionalization. The activity was spearheaded by Davao City Pantawid Parent Leaders in partnership with Civil Society Organizations. To date, 229,793 families in Davao Region are benefiting from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD)

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Versus human trafficking

VERSUS HUMAN TRAFFICKING. [L-R] DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon and representatives of taxi operators and cinema owners sign the Memorandum of Agreement in support to the massive airing of the video infomercial campaign against human trafficking, following the awards rites on the Video Infomercial Competition. The five top infomercials will be played in taxicabs and cinemas in Davao City to intensify advocacy versus trafficking in persons led by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking Region XI (IACAT XI). (DSWD)

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Davao City validated anew for child-friendly feat

Davao City – The national validation team for the 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities and Municipalities are currently in town to review programs and initiatives of the city in delivering responsive interventions in the promotion and protection of children’s rights and welfare.

Representing DSWD National Office, Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council and Council for the Welfare of Children, the validating team will be here until Friday, December 11.

The team conducted a table validation of documents as well as focus group discussions with key city officials. The group also visited four barangays which they picked randomly last Monday and conducted on-site validation of local children-centered policies, activities and facilities.

In 2013 and 2014, Davao City was named Most Child-Friendly City in the Philippines under the Highly Urbanized Category.

This year, Davao City is competing with Baguio, Mandaluyong and Bacolod cities. If Davao wins and surpasses it scores in the last two years, it shall be confirmed the ‘Hall of Fame Award’.

LGUs shortlisted as national finalists should have passed the Mandatory Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit led by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Upon approval of the Board of the Council for Welfare of Children, same LGUs are then conferred with the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance. Only four LGUs with the highest scores will qualify as national finalists for the presidential award.

“Our victory depends on us and on no one else, on the hard work that we have done. All the awards are nothing if we fail to give the children all they need. We have worked hard and long especially CSSDO (City Social Services and Development Office) led by Ma. Luisa Bermudo. The validation team is here to confirm our reports and the actual situation on the ground,” pointed out City Administrator Atty. Jesus Melchor V. Quitain Jr. who represented Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte during the Opening Conference on Monday at Ritz Hotel. (DSWD)

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‘Pablo’ survivors in Tarragona get new homes, community projects

Ribbon cutting ceremonies for shelter turnover led by [from left] Tarragona Mayor Nestor L. Uy, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon and DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria.

Permanent homes in Barangay Cabagayan.

Tarragona, Davao Oriental -Three years after, it is no longer stories of misery and hopelessness but a celebration of bountiful blessings and new beginnings for ‘Pablo’ survivors here.

On December 4, three years past Tropical Storm Pablo (Bopha), the municipality of Tarragona received massive aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of DSWD in partnership with the Provincial Local Government, 304 families in Cabagayan, Jovellar, Maganda and Tubaon received permanent homes as an early Christmas gift.

These houses are part of the total 867 shelter units to be completed by the first quarter of 2016, said Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

“We really came here to see your smiles as you finally receive your housing units. These houses are typhoon-resilient and we hope that you can finally enjoy the celebration of Christmas and New Year with your families,” Director Razon heartily conveyed to recipients in Sitio Madian, Barangay Tubaon during the turnover.

Other assistance  inaugurated in Tarragona under DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan -Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) include a 260-meter road concreting in Barangay Jovellar amounting to P 1,137,152.00, drainage canal in Barangay Central worth P 1,249,290.00 and an P 8,461,990-worth backhoe to expedite construction works and clearing of roads during disasters.

“We have continuously supported our affected families and attended to their needs. All of these developments were made possible through the sustained support of the provincial and local government units of Davao Oriental,” Director Razon said.

To date, a total of 18,447 MSAP units have already been completed in Davao Oriental, most of which are located in the hardest-hit towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston.

Wala gyud mi gipabayaan sa DSWD. Wala man gyud mi naigo pag ayo sa Pablo pero gilupad sa Bagyong Agaton amoang balay. Daghang salamat sa pinaskohan sa DSWD (DSWD never abandoned us. Our house was not heavily damaged by Typhoon Pablo but Typhoon Agaton blew our house away. Thanks much to the Christmas present of DSWD),” Nalita Macatubay of Tarragona said.

Governor Corazon Malanyaon lauded the support and assistance of DSWD throughout the three years. “DSWD has poured so much support and never-ending assistance to the people of Davao Oriental.”

Tarragona Mayor Nestor L. Uy expressed his gratitude to DSWD. “We were not as devastated as Boston, Baganga and Cateel yet DSWD has provided more than what we expected. Let us take care of the blessings that came from God who made DSWD the instrument.” (DSWD)


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RSCC gets early Christmas cheers

The DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) receives early Christmas presents from the family of Dennis Uy, owner of Phoenix Depot. Receiving the gifts is RSCC Center Manager Lolita I. Roble.  The Uy Family gave out two air conditioning units, assorted toiletries, school supplies, toys, and a one-year supply of diapers. Presently, RSCC has 56 abandoned, neglected and voluntarily surrendered children under its care. (DSWD)

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