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Donations from Indonesia

DONATIONS FROM INDONESIA. Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Alberto D. Lina and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil inspect donated goods from Indonesia at Sasa Wharf on Wednesday. Consisting of brand new blankets (740) and tents (2450), the donations were subsequently turned over to DSWD XI by BOC led by Commissioner Lina. (DSWD)

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DSWD, CSO hold program review

Davao City – To run the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program advocacy campaign, a Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Consultation on the Roll-out of the New Active Citizenship Module is being conducted today, January 21, at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City.

Participating are some 50 CSO partners from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley. The forum tackles the New Active Citizenship Module and integrates suggestions from the partners on how best to conduct the module.

“The Pantawid Pamilya election-related campaign dubbed as “Tuloy ang Pagbabago” promotes empowerment of the beneficiaries on active citizenry.  DSWD through Pantawid Pamilya promotes the beneficiaries’ rights to participate in the electoral processes, especially, in the coming national elections.  Beneficiaries are capacitated through monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS) wherein the active citizenship module is discussed,” said DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria.

DSWD recognizes the role of partner Civil Society Organizations in harnessing potential resources in order to support the campaign. The CSO partners complement the efforts of DSWD program field implementers during the monthly-held FDS, as well as other community development activities.

Subsequently, a Regional CSO Year-end Evaluation and Consultation Workshop is slated on Friday, January 22, at the same hotel.

“DSWD with its mandate to provide leadership in social welfare and development, recognizes the vital role of CSOs in terms of program implementation, especially in the conduct of FDS and FDS Plus. FDS Plus refers to a range of initiatives by external partners that are complementary to FDS but are not included as conditions of the Pantawid Pamilya program. Several CSOs have extended their assistance and support in resource augmentation through their voluntary initiatives in conducting FDS Plus,” added ARDO Santamaria.

As the Department is appreciative towards the CSOs in the assistance they are providing, an assessment on the impact and extent of the implementation and resource augmentation of the CSOs is important in order to guarantee the effectiveness of the service extended by the partners.

The consultation workshop aims to review and evaluate the engagement of the CSOs in relation to Pantawid Pamilya implementation – (1) present the CSO-related accomplishments during the course of implementation for 2015; (2) revisit the engagement and commitments of CSOs from 2015; (3) present the 2016 DSWD and Pantawid Pamilya Thrust and Directions; (4) plan for CY 2016 in relation to the Convergence Strategy; and (5) recognize the valuable efforts of CSO partners in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya and Convergence Strategy.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is implemented by DSWD. It aims to send 0 to 18 year old children to school while keeping them healthy for them to have better opportunities in the future. The program is already on its 6th year of implementation in the region. At present, it covers 230,756 families in all four provinces, 6 cities, 43 municipalities and 1,120 barangays in Davao Region. (DSWD)


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Director Jabagat back to DSWD Davao

Davao City –Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Davao Region Director Mercedita Patillas Jabagat is back to her old post following the transfer of Director Priscilla N. Razon to the Social Welfare Attache Office at DSWD National.

As the 7th Regional Director of DSWD Davao Region, Director Jabagat served from July 2003 until December 2006.  She was born and raised in Isabela, Basilan and her first engagement as professional social worker was with DSWD Region 9.

Director Jabagat was Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer in Surigao Del Sur-B when Surigao Del Sur was still part of Region XI.

Following the implementation of the Local Government Code in 1992, she was transferred at the DSWD Regional Office. One of her assignments was center coordinator of the Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents and Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth.

She was promoted as Assistant Regional Director and was also tasked to head the Regional Livelihood Unit. In 2002, she was named Officer Incharge and eventually appointed Regional Director of Region XI in 2003.

From her stint in Region XI, Director Jabagat moved on to head DSWD Caraga Region for six years until 2012 when she was assigned as Regional Director in DSWD Region 7 upto December 2015.

With her new post in 2016, Director Jabagat shall have served as the 7th and the 10th director of DSWD Davao Region.

The impressive line of DSWD past directors in Davao region would include Ester A. Versoza, former DSWD Secretary Lina B. Laigo, Susana M. Tinio, former DSWD Assistant Secretary Rhoda F. Yap, former DSWD Assistant Secretary Ruel G. Lucentales, Kunesa S. Sekak, Agrinelda N. Miclat and recently, Priscilla N. Razon.

Director Jabagat shall manage DSWD regional programs and operations with Assistant Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil and OIC Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria. (DSWD)



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DSWD communications officers hold annual performance review

Koronadal City – Over 90 communications officers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) participated in the yearly Communication Review and Evaluation Workshop (CREW) held on January 5-9 at The Farm @ Capenter Hill.

Regional Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha of DSWD Region XII welcomed the participants, urging them to be proactive in reporting DSWD accomplishments and to really maximize the use of quad media in advocating the agency’s programs and projects.

Highlighted by Social Marketing Service Director Cezario Joel C. Espejo was the performance per region and per program such as production of stories of change, website posting, report submission, conduct of special events, among others.

Each team also identified its best communication activity for 2015. The best communication events include Funtawid Livelihood Day, Mamamayan Mamamayani Unity Walk, Intercity Learning Visit, Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago Radio Program, Convergence Caravan, Community One-Stop Shop, Pasko Ng Pagbabago Jingle, Panaghiusa Festival, Decasecond Film Festival, Community Theater, The Power of Facebook, PaskuJuan Bazaar, Family Day, Family Camp, and Araw Ng Kabataan.

Also discussed were Crisis Communication Through Multimedia Communication, Writing Stories That Get Approved, and Active Utilization of Social Media.

On the last day, participants visited the tribal village in Sitio Nga Bango and the town of Lake Sebu wherein they interacted with DSWD beneficiaries and local officials. (DSWD)

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