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ComVal cops National ‘Bayani Ka!’ Awards                           

COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE— With yet another feather on its cap, the provincial government is recognized by the national government under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for championing “bayanihan” spirit and applying the community-driven development programs.

Gov. Arturo Uy received the National Bayani Ka! Awards for Best Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) from the DSWD held last February 9 in Manila. With the Governor during the awarding ceremony was Provincial SWD Officer Josephine Frasco.

The “Bayani Ka! Awards” are given in acknowledgement to the contribution of program supporters, and convene the Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) volunteer-champions and heroes from the different communities in promoting CDD (Community Driven Development) programs.  On February 5, DSWD-Reg. XI also honoured Compostela Valley province during the 2nd Regional Bayani Ka! Awards held in Davao City.

Impressed by the Kalahi-CIDDS implementation of projects, Gov. Uy adopted the program, naming it ATU Peace or “Assistance Towards Unity for Progress thru Empowerment, Accountability, Cooperation and Efficiency.”  The ATU Peace program allows the barangays to identify priority projects to be implemented and provides the province an avenue to appropriately extend its financial assistance to all the barangays.

“I believe in the importance of participatory democracy in every undertaking of the government. By adhering to the principle of “Barangay Walang Iwanan,”  this ensures us that no barangay will be left behind in the delivery of public services,’ Gov. Uy said.

The province was also recognized for making the Filipino culture of “bayanihan” alive in the province with the housing program for the poorest of the poor as one of its earliest initiatives in collaboration with the Gawad Kalinga. All 11 municipalities already have its Uswag-Gawad Kalinga Villages made possible from the huge turn-out of volunteers who helped build the houses.

Meanwhile, other programs of the province anchored on “Bayanihan” include the “Kalinga sa Kabataan: Bayanihan sa Paaralan” (KKBSP) and “Bayanihan para sa Karunungan” (BPSK) programs in partnership with the Department of Education.

To date, 83 units of classroom buildings have already been constructed through KKBSP to help address the classroom shortages in the province by way of a community-based, public-private partnership.

The BPSK is another banner program related to reading improvement and comprehension of school children, particularly Grade 3 pupils, supporting the nation’s advocacy of making “Every Child A Reader.”  From 33 public elementary schools in 2014, the BPSK now has 67 school beneficiaries across the province.

Another innovative practice from the “bayanihan” concept in Comval is the “Adopt-a-Child” program of the Provincial Nutrition Council which has also been intensified with the core mission of addressing malnutrition among children.  The provincial government employees, themselves, lead the endeavour inspired by the passion to help.  The money spent to sustain the food supplementation was taken from the personal donation of the employees and other interventions that they could extend to the family.

Gov. Uy admits that on its early years, it was not easy for “bayanihan” culture to thrive in Comval “but over the years, it has become ‘a way of life’ and instilled among Comvalenyos. It became one of my administration’s strategies in line with our thrust for good governance.” (IDS Comval)


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DSWD ends Listahanan survey this Feb

Davao City -The second round of assessment of Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will end this month.

DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat clarified that the delay of posting of the final list of poor is due to the rigid implementation of the validation phase.

Listahanan validation includes the posting of initial list of poor families in the different barangays where the families are given an opportunity to file complaints with the Local Verification Committee (LVC).

To date, 148,497 complaints were received by the LVC [in the towns] and validated by Listahanan field workers through assessment and re-assessment, Director Jabagat confirmed.

Complaints include 1] some poor households should be in the list; 2] certain households should not be on the list; 3] some households were not visited by enumerators; 4] incorrect data entry in the Family Assessment Form (FAF); and 5] incomplete lists that do not represent the actual number of poor households in the community.

“We are expecting that we can already launch and share the data from the 2nd Listahanan assessment with our partners and stakeholders within the first quarter so that they can already utilize this in their programs and services for poor families in the region,” Listahanan Focal Person and DSWD XI Policy and Plans Division Chief Estrella D. Brigole said.

As of Februay 9, 832,759 households in the region were assessed and encoded.

“Davao Region is also happy to share that through Listahanan assessment, we were to able employ 2,647 individuals  (Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Enumerators, Encoders and Verifiers) from March 2015 up to now,” RD Jabagat said.

Spearheaded by DSWD, Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide through a family assessment.

The Listahanan database of poor households shows various poverty indicators like composition of household, socio-economic condition, incidence of senior citizens and persons with disability, access to water and electricity, occupation, income, tenure status, among others.

This system is made available to national government agencies, local government units and other social protection stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services. (DSWD)


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Feb 15-21 is Adoption Consciousness Week

Davao City  – “We will continue to resolutely advocate legal adoption for as long as we have children who are homeless and needing a loving and caring family,” declares Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat Monday morning  at the opening of Adoption Consciousness Week at the DSWD Office.

Anchoring on this year’s theme Legal Na Ampon Ako, Anak Na Totoo (A Child Finds Worth in Legal Adoption), the annual observance focuses on the importance of legal adoption, on how this would redound in providing the best life and a brighter future for children who are adopted, Director Jabagat emphasized.

In advocating the weeklong celebration, the Department spearheads several events such as radio programs, press conference, television guesting, and adoption forum with prospective adoptive families and barangay health workers.

From February 16 to 18, Adoption Help Desks will be put up in the regional offices of Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education and Department of Health.

Moreover, Davao City malls and branches throughout the region like SM, NCCC, Gaisano, Gaisano Grand and ER Mall will support the observance by setting up Adoption Help Desks in their premises on February 20 to 21.

On Saturday, February 20, some 74 active adoptive families will participate and share their best experiences at the Convention of Adoptive Families at Sunny Point, Maa.

In 2015, DSWD XI issued a Certificate Declaring A Child Legally Available for Adoption (CDCLAA) to 36 children while 32 children were matched with Prospective Adoptive Parents.

Meanwhile, 10 children were placed out with foster families last year.

Legal adoption is a permanent placement of a child in a qualified family while Foster Care pertains to a short-term or temporary placement of a child. (DSWD)

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DSWD honors partners as it turns 65

Davao City –“As we mark our 65th Founding Anniversary on February 16th, we are happy to recognize our partners and volunteers who have immensely contributed in the implementation of our various programs and projects here in Region XI,” announced Regional Director of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Mercedita P. Jabagat.

With the national theme, DSWD @65: Mga Kuwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago, the regional office here will honor its valued partners and volunteers in a simple Awarding Ceremonies at Apo View Hotel in the afternoon of Tuesday, February 16.

As early as now, let me express my warmest congratulations to our honorees who have been unselfishly helping us deliver best our mandate, Director Jabagat said.

DSWD awardees during this milestone celebration are Gov. Arturo T. Uy, Carmelito Q. Francisco, DXRD Sonshine Radio, Pedro B. San Jose, Kriztja Marae G. Labrador, Francis L. Bayer, Holcim Philippines, Pantawid Parent Leader Lolita A. Tano, EMAR Human and Environmental College, Ateneo De Davao High School, Lao Integrated Farms, LGU Mati City, Silver SEA-K Association of Laak, LGU Monkayo and LGU Davao City.

Some 29 local government units will be recipients of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance.

National awardees as Best Public Servant -DSWD Team Leader of Davao Oriental Gemma Dolor Dela Cruz, Best Functioning Municipal Action Team -Sta. Maria of Davao Occidental, and implementer of Best Convergence Initiative -DSWD Davao City District 2 Action Team, will also be awarded during this regional celebration.

Meanwhile, DSWD employees who have served the department from 10 up to 40 years will likewise be recognized including former Region XI Director Priscilla N. Razon and Assistant Director Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, who both have rendered public service in the last 40 years.

Keynote speaker at the anniversary program is Undersecretary of DSWD Vilma B. Cabrera.

To be participated by all DSWD units and offices throughout the region, other activities are Thanksgiving Mass, Opening Parade, Sports Festival, Parlor Games, Your Face Sounds Familiar Contest, Retro Dance Contest, Opening of Adoption Consciousness Week, and Press Conference at SM City Ecoland Annex. (DSWD)

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For the Lumads in Davao Region

GAB FOR IPs. [from left] DSWD Undersecretary Camilo G. Gudmalin, DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero, and NCIP Chairperson for Southern and Eastern Mindanao Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo lead the Whole of Nation Initiative Development and Social Protection Cluster Consultation Meeting for Lumads in Davao Region. Held at Royal Mandaya Hotel, the event was attended by IP Leaders and the regional offices of DOH, DepEd, OPAPP, DA, DAR, DENR, MinDA, DSWD, NCIP and DILG. (DSWD)

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Davao City bags Gawad Listahanan

Davao City  – The city government of Davao was named 2015 Regional Gawad Listahanan winner by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here.

As the department’s data sharing partner and advocate of targeting social protection beneficiaries, Davao City has been recognized through its program of increasing access to reproductive health services through the Listahanan database.

The City Government of Davao through its City Health Office (CHO) and City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) has aggressively embarked on No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) and Bi-Tubal Ligation (BTL) as permanent options in reproductive health and population control.

“We constantly advocate these programs during Family Development Sessions (FDS) of the parent beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to popularize the programs and further enhance parents’ knowledge and skills in parenting,” City Population Division Officer Jeffrey Fuentes explained.

Davao is the lone city that provides these programs regularly to Listahanan-identifed poor families, giving importance to Family Planning.

“With this, we were able to appreciate the potential of Listahanan data as reference in prioritizing individuals in the provision of health services specifically on reproductive health,” Fuentes pointed out.

CHO covers the 382 barangays in Davao City and reaches out to other provinces and cities as part of its interprovincial and intercity partnership project.

“The provision of family planning services through tubal ligation and vasectomy was envisioned since 2009 using the Listahanan data by providing the users free services and financial assistance of Php 3,000 as a form of economic cost while they are recuperating for a number of days out of their work and household chores,” CSSDO Chief Ma. Luisa Bermudo said.

“Listahanan data really helped us identify the right beneficiaries since the aim of these services is to help the poor and vulnerable families,” Bermudo added.

The award will be conferred during the DSWD 65th anniversary commemoration in Davao Region on February 16 under the PaNata Ko sa Bayan Awards which recognizes notable works of partners from civil society organizations, Local Government Units, People’s Organizations, volunteers, and donor institutions.

To date, DSWD Region XI has 36 data users from LGUs, four from the national agencies (NGA), and one from the private sector.

Spearheaded by DSWD, Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide through family assessments. This system makes available to NGAs, LGUs and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as a basis for identifying potential beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services. (DSWD)


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DSWD Bayani Ka Awards set Friday


Davao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) is set to recognize its partners in community-driven development projects through the 2nd Regional Bayani Ka Awards on Friday, February 5 at Grand Regal Hotel.

The Bayani Ka Awards is a social marketing initiative of Kalahi-CIDSS that seeks to recognize the exemplary work of program supporters and partners who pushed projects that are community-led and citizen-centered.

Bayani Ka Awards has five categories – Senior Citizen, Peace, Gender and Development, Indigenous People, and Volunteerism.

DSWD will also award the best Kalahi-CIDSS implementers at the provincial local government level as well as the municipal and barangay.

The Bayani Ka Awards aims to motivate and inspire leaders, communities, and send a message to non-profit organizations that something is being done in places where help is needed.

Mercedita P. Jabagat, DSWD XI Regional Director, said Bayani Ka Awards distinguishes the hard work of community volunteers and local government units.

“The nominees were assessed how they personified the ‘Bayanihan’ spirit by their willingness to help the people and the community, particularly toward welfare and development.”

She added community volunteers are the new generation of champions who are helping national government advocate community-driven development.

Regional winners will receive a plaque and will also share their testimonies on how Kalahi-CIDSS has changed their lives and their community.

In the same event, Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager, will update stakeholders and guests on the status of Kalahi-CIDSS projects in Region XI.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects. (DSWD)


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DSWD Davao bags 3 nat’l awards

Davao City  –  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here nipped three awards during the recent awards ceremonies in celebration of the Department’s 65th Founding Anniversary held at DSWD National Office in Quezon City last Wednesday.

Gemma Dolor  Dela Cruz, DSWD Team Leader of Davao Oriental was adjudged Best Public Servant; Team Sta. Maria of Davao Occidental was named Best Functioning Municipal Action Team; while DSWD Davao City District 2 Action Team was cited implementer of Best Convergence Initiative.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman presented the plaques and cash prize to all winners including those coming from the national office and other regions.

The three winners will be recognized again during the regional anniversary commemoration on February 16th together with the DSWD XI Loyalty Awardees and outstanding development partners.

Theme for this year is DSWD @65: Mga Kuwentong Tagumpay, Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago. (DSWD)


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