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DSWD Director’s Cup opens

SPORTSFEST 2016. DSWD XI Chief of Institutional Development Division Ma. Elena S. Labrador lights on Tuesday the ceremonial torch kicking off the DSWD Davao Region 2016 Director’s Cup. Nine teams from all over the region will compete in basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and cheer dance. The sports competition is an annual event to promote physical and mental development among DSWD personnel. (DSWD)

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DSWD inks MOA with EMAR College

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – The EMAR Human and Environmental College, Inc. signed recently a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), providing for the education program of children in conflict with the law (CICL) currently under DSWD custody.

“EMAR shall assist in the implementation of the formal education in multi-grade levels to be attended by 68 residents of DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY). For school year 2016-2017, classes will be conducted Mondays to Fridays with Elementary Level conducted in the morning (from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and Secondary Level in the afternoon (1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.),” informed Ma. Lita Montalban, school President.

Stipulated in the MOA are the following roles and responsibilities of EMAR Human and Environmental College –(1) provide two teachers to assist the in-house Instructional Manager (IM) in the conduct of daily classes; (2) conduct regular monitoring and supervision on the implementation of Regular Education Program in RRCY thus ensuring the quality of education provided to the learners; (3) provide technical assistance in the form of trainings/seminars/fora to upgrade the knowledge, attitude, values, skills of the Instructional Manager; (4) provide a copy of the available modules for reproduction to be used in the conduct of classes; (5) facilitate the conduct of the national test registration and administration; and (6) confirm passers by conducting recognition with approval from Department of Education (DepEd).

“The RRCY, on the other hand, shall (1) ensure that resident learners have adequate school uniforms, necessary school supplies/materials including reproduction of modules; (2) provide a venue equipped with fixtures to facilitate a better learning experience; (3) provide library for research; (4) provide a monthly honorarium to the IM at P 2,500/month per teacher for an entire school year; (5) provide venue for the national examination being identified as extension Testing Center of DepEd – Davao City Division; and (6) teacher/trainer assigned at the center shall collaboratively coordinate with the person in charge at EMAR,” explained DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

RRCY residents are cared for under a structured therapeutic environment to help them become socially functioning individuals with the end goal of their reintegration to their family and community.

To prepare them for independent living, youth residents participate in practical skills and productivity projects such as cooking, vegetable production, goat raising, consumer electronics servicing, masonry, dream catcher making, welding, landscaping, among others. RRCY children also actively involve in sports and socio-cultural activities at the center. (DSWD)

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Aida Cascato: Foster care champion

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – Looking after children who are not your own is one of the most self-sacrificing acts a mother can do. It elicits as well ample blessings from above as it exemplifies unconditional compassion and generosity.

Such is the case of foster parent Aida Cascato, 54, who for 21 years has made it her vocation to care for abandoned and neglected children whose parent/s gave up on them or have been extremely incapacitated to take care of them.

Aida and her late husband started to foster children since 1995 when they were granted a license by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). From then on, the couple had lovingly and unselfishly nurtured a total of 16 foster children on top of their three biological daughters.

Aida recalled the whole family was interested to become a foster family. “My husband and my children were eager and were looking forward to having other children live with us even if it’s just temporary.”

Fostering

Aida once dreamed to have a baby boy but God gave her three daughters instead. All three have been very supportive as foster sisters to all the children that came along and left for permanent placement.

Nag duha-duha gyud ko sauna kay gina-isip nako kung makaya ba gyud nako buhion ang usa pa ka bata, pero akoang gidayon kay gusto pud ko tagaan og pamilya ang usa ka bata nga gi-abandona (At first, I was really hesitant because I was also thinking if I could still raise one more child, but I pursued the plan since I wanted to provide a family to an abandoned child),” Aida admitted.

For her first foster child, DSWD granted her a boy named Junniad. He came to Aida’s family when he was two months old and was legally adopted seven years after.

Foster family care is the provision of a planned temporary substitute parental care to a child by a foster parent duly licensed by DSWD. In foster care cases, the child’s biological, adoptive parents or legal guardians, temporarily give up legal custody of the child.

“Tanan nga akoang gi-foster kay nagdugay sa akoa before nga ma-adopt. Lipay pud ko labina napulo sa ilaha kabalo ko nga na-adopt sa inter-country ug ang ilang adoptive parents kay makahatag sa ila og maayong kinabuhi (All children stayed with us long before they got placed out for legal adoption. I am very pleased especially that ten of them were placed out through inter-country adoption wherein their adoptive parents could provide a good future for them),” Aida happily shared.

“I do not have the world to offer them because if I had, I would adopt them myself so that they won’t have to leave us.”

Aida’s secret is having a good relationship with God. Further, she nurtured every child given her with good values and provided what is best for them based on her family’s capacity.

A foster child is allotted a monthly subsidy by the government to support his/her needs. The subsidy may be in a form of financial aid, goods or other support services.

Aida owns a boarding house and an internet cafe. She earns enough to support their family needs.

“I treated every child as my own that is why I always provide the best for them and support them in every way I can.”

Some challenges

Many of the children that came along had illnesses like asthma and allergies while some were underweight.

Being compassionate, Aida never rejected any. She accepted all. She is one of the best licensed foster parents of DSWD. She offered 21 years to share her home with homeless, disadvantaged children.

Lisod ang pagpadako og bata, gibuhos nako sa ila, gipaskwela nako, hatod ug sundo pero ang kahadlok sa akong kasing-kasing ang pag let go. Dili tungod sa pagsuporta ug pagpadako nimo sa bata pero ang imong relasyon sa ilaha. Mura ko pirmi namatyan pag kuhaon na sila (It’s hard to raise a child, I gave my all, sent them to school, fetched them but the fear in my heart is that of letting go. Not because of the effort from raising them but more on your relationship with them. The moment social workers come to fetch them, I always feel like someone close dies on me).”

When her husband passed away in 2015, Aida took a break from fostering. However, after just a few months she became active again because she knew that there are still children that need her genuine parental care.

Requirements

Under the law, those who wish to become a foster parent must be of legal age;  at least sixteen (16) years older than the child unless the foster parent is a relative; must have a genuine interest, capacity and commitment in parenting and is able to provide a familial atmosphere for the child; must have a healthy and harmonious relationship with each family member living with him/ her; of good moral character; physically and mentally capable and emotionally mature; must have sufficient resources to be able to provide for the family’s needs; willing to further hone or be trained on knowledge, attitudes and skills in caring for a child; and must not already have the maximum number of foster children under his/her at the time of application or award.

To date, there are 84 licensed foster parents in Davao Region while 74 foster children are under foster family care.

“Foster family care is better than institutional care or growing up in a center or an institution without a mother and father figure. That is why we are encouraging more couples or qualified individuals to become foster parents,” DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat stressed.

“I hope all of them will have a good life. And when we meet again, they would be the persons that I always wanted them to be,” Aida added. (DSWD)

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Pantawid crafts

PANTAWID CRAFTS. Functional nito baskets and romblon bags handcrafted by participants of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood programs of DSWD, are among the featured local products at DTI Negosyo Center in San Isidro town, Davao Oriental. The producers are from Barangay Maputi who earlier trained on Bag Weaving Cum Production and Native Bag Enhancement. The initiative is a partnership of DSWD, DTI and MLGU San Isidro intended at promoting the town’s indigenous products while providing additional livelihood break to program participants in the community. (DSWD)

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NC II for Pantawid grantees

NC II FOR PANTAWID GRANTEES. Some 23 Pantawid Pamilya program participants of Los Amigos, Davao City train on Automotive Servicing National Competency II (NC II). Recently, 1034 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang in Davao Region have completed technical-vocational course from Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology and Endonela Institute of Technology Foundation.

To date, 264,000 families in the region are benefiting from Pantawid Pamilya. Pantawid grantees are continuously accessed to income-generating opportunities through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program. (DSWD)

 

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Seniors’ break

SENIORS’ BREAK. Residents of DSWD Home for the Aged in Tagum City take a break as they frolic at 4 Sisters Beach Resort in Barangay Pindasan, Mabini, Compostela Valley for their quarterly socialization. Established in 1978 and currently serving 61 residents, the Home is a residential facility that provides social, medical, dietary and health services to homeless and poor older persons 60 years old and above. It also facilitates location of the seniors’ relatives for their possible reintegration with their family.

Moreover, the Home serves as a social laboratory where students of Nursing, Physical Therapy, Medicine, and even caregivers learn proper care and management of older persons as they obtain a more meaningful understanding and handling of the aging process. (DSWD)

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Aid to individuals in crisis

ASSISTANCE IN CRISIS. DSWD Social Welfare Officer II Annie Mel Chevleur C. Natad assists Mamerto Cadungog Jr. of Barangay 21-C Piapi, Davao City who is seeking for medical assistance for his child who was admitted for dengue fever at Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital.

The Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) is provided to individuals and families whose normal functioning has been hampered due to difficult situations brought by poor health condition, natural and man-made calamities and other emergencies. The assistance includes counseling, direct financial aid, and provision of guarantee or referral letters.

DSWD XI Crisis Intervention Unit and its satellite offices in Davao City and in the five provinces have served 9,670 persons in the first quarter of 2016 with a total funding of P 30,376,842.42. Provided were counseling, medical expenses, and other assistance like transportation, clothing and food, educational, burial, among others. (DSWD)

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Foster Family Care

FOSTER FAMILY CARE. DSWD licensed foster parent Aida Cascato of Bolton St., Davao City has taken care of 16 abandoned and neglected children for 21 years now. She is one of the 84 licensed foster parents of DSWD XI. Presently, there are 74 children under temporary care in Davao Region. DSWD provides supervision and support services to licensed foster families to ensure quality care.

Foster Family Care is the provision of planned substitute parental care to a child by a licensed foster family when the child’s biological parents are unable to care for the child. A child from infancy to below 18 years of age may benefit from Foster Family Care which is the most nurturing out-of-home placement for children in need of temporary substitute family care. (DSWD)

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