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The consummate social worker

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – “Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord, rather than for man.” Dalmin Faith A. Igaňa, Social Welfare Officer 3, lives by this adage.

A mother of one, a survivor and a hardworking social worker, Dalmin has worked with the most disadvantaged in Davao Region for nearly 27 years now, under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

When asked of the three significant events in her life, she replied, “When I met and accepted the Lord as my Lord and Savior, when I see my client/s getting empowered, and when I got promoted.”

“This important lesson I also learned as I worked with children in especially difficult circumstances: Listen to the heart of abused children. Do not force to give therapy or counseling when they are not ready.  Not all abused children need it.”

Above all, seek God’s guidance always and never insist on what you think is right to an angry client, Dalmin urged.

Family first

Family always comes first in her life. “Despite my busy schedule, I see to it that I comply my house chores, spend time listening and counseling when needed, going to church; make jokes, laugh with them, share food, lend extra money, and share other blessings. I share financial support all the time too.”

“My parents and family are very supportive especially in my times of need. They molded me and wanted me to give value to my education. My friends in school, neighbors and at church are part of my support system. We have family gatherings every Christmas, New Year’s Eve, birthdays and on other special occasions.

When I was already employed, my parents and relatives continued to extend their support even when they did not approve of the man I married and they kept their backing when I returned home because my marriage did not work.”

With the heart

“Yes, I’m happy with my life as a social worker because I love my job,” Dalmin declares heartily.

Dalmin radiates coolness and a no-nonsense attitude towards her work. She is cheerful, dependable, broad minded and very unassuming despite her position at work.

She loves her co-workers as well. “I maintain good relationship by respecting them, providing emotional, physical, intellectual and financial support.

“To my supervisors, I provide regular feedback on program updates; submit comments; consult on issues, concerns, challenges; seek advice; ask apology when I commit mistakes; show concern; and of course, provide full support.”

“When they seek help, I readily provide technical assistance to our program partners and I see to it that a good working relationship is maintained.”

Working with clients or program beneficiaries is always a heartwarming opportunity for Dalmin. “I provide assistance with a sincere heart, extend financial assistance taken from my own pocket when necessary, and share food and even cell phone load. I try to help them by providing counseling, referring them to other resources and by just making them happy.”

Dalmin emphasized, “You will succeed if you show respect and sincerity no matter the status of your client. I am effective when I satisfy or meet my clients’ needs on time, while I teach them to stand on their own.”

What keeps Dalmin more effective is that she always acknowledges her mistakes and willingly apologizes. She has remained humble and open to learn new things, and has always demonstrated a supportive push to her colleagues especially those who seek her help.

“I really go the extra mile and I depend too much on God to enlighten me on every step I take and the decisions I make.”

“I studied Social Work [at Ateneo De Davao] to help me overcome my shyness and boost my self-esteem. By taking this course, I was forced to face all kinds of people. In 1989, I entered the Department and I until now am still with DSWD because I love my job and I enjoy doing it.”

Back in college, her teacher in Introduction to Social Work discouraged her from pursuing the course since she was very shy and naïve. “I was instead bolstered to finish the course and passed the board exam. My teacher was shocked when she found me working at DSWD.”

Social work

Dalmin’s work history would reveal that her first job was with ZONTA-Christian Children’s Fund, Inc. as a Day Care Worker, then as Day Care Supervisor and finally, as Community Social Worker.

DSWD is her second employer with her first assignment as Community Social Worker. She became a Center Social Worker at DSWD Home for Girls and Women and DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children before moving up as

Community Social Worker at the Regional Office Community-Based Services Unit with a rank of Social Welfare Officer 3.

Noteworthy of the capacity building seminars that helped her become a better worker and a better person include; Therapeutic Interventions for Children Victims of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, Group and Family Therapy, Handling Women and Child Victim/Survivor of Abuse, Effective Surveillance and Rescue Strategies, Case Management System, Training on Bio-Psychosocial Care & Para-Legal Interventions for Children in Need of Special Protection, Child Sexual Abuse Treatment, Handling Cases of Trafficking in Persons, Grief Counseling, Communication Skills Development, Promoting Leadership & Mitigating the Negative Impacts of HIV & AIDS on Human Development, Camp Coordination and Camp Management, and Enhancing Relationships, Stress Management, and Personality Development.

These are among the many trainings and seminars she attended that made her, broke her, and molded her into the kind of effective and efficient Social Worker that she is today.

“The extensive and pertinent experiences I assimilated over the years are best applied in managing children and women in need of special protection, all those adults in crisis and those experiencing disaster. The knowledge, attitude and skills provided me wisdom on what to do and how to best do it.”

Dalmin has been doing her work happily for God foremost; and for the lost, the least and the broken too. (DSWD)

 

 

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Health station for Tagakaolos

HEALTH STATION FOR IPs. A newly-completed barangay health station stands proud in Kinangan, Malita, Davao Occidental. Primary users of this community facility are Tagakaolo families who have longed wished for a government health structure such as this. Built by community volunteers of Kalahi-CIDSS, the building costs P 852,006.00. Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a community-driven development (CDD) initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It seeks to empower citizens by teaching them so they can develop, implement, and maintain projects that would address their most pressing needs. (DSWD/fbp)

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24/7 House of Prayer, Harvest House Ministries ink MOA with DSWD Pantawid

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – The pastors of 24/7 House of Prayer (Davao City Chapter/ Barangay 76-A Chaplaincy) and the Harvest House International Ministries recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at World Palace here.

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria said the agency engages with Civil Society Organizations as vital program partners and takes direction from the framework “Bantay, Gabay, Tulay at Kaagapay” that ensures transparency and capabilities enhancement for the program implementation.

The pastors of 24/7 House of Prayer and Harvest House International Ministries shall collaborate with DSWD in the following areas of Specific Implementation Agreement (SIA) – on ‘Gabay Mechanism for Extending Technical Assistance’ such as: provide non-profit seminars, lectures, symposia and other avenues for the facilitation of values formation and development efforts; offer free counselling and prayers to the council and among marriages, families, youth and individuals selected barangays as part of the barangay’s community service to its constituents; provide and offer assistance in pre-marital, marriage counselling, marriage ceremony and officiating to couple who will seek the same, as part of the barangay’s community service to its constituents; and  support and cooperate on existing livelihood program of the selected barangays, and facilitate income-generating projects by way of arranging trainings, seminars, symposia and lectures.

Moreover, they will actively participate in ‘Kaagapay Anti-Poverty Projects and Activities’ such as:  provide and undertake activities such as  medical and dental missions, feeding programs, free film showings, free bible distributions; offer disaster awareness, preparedness, response and stress de-briefing programs and sessions to the community in line with the programs of DSWD and the Davao City Social Service Development Office (CSSDO).

As of May 2016, DSWD has partnered with 34 CSOs region-wide for provision of specific type of interventions essential for the improvement of the well-being of target beneficiaries.

Pantawid Pamilya has a total of 234,556 households benefiting from the program in 6 cities, 43 municipalities covering all 5 provinces in Davao Region. It also has 29,884 IP households covered under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP). (DSWD)

 

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From foster child to gov’t intern

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – Behind her smile and enthusiastic demeanor lie some misgivings of the past. She is Joan Enopre, 18, one of the students who availed the Government Internship Program (GIP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) this year.

Incoming third year under the course Bachelor of Science in Social Work at Holy Cross of Davao College, Joan is one student who strives hard to stay in school and meet her school needs as well.

Bag-o ko na-GIP, usa ko ka working student in a fast-food chain duol sa eskwelahan namo. Kini ang nakatabang sa ako nga makasustento ko sa akong pag eskwela (Before I got the GIP slot, I was a working student in a fast food chain near in our school. This work kept me in school),” Enopre said.

Enopre manages her time wisely. She participates in school extracurricular activities and is also active in chapel activities.

Early challenges

At an early age of six, Enopre became a foster child. She was declared a foundling child at two months old, rescued from a road side in Babak, Island Garden City of Samal.

She was nurtured and cared for by Elisa Cabrera, 70, a widow with six children of Brgy. Bucana, Davao City.

Foster care is the provision of planned temporary substitute parental care to a child by a foster family duly licensed by DSWD.

Blessed ko kay naa koy inahan karon nga nag atiman, nagpadako sa akoa nga murag tinuod na anak. Bisan sa iyang edad karon dili na niya kaya mu-trabaho, ginatabangan nako siya aron dili siya malisdan sa akoa (I am so blessed because I have a mother who looked after me and raised me like her own child. At her age now, she is physically weak to work. I am helping her so she won’t be burdened with me),” Enopre gratefully shared.

Enopre was abused by her Japanese foster parents who took custody of her prior to Cabrera.

Naningkamot jud ko karon, wala na nako gina isip ang mga ni-agi na. Basta ang ako karon mabuhi ko og maka-eskwela (I am really working hard now and I refrain from thinking of what happened in the past. My aim is to survive and be able to attend school).”

She dreams of becoming a licensed social worker so that she can share her knowledge to children like her and relate her life struggles to them.

“Pasalamat ko ani nga program kay nagahatag sila og opportunity sa mga bata nga homeless ug nanginahanglan og gugma sa pamilya. Gusto ko i-share sa ila kung ma social worker ko nga instead nga i-hate ang kinabuhi, maningkamot ug mag succeed (I am thankful for this program that gives opportunity to homeless children who need the love of a family. I want to share with them when I become a social worker that instead of hating life, they should work hard and aim to succeed).”

GIP stint

At DSWD, Enopre was assigned under the Adoption Resource and Referral Section of the Protective Services Unit.

“My GIP days were memorable. No matter how hard or difficult my task was, I was able to do it because the employees and other interns were supportive and cooperative.”

“I learned to deal with different people and work professionally.  I also learned to value obedience as a public servant.”

GIP is one of the services offered to young people under the Unlad Kabataan Program (UKP) of DSWD. UKP focuses on total development of disadvantaged youth in terms of spiritual, economic, physical, psychological, cultural and social.

GIP is part of government’s efforts to strengthen youth participation in nation-building by exposing them to government service and capacitating them on life skills. It also serves as recruitment mechanism for potential public employees, on top of providing financial assistance for school enrolment.

This year, 80 GIP youth participants completed the 22-day summer internship with DSWD. (DSWD)

 

 

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Goat project for Pantawid families

GOAT PRODUCTION. 20 Pantawid Pamilya program participants of Sitio Kahusayan, Manuel Guianga, Tugbok District, Davao City receive a pair of goats to start their livelihood on community driven goat production. The Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood programs of DSWD are poverty alleviation initiatives aiming to improve the socio-economic status of poorest families and help them become self-sufficient. To date, there are 264,371 Pantawid households in the region who are being accessed to livelihood opportunities. (DSWD)

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