Archive | November, 2016

Pantawid exemplary children cited

PANTAWID EXEMPLARY CHILDREN. 11 year-old John Christian Victoriano of San Isidro, Davao Oriental is the 2016 Exemplary Child Regional Winner. He bested four regional search contenders -Clarence Penaso from New Corella, Davao del Norte; Jaybee Padasay from Matanao, Davao del Sur; Elisha Yehsa Marquizo from New Bataan, Compostela Valley; and Chlarince Lamila from Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental. Also in photo are [from left] Florie May Tacang of Kaugmaon Center for Children’s Concerns; Elna Arenal, San Isidro Municipal Social Welfare Officer; Jena Victoriano, mother of John Christian; and DSWD Regional  Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

The Search for Exemplary Child of Pantawid Pamilya is an annual event started in 2012. It is a competition open to exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries who are 10 to 14 years old. The regional winner received Php 20,000 in cash while the provincial winners got Php 10,000 each.  The regional and provincial winners are set to attend the National Children’s Congress on November 17-23 in Metro Manila. The regional winner will then compete in the national search. 

At the recent Awarding of Winners, John Christian encouraged co-children beneficiaries to “never give up and to use life’s daily challenges as lamp posts towards their dreams.” (DSWD)






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Anti-Trafficking mural painting

ANTI-TRAFFICKING. [from left] Director of Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Dr. Leopoldo J. Vega, Regional Prosecutor and Chair of Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT-XI Network) Atty. Janet Grace D. Fabrero, and Chief of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Community-Based Services Pedrita B. Dimakiling sign on Friday the Memorandum of Agreement on “The First Brush” Mural Painting Activity held at SPMC-Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (SPMC-IPBM) compound.

The Mural Painting highlights the observance of the Human Trafficking Awareness Month which carries the theme “Violence-Free Community Starts With Me”. Painting area is the outer fence of the SPMC-IPBM along J.P. Laurel Ave. Starting on December 3, actual painting will be rendered by Fine Arts students of Philippine Women’s College and volunteer visual artists from IACAT-XI Network member agencies. Other partners in the Mural Painting include Davao City Government, Habitat for Humanity, Philippine National Police, Department of Justice, Global Impact Phils, Davies Paints Phils, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Health, and all other members of IACAT-XI Network. (DSWD) #EndHumanTrafficking #StayOnTier1 #VAWfreePH

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Pantawid Children’s Congress

CHILDREN’S CONGRESS. Over 80 children from Pantawid families all over the region participate in various workshops during the Regional Children’s Congress at Grand Menseng Hotel from November 9-10. Workshop topics include Ako at ang Aking Karapatan, Ako at ang Aking Kakayahan, and Ako at ang Aking Pangarap. Awarding of winners of the Regional Search for Exemplary Child of Pantawid Pamilya is set on Day 2 where a showcase of talents will be featured. (DSWD)

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DSWD, Malita ink MOA on Kalahi-CIDSS LGU-led implementation

Kalahi-CIDSS Construction of Classrooms for Lumad (CCL) Focal Fidel U. Diaz and Municipal Area Coordinator for Kalahi-CIDSS Jean S. Bautista sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

 Malita, Davao Occidental – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the municipality of Malita recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Local Government Unit (LGU)-led implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) at Sto. Rosario Parish Seminar Hall.

Prior to signing, Fidel U. Diaz, Kalahi-CIDSS Construction of Classrooms for Lumad (CCL) Focal, oriented beneficiaries, municipal and barangay officials on the program and its underlying requirements.

Local chief executives and DSWD representatives confirmed their commitment to support Kalahi-CIDSS by signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

The MOA Signing was followed with the Signing of the “Panaad sa Pagsuporta” (Manifesto of Support), signifying commitment of LGU officials, DSWD officers, and beneficiaries to work together.

Other municipalities that committed to implement this scheme are New Bataan, Malita, Caraga, and Cateel.

This procedure will also transition to LGU–led Community-Driven Development (CDD) implementation. This, after the municipalities have satisfactorily completed the two cycles of program implementation.

“It is the goal of the program to provide well performing Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities the grant intended to support their efforts in integrating CDD approaches and strategies in the Local Planning Processes to address poverty,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

“I am truly overwhelmed how Kalahi-CIDSS program enriches the lives of the Malitanos, I have seen the influence and effect of the program to communities. The community volunteers’ skills were enhanced through its capacity building activities,” shared Jean S. Bautista, Municipal Area Coordinator for Kalahi-CIDSS, as she conveyed the message in behalf of Mayor Bradly L. Bautista.

Bautista added that on the third cycle of the program, the community volunteers should embolden their volunteerism in the program. She noted that the values and lessons that they learned during the first and second cycles must be applied properly.

Presently, the municipality of Malita has completed 35 sub-projects in 30 barangays with a total grant allocation of P 40,000,000.00.

From 2014, Kalahi-CIDSS has completed 338 community sub-projects in 27 covered municipalities in Region XI.

Meanwhile, Kalahi-CIDSS has recently conducted an orientation on the institutionalization of Community-Driven Development – Local Planning Process (CDD-LPP) for cycle three implementation in identified municipalities in the region.

Attended by Local Chief Executives (LCEs), Vice Mayors, Sangguniang Bayan Representatives, and members of Municipal Inter Agency Committee (MIAC), the orientation aimed to assess the municipalities’ performance using the LGU Capacity Assessment Tool that measures good governance at the local level.

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 joins 18th ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan

Baganga, Davao Oriental – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and 35 other national government agencies brought programs and services to residents here through the 18th ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan.

Organized by the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA), the caravan targets marginalized sectors in Region XI.

At the outset, DSWD distributed 3,300 food packs, school supplies and assisted the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office in the registration of persons with disability, solo parents, and senior citizens.

“We were able to turn over the cheque for Social Pension worth P 2,635,500.00. This will benefit a total of 1,757 indigent older persons who live in remote villages in the area,” shared DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil.

Since 2011, the ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan has been delivering series of community outreach programs and direct services closer to the people.

ARENA President and Regional Director of Department of Public Works and Highways, Engr. Mariano R. Alquiza said the Serbisyo Caravan is the government’s way of providing services to the people especially those who live in isolated areas.

“We envision one thing: a progressive society where people are heard, seen, and felt. The Serbisyo Caravan will open a wide range of extended help, rendering services and steering actions that benefit not just one interest but of the majority’s,” Alquiza added.

Services offered by other agencies include medical and dental, distribution of medicines, turnover of seedlings and fingerlings, legal consultations, and scholarship application.

Serbisyo Caravan has been to the remotest areas in Region XI and it will continue bringing the government closer to the farthest village and to communities needing most. (DSWD)



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ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan in Baganga

MORE AID. Government officials extend food and non-food assistance to poor families in Baganga, Davao Oriental during the 18th ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also handed in school supplies and social pension to 1,757 indigent older persons. To date, DSWD has provided a total of 674,059 family food packs to 395,599 families affected by El Niňo in Davao Region. The food aid costs P229,409,442.75. (DSWD)

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DSWD leads Pantawid children’s congress, awards exemplary children

Davao City –The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct a Regional Children’s Congress and Awarding of Winners for the Search for Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya on November 9-10  at the Grand Menseng Hotel.

The Regional Children’s Congress will gather 10-14 year-old children from all cities and municipalities in Region XI. Up for discussion in  the congress are pressing issues/concerns that directly affect children beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya through fun learning workshops.

The three-day activity hopes to emphasize to children-participants the importance of letting their voices be heard on issues affecting them.

Moreover, the Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya will be recognized during the event.

The annual search that started in 2012 is a competition open to Pantawid Pamilya children beneficiaries from 10 to 14 years old. Children must be enrolled in school, compliant to the school attendance requirement of the program, with good scholastic standing, fully-immunized and dewormed twice in 2013 (for children 6-14 years old).

Children-nominees must also possess the following qualities/characteristics: (1) active in extra-curricular activities; (2) active in community activities; (3) talented; (4) with good moral character; (5) have no indicator of behavior problems; (6) aware of good nutrition and eats nutritious food; and (7) conversant on the conditionalities of the program.

The regional winner will receive Php 20,000 in cash, while the provincial winners will receive Php 10,000 each.

Provincial entries for this year’s search are: Clarence Penaso from New Corella, Davao del Norte; Jaybee Padasay from Matanao, Davao del Sur; John Christian Victoriano from San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Elisha Yehsa Marquizo from New Bataan, Compostela Valley; and Chlarince Lamila from Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental.

Pantawid Pamilya has been keeping children in school and families healthy since its onset in 2008. At present, Davao Region has 233,864 household beneficiaries in all 5 provinces, 6 cities and 43 municipalities. (DSWD)

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Updating media partners

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat responds to media queries on the implementation status of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which now serves 233,864 beneficiaries in the region. Director Jabagat also shared updates on Kalahi-CIDSS, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Social Pension Program, Supplementary Feeding Program, and Listahanan Survey. (DSWD)

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