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DSWD aids kampuhan protesters

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday extended assistance to some 200 teachers and lumad students from the community schools in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and some parts of Compostela Valley Province who staged a week-long protest in front of the regional office of the Department of Education, for alleged harassment in their area.

Responding to their request for food supply, DSWD immediately provided 100 Family Food Packs and 15 Dignity Kits to Lumad students and teachers from the Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, Inc. (STTICLCI) and the Association of Community Educators (ACE).

DSWD Undersecretary and Cluster focal person for Mindanao Concerns Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa said, “We recognize the initiative of grassroots organizations such as the STTILCLCI and ACE for their tireless efforts to make education more accessible to far flung communities. We take this as a challenge from our end as a social welfare agency to continue to deliver the much needed programs and services to the most vulnerable and the underserved sectors of our society. DSWD is committed to offer the ‘Maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo at tunay na patas na pagtrato sa komunidad.”

She emphasized that one of the primary mandates of the agency is to provide assistance to the families and communities experiencing emergency situations and displacement due to natural or man-made calamities.

Family food packs include 6 kilos of rice, 4 tins sardines, 4 tins corned beef/beef loaf and 6 sachets of instant coffee/cereal drinks. The dignity kits, on the other hand, contain one piece malong, one pack sanitary napkin, one nail cutter, one tube toothpaste, one toothbrush, one bar soap, one bar detergent, one pail, and a water dipper.

DSWD envisions all Filipinos free from hunger and poverty, have equal access to opportunities, enabled by a fair, just and peaceful society by leading in the formulation, implementation and coordination of social welfare and development policies and programs for and with the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. (DSWD)

 

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DSWD extends help to Kampuhan protesters

DSWD AID. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) extends 100 Family Food Packs and 15 Dignity Kits to Lumad students and teachers from the Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, Inc. (STTICLCI) and the Association of Community Educators (ACE) who are currently staging a week-long protest outside the Department of Education regional office, as immediate response to their request for food supply. In photo are [L-R] DSWD disaster unit staff Bonifacio Lumaad Jr.; Lumad student Jomar Binag, 18; Raizzah Rushine Gomez, 14; and Ajim Inni from the Office of the Undersecretary for Institutional Development Group at DSWD Central Office. (DSWD)

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Pantawid grantees train in heavy equipment operation

Beneficiaries of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from Barangay Suawan, Davao City learn to operate a backhoe as part of their practicum for their Community Based Training on Heavy Equipment Operation – Hydraulic Excavator NC I. Beneficiaries from barangays Bantol, Manambulan, Tamugan, Bato and Marilog are also taking up the course at Endonela Institute of Technology Foundation, Inc. The 35 participants will complete their training third week of July. (DSWD)

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More DSWD scholars graduate

Scholars of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who recently graduated from Masonry NC II receive their respective starter kits. They are among the 117 graduates from 3rd District, Davao City who trained at Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology. Other participants completed Automotive Servicing NC II and Motorcycle Small Engine Servicing NC II. (DSWD)

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22 victims of torture, enforced disappearance by state forces to benefit from DSWD’s ‘Pagpaayo’ program

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— Victims of torture and enforced disappearance by state forces may avail of the rehabilitation program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

In an interview with Davao Today, Social Welare Officer Aries Medrano said they have identified 22 male “victors” or victims of torture so far who will undergo rehabilitation under the Healing Intervention, Leading to Optimum Management for Victims of Torture and Enforced Disappearance and their Family Members, or Pagpaayo (healing).

Medrano, who coordinates with the DSWD’s partner agencies and private organizations under the Social Technology Unit, said the program was crafted in 2015, but it was only this year that the DSWD is implementing it.

Medrano said the program aims to provide intervention to lessen the victims’ trauma. He said under the program, beneficiaries will receive medical assistance.

“Since this is a pilot project, we will provide medical assistance for them because until now, victims of torture experience trauma,” he said.

The victims and families who wish to avail of the services will undergo psychosocial assessment, physical, mental, social, psychological healing interventions.

Since the program was announced locally, Medrano said there were many victims who inquired.

Medrano said victims may reach them or the Commission on Human Rights for assessment and documentation.

Last July 4, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between representatives of the DSWD, CHR, Department of Justice, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government and Provincial Governor Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental. The program piloted in Davao Oriental. Medrano said the program will also be implemented in Zamboanga and the National Capital Region where the highest occurrence of torture and enforced disappearance were recorded.

Representatives of non-government organizations, including the Balay Rehabilitation Center and the Families of Involuntary Disappearance were also present.

The program was created after a research was conducted by the Social Technology Bureau (STB) of the DSWD. Based on the result, there is a high incidence of torture and enforced disappearances covering the period from 1983 until the year 2015.

CHR Regional Director Edmundo Albay, in a speech delivered by Atty. Rochelle Marie Solis during the MOA signing, said that the “victims of these serious human rights violations are placed outside the protection of the law and therefore cannot avail of existing safeguards provided by the state.”

“The Commission sees the provision of a rehabilitation program as a manifestation of due regard to the human rights of victims of torture and enforced disappearance,” he said.

Medrano said if other local government units are interested to replicate the program, the DSWD will coordinate with them. (Davao Today/Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano)

 

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