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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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On-the-spot hiring for DSWD scholars

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) scholars vie during the on-the-spot hiring right after their graduation from Security Services course. Held in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok District, Davao City last June 29, participating agencies were Davao Cavalier’s Security Agency, ARGO Security Agency, BIDA Security Agency, MEERKAT Security Agency, and Sonar Security Agency. (DSWD)

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Victims of violence, abuses set to avail benefits from government

DAVAO ORIENTAL— The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has established a rehabilitation program set to benefit victims of torture and the families of the victims of involuntary disappearances.

Through the program called “Healing Intervention Leading to Optimum Management for Victims of Torture and Enforced Disappearance and their Family Members” (locally known as PAGPAAYO), a committed and functional rehabilitation team from the LGU and regional levels will provide services that will promote healing, rebuilding, reparation, and access to justice for victim-survivors of torture and enforced disappearances.

In behalf of the Provincial Government, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the representatives of national agencies and civil society organizations, defining the role of all involved parties in the implementation of the program.

The MOA signing which was held on July 4 at the Grand Conference Room of the Provincial Capitol saw the presence of national agencies which are the DSWD, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Justice, Department of Health, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.  Representatives from civil society organizations, who also signed the agreement, are the Families of Involuntary Disappearance and the Balay Rehabilitation Center.

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.

The DSWD through its counterparts in the municipal and provincial levels is yet to identify the victims who will benefit from the program.

CHR Regional Commissioner Director Edmundo Albay, in a speech delivered for him 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.”

Thelsa Biolena, Director of STB, says that these torture victims “may have healed physically but are still manifesting that they have not yet moved on from the trauma that they went through.”

The program which will be pilot-tested here in the province will provide interventions for the physical, mental, social, psychological healing, and development of victims of torture and their families.

The pilot intervention will likewise be conducted in the National Capital Region and Region IX where the highest occurrence of torture and enforced disappearance were recorded. (Riza M. Golez/Davao Oriental Provincial Information Office)

 

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