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PASWI DavNor chapter officers take oath

PASWI DAVNOR. Officers of Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) – Davao Del Norte Chapter take oath Monday morning before Gov. Antonio Rafael G. Del Rosario at RDR gymnasium, in celebration of World Social Work Month and Women’s Month. Elected PASWI officers are from Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, LGU Panabo and DSWD Provincial Operations Office. Guest speaker at the Monday convocation was Davao del Norte Provincial Council of Women president and Davao del Norte Province first lady Anna Carina Chiu-Del Rosario. (DSWD)

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DSWD opens Government Internship Program to 1,360 youth nationwide

Interested applicants may apply at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan or at the  DSWD Regional Office nearest them. Deadline of submission of applications is on March 19.

The GIP is one of the components of the Kabataan 2000 program of the national government which was developed to provide opportunities for in-school youth to have hands-on experience  working in various government agencies.

For the 2018 nationwide implementation, the GIP has a fund allocation of P10,565,400 for the stipend of  accepted applicants enough for 30 working days of service.

“This is an opportunity for our youth to learn life skills in the workplace, and introduce them to public service as their contribution to nation building.  Through the GIP, government is able to extend them financial assistance which they can later use to cover school expenses.  This is also a way to impress upon the youth the importance of earning and spending their own money wisely,” DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco said,

The program is open to individuals who are 18-25 years old, college level and high school graduates.  TESDA Certificate holders or Alternative Learning System certificate holders or holders of any similar certificate issued by the Department of Education or Commission on Higher Education, members of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP), youth beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and youth included in the Listahanan identified poor family will also be prioritized.

The DSWD also considers the family income of the participating youth, which must not be more than the existing poverty threshold.

Under the GIP, DSWD will provide the qualified youth with daily stipend amounting to 75% of the regional wage rate.  The GIP is implemented in the DSWD Central Office and all its Regional Offices.

The GIP will be assigned in various work stations according to their assessed skills.  The work includes regular office work such as encoding, report writing and/or assisting in the implementation of key programs of DSWD such as the Supplementary Feeding Program, Social Pension Program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and the like. (DSWD/Social Marketing Service)

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Construction of classrooms for IPs pushed

Tagum City (DSWD XI) -The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently conducted a forum on the implementation of Construction of Classrooms for Lumad (CCL) at Big 8 Hotel.

The forum aimed to discuss among stakeholders how to address issues affecting CCL implementation in identified areas.

Present were municipal engineers and accountants, barangay treasurers, representatives from National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and DSWD officials.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Community Development Specialist Joel B. Quiňo said the activity “is an avenue where we level off as to roles, tasks, and responsibilities of each stakeholder towards achieving the goal of improving the well-being of the intended communities through timely interventions that are within the program standards.”

Earlier evaluation pointed to problems such as proposed sites as disaster risk and not conducive for learning, while some areas have existing facilities already.

Participant-stakeholders then drew up an action plan to fast track the implementation in different municipalities.

As part of the commitment forged during the forum, they agreed to observe that DSWD and LGUs in both municipal and barangay levels will improve the partnership in terms of capacitating the communities through provision of quality and timely technical assistance along the social process of engineering and finance, and providing intensive monitoring to address the identified implementation gaps as experienced in the field.

Stakeholders also agreed to complete all sub-projects within the year.

CCL is a joint project of DSWD and Department of Education (DepED), responding to the need of learning facilities of indigenous peoples (IPs) living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

CCL implementation will follow the community driven development (CDD) approach of Kalahi-CIDSS, as the IPs will be mobilized to be more participative and anchored on Sama-Samang Pagkilos Nang May Malasakit (collective action with compassion).

These schools, however, will be far different from the standard structural designs of existing basic education schools as these will follow the cultural preference of the tribe existing in the community.

The project will be implemented in the five provinces, in 27 municipalities and cities in the entire region.

A total of 209 classrooms have been targeted to be constructed this year with a funding of Php 137, 840, 324.00.

“As we continue to pursue our program with Sama-Samang Pagkilos nang may Malasakit”, I trust that our stakeholders will continue to be steadfast in carrying out the mandate to serve our IP brothers and sisters,” DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat urged.

Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the major programs of DSWD, uses the community driven development approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly partaking in local governance in identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that will address these needs. (DSWD)


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New RSCC building up soon

FOR CHILDREN. [seated, from left] Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) Executive Director Rosemarie N. Dimagnaong and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat flash the signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the construction of the DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) building in a 1000 square-meter lot within the CJFI compound in Indangan, Davao City. Under the usufructuary arrangement, DSWD may use the land for a period of 20 years which may be extended when necessary. Also in photo are DSWD Human Resource Division Chief Loreta L. Anas and Policy and Plans Division Chief Alfredo M. Sy. (DSWD)

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Better roads in DavNor village: Bridge to opportunities, basic services

BRAULIO E. DUJALI, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) – To most people who are living in the city, bad road conditions are a temporary thing. City dwellers get to enjoy faster action from government and there is always a budget for road repair.

But for people living in remote villages such as Barangay New Casay, their story is different. They had to endure decades of having bad, hazardous roads, that impaired not just their livelihoods, but their daily lives as well.  With the entry of Kalahi-CIDSS in 2015, bad roads disappeared.

“Pag naay muagi na mga dayo sa among lugar, makaagi sila sa usa ka kalsada, usa ka kabilin nga proyekto gikan sa pagpaningkamot sa komunidad pinaagi sa programang Kalahi-CIDSS (When tourists come to our place, they will pass through a road which has become a legacy of the people’s hardwork through Kalahi-CIDSS),” said Helen B. Quillo, 59, a Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer who could not contain her happiness upon sharing their achievement.

Through this community access road project, students and traders no longer have to endure the inconvenience of rough, bumpy and sometimes muddy roads.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the programs of Department of Social Welfare and Development, uses the community driven development (CDD) approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly partaking in local governance by identifying their community needs as well as taking part of implementing projects that address these needs.

Rough roads no more

Barangay New Casay is surrounded with vast rice fields but for a long time, roads here were muddy and bumpy during rainy seasons and dusty during dry seasons.

“We used to have a hard time passing through this road. It was very rocky, and depleted. Then when it rains, it’s slippery, and dark during night time. It was a real hazard,” recalled Ronie S. Compas, 32, Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chair.

The concreting of 490 and 175 linear meter community access roads with canal lining which was undertaken during the first and second cycle of implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS with a funding of Php 4,857,280.00 and Php 58,059.00 local government counterpart, helps connect communities and people, reduces travel time of farmers in transporting crops, and secures safety of students, motorists and hikers alike.

Benefiting some 410 households, the access road will greatly contribute to safer, more comfortable trips for people of Barangay New Casay. Children can now go to school easily, people can safely and quickly move around the area, while farmers and traders can bring their products to commercial and economic centers faster and more conveniently.

Small, sure steps

Compas shared that constructing the road had both its challenges and opportunities.  Before embarking on the project in 2015, residents agreed they had to take small yet sure steps.

Sa first cycle sa Kalahi-CIDSS, nagduha-duha pa ang mga lumulupyo diri nga mag apil sa programa. Ang una namong gihimo, nakig coordinate mi sa kapitan  na ang community ang maglihok ani nga programa, nangayo pud mi og tabang sa pagdisiplina ug pag-awhag sa katawhan gikan sa barangay, (During the first cycle, residents were reluctant to cooperate. We coordinated with the barangay captain first and explained that the community will be the one to implement the project. We also sought assistance from the barangay in terms of disciplining and mobilizing the residents),” said Alejandro B. Astrolabio Sr, 74, Project Preparation Team (PPT) head.

He said that the most difficult task he encountered was making sure the implementation went as planned.

Pero pasalamat mi kay naa ang Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team nga nag guide sa amoa. Ganahan pud mi sa mga seminars nga napadayag namo ang among mga gipambati.  Daghan mi na learn nga tools sa pag Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA). Naa mi tahas nga ma share pud namo among knowledge nga makuha sa pag conduct og PSA diri sa among lugar (We are grateful that the Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team was around to guide us. We also like the seminars which enabled us express our feelings. We learned a lot of tools in conducting Participatory Situation Analysis. We are tasked to share our knowledge in PSA here in our barangay).”

Good governance, innovations

With their improved roads and strengthened participation, residents of the barangay have decided to help the local government in maintaining the road access.

To support the maintenance and operation, our community launched the drive “Tapat Mo, Linis Mo”. This was organized after the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS, Astrolabio said.

“Our community was shortly declared drug free by the Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG). When residents became more hands on in the program, they became mindful of other community undertakings such as drug prevention.”

Sure enough, because of its adherence to the principle of good governance, Barangay New Casay was declared winner under the Improved Local Governance category of the 4th Kalahi-CIDSS Bayani Ka! Awards, a social marketing initiative of Kalahi-CIDSS that seeks to recognize the exemplary work of program supporters and partners who pushed projects that are community-led and citizen-centered.

Now that the barangay is gearing up for the third cycle of implementation, folks in New Casay are looking forward to increasing participation rate of people in their community.

“Amoang pakusgan pa ang Sama-Samang Pagkilos nang may Malasakit aron daghan pang volunteers ang mag apil.  (We will strengthen Collective Action with Compassion so that more Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers will participate),” Astrolabio declared. (DSWD)



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Kalahi-CIDSS cycle 3 starts in 11 towns

Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte (DSWD XI) –Eleven municipalities in Davao Region recently held municipal orientation for the third cycle of implementation of Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

The 11 towns which started the program in 2015 are Braulio E. Dujali, Baganga, Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Kiblawan, Lupon, Malalag, Montevista, San Isidro of Davao del Norte, Sta. Maria, and Saranggani.

The orientation serves as a forum through which local officials, as well as representatives of other government and non-government organizations in the locality, are provided overview of Kalahi-CIDSS and its accomplishments.

Present during the Municipal Orientation were municipal mayors, local officials, community volunteers, and Kalahi-CIDSS municipal and Area Coordinating Teams.

“The municipal orientation is a critical part of each cycle because it generates awareness and acceptance of the locals’ adoption of the program and provides an open forum where the technical and administrative requirements in the implementation of the project are agreed upon by the local chief executives together with the sectoral and community representatives,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

Bracing communities

During the first and second cycles, Braulio E. Dujali communities have constructed 10 sub-projects such as community access roads, school buildings, and hanging cable footbridge in five barangays with a total cash grant worth Php 12, 937, 550.

“Communities are given the opportunity to implement their sub-project from monitoring of construction, disbursement of fund from the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee, recording of transaction in the cashbook and in-kind journals, procurement of materials, contracting and hiring of laborers,” explained Melfar C. Aguiluz, Sangguniang Bayan chairperson.

Atty. Leah Marie Moral-Romano, Braulio E. Dujali Municipal Mayor, expressed her willingness to continuously support KALAHI-CIDSS and encouraged other stakeholders to do the same.

“I encourage communities here to strengthen their support in the program because I can see the real transformation of ordinary citizens becoming resource persons and have mustered confidence in them. People are aware and understand the right to participate in and decide on matters affecting their welfare. They attend meetings, planning workshops, community assemblies which led to their understanding how plans and projects are made and how these are implemented.”

She added, Kalahi-CIDSS program instill value formation among barangay folks, they become open to render volunteer work whenever necessary and when funds are not sufficient. Capacities of ordinary citizens to plan for their own development are enhanced and safeguards are put in place so that resources are not wasted or lost.

Niadtong 2015, nagsugod mi og pag awhag sa mga katawhan, pero dili musuporta ang mga tao kay matud pa nila wala silay madawat nga sweldo gikan niining programaha. Kung tinuod lamang ang imong pag serbisyo, dili nimo huna- hunaon kung naa ba kay madawat nga sweldo, kay ang importante nga makatabang ka para sa kalambuan sa imong komunidad (In 2015, we started to mobilize the people, but they won’t support the program since they will not receive any monetary remuneration. I explained to them that genuine service is not after monetary rewards but is focused on helping develop your community),” recounted Thelma Eliseo-Villagracia, national winner of Kalahi-CIDSS Bayani Ka! Awards under Gender and Development category.

The 11 implementing municipalities will get a total of Php 173,980,750.00 to fund prioritized community sub-projects. (DSWD)


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DSWD 11 marks 67 years of public service

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD is celebrating its 67 years of serving the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged constituents in Davao region.

DSWD employees, partner agencies, and beneficiaries of its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps started the celebration with a foot parade from Ramon Magsaysay Park to the Regional Office on R. Magsaysay Ave. and D. Suazo Street in Davao City.

DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco lauded the employees for their efforts of providing genuine public service to their clientele.

“I have always been proud of the employees of the DSWD as I have seen their dedication and strong commitment to providing excellent government service to the people that we serve—the poorest of the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged Filipinos,” Leyco said.

“No matter what kind of job you perform under the DSWD, please know that your labor is not in vain as every task you accomplish helps the Department achieve its strategic goals, which include helping to alleviate the lives of the poor from poverty. I urge you, my fellow public servants to uphold the principle of honesty and integrity, and to continue to provide dedicated public service to our clients as the DSWD turns another year older this year,” he added.

DSWD 11 director Mercedita Jabagat led employees on its two-day celebration that included thanksgiving mass, photo and product exhibits, DSWD market-market, wellness program, and a blood donation orientation in the Regional Office.

DSWD will also be recognizing outstanding partners, volunteer groups, people’s organizations, and employees that have greatly contributed in the implementation of the Department’s programs and services. (PNA)

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418 kids ready for adoption –DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XI revealed that a total of 418 children have been issued with certification declaring them legally available for adoption.

Social welfare adoption unit head Sheryl Annie Dumalogdog told the Kapehan sa Dabaw on Monday that 391 children have already been adopted with 17 adopted abroad, such as the United States of America and Europe among other countries. The rest have been adopted locally.

“It is our job as social workers to carefully assess our adoptive families,” Dumalogdog said. “We have to conduct series of home visitations and collateral interviews not only within the adoptive families but also within the neighborhood.”

She added that the practice is required so as to assess whether the couples or the adoptive families are really capable not only financially but as well as morally, physically, socially, spiritually and emotionally.

“For children who are and/or will be placed abroad, we monitor them through our partner, the Inter-Country Adoption Board (Icab). Not a single adopted child has been reportedly abused by his or her adoptive parent,” she said.

In line with the nationwide Adoption Consciousness Celebration 2018, February 10-17 with the theme “PagmamahalPalaganapin, Legal naPag-aamponAting Gawain” the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XI called on responsible families to give these children a home.

“Adoption is a serious legal subject, as well as a socio-legal process. Apart from urging families to take children under their wing”, she said.

Dumalogdog said that the the DSWD also encourages those parents who have not legally adopted their kids to legalize their adoption, especially those who are guilty of “simulation of birth.” They may file a petition to rectify the situation.

She added that that this is done when certain people tamper with the birth certificate of infants, to make it appear they had given birth to children who are not biologically theirs.

“Although we may see these offenses as being done with good intentions, we would still recommend that these people legalize the adoption, for which DSWD will offer support,” she added. (Edge Davao)

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