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IP midwife is 2019 reg’l Pantawid Focal

Brgy. Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao Del Norte- “Through prayer, action, unity and understanding, there is strength to achieve whatever we aim to do,” Brgy Gupitan Rural Health Midwife, Mary Jean I. Sabudan strongly believes in this.

Born of a Mandaya-Ata-Manobo Dibabawon descent, Mary Jean was declared recently as Regional Pantawid Focal under Health Category. She has been serving the Indigenous Peoples in her community for nine years now.

Hard up

“We were very poor. Farming was our only means of living. Since my parents had eight children to feed and support, we really felt the struggle of surviving each day,” Mary Jean recounted.

Even as a child, Mary Jean already devoted herself to strive and study hard in order to free her family from poverty.  She also wanted to extend help to her fellow tribe members who were in the same fate as them.

“I almost lost hope for a brighter future after finishing elementary school. My parents were incapable of sending me to high school, let alone support my college education. But I refused to let go of my goals. I worked as a house helper to support my high school education,” Mary Jean said.

Fortunately, with the determination and effort of her mother, they were able to seek assistance from a National Government Organization (NGO) to help Mary Jean finish a college degree. Mary Jean then finished a course in midwifery and subsequently, passed the board examination. Equipped with her educational achievements and professional skills, Mary Jean returned to her hometown to serve her community, her tribe, and help her family start a better life.  

Volunteer worker

Even with noble intentions, starting out her professional journey wasn’t easy. Mary Jean couldn’t find a job fit to her qualifications in their town. It was in 1998 when she started volunteering in Barangay Gupitan as a community health worker.

“I served the people of Barangay Gupitan where many residents are lumads, despite the difficulty of reaching the area due to harsh roads, impending flash floods, and the looming threats to security and safety of volunteers.” Mary Jean said.

None of these dangers hinder Mary Jean’s dream to help the community in need of her services and that of her fellow midwives, doctors and barangay health workers. They would visit this remote sitio out of sheer sense of volunteerism.

“I may not have received any financial compensation but my heart is full of joy knowing that I have contributed to the good health and well-being of the people that we served.” Mary Jean said.

As volunteer, Mary Jean has formed partnerships with various medical groups such as the Mercy Maternity Clinic and the Malaysian on-The-Job-Trainee Doctors to improve the services they extend to remote areas. “There are times that government support is not enough that is why I thought of asking help from other parties”.

As Pantawid Coordinator

In 2009, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has included all Ata-Manobo and Dibabawanon tribesmen in the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples or MCCT-IP. With the implementation of this program, Mary Jean had seen great improvements in the lives of her fellow lumads.

“I am thankful to be part of this 4Ps program as coordinator. Through Family Development Sessions (FDS), I am able to impart my knowledge in health and wellness, especially on the importance of a pre-natal check-up.”

Mary Jean also initiated efforts to educate the community about the importance of immunization through FDS. Mary Jean also introduced to them the different health services provided by the government like free vitamins, free medication, free medical examination and consultation.

Mary Jean as a health worker observed that mothers in the community struggle to find a safe and accessible birthing place. Thus, as one of her proudest initiatives, she coordinated with officials of Barangay Gupitan to help establish a birthing facility in the area and was issued a resolution in year 2014.

“For me, being a 4Ps coordinator is not an easy task. One needs to deal with different kinds of people with different levels of needs. As an IP and a partner in implementing the Pantawid Program in the community, I continue be inspired by God’s grace in my work.”

Because of these ‘extra mile’ efforts, Mary Jean was proclaimed Regional Winner under Health Category of the first ever Search for Pantawid Focals.

This search aims to recognize the efforts and services of partner stakeholders from the schools and health centers who have been crucial in the successful implementation of the program.

At present, regional Pantawid Pamilya is helping 226,230 families in 43 municipalities, 6 cities, covering all 5 provinces, by keeping their children healthy and in school. The program also has 29,070 IP beneficiaries in Davao Region under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP). (DSWD)

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80 youth accepted in DSWD summer job

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) –At least 80 youth participants have been enlisted to be part of the 2019 Government Internship Program (

DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) –At least 80 youth participants have been enlisted to be part of the 2019 Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here.

GIP is a component of 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.

“It is an opportunity for them to learn life skills in the workplace, have a meaningful and productive activity during their summer vacation, and at the same time earn money to augment their family budget for school needs,” DSWD Social Welfare Officer IV Dahlia S. Padillo said.

The implementation of GIP is from April to May 2019 for 30 days and participants will receive a daily stipend of Php 277.50.

Padillo added that during the selection phase, DSWD prioritized interns who are 18-25 years old, member of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP), whose family income is below Php 9,000.00, and a family-beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The GIP is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen youth participation in nation-building by exposing them to government service, and to serve as a recruitment mechanism for potential public employees.

GIP youth will perform not only actual office work but will also assist in the implementation of DSWD programs and projects. Participants may also provide frontline services in DSWD satellite offices in the provinces, DSWD residential facilities and in local government units (LGUs) with active and functional PYAP, Padillo said.

For 2019, DSWD has 1,360 interns all over the Philippines.

It can be recalled that in the past years, many participating youth have expressed that the internship program was a big help to them as they were able to save some money and learn to value the fruits of their hard work. Padillo expressed optimism that through this internship program more youths will recognize the importance of public service while government can expect younger and more compelling workforce in the next

) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here.

GIP is a component of 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.

“It is an opportunity for them to learn life skills in the workplace, have a meaningful and productive activity during their summer vacation, and at the same time earn money to augment their family budget for school needs,” DSWD Social Welfare Officer IV Dahlia S. Padillo said.

The implementation of GIP is from April to May  2019 for 30 days and participants will receive a stipend of 75% (277.50) of the regional minimum salary wage rate.

Padillo added that during the selection phase, DSWD prioritized interns who are 18-25 years old, member of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP), whose family income is below Php 9,000.00, and a family-beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The GIP is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen youth participation in nation-building by exposing them to government service, and to serve as a recruitment mechanism for potential public employees.

GIP youth will perform not only actual office work but will also assist in the implementation of DSWD programs and projects. Participants may also provide frontline services in DSWD satellite offices in the provinces, DSWD residential facilities and in local government units (LGUs) with active and functional PYAP, Padillo said.

For 2019, DSWD has 1,360 interns all over the Philippines.

It can be recalled that in the past years, many participating youth have expressed that the internship program was a big help to them as they were able to save some money and learn to value the fruits of their hard work.

Padillo expressed optimism that through this internship program more youths will recognize the importance of public service while government can expect younger and more compelling workforce in the next generation. (DSWD)

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DSWD holds first disaster response information summit

DSWD holds first disaster response information summit

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as the lead disaster response agency in the country, is currently conducting the first Disaster Response Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) Summit until April 12th at Pinnacle Hotel, Davao City.

With the theme, “Enhancing Community Resilience thru Innovations in Information Technology and Data Sharing,” the DROMIC Summit 2019 aims to strengthen the disaster information management system of the DSWD by enhancing the knowledge and skills of disaster response personnel. Some of the topics that will be discussed in the event will be on disaster data gathering, monitoring, coordination, information communication and technology (ICT), and data analytics, among others.

It is being organized by the Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB) which leads in the management of disaster response information and emergency operations of the Department.

Moreover, the Summit is participated by DROMIC-Central and Field Offices (CO and FOs) personnel, Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) heads, and representatives from other cluster-members and private agencies.

Improving disaster information management

DROMIC was established in 1994 under Department Order No. 53, otherwise known as the Disaster Response and Monitoring Capability Building (DRAMCB) project, to develop functions and guidelines on the management of disaster information and management.

Among its notable innovations are: Predictive Analytics for Humanitarian Response (PAHR) which is intended to make predictions on potential disaster events to prepare humanitarian response using mathematical theories, scientific processes, and spatial technologies based on current and historical data; DSWD ETDR (Emergency Telecommunications for Disaster Response) which deploys Emergency Telecommunications Teams (ETTs) equipped with ICT resources to address communications, electronics, and information needs of disaster managers and affected population in disaster-stricken areas; and the Virtual OpCen(dromic.dswd.gov.ph), the DSWD’s online facility that provides relevant information to any or potential emergency situation accessible anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

With the rapid changes in weather patterns, the Department, through DROMIC, continues to pursue innovations in disaster response management to engage citizens to acquire and share information on disaster preparedness and to mitigate the impacts of climate change. ### SMS

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DSWD Home for Girls and Women obtains Level 3 Accreditation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Home for Girls and Women represented by its head Sheryll Anne R. Dumalogdog, receives the Level 3 Accreditation Certificate from DSWD Director Mercedita P. Jabagat and Assistant Director Alfredo M. Sy. The Home was also cited national awardee under the Best DSWD Residential Facility category during the recent DSWD 68th Anniversary Awarding ceremony in Manila. (DSWD)

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DSWD to continue delivery of its programs and services during election period

DSWD to continue the delivery of its programs and services during election period

The clarification was made following the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) newly-released resolution dated April 1, 2019 approving the petition of the Department for the exemption of its routine and normal expenses from the prohibition against release, disbursement or expenditure of public funds as stated under Section 262 (v.2) of the Omnibus Election Code. 

DSWD also requested for an authority to continue its ongoing disaster relief, early recovery and rehabilitation efforts, and to undertake possible relief, early recovery and rehabilitation efforts during the election period.

The COMELEC resolution further stated the condition that for programs requiring expenditures, the expenditures are limited to an amount equivalent to one quarter only, for the duration of the election period.

In addition, the Department affirmed that it will not stop its delivery of programs and services to the Filipino people during the elections, and will uphold its mandate to provide effective, efficient, and transparent services.

Lastly, the DSWD also assured the public that it will properly monitor its implementation of programs and services to prevent them from being used by politicians during their campaigns for the 2019 election. SMS

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