DSWD highlights transformative public service on its 68th year anniversary

Ushering  in the new year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to celebrate its 68th year anniversary of serving the public from January 21 to 25 with activities highlighting its mandate to help the poor and the vulnerable sectors towards positive change.

On January 3, the DSWD commemorated its founding anniversary with the theme, “DSWD: Katuwang sa Pagbabago (Partners for Change),” emphasizing the importance of serving the public towards positive transformation.

The need to improve and reinvent was emphasized by DSWD Secretary Rolando D. Bautista in his anniversary message to employees “to better serve and alleviate the conditions of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged members of our society.”

Sec. Bautista added that the DSWD must work towards helping the clients it serves towards positive transformation. 

“We must not let the persons, families, and communities’ difficulties in life get the better of them.  We must make them feel that they are valuable members of society with a capacity to make a contribution,” he said.

The Secretary emphasized that collectively, every single program of  the Department must empower the beneficiaries to achieve their full potential.

Sec. Bautista also thanked the employees for their dedication saying, “Nais ko ring pasalamatan ang DSWD family, lalo na sa suportang ipinagkaloob sa akin kaya mabilis nating naaaksiyunan ang mga bagyo at sakuna (I also thank my DSWD family for the support enabling us to deliver prompt action during disasters).”

For this year’s anniversary, the Secretary enjoined all employees to accept the challenge to render transformative public service.

“I ask everyone to join me in making a resolve this year, 2019, to render public service with a clarity of purpose, accompanied by the grace of honesty, selflessness, compassion and courteousness topped by genuine sincerity of effort and motivated by the deed of transparency and accountability of all the Department’s funds and resources imbued with a sense of nationality,” he said.

Meanwhile, in celebration of its anniversary, the Department will hold a sportsfest including the popular fitness competition, “The Biggest Loser, DSWD Edition”;  employees’ bazaar; ecumenical service; clean-up of Manila Bay; and, simultaneous  bloodletting activity  by the Central Office and some DSWD Field Offices. Other Field offices will hold their bloodletting activities in February during their regional anniversary celebration. 

The celebration  will be capped by a culminating event showcasing the talents of employees in the DSWD Got Talent competition and recognizing staff who have rendered five to 40 years in service through the Loyalty Awards. (DSWD Social Marketing Service)

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Mindanao, prone to trafficking -DSWD official

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte Jan. 7 (PIA) — Mindanao is prone to trafficking, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Luzviminda C. Ilagan said as she raised the need for community information regarding trafficking.

Basing on her experience, Ilagan cited the vulnerability of Mindanao which has now become prone to natural calamities and where poverty incidence is still high.

She said the evacuation sites where places to watch especially when man-made or natural disaster would occur because “these are where trafficking happens”.

Brushing aside literacy as a factor, she noted that even when victims knew the danger, they succumbed due to “pressing needs”.

“Mao ni ang bantayan kay kung naay evacuation center, daghang babae ang ma-traffic. (There is a need to keep an eye on evacuation sites where a number of women have been trafficked),” she said.

“Because of the circumstances kay bisan ug kabalo sila (because even if they know) that something is wrong with illegal recruitment, but because of the need,” she added, explaining that pressing needs usually drive victims to succumb to illegal recruitment leading to trafficking.

Ilagan said families in communities should be made aware of the dangers of trafficking or the transport of people who are being exploited through deceptive promises usually of good jobs.

She also pointed out the need for public information, inter-agency cooperation, strengthening of local trafficking councils which firm up local government policies.

The Undersecretary, however, expected local anti-trafficking councils to be funded by local government units (LGUs) because of some expenses that would be incurred in running the affairs of such council.

“So kinahanglan nga kining nga kampanya mapadayon ug inter-agency all of government jud ang approach. Kay dili pwede nga buhaton sa usa lang ka ahensiya. (it is important to sustain this campaign and this interagency (council) but it has to be all of government approach because one agency cannot do it alone.),” she said.

If not at the town levels, city and provincial level inter-agency council on trafficking would be good enough to pool together agencies of national government to check trafficking of persons.

Meanwhile, DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita  P. Jabagat saw the crucial role of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC)  in checking incidence of trafficking of children  in communities not just looking into cases of children in conflict with the law (CICL).

DSWD along with other members of the Regional Interagency Council against Trafficking (RIACAT) held observance of International Day Against Trafficking (IDAT) in December in Tagum City with Atty. Rudiger G. Falcis II, executive director of IACAT Department of Justice.

The event bannered the theme, “Karapatan ng Kabataan Pangalagaan, Human Trafficking ay Labanan”.  (PIA XI/Jeanevive Duron Abangan)

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Audit for Persons-With-Disabilities compliant structures set

DAVAO CITY  – An audit of persons-with-disabilities compliant building and infrastructures is set to be implemented in Davao City.

Melecio Fernandez, focal person on persons-with-disabilities, Department of Social Welfare and Development-XI (DSWD-XI) says this will be the first time an audit will be held and is an initiative of the Regional Council for Disability Affairs (RCDA).

According to Fernandez the audit will show how Batasang Pambansa 344 or the accessibility law is implemented.

“Matagal na yang batas na yan, kasi hanggang ngayon mga iba meron, mga iba wala,” (That law has been around for so long, until today others are following it, others are not) Fernandez said.

The audit which will be conducted on March of 2019 will look into government buildings such as the City Hall, Sangguniang Panglungsod and supermarkets. Roads and sidewalks will also be inspected.

The audit team will be joined by representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways and the local government unit.

Fernandez noted that some roads and sidewalks particularly pedestrian crossing in the city are not accessible to persons-with-disabilities. The audit will also determine if the buildings which are certified compliant to BP 344 are really following the law. (PIA)

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DSWD holds SLP Kabuhayan Fair 2018

Davao City (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) conducted its first ever SLP Kabuhayan Fair at People’s Park, Palma Gil last December 7, Friday.

The provinces in the region, together with their respective program participants, showcased their products during the fair with the purpose of not only informing the external and internal stakeholders about the program, but to transform them as advocates for the same.

The Kabuhayan Fair featured booths that were made from indigenous materials that represent their respective provinces. The winner for the Best Booth Design was the province of Davao del Norte headed by SLP Provincial Coordinator Dexter M. Lara, and runners-up for the same were the province of Compostela Valley and the cluster of Davao City.

Among the products displayed during the fair were bags weaved from romblon leaves from Davao del Sur, handwoven mats from Davao del Norte, indigenous accessories by the Matigsalug tribe of Davao City, jewelry from Compostela Valley, nito products from Davao Occidental, and some sweetened candies from Davao Oriental. Davao del Norte’s black rice brew with moringa bagged the Most Innovative Product during the fair.

Mr. Romeo Vasquez, Jr. Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI XI, Ms. Marian Comilang, Executive Director of the Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation, Inc., and Mr. Rolando Torres, Executive Director of the Mindanao Business Council were also present as keynote speakers during the Kabuhayan Forum in the afternoon.

“Today, we celebrate the successes of our program participants in the SLP. We are grateful that their stories of growth speak volume of the effect of the program to the community that they belong,” Merlinda A. Paragamac, Chief of Promotive Services Division, DSWD, said in her opening remarks.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to provide access to resources that will improve productivity of the participants’ already existing livelihood. It is open to every Filipino family especially the poor, marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. (DSWD)

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561 IP frontrunners, Pantawid Pamilya parent leaders attend capbuild

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Some 561 frontrunners from the indigenous peoples (IPs) group and Pantawid Pamilya parent leaders participated in the recent three-week capability building and training on Culture Sensitivity and Salient Features of Indigenous Peoples’ Right Act (IPRA) (RA8371) in celebration of the 21st Anniversary of IPRA with the theme “Kulturang Lumadnon, Pakusgan ug Panalipdan”.

The activity was initiated by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and Department of Health (DOH).

The capability building was conducted in the region’s five provinces and in Davao City.

The activity aimed to capacitate and equip IP leaders and Pantawid Pamilya parent leaders and for them to develop a deeper understanding of their rights in performing their duties as community leaders and program partners.

Highlighting the activity was the cultural night where participants showcased the richness of their culture and communities through their songs, dances, drama and poetry. (DSWD)


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DSWD takes custody of 14 children rescued in Talaingod, Davao del Norte  

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has taken custody of the 14 children who were rescued in the Municipality of Talaingod, Davao del Norte on November 29, 2018.

The children, composed of two boys and 12 girls, are currently being taken care of at the Department’s residential care facilities in the region.

The girls are presently staying at the DSWD Home for Gils in Maa, Davao City, while the two boys were brought to the Home for the Aged in Tagum City.

According to the report from DSWD Field Office (FO) Region XI, the children were turned over to the field office by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of Talaingod. They were originally 15, but one of them had already gone home with his father on November 29.

The children hail from Barangay Palma Gil and Nasilaban in Talaingod; Inayaman and Kalagangan, Bukidnon; Arakan, Cotabato Province; Zamboanga Del Sur; and Colombio and Sinapulan in Sultan Kudarat.

They are currently enrolled in a Salugpungan community learning center in Brgy. Palma Gil, Talaingod.

Upon arrival at the DSWD centers, the children underwent intake interview by the Department’s social workers. They were also oriented on the DSWD facility where they are staying at.

The parents of all 14 children have already visited them and have already talked to them. They have also already spoken with the social workers handling the case.

To date, the children have already been provided with psychosocial interventions such as counseling, art therapy, and journal writing, among others.

The children have also been integrated with the other children in the centers to keep them engaged while awaiting the processing of the case.

“The DSWD always look after the best interest of children. During situations like this, the safety of the children is our paramount concern. Rest assured that we will continue to provide them with the necessary services and interventions while their case is being processed,” DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista said. ###

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14 children rescued in Talaingod now in DSWD custody

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The 14 children with ages 14 to 17 years old who were rescued in Talaingod in the morning of November 29 are now being taken care of at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) residential facilities.

Originally 15 all, one child has already gone home with his father to Talaingod on that same day.

Upon arrival at the center, the children who are currently enrolled in a Salugpungan community learning center in Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod town, underwent intake interview by social workers and were oriented on the DSWD facility.

Of the 14 children, 12 are girls and 2 are boys whose parents have already visited and talked with them as well as with the social workers handling the case.

To date, the children who hail from Palma Gil and Nasilaban in Talaingod; Inayaman and Kalagangan, Bukidnon; Arakan, Cotabato Province; Zamboanga Del Sur; and Colombio and Sinapulan in Sultan Kudarat have already been provided with psycho social interventions such as counseling, art therapy, writing in journal and others.

The children have also been integrated with the other children in the center to keep them engaged and productive while awaiting processing of the case.

The 12 girl-children are presently staying at Home for Girls and Women in Maa, Davao City while the two boys are with Home for the Aged in Tagum City. (DSWD)

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Gov’t. agencies, LGU offices pool resources for children’s welfare

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Nov. 23 (PIA) — Key national line agencies and provincial government offices recently came together to present their respective agency mandate and services especially those concerning children’s welfare.

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) pooled them together during the Provincial Children’s Congress during which agency representatives discussed their services involving children’s rights to development, protection, participation and survival.

Among those invited to speak were  the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),  Department of Education (DepEd) Davao del Norte Schools Division, Philippine Information Agency XI-Davao del Norte Information Center, Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Commission on Muslim Filipinos-Davao del Norte, Philippine National Police Davao del Norte.

PSWDO now headed by officer-in-charge Rose Rapista also invited the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, the Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Sports and Development Office to make children aware of respective services of these offices.

Held on November 21 at the Provincial Pavilion Hall, the First Provincial Children’s Congress was supported by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and National Youth Commission.

Rapista said the event was in line with the 26th National Children’s Month with the theme “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga para sa Lahat ng Bata (Advance: Right Care for All Children).”

In-school representatives from elementary, high school and from the sectors of indigenous peoples and Muslim youths were among the participants of the Congress.  They elected child representatives to represent their cause at the Provincial Council for Protection of Children.  (PIA XI DavNor Infocen-DOLE DavNor)

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