DSWD opens disaster operations center to Davao del Norte Provincial Government

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently shared its Disaster Response Management initiatives with officials from the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte who recently visited the Department’s Disaster Response Management Bureau (DReMB).

“We welcome the members of the Provincial Quick Response Team of Davao del Norte to our DReMB Operations Center for a learning session regarding disaster management. Our DReMB team introduced the delegates to the different initiatives of DSWD’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC),” DSWD Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Emmanuel A. Leyco said.

The guests were presented with a general picture of Republic Act (RA) 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act of 2010 and the roles of DSWD as the Vice-Chair for the Disaster Response Pillar. The Department is the lead for the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Protection Cluster, and Food and Non-food Items (FNI) Cluster.

The DROMIC reporting process was also discussed with the guests and how it is currently in the process of being enhanced through the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring Information System (DROMIS) and Family Access Card during Emergencies (FACE).

The guests were also introduced to the Predictive Analytics for Humanitarian Response (PAHR) and how it is utilized as the main tool the DSWD uses to plan the appropriate response to approaching hazards. They were shown examples of previous PAHRs such as for the Super Typhoon “Lawin” and “The Big One” or the 7.2-Magnitude Earthquake that could potentially hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The activity ended with the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte expressing its intent to secure and utilize the technologies that the DReMB has, in order to better equip their operations center with a more sophisticated system of capturing and reporting data.

“The Philippines is a disaster prone country, and in recent years, our country experienced strong disasters which were also the effect of the global warming phenomenon. Thus, the exchange of learning such as this activity on how to handle disaster management from mitigation to rehabilitation is important,” said OIC Leyco.

He also reiterated that the Department’s DReMB Operations Center is open to all LGUs and other stakeholders who would like to replicate the initiatives and strategies being employed by DSWD. (SMS)

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Container veggie garden boosts income of Davao Pantawid family

Tibungco, Davao City (DSWD XI) – “Achieving a well-fed and a food-secure household would mean improving what people eat, in terms of quality, quantity, and variety,” Pantawid Pamilya City Link of Barangay Tibungco Jackilyn A. Raz said.

This is easily attainable for the family of Baltazar and Marina Monton, which enjoys vegetable gardening as an income-generating hobby.

”Sa pirmiro namo nga pagtanom, nagsugod ko sa baynte ka semilya sa pechay. Nagakuha pud ko sa sementeryo og mga tetra pack aron matamnan (I started off with 20 seedlings of pechay. I also gather from the cemetery tetra packs which I recycle into pots),” Marina shared.

From 20 pechay seedlings, Marina now has over 200 seedlings along with other crops that she cultivates by their home lot sideline.

To make soil containers, Marina personally sews together the various tetra packs she fastidiously collects. She even builds makeshift racks to maximize the limited space by the fence, and make room for her growing vegetable pots.

Ang naka nindot sa amoang gulayan kay nag ka unite mi mga beneficiaries nga bisan og naa mi sa daplin sa dagat dili rason nga dili mi maka tanom og mga gulay (It is interesting to note that as beneficiaries we agreed that living near the seashore is not a hindrance in growing vegetables).”

The urban container gardening was established in 2013 with three Pantawid families in the seaside area of Tibungco. For them, it provided additional income and better nutritional values for the whole family.

Marina said her husband Baltazar repacks the seedlings they buy and sells it to fellow Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries at Tibungco Public Market. Their children also help and gardening has become a kind of family bonding especially on weekends.

Seven of their children are now married and living separately. Only the two younger ones are staying with them.

From their small garden, the family earns Php 1,500 every month. This is a lot of help since the couple also takes care of four grandchildren.

For their laudable efforts, the Monton family was recognized in 2017 during the District II Urban Container Gardening Contest initiated by DSWD Pantawid staffs in partnership with the local government of District II of Davao City.  The Montons won second place with a Php 2,000 cash prize.

Tungod sad aning gulayan nako nakapalit ko og sin sa among balay maong nakabutang nako og dghan pang tanom sa amoang atop (Through my vegetable garden, I was able to buy G.I. sheets for my roofing hence I can now place more pots on the roof which also serves as garden patch),” Marina beamed.

Their garden also supplies the family’s vegetable requirements. From their savings on vegetables, they are able to pay for other basic needs. Consequently, what they earn from selling their vegetable produce could definitely augment the family’s income.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides cash grants to partner-beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers, and attending the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS).

FDS is conducted by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and partners from non-government organizations, private sector, and civil society organizations. FDS topics include effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development, home management, active citizenship, electoral education, among others.

To date, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, implemented by DSWD, benefits 263,024 families in Davao Region. (DSWD)


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Empowered women-beneficiaries

WOMEN EMPOWERED. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) women-beneficiaries Rowena A. Pradella [second from left], Emelinda L. Nadim and Alejandra D. Diva receive recognition after their inspiring testimonials in overcoming cultural traditions and single parenting, and leading a more fulfilling life as empowered working women.

“The support of DSWD has made me what I am now –a Pantawid Pamilya parent leader, a village entrepreneur, and an empowered woman and wife,” Nadim proudly declared. Presenting the award are [from left] Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat and focal on women and Gender and Development (GAD) Dalmin Faith A. Igaňa. The Women’s Month celebration anchors on the theme, We Make Change Work for Women. (DSWD)

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Fire drill at Home for the Aged

FIRE DRILL. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Home for the Aged in Tagum City conducts a Fire Drill in observance of the National Fire Prevention Month as well as in preparation for any fire-related incident at the center. Prior to the drill proper, residents and staffs listened to the lecture conducted by Fire Officer 1 Jeston B. Ronquillo of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) – Tagum City. Ronquillo discussed fire risks to lives and properties, proper use of fire extinguishers, and other firefighting techniques. (DSWD)

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Woman volunteer shines in DavNor town

Braulio E. Dujali, Davao Del Norte  “Gikan ko sa yano nga pamilya ug simple lang ang among panginabuhi. Tong niabot ang Kalahi-CIDSS sa among munisipyo, nahimo kong leader bisan sa ubos nako nga kahimtang. Naghatag og oportunidad ang programa sa ako ug ako kining kinasing kasing nga gidawat kay kabalo ko nga dako kini og maikatabang sa among komunidad (I come from a poor family, leading a simple life. When Kalahi-CIDSS entered our town, I became a leader despite my low social status. The program provided an opportunity which I sincerely accepted because I know it would greatly help my community).”

This came from Thelma Eliseo Villagracia, 60, who was awarded as Best Volunteer under Gender and Development Category in DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS 3rd National Bayani Ka! Awards.

The Kalahi-CIDSS Bayani Ka! Awards seeks to recognize the contribution of program supporters and convene Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer-champions and heroes from different communities.

Woman volunteer

In celebration of Women’s Month, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to recognize and advocate the crucial role of women in community development as it leads the observance with the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women”.

Villagracia, a mother of five, is an active volunteer in Kalahi-CIDSS. She leads the operation and maintenance of Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC).

Despite the hardships in finishing her studies, she endeavored to pursue it through DepEd’s Alternative Learning System (ALS).  At 47, she completed high school and passed the National Acceleration and Equivalency Test.

When Kalahi-CIDSS came to B.E. Dujali in 2015, she led the Operations and Maintenance of BSPMC. She considers her task in Kalahi-CIDSS as one of the most difficult yet exceedingly rewarding.

“Before, people in our community were doubtful on a woman’s ability to lead in managing projects. The tasks in Kalahi-CIDSS like canvassing, budgeting, sub-project monitoring, negotiating with suppliers, and most of all, overseeing the implementation of the sub-project are deemed as a man’s job,” Villagracia recounted.

Undeniably, if one is unschooled in basic business management, these tasks are overwhelming.

But Villagracia was undaunted. She defied the system that typecasts women into mere child care givers, housekeepers, household cooks, etc.

“I dreamt of occupying a position where I could influence and create change in the community. It was the downright segregation of women that pushed me to advocate the capacity and rights of women, in every chance that I could.”

Through various trainings, workshops and campaigns with local communities, Villagracia contributed to a radical shift in how communities perceive women.

Woman leader

“Ang pagsulong sa karapatan ug partisipasyon sa mga kababainhan kaniadto  kay lisud sa among komunidad. Pero sa pagsulod sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa among munisipyo, na-awhag ang mga tao hilabi na ang mga kababainhan nga mu-partisipar. Nadungagan ang akong kadasig nga akong pakusgan ang ilahang partisipasyon (In the past, it was difficult to advance women rights and participation. It was during the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS that people especially women were mobilized to participate. And I was more inspired to strengthen their participation).”

“To be honest, pushing for women’s rights and participation in our community was not easy but when Kalahi-CIDSS entered our municipality, women were encouraged and they felt they wanted to also do something to raise their morale. I too did my best to convince them to participate,” Villagracia said.

Villagracia and her husband are both active volunteers in Kalahi-CIDSS. In fact, they are both hands-on in the implementation of Community Access Roads in Barangay Dujali worth Php 5,067,809.00 with a Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) worth Php 51,338.00.

Apart from volunteering in Kalahi-CIDSS, Villagracia heads Dagyaw (bayanihan) and the Sagip-Ilog, Sagip-Buhay project, an awareness-raising campaign on environment and disaster preparedness.

Per DSWD XI records, there are 6119 women volunteers in Kalahi-CIDSS. Of this figure, 12% work as laborers in the construction of Kalahi-CIDSS community sub-projects.

“Usa ka pribilehiyo ang magsilbi sa katawhan. Usa ka dakong karangalan ang mahimong isa sa mga instrumento sa pagbag-o sa kababainhan aron matukod ang mga proyekto ubos sa Kalahi-CIDSS (It is a privilege to serve the people. It is a great honor to be one of the instruments in empowering women, enabling them establish projects under Kalahi-CIDSS),” Villagracia declared. (DSWD)


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USAID courtesy visit

COURTESY VISIT. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil [2nd from left] responds to queries of USAID Officials who paid a courtesy visit to DSWD on Tuesday. USAID officers include [from left] Consuelo Aňonuevo, Office of Health, USAID Manila; Leonila Gutierrez, Office of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, USAID Manila; and Jenna White of LINC, a USAID implementing partner. (DSWD)

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Women in government

WOMEN EMPOWERED. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Senior Labor and Employment Officer at Digos City Field Office Maria Derma Fe Obiso [2nd from left] and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Link Hiezel Jean B. Codilla [center] receive recognition after their inspiring testimonials in overcoming economic poverty and domestic violence and leading a more fulfilling life as empowered working women.

“Have a goal. Look up to God. Respect yourself. Work hard to hit your goal,” Obiso confidently urged DSWD employees at the weekly convocation program on Tuesday. Presenting the award are [from left] Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, focal on women and Gender and Development (GAD) Dalmin Faith A. Igaňa, and Pantawid Pamilya GAD focal Leah Callejo. The Women’s Month celebration anchors on the theme, We Make Change Work for Women. (DSWD)

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Women empowered

WOMEN EMPOWERED. Ma. Belen O. Gerasol [2nd from left], Panatawid Pamilya beneficiary and Josephine A. Bernal, worker of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) receive recognition following their rousing testimonial in overcoming domestic violence and leading a more fulfilling life as empowered working women. Presenting the award are Regional Director of DSWD Mercedita P. Jabagat [leftmost] and Dalmin Faith A. Igaňa, DSWD focal on women and Gender and Development. The Women’s Month celebration anchors on the theme, We Make Change Work for Women. (DSWD)

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