Tagum City cited for child-friendly initiatives

Tagum City – Proving its grit in the advocacy of children rights and welfare, the City Government of Tagum was conferred with the Seal of Child-friendly Local Governance Award by the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) in the annual event organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and the Local Government (DILG) held at Star Hotel in Davao City last July 18, 2017.

Mayor Allan Rellon, who personally received the award, said that the recognition is a testament to the effectiveness of the programs and initiatives employed by the city government to promote and ensure a child-friendly environment and governance in Tagum City.

The recognition was based on the results of the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) conducted by an inter-agency monitoring task force chaired by DSWD to all municipalities and cities in Davao Region. The criteria on the rigid audit process were anchored on the aspects of child survival, protection, development, and participation.

Meanwhile, Tagum’s Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) vowed that it will continue to advance child-friendly programs and institute measures that promote children’s welfare, especially those provided by the city’s Local Children’s Code.

“We will strengthen even more the programs that champion children rights and welfare in the city to secure the development of each child in Tagum,” said Anthonette Leones, head of Secratariat of LCPC.

Ms. Leones also quipped that LCPC has already arranged its projects and activities for the rest of the year and for 2018 which is highlighted by the conduct of Children’s Festival and the activation of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children.

Out of the 43 local government units (LGUs) in Davao Region, 31 received the award. While Tagum City is among the seven of the eleven LGUs in the province of Davao del Norte to be conferred with the “child-friendly” seal. (Roy Banias/Tagum City Information Office)

 

 

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Monkayo receives Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley – Recognizing its commitment to create and ensure a child-friendly environment and governance, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, DSWD-FO XI, conferred the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) to the Municipality of Monkayo.

Mayor Ramil L. Gentugaya received the award together with the Sangguniang Bayan members during the inauguration and blessing of infrastructure projects on July 21, 2017 at the Women Activity Center, Poblacion, Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

In her message, Dir. Jabagat chronicled the institutionalization of the award as it was first launched on October 8, 2014, through the Council for the Welfare of Children’s “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by, and with the Children”.

It is the advocacy and programming framework adopted by the CWC in response to both national (Child 21 and 2nd National Plan of Action for Children) and international commitments. It is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) and it requires the involvement of different stakeholders at various levels.

This framework promotes child-friendly local governance wherein local government units (LGUs) give priority to children in their planning, budgeting, legislation and delivery of services and is able to assure that all children enjoy their rights classified as survival, development, protection, and participation.

One of the strategies developed to achieve the Child-Friendly Philippines is the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) which is a recognition system for LGUs that deliver positive results for children’s wellbeing, she added.

Mayor Gentugaya said that the conferment of the Seal proved that the municipality is geared towards supporting and initiating children’s rights promotion and protection. (Monkayo Information Office)

 

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37 RRCY residents passed Welding NC II

37 residents of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) graduate from Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II through the Sustainable Livelihood Program. The 35-day skills training was conducted by Endonela Institute of Technology Foundation, Inc.  100% of the graduates passed the National Certificate (NC) II Assessment by TESDA. (DSWD)

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Home for the Aged seniors join quake drill

QUAKE DRILL. Elderly residents of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Home for the Aged in Tagum City participate in the recent nationwide Earthquake Drill spearheaded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). To date, over 60 disadvantaged and homeless older persons are being taken care of at the DSWD residential facility. (DSWD)

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DSWD awards 31 child-friendly LGUs

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children XI (RSCWC-XI) led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and in coordination with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Education (DepEd) conferred recently the 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) to 31 local government units in Davao Region to recognize and commend their commitment in creating and ensuring child-responsive governance.

“The framework promotes a governance wherein Local Government Units (LGUs) give priority to children in their planning, budgeting, legislation and delivery of services. One of the strategies developed to achieve a Child-Friendly Philippines is the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) which is a recognition system for LGUs that deliver positive results for the children’s well-being,” said RSCWC XI Chairperson and DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

The LGUs are audited based on the following twelve (12) criteria: (1) Percentage reduction in the deaths among children below five years old or under-five mortality rate; (2) Percentage reduction in the number of children under-six with below normal weight; (3) Percentage increase in the number of 3-4 year-old children attending center-based day care services; (4) Completion rate for elementary schooling; (5) Absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases; (6) Percentage reduction in the number of children victims of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation (all forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, and trafficking in persons); (7) Safety measures for children in the community and schools; (8) Extent of mainstreaming of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation in the core development agenda of LGUs (this includes LCPC functionality and child participation); (9) An ordinance establishing Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks; (10) 2016 PhilHealth accreditation in its main health facility or rural health unit for the Maternal Care Services and Primary Care; (11) A Local School Board (LSB) Plan for CY 2016 that is aligned with the School Improvement Plan (SIP); and (12) Completed at least 70% of its LSB Plan for 2016.

Conferees of the SCFLG were shortlisted and validated for the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities.

Regional 2016 conferees are: (Davao Oriental) Baganga, Banaybanay, San Isidro, Manay, Mati City, Tarragona; (Compostela Valley) Compostela, Laak, Mabini, Maco, Maragusan, Mawab, Monkayo, Montevista, New Bataan; (Davao Del Norte) Asuncion, Braulio E. Dujali, Carmen, IGaCoS, Panabo City, San Isidro,  Tagum, Talaingod; (Davao Del Sur) Digos City, Hagonoy, Magsaysay,  Malalag, Matanao, Padada, Santa Cruz; and Davao City.

The National CWC launched the “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by, and with the Children” on October 8, 2014.

It is the advocacy of the programming framework adopted by the CWC in response to both national and international commitments.

It is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which requires the involvement of different stakeholders at various levels. (DSWD)

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DSWD Paghilom project signed

Mati City, Davao Oriental (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental signed recently the Memorandum of Agreement of the PagHILOM (Healing Intervention Leading to Optimum Management) project for the rehabilitation of victims of torture (VicTors) and Enforced Disappearance (ED) and their families.

PagHILOM (Pagpaayo) is a model of intervention to contribute to the healing, rebuilding of lives, reparation, and access to justice of VicTors and ED by engaging a committed and functional rehabilitation team of service providers and support groups.

Aiming to provide appropriate interventions to lessen the victim’s trauma, the project is a partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Justice (DOJ), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Civil Society Organizations like Families of Involuntary Disappearance (Friends) and Balay Rehabilitation Center.

The program was conceived following a research conducted by the Social Technology Bureau (STB) of DSWD. Based on the result, there is a high incidence of torture and enforced disappearances covering the period from 1983 until the year 2015, said STB Director Thelsa Biolena.

In Davao Oriental, one of the pilot areas for this project, 22 VicTors have been identified to undergo rehabilitation, Director Biolena revealed.

Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said that victims and families who wish to avail of the services will undergo psychosocial assessment as well as physical, mental, social, and psychological healing interventions.

The VicTors will receive assistance such as educational, medical, spiritual guidance, family intervention sessions, legal, and financial. Families under Enforced Disappearance will get support like exhumation arrangement, food and transportation allowance in search for the relative, psychological and/or psychiatric intervention, economic empowerment and others.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang thanked the different agencies for the project since Davao Oriental is one area with a high occurrence of torture and enforced disappearance.

Director Jabagat emphasized that PagHILOM will prosper as it will restore and promote the well-being of victims of torture and ED and their families to the fullest possible, by providing appropriate treatment and rehabilitation services towards their search for truth, justice, comprehensive reparations and guarantees of non-repetition. (DSWD)

 

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RCDA-11 set to celebrate national disability prevention and rehabilitation week

DAVAO CITY – The Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA-11) has readied various activities for the persons with disabilities in the region to celebrate the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week.

The activities are aligned with this year’s theme: “Karapatan Pribilehiyo ng Maykapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban.”

The celebration at the regional level will kick off on July 19 (Wednesday) with a motorcade involving all members of RCDA-11 composing of various national government agencies, local government units, peoples organizations, civil society organizations, and private sector.

The motorcade to start at Magsaysay Ave. in Davao City will proceed to the Royal Mandaya Hotel where a Products Exhibit and Skills Demonstration will be opened and a forum on different Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) laws and policies will take place.

Cynthia Umbana, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-11) focal person to RCDA-11, said the product exhibit which will be open for public viewing and selling, will feature jewelry enterprise, banana chips, rattan and wood crafts, dagmay indigenous crafts, ADAP Wrought and Iron products and children with disability paintings.

Aside from the products exhibit, she said there will also be free skills demonstration on beauty care, hair and make-up, computer demo for visually and hearing impaired, solar light making and waste reuse by 2016 international winner.

Umbana added that the forum to be held in the afternoon of July 19, will specifically tackle on the Guidelines for the Issuance of PWD IDs, Republic Act 10754 or the Act of Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of PWDs, Care for the Caregivers, and updates from the National Committee on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

While the forum is ongoing, PWDs will showcase their sports skills during the conduct of Larong Pinoy to be held at the Summit Bar of the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Among the featured games is chess which will be participated by orthopedic, visually impaired and deaf contenders from the five provinces of the region and Davao City.

Another sports games are swimming and table tennis which will be joined by orthopedic (amputees) PWDs in wheelchair or standing.

There will also be a dance and song competition involving children with disabilities called “Sayawitan” to take place simultaneously with the other activities on July 19 at the 9th floor Lantawan Room of same hotel.

The Parents Mobilization Action Group (PMAG) Davao City Chapter will handle the “Sayawitan” which will feature a song solo, modern dance and ethnic dance.

According to Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, the RCDA is a “strategy adopted by the National Council on Disability Affairs at the regional level which serves as a mechanism for convergence and resource sharing in the implementation of programs, projects and services for PWDs.” (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

 

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DSWD aids kampuhan protesters

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday extended assistance to some 200 teachers and lumad students from the community schools in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and some parts of Compostela Valley Province who staged a week-long protest in front of the regional office of the Department of Education, for alleged harassment in their area.

Responding to their request for food supply, DSWD immediately provided 100 Family Food Packs and 15 Dignity Kits to Lumad students and teachers from the Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, Inc. (STTICLCI) and the Association of Community Educators (ACE).

DSWD Undersecretary and Cluster focal person for Mindanao Concerns Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa said, “We recognize the initiative of grassroots organizations such as the STTILCLCI and ACE for their tireless efforts to make education more accessible to far flung communities. We take this as a challenge from our end as a social welfare agency to continue to deliver the much needed programs and services to the most vulnerable and the underserved sectors of our society. DSWD is committed to offer the ‘Maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo at tunay na patas na pagtrato sa komunidad.”

She emphasized that one of the primary mandates of the agency is to provide assistance to the families and communities experiencing emergency situations and displacement due to natural or man-made calamities.

Family food packs include 6 kilos of rice, 4 tins sardines, 4 tins corned beef/beef loaf and 6 sachets of instant coffee/cereal drinks. The dignity kits, on the other hand, contain one piece malong, one pack sanitary napkin, one nail cutter, one tube toothpaste, one toothbrush, one bar soap, one bar detergent, one pail, and a water dipper.

DSWD envisions all Filipinos free from hunger and poverty, have equal access to opportunities, enabled by a fair, just and peaceful society by leading in the formulation, implementation and coordination of social welfare and development policies and programs for and with the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. (DSWD)

 

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