224 DSWD scholars in Davao City graduate from Security Services NC I

Davao City (DSWD XI) – A total of 224 Pantawid beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) graduated during the Security Services NC I Culmination Program on Thursday, June 28 at Bago Oshiro Gym, Tugbok District.

The training was made possible through the partnership of the Department’s Sustainable Livelihood Program and Bagwis Security Training Academy.

Wala’y kabutangan akong kalipay nga kamo milampos (I could not contain my happiness with your achievement),” Luis Seras, DSWD Project Development Officer (PDO), said in his message to the graduates. “Di na nako mo halos makaila tungod sa inyong uniform (I could hardly recognize you with your uniform).”

The graduates donned the uniforms that were given as starter-kits by the Department.

The partner training academy, upon signing the Memorandum of Agreement, guaranteed 70% employment for the graduates. It invited six security agencies for the On-the-Spot Hiring. More or less 51 beneficiaries were hired by three agencies and were told to be posted in their different assignments the next day while the others were waitlisted in the remaining agencies.

Xandrex Sentilles of the training academy assured all the licensed security guards that there are more agencies contacting them for hiring. “Ang among tumong dili lang mahuman mo sa training pero kamo makatrabaho (We aim that you will not just complete the training but for you to be employed).”

The 224 beneficiaries are not only NC I holders but licensed security guards.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a community-based capacity building effort that seeks to improve the beneficiaries’ socio-economic status through Micro-Enterprise Development and Employment Facilitation. (DSWD)

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Davao Light sends aid to Marawi

AID FOR MARAWI. Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) and Aboitiz Foundation donate some 149 boxes (10,430 pcs.) High Energy Biscuits to affected families in Marawi through DSWD’s continuing relief operations for the internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in the armed conflict area. In photo are [L-R] DSWD disaster unit staff Bonifacio Lumaad Jr.; Fermin Edillon, Community Relations Manager of DLPC; Erna A. Sampiano, DSWD Disaster Risk Reduction Unit head; and Raquel E. Nunez, chief of DSWD’s Protective Services Unit. (DSWD)

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Maco centenarians honored

MACO CENTENARIANS. Four centenarians from Maco, Compostela Valley are honored during the LGU’s Monday convocation by recognizing  their longevity and awarding them the centenarian cash gift of Php 100,000.00 led by Mayor Alvera Veronica Rimando [standing, 3rd from right].

“I thank DSWD for the cash gift given to our centenarians. We will monitor the usage of the cash so that the purpose of this will be followed,” Mayor Rimando said.

Also in this photo are officials from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Maco Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office. Under the 2016 budget, eight centenarians from Compostela Valley province are eligible to receive. Under the law, all Filipinos who have reached the age of 100, whether residing in the country or abroad, shall receive a cash award of Php 100,000.00 from the national government as “centenarian gift”. (DSWD)

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Tarragona centenarian gets cash gift

TARRAGONA CENTENARIAN. A 102 year-old centenarian from Tarragona, Davao Oriental receives the centenarian gift of Php 100,000.00 from Mayor Nestor L. Uy and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Protective Services Division Chief Raquel E. Nunez. The municipality of Tarragona will also give Php 30,000.00 as its centenarian gift on top of the cash gift from DSWD. Under the 2016 budget, six centenarians from Davao Oriental are eligible to receive. (DSWD)

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Nanay Quirina’s toga

New Bataan, Compostela Valley (DSWD XI) – “Sa wakas makasuot na gayud ko og toga (Finally, I can wear a toga),” Quirina delos Santos, 48, one of the beneficiaries from the municipality of New Bataan, was ecstatic while donning the academic gown and cap lent by the Endonela Institute of Technology Foundation, Inc. during the graduation ceremony of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at New Bataan Gymnasium, Compostela Valley last June 6.

Kahibaw na ko magbuhat og cake ug ice cream. Manganlan na sab nako ang mga ingredients pati ang mga gamit (I have learned to bake cake and make ice cream. I can as well name the ingredients and the tools to use),” Nanay Quirina proudly boasted.

In fact, during the final assessment conducted by a specialist from TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), she landed second in her class. “Wala nay pa-edaray karon. Naa ra na sa imong diskarte (Nowadays, age won’t matter anymore but it’s one’s ingenuity),” she explained.

Nanay Quirina, a high school graduate, had badly wanted to pursue college but didn’t have the financial resources to help her in achieving it. “Lisod muskwela sauna kay wala gyud ka-kwarta-kwarta akong mga ginikanan (It was hard to pursue schooling since my parents were financially hard up).”

Now that she has earned an NC II for Cookery, she eyes to work abroad along with her sisters currently working there. “Maong mapasalamaton kaayo ko sa DSWD kay kung dili sa ila dili intawon ko maka-graduate sa Cookery (That is why I am so grateful to DSWD. If not for DSWD, I wouldn’t have finished the Cookery course).”

Nanay Quirina, is one of the 25 graduates of Cookery NC II along with 50 more graduates from Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II and Heavy Equipment Operator – Hydraulic Excavator NC II technical vocational courses who also received starter kits for their respective livelihood skills during the ceremony.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a community-based capacity building effort that seeks to improve the beneficiaries’ socio-economic status through Micro-Enterprise Development and Employment Facilitation. (DSWD)

 

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Davao social workers convened

Davao City (DSWD) – Some 180 members of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) Davao City chapter attended the annual PASWI General Assembly held recently at the 8th floor Training Hall of Ateneo De Davao University.

PASWI is composed of professional social workers from the academe, medical sector, national agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, religious sector, civil society organizations and industrial sector.

Keynote speaker was Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa who underscored in her message the new vision, mission and core values of the Department as well as the DSWD organizational outcomes.

“We are determined to pursue radical social work… I salute your cooperation and collaboration in this endeavor,” Usec. Ancheta-Templa addressed social workers who were present.

Also discussed were DSWD Recovery and Reintegration Program for Drug Surrenderers, and the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Initiative in Davao City.

Further, PASWI Davao members who conducted a study tour in Australia shared their exposure with Queensland University Social Work Program, Queensland University of Technology, World Wellness Community Clinic, Salvation Army, Challenge Empowerment and Training, and with Multi-Cultural Development Agency.

Theme for the annual gathering was Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability.

PASWI is the only social worker’s professional organization accredited by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). Founded on November 12, 1947 and a member of the International Federation of Social Workers, PASWI provides its members and partners opportunities for continuing professional education and career advancement.

According to president of PASWI Davao Liwayway A. Caligdong, the organization is focused in promoting the cause of the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized sectors of society, and enhancing the knowledge and skills of social work professionals.

Caligdong said past projects of PASWI Davao include Fun Run For-A-Cause, and skills enhancement seminar on Compassion Fatigue and Personality Enhancement, among others. PASWI also leads the annual celebration of World Social Work Day and hosts the annual Oath Taking for Passers of Social Work Licensure Examination, Caligdong added. (DSWD)

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Over 1800 patients served through DSWD Libreng Gamot

Davao City (DSWD XI) – “In the first three months of implementation of Libreng Gamot Para Sa Masa (Lingap Sa Masa), we were able to provide medicine needs of 1853 patients of Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City,” Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said.

She added that from March to June this year, DSWD Region XI disbursed a total of Php 8,096,656.06 million through the medicine assistance program of the Office of the President.

Lingap Sa Masa provides free medicines to indigent Filipinos or Filipinos in crisis needing current treatment for illness or injuries.

According to Gemma D. Dela Cruz, head of DSWD Crisis Intervention Unit, the assistance can be availed only once in three (3) months and is distinct and separate from the regular DSWD AICS (Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation) which extends financial support for hospitalization, burial, education and transportation.

Target beneficiaries for Lingap are: 1] Families or individuals who are indigent, vulnerable or disadvantaged; 2] Those in the informal sector and poor based on DSWD Listahanan; 3] Those who are in crisis situation based on assessment of social workers; 4] Employees and contract of service workers of government in crisis situation; and 5] Dependents of soldiers and police officers killed or wounded in the line of duty.

Eligible recipients must bring: 1] Any valid ID of the patient; 2] Any valid ID of representative and written authorization signed by the patient in favor of the representative; 3] Doctor’s prescription issued within the last three (3) months, indicating date and name of patient, duly signed by attending physician, with his license number and contact details; 4] Proof of Indigency or Certificate issued by the barangay or medical social service of an identified hospital. (DSWD)

 

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Usec. Templa speaks at PASWI GA

SOCIAL WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa speaks at the Annual General Assembly of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) –Davao Chapter held at Ateneo De Davao University on Wednesday. In her message, Undersecretary Templa underscored the new vision, mission and core values of the Department as well as the DSWD organizational outcomes. Some 180 professional social workers from the academe, medical sector, national agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, religious sector, and industrial sector participated in the gathering which fostered the theme, Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability. (DSWD)

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