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RSCC gets L3 accreditation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development XI (DSWD) Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) was recently awarded Level 3 Accreditation by DSWD Central Office, having satisfactorily complied with the 3rd Level Standards in the implementation of Residential-Based Programs and Services for Children, in compliance with the provision of Section 23, Republic Act 4373, “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for Other Purposes”. The accreditation is valid for five (5) years unless suspended or revoked before its expiration. (DSWD)

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RSCC obtains Level 3 Accreditation

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was recently confirmed its 100% attainment of Level 3 Exemplary Indicators following a monitoring visit from DSWD Standards Bureau of DSWD Central Office.

The monitoring focused on the center’s operation and performance relative to Administration and Organization, Program Management, Case Management, Helping Strategies, and Physical Structure and Safety.

RSCC is a residential care facility for neglected, abandoned, dependent and surrendered children at ages 0 to 6 years old needing alternative family care. It is located at Friendship Rd., J.P. Laurel Ave. (back of SPMC).

It is managed by 23 staffs such as social workers, medical doctor, nurse and psychologist, as well as 26 house parents or care givers. RSCC is currently serving some 40 children.

With this highest level of accreditation on hand, RSCC is geared up to sustain provision of quality service to the children under its care.

Earlier, DSWD XI’s Home for Girls and Women in Maa, Davao City and Home for the Aged in Tagum City, were also awarded Level 3 Accreditation Certificate. (DSWD)

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Toyungan Family is DavNor’s model family

STO. TOMAS, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI)- “We believe it is our destiny as a couple to be good servants and good leaders to the people in the church and the community,”couple Venice Dajao Toyungan and Rodelyn Bintas-Toyungan representing the lumads of Barangay Talomo here, proudly expressed.

Recently proclaimed Davao Del Norte Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya, the Toyungan family had its own share of trials and hardships but persisted through their strong faith in God.

Towards a better life

Venice Toyungan belongs to the Mandaya tribe, considered to be among the lower class in terms of living conditions. Since his parents did not have the means to support their children’s educational needs, Venice sought ways to realize his dreams. He worked and studied at the same time, until he was able to graduate high school.

His excellent leadership skills had already been evident during his high school years. He was elected as Battalion Commander and was consistently elected as classroom president. Rodelyn also hails from a poor family. Her father was a mananggiti (tuba harvester), the family’s only source of income.

Venice and Rodelyn met through a Youth Fellowship event in their barangay. She was a worship leader in an evangelical church. Rodelyn is very passionate in serving God and the church –a quality that was greatly admired by Venice.

Since then, their relationship has flourished through their faith. Because of his new-found partner and purpose in life, he committed himself to work towards having a better future. Thus, Venice decided to pursue his college education. In the meantime, Rodelyn decided to find job opportunities in Manila to support her family.

Through diligence and by the grace of God, in the 30th of March 2005, Venice finished Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Major in Mathematics and cited with an academic special award and also Best in Student Teaching.

He was able to pursue his endeavors as grantee of the Provincial Indigenous Peoples and Muslims Scholarship Grants (PIPMSG). Rodelyn was also a big part of his success. She supported Venice financially through providing him monthly allowances. After he graduated, he was hired as part-time instructor at ACES Tagum College, Mankilam, Tagum City. Seeing that everything seemed to be in place, they decided to get married.

Family trials, triumphs

“But little did I know that life is going to be harder once we started our own family. We were blessed with two sons, Kent Venice and Kyle Venice. I stopped working as part-time instructor because my salary was not enough to sustain our daily needs. We experienced several financial struggles. I had to work in the rice fields, planted and harvested rice, while my wife was in charge of “hagdaw” or the gathering of grains left behind by reapers after the harvest. I also tried working as banana laborer to provide more for my family,” Venice recalled.

In spite of the great obstacles, their faith in God did not dwindle. The couple was called to serve God’s ministry and went on to preach the word of God in the 18 barangays of their town. In 2013, both Venice and Rodelyn were installed as Host Pastors at New Bantayan, Asuncion, Davao del Norte. “We, as a family and as servants of the Lord, are greatly inspired by the Bible verse, Numbers 14:8 -If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey and will give it to us,”Venice shared.

The couple served the community well. Venice was chosen as Purok Chair, founder of Helping Hands organization, chair of Tribal Association, and chair of the School Government Council of Talomo Elementary School. While Rodelyn was also chosen as Indigenous Peoples (IP) Chair for Women, and facilitated free Mass Baptism for Roman Catholics with almost 400 delegates at Barracks, Tagum City in July 2014. On top of all these, she actively participates in every event in the barangay including Araw celebrations, IP Day, and Nutrition Month celebration.

MCCT-IP

“A big blessing was poured out to us when we were qualified as beneficiary of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP) in November 2014. The program gave us glorious hope; it provides better education for our children, and security towards good health and good future for our family,” Rodelyn said.

Both of Toyungan sons are attending school. Part of the program is to sustain school supplies, rice subsidy and school fees of the children.

As grantees, they actively attend Family Development Sessions (FDS) and learn many things for family welfare like backyard gardening, regular health check-up, and were enlightened on different laws such as children’s rights, Violence Against Women & their children (VAWC), Gender and Development (GAD), Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, and many more.

“Through this program we have been blessed, and our lives have never been better,” Rodelyn expressed.

Kent and Kyle are also constantly showing exemplary performance in every school activity. The eldest son was also consistent First Honor in his class from Grade 1 to Grade 6. He also received an award as Healthy Kid during nutrition month celebration and was recognized as Dancer and Singer of the Year. Kent was elected as classroom president and became a representative for Math Quiz Bee, in both District and Division levels.

“Because of the MCCT-IP program, there have been better changes in terms of our way of living. We have a better home now. We have also been able to help more people who are asking for assistance and those seeking for spiritual advice,” Venice said.

“We are really happy to serve God and His people. We are grateful for programs like the MCCT-IP that allowed us to do better in serving the community. I hope there will always be government interventions like this because it helps a lot of poor people in the Philippines. Many have already benefited and more will still be helped through this,” Rodelyn attested.

Presently, Venice is serving as Pastor in Panacan Christian Church of God, Inc., at New Bantayan, Asuncion, Davao del Norte. He is also serving the people as Barangay Kagawad of Barangay Talomo. Rodelyn continues to serve her community through the groups she actively involves in. Together, they never falter in being supportive and loving parents to their children.

The life story of the Toyungan family teaches the community that strong faith and hard work make a difference. “It is our choice what to do with the blessing that was bestowed upon us. Indeed, like the Bible passage that we live by -The Lord was pleased with their great service, and He had given their family an esteemed success and prosperity,” Venice and Rodelyn stressed.

Toyungan family is one of the 254,843 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Davao Region.  (DSWD)

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DSWD Davao hosts ICTMS Workshop

Davao City -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Region XI hosted the 13TH ICT Management Service Workshop from August 5-9, 2019 at Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Sta. Ana, Davao City.  

Labeled as one of the World’s Top 100 Cities on Digital Transformation in Public Safety, Disaster Resiliency, Quality of Life and Infrastructure in 2018, Davao City was chosen as the venue for the workshop.

ICTMS annually gathers the Department’s Information Technology (IT) officers and staffs across the DSWD Enterprise, noting the high and low points of ICT operations and showcasing best practices in the Central Office as well as in Regional Offices.

There were 75 attendees for this workshop who came from the different regions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The second day of the activity was the start of the workshop proper wherein participants were welcomed by the challenging message from Assistant Secretary Jose Antonio R. Hernandez, followed by the welcome message of DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat. Afterwards, ICTMS Director, Andrew J. Ambubuyog, presented the objectives and overview of the workshop. 

Participants were oriented on the different ICT products, and on the innovations implemented by the city government through its different departments. (DSWD)

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Davao City seniors claim pension

SOCIAL PENSION PAYOUT. Eligible senior citizens of poblacion Davao City claim their 2019 social pension of Php 6000.00 at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office. To date, Davao Region has 254,526 potential social pensioners and 3.4 million throughout the country. Potential recipients are senior citizens (60 years old and above) who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) or from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Mutual Benefit Assn.; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from family or relatives. (DSWD)

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Davao City’s Carlos Family is Reg’l Huwarang Pamilya

MALABOG, Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Carlos family here is a dignified member of the Bagobo-Tagabawa Tribe hailing from the outlying Sitio Balugo, Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District.

The family was recently named 2019 Regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya. This search recognizes family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and create a positive impact in the community where they reside.

The family will be recognized on September 2019 during the National Awarding of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in celebration of the National Family Week.

Reneboy and Regine were wed in 2010.  They met in a religious community gathering. The family story didn’t start out easy. Reneboy only finished elementary school, while Regine graduated from a computer programming course. Regine was offered with several career opportunities but she chose to start a loving family with Reneboy.

 “When my wife was pregnant of our first child, I swore to her and to myself that I will work twice as hard and do everything to give them a comfortable life –a life that is different from the one I have known and grew up in. I don’t want my children to experience the same struggles that I went through,”Reneboy recalled

Struggles

Reneboy comes from a big family with seven children. He was was born in 1987 at the height of a war between conflicting forces in their sitio. This war went on for a long time, distressing the lives of innocent civilians in the community, including Reneboy and his family. At some point, his family had to live in months within the forests of Paquibato to steer clear of the armed rebels and their cruel war.

“All that we had for our meals was root crop. Most children would spend their days playing in the fields but I spent mine hiding in the woods. I remember my mother would cover my mouth whenever I cry so the rebels won’t be alerted,” Reneboy recollected that dark period in their lives.

Their struggles did not end there. When the war was over, Pangayaw happened in 1989. Pangayaw is a cultural practice or self-governance of the tribes to extract justice or vendetta for killings committed in the community. After years of conflict, their livelihood had been greatly affected. His family had to till lands that belong to others, depriving them a fair share of profit from the harvest.

“I also knew I had to help my father in the farm. I was only 13, skinny and malnourished, and I remember walking seven kilometers to Malabog proper while carrying 30 kilograms of corn that we needed to sell just to have food on our table. That was also the reason that I decided not to pursue higher education after finishing elementary school,” Reneboy recounted.

The couple are blessed with two beautiful daughters. Regine had to become a housewife to care for their children. Reneboy’s opportunities were limited due to his educational attainment, thus he committed himself to find different means to sustain his growing family. 

Reneboy engaged in multi-crop farming, driving motorcycle to several routes and even offered pakyawan transport services to teachers and other government employees assigned within the area.          

Lessons and gains

When the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP) was introduced in 2014, their family was included as one of the eligible beneficiaries. This brought a great positive change to their lives, not only providing them with financial aid but countless opportunities as well.

Reneboy was elected as Pantawid Parent Leader in the Balugo Chapter. With this new task, he was able to develop his leadership skills and self-esteem. Regine also serve as secretary of the Women’s Organization and Rural Improvement Club in their area.

“It is very humbling and at the same time uplifting that people believe in my capacity to lead and serve them despite my low educational attainment. DSWD provided us opportunities like attending a number of trainings, seminars and other capacity enhancement activities,”Reneboy shared.

The Carlos family is also known for its generosity and willingness to help those in need. Reneboy and Regine have been offering free assistance and free transportation services to expectant mothers within the community who are in labor and even accompany them to the nearest birthing facility. A great number of people in their area have also received help from the pair. The two is open to serve their fellowmen as long and as much as they can without expecting anything in return.

With the tested competence and honest work, the family gained respect from many groups in the community and established a good reputation. The principal of Balugo Elementary School has come to know Reneboy and his great contribution to the community. He offered him a stable job as school watchman.

“It was such a great blessing because I haven’t had a stable job since 2017. This new opportunity didn’t stop me from serving the community. For a couple of years, I served as Vice President of Parent-Teachers Association of Balugo Integrated School. I was also involved with many groups, including becoming chair of the Malamboon Agriculture Association and being President of the Balugo Solar Association,”Reneboy proudly shared.

Reneboy and his wife are filled with pride knowing that their eldest child is thriving well in school and is a consistent honor student. The family was able to send their two daughters to school with the help of the financial aid from MCCT-IP.

“I am currently enrolled in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) that was offered in our area, I took it without any second thoughts. My daughter inspired me to continue my education. This is something I have dreamt of all these years but never had the chance to really enroll, Reneboy said.

Inspired

To date, Reneboy is still working as watchman in Balugo Integrated School and serves as a Parent Leader of the MCCT-IP program. He performs all of these noble roles diligently while pursuing his studies at the same time. Most importantly, Reneboy never fails in his duty as a loving father and husband. Regine also continues her work in safeguarding the rights and needs of the women in their community through their Women’s Organization. She also participates in seeking ways to promote rural development in their community.

“We are striving for the family, for the people who believe in me, and I am also doing this for myself because God knows that for the longest time, it is only now that I have realized my worth and I have also come to know how much I can gain and I can give,” Reneboy said.

The life story of the Carlos family is a proof that it is not the past that will define one’s future. The family used its trials as ladders to greater heights. Reneboy has made his struggles an inspiration to work harder and Regine chose a difficult yet the most noble career of motherhood to provide adequate love and care for her family.

“We thank God mostly for casting us all those hard times that molded our souls into strong ones and in teaching us generosity and compassion,” Regine said.

The Carlos family is one of the 254,843 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Davao Region.  (DSWD)

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RSCC obtains 3rd Level Accreditation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) was recently awarded Level 3 Accreditation by DSWD Central Office, having satisfactorily complied with the 3rd Level Standards in the implementation of Residential-Based Programs and Services for Children, in compliance with the provision of Section 23, Republic Act 4373, “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for Other Purposes”. The accreditation is valid for five (5) years unless suspended or revoked before its expiration. (DSWD)

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CIU is 100% compliant

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) led by Gemma D. Dela Cruz [left], is cited for its outstanding delivery of service and 100% compliance to the Management Audit Recommendations on Protective Services Program – Expanded Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation. The Certificate of Commendation is awarded here by DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

The DSWD crisis unit provides integrated services to individuals and families who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged, in crisis or in any difficult situation. Other eligible for the assistance are transients, repatriates, deportees, abandoned, student-in-crisis, former rebels, and families of personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who were either killed-in-action or wounded-in-action (KIA/WIA). (DSWD)

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