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DSWD 7 joins #ENDVAW culminating activity

Participants from different LGUs, NGOs, Inter-agency councils and International Ministries gathered as one in prayer to #ENDOSEC (End Online Sexual Exploitation of Children) on Thursday, December 6, at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu for the Visayas Prayer Gathering (VPG) 2018.

Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre urges everyone to join this fight against OSEC through prayers.

The VPG 2018 was a culminating activity for the annual celebration of 18-day campaign to end VAW (Violence against Women) which is pursuant to the Proclamation 1172 s. 2006 – Declaring November 25 to December 12 as the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) with the theme “VAW-free community starts with me”.

“The violence now has become more complicated,” said Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, DSWD 7 regional director pertaining to the use of internet in sexual crimes. Taking some verse from the bible she added “According to Matthew 18:20, For where two or three gather in my name, truly it will be done”. “We are more than two here, dako gyud nig epekto ang atong gathering (this gathering will have a huge impact),” said Director Macapobre.

“Philippines is the global hotspot of this (OSEC) crime. We must be one in combating against OSEC,” said Mr. John Tanagho, Cebu field office director of International Justice Mission (IJM).

Aside from the directed prayers for the different agencies who took an active part in this campaign, praise and worship songs filled the area. Moreover, as a pledge of commitment, participants took part in the signing of the #ENDOSEC Commitment Boards.

The activity ended with a community dance to the “One Billion Rising” theme song of the campaign. ###

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DSWD 7 celebrates 4th Panaghiusa Festival

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII will stage the 4th Panaghiusa Festival at the Ayala Center Cebu on December 11-12, 2018.

Panaghiusa Festival was created four years ago to increase public awareness on the accomplishments and gains in the implementation of DSWD programs and services in region 7.

“The festival aims to showcase the positive impact of the programs in the lives of our partner-beneficiaries through their success stories and to empower them to become model and inspiration to others as well,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre.

The 2-day event will be participated in by DSWD staff, guests from local government units (LGUs), partner national government agencies (NGAs), non-government organizations (NGOs), academe and media. It is also open to the general public.

The first day of the event will have a thanksgiving mass at the DSWD regional office to be followed by a ribbon cutting of trade exhibit of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and information booth of DSWD featuring the centers and institutions and Knowledgement Management Fair at the Ayala Activity Center.

“I am inviting the public again to visit DSWD-7 information booths and buy SLP products as their way of supporting and helping our partner-beneficiaries improve their livelihood,” added Director Macapobre.

The product display will include home decors like native waste baskets, hand painted products like dress and shawl, products made from raffia, fashion accessories like necklace, bracelets, earrings, bags, belts, slippers, sandals and various souvenir items made of recycled materials.

In the afternoon of December 11, there will be a festival parade by DSWD-7 staff starting from the regional office going to Ayala Center Cebu. An opening salvo will be conducted after the parade.

“The opening salvo will feature partner-beneficiaries from various sectors who will share their inspiring stories on how they were able to rise above the difficulties in their lives and remain positive and resilient in ever changing times,” said Director Macapobre.

In the second day, Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre will deliver the State of the Region Address (SORA) to present the accomplishments of its various programs and services.

Other highlights of the festival will be the awarding of the 2018 Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya, Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children, Indigenous People (IP) Model Community and Kalahi-CIDSS Bayani Ka! winners. ###

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DSWD spearheads 2018 Regional Children’s Contest

The spirit of holiday season filled the air as the children of region 7 shared an early Christmas gifts of wits, talents and skills to the parents, day care workers, NGOs and LGUs in the 2018 Regional Children’s Contest on Wednesday, November 28 held at the Robinsons Galleria, Cebu City to culminate the 26th National Children’s Month (NCM) celebration.

“Children are vital part of our existence,” said Ms. Marion Concordia Saguisag, mall operations manager of Robinsons Galleria Cebu who allowed the free use of the venue.

Deniez Abregana representing Mandaue City clinches the first place in the Draw and Tell category through her moving description of her beautiful drawing that depicts the child and her natural environment.

DSWD 7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre encouraged parents to let the children freely express themselves not only on speaking but also through their talents. “Dili angay pugson ang mga bata kung unsa ang dili nila gusto (We should not force children on things they don’t like). This is the day of the children. Let us allow them to be children,” said Dir. Macapobre

Almost 200-day care kids from the different municipalities and cities of region 7 participated in the singing, draw and tell and folk dance categories.

In the singing category, Richlynn Rayne Bernardo of Danao City won the 1st place in her very soothing rendition of “Tomorrow”. Samantha Raganas from Talisay City got the 2nd place and Whane Matthew Sarigumba, of Carmen, Bohol took home the 3rd place.

In the Draw and Tell category, Deniez Abregana, representing Mandaue City captured the hearts of the audience with her innocent yet moving description of her beautiful drawing that depicts the child and her natural environment. Cyresha Gale Salim of San Jose, Negros Oriental and Keshia Abay of Trinidad, Bohol placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the Folk dance category, the children of Cebu City bagged the first place with their Tinikling dance. They were followed by the 2nd placer, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental with their Polka sa Plaza dance and Talisay City as the 3rd place winner who danced Jota Quirino.

All the winners went home with a customized, colorful medals; certificates; toys and goodies that cheered them up.

Moreover, kids were enthralled by the look-alikes of Ana and Elsa of Frozen who belted out the theme songs of the movie. Gella Vergara, the 2012 Regional Children’s Contest winner also entertained the audience with her singing prowess. Likewise, the children from different organizations showed their talents to everyone.

Other activities in line with this NCM’s celebration were the Parents-Children Dialogue on Nov. 22, Online Sexual Exploitation on Children (OSEC) campaign in the schools of Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova on Nov. 6-7, the Advocacy and Awareness Walk on Nov. 10, radio guestings and Kapihan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

The Regional Children’s Contest is a yearly culminating activity for the National Children’s Month celebration. ###

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DSWD-7 celebrates National Children’s Month, holds Parents-Children Dialogue

As part of the lined-up activities prepared for the 26th National Children’s Month celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII through the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) conducted a whole-day Parents-Children Dialogue on November 22, 2018 at the Golden Peak Hotel and Suites, Cebu City.

Two children raise their answers “Karapatang Mag-aral” and “Edukasyon” to the questions “What are the rights of the children?” in a short trivia game conducted during the Parents-Children Dialogue on November 22, 2018 at the Golden Peak Hotel and Suites, Cebu City.

The activity was participated by the parent and children representatives from different Local Government Units (LGUs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in Cebu.

With this year’s National Children’s Month’s theme “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga para sa lahat ng bata,” it is fitting that this parents-children dialogue is organized, in which positive parenting and discipline towards children was the significant focus.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Shalaine Marie S. Lucero in her welcome message said “Parents, discipline your children and they will never go wrong. Children, listen to your parents because no parent would want their children to be led into a crooked path.” ARDO Lucero also emphasized the importance of good relationship between parents and children in establishing a good family bond as it necessarily contributes to a rich and productive nation.

Two separate workshop with participating parents and children were facilitated by the RCWC staff and representatives from the World Vision Development Foundation Inc. Presentation of outputs followed thereafter, where children expressed their thoughts and feelings about the parenting styles applied by their parents, while parents on the other hand were able to clarify as well the parenting styles they applied towards their children.

One of the concerns tackled during the presentation of outputs was the importance of open communication between the parents and children in the family.

When asked how they would want to be disciplined in their home, one of the answers voiced by a child-participant was “It would be better if parents will explain calmly to their children that what we have done was wrong and correct us accordingly instead of immediately shouting at us.”

A parent participant, also expressed thoughts on how a child should be disciplined at home during the presentation of outputs. She said, “A child should be taught in a right approach on how to be good citizens in the community and we should also strengthen our teachings on good values towards them.”

Prior to the conclusion of the dialogue, recommendations for and commitment from both parents and children on reviving family values, improving familial practices and strengthening parent-child relationship were crucially considered. ###

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329 DSWD’s MCCT support services intervention funded

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) funded a total of 329 support services intervention (SSI) through the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT).

This is equivalent to Php 119,927.670.68 that funded the identified projects based on the submitted and approved proposals of the beneficiaries

Some of these SSI projects are hog raising, cattle raising, communal garden and general merchandise.

A MCCT partner-beneficiary together with their harvests in Brgy. Taytay, Duero, Bohol.

These projects benefit a total of 12,559 MCCT partner-beneficiaries which are composed of three categories: home street families in Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City; indigenous peoples in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) and the families in need of special protection (FNSP) who were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda and the 2013 Bohol earthquake.

One of the MCCT partner-beneficiaries is Roselyn Sedillo, 35 years old, from Brgy. Amio, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental and a Tribung Bukidnon.

Nalipay ko nga naapil aning MCCT kay nakatabang kini sa pagpa-eskwela sa duha nako nga mga anak labi na nga ang akong bana magbunotay og lubi (I am happy to be part of MCCT because it helps in the education of our two children especially that my husband is just engaged in coconut husking),” said Roselyn in dialect.

Roselyn actively attends the monthly Family Development Session (FDS) and serves as one of the parent leaders in the barangay because of her leadership capabilities to lead other MCCT partner-beneficiaries.

Later, she became the President of their association and manages their general merchandise store.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provided a free entrepreneurship training that helped them effectively manage their store.

According to Roselyn, she meticulously practices the tips that DOLE taught her and the rest of the members who operate their own personal store aside from the association store they have. Some of the tips she got were on how to arrange the items in the display store and how to entertain the customers.

Members of Tribung Bukidnon in Brgy. Amio, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental listen to the entrepreneurship training conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Another group of MCCT partner-beneficiaries are the Taytay Eskaya Tribe Farmers Association (TAYETFA) of Brgy. Taytay, Duero, Bohol who established their own communal garden.

With the help from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and a Non-Government Organization (NGO) called KOPIA or Korea Program on International Agriculture, the association was able to successfully harvest vegetables like lettuce, chinese pechay, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots last September 25, 2018.

The MCCT covers poor families who were not included in the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). It provides assistance to homeless street families, families in need of special protection and indigenous families, which are not limited to education and health grants, but also includes safe and responsive housing assistance with access to SSI for the improvement of their living conditions. ###

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DSWD 7 conducts Consultation-Dialogue on Listahanan

The National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) in coordination with the NHTU-FO7 conducted recently a Consultation-Dialogue with Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers (ALSWDOPI) on Listahanan and the DSWD Guidelines on Data Sharing in Cebu City.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie S. Lucero in her message inspires the participants to smile despite the challenges they have to face.

The two-day activity was attended by more than 230 members of ALSWDOPI from the different provinces of regions VI, VII and VIII.

The activity was held to facilitate discussions on the challenges faced by the local social workers during the Listahanan 1 and Listahanan 2. Furthermore, issues about data sharing and getting data information were discussed.

DSWD-7 Chief of Policy and Plans Division of DSWD-7, Mr. Graeme Ferdinand Armecin provided an overview on the Social Protection Framework. He emphasized the principles of Social protection that it should be a basic human right, transformative and inclusive. Its primary goal is to reduce poverty by 14% by the year 2022.

Regional Field Coordinator Hillton John Edrial discussed about Listahanan as a system of identifying who and where the poor are in the country to become potential beneficiaries of the DSWD’s programs and services.

During her welcome message, Ms. Shalaine Marie Lucero, DSWD-7 assistant regional director for operations, inspires the participants to smile despite the challenges a social worker has to face. She also encouraged the participants to address the problems they have to endure, so that we will come up with the resolution.

Ms. Julie Ann Arroyo, Project Development Officer III from Central Office talked about the protocol on Data Sharing as pursuant to RA 10173 or Data Privacy Act of 2012. There are requirements that needs to be complied before the requested data will be given. Also, data to be shared shall be used for social protection and it will be monitored.

One of the requirements mentioned in requesting for data is the designation of Data Protection Officer (DPO) that will check and ensure that requesting LGUs are compliant to the Central Office.

The participants were given the opportunity to air out their concerns which were immediately answered by the organizing staff. Also, forms were given to those who still have questions and recommendations and were submitted to the staff.

The result of this consultation – dialogue will form part in the enhancement of DSWD’s policy on Data sharing and improving Listahanan 3 guidelines. ###

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Boosting mobility, well-being of DSWD 7’s ortho clients through accessible in-house PT services

As part of the mission of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD’s) to promote human and social development, the Department has committed to effectively promote social protection programs and services to vulnerable sectors of the society, wherein one of the many human development programs of DSWD focuses on the significant rehabilitation of physically and mentally disabled individuals in the community for effective social functioning.

Maricel Talledo, 35, orthopedically impaired and currently enrolled in Commercial Cooking class at Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II of DSWD-7 in Labangon, Cebu City, undergoes physical therapy session thrice a week in the in-house PT services in the center.

Relative to this, the DSWD Field Office VII by virtue of Republic Act 1159 of 1954 has established a vocational rehabilitation center on September 30, 1974 to serve persons with disabilities (PWDs), which offers a comprehensive vocational recovery program to address the multi-faceted problems of persons with disabilities. The Department’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II’s package of services is designed to respond effectively and efficiently to the social, emotional psychological, physical, vocational and livelihood needs of the enrolled center clients who usually belong to the marginalized sectors and are deprived of health services.

“These vulnerable sectors of our society are the ones prone to damaging criticisms from the public that would erode their self-esteem and self-worth. Sadly, most of them would believe that are incompetent in the society. Now, this has become the most challenging part of the center – to lift them from wallowing in self-pity,” expressed Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II Center Head.

Throughout the center’s operation, the orthopedically-impaired persons such as amputees, stroke and polio survivors, and those with congenital bone deformities have consistently ranked second highest to the visually-impaired clients in terms of proportion seeking assistance from the center, which has an average quantity of 37.56% from 1998-2018.

The center has a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program and provides varied services addressing to various needs of PWD, it however lacks technical expertise and financial capacity to provide for the physical restoration and rehabilitation of the orthopedically impaired specifically the amputees, stroke and polio survivors, whose achievement of rehabilitation is largely dependent on their mobility and good physical functioning.

Thus, the AVRC II with the partnership of Cebu Doctor’s University (CDU) has established an in-house physical therapy services in the center for free to restore and regain maximum body functioning and make accessible affordable mobility aids and physical rehabilitation treatments to indigent orthopedically-impaired clients, which was eventually opened to indigent walk-in clients as well. In this in-house physical therapy (PT) services, the AVRC II basically provides a room as PT unit, light, water, and maintenance of the facility while the CDU provides all the necessary equipment, supplies and materials, a full-time clinical instructor who closely supervise the PT interns of CDU that serves as the manpower for the PT sessions of the clients.

The project has positively impacted a total of 2,390 lives of the orthopedically impaired clients of the centers since 1998 up to the present, wherein 94% of them has gained independence in movement, 99% of them have also increased their self-esteem and gained confidence in socializing people around them, while 90% have already joined organizations or community activities and 82% have already been placed in an employment helping in the augmentation of their family income.

Dakong natabang sa akoa ang physical therapy kay naka anam-anam nako og tarong og lakaw. Lahi ra jud sauna kumpara karon. Naay dakong kausaban sa akong panglawas (The physical therapy was a great help to me because I have gradually relearned waking on my own. It’s really different compared before. There is a great change in my health),” said a 64-year-old male ortho client in Calape, Bohol who previously had a difficulty in walking.

This improved physical mobility of the clients has improved their self-image and boosted their self-esteems that eventually lead to their change of attitude from being easily controlled by their disability to empowered individuals finishing vocational trainings helpful in gaining employment.

The main goal of the center to promote human resource development is indeed manifested in this vocational rehabilitation program which enables the served-clients to improve their social and economic competences that are helpful in molding them as dynamic members of the community.

Although, it is a free-of-service, it does not compromise the quality of service that it provides to its clients. It guarantees the same good provision to its ortho clients comparable to services in private hospitals.

Parehas ra ang serbisyong among nadawat diri sa AVRC ug sa kadtong unang therapy sa pribadong ospital ug home service (We received the same services in AVRC as that in the private hospitals or those who do home services),” another ortho-client expressed.

Now, to embody the official hashtag of the department, the #DSWDMayMalasakit, this free-of-charge services has been opened to indigent walk-in clients who are also stroke survivors, senior citizens and individual who suffer from serious physical injuries needing physical therapy services.

“The popularity of the in-house PT services of AVRC II has already reached the physiatrists from the government and private hospitals. These professionals usually inform their indigent patients on the existing facility so that they can avail the services for free. For example, Dr. Barcenas, volunteer physiatrist of AVRC II advises his patients to have a consultation check-up at the center during his schedule in the center for free instead of going to Cebu Doctors’ Hospital in which each client is required to pay P500 for consultation fee,” said, Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II Center Head.

It has been observed by the AVRC that the mobility-impaired clients of the center significantly need this physical therapy service as a first-level intervention, which focuses on their mobility services important to sustain their vocational training in AVRC II.

This in-house Physical Therapy service has been continuously provided to the AVRC enrolled and walk-in clients as a strategic exemplification of DSWD’s goal to empower its clients through maximizing residual capacities of persons with disabilities and achieve social and economic development. ###

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Dylene Jee S. Polea: Her Life’s Musical Journey

Kaming mga kabataan karon Ayaw pasagdi’ng mawala…ohhh (We, the children of today, do not allow us to perish…ohhh),” Dylene starts singing her winning song entitled “Paglaum” (Hope).

“Busa palihog agaka Kining among pagpakigbisug Ning lumba sa kapalaran Ika’y paglaum ning kinabuhi (Please guide us In our struggle In this race towards destiny You are the hope of our existence),” she continued singing the lines that made a mark on her at a young age.

Dylene Jee Polea, 2018 Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children regional winner, belts the song “A Million Dreams” during the opening salvo of the 26th National Children’s Month celebration.

“I started joining amateur singing contests when I was five years old. At that time, I did not understand the meaning of the song. Slowly, my father explained to me what the song is all about. Only then that I realized the important message of the song which is about the real situation of children who went astray and faced life’s uncertainties maybe because their parents or guardians had neither guided and nor trained them in the way they should go,” said Dylene in dialect.

Kaming mga kabataan, paglaum sa tanan (We, the children are everybody’s hope),” belted Dylene of the song’s last line, showcasing her singing prowess.

Who is Dylene Jee?

Dylene Jee Polea, 14 years old lives in Barangay Ibabao, Cordova, Cebu.  She is the second daughter of Darwin and Elizabteh Polea. Her elder sister is Sheena, 18 years old and her younger siblings are Darylle, 12 and Wenn, 11.

Darwin, Dylene’s father, is employed in a private tour service as a van driver.

Elizabeth, Dylene’s mother, used to work in Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) in Lapu-Lapu City. But she resigned to take care of her children. To help her husband put food on the table, she manages her own sari-sari store. She also sells food to their neighbors.

Maka-income man sad ko sa pagpaninda diri ug makabantay sad ko sa akong mga anak labi na karon nga silang tanan kay ga-eskwela pa (I can earn through selling, at the same time watch over my children especially now that they are all studying),” said Elizabeth.

Sheene is presently studying at the University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu Mandaue (UCLM) Campus under the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) Senior High School (SHS) Voucher Program. Dylene and Darylle, are in grade 9 and grade 7, respectively, at Babag National High School in Lapu-Lapu City. Wenn is a grade 6 student at Ibabao Elementary School, Cordova, Cebu.

Sheene, Dylene and Darylle are monitored children under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Dylene has all praises for her parents whom she described as hardworking despite their hardships just to provide for their needs.

“If I were to dedicate a song to my parents, it would be ‘Iingatan ka by Carol Banawa’,” said Dylene as she likes the lyrics of the song and the crystal clear voice of Carol, the singer whom she admires.

With her melodic voice Dylene sings the chorus of the song, “Iingatan ka Aalagaan ka Sa puso ko ikaw ang pag-asa Sa ‘ting mundo’y May gagabay sa iyo Ang alay ko’y itong pagmamahal ko (Taking care of you Taking care of you In my heart you are my hope In our world There’s someone who will guide you I dedicate this, my love for you).”

“Saying Thank You to my parents would not be enough to express how grateful I am to be their daughter because they taught us the right values and they encouraged us to show our potentials,” Dylene added. 

On being a Pantawid Pamilya Partner-Beneficiary

Her family is receiving a regular cash grant of Php 4,000.00 every two months for their health and education grants for junior and senior high school students. They also receive Php 1,200.00 rice subsidy and a one-time Php 2,400.00 for the unconditional cash transfer (UCT) for this year.

Nakatabang ang cash grant nga nadawat namo gikan sa Pantawid kay nakapuno kini sa pagbudget ni Mama sa mga galastuhon sama sa kung naa mi school project ug uban pang school activities (The Pantawid cash grants help my mother in her budgeting of the family’s expenses especially for our school projects and for other school activities),” Dylene underscored as she is determined to finish her studies and get a degree.

Elizabeth sees to it that the cash grants are put in good use. She ensures that the money is used to its intended purpose – for children’s education, health and food.

Dako among pasalamat sa tabang pinaagi sa 4Ps pero wala mi nagsalig ani kay kabalo mi nga kini nga subsidy kay usa ra sa paagi sa gobyerno aron matabangan ang mga kabus sama namo (We are grateful for the help of 4Ps but we are not dependent on this because we know that this subsidy is just one way of the government in helping the poor like us)”, Elizabeth explain.

“Our children are our source of happiness and every medal or recognition is already an achievement to us,” Elizabeth added.

Darwin Polea teaches Dylene on how to strum the guitar.

Hence, both Elizabeth and Darwin strive hard to find means to support their family.

The couple are regular attendees of the Family Development Session (FDS).  It is there that they learned insights on responsible parenthood, disaster preparedness, values and spiritual formation and other relevant topics.  Elizabeth, as a parent, gives due attention to the roles of parents and the rights of children. She understands the important role of parents in molding a child.

The family is also aware of the value of money and that they should only spend for the essentials and always saves for emergencies. Dylene and her siblings maintain an ‘alkansiya’ out of their meager school allowance.

On Education and Academic Excellence

The benefits of education are far-reaching and innumerable.  Being educated and informed is a good way to get out of poverty.

Dylene must have realized this when she throws her heart out to attain good education. Her tenacity and perseverance in studying is rewarded by honors and recognition in academic excellence and climbing up the school stage every commencement exercise has become her tradition. All these made her parents beamed with pride and honor.

Dylene said that she gives her all in her studies.

Ganahan ko magtuon kay plano nako mamahimong Doctor aron makatabang sa mga bata nga adunay sakit (I like studying a lot because I want to be a Doctor someday so that I can help the sick children),” Dylene said.

She said that to excel in class, one has to attend the class always for missing even just a day makes a difference. Her secret weapon is to take down notes on important points and not just rely on memory. Nothing beats focus and hard work.

Elder sister Sheene occasionally tutors and mentors Dylene on subjects she encounters with difficulties. In return, she also helps her younger brothers in their assignments.

The Song Bird 

She is dubbed as the “song bird” because of her exceptional singing prowess.  She is exposed to singing tilts inside and outside school. Her family began seeing the potentials in her when she was only four years old, when she just hummed sounds and created harmonies. She used to mimic singers despite uttering inaccurately the lyrics of the songs.

Her teachers also saw her as a promising singer and afforded her the opportunities to shine by inviting her to sing during school programs. She even became the regular school representative in singing contest.

Recently, she joined the “Your Face Sounds Familiar” contest in Babag National High School wherein she impersonated KZ Tandingan and rendered the piece, “Two Less Lonely People in the World”.

Dylene admits her passion and inclination towards music. It is her way of expressing herself and letting go of suppressed emotions. Music is life for her, so to speak.

“I believe that music is a universal language and I use this God-given talent to promote peace and advance my advocacy against cyber pornography, bullying and drug addiction,” she said.

Known for her good leadership, Dylene got elected as one of the class officers in her school. She uses her influence to promote peace and order in her class. She serves as a good role model to her classmates in terms of diligence and takes a strong stance against drug addiction, cyber pornography and teenage pregnancy.

Dylene makes it sure that she answers her school assignments.

“As a junior police in our school, I am part of the elite team who knows the whereabouts of the students and monitor their absences and cutting classes,” said Dylene.

Her Advocacy

Dylene and her family live in a place where there are known cyber pornographic activities. Despite not being involved in the illegal activities, the young Dylene also suffered the stigma of having lived in the place. She does not deserve to be affected by these activities and she could only hope there is still remedy for this unfortunate situation.

“I am angry to those who are engaged in cyber pornography for ruining the future of the young and innocent lives and for tainting the name of Barangay Ibabao and the Municipality of Cordova,” said Dylene.

“To fight cyber pornography, one needs to be informed so that they will not be easily lured by easy money,” she added.

She believes that internet is helpful but she is also aware of its bad effects to the youth.

In her own little ways, she takes an active participation in the barangay affairs in particular in Purok Makugihon Youth and Ibabao Youth Circle. She renders service in feeding programs and clean up drive and attends in symposiums, seminars and youth jamborees.

Dylene may just be a child but she makes sure she has a voice. She does little things in the hope of creating a ripple effect in the near future. “I will use my small voice to campaign against cyber pornography and tell them that there are many ways in earning money and not the way of selling one’s self,” Dylene said.

She and her friends who are Sangguniang Kabataan Members carry the slogan “Ang kausaban magagikan gayod sa kaugalingon (Change starts from us).”

Faith in God 

Dylene knows that her skills and talents are all God-given.

Kining akong boses kay gihatag sa Ginoo aron pagsangyaw sa maayong balita (My voice is given to me by God to proclaim the good news),” she said.

Dylene attends regular church activities and joins bible studies and sings in the music ministry.

She particularly likes the worship song “How lovely is your dwelling place”.

“Blest are they refreshed by springs and by rain When dryness daunts and scathes

Behold my shield My king and my God,” sings in her angelic voice.

Dylene shares to other students of Cordova National High School her views on a topic discussed during the Information Campaign on Awareness Raising About Online Sexual Exploitation to Children and Anti-Child Pornography.

“The song is a reminder of God’s love and protecting presence and I share this good message to my friends as well,” she added.

Even though the family cannot attend church activities together since they have different religious beliefs, Dylene said that family members respect each other’s belief and conviction.

Dylene and her dreams  

Just like every child, Dylene has her dream and she holds it in her heart. She wants to become a doctor and a singer. A singer doctor, perhaps.

Kanang doctor nga mukanta sa iyang mga pasyente aron madali ilang pag-ayo (A doctor that can sing to her patients so that they can easily be healed),” she said.

Daghan man ko og damgo sa akong kaugalingon ug para sa akong pamilya. Puhon makab-ot naku ni aron makatabang pud ko sa ubang nga nagkinahangalan (I have many dreams for myself and for my family. Hopefully, I can achieve those dreams so that I can help those who are in need),” said Dylene as she remembers a popular song entitled a “A Million Dreams”. ###

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