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Kalahi-CIDSS molds people in the community to be a good public servant

Ang problema adunay utlanan ug kasulbaran kini ang gidala sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sama sa usa kaadlaw nga naghatag ug paglaum ug kahayag sa katawhan taliwala sa mga problema sa komunidad (Every problem has a solution. This is what the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS brought to our country. It is like the sun that brings light and hope to the community people amid the problems they encountered),” said Lucil Denampo, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson of Barangay Jumangpas, Municipality of Samboan. She shared her views of the program during the Regional Community Volunteers Congress of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) held at Golden Prince Hotel.

Lucil Denampo, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson, of Barangay Umampas, Municipality of Samboan attends the Regional Community Volunteers Congress of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

The CV Congress is an event where all the community volunteers of the entire region get the chance to meet and also share their views and experiences as volunteers of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. Its main objective is to measure the degree or level in terms of empowerment and also to showcase their gains from the program.

Lucil added that if she did not become a community volunteer of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, she would have not experienced attending this kind of event where they will meet their fellow CVs from other municipalities.

According to her, she also gained a lot of confidence through the Kalahi-CIDSS trainings she attended. As a housewife she was not exposed to speaking in public and sharing her views to different people. In the sub-project implementation, she never thought she will be able to handle different personalities and attitudes. She thanked the program for letting her discover her potentials.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the main core programs of DSWD. Its main objective is to give ordinary citizens the power to stand up, to voice out their opinions and to actively participates in the decision making of the development of their potentials in serving public through volunteerism.

Since the program started in 2014 there have been a lot of community volunteers who already engaged in the political affairs of the communities. Some of them have been elected as barangay officials because the people have seen their community involvement and their potential to be a good public servant. ###


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A house to call their own

Concepcion always dreams of having a house to call their own.

Kanang nindot nga balay nga naay kaugalingon C.R., kuryente ug tubig (A nice house with comfort room, electricity and water),” said Concepcion Abadejas when she was asked to describe her own dream house.

Concepcion sells flowers and candles in Carreta Cemetery in Cebu City.

Lisud kaayo didto sa sementeryo magpuyo kay labi na nga aduna kami duha ka anak og magsige sila kasakit didto (It is quite difficult to live in a cemetery because we have two children and they always get sick there),” added Concepcion.

At 17, she already lived in the house of her partner in Carreta Cemetery. It is a public cemetery of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral located along M.J. Cuenco Avenue and Gorordo Avenue in Cebu City. “Didto ko nakipuyo sa balay nila Rudy hangtud nanganak ko sa among duha ka anak (I lived in the house of Rudy until I gave birth to our two children),” Concepcion said.

Her partner, Rudy Abadejas, had to stop studying from high school to work and to provide the needs of his family.

To meet the needs of their growing family, Rudy works as a lapida or tombstone maker while Concepcion sells flowers and candles near the cemetery.

Concepcion also shared that early in their marriage they had no stable income, “Usa mi ka grupo sa una ug kung adunay lubong diri sa sementeryo mosunod mi og modalit sa among serbisyo sa pamilya sama sa paglimpyo (We had a group before and if there is a burial we follow them and offer our services like cleaning to the family),” added Concepcion. They were usually paid Php 200.00 and divide it among themselves.

In 2015, they become part of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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 include safe and responsive housing assistance with access to social services and economic opportunities for the improvement of their living conditions.

By 2016, the Abadejas family availed of the house rental subsidy from MCCT.

Pinaagi sa MCCT nakabalhin ug nakapangabang gyud mi og kapuy-an kay ni-ingun naman to ang doctor nga dili maayu sa sakit ang among mga anak kung magpadayun pami didto sa sementeryo (Through MCCT, we transferred and rented a house because the doctor told us that our children will never heal if we continue living in the cemetery),” said Concepcion. The Abadejas family initially rented a house in North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.

By August 2018, they transferred to a low-cost housing unit in Saint Arnold Janssen Village in Brgy. Soong, Lapu-Lapu City.

“Rudy and I are both happy because we now transferred here and I can proudly say that this is our own house,” said Concepcion in dialect.

The rent-to-own scheme housing unit is payable for 25 years and through the remaining MCCT house rental subsidy, the Abadejas is already secured for the first 20 months of stay.

Concepcion said that they will work hard in order to sustain the succeeding years of stay in Saint Arnold Janssen Village.

Through the MCCT, Concepcion also received a Support Services Intervention (SSI) worth Php 10,000.00. The SSI component of MCCT aims to provide additional assistance to improve their current living condition.

Nakatabang pud kini aron makapadayun ko pagpaninda og buwak ug kandila (This help for me to continue selling flowers and candles),” said Concepcion.

The Abadejas family takes a pose in their new house in Saint Arnold Janssen Village.

After nine years of living together, Rudy and Concepcion also availed the Mass Wedding last October 2016 sponsored by the Cebu City Government. At present, the eldest child Rudnie, 8 years old, is a Grade 2 pupil in Hipodromo Elementary School while the second child Precious, 4 years old, is a Day Care child in Saint Arnold Janssen Village Day Care Center.

Rudy and Concepcion promised to their kids that they will be good parents to them.

“I regretted of not finishing my studies but I did not regret of becoming a mother to Rudnie and Precious,” Concepcion assured to become a responsible parent.

For now, Rudy and Concepcion plans to improve their house by having a second floor.

“I have many plans for our new house but I am now happy that we have our own comfort room, electricity and water,” said Concepcion. ###


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ARENA-7 helps repack family food packs at VDRC

The Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region 7 (ARENA-7) has lined up several activities in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the National Career Executive Service.

Representatives of different national government agencies join ARENA-7 in repacking family food packs at the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC).

As a kick-off activity, the ARENA-7 helped in repacking food packs at the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC) in Tingub, Mandaue City on October 12, 2018.

“this is our way of celebrating our 45th year, ARENA has organized this volunteer work to help DSWD and also to help the victims of calamity who will benefiting these food packs the we repack now,” said Efren Carreon, regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Interim President of ARENA-7.

Assistant Regional Director for Administrations, Grace Q. Subong, welcomed the volunteers and thanked them for the effort of coming to VDRC and sparing their time in repacking the food packs. She also congratulated ARENA-7 for its 45th anniversary.

A total of 101 representatives from different national agencies joined the activity.

Director Carreon added that they will do this again next year together with DSWD. He said this is a good experience for the regional directors and their staff to be doing the repacking of food packs intended for the disaster affected families.

The 45-day celebration has just started and in coming days there will be more volunteer work that they will be doing. They will have an early Christmas gift for the children in partnership with DSWD.

NEDA will also conduct a financial literacy to the retirees on November 5, 2018. ###


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Central Visayas bet places 2nd runner-up in the National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

The Campugan family of Cordova, Cebu finished as second runner-up in the 2018 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya National Search during the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day held in SM North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City on October 14, 2018.

The Campugan family proudly shows their plaque of recognition during the 2018 Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day. From left to right: Clavel, Haneleth, Pamela, Clodualdo, Kimberly, Clofel Mae and Jesper.

The grand award went to Dionisio family from Labo, Camarines Norte.

The Maraña family of Sta. Maria, Laguna emerged as first runner-up while the Ramos family of Urbiztondo, Pangasinan proclaimed as third runner-up. The Bonite family of Roxas City, Capiz was named fourth runner-up.

Special awards were also given to the Maraña family as the AlaGAD ng Pagbabago (an acronym for Affirmative and Laudable Advocacies on Gender and Development) and to the Ramos family as the Most Innovative Family.

The event gathered more than 1,000 people composed of all regional winners of the 2018 National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya together with selected family-beneficiaries from the National Capital Region (NCR).

Nalipay ko sa pasidungog nga nadawat sa among pamilya (I am happy of the award that our family received),” said Clodualdo Campugan.

Kining pasidungog nagdala og responsibilidad nga kami mahimong maayong ehemplo sa ubang pamilya ilabi na sa isig ka 4Ps beneficiary (This award has its own responsibility that we should be a good role model to other families especially to our co-4Ps beneficiary),” the Campugan patriarch added.

His wife, Ofelia who has a stage 4A breast cancer, was not able to attend the awarding ceremony because the doctor advised her to take a rest.

Out of the six children, three have already earned their degrees from state universities and already have a job. The three younger children are still in school.

This year’s Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day carries the theme, “Pamilyang Pilipino: Nagsusumikap. Nagtutulungan. Nagtatagumpay.” highlighting the hard work of family-beneficiaries to produce positive results in their daily lives, with the help of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The provincial search, which started in May, aims to give recognition to the exemplary family-beneficiary who maintained strong family ties, demonstrated positive Filipino values and created a positive impact in their community through the Pantawid Pamilya program.

The Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya search disproves the misconception that program beneficiaries become too dependent on government aid and underscores the value of working together to achieve success.

Since 2012, the search has been recognizing family-beneficiaries who are able to comply with program conditionalities, sustain family togetherness and become active citizens of their community despite the challenges brought about by poverty.

In 2013 the Sederiosa family from Sagbayan, Bohol won fourth runner-up, in 2014 and 2015 the Ewican family from Carmen, Bohol and Torrentira family from Sagbayan, Bohol both placed second runners-up, respectively.

In 2016, the Garay Family from Jagna, Bohol finally brought glory to Central Visayas region as the family emerged the 2016 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya grand winner.

Last year’s search, region 7 has two representatives, the Nalam Family of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental placed as first runner-up while the Catubig family of Maria, Siquijor placed as fourth runner-up. ###


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DSWD-7 encodes entries of IDPs’ DAFAC

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) has started encoding the entries in Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Naga City, Cebu.

SWD-7 encodes the data gathered from the Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) of the internally displaced persons in Naga City, Cebu.

The DAFAC plays an important role in monitoring the provision of assistance to the IDPs. It contains basic information on each displaced family, including where they are currently staying at; whether in the evacuation center or at their or relatives’ houses. It also helps keep track of the services extended to the families from the start of the disaster to the Early Recovery Phase.

“Effective data management is important in the delivery of services to the IDPs. Hence, we need to fast track the encoding of the information gathered through the DAFAC,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre.

Macapobre added that the encoded entries will be reviewed to come up with a clean master list of all IDPs, which will be the basis of providing further interventions to the IDPs.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Listahanan staff and some volunteers worked together in encoding the DAFAC entries. They started last Friday and expected to finish first week of October.

As of October 1, 2018, the number of displaced families are 1,714 with 6,913 individuals and are all staying in the 11 established evacuation centers.

The DSWD-7 also provided a total amount of Php 5,237,204.28 for the IDPs. These include Php 1,736,640.00 for the family food packs, Php 3,225,564.28 for the non-food items like hygiene kits and Php 275,000.00 cash assistance to the bereaved families. ###


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DSWD, Qualfon forge partnership

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre (2nd from right) shakes hand with Qualfon Cebu Site Director Steve Brown as a sign of affirmation to the Memorandum of Understanding between DSWD and Qualfon Philippines. Together with them is Qualfon Dumaguete Site Director David Jackson (extreme right) and Joslyn B. Canon, Education and Community Relations Director.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) forged a partnership with Qualfon Philippines, one of the biggest Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) companies in Cebu City with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 28, 2018.

 The DSWD and Qualfon Philippines both agreed to partner in improving the quality of life of disadvantaged individuals through this initiative.

As agreed on the MOU, Qualfon Philippines shall accommodate the participants of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) for Pre-employment screening and process; and where DSWD participants who qualify for pre-employment process with Qualfon Philippines shall abide by its Company rules, regulations and procedures.

Both parties recognized the need of providing employment opportunities to the poor and vulnerable Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Non-Pantawid poor participants listed under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD.

The parties will also seek to identify a common working ground of providing direct employment opportunities to SLP program participants with competencies that would contribute to the goal of Qualfon Philippines to provide quality services to its clients

“It will definitely help to further fulfill our mission of making people’s life better by touching those in the community,” said Steve Brown, Qualfon Cebu Site Director.

The purpose of this effort is to create a convergence synergy model for direct employment opportunities for qualified SLP participants by giving them access to employment through Qualfon Philippines with the over-all goal of improving the socio-economic conditions of the participants in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

“It allows the opportunity to work hand in hand so that we can ensure that we fulfill the mission that we have which is making peoples’ lives better. We can do that through education or vocation to create jobs and most important thing for anyone to be able to employed, feed their families, send their children to school and do what’s necessary just to help good lives. We do thank the DSWD, we do thank this opportunity that we have as we continue and move forward,” said David Jackson, Qualfon Dumaguete Site Director.

“We are very excited to start immediately our partnership. This would mean that we have this additional big opportunity for the people that we are serving all over the region 7 to help them acquire skills that are needed and skills that would lead them to have better opportunities in the employment field,” expressed DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre. ###


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Evacuation centers increase, DSWD staff in full support

After Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong appealed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the forced evacuation of the residents one (1) kilometer fall back from the danger zone, the City Government of Naga has opened more evacuation centers.

The newly opened evacuation center in Brgy. Cabungahan, Naga City together with the DSWD staff and Brgy. Captain Elmer Pañoso (3rd from the right).

From 6 evacuation centers, now it became 11: Enan Chiong Activity Center, Naga Central Elementary School, Naga National High School, Naalad Elementary School, Apo Cement Gym, Colon Elementary School, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Cepoc Elementary School, Langtad Elementary School, San Fernando Gym and Cabungahan covered court.

The Barangay Cabungahan covered court is the new evacuation center opened yesterday where at least 30 families or 148 individuals are temporarily taking shelter.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII as the lead in camp coordination and camp management has continued the deployment of staff to man the evacuation centers together with the City Government of Naga and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Cebu.

The DSWD team has been on 24-hour duty on site.

Each center has camp manager and staff to man the increasing number of evacuees and monitor the conduct of scheduled camp activities.

The team also assists some continuing activities conducted by other concerned partner agencies, schools and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) like handwashing activity, story-telling and role playing to the children, psychosocial debriefing, medical missions, viewing marathon of some Sinulog films entries and the like.

The City Government of Naga has already activated a Centralized Distribution System (CDS) to maintain appropriate and smooth process of giving relief goods to all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) based on a plan. The city remains accountable for all donations it has and will receive from donors.

Yesterday, the donations from various LGUs, private companies, families, individuals, groups, organizations, schools and universities, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), the Office of Cong. Samsam Gullas among others continue to arrive at the city hall. Various items and relief packs containing clothing, food items, water, plastic mats, pail, malong, blankets, dental kits and others have filled the city hall lobby.

Cash donations have reached Php 1,012,149.25 (as of Sept 25 from the Office of the City Treasurer).

As of 6 am today, the number of displaced families has increased to 1,716 with 7,653 individuals. On the record, there are 435 senior citizens, 50 persons with disabilities and 180 infants from 0-12 months old and 2,853 children from 1-17 y/o. ###


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DSWD 7 appeals to the public not to donate unusable things

After seeing the unusable donated items for Naga City landslide affected families, DSWD 7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre appealed to the public not to give things that cannot anymore be used.

A sample of used clothing donated for the landslide victims.

She emphasized that disaster victims deserve to be treated with dignity as human beings.

In addition, Macapobre expressed that even during disasters, cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation must be observed to prevent diseases.

She also said that it drains the manpower’s effort which are spent sorting unusable donations.

“Again, let us preserve the dignity of the displaced families, so I am earnestly requesting the public to donate only usable things,” stressed Macapobre

Further, Director Macapobre said that it was discussed and agreed during on September 24, 2018 Incident Command meeting that donation of used clothing is discouraged because what the displaced families at the evacuation centers need are hygiene kits, milk, school supplies, blankets, mats, pillows, children diapers, adult underwear, ECO-Bags and big plastic boxes.

Furthermore, those who would like to donate clothes, it is encouraged that you give new sets of clothes or undergarments.

Moreover, those who would like to donate food or host a meal must inform the donations desk in Naga City for the scheduling of the conduct of such activity.

It was also agreed in the same meeting that all donations should pass through the donations desk at the lobby of Naga City Hall. ###


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