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Pantawid beneficiaries now DSWD workers

Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries who were grantees of Expanded Students Grants-in-Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) now work at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7).

From left to right: Mayet Jumao-as, Sarah Mae Albaña, Christian Claven Joseph Inot, Mary Ann Olivar and Lea Araneta, the proud ESGP-PA grantees who now work with DSWD-7.

Christian Claven Joseph Inot, Mary Ann Olivar, Sarah Mae Albaña, Lea Araneta and Mayet Jumao-as who are all fresh graduates from the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Medellin Campus with a degree in Bachelor of Tourism Management applied for a job at DSWD-7 and were hired.

Naswertehan kay sa kadaghang nangapply, naapil ko sa mga nadawat nga empleyado (I am lucky because there were many applicants and I am one of those who were hired),” enthused Mayet, 20 years old from Bogo City, Cebu.

Mayet shared that her parents provided support and encouragement in her pursuit for education but their finances would not suffice. “It was really hard but I am thankful that after my high school graduation, our Pantawid Parent Leader told us about the ESGP-PA and I never had second thoughts in taking the entrance exam in CNU Medellin Campus,” said Mayet in dialect.

When Mayet got the ESGP-PA slot she became more determined to study harder because as a grantee, Mayet was hopeful that she would finish college.

Lea was also thankful for having availed of the ESGP-PA, which provided her free tuition and monthly allowance.

“Some people say that education is not important and they even cite successful people who excelled in their field but did not finish their education. However, for poor people like me, education is a ticket to have a bright future,” said Lea, a 22 years old lass from Bogo City, Cebu.

Lea said she is not really a smart person but she graduated with flying colors because of sheer tenacity and diligence. She further advised the students like her to set their goals and dream big as she believes in the saying “sky is not the limit when there are footprints in the moon”.

Christian, Mary Ann and Sarah Mae said in unison that the program helped them strengthen the foundation in order for them to reach their dreams and to have a better future for their families.

All five of them work as a Social Welfare Assistant (SWA) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of DSWD.

The ESGP-PA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

The program provided opportunities to 4Ps households who have children who are determined to pursue college education and qualified for the scholarship. A college degree for the children-beneficiaries opens an opportunity for them to access better employment and help them improve their lives. ###


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Social Pensioners start receiving their UCT grant

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Visayas has started releasing today the cash grants under the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) to some 47,289 social pensioners who are indigent senior citizens.

Social Pensioners in the town of Minglanilla, Cebu receive their UCT cash grant today.

Of the 47,289 social pensioners, 18,628 are from Bohol and the 28,661 are from Cebu.

The national government’s UCT program is provided for by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

Based on the joint circular of DSWD and the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on the UCT program implementation the funds will be lodged with the Land Bank and to be used in accordance to the operational guidelines of DSWD.

The UCT cash grant is a top up benefit for Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries and Social Pensioners who are also receiving their regular cash grant and cash stipend.

The UCT is considered the biggest tax reform mitigation under the TRAIN law which seeks to provide 10 million beneficiaries with cash subsidy amounting to Php 200 per month for 2018 and Php 300 per month for 2019 and 2020. ###


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4Ps families become more prepared for disasters

Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries in Central Visayas region are now more prepared whenever disaster and calamities occur.

Through the Family Development Session (FDS), a monthly session that gathers 4Ps partner-beneficiaries, they have acquired new skills and knowledge on various topics like disaster preparedness.

The E-Balde of Garay Family.

In December 2014, Typhoon Queenie wreaked havoc in the Central Visayas region which damaged lives and properties.

Two of the families affected by the typhoon were the Garay and the Cachero families from Can-upao, Jagna and Alejawan, Duero, Bohol.

Dili gyud namo makalimtan ang bagyong Queenie kay naguba gyud among balay ug kadtung hitabo naghatag namu og leksyon nga mangandam gayud ug mu-advice nga for evacuation, mubakwit gyud ang tibuok pamilya (We could not forget Typhoon Queenie because it totally destroyed our house and it served as a lesson for us to heed the call for pre-emptive evacuation of the whole family),” said Marissa Garay.

As a preparation for any disaster, the Garay family has their own Emergency Balde or E-Balde which contains important documents and basic needs of the family, which can easily be carried during evacuation.

Naa na sad mi Family Disaster Action Plan nga maghatag og giya kung unsay buhaton sa matag miyembro sa pamilya (We also have our own Family Disaster Action Plan that will guide each member of the family on what to do when disaster occurs),” added Marissa.

Mary Jane Cachero is also thankful for the learnings from the FDS and the lessons she gained during the training provided by the Barangay Disaster Response Team.

Ako pud kini gipa-ambit sa akong bana ug sa upat nakong mga anak kay importante gyud nga kabalo ang tanan kung unsay buhaton pananglitan adunay kalamidad sama sa bagyo o linog (I also shared this with my husband and four children because it is very important that everybody in the family knows what to do whenever there is a calamity like a typhoon or an earthquake),” Mary Jane said.

Marissa and Mary Jane both agreed that preparedness is important because it mitigates the effects of any disaster.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII joins the nation is celebrating the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) for the whole month of July.

Formerly called the National Disaster Consciousness Month, the celebration was renamed to NDRM through an Executive Order No. 29 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017 and the observance highlights the shift from disaster awareness building to disaster resilience.

This year’s theme is “Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makakamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan”, which emphasizes the necessity of information in order to address the need for resiliency amidst constant disasters. ###


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Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) VII’s Position Condemning Violence on Children

The Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC)–7 expresses its concern about the high rate of exposure of children to both physical and sexual violence in the region. Physical injuries and intentional mutilation, rape, and acts of lasciviousness are some forms violence and the most prevalent ones, based on the statistics of Police Regional Office 7.

The following is the statistics of reported cases of crimes committed against children for the last three (3) years from 2015-2017.  In the year 2015, a total of 2, 980 while 1,919 in 2016 and 1,833 in 2017 reported cases.  Incidents of physical injuries comprise 40.37% (1,203/2,980) in 2015 while 44.45% (853/1,919) in 2016 and 42.44% (778/1,833) in 2017 of these abuses, while rape comes second with 17.11% (510/2,980) in 2015 while 22.10% (426/1,919) in 2016 and 24.60% (451/1,833) in 2017 and combined statistics of other acts of lasciviousness and other acts of abuses at 40.44% (1,205/2,980) in 2015 while 31.28% (602/1,919) in 2016 and 29% (534/1,833) in 2017.

The statistics is alarming. Due to their age, children are vulnerable to violence which has both short and long term effects that the child may not recover from.

According to the World Report on Violence and Health (2002), violence against children is the “physical maltreatment, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, or commercial and other forms of exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power”.

Studies show that an experience of violence can lead to lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm, whether the child is a direct victim or a witness. Children who are exposed to violence are more likely to suffer from attachment problems, regressive behavior, anxiety, and depression, and to have aggression and conduct problems. [1]

Other health-related problems, as well as academic and cognitive problems, delinquency, and involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, are also associated with experiences of violence. [2],[3],[4] Even community violence that children do not directly witness has been shown to affect negatively children’s attentional abilities [5] and cognitive performance. [6]  Children exposed to violence are more likely than those not experiencing violence to become victims or perpetrators of further violence. [7],[8]

Violence against children can happen even in the safest haven for a child, which is the home. It also happens in schools, the community, work place, in public places and

even in cyber space. Statistics likewise show these children are victims of people they know – their father or mother, extended family members, guardians, neighbors, teachers and employers. Violence committed by strangers also figure, especially with the advent of the age of internet where perpetrators such as the sexual predators and trolls can come from other parts of the world.

The RCWC is an inter-agency council that it envisions a child-friendly and child sensitive society that allows children to enjoy their rights. It is concerned that should this violence continue against children, they will grow up as adults perpetrating the same kind of violence they witnessed, experienced, or are exposed to.  Thus, there is an urgency of institutionalizing child protection mechanisms to end these types of violence. Child protection prevents and responds to psychological distress and violence, abuse, exploitation and discrimination committed against children, especially the most vulnerable.

The RCWC-7 is also calling on the different pillars of justice to ensure that children’s cases are given priority and violators are accordingly punished. It is imperative that the public and all stakeholders should help stop all forms of violence on children.


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Entrepreneur’s Day held in AVRC II

The Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) recently held an Entrepreneur’s Day in Brgy. Labangon, Cebu City where sixty-one (61) persons with disabilities (PWDs) showcased their skills in massage therapy, cosmetology and cookery.

PWD trainees on Massage Therapy demonstrate their skills to the satisfied customers.

The one-day event provided the PWDs the chance to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills to the public.

It aimed to develop the ability of the trainees in manufacturing and marketing of their products.

After the event, the PWDs earned a total of Php 15,507.00.

“We open the AVRC to the public so that they would have the chance to buy the products and avail the services of our active trainees,” said Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II center head.

She also said this is a good venue to display their skills, which could help boost their self-esteem as they interact to different people.

According to Tahanlangit, this kind of activity would help them understand the concept of entrepreneurship as well as experience how it feels to be an entrepreneur.

In this manner, Tahanlangit said they would be prepared to do it when they finish their training at AVRC II.

As a non-residential institution under the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD), AVRC II provides various courses ranging from Massage Therapy, Electronic Motor Repair, Computer Electronics, Basic Sewing, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Commercial Cooking and Cosmetology.

PWD trainees on commercial cooking display their food products during the Entrepreneur’s Day.

The center aims to maximize the capacities of PWDs through assessment and guidance, social adjustment, medical, vocational training and placement services as well as bring maximum functioning of PWDs for their eventual integration into the community. ###


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Campugan Family from Cordova, Cebu emerges as 2018 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

A family in the island of Mactan emerged as this year’s Regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya, a search for role model families of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) announced the family of Cloduoldo and Ofelia Campugan from Brgy. Poblacion, Cordova as the winner in the 2018 regional tilt.

Ofelia (second from right) and Clodualdo Campugan (rightmost) happily pose together with some of their children in their humble abode in Cordova, Cebu.

They will receive a cash prize and a plaque of recognition during the DSWD-7’s Panaghiusa Festival to be held in December in Ayala Center Cebu.

They will also represent region 7 in the national search of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.

The family of Edgardo and Pacita Oque from Brgy. Cabacnitan, Batuan, Bohol placed second.

The families of Nestorio and Judelyn Suple from Brgy. Linantayan, Basay, Negros Oriental and Paulbert and Jenny Bagundol from Brgy. Cantugbas, Maria, Siquijor garnered the third and fourth place, respectively.

Clodualdo, who only finished elementary education works as a carpenter. He also drives “trisikad” to augment his income. Ofelia, on the other hand, cooks and sells food and “kakanin”.

The couple is blessed with six children, namely; Kimberly, Clavel, Jesper, Pamela, Clofel Mae and Haneleth.

“We see the sacrifices of our parents and our determination to finish our studies is our way of paying them back. We cannot ask for better parents, they are already perfect and the best parents for us,” said Clavel, who recently graduated with a degree in Psychology at the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu.

Indubitably, their children are academic achievers and show exceptional talents and skills which qualified them for scholarship grants. They are all consistent honor students since elementary. They are also active in extracurricular activities as exemplified in their membership in school organizations.

Dili gayud makapatapulan ang 4Ps (The program does not make us lazy),” said Clodualdo.

Mas maningkamot pa gani og trabaho para matubag gayod ang panginahanglanon sa pamilya. Ang Pantawid alang gayud sa pagpaeskwela sa mga bata ug sa ilang panglawas. Dako gyud akong pasalamat niini ug sa mga nakat-unan namo sa pag-attend sa Family Development Session (FDS) (We need to strive so that we can provide for the needs of the family. The Pantawid program is for our children’s education and health. I am really thankful for this program and all the learnings that imparted to us during FDS),” Clodualdo added.

Ofelia, who is a cancer survivor, admitted to have encountered difficulties and challenges in life but she conquered it all through the love of God and our faith in Him.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 18 and below. It is implemented by the DSWD together with other government agencies to include the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Health (DoH).

It provides cash grants to compliant household beneficiaries with health grant worth Php 500 and educational grants worth Php 300 and Php 500.00 each to the children studying in elementary and high school, respectively. ###


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Embracing the challenges of fieldwork: A story of a field validator

For the past 6 years Catalina Abing, 35 years old, a Bachelor of Education Major in Elementary Education graduate of Brgy. San Vicente, Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol has decided to take a different path of career – a chosen career she didn’t expect to be passionate about that has unexpectedly given her in-depth life lessons.

Catalina Abing (in red vest) administers validation to a household in Brgy. Kampikit, Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol for the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program.

Currently working as one of the field validators of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – 7 under the Listahanan for the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program, Catalina has nothing but joy as she fulfills her duty as a field worker every day, unmindful of the distance that she had to walk under the heat of the sun only to reach the hopeful potential beneficiaries/households on her list to be validated.

The discrepancy of some information on her birth certificate caused her a difficulty in taking the Licensure Examination for Teachers and securing a license. This is one of the factors for her to take on a different job.

Before she got hired as a field validator of the department, Catalina has already worked as a field staff for the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the implementation of their projects. In 2015, she was hired as enumerator for more than a month of the DSWD-7 Listahanan during the second round of household assessment and has worked as an Area Supervisor of the Population Census (PopCen) of the PSA for three months.

Embracing the challenging nature of field work has also meant embracing the sacrifices that the field work has asked from Catalina. She had to sacrifice the time that should be allotted to and shared with her three children (Jonaline, 12, Josuana, 10 and Joliana, 5) for she became pre-occupied of the tasks that she had to effectively accomplish in the field.

Gisakripisyo nako akong pamilya para pagtuman sa akong trabaho. Nisakripisyo ko gumikan kay maayo raman pud akong tumong. Nagtrabaho ko para sa uban nga nanginahanglan sa programa sa gobyerno ug para naa pud koy ikabuhi sa akong pamilya (I have sacrificed my family to fulfill my job. I am doing it for a good cause. I was working for the people who deserve to benefit the programs of the government and I was working to feed my family at the same time),” said Catalina.

Those glitches weren’t enough reasons for her to quit what she had started.

Catalina continued doing what has already become her passion that her husband eventually understood. Jonas later on became supportive of what Catalina was doing. Field validation work, crossing islands, maneuvering off-road routes of far flung areas, encounter with heavy rains and dangerous animals and the unfamiliar surroundings with different risks are among the travel hurdles that Catalina had bravely faced in fulfilling the significant task of gathering data from different households entrusted to her.

Dili lang kay gigukod kog iro. Naa sad toy higayon nga natunok ko unya nagtaki-ang nako. Pero gipaningkamotan gyud nako nga makapadayon gihapon nga matiwas nako og adto ang mga balay nga survey-hunon pa (I wasn’t just chased by a dog. I even got pricked by a thorn and was already limping but, I’ve tried hard to still walk and continue the survey of the remaining households),” Catalina narrated.

Field validation work can get very arduous every day but Catalina has never complained about the struggles she’d gone through. For her, everything became worth it when she reached the area and saw the dire need of the deserving people to benefit the programs and services of the government.

For her, skipping a single house means depriving a household of the opportunity to be included in the programs and services of the government. “Mura ra pud nag gihikawan sila ilang katungod nga maapil unta sa programa sa gobyerno (It seemed like I am taking away from them their right to benefit from government’s programs and services),” Catalina added.

Catalina Abing (second from left) together with the other field validators, strikes a pose for a photo souvenir before they dispersed themselves to their respective areas of assignment for the UCT field validation.

One thing that Catalina learned while doing such task is learning to be grateful even in the most little blessing provided instead of whining for not having the things one lack. “Bisan sa among kalisud nga nasinati, na-realize nako unsa diay ko ka blessed tungod kay naay mga higayon nga sa akong pag survey naa koy maabtan nga grabi kalisud nga wa na gyud gikaon ug ultimo sa pagpamiste lisud kaayo (Despite our difficulties, I realized that I am blessed because there were times when I was doing validation I witness families in dire status who have nothing to eat and where clothing is a problem), she expressed.

Now, she feels grateful and proud seeing those households she had surveyed or validated already enjoying some programs and services of the government. It was satisfying on her part knowing that her sacrifices while doing field work benefited the poor. It was then that she come to realize how important her role as a field staff is in helping the government choose the right people to benefit from its social protection programs.

Catalina looks forward to doing more of fieldwork as she saw the beauty of the career she has chosen. She may have not successfully pursued her teaching profession but she believes she is still doing an equally fulfilling public service. ###


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Making his dream a reality, a Jose Baal story

Kung wala ko kapangisda sauna di me kasud-an apan karon nga naa na koy permanenteng trabaho pinaagi sa DSWD-SLP, dili lang panud-an akong mahatag sa akong pamilya kon dili apil nasad ang ilang mga panginahanglanon nga lisod naku mahatag sauna (If I could not go fishing before, we would not have viand. But because of the opportunity that DSWD-SLP has given me, I could not only provide for the viand to my family but also the things they need that I failed to give them before),” said Jose Alex A. Baal.

Jose Alex A. Baal, a Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participant, now, heads the security force of a foam company.

Jose is from Northern Poblacion, San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu. This island is one of the tourist attractions in Cebu province where fishing and farming are the main sources of income.

He is married to Merly Baal, 42, a housewife. They have (3) children namely, Aj Mherl Baal, 7, Grade 3, Precious Jade Baal, 5, Kindergarten and Julius Baal 3, day care.

Jose was a farmer in their town for almost 10 years. He used to plant and harvest corns, from which his family relies most of its income. He roughly earned Php 3,000.00 a month from farming. For them to survive, he went fishing everyday solely for his family’s consumption.

Merly, his wife, has no work. She has been taking care of their children. Their life before showed how poverty dwelt in their lives.

In October 2016, the DSWD through the SLP provided a Skills Training on Security Services NCI to the qualified SLP participants in the municipality. Partnered with the Lancer Security Agency in Cebu City, the activity took the standard 21 days of training.

Jose showed distinct competence during the training. He displayed genuine interest to learn techniques and ways to become a better trainee. As a result, he excelled in his performance during the training. Out of 25 participants from Camotes Island who joined the training, Jose was recognized as the sharp shooter of the batch which gave him an edge over his co-trainees.

On January 3, 2017, his effort paid off when the main branch of a foam company hired him as its head of guards. “Kalipay ug pasalamat akong gibati sa maong programa sa DSWD SLP kay nakakita na intawn kog regular nga trabaho. Naa nakoy ikabuhi sa akong pamilya.” (I am happy and thankful to the DSWD SLP for I now have a stable job. I can proudly say that I can now sustain the needs of my family)

After Jose got hired as the head guard of the company, he immediately transferred his family in Talisay City, Cebu from Camotes Island for them to be together in their new home.

Nagpasalamat kami sa Ginoo kay naghatag gyud Siya og pamaagi nga nakaapil si Papa sa SLP, unya naa na siya’y trabaho. Lipay kaayo mi kay makakaon nami og lami nga pagkaon ug makapalit na si Papa og mga duwaan namo (We thank God for He make ways for Papa to be part of the SLP, and now he has permanent work. We are happy because Papa can now buy good food and toys for us),” said Aj Mherl, eldest of the Baal children.

Jose is now working in the company for more than a year. He receives a good monthly salary with the inclusions of SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig and other benefits provided to employees.

As a bread winner, Jose always saves money for his loved ones especially for his children’s educational expenses. ###


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