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4Ps beneficiaries tapped for tree replacement project

Selected Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiaries in Central Visayas region will be tapped for the tree replacement project in support to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala (leftmost) signs the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the tree replacement project together with DPWH-7 Regional Director Edgar Tabacon (center) and DENR-7 Regional Executive Director Paquito Melicor, Jr. (rightmost).

The tripartite agreement was signed on December 18, 2019 between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the implementation of a five-year tree replacement project in the region.

Under the agreement, the DSWD-7 will facilitate the identification of 4Ps partner-beneficiaries based on the proximity to the project areas.

The list of the identified 4Ps partner-beneficiaries will be forwarded to DENR accredited People’s Organizations (POs) for possible membership and/or employment.

The DPWH will allocate and transfer funds directly to the concerned DENR 7’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). The funds shall defray the entire cost of the project including the procurement of materials, site preparation, plantation protection and maintenance.

Meanwhile, the DENR will identify suitable planting or replanting sites that can accommodate the total number of trees for replacement and will ensure that the tree species recommended for planting in specific project sites conforms on the livelihood of micro-enterprises to be proposed for the project participants. Typhoon-affected coastal areas shall also be identified for the mangrove rehabilitation component of the program.

DENR will also capacitate the POs and the 4Ps partner-beneficiaries in the planting or replanting of the seedlings.

“This tripartite agreement between the three national government agencies is a good collaboration in pushing forward the greening efforts of the government and at the same time helping our 4Ps partner-beneficiaries to gain additional income,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala during the MOA signing held in DENR-7 regional office in Sudlon, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.

Once the project participants are identified, the social preparation will start including skills inventory, community organization, capacity building and project orientation. ###


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60 KAPATIRAN members receive 3 million livelihood grants

Some 60 members of the Kapatiran para sa Progresibong Panlipunan, Inc (KAPATIRAN) received a total of Php 3 million livelihood grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Kapatiran chairperson Veronica Tabara (8th from right) together with some members of KAPATIRAN receive the Php 3 million livelihood settlement grants allocated in the province.

“Dili nato makab-ot ang kalinaw pinaagi sa panagpatay. Dili nato makab-ot ang kalinaw pinaagi sa gyera. Makab-ot lamang nato ang kalinaw pinaagi sa pagtagad sa atoang mga katawhan aron atong ma win or matarog ang kasingkasing sa atong mga pinalanggang katawhan (We cannot achieve peace through killings. We cannot achieve peace through wars. We can only achieve peace by paying attention to our people so that we can win or captivate the hearts of our beloved people),” said the Provincial Governor of Negros Oriental Roel R. Degamo during the awarding of Livelihood Settlement Grants (LSG) to the Kapatiran members at the Municipal Gymnasium of Tanjay, Negros Oriental on December 9, 2019.

On 19 July 2019, the Philippine Government has executed the final step to the 2000 Peace Agreement with the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade-Tabara Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB/TPG), now registered as Kapatiran para sa Progresibong Panlipunan, Inc (KAPATIRAN) through signing of the Clarificatory Implementing Document (CID).

The CID lays down all the commitments of the Government to the Kapatiran, which is part of their effort to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace in the country. Among its commitments specified in the CID is the Social and Economic Reintegration of the Kapatiran members through provision of Livelihood Settlement Grants.

LSG is a financial assistance directly provided to each profiled member of Kapatiran to support the establishment or continuity of their livelihoods or economic activities in their communities. One of the areas covered by the grants is the Negros Oriental wherein 60 Kapatiran members received Php 50,000.00 each.

Kapatiran chairperson Veronica Tabara expressed her gratitude to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for pushing vital steps to accelerate the realization of their dreamed steps to achieve peace.

She also thanked DSWD for the financial and technical assistance provided in their proposed livelihood projects. According to her, “only a few of us know how to manage small amount of money and make it grow because back then, the Kapatiran was molded not for livelihood activities, but for armed conflict.”

DSWD Promotive Services Division Chief Ms. Aileen Cuevas, hopes that the cash assistance provided to start the livelihood projects of the beneficiaries will increase in the coming years.

We are hoping that this fifty thousand pesos will grow in your livelihood projects because this is not the kind of money or grant the government has provided for personal use. So let’s take good care of it because the government gave this for our livelihood. So even if you are staying in your barangay, no matter where you are in the community, you can still make a living,” expressed Cuevas in dialect.

In response, Veronica said that through agreements and discipline, they will strive to gradually improve the livelihood projects to show to their brothers who are still in the opposing side that peace could not be obtained through armed conflict.

Meanwhile, the city government of Tanjay, represented by Atty. Anthony Ferolino commits to follow and support whatever the OPAPP plans out to achieve the long-desired peace in the province.

The activity was also attended by OPAPP representative Milo S. Ibrado Jr., and the 302nd Infantry Brigade AFP Commanding Officer Col. Noel Baluyan. ###


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DSWD’s Standards Bureau orients SWDAs on the new RLA guidelines

The Standards Bureau (SB) through its chief of the standards enforcement and advocacy division (SEAD), Ms. Charito P. Esteban, recently held an orientation on the newly approved guidelines for unregistered, unlicensed and unaccredited Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) in region 7.

The participants of the orientation on the newly approved guidelines for Social Welfare and Development Agency (SWDA) registration, licensing, and accreditation together with the resource persons pose for a group photo opportunity after the activity.

A total of 80 representatives from various unregistered, unlicensed and unaccredited SWDAs from Cebu, Negros Oriental and Bohol participated in the activity which was divided into two sessions – morning and afternoon.

During the orientation, Ms. Esteban talked about the SB’s function and organizational structure, while Project Development Officer (PDO) III Ms. Kristine DC Calalang of the Standards Development Division (SDD) discussed the salient features of the Memorandum Circular No. 17, Series of 2018 or the Revised Guidelines Governing the Registration, Licensing of Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDA) and Accreditation of SWD Program and Services.

The DSWD is mandated to set standards and provide consultative services to organizations engaged in social welfare and development activities. With this, the DSWD facilitates registration, licensing and accreditation of private and public organizations.

The registration is the process of assessing the applicant organization to determine whether its intended purpose is within the extent of social welfare and development (SWD), where the determination of the same shall result in the inclusion of the agency in the Department’s registry of Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs). A Certificate of Registration shall be issued to the organization after having complied with all the prescribed requirements.

On the one hand, licensing refers to the process of assessing the qualifications and authorizing a registered SWDA to operate as a Social Welfare Agency (SWA) or an Auxiliary SWDA. A License to Operate shall be issued after having complied with the set criteria and all prescribed requirements, while accreditation refers to the process of assessing licensed SWAs if their SWD programs and services are compliant to the Department’s set standards.

After compliance of the prescribed requirements, a Certificate of Accreditation shall be issued as proof of official recognition of the quality delivery of SWD programs and services.

The orientation topics also included the Memorandum Circular No. 17, Series of 2018 or the Revised Omnibus Rules and Regulation on Public Solicitation. The DSWD is mandated to issue solicitation permit to any person, corporation, organization, or association desiring to solicit or receive contributions to regulate the practice of public solicitation for charitable and public welfare purposes.

The activity ended with an open forum, which addressed the participant’s clarification and concerns on RLA and public solicitation. ###


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Regional Children’s Contest culminates 27th NCM Celebration

The Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently held various tilts participated in by the children of different child development centers in the Central Visayas region to formally conclude the month-long celebration of the 2019 National Children’s Month (NCM).

Children from a child development center in Talisay City, Cebu dressed up with the Filipino national costume gracefully perform the Miligoy de Cebu traditional dance during the recently held 2019 Regional Children’s Contest.

This year is the 27th NCM celebration is also the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children (UNCRC) which is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history with 196 countries or states parties that set out the rights that must be realized for every child.

The Singing, Draw and Tell, and Folk Dance Contests are the three categories included in the Regional Children’s Contest, which was graced by the different day care workers and children from 17 local government units (LGUs) in region 7.  ‘

In the singing category, Jaliyah Luz Rosal of Lapu-lapu City won the 1st place for belting out her rendition of the song “Paglaum”. Meneya Chatty Paragoso of Cebu City got the 2nd place while Jaden Shekinah Flores of Dumaguete City took home the 3rd place. All three contest categories are anchored on this year’s NCM theme “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan.”

For the Draw and Tell Category, Francine Mae Cañete who represented Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental clinched the 1st Place with her meaningful drawing that carries a significant message on the importance of protecting children’s right by the family and the community. Rogen Pongase of San Fernando, Cebu and Precious Jade Jacaban of Cebu City placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

On the other hand, select children from a child development center of Talisay City, Cebu bagged the first place with their Miligoy de Cebu dance performance. They were followed by the 2nd place who are from the municipality of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental with their Jota Quirino folk dance and Toledo City, Cebu as the 3rd place who did the Polka sa Plaza folk dance.

All the winners received trophies, plaques of recognition, cash prize, certificates, toys and goodies while the non-winners also received consolation prizes for their active participation in this annual culminating activity for the National Children’s Month celebration.

The 2019 Search for Exemplary Pantawid Children Regional Winner Jhon Rhod Amodia from Cordova, Cebu also inspired the participants of the activity by showcasing his talent through playing of musical keyboard. Jhon Rhod performed two songs during the program: A Million Dreams and 10 Thousand Reasons.

The community singing of the National Children’s Month (NCM) Song: Sigaw ng Kabataan led by the children of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) and 2017 Halad sa Kabataan Winners in Talisay City, Cebu concluded the 2019 Regional Children’s Contest. ###


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DSWD-7 assesses level of well-being of 4Ps beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has conducted a house-to-house assessment using the social welfare and development indicators (SWDI) to determine and monitor the progress of the Pantawid Pamilya families’ well-being and to facilitate the case management aimed at promoting their sustainable transition out of poverty.

The DSWD-7 has targeted to assess 270,912 Pantawid Pamilya partner beneficiaries in Central Visayas region.

Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Link Ramel Taoy administers the Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) to a Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiary in Cordova, Cebu.

For economic sufficiency, beneficiaries have been evaluated based on the employable skills of members, employment and salary, source of income, membership to social security and access to financial institutions.

On the social adequacy, families have been rated based on the members’ health condition, nutrition and education, access to safe drinking water and sanitary toilet facility, house construction and ownership, and awareness of social issues.

The results of the assessment will serve as reference for the planning of government interventions and programs towards the improvement of the lives of poor families across the nation.

Interventions may include employment facilitation, skills training, provision of livelihood opportunities and referral to other programs and services of the DSWD, other national government agencies, local government units and private organizations.

The Pantawid Pamilya field staff which include the City and Municipal Links (C/MLs) have conducted the house-to-house assessment using the SWDI General Intake Sheet (GIS) and the SWDI Score Sheet.

The SWDI GIS is a one-page profile of the household that compiles the family’s demographics and socio-economic characteristics while the SWDI score sheet is a four-page form that gathers information on the score of the family for each indicator corresponding to economic sufficiency and social adequacy.

The 4Ps is an investment in human capital which seeks to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by focusing on education and health of the beneficiaries.

It uses the conditional cash transfer scheme to provide cash grants to the beneficiaries who comply with the program conditionalities which are: children 3 to 18 years old must be enrolled in kindergarten, elementary, and high school, and attend classes at least 85% of the time each month; children 0-5 years old must receive regular preventive health check-ups, growth monitoring, and vaccines; pregnant women get pre and post-natal care (must be attended by skilled/professional health workers); children in elementary must receive de-worming pills twice a year; and attendance of the grantee/parent/guardian to the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS). ###


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Tagbilaran City undergoes validation for the 2019 DSWD PANATA GAPAS Award

The Tagbilaran City Government has undergone field assessment and validation as one of the shortlisted entries for the 2019 PANATA GAPAS (Panata ko sa Bayan, Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan) Award Search for Outstanding Local Government Unit (LGU) Implementing Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) under Employment Facilitation (EF) Track.

Tagbilaran City Mayor Hon. John Geesnell L. Yap II (5th from left) welcomes the NPMO validation team, represented by Ms. Karen Kimberly B. Pedro (5th from right) and Mr. Arvin N. Obnasca (3rd from right). Also in the photo are (L-R) Mark Cipriane J. Borja, City PESO, Ria A. Micate, SLP Social Marketing Officer, Cirena B. Sia, OIC-CSWDO, Jimmy A. Crusio, SLP Provincial Coordinator, Ma. Giovanna Roselyn V. Abada, Private Sector Partnership Officer SCP-DSWD, Kate V. Rodriguez, Gov’t Sector Partnership and Rafael Aro, Monitoring PDO.

On November 28, 2019, the SLP National Program Management Office (NPMO), represented by Mr. Arvin N. Obnasca and Ms. Karen Kimberly B. Pedro conducted the assessment and validation to check and verify the submitted Means of Verifications (MOVs) of the LGU that corresponds to the 5 criteria set by the Central Office. These include representation and participation; transparency and accountability; civic engagement; effectiveness and equity; and sustainability.

In his opening message, Obnasca revealed that the actual field assessment and validation will give an opportunity for the qualified participants to show additional supporting documents that were not included in the initial submission to strengthen the chances of winning the entry.

Obnasca also explained the purpose of holding the PANATA GAPAS Award.

“This is just one of the recognitions that the DSWD Central Office will give to our partners, LGUs in particular, and other partners who have been assisting us in the implementation of our programs and services,” he said.

The City of Tagbilaran was nominated for its consistent support provided to the DSWD-SLP since 2016 up to this date through provision of training venues and additional financial capital to the target beneficiaries.

During the courtesy call, City Mayor Hon. John Geesnell L. Yap II was grateful upon knowing that the city has been shortlisted.

Obnasca has extended NPMOs congratulations to the city for being part of the top 3 finalists. Winners will be announced and awarded during the 69th Anniversary of DSWD in January 2020. ###


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DSWD-7’s supplementary feeding program benefits 126,267 children

Some 126,267 children enrolled in various children development centers (CDC) in the Central Visayas region are being served by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the local government units (LGUs) in 2019.

The DSWD Field Office 7 currently implements the Cycle 9 of Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

Children of Bato Day Care Center, Buenavista, Bohol enjoy the hot meals served to them through the Supplementary Feeding Program.

The government provides food as additional to the regular meals to target children in the community through the SFP of the DSWD. The program aims to improve and sustain the nutritional status of the children in various LGU-managed Day Care Centers/Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) areas and communities,

The program’s food supplementation is in the form of hot meals served during snack/meal time to children five (5) days in a week for 120 days which is in addition to their regular meals. SFP served children are weighed at the onset of the feeding and 60 days thereafter and after the completion of 120 feeding days to determine improvement and sustenance in their nutritional status.

Children aged 2-4 under the SNP group, 3 to 4-year-old children in child development centers and 5-year-old children who are not enrolled in the Department of Education (DepEd) pre-school but are in day care centers are the target beneficiaries of the program.

In the cycle 9 implementation of SFP in region-7, a total of Php 210,702,600.00 has been allocated for the 3,497 Child Development Centers (CDC) and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) groups in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.

Apart from the provision of supplemental food, complementary activities like deworming, micronutrient supplementation, nutrition education, and growth monitoring are also done to fully maximize the impact of the SFP.

For its 9th cycle, series of orientation on the guidelines of operation of the SFP to various LGUs in the four provinces of the region were conducted early this year to ensure continued proper implementation of the program to various CDCs and SNPs.

From cycle 1 to cycle 9 implementation, the DSWD-7 Supplementary Feeding Program has already served a total of 1,212,944 children in region 7.

The SFP is also part of the department’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government. ###


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4Ps Exemplary Children attend NCC

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) exemplary children from all over the Philippines including the four representatives of Central Visayas region attended the week-long National Children’s Congress (NCC) held at Greenhills Elan Hotel in San Juan City, Metro Manila on November 18-23, 2019.

Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children from Central Visayas region pose after they showcase their talent.

The NCC participants from Central Visayas are the provincial winners of the 2019 Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children composed of Jhon Rhod Amodia of Cordova, Cebu, Cleia Tadena of Duero, Bohol, Shame Lagos of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental and Kathleen Chen Pastrana of Maria, Siquijor.

The yearly gathering of 4Ps children-beneficiaries started in 2012, which recognizes the important role of the children in the program implementation. Since then, the NCC became a regular activity of the program and is being conducted every November, coinciding with the celebration of the National Children’s Month.

The NCC is a series of workshops and activities, which aims to mold 4Ps children ambassadors by bringing out the voices of the children-beneficiaries primarily on the issues directly affecting them and propose advocacy-inclined response mechanisms.

The NCC also uses the arts as development approach in the participants’ creativity in expressing themselves, while instilling the values of leadership and volunteerism to help others, their family and their community.

This year, the discussion in the NCC focused on the participatory rights of the children. It includes children in governance, citizenship among children and providing space for children’s participation and advocating for children’s right to play.

“I learned many things while joining the different sessions in NCC like the Cyber Safety and how kids like me can be safe in the online world,” shared Jhon Rhod.

Useful sa among pagtuon ang pag-gamit internet labi na kung adunay mga research apan kinahanglan mag-amping kay adunay mga threat like cyberbullying, gaming addiction ug uban pa (Internet is useful in our study especially if we have research in class but we need to be careful because there are threats like cyberbullying, gaming addiction and more),” added Jhon Rhod.

At a very young age, he takes a strong standpoint against cyber pornography, child abuse and bullying and he will share these learnings to his fellow students and friends in his community.

During the nightly talent exposition, the four children showcased their talents headed by Jhon Rhod playing the keyboard. Shame and Kathleen provided the dance interpretation of the song “A Million Dreams” while Cleia sang the song “Oras Na”, her audition piece during the ‘The Voice Kids Philippines’ season 4.

Jhon Rhod Amodia (center) receives the plaque of recognition from DSWD Assistant Secretary Glenda D. Relova (left) and Director Gemma B. Gabuya, Pantawid Pamilya National Program Manager (right).

All NCC participants also attended the Araw ng Kabataan at Pasig Sports Complex on November 23, 2019. As part of the culminating activity, they presented their creative outputs through singing, dancing, acting, writing and painting.

Also during the Araw ng Kabataan, the 17 Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children regional winners including Jhon Rhod Amodia received the plaque of recognition as they share the title of the 2019 National Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children. ###


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