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DSWD-7 distributes family food packs to Habagat affected families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII in coordination with Bohol Governor Arthur Yap, provincial offices, respective Local Chief Executives (LCEs), Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs) and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (MDRRMOs) has recently distributed 11,000 family food packs to the families affected by the intensified southwest monsoon or Habagat which brought strong winds and isolated rainshowers due to typhoon Hannah.

DSWD-7 family food packs delivered through a pump boat in Nasingin Island, Getafe, Bohol.

Most of the affected families are living near the coastal area who were prevented to go fishing as it may put their lives at risk due to the big waves caused by this weather disturbance.

In Bohol province, the municipality of Talibon received 1,900 family food packs on August 8 while the municipality of Getafe received 800 family food packs on August 15.

The DSWD-7 also delivered 1,700 family food packs to the municipality of Buenavista in Bohol.

DSWD-7 also sent 6,600 family foods packs to the eight (8) barangays in Olango Island, of Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on August 12. This activity is in coordination with City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan.

The family food packs is an augmentation of the national government through DSWD-7 to the affected local government units in region 7.

DSWD-7 staff with the help of the local government of Lapu-Lapu City deliver family food packs to the residents of Olango Island in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

Each box of family food pack contains 6 kilos rice, 4 canned sardines, 4 canned meat and 6 sachets 3-in-1 coffee.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala assures the public that the DSWD is ready to respond to the requests of LGUs for assistance.

“We have enough stockpile of family food packs ready for immediate delivery to the LGUs upon request,” said Director Geamala. ###


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DSWD 7 Conducts Basic Orientation on Customer Service

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII recently conducted a basic orientation on customer service.

The orientation aimed to inform the students on the importance of giving the best service to individuals who come to the office to avail of the services of the agency.

Leah Quintana, regional information officer of DSWD 7 oriented the students. In her discussion, she stressed that in dealing with clients or customer, the only option is to provide excellent customer service.

She also talked about good telephone etiquette and pointed out that it is important because both the caller and the person receiving the call could not see language of their facial expression and body.

Quintana emphasized that the end goal of customer service is the customer satisfaction. ###


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DSWD delivers family food packs to region 6

The DSWD’s Visayas Disaster Resource Center located in Mandaue City, Cebu has provided assistance to the residents who are suffering from food shortage in the municipalities of Carles and Concepcion, Iloilo due to prolonged bad weather and southwest monsoon.

The 3,000 family food packs arrived in San Pedro Pier, Iloilo City on August 17, 2019 on board BRP Saluan (MRRV 4406).

A total of 3,000 family food packs (FFP) were brought to San Pedro Pier in Iloilo City by BRP Saluan (MRRV 4406) as initial augmentation support. Mr. Ernie Cuyos, AO V and Mr. Norman Daniot, Warehouseman II delivered the goods to Region 6.

Another 2,000 FFPs will be delivered within this week to complete the 5,000 requested by the DSWD region 6. ###


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Sammy: A Picture of a Hopeful Solo Parent

For a single father who goes out to sea to harvest crabs from traps, Sammy Talingting starts his day as early as 3 in the morning.  He has to prepare breakfast for his three children before he sends them to school so he can go out to sea.

Sammy Talingting tells his journey as a solo parent. The photo was taken at his house in Brgy. Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City.

His daily routine started since 2011 when his common-law wife, Nena (not her real name) had to leave him and his children in 2011. Nena needed to get out of Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu for security reasons and believed it was the only option left to keep her alive.

Until two years later he discovered of Nena’s pregnancy by another man. Sammy accepted that Nena has already a life of her own but both agreed to maintain communication for the sake of their children.

However complicated the responsibility of being a single parent is, Sammy decided to move forward for his children. He regained confidence when his family was identified as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Talingtings are among the 6,000 4Ps partner-beneficiaries in Lapu-Lapu City. He is also leader of 31 among the 270 household-beneficiaries and became chairman of the federation of Pantawid parent leaders in Barangay Punta Engaño.

As a father, Sammy aspires for his children to have college diploma – an achievement he never had the chance to acquire because his parents did not have the capacity to support his education.

He recalls being assigned to take care of his younger siblings rather than being sent to school. His father is often out at sea to catch fish in order to make a living while his mother helps by selling the fishcatch.

Ako ma’y gihimong babaye sa among pagpuyo kay ako man ang gipabantay sa akong mga manghud (I was made to perform female related task because I was the one who took care of my younger siblings),” Sammy recalls with teary eyes.

Sammy helped his father earn a living at an early age of 9 so he can have a little money for his school needs. His parents did not allow him at first but after seeing Sammy’s determination, his father allowed him to help in fishing after school classes.

He also remembers coming home from school with only about a square-inch of scorched rice at times when rough seas made fishing impossible. With teary eyes he recalls he would ask himself “Ngano man kinahanglan nga mahitabo kini sa amo?” (Why is this happening to us?).

This is the kind of situation he did not want to happen to his children. He was bent on seeing to it that there are three square meals on the table every day.

Growing Needs

Because harvest of marine resources is a seasonal means of livelihood being influenced by weather condition, Sammy has to find other sources of income. He has to explore his artistry and creativity by getting part-time work in shells craft production to make both ends meet.

There was not just enough time for Sammy. Because aside from earning a living and doing the household chores, there is still the need to fill-in for the responsibility and loving care of that of a mother.

Aside from his three children, Sam Justin (Grade 11), Sev Adrian (Grade 9) and Schwarts Crist (Grade 7), Sammy still has to take care of his aging parents who lives near his house and have become dependent on the support he and his siblings could give.

Life became tougher as the needs of his children increased. Resourceful as he is, he is confident that his children will not starve. More than just having food, he wanted a better life for his children – a life better than what he had.

He saw a glimmer of hope about having a better education for his children when he started receiving the cash grant from DSWD’s 4Ps in 2011. He found an ally in the program in achieving his aspirations for his children’s future.

Not only did it boost his dreams for his children’s education but it also fuelled his passion for community involvement. He becomes a confidante of his fellow 4Ps beneficiaries and all of them look up to him as their parent leader. He is also active as a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) officer and finds time in various school activities like school feeding, gardening and cleaning during Brigada Eskwela.

Ang 4Ps dili lang kini nakatabang sa pagpa-eskwela sa among mga anak, nakatabang pud kini nga madugangan ang among kaalam pinaagi sa Family Development Session (FDS) (The 4Ps did not only help in children’s education but also in adding knowledge to the parents through the FDS),” underscored Sammy.

Dako gyud ang natabang sa Pantawid sa among pamilya labi na sa pagpaeskwela sa akong mga anak mao nga gihatag naku ang akong serbisyo ug oras sa uban (Pantawid greatly helped our family especially in sending my children to school that is why I devoted my service and time to others),” said Sammy. ###


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DSWD-7 joins 2019 World Day Against Trafficking celebration

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking 7 – Anti-Child Pornography – Violence Against Women and Children (IACAT 7-ACP-VAWC) headed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the Vice-chair recently commemorated this year’s World Day Against Trafficking (WDAT).

Youth Advocates of Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors (FORGE) Inc. lead in the opening of the 2019 World Day Against Trafficking though their interpretative doxology and the singing of the National Anthem.

This year’s celebration of WDAT carries the theme: “Isang Bayan, Isang Paninindigan Laban sa Trafficking ng Mamamayan” that highlights the gains, as well as reinforce the alliances and partnerships among government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sectors in the fight against human trafficking.

To raise more awareness on human trafficking and to promote protection of the rights of victims of trafficking, the member agencies of IACAT 7-ACP-VAWC, together with the DSWD-7, conducted the following activities as part of the WDAT celebration: Radio Guesting, Launching of Trafficking and Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) Legal Aid Project with Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Pitchfest Hackathon contest on Innovative Solution to Combat OSEC and the mobile caravan of different local government units in region 7.

During the regional celebration of WDAT on July 30, 2019, partner stakeholders from different sectors were awarded for their contribution in eliminating human trafficking across region 7.

The recognition of awardees on the search for Best Transport and Shipping Company, Best Private Establishment, Best Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), and Best Provincial/Local Government Unit (P/LGU) advocating the campaign on anti-human trafficking was the highlight of the WDAT celebration.

The launching and ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Trafficking and OSEC Legal Aid Partnership was also part of the event celebration with Atty. Regal Umali of Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter, Regional Prosecutor Fernando Gubalane of Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking 7-Anti-Child Pornography-Violence Against Women and Children (IACAT 7-ACP-VAWC), Atty. John Tanagho and Atty. Lucille Dejito from International Justice Mission (IJM) who commit to render legal services for victims of trafficking.

A symbolic commitment to fight human trafficking unified the participants through a community singing of the song ‘I Am but a Small Voice’ which concluded the Regional Celebration of the 2019 World Day Against Trafficking. ###


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Regional Bayani Ka winners of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Region VII to attend the 3rd national Community Volunteers Congress in Butuan City

The DSWD Field Office VII will be sending nine (9) Community Volunteers to the 3rd National Community Volunteers Congress and 5th Bayani Ka Awards on August 12-16, 2019. The participants to the activity are the 2018 Regional winners of Bayani Ka Awards. They are Prince Aldin R. Cuerda, Youth Category; Andres V. Tambagan, Sustained Community Volunteers Group Category; Liezel Gorit and Ma. Rebecca Gurit, Environment Protection Category; Necifora Lada, Gender and Development Category, Marcos Bonul and Mauricelia Rebuya, Improved Local Governance Category. Other attendees to the congress include Jhulmar Bagwisa, regional representative of the Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers group association and Jesselyn Espra, community volunteer from Oslob, Cebu.

Marcos Bonul of Anislag, Corella, Bohol receives the award for the Improved Local Governance Category

The activity, which started in 2017, serves as the venue where exceptional community-level stakeholders and leaders including the local chief executives of Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities nationwide will be gathered to be able to share their experiences and learning insights especially in the program implementation.

There will also be sharing of their viewpoints about Community-Driven Development approach which has been practiced and pushed to be adopted in every municipality and eventually in the whole country.

“Padayon, Kalahi-CIDSS” is the theme for this year’s National Community Volunteers Congress hoping that through this, it will create more advocates and walking evidences on how the program touched and changed the community’s lives and be able to gain support for the institutionalization of the program. ###


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DSWD-7 bares 2019 Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children provincial winners

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has named the 2019 Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children top three provincial winners from each four provinces in region 7.

This result was bared after the simultaneous provincial desk validation on July 24, 2019.

The Bohol provincial winner is Cleia Tadena of Duero town while the second and third placers are Danica Resusta of Dagohoy and Angelene Boyore of Ubay, respectively.

The provincial winner of Cebu is Jhon Rhod Amodia from the town of Cordova. Krizia Gullen from Bogo City ranks second while Ken Renzo Garciano from Poro ranks third.

The Negros Oriental provincial winners are the following, Shame Lagos of Zamboanguita, first place; Niña Mae Acabal of Manjuyod, second place and Deni Anne Margaret Mallarez of Dauin, third place.

Siquijor’s provincial winners include Kathleen Chen Pastrana of Maria, first place; Aloha Balwit of San Juan second place and Mairyll Loraine Arapoc of Enrique Villanueva, third place.

“As one of the stakeholders of Pantawid Pamilya, the children-beneficiaries play an important role in fulfilling the education and health outcomes of the program. Indeed, the stories of our Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya provincial winners are truly inspirational and worthy of emulation by other children-beneficiaries,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala

“These children are addition to our pool of local ambassadors who can promote children’s rights specifically on health and education,” Director Geamala added.

The search aims to recognize Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries who serve as excellent examples in their households, schools and communities. It also aims to encourage children to be active citizens by complying with the conditions of the program.

The provincial winners will receive a cash prize and a certificate of recognition during the provincial awarding ceremony this August.

Representatives from national government agencies like DOH, DepEd and DILG, provincial government of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor and partner civil society organizations (CSOs) served as judges during the provincial search.

The provincial first placers will compete in the regional level search. ###


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DSWD supports the No Smoking campaign of DOH

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII and the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) 7 inspected the nearby area for the “No Smoking policy” campaign.

DSWD and BOQ staff come together during the ocular inspection of the area to campaign for the “No Smoking Policy”.

“We want to make sure that there are no cigarette vendors or sellers within the 100 meters of the office premises,” said Engr. Emmanuel M. Edles, Head of the General Services Division (GDS) of DSWD-7.

This is in line with President Duterte’s Executive Order no. 26, Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places.

“We want to impart knowledge on the ill effects of tobacco to the society,” said Dr. Terence Anthony J. Bermejo, BOQ Chief of staff. He said it is part of the healthy lifestyle campaign of the government through the Department of Health (DOH).

The DSWD FO-7 has long been implementing the “No Smoking Policy Campaign”. Due to this effort the department was awarded with the Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health (DOH) in 2018.

Red Orchid Award is the highest award given by the DOH on the anti-smoking advocacy of local government units, government hospitals and offices. ###


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