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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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DSWD supports in managing evacuation centers for Cebu landslide survivors

With the magnitude of the landslide which occurred in Sitio Sindulan, Brgy. Tinaan in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has intensified the provision of technical assistance to the local government unit (LGU) including management of evacuation centers, resource augmentation, and hands-on training of LGU personnel on disaster management.

DSWD FO VII social worker provides technical assistance to the LGU regarding camp management.

DSWD-Field Office VII Director Evelyn Macapobre said that since this is the first time that the LGU of Naga City has experienced this kind of  disaster, it is important to guide the staff on how to manage the evacuation centers including the process of accepting donation, and dealing with volunteers.

Also, at present, DSWD social workers are training LGU personnel as camp managers.

The Field Office established the evacuation camps on September 21, a day after the landslide which affected 1,493 families or 6,208 persons in five barangays in the said city.

DSWD-FO VII has deployed staff to man the evacuation centers.  It has also assigned  camp managers who work with their counterparts from the LGU.

“We fielded our staff in the six evacuation centers to help ensure that basic human right to life and dignity of displaced families is upheld,” added Dir. Macapobre.

Dir. Macapobre explained that to ensure orderly camp coordination and management, internally-displaced families in the evacuation centers were grouped by cluster, each having their own leaders to look into their respective needs and concerns.

The affected families are staying in the evacuation centers set-up at the Naga Central Elementary School, Enan Chiong Activity Center, Naalad Elementary School, Apo Cement Gym, Naga National High School, and Colon Elementary School.

Moreover, the Field Office established an operations center at the city hall which doubles as a public information center.

As of September 24, there are 1,253 families or 5,516 individuals staying in the evacuation centers.

Volunteer groups continue to arrive in the area while individuals, families, private schools, foundations, news outlets, and universities also came yesterday to hand over their donations. To document all donated goods, the Field Office set-up  a donation desk.

According to Director Macapobre the regional warehouse and the Visayas Disaster Response Center is now manually repacking goods with the help of over 370 volunteers, mostly from schools, universities and other private institutions.

“The Department’s Cash-for-Work (CFW) scheme is also utilized to hasten production of family food packs,” she added.

Meanwhile, more than 50 DSWD regional and field office staff are mobilized in shifting schedule, and are spread across the evacuation centers in order to provide support to LGU personnel in the assessment and intake of displaced families, relief/logistical needs, and provision of psychosocial support, especially among children and women in the evacuation centers. ###


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Volunteers help repack family food packs

After the call for volunteers in social media on September 21, 2018, the next day day about 370 volunteers flocked to the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC) in Barangay Tingub, Mandaue City to help in the repacking of family food packs.

Volunteers help in the repacking of family food packs in VDRC.

Most of the volunteers are students from various universities and colleges in Metro Cebu namely, University of San Carlos (USC); University of Cebu – Lapulapu and Mandaue (UCLM); University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJ-R); University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF); Mandaue City College (MCC) and Philippine State College of Aeronautics (PSCA) – Mactan Air Base.

Aside from the student volunteers, the private sector also volunteered in the VDRC like the JCI Mandaue, Philippine Motorcycle Riders Club, Angkas Amigo Volunteers, Parkcare Play School Inc., Amigo 65 Volunteers and several walk-ins.

“We really appreciate the time and effort of our volunteers in making sure we have enough family food packs ready for distribution,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre.

Uniformed personnel also help in the repacking like the Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force.

After 5 pm yesterday, all volunteers were able to repack a total of 5,700 family food packs.

For those who are interested to become a volunteer may contact Mr. Derrick Triumfo through cellphone numbers 0922-7029597 or 0916-7989430.

The schedule of repacking is from Monday to Saturday (8am to 5pm) only. ###


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