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DSWD-7 to validate potential beneficiaries of UCT Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Visayas through its National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU)/Listahanan will conduct validation of potential beneficiaries of this administration’s Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program.

DSWD-7 staff interview applicants for validators who are to conduct validation of potential beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program

The DSWD-7 has already started the screening and interview of the applicants for validators of this UCT program which is under R.A No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

The program is intended to provide cash grant to 10 million identified poor households. Beneficiaries for this program will receive P200 monthly subsidy for 2018 and P300 monthly subsidy for the years 2019 and 2020.

The 10 million poor households that will benefit the UCT program include the current 4.4 million identified Pantawid beneficiaries, 3 million indigent social pensioners and 2.6 potential beneficiaries who are non-Pantawid and Social Pensioners.

Moreover, UCT aims to help poor households in their daily living in the midst of the increasing of prices of goods and services as a result of the recently implemented TRAIN Law.

DSWD-7’s Listahanan staff are currently on the process of screening applicants for validators who will do the validation of a total of 320,382 targeted poor households in Central Visayas region. ###

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Family Day culminates DSWD-7’s Adoption Consciousness Celebration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Visayas has officially closed on February 18, 2018 the Adoption Consciousness Celebration with a Family Day at the J Centre Mall.

The activity which was participated by children from 13 Child-Caring Agencies accredited in the region, DSWD-7 Centers and Institutions, and members of Central Visayas Adoptive Parents Association (CVAPA) families featured games, stage presentations by children from different child-caring agencies and CVAPA families, a magic show, and a huge inflatable playground at the venue.

Children from one of the child-caring agencies participate in one of the games organized during the Family Day celebration held in Hyacinth Hall, J Centre Mall, Mandaue City.

Ms. Clavel Sayson, head of DSWD-7’s Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) has expressed her gratitude to everyone who participated in the activity and contributed to its success. She also thanked Mr. and Mrs. Gullas who made the event more enjoyable and memorable for the kids.

Ms. Saycon also appreciated Gullas couple for being good examples to other partners to also adopt abandoned children and to undergo the appropriate process of legal adoption.

Mr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas, who is also the executive vice president of the University of the Visayas, has announced as well in his speech during the activity that he will pick 13 children from the centers to be scholars in the coming school year.

To conclude the event, the Gullas couple shared their blessings and gave checks worth of ₱10,000 to each of the 11 child-caring agencies while other three entities were given machines and equipment. The DSWD-7’s Home for Girls received a new projector and projection screen, additional sewing machine for the Regional Haven and a refrigerator for the DSWD-7 HerSpace.

The Family Day was sponsored by Mr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas and Mrs. Nena Gullas who are one of the members of CVAPA. ###

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DSWD-7 honors partner CSOs

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), media organizations, a parish and a hospital were among the partner institutions who received special awards from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII during its recently concluded 67th founding anniversary.

DSWD Undersecretary Florita R. Villar and DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre presented the plaques of recognition to Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC) and to Pagtambayayong Foundation Incorporated (FPI) for their invaluable support to the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) by providing assistance to the homeless street families, families in need of special protection and indigenous families.

DSWD Undersecretary Florita R. Villar (fourth from right), DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre (third from right) and DSWD-7 Assistant Regional Director for Administration Herminia L. Cabahug (leftmost) presented the plaques of recognition to the outstanding employees of the year.

Partner CSOs who helped and supported DSWD-run centers and institutions like the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II), Regional Haven, Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and Home for Girls (HFG) were also honored through the ‘Salamat Po’ award.

Salamat Po awardees were Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation Cebu, Cebu Doctor’s University (CDU), GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, Juanito I. King Foundation (JIKF), Oasis of Love, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Rotary Club of Cebu West, Verbum Dei Catholic Missionary and Virgen Delos Remedios Parish.

The Social Welfare and Development Learning Network (SWDL-NET) was also given a plaque of recognition for their support in providing accessible, relevant quality social welfare and capacity building program.

For the Gawad Ulat award, three media outfits were given the highest recognition for their advancement in the advocacy, promotion, and publicity of the Department’s programs and services.

The awardees were Cebu Daily News (CDN) – Most Supportive Newspaper, DYAB 1512 – Most Supportive Radio Station and Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) Channel 47 – Most Supportive Television Station.

Other media partners were also given the ‘Salamat Po’ award namely ABS-CBN, DYHP 612, Sunstar Cebu and The Freeman.

Also awarded during the anniversary celebration were outstanding and long-time DSWD employees through the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or ‘PRAISE Awards’. ###

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‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’ aims to address undernutrition and short-term hunger

Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries in Bacong, Negros Oriental implements the ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’.

This school-based feeding program is implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd), through the School Health Division-Bureau of Learner Support Services (SHD-BLSS) to address undernutrition and short-term hunger among public school children.

Municipal Convergence Committee together with the judges inspects the school garden in Isugan Elementary School.

Under the program, all schools are asked to establish and maintain the ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’ as a source of ingredients for the feeding program.

Also, through this project, the school has encouraged the Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries to have their own home garden for the continuous nutritional improvement at home.

“This is a good convergence program wherein National Government Agencies (NGAs) like DSWD and DepEd, the Local Government Unit (LGU), partner Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and most importantly the Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries worked together for the common good,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre.

“As Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ensures our children will continue to go to school, we must not also forget the health of our children and this program will ensure that our children are healthy by eating fresh and chemical-free vegetables planted and harvested by their parents and teachers,” Macapobre added.

The program primarily aims to improve the nutritional status of the 4,257 elementary students in Bacong by at least 70 percent at the end of 120 feeding days.

To ensure that the program will be sustainable, the Municipal Convergence Committee in Bacong agreed that every year they will conduct a contest for the best implementer of ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’.

For the first inter-school ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan contest, Isugan Elementary School emerged as the grand winner while the Nazario Tale Memorial Elementary School and San Miguel Elementary School, placed first and second runners-up, respectively.

The criteria for the best implementer of vegetable garden are; (25%) Presence of Vegetable and Health garden: 10 kinds of Vegetables and 10 kinds of Herbal, (30%) Adoption of different strategies and technology, (20%) Contribution to school feeding program, (20%) community participation and (5%) Record Management and Documentation with a total of 100%.

Freshly picked vegetables in the ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’ of Isugan Elementary School.

The winners will receive vegetable package including seedlings and organic fertilizer and materials courtesy from Local Government Unit of Bacong and the awarding of the winners will be held during the Leon Kilat celebration on July 2018. ###

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DSWD-7 holds Adoption Forum in Carmen, Cebu

In observance with the 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 through its Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) held an Adoption Forum in Carmen, Cebu on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

One of the participants of Adoption Forum held in Carmen, Cebu asks queries regarding the legal process of application of adoption to DSWD-7 Social Welfare Officer III Concepcion Solera.

The forum was participated by four Local Government Units (LGUs) of Cebu Province, namely the municipalities of Liloan, Compostela, Carmen and Danao City. Members of the Central Visayas Adoptive Parents Association (CVAPA) and other potential adoptive parents also participated in the activity.

Prior to the Adoption Forum, the participants attended the motorcade from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of Liloan to the Municipality of Carmen.

With the celebration’s theme this year “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin!” the forum aims to strongly advocate legal adoption to those couple interested in assuming parental responsibility of a child whose biological parents have voluntarily or involuntarily given up their parental rights.

Adoption Forum speaker and Social Welfare Officer III Concepcion Solera, encouraged everyone to advocate legal adoption and avoid simulated birth adoption.

“If you happen to know someone who has committed simulated birth adoption, please advise them to immediately visit our field office to undergo with the legal process of application for adoption and avoid legal charges,” stated Solera.

The significant objective of the adoption which is to enable a child who is legally free or eligible for adoption, to benefit from family life and become a permanent member of a family who can give him/her love, protection and opportunities for growth and development was also discussed by Solera during the forum.

Series of adoption related queries from members of various LGUs and CVAPA members were also catered during the latter part of the Adoption Forum. ###

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3,251 ka proyekto ang nahuman sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Sud sa 60 ka tuig nga naningkamot ang DSWD nga mahimong kaabag sa mga kabus sa pagkab-ot sa hapsay ug malinawon nga pagpuyo. Padayon kini sa paghatud sa paspas ug maamumahong serbisyo ug programa sa mga pamilya ug sa komunidad sama sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

Community Volunteers hold a meeting in front of the newly painted Barangay Health Station of Bonga, Maria, Siquijor.

Ang DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS nga nagpasiugda sa Community Driven-Development (CDD) nagmalampuson tungod sa mga katawhan nga nagtambayayong sa pag lihok alang sa kalambuan sa ilang komunidad.

Nikabat sa   Php 4,542,180,746.90 ang nabubu nga pundo sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS alang sa mga proyekto niini sa 3 ka cycles.

Kini nga kantidad nipundo sa 3,251 ka mga community sub-projects sa 91 ka munisipyo sa probinsya sa upat ka probinsya sa Rehiyon VII.

Ang mga proyekto naglakip sa karsada, daycare center, water system, multi-purpose building, health station, flood control, footbridges ug uban pa. ###

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DSWD 7 jump-starts 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) Field Office 7 through its Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) held an opening salvo of the 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration with the theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin!” (Spread unconditional love through Legal Adoption).

Children from one of the partner child caring agencies of DSWD 7 perform a dance presentation during the program on the Opening Salvo of 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration.

Around 200 individuals coming from different participating agencies and child caring agencies have attended the kick-off activity on Monday, February 12, 2018 which comprises a motorcade that started from Plaza Independencia on the way to SM City Cebu where the opening program was held.

During the program, there were also series of dance and song presentations of children from different partner child caring agencies such as the Asilo de la Milagrosa, Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation, Franciscan’s Children Home and NORFIL foundation.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie Lucero during her welcome remarks for the opening salvo of Adoption Consciousness Celebration 2018, encouraged all parents to start educating their children the value and importance of adoption. This is to help adopted children in school or in the community to be completely accepted and understood by other children.

“Many of the communities are still not able to accept and understand adoption. This is why it is important that parents should be advocates in promoting the value and importance of adoption to their children and other people in the community,” said ARDO Lucero.

ARDO Lucero has also expressed gratitude to foster parents and adoptive parents who bravely took the challenge in providing a nurturing environment to adoptees conducive to their physical, mental, social and emotional health growth.

DSWD 7 have successfully placed a number of children into legal adoption, locally and internationally.

Two adoptees of the successful child placements that DSWD 7 have made had their inspiring testimonies during the short program of the opening salvo.

An adopted child also positively highlighted during her testimony that with the nurturing environment of adoptive families, being an adopted child doesn’t make you any less loved nor does it make you any different from those children living with their biological parents.

As DSWD VII celebrates Adoption Consciousness Week, the department strongly aims to encourage couples interested in adopting a child to visit the field office, undergo the legal process of adoption and avoid simulated birth adoption to stand with the theme: “Spread unconditional love through legal adoption.” ###

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Access Road: A dream come true

It was a dream come true to the residents of Brgy. Anopog to see the 400 meters concrete access road inaugurated.

Dako kaayo among kalipay nga nahuman gyud ang karsada diri, kay sa una lisod gyud kaming mga ginikanan mag baba sad mi, ilabi na mga kinder pa, dili makasugakod og labang sa lapukon ug guba ngadalan (We are happy that this concrete road is finished. Before it was so difficult for parents to bring their children to school because they would have to carry the children especially those in kindergarten,” shared Cirila Benigay a resident of Barangay Anopog and a Pantawid beneficiary.

Residents of Brgy. Anopog along with the teachers and students parade their way as the priest blessed the 400 meters’ access road.

The town of Pinamungajan is one of the several towns affected by Typhoon Auring that hit the country on January 8, 2017. The town of Pinamungajan was severely flooded and its barangay roads were destroyed including barangay Anopog, where access road to school was destroyed and buried in knee-deep mud and flood waters.

“This concrete road makes a difference in the life of 680 students in our school. It brings positive effect on them. They are now motivated to attend classes despite heavy downpour because they no longer wade on muddy road. I am hopeful that there would be an increase on attendance rate of students especially the 156 Pantawid beneficiaries, which would eventually increase their education compliance rate,” said Mr. Vianney Abellanosa, school principal.

He said that since the road is now elevated and concreted, the parents and the 25 teaching staff of the school are already assured of the safety of the students.

Meanwhile, Abellanosa also expressed with gratitude for this life-changing experience he and his teachers and students have in working with Kalahi-CIDSS.

The students and teachers of Anopog Elementary School helped the community volunteers to gain votes during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF). They presented photos of teachers and students carefully and patiently walking their way through muddy paths. Their vivid presentation convinced the MIBF participants to vote for them and indeed, Barangay Anopog got the 1st place in the prioritization list.

The completion of the 400-meter access road brings joy and hope not only to the students and teachers but also to the residents living in nearby sitios.

The Php 2.6 million access road has benefited 830 households and has made their dream come true. ###

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