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Community folks accept the biggest reward of their hardwork

The Community folks of Purok 1 Barangay San Jose, Siaton, Negros Oriental accepted the newly finished footbridge which connects communities from mainland to an islet where most of the fisherfolks of Barangay San Jose live.

The footbridge built by the community volunteers in Brgy. San Jose, Siaton, Negros Oriental connects communities from mainland to an islet where most fisherfolks reside.

The dream of giving their children and the community a safe passage has finally come true, as community folks witness the blessing and turn-over of the footbridge, a sub-project of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. The community volunteers could not contain their smiles as they pose for posterity on their biggest achievement in the community, the 38 meters footbridge in Purok 1 San Jose, Siaton, Negros Oriental.

The Kalahi CIDSS grant costs up to Php 3,441.850.00 and the Municipal Local Government Unit of Siaton and Barangay San Jose also shelled out Php 129,150.00 as their local cash counterpart (LCC) for the sub-project to be implemented.

The footbridge is the manifestation of hardwork, dedication and passion of the community volunteers who have made this dream a reality. The community witnessed how the project change their lives, and how it helps the community to be united and participative. ###


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DSWD 7 takes measures to prevent corruption through IMP Training 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 7 conducted a training on Integrity Management Program (IMP) training to selected DSWD 7 staff in two batches at Golden Peak Hotel, Cebu City.

DSWD-7 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie Lucero, imparts to the staff the significance of integrity during the IMP training and reminds them that “Integrity is consistency.”

The first batch attended the activity on January 28-29 and the second batch, on January 30-31. The IMP training is one of DSWD’s strategies to prevent corruption and to uphold the integrity of its employees. This is in accordance with the law RA6713, which is the code of conduct and Ethical Standards of public officials and employees

“Corruption is deadly, stop it!” said Mary Jane Concha, Administrative Assistant V from the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas. She added, “for 2012 at least 101.8 Billion pesos has been lost to corruption.”

“Public office is a Public Trust,” said Marites T. Soon, Associate Graft Investigation Officer III, Office of the Ombudsman Visayas. She emphasized the responsibility of a government employee to be honest and truthful at all times because that is the commitment upon entering into the public service.

Atty. Philip C. Camiguing, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer III, Office of the Ombudsman Visayas, discussed the penalties, sanctions and laws governing corruption. He provided examples of cases that involve high ranking officials in the land and the penalties associated with it. He stressed that “Corruption is a crime, and crime does not pay.”

The RA 6713 code of conduct was summarized into the acronyms A-S-A-L which is to be: Accountable to the People, Serve them with utmost responsibility, Act with patriotism and Lead a modest lives.

Moreover, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie S. Lucero shared some highlights on integrity management to apply to each worker especially in DSWD.

She quoted some simple reminders for the workers to embrace the essence of integrity application. Work what you are supposed to do, show respect to co-workers with appropriate conversation and sympathy, keep everyone informed (in cases of changes), adhere to policies, be responsible, and correct use of office supplies. “Integrity is consistency,” ARDO Lucero said.

Corruption has long been existing and hard to combat. But if a society or an office promotes the value of integrity, corruption will not flourish.

The newly installed regional director of DSWD-7, Rebecca P. Geamala has been vocal of her advocacy against corruption. She has been reminding the staff on building a culture of integrity in the workplace to ensure that DSWD workers in region 7 work with clean hands and are morally upright. ###


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DSWD-7 licenses, accredits another 8 Social Welfare Development Agencies (SWDAs)

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office -7 through its Standards Development Section has awarded certificates of registration and license to two (2) Social Welfare Development Agencies (SWDAs) and certificates of accreditation to six (6) other SWDAs on Monday, January 28, 2019.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala and Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie S. Lucero award a certificate of accreditation to the My Refuge House Ministry Inc. through its Executive Director, Ms. Rose Ann O. Ababa on Monday, January 28, 2019.

The eight (8) newly licensed and accredited SWDAs are the Pagtambayayong Foundation Inc., My Refuge House Ministry, Inc.; Passerelles Numeriques Philippines Foundation Inc.; Nature’s Spring Foundation Inc.; VICSAL Foundation, Inc.; Glory Reborn Organization Inc.; Children’s Shelter of Cebu, Inc.; Kalihukan sa Kaluoy, Inc.; and the Ernesto” Asay” Yu Foundation, Inc.

The Central Visayas region has a total of 58 registered and licensed SWDAs, 64 accredited SWDAs, 17 registered auxiliary Social Welfare Agencies (People’s Organization and Resource Agency), and 2 accredited Local Government Unit (LGU) Centers which committed to provide social welfare and development programs and services to the public.

The DSWD registers, licenses and accredits these SWDAs to ensure their effectiveness, efficiency and accountability in delivering social services.

Ms. Rose Ann O. Ababa, a registered social worker and Executive Director of the My Refuge House Ministry Inc. said that their agency provides residential-based programs and services for victim-survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) expressed her gratitude for the certificate of accreditation that their agency has received.

“We are happy to have been accredited for two years already. We are grounded in the belief that relationship and grace is the foundation of our service. This accreditation really speaks for all the things that we do for the past years,” Ms. Ababa expressed.

Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala on the other hand has also said words of appreciation for the support that these SWDAs have extended to the DSWD. “We are grateful that we have these SWDAs as our extension arm, which we also need to support and recognize. We need to work together as a team. We need to be united,” she said. ###


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DSWD-7 resolves 6,342 grievances of 4Ps

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has resolved 6,342 complaints out of the 6,769 cases received in 2018 through the Grievance Redress System (GRS) of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

The remaining 427 cases are still ongoing until this year.

Pantawid Pamilya regional grievance officer Joan Florabell Felicio (second from left) together with other grievance officers interview a household during a home visit.

GRS is a mechanism, or set of procedures and processes, to be used as a means to address and resolve issues and complaints related to project implementation of 4Ps. It is intended to provide a venue for beneficiaries and the public at large to air their concerns, complaints and suggestions to improve the program.

The types of grievances received in 2018 with the corresponding number are the following; payment related issues (2,772), request for social services (1,738), cash card related issues (933), others (737), misbehavior of beneficiary (457), ineligibility (110), grievance on staff performance (9), IP and GAD related issues (7) and appeal for reinstatement (6).

“Out of the 6,769 total cases received, we were able to get a resolution rate of 93.69% and the 6.84% of ongoing cases are within the timeline. The high number of ongoing case was in payment related issues which requires submission of pertinent documents by the complainants such as certificate of school enrollment to facilitate the updating of the facility,” said regional grievance officer Joan Florabell Felicio.

“Our grievance officers in the field have been conducting different activities in order to lessen the number of grievances like the installation of GRS help desk during Pantawid Pamilya payout wherein our partner-beneficiaries could raise their concerns and be given immediate feedback by the workers. We conduct random home visits and attend in the FDS to provide brief re-orientation on the program guidelines with emphasis on proper utilization of cash grants and sanctions for the misuse of grants,” Felicio added.

Felicio said that the beneficiaries welcomed them during the conduct of random home visit because their queries have been answered and clarified and they hope that the program will continue to support to their children’s education.

She added that the DSWD will continue to intensify the random home visits in different areas and conduct advocacy efforts through media guestings, public orientations and information caravan to explain the program and respond to the various issues.

Felicio also encourages the public to send their reports regarding any malpractice related to 4Ps implementation through their City and Municipal Links or to the regional office.

The public can also email DSWD through or text their complaints through the hotline number 09189122813 with the following text format DSWD<space>4Ps<space>Name of Beneficiary<space>Message (Example: DSWD 4Ps Juana dela Cruz kulang ang natanggap na payout sa Pardo, Cebu City). ###


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DSWD-7 new director assumes post

The new head of Central Visayas social welfare office, OIC-Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala has assumed her post replacing Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, who is now reassigned in Iloilo City as DSWD Field Office VI regional director. Dir. Geamala was installed by Assistant Secretary Glenda D. Relova during the turnover ceremony held at the DSWD Field Office VII office on January 10, 2019.

Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova reads the Special Order of DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista reassigning Director Rebecca P. Geamala as Regional Director of DSWD Field Office VII.

A native of Iloilo City, Dir. Geamala finished her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the University of Iloilo in 1983 and her Master in Public Administration at Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology in 2014. Currently, she is finishing her Doctor in Management at the Negros Oriental State University.

Dir. Geamala started working for the social welfare department as a Vocational Rehabilitation Worker I. Her life as a public servant started from small beginnings. Her dedication and commitment to work brought her to current position. She has served as OIC-Director of the Field Office VI for three years before her transfer to DSWD Field Office VII.

Director Geamala, who first met with the DSWD-7 employees during the official turn-over and installation ceremony emphasized good work ethics in order to yield positive result in the delivery of the Department’s programs and services.

“I share three things to all of you, first; Act justly, second; Love mercy and third; Walk humbly,” said Director Geamala.

Director Geamala plans to visit the various DSWD-7 centers and the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) offices in the four provinces in the region.

The regular reshuffle among regional directors every three years is part of the policy of the Department. ###


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DSWD-7 creates skeletal force during 2019 Sinulog Festival

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII through its Disaster Response and Management Division (DRMD) has created a skeletal force to monitor the activities of the Sinulog Festival for DSWD to respond and to help during emergency situations, especially in time of the solemn foot procession on January 19, 2019 Saturday and in the grand parade on January 20, 2019 Sunday.

The Department will also house those children who might get separated from their guardians amidst their participation in the solemn foot procession and grand parade.

“We encourage those who will participate in the solemn procession and the Sinulog grand parade to be vigilant all the time and to be attentive to their children that they will be bringing along with them. I encourage the parents or guardians to let their children wear identification cards with contact information for easy identification in case of emergency. They may also write in a piece of paper their contact information and put it inside the pockets of their children’s clothes,” Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Section (DRRS) Focal Ms. Sheba S. Dabon said.

The DSWD-7 will also coordinate with the Local Government Unit (LGU), Philippine National Police (PNP) and other agencies should there be emerging concerns throughout the Sinulog Festival celebration.

In case of emergency or disaster, the Department is also prepared to provide logistic support like family food packs and non-food items to affected families or individuals. ###


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Uplifting Indigenous People’s Welfare Through Effective Social Intervention

The Philippines is lived with a culturally diverse community where various group of people embrace different customs and traditions, but are all bearers of the national brand “Mga Pilipino/Pinoy.” This includes the indigenous people communities who have unique cultural identities that significantly need preservation and protection and have been labeled as marginalized due to lack or limited access to education, health facilities, and other economic opportunities. Also, they are usually subjected to discrimination. Concerning to this, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has reached out the indigenous peoples and has helped them improve their level of well-being through access to internal and external resources and social services.

Completing the three meals everyday has been difficult to most of the members of the Bukidnon Tribe as most of them are only laborers of the haciendas, earning limited pay practically inadequate for their daily sustenance. This is also one of the factors why only a few children in the Bukidnon Tribe of Bgry. Kabulakan Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental were able to go to school.

Community Facilitator, Jeh Beh G. Katipunan conducts a spot check to Pantawid children of Tribu Bukidnon in The Kabulakan Elementary School to ensure that set conditionalities mandated by the Pantawid program are followed.

With the goal to protect, preserve and develop traditional indigenous skills and cultures, the DSWD has seen education as a significant step or foundation in empowering indigenous people to participate more in their communities. Recognizing the crucial role of education in people empowerment, the Department improved its provision of social services by bringing this to the communities where indigenous peoples live.

“Before, we could barely eat thrice a day because most of the people from the tribe are only laborers of haciendas. That is why, we are happy that there is now the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) who has supported us and organized our tribe. We are also grateful of the DSWD’s Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) and Pantawid program for making us capable of sending our children to school,” Bukidnon Tribe Chieftain Dionesio Valor recounted.

Tribu Bukidnon IP Community has now access to public schools in the vicinity. There are 2 Day Care Centers accredited under the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office in the Municipality of Santa Catalina, which are the Kabulakan Day Care Center and the Mansanagan Day Care Center. The Kabulakan Elementary School serves their primary students while Obat High School for the Junior and Senior High School students.

“Previously, only a few children in our tribe are sent to school, but now almost all of the children of the tribe are enjoying the privilege to be in school. We are hopeful that this very few number of children (non-Pantawid) who are not yet in school will soon be granted a chance to education with the convergence of the efforts of the DSWD and other agencies,” Chieftain Donision Valor further said.

As of December 2018, there is zero record of IP eligible children missing classes and non-compliant in school, while there are no reports raised on students enrolled to Alternative Learning System (ALS) and case managed constantly skipping classes or non-compliant. According to the report of the Cluster Compliance Verification Officer Marline Gutang, there is 100% compliance of MCCT monitored children in Day Care Centers and in Elementary School as of the school year 2017.

The Local Government Unit of Sta. Catalina, Commission on Higher Education, Tamayo Foundation and the NCIP have also been cooperative in empowering the people of Bukidnon Tribe through provision of Scholarship Grants for the Tertiary Education of selected children of the Tribe.

Tribu Bukidnon of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental performs their traditional Binanog Dance, a dance which is an imitation of the movement of the “Banog” or hawk during the 2018 Indigenous Peoples Summit.

“The most that we are trying our best to sustain are these scholarship grants (from different agencies/NGOs) and the regular attendance of our children in school, because we believe that soon when these children will graduate, they will be capable of offering a great help and support to our tribe especially when they’ll be able to land a good job,” Tribe Chieftain Valor said.

Among the other economic opportunities provided to the indigenous peoples are the health and sustainable livelihood services that currently benefit the indigenous people of Sta. Catalina.

There has been improved access to preventive health care services and facilities in Kabulakan Health Center among pregnant women and children 0-5 years of age and there is also zero record of IP Eligible Pantawid households unable to avail the key health services for the periods one to four of 2018.

These indigenous people of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental have also shown a significant involvement in establishing sustainable livelihoods in their community through the support of different NGAs, LGUs and NGOs.   Among the livelihoods sustained by the group are Swine Production, Banana Plantation of Brgy. Manasanagan, Mini Sari-sari Store and Carabao Dispersal Livelihood Project.

Bukidnon Tribe are also actively involved in different People’s Organization/Association like Katribu Association, Manasanagan Water Association, Farmers Association, Sugar Planters, Kabulakan Water System Association, Women’s Association, Farmer’s Association and Planter’s Association that engage them in social, cultural and educational activities and help them continuously organize and mobilize their community for its progress and promotion.

Chieftain Valor also narrated that other members in their tribes have used to feel hopeless and were confused on how they should deal with their financial and family difficulties wherein most of them had just resorted to drinking and would eventually throw tantrums.

“But currently, there are no more tribe members who would resort to drinking because with the aid of the resources and opportunities given to them by the different government agencies, they have already learned how to strive and feed their families. Family problems that used to cause burden to some wives and husbands have been curtailed too and we are hopeful that this will be sustained,” the Chieftain amusingly recounted.

Having received social interventions from the DSWD and its partner stakeholders that aim to continuously establish an inclusive community that opens opportunities to all, Chieftain Dionesio Valor and his Tribe have seen a silver lining not just for their tribe but to all Indigenous People groups in the community.

Active members of DSWD-7’s Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program of Brgy. Kabulakan, pose for a souvenir photo during the celebration of 2018 Indigenous People (IP) Day at the Wildlife Sanctuary of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.

“We are indeed grateful. Today we already have mini-stores for our livelihood, we were helped with our backyard garden, we are also engaged in handicrafts made of drift woods and are well supported with materials needed for such handicrafts. As of now, we could say that we are no longer struggling in our daily living. When talking about income, we already have small or even big income-generating livelihoods. It also helped other people in the tribe because they would no longer go to the downtown to buy goods because there are already small merchandising stores in the vicinity that could provide our needs which also helped the group owners of our store to collect bigger funds/profit,” Chieftain Valor expressed.

With the complete adherence of Bukidnon Tribe to the program conditions and their excellent performance in developing their communities through and in partnership with the different stakeholders of the program they are chosen as one of the top two Model Indigenous People Communities during the Indigenous People’s Summit conducted on November 28-29, 2018. The other Model IP Community is the Tribu Aeta of Mabinay, Negros Oriental. ###


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DSWD 7 joins launching of Feeding Program for the children

Blessings poured in Catmon, Cebu on January 8, Tuesday, when the town inaugurated the newly built kitchens for the Kusina sa Kahimsug ug Pag-amuma (KKP) project. A program that aims to improve the health of malnourished children while teaching the kids the importance of good nutrition.

Governor Hilario Davide III with wife Jobel and Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale together with other local officials and representatives of participating agencies during the Kusina sa Kahimsug ug Pag-amuma program launching in Catmon, Cebu.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III with wife Jobel and Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale led the blessing and launching of the KKP Program and turn-over of the kitchen utensils and equipment for the new kitchens together with the representatives of Gawad Kalinga, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, local officials, parents and pupils.

Catmon is the fourth municipality of Cebu after San Remigio, Samboan and Madridejos to launch the KKP program.

“The children are our future. Kinahanglan tanang paningkamot, sentro gyud para sa mga kabataan kay sila man ang mopuli nato (All our efforts must be focused on children because they are our future generation) said Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III. He added, “Kinahanglan gyud natong tagaan og insaktong pagkaon ang mga bata ug (angay) makat-on ang mga bata nga mokaon og utan kay daghan na diri sa Catmon. Sa mga bata, kinahanglan healthy aron healthy ang atong society (We need to provide the right food to children and they must learn to eat vegetables since it is abundant here in Catmon. Children must be healthy for us to have a healthy society).”

Vice Governor Agnes Magpale believes that “a healthy body is a key to a healthy mind”. She said that “Dako kaayo ang akong pasalamat nga nakigpartner nato ang DepEd, DSWD, Gawad Kalinga and others (I am thankful for our partner agencies).”

Two schools in Catmon received the kitchen equipment and utensils. Kusina 1 is in Catmon Integrated School (CIS), Poblacion and the Kusina 2 in Agsuwao Elementary School, situated in the mountainous part of Catmon, which is 20 kilometers away from the Poblacion.

The event started with a blessing officiated by the parish priest and a ribbon cutting by Mrs. Jobel Davide and Vice Governor Magpale and witnessed by the local officials, GK, DSWD, and DepEd representatives. During the program, CIS teachers sang “The Greatest Love of All”.

The turnover ceremony was followed by the signing of the pledge of commitment by the officials and representatives of participating agencies.

Also present during the event were Vice Mayor Irish Baylon–Gestopa, GK Provincial Head, Mr. Antonio M. Florendo Jr; KKP Advisor Jobella A. Davide; DepEd representative Jose Garry R. Napole; DSWD’s Nutritionist/Dietician Daphne Joyce B. Embradora; District Supervisor Dr. Omega Monisit-Sol and local officials. ###


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