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DSWD-7 conducts IP Summit

In line with the Indigenous Peoples Month celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII recently conducted an Indigenous Peoples (IP) Summit.

Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre attends the Indigenous People (IP) Summit and shares her inspirational message to the different ethnic tribes.

The summit aimed to strengthen the IP culture and to mainstream it in gender sensitivity.

Tribal chieftains and members of various indigenous tribes in Central Visayas namely the Badjao Community from Dauis, Bohol and Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City, Ati Tribe from Loay, Bohol and the Eskaya Tribe participated in the activity.

The summit was designed to address gender-based violence and other gender related issues faced by both men and women of the different tribal groups.

This issues were given preferential attention because it leads to non-compliance to the conditionalities of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

During the workshop presentation, it was revealed that IP realized that is better to give birth in a health facility rather than in their own house or ‘banca’ as part of their customary practice.

They now opt to give birth in government health facilities to avoid the risk of maternal and infant deaths and for them to have a proper registration of the child.

Aside from DSWD-7, other partner national government agencies (NGAs) like the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), PhilHealth, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) attended and presented their own programs and services which also complement to the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Mapasalamaton ta sa uban nga mga ahensya sa gobyerno nga nitambong karun aron makahatag katin-awan ug makadugang ug sakto nga kaalam sa inyu (We are thankful to other national government agencies who are here today so to explain and provide you correct information),” DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said.

Nasayud kita nga importante ang panaghugpong sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno aron makahatag og sakto nga programa ug serbisyo (We know that unity among government agencies is important in order to provide the right programs and services),” Macapobre added.

Eventually, this would improve the level of well-being through access to internal and external resources and convergence effort of the government.

The Ati Tribe from Loay, Bohol dances their Pangayam (hunting) dance.

The participating indigenous tribe also showcased their culture and tradition through dance and music during one of the Monday convocation of DSWD-7. ###


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Nalam Family wins 1st runner-up in Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017

A solo parent and an active community volunteer placed 1st Runner Up in the recently concluded National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 held at Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Muntinlupa City.

Nalam Family accepts the 1st Runner-up Award during the National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 held recently at Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Muntinlupa City.

With the theme, Pamilyang Pilipino: Handang Tumawid sa Pag-unlad, the event was attended by the 18 regional winners of the search representing the 18 regions of the country.

The Grand Prize was awarded to Cabualan Family of Iloilo City; 2nd Runner-up goes to Betua Family of Sto.Tomas, Davao del Norte; 3rd Runner-up went to Mahayag Family of San Francisco, Quezon and 4th Runner-up is the Catubig Family of Brgy. Bogo, Maria, Siquijor.

A widow for more than 12 years, Evangeline N. Nalam, 59 years old and a native of Brgy. Cawitan, Sta.Catalina, Negros Oriental raised her four children by instilling to them the values that would deeply influence her children’s behaviors and attitudes and upholding these values herself while taking on her responsibilities as parent.

She has been a grantee of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program since 2009. Aside from being an active parent leader, she is also an active community volunteer of several local activities namely, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS), Kababayin-an Buhata Federation (KABUH), Kahugpungan sa Tribung Bukidnon (KATRIBU), Cawitan Fisherfolks Farmers Association (CASFFA), Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), San Pedro Panlisu-an Calanan Fatima Farmers Asoociation (SPPCFFA).

An advocate of human rights, Nalam voluntarily assists victims of violence against women and children (VAWC). She also joined as a community-based tie-up volunteer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on gender sensitivity.

To date, about 20 reported abuse cases in the barangay were already referred by Nalam to the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO) and PNP.

The Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is an annual event of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which recognizes the exemplary family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The search showcases the stories of families who, despite the challenges brought about by poverty, are able to maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values and create a positive impact in their respective communities. ###


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Children’s Haven Celebrates Family Day

“Nagpasalamat mi og dako nga gibisita mi ninyo diri, ug gi share ninyo ang blessing diri namo, manghinaut ko nga dili mo makalimot namo (We thank you for visiting us here and for sharing your blessings to us, I hope you will not forget us),” said one of the residents in Children’s Haven.

Daisy Lor of the DSWD happily shares Bible stories to the residents of Children’s Haven a home for the disadvantaged children of Albert Schwietzer Familienwerk Foundation Philippines, Inc.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Social Welfare Employees Credit Cooperative (SWECC) along with the members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Family celebrates the 25th National Family Day at the Children’s Haven a home for the disadvantage children of the Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation Philippines, Inc. (ASFFPI) in Pilipog, Cordova, Cebu.

The Foundation started its operation in 2004, and since then they had been offering home and care for the abandoned children and also receiving referrals from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

ASFFPI has been a partner to DSWD in looking after the welfare of the abandoned children for 13 years, and for this 25th National Family Day celebration they celebrated it with more than 60 children who received the visitors with a warm heart and a sweetest smile.

The DSWD staff and members of the RIACFF facilitated the “bring me” game and distributed simple gifts for the children which they happily accepted.

As a welcome gift to the visitors the children showcased their talents in dancing. They were also delighted with the bible stories shared by Ms. Daisy Lor, Social Welfare Officer (SWO) III of DSWD.

Nagpasalamat mi nga inyo ming gi abi-abi karon buntaga ug inyong gipakita namo ang inyong nindot nga mga smile ug sa pag showcase sa inyong mga talent, niari mi aron makauban kamo sa pagcelebrate sa 25th National Family Day isip usa kita ka pamilya. (Thank you so much for welcoming us in your home this morning, and for showing us your warmest smile and for showcasing your talents. We are here to celebrate the 25th National Family Day with you as one family),” said Ms. Aileen Cuevas, Protective Services Unit (PSU) Head of DSWD-7. ###


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Catubig Family bags 4th runner-up for the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

The Catubig family of Barangay Bogo, Maria, Siquijor bagged the fourth runner-up for the 2017 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya National Search in the recently concluded Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day held in Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Muntinlupa City.

The Catubig Family proudly shows their plaque of recognition during the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day held in Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Muntinlupa City.

The event gathered more than 1,000 people composed of all regional winners of the 2017 National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya together with selected family-beneficiaries from Muntinlupa City.

The grand award went to Cabualan Family from Leon, Iloilo.

First runner-up went to Nalam Family from Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental; Second runner-up is the Betua Family from Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte; and Third runner-up went to the Mahayag Family from San Francisco, Quezon.

A special award was given to Respicio Family from Cagayan as Most Innovative Family.

The theme “Pamilyang Pilipino: Handang Tumawid sa Pag-unlad”, communicates the family-beneficiaries’ ability and confidence to lift themselves from poverty. It emphasizes the perseverance of the beneficiaries supported by with the programs and services of the Department and its partner agencies and organizations.

Wala man namu nakuha ang unang ganti, lipay gihapon mi kay dako na kani nga pasidungog nga na-angkon sa among pamilya (Even though we did not get the top prize, we are still happy because this is already a great recognition for our family),” Rosemarie Catubig said.

Kontento nami sa kung unsay gihatag sa Ginoo kay kabalo ko nga deserving man pud ang uban nga pamilya nga makadaog (We are already contented on what God has given us and I know the other families also deserved to win),” the Catubig matriarch added.

Moving forward, the family promised to continue to be a good role model to the community.

Aside from being a parent leader in the Pantawid Pamilya, Rosemarie also leads the Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) in their community.

With her leadership, the SLPA will soon embark on a native chicken production.

Karun nga apil na sad mi sa Sustainable Livelihood Program sa DSWD, makatabang gyud nig dako sa among panginabuhian (Now that we are already part of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD, this would really help augment our income),” Rosemarie gladly said as she looks forward to the realization of their native chicken production business.

The Nalam Family of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental is the 1st runner-up in the 2017 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Search.

The Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children 18 and below. Pantawid Pamilya is only one of the social protection strategies of the national government implemented by DSWD. ###


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DSWD gives 400K worth of assistance to flashflood victims in Liloan, Cebu

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 7 has released a total of Php 447,183.25 worth of food and non-food items to the 115 Families affected by the flash flood last September 22, 2017 in Liloan, Cebu.

DSWD-7 staff assist the LGU Liloan staff in the distribution of relief goods to the victims of flashflood.

DSWD gave 115 food packs 115 blankets, and 115 clothing kits.  Each food pack contains 6 kilos of rice, 4 canned meat, 4 canned fish and 6 sachets of cofee.  The clothing kit contains new undergarments, shorts and shirts for ladies and girls as well as for men and boys, bath towels, malong and slippers.

Mayor Ma. Esperanza Christina G. Frasco, immediately asked for an augmentation on September 25 and the DSWD through the Disaster Reduction Assistance Management Unit (DReAMU), immediately released 115 food packs and non-food items to the Municipality.

The assistance was already distributed to the affected families led by the MSWDO of Liloan.

Heavy rain which lasted for two (2) days caused the Cotcot river to overflow, affecting a total of 500 individuals or 115 families in barangays Cotcot and Jubay to evacuate to Tiltilon Elementary School, Cotcot Gym and Purok Mansanitas Gym.

The DSWD 7 has been providing immediate assistance to municipalities and cities affected by calamities. ###


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AVRC II celebrates 43rd anniversary; encourages families to support their PWD family member

Families of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) joined in the recently concluded founding anniversary of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II). These PWDs who are active trainees of AVRC II were overjoyed with their family’s presence.

During the family forum spearheaded by Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II center head, shared AVRC’s history and its objectives to the participating families.

Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II center head, orients families of PWDs about AVRC during the family forum.

“This center aims to develop the PWDs capacity through a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program which will enable them to acquire practical skills for eventual employment, that is why we provide various courses ranging from Massage Therapy, Electronic Motor Repair, Computer Electronics, Basic Sewing, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Commercial Cooking and Cosmetology,” said Tahanlangit.

“Here in AVRC, we also teach your children or relatives important life skills like proper hygiene, time management, socialization and even Alternative Learning System (ALS) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd),” Tahanlangit underscored.

She further emphasized that the family support is also important in the rehabilitation of PWDs.

Bisitahi, tawagan o pangamustahan sad ninyu sila diri aron madasig sila ug mahimong malampuson ilang pag-training (Check on them here or call them, so that they will be encouraged and successfully finished their training),” she added.

Strong family support is integral in the PWDs holistic development.

Partners and stakeholders who have contributed to the success of AVRC II were also present during the founding anniversary program like the Tzu Chi Foundation, Cebu Centennial Lions Club, Hospicio de San Jose Barili and Department of Labor and Employment Region 7 (DOLE-7).

As a non-residential institution of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), AVRC II has been at the forefront of providing human resource development to PWDs in the Visayas region through various skills enhancement program. ###


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Lazi kid is this year’s Exemplary Child Regional Winner

A twelve-year-old kid from Barangay Nagerong, Lazi, Siquijor, is this year’s winner for the Search of Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children.

Seventh grader Rhenalyn Joy C. Perez was declared winner in the regional search.

Rhenalyn (center) accepts her certificate of recognition and cash prize during the Provincial Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children held in the capital town of Siquijor. She was accompanied by her father Ricky (third from right) and mother Arlene (fourth from left). Also present during the awarding are the judges for the provincial search.

She will receive a cash prize and a plaque of recognition during the awarding ceremony on DSWD-7’s Panaghiusa Festival on December 7, 2017.

She will represent region 7 in the national search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children during the National Children’s Congress (NCC) in November.

Aside from Rhenalyn, three other Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries proudly represent their own provinces during the regional search.

They are Reygine G. Escabas of Cordova, Cebu, 2nd Place; Diana Lorena R. Datoy of Alburquerque, Bohol, 3rd Place; and Mary Joy Soneja of Ayungon, Negros Oriental, 4th Place.

Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, regional director of DSWD-7, said that this is a good avenue to recognize children beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who set excellent examples at home, at school and in the community where they live.

Her father, Ricky, is a fish vendor and her mother, Arlene, is a housewife. Rhenalyn is the eldest among the three children.

At a young age, Rhenalyn already experienced life’s difficulties especially in pursuing her education.

Kaniadto sa akong pagtuon matag gabie, motago ko sa ilalom sa among katre aron dili mapalong ang siga sa lamparilya inig huros sa hangin (Before, when I had to study my lessons at night, I would hide underneath the bed to keep the lighted kerosene lamp from being blown out by the strong wind),” Rhenalyn said.

Things changed when her family became one of the partner-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya, a human development program that provides cash grants to Listahanan-identified poor families with children aged 0-18 who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers and attending the Family Development Sessions (FDS).

She said that her father used to be a “habal-habal” driver but because of the support of Pantawid Pamilya her father was able to save up money. He stopped being a “habal-habal” driver and used the savings to start his fish vending business.

Now, her father sells fish in the market regularly.

At her young age, Rhenalyn understands the situation of her family and promised to herself to help her parents by studying hard and helping them in household chores.

Rhenalyn is a consistent honor student and active in various school activities. ###


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416 Sustainable Livelihood Program beneficiaries finish short courses

In five (5) separate occasions, 416 partner-beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) finished different short courses that could help them get a job or engage in livelihood activities.

The partner-beneficiary graduates are all smiles as they finish their Housekeeping NCII course funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

These 416 partner-beneficiaries were from twenty-five (25) different places in Cebu province namely; Cebu City, Mandaue City, Balamban, Carcar City, Loboc, Malabuyoc, Minglanilla City, Naga City, San Fernando, Sibonga, Talisay City, Compostela, Tudela, Sogod, Liloan, Tabogon, San Remegio, Bantayan Island, Boljoon, Medellin, Lapu-Lapu City, Dalaguete, Camotes, Santa Fe and Toledo. Some of them are also members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the DSWD.

The skills training was done in partnership with the Café-Gonzales Security Training Academy, Inc. for the security services training; Center for Healthcare professions Cebu Inc. for the Hilot (Wellness Massage) and Housekeeping; Talisay City Livelihood Training Center for the Beauty Care and another Housekeeping training.

The Café-Gonzales Security Training Academy, Inc. produced at least 279 graduates of Pre-Licensing training course NC I in July 2017. The short course took the standard 21 days training. Upon graduation day, some partner-beneficiaries were hired on the spot. A total of 112 graduates are already working in different agencies like New Mabuhay International Security Agency, Cebu Target, Topwatch, Silver Lion, Lancer, Thilmusa, Kenard and Genghis Khan Security Agency. Other graduates are still working on their employment.

The Center for Healthcare Professions Cebu (CHP) Inc. has a total graduate of 78 partner-beneficiaries. There were 44 graduates of Housekeeping NCII and 34 graduates of Hilot (Wellness Massage) NCII in August 2017. Some graduates in Housekeeping are currently working at Uncle Tam’s Hotel, Red Planet Hotel, Capitol Hotel, Toyoko International Hotel, Papa Kits Marine Fishing Lagoon, Estaca Bay Resort, Copenhagen Residences and Anda Hotel. For the Hilot (Wellness Massage) graduates are also working at the Bentosa Spa, Body and Soul, Nuah Thai Cebu and Spa Cebu.

In partnership with the Talisay City Livelihood Training Center, 59 partner-beneficiaries were given the hope for livelihood as they took the skills training on Beauty Care with 39 participants and Housekeeping with 20 participants. Among the 59 graduates, 35 are already hired and the rest are still looking for a job.

The SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the government implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).  It aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation. ###


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