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Poor families receive Metrobank’s Bags of Blessing

Some 500 Listahanan identified-poor families in Cebu City received the Metrobank Foundation’s Bags of Blessing during the Chinese New Year celebration last Saturday.

Ceremonial Turn-Over of Bags of Blessings from Metrobank to the beneficiaries. (From left to right) Metrobank Commercial Banking Group VisMin Head Fermin Chio, DSWD-7 Dir. Ma. Evelyn Macapobre, Metrobank Visayas Region Head Vicente Jandayan and Metrobank Visayas Deputy Region Head Emmeline Go.

The Bags of Blessing Project is a nationwide gift-giving project of Metrobank wherein 10,000 bags filled with grocery items worth Php 1,000 was distributed to 10,000 poorest families listed in the DSWD’s Listahanan but are not beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

For region 7, 500 families from Cebu City’s barangays Mambaling, Mabolo and Lahug were selected to receive the goods.

Each grocery bag contained 5 kilos of rice, cooking oil, noodles, coffee, powdered milk, sugar, assorted canned goods and snack food for children.

Nalipay mi nga usa mi sa mga natagaan kay makatabang na kini sa among pangkunsomo karung semanaha (We are happy to be one of the recipients for this will help sustain our basic needs for this week),” said Justina Bequilla, who went to Brgy. Mambaling Sports Complex together with her two children during the distribution.

The activity was attended by Metrobank employees headed by the Visayas region head Vicente Jandayan.

DSWD-7 staff also helped in the registration of the beneficiaries.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre graced the occasion and shared her Chinese New Year message to the beneficiaries.

The event went smoothly as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assisted in securing the venue of the activity.

(Left) Justina Bequilla and other recipients happily carry their Bags of Blessings as they go back to their respective houses.

This activity was simultaneously done nationwide. ###

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Macapobre joins Management Organization Team meeting

RD Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre during the teleconference with other the team members at the Central Office.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre joined the first meeting of the Department’s 2017 Management Reorganization Team recently held through teleconferencing.

She said, Secretary Judy Taguiwalo recognizes the fast-changing role of the DSWD in achieving the societal goals of the country.

“This activity is part of DSWD’s continued effort to look for ways to better respond to client’s needs as well as to look after its workers,” said Director Macapobre.

In this meeting, the Department uses teleconferencing and maximizes the technology available in the Department because it is cost-efficient.

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DSWD-7 honors Pantawid Pamilya exemplary fathers

To recognize community models amongst men who champion gender relations in their homes and communities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII will be honoring Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) exemplary fathers through the “Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya” regional search.

Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya aims to rally support from men to champion women’s empowerment and gender equality within the context of the Program and its communities.

The search was for all male members of 4Ps, who are fathers, grandfathers and/or husbands, and even a solo parent, with ages ranging from 28 years old and above and must be a Pantawid member for at least two years.

He should belong to a family with at least 85% compliant in all conditionalities of 4Ps.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre explained that the search intends to create community awareness that men too, in particular, male Pantawid beneficiaries, can be active partners in promoting gender equality by concretely taking active role against gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence cases in families and communities.

Meanwhile, contenders for the regional search are Federico Rodrigo Ellut of Poblacion, Daanbantayan-Cebu, Antonio Aguinid of Lotloton, Enrique Villanueva-Siquijor, and Joelito Lastimoso of Lungsodaan, Mabini-Bohol.

Ellut, Aguinid and Lastimoso are the provincial winners of the said search.

The regional awarding will take place at Golden Peak Hotel on January 27, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Winners will take home cash prizes and certificates from DSWD-7.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is both a human capital investment and a social protection program of the Philippine Government implemented by DSWD, which caters to some 4.3 million active households.

It is the government’s poverty reduction program with a crucial role to the county’s commitment to the Sustainable  Development Goals such as eradicating all forms of poverty everywhere, assuring quality education for all, achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, ensuring healthy lives and well-being, and reducing all forms of inequality. ###

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DSWD-7 delivers food packs to Cagayan de Oro

Unloading of family food packs from the C130 plane.

To augment the need of Northern Mindanao for more food assistance to calamity victims, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has delivered 3,750 food packs to DSWD Field Office X in Cagayan de Oro City.

Mr. Arnel Radaza, Supply Officer II of DSWD X signs the delivery documents as he accepts the goods.

The DSWD-7 started the loading of food packs on Saturday, Jan 21, 2016. The first flight of C130 was on Sunday, January 22, 2016 and followed by two flights today, January 22, 2016.

All the goods were received by DSWD FO X in Laguindingan International Airport, Misamis Oriental. ###

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Landslide evacuees get sleeping kit

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has provided sleeping kits to 69 families on January 19, 2017 in Barangay Sirao, a mountain barangay in Cebu City.

DSWD-7 staff distribute sleeping kit to landslide affected families in Sirao Integrated School in Barangay Sirao, Cebu City.

These families evacuated their houses after a landslide occurred last Monday triggered by incessant rains.

33 families from Sitio Tawagan II and Sitio Kang-irag took shelter in a covered gymnasium while the remaining 36 families are still staying in Sirao Integrated School.

Dako among pasalamat nga gitagaan mi og habol kay pirting katugnaw diri inig kagabie (We are thankful that we were given blankets because it is really cold here during night time),” said Gelinda Samra, a resident of Barangay Sirao, who evacuated together with other 9 family members.

The sleeping kit contains sleeping mat, blankets, malong and mosquito net.

The regional office of DSWD continuously monitors and assesses the situation in Brgy. Sirao in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare Services (DSWS) of Cebu City Government in preparation for the provision of other appropriate interventions. ###

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World Bank team meets community volunteers

Community volunteer Teresita Dealaton, chairperson of the procurement team in Basangay Angilan, Aloguinsan, Cebu shares her positive insights about Kalahi-CIDSS during the focus group discussion conducted by the Worl Bank representatives.

Community volunteers of Barangay Angilan and Barangay Esperanza warmly welcomed Pia Peeters and Malou Padua of World Bank.

They visited these two (2) barangays of Aloguinsan, Cebu to see for themselves the success of KC in empowering the community volunteers and how they managed to finish their sub-projects.

The sub-project in Barangay Angilan is a 400-linear meter concrete access road worth more than P1.7 million. The sub-projects in Esperanza are the two 18-meter foot bridges worth more than P1.1 million.

After the site visit, two separate focus group discussions (FGD) of World Bank representatives with the members of Municipal Inter-Agency Committee(MIAC) and community volunteers were done.

During the FGD, the volunteers expressed the difficulties they encountered especially that it was their first time to be involved in implementing a community project.

“Naglisod mi sa procurement kay pag mag-canvass mi og mga materyales, dili mi tagdon kay dili makatuo ang mga supplier nga kaming ordinaryong tawo mao ang mamalit sa materyales alang sa among proyekto nga access road. Magbalik-balik gyud mi para lang mak canvass gyud mi.. Gisulayan gyud among pasensya (It was hard for us during the procurement because the suppliers could not believe that ordinary people like us were the ones procuring the materials for our access road project, so they would not attend to us. We repeatedly went back to the store to be able to get a canvass form filled out by the supplier.  It really tested our patience), said the teary-eyed Teresita Dealaton, Chairperson of the Procurement team of Barangay Angilan.

Dealaton said their willingness to learn the KC processes which would eventually empower them is what keeps them moving, slowly but surely.

Oscar M. Canino, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator said Kalahi-CIDSS helped him to be an effective Planning officer.

“For me and the rest of my group, there is really a need for us to go down to the community for us to see and listen to the real needs of the people because most of the time we are very engrossed with paper works in the office,” Canino said.

Vice Mayor Cesare Ignatius G. Moreno thanked Ms. Peeters and Ms. Padua, DSWD and Kalahi-CIDSS staff for the financial and technical support that helped the community people realize their dream of improving their lives. The process of Kalahi-CIDSS in empowering the community has already made the people responsive and participative in the community affairs. They have now sense of ownership and they value the sub-projects that they worked hard for the good of the community,” Moreno Added.

In the exit conference and feedback session, Pia Peeters shared her appreciation to the dedicated volunteers and to the honest public servants who were openly admitted their shortcomings.

“I am extremely impressed by how they talked about the Kalahi-CIDSS process and what they learned from it,”Peeters said. She added that as the newly appointed task team leader she will be

Pia Peeters of World Bank together with the Barangay Angilan community volunteers pose for a souvenir photo after the focus group discussion.

staying here in the Philippines for 3 years, and will definitely remember Aloguinsan, her first site visit.

Amante Sabangan, Island Cluster Manager and Asec Alex Glova of Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Management Office together with Kalahi-CIDSS Region VII staff headed by OIC-ARDO Ms. Grace Q. Subong also attended the activity.

Aloguinsan received a total fund of Php 12,442,500.00 in the 1st cycle and was able to complete 8 sub-projects like footbridges, access roads and solar streetlights. ###

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RD Macapobre meets new OCD-7 director

Concepcion R. Ornopia, the new director of the Office of Civil Defense region 7 pays a courtesy to RD Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre met Director Concepcion R. Ornopia, the new regional director of the Office of Civil Defense-7 during the latter’s courtesy call early today.

RD Macapobre expressed to RD Ornopia the need for DSWD’s new workers to be trained by OCD on Disaster Preparedness.

She also informed the new RD about the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC), an important facility to disaster response operations because it also caters other regions in Luzon and Mindanao aside from the four Visayas regions.

Also in the meeting were Artemia Degamo, DSWD Social Welfare Officer IV and disaster response focal person and OCD’s Engr. Ver Neil Balaba.###

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DSWD Undersecretary Templa attends consultation meeting

Usec. Templa shares to the group the efforts of the Department in helping street children and drug surrenderers.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary for Institutional Development Mae Fe Templa recently attended a consultation and coordination meeting in Cebu City.

Usec. Templa met the team of Dilaab Foundation, Inc. headed by Fr. Carmelo Diola to discuss some Church-based projects for street children and drug surrenderers. She was joined by the team of Director Ma. Evelyn B.  Macapobre of DSWD VII. In the said meeting Usec. Templa also shared DSWD’s efforts in helping street children and drug surrenderers.

She said that DSWD leads the Pillar III of the National Drug Rehabilitation Program which is the Aftercare, Reintegration and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents.

The group of Usec. Templa also met the “Labangers” and their families in Subangdaku, Mandaue City during their reflection and sharing session.  The “Labangers” are drug surrenderers who have been provided with services by Dilaab in coordination with Barangay Captain Ernie Manatad.

Dilaab is a volunteer-driven, faith-impelled, non-profit organization.  It is a Christian movement that organizes support groups for public servants and youth to help them consistently make good choices for their own communities in a time when good intentions are easily compromised. ###

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