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Family support important factor in CICL rehabilitation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII believes that family support is crucial in the rehabilitation of the children in conflict with the law (CICL).

Dako gyud ang matabang sa pamilya aron ma-fully rehabilitate ang ilang anak diri sa atong center (The family is a big help in the full rehabilitation of the child in our center),” said Eppie Partosa, Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) head.

A CICL talks to his family during the Family Day activity conducted in RRCY.

Partosa said this DSWD-run facility based in Argao, Cebu serves as temporary rehabilitation and treatment center for children below 18 years of age who are in conflict with the law through center-based structured activities.

“Strong emotional support from the family would encourage our CICL to actively participate in our daily activities which are important in the rehabilitation process of the CICL. These activities would keep their minds focused on the things they do and prevent them from thinking of leaving the center,” added Partosa.

RRCY provides programs and services that include social (group counseling sessions and therapy), home life (daily chores and personal hygiene), productivity skills training, and spiritual and formal education.

These CICLs have pending or suspended cases in court and majority of them come from the province of Cebu and some from the provinces of Bohol and Siquijor.

Sakto nga rehabilitation ug dili rehas ang tubag aron makahatag ta nila ug paglaum ug maka-amgo sila nga gidawat gihapon sila sa katilingban (Appropriate rehabilitation and not putting them in jail is the answer in giving them hope and letting them realize that they are still accepted by the society),” Partosa underscored.

Family visitation in RRCY is allowed once a month.

Furthermore, rehabilitation does not stop inside the center but also after they are reintegrated in their family and community. ###


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100K children in CV to get free meals

Children who will enroll in government run daycare centers, preschools and supervised neighborhood play groups will get free meals courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

SFP is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals, to target children as part of DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government. The food supplementation will be in a form of hot meals to be served during snack/meal time to children five (5) days a week for 120 days. The feeding program will be managed by parents based on a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous food supplies. Children beneficiaries will be weighed at the start of the feeding and 60 days thereafter and after the completion of 120 feeding days to determine improvement and sustenance in their nutritional status.

Melinda Cañares, DSWD-7’s SFP focal person explained that the budget per meal is P15.00/child/day. The P11.00 is for the purchase of the viand and P4.00 is allocated for the Iron-fortified rice.

Cooking utensils are also pegged at P1, 000 per day care center while the eating utensils cost P75.00 per child.

Cañares added that aside from the provision of free meals, complementary activities are undertaken to fully maximize the impact of the SFP. These include deworming twice a year, Micronutrient Supplementation specifically provision of vitamin A, Nutrition Education (conduct of Parent Effectiveness Seminar, Family Development Session, Pabasa sa Nutrisyon, etc) and Growth Monitoring (monthly weighing & height taking).

She also added that the success of the past six SFP cycles implementation was due to the strong partnership with the LGU’s social welfare offices.

Now on its seventh cycle, DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre disclosed that there will be 101,838 target beneficiaries in the region with Cebu Province having 68,036, followed by Bohol and Siquijor with 31,657 and 2,145.

She added that children-beneficiaries of SFP are mostly five years old and below.

Meanwhile, this year’s total fund allocation is pegged at P169,888,860 where P134, 426,160 will be transferred to the Local Government Units (LGUs) for the purchase of viand and rest will be downloaded to National Food Authority for the rice. ###


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DSWD continues providing assistance to evacuees in Bohol

DSWD 7 staff in Bohol distribute family food packs to affected families in Inabanga, Bohol.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 7 has continued its provision of family food packs to families affected by Inabanga Armed Encounter.

Aside from the 2,150 food packs given on April 11-14, additional 1000 family food packs have been distributed today, April 15, 2017.

Based on the report received by the field office, the number of opened evacuation sites are 23 of which 6 are schools and 17 are residential houses.

A total of 624 families are still  in evacuation areas. Of the 624, 101 families have chosen to stay in the evacuation sites only during the night and return to their homes in the morning. ###



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DSWD 7 warns the public about Pantawid Scam proliferating in social media

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) region 7 warns the public of the scam proliferating the social media.

“There is no truth to this so-called Handog Pangkabuhayan Raffle of Pantawid Pamilya supposedly by Vice President Leni Robredo,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre of DSWD Region 7.

She also said this SCAM is done by unscrupulous individual or group to extort money from people.

“Again, we urge the public particularly the people of Region 7 not to succumb to this hoax,” added Macapobre. ###



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DSWD-7 provides relief assistance on armed encounter in Inabanga

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has already provided 2,150 family food packs to the displaced families due to the armed encounter in the town of Inabanga, Bohol.

Family food packs distribution in Brgy. Cawayan, Inabanga, Bohol.

DSWD-7 closely coordinated with the Provincial Government of Bohol and the Local Government Unit of Inabanga in ensuring the safety of the evacuees and for the fast delivery of the family food packs.

The family food packs is an augmentation of the national government through DSWD-7.

Based on the report gathered from the field, there are 22 evacuation sites and 2 families opened their homes to shelter displaced families from the 15 affected barangays.

A total of 1,461 families are now taking temporary shelter in the evacuation center as clearing operations from the government troops is ongoing.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre recognizes the support of the neighboring local government units as well as the provincial government for their prompt response. ###


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The journey of a humble challenger, Raffy Villantes story

“To accomplish great things, we must not only dream, but also act; not only plan, but also believe,” this is the guiding principle of Raffy C. Villantes, a native of Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor who recently graduated Magna Cum Laude at Siquijor State College (SSC).

Raffy Villantes portrait graduation photo.

Villantes, 20, is no ordinary student in the campus because aside from completing his degree in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education major in English and Mathematics with flying colors, he was also the editor-in-chief of Spotlight, SSC’s official student paper. He also represented SSC in various competitions like the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges Regional Festival for Culture and the Arts where he won first place in essay writing.

Raffy described himself as a humble challenger because he doesn’t give up on challenges easily.

“Poverty is no stranger to me because I had lived with it every day,” said Raffy while reminiscing how he was able to survive college life despite the many adversities.

He recalled that during his freshman year in college, his parents could not afford to buy him a new set of uniform so he wore an oversized hand me down set. “I had it fixed but still it looks big on me. I was like a scarecrow in the middle of a rice field, roaming around the campus.”

“I can still vividly remember the discriminating stares of my board mates and schoolmates, which were like needles pierced into my heart,” shared Raffy who became more determined to excel in school and in life.

He also recalled the days when he attended classes with an empty stomach as he ran out of allowance and his parents are still borrowing money from relatives to finance his studies.

“It was hard but I didn’t see myself giving up in fact those experiences made me stronger and more focused to achieve my goals,” disclosed Raffy, who sees himself as a successful public school teacher 10 years from now.

To lessen his daily expenses, Raffy would gather and bring firewoods (for cooking) from home to his boarding house in Siquijor proper.

His family had a hard time sending him to college because his sister at that time was also completing tertiary education while his younger siblings were enrolled in high school and elementary.

Despite their limited resources, Raffy’s parents Rebecca and Reynaldo made sure to send all their children to school.  Reynaldo works as a habal-habal driver while Rebecca takes care of the children and the household. She also sells Avon products to augment the family’s income.

Raffy for his part made sure that he will have good grades as his way of giving back to the sacrifices of his parents and to prove that he deserves the government’s educational grant dubbed as the Expanded Student Grant in Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

He became a grantee of ESGP-PA back in 2014 when he was in second year college.

“I considered ESGP-PA as a blessing because it paved the way for me to finish college and at the same time to lessen my family’s burden in sending me to school,” Raffy said.

Student-grantee of ESGPA-PA are entitled of P60, 000 maximum grant per year or Php 30,000 per semester. The grant is intended to cover the costs for tuition and other school fees, academic and extracurricular expenses, purchase of textbooks, board and lodging, transportation, clothing, admission/entrance fees, health and other valid related education expenses and support services to complete the degree program.

ESGP-PA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Budget and Management, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Raffy is among the 18 ESGP-PA graduates in SSC whose families are also recipient of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the conditional cash transfer of the Philippine government that invests in the health and education of poor households with children 0-18 years old.

Raffy Villantes (center) together with his family.

A consistent honor student since elementary up until college, Raffy is set to take the September licensure exam for teachers this year and while waiting he plans to work while having his review to help his family. ###


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12 ka Barangay sa Argao, napunduhan sa Kalahi-CIDSS

Malampusong gipahigayon sa Lungsod sa Argao ang Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA). Nitungha ug nipadayag ang mga representante sa 45 ka barangay sa ilang mga proposed sub-projects alang sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka barangay.

Mga representante sa 45 ka barangay sa lungsod sa Argao, Cebu.

Ang MIBF-PRA usa ka Proseso sa Kapit BIsig-Laban sa Kahirapan, Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) diin gihatagan ug gahum ang ordinaryong tawo sa pag pili sa kinsa ang mas angay nga mahatagan sa pundo aron matubag ang panginahanglanon sa usa ka barangay. Layon sa maong program ang paghatag ug gahum sa katawhan sa pag desisyon ug pag ila sa mga nakitang problema sa barangay.

Sagad sa mga sub-projects nga gi propose mao ang pag tarong sa Barangay access roads. Usa na niini ang Barangay Talaga. Emosyonal kaayu si Ma. Victoria Lecias, Chariperson sa Project Prepration Team sa Talaga nga mipahayag sa ilang pangandoy nga botaran sa ubang barangay ang proyekto nga ilang proyekto nga gi propose. “Nia intawn ko maski na hospital pa ang akong anak, para lang gyud moshare ko diri sa atubangan. Nanghinaot gyud intawn ko nga mapili karon kay lisod gyud intawn among karsada, ako gyud ang unang makadungog ug mapangayuan ug tabang labi nag nay madisgrasya”.

Dugang pa ni Victoria nga usa pud siya sa nadisgrasya sa maong dalan, kay tungod sa ka tirik niini, gani atol sa site validation, wala na makalahos ang nag validate kay tungod sa kalisod sa dalan.

Si Ma. Victoria Lecias emosyonal nga mipadayag ug mohangyo sa ubang barangay aron mapili ug mahatagan ug pundo ang ilang barangay.

Nalipay si Victoria kay usa gyud sa napili ang ilang barangay. Sa resulta sa MIBF-PRA 12 ka barangay ang mag bahin sa 20 milyones nga pundo gikan sa World bank pinaagi sa Kalahi-CIDSS. Sa 12 ka proyekto, 9 niini ang pagsemento sa dalan sa Barangay Cansuje, Usmad, Tulang, Tiguib, Balaas, Talaga, Mabasa, Apo ug Jomgao. Drainage system ang Barangay Poblacion.  Barangay Health Center ang sa Barangay Gutlang ug Water system usab ang sa Barangay Binlod. ###


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6 CICLs graduate Elementary Education

Six (6) children in conflict with the law (CICL) recently finished from their elementary education at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in the southern town of Argao, Cebu.

6 CICLs receive their elementary graduation diploma.

Jason (real name withheld) acknowledges the support of the families, friends and RRCY staff to CICLs whom they consider as their uncles and ‘titas’ who constantly guide their way.

“To all our classmates and brothers here in RRCY, who have grown with us and in us, you have colored this journey with laughters, pains and joys. It’s a blessing that we have shared a few of the most memorable years of life together. These ties shall remain strong wherever life may lead us,” Jason said in his graduation message.

Jason received an academic achievement and most collaborative awards.

The five other graduates also received special awards during the graduation ceremony attended by DepEd local officials.

Pupils from grade one to five were also recognized.

Leo Moises Lison, presiding judge of RTC Branch 3 in Tagbilaran City, in his inspirational message, encouraged the CICLs to be good and cultivate positive values while staying in RRCY.

Dili makatabang ang balaod kung magbinugoy o magpabadlong mo (The law could not help you if you misbehave),” Judge Lison said.

Kung magtinarong mo diri sa RRCY, muabot ang panahon nga i-recommend mo nga fully rehabilitated na (If you behave properly here in RRCY, time will come that you will be recommended as fully rehabilitated),” Judge Lison added.

The ceremony was also attended by the families and relatives of the CICLs.

As part of their rehabilitation process, CICL have been provided formal education inside the RRCY compound.

After the graduation ceremony, the CICL and their families were given enough time to bond together as they participate in various recreational activities.

CICL graduates sing their graduation song.

RRCY is a residential institution of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that provides care and rehabilitation to male juveniles in conflict with the law who are 9-17 years old. ###


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