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DSWD 7 advocates the use of Listahanan data to partners and stakeholders

As part of its promotion to share the latest Listahanan data, the National Household Targeting Section (NHTS) personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 visit partners and stakeholders to discuss guidelines and requirements for data sharing.

NHTS Officers: Hillton John V. Edrial, Donald Rey Dejacto and Rachelle Cuizon discuss the salient features of the the Listahanan data and the requirements of data sharing to the officers of PSWDO Negros Oriental.

Hillton John V. Edrial, NHTS head, Donald Rey Dejacto, information technology officer and Rachelle Cuizon, regional associate statistician went to the different Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other institutions across region 7.

The Listahanan data not only contains statistics of the identified poor households in Central Visayas. It also holds pertinent information like names, addresses, educational background and the number of poor households who do not have access to electricity, water and sanitary toilet. Also the number of poor sectors such as senior citizen, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and more that may be useful in planning and implementation of various social protection programs that will benefit these sectors. The data may also be used for studies about the poverty incidence here in region 7.

One of the possible partners recently visited by the NHTS was the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Negros Oriental. Salient features of the data were discussed as well as the requirements to have it, particularly the need to have a Data Privacy Officer (DPO) among others in compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 as mandated by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) and Memorandum of Agreement between the DSWD and the PLGU.

The NHTS continues to share the importance of the Listahanan data so that more poor will receive the programs and services that will help alleviate poverty in the country. ###


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DSWD supports disaster mitigation activities of LGUs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – 7 has provided Food-for Work (FFW) assistance to the local government units that need support in their efforts to undertake disaster preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation or risk reduction projects and activities in their communities like declogging of canals, maintaining cleanliness of surroundings/evacuation centers, removing of debris on roads and highways, among others.

As reported early this year, Region 7 is number one in dengue fever cases. In fact, the Department of Health-7 has declared an outbreak of Dengue in Central Visayas on February 7, 2019.  Also, cases of measles are alarming.

“That is why our office has called on all local social welfare and development officers in the region for a meeting and initiated the effort to help when needed because our role is to provide them augmentation support,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional head of DSWD-7.

She also said that the LGUs have submitted proposals for the food-for-work implementation including the type of disaster mitigation to carry out and who will be included in the FFW program in their respective municipalities.

“As we support the LGUs in this endeavor, we do not allow any political candidates to be present in our activities,” expressed Director Geamala.

She revealed that “however prudent we are in the performance of our mandate, still there are circumstances that caught us off-guard.  Please be informed that we do not distribute our goods with politicians. If you see some streamers bearing our logo, it is not ours.  Because we follow the DSWD branding in all our printed materials to include streamers and tarpaulins.”

As of March 28, DSWD-7 has already distributed family food packs in exchange for the work that was carried out by the volunteers or beneficiaries of the program in the municipalities of Batuan, Sierra Bullones, Candijay, Ubay, Buenavista and Trinidad in Bohol; Liloan, Aloguinsan, Tabuelan, Daanbantayan, City of Naga, Pinamungahan, Asturias, Balamban, Malabuyoc, San Fernando, Santa Fe, and Talisay City in Cebu; and Guihulngan, Tanjay City and Canlaon City in Negros Oriental.

On March 25, 2019, the provincial government of Cebu has declared a state of calamity in the province due to the ill effect of El Niño phenomenon.  Relative to this, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has called its partners including the DSWD to discuss concrete preparedness and response actions to anticipate the adverse effect of El Nino.

According to RD Geamala, DSWD-7 is ready to help, however, with the election ban starting March 29, 2019 and in the absence of an exemption from the COMELEC, activities like releases of assistance are stopped including the distribution of family food packs for the FFW.


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DSWD-7 clarifies role in handling the case of 17-year old suspect

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas wishes to clarify the information attributed to the agency relative to the handling of the case involving a minor suspect of the killing of a 16-year old lass.

“The agency has been mentioned several times in the media reports because it has been mistakenly identified with the local social welfare and development office, that is why we need to clarify that the DSWD and the local social welfare and development office are two different entities,” said Director Rebecca Geamala of DSWD-7.

The DSWD is a national agency under the executive branch of the national government and headed by the Department Secretary while the Local Social Welfare and Development Office is under the local chief executive or the mayor or governor and headed by the P/C/M/SWDOs. Hence, the provincial/city/municipal social welfare and development office is not under the DSWD but under the local chief executive.

As the lead in social welfare and development, the DSWD is mandated to provide technical assistance and resource augmentation to the LGUs.

This particular case is handled by the local social welfare and development office of Lapu-Lapu City. The DSWD Regional Office has been coordinating with the Local Social Welfare and Development officer by providing technical assistance.

On March 21, 2018, DSWD-7 called for a case conference through its Protective Services Division which was attended by the representatives of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Cebu and City Social Welfare Officer of Lapu-Lapu City and her staff and assessed the case and discussed appropriate interventions to be provided by the concerned agencies to the families of the victim and the alleged youth perpetrator.

“We are saddened by the way the information regarding this case was handled because it has breached the principle of confidentiality of the matter as provided for by law.  Though the case is handled by the CSWDO of Lapu-Lapu yet the DSWD-7 will do intensive information drive and advocacy among its partners especially the multi-disciplinary team composed of the five pillars of the Criminal Justice System. We shall call for a meeting with them to be able to review and discuss about the proper handling of this case,” expressed Dir. Geamala. ###


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Kalahi-CIDSS teaches honesty and transparency

Most people would agree that money is commodity. People work to provide for the family. Some would bet in game of chance to win millions.  Also, would do anything to get fast cash, but there are also a few honest people who have a pure heart and returned big amount of cash without expecting something in return. Mrs. Jeany L. Nieves a former Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteer, and currently a Barangay Treasurer of Barangay Kandingan, Aloguinsan, Cebu is one of those few honest people.

Jeany flashes a huge smile after she returns the money to the bank.

Jeany, 37-year-old mother of two is a former Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee-Chairperson during the 1st cycle of implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in their town. Her dedication and her skills in managing people, especially in being transparent in every transaction they made as a community volunteers of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, is the reason why the Barangay Local Government Unit appointed Jeany to be their Barangay Treasurer.

In the implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, the barangay treasurer, who is the only one bonded in the community, is tasked to do bank transactions, disburse funds and process weekly payments for the laborers working for the sub-project in their barangay.

In one ordinary afternoon of July 3, 2018, Jeany went to the bank to encash for the salary of paid laborers for the barangay sub-project. After paying the laborers, she noticed that she still has a good amount of cash left. She thought that maybe the bank teller had released more than the amount of the check she encashed. She returned to the Bank in Toledo City and gave the money to the teller. “Giuli gyud nako ang money kay dili man to ako (I returned the money, because it is not mine to keep) shared Jeany, recalling the incident.

The bank manager and the teller did not notice the overpayment until Jeany came on that same afternoon informing the teller that she released an excess of Php 17,500.00.

The Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers like Jeany were trained to be transparent and to really value the money’s worth and to diligently keep track of the resources and expenditures. This is what the program is all about, to mold people into good citizens and be advocates of change in the community.

Sa training gitudluan mi nga ibatasan ang transparency, ug isip usa ka treasurer, kinahanglan nga matinud-anon ko sa trabaho kay ga involve man kini og kwarta (In Kalahi-CIDSS training we were taught to practice transparency, and as a treasurer, I have to be honest with my work because it involves money),” added Jeany when asked about her reason of doing things right. ###


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DSWD-7 Recognizes Pantawid Health and Education Focal Persons

On its tenth year of implementation, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) continues to serve its partner-beneficiaries by investing on human capital geared towards the improvement of health and education of poor households.

The program would not have been successfully implemented without the invaluable support from key partner government agencies such as the Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in their contribution in the compliance verification (CV) monitoring process as well as in the policy development.

To celebrate these milestone, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will recognize the important contribution of partner stakeholders in the program implementation through the recognition of Pantawid Focal Persons.

These partner stakeholders monitor 4Ps partner-beneficiaries in public schools offering K to 12 program (private school not included) and barangay health station, rural health unit or municipal health center.

The criteria for the search are the following: have been serving for 2 or more years, an employee of the DepEd, Local Health Office or Local Government Unit, have no prior issue of quality of data submitted to Pantawid, have a good standing in the community with no derogatory records and have not been convicted of any administrative, criminal, civil case or cases involving moral turpitude.

For Pantawid focal persons who have demonstrated initiatives or innovations that go beyond monitoring of enrolment, attendance and compliance to conditions shall be given a Certificate of Recognition in the regional level and a plaque during the National Pantawid Partnership Summit in May 2019.

After a thorough deliberation in the four provinces, the provincial finalists under Health category are Leonila C. Binlod of Katipunan and La Paz Health Stations, Carmen, Bohol; Evelyn A. Fijo of Estaca and Buenasuerte Health Stations, Pilar, Bohol; Gian Carlo F. Poliquit of Ginatilan Rural Health Unit, Ginatilan, Cebu; Niña Rose D. Bagsit of Moalboal Rural Health Unit, Moalboal, Cebu; Enriqueta S. Alabana of Tambojangin Barangay Health Station, Amlan, Negros Oriental; Gualberta C. Libo-an of La Libertad Rural Health Unit, La Libertad, Negros Oriental; Gloria S. Largo of San Juan Rural Health Unit, San Juan, Siquijor and Nancy Lee S. Orano of Siquijor Rural Health Unit, Siquijor, Siquijor.

Under the Education catergory, the provincial finalists are Ferminia N. Villaruz of Batuan National High School, Batuan, Bohol; Mira Feb M. Salarda of Sierra Bullones Technical Vocational High School, Sierra Bullones, Bohol; Elisa G. Sarabia of Patao National High School, Bantayan, Cebu; Generoso Y. Monterde of Daanbantayan Central Elementary School, Daanbantayan, Cebu; Doris C. Romero of Magsaysay Elementary School, Dauin, Negros Oriental; Rolando S. Roa of Guba National High School, Vallerhermoso, Negros Oriental; Gene T. Gica of Cabulihan Integrated School, Larena, Siquijor and Edna R. Patay of Enrique Villanueva National High School, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor.

A field validation will be conducted during the regional level to determine who will represent the Central Visayas region in the national search.

The 4Ps is a program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 18 and below. It is implemented by the DSWD together with DoH and DepEd.

It provides cash grants to compliant household beneficiaries with health grant worth Php 500 and educational grants worth Php 300 and Php 500 each to the children studying in elementary and high school, respectively. The beneficiaries also receive a rice subsidy in the form of cash amounting to Php 600. ###


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Rotary Club of Cebu West continues support to DSWD-7’s AVRC II

In the recent visit of the Rotary Club of Cebu West and Rotary International members to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) -7’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II, the organization has committed to continue pouring resources and actively engage in activities that would further uplift the welfare of the persons with disability in the Center.

Photo opportunity with the Rotary International Manager Mr. Bruce Allen (9th from left), Rotary Club of Cebu West officers and members headed by the incoming Rotary Club Governor Mr. Philip N. Tan (4th from left), DSWD FO 7 OIC-Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala (6th from left) and OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Adminstration Grace Q. Subong (sixth from right), AVRC II staff and the licensed Massage Therapists during their recent visit in the Center.

In a Memorandum of Agreement signed in 2003, the Rotary Club of Cebu West has adopted AVRC II as its centennial project and provided livelihood opportunities to the center’s graduates. Among these are the opening of a massage clinic at the Mactan Cebu International Airport wherein the Rotary Club provided furniture and fixtures that helped DSWD meet the standards of a clinic in an international airport; tie-up project with Supercat Fast Ferry Corporation with the AVRC II PWD clients performing songs for the waiting passengers at the port terminal whose uniforms and musical instruments are sponsored by the Club; assistance in the negotiation with Casino-Filipino Cebu in Waterfront Hotel to deploy PWDs in the Hotel; and facilitated the Center’s participation in various Rotary Bazaars which provided immediate income to clients and customers for home services.

The Rotary Club of Cebu has started its engagement with the DSWD – 7 AVRC II in 1992 with the social responsibility commitment to assist the Department in uplifting the welfare of the vulnerable sectors of the society which includes the PWDs. For over a decade the Club has contributed about P2.4 million to the AVRC and continuously brought their international counterparts to the center, like the Rotary Club of Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Australia which also provided support to the AVRC.

During the Rotarians’ visit, Rotary International Manager Bruce Allen was impressed at how the Rotary Club of Cebu west have made a significant impact and change on the lives of the PWD in the Department’s center. The Rotary Club officers have committed to discuss proposals with AVRC II and do more in improving the lives of PWDs through resource augmentation. ###


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7 barangays prioritized in Moalboal for DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS 4th cycle implementation

In the 4th cycle of implementation of the DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) in the town of Moalboal, all 15 barangays vied to get prioritized for funding.

All the 15 barangays of Moalboal are ready for their presentation during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA).

Out of the 15, 7 barangays were prioritized for the Php 12,454,200 municipal grant namely: Barangay Tomonoy. Agbalanga, Bala, Bugho Batad, Tunga, Batadbatad and Basdiot. Four (4) of these barangays proposed for concreting of access roads and three (3) for school buildings.

The community Volunteers of Barangay Basdiot who got the last spot were so thankful but were also worried, for they have to produce a total of Php 1,183,800 for their Local Cash Counterpart (LCC) for the construction of 1 unit 2 classroom building.

Dako-dako gyud ang among gikinahanglan para sa counterpart pero amo ning paningkamotan, magtinabangay lang, kay gikinahanglan gyud namo ang elementary school building (We need a big amount for our counterpart, but we will find a way,we will work together because we really need this),” expressed Barangay Captain Cirilo Tapales.

Not only the community volunteers who were so happy with the result but also the students who will be benefitting the classroom building. “I am very happy even if we were at the bottom of the list, we will now have an additional classroom,” said Beverly Llamedo, a student of Basdiot Elementary School.

“As soon as I saw the result and knew that we have to put up a huge counterpart, I texted Captain Tapales to accept and need not worry, because we, the community volunteers will support this project and make it happen,” shared Shiela Muhammad, Barangay Representation Team Chairperson of Basdiot.

“The community volunteers have gone through a lot since DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS started in our town. This is not a thing to worry about, if we are united and we will work on this together, we can make it happen,” shared Shiela after the activity.

These processes give the common people a chance to identify their needs and to decide what need should be addressed first. The Kalahi-CIDSS program in its many years of implementation in the region, has been teaching community folks to be participative, it also teaches them to voice out their need and to decide what is good for their community.

In the Municipal Inter Barangay Forum Participatory Resource Allocation, the community volunteers were taught on how to effectively present their problems and how to encourage others to be vigilant and to be involved in every activity of the community.

The Kalahi-CIDSS processes have been proven in years of practice to be effective because volunteers are taught to participate in the affairs of the community and decide for its own development. ###


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AVRC II orients ortho-patients on center policies

In the recent orientation conducted at the Area Vocation Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II in Labangon, Cebu City of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – 7, enrolled and walk-in clients of the center’s in-house Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech Language Pathology (SLP) were discussed with the center’s policies and the significant objectives of the aforementioned therapy services to them.

Walk-in orthopedically impaired clients of DSWD-7’s vocational rehabilitation program listen to the discussion of guidelines and policies of the center’s in-house physical therapy services during the recent orientation in the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in Labangon, Cebu City.

Among of the guidelines discussed during the orientation was the policy on allowing orthopedically-impaired patients to avail of the PT, OT, and SLP services for 12 months free-of-charge but guarantees same good provision comparable to services in private hospitals. Professionals considered this as a maximum time in attaining rehabilitation goals while other rehabilitation activities may be reinforced and continued at home.

The orientation was spearheaded by the AVRC II Training Center Superintendent Graeme Ferdinand Armecin, Clinical Instructors Mandy Elise Romanos, Nicoli Ann Prado, and the four PT and OT interns from the Cebu Doctors University (CDU).

During the activity, clients have also expressed their gratitude for the existence of the costless DSWD’s vocational rehabilitation program and the accommodating interns and staff which made them feel comfortable, encouraging them to regularly come back and complete their therapy sessions.

The AVRC II has forged partnership with Cebu Doctor’s University (formerly Cebu Doctor’s College) and established its in-house PT, OT, and SLP services in 1995. The AVRC II provides the space and facilities while the CDU provides all the necessary equipment, supplies and materials, and full-time clinical instructors to closely supervise PT interns facilitating in the physical therapy services in the Center. ###


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