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DSWD-7 Supports DepEd’s Anti-Bullying

Bullying is a common reality in school, a serious issue parents and teachers need to address, for if not acted upon it will cause anxiety, depression, and avoidance of school which can disrupt or hamper child’s learning.

On this, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) takes part in addressing violence against children even in school. “The coordination of DSWD on school is directly to the mothers”, said Region VII Director Mercedita P.  Jabagat.

Statistics shows that for the School Year 2011-2012, DepEd had an average of 107% increase of in enrolment from 2011-2012 and approximately another 100% increase in the succeeding school year.

This data was taken from the nine barangays of Cebu City schools: Brgy. Basak Pardo, Brgy. San Nicolas, Brgy.  Bulacao Pardo, Brgy. Busay, Brgy. Cabinocot, Brgy. Carreta, Brgy. Luz, Brgy.  Mabolo, and Brgy. Pasil.

One of the contributing factors in the increase of enrolment is DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) which conditions include at least 85% school attendance monthly.

Director Mercedita of DSWD-7 stressed “Dako sab kaayo ang role sa maestra sa paghunong sa bullying kay sila man ang makamonitor sa batasan sa mga bata”. (Teachers play an important role to stop bullying because they are the ones who directly monitors the children under their care).

Teachers serve as second parents and they considered an authority to discipline. “Students with behaviour problems, lack guidance at home, cause of classroom disorders and the like. As a teacher, one must initiate creative activities to address the issue”, said Ramil Epe-Catraman, an English teacher of Tejero National High School.

Jabagat further said the DSWD’s Family Development Session (FDS) for Pantawid Pamilya reinforces parent’s rearing capacity and responsibility conducted on a monthly basis Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a conditional cash transfer that provides incentives for poor families to invest in the future by ensuring that mothers and children avail of healthcare and for children to go to school with 85% monthly attendance.

With the FDS, parents will gain knowledge and perceive greater awareness on the impact of bullying and hoe it can be prevented, creating ripple of the society a safer educational environment to the children. (PR-jaybee binghay)

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DSWD Conducts National Communication Planning Workshop for IOs

Almost 100 Communicators of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its attached agencies from all over the country, took part in the National Communication Planning Workshop in Dumaguete City recently.

The 4-day workshop come up with Strategic National Communication Plan for 2013-2014 addressing emerging issues and concerns of the core DSWD’s social protection programs. Furthermore, the workshop also aimed at enhancing skills of DSWD information and social marketing staff particularly on communicating for advocacy.

DWSD-7 Regional Director, Mercedita Jabagat, spoke about the importance of promoting the Department’s 9 core messages and 5 communication decisions to its various publics as well as their internal and external audiences. She further stressed the importance of communicating more effectively the agency’s strategies, partnership and social protection programs putting emphasis on conversing and writing success stories on social protection programs.

Joel Espejo, Director for Social Marketing Services (SMS) of DSWD, also tackled on Crisis Communication aimed to protect and defend the organizations when it is faces with public challenges like what happened in Davao City early this year.

John Silva, Executive Director of Ortigas Library and a communicator, taught the participants along harnessing Communicating Strategies for Advocacy to strengthen the decision-making of the communicators and to value what they care and support for.

The formulations of these Communication Plans were directed to the different clientele groups, e.g. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s), Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Distribution of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).  (PR -jaybee binghay)

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A Businessman’s wish came True

“God made us do something for us to grow” says social entrepreneur Philip N. Tan of Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, which business is on machine engineering services such as engine rebuilding, diesel injection, pump calibration, fusion welding, and overhauling and precision gear hobbing fabrication.

A Business Administration graduate and currently the President of Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) but Mr. Tan started from a humble beginnings. At an early age he valued of hard work when he worked as a gasoline station attendant. Until he created his company, on what is now known Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation.

A sought after business leader, he has a soft heart in helping the needy especially the Persons with Disabilities (PWD). “Helping out the Persons with Disabilities (PWD), giving opportunities for work and better living is one of my major personal projects”, Mr. Philip N.Tan said.

Sometimes when people see PWD’s think they are no longer able and have no capacity to work. But certain criticism should not be the reason to deprive this to indulge them to be gainfully employed. He believes that having physical impediment does not measure their capabilities to perform on their own field of work.

Tan started as a regular guest of Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) , a facility operated by the Department of social Welfare Development (DSWD) in Labangon, Cebu City which is a Vocational Training facility for PWD’s until he became one of the most prominent advocates for PWD’s in Central Visayas.Non-residential institution that provides rehabilitation programs and services to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and other special groups to acquire skills and eventually find decent employment and other income generating activities. This business philosophy I life is “touching lives beyond profit” which he would like to teach to the next generations to come.

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“We treat the PWD’s the same way we treat our other abled-bodied employees. What is important is his/her capacity and productivity to work. Mr. Tan further explained that he even have PWD’s assigned as heavy machinery workers.

A very basic foundation to alter our country is only our family itself because if we do not practice the right value even in our homes we do not expect the changes of our country. The citizen will be the model to the youth because they will be handling our country in the near future. (PR – Jaybee Binghay and Kerwin Macopia)

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