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3rd Panaghiusa Festival highlights partner-beneficiaries’ success stories


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII successfully staged the 3rd Panaghiusa Festival held on December 6-8, 2017 at the Ayala Center Cebu.

“Panaghiusa Festival is a celebration of the changes in the lives of our partner-beneficiaries,” DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre said after the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) trade exhibit, job fair and information caravan.

From left to right: DSWD-7 Social Welfare Officer V Grace Q. Subong, Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre and Assistant Regional Director for Administration Herminia L. Cabahug model some SLP products during the 3-day trade exhibit in Ayala Center Cebu.

Macapobre added that the Department cannot solely take the responsibility of providing all the services to the people, it needs the solidarity of everyone to alleviate people’s lives from poverty.

Aside from DSWD, other partner National Government Agencies (NGAs) also joined the information caravan like the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Meanwhile, a total of 60 jobseekers were hired on the spot in the job fair facilitated by SLP and another 30 participants that is on process for their new job.

Invited employers like Café Security & Investigation Agency, Mega Corinthians Security Agency, Golden Prince Hotel, Creative Cuisine and NG Khai Development Corporation participated in the job fair.

In the afternoon of December 6, DSWD-7 staff flocked in the festival parade from DSWD regional office to Ayala Center Cebu.

During the parade, they proudly wear the Panaghiusa T-shirt that represents DSWD’s corporate colors of Red, Yellow and Blue which is identical to the colors of the Philippine National Flag. These colors are used to reflect where the Department is based and for who it is for.

The DSWD-7 staff also wear a headdress which promote their own program advocacy.

Josephine Sibelo, an ESGPPA from the Cebu Technological University (CTU), shares her testimony during the opening salvo of the 3rd Panaghiusa Festival.

After the parade, a festive opening salvo followed at the Ayala Activity Center.

Three partner-beneficiaries shared their success stories to the public.

Ang akong gibati sama sa akong gibati karong adlawa, dako kaayo akong kalipay kay pagsulod nako sa ESGPPA, murag gi-ablihan og dako nga pultahan sa mga oportunidad para sa akong kalambuan, para sa akong pamilya ug kaugalingon (My feeling is the same on what I feel today, I’m really happy because when I became ESGPPA, it seems that the gate of opportunity opens for my success, for my family and for myself),” said Josephine Sibelo, a fourth year Bachelor of Elementary Education of Cebu Technological University (CTU) and a recipient of the Expanded Students Grants-in-Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA).

Afterwards, Venerando Ingking, President of The Helping Hands Organization of PWD, Inc., encouraged other PWDs not to lose hope and maximize their functioning abilities in order to move on with their lives.

Ingking is a graduate of therapeutic massage of DSWD’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II).

Sa una nga wala pako nakasulod sa Pantawid, grabe gyud ko ka manggiulawon. Dili ko pakita og tawo kay maulaw jud ko. Pag-abot sa Pantawid, nausab akong kinabuhi kay nahimo akong parent leader ug naka-apil ko’g daghang mga seminars ug capability building (Before when I was not yet a Pantawid member, I used to be shy. I shied away from people because I was too shy to face them. When Pantawid came, it changes my life because it made me a parent leader and I was able to join various seminars and capability building),” said Nena Pableo, a Pantawid Pamilya and SLP partner-participant from Moalboal, Cebu.

Lively cultural dances from the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Kudyapi Folkloric Ensemble and DSWD-7 Dance Troupe add spectacle to the event.

Luke Niño Doliente, 2017 Regional Children’s Contest singing category first placer, performed his winning piece “Paglaum” to the delight of the audience.

DSWD-7 staff showcase the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in a fashion show at the Ayala Activity Center.

The opening salvo ended with a fashion show which showcased partner-beneficiaries’ livelihood products like hablon, macramé, abaca, raffia, fashion accessories, footwear among others.

After the fashion show, mall goers trooped to the SLP trade exhibit to buy the products.

For the 3-day exhibit, the partner-beneficiaries gained an accumulated net profit of Php 48,000.00. ###

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DSWD-7 holds 3rd Panaghiusa Festival


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII will once again stage the Panaghiusa Festival on December 6-8, 2017 at the Ayala Center Cebu.

The Panaghiusa Festival, which is already on its third year, aims to increase public awareness on DSWD programs and services and its accomplishments.

The festival further aims to showcase the positive impact of the programs in the lives of its partner-beneficiaries through their success stories.

“For this year, we will invite partner-beneficiaries in order to share their inspiring stories and how they were able to rise above the challenges they face in their day to day life,” Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said.

“We want the beneficiaries to be a model and inspiration to others so that they will not give up easily in pursuing their dreams and aspirations,” Macapobre added.

Various activities are lined-up like the SLP job fair, festival parade, opening salvo, trade exhibit, information caravan, state of the region address and awarding of the 2017 Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya, Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children and Kalahi-CIDSS Bayani Ka! winners.

For the trade exhibit, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) products from Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor will be on display and for sale at the rotunda of Ayala Center Cebu.

“Aside from DSWD internal convergence, DSWD recognizes the contribution of various partners and stakeholders like other national government agencies (NGAs) that’s why we invite them to join the information caravan and have an information desk during the festival,” Macapobre said.

“We have been to various places in the region just to reach out many people and this festival will culminate the year-long information caravan of the Department,” she added.

Mall goers can inquire on DSWD and partner NGAs on its various programs and services during mall hours. ###

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DSWD-7 to stage 2nd Panaghiusa Festival this year


After its success last year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII will again stage the Panaghiusa Festival this year that will take place at the Ayala Center Cebu on December 7-8, 2016.

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It will start with a parade from DSWD-7 office to Ayala Center-Cebu at 2:30 pm. After the parade a short program will follow at the mall’s activity center.

Panaghiusa Festival showcases convergence in all DSWD programs and services created to increase public awareness and highlight DSWD-7’s accomplishments and gains.

It will showcase the information booths of Social Pension, Disaster Response and Management Unit, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Supplementary Feeding Program, Adoption Resource and Referral Section, Listahanan, Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS), and the centers run under DSWD like Haven, Home for Girls, Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth, Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) and Reception and Study Center for Children.

The activity will also showcase products from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Social Technology.

The product display will include home decors like lampshades, candle holders, chandeliers, native waste baskets, paintings, table runners, placemats and many more. Fashion items like necklace, bracelets, earings, hablon shawls, bags and belts will also be showcased.

“We came up with this unique activity in the region because we want to intensify the promotion of our programs and services especially catering the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged using the convergence strategy,” said Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, DSWD-7 Regional Director.

Macapobre underscored that the two-day activity will provide a venue where the public can learn more about the different programs and services of DSWD.

“We are thankful to Ayala Center Cebu for allowing us to use their activity center because it will give us a good space to promote our programs and services especially as Christmas is fast approaching and a lot of people are expected to spend time at the mall to relax or look for gifts,” she said.

“I am inviting all of you to visit DSWD-7 information booths and buy SLP products as your way of helping our partner-beneficiaries improve their level of well-being,” Macapobre added.

Macapobre’s State of the Region Address (SORA) will be delivered on December 7 during the program after the parade.

The Garay Family who won the National Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Search this year will also share their testimonials while winners of the Kalahi-CIDSS Bayani Ka! search will be awarded on the same day. ###

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DSWD-7 celebrates Panaghiusa Festival


To strengthen the implementation and to intensify the advocacy of its various programs and services for the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged using the convergence strategy, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII will celebrate first Panaghiusa Festival this August 12-13, 2015 at SM City Cebu Trade Hall.

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“Panaghiusa Festival is a convergence of DSWD programs and services created to increase public awareness and highlight the agency’s accomplishments and gains,” said Mercedita P. Jabagat, DSWD regional director.

“The festival aims to showcase the positive impact of DSWD programs and services in the lives of our partner-beneficiaries through their success stories and their livelihood products that will be displayed during the two-day event,” she added.

Jabagat stressed that as the lead agency in social protection, DSWD intensifies the convergence strategy to harmonize the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Coordinated Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Supplementary Feeding Program, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens among others.

The first day of the event will feature a mass at the regional office that will be followed by a parade to SM City Cebu.

After the parade Trade Exhibit by SLP Beneficiaries, Photo Gallery and Information Booth from various DSWD’s programs & services will be opened for the general public.

Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago Presentations from various schools in Metro Cebu showcasing the DSWD’s programs and services through dance, act and song performances and Quiz Bee will also be showcased on August 12.

In August 13, Director Jabagat will deliver the State of the Region Address (SORA) that will be followed by the Regional Awarding of  the winners of the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Regional and Listahanan Photo Contest. ###

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