Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries delight Family Day Celebration

With the theme, Pamilyang Pilipino: Handang Tumawid sa Pag-Unlad, a total of 368 beneficiaries enjoyed Family Day Celebration at the Jose D. Aspiras Hall Gymnasium, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University South La Union Campus, Agoo, La Union.

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 Provincial Winners were introduced to the crowd. They are as follows: Mendoza Family from Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur – Regional Winner; Castañeda Family from Laoac, Pangasinan-First Runner Up; Galiste Family from Tubao, La Union – Second Runner Up; and Arimbuyoten Family from Batac City, Ilocos Norte – Third Runner Up.

The Mendoza Family then attended the National Pantawid Pamilya Family Day Celebration in Metro Manila to receive a recognition.

Ms. Meralie Galiste shared the struggles of their family. According to her, she always makes her children feel her tender love and care despite all odds. She also teaches them the value of education and faith in God. She encouraged the other parents to guide their children.

All the beneficiaries renewed their oath of commitment led by Ms. Gloria Balangyao, Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 Ilocos Sur Provincial Entry. This is to remind them to continue being responsible in complying to the set conditions of the Program.

Sangguniang Bayan Member Hon. Antonio Eslao, graced the event while imposing a challenge to all the beneficiaries. He said, “Sa tulong ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng DSWD sa ilalim ng Administrasyong Duterte, makakaahon tayo, tumawid tayo sa kaunlaran. Huwag tayong tumawid sa kabilang buhay na walang iniwan sa ating mga anak. (With the aid of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program under Duterte Administration, we can improve our lives, let us cross the poverty line. We should not perish without leaving any legacy to our children).”

 The families were thrilled with the parlor games, raffle draws and prizes given to them. A photo booth was also installed for the families to have a souvenir photo.

Partner agencies also participated while extending their services to the families like National Nutrition Council, PhilHealth-La Union, Commission on Population Regional Office 1, and Heritage Baptist Church. Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center offered Free Medical Mission while La Union Provincial Health Office rendered Dental Mission.

Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations in Agoo displayed their products for sale and free spa services.

Ms. Rosalyn L. Descallar, Regional Program Coordinator, hoped that all the families were filled with joy. She also emphasized that unity and love keep the family strong and that each member of the family has a vital role to improve their quality of life. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Model Families to be introduced in the Pantawid Pamilya Family Day 2017

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya of the four provinces in Region 1 will meet hundreds of selected family-beneficiaries who will attend the Regional Pantawid Pamilya Family Day Celebration on 30 September 2017 at the Jose D. Aspiras Hall Gymnasium, Agoo, La Union.

These model families are the provincial winners during the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017. They are as follows: Mendoza Family from Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur-Regional Winner; Castañeda Family from Laoac, Pangasinan-First Runner Up; Galiste Family from Tubao, La Union; and Arimbuyoten Family from Batac City, Ilocos Norte-Third Runner Up.

They are proof that anybody can have a better chance at fighting the effects of poverty if they are given the opportunities and tools for human development.

The Mendoza Family will attend the National Pantawid Pamilya Family Day Celebration in Metro Manila on 1 October 2017 to receive recognition to be awarded by the Pantawid Pamilya National Program Management Office.

This year’s Pantawid Pamilya Family Day is celebrated with the theme Pamilyang Pilipino: Handang Tumawid sa Kaunlaran.  The theme communicates the family-beneficiaries’ ability and confidence to cross poverty line, which is made possible by their own perseverance and through the different programs and services of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in convergence with its partner agencies.

Family-beneficiaries can avail free dental and medical consultation and services, spa services, and more. They will also enjoy games and raffle draws where prizes are at stake.

One of the highlights of the celebration will be the Renewal of Oath of Commitment by the participants to remind them of their responsibility in complying with the set conditions of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Pantawid Pamilya Family Day is annually commemorated to observe family ties among beneficiaries, socialize, and share with one another the successes and transformations in their lives brought about by the Program. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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ESGP-PA graduates from UNP enter Social Work Profession

The Newly Registered Social Workers (L-R): Krystel Kaye Garcia-Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur; Julius Jeremi Seguritan-Cabugao, Ilocos Sur; Mariden Serrano-Cabugao, Ilocos Sur; Ma. Dominica Rosiente-Vigan City, Ilocos Sur; and Meryll Eshna Oriente-Santol, La Union

Five grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) from the University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Vigan City, Ilocos Sur are now Registered Social Workers after passing the July 2017 Board Examinations.

One of the priority courses of the ESGP-PA is Social Work. For school year 2016-2017, nine students graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work from UNP.

The ESGP-PA aims to address poverty alleviation by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and let these graduates be employed in high-value added occupations to lift their families out of poverty at the same time contribute to national development. It prioritizes deserving Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who excel academically as a support to pursue and finish education in preparation for a stable job in the future.

According to the passers, they prioritize to work at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and become instruments in delivering social services to improve the quality of life and well-being of individuals, groups, and communities.

They also added that Social Work is a challenging, yet rewarding career. They believe that with their chosen profession, they can fulfil their life’s mission which is to propel the vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of the society to stand on their own two feet to improve their well-being. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Arlem Kenneth R. Areola, ESGP-PA Focal)

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Mendoza Family is the new Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya of Region 1

Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta (fourth from the right) together with the Regional Validators NACPhil Regional Director Pastor Mario Tomboc, Radyo Pilipinas Agoo Acting Station Manager Charity Frianeza, and Department of Health (DOH) Region 1 Management Development Officer III Maria Lourdes Ducusin awarded the Mendoza Family (center) with cash prize, plaque, and Certificate of Recognition. The DOH Region 1 also handed a sphygmomanometer and other medical apparatus to the family.

This year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 1 hails the Mendoza Family from Brgy. Nagtupacan, Santa Maria, Ilocos as the Regional Winner on the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 held at the CSI Mall, City of San Fernando, La Union.

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is an annual search conducted by the DSWD as a way of promoting the Program as a source of responsible and model families. It also recognizes family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.

“Kaya naming gawin ang lahat para sa aming pinakamamahal na pamilya. Kaya naming magsakripisyo para mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang apat naming mga anak. Pagsisikapan kong igapang ang binuo kong pamilya. Gusto kong maging mabuting ehemplo sa aking mga anak (We can do everything for our family. We are willing to sacrifice for the better future of our four children. I will strive more to sustain my family. I want to be a good example to my children)”, Renato Mendoza swears this to his family as his lifetime oath.

Cecilia proudly said that within their 16 years of marriage, Renato did not ever harm her and he has no vices at all. That is why Cecilia never ceases to double her effort to provide for their family’s needs through cooking and selling homemade delicacies to their neighborhood while her husband is a part time laborer and farmer.

According to Mr. Renato, “Ipagpapatuloy ko ang magandang imahe ko sa aking mga anak dahil nalaman ko sa Family Development Sessions na mahalaga ang papel ng ama sa pagpapalaki ng mga anak. (I will continue showing a good image to my children because I learned from the Family Development Sessions that a father plays a vital role in raising his children)”.

Claire Ann, 16; John Reycel, 13; Cherry Ann, 12; and Rodny John, 10 are all consistent honor students. They always actively participate in all their school activities and sometimes take the lead.

Cecilia as a Barangay Midwife Assistant is passionate in extending medical help and assistance to her co-residents. It is where she realizes her dream of becoming a Radiologic Technologist. She tried hard to earn for a sphygmomanometer for emergency situations.

The Mendoza Family bested the Castañeda Family from Brgy. Caaringayan, Laoac, Pangasinan, the Galiste Family from Brgy. Rizal, Tubao, La Union, and the Arimbuyoten Family from Brgy. Baligat, Batac City, Ilocos Norte as the first, second, and third runners-up, respectively.

Further, Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta said that the DSWD Field Office 1 is proud of all the model families for proving that a family can be successful when the members are united. She also added that these families’ perseverance is the DSWD’s source of strength and motivation in rendering continuous prompt and passionate service to the disadvantaged sectors. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Achieve 2.0 soon to be out

In a three-day writeshop session, 20 selected grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) who are also beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program wrote their own inspiring stories. These stories will be compiled in the second edition of Coffee Table Book entitled “Achieve”.

Hazel H. Achuela who graduated Magna Cum Laude with the degree Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Mariano Marcos State University leads the writers in the publication of the “Achieve” Coffee Table Book this year.

With the assistance of the Social Marketing Unit, these grantees were taught on the fundamentals of writing.

Hazel mentioned, “I am grateful with the opportunity and honor I have now. This is due to the ESGP-PA. As a way of giving back, I want to extend my help and encourage other struggling students to have the firm determination, willingness to learn, and work hard for their dreams. Success is to be shared.”

“Achieve” Coffee Table Book tells the personal story of ESGP-PA grantees who have kept on fighting to realize their aspirations in life and holding their head up high after winning every struggle faced as students, children, community members, and Program beneficiaries. It will be launched this year. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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DSWD FO 1 spots pioneer BIG Winner

Brgy. Mabileg, Sigay, Ilocos Sur topped the first ever Regional Search for Model Bio-Intensive Garden (BIG). It bested Brgy. Oya-oy, Bacnotan, La Union; Brgy. Salvacion, Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan; and Brgy. Pila, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte which landed as runners-up, respectively.

Parent Leader Leonila Solimen, also a member of Bago Tribe, boasted their “Paksiw Garden” composed of pinakbet vegetables and a tilapia fishpond yielding organic and exotic produce. She said that her group is proud of their garden’s sustainability as a bountiful source of nutritious food for their families.

In addition, Leonila said, “Ang pagpunta daw sa amin ay Php20.00 na lang ay mararating na ang langit pero ngayon ay parang nasa langit na kami dahil nanalo kami! (They say that our locality is just Php20.00 away to heaven, but now, we feel like in heaven because we won!)” Sigay, Ilocos Sur can be accessed through a three-hour ride from Candon City, Ilocos Sur.

The group of Parent Leader Leonila received Php30,000.00 cash prize which will be utilized for the further improvement of their Bio-Intensive Garden. All the contenders were given various vegetable seeds courtesy of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 aside from cash prize and plaque.

Ang mga paa natin ay nakatungtong sa lupa. Sa lupang inaapakan natin nagmumula ang ikinabubuhay natin. Sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanim at pagkain ng mga gulay, nasisigurado natin na lalago ang ating buhay (Our feet are on the ground. The ground we step on is the source of our living. It is in planting and consuming vegetables that we sustain and flourish our life),” Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo said. He furthered that through BIG, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries will have an abundant supply of food to augment the cash grants they receive.

Regional Program Coordinator Rosalyn Descallar encouraged all the Program beneficiaries to be productive members of the community in a harmonious way as she uttered, “Magtanim, magdilig, mag-ani (Plant, water, harvest.)

 BIG is one of the thrusts and priorities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development this year through National Advisory Committee Resolution No. 38, series of 2016. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Benefit Fun Run provides medical support to ill Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

Twenty-two Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Luna, La Union who are suffering from cancer, kidney failure, congenital heart disease, cardiomegaly, and depression, among others were given assistance for their medical needs.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) initiated and conducted a benefit fun run to generate funds to support and augment the medical demands of these underprivileged and frail beneficiaries, with the participation of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Education, Department of Health, and Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who comprised the 780 runners.

LGU Luna, La Union sought the alarming need for medical assistance to 22 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries after their Health Awareness Campaign along with the assessment of the Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Operations Office and the progressing number of requests for medical assistance.

A grand total of Php61,068.00 was generated and it will be equally distributed to the identified beneficiaries in a simple awarding ceremony.

Pantawid Pamilya promotes wellness and health stability among the beneficiaries as it is one of the conditionalities of the Program.  (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Municipal Operations Office)

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ESGP-PA Honor Grads to march this year

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) produced honor graduates this year through the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

Out of the 386 graduates, two are Magna Cum Laudes, 24 are Cum Laudes, and 11 are With Distinction.

The Magna Cum Laudes are Bachelor of Science in Agriculture graduate Hazel H. Achuela, and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate Sherrie Anne G. Calapao (Photos: left to right).

The Cum Laudes include: Bachelor of Science in Technical Teacher Education graduate Reynaldo F. Calanasan, Jr.; Bachelor in Elementary Education graduates Aiza A. Cablay, Jeffrey D. Tomboc, Robin H. Rimas, Kimberly M. Agron, Germaine R. Batuyong, Jessah Angelica P. Ganal, Ronalyn M. Langamin, Carmena May C. Libao, and Jasen Kyle S. Ortal; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science graduates Mark Jevy G. Jacaban, and Jhonie D. Munar; Bachelor of Secondary Education graduates Jhun T. Petate, John Darwin E. Barcena, and Lyka A. Julaila; Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education graduates Jazel C. Aquino, Camille V. Bambao, Gerald T. Carbonell, and Fercris P. Gaon; Bachelor of Science in Biology graduate Rica Mae B. Ancheta; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science graduate Chris John V. Tapuro; and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduates Kenneth A. Gudoy, Imee Erica C. Lacambra, and Khyle Deanne S. Lazaro.

The ESGP-PA grantees who graduated With Distinction are: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education graduates Artemio A. Cutillon, Jr., Reylyn Marie A. Baldo, Glenda N. Buis, May Ann D. Castillo, Catherine Joy M. de Fiesta, Charlene S. Pagaduan, and Rhea N. Cawis; and Bachelor in Secondary Education graduates Giovanni C. Duran (December 2016), Carmina de Vera, Jhude Padilla, and Kristine Ritual.

The ESGP-PA aims to address poverty by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and let these graduates be employed in high-value added occupations to lift their families out of poverty at the same time contribute to national development. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Arlem Kenneth R. Areola, ESGP-PA Focal)

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