Upholding Culture through the Golden Years

At 73, Salvador Marugay of Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte is strong enough to be a member of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, and his duty is to uphold and preserve the unique identity and culture of the Indigenous Peoples of Dumalneg.

Hailing from the Isneg Tribe called the Tiapayao, Apu Salvador is determined to protect the traditions that the tribe has long been practicing. According to the stories told by his parents, the Tiapayao tribe was originally from the provinces of Apayao and Kalinga. They travelled through the boarders of the province of Ilocos Norte to hunt animals and look for good soil for farming; they then built a community in the mountains of Dumalneg.

“Agkakadaraan tayo latta uray agsasabali nga tribo.” – Salvador Marugay

Apu Salvador has been advocating for the continuous teaching of traditional dances to the young people. The Municipal Local Government recognizes the importance of the preservation of traditional dances, thus, adding it to the curriculum in the local schools. The students practice these native dances and present it during the yearly celebration of the Municipality’s founding anniversary.
He still speaks the native language but believes that people who speak other languages are still his brothers and sisters, “agkakadaraan tayo latta uray agsasabali nga tribo (We are still of the same blood even if we belong to different tribes).”

Apu calls for a united stand for the recognition, protection, and preservation of the Indigenous Peoples rights, culture, and identity. He believes that the IPs are strong and powerful if they only unite as a family.

Apu Salvador is also a beneficiary of the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. He and his wife receive a monthly stipend of PhP500.00, which according to Apu Salvador, is a big help in meeting their needs, “Dakkel unay panagyaman mi iti Gobyerno iti itited da nga tulong kadakami nga lallakay nga nakurapay (We are very grateful to the government for giving help to the poor elderly).” (By: Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Former Social Marketing Officer,Kalahi-CIDSS)

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A home that is made of hopes and dreams

Twenty (20) brand new housing units were blessed and turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 1 through its Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) in partnership with the City Government of Alaminos, Pangasinan at Sitio Sto. Rosario, Brgy. Lucap, Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

Jenny Mina, CSAP beneficiary, expressed her gratitude and happiness. “Hindi naging madali ang pagbuo ng aming pangarap, ngunit sa pagtulong-tulong at sa tibay ng aming samahan ay nakamit at nabuo namin ang aming pangarap na bahay. (Building our dream was never easy, but with the help and stability of our community, we have achieved and built our dream home.)”

DSWD Field Office 1 head (from left to right) Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo together with BM Arth Bryan Celeste and CSAP beneficiaries poses for celebratory photos during the ceremonial turnover of CSAP housing units.

Sana ang libreng pabahay na ito ay inyong alagaan kahit ito po ay libre na handog ng gobyerno. Ang aming tanging hiling ay sana kahit lumipas na ang 20 hanggang 30 na taon ay intact pa rin ang inyong mga tahanan at matitirhan pa ng inyong mga apo. (We hope you will take good care of the house from the government even if it is for free. Our only wish is that even after 20 to 30 years your home is still intact and your grandchildren will be able to still live there),” said Board Member Arth Bryan C. Celeste in his speech.

Meanwhile, DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo reminded the recipients to abide by the rules and regulations for the maintenance of their shelter units and other operational purposes. “Isa sa mga mapalad ang Alaminos City na napagkalooban po ng CSAP dahil hanggang ngayon po ay naka-moratorium pa po ang programang ito; meaning wala na pong nabibigyan pa ng ibang lugar ng ganitong pabahay. Kaya atin po itong pangalagaan at sundin ang mga patakaran. (Alaminos City, Pangasinan is very lucky to have been granted CSAP because the program is in moratorium which means that there were no other areas that were granted CSAP. Let us maintain and abide by the rules.) “

Top shot of the newly turned over CSAP housing units in Sitio Sto. Rosario, Brgy. Lucap, Alaminos City, Pangasinan. (Photo courtesy of LGU Alaminos City, Pangasinan)

CSAP is a DSWD program funded to assist family victims of disaster to acquire decent shelter. DSWD provided PhP6.5 million shelter assistance grant used to buy construction materials and supplies for 500 housing units intended for Brgy. Lucap, Alaminos City, Pangasinan while the City Government of Alaminos, Pangasinan provided land construction site and technical support. #By: Nicole Kasandra A. Lipawen, Social Marketing Unit

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DSWD partners with SLC and SALAKNIB

The Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1, Saint Louis College (SLC), and SAngguniang LAkas Para Sa Katarungan at Kapayapaan Na Naglilingkod Sa Inang Bayan (SALAKNIB) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to build capability projects enhancing the development needs of the RRCY residents and staff.

DSWD Field Office 1 head (seated in green top) Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo together with the representatives of the SLC and SALAKNIB poses for commemorative photos in the beginning of their journey towards helping RRCY clients and staff.

In line with the Department’s mission, the DSWD recognizes participation of volunteers since they contribute in improving economic and social capital, and serves as catalyst that encourage the people to work together to discover their potentials and capabilities. Moreover, these groups complement the efforts of the Department in achieving an effective implementation of its programs and services.

The MOA Signing further introduced SLC’s Danggay Agtutubo project to enhance the psycho-spiritual formation and development of the clients through a conduct of activities such as recollection and short course for Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL). On the other hand, SALAKNIB will focus on capability building relative to paralegal services, and rights and developmental awareness of the residents.

On the onset of partnership initiative, SLC students donated toiletries, towels, and blankets for the use of the clients.

RRCY Head Leah Mylen Lucero expressed DSWD’s gratitude for the stakeholders’ interest and enthusiasm to provide services to the Center’s residents. “The partnership will be a great help to our clients. This is a start and will surely move to a bigger project in the future,” she said.

The partnership originally started through an unexpected visit of SLC Parish Priest Valentine M. Narcise with SLC staff in RRCY. After the partnership meeting initiated by the Center and engaging with some DSWD activities, the group was able to recognize the possible collaboration between the organizations. #By: Nicole Kasandra A. Lipawen, Social Marketing Unit

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