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Listahanan 3 assessment in Region 1 begins

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) officially announced the start of the house to house assessment of Listahanan hired Enumerators this last week of October.

Hired Listahanan Enumerator with disability conducts household assessment during their field practice in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Part of the six-day training of Listahanan field staff is their field practice where they can personally experience how to be an effective Listahanan Enumerator.

More than 1,000 Enumerators were deployed in Region 1 to assess 976,551 target households until December 2019.

Aside from the Enumerators, Area Supervisors and Area Coordinators are also part of the Listahanan field staff that will make sure that all households in rural barangays are assessed. In urban barangays, Pockets of Poverty will be used where Enumerators will only assess the potential poor households.

A series of by province trainings was conducted previously by the National Household Targeting Section staff together with members of the Regional Project Training and Monitoring Team (RPTMT) composed of DSWD FO 1 staff from the different divisions and programs in order to capacitate all Listahanan field workers.

During the recently held training of Area Coordinators, DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo emphasized in his message the importance of being a part of the Listahanan 3 that commits to produce another new and updated database of poor households that will be the basis of our government in creating and planning social protection programs and services mainly for the marginalized sectors.

Nasa kamay ninyo ang kinabukasan ng ibang tao.Ito iyong gusto kong alamin ninyong mabuti, tandaan at isapuso na itong gagawin natin na trabaho ay isang misyon para sa kapakinabangan ng ibang tao sa hinaharap (The future of others, particularly the targeted poor households, depends on the hands of all the Listahanan workers. This is what I want you all to know, remember, and take by heart — our work is our mission since others will benefit from it in the future),” said Dir. Castillo.

Listahanan is a project of DSWD since 2009 that identifies who and where the poor are using Proxy Means Test (PMT), a systematic way of predicting the per capita income of a household. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Achiever at 60

“Ang medalyang ito ay ang aking kayamanan na nagpapakitang nakamit ko na ang pangarap ko sa buong buhay ko – ang makapagtapos ng high school (This medal is my treasure which shows that I already realized my dream in my entire life – to finish high school),”Pantawid Pamilya Grantee Veronica “Vicky” Guillermo proudly uttered while she shows her graduation medal.

Oldest but the mightiest in spirit, 60 year-old Vicky delightfully marched together with her 25 young batchmates during their graduation in August 2019 in Piddig, Ilocos Norte after successfully finishing high school through the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

For Vicky, senior years are still productive. “Walang pinipiling edad ang pag-aaral basta’t kaya mo. Parang ako, pakiramdam ko ay bata pa ako, gusto ko pa ring mag-aral. Malakas ang loob ko na makapagtatapos ako (Learning knows no age as long as you can. Just like me, I feel so young, I still want to study. I am optimistic that I can graduate),” Vicky shared.

She also testified that her sole reason of enrolling in the ALS is to encourage her grandson to go back to school. Kenneth, 17, has been in her custody since his parents separated. This led to Kenneth’s loss of interest in going to school, thus, identified as one of the Pantawid Pamilya children not attending school.

According to Vicky’s husband, Ruperto, 62, “Sabi ko sa asawa ko na mag-enroll siya sa ALS dahil Grade 6 lang din ang natapos niya at baka ito ang makahikayat kay Kenneth na tapusin ang high school, may DSWD naman na tumutulong sa amin (I told my wife to enroll because she only finished Grade 6 and this might encourage Kenneth to finish high school since DSWD is helping us).”

“Mahal na mahal namin ang aming apo. Mas higit pa sa anak ang turing namin sa kanya. Paano na lang ang magiging buhay niya kapag wala na kami? Kaya hinikayat namin siyang bumalik sa pag-aaral. Pumayag naman siya at ngayon ay sabay kaming nagtapos (We really love our grandson. We treat him more than our own son. How will his life be if we are gone? So we encouraged him to go back to school. He listened to us and we graduated together),” Vicky shared while tears are rolling on her cheeks. Vicky believes that education assures a better future for Kenneth.  

Ruperto was thrilled upon knowing from Ms. Maria Elena Esteban, ALS Mobile Teacher, that his wife and Kenneth are the only graduates in their barangay out of the 25 finishers in the whole municipality.

Ms. Esteban described Vicky as a bright student. Despite her age, she was able to cope up with her lessons and showed exemplary performance. She also challenged Vicky to continue inspiring her fellow senior citizens especially her co-beneficiaries. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)


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A Mother’s weed story

The journey of fighting drugs has no singular story. It comes with various faces with different emotions and reasons.  

It was a gloomy Tuesday when we were about to traverse the 18-kilometer, mostly rough, and muddy road of Sasaba, La Union to meet people who are about to complete the program of the government relative to its war on drugs. Riding on habal-habal, we were not stopped by the drizzling weather to arrive at the Lutheran Church where the recovering drug personalities (RDPs) or Katipuneros happily waited and welcomed us. A woman in pink shirt immediately served native pork stew and fresh tomatoes with onions as a side dish for lunch. As we took a quick lunch, the RDPs were silently listening to our huddle. When we all have already taken our meals, we immediately proceeded to conduct a discussion and beside me was the woman in pink shirt carrying her granddaughter. She is Anastacia Baludda, a 49-year old mother with seven children. At first, Anastacia intently listened to the narrations of her co-RDPs on how they became members of the Samahang Pangkabuhayan ng Sasaba at Sapdaan (SPSS), a group affiliated to the Pagsadagan nga Agturong Raniag ken Ekonomiya Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (PARE SLPA) of DSWD Field Office 1. Same as other groups of PARE SLPA, SPSS received PhP54,000.00 livelihood assistance to start anew after winning their own drug battles. When Anastacia was asked what enterprise she entered into, she proudly shared that she is now a kapeng barako (black coffee) maker who retails her goods in the locality.

When I had the chance to personally converse with Anastacia, she invited me to her humble home just a few steps behind the Lutheran Church. We started talking about her family. “Ang aking asawa ay nasa Muntinlupa (New Bilibid Prison). Naikulong siya noong 2012 dahil sa paghahatid ng marijuana (My husband is in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. He was convicted in 2012 because of marijuana transport),” a teary-eyed Anastacia started. She continued narrating, “Isang gabi, nagpaalam ang aking asawa na matutulog siya sa bukid kung saan kami nagtatrabaho. Kinaumagahan, pumunta ako sa sari-sari store ng aking nakababatang kapatid para bumili ng asukal. May balitang may mga nahuli ng pulis na nagdeliver ng marijuana sa San Gabriel, La Union. Kinabahan na ako. Pero may nakarinig sa radyo na ang aking asawa ay isa sa mga nakulong. Napahagulgol na lang ako (One night, my husband asked permission to sleep in the farm where we work. The following morning, I went to the store of my younger sibling to buy sugar. There was news that there were people who were captured by the police officers for transporting marijuana to San Gabriel, La Union. I was nervous then. However, someone heard on the radio that my husband was one of those who were convicted. I just cried heavily).”

Shock and devastation were the initial reactions of losing her husband in their home. “Hindi ko alam kung paano ko bubuhayin ang pito kong anak. Pinuntahan ko kaagad ang aking asawa sa kulungan kasama ang aking mga anak (I do not know how I will raise my seven children. I immediately visited my husband in the prison together with my children),” Anastacia continued while wiping her tears. Because her husband could not do anything but regret, he told Anastacia to be stronger and not do as he did – becoming a drug courier. Anastacia and her children left the prison crying and with heavy hearts. Just like the ordinary days, Anastacia has to face reality and continue working as a paid farmer to nurture her children and send them to school. However, burdened with multiple responsibilities, her meager income barely makes ends meet. One day, a friend encouraged her to transport marijuana to nearby municipalities to gain bigger income. At first, she hesitated but with no options left, she became a marijuana courier earning PhP200.00 per kilo of marijuana that will be delivered to the heart of mountains or any hidden place where they secretly trade. Anastacia was then able to provide some household essentials because of her new work; however, it lasted only for a year because of fear, guilt, and agitation. She stopped trading marijuana. She considered becoming a marijuana courier her biggest mistake in life. “Hindi na ako nakatutulog ng maaayos. Palagi akong kinakabahan (I can barely sleep. I was always nervous),” revealed Anastacia relative to her marijuana, or some called it as weed, trading.

When President Duterte’s war on drugs was carried out, local government units (LGUs) including Santol, La Union took heed of the call to eliminate all forms of illegal drug activities in the Philippines. To support the Administration’s plight on illegal drugs battle, DSWD established a program tagged as “Yakap Bayan” aiming to turn RDPs to community leaders and volunteers and active citizens in the society. In Santol, the RDPs or Katipuneros underwent a rehabilitation from April 2017 to November 2017 at the Itigil at Talikuran Na ang Droga, Ngayon Na! (ITAN) Reflection Camp conceptualized by the LGU in the same year. ITAN was patterned on DSWD’s Yakap Bayan Framework in providing aftercare and reintegration services to former drug dependents.

When LGU Santol called the attention of all drug personalities in town, Anastacia and the other 26 drug personalities in Sasaba (the most number of RDPs in the municipality) went to the municipal hall to signify participation in the rehabilitation process. Anastacia was very ashamed and anxious after knowing that she was on the list. This is not only because of the social stigma and stereotype labeling them as offenders of societal laws and cultural norms that destroy the people’s lives including the future generation, but also of her broken promise to her husband.

Despite the revelation, blaming inside the home has no room.  Her husband was also informed about what happened to his wife, but there was no fault-finding after all. The journey towards rehabilitation has started. During their 6-month   activities in ITAN Reflection Camp, she was able to actualize all her wrongdoings and unacceptable behaviors. She was able to forgive and give herself new opportunities to make up for her past mistakes. As activities progress in the Camp, her spiritual character progressed too. She was able to find divine intervention and understand that one must be freed from social expectations to find peace and contentment. “Noong una, nahirapan ako pero sinuportahan ako ng aking mga anak. May mga panahong nanghihina at nagugutom akong pumupunta sa Kampo pero mas malakas ang aking pagnanasa na matapos ko lahat ng aktibidades. Gusto ko talagang bumalik sa dating ako (At first, it was difficult, but my children supported me. There were times that I felt weak and hungry going to the Camp, but my desire to finish all the activities was stronger. I wanted to regain my old self),” narrated Anastacia while smiling. Anastacia and the other RDPs were not only able to appreciate the spiritual processes that improved their lives but they were also trained to become productive microentrepreneurs.

After the rehabilitation scheme of the LGU, the RDPs received seed capital fund as part of the reintegration program to jumpstart ventures into various enterprises aligned with their skills and interests. Anastacia received PhP7,000.00 capital assistance which she used in her kapeng barako making and retailing. She buys raw materials in the neighborhood and packs her finished products into ¼ kilo which she sells to LGU Santol staff and locals amounting to PhP80.00 per pack. Anastacia, while giggling, shared that she gains at most PhP40.00 per pack in selling the organic coffee, a fortune for a homemaker and a budding entrepreneur. Seasonal in nature, Anastacia’s coffee business stability is not guaranteed, therefore, she wanted to have a steady source of income. Since MSWDO Eunice Nabehet provided a freezer to SPSS, Anastacia had a bright idea. She rented the freezer and pays a monthly fee of PhP100.00 to SPSS. Some of the income from her coffee retailing was used to purchase frozen foods, fresh bangus and tilapia, pork, and chicken which she sells to her neighbors. Her buy and sell business is a big help to the barangay because when some do not have to cook for viands, they can buy at Anastacia’s home. This is a huge relief to the people because they can save at least PhP160.00 jeepney fare or PhP600.00 habal-habal fee going to and from the Poblacion. Anastacia’s thriving business now augments to their household requirements.

To sustain the gains of the reintegration project, Santol Mayor Magno A. Wailan hired kamineros or individuals who do road and path cleaning and clearing. Some of the RDPs including Anastacia were hired as kamineros and were paid PhP170.00 per day. After showing satisfactory work performance, Anastacia is now working as a regular kaminero in the LGU receiving PhP250.00 wage per day. “Malaking tulong ang trabahong binigay ng munisipyo sa akin. Hinding-hindi na ako babalik sa aking dating gawain (The work that the local government provided to me is a big help. I will never ever go back to my previous undertakings),” happily shared by Anastacia. She has realized that whatever circumstances we have experienced, as long as we have the desire to change, it would require us to work towards something better for ourselves. 

While we are going back to Lutheran Church where our companions have been waiting, Anastacia revealed her aspiration to eliminate marijuana prevalence. She said that the government must improve the road situations in their barangay to increase mobility and ease the transport of goods to Poblacion. The reliability of good road network which limits their chances to have greater access to other opportunities has been a major issue in improving their local economy. If there is one thing that Anastacia has learned from the government, it is to never be afraid to surrender since peace and development is a shared responsibility.

Now, Anastacia is a reformed woman. She aims that every woman, regardless of dark past or deprived situation, stand up and face reality because once a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all the women of the humanity. # by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit

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STI College receives the Listahanan data of poor households

Listahanan Head/Regional Field Coordinator (RFC) Joan N. Dacumos together with Listahanan Regional Information Technology Officer (RITO) Aristedeo V. Tinol and Listahanan Regional Statistician Ryan P. Arbollente delivers the last tranche CD which contains data of poor households to STI Managing Director/Administrator Antonio R. Alvarado, Jr.

Systems Technology Institute (STI) College located at the City of San Fernando, La Union received the list of poor households from the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) to look for potential beneficiaries under the scholarship program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The data of poor households from Listahanan generated from the result of the 2nd Round of Household Assessment or Listahanan 2 is the basis of CHED in determining the students who can avail of the Tertiary Education System (TES) administered by the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) in accordance with the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017 or Republic Act 10931.

According to STI Managing Director/Administrator Antonio R. Alvarado, Jr., the Listahanan Data Sharing was disseminated to them through CHED during their meeting, in order for them to know and reach the students who belong to the poor households.

As our community service project, we have thought of requesting the database of poor households within the province of La Union to personally look and encourage those indigent students to avail of the educational services of STI as TES grantee,” said STI Managing Director Alvarado during the recently held meeting.

The DSWD Listahanan is encouraging other Colleges/Universities, and even Civil Society Organizations, to utilize the data of poor households for planning and creating programs and services for the poor.

Listahanan is a project of DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are. The comprehensive Listahanan database of poor households serves as basis of our government in selecting beneficiaries for social protection programs and services. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Fighting EGGStreme poverty, gaining EGGStra income

Members of the Green Guava SLP Association offer freshly harvested eggs.

Most of the Pantawid Pamilya women at Brgy. Baybayabas, Santiago, Ilocos Sur help their husbands earn a living by working as seasonal farm workers and part-time housekeeper, while others stay at home to look after the family. Aspiring to gain extra income, 23 of these women organized themselves as Green Guava Sustainable Livelihood (SLP) Association and sought assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 through its Sustainable Livelihood Program by proposing an egg-layering business.

Daytoy ti napilimi ta nalaklaka laeng nga ipataray gapo ta amin ket agkasapulan ti itlog, iso ti kadawyan a pammigat (We chose this livelihood because of its high demand. Everyone buys eggs, it is usually serve for breakfast),” said Flora Quiñones, the Association President.

The association underwent a 3-day Skills Training on Chicken Egg Layering in June 2018 where they were given 220 heads of ready-to-lay chickens, one year supply of feeds, vitamins, one sprayer, and 12 waterers as starter kits for their business. Each of the members contributed materials and worked together in the construction of their poultry.

Members are scheduled to look after the poultry’s needs and attend to their customers’ orders. The association can harvest a daily average of four to five trays of which a tray is sold at PhP140.00 to PhP150.00 depending on its size. People in the neighborhood and those with sari-sari stores in the adjacent barangays are their regular buyers. Sixty percent of the profit is divided equally among the members every month while 40 percent is automatically deposited to the Association’s savings account. “Adda PhP52,000.00 a savings min. Balbalakenmi daytoy nga igatangan iti kanayonan a manok tapno umado pay ti maapitmi nga itlog ken dumakkel ti kitami (We have PhP52,000.00 savings in the bank. We are planning to purchase additional egg-laying chickens to increase our harvest, thus growth in our income),’’ said Flora.

Flora supplements her family’s income by working as an on-call laundrywoman who makes a PhP900.00 weekly income. His husband is a seasonal farm tenant, two of his children are construction workers, while her youngest child is in high school. “Pasaray adda madibidendok a lima gasut inggana pito gasut ti maysa bulan ket di mayaten. Syempre pagrugrugyanan mi pay laeng met, iso nga alagaan mi daytoy inted ti SLP tapno rumang-ay met ti biagmi uray kaskasano.(Receiving  PhP500.00 to PhP600.00 monthly dividend share from the poultry is a great help. We are still growing this SLP-assisted business. We shall nurture this livelihood with hopes of achieving a better quality of life),” she added.

SLP is a capability-building program of the DSWD that provides access to opportunities that increase the productivity of the livelihood assets of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized communities in order to improve their socio-economic wellbeing. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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RRCY residents and staff recognize as Blood Services Awardees

Ms. Leah Mylen L. Lucero (second from right, first line), SWO IV/Center Head receive the Certificate of Appreciation for RRCY as Blood Service Awardees.

It is better to give than to receive. This is true to the RRCY staff and residents who have voluntarily donated blood for those in direly needing it.

The DSWD Field Office 1 – Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) was awarded and recognized as Blood Services Awardees during the culmination of Blood Donors Month of Philippine Red Cross – La Union Chapter with the theme “Safe blood for all. Donate blood. Save lives” held at Diego Silang Hall, Provincial Capitol, City of San Fernando, La Union. The RRCY residents and staff as regular blood donors have greatly contributed to this recognition.

The bloodletting activity in the Center began on 22 November 2018. Since then, the Center regularly donates blood every quarter to promote social responsibility among the staff and residents, and to educate them the benefits of voluntary blood donation.

Magaan po ang aking pakiramdam at masaya din po ako na nakakapag-donate ako ng dugo dahil alam ko na ito ay maibibigay sa mga nangangailangan (I am light-hearted and happy at the same time for donating my blood because I know that this will be given to those who are needing it)”, shared Ben (not his real name), a RRCY resident .

Dan (Not his real name) and the PRC volunteer nurse during the blood donation in RRCY conference hall.

“Ang boluntaryong pagbibigay ng dugo ng mga staff at residente ay napakalaking tulong din sa Sentro lalo na at may isang residente na minsan nang nangailangan ng dugo dahil sa dengue. Sa bawat sampung bag ng dugo kalakip nito ay isang voucher na matatanggap ng Sentro. Ito ay maaaring gamitin ng mga nangangailangang salinan ng dugo. Maliban dito, ang Sentro ay isa sa mga priority na bibiyan ng dugo kung may mga di inaasahang pangyayari (The voluntary blood donation of the staff and residents is a huge help to the Center especially that there was already a resident who needed a blood transfusion before because of dengue. Ten bags of blood collected is equivalent to 1 voucher for the Center. This can be used by the staff and residents needing such. In addition, the Center is one of the priorities to be given with blood supplies in cases of emergencies),” shared Ms. Adelyn Casilla, Center Nurse.

RRCY’s bloodletting has continuously advocated the voluntary, non-remunerated blood donation to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supply of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products. It has also developed positive outlook in life among the residents of the Center, that despite of their socio-economic status in life, or even if they have committed an offense/s, they still can contribute to the nation-building and become productive citizens of the country. # By: Vincent Paul V. Ruiz, SWO II/Documentation Focal, Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth

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DSWD FO 1 augments relief supplies to Storm Ineng-affected families

DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 continuously provides family food packs (FFPs) to Local Government Units (LGUs) that need relief supply augmentation to be directly distributed to individuals and families affected by Severe Tropical Storm Ineng.

DSWD Secretary Bautista (rightmost) listens to the requests of a barangay official needing additional relief supplies to storm-affected households.

As of the latest data of Disaster Response Management Division, the Department has already augmented 1,000 FFPs on 25 August 2019 while today, 27 August 2019, there are 3,000 pre-positioned FFPs that will be distributed to the storm-affected individuals in various municipalities in Ilocos Norte. Further, 5,000 FFPs, in staggered deliveries, are expected to be transported from the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau to Ilocos Norte.

To evaluate the extent of the massive floods that submerged some houses caused by the storm and to assess the situation of the people in Ilocos Norte, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista personally visited the storm-affected individuals particularly in Brgy. Gabu, Laoag City. During the visit, the Secretary talked with some barangay officials in Laoag City wherein additional assistance were requested and immediately provided to the affected barangays. Further, Secretary Bautista also had a meeting with Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew J. Marcos Manotoc and Office of the Civil Defense 1 Director Melchito Castro relative to the extent of the damage caused by the typhoon. Per report, there are 22 totally- and 44 partially-damaged houses in the Province of Ilocos Norte.

To maintain stockpile of relief goods, volunteers have flocked to DSWD FO 1 Regional Warehouse to help in the repacking of FFPs that will be immediately distributed to affected households. “Ang pagiging volunteer ay mahalaga para matulungan natin ang ating mga kababayan na nasalanta ng Bagyong Ineng. Ang pagboboluntaryo ay tatak ng isang tunay na Pilipino (Being a volunteer is important in order to help our countrymen who were affected by Typhoon Ineng. Becoming a volunteer is a sign of a true Filipino),” said Helen Tailan, a volunteer from Caba, La Union.

Volunteers from Caba, La Union help in repacking family food packs.

DSWD FO 1 regional warehouse maintains a standby stockpile of 30,000 FFPs for any disaster. Further, the four satellite warehouses in the Region ensures that the minimum stockpiles are readily available to accommodate the requests of all LGUs and serve all disaster affected families. Trading or resale of relief supplies that are intended for distribution to disaster victims is prohibited by Republic Act No. 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. # by: Darwin T. Chan, SSocial Marketing Unit

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Rewards for a Good Character

Ten residents of Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) have visited Balay Taripato in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur – a home for the elderly managed by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur and Tahanang Walang Hagdanan Association, Inc. in Vigan City – an organization of person with disabilities, on 4 April 2019. The learning visit is part of their rewards for showcasing exemplary characteristics while undergoing rehabilitation in the Center aside from the cash incentive of PhP350.00 per resident every month.

The Reward System of the RRCY was implemented since October 2018. The residents are given corresponding score in doing their daily chores and in attending spiritual activities. Their scores are consolidated monthly and the Top 10 Reward Earners are given an incentive as approved in the Work and Financial Plan. Moreover, they are also recognized during the Monday Program and their names and testimonies are posted in Bulletin Board.

10 resident reward earners of RRCY with the staff strikes their best shots as they roam around the Calle Crisologo during their Learning Visit in Ilocos Sur.

There are five areas for assessment which include attendance and participation to character building program, Residents’ Orientation Program (REPO), daily chores, spiritual activities, and their participation to special assignments/tasks. Moreover, the Top 10 residents are also proposed to visit areas with existing public and private agencies providing residential based services in the region, as an additional incentive. They will be escorted by at least four staff, one representative from the four units of the Center, namely; the Social Service, Support Service, Homelife, and Administrative Units.

The activity provides an opportunity for the residents to appreciate the services provided to them, gain better perspective in life, and a venue for exchange of good practices of the Center and the agencies to be visited which can be applied by both agencies. These efforts will sustain the positive behavior of the residents, encourage others to display the same, and enhance service delivery.

“Ganun po pala ang sitwasyon ng mga matatandang wala ng nag-aalaga sa kanila. Naramdaman ko ang sitwasyon nila. Paano kung tayo na rin ang matatanda? Ang mga nasaksihan ko ay nagbigay sa akin ng aral, na pahalagahan natin ang ating mga nanay at tatay dahil kung wala sila ay wala rin tayo ngayon” (Such is the situation of the elderly who do not have someone to care for them. I really felt their situation. What if we were older too? What I have witnessed gave me a lesson, that we must value our mothers and fathers because without them we are also not here in this world) said by Ali, RRCY resident.

Based on the insights of the residents, they feel sad with the conditions of the elderly who were not visited by their relatives. The reward earners realized to be more loving and kind to their parents and grandparents, and to do better in the Center so that they can take care of their elders. The residents were also saddened by the circumstance of the clients at Tahanang Walang Hagdanan but they were inspired by their perseverance to pursue education.

The reward system aims to reinforce the residents’ positive behaviors and also help them develop values that they can apply in their daily undertaking. By: Leah Mylen L. Lucero, SWO IV/Center Head, Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) 1

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