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New Licensed Teachers are ESGP-PA grantees

Nine graduates of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) are now Licensed Teachers based on the result of the Licensure Examination for Teachers held March 2017.

From this number, three are from the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) in La Union, two each from the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Ilocos Norte and the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) in Ilocos Sur, and one each from the Ilocos Sur Polytechinic State College (ISPSC) and Pangasinan State University (PSU).

The passers are as follows: (Ilocos Norte) Jessa Mae Doctolero from Solsona and Cassandra Subaste from Laoag City; (Ilocos Sur) Jemeline Mandac from Vigan City,  Rojhan Rodillas from San Ildefonso, and Joy Ragunton from Narvacan; (La Union) Florida Maging from Santol and Abegail Hipol from the City of San Fernando; and (Pangasinan) Giovani Duran from Mabini.

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.

ESGP-PA 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. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Arlem Kenneth R. Areola, ESGP-PA Focal)


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Government Agencies unite to address the reintegration of Parolees, Pardonees, and Probationers

First meeting of the Regional Technical Working Group on convergence initiative for parolees, pardonees, and probationers at the Panlipunan Hall, DSWD-Field Office I on 10 May 2017

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I (DSWD-FO1) together with the Department of Justice – Parole and Probation Administration (DOJ-PPA) leads the convergence initiative for the probationers, parolees, and pardonees in providing assistance as intermediate intervention towards their reintegration.

A Regional Technical Working Group (TWG) under the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) Sub-Committee on Social Protection, headed by DSWD-FO1 Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, was created consisting of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Agriculture (DA) , DOJ-PPA, and DSWD-FO1.

The formulation of TWG is due to the plight of the parolees, pardonees, and probationers that includes their lack of educational and technical skills, the insufficient support and acceptance from their own family and community, the limited opportunities for economic endeavors, and the low level of involvement of government agencies resulting to the deficiency of intervention programs that further hinder their rehabilitation and full reintegration to their respective families and communities.

DSWD-Field Office 1 initially provides cash assistance and Family Food Packs to 34 parolees, pardonees, and probationers in the towns of Santol, San Juan, San Gabriel, Bacnotan, Sudipen, Bangar, and Luna in La Union.

Recognizing the challenges and stigma faced by the parolees, pardonees, and probationers, the five (5) government agencies aim to unite for a strategic convergence that can provide continuous assistance to the concerned vulnerable group in order to capacitate and empower them to become productive, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the society.

By the involved government agencies’ collaborative interventions for reintegration of the parolees, pardonees, and probationers, the DOJ-PPA believes that it will address the problem on the relentless and unceasing cycle of violence and re-offending through giving them a second chance in resuming normal, peaceful, and productive community life. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan with a report from Mr. David M. Rabelas, Secretary-RSDC Sub-Committee on Social Protection/Statistician I-DSWD-FO1 Policy and Plans Division)

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DSWD Field Offices to accredit Pre-Marriage Counsellors

USec. Templa delivers her inspirational message (left) to all the Luzon Cluster PMCs (right).

“Pag-aralan natin ang nilalaman ng ating puso na siyang magiging batayan sa ating pag-accredit. Iisa dapat ang ating kaisipan para tayo ay magkakasundo para sa maayos na accreditation. Naniniwala akong mas nagiging matibay pa ang bawat Pamilyang Pilipino sa likod ng mga kaguluhan sa paligid. Ang matibay na pundasyon ng isang pamilya ay nakasalalay sa pagsasamahan ng mag-asawa (Let us study what our heart is saying that will serve as basis for our conduct of accreditation. Our minds should be unified and meet at one point for a systematic accreditation. I believe that every Filipino family is getting stronger despite of conflicts around us. The strong foundation of a family depends on the relationship of the husband and wife,” said Undersecretary Mae Fe Templa to inspire all the Pre-Marriage Counsellors (PMCs) Accreditors from the Luzon Cluster of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

All the Luzon Cluster PMCs were oriented with the PMC Manual, Laws, Policies and Guidelines on Pre-Marriage and Accreditation Process for them to be properly guided in efficiently and effectively accrediting the PMCs in their respective regions or local level. The PMC Manual contains updated information about social and legal changes related to the institution of marriage and the family in Philippine society.

The PMC Manual shall be revised and developed as a vital tool in disseminating accurate and important information about marriage and relationships, human sexuality, maternal, child, and neonatal health, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, responsible parenthood and home management to engaged couples.

PMCs discuss married couples’ rights and obligations, and how to nurture the union and the family that they will build.

DSWD implements Executive Order No. 209 otherwise known as the Family Code of the Philippines and Administrative Order No. 14 series of 2009 that mandates the Accreditation of Marriage Counselors and requires marriage counselling prior to the issuance of marriage license and to promote the professional practice of marriage counsellors. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Dir. Castillo awards Php 9.1M financial assistance to build new houses for typhoon victims in Ilocos Norte

The awarding of Core Shelter Assistance Program checks in Laoag City with Mayor Chevylle Fariñas and Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo (2nd and 3rd from left).

Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo awarded Php 8 million worth of shelter assistance to 50 families whose houses in Navotas, Laoag City were totally damaged.

Through Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP), every family was given Php 160,000.00 for one single-detached house with an 80 square meter-lot given by the City Government of Laoag, which under the leadership of Mayor Chevylle Fariñas, will also augment other logistics like site development and skilled workers.

The same assistance was also given to 10 families in Buyo, Bacarra who received a total of Php 1,130,500.00 worth of shelter assistance and Cash-for-Work to build their new houses or core shelter units.

Dir. Castillo reminded the beneficiaries to value and give proper care to these aids, of which, they were carefully assessed as to their eligibility and need. “The support of the Local Government Unit is vital in the success of the implementation and sustainability of progress among beneficiaries,” Director Castillo added.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Nicolas under the leadership of Mayor Alfredo Valdez, Jr. will be providing a free satellite warehouse. “With this, San Nicolas is likened to an earthen ware as basin/depository of relief goods that other municipalities can easily access,” Director Castillo mentioned during the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the LGU. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are trusted manpower says private company

Ferdinand and Rodalyn (top photos L-R) together with their co-beneficiaries employed at the Company (below)

“We are really impressed with the performance of all the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries we hire. So whenever we need workers here in our production farm, we always hire them and renew their contract after every six months,” Farm Supervisor Engr. Roland Cararang shared.

East West Seeds Company Incorporated in Dingras, Ilocos Norte has been hiring Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries as farm laborers and pollinators. Ferdinand Ramiro, 51, was one of the pioneer employees.  Due to his loyalty, the Company awarded his three children with scholarship.

Engr. Cararang said that they are expanding their Company in the municipalities of Marcos, Banna, and Solsona, Ilocos Norte and assured that they will again consider Pantawid Pamilya as their source of workforce.

In 2016, the Company and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) were linked with a Memorandum of Agreement to employ Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. There are 181 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hired since then.

Rodalyn Foroganan, 42, reached her fourth year in the Company as an Assistant Lead Man with the assistance of SLP’s Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF), which was used to buy her farm uniform and secure employment requirements. She is thankful of being employed because she has a source of income to augment the needs of her children in their studies.

PEAF is a modality that provides financial assistance to program participants with guaranteed employment to secure employment application and documentary requirements.  (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in San Fabian, Pangasinan claim Social Security

All Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in San Fabian, Pangasinan are now assured to be covered by the Social Security System (SSS).

This is after the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was inked by the Local Government Unit of San Fabian, Pangasinan and the SSS.

Based on the Social Welfare Development Indicator (SWDI) result administered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) as of April 2016, 2,051 out of 3,268 Pantawid Pamilya households in the said municipality have no access to formal financing institutions. Some SSS members who used to be active turned inactive due to unemployment.

The MOA Signing introduced the SSS Alkansya or Coin Bank to assist the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in religiously paying their contribution. The coin banks installed at the San Fabian Municipal Hall will be collected by SSS every month (per schedule). A beneficiary’s contribution starts at Php300.00.

A joint monitoring will be conducted to sustain the continuous contributions of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya with reports from Leilanie Jane Mendoza, Municipal Link)

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DSWD partners with CSO and DepEd on YDS Implementation

The three MOA signatories (seated from L-R: DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez; Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas; and Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo) showing the signed tripartite MOA with their respective witnesses.

“This partnership is for the youth, as the Department of Education (DepEd) seeks to nurture and develop children. As teachers, this partnership is a commitment and compassion for the children.” This was the statement of Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez during the signing of the Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1), the Olupan na Laiko ed Arkidiosos na Lingayen-Dagupan (ONLA-ALD), and DepEd Schools Division Office (SDO) I Pangasinan. The parties were represented by the DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Most Reverend Socrates B. Villegas, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo.

The said agreement was initiated by DSWD FO1 to implement the Youth Development Session (YDS) of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) Resolution No. 34 series of 2016 – The YDS of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. As parallel intervention to the Family Development Sessions, the YDS targets high school student beneficiaries of the Program to support their holistic adolescent development as well as to prevent the risks and vulnerabilities of the youth to peer pressure, early pregnancy, substance abuse, social media, school absenteeism, and other issues that make them prone to juvenile delinquency.

The areas to be covered by the said agreement include the Local Government Units under DepEd SDO I Pangasinan and those of the ONLA-ALD.

The tripartite MOA signing simultaneously included the re-echoing on the YDS Orientation for Civil Society Organizations participated by Guidance Counselors and Designates from the different schools of DepEd SDO I Pangasinan along with members of the ONLA-ALD.

Accordingly, Archbishop Villegas said in his message, “This partnership among the ONLA-ALD, the DepEd, and the DSWD guards the real treasures of the church, particularly the youth. We need to unite as one in every endeavor that protects the welfare of the poor and the neglected as a church serving its treasures.”

RD Castillo relayed, “By interacting and living with the youth, we will understand them and thus guide them.” He also emphasized that such partnership contributes to the expansion of government programs and services like Pantawid Pamilya. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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CFDS Module for Indigenous Peoples on its first draft

Tribal Leaders and Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) in the Region were convened by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to draft Community Family Development Session (CFDS) Module for Indigenous Peoples.

These Tribal Leaders and IPMRs  from the tribes of Kankana-ey, Bago, Ibaloi, Itneg, Tinguian, Yapayao, and Iowak were selected by the community and will become CFDS facilitators in their own communities.

Contents of the CFDS Module with inputs from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Community Affairs Officers Delia Lagmoy and Diana Monis will benchmark and focus on the IP socio-economic activities, socio-cultural traditions, and beliefs based on their specific needs, systems and practices to promote self-determined IPs.

The CFDS Module aims to develop and empower IP community families to meet their familial responsibilities while taking into account their beliefs, customs, and traditions through shared learning that will strengthen their value system and revitalize their culture as members of the ethnic minorities. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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