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Community Volunteers train in resolving conflicts the CDD way

Kalahi-CIDSS encourages communities to be vocal about their feelings and reactions on the initiatives contributing to their development. The Program believes that everyone should be involved in maintaining peace and settling disputes in their communities.

Grievance Redress System (GRS) volunteers attentively listen to the discussion regarding the types of grievances and how to distinguish them during the Skills Training on Proper Grievance Handling, Recording, and Reporting conducted on 7-9 March 2017.

In the recently conducted Skills Training on Proper Grievance Handling, Recording, and Reporting, community volunteers belonging to their respective Barangay Grievance Committee (BGC) were trained how to properly handle grievances and resolve conflicts in their locality.

The Grievance Redress System (GRS) is a feature of Kalahi-CIDSS to promote social accountability by providing citizens means to air their reactions, concerns, and grievances relative the Program. The GRS also upholds the principle of transparency and strongly encourages the active participation of the whole community, including stakeholders, in raising their issues and be involved in its resolution.

The GRS volunteers were taught how to distinguish and intake questions, issues, and grievances according to type. Grievances may be classified as non-contentious queries and clarifications, issues regarding Program processes and arrangements, or non-conformance with procurement and finance guidelines.

Monitoring the responses and resolutions of each grievance raised is a primary function of the BGC, as well as reporting and documenting them. During the Skills Training, the GRS volunteers had a hands-on exercise on these functions where sample cases were given for their action. They had to follow the steps on handling the grievances until they find a sound solution to it.

Kalahi-CIDSS realizes that with the residents and the government working together, a peaceful, developed community shall rise. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, with reports from Evelyn G. Acosta, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for GRS, Kalahi-CIDSS)


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Youth Development Session commences in Region 1

“Hindi naging hadlang ang pagiging batang ina ko para makapagtapos ako ng pag-aaral. Pinagsasabay ko ang pag-aalaga ng aking anak at ang pag-aaral ko. Napakahirap ng aking mga naging karanasan. Lait at pangungutya ang inabot ko sa ibang tao (Being a young mother did not hinder me from pursuing my education. I baby sit while studying. My experience is harsh. People insulted and mocked me),” shared Mary Grace who gave birth at the age of 18.

She reminded her fellow youth: “Pagtuonan ng pansin ang inyong pag-aaral. Isantabi muna ang pakikipagrelasyon (Focus on your studies. Set aside entering into a relationship).”      

Mary Grace is one of the 256 grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-North La Union Campus who attended the pilot implementation of the Youth Development Session (YDS) of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Regional Program Management Office staff kicked off the YDS with discussions on Teenage Pregnancy and interactive activities such as reflection sessions, life planning, and role playing, among others.

The activity aims to decrease the dropout due to early pregnancy and to increase the number of ESGP-PA grantees and achievers.

Based on her experience in the YDS, Mary Grace testified that being a young mother is really tough since it is an unexpected occurrence at an early age; it is a reality that the youth must responsibly face and deal with.

YDS will be rolled out to the other State Universities and Colleges in the Region where ESGP-PA grantees are enrolled.

The ESGP-PA’s objective is to address poverty by increasing the number of graduates of higher education among poor households to create an opportunity for these graduates to be employed in value adding occupations to lift their families out of poverty while at the same time contributing to national development.

The program is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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DSWD, Agoo student-leaders team up for child abuse prevention

Student-leaders from selected schools in Agoo, La Union gathered to express their insights and contributions in the prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation through the Poster Making and Jingle Making contests.

For this year’s National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, the Home for Girls emphasized the vital role of these student-leaders in creating change in their communities to make a meaningful impact to end such violence.

In the Jingle Making Contest, students from Don Eufemio F. Eriguel Memorial National High School (DEFEMNHS) won the first prize; St. Mary’s Academy, 2nd prize; Agoo Academy, third prize. For the Poster Making Contest, St. Mary’s Academy won the first prize; DEFEMNHS, second prize; and Agoo Academy, third prize.

As the DEFEMNHS winning jingle says, “protect the child all the time, the child deserves a happy life, protect the child, now is the time, future leaders will soon rise”.

Further, the children were reminded of their four basic rights: survival, development, protection, and participation, which was presented by Social Welfare Officer II Melanie Crispin. “Among others, children have the right to an adequate standard of living, health care, education, play, and recreation,” Ms Crispin added.

Ms. Crispin revealed that the possible signs of neglect among children are manifested by begging or hoarding of food, habitual absences, frequent uncleanliness, extreme dependence or attachment, delinquency, prostitution, and stealing. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD FO1 marks its 66th anniversary with staff, beneficiaries, and partners

A series of events consisting of a first-time Parade of Banners with the PNP Regional Command, a Mini-Concert with the PNP Concert Band, and a Sportsfest featuring indigenous games launched the anniversary celebration on 08 February 2017. Subsequently, the Awarding of Partners and Loyalty and PRAISE awardees was held on 17 February 2017. The events were held at the Pacoy Ortega Gym and Hotel Ariana, respectively.

The kick-off event’s torch lighting ceremony led by Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo encouraged the employees to stay united and passionate in the delivery of social services along with partners who pledged to serve amidst difficulties and various circumstances.

The Recognition of Partners and PRAISE and Loyalty awardees graced by Undersecretary Florita R. Villar also acknowledged the fully-functional Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) among other partners.

Guest Speaker Usec. Villar reminded the staff to remain steadfast from various challenges while maintaining integrity and compassion at work. “Hindi tayo dapat mawalan ng pag-asa at kaligayahan sa kahit anumang ating kinakaharap sa trabaho at sa pamilya kung tayo ay sama-sama (Losing hope is not an option to whatever hardships we encounter as we are moving as one),” Usec. Villar shared.

Director Castillo mentioned that the celebration is likened to reaping the harvest of good works. “We shall keep our high spirits in sustaining all the good practices that we have established but we shall also be reminded to learn from the struggles that we have surpassed for us to deliver the services with our Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo,” Director Castillo said.

Thirty-two LSWDOs received a plaque of recognition for being fully functional: Provincial Social Welfare and Development Offices of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan, City Social Welfare and Development Offices of Laoag, Vigan, Candon, and Alaminos. Other awardees include Adams, Nueva Era, Pagudpud, and San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte; Bantay, Caoayan, Magsingal, Santa, Santiago, Sta. Catalina, and Sto. Domingo in Ilocos Sur; Agoo, Bauang, Burgos, Caba, and Rosario in La Union; Balungao, Bugallon, Laoac, Malasiqui, San Nicolas, San Quintin, Tayug, and Villasis in Pangasinan.

Loyalty Awardees were also recognized for their exemplary display of commitment at work: for 10 years in service, Noemie Kathleen T. Balabuena, Paulina R. Cabunoc, Lucila D. Galvez and Joey Q. Sicat; 15 years, Armine T. De Vera; 20 years; Crisanto B. Mortera and Larnito F. Viluan; 30 years: Carlito R. Rullamas and Romeo G. Ubungen; 35 years, Purita P. Cueto, Cristina A. Dacanay, Nora D. Dela Paz, and Marlene Febes D. Peralta.

The Contract of Service Worker awardees for 10 years include Darwin T. Garcia, Cristy S. Compañero and Jaime F. Jaravata; 15 years, Dante Pagsolingan; 20 years, Amor Marie Nicdao; and 27 years, Enrique S. Ballen.

The Program for Rewards, Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) recognized the exemplary performance of Aristedeo V. Tiñol and Jeany Cayabas- Buteng. A special award was given to Darwin T. Garcia for working without reservation in fulfilling the assigned tasks with all his might.

As among the significant part of the event, the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Cultural Show featured the Agamang Group from Santol, La Union – a group of IPs who are also beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Asst. Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta cited KALAHI-CIDSS as another venue to mainstream Indigenous Peoples groups’ involvement in community and on local governance.

Through their rich culture and active participation, the opportunities gave better understanding of their way of life complemented by poverty-reduction programs.

The celebration was not only of thanksgiving but most of all of giving praise to God and appreciating all the efforts of workers, partners, and leaders of DSWD FO1, as OIC ARD Nora D. Dela Paz said in her closing message. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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The Water Keepers

Water shortage, especially during summer season, can finally be prepared for. A water tank is regularly filled with water from a nearby spring and tap stands are readily available outside the homes of San Ramon residents.

Water is defined as the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain which forms streams, lakes, and seas. In Biology, it is one of the substances essential to life, a vital nutrient which consists 50-75% of the human body.

However, in Kalahi-CIDSS, water is the product of the overflowing commitment of the community to invigorate one another.

San Ramon, a village in Sigay, Ilocos Sur, is a recipient of Kalahi-CIDSS, a Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development which facilitates empowerment among the residents of the communities it caters to.

San Ramon lamented on their need for clean and safe water directly flowing into their homes. Preparing for the summer season has always been challenging for the residents since the springs dry up and they do not have water tanks to fill.

As one, the community residents underwent the tedious work of creating project proposals, budgeting and planning, procuring materials, and laboring for the completion of their community-owned Level II Water System funded with PhP 460,849.13.

As the rightful owner of the Water System, the community was also entrusted to safekeep the subproject. The San Ramon Water System Association, or the SRWASA, was created for that purpose.

Tap stands directly delivering clean and safe water for everyone, including the children and students, are right inside the Barangay Hall compound and the school campus.

The SRWASA is headed by Rey Quitioan, fondly called Manong Rey, a plumber often sought by the villagers to repair leaks and cracks in their waterpipes even before Kalahi-CIDSS was introduced to the community.

Para makatulong iti komunidad nga madi nga masayang ti nagrigatan mi (To help the community make sure that our efforts will not be wasted),” Manong Rey answered when asked about why he accepted the role as the SRWASA President.

Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers who also signed up as members of the SRWASA vowed to preserve and sustain their subproject. An amount of PhP 10.00 is collected monthly from every householdto maintain an Operation and Maintenance Fund which shall be used for repairs and improvements whenever needed.

The officers of the association conduct regular check-ups of the water lines and general cleaning of the waterways. The households are also mandated to take care of the tap stands and to conserve water, remembering that their neighbors also need it.

A fine has been set for excessive usage ofwater and intentional destruction of the tap stands and/or the water tank.

The SRWASA has been duly registered with the Department of Labor and Employment and accredited by the Municipal Local Government Unit of Sigay.(by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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RRCY celebrates the love month by staging Mr. Valentine’s 2017 pageant

Mr. Valentine’s 2017 contestants in their Creative Costume

The Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office I staged Mr. Valentine’s 2017 pageant with 14 RRCY residents as contestants in celebration of the love month.

The said event showcased the resourcefulness of the resident-clients of RRCY by producing a creative costume for each participant.

“Sa amin dito sa RRCY, ginawa namin itong event na ito to make these children feel ‘yung importance nila at the same time ma-develop yung kanilang kakayanan, so nakita naman natin yung mga output nila, yung creativity nila. Iyon ang gusto naming i-develop sa kanila (Here in RRCY, we conducted this event to make these children (RRCY resident-clients) feel their importance at the same time to develop their skills and creativity)”, said RRCY Head Fe G. Sarmiento in an interview.

The contenders for Mr. Valentine’s 2017 not only exhibited their creative costumes made by their fellow residents but also gamely showed their talents in singing and dancing.

Aside from the friendly contest, the RRCY staff also organized the competition on solo singing, ‘doble-kara’ or double-faced acting, and group dancing.

Contestant no. 12 is Mr. Valentines 2017 (2nd from left) held at RRCY, Urayong, Bauang, La Union.

The fun-packed activities in the Center were appreciated by the residents as well as their families who attended the said occasion. “Sobrang saya po kapag may mga ganitong okasyon, halos lahat po ng programa dito ay sinasalihan ko para na rin sa aking mga magulang upang masiyahan sila sa aking ginagawa ngayon (It is fun when there are events here in RRCY, I am joining almost all of the programs of RRCY so that my parents would be happy in what I’m doing right now)”, said Mr. Valentine’s 2017 winner.

RRCY is a residential institution that provides care and rehabilitation to Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) who are 15-17 years old. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD pioneers spreading love through legal adoption

The Department of Social Welfare and Development celebrates the Love Month, February, by spearheading the Adoption Consciousness Week.

Fuchsia for Love. DSWD staff joins the campaign for Legal Adoption through community dancing and commitment setting in celebration of the 2017 Adoption Consciousness Week.

The Adoption Consciousness Week runs from 11 to 19 February 2017 with the theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin. Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption).” The DSWD advocates for legal adoption as a form of true and selfless love and support to the abandoned and neglected children.

As of 17 January 2017, almost 4,300 neglected or abandoned children in the country are declared as legally available for adoption.

The celebration encourages parents and families to opt for legal adoption to ensure that the adopted children will have the same rights as those of the biological children. It also aims to address issues such as the negative perception on adoption and the discrimination experienced by adopted children.

The DSWD Field Office 1, as a kick-off activity, conducted a community dancing where the staff painted their palms with fuchsia ─the theme color of legal adoption­─and danced in unity for the children who need families.

On 16 February 2017, staff from the Child Placement Section, headed by Ms. Mylene Cabanban, visited the offices of other national government agencies, hospitals, and public and private institutions to share information regarding the process of legal adoption and to make people aware of the need to give these children their own homes.

An Adoption Help Desk in SM Rosales in Pangasinan was also opened for the public on 18 January 2017. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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Center for Youth receives healthy brown rice

The RRCY boys help in hauling the 70 cavans of brown rice costing PhP78,750.00, delivered by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1.

The Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 received 70 cavans of brown rice or Pinawa from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 1 as part of their Brown Rice for Good Campaign.

The Brown Rice for Good Campaign promotes consumption of the healthier variety of rice for better health and well-being.

The DA has been supporting the production of brown rice by Filipino farmers since it was proven to be a healthier alternative. Brown rice is an unpolished whole kernel in which only the husk of the grain was removed. Accordingly, the fewer process the grains undergo, the more nutritious and tasty they become.

The DSWD ensures that the children under their care are given sufficient and nutritious meals every day. Thus, the donated brown rice amounting to PhP 78,750.00 is a big help to the RRCY clients.

DA representative hand information kits regardingthe benefits of brown rice and How-To-Cook guide to RRCY staff and houseparents.

Brown rice has the ability to reduce incidence of diseases and promote weight loss. It is also rich in protein, vitamins, and anti-oxidants beneficial to human nutrition.

RRCY houses male children who are currently under rehabilitation due to conflict with the law.

Information materials were given to the RRCY staff to guide them in cooking the said rice variety to ensure that the nutritive value remains.

Brown rice is available at the DA Regional Field Office 1 at PhP 45.00 per kilo. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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