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DSWD, Colegio de Dagupan advance Haven for Women Clients’ English and Computer Proficiency

It all started with a client studying at Colegio De Dagupan who caught the interest of instructors while selling handicrafts, which eventually led to a partnership to improve their English proficiency and Computer Literacy.

This project details were discussed at the Haven for Women between and among Regional Director, Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, Haven for Women Center Head Aida B. Rufo and the Colegio de Dagupan representatives – Dean of Academic Affairs Reynald Jay Hidalgo, Ms. Terry Ann Cayabyab, and Ms. Lenita Biala of Colegio de Dagupan. This was sent to Commission on Education afterwards.

With the said partnership, Center Head Aida Rufo acknowledged this kind of volunteerism in achieving the Center’s mission of capacitating women survivors of abuse thru the provision of knowledge and skills for them to become better persons and avoid further victimization.

The English Proficiency class is facilitated by Mr. Conrad Quintos while Ms. Terry Ann Cayabyab and Ms. Lenita Biala hold the Computer Literacy Class.

True to its purpose, a trafficking victim-client expressed appreciation for her lessons on sentence construction and parts of speech. She is optimistic that these kinds of lessons will help her comprehend English better especially if given the opportunity to work abroad someday.

Likewise, the importance of Computer Literacy was realized by an abused client, along with homelife activities she took for granted prior to her admission in the center.

As exhorted during the dialogue with partners, Director Castillo is hopeful about the positive results of the partnership and its maximized use among the clients as this will serve as additional skills in facing their lives upon return to their own families or communities. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II and Danicar Maleon, SWO I).

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DSWD responds to Ilocos farmers’ and fisherfolks’ request for assistance

“DSWD has been working on requests of farmers and fisherfolks who claimed to be unserved Typhoon Lawin victims,” Director Castillo assured during their second-time rally at Field Office 1 on Monday (30 Jan) morning.

The group was composed of  leaders and members of Alyansa Dagiti Mannalon iti Ilocos Norte, Anak Pawis, Timek–La Union, TimekPamalakaya, and Gabriela. About a hundred of them assembled at the DSWD Field Office 01 to air their concerns on assistance due for the Typhoon Lawin victims.

Few days after the first rally held on 05 January 2017, DSWD has validated and released cash assistance to qualified beneficiaries by distributing food packs and tapping concerned agencies on agricultural needs.

In commemoration of the 100th day of experiencing Typhoon Lawin’s wrath by Ilocos residents especially farmers and fisherfolks, these leaders openly expressed their gratitude to the Management along with other felt needs such as their agricultural crops and facilities that were either washed out or destroyed along with their houses.

“We were not remiss with our initial agreements; I already discussed the matter with Sec. Judy Taguiwalo. Submitted names were validated, and agricultural concerns were referred to the proper Agency,” Director Castillo affirmed the group.

Asst. Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta was also present during the dialogue; she replied to queries on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and on other programs/services that could be of help to the immediate needs of these rallyists.

In closing, the group sincerely thankedthe DSWD management for the services provided and the immediate action on their concerns. “Ti DSWD ti ka-approachable lan nga agency nga makaawat kadagiti problema mi ken alisto a mangiyeg serbisyo kadagiti agkasapulan (DSWD is the most approachable Agency that can promptly accord service to those in need),” Ka Toni commented. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II ).

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Solo Parent grabs first Regional Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya

Mr. Conrado G. Achuela, 61, from Paoay, Ilocos Norte, was hailed as the Regional Winner of the first Search for Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya 2017 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Modelong Ama Search is one way to rally support from men to champion women empowerment and gender equality and build them up to promote better gender relations at home and in the community. This is one of the advocacy initiatives of the DSWD to bring about transformed gender relations among Pantawid Pamilya households and to encourage homes to be free from gender-based discrimination and violence.

Mr. Conrado raised his four daughters on his own since his wife passed away 14 years ago. With all the struggles of being a solo parent, he is proud of the achievements of her responsible and bright daughters. He describes himself as “Mama-Tay” which he means willingness to sacrifice his life for his four daughters. He explained further, “Itakderak ti pamiliak a kas maysa nga ina ken ama. Babaen ti kinaigetko a nangisuro kadagiti annakko, nararayen ti pagtaengak (I will fight for my family as a mother and a father. Through diligently nurturing my daughters, this gave light to our home.)”  Achuela Family was also proclaimed as the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 National Winner and continues to exemplify a model family.

Mr. Way L. Ruaboro from Mangatarem, Pangasinan; Mr. Severino B. Dingcog from Bacnotan, La Union; and Mr. Fredo D. Domine from Burgos, Ilocos Sur landed as runners up, respectively. All the awardees were conferred with plaque, certificate, and cash prize.

According to Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program recognizes the vital role of men in setting a good example in the family and community especially in the protection and observance of the rights of children and women. These model Pantawid Pamilya fathers’ acts are well respected without expecting something in return.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo congratulated all the model Pantawid Pamilya fathers. He said that fathers are the strength of the home and their sacrifices are priceless and valuable. The Modelong Ama title is the DSWD’s  way of salutation to these courageous Pantawid Pamilya fathers. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Listahanan to complete the remaining encoding activity of the 2nd Round of Household Assessment

Two (2) encoding stations of Listahanan located at DSWD Provincial Operations Office in La Union and at DSWD-Field Office 1 Encoding Room headed by Listahanan RITO Aristedeo V. Tinol (top photo wearing blue polo shirt).

The newly hired and re-hired Encoders-Verifiers of the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) / Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) will complete the encoding and verifying of the remaining 193,858 Family Assessment Forms (FAF) from the 2nd Round of Household Assessment.

In the recently held one-day orientation of Encoders-Verifiers, DSWD-FO1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo welcomed the Listahanan staff and advised them to not just think on the speed of encoding/verifying of FAFs. “Importante ang bawat FAF na mai-encode sa system ay tama dahil makakatulong kayo sa mga benepisyaryo na maaaring makatanggap ng serbisyo hindi lang dito sa Departamento kundi sa kabuuan ng pamahalaan (It is important that each FAF encoded/verified in the system is correct because all of you (encoders-verifiers) can help the soon-to-be beneficiaries of services not only from the Department but also across the government)”, Dir. Castillo added.

DSWD-FO1 Assistant Regional Director for Administration Nora D. Dela Paz also attended the said orientation and challenged the Listahanan staff to give their best performance at work and to be diligent in encoding and verifying so that the output would have integrity.

DSWD-FO1 Regional Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo delivers his welcome remarks during the Listahanan encoders-verifiers orientation at the Panlipunan Hall, DSWD-FO1.

The encoders-verifiers were oriented on the “Listahanan Back Story and Developments” by Listahanan Head Glynnis S. Casuga; “Encoder’s Roles and Responsibilities” by Listahanan Administrative Assistant III for Operations Arnold Bryan D. Tangalan; “Listahanan IT Support Systems” by Listahanan Encoder Supervisor (ES) Maribeth S. Flores; “Listahanan Management Information System” by Listahanan Regional IT Officer (RITO) Aristedeo V. Tinol and Listahanan ES John Russel P. Sobejana, Veronica A. Astom, and Darry Kriz A. Domis-ag; “Verifying Activity” by Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator Joan M. Nuesca; and “Validation Activity and Finalization Phase” by Listahanan Regional Associate Statistician Ryan P. Arbollente.

Meanwhile, according to Listahanan RITO Tinol, the engagement of the 41 encoders-verifiers to Listahanan DSWD-FO1 is until May 2017. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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ESGP-PA Coffee Table Book now officially launched

Twenty four selected grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) personally signed their self-written inspiring stories compiled in a Coffee Table Book entitled Achieve and is now ready for release.

This is the country’s first ever compilation of success stories of ESGP-PA grantees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo proudly claimed that this Coffee Table Book is a manifestation of the achievement of the Department and is so special because it was crafted by Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries themselves.

He said that the writers should be given due recognition. Their names and stories are written in the Coffee Table Book which will be shared to other regions in the country, State Colleges and Universities, Partner Agencies, and Media which will surely serve as an inspiration and leave life lessons. He also believes that these writers are driven with passion to inspire others especially the youth.

According to Hazel H. Achuela, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student at the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, she was so glad to be one of the writers and this created a remarkable page in her life. She and her three girl siblings grew up with the loving care of their father after their mother passed away 12 years ago. Her family is her source of strength leading her to be a consistent performing student. She also had an opportunity to be in Japan for an international study tour in 2016.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta defined  ACHIEVE as words to live by and challenge to the writers: Act upon your dreams; Conquer any obstacles set before you; Harness your God-given talents and gifts with humility and wisdom; Ignite positivity and light the corner where you are; Value the grace of God, the love of family, and friends; and Entertain positive change. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya search on pitch

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is conducting its first Search for Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya 2017. This is one of the advocacy initiatives of the DSWD to bring about transformed gender relations among Pantawid Pamilya households and to encourage homes to be free from gender-based discrimination and violence.

Modelong Ama Search is one way to rally support from men to champion women empowerment and gender equality and build them up to promote better gender relations at home and in the community.

The four Pantawid Pamilya fathers vying as Regional Winner are Mr. Conrado Achuela of Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Mr. Fredo Domine of Burgos, Ilocos Sur; Pastor Severino Dingcog of Bacnotan, La Union; and Mr. Way Ruaboro of Mangatarem, Pangasinan (from left to right).

These contenders are Program beneficiaries for at least two years; a father, grandfather, solo parent, or husband who is at least 28 years old; with good moral standing; has no gender-related cases in the last five years; renowned male role model in the community especially in the protection of women and children; and associated with a family who is at least 85% compliant in all Program conditionalities.

With the contenders’ unique features, only one will be proclaimed as the first Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya regionwide. Result of the regional validation will be out and the awarding will happen before the month ends. Plaques and certificates will be given away and cash prizes are at stake. The Regional Winner will represent the Region in the national level. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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CDD Champions harbor good practices

Barangay Anusan welcomes the CDD Champions of Region 1 during the Community Volunteers’ Mission held in Catanauan, Quezon.

Enhancing the capability of its Community-Driven Development (CDD) Champions to better help their own communities in their development is one prime objective of Kalahi-CIDSS.

What better way to teach them than to let them explore and experience the Community Volunteers’ life of their Kalahi-CIDSS brothers and sisters? Kalahi-CIDSS Region 1 journeyed to Region CaLaBaRZon for the Community Volunteers’ Mission, a venue to learn the good practices of Catanauan, Quezon, a multi-awarded Kalahi-CIDSS area.

The Region 1 CDD Champions visited Barangays Bolo, Anusan, and Tagbacan Ilaya which were granted with various community subprojects. Volunteers of Regions 1 and CaLaBaRZon sat together to share the strategies they have both done to improve the implementation of the Program in their respective barangays.

LGU’s rigor and vigor

The Local Government Unit of Catanauan, Quezon fully supports the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in their barangays. They have been a recipient of the Program since 2003, garnering recognition for their best practices and active participation and coordination. The LGU initiates allocation of budget for Kalahi-CIDSS in their annual budget to ensure that they could provide for the Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) required by Kalahi-CIDSS.

The Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC) members actively take part in the activities of Kalahi-CIDSS; they are always eager and ready to help the Area Coordinating Team (ACT) in all processes, may it be preparation of documents or conduct of municipal and barangay empowerment activities.

The MIAC – Catanauan also warmly welcomed the CDD Champions in their Municipal Hall and gave them an orientation on what Kalahi-CIDSS has been doing in helping the communities to prosper in their own ways.

The CDD Champions pledged to share what they have learned with their fellow volunteers back in Ilocandia and create lasting and strong relationship with their LGUs, hoping to get the same support given by LGU Catanauan.

CDD Champions experience their counterparts’ journey every time they need to meet for assemblies.

Unyielding foundation of O&M Groups

Operation and Maintenance Groups are composed of residents who pledged to take over the responsibility of caring for the subprojects to make sure they are used for the purpose they were built for.

The O&M Groups strategized ways in order to gain funding for the sustainability and maintenance of the subprojects. One way is the collection of donation from the travellers who pass by the Farm to Market Road in Barangay Tagbacan Ilaya. These groups are also responsible in enhancing and repairing the subprojects.

The CDD Champions, who are also set to create their O&M Groups, are willing to follow these strategies and develop new ones to ensure that their community subprojects will not be wasted. They all want to get the most out of it, wanting it to last for a long period.

Living legacy of Filipino bayanihan

Mahirap, lalo na at walang bayad (It’s hard, we do not even get paid).”

This line is often heard by a Program staff when asking the Community Volunteers how their life as a Kalahi is going. It is never easy to volunteer for a huge responsibility to lead your community, but knowing that many support them makes them tougher.

CDD Champions pose for a memorabilia in front of a Barangay Health Station in Barangay Anusan, Catanauan, Quezon. Beside the BHS is a Day Care Center and a Multi-Purpose Center all funded by Kalahi-CIDSS.

The Barangay Council of Anusan proudly shared their story of Bayanihan, a custom of unity Filipinos are known for. The Council has been contributing out of their own pockets to provide transportation services for the Community Volunteers whenever they need to convene for assemblies. The journey to reach the far-flung barangays involves riding trucks to pass through knee-deep mud. It is costly and heavy for volunteers who only have enough for their daily expenses.

Some volunteers also take the initiative to cook and prepare merienda or snacks for the attendees.

The unity and cooperation of all the volunteers made it possible for seven subprojects to be implemented in Barangay Anusan.

Barangay Bolo, recipient of a water system, ensures that whenever a grievance arises, they first try to resolve it among themselves through a special meeting. Before they ask for assistance from the Program staff, the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC) convenes to listen to every side of the issue and decides on resolutions that would benefit all the parties involved.

Eager to be leaders

The CDD Champions are all excited to get back home and share the strategies and stories they heard in Catanauan. Everyone is ready to go back and lead the change in their communities. They know they still have a long way to go, and they will carry these practices on their way.

The successful Community Volunteers’ Mission is proof that the Bayanihan spirit is alive in the hearts of all Kalahi-CIDSS CDD Champions wherever they are in the country. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP)

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