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DSWD pushes standards to local counterpart duty-bearers

During Open Forum, Mr. Pedro J. Corpuz, CSO of the Department of Agriculture, asks about the representation of CSO in BUB projects.

During Open Forum, Mr. Pedro J. Corpuz, CSO of the Department of Agriculture, asks about the representation of CSO in BUB projects.

In the recently held Social Welfare and Development (SWD) Forum, DSWD shared its role of ensuring the quality social protection services to its counterparts and partners.

“Standards in SWD are continuously developing with the ultimate goal of empowering the beneficiaries; one way of disseminating it is to provide clarifications and updates with concerned partners and stakeholders in a forum,” said Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo during the event held in  Hotel Ariana, Bauang, La Union.

Lifted from the Little Prince, Dir. Castillo shared the quotation, “a pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind” which means that when little things are brought together, immense services shall be extended to our beneficiaries.

As discussed in the forum, the registration, licensing, and accreditation of the commonly termed Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) or technically termed Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) are among the regulatory functions of DSWD.

This standards regulation will also protect the beneficiaries from malpractice, abuse, and exploitation, and shall promote transparency, and enhance grievance mechanisms, as emphasized by Standards Unit Head Leah Mylen L. Lucero.

Registration applies to all auxiliary SWDAs such as people’s organizations engaged in SWD and resource agencies that provide tangibles and intangibles, while those providing direct services to their beneficiaries must both be registered and licensed.

Accreditation covers all licensed SWDAs providing direct services including DSWD, local government units, and other national government agencies implementing social welfare and development programs. Certification issued by DSWD is valid for 3 years only.

Moreover, the accreditation of CSOs to assess their capacity and legality to implement programs or projects using government or public funds was elaborated by Project Development Officer III Darwin Chan.

Also, public solicitation activities conducted in more than 1 locality are under the ambit of DSWD. This is applicable to persons, corporations, organizations or associations desiring to solicit or receive contributions for charitable or public welfare purposes.  As reminded by Project Development Officer III Naressa Garvida, the proceeds shall be disbursed accordingly, giving priority to the proposed project covering 80%, while limiting the administrative expenses to only 20% .(by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD curbs slide-back of CICL – RRCY Head

Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth Head Fe Sarmiento talks about services provided to Children in Conflict with the Law in a radio program hosted by DSWD Information Officers in Dagupan City.

Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth Head Fe Sarmiento talks about services provided to Children in Conflict with the Law in a radio program hosted by DSWD Information Officers in Dagupan City.

DSWD’s Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) provides custody to 74 Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) under suspended/pending cases said Center Head Fe Sarmiento in a DSWD radio program.

Ms. Sarmiento mentioned the rehabilitative activities and strong coordination with the family, community and Local Government Units (LGUs) that facilitate effective strategy in the reintegration or return of the CICL to his family/relative.

As one of the bases of restoring the lives of the CICL, RA 9344 as amended by RA 10630 mandates the establishment of Bahay Pag-asa in LGUs and the institutionalization of the Juvenile Justice Welfare System.

For a maximum of 2-year rehabilitation, CICL turned over by court undergo activities aimed at behavioral modification. “We have structured activities and approaches customized depending on their family background, behavior, culture, and dynamics,” said Ms. Sarmiento.

The Social Workers’ assessments are crucial documents for the decisions of the Court for their reintegration (release) to their family/community or otherwise.

“For CICL not to return to being delinquent is still among the challenges posed to Social Workers. This means preventing them to do other ill activities by encouraging the participation of their families and communities to sustain their good behavior,” Ms. Sarmiento mentioned.

Right from the admission, a plan to implement activities or coordination in the community is already done where parents are also encouraged to join the Family Development Sessions as well as counseling sessions.

As a preventive campaign, Ms. Sarmiento directed a message  to parents by saying, “Bago kayo mag-asawa, nakakondisyon sa ating utak na gusto ninyo ng mga anak na magagaling, mahuhusay, at responsable (Before getting married, set goals of producing intelligent, diligent, and responsible children).   

Since failing family values and changing times are main causes of delinquency, vices are very permissive in our society. Ms. Sarmiento advised parents to be more engaging in the activities of their children starting from their childhood  up to the stage where they are mature enough to take care of themselves.  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Regional Launching of Listahanan Database set on July 22

Household assessment at Sitio Laclac, Barangay San Roque, San Manuel, Pangasinan

Household assessment at Sitio Laclac, Barangay San Roque, San Manuel, Pangasinan

The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) / Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) will launch the 2015 Listahanan Database of Poor Households on 22 July 2016 in Laoag City Auditorium, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

Last year, Listahanan conducted the 2nd Round of Household Assessment where 881,443 households were assessed in Region 1 by the Enumerators, Area Supervisors, Area Coordinators, and NHTU Staff. Among the 881,443 assessed households, 165,235 households were identified as poor after the DSWD National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) ran the Proxy Means Test (PMT) on 29 February 2016.

PMT is a statistical model that approximates family’s income based on observable and verifiable proxy indicators such as materials in housing structure, family’s access to basic services and facilities like water and electricity, and ownership of specific assets, among others.

DSWD Undersecretary for Policy and Plans Group and National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction National Deputy Project Manager Florita R. Villar will be the Keynote Speaker.

DSWD-NCR Dir. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson, former Listahanan National Project Manager, will join Usec. Villar as presenter of the new PMT and other innovations in the 2nd Round of Household Assessment.

Further, DSWD-FO1 Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo will present the Listahanan Background and Regional Profile of the poor in Region 1.

Listahanan was established by the DSWD to target who and where the poor are. The comprehensive Listahanan database of poor households serves as basis for selecting beneficiaries for social protection programs and services in Region 1 and the entire Philippines. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Kalahi-CIDSS paves easy way home

Far. Steep. Narrow. Slippery. Dangerous. These words are never enough to describe the path to reach Barangay Danac in Sugpon, Ilocos Sur.

Community volunteers cheer with thanks, posing along their new and improved footpath funded by Kalahi-CIDSS.

Community volunteers cheer with thanks, posing along their new and improved footpath funded by Kalahi-CIDSS.

After a two-hour trip from the national highway of Bangar, La Union, through steeps and slopes and the angry Amburayan River, another four-hour walk is needed to reach the remote barangay.

Residents go through an everyday journey under the heat of the sun, onto a rocky climb and a slippery descent, and the long and winding path following the vast river, to attend school and bring their products to the market.

The Matinglin footpath is a narrow way to the homes of majority of the population of Danac. It is too dangerous that one quick mistake would lead you falling to the Amburayan River, an incident that a child experienced, one that he did not survive and that his parents and neighbors would never forget.

That was their alarm to do something about the life-threatening battle they encounter every day, the reason why they are most thankful for Kalahi-CIDSS.

Danac was granted PhP510,439.09 to improve the Matinglin footpath, concreting a safer pathway for their children so parents would never have to worry about them coming home safe.

Transporting of goods and products is now safer and easier for the residents of Danac, Sugpon, Ilocos Sur.

Transporting of goods and products is now safer and easier for the residents of Danac, Sugpon, Ilocos Sur.

The Matinglin footpath now embraces the edge of a mountain. Yellow railings warm up the green of the trees. A picture of a safer way home. A view of a brighter future without traces of fear.

The Matinglin footpath was recently turned over to the community. The community volunteers pledged to safekeep and maintain the subproject so their children would still be able to use it as they grow up, so fathers can still come back home after a day’s work, so that mothers can still come home quickly to prepare dinner.

The journey to Danac has never been this safe. (Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP)

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Inspired to Inspire

Richard Dizon02The Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) opened doors for an ordinary youth to DSWD’s activities which later made him appreciate the Social Work profession and the government service.

Richard Antimano Dizon is among the youth whose struggles led to better appreciation of government services at the City Government of Urdaneta, DSWD, and Department of Agriculture.

As he recalls, Richard was challenged and motivated by the difficult circumstances in his life. His mother who was diagnosed with Nephroclerosis Stage V Secondary to Hypertension caused him to stop his schooling and joined the PYAP in 2012.

PYAP encouraged him to render volunteer services to the Local Social Welfare and Development Office which revealed his potentials and determination to access services relevant to his capacities. He passed the Civil Service Examination Sub-professional Level in the same year.

Opportunities to earn additional income came when he was hired as enumerator of DSWD’s Listahanan and survey of the Department of Agriculture. “I learned to be more persevering,” Richard said. The hard times he experienced in reaching a mountainous remote community with very few households is incomparable. The wage per accomplished household assessment form was no longer the motivation but the experience relating with the people and letting them get a feel of the government services given them. He stayed in these communities for three weeks.

He was also trained as evaluator for Early Childhood Care and Development Center-based Programs by the DSWD Field Office 1. Joining other accreditors, he assessed and visited at least 100 centers and workers in the Province of Pangasinan.

His leadership was also honed and tested. In 2013, he was elected as the President of PYAP Urdaneta City Federation. Since he was observed to be among the most active youth leaders in the City, he represented the Youth Sector in the City initiated meetings such as Local Council for the Protection of Children, Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), and Bottom-Up Budgeting.

He advocated the welfare of the youth. With his participation in the LPRAT, the 20-day work for 100 youth through Government Internship Program was realized in the amount of Php 600,000.00. Each youth worker received Php 300.00 a day as minimum wage.

His leadership was tested when he patiently worked for the re-activation of all the chapters of PYAP in Region 1 being the Regional President and National Vice President. He became an advocate for the youth and continued to inspire others with his story.

Richard Dizon

Richard Dizon (in black coat) presents a copy of the resolution granting a BUB project to the out-of-school youth in Urdaneta City.

With the appreciation to and great inspiration from the Department and its professional discipline, he is now on the last year of his degree in Social Work and looking forward to become a Social Worker. He believes that he has the purpose to influence others by inspiring them. Whatever circumstances that may hinder him to become successful, nothing can stop him because if it is God’s will, it will be done.

He strongly encourages his fellow youth to have an initiative and start the change with themselves for a better tomorrow.

With all these achievements, the perspective of a leader has changed him. His self-centeredness turned into committed leadership prioritizing the welfare and interest of the out-of-school youth. “The trust and confidence of my fellow youth motivates me not to be neither ashamed nor fearful but rather continue to advocate for the furtherance of the youth,” Richard said. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, DSWD FO1- Information Officer II)

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LGU Laoac selects beneficiaries from Listahanan list of poor households

MSWDO-Laoac PixThe Local Government Unit (LGU) of Laoac, Pangasinan appreciates the importance of having a list of poor households provided by the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) by entering into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Ang Listahanan ay isang napakagandang data sapagkat ito ay nagiging basehan ng LGU Laoac sa pagbibigay ng mga social services at saka iba’t-ibang programa na nauukol sa mga nangangailangan naming mga kababayan (Listahanan data is useful because it serves as a basis of LGU Laoac in providing social services and different programs to those in need citizens of the municipality),” said Laoac Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Mila B. Camante in an interview.

According to her, LGU Laoac headed by Mayor Silverio D. Alarcio Jr. strongly believes that the data from Listahanan is a reliable reference in targeting poor households in need of social protection programs and services for poverty alleviation.

Most of the beneficiaries of all the programs and projects that are being implemented by LGU Laoac comes from the Listahanan list of poor households, including the “Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES)” where 30-50 poor students work as assistants in the offices of LGU Laoac during summer so they can earn money for allowance in the coming school year.

Listahanan also specifically identifies poor households without access to potable water system and toilet facilities which is why two of the yearly projects of LGU Laoac are providing potable water system to the poor households who do not have access to water suitable for drinking and donating 150 toilets to the poor households who do not have their own comfort rooms.

Further, poor farmers in LGU Laoac in the Listahanan are the priority recipients of free fertilizers, seedlings, and farm machineries in partnership with the Department of Agriculture.

MSWDO Camante also shared that LGU Laoac has funded sustainable livelihood programs for poor households like making Tupig (a popular native delicacy) and vinegar so the beneficiaries can have other sources of income. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Do not fear change – Sec. Dinky

revised PR Pix of Sec.Dinky“We should not fear change. Embrace the change and may this new beginning continue (pertaining to doing development together with the people for poverty alleviation),” Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said during the recently held “Consultation Dialogue with Sec. Dinky” at Kultura Splash Wave Resort, Pugo, La Union attended by delegates from DSWD Field Offices 1, 2, 3, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

With the ongoing transition for the incoming administration, Sec. Dinky met with the four regions to discuss the journey DSWD took for the previous six years and thank the staff for their commitment and dedication.

Sec. Dinky with DSWD FO1 delegates headed by Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo with Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta and OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Administration Nora D. Dela Paz.

Sec. Dinky with DSWD FO1 delegates headed by Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo with Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta and OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Administration Nora D. Dela Paz.

Sec. Dinky recalled that DSWD used to be in the bottom in terms of budget priority but is now one of the top five agencies with the highest budget allocation because the DSWD employees have shown quality service in addressing poverty.

By June 30, Sec. Dinky will already turnover her position to incoming DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo. Even though she will no longer be involved in the Department, she is still willing to help the next administration and her remaining DSWD colleagues since addressing poverty takes time.

“We do not want to see them (next administration) fail. Their success means continuing growth and reduced poverty,” she added.

Further, Sec.Dinky informed her DSWD co-workers who attended the dialogue to continue the convergence that everyone created not only within the Department but beyond DSWD since convergence is the most important delivery mechanism in helping the poor and the vulnerable sectors. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Manong Barbero is skilled with hair rebonding too

Manong Larry works at Jinrod Barber Shop (beside the market) in Bauang, La Union.

Manong Larry works at Jinrod Barber Shop (beside the market) in Bauang, La Union.

Haircutting in barber shops is usually done by men like Larry Nisperos of Brgy. Payocpoc Norte Este, Bauang, La Union. However, Manong Larry is not your typical barber – he is an on call barber with an exceptional skill in hair rebonding too.

A former farm helper planting rice during rainy season with a wage of Php200.00 per day, Manong Larry learned the craft of haircutting and hair straightening last July through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1).

Manong Larry together with 19 co-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Bauang, La Union was provided a free 15-day skills training on hair straightening with haircutting leading to hairdressing National Certificate II (NC II) plus training kits amounting to Php10,116.00 by SLP in partnership with The Great Provider Educational Center of Northern Luzon, Inc. (The Great Provider), a TESDA accredited school.

According to former Bauang SLP Project Development Officer II Xavier James L. Bretana, Manong Larry topped their training class and because of his innate talent in haircutting and hair straightening, he was then chosen by the trainers of The Great Provider as their assistant in their succeeding trainings.

Keen on learning more and has a passion to be a trainer, Manong Larry was provided another pre-employment assistance fund by SLP worth Php5,000.00 for his enrollment to get NC II in hairdressing and be a licensed trainer.

Last March, Manong Larry already achieved his dream to become one of the trainers of The Great Provider. He is now teaching other Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries on hairdressing for 15 days from Monday to Friday, earning a total of      Php7,500.00.

Aside from being a trainer, he is also being paid Php300- Php1,000.00 a day as a part-time barber and hair rebonder. Manong Larry proudly shares the changes that transpired in their life,  “Simmayaaten ti panagbiagmi, saan a kas idi damo nga agkurang ti kasapulanmi. Dakkel a banag daytoy tulong ti SLP kaniak ta masuportarak ti pamiliak pati tay kaanakak. Makaited ak pay ti balunda nu maminsan nu saan a makapaw-it ni Manang ko kadakuada, isu a dakkel ti panagyaman ko ti naitulong iti SLP (Our life is better now unlike before when our source of income was not enough. The assistance provided by SLP is a big help since I can already support my family and my niece/nephew. Sometimes, I even give them allowance if my sister cannot send them money, that is why I am so grateful for the help from SLP).” (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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