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Re-interview of Listahanan Area Supervisor leads to charity

Photos of AS Lorie Lei during her re-interview with Lola Juanita for the 2nd round household assessment of DSWD - FO1.

Photos of AS Lorie Lei during her re-interview with Lola Juanita for the 2nd round household assessment of DSWD – FO1.

“It’s never been easy to live life. This is reality. This blind old woman was living alone and has nothing but herself. It is a heart breaking scenario.” This is a caption of Lorie Lei Panday’s Facebook post last 7 July 2015.

Lorie Lei is an Area Supervisor of the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD – FO1). She was an Enumerator during the Social Pension Validation last year.

In one of her random re-interviews, she met Lola Juanita Guillermo, more than 80 years old, widowed and living in a tattered small house at Brgy. Flores, San Manuel, Pangasinan. Her heart melted when Lola Juanita said that the only one who is looking after her is her niece in the neighborhood. Her only son working in Manila no longer visits her.

Seeing and hearing the situation of her respondent, she immediately posted pictures of Lola Juanita in her Facebook account reminding everyone that we must always give back the love, life, and care we received from our parents. Because of her post, she received a lot of comments from her friends who want to help Lola Juanita.

PR Pix 4Thus, last 11 August 2015, Lorie Lei and her friends went to Lola Juanita’s humble home to give groceries and clothes. Lorie Lei again posted pictures of Lola Juanita thanking all those who donated money and goods.

Meanwhile, additional blessings were received by Lola Juanita when just last month she became a Social Pension beneficiary of DSWD-FO1 receiving Php.3,000.00 allowance for the 1st and 2nd quarters during the pay-out.(by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD releases Php 2.5 million worth of relief to Typhoon Ineng victims

As TS Ineng 23 August articleof 23 August 2015, DSWD Field Office I has released 7,968 family food packs to Local Government Units (LGUs) as augmentation assistance to victims of Typhoon Ineng in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Currently, there are 16,219 families or 82,865 individuals affected by Typhoon Ineng with 2,251 individuals at 26 Evacuation Centers. The typhoon also caused 8 casualties (4 injured, 1 bitten by snake, 2 missing, 1 dead) and 316 damaged houses (38 totally and 278 partially damaged).

Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo oversees the operation of the Quick Action Response Teams (QuARTs) of the Department for the repacking and delivery of family food packs, monitoring, retrieval, and consolidation of disaster reports in coordination with the Regional, Provincial and City Disaster Risk  Reduction and Management Councils (R/P/C/MDRRMC).

The delivery of family food packs is in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense, Philippine National Police and Philippine Navy for the use of their trucks. The World Food Program also provided trucks for the delivery of 10,000 family food packs from DSWD – National Resource Operations Center.

To note, 1 family food pack contains 6 kilos of rice, 4 cans of sardines, 4 cans of corned beef, and 6 sachets of coffee. Any alterations of the content is punishable under the stipulations of Republic Act No.10121. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD Field Office 1 on disaster operation for Typhoon Ineng victims

Typhoon Ineng_001In preparation for disaster response to victims of Typhoon Ineng, DSWD Field Office 1 (FO 1) monitors disaster operations in the Local Government Units (LGUs) and intensifies repacking of family food packs.

Currently, DSWD FO 1 is ready with its 29,000 family food packs and standby funds to assist the LGUs in relief operations and rehabilitation activities.

As of 6 PM today (21 August 2015), the Disaster Response Assistance and Management Unit (DReAMU) in partnership with the Planning Unit monitored 792 families or 3,573 persons affected in 20 barangays in the Province of Ilocos Norte and 3 barangays in Ilocos Sur.

Of the above typhoon victims, 23 families or 268 are in evacuation centers, while 42 partially and 18 totally damaged houses were also reported. Most of these damaged houses (20 partially and 16 totally – damaged) are from San Vicente, Ilocos Sur. Three casualties were identified from Ilocos Norte – 1 missing and 1 injured in Badoc and 1 dead in Solsona.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo oversees the overall disaster operation as Provincial Operations Offices in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur are on duty coordinating with their respective Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).

Some community-resident volunteers and DSWD FO1 Quick Action Response Teams (QuART) are helping in the repacking of goods at DSWD warehouse at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Oficer II)

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NACPhil appreciates involvement to DSWD’s 2015 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Search

Picture1“We did not just visit these amazing families, we were also inspired by their life changing stories brought by the  Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” shared Chaplain Reginaldo dela Peña, Regional Director of the National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines (NACPhil).

Pastor Reginaldo was one of the four validators during the regional search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015. Other validators were from the Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, and DZAG Radyo ng Bayan Agoo, La Union.

The search recognizes family-beneficiaries who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is an annual search conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as a way of promoting Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as a source of responsible and model families. These families shall be Program ambassadors, serve as resource persons in Family Development Sessions (FDS) and any activity where they could share their knowledge and experiences, and help in the advocacy efforts of the Program.

According to Pastor Reginaldo, he and his co-validators learned many things and insights from the four families who competed in the regional search. “I was moved by how these families survive in a very simple way of living. They have their own principles in life guided by their strong faith in God.”

He also added that these family-contestants across the region have something in common – their motivation and courage to fight poverty by maximizing their own skills and knowledge to achieve self-sufficiency while practicing all the things they learn in the FDS.

With the help of DSWD, Pastor Reginaldo believes that the lives of these families will be uplifted. “The efforts of DSWD in guiding and giving social services to these families are paid off because I witnessed their stories of change with my eyes,” he added. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Kalahi-CIDSS strengthens partnership with NCIP

Participants of the meeting between DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS and NCIP staff firm up the time frame of their action plan as one of the outputs of the activity.

Participants of the meeting between DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS and NCIP staff firm up the time frame of their action plan as one of the outputs of the activity.

A Program that introduces community-driven development, Kalahi-CIDSS of the DSWD also promotes social safeguards to ensure that its operation will not be detrimental to the people whom it serves, particularly the indigenous peoples of the 11 municipalities where Kalahi-CIDSS is currently implemented.

DSWD Field Office 1 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marlene Febes D. Peralta, Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Virginia P. Sesay, Deputy Regional Program Manager Orson Sta.Cruz, Regional Community Development Specialist Johnson Cea, and Community Development Officer Eddie Tumaliuan, Jr. spearheaded the meeting with National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) staff headed by NCIP Regional Director Felinor B. Sajonia to discuss Kalahi-CIDSS implementation and arrangements between the DSWD-NCIP Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at Marand Resort and Spa, Bauang, La Union.

The activity resulted to: the identification of Joint Regional Technical Working Group (JRTWG) members who will be the team to adhere to the engagements of the two departments which shall be firmed up through a special order from the Regional Directors of DSWD and NCIP before August ends; formulation of an action plan on the engagement of NCIP to Kalahi-CIDSS implementation which included NCIP’s commitment to orient Kalahi-CIDSS staff on various laws and provisions in protecting the welfare of Kalahi-CIDSS IP partner beneficiaries, issuance of Certification Precondition (CP);  and an agreement to conduct an assessment monitoring to ensure that what have been agreed upon materialize.

NCIP Tagudin Community Service Center Head Agustina Balbino said, “Ngayon na meron na ang MOA, mas malinaw na sa parte namin ang aming roles and interventions sa Kalahi-CIDSS implementation. Ang puno’t dulo naman ng lahat ng ito ay nag-aagree ang ating mga ahensya na siguraduhin ang proteksyon ng mga IPs at ng kanilang kultura at palaging pangingibabawin ang kanilang mga karapatan sa kabuuang proseso ng Kalahi-CIDSS (Now that we have the MOA, our roles and interventions in Kalahi-CIDSS implementation are already clear. The bottomline of this is that both agencies agree to ensure the protection of the IPs and their culture and uphold their rights at all times in the overall processes of Kalahi-CIDSS).”

As it is Kalahi-CIDSS’ principle to empower the communities to identify, decide, implement, and maintain the development which they themselves have driven, the Program also sees the importance that its partner beneficiaries’ culture are protected and that they are free to practice their rights. (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)

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NHTU Staff assist in Pasuquin, IN household assessment

(From left to right) NHTU Statistician II Ryan Arbollente, NHTU Admin. Asst. III for Budget Sharon Lentija, and  NHTU Admin. Asst. III for Information Jaymante Pearl Apilado  assess households in Brgys. Davila and Naglicuan, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.

(From left to right) NHTU Statistician II Ryan Arbollente, NHTU Admin. Asst. III for Budget Sharon Lentija, and NHTU Admin. Asst. III for Information Jaymante Pearl Apilado assess households in Brgys. Davila and Naglicuan, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.

Since the second phase (Data Collection and Analysis Phase) of household assessment headed by the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD – FO1) is ending soon, the NHTU Regional Field Coordinator Joan Nuesca with other NHTU staff assisted Pasuquin Area Supervisor Sharon Bulosan and the enumerators in assessing households at Brgy. Davila and Brgy. Naglicuan of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.

“We need to work together and finish the assessment here in Pasuquin. Remember that we are not just working; we are also helping our country in creating the data base of poor families in need of social protection programs,” Ms. Nuesca said.

Data Collection and Analysis phase involves home visits to collect basic information of family members using the Family Assessment Forms (FAFs), android tablets with a FAF data entry application installed in them, and Barangay Community Characteristics (BCC) Form.

To date, 91.79% of the 928,633 total target households in Region 1 were already assessed by the NHTU Field Staff. In particular, 493,024 households were assessed in Pangasinan, 142,020 in La Union, 124,595 in Ilocos Sur, and 92,802 in Ilocos Norte.

Out of the nine cities and 116 municipalities of Region 1, only the Municipality of Pasuquin and the City of Laoag in Ilocos Norte are still working on finishing the enumeration this month of August.

Meanwhile, according to Mr. Arbollente, even though most of the municipalities and cities of Region 1 are done with the assessment, the Area Coordinators of the 15 cities/municipalities are still settling their transmitted FAFs in order to come up with the final number of households assessed in their area of assignment.

After the assessment, the information collected and encoded will be endorsed for Proxy Means Test (PMT) processing that will estimate the income of families classified into poor and non-poor.

The initial list of poor families will be posted in public areas in the barangay and community for the validation phase come September or October. Those who were not visited during the assessment will have a chance to appeal and be assessed.

Further, the Local Verification Committee formed in each city/municipality will handle any complaints and questions regarding the soon to be posted initial list of poor households.

(by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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104 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries access employment immediately

PixDSWD’s capacity to facilitate employment through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) was again realized after partnering with the Region 1 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Vigor International Security Training Academy.

Just after the Recognition Rites of the Security Guards’ completion of their 9-day training, a screening was done by the Eagle Matrix Security Agency Inc. and hired 93 of the 104 graduates for deployment to different private institutions such as SM Group of Companies, Philex Mining Corp., Lepanto Mining Corp., among others. Eleven are already reporting to SM Mall of Asia for their on-the-job training.

DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo mentioned that since this is a Set 1 area of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implementation, the beneficiaries have undergone intensified case management to help them attain sufficiency. Responses to some identified needs were sourced out from partners that provide technical expertise and resources.

Further, Director Castillo advised the graduates to maintain agility, decency, and good performance upon employment. With the given opportunity, they were also reminded to strengthen family values and to sustain quality services related to their jobs.

Solo parent grantee Marissa Salimo expressed her overwhelming gratitude to DSWD because of the given opportunity to enhance skills and eventual access to employment. “Isang kasaysayan sa Bolinao ang programang nag-angat ng antas at uri ng aming pamumuhay. Patuloy kaming mangangarap at huwag sayangin ang pagtitiwalang ibinigay ng pamahalaan. (The training is remarkable in the town’s success in improving the lives of its people. We continue our aspirations and not to forsake the trust given by the government.)”

Third-grader-grantee Regina Calma, mother of 8 whose son Jason is also among the graduates, was impressed with the program scheme that led to a new job opportunity. “Napakalaking bagay ang tulong na ito kasi makakapagtrabaho na ang anak ko. (This is a great help, my son can already work.)” (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD to name Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 in Ilocos

Regional TarpThe Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 is finally over. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) will be announcing the regional winner during the Family Week Celebration this September.

Four provincial winners competed in the regional search — Achuela Family from Paoay, Ilocos Norte;  Aquino Family from Suyo, Ilocos Sur; Zambrona Family from Santol, La Union; and Lambino Family from Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

Regional validators were from the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), DZAG Radyo ng Bayan, and National Auxiliary Chaplaincy Philippines (NACPhil).

According to the regional validators, these families who competed for the search are living testimonies of the positive impact of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Achuela Family in Ilocos Norte maintains strong families ties. Conrado is a solo-parent who responsibly raises his four daughters namely Hazel, Amabel, Fenelyn, and Glenda with good values and guidance of the Almighty. His daughters excel academically and in extra-curricular activities in school. He is a tenant, farmer, and a leader/member of some community groups.

In Ilocos Sur, Aquino Family extends services, assistance, resources, and skills to their neighbors and community as well. Arnel, the father, also acts as a mother to his son Alvin, 10 and daughter Mary Grace, 12 tilling their own agricultural land, also continues being charitable to neighbors by helping them in any way he can. His wife is an Overseas Filipino Worker for six years now.

Simplicity of life is being enjoyed by Zambrona Family in La Union. In a modest dwelling lives a very strong family with two children namely, Norly and Raniel, Grades 8 and 2, respectively, who academically excel in their class. Ralyn, mother,  is a Child Development Worker aside from her other sources of income while Norberto,  father,  is a farmer. This family is bounded with their strong faith in God, as they are also active church members.

Lastly, Lambino Family in Pangasinan is blessed with their singing talent. Music inspires the family to brave the challenges that may come along. All the 6 children are responsible and volunteer to help their parents, Julius and Lonie, in their small eatery and variety store. They share the prizes they get from singing contests with their neighbors. This is their way to inspire their fellow Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to unleash their talents to earn a living.

These four families are all deserving but only one of them will be declared as Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 in the region. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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