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Sec. Dinky assures enough relief support to Typhoon Egay victims in Region 1

SecDinky_TS EgayDSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman together with DILG Secretary Mar Roxas had ocular visit to Typhoon Egay victims in the City of San Fernando today (7July 2015) to assess their needs and of other affected nearby towns. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) together with the officials of Provincial Government of La Union and Local Chief Executives of San Juan, Bacnotan, and Bauang presented their situation where the Secretaries provided inputs relative to rescue, relief, early recovery and rehabilitation/reconstruction.

Sec. Soliman assured the availability of 30,000 family food packs to be distributed to TS Egay victims in the next 2 days. Afterwhich, the team proceeded to San Fernando North Central School to meet the affected families and to distribute relief goods.

The relief goods will help the typhoon victims meet their basic needs since regular income-earning activities were disrupted and they are still recovering from the effects of TS Egay.

Within the week, DSWD will also be coordinating with its local counterparts to prepare project proposals for the implementation of Cash for Work projects to restore the damaged houses or community structures needing repair.
For the laudable contribution of the first disaster responders, the 2 cabinet members also agreed to release relief packs especially for those who conducted rescue and road clearing operations during the onslaught of TS Egay.
Aside from relief goods, Local Chief Executives present also requested restoration of eroded slopes, desiltation of water tributaries, purchase of generator sets and PNP vehicles.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and Quick Action Response Teams (QuART) continue the overall coordination with Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on distribution of relief augmentation and assessment of needs for the rehabilitation projects.

Coping with the needed number of relief goods, DSWD warehouse is packed with volunteers from the Union Christian College and residents from Urayong, Bauang, La Union, and staff from the Regional Program Management Offices of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Oficer II)

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DSWD Field Office 1 releases family food packs to TS Egay victims in La Union


Top: The Local Government Unit of Caba hauls the family food packs at DSWD warehouse in Urayong, Bauang, La Union. Bottom: Volunteers from Union Christian College and residents of Urayong, Bauang, La Union

Aside from relief augmentation, DSWD Field Office 1 also participates in the Rapid Disaster Assistance and Needs Assessment (RDANA) with the Office of Civil Defense to respond to  the needs of Typhoon Egay victims.

In La Union, 2,305 family food packs were already released by DSWD Field Office 1 through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in the following areas: Caba, 555; Aringay, 300; Bauang, 200;  Bacnotan, 300; San Gabriel, 250; and 700 in the City of San Fernando.

As of 3 PM today (06 July 2015), the Disaster Response Assistance and Management Unit (DReAMU) in partnership with the Planning Unit monitored  4,670  families or 22,095 persons affected in 195 barangays in Region 1.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo instructed the teams on duty to strengthen coordination with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on relief augmentation concerns to avoid duplication of assistance and achieve unified disaster reports.

Some volunteers from the Union Christian College and residents from Urayong, Bauang, La Union 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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Sen. ‘Bongbong’ Marcos lauds Region 1 Day Care Workers’ loyalty on early childhood care

DCW_ConventionSenator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ R. Marcos represented by former Ilocos Norte Board Member Mariano Marcos II graced the Regional Convention of the Federation of Day Care Workers and recognized the sacrificial roles of Day Care Workers who stood the test of time in the service.

Accordingly, Sen. Marcos is looking for better solutions to respond to the needs of Day Care Workers, particularly to some who are still considered volunteers, receive minimal honorarium, no security of tenure, and no clear benefits.
Sen. Marcos mentioned that despite these circumstances, they continue with their services.

“Pinararating ko po ang aking taos-pusong pagsaludo sa ating mga Day Care Workers sa kanilang dedikasyon at paninindigan na lalong ipagbuti ang serbisyo (I am extending my sincere recognition to the Day Care Workers’ dedication and desire to improve their services),” Sen. Marcos mentioned in his speech delivered by Mr. Marcos.
Sen. Marcos also pledged his support to the passage of the Magna Carta for Day Care Workers and take a closer look into the provisions of the Early Years Act which is funded by various agencies to include PAGCOR, to explore the possible inclusion of Day Care Workers’ welfare. Likewise, he is pushing a bill for the retirement benefits for Barangay Workers and Day Care Workers.

The Convention was recognized contributory in enhancing public service among Day Care Workers and their nurturing care that contributes to the children’s physical development and welfare.

Also, DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo urged the Day Care Workers to sustain active participation in the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) and compassion in handling the Day Care children. For this year, there are 102,200 Day Care children to benefit from DSWD’s SFP. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DWSD is on quest for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) is currently scouting for family-beneficiaries who will be named Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya this year.

The search aims to recognize family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.

Municipal entries are currently undergoing validation. Validators from the Provincial Operations Office, partner agencies, and civil society organization visit the houses of the family-beneficiaries to look into their present situation, family and community relationship, cleanliness, community leadership/participation, moral values, and initiatives, among others.

The municipal contenders are as follows: Ilocos Norte – Budao Family from Adams, Palacay Family from Burgos, Fontanilla Family from Laoag City, and Archuela Family from Paoay; Ilocos Sur – Aquino Family from Suyo, Pico Family from San Esteban, Lano Family from Alilem, and Baltero Family from Santa; La Union – Zambrona Family from Santol, Rosal Family from Pugo, Galletes Family from Bacnotan, and Ramos Family from the City of San Fernando; and Pangasinan – Lambino Family from Dagupan City, Castro Family from Mapandan, Guiang Family from Urbiztondo, and Liwliwa Family from Bolinao.

Provincial entries will undergo regional validation. This is to ensure the documentations are correct and truthful and to acquire information not captured in the submitted documents/evidence.

Each province has four entries for the provincial level. Four provincial winners will advance to the regional level. Non winners will receive Php1,000.00 each. The regional winner will receive Php20,000.00 (first prize) and will compete in the national level for the chance to be the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015. The others will receive Php15,000.00 (second prize), Php10,000.00 (third prize), and Php5,000.00 (fourth prize).

Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is an annual search conducted by the 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 and any activity where they could share their knowledge and experiences, and help in the advocacy efforts of the Program. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Pantawid Pamilya encourages compliant municipalities


L-R: DSWD Staff during a focus group discussion with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and a RAC member from PhilHealth conducting one-on-one interview with a non-compliant beneficiary

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) and local government units continue to strengthen their partnership in order to help the beneficiaries to become compliant to the conditionalities of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

To assess the impact of the Program and to identify specific key areas needing immediate and appropriate action and come up with recommendations for a better program implementation, the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) conducted the 2nd Quarter on-site monitoring.

The monitoring aims to elicit and consolidate issues and concerns encountered in the program implementation taking note of all the inputs of key implementers, partners, and stakeholders on how these would be addressed and resolved.

Non-compliant beneficiaries, Parent Leaders, Education service providers, Health service providers, Municipal Links, Social Welfare Assistants, Local Government Unit Links, and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers were interviewed by the RAC Members properly guided by a questionnaire adopted from the National Program Management Office (NPMO).

The RAC Members found out that the areas affecting the compliance of the beneficiaries in the monthly Family Development Session is due to work while student grantees were absent because they help in the family’s livelihood. In the focus group discussions, the beneficiaries cited the need for sustainable livelihood projects to help them meet their everyday needs and scholarships for their children who graduated from high school.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program aims to continue its goal to efficiently and effectively carry-out its objectives to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of our poor households. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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Dir. Castillo, Mayor Fernandez grace Php 1.8M core shelter project site in Dagupan City

Thirty (30) poor families will soon own a core shelter unit each at Sitio Korea, Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City through DSWD’s Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Project in the amount of Php1.8 million and Dagupan City‘s counterpart of Php 300,000.

The recently held groundbreaking ceremony convened the organized beneficiaries called Neighborhood Association on Shelter Assistance (NASA). The beneficiaries will work for the establishment of their core houses as their ‘sweat equity’ or counterpart, while the lot and skilled workers are provided by Dagupan City.

City Mayor Belen Fernandez who is eager on the outcome of the core shelter units is thankful for the support of DSWD. With the Project, people in the hazardous areas, particularly in the dumpsite, will be transferred to a safer ground. “Without the national agency, we could not have done much,” Mayor Fernandez mentioned.

In response, Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo assured the Agency’s ready response to the needs and requests of the City Government which will benefit families and communities. One way of helping the vulnerable families is through the BUB where identified needs are met.

The BUB Project is among the strategies of the government to empower community-folks in identifying and implementing projects as response to identified vulnerabilities in their own areas.

With the BUB Project through the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) scheme, 30 structurally-strong typhoon-resistant core shelter units (6 row houses with 5 units) will answer the needs of these poor families who are residents from a flood-prone-area near the dumpsite of the City. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II with photos from Western Pangasinan SWAD Team)

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DSWD’s Php10M builds Regional Evacuation Center in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan

No more congested evacuation centers especially at low-lying municipalities in central Pangasinan with the new Regional Evacuation Center cum Multi-Purpose Building at Brgy. Maningding, Santa Barbara, Pangasinan.

To augment DSWD’s Php10M for the construction of the building, the Local Government Unit of Sta. Barbara under the leadership of Mayor Carlito Zaplan shared its counterpart of Php1.5M for additional construction materials and Php2M for site development.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera thanked and expressed appreciation to the LGU of Sta. Barbara for their counterpart including the 2,000 square meter-lot where the center was constructed.

According to Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, this project strengthens the disaster preparedness in Pangasinan by mitigating damages and loss of lives. This shall serve as temporary shelter for disaster-affected families and even internally displaced persons from the same and nearby towns, Dir. Castillo added.

The Project identified Santa Barbara as a strategic location because it is landlocked and is situated almost exactly at the heart of the Province of Pangasinan. It is bounded in the north by the Municipality of Mangaldan, in the northeast by the Municipality of Mapandan, in the east by the City of Urdaneta, in the west by the Municipality of Calasiao and in the south by the Municipality of Malasiqui, which are known as low-lying and flood-prone areas in Pangasinan. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang with reports from FO1-DREAMU)

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries actively join Brigada Eskwela 2015

A total of 27,662 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Ilocos Region supported the cleaning, repainting, repairing, and other beautification activities for this year’s Brigada Eskwela with the theme “Tayo para sa Kalikasan, Kaligtasan, at Kahandaan ng ating mga Paaralan” in preparation for the incoming school year.  

All the thousand beneficiaries simultaneously worked hand in hand during the Brigada Eskwela 2015 in 531 public school facilities (85-Ilocos Norte, 76-Ilocos Sur, 36-La Union, and 334-Pangasinan) in the region.

Through their Brigada Eskwela 2015 participation, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries show active citizenship by volunteering themselves to be involved and oriented in all community activities.

Brigada Eskwela is an annual nationwide voluntary effort that brings in teachers, community helpers, parents, government agencies, local businesses, and private sectors to clean up and to repair infrastructures and materials of all public elementary and high schools in the country. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information OfficerII/Pantawid Pamilya)

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