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Supplementary Feeding Program junks food-like snacks of Day Care children

In Rosario, La Union, 979 Day Care children deviate from the usual junk foods sold near their school because of Supplementary Feeding Program’s (SFP) hot meal served during regular school.

“Aside from nutritious food the SFP encourages children to eat vegetables during the 120-day feeding, thus, making these delicious over time,” said Day Care Parent Gemma Cudiamat, 26, from Camp 1, Rosario, La Union.

Moreover, the Day Care Service Parents Group (DCSPG) and the Day Care Workers’ collaborative efforts promoted flexibility and adaptability on the policies of the SFP.

Day Care parents’ involvement in the Program also promotes discipline and cooperation, Day Care Parent Emy Leano said. Cleaning the feeding area and bringing farm produce are among the responsibilities mentioned.

In an interview, Community Development Assistant Cherry Sapitula mentioned that parents also bring additional rice to augment the minimal budget allocated for each child ( Php 13.00 a day).

Day Care Workers and DCSPG unified

Unity among the Day Care Workers was fostered. Direct instructions were followed from Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Grenaflor Magsakay.

The direct instructions and regular meetings monitoring implementation promoted unity and camaraderie among workers; this cultivated their increased support to the plight of malnourished children.

Every Friday, the Day Care Workers get the cash advance intended for food stuff from the MSWDO while receipts and photos that prove the feeding activities for the week are submitted. Accordingly, these ensure transparency and accountabillity of the Program.

As mentioned earlier, their direct supervision on feeding and their involvement on purchase of needed materials deepened their concern over the needs of the Day Care children.

At Poblacion East Day Care Center, Day Care Worker Domingo Pasag handles the preparation of the hot meal. Even if the feeding is an additional job for him, the love for his work and the children is enough motivation to actively participate in the Program.

SFP causes minimal savings for the mothers

Even if the feeding encourages them to donate farm products, according to the mothers, they are still able to save something for the family’s daily needs because the Day Care children’s allowance is already substituted by the everyday feeding. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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SFP prevails in Batac City, IN


The children pray together before eating their hot meals.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer (CSWDO) Lilibeth Maligsay proudly stated that nothing hinders the timely implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) in Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

According to her, feeding sessions are conducted at the right time because of usual standard operating procedures in the City.

If delay of funds happens, the Day Care Parents’ Group contributes for the food stuff. In the case of Brgy. Nalupta Day Care Center (DCC), parents shoulder for the meantime the budget in buying food items and such will be liquidated. Each parent shells out P13.00 a day. This is an initiative of the DCC Parents’ Group.

All food items bought by the parents are listed and recorded in a notebook for liquidation purposes duly prepared by the Treasurer and approved by the President. The record book is in the custody of the DC Worker, Ms. Imelda Marie Quilit.


CSWDO Maligsay shows the record book of the Nalupta DCC Parents Group.

All DC workers devote time in the preparation of quality report every end of the quarter which satisfies the requirements of the Commission on Audit (COA) and City Accountant.

Parents also help in preparing hot meals for the children. They are guided by the daily schedule (AM and PM sessions).

According to Estella Domingo, 36, preparing and cooking hot meals serve as bonding time with all her fellow parents. They noticed that most of the children do not like some of the suggested menu cycle, so they were substituted with food having the same nutritive value duly approved by the City Nutrition Action Officer Erlinda Cabuyadao.

Due to the change, the nutritional status of all the Nalupta DC children improved and the children no longer suffer from diseases like constipation and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

All barangays in Batac City are supportive of the implementation of SFP because of the directive of City Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta.

With the OMGulay Project of the City Government, all barangays especially in rural areas have their own vegetable garden managed by barangay officials and parents to augment the food items for the feeding activities in DCCs.

One of the favorites of the Nalupta DCC is the veggie noodles made from malunggay and squash produced by Brgy. Palongpong thru the One Barangay, One Product Project of the City Government.

“SFP is our guide in maintaining the health and nutrition of our children with the help of hot meals,” said Estella. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD, PNP confiscate illegal solicitation paraphernalia


MDO 1 Alicia Nisperos and PSI Nancy May Rafael while inspecting coin banks in one of the commercial establishments in San Fernando City, La Union.

Expired solicitation paraphernalia are illegal.

Thus, the focus of the Presidential Decree 1564, otherwise known as the Solicitation Permit Law, and the Administrative Order No. 14 series of 2007 otherwise known as the Revised Omnibus Rules and Regulations on Public Solicitations.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) regulates public solicitation activities for charitable and public purposes for transparency and accountability to the giving public.

As the pilot area, all commercial establishments within San Fernando City, La Union are being visited by a Monitoring and Inspection Team composed of the DSWD FO1 Standards Unit, Philippine National Police Regional Office 1 (PNP RO1), and the City Social Welfare and Development Office represented by Social Welfare Officer 1 Rosenda A. Liwanag with the participation of the DSWD Commission on Audit (COA) headed by the Resident Auditor Ms. Virginia P. Ganaden.

As the team enters an establishment, the DSWD Manpower Development Officer 1 (MDO 1) and Focal Person on Public Solicitation Ms. Alicia Nisperos explains the provision of the said mandates on solicitation to all the managers/owners/proprietors/any representative for information and awareness.

Police Senior Inspector Nancy May S. Rafael also added that violators of PD 1564 and AO 14 shall, upon conviction, suffer the penalty of imprisonment of not more than a year or a fine of not more than P1,000.00 or both, at the discretion of the court.

MDO 1 Nisperos explained that the confiscated solicitation paraphernalia are temporarily in the DSWD’s custody for safekeeping.

Forty-eight coin banks were confiscated from various commercial establishments in the city. Responsible organizations/groups who distributed the confiscated coin banks will be notified by DSWD FO1 for their appropriate action, unless these will be properly accounted for by the COA as witnessed by the PNP and the concerned distributor of coin banks. The total solicited amount shall be remitted to the National Treasury.

This activity was the result of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DSWD FO1 and PNP RO1 represented by Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and Police Chief Superintendent Roman Alońez Felix, respectively, last September 2, 2014. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)



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Barkada-fanatic now an ALS achiever

CICL_02Dats (not real name) considers education as a weapon to combat adversities in life especially after his rehabilitation at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) at Urayong, Bauang, La Union.

Prior to the realization, Dats values his barkada (frat) so much that he likened them to gold. “Sobrang mahalaga parang ginto (very important like gold),” Dats said.

This dramatically changed when his group intentionally left him and did not care anymore after doing a heinous activity.

This alleged activity led Dats and his brother to the Center where his dreams began anew.

Better perspectives learned

It has been three years since Dats started rehabilitative activities at RRCY. As observed by social workers and houseparents, his beliefs and practices as a youth have changed, regaining strength as a renewed individual.

At RRCY, Dats finished his secondary schooling with the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education (DepEd) where he got a high score of 106 points on his second attempt.

With perseverance practiced in the Center, he believes that education will make him a better individual. Five years from now, Dats sees himself as a model to the youth advocating good deeds. He wants to remind them to select their friends and to study hard because time is gold that should not be wasted. He envisions himself as part of the Philippine Army and will work this out even if it entails him to work while studying.

Joining the Myxerns Band

Worthwhile activities are done in the Center as part of their rehabilitative activities. Dats is among the musicians and singer of their group named Myxerns Band. This band joins and sometimes wins various musical band competitions in the nearby barangays and town fiestas.

With their exciting escapades in performing at venues like the SM Mall of Asia, Dats and the Myxerns Band inspire their fellow residents at RRCY.

Dats is waiting for his release on recognizance. Nonetheless, he is still enjoying life in the Center, carefully abiding by the rules and sharing his good thoughts among fellow residents. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Media visit DSWD’s Convergence results in Solsona, IN

medialearningvisitMore families are now gaining good economic status because of DSWD Field Office 1 (FO1) and the Local Government Unit’s converged efforts.

In Solsona, Ilocos Norte, vermiculture was identified as a priority income-generating project of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from their Cash for Work Project’s wage for a 10-day work (with Php 1,900.00 each) in 2011, which was provided by DSWD FO1.

Media representatives witnessed the results of these projects through their learning visit held on October 28, 2014 at the vermiculture farm of Mr. Remigio Hilario. The representatives from Ilocos Times/ Philippine Daily Inquirer, DZJC- Aksyon Radyo, DZEA- Catholic Media Network, Philippine Information Agency, and UNTV witnessed how the LGU of Solsona focuses its poverty reduction strategies to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Media representatives’ appreciation on this convergence efforts prompted Mayor Jonathan De Lara’s pronouncement to minimize indigency in Solsona, Ilocos Norte. “We taught of a project that will help them get out of being an indigent. If we give them money, after they spend it, they are still indigents. Instead, we gave them livelihood assistance. With the vermiculture, we are promoting a safe and potential industry, and there have been many success stories about it,” Mayor De Lara narrated.

Mayor De Lara believes that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are now our partners in development. Even without the help from the national government, they can now stand on their own with the vermiculture project.

Ilocos Times and Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent Leilanie Adriano shared that the Media Learning Visit provided hands-on experience as to the real story of families and local communities trying to help themselves out of poverty with the help of the government . (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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PNP ReCom Chaplain contributes to girl-residents’ rehabilitation

Thirty-eight girl-children at the Home for Girls, mostly victims of sexual abuse, are monthly provided with spiritual strengthening activities by Philippine National Police Chaplain PCI/ Fr. Heinje Cañete of Regional Command, San Fernando City, La Union.

As part of PNP’s Outreach Program, Thanksgiving Mass and Christian learning modules are provided to the girl-residents along with simulation therapy activities. Moreover, counseling sessions are conducted by Fr. Cañete which accordingly provide them relief.

“Nakakagaan ng loob maikuwento ang mga masasamang nangyari sa amin (It’s a relief sharing our traumatic experiences),” said a girl-resident named Ana (alias). To accept and give another chance to their perpetrators to improve their negative behaviors are among the pieces of advice from Fr. Cañete that are valued by the girl-residents. Ana is a child abuse victim who was regularly beaten by her mother whenever she committed small mistakes. She was also not allowed to play with the children in the neighborhood and stayed only in their small hut.

But with these activities conducted by Fr. Cañete, Ana is having fun while restoration of her normal social functioning is facilitated.

As mentioned by OIC- Center Head Norma Jacla, the girl-residents are given the opportunity to regain self worth and enjoy activities apt for their young minds. Together with other PNP ReCom staff, Fr. Cañete also distributes novelty items or school supplies and conducts simulation therapeutic activities, which, according to Jacla help the children divert their traumatic experiences into worthwhile and therapeutic ones. Homelife activities, non-formal education, and other skills trainings are conducted in the Center with a regular Character Building Program every Monday. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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PaskuJuan: Showcase of products, avenue to help

PaskuJuan aims to market products and services of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and inspire them more to engage into income generating activities. PaskuJuan activities include a festival bazaar, a boodle lunch, and livelihood demonstrations.

PaskuJuan aims to market products and services of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and inspire them more to engage into income generating activities. PaskuJuan activities include a festival bazaar, a boodle lunch, and livelihood demonstrations.

Showcasing products and services of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from different municipalities in the Region, DSWD-FO1 held the nationwide holiday bazaar dubbed as PaskuJuan: Salu-Salo sa Pagbabago Festival and Bazaar in the City of San Fernando.

Initiated by the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the DSWD, PaskuJuan is an opportunity to market beneficiaries’ products and inspire them to engage more into income generating activities.

A total of 17 booths sold local products such as softbrooms, abel, and other souvenir items. Food products were also available such as dried fish (daing), peanut butter, and soya milk along with local delicacies such as puto, bibingka, and bagnet. Likewise, reflexology and therapeutic massage, pedicure and manicure were also offered. Further, livelihood demonstrations were also provided such as softbroom, parol and polvoron/pastillas making. Most creative and unique booths were also given recognition Best Dressed Booth was bagged by Anda, Pangasinan; Best in Displayed Products award was taken home by Sudipen, La Union while the Best Seller Product award was brought home by Tayug, Pangasinan with their delicious peanut butter.

A ceremonial boodle lunch was also prepared for partner  implementers, media, and LGUs to further strengthen ties and encourage them to help in sustaining livelihood projects of Pantawid Pamilya households.

DSWD FO1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo said that purchases from the event will help beneficiaries provide for their families and eventually improve their well being and ultimately their children’s future.

The said event was made possible in partnership with the City Government of San Fernando,  Provincial Government of La Union, other participating LGUs, and sponsors.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program beneficiaries by enabling them to manage sustainable microenterprises or link them to locally available jobs.(by: ALLAN O. LULU, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)            

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DSWD launches Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago Campaign social media accounts

DSWD launches its social media accounts to gather positive stories of change brought about by the Department's programs and serivices. These stories can be shared on Facebook (KayaKoPH) and Twitter (@KayaKoPH).

DSWD launches its social media accounts to gather positive stories of change brought about by the Department’s programs and serivices. These stories can be shared on Facebook (KayaKoPH) and Twitter (@KayaKoPH).

Aiming to gather Pantawid Pamilya stories of positive change, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched the “Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago” Campaign official social networking sites.

An information and empowerment campaign, the Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago aims to communicate the “pagbabago” due to the Department’s programs and services especially the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

In its launching, DSWD FO1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo encouraged everyone, especially the media, to support the said endeavor to inform the public of these changes and continuously provide beneficiaries their rights as claimholders and citizens of the society.

In response, Mr. Romy Acosta of the Weekly Banat, being previously against the program, said that he is 100% supportive of the campaign after seeing the impact of the program to beneficiaries who have been involved in gambling activities and have changed for the better.

As one of the program advocates, La Union’s exemplary child winner Jasmine Ollero was also invited to share her story and the change she can do. “Kaya kong maging mabuting anak at makatapos ng pag- aaral para makatulong sa aking mga magulang (I can be a good daughter, finish my studies and eventually help my parents).”

The said stories of change can be shared on Facebook (KayaKoPH) and Twitter (@KayaKoPH). Sharing can be through anecdotes, statements, blogs, videos,  and photos reflecting positive changes brought about by Pantawid Pamilya to the beneficiaries. (by: ALLAN O. LULU, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)       

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