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SPRC initiates COSWs on time salary

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) continues its best practice of improving its existing systems and procedures on administrative concerns especially matters concerning the welfare of all the employees. Consequently, this leads to a more efficient and effective program implementation and service delivery.

With the initiative of the Systems and Procedures Review Committee (SPRC) in coordination with the Personnel Administration Section (PAS), an enhanced scheme on the preparation and computation of salary for Cost of Service Workers (COSW) was designed.

“With this scheme, all COSWs are now receiving on time salary like those of regular employees. This is also a means to help them meet their financial needs and to encourage better performance in the delivery of programs and services,” said SPRC Chairperson, OIC Assistant Regional Director for Administration (OARDA) Nora D. Dela Paz.

OARDA Dela Paz added that COSWs are now expected to be more productive and efficient to work because this contributes to the boosting of their morale and motivation as to retain the COSWs for longer service duration and to sustain healthy, loyal, and satisfied labor force for the organization.

Such scheme took effect after the Regional Management Committee (RManCom) approved its implementation. It was because of the remarkable effect after a three-month (April to June) pilot testing with the Pantawid Pamilya staff in the region. It is now being adapted in the payroll processing system for other staff of special projects.

Supervisors are required to submit a Certification of Attendance of the staff every 10th and 25th day of the month as basis of the PAS in the preparation of salary payroll. This will not hinder the PAS to verify staff attendance and adherence to the existing office policies and procedures affecting the preparation of salary. PAS also reconciles Daily Time Record (DTR) entries to the attendance logbook of the staff.

Overpayment on salaries of Absence Without Leave (AWOL) and resigned staff will be lessened or avoided. Given the pronounced responsibility and accountability with the issuance of a Certificate of Attendance, supervisors are empowered to discharge their supervisory functions particularly on administrative supervision on the monitoring and validation of entries of submitted DTRs. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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NCC: Exemplary children’s experience to remember

This year's National Children's Congress (NCC) delegates participate in various activities highlighting their roles and rights as children. Inset: DSWD Secretary Soliman with Region 1 representatives during the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children awarding ceremony.

This year’s National Children’s Congress (NCC) delegates participate in various activities highlighting their roles and rights as children. Inset: DSWD Secretary Soliman with Region 1 representatives during the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children awarding ceremony.

Three of the Region’s Pantawid Pamilya exemplary children representatives gained unforgettable experiences in the recently concluded National Children’s Congress 2014.

The NCC in partnership with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) was a venue to promote children’s rights and making their voices heard on program issues affecting them.

Fifty two Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children provincial and regional winners participated in the said event. These included Region 1 winner Cindy Ballesteros from Ilocos Sur and runners-up Jasmine Ollero from La Union and Angel May David from Pangasinan. Besides a tour at the Mind Museum, workshops, lectures, and games focusing on children’s rights and roles in their family, community and their stories of change as program beneficiaries were also conducted.

According to Jasmine, the event was an opportunity to learn, gain knowledge, and gain new friends. Jasmine said, “Masaya akong nakasama dahil mas nagkaroon ako ng tiwala sa sarili at nagkaroon ng maraming kaibigan (I am happy to have joined since I gained more confidence and friends).”

Highlight of the event was the awarding of winners in the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2014. Finalists showcased their talent, wit, and confidence as witnessed by guests such as DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, National Youth Commissioner Dingdong Dantes, and other TV personalities. The top award was bagged by the representative of Region IV-B for the third year. Runners-up were representatives from Regions 12, IV-A, 8, and 7.

The national search recognized exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children ages 10 -14 who serve as excellent examples in school, home, and community. The National Children’s Congress (NCC) is held annually.
(by: ALLAN O. LULU, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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DSWD observes austerity measures


A sticker on energy conservation

Pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 8, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) strictly monitors and implements austerity measures in the use of maintenance and other operating expenses to exercise prudence in the utilization of funds.

The General Administrative Support Services Division (GASSD) promotes and educates all employees on the wise consumption of water, fuel, and electricity.

GASSD designed a sticker to be pasted in all units/divisions/centers/institutions reminding all employees on energy conservation.

According to GASSD Chief Benjamin F. Baldo, all employees support the information dissemination on energy conservation, though electricity and water consumption in the FO is rising due to increasing number of staff.

Chief Baldo narrated that during the first semester of 2014, utilization of funds was maximized because of the strict compliance on the systems based on the procedures implemented within the office. He also added that close coordination with end-users is also done for consistent monitoring purposes and to avoid delay of processes.

GASSD also ensures comfortable workplace. Chief Baldo believes that this contributes to the impressive performance of all staff in their respective areas of assignment.

The following infrastructure projects were implemented by the GASSD during the first semester: FO1-painting of steel flat form, stairs, supports, and concrete walls; fabrication and installation of GenSet steel gate and rehabilitation of records room roofing of Listahanan Project’s encoding room, and rehabilitation of comfort rooms; FO1 Warehouse-installation, fabrication and widening the main gate; Regional Rehabilitation for Youth (RRCY) – renovation and repair of comfort room at the Administrative Office, construction of outdoor kitchen sink with canopy, fabrication/installation of steel window grills and canopy, concreting of parking space for Persons with Disability (PWD), and repair and renovation of visitor’s comfort room; Home for Girls (HFG) – construction of storage room and reroofing of kitchen and roofing of the laundry area; Haven For Children (HFC) – demolition of the old kitchen’s existing sink and fabrication of old cabinet, fabrication of one long dining table, repair and repainting of the existing dining tables and wooden bench; and Area 1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC 1) – fabrication/installation of windows and door screen and renovation/repair of conference room trusses and ceiling. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Haven for Children focuses on street children’s welfare, protection

They used to roam the streets, begging for alms, playing, or worst, joining activities of syndicates. They are the 24 street children who are provided with pyschosocial interventions while temporarily placed at DSWD’s Haven for Children in Dagupan City.

While at the Haven for Children, various activities keep them busy while restoring their social functioning. These activities include productivity skills development, homelife, spiritual, educational, medical, referral, and simulation therapy activities.

These children are now equipped with livelihood skills such as fish processing, basic baking, and shellcrafting with the trainings conducted during the first 6 months of this year. Social Worker Juliet Sicat said shellcrafting is the most favored activity since it encourages creativity and fun among the residents.

Seventeen (17) schoolers continue their schooling at Federico Intergated School at Bonoan, Dagupan City; four clients are enrolled at SPED-Dagupan City; and six clients are engaged in Functional Literacy in the Center. This is among the rights of these children realized while in the Center.

Just like counseling, games and simulation therapy are among the frequently facilitated activities by houseparents and social workers. The former is conducted to immediately check the children when violations happen such as disrespecting visitors or center staff or hitting fellow residents.

In situations where the children mention their longing to see their parents, the houseparents and social workers immediately call the attention of parents through Local Social Welfare and Development Officers in their respective areas.

With love and respect, positive things happen

Children have various dynamics of learning and socialization. Because of this, Center Head Rosemarie Rosales always reminds the staff to provide the services to the children with more patience, love, care, and understanding anchored on the zero-child-abuse policy.

One child who learned simple good grooming is good enough inspiration to the social workers and houseparents handling the case management of the residents.

When asked about the services in the Center as to their significant help, “Nakagiginhawa ng sarili at nakatutulong upang makalimutan ang bad memories (Services provide relief and help us forget bad memories),” said Matthew, one of the residents who used to receive whipping from his father that led him to leave his parents and roam the streets.

The most important values learned in the Center according to Matthew are being respectful and being loving to other people. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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Elderly Filipino Week celebration highlights convention, pageant


The participants during their brainstorming activity

Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) Presidents and Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) Heads convened for their 4th Regional Convention at Summer Place Hotel, Baguio City, recently.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) thru the Regional Social Pension Unit hosted the two-day gathering in observance of the Elderly Filipino Week or “Linggo ng Nakatatandang Pilipino” with the theme “Ang Nakatatanda ay Yaman, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bayan, Pangalagaan Kanilang Kapakanan.”

At least 300 participants attended the regionwide event where best practices, issues, concerns, and recommendations on the Social Pension Program implementation in every province were tackled after a brainstorming activity.

DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo appreciated the efforts of all the FSCAP Presidents and OSCA Heads especially in the successful implementation of Republic Act 9994, also known as “The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” and the DSWD’s Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens. He encouraged them to continue the passion of serving the indigent senior citizens through crafting more resolutions for the benefit of the elderly.

Representatives from some partner agencies were also invited to discuss programs and services concerning senior citizen sector. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) discussed tax privileges provision of RA 9994. The Department of Agriculture (DA) provided updates on agricultural programs and services for the elderly. The benefits of being a member especially for indigent senior citizens were also articulated by the PhilHealth. Lastly, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) clarified issues on its Memo Circular No. 2011-88 on Policies and Guidelines Governing the Implementation of Senior Citizens Act of 2010.


The reigning Super Lolo and Super Lola 2014 and the runners-up together with SocPen Focal Person Edwina Masi

As part of the celebration, various talents of some selected participants (11 pairs) and their modeling prowess in Filipiniana attire were revealed in the first ever Search for Super Lolo and Super Lola 2014. Malasiqui, Pangasinan FSCAP President Sofronio Domantay Sr. and Villasis, Pangasinan OSCA Head Belinda Barrozo, were crowned as the first Super Lolo and Super Lola 2014, respectively.

The oldest Centenarians of the Year awarded with plaques of appreciation are the following: Consuelo S. Valdez, 105, Vintar, Ilocos Norte; Crispulo V. Bueno, 104, San Juan, Ilocos Sur; Bruno D. Panes, 104, Agoo, La Union; Filomena S. Corpuz, 104, Anda, Pangasinan; and Encarnacion Z. Castro, 105, Lingayen, Pangasinan. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)


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ADB continues to support Pantawid Pamilya in Batac City, IN

aExecutive Director Zhongjing Wang of the People’s Republic of China was impressed with the efficient implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Batac City, Ilocos Norte and assured the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) continuous funding of the Program.

City Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta said he is now convinced that Pantawid Pamilya is very much effective since the beneficiaries are trained to be responsible citizens. He declared all out support to its implementation and added that it is good that there are conditionalities that lead to the upliftment of well-being of the beneficiaries and their families. He is hopeful that whenever the beneficiaries are able to exit from the Program, they will have an improved quality of life since they are now financially and socially empowered.


Leilanie Manarpaac expresses her heartfelt thanks to Pantawid Pamilya as she shares the transformation she is experiencing together with her family being a program beneficiary.

During the face-to-face interaction with ADB Exec. Dir. Wang, Leilanie Manarpaac, Parent Leader from Brgy. Baligat and 2012 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Model Family National awardee, stated that she became sociable and equipped with experiences to lead. She realized that she can also be a model to others especially to her fellow beneficiaries despite being a plain housewife.

Ronnie Villar, also a Parent Leader from Brgy. Maypalig, claimed that with Pantawid Pamilya, their children are now going to school regularly.

Pantawid Pamilya’s implementation in Batac City is remarkably consistent as it was also commended in ADB’s visit last year. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Jasmine: Exemplary child with exemplary heart

Jasmine Ollero, 10, the region's first runner-up in the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2014 is helped by her mother Lorena, in reviewing her lessons.

Jasmine Ollero, 10, the region’s first runner-up in the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2014 is helped by her mother Lorena, in reviewing her lessons.

“Hindi hadlang ang kahirapan upang umunlad (Poverty is not a hindrance to progress)”, says Jasmine Ollero, 10, the region’s 1st runner-up in the recently concluded Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2014.

Jasmine is a vibrant grade five pupil from Alipang, Rosario, La Union. She is the eldest among three whose father earns by doing various part time jobs as construction worker, farmer, and Barangay Tanod while the mother accepts laundry from neighbors to augment the family’s income.

The family lives in a hut made of sawali and bamboo. However, they do not own the land. At the moment, they have received a notice to vacate the area and were already given one year ultimatum which adds to the family’s day to day burden. The family is planning to relocate to a more distant area owned by Jasmine’s grandmother.

Admirable daughter

Seeing the efforts of her parents, Jasmine tries her best to give back by becoming a good daughter and a responsible sister to her two younger brothers. Full of hope and dreams for her family, Jasmine wishes to become a teacher someday–a dream she hopes to fulfill through her positive attitude and optimism in life.

At home, Jasmine helps in doing various house chores such as cleaning the house, washing the dishes, cooking, and looking after her younger brothers. She takes on as best as she could these responsibilities that other children her age would usually ignore.

On Saturdays, Jasmine attends Bible studies. During summer, she earns extra money by helping her aunt sell streetfoods in the town plaza. Raised without luxury, Jasmine does not complain and instead finds ways to support herself. She seldom asks money from her parents for her school needs and would buy them from her own savings.

Model student

As a student, Jasmine is described to be very respectful, punctual, and diligent in school. She is a consistent honor student despite walking almost a kilometer everyday to and from school. This does not discourage her and instead drives her more to be diligent and determined.

Proud beneficiary

Jasmine’s family considered themselves the luckiest when informed to become beneficiaries of the program. Jasmine, together with her siblings, was previously not participating in extra-curricular activities due to financial constraints hindering her from the top rank in school. Now, with the program’s existence, her parents can already send them to different school activities and provide allowance and most school needs.
Being one of the program beneficiaries, Jasmine said, “Malaking tulong po sa aming pamilya ang binibigay na cash grant ng Pantawid Pamilya lalo na sa aming mga magkakapatid kaya pinagbubuti po namin ang aming pag-aaral upang hindi masayang ang ibinibigay na tulong ng ating gobyerno sa aming mahihirap. (The cash grant we receive is a big help to us that is why my siblings and I study hard so the government’s assistance won’t be put to waste.)”

The Exemplary Child

As the region’s first runner-up in the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2014, Jasmine took home P10,000. For other children, toys, clothes, shoes and other material things would be their priority upon having such amount. However, Jasmine said that she would offer her prize for their electricity since they do not have their own connection. Jasmine said, “Masaya ako dahil naki contest lang ako, marami na kaming nagawa. (I am happy that through joining contests, I have already done a lot.)”

Jasmine was one of the 52 exemplary children nationwide who joined the previously held National Children’s Congress. She actively participated in various NCC games and workshops. Accordingly, joining the said Congress made her gain self confidence, more friends, and additional knowledge as a child. In the workshops, she also learned teamwork, cooperation, and trust.

Thankful for being a beneficiary, Jasmine said, “Salamat sa pagpapatuloy ng programa. Sana hindi na alisin dahil maraming natutulungan na katulad naming mahihirap.(Thank you for continuing the program. I hope that it will still continue since it is helping many poor people like us.)”

Jasmine is a child determined to achieve her goals no matter how challenging life can be, a child worthy of praise and respect. (by: ALLAN O. LULU, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)

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Onward to a better future while on rehabilitation

CICL_01“Iba na kami. ‘Yung dating problema ng lipunan naging iba na dahil sa kakaibang pagtulong na nakita ko mula sa gobyerno. (We are different now. We used to be problems of the society but have changed because of the help given to us by the government.)”

Thus, strongly and openly said by CK (not real name), an eight-year resident at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) while his case is ongoing.

In his younger years, CK was among those who belonged to a group that drank and did deviant acts in the community. He was alleged of committing a heinous crime which led to his imprisonment in Pangasinan among 23 hardcore adult criminals. He experienced sleeping in a used carton box while mosquitoes bite and endured the smell of a toilet near him. Republic Act 9344, better known as Juvenile Justice Welfare Act, was not yet passed by legislators during this time.

Relief at RRCY

The coming of RA 9344 led his transfer to RRCY. “What a relief,” said CK in an interview.

“Dito sa RRCY, malaya kaming kumikilos sa gusto namin. Hindi naka-box. (At RRCY, we have our freedom; we are not placed in a box.)” This difference also led him to learn from his mistakes, improve himself, and restore his regular functions as a youth.

CK attended several trainings including heavy equipment operation at St.John Bosco College of Northern Luzon. He also learned basic electronics which is now being maximized in the Center. He believes that his skills will be helpful when he returns home and lives peacefully with loved ones.

In school while Court’s decision is suspended

CK dreams to travel by the sea and work for his family upon his return. This is now being worked out with his court-approved studies. He is now on his second year studying Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation.

“Sa school, hindi ko itinatago ang aking pinagmulan kasi dito ako naliwanagan sa RRCY. (I do not hide my identity and experiences at the RRCY because I was enlightened here.)” As advised by the captain, through his schooling, this is now his chance to change for the better.

To change one’s self for the better is a decision. This is the greatest challenge won by CK in his stay in the Center. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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