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DSWD-FO1 highlights functions in Simultaneous Nationwide Earthquake Drill

DSWD highlights its role in establishing functional community kitchen to evacuees and camp management desk  during the simulatneous Earthquake Drill held  in San Manuel, Pangasinan recently.

DSWD highlights its role in establishing functional community kitchen to evacuees and camp management desk during the simulatneous Earthquake Drill held in San Manuel, Pangasinan recently.

Led by the National/Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (N/RDRRMC), the DSWD-Field Office 1 headed by Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, took part in the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill held in Brgy. San Vicente, San Manuel, Pangasinan recently.

The activity gave emphasis in the implementation of all thematic areas in ensuring a safer, adaptive and disaster resilient communities in times of earthquake or any  inevitable catastrophic events.

With very important role, DSWD highlighted an established functional community kitchen, having fed 629 evacuees, as well as camp  management desk during the drill. Likewise, trained Social Workers provided Psycho Social Support Processing to the evacuees.

The RDRRMC sets down the expected outcomes, key activities/indicators and lead agencies implementing partners under mutually reinforcing thematic areas.

The said drill was held in partnership with various National Government Agencies, LGUs and other partners such as PhilVolcs, San Roque Dam Corporation and the LGUs of San Manuel, Tayug and San Fabian, Pangasinan. (by: Allan O. Lulu / Information Officer II, Pantawid Pamilya)

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More Partners to Engage with SLP

Ms. Mitzi Vina Tamayo, Project Development Officer III from the SLP National Project Management Office (NPMO) addresses all the representatives from the different NGAs and CSOs and recognizes their importance in the project implementation through their partnership with DSWD. She underscored that all efforts made through their partnership are geared towards the improvement of all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries’ quality of life.

Ms. Mitzi Vina Tamayo, Project Development Officer III from the SLP National Project Management Office (NPMO) addresses all the representatives from the different NGAs and CSOs and recognizes their importance in the project implementation through their partnership with DSWD. She underscored that all efforts made through their partnership are geared towards the improvement of all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries’ quality of life.

SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION – To strengthen the implementation of existing convergence initiatives and expand additional areas of cooperation with the participation of partner agencies, institutions and organizations, the Sustainable Livelihood Unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1) conducted a Partnership Forum on Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) at the Sea and Sky Hotel and Restaurant, recently.

Prospective partners from the different National Government Agencies (NGAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Business Sector were convened to the said forum to present overview of their programs and services. As such, served as take-off points for each other to collaborate and converge for the better implementation of all the programs and services and share the possible interventions in assisting all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries through the SLP.

The commitment to extend their programs and services to all the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya was given by the seven (7) NGAs and six (6) CSOs to include the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Tourism (DOT), Responsible Citizens Empowered Communities in Solidarity for Change (RECITE), Agapeland Community Transformation Inc., International Holistic Engagement for Life and Progress (I HELP), Bread and Water Tribes and Nations Outreach, BPI-Globe Banko, and Tulay sa Pag-unlad Inc. (TSPI), respectively.

TESDA agreed to identify the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are already recipients of the Cash for Training Program for the DOLE Skills Registry System (SRS) registration for them to avail other skills training and scholarship programs and for the easy facilitation of job matching and employment. DOLE can also provide employment and career counseling/coaching to those who are already registered at the SRS.

DOT’s possible intervention is to include qualified Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the Community Based Cove Tour Guide Training in Bani and Mabini, Pangasinan.

Success stories or news articles of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries shall be featured in the One Luzon Magazine of the PIA and such beneficiaries can also be invited to guest on radio program of PIA. Social networking sites will also be utilized by the PIA to widen the promotion of these success stories and news articles and to attract other organizations to become partners in the implementation of SLP. PIA also assured their assistance to DSWD in the formulation of a communication plan for the SLP.

Meanwhile, all the CSOs recognized their contribution for being a potential partner in the conduct of SLP Social Preparation Stage since they offer skills training, capital assistance, scholarship programs, savings insurance and credit facility to all the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Some of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are now experiencing a great change in their life through SLP’s partnership with different NGAs, CSOs, and business sectors shared their testimonies and expressed their heartfelt thanks to DSWD. The success stories of the beneficiaries served as inspirations to the participants to become one of the partners of DSWD in transforming the lives of the needy.

According to Assistant Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta, the conduct of the said forum strengthened DSWD’s partnership with NGAs, CSOs, and business sectors and likewise provided an avenue for the discovery of new areas of engagement for the new partners. Such partnership will be a legacy to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries that their life may change and improve.

She further added that though the commitments made by the participants in the forum were not yet supported by a document, the Department relies on the “word of honor” that someday they will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with SLP to materialize their pledge for all the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR

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Residents’ Exposure on Therapeutic Events Helps

The residents’ motor boat ride going to Hundred Islands

The residents’ motor boat ride going to Hundred Islands

Twenty-three (23) residents of the Haven for Children enjoyed summer-fun activities that dealt on improving their behavior and attitude towards their rehabilitation and reintegration program.

Under the leadership of Ms. Rosemarie Rosales, activities conceptualized by the rehabilitation team focused on learning visits and enhancing their potentials through summer-fun activities.

Educational Tour at Alaminos City Hundred Island. Family like-fun experience was the focus of this tour that was complemented by the Provincial Government of Pangasinan for the free bus ride.  A 30-minute  motorboat  led them to the islands of  Quezon, Governor’s Island, and Children’s Island.

Simple hiking at Governor’s island made the children appreciate more the beauty of these islands instead of just viewing them on a higher ground.  In connection to the rehabilitation of these children, having experienced this get-away activity,   bonding with fellow residents and the staff was reinforced while spectacular sceneries read on books are now  seen up-close.

“Masaya kami Ate . Maganda yung lugar kahit malayo. Nagenjoy kami. (We are happy. These places are beautiful although very far. We enjoyed this.)” These are the few lines of the residents while they are in these places. As confirmed by Social Worker Juliet Sicat, this tour is part of their rehabilitation process whereby recreational activities will relieve any stress from the residents.

River Cruise at  Dawel, Bonoan Gueset is   a  45-minute  sail on  motorized bamboo raft along the famous tourist come –on spot in Dagupan City. This  paved the way for more  enjoying moments for the residents appreciating the efforts of City Government of Dagupan to preserve the environment and boosting eco-tourism at the same time.

The Swimming Lessons with the Haven for Children residents.

The Swimming Lessons with the Haven for Children residents.

Swimming and  Taekwondo Lessons. There were 6 sessions of Swimming  Lessons done from months of April – May, 2013  participated in by 10 clients . This was provided freely by YMCA,   Dagupan City.

On Taekwondo, there were 8 sessions provided by TRACMA to 10 clients. After these series of Taekwondo Class, the children were seen to be more disciplined. They came to practice more respect to others, regular good grooming, personality and hygiene that are necessary for their everyday living.

Certificates of  Participation were given  to those who completed the 8 sessions. Two clients were given medals for achieving excellent performance.  (by: Juliet Sicat, Social Welfare Officer and Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II).

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FDS prepares sustainable development – Molte Aries

Non-Government Organization (NGO) Molte Aries of San Fernando City, La Union ties up for  the third time with  DSWD through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Family Development Sessions.

A project worth Php 104,466.50 was presented in a Memorandum on Agreement  (MOA) Signing  held at DSWD Field Office -01  with Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and Molte Aries Executive Officer Aurora G. Jucar.

‘With this continuous partnership with DSWD , we see our growth as an NGO by improving our strategies in service delivery and by knowing more our poor clienteles,” Ms. Jucar revealed. The Family Development Session  (FDS) is a sharing of good values among the less fortunate fellowmen, Jucar added.

‘We should not take FDS very lightly because this is a vital component involving behavioral change, the ‘cash grant’ will end but the change in the  lives of these families will remain as their shield and tool in their fight to poverty,” Jucar relayed.

FDS as social preparation

Molte Aries is a NGO registered and accredited by DSWD that provides basic social services geared towards sustainable livelihood of poor families.

As revealed, the regular FDS instigates behavioral change among the poor families. Transformation is the basic step to development. “Pag may pagbabago, hindi na kami matatakot na mabigay ng assistance (with evident change, we are no longer anxious to provide financial assistance).”

The FDS is very a good social preparation strategy prior to providing the livelihood assistance. Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are willing to learn, although hopelessness is mirrored in their faces, Jucar further mentioned.

Pantawid Pamilya partnership with CSOs

As mentioned by Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, Molte Aries is among the 86 civil society organizations (CSOs) that formalized partnership with DSWD in pursuit of the Aquino Administration’s directive to involve them in promoting transparency and accountability. With continuous mutual sharing of skills, transfer of technology and resource augmentation, Pantawid Pamilya will attain its goal of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty by investing on human capital development (health and education).  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regional Information Officer)

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DSWD joins National Tree Planting Day celebration

DSWD – FO1 headed by Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo joined in the observance of  the National Tree Planting Day spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Pugo, La Union on June 12, 2013.

The said event is in compliance to RA 10176 or the Arbor Day Act of 2012 and strengthen the National Greening Program of the government.

The Barangay Forest Program was also launched with the theme “Kalayaan: 2013 Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran”. A program mandating LGUs to establish their own nurseries and produce seedlings for planting within their respective area of responsibility.

Barangays Ambangonan, Ambalite, Cares and Palina were among the chosen sites for the activity. Among the present agencies, DSWD preferred Barangay Cares from which narra trees were planted.

Other agencies include BJMP, BFP, DILG, NEDA, PRC, BOT, NCIP, DBM, PIA and the LGU of Pugo. (by: Allan O. Lulu / Information Officer II, Pantawid Pamilya)

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Social Pension is ‘NO’ to me— 80 year old Lola

No wealth and possesion. Nothing to own. Nothing to boast. But all of these flipped while the chance to experience comfort is now within her grasp as she has now the Next Opportunity (NO) to bring color to her life.

She rejoices in her heart as she totally bids goobye to the days of famine. Though she is now at the declining period of her life, she is still fortunate to have a chance to experience providence from the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1).

A living testimony being shared by an eight decader Loreta Saygo and a social pensioner who hails from Brgy. Libtong, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur with her daughter Teresita Ramos who craddles her in the most challenging part of her life.

Superb Might

Though she is already eighty three, she still take hundreds of steps to personally accept her pension with the aide of Teresita. After receiving her pension, they go straight to the market and buy Lola Loreta’s needs such as milk, coffee, rice, snacks and others.

Lola Loreta feels more energized when pay out time comes. She even do not mind how far she would walk just to witness her pension to land on her palms. “Daytoy pensionko ket kaslang isu ti sarukodko isunga kabaelak pay laeng nga iyaddadang dagitoy sakak numanpay agkutukut dagitoy tumengkon ken agkubkubbo nakun.” (I consider my pension as my wooden stick that helps me take single steps despite of my weak knees and curved back.)

Lola Loreta strides despite of her shaking knees and tilted back but with potency while being assisted by her daughter Teresita.

Lola Loreta strides despite of her shaking knees and tilted back but with potency while being assisted by her daughter Teresita.

Shared Delight

The moment that Lola Loreta receives her pension, she also thinks to give a small amount to her sons and daughters after buying her needs. “Naragsak nak nga immawat isunga iburay ko met ti ragsakko ti sabali nangnangruna dagiti annakko.” (I want also to share the happiness I felt upon receiving my pension especially to my sons and daughters.) Lola Loreta further added that she extends her hands to her needy son and daughters in raising their children. “Kas inada, ammuk ti pagkasapulanda aglalu ta makitak met ti kasasaad ti panagbiagda.” (Being their mother, I know their needs especially I can see how they live.)

Before and After

“Siak ti agdawdawat ti kuarta kadagiti annak ken appok idi ngem ita ta adda met maaw-awatko, siakun ti mangted kadakuada uray sangkabassit laeng.” (I am begging money to my siblings and grandsons/daughters before but now that I have my pension, I share some amount with them.) According to her this is still her responsibility being a mother and when she saw them smile, that makes her stronger everyday.

By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR

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While sitting alone under a shady tree during a windy afternoon and as the birds are flying and chirping around, she takes pleasure in the cool breeze that embraces her as she still longs for someone who will be with her on the last days of her life.

Not only young ladies can fantasize like this but also an eighty five year old woman does. That is why Lola Ernesta Daus, a widow, still feels so youthful, alive, and kicking as manifested by her sweet smiles and crunchy giggles.

From Imaginations to Reality

The urge of Lola Ernesta to have a lifetime partner who will unselfishly cherish her despite of her grey hair and wrinkles somehow came true since she is now one of the Senior Citizens in Brgy. Bitalag, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur who is enjoying social pension from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO1).

She further said, “Numanpay balo nakun ken awan pagsapulak, ammuk nga adda ti pagbiagko babaen ti maaw-awatko a pension.” (Though I am widowed already and not able to work anymore, I know that I can still sustain my life through my pension.) Lola Ernesta strongly believes that the Social Pension Program of the DSWD leads to the realization of her dream to have a little comfort despite of being a widow.

Dominador Lardizabal, 63, one of Lola Ernesta’s six children chose not to build his own family house in a distant place in order not to forsake her aging mother. According to him, “Saan ko a mabalin a panawan isuna ta kasapulan nak a mangtaripato kankuana ta agkapsut met isunan.” (I can not leave her because she needs me to take care of her especially that she is getting weaker.) Lola Ernesta easily gets dizzy and might fall while walking moreso that her right eyesight was lost already because it was accidentally injured by a rice grain.

A Piggy Bank to Break


She plans to save what is left from buying viands, coffee, milk, and other needs after her pension lands to her hands. Centavos when being saved become hundreds, that is the principle of Lola Ernesta so she keeps every single cents from her pension.

Because she earned some amount, she confidently said, “Adda bukodkon a de kuryente a paglutwan iti inapoy.” (I now own an electric rice cooker). She decided to buy such appliance because their house almost turned into ashes after she unintentionally left their claystove unattended.

By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR

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As they get older and weaker, they are still entangled with the vows they made as they were united in the holy matrimony so many years ago. The promise of being together for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health made their relationship stay longer and even stronger till their last breath despite of both being blind.

Glowing Inside

Being at the stage of old age, chances are to forget everything due to loss of memory and to suffer from illnesses. But to Lolo Aurelio Llapitan, 86 and Lola Magdalena, 85 they consider their life as vibrant and meaningful because they are still together. It is in their hearts and minds that strengthens their relationship and makes them visible in each other’s vision

This blind couple is among the social pensioners of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur who enjoys their life together living in a salvaged dwelling situated in Brgy. Parola. With them is one of their three siblings who has mental disorder. The other two have their own families already in Baguio City and in Manila but they seldom visit them and give some money.

Pledge being carried on

Lola Magdalena tries hard to straighten her back and approach their clay stove through the aide of her wooden stick just to cook their food. She even does her very best to serve food to her husband. “Awan met sabali a kamanganmi a mangaywan kadakami nu di laeng ti bukodmi a bagi” (We cannot expect anybody to take care of us but just our own selves), said Lola Magdalena. “Uray nu nakusel, nabasa wenno nakset ti lutwen na nga inapoy, mayat lattan basta adda kanenmi ken ammok nga isuna ti nangisagana” (It is just okay though she serves half cooked, over cooked or even burned rice, what is important to me is that we have something to eat and I know that she really strived her very best to prepare it.), said Lolo Aurelio while he lifts his cheeks towards Lola Magdalena sitted on her side as if there is no trace of hardships in his face.

Milk and Honey on the table

Avelina Lasaga, 70, younger sister of Lola Magdalena prepares or gives them ready to eat viands. According to Lola Magdalena, when the time they received their pension they will let Avelina buy their food such as meat, fish, vegetables and other needs like medicine, coffee, milk, and rice.  Because of that she uttered, “Agyamankami ta adda maaw-awatmi a pagbiaganmi ta saanmin pay a kabaelan ti agsapul.” (We are grateful that we are receiving pension that is very helpful in our daily living especially now that we cannot work anymore.)

Lolo Aurelio and Lola Magdalena are among the reasons why Tagudin Senior Citizens and Friends Drugstore Cooperative, a project of the Senior Citizens was established through the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) according to its Head Dr. Alejandrino P. Villanueva. This project has been going on for 15 years in giving at most 20% discount to all senior citizens in Tagudin.

By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR

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