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Listahanan shares data of poor households to PGLU and DOH

(Upper Left Photo) Listahanan Focal Person/Policy and Plans Division Chief Anniely J. Ferrer together with Listahanan Head/Regional Field Coordinator (RFC) Joan M. Nuesca and Listahanan Regional Information Technology Officer (RITO) Aristedeo V. Tinol hands over the CD which contains data of poor households in the Province of La Union (LU) to LU Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Ranilo P. Ipac with IT Officers of the Provincial Government of La Union.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) shared its data of poor households to the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) and the Department of Health Regional Office 1 (DOH RO 1).

The list of poor households from Listahanan were generated from the result of the 2nd Round of Household Assessment conducted in the year 2015.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DSWD FO 1 and PGLU were crafted to make sure that the personal and sensitive information of poor households will be protected in accordance with Republic Act 10173 also known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

The data of poor households or individuals will be used by PGLU for planning purposes; for the recognition of Centenarians; for the livelihood trainings of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Out-of-School Youths (OSYs), and unemployed family members; for referrals to health insurance; and for knowing the number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and the data of Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Listahanan RITO Tinol and Listahanan Head/RFC Nuesca give the CD with list of poor households in Region 1 to Department of Health Regional Office 1 (DOH RO 1) Atty. Jordan P. Falces and DOH RO1 IT Officer.

Meanwhile, the DOH RO 1, with the implementation of the Philippine Health Agenda (PHA) that is geared towards providing accessible quality health care services to the marginalized poor and unreached population, will use the data of Listahanan to provide medical, dental, and surgical services to poor households and to ensure the sustainability of health services.

Listahanan was established by the DSWD to identify who and where the poor are. The comprehensive Listahanan database of poor households serves as basis for selecting beneficiaries for social protection programs and services in Region 1 and the entire Philippines. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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DSWD FO 1 Centers’ Residents dazzle during the Heart Month

RRCY and HFG staff pose after the successful event.

RRCY, Urayong, Bauang, La Union – Residents of DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) and Home for Girls (HFG) showcased their skills and talents through dancing, spoken poetry, and pageantry during the Search for King and Queen of Hearts 2019 .

In masquerade theme, five (5) beautiful HFG and five (5) debonair RRCY candidates vying for the title King and Queen of Hearts 2019 opened the afternoon event through a dance production number. The candidates showed their distinctive competencies in singing, rapping, and dancing during the talent portion. Wearing their stylish sports attire and sophisticated formal wear, the candidates gracefully presented themselves to the four (4) panel of judges. To elicit their ideas on affection, each candidate expressed his/her opinions on self-love and compassion to family and to others. Male candidate no. 4 and female candidate no. 3, who received most of the minor and special awards, won the most coveted titles .

In between the pageant, the residents also competed in dance and spoken poetry categories. Residents grooved into dynamic dances in duos and in groups. The dance duo who won the contest gracefully moved into a piece of Filipino contemporary music. In the spoken poetry, five (5) male and two (2) female residents aesthetically battled in the word-based art performance. One of the most applauded presentations is a recital that pitched on the baseless and quick judgment of the society to the poor without knowing and understanding the real situations. In the closing words, the contestant thrown a line, “Masakit magmahal sa taong hindi ka gusto, pero mas masakit mamatay sa bayang walang pakialam sa iyo (It’s painful to love someone who does not like you, but it’s more unfortunate to die in a society that does not care about you).”

RRCY Center Head Leah Mylen L. Lucero shared that the joint event is a strategy to strengthen the interpersonal relationships between and among Centers’ staff and residents, and an avenue to exhibit their creativity, hidden ideas, and teamwork to establish a more comfortable workplace. In addition, HFG Center Head Noemi Escalona complemented that the activity is beneficial to the residents to socialize with various types of people in order to improve their communication and social skills.

Before the competition, lectures on Dating, Courtship, Marriage in Relation to Sexual and Reproductive Health was facilitated by Commission on Population Region 1, and topics on Pre-Marital Sex, Promiscuity, and Risky Behavior in Relation to HIV/AIDS was discussed by RRCY Medical Officer in the morning. # By: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit

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A Child Born in the Heart

Oliver, Kendall, and Asuncion DeLong

Bauang, La Union – In 2006, Asuncion and Oliver Kenneth DeLong are living a happy married life in Kentucky, United States of America, but something has been missing over the past three (3) years of marriage. Having a child has always been important to the couple, particularly to Asuncion, a Filipina who values a strong sense of family relationship. Oliver, a retired American military, together with her wife has been constantly praying to give them a child but unluckily, it was all unanswered.  

Exactly on their 3rd wedding anniversary, a video call from the Philippines was received by the couple. Asuncion’s mother showed to them a newly-born baby girl who was voluntarily given up for adoption by her displaced biological parents. Due to the excitement of Asuncion’s mother, she immediately went to the local civil registry in Bauang to register the baby girl whom they named Kendall Ann DeLong. However, Asuncion and Oliver found the process inappropriate. Despite living in the USA, the couple exerted their efforts to contact social workers in the Philippines to make the adoption legitimate. Asuncion searched the DSWD Field Office 1 website and contacted the Department. Through the phone, she was accommodated by a social worker to facilitate the adoption. Once the decision had been made to begin the adoption process, the couple decided to go back to the Philippines. Through closely coordinating with DSWD, Asuncion and Oliver officially became the parents of Kendall.

Asuncion recalled, “In the beginning, I had this reservation to give my full attention to Kendall because I got jealous of her because my husband had more time for the child. But as days passed by, I found out that Kendall is a lovable and smart kid, my love for her naturally blossomed for a lifetime.” When the couple decided to stay for good in the country, Oliver went back to Kentucky to sell their house. However, an unexpected circumstance happened. Oliver died due to an aortic aneurysm, an enlargement of an artery caused by weakness in the arterial wall that leads to internal bleeding. “I was shaken by my husband’s death. I was lost. I had also this predicament on how to rear our child singlehandedly,” Asuncion narrated.

Since life must go on, Asuncion bravely raised her child by nurturing her with true compassion. “One day, my 7-year-old Kendall went home crying because she got bullied by her playmates. She asked me if she is an ampon (adopted),” shared Asuncion – a question that she was ready to answer anytime. “We (with late Oliver) are not your biological parents, but you were born in my heart. We love you dearly and you made me whole,” the loving mother said to her daughter.  If there is anything Asuncion would like the public to know, she would encourage legal adoption to spread unconditional love to neglected and/or abandoned children who need true and caring families who will stand beside them for their entire lives. “Genuine love is really what matters most when adopting a child,” she added. Asuncion also shared that there is no definite formula when to tell a child that he/she is adopted. “Once a child learns that he/she is adopted, reveal his/her true identity. The earlier children discover about the truth, the easier for them to accept the reality and create their own stories,” she said. Adoption adds dimension to identity formation, and late discovery can be devastating.

Today, the 10-year old Kendall is a Grade 4 pupil in a Christian School in the City of San Fernando, La Union. She loves to discover things on her own. “Just like any other child, my daughter also commits mistakes, but I am here to guide her throughout her life to become the person she wants to be,” Asuncion said. She also shared her secret in raising Kendall to be a God-fearing child. “Train a child the way he/she should go, and when he/she is old, he/she will not depart from it,” finally she shared.        

From 2009 to January 2019, there are 307 surrendered, neglected, and abandoned children in Region 1 who are declared legally available for adoption.#by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit

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DSWD partners with SM Foundation to produce skilled farmers in Pangasinan

Since 2015, SM Foundation, Incorporated in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1, Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1, Harbest Agribusiness Corporation and some Local Government Units in Region 1 has been providing technical assistance among farmers through its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmer’s Training Program. This  initiative aims to support communities through food security and poverty reduction by introducing modern farming techniques among the trainees.

One hundred eight (108) trainees from Calasiao, Bugallon, and Aguilar in Pangasinan successfully graduated from the 7-month long training recently. Thirty-eight (38) of the trainees were Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, 15 of them are Sustainable Livelihood Program served beneficiaries of the DSWD.

Originally, the training module which started in June 2018 should run for three months only, however, due to natural calamities that devastated the province during the implementation, it was extended to four months to allow rehabilitation and coping mechanism trainings. Modern and practical ways of land preparation, crop management, and harvesting techniques were introduced to the program participants.

Ang training na ito ang magpapataas sa aming ani. Nagboluntaryo akong sumali dahil sa kabila ng aking edad ay gusto ko pa ring guminhawa ang aking buhay (This training will increase our yield. I volunteered to be one of the trainees despite my age because I still look forward to a better life),” said Bernardino Morales, 66, as he showed gratitude to all stakeholders who have helped in the realization of their training.  He owned the 7,000 square meter lot at Brgy. Doyong, Calasiao where the project site and training took place.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo acknowledged the vital role of partnership among the stakeholders in the successful implementation of livelihood projects and other social welfare assistance being extended to the community. “Dapat talaga ay magkakasama ang iba’t-ibang ahensya at institusyon upang mas mapalawak pa ang maibibigay na tulong at makarating ang totoong tulong sa dapat nitong patunguhan (Agencies and institutions should converge to provide extensive assistance to reach the beneficiaries who really need it most),” he said.

From 2015 to 2017, 282 SLP participants from Aringay, La Union; Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; and Pozorrubio, San Fabian, and Lingayen, Pangasinan benefitted the same training which they maximized to improve their chosen microenterprises. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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RRCY wins Best Implementer of Gulayan sa Center

RRCY residents water their plants to ensure good yields.

Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) bested the other four Centers of DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 during the Search for Best Implementer of Gulayan sa Center initiated by the Supplementary Feeding Program Management Office. The activity aimed to promote vegetable production among DSWD FO 1 Centers’ staff and residents, provide a fostering environment for sustainable gardens, and improve food systems of the Centers.

RRCY residents, with the assistance of the staff, were optimized in tilling and maintaining the gardens that also serves as their recreational activity. Grouped into six, these residents were given the decision to prepare their gardens and plant various vegetables such as but not limited to tomato, okra, bottle and bitter gourds, kangkong, and sweet potato around the Center. The yields are bought by the Center based on the current market price and served during meals. Residents used the income in purchasing their personal necessities and the remaining amount is put in their savings which they can acquire once they are reintegrated with their families.

“Dahil sa Gulayan sa Center, bumaba ang insidente ng mga paglabag dito sa RRCY kasi naging abala ang mga residente sa pagtatanim at pagpapaganda sa kanilang mga gulayan. Sa proyekto ring ito, nagkaroon ng karagdagang kaalaman ang mga bata (Through the Gulayan sa Center, the violations in RRCY declined because the residents became busy in planting and improving their gardens. This project also provided additional skills to the residents),” shared RRCY Center Head Leah Mylen L. Lucero. RRCY received PhP10,000.00 cash prize to be used for sustainable gardening that would both benefit the Center and the residents.

The Best Implementer of Gulayan sa Center was judged based on utilization of garden space, variety of plants grown, sufficiency and resourcefulness of garden tools, appearance of the garden, and sources of water supply. # By: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit

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Typhoon Ompong-affected households receive emergency shelter assistance

Naguilian, La Union – DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 granted PhP2,449,400.00 emergency shelter assistance (ESA) to 74 households assessed with totally-damaged houses after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong on 16 September 2018. Each household received PhP30,000.00 ESA and an additional PhP3,100.00 Cash-For-Work (CFW) assistance. The CFW is a 10-day undertaking to reconstruct and/or rehabilitate the damaged houses where daily labor payment is based on the Regional Minimum Wage of Region 1 set by the National Wages and Productivity Commission.

“Ang natanggap po namin na tulong ay magagamit bilang panimula para buuing muli ang aming tahanan. Maraming salamat DSWD (The assistance we received will be used to rebuild our home. Thank you DSWD),” said Warlyn H. Cabading, a recipient from Brgy. Suguidan Norte. Despite the unfortunate circumstance, Warlyn remains resilient and plans to construct a safer home in their family’s compound situated at a higher ground.

In full smile, Rogelio Aquino, 77, a resident of Barangay Sili, thanked the Department for going to the barangay to personally hand-in the shelter assistance. Living alone, he hopes to rehabilitate a stronger house near the area where his light material-made shack was totally wrecked by the typhoon.

In Region 1, there are 2,200 ESA recipients who were validated with totally-damaged houses with a fund allocation of PhP73,349,600.00. ESA pay-outs are currently conducted by the DSWD FO 1 Disaster Response Management Division throughout the region. # By: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit

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PhilRice’s Lakbay Palay 2018 introduces new farming techniques to SLP participants

As part of the sealed partnership between the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) and Philippine Rice Research Institute Batac (PhilRice Batac), 985 farmers gathered together through the Lakbay Palay 2018 held on 8-9 November 2018 at PhilRice NTA Station, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The farmers who are from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union are all Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants of DSWD FO 1 who are currently undergoing various skills training on rice, oyster mushroom, and vegetable production.

PhilRice’s Lakbay Palay aims to introduce new farming techniques and approaches to the farmers. With this year’s theme “Lakbay Kaalaman Tungo sa Masaganang Kinabukasan”, the farmers, together with some DSWD and LGU staff, had a tour to PhilRice Batac’s 13 learning stations. The stations include vermicompost production, inbred rice seed production, special purpose rice selection, introduction to new farm machineries, among others.

Pati pay gayam dagidiay ammomin a basura ket mabalin pay gayam a pagkakitaan, diay vermicompost. Pati panagtalon ket high-tech payen, masapol laeng nga adda mangisuro isu nga agyamyaman kami ti DSWD ken PhilRice (Even those that we consider trash can still be a source of income… like vermicompost production. Farming requires high-technology now, we just need someone to teach us the technical know-how, and we thank DSWD and PhilRice for that),” said Modesto Danao from Agoo, La Union who actively participated during the discussions.

PhP15.99 M partnership

The SLP participants actively participate during the Lakbay Palay 2018.

DSWD FO 1 and Philrice Batac signed a 15.99 million peso partnership early this year where PhP15 million came from the DSWD SLP GAA-Microenterprise Development 2017 fund and the remaining amount from PhilRice who served as training specialists.

Maganda ang SLP na programa ng DSWD (The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a good program of DSWD) in terms of attitude transformation among our participants. It is easier for us to introduce new technologies,” said PhilRice Batac Director Reynaldo C. Castro relating to the five processes which the SLP participants underwent. The second process – the Social Preparation stage – follows a participatory process to empower and develop co-ownership among SLP participants.

As the SLP participants are being continuously monitored for assessment and additional technical assistance within a two-year incubation period by the SLP Field Staff, the first batch of farmers who underwent skills trainings have already applied new farming techniques learned through their increased crop production rate during the last harvest season. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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City Government of San Carlos, Pangasinan adopts ReSPPEC

A resident of Brgy. Caoayan-Kiling reads the IEC material of ResPPEC posted in a shanty.

The City Government of San Carlos, Pangasinan, through a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD Field Office (FO) 1, adopted the Reporting System and Prevention Program for Elder Abuse Cases (ReSPPEC), a community-based project initiated by DSWD through the Social Technology Bureau to protect the rights of older persons against all forms of abuse by establishing a local reporting mechanism and referral system.

In March 2016, the project was initially piloted in Barangays Bacnar and Caoayan-Kiling, San Carlos City because of the large number of older person population based on Listahanan data. After more than two years of project implementation, the City Government recognized the importance of ReSPPEC and its relevance in promoting senior citizen-friendly community.

To ensure project sustainability, the City has allocated PhP1 Million included in its Annual Budget for CY 2019 to further reinforce mechanisms, procedures, and protocols to formally report, investigate, intervene, document, monitor, and provide follow-up services to victims of elderly abuse and elder at-risk in the communities.

“Dapat maipalaganap ang ReSPPEC para magkaroon ng tamang pag-intindi, pagtrato, at pag-aaruga sa mga nakatatanda. Huwag nating antayin na mas marami pang maisuplong na kaso ng pang-aabuso. Makialam at labanan ang pang-aabuso sa mga nakatatanda (ReSPPEC must be promoted to provide the right information in understanding, treating, and taking care of the elderly. Let us not wait for more cases of abuse. Be involved and fight elderly abuse),” shared Social Technology Unit Head Mary Grace Rendon. She also disclosed that everyone is accountable for protecting the older persons to promote their well-being, and all must work together to eradicate this societal challenge.

The Philippine government has initiated proactive measures to combat violence on elderly by empowering the sector and providing adequate social services through the implementation of Republic Act 9257 “An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens” and Republic Act 7876 “An Act Establishing a Senior Citizens Center in All Cities and Municipalities of the Philippines, and Appropriating Funds Therefor.” # By: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit

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