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DSWD FO 1 observes National Indigenous Peoples Month

DSWD Field Office 1 employees flaunt their ethnic attires during the Search for Best in Ethnic Attire. The female winner wears an orange indigenous attire (upper picture, 3rd from right) while the male winner wears a modern ethnic upper garment (lower picture, 1st from left).

In promotion and observation of the diverse and rich cultures of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 actively observes and participates in the celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month by wearing ethnic attire every Monday for the whole month of October 2018.

To make the celebration more exciting, the Field Office conducts search for best in ethnic attires, male and female categories, for all employees to show its affinity to the IP communities. In its initial staging, both categories were bagged by the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

“Kailangan nating ipagdiwang ang National Indigenous Peoples Month para maipaalala sa ating mga kababayan, lalong-lalo na sa mga kabataan, na mayroon tayong makulay na kultura (We need to celebrate the National Indigenous People Month to remind our countrymen, especially the youth, that we have colorful cultures),” shared Administrative Assistant II Cherry Y. Rapis, the best in ethnic attire under the female category.

Further, Administrative Assistant II Ronaldo L. Beniegla said that, “Ako’y nakikiisa sa selebrasyon ng National Indigenous Peoples Month para maipakita natin sa buong mundo ang katangi-tanging kultura ng IPs (I sympathize with the celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Month to show to the world the unique culture of IPs).” The best in ethnic attire under the male category highlighted that awareness of the local culture promotes the survival of the rich longstanding cultural traditions.

DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo encouraged all employees to deepen their understanding of IPs’ values and cultures to promote the nation’s cultural diversity. Director Castillo said that traditional cultural attires reflect the values and beliefs held by members of IPs, and by wearing an ethnic attire or any IP accessory, we can support and sustain cultural resilience and sustainability. The Regional Director also advised that an orientation on the proper use of IPs traditional attire in any public event should be facilitated in compliance with Republic Act 8371, also known as the Indigenous People’s Rights Act of 1997.

National Indigenous Peoples Month is celebrated every October of the year pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1906, series of 2009. (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)

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Asingan Sheltered Workshop promotes empowerment among OPs and PWDs

Orthopedically handicapped trainees at the sheltered workshop namely (L-R): George Aguilar, 65; Francisco Sanchez, 65; and Aurora Pastor together with Ms. Alicia Uson, a mother of a Child with Disability

“Mula nang sumali ako rito (sheltered workshop), napagtanto kong may silbi at nakakaambag pa rin kami sa komunidad kahit na matanda na kami at may kapansanan (Since I joined the sheltered workshop, I realized that we can still contribute to the community despite being old and with disability),” Aurora Pastor, 60, testified.

Aurora is orthopedically handicapped and enjoys making dishwashing liquid.  She is proud of her product because it is good for cleaning tiles.

Aurora is one of the 17 trainees at the Sheltered Workshop for Older Persons (OPs) and Persons with Disability (PWDs) who availed skills training on commercial cooking, candle production, dry goods printing, sewing, mug printing, massage therapy, among others.

The Sheltered Workshop is one of the best practices of the Municipality of Asingan that caters to all interested and qualified OPs and PWDs as a stepping stone to become trainees at the Area 1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC 1) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1). This is a pilot project of the DSWD Central Office through the Social Technology Bureau in coordination with the Local Government of Asingan. It is a community-based facility designed to provide work training and productive employment for OPs and PWDs by producing and selling goods or services.

According to Asingan Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Teresa O. Mamalio, since the shelter was established in 2006, 75 clients were already served, and some of them are now employed and running their own businesses.

Atty. Joshua V. Viray, Acting Mayor, emphasized that the OP and PWD sectors should be given priority, and they should directly benefit from all programs and services designed for them. He is also honored that other municipalities in Region 1 are replicating the Sheltered Workshop. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)

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DSWD FO 1 recognizes employees with outstanding character

The DSWD FO 1 through its Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) Committee has designed a Character of the Month Award to fully acknowledge employees who have displayed outstanding work performance, demonstrated commitment in his / her job, and consistently foster good relationships with co-employees, intermediaries, and clients.

To recognize employees fairly and equitably in correlation to the value of these individuals to the organization, each division / center / institution / program nominates one staff regardless of rank, position, and employment status who best depicts the character of the month. The awardee, to be featured on DSWD Ilocandia Facebook Page, is acknowledged on the 1st Monday / working day of the following month and receives a token.

Ms. Lera De Vera (right) receives Certificate of Recognition and token awarded by ARDO Marlene Febes D. Peralta (left) during the awarding ceremony.

“Our gratitude is to be pervasive. Let us be thankful not of some things, but of all things. There is so much to be thankful for,” shared Lera De Vera, the character awardee in September 2018. Lera, an SLP PDO II, exhibited her utmost Gratefulness by reciprocating kindness by giving a hand to a co-worker, recognizing the efforts of her colleagues during program implementation, providing free snacks to Parent Leaders during project monitoring activities, and rendering volunteer service with her family after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. The former Listahanan area coordinator encouraged all employees to put their best efforts and give gratitude to their work as a reflection of the values of the Agency in providing compassionate and prompt service.

For the month of October 2018, Honor takes the spotlight.

The Character of the Month Award started in January 2018 with the prime objective of retaining and motivating employees to work towards achieving the strategic goals of the Department. It also seeks to increase employees’ performance. All 2018 character awardees will be presented during the 2019 DSWD FO 1 Anniversary Celebration. (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)

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Older persons shine during 2018 Elderly Filipino Week

To promote the older persons’ rights and recognize these rights as a factor for just society, DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 led the celebration of the 2018 Elderly Filipino Week (EFW) with the theme: “Kilalanin at Parangalan: Tagasulong ng Karapatan ng Nakatatanda Tungo sa Lipunang Mapagkalinga.”

In celebration of the EFW, the Department conducted a three-day activity on 3-5 October 2018 to exhibit the talents, skills, wit, and beauty of the older persons from the four provinces of the region. Senior citizens participated in individual and group singing contests to showcase their unique and dynamic vocal prowess. Likewise, a competition tagged as “Senior Citizens’ Got Talent” was facilitated to underscore their extraordinary acting competencies, dancing abilities, and dramatic monologue skills.

Newly crowned 2018 Ambassadress and Ambassador (center, seated). Both winners are 64 years old who hail from Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

This year’s Search for 2018 Ambassador and Ambassadress had eight beautiful female and eight debonair male senior citizens vying for the titles. During the pageant, the contestants answered questions related to the promotion of their rights and wellness, the advancement of their social functioning, and the elimination of elderly abuse.  When asked how to prevent elderly abuse, Mr. Victor Respicio responded that we should actively raise awareness of this issue to help curb neglect or abuse occurring to elders. Mr. Respicio took home the crown for 2018 Ambassador while Ms. Esperanza Cachatero was crowned as 2018 Ambassadress. The winners who were both delegates from Laoag City, Ilocos Norte received PhP10,000.00 cash each. Laoag City has been winning the title for Ambassadress for three consecutive years now.

Mr. John Hilary Magsaysay graced the celebration on behalf of Senior Citizen Partylist Representative Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay and served as the keynote speaker of the activity. Mr. Magsaysay said that “For our elderly to be accorded a life of decency and dignity, they must be assured of health, opportunities, protection, and empowerment.” Senior Citizen Partylist envisions an equitable and healthy society for senior citizens in Ilocos Region and the rest of the 8.7 million senior citizens in the country.

DSWD FO 1 Assistant Regional Director for Operations (ARDO) Marlene Febes D. Peralta shared with the participants that “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”. ARDO Peralta, a senior citizen herself, encouraged the older persons to try out and explore new things and to always remember that their small acts toward the good of humanity can create a ripple and a huge impact to the society.

The ARDO further revealed that with the increasing number of abused, neglected, and abandoned senior citizens in Region 1, DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo initiated a successful dialogue with the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) relative to the transitioning of Home for the Aged in San Juan, La Union to provide a free and decent home to indigent and unattached senior citizens. The lot and construction for the Home were funded by DSWD while operations and management will be the counterpart of the PGLU.

Region 1 has a total of 373,400 senior citizens with 44,078 (20,163 males and 23,915 females) belonging to the poor. In 2018, 167 centenarians throughout the region were eligible to receive PhP100,000.00 under Republic Act 10868 or the “Centenarians Act of 2016.” (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)

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Living a better quality of life with DSWD-SLP

From a Barangay Sanitary Inspector receiving a PhP500.00 monthly honorarium, Romela de Vera is now earning an additional PhP2,000.00 to PhP3,000.00 monthly  from her sari-sari store through the provision of PhP10,000.00 start-up capital from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1.

Romela was among the 113 SLP participants in Brgy. Subusub, Rosario, La Union who underwent Skills Training on Hairdressing in 2015 but she shifted to sari-sari store management after seeing a viable business opportunity on the said enterprise. Her house is located in a congested area where the next nearest sari-sari store is about 180 meters away.

Due to the high demand, she expanded her business to general merchandise selling ready-to-wear clothes, slippers, bags, and purified drinking water. She also sells burgers and street foods earning an additional average monthly income of PhP2,000.00. Her combined income from retailing and snack vending greatly contributes to her husband’s average monthly income of PhP5,000.00 from personal driving which is utilized for the family’s daily needs and schooling of their five children. Most of the family’s savings were utilized for house expansion and acquisition of home appliances.

Talaga nga dakkel ti tulong ti SLP ta limmag-an ti panagbiagmi uray kaskasano. Saan kami nga agproblema ti gastosenmi ti inaldaw ken ti panagbasa dagiti ubbing ta adda daytoy a livelihood (SLP is truly a big help, we are somehow living in a more comfortable life now. We no longer worry about our needs because we have this profitable livelihood),” said Romela. She is now planning to expand her enterprise by adding rice to her range of merchandise.

On the other hand, 83 program participants from various barangays in Rosario, La Union underwent Skills Training on general merchandise/sari-sari store management in 2015. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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DSWD FO 1 extends disaster duties in Ilocos Sur

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 1 continues to render disaster duties in Ilocos Sur one week after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

Ma. Bernadette B. Arcangel, Social Welfare and Development Team Leader for Ilocos Sur, reported that requests for augmentation from affected towns are still pouring.

“We are still forwarding requests to the Regional Office so our team is continuously busy with the relief operations,” says Arcangel.

When Typhoon Ompong hit Ilocos Sur last weekend, thirty (30) employees from different units of DSWD FO 1 immediately responded to the call for disaster duties and were stationed at the Provincial Operations Office in Vigan City where they monitored requests for relief supplies and coordinated the consequent release to affected municipalities.

DSWD FO 1 staff helps in the distribution of family, hygiene, and sleeping kits to an evacuee at Mindoro Elementary School in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur (upper photo); release of relief supplies at the satellite warehouse in Ayusan Norte, Vigan City. (lower photo).

“Mahirap iwanan ang iyong pamilya kasi nag-aalala ka sa kanilang kaligtasan pero dahil nasa ahensya tayo na dapat nauunang nagbibigay ng tulong, mahirap maging makasarili o sarili lang ang iniisip sa mga panahong ganito. (It’s hard to leave your family because you are worried about their safety but since we are a welfare agency that is at the helm of public service, we can not be selfish at times like this),” says Beberly A. Agam, Administrative Aide VI of the Disaster Response and Management Division, one of the employees who helped in the relief operations.

The Field Office also helped in the distribution of relief supplies to affected families and individuals temporarily housed in evacuation centers throughout Ilocos Sur.

In the first 72 hours of Typhoon Ompong in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the team provided food and non-food items amounting to almost 5 million pesos to nine (9) municipalities. (by Ruperto A. Sabalo, Jr., Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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DSWD FO 1 assesses houses damaged by TY Ompong

DSWD FO 1 staff joins the rapid damage assessment and needs analysis after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) continuously conducts assessment to partially- and totally-damaged houses after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. As of 25 September 2018, 16,808 partially- and 800 totally-damaged houses were reported throughout the region.

SWO II Greta Mae Lazo who was part of the team that conducted rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte said that local government units (LGUs) should finalize the list of damaged houses to accelerate the provision of cash assistance.

Thus, the Field Office is currently prioritizing the assessment of damaged houses to immediately rebuild the houses of the typhoon victims. Damaged houses that were assessed will be included under the Department’s Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program wherein households with partially-damaged houses receive PhP10,000.00 while those with totally-damaged houses are granted PhP30,000.00 cash assistance. Ms. Lazo also assured their intensified monitoring on the use of ESA to ensure proper fund utilization.

Meanwhile, LGU San Juan in La Union already submitted a project proposal for ESA augmentation in the municipality. They will be granting PhP5,000.00 to 28 households with totally-damaged houses while 483 individuals with partially-damaged houses will be receiving PhP2,000.00. (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD FO 1 releases 48,072 family food packs to TY Ompong victims

A girl happily goes home after receiving a family food pack from DSWD.

As of 24 September 2018, DSWD Field Office 1 (FO 1) has augmented 48,072 family food packs (FFPs) amounting to PhP17,305,920.00 to the victims of Typhoon Ompong in Region 1. Further, 3,414 hygiene kits, 6,967 family kits, and 6,725 sleeping kits worth PhP27,223,347.25 were distributed to various cities and municipalities.

FFPs are composed of six (6) kilos of rice, four (4) cans of sardines, four (4) cans of corned beef, and six (6) sachets of coffee while hygiene kits are comprised of five (5) pieces assorted toothbrush, 500mL toothpaste, 1,250mL shampoo, 1,250g bath soap, four (4) rolls of tissue, eight (8) sanitary napkins, two (2) combs, one (1) disposable shaving razor, and one (1) nail cutter. Family kits include five (5) bath towels, 15 undergarments, 10 pairs of shirts and shorts, and five (5) pairs of slippers while sleeping kits contain two (2) blankets, one (1) plastic mat, one (1) mosquito net, and one (1) malong.

DSWD FO 1 maintains sufficient stockpiles of these food and non-food items prepositioned at the regional and satellite warehouses throughout the Region. The Department has a temporary regional warehouse located at Brgy. Biday, City of San Fernando, La Union. Seven satellite warehouses are located in the Province of Pangasinan, three in Ilocos Norte, and one in Ilocos Sur to ensure that immediate relief augmentation is provided to local government units (LGUs).

DSWD FO 1 Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo underscored the importance of satellite warehouses to promptly respond to the needs of individuals affected by a calamity. Director Castillo also highlighted that relief supplies about to expire are optimized through food-for-work activities. (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)

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