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KALAHI hires 1,192 new staff

KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven-Development Program Orientation. The Department of Social Welfare and Development is currently conducting an orientation on the newly hired staff of KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven-Development Program in Western Visayas at the regional office. A total of 1,192 staff to include area coordinators, deputy area coordinators, municipal financial analysts and community facilitators were hired to implement KALAHI CIDSS projects in 117 municipalities regionwide

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Press statement: We never stopped working for the survivors and we will continue to do so

relief distribution smallThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI, in partnership with Local Government Units, has been helping survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Western Visayas since it struck the region on November 8, 2013. In fact, even before typhoon Yolanda made a landfall in Western Visayas, the DSWD has prepositioned a total of 3,000 sacks of rice in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

From November 8 until end of December 2013, the DSWD has already released P154 million worth of relief goods as immediate assistance to affected families all over the region. This, along with the last round of relief distribution which is still ongoing brings the figure at P862,558,693 worth of goods equivalent to 1,129,175 food packs.

The men and women of DSWD have been working nonstop to provide assistance to the victims of the super typhoon.

We are therefore saddened to hear the barrage of criticisms that our Department is getting from one local radio station recently despite of clarifications we already gave them through interviews.

We would like to inform the public that the goods referred thereat are what remain of the ongoing last round of distribution that is part of our rehabilitation phase, which the office only received in the last week of June and July in staggered delivery due to its volume.

We have already completed the distribution of the last round of relief augmentation to LGUs in Iloilo, Capiz and Antique comprising 86 percent of the total 515,071 (only for the last round) food packs.

What remains there is the 14 percent or 72,010 food packs of noodles and canned goods intended for Negros Occidental and three towns of Aklan, specifically Buruanga, Malinao and Tangalan. Our Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Unit is already working out for the cargo transfer of the goods for Negros Occidental. As for the LGUs in Aklan, we have informed them to send trucks so they could pull out the goods intended for them.

As to the noodles, we would like to clarify that some of the date of expiry will be in the months of October and November 2014. While this is beyond our control as the Field Office did not procure these but were instead delivered to us, we accept accountability.

We shall make sure that all these will be distributed on or before September 15, 2014.

The DSWD has never been remiss of its duty, braving heat and rain, to extend its arms to those affected by typhoon Yolanda. In fact, we’ve had workers who were injured and workers who also lost their homes. But we never stopped working for the survivors and we will continue to do so.

(Original signed)
Assistant Regional Director

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`I will be a policeman someday’



BINGAWAN, Iloilo-Barely three feet in height, he was noticeable among the crowd of people inside the town’s gymnasium that day. Clad in a blue t-shirt, he looked innocent at why people were so busy moving from one table to another.
He was seven-year-old JB Falces of Brgy. Ngingi-an in this town in Central Panay. He accompanied his mom Welba who received the P2,100 cash grant from the national government intended for the schooling and health of her children during the Caravan of Social Services organized by the Office of the Ombudsman in partnership with DSWD and other agencies.
Asked why he joined his mother, the boy said, “Gapangayo ko bakal papel sa eskwelahan(I was asking her to buy me paper for school),” he said.
JB, who is currently enrolled at Ngingi-an Elementary School, has six other siblings. Three of them are already in high school while one has a family of her own and another is an infant.
While JB did not seem to have bothered about the large number of the crowd that day, he wore a smile as her mother announced, “Mabakal pa gid ako uniform nila sa eskwelahan karun maam (I’m going to buy them uniform for school).”

Welba admitted that it has been hard for her and her husband Justiniano, 48 years old, to provide for their children.
She has no work while Justiniano drives a dump truck for construction projects. “Gapasalamat gid kami sa gobyerno sa pagbulig sa amon. Sang wala Pantawid, budlay mag-asikaso sa mga bata. Gapangita man ko kwarta para makabulig-bulig. Subong, mahatagan ko gid sila tiyempo (We are thankful to the government for helping us. When Pantawid Pamilya was not helping us, it was very difficult to give focus to my children. I had to both find means to earn and at the same time attend to them. Now that we are getting help, I have more time for them).”
When JB was asked about his dream, he said, “Gusto ko mangin pulis sa urihi (I want to be a policeman someday).

Welba said that Pantawid Pamilya has brought positive changes in their lives.
“Hanggud gid bulig sini sa amon. Muna nga ginapaeskwela namon ang amon kabataan kay bal-an namon nga amo na ang paagi para mauntat ang kaimulon. Sa pag-eskwela, kaya namon ang pagbag-o. (This is a big help to us. That’s why we are sending our children to school because that is the only way to stop poverty. Through education, we can achieve change).

That day, it was not only the family of JB that was reached by the government. There were thousands more who were served by the government as the National Government Agencies (NGAs), with the leadership of the Ombudsman and partnership with DSWD, brought the government closer to the people.
DSWD alone released P1.1 million in cash grants to 731 family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya coming from Bingawan. Aside from this, a total of P608,000 was released for the implementation of Social Pension in the town and adjacent municipalities of Tapaz, Dumalag and Jamindan.
Beneficiaries also lined up for services of PhilHealth, Department of Agriculture, and other agencies./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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DSWD, Iloilo provincial gov’t ink MOA for implementation of P20.4M projects

ILOILO CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Iloilo Provincial Government, formalizing the implementation of the P20.4 million projects funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian government.

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre led the signing of the MOA with PA Raul Banas, Mayor Matt Palabrica (Bingawan), Mayor Reynor Gonzales (Lambunao), Mayor Mariano Malones Sr. (Maasin), Vice Mayor Rene Hortada (Calinog) and Vice Mayor Jovino Tugbang Jr. (Barotac Viejo) for the implementation of projects under the Kalahi-CIDSS.
The P20.4 million DFAT projects, formerly Australian Aid (AusAid) will cover the construction of 15 sub-projects to include day care centers and school buildings in the five municipalities.

The P20.4-million grant is part of the P33.1 million allocations for Western Visayas for nine municipalities. Iloilo is receiving the biggest share with Capiz receiving P11,050,00 and Negros Occidental with P1.6 million.

The towns of Maasin, Calinog and Lambunao are already DFAT covered areas in 2013 and are also identified as KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven-Development Program (KC-NCDDP) implementation. Bingawan and Barotac Viejo are new DFAT areas.

Aside from the DFAT funded projects, they also signed a MOA for the implementation of KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven-Development Program (NCDDP).

KC-NCDDP’s implementation is part of the government’s rehabilitation effort to disaster-declared municipalities./dswd6/Maricar M. Calubiran


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DSWD6 releases P3.2M livelihood assistance for hardest hit Yolanda towns

Mayor Arnold Betita receives the livelihood assistance for his constituents in Carles, Iloilo from DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre. Witnessing are other mayors and local officials.

Mayor Arnold Betita receives the livelihood assistance for his constituents in Carles, Iloilo from DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre. Witnessing are other mayors and local officials.

ILOILO-The DSWD6 here released P3.2 million worth of livelihood assistance to six hard-hit Yolanda towns.
The amount is part of the donations received by the agency. If broken down, a total of P369,050 was disbursed for Balasan; P662,400 for Carles; P719,518 for Ajuy; P379,195 for Lemery; P428,000 for Concepcion and P693,590 for Estancia. Total beneficiaries reached 590.
Amount differed depending on the livelihood projects of the beneficiaries which included oyster culture, banca with petromax, fishing, tindahan sa barangay, buy and sell, vegetable production, sewing and organic farming, poultry raising and tricycle service.
The amount was released through checks named to individual survivors on Monday (August 18, 2014) by DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre in a simple ceremony in Estancia. Nearby municipalities, on the other hand, were represented by their municipal mayors who received the checks and will consequently distribute them to their constituents.

Forty-eight-year-old Wilfredo Dapilaga of Brgy. Bayuyan, who currently stays in one of the bunkhouses in Estancia town expressed his appreciation to the help that the government has extended to him and his family.
“I received P1,250 for my Oyster culture livelihood project. Thank you for helping us. Our house was totally destroyed and this assistance, although not big, can already help me earn again,” he said.
Lourcy Suansin, who also stays at the bunkhouses, likewise said that the assistance would go a long way for her and her six children.
“Thank you for helping us. We will really use this for our oyster culture project,” she said.
Also present during the releasing of aid was United Nations-Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) Officer Kenga Shandralingam./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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A second chance for `Grace’

GraceChildhood years are mostly remembered to be filled with love and protection. Rich or poor, attachment of children to parents brings joy. From simple kiss to hugs and lavish gifts, depending on the status of the family, younger years have always made a bank of good memories among children.
But this is not the case for 18-year-old Grace, not her real name, who used to live in the streets of Iloilo City. Much of her younger years were tainted with abuse and prostitution.
“I was already a sex worker on my teens. I stayed with a live-in partner who also sold me to other men. He is also involved in robbery cases,” she said.
Grace is currently with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Home for Girls where she gets help through counseling sessions, therapeutic and restorative activities. Aside from this, the department is helping her in her case.
“I was charged as accomplice to an akyat bahay case. I am glad that DSWD is helping me with my case. I never had any idea what I was into,” she said.
According to Roqueta Aquio, Social Welfare Officer, Grace was distant and aloof when she was first brought to the center.

While she never wanted to talk to anyone in the past year, Grace is far different now. In a recent cooking contest which was conducted in the center, she was bubbly and was consistently on top of her team.
Working along with two other resident girls in the center, Grace cooked “ovareta,” a variance of the well-known caldereta menu which has egg as its main ingredient. The recipe won the Best in Palatability award.
“I find my experience here in Home for Girls very fulfilling. I was having fun cooking because it is only here when I have learned how to cook. Life has always been sleep and then eat and then wait for contacts who needed us,” she said.
She said that in the center, she has learned how to cook adobong manok, vegetables, fish sinigang and other menu.
Apart from cooking, Grace said that she is very thankful that she is enrolled at Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS).

“I am still in grade five. I know that there is a long way to go but I want a positive change. I don’t want to go back to where I used to be. I want to finish college and with the help of DSWD, I know I can,” she said.
Grace also appreciated that the center’s Psychologist is helping her towards healing. “She would make me draw about my life. She is helping me forget my past.”

Center head Rosalina Lorque has said that most of the children under their care came from dysfunctional families.
“Their children ended up being abused or as children in conflict with the law (CICL) because of lack of parental guidance and love. The mother of Grace for instance cannot even give her attention and support to her daughter,” she said.
“We have already found relatives who could take her in and give a new environment with love and concern for her. She deserves to have a second chance in life and there is still a bright future that awaits her. Every Filipino child deserves that,” said Lorque./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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RCDA, OPDA lauds PWD-friendly establishments

1pwdvisitTHE Regional Council on Disability Affairs (RCDA) composed of National Government Agencies lauded five establishments recently for being “PWD (Persons with Disability) friendly.”
Commended were Iloilo Supermart-Atrium branch, Iloilo City Government, Association of Disabled Persons Incorporated Canteen, Decos Lapaz Batchoy-Valeria, Robinsons Mall and SM City Iloilo.
“The first four businesses have employees who are PWDs. The other two, which are both malls, have PWD-friendly features in their buildings,” said Dolores Laudenorio of Office of Persons with Disability Affairs-Iloilo City.
Laudenorio especially stressed the compliance of Robinson’s mall to its monitoring visit conducted last year. Recommendations—from establishing ramps, putting up a desk for PWDs, installing a table at the food court area specifically for PWDs, and making available a wheelchair for free use of customers—were immediately implemented.
“It is heartwarming to note that the mall management followed our recommendations. This is the kind of leadership that we want—such that recognizes the needs of disabled persons like us,” said Laudenorio.

Judith Marte, focal person on PWDs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD6), likewise commended the establishments which believe in the capabilities of PWDs.
“This year, our advocacy is empowering the PWDs. They have capabilities and potentials. We are thus calling businesses and offices to hire them,” said Marte.
Iloilo Supermart has employees who are deaf mute working in packing groceries; Iloilo City government has PWD workers assigned in its different offices; Decos Lapaz Batchoy and ADPI also have staff who have disabilities.
“We hope that many more establishments will follow,” said Marte. /dswd6/May Rago-Castillo
1. Members of the Regional Council on Disability Affairs (RCDA) visit Iloilo Supermart-Atrium branch and recognized the store’s move in hiring PWDs as employees. In photo are PWD workers and members of the media.
2. Dolores Laudenorio of Iloilo City Office of Persons with Disability Affairs (OPDA) try the ramp of Robinson’s Iloilo.

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Tornado victims get P180T aid

OTON, Iloilo-Victims of tornado which hit this town late last year received P180,000 in Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI.

“I and my family lost our home during the tornado and we had to build a makeshift shelter where we could stay. Now that we have this amount, we could already buy housing materials to have our houses fixed. This is a big help to us,” said Jonna Perigil of barangay San Antonio.

A total of 18 victims from Barangays Caboloan, Abilay Norte, San Antonio, Sta. Monica and Galang received the assistance amounting to P10,000 each from DSWD Protective Services head Rosario Sanagustin as witnessed by Mayor Vicente Flores Jr., United Nations-Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) Officer Kenga Shandralingam and members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC).

The tornado hit the town in November 4 last year, totally destroying houses and partially damaging 20 more shelters.

“This is an augmentation to the Local Government Unit’s resources to help the victims buy housing materials and be able to get back on their feet again,” Sanagustin said./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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