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DSWD releases P11.9B for Yolanda survivors

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P11.9 billion for survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Western Visayas.
Records of the agency shows that programs like Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP), Cash for Work, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Bottom-up Budgeting and KapitBisig Laban saKahirapan-National Community Driven Development Project (Kalahi-NCDDP) were implemented.
Under the ESA program, P8.3 billion was disbursed covering 475,426 families. ESA is a cash grant provided to families whose houses were either totally or partially damaged.
For CSAP, P121.5 million was released for 903 families from Iloilo and Capiz provinces. CSAP aims to provide structurally strong indigenous core shelter that can withstand 180kph wind velocity, earthquake of moderate intensity and other similar natural hazards to disaster victims whose houses are totally destroyed.
On the other hand, P832.2 million was disbursed for Cash for Work benefiting 193,600 families.
Cash-for-work is a short-term intervention to provide temporary employment to displaced individuals by participating in preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation or risk reduction projects and activities in their communities or in evacuation centers.
Under the SLP, a total of P701.5 million was released for 55,222 families to help them recover and rebuild their livelihood projects.
SLP is a community-based capacity building program which equips participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.
On BUB, P297.5 million-worth of projects, numbering to 113, were implemented.
BUB also known as grassroot budgeting is an approach in preparing the budget proposal of agencies taking into consideration the development needs of poor cities and municipalities as identified in their local poverty reduction plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector organizations and civil society organizations
For Kalahi project, P1.6 billion-worth of projects involving 2,011 sub-projects were implemented.
Kalahi is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Philippine Government being implemented by DSWD. /dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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Ericka: a child volunteer in her community

Every child has a dream.

Since she was a little kid, Ericka Rose Monteclaro has dreamt to be a teacher. Now that she is already in high school, she is closer to her ambition because of her perseverance to put her vision into reality.

Ericka’s admiration to her teachers is making her more determined so that she will become one of them someday.

To prove herself that change is possible, Ericka has been rendering volunteer work as a day care teacher in their barangay in San Pedro Day Care Center in San Jose, Antique during afternoons when she is free, on top of her regular schooling as grade seven in San Pedro National High School.

Ericka recently won in the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children in Western Visayas.

She has to walk 1.5 kilometer from her school before reaching the Day Care Center where little children aged three to five years old are waiting for her.

According to her, every time she is in front of these little children, she gets “paid-off” seeing them attentively listening to her every time she does a storytelling session.

Apart from storytelling, Ericka also teaches them lessons on dancing, singing, writing and drawing.

Since the day care center is also having their regular Supplementary Feeding program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the support of their Local Government Unit (LGU), Ericka is helping the parents prepare hot meals and teach the children on how to practice healthyl lifestyle such as eating nutritious food, being clean and doing proper hand washing.

“Teaching these children is an opportunity for me because this is already my stepping stone in reaching my goal to finish college and become a teacher . Aside from this, I want also to advocate to these children the value of education despite of poverty,” she said.

Ericka said she is thankful that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Proram has helped her and her younger sister for their education and health needs.

Ericka said since their family is covered by the program almost three years alreadt, the cash grants they have been receiving helped them a lot in their school and health needs.

“Education is the weapon to reach our ambition. That is why I don’t waste the time and opportunity for studying. This is also one of the reasons why I want to share my knowledge and talent to these little children. Its just like a simple way of paing forward all the blessings that God gave to us,” she said./dswd6/Montesa Caoyonan

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Judges meet to provide adoptive homes to children

JUDGES in family courts recently gathered to fast track adoption cases.
“We will be able to map out the best practices in adoption and we should be able to cut off the process of adoption without sacrificing the law,” said by Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre of DSWD during the Focus Group Discussion titled, “Adoption with Family Court Judges at Days Hotel in Iloilo City.”
The said event was attended by 19 family court judges from Regional Trial Court branches within the region and was facilitated by the Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) and training staffs of DSWD.
Training specialist Josie Cambel said that the goal of the activity is to articulate issues and challenges on adoption processes and requirements, gather good practices and recommendations as well as to initiate collaboration with family court judges in the implementation of adoption laws and to address concerns among courts and the DSWD on the adoption process.
Macapobre added that the length of the present process of adoption would take about nine months to one year which is very lengthy.
She also expressed that the department is concerned on the welfare of these children and very eager to give them a family that could shelter and take care for them.
The event discussed the domestic adoption process which also presented concerns and challenges in relation to the court which was expedited by Ms. Rosalie Dagulo, OIC-Adoption and SWATO of DSWD central office as a focal person and also conversed the inter-country adoption program and its legal aspects facilitated by Atty. Bernadette B. Abejo, Executive Director of Inter-Country Adoption Board as a resource speaker./dswd6/John Sacramento

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From being unemployed to call center agents

THEY used to be unemployed. Now, they work as call center agents.
Life for 10 Negrense took a twist recently when they landed jobs as Customer Service Representatives of Panasiatic Solutions, Incorporated, Teleperformance Incorporated and Telequest Incorporated.
They were identified as Mary Ann Apdo, 18 years old, of Minoyan, Valladolid; Desiree Barot, 22, of Minoyan, Murcia; Imee Joy Canonicato, 20, of Blumentritt, Murcia; Mirazel Celiz, 19, of Pandanon, Murcia; Trecia Dublin, 21, Blumentritt, Murcia; Charlene Enabe, 19, of Damalte, Murcia; Cheryl Evangelio, 21, of Minoyan, Murcia; Rachel Guzado, 26, of Blumentritt, Murcia; Donna Mae Jaena, 22, of Blumentritt, Murcia; Rodel Samonte, 18, of Abu-abo, Murcia.
“I’m already helping my family. I’m already helping myself,” said Mary Ann Apdo who works for Panasiatic Solutions in Bacolod City.
Canonicato, Dublin, Evangelio, Guzado and Samonte have reached college level while the rest finished high school.
They underwent the Livelihood Skills Training in Finishing Course for Call Center Agents funded by the national government implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Develoment (DSWD) Field Office VI under the Sustainable Livelihood Program.
VMA Global College was tapped to train them, who mostly come from families covered by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
“We implement the convergence strategy to achieve maximum results. Pantawid beneficiaries are also prioritized for sustainable livelihood program,” said Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, regionaldirector of DSWD.
According to Duriza Oropesa, Project Development Officer, the beneficiaries are now employed and are earning P9,000 to P10,000 per month.
“The work enabled them to buy their personal needs, augment the income of their families, and buy gadgets needed for their work along communication,” said Oropesa./dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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More elderly now receive social pension

MORE elderly are now receiving their social pension.
“Our beneficiaries have increased in number,” said Judith Tanate, focal person of Social Pension at DSWD Field Office VI.
Tanate said Western Visayas now has 67,499 indigent pensioners if compared to around 34,000 beneficiaries last year.
If broken down, Iloilo has 23,552 pensioners; Negros Occidental, 15,643; Capiz, 9,121; Aklan, 8,559; Antique, 8,133; and Guimaras, 2,491.
By December, the government would have disbursed P404.9 million to these senior citizens at P500 per month.
The Social Pension program is the provision of monthly stipend amounting to P500 to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.
It is in-line with the fulfillment of the obligation of the government to protect the most vulnerable sector through social protection, and for the full implementation of the Republic Act No. 9994.
It aims to improve the living condition of eligible indigent senior citizens./dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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JJWC to parents: spend more time with children

THE Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council yesterday called on parents to spend more time with their children.
“We urge parents to spend more time to bond with their children to lessen the number of children in conflict with the law (CICL),” said Katherine Joy Lamprea of the Juvenile Justice Welfare Council, an attached agency of DSWD, during the Zumba yesterday which culminated the JJWC week with the theme, “Bata ay Gabayan, Batas sa Juvenile Justice Bigyang Daan.”
Lamprea said that most cases of CICL are theft and violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002.
“The children wouldn’t be out of their homes in the wee hours of the evening and doing acts contrary to law if their parents are giving attention to them,” said Lamprea.
Lamprea said other CICL cases include murder, rape, and robbery.
“These children are victims of circumstances and certainly deserve a second chance in life,” she said.
Lamprea also gave the following tips to parents:
• Know your children’s friends
• Check on what the children are doing
• Be responsible in guiding the children in the proper use of technology
Among those who joined the motorcade and zumba were the DOJ, DILG, PNP, CHR, Iloilo City government and DSWD employees.

Lamprea also called on barangays to ensure the activation of their respective Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC).
As per Republic Act 9344 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006) as amended by Republic Act 10630, Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC) shall be established in all levels of local government.
The local council shall serve as the primary agency to coordinate with and assist the LGU concerned for the adoption of a comprehensive plan on delinquency prevention, and to oversee its proper implementation.
The act also provides for one percent of the internal revenue allotment of barangays, municipalities and cities for the strengthening and implementation of the programs of the LCPC./dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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DSWD-6 calls LGUs to join the 2nd GawadListahanan

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI will again recognize the Local Government Units (LGUs) for providing services to the Listahanan-identified poor families through the 2ndGawadListahanan.
GawadListahanan is an award conferred to local government units (LGUs) that have registered the most number of beneficiaires of their locally-funded programs using the Listahanan database of poor families.
Listahanan is a national government project being implemented by DSWD. It is an information management system that maintains a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.
GawadListahananaims to promote the convergence of all social protection stakeholders in effectively addressing the different aspects of poverty.
Qualified LGUs must have a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD on Listahanan data sharing, LGUs should have locally-funded and implemented social protection program that provides direct service or intervention to the Listahanan-identified poor, such as but not limited to Scholarships, Medical Assistance, and skills or Livelihood Trainings.
LGUs must be 100% compliant with the annual reportorial requirement of data sharing as stipulated in the agreement.
The competing LGU will choose one (1) locally-funded program that uses Listahanan as basis for beneficiary selection as an official entry to the competition.
The contest has three categories: Municipal Government Category, City Government Category and Provincial Government category.
DSWD invites all provinces, cities and municipalities in region VI to participate and send their application form. Acceptance of Application form and write up for the official entry ends on October 20,2015./dswd6/Merry JezzelBrendia

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries prove change is possible

By Jeric Ryan T. Belargo
CALATRAVA, Negros Occidental-Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program here have proven that changing their lives for the better is possible.
Just recently, a total of 100 of them graduated from four courses such as Food Processing, Dressmaking, Small Engine Repair and Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II.
Pantawid Pamilya, also known as the conditional cash transfer program of the national government implemented by DSWD, is a human development program that invests in health and education of the poor with children aged zero to 18 years old. Beneficiaries are given cash grants in exchange of compliance to conditions.
Along with the implementation of conditional cash transfer, every registered household of the said program is entitled for livelihood intervention to uplift their socio-economic status. Through this, Sustainable Livelihood Program, one of the programs of DSWD, is mandated to provide feasible source of living focusing on micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation.
A total of P1,906,020 was invested in form of Livelihood Skills Training for the graduates.
In the recently concluded closing ceremony, the trainees received their corresponding certificates from Sagay Computer Institute (SCI), a vocational-technical school accredited by TESDA, for having completed the number of training hours required in their courses. During that day, outstanding trainees were also awarded for showing exemplary performances during their trainings.
Livelihood starter kits were also distributed to every graduate to prepare them for livelihood opportunities.
Sewing machines were given to trainees of dressmaking while cooking equipments such as gas stoves and other kitchen tools were handed to the trainees of Food Processing.
In the same way, the graduates of Consumer Electronic Servicing and Small Engine Repair received their corresponding toolboxes.
Hon. Mayor Araceli T. Somosa of the Municipality of Calatrava, shared a message of encouragement to the graduates. She focused on the accountability of every trainee after they were trained with necessary skills and received the starter kits.
She also urged them to enhance the skills they already have and continue to progress on their own way while the government is always on their side in providing them with relevant programs.
Present during the ceremony were Mr. Fernando V.Alabado, Provincial Coordinator of Sustainable Livelihood Program in Negros; Mrs. Imelda C. Cabuguas, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer; Mrs. Melanie G. Torres, school administrator of Sagay Computer Institute; municipal staff and supportive barangay officials of Minapasuk and Marcelo.
Other guests include Municipal and LGU links, KALAHI staff and the active Project Development Officers of SLP North Negros Cluster.

The trainees of Consumer Electronic Servicing NC II garnered 100% passing rate for the National Assessment conducted by Mr .Melvin G. Jordan, TESDA Assessor and Trainer.
The said assessment was held at Sagay Computer Institute. A total of 17 trainees took the exam. This was the first batch of graduates from Pantawid Pamilya Program of DSWD in Calatrava.
According to the graduates of the mentioned course, even before taking the assessment, they were already receiving repair services for domestic appliances such as radio and DVD player.
On the other hand, MINA FOODS Livelihood Association, composed of graduates from Food Processing are now producing delicious and affordable pineapple jam, jelly and marang marmalade.
The said association is now processing the necessary documents for DOLE registration.
Currently, trainees of Dressmaking are busy preparing their orders for curtains, pillowcases, blouses and other garments being requested by customers.
All of these positive results are product of collaboration from effective National Government Program supported by responsive Local Government Unit. This is also made possible through a strong partnership between DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program and Sagay Computer Institute.
Together, winning the war against poverty may not be easy, but it is always possible./dswd6/Jeric Ryan T. Belargo

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