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DSWD6 honors employees, partners in anniv rites

DSWD6 honors employees, partners in anniv rites

THE DSWD6 yesterday honored its partners and employees in the highlight of its anniversary celebration.
Director Marita Pimentel of the DSWD Central Office represented Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who reminded employees of the core values of the department: paglilingkod na may malasakit, serbisyong walang puwang na katiwalian at pantay na pagtrato sa mamamayan.”
The event carried the theme, “DSWD@66: Sama-samang Paglilingkod na may Malasakit.”
Among the recognitions given include loyalty award to Roqueta Acquio, Lilymor Caballero, Corazon Cabrera, Mary Joy Gemarino, Nanette Samoro, Jun Tercena, Judith Barredo, Lunie Lasquite, Bernardita Mates, Fernando Alabado, Geralyn Flores, Marlyn Porras, Haidee Sune, Elmo Blanco, Anacita Genovate, Perla Haro and Leopoldo Vido.
Supportive media groups were also recognized. These were Radyo ng Bayan, Iloilo Provincial Capitol Press Corps, Iloilo City Hall Pres Corps, Philippines News Agency-Antique, Philippines News Agency-Iloilo, ABS-CBN, dySI, Aksyon Radyo, The Daily Guardian, Philippine Information Agency Region VI, Iloilo Metropolitan Times, IBC TV 12, Capiz Times, News Express, Panay News, Bombo Radyo and RMN iloilo.
Also, individual media reporters who are supportive to DSWD advocacies were given awards. They were Glenda Sologastoa and Tara Katherine Yap for print (first and second place); Joel Franco and Rhodjaen Losbanes for broadcast (first and second), Vincent Adam Arboleda for TV and Marie Katherine Villalon as best bloger.
Rosalina Lorque of Home for Girls received the Gawad Huwaran, an award given to a DSWD employee who renders extraordinary work performance; while Mary An Dap-og received the Gawad Kalihim, an award given to a DSWD employee as a source of inspiration and motivation for other employees to emulate..
Offices were also commended namely the DSWD Crisis Intervention Unit, Disaster Management Unit, and Social Marketing Unit under the Gawad para sa Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo.
The following were also given under the Gawad sa Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan:
• Gawad para sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan-Persons with Disability Affairs Office of Iloilo Province
• Model Local Government Unit (LGU) in day care service –Concepcion, Iloilo
• Model LGU implementing Kalahi-Sibunag, Guimaras
• Model LGU implementing Protective Services-Mina, Iloilo
• Model LGU implementing Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) along micro-enterprise development-Lambunao, Iloilo
• Model LGU implementing Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) along employment facilitation-Calinog, Iloilo
• Model LGU supporting Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program-Iloilo Province
• Best People’s Organization- Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines – Iloilo City Chapter
• Best Development Partner-United States Peace Corps
• Best Individual Volunteer-Julie Taniongon of Bugasong, Antique
• Best Group volunteer- Sibunag Women’s Association
• Best Civil Society Organization-National Chaplaincy Philippines (NACPHIL) Region 6
• Best Non-Government Organization-Signpost Philippines, Incorporated

Another award extended was the Bangon Kabuhayan award given to Bagtason Livelihood Association in Bugasong, Antique and Iloilo Security Training Center.
The province of Iloilo also received a certificate for being the Fully Functional Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
The DSWD also recognized through the Salamat Po award the contribution of Josh Cesar Serilo, Child representative of the National Anti-Poverty Commission, Atty. Ma. Elena Hofilena-Gerochi of the Department of Justice and Christopher Montano of Commission on Human Rights in strengthening inter-agency partnership and advancing sectoral concerns.
Convergence Buider awards were also received by Jomar Fred Lingaya of Buruanga, Ronjel Delfin of Ibajay, Anere Calamcaman of Libacao, Archie Kent Porquez of Madalag, Ann Ruby Wong of Buruanga, all in Aklan; Mark Joenel Castillo of Patnongon, Noli Valenzuela of Sibalom, Aren Dabauden of Ivisan, Ricky Parcon of Jamindan, Ma. Hershey Baleriado of Panitan, Daisy Blue Danao of President Roxas, Jessarel Sabido of Roxas City, Margaret Dawn Magallanes of Sigma, Juliet Demo of Tapaz, all of Capiz; Mary Joy Bartonico of Buena Vista, Rachelda Hongco of Jordan, Margielyn Cagayanan of San Lorenzo and Reyky Pelonia of Sibunag, all in Guimaras.
Also present were regional director Rebecca Geamala, assistant regional director for operations Delia Villa Bagolcol, assistant regional director for administration Evangeline Felecio, chief administrative officer Leo Quintilla and Protective Services head Rosario Sanagustin./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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From Sweet Love to Mature Liability

by: Eden Franco and Irene Olipendo, Passi City

The sun was up, the leaves of a big mango tree sways gently as the wind blows, the hen crows and the smell of Nena’s fried eggs and dried fish spreads in their little home. Early in the morning, Nena prepares herself for a strenuous job. She works as “labandera” in the town far cry from their small village to provide “kinawara” for their entire family. Tunying, the patriarch of the family, works as a laborer in a farm. His skin was an epitome of hard work and patience and his body was well built because of his early morning farm routine. Their eldest child Rizza, was busy feeding her other six younger sibling’s hungry stomach.
Rizza now 16 years old is still in grade eight. Due to financial problems, she stop schooling twice. She has a weak personality, shy and acts timid in public. At an early age, she was bestowed with an earth-shaking responsibility of taking good care her younger siblings. She has no time to play, laugh and experience a blissful childhood like any other kids in their village.
Anthony, also 16, was her enthusiastic suitor which after a week won Rizza’s heart. Despite Tunying and Nena’s strong resistance to their relationship, they continued their rebellious, passionate and restricted young love.
One early morning, Rizza felt something unusual happening on her stomach and hurriedly went to their kitchen sink and throws up. She felt her knees weaken like jelly and a bunch of sweat drips on her face. At the age of 16, Rizza will no longer feed her siblings instead she will feed a new baby.
According to Department of Health (DOH), there’s an increasing trend of teenage pregnancy in the country. All agencies involve were working hand in hand to make symposiums and awareness campaign to lessen the increasing number of teenage mothers. The government taps the local officials from the city level to barangay level who has the first hand reach to deliver informations and campaign to lessen teenage pregnancy cases.
Recently, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI conducted a campaign against teen pregnancy in the city of Passi. Different sectors from government and non- government agencies, youth representatives, school heads and guidance counselors and parents participated in the symposium.
Because of the symposium, teenagers from Rizza’s village became aware of the negative effects and the tough responsibilities of being a teenage parent. On the other hand, in Rizza’s case, the government offered a counseling program and medical assistance for her and for her upcoming baby.
Her family was then included as a part of Pantawid Pamilya after further evaluation of the city of link in their area. The Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-18 years old.
Rizza’s story is just one of the many alarming problems in our country. The government alone can’t solve this issues without the effort and help of every Filipinos. We should do our share in spreading the advocacies of the government./dswd6/Eden Franco

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Social Pension helps Lola Lorenza

She’s one in a million. With the untimely demise of her husband Jose Saiton in the year 1993, she became the father and mother to her only daughter Annabelle Saiton.
She is Lorenza Saiton, 70 years of age and a resident of Brgy. Rizal Pala-Pala Zone 2, Iloilo City.
With her husband gone, life became cruel to Lorenza Saiton.
But she stood strong and was able to surpass the life challenges thrown her way. From her small income from managing a small “ Sari-Sari” store, she was able to send her daughter to a Vocational School in College.
The rest of her income was used to buy other things that they need, such as food and medicines.
It was like a big relief to her when the time came when her income was not enough to support their needs was also the time when she became a beneficiary of the Social Pension Program of DSWD Region 6.
The said program is conducted by DSWD Region 6 that aims in helping indigent elderly.
Lola lorenza used the money to start a small business in form of a Sari- Sari Store.
Now regularly receiving a P1,500 every three months, Lola Lorenza uses the money to buy essential stuffs in her small “Sari-Sari Store” so that the money that is being given to her could also earn more.
She also uses the financial help to buy her own set of medicines, foods and other personal things that she needs because her daughter who is still living with her has a family of her own now.
“Gapasalamat gid ako kay tungod sa Social Pension Program sang DSWD Region 6, may kwarta ako nga idugang sa pagbakal sang akon nga bulong kag pagkaon,” she said./dswd6/Janine Tupino

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DSWD6 tops in BUB implementation

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI has topped in the implementation of the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) project implementation for three consecutive years.

With the highest delivery rate in project implementation pegged at 92 percent, the agency bested among 19 participating National Government Agencies (NGAs).

The award was based on the total project already fund transferred to the Local Government Unit (LGUs), implemented projects, and completed projects during the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) held in the last quarter of 2016.

This is not the first time that the office garnered the award. It also won in 2013 and 2014 as the agency with high delivery rate for BUB implementation./dswd6/ Percival Agsam

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Rona promotes ‘healthy lifestyle’

She has been diagnosed with asthma for over 14 years that causes some health complications to Rona Jamona of Brgy. Buntatala, Leganes, Iloilo.
Unexpectedly, she got pregnant despite of her unhealthy condition.
After giving birth to her seventh child, Rona and her husband decided to entrust their child to Rona’s childless brother so that the baby could be given enough care.
Rona is married to Allan, who is working as laborer in a rice mill. The couple has six more children.
Her husband’s meager income could not substantiate the daily needs of their growing family especially the school expenses of their other children. As a result, their eldest son has temporarily stopped from college and now helping on their daily house chores. Their two other daughters, one in college while the other one in high school, are both working as house helpers at their aunt house so they could have an allowance for the next school day.
Luckily, Rona’s family has been included in the Pantawid Pamilya wherein three of her children in elementary were covered by the program almost two years ago.
One of the program’s conditionalities is to submit themselves into periodical check-up which easily help monitor Rona’s health status.
Since she has no worries on the education of her three children, she was able to save some of her husband’s income for the school fees of their other children not covered by the program.
Rona is mostly the one attending the Family Development Session (FDS) which helped her to realize the importance of practicing a healthy lifestyle.
In fact, Rona is more particular of what she eats now because she needs to be strong and healthy for the sake of her children.
Presently, Rona is also maintaining a vegetable garden at their backyard to make sure that nutritious food is being served to their table as well as to help her husband in some little way.
Rona is now physically fit to work and now engaged into swine fattening for extra income. She also shared her secret of fast recovery to other co-beneficiaries.//dswd/MGC

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DSWD6 targets 394T elderly for social pension

STARTING this year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI is targeting 394,256 elderly in the implementation of the Social Pension Program.

Records show that an amount of P2.3 billion is allocated for this.

“Our target is actually five times bigger than our coverage in 2016. This means that we will be reaching more senior citizens,” said Rebecca Geamala, regional director.

In 2016, only 78,706 were targeted in the region.

The pensioners will be receiving P500 per month to be released at P1,500 every quarter or a total of P6,000 per year.

The program aims to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.

It is in line with the fulfilment of the obligation of the government to protect the most vulnerable sector through social protection, and for the full implementation of the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

It also aims to improve the living condition of eligible indigent senior citizens./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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End child labor

#DSWDMayMalasakit #1MBatangMalaya #EndChildLabor

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DSWD6 sets aside P3M for Auring

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI has set aside a P3-million quick response fund for disaster response.
If needed, the fund can be utilized for the disaster relief operations for those affected by Auring.
Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala said the department maintains the standby fund for any disaster that might happen.
Apart from the available fund, Geamala added that there are 10, 200 food packs available in the regional office.
Also, there were prepositioned goods in the provinces of Capiz and Antique.
The agency assures the public on its readiness to perform its augmentation role for whatever disaster to the LGUs in all provinces./dswd6/Merry Jezzel Brendia

APPROVED FOR RELEASE:

REBECCA P. GEAMALA
Regional Director

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