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DSWD6 reinforces Comprehensive Program for Street Children

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD FO6) held a workshop for the Development of the Monitoring System for the Comprehensive Program for Street Children.

“Our children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. It is our duty to translate these rights into concrete programs and actions that will make a difference in their lives,” said John Prytzch S. Carullo, Project Development Officer (PDO III) of the Social Technology Bureau (STB) from the Central Office.

The workshop was held as a three-day activity from July 19-21, 2017 in Madison Hotel, Iloilo City.

The said event gathered participants from the program’s four pilot areas which includes the municipalities of Estancia and Iloilo City from Iloilo province and the municipalities of Malay and Roxas City from Aklan province.

Each pilot areas exhibited the Program’s status of implementation in their LGUs and shared their good practices and accomplishments as well.

The activity also gave way for the Program to identify some areas of improvement for further future developments.

Spearheaded by the Social Technology Unit of DSWD6, the workshop highlighted the development of the Program’s system including the profiling and monitoring of Street Children.

According to Carullo, profiling and monitoring street children is a hard task since the kids stay at a certain place only for a while.

“Enhancement of the system and processes will greatly help to achieve our Program’s objectives but more importantly, the intensified cooperation and initiatives of the program implementers are needed for this mission to be accomplished successfully,” Carullo finally emphasized./XzyrabelleServento/DSWD6/

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DSWD6 on empowering youth participation towards a drug free nation

In celebration of its 43rd Anniversary, the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) in ccordination woth the Department of Social welfare and Dvelopment (DSWD6) conducted a Drug Awareness Seminar in line with the theme: “43 Years of Meaningful Youth Participation towards a Drug Free Nation.”

“Young people are the backbone of our nation’s future but they are also the weakest part of the society and the most potential victims of exploitation. Empowerment will save them from drug abuse,” said Aquilina C. Gaitan, head of DSWD6’s Social Technology Unit.

The seminar was held as a two-day activity from July 21-22, 2017 in Madison Hotel, Iloilo City.

The participants were presidents of PYAP and the Regional Youth Service Provider Association (RYSPA).

Spearheaded by DSWD6’s Social Technology Unit, the activity showcased an orientation on RA 9165 known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002 which was facilitated by a Public Information Officer from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The seminar was also attended by a representative from the Department of Health (DOH) which emphasized the misuse and ill effects of drugs on health.

“Due to the imposing issue on drugs in our country, it is only essential to educate the youth about dangerous drugs which will hasten their awareness and participation towards a drug free nation,” Gaitan finally stressed./XzyrabelleServento/DSWD6/

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IP high school grad now a lady guard


Black is beautiful.

These are always the encouraging words of Mary Joy Baylon to herself every time she faces discrimination from her schoolmates because of her curly hair and black skin.

Obviously, her native (Ati) looks is the rich beauty she inherited from her parents being members of the Indigenous People (IP) who are peacefully living along IP community in Sitio Igtuba, Brgy Camangahan in Guimbal, Iloilo.

Just like some ordinary girls, Mary Joy also dreamed to finish studies and to have a stable job of her own. She doesn’t want to settle herself from their old practice of charcoal making (kaingin) and to stop tagging themselves as no permanent address.

“I want to graduate from poverty because I don’t want to be a poor forever”, she said.

However, her determination in life was tested when she fell in love to her fellow IP. That time she is graduating from high school when she gets pregnant but her situation doesn’t hamper her to stop from schooling.

“I sacrificed all the back fights against me and chose to bear the baby on my womb”, she said.

Mary Joy was pushed to sell vegetables and other native delicacies from neighboring towns just to have savings for her pregnancy. After giving birth to a baby girl, she decided to live separately with her boyfriend and later decided to get marry after graduated from high school.

The latter’s family has been a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) for six years. Three of her siblings are covered and being monitored by the program.

The opportunity came when her mother attended the Family Development Session (FDS) where one of their Local Government Unit (LGU) facilitators approached her and asked if she have children who already graduated from high school. During that time the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is set to conduct training for security guards.

Upon confirming that one of her children was a high school graduate, Mary Joy has been included as one of the beneficiaries for such training. Mary Joy underwent trainings for 15 days and later employed in one of the biggest companies in Guimbal, Iloilo.

Mary Joy is considered as the first lady guard in their tribe as well as her sister Anita who is also the first college graduate who took education course.

The two sisters served as models and inspiration to their fellow IPs. They are the living testimonies that indeed the government through the different programs and services has all the means to provide them regardless of their ethnicity, traditions and beliefs.//MGC



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DSWD eyes stronger ties with NCIP

DSWD-6 Director Rebecca Geamala is hoping for a stronger partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples here.

Geamala said with the partnership, services for the Indigenous Peoples would be better and efficient. “DSWD and NCIP should be in honeymoon stage forever.”

The director made her statement in the recent 1st DSWD-NCIP Joint Regional Technical Working Group  Consultation Meeting.

The consultation meeting aimed to update DSWD and NCIP on the current status of the programs implemented by both agencies in IP communities here.

On the other hand, NCIP Regional Director Ana Burgos thanked the DSWD for the services and assistance they have provided to NCIP.

“I would like to say thank you for the services that you have done to different indigenous cultural communities. This is a kind of partnership wherein passion for serving our client is born. ” (DSWD/Kalahi-CIDSS SMU)

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Capiz gets oriented of DSWD6’s LINGAP SA MASA

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD6)’s recent special program, “Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa” (LINGAP sa MASA) was introduced to the Local Government Units in the province of Capiz.

“The agency is currently making efforts to make all the provinces in Western Visayas avail the LINGAP sa MASA program,” said Rosario Sanagustin, DSWD6 Social Welfare Officer V and LINGAP sa MASA Focal.

The said activity was spearheaded by Sanagustin and was held as a one-day orientation at Hotel Del Rio, Molo, Iloilo City last July 3, 2017.

LINGAP sa MASA or Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa is a program by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who allocated P1 billion assistance to the society to aid their medical expenses.

The program targets the poor, vulnerable or disadvantaged sector, the informal sector and those listed under the Listahanan ng Mahihirap na Pamilya database; government employees especially those who are contractual; and the family or relatives of soldiers and policemen wounded while performing their duties.

Also, LINGAP sa MASA provides assistance through the issuance of guarantee letters for the purchase of medicines from hospital pharmacies or from partner drug stores, wherein the DSWD is the lead agency who manages and implements to ensure that the program is properly distributed to the indigent citizens.

In region 6, the Western Visayas Medical Center in the municipality of Mandurriao is DSWD’s pilot hospital implementing the program. The partner pharmacies are the EVZ Pharmacy, JOSMEF Pharmacy and the Mercury Drug store.

Part of the condition of the program is that the patient should be admitted in WVMC to avail the medical assistance of LINGAP sa MASA. Capiz LGUs present during the workshop related that the province’s distance poses a big disadvantage for them to have the accessibility.

According to Sanagustin, the agency is now communicating with Roxas Memorial Hospital to make the LINGAP sa MASA program accessible to all Capizeños.

Further, she emphasized that the LGUs’ role is the most essential in order for the program to succeed. “The cooperation of all the LGUs is needed to heighten full awareness of the people regarding the LINGAP sa MASA program”, she finally said./dswd6/XzyrabelleServento/

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Three is Company: Nabas SLP

By: Diody P. Fadullan

Three recipient barangays of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Sustainable Livelihood Program gathered on April 27, 2017 as part of the Aklan leg of the National Program Assessment conducted by Ms. Evengeline Iñigo, Regional Coach for Western Visayas.

Last year, 54 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients from Gibon, Union and Toledo gathered to form the Nabas GUT Sustainable Livelihood Development Association. The group decided to raise broiler chickens on their respective backyards as a livelihood. On August 2016, the members thankfully received their individual grants of 7, 214 in cash.

Deciding for a Livelihood

Asked on how they came up with such a program, “Mga six months namin itong pinag-isipan. Malaki kasi ang demand ng manok at maraming piknikan dito sa Nabas. (We thought about this for almost six months. Chicken is in demand because of the many restaurants in Nabas),” Juvy explained.

A month after, September 2016, the members agreed to conduct a training for backyard poultry-raising. Food, starter kits and hand outs were provided through the accumulated cash grants. Transportation expenses were reimbursed depending on the distance of the barangays where the members came from. This for them is for the value of fairness and equality. As to those from Union, the barangay where they conducted the training, they needed not to claim reimbursements as they just had to walk towards the venue. Enthusiasm is seen among the members even up to the day of the assessment itself.

A few months now, the Three Hundred Eighty Nine Thousand, Five Hundred Fifty Six (389, 556) Pesos has been all accounted for. The members would see to it that the cash grant is maximized for the benefit of each and every member. A liquidation report of all the expenses of the training as well as the initial resources for every member was even presented on the assessment. Each member received a set of Fifty (50) day-old chicks, starter feeds, vitamins and all other necessary materials to start a backyard poultry in their homes.

A Sustainable and Growing Livelihood

Today, the members have become part of a growing and sustainable livelihood program. Live chicken is being sold at One Hundred Twenty (120) Pesos per kilo while dressed chicken is being sold at One Hundred Forty (140) Pesos per kilo. With an average of Thirty (30) chickens sold in a week, each is expected to earn an average of Three Thousand Six Hundred (3,600) Pesos to Four Thousand Two Hundred Pesos (4,200) per week.

They would usually dispose the poultry in Thirty Two (32) to Thirty Eight (38) days even though it is usually expected to fully develop in Forty Five (45) days. Survival rate of day-old chicks is estimated to Forty percent (40%). Despite this kind of survival rate, each would earn an average to more than average in sales per week. This is all due to their great focus and enthusiasm in their chosen livelihood program.

With the significant increase in demands, some of the members would sometimes come short of products to supply their customers. What should be the solution coming from the members themselves? “Dapat siguro merong isang tindahan na ‘dun na ilagay lahat ng manok para mas lumaki ang supply. (There may be a place for a centralized storage for the chickens to increase the supply),” one of the members answered in eagerness. The crowd who attended the assessment agreed in chorus.

As the association conducts a regular monthly meeting, such a move from the members themselves will be further discussed by the end of the month. Gibon, Union and Toledo, the three barangays that formed the association will now move forward to form a cooperative of their Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations.

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Dswd6 conducts SocPen enhancement

The Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development holds a capability building workshop for LGUs and partners implementers in Iloilo City this week.

A total of 196 Local Government Unit (LGU), Office of the Senior Citizens Association (OSCA), Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines (FSCAP) and Senior Citizens Federated Association of Iloilo (SCFAI) representatives from different municipalities in Iloilo and Guimaras were oriented, trained and updated on the social pension program of DSWD.

(SocPen Focals share their LGU’s good practices)

“This activity will help enlighten the program implementers particularly on their roles and responsibilities in implementing our social pension program,” says Judith Barredo, Focal, Dswd Social Pension Program.

She added that the said workshop is also the best venue to address all the issues and concerns regarding the program.

This year, a total of 317,020 indigent senior citizens in Western Visayas have already received their quarterly stipend (P500 monthly).

Compliant with Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizen (SPISC) provides assistance to senior citizens to “augment [their] daily subsistence and other medical needs.” It aims to reduce incidence of hunger among indigent senior citizens and protect indigent senior citizens from neglect, abuse, and deprivation.

It was stressed during the said activity that only Indigent senior citizens who are frail, sickly or with disability; do not receive pension from state-run pension agencies; and do not have a permanent source of income or financial support from family or relatives are qualified.

The week long activity aims to iron out challenges and enhance the implementation of social pension program nationwide.

Likewise, scheduled workshop in different provinces will be held in succeeding weeks’ parallel to this activity. /Merry Jezzel Monares-Brendia

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DSWD6 rehab center youth on planning their career path

The Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth (RRCY) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) in Western Visayas recently organized a Career Planning Workshop for its CICL (Children in Conflict with the Law) occupants.

“This is part of our effort to continue our long-term key objective to prepare the youth for their future economic independence”, said Susan Mogato, Center Head of RRCY.

The said event was conducted by delegates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) who motivated the youth on reflecting on their professional career path and developing a well-orchestrated plan.

The RRCY residents were also taught on how to construct a profile that highlights their individual qualifications, skills and job visions, as well as exploring different occupational alternatives that will utilize their learnings while inside the center.

(Career Planning Workshop conducted by Ms. Dina May Bandiola, TESDA representative)

Paul Eclar, Psychologist II of the RRCY-DSWD-6, explained that conducting the Career Planning Workshop marks the last days of the occupants in the center. “We believe they are now prepared to face the world outside”, he added.

Further, RRCY’s Social Welfare Officer II, June Tercena, said that this kind of activity not only serve as an intervention which enable the youth offenders to restore their social functioning but more importantly, to prepare them for their future economic independence – an important factor for them to live a normal life and become a productive member of the community and society./dswd/XzyrabelleServento/

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