Archive | September 17th, 2013

DSWD CONDUCTS FORUM IN NORMIN TO STRENGTHEN ADVOCACY ON ANTI-TRAFFICKING AND ANTI-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, as lead agency in protecting the welfare of women and children spearheaded the conduct of a one day forum on R.A. 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2012 and R.A. 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009, on August 30, 2012 at Pearlmont Inn, Cagayan de Oro City.

As Chair of the Regional Inter-Agency Council on Anti-Child Pornography, and Vice-Chair on the Regional Inter-Agency Council for Trafficking in Person, the Department headed the said activity to continue the region’s efforts in eliminating incidents of trafficking and child pornography. Attended by participants from Municipalities of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental, composed of Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Social Workers, Women and Child Protection Desk (WCPD) Police Officers, and selected Barangay Officials with Trafficking in Person cases handled, Internet and Hotel Operators in Cagayan de Oro City, the forum focused on the salient features of the two laws and increased awareness of the participants on their roles in the implementation of preventive, protective, rehabilitative, and reintegration programs and services.

In her welcome message, Assistant Regional Director Aldersey Mumar Dela Cruz (delivering in behalf of the Regionald Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo) emphasized the importance of each of the participants’ role in promoting and implementing the two laws.  She pointed out the need for coordination, collaboration and collective efforts in combating trafficking cases and child pornography incidents and extending preventive programs and services to the community and support system programs to the victims and their families.

The participants were very thankful to the Department for the conduct of the said activity since it has simplified everyone’s roles and responsibilities and promoting the two laws and added up to their knowledge and skills simple protocol procedures in handling cases.  The participants were also up to the challenge of working with partner agencies in promoting the two laws, asserting that a collective work is needed to stop or even limit cases of Trafficking and Child Pornography in the region.

The Forum has clearly defined each and everyone’s part in promoting the laws, clarifying matters which have hindered implementing agencies on acting on cases.  It will be a tall order to deal with, but participants of the activity were positive that the job can be done, as long as everyone does their part in promoting the laws.

 

By: Marko Davey D. Reyes (Social Marketing Officer / Kalahi-CIDSS) and Ms. Rosanel D. Pague (SWO II)

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DSWD CONDUCTS PAMANA MUNICIPAL EVALUATION AND ORIENTATION IN NUNUNGAN, LDN

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Region X recently piloted the conduct of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Municipal Evaluation and Orientation in the municipality of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte last August 27-30, 2013. The team, which was led by the Regional Community-Driven Specialist, Roger Alabado was tasked to evaluate the feasibility and practicability of the conduct of the said program in the area.  This in contrast to the peace and order issues threatening the implementation of the PAMANA Program in the area.

A little over four months (April 26, 2013) had passed since an election-related violence occurred in the municipality, where a mayoralty candidate and her entourage was ambushed right after a campaign sortie leaving 13 dead and 10 hurt, including women and children.  This has led to the deferment of the project implementation which was supposed to have started long before the conduct of the local elections of 2013.  This has prompted the Kalahi-CIDSS RPMO to ensure the peace and order situation and other definitive matters that would put the field staff at risk of any danger before pushing through with the PAMANA implementation.

The Municipal Orientation was conducted on August 27, 2013, which was attended by the municipal mayor, Hon. Abdul Manamparan II, municipal vice-mayor Atty. Abdul Malik Manamparan, members of the Sanguniang Bayan, barangay captains, municipal employees, and community members.  The LGU and the community have showed eagerness to start with the implementation since it has been delayed due to past incidents that have been cause for postponement.

Field assessment was also done with the conduct of barangay assessment/visitation, on August 28-29, 2013, led by the Regional Infrastructure Assistant Engineer (Kalahi-CIDSS), Engr. Ruel Paguia, and Regional Infrastructure Assistant Engineer (PAMANA), Engr. Gary Santa.  Noted during the field assessment were various infrastructures existing in the barangays, current road/trail conditions, terrain of each barangays, and viable resources that might be useful during the sub-project implementation.  This was also conducted to anticipate for possible difficulties the Area Coordinating Team may face in the future implementation of the program.

Things were ironed out during the conduct of the Exit Conference on August 30, 2013.  Present during the said activity were the RPMO staff, municipal mayor, Hon. Abdul Manamparan II, municipal vice-mayor Atty. Abdul Malik Manamparan, and members of the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee.  During the activity, the Memorandum of Agreement between the DSWD and the LGU of Nunungan was revisited to ensure that all conditions be attended to by all parties involved.  It was also during the said activity where clarifications were addressed especially on matters discussed during the Municipal Orientation.

During the discussion on the assurance of safety among the PAMANA staff, the upcoming barangay elections was brought into the discussion, deeming it as a foreseen problem for the implementation of the project. Chief Inspector Dennis Tano, Municipal Chief of Police of Nunungan affirmed this possible problem stating that there are only a few police officers in the municipality and that there might be a problem of ensuring the safety of the field staff since his men would have to attend to election matters as well.  With the emergence of the issue, Mayor Abdul Manamparan II decided that if it was possible for the deferment of the project implementation to after the barangay elections is done, it will be more favorable to all concerned.  Mayor Manamparan decided to address the matter to the Nationaol Project Management Office, through the RPMO for the deferment as soon as possible.

The Municipal Evaluation and Orientation was indeed a right step at empowering the people of Nunungan, after several unfortunate incidents that have led to the deferment of the project.  The Kalahi-CIDSS RPMO is always equipped to address matters to accommodate and ensure the successful implementation of the different Community-Driven Development programs and modalities for the people of Region X.  Along the way, it is also the obligation of the RPMO to ensure that the project staffs are ensured of safety and that their well-being is attended to with utmost consideration.  In no time, the people of Nunungan will implement the PAMANA project in their respective communities.  It will be in no time that they will feel the fruits of the peace-promoting program in their respective barangays.

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DSWD TURNS OVER SUB-PROJECTS TO COMMUNITIES AT PANAON, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL

Panaon, Misamis Occidental – Three barangay sub-projects were turned over to communities during the conduct of the project inauguration of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) on September 3 and 4, 2013.  Among the sub-projects inaugurated were Barangay Health Station Sub-Project (Brgy. Camanucan), Brgy. Drainage Canal (Brgy. Poblacion) on Sept. 3 and Brgy. Drainage Canal (Brgy. Magsaysay) on Sept. 4, 2013. The sub-projects were properly turned-over to the respective Operations and Maintenance Committees of each barangay, who will oversee the operation of each sub-project, ensuring that their community sub-projects will be taken care of and be kept operational.

Highlighted during the activities were the hard work asserted by the volunteers to complete their sub-projects, which the representative of the Regional Project Management Office applauded and well-regarded as the crucial determinant for the success of the sub-project implementation. Another thing was the successful multi-stakeholder approach that was successfully attended to by those part of the project implementation. The RPMO stressed out the important contributions of the Provincial government of Misamis Occidental, through Gov. Herminia Ramiro, the Local Government Unit of Panaon, Misamis Oriental, through Mayor Francisco Paylaga, Jr., and the Barangay local government units of each barangay for extending support and complying with their deliverables, thus aiding in the completion of the community sub-projects.

The communities were also reminded of their role in preserving and keeping the sub-projects operational, since these are important to each barangay. Volunteers shared their experiences of being part of the Kalahi-CIDSS program and said that though they had difficulties giving their one hundred percent support to the project implementation due to conflict of schedules they have between volunteer work and family responsibilities, they tried balancing all of these just to ensure success since the sub-project they were working on was for their own benefit.  They also added that though the Kalahi-CIDSS process was quite long and demanding, the scene of their completed sub-project was a sight for sore-eyes; a welcoming spectacle that soothes all the hardship they underwent.

The Kalahi-CIDSS involvement for them was an empowering experience that “will never be forgotten.”  Volunteers were exposed to an experience where they held in their hands, life-changing decisions and solutions that will hoist them out of the problems of poverty.  Volunteers were able to work with the local government units, exposing them to the processes of working on government projects; showing them how things are done, how things are managed for their benefits.  In part, the local government unit of Panaon thanked Kalahi-CIDSS for the opportunities provided for the people of Panaon.  Mayor Paylaga stressed the importance of the program in providing sub-projects to the barangays of the municipality since the LGU of Panaon could not stand alone in providing all the needs of the communities, and that the collaboration has greatly helped not just the LGU of Panaon, but the people of the municipality.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the Convergence Strategy programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development which utilizes the Community-Driven Development approach in the project implementation.  Through the program, a Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) is employed for the community to define their utmost needs, conceive a plan of resolving their problems, and capacitating volunteers so that they will be competent in implementing sub-projects that will answer to their necessities.

 

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