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Poor Women sector Profile in Northern Mindanao

Based on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan in Northern Mindanao , of the 1,861,414 poor individuals assessed , 896,276 or 48.2% comprised the poor women sector.
Most (7.5%) of these poor women are laborers and unskilled workers. Of these, 5.5% are engaged in farming,forestry works and fishing. It is also alarming to note that 67% of the poor women in Northern Mindanao were reported to have no job.
In terms of educational attainment ,about 42.5% of the poor women have only reached elementary level while 28.1% of these women have reached high school level and only 5.0% reached college level.
In general, Filipino women find pride in their work and in their chores at home. They do not find themselves alienated from their chores because they work with, around,and for their families. The family-oriented mindset gives them a sense of dignity and responsibility. The family and the children are the primary priority in a Filipinaโ€™s life.
As majority of these poor women are in the rural areas, they are more than willing to do whatever tasks or job opportunity is at hand regardless of how much they are being paid.
Being in a modern era, women are empowered to go out of their way and find means on how to earn additional income for their families. Despite of this, there still remains a considerable number of poor women needing the attention from the government and other stakeholders who are working for the empowerment of women through their various programs and services geared towards their economic upliftment .
It is hoped that more stakeholders will look into this concern and would find it an opportunity to take part in making a difference in the lives of these poor women by utilizing the Listahanan data as their point of reference in determining who would be their target women beneficiaries.
The NHTS-PR or Listahanan is an information management system that the government use in identifying who and where the poor are and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and target- focused strategy.
Written by Mitzie S.Santiago,DSWD

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RRCY Celebrates Fire Prevention Month with Fire Brigade Training

Gingoog City – The DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) at Gingoog City joined in the celebration of the Fire Prevention Month by conducting fire brigade training, participated by the residents of the said institution last March 14, 2014.

Residents and staff from the center were provided with different activities and lectures to enhance their knowledge and promote necessary skills in fire prevention and response.

This yearโ€™s celebration, with the theme โ€œIsulong ang Kaunlaran Sunog ay Iwasan, Kaalaman at Pagiingat ay Kailanganโ€ was aimed at equipping citizens with the necessary information on how to prevent and handle fire incidents. Senior Inspector Ronald L. Quimson, City Fire Marshal of Gingoog City avidly led the activity, together with the other Bureau of Fire Protection officers, FO2, Julius A Adiba, and FO3 Michael G. Mandin.

The whole day activity started off with the discussion of the importance of the month-long celebration, especially to members of the community, emphasizing active involvement of the citizenry in prevention of fire incidents.

Fire drills and fire incident simulations were done during the activity, where residents were taught about fire prevention in various settings, classification of fire and what responses are applicable for each classified fire, firefighting techniques, and trainings on how to use various equipment in responding to fire incidents.

At the end of the training, the members of the Bureau of Fire protection encouraged residents to be firefighters someday, adding up that being a firefighter is a very noble act, worthy of recognition.

The DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) is a rehabilitation center for youth/children in conflict with the law and is currently catering to 42 clients with pending criminal cases from all over Region X.

Written by Marko Davey D. Reyes and Rosita B. Orillo, DSWD

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