Archive | April 30th, 2014

DSWD continues Supplementary Feeding Program on summer season

Summer time is said to be relaxation time but in some areas of Region X it is also the best time for children to learn. Despite the summer heat, parents and children still go to day care centers to learn and involve themselves in good nutrition habits through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Supplementary Feeding Program.

Ms. Ester Y. Cornilla, a teacher for 13 years at P2 – North Poblacion Day Care Center Maramag, Bukidnon, said that parents and teachers of the said school decided to continue the supplementary feeding.  According to her, the said initiative was done when they saw that the nutritional status of their children has greatly improved. Ms Cornilla believes that because of the feeding program, children became more mentally alert and active.

80% of the Local Government Units in Northern Mindanao has completed the 120-day feeding of Supplementary Feeding Program, particularly in its 3rd Cycle Implementation. The 20% remaining Local Government Units are still undergoing the feeding program for the children, even on a summer season, just to complete the 120-day feeding program.

DSWD reveals that for the school year 2014-2015, there are now 25 local government units that have received the allocation for the fourth cycle particularly in Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental the implementation which will start on June 2014.

By: Juvy AnneC. Pimentel, RND and Charmaine P. Tadlas

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Young juveniles develop character through sports with DSWD

Gingoog City – Residents of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY), a facility run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development here, specifically for children in conflict with the law (CICL) has learned the value of sportsmanship and teamwork during the RRCY’s annual Summer Sports Fest conducted last April 22-24, 2014.

The 3-day Sports Fest was participated by 39 male minors and young people from various neighboring barangays and faith-based organizations that has been providing moral and spiritual support to the young residents during their stay with the social welfare department.

Mr. Roy G. Ortizo, houseparent of RRCY, says that the said activity helps the youth to develop their character which can be associated with a host of sport values such as teamwork, loyalty, self sacrifice, perseverance, work ethic, and mental toughness.

RRCY was established by the DSWD for youthful offenders from ages 9 to below 18 years old who must undergo institutional rehabilitation instead of being mixed with hardened criminals in jails. The general objective of the facility is to enable boys to resolve their problems and restore their normal functioning, thus regaining self-esteem and dignity through rehabilitative services.

The said facility is said to be in accordance to Republic Act 9344 also known as the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 and Republic Act 10630, an act strengthening the juvenile justice system in the Philippines.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas (as reported by Mr. Roy G. Ortizo)

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