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RSCC Entrusts Children to Adoptive Parents

For the third quarter of 2015, five (5) children from the Reception and Study Center for Children were finally entrusted to their respective adoptive parents through Inter-country Adoption and Domestic Adoption.

Adoption is defined as a socio-legal process of providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily relinquished parental authority over the child.

The entrustment ceremony marked the most memorable moment for the children to finally meet and be united with their dear parents. Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 10 in her welcome message said, “Your long wait is over now, finally you can embrace with love the child that you have prayed for. You can dispose the parental obligations that you wished to do for a long time. We are very happy that finally our child will have a family that can provide her one-on-one care, a family she can call her own to share happiness, tears and experiences in life that would make her a better person in the future.”

Mr. Karst Kolk , one of the adoptive parents from the Netherlands thanked the RSCC staff and the people of DSWD for taking good care of their adopted daughter even before they met her, He assured the staff that , they will always be there to guide,care and love the child much more than they have valued their daughter.

The Hegedius couple, overwhelmed the moment they got in touch with their adopted twins, consider the day as the most memorable day of their lives as their prayers have been granted with the two adorable girls that will fill their home with happiness.

Presidential Decree No. 603 “The Child and Youth Welfare Code” on the rights of the child states that “Every child has the right to a wholesome family life that will provide him with love, care and understanding, guidance and counseling, and moral and material security.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development which is tasked to provide assistance to interested couples,assist them in complying with the requirements and undergoing the tedious process of adoption.

Written by Faith M. Sabulana/Rosanel D. Pague/Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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DSWD finds out well-being of Pantawid grantees

Cagayan de Oro City — Workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao are now gathering data of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) beneficiaries to find out the status of their well-being.

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Using the Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI), the workers will record and measure changes in the lives of the beneficiaries.

SWDI, a yearly monitoring of DSWD to Pantawid Pamilya grantees, aims to assess the level of well-being of the family -from survival, subsistence, and self-sufficiency.

It also serves as the reference in the case management of these said beneficiaries – to help them gain their fighting chance against poverty.

 

In Northern Mindanao, there are 251, 727 families who will be covered by the assessment.

The DSWD will be using the enhanced social welfare and development indicator (SWDI), a case management tool that measures the level of well-being of families in terms of their economic sufficiency and social adequacy.

In terms of economic sufficiency, families will be evaluated based on the employable skills of members, employment and salary, source of income, membership to social security and access to financial institutions. The social adequacy, on the other hand, will rate the families based on the members’ health condition, nutrition and education, access to safe drinking water and sanitary toilet facility, house construction and ownership, and awareness of social issues.

The evaluation of poor families involves a visit to the family’s residence and an interview with the household head.

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The results of the SWDI will determine the needs and capacities of every Pantawid Pamilya household and will be used by the DSWD in the planning of interventions to help them improve their families’ living condition and later become self-sufficient.

Interventions may include employment facilitation, skills training, provision of livelihood opportunities and referral to other programs and services of the DSWD, other national government agencies, local government units and private organizations.

This year’s assessment results will be the baseline to be used by the DSWD in evaluating the poverty alleviation programs and services provided to these households.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao; Photos by Rona Dagondon, Grievance and Redress Officer, Camiguin Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Operations Office, DSWD

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