Archive | September 29th, 2015

DSWD: Protect children during emergencies

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development is reminding its partners and the public to uphold the welfare of children and to ensure their protection and security especially during emergencies or crisis situations.

According to Delia Maravillosa of the DSWD, the Department saw the need to enhance strategies and systems to improve services for the children who are at risk during disasters. “That is why we are tapping our non-government partners to help us out in ensuring that children are safe and are being attended to,” says Maravillosa during the conduct of the DSWD’s orientation with non-government organizations on child protection during emergencies held today, September 29, 2015, here.

Non-government organizations and civil society groups have been active partners of the DSWD in providing rehabilitation interventions to children.

It can be recalled that last December 2011, Tropical Storm Washi, locally known as “Sendong” hit this city, affecting hundreds of children psychosocially, physically, economically, and even socially. A DSWD report cited that many of these children were displaced and were traumatized by the disaster.

DSWD shared such lessons to the non-government organizations during the forum where strategies were created to make the children safer and secured at the onset of any disaster.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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NorthMin’s livelihood products nominated for Bangon Kabuhayan 2015

Cagayan de Oro City – Northern Mindanao has recently gained two nominations for the Bangon Kabuhayan 2015, a competition by the Department of Social Welfare and Development that provides highlights of the good practices and success stories of beneficiaries or group of beneficiaries of every region particularly those with micro-enterprise models and other services, established through the support of DSWDs Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). The winning entries shall serve as SLP benchmark for possible replication in other areas with similar contexts.

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Poona’s Finest Virgin Coconut Oil

One of the two entries of region 10 is the Virgin Coconut Oil Production of Poona Piagapo, Lanao del Norte by the Poona Piagapo Parent Leaders Association. Established in 2014, through the collaborative support of the department, the LGU and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The product has also been recently nominated as one of the DTI’s most innovative product and currently the One-Town One-Product (OTOP) of the municipality.

On the other hand, the beneficiaries who are graduates of Massage Therapy NC II from Medina, Misamis Oriental, is the region’s entry in the employment facilitation category, since most of them earned jobs in the local resorts after graduation. Also, they have establish their very own Spa Clinic through the support of the LGU and the Skills Mastery Institute.

The criteria considered for selection include innovation, impact, economic viability and sustainability. All entries shall undergo validation process by the national office and the winners shall be presented during the national PaskuJuan 2015 on November.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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