Archive | October 8th, 2015

DSWD consults gov’t agencies on food security for disaster victims

IMG_20151008_1514341Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here consulted today, October 8, 2015, with other national government agencies and selected local government units on its upcoming project that is related to food security for internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by possible disasters in the future.

Learning from the Yolanda experience, the DSWD consults with the Departments of Trade and Industry, Agriculture, and Internal and Local Government, Labor and Employement, Office of Civil Defense, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Misamis Oriental, to develop a strategy that will employ a neighborhood family welfare approach in helping the families and promoting the collective advocacy of Filipinos to fight hunger in times of disaster and calamities.

In consultation with its partner agencies, its project framework illustrates risks and adaptation brought about by disaster in the context of food security. The project hopes to ensure that affected individuals, families and communities have access of safe and healthy food in times of disaster and emergencies.

According to Eden Mariňo of the Social Technology Bureau of the DSWD, the project will capacitate the vulnerable communities and individuals resilient in disaster especially on food security by developing locally-produced products including productivity skills development for the communities.

Mariňo also said that the DSWD shall explore partnership with civil society organizations and private and business sector in the development and delivery of food banks services. Through the people’s organizations, family and community volunteers, beneficiaries can then access free foods at the food bank facility.

The components of the project shall include public-private partnership as well which shall mobilize and strengthen the existing inter-agency groups in the locality such as the local disaster risk reduction management council; and shall maintain close coordination with the national government agencies, non-government organizations and and civil society groups that assist IDPs.

The DSWD currently consults with other agencies, communities, and local leaders to complete and launch the project come 2016.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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Speech of Jinky Gomez, 2014 Exemplary Child of Pantawid Pamilya

(Delivered during the National Family Day 2015 of DSWD at Pelaez Sports Center, Cagayan de Oro City on October 5, 2015)

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The call for change has always been the battle cry of this nation! We have been on a never-ending longing to experience changed. Change in the present societal condition towards the advancement of this country. As the cliché says, “Change is the only thing constant in this world”.
To the Regional Director of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, dedicated staffs and facilitators of DSWD, honored guest, parents & friends, ladies and gentlemen , grace and peace to all.
It is with great privilege and honor to stand here and speak on behalf of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program as the Exemplary Child of 2014 of Northern Mindanao.
Allow me first to introduce myself. I am Jinky Gomez, 15 years old and currently residing in Amoros, El Salvador City. I am a 10th grader student and being blessed of being a constant 1st honor student since then. We are 10 in the family and I am the 9th one, because we are ten in the family my parents are really struggling in our daily needs.
My mother is a housewife and my father is a jeepney driver at present. This has been the primary reason why my older siblings were not able to pursue college education. They go to work at an early age to help my parents sustain our daily necessities.
Year 2011, when we became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program since then the program has improved our family. Before, I witnessed the bitter taste of what poverty has brought to us. I saw how my parents struggled for our school allowance, projects, school fees, food and many more.
But, despite the challenges I faced, I never stopped from schooling. Instead, I stand firm to achieve my goals and persevere.
Truly, Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program has helped our family a lot in terms of financial assistance.
Back October 2014, opportunities opened up , it was when I was chosen as the representative of our Division to compete for the Provincial Exemplary Child Contest of Misamis Oriental and being blessed, I won and able to represent the Province of Misamis Oriental in the Regional Competition. And I won in the Regional Competition.
Never in my widest dream that being a beneficiary of this Program will lead me to go to Manila to represent Northern Mindanao in the National Competition.
Although I was not able to make it to the top 5, the experience that I have gone, being there, makes me a winner. Since then opportunities in schools and in our community to compete in any oral competitions opens up.
Knowing that I had gone to Manila and represented the region helps other people specially my teachers to trust me. As far as I remember, our Divisions EPS in English told me when they picked me as the contestant in the Regional Oratorical Contest and have to memorize a 3 pages speech in 2 days she said, “Langga, you don’t have to worry you are a national speaker.”
Being a Regional Exemplary Winner opens opportunities and changes the views of people about our family and helped build confidence and trust in us.
On the other hand, there are non-beneficiaries who view that beneficiaries had abused the program and become irresponsible in using it-that they no longer work to satisfy their needs and just wait and heavily rely on the program.
That is why this program received feedbacks and comment from people for they thought that it’s just a way of giving money for free. Many arguments in the senate recommending that this program should be stopped because they say that the government was just wasting their money, but wait, are these reasons enough for us to judge and jump into conclusion that Pantawid Pamilya is a waste of money?
How about to the families being helped by the program? Those families like us? Let us first stop questioning the program and listen to these people. There are conditions given by the government to those who are beneficiaries to make them more responsible in our society and encourage the students to go to school to find better jobs and not to heavily rely on the program.
“Kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.” That is why, this program invest on us youth to achieved the change we desire in our society.
I am challenged to become a role model to everyone. To the youths who are rebelling to their parents because of their current situations which resulted to teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, alcoholism, stop schooling and a “tambay.” My dear friends, let us reflect to the sad reality in our country. Are these things really helping us to overcome poverty? Or it’s just a way of running from the challenges of life. Remember that quitting is never a choice. Let us all continue to build our dreams and make poverty not the hindrance to make the best of ourselves as what Mahatma Ghandi says, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Kaya natin ang pagbabago. We can achieve change! Hold on to God and trust in Him. God bless us all and once again Good Afternoon!

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DSWD conducts orientation for Listahanan validation workers

Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here recently conducted an orientation cum training for Area Supervisors and Enumerators who will be assigned during the validation phase of the Second Round Assessment.

One hundred eight enumerators and 530 Area Supervisors were rehired and oriented for the one month validation period scheduled within the month of October.

Local Verification Committees composed of the local chief executives, local social welfare and development officers, planning officers, and representatives from civil society organizations will also be oriented on their roles during the validation.

Initial lists of poor households based on the conducted assessment will be posted in strategic locations in the barangays for the people in the communities to provide feedback.

It is also in this phase when families who were not yet visited by the enumerators will be given the chance to appeal, be assessed and lodged on their complaints and grievances to the Local Verification Committee (LVC).

The public is encouraged to participate during the validation process to ensure that the database for poor households in the region will be accurate, correct, and viable.

Listahanan is a targeting system of the DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It serves as the basis for potential beneficiaries of various social protection programs of the Department and partner agencies.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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