Archive | January 27th, 2016

DSWD sends food packs to victims of tribal feud in Bukidnon

A second tranche of more than 500 family food packs and 50 sacks of used clothing were sent to the Higaonon families in Malaybalay City last January 22, 2016, after a tribal feud took place sometime in November last year affecting more than 70 Higaonon families, and resulting three casualties, and injuring two individuals.

According to Mr. Romeo Fernandez of the DSWD Field Office X, the first tranche of more than 800 food packs were sent to the tribe last December as its assistance to the victims.

The DSWD is mandated to augment resources to the local government units in assisting victims of man-made or natural disasters. It helps ensure that the LGUs are able to provide food packs, temporary shelters, and early recovery and rehabilitation for all families affected by disaster.

The DSWD has a standby calamity fund of P1,000,000.00 and 30,000 family food packs should local government units request for immediate augmentation.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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Photo Release: Kalahi CIDSS empowers Sumilao


SUMILAO, Bukidnon – Residents of Sitio Laruk, Barangay Kisolon, listen to the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) orientation during the 1st Barangay Assembly held in the last quarter of 2015.

The year 2015 is a year of transition in terms of the coverage, from 19 municipalities to 64 areas; there was a massive pooling of workers to meet the demand of community sub-projects completion. Sumilao is among the new areas of the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP implementation. The development objective of KALAHI CIDSS is the empowerment of local communities through their involvement in the design and implementation of poverty reduction projects and improved participation in local governance. [Photos by Luigi Carlo A. Sescon, Technical Facilitator, DSWD KALAHI CIDSS, Region X]


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FEATURE: Pantawid Pamilya continues to change beneficiaries lives

CAGAYAN DE ORO, 23 January (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to impact the lives of the poor Filipino families with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya).

During the regular program of Philippine Information Agency’s Lambo Dyes in Radyo Ng Bayan, two Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries shared their insights on how the program changed their lives. Both of them serve as parent leaders in their respective barangays where they handle 30 or more members.

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According to Vivian Anadon, 35, who currently resides in Pinikitan, barangay Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City, there was really a big change that happened to herself and  family. Anadon is a mother of four who are all attending school with the help of the Pantawid Pamilya. She said she was able to send her children to school and has bought school materials because of the program.

Anadon’s membership to the Pantawid Pamilya and becoming a parent leader brought her so much experience and learning. She was even chosen to be in Manila for DSWD’s first international conference on Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) held on January 11. Anadon took part in the workshop by sharing her experience as a beneficiary and a parent leader to her co-members and guests from other countries like Mexico.

“I was less confident before but now I learned to face everyone,” Anadon expressed.

Meanwhile, Joecel S. Cabanday, 38, parent leader of Barangay 25, shared that she became a recipient of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) after attending several seminars on livelihood. Cabanday added that there were really significant changes that happened from the past, shifting from being clueless to managing their own sources of income with the aid of SLP seminars.

Cabanday and Anadon are members of Pantawid Pamilya for more than four years and as parent leaders, they take charge in the assembly of members in a cluster for Family Development Sessions (FDS) and other Pantawid Pamilya related seminars. Parent leaders also work with the DSWD city links to convey the concerns and updates of the members and vice versa.

Currently, DSWD urges the community of both members and non-members of the program to safeguard the families that are in need of help and reminds the public on the major conditions that every ‪beneficiary has to observe to be retained on their list and that includes regular attendance to the family development sessions, monthly family check-up at the rural health units, and at least 80 percent attendance in school for the children. All these are designed for the beneficiaries to be able to achieve social transformation and eventually attain self-sufficiency. (Jonathan M. Macas/PIA10)


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DSWD advocates drug abuse prevention and anti gender-based violence programs in Lanao town

Lanao del Norte — The Department of Social Welfare and Development has been intensifying its efforts in advocating programs and services at the grassroots level.

Recently,  Ms. Morena Fernandez of DSWD lobbied and advocated the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Programme (FDAPP) and the Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender-Based Violence (CIAGV) to the local officials of Sapad, this province.

The Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP) is a community-based prevention program designed to educate and prepare families about the adverse effects of drug abuse.

In Northern Mindanao, thirteen municipalities and 2 cities have forged a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department in support of the implementation of the said program.

The Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender Based Violence (CIAGV) Program,  on the other hand, envisions a community where women and girls will be less vulnerable to Gender-Based Violence through increased access to to quality response and reintegration services and participation in preventive actions.

To date, nine local government units have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the DSWD to help prevent and combat violence in their respective localities.

For the year 2016, activities have been planned out to intensify the advocacy of the two community based programs particularly in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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January 2016