Archive | November, 2016


November 25 to December 12 is the 18-Day Campaign To End Violence Against Women
Theme: “VAW-free community starts with Me”


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Photo Release: Entrepreneurs in the Making


Sairah M. Lando (left) pays their rice supplier (middle) with the assistance of Hesham Mackno (right), the SLP Project Development Officer in Bacolod, Lanao del Norte (Photo by Hesham Mackno)

A group of beneficiaries from Bacolod Lanao del Norte opens a rice retailing business through the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. Having thirty (30) members, the Delabayan West Association received the amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P150,000.00) as capital assistance to start their business placed in Barangay West Delabayan.

This project was particularly identified by the group after going through several social preparation activities, basic micro-enterprise management training and other related skills training, also considering the geographical location and market demand for rice in their area.

“Nagpasalamat jud ‘mi nga naa na’mi negosyo diri sa amoa kay dili na’mi kinahanglan motugbong sa lungsod aron mamalit (we are truly grateful to be able to establish this business in our place because we need not go downtown to purchase goods)”, says Sairah M. Lando, beneficiary.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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FEATURE: From bullied to advocate of friendship: A story of Sheena Desire Abuzo

Mambajao, Camiguin — Analou Abuzo got very worried when she saw her daughter Sheena arrived home from school crying. Thinking one of the teachers might have scolded her daughter, she comforted her.


Shaking and holding on to her mother so tight, the seven year old second grader begged her mother that she did not want to go to school anymore.

Her loss of interest in going to school and loss in self-confidence was the result of her being bullied and discriminated, being called as “not pretty” and “poor”.

“I was told that they (classmates) didn’t want to be friends with me because I was not pretty and that I wasn’t rich like them,” Sheena shared, now 13 years old and a Grade 8 student of Tupsan National High School here.

Sheena disclosed that she was glad she told her parents about her being bullied and discriminated in school, saying that things might have gone worse. She said that her parents were very supportive to her and have helped her become who she is now.

“My parents have taught me the value of forgiveness. My mother taught me to forgive my classmates and do away with revenge,” she said.

Today, the 8th-grader is speaking out, campaigning against bullying in schools. She knows how bullying affects a child and how it destroys someone’s confidence towards themselves. She has seen the negative effects of bullying and discrimination and how it can ruin one’s ambition in life if not surpassed and without proper guidance from the parents.

“I am calling everyone to stand strong and brave for those who are bullied. They sshould immediately report any incidents of bullying to their parents and school officials,” she said.

Sheena is the eldest among the three children of Analou and Ralph of this island born of fire, Camiguin.


Valuing for love, friendship, and education

Sheena has always appreciated her home where she is nurtured with love and God-fearing environment by her parents.

Despite the meager income of her parents, she continues to enjoy the support she receives from her parents for her education.

In fact, after she was bullied, she took heed the advice of her parents by not allowing hatred to dwell in her mind and heart for it can lead to think revenge.

Years later, Sheena had become close friends with her classmates who bullied and discriminated her as she claimed that friendship is more important than childish quarrels.

Sheena’s father is a skilled wielder and works as a construction worker on an occasional basis. The meager income of his father is enough for the family’s day-to-day consumption needs. As it is, finds extra income from fishing during weekends to support Sheena’s and her younger brother’s educational needs before they were put under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

As disclosed by her mother, Sheena already showed much willingness and interest in going to school. As it is, she was enrolled at a day care center in here at the age of 3.

With that, her mother complemented the efforts to her husband to support the Abuzo siblings in their endeavor to be in school.

“It is our way of expressing our love, and setting them the example that we really should value education so that our children can fulfill their dreams,” said Analou.

Analou used to work as baby sitter for four years to augment the income of her husband. She stopped working when she got pregnant of her third child.


Active in school and community

Sheena recovered fast from the ill effects of bullying and discrimination due to the constant guidance of her parents and the augmentation from school authorities.

Who used to be timid now gained self confidence in dealing with herself and others.

This resulted to her superb performance in school, academically and in extra-curricular activities.

She finished her kindergarten formation as Valedictorian. She maintained this academic excellence in her elementary years where she finished Salutatorian.

Now, she earns excellent grades in her high school.

Her academic life is balanced with extra-curricular activities where she joined in several organizations and groups since her elementary years up to this writing.

Her busy schedule with the groups and organizations had paved the way for her to improve much in public speaking and boosting more of her self-confidence as well as in all aspects of her personality.

From there, she discovered here talent in broadcasting that influenced much her ambition and that also made her caught the attention and love of her teachers, mentors, and friends.

She is also very participative in the school activities like a variety show dubbed as Kalandrakas, Sayawit, Nutri Jingles, among others.


Responsible and disciplined

Along with Sheena’s achievements; she is still known to be a sweet, kind, and obedient child as she was raised by her parents with proper values and discipline.

At a very young age, she was already trained in doing simple household chores. She also learned the responsibilities of being the eldest in the family by helping her parents and her siblings, especially in aiding the school assignment of her younger brother.

Living to her advocacy, when she won the Regional Search for Exemplary Child in Northern Mindanao eliminations, Sheena openly discussed her advocacy to her fellow grantees of Pantawid Pamilya to religiously follow the conditionalities of the program, aside from urging her fellow grantees to reach for their dreams by finishing their studies.

Sheena dreamed of becoming a doctor someday. But, she didn’t want it to remain just as a dream. Thus, she is striving hard in her studies to attain that dream because of her passion to help the poor and the needy.

She also dreamed of becoming a newscaster, idolizing Ted Failon. She claimed she wanted to deliver the truth and convey information among people around the country.

Sheena considered a big part of her success to the opportunity given by DSWD through Pantawid Pamilya. She promised to make use of the program to further develop herself, make some positive changes in her family and in the community.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Field Office 10

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Photo Release: World Bank checks implementation of Pantawid Pamilya

MONITORING VISIT. Representatives of the Social Welfare and Development Reform Project-World Bank monitors the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development such as this during the payout of cash grants to beneficiaries in Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. They also check the effectiveness and efficiency of the program implementation during the conduct of Family Development Session in Poblacion, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Photos by Buena Rafer, CVS Focal, Pantawid Pamilya, DSWD Field Office 10.


Joy Lim Zuson (in violet shirt), Finance Analyst III of Pantawid Pamilya, DSWD Field Office 10 explains to World Bank representatives the system for releasing cash grants to beneficiaries during pay-outs.

World Bank representatives discuss their findings of monitoring with the members of the Municipal Action Team of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental while DSWD Field Office 10 Director Nestor Briones Ramos (third from left) listens.

World Bank representatives discuss their findings of monitoring with the members of the Municipal Action Team of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental while DSWD Field Office 10 Director Nestor Briones Ramos (fourth from left) listens.


World Bank representatives check the educational facilities of the Tagoloan National High School, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.


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RCWC Conducts Kick Off for National Children’s Month



Northern Mindanao -The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development spearheaded the National Children’s Month celebration for this year.

With the theme, “ Isulong: Kalidad  na Edukasyon para sa Lahat ng Bata”,  the kick off activity was conducted in coordination with the active and supportive Partner members of the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) which included the City Social Welfare and Development Office of Cagayan de Oro, 4th Infantry Division (Phil. Army), Philippine National Police, National Youth Commission, Department of Education, Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, Population Commission, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, and World Vision.

Republic Act No. 10661 or the National Children’s Month Act declares November of every year as the National Children’s Month to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989.

Pursuant to the observance of the National Children’s Month, an annual program of activities shall be prepared and implemented with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the National Youth Commission, and the Council for the Welfare of children, in partnership and in coordination with other Partner Agencies as well.

All local government units and private organizations including Civil Society organizations, private enterprises and people’s organizations are also encouraged to observe and participate in the activities for the month long celebration.

Highlights of the Kick Off activity included a motorcade, feeding program, medical mission spearheaded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the symbolic turn-over of the 1 Million Lapis Project.

As of the last counting, more than a hundred thousand pencils have already been turned over from Partner Agencies, and some Local Government Units.   Through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the collected pencils will be turned over to the Department of Education who will be tasked to identify the school beneficiaries of the pencils.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey dela Cruz, in her welcome message, reminded the partiicpants and parents of the crucial role of parents, being the first teachers of their children.

Other advocacy activities to be conducted relative to the celebration also includes a series of radio and TV guestings.

A Leadership Training for children representatives is also set to be conducted within the month.


Written by, Mitzie Sarballon Santiago, DSWD

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November 2016