Archive | April, 2017

GETTING READY FOR DISASTER

Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD harness life-saving skills in preparation for any eventualities, whether natural or man-made calamities, such as this in the hinterland Barangay of Hagpa, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon during their Family Development Session. Photos by Jed Ocay, Municipal Link of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon.

Written by: Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

 

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Constructing Dreams into Reality

Photo Courtesy of Gretchen Jimenez, PDO II SLP, DSWD-10

Meet Remie Patalita Jr., a persistent young individual from Barangay Bukangliwayway, Kibawe, Bukidnon who recently earned a promotion as a Line Quality Control at the Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) and Construction Co. Ltd. Philippines in Subic Zambales.

Mr. Patalita was one of the 30 beneficiaries who completed Plumbing NC II, a technical course supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). For 20 days, the program beneficiaries went through vigorous and hands on training on plumbing to prepare them for possible employment.

Motivated by his dreams to develop education and support his family (a mother who is under medication and a younger brother in school), Mr. Patalita, worked his way to succeed.

Months after he completed the technical course, he submitted himself to a free Pipe Fitting NC II offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). He then worked as a trainee at the Cagayan de Oro City Water District Office for a month, to gain experience.

Given his credentials, he then received an opportunity to work as Pipe Fitter at one of the largest construction industries in the Philippines. This is an employment opportunity, which DSWD worked out and supported through SLP’s Pre-employment Assistance Fund (PEAF) amounting to Php 3,500.00, to complete his documentary requirements to take the job.

Since his employment, he was able to send about 50,000.00 to his family.

“The success of our program beneficiaries is our success as well”, says Gretchen Jimenez, the Project Development Officer for SLP, assigned in this municipality.

The SLP 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 training and employment facilitation.

The provision of Technical/Vocational Skills Training and Pre-Employment Assistant Funds form part of the modalities of SLP to improve the employable skills of beneficiaries.

Written by JAMILA M. TAHA, DSWD

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Women Sector culminates National Women’s Month

In culmination of the National Women’s Month celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Policy and Plans Division, Women Sector, and in coordination with various partner organizations in the region recently conducted a culmination program for the month long celebration.

With this year’s theme “We make Change Work for Women,” various activities were conducted to give due recognition to women in society, who plays a crucial role not only in their families but also in the community as a whole.

This year’s theme also revolved around the impact of women towards change not only within themselves but also in their respective families and the locality where they are a part of.

One of the highlights of the activity were discussions on the Expanded Magna Carta for Women   and Magna Carta for Migrant Workers. Resource persons were from the Commission on Human Rights in the person of Atty. Pilipinas C. Palma (Atty. IV) and Ms. Fides Teresa M. Cabana (Information Officer II).

Participants of the activity included representatives of various women organizations in Northern Mindanao.

Other activities also included video showing and zumba session.  Client residents from the Home for Girls also participated in the said activity.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Aldersey dela Cruz, in her message lauded the women who have continued to play a very important role not only at home but also, in the communities where they belong.

She also stressed that women through time, have evolved from that of being merely homemakers to playing significant roles and responsibilities in the development of their society.  She also encouraged the participants to keep doing what they have started to do in being effective and efficient partners of men not only at home but also in their respective localities.

 

Written by, Mitzie Santiago,DSWD

 

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Service Providers of Children in Conflict with the Law Trained on Mindfulness

As part of the mandate of the Department in providing technical assistance to Local Government Units , People’s  Organizations and Non-Government Organizations in the region,  a training on Mindfulness for Service Providers of Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL), was conducted recently.

The five day training was participated by Center Heads, Social Workers, Psychologist, and focal persons and Coordinators of the Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Council.

The said training was conducted to fill in the need to conduct mindfulness to the implementers in order for them to have a better outlook specially to the clientele they serve at the Centers.

The main objectives of the training was also to enable CICLs  who are highly at risk of re-offending to develop and maintain positive and acceptable behavior, help dysfunctional families become responsive to the needs of the children for support and protection, and , to make community members become responsible in preventing juvenile delinquency.

Director Thelsa Biolena, of the Social Technology Bureau of the Central Office, stressed to the participants the importance of possessing multi-faceted skills in handling children specially that they are dealing with different types of attitudes and personalities.  Furthermore, she also reminded them to be kind , patient, persistent, and must have the endurance in handling children and to be at their level  in order not to be left behind.

The said training was also aimed to serve as a way of refreshing and energizing venue for their physical , mental, social, emotional and spiritual faculties of the participants  especially that they are already burned out and are heavily burdened  with the enormous task  placed upon their  shoulders as Social Workers.

Workshops and various stress debriefing activities were conducted within the training on which were actively participated by the Service Providers.

 

Written by, Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Service Providers of Children in Conflict with the Law Trained on Mindfulness

As part of the mandate of the Department in providing technical assistance to Local Government Units , People’s  Organizations and Non-Government Organizations in the region,  a training on Mindfulness for Service Providers of Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL), was conducted recently.

The five day training was participated by Center Heads, Social Workers, Psychologist, and focal persons and Coordinators of the Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Council.

The said training was conducted to fill in the need to conduct mindfulness to the implementers in order for them to have a better outlook specially to the clientele they serve at the Centers.

The main objectives of the training was also to enable CICLs  who are highly at risk of re-offending to develop and maintain positive and acceptable behavior, help dysfunctional families become responsive to the needs of the children for support and protection, and , to make community members become responsible in preventing juvenile delinquency.

Director Thelsa Biolena, of the Social Technology Bureau of the Central Office, stressed to the participants the importance of possessing multi-faceted skills in handling children specially that they are dealing with different types of attitudes and personalities.  Furthermore, she also reminded them to be kind , patient, persistent, and must have the endurance in handling children and to be at their level  in order not to be left behind.

The said training was also aimed to serve as a way of refreshing and energizing venue for their physical , mental, social, emotional and spiritual faculties of the participants  especially that they are already burned out and are heavily burdened  with the enormous task  placed upon their  shoulders as Social Workers.

Workshops and various stress debriefing activities were conducted within the training on which were actively participated by the Service Providers.

Written by: Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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