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There’s No Place Like Home

It is the policy of the State that placement of children through adoption would be the last resort. Their family may have failed to provide the best care for them but if we will dig deeper, both the child and their family were just victims of circumstances hence, while children are in the center, we provide the best alternative family care while working out the best suitable permanent placement for them.

The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) is a residential care facility which provides 24-hour group living on a temporary basis to children whose needs cannot be adequately met by their families and relatives over a period of time and to those children who were abandoned or voluntarily relinquished due to reasonable cause.

It was on April 12, 2016 when the Macuha siblings were reintegrated back to their birthmother after a year of stay at RSCC. Of the four siblings, three of them were temporarily sheltered at RSCC after they were left by their birthmother. Due to the difficulties encountered by their widowed mother in raising and in providing their needs, Jonafe has reached to the point of abandoning her children. She became a single parent after the father of her children passed away, which caught her psychologically and economically unprepared.

After several home visits and series of counseling extended to Jonafe, she has come to a realization of keeping her family intact and wanted to take her children back in her custody. With the concerted effort of the Barangay Council for the Protectin of Women and Childre, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, the Community Facilitator of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program and the Reception and Study Center for Children of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, Jonafe has drawn strength and courage to live her life better with the presence of her children.

Two years after their family reintegration, the siblings are all attending school and enrolled as Grades 1 and 2, while their female sibling is enrolled in a Day Care Center. Jonafe is trying her best in performing her role as a mother to her children. Being a mother grantee of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program of the DSWD, she has gained learnings from the seminars and orientations conducted during their Family Development Sessions specifically in strengthening her parental obligations towards her children.

The cash grant she is receiving every two months helps her a lot in providing the health and educational needs of their children. While she invests the livelihood assistance she received into hog raisin, she is also actively involved in their livelihood association where they started to run a small sari-sari store.

The siblings are now settled with their family. There’s nothing like foster care or adoption could replace their contentment and happiness being home together with their mother and sibling. The interventions provided to the children and their family not only addressed the problem at the moment but also preserves the family which serves the best interest of the child.

 

Written by Faith Sabulana / Rosanel Pague, DSWD-10

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Disaster Relief Assistance Update (July 6, 2017, 12:00PM)

Marawi Clash Incident Briefer
(As of 12 PM July 6, 2017)
Date of incident: May 23, 2017
Type of incident: Armed conflict
Location: Marawi City

The total number of IDPs served in the Region increases to 35,854 families or 163,856 persons. There are currently 35 evacuation centers in region 10 housing 2,778 families or 12,455 persons. The number of home-based families total to 33,076 or 151,401 persons.

The number of Evacuation Centers (ECs) in Region 10 is as follows: Iligan City – 5; Baloi– 11; Pantar – 1; Pantao Ragat – 17; Cagayan de Oro City – 1.

For the whole province of Lanao del Norte including Iligan City, the total number of IDP families served increases to 29,873 or 142,389 persons. The number of families inside evacuation centers served, including Iligan City, is 2,774 or 12,439 persons. Home-based Families served in Lanao del Norte, including Iligan City, is 27,099 or 129,950.

For Iligan City alone, the number of IDP families served is 15,496 or 75,603 persons. There are 793 families sheltered in evacuation centers served or 3,826 persons, while the number of home-based IDP families served is 14,703 or 71,777 persons.

Five Evacuation Centers are still operational in Iligan City namely: Buru-un School of Fisheries, Buru-un Gym, Tibanga Gym, Bayanihan Gym, and Ma. Cristina Gym.

In Misamis Oriental, the number of IDP families served is 5,459 or 19,415 persons; four (4) families or 16 persons staying in the lone evacuation Center situated in Barangay Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City are served. The number of home-based IDP families is 4,447 or 16,212 persons.

In Bukidnon, the number of IDP families served remain at 427 families or 1,577 persons who are all home-based or staying with their relatives in the municipalities of Kalilangan, Lantapan, Pangantucan, San Fernando and the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia.

In Misamis Occidental, the number of IDP families served remain at 95 families or 475 persons who are all home-based temporarily residing in four barangays of Ozamiz City namely: Brgy. Maningcol, Brgy. Tinago, Brgy. San Antonio, and Brgy. Gango.

Total cost of assistance extended to IDPs amounts to P83,369,396.00 of which P79,997,286.00 is extended by DSWD. Breakdown of Cost assistance is P57,324,021.00 for Family Food Packs and P22,673,266.00 for non-food assistance.

The Province of Lanao del Norte provided P1,852,443.00 for IDPs and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) also provided a total of P1,519,667.00 as recorded.

For IDPs in evacuation centers who wish to avail of transportation assistance or the Balik Probinsiya subsidy, they may ask the Camp Managers for referral letter to be submitted to social workers assigned at the Operations Center, who will assess them if they are qualified or not based on their Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) and Barangay Certification.
To date, a total of P109,779.00 is already released to 61 IDP family beneficiaries as transportation assistance for those who went home to their respective provinces.

Ongoing validation for registered IDPs, which deadline of registration was July 5, 2017, is being conducted by DSWD-X.

DSWD-X turns over camp coordination and camp management to DSWD-ARMM. DSWD-X has been continuously joining the Regional Coordination Command Center meeting along with the Office of Civil Defense, DSWD-ARMM, DOH and other agencies for regular updating, resolution of issues and point of collaboration pertaining to the disaster operation.

Based on Joint Statement issued by DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, DSWD-ARMM Secretary Haroun Al-Rashid A. Lucman, and Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra, July 5, 2017 will be the last day of registration for all IDPs. The food and financial assistance of P5,000 will be given to the IDPs upon their return to their communities in Marawi City.

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