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DSWD-10 conducts payout in Talisayan after town lockdown, as promised

A beneficiary in Talisayan, Misamis Oriental receives his cash grant under Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 last September 29, 2020.

As promised to the local government unit of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, under the leadership of Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga, pursued its distribution of cash grants to the qualified beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) last September 29, 2020.

Supposedly, beneficiaries of the UCT in Talisayan would have already received their cash grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 last September 5, 2020. However, due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the said municipality, the local government unit had to call the town in lockdown status to protect its residents from the coronavirus.

143 beneficiaries of Unconditional Cash Transfer were able to claim their cash grant from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 last September 29, 2020.

Director Dollaga says that nothing can stop the DSWD-10 from extending its services and financial aid to the communities, not even COVID-19, which has consequently limited the movement of the DSWD-10 workforce.

“We understand the predicaments of families, especially those living in communities that are being exponentially threatened by the coronavirus,” Dollaga says.

“We are doing our best to serve our communities who are needing government assistance and we are looking for possible ways to reach out to them without compromising their health, and the health of our workers,” Director Dollaga added.

“Rest assured that help is coming. We just want to be careful that everyone is safe while our services are extended to the communities.”

143 families received their UCT cash grants from DSWD-10 yesterday, September 29, 2020. The amount is intended for their purchase of food and other essentials.

UCT is the government’s response under the implementation of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act which protects poor families from severely affected by the sudden increase of prices of commodities – a measure to enable the country to generate revenue and eradicate extreme poverty.xxxcpt

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Fish Cage Project of Sustainable Livelihood Program receives assistance from BFAR

The Igpit Fisher Folk SLP Association from Zone 8, Sitio Malingin, Barangay Igpit, Opol, Misamis Oriental receives assistance anew in the form of fingerlings and feed from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. The livelihood association was organized and funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). The Municipal Agricultural Office (MAO) and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of the Local Government Unit have been very supportive from the start especially in the implementation and monitoring of the project in the provision of technical assistance.

Technical staff from the Municipal Agricultural Office have been monitoring and providing guidance to the fish cage operators to ensure bountiful harvest.

The association, together with the partner government agencies, conducted a sampling activity to control the feeding of the school of fish. They were able to identify and measure the samples’ length and weight, giving estimate on the sacks of feeds as the ration before the harvest this October 17, 2020 with about 7,981 heads of bangus.

A sample was taken to forecast on the needed feeds prior the target harvest schedule set this October 17, 2020.

The SLP staff and the association members had a meeting in discussing the upcoming harvest in designating roles as per learning from their first harvest. Part of the meeting’s agenda is also about the regular operation of the project. The association members are given constant guidance so as to ensure sustainability of their projects.

Functionality of the organization is just as important so as to keep the members working harmoniously, trusting, and cooperative with the officers.

Story and photos contributed by Arthur O. Barrero, Provincial Coordinator of SLP Misamis Oriental 2 Cluster

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UCT households validated and enrolled to use cash cards

A DSWD-10 validator enrolls a UCT family head to enable the latter to use a cash card in claiming his cash grant from the government.

Households receiving Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) will get a visit from validators from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 to enroll them to become cash card holders.

It can be recalled that ever since the UCT was launched in the country, household-beneficiaries wait in long queues to claim their cash grants in off-site payout venues facilitated by the DSWD-10 and Land Bank of the Philippines.

Prioritizing the safety of families and households during the pandemic and by reinforcing the government’s stay-at-home advocacy, the DSWD-10, together with other DSWD Field Offices, has now shifted to technology by enabling the UCT household-beneficiaries to use cash cards as an alternative to offsite payouts which gather crowds in one big venue to claim their financial aid.

Validators hired by the DSWD-10 can now be seen roaming around neighborhoods in poor communities to enroll UCT households to cash card usage.

To make claiming of cash grants easier, faster, and safer, the DSWD-10 shifts to cash cards usage for UCT beneficiaries.

Providing cash grants to more than 225,000 household-beneficiares in Northern Mindanao, the DSWD-10 continues to find ways to make its delivery services more convenient, safe and fast for all its beneficiaries.

The Unconditional Cash Transfer is the national government’s response in providing cash subsidy to poor families to serve as their economic cushion from the effects of the sudden price hike brought about the implementation of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act.xxxcpt

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RSCC celebrates its 31st Founding Anniversary

Children of the Reception and Study Center for Children, a residential facility of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 celebrate the facility’s 31st Founding anniversary. This children are under the protective care of the DSWD-10.

The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) – a residential facility run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 – celebrated its 31st Founding Anniversary last September 16, 2020 with the Theme: Embracing New Normal Towards Sustainable Delivery of Social Services.” 

While the world is currently experiencing crisis brought about by COVID-19, DSWD-10 continues to take measures in protecting the rights of children, especially those who are under its custody and residing temporarily in the RSCC.

As one of the lead agencies that respond during emergencies, the DSWD-10 makes sure that that each vulnerable sector, including children, are provided with appropriate care and interventions while they cope with the effects of the coronavirus.

Despite this trying times, RSCC continuously operate 24 hours serving its children residents.  Aside from the preventive measures being followed by the employees of the Regional Office, RSCC also observes some preventive measures to ensure the health and welfare of its staff and residents. 

History of RSCC

The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) was established in October 1988with the demands of increasing number of children abandoned in hospitals and other places.  The facility then started its operation in November 9, 1988.  It was temporarily housed at Tahanan ng Kabataan located at J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital Compound, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, while plans were being made for the construction of permanent building.

               Due to the increase number of admissions, the facility was transferred to its new building at Macanhan, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City on September 15, 1989. On December 17, 2011the old RSCC building was vacated and transferred to its newly constructed building within the compound of DSWD Field Office 10 located at Masterson Avenue, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City after the devastation brought about by Typhoon Sendong which has caused damaged to the residential facility and pertinent records of children.

Ever since that year, RSCC continue to provide appropriate care and interventions to those children in need of special protection and explore all possible means for them to be placed-out to their respective families, or placement through foster care or adoption which one-on-one care is beneficial for their wholesome growth and development.

On December 29, 2014, RSCC was granted with its Certificate of Accreditation Third Levelfor having been satisfactorily complied the implementation of Residential-Based Programs and Services for Children.  On December 5, 2019, RSCC received its seven (7) years Certificate of Accreditation from the Standards Bureau for sustaining the quality service to its clientele.

The RSCC in Region 10 was established pursuant to the provisions embodied in the Presidential Decree No. 603 otherwise known as the “Child and Youth Welfare Code” which states “The child is one of the most important assets of the nation, every effort shall be exerted to promote his welfare and enhance his opportunities for a useful and happy life.” With the support of the management, all the needed services to attain the interventions for the total rehabilitation of every child were acquired and provided. (Contributed by Faith Sabulana and Sean Pamela Balais, DSWD)

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DSWD-10 and Representative Dimaporo agree to improve services in Lanao del Norte

Representative Abdullah Dimaporo listens to Director Mari-Flor Dollaga in a virtual meeting to hear the updates of DSWD-10 in the implementation of programs in Lanao del Norte.

Mari-Flor Dollaga, Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 met with Representative Abdullah Dimaporo virtually today, September 23, 2020 to discuss status updates on various DSWD-10 assistance to communities in need, day care centers, and senior citizens centers in Lanao del Norte.

Director Mari-Flor Dollaga gives directives to the DSWD-10 staff to improve the implementation of Sustainable Livelihood Program in Lanao del Norte.

Both leaders also made agreements to explore measures on improving convergence initiatives under the Sustainable Livelihood Program which will benefit families and communities in the said province.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is the national government’s intervention in providing capacity building and livelihood opportunities to poor families to improve their level of well-being.

The DSWD-10 prioritizes its partnerships with representatives of congressional districts which play a vital role in responding to the needs of their constituents.xxxcpt

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DSWD, NCFF enjoin Filipinos to celebrate National Family Week amid quarantine

As part of its continued advocacy to strengthen the Filipino family, the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is enjoining the public to celebrate the 28th National Family Week on September 21-27, 2020 with the theme “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.”

The National Family Week is a yearly celebration held every fourth week of September pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60 issued on September 28, 1992.

For this year’s celebration, the NCFF adopted the sub-theme, “Mapagkalingang Pagtugon at Proteksyon sa Bawat Pamilyang Pilipino Mula sa Mga Suliranin sa Gitna ng Pandemyang COVID-19,” which emphasizes the importance of providing Filipino families with compassionate response on economic shocks and protection from violence in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sub-theme is also an appeal to all concerned agencies and organizations to be relentless in the work of strengthening and promoting the unity, solidarity, and stability of the Filipino family, especially that the family sector faces many social problems amid this crisis, including unplanned pregnancies, loss of jobs and livelihood, mental-health problems, and gender-based violence, and others.

The National Family Week celebration will officially start on September 21 with a nationwide ringing of bells dubbed as “Ring a Family Bell” to be simultaneously done at 9:00 AM in all government agencies as a symbol of nationwide awareness and commitment to commemorate the solidarity and unity of the Filipino Family. A virtual kick-off will also be aired via DSWD’s Facebook page on the same day.

In support of the Family Week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), an active member of the NCFF, will hold an online Interfaith Family Forum on September 23 which will tackle different topics concerning the family.  

Meanwhile, the City of Manila, the host LGU for the 28th National Family Week, will conduct a webinar in partnership with Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) on September 24 focusing on strengthening family relationships through responsible parenting and positive discipline.

On September 26, the Commission on Population, another active member of the NCFF, will host a talk show which will tackle the myths and misconceptions on family planning to help address the issue of unplanned pregnancies during the quarantine period.

Apart from these activities, the NCFF will also utilize various online platforms to promote the celebration and to advocate for stronger and protected Filipino families through the #ProtekadongPamilyaSaCOVID-19 social media campaign.

Using the hashtag, NCFF members will be posting ways on how families can keep their families safe, protected, and intact amid the pandemic; and how they are helping families nationwide cope with the impacts of the crisis.

Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day

The NCFF is also encouraging Filipino families to observe the Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day, a yearly celebration held every fourth Monday of September pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 326, series of 2012.

Held in conjunction with the annual celebration of the Family Week, the Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day emphasizes the importance of having a common family meal to encourage parents to stay connected with their children and understand the challenges they face.

A common family meal also provides an opportunity to enhance family communication and serves a venue where members can express affirmation of each other and share a positive experience of joy and love.

As the lead agency in social protection and as chair of the NCFF, DSWD recognizes the importance of strengthening and promoting family unity and stability to build a solid and united Filipino society.

The Department, together with all the members of the NCFF, will continue to work together to uphold the values of Filipino families and to support and empower them to withstand the many issues and challenges they face, especially in the midst of the pandemic, so that they can come out of the crisis as a stronger unit. ###

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BangUn feeding tries to combat malnutrition in Lanao del Sur town

Bubong, Lanao del Sur – Noronisa Mama cuddles her eight-month old baby for checking by local health officials, who visited her house in this second class municipality in Lanao del Sur.

Bangsamoro Umpungan sa Nutrisyon (BangUn) team of DSWD Field Office 10

It was a house-to-house visit of the team from Bangsamoro Umpungan sa Nutrisyon (BangUn) Project in coordination with the barangay and the town’s health officials.

Noronisa’s daughter, Janima Monaim, looks moderately thin in her Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC), a manifestation that the child is malnourished.

MUAC is the circumference of the left upper arm, measured at the mid-point between the tip of the shoulder and the tip of the elbow (olecranon process and the acromion). It is used for the assessment of nutritional status.

Also, it is a good predictor of mortality and in many studies.

Norosa regularly breastfeed Janima.

Similar situations like Janima’s are reportedly prevalent among children in this municipality of Lanao del Sur, the very reason why BangUn Project was conceptualized during the 5th Cabinet Meeting in August 2016. 

Assessing the nutritional status of the child using the Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC)

The DSWD Field Office 10 workers conducts home visits to families with undernourished children daily.

Despite the province of Lanao del Sur belongs to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao; DSWD Field Office 10 manages the implementation of BangUn Project in this town.

The project aims to reduce the vulnerabilities of the children from hunger and malnutrition in this town.

The feeding program provides two hot meals for 180 feeding days. The target beneficiaries are 5,000 children 0-12 years old and pregnant/lactating women (PLW).

BangUn staff gets the height and weight of the 5 – 12 years old children to identify their nutritional status

This second week of September, the BangUn staff start the identification of the baseline nutrition assessment of each child aged four years and below. They also assess the PLW using the MUAC Tape. Meanwhile, the staff measure the height and weight of the children aged 5-12 years old.

Mayor Usoph B. Munder of this municipality is happy to see the target families doing its share by following the advice of the nutritionist and dietitians.

Mayor Munder hopes the project will improve the nutritional status of malnourished children here.

“We fully support this project for the benefit of our children,” he said.

The feeding will start in the second week of October.

In consideration to the existing health protocols such as social distancing and mass gathering, the staff decide to prepare the food in a community kitchen and pack the meal for house-to-house distribution.

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DSWD Field Office 10’s technical working group on ELCAC undergoes training on data monitoring, evaluation, and reporting

Members of the technical working group for Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) of the DSWD Field Office 10 undergo workshop on reporting data for monitoring and evaluation.

Gloria Mosqueda welcomes the members of the technical working group of the DSWD Field Office 10 on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict during the workshop on IPA-LAMDAG system use at Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

Candido Balaba Jr. of the National Economic Development 10 introduces the web-based geospatial technology in generating reports coming from the various regional project monitoring and evaluation reports.

The IPA-LAMDAG system aims to reduce processing time in generating reports and strengthen/tighten the region’s development planning, investment programming, and project monitoring linkage. IPA-LAMDAG stands for Innovative Platform for Programs/Projects/Activities’ (PPAs) Location Assessment, Monitoring, and Budgeting for Development Planning and Governance (IPA-LAMDAG).

With this system, the technical working group will utilize the system for fast and efficient reporting. Xxxobi

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