Archive | April, 2021

DSWD, United Nations Representative hold dialogue to strengthen child protection amid ongoing pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently held an online dialogue with United Nations (UN) Special Representative on Violence Against Children (VAC) Dr. Najat Maalla M’Jid to discuss pertinent measures to strengthen child protection systems amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The high-level dialogue, chaired by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, provided a platform to discuss policies and enhancement mechanisms to address VAC concerns. Likewise, it highlighted the status of the implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children (PPAEVAC), which is the blueprint towards building a safe, nurturing, and protective environment for children.

During his speech, Secretary Bautista urged the participants to ensure that the government’s priorities to eliminate all forms of violence against children are realized, despite the difficulties brought by the pandemic. 

“Protecting and promoting the welfare of children is not only a duty we pledge to fulfill but also a moral obligation we firmly stand by. In staying true to our commitment, we realize that the opportunity to effect change – from the micro to macro levels across all aspects – is a crucial foundation in cultivating an accepting and empowering environment for our children to grow with principled visions, and eager and passionate heart,” Secretary Bautista said.

“Being faced with the present-day crisis, greater risks were posed as we continue with our intensified efforts to guarantee that every child is shielded from harm. Hence, the conduct of this dialogue is a necessary development to present and discuss challenges and initiatives, highlighting the key progress of the country, in accelerating “the end violence against children” agenda in the Philippines and to define key priorities for 2021 and beyond,” the Secretary added.

The dialogue, was also attended by UNICEF Philippines, Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), other national government agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and child representatives who shared inputs on the risks posed by the pandemic and the need to provide adequate and quality physical, social, mental, economic, health, and legal programs and services.

During the dialogue, the DSWD vowed to continue to collaborate with concerned stakeholders to scale up existing mechanisms to improve VAC reporting, referral, and data collection, as well as the prioritization and expansion of protection services for children.

The Department also assured that the commitments in the PPAEVAC are fulfilled by advancing systems, programs, and policies that will protect children from all forms of abuses, violence, and discrimination. ###

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DSWD Field Office X obtains award from Civil Service Commission for Excellent Human Resource Management

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X (DSWD FO X) successfully passed the Maturity Level II garnering the Bronze Award of the Human Resource Accreditation conducted and assessed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) through its Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM).

This accrediting program covers all agencies in the government pursuant to CSC MC No. 3, S. 2012 re: Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) and MC No. 30, S. 2014 re: Adoption of HR Maturity Level Indicators for the Human Resource Management Systems in the Public Sector which has been established in order to ensure the commendable public service rendered by the agencies through its concerned HR Department.

The award focuses on the elevation of public sector human resource management, assessing its excellence to the job, compatibility to targeted results and competence in human resource operations and workforce productivity. It goes through the process of assessment, assistance and recognition of HRM systems and practices through maturity level indicators that are at par with global HR standards.

Anent this, the results of the onsite assessment by the CSC Regional Office X at the DSWD Field Office X on October 30-31, 2017, show that the said agency has met the PRIME-HRM Level 2-Maturity Indicators in the Systems, Practices and Competencies of the following four (4) core HRM Systems: Recruitment, Selection and Placement; Performance Management; Learning and Development; and Rewards and Recognition. It was also found to be continuously compliant with the Civil Service Law and rules in terms of the implementation of the other HR programs and the maintenance of HR records.

Moreover, based on the validation conducted by the Human Resource Policies and Standards Office (HRPSO), the said agency is confirmed to have met the PRIME-HRM Level 2-Maturity Indicators of all the four (4) core HRM systems and was found to have observed the Civil Service Law and rules on the issuance of appointments and other HR programs, and has maintained its HR records management.

Therefore, with reference to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 2100170 promulgated on February 16, 2021, the Commission resolves to confer the PRIME-HRM Bronze Award to the DSWD FO X and grant privileges such as: the authority to approve appointments, subject to post audit; exemption from Section 96 of the 2017 ORAOHRA, as amended; 50% of appointments issued subject to review by the CSC Field Offices; 20% discount for the HRMO or one (1) Agency Representative on trainings/conferences conducted by the Civil Service Institute; and 20% discount for the HRMO head or one agency representative in CSC RO’s trainings/conferences; exclusive membership to community of learners who shall have access to digital learning resources and other developmental opportunities subject to the guidelines to be issued by the Commission; announcement of the agency’s programs/projects bureaucracy-wide through the CSC website; and other benefits that the Commission may approve in the future.

The Commission further resolves that as a Bronze Awardee, the DSWD Field Office X shall be responsible for maintaining the status under Level 2 and continue to improve on its HRM systems to meet the indicators of the next higher level; compliance with the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions, as amended, and other Civil Service Law and rules in the issuance of appointments and implementation of other HR actions; and partnership with CSC in providing assistance to other agencies in the development or improvement of HRM systems. For this year, the Human Resource Management and Development Division (HRMDD) of the DSWD Field Office X is doing a collaborative work with the entire agency for the preparation, plan of action and implementation of PRIME-HRM with optimism that the department soon, shall be accredited to Maturity Level III.

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This picture was taken on the last day of the training at Creek Travelers Inn
Poblacion Catarman Camiguin. On the picture were Probinsyano SLPA composed of 12
members together with Maam Leah Bucog-trainor, Sir Mc Harry S. Madlos-PMEO and
Maam Lurline C. Pulvera-IPDO. The training was successfully done in partnership with

The Probinsyano SLPA received funds from Sustainable Livelihood Program
under Microenterprise modality amounting to One Hundred Eighty Thousand Pesos (P
180,000) and fish processing training amounting to Sixty One Thousand Pesos (P
61,000) pesos. The project implemented were Fishing Boat with Fish processing
training. SLPA plans to continue their livelihood project and to be sustainable for more
years to come. Also SLPA aims to earn more profits and to expand their business. Out
of 12 members of SLPA, 2 were members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and
10 were from Listahanan. The training of fish processing was conducted in (5) days
from March 15-19, 2021 and the venue was located at Creek Traveler’s Inn barangay
Poblacion, Catarman Camiguin.

The SLPA was organized last May 2019 at barangay Tangaro, Catarman
Camiguin and was funded last September 10, 2020 and after 15 days they started to
operate fishing boat project and for a couple of weeks, fishing boat has been blessed
and caught many fishes. Despite of the current pandemic, SLPA were still operating
their livelihood project and after the fish processing training they have already an area
for snack/food vending that is marketable like fish ball, imbotedo, fish lamayo and
tempura at Purok-2 barangay Tangaro, Catarman, Camiguin.

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DSWD Field Office X secures 373 hygiene kits for its COVID-19 and disaster response

The Department of Social Welfare and Development receives hygiene kits to send out to Northern Mindanao communities affected with the current pandemic.

373 hygiene kits arrived today, April 5, 2021 from the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau of the Department of Social Welfare and Development intended for communities in need.

Pursuant to DSWD Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2019, or the Management Reorganization of the DSWD Central Office, the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau (NRLMB) is assigned for managing relief goods (food and non-food items) and volunteers assisting NRLMB and other production hubs (NRLMB, 2019).

DSWD Field Office X will be sending hygiene kits to families in Northern Mindanao through their local government units.

As the Regional counterpart of the NRLMB, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X Resource and Logistics Management Unit, headed by Mr. Ramiel A. Guinandam, personally received and secured the initial 373 hygiene kits with the coordination and assistance of its service provider, the Cebu Pacific.

This relief supply is composed of toiletries that can be used for approximately one (1) month by the displaced individual and families following the standard composition set by the Department of Health (DOH). This shall be distributed by the DSWD when the requirement exceeds the DOH’s resources. The Hygiene Kit is composed of the following:

● 5 pieces toothbrush

● 4 pieces toothpaste

● 1 bottle shampoo

● 4 pieces bath bar soap

● 2000 grams laundry bar soap

● 4 packs sanitary napkin

● 1 piece comb

● 1 piece of disposable shaving razor

● 1 piece nail cutter

● 1 piece bathroom dipper

● 1-piece 20L square plastic bucket with cover and plastic handle

There are 3,000 hygiene kits and 5,000 family kits that are expected to be delivered, however with the availability of slots per service provider (whether airfare/seafare) and the staggered terms of delivery, the DSWD FO X is yet to receive the complete number of kits.

The DSWD is mandated to provide resource augmentation to local government units who are direct service providers to families and communities affected in disaster and/or human-induced hazards.

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