Archive | May, 2021

Former rebels find new opportunities amid the pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as the lead agency in social protection, and as one of the members of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), continues to assist former rebels who have returned to the fold of the law.

As stipulated in Executive Order No. 70 or the “Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace”, former rebels who are deemed as eligible and cleared by the Joint AFP-PNP Intelligence Committee (JAPIC) are qualified to receive the DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).E-CLIP seeks to contribute toward achieving the goal of permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflicts with non-state armed groups. The program is designed to encourage those within these armed groups to return to their communities and normal lives by accessing them to government programs and services, so they can rebuild their lives.

Through this special livelihood intervention, former rebels and their respective families are granted an amount of P20,000 to be used as their seed capital fund in starting a small business or income-generating project of their choice.

As part of the RTF-ELCAC, national agencies such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continue to conduct skills training to hone the potentials of the former rebels in managing their small businesses funded through the LSG.

Last year, 204 former rebels received their LSG. The DSWD continues to monitor and provide them with technical assistance.

In Agusan del Norte, three former rebels, Ernie, Jerry and Sheena (not their real names) shared how their lives have changed through the government’s help.

New-found opportunities

Ernie, a former rebel who surrendered in 2019, is one of those who received the Livelihood Settlement Grant on September 11, 2019.

Using the financial assistance that he received from the program, Ernie established a hog-raising project, regularly earning around P18,000 from the fattened pigs that he raised. To keep his income-generating project going, he nurtured sows and additional piglets.

Through his small business, Ernie is able to sustain his family’s needs even amidst the pandemic. He is determined to rebuild his life and provide a better future for his family by nurturing his livelihood venture.

Another former rebel who also surrendered in 2019, Jerry opted to venture into fruit and vegetable vending, selling a variety of fruits and vegetables, and occasionally, fresh fish in a roadside stall. His fruit and vegetable business helped him support his family even during the current pandemic.

“Dako akong pasalamat sa DSWD tungod sa gihatagad nga ayuda sa amo nga mga former rebels. Nakatabang kini dili lang sa among panginabuhian pero para kami sab makasugod usab. Nakahatag kini motibasyon sa akoa nga mamuyo og malinawon, layo sa among kinabuhi sauna nga delikado ug walay kasiguraduhan” (I am grateful to the DSWD for the assistance they have granted to us – former rebels. Aside from providing us a livelihood, this has also helped us to start again. This gesture has motivated me to live a peaceful life – far from our dangerous and uncertain life in the past), Jerry narrated.

Jerry and his family plan to expand their business and sell more varieties of fruits, as well as to engage in other small businesses to add to their resources.

On the other hand, for Sheena, cultivating a small vegetable garden where she planted string beans, monggo beans, eggplants, sweet potatoes, and cabbage, enabled her to earn P12,000 monthly from her harvests.
Aside from growing a vegetable garden, Sheena also engaged in hog-raising as an additional source of income. She said that surrendering was a great decision not just for her, but especially for her one-year-old child.

“Dako kaayo akong pasalamat sa tanan nga nitabang sa amo na mga former rebels labi na sa Philippine Army ug sa DSWD. Nakatabang kining assistance nga makabalik mi sa komunidad ug maka-survive sa pandemya usab” (I am immensely thankful to everyone who has helped us former rebels, particularly to the Philippine Army and the DSWD. The assistance shared with us has helped us get back and start a life in the community. This has made us survive the pandemic, too), Sheena explained.

A leap of faith

For Ernie, Jerry, and Sheena, turning away from their former lives was not easy. It meant taking a leap of faith and facing the dangers. But they took the risk so their families can have better lives.
With the government as their support, these individuals and their families are ready to embrace more opportunities and to continue treading in new directions. ###

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DSWD Officials sign Anti-Corruption Manifesto

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista and the rest of the DSWD Officials sign the Anti-Corruption Manifesto as a gesture of commitment to adhere to the principle of good governance through corrupt-free public service.

Officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, under the leadership of Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista, sign the Anti-Corruption Manifesto during the launching of the “Tokhang Laban sa Korupsiyon,” held today, May 27, 2021, by the Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

The “Tokhang Laban sa Korupsiyon” campaign aims to strengthen the government’s efforts to stop irregularities in all national government agencies.

By signing the Anti-Corruption Manifesto, the DSWD Officials expresses its support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to weed out corruption in the government and adhere to the principle of good governance.

Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga, Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office X, also participated in the signing of the Manifesto, a gesture of her commitment that transparency, honesty, and corrupt-free transactions and services is upheld in the Field Office assigned for Northern Mindanao.

This commitment is guided by the Department’s core value – “Serbisyong walang puwang sa katiwalian; Patas na pagtrato sa komunidad.”

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DSWD, JJWC highlight gains of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act on 15th year of enactment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its attached agency, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council will mark the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA) or Republic Act 9344, as amended, on May 20, 2021, with the theme, “JJWA: Patuloy sa Pagtataguyod sa Karapatan ng mga Bata sa Bagong Normal!”The theme reflects the continuing goal of the DSWD, JJWC, and all other stakeholders in promoting the welfare and upholding the rights of children at all times.Under the JJWA, children at risk (CAR) and children in conflict with the law (CICL) are given hope and a second chance to restore their lives and dignity, and to start anew and create a better future for themselves.Gains throughout the yearsSince the enactment of JJWA in 2006 and the passage of Republic Act (RA) 10630 in 2013 which amended and strengthened RA 9344, DSWD and JJWC have persevered to ensure the full implementation of the law.Prior to the enactment of the law, children committing petty crimes or status offenses were treated similarly as adult offenders.From 1995 to 2000, a total of 52,576 children were in detention or under custodial setting while an average of 10,515 children were being arrested every year with few cases being resolved.Likewise, majority of jails all over the country do not have a separate detention facility for children.The CICL then suffered from different kinds of abuses especially under custody or detention, but the enactment of JJWA have altered this picture, reaching a landmark on child protection law.The law mandates the adoption of the principle of restorative justice, prohibiting the detention of children in jails, providing juvenile offenders prevention programs at the local level, introducing diversion, and strengthening rehabilitation, reintegration, and aftercare programs.JJWA also seeks to establish a protective environment for children, so that they will not commit crimes or be victims of crimes.In 2020, JJWC monitored a total of 1,079 children from BPAs and other youth care facilities that were reintegrated into the community.The DSWD, JJWC, and child protection advocates strongly encourage the local government units to continue to uphold children’s rights through appropriate interventions, and ensure the full implementation of the law, especially in the new normal.Meanwhile, the JJWC reported the many efforts it has taken to ensure the full implementation of the law. These include enhancement in various aspects of its mandate focusing on Policy Formulation and Program Development, Research and Information Management, Advocacy and Social Mobilization, Technical Assistance to Stakeholders, and Monitoring and Evaluation.The DSWD and JJWC remain committed in promoting and protecting the rights of CAR and CICL under a restorative justice and welfare system. ###

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DSWD serves nearly 700,000 persons in crisis 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured the public of its continuous support for persons in difficult circumstances through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

As of April 30, 2021, the Department has served 688,590 clients nationwide under AICS with over P2.8 billion total amount disbursed.

Through AICS, clients are given medical, burial, transportation, food, non-food assistance in the form of outright cash for other support services to individuals and families in crisis situation.

The Department said that most of the assistance sought after by clients, to date, were cash and food assistance, and psychosocial help.

AICS is a regular program of the Department that serves as an immediate response to aid in the recovery of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals or families during unexpected life situations such as illness or death of a family member, natural and human-induced emergencies, and other critical incidents.

The aid is delivered through the various Crisis Intervention Units (CIUs) at the DSWD Central Office, Field Offices, and Social Welfare Development (SWAD) satellite offices located in the provinces. ###

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DSWD leads the NCFF in joining the global community in celebrating the families

As the Chair of the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the Filipino nation in joining families worldwide to celebrate the International Day of Families (IDF) on May 15, 2021.

The IDF is yearly celebrated every 15th of May following a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 1993.  This year’s focal theme is “Families and New Technologies.”

On the occasion of the 2021 IDF Celebration, the NCFF conducted an online family forum on May 17, 2021 with the sub-theme “Pagpapatibay ng Pamilyang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Pandemya Gamit ang Makabagong Teknolohiya,” for a timely discussion of the current situation of the Filipino families.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista opened the online family forum and welcomed the family advocates, the members and representatives of the NCFF composed of National Government Agencies and Civil Society Organizations.

Providing insights on the how families will be able to cope or rise above the challenges of the pandemic, keynote speakers for this significant event were former Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and current Public Relations Officer- International Relations Committee and Chair of the YWCA Founder’s Federation of the Philippines Inc., Dr. Nona S. Ricafort and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso represented by Ms. Ma. Asuncion “Re” Fugoso of the Manila Department of Social Welfare.

Furthermore, panelists were invited to share their insights, experiences about aspects of family life and the positive use of modern technology during the pandemic.  Among the panelists were: Assistant Secretary Alexa Danille Dayanghirang of the National Youth Commission (NYC); Director Margarita Ballesteros of the Department of Education (DepEd); Mr. Emmanuel Mirus Ponon, Executive Director of the ASEAN Youth Advocates Network  and a volunteer coach of the National Youth Commission;  Mr. Raul Socrates Banzuela, Executive Director of the Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA); Ms. Marissa A. Domingo, President of the 2018 Liwayway Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association; Mr. Santaner T. Iray, Chief Trainer of DRUG-CHECK-Philippines; and, Rev. Fr. Anthony Chan P. Olaguer, Parish Priest of San Jose De Trozo Parish.

Also on this occasion, the NCFF launched the National Search for Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino which aims to recognize families that have upheld and demonstrated Filipino values in their way of life, maintaining family cohesiveness and well-being despite the challenges.

The online family forum was conducted via zoom hosted by Unilab, an NCFF member organization, and livestreamed via the Unilab’s official Facebook account and shared in the DSWD official Facebook account @dswdserves. ###

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DSWD Field Office X Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services otherwise known as Kalahi-CIDSS is seeking support from Region 10 congresspersons for the institutionalization of Community-riven development (CDD) approach as the proposed bill undergoes committee hearings at the House of Representatives.

In a courtesy visit on Friday, May 14, Kalahi-CIDSS-10 Deputy Regional Program Manager Engr. Abobacar D. Tocalo met with Bukidnon 2nd District Representative Hon. Jonathan Keith T. Flores and Valencia City Councilor Atty. Teodoro Roteo T. Pepito on behalf of 4th District Representative Hon. Rogelio Neil P. Roque, to relay Kalahi-CIDSS program updates within their districts and campaign for the CDD Institutionalization bill.

Under the 2nd District, the municipality of San Fernando in the previous year received 20 million worth of COVID-19 related community-based projects from Kalahi-CIDSS’ disaster response modality. The Program also recently completed all its projects found in three barangays in San Fernando intended for the livelihood of the Matigsalug-Manobo Indigenous Peoples. Construction of a 1-unit Tribal Hall with Tulugan is also ongoing in barangay Namnam, while a tulugan will also be constructed for the Higaunon tribe in barangay La Fortuna, municipality of Impasug-ong.

Tocalo reported that 2nd District Bukidnon municipalities: Cabanglasan, San Fernando and Lantapan will implement Community-Based Response for COVID (CBRC) projects starting on the second semester this year.

“Thank you for informing us. I usually pass by Kalahi-CIDSS projects but I didn’t know about the program until you came along”, Flores said.

“I will support the bill,” he continued.

The courtesy visit was timely as Flores shared about an upcoming committee hearing on the CDD Bill on May 20.   

For the 4th District under Cong. Roque, Tocalo reported 16 million worth of COVID-19 response projects delivered in the municipality of Kalilangan, and an ongoing road concreting worth 1.5 million funded by Kalahi-CIDSS in barangay Poblacion, Pangantucan, Bukidnon.

Kalilangan will also implement CBRC projects next semester worth 20 million in its 14 barangays.

Moreover, two barangays within both districts this year will implement cash-for-work projects related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) worth 1.5 million each from Kalahi-CIDSS Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KC-KKB).

Pepito sees no problem with Cong. Roque supporting the CDD institutionalization bill and is appreciative of Kalahi-CIDSS’ effort to strengthen ties with District Representatives in the region.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the government being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It uses the Community-driven development strategy in helping communities improve their access to basic services by empowering people to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation of development projects.

With the institutionalization of the CDD approach, it will operationalize CDD in all government programs, activities, and projects becoming a national strategy for inclusive growth, social protection, and poverty alleviation. DSWD Field Office X will continue to lobby for the passage of the CDD bill among congresspersons in region 10 while harmonizing efforts with them throughout Kalahi-CIDSS’ program implementation within their districts.

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𝟭, 𝟮𝟬𝟮 𝗸𝗮 𝗺𝗴𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗮𝗯 𝗱𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗮 𝗗𝗦𝗪𝗗

Alayon sa gisagubang nga krisis karong panahona kansang grabe ang apekto sa mga kaigsuonang nanarbaho pinaagi sa pagmaneho, mitunol and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office (FO) X ug family food packs (FFPs) ug tres mil ka pesos nga ayuda ngadto sa 1,202 ka mga motorcab drivers sa Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.
Isip pagpadayag sa ilang suporta, personal nga mitambong si DSWD, Mindanao Affairs Asec. Jade T. Jamolod ug DSWD Field Office X Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang sa maong kalihukan.
Pinaagi sa tapik sa kagamhanang lokal sa Oroquieta, nahimong posible ug malampuson ang pagpang apod-apod sa maong mga ayuda. Ang tres mil nga pinansyal nga ayuda nag gikan sa usa sa mga serbisyo nga ginatunol sa DSWD ngadto sa katawhan kansang gitawag nga Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation kon AICS. Samtang ang pagpanghatag sa family food packs (FFPs) pinaagi sa makanunayong koordinasyon sa Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD).
Dugang pa niini ang matag kahon sa FFPs adunay sulod nga upat ka delata nga tuna flakes, duha ka delata nga sardinas, upat ka delata nga corned beef, lima ka sachet sa 3-in-1 nga instant coffee, lima ka sachet sa powdered cereal drink, ug unom ka kilo nga NFA rice. Kini maka sustinar sa pamilya nga adunay lima padulong sa unom ka mga miyembro sulod sa duha padulong sa tulo ka adlaw.

Ang DSWD padayon ug kanunay nga andam sa pag-alagad ngadto sa mga nanginahanglang komunidad ug sektor sa tibuok Northern Mindanao hilabina sa mga katalagman nga dili matagna sama sa pandemiya.

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694 ka mga family food packs gi apod-apod ngadto sa mga kaigsuonang Muslim sa Opol

DSWD Field Office X brings in 694 family food packs to the Muslim communities in Opol, Misamis Oriental in support to its Local Government Unit.

Sa pagtambayayongay sa National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Region X ug Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office X, natunol ang lain pang 694 ka mga family food packs ngadto sa mga kaigsuonang Muslim sa lungsod sa Opol, Misamis Oriental.

Ang pagpang apod-apod alayon sa tumong ug tinguha sa NCMF nga matabangan ang mga kaigsuonang Muslim nga anaa sa gitawag nga informal sectors kansang naapektuhan ang panginabuhian tungod sa pandemiya.

Dugang pa niini, ang maong mga FFPs maoy mahimong konsumo sa matag pamilya hilabina sa kasamtangang pagsaulog sa Ramadan.

Matag kahon dunay sulod nga upat ka delata nga tuna flakes, duha ka delata nga sardinas, upat ka delata nga corned beef, lima ka sachet sa 3-in-1 nga instant coffee, lima ka sachet sa powdered cereal drink, ug unom ka kilo nga NFA rice.Ang maong kalihukan gitambungan nila ni (gikan wala padulong tuo sa una nga litrato) Kagawad Emmanuel Bersabal, Kapitan Clementino Utacan Jr., Atty. Cabib Abdul (Home Owners President sa Vamenta), Ced Cabaraban (DSWD DRMD Staff), NCMF Regional Director Dr. Abdulnasser Masorong Jr., ug NCMF Acting Settlement Division Chief Abdul Mohaimen Hamid.

Ang DSWD mapasalamaton sa mga ahensiya ug LGUs nga kanunay mutapik ug makigtambayayong alang sa kalambuan sa katawhan sa tibuok Northern Mindanao nga walay pili ug diskriminasyon.

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