LGU Salay receives Presidential Award as Child-Friendly Municipality for 2017

The Local Government Unit of Salay, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, have recently received a Presidential Award from President Rodrigo Duterte during the National Awarding Ceremony of the 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) last December 5, 2018.

Coming from the same region, the Local Government Unit of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte was also handed over with a plaque of recognition as finalist of the PACFMC. The said LGU has also received the Regional Seal plus P50,000.00.

In support for the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which was adopted by the United National General Assembly highlighting the rights of children on survival, development, protection, and participation in governance, the PACFMC was conceptualized with the goal of encouraging local government units to be “child-friendly.

The PACFMC was initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) pursuant to Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” issued on December 13, 1999. The Presidential Award was conferred to deserving local government units in recognition of their vital role in the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as ensuring child-friendly governance.

Secretary Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assisted the President in the presentation of the Presidential Award to LGU Salay, as the Chairperson for the Council for the Welfare of Children, including an amount of P500,000.00.

The DSWD Field Office 10 also sends its congratulations to the two local government units of Salay, Misamis Oriental, and Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, for performing child-friendly governance in their communities which have been vital in the improvement of the quality of lives among children.

The Local Government Unit of Salay, Misamis Oriental received the award under the 4th-6th Class Municipality Category. With the said LGU are four other LGUs namely Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya under 1-3rd Class Municipality category; Tagaytay City under Component City category, Dagupan City under Independent Component City category, and Mandaluyong, National Capital Region under Highly Urbanized City category. ###cpt

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Dablo Family: A model 4Ps Family in Misamis Oriental

Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental — The Dablo Family here is living a simple life, but, building a future that is optimistic, bright, and full of hope.

The Dablo Family, an active beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the fishing village of Kabulawan in this town, strive hard to improve their living condition amidst difficult situation.

Rex, the head of the family, earns income from fishing while his wife, Genevieve, sells the catch to their neighbors to sustain the needs of the family. The children: Hannah Regie, Regine, and Mahonri Moriancumar help their parents though shared household chores like preparing meals, cleaning the house, washing the dishes, and laundry.


It seems poverty is not an obstacle, but an inspiration to succeed for the Dablo children in their studies.

Hannah Regie, the eldest, is a consistent honor student from Grade 1 to 12, receiving Academic Excellence Award. She is now a freshman student of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines taking up Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Similarly, Regine harvested numerous awards during here elementary and secondary years. A consistent honor student, Regine has been representing her town and Misamis Oriental province in the regional academic and non-academic activities-from school press conferences to quiz bees.

Regine is one of the regional finalist of the Search for Exemplary Child of 4Ps in 2016.

Presently, Regine is a Grade 11 student at Liceo de Cagayan University with full scholarship she earned due to her academic performance.

Meanwhile, Mahonri Moriancumer, the youngest of the Dablo siblings, also gained various awards during his elementary years, graduating as Valedictorian and earned several academic recognitions.

As parents, Rex and Geneveive both claim that they follow a bible verse in raising their children. They are referring to the Proverb 22: 6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

The parents firmly believed that, “families play a major role in how well children do in school, how well they perform on the job as adults and how they will contribute to society in general.”

Rex and Geneveive added that, “Families have the first and foremost influence on our development.”

Active Involvement and Participation

The Dablo Family here is actively involved in numerous activities in their village, church, and community as a whole.

Since 1994, Rex serves as Gospel Teacher of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, aside from being appointed as District President of their church for nine years. As a fisherman, Rex served as Treasurer of the Fisherfolks Association in their village.

Geneveive, on the other hand, is also a seminary teacher and president of the young women of their church.

As for the children, they are also active in their church and school. Hannah Regie is now qualified to teach gospels after completing a course in their local church while Regine is busy on weekends teaching her fellow youth.

All of the Dablo siblings are joining extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in their school.

GAD sensitive

The Dablo couple promotes gender and development at home through shared parenting like taking care of and disciplining their children.

When it comes to decision making, the couple agreed on the affairs of the children, financial management, among others relative to the welfare of the family.

Ultimately, the Dablo Family maintain a God-centered life, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and created an impact to their community.

The family is filled with an atmosphere tempered and flavored with the acts of kindness, respect, humility, love and prayer which makes them a Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.


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Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Advisory on Budget Deficit for Cash Grants

Please be informed that for 2018 and previous years, the annual budget for the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program is computed based on 90% compliance rate or based on the assumption that 90% of the Pantawid Beneficiaries will be able to comply with the program conditions and are entitled to cash grants.

For 2017 and 2018, the compliance rate increased from 90% to 95% resulting in budget deficit corresponding to said 5% increase. The provision of rice assistance may have influenced the increased compliance including attendance to the Family Development Sessions, attendance to school and visit to health centers.


To cover the additional funds needed for cash grants, the DSWD requested budget augmentation/additional appropriation from the Department of Budget and Management.

Rest assured that the Department of Social Welfare and Development is continually pursuing all avenues to augment the appropriation for the Pantawid Program to ensure that complete provision of cash grants.

Thank you and we are hoping for your kind understanding on this matter.

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Naawan and Lagonglong towns implement Community Food Bank

The municipalities of Naawan and Lagonglong in Misamis Oriental are two of the identified local government units piloted to implement the Community Food Bank strategy, a social technology project introduced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Nestor Ramos, Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office 10, says that the Community Food Bank aims to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities of affected families in disaster-stricken communities, such those in Naawan and Lagonglong, by mitigating hunger within 72 hours while outside help is not yet available from the regional, national, and humanitarian agencies.

“It is a strategy that establishes facilities within communities which stores locally produced food items to ensure that food can easily be accessed, and can be easily distributed to affected families during emergency situation,” Ramos explains.

He also added that it develops the capacities of the local government units in the production of processed food items with longer shelf life utilizing locally produced raw materials and establishes food bank as community food storage spaces for the locally produced food items.

“It establishes a mechanism for the set-up and operationalization of the food bank to ensure timely distribution of food assistance to disaster affected families within seventy-two (72) hours during onset of emergencies,” Ramos says.

According to Dr. Delia Maravillosa of the Social Technology Unit of the DSWD Field Office 10, the two municipalities are set to implement the Community Food Bank with the guidance and technical assistance from the Department, to make sure that all issues faced during its implementation are documented and appropriate resolutions are made. “The impact of this social technology project shall be documented so that when the implementation is complete, it shall be determined if this can be replicated by other local government units.”

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DSWD Field Office 10’s Assistant Regional Director De La Cruz wins Civil Service Commission’s Dangal ng Bayan Award

DSWD Field Office 10 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar-dela Cruz receives the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Dangal ng Bayan Award for the 2018 Search for Outstanding Government Workers.
The award is presented during the 2018 Parangal at Pasasalamat event of the CSC, celebrating the 118th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, September 27, 2018, SM City Cagayan de Oro.

Director Dela Cruz says: “No words can properly express my immense feeling of gratitude to all of you who are instrumental in bestowing upon me the Dangal ng Bayan Award, which is awarded to an individual for performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior.

I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful DSWD Family throughout Field Office 10, headed by RD Nestor Briones Ramos, for giving me the chance to efficiently serve and dedicate myself to our clientele: the poor, disadvantaged, and vulnerable sectors of Northern Mindanao.

This award is for all of you. Please allow me to express my appreciation with a sincere and profound thank you to all of you.

To my fellow workers of DSWD, no matter what kind of job you perform under the DSWD, please know that your labor is not in vain as every task you accomplish helps the Department achieve its strategic goals, which include helping to alleviate the lives of the poor from poverty. I urge you, my fellow public servants to uphold the principle of honesty and integrity, and to continue to provide dedicated public service to our clients.

I have always been proud of you as I have seen your dedication and strong commitment to providing excellent government service to the people that we serve—the poorest of the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged Filipinos in Northern Mindanao.

Truly, this award is a manifestation of the continuous commitment of DSWD workers to render service to the clientele na Tapat, May Malasakit, at Walang Puwang sa Katiwalian.

This award is both a challenge and inspiration to me. Challenge because I need to beat my best in rendering the DSWD’s Maagap and May Malasakit na Serbisyo. On the other hand, this award inspires me to push myself with utmost humility and dedication to cater to the needs of our workers, partner-stakeholders, among others.

Lastly, I would like to share with you this word of wisdom according to John Baldoni, an internationally recognized executive coach and leadership educator, When people act humbly, they are acknowledging their limitations and accepting that they cannot go it alone. This mindset is valuable to a team because it serves as an invitation for others to help. Humility, however, is not an excuse for slacking. It also means having the willingness to help others do their jobs when the need arises. It is a means for allowing different personalities to coordinate with each other.

Mabuhay po tayong lahat!


Written by Oliver B. Inodeo and Shaun Alejandrae Uy, DSWD

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Where our kids are given second chances in life

It is a nightmare for every parent to hear when their child is arrested or “rescued” after being caught committing a crime or offense.

It is a dreadful sight and feeling when their child, whom they love and cared for years, is in prison. Worse, it breaks every parent’s heart to see their child imprisoned and squatting for 24 hours (and even days) just to fit inside a 3 meters by 7 cell filled with adult offenders, suffering and crying in overwhelming heat and reek of body odor, food scarcity, and at risk in getting infected with various diseases in the prison cell such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and HIV.

Although some people, or perhaps the parents themselves, may say that their children deserve their fate for their wrongful doing, our core of humanity still tells all of us that children, juvenile they are or not, deserve to be treated humanely, and they will and always will have rights to protection and welfare.

Republic Act No. 9344 otherwise known as the “Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006” has been a controversial law for years. Some people say that it excuses juvenile kids to be above the law, that they should be prosecuted and suffer the consequences for their actions. Some, however, do not agree. Their side says that juvenile kids are still kids. Yes, they should face the consequences for their actions, but they should also be treated differently and should not be treated like an adult offender.

Many parents whose children are detained in prison cells have long cried foul over how their children are maltreated and bullied inside the cells by adult offenders. Thus, the law was birthed to protect the rights of the children in conflict with the law.

In support to the law, the Department of Social Welfare and Development established the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) based in Gingoog City, where the children in conflict with the law are placed by the courts while their cases are in due process. Unlike in prison cells where they wait in agony and fear, the center provides them with the necessary care and shelter.

With RRCY’s vision to have children become a useful, productive, and law abiding citizen, and for them to become good examples to their families and communities, its mission as well is to develop, build, and modify the behavior of the youth in order to achieve behavioral change.

That is why in RRCY, it is common to see male children in counselling and psychological sessions, in healthy activities where they are molded into becoming better, respectful, and self-reliant individuals. They are trained in various skills and livelihood, they are introduced to various arts and education, and are also engaged in spiritual improvement activities.

Further, the Council of the Juvenile Justice for the Welfare for Children, an attached agency of the DSWD, closely monitors the welfare of our children who are currently detained in prison cells, and actively advocates the Republic Act 9344 to ensure that children are no longer found in prison cells but in facilities such as the RRCY.

The RRCY is the government’s way of respecting and protecting the rights of our children in conflict with the law and ensuring that while their cases are being handled by the courts, they are still treated humanely and are free from any violations against their rights.

And that while they are staying in RRCY, they are given another chance in life, learn from past mistakes, and become respectful, better and productive citizens. (smu-cpt)

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22 centenarians in Northern Mindanao have recently received their incentives of P100,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X as part of the latter’s implementation to Republic Act No. 10868 otherwise known as the Centenarians Act of 2016.

Hailing from various cities and municipalities in the Region, each centenarian received their incentives from the Department, which conducted a thorough validation of their documents to prove their years of age.

The DSWD is also encouraging the public who have family members who have reached the age of 100 years or above to apply for the said incentives with proper documents such as birth certificate of the centenarian and birth certificates of his or her children, if needed for further assessment. Once the DSWD receives such application, a validation shall be conducted by its personnel.

The DSWD also emphasizes that it is open to all Filipino centenarians, regardless of their economic status, geographical location (local or abroad), and health condition.

For clarifications regarding incentives for centenarians, the public may contact the DSWD Field Office X at 088-858-8134 or email at fo10@dswd.gov.ph. (smu-cpt)

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Greening. DSWD workers in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, along with officials of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Gingoog and beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) plant hundreds of Talisay (Terminalia catappa) and Balok-balok (Pongamia pinnata) seedlings along the beach of Barangay 19, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Talisay and Balok-balok Trees are widely distributed along the shores of Gingoog City and other shorelines of Misamis Oriental province, serving as secondary forest.

The activity is first of the series of convergence initiative in the city by the Gingoog City Action Team of DSWD.

The participants also clean the coastal areas of the city. Tomorrow, they will plant trees in Barangay 24 and clean its coastal waters.

A basic life support training will also be conducted for the beneficiaries of 4Ps by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.  (Photo by John Rey B. Berro of City Action Team of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental)



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