More Children found new families through Adoption

With the target to place 16 children for adoption in 2018, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 revealed through its Office Performance Contract Evaluation Report that it was able to place out 19 children instead, reaching 118% against its target.

DSWD-10 installs Adoption Help Desks in SM Malls in Cagayan de Oro City to give information regarding legal adoption during the Adoption Consciousness Month in February 2019.

Aldersey Mumar-de la Cruz, Officer-in-Charge Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office 10, said that this accomplishment shows how much effort the DSWD and its partners have worked together to ensure that the orphaned and those children declared as legally available for adoption are placed in families who they can call home.

De la Cruz also says that the DSWD will continue to intensify its advocacy on legal adoption, inviting potential families to consider legal adoption as one of their options in expanding their families.

According to Sean Pamela Balais, the DSWD is also asking the public to be very vigilant against simulation of birth, an illegal activity that manipulates information in birth certificates which eventually affects the true identity of a child. “We are asking the public to report these cases to DSWD, or to their local social welfare and development offices. This is an offense and should not be taken lightly.”

It is the mandate of the DSWD to protect the rights of the children and to ensure that these rights are being carefully respected by the public. xxxcpt

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Widow: Financial assistance, a great help for those in need

Aralyne T. Balbin, 50 of Iligan City cleans an office daily to earn a minimum daily wage to support her extended family.

As a janitor, Aralyne’s income does not meet her family’s needs.

Being the only child of her family, Aralyne took the responsibility of caring for her aged parents, aside from taking care of her grandchildren and her children who are staying with her. The widow supports the family of her unwed children since the latter has no regular source of income.

Infected with bronchial asthma, Aralyne, a solo parent to seven children, has to divide her meager income for the family’s daily sustenance and for her medicines.

Her agony doesn’t stop there. Aralyne’s father is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Her father has been going in-and-out of the hospital due to the infections and complications brought about by the prostate cancer.

Aralyne felt helpless at that time, finding some remedies to help her defray the cost of hospitalization of her father, aside from the fact that she has to support her family’s needs.

Until she learned that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) helps individuals who are in crisis.

DSWD has various programs and services. Under the Protective Services Division are range of interventions to individuals, families, and communities who are in crisis or difficult situations, such as those affected by or vulnerable to disasters.

As such, the provision of Assistance to Individuals/Families in Crisis Situation (AICS). The AICS, enhanced on 2015, is offered to every opened satellite office in every province of Northern Mindanao for it to become more accessible to individual and families in need of assistance due to unexpected crisis such as illness, loss of love ones and other related crisis situation.

Aralyne went to the satellite office in Iligan City to avail of the AICS.

Dako kaayo og ikatabang sa amoa ang AICS, ilabina 76 years old na akong papa ug uban sa akong mga apo nga walay mga papa na naa sa akoa,” she said. (AICS is a big help to us, especially that my father is now 76 years old and my grandchildren who have no father are staying with me).

Aralyne availed of the educational assistance first for her youngest daughter to augment the educational expenses.

“Insakto kaayo nga naa sa Iligan Sattelite Office sa DSWD ang AICS, dili nako kinahanglan moadto’g Cagayan de Oro o sa Tubod aron makakuha ko,” she said. (It was timely that AICS is offered at Iligan Satellite Office of DSWD, I don’t have to go to Cagayan de Oro City or in Tubod, Lanao del Norte to avail of it.) She added that it answers all her prayers to find money for the enrollment of her youngest daughter.

“I had availed of the medical assistance twice a year for my maintenance medicines. Recently, I availed the assistance for my father and grandchild because they were confined in the hospital,” she disclosed.

Aralyne stressed that AICS program of DSWD really help those people who are in need especially those who loss family members which is very important.

“Ang AICS dako kayo katabang labi na sa namat’yan. Pasalamat jud ko naa financial assistance diri sa DSWD,” she confessed. (AICS is a big help, especially for those whose love ones died, I am thankful of DSWD’s financial assistance).

She rated the program from 1-10 as 10 due to her satisfaction to the implementation of the program and the benefits provided by the program.

She hoped AICS provision will be sustained and will be continually implemented to benefit those who are in need and in crisis.

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Aralyne Balbin, a utility worker, always wear a smile despite the trials in her life like in this photo with her friends from DSWD Satellite Office in Iligan City. Photos grabbed from Aralyne’s Facebook account.


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DSWD-10 improves Supplementary Feeding Program through Capability Building

Consistent with its mandate and functions, the Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to improve its quality of services and systems, particularly in the implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

Over the years, the clients being served by the SFP and that of other protective programs being implemented by the Department have remarkably increased. The SFP and other protective programs have been intensively implemented to address the social and economic issues on hunger, malnutrition, and even poverty. One of the target beneficiaries of the SFP are those growing children who are in enrolled in day care centers across Northern Mindanao.

In this view, the Department is facing a great challenge in ensuring that such increase of beneficiaries will also pave way for its personnel to be more equipped, more resilient, and more knowledgeable in implementing SFP, and how various system improvements can be done to ensure that program effectiveness and efficiency are considered and prioritized.

Such challenge is addressed through the conduct of “Advocacy on Supplementary Feeding Program among Protective Services Division Staff cum Capability Building and Planning Workshop” which will be held on February 13-15, 2019.

According to Director Aldersey Mumar-dela Cruz, Officer in Charge for the DSWD Field Office 10, the DSWD is advocating the SFP in various external stakeholders, but such cannot be fully effective if its internal staff are not also fully equipped on what SFP hopes to deliver, what it hopes to change, and what impact it hopes to bring to the communities.” The SFP is now on its 8th cycle of implementation, and hundreds of children have been served, communities benefitted. De la Cruz says it is imperative that awareness of the program is strengthened internally so that the DSWD personnel may deliver the program effectively and with efficiency. xxx cpt

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DSWD – 10 Celebrates 68th Anniversary

Celebrating its 68th Anniversary with this year’s theme as “DSWD, Katuwang sa Pagbabago,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 highlights its recognition to its various partners.

These partners were recognized for their exemplary contribution in social development and social services to the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities by supporting the Department in its implementation of its protective services and promotive programs in the Region.

The municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental is recognized for its outstanding implementation of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program under Employment Facilitation model, assisting beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to land decent and good paying jobs that will sustain them economically.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental is also recognized for its remarkable assistance to the DSWD in implementing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in their locality. Their assistance included the provision of support in the conduct of the Convergence Initiative and Information Caravan facilitated by the DSWD, provision of logistical support to DSWD Personnel to smoothen the implementation of the program, and provided mechanisms in the form of standards, guidelines, resolutions, ordinances, strategies, and policies supporting the said anti-poverty and rights-based program.

The Ranao Women and Children’s Resource Center, Inc., a non-government agency based in Iligan City, is also recognized for its first level standards in the implementation of community-based programs and services for children, women and families in compliance with the provision of Section 23, Republic Act 4373 also known as “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for other Purposes.”

The DSWD Field Office 10 works hand-hand with local government units, national government agencies, non-government agencies, civil society groups, and its clients and beneficiaries themselves. With the coordination and collaboration with the latter, it can realize its vision to have a society where the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities are empowered for an improved quality of life. xxx / cpt

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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.

Achievers

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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