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 (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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 Micheal Casey of the Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNet) in Region X welcomes members from non-government organizations and local government units to the forum. ABSNet is a group of social services providers who are registered, accredited, and licensed with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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Dir. Manuel Borres, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X, says that the Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNet) plays a critical role in ensuring social welfare and development programs are within the legal standards and operating procedures set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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DSWD: Political candidates cannot enroll or delist 4Ps beneficiaries

May 5, 2018

DSWD: Political candidates cannot enroll or delist 4Ps beneficiaries
The Department of Social Welfare and Development is reminding the public, especially the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) that no political candidate or incumbent politicians can enroll and include poor families to or delist them from the Program.
According to Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office X, said that only the agency can include poor families to the Program, and can delist beneficiaries from it.
“The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a poverty reduction initiative of the national government. It is being implemented with other national government agencies and with non-government organizations and civil society groups which are helping us monitor the implementation of the program. Our political candidates have no hold in the inclusion and exclusion processes of 4Ps,” Ramos explains.
He further stated that the DSWD no longer enroll families to the program since it has already conducted its second round household assessment last 2015 through Listahanan – the national household targeting system of the national government that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. “We have already finalized our list of beneficiaries for the 4Ps, and we are now making sure that these families are benefitting from the Program through their children’s education and health.”
“Should there be families who are not included in the Program but still needing assistance from DSWD, we have other social protection programs that can cater to their needs such as the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Social Pension, Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), among others. We would be happy to assist them provided that they fall under the qualifications of the programs we have,” he added.
The DSWD assures the 4Ps beneficiaries that they can exercise their right to suffrage during this coming elections without the fear of being delisted from the program.
To date, there are 268,503 active beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Northern Mindanao. xxx

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD
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