Elma Ablan a Gawad Kawani Nominee

Ms. Elma M. Ablan is one of the finest and hardworking personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10. Having to serve the office for fifteen (15) years as MOA or Contract of Service, is an unblemished indicator that more than the income, she is truly committed and compassionate about her responsibilities.

Elma, now a 39 year old mother of 2 children, began to work with the office as a volunteer houseparent in the Regional Reception and Study Center for Children (RRSCC) in 2001. As a houseparent, she attends to the basic needs of the children who are in the care of the center, providing motherly attention, safety and other housekeeping management and activities, all leading towards the better development of the children. For two years, she enjoyed the responsibilities, until she was designated with a new task as a Laundry Worker in 2003, still in the RRSCC. Her new duties still enables her to blend with the kids, whom she loves and who are in much better hands of registered midwives and nurses.

As a Laundry Worker, she maintains the cleanliness of the children’s clothing, the center’s orderly and organized interiors among other things. During her 15 years in service, she was able to participate in various life skills training such as Food Processing, Cookery as well as learning the basics of writing and other administrative tasks.

Her exemplary work performance has been recognized twice, being awarded as Best Center Staff during 4th Quarter of 2014 and last October 2016.

Her husband is also an employee of the office as a regular driver. Her earnings was able to support her children, a son who is already in third year college, studying Information Technology in one of the finest colleges in Cagayan de Oro City and a grade two pupil. Indeed, DSWD really exemplifies its role in promoting social protection and social development.

Elma who is popularly known as “Giging” in the office, is described by her co-workers and center staffs as dedicated and responsible person, especially to her family. A very loving wife to her husband and mother to her children.

Elma’s long duration of service, has witnessed and undeniably contributed to the physical and overall progress of the center from Level 1 to Level 3 Accreditation, as accorded by DSWD’s Standards Bureau.

Written by: Jamila M. Taha


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DSWD Beneficiaries Completes Technical Skills Training

The SLP Graduates

909 beneficiaries of Sustainable Livelihood Program from 19 municipalities of Misamis Oriental graduated from a technical vocational skills training course, supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in collaboration with Immanuel Global College de Philippines, Inc. based in Cagayan de Oro City.

The graduates receive NCII Certificate. Witnessed by DSWD FO X ARDO Dela Cruz and School heads of Immanuel Global College de Philippines.

The graduates completed National Certificate II (NC II) on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). This particular course is offered by the Immanuel Global College de Philippines through their Mobile Training Program as accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The school being a non-profit, non-stock technical vocational institution is very sympathetic to the departments’ mission and supports social welfare interventions for the benefit of the beneficiaries.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a community-based capacity building program of the department that aims to improve the socio-economic condition of the program beneficiaries by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises and employment facilitation.

Today, there are over 26,000 beneficiaries under SLP in Northern Mindanao.

Written by: Jamila M. Taha

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FAQ: Provision of Rice Subsidy for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Household Beneficiaries


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Livelihood assistance for poor families from Northern Mindanao

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will take part in the provision of livelihood assistance to drug surrenderers, in support to the Duterte administration’s National Drug Rehabilitation Program (NDRP) specifically under the Pillar 3 or the Aftercare, Reintegration and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents.

The SLP is a community-based capacity building program of the department that aims to improve the socio-economic condition of the program beneficiaries by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises and employment facilitation.

For the year 2017, the program aims to assist additional 26,300 poor families, by adopting a more participatory approach in all stages of program operation from planning to implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

In 2016, through the collaborative efforts of the department, National Government Agencies, Local Government Units, CSOs and other partner institutions, 22,634 families have received livelihood assistance under SLP. From these families, about 12,008 were trained and provided with capital assistance amounting to Php74,427,538.57 to develop their own micro-enterprises. Meanwhile, the remaining 10,626 families were provided with technical vocational skills trainings and directly referred to partner agencies for local and international employment.

The SLP also implemented special projects such as the Bottom-Up Budgeting or BuB and PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan. This is in collaboration with identified local government units, with a budget allocation of Php4,800,000.00 and Php1,000,000.00 respectively, for the year 2016.

Written by Jamila M. Taha


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Drug surrenderers complete rehab program; DSWD reiterates support for aftercare services


Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office  X Regional Director Nestor Ramos (2nd from right) and other officials congratulate drug surrenderers from Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental who finished the 12-day Community-based Rehabilitation Program organized by the DSWD and other agency partners.

Some 50 drug surrenderers from Misamis Oriental received on Tuesday, March 7, their certificates of completion after finishing the 12-day Community-based Rehabilitation Program facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), and other partner agencies.


Upon learning of this good news, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo gave her congratulatory message to the surrenderers for successfully finishing the program and for taking the opportunity to reform. She encouraged them to put in good use all the lessons that they acquired during the program.


The event was participated in by various representatives from various agencies including DSWD FO-X Regional Director Nestor Ramos who discussed the 90-day aftercare program of the Department for the graduates.


Support for drug dependents


During the event, Dir. Ramos reiterated DSWD’s support to the Duterte administration’s National Drug Rehabilitation Program (NDRP) to provide aftercare services to  drug surrenderers.


As the lead agency that will facilitate the NDRP’s Pillar 3 or the Aftercare, Reintegration and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents, the DSWD with other national government agencies are tasked to provide a wide range of aftercare services to reinforce the transformation and rehabilitation of drug surrenders. These include skills training opportunities, psychosocial programs, and other community-based programs that will encourage them to actively participate in community service through Cash-for-Work (CFW) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).


“We always assert the importance of family as the primary giver of support to help recovering drug dependents to start their lives anew. Aside from families, it is the community which should encourage drug surrenderers to be productive citizens. Hence, we need to strengthen both institutions,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.


“Let us work together, the public and the government, to achieve a peaceful and drug-free society,” she ended. ###


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The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X, which recently conducted a series of forum with local chief executives across Northern Mindanao, recently announced that referral letters from individuals, group of individuals, or organization, including public officials whether national or local executive, legislators, members of the judiciary or constitutional commission, are not integral to the implementation of the Protective Service Program (PSP) of the agency.


This after DSWD has been receiving various informal queries and clarification on its new policies and directives on the implementation of the DSWD’s PSP in relation to the Supreme Court decision declaring the unconstitutionality of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), hence the issuance of DSWD’s Memorandum Circular No.9 which is the supplemental guidelines in the implementation of PSP.

Basing as well to the Commission on Audit’s Memorandum dated March 1, 2016 entitled “Guidelines on the Treatment of Referrals of Potentials Beneficiaries to Programs of the National Government, Local Government Units and Government-owned or Controlled Corporations,” Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos explains that while referral letters may be considered, they are not binding on social workers tasked to evaluate the qualifications of beneficiaries.

“Based on Memorandum Circular No. 9 series 2016, DSWD social workers retains as the sole authority to determine the beneficiaries of the program based on the existing guidelines,” Ramos says.

Further, the DSWD has also released Memorandum Circular No. 11, where pre-qualified beneficiaries of DSWD assistance can now avail them outside DSWD offices or premises for convenience of the beneficiaries and for a safe, orderly and cost-efficient implementation of cash for work projects; educational assistance; and cash or guarantee letter for medical assistance and burial assistance to PSP beneficiaries, as provided under Memorandum Circular No. 11, series of 2016.

However, Ramos clarifies that “off-site release shall only be done only when on-site payment or release results or tends to result to inconvenience to beneficiaries or that is impractical or not cost-efficient.”

In the guidelines, the DSWD shall determine the off-site locations such as public schools, barangay halls, day care centers, multi-purpose halls, and covered courts, and that the venue or location shall put primary considerations to the safety and well-being of the beneficiaries and DSWD service providers.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas

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Social Workers set up Adoption Help Desks in malls to assist clients, in line with the celebration of the Adoption Consciousness Week (Photo Courtesy of Jamila Taha, DSWD-10)

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X marks February as the Adoption Consciousness Month with this year’s theme as “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption).

To kick-off the observance, a celebration among foster and adoptive parents will be conducted at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol grounds on February 11, 2017 to highlight the positive impact of legal adoption. Moreover, adoption desks will also be set up this month at major malls in Cagayan de Oro City to provide the public an easier access to information on how to adopt a child legally.

Adoption is a socio-legal of providing of a permanent family to a child whose parents have involuntarily or voluntarily relinquished parental authority over the child. It is one of the top advocacies of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, to ensure that these children belong to families that can give them unconditional love and shelter.

In Region 10, there are 25 children who were legally declared as readily available for adoption by the courts. Currently, these children are under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

To know detailed information on how adopt a child, the DSWD is encouraging the public to visit their office at DSWD-X, Masterson Ave., Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City or to visit their website at www.fo10.dswd.gov.ph or on their Faceboook page “DSWD Field Office X.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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ARDA Borres (left) with RD Ramos (right end) awards the Most Child-Friendly Municipality to Sapang Dalaga Misamis Occidental (Photo courtesy of Jamila Taha, DSWD-10)

El Salvador City, and the municipalities of Baloi and Kolambugan,  Lanao del Norte, and Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental recently received the recognition as most child-friendly cities and municipalities in Northern Mindanao for 2015.

The municipality of Baloi receives the Most Child-Friendly Municipality as awarded by DSWD and DILG. In photos from left ARDO Dela Cruz, ARDA Borres, DILG Lanao del Norte, MSWDO of Baloi, Mr. Alexander Ali representing LGU of Baloi and RD Ramos (Photo courtesy of Jamila Taha, DSWD-10)

This was awarded by the Council for the Welfare of Children, Department of Interior and Local Governance, and Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The city and the four municipalities have also received P50,000.00 each as part of their recognition from the Council for the Welfare of Children in providing an atmosphere for children where their rights are respected and freely exercised.

The development of the said recognition was spearheaded by the DILG in partnership with the CWC and the DSWD of which its criteria is based on evaluating the local government unit’s child’s rights-based programs.

The search for child-friendly cities and municipalities is an annual activity implemented by the three institutions to uplift the rights of Filipino children across the nation.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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November 2021