Supplementary Feeding Program goes full swing amidst pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 implements the Supplementary Feeding Program in the whole of Northern Mindanao.

Regular augmentation of goods to Local Government Units for 12 feeding days

The feeding program, now on its 10th year of implementation, aims to improve the nutritional status of children enrolled in child development centers and those under the supervised neighborhood play.

Sheryl Ave, Supplementary Feeding Program focal person, disclosed that a total of 48 local government units (LGU’s) started the implementation on August 17, 2020, the first batch of partner LGUs to distribute ingredients for cooking meals for the target children.

Another six LGU’s belonging to the second batch of implementers started to feed the children on October 27, Tuesday.

The other 38 LGU’s have yet to start their implementation.

The LGU will implement the feeding program for 120 days.

However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, daycare centers will feed the children twice a day. Thus, the cycle is shortened to 60 days.

Also, the development centers will divide the supply among the children since learners are studying at home because of the pandemic.

As it is, the parents or guardians will cook the rice cereal and viand in the designated community kitchen in their barangay for the learners to improve their nutritional status. Distributed goods include cooking oil, meat, eggs, fish, among others.

DSWD Field Office 10, through the supplier, will regularly deliver the goods to the LGU’s good for 12 feeding days.

During the delivery, suppliers and inspectors observe all health protocols.


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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER II-(Yakap Bayan Program for Recovering Persons who Use Drugs) (SG 15)

We wish to inform you of the vacant Contract of Service position/s of the DSWD Regional Office 10 with the following minimum qualification standards:

CSC Prescribed Qualification Standards:
Education                  :           BACHELOR’S DEGREE RELEVANT TO THE


Experience                :           AT LEAST ONE (1) YEAR EXPERIENCE

Training                     :           AT LEAST FOUR (4) HOURS RELEVANT


Eligibility                    :           RA 1080 – REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER

Area of Assignment :           Yakap Bayan Program for Recovering Persons

who Use Drugs, Social Marketing Unit

Preferred Qualifications:

Education                  :           BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK

Experience                :           AT LEAST ONE (1) YEAR EXPERIENCE IN


Training                     :           AT LEAST FOUR (4) HOURS RELEVANT


Eligibility                    :           RA 1080 – REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER


Information, Education, Livelihood And Other Developmental Intervention (SHIELD) Against Child Labor) (SG 15)

CSC Prescribed Qualification Standards:
Education                  :           BACHELOR’S DEGREE RELEVANT TO THE


Experience                :           AT LEAST ONE (1) YEAR EXPERIENCE

Training                     :           AT LEAST FOUR (4) HOURS RELEVANT


Eligibility                    :           RA 1080 – REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER

Area of Assignment :           Strategic Helpdesks For

Information, Education, Livelihood And Other Developmental Intervention (SHIELD) Against Child Labor, Social Marketing Unit

Preferred Qualifications:

Education                  :           BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK

Experience                :           AT LEAST ONE (1) YEAR EXPERIENCE IN


Training                     :           AT LEAST FOUR (4) HOURS RELEVANT


Eligibility                    :           RA 1080 – REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER

Please submit your application letter with the other requirements addressed to the Regional Director through any of the following:

  1.  Email at (indicate in the subject the position applied for)

1. Application letter;

2. Comprehensive resume with 2×2 ID picture;

3. Copy of relevant trainings and seminars attended;

4. Copy of transcript of records/diploma;


5. Copy of performance rating in the present position for the last rating         period or its equivalent to external applicants and must have a Very          Satisfactory rating.

Note: All documents should be signed and scanned

  •  Snail Mail / Courier (hard copy)

1. Application letter;

2. Comprehensive resume with 2×2 ID picture;

3. Copy of relevant trainings and seminars attended;

4. Copy of transcript of records/diploma;


5. Copy of performance rating in the present position for the last rating         period or its equivalent to external applicants and must have a Very          Satisfactory rating.


  •  Encode your application letter at E-KIOSK (APIS) located outside of the HR Office, 2nd floor DSWD 10, Cagayan de Oro City. (no need to submit hard copy)

Deadline of submission is on April 13, 2020.

Note: This office highly encourages interested and qualified applicants including persons with disability (PWDs), members of Indigenous Communities and those from any sexual orientation and gender identities (SOGI) for there shall be no discrimination in the selection of employees on accounts of gender, sexual orientation, civil status, disability, religion, ethnicity, or political affiliation.

Request for extension of submission and application with incomplete documents will not be entertained.

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4Ps beneficiaries: SAP emergency subsidy, a big help in accessing food and non-food items

Cagayan de Oro CityThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 has started releasing the emergency subsidy pursuant to the enactment of Republic Act 11469 (RA 11469) or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries here today.

Mila Loayan, 50 of the Pigsag-an, a hinterland barangay of this city, said the cash assistance is a big help to her family in accessing food and non-food items to combat the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“I would like to thank President Rodrigo Duterte for the assistance because my family can now buy sack of rice, milk, and medicines,” Loayan said in Cebuano.

She also thanked the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro City and DSWD Field Office 10 for providing them food and non-food assistance with the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine of this city.

For Genevieve Odasco, 30 of Taglimao here, the emergency subsidy from the national government would mean food for her family.

Odasco said she will buy sacks of rice and other food items to sustain her family needs during the community quarantine period.

Gena Donggo of the interior village of Kibalabag, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon said she realized that the national and local government are helping each other for the welfare of the poor.

Pantawid beneficiaries observes social distancing while receiving their cash grants

“The government did not forsake us, the poor,” she said, thanking President Duterte for the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program.

Donggo said she will buy food and non-foods items for her family’s need.

Rosalinda Gotib of Laguitas, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon said she will bring home sacks of rice, grocery items and medicines for her family.

For Neliet Pasulohan of Cabangahan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, the cash assistance would survive her family from the effects of the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine of Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon province.

Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the DSWD is tasked to develop the guidelines and the lead of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). This allows the provision of emergency subsidies that will benefit around 18 million households coming from low income and daily wage earners to include 4Ps beneficiaries. 

The SAP specifically rationalizes distribution of the emergency subsidies to ensure its fair distribution to qualified beneficiaries across all implementing agencies. This means that for the 4Ps beneficiaries, this will be in two (2) tranches as top-up amount added to their regular cash grants. Because of this, they will no longer be recipients of other social amelioration programs services or packages from other agencies as identified in RA 11469.  

During the withdrawals of the subsidy, the beneficiaries observed social distancing and other COVID 19-related protocols.

Earlier, DSWD declared “force majeure” for the 4Ps program covering February and March which suspends the monitoring of compliance that serves as the basis for the computation of cash grants.  This was later on extended to cover the months of April and May.

DSWD and Land Bank of the Philippines has credited the SAP assistance to the accounts of 245,664 4Ps beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao.

DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga advised those 4Ps beneficiaries who have yet to receive their EMV cards to coordinate with their respective City/ Municipal Links for the distribution of their grants.

Director Dollaga also reminded the beneficiaries to be vigilant and to only believe and rely on information released by the official social media and website of the 4Ps and other National Government Agencies such as the DSWD. ==

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Overcoming poverty: A 4Ps family story who is about to exit from the program

Cagayan de Oro City — Life has never been easy for the family of Evelyn Caballero, 42 of Villamor Compound, Balulang here.

But, the perseverance of Evelyn and her family brought here to live out of poverty.

Three years ago, Evelyn Caballero proudly marched onstage along with her husband and daughters during the graduation ceremony at the Philippine Institute of Skills and Development (PISAD).

Evelyn finished the Beauty Care Course of PISAD and passed the National Certificate II accreditation by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Evelyn was among the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries who participated in the skills training in November 2014 until April 2015

The six-month training includes skills assessment and certification as well as entrepreneurship development activities. It has two components: training for wage employment and training for self-employment.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program has partnered with PISAD and TESDA in providing skills training to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya is only one of the poverty reduction strategies of the national government implemented by the DSWD which focuses on human capital investment through provision of health and education cash grants to eligible households with children aged 0-18, with the primary aim to break the intergenerational poverty cycle.

Re-opening her parlor 

Even if Evelyn has a TESDA accreditation and is eligible to work abroad, she has no plans of leaving.  She is determined to stay in the country to guide her children during their formative years.

Instead of working abroad, she has her heart set on rebuilding her parlor which was destroyed by Typhoon Sendong in December 2011.

Through her quality and affordable services, Evelyn maintains good number of customers daily. Because of this, Evelyn’s income from operating a beauty parlor becomes a big income grosser to the family’s coffer. She can easily pay the P6,000 rent a month for her parlor.

Her aimed to provide a better life for her family, especially for the education of her three children became a reality.  Her eldest, Christine Mae is now working in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 as a Municipal Link assigned in Maramag, Bukidnon.

Her middle child is now a first year college at Lourdes College here, taking up Bachelor of Science in Social Work while her youngest, Leizl is a Grade 7 student of Balulang National High School.

“Nakatulong talaga ang technical-vocational training na ito sa akin at sa iba pang mga kababayan natin na dati ay hindi nabibigyan na oportunidad para mapaginhawa ang buhay. Ngayon na-eenjoy naming mahihirap ang mga tulong na ito (The training has helped me and our countrymen who were previously not given opportunities like this to improve our lives. But, now, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are reaping the benefits of government programs),” Evelyn stated.

Taxi operators

Evelyn’s husband, Silvestre, 43, used to drive a passenger jeepney. The meager income from driving could barely make him money. So, he decided to drive a taxi.

After a few months of driving a taxi, Silvestre could hardly sustain the needs of his family, if not without the augmentation of Evelyn’s income from their parlor.

Until the owner of Silvestre’s taxi introduced him a rent-to-own scheme. This was the beginning of Silvestre’s brighter future in the taxi industry.

Now, the family owns two units of taxi and they are on the process of acquiring another unit.

Evelyn used to train the residents of the DSWD-Field Office X Haven for Women, a facility for victim-survivors of abuse, on manicure, pedicure, foot massage, make-up and spa.

Evelyn said she wanted to share the skills she learned to others by offering it to her fellow 4Ps beneficiaries.

“Gusto kong ibahagi ang biyaya  na ipinagkaloob ng DSWD at makatulong sa kapwa  sa pamamagitan ng pagbahagi ng aking kaalaman sa Beauty Care  (I like to share the blessings DSWD has given me, as well as help other people by imparting my knowledge on Beauty Care).

Evelyn is about to exit from the program anytime.

She is grateful for the assistance that she and her family received from the government.

She said the keys to her success are hard work, dedication, perseverance, and willingness to accept change.

“If you came from a poor family don’t think and act like you will be poor forever and feel sorry for yourself. God helps those who help themselves!” she added.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 258,461 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are provided with health and educational a11ssistance, and the opportunity to further improve their economic well-being through the various livelihood assistance provided by the government.

It is the priority of DSWD to provide effective, caring, and immediate delivery of social protection services to the poor and the needy particularly the PWDS, senior citizens, children and women and other vulnerable sectors.

All DSWD offices will ensure that such services will be given to them properly and timely when they needed it most. For Northern Mindanao, they can contact through its FB Page: DSWD Region X, landline: (088) 858-8959, twitter: DSWD Northern Mindanao @dswdfo10, and website:


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4Ps beneficiaries joins the COMELEC’s Vote Counting Machine (VCM) Roadshow

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries of Cagayan de Oro City, like this is in Baikingon and FS Catanico, join the Vote Counting Machine (VCM) Roadshow of the Commission on Elections of Cagayan de Oro City to have a glimpse of how it is going to be like on election day.

The roadshow allowed participants to practice shading and feeding their ballots to the VCM, aside from informing the voters on the prohibited acts during and after elections.
DSWD through the Pantawid Pamilya has partnered with the City COMELEC to empower the beneficiaries by letting them exercise their rights to suffrage.

The partnership is in line with the Bawal ang Epal Dito campaign of the DSWD to ensure that the implementation of 4Ps during elections and campaign period is free of political influence and manipulation while safeguarding the rights of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries for free and honest elections.


Photos by Cagayan de Oro City Action Team.

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RIACAT-CP-VAWC 10 strengthens campaign vs trafficking, pornography

Cagayan de Oro City – An inter-agency council of Northern Mindanao here is set to continue strengthening its campaign against human trafficking, child pornography, and other forms of gender-based violence.

The Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Human Trafficking-Child Pornography-Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-CP-VAWC) 10, chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 and co-chaired by the Department of Justice 10 and the Department of the Interior and Local Government 10, has planned out several activities for 2019 that prevent, promote, and protect the rights of the vulnerable sectors.

Atty. Ruby T. Malanog, Deputy City Prosecutor of Cagayan de Oro, said RIACAT-CP-VAWC 10 has recommended to the Department of Education to incorporate the protection and prevention from being preyed to human traffickers in their curriculum.

Atty. Malanog explained that there is a need to discuss and teach parents and their children during PTA (Parent-Teachers Association) meetings and classes of students about the dangers of human trafficking and child pornography.

Malanog also disclosed that the campaign will be carried out during barangay assemblies. The DILG 10 will lead the campaign from the national level down to barangays in Northern Mindanao.

Newly-installed Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 10, Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang, lauded the inter-agency efforts to help curb trafficking, child pornography, and other forms of violence against women and their children.

Director Dollaga-Libang said DSWD Field Office 10 will continue to strengthen convergence efforts among national government agencies, local government units, and civil society organizations to ensure that vulnerable sectors, like the women and their children, will have access to social protection programs of the agency.

The RIACAT-CP-VAWC 10 also proposed to the Police Regional Office 10 of the Philippine National Police to set-up a Regional Anti-Cybercrime Office in Iligan City during its first quarterly meeting at N Hotel here.

This is to help curb online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in Iligan city and its neighboring towns, considering that the City of Falls ranked fourth among cities with high incidents of on-line child pornography nationwide.


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DSWD worker is CSC’s 2016 Outstanding Public Official and employee

Cagayan de Oro City — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recently conferred the 2016 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees (Dangal ng Bayan) Award to Sonia Ipang, Social Welfare Officer III of DSWD Field Office 10 and the head of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Gingoog City, in a ceremony held in Heroes Hall of Malacanang.

Hero of Northern Mindanao. Sonia E. Ipang (second from right), Social Wefare Officer III and head of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth of DSWD Field Office 10 is this year’s recipient of Civil Service Commission Outstanding Public Official and Employee (Dangal ng Bayan) Award.. Also on photo (from left): DSWD Field Office 10 Assistant Regional Director for Administration Manuel M. Borres, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and Sonia’s husband Erleen. (DSWD Photo)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte, CSC Chair Alice Bala, and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales bestowed the award to Ipang. She also received the gold gilded trophy and P200,000 cash from the Central Bank of the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte, CSC Chair Alice Bala, and Ombudsman Carpio- Morales present the award in a ceremony at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang. (RTVM Photo)

As an awardee, Ipang will be automatically promoted to a one step higher rank as per provision under the Republic Act 6713, an act establishing a code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees, to uphold the time-honored principle of public office being a public trust, granting incentives and rewards for exemplary service, enumerating prohibited acts and transactions and providing penalities for violation thereof and for other purposes.

The Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred by the CSC to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her observance of the eight norms of behavior provided for under RA 6713: commitment to public interest, professionalism, justness and sincerity, political neutrality, responsiveness to the public, nationalism and patriotism, commitment to democracy, and simple living.

DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Nestor B. Ramos, said the recognition of Ipang serves as an inspiration to all workers of DSWD in Northern Mindanao.

“She is the pride of DSWD and Northern Mindanao. I hope workers will emulate her great dedication and commitment to our agency, clientele, and country,” said Ramos.

Ipang received the award for her passion and diligence in taking care of the children in conflict with the law (CICL). Under her watch, the RRCY in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental taught residents to become more responsible through engagement in livelihood opportunities such as crafts making and backyard farming, and activities such as sports fests and educational trips.

Compassion, care, and dignity

Child protection is an important part of the work of a staff of the RRCY. That is why implementing child protection programs are now strictly observed inside the center. With this, Miss Ipang, as a social worker, ensured that vulnerable children are protected, to the best of her ability, wherever they are.

Free from discrimination, she treated the CICLs with compassion, care, dignity, and understanding who are undergoing rehabilitation inside the DSWD-run center.

To address issues and concerns RRCY were facing, Ipang implemented some programs at the center and made it to a point to all her colleagues that they are working as a team. She advocates for improved laws, policies, and systems in the center to realize and achieve the goal of RRCY which is the rehabilitation of clients.

This happened when Ipang was sent to a training in Cebu on Therapeutic Community. She applied her learnings from the training and re-echoed all her learnings to her co-workers through an orientation. This paved the way for the implementation of programs and services at the center which involved both staff and clients. Such implementation is geared towards improving and changing the atmosphere of the center and the rehabilitation efforts as well.

She amplified the implementation with the several learnings from trainings she attended relative to handling difficult behavior of the CICLs. This resulted in the gradual improvement of the behavior of the children clients inside the center. Each client embraced the changes, thereby making them believers of peace, love, and understanding. There are no more reported conflicts among clients within the center.

The continuous pursuit of excellent performance is Ipang’s mantra in serving the clients at the center. As it is, she was promoted as center head in 2004 and assumed office in 2005. Her first month was quite difficult.

As a newly-hired center head, for a while, she performed two functions: a center head and a case manager/social worker since the social worker position was vacant at that time and filling up the position was still on screening process. Her multi-tasking performance declined when DSWD hired another social worker in 2007.

With her expertise, all problems and difficult situations arising and encountered by the staff and by the center were addressed. Change has come, from being unattractive, offensive, and dilapidated buildings of the center to becoming a Center of Excellence after passing and maintaining the accreditation of the Standards Bureau of DSWD. As Level III accredited center, RRCY has become a world standard in providing rehabilitation to CICLs.

The Protective Services Unit of DSWD which directs and manages center heads are well aware of the personal contributions of Ipang in making the center free from children’s conflicts, vandalism, and vices among CICLs.

Rosemarie Conde, PSU head, disclosed that Ipang would immediately find solutions and resolve complex problems, a rare and enviable ability in center heads now.

“She always innovates and closely work with her colleagues, inspiring and encouraging them to work as a team. She has greatly contributed to the development of the center and the total rehabilitation of the children as a center head and as a mother to all in the center,” added Conde.

The mother image resonates throughout the center that resulted in more productive and valuable clients. One of the examples is the client Rustie Quintana. Quintana, after undergoing formation and rehabilitation at the center was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Youth of the Philippines. No less than the former President Benigno S. Aquino III handed the award to Mr. Quintana.

Committed and dedicated

For the last three years, there have been significant transformations of RRCY under the leadership of Ipang. Her hardwork and perseverance in running the center of DSWD has been enormous that DSWD officials, through former Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo and current RD Nestor Briones Ramos, exerted and all out support to the programs and services implemented at RRCY.

From the dilapidated building to new and more buildings, Ipang commits to giving excellent service to the clients. She also repaired and renovated some RRCY facilities and amenities to pave the way for a conducive rehabilitation center for CICLs. This include the construction of as new building which now serves as the administration building of the center, making the homelife area safe and spacious for the residents to live in,  completing the guest house.

The extension area of the administration building now serves as the venue for learning like the conduct of skills training, lectures, meetings, and many other purposes.

Based on PSU’s observation, RRCY has tremendously evolved from a mere stop-over of CICLs to a world class rehabilitation center. Ipang has contributed  to the over- all impact of the center’s  operation and achievement as Level III accredited center.

Resource Generation

Ipang mobilized resources for the completion of the second floor of the administration building. The Department of Public Works and Highways based in Gingoog City pledged for its construction and completion of a building, involving the total amount of P2 million. She has inked a memorandum of understanding for its completion.

In addition, DSWD hired good and competent staff assigned at the center that complements Ipang’s quest for transformation of the center and processing the lives of the residents. They comprise the team in providing wholistic approach to the residents.

They still use and apply the therapeutic community and milleu therapy as part of the approaches of the staff in dealing the multi-faceted problems of the residents. These approaches have contributed to the zero to two percent performance as far as abscondence of wards is concerned. Abscondence is an act of clients of the center leaving without permission. This is a clear indication that residents have been enjoying the quality of care bestowed upon them by the staff, thereby making them comfortable, safe, and secured.

Recognition and commendation

RRCY under Ipang’s received commendations from DSWD Central Office for attaining the highest standard of accreditation, the Level Three (3) or as a center of excellence. The said accreditation was made in December 2015.

The commitment for excellent service to the clients never ends with the recognition and honor received. Ipang and the rest of the staff maintained the level of excellence. In November 2016, The Standards Bureau of DSWD monitored and assessed the recent operation of RRCY and it found out that the center has maintained it world class quality of service and programs to the clients.

“The strong leadership of Ipang is evident and this could be attributed to her over-all performance as the center manager, garnering an outstanding performance over and above other centers/ facilities run and managed by DSWD Field Office 10,” said Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Manuel M. Borres.

Borres added that RRCY-10 stands as one of the most  prestigious centers in the Philippines, a facility which can be called a social laboratory where private organizations, non-governmental organizations and government organizations will look upon for possible replication.

Moreover, case management process and records keeping are well-organized and monitored. The intervention program of each resident is based on their psycho-social needs thereby rehabilitation of CICLs admitted in the facility.


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FEATURE: From bullied to advocate of friendship: A story of Sheena Desire Abuzo

Mambajao, Camiguin — Analou Abuzo got very worried when she saw her daughter Sheena arrived home from school crying. Thinking one of the teachers might have scolded her daughter, she comforted her.


Shaking and holding on to her mother so tight, the seven year old second grader begged her mother that she did not want to go to school anymore.

Her loss of interest in going to school and loss in self-confidence was the result of her being bullied and discriminated, being called as “not pretty” and “poor”.

“I was told that they (classmates) didn’t want to be friends with me because I was not pretty and that I wasn’t rich like them,” Sheena shared, now 13 years old and a Grade 8 student of Tupsan National High School here.

Sheena disclosed that she was glad she told her parents about her being bullied and discriminated in school, saying that things might have gone worse. She said that her parents were very supportive to her and have helped her become who she is now.

“My parents have taught me the value of forgiveness. My mother taught me to forgive my classmates and do away with revenge,” she said.

Today, the 8th-grader is speaking out, campaigning against bullying in schools. She knows how bullying affects a child and how it destroys someone’s confidence towards themselves. She has seen the negative effects of bullying and discrimination and how it can ruin one’s ambition in life if not surpassed and without proper guidance from the parents.

“I am calling everyone to stand strong and brave for those who are bullied. They sshould immediately report any incidents of bullying to their parents and school officials,” she said.

Sheena is the eldest among the three children of Analou and Ralph of this island born of fire, Camiguin.


Valuing for love, friendship, and education

Sheena has always appreciated her home where she is nurtured with love and God-fearing environment by her parents.

Despite the meager income of her parents, she continues to enjoy the support she receives from her parents for her education.

In fact, after she was bullied, she took heed the advice of her parents by not allowing hatred to dwell in her mind and heart for it can lead to think revenge.

Years later, Sheena had become close friends with her classmates who bullied and discriminated her as she claimed that friendship is more important than childish quarrels.

Sheena’s father is a skilled wielder and works as a construction worker on an occasional basis. The meager income of his father is enough for the family’s day-to-day consumption needs. As it is, finds extra income from fishing during weekends to support Sheena’s and her younger brother’s educational needs before they were put under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

As disclosed by her mother, Sheena already showed much willingness and interest in going to school. As it is, she was enrolled at a day care center in here at the age of 3.

With that, her mother complemented the efforts to her husband to support the Abuzo siblings in their endeavor to be in school.

“It is our way of expressing our love, and setting them the example that we really should value education so that our children can fulfill their dreams,” said Analou.

Analou used to work as baby sitter for four years to augment the income of her husband. She stopped working when she got pregnant of her third child.


Active in school and community

Sheena recovered fast from the ill effects of bullying and discrimination due to the constant guidance of her parents and the augmentation from school authorities.

Who used to be timid now gained self confidence in dealing with herself and others.

This resulted to her superb performance in school, academically and in extra-curricular activities.

She finished her kindergarten formation as Valedictorian. She maintained this academic excellence in her elementary years where she finished Salutatorian.

Now, she earns excellent grades in her high school.

Her academic life is balanced with extra-curricular activities where she joined in several organizations and groups since her elementary years up to this writing.

Her busy schedule with the groups and organizations had paved the way for her to improve much in public speaking and boosting more of her self-confidence as well as in all aspects of her personality.

From there, she discovered here talent in broadcasting that influenced much her ambition and that also made her caught the attention and love of her teachers, mentors, and friends.

She is also very participative in the school activities like a variety show dubbed as Kalandrakas, Sayawit, Nutri Jingles, among others.


Responsible and disciplined

Along with Sheena’s achievements; she is still known to be a sweet, kind, and obedient child as she was raised by her parents with proper values and discipline.

At a very young age, she was already trained in doing simple household chores. She also learned the responsibilities of being the eldest in the family by helping her parents and her siblings, especially in aiding the school assignment of her younger brother.

Living to her advocacy, when she won the Regional Search for Exemplary Child in Northern Mindanao eliminations, Sheena openly discussed her advocacy to her fellow grantees of Pantawid Pamilya to religiously follow the conditionalities of the program, aside from urging her fellow grantees to reach for their dreams by finishing their studies.

Sheena dreamed of becoming a doctor someday. But, she didn’t want it to remain just as a dream. Thus, she is striving hard in her studies to attain that dream because of her passion to help the poor and the needy.

She also dreamed of becoming a newscaster, idolizing Ted Failon. She claimed she wanted to deliver the truth and convey information among people around the country.

Sheena considered a big part of her success to the opportunity given by DSWD through Pantawid Pamilya. She promised to make use of the program to further develop herself, make some positive changes in her family and in the community.


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Field Office 10

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