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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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DSWD: REFERRAL LETTERS NOT INTEGRAL TO PROVIDING FINANCIAL AID

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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FEBRUARY MARKS AS ADOPTION CONSCIOUSNESS MONTH

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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FOUR TOWNS IN NORTHMIN NAMED AS MOST CHILD-FRIENDLY

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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Photo Release

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Alcantar, PDO II, DSWD-10

In this photo is Mr. Ramel Babaran, one of the 29 beneficiaries who completed the Shielded Metal Arc Welding or SMAW skills training supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

With Brilliant Gem Technical School as the program implementing partner, the beneficiaries receives a full course and hands-on training on SMAW, free of charge as assisted by the SLP.

The same numbers of beneficiaries obtain a National Certificate II after passing the assessment administered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA on January 16, 2017.

The SLP is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills trainings and employment facilitation. The provision of Technical/Vocational Skills Training is one of the modalities of the program to improve the employable skills of beneficiaries.

Written by JAMILA M. TAHA, DSWD

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