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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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P500 matag bulan ang madawat sa Social Pensioner, dili P6,000 – DSWD

File Photo: UCT Payout to DSWD Social Pension beneficiaries in Gingoog City.

Giklaro sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nga P500 ang matag bulan nga madawat sa mga benepisaryo ilalom sa Social Pension Program ug dili P6,000 sumala sa nikatap nga fake news sa social media.

Ang Social Pension Program ayuda sa mga kabus nga edaran nga mga lolo ug lola subay sa Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 or Republic Act 9994. Ilalom sa nasangpit nga balaod, ang mga mag-edad og 60 anyos pa taas kwalipikado nga makadawat og P500 nga pension kung siya hinay, masakiton o adunay kabilinggan; walay gidawatan nga pension sa Social Security System (SSS), Government Services Insurance System (GSIS) o uban pang social security institution sa gobyerno; ug walay permanente nga income o wala gisuportahan alang sa iyang mga panginahanglanon matag adlaw, sama sa tambal.

Ang DSWD gahatag og ayuda sa mga social pensioners matag tulo ka bulan o P1,500 matag quarter, hinungdan nga mokabat kini ngadto sa P6,000 sa sulod sa usa ka tuig.

Gihangyo ni DSWD Secretary Virginia N. Orogo ang publiko nga dili i-share ang sayop nga impormasyon aron dili na makahimo og kalibog sa publiko.

Iyang gidugang nga bukas nga DSWD sa pagtubag sa mga pangutana lambigit sa mga programa ug serbisyo sa ahensiya.

“Using inaccurate data is not helpful to the public. Much as we appreciate efforts to help DSWD in information dissemination, it would be best that fact-checking to be done first with reliable sources before sharing,” matud niya.

Sa pagkakaron, adunay 2,906,079 ka mga social pensioners nga nakadawat na og ayuda sulod sa ikaduhang quarter ning tuiga.



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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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Serving vegetables in a meal saves benes from spending more on food

PANGANTUCAN, Bukidnon — Eva Tamong of Barangay Concepcion here does not need to buy meat every time she prepares a meal for her family.
The 50-year-old Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary cooks vegetables to pair it off with rice daily, a strategy she has been using to save money for the family’s daily needs.
She is not buying the vegetables, either. Instead, picks it up from the garden she and her family has been cultivating for years to help them meet their food intake needs.
The family grows Baguio Beans, Ladies’ Fingers or locally known as Okra, String Beans, Sweet Potato, Alogbati (Basella Alba), Horse Radish, Chinese Cabbage, Eggplant, Spring Onions, and Amplaya (Momordica Charantia) in its backyard.
The garden does not only serve the family’s food intake needs, it also gives Eva an opportunity to earn an income out of taking care of the plants.
Eva earns an average of P50 a month from her Spring Onions and another P100 from the varieties of leafy vegetables.
This extra income complements the seasonal income of her husband, Felipe, a Civilian Volunteers Organization member of this barangay, who formerly worked at a banana plantation company here.

Organic Fishpond

Aside from the vegetables garden, Eva’s family dug a two-meter deep pond for tilapia for their consumption.
The family feeds the tilapia fish with chopped vegetables leaves and chicken dung.
To date, the family has harvested tilapia fish four times and momentarily rears 1,500 tilapia fingerlings.

LGU gives free vegetables seeds

The Municipal Agriculture Office distributes free vegetable seeds through its volunteers and barangay officials.
The free seeds distribution is in line with the local government unit’s effort to implement backyard gardening among residents of the town, especially 4Ps beneficiaries.
Pangantucan Mayor Miguel Silva Jr issued a memorandum order on backyard gardening dated May 9, 2017.
Mayor Silva, in his memorandum order number 047-05-2017 issued to all barangay captains, directed the village chiefs to monitor the gardening activities of the 4Ps members.
Vegetable planting, Silva said, will help solve malnutrition in the town, adding that barangay captains shall check regularly the backyard gardens of 4Ps members.
The barangay captain shall then issue a compliance certificate to every 4Ps household for free for the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee to monitor the compliance of the beneficiaries.

Teaching kids while young

Eva and her husband, Felipe, have been farming since they got married.
The parents claimed they introduce vegetables to their eldest child, Rachel, 25; when she was still a child. Now, Rachel has her own family and she introduced vegetables to her child, too.
Aside from that, Eva introduced farming to Rachel while she was still a child, bringing her to their garden when harvesting fresh green beans, tomatoes, spring onions, among others.
Maintaining a garden even before becoming a beneficiary of 4Ps, Eva said she and Rachel would gladly share the crops with family and neighbors.
Today, Eva is also teaching their youngest son, Renel, on farming and eating vegetables, a passion for food and sharing she would like to continue to her next generation.
Concepcion has a population of 658 according to the 2010 Census of Population and Housing of the Philippine Statistics Authority. Of this number, 62 households are Pantawid beneficiaries. But, all residents of the village are into backyard gardening and farming.

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4Ps Couples Wed Through Convergence Initiative

NOT ALONE. Sometimes, you just don’t get married alone. Mass weddings can happen for a variety of reasons like this where 64 couples belonging to the Umayamnon Tribe of Bukidnon exchange their “I Do’s”, however, not in their traditional marriage ceremony in Sitio Miaray, Barangay Mandahican, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on June 14, 2018.

The couples are all beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The activity is part of the convergence initiative of the Municipal Action Team of DSWD, Mayor’s Office of Cabanglasan, and Municipal Civil Registrar.

Mayor Renante Inocando solemnizes the first mass wedding in town involving indigenous peoples.

(Photos by Elvie S. Pina-apol of MAT Cabanglasan)

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