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RCWC Conducts Kick Off for National Children’s Month



Northern Mindanao -The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development spearheaded the National Children’s Month celebration for this year.

With the theme, “ Isulong: Kalidad  na Edukasyon para sa Lahat ng Bata”,  the kick off activity was conducted in coordination with the active and supportive Partner members of the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) which included the City Social Welfare and Development Office of Cagayan de Oro, 4th Infantry Division (Phil. Army), Philippine National Police, National Youth Commission, Department of Education, Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, Population Commission, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, and World Vision.

Republic Act No. 10661 or the National Children’s Month Act declares November of every year as the National Children’s Month to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989.

Pursuant to the observance of the National Children’s Month, an annual program of activities shall be prepared and implemented with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the National Youth Commission, and the Council for the Welfare of children, in partnership and in coordination with other Partner Agencies as well.

All local government units and private organizations including Civil Society organizations, private enterprises and people’s organizations are also encouraged to observe and participate in the activities for the month long celebration.

Highlights of the Kick Off activity included a motorcade, feeding program, medical mission spearheaded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the symbolic turn-over of the 1 Million Lapis Project.

As of the last counting, more than a hundred thousand pencils have already been turned over from Partner Agencies, and some Local Government Units.   Through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the collected pencils will be turned over to the Department of Education who will be tasked to identify the school beneficiaries of the pencils.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey dela Cruz, in her welcome message, reminded the partiicpants and parents of the crucial role of parents, being the first teachers of their children.

Other advocacy activities to be conducted relative to the celebration also includes a series of radio and TV guestings.

A Leadership Training for children representatives is also set to be conducted within the month.


Written by, Mitzie Sarballon Santiago, DSWD

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RSCC Commemorates 27th Founding Anniversary cum Family Day Celebration


The Reception and Study Center for Children recently celebrated its 27th founding anniversary and Family Day for its residents and staff.

The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC)is another center of DSWD that provides protection, treatment and rehabilitation and eventual alternative placement to children below 0 to below 7 years of age who are abandoned, neglected, abused, and exploited.

For 27 years of operation, the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) has been serving and helping children in need of special protection by finding a home through foster care and permanent placement through adoption.  While at RSCC, the developmental aspects of every child were appropriately addressed through the interventions made by the multi-disciplinary team.

The celebration started off with a thanksgiving Mass held at RSCC Conference Room.  Center residents and staff also  had their  outdoor activity at Del Carmen Beach Resort in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.  It provided an avenue for RSCC residents and staff to relax and unwind while enjoying the beauty of nature.  There was a showcase of talents through dance and song presentations.  Parlor games were also facilitated as well as the recognition and awarding of best center staff.

Other highlights of the Anniversary celebration included a consultation dialogue and case conference with counterparts from different Municipal /City Social Welfare and Development Officers, concerning cases of children referred to the Reception and Study Center for Children.  Issues and concerns raised were thoroughly discussed and provided with technical assistance.

Part of the celebration was also the Baptism of 9 children residents  held in St. Francis Xavier Church, Pueblo de Oro, Cagayan de Oro City.


Written by Faith M. Sabulana/Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago, DSWD

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DSWD Participates in National Statistics Month celebration


The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the National Household Targeting Unit and some selected employees, actively participated in the Opening of the 27th National Statistics Month.

With this year’s theme, “Sustainable Development: Making Statistics Count”, a motorcade around the major streets in the city was conducted as a kick-off activity to start the month- long celebration. It was spearheaded by the Philippine Statistics Authority 10 , in coordination with other partner Agencies and Local Civil Registrars and officials from invited Local Government Units in the region.

The National Statistics Month (NSM) was first observed in 1990 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino on September 20, 1990, declaring the Month of October of Every Year as the National Statistics Month.

This was then followed by a Regional Data Dissemination Forum. Regional Director Eddie Nasol gave the background of the 2015 Census of Population.   Other highlights of the said forum were the discussions on the Results of the 2015 Population Count, Population Density Profile, and Population Counts by Legislative Districts in the region.

Other discussants also included significant figures from the academe.  They were Ms. Gerasol Lourdes Mugot (Focal Person, POPCEN 2015), Director JeremiasGupit (Regional Director ,POPCOM 10), Dr. Imelda Pagtulon-an (Director, Capitol University Research & Extension Office, and Dr. Dixon Yasay (Director, Xavier University- Governance & Leadership Institute) .

Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro, also graced the said event.

Hanging of tarpaulins and streamers bearing the theme of the National Statistics Month celebration within the premises of the Department also formed part in the participation of the Agency for the said month-long celebration.

Written by Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago,DSWD

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Talisayan Community-Driven project now underway


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) staff, volunteers, and stakeholders gather during the Ground Breaking ceremony at Barangay Pook, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental for the Construction of 205 Ln.M Flood Control Structure. Talisayan volunteers also signed a pledge of commitment where they signified support to all Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP activities and commit to their duties as volunteers. The total project cost is PhP 3,216,145.00 with PhP 430,500.00 local community counterpart from the Barangay Local Government Unit and PhP 94,364.00 from the Municipal Local Government Unit.

Photos by Judee Mae Cabanag, KC-NCDDP Area Coordinator,Talisayan, Misamis Oriental

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Lumads welcome Kalahi-CIDSS in Impasugong


The “datus” and “baes” who are Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives of each barangay in the Municipality of Impasugong, Bukidnon, performed a ritual called the “singampo” to accept the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) Area Coordinating Team (ACT) into the municipality. This was after the ACT conducted the Municipal Orientation. The Municipal Orientation is the first of 16 steps for a Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP cycle, which is also the program launching in the municipal level. Before any KC project can be built, the community undergoes a social preparation consisting of 4 stages including the Barangay Orientation, Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA) and the validation of the PSA results. The PSA aims to establish a common understanding of the current situation of the area. It extensively analyses and describes the expectations, current socio-economic and political situation as well as the other needs/problems of the community. The data generated by the PSA are used as bases for identifying community development problems and priorities and in planning for appropriate interventions. 

Photos by Kelvin Wu, KC-NCDDP Area Coordinator, Impasugong, Bukidnon

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Filipino Family Week culminates 24th Anniversary

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With this year’s theme, “Matatag na Pamilya, Maunlad na Bukas, the Filipino Family Week celebration culminated with a closing program  in one of the malls recently.

Spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and in coordination with partner and member organizations of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Family (RIAC-FF), various activities were conducted to celebrate the 24th Anniversary Week for Filipino Families.

As stipulated in proclamation No. 60 signed on September 28, 1992 and Executive Order No. 241 dated June 9, 1995, it is a policy of the government to fortify solidarity in the family and actively work for its total development.  Hence, there is a need to call public attention and ensure nationwide awareness on the importance of the family.  In support to this endeavor, the Proclamation provides that the last week of the month of September of every year thereafter shall be declared as the observance of the National Family Week celebration.

Kick –off activity was the Mass held at the Cathedral Church of Cagayan de Oro. Other highlight of the week-long celebration was the Wellness Forum and the Blood Letting activity participated in by selected staff and members of the Latter Day Saints and Rotary Club of Kalayaan (CDO Chapter).

In his inspirational message, Mr. Martin Canguit,  ( General Administrative Support Services Division Chief)  who represented  Regional Director Nestor Ramos,hoped that through the annual celebration, Filipino families will be encouraged and inspired  to do their part in ensuring that every member of the family will realize their significant role in the development and progress of the society where they belong.  He also extended gratitude and thanks in bvehalf of the DSWD family to all who actively supported and participated in the Filipino Family Week celebration and looks forward to a continuous partnership with them.



Written by  Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago, DSWD


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Bukidnon ranks highest number of poor households

Based on the Results of the Listahanan/NHTSPR (National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction)   Second Round Assessment, the Province of Bukidnon has the highest number of poor households.

Out of the 265,038 households assessed in the Province, 166,160 households were identified as poor.    Being the” food basket of Mindanao”, major source of income of these households comes from farming    which may account for the low and unstable income classification of the poor households identified considering that, their income may vary based on their yield or produce.

The National Household Targeting System or Listahanan was established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to target who and where the poor are.  The comprehensive database serves as basis for selecting beneficiaries for social protection programs and services in the country.

Results from the Second Round assessment conducted in 2015 identified 485,539 poor households among the 870,198 households assessed in Northern Mindanao.

It is also the province of Bukidnon which has the highest magnitude of Indigenous People’s Group.  There are 87,824 poor households belonging to an Indigenous People’s Group or tribe.

Indigenous groups included in the province of Bukidnon are the Talaandig and the Manobo. The Visayans, particularly the Cebuanos and the Hiligaynons migrated into the province followed by various groups from Luzon, namely, the IlocanosTagalogs, and merchants and wealthy businessmen from Northern Luzon like the Igorots and the Ivatans. All contributed massive acculturation among the indigenous tribes. Most of those who moved to the mountains and forest continued to hold on their ancestors’ cultural heritage. The wide variety of Filipino groups now thrives in the province and contributed immensely in the socio-economic development.

With the results of the Second Round Assessment, it is expected that Local Government Units, Non- Government Organizations, Civil Society Organizations in the region, will coordinate and collaborate in utilizing the data of poor households in identifying potential beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services through an execution of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Second in rank is the province of Misamis Oriental with 124,737 poor households identified followed by the province of Lanao del Norte with 126,949 poor households.  Misamis Occidental has the fourth largest number of poor households with 60,156.  While Camiguin, being the only island province has the lowest number of poor households with 7,537 households identified as poor.

(Partial Results as of February 29, 2016 as validation is still ongoing for the finalization of data).


Written by Mitzie Sarballon-Santiago, DSWD

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August 2020