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UNICEF Partners with Department for Multi-Disciplinary training

 

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As part of the capacity building of direct service implementers and frontline service providers, a multi-disciplinary training on handling and managing cases of child pornography was recently conducted in the region.

Participated by service providers composed of LGU social workers, focal persons, psychologists, social workers from centers and institutions catering to cases of child pornography   , Police handling Women and Children’s Desk, law enforcers, selected Barangay officials and prosecutors from identified hotspot areas, the training focused on how stakeholders complement, collaborate, and converge relative to the various services in addressing cases of child pornography in their respective areas.

Activities for the four-day training which was funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) includes workshops, inter-active discussions and dialogues and presentation of actual cases.

By the end of the training, participants are expected to have increased knowledge and skills on managing online child abuse and exploitation through the use of existing child online protection mechanisms, strategies and approaches to enhance programs and services for victims of child pornography.

 

Written by, Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

 

 

 

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Homeless street families to receive livelihood skills training

Cagayan de Oro City — Homeless Street Families in Cagayan de Oro will soon engage themselves in livelihood ventures, to gain employment and other livelihood opportunities with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Modified Conditional Cash Transfer specifically designed to provide livelihood assistance to the Indigenous Peoples and Homeless Street Families.

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DSWD-PSST Skills Training Orientation to 41 MCCT-Homeless Street Families last March 14, 2016 at the Philippine School of Science and Technology (PSST), Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City

 

41 street families here, will receive Skills Training on Massage Therapy NC II, Beauty Care Services NC II, and Housekeeping NC II from the Philippines School of Science and Technology, DSWD’s partner institution for this specific project.

The training aims to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic condition of homeless street families through empowerment and capacity building. This will prepare them in their livelihood ventures, employment and other livelihood opportunities, in the future.

In preparation for their training, the families are given skills training orientation, for them to be aware of the training processes, allowances and duration. “Recipients to this training will be provided with uniforms free of charge and livelihood tool kits during their culmination day”, says Mr. Bendisula, the proprietor of the Philippine School of Science and Technology.

“We are hopeful that through our programs, these homeless street families, will be provided with equal livelihood opportunities and eventually improve their living condition”, says Lexa Lappang, a Community Facilitator for the DSWD.

The skills training will launch following the orientation and will continue up to five (5) weeks.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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FEATURE: Peanut roll vendor tops graduating class

Cagayan de Oro City — It will be a dream-come-true for John Ericson Roselim, a 13-year old Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) beneficiary from Barangay Santa Ines, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental, some 101.4 kilometer off northeast of this city, who will be graduating valedictorian in his elementary formation.

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He will be graduating this March 29, 2016.

Dreaming of becoming a lawyer and at the same time businessman, John Ericson is the second child of of Crisman and Genarlie Roselim among the eight siblings.

According to Airin Jean M. Ariaso, Municipal Link of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental that John Ericson is generous and thoughtful when she conducted home visit to his family.

“He encourages others to fight for their desires and what they believe in, and doing it through God because he believes that nothing great comes easy and with God everything is possible, said Ariaso, adding that the child is motivated by love for learning and succeeding as he strive to become an outstanding pupil.

“He is also a very passionate boy. He has passion for basketball, biking and gardening. He loves to plant flowers and vegetables. He also loves cooking,” claimed Ariaso.

Self-supporting

As additional source for his everyday expenses, he cooks and sells peanut roll, yema, munchkins and other sweets at school.

Despite his age, John Ericson is also opting to become a working student if his parents could not send him to college.

Active in Co-Curricular activities

John Ericson is an active member of the Youth for Christ in his town. Several years ago, he was also involved in the Kids for Christ.

In school, he is the Classroom President, Supreme Pupil Government President, and Federated Supreme Pupil Government Auditor at the Department of Education’s District of Talisayan.

When he was in Grade 1, he was 1st Honorable Mention at Macabalan Elementary School in this city where he was also a member of the Science Club. When he transferred to Sta. Ines Elementary School the following year, he topped in his class.

He has been representing his school countless times at different contest like Quiz Bee where he won 2nd place, Read-a-Thon, MTAP, among others where he always took home the title.

Right now he is involved in helping other youth develop their talents through YFC activities.

The municipal link of Pantawid Pamilya said his parents have contributed a great role towards his achievement.

Despite his father is the sole economic provider of his family, his parents were able to sustain the needs of the family.

Gernalie claimed that she is managing their minimal income to support their everyday needs since they are big family.

She added that proper discipline and assigning household chores to each member of the family were being practiced for them to have a sense of responsibility.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 272,252 active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households’ primary of children aged 0-18. It utilizes the conditional cash transfer scheme where the partner-beneficiaries receive their grants provided that they fulfill their co-responsibilities, including sending their children to school, availing of health services, and attending the monthly FDS.

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DSWD holds IP Summit

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Tribal Leaders from Northern Mindanao gather for the Indigenous Peoples Summit, March 16, Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. The summit opens with the “Panubad-tubad”, a ritual of the Lumads in Mindanao where they kill a chicken and spill its blood on the ground to invoke the presence of ‘Magbabaya’ (Supreme Creator). Present during the ritual are Department of Social Welfare and Development 10 Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos (2nd from right), and NCIP Regional Director Roberto Almonte (right). DSWD’s Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) will construct a total of 22 classrooms in San Fernando, Bukidnon as a Priority 1 area for the intervention for Lumads in El Niño affected areas. The project is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) who will provide school teachers for the school buildings, and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples.

Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

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People’s Dialogue

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People’s Dialogue

Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman speaks to 1,656 participants to the People’s Dialogue in Cagayan de Oro City last March 18, 2016. This is form part of the series of dialogues in the region, involving cabinet secretaries and various sectors / beneficiaries of government programs. The leg of dialogues began from March 17 to 19, 2016, that gathered about 5,000 individuals from the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental and Iligan City. These series of events allow participants to share their success stories brought about by the government programs and an opportunity to raise their concerns to the government agencies. (Photo credits to Jamila M. Taha, DSWD)

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FEATURE: Lumad children of Kiranggol dreams anew

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(from left) Mitze Antian, Grade 3; Nistle Genlisa Mae Baculao, Grade 4; and Roseann Antian, Grade 4, are pupils of Dao Elementary School in Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon. The three want to become a doctor, a police officer, and a teacher respectively. The grueling 5-hour mountain trek to their school makes it difficult for them to dream big. However, they are given renewed hope and vigor to pursue their dreams as 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) will construct a three-classroom school building in the sitio. Kiranggol can now have formal education in their sitio. San Fernando, Bukidnon is a Priority 1 area for the intervention for Lumads in El Niño affected areas. The project is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) who will provide school teachers for the school buildings, and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples.

Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

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DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS bring hope to Kiranggol pupils

The Children of Sitio Kiranggol

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) meets the Lumad children of Sitio Kiranggol, Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon during the site validation for the construction of a three-classroom school building in the sitio. Kiranggol parents and children alike were delighted to know of the project and have high hopes that their community can now have formal education in their sitio. San Fernando, Bukidnon is a Priority 1 area for the intervention for Lumads in El Niño affected areas. The project is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) who will provide school teachers for the school buildings, and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

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DSWD, DepEd, NCIP validates project site in Kiranggol

SAN FERNANDO, Bukidnon – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP), in partnership with the Department of Education and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, conducted a joint Site Validation and Risk Assessment for the construction of a three-classroom school building in Sitio Kiranggol, Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon on February 23-26, 2016.

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Department of Social Welfare and Development Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Engr. Roel Jumao-as plots out the perimeter for the site where the three-classroom building is to be built in Sitio Kiranggol, Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon, during the actual Site Validation and Risk Assessment on February 25, 2016. This community sub-project is part of the Priority 1 area set for the Whole of Nation Initiative to help the Lumads in El Niño affected areas. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

San Fernando, Bukidnon is a Priority 1 area for the Whole of Nation Initiative implementation of the delivery of social services and relief operations for Lumads in El Niño affected areas. Sitio Kiranggol is roughly an 8-kilometer mountain trek from Dao Elementary School that serves as an entry point to the said sitio.

Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Engr. Roel Jumao-as said that the construction of a three-classroom building in Sitio Kiranggol “it’s challenging, medyo lisod ang paghatod sa mga materyales paingon sa Kiranggol kai dili accessible og salakyan ang lugar, bisan kabayo dili makaagi (it’s challenging, it’s quite difficult to move the construction materials to Kiranggol because the road is not accessible to vehicles, not even horses can pass through).”

Jumao-as also said that since there are haulers in the area, “mag-hire gyud og haulers para magsaka paingon sa Kiranggol, ang ilang pangayo pag-alsa sa isa ka bag nga semento pasaka naa sa 400 paingon 500 pesos (there is a need to hire haulers to get to Kiranggol, the haulers are asking from 400 to 500 pesos per cement bag to be hauled to the sitio).”

Tribal leaders and the community members of Sitio Kiranggol, Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon help out in clearing out the grassy field at the future site of the three-classroom building as part of the Whole of Nation Initiative to help Lumads in El Niño affected areas. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

Kiranggol Sitio Chairman Lestino Likawan enthused addressing the crowd, “kitang tanan magpasalamat kai niabot sila diri sa atong Sitio Kiranggol bisan tuod og layo, mao na cguro kini ang tuman sa atong pangandoy nga edukasyon alang sa atong mga kabataan, kinahanglan kitang tanan magtinabangay ug maghiusa aron dunay katumanan sa atong pangandoy (we all are grateful that they reached Sitio Kiranngol even if it is far, this is perhaps the answer to our dream of education for our children, we all need to work together and unite to accomplish this dream).”

San Fernando will have a total construction of 22 classrooms distributed to 5 barangays to be completed by June 2016 while the rest of the priority 2 and 3 areas will commence with the social preparations within the first quarter and 2nd semester (after elections) respectively.

While San Fernando will be of top priority, areas are also included in other parts of Bukidnon which include the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia, Impasugong, Kabanglasan, Kadingilan, Kitaotao, Lantapan, Malitbog, and Quezon. Iligan City of Lanao del Norte, Claveria and Gingoog City are also identified as key areas for the implementation of the project. This translates into a total of 28 barangays and 82 classrooms for Region 10 alone.

Regions 9, 11, 12, and 13 will also undertake this initiative and will give us an overview of a total of 605 classrooms in 251 sites.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD

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