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Empowered community volunteers complete DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Health Station

Story by Sohanida H. Tawano, Community Empowerment Facilitator

The completed 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Maribojoc, with a P898,276.00 fund from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, and a P100,000.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Maribojoc.

Access to an efficient health care facility and care services in the Philippines is one of the top priorities for our government; however, geographically challenged communities do not always have access to such. Barangay Maribojoc in Tudela, Misamis Occidental, is one of these communities.

The nearest health station is located at Barangay Canibungan Proper, Tudela, Misamis Occidental which is 5 kilometers away from Maribojoc and the nearest trail to the area is to cross the Timus river.

This changed when a government program aimed at empowering communities showed them that together – through volunteerism, the community can work to have better accessibility to health services and a comfortable health station.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) helped Barangay Maribojoc in their quest to provide their own community with a proper health care facility.

The Community Volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS workers facilitated a series of barangay assemblies and processes to inform of the community on the possibilities of realizing a solution to their problem. During the series of assemblies and other community empowerment activities, the community volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc proposed a barangay health station as a solution to their lack of access to basic health care services.

This lead to the construction of a 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Maribojoc, with a P898,276.00 fund from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, and a P100,000.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Maribojoc.

Volunteers and paid laborers during the construction of the 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental.

Josephine P. Oracion, 51, of Purok 1, Barangay Maribojoc was selected by their community to act as the, Community and Monitoring Team Chairperson narrates the difficulties in implementing the sub-project “so far, sa pag implementar sa among proyekto wala mi na encounter nga problema nga dako nga nakahatag og babag sa among proyekto, mga ginagmay lang susama anang usahay ma-delatar og is aka adlaw ang delivery sa materyales (so far, we did not encounter a big problem during the implementation that hampered our construction, it was minor like a delay of one day due to late delivery of construction materials).

Ang among solusyon na gibuhat kay silbi isip volunteers og aduna man mi tagsa-tagsa ka katungod, so procurement committee maoy gitahasan nga mag follow up sa delivery aron ma fast track ang implementation sa among sub-project (we solved this by delegating our procurement committee to constantly follow-up on the delivery of materials to fast track the sub-project)” Josephine said.

One of the problems identified by the volunteers during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) was not having accessible road and lack of water supply, “pasalamat kaayo mi nga adunay naka pondo gikan sa laing ahensya sa maong problema kay ang road concreting on going na ang implementation og ang patubig kay gihulat nalang ma download ang pondo sa barangay para masugdan ang proyekto. Panahon sa among Participatory Situational Analysis nga workshop, ang health station ang nag top 1 kay nasuta namo nga tanan katawhan ang maka benepisyo niini (we are thankful that another agency funded the projects needed to address the problems, the road concreting is now underway and the water system project is awaiting funds downloading from another agency. During the Participatory Situational Analysis, the health station was our top priority as the entire community will benefit from this)” said Josephine.

Dako kaayo kini og katabang sa amoa nga isip usa ka lumolupyo sa among barangay ilabi na sa pag imuunization sa mga bata kay sa una sa Multi-purpose Hall ra ipahiluna ang pag immunize sa mga bata og kini dili maayo kay possible makahatag kini og epekto kay makalanghap sila og dili maayo na polusyon tungod kay open area ang multi-purpose. Ikaduha dili na mahasol ang mga barangay health workers nga mutabok pa sa suba para lang maka duty tungod ka yang ilang cluster office ay naa sa pikas barangay, og karon kay nalipay kayo mi ilabi na ang mga barangay health workers namo nga nakaangkon na gyod og kaugalingon nga health station (This health station is a big help for all of us here in Maribojoc, especially for the immunization of the children, before, the immunization takes place in a multi-purpose hall which is very harmful for the children as they might inhale polluted air since the multi-purpose hall is an open space. Also, we the Health Workers will no longer traverse the Timus River to report for duty at a health station on another barangay)” said Josephine.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental pose for posterity during the turnover ceremony of the community sub-project – Construction of 1-Unit Barangay Health Station. Josephine Oracion (right) 51 year old DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, is the Monitoring and Inspection Committee Chairperson and Virginia Jawom (5th from right) is the Barangay Health Worker and volunteer for the Operation and Maintenance committee of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental.

Isip usa ka Barangay Health Worker (BHW) og Community Volunteer sa Operation and Maintenance group mapasalamaton kaayo nga naka baton mi og kaugalingon nga health station kay dili nami mahasol nga muadto pa sa Barangay Canibungan para didto mag duty, dako kini og tabang sa amo nga BHWs kay dili  na mi magplite og usahay walay kung walay ikaplite mutabok mig sa Timos River para lang maka duty (As a Barangay Health Worker and community volunteer of the operation and maintenance group, I am thankful that we already have a health station, we no longer have difficulty in crossing to Barangay Canibungan to report for duty and we can save on transportation fare)” said by Virginia D. Jawom resident of Barangay Maribojoc.

Nalipay kaayo ko nga naabot ang DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program sa Maribojoc tungod kay maayo ang proseso nga ilang gi implement mao ang CDD diin kami nga lumulupyo sa barangay gihatagan og higayon nga makahibalo ilabi na sa maayong pagpadagan sa pangobyerno. Nindot kaayo ang proseso tungod kay kami mismo nga lumulupyo sa barangay ang maglihok o magdumala sa kinatibuk-an implementasyon sa program gikan sa pag assembly ngadto sa pag ila sa top 1 priority problem hangtod sa pag tukod sa sub-project, nindot kaayo ni nga proseso nga gamiton sa mga local government tungod kay mahatagan og higayon ang mga lumulupyo sa barangay (I am also happy that DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program reached our barangay, the process called the Community-driven development (CDD) empowers our community and we are given authority and control over our decisions and resources as well as to construct our sub-project. This is a good process to be use by the local government units because this really empowers the community and gives them opportunity)” concludes Josephine.

The community is hopeful that more people would visit their place and they will embrace the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community-Driven Development approach. Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintaining them.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS ensures that communities are actively involved in the process from start to end. Not only are they given direct access and control of the funds for their community projects, they also have the opportunity to participate in making key development decisions for their communities.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Bukidnon community thrives on CDD

Story by Marilou G. Gonzaga, Community Empowerment Facilitator & Krizzia Lynn L. Magaway, Municipal Coordinating Team
Community Empowerment Facilitator

Farming serves as one of the biggest source of income for Filipinos. Despite modernization, the Philippines still thrives in agriculture.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) provides a program to our farmers for the continual progress of our agricultural system.

Barangay San Antonio East, Don Carlos, Bukidnon is known as an agricultural municipality, incidentally, it was during the harvest season when DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS workers introduced the program to the community.

A series of barangay assemblies were conducted giving the residents a glimpse of the myriad of possibilities this community empowerment program brings to San Antonio East. One of the program’s unique features is the Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA). This is a process in the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS where community volunteers undertake community-level research, identify the key factors in the community that cause poverty, and identify a range of possible solutions to address these problems.

The Community Volunteers and officials of Barangay San Antonio East with the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS workers pose during the groundbreaking ceremony for the community sub-project – Construction of 14.00×28.00 meter Solar Drier with 32 square meter Warehouse.

The PSA resulted with the community agreeing that their community sub-project should be a solar drier with warehouse. This would help boost the farmers’ income in the community as there would now be a nearby facility to dry their agricultural products.  

“Mao gyud ni ang labing maayo ug makatabang pagdaku sa kadaghanan sa katawhan dinhi sa among komunidad, aron dili na maglisod pa sa pagbulad sa among mga abot (this is really good and will really help the majority of the people in our community, it will no longer be difficult for us to dry our farm products)” says one of the farmer leaders in the community, Arturo V. Abregana, a former Barangay Captain who is now a DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson.

The solar drier facility will benefit at least 200 households in San Antonio East.

The community volunteers during a barangay assembly discussed
the status and progress of the sub-project construction

The volunteers in the community worked hand-in-hand and participated in processing documents and other necessary preparations to make sure their community sub-project proposal is realized.

However, during the 1st Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF), San Antonio East’s proposed community sub-project was not prioritized.

The MIBF is a practice on collective decision making and ensure that the resources will fund projects that are most needed in the municipality.

It also serves as the venue for the processing of experiences brought about by project prioritization and other activities. It is also one of the venues for the resolution of complaints/grievance related to the violation of policies, principles and implementation guidelines.

This did not stop the community. The next MIBF gave another opportunity to the community volunteers of San Antonio East, Don Carlos, Bukidnon. This time, the community sub-project earned a spot as one of the prioritized barangays – without hesitation, the barangay committed to contribute for the remaining amount in order for their vision to be realized – this is also known as the Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC).

The community volunteers and workers during the construction of the warehouse building.

The 14.00 x 28.00 meter solar drier with 32 square meter warehouse facility is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS with a P1,114,016.98 grant and a P313,251.43 local counterpart from Barangay San Antonio East.

The community encountered a lot of problems during the implementation and construction of the sub-project, which started in May of 2018, brought about by heavy rains and other weather disturbances, but the resilient community volunteers pulled through and finally completed the construction of the facility in November of 2018.

The completed 14.00 x 28.00 meter solar drier with 32 square meter warehouse facility is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS with a P1,114,016.98 grant and a P313,251.43 local counterpart from Barangay San Antonio East.

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintaining them.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS ensures that communities are actively involved in the process from start to end. Not only are they given direct access and control of the funds for their community projects, they also have the opportunity to participate in making key development decisions for their communities.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Community Volunteers complete DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS school building project

Story by Ferdinand V. Lofranco, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator

Access to Education is on top of everyone’s list, however, many communities here in the Philippines lack the opportunity to proper school facilities – Barangay Corrales in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental is no exception.

Those coming from mountainous places traverse rivers or long walks (oftentimes with no footwear) and on very rough, muddy roads just to get to class causing others to give up in going to school.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) facilitated a series of barangay assemblies for the possibility of improving the road for the convenience of the children and the community of Barangay Corrales Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.

The real struggle of the students of this barangay is they have to travel on foot from their respective houses to Barangay Aplaya where the school is situated and that is approximately a 5-kilometer walk everyday just to attend classes which resulted in them getting home late at night and puts the lives of these students in danger especially girls.

Nestor V. Tumapon, 65, is the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson of Barangay Corrales, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. Here, Nestor poses near the site of the construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairman Nestor V. Tumapon, 65, of Purok 1, Barangay Corrales says “Among mga estudyante nag-antus gyud og baktas kada adlaw arun lamang maka tungha sa pagskwela kay wala gyud high school dinhi sa among barangay busa lisod gyud para sa amoa (Our students have been suffering from hiking 5 kilometers everyday just to get to school since we don’t have a high school here in our barangay and it’s not easy).”

Nestor also says “Ang katawhan gyud nagkauyon og pagtukod sa eskwelahan para sa Highschool students (The community agreed to propose a school building specially for the high school students).”

The Barangay Corrales Community decided that the community sub-project will be a Construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom School Building as they embrace the community-driven development approach after it was introduced to them by the DSWD workers.

“Isa pud ka problema dinhi sa among barangay mao ang lisod ang dalan pero ang munisipyo naghagtag og dugang pundo sa barangay. Panahon sa Participatory Situational Analysis sa Kalahi-CIDSS, ang eskwelahan gyud ang number one nga among prioridad kay tanan ang maka-benepisyo niini. (One of the problems of Barangay Corrales is the lack of roads. The Municipal Local Government Unit also provided the fund for the said project it’s already under construction. During our Participatory Situational Analysis workshop of Kalahi-CIDSS, the construction of the school building was the top priority since it would be beneficial to all residents)” said Nestor.

The construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, the total project cost of P1,726,400.00 with a local counterpart of P93,000.00 from the barangay and municipal local government units.

The construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, the total project cost of P1,726,400.00 with a local counterpart of P93,000.00 from the barangay and municipal local government units.

The community of Barangay Corrales, parents, and local officials alike are grateful to have the school building finally constructed. They no longer worry of having their children walk home, especially late at night, since the school is now just a 5-minute walk from their respective houses.

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintaining them.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Marawi Siege affected families receive P73,000 from DSWD-10

A DSWD-10 staff pays a Marawi Siege survivor his Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) and Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) in Marawi City as his transitory support and start-up capital for his livelihood needs. More than 27,000 families are expected to receive the TFSP and LSG from the DSWD by the end of May 2019,

3,606 families who were affected by the Marawi Siege have already received P73,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 for their transitory support and livelihood needs.

About 98% of the families from Barangays Banggolo, Bubonga Lilod Madaya, Daguduban, and Dansalan (Marawi Capital) and who were targeted to receive the Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) of P53,000 and Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) of P20,000.00 were able to claim their assistance from the DSWD-10 last April 6-7, and April 10-12, 2019.

The TFSP is intended for the affected families’ needs such as food, shelter, school supplies and toys and non-food items like family kits, hygiene kits and sleeping kits; while the LSG is intended as their start-up capital for their livelihood activities.

According to Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang, Regional Director of DSWD-10, the Field Office has already paid out P262.4 Million for the TFSP and LSG assistance, including the pabaon package which includes canned goods, coffee, sugar, and cooking oil.

Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang of DSWD-10 leads and guides the staff on how to properly deliver the payout smoothly and on how to ensure their security during the activity.

“There are 27,939 families that we have targeted to serve with TFSP and 30,522 families to serve with LSG. We have already scheduled payouts for the other 20 barangays in the Most Affected Areas (MAA) in Marawi City.”

The upcoming schedule of payouts for the other 20 barangays are:

Datu Naga – April 16, 2019; Datu sa Dansalan – April 17, 2019; Kapantaran – April 23, 2019; Lilod Madaya- April 24, 2019; Lumbac Marinaut – April 25, 2019; Lumbaca Madaya – April 25, 2019; Marinaut East – April 30, 2019; Marinaut West – May 2, 2019; Moncado Colony – May 7, 2019; Moncado Kadingilan – May 8-9, 2019; Norhaya Village – May 10, 2019; Raya Mandaya I – May 16, 2019; Raya Mandaya II – May 16, 2019; Sabala Manao – May 17, 2019; Sabala Manao Prop – May 21, 2019; Sangcay Dansalan – May 22, 2019; South Madaya Proper – May 23, 2019; Tolali – May 24, 2019; Tuca Marinaut – May 28, 2019; Wawalayan Marinaut – May 29, 2019

The beneficiary families are advised to bring Government-Issued Identification Cards for verification purposes and must subject themselves to be verified through the Kathanor Biometric Profiling.

The TFSP and the LSG are under the Programs, Projects, and Activities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development included in the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan, amounting to P2.2 Billion Pesos for the affected families living in the most affected areas in Marawi City during the Marawi Siege that occurred last May 2017.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas

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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: www.fo10.dswd.gov.ph.

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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.

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Photos by Cagayan de Oro City Action Team.

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DSWD-X receives four ambulance units for its centers and facilities

Four (4) new units of ambulance are ready to be used by the four (4) centers and residential facilities of the DSWD-10. The vehicles are going to be used to transport clients with medical needs.

Cagayan de Oro City – Four (4) units of ambulance were delivered to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 last March 29, 2019 for the agency’s centers and residential care facilities.

The four (4) 70 Toyota Ambulance units were purchased by the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City amounting to Php164,990,000.00 for the use of the Regional Haven for Women, Regional Reception and Study Center for Children, Home for Girls which are located in Cagayan de Oro City and Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, which is located in Gingoog City.

These centers and residential care facilities are temporary homes of individuals who are under difficult circumstances and are under the custody of the DSWD. In the facilities, they are provided with various interventions such as counselling, therapeutic sessions, livelihood and, medical assistance and services.

To date, there are now 15 women residents with 19 dependents in the Regional Haven for Women, 37 residents in the Regional Reception and Study Center for Children, 23 residents in Home for Girls and, 65 residents in Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth.

Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang, Regional Director of the DSWD-10, says the four (4) units will be of great help to all the residents who need immediate medical attention from time to time in hospitals and clinics. ###cpt

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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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