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Haven Culminates Nutrition Month Celebration


With this year’s theme,”Gutom at Malnutrisyon , Sama-sama nating Wakasan”, the Regional Haven of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 celebrated Nutrition Month with a day-long activity .

Under the lead of  Ms.Nimfa Rivera, the Regional Haven Center Head with the assistance of the staff and houseparents , activities lined up included cooking contest, poster making contest and jingle making contest.

A lecture on the importance of eating healthy go, grow, and glow foods and on healthy lifestyle was conducted by Ms.Rechel Grace Ceniza (Nutritionist-Dietitian I).   Ms. Rosana Padilla, Joana Berro , and Evangeline Isidro from the regional office acted as the judges of the various contests.  Awarding of prizes marked the end of the whole day activity.

The Regional Haven for Women is a facility of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for disadvantaged women from ages 18 to 59 years old who were victims of forced prostitution,illegal recruitment,sexual abuse,armed conflict.  The facility  also serves as a refuge for battered women and women in detention. (Jasmine Mercado Ranao/Mitzie Santiago)



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Regional Haven for Women Celebrates Family Day

In observance of the Family Day Celebration, the Regional Haven for Women of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, had an outdoor beach activity which was participated by the residents of Haven and some members of their families and friends.

With this year’s theme, “Unity Across Generations: A strong Family, a Strong Society “ the whole day activity started with a welcome message by Ms. Nimfa Rivera, Center Head of Regional Haven  which marked the start of fun-filled activities for the residents, staff and visitors .

With the houseparents facilitating and leading the parlor games, residents enjoyed participating and winning some prizes prepared for them.  Another highlight of the activity was the recognition of the birthday celebrators from the month of April to September.

It was indeed a day of relaxation,fun and laughter for  the staff, houseparents , and the residents particularly who felt that they are all part of a big family.

The Regional Haven for Women is a facility of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for disadvantaged women from ages 18 to 59 years old who were victims of forced prostitution,illegal recruitment,sexual abuse,armed conflict.  The facility  also serves as a refuge for battered women and women in detention. (Jasmine Ranao-SWO I/Mitzie Santiago)

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Poverty has always been continuously defined in many ways. Lots of formulas have been developed on how to eradicate such. Many ways were already done to somehow lessen its impact to the community. Many were done but none of them were effective enough in addressing the needs and meeting the demands. I came for a poor family and that is why I can say these things.

I met Leonisa Mahusay in a small village called Camalan in the municipality of Lala, province of Lanao del Norte. By just the sound of her name, I knew that she was someone fierce. The 29-year-old single mother, who prefers to be called as Ate Ayang, juggles three responsibilities: caring three toddlers singlehandedly, a parent leader for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and a treasurer of an association created through DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Before involving herself to community activities, she admitted that she was the kind of person who did not have a care in the world. She considered herself apathetic towards community development. Young as she was, she did not even know what good parenting means. Let alone, she did not even know her obligations in raising her family. “Everybody knew I was the last person to know all these things,” Ate Ayang recalls.

When Ate Ayang became a beneficiary and a parent leader of Pantawid Pamilya, she realized how big her responsibility was in raising her children. It was also in the same Program where she learned how to deal with people with different personalities. “It was kind of intimidating talking to people whom I think had more experiences than I did, but I did not let my age bother me. I want to help, that’s why I involve myself in development activities.”

When I asked her about how she feels being a beneficiary of the SLP of the DSWD, she smiled. “Like I said, I was immature and apathetic. I spent my money on things that were irrelevant. Ever since I was a member of the SLP, I began to see the value of every penny that I have worked for.”

Because she wants good and healthy things for her children, a personal conviction she learned through Pantawid Pamilya, she made a family budget plan through the help of the SLP. “With the budget plan, I get to spend on things that are healthy for my children and I. I now buy fruits, vegetables, and other supplies for the house. With SLP, my finances are now well managed. Gone are the habitual mistakes of spending on things that were not beneficial to my children.”

She also added that through SLP, she was able to effectively manage her own crab-fattening business. “I had this business long before I was a beneficiary of SLP. Before, all my earnings from the business would go directly on buying anything I wanted; I spend more than what I earned to the point that there is nothing left to sustain the business.

“But through SLP, I learned how to account my income. It was in this program that I learned the Entity Concept in which I separate money for personal expenses and another for the business,” she shared.

Although her crab-fattening business has some low points due to seasonal disruptions, she came up with strategies to ensure that her business will sustain and that her budget will not be diverted to something else. “I guess SLP has taught me to be smarter now,” she laughed.

Ate Ayang said that she and her children are now enjoying a good quality of life because of the values and lessons she learned from the two programs of the DSWD. When asked what lessons from the programs did have a great impact on her, she replied, “Well, three things. I learned how to be more responsible. I learned how to be more sensitive to the needs of the people around me, and I learned how to be smarter.”

The article is written by Johnson Rubelle M. Acol-acol, a DSWD worker who has personally witnessed how a young single mother survives her three kids through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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In  line with the celebration of the 24th National Statistics Month with the theme “Statistics that Matter to Every Filipino”,  The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction Unit  was invited to participate in the Statistical Exhibit held in one of the malls in Cagayan de Oro City from October 7-13, 2013.

The theme for this year’s National Statistics Month hopes to highlight the  vital role that data and statistics play in the everyday life of a Filipino.

Statistical data from different government agencies were exhibited after it was opened to the public which is one  the highlights of the  week -long celebration. Other national government Agencies who also exhibited their statistical data , products and services includes the Department of Health, the National Disaster Coordinating Council,the Department of Tourism, and the National Statistics Office,

Aside from the exhibit, other activities lined up includes a tree planting activity which will be held in Balulang , Cagayan de Oro City within the week.

As part of advocating Listahanan data ,Mr. Putong had the opportunity to share to the participants the audio visual presentation of Listahanan/NHTS-PR and the Regional Profile.  Copies of the profile were also distributed and a locally produced Listahanan brochure.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or what is now known as Listahanan  is  an information management system that aims to establish a database  of poor households that will become beneficiaries  of social protection programs which is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development .

Mr. Ian Putong (Regional Field Coordinator) , Ms. Charmaine P. Tadlas (Regional Information Officer), and Ms.  Mitzie Santiago (Administrative Assistant )  represented the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 during the said event.  (Mitzie S. Santiago)

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DSWD-X finds its Model Filipino Family

The Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) Field Office 10 in partnership with the Regional Inter Agency Committee on Filipino Family (RIAC-FF)  conducted the Regional Parents Education Congress last September 25 – 26, 2013 at Pearlmont Inn, Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City with the Theme: Unity across Generations: A Strong Family, A Strong Society.

The congress aimed to give recognition to the families who stood out on their participation and contribution to the community more so when caught in dilemma along economic deprivation and social discrimination and to promote strong collaboration among regional and local government and non-government organizations in support to families.  There were    forty seven (47) participants who came from different Local Government Units  that composes mostly of family members of those  who vied for the Search for Model Filipino Family and  members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the RIAC-FF.

Sr. Gina R. Rama of the Daughters of Saint Paul  the invited Resource Person emphasized on the importance of  the mission of a Filipino family with a sense of service to others and having a guide for a strong and binding one anchored on three (3) C’s which are Christ, Commitment and Communication.

This year’s celebration was highlighted  with the Awarding of the Search for Model Filipino Family.  The  Family of Ponciano and Delia Castaños of Lunao, Gingoog City was this year’s model with their exemplary contribution to the community that up to the present are imbibed on the day to day lives of the family members.

The second winner is the family from Kalasungay, malaybalay City.  Mr. Roger and Emelinda Sario  are members of the Indigenous People (IP) of Bukidnon, the Higaonon tribe who are the moving force of the IPs on their quest for cultural heritage and mainstreaming their hopes and aspirations to the larger community.  The third winner is from Iligan City, Mr. Leoncio and Nida Callo who are very active on their voluntary service to the people of Iligan city.

The Congress was indeed a success having drawn support from the partners and stakeholders in the spirit of convergence as the community had been the proof thereof.###Monavic M. Budiongan, SWO III

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Philhealth 10 Lauds Engagement with DSWD for Listahanan Data Sharing and Utilization

During the Listahanan Inter-Agency Dialogue and Press Conference held recently in Cagayan de Oro City, one of the highlights was the testimonial of PhilHealth 10 representative Mr. Marlon Arrabaca relative to their engagement with DSWD through a Memorandum of Agreement which sealed the agreement of sharing and utilizing Listahanan’s data in their Programs and services.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or what is now known as Listahanan is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs which is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

By executing a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Government Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, Non-Government Organizations, Local Government Units and Congressional Representatives would be able to utilize the data generated from the household assessments conducted.  These data can be useful in identifying and targeting the various sectors in society whom they can extend their various programs and services.  By utilizing the Listahanan data, services and programs both from the government and non-government organizations alike are guaranteed that they are given to well deserving clients and beneficiaries.

Before PhilHealth engaged with DSWD, he related that they used to hire enumerators and pay them P10 per family enumerated.  After they entered into a MOA with DSWD, they no longer had a hard time hiring and paying for enumerators since data is readily available for them.

PhilHealth’s strategy before also includes that of approaching LGUs to ask for the list of poor families in the different municipalities, cities, and provinces. Listings then he stressed, were not that credible considering that politicians always have a say in these “lists” and there is always a tendency that their data were being manipulated.

In utilizing the Listahanan data shared to them, Philhealth now have a barometer on how far they have covered the poor families in the region.  Another significant effect is that of lessening their engagements with Local Chief Executives making them less susceptible to be under the whims and caprices of politicians.

Indeed he said, PhilHealth is grateful and assured that the data they are utilizing is credible  and not influenced by politicians.  (Mitzie Santiago)

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NGOs help 2,187 families through DSWD’s Modified CCT

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X recently announced that 2,187 families in Northern Mindanao are now proud beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT), an expansion scheme of the regular Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) which is the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the national government.

DSWD is working closely with Safer River Life Saver, which are now helping 1,000 families who were victims of Tropical Storm Sendong in 2011 and are now living near the riverbanks in Cagayan de Oro City.

Ranao Women and Children Resource Center, Inc. which is based in Iligan City is also helping 1,187 families in need of special protection with DSWD.

The project focuses on street families, IP Migrant families, and families with parents or children with disabilities, families of child laborer, displaced families due to manmade, natural and environmental factors, and families in need of special protection.

The two non-government organizations are implementing the MCCT by conducting Family Development Sessions wherein families are educated on the rights of a child, good parenting roles, and livelihood skills enhancements, among others. Meanwhile, the families are also receiving a monthly cash grant of 1,400.

Like other Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, the families under MCCT are also required to comply with the conditions set by the Program: periodic checkups, growth monitoring, and vaccinations for children 0-5 years of age; twice a year intake of de-worming pills for children 6-14 years old, pre- and post-natal care for pregnant women and attendance of parents in family development sessions; day-care and school enrollment for children with an attendance equivalent to 85% of school days.

Since the MCCT program will only be implemented in one year, both NGOs will end their implementation on October 2013. As agreed, the beneficiaries will then be mainstreamed under Pantawid Pamilya.

As part of DSWD’s Public-Private Partnership, the agency is partnering with the two NGOs to address the need to help vulnerable sectors, who are not covered by the regular conditional cash transfer primarily because these households do not have permanent residence.

The MCCT is implemented to help families and children in difficult circumstances overcome their situation and mainstream them into the regular CCT while generating appropriate resources and services in the community, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Field Office X says.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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DSWD extends age coverage for Pantawid Pamilya

4,921 households in Northern Mindanao will continue to receive cash grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the conditional cash transfer scheme of the national government.

This after the national government under President Benigno Aquino’s administration declared extension of age coverage for children under the CCT program.

Previously, Pantawid Pamilya only covered those poor families with children whose age range from 0-14 years old. With the Program’s Extended Age Coverage (EAC), the same households that have children aged 15 to 17 shall continue to receive the Program’s cash grants amounting to a maximum of P1,400.00 every month.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children.

The program provides cash grants to beneficiaries provided that they comply with the set of conditions required by the program: Health and Nutrition conditions require periodic checkups, growth monitoring, and vaccinations for children 0-5 years of age; twice a year intake of de-worming pills for children, pre- and post-natal care for pregnant women and attendance of parents in family development sessions.

Education conditions include children’s day-care or school enrollment, attendance equivalent to 85% of school days.

At present, 237,848 households are now benefiting from Pantawid Pamilya in Northern Mindanao.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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