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More Children found new families through Adoption

With the target to place 16 children for adoption in 2018, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 revealed through its Office Performance Contract Evaluation Report that it was able to place out 19 children instead, reaching 118% against its target.

DSWD-10 installs Adoption Help Desks in SM Malls in Cagayan de Oro City to give information regarding legal adoption during the Adoption Consciousness Month in February 2019.

Aldersey Mumar-de la Cruz, Officer-in-Charge Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office 10, said that this accomplishment shows how much effort the DSWD and its partners have worked together to ensure that the orphaned and those children declared as legally available for adoption are placed in families who they can call home.

De la Cruz also says that the DSWD will continue to intensify its advocacy on legal adoption, inviting potential families to consider legal adoption as one of their options in expanding their families.

According to Sean Pamela Balais, the DSWD is also asking the public to be very vigilant against simulation of birth, an illegal activity that manipulates information in birth certificates which eventually affects the true identity of a child. “We are asking the public to report these cases to DSWD, or to their local social welfare and development offices. This is an offense and should not be taken lightly.”

It is the mandate of the DSWD to protect the rights of the children and to ensure that these rights are being carefully respected by the public. xxxcpt

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DSWD-10 improves Supplementary Feeding Program through Capability Building

Consistent with its mandate and functions, the Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to improve its quality of services and systems, particularly in the implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

Over the years, the clients being served by the SFP and that of other protective programs being implemented by the Department have remarkably increased. The SFP and other protective programs have been intensively implemented to address the social and economic issues on hunger, malnutrition, and even poverty. One of the target beneficiaries of the SFP are those growing children who are in enrolled in day care centers across Northern Mindanao.

In this view, the Department is facing a great challenge in ensuring that such increase of beneficiaries will also pave way for its personnel to be more equipped, more resilient, and more knowledgeable in implementing SFP, and how various system improvements can be done to ensure that program effectiveness and efficiency are considered and prioritized.

Such challenge is addressed through the conduct of “Advocacy on Supplementary Feeding Program among Protective Services Division Staff cum Capability Building and Planning Workshop” which will be held on February 13-15, 2019.

According to Director Aldersey Mumar-dela Cruz, Officer in Charge for the DSWD Field Office 10, the DSWD is advocating the SFP in various external stakeholders, but such cannot be fully effective if its internal staff are not also fully equipped on what SFP hopes to deliver, what it hopes to change, and what impact it hopes to bring to the communities.” The SFP is now on its 8th cycle of implementation, and hundreds of children have been served, communities benefitted. De la Cruz says it is imperative that awareness of the program is strengthened internally so that the DSWD personnel may deliver the program effectively and with efficiency. xxx cpt

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DSWD – 10 Celebrates 68th Anniversary

Celebrating its 68th Anniversary with this year’s theme as “DSWD, Katuwang sa Pagbabago,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 highlights its recognition to its various partners.

These partners were recognized for their exemplary contribution in social development and social services to the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities by supporting the Department in its implementation of its protective services and promotive programs in the Region.

The municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental is recognized for its outstanding implementation of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program under Employment Facilitation model, assisting beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to land decent and good paying jobs that will sustain them economically.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental is also recognized for its remarkable assistance to the DSWD in implementing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in their locality. Their assistance included the provision of support in the conduct of the Convergence Initiative and Information Caravan facilitated by the DSWD, provision of logistical support to DSWD Personnel to smoothen the implementation of the program, and provided mechanisms in the form of standards, guidelines, resolutions, ordinances, strategies, and policies supporting the said anti-poverty and rights-based program.

The Ranao Women and Children’s Resource Center, Inc., a non-government agency based in Iligan City, is also recognized for its first level standards in the implementation of community-based programs and services for children, women and families in compliance with the provision of Section 23, Republic Act 4373 also known as “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for other Purposes.”

The DSWD Field Office 10 works hand-hand with local government units, national government agencies, non-government agencies, civil society groups, and its clients and beneficiaries themselves. With the coordination and collaboration with the latter, it can realize its vision to have a society where the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities are empowered for an improved quality of life. xxx / cpt

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Dablo Family: A model 4Ps Family in Misamis Oriental

Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental — The Dablo Family here is living a simple life, but, building a future that is optimistic, bright, and full of hope.

The Dablo Family, an active beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the fishing village of Kabulawan in this town, strive hard to improve their living condition amidst difficult situation.

Rex, the head of the family, earns income from fishing while his wife, Genevieve, sells the catch to their neighbors to sustain the needs of the family. The children: Hannah Regie, Regine, and Mahonri Moriancumar help their parents though shared household chores like preparing meals, cleaning the house, washing the dishes, and laundry.

Achievers

It seems poverty is not an obstacle, but an inspiration to succeed for the Dablo children in their studies.

Hannah Regie, the eldest, is a consistent honor student from Grade 1 to 12, receiving Academic Excellence Award. She is now a freshman student of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines taking up Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Similarly, Regine harvested numerous awards during here elementary and secondary years. A consistent honor student, Regine has been representing her town and Misamis Oriental province in the regional academic and non-academic activities-from school press conferences to quiz bees.

Regine is one of the regional finalist of the Search for Exemplary Child of 4Ps in 2016.

Presently, Regine is a Grade 11 student at Liceo de Cagayan University with full scholarship she earned due to her academic performance.

Meanwhile, Mahonri Moriancumer, the youngest of the Dablo siblings, also gained various awards during his elementary years, graduating as Valedictorian and earned several academic recognitions.

As parents, Rex and Geneveive both claim that they follow a bible verse in raising their children. They are referring to the Proverb 22: 6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

The parents firmly believed that, “families play a major role in how well children do in school, how well they perform on the job as adults and how they will contribute to society in general.”

Rex and Geneveive added that, “Families have the first and foremost influence on our development.”

Active Involvement and Participation

The Dablo Family here is actively involved in numerous activities in their village, church, and community as a whole.

Since 1994, Rex serves as Gospel Teacher of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, aside from being appointed as District President of their church for nine years. As a fisherman, Rex served as Treasurer of the Fisherfolks Association in their village.

Geneveive, on the other hand, is also a seminary teacher and president of the young women of their church.

As for the children, they are also active in their church and school. Hannah Regie is now qualified to teach gospels after completing a course in their local church while Regine is busy on weekends teaching her fellow youth.

All of the Dablo siblings are joining extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in their school.

GAD sensitive

The Dablo couple promotes gender and development at home through shared parenting like taking care of and disciplining their children.

When it comes to decision making, the couple agreed on the affairs of the children, financial management, among others relative to the welfare of the family.

Ultimately, the Dablo Family maintain a God-centered life, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and created an impact to their community.

The family is filled with an atmosphere tempered and flavored with the acts of kindness, respect, humility, love and prayer which makes them a Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.

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PHOTO: We go where we are needed

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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) Engineer Abobakar Tocalo, Kalahi CIDSS Community Infrastructure Officer works with the volunteers at their community project site and provided inputs at Barangay Cabasaran, Poona Piagapo, Lanao del Norte. The community sub-project is a Water System. According to Sub Regional Project Coordinator Peter Paul Alcantar, there was a problem with the flow of water in the pipelines thus the technical intervention was necessary.  

Photo by Peter Paul Alcantar, DSWD, Kalahi CIDSS SRPC

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Kolambugan Reaps Fruit of Community Driven Development

Completed 360 LM Concrete FMR of San Roque,Kolambugan,LDN

Completed 360 LM Concrete FMR of San Roque, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte

Community volunteers, and residents alike, can now enjoy the benefits of their completed concrete  360  Linear Meter (360 LM) Farm-to-Market Road sub-project in Barangay San Roque, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte through 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). 

 Photo courtesy of Carolyn P Caw-it, DSWD Area Coordinator, Kolambugan, LDN

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FEATURE Gala: An Empowered Community at the Top of Misamis Occidental

The picturesque view around Barangay Gala, Municipality of Tudela in Misamis Occidental provides serenity for the Subanen tribe who reside there. One would wonder why they live on top of a ravine, somehow, “when you get there, you’ll know why” says Bong Alcantar.

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Sunset view over Barangay Gala

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) takes us for a look-see on how this empowered community is well underway to development.

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The Subanen participate in the 5th Barangay Assembly in Barangay Gala, Tudela, Misamis Occidental

Peter Paul “Bong” Alcantar, Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP Sub-Regional Program Coordinator, lead his team on a 2-hour climb to Barangay Gala in Tudela for the project’s 5th Barangay Assembly.  

subanen single father

A single father attends the assembly

The climb required traversing an open-trail; almost 80 degrees uphill climb starting from the river bank, “we wanted to see for ourselves the beauty of Gala and how the living conditions of the Subanen tribe who are there” said Alcantar.

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff crossing the boundary bridge to and from Brgy Mitugas

 

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The river boundary on the way to Barangay Gala

KC CEF crossing the boundary bridge from mitugas

“They’re 100% Subanen, the community is one of a kind – both sides are ravines but the view is beautiful, Gala has electricity and a school building, but they lack a working water system, their main source of income is farming – and still follow the traditional ways of farming” continues Alcantar.

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At the edge, view of Gala community from Barangay Mitugas

Gala used to have a working water system; however, the pipes were installed underground and due to kaingin, these melted under extreme heat.

“So now, the more common thirst quencher there are softdrinks, if you want water, you’ll have to trek back to the river” says Alcantar.

 

“Ang mga tawo dadto, walay footwear, mostly barefoot, kung naay footwear, pinikas kung dili – oversized (the people there have no footwear, mostly barefoot, if they have – mostly it’s either mismatched or oversized)” continues Alcantar.

The community sub-project is a pathway from the river bank stretching 2 kilometers and will cost 2.08M, some parts of the pathway will be stair-type.

In the barangay assembly, community volunteers of Gala are given instructions for the subproject implementation like documents required, request of fund release, and completion of requirements for fund release, “enthusiastic sila, nagutana sad sila what if kung dili mahuman ang project, akong tubag – with the guidance sa atong staff mahuman gyud na, so giassure nila nga paningkamotan gyud nila mataiwas nila ang subproject ug magtinabangay sila (they are enthusiastic, and are asking what if they cannot finish the project, my reply to them – with the guidance of our staff, it will be done, so they assured me that they can finish the subproject and they will help each other)” Alcantar enthused.

The Subanens of Gala are hopeful that when the pathway will be completed – more people would visit their place and “ang pathway mao gyud ni ang makahatag ug higayon para madala ilang mga produkto sa merkado (the pathway will give opportunity for them to bring their products to the market)” concludes Alcantar.

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The nearest source of drinking water is the river which is a 2-hour descent from Barangay Gala

Community-driven development (CDD) refers to an emerging approach in community development practice where processes, principles, strategies and resources are applied to ensure community empowerment by giving the people authority and control over decisions and resources. In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP.

Written by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD, Photos by Peter Paul Alcantar, KC-NCDDP SRPC

 

Gala in Photos

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Subanen people trek down to the river to fetch drinking water.

road to paradise - from mitugas to gala

Open trail to Barangay Gala

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Graduation rites at Barangay Gala School

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At the edge, view of Gala community from Barangay Mitugas

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Community Empowerment Facilitator preparing for the Barangay Assembly

  edge of glory from gala looking nearest barangay mitugas

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DSWD explains delayed pay out of Pantawid Pamilya cash grants

Cagayan de Oro City — After receiving issues on the delayed release of cash grants for the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here explained that the delay was due to the postponement of schedule issued by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for its over-the-counter payments.

 

According to LBP, the postponement had to be done due to some internal factors that need immediate resolutions. The bank had earlier scheduled the pay-out to beneficiaries under offsite payment on October 1-15, but, postponed it later.

 

LBP is the only authorized entity to disburse cash grants for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

 

DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo said that the Department acknowledges the concern of the beneficiaries not receiving their grants considering that it should augment their family expenses.

 

The DSWD is currently lobbying with LBP to fast track the pay-out of unpaid cash grants.

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