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A labor of love and industry

(Marissa Nartea of DSWD Regional Haven at Pawing Palo got the GAWAD HUWARAN Individual Awards – an award given to a DSWD employee who is able to render extraordinary work performance or service & exemplary demonstration of DSWD’s three core competencies in his/her work execution, thereby significantly contributing to the achievement of the strategic goals of the Department. She receives the award today in line with the PRAISE Awards of DSWD Central Office to mark the 69th anniversary of the agency. DSWD Regional Director Marie Angela Gopalan joins her in this significant event.)

Working at the Regional Haven for 14 years now, Marissa Nartea symbolizes a role model employee who loves her job and the organization where she is in. She is a respectable worker who possesses qualities of a true professional.

As a Social Welfare Assistant (formerly carrying the item of Manpower Development Assistant), the nominee has remained engaged, productive, and loyal to her work, untiringly coming up with innovative ideas on varied vocational skills for the sake of the Haven’s resident-women. She has never shown loss of enthusiasm, always motivated, says fellow worker and now Officer-In-Charge Merne Gadin.

The women, whom she attends to, describe how Marissa teaches them with utmost discipline, “istrikto” as they termed it in local dialect for “strict.” At first, they seem not to like it but, then, later came into realization that it is but a show of her sincere effort to help them learn the craft, so they will be armed with life’s skills when they are eventually reintegrated into the mainstream of society.

There are no idle moments at the center, and the livelihood trainings Marissa organized have contributed to their faster healing and recovery. Such observations are indicated in the Trainers’ Observation Reports of the residents, submitted after each training.

The nominee is observed to be well-organized as she always sees to it that whatever she does, it is “completed staffwork” and fully documented. She prepares Productivity Reports and Inventory Reports of Practical Skills Development tools, supplies, materials, and equipment.

Marissa teaches the women basic sewing and how to make dresses, potholders, curtains, even rugs and also handicrafts. She also introduces to them the how-to’s of haircutting/coloring/rebonding as well as cosmetology.

At Christmas time, the women learn the art of recreating decorations and lanterns out of scrap or reusable items. In teaching them, Marissa encourages the women to widen their horizons and stir their imagination in finding materials within their surroundings, so they can re-invent from it. Last year, the residents underwent a workshop on making Christmas wreaths and other holiday decors.

Their items are made for sale. If there is mass production, the DSWD – run facility opens its doors to the nearby government offices at the Government Center in Candahug, Palo.

For Marissa, she imposes herself with challenges on how the Center can better provide the women with more gainful or employable skills. She hates the routine, or the ordinary. Fact is, she explored having the women trained on Fish Deboning, Container Gardening, and Greenhouse Farming.

Year 2013, the Greenhouse & Container Gardening Project was born. Marissa, who had no technical knowhow on vegetable gardening, earlier went into a 96 – hour Season Long Technology Transfer Training for High Value Vegetables, Fruits and Crops from the Leyte Provincial Agriculturist’s Office. Her PATIENCE was a plus factor in building this dream. The training was an eight – hour per week session which begun February 25 of 2010 and lasted June 3 of same year.

The Greenhouse was courtesy of Manna-lig Agri-Industrial Supply and Support Corporation while the farm implements, fertilizers, seeds, and other garden inputs were from USAID and Palo Municipal Agriculturist’s Office. On the Greenhouse technology, the Visayas State College of Agriculture in Baybay, Leyte extended technical assistance.

Today, it is the pride of Regional Haven. Despite floods/typhoons that have plagued Leyte province, the project has sustained through time. Marissa had never given up. She has made innovations like installation of protective mesh and tunnel for better production.

The Greenhouse has become a show window for guests. Healthy –growing lettuce, squash, cabbage, eggplant, among others, are being cultivated since then. For their consumption, the Center itself makes use of the fresh produce right from the backyard, and the women are earning little by little.

Since it is growing, the Center hired three workers to help maintain the Greenhouse. A discharged resident from Regional Haven, Lilibeth Ancheta, is now benefitting from the project. Her family regularly markets the produce to the nearby “talipapa,” school, and government offices.

Meanwhile, the Container Gardening Project was another notable venture which was made as alternative to the Greenhouse when the latter was temporarily stopped due to the building construction/expansion of the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC), located within the Compound.

Nartea proposed the container project to ensure that food production continues However, it still exists today and is a sight to behold.

Marissa is resourceful. She taps other entities aside from herself sharing her own expertise. She has linked with the Department of Agriculture, Technical Services Development Authority and certain local government units. Most of these partnerships stem from her own initiative, for she strives to go an extra mile – with no limits.

Year 2016, the Regional Haven had 18 new sewing machines. Marissa had worked her way out for this acquisition for other residents to be able to have an individual machine for their training. Then in 2017, she pursued almost a yearlong training on sewing and production of dresses, bedsheets, curtains, and pillow cases, providing income from among the residents.

Marissa is known by her peers to be dependable – transparent in reporting expenses borne from the trainings and sales of products. With work, she performs with less supervision. And it is not only training women but doing also administrative work. She can also be relied upon in conducting orientations on the operations and policies of the center to volunteers, and monitoring their performance.

The nominee had gained a good track record. She had been a two-time PRAISE regional awardee for Best Support Staff for 2010 and 2018, while her Greenhouse Vegetable Production Project garnered a Certificate of Recognition as a Good Practice.

Perhaps, it is Marissa’s obsession to really put her heart and soul in what she is doing. The way things are going, she is lifting these poor vulnerable women to dream BIG and not just settle to what state they are in now.#

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DSWD continues to uplift communities from poverty thru Kalahi CIDSS

DSWD field staff having a courtesy call to Hon. Mayor Manuel O. Calapre of Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte.


This year, as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) celebrates its 69th anniversary, the department continues to extend widely its programs and services to ensure that no one is left behind in development. Hence, the theme for this year’s observance “Social Integration: DSWD Major Thrust in line with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.”

One of the major programs of the department, the Kapit Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi CIDSS), which uses Community-Driven Development (CDD), helps alleviate poverty by encouraging citizens to take active roles in the community by providing them with control over decisions and over resources in their local development process. The program is attuned with one of the visions of the Philippine Development Plan that growth will be more inclusive as manifested by a lower poverty incidence in rural areas.

Kalahi CIDSS program continues its implementation this year wherein 26 municipalities in Eastern Visayas have benefited. The recipient municipalities are as follows; Biliran, Biliran, Kawayan, Biliran, Oras, Eastern Samar, Lawaan, Eastern Samar, Mercedes, Eastern Samar, Giporlos, Eastern Samar, Maydolog, Eastern Samar, San Julian, Eastern Samar, Merida, Leyte, Inopacan, Leyte, Gamay, Northern Samar, Rosario, Northern Samar, Mapanas, Northern Samar, Victoria, Northern Samar, Allen, Northern Samar, San Ricardo, Southern Leyte, Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, San Francisco Southern Leyte, Silago, Southern Leyte, Macrohon Southern Leyte, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte, Pintuyan, Southern Leyte, Hinundayan, Southern Leyte, San Juan, Southern Leyte, Libagon, Southern Leyte and Pagsanghan, Samar.

These municipalities are now in the social preparation stage; DSWD field staff are currently conducting barangay assemblies after making courtesy call to the Mayor. Highlight of the assembly is an overview of the KALAHI CIDSS.

#DSWDMayMalasakit
#DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal

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DSWD Continues Relief Operations in Leyte

The Department of social Welfare and Development continues to provide relief goods to the families affected by typhoon Ursula in Leyte.

Recently, DSWD conducted relief distributions in Pastrana and Capoocan. During these relief operations, DSWD staff were able to distribute 894 Family Food Packs (FFPs) and 114 sleeping kits to 29 barangays in Pastrana, and 555 FFPs and 26 sleeping kits in 2 coastal barangays in Capoocan.

Since the start of its relief operations last December 25, 2019, DSWD has already distributed 42,883 FFPs and non-food relief items across the Region. DSWD has successfully distributed relief items worth P19,138,821.84 – P2,810,360.00 in Western Samar, P4,617,020.00 in Eastern Samar, P9,654,040.60 in Leyte and 2,057,401.24 in Biliran.

Following the Local Government Code, DSWD will only conduct relief operations when the Local Government Units (LGUs) request for augmentation. As first responders, the LGUs collectively have already distributed aid worth P20,721,444.26.

DSWD relief operations are still ongoing.

#DSWDMayMalasakit

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DSWD Continues Operations in Biliran

Look: In its ongoing relief operations for the families affected by typhoon Ursula, DSWD recently distributed relief items in Naval, Biliran. Working through the weekend, DSWD staff were able to distribute 669 Family Food Packs (FFPs) and 669 blankets to 26 barangays in Naval. Over-all, DSWD has released 1,969 FFPs to the entire province.

As of today, DSWD has already released relief items worth P18,960,564.72 across the Region, while the first responders, the Local Government Units have collectively distributed P8,998,293.06 in aid. Currently, DSWD operations are still ongoing and will continue as LGUs request for augmentation.

#DSWDMayMalasakit

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Listahanan Activity Updates

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) or Listahanan is now on the data collection phase and the conduct of Household Assessment is still ongoing simultaneously region-wide. There are 159,795 households assessed in the region, from the target of 864,736 households for assessment.

Enumeration is ongoing; however, there are still trainings conducted for additional Enumerators and Area Supervisors who will be deployed in cities and municipalities which are not done yet with their assessment.

Meanwhile, the NHTS is currently doing the barcoding of Household Assessment Forms (HAFS) and as of today, there are 67,339 HAFs recorded in the system for encoding. Moreover, encoders and verifiers have already started and the recent status of encoded HAFs is 27, 413 and the total verified HAFs is 23, 929. The encoding station is presently managed by the Regional Information Technology Officer of Listahanan. Due to the limited IT equipment of NHTS such as laptops, the other newly-hired encoders and verifiers are encouraged to bring their laptops in able to perform the task.

Furthermore, the release of official wearables such as Listahanan Vest, Teeshirt with logos, delivery, and retrieval of Forms from the areas are also ongoing.

The Data collection phase of Listahanan Third Round of Household Assessment is expected to be accomplished by the month of March 2020.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the region.

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“Let’s celebrate together for another milestone”

Sitting as Chairperson for the agency’s 69th monthlong anniversary celebration, DSWD Regional Director Marie Angela Gopalan urged heads of working committees to help encourage fellow workers to join in the various activities. At yesterday’s meeting held at the regional office, she said, “let us not take the observance lightly and take this time to mingle and take a breather.”

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DSWD RD Gopalan pinangunahan ang ‘Health and Wellness day’

Pinangunahan ni DSWD Regional Director Marie Angela S. Gopalan kasama ang mga ibang empleyado ang pagboluntaryo ng pagbibigay ng dugo o blood donation sa ginanap na ‘Health and Wellness Day’ na parte ng selebrasyon ng ika-69 na taon ng departamento.


Si RD Gopalan ay isang aktibong tagapagsulong ng blood donation dahil ito ay isang paraan ng pagtulong sa mas higit na nangangailangan nito.

Bukod sa bloodletting ay mayroon ding isinagawang Hataw Sa Otso o Zumba ang DSWD Field Office VIII.

#DSWDMayMalasakit
#DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal

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Listahanan Activity Updates

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) or Listahanan is now on the data collection phase and the conduct of Household Assessment is still ongoing simultaneously region-wide. There are 159,795 households assessed in the region, from the target of 864,736 households for assessment.

Enumeration is ongoing; however, there are still training conducted for additional Enumerators and Area Supervisors who will be deployed in cities and municipalities which are not done yet with their assessment.

Meanwhile, the NHTS is currently doing the barcoding of Household Assessment Forms (HAFS) and as of today, there are 67,339 HAFs recorded in the system for encoding. Moreover, encoders and verifiers have already started and the recent status of encoded HAFs is 27, 413 and the total verified HAFs is 23, 929. The encoding station is presently managed by the Regional Information Technology Officer of Listahanan. Due to the limited IT equipment of NHTS such as laptops, the other newly-hired encoders and verifiers are encouraged to bring their laptops in able to perform the task.

Furthermore, release of official wearables such as Listahanan Vest, Teeshirt with logos, delivery and retrieval of Forms from the areas are also ongoing.

The Data collection phase of Listahanan Third Round of Household Assessment is expected to be accomplished by the month of March 2020.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the region.

Training Orientation of Additional Field Workers
Photo of encoders in NHTS encoding station
NHTS Staff at receiving area of Docs and HAFs

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