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DSWD and the LGU: Strengthening its Partnership Through Communication


At DSWD, we value our partnership with our counterparts in the local government units. And like all partnerships, communication plays a very vital role.

Recently, the Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) invited its partners in the LGU, including the Local Chief Executives (LCEs), the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs) and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers (MDRRMOs) to a consultative dialogue.

This dialogue was held at Tolosa, Leyte to discuss the different roles, responsibilities and the disaster response projects of DSWD and to listen to suggestions, comments and feedback from our partners on the ground.

DRMB Division Chief Rey Martija discussed DSWD’s role during disasters, including the preparation of food and non-food items before disasters. He also discussed DSWD’s different projects for disaster response such as the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), Core Shelter Assistance Project – Modified Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP-MSAP), and the Cash-For-Work (CFW) program.

Of course, communication is a two-way street.

DSWD listened to its partners at the LGU for complaints, issues and concerns with the disaster response programs. These issues include the lengthy process for the release of ESA, the exact definition of partially and totally damaged houses, and complaints that barangay officials and other politicians only select friends and relatives to be eligible for ESA or relief distribution. The participants also offered suggestions, such as stress debriefing and care for the disaster responders, the use of advanced technology, an equal rate for both partially and totally damaged houses and blanket distribution to all affected regardless of income.

According to Martija, this input will enable DSWD to enhance our policies and to address problems, issues and concerns with DSWD’s disaster response programs. DSWD noted these concerns and will use this information to improve its programs accordingly.


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Media gets oriented on DSWD Disaster Response Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recognizes the need for a strong partnership with the media in advancing its programs and advocacy for the people. Conversely, the media can also provide valuable information from the beneficiaries to the Department – their needs, concerns and complaints.


In recognition of this partnership, DSWD Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) recently attended a basic Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training for media personnel. This two-day training was conducted by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense, at the Luxury Suites Hotel in Tacloban City.
During the training, DRMD Division Chief Pauline Liza Nadera discussed the different roles and functions of DSWD during disasters. Such roles include assistance in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Protection of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and the preparation of Food and Non-Food Items (FNFI).
DSWD’s early rehabilitation programs were also discussed. the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), the Core Shelter and the Modified Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP-MSAP) and the Cash-For-Work Program (CFW).
The ESA is a financial assistance given to disaster-affected families with partially or totally damaged houses. The standard rate is P15,000 for partially damaged houses and P30,000 for totally damaged house. This aid is to be used to purchase construction materials to enable the families to rebuild their houses.
The CSAP-MSAP involves the construction of housing units by the beneficiaries themselves, using local materials. These are environmentally-friendly and structurally strong, able to withstand up to 220 kph of wind velocity, and earthquakes up to intensity 4 on the Richter Scale. The beneficiaries are selected based on the assessment and the recommendation of the C/MSWDO.
The CFW is accomplished by engaging disaster-affected families in preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation or risk reduction projects and activities in their communities or in evacuation centers. In exchange for the work rendered, program beneficiaries are provided with cash to meet their requirement for food and other basic necessities.
Aside from discussing the different disaster response programs, Nadera also addressed issues and concerns regarding the DSWD’s disaster response program during an open forum. These issues include the lengthy process for the release of ESA, the exact definition of partially and totally damaged houses, and complaints that barangay officials and other politicians only select friends and relatives to be eligible for ESA or relief distribution.
Press people also offered suggestions such as DSWD personnel should distribute the assistance directly to the beneficiaries to avoid politics; there should be an equal rate for both partially and totally damaged houses; and DSWD staff should be present during the validation of beneficiaries.
These valuable input from the media were noted and will be brought up to the Central Office. If considered, it will be made part in the revised guidelines and in the improvement of DSWD’s disaster response programs.

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DSWD-8 local heroes recognized in 4th National Bayani ka! Awards

LGU Tabontabon in Leyte being heralded as one of the 4th National Bayani ka awardees on Improved Local Governance as one of the municipalities in the nation to promote people participation in local governance.(From left to right) Kalahi CIDSS focal PDO V Allan Mangalino, MAC Joy Naputo, Hon. Mayor Rustico Balderian, Usec. Ma. Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe.

BSPMC Kinaguitman in Allen,Northern Samar received their merit as one of the 4th National Bayani Ka! Awardee on Persons with Disability, promoting PWD welfare and inclusiveness to development.
(From left to right) Kalahi CIDSS focal PDO V Allan Mangalinao, Community Volunteer Fred Gubat, Usec. Maria Lourdes Turalde- Jarabe and MCT CEF Diosdado Grande.

Community Volunteers Marevic Salloman and Corazon Pardiňas represented BSPMC Tubig Ginoo in Kawayan Biliran as one of the 4TH Bayani Ka! Awardees on Gender and Development for demonstrating women’s imperative impact to positive change.

Brgy. Captain Myrna Baranda & Brgy. Councilor Junrey Egos proudly represented BLGU Osmeňa in MacArthur Leyte as one the 4th National Bayani ka awardees on Improved Local Governance sub-category.


With all gratitude, Dalila Villegas and Atty. Aida Laruda represented Tolosa Federation of Senior Citizens’ organization (TOFESCO) for being one of the 4th National Bayani Ka! awardees on Elderly.

Cambucao Farmers’ Association in Tabontabon Leyte recognized for sustaining the gains of CDD in the community. Community Volunteers Nieva Sequito and Analita Garcela received their awards for 4TH National Bayani Ka! Awardee on Sustained Community Volunteers.

Over 108 National Bayani ka! awardees from across the nation were recognized for sending forth a ripple of hope of change through contributing in the advancement of compassionate, collective action in their respective communities in the jovial night of October 4, 2018 in Cebu, City.

Six awardees from Eastern Visayas were heralded in different award categories for exemplifying outstripped efforts and contributions to promote Community Driven Development (CDD) approach in the Region.

Barangay Sub Project Committee Chairperson of Brgy. Tubig Ginoo, Kawayan in Biliran won in the sub-category of Gender and Development for actively promoting gender equality in the community from participation to decision-making  and advancing the women’s imperative impact to development. Community Volunteers Corazon Pardinas and Marevic Salloman received the recognition for the group.

In their locality, the female community volunteers of BSPMC executed bayanihan in completing the 30-linear meter Canal which they were not paid for the labor. Now, the Canal benefited more than 100 families from soil erosion.

Region VIII has two recipients of the award for Improved Local Governance; LGU Tabontabon in Leyte represented by Rustico Balderian and Municipal Area Coordinator Joy Naputo.

LGU Tabontabon showed promising support for Kalahi CIDSS as it is one of the municipalities to adopt CDD process. In addition, the LGU ensured that the remaining non-funded projects of Kalahi CIDSS were integrated in the Municipal Development Plan. The implemented projects have improved the living condition of the people in terms of Health, Water Sanitation, Basic Education, Income, Employment and peace and Order.

The LGU Tabontabon also ensured the needs of people to be of top priority even beyond Kalahi CIDSS program.
The LGU is recipient of other national awardees like Million Pesos Award under the Search for Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers’ Award 2015, National “Pusong Makakalikasan Award and the only LGU in Region 8 awarded for practicing “Zero Waste Management”.

The other recipient for Improved Local Governance is the BLGU Osmena, MacArthur which plaque was received by Brgy. Captain Myrna Baranda and Barangay Councilor Junrey Egos.

The BLGU Osmeňa of MacArthur also demonstrated the collective efforts with the community. Their Health Center under Kalahi CIDSS program was completed through bayanihan of community. The BLGU never let the day passed by without them monitoring the sub-project. Each council had a schedule to oversee the implementation to attend to the needs of the laborers. As a result, the Health Center was completed before its target date.

On the other hand, BSPMC of Brgy. Kinaguitman, Allen, Northern Samar received the awards for sub-category on Persons with Disability for the promotion of principles for inclusive development, showing that disability is not an impediment to lift the morale of a community. Community Volunteer Fred Gubat with Municipal Coordinating Team- Community Empowerment Facilitator Diosdado Grande received the award.

The BSPMC of Kinaguitman opened the door to the marginalized sector to have an opportunity to take the role in development activities such as being a Community Volunteer and taking the part as laborer for the construction of footbridge. Community Volunteer Fred Gubat is a living evidence of it.

Tolosa Federation of Senior Citizens’ Organizations ( TOFOSCO) was recognized in the sub-category of the Elderly Sector represented by lawyer Aida Laruda and Dalila Villegas. They showed that age is not a hindrance to heed the call of Community Volunteerism and a living proof that CDD is reaching the marginalized sectors in the community.

TOFESCO is assertive to make the senior citizens in their locality empowered about their rights and benefits through governments’ programs and initiatives. For example, they entail in their usual meetings how the senior citizens can avail social pension from DSWD. They hope to achieve Older People empowerment, valuing mutual support and assistance. They use their compassionate and collective voice and action for the benefit of others.

Cambucao Farmers’ Association won in the sub-category on Sustained Community Volunteers Group which promotes compassionate, collective action in and beyond DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, to sustain the gains made through the program. Analita Garcela and Nieva Sequito received the award.

The group adopted transparency in their association. In a way, the shares they got from rice mill  help as an additional income to individuals, which served as share out of the members. The group even provided Medical and Burial Assistance to those in need of it.

The Bayani Ka! Awards is the annual and highest recognition given by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS to its exemplary communities and partners implementing and promoting the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. The award featured three categories: “Bayan,” “Bayani” and “Bayanihan” with sub-categories on Gender and Development, Improved Local Governance, Environment Protection, Indigeneous Peoples’ Welfare, Promotion of Just Peace, Persons With Disability,Elderly, Youth and Sustained Community Volunteers Group.

This year’s 4th National Bayani Ka! award is anchored on the theme “Pagsaulog” celebrating community’s triumphant quest to battle poverty and pervasive powerlessness through Community-Driven Development.

Kalahi CIDSS, a flagship anti-poverty program of DSWD, advocates for community participation in governance.  It sends forth a vision of democracy wherein sweeping down the mightiest walls of poverty and pervasive powerlessness of community to unleash broader change. It uses Community-Driven Development strategy which enables a shared vision and a harmonized voice of communities to development.

For all over years of implementation, CDD approach has been proven effective in 20,000 benefiting barangays nationwide and 3, 780 of these are from Eastern Visayas. The success of CDD in Region VIII would not be possible without the stewards and safeguards of its gains- the Community Volunteers and partner LGUs.

The awards and incentives received by the awardees will never equate to the contributions they wielded to make CDD a living bequest in the hearts of community and local governance. As DSWD Undersecretary, Ma. Lourdes Jarabe,  said in her inspirational message, “Tonight is not enough to thank the big contribution made by Community Volunteers. You [ Community Volunteers] are considered the force multipliers…” Community Volunteers are force multipliers for they expand the important values such as transparency, accountability and sustainability. She added that the support of partner LGUs apparently contributes to make CDD possible.

Indeed, heroism is still evident in the figures of these Bayani Ka awardees for they demonstrate ‘heroic’ contributions to positive change and whose legacies will live on the next generations to come.#















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Modern Ageing: Elders in compassionate, collective action for inclusive development 

TOFESCO members Atty. Aida Laruda and Dalila Villlegas claiming their triumph as one of the awardees for 4th National Bayani Ka! Award on Elderly sub-category.

The active members of TOFESCO waving in front of Day Center for Senior Citizens implemented under Kalahi CIDSS.. (From left to right) Purisima Ocana, Felicidad Encina, Atty. Aida Laruda, Dalila Villegas and Fe Tecson.

Elders have been ticketed with negative stereotypes as ‘grouchy’ members of the society and incapable to be initiators of change. But in Tolosa, Leyte, this typecast has been endeavored to be redefined by the Tolosa Federation of Senior Citizens’ Organizations (TOFESCO). It is a federation of active senior citizens whose passion for development work goes beyond Kalahi CIDSS.

TOFESCO was organized in April 2014, with the help of Coalition of Services of Elderly Inc. and DSWD. TOFOSO is a municipal federation of   Citizens’ organizations whose members come from the Older People Organizations (OPOs) coming from the 15 barangays of Tolosa. Their selfless services extend  to getting involved with Kalahi CIDSS as most of their members are Kalahi CIDSS Community Volunteers.

Lawyer Aida Laruda, the President of the federation and members Fe Tecson, Felicidad Encina, Purisima Ocana and Dalila Villegas are only few of those who build a way for senior citizens to move into leadership roles and initiators of change.

One successful KALAHI CIDSS sub-project they have implemented is the Rehabilitation of Day Center for Senior Citizens in Brgy. Poblacion,  with a fund of Php.500,000.  Up to this date, the center serves as hatch of TOFESCO members to exchange insights and plans about activities that can expand the well-being of senior citizens in their locality.

Municipality of Tolosa had implemented 95 sub-projects under Kalahi CIDSS Bottom Up Budgeting, Livelihood & Enterprises and National Community-Driven Development Program.

Shared vision for empowerment and inclusiveness

TOFESCO members perceive significant common objectives of Kalahi CIDSS program and their organization.  As Laruda said, “ We believe so much in Community Empowerment. We believe that Kalahi CIDSS empowers marginalized sectors, making them active partners through development process.”

Laruda added, “Kalahi CIDSS enhances good practices of our organization in terms of promotion of transparency and empowerment.” She underscored how they apply collective decision – making in their organization. She added, “Everybody is contributing to the positive outcome of planned activities. We also institutionalize regular meetings for transparency.”

She shared their idea of empowerment;  TOFESCO is assertive to make the senior citizens in their locality empowered about their rights and benefits through governments’ programs and initiatives. For example, they entail in their usual meetings how the senior citizens can avail social pension from DSWD. They hope to achieve Older People empowerment, valuing mutual support and assistance.

The members invested time and resources to educate other elders who are most in need of attention. On the one hand, Villegas asserted, “ Malipayon kami na nakakahatag kami hin knowledge sa iba.” [We are happy that we can impart knowledge to others.]

Unleashing and inspiring broad change through compassionate, collective action

Another member, Tacson,  is appreciative of the rehabilitation of Day Center for Senior Citizens. The Day Center is not a mere physical structure but it is an avenue to plan out activities of how the federation can reach and serve more senior citizens.

For example, the TOFESCO initiated home care visitations for elders in their locality every week. The federation went to the houses of elders to know their living situations and think of ways to help them. They did it to show their compassion towards them. As of this writing, this initiative of TOFESCO stopped due to budgetary constraints but they plan to revive and institutionalize it in their organization within this year 2018.

President Laruda added that the learnings they have as Kalahi CIDSS Community Volunteers heightened what they have and do now in federation. They believe that the harmonized voice of elders is powerful to grasp broader change. They encourage other senior citizens to join the federation or any ways to advance compassionate, collective action in the community which is what the CDD (pls. spell out first)  pushes through.

TOFESCO shows compassion towards the welfare of elders thru initiatives, including the Social Welfare Support, through the organizations’ mutual aid fund.  Members from OPO voluntarily contributed Php 5.00 per month. When a contributing member dies, the contribution will serve as an assistance to the deceased family.

Each of the Older People Organization has its own livelihood program through CMED which is annually assessed by TOFESCO through their year-end PRA and a Healthy Ageing Program.  The latter comes as a Physical Fitness Exercise in the form of plain walking in the plaza and along the seashore, and Zumba,

Merit for advancing compassionate and collective action

TOFESCO has a heart for service and empowerment of the marginalized sectors which is what the DSWD exemplifies. It only shows that elders are resources for development, most especially if they act in synergy.

For their exemplary contribution to push for compassionate and collective action in community and to be of the service to disadvantaged sectors, TOFESCO is the 4th National Bayani Ka! Awardee on the subcategory of Elderly amongst 11 other awardees from different regions.

 Bayani Ka! Awards is an annual and highest recognition by DSWD Kalahi CIDSS  to communities and partner LGUs that are engaged in DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and whose efforts significantly contributed to advancing Sama-samang Pagkilos Nang May Malasakit or compassionate, collective action in their respective municipalities.

Kalahi CIDSS redefines roles of elders’ sector

Villegas said that Kalahi CIDSS and the gains of CDD relived her trust in government programs because of the appropriate process and its objective to include marginalized sectors in development activities. She said, “ Mayda mahihimo an mga kalagasan pinaagi han mga programa hit gobyerno kun hatagun la hira hin higayon.”  [Senior Citizens can really do something through the programs of government when they are just given opportunities.]

For Encina, she looked back at her experience as a Procurement team member in the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC). She said that to be a Community Volunteer, age does not matter, and she proved it herself. Volunteerism is finding your strength to contribute in development sphere.  She added, “Volunteering in Kalahi CIDSS and in TOFESCO builds harmonious relationship with others and I am enjoying it.”

In Region VIII, there 12, 577 who are Kalahi CIDSS Community Volunteers and whose collective effort contributes to build a better country.


article written by Jonna Marie Marquez

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Service to the Country: What DSWD is all about

From mopping floors to making sure that relief goods are properly stored, to being a Dangal ng Bayan Awardee, Rey Peñaranda has certainly come a long way. Rey is an Administrative Aide, currently assigned at the DSWD’s Regional Resource Operations Center, where he oversees the warehousing and logistics of relief items such as family food packs and non-food items.

Rey’s work is marked with passion, care and teamwork. His experiences as an Internally-Displaced Person during super typhoon Yolanda have shaped his work ethics.

Now, as a Dangal ng Bayan awardee, Rey continues to inspire his co-workers at DSWD to serve even more better.
The Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred by the Civil Service Commission to an individual for the performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her observance of the eight norms of behavior provided under Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).

This is his story.

“May 5, 1995, I started as a janitor. I was a janitor from 1995 to 2010. At that time, I had three children. I was, then, a working student. While working at DSWD, I was also studying Criminology at Leyte Colleges.”

It was in 2011 when Billy Berino took me as an administrative clerk. I was a clerk until 2015, when both of us were given a temporary assignment at the warehouse. Years passed, the warehouse is now the Regional Resource Operations Center and we’re still doing what we’re doing. It’s like a permanent job. From doing clerical work, I now focus on warehousing relief items and logistics. I started at DSWD when I was 22 years old. I am now 46. That’s almost 24 years!

“I consider Sir Billy my mentor. He is the kind of leader who isn’t selfish. He shares his ideas, knowledge, even trainings. He supports us all, emotionally and spiritually. He respects and trusts us. That’s why the work feels light. He taught me how to focus on my work. You can never leave a job half-finished. You stay with it until it is complied. If you can’t finish it, ask for help. If you don’t know how to do it, ask. It’s better to accomplish something when you ask, when you’re taught, when you learn rather, than when you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s real accomplishment!

That’s how we are as a team. Of course, there are times when we fail. But that’s when you should ask for help from your team. That’s why I share this award to the team. You cannot win an award alone. It’s a team effort.

As RROC improved, I can also say that I have improved. I’ve become more responsible. Before, I didn’t really focus on work. I’d tell myself that it wasn’t my problem. But now, I don’t want to waste the government’s resources. And I know what an evacuee has gone through, because I myself have been an evacuee. So for my part, I did my best at work to provide the best I can to fellow disaster survivors.”

From my level, I made sure that the food, the resources were protected and properly packaged. We took good care of these items. We prepared it well. We made sure that the beneficiaries receive these relief items with the same level of quality and care that we put into it. Sometimes, we would call our counterparts from the local government units to remind them to take good care of these items, to make sure that they don’t get wet, to make sure they’re stored properly.

It’s not just food that you put into these boxes, it’s your love. You put your love in when you think of the family who will receive. When they see these family food packs (FFPs), when they are able to eat, they have love. This is what DSWD gives.

Disaster survivors have been through a lot, and of course, they would feel bad if they receive expired goods. Instead of being grateful, they’d be angry. Whereas, if you give them something good, well-packaged and clean, they’d feel better. They might even show it off to their friends. They can say that what DSWD gives is good. That’s why I always say that if the items are no longer fit for human consumption, then they shouldn’t be given.”

Before Yolanda struck, our house stood by the sea, but eventually, it was totally washed out. I wasn’t able to save anything. All I had were two shirts and the pants I was wearing. We stayed at the evacuation center in Rizal Central School to seek refuge and prepare for the coming supertyphoon. My family lived in a tent for more than two months.

Part of the personal sacrifices that I made as my service to the country is that sometimes, I cannot be with my family. However, I am confident with my family. I have taught them to be resilient. Shortly after Yolanda, I was assigned in Isabel to help oversee the warehousing of relief goods. My children had their own responsibilities. My youngest took care of my parents – my father is a PWD and both of them are senior citizens. My daughters took care of the family. It’s a blessing that they don’t really like going out, especially since they knew that those were difficult times.

I also owe a lot to my wife, because she carried out my responsibility when I was away. She became both mother and father for the family. This is part of the sacrifices I made. This is in fulfillment of my sworn duty to serve the people.

Find the time. It’s just a matter of time management. When I was a working student, I had to find balance between work, family, and school. It was easy for me. As long as you don’t neglect anything, you can enjoy it all.

I am proud of my kids. I have five children. One is a councilor, two are working in DSWD – one with KALAHI CIDSS, and the other with Convergence. One is already a licensed criminologist and is now applying for a job, while the youngest is now in college.

I am proud that I have a daughter who graduated cum laude. I am proud because in spite of the difficulties, there will always be a bright future if you don’t neglect your obligations to your family. This shows what kind of father you are, because if you are irresponsible, then your children won’t have a good future.

So far, I don’t see myself as a successful person, yet. When I see my children have families of their own, when I see that they live well, that’s when I’ll consider myself successful. I think that my kids graduating from college is a success. It’s a gift from the parents. But for me, the success of my children is my success. I would like to see them with their own families. I would like to see them live well. That is my simple hope. Because being successful alone is pointless. It’s better for me to see my children succeed.

I am just an instrument. If there is anyone who deserves recognition, it’s all of us here at DSWD. Everyone deserves to be congratulated. Don’t focus on the one receiving the award; rather, focus on what getting this award means. This award is symbolic. This is our recognition for our work.

The award is meant to encourage government employees to improve their service. We should always remember that we waste taxpayers’ money when we do not do our best. Especially nowadays. Prices are high, and people still pay taxes.

This award is symbolic for all of us. It is a recognition for the sacrifices we made that the public cannot see. We are now a part of history! I am not claiming this award for myself, but for all of us who work at DSWD. Don’t look at the person who receives this award, look at what this award represents.

“Our unity, our teamwork, our efforts have earned us this award!”

See the awarding here:



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DSWD Otso pinarangalan ang 2018 Eastern Visayas Huwarang Pamilya ng 4ps

“Ang pamilya ay pinakamahalagang bahagi ng ating buhay. Ito ang nagdudulot sa atin ng kagalakan. Ito ang nagbibigay sa atin ng lakas at inspirasyon. Ito ang nagbibigay sa atin ng layunin sa buhay, nagtuturo sa ating mangarap at magsumikap,” pagbabahagi ni Regional Director Restituto Macuto.

Sa pagdiriwang ng Pamilyang Pilipino, pinangunahan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VIII, sa pamamagitan ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), ang Regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Awarding Ceremony at Family Day 2018 kahapon, September 24, 2018 , sa Robinsons North, Tacloban City.

Kaya naman ang DSWD, katuwang ang mga partner beneficiaries at iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno, mga civil society organizations, academes, local government units, at marami pang iba, ay nagtutulung-tulungan upang magbigay ng proteksyon sa mga pamilya at magtaguyod sa mga karapatan at kapakanan ng bawat miyembro, sa pamamagitan ng pagpapatupad ng mga programa gaya ng DSWD Protective services, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), at Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Sa nasabing aktibidad, tinalakay ni Protective Services Division Chief Ofelia Pagay ang mga programa at serbisyo para sa mga pamilya, lalo na sa mga pinakamahihirap, ang Sustainable Livelihood Program ni Training Officer Antonette Barlisan, at ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ni Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Leslie Ruiz.

Ang kaganapan ay dinaluhan ng 4Ps Regional Program Coordinator Paula Unay at mga kawani, PIA Assistant Regional Director Alicia Nicart, iba pang media partners, Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado na nirepresenta ni City Social Welfare and Development Officer Fe Sta. Cruz, at kilalang banda saTacloban na Scarlet Alley.

Sa dakong huli ng nasabing pagtitipon, binigyang parangal at pagkilala ang mga Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya ng Eastern Visayas na magagandang ehemplo ng pagpapanatili ng matibay na relasyon sa pamilya, nagpapakita ng mga positibong kaugalian ng Pamilyang Pilipino, at may positibong epekto sa komunidad kung saan sila naninirahan.

Sila ang pamilya ni Rodolfo at Yolanda Salas mula Brgy. Cansirong, Maasin City (1st Place) na nakatanggap ng ₱10,000 cash prize; Frederick at Analee Guillart sa Brgy. Haguikhikan, Naval, Biliran (2nd Place) may ₱7,000; Ernesto at Zorrolyn Canales sa Brgy. Poblacion Zone III, Mayorga, Leyte (3rd Prize) may ₱5,000.

Nakatanggap ng ₱2,000 consolation prizes naman ang pamilya nina Willy at Ligaya Abestros mula Brgy. Nenita, Mondragon, Northern Samar, Eldefonso at Jenalyn Cabreza sa Brgy. Nabong, Pinabacdao, Western Samar, Virgilio at Regina Almo mula Brgy. Bobon, Mercedes, Eastern Samar.

Bukod sa cash prizes, silang lahat ay ginawaran ng plaques at certificates of recognition.

Ang mga pamilyang ito ay nangakong maglilingkod bilang ambassadors ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, bilang mga resource persons sa mga Family Development Sessions (FDS) at anumang aktibidad kung saan maaari nilang ibahagi ang kanilang kaalaman at karanasan, at tumulong sa mga pagsisikap ng programa na maiangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng mga mahihirap na pamilya at mapalawak ang pagpapahalaga sa edukasyon, kalusugan, at matatag na Pamilya.

Ang 4Ps ay isang programa na nakatutok sa pamumuhunan sa mga tao, lalo na sa mga kabataan at tumitiyak na ang mga ito ay malusog at nag-aaral. Hinahangad ng programang ito na suportahan at tulungang magkaroon ng maayos na pamumuhay ang mga mahihirap na pamilya.

Binati ni DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marcela Lim ang lahat ng mga pamilya at ang mga kawani ng DSWD para sa matagumpay na selebrasyon para sa pamilyang Pilipino. #DSWDMayMalasakit #DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal

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DSWD Disaster Response for Ompong

Recently, the Philippines was hit by typhoon Ompong; considered the biggest storm in 2018 so far. At its peak, Ompong had maximum sustained winds reaching up to 205 kph near the center and a gustiness of up to 255 kph. The storm mostly affected the northern part of the Philippines, where tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) no. 4 was issued in several areas, such as Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga and Cagayan. Here in Region VIII, TCWS no. 1 was raised in Northern Samar.

While the storm affected the northern part of the Philippines, DSWD Region VIII prepared itself for the possible effects of the storm.

On September 13, DSWD activated its Quick Response Team. The QRT rendered 24/7 duty, taking turns in monitoring the progress of the storm.  The focal persons for disaster operations were alerted, including the SWADT leaders and the Project Development Officers who were stationed in the provinces to coordinate with the local MSWDOs and MDRRMOs. The Disaster Response Information Section coordinated closely with the SWADTs and the PDOs in gathering accurate reports from the field.  The Regional Resource Operations Section was also alerted to ensure the readiness of relief items, in case of requests for augmentation.

For more on DSWD’s  preparedness measures, see

The Quick Response Team of DSWD Field Office, now on a 24/7 duty at its extension office at Fatima Village in Tacloban, …

Nai-post ni DSWD Field Office 08 noong Huwebes, Setyembre 13, 2018

ATM DRMD Meeting for Ompong Preparedness#DSWDMayMalasakit#DSWDParaSaNakararami

Nai-post ni DSWD Field Office 08 noong Miyerkules, Setyembre 12, 2018


photos courtesy of Honey Lou Mora

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Relief for Sagkahan Fire Survivors

While Ompong was threatening the northern part of the Philippines, a fire broke out at Barangays 59 and 62-B, Sagkahan, Tacloban City.

Based on reports received, the fire started around 2:30 in the morning. The fire totally damaged 6 houses, 12 market stalls, and 2 shared houses, while it partially damaged 1 house. Nine families (47 individuals) were affected. These individuals temporarily stayed with their neighbors outside the evacuation centers.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development provided relief to the victims of the fire. In partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office, DSWD provided family food packs, each containing 6 kilos of rice, 4 cans of beef loaf, 4 cans of corned beef and 6 sachets of coffee.

Aside from the FFPs, DSWD also provided hygiene kits, kitchen utensils, mosquito nets, plastic mats, blankets, bath towels, malongs, toothbrushes and toothpaste. The CSWDO distributed the relief items, and provided 122 pieces of assorted clothing. Overall, the assistance provided cost P62,182.00.



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