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PAGHAYO: DSWD Para sa Nakararami

DSWD STATE OF THE REGION ADRESS

The DSWD Field Office VIII 2017 Accomplishment Report

(DSWD General Assembly/January 12, 2018/Leyte Academic Center, Palo, Leyte)

Isang Mapagpala at Mapagkalingang araw sa ating mga panauhin at mga kasamahan ko sa DSWD Otso na nag titipon-tipon ngayong hapon para sa ating Annual DSWD General Assembly.

The year 2017 marked another CHANGE in our agency. Ang ating mahal na Secretary Judy Taguiwalo ay hindi na-iappoint ng Commission on Appointment. At makalipas ang ilang araw lamang, wala nang Department Secretary ang DSWD. Kaya naman hanggang sa ngayon ay tanging Officer In-Charge pa rin ang namumuno sa atin, si OIC Secretary Emmanuel Leyco. Ngunit ang kanyang direksyon at direktiba ay hindi nalalayo kay Sec. Judy. Bagkus, kanya itong ipinagpatuloy at mas pinagtibay pa.

Again, despite all these sudden changes, we cope. We adapted. And as always, the DSWD Field Office VIII, is still persistent in its commitment to serving the people of Eastern Visayas and helping them uplift their lives.  As I said last year, PADAYON la kita. Padayon Rehiyon Otso.

But for this year’s regional address, I would like to emphasize that consistency and sustainability are not just the keywords here. Ang totoong Pagbabahagi ng inyong sarili para sa nakararami ang dapat maging mukha ng DSWD. Ito ay ang inyong dedikasyon at totoong malasakit para sa nangangailangan; regardless of your employment status, your position or designation, your salary grade; whether its 8-5pm or beyond office working hours. Ang totoong serbisyo ay walang kulay, walang paksyon, at hindi mahahati at magpapahati, may it be for political reason or our own personal agenda. Ang totoong serbisyong mapagkalinga ay hindi kailanman dapat mababahiran ng ating mga biases at prejudices.

Hence, my report today is entitled Paghayo: DSWD Otso Para sa Nakararami.

Paghayo, could literally mean ‘Go forth’. But it is more than that, as DSWD focuses on enhancing our program policies and improving our processes, structure and delivery of services, we should not forget that the work in DSWD is not a job but a calling to offering ourselves to the people we serve which should not be tainted by our own personal gains and benefit.

As former Secretary Taguiwalo, calls it: Puso lang na may totoong pagmamahal at malinis na intensyon ang kailangan sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo. And this should be translated to better service delivery for our people, as we remain committed to our battle cry: Lagi’t lagi, para sa bayan.  And as OIC Leyco emphasized, ang DSWD ay para sa nakararami. Walang pinipiling ilan, walang mas nakalalamang. Dapat ay pantay sa pagbibigay ng tunay at tamang malasakit at serbisyo.

Kaya ngayon, aking ibabahagi ang ating mga naabot at naihatid bilang isang komunidad, ikka nga One DSWD, na may tiwala at malasakit din sa isat-isa;  katuwang ang ating mga stakeholders at partner beneficiaries

Now for this afternoon, my report will look into the following areas of accomplishment:

  1. Social Protection Policy Services
  2. Social Protection Services and Promotive Programs, where our biggest Program investment is.
  3. Capability Building Services
  4. Standard and Regulatory Services
  5. Administrative Support

 

  1. Simulan natin sa ating Social Protection Policy Services
  • Una, ang atin pong kagawaran ay patuloy na nakikipag-ugnayan sa mga Local Government Units sa pagpapalaganap at lalo pang pagpapaigting ng pagsunod sa mga batas na naka sentro sa Social Welfare and Development na tayo po mismo sa DSWD ang nangunguna para ma isakatuparan ito.
  • Pangalawa, tayo ay nanguna sa programang SHIELD against Child Labor thru SocTech na naglalayong protektahan ang mga kabataan laban sa pang-aabuso tulad ng forced labor.
  • Pangatlo, patuloy ang ating monitoring ng Listahanan. The Listahan reported that a total of 818,639 households were assessed across the 146 Municipalities and Cities of Region VIII.  And the result of the Listahanan 2 shows that out of those assessed a total of 330,945 poor households were identified regionwide who will need our social welfare programs and services.
  • Fourth, we also conducted roll-out trainings to LGUs focused on the Social Protection Manuals. As of December 31, 2017, this has been rolled out to 133 LGUs in Field Office VIII.

 

  • Sa puntong ito, gusto kong bigyan ng pagkilala ang mga taong nasa likod nito, Social Technology Unit, Ang National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Unit sa ilalim ng Policy and Plans Division.  Palakpakan po natin silang lahat for a job well done.
  1. Let us now look into our accomplishment along Social Protection Services. Ito ang pinakamalaki nating programa kung saan makikita naman natin lahat na ang DSWD Program and Services ay pinapatupad nang may malasakit.
  • Along Center Based Services, a total of 241 Clients were served in 2017 by our four (4) Centers, the Home for Girls, Regional Haven, Reception and Study Center for Children and Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth.

My warm thanks to all our dedicated workers in the four (4) Regional Centers. May I request all Centers Workers to please stand up.  Palakpakan po natin sila. Sa kabila ng mga challenges sa kanilang trabaho… ang araw-araw na hirap at pagod, patuloy ang kanilang may mapagkalingang serbisyo sa mga bata at kababaihan na nangangailangan ng ating tunay na malasakit.

  • Para naman sa ating mga Community-Based Services, ang mga sumusunod ay ating naiabot na tulong at naibigay sa mga nangangailangan nating mga kababayan:
  • For Assistance to Individuals in Crises Situation (AICS), a total of Php 213.29 Million was disbursed to a total of 31,163 Clients. These are composed of different type of assistance such as Medical Assistance, Burial Assistance, Educational Assistance Transportation Assistance, and Food Subsidy.  It can be noted that the highest amount disbursed is for Medical Assistance amounting to 141.25 Million pesos. Ito ay napunta sa mga nangangailangan ng tulong pang-ospital, pambili ng gamot at iba pang medikal na serbisyo. Sumunod naman ang Educational Assistance na pangalawa sa may pinakamaraming naka-avail, sila ang mag estudyanteng nangangailangan ng pandagdag sa kanilang tuition fee na atin namang napagsilbihan.
  • Sa Social Pension naman, kung saan ang tintulungan po natin dito ay ang ating mga indigent na Senior Citizen, nakapagbigay na tayo ng Php 1,053,631,548.00 M sa 226,778 na Senior Citizen identified for this assistance. Katulong po natin ang mga LGU sa pagbibigay ng assistance na ito. The Field Office conducted also validation and spot checking, consultation dialogues with LGUs and augmented human resources to the LGUs during pay-out.
  • Ang Centenarian Cash Incentive naman ang pinakabago nating programa na-inimplement para sa ating mga lolo at lola na pinagpalang umabot sa edad na 100 years. Tayo po ay nakapagbigay ng 8.9 million pesos sa 89 na centenarians o 100,000 per individual.
  • For Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP), this program is intended to assist victim-survivors of trafficking. For 2017, there were 59 victim-survivors provided and responded their needs through this program.  These victims were provided livelihood support and educational assistance worth P 317,000.  Further, assistance to the LGUs were also provided.
  • Along Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP), 39 LGUs were able to access the said Program which amounted to Php 76,348,800 covering a total of 120 feeding days to 42,416 Day Care Children across 1,138 Child Development Centers.
  • For Adoption, 21 children were placed for 21 adoptive families.
  • For 2017, the Core Shelter Project is monitoring a total of 1,065 Units amounting to Php 108,190,132.00. A total of 442 units are already completed while the remaining units are in various stage of implementation.
  • Nakatuon pa rin tayo sa National Drug Rehabilitation Program ng Duterte Administration kung saan under Pillar 3, tayo ay kaagapay sa aftercare, reintegration at transformation para sa recovery ng mga drug dependents. We are on the process of case assessment and management in order to provide the necessary intervention to the family and the surrenderers.
  • Let us now move on to of the most important programs we implement right now, the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA). As of December 2017,
    • We have provided the Presidential Financial Assistance (PFA) for Typhoon Yolanda victims. We have served a total of 10,030 husehold beneficiaries from 30 municipalities which has an equivalent amount of Php 50,150,000.00.
    • For Typhoon Nona, we have served a total of 496,470 households from 24 LGUs which is equivalent to an amount of Php 849.3 million pesos.
    • Sa huling buwan din ng 2017, tayo ay sinubok muli ng isa na namang kalamidad.Typhoon Urduja hit almost the whole region especially the Province of Biliran leaving a number of displaced families, destroyed houses and properties and even taking the lives of our loved ones. Ngunit hindi tayo nagpatalo at nagpagapi. As of December 2017, a total of 383, 957 family food packs including non-food items were distributed to 128 affected municipalities which is equivalent to 8 million pesos.

The Programs I have mentioned have shaped Eastern Visayas not just a resilient region but a community that is more prepared and disaster aware and conscious.  Kahit napakaraming pagsubok tayong kinaharap dito, hindi tayo sumuko. Hindi tayo nagpatalo sa mga problema na sumalubong sa atin, maipahatid lamang ng maayos ang mga tulong sa ating mga beneficiaries. Sa kabila ng mga batikos at maling mga balita patungkol sa atin, hindi tayo pinanghinaan ng loob.

Sa lahat ng mga manggagawa na nasa likod ng mapagkalingang aksyon na ito, mga kasamahan natin sa PSU, CIU, DREAMU (RRMP), may I request you to stand up.  Mga kasamahan ko sa kagawaran, bigyan po natin sila ng isang masigabong palakpakan, naway ipagpatuloy pa natin ang ating pagsisikap na maihatid ang tulong pinansyal para sa mga nasalanta ng mga bagyo at kalamidad na ating kinaharap, sa ngalan ng mga pamilya at indibidwal na nangangailangan.

For our three (3) Core Programs which comprise the the promotive programs of the agency, we have faced bigger challenges last year, but we were able to deliver the services expected from us.

  • Let’s start with Sustainable Livelihood Program which is promoting inclusive opportunity and progressive economy. The SLP is covering a total of 143 Municipalities and Cities of Region VIII.
    • A total of Php 212.65 M Fund Allocation coming from the General Appropriations, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) and Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Program (YRRP)
  • As of December 31, 2017:
    • There were 8,617 Beneficiaries of the Micro-Enterprise Development modality
    • Also, a total of 11, 435 Beneficiaries whose employment were facilitated through our services.
    • This has been possible with the series of activities and our established partnerships with other NGOs , Civil Society Organizations, and the Private Sector which provided

different skills training, livelihood development training and employment opportunities for our Beneficiaries.

  • Sa laki ng gawaing ito, hindi natin kakayanin kung wala ang supporta ng LGU, Private and Government Training Centers and Associations na nag implement nito.
  • For Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program. The Program is already implementing in all 6 Provinces and 143 Municipalities and Cities across Region VIII.  As of December 31, 2017, the following were the accomplishments of the said program,
    • 282, 474 Total Household Beneficiaries
    • A total of Php 2.16 Billion Cash Grants for Health and Education paid out to Pantawid Beneficiaries.
    • In terms of the compliance of the conditions of the program, it can be noted that the following components earned high Compliance Rate.
      • Education 96.47% Compliant
      • Health is 95.5% Compliance rate
      • Family Development Session Attendance is 95.54% Compliance rate.
    • Hindi natin ito maabot kung wala ang dedikasyon at contribution ng ating mga beneficiaries at mga stakeholders.
  • Meanwhile, for the empowerment program of DSWD, the Kalahi CIDSS which utilizes the Community-Driven Development Strategy, it covers a total of 134 Municipalities in the 6 Provinces of Region VIII, which covers a total of 3,740 Barangays and serving 862,236 households.
    • As of December 31, 2017, a total of 5,787 Sub-Projects has been completed with a total fund Disbursement of around Php 3 Billion from all Modalities/Funding Source —- NCDDP Cycle 1 to 3, Incentive Grant for Laoang, Northern Samar and the Tier 2 Implementation for selected champion municipalities.
    • Because of these Sub-Projects, and the processess and activities conducted, the prgram has empowered a total of 198,574 Community Volunteers, who were highly trained leading to the successful implementation of their identified intervention, which is their own community projects.
  • Pinatunayan ng ating mga volunteers at partner LGUs sa Kalahi-CIDSS na buhay at iisa ang diwa ng mga mamamayan kung sama-sama. Sila po ang mga makabagong bayani ng bansa. Kaya naman ikinagagalak kong i-report na isa ang Region8 sa nag-uwi ng National Bayani Ka Awards thru LGU Barugo na nanalo ng Best LGU implementing Kalahi-CIDSS across the whole Philippines.
  • However, the year 2017 was also bittersweet for Kalahi-CIDSS. With the closing of the regular cycles of NCDDP, the downscaling of the CDD implementation in the region also marked the downsizing of our workforce. Unfortunately, now that we are about to start the LGU-Led CDD implementation in 11 municipalities only, we have to let go of our 1000 plus Kalahi-CIDSS staff.
  • Sa puntong ito, nais ko sanang magbigay pugay sa mga kawani ng DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS na naging kaagapay natin sa mga komunidad. Alam kong ang inyong dedikasyon at serbisyo sa kabila way hindi matatawaran ng simpleng pasasalamat lamang, ngunit bilang direktor niyo, hayaan ninyo ang magbigay saludo sa inyong naiambag hindi lamang sa programa  kundi maging sa rehiyon. Tiwala akong magkikita-kita pa tayo sa 2019 sa pagsisimula ng bagong yugto ng CDD implementation sa buong Pilipinas. Nawa’y baunin ninyo sa inyong bagong trabaho ang mga aral ng CDD at ang mapagkalingang serbisyo na inyong natutunan sa pagsisilbi bilang kawani ng DSWD.

All these three (3) Programs are closely coordinated through a Convergence Strategy, at the Regional, Provincial and Municipal Level.  The convergence has been instrumental in undertaking the WASH and BUB Implementation of the Region through collaboration of the three (3) Programs.

At this point, I would like to give my sincere thanks and recognition to the people behind these three (3) Core Programs and the Convergence Technical Support Unit.  May I request all RPMO, Provincial Office or Sub-RPMO, Municipal Action Team who are present here today to please stand up.  Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give them a round of applause including our teams who are not here today but are currently in their respective field assignments, treking  perilous slopes and mountains and braving the high seas and dangerous waters.  Sila ang ating tulay at boses sa mga komunidad upang lalo pa natin silang maabot at mapagsilbihan. Sa inyong lahat, maraming salamat.

  • The third area we have to look into is the Capability Building Services.
  • Along Institutional Development, a total of 56 for Internal Staff activities were conducted. For intermediaries a total of 34 activities were successfully done.
  • In terms of Capability Building, a total of 32 Capability Building Activities for internal staff were conducted in 2017, which have trained a total of 4,786 cummulative count of staff. Meanwhile, there were 49 Cap Build activities for intermediatries and stakeholders, which trained a total of 10,622 individuals.
  • Major contributory of the accomplishments is because of the three (3) Core Programs, which ensures that proper training compliant to standards, coaching, mentoring and series of meetings and tactic sessions were held to ensure achievement of their targets based on key performance indicators.

To all those who one way or another conducted, facilitated, acted as resource person, conceptualized these activities, from the IDD team to the different Core Programs (KC, Pantawid and SLP), the Admin logistics support headed by the GASSD, Gen. Services, ABC, Procurement and Supply section, BAC Secretariat who facilitated the realization of these achievements, may I request you all to stand up, and let’s give them a big hand.

  1. In the fourth area we have to look into is the Standards and Regulatory Services.
  • We have Conducted continuous review, assessment of different SWDAs (Social Welfare and Development Agencies) both within DSWD and those operated by the NGOs/CSOs.
  • For 2017, the following are some key highlights of accomplishments:
    • Assessed five (5) SWDAs for Accreditation
    • Endorsed for Registration of four (4) SWDAs
    • There were also 6 SWAs assessed for registration and license with 3 SWAs approved
    • Eight (8) SWAs for Accreditation in which five (5) were endorsed for accreditation
    • 116 ECCD Service Providers were also assessed and accredited
    • 34 PMC assessed and endorsed
    • Twenty-Nine (29) Foreign and local volunteers registered and assigned to various Centers and Institution
  • We have also conducted CSO Accreditation to SLP Organizations at the local and barangay level. As of today, 1, 037 SLP Associations were already validated and were issued with Certificate of Accreditation, paving the way for a faster downloading of funds to these SLPAs.

With this, let’s give a round of applause to the guardians of the different SWDAs in terms of compliance based on Standards.

  1. All those four (4) areas I mentioned is not possible without the necessary and timely support. For the last areas of accomplishment we have to look into, let’s recognize the following efforts made by the different responsible units/sections in order for us to operate well in achieving our targets, of course the Social Marketing Unit, our Regional ICT, and the biggest Division which provides support to our daily operations, the GASSD
  • Let’s start with the Social Marketing, the Social Marketing was able to engaged 1 weekly radio Program in Tacloban City for the whole year and 4 Provincial Radio Programs in Biliran, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar. 40 issues of Pahibaro focused on Disaster-related update and news, and Kalahi-CIDSS Regional and provincial newsletters were also published and distributed to communities with the aim to intensifying community-based advocacy. Series of Press conference, exhibits, media tours were also conducted among others. 2017 also marked the launching of our May Malasakit Information Caravan, a convergence effort initiated by the SMU which has helped us increase the awareness of the public of our services and our role as DSWD in these areas. Through this iniative, we are bringing our programs and services closer to our beneficiaries, right at their doorsteps especially those who are living in conflict-affected barangays and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.
  • Next is our Regional ICT, wherein aside for ensuring that our internet is working, contributed to the enhancement of our database system such as DAFAS, the PIMS for our E-PDS, our Payroll System. All these were necessary to make our work easier.
  • Of course, the biggest Division who provide support to operation, the GASSD. For the year 2017, GASSD despite the challenges and other hindering factors it encountered, they were able to cope, manage and deliver. For 2017 alone,
  • Based on available resources, the division was able to provide and deliver available transportation, communication, utilities needs of the Field Office, Centers and other DSWD Rented Space across the Region.
  • It ensured on time provision of admin support from salary to TEVs for our Staff deployed at the Field Office, Centers and across the Region from the Provincial Level down to the Community/barangay level.
  • As support also to DREAMU, the RROC (formerly known as Hub) was able to deliver prompt response for logistics support and augmentation to the following disaster operations:
  1. Calbiga Armed Conflict
  2. Surigao Earthquake
  3. Ormoc/Kanangga Earthquake
  4. Augmentation to Marawi CIty
  5. Typhoon Urduja/Vinta

 

  1. Aggressive releasing of non-moving goods from the warehouses resulting on the savings for warehouse rental for 2018
  2. Improved coordination with other stakeholders during urduja disaster operations through networking resulting in the pooling of resources of :  OCD, DPWH, PHIL ARMY, PHIL. NAVY,
  3. Establishment of Donations Committee for the management of local and foreign donations that provides on-call duty at the RROC during disaster operations
  4. RROC produced 2 GASSD awardees and one recommendation for the PRAISE Awards

For 2017, a total of 69, 575 Family Food Packs were produced by the RROC worth 21.17 million pesos; A total of 27.95 million worth of food items and 56.13 millionn pesos non-food items were released by the RROC for the year 2017 which sums to 84 million pesos.

Sa tulong din ng GASSD at Ofice of the CAO and SAO, nagkakaroon na rin ng katauran na masimulang ang planning and eventually construction ng ating bagong DSWD Regional Office. Kaa ngayon nais kong ipakita sa inyo ang perspective ng ating future regional office.

  • As of December 31, we achieved a total obligation of 75 Billion pesos with a utilization rate of 91.78
  • Let’s note also that for 2017 a total of 20,058 Transactions were processed by the GASSD specifically the Accounting Section which is equivalent to 72 Billion pesos
  • Further, for cash unit, we were able to received cash amounting to 31 Billion pesos as of December 2017 and was able to disburse 3.53 Billion pesos

May I request all RICTMU, SMU and GASSD Staff to please stand up.  Allow me to say my sincerest thanks and appreciation for the efforts exerted in ensuring that our support to operation reached to them, in order for them to deliver the results they need to deliver.  Special mention to the ABC Section, Procurement and Supply Section, BAC Secretariat, Gen. Services, CAO and SAO Office who made every milestone of this agency possible in the region. Everyone, let’s give them a round of applause.

At dahil patuloy ang pagbabago, ngayong 2017 muli kong ipapaala ang ating DSWD Otso Ten (10) Point Agenda na ating nailatag noong nakaraang taon upang mas lalo pa nating mapaigting ang paghahatid ng serbisyo sa mamamayan ng Region VIII.

DSWD REGION VIII TEN (10) POINT AGENDA

  1. Continue to implement programs and projects using the convergence approach of the 3 core poverty programs: Pantawid pamilyang Pilipino program (4Ps), sustainable livelihood program (SLP) and Kalahi-CIDSS giving priority to the Pantawid beneficiaries who were assessed to have remained at levels 1 and 2 based on the latest assessment conducted with 50 percent graduates from among the total target beneficiaries by 2022.
  2. Enhance coordination  with LGUs and other partners along disaster management and ensure that disaster related activities and efforts is in accordance with RA 10121. Minimize complaints from the media, LGUs and other partners by way of proper and efficient provision of technical assistance as well as proper pre-positioning of goods and provision of relief assistance and augmentation support to LGUs.
  3. Improve the implementation of social protection programs for the vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors such as:
  • Children Needing Special Protection (CNSP) – fastrack the placement of children needing foster families and adoptive homes by way  of capacitating the RCWSG and the SWOs handling foster and adoption cases. Strengthen the policy on de-institutionalization of residential care facilities by way of placing children to foster and or adoptive homes should their return to biological families/relatives found not feasible.  Strengthen the capacity of the lgus in the management and handling of children in conflict with the law (CICL) cases by way of providing technical assistance and provision of augmentation support.
  • Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances (WEDC) – strengthen both the community-based and center – based programs for women in especially difficult  circumstances . Strengthen Local Social Welfare and Development Offices  after-care monitoring and support services provided to WEDC.
  • Indigent Senior Citizens – ensure the timely provision of Social Pension (SocPen)
  • Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) – ensure the proper, effective and efficient implementation of the law for PWDs.
  1. Institute reforms in the financial management system and accelerate as well as maximize the utilization of financial resources and disbursement of funds with zero balance at the end of each year. Effective, efficient and economical management of financial resources and establishment of a Financial information system to ensure timely compliance of financial reports.
  2. Strengthen the implementation of Sustainable Livelihood Program and ensure the sustainability of livelihood associations to become self-sufficient in coordination with other government agencies like DTI, DOLE, DA, DAR, BFAR DENR and TESDA .
  3. Aim for at least 2 centers of excellence by 2020 by way of improving center facilities/buildings and establishment of a comprehensive case management system which would serve as a social work laboratory. Work out for the level 2 CSC accreditation of DSWD FO8 by 2020.
  4. Provision of a safe, comfortable and conducive working space and environment  for DSWD FO8 employees/workers through the completion of  the Phase 2 building by end of 2018.
  5. Work for the Construction of a Warehouse for food and non-food items at a 5,000 sqm lot under a Usufruct Agreement with the Provincial Government of Leyte by 2018
  6. Improve the Welfare of the DSWD workforce by regularizing all Cost of Services employees, provide benefits to workers and provide and institutionalize Care to the Carers
  7. Develop emerging leaders in DSWD by providing support for Continuing Professional Education of Middle Managers; Support and Coach young leaers/staff acquire professional credentials (CSC Eligibility, CES, etc)

(Closing statement)

Having said all these accomplishments, hindi po ito nagawa ng DSWD lamang. I would like to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to our outstanding partners from private, public sectors, Provincial, Municipal and Barangay Local Government Units, our volunteers and  partner beneficiaries.

At siyempre kayo. Kayo na tunay na yaman ng ahensyang ito. Kayo ang lakas ng DSWD. Palakpakan po natin ang ating mga sarili. Saludo ako sa inyong  pakikipagtulungan at patuloy na koordinasyon sa LGU, ang suporta ng Barangay Council, ang pagkakapit-bisig ng iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at ng mga pribadong institusyon at mga Civil Society Organization (CSOs) at ang patuloy na pagbabayanihan nga ating mga community volunteers, benepisyaryo at mamamayan sa mga komunidad,lahat iyo ay naisagawa na natupad dahil sa inyong sikapp ast sakripisyo. Madalas man kayo mawalay sa inyong pamilya at mahal sa buhay dahil sa ating trabaho, pinipili niyo pa ring magsilbi kahit na madalas ay nahihirapan na.

Parati ko itong inuulit at uulitin ko pa rin, hindi ito kaya ng DSWD mag-isa. Hindi natin maabot ang pagbabago at ang ating inaasam na kaunlaran kung iilan lang ang may ginagawa.

Sa lahat ng aking nabanggit, isang salita lamang ang gusto kong maiphatid sa inyo… SALAMAT! I would like to thank you for your patience, perseverance and sacrifices. I would also like to thank your families, your husband, wife and children for their understanding.

As your Regional Director for DSWD Otso, I will always be right at your side who will continuously provide support and guide you for the delivery of SWD programs and services for the people.

Nagkarooon man ako ng personal challenges, at kahit may mga kinakaharap pa ako ngayon, alam kong kakayanin ko ito dahil kasama ko kayo. I may have been down, I may have been emotionally uncertain these past few months but this year I will be better. I can do this because I have you all; my colleagues, my friends, my inspiration.

Finally, let us thank the Father Almighty for a very productive 2017 and for the opportunities and possibilities we have shared.  This year, may we reach more families, empower more communities and serve more poor, vulnerable families and disadvantaged individuals.

Ika nga, mas kaya natin kung sama-sama tayong kikilos tungo sa iisang direksyon.  Kailangan natin ng kolektibong aksyon kung saan lahat ay kumikilos at nagkakaisa sa iisang adhikain at iyon ay ang maiangat ang mga pamilyang nasa laylalayan ng kahirapan at tuluyang maabot ang pagsasakatuparan ng pagbabago at pag-unlad.

Sa 2017, nawa ay ipagpatuloy pa natin ang pagpapatupad ng patas na pagtrato sa mga individual, pamilya at komunidad;,

Sa ating mga partners sa gobyerno at pribado na sector, ipagpatuloy natin ang partnership at kolaborasyon,  na  may puso. Ipakita natin ang diwa ng  ating serbisyo sa pamamagitan ng tunay na pag aaruga at pantay na pagtrato  sa bawat isa,

Sa ating mga partner beneficiaries, bigyan ng malalim na halaga ang tulong ng gobyerno sapagkat mas may bunga ang aming pagsisikap kung may mahigpit na kooperasyon mula sa inyo. Ika nga, sama-samang pagkilos nang may malasakit;

Sa aking kapwa mga Kawani ng DSWD patuloy po tayong maging tapat sa tungkulin, mamamayan at sa bayan; maglilingkod na walang puwang ang  katiwalian, maging maagap, mapagkalinga at may malasakit na serbisyo para sa buong Rehiyon Otso at sa Sambayanang Pilipino.

Magandang hapon po sa ating Lahat.

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