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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa attends the 53rd RDC Full Council meeting in Occidental Mindoro



The provincial government of Occidental Mindoro hosted the 53rd Regional Development Council (RDC) full council meeting held on December 4, 2015 in Provincial Convention Center Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

RDC IV-MiMaRoPa Chairman and Romblon Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo presided the meeting which was attended by the following directors and representatives of regional line agencies, local government units, and private sector representatives: Atty. Romeo C. Escandor, Regional Director of National Economic Development (NEDA) IV-B; Jose C. Alvarez, Governor of Palawan; Mario Gene J. Mendiola, Governor of Occidental Mindoro; Carmencita O. Reyes, Governor of Marinduque; Alfonso, V. Umali, Jr., Governor of Oriental Mindoro; Eric A. Constantino, Mayor of Abra de Ilog Occidental, Mindoro; Ruben S. Baster, Regional Director of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) IV-B; representative of Edita S. Bueno, Administrator of National Electrification Administration (NEA); representative of Eugene G. Cabrera, Regional Director of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) IV-B; representative of Allan L. Leuterio, Regional Director of Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) IV-B; representative of PC/Supt Dennis J. Peña, Philippine National Police (PNP); Leni R. Rioflorido, representative of Regional Director of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) IV-B; representative of Engr. Florentino R. David, Regional Director of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) IV-B; representative of Carina Z. Santiago, Officer-In-Charge of National Nutrition Council (NNC) IV-B; representative of Lydio M. Español, Jr., Regional Director of Commission on Population (POPCOM) IV-B; representative of Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, Regional Director of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) IV-B; Virginia D. Akiate, Regional Director of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) IV-B; representative of Erlinda Pearl V. Armada, Regional Director of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) IV-B; representative of Atty. Tomas J. Cariño, Jr., Lucena Branch Head of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP); representative of Renato M. De Vera, Regional Director of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) IV-B; Atty. Alvin M. Villamor, OIC Regional Director of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) IV-B; representative of Subair S. Diron, Regional Director of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) IV-B; Oscar C. Dominguez, Regional Director of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IV-B; representative of James F. Fadrilan, Regional Director of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) IV-B; representative of Eduardo C. Janairo, Regional Director of Department of Health (DOH) IV-B; representative of Baron L. Lagran, Regional Director of Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) IV-B; representative of Atty. Minerva A. Morada, Regional Director of Department of Tourism (DOT) IV-B; Wilma D. Naviamos, Regional Director of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-B; representative of Dr. Gilbert T. Sadsad, OIC Regional Director of Department of Education (DepEd) IV-B; Cipriano G. Santiago, Regional Executive Director of Department of Agriculture (DA) IV-B; representative of Joel B. Valera, Regional Director of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) IV-B; Ma. Paz Baylon, representative of Ayala Foundation; Rev. Billy Llamar, private sector representative of Oriental Mindoro; and Gabayno Oybad, representative of Mangyan Mission BFC.

The matters endorsed and approved during the meeting were: (1) Updated Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2015-2017; (2) Budget review guidelines FY 2017; (3) Regional Development Report (RDR) 2015 preparation guidelines; (4) Strategic Regional Development Agenda (SRDA) recommended actions; (5) Tourism projects in Occidental Mindoro; (6) Electric cooperatives Right of Way (ROW) compensation; (7) and RDC schedule of meeting CY 2016.

Also, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-B Regional Director Wilma V. Naviamos, presented the three core matters during the meeting: (1) Great Women 2 project committee; (2) RDC special committee on culture; (3) and Inclusion of OCD as Social Development Committee (SDC) member which were also endorsed and approved by the RDC.

RDC members also discussed the following matters: (1) Report on PSR 2015 Convention; (2) RPFP updating/RSDR preparation; (3) Sustainable development goals; (4) Regional economic situationer; (5) Project monitoring report; (6) Status of RDC endorsed projects; (7) Peace and order situationer; (8) and Report on illegal drugs.

The council expressed its appreciation to the provincial government of Occidental Mindoro for hosting the event.

NEDA IV-B together with RDC members aims to pursue implementation of development planning effort in the IV-B Regional towards sustainable development through formulation and review of development plans and policies that are attuned to the needs of the IV-B Region and Provinces, Cities and Municipalities facilitation of regional investment programming; utilization of knowledge capital and technologies to spur development efforts; provision of technical assistance to LGUs and RLAs; monitoring and evaluation of plans to ensure attainment of national goals; provision of management support to the Regional Development Council; and continuous organizational development to strengthen internal NRO IV-B operations and management. ###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa supports 4th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week

Malate, Manila – In accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 489, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (JJWC) celebrated the 4th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week’s Kick-Off event, Monday, Oct. 19, at Century Park Hotel Manila.

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cutting for the Exhibit of Products and Artworks of RRCY Residents and selected CICL.

Proclamation No. 489 dated October 12, 2012 entitled, “Declaring the Fourth Week of October as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness (JJWC) Week” aims to heighten the awareness and counsciousness of Filipino people about the rights of Filipino Children including Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL), responsbility of all stakeholders and all duty bearers in ensuring the protection of Filipino youth and children.

During the Kick-Off event, participants of Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) also showcased their talents and skills.

RRCY members sang, danced and performed their heart out: offering their presentation to their family and friends, and to the social workers and other stakeholders who helped them reach their zenith potential and achieve lives full of hope.

DSWD Usec. Parisya H. Taradji, together with Atty. Tricia Clare A. Oco, DSWD MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma Naviamos, and Police Supt. Sofronio Bumalay, initiated the ribbon cutting for the Exhibit of Products and Artworks of RRCY Residents and selected CICL.

Asked what differentiates 4th JJWC from previous celebrations, Usec. Taradji said, “ 4th JJWC is different because this is the first event which includes the amendment of Republic Act No. 9344 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006), streghthening  the juvenile justice in the Philippines. Also, this celebration is bigger!”

RA 9344 provides that children 15 years of age and under at the time of the commission of the offense are exempt from criminal liability.

Psupt. Bumalay accentuated the Philippine National Police (PNP) Manual on the Management of Cases of Children in Conflict with the Law. “Crafting of the manual is essential because this will serve as guide to various agencies in protecting CICL,” said Psupt. Bumalay.

The theme for the 4th JJWC is “Bata ay gabayan, batas sa Juvenile Justice Bigyan Daan”.


RD Naviamos explores and admires exhibit of RRCY.

JJWC is composed of various government agencies to include Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (DepEd), Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) , Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), and the National Youth Commission (NYC). ###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa heightens knowledge and skills in Risk Management

Taguig City – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa Regional Management and Development Committee (RMDC) attended the Technical Assistance on Risk Management organized by DSWD Central Office, October 12 to 14, 2015, in DSWD SWADCAP Taguig City.

Risk Management, as defined in ISO 31000, is the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated and economical application of resource to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities.

“In order to effectively analyze and prevent risks in DSWD MiMaRoPa, everyone should know your respective business processes,” said Imee Manalili, DSWD Organization Development Specialist.

Clear and comprehensive business processes of every unit are significant because these will be the basis of guidelines for risk management.

In relation to this, DSWD MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma Naviamos expressed, “Business processes of every unit should be interrelated with each other. It should not stand alone.”

Memorandum Circular (MC) 27 series 2014 or the DSWD Risk Management (RM) Framework requires that Risk Management be applied to all DSWD OBSUs and Field Offices implementing social protection program and services.

“In conducting risk analysis, everyone should be knowledgeable and vigilant of external and internal factors for risk assessment,” said Edwin Calubag, DSWD Organizational Development Specialist.

External Risk Factors are outside organization’s control and influence.  These may include the following: Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental (PESTLE) factors.  On the other hand, Internal Risk Factors comprise of: organizational factors; strategic directions; capabilities; internal stakeholders; organization’s culture; adoption of standards; guidelines and models; and contractual relationships.

“When we are talking about Risk Management, we should not just think about what will happen next year, but what will happen in the next ten years and beyond,” emphasized Manalili.

At the end of the training, participants gained familiarity and dexterity on how to create comprehensive business processes and how to generate proactive rather than reactive management of risks that may hinder the organization in achieving goals and objectives. ###

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NDPR celebration for PWDs concluded successfully in Boac

BOAC, Marinduque– Some 400 participants attended the closing ceremony for the National Disability and Rehabilitation Prevention (NDPR) Week Celebration, held at the Provincial Convention Center, last August 1, 2014.

The event was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa in partnership with the Provincial Government of Marinduque and various National Government Agencies (NGAs).

“Malaki po ang suporta na ibinibigay ng aming pamunuan sa mga kababayan nating may kapansanan,” said Congresswoman Gina Reyes, adding “isa ring magandang adhikain ang pagsasama-sama ng iba’t-ibang ahensya para isulong ang karapatan ng mga Persons With Disability (PWD).”

DSWD is one of the frontrunners in upholding the rights and privileges of PWDs. According to the Chief of DSWD MiMaRoPa’s Protective Services Unit, Purificacion Ariola, it is “very important that all NGAs and concerned stakeholders converge for the provision of programs and services for the PWDs.” She further added that DSWD is closely working with its partners in order to strengthen the implementation of projects for the PWDs.

The “One-Stop Shop Clinic” setup by the Department of Health (DOH) helped in the registration of PWDs through their online system.

Nelia de Jesus, Head of the National Council for Disability Affairs reinforced the fact that the rights of PWDs are as equally important as everyone else’s. “Hindi sila naiiba sa atin, lahat tayo ay may karapatan, at naniniwala ang NCDA na malaki ang kayang ibahagi ng mga kababayan nating may kapansanan.”

The Local Government Unit of Marinduque distributed brand new wheelchairs and crutches to chosen beneficiaries through the help of Governor Carmencita Reyes. A cash grant was also allocated for PWDs who attended the event.

NDPR is regularly held celebration led by DSWD. This year’s theme “Talino at Paninindigan ng Taong May Kapansanan: Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran,” promotes the talents and skills of PWDs as a catalyst for success. ### Dwight Y. Macabuhay

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DSWD MiMaRoPa Disaster Response Advisory

As of July 17, 2014 7:00 AM

MALATE, MANILA- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region-IV MiMaRoPa has been closely monitoring the areas that was hit by typhoon Glenda to deliver necessary assistance to identified families that suffer the beating.

A total of 100 food packs have already been distributed to the affected families of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. As of this writing, 2,333 families were reportedly affected, 14 houses completely damaged and 2 individuals from Marinduque were pronounced dead. Out of the 52 evacuation centers activated across the region, only 8 remain occupied until officials announce safety of return to the evacuees’ respective houses.

The department assures that all needed support for the families affected are given. DSWD MiMaRoPa have a total of 3,076 stockpile stored in the affected provinces of Marinduque, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Palawan to ensure timely distribution of relief packs. ###

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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa hiring 641 workers for the National Community-Driven Development Program

Malate, Manila – In preparation for the start of the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP will be hiring a total of 641 field staff to be deployed to areas across the MIMAROPA region.

Specifically, the 62 areas to be covered by the project will require 62 Area Coordinators, 78 Deputy Area Coordinators, 78 Municipal Financial Analysts, and 423 Community Facilitators.

Interested individuals who have a background in development project management, social development, civil engineering, accountancy, and community organizing can personally submit their application letter and resume to the regional office or at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) office in the provinces.

The deadline of accepting of applications is on May 9, 2014.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is the scale-up of the operations of the CDD approach used and proven effective by the KALAHI-CIDSS. CDD empowers citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively. ###

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Pantawid Pamilya MiMaRoPa awards empowered women

Malate, Manila – “Juana: Ang tatag mo ay tatag natin sa pagbangon at pagsulong.

That is the theme of this year’s Women’s Month Celebration. In line with the celebration, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa awarded beneficiaries who showcased exemplary acts of resiliency and determination to uplift their lives in the five provinces of MiMaRoPa.

The awardees were identified by the program’s Provincial Operations Offices (POO) in the five provinces. The beneficiaries were selected on the following categories: survival victims of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), solo parents raising their children, active participation in the community and resiliency in times of tragedy. Their touching stories were forwarded to the regional office for deliberation.

“Women’s Month is being celebrated to commemorate the outstanding contribution of women in our nation’s progress. It is rightful to recognize their activities so as to make them feel their worth as well as inspire other women to excel in their own fields for the benefit of their selves, their family, and our country as a whole,” said Alexa Fajardo, Gender and Development Focal (GAD) of Pantawid Pamilya. In a patriarchal country, honoring the status of women in the society is a big part in achieving one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which is gender equality. “It is one of the reasons why we now have a GAD sector in the implementation of the program,” Fajardo added.

The following were the awardees who were given certificates of recognition: Leony Tugas and Regina Dela Cruz from Oriental Mindoro; Maymay Kusangloob and Jocelyn Manibog from Occidental Mindoro; Flora Bantang and Winnie Tansingco from Romblon; Edelor Moreno and Gemmalyn Red from Marinduque; and Alma Montebon and Phebelyn Bacnan from Palawan.

The five provinces conducted the awarding ceremony simultaneously. ###

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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Holds Provincial Consultation Dialogue for RA 9442

Stakeholders attentively listen to presenters while noting down points for discussion thereafter.

Stakeholders attentively listen to presenters while noting down points for discussion thereafter.

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – Five government agencies gathered in response to an initiative by the Department of       Social Welfare and Development IV- MIMAROPA to conduct a consultation dialogue with the Local Government Unit and Stakeholders of Puerto Princesa City in the implementation of Republic Act No. 9442 known as “Magna Carta for Persons With Disabilities”, last July 10, 2013.

The consultation dialogue was in favor of presenting the guidelines in implementation of the RA 9442. Delegates from the DSWD, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) took turns in presenting laws and programs to be implemented by their respective department.

The RA 9442 which benefits the welfare of persons with disabilities was an amendment of RA 7277. The Act highlights the 20 percent discount and other special privileges provided to PWDs at drugstores and establishments such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, amusement parks etc.

A comprehensive discussion on specified orders in accordance with RA 9442 underlined the first half of the consultation dialogue. The rest of the day was solely dedicated to an open forum participated by attendees from various associations of PWDs and other concerned stakeholders.

One section of the Act that states the reduction in tax obligations of a person taking care of a PWD was put into question by Municipality Budget Officer of Quezon, Palawan, Mr. Eddie Luneta. He proposed that the same regulation should apply for employed PWD. Luneta further implied how having to take care of a person with disability and having the disability yourself bear no difference in the degree of burden therefore concluding the specific regulation should apply to an employed PWD himself.  This concern was quickly addressed by Ms. Geneliza Gabilan, DSWD IV-MIMAROPA’s focal person for PWDs, validating the 25% tax reduction on the gross salary total of an employed PWD.

As the forum progressed, one beneficiary complained of some drugstores’ refusal to provide a 20% discount on purchase. Gabilan explained that a beneficiary should first be legitimately registered as a PWD. That means undergoing the process of acquiring an ID needed to present to any drugstores and/or establishments that a PWD has benefit from. The process includes obtaining a medical report from a government hospital to identify the kind of disability a person has. The medical report will then be used to check if the type of disability a person has, qualifies for the kind of protection RA 9442 gives.

The session concluded with a few concerns left to be confirmed. That includes the 1% of the total municipal budget that is supposedly allocated to development programs for PWDs and Senior Citizens. Also, a few clarifications are yet to be discussed in reference to the percentage of tax reduction of an employed person who has a PWD for a beneficiary.  These concerns will be looked into by the concerned government agencies and a promise of a timely response has been set.



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