Archive | August, 2017

DSWD MIMAROPA, Maxicare conduct mobile medical check-up for staff

MALATE MANILA – In pursuit to strengthen the Employee Wellness Program of Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA, a Maxicare Mobile Clinic was set up in the Regional Field Office which provided accessible Annual Physical Examination (APE) for employees last Wednesday, August 30.

The said activity aims to promote healthier lifestyle among DSWD staff and to provide accessible medical care to them.

Maxicare Mobile Clinic saves time, money and effort of our DSWD staff in accessing the medical services they needed,” says Rose Jean Mayrena, HROfficer.

Medical Services provided include urinalysis, blood pressure test, blood chemistry test, pop smear, ECG, X-Ray, and general physical examination.

APE is promoted to employees in order to: 1) check for possible diseases so they can be treated early; 2) identify any issues that may become medical concerns in the future; 3) update necessary immunizations; and 4) ensure that staff are maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Mobile Medical Check-up was one of the initiatives of Human Resource Development Unit (HRDU) in partnership with the Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (SWEAP) and Maxicare Healthcare Corporation.

This is in accordance to Memorandum Circular #13 Series of 2013 or Guidelines in Promoting Wellness in DSWD which states that the Department shall provide opportunities for employees to nurture relationships, avoid burn-out, de-stress and maintain their passion for work. ###

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Pantawid beneficiaries in Mansalay gather for payout

3,850 RCCT beneficiaries lined-up to receive payout from April and May 2017 in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro

Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro – Almost four thousand Regular Conditional Cash Transfer (RRCT) beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program gathered in the gymnasium of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro on August 23, 2017 to receive their cash grant for April and May 2017.

The program has released a total of P8,283,000.00 from the funded budget of P8,302,800.00 for the 3,850 households as 10 beneficiaries did not show up during the payout. The beneficiaries came from the 17 barangays of Mansalay which are Brgy. B. Del Mundo, Brgy. Balugo, Brgy. Bonbon, Brgy. Budburan, Brgy. Cabalwa, Brgy. Don Pedro, Brgy. Maliwanag, Brgy. Manaul, Brgy. Panaytayan, Brgy. Poblacion, Brgy. Roma, Brgy. Santa Brigida, Brgy. Santa Maria, Brgy. Villa Celestial, Brgy. Wasig, and Brgy. Waygan.

On August 22, 2017, the program has already released P1,460,800.00 for the 705 MCCT beneficiaries of Mansalay on the same venue.

The Banco Alabang, Inc., which is a consolidation of the Rural Bank of Alabang, Inc. in Muntinlupa and Rural Bank of Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro, has helped the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) in the distribution of the cash grants. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has long been partnering with LBP and other rural banks to oversee the distribution of the cash grants to beneficiaries.

Last February, the contracts of the LBP’s conduit has been terminated hence the delay in the process of distribution for beneficiaries without LBP Cash Card of First Consolidated Bank-Pitakard. ###

 

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Holding the walls together

Humble home. In this wooden house resides the Mendoza family of Sitio Upper, Brgy. Dating Bayan, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque

 

Old wood and patches of galvanized roof serve as the wall of this small abode which houses a family of six. It was a gloomy day and the inside was dark having limited light coming from its windows. The small space of the house is only enough for the family to snooze in. Slightly bent due to typhoon Nina, the house remains standing ready to survive yet another storm to come.

There lives the Mendoza family with Ermelo, 43, as the “pillar” and Zenaida, 50, as “light” of the house. Being financially disadvantaged, the family has to experience life’s hardship even more. The couple struggles to ensure to provide their children’s needs and at the same time send them to school to have access to good quality education given their small amount of income.

It was beginning to rain when Ermelo and Zenaida invited their guests to their church near their house since they cannot all fit inside the house. They get the portfolio they made and look at their family picture during Oliver’s graduation. They cannot help but look back over the trials they have been through in order for their eldest son to graduate. Their utmost dream is to get all of their children to finish college despite their situation because they believe that it is their key to success. Being a devoted Christian, their willpower is strengthened with their trust in God to overcome these ultimate challenges they have thus far experienced. Holding the walls together, all the efforts of each family members contribute in keeping their family standing amidst those turmoil and unpredictable outbursts with their burning desire to get out of poverty.

 

IT TAKES HARDWORK

Happiness. Family’s proudest moment

As a child, Ermelo has been taught farming by his father in the province of Marinduque. Due to poverty, Ermelo was not able to go to college but he was able to finish high school. It was with his goal to escape their situation that Ermelo travelled across the sea to work in Manila. After several jobs he took, he became a tailor in Royal International Manufacturing Garment in Bulacan, where he met Zenaida, who is also working there as a dressmaker way back 1992.

They started as friends, fell in love with each other, and later on decided to get married. They planned to settle in Manila, where their first child, Oliver, was born in 1996. A year after, Trisha, their second child, came and make their life much livelier. However, as the two children are growing up, the needs of the family are getting bigger. It became harder for the couple to sustain the family with their small income and it worsened when the two lost their job after the factory where they are working closed down. Life in the metro is costly hence, Ermelo suggested Zenaida to move the family to his hometown in Marinduque.

The family moved to the province to live a simpler life. They lived with Ermelo’s mother, Irene, in her small abode. To continue providing for his family, Ermelo returned to copra farming using the land they have rented from a relative. Meanwhile, Zenaida continued dressmaking using a treadle sewing machine given by one of her colleagues. Ermelo also started farming and planting vegetables in their backyard for the family to consume.

It was also then when Ermelo’s mother introduced the couple to Pastor Rogen Mayores of Jesus is Lord Church. According to Ermelo, after joining and attending their worship, it improved and changed their outlook in life. “Mula sa aming samahan, kahit mahirap ang buhay natutunan naming magtiwala sa Panginoon. Alam naming mas maganda ang plano niya kaysa sa inaakala namin,” he stated. They believed that the family’s relationship strengthened and their relationship with God improved, despite all the challenges life brings them. The family managed to attend bible study and religious workshop that play significant role in building and nurturing their family.

In 2001, the 3rd child, Brian, was born. Few months later, Zenaida discovered that she was again pregnant to Karylle. She requested Ermelo that she and the children will go back in Leyte to see her parents, and decided to deliver the baby there. Agreed by Ermelo, he stayed in Marinduque to continue farming to be able to send money to his family. But later on, Ermelo realized that the children are already growing without him by their side. So, he asked Zenaida to go back again in Marinduque for the family to stay together. But due to financial difficulty, it was only in 2005 when Zenaida and the children get back to Ermelo.

After going home in Marinduque, the couple decided to move out to Ermelo’s mother and have a house of their own. One of their closest friends let them borrow a piece of land, where Ermelo built a small house, enough to provide shelter for his family. Ermelo and Zenaida started to grow vegetables again to at least provide nutritious food for their family in times when they have not enough money to buy food.

Their new house has no electricity. They have their own pipe for drinking water, which water comes from a spring.  When there is no water in the pipe, they get their water from the Ram Pump Project’s water pipe which is built for the community to use. However, the water coming from it is only good for bathing and watering the plants. Ermelo has also built their own flush toilet, which is separated from their house.

However, when Oliver and Trisha are already in high school, it was becoming harder and harder for the couple to finance their needs. And since copra farming is seasonal and Zenaida’s sewing is only a side job for her, the family has to seek for another source of income which led the couple in selling porridge and hotcake for elementary school children in Dating Bayan Elementary School, which is near their house. Adding to their income are the honorariums that Ermelo receives as a Barangay Kagawad, and Zenaida as a Barangay Health Worker (BHW).

To further improve what they earn, Zenaida uses the knowledge and skills she acquired from a training on handicrafts-making using recycled materials. She decided to make a profit out of it by she selling wallets made from empty foil sachets of coffee, junk foods, etc. for 300 pesos each. Whenever she visits the market, she actually looks for materials to use in the garbage but most of the time asks her friends to give her their empty foil sachets, which she washes, cuts to strips, folds, then sews to make the finished product. Zenaida, with the help of Ermelo and th eir children, can manage to create 2 wallets for selling in one day as it takes a lot of time and effort to make.

Still, it is not enough. “Minsan nahihirapan na po akong magbigay para sa mga pangangailangan nila. Pero sinisiguro ko na may baon sila araw-araw, kung wala man pinapaliwanag ko sa kanila na kailangan naming gumastos sa ibang bagay pa,” shared Zenaida. As the budgeter, she makes sure that the family will eat three meals a day. But there are times when she struggles to provide funding for the needs of the children in school. “May mga projects po kami ‘nun na hindi po namin napapasa nang maaga kasi wala pong pera para sa mga gamit. Kaya nanghihingi na lang po kami ng mga gamit sa mga kaklase namin,” narrated Brian, their third child.

Kaya noong napasama po kami sa 4Ps, laking tuwa ko talaga lalo na’t malapit na pumasok sa kolehiyo si Oliver,” Zenaida added. The cash grant that Zenaida has been receiving since 2012 through one of the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, has helped the family a lot. But the program did not just give them financial assistance but also provided them the greatest lesson for improving their family – that is to work together even in the simplest things.

 

GETTING ASSISTANCE

Opportunity. Piglet from the female swine which SLP gave to Zenaida’s Pantawid cluster

The Mendoza family became part of the Pantawid Pamilya under set 5A. “Napakalaking tulong po talaga ng programa bilang pangdagdag sa pangaraw-araw na gastos ng pamilya. Nagagastos ko sa tama ang nakukuha ko lalo na sa pangangailangan sa eskwela ng mga bata,” explained Zenaida. She continued that a portion of her burden has been lifted off her shoulders after becoming a beneficiary especially when Oliver entered college. While there is help, Zenaida and Ermelo are encouraging their children to reach their goals but not to the point of pushing them within their limits.

Besides the cash grant, she is also grateful of the values the program has contributed to the family. According to Zenaida, they have become more committed to improve their life as strengthened from the lessons they have learned from their monthly attendance to the Family Development Sessions (FDS). It is through the FDS that Zenaida learned how to budget better the little income they have. She shared that proper budgeting is a big help for a poor family like them as this allowed her family to save money to support their other needs and even invest on expanding their livelihood. More of that, it is also through the program that they become a beneficiary of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). Through it, their cluster was given a female swine which piglets were distributed to the members for them to grow and sell again. The profit from it will be used by the cluster to start a lending business.

With these opportunities for their family, they already find hope. They know that they are no longer alone in chasing the dreams they thought was impossible to achieve before. According to Zenaida, “ngayon nakatapos na si Oliver at sa malaking naitulong ng programa, sa tingin ko ay kaya na naming tumayo sa sarili naming paa”.

With all of their hard work and with the help of the program, Oliver graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in Marinduque State College (MSC), who passed the board exam this year, and is now working as a lecturer in MSC. Trisha, their second child is on her third year as a BS Secondary Education student in MSC, while Brian and Karylle are studying in Dolores National High School both in Grade 10. Karylle was accelerated in Grade 1 that is why she is on the same grade as her brother.

 

SACRIFICES FOR THE BRIGHTER FUTURE

Sabi ko sa sarili ko, magtatapos ako ng pag-aaral para mapag-aral ko din ang mga kapatid ko at masuklian ko ang sakripisyo ng mga magulang ko,” Oliver asserted. This is his mantra since he was a child until now that he graduated and obtained his college degree. Oliver was always the smart kid. He was the Math wizard, the Science genius, and the English guy. He really strives hard because he wants to exchange the goodness his parents give him and he has the desire to help his family. “Nakita ko iyan si Oliver noong bata pa na nasa court at nagpapailaw,” narrated Cilina Ferrol one of their neighbors. Struggling to study and do his assignments at night, Oliver has to stay under the lamp post of their barangay basketball court to give him light since the small kerosene lamp that his family owns is not enough to help him finish his school works. With his hard work, Oliver graduated in high school as their class valedictorian, hence letting him get full scholarship in college. But the challenge has only just begun.

In 2015, Trisha graduated in high school while Oliver is on his 3rd year already. Getting Trisha in college will be harder for Ermelo and Zenaida since they do not have stable income to put up with the needs of their two children who will be in college both at the same time.

Trisha, having understood their situation, stressed to support her parents in helping his brother finish college by stopping school to get a job. But the couple refused. “Sabi namin sa kaniya, pagsusumikapan naming mag-asawa ang pag-aaral nila at hahanap kami ng paraan para makapagpatuloy siya sa pag-aaral,” Ermelo shared. But then, as Oliver needed money for the completion of his projects and a lot of requirements needed for him to finish his subjects, it gets more complicated for them. Trisha again opened up to her brother that she will stop in order for their parents to focus on financing his needs but Oliver offered to stop instead so that Trisha could continue. But as the family analyzed the situation, they all agreed to let Oliver continue his studies while Trisha on the other hand, was offered by a relative to work as a baby sitter in Manila which she accepted so that she can be able to send money to her family as well as help her brother with his expenses. “Masakit para sa amin na hindi mapag-aral si Trisha. Natatakot kami noon na baka hindi na siya makapagpatuloy pa,” shared Ermelo. It was the hardest decision for them to make but they soon realize that the sacrifice today will be a big help to the future of the family.

Into the light. The small kerosene light which illuminates the house of the family at night

On the other hand, Brian and Karylle also managed to save money by walking from their home to their school which is 3.5 kilometers away. “Sabi ni Karylle, yung unang dalawang taon niya dito sa Senior, Grade 7 at 8, talaga po silang magkapatid, naglalakad. Pataas pa po yun at malayo. Pero para daw po makatipid, nilalakad nila iyon dahil dalawa yung college. Tumigil nga po yung pangalawa, si Trishia, to give way sa panganay,” testified Nonita Arellano, homeroom adviser of the two children. Whenever there are projects in school which need to be printed, Brian and Karylle both submit their projects handwritten or drawn since they do not have money to rent in an Internet Café.

After two years of the stormiest part of their life, Oliver was able to finish college in 2017. Due to financial constraints, he was not able to enroll his self to review centers. But with the help of his friends, he photocopied their reviewers and studied by himself which led him to pass the Civil Engineer Licensure Exam this year on May on his first take.

 

SHARING AND INSPIRING

Despite their humble life, the family manages to become actively involve in different activities. “Dahil alam po namin yung pakiramdam nang naghihirap, gusto rin po naming makatulong sa iba sa paraan na alam at kaya namin,” said Ermelo. True enough, the whole family has been active to church and community activities. “Passion na lang po siguro talaga nila ang tumulong pa kahit sila mismo ay nahihirapan na,testified Marilyn Rioveros, one of their family friends.

Sa lahat ng activity sa barangay, madalas at regular na sila Kagawad Ermelo at ang asawa niyang si Zeny sa nangunguna at nag-aayos ng iba’t ibang mga bagay para sa aktibidad ng barangay. Kahit hindi pa noong hindi pa kagawad si Ermelo, natulong na talaga siya sa barangay sa boluntaryong pakikiisa sa mga gawain sa komunidad lalo na sa kalinisan at kaayusan ng barangay,” stated Barangay Captain Lincoln Aytona. Ermelo is the chairman of the Committee on Infrastructure and the vice chairman on Sports. As the chairman on Infrastructure, he managed to lead in forming ordinances for solid waste and proposed resolutions so they can be provided budget for their water tank project as well as the construction of their farm-to-market road, evacuation center, and covered court of the barangay. As a member of the Sports Committee, he led sports competition for the youth in the barangay. Ermelo also served as the president of the Parent-Teachers Association in 2007 to 2008, where they were able to raise 2 make-shift classrooms in Dating Bayan Elementary School in his leadership. Moreover, they were also able to manage to form a resolution for building extension classroom to the school.

Meanwhile, Zenaida as the BHW leader in Barangay Dating Bayan, is responsible and helpful. Brgy. Cap. Aytona said, “kahit hating-gabi pumupunta siya doon sa sitio kapag may patawag or nangangailangan na magtingin ng BP.” Zenaida is assigned to three distant sitios of their barangay such as Sitio Anusan, Mandalano, Mapangles Tres. According to Julieta Villaruel, parent leader of their cluster, “malaki po ang natulong niya (Zenaida) sa akin lalo na po nung nanganak ang aking anak na highblood. Kahit po maraming ginagawa niya, siya yung nagmomonitor sa aking anak kaysa pumunta pa kami sa ospital at dun pa magmonitor sa aking anak. Sinabi niya sa akin na siya na lang ang magmonitor at ipakita ko na lang ang record. Kaya po pagdating sa mga ganun siya po ay matulungin. At nagtuturo rin siya kung ano ang dapat gawin.” Other than being a BHW, Zenaida is also an advocate of organic farming and renders community clean-up service around the community as the Vice President in Samahan ng Magsasaka in Dating Bayan.

Both Zenaida and Ermelo became participants of the training entitled, “Ram Pump”: A Solid Waste Management and Organic Fertilizer Production Workshop. This is where Zenaida learned how to make handicrafts from recycled material which has inspired other BHWs from other barangays to replicate her work.

Leading. Oliver and Trisha leads the Youth Camp activity in Mogpog Marinduque

But the couple are not the only members of the family who are involved in community services. Oliver and Trisha are both youth leaders in church. Trisha was elected as President of the whole province of Marinduque’s Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan (KKB). She initiated the cleaning drive every Sunday in different barangays as the president of the group. Moreover, Brian serves as the Vice President of KKB in Dating Bayan, while Karylle is the Treasurer.

On Sundays, the family works with the music ministry in church. Zenaida teaches religious songs to children with Oliver and Trisha, while Brian and Karylle also participate through playing guitar or singing.

The perseverance of the children in school is also recognized by their teachers. Teacher Nonita said that the children’s hard work has gained admiration of their classmates who help them in financing for their projects in school or share them their food. Some of their teachers also offer food and give gifts to them as they see the determination of the siblings to study despite their financial condition.

The family is an inspiration to others because of their compassion and support to their neighbors. The family is known to be generous to all even though they also have their own shortcomings. Ermelo has no vices, does not smoke, or drink alcohol. He is also not involved in any form of gambling. Zenaida is known by his neighbors for being humble and modest. Their children, on the other hand, are also a source of inspiration to other people as they are observed to be caring and thoughtful to their parents and very understanding to their situation. “Kung titignan mo rin kasi ang kanilang pamumuhay, wala talaga silang masasabing yaman pero nakikita mong nakakaya nilang itaguyod ang kanilang pamumuhay na nasa tamang paraan. Na nakakahanga po. Kasi pare-pareho lang naman kami doon, pero makikita mo sila nakapagtapos pero yung iba, bakit kaya hindi makapagpatapos?,” said Marilyn.

 

FAMILY IS EVERYTHING

Family Picture. The Mendoza family poses for a picture in their best dress inside their church

The Mendoza family is seen with strong emotional support, love, security, and protection from each of its members. There is a sweet closeness within the family which is enhanced more during their Sunday activities in church. This relationship is tightened during holidays and weekends as the family makes sure to spend their time together through fishing or going on a picnic by the river or near the sea.

Ang bonding po talaga ng pamilyang yan ay paglukad(pagkopra)”, claimed their neighbor Cilina. When the children do not have classes, the boys help their father in copra farming. Meanwhile Zenaida, with the girls, are in charge of weeding the farm. Nothing has changed even after Oliver graduated in college. “Nakita ko si Oliver nung araw pagkatapos niyang makapasa sa board, nasa bukid kasama ng tatay nya at naglulukad pa,” Cilina added.

Their humble home resounds laughter and joy filled by love, respect and shared responsibility. And though they do not have all the comforts the world has to offer, their simple life is enough to make them all contented and still become an inspiration to others.

In all this endeavours of the family Ermelo believes that “sa lahat ng napagdaanan ng pamilya namin, kahit mahirap ang buhay naroroon pa din ang suporta, respeto at pagmamahalan ng bawat isa. At ang pinakamahalaga po sa lahat ay ang paniniwala namin na ilagay sa gitna ng aming pamilya ang Diyos kung saan nagmumula ang lahat ng kaligayahan at tunay na pagmamahalan.”

When Oliver graduated, the family has never been prouder. “Ito ang isa sa maipagmamalaki ng aking pamilya. Mula sa sipag at tiyaga ng bawat isa naging posible ang lahat para sa amin,” exclaimed Ermelo.

The family knows that this is not yet the end of their struggle. Like their house, crooked but firm, the family will always remain intact knowing that nothing can break them apart. With the collective effort and perseverance of the whole family, little-by-little, they are on their way of reaching their dreams yet to build much stronger walls ahead. ###

The Mendoza Family is the regional winner for the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017

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DSWD holds Listahanan roadshow in Palawan

Western Philippines University- Aborlan campus students join the Listahanan Provincial Roadshow.

PUERTO PRINCESA City- In partnership with the local government of this city, Palawan State University, and Western Philippines University, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA held series of roadshow on Aug 14-19, 2017.

Dubbed as Listahanan Provincial Roadshow, the activity exhibited provincial poverty maps, quick statistics/facts about the regional profile of the poor based on the results of the 2015 Listahanan household assessment.

Listahanan is a government mechanism spearheaded by the DSWD, that identifies who and where the poor are. According to the database, from the 569,316 households assessed and validated regionwide, 207,863 or 35.5 per cent are identified poor.

In Palawan province, 83,520 households are identified as poor.  The towns of Balabac, Rizal and Quezon have the highest magnitude of poor identified.

“The roadshow aims to increase the awareness and educate the public about Listahanan and how the government scientifically targeted the poor and beneficiary selection of government social protection programs,” told Regional Coordinator Ernie Jarabejo.

It also provides an avenue to advocate the DSWD database as a basis for crafting local policies and programs for the poor and to serve as baseline data for academic research purposes and community immersion projects.

Aside from the exhibit, orientations were conducted highlighting the Data Sharing Protocols and Guidelines.

In the new and revised Listahanan Memorandum of Agreement, any group or organization planning to have a full access to the complete profile of the poor must comply the provisions stipulated in the Data Privacy Act of 2012. ###

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In Pictures: DSWD Kalahi CIDSS “Bukluran”

Quezon City– Last August 16-18, 2017, the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS held “Bukluran” the first National Community Volunteers’ Congress and 3rd Regional BayanI Ka! Awards. The event gathered almost 300 Community Volunteers’ from around the country.

Mural presentation of Group 2

The making of the mural presentation of Group 2

Community Volunteers from the 4th Group gather to conceptualize their mural painting.

Undersecretary Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe addressed the Community Volunteers.

Community Volunteer from Region XII in the FGD of Group 4 about DSWD Convergence

Mayor Stanley Caminero from Argao, Cebu facilitated the discussion of Pathways for the community volunteers

Participants from MIMAROPA Region

Discussion from the FGD of Group 1: CDD Adoption

National Program Manager Alex Glova addresses the community volunteers

Symbolic exchange of gifts of Community Volunteers

Discussion from Group 3: Multiple Challenges of Community Volunteers

National Program Management Office staff bust the moves for the new DSWD Kalahi CIDSS song “Ikaw at Ako”

National BayanI Ka Awardees

Mural presentation of Group 3

Mural Presentation of Group 2

Mural Presentation of Group 1

Mural Presentation of Group 4

Manay Judy Taguiwalo addressed the Community Volunteers of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS

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DSWD Kalahi CIDSS Helds “Bukluran”

Quezon City– Community Volunteers from all around the country participated in the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS’ 1st National Community Volunteers’ Congress and 3rd Bayani Ka Awards held last August 16-19, 2017 at Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City. The said event gathered 250 participants including community volunteers, Local Chief Executives and Kalahi CIDSS staff. The two-day event with the theme “Bukluran” celebrated the gains of the community volunteers as well as recognized the BayanI’s or the outstanding local stakeholders of the program.

Mr. Alex Glova address and acknowledge the community volunteers in Bukluran. “Kayo ang mga Bagong Bayani ng ating henerasyon” Glova said

“Mahalaga ang papel ng mga community volunteers sa ating programa at sa ating mga komunidad. Kung wala sila hindi magiging matagumpay ang programa” Said Alex Glova, the National Program Manager of Kalahi CIDSS.

The community volunteers have shared their knowledge and experiences in the implementation of the program through their participation in the different focus group discussions namely the CDD adoption, the pathways of the community after the Kalahi CIDSS program, the multiple challenges of the community volunteers, and the DSWD convergence.

In the CDD adoption group, the participants shared their hopes and plans in adopting CDD in their municipalities with the other community volunteers and LGU officials in the CDD adoption group. The LGU officials shared their experiences on how they slowly adopt CDD in their local governance strategies and the volunteers shared their elating experiences on how grateful they were when their LGUs had recognized their contribution in community building through their involvement in the Kalahi CIDSS.

On the second group, the pathways for the community after Kalahi CIDSS, the volunteers have identified the opportunities for them once the Kalahi CIDSS program has taken off from their community.  More so, on the third group, the multiple challenges of the community volunteers were discussed, here the volunteers shared their multiple roles in their families as well as in their communities and how these challenges sometimes hinder their role as community volunteers in Kalahi CIDSS. The final group, the DSWD convergence group participants discussed how the convergence, the three core programs of DSWD namely—the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, The Sustainable Livelihood Program, and the Kalahi CIDSS Program help the communities of the volunteers towards achieving a better quality of life.

After the group discussions, the volunteers painted on a mural their reflections, understanding, and knowledge gained upon their participation on their respective focus group discussions. The next morning, each group had a representative who will discuss the message behind their mural painting. As one of the highlights of the

Manay Judy Taguiwalo gave an inspiring speech the Community Volunteers of Kalahi CIDSS, she reminded the youth to involve themselves into volunteerism as they will be the future frontliner of the country.

morning, the participants welcomed Manay Judy Taguiwalo, former DSWD Secretary. Ms. Taguiwalo gave an inspiring speech to the volunteers wherein she encouraged each and everyone to keep the spirit of volunteerism burning. She also acknowledged the gains and accomplishments of all the community volunteers around the country through their successful implementation of Kalahi CIDSS in their communities.

 

 

 

In the afternoon of the second day, the 3rd National BayanI Ka Awardees were recognized. The Community Volunteers, in their fancy attires recognized and applauded the awardees coming from the different regions all over the country. The Region XII volunteers celebrated as they bagged the most awards on the said event. The ceremony was ended through the official launching of the new DSWD Kalahi CIDSS Song “Ikaw at Ako” sang by the Parokya ni Edgar band.

 

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Pagtatapos ng 400 SLP participants, idinaos sa Oriental Mindoro

ORIENTAL MINDORO –Matagumpay na idinaos ng Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) – MiMaRoPa sa ilalim ng Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) ang pagtatapos ng mga iskolar nito sa iba’t ibang kursong bokasyonal na ginanap noong ika-9 hanggang ika-11 ng Agosto 2017.

Katuwang ang mga Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-accredited schools at training centers, 400 na iskolar sa kabuuan mula sa iba’t ibang bayan ng Oriental Mindoro ang tumanggap ng sertipiko ng pagtatapos sa mga kursong electronics, masonry, welding, housekeeping, at scaffolding.

Electronic Products Assembly and Servicing NC II

Kaagapay ang Pinamalayan School of Science and Technology (PPST) Inc. at Wellcare Institute of Science and Technology (WIST), 165 trainees mula sa mga bayan ng Pola at Pinamalayan ang nagtapos sa kursong Electronic Products Assembly and Servicing NC II.

Ginanap sa Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy sa bayan ng Pinamalayan ang nasabing seremonya. Ilang kinatawan ng mga electronics companies ang dumalo sa pagtatapos upang humingi ng mga résumé sa mga nagsipagtapos. Sa pamamagitan nito, matutulungan ang mga iskolar na makahanap agad ng trabahong papasukan.

Housekeeping, Masonry, at Welding

Katuwang naman ang Southwestern College of Maritime, Business, and Technology (SCMBT), 166 trainees mula sa Baco, Calapan, at San Teodoro ang nagtapos sa kursong housekeeping, masonry, at welding.

Ayon kay Dr. Marivic Fernandez, bise presidente ng SCMBT, “Malaking tulong talaga ang partnership ng DSWD at SCMBT sa pag-meet ng objectives ng both parties. Hindi lang ang mga trainees ang natutulungan kundi pati na rin ang mga institutions tulad namin na nagbibigay ng ganitong serbisyo.”

Scaffolding

Katuwang ang Probaton, 69 trainees naman ang nagtapos sa kursong scaffolding. Ipinagmamalaki ng direktor ng institusyon na si Engr. Belly Goleña ang kanyang mga estudyante sapagkat napagtagumpayan nila ang masinsinang pagsasanay na ito noong ika-6 hanggang ika-27 ng Hulyo ngayong taon. “They are fully equipped because sa umaga may lecture tapos the rest of the day ay actual demonstration sila. Nag-train sila sa scaffolding dahil sustainable. Sa fishing kasi kaunti na ang isda and sa farming naman ay may El Niño. Dito sa scaffolding, it takes only a maximum of 21 days of training tapos pwede ka na sumabak sa trabaho”, dagdag pa nito.

Ayon kay DSWD MiMaRoPa Regional Project Coordinator Domingo V. Agra, “Ang hangad namin pagkatapos ng training ninyo ay magkaroon kayo ng hanapbuhay na magsusustento sa inyong sarili at pamilya. Hangad namin na mayroong isang miyembro ng pamilya na makapagtapos ng isang kurso sa kolehiyo o makapaghanapbuhay. Iyan ang isa sa aming objectives sa SLP.”

“Ihanda natin ang mga sarili sa pagbabago. Bilang mga naghahanapbuhay, dapat ready tayo to be inspired by our family at pati na rin makakilala ng mga tao sa ibang environment,” dagdag ni Ginoong Agra.

“Napawi ang lahat ng sakripisyo at hirap sapagkat naiwan sa amin ang karunungan na aming pinag-aralan at ito rin ang magiging simulain o hagdan upang kami ay makapagtrabaho ng mas marangal at kapaki-pakinabang. Ipinapangako po namin na ang aming natutunan ang aming kalasag upang makatawid sa kahirapan katulad ng layunin ng programang aming kinabibilangan,” ayon kay Mark Henson Martinez, isa sa mga nagtapos ng Scaffolding.

Ang SLP ay isa sa mga pangunahing programa ng DSWD na nagpapaunlad ng kakayahan ng mga kalahok ng programa upang matulungan ang mga ito na itaas ang antas ng kakayahan nila upang madaling makahanap ng trabahong nais nilang pasukan. Sa pamamagitan ng skills training tulad ng mga nabanggit, nabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga ito na hasain ang kakayanan sa napiling training at mapaangat ang pangkabuuang antas ng pamumuhay.

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Mendoza Family ng Marinduque, Huwarang Pamilya ng MIMAROPA

Ang Mendoza Family ang hinirang na Huwarang Pamilya ng Pantawid Pamilya MIMAROPA 2017

MALATE, Manila – Ang Mendoza Family mula sa Sta. Cruz, Marinduque ang hinirang bilang Huwarang Pamilya 2017 ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program MIMAROPA noong Agosto 4, 2017.

Ang Mendoza Family na binubuo ng mag-asawang Ermelo at Zenaida, at ng kanilang mga anak na sina Oliver, Trisha, Bryan, at Karylle ay binigyan ng parangal noong Oktubre 17, 2017 kasabay ng Regional Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya 2017 na ginanap sa Best Western La Corona Hotel Manila. Ang kanilang pamilya ang hinirang na kampeon sa regional level dahil sa kanilang determinasyon na mapanatili ang magandang relasyon ng kanilang pamilya at ang pagtulong nila sa kanilang komunidad sa kabila ng kanilang kahirapan.

Ang Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya ay may layunin na mabigyan ng rekognisyon ang mga modelong pamilya na patuloy na lumalaban upang mapaangat ang kanilang buhay pati na rin ng iba pang mahihirap na pamilya sa kanilang lugar.

Kasama sina Criza Calabon ng Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA at Lyndon Plantilla ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA), nagsagawa ng field validation sa tatlong pamilyang nominado para sa Regional Search matapos matukoy ang top 3 sa isinagawang deliberasyon ng Regional Office ng Pantawid Pamilya. Kasama sa tatlong probinsya ang Dela Cruz Family mula sa Bansud, Oriental Mindoro na hinirang na 1st runner-up at ang Fanoga Family na mula sa Odiongan, Romblon na hinirang bilang 2nd runner-up.

Nasungkit naman ng Alabado Family ng Abrolan, Palawan ang 3rd-runner up at hinirang na 4th runner-up naman ang Carculan Family ng Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro.

Unti-unti nang natutupad ang mga pangarap ng Mendoza Family lalo na’t masipag mag-aral ang mga bata at walang humpay sa pagsusumikap ang kanilang mga magulang. Nagtatrabaho bilang konsehal ng barangay si Ermelo, samantalang nananahi at gumagawa ng pitaka gamit ang mga recycled na materyal si Zenaida upang makatulong sa pantustos sa gastusin sa bahay. Nakapagtapos naman ng pag-aaral si Oliver, ang panganay na anak, sa kursong BS Civil Engineering at nakapasa siya sa board exam ngayong taon. Samantala, ang pangalawang anak na si Trisha ay tumigil ng pag-aaral noong siya ay nasa 2nd year para magtrabaho upang makatulong sa pag-aaral ng kaniyang kuya, ngunit ngayon ay nasa 3rd Year na sa kursong BS Education. Si Bryan at Karylle naman, ang pangatlo at pangalawang anak, ay nasa Grade 10 ngayon at nagpapakita ng kasipagan sa pag-aaral.

Simple man ang kanilang pamumuhay, mayaman naman sa pagmamahalan at respeto sa isa’t isa ang ipinagmamalaki ng Mendoza Family. Sa pagpapakita ng talento, pagsisikap, at kabutihang asal, nagsisilbing modelo sina Nanay Zenaida at Tatay Ermelo sa kanilang mga anak.

Ang Mendoza Family ay awtomatikong magrerepresenta sa Pantawid Pamilya MIMAROPA para sa National Search na gaganapin sa Oktubre 1, 2017, sa Muntinlupa Sports Complex. ###

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