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A Battle Well Fought

A mother has a heart of a soldier. It beats to protect her children. In its veins flow endless compassion and care. Its walls are strengthened by hope and grace. It sees the ugly and transforms it into a multitude of admirable beauty. Its muscles are collections of wisdom that reflects in the heart of her children.

Lilian Garcia, 46, a mother of four has survived countless defeat and has won numerous battles. She married at an early age and since then, she has been fighting to keep her family’s head above water. Her husband, a farmer, barely compensates to the lack of financial capacity to send all their children to school. But her sheer desire to fulfill her dream of seeing all the children finish their education fuels her motivation to fight harder.

A couple’s story

Farming was the major source of income the Garcia couple has in the early stage of their marriage. The meager amount they earn a day cannot cover daily expenses for a family of six. Aurello, her husband, had to wake up at four in the morning to fish so Lilian could vend the catch in hope of stretching their financial stick. Even with two sources of income, the couple barely met the needs of their family.

“Minsan talaga, noon, kapag walang wala na kami makuhanan ng pera, humihingi na din ako ng tulong sa mga magulang ko kapag meron silang extra,” recalled Lilian. Her determination was not weakened by her financial circumstance. Lilian is naturally resourceful. She shared, “ako talaga ang iniisip ko ay mapagkakakitaan parati. Ginawa ko talaga yung kinikita naming sa pagtatanim at pangingisda at yung tulong mula sa magulang ko, inipon ko para makapagtayo ng maliit na sari-sari store.”

The absence of electricity in their area in Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro made it difficult for Lilian to manage the store at night. She remembered having to light up a small candle, hoping it would last until ten in the evening so she can save the money to buy another one.

Her family suffered a massive blow when one of her husband’s leg got paralyzed due to a dysfunction in the veins. Aurello had to stop farming for at least 3 months, which meant losing half of their earnings at that time. “Doon ako talaga sobrang nahirapan, kasi gastos sa gamot sa pang araw-araw pa, kaya talagang hirap na hirap ako,” shared Lilian.

A shed of light

The Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development aims to alleviate poverty by providing financial assistance for livelihood purposes. Lilian is fortunate to be granted a total amount of Php 10,000.00 as a start-up capital for a business. She used the capital to add items to sell in her sari-sari store. Sitio Balagnan is situated far off the town of Abra de Ilog where most markets are.

Residents in their community have to ride a boat for an hour and a half to get to town to stock up groceries consumable in a week or a month.  This gave Lilian an idea to begin retailing rice and other goods in their sitio to help people save time from visiting town for groceries. The sari-sari store and rice retail began to flourish and her monthly income increased. Now, her family has enough money to spend for their daily expenses.

Money became a bit tighter when two of her children stepped in college. A huge chunk of the budget had to be allocated for their studies. Instead of having one of them to stop schooling, she welcomed the opportunity of venturing into another business, the selling of ready-to-wear clothes. Lilian then had extra money saved which she used to buy clothes to sell.

With a clear goal to increase her profit, she was able to earn the capital back and kept all her business afloat. As today, three of her children have already graduated and two of them are now employed. Her store earns steadily and she continuously saves for future use. She assures to deposit a fixed amount of money on a monthly basis.

Sharing the success

Lilian’s dream of seeing all her children complete their college degrees is nearing its realization. She has her youngest at junior highschool and part of her savings will be allocated to his college studies. Lilian proudly said, “Umalwan na ang buhay naming at patuloy pa din sa pagsasaka ang mister ko para malaki pa din ang kita namin sa buwanan.” 

SLP has provided a platform for success to the Garcia family and Lilian is now ready and determined to inspire the community with her story. She is a leader of 25 other grantees and serves as a guide as to how they can spend the cash grants wisely. Lilian has fought adversities and stood resilient against challenges brought by financial incapacities. Like a real soldier, she fought and now marches on the road to the glorious finish to her greatest battle yet – influencing the whole community into becoming a success in their own business venture. ###

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Dwight Macabuhay

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Pantawid MIMAROPA exemplary child awarded 4th runner up to the National Search

Malate, Manila – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced on December 1, 2018, the winners of the National Search for Exemplary Children during the celebration of the “Araw ng Kabataan” held at the SM North Skydome. Adeli D. Tan of Rizal, Occidental Mindoro was awarded as the 4th runner-up of the Search out of the 16 other children beneficiaries who joined the competition.

The title was won by Jay Mark C. Gac-ang of Lanao Del Norte, followed by Maria Kaitlinn Cayne S. Lubrico  of Iloilo as the 1st runner-up. Meanwhile, Kristine Nicole S. Bumadilla of Pangasinan was announced as the 2nd runner-up and Justin Dale Dela Cruz from the National Capital Region (NCR) as the 3rd runner-up.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista attended the event and congratulated all the exemplary children. In his message, he recognized the role of children in the society as well as the government’s role in advancing children’s rights.

He reminded the audience of the significant events leading to the annual celebration of the children’s month more than 30 years ago.

The 4Ps or Pantawid Pamilya is one of the government’s programs to protect and promote the rights of children. In 2012, the program launched the Search for Exemplary Children to recognize children-beneficiaries who are role models in their families, communities, and in the society,” shared Sec. Bautista.

The Araw ng Kabataan is an annual event of the Pantawid Pamilya as part of the National Children’s Congress (NCC) which was celebrated in line with the National Children’s Month celebration in November.

NCC is a one-week activity for to conduct different workshop and activities focusing on forming a “mapagkalingang komunidad para sa kabataan” held on November 25-30, 2018 at Greenhills Elan Hotel. The five (5) exemplary children from the Regional Search and Jecille Arah M. Costales, the national exemplary child 2017, joined the other provincial exemplary children nationwide during the activity with the theme entitled, “Bata, Magkaisa Tungo sa Bayang Mapagkalinga”. ###

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Libreng konsultasyon at serbisyo para sa mga katutubong nasa nayon

Bansud, Oriental Mindoro – Matagumpay na nairaos ang isang outreach program at libreng konsultasyon para sa mga katutubong Buhid Mangyan ng Sitio Palamang, Brgy. Manihala, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro noong Nobyembre 17-18, 2018. Dinaluhan ito ng mahigit 70 na pamilya na benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program sa pangunguna ng Municipal Action Team ng Bansud na binubuo ng mga kawani ng Pantawid Pamilya at Sustainable Livelihood Program ng Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Matiyagang nilakbay ng grupo and komunidad ng mga katutubo upang maipaabot ang serbisyong kanilang bitbit. Ganap na ika-7 ng gabi nang marating nila ang komunidad ng mga katutubo na malugod namang tumanggap sa kanila.

Opisyal na sinimulan ang aktibidad sa ikalawang araw ng kanilang pagbisita. Kasama si Dr. Jonathan Leviste mula sa Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital (OMPH), nagsagawa ng libreng konsultasyon at libreng gamot at bitamina para sa mga katutubo. Kasabay ng konsultasyon ay nagpamigay din ng mga laruan sa mga batang Buhid Mangyan mula sa mga donasyon na nalikom ng grupo. Bukod pa rito, nakatanggap din ang mga batang Buhid ng tsinelas na kanilang magagamit sa pagpasok sa paaralan. Katuwang din ang iba pang ahesnya, nakatanggap din ng libreng kulambo ang bawat pamilyang katutubo na magagamit nila upang makaiwas sa mga karamdamang dala ng lamok.

Nilalayon ng akttibidad na ito na marating ang mga katutubo na walang sapat na pinansyal upoang makapagkonsulta at makabili ng gamot. Higit na ikinataba ng kanilang puso ang mga simpleng regalo na kanilang natanggap na nagbigay ng panibagong pag-asa sa kanila.

Lubos ang kagalakan at pasasalamat ng mga katutubong Buhid Mangyan, na sa kabila ng kanilang kalagayan ay hindi ipinagkait ang ganitong libreng serbisyo. Patuloy naman ang serbisyong ibibigay ng Convergene Team ng Bansud para sa mga benepisyaryo ng programa sa pagsasagawa ng ganitong mga aktibidades. ###

 

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Socorro holds “bote for life” Cycle 7

Socorro, Oriental Mindoro – On November 22, 2018, the Municipality of Socorro, Oriental Mindoro held its 7th cycle of Convergence Initiative ‘Bote for Life’ spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Municipal Action Team – Socorro.

The initiative is a fund-raising activity, which aims to provide Pantawid beneficiaries with free Social Insurance coverage in partnership with Palawan Pawnshop.

According to the 2015 Social Welfare Development Indicator (SWDI) survey, a total of 1,162 program partner households are still non-member of any insurance companies, which put their members in financial risks in times of unexpected incidents.

Since September 2017, all beneficiaries of the municipality of Socorro are required to bring 5 clean empty bottles every conduct of offsite payout, which is collected in a single venue operated by the Pantawid staff. The bottles are then collected in sacks and then sold to a partner junkshop to generate funds out of it. The amount collected would then be used as registration fees of program partner beneficiaries to the Palawan Pawnshop Social Insurance plan 100, which covers benefits for accidental, death, education, and health of five active members of the household for one whole year. Looking at it in a larger perspective, the family’s financial security and safety is ensured in exchange of five reusable bottles brought bi-monthly.

As of Cycle 6, a sum of 578 households have benefited from the ‘Bote for Life’ project, and the DSWD Municipal Action Team is currently on the process of adding more of beneficiaries on the list of ensured families for a more secured future, financial wise. ###

 

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A Dreamer with a Golden Heart  

“Hindi mo kailangang magkaroon ng yaman para ikaw ay makatulong sa iba. Bata ka man o matanda, ang maliit na bagay na itutulong mo sa iba ay malaki ang magiging epekto sa kanila. (You don’t need to be wealthy and rich to be able to help those who are in need. Young or old, a small help you can give will have a big impact on the lives of the needy).

For Adeli D. Tan, 14 years old, from Sitio Cambarwang, Brgy. Adela, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, helping others does not require anything special since the smallest act of kindness can do a great amount of good to others. Known for her desire to help other people in need, Ada, as her friends and family fondly call her, shares that there is a positive feeling when she do things that make other people happy. This feeling inspires her more to strive hard and finish her studies so that one day, she can help more people.

During Typhoon Josie which caused flood in their neighborhood, Ada exerted effort to help families who were affected by starting a donation drive in school. Their house was also flooded but she chose to help even in a simple way.

Her family does not have much but her parents showered Ada and her little brother, with kindness and love which taught her to be more empathic towards other people. “Naiisip ko po kasi na may mga taong mas nangangailangan ng tulong, kaya lagi akong willing tumulong din sa kanila (I believe that there are other people who needs more help, that’s why I am always willing to help them),” Ada said.

At Grade 9 in Rizal National High School, Ada already knows that helping others is one way to achieve her success in life.

 

A farmer’s daughter

Ada’s family lives a simple life in the farm.

Her father, Adelo, 55, is a farmer but does not own a piece of land. He earns a living through tending his relative’s farm. His income is only 10% of his harvest which means that he only takes 10 sacks of rice if he harvested 100 sacks. Meanwhile, her mother, Neftali, 41, helps her father financially through selling vegetables from her backyard garden. Ada is the eldest child. She has a little brother named, Adelino, 8 years old, who is in Grade 3. Their house is far away from the main road and is muddy when it rains.

As a child, Ada already knows that life is difficult. They do not have enough money to buy material things she needs and wants. Hence, since then, she learned to be contented on what her parents can provide them.

Wala naman para sa akin kung hindi ako makabili ng materyal na bagay na gusto ko basta kahit papaano ay nakukuha ko lang ang kailangan ko kasi balang araw, makakabili din naman ako ng mga gusto ko ‘pag nakapagtapos na ako ng pag-aaral (What matters to me most is I can have essential things that I need every day because, I know that when I finish my studies I can buy whatever I want),” Ada explained.

She narrated that when she was in elementary, she goes to school with only P10.00 as her baon, which she uses to pay her tricycle fare going to school and back to their house. For lunch, her only ulam is bagoong which she pairs with rice. When she does not have any food and money to bring, she walks her way to school and back home and only eats nilagang saging during lunch so that she can tame her growling stomach.

Isang beses nung Grade 4 sya, naghahanap pa lang sana ako ng pera para ipangbaon nya kasi walang-wala kami kasi naawa naman ako sa bata na papasok na walang baon. Pero pagbalik ko, nakaalis na pala sya para pumasok sa eskwela (One time when she was in Grade 4, I was looking for money to give her because we do not have any and I feel sad if she goes to school without money. But when I get back, she had already gone to school),” narrated her mother.

After school, she does not forget her responsibilities at home as she helps her mother with the household chores and teaches her brother with his assignments.

Ada’s biggest inspiration is her father. She sees how her father works hard in order to provide for their needs. If there is no work in the farm, her father goes out in the sea to fish for their food or sell in the market.

Nararamdaman ko yung hirap ni Tatay para lang makapagbigay sa amin. Papasok ako sa umaga, madaling araw pa lang ay nasa bukid na siya tapos pagbalik ko galing eskwela, inaabot pa rin siya ng dilim at minsan naabutan pa ng masamang panahon (I am aware of how my father works hard to provide for us. When I go to school, he is already in the fields early in the morning and when I get back home, he is caught in the dark of the evening and sometimes caught in a bad weather),” Ada said.

Ada understands her family’s situation. This has helped her more to study hard in order to help her family get out of poverty. Since pre-school, she is a consistent honor student who has already received 46 medals and a lot of certificates for her academic excellence.

Since they do not have electricity at home, her family was able to spend time together more. Her parents play with them and help them with their assignments and projects. They sleep together and talk to each other before going to sleep. They make sure that they practice open communication in their family. They also value going to church together every Sunday since their family believes that faith in God should be the center of their household.

Ada has a hard life, but experiencing these difficulties has made her more appreciative of what she has and more understanding of other people’s difficulty as well.

 

Provider of noble service

Ada is not only known for her excellent grades in school but also through her good image in helping other people.

Mabait, mapagbigay, honest, at supportive po si Ada. Kahit pagod na pagod na siya ay handa pa rin po siyang tumulong sa iba. Kahit ako ay tinuturuan niya sa mga assignments namin (Ada is kind, generous, honest, and supportive. Even though she is tired, she is always willing to help others. She had also helped me with our assignments)”, said Gracelyn Manugay, one of her classmates.

As an active member of different organizations in their community and in school, Ada was able to reach more people in need. Being a member of the Youth for Christ in St. Peter Parish in their municipality, she was able to promote spiritual wellness among other youths. As she serves as the Grade 9 Governor in the Student Supreme Government (SSG), she becomes the voice of her fellow students, bringing their concerns to their teachers. She is also the President of the RNHS Sports Enthusiast Club where she helps in raising funds for the materials they need during their sports activities. She is also serves as a volunteer in their RNHS Student-Led Watching Team where she participates in the conduct of feeding programs to the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of their community and packs relief goods during disaster.

In many occasions, Ada has already demonstrated her kindness to others. When someone needs her help, she is always there for them.

One of the situations she recalls is when her cousin runs to her for help with her project when she was in Grade 8. The project involves typing and printing but since they have no money to go to a computer shop, Ada accompanied her cousin to her teacher so that they can finish her cousin’s project. Even though she is also working with her own assignments that night, she waited for her cousin to finish her work before going home to do hers.

She also told a story when she had helped one of the candidates during their Foundation Day in 2017. She noticed that an escort from Grade 7 was preparing by himself for the pageant and was about to cry since he was not accompanied by any of his parents or a handler.  Ada felt pity so she called her other classmates to help her in preparing and fixing his clothes.

Noong naglakad na siya sa stage nun, napaiyak po ako kasi nakita ko na umaliwalas yung mukha nya dahil sa ginawa ko. Kahit po pala yung simpleng gawain mo ay makakapagpangiti sa iba (When he walked on the stage, I cried because I saw how his face brightened after what I did. I realized that even small actions can make other people smile),Ada said tearfully as she reminisced that day.

On July 23, 2018, Occidental Mindoro was declared in a state of calamity due to Typhoon Josie. Sitio Cambarwang was affected, and Ada’s house was flooded. They needed to evacuate their house and transfer to the barangay evacuation center for a day until the flood receded. Their house is still intact but some of their things were drifted by the flood. When her mother went back to the evacuation center to check on their other relatives whose houses were destroyed by the typhoon, she discovered that most families in there do not have any clothes with them. So, her mother told Ada to look for clothes in their closet which they can bring to the families. This has led Ada to start a donation drive with her classmates so she can deliver the goods to her neighbors.

Noong July, pagkatapos ng baha, nagulat ako na may dalang damit at goods ang mga kaklase niya at napagalaman ko na siya (Ada) pala ang humingi ng tulong sa mga kaklase nya para ibigay sa mga kabarangay niya na nasalanta, initiative niya yun. Umiiyak siya nung kausap ko siya dahil kailangan daw talaga ng mga kabarangay niya, (On July, after the flooding, I was surprised to see my students brought clothes and goods in class and I came to know that she (Ada) asked her classmates for help so she can give it to her neighbors who were affected by the typhoon. It was her initiative. She was crying when I talked to her because according to her, her neighbors really need those things),” shared Precious Melody T. Norella, her classroom adviser.

Ada’s act of kindness to her neighborhood was recognized in their barangay led by their Barangay Captain Romeo Aguirre. “Hindi siya nagdadalawang-isip sa kung ano ang maari niyang itulong. Isa rin siyang magandang modelo sa kapwa kabataan niya at naniniwala ako na ang katulad niya ang kailangan ng lipunan upang umunlad sa tulong ng pamahalaang local at BLGU. Proud ako sa kaniya, (She did not think twice on what she can give to help. She is a good model for the youth and I believe that someone like her is needed by the community to develop with the help of the local government and BLGU. I am proud of her)”, Capt. Aguirre said.

With this, more people were impressed with Ada for her passion in helping others.

Ang naisip ko po kasi noon ay maswerte pa kami dahil hindi kami umabot sa ganoong malalang kalagayan (I thought to myself that we are still fortunate to not experience any of that),” Ada said.

Ada may have her own problems and difficulties, but she has a desire to give help especially when she is needed.

Kahit mahirap kasi ang buhay, tinutulungan ko rin po ang mga taong mas nangangailangan dahil kahit papaano ay mayroon din naman kasing tumutulong sa amin – ang programa ng 4Ps (Life is hard but I still try to help those in need because at the very least we have 4Ps to help us)”, she shared.

 

Recipient of help

When she was in Grade 1, Ada’s family were included as one of the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Mas narealize ko yung tulong ng programa noong Grade 4 ako dahil nakikita ko na nakakabili na ako ng mga bagay na kailangan ko sa school at may gatas na rin kami at vitamins (I appreciated the program’s help more when I was in Grade 4 because I was able to buy school supplies as well as milk and vitamins),” Ada said.

According to her, since becoming a beneficiary of the program, her family has been more prepared during disaster or if any of them becomes sick. Her father’s income cannot really finance all of their needs but with the help of the program, the grants they receive is used their household’s other expenses.

Moreover, Ada shared that before the program, her mother does not give attention to their backyard garden. But after their discussion on bio-intensive gardening, her mother uses the garden to provide them more nutritious meals as well as use it as another source of income.

According to her, “dahil sa 4Ps, mas nagkaroon ako ng pag-asa na mayroon akong masasandalan bukod sa pamilya ko (4Ps made me realize that I have a someone to rely on other than my family).”

Nabuksan isip ko na hindi porket mahirap ay mananatili kang mahirap. Maraming maaring gawin para umunlad at mayroong sangay ng gobyerno na tutulong sa aming mahihirap upang maabot ang pangarap. At masusuklian namin yun sa pag-aaral nang mabuti upang matulungan ang aming komunidad (I realized that if you were born poor, you will not be poor your entire life. There are many government agencies that will aid us to reach our dreams. And we can give back by studying hard so we can help our community),” she added.

The help from the program that she receives motivates her more to uplift not only their lives but also the lives of other people in their community through studying hard and giving her best in school.

 

A future thinker

Ada, like other children, is a dreamer. She dreams of having a house made of stone for her family to live in in the future. She dreams of finishing her studies and becoming a bank employee, dressing up in a corporate attire.

Ang gusto ko lang naman po ay makapagtapos ng pag-aaral para maramdaman naman ng magulang ko ang kaginhawaan sa buhay (All I want is to finish my studies so that I can provide a good life to my parents),” Ada said.

She also dreams for her community to be peaceful, free from harm and violence for the children, has a clean environment, and where all people lives harmoniously. She dreams to help other people in need as long as she can give so that everyone in her community can uplift their lives.

Hindi ko sila matutulungan ng pinansyal, pero balang-araw, kapag ako ay nakapagtapos, matutulungan ko sila. Sa ngayon, ang magagawa ko ay hikayatin ang mga kabataan na lumaban sa kahirapan para maisip nila ‘yung mangyayari sa future kapag positive lang ang ginagawa nila (I won’t be able to help them now financially, but after I graduate, I know I will be able to help them more. For now, what I can do is persuade the youth to fight against poverty so that they will realize what good they will experience in the future if they only do positive things),” she said.

Her situation in life does not hinder her to study hard and keep the fire burning to achieve her dreams.

Indeed, Ada serves as an inspiration to all. With her kindness and golden heart, everyone believes that a good future awaits her. ###

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Sama-samang pag-abot sa mga Katutubo ng Kabanaw

Pinamalayan, Occidental Mindoro – The Pinamalayan Convergence Team composed of the different field staff from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for IP, and Sustainable Livelihood Program Staff  of the Department of Welfare and Development Field Office MIMAROPA  celebrated the Indigenous Peoples Month through an outreach program as their Convergence Initiative held in Sitio Kabanaw, Brgy. Marayos, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro on October 26, 2018.

The team tapped possible agencies and individuals to gather donations to be brought to farthest part of the mountain where the small tribe can be found. Many helping hands extended their help which made the convergence initiative possible.

The day started early for the team as they had reached Brgy. Marayos six in the morning as they look forward for what lies ahead in the community to be visited. They spent almost two hours of walking and trekking on the muddy and steep road before reaching their target area.

It was exactly 8:00 AM when they reached the Kabanaw IP community. They were welcomed with greetings and innocent smiles of the children which were already waiting for them.

As soon as the group reached the community, the barangay captain together with the tribal leader and other volunteers started calling all of the residents to formally start the program and welcome the team. The barangay captain rendered the welcome remarks and appreciated the efforts of the team for initiating such activity for the indigenous people. Brief discussion on Disaster Preparedness was being discussed by Municipal Link Regina Dela Pena and ways on how to properly plant different vegetables was shared by Sustainable Livelihood Program PDO-II Mark Gil Aban.

Profiling of Households was conducted by Municipal Links Rhonalee Carle, Mylene Espino and Jennifer Galan, Social Welfare Assistant John Paolo Mendoza and Municipal Roving Book Keeper Verna Divina. The compiled Household Profiling will be sent to possible partners for further interventions needed by the community.

While the parents are busy in the conduct of the interview for household profiling, Municipal Links Regina Dela Pena, Melani Joy Tabernero, SLP PDO-II Geanie Goco, Mark Aban, Carlo Marasigan and MCCT PDO-II Haniely Rey facilitated the parlor games with the IP children.

The donations collected by the team were distributed after the conduct of the discussion and were also used as prizes for the winning teams of the games.

True to its objectives, the activity was able to provide knowledge to the IP beneficiaries on the program’s processes and other topics which can help them in uplifting their lives. It also provided an avenue to the beneficiaries to break away from their normal routine from working in the fields and provide them supplies and materials which they can use.

At the end of the activity, the IP beneficiaries of Sitio Kabanaw bid farewell to the team and to the volunteers who participated the event with smile on their faces signifying the success of the convergence initiative. ###

 

Submitted by: Pinamalayan Convergence Team

 

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Listahanan MIMAROPA wagi sa 29th NSM statistical exhibit

Tinanggap ni Jennel Maquiñana ng DSWD Listahanan ang certificate of recognition mula sa mga opisyales ng PSA MIMAROPA.

CALAPAN CITY-  Tumanggap ng pagkilala ang DSWD MIMAROPA mula sa Philippine Statistics Authority o PSA MIMAROPA bilang nanguna sa patimpalak sa statistical exhibit  bilang bahagi ng 29th National Statistics Month (NSM) kahapon, Oktubre 27.

Ipinakita ng DSWD ang mga estadistika ukol sa mga mahihirap na sambahayan o profile of the poor sa rehiyon  na nakalap ng Listahanan sa isinagawang 2015 Household Assessment.  Ayon sa nasabing talaan, umabot sa 584,562 ang kabuang bilang ng sambahayang sa limang probinsya ang natasa. Mula sa bilang na ito, 221,324 o 37.9 porsyento ng mga sambahayan ang natukoy na mahihirap.

Ang nasabing pagkilala ay iginawad kahapon bilang opisyal na pagtatapos ng selebrasyon ng statistics month.

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4Ps Exemplary Child MIMAROPA 2018 is from Occidental Mindoro

 

Malate, Manila – Adeli D. Tan from Rizal Occidental Mindoro was awarded as the winner of the Regional Search for Exemplary Children, on October 22, 2018 at Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern, San Juan City, Manila.

Ada, as she is fondly called by her family and friends, is a responsible child to her parents, an active member of the student body in their school, and a helpful citizen of their community. She is known for her simple act of kindness which create great amount of good to others.

During Typhoon Josie which caused flood in their neighborhood, Ada exerted effort to help families who were affected by starting a donation drive in school. Their house was also flooded but she chose to help even in a simple way. Currently at Grade 9 in Rizal National High School, Ada desires to help other people in need because according to her, there is a positive feeling when she do things that make other people happy. This feeling inspires her more to strive hard and finish her studies so that one day, she can help more people.

Ada, like other children, is a dreamer. She dreams of having a house made of stone for her family to live in in the future. She dreams of finishing her studies and becoming a bank employee, dressing up in a corporate attire.

She also dreams for her community to be peaceful, free from harm and violence for the children, has a clean environment, and where all people lives harmoniously. She dreams to help other people in need as long as she can give so that everyone in her community can uplift their lives. According to her, “hindi ko sila matutulungan ng pinansyal, pero balang-araw, kapag ako ay nakapagtapos, matutulungan ko sila. Sa ngayon, ang magagawa ko ay hikayatin ang mga kabataan na lumaban sa kahirapan para maisip nila ‘yung mangyayari sa future kapag positive lang ang ginagawa nila.”

Other winners of the Search include Amie S. Cabanig from Roxas, Palawan as the 1st runner-up, followed by Danica M. Aquino or Naujan, Oriental Mindoro as the 2nd runner-up. Laudeline John G. Evangelio of Odiongan Romblon was awarded as the 3rd runner-up, while Bhea Laura J. Enero was the 4th runner-up.

Ada will compete in the National Search on November 26 as part of the National Children’s Congress with the theme “Bata Magkaisa, Tungo sa Bayang Mapagkalinga”.

Adeli will serve as an advocate of the program in inspiring other children beneficiaries and signifying as a living proof on how the program has helped in building the future of its children beneficiaries through its services. ###

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