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MIMAROPA centenarians get 100k from DSWD


DSWD MIMAROPA conducts validation of 100-year-old senior citizens who will qualify the centenarian gift.

MALATE, Manila- Thirty-six centenarians in MIMAROPA region already received Php100, 000.00 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) since April 2017.

DSWD record shows that four centenarians have received in Occidental Mindoro; 14 in Oriental Mindoro; six in Marinduque; three in Romblon; and nine in Palawan.

Under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Acts of 2016, all Filipinos who live to 100 years, otherwise known as a centenarian, will receive a Letter of Felicitation from the President and a centenarian gift of P100,000 whether living in the Philippines or not.

To date, the Department has released a total of Php3.6 million.

“We are still in the validation process for another  31 centenarians regionwide to qualify for the said cash gift,” said Maricel dela Vega, senior citizen focal person.

Centenarians will also receive a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive from their respective cities or municipal governments, to be decided by their local government unit.

According to Listahanan– government’s mechanism to identify the poor, there are 22 senior citizens who have turned 100 years old this year, belonging to poor households.###

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DSWD beneficiaries complete TESDA course


Partner-beneficiaries in Bongabong Oriental Mindoro join a photo op after the short graduation ceremony.

BONGABONG, OrMin- Around 47 partner-beneficiaries in this town completed the Scaffold Erection provided by the  Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Scaffold Erection is a TESDA short course that trains in erecting and dismantling and safely handling scaffolding tools and equipment with national certificate II.

From the said number of  graduates, 30 are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program recipients from barangays Anilao, Dayhagan, Camantigui, and Cawayan.

The skills training covered 21 days which started on February 6 and completed last March 6, 2017.

Moreover, the department has provided a total of Php277, 800.00 for the beneficiaries’ training manuals and assessment fee and starter kits such as hard hats, safety shoes and gloves.

 “After the training, they will be provided employment in Metro Manila in partnership with Probaton Oil and Gas Training Center, a private technical–vocational institution that caters high standard quality skills training for construction sector based in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro,” said Florife Dimaala, SLP provincial coordinator.

SLP is a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of its participants, is implemented using the Community-Driven Enterprise Development approach which enables participants to contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.###

 

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Unity Towards Security


Almost five months after being devastated by Typhoon Nona, traces of destruction are still apparent in some places in Baco, Oriental Mindoro. As one of the municipalities that were severely damaged by the typhoon, the citizens of Baco determinedly continues to rise against the challenges brought about by these types of disasters.

In Barangay Lantuyang, a predominantly Mangyan Alangan community, Nori Veron Maliglig recalls that most of the community scatters to different places to evacuate the area during calamities.

Located right beside the Karayrayan River, many of the residents of Barangay Lantuyang, especially those in the lower areas are in danger from flooding. And because most of the Mangyan houses are made of light materials, strong winds and rains easily damage and destroy their homes.

In the midst of these threats, the community have decided to construct an evacuation center with the funding of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS). As one of the core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, it aims to empower communities to choose and implement projects that address their most pressing needs.

Tagalog turned Mangyan

Nori Veron Maliglig, a sixty-year-old resident of Barangay Lantuyang, is one of the volunteers of KALAHI-CIDSS who persevered for the success of the implementation of the project.

Together with the other volunteers, she diligently worked and showed her care for the residents of the barangay despite being the only Tagalog in a community of Mangyans.

She settled in Baragay Lantuyang forty years ago and has embraced the Mangyans and their culture and now has a family with two children. “Tagalog ako na naging Mangyan (I am a Tagalog who became a Mangyan)”, she laughingly said.

Since this was a first for the community, the Mangyans were hesitant in claiming the job of the Warehouse Keeper, worried that they would have to pay for anything that will go missing from the warehouse.

“Ako naman po ay naaawa na yun na lamang ang wala kaya nilakasan ko ang loob ko na ako ay tumayo bilang bodegera (I felt sorry that it was still vacant so I gathered my courage and became the warehouse keeper)”, said Nanay Veron.

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Almost there. Nanay Veron smiles in front of the nearly completed evacuation center.

Not just another charity

The community of Barangay Lantuyang is no stranger to outsiders offering help, especially charities; NGOs, NGAs and private corporations often visit and promise infrastructure and development. Most of which were never completed.

From all the false promises emanated their mistrust of all programs and agencies that reach out to their community.

Because of this, the whole community was at first hesitant in accepting the KALAHI-CIDSS program. According to Nanay Veron, “Noong umpisa, hindi sila naniniwala. Baka mahirapan lang sila pero wala din (At first they did not believe. Maybe it would just burden them but result to nothing)”.

But she tried to persuade them to give the program a chance. “Tignan muna natin (let’s see first)”, she told them.

Seeing the project slowly being completed, “Sinabi ng mga mangyan na pinalakas ko ang loob nila (The mangyans said that I gave them courage)”, said Nanay Veron.

When the community has finally united with one goal in mind, the challenges however numerous and daunting were faced with determination.

The land where the evacuation center was planned to be built was owned by priests. So in groups, the volunteers and community members visited the Bishop numerous times to ask for his approval.

His fear and his mistrust was the same as the community.

With the help of Father Victor Florida, SVD, commonly known by the Mangyans as “Father Jun Jun”, the volunteers and the community tirelessly visited the Bishop to explain the process of KALAHI-CIDSS though at first he remained doubtful. He needed assurance that the program will not be same as the previous projects given to Barangay Lantuyang.

After months of meetings, he consulted the issue with the priests of Oriental Mindoro and finally gave his permission to use the land.

Soon, given the chance and proper training the volunteers were already doing things on their own.

They initiated the relocation of an electric post situated at the construction site by talking with the local energy provider.

Whenever needed, the Procurement Team head, Sawi Villar, can even go alone to Calapan City to talk to suppliers and for canvasing.

As a fairly distant Barangay, transportation can be a challenge for the volunteers. For this, they contribute some of their extra earnings from harvests.

They also had a contribution for the pig used in the pansula, a ritual before the start of the construction to ward off evil spirits.

However, their determination was further tested. During Typhoon Nona, a part of the roof of their warehouse was blown away, leaving all their materials under the rain and the rising water of the river.

Some of their cement got wet rendering them unusable, but the volunteers never lost hope.

Laborers and volunteers were already working on the building while relief goods were being distributed to the residents of the Barangay. Almost all of the community members were also very willing to work have a bayanihan for the completion of their evacuation center.

“Ibinuhos ko na ang aking kalooban jan, ako ay hindi umaabsent at palaging nagbabantay (I poured my soul there, I was never absent and I always look after the materials)”, says Nanay Veron.

Beyond beliefs, beyond religion

The residents of Barangay Lantuyang are now eager to implement projects for the development of their barangay. They plan to propose for a protection dike or a day care center in the following cycles of the KALAHI CIDSS.

During the blessing of their evacuation center on April 28, 2016, Father Jun Jun told the residents to care for the building saying, “panatilihhin nating buo, panatilihin nating maayos, panatilihin nating malinis dahil sa panahon na kailangang kailangan natin na syay nandyan (Let us keep it whole, let us keep it in good condition, let us keep it clean because when the time comes that we will need it, it will be there)”.

In his message, Father Jun Jun also emphasized the importance of the community’s solidarity. “Sa tuwing magpapaalala ako sa mga taga Lantuyang, sinasabi ko na ang pagkakaiba iba ng ating mga pananampalataya ay sana hindi maging hadlang, sana ito ang maging daan para sama sama kayong gumawa (Whenever I remind the residents of Lantuyang, I tell them that, may the differences in religion not be a hindrance, it should be a way for you to work together)”

The community of Barangay Lantuyang, diverse in beliefs and religion, with their initial success in the construction of the evacuation center, was reminded that only with unity will they achieve change and development.

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Father Jun Jun leads the blessing of the evacuation center

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The evacuation center of Barangay Lantuyang

 

 

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Vocational schools in Calapan tap DSWD for employment aid of beneficiaries


CALAPAN City- As part of Sustainable Livelihood Program’s (SLP) aim to increase employment-facilitation regionwide, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa conducted a consultation meeting with two technical vocational schools based in this city, the Wellcare Institute of Science and Technology (WIST) and Southwestern Luzon Maritime Institute.

Both schools are accredited by the TESDA or Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, a government agency which ensures mandatory registration  and compliance of Technical Vocational Education and Training  programs.

The meeting was participated by DSWD and school officials held last March 22, 2016 in El Pueblo Resort in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

As a result, the WIST management agreed to offer slots in their scholarship program for 200 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Oriental Mindoro.

The said scholars will be provided training on Electronic Products Assembly National Certificate II. Beneficiaries to complete the course will be linked to various production companies in CALABARZON managed by the said schools.

Aside from the scholarship, the institution held voiced their willingness to conduct community based trainings for those who cannot afford to undergo school-based training due to constraints on their location and finances.

The Southwestern Luzon Maritime Institute Foundation (SLMIF) is an ISO certified school that offers maritime specialized courses for inter-island and overseas job placements.

The partnership is set to be finalized this quarter with the hope of providing employment opportunities for Pantawid beneficiaries in Oriental Mindoro.

SLP is a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of its participants, is implemented using the Community-Driven Enterprise Development approach which enables participants to contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.###

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Evacuation centers still open for Nona-affected families in Oriental Mindoro


MALATE, Manila– (Update of 11/20/15, 9:00 PM) There are still 88 evacuation centers managed by the Local Government Units remain open to date providing temporary shelter to 18,333 families or 236,297 individuals in Oriental Mindoro.

Seven centers in Calapan City, ten in Socorro, 12 in Baco, 29 in Pinamalayan, and 30 in Naujan.

As of December 20, around P9, 222,621.78 worth of food packs  have been provided to affected families in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Romblon and Marinduque provinces.

DSWD ensures the delivery of said food packs to the rightful recipients.

Meanwhile, validation of damaged houses in areas affected by Typhoon Nona are still ongoing.

The total number of damaged housing units increases from 53,000 to 75,8881 units; 31,321 totally damaged and 44,460 partially damaged houses. Pinamalayan and Naujan municipalities recorded the most destroyed housing units in the province.###

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Be a Volunteer


Be a VolunteerThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa is looking for volunteers to help with its relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Nona in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon provinces

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Typhoon Nona initial damage assessment reveals more than 53,000 housing units destroyed in MiMaRoPa


MALATE, Manila-  (Update as of 11/20/15, 9:00 AM) The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa through its Municipal Action Team (MAT) continue to conduct assessment of more than 53,000 totally and partially damaged housing units in the municipalities that were hit by Typhoon Nona.

There are 23,750 houses reported as totally damaged while 29,884 houses are partially damaged regionwide.

The ongoing validation of affected areas in Oriental, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon provinces is spearheaded by the DSWD field staff in coordination with the local government units.

As of this writing, Typhoon Nona kills 15 persons, 358 injured and 1 missing.

A total of Php8,925,693.58 food assistance coming from the national and local governments and Non- Government Organizations, are packed/delivered and subject for distribution to affected families.

On the other hand, DSWD calls public to volunteer for the repacking of family food packs for the quick delivery and distribution of goods  to affected families in the region.

Interested volunteers may visit the DSWD regional office at 1680 Benitez corner Malvar St., Malate Manila. ###

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Mindoreños win for DSWD’s photo contest


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Listahanan @ Work: Photo contest regional winners (L-R) 1st runner-up Arden Pimentel Jr., Champion Joebert Famini and 2nd runner-up Harold Ian Tan.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY- Three local photographers from Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro won the first ever Listahanan @ Work: photo contest by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa.

The contest aims to promote transparency in the process of identifying potential beneficiaries of the government social protection programs.

Joebert Famini, student from Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) took home the grand prize of Php 10,000 in cash; while Arden Pimentel Jr. also a student of MinSCAT bagged the second place with P7, 000.00 cash prize; and Harold Ian Tan, third place with P5, 000.00. Each winner receives plaque of recognition.

Finalist photo entries were exhibited during the 2015 Gawad Listahanan regional awarding ceremony in Palawan on December 11, 2015. ###

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