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DSWD recognized contributions of partners, stakeholders during 65th anniv

DSWD Sec. Corazon Juliano-Soliman (middle) together with  international  development partners during the PaNata Ko sa Bayan awarding ceremony.

DSWD Sec. Corazon Juliano-Soliman (middle) together with international development partners during the PaNata Ko sa Bayan awarding ceremony.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) paid tribute to local and international partner-institutions; local government units (LGUs); volunteers; and, individual partners through the “PaNata Ko sa Bayan” Awards held recently at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center as one of the highlights of the Department’s 65th anniversary celebration.

“We thank everyone for the continued support and we look forward to more opportunities of working with you as we strive to better the lives of the vulnerable sectors in the country,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said during the ceremony.

Among the categories in the “PaNata Ko sa Bayan” Awards are Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan (GAPAS), Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiya, Gawad Listahanan, Gawad Serbisyo, and the “Salamat Po” Award.

GAPAS is a commendation given to an LGU implementing DSWD programs and services, such as Day Care, Sustainable Livelihood, and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS).

The winners in this category were:

  • Province of Bataan – Model LGU implementing DSWD programs and services;
  • Floridablanca, Pampanga – Model LGU implementing Day Care Services;
  • Taytay, Palawan Seaweed Farmer’s Federation – Model Sustainable Livelihood Program Association; and,
  • Veruela, Agusan del Sur – Model LGU implementing KALAHI-CIDSS.

On the other hand, the Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiya Award is given to an LGU, non-government organization (NGO) or DSWD Field Office that has introduced a new and effective social technology deemed as best practice based on the standards set by the Department. This year’s winner is Naga City EDUCARE Program – Early Education Program.

In his message, Naga City Mayor John Bongat cited the importance of early education being available to all children, including the poor.

“We plan to construct additional EDUCARE centers and also deploy teachers on foot to reach more poor children, especially in the remote areas,” Mayor Bongat added.

The Gawad Listahanan Award is presented to municipal, city, and provincial LGUs adopting the Listahanan targeting system and providing services and assistance to the Listahanan-identified poor families.

The winners were:

  • Jaen, Nueva Ecija – Municipal Category;
  • Baguio City – City Category; and,
  • Iloilo Province – Provincial Category.

Starting this year, the Department has added another award category which is the Gawad Serbisyo Award. This is given to DSWD partners who have provided unwavering commitment in emergency cases particularly in times of disasters and calamities.

The recipients of this award were the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The “Salamat Po” Award is a special commendation giving recognition to development partners, corporate institutions, donor-agencies, and volunteers for their valuable support to the Department in its delivery of services through the years.

Meriam P. Booc, volunteer at the Bayanihang Bayan Program of Region XII received the Best Volunteer (Individual Sub-Category) Award,while the SOS Children’s Village was awarded the Best Volunteer for the NGO Sub-Category.

For the Donor Corporate Institutions, the local awardees were Philippine Seven Foundation, Inc. (7-Eleven) and People’s Air Cargo.

The international development partner awardees were:

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB);
  • Australian Embassy – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT);
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC);
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF);
  • United Nations Populations Fund (UNFP);
  • United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP); and,
  • World Bank (WB).


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B’laan, big winner in DSWD’s ‘Bayani Ka! Awards’

Marcelo Gusanan (6th from left) with the national and regional officials of Kalahi-CIDSS during the 2nd "Bayani Ka!" Awards

Marcelo Gusanan (6th from left) with the national and regional officials of Kalahi-CIDSS during the 2nd “Bayani Ka!” Awards

A member of the B’laan Tribe from Barangay Eday in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat was recognized as the Best Community Volunteer in the 2nd “Bayani Ka!” Awards of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

The “Bayani Ka!” Awards, which started in 2014, is intended to recognize the exemplary efforts of Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers and  partner-local government units (LGUs) in ensuring not only the completion of their identified sub-projects, but also in actively supporting citizen participation in local governance and poverty alleviation initiatives.

Marcelo Gusanan was awarded as the Best Community Volunteer for Mindanao and the overall Best Community Volunteer by Kalahi-CIDSS. He was instrumental in mobilizing his fellow B’laans to participate in the program, as they were wary about government programs due to their bad experiences in the past, as they only got empty promises that help would come their way.

Gusanan proudly stated that Brgy. Eday, previously labeled as a “no man’s land”, is now known as a peaceful and progressive community. He credited Kalahi-CIDSS for triggering their village’s transformation.

“Mula sa ‘no man’s land’, ngayon ay umabot na kami sa 1,500 sa Eday. [May] Masagana, masaya, at mapayapa na pamumuhay. Salamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS (From being a no man’s land, Barangay Eday now has a population of 1,500. People have bountiful, happy and peaceful lives. Thank you, Kalahi-CIDSS),” Gusanan said.

He downplayed the leadership role he played in their village’s implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS, humbly saying, “Naniniwala ako na ang pamayanan ay repleksyon ng lider nito (I believe that the community reflects its leader).”

The other community volunteers recognized during the awarding ceremony were Mary Fe Antones from La Libertad, Negros Oriental and Abello Frias from Mobo, Masbate as the Best community volunteers of Visayas and Luzon, respectively.

Antones sold her piglet to have funds to help her village implement their community project through Kalahi-CIDSS. Frias, on the other hand, braved a storm while having a fever to do the same.

LGUs were also recognized in the event. Barangay Sto. Cristo in Quezon, Nueva Ecija; the municipality of Catanauan in Quezon; and, Compostela Valley were recognized as best LGUs at the barangay, municipal, and provincial levels, respectively.

Mayor Ramon Orfanel accepted the award in behalf of the LGU of Catanauan.

He said, “Ang alam ko dati ‘I’ lang. Akala ko dahil ako ang Mayor, ako lang ang may alam. Sa Kalahi-CIDSS, natutunan ko ang ‘we’ (In the past, the only thing I recognized was ‘I’.  Since I was the mayor, I thought that I was the only one who knew everything. In Kalahi-CIDSS, I learned the value of ‘we’).”

Paul Paraguya of CODE-NGO and one of the “Bayani Ka!” judges, described the awards as a way of “raising the standard of living, of excellence” by inspiring community volunteers and local government partners to help in the realization of community-driven development (CDD).

As a CDD program, Kalahi-CIDSS builds up on empowering the citizens and tightening their links with their LGUs so that they can work together to ensure their villages’ progress. Through this strategy, people are given the power and the resources so they can address their issues that affect or worsen their poverty situation.

As said by DSWD Undersecretary for the Operations and Programs Group-Promotive Programs Camilo Gudmalin, “It is people’s selflessness, be they community volunteers or program personnel, that serves as fuel that keeps Kalahi-CIDSS moving, to help change communities move from the status quo and get out of poverty”.###

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DSWD, Quezon City LGU join hands vs child abuse

Picture1Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director Pacita Sarino,  and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Executive Director Patricia Luna sign the pledge of commitment reinforcing the “I AM THE SOLUTION” campaign to curb child sexual abuse and exploitation, during the kick-off activity of the National Awareness Week on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAAW) held at Quezon Memorial Circle over the weekend.

The three government executives also batted  for the strengthening  of Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPCs) which are the frontline structures in ensuring that children in the communities are protected against all kinds of abuse.

The kick-off was highlighted by a video campaign with people and stakeholders’ expressions of commitment and support to end sexual abuse among children. ###

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DSWD conducts 2nd “Bayani Ka!” Awards to recognize efforts of volunteers, LGUs

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is set to conduct its 2nd “Bayani Ka!” Awards today in Manila.

The ceremony is intended to recognize the efforts of volunteers and local government units (LGUs) to implement the program within their respective towns.

As a community-driven development (CDD) program, Kalahi-CIDSS strives to help alleviate poverty by mobilizing different sectors of society, particularly the grassroots, so they, in partnership with their LGUs, can be able to respond to their villages’ communal concerns.

The “Bayani Ka!” Awards, which started in 2014, is intended to recognize the exemplary efforts of Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers and LGU-partners in ensuring not only the completion of their identified sub-projects, but also in actively supporting citizen participation in local governance and poverty alleviation initiatives.

Winners of the “Bayani Ka!” Awards include Marcelo Gusanan from Columbio, Sultan Kudarat, who led his fellow B’laans in implementing Kalahi-CIDSS in their town, and thus helped in raising and addressing the concerns of Indigenous Peoples.

Another winner is Abello Frias from Mobo, Masbate, who braved a storm despite a high fever just to file documents so his community can get the project they long needed.

Mary Fe Antones of La Libertad, Negros Oriental is another community volunteer whose efforts will be recognized in the awarding ceremony.

Three awards will also be given for LGUs. At the barangay level, the local government of Barangay Sto. Cristo in Quezon Nueva Ecija, led by Barangay Captain Narcisa Dagdagan Paraso, will be recognized because of its effort to link with other institutions to help them implement their Kalahi-CIDSS project.

The municipality of Catanauan, Quezon, led by Mayor Ramon Orfanel, will also be recognized for providing technical and financial assistance in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in their town, as well as exerting effort to ensure that marginalized sectors are included in the decision-making process.

Compostela Valley, led by Governor Arturo Uy, will also be given a “Bayani Ka!” award for its ATU-PEACE program, which adopted the CDD process of Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Through the efforts of our community volunteers and our partner local government units, we are able to implement small-scale infrastructure projects under Kalahi-CIDSS that address the residents’ basic needs. Their hard work is literally priceless: not only because they do not get paid for their efforts, but also because their initiatives allow the entire community to enjoy the benefits of their projects. For this reason alone, we can call them modern-day heroes,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said. ###

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DSWD ready to assist sectors to be affected by El Niño

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is ready to assist poor families with farmers, forest workers, and farm laborers deal with the temporary loss of income or livelihood due to the El Nino phenomenon or dry spell.

The Department has already submitted its action plan to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for funding. The plan will run until June 2016 with a funding requirement of more than P6.7 billion.

Based on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan, there are 2,504,545 families with farmers, forest workers, and farm laborers nationwide who are expected to be affected by the drought.

Under the action plan, DSWD will provide P10,000 livelihood assistance each to the target families. It will also implement eight days of Cash-for-Work (CFW) per month to 50% of the target families.

The CFW is a short-term measure to help the small farmers, forest workers, and farm laborers during the lean months caused by the El Niño phenomenon.  Under this program, beneficiaries will receive training, render community service utilizing their newly-learned skills, and at the same time earn daily income which is equivalent to 75% of the regional minimum wage.

Some of the activities under the CFW are tree-planting, reforestation, coastal cleaning, dredging of waterways and canals, and repair of damaged community facilities due to disasters.

“While we are waiting for the approval of the action plan, we have already downloaded P3 million each from our regular funds for CFW to Regions III, IX, X, and XI, where the effects of the drought are now being felt,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

Other regions are also assessing their situation so they can appropriately respond. The DSWD is ready to provide initial support.

Furthermore, DSWD has an adequate supply of family food packs ready for nationwide distribution to the target families. ###

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Housewife becomes licensed teacher at 31, owes it to Pantawid Pamilya

They say life-changing things happen when you least expect them.

Cebu resident Aileen Fernandez-Desamparado, 31, agrees to this.

She thought she would remain a fulltime housewife all her life. Due to financial constraints, her parents were not able to send her to college.

However, not only was she able to earn her college degree with flying colors 15 years after high school, she also recently passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers.

She credits the fulfillment of her life-long dream to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Kung hindi po sa tulong mula sa Pantawid Pamilya, ‘di ko po maaabot ang pangarap ko (If not because of the help we get from Pantawid Pamilya, I will not be able to pursue my dreams),” Aileen shared, a parent leader of Barangay Baod in Bantayan.

When the young Aileen was faced with the fact that she could not continue her college education, she decided to work instead. She eventually met her husband Abner, with whom she had two children namely Airen and Ann Jela.

After she got married, she became a housewife attending to the needs of her children and to her family’s small farm.

She continued doing so until her family became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya, wherein her two children are part of.

She narrated that her enrollment in college was not totally planned. although she has always dreamed of it.

“I was accompanying my younger sister to enroll at Madridejos Community College (MCC) when I happened to ask the cashier if married women like me are allowed to enroll. When she answered yes, I informed my husband about it,” Aileen shared with a big smile.

Abner, who works as a sales agent, did not hesitate to support her wife’s dream.

Aileen, however, said that the financial grant her family is receiving from Pantawid Pamilya has greatly helped earn her college degree.

“Since we are receiving cash grants, Abner and I were able to save the money originally intended for the needs of our children. With the permission of my husband, I used our extra money to enroll in the community college,” Aileen enthused.

With her dedication and enthusiasm to learn, Aileen graduated as Magna Cum Laude at MCC in March 2015.

She eventually took review classes before taking the licensure examination for teachers.

In these crucial times, Abner continued to be a supportive husband. He performed all household chores so that Aileen can focus on her studies.

“Ang pangarap po niya ay pangarap ko rin. Patuloy ko siyang suportahan dahil ang pagtatapos niya ay isang karangalan para sa aming pamilya at para na rin sa kinabukasan ng aming mga anak (Her dream is also my dream. I will continue to support her because her achievement is a pride for our family and, and it is for our children’s future),” Abner said.

At present, Aileen is enrolled in a vocational course to add to her credentials, while waiting for the February 2016 teachers ranking.

She looks forward to teach in a public school someday.

“I hope the program will be sustained because there are other struggling families who need it,” Aileen stressed.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides monthly cash grants to beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers, and attending the Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Aileen’s family is among the 250,431 active partner-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya in Central Visayas. ###

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PNoy thanks, praises DSWD: You create change

President Benigno S. Aquino, III, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and DSWD Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad, Chairperson of DSWD’s 65th Anniversary Committee with John Ramon Gadia ( left), Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary; Rosario Andres Resulta, beneficiary of Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens; and, Mary Grace Pagaran, Pantawid Pamilya Manila City Link during the anniversary celebration of the Department in Malacanang.

President Benigno S. Aquino, III, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and DSWD Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad, Chairperson of DSWD’s 65th Anniversary Committee with John Ramon Gadia ( left), Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary; Rosario Andres Resulta, beneficiary of Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens; and, Mary Grace Pagaran, Pantawid Pamilya Manila City Link during the anniversary celebration of the Department in Malacanang.

No less than President Benigno S. Aquino, III commended the management and employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) when they made a courtesy call at the Malacañang Palace to celebrate the agency’s 65th anniversary.

Ang bawat butil ng malasakit ninyo sa inyong kapwa-Pilipino sa kasalukuyan, paglaon, ay magbubunga ng mas malaki pang pagbabago… Talaga pong kayo ang gumagawa ng pagbabago. Muli, maraming salamat po sa inyo (Every ounce of your concern to your fellow Filipinos in the present will eventually yield even bigger changes. Truly, you create change),” Pres. Aquino said.

As a sign of appreciation, the President announced the provision of a P10,000 anniversary bonus to regular, casual, and contractual employees of DSWD’s Central and Field Offices who have rendered at least one  year of service until January 3, 2016.

“Napakahirap ikahon sa iisang linya ang kabuuang ambag ninyong social workers sa ating bayan. Pero kung papansinin natin ang simpleng logo ng DSWD… mayroong mga kamay na tangan ang isang puso, na sumisimbulo sa bukas-palad ninyong pag-aalay ng sarili para sa kapwa (It is difficult to capture in one line the collective contribution of social workers to our country. But if we will notice the simple logo of DSWD… there are hands holding a heart which symbolize your generous offering of yourselves),” he added.

The President likewise praised Sec. Corazon Juliano-Soliman for being on call “25 hours a day, 8 days a week” without “overtime or incentive bonus”.

However, Sec. Soliman passed on the recognition to her co-workers in the Department.

Nagagawa ko lamang ito sapagkat nand’yan ang mga kasamahan ko na ibinibigay ang higit pa sa kanilang trabaho (I am only able to do my job because of my colleagues who give more than what their jobs require them),” Sec. Soliman enthused.

She likewise acknowledged the hard work and passion of the staff that led to the government being able to assist 4.4 million households through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, 1.1 million individuals through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), and some 3.8 million households through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS-NCDDP).

Umiikot ang kwento natin sa pakikipagkapwa at bayanihan, sa pag-akay at pag-alalay sa mga nangangailangan, at sa pagsabay sa kanilang magpursige upang manumbalik ang tiwala nila sa kanilang sariling kakayanan (Our story revolves around forging relationships and cooperations, guiding and assisting the needy, and joining them as they persevere to regain their trust in their own capacities),” Sec. Soliman related.

Beneficiaries spoke

Also present during the event were beneficiaries and Field Office staff who gave testimonials in front of the President.

Tarlac resident and Social Pension beneficiary Lola Rosario Resulta, 78, expressed her gratitude to the Department for not only providing services, but also initiating innovations that speed up the delivery of these services.

“Dati po nahihirapan kaming pumunta sa bayan at pumila para makuha ang aming pension. Ngayon ay door-to-door na ang delivery ng aming pension kaya’t napakalaking ginhawa sa amin(Before, we have a hard time going downtown and lining up to get our pension. Now it is already being delivered door-to-door, which is really a big relief for us),” she narrated.

Lola Rosario uses her pension to buy medicine and food, so she does not have to depend on her children, who already have families of their own.

Under the Social Pension Program, beneficiaries receive P500 per month, which is released quarterly. This year, the Department has worked for the expansion of the program to cover indigent senior citizens from 60 years old. In 2015, the program has assisted 939,609 seniors

For his part, John Ramon Gadia shared that he owes the recognition of being the 2015 Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child of National Capital Region to the “exemplary government employees” of DSWD.

Now a student in a Science High School, he thanked the President and the administration for expanding the coverage of Pantawid Pamilya until high school.

Tinutupad [ng Pantawid Pamilya] ang aming mga pangarap na makaranas ng de-kalidad na edukasyon. Higit pa, binibigyan po nito ang mga mahihirap ng opurtunidad sa buhay – opurtunidad na magkaroon ng ginhawa at makaramdam ng kalinga (Pantawid Pamilya fulfills our dream to experience quality education. Moreover, it provides us opportunity in life – opportunity to experience providence and ease in life),” John Ramon touchingly uttered.

Mary Grace Pagaran, Pantawid Pamilya Manila City Link, on the other hand, credited the fulfillment of her dream to work in DSWD to the administration’s expansion of the Department’s programs.

She likewise took the chance to defend the agency’s beneficiaries.

Iniisip ng karamihan na tamad ang ating mga benepisyaryo. Pero sa totoo lang, sila ang pinakamasipag na gumigising sa umaga at kumakayod buong araw. Sadyang kulang lamang sila sa oportunidad na maiangat ang kanilang sarili. Ito ang iniaalay ng ating pamahalaan sa kanila – pag-asa (Most people think our beneficiaries are lazy. In reality, they are among the most industrious, who wake up early in the morning and work the whole day. They just lack the opportunity to improve their lives. This is what our government gives them – hope),” she said.

Sec. Soliman said that this event is recognition of how DSWD programs have significantly contributed to Pres. Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” leadership.

She assured that as the Department enters another milestone in public service, its workforce will continue to thread the straight path through its “matapat, mabilis, mahusay, at magiliw (honest, fast, efficient, and courteous) brand of service.###

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DSWD to public: Report child abuse cases to authorities

As the agency mandated to promote and protect children’s rights and well-being, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its attached agency, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), call on the public to become part of the solution to prevent child sexual abuse in their own families and communities.

The call was made as the nation observes the 20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAAW) on February 8-13, 2016, with the theme, “I AM THE SOLUTION”.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stated, “It is the responsibility of every citizen to be vigilant and immediately report abuses committed against children in their families and communities to the authorities.”

Sec. Soliman also reiterated the importance of implementing Presidential Decree 603 which mandates that every city and municipality in the Philippines should have a Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) as one way to help curb all forms of abuse against children.

The BCPC is a council organized at the barangay level that ensures the promotion and protection of children’s well-being and welfare. Ideally, a functional BCPC creates a caring environment wherein children fully enjoy their rights, are protected and reared in a society that provides wholesome and proper child development.

The BCPC shall also be responsible for the proper and effective implementation of public programs for children and the maintenance of database system at the barangay level.

To usher in the week-long celebration, more than 600 children, youth, parents, and officials from Quezon City local government unit, national agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs) will participate in the kick-off activity of the event on February 8, 2016 at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

The kick-off will be highlighted by a video campaign with people and stakeholders’ expressions of commitment and support to end sexual abuse among children, and by the presentation of the study entitled “They Shamed Me: A Baseline Study on the Vulnerabilities of Street Boys to Sexual Exploitation in Manila”.

A series of activities will also be held from February 7 to 13, including Safer internet Day Campaign led by the Stairway Foundation, a partner non-government organization of DSWD and CWC; and, a Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Exploitation of Children study in the National Capital Region, among others. ###

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