DSWD Region V joins in the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month

The DSWD Region V featured a display of its programs, activities and services as part of its roles in disaster response during the Office of Civil Defense’s (OCD) Resilience Caravan last November 22, 2017 at Ibalong Center for Recreation as part of the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month.

Legazpi City─The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V participated in the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month through Office of Civil Defense’s (OCD) Resilience Caravan last November 22, 2017 at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation (ICR) together with other government agencies.

The resilience caravan is a part of the month-long observance with the theme: 4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan. It was attended by more than 800 elementary students (Grade four to six) who were educated on the basic concepts of disaster resilience focusing on the protective mechanisms and actions available to save lives and protect people’s livelihood during emergencies and disasters.

The DSWD featured a display of its programs, activities and services as part of its roles in disaster response. The students were oriented about DSWD’s humanitarian relief assistance, temporary shelters, emergency shelter assistance, core shelter assistance, cash/food-for-work, camp coordination and management, child-friendly spaces, psychosocial support activities, rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) and financial assistance.

DSWD is a member agency of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) headed by the OCD. It leads in the planning, coordination and monitoring of all disaster response efforts in accordance with RA 10121, also known as National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (with reports from OCD Bicol).

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Construction of the new DSWD Regional Office is underway

The design of the new DSWD Building. The P120 million wort building is planned to be completed in three years.

The DSWD holds the groundbreaking ceremony of the P120-million DSWD building at the Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City last November 7, 2017.

During the said ceremony, DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia was joined by DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin, Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara, DPWH OIC Assistant Regional Director Esmeraldo Sarmiento and Auditor Cecil Imperial to witness the said event.

“We are proud to be part of this momentous event and with this initiative being done to provide safe, suitable and secure facilities,” Usec. Gudmalin who represents OIC Sec. Emmanuel Leyco said.

Moreover, Dir. Garcia is grateful of this progress because this is a longtime dream which has come into fruition. He also added that the new DSWD building near Depart of Science and Technology (DOST) and in front of Bureau of Treasury will be closer to the public because of its strategic location.

“This is a milestone for the DSWD because we can now have a conducive office space for our manpower and especially for our clients: those people seeking for financial assistance, local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and other groups who wish to avail of our programs and services,” Dir. Garcia said.

The existing DSWD building at Buraguis, Legazpi City was constructed 35 years ago that can only accommodate 65 persons. Today, the actual number of employees who report at the said office is more or less 300 based on the Human Resource and Development Unit (HRDU) data. However, this building will remain as an extension office of DSWD once the new building is completed.

“The DSWD Regional Office has grown with a total of 2,800 personnel and its 10% report to the regional office,” Dir. Garcia added.

The construction of the two-storey building worth P120 million will be erected in three years on the 3,000 square meter lot which was granted to DSWD through the efforts of the Regional Development Council (RDC) under the leadership of RDC Chairman Bichara.

However, an initial cost of P18 million was downloaded for the sub-soil exploration and construction of fencing and the ground floor of the main building grid one to seven.

“The remaining amount was already requested from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to complete the building in three years’ time but we will lobby to facilitate that this will be done in a shorter period,” Usec. Gudmalin said.

Gov. Bichara is also offering lots in Ligao City for the DSWD’s Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY). He is also offering a space for the DSWD warehouse in Legazpi City.

“We are very lucky to witness this historic event because after 35 years, we will have a DSWD Regional Headquarters,” Gov. Bichara added.

Usec. Gudmalin said that the current DSWD office is a Marcos-type of building designed as a training facility.

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DSWD head stresses the crucial role of parents in molding children’s values

Dir. Garcia discusses parental education for children’s welfare during the Family Forum at Bicol University last September 29, 2017 as part of the 25th National Family Week celebration.

Legazpi City—DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia discussed parental education for children’s welfare during the Family Forum at Bicol University (BU) yesterday as part of the series of events of the 25th National Family Week (NFW) celebration.

He pointed out that the family is the basic social unit in the society, thus, molding the behavior and values of the children who consequently help the community grow.

Furthermore, Dir. Garcia said that a family is not only about blood relation but also the blood you give relating to the famous lines of Charles Dickens, an English writer.

He said that adoptive parents should explain this to their child: “Hindi ka man lumaki sa tiyan ng nanay mo pero lumaki ka naman sa puso namin (Even if you did not grow inside your mother’s womb, you grew inside our hearts).”

The said forum was attended by BU faculty and students, partners from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, local government units (LGUs) and national government agencies (NGAs).

DSWD Field Office V, the chair for the Bicol Regional Inter-Agency Committee on the Filipino Family, joins the whole nation in the observance and celebration of 25th NFW celebration with the theme: Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.

As mandated by Proclamation No. 60, signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos on September 28, 1992, The NFW is commemorated every last week of September,

This year’s observance of the Family Week was aligned with the United Nations International Day of Families. The theme focused on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. The week-long event aims to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.

The Family week kicked off last September 25, 2017 at Ayala Malls Legazpi with a short program and similarly, launched the three-day Matatag na Pamilya Exhibit comprised of booths dedicated to promote family well-being. This was participated in by church-based groups, NGAs, non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs). The exhibit finally ended last September 27, 2017 wherein the Regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya Winners were awarded during the closing program. The grand winner for the said contest is the Evangelista Family of Baleno, Masbate.

Also, Ayala Mall Legazpi food outlets offered family discounts under the activity, Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga/ Famealy Togetherness, from September 23-30, 2017.

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Enlistment for Educational Assistance in Albay

Legazpi City—The enlistment for the educational assistance for the province of Albay will be done at the local government units (LGUs) on June 19-23, 2017.

College students who are residents of Albay should go directly to their respective local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) located at the municipal/city halls to get enlisted on the said dates. Each municipality and city is given 300 and 500 slots, respectively.

All students who wish to avail of the said assistance are requested to bring the copy of their assessment or enrolment form during the enlistment. Consequently, the LSWDO will submit the said list to the DSWD Regional Office.

The schedule of assessment, interview and payout for Albay province at the Regional Office will be announced soon.

Clients who will avail of the Educational Assistance are required to bring the following requirements during their scheduled assessment, interview and payout at the DSWD Regional Office:

  1. Certificate of Enrolment/Assessment Form (Photocopy)
  2. School ID (Validated by the school registrar for First semester, SY 2017)
  3. Certificate of residency/indigency (Original copy)
  4. In the absence of the applicant:
    1. Authorized relative’s name must appear on the certificate of residency/indigency
    2. Valid ID of authorized representative (Photocopy)

On the other hand, DSWD will inform the public about the commencement of the Educational Assistance in other provinces.

DSWD would also like to clarify that educational assistance is not a scholarship program and does not guarantee to cover the full amount of the tuition fee and other school expenses.

The amount received for the educational assistance is based on the social worker’s assessment and documents submitted by the clients

“Clients can receive up to P5,000 based on the DSWD screening and should understand that this is only an augmentation to the student’s school-related expenses such as purchase of school supplies, transportation allowance and also school tuition fee balances,” DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

Moreover, DSWD accepts referrals from anyone but reiterates that the referrals made by any group or individual has no influence to determine the amount received by the beneficiaries. The form and amount of financial assistance to be provided to beneficiaries shall be based on the assessment and recommendation of the DSWD licensed professional social workers.

Educational Assistance is under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), a part of the DSWD’s menu under protective services for the marginalized and disadvantaged individuals. It is a form of assistance given to qualified beneficiaries to help defray the other cost of sending students to school.

AICS is being implemented by the’ Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) to provide a range of services, such as immediate rescue, and provision of direct financial assistance, psychosocial support, and material assistance including medical, transportation, financial, burial, and other services.

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Elderly volunteer shares experience in media forum

Pedro Cabrera, a DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS elderly volunteer of Pandan, Catanduanes, narrates his personal story on how he led a group of residents to complete the construction of their drainage during the media forum held at Virac last June 8, 201

Virac, Catanduanes – One of the oldest community volunteers of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS shared his challenges and experiences during the completion of a sub-project in his barangay during the media forum here last June 8, 2017.

Pedro Cabrera, 78, of Brgy. Maculiw, Panganiban, Catanduanes is a volunteer who helped his barangay to construct a drainage system together with other volunteers in his area.

“Napakalaking tulong po ng DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sa pagpagawa ng drainage system sa aming barangay; kaya nagpapasalamat po kami at natupad ang aming pangangailan (DSWD-Kalahi CIDSS is a big help in the construction of drainage system in our barangay, so we are really grateful that our need has been addressed),” said Cabrera during the media forum as he gave a short testimonial on the Kalahi-CIDSS project

Despite his age, he added that it is never a hindrance to heed the call of the needs of his community.

Arwin O. Razo, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, urged the media to help the agency in reaching more people and be an agent of change in the dissemination of information of the agency’s services to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

“We need you as our partners in receiving complaints and grievances lodged by the public when it comes to our services for the improvement and enhancement of our system,” Razo told the media.

Arlene Bagadiong of Radyo ng Bayan commended the agency: “Ang buti-buti ng pamahalaan, maraming natutulungan na mga mahihirap sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang programa, gaya na lamang ng serbisyong ibinibigay ng DSWD. (Our government is very good that there are many poor are given support and assistance through its various programs like the service provided by the DSWD).

Further, Emily Mendoza, Provincial Action Team (PAT) leader, presented the accomplishments of the agency for 2016 and first quarter of 2017. It was followed by an open forum between the media-participants and DSWD officials.

The media forum was conducted in the island-province aiming to inform the public on its programs, projects and regular services through the help of DSWD media-partners.

The said forum was attended by ARDO Razo, program heads, Social Marketing Unit officers and Catanduanes-based media including Philippine Information Agency, Radyo Natin 107.1, Radyo ng Bayan Virac, Bikol Peryodiko, Padaba 93.3 FM, Catanduanes Tribune, PDI-Southern Luzon Bureau and Provincial Information Office of Catanadues.

Meanwhile, the agency will be conducting media fora in the provinces of Masbate, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte and Albay in July and August, 2017.

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DSWD and partners launch SHIELD project against child labor in Bicol

Daet, Camarines Norte—DSWD leads in the launching of the Strategic Helpdesk for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) project against child labor in Bicol together with three pilot municipalities last June 6, 2017 at Calaguas Gateway, Hotel.

DSWD Regional Dir. Arnel Garcia, Dir. Thelsa P. Biolena of DSWD Central Office, Jose Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla, Paracale Mayor Lourdes Villamonte-Briguera and Labo Vice-Mayor Severino Francisco Jr. officially accepted the SHIELD project implementation by forging the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Subsequently, a planning session commenced in the afternoon.

Representatives from International Labor Organization (ILO), Ban Toxics and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) were also present to support the said project launch.

The SHIELD project aims to help eliminate child labor, particularly its worst forms and those in the blanket ban (below 15 years old). This project will utilize approaches and strategies through the its three components namely: Child Labor Local Registry (CLLR), Barangay Help Desk on Child Labor and Organizing, Advocacy, and Capacity Building.

According to Dir. Biolena, the pilot areas in the Philippines are in Region IV-A, V and VIII. Specifically, the pilot communities in Bicol include: Brgys. Malaya and Dalas in Labo, Brgys. Sta. Rosa Sur and Luklukan Sur in Jose Panganiban and Brgys. Palanas and Tawig in Paracale.

“Poverty is still the main reason for allowing children to engage in hazardous work. DSWD does not have the monopoly to address poverty, we need to involve everyone and converge with different agencies to uplift the lives of the poor,” Dir. Garcia said.

Participating LGUs shall adopt, establish and maintain Child Labor Local Registry System, Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (CLLR) and help desks; allocate funds to immediately provide necessary services to child laborers and their families. The LGUs will also provide other support services such as counseling, medical, crisis intervention and educational assistance while DSWD will monitor and allocate funds for the said implementation.

“This project is heaven sent. Malaking bagay po sa amin ang SHIELD project. Sisiguraduhin namin na hindi ito magiging ningas kugon sa bayan ng Jose Panganiban,” Mayor Padilla said.

Based on the Philippines Statistics Authority 2011 Survey on Children, 10.4% or 218,400 of the 2.1 million child laborers in the Philippines are in Region V.

“There is a need to support the Philippine Program against Child Labor 2017-2022 to withdraw one million children from child labor and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which calls to end child labor in all its forms by 2025,” Dir. Biolena said.

Dir. Garcia hopes that the LGUs adopt the project as their regular program by way of a local resolution/ordinance after the project pilot implementation closes.

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DSWD Region V continues distribution of emergency shelter assistance to Typhoon Nina-hit households

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region V continues the distribution of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to households in Bicol ravaged by Typhoon Nina in December 2016.

As of May 16, DSWD Region V had already distributed an initial payment of P5,000.00 each to 27,257 of the 53,244 totally damaged households.

ESA is the provision of emergency “self-build” shelter assistance through limited financial assistance in order to augment the resources of families affected by disasters. In particular, it enables them to purchase shelter materials required in constructing or repairing their damaged houses as a result of disasters.

Totally damaged households receive PhP30,000.00 each­ while those with partial or minor damages are given P10,000.00 each.

Dir. Arnel Garcia appeals to the public and to the ESA beneficiaries to stay patient and understand that DSWD is doing its best to extend aid to the affected families by ensuring that only legitimate beneficiaries receive the said funds.

The list of the ESA recipients was based on the terminal report submitted by the Local Government Units (LGUs) which was validated by the DSWD field workers in January and February this year.

The DSWD Region V is still waiting for the remaining balance to be downloaded from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). As soon as funds become available, the remaining P25,000.00 per totally damaged household and P10,000.00 assistance to each partially damaged household will be distributed.

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Tent woman builds classrooms for village

Anyone on earth wants to own a safe home with a happy family inside. But fate never seems to favor everyone.

The Soquino family used to live in a makeshift house made out of anahaw roof and plywood walls before Typhoon Glenda reduced this flimsy abode into rubbles in 2014. Consequently, they received a tent or shelter box from a foreign donor as an aid to the homeless victims of the said typhoon.

This tent turns into a bedroom or a living room where its meager space can hardly accommodate six members of the Soquino family plus their personal belongings. They would complain of the extreme temperature inside: the blistering hotness or the freezing coldness.

Marites Soquino, 42, a solo parent with five sons, is one of the poor residents of Brgy. San Isidro Iraya in Malilipot, Albay. Two of her children in elementary are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who regularly receive education and health grants.

Her husband abandoned Soquino and their children in March 2012 whom she assumed to elope with another woman, a punitive incident that still brings back the tears in her eyes.

Though circumstances must have taken away a beautiful life for this woman but her strong character remains.

She barely provides the needs of her family in the absence of a partner who is supposed to share the responsibility of rearing their children.

Nagtinda ako dati ning kakanin para mataguyod ko ang pamilya ko,” she added.

She takes home at least PhP3,000 a month as a clerk in a direct selling company in Tabaco City, another town next to Malilipot. Her mother taught her to sew clothes and gets an extra profit as a seamstress at home.

Soquino is fortunate to have diligent sons who share household tasks whenever she’s gone for work. She always reminds them: “Kung muya nindo makatapos mageskwela, magtarabangan kita.”

Volunteerism and the classrooms

In 2014, the same year when Typhoon Glenda dismantled the house of Soquino, she was elected by her neighbors to lead the group of volunteers who will manage the construction of additional elementary and high school classrooms in their village. It was an offer Soquino never refused despite of the ordeal she carries.

On top of her regular loads at home, she also allocates a considerable portion of her time and effort as a volunteer. As the head of the group, she is responsible for the overall management of the classroom implementation and construction. Their group complied with all the documents required to avail of the funding and support from the government.

Her dedication for the community was evident. According to Kristine Rozen, the Area Coordinator of the classroom project, Soquino did not miss any trainings and seminars relative to the implementation. It was inevitable that she skipped work just to attend to their classroom project. She was even aware that her take home pay will decrease because of this attrition.

Just like any other government projects, the villagers doubted the completion of their classrooms when its construction was put on hold because of the discrepancy with the documentary requirements submitted by the community in 2015. Residents accused Soquino of corruption because of the extended period of interval between the submission of requirements and downloading of funds that will eventually catapult the start of construction.

But she was unfazed and relentless to keep the spirits of her co-volunteers high despite of the tirades and bashings of their neighbors. She would candidly respond to queries by others to invalidate suspicion and malfeasance. Soquino who claimed to be innocent, kept her calm and remained focused on their primary goal—to erect the additional classrooms.

After the long anticipation in the village, the construction finally began in June 2016 and was finished seven months later, a clear vindication for the wrongfully imputed Soquino.

After all these difficult undertakings, she did not renounce her duty in the village. Until now, Soquino remains a volunteer for an upcoming project, a livelihood training center.

Very proud po ako na makitang natapos ang aming proyekto. Masaya po ako na nakakatulong sa barangay. Sa ngayon ay ako pa din ay isang volunteer sa amin,” she said.

Life afresh with the neighbors’ aid

Shooting stars do really work for Soquino who aspires to have a safe dwelling when the construction of her house commenced last February 10, 2017 with the support of her neighbors, friends and relatives.

To those people who witnessed how a destitute woman living in a tent worked her fingers to the bone for the common good of the village, they accorded her of the aid she deserves to receive.

According to Soquino, there are certain individuals who donated cash and cement. She also received some construction materials from the barangay council and her neighbors.

Now, she and her children have temporarily used the galvanized metal roofs donated by the church for their tent while their house is undergoing construction.

Moreover, two of the laborers of their classrooms rendered free service during the first two days of her house’s construction. A colleague from another community was also present to assist during the first day of construction while her co-volunteers in Brgy. San Isidro Iraya sponsored the meals and snacks for the laborers.

Maraming salamat po at nakatayo na po ang anim na poste ng aming bahay. Napaluha ako sa saya dahil ramdam ko ang tulong niyo,” she said.

Though the construction only ensues when she has excess money to purchase cement and pay for the laborers, hope never fizzles for Soquino. She believes that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sigurado ako na kahit pahinto-hinto ay matatapos din ang pangarap namin na bahay,” she added.

For her, the classrooms and her house undergoing construction symbolize unity. That at a certain moment in her life, the villagers who are fueled with compassion have enliven the bayanihan spirit.

What compels a woman who spent two years of her life living in a tent build classrooms for her village?

According to Soquino: “Bako hadlang ang pagtios para makatabang sa kapwa.”

Her genuine concern and sincere intention for her community have sparked inspiration to others and reciprocated her with a tangible effort to at least uplift her from the needy situation.

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Kalahi-CIDSS- Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

The operations of the community-driven development (CDD) approach expanded into a national scale, which was tried and proven effective by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. There are 101 poor municipalities in Bicol under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of Php4,497,448,178.

Community-driven development (CDD) puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

Albay has implemented Kalahi-CIDSS in 15 municipalities and one city with a total implementation grant of PhP474,787,911.4 and local counterpart contribution of PhP80,461,154.1 from barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs) to fund community-managed sub-projects.

DSWD had allocated Malilipot with PhP56,782,655.28 with a counterpart from the LGU of PhP562,888.3.

The construction of one (1) unit- two (2) classroom elementary and one (1) unit- one (1) classroom secondary School Building in Barangay San Isidro Iraya serves 1,212 beneficiaries with a total project cost of PhP4,126,249.92

Similarly, the village will have one(1) unit livelihood training center targeted to help 200 household beneficiaries with a total amount of PhP2,493,179.04.

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