DSWD-NCR joins IACAT for mass repatriation

On October 6, 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), together with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), welcomed 158 repatriated Overseas Filipinos (OFs) at Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Parañaque City.

The Department offered psychosocial interventions to said repatriated distressed OFs such as social integration services and counseling services, as well as financial assistance to ease their crisis situations.

Present in the activity to show their support are DSWD Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova and DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas. “Nandito po kaming lahat para sa inyo. Nais po naming ipakita na ito ang nagtatrabahong gobyerno, sama-sama para tulungan kayo,” Assistant Secretary Relova said in her inspirational message for the OFs.

Asec Glenda Relova delivers her message to repatriated OFs

Assistance to repatriated Overseas Filipinos is part of DSWD’s mandate to provide social services to distressed OFs in foreign countries, most especially those who are undocumented, pursuant to the provisions of R.A. No. 10364, otherwise known as “The Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.”

DSWD is a member of the Joint Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, together with other government agencies such as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Bureau of Immigration, and the Department of Health. It requires DSWD personnel to meet the repatriated trafficked persons upon their arrival to the Philippines, to provide immediate protection and assistance.

Human trafficking may be reported through hotline 1343 for Metro Manila areas or +632 (1343) for outside Metro Manila or the Philippines. ###

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Haven for Children celebrates Science month 2019

The Haven for Children (HFC) recently celebrated the National Science Month with the theme, “Reinventing the Future: Advancing Communities Through Science, Technology and Innovation”. The activity aims to draw the attention of the children to scientific knowledge and technological advances that have relative impact on the lives of the Filipinos.

The month-long activity officially started on September 02, 2019 with an activity called “Clean and Green Drive Project”, wherein the students of Jose Fabella Memorial School – HFC and their teachers helped in cleaning the vicinity of the school. Aside from the clean and green drive activity, the students also planted trees and other seedlings as part of their advocacy to save Mother Earth.

Poster Making Contest and Quizbee was also conducted to showcase the talents of the students as well as to help them imbibe the concept of having fun while learning. One of the most awaited parts of the activity was the “Mr. Inventor Contest” wherein the children will create their own science invention out of recycled materials.

Last October 2, the Culminating Program was held at HFC’s gymnasium to officially announce the winners of the contests.

The Haven for Children is a residential care facility that caters to former street children with the aim of leading them towards healing and empowerment. ###

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Ika-51 Taong Pagkakatatag ng Nayon ng Kabataan

Nitong Setyembre 30, 2019, ginunita ng Nayon ng Kabataan (NK) ang kanilang Ika-51 Taong Pagkakatatag, sa haliw ng temang: “Malasakit at Pagkalinga sa Katutubong Kabataan” na ginanap sa Nayon ng Kabataan Covered Court, sa pangunguna ni Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas at NK Center Head Asuncion M. Flores.

Katutubong tugtugin at sayaw ang hinanda ng mga piling kabataan ng NK upang ipamalas sa mga panauhing pandangal ang kanilang mga talento.

Isang pagkilala naman ang ibinigay ng NK sa mga Natatanging Kawani at katuwang nito sa layunin na mapaunlad ang mga kabataan sa pamamagitan ng pagsuporta sa kanila at kanilang mga programa.

Sa isang simpleng mensahe, pinasalamatan naman ni DSWD-NCR, Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas ang mga dumalo.

“Sana po ay patuloy nyo kaming tulungan at suportahan sa pag abot sa ating mithiin na maprotektahan, magabayan, at maisatuwid ang buhay ng mga kabataan. Ang DSWD NCR at Nayon  ng Kabataan ay laging handa upang maging kaisa sa pag-tugon sa ating mga tungkulin para sa mga pag-asa ng bayan.”

Ang Nayon ng Kabataan ay isang gobyernong pasilidad kung saan ito ay nangangalaga sa mga kabataang may edad pito hanggang labing-pito, lalake o babae na inabuso, ulila, inabandona, napabayaan at pinagsamantalahan. Ito ay matatagpuan sa Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. ###

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The Haven – National Center for Women celebrates 24th Founding Anniversary

The Haven – National Center for Women celebrated its 24th Founding Anniversary on September 27, 2019 at KC De Venecia Gymnasium, Northgate Avenue, Filinvest Corporate, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, with the theme, “Serbisyong maasahan sa pagsulong ng patas na karapatan ng kababaihan.”

The activity started with opening ceremonies led by the staff and selected residents of Haven for Women. This momentous activity was participated in by the center’s partners and donors such as the Lighthouse Ministry, Department of Justice – Ayacat, Catholic Women’s League, The Feast Alabang, NCTI,  Pafcific, Office of the Solicitors General, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Congressional Spouses, Rotary Club of Makati, Barangay Alabang, Wells Fargo, and BPI Alabang.

On behalf of the Regional Director, Ms. Edna J. Sacedor, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, extended her gratitude to all the partners and donors of the institution who came and actively participated in the program. “Maraming salamat sa inyong pagpunta at patuloy na pagsuporta sa Haven for Women, malaki ang inyong kontribusyon sa buhay ng bawat isa sa mga residente ng ating institusyon. Huwag po sana kayong magsasawang tumulong para sa mas ikabubuti ng ating mga residente.” Ms. Sacedor expressed.

One of the residents of Haven for Women, Ms. Jessa Mae Ablong, “Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa Haven for Women sa tulong at pag-aaruga na ibinibigay ninyo sa bawa’t kababaihan, dito namin nalaman ang kahalagahan ng isang babae at kung paano ipaglaban ang aming karapatan, kami ang magiging sandigan ng mga babeng sinasaktan at inaabuso, kami ang kanilang magiging lakas ng loob at magiging inspirasyon. Taos-puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng bumubuo ng Haven for Women at ng DSWD, kasama ang mga partners at donors na walang sawang tumutulong sa amin. Maraming salamat po.”

Ms. Edna J. Sacedor on her opening remarks and Ms. Jessa Mae Ablong as she gives her testimony as a resident of Haven for Women

Following the speech of Ms. Ablong, the ceremonial turnover took place with the PAFCIFIC—the new donor of Haven for Women. Partners and Donors were recognized through a plaque of recognition for their undying support to the residents of the center.

Mr. Boy Hernandez of the Lighthouse Ministry, one of the partners of Haven for Women gave his testimy: “Taos-puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa pamunuan ng DSWD at Haven for Women sa pagkilala sa aming samahan, sa mahigit 20 taon naming pagiging kaisa ng Haven. Kami ay hindi titigil at magsasawang tumulong at maglingkod sa mga residente; iyon ay isa sa aming commitment upang masigurado ang mabuting kapakanan ng mga kababaihan sa loob ng Haven for Women.”

The event did not only celebrate the donor’s participation in the improvement of the institution but also to recognize the outstanding staff who served the center.  Certificates of recognition and loyalty awards were given to the Top 10 staff that put extra effort in their performance.

Ms. Cynthia B. Generoso, Social Welfare Assistant, was awarded as one of the Best Social Welfare Assistants for 1st Level. She shared her experiences in working and serving the residents of Haven for Women.  “Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa aking mga nakasamsa sa Haven for Women, masaya ang aking puso sa paglilingkod at pagtulong sa mga kababaihan ng Haven for Women,” said Ms. Generoso.

To formally end the activity, Ms. Vivian A. Gabriel, the Chairperson of Haven for Women’s 24th Anniversary, gave her closing remarks by gracefully acknowledging the efforts and support of the residents, donors, and partners who attended the activity.

Haven for Women is a temporary shelter managed by DSWD-NCR which provides protective custody to women ages 18-59 years old. ###

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Marillac Hills celebrates Family Day 2019

Marillac Hills celebrated the family week from September 23 to September 27, 2019 with this year’s theme, “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.” The week-long activity was held at Marillac Hills Gymnasium, participated in by residents and staff of the institution.

The Child Participation Council (CPC) hosted the program for the residents and their families. The event started with a praise and worship segment followed by the opening remarks of the Center’s Supervising Social Worker, Ms. Herminia S. Arcangel.

After the morning activity, the staff had their own family day program, which was hosted by Ms. Wilma Alba and Louela Alta. A team from Ever Bilena also gathered selected staff and residents who are taking up Cosmetology as their productivity class, to sample some of their old and new products. They also taught the audience how to put on different types of make-up.

Games were also prepared for the participants and their families. Song and dance numbers were also presented by the residents and staff during the activity.

This activity served as a venue for the residents and staff to mingle and enjoy with their families, as well as to learn more on how to communicate and bond with each other.

Marillac Hills is a rehabilitation center for girls ages 7- 17 who are victims of abuse. ###

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10 Years of Advocacy: Forum on the Guidelines for Minors Travelling Abroad

PHOTO OP. Assistant Regional Director for Operation Edna J. Sacedorand MTA Consultation Dialogue Forum participants from different LGU’s and Government Agencies.

On September 27, 2019, the Department of Social Welfare – National Capital Region’s Minors Travelling Abroad Section conducted an Inter-Agency Consultation Dialogue/Advocacy Forum on the Guidelines for Minors Traveling Abroad at Best Western La Corona Hotel, Ermita, Manila.

The Inter-Agency Consultation Dialogue served as a venue to address the issues and concerns related to the implementation of the Administrative Order No. 12, Series of 2017, otherwise known as the Omnibus Guidelines for Minors Travelling Abroad. This activity aims to help the Department along with concerned agencies in improving the delivery of quality programs and services of Minors Travelling Abroad in accordance with the said guidelines.

A travel clearance for minors travelling abroad is a document being issued by DSWD Field Offices for persons below 18 years old travelling abroad unaccompanied or by any person other than his/her parents, pursuant to the provision of RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against abuse, trafficking, exploitation and discrimination. ###

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DSWD-NCR calls the support of Barangay for the Preparatory Phase of Listahanan

The Department of Social Welfare Development – National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) through the National Household Targeting Section (NHTS) is continuously conducting simultaneous orientation to the Liga ng mga Barangay in the 17 Local Government Units in Metro Manila.

The objective of the orientation is to gather support of the Barangays through the provision of socio-economic profile, maps of the areas to be assessed as well as other information that will be needed to ensure successful conduct of Listahanan 3rd National Household Assessment in the National Capital Region.

The Barangays play significant role in mapping the pockets of poverty that will be assessed by the Field staff.

“At this preparatory phase of the project, we highly appreciate the support of the Barangays as we need them to help us to put faces to the poorest of the poor,” Mr. Michael Mercado, Officer In Charge of NHTS said.

To date, orientations were already conducted to the Liga ng mga Barangays in Makati, Pasig and Las Piñas. The NHTS staff and Area Coordinators have scheduled orientations to the Liga ng mga Barangays of the remaining LGUs.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to National Government Agencies (NGAs) and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services. ###

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KM Conference 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Develoment – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR)’s Knowledge Management Focals participated in the Knowledge Management (KM) Conference 2019 with the theme, “Standardizing Knowledge Management as a Catalyst of Change,” held at Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel, Olangapo City, Zambales on September 9-13, 2019.

This three-day conference focused on topics regarding Design Thinking, Google Suite, and Knowledge Management System. Initiated by the DSWD-Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau (SWIDB), this activity aims to strengthen, promote, and implement the KM system to various Offices, Bureaus, Section, Units, and Field Offices of DSWD.

Aside from the KM Focals of various Field Offices, this activity was also participated in by DSWD Officials such as Region III Assistant Regional Director for Operations Lalaine De Leon and DSWD Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad.

Knowledge Management is the process of creating an environment in which people’s experiences and wisdom on Social Protection programs are valued; and where internal processes are structured to support policy makers and service providers in creating, sharing, and using knowledge. ###

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