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EGV Athletes Participate in WAPR Mini Olympic Games 2016

The athletes of Elsie Gaches Village recently participated in a mini olypics led by World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), a non-Government organization which caters people who has their necessities for professional help in the field of psychology as well as an advocate of psychosocial help worldwide.

In the Philippines, there are local organizations and institutional facilities that are affiliated with WAPR such as National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), Cavite Center for Mental Health (CCMH), University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), Algon Center, and Elsie Gaches Village.

As the yearly gathering of the WAPR, the said affiliates were gathered through the concept of mini Special Olympics.The WAPR mini Olympics was held in Veterans Memorial Medical Center at Quezon City last November 27, 2016. It was started by a parade of walk of every institution of affiliated participants of WAPR.

After the introduction part of the event, it is followed by the competition proper. The guidelines for the mini Olympics was divided into three parts: the elimination round, round robin, and the final stage in order to determine the champion for the given sport event. EGV had sent 19 residents together with 11 staffs.

The first sport that the EGV children participated with is chess against the NCMH players followed by basketball game with Veterans Memorial Medical Center, and the poster drawing contest, and parlor games which the players from EGV children got the championship and runner up titles.

At the end of the WAPR Mini Olympics 2016, the Cavite Center for Mental Health team was declared as the champion, followed by Algon Center as the 2nd place and Elsie Gaches Village as 3rd place.###

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Children ‘s Month Celebration at Marillac Hills

Every year Marillac Hills participates in the celebration of children’s month, since the residential care facility caters girls below eighteen years old. For this year, the theme was “IsulongKalidad ng Edukasyon Para saLahat ng Bata”. The lined-up activities were led by the Child Participation Council (CPC)and Educational Service.

At the onset, banners were displayed to make awareness inside the facility. Also last November 21, 2016, a poster making contest was held and the products were displayed at the central lawn. The colourful and creative arts of the student-residents were indeed seen at their work and the theme was also brought out by the distinguished participants.
It was November 24, 2016 when the work shop, role playing, and discussion of the rights and responsibilities of a child were facilitated. Through this, the residents became empowered and got to know the laws governing the rights of them as children. This is being done in order for them to be knowledgeable and capacitated so they themselves could fight for their rights. In addition, responsibilities as children were also discussed. This was made to teach them more on how to be responsible and reliant individuals. That they do not only have rights nevertheless, they too have their own share of duties and accountabilities.
The third activity last November 28, 2016 was conducted through a volleyball game, which the girls of Marillac Hills are also known at. The game did not just display the strength of children but it also trains them in other areas of life. It taught them to be a good player; it helped them promote camaraderie and uplift their spirit of sportsmanship. They learned how to play and work as a team and also they have realized that the real meaning of sports was not only to be a winner but to enjoy the game.
The final activity on November 29, 2016 was the Parol Making. This activity needs the resourcefulness of the participants. The activity helped not only to ease themselves from boredom but by developing their artistic sideand reliving in them the spirit of Christmas. The children indeed enjoyed this part because through the year, Christmas is the most awaited season of everyone.
The ceremony will be closed by the Child Participation Council (CPC) and Educational Service on December 5, 2016 whereinthe awarding of the winners will be facilitated. ###

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DSWD NCR celebrates the 5th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week with a theme: “Rehab hindi rehas: Itaguyod ang RA 10630!”

Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Committee – NCR led by Department Of Social Welfare And Development National Capital Region celebrates the 5th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week with a theme: “Rehab hindirehas: Itaguyodang RA 10630!” at Hotel H20 Manila Ocean Park, Manila City on November 25, 2016.

The said event was participated by different LGUs of National Capital Region, partner agencies and guests from Residential Care Facilities of the department. The activity aims to remind and teach the importance of law and the rights and responsibilities of the children in their community and the community to the children as well.

glendaMs. Glenda Derla, Social Welfare Officer IV of DSWD NCR said that with the rights of the children or the youth come their responsibilities. She also shared that during the celebration of National Children’s Month, they have discussed on how we can strengthen and implement the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act in response to the challenges that the children face in their lives. One of our challenges we are facing today is the legislation filed in Congress called House Bill 002 which aims to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibilities from 15 years old to 9 years old. That surely we do not want to happen and everyone will band together to empathically opposed to lowering the MACR.
She further added that according to Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo, lowering the MACR is not a guarantee to lower the crime rate in our country because the population of adult committing a crime is still much greater than the children and youth.

“Kailangan nating magsama-sama para maging responsible kayo ng mga kabataan. Magtutulungan kaming lahat para kayo ay maging responsible sa bawat aksyon na inyong gagawin. Alam naming kasi, nirerecongnized natin lahat [kaming] mga adults ay may kaalaman para bigyan kayo ng guidance at suporta para hindi kayo magkamali sa inyong mga hakbangin. Ang ating mga usapin at lectures, sessions o topic ay naka sentro sa prevention of criminality. Huwag na natin pag-usapan kung ano ang problema na iyan kundi tingnan natin ang mga bagay na pwedeng makaprevent na ang bawat bata ay mahulog sa mga bisyo at kriminalidad. Dahil kapag kayo ay nahulog sa isa sa mga bisyo na ito, kayong mga kabataan ang magiging biktima ng exploitation, mga masasamang loob na gagamitin lamang upang mas lalong mahulog sa kumunoy ng kasalanan. Nandito kami upang magbigay ng kaalaman para harapin niyo ang sitwasyon at hamon ng buhay kasi habang kayo ay lumalaki o tumatanda ay mas lalong lumalaki at dumadagdag ang hamon ng buhaysainyo. Madalas ang mga bata ay naliligaw o nakakalimot sa tamang pamamaraan dahil hindi sila nagagabayan ng kanilang mga pamilya dahil kadalasan ng mga nagkakaroon ng problema o suliranin sa batas ay iyong mga bata na hindi nabigyan ng tamang pag-gabay ng kanilang mga magulang at mga tao na dapat tumutulong sa mga bata kung kaya kailangan natin isulong at protektahan ang inyong karapatan. Karapatan niyo sa survival at development upang madagdagan ang inyong kaalaman para hindi na kayo maging biktima pa”, Ms. Derla said.

pulisAfter the opening remarks, the NCRPO Fitness Team led a warm-up activity thru 5 minute dance exercise.

claireThe session proper was started by Ms. Claire O. Toribio, Social Welfare Officer III of Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee National Capital Region who discussed the first session entitled, “Sesyon I: Malayang Talakayan Patungkol sa Panukalang Pagbaba ng Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR)” which discusses the challenges and disadvantages of the said filed bill should become a law. The existing law of minimum age of criminal responsibility is fifteen (15) years old and the said amendment seeks to lower the MACR to nine (9) years old. The department opposes the House Bill 002 and does not consider it helpful to everyone especially to the children. Ms Claire encourages everybody to support the advocacy of the department by the youth of NCR. Many disadvantages could be experienced by the children if ever a nine-year old child be jailed and integrated with other adult inmate. They could adapt the character, habits and doings inside the jail and they could be much worse. Next is the psychological and behavioral effect of it to the children. According to our monitoring basis, they could be physically, psychologically and sexually abused inside the premises. And lastly, it will be costly for the governmentbecause it is much expensive to construct a Bahay Pag-asa because approximately P20 million should be the budget for it for every LGU in a region. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) commented to the Philippines that if we have established the MACR of fifteen years old, it should be progressive instead of lowering it. The Philippines is one of the state parties of UN-CRC. Thus, we are committed to protect the children from any form of abuse.

Untitled1The next session was discussed by PSUPT. Denver A. Alidao, Assistant Chief, Community Assistance Development Division, Philippine National Police entitled: “Sesyon II: Pagtalakay sa Crime Prevention at Public Safety”.
The community and police should always together. Peace and order is a shared responsibility of both the police and the community. Without the community, the PNP cannot establish a success implementation of our law. The help of the children and the youth by relaying important information and abiding by the law is a huge contribution to our department. The crime has three elements: (1) Motive, (2) Capability and (3) Opportunity. These three elements should be avoided by the children so that they could not commit a crime. Likewise, the adults should guide and teach them the consequences of abiding by the law.

The third session is a puppet show performed by Mr. Samuel Fuentes and his team which tackle the proper ways on how to avoid commission of the crime and prevention of drugs. The puppets represent a policeman, child, Totoy Tulak, Boy Bangag and real-life personalities, Tsip Bato and

pup1pup2pup3President Duterte. The show aims to prevent and encourage the children neither to commence nor to taste the illegal drug. on case someone tried to convince them to do it, always keep in mind their advocacy theme “Huwag, Ayoko, Hindi pwede, Masama yan!” This simple message is a tremendous help to avoid using illegal drugs that may cause committing a crime.

The second part of the activity which is the sharing of success stories by Mr. Joel Pangilinan, Social Welfare Officer III of Haven for Children; Mr. Gary Cañete, staff of CSWDO Las Piñas and Mr. RenmarPedroso, client of KnK Philippines.

The activity has successfully raised awareness of and provided relevant knowledge to the participants and guests. DSWD NCR, together with RJJWC will continue to be passionate advocated of the rights of children and to oppose to anything that may harm them. ###

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EGV Athletes Join in SOP Unified Basketball Games 2016

Last November 12, 2016, the NCR-South Manila Chapter in collaboration with Department of Education organized and sent an invitation for “S.O.P-Unified Basketball Game” at Dapitan Sports Complex .Then five (5) selected residents had a chance to compete and showcase their talent thru playing unified basketball. This is a one day activity and attended by different schools and institutions. The objective of this activity is to promote sportsmanship, camaraderie, and unity.

The program was started at 10:30 A.M followed by Opening Prayer, National Anthem, and Opening Remark by City’s Vice Mayor of Manila. Before the Basketball event, the Referee called the attention of the Coaches per team to discuss the rules and regulation of the game. Mr. Abner Recacho and Marlon Lumukso is the official referee. During the knock out game, the EGV Team showed their skill in Basketball, sportsmanship, camaraderie with collaboration with our Native Mangyan. However, our team was not able to go to the next game and garnered 3rd Bronze.

“Every Child is Special” this quote is the title of a movie. This word of wisdom would be an eye opener to everyone, that every individual “Able or Disable” has the right to gain respect and dignity. This Unified Game is another way to break and fight the stigma thru participation in various sports activities Local or International Games. Various sports also help our Athletes especially on enhancing their self-esteem and self-worth.

The EGV Sports and Development Program Committee is highly recommended this outdoor sport activity for the welfare of the resident especially competing in various games. This is activity also promote not only sportsmanship but improving resident’s social communication skills. Moreover, the Committee perceived this activity as opportunity for the residents to experience community exposure.

“Good Players Inspire Themselves, Great Players Inspire Others”

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DSWD magsasagawa ulit ng surbey, publiko hinihikayat na makiisa

“Nais naming hikayatin ang publiko na makiisa sa gaganapin naming surbey o family assessment upang matukoy kung sino at nasaan ang mga mahihirap na pamilya. Sa pamamaraang ito, masisiguro natin na mapupunta sa karapat-dapat ang mga programa’t serbisyo ng ating kagawaran, iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan at mga organisasyon,” ani DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan.

Ang unang surbey ay isinagawa noong 2009 hanggang 2011 kung saan 316,823 sambahayan ang natukoy na mahirap sa Metro Manila at nakapaloob sa Listahanan – isang talaan ng mga pamilyang nangangailangan.

Upang maging matagumpay ang proyektong ito, pinapayuhan ng DSWD ang mga pamilya na maging tapat sa pagsagot sa mga katanungan at ibigay ang tamang impormasyon ng kanilang sambahayan. Tinitiyak ng DSWD na mananatiling confidential ang mga datos na ibibigay ng mga ito.

Dagdag pa ni Bonoan, “Ang surbey ay isasagawa sa loob mismo ng bahay upang makita talaga ang tunay na kalagayan ng pamilya. Magtulungan po tayo at makiisa sa proyektong ito sapagkat ang tagumpay nito ay nakasalalay sa ating lahat.”

Ayon sa DSWD, magtatalaga sila ng 3,274 na kawani sa 17 local government units (LGUs) ng Metro Manila upang ma-interbyu ang mahigit 1.2 milyong pamilya na maaaring maging benepisyaryo ng iba’t ibang programa at serbisyo ng pamahalaan. (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office, May 11, 2015)

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The DSWD and SM Foundation, Inc. launch “Donate-A-Book” project

SM Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, The SM stores, and SM stationery, recently launched ‘Donate-A-Book” project which runs from May 1 to June 30, 2014.


It aims to collect new and reusable books and school supplies from tenants, shoppers and companies that would help enhance the literacy and comprehension skills of the younger generation. One of the beneficiaries was Nayon ng Kabataan, together with underpriviledged schools recommended by DepED, and the children affected by typhoons.


Photo above shows (from left) Prescila R. Villa, Director III of Social Marketing Office, DSWD-NCR; CieloMonasterio, Executive Vice President, Store Business Unit, The SM Store; Ms. Connie Angeles, Executive Director, SM Foundation Inc.; and Mylene B. Valencia, Assistant Vice President for Operations, SM Stationery. ###

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“Donate-A-Book” Project

SM Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, The SM stores, and SM stationery, recently launched ‘Donate-A-Book” project which runs from May 1 to June 30, 2014.


It aims to collect new and reusable books and school supplies from tenants, shoppers and companies that would help enhance the literacy and comprehension skills of the younger generation. One of the beneficiaries was Nayon ng Kabataan, together with underpriviledgedschools recommended by DepED, and the children affected by typhoons.


Photo above shows (from left) Prescila R. Villa, Director III of Social Marketing Office, DSWD-NCR; CieloMonasterio, Executive Vice President, Store Business Unit, The SM Store; Ms. Connie Angeles, Executive Director, SM Foundation Inc.; and Mylene B. Valencia, Assistant Vice President for Operations, SM Stationery. ###

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