ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE PROGRAMS ORIENTATION FORUM OF NCR BARANGAYS/ BARANGAY COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN (BCPC)

DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Chidlren/ RCWC Focal Ms. Glenda M. Derla (L-R 6th from the seated participants in the first row) with the participants from Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pasay, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Marikina, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Caloocan, Malabon, Manila, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Navotas & Pateros, Adoption Resource Refferal Section Staff and RCWC-NCR Technical Staff

In partnership with the Department of Interior & Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR), the Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) led by the Social Welfare Specialist for Children and Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) Focal Person Ms. Glenda M. Derla with the Adoption Resource & Referral Section conducted a one-day Orientation Forum of NCR Barangays/ BCPCs on Adoption & Foster Care Programs on April 25, 2017 at Best Western (La Corona) Hotel, Manila. This activity aims to ensure that all surrendered, neglected and/ or abandoned children in the respective barangay/ municipality/ city shall be assessed and declared as legally available for adoption before placement for foster care or adoption.

As representative of DSWD-NCR Regional Director Mr. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson, Ms. Hazel T. Militante, Division Chief of Protective Services Unit (PSU) delivered the welcome remarks. She recognized the efforts of the organizer/ facilitator in conducting the forum to increase the awareness of the targeted participants on the proper and legal way of adopting/ fostering children who were victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect.

“By this orientation forum, let us all work together starting from the barangays up to the Cities and Municipalities to protect and safeguard our children from the different abuses in the society/ community”, Ms. Militante emphasized.

 

 

 

DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Children/ RCWC Focal Person Ms. Glenda M. Derla duly responded to issues raised by participants.

 

Resource Person from DSWD discussed different topics related to adoption and foster care of a child. The Situationer of Children in the National Capital Region was discussed by Ms. Maricel M. Barnedo, OIC of Adoption Resource Referral Section (ARRS); Republic Act 10165 “Foster Care Act of 2012 was presented by Ms. Liezel V. Gonzales OIC of Foster Care Section; Republic Act 9523 “Act Requiring Certification of the DSWD to Declare a Child Legally Available for Adoption as Pre-requisite for Adoption Proceedings was delivered by Ms. Susan B. Nuyles SWO of ARRS; and DSWD Social Welfare Specialist & RCWC Focal Person for Children Ms. Glenda M. Derla tackled the Rules & Regulations on the Reporting & Investigation of Child Abuse Cases & Abandonment of Children and Republic Act 8552 “Domestic Adoption Act of 1998”. The program flow and discussions during the sessions were facilitated by Ms. Cressida J. Valientes SWO of ARRS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The activity was accomplished with the commitment setting initiated by ARRS Social Welfare Officer Ms. Hiara Jemina M. Basa wherein each participant wrote and posted their commitment/ pledge for children and to themselves in promoting the best welfare of every child in the community.

Commitment Setting made by the participants during the Orientation Forum

 

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CHILD PROTECTION ORIENTATION & SELF-ASSESSMENT OF CITY/ MUNICIPALITY/ BARANGAY

In photo are DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Children & RCWC Focal Person Ms. Glenda M. Derla (R-L 3rd from the seated participants), DILG Representative Ms. Marilou Ragonot , Save the Children Project Officer for Child Protection Ms. Jerly Mae Villanada, Save the Children Staff, RCWC Technical Staff and Participants from the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Pateros, Paranaque & Taguig.

Child Protection Orientation & Self-Assessment of City/ Municipality/ Barangay was conducted on March 16, 2017 at Legend Villas Hotel, Mandaluyong City. This activity was headed and facilitated by Save the Children led by its Project Officer for Child Protection Ms. Jerly Mae Villanada and Staff in partnership with DSWD-NCR and DILG-NCR.   This one-day orientation and self-assessment is to strengthen local child protection mechanisms particularly the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) and Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) in the prevention and response of child protection cases and the creation and implementation of child protective services.

Ms. Villanada initially discussed with focus on the importance of child protection, how to protect children from different abuses, child protection work & systems, local preventive & responsive services, skilled child protection workforce and Save the Children initiatives/ strategies in protecting children’s rights.

DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Children/ RCWC Focal Person Ms. Glenda M. Derla presented the 24 Child-Friendly Barangay Indicators and assessment tools used to evaluate a Child-Friendly City/ Municipality/ Barangay towards achieving a child-friendly community through the three (3) steps strategy: 1) Local Governance Audit, 2) Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance and 3) Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipality/ City.

Barangay Child Protection Self-Assessment paper was distributed to the three participating LGUs to conduct self-assessment of the present functionality and needs of child protection committee and this assessment paper sets a plan for creating/ strengthening child protection committee in their respective cities/ municipality/ barangay. Before the end of the activity, the participants expressed their pledge of “Para sa Bata, Ako ay ____”  to show their commitment to promote the protection of children in their community. ###

 

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4Ps rice subsidy to beneficiaries in NCR

Loreta Aviles shows the almost fully-consumed rice grains from the 15 Kilograms she bought shortly after receiving the rice subsidy for the month of January on March 2017.

A total of 214,218 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from Metro Manila recently received their rice subsidy amounting to P600.00 each for the month of January 2017 after complying to the conditionalities of the program.

This subsidy is initiated by the Duterte administration as augmentation for said families in buying the Filipino staple food- rice- which is on top of the cash grants provided for the health and education of children beneficiaries aged 0-18 years old.

Among its recipient is Loreta Aviles, 77 years old living in Nepomuceno St., Quiapo Manila who is currently the guardian of her three (3) grandchildren aged 9, 11 and 14.

As a laundry washer who earns P500 per week, Loreta narrated that the cash grants they receive which amounts to P1,600.00 monthly significantly helps for them to afford their daily food and school projects of her grandchildren.

With the additional P600.00 of 4Ps rice subsidy, Loreta expressed relief that their rice consumption will no longer be deducted from the amount of cash grants they are receiving and that, this ensures that her grandchildren consume enough food every meals.

“Para sa aming mahirap, basta may bigas kahit anong ulam ay pwede na…kaya’t malaking tulong ang suportang pambili ng bigas ng 4Ps,” Loreta said.

Since her grandchildren’s parents have their respective separate families now, Loreta, as the sole breadwinner of her family amidst her age, still works hard to provide for their needs.

Meanwhile, Loreta is also a recipient of the Social Pension program of DSWD that provides P500 cash assistance every month to qualified indigent senior citizens who are weak, sickly or bedridden and who are not pensioner of SSS or GSIS and do not regularly receive financial support from relatives.

Likewise, beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) are also entitled for the rice subsidy provided that they are compliant to the set conditions of the program.###

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Lenten activities in Sanctuary Center

The DSWD Sanctuary Center observed the traditional celebration of Lent last April 13 – 16, 2017. Ms. Buenafe Orcino-HP Supervisor led the observance of the Lenten rites.

Among the Lenten rites that were conducted in the center is “The Way of the Cross” which is also known as the “Stations of the Cross” which was held last April 13, 2017. Clients and staff commemorated the Christ’s journey through Calvary to his crucifixion. The fourteen stations featured specific events beginning with Christ’s condemnation after his last supper with the apostles up to His last day on Earth as man.

The organizer installed sculptures and religious images which lined the pathways of the Center for the participants to move from station to station in a short pilgrimage following Christ’s journey. In each station, the participants take a short time to meditate and offer a prayer that corresponds to the specific event depicted in the station. The participants also recite prayers as they move from one station to the next until they have completed all fourteen Stations of the Cross.

Another traditional Lenten rite that was celebrated in the Center is the Pabasa, which was held on April 13-14, 2017. During the pabasa, participants read and chant verses from religious texts as headed by the Homelife Service staff and trained clients. The organizers have prepared two groups of readers who chanted verses that depicted the sufferings of Christ. Participants chanted verses one after the other, with the pabasa lasting until the following day.

The Easter Egg Hunt was then held on April 16, 2017. This event marks the conclusion of the Lenten season. During the Easter Egg Hunt, clients eagerly sought out the forty-nine Easter eggs which were hidden by the Houseparents in different areas of the center with corresponding gifts from the staff.

The traditional and religious aspects of the Lenten season will continue in the center to inculcate to most of the residents as well as the staff a period of moderation, self-discipline and reflection on Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection.

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EGV Athletes bagged medals at UST Special Olympics Unity Games 2017

Held at University of Santo Tomas’ football field on April 7, 2017, residents of Elsie Gaches Village participated in UST – Special Olympics Unity Games 2017 which was organized by Guild of Thomasian Speducators (GuTS) together with the Institute of Physical Education and Athletic (IPEA), College of Education and Special Olympics Philippines wherein 14 medals were bagged by the residents.

EGV residents brought home three (3) gold medals, six (6) silver, five (5) bronze and two (2) ribbons during this one-day sports tournament that aims to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship among the participants through playing unified sports and advocate fair treatment, fight stigma and uphold the right of a person with Intellectual Disability.

Ten (10) EGV residents namely Catherine Uy, Elinita Orbita, Joan Balidong, Rene Joyce Lopez, Jocelyn Buzar, Eli Sandoval, Boogie Sandoval, Benjie Fabella, Israel Flores, and Irene Aysa represent the center in the competition.

UST Special Olympics Unity Games 2017 began with a formal opening ceremony through parade of athletes and the lightning of torch that signaled the start of the games. Four (4) games were conducted simultaneously including 50 and 100 meter run, basketball, soccer and bocce. All games and activities are tailored to fit the limitations of each athlete.

The residents acquired new knowledge, met new friends, and demonstrated camaraderie in playing Unified Sports which likewise enhances their self-confidence, determination and social participation.###

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Provision of assistance to fire victims in Las Piñas

From the fire that made an estimated of 225 families homeless on Saturday evening in Zapote Road, Las Piñas City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region distributed today some food and non-food items for the victims of the incident.

Among the provided goods are 300 pieces of food packs (each contains six (6) kgs. of rice, four (4) pcs sardines, two (2) corned beef and six (6) sachets of 3-in-1 coffee), 900 pcs. of bottled water, 900 sheets  of blankets, 900 pcs. of cereals for baby, 300 pcs. of mats and 300 packs of “dignity kits” for personal hygiene of  the victims.

Accordingly, most of the victims are still staying in the evacuation center at Zapote Elementary School while some opted to temporarily stay within their relatives living in nearby areas.

Staff from DSWD-NCR arrived in the site Sunday afternoon to assist the LGU in validating the information gathered for the provision of necessary assistance to the fire victims.

During disaster, DSWD is the national agency in-charged of augmenting to the needs of victims/survivor whenever the Local Government Unit (LGU) expresses inability in providing such.###

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DSWD-NCR conducts “Katok cash card” for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Valenzuela City present their respective cash cards upon validation of their cash manager during the conduct of “Katok cash card.”

To address the reports on pawning of cash cards among Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Regionj (DSWD-NCR) through its Project Development Officers (PDOs) initiated the conduct of “katok cash card,” an on-the-spot validation if the cash card is in the possession of beneficiaries.

The activity started in December 2016 wherein the City link (case manager) and Grievance Officers who are assigned in a particular area are immediately verifying the reports on cash card pawning wherein written warning will be served to the beneficiaries who were proved to pawn their cash cards.

Cities of Caloocan and Valenzuela are the pilot areas of “Katok Cash Card” wherein 15 out of the 61 households validated were found guilty in the alleged pawning of their respective cash cards.

Aside from the issuance of written warning, guidelines on the misbehavior of beneficiaries were reiterated to the visited households to raise their awareness regarding the sanctions they might face if they have committed such act.

If the strategy will be found effective in addressing the issue on cash card pawning, it will be eventually applied to other areas in Metro Manila where reports on it were frequently received.

“This initiative will strengthen the advocacy of the Department that we are not tolerating this act of some beneficiaries, for they have to comply with conditions and guidelines of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as they agreed by signing their “Kasunduan” upon their registration as recipient of it,” DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson said.

Currently, there are 227,373 Pantawid Pamilya households beneficiaries in Metro Manila who are receiving their cash grants based on their compliance to the conditionalities of the program.

Out of the said numbers, 196,104 households are receiving their grants through their cash cards while the remaining are still in their processing of cash card enrollment. ###

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DSWD-NCR enters partnership with Marikina LGU for efficient disaster relief operations

For the effective and efficient conduct of disaster relief operations in Marikina City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) entered a partnership with the said LGU through the signing of Memorandum of Agreement today.

“This partnership will significantly help in times of disaster relief operations since we no longer have to transport the goods in Marikina during the onslaught of calamities especially when the roads are no longer passable, “Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson said.

As stipulated in the signed MOA, Marikina LGU shall provide a space for the prepositioning of relief goods which shall also serve as a repacking hub in the occurrence of the “Big One” or the 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

Maximum of 5,000 packed relief goods are planned to be prepositioned within the LGU’s City Social Welfare Office where electricity and water to be used in the location shall be shouldered by Marikina City.

Mayor Marcelino R. Teodoro of Marikina City is the first local chief executive to sign in this agreement while ongoing consultation and coordination with other LGUs is being processed.

This initiative is among the tasks of the Department pursuant to the directive of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MMDRRMC) for the preparation of possible 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila as per study conducted by JICA and PHILVOLCS.

Meanwhile, DSWD-NCR continuously aims for a more efficient disaster preparedness system which is responsive to the immediate needs of disaster victims thus, partnership with LGUs, NGOs and CSOs in this endeavor is being explored.###

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