Eighty trainees from the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) graduated recently.

With the theme “Kagandahang Asal, Kaalaman at Kakayahan, Palaguin at Tagumpay ay Abutin,” the NVRC recognized 80 trainees from 10 training courses offered at the center.

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DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan acknowledged in her message the perseverance of the trainees despite the hardships they went through. She also thanked the parents for supporting the trainees throughout their journey. She emphasized “hindi hadlang ang kapansanan upang maabot ninyo ang inyong mga pangarap.”

 

 

 

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Part of the program was the presentation of achievement and special awards. The ten (10) massage therapy graduates were recognized for their excellent performance in the recent Licensure Examination for Massage Therapists, given by the Department of Health (DOH) in June 2014. All ten are now employed .The center also awarded the best trainee per course.

Meanwhile, seven (7) graduates excelled from their fellow graduates in their respective courses.

 

nvrc chorale Another highlight of the event was the launching of the NVRC Hymn entitled “Center Naming Minamahal.” Sang by the NVRC Chorale, it resonates all the learning experiences of the trainees and staff while at the center, paving the way to the realization to the trainees’ dreams.

Of the 80 graduates, 57.5% or 47 of them are already gainfully employed. Some of the courses offered at NVRC are Massage Therapy, Computer Hardware, Personal Computer Operations, Watch Repair, Housekeeping, Consumer Electronics, Food Management Service, Dressmaking, Social Rehabilitation Skills and Prosthesis making. ###

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DSWD-NCR is ready for response to typhoon Ruby in Metro Manila

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) has taken responsive action if typhoon Ruby hits Metro Manila.

The DSWD-NCR ensures that there are sufficient supplies of food and non-food items for possible augmentation to the 17 local government units (LGUs). Trucks and other vehicles from the Field Office and centers and residential care facilities (C/RCFs) are available in case supplies need to be mobilized for the disaster response.

Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said “We have downloaded goods and food packs to the LGUs identified to be severely affected by typhoon Ruby. The City Social Welfare and Development Offices (CSWDOs) shall account for the utilization and distribution of said goods.” Director Bonoan also emphasized that food packs should be distributed in its original packaging, as received by them.
As of today, the DSWD-NCR has provided a total of 4,800 food packs to the cities of Parañaque, Caloocan, Malabon, Las Piñas, Navotas and Municipality of Pateros.

The DSWD-NCR is closely coordinating with the LGUs for possible provision of augmentation support and status of possible evacuation centers for families. Moreover, Nayon ng Kabataan, Haven for Children and Elsie Gaches Village may be utilized as repacking hubs or additional warehouse for goods. ###

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DSWD-NCR is ready for response to typhoon Ruby in Metro Manila

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) has taken responsive action if typhoon Ruby hits Metro Manila.

The DSWD-NCR ensures that there are sufficient supplies of food and non-food items for possible augmentation to the 17 local government units (LGUs). Trucks and other vehicles from the Field Office and centers and residential care facilities (C/RCFs) are available in case supplies need to be mobilized for the disaster response.

Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said “We have downloaded goods and food packs to the LGUs identified to be severely affected by typhoon Ruby. The City Social Welfare and Development Offices (CSWDOs) shall account for the utilization and distribution of said goods.” Director Bonoan also emphasized that food packs should be distributed in its original packaging, as received by them.
As of today, the DSWD-NCR has provided a total of 4,800 food packs to the cities of Parañaque, Caloocan, Malabon, Las Piñas, Navotas and Municipality of Pateros.

The DSWD-NCR is closely coordinating with the LGUs for possible provision of augmentation support and status of possible evacuation centers for families. Moreover, Nayon ng Kabataan, Haven for Children and Elsie Gaches Village may be utilized as repacking hubs or additional warehouse for goods. ###

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DSWD-NCR launches the Social Tourism Project at Ermita-Malate

The DSWD-NCR, in partnership with Ermita Malate Business Owners Association (EMBOA) and the Manila Department of Social Welfare concluded the soft launching of the Social Tourism Project for homeless street families at the Plaza Ferguson in Ermita, Manila recently.

 

Under this project, 150 homeless family members monitored in the area will serve as “community facilitators” in five (5) plaza and parks in Ermita-Malate, namely: 1.) Plaza Ferguson; 2.) Sta. Monica; 3.) Raja Sulayman; 4.) Remedios Circle; and 5.) Plaza Salamanca. They will be maintaining the cleanliness of the parks and monitor visibility of street dwellers in the area for immediate referral to the concerned barangay for appropriate action.

 

They will be paid thru the “Food for Work Program” of DSWD-NCR, with initial implementation in Ermita-Malate from December 05, 2014 to January 06, 2015.

 

Another area of partnership is the provision of Cash for Training and Employment for qualified street dwellers by DSWD-NCR for menial jobs in the business establishments of EMBOA members.

 

This initiative is supporting the efforts of EMBOA and the City of Manila to promote Ermita-Malate as the primary business district in Metro Manila as a result of the recent “Multi Stakeholders’ Summit, A Conversation: Ensuring that Street Dwellers are not left behind,” where the EMBOA President and City of Manila participated. ###

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DSWD-NCR launches the Social Tourism Project at Ermita-Malate

The DSWD-NCR, in partnership with Ermita Malate Business Owners Association (EMBOA) and the Manila Department of Social Welfare concluded the soft launching of the Social Tourism Project for homeless street families at the Plaza Ferguson in Ermita, Manila recently.

 

Under this project, 150 homeless family members monitored in the area will serve as “community facilitators” in five (5) plaza and parks in Ermita-Malate, namely: 1.) Plaza Ferguson; 2.) Sta. Monica; 3.) Raja Sulayman; 4.) Remedios Circle; and 5.) Plaza Salamanca. They will be maintaining the cleanliness of the parks and monitor visibility of street dwellers in the area for immediate referral to the concerned barangay for appropriate action.

 

They will be paid thru the “Food for Work Program” of DSWD-NCR, with initial implementation in Ermita-Malate from December 05, 2014 to January 06, 2015.

 

Another area of partnership is the provision of Cash for Training and Employment for qualified street dwellers by DSWD-NCR for menial jobs in the business establishments of EMBOA members.

 

This initiative is supporting the efforts of EMBOA and the City of Manila to promote Ermita-Malate as the primary business district in Metro Manila as a result of the recent “Multi Stakeholders’ Summit, A Conversation: Ensuring that Street Dwellers are not left behind,” where the EMBOA President and City of Manila participated. ###

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US Ambassador to the Philippines celebrates Thanksgiving Day at Haven for Children

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip S. Goldberg, celebrated Thanksgiving Day with residents and staff of Haven for Children, DSWD Assistant Secretary Teodulo R. Romo Jr., and DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan on November 25, 2014 in Muntinlupa City.

Some 111 children-residents of the center had lunch with Ambassador Goldberg who also distributed coloring books, notepads and crayons as his gift to the children.

Meanwhile, the clients entertained the guests with their dance number to the rhythm of “Kahimanawari” and speech choir performance of the poem entitled “The Wind and the Moon” by George MacDonald.

According to Ambassador Goldberg, he celebrated Thanksgiving Day, an American tradition, with the residents of the said center in order to share this experience and his blessings received so the children will be able to share this to others as well, in the future.

This event was memorable for the children as it was their first time to taste roasted turkey, a symbolic dish for thanksgiving in the United States of America.

Established in January 15, 2004, Haven for Children is a temporary shelter managed by DSWD-NCR which provides healing and empowerment for male children aged 7-13 who were living/working on the street and needs recovery from substance abuse.### (DSWD FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office November 27,2014)

 

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US Ambassador to the Philippines celebrates Thanksgiving Day at Haven for Children

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip S. Goldberg, celebrated Thanksgiving Day with residents and staff of Haven for Children, DSWD Assistant Secretary Teodulo R. Romo Jr., and DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan on November 25, 2014 in Muntinlupa City.

Some 111 children-residents of the center had lunch with Ambassador Goldberg who also distributed coloring books, notepads and crayons as his gift to the children.

Meanwhile, the clients entertained the guests with their dance number to the rhythm of “Kahimanawari” and speech choir performance of the poem entitled “The Wind and the Moon” by George MacDonald.

According to Ambassador Goldberg, he celebrated Thanksgiving Day, an American tradition, with the residents of the said center in order to share this experience and his blessings received so the children will be able to share this to others as well, in the future.

This event was memorable for the children as it was their first time to taste roasted turkey, a symbolic dish for thanksgiving in the United States of America.

Established in January 15, 2004, Haven for Children is a temporary shelter managed by DSWD-NCR which provides healing and empowerment for male children aged 7-13 who were living/working on the street and needs recovery from substance abuse.### (DSWD FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office November 27,2014)

 

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DSWD-NCR funds skills training of 1,129 beneficiaries under JSDF-LVUC

The Department of Socijsdf rd copyal Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) facilitated the graduation of 1,129 beneficiaries under the Japan Social Development Fund – Improving Livelihood Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Communities (JSDF-LVUC), who finished a 60-days skills training course from nine (9) training schools in Malabon City.

Among the vocational/technical courses availed by the beneficiaries were: Shield Metal Arc Welding, Automotive Repair Servicing, Electrical and Installation Maintenance, Computer Hardware and Servicing, Dressmaking, Beauty Care, Consumer Electronics and Housekeeping.

DSWD-NCR Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, in her inspirational message shared that this skills training program with an estimated fund of P21 million aimed to access the beneficiaries for better employment opportunities which could help in improving their current living conditions.

 

According to Director Bonoan, this effort will also serve as a model on how to implement the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS – NCDDP) in urban areas.

jsdf marivicMeanwhile, among the graduates is Marivic Pumarada, 46 years old, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary with eight (8) children and a newly skilled worker in dressmaking.

With her husband Jaime, 46, a helper mechanic, Marivic admitted that previously, they are having a hard time in raising their children aged 24, 21, 18, 17, 14, 12, 10 and 4. However, when they became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya program in 2012, they gradually felt positive changes in their lives.

 

“Parent Leader po ako noong 2012 hanggang 2013, doon ko napatunayang may leadership skills pala ako kaya pinili kong maging community volunteer dito sa JSDF program ng DSWD. Noong napasama kami sa Pantawid Pamilya, gumaan bigla ang buhay namin dahil suportado na ang edukasyon at kalusugan ng mga anak ko. ‘Di kalakihan ang nakukuha namin sa programa pero dahil katumbas ‘yun ng pagsunod namin sa mga kondisyon, malaking pagbabago ang dinadala nun’ sa aking pamilya,” Marivic narrated.

 

Since she now acquired the skill of being a dressmaker, Marivic intends to engage in sewing school uniforms while attending to her children at home, so she will have additional income for their family.

 

The Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) is a trust fund managed by the World Bank for the Government of Japan. It provides grants to support immediate employment through cash-for-work scheme and provide start-up costs for community enterprises. Communities targeted will be those found to be most affected by the global economic crisis. (source: http://ncddp.dswd.gov.ph/site/get_project/24) ### (DSWD FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office November 26, 2014)

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