DSWD-NCR supports the advocacy on preparedness and safety of the community through the national simultaneous earthquake drill

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) convened a nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill today, July 02, 2014 to usher in a string of events advocating disaster consciousness. Held at Roxas Boulevard in Manila City, it was hosted by Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada of the City Government of Manila.

An exercise depicting possible scenarios when the west valley fault will move was the first event in the line-up of activities. This includes a fire simulation showing the proper ways to respond when fire occurs. There was also a simulation of vehicular accidents between a bus and a chemical truck demonstrating action in case of chemical spillage. Also featured were ways to evacuate tenants from a collapsing building at the onset of an earthquake. There was also simulation on how to rescue an injured person from a building using the method of rappelling.

The second part of the activity was a short program attended by the representatives of the different government agencies involved in disaster response. The DSWD-Central Office was represented by Asec. Vilma Cabrera while the DSWD-NCR delegation was led by Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan together with Mr. Bienvenido V. Barbosa, OIC of Disaster Response Unit. Other guests were MMDA Chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino, PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Renato U. Solidum, USEC Alexander P. Pama, Executive Director of NDRRMC and USEC Eduardo Batac of the Department of National Defense, representing Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin.

In his welcome address, Manila City mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada was optimistic on the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month, which has a flagship theme “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran”. For Mayor Estrada, this could serve as a reminder that the environment is not always peaceful or friendly. “We cannot just stand and do a body count when another “Yolanda” strikes our shores. Thorough preparations, decisive action and timely response are needed in any natural disaster.” he added. ###

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LAO People’s Democratic Republic delegates visit Haven for Women

Delegates from LAO-Peoples Democratic Republic headed by Dr. Boungnong Boupha, chairperson of the Women Parliamentarian Caucus, recently visited DSWD-NCR’s Haven for Women, to benchmark initiatives of DSWD in combating human trafficking and violence against women and their children.

In her speech, Dr. Boupha affirmed our efforts to address the challenges of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concerning women and children and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

She acknowledged the DSWD and the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. for the management of a facility that provides rehabilitation to abused women. Moreover, Dr. Boupha handed over P10,000.00 for the center.

The visit was initiated by the office of Congresswoman Gina De Venecia, chairperson of the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. Other guests were Congresswomen Malou Acosta-Alba, representative of 1st District, Bukidnon and Olga Kho, representative of 2nd District, Masbate, who expressed appreciation to the government of LAO for visiting the Philippines.

The Haven for Women is a facility that provides temporary shelter and protective custody to women ages 18-59 years old, who are victims of involuntary or forced prostitution, illegal recruitment, sexual abuse, armed conflicts, women in detention, and others. It enables women in especially difficult circumstances to resolve their problems and to restore their normal social functioning through the provision of protective and rehabilitative services. ###

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LAO People’s Democratic Republic delegates visit Haven for Women

Delegates from LAO-Peoples Democratic Republic headed by Dr. Boungnong Boupha, chairperson of the Women Parliamentarian Caucus, recently visited DSWD-NCR’s Haven for Women, to benchmark initiatives of DSWD in combating human trafficking and violence against women and their children.

In her speech, Dr. Boupha affirmed our efforts to address the challenges of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concerning women and children and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

She acknowledged the DSWD and the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. for the management of a facility that provides rehabilitation to abused women. Moreover, Dr. Boupha handed over P10,000.00 for the center.

The visit was initiated by the office of Congresswoman Gina De Venecia, chairperson of the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. Other guests were Congresswomen Malou Acosta-Alba, representative of 1st District, Bukidnon and Olga Kho, representative of 2nd District, Masbate, who expressed appreciation to the government of LAO for visiting the Philippines.

The Haven for Women is a facility that provides temporary shelter and protective custody to women ages 18-59 years old, who are victims of involuntary or forced prostitution, illegal recruitment, sexual abuse, armed conflicts, women in detention, and others. It enables women in especially difficult circumstances to resolve their problems and to restore their normal social functioning through the provision of protective and rehabilitative services. ###

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DSWD – Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop residents engage in urban farming

The DSWD-NCR’s Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), through Quezon City government and Sinag Foundation, Inc., began efforts in urban farming in their rehabilitation compound that will improve the health and environment of its residents and staff. Likewise provide locally produced organic food.

“We take it as a challenge to convert our idle land into an ideal urban farm. There is no source of organic produce at RSW. By showing that it is possible to grow food in an urban area, we hope to inspire others to start growing their own food in the under-utilized spaces that surround them,” Edna Sacedor, Officer-In-Charge of RSW, said.
Further, the project adds to their urban greenery which may improve visual and psychological conditions.

In February, RSW staff and residents attended an orientation conducted by the Quezon City government which aims to introduce urban farming and teach them about waste management, garden designs, products and organic fertilizers.

The local government also provided free tools, equipment, and plant seedlings that may be used to cultivate the land at RSW. Thus, this project is cost-free.

In addition, growing food locally in the large areas of usable space in urban waste land and unused plots can begin to address the lack of access due to affordability and availability of quality produce.

Urban Farming also holds the potential to raise awareness about organic food growing practices, healthy eating habits, and provides beautiful, green outdoor spaces that the staff and residents can enjoy. ###

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DSWD – Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop residents engage in urban farming

The DSWD-NCR’s Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), through Quezon City government and Sinag Foundation, Inc., began efforts in urban farming in their rehabilitation compound that will improve the health and environment of its residents and staff. Likewise provide locally produced organic food.

“We take it as a challenge to convert our idle land into an ideal urban farm. There is no source of organic produce at RSW. By showing that it is possible to grow food in an urban area, we hope to inspire others to start growing their own food in the under-utilized spaces that surround them,” Edna Sacedor, Officer-In-Charge of RSW, said.
Further, the project adds to their urban greenery which may improve visual and psychological conditions.

In February, RSW staff and residents attended an orientation conducted by the Quezon City government which aims to introduce urban farming and teach them about waste management, garden designs, products and organic fertilizers.

The local government also provided free tools, equipment, and plant seedlings that may be used to cultivate the land at RSW. Thus, this project is cost-free.

In addition, growing food locally in the large areas of usable space in urban waste land and unused plots can begin to address the lack of access due to affordability and availability of quality produce.

Urban Farming also holds the potential to raise awareness about organic food growing practices, healthy eating habits, and provides beautiful, green outdoor spaces that the staff and residents can enjoy. ###

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National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) celebrates 60th founding anniversary

The National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC), celebrated its 60th founding anniversary recently with the theme “Animnapu’t Taong Matapat, Magiliw, Masigasig na Paglilingkod Tungo sa Pag-angat ng Kalagayan ng mga Taong May Kapansanan.”

Former NVRC Superintendent Ms. Marita S. Capadocia, who served as NVRC Superintendent from 1972-1978, gave an inspirational message where she traced the roots of NVRC by saying that, “NVRC was established so that legislators would enact laws for persons with disability (PWDs) and that NVRC has gone a long way in providing learning opportunities for PWDs.

Mr. Adcar Salmorin, on the other hand, said in his message that “kung may mga pangarap kayo na gustong abutin, hindi hadlang ang inyong kapansanan para marating ang mga ito.” referring to his transition from NVRC trainee to becoming the top 5 in the licensure exam for massage therapist given by DOH.

Menwhile, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan led the awarding of plaques and certificates of appreciation to former heads and retirees of NVRC, stakeholders as well as the center’s best staff, for their contributions in reaching 60 fruitful years. Various folk dances and song numbers were prepared by the NVRC trainees and staff.

NVRC is a residential care facility of DSWD-NCR that caters to persons with disabilities (PWDs) by promoting their vocational rehabilitation through skills training and employment opportunities for eventual integration to the society. From 1959 to 2013, it had a total of 5,600 PWD graduates on different vocational courses.

As an initiative from 2013 to present, the center engaged in community-based training for parents of PWDs in Navotas City. They were also accredited by the Department of Health as a Training Institution for Massage Therapy so that visually impaired clients may take the DOH national licensure examination on Massage Therapy. ###

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National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) celebrates 60th founding anniversary

The National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC), celebrated its 60th founding anniversary recently with the theme “Animnapu’t Taong Matapat, Magiliw, Masigasig na Paglilingkod Tungo sa Pag-angat ng Kalagayan ng mga Taong May Kapansanan.”

Former NVRC Superintendent Ms. Marita S. Capadocia, who served as NVRC Superintendent from 1972-1978, gave an inspirational message where she traced the roots of NVRC by saying that, “NVRC was established so that legislators would enact laws for persons with disability (PWDs) and that NVRC has gone a long way in providing learning opportunities for PWDs.

Mr. Adcar Salmorin, on the other hand, said in his message that “kung may mga pangarap kayo na gustong abutin, hindi hadlang ang inyong kapansanan para marating ang mga ito.” referring to his transition from NVRC trainee to becoming the top 5 in the licensure exam for massage therapist given by DOH.

Menwhile, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan led the awarding of plaques and certificates of appreciation to former heads and retirees of NVRC, stakeholders as well as the center’s best staff, for their contributions in reaching 60 fruitful years. Various folk dances and song numbers were prepared by the NVRC trainees and staff.

NVRC is a residential care facility of DSWD-NCR that caters to persons with disabilities (PWDs) by promoting their vocational rehabilitation through skills training and employment opportunities for eventual integration to the society. From 1959 to 2013, it had a total of 5,600 PWD graduates on different vocational courses.

As an initiative from 2013 to present, the center engaged in community-based training for parents of PWDs in Navotas City. They were also accredited by the Department of Health as a Training Institution for Massage Therapy so that visually impaired clients may take the DOH national licensure examination on Massage Therapy. ###

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DSWD-NCR program beneficiaries participate in the 116th Independence Day celebration

Beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development –National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participated in the ‘Government Programs and Services Exhibit’ held recently at Luneta Park, in celebration of the 116th Philippine Independence Day.

The exhibit aimed to bring the basic services of the different government agencies and organizations to the public. It also showcased the accomplishments of each participating agency. Overall, 35 government agencies and organizations participated in the said exhibit which was led by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

Among the beneficiaries was Ms. Grace Ferrer, 38 years old, whose family has been a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya program since 2008. She has also availed capital assistance under the SLP’s Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) in 2012.

Grace Ferrer while selling her homemade peanut butter.

Grace Ferrer while selling her homemade peanut butter.

Grace, together with her husband, Anthony, 38 years old and a pedicab driver are now living in Baseco, Manila with their children aged 18, 16, 15, 12, 11 and 7 months. They used the seed capital in the business of selling peanut butter where they earn Php700.00 for every 5 kilos of peanuts that they cook and sell.

Meanwhile, the most patronized product in the DSWD booth were the different varieties of eggs sold by Ms. Jesusana Moya, 44 years old, from Pateros and whose family is a SEA-K beneficiary. They received P5,000.00 seed capital in 2008 which was immediately returned in 2009 from the proceeds in vending steamed duck, quail and salted eggs.

Jesusana explains to a customer how the taste of salted and duck eggs from Pateros differ from similar eggs in other places.

Jesusana explains to a customer how the taste of salted and duck eggs from Pateros differ from similar eggs in other places.

According to Jesusana, their small business augments the salary of her taxi driver husband, Dennis, 43 years old. It also enabled her to support the education of her five (5) children.

Aside from Grace and Jesusana, four (4) other SEA-K beneficiaries participated in the exhibit wherein various products were displayed and sold, such as crocheted bags made of disposable plastic bags, “alpombra” slippers, raw mango, bananaque and other snacks and bottled beverages. ### (DSWD-NCR Social Marketing Office, June 19, 2014)

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