DSWD-NCR awards livelihood assistance to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) recently awarded capital assistance amounting to Php 3,569,200.00 to 27 associations of Self-Employment Assistance –Kaunlaran (SEA-K) from the cities of Malabon, Valenzuela, San Juan, Caloocan, Marikina and Municipality of Pateros.

The said associations are composed of 515 Pantawid Pamilya household-beneficiaries who now have the opportunity to earn through small-scale business which could be included as one of their main sources of living.

The capital assistance to be received by each household-beneficiary ranges from P5,000.00 to P10,000.00 depending on the type of business they intend to put up. Meanwhile, sari-sari store is the most common business that the beneficiaries prefer.

DSWD-NCR OIC-Assistant Regional Director Jacel J. Paguio ( seated, fourth from left), in her inspirational message during the awarding ceremony emphasized that, this effort of the department aims to further assist the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in uplifting their level of well-being for them to eventually reach self-sufficiency.

However, she explained that uplifting the well-being of the beneficiaries still depend on how the family, especially the parents, duly perform their responsibilities to their children in complementation to the government’s intervention.

For the first quarter of 2014, DSWD-NCR has already released a total of Php. 4, 515,000.00 capital assistance to 33 SEA-K associations composed of 604 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. ### (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office May 27, 2014)

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DSWD-NCR awards livelihood assistance to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) recently awarded capital assistance amounting to Php 3,569,200.00 to 27 associations of Self-Employment Assistance –Kaunlaran (SEA-K) from the cities of Malabon, Valenzuela, San Juan, Caloocan, Marikina and Municipality of Pateros.

The said associations are composed of 515 Pantawid Pamilya household-beneficiaries who now have the opportunity to earn through small-scale business which could be included as one of their main sources of living.

The capital assistance to be received by each household-beneficiary ranges from P5,000.00 to P10,000.00 depending on the type of business they intend to put up. Meanwhile, sari-sari store is the most common business that the beneficiaries prefer.

DSWD-NCR OIC-Assistant Regional Director Jacel J. Paguio ( seated, fourth from left), in her inspirational message during the awarding ceremony emphasized that, this effort of the department aims to further assist the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in uplifting their level of well-being for them to eventually reach self-sufficiency.

However, she explained that uplifting the well-being of the beneficiaries still depend on how the family, especially the parents, duly perform their responsibilities to their children in complementation to the government’s intervention.

For the first quarter of 2014, DSWD-NCR has already released a total of Php. 4, 515,000.00 capital assistance to 33 SEA-K associations composed of 604 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. ### (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office May 27, 2014)

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Family Camp 2014 Closing Ceremonies

The DSWD-NCR, in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Population Commission (POPCOM), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and LGUs of Metro Manila held the Family Camp 2014 recently at the Island Cove in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite. This is one of the activities of the Department’s Comprehensive Program for street children, street families and Indigenous Peoples, especially Sama Bajaus which started in 2011.

The event carries the theme, “Pamilyang Pilipino, Tanging Yaman ng Lipunan (Pahalagahan at Protektahan)” and aimed to strengthen the bond of the participating homeless families and to foster camaraderie among their co – participants. Some 197 homeless families from five (5) LGUs attended the said family camp, as follows: 42 from Manila, 53 from Parañaque, 25 from Makati, 32 from Pasay and 45 from Quezon City.

Among others, activities in the said camp included Orientation on Comprehensive Program for Street Families and Indigenous Peoples especially Sama Bajaus, as well as Values Enhancement and Parenting Sessions.

Our partner agencies also conducted several learning sessions for the participants. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spear-headed a simulation and discussion on Disaster Preparedness, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) held a lecture on drug-abuse prevention. On the other hand, responsible Parenthood, Family Planning, Gender, and Early Pregnancy was led by the Population Commission (POPCOM) while TESDA organized a Livelihood training for selected participants.

This is the fourth family camp since the Comprehensive Program was implemented. ### (FO – NCR, Social Marketing Office, May 23, 2014)

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Family Camp 2014 Closing Ceremonies

 

The DSWD-NCR, in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Population Commission (POPCOM), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and LGUs of Metro Manila held the Family Camp 2014 recently at the Island Cove in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite. This is one of the activities of the Department’s Comprehensive Program for street children, street families and Indigenous Peoples, especially Sama Bajaus which started in 2011.

The event carries the theme, “Pamilyang Pilipino, Tanging Yaman ng Lipunan (Pahalagahan at Protektahan)” and aimed to strengthen the bond of the participating homeless families and to foster camaraderie among their co – participants. Some 197 homeless families from five (5) LGUs attended the said family camp, as follows: 42 from Manila, 53 from Parañaque, 25 from Makati, 32 from Pasay and 45 from Quezon City.

Among others, activities in the said camp included Orientation on Comprehensive Program for Street Families and Indigenous Peoples especially Sama Bajaus, as well as Values Enhancement and Parenting Sessions.

Our partner agencies also conducted several learning sessions for the participants. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spear-headed a simulation and discussion on Disaster Preparedness, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) held a lecture on drug-abuse prevention. On the other hand, responsible Parenthood, Family Planning, Gender, and Early Pregnancy was led by the Population Commission (POPCOM) while TESDA organized a Livelihood training for selected participants.

This is the fourth family camp since the Comprehensive Program was implemented. ### (FO – NCR, Social Marketing Office, May 23, 2014)

 

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Street children and families reached out from the streets thru twitter account project

For the month of April 2014, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) was able to reach-out 54 individuals within the streets of Metro Manila through the twitter account, @savestreetkids. It is a project launched by the DSWD in November 2012 in partnership with the Local Government Units that aims to provide social services to reported occurrences of street children wandering in major thoroughfares in the National Capital Region.

Among the reached-out individuals, nine (9) are homeless families, eight (8) are adults, and seven (7) of them are children who were provided with immediate social services. As defined in the protocol handbook of the Council for the Welfare of Children, Reach Out is “the process by which the street child/ren is/are taken away from the streets and hazardous environment to protect him/her/them from further harm or abuse and is brought to a diagnostic and assessment center for further assessment and case management.”

Among the said homeless families, six (6) of them are already registered households of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) who are being monitored for health and education compliance of the children, while under the process of availing alternative family homes. MCCT-HSF is a program of DSWD that serves families who were not included in the regular Pantawid Pamilya program due to mobility of residence, wherein beneficiaries are receiving assistance such as safe and responsive housing and cash grants for the health and education of the children, provided they comply with the conditionalities of the program.

Out of the reached-out individuals, three (3) were referred to concerned DSWD centers while two (2) were referred to the City of Manila for immediate intervention. Meanwhile, an individual was referred to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) for proper case disposition.

According to Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan of DSWD-NCR, the use of twitter, a micro-blogging site, is a strategic contribution to attain DSWD’s goal of zero incidence of street children in critical areas in Metro Manila. Through the use of this micro-blogging site, the public is given access to report sightings of street children and families who are either sleeping, loitering or doing informal chores on the streets. ### (FO NCR, Social Marketing Office, May 27, 2014)

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DSWD reiterates requirements in Travel Clearance for minors

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) is reiterating the requirements in applying for travel clearance which is being issued by the Department, for minors who are travelling abroad alone or with person/s other than their biological parents.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan emphasized that travel clearance aims to prevent child trafficking and any other forms of abuse which may be experienced by minors who are travelling abroad, in the absence of their parents.

Issuance of travel clearance has high demand usually during school vacation wherein minors travel abroad to visit their relatives or spend vacation in foreign countries.

Among the requirements to apply for travel clearance for minors who are travelling abroad alone or with person/s other than their biological parents for the first time, are as follows:

  1. Duly accomplished application form
  2. Photocopy of the birth certificate of the minor from the National Statistics Office (NSO)
  3. Consent of both parents or the solo parent or the legal guardian permitting the minor to travel alone or with someone else specifying the purpose of travel and the country of destination
  4. Copy of the following certificates under the specified circumstances below:                                                                                                                                  a. Photocopy of the marriage contract of the minor’s parents     or a copy of Court certificate of legal guardianship of the minor;                      b. In the case of solo parents, a photocopy of the solo parent identification card from the Municipal/ City Social Welfare and Development Office or a certification from the Social Welfare and Development Office of being a solo parent or Tallaq or Fasakh certification from the Shariah court or any Muslim Barangay or religious leader;                                                                                                           c. In the case of an illegitimate minor, a certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR) of the mother from NSO should be submitted; and              d. In the case of a deceased parent, a photocopy of the death certificate from NSO.
  5. Two (2) colored passport size photos of the minor taken within the last six (6) months
  6. Photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion

7.  Valid ID or passport of parents/s with signature                                             8. Authorization letter or Special Power of Attorney (SPA) from the parent/s authorizing their representative to apply and claim the travel clearance with a photocopy of the ID of the authorized representative

However, other documentary requirements may be required according to the purpose of travel and based on assessment of the social worker.

For application and/or further queries, applicants may visit the nearest DSWD Field Office in their area, while for NCR, applicants may call telephone number 310-1435 and 733-0010 local 210 or go to DSWD-NCR at 389 San Rafael corner Legarda Streets, Sampaloc, Manila. ### (Social Marketing Office, DSWD FO-NCR, May 21, 2014)

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Visually impaired residents of NVRC pass the national licensure examination for massage therapists

Five (5) residents of the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) affirmed their potentials when they passed the recently concluded national licensure examination for massage therapists handled by the Department of Health (DOH).

These are Adcar Salmorin, Lopez Ananayo, Cherryl Astroga, Sheryl Tasara and Rosendo Farnacio, who are all visually impaired.

Salmorin recalled that Gladys Las Marias, his trainer at NVRC, congratulated him through text message that he is one of the top five (5) in the oral and practical examinations among the 1,166 passers nationwide.

“Masaya ako. Tanging gusto ko lang ay makapasa sa pagsusulit. Hindi siya naging madali lalo na sa may kapansanang tulad ko. Kahit nag-aral akong mabuti, pakiramdam ko babagsak pa rin ako, kaya sobrang saya ko nang lumabas na ang resulta at nakapasa ako. (I am happy. I only want to pass the examination. It is not easy especially for person with disability like me. Although I study hard, I still felt that I will fail until the results come out),“he narrated.

They completed massage therapy course at NVRC for nine (9) months and were referred to massage clinics for employment. Eventually, their employers required them to get a license as one of the requirements of DOH.

Thus, they re-enrolled at the center for massage therapy review course from July to November 2013 wherein they attended review class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“We are really proud of them because they have maximize their highest potential towards achieving better quality of life. May they serve as inspiration to all our residents to also pursue their dreams,” Edna Sacedor, Center Head, claimed.

The passers took their oath as licensed massage therapists and as members of the Philippine Association of Massage Therapists on April 28, 2014 at Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City.

NVRC promotes the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disability. It offers vocational skills training and opportunities for employment leading to integration into the mainstream of society. It is accredited by DOH to provide massage therapy course and the only training institution that provides free massage therapy training. ### (Story by: Ms. Flor Cecille Calabazaron, Senior Manpower Development Officer, NVRC )

Please refer to:FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office

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Visually impaired residents of NVRC pass the national licensure examination for massage therapists

Five (5) residents of the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) affirmed their potentials when they passed the recently concluded national licensure examination for massage therapists handled by the Department of Health (DOH).

These are Adcar Salmorin, Lopez Ananayo, Cherryl Astroga, Sheryl Tasara and Rosendo Farnacio, who are all visually impaired.

Salmorin recalled that Gladys Las Marias, his trainer at NVRC, congratulated him through text message that he is one of the top five (5) in the oral and practical examinations among the 1,166 passers nationwide.

“Masaya ako. Tanging gusto ko lang ay makapasa sa pagsusulit. Hindi siya naging madali lalo na sa may kapansanang tulad ko. Kahit nag-aral akong mabuti, pakiramdam ko babagsak pa rin ako, kaya sobrang saya ko nang lumabas na ang resulta at nakapasa ako. (I am happy. I only want to pass the examination. It is not easy especially for person with disability like me. Although I study hard, I still felt that I will fail until the results come out),“he narrated.

They completed massage therapy course at NVRC for nine (9) months and were referred to massage clinics for employment. Eventually, their employers required them to get a license as one of the requirements of DOH.

Thus, they re-enrolled at the center for massage therapy review course from July to November 2013 wherein they attended review class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“We are really proud of them because they have maximize their highest potential towards achieving better quality of life. May they serve as inspiration to all our residents to also pursue their dreams,” Edna Sacedor, Center Head, claimed.

The passers took their oath as licensed massage therapists and as members of the Philippine Association of Massage Therapists on April 28, 2014 at Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City.

NVRC promotes the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disability. It offers vocational skills training and opportunities for employment leading to integration into the mainstream of society. It is accredited by DOH to provide massage therapy course and the only training institution that provides free massage therapy training. ### (Story by: Ms. Flor Cecille Calabazaron, Senior Manpower Development Officer, NVRC )

Please refer to:FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office

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