DSWD-NCR’s First Conference/ Assembly for the Local Council for the Protection of Children

DSWD-NCR Regional Director with the Participants at the 1st LCPC Conference/ Assembly

Last December 11, 2017, the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC-NCR) conducted their first Local Council for the Protection  of Children (LCPC) at Icon hotel Timog attended by participants from the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC)/ Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), RCWC-NCR Members, Focal Person, Technical staff and DSWD-NCR Field Office staff.

The program aims to discuss the function and duties of each LGU to the success of the programs that will feature the welfare of the children, thus the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC- NCR) serves as the link between national agencies involved in the promotion of children’s rights and welfare and the Local Government Unit. Being the link, it provides direct assistance, promotes and enhances regional coordination and harmonization of efforts for the well-being of children. As Advocate and partner of various stakeholders in the promotion of protection of children’s rights and welfare at the NCR, the RCWC ensures the convergence in delivering of the appropriate programs and services to the children through strengthening the LCPC.

Ms. Glenda Derla, RCWC Focal Person and Social Welfare Specialist for Children, discussed and show the AVP of the Four Legacies for Children which includes the Local Development Plan for Children (LDPC), Local Investment Plan for Children (LIPC), Local Code on Children (LCC), Local State of the Children Report (LSCR). Three LGU’S were given the chance to discuss how they apply the 4 Legacies in their respective areas. First to present was the City of Makati on their LDPC followed by City of Mandaluyong- LCC and the City of Pasay- LSCR. The City of Muntinlupa shared the Good Practice on Child Participation.

The program ended with a short but meaningful speech given by the DSWD-NCR’s Regional Director Mr. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson, He emphasized the rights and welfare of the children should be on the top priorities and that everyone can be a big help in promoting the rights of every children.

Each City is requested to display their 2016 and 2017 LCPC accomplishments including their developed IEC materials to encourage or challenge other LCPC’s to adopt/ replicate the good results for children.#####

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The representatives from NCR, CARAGA and Region VII were presented with certificates and a plaque for their chosen Monitoring and Evaluation initiatives.

The submitted entry of Field Office – NCR for the M&E initiatives entitled “Ladderized Capability Building on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to FO-NCR Staff” was one of the three chosen M&E initiatives to be presented during the 3rd Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Conference along with the entries from Field Office – CARAGA and Field Office – Region VII. The forum was held on December 4 to 8 at the BSA Twin Towers in Mandaluyong City.

The entries were chosen from fifteen submitted entries from the seven Field Offices. The criteria for entries focused on the innovation in doing M&E work, responsiveness and the sustainability of the initiatives.

The presentation of M&E initiatives primarily intends to serve as a venue for the Monitoring and Evaluation officers of the different field offices to be updated on the different good practices initiated by their peers, to promote a culture of learning and feed backing in the organization and so that these initiatives may be replicated by other Monitoring and Evaluation officers in other regions. ###


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EGV Athletes Win 2nd Place in the 3rd Children’s Christmas Charity Football Cup

Herbalife Philippines organized their 3rd Children’s Christmas Charity Football Cup last December 10, 2017 at the EGV Football Field. There were four institutions invited to take part in this event which include, Tuloy sa Don Bosco, SOS Children’s Village, Elsie Gaches Village and Nayon ng Kabataan. The teams will be competing for the revolving trophy and a gift certificate for the winner’s sports development program.

In the opening ceremony, Mr. Darwin Enaracia, Marketing Manager of Herbalife Philippines, warmly welcomed the participants. Mr. Hayden Sison, the head organizer, officially declared the Charity Football Cup open. He also reminded the athletes to play tough but not rough in this game.

The game was an 11-a-side, 40-minute game for all the teams with a round robin system for the elimination matches. Nayon ng Kabataan met the SOS Children’s Village on the first game with a score of 3-1. The second game was between Tuloy sa Don Bosco and Elsie Gaches Village and ended with a score of 3-0. The game was a shared hardship of each player from Elsie Gaches Village. With the aid of two players from Mandawe City and Michael Jordan contributed their strength in the offense, while Jojo Limbaga, goalie, and Kennet Dorende, defender, strengthened the defense.

The final game was between Elsie Gaches Village and SOS Children’s Village ended with a score of 5-4, declaring the SOS Children’s Village as the champions of the Charity Football Cup and Elsie Gaches Village being named as the 2nd place winners.

Elsie Gaches Village received medals and a certificate with an additional gift certificate worth Php 40,000.00 for their sports development program. Nayon ng Kabataan received the same with Php 20,000.00 for their sports development program. The champions of the Charity Football Cup – SOS Children’s Village received medals, a certificate, a revolving trophy and a gift certificate worth Php 50, 000.00 for their sports development program.

It was a big milestone for God’s Special Children of Elsie Gaches Village to have a friendly competition among the children from other centers. In their condition with special needs, playing with a professional number of players in a football field was a learning experience for them which not only boosted their self-esteem but also the morale of each resident. ###

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RCWC- NCR celebrates the 25th National Children’s Month

In line with the commemoration of 25th National Children’s Month, the Regional Committee for the Welfare of the Children- National Capital Region (RCWC- NCR) held the 2017 Regional Children’s Congress with a theme, “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!”  in Icon Hotel Timog on November 27- 28, 2017.

There are about one hundred sixty three (163) participants from the LGUs of Makati, Manila, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Marikina, Caloocan, San Juan and five (5) finalists of Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya together with the staff and clients of centers of DSWD NCR such as Haven for Children, Nayon ng Kabataan and Elsie Gaches Village.

Ms. Glenda Derla, Social Welfare Specialist for Children tackles the objectives of the activity, the rights of the children to participate in society and the Republic Act 10661 or the declaration of every November as the National Children’s Month (NCM) with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) as lead agencies.

With its theme, the Dangerous Drug Board through Ms. Jehnmarie Dawn Frias, Program Coordinator Preventive Education Training and Information Division shares a lecture regarding the Drug Prevention and Awareness with the main highlight, the Decision-making Skills on how to avoid illegal drugs through emphasizing its negative impact.

After the lecture session, the participants divide into five groups to do the simultaneous group activity such as spoken words making, jingle making, collage making, poster making and pantomine that should related with the theme that makes the activity successfully created and present their output with each other.

The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children is composed of PSA-NCR, NCRPO, PIA-NCR, DOLE-NCR, DILG-NCR, DOH-NCR, NNC-NCR, DepEd, MMDA, Bantay Bata 163, Hope for the Youth, VMLP NCR, NAPC, BSC, Liga ng mga Barangay and DSWD NCR as the chair of the committee.###

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Urban gardening participants from San Juan City strike a pose with their bountiful harvest.

The 189 participants of the SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Urban Farmers’ Training Program from Makati and San Juan City recently celebrated their Harvest Festival and Graduation. The two events mark the end of their 12 weeks of training in urban and containerized gardening.

The Harvest Festival for Makati City was held on November 23 at the site of their garden in Santo Niño Chapel, Barangay Southside. Meanwhile, the graduation ceremony for the Makati participants was held the following day, November 24 in SM Megamall. Team Okra were awarded as the Best Farm for Makati City. Ms. Charito Hernandez and Ms. Maricris Tanglao were also awarded as the Best Farmer and the Best Team Leader, respectively.

The participants from San Juan then celebrated their harvest festival the following week at

their garden located near the Pinaglabanan Shrine at Barangay Corazon de Jesus in San Juan City. The graduation ceremony was held on November 29, 2017 at SM Sta. Mesa. The award for Best Farm was awarded to Team Okra with Ms. Delia Serrano and Ms. Geraldine Mendoza being awarded the prizes for Best Farmer and Best Team Leader.

Smiles abound as the graduating participants from Makati City proudly display their certificates.

The SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Urban Farmers’ Training Program aims to teach urban dwellers backyard and containerized gardening techniques for food security and to supplement their livelihood. The program is conducted by the SM Foundation in partnership with the Sustainable Livelihood Program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Department of Agriculture, MacPlas Academy and the City governments of Makati and San Juan. ###

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RJJWC-NCR celebrates the 6th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week

The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee – National Capital Region (RJJWC-NCR) celebrates its 6th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week with a theme: “Mapagkalingang Hustisya, Ugaliin at Pagtibayin!” on November 23, 2017 at Pacific, H2O Hotel, City of Manila.

This is a week-long activity which commenced on November 19 and ended on November 25, 2017. The celebration focuses on the commemoration of the good practices on the implementation of the “Republic Act No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006”.

Sixty-eight (68) participants from different Local Government Units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region, partner National Government Agencies (NGAs), other partner institutions and organizations together with the children and youth from Centers and Residential Care Facilities joined this momentous event.

The activity aims to promote and share the good practices of LGUs, partner NGAs and stakeholders in defending the rights of the children and the youth especially with the impending proposed Senate Bill on Lowering the Minimum age of Criminal Responsibility from 15 years old to 12 years old.

Hon. Emily San Gaspar-Gito, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 5, City of Manila imparted to the participants that it is very significant to create an enabling environment for the children to attain their fullest potential and JJWA is a means to this end. She also encouraged the children to never give up on their dreams and for those who wish to be a lawyer someday; she is one with them in attaining this dream.

Ms. Manuela M. Loza, OIC-Assistant Regional Director shared the highlights of the activity which include the presentation of the good practices of the LGUs and the launching of the Advocacy Video on the full implementation of JJWA and a music video entitled, “Isang Pagkakataon Pa” which will be disseminated to the partners.

“Ordinance No. 538 Series of 2014 or the Code of Parental Responsibility was enacted on February 6, 2014 which strengthens the implementation of JJWA in Mandaluyong City. The ordinance provides penalty to the parents who neglect their children by allowing them to be in situations which endanger their well-being and hamper their development,” shared Atty. Renato B. Sta Maria, Legislative Consultant of Mandaluyong Sangguniang Panlungsod.

“This celebration is an effective way to make them listen to our voices of making the best welfare of the children and youth as a paramount priority in reviewing the existing policies,” Mr. Froilan Maglaya, Social Welfare Officer V expressed on his closing remarks.  Further, he emphasized that although NCR is geographically small, the children and youth population is large which entails a bigger challenge for the RJJWC- NCR along with its partners in ensuring that the rights of the children are protected

The RJJWC NCR is a policy making body that ensures effective implementation of Juvenile Justice Welfare Act and rationalized the collective and integrated efforts of NGAs and LGUs. Regional Director Vincent Andrew Leyson also serves as the Chairperson of the RJJWC-NCR. ###

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Building dreams while living under the bridge

“Para kanino ka bumabangon? Para po sa aking pamilya at pangarap.” (For whom do you get up? For my family and my dreams.

When asked Cienna, a 14 year-old child shared that her everyday life is a challenge being the eldest with four (4) siblings in a broken family which prompted them to live with their grandparents and a struggling student of Manila Science High School. However, her situation inspires her to dream big for her family and have high hopes that someday, she can lift them from dire poverty.

A Life under the Bridge

Cienna and her family have lived their lives under the bridge since she was born. At a very young age, she is aware the danger attached to this reality. Growing up, she learned to embrace a simple life as she understands the limited resources that her family has.

In order to help her grandmother, she takes the responsibilities of repacking and selling different goods to sustain their daily needs. At times, she does the household chores or teaches her younger siblings to do the same. She also guides them in their school assignments and assists them in their other needs.

During typhoon, their family always evacuate to the nearest shelter to ensure everyone’s safety. Despite the difficulty of this scenario and the inevitable thought of having nothing to go back to, she did not pity their situation and instead, used this as motivation to study hard so that someday, they will not experience it anymore.

Acceptance of having a broken family helps her to become stronger. She never hates her father for having another family rather she was challenged to perform some roles of a ‘father’ for her siblings. At first, she felt disappointed but she learned to wholeheartedly accept him and what he did. She always says, “Okay lang naman po sa ‘kin. Wala naman po kasi akong magagawa kung paiiralin ko ‘ung hindi ko pagtanggap sa kanya” (It is okay as nothing will happen if I will not accept him). To date, she remains to have communication with his father.

Cienna from the LGU of Manila awarded as Exemplary Child 2017 by the NCR’s Regional Director, Vincent Andrew T. Leyson

When she was in elementary, living under the bridge created stigma which caused her to be bullied by her classmates however, what is commendable about her is the way she handled these situations. Instead of minding them and letting it affect her, she diverted her focus in studying hard. She was a consistent Honor student which led her to be the Class Valedictorian and the first student from their school to be admitted to Manila Science High School. In fact, she was also featured through an interview by GMA 7 due to her hard-earned success despite of their family’s situation. Until now, she is striving hard to remain an Honor student in MaSci.

Silent Achiever

Mrs. Diana Grace Aniban class adviser of Cienna, expressed how proud and grateful she is that Cienna will be the representative of NCR in the National Search for Exemplary Child 2017. She admires her student as she is a simple and very industrious child. She shared that during weekdays, Cienna has to struggle waking up early just to take a boat ride from their home to school. Although she can have different routes using different means of transportation such as jeepney, she chose this mode as this is the cheapest.

During lunch time, her English teacher who is well-aware of her family’s situation, she was supported through provision of free lunch. Cienna would always say, “Maswerte po ako na kahit ganito po nangyari sa pamilya naming, marami pa rin naming nagmamahal sa ‘kin” (I’m lucky that even though this happened to my family, there are many people who love me.). She always expressed her true self not to gain sympathy of others but she knows that by being true, she gains respect. She also makes sure that the people around her feel her overwhelming gratitude.

Despite of her battles, she would have known for being a “Silent Achiever” by her adviser. She works on her success silently through giving so much attention to the value of education.

“Siya kasi ‘ung tipo ng tao na hindi mo mapapansin sa umpisa dahil tahimik lang siya at hindi siya loud, pero kapag nakita mo ‘ung ginawa niya, nag-eexcel talaga siya.” (At first, you will not notice her as she is quiet but eventually, you can see that she excels on what she does).

She always tries her best to cope with the discussions during class and she never stops asking questions until she understood the lectures. Cienna is also friendly and responsible in schools. She was also recognized as one of the outstanding students in their class and never fails to receive Honors every end of the school year.

NCR’s Exemplary Child 2017, silently doing their seatwork at Manila Science High School

Kanlungan ng Pangarap…Kanlungan sa ErMa

Cienna is also a youth volunteer in Kanlungan sa Ermita Manila, also known as Kanlungan sa ErMa, a non-government organization which caters to street children. She feels blessed to be part of this organization as one of their scholars. She enjoys the commitment and dedicates herself to give helping hands to reach the organization’s noble goals.

She has a heart in serving the organization as she shares almost the same situation with the children-beneficiaries who also struggle to live their lives every day. She is an active advocate of the organization. She assists and teaches the children. She even joins the different trainings and seminars for the children.

Cienna feels the fulfillment and satisfaction in sharing her time in the organization. “Masaya po ako na nakakatulong ako sa mga batang katulad ko…katulad ko na mahirap din pero iisa ang adhikain. Itong Kanlungan na ito ang magtutupad ng pangarap ng maraming batang Pilipinong katulad ko.” (I’m happy that I’m able to help these children who lives in poverty like me and shares the same aspirations as I have. Kanlungan will make my dreams together with these children come true.)

As Cienna continues her journey in life, she vowed to remain humble and wakes up every day still having the belief that what she does is for her family and her dreams.#






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The residents of Haven for Children re-enacted scenes from the lives of saints for their “Holy-ween” activity

Every year, the Haven for Children joins in the celebration of All Saint’s Day by decorating the center’s three cottages with the spookiest ensembles and wearing ghostly or bloody costumes. However, for this year’s celebration, the Psychological Service initiated a conventional and yet on-trend way to celebrate All Saint’s Day by honouring the saints which is the true essence of the said day.

On October 27, the Haven for Children’s psychological service facilitated an activity wherein the three cottages were tasked to research the life of a saint. The cottages will then present a roleplay on the journey of their assigned saint to sainthood.

Narra Cottage, under the leadership of Ms. Jenny Olivas, presented the life of Saint Pedro Calungsod. Meanwhile, Yakal Cottage presented the greatness of San Lorenzo Ruiz, with the assistance of their focal social worker, Ms. Syra Huiso. Lastly, Kamagong Cottage, with the help of their houseparents, narrated the holiness of Saint Jerome Emiliani. It was surprising that although they were only given a week to research, write their script and prepare their props, the children in the three cottages delivered great performances especially that it was a first time activity for them. The children enjoyed acting on stage and working behind the scenes.

After the presentation of each cottage’s roleplay, all the children were invited to join in the Holy Trick or Treat to each service. All the services prepared treats and tricks for each resident. All the participating residents were happy with the treats they have received and tackled the challenges of the tricks thrown to them.

The Haven for Children’s residents all enjoyed the successful Holy-ween celebration and are looking to replicate the activity for the coming year. ###


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