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President Aquino Visits Evacuation Center; Distributes Relief Goods

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday visited the evacuees in Mandaluyong Elementary School evacuation center and led the distribution of relief goods to some 307 families or 1,631 individuals who have been affected by the massive flooding caused by Habagat strengthened by Typhoon Storm Maring. Each family received a mattress, mat and family food pack which contains canned goods rice and coffee. Energy biscuits from the World Food Program were also distributed. Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr., Congressman Neptali Gonzales III and DSWD−NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan assisted the President during the distribution of relief goods.

President Aquino also encouraged the informal settler families living along the waterways to avail of the government’s resettlement project.

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DSWD-NCR inducts new Regional ABSNET Federation Officers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) inducted recently the new set of Regional Area-Based Network (ABSNET) Federation Officers with a term of three (3) years.

Ms. Prescila R. Villa, Director III of DSWD-NCR sworn into office (from left) Bro Luis Ortiz of Friendship Home Father Luis Amigo, Inc., Chairperson; Mr. Elder D. Arrizabal of Ang Dating Daan Foundation International, Inc., Vice-Chairperson; Major Minerva Ruiz of The Salvation Army Social Service, Inc., Secretary; Ms. Fatima B. Paña of Grace to be Born, Inc., alternate representative for Women Sector; Ms. Rosalinda T. Perez of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc., Youth Sector representative; Ms. Milagros B. Wayno of Resources for the Blind, Inc., representative of Persons with Disabilities sector; Mr. Aldwin Jamora of World Vision Development Foundation, Inc., representative for Families and Communities; and Ms. Shiela Basio of Ina-Inakay Center, Inc., Women Sector representative.

Ms. Virgie Daniles, OIC of DSWD-NCR Standards Unit said ABSNET has been proven an effective strategy for a participative and collective endeavour among Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) along capability building, technical assistance and resource augmentation.

“We acknowledge the important roles of ABSNET in promoting registration, licensing and accreditation of SWDAs through its involvement in the initial assessment. It is the Regional ABSNET Federation that will assist the DSWD in enforcing its regulatory functions,” Ms. Daniles concluded.###

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DSWD–NCR serves victims of TS Maring in Metro Manila

TS_maring2013The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD–NCR) has provided some Php 2,326,160 worth of assistance to   families and individuals affected by Tropical Storm Maring.

DSWD–NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the Field Office provided family food packs, mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets to the flood victims.

Bonoan added that a total of 299 evacuation centers in 17 Local Government Units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have been activated to accommodate the affected families and individuals.

As of 3:00pm (August 21, 2013), the number of affected families reached a total of some 34,989 families with 161,107 individuals due to the massive flooding. At least 275 evacuation centers remain open to provide shelter to some 28,767 families with 129,374 individuals.

Bonoan explained that another 2,630 families with 13,150 individuals were accounted outside evacuation centers.

She also said that DSWD–NCR Disaster Response Teams are rendering 24–hour duty to monitor the situation at the evacuation centers.  It also ensures the availability of manpower and food packs to augment the resources of LGUs.

City Links and Community Organizers were likewise mobilized to continuously conduct monitoring and assist the LGUs in managing the evacuation centers.  It also deployed staff at the MMDA Flood Control Information Center to monitor the flooding situation. ### (FO NCR Social Marketing Office, August 21, 2013)

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Metro PWDs showcase skills in a competition

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) culminated the week–long celebration of the 35th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week through a PWD skills competition held on July 29 and 30, 2013, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle and SM Fairview, respectively.
PWDs from LGUs in Metro Manila participated in various competition such as cooking, photography, on-the-spot painting, waste re–use, basket making and floral arrangement.

This year’s theme is, ”Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities.”

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the theme promotes the principles and concepts relevant to disability inclusive development using the Incheon Strategy as its framework.  It also extends to advocate the mainstreaming of disability agenda in all government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, and the general public.

COMELEC Commissioner Grace Padaca, a PWD herself was the guest speaker and led the awarding of winners of the PWD skills competition.

Commissioner Padaca inspired the participants in her message by encouraging the PWDs to exercise their rights to vote in the coming barangay elections.  She also shared that being a PWD did not hinder her to finish her studies and graduated valedictorian in her class.

“Nagka–polio ako nung bata ako. Tinutukso ng mga kapwa ko bata kaya ang ginawa ko na lang, nag aral ako ng mabuti, nagbasa ng mga libro, kaya ito na ako ngayon,” enthused Commissioner Padaca.

Commissioner Padaca was also inspired by the contestants who excelled in different categories of the competition during the closing program.

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the KapitBisig Laban saKahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), the World Bank (WB), Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) and the Cities of Muntinlupa and Malabon signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) recently for the implementation of a project that will generate employment and livelihood in 47 poor communities in the cities of Malabon and Muntinlupa.

DSWD–NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the JSDF-Livelihood Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Communities (JSDF-LVUC) project is a complementary project of DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS or the KapitBisig Laban saKahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services which will bring benefits to 10 barangays with 24 communities from Malabon City and 23 communities from six (6) barangays from Muntinlupa City.

The LVUC will use the Community Driven and Development (CDD) approach which has been tested and proven effective in overcoming extreme poverty in the country’s poorest of the poor provinces.

Mayor Antolin Oreta of Malabon City expressed his full support in the implementation of the program and acknowledged the benefits that it will bring to his poor constituents.

City Social Welfare and Development Head, Annalyn Mercado, who spoke in behalf of Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi also thanked the DSWD for bringing another project that will improve the lives of the poor.

Muntinlupa City Lone District Congressman Rodolfo Biazon, also gave his full support to the project as it reaches the marginalized by addressing their concerns on livelihood, employment and relocation.  He thanked the DSWD for including the six (6) barangays of the city in the project implementation and appealed for inclusion of the two more marginalized barangays of the city.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano–Soliman, in her response, acknowledged the important roles of barangay chairpersons and Muntinlupa and Malabon LGUs and challenged them to share their decision making power with members of the community in deciding and identifying responsive solutions to the needs and problems of the community.

‘Ang prosesong ito ay alinsunod din sa panuntunan ni Pangulong Aquino na ang taong–bayan ang boss, dahil ang kaunlaran ng mga mahihirap na mamamayan ay kaunlaran din ng ating bansa,’ said Secretary Soliman.

She also enjoined the barangay chairpersons and LGU officials to help alleviate the plight of the poor by encouraging them to be engaged in productive activities to improve their state well-being.

Under the JSDF–LVUC, each identified poor community is entitled to P1M worth of community projects using an emergency employment scheme adapted from the DSWD cash-for-work program, livelihood skills training for job placements and establishment of community enterprise.  Its implementation shall be supervised by the partner Non–Government Organization (NGO) which is the Foundation for Development Alternatives, Inc. 

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