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DSWD-NCR hails loyalty awardees and retirees during the 64th founding anniversary of the Department

The DSWD-NCR honored its employees and retirees during the DSWD’s 64th founding anniversary. A thanksgiving mass held at the field office grounds was celebrated by Rev. Father Alberto Avansado, OAR. In his homily, he mentioned that “you cannot do your job well if you do not find happiness in it.”

Recognition of genuine public service
The second part of the program was the recognition of loyalty awardees and retirees. In her welcome remarks, Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan commended the DSWD-NCR team for being steadfast and dedicated social service personnel. Amidst the many allegations about the Department recently, Director Bonoan addressed the DSWD-NCR staff by saying “kahit ano mang batikos ‘o kritisismo ang ating natatanggap, patuloy ang pagbibigay ng matapat, mahusay at magiliw na serbisyo natin sa tao.” Director Bonoan capped her talk with the announcement that Field Office NCR bagged the “Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan” award in the recent awarding ceremonies at the central office.

Presenting the staff who remained loyal to the Department
A total of 63 employees from the field office and centers and residential care facilities (C/RCFs) under DSWD-NCR were conferred with medals made of capiz shells and plaques of recognition bearing their length of service in the agency. Of the awardees present, 20 are based in the field office while 43 are in the C/RCFs.

Based on milestone years, 17 staff served for 10 years; 19 for 15 years; 11 for 20 years; six (6) for 25 years; three (3) for 30 years; and four (4) for 35 years. Three (3) employees reached their 40th year in service. These are Mr. Reynaldo V. Santos, MDO I at Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), Mr. Celso T. Caraveo, Houseparent I and Ms. Asuncion M. Flores, Social Welfare Officer V and head of Nayon ng Kabataan (NK).

Examples worth emulating

In her acceptance speech, Ms. Asuncion M. Flores, Social Welfare Officer V and Head of NK, thanked the DSWD-NCR management for taking care of her and her family. She further narrated her humble beginnings in the agency, having started working at the age of 18 as a Welfare Aide. She credits the Department for the experiences and training given to her, as these made her who she is as a person. For Ms. Flores, working in DSWD-NCR changed her for the better. From a timid and unobtrusive lady, she became the tough yet compassionate social worker that she is now. She proudly declared that she was not tempted to find greener pastures abroad or leave her job at the DSWD. Ms. Flores then left a message to the younger generation by saying “Mahalin ninyo ang trabaho nyo. Dapat lagi kayong committed, dedicated, service first at God fearing.”

On the other hand, Mr. Reynaldo V. Santos, Manpower Development Officer I (MDO I) at RSW, made his speech more candid but brisk. He began by saying “life begins at 40.” He then cited an instance where someone asked him how long has he been an employee of the Department. Upon replying, the person said “nagtiyaga ka ng 40 years sa DSWD?!? bakit ka nagtiis? nakakaawa ka naman.” His witty retort, on the other hand, was “hindi ako nakakaawa dahil tumagal ako sa DSWD, kayo ang nakakaawa kasi andyan palang kayo.” Afterwards, he borrowed a quote from H.L.Neri entitled “Love your Work” and continued with the oration. He ended his speech by saying “Bakit ako tumagal, it’s because I love my job. Kung hindi mo mahal ang trabaho mo, wala kang karapatang magtagal sa kahit anong trabaho. Kung hindi ka na masaya, maghanap ka ng iba.”

After the awarding, a program was prepared for the retirees in gratitude for their services in the field office. ###

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DSWD-NCR wins “Best New Social Technology Award”

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) was awarded the “Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan” award (Best New Social Technology award) in the recent “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan” (PaNata Ko sa Bayan) awards. The ceremony was the highlight of the week-long celebration of the 64th anniversary of the Department.


The winning project is a convergence effort that aims to improve the environmental situation along District One in Manila, while providing continuous employment for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the area.


Profile of the project

The project is called “Use of Environment Issue in the Community to Engage Multi-Sectoral Partners towards Sustainable Livelihood Interventions for Pantawid and Non-Pantawid Poor Beneficiaries” and is a multi-stakeholder effort between DSWD-NCR, the Local Government of Manila and the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI). It aims to address environmental issues in the community, particularly poor garbage disposal in the urban areas of Parola compound, Tondo and Binondo in Manila. Beneficiaries of the project include the residents of the afflicted communities, ICTSI and motorists who pass by these areas. The pilot implementation of the project was on March 27, 2013 and is still ongoing.


Components of a good practice

This project was supported by a Memorandum of Agreement among the participating partners, who also identified the beneficiaries of the project. Also, they organized social preparation activities like consultation meetings with other partners and communities. Some 42 residents from barangays 20 and 275 were hired as Eco-Patrollers whose scope of work covers street sweeping, hauling of garbage and maintenance of cleanliness in their sectors. Of these, 31 are registered beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, the flagship poverty reduction program of the DSWD. Under the monitoring of the ICTSI, the eco-patrollers enjoy benefits such as SSS, Pag-ibig membership and provision of “orange health card” by the city government.


Results through convergence of initiatives

Through continuous implementation, the South Access Road in Parola covering gates 1-20, are already cleared of garbage which used to be eye sore in the area. Likewise, they are making use of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) which serves as a recycling factory for reusable materials. Aside from the fixed employment, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who act as eco-patrollers also enjoy benefits and social insurances that help augment their daily budget and cushion the effects of poverty. The project also instilled responsibility and discipline to the residents through proper waste management and disposal. Moreover, the beneficiaries gained new knowledge on climate change, its effects and the importance of disaster preparedness and risk management.


PaNata Ko sa Bayan awards

The PaNata Ko sa Bayan award is an incentive-based recognition to partners for their invaluable support in espousing social protection. Further, it acknowledges the efforts of individuals, groups and organizations whose commitment is to share their resources for a better opportunity for the disadvantaged communities.


The project won because of its responsiveness or the ability to improve the lives of the beneficiaries, innovativeness or the introduction of a new strategy in addressing an issue, transparency or having a multi-level reporting and monitoring system, sustainability and replicability. All these criteria are provided on Memorandum Circular No. 16, series of 2010, which is also the basis of the award. ###

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Mom of two is thankful for the experience during the Family Camp 2015

“Nakaganda ang pagsama namin sa camp. Malaking tulong ito para makaiwas sa disgrasyang dala ng lansangan.” (Attending the camp was beneficial for us. It helped us avoid the hazards lurking in the corners of major thoroughfares.) These were the words of Ms. Ma. Concepcion Sanger of Barangay 700, Malate, Manila. She is a participant in the recent Family Camp 2015. The following are excerpts from her sharing.


Before the actual camp

According to Ms. Sanger, it was three days prior to the actual camp that she was invited to join. Ms. Elsa, their street facilitator, also mentioned that they should not bring much stuff as they will be well taken care of, so she tagged her entire family along to the 5-day camp. The trip, she said, was a relief from her daily activities as a “parker.” “Di naman po kami pinilit na sumama, basta wag lang daw kami magdala ng marami kasi bibigyan naman daw kami,” she said.


Activities while in the camp

Ms. Sanger learned a lot from the modular sessions given to them during the camp. “Malaki ang pagbabagong naidulot sa aking ng camping dahil meron akong natutunang mga bagong kaalaman na ngayon ko lang nalaman.” (The camping enabled favorable change for me because I have learned new things that have come to my attention for the first time.)

Further, she appreciates the happiness of sharing quality time with her loved ones. “Masaya pala kapag buo ang iyong pamilya.” (It feels good if your family is complete.) she said.

Asked which part of the modular activities struck her the most, she said “yung bahagi ng kahinaan at kalakasan ang talagang tumatak po sa akin, kasi po mahirap mawalan ng tao o’ bagay na nagpapalakas sa iyo.” The activity aims to define the composition of a family, in the participants’ perspective, and it also explains the importance and benefits of a complete and happy family. On what the activity taught her, she replied “nung una, nabigla po talaga ako nung kunin yung papel na nakasulat ang “asawa” kasi po di ko kakayanin ang mawalan ng gabay sa buhay; di rin ako magkakalakas ng loob na magtrabaho kung wala na siya.” Further, she said that the activity prepared her for the worst case scenario that could happen and that she also appreciated even more the family she has right now.


Winning a major activity

According to her, the most memorable experience in the camp was when she and her family were hailed as the “Talentadong Pamilya” 2015. “Masaya po kami nung kami yung tinawag na nanalo. Kahit papaano, meron po akong magandang maibabahaging alaala sa buhay ng mga anak ko.” (I am happy when we were declared as the winner. Even for a moment, I have a wonderful memory for my children.) The activity, she added, became a venue for tighter family bonding and drew them closer to each other. She also noted the positive results of the camp to her daughter. Through her exposure with other children of her age, she became friendly from being a timid girl.


A pilot beneficiary on program for the Homeless

Ms. Sanger has been included in the pilot implementation of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF). Since 2012, she has been provided with basic social services such as, Food-for-work, compliance based cash grants, Alternative Family Home subsidy and inclusion to the Family Camp. She and her family were also endorsed to the local government unit for additional provisions and social service interventions. Currently, she is part of the 10-day Cash-for-Work program under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) where she earns Php342.00 per day, as a street sweeper at Rizal Park, Luneta. Her case worker also recommended her family for temporary shelter and income generating opportunities from SLP to help them sustain the house rental they are enjoying at present. ###

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DSWD-NCR inks MOA with DepED for the Kariton Klasrum project

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Department of Education (DepED) for the implementation of the Kariton Klasrum.

The ceremony took place at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepED Complex, Meralco Ave., Pasig City to launch the DepEd’s alternative mode of learning, which adopted the Kariton Klasrum of the Dynamic Teen Company.

Driven by the DepED’s mandate to provide equitable access and quality education to all types of learners including the street children, the Kariton Klasrum seeks to broaden access to basic education among street children and out-of-school children and youth, through the use of outdoor learning scheme. It also aims to encourage street children and out of school children to love learning.

According to DepED Secretary Armin Luistro, “The project aims to have the beneficiary-children achieve a 100 percent passing rate for them to be re-integrated into mainstream or regular schools.” This will enable children that do not have access to formal education to have basic education.

Basically, the design of the Kariton Klasrum is a push cart with drawers and back pockets for storage of instructional and learning materials. It has also a multi-purpose table top and a foldable flip top blackboard which can be used for various learning activities. Instructional materials such as books, test booklets, charts, number puzzles, flash cards and writing materials are for the teacher volunteers while notebooks, pencils, ballpens, crayons and other school supplies are the materials needed by the learners.

According to Undersecretary Mario Deriquito, the Kariton Klasrums will also contain “…hygiene kits, first aid kits, and other teaching implements such as storybooks— among others. The package may also include snacks and feeding options for the beneficiaries.”

The DSWD-NCR, together with the local government units, identified the street children and out-of-school children and youths in Metro Manila. Based on the rapid appraisal done in April 2013, a total of 3,072 street children are in the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila. Of these, Manila has the highest occurrence of street children with 774, followed by Quezon City with 504 and Caloocan with 348. The Kariton Klasrum project of DepED will benefit these street children who are under the Comprehensive program for street children, street families and indigenous peoples especially Sama Bajaus and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer.

The Kariton Klasrum in NCR will be initially implemented in the 27 identified Activity Centers for street children in 14 LGUs, which will follow a three (3) months completion cycle with at least 50 children per group. ###

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MCCT-HSF beneficiary supports DSWD camping initiative

Sobrang masaya ang pamilya ko dahil nakasama kami ‘dun sa camping sa Nasugbu, Batangas… maayos ang trato sa amin ‘dun… kakaibang karanasan ‘yun na minsan lang dumating sa amin,”Joel Dela Cruz said.

Joel, 31 years old and household head under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) in Manila, together with his four (4) children aged 6, 4, 2 and 5 months, and his wife Buena, 25, joined the recently held 6th family camp of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) in Batangas.

To the Dela Cruz family, joining the camp is an extraordinary experience that comes only once in a lifetime. He shared that during the camping, they were able to acquire learnings which reminded them of the reasons why they left the street and decided to live in a safer place which they now call “home.”

“Marami kaming natutunan ‘dun tulad ng pagkilala ng kalakasan at kahinaan namin bilang pamilya… ‘dun din kasi namin nalalaman kung ano ba ang dapat naming pagtibayin para talagang ‘di na kami bumalik sa kalsada,” Joel emphasized.

Among the activities during the camping are the conduct of sessions on life skills and character building, journey of life and mobile mapping, orientation on drug abuse, discussion on good grooming and personal hygiene, personality development, night devotion/mass, fun games and sports, and recognition and awarding to outstanding camp participants.

“Minsan lang yung family camp kaya talagang hindi namin pinapalampas ‘yun. Kung nandito naman kame sa Maynila nung panahong iyon ay ‘di rin naman namin makikita ng malapitan si Pope Francis… May nagmisa naman sa amin ‘dun kaya naramdaman na rin namin ang kanyang presensya,” Joel added.

The Dela Cruz family was able to finish the six months provision period for Alternative Family Home subsidy (AFH) but was unable to sustain the house rental, resulting to their return to the streets.

However, subsequent to the reevaluation conducted to the family after the family camp, they are now eligible to avail again the AFH for six months and Joel was hired under the cash-for-work of DSWD-NCR where he is earning P342.00 per day for 10 days as a street sweeper in Manila.


Joel Dela Cruz with his family while happily narrating their experiences during the family camp they recently joined in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Joel Dela Cruz with his family while happily narrating their experiences during the family camp they recently joined in Nasugbu, Batangas.

“Sa abot ng aking makakaya, hindi ko na hahayaang bumalik pa kame sa kalsada… magsisikap ako ng mabuti para sa aking pamilya lalo na’t maliliit pa aking mga anak,” Joel emphasized.

The Dela Cruz family is now residing in a newly rented house at Balinggit St., Malate, Manila and they are among the 2,479 beneficiaries of MCCT-HSF in Metro Manila being monitored in compliance to conditionalities of the program. ###

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Street children and families thank DSWD in helping them

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa DSWD dahil sa pagkakataong binigay nila sa amin upang paunlarin ang aming mga sarili. Sobrang saya namin sapagkat kabilang kami sa mga programa at proyektong isinasakatuparan ng gobyerno. Gagamitin namin ang lahat ng aming mga natutunan upang mapalago ang aming pamumuhay (I am thankful to DSWD for the opportunity to improve ourselves. We are glad that we are part of the government’s programs and projects. We will be using the knowledge and skills that we have gained to improve our lives)” Faustino family from Parañaque City expressed.

Faustino family, beneficiary of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF), participated in the Family Camp held recently. Moreover, they also shared that from the support they have received from DSWD, they have consistently paid rent for their house for two years now.

The camping is an annual event being organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) which aims to provide the street children and their families with safer venue to hone their social skills, provide therapeutic and development activities and package of family enrichment sessions.

This is also a strategy to assess potential beneficiaries for the MCCT and orient them about the program.

Children namely: Mark Paminiano and Jessalyn Diceo said, “Salamat po dahil nakatulog at nakakain po kami ng maayos kasama ang aming mga pamilya. Marami po kaming natutunan at nagkaroon po kami ng maraming kaibigan. Sobrang nag-enjoy po kami (Thank you because we slept and ate well together with our family. We have learned many things and met new friends. We really enjoyed it).

Designed towards the physical and psychosocial development of the street children and their families, the activity also included basic literacy and character building sessions to bring positive changes among street families in terms of family values and family relationships. Likewise, it also served as venue for children and their families to harness their talents in sports, arts, and music.

To date, a total of 2,479 homeless street families were served under MCCT-HSF program in NCR, with 1,738 families reached under the Comprehensive Program for Street Families and Sama Bajaus. ###

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Finding greener pasture outside the center

Rudy (not his real name), 25 years old, is an orthopedically-impaired resident of the Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW). He finished Electronics at the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) in 2008 before he worked in RSW as utility worker under the Philippine Airlines Sanitizing project.

Amidst his disability, he still performed his work diligently and assisted persons with disabilities (PWDs) like him. His co-workers described him as a helpful and principled person. Though he enjoyed serving, Rudy always dreamed to work outside the center and practice his skills in electronics. He wants to demonstrate that no amount of disability can stop the determination of a person.

“Akala ko hindi ko kayang makipagsabayan sa iba. Natatakot akong sumubok ng ibang bagay sapagkat natatakot akong i-regret lang ng mga kompanyang aaplayan ko. Buti na lang mayroon akong mga kasama sa center na nagpapalakas ng loob ko, (I thought I can’t compete with the able-bodied persons. I am afraid to try new things or find a new job because I did not want to be rejected. Fortunately, I was surrounded by wonderful people who supported and cheered me up).”

His determination and positive attitude was rewarded when he was finally hired as a service technician in an electronics service provider in November 2011. Now, he is still enjoying his work repairing various kinds of appliances where he earns additional income to provide for the needs of his two children.

According to Rudy, he will be always grateful to everyone who guided him on his journey, especially to the DSWD managed centers – RSW and NVRC, for the skills training and productive employment given to him.

“Kung hindi dahil sa kakayahang natutunan ko sa NVRC at RSW, siguro hanggang ngayon kinakaawan ko pa rin ang aking sarili dahil sa aking kapansanan. Salamat sa institusyong tulad nito na patuloy na nagbibigay ng pag-asa sa mga taong may kapansanan kagaya ko. (Without the skills and knowledge I have learned in NVRC and RSW, I think I am still having self-pity about my disability. Thanks to the institutions which continue to give hope to persons with disabilities like me)”

Cliché as it may sound, but Rudy once again proved that disability is not a hindrance to success. ###


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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary vows to get out from poverty

Inspired by the capital assistance her association received from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), Criselda Custodio, 40 years old from Pasig City vows during yesterday’s flag raising ceremony of DSWD-NCR officials and staff, that her family will use the fund as a stepping stone in getting out of poverty.

“Ipinapangako ko pong ang puhunang ipinahiram na ito ng DSWD sa amin ay magsisilbing daan upang makaalis kame sa kahirapan… sobra-sobra ang aming pasasalamat sa pagkakataong makapag negosyo na inyong ibinigay sa amin,” Criselda said in front of DSWD-NCR family led by Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan.

Together with her husband Daniel Custodio, 54 years old and a security guard, Criselda shared that it is hard for them to provide the needs of their five (5) children aged 22, 19, 14, 11 and 6 if they will depend only on her husband’s salary.

That is why Criselda decided to apply for a job as encoder and she was fortunately considered. However, she observed that her youngest child became sickly since she started working; thus, after four (4) years of working as encoder, she decided to resign and be a plain housewife instead.

Criselda considered it as God’s blessing that she just resigned from her previous work effective this January 2015, then there came a capital assistance for her sari-sari store which could enable her to earn income while attending to the needs of her children at home.

“Malaki po ang naitulong ng DSWD sa aking pamilya… bilang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya, wala na pong absence ang mga anak ko sa eskwelahan dahil may pantustos na kame… tumaas din po ang aking self-confidence mula ng mahalal ako ng aming grupo bilang Parent Leader,” she added.

Custodio family is among the 235, 297 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Metro Manila who are receiving cash grants for the health and education of the children aged 0-18 wherein, the amount depends on compliance to the program conditionalities. ### (DSWD-NCR, Social Marketing Office, January 13, 2015)

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