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Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) Residents Exercise Community Awareness

Community Awareness is a half day activity that aims to provide outdoor experience to residents of Elsie Gaches Village. Its purpose is to expose residents to activities or scenarios happening beyond the gates of the center. Fifteen (15) selected male and female residents were able to experience travelling by jeepney, have their hair cut in a salon, shop in a grocery and buy food in a fastfood chain. The activity was held last August 25, 2017.

Residents were assembled at Meehan building at 9:00 in the morning. They rode the center’s ambulance to SM Southmall as the starting point of their activity. They started at Grocery Shopping in SM Southmall Supermarket, where facilitators introduced to the participants the items that can be seen and bought inside a grocery store. Participants were able to experience purchasing items for themselves such as powder, deodorant and cologne of their choice. They were also asked to choose between pouch bag, tumbler or lunch box depending on what they need the most. Everyone enjoyed as they stroll and look for the items they had to buy while pushing their carts. After getting all the needed items, participants paid for their own items at the counter/cashier while being guided and assisted by the facilitators.

Afterwards, the participants had their lunch at Jollibee and Pilar, Las Pinas City. Subsequently, they proceeded at Index Salon to have their hair cut. They were all excited and a bit nervous since most of them were salon first-timers. Before having their hair cut, they had the privilege to decide the kind of hair style they like for themselves. As they all waited patiently for their turn, some of them had an interaction with the people inside the salon by chatting with customers and haircutters.

The last part of the activity involved riding a jeepney going back to the center. Everyone fitted exactly in one jeepney. While on their way, residents shared their experiences during the community exposure. They also expressed their gratitude for being part of this kind of activity and even asked if they can be included to more activities in the future. The driver was very kind and considerate that he agreed to drop the residents inside the center.

The community awareness is a fun and at the same time full of learning experiences for the residents. It enhances and develops their independence, socialization and awareness on what the world looks like outside the center with proper supervision and guidance of facilitators. Not only to the residents and staff, this kind of activity also helps in promoting acceptance of the community to people born with disabilities. During the activity, some people are curious that they ask questions about the residents, their condition and about the center. ###

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Pantawid Pamilya NCR undergoes Gender Analysis Training

Ms. Nellibeth V. Mercado, Chief of the Gender and Development Division of DSWD-NCR, discusses relevant information to GADTWG Pantawid Pamilya subcommittee during the Gender Analysis Training.

Employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) particularly under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program participated in the Gender Analysis Training last August 10-11, 2017 held in Binondo, Manila.

The said training was composed of the Gender and Development Technical Working Group (GADTWG) Pantawid Pamilya Subcommittee who took part in learning the gender analysis tools  which could be applied in the context  of GAD mainstreaming in the Pantawid Pamilya NCR, with the end view of coming up with recommendations for planning and budgeting.

Participants of the Gender Analysis Training posed for a group photo opportunity before the activity ends.

To further reinforce gender-responsive efforts, the participants were also presented with international and national frameworks and tools that are helpful in conceptualizing strategies to address practical GAD-strategic needs of beneficiaries under Pantawid Pamilya program.

Ms. Nellibeth V. Mercado, Chief of the Gender and Development Division of DSWD-NCR and Ms. Wina Panuelos-Beltran, GADD-PDO, served as the resource speakers of the activity.

The Gender Analysis Training is part of the development activities of GAD which followed the Gender Sensitivity Training towards the conduct of GAD Planning and Budgeting.###


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DSWD-NCR commences Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017

Rodel Antoniano together with his family, a household nominee from Taguig City, answers questions given by team validators as part of the assessment process of the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017.

The Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 of the National Capital Region has officially begun last August 9, 2017. The yearly conduct of the said search is spearheaded by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) which aims to look for the best model family from different Local Government Units in the National Capital Region.

Local officials are being interviewed as part of the validation process of the household nominees in the competition. Photo taken during the validation in Barangay Aguho for the Bigcas Family, a family nominee of Pateros.

The basis for selecting the regional winner is anchored on the criteria set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Central Office. This includes the following measures: a) 100% compliance to the conditionalities set by the Pantawid Program (25%); b) practices of the family to promote Healthy Living (20%); c) Involvement in the community and their environmental endeavors (20%); d) apparent display of love and respect among family members and to their community (20%); and e) proper management of conditional grants given to the family (15%).

A total of 17 household nominees have been validated by the committee members through interview with local officials, school community and home visitation with the family themselves.  The contenders of the search includes the Antoniano Family of Taguig City, Magtibay Family of Makati City, Luzano Family of Paranaque City, Balangue Family of Muntinlupa City, Mojados Family of Las Piñas City, Pimentel Family of Pasay City, Domingo Family of Navotas, Cagalingan Family of Malabon City, Belarmino Family of Valenzuela City, De Guzman Family of Caloocan City, Enriquez Family of Marikina City, Ongas Family of Quezon City, Oconer Family of Pasig City, Ayao Family of Mandaluyong City, Atibagos Family of San Juan City, Bigcas Family of Pateros, and the Lachica Family of Manila City.

Through the competition, it is expected that such project can help to advocate the positive impact of the program, honor the initiatives of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in religiously complying with the set conditionalities, promote responsible parenting, and to recognize the efforts of the beneficiaries in participating to community development endeavors.

DSWD-NCR leads the inter-agency committee which conducts the validation and assessment of the nominees with the support of the following focal persons from different agency members such as CHED, DepEd, DOH, NHA, POPCOM, PIA and ERDA Foundation.

The Awarding ceremony is scheduled during the National Family Week this September 2017.###

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Inter-barangay Cook Fest for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

The team from Barangay Culiat, the overall champion of the Inter-Barangay Pantawid Pamilya Cook Fest here in a group photo with Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar, the judges of the cook fest and the members of the District VI District Action Team.

It is a challenge for every parent on how they could provide healthy and delicious dishes that would also fit within their household budget. This is the challenge that was given to the teams in the District VI Inter-barangay Pantawid Pamilya Cook Fest.

With the theme of “Mura at Masustansya, Pagkaing Pantawid Pamilya”, the teams comprised of members of the barangays and MCCT of Quezon City’s District VI are competing to be the overall champion of District VI in the Pantawid Pamilya cook fest. The teams are tasked to create a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner using various healthy ingredients. The teams were given an hour to prepare and arrange the presentation of their dishes for the judges to taste.

At the end of the day, Barangay Culiat were named as the champions of the inter-barangay cook fest with Barangay Sangandaan taking first prize.

The activity was attended by Ms. Joy Belmonte, the Vice Mayor of Quezon City; Ms, Maria Victoria Co-Pilar, the councilor of District VI, Barangay captains of District VI and members of the District Action Team. ###

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DSWD-NCR renews partnership with SWD-L Net

RD Vincent Andrew T. Leyson of DSWD-NCR signs the Memorandum of Agreement for renewal of partnership with other SWD-L Net members last August 3, 2017.

In connection with the celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the Social Welfare Development Network (SWD L-Net), a strengthened partnership was forged once again with the Department of Social Welfare and Development –National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) last August 3, 2017 in Makati City Hall.

The said partnership was testified through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between SWD-L Net members and DSWD-NCR led by Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson. RD Leyson conveys his enthusiasm on the renewed partnership. He stated that “This partnership testifies the establishment of our further commitment to our beneficiaries. We will be able to continue our efforts and collaboration to provide a true service that is testament to maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo sa bayan.”

SWD-L Net members and DSWD staff who participated in the signing ceremony for the renewal of the MOA took a group photo before the activity ends.

The SWD-L Net was established in 2007 to ensure accessible and quality delivery of social welfare and developmentcapability building programs and activities to LGUs, NGOs and other partner intermediaries. Its membership includes participants from non-government organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. Through the renewed partnership, it is expected that stronger ties will be produced to continue the organization’s mission as anchored in the organizational output of the DSWD.###

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Maagap at masigasig na serbisyo publiko, handog ng Caseworker ng Makati City

Sa gitna ng mga hamon na kinakaharap sa larangan ng pagbibigay serbisyo publiko, hindi maitatangging mayroong mga kawani ng gobyerno na buong-loob na pinagtatagumpayan ang mga balakid na kaugnay ng tungkulin.

Isa sa mga kawani ng gobyerno na patunay ng determinadong pagbibigay-serbisyo ay si Bb. Trixia Mae Ombrog, isang caseworker ng Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) na nasa ilalim ng pangangasiwa ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) na naghahatid ng tulong sa mga mahihirap na pamilyang naninirahan sa lansangan. Bilang isang caseworker, apat na barangay mula sa District 1 ng Makati City ang kanyang pinapangunahan kung saan ay isa at kalahating taon na niyang ginagampanan. Dito ay isinasagawa niya ang mga kaukulang serbisyo na naaayon sa mga benepisyaryo ng programa sa pamamagitan ng paghahatid ng paglilingkod na higit pa sa naaayon.

Sa pagsasagawa ng regular na Family Development Session (FDS) na isa sa mga pangunahing gawain sa ilalim ng Pantawid Pamilya, tinitiyak ni Bb. Ombrog na ang bawat benepisyaryo ay aktibong nakikiisa sa mga gawain na nakalaan para sa pagpapa-unlad ng kanilang kamalayan. Ngunit mayroong mga pagkakataon na personal na bumibisita ang nasabing kawani sa mga pamilyang “non-compliant” upang alamin ang dahilan ng hindi pagdalo sa mga nasabing sesyon. Dito ay pinapangasiwaan niya ang  pagdaraos ng “one on one FDS” na kung tutuusin  ay hindi naman bahagi ng kanyang tungkulin, ngunit dahil sa pagmamalasakit niya sa mga benepisyaryo ay isinasagawa niya pa rin ang mga ito upang masiguro na ang pamilya ay makakatanggap pa rin ng mga naaayon na benepisyo ng programa.

Pinapangunahan ni Bb. Ombrog (dulong kanan) ang pakikipagpanayam sa mga mag-aaral na kabilang sa programa ng Pantawid Pamilya upang malaman ang kalagayan ng kasanayan ng mga ito sa pag-aaral.

Buong sigasig din na isinasagawa ni Bb. Ombrog angpaggabay sa mga batang mag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng masusing pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga mga Focal Facilities patungkol sa kalusugan at edukasyon. Dahil dito, natutulungan niya ang mga bata na maitaas ang estado ng kasanayan at matulungan din ang kanilang mga magulang na maging responsable sa pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng kanilang mga anak. Maaasahan din ang  nasabing kawani sa pagbibigay ng maagap na tugon sa mga benepisyaro na nakararanas ng abuso mula sa mga miyembro ng kanilang pamilya. Sa katunayan, si Bb. Ombrog ang mayroong pinakamataas na naitalang kaso ng mga benepisyaryo ng programa na naresolbahan sa lokal na Pamahalaan ng Makati sa pamamagitan ng maigting na pakikipag-ugnayan sa barangay at mga akmang ahensya ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Tinitiyak ni Bb. Ombrog na naipaparating sa mga benepisyaryo ng programa ang mga kasanayan at kaalaman na naaayon para sa kanila.

At dahil sa taglay na pagmamalasakit sa kanyang pinaglilingkuran, tinitiyak ni Bb. Ombrog na naihahatid sa kanila ang mga serbisyong maaari ring makuha mula sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan na may kakayahang magbigay ng mga karampatang proyekto at kasanayan para sa mga benepisyaryo. Aniya, “Di natin kailangang tumigil at makutento sa mga serbisyo na mayroon lamang ang ating ahensya, bagkus ay kailangan nating mag-mobilize at mag-outsource upang mapunan ang kanilang mga pangangailangan. Think out of the box, magiging special ka kung ang limitasyon mo ay ginagawa mong kalakasan na magdudulot ng mas malaking advantage para sa ating lahat.”


Maliban dito, ang maabilidad na kakayanan ng nasabing kawani ay nakatulong upang mapaayos ang pamumuhay ng ilan sa mga benepisyaryo ng MCCT upang mapabilang sa Regular Conditional Cash Transfer (RCCT) ng programa. Gayon din naman, ang masigasig na panguguna ni Bb. Ombrog sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga ahensyang pangkabuhayan ay nakatulong upang mabigyan ng trabaho ang mga benepisyaryo na siya namang patunay ng masidhing aksyon at pamamagitan na naisagawa ni Bb. Ombrog sa mga pamilyang ito.

“Minsan ang mga limitasyon ay kailangang tingnan bilang isang oportunidad na matuto at upang magbigay motibasyon upang makatulong sa iba. Walang puwang ang salitang sapat at kontento sa kung ano man ang mayroon tayo, sa halip kailangan nating gumawa ng paraan upang magbukas ang mga pinto ng mga serbisyong makatutulong sa ating mga benepisyaryo”, dagdag pa niya.

Ito nga ay patunay lamang na si Bb. Ombrog ay isang kapuri-puring kawani ng gobyerno na handang maglingkod sa kabila ng mga hamon at balakid na bahagi ng tungkulin. Isa siya sa mga na nagpapatotoo na higit na mas mangingibabaw ang serbisyong may malasakit upang makapagbigay ng produktibo at mahusay na serbisyo publiko.###


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DSWD-NCR inks MOA with Unilever to counter malnutrition

DSWD-NCR and Unilever Philippines bosses shake hands after signing the partnership agreement for the activity “Knorr Lutong Nanay School of Recipes” on July 24, 2017 in Taguig City. Present in the signing of agreement are (L-R) Ms. Kristine A. Go, Marketing Director – Foods Business, Unilever Philippines; Mr. Jose Edgardo G. Sunico, VP- Sustainable Business and Communication, Unilever Philippines; Chairman and CEO Benjie Yap, Unilever Philippines; DSWD-NCR’s Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson; and Ms. Ada A. Colico, DSWD-NCR SWO V IDD Chief/ Regional CSO Focal.

With the aim of countering malnutrition through proper education and budget, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) signed a partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Unilever Philippines on July 24, 2017 at Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City for the conduct of the activity “Knorr Lutong Nanay School of Recipes”.

The said activity is in support with Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program’s Family Development Session (FDS) which aims to benefit more mother and children on the basic knowledge regarding proper nutrition and preparation of delicious and nutritious meals that are within the budget. It will be piloted in 28 barangays of Taguig City for the months of July to August 2017 where beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya are at 8,494 active members. In addition, beneficiaries will also be given “Nutri-Budget Journal” which contains tips and recipes on the preparation of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The partnership agreement was joined by DSWD-NCR’s Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson and Ms. Ada A. Colico, DSWD-NCR SWO V IDD Chief/ Regional CSO Focal and Unilever Philippines’ Chairman and CEO Benjie Yap; Mr. Jose Edgardo G. Sunico, VP- Sustainable Business and Communication, and Ms. Kristine A. Go, Marketing Director – Foods Business.

Mr. Uael Canoy, Brand Manager of Knorr, led the training sessions for caseworkers and Citylinks in preparation of the Family Development Session of “Knorr Lutong Nanay School of Recipes.”

A training session conducted by Mr. Uael Canoy, Brand Manager of Knorr, and Ms. Joy Bueviaje, Unilever’s Food Nutritionist, followed after the signing of agreement. This was attended by Citylinks and caseworkers from DSWD-NCR in preparation for the activity’s practical conduct among beneficiaries in the areas. ###

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DSWD signs MOA with Government Hospitals for LINGAP sa MASA program

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and DSWD-National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson signed another set of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with six (6) public hospitals in NCR last July 12, 2017 at East Avenue Medical Canter, Quezon City for the intensification of the implementation of “Libreng Gamot Para Sa Masa” (Lingap SA MASA) program.

The signing of the agreement was joined by East Avenue Medical Center, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, and the Philippine Heart Center.

The primary goal of the said agreement with the hospitals under the Lingap sa MASA program is to provide free medicines to indigent and vulnerable population from the National Capital Region, whereas the DSWD through its Crisis Intervention Unit provides the necessary assistance that is needed.

Secretary Taguiwalo further stated the importance of the Lingap sa MASA program and how the poor and vulnerable can avail the benefits of it as well as the scope and limitations on availing  the medicines from the trusted three (3) leading pharmaceutical comapnies in the National Capital Region. She added, “Pagtulungan natin na magamit ang programang ito sa tama, isa itong pandugtong buhay na magbibigay ng pangangailangan ng ating mga mamamayan na mahihirap.”

Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson expressed his gratitude and assured commitment that the Regional Office will give its best effort in helping the poor and vulnerable despite all the struggles that might have come along the way. He also stressed his hope for a long term partnership in helping those who are in need.

The LinGap sa MASA program will cover the whole National Capital Region consisting of its 16 Cities and one Municipality.

Everyone who signed the agreement showed gratitude towards the partnership for extending help and assistance to the poor and vulnerable population as well as to those government employees who are lending their services.###

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