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Haven for Children celebrates 15 years of Dynamic and Responsible service for the children

January 18, 2019 was another day to celebrate the existence of the institution to each resident at the Haven for Children. This day marked a momentous milestone as the Center reached its 15 years of providing healing and empowerment to former street children 13 years old and below who are exposed and recovering from substance abuse.

Officer-In-Charge Ms. Catherine Taleño welcomed the guests, sponsors, Center’s staff and most especially, the children, by sharing the theme, “Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo tungo sa Matatag na kinabukasan ng mga Kabataan”.

As the program continues, Mr. Benedict R. Son, a former Haven for Children resident shared his heart-warming success story. He was a street dweller, scavenger and a child with lots of vices. He was reached-out and brought to the Center and was given hope to change his life in order to achieve his dreams. He was separated from his parents and siblings when their house was struck by fire. Ben also confessed on his hardships and struggles upon starting his new life inside the institution. He never wanted to study and even show his rude attitude towards his co-residents and his social workers however; the center’s staff never stops caring about him and always ensure that he feels the utmost love and belonging. That is the time that Ben learned to value the people around him. Endless gratitude to his teachers, medical staff, house parents and social workers was offered by Ben.

Para sa aking mga dating kasamang mga bata, huwag kayong mawalan ng pag-asa, darating din ang panahon na kayo ay makakapagtapos ng pag-aaral. At para po sa lahat ng tumulong sa akin…sa mga partners, staff ng Haven for Children, kung anuman po ang aking narating sa buhay ngayon, ito ay dahil sa inyong tulong at gabay. Maraming salamat po,” Ben ended his sharing.

Ben finally realized that he wanted to pursue his dreams and continue his secondary studies under the Alternative Learning System (ALS). He practiced welding in guidance and support from the Brothers of Christ of Banneux, Incorporated, one of HFC’s partner/donor. With his skills and talent, he was given the TESDA National Certificate for Shielded Metal Arc Welding.

“Haven for children would not be successful in carrying out its mandate without the undying support of our dear partners and sponsors who always share their blessings to our children,” Taleño said after the plaques of appreciation were awarded to all the partners such as BPI-Alabang Muntinlupa, De La Salle Zobel, JCI Alabang, Jose Fabella Memorial School, Rotary Club of Manila, Catholic Women’s League, Victory Church, UST- JHS and among others.

Shortly after recognizing the partners, the center’s staff were also awarded for their hard work, dedication and commitment in providing efficient and responsible service to the children. Some of the awards include Best MOA staff, Houseparent of the Year, Best Admin staff, Best Technical staff, Best Social Worker, Best Supervisor, Best Special Education Teacher and Best Security Guard.

Awarding of Plaque of Appreciation to donors and partners of Haven for Children

The program ended with the intermission/song number sang by the children from Haven for Children to show how grateful they are to the institution, donors and partners who gave them light to start anew. As they pass through their journey, they gave their full commitment to study hard to fulfil their dreams and be the person they want to be.

Truly, Haven for Children is a home of dreams and hope for the children.###

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Ang Kwento ng Isang Tunay na Beauty Queen

Who would have thought that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will make a mother’s childhood dream of becoming a beauty queen come true?

Arlene Escosa is a Pantawid Pamilya Program beneficiary since 2012. She is a wife and a mother of three (3) kids. Described by her neighbors as bubbly and talented, the former member of the Universal Group dancers was chosen by her community to represent Barangay 54, Pasay City in a pageant-like recognition for the mother beneficiaries of Pantawid. She did not fail them as she bagged two (2) crowns, namely Ginang Pantawid Pamilya of Pasay 2017 at the same time, Ginang Pantawid Pamilya of the National Capital Region (NCR).

Ginang Pantawid Pamilya is a nationwide search for Pantawid Pamilyang mothers who embody a responsible parent in compliance with the program’s conditionalities and active community involvement.

Tinupad ng Pantawid ang pangarap kong maging beauty queen,” Arlene emphasized when asked on how the program helped her reach her childhood dream of becoming a beauty queen. She said that it is more than what she wished for, because she was recognized not just a woman but as a wife and a mother too. She added that her crown motivated her to continue to be a good mother to inspire other mothers and serve as a good example.

“Mas na-inspire ako maging ina. Tama pala yung ginagawa ko – ‘ung pananaw ko para sa asawa ko saka para sa mga anak ko. Mas nakilala ako na magandang example sa mga ka-nanay ko,” sabi ni Arlene.

What Changed Since Pantawid

Arlene was an assistant of her mother-in-law’s Almusalan (eatery) before she was included as a Pantawid beneficiary. Married to Daniel, things got even financially rough within their household when her husband lost his job as a messenger.

She said that Pantawid helped them cope with their financial challenges and provide for their children’s health and educational needs. Her eldest daughter is now graduating for Grade 12.

Last year, she inherited the Almusalan business of her mother-in-law. She said that her learning in financial management through Pantawid Pamilya Program inspired her to get involved in the business and thanks to her mother-in-law, she was able to apply it. She serves meals such as fried rice, fried rice, champorado, sopas, spaghetti, hotdogs and egg as early as five o’clock in the morning with prices ranging from ten to twenty pesos. Students and employees who have no time to prepare their meals are her usual customers. Her husband helps her cook and set up. Her victory in Ginang Pantawid Pamilya also served as a promotion of her small business. Her relatives even contributed for a small tarpaulin with a picture of her crowning moment. She posted it as her store’s background and attracted more customers – even those living outside their streets were intrigued and encouraged to buy her meals. Now, even with the absence of the tarpaulin which was ruined by an unfavorable weather, she maintained loyal customers because of her good food and bubbly personality.

In Promoting Women’s Rights

With pride, Arlene emphasized that her husband’s undying support in whatever she wishes to do including joining the search for Ginang Pantawid, might be a cliché but Daniel said the secret to a happy marriage is to support your partner, “Kung sa’n siya masaya, susuportahan ko s’ya. Kaya meron kaming forever.”

Arlene said that the support given by her husband is essential to promote the rights of the women as it made her feel respected. “Nirerespeto niya ako. Pinapahalagahan niya ako. Sinusuportahan niya ako. Mas nagiging magandang halimbawa sa iba,” said Arlene.

She emphasized that the title of Ginang Pantawid Pamilya plays a vital role in becoming a role model to everyone to become a good and responsible mother and wife. For her, it enables her to walk the talk; to act on what she learned. The crown also brings responsibility that Arlene is happy to undertake which is the continuous promotion of women’s rights.

Arlene committed to embrace the title as well as the responsibilities accompanied to it. ###

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DSWD NCR signs Memorandum of Agreement with DOST NCR

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) established partnership through signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Science and Technology – National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) which aims to prioritize the less advantaged for their Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program held on December 28, 2018 at DOST-NCR Conference Room.

DOST-NCR promotes and implements DOST’s program and services in Metropolitan Manila. The agency conducts technology transfer, and trainings and technical advisory and consultancy services to micro, small and medium enterprises, Local Government Units, the Academe and Non-Government Organizations. The signed MOA will help them to identify communities that need assistance to improve  and widen the community empowerment.

“On behalf of our Regional Director, we are glad to share the Listahanan 2 Database for the benefit of the CEST communities and other programs of DOST to enhance productivity and competitiveness of each family,” Mr. Michael S. Mercado, Information Technology Officer II of National Household Targeting Unit emphasized.

The DSWD NCR through the National Household Targeting Unit continuously advocate the use of Listahanan 2 database to the potential social protection stakeholders.

Photo shows from the left DSWD-NCR Information Technology Officer II of NHTU Mr. Michael S. Mercado and DOST-NCR Regional Director Mr. Jose B. Patalinjug III. ###

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DSWD-NCR Conducts Pantawid Pamilya Children’s Festival 2018

In celebration of the 26th National Children’s Month (NCM), the Department of Social Welfare and Development National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program conducted the Children’s Festival 2018 at Icon Hotel Timog, Quezon City on December 8-9, 2018.

Around 120 children beneficiaries from the 17 Local Government Units in the region participated in the event focused on the theme: “Bata, Magkaisa Tungo sa Bayang Mapagkalinga.” During the activity, participants tackled how they could attain a bayang mapagkalinga: a nation that gives children the freedom to express their feelings and thoughts and recognizes their rights.

The theme also focuses on children beneficiaries defining a “safe space” for children in the community. This coincides with the Council for the Welfare of Children’s  (CWC)  NCM theme, “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga para sa Lahat ng Bata” with a call on children’s participation and unity by using the word magkaisa, and widening the  perspective on proper care for children by incorporating the concept of a bayang mapagkalinga.  

Participants showcased their talent in singing, acting, spoken poetry, and visual arts through presentations that highlighted the event’s theme.  

Children were also educated about the importance of CyberSafety and learned tips on how to safely navigate the internet. They were also informed about the key issues on CyberSafety ranging from Cyberbullying to Online Chatting, Online Gaming, and Online Pornography.

 The advocacy campaign by DSWD’s partner government agency, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Stairway Foundation Inc. was launched in recognition of an urgent need to protect and guide children in their use of the internet. It also addresses the need to protect Filipino children from cyberbullying and online child abuse. ###

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Mandaluyong City receives Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities

Secretary of DSWD and Chairperson of Council of the Welfare of Children Rolando Bautista, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea awards the 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) Highly Urbanized City Category trophy to the Local Government Unit of Mandaluyong City, National Capital Region.

Mandaluyong City was awarded as Highly Urbanized City during the 2017 Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) held on December 5, 2018 at Malacañang Palace. The prestigious award was received by City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos together with the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children-NCR.

The PACFMC is an annual undertaking spearheaded by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in accordance with Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” issued on December 13, 1999. It forms part of the government’s measure to give recognition to the efforts of LGU in promoting the welfare and rights of children, development, protection, and participation as well as ensuring child-friendly governance.

The conferment ceremony was led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Chairperson of the CWC, Rolando Bautista. PACFMC was attended by the officials in various government agencies and offices like the Philippine National Police, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government and awardees of Local Government Units from different Regions.

Secretary Bautista welcomed all the awardees and encouraged them on his message, “The Herculean challenges which lie ahead of us will remain but continuous service na may tapang at malasakit will help us overcome these challenges especially for our children and our children’s children sake.”

Bautista explained the mechanics andprocesses of how the Committee selected the Regional and National winners of the PACFMC.

Thereafter, the awardees were called one-by-one for the awarding of plaques of recognition to the National Finalists of the PACFMC and awarding of Presidential Trophies to the National Awardees.

“As our children are the country’s future, be assured that this administration will do everything to protect them from violence, abuse, criminality, illegal drugs, and other threats to their safety and well-being”, President Duterte said.###

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DSWD NCR Commemorates World AIDS Day

Attendees of the World AIDS Day event gather together at the DSWD-NCR Field Office grounds. World AIDS Day aims to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS and to show support for PLHIV.

DSWD NCR joined in the observation of World AIDS Day on December 4, 2018 at the Field Office Grounds. World AIDS Day is a chance for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, support people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

During the activity, several People Living with HIV (PLHIV) shared their stories and experiences to bring further awareness on the HIV epidemic. One of those who spoke during the event is Barbie, who recounted how they first found out that they were HIV positive and how they faced the challenges of living with HIV.

Aside from recounting the stories of PLHIV, representatives from organizations that are also part of the fight against HIV and AIDS such as Project Red Ribbon and Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) also spoke during the event to reiterate their mission to continue to support PLHIV in the Philippines and to fight for HIV and AIDS prevention.

Ms. Hazel Militante, Division Chief of the DSWD NCR Protective Service Division, reiterated the Department’s continuous support for People Living with HIV and in the fight to prevent the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

To close the activity, all the event participants formed an HIV awareness ribbon on the DSWD grounds using balloons which they released to the sky afterwards. ###

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DSWD-NCR Representative Wins Pantawid Pamilya National Exemplary Child Search 2018

Justin Dale O. Dela Cruz from the National Capital Region bagged the 3rd runner-up award in the Pantawid Pamilya  National Search for Exemplary Children on December 1, 2018 during the celebration of the “Araw ng Kabataan” held at SM North Skydome.

At a young age, Justin, a 4Ps child beneficiary from Malabon City, has experienced several hardships in life. Despite his mother’s passing in 2014 due to rheumatic heart disease, he continues to maintains his positive outlook in life. Justin is passionate about helping his community and wants to become a policeman or fireman.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DSWD dahil sa paglulunsad ng iba’t-ibang programa para sa aming mga kabataan at  sa Diyos dahil sa  pagkakaroon po ng ganitong karangalan. Gusto ko po sabihin sa kapwa ko kabataan na kahit bata tayo, tayo ay may magagawa at balang araw tayo rin ang magtutulong-tulong para umunlad ang ating bayan,”Justin said after receiving his award.

The title of Pantawid Pamilya National Exemplary Child 2018 was awarded to  Jay Mark C. Gac-ang, who represented Region X. Meanwhile, Ma. Kaitlinn Cayne S. Lubrico from Region 6 was declared as the first runner-up. Kristine Nicole S. Bumadilla from Region 1  placed second runner-up in the competition while Adeli D. Tan of MIMAROPA  won 4th runner-up. The finalists, who bested 12 other candidates from different parts of the Philippines, received respective cash prizes and plaques.

Since 2012, the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children recognizes children beneficiaries of the program who set excellent examples at home, in school, and in the community where they belong.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista congratulated all the exemplary children from the different regions during the awarding ceremony. He underlined the important role of children in the society. “Sa lahat ng mga batang nandito ngayon, sa mga batang punong-puno ng pangarap,  sa mga batang hindi sumusuko  at patuloy na lumalaban upang mabuhay, sa mga batang may pagpapahalaga sa kanilang pamilya, bayan at komunidad: kayo ang natatanging yaman ng ating bayan. “

He also emphasized the positive impact of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.  “By empowering children and their families through 4Ps, these children are able to realize their potential, develop self esteem, value themselves, become capable, wholesome, productive, respectful, loving, resilient, confident and well-adjusted human beings.”###

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