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Pesta Igal 2019

Pesta Igal, a celebration of traditional dance and music of the ethnic group Sama Bajau, was held on November 13, 2019 at Palanyag Gymnasium, Parañaque City.

Said ethnic group showcased their talents on dancing Igal-Igal and performing Kantambol. Both cultural performances, Igal-Igal is an interpretative dance done by gracefully mimicking eagle’s wings flying above the sea while Kantambol is a performance done by singing while playing drums using a can.

Sama Bajaus also wore their traditional clothes – colorful sequined and beaded tanjak, accessorized with long nails, malong, and turban – for their performances for the Igal-Igal and Kantambol competition. Those with the most compelling performances and memerizing costumes won prizes.

Preserving the colorful culture of Sama Bajaus who live in Metro Manila is one of the advocacies of DSWD-NCR. The Department aims that despite being modernized, the ethnic group will still keep their rich culture through tranditional dance and music.

“Nakakatuwa po na kahit tayo man ay nasa Maynila, naipapakita pa rin po natin kung gaano kaganda ang inyong kultura. Dapat po ay hindi natin ito kakalimutan, hindi babalewalain, dahil kayo po ay nakakadagdag sa kagandahan ng Pilipinas.” Said Ms. Ilene Lotino, head of Special Projects Section of DSWD-NCR, proponent of said activity.

This year, representatives from Parañaque City won the Igal-Igal dance for Children and Adult Categories while representatives from Manila City won the Youth Category. Representatives from Manila also won the Kantambol Children Category while representatives from Taguig City won the Youth Category.

Ms. Malou Von Arx, Executive Director of Sun For All Children, Inc. which is a non-government organization that sends children to school and Hon. Congressman Eric Olivarez of Parañaque also showed their support and graced the activity.

DSWD-NCR still accepts volunteers for the Sama Bajau Activity Center located at San Dionisio Gymnasium, Brgy. San Dionisio, Parañaque City. Interested volunteers may coordinate with DSWD-NCR Special Projects Section through telephone number 734-8623. ###

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Koordinasyon sa Lungsod ng Malabon, pinaigting ng DSWD NCR NHTS

LUNGSOD NG MALABON – Upang masiguro na magiging maayos ang implementasyon ng 3rd Round National Household Assessment sa lungsod, isang pagpupulong ang ginanap sa pagitan ng DSWD NCR National Household Targeting Section (DSWD NCR NHTS) at Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Malabon sa panguguna ni Kagalang-galang Punong Lungsod Antolin Oreta III at Pinuno ng City Social Welfare and Developnment Office, Bb. Patria Agcaoili noong ika-5 ng Nobyembre, 2019 sa Tanggapan ng Punong Lungsod.

Ipinaliwanag ni Gng. Maricris Laig Estepa, Regional Field Coordinator (RFC) ng NHTS ang isasagawang pagbabahay-bahay na pagbisita at pagiinterbyu sa mga taga-Malabon. Inilatag din ang deployment plan na nagsasaad ng bilang ng nakatalagang Listahanan 3 staff sa bawat barangay na nabibilang sa Pockets of Poverty.

Binigyang-diin ng RFC ang kahalagahan ng isasagawang pagtatala kung saan ito ang magiging daan upang magkaroon ng totoo at tamang listahan ng mga mahihirap sa National Capital Region na ibabahagi sa mga social protection stakeholders at maaaring maging daan sa mga kwalipikadong kapatid na mahihirap na maging benepisyaryo ng iba’t ibang programa ng gobyerno.

“Buo ang suporta ng Lungsod ng Malabon sa isasagawang proyekto ng DSWD NCR at lahat ng maaaring tulong ay ibibigay namin upang ito ay maging matagumpay,” pahayag ni Punong Lungsod Oreta.

Ang Listahanan ay information management system na naglalayon na bigyan-mukha ang mahihirap sa bansa.

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New Partnership for Innovative System

The National Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) held a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing with Indie Learning System, a provider of immersive program for non-techies on November 5, 2019 at the NVRC Conference Room.

NVRC Officer-In-Charge Center Head Ms. Flor Cecille Calabarazon and Indie Learning System’s General Manager Ms. Marie De La Rama represented their respective parties on the said MOA signing.

Ms. De La Rama and Ms. Capadocia as they train the three deaf clients

Indie Learning System aims to turn the non-techie’s knowledge, passion, and interest into online business, through their program named “Camp Enterprise.” Camp Enterprise offers a specialized education and training program on online entrepreneurship that aims to benefit the Center’s clients. A 10-day training program for online business website will be provided to the hearing impaired clients so that they may have an opportuity to work home-based.

Ms. Jolina Capadocia, NVCR’s Psychometrician and language interpreter for deaf trainees, will facilitate and provide support services during the training, coaching and mentoring sessions for the students who will be attending the first boot camp.

Three (3) deaf female clients were already trained to capture the gist of the said training. Meanwhile, Indie Learning System is yet to donate an online business website for NVRC.

The National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) is a non-residential facility that provides an integrated approach to physical, social, cultural, spritual, educational, and vocational measures for Persons with Disabilities (PWD), to attain their highest possible level of functional abilities. ###

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HFC Halloween 2019

HFC’s children wearing their Halloween costumes

Haven for Children, a residential care facility that caters to boys who are victims of substance abuse, conducted their Halloween 2019 celebration on October 30, 2019.

The Psychological Service who headed the program provided two (2) contests for the Children. The  most awaited part, the Trick or Treat, was also conducted wherein Ms. Ma Adela Guerrero, Psychologist III of Central office, Ms. Maricel Enteña, Activity Therapist of Elsie Gaches Village, and Mr. Warren Murillo, Guidance Associate of Saint Paul College of Parañaque served as judges for the scariest cottage and costume.

Narra Cottage, which was transformed into a cemetery, won the first prize for the Scariest Cottage 2019, followed by the Yakal Cottage which was transformed into an abandoned office, and the Kamagong Cottage which was transformed into a hospital, won the third place.

Halloween 2019 is being conducted yearly by Haven for Children as part of its recreational activities for the children. Recreational activities such as these help children recover from their traumatic experiences, cope up with therapies, and adapt better in the rehabilitation processes. ###

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Social Welfare and Development Forum for the Rights of Filipino Children and Youth with Special Needs

October 25, 2019     DSWD-NCR led a Regional Convergence Effort in Advocating and Promoting the Equality and Protection of the Rights of Filipino Children at Rosemead Inn, Inc., West Avenue, Quezon City.

Participated in by DSWD’s officials, representatives from City Social Welfare Development offices of Metro Manila, and DSWD-NCR’s Units, Sections, Centers and Residential Care Facilities, the said Advocacy Forum aims to serve as a venue for open discussion on the children’s issues and policy concerns among partner-stakeholders, re-assess critical provisions to generate further recommendation for the enhancement of the proposed Senate Bill No. 171 or the Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) Act introduced by Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, and to strengthen partnership and collaboration in advocating and lobbying the said bill.

DSWD-NCR Assistant Regional Director for Operations Ms. Edna J. Sacedor and Protective Services Division Chief Ms. Glenda M. Derla shared information regarding the cases of children with special needs and as to why the Philippine legislators need to take said children’ concerns and situations into consideration. “It is also important to take good care of the young people with special needs because they are not different to the normal ones when it comes to their right to study and have a better living,” Ms. Sacedor said.

Further, Mr. Mauro Paris Garret, Planning Officer III of DSWD’s Legislative Liaison, shared on an interview with PTV 4 that Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) need the right equipment and facilities to cater to their specific needs. He also emphasized that teachers, parents, and guardians of the CYSN will also benefit from the said proposed bill. “For parents and guardians bibigyan sila ng appropriate training to actually handle CYSN, para atleast through their own home sila na ‘yong bahala magpalaki ng maayos sa mga anak nila para maipasa ito ng tama sa mga teachers and pag nabigyan na rin po ng training ‘yong mga teachers sila na rin ‘yong tatayong pangalawang magulang para sa mga CYSN.” Mr. Garret expressed. ###

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DSWD NCR provides info on social welfare programs at PCUP Caravan

On October 23, 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) conducted an Information Caravan at the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) Special Caravan entitled, “#PCUPatyourService: Pinagsama-samang Serbisyo Para sa Tao!” at Remarville Covered Court, Barangay Bagbag, Quezon City.

Information Officers from the Social Marketing Office of DSWD-NCR as well as representatives from various units of the Department disseminated information and education campaign materials. Concerns and inquiries of the participants were also addressed and properly attended to through one-on-one consultations.

PCUP spearheaded this Special Caravan in order to serve as a one-stop orientation shop of pro-poor services on health, education, employment, and legal advices that the urban poor community may avail. Government and non-government services were discussed to engage the community towards better opportunities. In this pursuit, DSWD-NCR was able to advocate some of its promotive and protective programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Sustainable Livelihood Program, the Social Pension Program, the Unconditional Cash Transfer, the assistance to Solo Parents, and the services of its Centers and Residential Care Facilities.

Around 2,000 participants attended the event along with different National Government Agencies such as the Philippine Statistics Authority, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Public Attorney’s Office, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the Land Transportation Office, among others. Booths that offer on-the-spot services such as massage, haircut, licensing, vehicle registration, and job fair were also provided in the caravan. ###

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United Nations 2019 at Marillac Hills

On October 17, 2019, Marillac Hills conducted various activities to commemorate the United Nations or the union of different countries after the World War. This year’s theme is “International Year of Indigenous Languages” which aims to promote the usage and appreciation of different languages of all nations.

Flag making contest, essay writing contest, slogan-making, and other activities were held as part of the celebration. The highlight of the event was the search for Ms. United Nations wherein selected students from different grade levels showcased their talents and charms onstage as they represent different countries of the UN.

The search for Ms. United Nations 2019 started with an invocation led by Jose Fabella Memorial School, followed by opening remarks from Ms. Lina Emata, Social Welfare Officer of Marillac Hills.

The candidates also performed an opening number wherein they danced to the folk songs of the countries they are representing.

All the candidates showed their best poise and elegance for the Ms. UN pageant. Rising above all the contestants was Miss Philippines who won the Ms. United Nations title.

Marillac Hills is a residential care facility of DSWD NCR which caters to girls ages 7- 17 years old, who are victims of abuse. ###

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2019 Miss Earth Candidates visit Nayon ng Kabataan

On October 17, 2019, ten (10) candidates from Miss Earth Pageant conducted their annual charity visit at Nayon ng Kabataan. The candidates shared food, played with the residents, and promoted their 5Rs Advocacy (Rethink, Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, and Respect) to all the participants.

Miss Earth’s advocacy is to promote environmental awareness. With this, the institution became a regular donor that conducts outreach programs for NK’s residents, as their activities complement the services provided by the Center in relation to the promotion of programs that focus on the best interest of children.

Miss Air Philippines 2019 and Miss Water Philippines 2019 hosted the said outreach programs. Together with the other candidates, they reminded the children of Nayon ng Kabataan to follow their advocacy and to take good care of Mother Nature.

Nayon ng Kabataan provides programs and psycho-social services and interventions to children in need of special protection, ages seven (7) to eighteen (18) years old. It is located at Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. ###

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