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EGV Kids Successfully Accomplished the Academic Year 2018-2019

March 18, 2018 marked another milestone for the children of Elsie Gaches Village in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, as they pushed the boat out on the Recognition Day program of Jose Fabella Memorial School (JFMS). The event took place at the Multipurpose Hall at 9:00 in the morning, which marked the end of the school year 2018 – 2019 for the students of Level 1 – 3 of Prevocational Level and the Music and Arts Therapy Program (MATP).

With the theme “Pagkakaisa sa Pagkakaiba-iba: Kalidad na Edukasyon para sa Lahat ”, the recognition ceremony was graced by Ms. Olivia L. Pagurayan, Special Education Principal II of JFMS Elementary Department, Mandaluyong City. Ms. Pagurayan expressed her joy for the achievements of the students of EGV as they try to patiently fulfill their dreams through Special Education despite their disabilities. She also expressed her gratitude to the social workers, houseparents, staff, Sisters of Charity of St. Anne and the administration of Elsie Gaches Village who work hand-in-hand for the children catered by the center.

The talented, diverse, and special students marched their way to the stage and received their awards and recognition with genuine joy seen on their faces. Out of 99, 15 pupils received certificates and graduated from SPED Prevocational Courses. They are the 4th batch of pupils who graduated from the school and marked the beginning of their journey for more opportunities to be productive in the center and in the society. Teachers were also recognized as they have rendered their invaluable service and contributed their treasured knowledge to their students. Likewise, thanksgiving through a song was presented by the pupils for their teachers, house parents, and EGV staff who have worked so hard to help them achieve their optimum potentials. 

Moreover, fifteen (15) residents completed their Prevocational Level through their on-the-job trainings at various units and cottages. The recognition day was attended by 99 Special Education (SPED) students, 5 SPED teachers from Jose Fabella Memorial School and St. James Parish, PTA Officers, supervisors of different units, staff and house parents of the center, and sisters of Charity of St. Anne. The program was concluded with a closing remark and thanksgiving message from Ms. Nieve F. Gentelizo, Social Welfare Officer III / Officer In-Charge.

Recognizing the hardwork and talents of the children with special needs give them more wisdom as they go on their lives and be a better person. Indeed, it was a day of celebration — a celebration of continuous efforts to help the children of Elsie Gaches Village to, despite their disabilities, show their inner strength and make sure that their abilities blossom and shine.

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NVRC and RSW Joins BFP’s Fire Prevention Campaign

Fire incidents take an alarming increase in number during this time of the year. Identified as one of the hottest months, March is declared as the national Burn Prevention Month (commonly known as Fire Prevention Month), by virtue of Proclamation No. 360, series of 1989.

As we observe this season, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), together with its Centers and Rehabilitation Care Facilities, joins the Bureau of Fire Protection’s (BFP) Fire Prevention Month with the theme, “Ligtas na Pilipinas Ating Kamtin, bawat Pamilya ay Sanayin, Kaalaman sa Sunog ay Palawakin.”

DSWD-NCR’s centers admit that they are vulnerable to this type of crisis. With this, the National Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (NVRC), together with the Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), invited BFP to conduct a fire prevention lecture and drill at Barangay Marilag, District III, Quezon City.

BFP conducted a lecture which focused on the proper fire incident management, tips on preventing fire, and the safety procedures during and after the fire incident. The discussion also includes a mini-seminar on the functions and uses of fire extinguisher, depending on the level and causes of fire. After the lecture, clients and staff of RSW and NVRC participated in the fire drill.

Mr. Jerry Brenches, Sr., Monitoring Development Officer of RSW, and Ms. Flor Calabazaron, Officer-in-Charge of NVRC, ended the program by giving recognition and token of appreciation to BFP for contributing their treasured knowledge on the lecture and their invaluable assistance to RSW and NVRC during the fire drill. ###

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DSWD-NCR establishes partnership with University of Perpetual Help – DALTA, Las Piñas

From left to right – University of Perpetual Help – DALTA, Las Piñas Consultant Ms. Rose Lara; President Mr. Anthony Jose M. Tamayo; Sales and Marketing Manager Ms. Lea Therese C. Chua; and DSWD-NCR Information Technology Officer II of NHTU, Mr. Michael S. Mercado.

The Department of Social Welfare and Developement – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with University of Perpetual Help (UPH) – DALTA, Las Piñas to identify potential beneficiaries, specifically the students or the youth who are in need of scholarship and other programs. The MOA signing took place last March 18, 2019 at the University of Perpetual Help – DALTA, Las Piñas City.

“The UPH is providing a high quality of education to enhance its academic programs. Our students are surrounded by an environment that encourages proficiency in their chosen fileds. We signed this Memorandum of Agreement as we believe it will help us recognize students who are in need of education. To be able to reach out to them, and help them uplift their family’s condition through getting a good education,” Mr. Jose G. Tomayo, President of UPH-Dalta Las Piñas, expressed.

The DSWD-NCR, through the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU), wholeheartedly gives services to the vulnerable, to ensure that their well-being is raised, through continuous engagement and distribution of the Listahanan 2 database in accordance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

“We continuously promote the use of Listahanan 2 database with different institutions to help them identify poor households for their social protection programs and services.” Said Mr. Michael Mercado, Regional Information Technology Officer II of NHTU.

Listahanan is an information management system which identifies who and where the poor are in the country. ###

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Marillac Hills, a National Training School for Girls, Celebrates its 51st Anniversary

Marillac Hills celebrated their 51st founding anniversary through a week-long celebration last March 11-15, 2019 with the theme, “Tuluy-tuloy na Pagkalinga sa mga Kabataan Tungo sa Kalinangan ng Sariling Kakayahan”.

Maraming salamat sa suporta ng ating mga partners at donors na patuloy sa pag-aaruga sa ating mga residente tungo sa ikauunlad ng kanilang pagkatao. Pinasasalamatan ko din ang mga empleyado na walang sawa sa pag-aaruga at nagsisilbing magulang sa ating mga residente, na minamahal at inaaruga sila ng higit pa sa tunay na anak”. Ms. Farrah A. Cabrera, Head Social Worker of Marillac Hills (MH), stated as she gave her opening remarks and heart-warming appreciation to everyone who made the event a success.

Different activities were participated in by the staff and clients, which took place at Marillac Hills, Northgate Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. These activities include:

  1. March 11, 2019 – Kick-off parade of DSWD-NCR’s Centers from the South Clustter, in celebration of Women’s Month;
  2. March 12, 2019 – Zumba and Wellness Program which includes massage and haircut for the Center’s staff and residents, sponsored by Save the Kids PH and Tesda;
  3. March 13, 2019 – Invitational Sports partcipated in by South Cluster Centers;
  4. March 14, 2019 – Ms. Marillac Hills, the most-awaited highlight of the celebration, wherein the beautiful, intelligent, and talented residents wear elegant gowns and cocktail dresses; and
  5. March 15, 2019 – Closing activities, such as the thanksgiving mass, the awarding ceremony, and the acknowledgement of sponsors, partners, and benefactors were conducted. A special number was also performed by selected residents of Marillac Hills.

The celebration also served as a venue to recognize the partners, as well as the staff of the Center, for their dedication in helping young girls recover from being victims of abuse, neglect and difficult circumstances.

Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to the following partners and donors of Marillac Hills for their undying support, namely:

  1. Rotary Club of Metro Aurora
  2. Rotary Club of Bagumbayan
  3. Asian Hospital Charities, Inc.
  4. EMS Resources Technology, Inc.
  5. Lighthouse Christian Ministry
  6. Prof. Cynthia N. Manalo-Bedanz Dance Troupe
  7. Catholic Women’s League
  8. God’s Big Backyard
  9. San Beda College Alabang
  10. Legion of Mary
  11. International Justice Mission
  12. Save the Girls.PH
  13. Manila Travellers Club
  14. Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking Operation Center
  15. Milagrosa H. Fabian-Ayala Alabang Health Center
  16. De La Salle Santiago Zobel Social Action 

Alam ko at alam natin na mahirap bumangon sa ibat-ibang pagsubok sa ating buhay, ngunit ang bawat pagsubok ay ibinibigay sa atin upang tayo ay mas lao pang tumatag at maging matibay. Mahirap bumangon pero kaya natin at magagawa natin, kailangan natin tulungan ang ating mga sarili pagkatapos ng lahat ng nangyayari. Kaya ninyong bumangon. Laban lang. Dahil ayon nga sa isang kasabihan na aking iiwan sa inyo, ‘Our past does not define our Future.’ Kaya natin at ninyo na magbago sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan sa isat-isa,” said Ms. Mildred Pragante of Rotary Club Metro Aurora, as she inspired the residents of the Center to become a better member of the community.

Selected staff of the Center were also given Certificate of Appreciation for their service and dedication to the residents. The following received recognition along with their corresponding length of service:

  1. Awarded for their 10 years of service were:
    1. Ms. Veronica Gracilla,
    2. Ms. Rosalia C. Ramos, and
    3. Ms. Melchora F. Nullar;
  2. Awarded for their 15 years of service were:
    1. Ms. Gina P. Sergio, and
    2. Ms. Wilma E. Evangelista;
  3. Awarded for their 20 years of service were:
    1. Ms. Evelyn K. Agapay,
    2. Ms. Lolita A. Hapin,
    3. Ms. Lea A. Bartolome, and
    4. Mr. Rico V. Soledad;
  4. Awarded for her 30 years in service was:
    1. Ms. Marilyn M. Flores.

 “Fifty percent ng buhay ko ay nagserbisyo na ako sa mga bata, dahil kapag minahal mo ang mga bata, mamahalin ka din nila. Kaya (naman), ako ay inspired sa aking pagbibigay ng serbisyo at pag aalaga sa mga bata. Natutuwa ako dahil alam ko na hindi nasayang ang aking pagseserbisyo sa institusyong ito.Ms. Marilyn Flores, staff of Marillac Hills who served the children for 30 years, shared her story of how inspired she was when she became part of the Center.

Ms. Veronica Gracilla, staff of Marillac Hills who has been serving for 25 years, also shared her inspiring story: “Ang araw na ito ay napakahalaga sa akin at sa ating lahat dahil ito ang araw na ang bawat isa sa atin ay paparangalan sa ating serbisyo sa institusyong ito. Sa aking pagtigil sa Marilalc Hills, hindi ko akalain na mamahalin ko ang trabahong ito. Ito na ang naging bokasyon ko. Mahal ko ang mga bata at ang mga tumutulong dito. Sa aking pag uwi, dala-dala (ko) ang aking trabaho at ang aking pagmamahal sa mga kabataan. Ang Marillac Hills ay habambuhay na mayroong lugar sa aking puso at aking buhay.

To officially end the program, Ms. Arcanghel gave her message of gratification for all those who made the event possible: “Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa inyong presensya sa pagdiriwang na ito. Ang Marillac Hills ay hindi magkakaroon ng ganito kagandang pagdiriwang kung hindi dahil sa inyong lahat. Maraming salamat sa inyong mga ibinabahagi na tulong sa aming mga residente at sa walang sawang pagmamahal sa lahat ng kabataan ng Marillac Hills.

Marillac Hills is a Residential Care Facility managed by DSWD-NCR, which caters to female minors who are youthful offenders, unwed mothers, and sexually abused and/or exploited. ###

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Nayon ng Kabataan joins the UNICEF Sweden Fun Meet

Nayon ng Kabataan, a residential care facility which caters to the abandoned, neglected, absued, and orphaned children ages 7- 17 years old, was visited by the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines last March 5, 2019.

UNICEF Philippines mobilized the immersion of the three (3) members and volunteers from the UNICEF Swedish Committee. The immersion aims to understand the children’s rights and issues in the country, and how the Philippine government and other partners implement the programs for the children with different cases.

The Nayon ng Kabataan Rondalla Group and selected children welcomed the delegates with smiles on their faces and a joyful presentation before the orientation about the Center’s programs and services. The volunteers also shared and presented some children songs and Swedish games which the residents enjoyed playing.

The volunteers enjoyed staying and playing with the children and felt the warm welcome of the institution.


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DSWD NCR celebrates 68th year Founding Anniversary of DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) joins the celebration of the 68th Founding Anniversary of DSWD with the theme, “DSWD Katuwang sa Pagbabago” last February 22, 2019 held at Ramada Hotel Manila.

The activity started with the invocation led by Ms. Michelle Addatu followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. The opening remarks was given by the Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Ms. Maria Rosario C. Cuaresma as she welcomed the retirees and loyalty awardees in this momentous event as their untiring efforts and passion to serve the clients are recognized and appreciated, “I am very much impressed on the long years that you chose to stay in DSWD. Thank you for all the efforts and Serbisyong May Malasakit that you rendered through the years,” Cuaresma said.

On behalf of the Secretary, the inspirational message was delivered by the Chief Administrative Officer, Retired Colonel Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas. He emphasized the significance of the services given by the retirees and awardees which surely served as an inspiration to other employees of the Department. He said, “This is a rare moment that we are all gathered to celebrate and give gratitude to all our colleagues whose services change and transform many lives.  It is a moment to look back how Teamwork, Camaraderie and Friendship bring success to our work“.  

Intermission numbers were showcased by Mr. Ariel Gopela, Administrative Assistant III of Unconditional Cash Transfer; Ms. Arianne Chua, an award-winning child performer from RSCC and the GRACES dancers. Their music and performances serenaded the awardees, retirees, officials and DSWD NCR staff who participated in the activity.

The awarding ceremonies gave way to recognize 17 awardees for rendering 10 years in service, nine (9) awardees who served for 15 years, 17 awardees for 20 years in service, eight (8) awardees for 25 years in service, five (5) awardees for 30 years in service, three (3) awardees for 35 years in service and 12 retired awardees.

Ms. Marissa O. Ballon, Social Welfare Officer II at Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) and Loyalty Awardee shared her precious and memorable experiences with the Department as one of the loyalty awardees who served for 35 years. She expressed gratitude and happiness to the Department as her professional journey touched her and her family’s lives.    

Marami akong mga pinagdaanan bago ako napunta sa EGV ngunit masaya ako sa lahat ng aking pinagdaanan at nagpapaslamat sa lahat ng tumulong at sa pomunuan ng DSWD na nagtiwala at patuloy na nagtitiwala sa aking serbisyo”. Ballon stated.

On the other hand, Mr. Ernesto Adriano Sr., Project Development Officer II of the Sustainable Livelihood Program shared his stories and the challenges he experienced throughout his 38 years.  

The program ended with the closing remarks delivered by Ms. Maridol Licerio, 68th Anniversary Chairperson and Social Welfare Officer V of GRACES. She expressed her gratitude to the members of the committees as well as to all the staff who made the event and activity successful. “Maraming salamat sa lahat ng tumulong upang mapaayos ang event na ito at sa lahat ng ating retirees at awardees, magsisislbi kayong inspirasyon sa aming lahat sa inyong mga karansasan na inyong ibinahagi”. Licerio said.

This annual activity is celebrated to give appreciation to all the retirees and loyalty awardees who untiringly share themselves to deliver Serbisyong May Kalinga at Pagmamahal.  ###

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Determinasyon at Pagpupursigi

Si Nanay Rovie at ang kanyang ngiting tagumpay

“Maging determinado sa lahat ng gustong makamit sa buhay.”

Masipag, matiyaga, mapag-aruga sa pamilya at responsableng ina at asawa. Si Nanay Rovie Moncalvo ay 45 na taong gulang, orihinal na nanggaling sa Lungsod ng Pagadian. Dahil sa hirap ng buhay ay nakipagsapalaran siya sa Maynila kung saan niya nakilala ang kanyang asawa na si Ruel, isang tricycle driver na edad 45. Mahigit 18 taon na silang naninirahan sa Kamaynilaan partikular sa #468 NPC Mendrez St., Brgy.Baesa, Quezon City. Sila ay may limang anak, dalawang babae at tatlong lalaki. Ito ay sina Rovelyn na nasa kolehiyo, si Rosse Julian na nasa grade 10, si Fralex na nasa grade 8, si Royce na nasa grade 7 at ang bunsong anak na si Ronel na nasa grade 3 ngayon.

Si Nanay Rovie ay aktibong myembro ng programa noong 2014 at naging Parent Leader ng kanilang grupo ng kaparehong taon. Sa una ay hindi niya inakala na siya ay iboboto ng kanyang mga kasamahan bilang Parent Leader dahil siya ay tahimik lamang, laging nasa bahay at hindi nakikisalamuha sa iba. Sa simula ay natakot siya dahil wala raw siyang kaalaman sa paghawak ng ganitong posisyon hanggang sa napagtanto niya na maganda pala ang maging isang Parent Leader dahil nakakatulong siya sa kanyang mga kasamahan. Simula noon, nabago ang kanyang buhay. Ang pagiging Parent Leader ay isa sa mga nagbigay sa kanya ng lakas upang maging aktibo. Dahil dito, unti-unting niyang napapaunlad ang kanyang pagkatao. Natanto rin niya na mayroon pa pala siyang kayang gawin bukod sa pagiging maybahay. Malaki ang pasasalamat niya sa programa at sa kanyang mga kasamahan at napabilang siya sa mga Parent Leaders ng kanilang lugar. Dahil sa kanyang naging mga karanasan ay naging determinado siyang humanap ng trabaho na kung saan ay pwede niyang magamit ang kanyang mga kaalaman at karanasan na natutunan sa programa.

“Napakalaki ng tulong sa akin at sa aking pamilya ng programa. Ang tulong pinansyal ay napagkakasya ko sa gastusin ng mga anak ko, sa pagkain at eskwelahan tulad ng pambaon, medisina at iba pang pangangailangan nila sa eskwelahan habang sa aking personal na paglago, nahasa ang pakikipagkapwa-tao at pakikipagkaibigan ko,” sambit ni Nanay Rovie.

Noon, hindi lingid kay Nanay Rovie na kapos sila sapagkat kumikita ang asawa ni Nanay Rovie ng mahigit 500 pesos sa pagiging tricycle driver at ito lamang ang kanilang pinagkukunan.

Natakot si Nanay Rovie na hindi sumapat sa pangaraw-araw nilang gastusin kung kaya’t nagpursigi rin siyang humanap ng mapagkakakitaan para tumulong sa kanyang mister na masuportahan ang kanilang pamilya. Sa una ay inisip niyang mahirap na siyang matanggap dahil simula noong magka-pamilya siya ay namalagi na siya sa kanilang bahay. Ngunit nagpatuloy pa rin siya at dahil sa determinasyon, nakapagtrabaho si Nanay Rovie sa iba’t-ibang programa ng DSWD tulad na lamang ng Listahanan.

Sa ngayon, kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho sa programa ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program bilang Child Welfare Assistant si Nanay Rovie. Siya ay nag-waive sa pagiging miyembro ng programa noong taong 2016 dahil alam niyang kaya na niyang suportahan ang kaniyang pamilya at mayroon pang mas maraming matutulungan ang programa.

“Pangarap ko po na makapag trabaho at kumita ng sapat para sa pamilya ko, at ngayon ay may trabaho na ako. Dahil din po sa aking trabaho ay mas lalong lumawak ang aking kaalaman simula noong naging Child Welfare Assistant ako ng DSWD. Ang bahay din po namin na dati naming inuupahan, ngayon ay sa amin na. Binayaran ko po ng paunti-unti at ngayon nga, dahil sa pagtityaga at pagsisipag ay pag-aari na namin,” panapos na wika ni Nanay Rovie.

Ang kwento ni Nanay Rovie ay isa lamang sa maraming kwentong tagumpay na hatid ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. ###

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New Wheelchairs for NVRC and RSW clients

NVRC & RSW clients and staff fitting of Wheel chairs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) through the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) and the Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW) both rehabilitation centers for Persons with disabilities in NCR gratefully received 27 Customized Wheelchairs donated by the Latter-Day Saint Charities (LDS Charities) and the Community Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (CPREF) both Non-Government Organizations on February 15, 2019 at NVRC Covered Court.

Prior to the awarding of the customized wheelchairs, the recipients had series of fitting which to match with the client’s body size and features. The assembling and fitting were done by the CPREF Physical Therapists who specialized in customizing wheelchairs based on the needs of the clients. They also assisted the first time wheelchair users on the proper use of the device.

Ms. Cecilia Villagracia, NVRC Trainee said during the awarding ceremony, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga nagdonate ng wheelchair. Sa buong buhay ko, hindi pa ako nagkakaroon ng wheelchair dahil alam kong mahal at hindi talaga namin kayang bumili. Pero ngayon, mas mapapagaan na yung pamumuhay ko dahil nagkaroon ako ng ganito kagandang wheelchair.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Allan Togonon, Executive Director of CPREF shared message to the recipients and recommended tips on the proper use and maintenance of their wheelchairs. He also encouraged them to strengthen their physical bodies especially their upper limbs which are essential in the use of wheelchair.

“Our hearts are full on this act of gratitude as the needs of our dear clients were provided. We are really grateful” said Ms. Maria Rosario C. Cuaresma, OIC-Regional Director.

NVRC is a non-residential institution which provided training and rehabilitation program and services to person with disabilities (PWD) and special groups while RSW is a non-residential business-work oriented facility that provides sheltered employment opportunities to PWDs.


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