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DSWD NCR improves centers, facilities for vulnerable sectors

The INA Healing Center, a non-residential facility where grieving mothers who lost a child are given psychosocial support to help them cope with their situation, has been renovated through the Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF) project of the Department.

Strengthening the Department’s efforts to provide better services for the vulnerable sectors in Metro Manila, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) is continuously upgrading its Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCFs) through construction and rehabilitation of buildings, rooms, kitchens, and dormitories, among others.

DSWD-NCR manages 12 Centers and Residential Care Facilities all throughout Metro Manila, namely, Elsie Gaches Village, Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and other Special Cases (GRACES),  Haven – National Center for Women, Haven for Children, Inang Nangulila sa Anak or INA Healing Center, Jose Fabella Center, Marillac Hills, National Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Nayon ng Kabataan, Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC), Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), and Sanctuary Center.

The improvement of the said facilities, which are already in various stages, is funded through the P310 million fund allocation of the Field Office under the Department’s CRCF Project.

The CRCF project, which has an allocation of P2.3 billion, aims to provide better welfare services to marginalized and disadvantaged individuals, groups, and families through the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of the DSWD’s centers and facilities. -30-

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Sama Bajau Activity Center sa Parañaque, inilunsad

OKTUBRE 16, 2019 – Inilunsad ngayon ang Sama Bajau Activity Center sa San Dionisio Gymnasium, Parañaque City, sa pangunguna ng DSWD-NCR at pakikipagtulungan ng Cartwheel Foundation, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, at ng Lungsod ng Parañaque.

Ang pagtayo ng Sama Bajau Activity Center ay ginawa sa layuning mapabuti ang kalagayan ng mga Indigenous People na nasa Lungsod. Sa pamamagitan nito, sila ay maihahanda sa pormal na pag-aaral at pagkakaroon ng hanap-buhay. Tuturuan sila ng mga paraan upang kumita ng pera at makasabay sa pamumuhay ng mga mamamayan sa lungsod. Ang mga programa ng DSWD-NCR tulad ng Sustainable Livelihood Program at Cash-for-Work Program ay makakapagbigay rin ng tulong sa kanila.

Bb. Pilar Santiago at Bb. Ilene Lotino ng DSWD-NCR kasama ang plaka ng Sama Bajau Activity Center

“Instrumento lamang po kami upang kayo ay matulungan. Kayo po ang sentro ng programang ito. Kailangan po namin ang inyong pakikipagtulungan upang maging matagumpay po ang ating programa.” ani Bb. Ilene Lotino, tagapamahala ng Special Projects Section ng DSWD-NCR, sa kanyang mensahe para sa mga Sama Bajau.

Dumalo rin ang ilang mga opisyal sa aktibidad na ito upang magpakita ng suporta. Kabilang sa mga opisyal ay sina Kagawad Raymond Arceo, Kagawad Shannin Mae Olivarez, Konsehal Vandolph Quizon, at Kongresista Eric L. Olivarez ng Parañaque City.

Maaaring pumunta at makipag ugnayan sa Brgy. San Dionisio, Parañaque City ang mga Sama Bajau na nais maging bahagi ng programa. Ang Activity Center ay bukas mula Lunes hanggang Sabado.

Ang Sama Bajau Activity Center ay tumatanggap din ng volunteers na nagnanais makatulong sa mga Indigenous People. Maaaring makipag ugnayan sa DSWD-NCR Special Projects Section sa numerong 734-8623 ang mga nagnanais tumulong. ###

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Minors Travelling Abroad Online System

PHOTO OP. Assistant Secretary Glanda Relovaand staff of DSWD-NCR MTA Section, Bureau of Immigration, and Cloud Panda.

On October 11, 2019, The Program Management Bureau of DSWD-Central Office, led by Assistant Secretary for Statutory Programs Glenda Relova, conducted a Workshop on Minors Travelling Abroad (MTA) Online System at Punta De Fabian, Baras, Rizal.

The workshop was participated by staff of DSWD-NCR’s Minors Travelling Abroad Section, Bureau of Immigration, and Cloud Panda, a company that specializes in making customized websites, software, and mobile application to companies of various industries. Cloud Panda donated their website interface creation services to DSWD for the MTA Online System.

Said workshop aims to assess the pilot implementation of the e-Services or Online System for the application of travel clearance, to be able to enhance the system for nationwide deployment. With this, DSWD-NCR shared their experience and inputs on the MTA e-Services. Moreover, soft-launching of the MTA e-Services is expected before the end of the last semester of this year.

A travel clearance for minors travelling abroad is a document issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Offices for persons below 18 years old travelling abroad unaccompanied or accompanied by persons other than their parents, pursuant to the provisions of RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against abuse, trafficking, exploitation and discrimination.###

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DSWD-NCR joins IACAT for mass repatriation

On October 6, 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), together with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), welcomed 158 repatriated Overseas Filipinos (OFs) at Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Parañaque City.

The Department offered psychosocial interventions to said repatriated distressed OFs such as social integration services and counseling services, as well as financial assistance to ease their crisis situations.

Present in the activity to show their support are DSWD Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova and DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas. “Nandito po kaming lahat para sa inyo. Nais po naming ipakita na ito ang nagtatrabahong gobyerno, sama-sama para tulungan kayo,” Assistant Secretary Relova said in her inspirational message for the OFs.

Asec Glenda Relova delivers her message to repatriated OFs

Assistance to repatriated Overseas Filipinos is part of DSWD’s mandate to provide social services to distressed OFs in foreign countries, most especially those who are undocumented, pursuant to the provisions of R.A. No. 10364, otherwise known as “The Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.”

DSWD is a member of the Joint Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, together with other government agencies such as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Bureau of Immigration, and the Department of Health. It requires DSWD personnel to meet the repatriated trafficked persons upon their arrival to the Philippines, to provide immediate protection and assistance.

Human trafficking may be reported through hotline 1343 for Metro Manila areas or +632 (1343) for outside Metro Manila or the Philippines. ###

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JFMS-HFC United Nations 2019

On October 2, 2019, the Jose Fabella Memorial School – Haven for Children officially opened the celebration of the annual United Nations (UN), with the theme, “International year of Indigenous Languages” through an opening parade of handmade flags of UN countries.

Staff and residents participated in various activities of the Center such as poster making contest, quiz bee, and film viewing which tackled topics about Indigenous People and various international native cultures.

The culminating activity was held on October 18, 2019, same as the awarding of winners for the Mr. and Ms. United Nations. Selected residents also showcased their talents through singing, dancing, and costume-making.

This month-long activity helped the children develop their communication skills, cooperation, collaboration, and their ability to become a team-player.

Haven for Children is a residential care facility that caters to former street children for their healing and recovery.

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Haven for Children celebrates Science month 2019

The Haven for Children (HFC) recently celebrated the National Science Month with the theme, “Reinventing the Future: Advancing Communities Through Science, Technology and Innovation”. The activity aims to draw the attention of the children to scientific knowledge and technological advances that have relative impact on the lives of the Filipinos.

The month-long activity officially started on September 02, 2019 with an activity called “Clean and Green Drive Project”, wherein the students of Jose Fabella Memorial School – HFC and their teachers helped in cleaning the vicinity of the school. Aside from the clean and green drive activity, the students also planted trees and other seedlings as part of their advocacy to save Mother Earth.

Poster Making Contest and Quizbee was also conducted to showcase the talents of the students as well as to help them imbibe the concept of having fun while learning. One of the most awaited parts of the activity was the “Mr. Inventor Contest” wherein the children will create their own science invention out of recycled materials.

Last October 2, the Culminating Program was held at HFC’s gymnasium to officially announce the winners of the contests.

The Haven for Children is a residential care facility that caters to former street children with the aim of leading them towards healing and empowerment. ###

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EGV’s Educational Tour 2019

On September 30, 2019, the Elsie Gaches Village conducted an educational tour for selected residents of EGV, held at Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Monde Nissin Corporation, and Gardenia Bakeries Philippines.

The tour started at TESDA, Taguig City, a government training center that offers vocational courses for electronic technicians, dressmakers, cooks, diesel mechanics, bartenders, and wellness messeus/messeur. TESDA is a venue wherein EGV residents can enhance their skills and prepare them for employment.

Next stop was at Monde Nissin Corporation (LuckyMe!) wherein they learned how to pack and make noodles. This was followed by a tour at Gardenia Bakeries Philippines in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, wherein the residents learned the process of production of bread.

Educational tours are being done to help the residents, which are children with special needs, learn more effectively and improve their existing behaviors, values, preferences, knowledge, and skills. These tours aim to expose them on society’s systems and various ways of life.

Elsie Gaches Village is a residential care facility that provides care and rehabilitation to abandoned/neglected children with special needs. ###

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Ika-51 Taong Pagkakatatag ng Nayon ng Kabataan

Nitong Setyembre 30, 2019, ginunita ng Nayon ng Kabataan (NK) ang kanilang Ika-51 Taong Pagkakatatag, sa haliw ng temang: “Malasakit at Pagkalinga sa Katutubong Kabataan” na ginanap sa Nayon ng Kabataan Covered Court, sa pangunguna ni Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas at NK Center Head Asuncion M. Flores.

Katutubong tugtugin at sayaw ang hinanda ng mga piling kabataan ng NK upang ipamalas sa mga panauhing pandangal ang kanilang mga talento.

Isang pagkilala naman ang ibinigay ng NK sa mga Natatanging Kawani at katuwang nito sa layunin na mapaunlad ang mga kabataan sa pamamagitan ng pagsuporta sa kanila at kanilang mga programa.

Sa isang simpleng mensahe, pinasalamatan naman ni DSWD-NCR, Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas ang mga dumalo.

“Sana po ay patuloy nyo kaming tulungan at suportahan sa pag abot sa ating mithiin na maprotektahan, magabayan, at maisatuwid ang buhay ng mga kabataan. Ang DSWD NCR at Nayon  ng Kabataan ay laging handa upang maging kaisa sa pag-tugon sa ating mga tungkulin para sa mga pag-asa ng bayan.”

Ang Nayon ng Kabataan ay isang gobyernong pasilidad kung saan ito ay nangangalaga sa mga kabataang may edad pito hanggang labing-pito, lalake o babae na inabuso, ulila, inabandona, napabayaan at pinagsamantalahan. Ito ay matatagpuan sa Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. ###

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