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“A Journey to a Brighter Future”

Ricky Caridad’s, story of success

Growing alone and homeless are some of the hardest trials a child could least dream of. Every child deserves a family that will nurture, love, care, and sustain his/her needs; a family they can turn to in times of solace and loneliness.

But not for Ricky Caridad. Ricky is a former resident of Elsie Gaches Village, a residential care facility that caters to abandoned and neglected clients with special needs. Through the help of the institution, Ricky is one of the many residents who are now fully recovered and are ready to face the challenges in life.

Ricky was abandoned on the street by his parents at a very young age. He was temporarily placed at Nayon ng Kabataan then was transferred to Tuloy Don Bosco, and was finally placed at Elsie Gaches Village upon being diagnosed with Intellectual Disability.

Ricky is known by many for his big smile and his cheerful attitude. Despite being shy, EGV helped Ricky develop his assertiveness and exercise his confidence in necessary situations such as job interviews and the like. EGV helped Ricky face his weaknesses and develop his strengths through provision of institutional programs and services for special clients like him.

Aside from his basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothes, EGV also provided Ricky SPED schooling and sports and development activities among others.

It is also worth mentioning that Ricky is into ball games. His love for sports brought him to Special Olympics National Games in the Philippines, and eventually in the Special Olympics World Games held in Shanghai, China, and Sidney, Australia.

Despite all the hardships he faced, Ricky is now one of the most dependable residents of Elsie Gaches Village; the trainings on life skills that EGV provided him made him a more independent individual. In fact, he is one among a few residents who can be trusted to work outside of the residential care facility. Ricky now worked as a helper in a nearby canteen.

Currently, aside from being an active resident of EGV, Ricky is also working as a store associate at UNIQLO – one of the biggest clothing companies in Asia. Ricky’s new employment marks the start of his journey of discovering and experiencing a whole new world for a brighter future. ###

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Aim High for Success

Maria Jeafe Alura, Success Story

Adoption is a process of taking care of someone by providing financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual support, with the guidance and approval of the government.

Maria Jeafe Alura is one of the many children that has been adopted and well taken care off. Faye was raised with the utmost love, care, attention, and financial support by her adoptive parents and family.

Even though she was sent to a private school, Faye still experienced getting bullied by a lot of children. Those bullies made fun of the fact that she is adopted, which made her lose interest in going to school. Faye was even blackmailed by some of her classmates which made her give out jeweleries, food, and other personal belongings to the bullies against her will. Luckily, her adoptive parents found out about this bullying and got Faye out of her situation.

When Faye was in her high school, her alleged biological mother went to her uninvited. This visit did not go well as Faye only learned to resent the woman for being a prostitute.

After the incident, Faye started rebelling. She completely lost interest in studying, she constantly misbehaved, and she chose to hang out with peers who were nothing but bad influence on her. At a very young age, Faye learned to live under one roof with her boyfriend. Due to these acts, Faye became involved in prostitution and exploitation wherein she eventually got rescued during an entrapment operation.

After this incident, Faye was brought to Haven for Women to receive intervention. At first, Faye showed unwillingness to cooperate and blatantly disobeyed the institution’s rules and regulations. Even so, Haven for Women did not give up on her. The institution did its best to make her feel at home, and helped her until she reached the point of acceptance and was able to function and plan for her future.

After realizing all her shortcomings and wanting to start anew, Faye decided to enrol in an Alternative Learning System (ALS). She eventually passed the examination for high school which made her adoptive family very proud. Despite everything, her family never stopped supporting her through all of her ups and downs.

While waiting to be reintegrated with her family, Faye chose to actively participate in the Food and Beverage training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

“Hindi ko ma-explain ang pakiramdam ko pero nagpapasalamat ako sa laking tulong ng Haven for Women para marealize ko lahat ang aking mga pagkakamali at makilala ko ng lubusan ang aking sarili. Sobrang pasasalamat ko na narito ako. Kung hindi dahil sa Haven for Women, hindi ko alam kung paano ibabalik ang maayos na samahan namin ng aking pamilya. Sa pag-uugali, sa pakikisama, at lalong lalo na ang pagiging matatag, lahat ‘yan, dito ko natutunan.” ###

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NVRC joins the 41st NDPR Week Celebration

The National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) celebrated the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week on July 17 – 23, 2019 with the theme, “Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong may Kapansanan.” Held at the NVRC court, this event was participated by NVRC’s staff and trainees.

The celebration of the NDPR Week is considered as one of the biggest events of the Sector for Persons with Disabilities in the National Capital Region as this event helps them stimulate public awareness as well as recognize their significant contributions in nation-building.

Clients of NVRC while engaging in worthwhile activities during the NDPR Week

NVRC held quite a few activities such as Karpintero, Basagang Palayok, Sack Race, and more. They also conducted a film-showing and a dental mission spearhead by partner-volunteers. NVRC Got Talent, a program showcasing the PWD’s exquisite talents, was also conducted.

Through the activities provided, the clients of the institution gained knowledge and were able to practice their cooperation, communication, and leadership skills.

National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) is a non-residential institution that provides training and rehabilitation programs and services to persons with disabilities and special groups, including the elderly and dependent of PWDs. It is located at J.P Burgos Street, Project 4, Quezon City. ###

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DSWD NCR conducts Orientation for Center-Based Early Childhood Programs

Representatives from different Local Government Units who attended the Orientation for Center-Based Early Childhood Programs

As part of the celebration of the Day Care Worker’s Week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) held its second Orientation Session on the New Guidelines on Registration and Granting Permit and Recognition to Public and Private Child Development Centers / Learning Centers offering Early Childhood Programs on July 19, 2019 in Pasay City, graced by Ms. Nelita Culong, DSWD-NCR Social Welfare Specialist for Children and Youth, and Ms. Rosalinda Orobia, Department Head of Pasay City’s City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Ms. Khara Katherine O. Uy of EECD Council discussing the Teacher Competency Standards

The first part of the session tackled the Teacher Competency Standards. Ms. Khara Katherine O. Uy of the Early Childhood Care and Development (EECD) Council said that the key to a successful Child Development Center is to have reliable and highly capacitated educators, for they are the pillars of the institution. Another topic was discussed by Ms. Jenny E. Dueda, Head of the Early Childhood Education Division (ECED) of Muntinlupa, wherein she shared the best practices of their City in running Child Development Centers.

“Focusing on the teacher’s welfare is the key to having a smooth-sailing center. We also religiously coordinate with different offices and even private sectors for the trainings and seminars of oureducators,” said Ms. Dueda.

One of the most important tasks of day care workers is to conduct an early childhood assessment and evaluation of each student. With this, Ms. Dueda highlighted the importance of administering the EECD Checklist. Through completion of this checklist, a day care worker will be able to plan an appropriate curriculum and effective individualized instruction for each child.

Mr. Karl Jeffrey D. Sabalza of EECD Council discussing the standards and guidelines for center-based Early Childhood Programs for 0 to 4 years old Filipino children

Finally, Mr. Karl Jeffrey D. Sabalza of EECD Council discussed the standards and guidelines for center-based Early Childhood Programs for 0 to 4 years old Filipino children. This has been the highlight of the program as the primary concern of the participants is that most of them get this guideline confused with the guidelines for center-based Early Childhood Programs for 5 years old and above.

As prescribed in the Resolution No. 15-03 of the ECCD Council, Mr. Sabalza provided a comprehensive discussion on the content of the approved guidelines, specifically in the areas which the Child Development Centers shall continuously strive to demonstrate effective practices for early child care, development, and education. In addition, Mr. Sabalza discussed the Registration, Evaluation, and Granting of Permit and Recognition to Center-Based Eearly Childhood Care Programs.

The DSWD-NCR, with its mandate to promote and protect the welfare of the children, will continue to facilitate and provide technical assistance to Local Government Units and other partner-stakeholders in the implementation of programs that will strengthen the quality of services in early childhood care, development, and education. ###

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“Matatag, Maginhawa at Planadong Pamilyang Pilipino”

Mr. Arnel L. Bautista, OIC-Head of RSW together with Ms. Marylee Felisilda, Administrative Officer V of RSW and Mr. Edgardo Abraham, Population Representative from POPCOM

The Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), in collaboration with Commission on Population (POPCOM), conducted a Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) on July 22, 2019.

The highlight of said program is to capacitate individuals, couples, and parents with knowledge regarding pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancies, and sexually transmitted diseases. The program also tackled about the importance of family planning and responsible parenting which was participated in by staff and clients of RSW. Ms. Marylee Felisilda, Administrative Officer V, shared the current situation of Filipino population while Mr. Edgardo Abraham, Population Representative, shared the different methods of Family Planning based on the context of a Filipino Family. This activity is also part of the celebration of the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week.

POPCOM representative while discussing salient features of the PPMP

RSW is a non-residential business-work oriented facility of DSWD-NCR which gives temporary employment to persons with disabilities. The differently-abled are being exposed to pieces of trainings, skills development, and workshops, to prepare them for outside employment and entrepreneurship. RSW is located at JP Burgos Street, Project 4, Quezon City. ###

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Haven for Children’s 3rd participation to Santos Knight Rugby Festival

For the third time, the Haven for Children participated in celebration of “The Santos Frank Get into Rugby – Junior Touch Rugby Festival” last July 20, 2019 at Southern Plains, Canlubang, Laguna. The festivities was also participated in by Tuloy Foundations, Bulacan Bombers, Albay Bulkans, and Miriam College.

Touch Rugby refers to the game derived from rugby football in which instead of tackling each other, the players tag their opponents by touching them on any part of the body, clothes, or even the ball. A formal, competitive variety of football known as touch has developed from rugby league into its own kind of sport. Touch rugby games are being played as training activities for rugby league unions, particularly in schools and junior clubs as an informal kind of social sport.

Touch rugby was introduced to Haven for Women by a well-known group called Philippine Rugby Football Union, Inc. Since then, the children loved and enjoyed playing the game as it helps them build their self-esteem, increase their socialization skills, communication skills, teamwork, and their leadership skills. During the break time, the organizers let the children play some mini games to heighten the fun and strengthen camaraderie among themselves.

The Haven for Children team gained eight (8) straight wins out of eight (8) matches from different categories which made the team champion of all divisions under the 12, 14, and 16 year old categories. The children definitely enjoyed the experience as they bonded well with other players.

Playing sports such as Touch Rugby help the children build self-esteem, increase their socialization skills, communication skills, and enhance their leadership skills. ###

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The struggle for success of Hilda Sugaan

Hilda is a typical girl with a lot of dreams for herself and for her family. She grew up with a very loving and caring family with enough food in the table and parents who worked hard to provide for her and her siblings.

Hilda started working at an early age in exchange for free education; little did she know that this move will be the start of her dilemma and would lead her to danger.

Hilda was sexually abused by the people she trusted. Her employer, which she originally thought would help her achieve her goals and aspirations, became her perpetrator. These people made her believe that they will provide her financial help in exchange of servicing for them as a house helper.

The harassment started when her female employer went out of town for a seminar. It was when her nightmare started, as her male employer touched her and threatened the safety of her family to take advantage of her. Hilda wanted to keep the abuse to herself, but just like a bad dream, it kept on haunting her so she decided to tell one of her professors and asked for advice on what to do.

Seeking for recovery from the harassment and abuse, Hilda found herself in Marillac Hills. Marillac served as a second home to her and helped her get through the difficult challenges she faced during the recovery process. The one-on-one counseling sessions with the social worker which helped her understand the processes and steps of healing and recovery as well as the activities provided for her in the Center gave her the therapy that she needed. When she can finally stand on her own again, Hilda continued her studies and graduated from college with a degree in Office Management.

Her family could not be more proud of her as they saw Hilda, despite all the hardships she faced, stood tall wearing her graduation toga. Hilda was able to pursue her dreams through the undying support of her family and Marillac Hills. ###

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Pantawid Pamilya NCR undergoes Training on Enhanced Grievance Redress System Procedural Guidelines

The Regional Grievance Officer Ms. Jennifer Casañas while discussing salient topics during the training

A total of 305 employees of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region participated in the Training on Enhanced Grievance Redress System Procedural Guidelines from July 2-12, 2019 at Axiaa Hotel Project 7 Quezon City, Manila.

The said training was composed of six (6) batches which consist of Area Coordinators, Social Welfare Officers III, System Coordinators, City Links, and the Regional Staff of the Program. The roll-out training provides guidance and understanding for field staff and technical staff in handling grievance cases and utilizing the enhanced processes that will address the gaps and challenges encountered in the different levels of implementation.

Furthermore, it serves as a venue to identify and discuss areas for development on the existing processes and devise a more efficient and effective method of addressing grievances that will respond to the needs of Pantawid Pamilya Members.

One of the batches posted for a group photo before the activity ends.

Representative from National Program Management Office, Mr. Richard Abante participated on one of the sessions to provide insights on the enhanced procedural guidelines. 

Grievance Redress System is one of the core systems of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program that primarily focuses on addressing grievances, queries, and inquiries about the program.###

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