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Tzu Chi Foundation and DSWD-NCR conduct rice relief distribution for Muslim families

The Tzu Chi Foundation, in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), conducted a rice relief distribution to 1,060 Muslim beneficiaries from Barangays 645, 647, and 648, Maila held on July 24, 2015.

Melchor Gaspar Baltazar, together with his wife Lucy, expressed their gratitude as one of the beneficiaries of this project, “Malaking tulong sa pamilya ang relief na ito. Kapos din kasi talaga ang aming pamilya. Maraming salamat sa Tzu chi at DSWD.

DSWD-NCR Assistant Regional Director for Operations Jacel J. Paguio; together with Congresswoman Sandy Ocampo, 6th District-Manila; National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Bureau of Settlement Director Paharodin Pangcoga, local government officials, Chairpersons of barangays 645, 647, and 648, and Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers, facilitated the activity.

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Meanwhile, beneficiaries of this project were recently assessed by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are, during the conduct of its second family assessment.

The Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwan-based foundation founded by their Master, Cheng Yen, has been a long-time partner of DSWD-NCR in helping poor Filipino families in Metro Manila. ###


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Sanctuary Center celebrates Nutrition Month 2015

The Sanctuary Center which is being managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) joined the nation in celebrating the Nutrition Month through conduct of several activities in July which carried  year’s theme, “Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo.”

“We would like to teach our residents the importance of having a good nutrition. We would like to encourage them to eat healthy foods and be physically fit,” Margarita Ortega, Officer-In-Charge of Sanctuary Center enthused.

One of highlights of their activities was the Nutri-parade last July 29, 2015 which was participated by 25 student-clients of Basic Literacy program, wearing colorful images of different fruits and newly harvested vegetables in the backyard of the center.

Advocacy materials such as streamers, posters, and flyers were displayed and disseminated to raise awareness on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. Dietary Service staff also provided insights on proper nutrition and exercise among the residents and staff of the center during its flag ceremonies.

Moreover, they also conducted games and contests such Nutri-Bingo, vegetable, fruit drawing, and cooking demonstration.

The Sanctuary Center is a place of refuge and temporary shelter for adult female improved mental patients who are abandoned, neglected, and unattached. Through its therapeutic and rehabilitative services, it aims to restore these women’s social functioning and eventually reunite them with their families and mainstream them back to society. ###

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DSWD-NCR and 27 Manila task forces ink MOA and TOR for OBBSB project

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) and 27 new task forces of Manila inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Oplan Balik Bahay, Sagip Buhay (OBBSB) project –a pilot initiative of DSWD which aims to address the prevalence of street dwellers in the major thoroughfares in NCR, particularly in Manila and Quezon City, held at Manila City Hall.

This event which was participated by the National Government Agencies (NGAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), barangay officials, and other key partner stakeholders aims to acknowledge the task forces that are formed to help implement the OBBSB project.

According to DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, the task forces play a vital role in the implementation of the project. Further, she said that it is a “community driven initiative to address the plight of project beneficiaries, where every individual will adapt the “concept of bridging leadership” which will be the steering approach to generate resource and mobilize the community.”

As stipulated in the guidelines, there are two (2) kinds of task forces namely; Regional Task Force and Local Task Force, will help in the implementation of the OBBSB project.

The Regional Task Force is tasked to synchronize programs and services of Government and Non-Government Organization in Metro Manila consist of NGAs, NGOs, academe and CSWDOs.

Meanwhile, the task force at the Local/community level could be initiated by any willing group or organization within identified geographical areas needing priority intervention to address presence of children, unattached adults and families at risk on the streets. The Task Force must be organized by the LGU through the CSWDOs and barangay officials with the support and augmentation of national agencies such as the DSWD, MMDA, PNP, DepED, and DILG.

The task force shall be in support to the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) in addressing the plight of children, unattached adults and families at risk on the street. Hence, concerned barangays are required to actively lead the implementation of task force strategic and operational plans. ###

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MCCT-HSF: A hope for homeless families

The Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Families (MCCT-HSF) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gives street families new hope that they can be able to surpass their situations and get the life they always dream of, just like Bresilda B. Dizon or “Blessie”, an MCCT-HSF beneficiary.

Blessie, 57 years old, shared how the program helps her in the most difficult times. She shared that positive changes brought by the program during the 8th Roadshow of DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman held in Fairview, Quezon City on July 24, 2015.

She said that they used to live in the waiting shed along C5 Road with her six children because they sold their house when her husband died.

“Nabenta namin ang bahay namin sa halagang P10,500 kasi walang wala na talaga kami, kaya kinailangan na naming tumira sa kalsada. Marami akong nilapitan pero bigo akong makahingi ng tulong.”

She expressed how hard it is to reside on the street. She recalled, “Araw-araw pinoproblema namin kung saan kukuha ng pagkain, kung paano matutustusan ang aming mga pangangailangan. Naaawa ako sa mga anak ko, ayaw kong habang buhay ganoon na lang kami. Nawalan na ako ng pag-asa, nang biglang may dumating na city link mula sa DSWD. Tinulungan niya kaming maging benepisyaryo ng MCCT-HSF.”

At present, Blessie and her family live in a decent and safe home in Barangay Bagbag, Quezon City. She is currently employed under the Cash for Work project wherein she grows plants along Mindanao Avenue. She availed capital assistance so she is able to sell vegetables as additional income for their family.

“Hindi ako nangangamba kahit na mag-isa lang ako sa pagpapalaki ng aking mga anak, sapagkat naniniwala ako na magkatuwang kami ng gobyerno, lalong lalo na ang DSWD, para tahakin ang magandang pamumuhay na aming hinahangad,” she disclosed.

In her message, Secretary Corazon Julian-Soliman said that she was inspired on this kind of stories and encouraged other beneficiaries to share the same, “Kaya niyo ang Pagbabago, Kayo ang Pagbabago, Ipagpatuloy niyo ang magandang pagbabago.”

Beneficiaries of MCCT-HSF receive a maximum of P1,400 per month for health and education of the children and P3,000 monthly housing assistance for six months while they are being prepared for their community reintegration.

Under this program, parents should ensure that their children do not stay or work on the streets and should attend Family Life Education and Counseling, Family Development Sessions (FDS); the children should be attending any mode of learning, either regular school, Alternative Learning System (ALS), School on Wheels or Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP); parents/guardians should bring their children to health centers for immunizations, weight and height monitoring and preventive check-ups; and household beneficiaries must stay in alternative residences after identification, relocation and/or provision of shelter assistance for them. ###

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DSWD continues assessing families in Metro Manila

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, continues the conduct of the second family assessment in the National Capital Region (NCR) to assess the socio-economic status of families residing in identified “pockets of poverty” areas.

As of July 27, the DSWD has surveyed 408,774 households from the 17 local government units (LGUs) in NCR. Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan is grateful for the support given by the Local Chief Executives and barangay officials, such as provision of security personnel among others, since the region is conducting tablet-aided enumeration to expedite the assessment process.

“Through Listahanan, we would like to ensure that only qualified families are included in the various social protection programs and services. Let us do our best and work together to make our database, sigurado, kumpleto at totoo,” Bonoan enthused during the trainings of the enumerators.

Some 2,311 field staff were deployed in different cities and municipality to cover the targeted 1,267,292 million families in the NCR.

The second assessment will also update the database of poor households that was generated in 2009. It can be recalled that DSWD has identified some 5.2 million poor households nationwide, wherein 316,823 was in NCR.

Listahanan is an information management system which aims to identify who and where the poor are in the country. It makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a socio-economic database as basis for identifying beneficiaries of their programs and services. ###

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Turning hardships to success

Bryan Simara, 32 years old, is an active officer of National Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) Alumni Association. He also works as Data Entry Machine Operator in the Department of Education – National Capital Region (DepED-NCR). Moreover, he sends her siblings to school. What makes his story interesting is that he is able to do all of these despite his disability.

At age 10, Bryan had Cavernous Hemangioma, a type of blood vessel malformation where a collection of dilated blood vessels form a tumor which affects the eye. In his case, right eye was affected. When his parents separated, he and his siblings did everything to survive in a daily basis. He engaged in different jobs such as construction worker, painter, dryer operator, and barber, among others to provide their needs.

Moreover, one of his neighbors informed him about the programs and services of the NVRC which is being managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR). With the goal to improve his skills, he started training at the center in 2006 but was disrupted because he had to undergo medication for pulmonary tuberculosis. When he got well, he resumed his training on Computer Software.

He had his on-the-job Training at the DepED-NCR and eventually was absorbed on contractual basis in 2007 up to present. His job involves clerical work such as filing, encoding and other administrative tasks. He earns enough money for his family. He is thankful for the benefits of the trainings he had. He plans to take and pass the Civil Service Commission exam as he is aiming for a regular position in DepED-NCR.

Through his unrelenting dedication, hard work and determination, his brother was able to graduate and earned a college degree. Bryan actively participates and organizes different activities for persons with disabilities like him as his way of showing gratitude to NVRC. His disability will never be a hindrance to be successful in life. ###

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DSWD–NCR conducts OBBSB monthly meeting

obbsbmonthlyThe Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) conducted a one-day orientation and technical learning session to the 77 staff of the Oplan Balik Bahay Sagip Buhay (OBBSB) project recently to equip them with their tasks and valuable contribution in helping the community, specifically children at-risk, unattached individuals and families at-risk on the streets.

Regional Director Ma. Alicia Bonoan stressed the need to help children and families at-risk on the streets and those unattached individuals so they can have better lives. She encouraged the staff to be committed in performing their duties and responsibilities.

Bonoan said, “Gampanan natin ng maayos at tapat ang ating mga trabaho at magtulungan tayong lahat para mabigyan ng mas maayos na pamumuhay ang ating mga kababayan nating nasa lansangan.”

During the activity, Bonoan discussed interventions and strategies of the project, to achieve the goal of zero incidence in Manila and Quezon City by the end of the year. This can only be done if our stakeholders and partners like the NGAs, NGOs, LGUs, leaders and Local/Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, business sectors, and our commuters.

The participants were also oriented on the different programs such as Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families, among others. Most especially, they were able to understand the significance of the OBBSB project.

The Oplan Balik Bahay Sagip Buhay (OOBSB) project is a pilot initiative of the DSWD which aims to address the prevalence of street dwellers in the major thoroughfares of National Capital Region, particularly in Manila and Quezon City through the provision of package of programs designed to meet the needs of the beneficiaries and to keep families and their children out of the street. ### (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office, July 16, 2015)

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56 residents of Nayon ng Kabataan graduate from their skills training

Fifty six residents of Nayon ng Kabataan (NK) graduated from their skills training courses in baking, beauty care, basic sewing, dress making, hair dressing, carpentry, Information Communication and Technology (ICT), which carried the theme “Be faithful, Be responsible, Be truthful in fulfilling your dreams,” held in Mandaluyong City on July 16, 2015.

Jhomar Dolong, one of the graduates, moved everyone with his heart-warming speech, “Kung anuman ang nakaraan natin, huwag na nating balikan. Tulad ko na isang street child, nakipagsapalaran sa kalsada, tambay, akala ko hanggang doon na lang ako. Nang mapunta ako dito sa Nayon ng Kabataan, nagbago ang lahat. Nakilala ko ang Panginoon. Kaya dapat lahat ng mga problema natin, ipag-pray lang natin.. isuko natin sa Kanya, at maniwala tayo na magiging ayos din ang lahat.”

nk picture graduation 2Jhomar and his family were reunited on his graduation day. His parents, Jun and Marilou, were very proud of his achievement. They said that Jomar’s life was changed from the time he was brought to the Nayon ng Kabataan.

“Sa mga magulang ko, patawad po kung sa nakaraan ko ay hindi ako naging magandang ehemplo sa mga kabataan, kaya nagsusumikap ako ngayon para maipagmalaki niyo na ako bilang anak ninyo,”
Moreover, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan commended the hard work and aspiration of the graduates in enhancing their skills and pursuing their dreams to have a brighter future.
“Pinupuri namin kayo sa tagumpay na inyong nakamit. Ito ang simula ng pagbabago ng inyong buhay. Maari kayong magkaroon ng mataas na posisyon sa isang kompanya, o di kaya maging may-ari ng sarili ninyong negosyo gamit ang inyong natamong kaalaman at kakayahan. Anuman ang inyong tahakin sa pagtamo ng inyong pangarap, hangad namin ang inyong magandang kinabukasan.”
Bonoan also recognized people who have been significant in the lives of these residents especially the Lions Street Children Foundation Inc. (LSCFI) who continuously supported the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) in providing social protection services to children at risk and in need. The foundation also celebrated its 15th anniversary at the center. It may be recalled that the LSCFI put up one of the Nayon ng Kabataan building in 2005.

Meanwhile, 16 residents graduated in Baking, 7 in Basic Sewing, five in Beauty Care, and 7 in Information, Computer and Technology courses. Also, there were 4 graduates in Dressmaking, 8 in Hairdressing, and 5 in Carpentry who were awarded a National Certificate II (NC II) from the Technological Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). These certificates are recognized internationally which gives them a chance to work abroad in the future, however; they were encouraged to serve in the country first.
Nayon ng Kabataan is a residential care facility for abused, orphaned, abandoned, neglected and exploited children ages 7-17 years old both male and female.###

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