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NVRC trainees get seven medals in the Philippine Paralympic National Games

NVRC ParalympicTrainees of the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center, a center-based facility of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that accommodates Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and special groups, won three gold, three silver and one bronze medals in the successfully concluded Philippine Paralympic National Games held in Marikina Sports Complex on March 28 to April 1, 2016.

Augusto Hernandez, wheelchair user, got gold medal in the Discus Throw while Romeo Tayama and Christine Potot also topped in 125 kg and 40 kg respectively in Powerlifting. On the other hand, Christian R. Casipit with an intellectual disability bagged silver medal in Ten Pin Bowling category.

In addition, Carlo John Nuyda, a trainee with left leg amputee brought pride to the center when he garnered two (2) silver medals for Shot Put and Long Jump. He also placed 2nd to Andy Avellana – our National Athlete and representative for RIO Paralympic 2017 in BRAZIL. Meanwhile, Marlon Merencillo got bronze medal for the team in the single standing Table Tennis.

Ms. Edna Sacedor, Center Head of NVRC, was very happy on the achievements received by their clients. She said that they will continue to support them through developmental programs and services aimed at developing their physical, self and psycho-social functioning and economic productivity.

She also shared that one of their staff, Alex Teves, will still be part of the Philippine Wheelchair Basketball Mens National Team in Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Dubai on April 22, 2016.

The PPNG is being conducted every year through the administration of the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled-National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines (PHILSPADA-NPC Philippines). The event aims to discover national athlete that can compete in the ASEAN Sports competition in 2017 to be held in Malaysia. (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office)

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DSWD-NCR and other agencies develop 5 –year social protection plan

RDC Planning

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) led the conduct of planning workshop to develop a 5-Year Regional Protection Plan for the Sub-Committee on Social Protection and to maintain its functionality as a policy making body under the Regional Development Council – Social Development Committee held on March 28-30, 2016 at Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal.

“We are doing this to improve the quality of life of the poor, vulnerable, disadvantage sector of the society through better delivery of social protection programs and services.” DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson said.

During the activity, the status of the Philippine Development Plan of Aquino’s Administration and the result of the Millennium Development Goals were shared. There were also discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals and our commitment on achieving it.

Through this, the committee identified the gaps in the implementation of various social protection programs and services along with four components of Social Protection, threshed out issues and concerns and recommended policies as well as strategies relative to the delivery of social protection program and services in Metro Manila.

The Regional Development Council – Sub-Committee on Social Development – Sub-Committee of Social Protection in the National Capital Region (RDC-SCSD-SCSP) aims to ensure that all social protection programs, projects and activities of the national government agencies of NCR are supported by the Regional Development Council. ### (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office)

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A Parent Leader who finally finds her worth in their community

a prent leader finds worth in community

“Hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yung nakapagpaanak ako ng baby sa tricycle… wala na kaming choice noong oras na ‘yun kaya talagang sinalo ko ang bata… salamat sa Diyos at malusog siya hanggang sa paglaki niya ngayon,” (I will never forget the time that I facilitated a delivery of a baby in a tricycle… we had no choice at that time thus I determinately catch the baby… thank God that he is healthy until he grew up now), shared by Amalia Alcantara, 36 years old from Quezon City.

As a Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leader in their community since 2012, Amalia never thought that she will engage herself in such public service in order to help her fellow beneficiaries of the program.

“Lagi na akong kasama ng mga kapwa ko beneficiary tuwing may emergency sila sa akin sila nagpapatulong… ako naman, masarap sa pakiramdam ko ang makatulong… dati ay taong bahay lang ako pero ngayon may silbi na ako sa komunidad namin,”(I’m always with my fellow beneficiaries since whenever they are in emergency situations, they are always asking for my help… for me, it feels good to help… before, I’m just always at home and now, I have my worth in our community) she added.

Together with the income of his husband Orlando, 40 years old and a tricycle driver, Amalia recognizes that the cash grants from Pantawid Pamilya program significantly helps in the studies of her children.

‘Yung nangyari sa akin na hindi ako nakatapos ng pag-aaral, ayaw ko yung iparanas sa mga anak ko. Kaya’t malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa tulong ng Pantawid Pamilya ay maayos na nakakapasok sa paaralan ang aking mga anak,”(What happened to me that I did not finish my study, I don’t want my children to experience the same thing. That is why I’m very grateful that because of the help of Pantawid Pamilya, my children are now religiously going to school) Amanda emphasized.

Also, because of the Family Development Sessions (FDS) she has attended, Amanda proudly shared that she is now equipped with knowledges on women’s and children’s rights together with other learnings on how to properly manage a family.

Alcantara family is among the 230, 273 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Metro Manila as of March 3, 2016 who are receiving their respective cash grants based on their compliance to the set conditionalities under the program. ###

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Elsie Gaches Village residents graduate with awards in Special Education

EGV recognition day 2016

Some 125 clients of Elsie Gaches Village (EGV), a residential care facility that serves mentally challenged persons with underlying medical problems, celebrated their achievement and success during their Recognition Day at Jose Fabella Memorial School (JFMS) as the Batch 2016 graduates of Special Education, held on March 21, 2016 at Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

With the theme “Kabataang Mula sa K to 12, Tagapagdala ng Kaunlaran sa Bansang Pilipinas”, the residents proudly walked on the stage, get their certificates and awards in front of their teachers, parents, friends and staff of EGV.

Ms. Olivia L. Pagurayan, JFMS Special Education Principal II expressed, “We are very happy for all of your achievements despite of your disabilities. Your successes are ours too, so continue to dream and we are here to support you.”

 Meanwhile, 28 students received certificates and graduated from SPED pre-vocational courses which 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 shared their knowledge to the students.

The residents thanked the management and staff of Elsie Gaches Village, which is being managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), for giving them an opportunity to discover their talents and enhanced their knowledge and skills. ### (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office)

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CSOs/ SWDAs inked Budget Partnership Agreement to monitor DSWD’s programs and services


To help enhance the effectiveness of the Department and curb corruption through monitoring of DSWD core programs and projects, some 8 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)/Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) inked Budget Partnership Agreement (BPA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development- National Capital Region  (DSWD-NCR) on March 21, 2016 at Sampaloc, Manila.

Under this, partner CSOs and SWDAs agreed to work closely with the DSWD-NCR to make the national budget more responsive to the country’s development needs and pressing concern to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of services.

The signing of the BPA also contributes to President Aquino’s thrust to strengthen democratic institutions through people empowerment, particularly in promoting the principles and practice of good governance.

Moreover, this upholds transparency and accountability in allocation and utilization of public funds in serving the poor, through monitoring of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program and Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Sam Bajaus and Indigenous People, among others.

The CSOs/SWDAs are:  Live for Others Movement; Center for Popular Empowerment; Share an Opportunity Philippines; Partnership for Integrated Services and Social Development (I-SERVE) Inc.; Philippine Relief and Development Services Inc.( PHILRADS); I am Redeemer and Master Evangelical Church; International Holistic Engagement for Life and Progress (I-HELP); Pastoral Elders Association for Righteous Leaders (PEARL). ###

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Mom of Pantawid Pamilya scholar returns the favor through unselfish services

Juliet PagPantawid pamilya parent leaderente, 45 years old proudly shared in front of her fellow Parent Leaders of Pantawid Pamilya program on how the her family’s life was changed after being included as beneficiaries of it, during the recently held roadshow of DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman in Balara Elementary School, Quezon City.

“Noon, nakakaraos naman kame pero hirap… ngayon, laking pasasalamat ko na nakasama kame sa Pantawid Pamilya… napakalaking tulong lalo’t napasama ang anak ko bilang skolar ng ESGPPA,” Juliet narrated.

Her youngest child, Vincent, 18 years old is currently in his second year in Mechanical Engineering at Rizal Technological University (RTU) as grantee of Expanded Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) with an education assistance amounting to P30,000.00 per semester.

ESGP-PA is a college scholarship program of the government being by DSWD and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with SUCs for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

 Serving constituents even without cash grants

Juliet admitted that her family no longer receives cash grants since all her children already graduated in high school, yet, she continuously performs her duties as a Parent Leader.

“Pag may nangailangan at lumapit sa akin, tinutulungan ko sila sa abot ng aking makakaya… kung may problema ang mga member kong Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, tinuturuan ko sila para maayos nila ito… dati ako ang tinutulungan, ngayon ako ang nakakatulong sa kapwa ko,” she added.

Juliet also shared that she even lends some money to her needy neighbors whenever an emergency happens.

 Maximizing the government’s support

In 2015, Julieta’s family availed the capital assistance of DSWD under the Sustainable Livehood Program (SLP) where they receive an amount of P7,000.00 that she used for the business in selling perfumes, laundry soap and dishwashing liquid.

Juliet and her husband Edward, 51 years old were also employed under the cash-for-work scheme as street sweeper for 15 and 10 days respectively in December 2015.

“Kung gagamitin sa mabuti ang tulong ng pamahalaan, talgang maganda ang kalalabasan nito sa buhay ng tao.. saka siyempre kailangan ding samahan ng sipag at tyaga para mapagtagumpayan ang lahat ng pagsubok,” Juliet emphasized.

As she greatly valued the learnings she is gaining from the monthly Family Development Session (FDS), Juliet maintains her attendance in it, even without cash grants at stake.

As of March 3, 2016, there are 230, 273 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Metro Manila who are receiving their respective cash grants based on their compliance to the conditionalities under the program. ###

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Retooling Social Workers on Family Evacuation Preparedness and Camp Coordination and Management

The DSWD-NCR’s participants to the 4th Batch of DSWD Training of Trainers (TOT) on Family Evacuation Preparedness and Camp Coordination and Camp Management . Seated from Left are  Glenie Marie Sinaon, Johanna Barameda, Glynice Morta, Olivia Salazar (Area Coordinators-Pantawid Pamilya), Benjie Barboza (OIC-DRU), April Alianza (OIC,-IDD-CBS), Ruel Cervantez (SWO III- Pantawid Pamilya) Hazel Militante (Chief, PSU), Froilan Maglaya, SWS-STU, Claire de Guzman (Head-Marillac Hills), Siony Flores (Head-Nayon ng Kabataan) Standing: Jeremiah Farrol (OIC-TC), Allan Sanchez (Area  Coordinator-Pantawid Pamilya) Front Row from Left:  Karen Bullecer and Leonina Baccay (Area Coordinators, Pantawid Pamilya).

The DSWD-NCR’s participants to the 4th Batch of DSWD Training of Trainers (TOT) on Family Evacuation Preparedness and Camp Coordination and Camp Management . Seated from Left are Glenie Marie Sinaon, Johanna Barameda, Glynice Morta, Olivia Salazar (Area Coordinators-Pantawid Pamilya), Benjie Barboza (OIC-DRU), April Alianza (OIC,-IDD-CBS), Ruel Cervantez (SWO III- Pantawid Pamilya) Hazel Militante (Chief, PSU), Froilan Maglaya, SWS-STU, Claire de Guzman (Head-Marillac Hills), Siony Flores (Head-Nayon ng Kabataan) Standing: Jeremiah Farrol (OIC-TC), Allan Sanchez (Area Coordinator-Pantawid Pamilya) Front Row from Left: Karen Bullecer and Leonina Baccay (Area Coordinators, Pantawid Pamilya).

A team from DSWD-NCR attend in the 4th Batch of DSWD Training of Trainers (TOT) on Family Evacuation Preparedness and Camp Coordination and Camp Management at the South Palms Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol from March 14 to 18, 2016.

The TOT was being led by DSWD-Disaster Risk Emergency Assistance Management Bureau (DREAMB) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and aims to establish a network of implementers and trainers equipped with essential knowledge on Family Evacuation and Preparedness (FEP) and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) to efficiently perform their functions in providing assistance to the communities during emergency response operations. The activity was also joined by DSWD personnel from Field Office II, IV-A, V and DREAMB.

The weeklong activity aims to cover the following topics: The Sendai Framework and the DRRM Law (RA 10121), the DRO Guidelines (AO#3 DSWD DR Guidelines), Hazard and Vulnerability and Understanding Disaster Management, Family Preparedness, Humanitarian Response and CCCM, Gender Based Violence (GBV) in CCCM, Information Management (IM) in CCCM and Family Preparedness including actual exposure to selected Barangay to observe and interact with them regarding their Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness.

The team will develop action plan for the region particularly in providing training for local counterparts from the 17 LGUs in NCR and selected NGOs, CSOs and POs who are providing services to victims/survivors of disaster.


One of the outputs of the team is to come up with early warning messages that can be shared to communities and beneficiaries as follows:




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DSWD calls for functionality of BCPC

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) calls for full functionality of the Barangay Council for the Protection for Children (BCPC) as deemed necessary manifested in the current viral video of a female minor with a stone who threatens a motorist along C5 road which is a following issue of minors who are recklessly throwing stones along the same road.

Under the Presidential Decree No. 603 article 87, every barangay council shall encourage the organization of a local Council for the Protection of Children and shall coordinate with the Council for the Welfare of Children and Youth in drawing and implementing plans for the promotion of child and youth welfare. Membership shall be taken from responsible members of the community including a representative of the youth, as well as representatives of government and private agencies concerned with the welfare of children and youth whose area of assignment includes the particular barangay and shall be on a purely voluntary basis.

In this, among the responsibilities of the BCPC are:

(1) Foster the education of every child in the barangay;

(2) Encourage the proper performance of the duties of parents, and provide learning opportunities on the adequate rearing of children and on positive parent-child relationship;

(3) Protect and assist abandoned or maltreated children and dependents;

(4) Take steps to prevent juvenile delinquency and assist parents of children with behavioral problems so that they can get expert advise;

(5) Adopt measures for the health of children;

(6) Promote the opening and maintenance of playgrounds and day-care centers and other services that are necessary for child and youth welfare;

(7) Coordinate the activities of organizations devoted to the welfare of children and secure their cooperation;

(8) Promote wholesome entertainment in the community, especially in movie houses; and

(9) Assist parents, whenever necessary in securing expert guidance counseling from the proper governmental or private welfare agency.

“These children have no civil liability under the Juvenile Justice System and should be rehabilitated if necessary. However, their civil liabilities may be transferred to their parents since they are the one responsible for nurturing and supervising the activities of their children,” said DSWD-NCR Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson.

Director Leyson also emphasized that if BCPCs are actively functioning, such cases involving delinquent doing of minors will be addressed and prevented in the Barangay level as first responder of their respective covered areas.

Meanwhile, in coordination with LGUs, the Department continuously conducts reach-out operations to families and individuals on the street which were reported via phone call, walk-in or through the @savestreetkids twitter account of DSWD-NCR.

In said operation, the social worker of DSWD upon receipt of the report first validates it with the concerned LGU/ barangay. After this, the social worker will proceed in the area with the assistance of barangay officials.

If the client was validated to be an original resident of the nearby provinces, he/she will be provided with transportation assistance under the “Balik-probinsya” of the Department with a written agreement that they shall not go back to Metro Manila and dwell on the streets again.

On the case of the child client, the social worker will return the minor to his/her house and will provided counselling to the parents with a written agreement that they shall not let their child go back to street again.

Further, if the written agreement was violated in the case of the reached out child, he/she will be temporarily rehabilitated in the DSWD/ LGU’s center for a certain period of time depending on the assessment conducted by the designated social worker.### (DSWD-NCR Social Marketing Office, March 14, 2016)

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