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Muslim family from Caloocan City awarded as NCR’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2016


Espartero FEspartero Family, NCR’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2016 with the members of Regional Inter-Agency Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) and Ms. LJ Moreno-Alapag.amily from Caloocan City bested the other 16 nominees in this year’s Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya with a theme, “Matatag na Pamilya, Maunlad na Bukas” in celebration of the 24th National Family Week.

Though differs in some culture and traditions, Espartero family willingly joined with their fellow beneficiaries of the program in bringing positive changes in their lives through their religious compliance with the conditionalities of the program.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat namin na may ganitong programa ang pamahalaan para sa aming mahihirap. Ang aming pagtulong sa iba ay nagpapakita lamang na malaki ang ipinagbago ng aming buhay mula ng kami ay maging benepisyaryo ng programa,” said by Rosie Espartero, 41 years old.

Romanillo, 43, the head of Espartero family, admitted that before being included in the program, they were previously sacrificing their meals to provide the needs of their children in school.

As a tricycle driver and earning P4,000.00 per month, Romanillo is thankful that Rosie is able to help him in sustaining their financial needs as she is currently sewing and selling clothes.

Model family in their community

Rosie is now an active Parent Leader among the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in their area. She is also a member of Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) under the Bottom-up-budgeting (BUB) project of DSWD-NCR.

Aside from this, Rosie is also an active volunteer facilitator of Save the Children’s “First Read” project, member of Breast Feeding Support Group in Brgy. 174 health center, volunteer of the Barangay Child Protection Council and President of their SEA-K association.

While performing said volunteerism, Rosie ensures that she does not neglect her duties at home especially in attending to the needs of her children.

Meanwhile, Romanillo is currently the Officer-in-charge at their muslim mosque, an active volunteer for Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) in their community and also a volunteer of Kabalikat CiviCom.

Romanillo is also the one who attends in school activities of their children as he is actively participating in Parent-Tearcher Association (PTA).

Both of their children, Rasmiyah, 12 and Rajiyah, 9 years old, are doing well in school wherein the first graduated in Grade VI as 6th honorable mention while the latter is always among the top students in her class.

How love binds them

In 2002 Rosie and Romanillo were married through an Islamic wedding after the latter decided to be converted in Muslim religion as during this time, he started questioning some beliefs from his former religion and he eventually found the answers in Qur-an.

Though Romanillo admits that his special feeling for Rosie is not the main reason for his conversion, he is thankful that it paved the way of marrying his wife.

The couple raised their children by setting as good example to them like the expression of humbleness, love, honesty and kindness. They also ensure that they always eat and pray together.

Inspiring others

During the awarding ceremony, Romanillo encourages the nominees to continue in  inspiring their fellow beneficiaries of the program.

“Sa lahat po ng nominees hindi man kayo ang nagsasalita sa harapan, tayo ay panalo sa bawat city nat Conducted yearly by the Inter-Agency Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) led by DSWD-NCR since 2010, this year’s validators of the nominees are the representatives from PIA-NCR, NHA, MMDA, CHED, ERDA and POPCOM-NCR

Conducted yearly by the Inter-Agency Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-Fhuwaran 2F) led by DSWD-NCR since 2010, this year’s validators of the nominees are the representatives from PIA-NCR, NHA, MMDA, CHED, ERDA and POPCOM-NCR

in dahil sa atin nagsisimula ang magandang pamilya at sana ay ipagpatuloy natin ang ating pagiging huwaran mula sa ating syudad at papunta sa buong bansa,” Romanillo emphasized.

Since the start of the search in NCR, it is the 1st time to award a muslim family as Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya which indicates that belief and culture is never a hindrance to inspire and help others who are not in their same religion. This is also a sign of empowerment among the muslim people in urban areas.

Conducted yearly by the Inter-Agency Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) led by DSWD-NCR since 2010, this year’s validators of the nominees are the representatives from PIA-NCR, NHA, MMDA, CHED, ERDA and POPCOM-NCR.###



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Science Month Celebration 2016 at DSWD-Marillac Hills

Jose Fabella Memorial School – National Training School for Girls celebrated the Science Month 2016 which carried the theme, “AGRINNOVATE: Revolutionizing Agricultural Outlook for Sustainable Growth” to rekindle the interest of students in agriculture and to raise awareness on its current situation in the country held from September 7-28, 2016 in DSWD-Marillac Hills

JFMS teachers, students and staff of Marillac Hills spearheaded the kick off activity wherein participants paraded their creative and colorful banners. It highlighted the importance of four sectors of Agriculture to the lives of ordinary Filipino people and to the economy of the Philippines. Afterwards, Clean Up Drive was conducted in the school premise.

Further, elementary pupils and junior high school students have competed for Poster and Slogan Making. With their brilliant mind, creative hands and wonderful art materials they have composed awesome slogan and powerful poster related to the theme. They also actively participated in the Mosquito Trap Making, T-Shirt Dying, Hugot Agham, Family Feud and Amazing Science Race.

Meanwhile, the highlights of the culminating program were Sci-Yawit and Eco-Fashionista 2016. Sci-yawit is a jingle composed and dance choreographed by every grade level relevant to the theme. On the other hand, Eco-Fashionista is creating fashionable dress composed of recycled materials. Students, teachers, houseparents and staff of Marillac Hills worked together to make the event successful.

September has been designated as “Science Month” as mandated by Proclamation 264 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo. This celebration also emphasized the importance of establishing science clubbing movement and network as a significant tool to encourage and inspire the youth and students to pursue careers in science and technology. ### (FO-NCR/Social Marketing Office/ Lida L. Donesa)

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EGV Athletes receive bronze medal in 1st SOP 5 A-Side Unified Football Games



Being in 3rd place and receiving bronze medal, the athletes from Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) recently experienced another milestone of exposure through the 1st 5 A-Side Unified Football Games conducted by Special Olympics Philippines at San Fernando, La Union on September 21-24, 2016.###


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Baptism at Nayon ng Kabataan

nkA total of 25 identified children from Nayon ng Kabataan, a DSWD-managed center which provides protective, therapeutic and rehabilitative programs to children who are disadvantaged and victims of different forms of abuse, received baptism in celebration to its 48th anniversary carrying the theme, “Malasakit sa Kabataan, Maiahon tungo sa Kaunlaran.

Said children first attended a catechism on September 21, 2016 conducted by Ms. Ma. Joey Losano, leader of the Sacred Heart Catechists held in Psychosocial Conference Room.

On the following day September 22, 2016, the children were brought to Sacred Heart Parish Church together with their god parents for the sacrament of Baptism officiated by Rev. Father Anthony I. Yatco. ###



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DSWD-NCR capacitates clients to manage business

INA Healing Center BBMT

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) provided Basic Business Management Training to the clients of the INA (Inang Naulila sa Anak) Healing Center, a community-based facility where grieving mothers are given psychosocial support to help them deal with their grief. It is a place where mothers can ventilate their feelings of loss and depression over the death of a child or children.
DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson said that it is part of the holistic approach to restore the social functioning of the client caused by the untoward circumstances. The training also aimed to improve the economic insufficiency of the clients so they can have more capacity to provide for the welfare of their family.
During the training, Ms. Mary Ann Dalag, Project Development Officer II of Sustainable Livelihood Program, discussed the importance of having an entrepreneurial mind in doing business. She emphasized that the clients should have a dream and a passion to make it a reality. Participants also learned on how to make project proposals and inventory report.
A total of 13 clients participated in the training and undergone livelihood sessions to fully equip them in handling small scale business and micro-enterprises. Subsequently, they will be provided with the capital assistance to start their own businesses.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa DSWD sa tulong na ibinibigay niyo sa amin upang muli kaming bumangon at magpatuloy sa buhay para sa aming mga pamilya (We thanked DSWD for the help you have provided so we can rise up again and continue to live for our family)” Joanne Abrillo, one of the clients, expressed. ### (Social Marketing Office/ Yvonnie Gutierrez)

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Sanctuary and its residents observe Buwan ng Wika

Sanctuary Buwan ng Wika 2016

The Sanctuary Center, a residential institution that serves as halfway home to female 18 years old and above who are improving from psychosis and other mental illness, observed the annual celebration of Buwan ng Wika with the theme, “Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan” held in Social Hall last August 31, 2016.

Residents and staff commemorated the event in a festive mood as they dressed in colorful Filipino costumes. Some proudly displayed their banners and creative wreaths made of indigenous materials representing different festivals in the Philippines such as Bangus Festival of Dagupan City, Panagbenga Festival of Baguio, Masskara Festival of Bacolod and Lechon Festival of Balayan, Batangas.

The activity aims to emphasize the importance of our national language in preserving our cultures, traditions and history as a Filipino. One of the highlights of the event was the rendition of Kundiman song entitled “Maalaala Mo Kaya” which was sung by the residents while offering red roses to the newly assigned Center Head, Evangelina Lawas.

On her remarks, Lawas acknowledged the enthusiasm of the residents during the activity and their courage to showcase their skills and talents.

“Let us be proud to theFilipio language, because it makes us unique among other nations,” she enthused. ###

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Elsie Gaches Village, pinagdiwang at pinahalagahan ang Buwan ng Wika

Nakiisa ang Elsie Gaches Village, isang pampamahalaang institusyon sa ilalim ng Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad (DSWD) na kumakalinga sa mga bata at indibidwal na may kapansanan sa pag-iisip,at Jose Fabella Memorial School, isang National Special School, kasama ang St. James-SPED, sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika tuwing Agosto na may temang “Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan.”

Ilang mga gawain ang naisaganap upang maisakatuparan at mahikayat ang pakikibahagi ng  mga kawani at mga  mag-aaral sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika na nagbigay ng pagkilala sa Filipino bilang pambansang wika.

Ang pagdiriwang ay ganap na binuksan at sinimulan noong unang araw ng Agosto 2016 kasabay ng pagtataas ng watawat ng Pilipinas. Isang maiksing pagpapaliwanag tungkol sa isang buwang pagdiriwang ang ibinigay ni Gng. Loralie Buenaventura, guro ng SPED. Pinangunahan naman ni Gng. Zenaida Cay, guro ng SPEd ang mga gawain sa buong buwang pagdiriwang.

Isang patimpalak sa pag-awit ng kundiman na nilahukan ng mga kawani ng EGV ang ginanap noong ika-18 ng Agosto. Para naman sa mga mag-aaral, nagkaroon din ng patimpalak sa pag-awit at pagtula noong ika-25 ng Agosto. Nagkaroon din ng pagbabasa at pakikinig sa mga Kwentong Bayan at mga Alamat ang mga guro at mag-aaral sa paaralan bilang bahagi ng kanilang mga aralin.

Sa pagsasara ng pagdiriwang noong ika-31 ng Agosto, isang patimpalak sa pagsasayaw ng mga Katutubong Sayaw ang ibinahagi ng mga guro at mag-aaral ng JFMS-EGV. Ito rin ang naging tampok ng pampinid na palatuntunan sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika 2016 kasabay ng pagkilala at paggawad ng gantimpala sa mga nakibahagi at nagwagi sa mga gawaing naganap sa buong buwang pagdiriwang.

Ang mga gawaing ito din ay naglayong balikan at gunitain ang minsang nakakaligtaan nang bigyang pansin ng mga Pilipino- ang kahalagahan ng bawat salita sa ating wika at ang lalim ng nasyonalismo na nakapaloob sa mga kultural na tradisyon at panitikan (makabayang awit, tula, kwentong bayan, katutubong sayaw, at iba pa.). Naging daan din ito upang mas lalong palawigin at kilalanin ang wikang Filipino bilang tinig ng mga kawani, mag-aaral o residente, at ang pagiging wika ng karunungan na nagbubuklod sa kanila upang makamit ang maayos na pagbibigay serbisyo sa mga taong kinakalinga ng institusyon.

Sa kabuuan, naging matagumpay ang Elsie Gaches Village, jose Fabella Memorial School at St. James-SPED, sa isang buwang pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika.

Ipinagdiriwang ng buong bansa ang buwan ng Agosto bilang “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa” bilang pagkilala at pagpapahalaga sa pagkakaroon ng isang wika na nagbibigkis sa atin bilang isang bansa. Ang pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika ay alinsunod sa Proklamasyon Blg. 1041, na pinirmahan ni dating Pangulong Fidel V. Ramos.###

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Out of school youths in Metro Manila unite to celebrate PYAP Day 2016

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) spearheaded the 42nd founding anniversary celebration of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) which carried the theme, “Lakas Kabataan, Tuloy Lang, Tayo’y Magtulungan Tungo sa Kaunlaran” held  at Muntinlupa Sports Complex last August 27, 2016.

Youth members of the associations from seven (7) cities in Metro Manila namely Pasig, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, Makati, Pasig, Mandaluyong, and Marikina participated in various activities such as On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest, Prepared Banner Styling, Interpretative dance.

In his speech, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson emphasized the importance of the youth in building a better community. He said that “each one has a significant role to play in the society.”

Further, the Republic Act No. 10742 or the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015” was also discussed. Accordingly,  the law recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and thus, promotes and protects their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being, inculcates in them patriotism, nationalism and other desirable values, and encourages their involvement in public and civic affairs.

The youth also supported the position of the Department regarding the proposed bill about Lowering of Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility which seeks to amend the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006” or Republic Act 9344 to set the minimum age for criminal liability from 15 years old to 9 years old.

“Imaginin natin na ang isang batang siyam na taong gulang ang nakakulong sa bilibid kasama ang ibang preso na nasa hustong gulang, sa tingin niyo ano ang kalalabasan nito? Lahat ng klase ng abuso na pwedeng maranasan ng isang bata ay maaring maranasan niya kapag sila ay nakakulong at higit sa lahat binabawasan o tinatanggalan natin sila ng karapatan.” Ms. Claire Toribio, Social Welfare Officer III said.

Meanwhile, one of the highlights of the said activity is the annual search for Mr. and Ms. PYAP Ambassador and Ambassadress 2016. Candidates from the seven cities competed for the coveted title.

At the end of the pageant, candidates from Marikina and Makati were hailed as Mr. and Ms. PYAP Ambassador/ Ambassadress 2016 respectively. Further, Mr. PYAP Pasig and Ms. PYAP Marikina were the 1st runner up, while Mr. PYAP Las Piñas and Ms. PYAP Pasig were the 2nd runner up

The Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines Incorporation is a duly constituted barangay based organization of the out-of-school youth between 15 to 24 years old who are clienteles of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It serves as strategy that provides forum to discuss youth issues and concerns related to their projects and come up with solution addressed to both youth and other system involved in program, planning and implementation. ###

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