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RCWC- NCR celebrates the 25th National Children’s Month

In line with the commemoration of 25th National Children’s Month, the Regional Committee for the Welfare of the Children- National Capital Region (RCWC- NCR) held the 2017 Regional Children’s Congress with a theme, “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!”  in Icon Hotel Timog on November 27- 28, 2017.

There are about one hundred sixty three (163) participants from the LGUs of Makati, Manila, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Marikina, Caloocan, San Juan and five (5) finalists of Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya together with the staff and clients of centers of DSWD NCR such as Haven for Children, Nayon ng Kabataan and Elsie Gaches Village.

Ms. Glenda Derla, Social Welfare Specialist for Children tackles the objectives of the activity, the rights of the children to participate in society and the Republic Act 10661 or the declaration of every November as the National Children’s Month (NCM) with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) as lead agencies.

With its theme, the Dangerous Drug Board through Ms. Jehnmarie Dawn Frias, Program Coordinator Preventive Education Training and Information Division shares a lecture regarding the Drug Prevention and Awareness with the main highlight, the Decision-making Skills on how to avoid illegal drugs through emphasizing its negative impact.

After the lecture session, the participants divide into five groups to do the simultaneous group activity such as spoken words making, jingle making, collage making, poster making and pantomine that should related with the theme that makes the activity successfully created and present their output with each other.

The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children is composed of PSA-NCR, NCRPO, PIA-NCR, DOLE-NCR, DILG-NCR, DOH-NCR, NNC-NCR, DepEd, MMDA, Bantay Bata 163, Hope for the Youth, VMLP NCR, NAPC, BSC, Liga ng mga Barangay and DSWD NCR as the chair of the committee.###

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Urban gardening participants from San Juan City strike a pose with their bountiful harvest.

The 189 participants of the SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Urban Farmers’ Training Program from Makati and San Juan City recently celebrated their Harvest Festival and Graduation. The two events mark the end of their 12 weeks of training in urban and containerized gardening.

The Harvest Festival for Makati City was held on November 23 at the site of their garden in Santo Niño Chapel, Barangay Southside. Meanwhile, the graduation ceremony for the Makati participants was held the following day, November 24 in SM Megamall. Team Okra were awarded as the Best Farm for Makati City. Ms. Charito Hernandez and Ms. Maricris Tanglao were also awarded as the Best Farmer and the Best Team Leader, respectively.

The participants from San Juan then celebrated their harvest festival the following week at

their garden located near the Pinaglabanan Shrine at Barangay Corazon de Jesus in San Juan City. The graduation ceremony was held on November 29, 2017 at SM Sta. Mesa. The award for Best Farm was awarded to Team Okra with Ms. Delia Serrano and Ms. Geraldine Mendoza being awarded the prizes for Best Farmer and Best Team Leader.

Smiles abound as the graduating participants from Makati City proudly display their certificates.

The SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Urban Farmers’ Training Program aims to teach urban dwellers backyard and containerized gardening techniques for food security and to supplement their livelihood. The program is conducted by the SM Foundation in partnership with the Sustainable Livelihood Program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Department of Agriculture, MacPlas Academy and the City governments of Makati and San Juan. ###

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RJJWC-NCR celebrates the 6th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week

The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee – National Capital Region (RJJWC-NCR) celebrates its 6th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week with a theme: “Mapagkalingang Hustisya, Ugaliin at Pagtibayin!” on November 23, 2017 at Pacific, H2O Hotel, City of Manila.

This is a week-long activity which commenced on November 19 and ended on November 25, 2017. The celebration focuses on the commemoration of the good practices on the implementation of the “Republic Act No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006”.

Sixty-eight (68) participants from different Local Government Units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region, partner National Government Agencies (NGAs), other partner institutions and organizations together with the children and youth from Centers and Residential Care Facilities joined this momentous event.

The activity aims to promote and share the good practices of LGUs, partner NGAs and stakeholders in defending the rights of the children and the youth especially with the impending proposed Senate Bill on Lowering the Minimum age of Criminal Responsibility from 15 years old to 12 years old.

Hon. Emily San Gaspar-Gito, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 5, City of Manila imparted to the participants that it is very significant to create an enabling environment for the children to attain their fullest potential and JJWA is a means to this end. She also encouraged the children to never give up on their dreams and for those who wish to be a lawyer someday; she is one with them in attaining this dream.

Ms. Manuela M. Loza, OIC-Assistant Regional Director shared the highlights of the activity which include the presentation of the good practices of the LGUs and the launching of the Advocacy Video on the full implementation of JJWA and a music video entitled, “Isang Pagkakataon Pa” which will be disseminated to the partners.

“Ordinance No. 538 Series of 2014 or the Code of Parental Responsibility was enacted on February 6, 2014 which strengthens the implementation of JJWA in Mandaluyong City. The ordinance provides penalty to the parents who neglect their children by allowing them to be in situations which endanger their well-being and hamper their development,” shared Atty. Renato B. Sta Maria, Legislative Consultant of Mandaluyong Sangguniang Panlungsod.

“This celebration is an effective way to make them listen to our voices of making the best welfare of the children and youth as a paramount priority in reviewing the existing policies,” Mr. Froilan Maglaya, Social Welfare Officer V expressed on his closing remarks.  Further, he emphasized that although NCR is geographically small, the children and youth population is large which entails a bigger challenge for the RJJWC- NCR along with its partners in ensuring that the rights of the children are protected

The RJJWC NCR is a policy making body that ensures effective implementation of Juvenile Justice Welfare Act and rationalized the collective and integrated efforts of NGAs and LGUs. Regional Director Vincent Andrew Leyson also serves as the Chairperson of the RJJWC-NCR. ###

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Building dreams while living under the bridge

“Para kanino ka bumabangon? Para po sa aking pamilya at pangarap.” (For whom do you get up? For my family and my dreams.

When asked Cienna, a 14 year-old child shared that her everyday life is a challenge being the eldest with four (4) siblings in a broken family which prompted them to live with their grandparents and a struggling student of Manila Science High School. However, her situation inspires her to dream big for her family and have high hopes that someday, she can lift them from dire poverty.

A Life under the Bridge

Cienna and her family have lived their lives under the bridge since she was born. At a very young age, she is aware the danger attached to this reality. Growing up, she learned to embrace a simple life as she understands the limited resources that her family has.

In order to help her grandmother, she takes the responsibilities of repacking and selling different goods to sustain their daily needs. At times, she does the household chores or teaches her younger siblings to do the same. She also guides them in their school assignments and assists them in their other needs.

During typhoon, their family always evacuate to the nearest shelter to ensure everyone’s safety. Despite the difficulty of this scenario and the inevitable thought of having nothing to go back to, she did not pity their situation and instead, used this as motivation to study hard so that someday, they will not experience it anymore.

Acceptance of having a broken family helps her to become stronger. She never hates her father for having another family rather she was challenged to perform some roles of a ‘father’ for her siblings. At first, she felt disappointed but she learned to wholeheartedly accept him and what he did. She always says, “Okay lang naman po sa ‘kin. Wala naman po kasi akong magagawa kung paiiralin ko ‘ung hindi ko pagtanggap sa kanya” (It is okay as nothing will happen if I will not accept him). To date, she remains to have communication with his father.

Cienna from the LGU of Manila awarded as Exemplary Child 2017 by the NCR’s Regional Director, Vincent Andrew T. Leyson

When she was in elementary, living under the bridge created stigma which caused her to be bullied by her classmates however, what is commendable about her is the way she handled these situations. Instead of minding them and letting it affect her, she diverted her focus in studying hard. She was a consistent Honor student which led her to be the Class Valedictorian and the first student from their school to be admitted to Manila Science High School. In fact, she was also featured through an interview by GMA 7 due to her hard-earned success despite of their family’s situation. Until now, she is striving hard to remain an Honor student in MaSci.

Silent Achiever

Mrs. Diana Grace Aniban class adviser of Cienna, expressed how proud and grateful she is that Cienna will be the representative of NCR in the National Search for Exemplary Child 2017. She admires her student as she is a simple and very industrious child. She shared that during weekdays, Cienna has to struggle waking up early just to take a boat ride from their home to school. Although she can have different routes using different means of transportation such as jeepney, she chose this mode as this is the cheapest.

During lunch time, her English teacher who is well-aware of her family’s situation, she was supported through provision of free lunch. Cienna would always say, “Maswerte po ako na kahit ganito po nangyari sa pamilya naming, marami pa rin naming nagmamahal sa ‘kin” (I’m lucky that even though this happened to my family, there are many people who love me.). She always expressed her true self not to gain sympathy of others but she knows that by being true, she gains respect. She also makes sure that the people around her feel her overwhelming gratitude.

Despite of her battles, she would have known for being a “Silent Achiever” by her adviser. She works on her success silently through giving so much attention to the value of education.

“Siya kasi ‘ung tipo ng tao na hindi mo mapapansin sa umpisa dahil tahimik lang siya at hindi siya loud, pero kapag nakita mo ‘ung ginawa niya, nag-eexcel talaga siya.” (At first, you will not notice her as she is quiet but eventually, you can see that she excels on what she does).

She always tries her best to cope with the discussions during class and she never stops asking questions until she understood the lectures. Cienna is also friendly and responsible in schools. She was also recognized as one of the outstanding students in their class and never fails to receive Honors every end of the school year.

NCR’s Exemplary Child 2017, silently doing their seatwork at Manila Science High School

Kanlungan ng Pangarap…Kanlungan sa ErMa

Cienna is also a youth volunteer in Kanlungan sa Ermita Manila, also known as Kanlungan sa ErMa, a non-government organization which caters to street children. She feels blessed to be part of this organization as one of their scholars. She enjoys the commitment and dedicates herself to give helping hands to reach the organization’s noble goals.

She has a heart in serving the organization as she shares almost the same situation with the children-beneficiaries who also struggle to live their lives every day. She is an active advocate of the organization. She assists and teaches the children. She even joins the different trainings and seminars for the children.

Cienna feels the fulfillment and satisfaction in sharing her time in the organization. “Masaya po ako na nakakatulong ako sa mga batang katulad ko…katulad ko na mahirap din pero iisa ang adhikain. Itong Kanlungan na ito ang magtutupad ng pangarap ng maraming batang Pilipinong katulad ko.” (I’m happy that I’m able to help these children who lives in poverty like me and shares the same aspirations as I have. Kanlungan will make my dreams together with these children come true.)

As Cienna continues her journey in life, she vowed to remain humble and wakes up every day still having the belief that what she does is for her family and her dreams.#






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The residents of Haven for Children re-enacted scenes from the lives of saints for their “Holy-ween” activity

Every year, the Haven for Children joins in the celebration of All Saint’s Day by decorating the center’s three cottages with the spookiest ensembles and wearing ghostly or bloody costumes. However, for this year’s celebration, the Psychological Service initiated a conventional and yet on-trend way to celebrate All Saint’s Day by honouring the saints which is the true essence of the said day.

On October 27, the Haven for Children’s psychological service facilitated an activity wherein the three cottages were tasked to research the life of a saint. The cottages will then present a roleplay on the journey of their assigned saint to sainthood.

Narra Cottage, under the leadership of Ms. Jenny Olivas, presented the life of Saint Pedro Calungsod. Meanwhile, Yakal Cottage presented the greatness of San Lorenzo Ruiz, with the assistance of their focal social worker, Ms. Syra Huiso. Lastly, Kamagong Cottage, with the help of their houseparents, narrated the holiness of Saint Jerome Emiliani. It was surprising that although they were only given a week to research, write their script and prepare their props, the children in the three cottages delivered great performances especially that it was a first time activity for them. The children enjoyed acting on stage and working behind the scenes.

After the presentation of each cottage’s roleplay, all the children were invited to join in the Holy Trick or Treat to each service. All the services prepared treats and tricks for each resident. All the participating residents were happy with the treats they have received and tackled the challenges of the tricks thrown to them.

The Haven for Children’s residents all enjoyed the successful Holy-ween celebration and are looking to replicate the activity for the coming year. ###


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LGU-Parañaque family wins Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 in NCR

The Luzano Family from Parañaque City received a plaque and certificate of recognition for winning the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017.

A family of four from Parañaque City, the Luzano family, won the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 last September 29, 2017 held in San Andres Sports Complex, Malate, Manila. The Luzano family, headed by the couple Olimpio and Dulce Amor Luzano, bested other 16 nominees from different Local Government Units in the National Capital Region.

Olimpio, 43 years old, raises his family through his employment as a delivery driver while Dulce Amor, 46 years old, is a housewife yet a committed Parent Leader of Pantawid program who vigorously lead her members through her exemplary conduct in the community.

“Napakapalad ko at masasabi kong answered prayer ang pagiging grantee at Parent Leader ng programang Pantawid. Marami po akong dapat ipagpasalamat sa programa, maliban sa pinansyal na aspeto ay marami rin kaming nakukuhang kaalaman sa pagsasagawa ng Family Development Session,” Dulce Amor added.

Aside from being an active member in their community and involvement in church endeavors, Mrs. Luzano is also a testament to the benefits derived from the livelihood services provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Self-Employment Assistant – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Program as she is now earning extra income through making doormats and peanut butter as well as selling food supplement products.

Correspondingly, the Luzano children are examples of exemplary Pantawid Program beneficiaries who affirm the assistance provided to clients as a mean of improving their lives through proper education.

The eldest son, Mark Anthony Luzano, is a graduate of BS Architecture in Technological University of the Philippines which was made possible through his scholarship in the Expanded Students Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), an educational assistance program by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with DSWD. Mark Anthony graduated as a Dean’s Lister and is now working as a Call Center Agent to save money for his Board Examination and eventual Graduate Studies in the future. Aside from his academic endeavors, he is also an active officer as a Youth representative in their Parish church.

Similarly, the youngest son, Charls James Luzano, is a consistent honor student in their school and is highly involved in their church affairs.

Honorable mentions were also announced prior to the awarding of the regional winner. LGU-Pasig represented by the Oconer Family won third runner up; LGU-Quezon City led by the Ongas Family won second runner-up; and finally, the Belarmino Family from LGU-Valenzuela City received the first runner-up award.

The Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017 of the National Capital Region was started with a validation through interview with local officials, school community and home visitation with the family themselves last August 9 – 25, 2017. The yearly conduct of the said search is spearheaded by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) which aims to look for the best model family among the different Local Government Units in the Region.

DSWD-NCR leads the inter-agency committee with the support of the following focal persons from different agency members such as CHED, DepEd, DOH, NHA, POPCOM, PIA and ERDA Foundation.

The Regional winner is expected to compete in the national level for the National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2018.###

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EGV Celebrates Grandparents Week 2017

Grandparents Week was celebrated in EGV paying respect and importance to the geriatric residents from the three cottages namely Sta. Ana, San Lorenzo and Waling-Waling. The week-long activities were planned and executed by the Psychological Service in coordination with service units involved.

The long week celebration started with distribution of Gratitude Cards last September 4, 2017 after the Flag Ceremony to staff who were already enjoying their moments and perks of being Lolo and Lola. A simple message of gratitude and appreciation to their love and efforts were written. Likewise, last September 6, a mini-ball and September 9 a videoke party was organized for the senior residents from three cottages. Residents actively enjoyed the groove of ballroom music like tango, cha-cha, waltz and swing.

They enjoyed the bonding through the groove of retro music. Residents also celebrated their moments through videoke singing. Male residents offered a simple gesture of love by giving flowers to their chose female dates. After a simple merienda, a community singing of Handog (Tatanda at Lilipas Rin Ako) culminated the ball.

The grandparents’ week celebration was another venue for enjoyment and appreciation for the elderly residents. When asked about the things they are thankful for, William Cao of San Lorenzo cottage shared his gratitude with other residents. The value of togetherness despite of their differences and the sense of being family is one of the many things he is thankful for. Tessie Regalado of Sta. Ana cottage also shared her gratitude to the community of dedicated people serving and taking care of them even they are quite hard-headed sometimes.###

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Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines-NCR celebrates 43rd Anniversary


Youth from Valenzuela City and their winning piece in Banner-making contest

The Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines-National Capital Region (PYAP-NCR), a partner organization of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), marked their anniversary celebration with the theme, “43 Years of Meaningful Youth Participation towards Drug Free Nation #PYAPPush “ on September 09. 2017 at  Malabon Amphitheater, Malabon City.

Present in the event were 447 youth from the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Las Piñas City, Valenzuela City, Marikina City, San Juan City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City, Caloocan City, Municipality of Pateros, Caloocan City, Makati City and Taguig City as well as several staff of DSWD-NCR. The event celebrated their “meaningful youth” in spite of the setback and obstacles in their lives. A program consisted of various games and competitions such as poster making contest, banner-making contest, interpretative dance and lastly, the main event, the Ambassador and Ambassadress of PYAP NCR 2017 were prepared for the participants.

Ms. Maridol R. Licerio, Social Welfare Specialist for Youth encourages the participants to join the activities prepared for them and to simply enjoy the event. She also said that they should listen to the forum with Atty. Mario Dionisio Jr., the Resource Speaker, so that they can be well-informed of their rights and the specific laws for the children and the youth as they are the center of hot-issues nowadays especially related to committing crimes and abusing illegal drugs.

Atty. Mario Dionisio Jr. during the forum of RA 9344 and RA 9165

In line with this, Atty. Mario Dionisio Jr, Public Attorney III discusses the Republic Act 9344 or the JUVENILE JUSTICE AND WELFARE ACT OF 2006 and Republic Act 9165 or the COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT as these pertain to a very relevant issue which is being faced by the youth today.

After the lecture and forum, the interpretative competition and poster-making contest were simultaneously conducted and participated by different LGU group representatives. The participants showcased a performance which brought a message, through dancing and creative arts, which is relevant to the issue on the youth and the government.

The Ambassador and Ambassadress of PYAP-NCR 2017 was the main highlight of the event which not only bragged their beauty and brains but also their determination and advocacy despite being a children in-conflict with the law (CICL) and out-of-school youth.

The winners of Ambassadors and Ambassadress of PYAP 2017

This year’s winners in PYAP- NCR 2017 Interpretative were Marikina City (1st place), Las Piñas City (2nd Place) and Valenzuela City (3rd Place). For the Banner-Making Contest, the winners were Valenzuela City (1st place), Las Piñas City (2nd place) and Malabon City (3rd place). Next, for the poster-making contest were Valenzuela City (1st place), Las Piñas City (2nd place) and Marikina City (3rd place). Lastly, the Ambassador and Ambassadress Lastly, the Ambassador and Ambassadress crowned were Mr. Jobert Bascos and Ms. Carmella Lazaro who were from Marikina City. The over-all champion for the successful competition was grabbed by Marikina City.

The PYAP is a duly constituted barangay-based organization of the out-of school-youth between 15-24 years old who are clienteles of the DSWD.  The PYAP Inc. utilizes the DSWD’s youth program called Unlad Kabataan Program formerly known as integrated human resource program for youth in order to carry out the goal of providing opportunities for PYAP members in order to actualize their potentials and aspirations, experience, self fulfillment, contribute to the growth of his/her community and participate in the task of nation building. (Source: ###


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