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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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DSWD-NCR launches 35 new task forces for Manila and Quezon City

In its ongoing efforts to lessen the number of children, families and unattached adults at risk in the streets, particularly in Manila and Quezon City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) will launch 35 new task forces.

According to DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, the task forces play a vital role in the implementation of the Oplan Balika Bahay Sagip Buhay (OBBSB) 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.”

A total of 14 task forces in Manila will be launched on July 22, 2015, while 21 task forces will be launched in Quezon City on July 24, 2015. The launching will include a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Terms of Reference (TOR) by the representatives of the task forces.

As stipulated in the guidelines, there are two (2) kinds of task forces that will help in the implementation of the OBBSB. These are the Regional Task Force and Local Task Force. Consists of national government agencies such as DSWD-NCR as the lead convener, with representatives for other national government agencies, selected Non-Government Organizations, Academe and the 17 CSWDOs in Metro Manila, the Regional Task Force is tasked to synchronize programs and services of Government and Non-Government Organization in Metro Manila.

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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DSWD-NCR, QC LGU, to create NIA-BIR coordinating group for street dwellers in the area

The DepartmNIA-BIRent of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) and the Local Government Unit of Quezon City agreed to create a coordinating group to address the incidence of street dwelling along the NIA and BIR roads in the middle of quezon and east avenues of the city.

Through themeeting held on July 10, 2015 at the Quezon City hall, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Field Office NCR Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan presented to Vice Mayor Ma. Josefine “Joy” Belmonte the CCT and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) status of implementation in QC.

In this, Vice Mayor Belmonte also shared the ongoing cleaning operation and monitoring of the LGU along the center island of NIA road to prevent the street dwellers to stay in the said area.

Based on the record of DSWD-NCR, there were 528 registered households of Pantawid Pamilya and 57 MCCT-HSF active beneficiaries in the barangay covered by NIA road wherein, as validated by the LGU, some beneficiaries are staying in the center island because it is cooler to be there than inside their houses while some are vending cooked foods for taxi drivers and others are scavenging.

Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan emphasized during the meeting that the caseworkers and City Links assigned in the area were already instructed to intensify the case management to the beneficiaries along the mentioned road to identify the appropriate and necessary intervention to prevent them from staying in the center island of the road.

Therefore, as agreed, NIA-BIR coordinating group shall compose of the local departments of QC, Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders, DSWD-NCR Street Facilitators, City Links, barangay officials while other government agencies will be tapped in the operation such as DILG, PNP and MMDA.

The local departments of QC and DSWD-NCR will convene today, July 15, 2015 at the Quezon City hall for discussion in operationalizing of the group.###




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DSWD clarifies lump sum in its 2015 budget

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has no lump sum or discretionary funds amounting to P102.6 billion in the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“How can that be when the budget of the Department is already P107.8 billon?  We do have a budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses amounting to P102B, and the breakdown can be found in  pages 909 to 928 of the national budgetary document,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The DSWD 2015 budget also has the following major categories: General Administration and Support (P980,680,000),  Support to Operations (P265,747,000), and Operations (P86,034,766,000).  Part of the Operations budget includes P62.2B for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, P5.9B for Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, P4.9B for the Sustainable Livelihood Program, and P3.3B for the Supplemental Feeding Program.

It also has breakdown on locally-funded (P3,545,271,000) and foreign-assisted projects (P17,0303,737,000).

The Department  continues to adhere and uphold the tenets of transparency and accountability especially when it comes to budgetary issues involving public funds.

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Volunteer doctors provide health services to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and residents of centers

Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries, residents of DSWD-NCR’s Sanctuary Center and Jose Fabella Center enjoyed the free chiropratic and acupuncture services provided by Dra. Chaterine Luib and Dr. Jacques Charles of Luib  Health Center based in California, USA, recently.

Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan appreciated the partnership and support of two (2) doctors in sharing their medical expertist to people in need.

During the activity, Dr. Charles shared that chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. However, acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the body at acupuncture points. It is commonly used for pain relief.

“Masarap po sa pakiramdam. Parang nawala agad yung kirot na nararamdaman ko sa bandang likod. Salamat po sa mga doctor na nagbigay sa amin ng serbisyo,” expressed Angela Tuvello, Pantawid beneficiary in Mandaluyong City. Her two siblings namely, Angel Rose and Aejay also availed the said services.


Further, aside from the said health services, the volunteers also gave advice to their patients on how to improve their health.

“Sabi po ni Dra. Luib, kailangan ko daw pong kumain ng mga masusustansyang pagkain, lalo na po ung mayaman sa protina. Inom din daw po ako ng maraming tubig at iwasan ang pag-inom ng soda. Salamat po sa paalala. Pananatilihin ko pong malusog ang aking pamilya,” Candy, another Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary enthused.


This three-day activity benefitted a total of 172 individuals which include Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries in Mandaluyong City, residents and staff Sanctuary Center and Jose Fabella Center. ###

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DSWD-NCR monitors southwest monsoon-affected families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) Disaster Response Team is now continuously monitoring the situation of the evacuation centers in Metro Manila as effect of the southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon “Falcon.”

As part of the resource augmentation mandate, the Department has already distributed a total of 6,500 family food packs for affected families in Mandaluyong, Caloocan and Quezon City.

As of 2:00p.m. today, DSWD-NCR has recorded the number of 429 families composed of 1,971 individuals that were affected by Habagat wherein out of the said figure, 347 families composed of 1,668 individuals are still staying in the evacuation centers at Valenzuela, Caloocan and Quezon City.

The respective LGUs of the mentioned cities confirmed in serving hot meals for the affected residents.

Meanwhile, the Department has prepared 24,057 family food packs which are ready for distribution once requested by the LGUs or district offices in NCR.

Among the opened and currently operating evacuation centers in Valenzuela are Tugatog Elem. School, Bartolome covered court (Viente Reales), Valenzuela National High School and Constantino Elem. School. While Brgy. 175 Hall, Pag-Asa Elementary School, Brgy. 171 Lot 581 Alteveros Covered Court and Rene Cayetano Elem. School are in Caloocan City.

Further, San Isidro Labrador Chapel and Roxas Covered Court served as temporary shelter of affected families in Quezon City.###

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Former homeless mom left indignity due to MCCT-HSF program of DSWD

Almost two (2) years ago, Grace leaves every night to go to a bar in Pampanga where she worked as a singer while wearing not-so-decent clothes… her child who was four years old at that time is always being entrusted to security guards, one of the reasons why they chose to live near a fast food chain.

Divine Grace Landingin, 27 years old shared to the participants of the recently-held Secretary’s Roadshow in Muntinlupa City, how the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) program of DSWD lifted her from indignity.

“Tumira kame sa Jollibee sa Alabang Junction pati sa Luna Street sa Maynila kasi sa security guard ko ihinahabilin si Daniela (her daughter) tuwing gabi sa pagpasok ko sa trabaho,” Divine narrated in front of 140 Parent Leaders who participated in the activity.

Her husband Danilo, who died in 2013 due to complications of diabetes, was the breadwinner of their family. He worked as seaman whose income can luxuriously provide Divine and Daniela’s needs.

“Nakapundar kame ng apartment, walong pinto… masaya ang pamumuhay namin noon… kaso hindi kame nakapag pakasal ng asawa ko kaya nung nawala siya, nawala rin sa amin ang lahat,” Divine continued.
Divine did not deny that she sow hatred to God during those times of troubles. “Pinaganda mo nga ang buhay namin, nung binagsak mo naman kame ay mas lalong lagapak!” she complained to God.

Coming from a broken family in Cebu City, Divine was under the custody of her mother when she was a child. Upon her adulthood, her father brought her to Nueva Ecija who eventually was entrusted to her brother, Edgar who lives in Muntinlupa City.

Divine finished her secondary education through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and to help the family who adopted her, after her graduation, she worked as a singer in a bar in Pampanga where she met her husband.

“Nung nawala ang asawa ko, nahihiya akong bumalik sa pamilya ko dahil baka pag-usapan lang kame… ‘dun kame napilitang tumira sa kalsada ng anak ko at bumalik din ako sa dati kong trabaho,” Divine shared with teary eyes.

Divina Grace 2After a year of running away from the reach-out team of DSWD-NCR, Divine eventually coordinated with the DSWD in February 2014, and once again, she lifted everything to God. This bridged her and her child to the MCCT-HSF program of the Department.

After attending the Family Development Session (FDS), she realized how irresponsible she was for leaving her daughter unattended on the street while she was at work. Since then, she promised to herself that whatever happens, she will never ever leave Daniela alone.

Now, they are living in an Alternative Family Home (AFH) being rented by DSWD in Cupang, Muntinlupa City. Aside from receiving cash grants for Daniela’s health and education, Divine was among the Parent Leaders who availed the Cash-for-Work project of DSWD wherein they were employed for 10 days, with a salary of P347.00 per day to manage the urban gardening at Elsie Gaches Village.

To date, she is employed as a dishwasher in a small eatery in Cupang and accepting laundry works during weekends. She will be further assisted by DSWD-NCR to ensure that she will have a sustainable livelihood for her family.

“Bukod sa hindi ko na napapabayaan ang anak ko, marangal pa ang mga trabahong pinapasok ko ngayon… salamat talaga sa DSWD at naialis kame ng anak ko sa dati naming buhay… salamat at hindi kame pinabayaan ng Panginoon,” Divine emphasized.

Happily, she shared that Daniela, 6 years old and in Grade 2 was recognized as top 3 in her class which inspires her to work harder, thus, together with the MCCT-HSF program, her daughter’s health and education will be ensured.

Divine and her daughter is among the 2, 072 active beneficiaries of MCCT-HSF in Metro Manila wherein 1,790 of them availed the AFH scheme of the program. This particular assistance is released by the Department through a payout.

During the payout, the AFH assistance is distributed by the DSWD disbursing officer directly to the beneficiary who will sign the payroll and subsequently turnover the payment to the house lessor in front of their caseworker and child welfare assistant. An acknowledgement receipt is signed by the lessor and the caseworker. ###


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DSWD-NCR conducts general orientation of OBBSB project for street facilitators

In its continuing efforts to reduce the number of children, families and unattached adults at risk in the streets, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) is deploying street facilitators in different critical converging areas within NCR. To prepare them prior to their deployment in their assigned areas, DSWD-NCR conducted the general orientation of some 800 street facilitators last June 08, 2015 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

In her message, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said “ang hamon sa atin bilang isang ahensya ay makamit ang zero incidence ng mga batang nasa lansangan sa Maynila at Lungsod Quezon, at sa pagtutulugan nating lahat, kasama ng iba’t-ibang ahensya, organisasyon, at barangay officials, maari natin itong makamit.”

The first part of the activity was the brief orientation of the social protection programs of the DSWD-NCR. These programs include the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which is the flagship poverty reduction program of the Department that invests on human capital to improve the lives of its beneficiaries; the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF), which is patterned on the Pantawid Pamilya program to serve the vulnerable homeless families in the metropolis.

Meanwhile, the Comprehensive Program for street children, street families and Indigenous People especially Sama Bajaus is a pilot Social Technology project geared towards the removal of the street dwellers from the streets and provision of other social protection programs to encourage them not to go back to the streets.

The street facilitators were clarified on the objectives and packages of services to target beneficiaries which are being converged under the Oplan Balik Bahay, Sagip Buhay (OBBSB) project. The project is designed to keep families and their children in Quezon City and Manila out of the street through the provision of various packages of services to supplement their daily needs.

In the implementation of the OBBSB project, the street facilitators play a very important role in the management of the cases. Primarily, they are tasked to monitor street dwelling activities of children and families at risk on the street in the communities within Manila and Quezon City. As such they help in gathering initial data in order to update the profiles of the identified street dwellers, assist during reach-out operations and registration for MCCT and regular CCT for qualified children and families, among others.

Having known the plight of these children and families at risk on the street, the street facilitators were once street dwellers who were given assistance by DSWD-NCR in order for them to leave the dangers of street dwelling. They are part of the many DSWD programs and services as volunteers.###

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