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DSWD NCR signs Memorandum of Agreement with DOST NCR

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) established partnership through signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Science and Technology – National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) which aims to prioritize the less advantaged for their Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program held on December 28, 2018 at DOST-NCR Conference Room.

DOST-NCR promotes and implements DOST’s program and services in Metropolitan Manila. The agency conducts technology transfer, and trainings and technical advisory and consultancy services to micro, small and medium enterprises, Local Government Units, the Academe and Non-Government Organizations. The signed MOA will help them to identify communities that need assistance to improve  and widen the community empowerment.

“On behalf of our Regional Director, we are glad to share the Listahanan 2 Database for the benefit of the CEST communities and other programs of DOST to enhance productivity and competitiveness of each family,” Mr. Michael S. Mercado, Information Technology Officer II of National Household Targeting Unit emphasized.

The DSWD NCR through the National Household Targeting Unit continuously advocate the use of Listahanan 2 database to the potential social protection stakeholders.

Photo shows from the left DSWD-NCR Information Technology Officer II of NHTU Mr. Michael S. Mercado and DOST-NCR Regional Director Mr. Jose B. Patalinjug III. ###

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DSWD-NCR Conducts Pantawid Pamilya Children’s Festival 2018

In celebration of the 26th National Children’s Month (NCM), the Department of Social Welfare and Development National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program conducted the Children’s Festival 2018 at Icon Hotel Timog, Quezon City on December 8-9, 2018.

Around 120 children beneficiaries from the 17 Local Government Units in the region participated in the event focused on the theme: “Bata, Magkaisa Tungo sa Bayang Mapagkalinga.” During the activity, participants tackled how they could attain a bayang mapagkalinga: a nation that gives children the freedom to express their feelings and thoughts and recognizes their rights.

The theme also focuses on children beneficiaries defining a “safe space” for children in the community. This coincides with the Council for the Welfare of Children’s  (CWC)  NCM theme, “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga para sa Lahat ng Bata” with a call on children’s participation and unity by using the word magkaisa, and widening the  perspective on proper care for children by incorporating the concept of a bayang mapagkalinga.  

Participants showcased their talent in singing, acting, spoken poetry, and visual arts through presentations that highlighted the event’s theme.  

Children were also educated about the importance of CyberSafety and learned tips on how to safely navigate the internet. They were also informed about the key issues on CyberSafety ranging from Cyberbullying to Online Chatting, Online Gaming, and Online Pornography.

 The advocacy campaign by DSWD’s partner government agency, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Stairway Foundation Inc. was launched in recognition of an urgent need to protect and guide children in their use of the internet. It also addresses the need to protect Filipino children from cyberbullying and online child abuse. ###

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Mandaluyong City receives Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities

Secretary of DSWD and Chairperson of Council of the Welfare of Children Rolando Bautista, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea awards the 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) Highly Urbanized City Category trophy to the Local Government Unit of Mandaluyong City, National Capital Region.

Mandaluyong City was awarded as Highly Urbanized City during the 2017 Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) held on December 5, 2018 at Malacañang Palace. The prestigious award was received by City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos together with the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children-NCR.

The PACFMC is an annual undertaking spearheaded by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in accordance with Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” issued on December 13, 1999. It forms part of the government’s measure to give recognition to the efforts of LGU in promoting the welfare and rights of children, development, protection, and participation as well as ensuring child-friendly governance.

The conferment ceremony was led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Chairperson of the CWC, Rolando Bautista. PACFMC was attended by the officials in various government agencies and offices like the Philippine National Police, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government and awardees of Local Government Units from different Regions.

Secretary Bautista welcomed all the awardees and encouraged them on his message, “The Herculean challenges which lie ahead of us will remain but continuous service na may tapang at malasakit will help us overcome these challenges especially for our children and our children’s children sake.”

Bautista explained the mechanics andprocesses of how the Committee selected the Regional and National winners of the PACFMC.

Thereafter, the awardees were called one-by-one for the awarding of plaques of recognition to the National Finalists of the PACFMC and awarding of Presidential Trophies to the National Awardees.

“As our children are the country’s future, be assured that this administration will do everything to protect them from violence, abuse, criminality, illegal drugs, and other threats to their safety and well-being”, President Duterte said.###

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DSWD NCR Commemorates World AIDS Day

Attendees of the World AIDS Day event gather together at the DSWD-NCR Field Office grounds. World AIDS Day aims to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS and to show support for PLHIV.

DSWD NCR joined in the observation of World AIDS Day on December 4, 2018 at the Field Office Grounds. World AIDS Day is a chance for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, support people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

During the activity, several People Living with HIV (PLHIV) shared their stories and experiences to bring further awareness on the HIV epidemic. One of those who spoke during the event is Barbie, who recounted how they first found out that they were HIV positive and how they faced the challenges of living with HIV.

Aside from recounting the stories of PLHIV, representatives from organizations that are also part of the fight against HIV and AIDS such as Project Red Ribbon and Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) also spoke during the event to reiterate their mission to continue to support PLHIV in the Philippines and to fight for HIV and AIDS prevention.

Ms. Hazel Militante, Division Chief of the DSWD NCR Protective Service Division, reiterated the Department’s continuous support for People Living with HIV and in the fight to prevent the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

To close the activity, all the event participants formed an HIV awareness ribbon on the DSWD grounds using balloons which they released to the sky afterwards. ###

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DSWD-NCR Representative Wins Pantawid Pamilya National Exemplary Child Search 2018

Justin Dale O. Dela Cruz from the National Capital Region bagged the 3rd runner-up award in the Pantawid Pamilya  National Search for Exemplary Children on December 1, 2018 during the celebration of the “Araw ng Kabataan” held at SM North Skydome.

At a young age, Justin, a 4Ps child beneficiary from Malabon City, has experienced several hardships in life. Despite his mother’s passing in 2014 due to rheumatic heart disease, he continues to maintains his positive outlook in life. Justin is passionate about helping his community and wants to become a policeman or fireman.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DSWD dahil sa paglulunsad ng iba’t-ibang programa para sa aming mga kabataan at  sa Diyos dahil sa  pagkakaroon po ng ganitong karangalan. Gusto ko po sabihin sa kapwa ko kabataan na kahit bata tayo, tayo ay may magagawa at balang araw tayo rin ang magtutulong-tulong para umunlad ang ating bayan,”Justin said after receiving his award.

The title of Pantawid Pamilya National Exemplary Child 2018 was awarded to  Jay Mark C. Gac-ang, who represented Region X. Meanwhile, Ma. Kaitlinn Cayne S. Lubrico from Region 6 was declared as the first runner-up. Kristine Nicole S. Bumadilla from Region 1  placed second runner-up in the competition while Adeli D. Tan of MIMAROPA  won 4th runner-up. The finalists, who bested 12 other candidates from different parts of the Philippines, received respective cash prizes and plaques.

Since 2012, the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children recognizes children beneficiaries of the program who set excellent examples at home, in school, and in the community where they belong.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista congratulated all the exemplary children from the different regions during the awarding ceremony. He underlined the important role of children in the society. “Sa lahat ng mga batang nandito ngayon, sa mga batang punong-puno ng pangarap,  sa mga batang hindi sumusuko  at patuloy na lumalaban upang mabuhay, sa mga batang may pagpapahalaga sa kanilang pamilya, bayan at komunidad: kayo ang natatanging yaman ng ating bayan. “

He also emphasized the positive impact of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.  “By empowering children and their families through 4Ps, these children are able to realize their potential, develop self esteem, value themselves, become capable, wholesome, productive, respectful, loving, resilient, confident and well-adjusted human beings.”###

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SLP Associations Partner with TVIs for Skills Training

The representatives from the SLP associations from Malabon and Valenzuela City seal their partnership with the College of St. Amatiel (CSA) with a handshake during the MOA signing held at the CSA school grounds on November 7, 2018.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has linked twenty SLP associations from Manila, Malabon, Muntinlupa and Valenzuela City to receive skills training in Bookkeeping NC III and Cookery NC II at Technical Vocational Institutes (TVIs) within their respective LGUs.

The beneficiaries will receive additional skills training to enhance the skills that they will need in managing and running their proposed micro-enterprises under the Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Seed Capital Fund (SCF) modality.

The International Electronics and Technical Institute (IETI) will provide skills training in Bookkeeping NC III for the SLPAs located in Muntinlupa City while the Center of Knowledge and Advance Training, Inc. (CKAT) will provide the same course for participants located in Manila City.

The Blue Horizon Maritime Training Institute will also provide training in Cookery NC II for Manila based SLPAs while the College of St. Amatiel (CSA) will provide community based training on Bookekeeping NC III at Barangay Bayan-bayanan, Malabon City for SLPAs located within the city and in the neighboring city of Valenzuela.

A Memorandum of Agreement between the SLPAs and the TVIs were signed on November 7 for Malabon and Valenzuela, November 16 for Muntinlupa and on November 29 for Manila. The training sessions will start from December onward. ###

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EGV Joins in 19th WAPR Annual Mini-Olympics 2018

Actual photo of the Annual World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation at Elsie Gaches Village Alabang Zapote Rd. Alabang Muntinlupa City.


The Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) together with other allied professions supported the Annual Mini-Olympics 2018 of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), the activity was held last November 29, 2018 at EGV.


This one day activity was led by the Algon Foundation together with UP-PGH, Cavite Mental Health, Veterans Hospital, and National Center for Mental Health and participants from Sanctuary Center. The activity started with the opening amenities, acknowledgement of participants from different agencies and homecare centers, Parade of participants, Cheering presentation.  Twenty six (26) residents from EGV were selected to participate on the different activities the activity. The activity gave the residents/ clients the opportunity to socialize with different people from different institution and increase their social participation skills thru sports.


At the end of the activity, the residents of EGV won one (1) Silver and one (1) Bronze medal in badminton and basketball category.


The activity aims to raise awareness on Mental Health, promote the rights of person with psychosocial needs, strengthen the relationship and promote sportsmanship and values formation.


Elsie Gaches Village will be hosting the 2019 World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation.



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Journey Towards a Better Future

Aisha speaking during a DSWD-NCR event

An old saying goes: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Aisha Salombata Sabral, who hails from Lamitan Basilan and is a member of the Sama-Badjao tribe, knew she had to gather up the courage to begin her journey towards a better life.

Aisha was born in Basilan on 1987. She describes her life in her hometown as quiet yet content. They lived in a house made of light materials which is located in the middle of the sea and traveled through Vintas. She was raised inthe traditional way of the Sama-Badjaos.

During her childhood, she recalls her parents sold fish either house-to-house and sometimes in the wet market to sustain their daily basic needs. While it was simple, she remembers her life during these times as blissful.

But it all changed on 1998, when armed conflict started in Mindanao. Her family was caught in the crossfires of Basilan. Due to the dir  and dangerous situation in their hometown, their family decided to go to Manila to find better fortune. She was only 12 years old then.  

However, contrary to their expectations, their living conditions in Manila was miserable. Without a place to stay, they resided at the Baywalk strip. She deems it her most unforgettable experience in her life.  In order to survive, her family had to ask for alms. “Lagi po kami namamalimos at nanghihingi ng pera kung kani-kanino,” she recalls.

When she had children, they were forced to still live in the streets. Her children were frequently sick due to their living conditions; they inhaled all the dirt and pollution. They slept on laid out cardboard boxes. There were also times they had to wake-up early in the morning because the place they stayed at for the night were restricted for illegal dwellers like them. “Awang-awa po ako sa sarili ko dahil pinagtatabuyan po kami at wala kaming magawa, ” she said.

She also shared that she brought along her daughter while asking for alms on jeepneys in Burgos Kalayaan area in Makati City. She wanted a better life for her family but she did not know of any other way to improve their lives.

This all changed when they were interviewed and were registered in the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Families (MCCT-HSF) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The Sabral family was registered under the MCCT-HSF Program on April 15, 2015. They bagan receiving provisions on   Alternative Family Home (AFH) and other Social Service Interventions depending on their need. She was also recommended to work as a Street Assistant last October to December of the previous year. She was described as a good worker who did her job well and delivered reports on time. Currently, she is a Day Care Asssitant at Barangay 704, endorsed to Capital Assistance under LGU fund and Livelihood assistance under Heleos Foundation which was tapped as partner by the undersigned. Meanwhile, her husband Allan Sabral, is selling hand-made accessories.

At present, the family is still   maintaining their AFH and continuously supports her children andhas been compliant to all conditionalities. Aisha has also represented the IP sector in various activities such as PLs trainings, IP Forum and other IP activities. She is an active parent leader to her members. She  has talked and shared her story to all other IPs and Non-IP leaders and has touched their hearts too.

She hopes her story will be an inspiration to other IPs like her. She also expressed her gratitude to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which has helped her to reach the good place where she is now.

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