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Lu over the Wall: A Story of Friendship

The Japan Foundation – Manila in partnership with the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) conducted a Japanese Film Festival (JFF), popularly known as EIGASAI which was attended by the selected residents of the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) on August 17, 2019 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City.

The activity aims to let the children see a glimpse of the Japanese culture and appreciate the real cinema experience. EIGASAI continues the tradition of film screening for viewers of all ages, offers films of diverse genre and is open to public for free of charge.

The children of RSCC during their Film Showing at the University of the Philippines

The children watched the Lu over the Wall movie, a charming film about mermaids, music, growing up, and friendship. It is about Kai, a shy high school student and his band mates who ventures into Merefolk Island where their music attracts Lu, a mermaid who has power to make people dance. The children enjoyed the film’s music, attractive and colorful animation, as well as the bright and lively character of Lu with her googley eyes and seaweed hair. One of the most remarkable scene that put tears on the children’s eyes was when Lu was rescued by her father. The film taught the children empathy and have a wider perspective of the outside world.

The Reception and Study Center for Children provides services for the needs of 0 to 6 year-old children who were abandoned and deprived of parental care and support through provision of temporary care, custody, and alternative family care services. ###

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Free makeover from Nayon ng Kabataan

On August 16, 2019, eight (8) Hairdressing and Beauty Care trainees of Nayon ng Kabataan (NK) Training Center (NKTC) together with the three professional trainers conducted free haircut, manicure and pedicure to seventy two (72) residents of Sanctuary Center.

This good practice aims to equip the residents of NK with necessary skills in the field of beauty and cosmetology. Said activity was conducted with guidance and supervision of Nayon ng Kabataan and Sanctuary Center staff.

Nayon ng Kabataan’s clients graduated on July 30, 2019 from the Skills Training courses such as Information and Communications Technology, baking, hair cutting, beauty care, and manicure and pedicure. This is part of the Helping Strategies / Interventions Program and Life Skills Service that provide opportunities for the residents to acquire basic knowledge on daily life activities that would expand their sense of responsibility towards themselves and to others. Learnings from the said training courses were then applied to provide service for the community.

Nayon ng Kabataan provides programs and psycho-social services and interventions to Children in Need of Special Protection ages seven (7) to eighteen (18) years old, while Sanctuary Center is a twenty-four (24) hour residential care facility which serves as a place of refuge and home for the abandoned, neglected, and unattached adult women with improved psycho-social disability, ages eighteen (18) and above. ###

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RSCC Celebrates its 55th Founding Anniversary

On August 16, 2019, the Reception and Study Center for Children celebrated its 55th Founding Anniversary with the theme, “Pagbabalik-tanaw sa ika-55 taon ng RSCC: Kaagapay Ka sa Matagumpay na Pagtugon sa Batang Nangangailangan ng Sapat na Pagkalinga, Tamang Pag-gabay at Proteksyon”, held at the Center’s Social Hall and was attended by the residents, staffs, partners, guest and donors.

The Reception and Study Center for Children was established on July 27, 1964 with the aim of providing child-caring institution for the abandoned, neglected and/or surrendered children 0-6 years of age.

The celebration started with the Baptism of the newly admitted children and babies at Sto. Niño Parish Church, facilitated by Rev. Father Gilbert Dumlao, followed by the Holy Mass and Blessing of RSCC Buildings at the Center.  On behalf of Ms. Rowela F. Hizon, Social Welfare Officer IV and Officer-In-Charge of the Center, Ms. Chorrie Lou-an Digneneng, Project Development Officer III welcomed the guests, donors, staff, and the children. An opening number by selected RSCC kids was also performed and brought smiles on the attendees’ faces. The Philippine Children’s Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Philippines Band of Mercy, Bago Bantay Health Center, Philippine Heart Center, Ms. Kristine Garcia, Ms. Wilma Chua, Cebuana Lhuilier Foundation, Ms. Georgia Renella, Mr. Dennis Geron, Ms. Frecy Lazaro, Barangay Sto. Crsito, Atty. Minerva Ambrosio, Atty. Elizabeth Andres, Sto. Crsito Elementary School and Bagong Pag-Asa Elementary School were all awarded with Certificates of Appreciation for their support to the center.

Selected RSCC kids during their intermission number

In grateful appreciation of their invaluable contribution and support to the operations and programs of the center, Plaques of Appreciation were awarded to the following: (1) City of Dreams, (2) Co Ban Kiat Hardware, (3) Dynamics Global Solutions, (3) Rotary Club of Balintawak, (4) Radio Veritas,  (5) Hinduja Global Solution (6) Open Heart Foundation, (7) Ms. Judith So, (8) Mr. Edwin Tabuzo, (9) Mr. Rodolfo Robles, and (10) Rev. Fr. Gilbert Dumlao. After the awarding, RSCC selected staff danced with glaze to the tune of “Twist”. Ms. Glenda M. Derla, Social Welfare Officer V and Division Chief of Protective Services Division, former Center Head of RSCC gave her message and congratulated each and everyone at the Center as she expressed joy to former RSCC clients who attended the anniversary.

The Parachale siblings, former residents of the Center, delivered their inspirational message for the Center’s staffs and children. They reminisced the old days when they were still at the center and how their Aunties (Houseparents) took good care of them and made them feel loved. Also, Mrs. Whitaker, their adoptive parent, shared that one of the struggles they had was the language barrier, which they eventually learned to overcome by learning the culture of the kids. “It is worth the wait to become the parent of Parachales,” Mrs. Whitaker said.

The Regional Director, Mr. Vicente Gregorio “Kuya Vic” B. Tomas, graced the activity and expressed gratitude to all the staff of the center as well as to all the donors and partners who played huge part in the continuous success of the Center.

“According to Orison Swett Marden, ‘We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest’. Let us all continue being the candle and light for all these kids and secure their bright future,” said Mr. Tomas. ###

The RSCC Staff together with the Regional Director, Mr. Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas; Asst. Regional Director for Operations, Ms. Edna J. Sacedor, Policy and Plans Division Chief, Ms. Myla M. Loza; and Protective Services Division Chief and RSCC former Center head, Ms. Glenda M. Derla

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DSWD-NCR Social Pension Pay-out 2019

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas welcomes the senior citizens

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) through its Social Pension Program conducted 7-day pay-out activity from August 5 to 13, 2019 at several barangays in Malabon City. A total of 7,601 indigent senior citizens of NCR received their stipend.

The Social Pension program for Indigent Senior Citizens is an additional government assistance that issues a P500 monthly stipend to the elderly which aims to improve their condition by augmenting to their daily substance and medical needs, reduce incidence of hunger, and protect them from abuse, deprivation, disasters, and neglect.

DSWD Undersecretary Mark Allan Jay Yambao ensures the comfort of the senior citizens

The DSWD-NCR is pursuing this program in compliance with Republic Act 9994, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, which states that the beneficiaries for the social pension must be: (1) frail, sickly or with disability; (2) receive no pension from GSIS, SSS, AFPMBAI and other insurance companies; and (3) do not have permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.

DSWD Undersecretary Mark Allan Jay Yambao and DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas graced the event to check on the comfort of the elderly and the smooth flow of operations of the activity.

DSWD-NCR is set to conduct its pay-out on September 3 to 5, 2019 in Las Piñas City and on September 11 to 14, 2019 in Marikina City.

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The Joy of Learning and Travelling at the Same Time

On August 13, 2019, fifty-five (55) trainees from the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) visited Gardenia, a world-class bread-making plant in the Philippines, and the Tahanang Walang Hagdan, a non-government organization providing services to persons with disabilities (PWDs) specializing for the orthopedically impaired.

Recognized by their world-class bread-making process, Gardenia was also known for its educational tour-friendly facilities that impart knowledge regarding automatic types of machineries.

NVRC’s photo opportunity in front of Gardenia

Just like NVRC, Tahanang Walang Hagdan (TWH) provides programs and services to persons with disabilities. For the second itinerary of the tour, TWH provided orientation on their four workshops such as, metal craft, woodcraft, sewing, and packaging services that provide livelihood to PWDs.

NVRC staff and clients tour at Tahanan Walang Hagdan

NVRC conducts education or industrial tour yearly for their trainees, as part of their Psychological and Vocational Guidance Service that aims to help trainees identify their rehabilitation goals through assessment and evaluation of their cognitive ability, personality framework, and interest.

The trainees’ exposures to these sites serve as inspiration as they realize that PWDs like them can work and be productive. They also learn that aside from NVRC, there are other institutions that can provide training and employment opportunities for PWDs such as themselves. Hence, they become more hopeful and optimistic in their endeavor. More so, it helps them discover and learn things outside of the center and meet new friends and acquaintances.

National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) is located at J.P Burgos Street, Project 4, Quezon City. ###

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DSWD NCR Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Pay-out to 1,128 Listahanan Beneficiaries

On July 27, 2019, the DSWD NCR, in coordination with DSWD Central Office, and in partnership with the Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, and Landbank of the Philippines Quezon City, conducted the Pilot Off-Site Over-The-Counter Pay-out for the release of FY 2019 Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) held at the New Lobby of DSWD Central Office, Batasan, Quezon City. Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista and Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas graced the activity.

The Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program is the biggest tax reform mitigation program under Republic Act 10963 or the TRAIN (Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion) Law. It aims to provide cash grants to poor households and individuals who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising prices. 

A total of P3,852,000.00 was disbursed during the pay-out. 954 beneficiaries of UCT-Listahanan and 174 unclaimed grants of Quezon City grantees from 2018 received their cash grant, as part of the continuing commitment of the Department in the implementation of UCT Tax Reform Cash Transfer.

The DSWD, with the assistance from different field offices, was given the authority to implement the distribution of the P200 per month UCT.  The UCT scheme will be implemented for three years as provided in the TRAIN Law. It will release P2,400 in 2018 (P200 per month) and P3,600 in the year 2019-2020. ###

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We are hiring for the 3rd Nationwide Household Assessment!!!

The Field Office NCR is in need of 3,038 staff to conduct the 3rd Nationwide Household Assessment. For interested applicants, please read the following Terms of Reference (TOR) per position.


Upon reading and understanding the above-mentioned roles and responsibilities per position, you may evaluate your qualifications based on the following qualification standards set by the Central Office.


Now that you have checked your qualifications vis-a-vis the required qualifications, you may now proceed submitting the following documents:

After submitting all the above-mentioned documents, please wait for the notification through text which will come from the staff of DSWD NCR National Household Targeting Section for the schedule of your exam and panel interview.

Thank you!

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Pantawid Pamilya NCR boosts staff development

Mr. Joel D. Cam, Regional Program Coordinator of Pantawid Pamilya acted as lecturer of the first group.

Employee development is essential for staff to enhance their skills and upgrade their existing knowledge in order to perform better, especially those who are true assets in an organization. Hence, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region continuously provides trainings and learning sessions to its employees to build competitive frontline staff and ensure quality in the delivery of various social services for Filipinos.

Second group of reviewees

Last July 27, 2019, The Department successfully ended its first initiated Civil Service Exam Review Sessions for Pantawid Pamilya Staff led by the Regional Program Management Office of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Mr. Joel D. Cam, Regional Program Coordinator, Ms. Medellen Clavaton, Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Ms. Joanna Angustia, Grievance Coordinator, Mr. Dawn Liongson, Regional Gender and Development Officer, and Mr. Leim Lactuan, Regional Beneficiary Data Officer acted as lecturers for this initiative. There is a total of 95 (81 Professional, 14 Sub-Professional) examinees registered to attend the four (4) Saturday review sessions on July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 at DSWD-NCR Field Office, Kahusayan Building. Mock examination was administered on the last day to frame the examinees on the actual pressure and to act as a guide moving forward. In addition, there is an on-going Board Coaching and Mentoring sessions for aspiring social workers who will take this year’s Licensure Exam for Social Workers.

These initiatives will further develop the existing knowledge, skills and attitude of Pantawid Pamilya staff and will increase their competence to perform with their maximum potentials in achieving the goals and specific targets of the Program.

The Civil Service Exam is scheduled to be administered by Civil Service Commission this August 04, 2019. It is a test created by the said commission to determine those who are fit for a government job. ###

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