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The Haven – National Center for Women celebrates 24th Founding Anniversary

The Haven – National Center for Women celebrated its 24th Founding Anniversary on September 27, 2019 at KC De Venecia Gymnasium, Northgate Avenue, Filinvest Corporate, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, with the theme, “Serbisyong maasahan sa pagsulong ng patas na karapatan ng kababaihan.”

The activity started with opening ceremonies led by the staff and selected residents of Haven for Women. This momentous activity was participated in by the center’s partners and donors such as the Lighthouse Ministry, Department of Justice – Ayacat, Catholic Women’s League, The Feast Alabang, NCTI,  Pafcific, Office of the Solicitors General, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Congressional Spouses, Rotary Club of Makati, Barangay Alabang, Wells Fargo, and BPI Alabang.

On behalf of the Regional Director, Ms. Edna J. Sacedor, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, extended her gratitude to all the partners and donors of the institution who came and actively participated in the program. “Maraming salamat sa inyong pagpunta at patuloy na pagsuporta sa Haven for Women, malaki ang inyong kontribusyon sa buhay ng bawat isa sa mga residente ng ating institusyon. Huwag po sana kayong magsasawang tumulong para sa mas ikabubuti ng ating mga residente.” Ms. Sacedor expressed.

One of the residents of Haven for Women, Ms. Jessa Mae Ablong, “Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa Haven for Women sa tulong at pag-aaruga na ibinibigay ninyo sa bawa’t kababaihan, dito namin nalaman ang kahalagahan ng isang babae at kung paano ipaglaban ang aming karapatan, kami ang magiging sandigan ng mga babeng sinasaktan at inaabuso, kami ang kanilang magiging lakas ng loob at magiging inspirasyon. Taos-puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng bumubuo ng Haven for Women at ng DSWD, kasama ang mga partners at donors na walang sawang tumutulong sa amin. Maraming salamat po.”

Ms. Edna J. Sacedor on her opening remarks and Ms. Jessa Mae Ablong as she gives her testimony as a resident of Haven for Women

Following the speech of Ms. Ablong, the ceremonial turnover took place with the PAFCIFIC—the new donor of Haven for Women. Partners and Donors were recognized through a plaque of recognition for their undying support to the residents of the center.

Mr. Boy Hernandez of the Lighthouse Ministry, one of the partners of Haven for Women gave his testimy: “Taos-puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa pamunuan ng DSWD at Haven for Women sa pagkilala sa aming samahan, sa mahigit 20 taon naming pagiging kaisa ng Haven. Kami ay hindi titigil at magsasawang tumulong at maglingkod sa mga residente; iyon ay isa sa aming commitment upang masigurado ang mabuting kapakanan ng mga kababaihan sa loob ng Haven for Women.”

The event did not only celebrate the donor’s participation in the improvement of the institution but also to recognize the outstanding staff who served the center.  Certificates of recognition and loyalty awards were given to the Top 10 staff that put extra effort in their performance.

Ms. Cynthia B. Generoso, Social Welfare Assistant, was awarded as one of the Best Social Welfare Assistants for 1st Level. She shared her experiences in working and serving the residents of Haven for Women.  “Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa aking mga nakasamsa sa Haven for Women, masaya ang aking puso sa paglilingkod at pagtulong sa mga kababaihan ng Haven for Women,” said Ms. Generoso.

To formally end the activity, Ms. Vivian A. Gabriel, the Chairperson of Haven for Women’s 24th Anniversary, gave her closing remarks by gracefully acknowledging the efforts and support of the residents, donors, and partners who attended the activity.

Haven for Women is a temporary shelter managed by DSWD-NCR which provides protective custody to women ages 18-59 years old. ###

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Marillac Hills celebrates Family Day 2019

Marillac Hills celebrated the family week from September 23 to September 27, 2019 with this year’s theme, “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.” The week-long activity was held at Marillac Hills Gymnasium, participated in by residents and staff of the institution.

The Child Participation Council (CPC) hosted the program for the residents and their families. The event started with a praise and worship segment followed by the opening remarks of the Center’s Supervising Social Worker, Ms. Herminia S. Arcangel.

After the morning activity, the staff had their own family day program, which was hosted by Ms. Wilma Alba and Louela Alta. A team from Ever Bilena also gathered selected staff and residents who are taking up Cosmetology as their productivity class, to sample some of their old and new products. They also taught the audience how to put on different types of make-up.

Games were also prepared for the participants and their families. Song and dance numbers were also presented by the residents and staff during the activity.

This activity served as a venue for the residents and staff to mingle and enjoy with their families, as well as to learn more on how to communicate and bond with each other.

Marillac Hills is a rehabilitation center for girls ages 7- 17 who are victims of abuse. ###

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10 Years of Advocacy: Forum on the Guidelines for Minors Travelling Abroad

PHOTO OP. Assistant Regional Director for Operation Edna J. Sacedorand MTA Consultation Dialogue Forum participants from different LGU’s and Government Agencies.

On September 27, 2019, the Department of Social Welfare – National Capital Region’s Minors Travelling Abroad Section conducted an Inter-Agency Consultation Dialogue/Advocacy Forum on the Guidelines for Minors Traveling Abroad at Best Western La Corona Hotel, Ermita, Manila.

The Inter-Agency Consultation Dialogue served as a venue to address the issues and concerns related to the implementation of the Administrative Order No. 12, Series of 2017, otherwise known as the Omnibus Guidelines for Minors Travelling Abroad. This activity aims to help the Department along with concerned agencies in improving the delivery of quality programs and services of Minors Travelling Abroad in accordance with the said guidelines.

A travel clearance for minors travelling abroad is a document being issued by DSWD Field Offices for persons below 18 years old travelling abroad unaccompanied or by any person other than his/her parents, pursuant to the provision of RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against abuse, trafficking, exploitation and discrimination. ###

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DSWD-NCR calls the support of Barangay for the Preparatory Phase of Listahanan

The Department of Social Welfare Development – National Capital Region (DSWD NCR) through the National Household Targeting Section (NHTS) is continuously conducting simultaneous orientation to the Liga ng mga Barangay in the 17 Local Government Units in Metro Manila.

The objective of the orientation is to gather support of the Barangays through the provision of socio-economic profile, maps of the areas to be assessed as well as other information that will be needed to ensure successful conduct of Listahanan 3rd National Household Assessment in the National Capital Region.

The Barangays play significant role in mapping the pockets of poverty that will be assessed by the Field staff.

“At this preparatory phase of the project, we highly appreciate the support of the Barangays as we need them to help us to put faces to the poorest of the poor,” Mr. Michael Mercado, Officer In Charge of NHTS said.

To date, orientations were already conducted to the Liga ng mga Barangays in Makati, Pasig and Las Piñas. The NHTS staff and Area Coordinators have scheduled orientations to the Liga ng mga Barangays of the remaining LGUs.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to National Government Agencies (NGAs) and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services. ###

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Orientation on INA Healing Center’s Programs and Services

As part of the advocacy of DSWD – NCR INA Healing Center, an orientation on the Center’s programs and services was conducted at Tanghalan Pasigueño, Pasig City Hall on September 24, 2019. The orientation was attended by Pasigueños who are undergoing series of dialyses, accompanied by their relatives, under the medical assistance of Pasig CSWDO.

Prof. Rodrigo DP. Tomas, PhDTE, RGC, LPT, Head of Guidance and Counselling Center of Rizal Technological University, served as resource person for the topic “Understanding Grief and Loss”, which focused on giving an overview on the nature and process of grieving to be able to fully understand the meaning of loss.

Ms. Diane M. Gianan, Psychologist I of Ina Healing Center, shared to the participants the state of Mental Health in the Philippines to raise awareness on the different mental health issues and problems faced by our country.

Ms. Myrna C. Comota, SWO III – OIC Head of the INA Healing Center during the orientation

Moreover, Ms. Maria Concepcion L. Penetrante, Social Welfare Officer II of the Center, shared the history of INA Healing Center while Ms. Myrna C. Comota, Social Welfare Officer III and Officer-In-Charge of INA Healing Center, presented the Center’s mission, vision, and programs and services. Ms. Comota emphasized in her presentation that the Center was established to provide a nurturing environment, where mothers and other members of the family may be provided psychosocial support and other interventions that could help them heal from the loss of a loved one.

INA Healing Center staff with Honorable Mayor Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” N. Sotto

After the orientation activity, Ina Healing Center’s staff led by Ms. Comota conducted a courtesy call with Pasig City Mayor, Honorable Victor Ma. Regis N. Sotto.

Inang Nangungulila sa Anak Healing Center, also known as INA Healing Center, is a non-residential facility where grieving mothers who lost a child are given psychosocial support to help others who are in similar situation. The center is located at the DSWD-Central Office, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Constitution Hills, Quezon City. ###

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DSWD-NCR celebrates Family Day 2019

In celebration of the 27th National Family Week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) held its Family Day Celebration with the theme, “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino” on September 21, 2019 at Nayon ng Kabataan, Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.

Staff of DSWD NCR joins the masscot in an intermission number to entertain the participants of Family Day 2019

Each year, staff of the Field Office gather and bring their family members to this activity to enjoy exciting shows, contests, and games. This year, the event overflowed with amusing gimmicks such as the “patalbugan” game booth, glitter tattoo booth, color game booth, photo booth, massage booth, raffle draws, and fun games. Appetizing food such as taho, ice cream, japanese cake, waffles,and food carts for kwek kwek, fish balls, and hot dogs were also all over the place.

Mr. Christian C. Mercado of Finance Management Unit sings his rendition of The Prayer for DSWD Idol 2019

More so, two major contests served as the highlights of the event. First one is the DSWD Idol 2019, won by Mr. Christian C. Mercado, while the second one was the Parent and Child Tandem Contest, won by Mr. Margarito Pelino and his daughter. Guests were also invited to judge said contests, namely, Mr. Kurt Ruzel M. Daquipil, a blogger, and Ms. Ray-Ann V. Sorilla with Mr. Rikki Joshua E. Campano, both from the Department of Budget and Management.

Family Week is celebrated every year in compliance to Presidential Proclamation No. 60, series of 1992 wherein DSWD is tasked to be the lead agency in promoting Filipino values by strengthening Filipino Family unity and relationship through recognizing its importance as the basic unit of the society. ###

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KM Conference 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Develoment – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR)’s Knowledge Management Focals participated in the Knowledge Management (KM) Conference 2019 with the theme, “Standardizing Knowledge Management as a Catalyst of Change,” held at Seorabeol Grand Leisure Hotel, Olangapo City, Zambales on September 9-13, 2019.

This three-day conference focused on topics regarding Design Thinking, Google Suite, and Knowledge Management System. Initiated by the DSWD-Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau (SWIDB), this activity aims to strengthen, promote, and implement the KM system to various Offices, Bureaus, Section, Units, and Field Offices of DSWD.

Aside from the KM Focals of various Field Offices, this activity was also participated in by DSWD Officials such as Region III Assistant Regional Director for Operations Lalaine De Leon and DSWD Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad.

Knowledge Management is the process of creating an environment in which people’s experiences and wisdom on Social Protection programs are valued; and where internal processes are structured to support policy makers and service providers in creating, sharing, and using knowledge. ###

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PYAP Day 2019

PYAP 2019’s Ambassador and Ambassadress.

On September 7, 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) led the celebration of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) Day 2019 with the theme, “45 Years of Excellence: Developing Efficient and Effective PYAP andTransforming Lives”.

PYAP Marikina Dance Group

PYAP is an organization formed to protect and uphold the inherent rights of the disadvantaged youth, a vulnerable sector which the DSWD is mandated to empower. Each year, PYAP Officers and members from different Local Government Units of NCR get together to celebrate the PYAP Day.

Highlights of the event were the dance competition and the Mr. and Ms. PYAP pageant. Ms. Janina Gonzales of Valenzuela was crowned as the PYAP Ambassadress, followed by Ms. Angelique Tapulao as the First Runner-up and Ms. Monica Acuno as the Second Runner-up, while Mr. Stephen Allen Parcon won the PYAP Ambassador title, followed by Mr. Rjay Awiten as the First Runner-Up and Mr. Charlie B. Diano as the Second Runner-up. Meanwhile, PYAP Marikina bagged the championship award of the dance competition.

The PYAP, Inc. is organized nationwide and is federated from the Municipal, City, Provincial, Regional, and National levels. It is a duly-constituted organization of out-of-school youths (OSY) between 15 to 24 years old who are clientele of DSWD. ###

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