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The Arellano University signs a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD-NCR

The photo shows from the left AU Data Protection Officer Atty. Kristy Jane M. Balino, AU Chairman and CEO Mr. Francisco P.V. Cayco, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Mr. Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas, and DSWD-NCR Data Protection Officer Ms. Manuela M. Loza

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region signs a Memorandum of Agreement with Arellano University to formalize a partnership in assisting eligible students on their scholarship application under the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act (UniFAST), also known as Republic Act No. 10687.

Arellano University’s learning priority for their students is to promote critical thinking and scientific problem solving skills through the use of reasoning with truth and knowledge.

Mr. Vincente Gregorio B. Tomas, DSWD-NCR Regional Director, said that the Department is glad and thankful to the University for choosing to protect the welfare of their students through the use of the Listahanan database.

The Department is continuously promoting the use of Listahanan 2 Database as a means to identify the vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals for the purposes of improving their well-being.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. ###

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Randy, a 28 year-old client with hearing impairment from Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), managed to support his daily needs as well as his family through the opportunities provided by RSW.

Having skills in food management and electronic services, Randy tried seeking employments in the past but no opportunities were granted to him, since the jobs he applied for require good interpersonal communication skills which he lacks of.

In 2013, Randy found out about the programs and services provided by RSW. RSW, in partnership with Philippine Airlines (PAL), provide temporary jobs to Persons with Disabilities through the PAL sanitizing project. Despite his disability, Randy had the courage to apply which eventually landed him a job as a utility worker.

Randy while showcasing his talent

Randy never sees his condition as a hindrance in achieving his aspirations and goals in life. He diligently works with focus on whatever task assigned to him, he manifests contentment on whatever he has in life, and he always considers his life as a blessing. His attitude towards work and his vibrant character brightens up the lives of the people around him.

Every year, Randy joins the celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation awareness by participating in art competitions wherein he was able to showcase his talents and skills in portrait drawing. One time, in an artwork session with Mr. Robert Lopez, a master charcoal portrait artist who volunteered to provide rehabilitation workshop to Persons with Disabilities, Randy eagerly participated and took his chance in showcasing his talent in portrait-making to Mr. Lopez. Unexpectedly, Randy was able to draw his portraits perfectly. According Mr. Lopez, Randy gives attention to details and carefully follows all the instructions in the process of learning. Despite Randy’s limitations, his will and aspirations lead him to discover his potential and his intrinsic ability.

Through the opportunity provided by RSW, Randy turned his talent into business. Randy now accepts orders ranging from PhP1,500 to PhP9,500.00 for those who are interested to have their own portraits drawn in charcoal. This opportunity gave Randy additional income apart from his regular earnings as a utility worker at PAL.

Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW) is a non-residential business-work oriented facility of DSWD-NCR which gives temporary employment to persons with disabilities. The differently-abled are being exposed to pieces of trainings, skills development, and workshops, to prepare them for outside employment and entrepreneurship. RSW is located at JP Burgos Street, Project 4, Quezon City. ###

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DSWD-NCR establishes partnership with The National Teachers College

Photo shows from the left NTC Guidance Head Ms. Ayessa Grace Bernabe, DSWD-NCR Regional Information Technology Officer II Mr. Michael Mercado, NTC President Mr. Alfredo Ayala, NTC Data Protection Officer Ms. Gloria Suzette Taala, DSWD-NCR Data Protection Officer Ms. Manuela M. Loza and Project Development Officer IV Ms. Maricris Estepa

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) established partnership with the National Teachers College (NTC) through signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the selection of students and youth who are in need of scholarships and other programs for the financially disadvantaged. Held on July 2, 2019 at The National Teachers College, Legarda, Manila, this activity is participated in by Mr. Alfredo Ayala, NTC President and Ms. Manuela Loza, Data Protection Officer of DSWD-NCR.

The NTC aims to provide their students a high degree of competence in their chosen career and their quest for knowledge, training, and professional endeavor. Mr. Alfredo Ayala, President of NTC, expressed that Listahanan 2 database is a big help for the college as this will make it easier for them to identify the students who are in need of financial help. He also added that he is very thankful to the Department for trusting NTC by giving them access to Listahanan database.

“On behalf of our Regional Director, we are glad to support the NTC on their mission to help students reach their goals and give hope to those who can barely afford tertiary education,” said Ms. Manuela M. Loza, Data Protection Officer of DSWD-NCR.

Listahanan is an information management system which identifies who and where the poor are in the country. ###

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Nutrition Month at Sanctuary

On July 2, 2019, the Sanctuary Center, spearheaded by its Dietary Service Office, joined the nation in observing the National Nutrition Month, with the theme, “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo…push natin ‘to!”. This observation is based on Presidential Decree 491, also known as the Nutrition Act of the Philippines.

The purpose of the celebration is to disseminate nutrition-related information and to create greater awareness on the importance of nutrition among Filipinos. Parts of the activities were: the nutri-parade, playing of video presentations, and hanging of streamer and other visual aid materials.

Ms. Loren May Oliva, Nutritionist-Dietician I of the Center, graced the opening activity and welcomed the participants. Twenty two (22) selected participants of different Skills Training Programs within the Center joined the nutri-parade and carried their colorful posters together with fresh fruits and vegetables from the Center’s backyard.

As part of the celebration, the Center will conduct Poster Making Contest, Lecture on the Importance of Backyard Gardening, Nutri-Bingo and Zumba Dance Contest and Culminating Activity.

The activity aims to strengthen the advocacy on the importance of healthy diet, increased physical activity, and reduced sedentary behavior. By putting this advocacy into practice, each and everyone can improve their well-being and healthy lifestyle.

Sanctuary Center is a half-way home for female, 18 years old and above, who are improving from psychosis and other mental illness. Managed by DSWD – NCR, the Center has a 100-bed capacity and is located at Welfareville Compound, Acacia Lane, Mandaluyong City. ###

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RSW and its New Partners Working As One

From Left: Mr. Robert Q. Lopez, Mr. Roger Cabrera, RD’s Consultant,  Ms. Melinda Cabunagan, Mr. Arnel Bautista  SWO III/OIC of Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop,  Mr. Jerry Brenches, Senior. Manpower Development Officer, Regional Director, Mr. Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas, Ms. Camille Albarracin, Mr. Francis Francisco, and Assistant Regional Director for Operations Ms. Edna Sacedor.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR)’s, Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW) continuously receives partnerships which will augment skills and additional capabilities of the differently abled. This can bring more job opportunities for RSW clients which can help them earn extra income and temporary employment.  

Ms. Camille Rose Duque Albarracin, owner of Everything Green Trading, Mr. Francis Z. Francisco, founder of Savant and Art, Ms. Melinda D.V. Cabunagan, owner of Cotton and Canvas, and Mr. Robert Q. Lopez, an artist, while signing the MOA

Through Memorandum of Agreements, three (3) new project partnerships and one (1) renewal were signed in support of the RSW. These partnerships were with: Everything Green Trading, Savant and Art / Portrait, and Mr. Robert Q. Lopez, while the renewed project partnership was Cotton and Canvas.

Everything Green Trading, a new project partner, is the proponent of the Green-ne-las Project – a greener alternative to slippers made from unprocessed abaca called “bakbak” or dried abaca leaf sheaths. Green-ne-las aims to contribute to zero waste solution with 99% compostable product, as well as to provide a sustainable enterprise and open job opportunities to persons with disabilities in grass root communities.

Savant, another new project partner, focused on showcasing the PWD’s skills, talents, and creations through an online platform that would promote PWD products and services.  This will showcase the products crafted by the clients of RSW and will also serve as a platform wherein entrepreneurs can meet with RSW clients to hire the latter as manufacturers their products.

Mr. Robert Q. Lopez, an artist, voluntarily expressed his intention to provide creative art workshop for PWDs as part of their rehabilitation and enhancement of skills, talents, and interest on portraits and painting. Portrait painting is another form of business which may become a source of income opportunity for PWDs.

Further, Cotton and Canvas, a project partner of RSW for years, renewed their partnership for interminable support on RSW’s garment production, augmenting RSW’s trainees’ income. They are keen to place job orders for, but not limited to, placemats, table runners, table napkins, and different sizes of canvas bags and pouches.

These new project partners envision very promising outcomes, gains, and results that will bring in more job opportunities, extra income, and temporary employment for the clients of RSW.

Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW) is a non-residential business-work oriented facility of DSWD-NCR which gives temporary employment to persons with disabilities. The differently-abled are being exposed to pieces of trainings, skills development, and workshops, to prepare them for outside employment and entrepreneurship. RSW is located at JP Burgos Street, Project 4, Quezon City. ###

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Poetry in Neon Workshop

Selected clients from the Reception and Study Center for Children joined the free Poetry in Neon Workshop conducted by the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design at Malate, Manila on June 15, 2019. It is a hands-on workshop which aims to engage the children in visualizing poetry through neon painting as a means to develop their self-awareness and their sense of identity. This enhances the children’s talents and creativity by giving them a chance to share their thoughts and feelings as they discuss a certain topic.

The thirteen (13) children who joined the workshop were able to express their sense of identity through impromptu poem writing. In this activity, the children were able to describe themselves and share who they are as perceived by others. In the second part of the workshop, the children created drawings and poems about their friends, which they proudly shared to the group. Angelica, a child from the Pink House, wrote a poem about herself which reads:

“Ako ay may mata
Ako ay may ilong
Ako ay may tenga
Ako ay may bibig
At higit sa lahat puso’t isip
na ibinigay ng Diyos”

After the workshop, the children were given opportunities to explore and look at the different paintings displayed at the museum. The children’s curiosities were piqued as they were mesmerized by the large paintings which depict nationalism, history, and social issues. Questions were raised as their young minds wondered what could be the hidden message behind those paintings. Truly, this experience is a good exercise for the children to develop their artistic sense and creativity.

The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) aims to help the children achieve survival, development and rehabilitation.  It is located at Bago-Bantay Extension, Quezon City. ###

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2019 Opening Ceremonies of Jose Fabella Memorial School

The Jose Fabella Memorial School (JFMS) – Haven for Children Chapter celebrated their opening ceremonies for the school year 2019-2020 on June 3, 2019, held at the Haven for Children Activity Hall.

The program started with a flag raising ceremony, followed by the singing of JFMS Hymn, and then the sharing of the Lakas ng Karakter for the month of June, which is “Justice vs. Corruption”.

Ms. Eva Villegas, OIC-Head of the Center, gave an opening message for the students to encourage them to pursue a better future and push themselves to become good citizens of the country we live in.

For this school year, a total of seventy-one (71) students enrolled at the Haven for Children. Two of the residents were already enrolled outside of the Center—one is on his Senior High School at Las Pinas National Senior High School and the other one is at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.

This only proves that everyone deserves a chance to start anew and become a better version of themselves. They just need people who will guide them and truly believe in them.

Haven for Children is a temporary shelter to provide healing and empowerment to former street children. ###

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DSWD-NCR Conducts Policy Forum on Proposed Bills, Issuances, and Policies

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas giving his opening message to welcome the guests and participants of the Policy Forum.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) conducted a Policy Forum on the DSWD Proposed Bills, Issuances and Policies regarding Magna Carta of Child Development Worker Bill and Positive Discipline of Children Act on June 20, 2019 at Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila, M.H. Del Pilar St., Ermita, Manila, as part of its mandate to promote the rights and welfare of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors through provision of holistic social protection programs and development of responsive SWD legislations, policies, and plans, as well as ensuring their effective implementation. The event was participated in by the Early Childhood Care Development Council, Government-Owned and/or -Controlled Corporations, National Government Agencies with Child Development Centers, Local Government Units, Civil Society Organizations, Social Welfare and Development Agencies from the children sector, and the DSWD Central Office.

Panelist Ms. Jacel J. Paguio, Operations Manager of Bantay Bata 163 during the plenary discussion

The event has become a venue of discussion for Social Welfare Development policy concerns among partner stakeholders, with a goal to collate or develop concrete policy recommendations and plan of actions which will help lobby the passage of the proposed legislative bills.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas emphasized the use of social media in advocating the passing of the bills. “Let us maximize the use of social media; let’s include Success Stories and clear advocacy plans aside from regular activities such as signature campaigns and conduct of fora,” he said during his remarks.

During the first part of the forum, Mr. Joshua M. Matino, Planning Officer III of DSWD Central Office, presented the national situationer. He gave an overall picture of the current conditions of the proposed bills on Solo Parent, Social Welfare and Development Agencies Act, Establishment of the National Council for the Welfare of the Senior Citizen and Elderly Abuse Bill.

The first bill presented was “The Magna Carta of Child Development Workers Bill”which proposes the provision of adequate remuneration for day care workers and to promote and improve their well-being and economic welfare. This shall cover all professionals providing Early Child Care and Development in all government-owned day care centers and all non-stock, non-profit day care centers run by volunteers, people’s organizations, associations, and non-government organizations.

Meanwhile, the second proposed bill known as the Positive Discipline of Children Act, aims to ensure that the children are protected from all forms of corporal punishment, humiliating and degrading treatment, violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, and coercion, especially those acts which are harmful to their personal safety and security.  This Act also recognizes the vital role of children and youth in nation building as it also promotes and protects their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.

A plenary discussion by sectorial representatives was also held after the presentation of the proposed bills. Panelists such as Ms. Jenny Deuda of Muntinlupa Early Child Care Development, Ms. Aileen Clemente of Social Security System Day Care, Ms. Newelle M. Magas of Early Child Care Development Council, Ms. Wilma Bañaga of Save the Children, Bro. Luis M. Ortiz of Friendship Home Fr. Luis Amigo, Ms. Jacel J. Paguio of Bantay Bata 163, and Ms. Glenda M. Derla of Reception and Study Center for Children, gave their respective opinions, reactions, and comments on the lobbying of the proposed bills.

During the second part of the program, the attendees took part in the open forum wherein they raised their issues, concerns, and queries to the members of the panel.

(L to R: Panelist and Operations Manager, Ms. Jacel J. Paguio, and Program Director Ms. Jing Castañeda-Velasco both from Bantay Bata 163, with DSWD-NCR’s Policy and Plans Division Chief Ms. Manuela M. Loza during the symbolic signing.

After the event, the participants signed the tarpaulin of the forum to show solidarity in support of the Department’s advocacy. The symbolic signing also represents the signature campaign that was launched during the forum.  ###

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