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2nd Regional Search for PWD Got Talent

As part of the celebration of the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development National Capital Region (DSWD NCR), in partnership with the Federation of Persons With Disabilities, the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs, and the City of Malabon, spearheaded the 2nd Regional Search for PWD Got Talent, held at Robinsons Town Mall on July 27, 2019.

Exhibiting the theme of the 41st NDPR week entitled, “Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kaakibat sa pagtupad ng Karapatan ng May Kapansanan,” the PWD Got Talent was conceptualized and organized by the Department to demonstrate the capacities and exceptional talents of the members of the sector as well as to serve as a vehicle of information for programs being implemented by government agencies and organizations of and for PWDs that promote their inherent rights.

John Roby Rojo and Gracille Anne Tarroquin, Information Officers I of DSWD NCR, while distributing IEC materials

Given the objective of this activity, the Social Marketing Office of DSWD NCR took the opportunity to conduct an Information Caravan to promote the programs and services of the twelve (12) Centers and Residential Care Facilities (C/RCFs) of the Field Office which may cater to needs of the PWD sector. Information and Education Campaign (IEC) materials such as flyers and brochures were distributed to stimulate public awareness and encourage citizen participation and cooperation on the programs of the Department that address disability issues and concerns.

Ashley Santiago, Person with Visual Disability from Valenzuela City

Around forty (40) contestants from different Local Government Units within NCR showcased their talents and competed for the awards. Ashley Santiago from Valenzuela City bagged the 1st place in the Children Solo Category while the VALSPED Band won the grand prize for the Children Group Category. Moreover, Raynalou L. Cabarloc won in the Adult Solo Category while the Dreamers Squad got the 1st place in the Adult Group Category.

With the success of this event, the DSWD NCR will continue to conduct various activities that will highlight and uplift the rights of the PWD sector, as part of the government’s mandate as duty bearer in providing equal opportunity, equal treatment, and empowerment to PWDs, for them to confidently take part in nation-building. ###

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Earth Quake Drill 2019 at Haven for Women

Residents and staff of Haven for Women during the conduct of Earth Quake Drill

As part of the National Disaster Resilience Month Celebration, the Haven for Women conducted their Earth Quake Drill 2019 with the theme “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro para sa Tunay na Pagbabago,” held at Haven for Women office grounds on July 29, 2019.

The activity was led by the center nurse, Ms. Herminia Casilihan, and participated in by 130 residents and staff of the Center. The residents were instructed to do the “duck”, “cover”, and “hold” to prevent accidents during the evacuation. Ms. Brigette Angaye, Social Welfare Officer II, evaluated the activity and gave further instructions on how to be alert, how to avoid panicking, how to check on your colleagues, and how to proceed to a safer place.

A lecture on Disaster Preparedness was also conducted last July 25, 2019 wherein representative from the Muntinlupa City Disaster Management Office served as a resource person. The activity aims to strengthen the knowledge of the residents and staff during calamities which might occur anytime.

Haven for Women is a temporary shelter and custody to the abused, battered, exploited, and trafficked women, ages 18-59 years old. ###

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Marillac Hills celebrates Nutrition Month 2019

In celebration of Nutrition Month 2019 with the theme, “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo… Push natin to!,” Marillac Hills and Jose Fabella Memorial School officially opened the program with kick-off activities last July 1, 2019.

Part of the activities was the parade of the handcrafted banners of selected residents. Moreover, the Dietary Service prepared fun-filled activities such as Slogan and Poster- Making Contest, Nutri-Quiz Bee, Aero- Dance Competition, NutriHat-making contest, and Cooking Demo.

The Cooking Demo contest is one of the most awaited activities of the residents and staff as it paved way for the children to showcase their talent in cooking various menu which are healthy and tasty. The dishes were also being shared and enjoyed by everyone.

To formally end the month-long activity, a culminating program was conducted at Marillac Hills Covered Court last July 26, 2019. The program started with an opening prayer led by selected grade 7 students followed by an opening message by Ms. Ma. Erlinda Bacud, the Chairman of the 2019 Nutrition Month celebration. A scrumptious boodle fight was prepared to serve everyone who participated in the activity. The nutrition month celebration enabled the residents of Marillac Hills to demonstrate their talents, abilities, and improve their interpersonal communication skills.

Marillac Hills is a rehabilitation center for young girls ages 7-12 years old who are victims of abuse. ###

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DSWD-NCR’s Earthquake Drill

MANILA – In observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), in partnership with Bureau of Fire Protection, conducted an earthquake drill on July 26, 2019 to stir up full participation and evaluate the actual response of all Field Office personnel during times of emergency situations. Led by DSWD-NCR’s Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD), the activity used the Field Office’s (FO) grounds and the San Rafael Street as the evacuation area.

As part of the drill, the DRMD set up an Incident Command Post simulation led by Mr. Bienvenido Barbosa, Officer In Charge of the Division, wherein the emergency action center of the disaster response team will be held in the event of calamities. Disaster relief such as food distribution was also practiced in an organized manner. The Field Office was also able to test the two (2) new generator sets donated by the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau, in preparation for the event of a power outage.

All FO personnel including the clients cooperated in the evacuation activity, which resulted zero casualties in the area. Various personnel also carried out roles as part of the DSWD-NCR Disaster Response Team. Mr. Alex Cabales, representing the Regional Director as the Responsible Officer of the Region, and Mr. Barbosa as the Incident Commander, facilitated the post-mortem assessment and evaluation of the activity to gear FO personnel towards a disaster-resilient office.

The DSWD-NCR is committed not only in providing immediate relief and response during disaster situations, but also in creating an emergency-prepared comunity within and around the Field Office; therefore will continue supporting all disaster awareness, preparedness, and mitigation efforts of the government whether at the local or at the national level. ###

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NK’s Nutrition Month Celebration 2019

For this year’s month-long celebration of Nutrition Month with the theme “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo… Push natin ‘to!” (Eat healthy and be physically active… Let’s do this!), Nayon ng Kabataan started the event with a kick-off parade on July 6, 2019 to promote awareness on the importance of healthy diet, and increased physical activities.

On the same day, various activities were conducted, such as poster making contest, wherein selected clients competed to showcase and develop their artistic talents and self-expression.

Demonstration of easy to cook merienda like boiled camote, puto, and pastillas, and preparation of delicious dishes such as longganisa and roasted chicken were also conducted during the celebration. Ms. Loren May R. Oliva, Nutritionist Dietitian, explained the benefits and examples of healthy diet and its relation to physical activity, as well as the proper weight management and healthy lifestyle.

COOKING TIME. During the cooking contest, NK Kids with Ms. Amanda Bautista, Teacher from Jose Fabella Memorial School, Ms. Joy Camposano, Admin Service, describe and explain their menu.
TALK FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLFE. NK’s clients and staff participate in the series of healthy lifestyle lectures.

Nutri Bingo cum Nutri Fiesta was also conducted on July 23, 2019 to familiarize the residents and staff with different healthy food items like vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, root crops, poultry products, as well as the ingredients that they can use in a particular healthy recipe.

NUTRI BINGO. Played by crossing off the food items you have on your tickets when they are called out. The aim of the game is to cross off all the food items before anyone else.

The month-long celebration of Nutrition Month capped off with a Nutri-Fashion Show wherein the staff and clients showed their creativity by preparing and showcasing costumes and performances related to healthy lifestyle.

Nayon ng Kabataan is a residential care facility for the abused, orphaned, abandoned, neglected, and exploited children ages 7-17 years old, both male and female. It is located at Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. ###

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“A Journey to a Brighter Future”

Ricky Caridad’s, story of success

Growing alone and homeless are some of the hardest trials a child could least dream of. Every child deserves a family that will nurture, love, care, and sustain his/her needs; a family they can turn to in times of solace and loneliness.

But not for Ricky Caridad. Ricky is a former resident of Elsie Gaches Village, a residential care facility that caters to abandoned and neglected clients with special needs. Through the help of the institution, Ricky is one of the many residents who are now fully recovered and are ready to face the challenges in life.

Ricky was abandoned on the street by his parents at a very young age. He was temporarily placed at Nayon ng Kabataan then was transferred to Tuloy Don Bosco, and was finally placed at Elsie Gaches Village upon being diagnosed with Intellectual Disability.

Ricky is known by many for his big smile and his cheerful attitude. Despite being shy, EGV helped Ricky develop his assertiveness and exercise his confidence in necessary situations such as job interviews and the like. EGV helped Ricky face his weaknesses and develop his strengths through provision of institutional programs and services for special clients like him.

Aside from his basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothes, EGV also provided Ricky SPED schooling and sports and development activities among others.

It is also worth mentioning that Ricky is into ball games. His love for sports brought him to Special Olympics National Games in the Philippines, and eventually in the Special Olympics World Games held in Shanghai, China, and Sidney, Australia.

Despite all the hardships he faced, Ricky is now one of the most dependable residents of Elsie Gaches Village; the trainings on life skills that EGV provided him made him a more independent individual. In fact, he is one among a few residents who can be trusted to work outside of the residential care facility. Ricky now worked as a helper in a nearby canteen.

Currently, aside from being an active resident of EGV, Ricky is also working as a store associate at UNIQLO – one of the biggest clothing companies in Asia. Ricky’s new employment marks the start of his journey of discovering and experiencing a whole new world for a brighter future. ###

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Aim High for Success

Maria Jeafe Alura, Success Story

Adoption is a process of taking care of someone by providing financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual support, with the guidance and approval of the government.

Maria Jeafe Alura is one of the many children that has been adopted and well taken care off. Faye was raised with the utmost love, care, attention, and financial support by her adoptive parents and family.

Even though she was sent to a private school, Faye still experienced getting bullied by a lot of children. Those bullies made fun of the fact that she is adopted, which made her lose interest in going to school. Faye was even blackmailed by some of her classmates which made her give out jeweleries, food, and other personal belongings to the bullies against her will. Luckily, her adoptive parents found out about this bullying and got Faye out of her situation.

When Faye was in her high school, her alleged biological mother went to her uninvited. This visit did not go well as Faye only learned to resent the woman for being a prostitute.

After the incident, Faye started rebelling. She completely lost interest in studying, she constantly misbehaved, and she chose to hang out with peers who were nothing but bad influence on her. At a very young age, Faye learned to live under one roof with her boyfriend. Due to these acts, Faye became involved in prostitution and exploitation wherein she eventually got rescued during an entrapment operation.

After this incident, Faye was brought to Haven for Women to receive intervention. At first, Faye showed unwillingness to cooperate and blatantly disobeyed the institution’s rules and regulations. Even so, Haven for Women did not give up on her. The institution did its best to make her feel at home, and helped her until she reached the point of acceptance and was able to function and plan for her future.

After realizing all her shortcomings and wanting to start anew, Faye decided to enrol in an Alternative Learning System (ALS). She eventually passed the examination for high school which made her adoptive family very proud. Despite everything, her family never stopped supporting her through all of her ups and downs.

While waiting to be reintegrated with her family, Faye chose to actively participate in the Food and Beverage training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

“Hindi ko ma-explain ang pakiramdam ko pero nagpapasalamat ako sa laking tulong ng Haven for Women para marealize ko lahat ang aking mga pagkakamali at makilala ko ng lubusan ang aking sarili. Sobrang pasasalamat ko na narito ako. Kung hindi dahil sa Haven for Women, hindi ko alam kung paano ibabalik ang maayos na samahan namin ng aking pamilya. Sa pag-uugali, sa pakikisama, at lalong lalo na ang pagiging matatag, lahat ‘yan, dito ko natutunan.” ###

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NVRC joins the 41st NDPR Week Celebration

The National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) celebrated the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week on July 17 – 23, 2019 with the theme, “Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong may Kapansanan.” Held at the NVRC court, this event was participated by NVRC’s staff and trainees.

The celebration of the NDPR Week is considered as one of the biggest events of the Sector for Persons with Disabilities in the National Capital Region as this event helps them stimulate public awareness as well as recognize their significant contributions in nation-building.

Clients of NVRC while engaging in worthwhile activities during the NDPR Week

NVRC held quite a few activities such as Karpintero, Basagang Palayok, Sack Race, and more. They also conducted a film-showing and a dental mission spearhead by partner-volunteers. NVRC Got Talent, a program showcasing the PWD’s exquisite talents, was also conducted.

Through the activities provided, the clients of the institution gained knowledge and were able to practice their cooperation, communication, and leadership skills.

National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) is a non-residential institution that provides training and rehabilitation programs and services to persons with disabilities and special groups, including the elderly and dependent of PWDs. It is located at J.P Burgos Street, Project 4, Quezon City. ###

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