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Nayon ng Kabataan’s Mass Baptism

On September 5, 2019, a total of 19 residents of Nayon ng Kabataan ages six (6) up to seventeen (17) years old  were baptized at Sacred Heart Parish Church, Mandaluyong City, officiated by Reverend Father Rey Anthony I. Yatco.

Mass baptism is an annual activity and part of Nayon ng Kabataan’s month-long founding celebration. It aims to strengthen and introduce the children to Catholic faith and provide proof of identity to those who do not have birth certificates. In this event, Social Workers and House Parents of Nayon ng Kabataan stand as godmothers and godfathers of the newly-baptized residents.

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. It is located at Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. ###

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Gardening Keeps Us Together

Community Organizers Marielle Besacruz and Clariza Dela Cruz with Kagawad Antonia and a Pantawid Pamilya farmer-member

We rarely see a place filled with vegetable crops nowadays in Metro Manila as we are surrounded by buildings, condominiums, and other commercial establishments. Thus, to witness one is such a picture perfect scene. The Barangay 201 of Kalayaan, Pasay City framed a picturesque urban garden in the bustling Metro Manila.

In 2014, the Barangay, through Kagawad Antonia Ceron, head of Solid Waste and Clean and Green Committee of the barangay, led this activity through the support of National Housing Authority (NHA) that provides available land for gardening. After a year, Pantawid Pamilya Farmers-members began participating in this community development activity. They convened and planned not just to sustain their garden, but also to yield bounteous harvests for the benefit of their family. As a result of their hardships, they were able to harvest and sell their vegetable crops to the general public. Each of the members has a record of their earnings as part of liquidation and monitoring.

In 2018, they competed at DSWD-NCR’s first Regional Search for Best Gulayan sa Barangay wherein they represented the whole of Pasay City. Fortunately, they were awarded 4th place in the said contest and received a cash price amounting to Php 1,000. After the contest, they invested more time in their garden and earned Php 4,000 profit. They saved Php 1,000 from their total earnings and allocated it for the needed materials on their garden and the rest were divided to the farmers. Afterwards, they had a small gathering to celebrate their win which served as a venue for them to build good relationship with each other and established a great sense of companionship.

Last January, their site was chosen as a venue for the training demonstration of SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Urban Farmers. They considered it as one of their accomplishments as 132 urban farmers graduated after finishing the free 12-session urban farming lessons. In addition, through the activity, they were able to build a greenhouse which is important in urban agriculture.

At present, the barangay encouraged the community members, including the non-pantawid members, senior citizens, and youth, to be involved in urban gardening. They conducted related trainings in agriculture as part of an awareness campaign. After the training, they immediately applied their learnings when they received free seedlings from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Greenhouse of Barangay 201, Kalayaan, Pasay City

To ensure the water supply for their garden, they coordinated with the Day Care Center of the barangay. Even though there is a small number of Pantawid Pamilya farmer-members involved in urban gardening, they have plenty of vegetable crops and they are continuously supported by their barangay.

According to one of the members, “Sana mas marami pa ang mapasama sa pagtatanim para may makatuwang din kami sa gawain. (I hope that many will join the gardening so that we can do more). They are encouraging other members to join them and in time, they believe that many will participate in urban agriculture. ###

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A Leader within (Featured Story)

John Renzo with one of the Army during the Leadership Summit

“Natuto akong gumawa ng mga activities para sa kabataan kahit hindi ako SK kagawad or SK chairman, tinuro saamin na magisip ng gawain para sa mga kabataan.” (I learned to create activities for the youth, even though I’m not a SK member or SK chairman, we were taught to think of activities for the youth of our barangay or our city.) – John Renzo Santos, 19 years old.

John Renzo Santos family is one of the 3,215 members of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families in the National Capital Region. They once lived in a public cemetery at Himlayang Palanyag, Barangay San Dionisio, Paranaque City. With the provision of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program’s Support Service Interventions, they were able to build the foundation and walls of their home and exit the ground of homelessness.

Last August 2-4, 2019, he represented Paranaque City at the 9th Regional Youth Leadership Summit 2019: “Kabataan ng Kalakhang Maynila: Kaisa sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran” held at Harescom, Philippine Army, Camp Riego de Dios, Tanza Cavite. He described the experience as fruitful and memorable.

“Tuturuan ka kung paano maging youth leader sa komunidad” (They will teach you how to become a youth leader in the community) John emphasized. Through the Summit, he shared that he learned how to react proactively during disaster situations. It is more than just preparing disaster kits but to be mentally prepared during strikes. He added that they were also educated about various explosive devices. Through the new learnings, they became aware not to simply attend any meetings organized out of nowhere. Apart from these, they also tackled awareness on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which is timely and relevant for the youth.

One of the activities he would not forget is the speedboat activity where the speedboat will circle twice and when the trainer points at you, you will jump and swim back to the shore. This became memorable as he saved one of the participants who is about to drown for wearing frayed life vest.

He claimed that as a youth leader, you have to consider your members. He is proud of himself as he was nominated during election to become one of the officers. Even though he did not win, for him it is already an accomplishment to be recognized as worthy of becoming a president. Nevertheless, he was elected as the South District Representative which covers the cities of Paranaque, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Taguig, and Pasay.

According to him, this Summit created youth leaders who must step up in their community. It is time to refute the claims that the youth are no longer the hope of our country.

As for the family of John, they are recommended to be mainstreamed as part of the Regular Conditional Cash Transfer of Pantawid Pamilya through the progressive interventions they have received. ###

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Elsie Gaches Village joins the 2019 4th Outdoor Camp Immersion

The Outdoor Camp 2019 was conducted on August 28 -30, 2019 at the Philippine Marine Base in Ternate, Cavite for sixteen (16) selected residents, which aims to: (1) enhance the resident’s current functioning in terms of independent living capabilities as well as with their social engagement towards the society, (2) develop basic decision making skills that may contribute to the welfare of the residents, and (3) to learn and apply proper procedures in response to certain basic emergency situations. The entire camp consists of various activities which aim to challenge the potentials of the residents which they can apply to their everyday living.

EGV Residents enjoying and actively participating in the activity

The program started with an opening remarks given by Mr. Jericho Medel, followed by the distribution of kits containing IDs and toiletries of the residents. The participants were handed art materials so that each group can create their own outdoor camp 2019 banners. After the banner- making activity, the residents were given ample time to relax and enjoy the beach.

On the second day, the Psychological Service led the residents for a jog along the beach as part of their morning exercises.  Mr. Monching Guamos, a resident of the center, led the group for a zumba while Ms. Maricel Enteña for the aerobics. Mr. Bernard Llamanzares conducted a lecture on how to provide first aid for seizure, followed by a workshop on disaster management.

The residents during the discussion on Disaster Risk Management

The event certainly met the objectives of encouraging residents to build fellowships among themselves, to showcase how empowered they are and to feel how much they are valued despite their vulnerabilities, through forming inclusive development. ###

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Haven for Children celebrates Buwan ng Wika 2019

The Haven for Children, in coordination with the Educational Service, conducted a month- long celebration of the 2019 Buwan ng Wika with the theme, “Wikang Katutubo sa Bansang Pilipino”.

In observance of the Filipino tradition the activity formally opened on August 5, 2019 at the Haven for Children activity hall through an activity called “Musikahan”, participated in by the students of Jose Fabella Memorial School- HFC. For the Musikahan the children is divided into six teams namely the Maranaos, Ilocanos, Kapampangans, Hiligaynons and Bicolanos.

On the succeeding days activities were played and participated by the children such as Poster Making contest and Essay Writing contest were conducted to give the children chances to exercise their creativity as they interpret the thee through visuals and words.

The Medical Services Department also participated in the activity through conducting a lecture for all the residents and employees about “Dengue and Parasites”, which aims to raise awareness on maintaining cleanliness and orderliness among themselves and the environment.

Tagisan ng Talino was also conducted on August 22, 2019. The Teachers and the Wellness Committee provided series of memory games that can help the students learn more and have fun at the same time. On August 24, 2019, six (6) selected students, accompanied by the Teachers and Houseparents, watched a Dulang Pangteyatro entitled “Alab ng Puso” at SM Southmall, Las Pinas. The play was about the life of Andres Bonifacio and his dedication in saving our country from the Spaniards.

On the 28th day of August, the first part of Pagbigkas ng Tula was conducted by the Grade 1 to 3 students. During the culminating program of Buwan ng Wika, the Pampinid na Palatuntunan was conducted on September 2, 2019.  Masining na Pagkukwento, and Spoken Poetry, and the General Staff-Parent-Teachers Association (GSPTA) oath-taking were also conducted during the month-long activity which aims to promote patriotism among our fellow Filipino citizen. ###

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DSWD-NCR’s Pantawid Pamilya successfully conducts the 2019 Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

Among the 17 contenders, Jamolo Family was named Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2019

Quezon City — Jamolo family from Barangay Merville, Paranaque City took home the plaque for this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya held at Commission on Higher Education 2nd floor Auditorium, Quezon City.

The Jamolo family conquered the plaque from 16 other contenders from their respective Local Government Units in National Capital Region.

Ninfa, 47, the mother of the family was a former Barangay Health Worker and currently serving as a Solo Parent and PWD’s desk officer in their Barangay.

Adding to her arsenal of community activities, she has been a member of Samahan ng mga Ilonggo sa Parangaque for 6 years, a group formed to help the Ilonggos living in Paranaque City; the Assistant Secretary of Samahan ng Inaping Dukha for 3 years, a group formed to aid the victims of abuse and violence in their Barangay; and a member of Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pantawid Pamilya, a group of Pantawid Pamilya members advocating the vision of the Program and the welfare of their co-members.

This year, through her incomparable efforts, she was able to finish her High School Education, making her an epitome of diligence for her children. It is perhaps the biggest recognition she could share to her children.

Joemari, 50, keeps the family steady by steering the wheel of his taxi; he is the team leader of Christian Family Movement, assembled to help families in spiritual formation. He is the adviser of Sitio Manggahan II-A Neighborhood Association for 3 years. He emphasized that their family is never perfect but to raise their children as responsible individuals with a sense of love for their community are just enough for him as a father. 

The children of Jamolo family made a name for themselves, especially Jenny Rose, 20, presently on her 5th year in college. She once served as Vice President of Integrity of Students in Action Program at Kalayaan National High School for 4 years. As a college student, she was the delegate ambassadress for United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization representing Polytechnic University Philippines.

Jamolo Family is not perfect but through their support and love for each other, they walked through the toughest challenges that made them a model for other families. To witness their family develop through ups and downs while finding their way out of poverty is more than the recognition they had received.

The Search Continues

Over the past ten years, Pantawid Pamilya has witnessed positive changes in the lives of its family members. Impact evaluations on the program showed that it is on track on keeping children healthy and in school. Increase in community participation and civic engagement also reflected in the reports about the program. Hence, countless success stories showing the significant effects of the program prove that the poorest of the poor Filipino families leap their way through a self-sufficient level of well-being.

The National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya has been one of our venues to showcase these triumphant stories. Those family-members who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community are recognized through this search.

It promotes positive behaviors that we want our family-members to adopt such as putting a premium on children’s health and education and becoming active citizens. This is an institutionalized activity that communicates the stories of huwarang families that provide program members the actual examples of how hard work, family togetherness, and the assistance from Pantawid Pamilya could lead to affirmative changes in their lives.

This year, there were 25 families endorsed from Local Government Units after a thorough deliberation by the Provincial Selection Team/Operations Office. Selection Team consists of Social Welfare Officer III, City/Municipal Link, and one external judges. The 25 entries underwent Desk Validation by the Regional Selection Team consists of Information Officers, Regional Gender and Development Officer, and the Family Development Session Focal Person of Pantawid Pamilya.

As a result, 17 contenders from 17 LGU’s were subjected for Field validation from July 22-24, 29-31, 2019 until August 1, 2019. Various Representatives from Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Family joined in the quest to find the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2019.

Before the regional winner, the following families were awarded in order; Tubello Family from Mandaluyong City as the first runner-up, Bachicha Family from Navotas City as the second runner-up, Domino Family from Marikina City as the third runner-up, and Vega Family from Makati City as the fourth runner-up.

With the addition of Gender Sensitivity Assessment Checklist, Apart from the runners up, the group of validators provided a special award to Fuentes Family of Pasig City. ###

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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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