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Fire Prevention Month at Haven for Children

In observance of the Fire Prevention Month, the DSWD Haven for Children initiated activities that will provide its clients and staff with measures to prevent fire and how to save lives in cases of fire incidents.

Activities included lecture-forum with officers from Muntinlupa City Fire Department and actual demonstration on the use fire extinguishers that enabled the Haven for Children clients to experience shutting off the bonfire that was put up for the purpose of this activity.

This year’s theme is “Sunog at Sakuna Paghandaan, Kalikasan ay Pangalagaan Nang Matamasa ang Pag-unlad ng Bayan.”

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Bajau woman with a soft heart, and a distinct mission

Brought by the separation of her parents at the age of 9, Nursida “Nursing” Salud, a “bajau” woman experienced hardships in struggling every day for the survival of living away from her family in Zamboanga City.

Since the Islam religion allowed their men to marry other spouses aside from the first wife, Nursing sow hatred that her father chose to be with his other wife than to be with them.

Aside from this, her father chose only to take in his custody her older sister which subsequently prompted her mother to bring her to Manila where Nursing spent her elementary and high school days alone at the house of her auntie.

Alone in the sense that no one is really supporting her… it is just her auntie giving her a meagre amount which is inadequate for her school expenses. In exchange for the said money, Nursing is asked to do the household chores such as washing and ironing of clothes, washing dishes, cleaning the house, among others.

“Katulong talaga ang labas ko ‘dun sa bahay ng auntie ko” (I’m really like a nanny in may auntie’s house), she said.

No one really seems to express interest to help her. With the emotional distress and tiresome everyday household works, she feels like almost giving up; she just silently weeps every night praying for a change in her life.

Nursing reached 3rd year high school which caused her even harder to find a good job. With this, she promised to herself that she will never let her children experience the same sufferings as a result of a broken family.

At present, Nursing, 55 years old, has 4 children and was hired as a street facilitator under the Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Families and Indigenous Peoples Especially Bajaus, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). She monitors almost 292 Bajau families from selected cities in NCR such as Manila, Taguig, and Malabon.

As a street facilitator, she sees herself in some bajau women having no support system but she stressed that she never experienced begging on the street. Unlike nowadays, bajau mothers tend to bring their untidy children on the street as instrument in vagrancy with no fright to raging cars and motorcycles passing by.

Seeing such scenario, Nursing makes a difference by encouraging her fellow bajaus that they can actually earn a living through the different government programs.

Now, through Nursing’s encouragement, 61 bajau women have availed the “cash-for-work” program of the DSWD for three months by being a street sweeper. Further, she had introduced different jobs, trainings, and opportunities such as parking lot attendant at Luneta Park, street facilitator, skills training, livelihood assistance and scholarship programs to her colleagues.

Nursing demonstrated her very good communication skills of explaining to people the bright side of life as what she has learned from being a volunteer for 5 years at a Non-Government Organization (NGO), “Son for All Children” before being a street facilitator.

Nursing vowed that she will help with all her might in uplifting the dignity of badjaus especially the women who are easy to be left by the husband for a privilege it enjoys under the Islam Religion.

“Nagpapasalamat ako na Kristiyano ang napangasawa ko. Kasal kame sa Muslim at Kristyano… kahit nag-aaway kame, alam kong ‘di niya ako iiwanan… sa Muslim, talagang nawawalan ng karapatan ang babae,” (I’m thankful that my husband is a Christian. We are married both to Muslim and Christian Religion… even though we are having arguments, I know he will never leave me… in Muslim, women actually losing their rights) Nursing said.

Her husband, Edwardo V. Salud Sr., 50 years old, is a part-time employee at a food house in San Andres, Malate, Manila near their house. It helps them meet their e

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Anti-epal campaign ng DSWD umarangkada

Kasabay ng kampanya para sa mid-term elections na gaganapin sa Mayo, nag-lunsad din ng “Bawal ang Epal Dito” campaign ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) na ngayon ay pinapalaganap na sa iba’t-ibang rehiyon ng bansa.

Ayon kay DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, layunin ng kampanyang ito na maproteksyunan ang mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program laban sa ilang mga politikong ginagamit ang naturang programa upang mahikayat ang mga benepisyaryong botante na iboto o suportahan ang kanilang kandidatura.

Sa kampanya ng DSWD, binibigyang diin na tanging DSWD National at Field Offices lamang ang may karapatang magtanggal ng pangalan ng benepisyaryo sa talaan ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program kung hindi tumutupad sa mga conditionalities.

Patunay lamang ito na walang maaaring magmanipula sa listahan ng benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya kahit pa sinong politiko ang magsabing kaya nilang makaimpluwensiya dito.

Ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ay programa ng pamahalaan na naglalayong maitaas ang kalidad ng buhay ng mahihirap na pamilyang Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaloob ng tulong pinansyal para sa edukasyon at nutrisyon ng mga batang edad 0-14, at pagbibigay ng dagdag na kaalaman at pagpapaunlad ng kakayahan ng mga pamilyang kasama sa programa.

Sa kasalukuyang tala ng DSWD, umaabot na sa 3.8M pamilya ang benepisyaryo ng programa at 204,442 dito ay mula sa National Capital Region (Metro Manila).

Samantala, pinaalalahanan ni Director Bonoan ang mga benepisyaryo na kung sila ay makakatanggap ng pagbabanta mula sa politiko na nagsasabing sila ay matatanggal bilang benepisyaryo ng programa kung hindi nila ito iboboto, maaari silang magsumbong o mag text ng mga sumusunod: name<slash>area<slash>complaint at ipadala sa 0918-912-2813.  Maaari din mag e-mail sa / o mag tweet sa: @4psreklamo. (DSWD-NCR-Social Marketing Office/March 19, 2013)###

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More than 90,000 poor households in NCR receive cash grants

Some 98,676 poor households in Metro Manila received their monthly cash grants under the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through over-the-counter payment being held simultaneously in 16 cities and one municipality.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said these additional beneficiaries were enrolled in the program in the last quarter of 2012.  This is in addition to the existing 114,000 families.

“As of March 11, 2013, there are 205,780 households in NCR who are benefiting from the government’s Pantawid Pamilya program, Bonoan added.

Under the program, beneficiaries should comply with the conditionalities such as send their children to school, seek regular health check-up, de-worming twice a year and regular attendance to family development sessions.

Each family who complies with these conditions received a maximum of P1,400 monthly cash grants.

Meanwhile, Bonoan cautioned the beneficiaries against politicians who will use the program to advance their political agenda by threatening them on being removed or delisted from the program if they will not support the said politician.

“Only DSWD Central or Regional Office has the authority to remove the beneficiaries from the program if they will not comply to the conditionalities,”
Bonoan stressed.

Bonoan added that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is not controlled by any politician or political party and they do not have the authority to add or remove beneficiaries.

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries make more money-World Bank

A World Bank officer said the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program helps its beneficiaries make more money.

Cyril Muller, Vice President for External Affairs, made this comment during his recent visit and interaction with the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from Brgy. Sta. Ana, Taguig City after learning that they have started investing in various income generating projects.

Rosalie Sapilan, 47 years old with seven children happily shared to Muller and DSWD Secretary Soliman that DSWD taught her how to start a business and that she was assisted through its Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program.

“I vend fish and vegetables to earn a living so that I will not just rely on the cash grants that we receive from the government,” said Rosalie in Tagalog.

Other beneficiaries also shared that Pantawid Pamilya program has helped them send their children to school and committed that they will continue sending them to school even if the program ends after five years.

Muller, Soliman, and other World Bank delegates were also pleased to learn from the beneficiaries that the regular health check-up improved the health status of their children while their attendance to family development sessions taught them values that strengthen family relationships.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education by providing cash grants to poor households with children 0‐14 years old and/or pregnant mothers, provided that they comply with the conditions set by the program.

In NCR, some 205,780 household beneficiaries have been registered in the program; and 7,913 of them are from Taguig City.

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DSWD expands coverage of livelihood projects in Metro Manila

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) expands the coverage of its livelihood projects in Metro Manila with the implementation of Livelihood Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Poor Communities (LVUC) project.

LVUC will use the participatory, community-driven and development approach that will empower local communities through improved participation in local governance as well as in the preparation and implementation of poverty reduction projects. It has funding support from Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF).

In the Stakeholders’ Forum held in Muntinlupa City yesterday (March 5), KALAHI-CIDSS National Project Manager Director Edgar Pato said that the project aims to provide interventions to various key issues that confront the urban poor communities such as land tenure security and eviction; lack of income opportunities, employment

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Lawyer-members of Adoption Support Group pledge commitment

Practicing lawyers who are members of the Adoption Support Group (ASG) organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) committed to render legal assistance to adoptive parents and their children.

During the ceremonial signing of Pledge of Commitment which also marked the kick-off of the 15th Adoption Consciousness Week held at Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Luneta Park, Manila on February 16, six (6) members of the ASG committed to provide legal services at modest professional fees, to be vigilant for the cause of the adoption programs and to facilitate adoption to all those who have the heart and love to provide homes to abandoned, neglected, surrendered children and children with special needs.

Photo shows (from left) Assistant Regional Directors Delia U. Bawan, Jacel J. Paguio, Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, Atty. Homobona Adaza III, Atty. Elizabeth Andres, Atty. Elena Melita C. Lledo, and Atty. Ernesto Francisco Jr. (February 26, 2013, DSWD-NCR Social Marketing Office) ###

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The Clearing Officers Club Inc. (COCI) turned over check donations to centers and institutions of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR).

The COCI is headed by Mr. Rey Burgos (fourth from left) turned over P150,000.00 to DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan and heads of centers and institutions. The recipients of this year’s donation are clients of Jose Fabella Center, Marillac Hills, Nayon ng Kabataan, Haven for Women, National Vocational

Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary Center. Director Bonoan said the donations shall be used to augment the operational expenses of the recipient centers/institutions.

“We are thankful for your (COCI’s) continuing support to the DSWD.  Your donations will definitely go a long way.  May our partnership for six years now continue to grow for the benefit of the disadvantaged sector,” Bonoan expressed.

The Clearing Officers Club, Inc. is an organization composed of bank clearing officers in various banks nationwide and actively supports the socio-civic activities of charitable institutions.

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