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DSWD-NCR “Summer Splash 2013”

Summer heat and fun are on at DSWD-National Capital Region as it opens this year’s “Summer Splash” event.

The Summer Splash 2013 is a three-day event from April 17-19 and part of DSWD-NCR’s wellness program.  It aims to develop stronger bond among the NCR family and to maintain vitality in the performance of their respective functions.

The opening ceremony started with a parade of teams which was participated in by the Field Office staff and the Search for Ms. Summer Splash 2013.  The staff were divided into six teams who competed in various ‘basaan’ (wet) games and challenges.

In the Search for Ms. Summer Splash 2013, Ms. Jackie Lou Dela Cruz of Travel Clearance Section and Mr. Mark Vincent Mingua of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are the winners.

Mr. Jose Maninang and Ms. Catherine Co of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) were second runner-up and Mr. Marvin Bermudez and Ms. Mary Grace Cabral, also from MCCT-HSF were first runner up.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that this activity is important in fostering camaraderie and in reinvigorating the enthusiasm of NCR employees and staff after a day’s work.

She reminded the staff, however, that while there are on-going activities, they should prioritize the official tasks and provision of services to the clients that come to the office.

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To provide the children at DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) with a fun-filled summer and to develop sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork among them, at least 31 children, 5 to 10 years old joined the soccer sports clinic which runs from April 2 to May 30, 2013 at the RSCC grounds.

Ms. Hazel Militante, Head Social Worker of RSCC said that days before the start of the soccer sports clinic, children are excited and always look forward for their Tuesdays and Thursdays soccer session.

Coach Jesus ‘Jess’ Landingan, a resident soccer coach of Nayon ng Kabataan, Haven for Children and Elsie Gaches Village and her daughter Joyce, who is a national coach and football-scholar of the University of Sto. Tomas will serve as trainor and coach of these children.

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Empoyment facilitation assembly for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

Perlita Dades, 21 years old, from Brgy. 171 Pasay City came in her best dress, with high hopes that she will be assisted in getting a job after her attendance to the employment facilitation assembly organized recently by the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) at Kalayaan Covered Court, Brgy. 201, Pasay City.

Perlita is one of the 100 employable members of Pantawid Pamilya household beneficiaries who proceeded to the covered court to attend the activity which aimed to prepare and assist them in finding employment.

“This is one of the strategies that the Department is initiating in partnership with other government agencies and private organizations to help the beneficiaries who will graduate from the five-year implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” Assistant Regional Director Jacel J. Paguio said.

During this assembly, participants were taught how to prepare a Bio-Data or Resume and were guided how to present themselves during job interviews.

Employers such as PhilExport, Stream Global Services, Ayala Foundation and David Mendoza Consunji, Inc (DMCI) were also invited during the assembly to conduct actual interview with applicants.

“I am happy that DSWD initiated this activity which is truly helpful especially to my fellow beneficiaries who wanted to get a job to help our family,” Perlita said in Tagalog.

Perlita’s family is one of the 1,239 families from Pasay who will exit from the program on December 2013.

“In Metro Manila, a total of 11,978 families will graduate from the five-year implementation of the program and we would like to ensure that these families reach the self-sufficient level through the convergence efforts of DSWD, other government agencies, non-government organizations and civil society organizations,” Paguio added.

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9 Gold Medals for DSWD-NCR’s PWD-Trainees and Staff

Disability did not hinder the persons with disability (PWD) clients and staff of DSWD’s NVRC in winning nine (9) gold medals in the recently-concluded Philippine Paralympic National Games (PPNG) held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna Sports Complex.

For the track-and-field event, Lando Banares, a trainee with cerebral palsy and the most adored athlete garnered three (3) gold medals for 100, 200 and 1,500 meter dash run, respectively.  For javeline throw, Ryan Buenafe, a trainee with visual impairment won the gold medal, for javeline throw for visually impaired category, while Anthony Garganta, a staff with orthopaedic impairment bagged two (2) gold medals for javeline throw and long jump for orthopedically impaired category.

Meanwhile, wheelchair user staff Augusto Hernandez won two (2) gold medals in javeline and discuss throw, respectively under wheelchair user classification, while Regino Dulas, also a wheelchair user got the 9th gold medal for the team in the 48-52 kilograms power lifting event, men’s division.

Aside from the gold medals, the team also brought home four (4) silver and three (3) bronze medals in different events and categories.

Ms. Edna Sacedor, head social worker of NVRC, happily shared that the NVRC team did not only bring home medals, but it also received the “Best of Five” in basketball event for wheelchair users which was awarded to Alex Teves, NVRC sports coordinator.

She added that the PPNG is being conducted yearly through the administration of the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled-National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines (PHILSPADA-NPC Philippines).

Teves also said that the trainees and staff who won gold medals, especially in the single events, are officially recorded in the PHILSPADA-NPC.  This record shall be the basis in choosing athletes to participate in the international Sports competition to be held in Myanmar.

This event aims to discover the future national athletes who will participate in the international events.  For this year, there were 18 teams from all over the country who participated in the said event.

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in enforcing Presidential Decree 1564 otherwise known as the Solicitation Permit Law and DSWD Administrative Order No. 14 series of 2007 or the revised Omnibus Rules and Regulations on Public Solicitations.  The event was held in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

The MOA strengthens the partnership of DSWD-NCR with NCRPO in the apprehension and investigation of unscrupulous solicitors in Metro Manila and complements the implementation of DSWD’s regulatory function.

Bonoan said that with the strengthened advocacy, illegal solicitation activities conducted by individuals, Non-Government Organizations or People’s Organizations within Metro Manila will be lessened.

NCRPO Director Chief Supt.  Leonardo A. Espina expressed his immediate acceptance of the partnership and committed his solid support to all the endeavours of the police force to ensure compliance to the provisions of the agreement.

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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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