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Legazpi City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) attended the Bicol University (BU)-DSWD Skills Training Program Inception Meeting and Implementers’ Training Workshop spearheaded by BU last January 18, 2018 at Bicol Food Delight, Barriada Legazpi City.

The one day activity was participated by DSWD FOV Sustainable Livelihood Program Regional Project Management Office staff, Provincial Coordinators and Bicol University Extension Management Division (BUEMD) personnel and extension program implementers headed by Dr. Lester M. Narvaez, Director BUEMD.
Assistant Regional Director for Operation (ARDO) Arwin O. Razo expressed his gratitude to Bicol University for accepting the partnership that will surely change the lives of the program participants and bring more opportunities.

“Hopefully the implementation will be a success and for BU to fully utilize the transferred funds amounting to 280 million pesos and the skills training projects that we were able to deliver the services to them according to purpose, objective and to the target program participants”., he added.

BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, also thanked DSWD for entrusting funds to the university and implementation of sustainable projects. He is also assured that with his team, the Extension Management Division (EMD) will do their best to make it successful and mark a good impression to DSWD.

Based on the Memorandum of Agreement between BU and DSWD, BU will provide technical education and skills training in order to develop and empower the Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries through the long-term livelihood opportunities using sustainable livelihood framework. DSWD on the other hand, will provide technical assistance and collaborate in the implementation of the Skills Training Program for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

The activity highlight was the turn-over of check amounting to P280M to Bicol University for the implementation of agricultural and non-agricultural trainings in Region V.
Furthermore, the BU-DSWD Skills training Program Inception Meeting and Implementer’s Training-Workshop aims to discuss and finalize the proposed guidelines in the implementation of the skills training program.

Lastly, BUEMD Director Lester M. Narvaez accepted the challenge in the implementation of the projects and he guaranteed DSWD that the funds transferred to BU will bring significant impact to the beneficiaries.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that aims to improve the socio-economic condition of the participants. It facilitates interventions that expand the livelihood asset base of the participants (human, social, physical, natural, and financial capital) so they may either have gainful employment or successfully manage a microenterprise. #PRNPOJ01/22/2018

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DSWD partners with LGUs and sets ESA payout in two batches; beneficiaries to receive assistance in cash only

Legazpi City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V partners with the local government units (LGUs) to facilitate the distribution of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to families whose houses were destroyed by Typhoon Nina of the affected areas in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.

Regional Director Arnel Garcia reiterated that qualified beneficiaries will receive the assistance in cash and only validated list of qualified beneficiaries are entitled to the said aid.

The schedule of the ESA payout will not be disclosed by DSWD to the public for security purposes. The ESA claimants can directly contact the LGUs that will announce the date of assistance distribution.

During the payout, the claimants must bring a valid government-issued ID (with picture and signature). If the claimant is dead, the household member who is included on the ESA form can present a document that will prove the relationship such as marriage or birth certificate. If the beneficiary is a member of the Indigenous People, the claimant should bring a certification from the barangay council and municipal social welfare and development office (MSWDO).

Furthermore, the DSWD completed the fund transfer for the payment of the totally damaged houses while the transfer of funds for the partially damaged houses is still on process.

DSWD arranged the fund transfer to LGUs through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to expedite the process of the payout. The fund from DSWD to LGUs are released in two tranches. The second and last tranche will only be transferred to LGUs if they completed the liquidation of the first tranche. Thus, the ESA payout at the LGU-level will be done in two separate batches.

Families with partially damaged houses will receive P10,000.00 that will be paid through the Provincial LGU. For totally damaged houses, families already received P5,000.00 of the P30,000.00 cash assistance and the remaining balance will be distributed by the municipal LGU.

Similarly, the provincial LGU of Camarines Sur will do the payout for the municipality of Libmanan.

Moreover, the payroll prepared by DSWD Region V is the sole basis of the ESA payout. If there are changes in the claimant, the LGU must consult and seek for the approval from Dir. Garcia through the Protective Services Unit (PSU).

The list of ESA beneficiaries was based on the LGU reports which was submitted to DSWD Region V last January 30, 2017. Consequently, the lists were validated by the DSWD field workers. There were ineligible families for ESA because some persons moved out or cannot be located.

ESA is the provision of emergency “self-build” shelter assistance through limited financial assistance in order to augment the resources of families affected by disasters. In particular, it enables them to purchase shelter materials required in constructing or repairing their damaged houses as a result of disasters.

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DSWD is ready to send additional aid to LGUs affected by Mayon eruption; activates emergency team

Legazpi City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V is ready to provide relief supplies to local government units (LGUs) experiencing the effects of the Mayon eruption in Albay.

As of January 15, 2018, 12 noon, the Regional Office has 12,926 family food packs in the warehouse. There are also non-food items available consisting of 34,363 pcs. malong, 382 rolls of laminated sacks, 7,327 dignity kits, and 52,853 blankets.

One (1) box of DSWD family food pack contains six (6) kilos of rice, four (4) tin cans of corned beef, four (4) tin cans of sardines and six (6) packs of energy drink or coffee sufficient for five members of a family good for two days. The LGUs also provide relief supplies to affected families but the packaging and content vary.

DSWD Region V is regularly replenishing its stockpiles with and regularly prepositioning relief supplies in preparation for any possible disaster occurrences.

According to Dir. Arnel Garcia during the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) meeting earlier today: DSWD OIC Sec. Emmanuel Leyco approved the request of additional 30,000 family food packs for Bicol region.

The affected LGUs should submit to DSWD their disaster report and request letter signed by the local chief executive (LCE) to access the said available augmentation support from the DSWD.

Furthermore, the provincial and municipal action team leaders of DSWD are continuously monitoring the situation in the province of Albay. They are also working closely with the disaster risk reduction and management offices (DRRMOs) and social welfare and development offfices (SWDOs) to generate the latest reports.

The Emergency Management Team at the Regional Office has started its duty since yesterday until now to consolidate reports coming from LGUs.

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A child miner’s love and sacrifice

Lester, 13, used to shovel rocks and squat over a large sifting pan for hours searching for tiny pebbles and scraps of a precious metal, scraps smaller than a grain of rice called “palay”.

Being the eldest in the brood of five, he was obliged to help his father Rodolfo, 34, to earn a living for their family.

He entered his first mine at 7, with his father, who was a miner. He started sending food, then picking up clumps of rock until carrying heavy loads of rocks from the hill down to their house.

Everyday life is a harsh for this young boy. His day usually starts trekking to the hills at 7:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. He asks for low-grade ores from miners uphill and carries the heavy sack of rocks to their house and spends the whole day pounding with a mallet before the ores can be put in a ball mill for grinding. When the rocks grind into a fine powder, he dropped the mercury to search for gold.

In a day, he usually gets PhP 175 for forming a small coin gold called “aliwan”. This supplement the family’s everyday living.

Kadalasan, dalawang beses lang kami kumain sa isang araw. Pag wala kaming bigas na maisaing, kangos ung kinakain namin” { We usually eat twice a day. When we have no rice to cook, we eat “kangos”, a root crop like cassava}.

Melanie, 35, Lester’s mother, knows that mining is dangerous. “Bilang isang ina, nag aalala ako sa kanyang kaligtasan, pero wala kaming choice, wala kaming ibang mapagkakakitaan.”  {As a mom, I worry about his safety but we have no choice, we didn’t have other ways to earn, she says}


Lester usually goes to school without a meal or without “baon”. He needs to ride a jeep or tricycle which costs 40 pesos back and forth. Sometimes, he has to walk when his parents couldn’t give any cents to him.

After school, instead of playing, he minds his siblings at home, helped his parents doing household chores and worked in the mine.

“Ayaw ko mag laro, kasi kailangan ko pang alagaan ang mga kapatid ko.” {I don’t like to play because I need to take care of my siblings, Lester said}

He’s in Grade 7 when he was forced to quit school because his father was diagnosed with tuberculosis and his mother is nursing for a month-old baby.

His parents could not afford to send him to school and need him to help in earning a living.

“Kailangan ko maghanap buhay para sa amin dahil ako ang panganay at may sakit si Papa.” {I have to earn to provide our daily needs because I’m the eldest and Papa is ill, he thought}.

No playtime, no afternoon nap, this is the childhood Lester has.


Lester is one of the children in Brgy. Palanas, Paracale, Camarines Norte who’s at an early age has been involved in toxic and hazardous work.

Derived from para cale meaning “canal digger”, Paracale is known as the gold town in the province of Camarines Norte. Gold mining or “Pagkakabod” is the primary means of livelihood for most of the townsfolk. The search for the precious metal has become a way of life.

A survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in 2011 showed that 2.1 million children are engaged in child labor in the Philippines, 218,400 of which are found in Region V.

Similarly, in 2015, the DSWD’s Listahanan has recorded 25, 304 poor working children in the region. Most of them are laborers and unskilled workers.

In a study on worst forms of child labor (WFCL) conducted by the DSWD Social Technology Bureau, it was found out that poverty is the main reason for children’s engagement in dangerous work.

Mining is physically dangerous especially for children like Lester- the strenuous work, heavy loads, exposure to extreme heat and cold, and contact with toxic chemicals like mercury.

“Sabi ni Papa masama sa katawan ang asoge, lalo na kung ito ay niluluto.” {Father said mercury is harmful in the body especially when it is heated, Lester disclosed.}

He also revealed that he doesn’t use safety gear in handling the mercury.

At an early age, Lester had experienced to go down the tunnel.  “Mainit , masyadong madilim, nakakatakot at mahirap huminga sa ilalim ”. {It’s hot, too dark, scary and it’s hard to breathe in the tunnel, he said.}


When asked if he will leave the mine if he has an option “ Opo, mahirap ang pagkakabod, masakit sa katawan” {Yes, mining is very tiring, it causes body pain}

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) take a closer look at this serious situation. As a member of the National Labor Committee, the agency supports the Philippine Program against Child Labor 2017-2022 aiming to withdraw one million children from child labor and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which calls to end child labor in all its forms by 2025.

With this, the department created the Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) program to help combat child labor in the country.

This will be tested in the 3 regions namely Calabarzon, Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region, where the high number of children are found working in hazardous work like deep-sea fishing, agriculture, and mining.

SHIELD project aims to strengthen the capability of local government units (LGUs) in the prevention and elimination of child labor through the establishment of local child labor registration system that will identify child laborers in the community and monitor their cases; and a barangay help desk that will offer services for child laborers and their families.

Lester is one of the identified children beneficiaries of SHIELD project. Part of the intervention of the program is the provision of an educational grant amounting to Php 500 monthly and livelihood assistance for their parents.

Gusto ko makapag tapos ng pag-aaral para makapag hanap ng magandang trabaho at matulungan ko ang aking mga magulang at kapatid”. {I wanted to finish my studies to find an attractive job and to help my parents and siblings, he sighs teary-eyed”.

He dreams for his parents to have a bakery and for his siblings to finish their studies. This opportunity brings hope to him to make his dream into reality.

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DSWD Bicol equips its workers on disaster management, re-organizes Quick Response Team

Sto.Domingo Albay– The Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol conducted a two-day capability building and has re-organized its Quick Response Team (QRT) last week at Sarung Bangui Resort, Sto. Domingo, Albay.

According to Ms. Marites Quismorio, Social Welfare Officer II and Focal Person of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Section (DRRMS), the activity aims to enhance the participant’s  knowledge on disaster risk reduction and management particularly in the promotion and protection of the rights of the internally-displaced persons and families (IDPs). The said capacity building activity also aims to refresh the participants with the roles and functions of the QRT relative to disaster management.

The QRT refers to a composite team of trained DSWD personnel ready to be deployed to affected areas to assist the affected local government units in delivering disaster relief and humanitarian services during massive natural and human-induced disasters.

It is a key DSWD mechanism to provide better efficiency, effectiveness, timely response and good governance in the execution of disaster response.

Quismorio explained that as the lead agency for disaster response, the DSWD is mandated to provide augmentation support to local government units (LGUs) and capacitate them in managing calamities as first responders.

“During disaster, the DSWD provides the basic services through the distribution of the family food packs and non-food items such as malongs, dignity kits, laminated sacks, etc., monitor and assist in the evacuation centers and provides psychological interventions” Quismorio  added.

Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 states that the LGUs are the first responders when natural and man- made disaster strikes in their respective areas.

Furthermore, LGUs have the responsibility to undertake rescue operations, provide immediate relief assistance, and set-up and manage evacuation centers as stipulated on the Local Government Code of 1991.

Participants were also oriented and taught on how to operate the state-of-the- art satellite telecommunications equipment from Inmarsat, a British mobile satellite company, which can be used to communicate and access reliable, accurate and timely information during and after disaster.

Section / Unit heads, Provincial Action Teams and Information Officers of the agency attended the activity.

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DSWD activates Emergency Management and Action Teams in preparation for TS Urduja

Legazpi City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V has already activated the Emergency Management Team (EMT) at the Regional Office today.

The EMT will coordinate with local government units (LGUs) through the DSWD extensions offices at the provincial level for humanitarian relief assistance.

Dir. Arnel Garcia instructed the DSWD municipal/city and provincial action teams to closely work with the Provincial/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (DRRMOs) to gather disaster reports and updates.

There are no reported evacuees but there are stranded passengers based on the DSWD FOV Update Report re: TS Urduja as of 9am, December 15, 2017:

DSWD Region V has Php 8,662,702.15 standby funds and stockpile of 5,118 family food packs (FFPs) ready for augmentation to LGUs. DSWD provides Food and Non-Food Items (FNFI) to the disaster-affected families.

Moreover, DSWD has 22,500 pre-positioned relief goods or FFPs in the following areas based on the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) Report on TS “URDUJA” as of 14 December 2017, 8PM:

Municipality Quantity
LGU San Jose, Camarines Sur 1,000
LGU Canaman, Camarines Sur 500
LGU Camaligan, Camarines Sur 500
LGU Donsol, Sorsogon 500
LGU Pilar, Sorsogon 1,000
LGU Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon 500
LGU Panganiban, Catanduanes 1,000
LGU Bagamanoc, Catanduanes 1,000
LGU Virac, Catanduanes 1,000
LGU Tinambac, Camarines Sur 1,000
LGU Balatan, Camarines Sur 1,000
LGU Bombon, Camarines Sur 500
LGU Mercedes, Camarines Norte 1,000
LGU Vinzons, Camarines Norte 1,000
LGU Libmanan, Camarines Sur 1,500
LGU Siruma, Camarines Sur 1,000
LGU Esperanza, Masbate 1,500
LGU Juban, Sorsogon 500
LGU Placer, Masbate 1,500
LGU Magallanes, Sorsogon 500
LGU Viga, Catanduanes 1,000
LGU Pandan, Catanduanes 1,000
LGU Lagonoy, Camarines Sur 1,000
LGU Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte 1,000
LGU Jovellar, Albay 500

On the other hand, DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel A. Leyco said that DSWD does not tolerate and strongly condemns the selling and buying of the Department’s relief goods. He warns the public that those who commit any of the prohibited acts face a fine ranging from P50,000 – P500,000 or imprisonment of six years up to 12 years
Section 19 of RA10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 prohibits the selling of relief goods, equipment, or other aid commodities intended for distribution to disaster victims. It also prohibits buying, either for consumption or resale, of relief supplies both from disaster relief agencies and from the recipient disaster-affected persons.

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DSWD Bicol trains volunteers on advocacy

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V upskilled Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) community volunteers in advocating Community Driven Development (CDD) approach.

This CDD approach seeks to empower local communities to identify and implement the project the people most need.

The two-day advocacy training focused on various topics such as CDD advocacy, handling media interviews, basic speech writing and public speaking.

This was held at Villa Rosita Hotel, Naga City, Camarines Sur last November 28-29, 2017 and La Roca Veranda Suites and Restaurant, Legazpi City, Albay last November 30 – December 1, 2017.

The workshop was organized to train community volunteers on advocacy which is a way of supporting and enabling people to express their views and concerns, access information and services and promote their rights and responsibilities.  

This was also designed as promotional skills building workshop to help volunteers deliver the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS’ main goals specifically, community empowerment and institutionalization of CDD in different areas.

According to Jesseshan Aycocho, the Regional Information Officer of DSWD Region V, advocacy can be done in simplest form through word of mouth.

Tighahagad ko saindo (community volunteers) na iistorya an saindong mga eksperiensya sa mga ka-barangay para ibalangibog ang kagayunan kan CDD asin DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS (I am encouraging you, community volunteers, to share your experiences to your neighbors in order to promote the benefits of CDD and DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS),” she explained.

Resource speakers were composed of Ana-Liza Macatangay, Provincial Head of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Sur, who discussed handling media interviews in Naga City, Lineth Brondial, a project technical officer of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and a volunteer of Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines, who taught CDD advocacy, basic speech writing and public speaking and Jesseshan Aycocho, who shared knowledge on handling media interviews in Legazpi City.

For more information, visit the DSWD Region V official Facebook page: @dswdfo5 or DSWD Region V.


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DSWD Region V joins in the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month

The DSWD Region V featured a display of its programs, activities and services as part of its roles in disaster response during the Office of Civil Defense’s (OCD) Resilience Caravan last November 22, 2017 at Ibalong Center for Recreation as part of the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month.

Legazpi City─The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V participated in the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month through Office of Civil Defense’s (OCD) Resilience Caravan last November 22, 2017 at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation (ICR) together with other government agencies.

The resilience caravan is a part of the month-long observance with the theme: 4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan. It was attended by more than 800 elementary students (Grade four to six) who were educated on the basic concepts of disaster resilience focusing on the protective mechanisms and actions available to save lives and protect people’s livelihood during emergencies and disasters.

The DSWD featured a display of its programs, activities and services as part of its roles in disaster response. The students were oriented about DSWD’s humanitarian relief assistance, temporary shelters, emergency shelter assistance, core shelter assistance, cash/food-for-work, camp coordination and management, child-friendly spaces, psychosocial support activities, rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) and financial assistance.

DSWD is a member agency of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) headed by the OCD. It leads in the planning, coordination and monitoring of all disaster response efforts in accordance with RA 10121, also known as National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (with reports from OCD Bicol).

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