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DSWD Bicol ink MOA with World Vision

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V, inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with World Vision Development Foundation Incorporated in strengthening and capacitating Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program partner beneficiaries.

DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia together with Regional Program Coordinator for Administration Ms. Jaygee Masanque and Associate Director for Luzon Aniana G. Ronquillo, of World Vision signed the MOA last July 27 in DSWD Field Office V, Buraguis, Legazpi City.

The World Vision will collaborate with DSWD through conduct of Family Development Session (FDS) to strengthen its effort not just to improve lives of poor families but to help communities to be self-sustaining in the long haul.

The areas covered for implementation are Municipalities of Lagonoy, Camarines Sur, Pioduran, Albay, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, and Bulan, Sorsogon.

Under the said agreement, partner beneficiaries will be equipped with knowledge on various modules such as FDS, Pinoy Nutrition Hub and Credit Association (COMSCA). They (World Vision) will also be tapped as resource person to discuss topics like: “Wastong Pangangasiwa ng Pera, Kahalagahan ng Pag-iimpok, Paghahanda ng masustansiyang pagkain para sa wastong nutrisyon.”

Also, it is bound to provide capacity building activities for livelihood skills and improvement and promote gainful employment among partner beneficiaries.

The World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity. It is a Christian, relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

At present, DSWD has partnered with 177 Civil Society Organizations benefitting 84,238 pantawid pamilya families in Bicol Region.***G.Lindio, IO-II

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DSWD BICOL HOLDS 43rd NUTRITION MONTH CULMINATING ACTIVITY

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol spearheaded the 43rd Nutrition Month Culminating Activity in partnership with the National Nutrition Council, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Local Government Unit of Iriga last July 21-22, 2017 at the Organic Agricultural Learning Farm, San Agustin, Iriga City.

Fifty (50) malnourished children from the Iliyan tribe together with their parents participated in the orientations and team building activities.

According to Ms. Ma. Cristina Florendo, DSWD Bicol Nutritionist Dietitian III, the activity aims to educate & raise awareness especially to the Indigenous People in overcoming malnutrition and the importance of healthy diets.

“Barangay Iliyan posted the highest prevalence of malnutrition that’s why we have identified this area for this activity”, said Rose Jeannie D. Bolivar, Iriga City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO).
“This will be of great help to these families thus we advised them to apply the learnings they acquired in the two-day activity and share it with other members of the tribe”, she added.

Part of the event highlights was the Orientations on Food Sanitation and Safety, Hand washing Technique, Cooking Demo, Backyard Gardening and the discussion on Children and IP rights.

Nutrition Month is a yearly celebration during the month of July being led by the National Nutrition Council and implementing agencies. This year campaign is on the promotion of healthy diets with the theme “Healthy diet, gawing habit – FOR LIFE!” #nelsonosialjr

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Mga Gintong Latak ng Kakaibang Yaman

Isang mithiin ng 47-anyos ng community volunteer na si Elmer B. Obias na matapos ang bagong silid ng Mababang Paaralan ng Matacla, Goa, Camarines Sur sa pamamagitan ng proyekto ng DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS sa kanilang komunidad.


Barangay Matacla, Goa, Cam. Sur
– Pumapaibayo sa bakuran ng Matacla Elementary School (MES) sa Goa, Camarines Sur ang mga hampas ng martilyo. Ngayon, si Elmer Obias, ang kanilang leader, ay nakangiti habang nakikinita ang pagtatapos ng proyekto.

Mataas ang kisame nitong mga bagong silid, may mga bintana ito na malugod na binabati ang liwanag ng araw, kasya ang apat na pung (40) silya at may isang kasilyas bawat silid. Marahil ay handa na ito sa susunod na taong panuruan. Kaunti na lamang at may bago nang mapapasukan ang mga batang nagsisiksikan sa mga lumang silid.

Kaunti na lamang at ang pangarap na inasam ni Elmer mula pa pagkabata ay kanya nang makakamit—ang pagnanais na makapag-iwan ng pamana, ang pagnanais na ibalik ang mga tulong na natanggap niya sa kanyang tanang buhay.

At sa wakas, makikita na niya ang gintong latak ng kakaibang yaman na ipinagkaloob sa kaniya sa pamamagitan ng KALAHI-CIDSS project—ang makapagsilbi.

Ang KALAHI-CIDSS ay proyekto ng Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad (Department of Social Welfare and Development o DSWD) kung saan pinagkakaisa ang mga residente tungo sa pag-unlad ng kani-kanilang komunidad.

“Ang proyektong ito ay nakatutulong sa mga pamilya na may mababa hanggang sa walang kita, pinapabuti din nito ang pagsasamahan ng mga residente, at higit sa lahat, nabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang bawat isa na makatulong,” aniya.

Ang mga bagong silid na itinatayo sa MES ang unang KALAHI-CIDSS project na ipinagkaloob sa Brgy. Matacla, ang lugar na kumalinga sa pamilya ni Elmer sa nakalipas na mga taon. Bukod pa dito, sa MES din nagtapos ng elementarya si Elmer kaya’t ang pagtulong sa proyekto ay isang paraan ng pagbabalik tanaw niya sa regalo ng karunungang hatid ng eskwelahan.

“Isa ito sa magpapakita na ang proyekto ng KALAHI-CIDSS ay umiiral. Hindi ito ‘yung sinasabing ‘moro-moro’. Sinubukan ko at basta makikipagsapalaran ako at patunayan ko na may nagawa,” idinagdag niya.

Mababakas sa mukha ni Elmer ang mga linya ng pagpupunyagi. Ang kaniyang mga kamay ay pinapalamutian ng mga kalyo buhat sa iba’t ibang mapagkakakitaang trabaho. Ngunit bakas man sa bawat hulma ng kaniyang ngiti ang hirap, mas nangigibabaw pa rin ang taos na pasasalamat. May kakaibang saya na pumapaligid sa kanya.

“Pinagpaguran ng mga tao ditto ang proyektong iyan na mabebenipisyuhan ang mga anak namin dahil dyan din sila pumapasok,” dagdag ni Elmer.

Kung minsan, hindi makapaniwala ang ilan kung paano nagagawa ni Elmer ang maraming bagay. Gamit ang kaniyang kakayahan sa pagkakarpintero, naitayo niya ang bahay para sa kaniyang pamilya. Maging ang improvised pushcart na sinasakyan niya para makarating sa iba’t ibang lugar ay siya rin mismo ang gumawa. Kailanman, hindi niya itinuring na hadlang ang kaniyang kapansanan.

“May ilang nagtaas ng kilay sa pagsali ko sa proyektong ito. May mga nagsabing, ‘Bakit isinali niyo pa ang may kapansanan?’ Balakid ang kanilang pangungutya ngunit nagsilbi itong hamon sa akin at kailangan kong panindigan ang paglahok ko dito,” aniya.

Samantala, ipinihayag ni Marife Swing, isang guro sa nasabing paaralan ang kanyang pasasalamat sa dagdag na silid para sa mga mag-aaral ng ika-anim na grado.

“Hinihintay na namin na matapos sapagkat madilim ang mga lumang silid at may kasilyas ito,” dagdag ni Swing.

Mga paghamon

Dalawang taong gulang si Elmer noon nang madulas sa malumot na daan. Ilang araw siyang napako sa higaan dala ng mataas na lagnat at bali sa balakang. Ngunit ang inaasahang pansamantalang pagkalumpo ay hindi na gumaling. Sa murang edad, si Elmer ay habangbuhay nang pinilay ng polio.

Gayunpaman, sa kabila ng pag-aalinlangan, naging masigasig si Elmer sa pag-aaral. Nagtapos siya sa elementarya, nagpatuloy sa sekondarya at sa determinasyong maitawid ang kolehiyo ay naging self-supporting student siya bilang ahente ng mga encyclopediang pampata. Noong 1996, nakamit niya ang diploma para sa apat na taong kurso sa Business Administration sa University of Nueva Caceres sa Naga City.

Inaamin niyang nahirapan siyang maghanap ng mapapasukan dahil sa kaisipan na hindi siya hulma sa pamantayan ng lipunan. Ilang taon din siyang palipat-lipat ng trabaho hanggang sa mabigyan siya ng pagkakataong manilbihan sa kapitolyo bilang job order employee noong 2003.

Bilang radio staff, bahagi ng kaniyang trabaho ang maghatid ng kaniyang opinyon at mag-komentaryo sa programa sa radyo ng panlalawigang pamahalaan. Mababa ang kita at maliit ang tsansya niya na maisaregular, ngunit sa hirap ng kompetisyon, nagtagal siya sa posisyon sa loob ng halos anim na taon.

Sa trabahong iyon ay kumikita siya ng mababa lamang kada buwan at tinutugunan na lamang ito ng kaniyang asawa na nangangatulong sa San Jose na may buwanang kita na PHP3,000. Lima ang mga supling ng mag-asawang Obias at apat sa mga ito ang nag-aaral: ang 16 taong gulang na nasa Grade 10; 15 taong gulang na nasa Grade 8; 13 taong gulang na nasa Grade 7 at 11 taong gulang na nasa Grade 4. Pinagsasama nila ang kanilang buwanang kita upang matugunan ang lahat ng kanilang mga gastusin.

Ngunit matapos ang kontrata sa kapitolyo ay pahirapan muli ang paghahanap buhay para sa 47 taong gulang na si Elmer. Dahil dito, nakipagsapalaran sa Maynila ang kanilang 19 taong gulang na panganay na anak na namamasukan ngayon bilang pahinante upang makatulong sa kanilang pamilya.

Si Elmer ay isa rin sa libu-libong benepesyaryo ng 4Ps. Ito ay ang conditional cash transfer grants ng gobyerno para sa mga pinakamahihirap na pamilya. Sa tulong nito, nakatatanggap ang kaniyang pamilya ng PHP3,600 o PHP3,200 kada ikalawang buwan depende sa pagsunod sa kondisyon ng programa.

Mga oportunidad at bagong simulain

Ang bahagi ng pera ay ginagamit ng pamilya ni Elmer bilang puhunan sa kanilang munting pagkakakitaan. Maliit man ang balik ay regular ito, aniya. Bumibili siya ng iba’t-ibang klase ng paninda tulad ng paminta, bawang, sibuyas, tawas at chlorine; nirerepak niya ang mga ito at inilalako sa mga tindahan mula sa Barangay Mabaludbalod hanggang Salvacion.

Malayo ang kaniyang nararating gamit ang kaniyang improvised pushcart at miminsang pagsakay sa jeep kung kinakailangan. Ang buong araw niya ay nag-uumpisa at nagtatapos sa paggampan ng tungkulin bilang huwarang ama.

Piso ang bentahan niya ng bawat piraso ng kaniyang paninda. Sa mga araw kung kailan malakas ang kita, nag-uuwi siya ng lampas P500 at P100-150 naman kung matumal. P700 ang kaniyang puhunan sa hanapbuhay na ito.

Isang regalong maituturing ang mapabilang si Elmer sa mga volunteers ng Simon of Cyrene Community Rehabilitation and Development Foundation, Inc., isang organisasyong nakabase sa Tigaon, Camarines Sur na naglalayong matulungan ang mga may kapansanan o Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). Sa tulong ng organisasyon, natuto si Elmer na gumawa ng mga prosthetic legs at napabuti niya pa ang kaniyang kakayahang makiharap sa mga tao. Sa ngayon, regular na iniimbitahan si Elmer bilang tagapagsalita at tagasanay ng mga PWDs sa Simon of Cyrene.

Mapalad na maituturing iyong minsang araw na siya ang lumahok sa pagtitipon sa mga kasapi ng 4Ps. Dito, siya ay naitalagang chairman ng Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC), ang nagsisilbing tagapagpatupad ng mga proyekto ng KALAHI-CIDSS sa komunidad.

“Mas nadagdagan ang kumpiyansa ko sa sarili habang napapadalas ang pagharap ko sa mga tao. Dahil sa paglahok ko sa mga seminar, marami akong nakilala kabilang na iyong mga hindi ko inaasahan tulad na lamang ng direktor ng DSWD sa rehiyon at iba pang mga opisyal,” sambit niya.

Makulay ang kaniyang karanasan bilang kasapi ng KALAHI-CIDSS. Bawat patak ng oras ay nagiging makabuluhan. At kung noon na pangarap lamang ang makatulong, ngayon ay unti-unti nang nakukulayan ang matagal na niyang dasal na makapaghatid ng inspirasyon sa kapwa. Sa lahat ng pagkakataon, hindi niya rin nakakalimutang ipaalala ang higit na mahalaga—ang pagbabahagi.

“Kailangan mong magbahagi. Huwag mong itago kung anong alam mo at kung anong meron ka. At kung sila ay may alam din, ibabahagi rin nila ito dahil ikaw ay nagsilbing modelo. Sa pagbabahagi nagsisimula ang pagganyak,” sabi niya.

Marami pa ang pagdadaanan ni Elmer bilang ama ng kaniyang mga supling at bilang responsableng mamamayan ng kaniyang komunidad. Kung tutuusin, hindi niya ikayayaman ang pagtulong bagkus madadagdan pa nito ang kaniyang responsibilidad. Ngunit sa kaniyang pananaw, ang mga kalyong madadagdag sa kaniyang mga kamay ay bahagi ng mga gintong latak ng pagsisilbi – para sa kanyang kapwa at komunidad.

“Kapag nakapaglaan ka na ng ilang taon sa pagbabahagi ng iyong sarili, pag-vovolunteer ng bukal sa loob, kahit sa mga simpleng salita lamang ng pasasalamat ay bawi ka na,” sambit niya. #JVEG/RSMO/DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

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Assessment sa 3, 603 na kabahayan sa Bicol, patapos na ayon sa DSWD

Patapos na ang ginagawang household assessment ng DSWD sa tatlong libo, anim na daan at tatlong (3,603) kabahayan sa rehiyong Bicol.

Ayon kay DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia,ang assessment na ito na nagsimula noong Abril ay pagpapatuloy lamang sa ginawang pagsusuri sa mga sambahayan sa buong rehiyon.

Matatandaang nagkaroon ng malawakang surbey noong Abril hanggang Disyembre taong 2015, kung saan naitala ang tatlong daan anim na pu’t siyam na libo , tatlong daan siyamnapu’t limang (369,395) mahihirap na sambahayan mula sa mahigit isang milyon na sinuri ng Listahanan.

Aniya ni Garcia ang aktibidad na ito ay parte ng huling bahagi ng proyekto na kung saan binabalikan ang mga kabahayan na hindi napuntahan nung regular na surbey.

Ang resulta ng mga nakalap na impormasyon ay idadaan sa masusing pag aanalisa at pagtatasa para matukoy kung sino ang mga pamilyang nangangailangan.

Dagdag pa ni Garcia na ang Listahanan ay isang proyektong ipinapatupad ng DSWD na naglalayong tukuyin kung SINO at SAAN ang mga mahihirap na sambahayan sa buong bansa.

Ito ay nagsisilbing batayan sa pagpili ng mga benepisyaryo ng mga programa at serbisyo para sa mahihirap.###

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PWD volunteer redefines limits through converging co-village folks to build classrooms

Brgy. Matacla, Goa, Cam. Sur – One could trace on his face the marks of courage despite physical limitations. His hands are adorned by calluses wrought by hard labor. But even though his wrinkled smile marks his struggles, deep gratitude still stands out.

Elmer Obias, 47 of Goa, Camarines Sur is an active community volunteer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under Kapit Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP) for two years now.

Obias who was elected as Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairman of the project in his village at Matacla, said that at first his disability was a major challenge for him to lead the project because some does not believe and trust him. However, he added that never once did he consider it as an obstacle.

“There are some who scoffed at me for being in this project. They said, ‘Why would you get that man with disability?’ Their mockery was demoralizing but I took it as a challenge and I had to prove them wrong,” he said.

The Legacy Project

Nonetheless, the community leader showed his perseverance and courage in presenting his project proposal for Barangay Matacla and convened his village folks through barangay assembly for the approval of the 126 square meter two-room school building in MES. He was able to gather 25 volunteers from his village.

“With the increasing number of student population in our elementary school, we have agreed that additional classrooms are highly needed for our children who are studying here. These classrooms can also serve as evacuation center in times of calamities,” he said.
According to Jezzyl Credo, Community Empowerment Facilitator of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, Obias is very dedicated, hardworking and an effective community leader.

“He would always share during assemblies that it is his dream to leave a legacy – the aspiration to give back to all the help he was bestowed with in his lifetime,” shared Credo.

Considering his daily grind as the main provider for his family, she narrated that as the BSPMC Chairman, Obias calls for a monthly regular meeting for the updates and other concerns on their project.

“Meetings were usually held at the second floor of the municipal building or barangay hall, so he would crawl up the stairs to reach the place just to be present during meetings,” she added.

The new classrooms amounting to 1.6 million started in 2015 and the first KALAHI-CIDSS project granted to Brgy. Matacla, the village that fostered Obias’s family for the past years.

Obias told Inquirer, “This project will show that government project like this exists and is not a bogus one. I tried and just ventured on it to be able to prove that it can be materialized.”

According to Arnel B. Garcia, DSWD V Regional Director, Kalahi-CIDSS is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD) in which it puts the power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

There are 101 poor municipalities in Bicol under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of Php4,497,448,178, Jessesshan Aycocho, DSWD spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Marife Swing, a grade school teacher for 6 years now in MES expressed her gratitude for the nearly-built classrooms intended for Grade 6 pupils.

“We are looking forward for this classroom because the old ones are not well-lighted. Aside from it, these rooms have toilets,” Swing said.

Challenges

Sometimes, others would find it hard to believe how Obias is able to do many things. A man skilled in carpentry, he was able to put up a house for his family by himself. Even the improvised pushcart which he uses to run around different places is a result of his skill. Not once did he ever believes his crippled legs a hindrance in helping his community.

“I was two years old then when I fell on a slippery mossy path. I was bed-ridden for days due to high fever and hip fracture. But the temporary paralysis did not get any better,” he narrated.

He continued that around the time that he was bed-ridden, Polio was rampant in the Philippines. A remote village that was lacking in medical facilities, vaccination for young children was almost impossible.

Hence, at a young age, Obias was crippled for life by polio.

Nevertheless, despite hindrances, he struggled to finish school. He completed elementary in Matacla Elementary School and continued on to secondary in Partido State College in Goa, Camarines Sur.

“I was determined to acquire a college degree so I became a self-supporting student who sold Groiler’s Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia for Children,” he shared while fixing his improvised pushcart which he uses to run around different places.

In 1996, he received his diploma for a four-year course in Business Administration at the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City.

He admitted that it was difficult for him to land a permanent job because of the idea that he does not fit the standards of society. He shifted from job after job until he was offered the chance to serve at the provincial capitol as a job order employee in 2003.

“I worked at the capitol of Camarines Sur for six years but did not stay long because I was not regularized. Besides, it does not pay well,” Obias told the Inquirer.

Meanwhile, he has five children; four of them are studying: a 16-year-old in Grade 10; a 15-year-old in Grade 8; a 13-year-old in Grade 7; and an 11-year-old in Grade 4. His 19-year-old eldest son braved his chance in Manila and is now working as a trucking employee in order to help their family.

Further, Obias family is a recipient of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD. It is the government’s conditional cash transfer grants for the poorest of the poor families.

Through this, his family receives PHP3,600 or 3,200 every after two months depending on the conditionality compliance to the program.
His wife on the other hand, who works as a maid in San Jose, neighboring town of Goa earns PHP3,000 per month.

Currently, Obias family used a portion of the cash grant as a capital money to start a small livelihood. He buys different kinds of seasonings like pepper, garlic, onions, alum, and chlorine; he and his children helps together to repack it and Elmer delivers it to stores from Barangay Mabalud-balud to nearby villages like Salvacion.

He said that with the aid of the improvised pushcart, he reaches nearby villages and sometimes rides the jeepney when he has to transport a bulk of repacked items.

“I sell the repacked items for one peso each. From a starting capital of P250, I take home as much as P500 on days when income is good, while as little as P100-150 when it’s slow,” he added.

“We combine our earnings to meet all our needs,” he added.

Opportunities

More things await Obias as he carries out his duty as a father to his five children and a responsible member to his community.

He said it is a colorful experience to be a community volunteer. Each tick of time becomes meaningful. Just when he thought helping was a far-off dream, he was offered many chances to paint colors to his prayer of giving inspiration to others here and now.

He considered it a gift to be part of the volunteers at Simon of Cyrene Community Rehabilitation and Development Foundation, Inc., an organization based in Tigaon, Cam. Sur. Through the group, Obias was able to learn how to make prosthetic legs and even improve on his people skills.

Currently, he is regularly invited as a speaker and trainer of differently-abled persons at Simon of Cyrene.

Of all times, he also does not forget to remind the most important thing—to share.

“You need to share. Never skimp on what you know or what you have. If they also know something, they will share it, too, because you have served as their example. It is in sharing that motivation begins,” he said.

All things considered, helping will not make him any richer and in fact, will only add to his responsibilities. But in his point of view, the calluses that will develop in his hands are still part of the golden dregs of service – for others and his community.

“When you spent years sharing yourself with others, volunteering sincerely, simple words of appreciation like ‘thank you’ make it all worth it,” he concluded.#JVEG/RSMO/DSWDKalahi-CIDSS

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Kalahi-CIDSS- Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

The operations of the community-driven development (CDD) approach expanded into a national scale, which was tried and proven effective by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. There are 101 poor municipalities in Bicol under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of Php4,497,448,178.

Community-driven development (CDD) puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

For more details about DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, follow this link:
http://ncddp.dswd.gov.ph/site/faqs

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Enlistment for Educational Assistance in Albay

Legazpi City—The enlistment for the educational assistance for the province of Albay will be done at the local government units (LGUs) on June 19-23, 2017.

College students who are residents of Albay should go directly to their respective local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) located at the municipal/city halls to get enlisted on the said dates. Each municipality and city is given 300 and 500 slots, respectively.

All students who wish to avail of the said assistance are requested to bring the copy of their assessment or enrolment form during the enlistment. Consequently, the LSWDO will submit the said list to the DSWD Regional Office.

The schedule of assessment, interview and payout for Albay province at the Regional Office will be announced soon.

Clients who will avail of the Educational Assistance are required to bring the following requirements during their scheduled assessment, interview and payout at the DSWD Regional Office:

  1. Certificate of Enrolment/Assessment Form (Photocopy)
  2. School ID (Validated by the school registrar for First semester, SY 2017)
  3. Certificate of residency/indigency (Original copy)
  4. In the absence of the applicant:
    1. Authorized relative’s name must appear on the certificate of residency/indigency
    2. Valid ID of authorized representative (Photocopy)

On the other hand, DSWD will inform the public about the commencement of the Educational Assistance in other provinces.

DSWD would also like to clarify that educational assistance is not a scholarship program and does not guarantee to cover the full amount of the tuition fee and other school expenses.

The amount received for the educational assistance is based on the social worker’s assessment and documents submitted by the clients

“Clients can receive up to P5,000 based on the DSWD screening and should understand that this is only an augmentation to the student’s school-related expenses such as purchase of school supplies, transportation allowance and also school tuition fee balances,” DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

Moreover, DSWD accepts referrals from anyone but reiterates that the referrals made by any group or individual has no influence to determine the amount received by the beneficiaries. The form and amount of financial assistance to be provided to beneficiaries shall be based on the assessment and recommendation of the DSWD licensed professional social workers.

Educational Assistance is under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), a part of the DSWD’s menu under protective services for the marginalized and disadvantaged individuals. It is a form of assistance given to qualified beneficiaries to help defray the other cost of sending students to school.

AICS is being implemented by the’ Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) to provide a range of services, such as immediate rescue, and provision of direct financial assistance, psychosocial support, and material assistance including medical, transportation, financial, burial, and other services.

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Elderly volunteer shares experience in media forum

Pedro Cabrera, a DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS elderly volunteer of Pandan, Catanduanes, narrates his personal story on how he led a group of residents to complete the construction of their drainage during the media forum held at Virac last June 8, 201

Virac, Catanduanes – One of the oldest community volunteers of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS shared his challenges and experiences during the completion of a sub-project in his barangay during the media forum here last June 8, 2017.

Pedro Cabrera, 78, of Brgy. Maculiw, Panganiban, Catanduanes is a volunteer who helped his barangay to construct a drainage system together with other volunteers in his area.

“Napakalaking tulong po ng DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sa pagpagawa ng drainage system sa aming barangay; kaya nagpapasalamat po kami at natupad ang aming pangangailan (DSWD-Kalahi CIDSS is a big help in the construction of drainage system in our barangay, so we are really grateful that our need has been addressed),” said Cabrera during the media forum as he gave a short testimonial on the Kalahi-CIDSS project

Despite his age, he added that it is never a hindrance to heed the call of the needs of his community.

Arwin O. Razo, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, urged the media to help the agency in reaching more people and be an agent of change in the dissemination of information of the agency’s services to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

“We need you as our partners in receiving complaints and grievances lodged by the public when it comes to our services for the improvement and enhancement of our system,” Razo told the media.

Arlene Bagadiong of Radyo ng Bayan commended the agency: “Ang buti-buti ng pamahalaan, maraming natutulungan na mga mahihirap sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang programa, gaya na lamang ng serbisyong ibinibigay ng DSWD. (Our government is very good that there are many poor are given support and assistance through its various programs like the service provided by the DSWD).

Further, Emily Mendoza, Provincial Action Team (PAT) leader, presented the accomplishments of the agency for 2016 and first quarter of 2017. It was followed by an open forum between the media-participants and DSWD officials.

The media forum was conducted in the island-province aiming to inform the public on its programs, projects and regular services through the help of DSWD media-partners.

The said forum was attended by ARDO Razo, program heads, Social Marketing Unit officers and Catanduanes-based media including Philippine Information Agency, Radyo Natin 107.1, Radyo ng Bayan Virac, Bikol Peryodiko, Padaba 93.3 FM, Catanduanes Tribune, PDI-Southern Luzon Bureau and Provincial Information Office of Catanadues.

Meanwhile, the agency will be conducting media fora in the provinces of Masbate, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte and Albay in July and August, 2017.

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DSWD and partners launch SHIELD project against child labor in Bicol

Daet, Camarines Norte—DSWD leads in the launching of the Strategic Helpdesk for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) project against child labor in Bicol together with three pilot municipalities last June 6, 2017 at Calaguas Gateway, Hotel.

DSWD Regional Dir. Arnel Garcia, Dir. Thelsa P. Biolena of DSWD Central Office, Jose Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla, Paracale Mayor Lourdes Villamonte-Briguera and Labo Vice-Mayor Severino Francisco Jr. officially accepted the SHIELD project implementation by forging the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Subsequently, a planning session commenced in the afternoon.

Representatives from International Labor Organization (ILO), Ban Toxics and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) were also present to support the said project launch.

The SHIELD project aims to help eliminate child labor, particularly its worst forms and those in the blanket ban (below 15 years old). This project will utilize approaches and strategies through the its three components namely: Child Labor Local Registry (CLLR), Barangay Help Desk on Child Labor and Organizing, Advocacy, and Capacity Building.

According to Dir. Biolena, the pilot areas in the Philippines are in Region IV-A, V and VIII. Specifically, the pilot communities in Bicol include: Brgys. Malaya and Dalas in Labo, Brgys. Sta. Rosa Sur and Luklukan Sur in Jose Panganiban and Brgys. Palanas and Tawig in Paracale.

“Poverty is still the main reason for allowing children to engage in hazardous work. DSWD does not have the monopoly to address poverty, we need to involve everyone and converge with different agencies to uplift the lives of the poor,” Dir. Garcia said.

Participating LGUs shall adopt, establish and maintain Child Labor Local Registry System, Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (CLLR) and help desks; allocate funds to immediately provide necessary services to child laborers and their families. The LGUs will also provide other support services such as counseling, medical, crisis intervention and educational assistance while DSWD will monitor and allocate funds for the said implementation.

“This project is heaven sent. Malaking bagay po sa amin ang SHIELD project. Sisiguraduhin namin na hindi ito magiging ningas kugon sa bayan ng Jose Panganiban,” Mayor Padilla said.

Based on the Philippines Statistics Authority 2011 Survey on Children, 10.4% or 218,400 of the 2.1 million child laborers in the Philippines are in Region V.

“There is a need to support the Philippine Program against Child Labor 2017-2022 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,” Dir. Biolena said.

Dir. Garcia hopes that the LGUs adopt the project as their regular program by way of a local resolution/ordinance after the project pilot implementation closes.

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