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DSWD to release the updated database of poor in Bicol

The Department of Social Welfare and Development will release the updated database of poor households on June 22 at the Hotel St. Ellis, Legazpi City.

The new database was the result of the household assessment conducted by the Listahanan in 2015.
This covered all rural and urban areas in the 6 provinces, 107 municipalities, 7 cities and 3,471 barangays of the region.
Listahanan formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.

It makes available to various social protection stakeholders to have relevant basis for identifying the right beneficiaries.
According to Director Arnel Garcia, the highlight of the event is the presentation of the current profile of poor households in the Bicol Region.

A presentation on the innovations applied in the 2015 Listahanan assessment will also be presented as well as the methodology and models used in identifying the poor.

Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary and Director of Information Management Bureau of the Central Office Noel M. Macalalad will grace the event.

Participants for the said launching will be the local government units, government agencies, non-government organizations, academe, and the media. ###

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City/ Municipal Action Teams Trained on Bridging Leadership

In order to maximize the impact of its social protection programs and initiatives, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has adopted convergence strategy which prevails the ideal mechanism that must be embedded in the paradigm and harmonizes the interface of the various program process owners.

The main implementers of the convergence strategy are the City/ Municipal Action Teams (C/MATs), which composes of Municipal Links Project Development officers and the Area Coordinator. They are task to enhance and strengthen the convergence operations in every municipality with the end result of contributing to the Department’s over- all mission and vision of achieving a more tangible and sustainable interventions to address socio- economic inequities.

To improve the objective of improving and strengthen the leadership capacities of the C/MAT and proper work values, attitudes, the Ateneo de Naga University through a Memorandum of Agreement with the DSWD expressed its willingness to partner with the DSWD to train the C/MAT using the Bridging Leadership Program with the following modules: Leadership Skills, Team Management, Partnership Building Network and Technical Writing.

About 114 members of the City/Municipal Action Teams will undergo the 15 days Bridging Leadership Program. This will be done at the AdeNU under the office of the center for Local Governance.

While the academe is in- charge of the capability building activities, the DSWD will provide the corresponding fees to the school for the service provided. Likewise the trainees shall be provided with perdiem and travelling expenses for the whole duration of the training.

This program was launched last June 15, 2016 at Bro. Richard Michael Fernando, SJ Hall, Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City. ###eejerusalem

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DSWD employs thousands of residents for construction of community-managed projects under Kalahi-CIDSS program

DSWD employs thousands of residents for construction of community-managed projects under Kalahi-CIDSS programKapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a community-driven development (CDD) program of DSWD aimed to reduce poverty in poor villages, had already hired thousands of residents in the construction of community-managed projects in almost 99 poor municipalities in Bicol from 2015 to present.

47,283 workers were employed with total labor cost of Php97,589,529.00 in the construction of 1,304 projects that will provide basic access infrastructure, basic social services, community production, economic support and common service facilities and environment protection and conservation.

Each laborer receives a minimum of Php260.00 depending on the prevailing rate in the locality.

As part of the gender mainstreaming in Kalahi-CIDSS where men and women are given opportunities in labor works, Kalahi-CIDSS hired a total 9,202 women in the construction of the said community projects with a total labor cost of Php16,105,170

Moreover, 37% of the 47,283 laborers are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who received a total Php29,346,629.00 for their salaries.

Necita Mesa of Baao, Camarines Sur, a housewife with three children, was one of the residents who built their access road. Her colleague who belongs to the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC), the community implementer of the Kalahi-CIDSS project in their village, recruited her.

“Hiring workers within the community where projects are being constructed will not only give them additional income but they will also ensure quality workmanship because they themselves are the beneficiaries of these,” DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

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Social Worker Trained on the National Early Learning Framework of the Philippines.

The most profound and critical years of brain development happens between the prenatal to first four to eight years of human life, thus the need for close attention and early childhood care and development for children of this age.

Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) is a very important responsibility not only of the government but also of parents, community leaders and service providers who are primarily responsible for the well-being and full development of the young.

It is along this premise that the Provincial Social Welfare Office of Masbate conducted a Roll-out Training on the National Early Learning Framework of the Philippines .According to Ms. Amy Danao, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, the training was based on the provision of Section 2 of RA 10410 or the Early Years Act of 2013 which promotes the rights of children to survival, development and special protection with full recognition of the nature of childhood as well as to provide developmentally appropriate practices to develop their needs.

As shared by Ms. Danao, the training aims to:

1. Upgrade and update the capabilities of service providers and their supervisors to comply with quality standards for various ECCD programs, and
2. Improve the quality standards of public and private ECCD programs through but limited to a registration and credential system for ECCD providers and facilities.

The training which was held recently at Patio de Milagros , Balukawe, Dimasalang, Masbate was participated by Day Care Worker Trainees and 21 MSWDOs from the different towns of the province. Ms Danao also bared that same training will be replicated in all the municipalities of Masbate and it will be ensured that all the Day Care Workers will be trained.

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DSWD pushes for accreditation of Civil Society Organization

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is pushing for the accreditation of Civil Society Organization in the region. This is to ensure that government programs and projects are properly, efficiently, and effectively carried out by Government Agencies in partnership with CSQs and that funds are properly guarded against misuse hence the need for accreditation.

As provided for in Section 34 and 35 of RA 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code mandate local government units (LGUs) to promote the formation and operation of NGOs to become active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy especially in the delivery of basic services, capability-building, livelihood projects and development of local enterprises designed, among others, to enhance the well-being of the people.

Director Arnel Garcia explained that the CSOs which composes community members is being recognized by the government to have better position to implement projects. Accountability and transparency of the project are exact if the implementers of the government projects are based in the community. The CSOs likewise play critical role in preparing the communities not only to receive government funds but eventually manage and implement government projects themselves.

As indicated in the guidelines for accreditation of CSOs, the criteria are as follows:

a.) Must have operated for at least three years prior to the date of application for accreditation in the Geographical Areas of Activity and Technical Area(s) of activity being applied for accreditation.
b.) Must not have any incorporator, organizer, director, trustees, offices or affinity to any DSWD official involved in the processing of its accreditation, or any official of the Government Agencies funding and implementing the program or the project to be implemented by the CSO
c.) Must not have any derogatory record with any Government Agency.
d.) Must not be in default or delay in liquidating any.

As of this reporting, there are four CSOs accredited and seven CSOs are under assessment. ###eejerusalem

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Villagers plant mangroves on 50 hectares land in Sorsogon

The coastal village of Tiris in Gubat, Sorsogon identified the Mangrove Reforestation as a priority intervention during the first cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS which was the result of their Damage Assessment Needs Analysis (DANA) in 2015.

The increasing intensity and number of typhoons had greatly affected Tiris’ 474 households damaging properties and affecting their livelihood. Strong waves and winds during typhoons continuously destroy their bakawan, Tiris’ natural protection against these threats.

Bakawan is not only a defense against the effects of typhoons but also a source of livelihood for most of its women residents who harvest shells, pawid (mangrove leaves for roofing) and hagnaya for food. Planting more mangroves will also enrich the marine life in Tiris.

Thus, Tiris decided to plant more mangroves to protect their properties, families, and livelihood and definitely, conserve the environment. They got funding from Kalahi-CIDSS which amounted to Php1,640,680.00 with a total of 2,319 beneficiaries.

The residents of Tiris had made their contribution to save the environment from Climate Change.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

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170 Sustainable Livelihood Program beneficiaries graduated

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A total of 170 beneficiaries of Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V Sustainable Livelihood Program received their diploma in a graduation exercise held recently at 2nd Floor, AMSLAI Bldg. Legazpi City with the theme: “Strengthening People to End Poverty and Promote Progress.”

These beneficiaries have completed the livelihood training program for Beauty Care Services (Nail) NC II and Hilot Wellness (Massage) NC II of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with Evegate Technical and Development Training Academy Inc. (ETDAI) and local government unit.

Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia recognizes the graduates and gives gratitude to the partners of program. He also gives emphasis that what they (beneficiaries) have achieved is one step ahead to improve their living.

The identified beneficiaries the program are also Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who underwent capacity building trainings to enhance their skills, knowledge and capabilities for employment in the future or for microenterprise development for sustainable living.

Under the program, the DSWD together with the partner agencies will help to provide job opportunities where they will be referred to different partner industries and available markets in Bicol region.

Other graduates are also encouraged to venture into self – employment where they can start a small enterprise, or use the starter kits provided to them as part of their completion. With proper monitoring and assistance, they (graduates) may also be grouped into an association or have their own spa, rehabilitation clinics or business in the future.

Marylyn C. Bien of Tabaco City, graduate of Beauty Care Services (Nail) NC II, expressed her thanks to all the partners who give them opportunity to enhance their talent. “Ang sarap pala sa pakiramdam na habang napapagod ay may magandang resulta. Dahil sa training, nailabas namin ang aming talent na pwede madala kahit saan kami pumunta at habang buhay itong aming kayaman [It feels good that your hardships gain positive results. Due to the training, we were able to improve our talent which we can use anywhere we go and it is our life time treasure],” she said.

Also, Mr. Yco M. Tan, ETDAI president, congratulates the graduates. “Wala sa edad ang pagyaman kundi nasa sipag, tiyaga at pagsisikap at ang tiwala sa sarili [It is not on age that will make you rich/grow rather it is on hard work, diligence, perseverance, and trust to oneself],” he added.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a community-based capacity building program of the government that seeks to improve the socio-economic capacity of the poor to enhance access to basic social services and improve their standard of living. With reports from Nelson Osial, Pantawid Pamilya, ***G.A.N.Lindio, IO

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RJJWC conducts jail visit

jjwc conducts jail visitRepublic Act 9344 as amended by RA 10630 provides for the creation of a Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC).

The JJWC is a policy-making, coordinating and monitoring body tasked with the implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, as amended through its members and coordinating agencies. It also tasked through its duly designated persons to conduct regular inspection in the detention facilities within the region and also to undertake spot inspection on their own initiative. This is to check the compliance and to look into the situations and needs of the children in conflict with the law (CICL) who are detained.

Recently, the members of the JJWC conducted a jail visit in the province of Camarines Norte. Visited were the District Jail of Daet and Labo and the Provinicial Jail of Camarines Sur. As reported, there are minors who are detained; two in Labo, one in Daet and five in the Provincial. The crimes committed are rape, robbery with homicide, and act if lasciviousness.
As reported by Jail Inspector Noel Pardo, BJMP Provincial Administrator of Camarines Norte, there are 13 children in conflict with the law who are in detention cue in the whole Bicol region. This report which covers the first quarter of 2016 has the following data: Albay-7, Masbate-1, Sorsogon-1, Gubat-1, and Camarines Norte-7.

Chief inspector Pardo also shared that these minors are given priority in terms of welfare and development activities particularly the Alternative Learning System (ALS). They are also granted Good Conduct Time allowance (GCTA), meaning that if they exhibit good behavior/conduct and does not commit any violation, there are certain points given and accumulated points will be deducted from their number of sentence. They will likewise be given the privilege for Time Allowance for Study, Teaching and monitoring (TASTM).###eejrerusalem

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