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DSWD commends SoCot for organizing the network handling CICL

DSWD commends SoCot for organizing the network handling CICL  signing of eoCITY OF KORONADAL – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office XII lauded the provincial government of South Cotabato for being the first province in the country to organize the Juvenile Justice Welfare Network (JJWN), a special body under the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) that monitors the CICL database and formulates plans to ensure that the provisions of RA 9344 or Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006 are implemented and followed.

Zorahayda Taha, DSWD 12 regional director said, “this initiative will further improve actions and interventions of the provincial government in protecting children’s rights and welfare.”

Dr. Arthur Pingoy, provincial governor issued recently an Executive Order creating the Juvenile Justice Welfare Network which specifies the role of the network and the functions of its members.

In his speech, Gov. Pingoy stressed that we need to ensure that the barangays, as well as municipalities are having a functional Barangay/Municipal Council for the Protection of Children (B/MCPC).

Atty. Marie Grace Eborde, provincial prosecutor and designated chair of the JJWN said, “we aspire to become active in ensuring that a comprehensive juvenile intervention program is implemented in the province.”

“Part of our advocacy is the pushing for the family strengthening program as well as the construction of a building known as “Bahay Pag-asa”, a youth home that provides rehabilitation and care for the children in conflict with the law,” Eborde said.

During the press conference, Eborde explained that the network aims to establish uniformity and synchronized understanding of the RA 9344 provisions specially in handling their cases because part of the sanctions for CICL is undergoing the diversion program.

Naira Aratuc, chief of DSWD community based unit hoped that the organization of the network will not end here but will only be a beginning of continuous pursuit to respond to the needs of children particularly those children in conflict with the law.

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Neglected, abandoned children receive multi-cab vehicle from PhilHealth Fun Run 2013

Neglected, abandoned children receive multi-cab vehicle from PhilHealth Fun Run 2013 multi cabTANTANGAN, SOUTH COTABATO – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office XII recently received a total of P850, 000 worth of goods and gifts from PhilHealth after a successful conduct of its nationwide Fun Run participated by almost 6, 000 runners regionwide.

Zorahayda Taha, DSWD 12 regional director expressed deep appreciation for the efforts of PhilHealth to make DSWD’s Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) a recipient of the run.

She said, “abandoned and neglected children in this center deserve special care from the community and we are glad that PhilHealth donated some of their proceeds to these children who deserve all love and attention given their situation.”

PhilHealth officer Merlie Sabog announced during a turn over ceremony that the goods include furnitures, appliances, toys and outdoor play equipment as well as a Multi-cab vehicle.


Camelia Taha, chief of RSCC said, “at first, we laid down our wishlist only coupled with a prayer and now it’s a dream come true.”

She added, “words are not enough to thank PhilHealth, we can only improve our work and do our best as caretakers of these children.”

RSCC provides social work interventions to children 0-6 years old for protection, and rehabilitation services through temporary residential care to neglected, dependent and abandoned, abused and exploited children and to those with special needs such as children at risk and children who are in need of alternative family care.

At present, there are 18 children in the Center and out of this number, 14 are male and 4 are female. There are 8 children in the Toddlers Room ages 15, 13, 12 , 10, 9, 8, 7, 4, ( They are all boys). Seven (7) are in the Nursery ward ages 5 years old (1), 2 years old (2), 1 year old (3), and a 9-month old (1).

RSCC recently transferred to the new building at Brgy. Maibu, Tantangan. The 2,000 square meters lot is donated by the Barangay Officials of Maibu. DSWD transferred P5M to the LGU of tantangan for theirimplementation and building construction with 399 sq. m. floor plan) .

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42 scholars complete DSWD-TESDA training program

42 scholars DSWD TESDA  trainingsti collegeKORONADAL CITY – Some forty two scholars of Department of Social Welfare and Development XII and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority XII graduated from the Cash for Training Program (C4TP) and Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) recently in STI College.

Said scholars started their classes last April this year after DSWD and TESDA identified them as eligible to receive the scholarship program which includes Commercial Cooking National Certification (NC) II under C4TP and, Career Entry for Software Developer JAVA NC IV under TWSP.

Zorahayda Taha, DSWD 12 regional director said, “I commend the efforts of these students to uplift their lives by gaining knowledge that would aid in their livelihood and employment.”

Simber Joy Dela Cruz, STI College administrator announced that there is a 93% passing rate from this year’s batch of scholars. She noted, “out of 45 scholars here in STI, we had 42 students who were able to complete their training course.”

According to her, graduates of the cooking course can use all that they learned from their class for their future enterpreneurial endeavor while JAVA graduates can use it for their future employment especially in companies and establishments that need programmers and systems developers.

Out of 25 enrollees for commercial cooking, there were 22 students who completed the course. They were: Jackeline Alog, Erniel Aposaga, Sheila Binas, Catherine Calibayan, Melanie Casia, Kenth Clark Delfin, Camille Diaz, Haide Dolla, Netty Ehimplar, Clarizze Higan, Mary Ann Jugar, Clark Jencie Leal, Allura Mae Magno, Janeth Mhek, Percon Jade Nicolas, Krizel Kay Obenieta, Mary Charlene Paclibar, Jane Rose Pagdato, Jenny Rose Parcon, Charlene Roquero, Lady Lee Solis and Jocelyn Wanan.

In JAVA NC IV, the graduates were: Harold Bermudez, Cesar Ian Bernil, Edgar Mel Dacut, Bryan Dela Cruz, Rodel Esteban, Carlo Fano, Albert Galica, Roxanne Guibone, Abdul Guro, Allan Mamon, Shella Mae Miguel, Marlon Moralidad, Princess Jayncy Nunez, Raul Orbe, Drexel Pantua, Geoffrey Quinones, Paul Rey Sinoy, Filbert Tandog, Mary Joy Velasco, and Dominic Villegas.

Erniel Aposaga, a C4TP graduate thanked STI, DSWD and TESDA for the program. He said, “I am thankful for this opportunity and I thought that I was privileged to avail of the program especially for young people like us who belong to poor families.”

“I thanked them most because of this opportunity to go to school again. We owe this also to our parents and loved ones who were very supportive of us and who despite our shortcomings have come to appreciate our efforts to learn, to dream and to complete this course,” he said.

Aposaga and other graduates were few of the thousands of scholars who finished and will soon finish the DSWD-TESDA C4TP and TWSP which were all government programs to empower the youth and encourage them to join the productive human resource of the country.

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries found career opportunity through Job Fair

PPPP bene found career through job fairThousands of beneficiaries set to graduate in December 2013 from the Pantawid Pamilya program queued to register for the Job Fair in May 30, 2013 at Malapatan Municipal Plaza, Malapatan Sarangani.

Spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XII, the activity dubbed “Job Fair for the workers in the informal economy” is first of its kind.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XII was able to record a total of 1,640 beneficiaries, 770 from Maasim and 870 from Malapatan. They were given the priority to apply for the local and overseas companies that participated in the activity.

Local companies included Alliance Food Select International, MMML Recruitment Services, ANR Unlimited, Tuna Exporters Multi-Purpose Coop. (TEMPCO), Gensan Manpower Services Coop. and Human Resources Multi-Purpose Coop. (HUREMPCO). Meanwhile, World Quest International Manpower Services Inc., Zontar Manpower Services Inc. and Mirben International manpower Services were among overseas agencies that participated.

Moreover, booths for social benefits such as the National Statistics Office (NSO), PhilHealth, PESO, Social Security System (SSS), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Health (DOH) were made available for applicants’ convenience.

“We believe that the partnership of DSWD with DOLE and other groups could help improve the lives of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, from survival status to self- sufficiency” said Assistant Regional Director Gemma N. Rivera.

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DOLE 12 to empower Pantawid families

dole12 empower 4ps familiesKORONADAL CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment Region 12 recently approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Department of Social Welfare and Development in a bid to complement programs that aim to reduce poverty in the region.

Ofelia Domingo, DOLE 12 director said, “our partnership with DSWD signifies our strong commitment to help poor families improve from their current situation and become empowered part of the community.”

“We commit to help in providing financial assistance to workers’ association or members who would like to avail of our services especially those who have small enterprises or business and help their businesses prosper,” Domingo said.

Gemma Rivera, assistant director of DSWD thanked DOLE for supporting the agency’s campaign against poverty. She said, “Pantawid families may be linked to DOLE to avail their services and programs. We are also glad that programs for poor families are given attention.”

Senior labor officer Willie Concepcion announced that the local partnership with DSWD is first from among all regions in the Philippines. He said, “Pantawid workers may be organized into association so that they can propose projects that will enhance their existing businesses.”

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Convergence partners ink MOU with DSWD

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 12 recently got the nod of four agencies in the region to work for converging resources and help poor families uplift their living conditions.

Zorahayda Taha, DSWD 12 director said, “we must continue to expand our network of partners because DSWD cannot simply do it alone.”

“Other agencies also have resources, funds and manpower that will help in improving the lives of economically poor families,” Taha emphasized.

During the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) held recently, TESDA 12 director Zeus Ampuyas along with BFAR director Ambuntong Pautong, DTI director Ibrahim Guiamadel and UTODCO manager Nestor Lumawig agreed to cooperate in reducing poverty in the region.

Director Ampuyas said, “we have the Cash for Training Program (C4TP) that will benefit Pantawid Pamilya families particularly those in Maasim and Malapatan, which we consider poorest areas. We are soon to consider also prioritizing Lake Sebu and Tboli in South Cotabato and Senator Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat.”

He added, “the training program will include allowances and training services to be offered to them. These services will cater employable skills and will be based on the existing needs of the families.”

Director Pautong of BFAR responded to participate with DSWD’s campaign against poverty. He said that BFAR also has livelihood opportunities to be offered to Pantawid families in order to augment their income. Meanwhile, director Guiamadel of DTI also committed to support poor families by providing training services for micro enterprises that will help them improve their business particularly in marketing, labeling and packaging their products.

Mr. Lumawig of UTODCO also committed to provide advocacy – training on road safety and providing accredited trainers on driving that will help poor families be employed soon. He said, “the transport industry goes with economic progress in our community. We need to equip our people with the right knowledge and appropriate skills.”

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53, 220 elderly identified by DSWD to receive free vaccine from DOH

53, 220 elderly identified by DSWD to receive free vaccine from DOHA total of 53, 220 Senior Citizens were identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development XII to receive free Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunization from Department of Health XII.

“These senior citizens aged 60 and up were identified indigenous/poor individuals based on the data of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) database”, said Ryan Ibones, Regional Information Technology Officer (RITO) of National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) during the orientation on the Administrative Order 2011-0018 on May 9 to 10, 2013 in General Santos City.

He also discussed the Administrative Order 2011-0018 also known as The Implementing Guidelines on Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunization for senior citizens to among Provincial Social Welfare Development Officers (PSWDO), DOH XII representatives and Social Pension officer.

In South Cotabato, a total of 13, 265 will receive the free vaccine, in North Cotabato- 19, 103, Sultan Kudarat- 10, 591, Sarangani -6,770. A total of 3, 491 senior citizens from Cotabato City will receive the free vaccine.

Health authorities are positive that after the vaccination, indigent senior citizens in the region will be better guarded against diseases responsible for hospitalizations or even deaths.

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DSWD to unveil first Kalahi-CIDSS water purifying project in the country

indexKoronadal City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Mindanao is set to inaugurate the first ever community-owned water purifying station project in the country, an agency official revealed Friday.

Located in Barangay D. Lotilla, a remote village of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, southwestern part of Mindanao, the project costs P846, 638.00, and is seen to end the decades of suffering of villagers from the insufficient potable water supply in the area.

DSWD-12 assistant regional director, Gemma N. Rivera, said that the project is expected to be inaugurated either end of May or early of June to start its full operation, benefiting 765 households.

“The residents have been left with no choice but to spend a portion of their income to buy drinking water especially for children, elders and sick members of the community, a factor in making them live in dire poverty” Rivera said.

Rivera added that aside from answering community health concerns due to unsafe drinking water, as income generating initiative, the project will provide villagers an employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and to increase the local government revenue.

The project is said to be the only purifying station project in the Philippines constructed under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) since the project began in 2003.

A community-driven development project, Kalahi-CIDSS gives community people an opportunity to chart local development directions by analyzing their own needs, managing resources and implementing appropriate intervention.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the “Tatsulo”, a convergence of three flagship poverty-reduction programs implemented by DSWD, which includes Pantawid Pamilya (4Ps) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). (Hilbert T. Estacion, Regional Social Marketing Officer, DSWD-12)

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