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MOVE honors DSWD women employees

KORONADAL CITY, March 5 — Members of Men Oppose Violence Against Women Everywhere honored Monday women employees of Department of Social Welfare and Development as part of this year’s Women’s Month celebration.

“Today is not just any other day. For many years, women, all around the world, have played a crucial role in our societies…not only to improve their situations but also to fight for a better, greater more equal society,” said Rommel Camaganacan, MOVE president.

DSWD women employees are seen during the launching of Women’s Month in Koronadal City. (Photo by Cheryl Balios)

“For us, just like so many influential men on the planet, women are playing an important role in our daily life.  We believe that our progress here in our office- DSWD- has been the result of countless extra ordinary women,” he added.

During the flag ceremony at the office of DSWD 12, men gave balloons to women employees.

“The women sector is a potent force in promoting social welfare and development. Let us celebrate our gains in our continuing advocacy to fight for our rights as well promotes women welfare,” DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said.

This year’s theme of the celebration is “We Make Change Work for Women”.

The DSWD earlier vowed to uphold the rights of women under Republic Act No. 9710 or Magna Carta for women.

The Magna Carta was passed into law on August 14, 2009, affirmed the role of women in nation-building, assured the “substantive equality” of women and men, and declared as state policies the empowerment of women, providing them equal access to resources and development results and outcome.

At the same time, the law acknowledged that the “equality of men and women entails to abolition of the unequal structures and practices that perpetuate discrimination and inequality.” (DSWD)

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DSWD to build healing center in Marawi

KORONADAL CITY, March 5 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development will construct a healing center for people still struggling to recover after last year’s five month armed confrontation in the Islamic City of Marawi.

Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, DSWD 12 regional director, announced Monday during the flag ceremony the building, Marawi DSWD Healing Center, is intended for families that will undergo psychosocial healing and recovery programs.

A family shared their first lunch after five months in the house they abandoned in Basak Malutlut, a village where the fighting first erupted in Marawi City.

“It’s like a daycare center for women, children, and the elderly still experiencing trauma and stress,” she said.

In Manila, DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel A. Leyco said the construction of the DSWD Marawi Healing Center is part of the continued commitment of the state to assist the internally displaced persons of Marawi.

“The healing center will be devoted to the continued healing and recovery of our Maranao brothers and sisters as they get back on their feet and take the step towards the road to recovery. Having a center specifically intended for their use will give them their privacy and  better guarantee their rights to  freedom of expression,” OIC Leyco said.

Dennis Domingo, DSWD 12 regional information officer, said the agency allotted  P46.1 million funding for the project. (JBM/DSWD)


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President Duterte inaugurates another housing project for Marawi war victims 

MARAWI CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the inauguration of another shelter project for people affected by last year’s fighting between government security forces and armed groups in this Islamic City.

Bai Zorahayda T. Haha, director of Department of Social Welfare and Development 12, reported Thursday the President, in his visit in the village of Mipaga on February 28, also reiterated his pledge to build a better city that was was destroyed by the Maute terrorists.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the unveiling of the Bahay Pag-Asa Phase 2 Housing Marker at Brgy. Mipaga in Marawi City on February 28, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The Bahay Pagasa Phase 2 Immediate Shelter and Accommodation Housing Complex was funded by donations from the Tarlac Heritage Foundation Inc., Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc., and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Other donors include the Marawi City local government, Department of National Defense, Corvill Agricom Inc., and East West Seed Company Inc.

The 60 semi-bungalow housing units will be built inside the one-hectare housing complex, equipped with water facilities, electrical supply, community center, volleyball and basketball courts, parking lot, as well as children’s playroom and learning center. Also included is the “Hardin ng Lunas” vegetable and herbal garden.

“It only shows that our government is always here for us. We thank the President for the programs intended for Maranao people,” Dir. Taha said.

Around 18,478 families (92,390 people) have returned to Marawi since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared the city liberated from terrorists control.

In his speech, the President asked forgiveness anew from the Maranaos for the destruction brought by the conflict, as he stressed that as the Commander-in-Chief, he has the duty to suppress rebellion in Marawi City.

“Masakit man sa loob at ako’y humihingi na sa inyo noon ng taos-pusong… forgiveness. Kasi alam ko na talagang aabot ito sa ganitong gulo,” Duterte said.

“Kaya naman, sinabi ko sa inyo right after the war, rehabilitation will start immediately. Kaya kita mo ‘yung mga sundalo ko, ‘yun ang nakipag-away ng mga Maute pati terorista at sila nga ‘yung nagpagod na maibalik ang mga tahanan ninyo,” he added.

He said his government is willing to pour in money, noting that Land Bank and the Department of Trade and Industry are ready to assist Maranaos who want to restart their business.

“Let’s try to build ‘yung Marawi at least sa panahon ko. May three years and a half pa ako. Magbuhos ako ng pera dito. Maghiram kayo,” he said.

The President also renewed his administration’s commitment in achieving lasting peace in Mindanao.

Dennis Domingo, DSWD 12 regional information officer, said some of the recipients of the housing project will be beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, also known the Conditional Cash Transfer.

“Due to the conflict last year, the conditionality’s under CCT remain lifted until December 2018,” he said.

Under CCT, children aged 3 to 18 have to stay in school and maintain class attendance of at least 85 percent each month. Pregnant women are also required to avail pre- and post-natal care, and delivery must be assisted by skilled health personnel, while parents are mandatory to take “family development sessions” to enable them to become better parents. (JBM,PND/DSWD)

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CCT beneficiaries under watch vs. pawning of ATMs cards

KORONADAL CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)12 warned Thursday beneficiaries of conditional cash transfer program against pawning their automated teller machine cards.

In this picture taken 2016 shows DSWD 12 CCT beneficiaries are seen during a family day event in Koronadal City. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, regional director of DSWD 12, said she directed all municipal as well city links to monitor if there are cases of beneficiaries engage in pawning their cash cards.

“The first offense they have to sign an agreement not to do it again; second offenders would be suspended of two months’ worth of benefits, while third offenders would be disqualified as beneficiaries,”Dir. Taha said.

More than 231,150 households are covered by the agency in the program also known Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Under CCT, children aged 3 to 18 have to stay in school and maintain class attendance of at least 85 percent each month.

Pregnant women are also required to avail pre- and post-natal care, and delivery must be assisted by skilled health personnel, while parents are mandatory to take “family development sessions” to enable them to become better parents. (JBM/DSWD)

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DSWD 12 vows to uphold women’s rights in Central Mindanao

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12  vowed Tuesday to uphold the rights of women in the region as it prepares for the Women’s Month celebration.

This year’s theme of the celebration is “We Make Change Work for Women”.

DSWD-12 assistant regional director for administration Jackia Lao said the monthlong celebration will official start on Monday, March 5, with series of activities in the region regarding the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women.

The Magna Carta of Women or Republic Act No. 9710, passed into law on August 14, 2009, affirmed the role of women in nation-building, assured the “substantive equality” of women and men, and declared as state policies the empowerment of women, providing them equal access to resources and development results and outcome.

At the same time, the law acknowledged that the “equality of men and women entails to abolition of the unequal structures and practices that perpetuate discrimination and inequality.”

“Empowering women enables them to confidently and meaningfully engage with appropriate institutions to ensure that they contribute to and benefit from development and changes,” Lao said.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries are seen in the town of Pikit, North Cotabato in this picture taken May 5, 2015. This year’s theme for Women’s Month is “We Make Change Work for Women”. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

“Making change work for women necessitates strengthening the implementation of the Magna Carta at all levels. It means putting in place functional mechanisms as well as implementing and making known to citizens, programs and services that address strategic gender needs of women,” she added.

Dir. Lao said the culmination will be on March 26 where we will have a colorful walk in Koronadal City.

Shierra Usop, DSWD formal for women, said the Women’s Month Celebration  every March is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day.

“Our office has been a staunch advocate of women’s rights protection and empowerment. We fully support every initiative for the protection of women specially the Indigenous groups,” she said.

Dennis Domingo, regional information officer, said under Proclamation No. 224 s. 1998 it declares the first week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day. (JBM/DSWD)


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DSWD spent nearly half billion for MCCT in Region 12 

KORONADAL CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development spent nearly half billion to cover the implementation of  government’s Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program in Region 12.

Jadidah Rasuman-Alangca, DSWD 12 focal for MCCT, said Monday around 378,230,663 were utilized by the department since 2015 to cover the program fundings for 20,000 households in the region.

Rasuman-Alangca said their beneficiaries, not included in the regular conditional cash transfer program, were mainly Indigenous groups.

In this picture taken November 2013 shows CCT beneficiaries are seen during family development session in General Santos City. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

“We cater families in need of special protection. These include street families, those displaced by natural and man made disasters, IPs, children in conflict with the law, child laborers, those with disability and victims of human trafficking,” she said.

“The money were used for their cash grants the same with Conditional Cash Transfer, cash for work for ten days as well livelihood depending on their proposals,” she added.

Under CCT, each beneficiaries will get P500 to P1, 400 depending on the number of eligible children. Each family is allowed a maximum of three children to receive the monthly benefits.

Dennis Domingo, DSW 12 regional information officer, explained the MCCT also aims to bring back the children to schools and facilitate their regular attendance including access to Alternative Delivery Mode and other special learning modes.

At the same time, he said program  facilitate availment of health and nutrition services through regular visits to the health centers; enhancing of parenting roles through attendance to Family Development Sessions ; bring back children from the streets to more suitable, decent and permanent homes and reunite with their families; and to mainstream families with children in need of special protection from normal psycho-functions through Pantawid Pamilya Program. (JBM/DSWD)

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DSWD’s policy making body in Central Mindanao recommends separate facilities for minors in jail

KORONADAL CITY — The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC) discovered over 70 minors in at least seven prison facilities in the region, an alarming findings of the region’s policy making body in Central Mindanao.

Rabyn Rivera Quinones, RJJWC secretariat head in Region 12, an attached agency of Department of Social Welfare and Development, reported Friday they checked last week the present conditions of jails and found out around 75 minor prisoners, some of them over 20 years old but at the time of the commission of the offense below 15 years old.

“Our goal there should be no child in jail. It’s alarming already,” she said.

RJJWC staff, along with partners, discuss with jail guards in Cotabato City the condition of minors inside their prison facility.  (Photo by Joy Leocario) 

“We recommended to local officials, either they will be transfered to an institution,  with their parents with court diversions, or in our centers in the DSWD,” she added.

Quinones said so far only General Santos City Jail have separate cells for minors.

“Koronadal City will open their own “Bahay Pag-Asa” or Houses of Hope next week  where children in conflict with the law can be reformed,” she said.

Under Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, “a child 15 years of age or under at the time of the commission of the offense shall be exempt from criminal liability.”

The child will undergo an intervention program by government agencies.

A child above 15 years but below 18 years of age shall likewise be exempt from criminal liability and be subjected to an intervention program, unless he or she has “acted with discernment.”

Social workers are tasked to determine whether or not a minor offender acted with discernment in allegedly committing the crime. (JBM with reports from Ardelou Dacua/DSWD)

Ongoing construction of Bahay Pag-asa in Amas, Kidapawan City. (Photo by Joy Leocario)



it was created pursuant to Republic Act No. 10630 or An Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No.  9344, Otherwise Known as the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 ’’


A Council leading a society that promotes and protects the rights of children at risk and children in conflict with the law under a restorative justice and welfare system.


To institutionalize a restorative justice and welfare system for children at risk and children in conflict with the law through the effective implementation of the law and coordination among stakeholders in a protective and enabling environment.


To prevent children at risk from committing crimes and to ensure that children in conflict with the law are rehabilitated and reintegrated with their families and communities.

To strengthen institutional partnerships in pursuing collectively and effectively the Council’s mission.

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DSWD 12 ready to assist returning OFWs from Kuwait 

KORONADAL CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development assured Friday it will provide services and emergency assistance to returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Kuwait in Central Mindanao.

Jackia Lao, DSWD 12 assistant regional director administration, said Officer-in-Charge Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco directed them to ensure OFWs coming from Kuwait will be given necessary assistance.

“We are closely coordinating with our central office as well the labor department to find out if there are OFWs from Kuwait returning to the region,” she said.

Naira Aratuc, protective services division officer in charge, said the assistance for OFWs will depend on their needs.

“It could be medical assistance, psychosocial session or if needed, we will refer them to our sustainable livelihood or social pension teams,” Aratuc said.

In Manila, Leyco said much needs to be done to improve the labor and employment situation in the Philippines so Filipino will no longer rush to go abroad for work.

“It is clear that it is the deep-seated and widespread poverty that goads Filipinos to work abroad, even as it means leaving their families and young children behind and taking the risk of ending up with  cruel and inhuman employers,” he said.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to the Gulf state amid reports of abuse and maltreatment. The President made the pronouncement following the death of Joanna Demafelis, the OFW who was found dead in a freezer.

So far, around 580 OFWs from Kuwait have arrived in the country. (JBM/DSWD)

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