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DSWD to earmark P3.9B for Zambo rehabilitation

Zamboanga City, September 22 — Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman today announced that the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)will earmark a total of P3.9B for the early recovery and rehabilitation of those families affected by the ruthless Moro National Liberation Front-led crisis in Zamboanga City.

Secretary Soliman, who is on her 12th day stint in Zambanga City to oversee the continuing relief operations of the Department, emphasized that rehabilitation efforts are now being planned out by the DSWD in coordination with the Crisis Management Committee headed by Zamboanga City Mayor BengClimaco.

According to Secretary Soliman, the rehabilitation efforts will immediately commence once the city government of Zamboanga identifies the areas. “This is a huge challenge to us but the government is making sure that the early recovery and rehabilitation efforts are well organized and systematized,” she added.

“We will make sure that we will build back better communities for the affected families,” Secretary Soliman emphasized.

The rehabilitation plan for the victims of armed conflict in Zamboanga includes the continuing relief assistance for one month, balik-probinsiya program by providing the evacuees with transportation and incidental assistance, educational assistance to college students, supplementary feeding for children, cash-for-work program, construction of temporary and permanent shelters, and livelihood assistance.

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Lactating social worker breastfeeds babies in evacuation center in Zamboanga City

Social worker Evalinda Jimeno of Zamboanga Sibugay earned  the admiration of thousands of evacuees at the Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. Sports Complex or grandstand in Zamboanga City when she offered herself to breastfeed hungry babies in between her task of registering  evacuees for the family access card.
Jimeno is a lactating mother who chose to share her breastmilk to babies in dire need of milk. In front of evacuees, she willingly took one baby at a time and breastfed them, without  any inhibitions.
Jimeno said that although the Department has enough supply of milk for children 0-6 years old she emphasized that “ breastmilk is still the best, so mothers must be encouraged to continue breastfeeding.”
“I hope that my simple act of breastfeeding will make them realize that babies need a mother’s milk,” Jimeno further said.  Jimeno shared that she breastfed all her children including the youngest who is six months old.
“As social workers, we should continue to explore all possible interventions to cater to the needs of clients especially during critical times, such as this,” Jimeno said.  Jimeno was referring to the on-going clash between  government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction.
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman agreed with Jimeno on the importance of giving breastmilk to infants.
“We set-up a Women Friendly Space  at the evacuation center where mothers can breastfeed their babies. We also continue to provide feeding to lactating mothers to help them produce their own milk,” Secretary Soliman added.
Secretary Soliman said that there are presently 22 lactating mothers at the grandstand evacuation center. ### (DSWD-Social Marketing Service) September 21, 2013.

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Update on Armed Conflict

Supplementary Feeding is done at the temporary Day Care center. Sept. 18, 2013

Prayer tents for our muslim brothers and sisters.  Sept. 17, 2013prayer tent

Story-telling time for the day care kids at the JFE Evac camp. Sept. 16, 2013

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The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) ensures continuous supply of water for evacuees at

JFE Sports Complex. Sept. 15, 2013

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President Pnoy visits the thousands of evacuees in Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex in Zamboanga City. Sept. 14, 2013

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Women-evacuees assisting in the community kitchen under the Cash for Work program. sept.13, 2013

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Sec. Dinky, Sec. Mar Roxas and Mayor Beng address the thousands of evacuees at the grandstand. Assured them of continuous supply of food and provision of other basic needs like mats and tents (09/12/13)

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Staff from DSWD neighboring regions (X,XI, Caraga) helps out in the installation of the tents for the evacuees

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Kids playing “Luksong Tinik” at the Special Day Care while awaiting for their session…

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DSWD Sec. Dinky and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas talk to a family-evacuee during their monitoring visit at the grandstand

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Sec. Dinky talks to a young mother assuring her of more tents for infants, older persons and senior citizens..

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Continuous provision of meals and family packs to Samal and Badjao families who preferred to camp along the shores of Cawa-cawa across the main evac center. Badjaos are traditionally known to be ‘boat dwellers’ and are popularly known as ‘sea gypsies

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Update on Zamboanga armed conflict

 

Due to the recently concluded security briefing with the concerned military and police officials, the following revisions to the advisory are being made to include the following:

1. Only government agencies offering frontline services will continue operations tomorrow.

2. We continue to urge business establishments selling basic necessities such as groceries, pharmacies, gasoline stations, reloading stations and the like, to be opened starting tomorrow except those in affected areas. We likewise appeal to business establishments to ensure that prices of commodities remain stable. The buying public is also advised not to resort to panic buying but purchase provisions enough for the day to prevent shortage of supplies.

3. We likewise reiterate that all schools, public or private, will remain closed today, September 11, 2013.

For emergencies and other concerns please contact our hotline numbers: 992-2385 or 992-3137 for the command center, 117 or 166 and 09063680749 for the City Police Office

Source: Office of the City Mayor

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Zamboanga Armed Conflict

We are accepting donations in goods or in kind. Please forward your donations to the Women’s Center fronting our Grandstand, Zamboanga City
As of September 10, 2013 -11:30 AMGrandstand -Families: 1, 400, Persons: 7, 000
Martha Drive-Families: 273, Persons: 1365
Divisoria (DPWH)-Families: Persons: 95 (students of Fisheries)
Lunzuran: Families: 100, Persons: 203
Tetuan-
ICAS: Families: 126, Persons: 630
Mormons: Families: 6, Persons: 19
Mampang- Families: 257, Persons: 1,285
Sto. Nino, Putik- Families:10, Persons: 50
Zambowood- Families:13, Persons: 54

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DATU TUMANGGONG RESIDENTS AVAIL GOV’T, PRIVATE GROUPS’ SERVICES

Datu Tumanggong residents in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay had something to smile about yesterday – August 21.  It is not about the holiday or rest day that any office person would be pleased about, but it’s about the services and assistance that came their way that day.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX led by Director Zenaida Arevalo joined other government and public offices in providing services to residents of Tungawan, Sibugay  yesterday.

About three thousand individuals of Datu Tumanggong barangay and other neighboring areas attended the ‘Bayanihan’Civic Action (CIVAC).   The activity was an initiative of Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma in partnership with the 6th SFBn Command.  The multi-sectored affair was held at the grounds of Datu Tumanggong Elementary School.  Topping the services availed by the residents were the Medical and Dental missions which were carried out through the support of the Provincial Health Office.

Programs and services

 civac2Aside from the medical and dental services, a team of lawyers from the Provincial Government were also present to provide legal assistance. Mothers and young couples trooped to the National Statistics Office booth to apply for pertinent documents such as Marriage and Birth certificates.  Fees for applications were waived as earlier discussed by Gov. Palma with Tungawan Mayor Randy Climaco during the briefing at 6th SFBn.

Recipients of DSWD family packs went home with smiles on their faces hugging close to them their packs containing rice, canned goods and other basic commodities.  DSWD 9 gave out 1,020 family packs to the poorest families in the barangay while ABS-CBN Foundation also handed some toys and other goodies. civac3

Young boys and teen-aged males availed of the free circumcision and hair cut services while preschool kids and toddlers sumptuously ate their share of the nutritious meal offered to them during the feeding session conducted by the local government unit.

Brief Program

Excitement and curiosity was etched on the faces of the barangay residents as they witnessed the opening ceremony that morning which was graced by Congresswoman Ann Hofer, Gov. Palma, Director Arevalo and some dignitaries from the Office of the President on Peace Process (OPAPP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

civac4Speaking in the local dialect, Governor Palma assured the people of the local governments’ continuous engagements with residents which he hoped to be a proof of his earnest support in addressing ‘difficulties’ in the said area.  A team from the Provincial government is set to visit the municipality next week for the distribution of notebooks to preschoolers and elementary students.  Gov. Palma revealed other initiatives are being done to ensure peace and development in the said municipality.  The LCE was speaking in context with the priority of the government in sustaining peace in the area considering that Datu Tumanggong is also home to the MILF group.  Hoping for amity and transparency in governance, he underscored the need for communication to ensure good relations.  This, he said, will pave the way for further development and progress in the area.

PAMANA projects

Forty Million pesos from Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan  Fund (PAMANA) is expected to be poured in Sibugay.  Gov. Palma said the funds will be used to finance infra and other social welfare projects.  Rubber remains to be the top produce of the region, thus exploring  on how to acquire a better variety (like the one produced in Malaysia) is being considered by the province.

Other groups from the private and media sectors include ML Lhuiller, Philippine Business for Social Progress,Philippine Medical Society, Zamboanga Times, TVI Resource Development, Inc., DXIR-FM, Radyo Lipay and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya.

Currently, there are 171 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Datu Tumanggong alone.  Out of the number, forty availed of a capital seed fund from DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.  Six varied infra projects were implemented under the KALAHI-CIDSS benefitting majority of the residents of the barangay.### (NZB)

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DSWD to employ innovations for 2013 household assessment

To continuously improve the delivery of public goods and services, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is set to employ some enhancements in the mechanism of identifying poor households nationwide which is scheduled to be conducted in the last quarter of this year.

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said during a presscon that for this year’s assessment, the DSWD will use android tablets instead of paper and pencil as the primary data collection tool in urban areas. “The use of tablets as data collection tool and encoding device will minimize the risk of losing the family assessment forms (FAF) during shipment and expedite the data collection process in urban areas”. Sec. Soliman expounded. However, enumerators assigned in rural areas will still be using paper and pencil owing to the absence of internet connectivity.

 The inclusion of barangay community characteristics derived from the 2009 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) is also one of the innovations that the institution will be adopting. The CPH will be included as determinants of poverty status in the new PMT model. Among these are access to mobile phone signal, availability of commercial establishments and recreational facilities. The new PMT model will also use the non-income variables such as  housing features, family assets and access to water and sanitation facilities, and so on, which were sourced out from 2009 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) and Labor Force Survey (LFS) as income indicators.

 NHTS-PR will also have the capability to classify occupation of family roster into 431 specific categories in accordance with the Philippine Standard Occupation Classification (PSOC).

NHTS-PR is an information management system that identifies and assesses who and where the poor are. The data which will eventually be collected will be shared with National Government Agencies and social protection stakeholders for the implementation of their social protection programs and projects.

Recruitment of Field staff 

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 In the early July of this year, DSWD IX deployed 5 teams to the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and ARMM provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi to conduct the selection and recruitment process of NHTS-PR field workers which include Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors and Enumerators. Each province posted a significant huge number of applicants coming from various municipalities and cities. Zamboanga del Sur had accommodated roughly 3000 aspirants for 900 positions to include applicants from Zamboanga City. Zamboanga del Norte had 1500 applicants vying for 569 vacant posts, whereas Zamboanga Sibugay had  600 applicants contending for 309 vacant positions. Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi had more or less 1,800 applicants for 800 job posts.

 

 DSWD IX has been continuously going over the documents of the applicants for 3 weeks now. The tallying of scores garnered by the applicants is the most tedious process of the recruitment since it is composed of several ways of gauging the applicants’ competencies which include IQ testing, essay writing, computer literacy hands-on and panel interview, according to DSWD IX Human Resource Unit Head Fe dela Cruz. “We are so particular about every step of the way to ensure fair and objective selection of qualified workers.” dela Cruz said.

 IMG_0317-300x225The result of the selection process will be posted on August 30, 2013 for Region 9 at the DSWD Regional office. This will then be followed by a series of trainings and orientation before they will be deployed in different provinces, municipalities and cities all over region IX.

 In 2009, the DSWD conducted its first national household assessment where 10 million households were assessed resulting to the identification of 5.25 million poor households. This year, the department is targeting 15 million households to undergo assessment with 3-month timetable estimation for the project implementation phase.

The second nationwide assessment has a total budgetary requirement of P1.9 billion which includes the service cost of field staff, procurement of IT equipment, production of FAFs and the conduct of validation activities. NHTS-PR has also just recently came up with its new by-name, Listahanan, Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan which is set to be launched this October in celebration of the national statistics month. (#LMSM) 

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HELP POURS IN FOR THE KALUUYAN FAMILY

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08/05/13–Though the material assistance cannot help bring back the lives of his two siblings, Arnel Kaluuyan, one of the elder siblings of Agustin, 12 and Ayen, 6, who both perished in the landslide that occurred along the coastal barangay  of Limpapa, this city last Saturday, is still thankful for the assistance provided to them.

A team from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 9 visited some west coast areas to assess damages caused by continuous rain.  Incidences of flashflood in Patalon and Labuan were noted as well as landslides were noted particularly in Limpapa of which the Kaluuyan house was one of the affected.

Relief packs were immediately dispatched to these areas and financial assistance in the amount of Twenty Thousand Pesos was handed to Mrs. Kaluuyan. City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar through the local Social Welfare Office also gave P12,000 for burial assistance while the Congressional District Office handed also some amount to cover other expenses. Other psychosocial interventions are also being planned out for the family members to help them deal with the present difficulties.

As relayed by neighbors , the avalanche of debris happened around 7 am, just right after Mrs. Kaluuyan left her two children to attend to her work as a laundrywoman.   It was only after 4 hours that the bodies were extracted from the mound of dirt. ###(nzb)

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