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DSWD-SLP Skills Training Graduation in Molave

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region IX in partnership with TESDA, and Molave Agri-Industrial Technology Inc. culminated its skills training program today with a Graduation Ceremony in MRPS Molave, Zamboanga del Sur.


288 Sustainable Livelihood Program participants received their certificate of completion today under Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Bread and Pastry Production, and Raise Organic Chicken Profuction, Feeds Formulation, Diseases Treatment and Marketing Leading to Organic Production.

Starter kits were also given to the beneficiaries during the graduation, to allow the participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge for their microenterprise.



These graduates are from the Municipalities of Mahayag, San Pablo, Labangan, Ramon Magsaysay, Josefina, Aurora and Molave Zamboanga del Sur.###

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DOLE turns-over 300k worth livelihood assistance to PWDs

The Department of Labor and Employment officially turned-over on Febuary 2, 2017 the 300 thousand worth of Canteen Establishment cum Bread and Pastry Livelihood Assistance to the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center-III of Department of Social Welfare and Development- Field Office IX.

In Photo: (L-R) Sylvia Delos Santos, LEO III; Leila Awis, AVRC Superintendent; Amri Halilula, Vice Pres of UCBA; DOLE Assistant Regional Director YahYah Centi; Protective Services Unit Chief Josefina Reyes; Ian A. Lahi, Chief LEO, Zamboanga City Office.

The said project will be managed and benefited by 40 PWD members of the United Clients Builders Association (UPCBA) that will help them engage and start livelihood activities through the supervision of the center.

Chief LEO for Zamboanga City, Ian Lahi urged the beneficiaries to take care of the assistance given to them so it will help them and their families.

Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment Region IX,   Mr. YahYah Centi also expressed his appreciation to the PWD clients and has encouraged everyone to value the opportunity given by the Government to them. “One thing’s for sure we are committed to you. This is about giving you hope, this is about giving you optimism. This is about hope in your dreams, hope in your realization and hope in your day to day. DOLE and DSWD has always been a partner.” Centi said.

The ceremony was attended by the members of United Clients Builders Association, PWDs and DSWD staff.

The PWD clients of AVRC who are members of the said association underwent trainings under the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) on Baking and Pastry Production for fifteen days. AVRC-III Superintendent, Leila Awis said that the realization of the said canteen will be implemented as soon as the repair and construction have already been finished

The clients under the AVRC undergo several phases such as Social Rehabilitation, Training, On-Job Training and Placement. The center seeks to assist persons with disabilities in achieving the highest level of physical, social and economic adjustment by maximizing their residual capacities through a wide range of social and vocational activities. ##


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DSWD readies Adoption Consciousness week activities

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX has prepared series of activities that will highlight the Adoption Consciousness Celebration this Month.

The celebration that will run from February 11-19, 2017 is anchored on this year’s theme:” Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-ampon ating gawin. “

DSWD Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo urged the public to actively engage in the advocacy on legal adoption. “I encourage everyone to seek for consultation and inquiry in the office to consider adoption as an opportunity to build new families for our children. Our workers are ready to facilitate and assist the prospective adoptive families to ensure legal adoption processing”, Atty. Solamillo said.

The celebration is set to kick-off with motorcade and will highlight other activities such as Holy Eucharistic Celebration with Adoptive Families and RSCC clients, Adoption Help Desk in Malls, Adoption Information Caravan in some National Government Offices and Adoption Forum for Local Government Units within the week-long celebration.

Media guesting will also form part of line-up activities that will aid in the advocacy and publicity support of the program.

In 2016, DSWD Field Office IX has recorded 25 Local Adoption and 7 Inter-Country Adoption. ##


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DSWD, Metrobank tie partnership to help poor

The partnership between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Metrobank continues in this year’s collaboration project dubbed as “Bag of Blessing (BoB)” in line with the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The project is funded by the GT Foundation, a foundation established by business tycoon George Ty, owner of Metrobank, to give back and share blessings by giving food packs to the underprivileged Filipino families.

Metrobank has once again partnered with DSWD, through the Listahanan, a project under the DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are. For this year’s BoB, GT foundation has allotted a total of PHP 10 million worth of food packs for a total of 10,000 poor but non-Pantawid beneficiaries nationwide.

For Zamboanga City, 456 poor are initially selected as beneficiaries of the said project which will be conducted on January 28, 2017 at Sta. Maria Elementary School. These beneficiaries are among the identified poor families based on the Listahanan database.

In a meeting with Metrobank, Listahanan focals already verified qualified beneficiaries based on their database of poor. The following are the target number of beneficiaries per area/barangay: Sangali=34, Canelar=172, Mampang=48, Zone II=4, Zone III=6, Guiwan=153 and Talon-Talon=39.

DSWD-9 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, expressed her gratitude towards Metrobank for this noble project.

“We, in the DSWD as the agency that protects and promotes the welfare of the poor, are very glad about this partnership. We see that the government and the private sector are on the same page in terms of delivering services to the public. Not only that we provide prompt service but also a kind of service that really cares for the clientele,” says Atty. Solamillo.

Metrobank’s BoB project has started in 2011 and has been helping the poor since then.###

DSWD in a meeting with Metrobank last January 18

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DSWD kicks-off 66th Anniversary Sportsfest

The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the General Administration and Support Services Division (GASSD) and Policy and Plans Division (PPD) hosted the week-long Sportsfest in celebration of the department’s  66th Anniversary with theme “Sama-samang paglilingkod na may malasakit” from January 23-26, 2017 at Tebi and Sean Recreational Center.

The festivity kicks-off with a parade of the five participating teams each represented by the DSWD employees. DSWD Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo said in her message “this week is dedicated for your sportsfest. May we value the essence of the celebration with sportsmanship and trust, may we nourish our hearts with more compassion to serve the poor”.

“We may be divided by colors but we are woven by spirits. A spirit that is resilient and caring, quench by the tests of time. It is indeed manifested by transformation brought by our department that upheld the legacy for 66 years and counting”, Atty. Solamillo added.

Igniting the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie was the ceremonial lighting of the torch that saw all five colors of pink, blue, green, yellow and orange come together as one.

Among the lined-up events for the Sportsfest Week includes Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Chess, Scrabble, Dart and Domino simultaneous with Bingo Socials and Pinoy Games and also the Search for Mr. and Ms. DSWD 2017.

The department is extending its appreciation to the Drum and Lyre Corps of Tetuan Central School, and to the Zamboanga City Police Office for joining and making the parade possible.###

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DSWD-9 Anniversary Tiangge opens to Public

The Department of Social Welfare and Development officially opened the “DSWD Tiangge” on January 17, 2017 at DSWD Field Office  IX grounds in celebration of its 66th year anniversary.

Various food and non-food products from Sustainable Livelihood Program and Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center’s Sheltered Workshop are featured in the said Tiangge.


A garage sale was also initiated where proceeds from the sold items will be collected for a special cause.

Different partner-concessionaires also participated in the said activities where snacks, refreshments and RTW’s are for sale for the employees and walk-in visitors.

The agency aims to promote and patronize home and handmade products of the partner beneficiaries to help these individuals improve their social condition through entrepreneurship.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has been designed as a labor market program that is integrated with a social safety net program such as the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipinong Program. Its integrated approach is to add value to Pantawid Program by bringing the beneficiaries closer to reaching the poverty threshold and enabling them to be engaged in sustainable livelihoods.

The exposition of the beneficiaries’ products through the “Tiangge” is an opportunity for them to take pride of the outcome of their hardwork and effort.

These products are marketed through the Project Development Officers in Zamboanga Peninsula clusters.



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DSWD provides wellness activities for employees

The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Protective Services Unit hosted week-long wellness activities for its employees as part of the 66th year anniversary celebration from January 10-13, 2016 at DSWD Conference Room.

DSWD Regional Director, Atty. Araceli Solamillo said that these activities will help the employees assess and check their conditions through various health and wellness services. “I believe that providing the staff with necessary care, health and support services will help them achieve efficiency and balance lifestyle at work.” She expressed.

“As implementers of various social welfare programs and services of the department, it is important for the staff to maintain their physical and mental condition to provide our clients with prompt and efficient delivery of social services” Atty. Solamillo added.

Among the services rendered to the employees are BMI screening, Dietary Counselling, Massage and Reflexology Services, Fasting Blood Sugar Check-up, Dental Services and among others.

Meanwhile, the DSWD Field Office IX has recorded good number of Blood Donors as it also hosted its first Blood Letting Activity in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga Chapter. The agency has accumulated good number of rare blood types which is a good indication of possible donors in the future.  The agency is looking forward to have this kind of activity in a regular basis in order to help not only the staff but also other clients should there be a need for blood request.

The DSWD is extending its appreciation to the City Health Office of Zamboanga, Philippine Redcross-Zamboanga Chapter, VISTA Massage through the Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center and all partners who served and responded in the invitation.

The activity resonate this year’s anniversary theme, “Sama-Samang Paglilingkod na may Malasakit”.

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DSWD marks 66 years of ‘Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is celebrating its 66th year anniversary this January.

The beginning of a new year brings in a replenished driving-force for the entire department and its workforce to work harder, reach farther and continue upholding its legacy that started sixty six years back.

Founded on 1951, the commemoration aims to celebrate the genuine service of the department to its clientele in over six decades. The department, being the lead agency in promoting and protecting the rights and welfare of the poor, marginalized and the disadvantaged individuals have been in the forefront in bringing positive changes and progress in the lives of its beneficiaries.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “Sama-samang Paglilingkod Na May Malasakit”.

“DSWD is not just an agency. It is an entity that resembles your loved ones. It cares for you, it protects you, it gives you the priority that you deserve. Sabi nga sa ating slogan, ‘Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo.” That kind of public service is imbued in the core of our call as social workers,” said Atty. Araceli F. Sollamillo, DSWD Regional Director.

The department also wishes to honor its workforce for its contribution in the delivery of service and implementation of its mandate.

In line with the celebration of its anniversary, the department has prepared several activities to create an avenue for its employees to build and strengthen camaraderie, solidarity and promote sportsmanship through the annual sports fest.

“This has been the tradition of the department. We organize sports events, games, to give our employees the opportunity to have fun amidst the deliverables.” Assistant Regional Director Riduan P. Hadjimuddin said.

From January 9-13, the department has prepared wellness-promotion activities for its employees such as blood–letting, dental check-up, blood sugar testing, dietary counseling, massage and reflexology services

This will be followed by the Open-Tiangge week which will showcase various products of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants and Sheltered workshop of Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC).

The product display hopes to promote home/handmade products of its own clients and beneficiaries which forms part of the agency’s mission to help these people improve their social condition through entrepreneurship.

A garage sale will also be organized by the department from which a part of the profit will be used for a special cause.###

DSWD cares for its clientele as well as its internal workforce hence a week-long wellness-promotion activity is being conducted in the regional office from January 10-13 as part of its 66th anniversary celebration.
In this photo: DSWD Resident Doctor, Dr. Gracia Gacrama checks total body fat or the Body Mass Index (BMI) of DSWD staff. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual.

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