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PHOTO: ICAB, DSWD conduct training on inter-country adoption

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“Working with children is a very challenging working arena, where when we’re able to place the children into a permanent home, we feel we became a part and a significant person in the life of every child that we have placed out of foster home or permanent placement be it local or inter-country adoption”, ARDO Consejo Usman shared her experiences working with children through adoption during the ICAB’s weeklong Training on Inter-Country Adoption Program at Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga CIty.

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DSWD 9 urges newly-elected officials to prioritize poor households in the region

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) urges newly-elected Local Chief Executives (LCEs) to utilize the national household targeting system in determining potential beneficiaries of the latters’ projects, programs and services. This is to ensure that identified poor families are prioritized in the provision of social protection services.

Through the Listahanan project, an information management system under the DSWD, the LCEs would be able to cluster their beneficiaries according to its specific target sector, age, location, etc. This means interventions will be more responsive and effective to the disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors who in need the most.

In Region 9, out of the 704,872 households that were assessed, 1.9 million individuals were identified as poor by the Listahanan. Zamboanga del Sur was noted with the highest number peaking at 881,189 which includes the poor individuals in Zamboanga City. This is followed by Zamboanga del Norte with 620,678 poor individuals and Zamboanga Sibugay having 364,491. Meanwhile, Isabela City has 58,478 poor individuals as shown in the Listahanan database.

LCEs are encouraged to enter into memorandum of agreement with the DSWD-Listahanan for data-sharing. The database of poor families/individuals makes available to stakeholders such as the Local Government Units as reference in developing social protection programs and identifying its beneficiaries.

The regional profile of the poor households will officially be launched in Zamboanga City next month.

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PHOTO: Media Orientation on Juvenile Justice & Welfare Act

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DSWD 9 conducts orientation on RA 9344 as amended by 10630 an act ‘Establishing a Comprehensive Juvenile Justice and Welfare System’ in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the said law. Staff from City Social Welfare and Development Office of Zamboanga, police personnel from Women and Child Protection Desk of Philippine National Police and members from local media are present during the said activity.

The activity aimed to raise awareness on the salient features of the law and adopt system/s as mandated in the revised implementing rules and regulations.

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80 youths hired for summer job in DSWD IX

 

Zamboanga City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office IX has accommodated 80 out-of-school, undergraduates, and graduates who are unemployed for the Government Internship Program (GIP).

These interns have been deployed in DSWD Regional Office, provincial offices and centers and institutions for 22 days which started last April 29, 2016. They will be paid Php210 pesos, which is 75% of the prevailing regional wage rate.

These GIP interns were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants should be 18-24 years old;
  • College level or high school graduate;
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) certificate holders;
  • For out-of-school youth, they should not have stopped school for more than two years;
  • Good health condition;
  • Monthly income of the family shall not be more than the existing poverty threshold; and
  • Youth who belongs to a household-beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
Ma. Socorro Macaso, Regional Focal Person for youth sector, orients the 80 GIP interns before they are deployed in their assigned work places

Ma. Socorro Macaso, Regional Focal Person for youth sector, orients the 80 GIP interns before they are deployed in their assigned work places

According Regional Focal Person for youth sector, Maria Socorro Macaso, GIP does not merely provide the youth with financial aid for their enrollment in the next school year, but it is also a way of honing their skills and potentials and introducing the young people to public service.

“The GIP aims to empower and equip the youth by exposing them to various aspects of government operations and for them to acquire adequate knowledge and develop right attitude in preparation for their chosen future careers.” Macaso said in her statement.

The GIP is one of the services offered for young people under the Unlad Kabataan Program (UKP) of the DSWD. The UKP is geared towards the total development of disadvantaged youth in terms of spiritual, economic, physical, psychological, cultural and social development. The GIP is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen youth participation in nation-building by exposing them to government service and training them on life skills. It also serves as recruitment mechanism for potential public employees, and provides financial assistance for school enrollment.###

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PHOTO: IOM, DSWD partner for a research

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IOM Representatives from Geneva, David Preux and Caroline Masboungi visited DSWD FO IX to coordinate and partner for the conduct of research on Women’s Participation in camps as global initiative for Camp Management.

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In photos: Conrado Natividad,Marilou Sese, David Preux, ARDO COnsejo Usman, Caroline Masboungi, Ingrid Daba, Rosalie Casimillo and Brian Lustre.

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DSWD appeals to LGUs to utilize 1% of IRA for child protection programs

Zamboanga City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development is prodding the Local Government Units to put children’s concerns on top of their agenda through utilizing the allocated 1% of their Internal Revenue Allotment for the implementation of programs and projects for the children.

This is pursuant to Republic Act 9344 as amended by RA 10630 mandating all LGUs to allocate 1% of their IRA to institutionalize programs, projects and activities of the Local Council for Protection of Children (LCPC). The same law also calls on the establishment of a functional LCPC, a council that shall advocate the rights, plans and initiate interventions and monitor children’s programs and projects in the locality.

Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo giving her welcome remarks during the conduct of Workshop on the crafting of JJWA Situational Analysis

Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo giving her welcome remarks during the conduct of Workshop on the crafting of JJWA Situational Analysis

During the Writeshop on developing and crafting of Regional Situational Analysis for Juvenile Justice and Welfare Progrogram on May 17, 2016 organized by the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council through DSWD Regional Office, DSWD IX Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo emphasized that when it comes to the welfare of the children, it needs coordination and collaboration among multiple agencies.

“Children’s welfare is not only a Social Worker’s responsibility. It should also be the concern of other government agencies and institutions. And through this activity, all stakeholders can plan and work together to address the gaps and issues related to child protection.” Solamillo said in her opening message.

The preparation of the Local Development Plan for children can also be funded by the 1% IRA to ensure that interventions and programs provided to children are responsive and effective. Aside from this RJJWC Focal Person Criselda Palomo said that LGUs can also look into how they can provide assistance to children in need of special protection, support the development of advocacy materials on children and as well as putting up a local information system on children’s situation and in monitoring and ensuring that national and local laws on children are properly enforced in their respective localities.

This call is in support to the advocacy of institutionalizing the amended Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act that mandates to strengthen the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines which will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary on May 20, 2016.

Part of the commemoration is the workshop on crafting the regional situational analysis which is attended by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Children. The said activity which will run from May 17-18, 2016 aims to conduct rapid assessment of Situational Analysis of Children At Risk (CAR) and Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) in Zamboanga Peninsula. The participants shall also identify the shortfalls and inequities in existing policies, programs and services, thereby, provide set of recommendations for child protection interventions.###

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Pantawid staff attend Capbuild on Technical Writing, Public Speaking

The Regional Program Management Office and Provincial Operations Office staff of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program successfully attended the 3-day Capability Building on Technical Writing and Public Speaking held on April 27-29, 2016 (1st Batch) and May 4-6, 2016 (2nd Batch) at Roderics Resort, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.13166082_10154811455743662_259275058188626715_n

The activity sought to capacitate and improve the skills of the staff on these areas which are essential to boost quality and efficiency in their line of work in the agency. The basic approaches in written and oral communication were discussed to basically revisit some of committed errors in preparation of basic letters and proposals. While the public speaking lectures enabled them also to strengthen their language and further improve confidence while speaking in front of a crowd or in public.

Ms.Frencie Carreon served as the main resource speaker during the 1st batch while Ms. Alma Tingcang and Ms.Grace Laplana of the Philippine Information Agency on the 2nd batch, respectively. The speakers provided the participants with series of lectures and workshops to generate understanding and instil the learning process while on actual application.  Some of the topics discussed were on Business Correspondence, Documentation, and Proposal Writing. There were also drills on speech, pronunciation and public speaking.

The activity highlighted the proposal presentation to the panel and the delivery of extemporaneous speeches on some relevant social issues and topics. There were thorough review and comments provided on their outputs which notified them on the improvements that need enhancement and fine tuning.13151957_1102366589827785_4352988769987129090_n

Meanwhile, the participants were also equipped in defining the brand of DSWD as an agency where Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer Mr.Ivan Eric Salvador shared to them the Branding Guidelines of DSWD. The said talk aimed to regulate the incorrect usage of the Age ncy’s logo in application to any Marketing and Office collaterals. The said branding guideline is in pursuant to the DSWD Memorandum Circular No.9, series of 2015 which enforced all field offices to adopt the said branding guide.

The management was pleased to provide the kind of training to its office staff and shall look forward to expand and replicate to the Municipal and City Links of Pantawid Pamilya on field.##

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Beneficiaries express Pantawid gains in Dialogue

Partner-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program expressed elation on the gains and impacts of the program during the DSWD Dialogue with Parent Leaders held on April 18-21, 2016 region-wide.

The said gathering served as an opportunity to share the social, economic and personal improvements realized and felt by the beneficiaries after being part of the government’s strategy and efforts in Poverty Alleviation.

DSWD being the frontline agency in delivering basic social services to the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged has implemented several Core Programs such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, KC-NCDDP and Sustainable Livelihood Program. These programs sought to strategically converge to effectively penetrate and address problems pertaining to poverty.

Beneficiaries shared the participants in the plenary session some of the highlights in their workshop outputs which gathered identified significant past challenging situations and essential transformation which they have observed as a result of the implementation DSWD poverty reduction programs.

The participants also expressed concerns on sustaining the program which reiterated a collective effort in pushing for Institutionalization of the CCT bill.

Meanwhile, DSWD Field Office IX Regional Director, Atty.Araceli F.Solamillo motivated the participants of the said dialogue to begin manifesting their empowerment by voicing out their appreciation towards the program, for it will be a rightful opportunity for them to be heard and be acknowledged for the changes they have achieved being a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya and other programs of DSWD.

The dialogue with parent leaders is being conducted regularly to have an inclusive voice among the beneficiaries that will help improve and develop mechanisms to address their felt needs and concerns. It will also serve as tool to strengthen the program implementation.

More than 500 parent leaders in the four provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula were gathered and have actively listened to Undersecretary for Promotive Programs, Mr.Camilo Gudmalin who inspired the participants with the significant gains achieved by the program which drove to the success of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program on its 8th year implementation with more than 4.6 Million beneficiaries recorded to date. The talk also presented important improvements that shall take effect immediately such as shift of cash cards to pre-paid cards.

DSWD provides capability building activities to Pantawid Parent Leaders who act as coordinators of the Municipal/City Links among members of the program during the conduct of Monthly Family Development Sessions and other relevant activities in the community.

The series of dialogue were held in Grand Astoria Hotel for Zamboanga City, Roderics Resort for Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga Del Norte Sports Complex in Dipolog City and Chandler Suites in Pagadian City for provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, respectively. ##

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