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DSWD holds graduation rites for PWD trainees

AVRC graduates together with Center Head Ms. Leila Awis, Guest Rodolfo Quinday and DSWD Asst. Regional Director for Operations Ms. Consejo Usman during the Graduation Rites held at AVRC in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City on April 15, 2016

AVRC graduates together with Center Head Ms. Leila Awis, Guest Rodolfo Quinday and DSWD Asst. Regional Director for Operations Ms. Consejo Usman during the Graduation Rites held at AVRC in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City on April 15, 2016

Nine (9) Persons with Disabilities (PWDS) graduated at DSWD-AVRC today after completing the 6-9 months vocational courses.

DSWD IX Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, represented by Asst. Regional Director for Operations Consejo Usman, confirmed the 9 graduates for 2016 led by the outstanding graduate Nathaniel Victor C. Valdez, who finished a course in massage therapy.

Valdez, being visually impaired shared how he was able to overcome the feeling of inferiority whenever he’s with other physically abled people.

“Kung noon nahihiya kami kasi binubully kami, pagdating sa AVRC madami kami natutunan. Nirerespeto na kami, tapos tinuturuan kami pano makisama sa ibang tao. Madami talaga nagbago na nakatulong para maniwala ako sa kakayahan ko” Valdez said in an interview.

Meanwhile, RD Solamillo, in her message, acknowledged the unique advantages of PWDs and their determination in defeating their insecurities and fear and embracing of what the world can offer amid their condition.

“I believe that PWDs have those unique advantages; and if used properly, these will be the key to your success and the foundation for lasting progress. So I count on your sense of duty as specially-abled citizens in harnessing these gifts to unleash your great potential.” her message read.

The graduates who are orthopedically handicapped, persons with visual impairment and hearing impaired were trained on massage therapy, food service and canteen management, commercial cooking, tailoring, and Basic Computer. Aside from these, psychosocial interventions were also done to socially- prepare them for their mainstreaming and reintegration in the society.

Moreover, the center was able to rehabilitate and job placed 75 PWDs last year.###


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From baby-sitting to teaching

ESGPPA PHOTOThe sleepless nights were not dedicated to books and pens, but to cradle a baby in order to support her dreams fastened.

The story of Melona Dumayon of Barangay Tiogan, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte ironically tells us her struggle before a college diploma has landed in her grip.

She was 4th among the 9 children of Esperedon and Anecita Dumayon who both earn a living from farming and peddling snacks. With more than nine mouths to feed, she knew life was not easy to survive due to a minimal income of the family. She once recalled the days when her mother reminded her on the importance of education for it is the only way she can break the chains of the family to be freed from the hard life. Her mother wanted them to taste the sweetness of life by becoming successful person and that should not deprive them to achieve the best.

The struggles of Melona in her younger years recounted the days when she had to travel in kilometres in order for her to reach school. Being a consistent achiever, she was always driven on her purpose on why she had to study hard for the family. In 2006, she started to support herself by being a working student to a teacher which helped her to eventually finish it well. Amid the efforts she manifested, her parents never allowed her to work so much, they still support their child by augmenting her finances especially in projects required in school.

On her way to tertiary education, the family could no longer support her because the livelihood of her parents were minimal and just enough for basic needs at home. With this, she had to stop schooling.

May 2010, she worked again to help sustain the needs of the family. She decided to apply as a Baby sitter to a relative of a school teacher whom she worked before. With a salary of Php 1,500 a month, she knew that it could help her this time to pursue what has been idle for quite some time —to pursue a college education. However, this option was not supported by her mother.

Her dream once again was on hold due to some circumstances yet she still decided to pursue what she thought would help her gain employment in the shortest time. She enrolled in TESDA for 5 months and successfully passed the assessment in 2011 with National Certificate II in Computer Hardware. This made her more inspired to enrol in College to take an Information Technology course, but two years after, she wasn’t able to finish it again due to financial constraints.

At that time that she felt things won’t be possible as they may seem, until the Student Grants-in Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation or SGP-PA came to lit spark in her dream. She enrolled herself in Western Mindanao State University-External Campus in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay with a course on Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Her optimistic disposition had brightened up the dark portions of her life. She strived hard to manifest the best effort that she can give with the support of the program. There was a time when she was diagnosed with Urinary Tract Infection which affected her practice teaching.

The grants truly helped her to sustain the right education her mother always reminded her to have. The dreams are far more secured this time than being a baby sitter with an income that would not guarantee full coverage of her school fees. She’s very grateful for the program as it opened doors of opportunity for students like her whose dreams are just floating to be realized.

On April 7, 2016, Melona finally graduated in her degree with so much pride and gratefulness, that above all the struggles and dreams that have been long overdue, it never shaken her indomitable faith. With the program’s aim to assist the Pantawid families whose children are in tertiary education, ESGPP-PA has truly marked a significant milestone in the pages of history as once a dreamer, whose only music was the cry of a baby, now has finally changed into a resounding march of hymns. Currently, she’s taking up review classes in preparation for the Licensure Examination for teachers. In God’s perfect time, she’s ready to glide the chalks on the blackboards of a learning institution and repay the education that the government has given her. ##


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DSWD ties up with ZC LGU, PWD sector for new project

DSWD Officials Asst. Regional Director for Operations Consejo Usman, Social Technology Bureau Representative Marilyn Moral, together with ZC mayor Isabelle Cimaco-Salazar, CSWDO Ma. Socorro Rojas, PWD Official representative Teddy Kahil with some members of PWD community show the signed Memorandum of Agreement on CARe-ABLE project on April 15, 2016 at the Conference Room, City Hall

DSWD Officials Asst. Regional Director for Operations Consejo Usman, Social Technology Bureau Representative Marilyn Moral, together with ZC mayor Isabelle Cimaco-Salazar, CSWDO Ma. Socorro Rojas, PWD Official representative Teddy Kahil with some members of PWD community show the signed Memorandum of Agreement on CARe-ABLE project on April 15, 2016 at the Conference Room, City Hall

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region IX has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Zamboanga City LGU and PWD sector for the implementation of Community-based interventions for the PWDs on April 15, 2016 at the Conference Room in City Hall.

The project, dubbed as Community Action and Resources for Accessible, Better and Leverage Environment (CARe-ABLE) for PWDs aims to provide holistic intervention to the said sector and reduce barriers from accessing resources both from the government and non-government organizations.

The project will be implemented through creating enabling mechanisms and structures for indigent PWDs and their families to access programs and services and participate in local governance, economic activities and disaster-risk reduction.

Establishment of Community Help Desk for PWDs and provision of financial and technical assistance are only some of the interventions identified by the parties involved.

The DSWD through its Social Technology Bureau (STB) will allocate funds for the pilot implementation of the said project in 5 identified barangays namely Mampang, Taluksangay, Arena Blanco, Labuan and Sangali, since these are the barangays with the most number of PWDs based on 2011 data of Listahanan.

“The pilot implementation of CARe-ABLE project will only cover regions 9 and 5. So we hope that this project will help make some changes in the lives of the PWD sector so it can be replicated in other cities or areas.” DSWD’s STB representative Marilyn Moral said in her message.

Present during the MOA signing were DSWD Asst. Regional Director Consejo Usman, ZC Mayor Isabelle Cimaco-Salazar, STB representative Marilyn Moral, Ma. Socorro Rojas of CSWDO, chairpersons of chosen barangays, and some members of PWD community.###

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DSWD sends some 1,400 food packs to Basilan

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 9 sent 1,468 family food packs to the internally displaced families in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan yesterday.

IMG_0859Each family will be provided with two food packs that each contains six (6) kilos of rice and other food items.

The said assistance worth Php675,280 serves as augmentation aid to 734 families who have fled their homes during the AFP-bandits clash last Saturday.

The 3,587 refugees, as reported by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, are currently seeking shelter in three evacuation centers located in Tipo-Tipo Proper, Subah and Amaloy.

Barangays of Baguindan, Silangkum and Bohe Piang were directly affected by the recent clash.

DSWD 9 currently has 8,620 family food packs and 9,000 stockpiles of non-food items on standby.

Aside from the food and non-food items, DSWD is also continuously coordinating with the PSWDO for other augmentation needs, such as manpower.

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DSWD trains Parent Leaders on Leadership and Advocacy

Pantawid Parent Leaders across the region gathered in two-day training on Leadership and Advocacy for the Institutionalization of the Conditional Cash Transfer on April 5-7,2016 at Roderics Resort, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.12931008_1715875501957543_5377177696549893865_n

The activity sought to capacitate Parent Leaders to build up leadership skills and to connect their roles in the advocacy works which are the primary needs in their clamour towards the Institutionalization of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Bill.

The participants were equally represented by municipalities and cities across the region and underwent the regular Parent Leaders training on Level 1 (program review) and  Level 2 (program advocates) respectively.

The said training also served as a workroom to apply the capacities of each Parent Leader on how to take the lead and to bridge their voices through communication messages in order for them to effectively communicate the gains of the program. This will reinforce the call for the approval of the bill as a strategy of the government in breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Poverty through human capital investments.

A review on the proposed House and Senate bills was presented by Mr.Thicks Gapor, a Civil Society Organization partner from Kalambuan Project in Zamboanga Del Sur which followed by a facilitated workshop to solicit and gather their position towards the provision of each versions of the bill.

Meanwhile, a Leadership module session was facilitated by Capability Building Head from National Program Management Office, Ms. Ritchel Bernardo together with Social Marketing Division Head for Pantawid Pamilya, Ms.Ofelia Escauriaga who also discussed the session on Communication as tool for Advocacy. These sessions strengthened the capacity of participants as actors in the advocacy works since they are the direct recipients of program who can guarantee its effectiveness and the changes manifested.

All workshop outputs were consolidated including the crafting of the re-entry plan of the parent leaders in four provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula which aims to have concrete action plan among participants towards the institutionalization of the bill to be implemented in their respective areas.

Both houses of Congress will reconvene on May 23 for a three-week session until June 10, 2016 where a window to discuss and pass the proposed bill is a possibility. ##

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CSOs lead consultation confab on CCT Institutionalization

A simultaneous consultation conference on the Institutionalization of the Conditional Cash Transfer was held in cities of Zamboanga and Pagadian on April 1.12524136_1714062978805462_2913936504965393225_n

The participants who are Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders were provided with essential updates and status on the passage of the CCT bill. It also aimed to identify, clarify points and concerns raised by the beneficiaries.

Leading the workshops were active CSO partners in the region where it gathered suggestions, recommendation and input from the participants.

An open forum was also conducted where it served as venue to voice out feedback from the beneficiaries on the proposed versions of Senate bill 2954 and House Bill 6393. The said versions were presented in order to give a good comparison to generate Parent Leader’s position for consolidation.

Among the CSO partners who joined as facilitators were Labangan Cultural Heritage Council, NACPHIL, ACORD Inc., CSWD-WMSU and KFI Center for Community Development Foundation Inc.

Strengthening the partnership framework of DSWD on “Bantay, Gabay, Kaagapay and Tulay” among Civil Society Organizations, The Department of Social Welfare and Development considered Public Private Partnership as a system for cooperation between two parties for the purpose of delivering basic social services to the poor, implementing development projects of the government and instituting transparency and accountability mechanisms to fight corruptions.

On February 1, 2016, The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that would make the Conditional Cash Transfer a permanent government anti-poverty program. Meanwhile, the Senate bill is still on the committee hearing level. ##















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On Monday, DSWD staff under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) went to E-Media Productions, a local TV network in Zamboanga City to discuss one of the tracks of the program, the Employment Facilitation.

Questions on the processes, benefits and industry partnership were addressed during the one-hour program entitled Servicio Todo-Todo anchored by media personality, Arvie Delos Reyes.


“SLP is one of the core programs of DSWD. It aims to sustain the level of well-being of our beneficiaries thru employment facilitation or and/or micro enterprenuership,” says External Relations Officer of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Melanie Ladjamalik


Edgar Mag-abo explains that the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) factors in the level of well-being of Pantawid beneficiaries in determining beneficiaries of the program particularly on Employment Facilitation.


“Meron tayong tinatawag na pre-employment fund to help the beneficiary in processing his requirements for employment such as for medical exam and the likes,” Edgar Mag-abo said.


“I’m calling out sa ating mga companies dito sa region Kung gusto niyo po ng mga quality workers, puede po kayo makipagcoordinate sa DSWD dahil makakapagprovide sa inyo ang SLP ng workers na fit sa qualifications na hinahanap niyo,” Melanie Ladjamalik, External Relations Officer.


Servicio Todo-Todo (DSWD Episode) is aired live every Monday, 3:00-4:00 PM on E-Media free TV channel 37, Skycable channel 54 and Mindanao cable channel 98. It is simultaneously aired over 105.9 E-media Mo! and live streaming via

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SAM_1986The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through its Regional Juvenile Justice for the Welfare and of the Children continues to partner with other agencies to ensure that Children in Conflict with Law and Children at Risk are protected.
Yesterday, April 7, 2016, together with City Social Welfare and Development Office, Department of Justice, Public Attorney’s Office, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Health, Department of Education, National Youth Commission and Philippine National Police, the department had its second Bi-monthly Meeting in Zamboanga City to discuss the issues pertaining to CICL and CAR and as well as to present the Guidelines on establishing Bahay Pag-Asa, to include crafting resolution for said endeavor.

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