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DSWD continues to make change work for women

The Field Office 9 conducted various activities to highlight and honor the achievements of the women sector in observance of the 2019 Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women.”

“As the lead agency in social protection, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of women in nation-building and educate them of the various laws protecting their rights,” said Protective Services Division (PSD) Chief Marilyn D. Fabian.

Headed by the PSD in partnership with the Sectoral Unit and the Social Marketing Unit (SMU), the department commenced the month-long celebration through hanging of tarpaulins in the field office, Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF), and in all of the Social Welfare and Development Teams (SWADTs) across the region to show support of women empowerment.

DSWD FO IX strikes a pose during the annual Dia de Las Mujeres parade and fund-raising event on March 8 at Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, Zamboanga City.

The regional agency also participated during the annual Dia de Las Mujeres parade and fund-raising activity spearheaded by the City Government of Zamboanga last March 8. The event started along the RT Lim Boulevard and concluded at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex with a short program.

For the whole month of March, the E-Media Mo: Servicio Todo-Todo (DSWD Edition) featured the programs and services of the Home for Women and tackled various issues and concerns on Women with Disabilities, Women and Livelihood, and Women Crisis and Vulnerabilities together with the different focals and heads of the field office invited as guests. 

Likewise, the PSD launched the Women in Action Photo Contest and the Purple Your Workplace Inter-Agency Contest. A 2-Day Seminar on Mental Health and Summer Diseases Awareness was also held on March 27 & 28 at Camp Batalla, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

Ms. Greta Martinez welcomes the participants to the 2-Day Seminar on Mental Health and Summer Diseases Awareness on March 27 at Camp Batalla, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

The celebration of the National Women’s Month is conducted every year as part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day governed by Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 (Declaring the First Week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day); Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 (Providing for the Observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month); and Republic Act No. 6949 s. 1990 (Declaring March 8 every year as National Women’s Day).

This year’s celebration is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change. ###

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“A Young Father’s Sacrifice”

To provide for the needs of the family is the main responsibility of a father. Billy Hanz A. Chiong, 23, is a single father to a 3-year old daughter. Since then, he knew that being the head of the family takes huge this responsibility and effort in order to sustain for a living.

Behind their humble abode lives a happy family, is a struggling father. While providing for his daughter, he also helps with the finances of his parents. His father works as maintenance personnel in a government office, while his mother stays at home as a housewife.

When Hanz, as he is fondly called, graduated from High School but failed to proceed in college due to financial constraints.

He ended up working for his uncle who had an aircon repair shop nearby. He was later enrolled by his uncle for a vocational course on Electrical Installation and Maintenance at Dipolog School of Fisheries. Hanz expressed this blessing as a great opportunity for him since he already had an idea on the kind of work after experienced working from his uncle’s shop.

Amid these opportunities, things didn’t go well as planned. Hanz got influenced by his peers from frequent late night from drinking sprees. This has greatly affected him and when his parents learned about this, he was ordered to come back home.

After contemplating and regretting on his mistakes, he went back to attending school and soon enough he was up for assessment. Unfortunately, he was not able to qualify. This started him to lose hope, he was having second thoughts on taking another assessment exam.

On 2015, An Implementing Project Development Officer of Sustainable Livelihood Program-DSWD was looking for interested Pantawid beneficiaries who are already knowledgeable on Electrical Installation and Maintenance to take free assessment examination. This became a good sign for Hanz to grab the opportunity. He took the chance and went for another assessment, this time, he successfully passed. He was able acquire the National Certificate II on Electrical Installation and Maintenance.

Wasting no time, he immediately looked for a job where he got a chance to work on his first job as an electrician at ZANECO, Dipolog City. Later on, he was encouraged by SLP IPDO to take Trainer’s Methodology, which consists of competencies a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainer or assessor must achieve, such as plan training sessions, facilitate learning sessions, supervise work-based learning, conduct competency assessment, maintain training facilities and utilize electronic media in facilitating training. Qualified program participants must be college graduates with National Certificates Level II and has acquired such qualifications and documentations mandated by TESDA to participate in such training. He was hesitant at first because he has no idea on what the training is all about considering he is also the youngest among the group.

The program also offered a free assessment to the skilled beneficiary, this gave Hanz a chance to undergo the process since he was well-skilled. The said support was trainer’s methodology (TM) Level 1 (Trainer/Assessor), this aims to qualify and certify the current pool of trainers to raise the bar of Assessor/Trainer qualification in the areas of technology and methodology for quality assurance.

While attending the training he was also employed at Montano Construction as a laborer, it was hard for him at first to balance work and training due to work pressure, but he continued the opportunities given because of his willingness and eagerness to finish the training.

Several months after being an equipped trainer, he now shares his knowledge to other individuals especially to senior high school students on Electrical Installation and Maintenance.

Later on, He became an accredited trainer of TESDA and currently teaching senior high school students from different schools in Zamboanga del Norte. He already conducted 12 trainings and earns more than 3,200.00 per day. He occasionally gets hired to install electrical wiring of houses and buildings in bulk basis and sometimes works for it for free. Hanz gladly expressed that the training given to him has significantly helped him and his family.

For almost 2 years in his profession, he was able to provide the needs of his family, not only the school fees of his brother but also the needs of his only daughter. He was also able to purchase a second hand motorcycle which he utilized to make travelling to work faster and easier. Aside from the knowledge he gained from the training, he proudly expressed his appreciation on the confidence and empowerment he was able to acquire from the chances given through the help of the DSWD which became instrumental to his successes now. His lifestyle may have changed, but he will never forget the opportunities that SLP has given him. Hanz has a big heart, he helps other people through assisting them in his job especially if there are simultaneous classes. Most of them are his former students and his brother. Still, he supervises everything and pays them for their salary amounting to 400 per day.

Hanz shared that he would not be able to achieve his goals without the help of the program.

     “Wala ko gamahay nga naa ang SLP nga nitabang sa akoa”

     “Thankful kaayo ko nga naa ang SLP nga nitabang sa akoa mga mausob ako panginabuhi, dako kaayo ko og pasalamat sa SLP kay nagpa-conduct sila ani nga Training (TM)”

     He is also very thankful to those people who helped, supported and believed in him and to the IPDO assigned in Polanco, Ms. Ione Rasonable, for motivating and encouraging him to take the projects and trainings offered by DSWD-SLP.  Hanz believes that nothing is impossible if we strive hard to make our world worth living.

Today, he is now enrolled for crash course program in Bachelor of Arts in Economics where hi future plan is to apply at DEPED to be able to handle Technical Vocational Livelihood subjects.

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DSWD, DepEd strengthens partnership for 4Ps

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has conducted a stakeholder’s forum with the Department of Education to further support and strengthen the good practices in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program particularly on the education component.

78 DepEd employees from across the region were gathered last February 27-28, 2019 in Zamboanga City to discuss what has transpired in the previous year in their implementation of the program.

The program’s accomplishments and updates were also presented to the education partners. It also became an avenue for planning the next steps, strategies, and initiatives of the program to improve the performance of the beneficiaries in terms of compliance to the program conditionalities.

DSWD-9 Regional Program Coordinator of the Pantawid Pamilya, Flordeliza A. Atuy, oriented the participants on the thrusts and priorities of the program for the year 2019.  

She also emphasized the importance of the roles that the education partners play in the achievement of the Pantawid Pamilya goals.

“The Pantawid Pamilya focals in schools play a very vital role not just in the monitoring of the beneficiaries’ compliance but moreover, they help the program by creating a mindset that makes education a priority and puts value in the education of children,” Atuy said.

The DSWD continues to involve its partner-stakeholders in all its endeavors for a holistic development in the lives of the beneficiaries.

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SLP holds Technical Session on program implementation to field implementers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX conducted a technical session on Grant Utilization and Monitoring Reports of the Memorandum Circular 12 of Sustainable livelihood Program on February 18-20, 2019 in LM Hotel, Zamboanga City.

More than a hundred field implementers convened in the said session to discuss SLP operations and status of program implementation.

The activity also aims to orient the staff on the grant utilization and monitoring reports as stated in the Memorandum Circular no.12 and review of some terms of reference to complement in the implementation of the program.

Crafting of the Individual Performance Contract (IPC) also highlighted the activity which aims to synchronize all trusts and priorities of the SLP. There were interactive discussions, agreements and integrated decisions made in order to ensure and meet the expected output from the program operations and as well in all the involved participants.

SLP delivers Major Final Outputs (MFO) on the Social Protection Services with its core function on continuing engagement of families to actively participate in community development activities to cover 214,130 families in 45 municipalities of Region IX.

Sustainable Livelihood Program is a capability-building program that provides access to opportunities that increase the productivity of the livelihood assets of poor, vulnerable, and marginalized communities, in order to improve their socio-economic well-being.

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DSWD to start notifying UCT beneficiaries in Tawi-Tawi

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Field Office 9 will start notifying the beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program next week in the Province of Tawi-Tawi.

The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) for BaSulTa will be conducting an orientation and coordination meeting together with the local government units (LGUs) of the province and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) – Bongao branch next week, February 27.

In addition, 44 notifiers will likewise undergo a training to learn about the process of the notification and registration of the UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries prior to their deployment in the 11 municipalities of Tawi-Tawi.  

“We have a total of 117,478 UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries to be notified and registered in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Among these areas, Sulu has the biggest target with 79,206 followed by Basilan with 23,194 eligible beneficiaries,” said Ben Nasser B. Isnain, NHTU head.  

Listahanan field validator interviews a potential beneficiary of UCT Program
in Siasi, Sulu during the conduct of household validation in 2018.

In Tawi-Tawi, out of the 17,106 households validated by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan last year, 15,078 were identified as eligible to receive cash grants from UCT.

Isnain added that among the municipalities in the province, Sitangkai has the most number of target (3,451) while only 93 beneficiaries will come from Turtle Island.

The UCT is a program of the DSWD that aims to mitigate the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law particularly to those who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising prices.

It seeks to provide cash grants to poor households and individuals for three consecutive years. During its pilot implementation in 2018, the beneficiaries will receive P2,400 for the year. For 2019 and 2020, the amount shall increase to P3,600 per year.

The UCT is currently implemented nationwide covering all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) households, beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program, and other poor households (with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds)  identified by Listahanan. ###

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4Ps Fathers form group to protect Women and Children

Male household head members of the country’s conditional cash transfer program have recently organized a group committed to protect the welfare, security, and safety of women and their children in the community.

This was the result after the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program conducted a training entitled “ERPAT” or the Empowerment and Re-affirmation of Paternal Abilities Training cum Gender-Sensitivity Training for Father Leaders across Zamboanga Peninsula last February 5-8, 2019 in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The newly-established organization that protects women and their children
during their induction of elected officers.

The objective of the training is to promote gender sensitivity and stop violence on women and children.

DSWD-9 Gender and Development Focal, Leonora Barahim, said that the participants voluntarily requested for the formation of an organization that would secure the safety of women and children through awareness and GAD-related activities.

“These Pantawid Pamilya fathers left their individual jobs to attend the training and it was expressed by the participants that the training opened their minds about what is happening in the community particularly on issues involving safety of women and children. So they, themselves, formed a group and elected officers that would promote gender and development in their respective communities,” Barahim said.

The training was attended by 72 fathers coming from the municipalities and provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur.

For their first activity, the group plans to re-echo this training to other beneficiaries of the 4Ps program through the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Since the group is voluntarily established by its members and not funded by any organization, the members decided to contribute PHP 100 from their own pockets to serve as their initial fund to support their activities.

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Barangay Sayog to construct Day-Care Center funded by Kalahi-CIDSS

A day-care center worth Php913,300.00 will be constructed in Barangay Sayog, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur following the ground-breaking ceremony attended and witnessed by the Barangay and Local Government Unit, and Community Volunteers on February 11, 2019.

The community proposed the sub-project during the LGU-Led (Cycle 4) Implementation of (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan– Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program) Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP with the purpose of replacing the old and damaged structure to a more convenient facility for day-care students of the barangay.

With around 40 students enrolled in 2018, the community volunteers, parents in particular were concerned on the welfare of their children given the poor condition of the structure. They claimed that the ceiling would leak during rainy days, windows are broken, limited number of chairs and the space is not enough for the students.

Through the construction of the Day-Care Center funded by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP and the Local Government Unit of San Miguel, the community is looking forward to a safer and more convenient learning facility for their children. Expected to be completed by May of 2019, Barangay Sayog has also been a recipient of Solar Dryer with Storage sub-project amounting to Php824,504.00 under KC-NCDDP cycle 1. ### JGA

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DSWD FO IX celebrates 2019 Adoption Consciousness Week

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX kicks-off its 2019 Adoption Consciousness Celebration at City Mall, Tetuan, Zamboanga City with theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin” (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption).

This is in line with the department’s advocacy on promoting legal adoption. Yearly, the Adoption Resource Referral Section of the department invites local adoptive families to join the celebration and share testimonies on their experiences as adoptive parents.

OIC-Chief of Protective Services Division Ms. Marilyn Fabian welcomed the adoptive families, children from Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and guests from participating agencies. “We hope that through this activity we can advocate more families to share their homes and welcome our abandoned, neglected and surrendered children who are temporarily placed in RSCC at Barangay Talon-talon, Zamboanga City”, she said.

The RSCC serves 0-6 year old children. Custodial care and other services are provided to the residents to protect them from further neglect, maltreatment and exploitation and to prepare them for the most suitable and permanent placement.

As per report of 2018, DSWD was able to place out 22 for domestic adoption, 15 of which are Male and 7 female. While 6 others for inter-country adoption with 4 Male and 2 female children, respectively.

The kick-off activity highlighted testimonial sharing of adoptive families, entertainment, zumba and fun games.

Meanwhile, DSWD invites the public to visit the Adoption Help Desk on February 13, 2019 at City Mall Tetuan and on February 14, 2019 at KCC Mall de Zamboanga.

The Adoption Consciousness Celebration is in pursuant to Proclamation No. 72 series of 1999 Annual observance of Adoption Consciousness every 1st Saturday of the month of February.### JGA

OIC Chief of Protective Services Division welcomed the Adoptive Families present, guests and staff during the Adoption Consciousness Celebration at City Mall, Tetuan, Zamboanga City.

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