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Home for the Elderly marks 31st year anniversary

The Home for the Elderly celebrated its 31st year anniversary on August 15, 2020 as a residential facility for the aged operated through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The said facility was established in 1989 that provides temporary shelter and care to dependent, needy and abandoned Filipino Senior Citizens. Eligible for admission in the center are senior citizens 60 years and above who are abandoned, neglected, homeless and unattached and with no contagious disease.

A short program was held inside the center to commemorate the said anniversary in the presence of Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane, OIC Regional Director Fatima Caminan and other regional center heads and staff.

In her inspirational message, Assistant Secretary expressed her warm felicitations for the existence of the center, “Itong bahay na ito ay ginawa para sa inyo, kaya po masaya tayong lahat at meron tayong isang gobyerno at mga taong may malasakit para ito ay maitayo.” (This center was made for you and we are grateful that there is a government and its people who give compassionate service in order for this to put up)

She also lauded and recognized the center personnel who were instrumental for taking care of these clients and for providing them the needed support in order for them to adapt and recover easily.

“Ang pagmamahal, aruga, kalinga na hinahanap nyo ay naibibigay ng mga staff, sila po ay nakagawa ng magandang gawain” (The love, care and affection that you have been looking for were being given by the staff, they have indeed performed their duties well)

The program also recognized clients who have shared their contribution inside the facility including staff who have delivered commendable contribution in the center’s operation.

Since February, the center continuously observed its strict health protocols and has temporarily suspended the acceptance of center visits to ensure safety and welfare of the vulnerable clients against the threat of COVID-19.

Mrs. Georgina Suico, the center head during her opening message said “ Though there are fears and uncertainties brought about the virus but we remained strong and optimistic by ensuring there are strict adherence to protocols and safety health standards in placed in the facilities”

At present, the center is serving forty nine (49) clients with ages ranging from 60 years old to 90 years old. Twenty (20) of these clients are males while the Twenty nine (29) others are females.

The center also prepares its residents for the eventual return and union with their families and foster families with the hope that the family dynamics will be strengthened during their late years in life.

From January-August this year, the center has facilitated eleven (11) client’s reunification to their families and relatives through the help of the Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the different Local Government Units.

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Lungsod ng Zamboanga, pasok sa implementasyon ng Kalahi-CIDSS

Isinagawa kahapon ng DSWD ang orientation para sa programang Kalahi-CIDSS sa Barangay Taluksangay, lungsod ng Zamboanga sa pamumuno ni Promotive Services Division Chief Ma. Socorro Macaso.

Ang Taluksangay ay isa sa mga napiling barangay sa lungsod na pangungunahan ang pagpapatupad ng proyekto sa ilalim ng Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KKB) na sakop ng nasabing programa.

Layon nito ay makapag-ambag sa pangkalahatang layunin ng programa na mabigyang kapangyarihan ang mahihirap na mga komunidad upang maipahayag ang kanilang desisyon sa pagkamit sa mga serbisyo at dagdagan ang kanilang pakikilahok sa lokal na pagpaplano, pagbabadyet, at pagpapatakbo ng proyektong tutugon sa kanilang pangangailangan.

At sa parehong pagkakataon ay nakasentro rin ang programa upang tulungan ang mga komunidad sa pagtugon laban sa paglaganap ng COVID-19 sa pamamagitan ng Disaster Response Operation Modality/Procedure (DROM/P) na siyang magsisilbing gabay sa kanila sa pagtukoy ng sub-projects.

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400 Returning Filipinos from Sabah arrived in Zambo

The third batch of the Returning Filipinos from Sabah arrived today, August 13, 2020 in Zamboanga City Port via MV Antonia 1.

The said batch was comprised of 400 REFs with the following breakdown profiled by the social workers on-board from DSWD and MSSD:

Other Provinces: 42

Zamboanga Del Norte: 6

Zamboanga Del Sur: 8

Zamboanga Sibugay: 12

Zamboanga City: 25

No Exact Address in the Philippines as they were born and raised in Sabah: 6

Basilan: 20

Sulu: 50

Tawi-Tawi: 231

A total of 784 returning Filipinos were successfully returned to their respective communities after the 1st and 2nd batch arrival last month.

All Zamboanga Peninsula and BARMM clients were immediately transported in their assigned vessels and vehicles, respectively. Meanwhile, all other REFs coming from the different cities and provinces will be temporarily staying at the DSWD Processing Center for Displaced Person (PCDP).

DSWD Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane welcomed all returning filipinos together with other agencies present during its one stop shop for all REFs. She thanked everyone for the commitment and dedication amidst the challenges of COVID-19. She lauded the efforts of all working groups and the support of all Local Government Units in this endeavor.

DSWD immediately provided all REFs with Hygiene Kits and Family Food packs upon arrival. At present, the agency has already extended a total of 2.8 Million worth of assistance on Food, Transportation, Medical Assistance, Hygiene Kits and Family Food Packs.

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Commitment is the Key

AilenSumaderis a bonafide resident of Barangay Gumahan in the Municipality of Josefina in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur. She was born on May 29, 1975. She is designated to be the Cashier and Store Attendant of Gumahan SLPA. She is married and is a mother of five.  Aileen Sumader is on her last term of being a Brgy. Kagawadwhile her husband is employed as Security Guard.

Ate Ailen may be a Brgy. Kagawad but it does not mean that she is living a comfortable life. She is also a member of 4Psand their source of income is not enough to support the needs of their family especially all of her 5 children are still studying and 2 of these 5 are college students at that time. As she described, it was never an easy life. Budgeting their small income for the education of her five children and other daily and monthly bills was hard given the fact that there’s no source of extra income for other and/or emergency expenses.  Most of the times, when financially broke they would have to borrow money from others with high interest rates to have food or sometimes they would buy whole corn and spend for the process for it to be cooked and be a substitute for their rice because the stores in Josefina do not allow credits.

Last October 8, 2018, after they underwent series of orientation and trainings, other social preparation activities, and processing of requirements in compliance to availing the program, their 470,000 SCF grant fromSustainable Livelihood Program finally arrived. They are a duly organized association named Gumahan SLPA composed of 47 members.Gumahan SLPA’s major enterpriseon Rice Buy and Sell located Brgy. Gumahan, Josefina. They started their business operations last December 14, 2018. They were very glad to have received such blessing because they no longer have to worry where they could borrow money to buy rice because they are allowed to get 1 sack of rice and pay after 1 month as part of their association agreement and their benefits as members.

“Nakatabanggyudsamgataongmgananginahanglan, dililangsaamoamgamiyembroperopati pod among mgasilingannakabenepisyoniini kay kami raangga offer og 1 month to pay nabugas.”

After their first year of operations, for their first year anniversary, it was really a celebration because the SLPA was able to generate a total net income amounting to 331,600.50and was profit shared among the members. Through their handworks, effort given, perseverance and team work this was made possible.  As of September 2020, their total net income is amounting to 115, 141 pesos deposited in their savings account with cash on hand amounting to 105,632 pesos.

Ate Ailen is designated as SLPA’s Cashier and store attendant for their Bigasan Enterprise. She shared how difficult the task given to her during the first few months of operations, having to handle financial transactions, and other records of their enterprise was a big adjustment for her. Making sure everything is organized and kept well for she knows everything is important. She said her task taught her the importance of transparency and honesty in running an enterprise and keeping the trust given to her by the association.It is a constant collaboration with all the elected officers who really functions as to their designated roles and tasks. She believes that being committed is the key.

AteAilen also shared how the program helped her in in providing for her family through the monthly honorarium she receives amounting to 3,000 per month.  One of her children already graduated in college and she said being part of the SLPA is a big contribution in providing the needs of her children. She is very thankful and grateful for the once in a lifetime opportunity that was given to them.

“Nakatabangpahumansaakong college student, nakahatagog extra income kanamoognakabenepisyopud among komyunidad..” Ate Ailen saidsaid.

Ate Ailen also expressed that this program did not just helpthem with regards to financial aspect but also to other aspects in life. Ailen and other SLPA officers shared their good practices, its being patient, humble, honest, commitment to work and respecting each other are their ways to having a harmonious relationship and successful business.

“Dakong pasalamat gikan namong tanan para sa DSWD – SLP sa opportunity and chance na gihatag kanamo. Amoang buhaton among best para mapadayun ang livelihood project na gihatag hantud sa hantud..”

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DSWD launches FDS On-Air to 4Ps Beneficiaries in ZamPen

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX has launched its FDS-On Air through its partner community radios in Zamboanga Peninsula on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

The FDS ON AIR is an innovation of DSWD Field Office IX which aims to bring the conduct of Family Development Sessions in the airwaves and have it mainstreamed in regular radio programs. The birth of the initiative in 2016 was considered first in the region and in the department which earned admiration and support from other stakeholders.

The recent pandemic brought by the threats of COVID-19 has affected not only the beneficiaries but also the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The said crisis has led the agency to declare “forced majeure” in the conditionalities of the program particularly on the conduct of Family Development Sessions since gathering is highly discouraged during the Enhanced Community Quaratine. In addition, the welfare and safety of beneficiaries and staff were DSWD’s primary concern and adherence to quarantine protocols can contribute to help slow down the transmission of the virus during its period.

While the program is currently adapting to the new normal schemes, It also tries to look for alternative means to continually engage all beneficiaries in the communities. A re-launching of the said initiative was made to provide monthly sessions on air to the beneficiaries through the one-hour airtime provided by the partner community radio stations regionwide.

DSWD has partnered 21 radio stations through the coordination and efforts of the different Provincial Operations Offices of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which shall monitor and ensure the implementation of the said initiative. It is also being spearheaded by the Regional program management office through the technical assistance of the Social Marketing Unit.

The topics per month are thematic in nature which covers family protection, mitigation and safety against the COVID-19. Through these topics, beneficiaries are encouraged to tune in on the scheduled sessions on radio and submit their insights using their talaarawan or any available paper sheets through their parent leaders or municipal/city links for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

The FDS On-Air in 2016 was awarded as Best Communication Practice during the Communications Review and Evaluation Workshop and was recognized by the International partners during its 4th joint mission visit in Zamboanga City in 2018. ##    

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Hinihikayat ng DSWD ang mga batang miyembro ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program o 4Ps na ilahad ang kanilang mga pananaw at mensahe sa kasalukuyang kinakaharap na suliranin dulot ng banta ng Covid-19.

Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng mga likhang sining na nagpapahayag ng kanilang damdamin o opinyon tungkol sa kanilang karanasan ngayong may pandemiya.

Ang aktibidad na ito ang tinatawag na Likha ng Bata, Para sa Bata.

Ayon sa Regional Program Coordinator ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program sa Region 9 na si Flordeliza A. Atuy, mahalaga na malawak ang kaalaman at partisipasyon ng mga kabataan sapagkat isa sila sa mga sector na bulnerable sa ganitong sitwasyon.

Aniya, layunin ng programa na maihayag ang mga adbokasiya ng mga batang 4Ps sa kaligtasan at kooperasyon ng mga bata sa paghilom mula sa krisis.

“Bukod sa partisipasyon ng mga batanga 4Ps, gusto rin natin na hikayatin ang iba pang mga bata, kahit hindi miyembro ng 4Ps, na manatiling ligtas at sumunod sa mga tagubilin upang maiwasan ang sakit kaya natin ini-involve ang mga kabataan,” ani Atuy.

Maaaring magsumite ng mga obra sa City o Municipal Link kalakip ang iba pang mga mahahalagang impormasyon tulad ng maikling paliwanag sa ginawang sining, impormasyon tungkol sa sarili (pangalan, edad, tirahan, baitang sa paaralan) at sagutin ang mga sumusunod na katanungan.

a. Sino nga ba ako? (Pangalan, mga katangian, hilig, talento, atbp.)

b. Ano ang aking pangarap? (Sarili, para sa pamilya, para sa komunidad)

c. Ano ang aking mensahe para sa kapwa kabataan?

Ang mga mapipiling malikhaing sining ay mapapasama sa ililimbag na publikasyon ng DSWD.

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Building Resilience, Building Lives

Andresa G. Cortes, married and 45 years old was born and raised in Barangay Maya-maya, Tambulig Zamboanga del Sur. She is a mother to two kids and married to Edgar Cortes, a farmer and a Barangay Councilor at the same time. She is also currently on her third term as the Barangay Chairman of Maya-maya.

Being born and raised in the farthest barangay of the Municipality of Tambulig specifically Barangay Maya-maya, where farming is the major source of livelihood, she shared with the struggles of her people. Having limited resources and lack of access to economic opportunities. They may have the area- wide farmlands but were not fully utilized due to lack of resources to finance farming activities. Ironically, majority of the people are farmers but most households buy rice or corn from the market.

In 2010, KapitanaAndresa became one of the Pantawid beneficiaries in the Barangay. Being an active member of the community, the people see a leadership potential in her. She got elected as Barangay Chairman in 2013.

In 2014, the Sustainable Livelihood Program was introduced to them during one of their Family development Session. Knowing the struggles of the farmers in the barangay, she thought the program will be a very great help for them. She urged her co-Pantawid beneficiaries to avail the program and ensured full support for them. They formed into an association and was named Maya-maya SLP Association and elected Ms. Vivian Mocoy as President.

The Maya-maya SLP Association received the seed capital fund worth Php 400,000.00 in 2016. But because the association is still in disbelief of the grant received and was partly hesitant to utilize the grant because of the fear that they may end up bankrupt, they were unable to open their enterprise.

Until 2018, with assistance from then implementing PDO and continuous support from KapitanaAndresa, the association finally braved to start the operation of their enterprise. They engaged into Buy and Sell of Chicken Dungs and Agri-Supply.  The association decided to adapt an order-based policy. Items are purchased according to the list of orders. With the support and initiative of KapitanaAndresa, an LGU vehicle is requested to deliver the items purchased and the association will only pay for the gas. In this way, the SLPA were able to save the transportation expenses.

Also because of the savings from transportation expenses, the association does not have to add more costs to the SRP of the items. That means the customers can avail them at almost if not same with the competitive market price. And this means a BIG HELP to the farmers in the Barangay.

Before the operation of the Maya-maya SLP Association, the farmers of the barangay have very limited farm produced because of the limited resources to finance their farming activities. Not to mention the difficulty of the mode of transportation being the farthest barangay in the Municipality. In this reason, the farmers are ironically always running short of produced that they have to buy their own rice/corn for their families’ consumption.

But after the SLPA started its operation, the farmers are able to have access to credit at a very minimal interest rate of only 2% monthly. KapitanaAndresa is proud to say that the farmers of Barangay Maya-maya are now able to provide for their families’ needs because they are able maximize production of farm produced.

“Daghang Salamat sa DSWD ug sa SLP nganapiliamuang barangay nga matagaan ug capital kay dako kaayo kini nga tabang sa katawhan ilabina sa amuang mga mang-uuma.” Kapitana Andresa said.

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Social Pension Beneficiaries Celebrate Centenarian Year

Six Social Pension beneficiaries in Zamboanga Peninsula who reached the age of 100 years old celebrated their Centenarian year recently.

Among them were Vicente Macrohon Llledo and Diego Bautista Robillo of Zamboanga City who just turned 100 years old last April and May, respectively.

The DSWD personnel and social workers of the local government unit on Monday, June 15, 2020 visited the centenarians in their residence to formally honor and award the cash gift worth 100,000 together with the felicitation letter in the presence of the immediate family members.

Born in 1920, Llledo and Robillo has been a beneficiary of Social Pension program of the DSWD since 2011.

While Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens program is the additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens as indicated in the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 or RA 9994, the Republic Act 10868 or known as “Centenarians Act of 2016” shall recognize all Filipinos who reach the age of one hundred (100) years old, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad. They shall be honoured with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity and a Centenarian Gift in the amount of one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000).

From the twenty seven (27) centenarians recorded in the registry of DSWD for the 1st and 2nd Quarter, 24 of these were already honored while the 3 remaining centenarians are expected to receive their cash gift any time before the month ends. From these records, 8 of which are male while 19 others are female. The oldest was 109 years old, female centenarian from Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.The following are the number of centenarians in Region IX for 1st and 2nd Quarter of 2020: Zamboanga Del Norte -11; Zamboanga Del Sur-6; Zamboanga Sibugay Province-4 and Zamboanga City-6.

The DSWD project development officer and social workers of the local government units shall continue to monitor the centenarians to ensure that the money intended for them shall be used for their basic essentials like food, medicines and other necessities. The DSWD likewise encouraged all its centenarians to open a bank account to ensure proper monitoring of the cash utilization. ##

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