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4th batch Sabah returnees arrived in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY- A total of 379 returning Filipinos from Sabah arrived in Zamboanga City Port on August 28,2020 via MV Antonia 1.

The said REFs were comprised of the following:- Other Provinces/Cities : 13- Zamboanga del Norte: 2- Zamboanga del Sur: 6- Zamboanga Sibugay: 9- Zamboanga City: 29- For further assessment: 1- Basilan: 36- Sulu: 28- Tawi-Tawi: 255

DSWD Field Office IX facilitated the clients of nearby provinces in their respective transportation while others will temporarily stay at Processing Center for Displaced Persons (PCDP) in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City while preparing for their respective flights and trips.

Meanwhile, all REFs from Basulta areas were already turned over to MSSD-BARMM to facilitate their immediate transfer to their respective vessels and Quarantine facilities.

This is the 4th batch of arrival of REFs since July 1 as part of the efforts of the government through the inter-agency task force to send home all Returning Filipinos from Sabah.

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DSWD, NCIP distributes hygiene kits for IP in Brgy. Kasanyangan

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office IX in partnership with National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) distributed hygiene kits for indigenous cultural community (ICC) /indigenouss people (IP) of Barangay Kasanyangan today August 27, 2020.

The said kits were requested by NCIP to extend assistance to ICC/IPA, exclusively to the badjao community affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.

A total of 851 qualifed beneficiaries who are non- Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries were comprised of badjaos from – Asinan, Balevista, Bamboo House, Dump Site, Dustone Drive, Kasalamatan, Loop, Lulua Subdivision, Paniran, Padios Village, SM Subdivisionand Tungko Hanapi Drive – Barangay Kasanyangan.In attendance were DSWD personnel and representatives from NCIP along with key staff from barangay Kasanyangan and selected Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) from the community. Representatives from the city council and city government were also present during the conduct of the activity which was held inside the Barangay Hall.

Engr. George Jocutan, Officer-in-Charge of NCIP, Zamboanga City Office commended the efforts of DSWD in extending relief assistance in the form of hygiene kits. He added, “The assistance from the DSWD is only exclusive for the badjao’s because of most of them have no livelihood to begin with. I only hope that the beneficiaries won’t resort in exchanging the hygiene kits for money. They must be grateful to receive this and use the contents of the kits to prevent the transmission of COVID 19 within their household and community. It is very crucial they protect themselves at this moment as the number of COVID 19 positive cases in the city never cease to declined“.

The DSWD FO-IX thru its Disaster Response Management Division continues is relief assistance despite the imposed lockdown of the regional office. Yesterday, the first batch hygiene kits were distributed in Basilan Province. Other batch of hygiene kits are scheduled for distribution to other areas in Region IX in the succeeding days.

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IP-CDD DROP Orientation sa Sibuco naging matagumpay

Naging matagumpay rin ang isinagawang orientation ng KC-PAMANA IP-CDD sa Munisipalidad ng Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte kasama ang mga katuwang sa implementasyon mula sa OPAPP at NCIP, MLGU, BLGU, at ilang IP leaders.

Hindi na bago ang programang PAMANA sa Sibuco, ngunit sa panibagong implementasyon na ito ay nakasentro naman sa pagpapaunlad ng kapakanan ng ating mga kababayang IPs.

Mananatili pa rin ang prosesong Community-Driven Development (CDD) na sasailalim sa Disaster Response Operation Modality/Procedure sa pagpili ng mga proyektong naangkop sa pangangailangan ng bawat CADT ngayong panahong may pandemya.

Ilang pang kabilang sa batch 3 ng nasabing programa ay ang Gutalac, Tigbao at Zamboanga City.

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Proyekto para sa IPs sa Zamboanga, sisimulan na

Pasok ang apat na barangay sa lungsod ng Zamboanga sa 3rd batch ng implementasyon ng KC-PAMANA IP-CDD sa rehiyon. Ang mga ito ay ang barangay Labuan, Limpapa, Patalon (ZC) at Sitio Lipuno sa Munisipalidad ng Sibuco (ZN) na kabilang sa isang CADT.

Kaninang umaga ginanap ang orientation para sa nasabing programa na sinaksihan ng kinatawan mula sa funding agency na OPAPP at ang NCIP, naroon rin ang LGU/CSWDO, mga BLGUs, at ilang IP Leaders kasama ang DSWD OIC-Regional Director Fatima S. Caminan, Kalahi RPMO at Area Coordinating Team.

Ito ang unang pagkakataon na mapabilang ang Zamboanga City sa KC-PAMANA IP-CDD mula ng naipatupad ito sa rehiyon noong 2017.

Layon ng programang ito na mabigyan ng interbensyon ang paghahatid ng serbisyo at programa sa mga komunidad na kinasasakupan ng mga katutubo nating kababayan gamit ang istratehiyang Community-Driven Development (CDD).

Tulad na ibang proyektong sakop ng Kalahi-CIDSS, ang implementasyon ay sasailalim rin sa Disaster Response Operation Modality/Procedure (DROM/P).

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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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