The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 02 lauded the contributions of its partners in the implementation of various social protection programs during its 65th anniversary celebration on February 12, 2016 at Ivory Hotel, Tuguegarao City.

“We are grateful for your unrelenting support and we hope that our partnership will be more strengthened by our common goal of improving the well-being of the underprivileged sectors in our region,” said OIC Regional Director Ponciana P. Condoy.

Strengthened linkages

As a show of appreciation for DSWDs partners, the latter presented plaque and certificate of recognition to various institutions, organizations, private individuals, government agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

For their benevolence to the residents of the Reception and Study Center for Children, Haven for Women and Girls and Cagayan Valley Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth and other programs, the following were given recognition:

  • Grade 6 Section Gamma- Tuguegarao East Central School
  • Nestor Simangan
  • Fr. Edgar F. Agcaoili
  • University of Cagayan Valley- Community Outreach Program
  • University of St. Louis- Community Outreach Program
  • Paul University Philippines- Community Outreach Program
  • Department of Education- Alternative Learning System
  • Fe Quibol (Chairperson of the 2015 Presidential Search for Most Child-Friendly Municipalities/Cities and active NGO-BAC observer)
  • Perla Vissoro (advocate on Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Program)
  • Child Welfare Specialist Group (facilitated the appropriate placement of abandoned and neglected children for Alternative Parental Care)
  • International Holistic Engagement for Life and Progress, Inc. (technical assistance as resource persons during Family Development Sessions of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries)
  • DWRV Radio Veritas Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (partner in the advocacy efforts of DSWD programs/projects/activities)

Likewise joining the roster of awardees are the following Local Government Units and Academe that showed continuous support in the implementation of social protection programs of DSWD having fully functional Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDO) and for their continued use of Listahanan data-base in identifying beneficiaries:

  • Dupax Del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya (Fully Functional LSWDO)
  • San Mariano, Isabela (Fully Functional LSWDO)
  • San Mateo, Isabela (Fully Functional LSWDO)
  • Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya (Fully Functional LSWDO)
  • Maddela, Quirino (Fully Functional LSWDO)
  • Sanchez Mira, Cagayan (Listahanan database user)
  • Teresita, Cagayan (Listahanan database user)
  • Aparri, Cagayan (Listahanan database user)
  • Alicia, Isabela (Listahanan database user)
  • Roxas, Isabela (Listahanan database user)
  • Paul University Philippines (Listahanan database user)

Meanwhile, the following were acknowledged for their sustained convergence efforts in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and their continued support to the Municipal Action Teams (MAT):

  • Lal-lo, Cagayan
  • Enrile, Cagayan
  • Piat, Cagayan
  • San Mariano, Isabela (PRAISE nominee, Best Functioning MAT)
  • Cauayan City, Isabela
  • Delfin Albano, Isabela
  • Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya (PRAISE nominee, Best Functioning MAT)
  • Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Saguday, Quirino
  • Diffun, Quirino
  • Maddela, Quirino

The beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program were not only being provided with cash grants for the education and health of their qualified children but also, they were given skills training and facilitated employment opportunities through Sustainable Livelihood Program’s linkages with the following institutions:

  • Isabela School of Arts and Trade
  • United Northern Alliance
  • Southern Isabela College of Arts and Trade
  • Pamplona National School of Fisheries
  • Quirino State University
  • Purisimo L. Tiam College
  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources R02
  • Sigma Security Training Institute, Inc.

Loyal and outstanding public servants

 One of the highlights of the celebration was the recognition  to outstanding employees who stayed true to the agency’s mandate to empower and create positive changes in the lives of the marginalized sectors that it serve for their long years of dedicated service and exemplary work performance.

This year’s celebration carried the theme “DSWD@65: Mga Kuwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago.” ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II