Youth reps attends Regional Youth Forum

OIC Lucia S. Alan (leftmost) sworn in the new set of officers of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines Region 02 Chapter during the Association’s 43rd Founding Anniversary.

In line with its 43rd founding anniversary, the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) Region 02 Chapter conducted a Regional Youth Forum on January 25, 2017 in Tuguegarao City.

The said Forum gives emphasis on social realities and issues faced by the youth nowadays including  drug abuse and trafficking in person.

Ms. Louella A. Tomas of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 02 shared  the government’s efforts to address this social problem and likewise gave the participants a glimpse of the region’s drug status.

Likewsie, Mr. Peter John Villamil, Cagayan Valley Regional Rehabilitation for the Youth’s (CV-RRCY) Nurse discussed the ill effects of the use of prohibited drugs as well as its physical and psychological effects while Ms. Mylene Attaban, Focal Person on the National Drug Rehabilitation Program’s Pillar III on Aftercare, Reintegration and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents.

“As the Chair of the National Drug Rehabilitation Program’s Pillar III on Aftercare, Reintegration and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents, we at DSWD would like to strengthen our advocacy on the various services and intervention programs that we provide to recovering drug dependents and through this Forum, we hope that the youth leaders present here today will be our ally in spreading awareness on aftercare services,” said Lucia S. Alan, Officer-in-Charge.

Around 75 youth representatives and youth development workers from the different provinces in the region participated in the said Forum. OIC Alan also lead the induction of new set of officers of the PYAP.  ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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DSWD reaches out to poor communities, conducts info drive

Committed to its goal of providing “Maagapu at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo,” the   Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 conducts information caravans (Caravan) at the grassroots level highlighting its programs and services.

The first in the series of three caravans was held simultaneously with this year’s observance of the Indigenous Peoples Month in Basao, Gattaran, Cagayan on November 21, 2017 with the Indigenous Peoples actively participated.

Joining the Department were representatives of Department of Health, PhilHealth and Department of Agriculture who presented their programs and services for indigent sectors, consultation and provided  free services and products such as free seedlings from the Department of Agriculture.

Among the featured programs during the Caravan were the Protective Services Programs, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens and Centenarian Act of 2016.

The same Caravan was held in Lagum, Peńablanca, Cagayan and Baligatan, City of Ilagan, Isabela on November 23 and December 13, 2017, respectively.

“We appreciate this information drive going as far as remote areas to educate the residents on the different programs and services of DSWD, how to avail them and bringing partner agencies that also provided their services,” said Ms. Excelsis de Leon, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) of Peńablanca, Cagayan. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II



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Children Month’s celebration focuses on war against drugs

In line with the current administration’s war against illegal drugs, this year’s observance of the Children’s Month highlights the theme, “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga.”

As part of this celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (FO2)   lead the members of the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) in a team building activity for some children in Peňablanca, Cagayan.

 The advocacy activity kicked off with a motorcade at the FO2, Carig Sur and proceeded around Tuguegarao City. Joining the RCWC members during the said motorcade are the Indigenous Peoples (IP) children from Aguggadan, Parabba and Bugatay, Peňablanca. Facilitating the motorcade and the security of the participants were members of the Police Regional Office 02.

Children participants enjoyed the various fun games, prizes and gifts from RCWC.

Among the notable highlights of the celebration was the Dental Mission conducted by the Department of Health (DOH). Around 110 IP children benefited from the provision of oral health services by the DOH which includes lecture on proper oral hygiene, dental cleaning and application of fluoride. They also received dental kits.

“We are very grateful to our partner agencies, LGUs and Civil Society Organizations who were part of this yearly celebration. Today, we were able to bring smiles to our IP children in this part of Cagayan and impart to them our advocacy against illegal drugs,” said DSWD FO2 Officer-In-Charge Lucia S. Alan.

Meanwhile, during the said event, FO Focal Person on Children, Ms. Ramonita Malubag, granted a live phone-patched interview over DWPE Radyo ng Bayan providing updates on the activity as it happens.

Republic Act No. 10661 declares the month of November of every year as National Children’s Month (NCM).  This declaration commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on       20 November 1989, and seeks to instil its significance in the Filipino consciousness.

The members of the RCWC who were part of the successful event are the following: Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Justice (DOJ), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Population Commission (POPCOM), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Green Meadow, Pugad Lawin, Rotary Rainbow Tuguegarao City, Police Regional Office 02, KBP-DZCV, Local Government Units of  Tuguegarao City, Cauayan City, Ilagan City, Santiago City, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Offices of Cagayan, Isabela,  Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and  Batanes. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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DSWD FO2 bares assistance to ‘Lawin’ affected families

OIC Lucia S. Alan, together with members of the Management of DSWD Field Office 02, faces the media and shares updates on the implementation of ESCAP to ‘Lawin’ affected families.

To provide the public with the latest information on the implementation of Emergency Shelter Assistance Program (ESCAP) to Typhoon Lawin affected families in the region, DSWD Field Office 02 called on media practitioners in the region on November 6, 2017 for a press conference.

In its report, there are about 121,151 eligible beneficiaries based on the assessment conducted by the DSWD staff together with Local Government Units.

As of this report, 97.53% or 118,164 beneficiaries received their assistance amounting to Php1,257,870,000.00 with the remaining  2.47% being distributed and is set to be fully implemented  until November 15, 2017.

Likewise, it addressed the concerns of the public particularly those who were not included in its roster of beneficiaries.

“We continuously receive grievance relative to this assessment, that’s why we submitted a request to DSWD Central Office for a possible additional budget so we can cater to more beneficiaries,” Officer-in-Charge Lucis S. Alan informed the media.

Typhoon Lawin hit Northern Luzon particularly Region II leaving several homeless families on October 19, 2016. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II




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DSWD FO2 launches Solo Parents Congress, module for Solo Parents

OIC Lucia S. Alan welcomes solo parents to the launching of Solo Parents Congress and Module for Solo Parents in Cauayan City, Isabela.

With the aim to address the concern on some beneficiaries’ non-involvement in Responsible Parenting Movement (RPM) and other gender-related topics in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, DSWD FO2 launched the Solo Parents Congress on October 27, 2017 in Cauayan City, Isabela.

A brainchild of the Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Management Office and Gender and Development Focal Person, Mr. Mac Paul V, Alariao, the Solo Parents Congress was an opportunity for Pantawid Pamilya solo parents to share their experiences and learn from one another.

“This initiative came into being because we have observed that there is a decrease in the attendance of parents during gender-related discussions in the Family Development Sessions (FDS). And we found out that their family status as solo parents contributed to the said low participation as the sessions require the presence of both parents,” Officer-in-Charge Lucia S. Alan explained.

Thus, in order to encourage solo parents to participate in gender-related discussions, a Special Sessions for Solo Parents Module was developed.

“In this module, we offer a group therapy or a support group-type of discussions for solo parents so that they can cope up with the conditionality of the Program such as attendance to FDS. With this special session, we hope that our solo parents will be encouraged to share their experiences and work on understanding their own selves better,” Mr. Alariao further explained.

Acknowledging the efforts of DSWD FO2 were the officials of Cuayan City lead by the City Social Welfare and Development Officer. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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DSWD celebrates 25th year of Family Week

The 25th year observance of the National Family Week has been made more meaningful this year as Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (FO 02) hosted a family day in one of the poorest barangays in Tuguegarao City.

Conducted on September 29, 2017 in Linao East, Tuguegarao City, some 50 families enjoyed the event together with FO 02 staff, representatives from the Population Commission Region 02 and volunteer Social Work students from the University of Cagayan Valley, highlighting this year’s theme,”Tungo sa Maginh1awa, Matatag at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.”

 Family Day

It was an opportunity for the said families to bond and learn more about family planning as the Population Commission came up with an  informative, interactive and fun  presentation on the said topic.

The children likewise enjoyed the parlor games and appreciated the gifts and prizes they received.

“Emerging concerns on family relations such as loss of interpersonal communications brought about by the advent of modern technology, drug addiction and domestic violence, among others, are persistently reported, thus, we at DSWD continuously advocates for strong family relations by empowering them and providing them appropriate interventions,” said Mr. Franco Lopez, Officer-in-Charge of DSWD FO 02 for Protective Services Unit (PSU). ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II


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88 LGUs get Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance

Dir. Ching Condoy (center, handing the Certificate of Recognition) joined by other representatives of the member agencies of the Regional Sub-Committee on Welfare of Children (RSCWC) during the awarding ceremony.

The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children – Region 02 (RSCWC) conferred the 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) award to 88 local government units (LGUs) in Cagayan Valley to recognize their commitment in creating and ensuring a child- friendly environment and governance.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (FO2) Director Ponciana P. Condoy handed over the certificates of recognition and seals to the local chief executives and representatives of LGU awardees during the Regional Awarding Ceremony held on July 24, 2017 in Tuguegarao City. Dir. Condoy is joined by the members of the RSCWC during the said awarding ceremony.

The sixteen (16) Most Eligible LGU’s for SCFLG for 3 consecutive years and four (4) 2015 Presidential SCFLG awardees were presented with plaque of recognition.

The 16 most eligible LGUs for 3 consecutive years are as follows: Itbayat, Batanes; for the Province of Cagayan: Sta.Teresita, Alcala,Buguey,Penablanca; for Province of Isabela: Alicia, San Guillermo, Sta. Maria, Burgos, Jones and San Mateo; for the Province of Nueva Vizcaya: Bagabag and Ambaguio, and for the Province of Quirino: Aglipay and Nagtipunan.

The 2015 Presidential SCFLG awardees are Santiago City, Independent Componet City and  Ilagan City, Component City, while the shortlisted municipalities for the 2015 Presidential Awarding Ceremony are Mahatao, Batanes and Roxas, Isabeal.                                                                    

The Child-Friendly Philippines framework promotes child-friendly local governance wherein local government units (LGUs) give priority to children in their planning, budgeting, legislation and delivery of services and is able to assure that all children enjoy their rights classified as survival, development, protection and participation. One of the strategies developed to achieve a Child-Friendly Philippines is the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) which is a recognition system for LGUs that deliver positive results for children’s well being.

The Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance is complemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular (DILG MC) 2014-80 issued on July 7, 2014 endorsing the Child Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) to all Provincial Governors, City and Municipal Mayors, the ARMM Regional Governor, DILG Regional Directors, and other concerned parties. Likewise, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd) issued Administrative Order No. 03 s. of 2014 and Memorandum No. 97 s. of 2014, respectively, for the designation of representatives to the Child Friendly Local Governance Audit Team otherwise called the Interagency Monitoring Task Force (IMTF).

LGUs that will pass the CFLGA will be conferred the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance by the CWC.

Other highlights of the awarding ceremony were the recognition of the Child Labor-Free Establishment in the region by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the signing of the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 on the Implementation of “Help me Converge Program to Address Child Labor” by all members of the RSCWC. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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DSWD leads rescue of a minor abducted by her father

Ms. Mylene Attaban, Social Welfare Officer III and Head of Crisis Intervention Unit (in red DSWD vest) leads the battle custody operations in coordination with the Philippine National Police Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) in Pamplona, Cagayan.

The horror and disgust that I felt when I realized that my child was taken away from me made me sick to my stomach,” said Marie, not her real name.

Marie, 18 years old from Tagaytay City and estranged from her common-law husband, Ruben, not his real name, and 28 years old, shared that since their relationship gone sour and Mike relocated to his hometown in Pamplona, Cagayan, she continued with her studies through Alternative Learning System (ALS) program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

“I was in my class at our barangay hall when he arrived and requested to see our daughter who is barely 2 years old, to which I obliged. After class, I came home to my parents’ house looking for them but to no avail. I tried calling him but the same proved futile,” Marie narrated.

She sought the help of police authorities in their locality but was told that her ex-partner has every right to take their daughter as he is the father and refused to take her statements and have them on record.

Dismayed, she turned to the radio program of a media personality, was endorsed to a police station in Manila and to the police station in Tuguegarao City and Pamplona, Cagayan. The Tuguegarao City police office then referred Marie’s case to DSWD Field Office 02.

Maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo

Two days after the said abduction, the Field Office took cognizance of Marie’s case when Marie requested for an intervention. Ms. Mylene Attaban, Social Welfare Officer III and Head of the Crisis Intervention Unit, coordinated with the Local Government Unit of Pamplona, Cagayan through the Office of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), the Philippine National Police in Pamplona through the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) and the barangay officials where Mike resides.

“It is always a challenge to mediate in domestic issues particularly when it concerns a minor, however, as a Social Worker, we are guided by the principle that in all cases involving a minor, we have to put the best interest of the child at the forefront,” Ms. Attaban said.

With the intercession of Ms. Attaban and all local authorities present, Ruben relented and turned over custody of their child to Marie. The parties also reached an agreement relative to the care of their child.

“Under Philippine law, no child under seven years of age shall be separated from the mother, unless the court finds compelling reasons to order otherwise and since  the parties are not married, the law vests parental authority over the illegitimate child to the mother,” explained Ms. Attaban.

Ms. Attaban likewise enlightened Ruben on the implications of taking away their child without the consent of her former common-law wife.

“I cannot thank DSWD enough for wasting no time to facilite the recovery of my child. I came to DSWD’s office after a 10-hour bus ride, with no sleep and peace of mind for two days. The staff offered us food while facilitating assessment of my case, made us comfortable through all the whole process and saw to it that we are able to board on our bus for Manila on that same day I arrived, with my child safely tuck in my arms,” shared Marie. ## By: GELA FLOR R. PEREZ, RIO II

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