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DSWD FO2 leads Inauguration of Core Shelter Houses in Angadanan, Isabela

OIC-Regional Director Lucia S. Alan (back, 6th from left) poses with core shelter beneficiaries and staff from the local government unit of Angadanan, Isabela.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (DSWD FO2) led the turn-over of 25 core shelter houses to beneficiary families last July 05, 2018 in Brgy. Calaccab, Angadanan, Isabela.

The endeavor, in partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Angadanan, Isabela, was realized through the Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) of the agency which allotted P1,750,000.00 for the construction of the houses in 2015. The LGU provided the lot where the houses were built and also matched the amount given by the field office for the project to push through.

Mr. Rommel Gamiao of the field office’s Disaster Response and Management Division (DRMD) said that the beneficiaries of the houses were those whose houses were located in disaster-prone areas who were also victims of previous calamities.

The turnover ceremony was attended by OIC-Regional Director Lucia S. Alan who reiterated during her speech the importance of caring for the core shelter houses so it can be used by future generations.

6 of the CSAP beneficiaries are also members of the agency’s Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program.

The CSAP aims to provide structurally strong houses that can withstand typhoons, earthquakes of moderate intensity and other natural hazards to disaster victims whose houses are totally destroyed. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-SMU

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Basic Life Support and First Aid Training Conducted for DSWD FO2 Staff

Actual mock infant CPR performed by DSWD FO2 trainees.

In order to strengthen the core of personnel in the agency tasked with emergency response during disaster situations, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (DSWD FO2) conducted a training on Basic Life Support and First Aid last May 22-25, 2018 in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

The said training was in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) Region 02 who sent trained personnel to act as resource people for the four-day event.

Part of the training was the demonstration and actual mock performance of the trainees on proper cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The CPR combines chest compression to keep the blood flowing until heartbeat and breathing can be restored while rescue breathing provide oxygen to the lungs.

The training explained the differences between rescuing an adult and an infant and the proper techniques to save both. The trainers also reiterated the importance of knowing how to properly do life support and first aid to increase the chances of survival of a victim and to minimize inflicting more damage.

The participants were also required to do drills every morning to prepare them for the rigorous activities in line with the training.

In his speech, Mr. Rommel Gamiao of the field office’s Disaster Response and Management Division (DRMD) urged the trainees to link what they have learned to the mandate of the agency and the programs and services that it has.

An earlier training of the same was conducted last May 8-11, 2018, also in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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Kwento ng Pagsibol ng Rizal Catering Services SLPA

The Rizal Catering Services Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) traces its roots in the Municipality of Diffun, the gateway to the Province of Quirino and located close to Santiago City, the central hub of Isabela province. The location of the association displays flatlands with mountain ranges on the western and eastern sides apt for the production of rice, banana, root crops, tobacco and fruit-bearing trees.

Before the group was given intervention by the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), majority of the members of the association were plain housewives who were dependent on the income of their husbands. They relied on their husband’s salary as tenant farmers on which they earn about P150-P200 per day. Since they earned only seasonally on farming, most of their husbands opted for jobs in the neighboring municipality as construction workers.

SLP helped the group with market analysis of which they identified Food Catering Services as a viable enterprise since are no existing caterer/event stylist available in their locality. They took advantage of the identified market demand and their passion as housewives to cook.

The group subsequently underwent a 21-day capacity building through Skills Training on Catering Services. They were also aided with starter kits and a start-up capital to start their chosen endeavor.

After project implementation, the SLPA were able to acquire a complete set of kitchen utensils, three long tables, 13 single tables, wide array of fabrics and various decors to further support their business. They can now accommodate eight to ten catering services during peak season and a minimum of four catering services during lean season. They also maintain an impeccable standard on their styling designs, as part of their good practice. The SLPA even received a recognition from the LGU of Diffun on their participation during the ‘Pababalat Festival’ as they were the official caterer of the event.

As of the moment, the catering services of the SLPA primarily accommodate the demands of their clients within the barangay during special occasions but they also sometimes venture out to cater in the nearby barangays of Dumanisi, Villa Pascua, Aurora East and Aurora West, nearby municipalities of Alicia and Ramon in Isabela and even as far as the municipality of Lagawe, Ifugao. Their barangay local government unit (BLGU) also serves as their regular client during events of the barangay and also provided a base of operation for the SLPA. They built their impressive list of clienteles through referrals from former customers who were satisfied with their service.

During peak season, their catering services would earn an average of P72,000.00 per month while on lean days, they earn an average of P32,000.00. The association earn extra income by way of rentals of their utensils and facilities with an average income of P1,500.00 per transaction. The SLPA’s income on rentals translates to an additional income of P2,700.00 for each member.

The Quirino State University (QSU), recognizing the potential of the group, provided the association technical assistance as they shared their expertise on the National Certificate (NC) II courses.

To date, the SLPA was able to accumulate a total of P100,000.00 savings on their bank account. In the near future, they plan to purchase their own vehicle for their transport service, a set of sound system, and additional set of fabric as part of their expansion and to access larger markets.

The SLPA also dreams of having their own office to provide convenience and easy access to walk-in clients in the future and they are planning to enroll in TESDA for skills upgrading to fully maximize their capacities and be updated on the latest trends of design and styling. ### By: Melisen Taquiqui, SLP Social Marketing Officer with a report from: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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Kwento ng Pagsibol ni Aileen M. Arellano

Ms. Aileen M. Arellano was just a plain housewife struggling to make ends meet for her eight children before. Their family relied solely on the income of her husband as a part-time tricycle driver and construction worker. To add to the family’s income, her husband also worked as a farm laborer but only intermittently since land owners in the locality have minimal demand for workforce due to the presence of modernized agricultural machinery. With the meager amount her husband provides out of his work endeavors, she faced difficulty in covering all the daily needs of her growing family.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) opened an opportunity for women and housewives in their community, like Ms. Aileen, to go out of their comfort zones and to provide them with a way to earn income to supplement the proceeds of their spouses.

She was given the responsibility of being the President of the Rizal Commercial Cooking Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA). The members of the association received a 21-day capacity building program through skills training. The intervention enhanced their capacities and equipped them on the tenets of catering services. They were also provided with physical asset as they received starter kit for the operation of their enterprise.

To finally start their endeavor, a start-up capital was also given which served as their revolving fund. The engagement with their clients and suppliers built and strengthened their social linkages.

Currently, out of her profit share with their group enterprise, Ms. Aileen was able to put a small merienda stall as an additional source of income for her family. She was also able to purchase their own tricycle.

Through their group enterprise, other members of the SLPA can now provide a decent meal on their tables and also provide for other needs that they were not able to afford before. Their project is also the first of its kind in the municipality, as women now actively take part in the local economic growth. They now feel a sense of empowerment and personal growth, without being strictly confined within the corners of their kitchen. ### By: Melisen Taquiqui, SLP Social Marketing Officer with a report from: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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Ang Kwento ng Pagsikap ni Jayson Villamor

Mr. Jayson Villamor of the municipality of San Mariano, Isabela is the eldest of the five children of Mr. Romeo L. Villamor. His parents relied on the seasonal income they earn as farm laborers. To augment the needs of their family, Jayson decided to work as a Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) receiving honorarium amounting to P4,500.00 per month. But despite their collective efforts, they still struggled to cover their day-to-day needs, particularly the school needs of his young siblings.

But Mr. Villamor’s fortune would change when he was chosen by the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) as one of the participants to receive skills training by completing a 66-day Technical-Vocational course at TESDA-Isabela School of Arts and Trades (ISAT). He then subsequently earned a National Certificate (NC) II as a requisite for his job application abroad. He was also a recipient of the Pre-Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF) amounting to P5,000.00 needed for the processing of his application documents to Taiwan. As a way to socially prepare the participant for his venture abroad, SLP also provided Jayson with a pre-employment counselling.

Over the years, the rapid economic growth of Taiwan meant more demand for labor force, especially those coming from the Philippines.  Low birth rates and an increase in the aging population in Taiwan posed a challenge to their growing economy and made it more likely for companies there to seek labor force from other countries. The influx opened thousands of job opportunities for skilled and professional workers. The participant took advantage of this emerging labor market opportunity to seek his chances abroad.

The participant has been employed as a factory worker in New Hao Fiber Industrial Corporation in Taiwan since March 2017. He earns a base salary of P35,200.00 a month and overtime pay of around P25,000.00. The employer provides free lodging and health insurance benefits as well. His exposure on the manufacturing industry also further enhanced his skills. The experience in a new environment, in a foreign land, built his resiliency to overcome challenges.

His family now enjoys the fruits of his labor. He regularly sends money to support the needs of his family and the education of his siblings. To maximize his earnings, he invested in a small business by putting up a sari-sari store run by his mother and acquired a motorcycle for his family. His family earns an average of P10,500.00 per month from this.

He no longer wants the idea that his mother endures the tedious farm labor just to bring food on their table. This also serves as an additional source of income for the family and a safety net if ever he decides to go back for good in his home town. He also maintains a savings account for future endeavors. ### By: Melisen Taquiqui, SLP Social Marketing Officer with a report from: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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Training on Basic Incident Command System conducted for DSWD FO2 Staff

Participants pose along with trainers from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 02 after completion of the Basic Incident Command System Training held in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (DSWD FO2) in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 02 held a training on Basic Incident Command System (BICS) on May 3-5, 2018 in Sta. Ana, Cagayan with the purpose of capacitating the participants with skills to handle crisis and disaster situations in a group setting.

The training makes clear the different skills and functions needed for an incident command team to follow to successfully deal with disaster situations whilst making sure that it is done efficiently and with minimal casualty.

DSWD OIC-Regional Director Lucia Alan, herself a participant during the training, urged fellow participants to adapt their learnings to their work setting given that the DSWD is the lead agency in disaster response.

The said training was conceptualized by DSWD FO2’s Disaster Risk and Management Division (DRMD) led by its Head, Mr. Franco Lopez, Social Welfare Officer II Mr. Rommel Gamiao and the rest of the division staff.

The training was done in two batches, with the earlier BICS training conducted last April 11-13, 2018 also held in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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Batanes: Enchanting land in the North

The province of Batanes holds many marvels to both tourists and locals a like. A home not only to natural forming wonders but also a home to a beautiful and kind-hearted people.

The Ivatans, the locals of the Province, are hospitable folks to both friends and strangers. They embody the very essence of hospitableness as they greet everyone they pass-by either with a nod or a smile, their homes open to everyone and an “Honesty Store” ready to serve.

The small land area of the Province did not hinder the growth of Batanes’ good-natured people. Bound to the image of the iconic stone houses, Batanes holds rich cultural history. Blessed with a landscape that can rival any foreign lands, Batanes is truly a beauty to behold.

A ‘5-in-1’ Activity

Traversing a great divide between the mainland and Batanes, the DSWD – Field Office 02 OIC – Regional Director, OIC Lucia S. Alan, answered the call of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to join in the 2nd Regional Development Council (RDC) Meeting at Basco, Batanes. Out of the 63 members of the RDC, 40 attended the meeting. The RDC meeting was headed by its current Chairperson, the Provincial Governor of Quirino, Hon. Junie E. Cua. During the RDC meeting 9 resolutions were passed. For more information you may visit

To maximize her visit to the Province, OIC Alan arranged a ‘5-in-1’ activity. She grabbed this rare opportunity to: (1) Attend the 2nd RDC Meeting; (2) Personally Award the Plaques of Recognition to the Provincial Government of Batanes and the different Municipalities therein; (3) Have a dialogue with the LGUs; (4) Award a Centenarian check; and (5) Monitor the BuB projects and follow up on other issues and concerns in the Province with regard the programs and services of the Department.

Even with the limited time, OIC Alan successfully completed her visit bringing home a treasure trove of information on how to improve the services of the DSWD in Batanes. All throughout her stay, the OIC and her companions (the PSWDO of Batanes, Mr. Jerome Castillo and his staff, the SWAD Team Leader of Batanes, Ms. Amparo Tobias and her staff, and the Regional Executive Assistant, Mr. Leon Milan Emmanuel L. Romano) indulged in the enthralling beauty of the Province. Every scenery seemed to sweep away all fatigue empowering the OIC and her company to keep on working.

Chief amongst the many reports that the OIC had was the feedback from the different LGUs of their appreciation and contentment on the way the programs and services of the Department was implemented. In a dialogue the Provincial Governor, Hon. Marilou H. Cayco, said that they have no problem with DSWD and that they are happy with the way the Department’s services and programs are implemented. They also gave their appreciation to Ms. Tobias for her dedication and passion to work.

In ending her visit, the OIC visited different sites where the DSWD – FO 2 had funded several BuB projects such as: (1) Foot bridge; (2) Flood Control; and (3) Sea wall. Upon visiting these projects, it was found that everything was in order and that said projects serve the purpose for which they were built.

Life amidst difficulty

During the payout of the Social Pensioners in the Province, the Regional Executive Assistant, Mr. Romano, had a firsthand glance on how simple life could be in the province. At first, he thought that the simplisity of life meant poverty. He was proven wrong when he learned of the resilience of the people of Batanes and when shown the difference between meeting one’s needs as against one’s wants. In a casual conversation, Mr. Romano asked if there really were no poor people in Batanes. A PSWDO Staff responded and said, there are, but as long as you are willing to work, you will never go hungry.

The Ivatans, he found, were simple folks who knew what they needed and know very well how to prioritize. However, despite this admirable trait, special attention is sought for the elderly where some of them have no other family to lean on to. As old age creeps slowly, it is the government’s duty to ensure that the elderly are secured. ### By: Leon Milan Emmanuel L. Romano, Regional Executive Assistant, Office of the Regional Director

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DSWD Nagsasagawa ng Household Validation para sa UCT

Sa pangunguna ng National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) o Listahanan, kasalukuyang nagsasagawa ng household validation ang Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (DSWD-FO2) para sa mga posibleng benepisyaryo ng Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) na inaasahang matapos sa ika-30 ng Mayo ng taong ito.

Makakatanggap ng P200 kada buwan o P2400 sa kasalukuyang taon at P300 kada buwan o P3600 sa 2019 at 2020 ang mga magiging benepisyaryo ng UCT Program.

Nasa tinatayang 85,289 na sambahayan mula sa isinasagawang validation ng Listahanan ang magiging benepisyaryo ng naturang programa sa ating rehiyon.

Samantala, nais linawin ng ahensiya na ang kasalukuyang validation na isinasagawa ng Listahanan sa rehiyon ay para lamang sa UCT Program at hindi bilang karagdagang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program.

Ang UCT ay bahagi ng Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Ito ang pinakamalaking programa na magpapagaan sa kalagayang panlipunan ng mga nangangailangan. ### By: Margarette B. Galimba, Administrative Assistant III/Listahanan IO


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