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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 http://rdc.rdc2.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1004:rdc2-conducts-first-2018-meeting-in-cagayan-freeport&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=168.

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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75 Core Shelter Houses Inaugurated in Penablanca, Cagayan

Mr. Marciano Dameg, second from right, hands over a Certificate of Ownership to a core shelter beneficiary during the turnover ceremony in Manga, Penablanca.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (DSWD FO2) led the turnover of 75 core shelter houses to families in Manga, Penablanca, Cagayan during a simple ceremony held on April 18, 2018 in the core shelter vicinity.

The core shelter area, with construction commencing in 2015 and completed in 2016, has already withstood numerous typhoons without ever sustaining significant damage, including Super Typhoon Lawin two years ago.

The event was graced by Mr. Marciano D. Dameg, Social Welfare Officer (SWO) IV and Head of the Protective Services Division of DSWD FO2.

In his speech, Mr. Dameg urged the beneficiaries to take ownership of the houses that are being formally transferred to their care and maintain it so even their children’s children can still use it in the future.

Ms. Excelsis De Leon, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) of Penablanca town, said that the core shelter houses benefit vulnerable families and gives them a dwelling place to start realizing their dreams and ambitions.

The Core Shelter Assistance Project (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-Regional Information Officer

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BFAR Awards Aquaculture Technology Package to Tilapia Grow-Out Sustainable Livelihood Program Association

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Office 02 awarded an Aquaculture Technology Package to the Tilapia-Grow Out Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association of Barangay Manano, Mallig, Isabela. The package includes a two-day training for a representative of the association and provision of 2,500 fingerlings and supply of feeds until they are ready to be sold.

The training was attended by their SLPA President, Romeo C. Justo,  together with other disadvantaged aquaculture farmers and budding associations of the province last March 15-16, 2018 at a BFAR Training Center in San Mateo, Isabela. It aims to impart and demonstrate the latest aquaculture innovations and technology to equip fish farmers on their practice. It includes discussions on Poly-Culture, Semi-Intensive Culture of Tilapia, Modified Integraded Rice-Fish Culture and Upland Aquaculture.

The Tilapia Grow-Out SLP Association was organized last October 2016 with 15 members. The SLPA received financial and technical support through the provision of Skills Training (Microenterprise Development) by DSWD FO2 Sustainable Livelihood Program. Also, collaborative efforts of BFAR, LGU Mallig through its Municipal Agriculture Office and BLGU Manano on areas of skills enhancement, operations management and monitoring initiatives were also given.

To date the SLPA was able to improve the existing area and put up their own fish pond with initial input of fourteen thousand fingerlings.  On the first cycle of harvest, they were able to sell 1,491.5 kilos of tilapia with a gross income of P149, 150.00. This month, the SLPA was able to harvest around 1,300 kilos of tilapia with an approximate gross income of P130, 000.00. On the upcoming third cycle of harvest by August 2018, the SLPA projects a harvest of 900 kilos of tilapia which equates to a gross income amounting to P90, 000.00. The 3rd harvest will generate an approximate net income of P50, 000.00 since BFAR provided the fingerlings and supply of feeds.

The learning opportunity gained by the SLPA President was cascaded to the members of the association. The innovations and technology will be utilized to improve their existing aquaculture practice, increase profitability and serve as a platform for their enterprise diversification plan. ### By: Melisen Taquiqui, SLP Social Marketing Officer with a report from: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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SLP Conducts Orientation on Basic Gender and Development

As part of the continuous efforts of DSWD FO2 Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to capacitate its program participants, an orientation on Basic Gender and Development (GAD) was held last March 21-22, 2018 where a total of 3600 participants attended  in various community centers across the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.

The orientation aims to identify the relevant gender issues such as division of labor, access to and control of resources, constraints and opportunities in connection with participation in decision-making and project activities, and access to resources and benefits. It also aims to incorporate GAD issues in the course of project design and implementation among the program participants of SLP.

Respective Field Project Development Officers II, Provincial Coordinators, Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) technical staff and a number of Pantawid personnel spearheaded the said orientation. They served as resource person and secretariat during the said activity. The converge efforts and expertise led to discussions on topics which includes Sex and Gender, Gender Socialization, Gender Division of Labor, Manifestations of Gender Bias & Power, and Gender and Development. The facilitators incorporated an experiential learning coupled with participatory approach to fully engage participants. To make it more dynamic, games and ice breakers were also fused. Correspondingly, Local Government Units and an external partner, St. Mary’s University of Nueva Vizcaya, extended their hand through the provision logistics support.

The orientation bridges the gap on the prevailing mind set of program participants on Gender and Development. It serves as a platform for learning and increases their awareness on gender issues. Now, not only can they readily identify GAD-related issues and concerns but they can now also recognize tangible solutions to address such. Moreover, appreciation on sex and gender and the complexities of the concept of equality was also apparent.

The activity was an eye opener to avoid prejudice on gender preferences and advocates respect on individual differences. The participants were appreciative of the insights gained and they look forward for further capacity building activities of this kind. ### By: Melisen Taquiqui, SLP Social Marketing Officer with a report from: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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SM Foundation Inc. Launches Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program to Sustainable Livelihood Program Participants

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in partnership with SM Foundation Inc. launched the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program at Aparri and Lallo, Cagayan on April 11-12, 2018.

The endeavor was also in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, SM Supermarket and the Local Government Units of Lal-lo and Aparri.

The concept started back in 2006 when SM Group Founder, Mr. Henry Sy, Sr., thought of ways to uplift the standard of living of small Filipino farmers.  To date, more than 5,200 participants graduated from the program covering 47 sites all over the country where SM stores are located.

The said activity  was attended by 171 SLP participants from the municipalities of Lal-lo and Aparri together with other qualified small farmers in the community. It aims to provide farmers with updated agricultural farm technology on high value crops so that they can produce a bountiful harvest even on limited space. It also aims to enhance the profitability of the farmers so that they can provide more food on their tables.

The program involves three to four months-long technical, modular and classroom lecture coupled with hands-on training on high value crop production. It also teaches product development, marketing and basic bookkeeping to further the capacities of the participants.

An entrepreneurial skills training will be conducted by SLP coinciding with the agricultural training that will be conducted by Harbest Agriculture. ### By: Melisen Taquiqui, SLP Social Marketing Officer

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From Laborers to Association Owners: The Success Story of the Pagrang-Ayan SLP Association

Members and officers of Pagrang-Ayan SLP Association happily pose for a picture in front of their office.

 

The Pagrang-Ayan SLPA Association, a Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) accredited by the Sustainable Livelihood Program in DSWD FO2 back in 2016, recently showed that one doesn’t need a hefty starting budget in order to succeed in business.

The association, which does its business in Barangay Bintawan, Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya, a community gifted with vast areas of agricultural land apt for farming and domestication of animals, is now able to supply the local demand for hogs and rice after livelihood analysis back in 2016 showed that hog and rice production are viable enterprises in the community.

The members of the organization, who once worked as tenants or laborers for privately-owned lands, said that they averaged around P150.00 a day prior to their organization which wasn’t enough to provide for even their basic needs. Unpredictable weather conditions also posed a challenge on the stability of their income.

The local government unit in the area, realizing the potential of the association, supports them by providing additional logistics support along with the provision of an SLPA office and regular monitoring for technical assistance.

The association has already accumulated a considerable amount of savings and consequently was able to facilitate the release Equity Build Up (savings) to its members.

They also used some of their savings to improve their existing assets and some members also used their share to undergo a parental leadership training. The association hopes that by doing these, they will be able to improve not just personally but also colllectively, thereby making their association more sustainable.

In the near future, the SLPA plans to engage  in skills upgrading particularly on meat processing and to establish their own meat shop as part of their project diversification.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a capability- building program for poor, vulnerable and marginalized families and individuals in acquiring necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods that help improve their socio- economic conditions. ### By: Melisen Taquiqui, SLP Social Marketing Officer with a report from: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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