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Outstanding IP women leaders honored during Women’s Month celeb

IP women enjoyed the team building activities during the Women's Month celebration.

IP women enjoyed the team building activities during the Women’s Month celebration.

Nagtipunan, Quirino– Indigenous Peoples (IP) women leaders shine during DSWD FO 02’s Women’s Month celebration on March 16, 2016 as they receive their award as outstanding IP leaders.

Four (4) strong and determined women were recognized not only for their active participation in different activities in their communities but most importantly by sharing the best gift that a parent can give to their children, the gift of education.

Pilar Tindungan, 56 years old and an Ifugao, has nine (9) children, eight (8) of which graduated from college while the youngest is about to graduate from college, received the loudest cheers from the participants when she received her award.

Joining Aling Pilar in receiving the recognition were Luzcely Tabunan, an Ilokano and a businesswoman; Lenie Gutierrez, a Bangkalot and who has four (4) children, two of whom earned their college diploma and Caridad Andaya, an Igorot, widow for 36 years, with five children, 4 of whom already graduated from college.

Meanwhile, the celebration also served as a platform for an MCCT beneficiary to share her story as an empowered IP.

“Dahil sa MCCT at iba pang mga programa ng DSWD tulad nito, nalaman ko na  kaming mga IP ay hindi pala naiiba at mayroong  kaparehong  karapatan sa ibang miyembro ng lipunan. Naging kumportable akong makihalubilo sa aming kumunidad at makibahagi sa mga aktibidad sa kumunidad,” shared Jennielyn Bun-or, an Ifugao MCCT beneficiary.

The different IP groups also learned about the basics of the Indigenous Peoples’  Rights Act of 1997 as discussed by Mr. Gregorio Singangan, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Provincial Officer. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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Residents, staff of Haven for Women and Girls shine during Women’s Month celeb!

Fun under the sun! The residents and staff of Haven for Women and Girls let loose for some bonding time as well as during the Women's Month celebration.

Fun under the sun! The residents and staff of Haven for Women and Girls let loose for some bonding time as well as during the Women’s Month celebration.

This year’s observance of the Women’s Month showcased women empowerment as the Haven for Women and Girls (Haven) gives recognition to exemplary staff and residents.

 Among the highlights of the celebration was the participation of residents to the Search for Ms. Haven 2016 where five (5) residents competed for the title, parlor games and awarding of Monthly Best Performing Residents.

 “The activity fostered camaraderie among the residents, motivated them to be in their best attitude, minimize quarrels among them and inculcated values formation,” said  Ms. Crisencia Ulnagan, Center Head.

Best performing residents were named most disciplined, most improved and most diligent.

Likewise, the outstanding performance of the staff for the first quarter was not left unrecognized.

Ms. Grace Pascua and Ms. Kathleen M. Baloran emerged as the best performing staff for their reliability and work efficiency, among others.

Moreover, Ms. Ulnagan strengthened awareness of the residents on Republic Act Republic Act 7610 or Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act highlighting children’s rights, women’s rights, types of abuses and where and whom to seek for assistance or help in cases of abuse. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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DSWD, Pantawid Pamilya launch Tuloy ang Pagbabago Campaign regionwide

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office II through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program staged a series of provincial event for the launching of Tuloy ang Pagbabago campaign this month.

The event kicked-off in Cabarroguis, Quirino on March 7, 2016 followed by Naguilian, Isabela on March 9, 2016. The third and last installment took place in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya and Solana, Cagayan on March 16, 2016 and March 21, 2016.

With the aim to showcase the wins and gains of Pantawid Pamilya, beneficiaries shared their stories of positive change that drew inspiration among their fellow beneficiaries and admiration from the partners.

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“Sana magpatuloy ang mga magagandang pagbabago na naidulot ng Pantawid Pamilya,” says Corazon Catacutan, a Parent Leader from Solana, Cagayan.

“Sana magpatuloy pa ang Pantawid Pamilya nang patuloy rin ang mga magagandang pagbabago sa aking buhay, pati na rin sa mga katulad kong nagsimula nang makabangon mula sa kahirapan,” says Corazon Catacutan, a Parent Leader from Brgy. Cariculud, Solana, Cagayan.

Another highlight of the activity was the unveiling of the FESbook or the Frequently Encountered Situations book which is a reference material for DSWD internal staff in handling election-related scenarios.

In connection, staff from the four Provincial Operations Offices and from the Regional Program Management Office have showed their commitment in protecting the rights of the beneficiaries through signing the FESbook wall.

The Tuloy ang Pagbabago Campaign is the final version of the Pantawid Pamilya Active Citizenship communication campaign intended to protect and enhance awareness of beneficiaries of their rights and duties for the national election season.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human-development and rights-based program of the national government and is being implemented by DSWD. The program invests in the health and education of poor Filipino children aged 0-18 years old by providing cash grants in exchange of compliance to certain conditionalities. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II- Pantawid Pamilya

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SLP FO2 Conducts High-Value Crops Production Training in San Mariano, Isabela

The Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD FO2 conducted a skills training on the production of high-value crops last March 7 and 8, 2016 to enhance the capacities of 21 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

The said training was conducted to keep up with the rising demands for vegetables such as cauliflowers and cabbage needed for dishes like pinakbet and chopsuey and fruits as well.

Ms. Katilyn Cauilan, Project Development Officer (PDO) II of San Mariano, said that the skills’ training is a way for the beneficiaries to have an alternative to the rice and corn that they produce.

“We need to capacitate them with ways to earn aside from the usual crops that they produce because they sometimes suffer from financial loss because of recurring bad weather conditions,” Ms. Cauilan said.

There will be monthly monitors according to Ms. Cauilan to check how well the beneficiaries were able to adapt to the new skill that they got and to verify how well their new business is going. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Pantawid Pamilya, MCCT beneficiaries shine in Penenkekesisit Festival

Nagtipunan, QUIRINO- Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer stood out during the municipality’s celebration of Penenkekesisit Festival on February 23-25, 2016.

The beneficiaries showcased their skills and talents in joining different contests and successfully brought home the bacon when the Bugkalot Tribe won as champions in Street Dance competition. They also got an award in the booth display and were given certificate of recognition and cash prize.

The municipality of Nagtipunan is home to 1, 150 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and MCCT.

Pantawid Pamilya or also known as the regular is a human-development and rights-based program of the national government and is being implemented by DSWD. The program invests in the health and education of poor Filipino children aged 0-18 years old by providing cash grants in exchange of compliance to certain conditionalities

In connection, the MCCT is the modified approach of the regular CCT as it caters to Indigenous Peoples located in geographically-isolated and disadvantage areas. The program also gives cash grants provided that the beneficiaries comply with the health and education conditionalities. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II – Pantawid Pamilya

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Social workers and judges assure efficient implementation of laws on adoption

OIC Dir. Ching Condoy (upper left photo) welcomes Family & Executive Court Judges (lower left photo), Court Social Workers, C/MSWDOs, field staff to the FGD with Court Judges & Social Workers re: Legal Adoption processes, updates on recent laws on adoption & issues/queries relative to adoption process. PSB Assistant Bureau Director, Ms. Rosalie Dagulo (upper right photo), served as Resource Speaker of the activity.

OIC Dir. Ching Condoy (upper left photo) welcomes Family & Executive Court Judges (lower left photo), Court Social Workers, C/MSWDOs, field staff to the FGD with Court Judges & Social Workers re: Legal Adoption processes, updates on recent laws on adoption & issues/queries relative to adoption process. PSB Assistant Bureau Director, Ms. Rosalie Dagulo (upper right photo), served as Resource Speaker of the activity.

In line with the celebration of the Adoption Consciousness Month, DSWD Field Office 02 social workers and Family and Executive Court Judges join efforts to bolster advocacy on legal adoption during the Focused Group Discussion (FGD) with Family and Executive Court Judges on March 23, 2016 in Tuguegarao City.

 “The best   interest of a child is always the paramount consideration in adoption and placement, that’s why we continuously seek forum or discussion with our partners, like the family courts, to make sure that the laws on adoption are implemented and a child would find a roof in a loving family home,” said OIC Regional Director Ponciana P. Condoy.

The FGD aims to thresh out queries on certain provisions on R.A. 9523 otherwise known as An Act Requiring DSWD Certification to Declare a Child Legally Available for Adoption such as different issues arising from the provision on declaration of abandonment, updates on status of adoption cases pending in courts, among others.

The said activity was attended by some family court judges in the region, court social workers and DSWD social workers and staff. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

 

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Adoptive, foster families join Adoption Consciousness Month celeb

Adoptive and foster families line up for posterity with DSWD FO 02 staff during the motorcade (upper left photos) and bond during lunch (lower left photo) while staff entertains queries from clients at the Adoption Help Desk in SM City, Cauayan, Isabela (lower right photo).

Adoptive and foster families line up for posterity with DSWD FO 02 staff during the motorcade (upper left photo) and bond during lunch (lower left photo) while staff entertains queries from clients at the Adoption Help Desk in SM City, Cauayan, Isabela (lower right photo).

This year’s Adoption Consciousness Month celebration served as an opportunity for adoptive and foster families to gather and bond as they joined the activity on March 20-21, 2016 in Tuguegarao City.

The said activity kicked off with a motorcade from Tuguegarao City to SM City Cauayan, Isabela where several adoptive and foster families together with DSWD staff joined the parade to intensify its advocacy efforts for legal adoption.

At the SM City Mall, the participants share their journey to legal adoption and learn from each other’s experiences.

“It is inspiring to see them open up  and tell their stories so that they will develop a support group and watch each other’s back,” said Ms. Lucia S. Alan, DSWD Field Office 02’s Protective Services Unite Head.

Meanwhile, the Adoption Resource and Referral Unit of DSWD maintains its stand for legal adoption process despite the public’s misgivings on its tedious process.

“The public has to understand that we at DSWD always considers the best interest of the child in adoption processes and in other services or programs where a child is involve, hence, no shortcuts shall be made in order that the child shall only be placed or put up for adoption to a family where his best interest is the paramount consideration,” expressed Ms. Rosario Corpuz, Adoption Resource and Referral Unit Head. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information II

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DSWD, NYC launches YDS in the region

Sta. Ana, CAGAYAN- The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 in partnership with the National Youth Commission have spearheaded the regional launching of the Youth Development Sessions in this municipality on February 24, 2016.

A total of 251 high school students from Sta. Ana Fishery National High School, who are also beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, gathered for the launching activity which is focused on motivating the adolescents in attending and finishing their education.

The launching kicked-off through the accomplishment of ‘dream boards’ wherein the students wrote their ambitions. After which, the students were divided into groups for the breakout sessions tackling topics on The Changing Body, Teenage Pregnancy, and Substance Abuse, which signals the actual launching of the YDS.

In her message, DSWD OIC-Regional Director Ponciana P. Condoy emphasized on the importance of education and encouraged the students to study hard as this is the key in the fulfillment of their goals.

The event was also witnessed by representatives from the National Program Management Office and partners from the regional office of Department of Education, Department of Health and Commission on Population.

The YDS is a parallel intervention to the Family Development Sessions targeted for high school student-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. It is a modular session that intends to equip them with appropriate knowledge, attitude and skills to face developmental challenges, see available opportunities, and overcome possible risks to aim them in achieving optimal and holistic development. Topics in YDS lie along adolescent dynamics, sexuality, career, life, skills, among others.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human-development and rights-based program of the national government and is being implemented by DSWD. The program invests in the health and education of poor Filipino children aged 0-18 years old by providing cash grants in exchange of compliance to certain conditionalities. ### By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Information Officer II – Pantawid Pamilya

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