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FO2 on watch for Typhoon Labuyo

The Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) office in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino already started with the 24-hour duty to ensure retrieval and validation of reports from their respective Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (PDRRMCs).

Also, the Disaster Reduction and Management Team or DMRT of DSWD Field Office II was activated to monitor updates on reports and the status of weather condition in the provinces thru the SWAD Teams.

Consequently, the Field Office has released food and non-food items as augmentation support to the affected provinces. A total of 1, 000 Family Food Packs and 1, 000 packs of Relief Clothings is allotted for Quirino while Nueva Vizcaya has 1, 100 Family Food Packs; 1, 000 packs of Relief Clothings and 100 cases of bottled mineral water. Relief operations are on-going in the said provinces.

The SWADs are reminded to ensure that the relief assistance extended to the affected families shall be supported by the Disaster Family Access Card (DAFAC) and completed Relief Distributed Sheet.

Trained social workers on Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing (CISD) were also advised to be ready for deployment in the event that their services will be needed.

As of now, the Field Office is requesting for volunteers from the Media, Academe and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs0 in the region to assist in the repacking of foods and other non-food items for stockpile and additional augmentation support.

For interested volunteers, please come to DSWD Field Office II at No. 48 Dalan na Pagayaya, Regional Government Center, Carig, Tuguegarao City. ###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer II


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FO2’s LISTAHANAN ranks second in data sharing nationwide

Listahanan FO2 (National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or NHTS-PR) is the second highest in data sharing with local government units (LGUs) with rate of 81.63% among the 17 regions.This means that 80 out of 98 LGUs (4 cities, 89 municipalities and 5 provinces) have been shared with the list of poor households and other related data. This was revealed during the Project Review and Evaluation Workshop held recently.

The figure represents an increase of 18.63 percentage points from last year’s accomplishment.

Also, there are now 18 national government agencies (NGAs) and 8 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with approved Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

“We are so happy to know that the percentage of our data users had surged. This only shows that unyielding efforts in encouraging LGUs and other stakeholders to use our data base are not wasted.” Ms. Delia S. Sto. Tomas, Deputy Regional Project Manager said.

The Listahanan data-base contains names, addresses and other related data of the poor households such as the list of poor households by type of materials used for the roof and walls, by type of water source, by type of toilet, etc. It was used to identify beneficiaries of various social protection programs of LGUs such as food for work, pre-marriage counseling, provision of toilet bowls and pump wells, plywood, nails and galvanized iron sheets and a lot more.

The data base allows providers of the social protection programs like LGUs, NGAs and CSOs to identify their target beneficiaries and direct their resources to them.

“Im happy that our efforts to campaign for more data users have paid off. This inspires us to continue looking for partners who need our data as this is one of our best indicators of success.” Mr. Felipe P. Adarme, Regional Field Coordinator, said.

Listahanan is continuously making efforts to encourage more LGUs, NGAs andCSOs to enter into a MOA with DSWD and become part of the Listahanan data users.###Ailyn P. Aglaua, Administrative Assistant V (AAV)

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FEATURE: Trabahong Lansangan: A Signature of Success

A tree that has deep roots can survive a violent storm. Much as a person with deep faith can survive any problem that comes along.

Mr. Rolly A. Mamauag or “Oli” as he is fondly called, can never forget what he went through in his first employment. When he initially reported for office, he was given certain papers to fill out which caught him barefooted. He got emotional for a moment and cried as he was frightened for being incapable of writing his name or even affix his own signature. He thought of backing out from the roll. However, he realized the consequences it will befall his family. With strong determination, he sought the help of his co-workers who in turn assisted him.

Oli is one of the seven (7) beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya who are recipients of Sustainable Livelihood Program Track 2 (Employment Facilitation) which was implemented in Barangay San Vicente, Jone, Isabela. He is 40 years old, married to Rhoda G. Mamauag who bore him 3 children ages 19, 15 and 8 years old.

With the joint project of DSWD and DPWH, Oli is now working in the “Trabahong Lansangan” project in Jones, Isabela. He is one of the workers who do road maintenance thru vegetation control and site distance clearing, cleaning and draining ditches.

Oli never got into schooling. “Mahirap ang buhay noon kaya hindi ako napag aral at nagsaka na lamang ako”, he reminisced.

Oli is thankful of his job. When he got hold of his first salary, he exclaimed, “May pangbuhay na tayo!” His wife right there and then went out and purchased cooking utensils to replace the lost ones which were succumbed by fire of unknown source. They could still recount the days when daily meal is insufficient for them and working as farm laborers when possible is the only source of living. With such dilemma, Rolly believed, “ang pag-asenso ay nasa tao.” Given the opportunity and determination to improve their living, he pursued the Trabahong Lansangan. Now, he is able to provide for his family. He learned fast and enhanced his skill.

For Oly, being engaged in the recent project is a remarkable experience. It may not be considered as a great success story for others but for him, it is one, for this experience developed and continues to develop him as a person.

Because of the Trabahong Lansangan, he was able to acknowledge his very own signature, his signature of success. By: MARICEL T. BALISI, Project Development Officer II, Sustainable Livelihood Program

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POOs gear up for Pantawid PIR

With the aim to showcase accomplishments and good practices in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Provincial Operations Offices of Cagayan (POO1), Isabela (POO2), Quirino (POO3) and Nueva Vizcaya (POO4) are all set for the Provincial Program Implementation Review (PIR) which will be held at Holiday Plaza Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan next month.

Some of the components which will be looked into are the Beneficiary Update System (BUS), Compliance Verification System (CVS), Grievance Redress System (GRS) and other areas concerning the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya.

The program is being implemented in the four provinces (except Batanes) covering 83 municipalities and 4 cities with a total of 94, 120 household beneficiaries regionwide.

The Province of Isabela holds the most number of household beneficiaries with 44, 578; followed by the Province of Cagayan with 31, 094; Province of Nueva Vizcaya with 11, 793; and the province of Quirino with 6, 655 household beneficiaries.

All the Pantawid areas will be represented by the Municipal/City Links (M/Cls) and Social Welfare Assistants (SWAs) respectively.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor Filipino children aged a0-14 years old.

In exchange of cash grants, beneficiaries should comply with the conditions of the program which includes (1) pregnant women must avail pre and post natal care; (2) children aged 0-5 years old must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; (3) children aged 6-14 years old must receive deworming pills twice a year; (4) children aged 0-5 years old must be enrolled in preschool/daycare with at least 85% attendance rate; (5) children aged 6-14 years old must be enrolled in elementary and highschool with at least 85% attendance rate; and (6) parents must attend Family Development Sessions or FDS.###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer II

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Parent Leaders, Municipal Link attend PL, NIAMC Forum

Makati City, Philippines-Two parent leaders and one municipal link of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program represented DSWD Field Office II at the National Independent Advisory and Monitoring Committee (NIAMC) and Parent Leader (PL) Forum held at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center –Manila recently.

Parent Leaders Ritchelle Soriano of Sta. Ana, Cagayan and Noel Nalimma from Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya are the representatives of non Indigenous People and Indigenous People respectively. They were accompanied by Arvin T. Longcop, the Municipal Link of Nagtipunan, Quirino.

The NIAMC and PL forum  aim to provide an avenue for the NIAMC and select parent leaders from the 17 regions over the country to share information and discuss how the Pantawid Pamilya program is being implemented in the grassroots level.

Meanwhile, the PLs who are representatives of their fellow beneficiaries and the direct partners of City/Municipal Links and the DSWD in the implementation of the program has a major say about the impact of the program to them. Hence, they are the primary key informants as to how the program is implemented.

 This was also an avenue for the C/MLs to share concrete experiences on how the program operates in the ground, identify emerging issues and provide recommendations needed for the improvement of the program.

 Additionally, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman graced the event with her message of gratitude to the PLs and C/MLs. She mentioned that the PLs are the movers and leaders of the society in the years to come. Hence, there is a need to capacitate them and their parent members since tey have a great role in guiding the children of tomorrow and it is expected that no one will be left behind.

 For the C/MLs, Sec Dinky expects service that is honest, efficient and passionate. Moreover, she reiterated the trust given to them by the community where they were assigned and the active and harmonious relationship between the C/MLs and PLs.

NIAMC is an independent advisory committee composed of 21 members from different popular organizations, academe, non-government organizations and the private sectors nationwide. This independent body has been an active partner of DSWD in the implementation of its programs and services. ###By ARVIN T. LONGCOP, Municipal Link/Nagtipunan, Quirino

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DSWD joins the Celebration of the 35th NDPR Week

The Young Adosecents With Disablities or the YAWDs Band rendered a performance that left everyone amazed.

The Young Adolescents With Disablities or the YAWDs Band rendered a performance that amazed everyone. (c) MBA

To stimulate public awareness on disability issues and concerns that will strengthen the involvement of the different government and non-government organizations, Department of Social Welfare & Development Field Office 02 together with other agencies observed the 35th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week on July 17-23, 2013.

With the theme “Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities”, the week-long celebration kicked off with a motorcade around Tuguegarao City proper participated in by the different partner agencies, regional committee on disability affairs and non-government organizations afterwhich, a holy mass was held at the gymnasium of the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 02.

In his message, Atty. Roel Nicolas, Assistant Regional State Prosecutor, encouraged the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to continue striving for the realization of their dreams as he cited famous personalities who became successful despite being physically challenged.

Also, students of the Dinggin Ka Learning Center from the University of Saint Louis and the Young Adolescents with Disabilities or YAWDs Band rendered an intermission number that amazed the audience.

Department of Public Works and Highways chaired this year’s celebration which has successfully ensured that all persons with disabilities are given equal opportunities in all aspects of human endeavor to make their lives more meaningful and more productive. ###By MARICEL B. ASEJO, Pantawid Information Officer II

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RICTMU creates, launches Communication Tracking System

Mr. Kevein Malate, RITO, discusses the objectives of the Communication Tracking System on July 9, 2013 at Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

Mr. Kevin Malate, RITO, discusses the objectives of the Communication Tracking System on July 9, 2013 at Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan- The Regional Information and Communication Technology Unit (RICTMU) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office developed a Communication Tracking System (CTS) that will organize and manage incoming and outgoing communications in an easier, faster and more efficient way.

Through the use of technology, the CTS enhances and improves the communication process. It gives the agency an opportunity to make use of existing technology to improve communication management for better traceability and to minimize the use of traditional paper-based logbooks.

The system is created to monitor the status of communication, where or whom and when was it routed and what action has been taken by the concerned Division/Unit; to generate statistical reports as to how many communications were acted, on process, or filed for the day; to determine levels of priority for each communication (Rush, Urgent and Regular); to reduce the chances of misplaced routing of communication and be accessible within the DSWD Field Office Local Area Network.

“We hope that we can use this as soon as possible so that the communication flow in our office will be faster and more efficient,” Dir. Violeta A. Cruz, Regional Director, DSWD.

John Manuel Maguigad, under the Government Internship Program or GIP was the one who created the tracking system with the technical guidance of Kevin Malate, the Regional Information Technology Officer (RITO) Andres Abong, Computer Management Technologist (CMT).

“I am challenging the proponents of the said tracking system that they will incorporate the suggestions of the participants while on the part of the participants let us be open minded to embrace the new technology created to improve the communication process.” Pasencia T. Ancheta, Acting Chief of Policy and Plans Division.

“We are very happy because before, this was only an idea. But now, we are already introducing this to our colleagues. We in the RITCMU are also very grateful for the support that the management had given to us,” said Kevin Malate, the Regional Information Technology Officer (RITO).

The launching of the system was held at the office’s Conference Hall and was attended by the Administrative Assistants from the different units. During the activity, steps and procedures of the usage of tracking system were presented. There was also an open forum wherein end users gave their insights about the tracking system.

“I am really thankful for the opportunity that this department have entrusted me. Though I am only under GIP, they gave me the chance to impart my knowledge and further improve my skills. Being with DSWD is a great training ground for me,” shared Manuel.

“This is a challenge for us because we are used to the conventional way of communication process. But now, there’s this tracking system that will make our communication flow faster.” Mr. Lowie Palatan, one of the participants.

After the soft launching, the RICTMU is now working on the schedule for the hands on training on the actual use of the system. ###By AILYN P. AGLAUA, Administrative Assistant V/NHTS-SMU

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DSWD FO2 Needs 1,672 Field Workers

In line with the conduct of 2nd round of household assessment this semester, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 is hiring 1, 672 field workers for the National Household Targeting System.

These workers will collect socio-economic data from households using the Household Assessment Form (HAF).

An estimate target of 622, 659 households in the region will be assessed thus the hiring of workers has already commenced.

The Field Office is in need of 1, 343 Enumerators, 273 Area Supervisors, 56 Area Coordinators, 100 Encoders, 100 Verifiers and 2 Assistant Information Technology Officers respectively.

Hired field workers will undergo intensive training with practicum to prepare them for the job.

“We are very excited! Through NHTS, we will be able to identify once again the families who greatly need the services of the government. Identified families will be the target beneficiaries of the social protection programs, not just of DSWD but of other departments,” said Felipe Adarme, the NHTS Regional Coordinator said.

Interested applicants may now submit their application addressed to: Director Violeta A. Cruz, DSWD Field Office 02, No.3 Dalan na Pagayaya, Regional Government Center, Carig, Tuguegarao City or submit to the nearest Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) offices in the province.

The National Household Targeting System is a special project of DSWD which identifies who and where the poor are. Beneficiaries for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or popularly known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and other programs were identified through the said project.### By AILYN P. AGLAUA, Administrative Assistant V/NHTS-SMU


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