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DSWD FO2 Leads Approval of Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Response Plan

With the aim of improving efficiency in the delivery of services during disaster response situations, the Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CVRDRRMC) steered the approval of the first Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Response Plan (CVRDRP) on February 2, 2018 at Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City.

The CVRDRP, which was operationalized as a result of the creation of the National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP), is an operational plan that offers well-designed concepts and procedures for all the agencies and networks throughout the region to follow in disaster risk reduction and management.

The CVRDRP has designs that cover three activity phases namely: Pre-Disaster, During Disaster and Post Disaster which enhances the recovery and rehabilitation of affected constituents and improves the effectiveness of agencies that are mandated by the plan to serve affected constituents.

Under the said plan, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 (DSWD FO2) is tasked with the protection of Internally Displaced Population (IDP), Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and the management of Food and Non-Food Items (FNFI).

Officer-In-Charge, Ms. Lucia S. Alan, represented the office in the signing of the CVRDRP with the concurrence of regional directors and heads from other regional agencies.

Mr. Franco G. Lopez, Social Welfare Officer IV, OIC-Head of DSWD FO2’s Protective Services Unit and overall head of the agency’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Unit, said that the approval of the CVRDRP is another step towards making Cagayan Valley more resilient in dealing with disasters and other natural calamities.

Region 2 people are resilient when it comes to preparedness and even with the effects of disasters, they can immediately (recover) because of their (resilient) attitude and with this plan, we will be able to achieve our goal of zero casualty during disaster situations,” Mr. Lopez added.

Mr. Lopez added that the approval of the plan would not cost additional administrative cost to the agencies involved when doing disaster operations and would in fact lessen overall expenses because the said plan focuses on eliminating duplication of function across agencies and other institutions.

The CVRDRP corresponds with “The Practical Guide for National Crisis Managers” and “The National Crisis Management Core Manual” authorized by Executive Order No. 82 of 2012 issued on September 04, 2012 which confers ideas and rules for national crisis management. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer

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447 SLP Skills Training Participants conferred Graduation Certificates


OIC Lucia S. Alan, leftmost, speaks during the conferment of certificates last February 01, 2018 in Isabela School of Arts and Trades in Ilagan City, Isabela.

The Isabela School of Arts and Trades (ISAT) in Ilagan City, Isabela awarded certificate of completion to 447 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries under DSWD FO2’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) last February 01, 2018.

The graduates, who come from 16 municipalities across 3 districts in the Province of Isabela, were presented with their certificates for different competencies by the Officer-In-Charge of DSWD FO2, Ms. Lucia S. Alan, along with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region II Regional Director, Dante J. Navarro, TESDA Isabela Provincial Director, Romeo O. Talosig, ISAT Vocational School Superintendent, Igmedio S. Casticon and SLP Isabela Provincial Coordinator, Ms. Maricel Balisi.

“It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul,” Ms. Alan said in quoting William Ernest Henley to challenge the graduates to use what they have learned in school to better their lives and uplift themselves out of poverty.

All the 447 graduates of the said school were also conferred the National Certificate (NC II) by the TESDA which makes them eligible to work for positions that fit their skills.

“You… have been instrumental in molding us to become globally competitive through proper skills training and development,” Melo Jane L. Somera, one of the graduates said of the agency and the school in her speech during the conferment rites.

Ms. Maricel Balisi said that most of the participants who were conferred with certificates have already started working and the awarding serves as a culmination of their journey towards being eligible to work in areas where their skills can be used.

Ms. Balisi added that the trainings conducted by the program enhances the “employability and profitability” of the participants as they are capacitated with skills that can be used for livelihood purposes.

The program was also used to distribute tool kits which the participants can use for their livelihood endeavors. ### By: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, OIC-Regional Information Officer




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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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80 na Parent Leader ng Pantawid Pamilya sa Rehiyon, Sumailalim sa Pagsasanay

Tuguegarao City – Walumpung Parent Leaders (PLs) ng programang Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (Pantawid) ang sumailalim sa pagsasanay sa Crown Pavilion ng lungsod ng Tuguegarao sa dalawang magkahiwalay na iskedyul ng Agosto 9-11 at Agosto 14-16.

Ang mga kasapi sa pagsasanay ay mga Parent Leaders na galing pa sa iba’t-ibang munisipyo ng apat na probinsiyang sakop ng programang Pantawid sa rehiyon.

Pinamagatang “Capability-Building for Parent Leaders” ang para sa mga unang lebel o nagsisimula pa lamang na mga PLs ang unang session. Tinalakay dito ang mga kaalaman at mga pagbabagong napapaloob sa programa ng Pantawid, ang mga responsibilidad ng isang parent leader at ang iba’t ibang pamamaraan ng pakikipagkomunikasyon.

“Skills Enhancement Training for Parent Leaders as Program Advocates” naman ang pamagat sa mga nasa pangalawang lebel na mga PLs. Tinatalakay rito ang mga istratehiya ng pagiging isang epektibong lider at ang pagkakaroon ng adbokasiya sa pagpapaunlad ng programa.

Ayon sa mensahe ni Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Lucia S. Alan, “Sa pamamagitan ng pagsasanay na ito, nais naming iparating ang pagkilala ng ahensiya sa anking kagalingan at katalinuhan ninyong mga parent leader at ang pag-asang kayo ang magiging katuwang namin sa adbokasiya ng programa.”

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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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DSWD FO2 Holds Pantawid Pamilya Research Forum

ARD Lucia Alan (4th from right), USL President Engr. Delailah Valencia (5th from right) and Chief Pasencia Ancheta (2nd from right) headed the fora held at the University of St. Louis, Tuguegarao City

Tuguegarao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted a DSWD-USL Research Dissemination Forum at the University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City on March 28, 2017.


The fora focused on the research conducted by selected faculty from the University of Saint Louis (USL) entitled “Compliance to Pantawid Pamilya Conditionalities of Beneficiaries in Cagayan: Issues and Challenges.”


The activity aimed in opening a channel for the discussion of the results of the study, the issues and challenges observed by the researchers during the Family Development Sessions, one-on-one interviews and group discussions with the different stakeholders of the Pantawid Pamilya program.


Participants of the activity included the members of the Municipal Action Team (MAT) of the five municipalities where the study was conducted, representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), representatives of Area Based Standards Network (ABSNeT), and DSWD staff.


The study utilized the interpretative phenomenological analysis in understanding the position and the experiences of the Pantawid beneficiaries which caused their low compliance and/or grievances to the conditions set forth by the program.


The challenges identified were categorized into three – educational, health and in the conduct of family development sessions – discussing on personal fears or preferences of the population, observations on case management and other external factors.

USL President Engr. Valencia addresses her message for the participants

“On the results of the study that the beneficiaries are reluctant to undergo check-up is because of the fear of finding out any asymptomatic disease, and in fact this is also true for DSWD staff, this can be another topic to explore in a more comprehensive research,” Ms. Dulcenea DelaCruz remarked during the open forum. “Actually, this study will be a basis for another study which will be an impact study,” she added.

xxx written by Jeanet Antolin-Lozano

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DSWD observes Adoption Consciousness Month, conducts series of activities

Atty. Cayosa (holding microphone) and Ms. Rosario Corpuz clear up public’s misgivings on the long process of legal adoption at DWPE Radyo ng Bayan Tugegarao City.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 02 leads this  year’s Adoption Consciousness Month celebration with a series of activities regionwide.

The celebration kicked off with the  hanging of advocacy tarpaulines and radio guesting at DWPE Radyo ng Bayan, Tuguegarao City.

Atty. Noel Mora, a member of the Child Welfare Specialist Group, and  the Adoption Resource and Referral Section staff of the Field Office, justified  the meticulous process of legal adoption as perceived by the public.

“This rigid process seeks to ensure the best interest of the child  considering the implications of legal adoption both to the adopted and the adoptive parents,” said Atty. Mora during the radio guesting.

Likewise, Atty. Milagros Cayosa, the Field Office’s Retained Counsel, graced the Adoption Forum in Nueva Vizcaya and underscores the significant role  of Local Civil Registrars (LCRs) in curving simulation of birth.

Atty. Milagros Cayosa addressing the queries of Local Civil Registrars and ABC Presidents during the Adoption Forum in Nueva Vizcaya.

“While registration of birth calls for a ministerial function on your part,  it should not stop you from exercising diligence and prudence when a situation presents itself for a careful perusal of the documents being presented,” Atty. Cayosa addressed the LCRs.

Under the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998,simulation of birth is a criminal offense. It is committed when a person causes the fictitious registration of the birth of a child under the name(s) of a person(s) who is not his/her biological parent(s) and shall be punished by imprisonment of 6 to 12 years and a fine not exceeding Ph50, 000.00

Also in attendance at the Forum are Municipal Health Officers and ABC Presidents.

An Adoption Help Desk at SM City Cauayan, Isabela was set up in partnership with SM Cares Foundation.

Meanwhile, members of the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Office in  the Provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino strengthened their advocacy on adoption thru a series of radio guesting and set up of an Adoption Help Desk in their respective offices.

At the SM City Mall in Cauayan City, Isabela, the Field Office established an  Adoption Help Desk to cater to the inquiries of the public on legal adoption. The said activity was made possible in coordination with SM Cares Foundation, a partner of DSWD in this advocacy.

Capping off the week-long  observance of are the Documentary Film Making on Adoption participated in by students from selected  state colleges and universities in the region. The students learned basic script writing and film making under the tutelage of Mr. Benjie de Yro, a former Information Officer at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office 02 and now a freelance journalist and media practitioner.

“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.

Mr. Benjie de Yro during the Documentary Film Making Workshop for students from selected state universities and colleges in the region.

Legal adoption process involves several steps such as application of interested parents, approval and disapproval of application, preparation of home study report, matching or family selection, pre-placement and placement of child, supervised trial custody, among others. This process would usually take six months to one year.

Legal adoption bequeaths to the adoptee equal rights and obligations similar to those enjoyed by natural children such as the right to use the surname and the right to be the compulsory heirs of the adoptive parents.

This year’s theme of the Adoption Consciousness Month is “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-a-ampon ating Gawin (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption). ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II



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