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Dicamay Community in Isabela Receives Assistance

San Mariano, Isabela – A total of twenty-five (25) Agta households in the Dicamay Community of San Mariano, Isabela received aid from the Municipal Action Team of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 2 (DSWD-FO2) in collaboration with private individuals on February 7, 2017.

MAT members with the Agta community of Dicamay, San Mariano Isabela.

The aid provided was in the form of food packs, clothing and hygiene kits. The food packs contained groceries such as noodles, canned goods, biscuits, coffee and rice while the hygiene kits contained laundry and bath soaps, oil, tooth brushes and tooth paste. Agta children were given wafer bars, chocolates and juice drink.

Private individuals from Isabela Dynamic Feed Distributor Corporation and the Foundation of Margarette Verone Mangupag provided the goods that were distributed by eight (8) MAT Team members in one of the houses of the beneficiaries.

Getting to the Community

The Dicamay community in San Mariano is located at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range and accessible only through the unpaved service road that connects it to the poblacion.

It takes approximately three hours in a private vehicle or longer in a public transport such as jeepney, bus or tricycle to get to the community. The MAT team used a makeshift private mobile car in order to accommodate the quantity of goods they transported.

Upon arrival, the team was met by the expectant faces of the village children, who came to the gathering with nothing more but the clothes on their backs. Their houses and majority of belongings were destroyed and rendered useless in the wake of typhoon Lawin.

With the clothes distributed, some children immediately changed into them, to show appreciation for the efforts of the team as well as for added warmth from the cold breeze coming from the mountain.

Agta children practice proper brushing using the hygiene kits that were given to them.

Aside from the distribution of goods, the MAT team proceeded in instructing the group on proper handwashing, brushing and maintaining proper hygiene.

By the end of the day, the team prepared for the trip back to their headquarters satisfied with the events. As one of the squad members quipped: “We are very pleased and feel fulfilled at the events of the day. This was not just an ordinary relief operation. We wanted to give the Agtas an impression that they are part of the global community that needs to be taken cared of, and I’m sure they have taken the message well. ### By: Jeanet Antolin-Lozano, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer II

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C/MAT Leaders and Members Complete Personal Efficacy and Leadership Course

Dir. Condoy (rightmost), joins Vicenta Pamittan, Alyn Joy Baltazar, Marissa Tongdo and Alvin Loncop (right to left) in the awarding the certificates of the graduates at at Taj Hotel, Tuguegarao City.

A total of ninety-three (93) City/Municipal Action Team Leaders and Members received their Certificate of Completion on Personal Efficacy and Leadership (CCPEL) Course during the Leadership Convergence Program Recognition Day held at Taj Hotel on January 20, 2017.

DSWD Field Office 02 Regional Director, Ponciana P. Condoy congratulated the graduates for their industry and enthusiasm in the program.

She shared her on thoughts on the course: “This training program is for you to pursue becoming good leaders to bridge the gap of poverty and be able to alleviate the living conditions of the poor. You have all the potential, you only need to realize that as workers, you have to outgrow your fears and shyness and apply the bridging leadership skills that you learned.”

“With all the difficulties I encountered during my service with DSWD, I chose to stay. Treat your appointments as diamonds. The things you learned should be treated with importance as well as applied. More importantly, always practice a positive attitude!” Condoy added.

The course on Personal Efficacy and Leadership

Dir. Condoy presents the certificate of completion to Christopher Amman who is graduating with honors.

The CCPEL is a three-unit academic course focused on leadership and managerial skills needed by Municipal Action Team Leaders to efficiently perform their tasks and deliver outputs with more than satisfactory outcome. It is offered by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) through the Graduate School of Public and Development Management’s Institute of Public Management (GPSDM-IPM) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Field Office 2 (DSWD-FO2).

The comprehensive training course comprising of five modules employed the learner-centered approach where interactive lectures and group work was conducted to futher the students’ competencies on systems thinking through sample scenarios/cases/situations commonly encountered in the community. The course was intermittently run on the months of April, May, September and November.

At the end of module 5, one C/MAT representative per province defended their program output and accomplishment signifying their completion of the program. ### By: Jeanet Antolin-Lozano, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer II

 

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Pakikibahagi ng CSOs sa pagsisilbi sa mga biktima ng ‘Lawin’, ikinatuwa ng DSWD

Katuwang ng DSWD sa pamamahagi ng family food packs ang CVDRC at Aguilang Pilipino sa Abariongan Uneg at Calasitan, Sto. Nino, Cagayan. Kabilang sa nakatanggap ng nasabing food packs ang mga kababayang Aggays, isa sa  Indigenous Peoples Group sa rehiyon.

Katuwang ng DSWD sa pamamahagi ng family food packs ang CVDRC at Aguilang Pilipino sa Abariongan Uneg at Calasitan, Sto. Nino, Cagayan. Kabilang sa nakatanggap ng nasabing food packs ang mga kababayang Aggays, isa sa Indigenous Peoples Group sa rehiyon.

Nasaksihan  ang pagtutulungan ng pamahalaan at Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) sa paghahatid ng serbisyo sa ating mga kababayang nasalanta ng bagyong Lawin sa Abariongan Uneg at Calasitan, Sto. Nino, Cagayan

Pinatunayan ng Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center (CVDRC) at Aguilang Pilipino na ang CSOs ay TULAY, BANTAY, GABAY AT KAAGAPAY ng DSWD sa kanilang pakikilahok at pag-alay ng panahon sa pamamahagi ng family food packs sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo sa nasabing lugar.

“Ang DSWD ay nagpapasalamat sa mga volunteer groups kagaya ng CVDRC at Aguilang Pilipino sa kanilang pagmamalasakit at pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayang nasalanta ng bagyo,” pahayag ni DSWD Regional Director Ponciana P. Condoy.

Ang Abariongan Uneg at Calasitan ay malalayong lugar at tahanan din ng mga Aggay, ang grupo ng Indigenous Peoples sa bahaging ito ng Rehiyon Dos.

Ang family  food packs ay inilipat sa supot na may DSWD logo upang mapadali ang pagdadala o pagbuhat ng mga residente lalong lalo na ang mga kababayan nating Aggay na bumaba pa mula sa bundok na kanilang tinitirhan. Kasama rin sa ipinamahagi ang family food packs handog ng CVDRC. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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Pamamahagi ng Emergency Shelter Assistance, sinimulan na

Malugod na tinanggap ng mga kwalipikadong nasalanta ng bagyong Lawin ang paunang tulong ng DSWD mula sa programang Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA).

Malugod na tinanggap ng mga kwalipikadong nasalanta ng bagyong Lawin ang paunang tulong ng DSWD mula sa programang Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA).

Sinimulan na ng DSWD Field Office 02 ang pagbibigay ng paunang tulong sa mga pamilyang naapektuhan ng bagyong Lawin sa mga lugar na naisagawa at nakumpleto na ang assessment at validation ng mga nasirang kabahayan sa pamamamagitan ng Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) Program.

Nakatanggap ng paunang tulong na limang libong piso (P5,000.00) ang mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo  mula sa mga barangay ng Linao East, Atulayan Sur at Annafunan East, Tuguegarao City.

Samantala, patuloy pa rin ang isinasagawang assessment at validation sa iba pang apektadong lugar sa buong rehiyon.

Ang ESA ay tulong pinansyal para sa mga sambahayan na naapektuhan ng bagyong ‘Lawin.’ Sa ilalim ng programang ito, ang mga kabahayan na hindi lubusang nasira at maaari pang matirhan (partially damaged houses) ay makakatanggap ng kabuuang halaga na sampung libong piso (P10,000.00) at ang mga kabahayan na lubusang nasira at hindi na maaaring tirhan (totally damaged houses) ay makakatanggap ng  tatlompung libong piso (P30,000.00). Subalit prioridad ng programa ang mga pinakamahihirap sa mahirap o poorest of the poor na biktima ng bagyong Lawin.

Ang balanse ng kabuuang tulong ay ibibigay sa sambahayan matapos maaprobahan ang pondo ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) para sa naturang programa. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

 

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‘Lawin’ affected families to receive laminated sacks for temporary roof

Residents of Annafunan East Tuguegarao City get theri share of the laminated sacks.

Residents of Annafunan East Tuguegarao City get theri share of the laminated sacks.

The DSWD Field Office 02 received rolls of tarp/lona/trapal from DSWD Central Office for distribution to affected families of TY Lawin earlier this week. The said rolls of tarp/lona/trapal are ready for release to Local Government Units thru the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices as the said rolls of tarp/lona/trapal have been allocated to all affected municipalities. The City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (C/MSWDOs) were advised on the said allocation and distribution to families with totally or partially damaged houses. Likewise, they were instructed to pick up their share at the DSWD Field Office.

For Tuguegarao City, CSWDO Ms. Myrna Te was informed on the said allocation and was advised to pick up the City’s share of the tarp/lona/trapal. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

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Teenage Pregnancy highlights Philippine Youth Development Plan Consultation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Field Office 02 (DSWD FO2) joined the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP) 2017-2022 Formulation-Regional Consultation at the National Economic Development Authority Regional Office 02 in Tuguegarao City.

Newly appointed National Youth Commission (NYC) Undersecretary Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra graced the activity.

The said consultation aims to formulate the PYDP by utilizing participatory and inclusive approach to identify the main issues and opportunities, enabling conditions and proposed strategies and policies and role of the Filipino youth.

Moreover, the participants discussed the issue on teenage pregnancy.

“The issue on Teenage Pregnancy was one of the highlights of the discussion considering that Cagayan Valley garnered the second highest in terms of reported teenage pregnancy cases in the country with 18.2%,” said Ms. Irene Gacias, Regional Focal Person for Family and Youth.

The event was participated by the National Government Agencies, representatives from the different LGUs in the region, students from the different Universities and Colleges in the region, and members of the media.

The NYC is the Philippine government’s lone policy-making body on youth affairs, but also coordinates and implements various programs designed to help the youth be more conscious of the concerns surrounding them. ### By: Margarette B. Galimba, Listahanan Information Officer

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‘Ferdie’ victims get relief, transportation assistance from DSWD

Ms. Rosemarie bartolome of SWAD Batanes releases P5,000.00 transporatation assistance to Watiwat family who are victims of Typhoon Ferdie.

Ms. Rosemarie bartolome of SWAD Batanes releases P5,000.00 transporatation assistance to Watiwat family who are victims of Typhoon Ferdie.

The family of Dominador Watiwat was one of the affected families in this municipality and sought refuge at the Diptan Elementary School after typhoon Ferdie  rendered his family homeless.

Watiwat’s family hails from Occidental Mindoro.

“Pinapunta kasi kami dito ng mga anak namin na dito nagta-trabaho. Pauwi na sana kami ng dumating ang bagyo kaya nabiktima din kami ng bagyo at nasa evacuation center kami ng ilang araw,” Watiwat said.

He added that his family is about to depart for Manila and already booked their flight when Ferdie struck the province. His family lives with his son’s family in this municipality.

“At the evacuation center, they expressed their desire to go home, thus, we helped them facilitate the refund of their tickets and we provided them with transportation assistance of P5,000.00 as they are qualified for Transportation Assistance to Indigent Individuals under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations Program of the DSWD,” said Ms. Rosemarie Bartolome, SWO II and Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Batanes Team Leader.

Likewise, SWAD Batanes and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Batanes assisted them to get on the C130 plane that would ferry them to Manila as there are no commercial flights yet in Batanes.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa DSWD sa pagtulong na ma-proseso an aming refund at transportation assistance ng sa ganun ay mayroon kaming magamit na panimulang pera sa aming pagbabalik sa aming bayan,” expressed Mr. Watiwat.

Typhoon ‘Ferdie’ left 14,384 affected families during its onslaught on September 13, 2016 and was described by the Ivatans as the strongest typhoon that ever visited their province. ## By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

 

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Informal settlers in Santiago City now live in a safe community

OIC Regional Director Ponciana P. Condoy (2nd from right) leads the inauguration of the CSAP community in Bannawag, Santiago City. She is joined by Mayor Joseph Tan (left) and other local officials of Santiago City.

Santiago City- A total of 95 families in this city fled the perils of the cold streets to seek refuge in a community built for them by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Local Government Unit of Santiago City, Isabela.

The said core shelter units located in Bannawag Norte were awarded to the families during the inauguration ceremony on August 22, 2916.

These informal settlers and victims of Typhoon Vinta in 2015 are the beneficiaries of the Core Shelter Assistance Project of the DSWD in partnership with the Local Government Unit of this city.

Mayor Joseph Salvador Tan acknowledged the efforts of DSWD in staying true to its mandate of promoting the welfare of the vulnerable sectors.

Meanwhile, DSWD OIC Regional Director Ponciana P. Condoy emphasized the importance of livelihood opportunities to support their families and maintain the upkeep of their new houses.

“Now that you’re out of danger, focus on enhancing your skills as there are  a lot of livelihood opportunities available to you from your LGU , DSWD, other agencies and private enterprises, “said Condoy.

The beneficiaries now safely live in this CSAP community.

In 2011, 50 core shelter units were also awarded to this city and benefited victims of Typhoon Juan.

CSAP is the provision of environment-friendly, structurally strong shelter units that can withstand up to 220 kph wind velocity, earthquakes, and other similar natural hazards.

The affected Local Government Unit (LGU) submits a proposal identifying the lot where the shelters will be constructed and the residents will form a Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA) to manage their new community. ### By: Gela Flor R. Perez, Regional Information Officer II

 

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