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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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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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CSO Accreditation Notice


The public, whether an individual, group or organization is invited to submit to DSWD any derogatory report or information on the CSOs who are applying for accreditation to implement programs/projects using government public funds. Check the list of CSOs here...