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DSWD distributes relief supplies to families affected by torrential rains, flooding in Cagayan Valley

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Field Office (FO) in Cagayan Valley, has conducted relief operations for families in various municipalities affected by rains and flooding caused by the surge of the Northeast Monsoon and the tail end of a cold front.

As of December 9, 2019, some 18,101 family food packs (FFP), 2,739 sleeping kits, and 1,388 kitchen kits worth P9,768,625.14 were distributed to the municipalities of Alcala, Aparri, Camalaniugan, Lal-lo, Abulug, Ballesteros, Claveria, Pamplona, Rizal, Sanchez Mira, Sta. Praxedes, Amulung, Iguig, Solana, Enrile and Tuguegarao City in the province of Cagayan and the municipalities of Delfin Albano, Sta. Maria, Cabagan, Ilagan City, Sto. Tomas, San Pablo, Tumauini, Benito Soliven, Aurora, Roxas, Cauayan in Isabela province.

FO II workers also visited various evacuation centers in Cagayan and Isabela to check on the condition of evacuees, conduct psychosocial intervention, and ensure that there are child and women-friendly spaces.

The FO assures that standby funds and relief supplies are enough to augment the resources of partner-local government units (LGUs) for their constituents.

In order to properly handle its functions during calamities, the FO maintains 23 Regional Disaster Management and Response Teams (RDMRTs) working on a rotational basis, five Social Welfare and Development Teams (SWADTs) deployed in five provinces of the region, and 87 City/Municipal Action Teams (C/MATs).

Under the Local Government Code, LGUs are the first responders before, during, and after a disaster. They are primarily responsible for disaster preparedness, mitigation, and response. While the DSWD augments the resources of the LGUs, as needed, to respond to the needs of affected families and individuals. ###

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DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista visits typhoon-stricken Cagayan province

November 20, 2019 – Just as Typhoon Ramon was going through the northern municipalities of Cagayan province yesterday, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista arrived and visited affected families in various municipalities of the province of Cagayan to check on their condition.

The Secretary visited Abulug town followed by stops in the municipalities of Pamplona and Allacapan, spending time listening to families and individuals about their experiences after the most recent typhoon to hit the Cagayan Valley Region.

Secretary Bautista also led the distribution of financial assistance through DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) to 2,316 families affected by Typhoon Quiel and the tail end of a cold front in Cagayan earlier this month whilst promising the constituents of each town that the department shall continuously provide support and augmentation as long as there is need to do so.

This promise was made in light of the successive storms that hit the region (TY Queil and TY Ramon) just this past week. Each beneficiary received P3,000.00 for a total cost of assistance of P6,948,000.00 distributed today.

In his statement, Secretary Bautista assured affected families of assistance based on the agency’s mandates and its existing programs and services.

Assisting the secretary was DSWD Field Office 02 Regional Director Fernando R. De Villa, Jr. who also expressed his desire, in behalf of the field office, to assist affected families and individuals.

“Tayo ay nakapagbigay na ng family food packs at iba pang non-food items sa mga apektadong pamilya dito sa Cagayan at patuloy tayong aalalay sa kanila ayon sa ating mandato sa DSWD,” Director De Villa, Jr. said. Dir. De Villa also assured the different municipalities that the region is prepared for the current disaster and those that has yet to come.

The mayors of the different towns responded gratefully and recognized the department’s effort. Mayor Jesus Florencio A. Vargas, the municipal mayor of Abulug, Cagayan, thanked the department and even recognized the commitment of the department saying that the officials of the DSWD braved the rain and wind just to give assistance.

As of the November 20, 2019 12 NN Situational Report of the field office, there are a total of 1,863 families or 6,046 persons temporarily staying in 120 evacuation centers across 18 municipalities in the province of Cagayan. ###

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DSWD conducts preparedness measure for TS Ramon

The DSWD here in the Cagayan Valley Region has started its preparations for Tropical Storm ‘Ramon,’ which as of the latest forecast is expected to make landfall in Luzon over the weekend.

Regional Director Fernando R. De Villa, Jr. has instructed field office staff to stay on alert and has activated Regional Disaster Management and Response Teams (RDMRTs) to coordinate with concerned local government units (LGUs) and other partners for the possible effects of the approaching typhoon and for augmentation purposes.

“Handa tayo dito para sa Typhoon Ramon at ang ating mga kawani ay nakahanda upang maglingkod ngayong mayroong parating na bagyo,” Director De Villa, Jr. added.

The field office has 20,494 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to P8,549,220.44, 653 NFA rice and vacuum rice worth P639,602.00 and 3,940 non-food items amounting to P3,894,544.25 prepositioned in its warehouse ready for augmentation to the region’s cities and municipalities.

A total of 6,446 FFPs worth P2,000,967.32 has also been prepositioned to the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) offices in the provinces of Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya to serve as first augmenters to the needs of the provinces’ cities and municipalities.

A total of P3,564,703.35 standby fund is also available in the field office for disaster response operations purposes.

The field office maintains 23 RDMRTs composed of six members per team that render service on a rotational basis. There are also 87 City/Municipal Action Team (C/MATs) stationed in the five provinces of the region that monitor the effects of disasters/calamities and conduct response operations. ###

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DSWD improves centers, facilities for vulnerable sectors in Cagayan Valley

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to improve its centers and residential care facilities (CRCF) in different parts of the country under the CRCF Infrastructure Project to provide better welfare services to the members of the vulnerable sectors.

In Cagayan Valley, DSWD Field Office (FO) II has completed various repair and construction works in its three centers in the region.

The FO has completed the building of a one-storey dormitory at the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC), a facility in Solana, Cagayan which provides temporary care and shelter to abandoned, neglected, and abused children. The dormitory provides additional bed capacity to the center, increasing the number of clients that it could serve. Repairs were also done at the center, including the repainting of the rooms and the installation of railings for persons with disabilities.

The FO, likewise, carried out improvements at the Regional Haven for Women and Girls (RHWG), also in Solana, Cagayan. These include repainting works, upgrading of the industrial kitchen, and construction of a path walk, parking area, and additional comfort rooms.

RHWG provides temporary shelter and protective custody to women aged 18-59 who are victims of involuntary or forced prostitution, illegal recruitment, and abuse to help them regain their dignity and restore their normal lives.

Meanwhile, repairs and construction works were also done at the Cagayan Valley – Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (CV-RRCY), a center located in Enrile, Cagayan which serves children in conflict with the law (CICL). A clinic, dormitory, and industrial kitchen were constructed in the facility to improve the provision of services to its clients.

The improvements in the center include the installation of new perimeter lights, road upgrading, and repairs and rehabilitation of its existing facilities.

Apart from carrying outs repair and construction works, DSWD FO II also installed rain water collectors in each of the center to protect the facilities from flooding and ensure the safety of the residents.

DSWD’s CRCF project has a P2.3 billion fund allocation, covering four new centers and 210 infrastructure projects in DSWD’s 71 centers and facilities nationwide. ###

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DSWD FO2 assists victims of vehicular accident in Conner, Apayao

November 1, 2019 – DSWD Field Office 2 personnel has extended assistance to the families of individuals who passed away due to a vehicular accident in Conner, Apayao on the night of October 31, 2019.

18 bereaved families received burial assistance amounting to P10,000 each as part of DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS). 18 of the 19 who passed away were from Rizal, Cagayan and another from Conner, Apayao of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Meanwhile, 10 injured individuals, from Rizal, Cagayan, who are presently in Conner District Hospital were also given medical assistance amounting to P5,000 each.

Another 10 injured individuals were referred to the Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) for further treatment.

7 of the 10 injured individuals who were referred to the CVMC also received food assistance amounting to P3,000 each. The injured individuals may also be given further medical aid pending assessment by field office social workers.

The field office is now coordinating with the Local Social Welfare and Development Office (LSWDO) of Rizal, Cagayan for possible assistance that the field office may give to the 3 injured individuals who were earlier released from the CVMC. ###

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Listahanan kickstarts activities for the 3rd Round of Household Assessment

October 22, 2019 – The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), also called Listahanan, has commenced with activities in line with the impending start of the 3rd round of Household Assessment in the Cagayan Valley Region.

Field Workers Training

A training/orientation on the endeavor for Area Coordinators (AC) was conducted by Listahanan at Sta. Ana, Cagayan last October 8-11, 2019 which was followed by a training of Area Supervisors (AS) in Tuguegarao City last October 15-18, 2019.

Regional Director Fernando R. De Villa, Jr., in his message to the trained field staff, urged the latter to always gather data that are “sigurado, kumpleto, totoo” to be able to produce a List of Poor Households free from errors and can withstand scrutiny.

Four (4) batches of trainings for Enumerators for the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya shall follow for the rest of the month.

LGU Orientation

An orientation for partner local chief executives and local social welfare and development officers for the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino was also conducted last week for information on what the assessment is about and to elicit support for the implementation of the assessment later on.

Director De Villa, Jr. with assistance from Assistant Regional Director for Operations (ARDO) Lucia S. Alan, Listahanan Regional Focal Person (RFP) Pasencia T. Ancheta and Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator (RFC) Christopher Soriano led the orientation for the said partners.

Not a Social Protection Program

The Listahanan Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) also reiterates that the upcoming assessment of households is not a guarantee of interviewed families/individuals from being part of the programs and services of the DSWD, contrary to news circulating on social media saying otherwise.

The assessment aims to produce the List of Poor Households in the region that will be subjected to a Proxy Means Test (PMT) in the DSWD Central Office to determine households assessed that are living above, below or on the poverty threshold before being cascaded back to the region.

The Final List of Poor Households shall be the basis of the agency and partner National Government Agencies (NGAs) in the identification of beneficiaries for their social protection programs.

Partners LGUs and other parties may also use the list through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between the DSWD and the requesting party.

The assessment in the region is expected to start in November. ###

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The act of caring speaks in a universal language. It knows no bounds and transcends the barriers of time, culture and economic conditions. A simple act can definitely make a huge difference, touching every inch of a weary soul, lifting a dampened spirit and re-assures that even in the most difficult time, there is hope. For most, this unselfish deed restores faith in humanity.

For a very long time, mothers have innately epitomized unconditional caring. They put so much value on building a home fostered out of care. Their being radiates an atmosphere that defines selflessness. It is undoubtedly manifested from the moment they carry and deliver another life. Above all, they consistently put the welfare of their family, children and people that are dearest to their hearts first even it means sacrificing their own.

Humble Beginnings

 Caring has been the definition of the life of Ms. Zenaida B. Dumayag, a mother and a Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiary from Baggao, Cagayan. She was raised in one of the inaccessible Sitios of Barangay Asinga-Via, situated approximately 20 kilometers from the municipality’s town proper. At an early age, she became mindful of the limitations that her community had to offer. She has known poverty since then, a hand-to-mouth living that became the norm in their locality. Growing up with so little did not dampen her heart with has so much to give.

Not too long ago, she built her own family and married Bobby R. Dumayag.  Life as a married couple became more challenging especially when their family started to grow in number. Having four children to raise and with the limited opportunity to earn, they struggled to make ends meet. Even if they had a piece of land to toil, they lacked the resources to maximize its potential, instead becoming laborers for privately-owned farms. They took pride on their calloused hands and sun-kissed skin and wore it as badges of hard work.

To augment their daily necessities, her husband would trek in the nearby mountain just to gather “yantok”. He’s beyond grateful when he is able to bring home a bundle and sell it for an average of P150.00. As Ms. Zenaida recalled, there were instances when she couldn’t serve three meals in a day for her children. There even came a point where debt became their constant resort; a cyclical habit that became the reason why they eventually lost their farmland due to unpaid interest.

The Road to Sustainability

In 2016, Ms. Zenaida was encouraged to be part of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). She received Seed Capital Fund (SCF) amounting to P10, 000.00 and was given the opportunity to lead the Asinga-Via SLP Association in their barangay. With the capital at hand, she decided to venture in backyard swine production and started with two piglets. With her innate ability to care, her project prospered. She was always on top of it and made sure that the piglets were well kept. After earning P14, 000.00 on the first cycle, she decided to purchase one sow and engaged in piglet production. With her perseverance, her sow was able to produce six piglets and eight piglets on the ensuing cycle.

A private buyer from Amulung, Cagayan now serves as her regular client and purchases her produce at an average of P8, 000.00 per pig. With the good standing of their association, the members including Ms. Zenaida were able to receive second cycle release of their SCF which covered her expanding project.

Since the inception of her project, the additional income augments the daily needs of her family. It also helps her provide the school fees, weekly allowances, board and lodging needs of her children in college. She was able to set aside a portion of her gains to gradually improve their house. Somehow her qualms during typhoons had lessened because they now have a more concrete and decent shelter. Likewise, they now have access to electricity which they previously just dreamt of having. She recalls the nights where they take refuge on the faint light of a kerosene lamp.

Her project may have reaped just enough for the family but it did not hinder her from giving more to others. In 2017, she opened the doors of her home to strangers, a family of six. For two years she gave the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ibanez a roof and cared for them like her own kin. She unselfishly shared whatever resources they had and even enrolled one of their children in kindergarten.

A Better Future

Every life that she touches reminds her of the days when she had nothing. She knows how it felt like to have nothing and this became the very reason why she is so passionate on what she does. She expects nothing in return and only thinks of ways to extend care to others.

For years, the adage that says, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving” has been the path of Ms. Zenaida. Every selfless deed humbles her and provides her a sense of fulfillment. Today, she continuously finds means to sustain and improve her project. She knows that her venture has a long way to go but with sheer grit she is positive that a better future lies ahead. ###Written by: Melisen Taquiqui/SLP Social Marketing Officer


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DSWD FO2 Awards Listahanan 2 Results to Cagayan Valley Center for Health Development

Tuguegarao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 2 (DSWD FO2) thru the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan awarded a Certificate of Appreciation and the Listahanan 2 Data Base containing the list of poor households in Region 2 to the Cagayan Valley Center for Health Development (CV – CHD) on October 7, 2019.

Acting Policy and Plans Division Chief, Ms. Pasencia T. Ancheta explained that the data was gathered in 2015 and by virtue of Executive Order 867 series of 2010, the data shall be used by different National Government Agencies (NGAs) for their social protection programs.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations (ARDO), Ms. Lucia S. Alan personally awarded the certificate and flash drive containing the list of poor households to the Regional Director of the CVC-HD, Dr. Rio L. Magpantay during their Flag Ceremony.

ARDO Alan thanked the CVC-HD for having completed the requirements for the data sharing and foremost, has the interest to use the Listahanan data base of the DSWD.

Director Magpantay commended the efforts of DSWD for providing them the list which will be helpful in giving necessary assistance and priority to those who really need it the most. “Let our departments continue to be partners in the delivery of services to the marginalized sectors,” he added. ### By: Christopher Soriano, Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator

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