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Likhang Hiraya: Photo and Product Exhibit, Ginanap sa SOCSECON 2019

PAMPANGA — Matagumpay na inilunsad at ginanap ang kauna-unahang Social Services Conference and Expo (SOCSECON) 2019 sa Robinsons Starmills na pinangunahan ng CLTV36 katuwang ang Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNET) Pampanga Cluster noong ika-22 ng Marso 2019 .

Naging daan ang SOCSECON 2019 sa pagganap ng Likhang Hiraya Photo and Product Exhibit ng Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Layunin ng aktibidad na ito na maipagmalaki ang mga natatanging produkto na gawa ng mga benepisyaryo ng ahensya at makapagbigay oportunidad sa pagpapalawak ng kanilang merkado. Ang nasabing aktibidad ay naging pagkakataon upang mas mapalaganap ang kaalaman ng publiko sa mga iba’t-ibang serbisyo at programa ng DSWD.

Ilan sa mga produktong nasa exhibit ay ang mga sabutan bags, wallets, place mats at mga tsinelas na gawa ng SLP beneficiary mula sa probinsiya ng Aurora. Mga palayok, tsinelas at ginatsilyong wallet, two-piece swimsuit, blouse at dresses naman mula sa mga benepisyaryo ng Tarlac.Kasama rin sa mga produkto ang mga pinagmamalaking lassa brooms mula sa probinsiya ng Bataan.   

Ginanap ang SOSECON 2019 upang maipakita ang mga pinakamahusay na kasanayan ng mga NGOs, foundations at iba’t-ibang sektor sa gawaing panlipunan na tumutugon sa  pangkalusugan, kapakanan ng mga bata, kababaihan at may kapansanan, edukasyon, kalikasan, at iba pang mga usapin na nakakaapekto sa komunidad at mga bulnerableng sektor ng lipunan. Ang pagpupulong ay parte ng pagdiriwang ng ika-12 anibersaryo ng CLTV36.

Nagbigay ng pambungad na salita ang presidente ng CLTV36 na si Bb. Sonia P. Soto “Ngayong araw na ito ako’y nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng mga NGOs na pinangungunahan ng ABSNET, gayundin po ng DSWD sa Region III.” Dagdag pa niya, “Gusto din nating makarinig ng mga tinig ng mga kababayan nating nasa puso ang pinaglalaban, nasa puso ang adbokasiya. I always feel honored and very very happy to be with NGOs.”

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Mga nasunugan sa Obando nakatanggap ng ayuda mula sa DSWD.

Maagap na ipinamahagi ang 70 na family food packs at 70 na hygiene kits sa mga biktima ng sunog sa Obando, Bulacan, kahapon April 6.


Ayon sa MSWDO ng Obando, may kabuuan na 69 na pamilya (227 indibidwal) ang apektado ng sunog sa Brgy. Salambao noong April 3, 2019. Overcharge na cellphone ang naging sanhi ng sunog na mabilis tumupok ng mga kabahayan na gawa sa light materials.

Pananalanta ng sunog sa Brgy. Salamabao, Obando, Bulacan noong gabi ng April 3, 2019.
Mga napinsalang kabahayan na yari sa light materials.

Kasalukuyang namamalagi ang mga apektadong pamilya sa Barangay Hall ng sa Brgy. Salambao.


Pamamahagi ng family food packs at sleeping kits sa mga nasunugan.

Ang bawat family food packs ay may halagang ₱ 360.00 bawat isa at naglalaman ng 6 na kilong bigas, 4 na lata ng corned beef, 4 lata ng sardinas at 6 na sachet ng 3-in-1 coffee mix. Samantalang ₱ 757.75 ang halaga ng bawat sleeping kits ay may lamang 1 blanket, 1 sleeping mat, 1 kulambo at 1 malong.

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PRAISE 2018: FMD is Best Support Office

The Finance Management Division (FMD) of DSWD Region 3 bags the Best Support Office during the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service and Excellence or PRAISE 2018. The said awarding ceremony was conducted on 29 March 2019 at the Diosdado Macapagal Hall, Landbank Plaza, Manila, Philippines.

FMD initiated various innovations in 2018 which include the conduct of budget consultation with program focal persons, proactive facilitation of work and financial plan, bi-monthly reconciliation of budget utilization, budget execution workshop every second semester, orientation of financial management guidelines, buddy system for bi-weekly budget reconciliation of the FMD and program focal persons.

Their operations’ performance were even furthered by developing information technology systems such as the database for Status of Allotment and Obligation, Check Disbursement and Financial System, Check Printing System, E-archieve, Disbursement Voucher Tracker and Pledge of Commitment for Liquidation.

All these efforts resulted to an all time high budget utilization rate of 96.99% in the history of DSWD Region III.

Trully, responsible and accountable utilization of public funds is a core ingredient of genuine public service.

FMD is being led by its Division Chief Maribel M. Blanco, together with her supervisees Chief of Accounting Section Angelica T. Lafuente; Keisha D. Morales of Budget Section and Mary Christy V. Torno of Cash Section.

“Find your purpose and grow where you are planted,” said Blanco in her acceptance speech. They promise not to stop here and continue to “reform and transform and [they] perform”.

In another story, DSWD Provincial Extension Office of Tarlac also recognized during PRAISE 2018 being the 2nd place Best Operations Office.

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Well-taught, Not Well-trained – How Haven Uses Cleanliness in Rehabilitation

Maintaining cleanliness and orderliness is a vital aspect in running a rehabilitation facility such as Haven for Girls in Magalang, Pampanga. As part of putting utmost importance to the clients’ health and well-being, Ms. Marivic M. Quiambao, Support Service Unit Coordinator, conducts housekeeping sessions at least twice a month.

Both the staff and clients always work together to keep the Center clean and organized. The maintenance of a clean environment starts with clients’ rooms. They make their beds, sweep the floor, and empty their trash bins. Houseparents do their rounds at least four times a day to ensure their rooms are well-maintained. This practice inculcate good habits among the clients.

Clients are encouraged to apply the same habits in keeping premises of the Center clean, neat and functional. Haven ensures its clients are not in an unhygienic condition.

Aside from housekeeping sessions, ground maintenance and landscaping sessions are also provided by the center. These sessions include topics to increase the environmental awareness and raise the clients’ sense of responsibility in minimizing litter, proper disposing of residual waste and nurturing plants and trees. Such activity increases clients’ consciousness and compassion for the environment.

The main sessions are usually conducted with a series of follow-ups wherein participants are doing actual work to demonstrate what they have learned.

The center implements the 5-S approach: Segregate, Systemize, Sweep, Sanitize and Self-discipline or “Sinupin, Suriin, Simutin, Siguraduhin ang Kalinisan at Sariling Kusa.

To promote waste segregation, specific containers for bottles, plastic and cans are strategically placed. The center uses food wastes as fertilizers for our vegetable garden. They also created a compost heap for the dried leaves.

This systematized approach prevents garbage from piling up in the Center. Clients are also taught that recyclable materials can still be turned into something useful by creating crafts out of them.

The beautification was successfully developed through keeping ornamental plants; paved pathways are aesthetically built between landscapes; lawns are well-kept and shrubs are well-trimmed. The presence of grown trees also gives a relaxing experience for the staff and clients and uplift their spirits. The existence of playground inspires clients to engage in physical and fun activities.

Thus, the clients spend time outdoors for recreation, contemplation and social opportunities. This contributes in creating a suitable environment for the clients’ rehabilitation process.

Story by: Andrea F. Macaraeg | Photos by: Haven for Women

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356 Benepisyaryo ang Nagtapos sa Ilalim ng Sustainable Livelihood Program

TARLAC CITY, TARLAC — Matagumpay na ginanap ang ikatlong mass graduation sa Gitnang Luzon kung saan 356 na benepisyaryo ng Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) ang nagsipagtapos. Katuwang ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ang Advanced Institute Technology, Tarlac School of Arts and Trade at Floriana Bao Sadian Technological Vocational School Foundation Inc.

Ang mga benepisyaryo mula sa mga bayan at lalawigan ng Tarlac ay sumailalim sa mga kursong Dressmaking, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Beauty Care, Hairdressing at Cookery. Sila ay nabigyan ng National Certificate II (NC II) mula sa TESDA. Ang NC II ay kinikilala sa loob at labas ng bansa.

Ang bawat isang benepisyaryo ay nakatanggap din ng halagang ₱20,000.00 kung saan nakapaloob ang kanilang training fee, allowance at allocation for starter tool kit.

Nagbigay ng pagpapasalamat ang OIC-Division Chief ng Promotive Services Division na si Gng. Melanie M. Barnachea sa mga masugid na partners ng DSWD. Dagdag pa niya ang pagpupugay sa mga benepisyaryo, “Hindi madaling pagsabayin ang responsibilidad sa pag-aaral at [paggampan] sa inyong role sa pamilya.”

Binahagi ni Gng. Barnachea ang Ambisyon Natin 2040 at hinikayat ang mga nagsipagtapos na abutin ang kanilang mga pangarap sa pamamagitan ng kanilang pagsasanay sa kurso na tinapos.

Ang Provincial Director ng TESDA Tarlac na si Gng.  Elizabeth DM. Manio ay pinaalalahanan din ang mga benepisyaryo na hindi lamang swerte ang kailangan sa pag-unlad. “Hanapin ang opportunity para magkaroon ng swerte. Maswerte tayo dahil kapartner natin ang DSWD.”

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Kwento ng Pag-Angat sa Angat

The municipality of Angat, Bulacan is one of the mountainous areas in the province. It nestles the Angat, River, also called the Bulacan River which flows from the Sierra Madre mountain range to Manila Bay. Barangay Sto. Cristo is one of the barangays in the municipality which faces the Angat River.

During the summer season, local and foreign tourists flock the barangay, specifically the riverside, for various water activities. This urged various residents in the barangay, including Ma. Cecilia “Shirley” M. Aytona, to establish businesses.

Shirley is one of the members of the Sto. Cristo SLP Association who received Seed Capital Fund amounting to P10,000.00 in April 2016. She used the said amount to put up a Bentelog business as suggested by  her eldest daughter. She believed this is a viable business to establish considering that her store is located near the riverside and jeepney terminal. With a full meal for an affordable price, students and  jeepney drivers became her target market. Local and foreign tourists who visit the riverside also poses a good market for her Bentelog business.

Prior to joining SLP, Shirley used to sell fresh vegetables which enables her to earn P3,000.00 a month. With her new Bentelog business that expanded into a mini carinderia, she now earns P12,000.00 a month. With the help of the Local Government Unit, Shirley was also able to make improvements on the structure of her store. She saves 100 a day for the expansion of her business. According to Shirley, she also wants to put up an e-loading and rice retailing business to increase her income.

“Gusto ko pong makita ng iba, na kahit ako ay isang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid, sa tulong ng SLP, nagawa kong maiangat ang buhay ng aming pamilya. Ang negosyo na naitayo ko ngayon ay nakatulong sa pagtatapos ng aking panganay na anak at lalo pang tumibay ang bonding ng aming pamilya buhat ng sama-sama naming pagtitinda.”

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RHFG and the Many Kinds of Love

The Regional Home for Girls or RHFG meaningfully celebrated the love month in February 2019. While in the care of the center, residents are expected to receive guidance in every stage of their development. Teenage years is an exploratory stage for both young women and men, and RHFG commits to instill in them the necessary values to make this stage of their life contribute positively to their character.

On 16 February 2019, the residents staged “Ang Pag-ibig ng Isang Ina (A Mother’s Love)”. The story is about a poor family being raised by a selfless mother. Their relationship is challenged by peer pressure and social expectations. The play brought a lesson to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices of the people who love us unconditionally, especially mothers.

The resident, who portrayed as the mother, shared that they should not seek for romantic love only but also on the love of family, friends and God. Mrs. Marivic Framancilla, the center’s supervising social worker, said that everyone should love and care for their parents while one of the residents shared she learned about sacrifice as an expression of love.

A friendly competition was also conducted dubbed as The Search for Miss Teen Valentines. Ms. Annika Kuchenbecker, a volunteer from Germany, Mrs. Framancilla, Ms. Melody Grace Pangilinan, the center’s resident psychologist served as judges for the said activity.


Ms. Annika Kuchenbecker, Mrs. Marivic Framancilla and Ms. Melody Grace Pangilinan as judges

The participants showcased their talents in dancing, singing and spoken poetry. A special part of the program is the little children presented as Little Miss Fashionista. They were awarded with Miss Close-up Smile for the ‘always ready for the camera’ smile, Best in Talent, Best Attire and Best in Q & A were given as well as the 3rd, 2nd and 1st runners up and Miss Teen Valentines 2019.

The winner shared that she did not expect to win. She just enjoyed the competition and gave her bes. At the end of the program, Ms. Pangilinan shared the importance of having sportsmanship when in a competition. She also reminded everyone the real meaning of love.

For whatever it may seem, love can only be ascertained through its effects. Love is always constructive. It is enabling, encouraging and empowering. When it destructs you or your values are compromised, then it is not love. Adolescents need to live by their age and should be allowed to explore for it this through guided journey that they will learn fruitful lessons. We must be someone they can trust by being non-judgmental so they will not hesitate to discuss with us their feelings.

Story by: Victoria Marie Q. Pelayo | Photos by RHFG

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The Recipe of a Changed Person

9 years ago, the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth or RRCY in Magalang Pampanga, assumed custody of “Michael” (not his real name), who was brought by the jail officers in Zambales. At a young age, a rape case was charged against Michael.

Not one of his relatives accompanied Michael during his transfer. He was very thin and timid. His eyes cannot blink off the fear he had been carrying. The young was placed in jail before learning about his real age, and he remembers when he first set foot in RRCY on the 6th day of February 2010 with a little more feeling of security.

Michael hails from a mountainous community in Zambales. He experienced humiliation and criticism in his past. Love was rather distant from him, especially during the most difficult stage in his life. His siblings did not support him except his mother who never got tired from believing in him.

Through the different interventions conducted by RRCY, Michael found his motivation to start anew. He exhibited utmost obedience and internalized good manners. He was given the opportunity to continue his formal education at Andres Luciano High School. He passed the Alternative Learning System in 2011 and accelerated to college.

Seen with determination, he was enrolled at Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU).`He took the Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) and proved his worth by equipping himself with practical skills through TESDA such as Food and Beverage Service and Hairdressing NC-II every weekends or summer breaks.

Michael is always trying to pay back by helping out in housekeeping, utility work, food preparation and farming activities. During special events in the center, he helps in cooking and serving. His rehabilitation was going well only to be faced with a heart-breaking news.

On September 25, 2014, he was devastated when the court released its decision: finding him guilty beyond reasonable doubt and sanctioned him with twenty-years of imprisonment. In January 2015, all of his hard work broke down to nothing when RTC Branch 71, Iba, Zambales directed RRCY to transfer him to Agricultural Camp under the Bureau of Correction.

RRCY sought for legal possibilities to prove the developments in the character of Michael, and that he is now far from the corrupted child he became due to unfavorable social circumstances. A series of consultation was done by RRCY’s social worker and a case conference with Honorable Judge Consuelo Among-Bocar, Michael’s legal counsel Atty. Chao-ayan, the court social worker and the clerk of court was held. After his reformation was proven by the significant changes in his behavior, he was issued with an order to remain under the custody of RRCY. Bursting with happiness, Michael cried his heart out at the court and said his promises to be the best person he can be.

Michael got back up again and got his college diploma in BSHRM on April 24, 2016. He was also awarded as Top 10 Student for Best Practicum by the university. Recently, he was hired by PSAU in their university cafeteria as freelance food service crew. His family also learned to forgive him which made him more motivated than ever to be reunited with his family.

“Michael” with Mr. Larry Ocampo, Center Head of RRCY

When the law closes his case, he dreams of working in a cruise ship and contribute well in the improvement of his family’s well-being. He remains a good role model for children in-conflict with the law. Further, fuels the passion of the workers in RRCY in helping their clients become the productive, well-meaning, socially functional individuals they are ought to be.

Story by: Maggie B. Moc-eng

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