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Empowered “Juana” of Zambales

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) in coordination with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) celebrates the National Women’s Month which is celebrated every March with the theme, “Juana, ang Tatag mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!”

In line with this celebration Inspiring Changes: Stories of Empowered Juanas, an event that recognized the resiliency of women from different sectors of the community like the Women Leaders of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Women Survivors of Disasters, Women from Indigenous Peoples Community, Women Entrepreneur who are recipients of Social Livelihood Program and Women from Centers and Institution.

The winner from the category of Women from Indigenous Peoples Community is Lucy F. Badar, 41 years old, a member of Aeta tribe residing in Barangay Cabatuan, Botolan, Zambales.

Jerry Miguel Badar married Lucy and became parents of two children, Princess Jillian and Johnuel who were enrolled in grades 1 and 2. Jerry is working abroad as a laborer who provides the family’s monthly allowance.

As a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Social Work with eligibility on professional civil service, Lucy had given significant contributions and is also an active member of the community.

In June 1991-April 1993, she worked a s a Day Care worker in Brgy. Cabatuan and Brgy. Saraza as a molder of good moral values of pre-schoolers ages 3-4.

From 2001 to 2002, Lucy worked as an activator in National Commission of Indigenous Peoples for her own community by teaching them how to write, read and at the same time uplift their spiritual values. As a result, the Aetas from her community were able to interact with other people.

For almost a year, Project Development Institute Inc. hired her as a Land Tenure Improvement Community Organizer. Her job was to identify all public lands of Zambales to see if it is covered by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) or a part of ancestral domain which is to be distributed to the people’s organization or to the families that belong to the poorest of the poor.

Lucy not only served her people but she also became a Community Development Worker for Sentro Para sa Ikakaunlad ng Agham at Teknolohiya that serves fisher folks. She was tasked to organize them and empower them through seminars and by providing them a stable source of income through livelihood programs. In 2013, she was hired as documenter during the Grassroots Budgeting Meeting.

Her experiences in community service and development helped her when she became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and was appointed as a Parent Leader in 2012.

Lucy dedicates her weekdays for the children in the IP community as she gathers children ages 3-5 to teach them how to read and write for free and during summer she also gives time to teach teens. She also became an advocate of women empowerment by organizing a regular meeting that teaches them their rights and their roles in society. Lucy also helps them by providing them knowledge on how to have an additional income for their families’ every day needs.




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DSWD FO III adopts good practices in Japan to boost child welfare system in Central Luzon

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD FO III) aims to boost child welfare services in Central Luzon by adopting some good practices of residential facilities for children in Japan.

 DSWD FO III has partnered with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japanese non-profit organization, A Child’s Trust is Ours to Nurture (ACTION) to train the house parents in residential facilities for children. Thirty-nine government and non-government run residential facilities for children in the region have joined the project.

JICA sent personnel of DSWD FO III to Japan to be exposed to the welfare system for children in Japan and in turn, help improve the existing residential services for children in Region 3.

They learned that welfare institutions in Tokyo are organized in clusters, where staff are regularly trained and provided a support system. The Japanese government also subsidizes the welfare institutions, as well as training of staff.

In addition, Jacqueline Bautista, Planning Unit head of the DSWD FO III, one of the social workers who went to Japan said, “The practice of group homes for residents of different welfare agencies in Japan can be applied in the Philippines to prepare residents for independent living. Also, local welfare agencies can emphasize character building, which is very strong in Japanese institutions”.

 Home for Girls-Tarlac, formerly managed by Bautista, is one of the DSWD FO III facilities in the region that joined the Project. It is a government facility that caters to disadvantaged girls aged 7 to 17 years old. ACTION has also engaged this facility in one of its skills development project.

“Our goal is to help DSWD FO3 institutionalize the training on house parenting standards in the Region, and eventually at the national level to ensure that quality child care services are provided to children in residential care,” said Mr. Hubert Anonat, ACTION project staff in the Philippines.

Since 1994, ACTION has been implementing orphanage support and livelihood program in the Philippines. (Maffy Carandangary, JICA Philippine Office)

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PhilHealth launches ALAGA KA Program; uses DSWD Listahanan database

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Department of Health (DOH) launched yesterday the multi-sectoral advocacy campaign named “ALAGA KA- Benepisyong Alamin at Gamitin –  para sa Maayos na Buhay.

The program aims to keep the members informed of their PhilHealth coverage, benefits and other public health programs of the DOH. It also demonstrates the support of everyone to become promoters of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) as informed and empowered members.

The launching, which was simultaneously held in 17 regions of the Philippines, was witnessed by 1,760 indigent beneficiaries of Region 3.

In Region 3, the launching was held at Bren z. Guiao Convention Center, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Philhealth Vice President Lolita V. Tuliao, Director Adelina S. Apostol of DSWD field Office III, Director Leonita P. Gorgolon of DOH, Director Florida Dijan  of DILG graced the said event.

There were 1,750 poor households identified by Listahanan who witnessed the said event. Member data records were distributed to participants for updating.  Some of the participants were provided services like the enlistment and profiling under Primary Care Benefit Package or TSeKap (Tamang Serbisyong Kalusugang Pampamilya).

A help desk was set up wherein some staff of Listahanan answered queries and validated if beneficiaries are already in the database. Those who are not in the database of Listahanan will be subject for assessment. (Alexis Myer I. Delicano)

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1st District of Bataan inks MOA with DSWD on Listahanan

UntitledRepresentative Herminia B. Roman of the First District of Bataan signed Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Olongapo City, on March 29.

The MOA signing is a sign of partnership with the Department through Listahanan, an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

KABAKA (Kababaihan ng Bataan Tungo sa Kaunlaran), a women’s organization which emphasizes self-reliance through the scheme “teach-a-man-how-to-fish” approach was founded by Roman in December 1997. The organization gives the people opportunity to rise above their present situations.

Roman organizes and sponsors various seminars on livelihood to these women such as flower arrangement, fish and meat processing, and soap making to help her constituents uplift their living conditions.

Over dinner, Deputy Project Manager Lalaine de Leon explained the project cycle of Listahanan to Roman and its importance in helping her constituents. She said that the database consists of the initial list of poor households in their locality.

Roman said that she signed a MOA to give the social services to the deserving poor in their locality.

To date, there are 54 municipalities, four (4) cities, three (3) congressional districts and four (4) provincial offices that entered into a MOA on data sharing with the Department. ### (Alexis Myer I. Delicano)




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Scholarships for Pantawid Pamilya

Some P300,000.00 worth of scholarship grant was handed down by Mutya ng Olongapo 2013 Alexandra Faith Garcia to select Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Olongapo City through the Office of City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino.

Garcia turned-over certificates of scholarship to five graduating high school students in the city; all of whom are household members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in the city, and were able to obtain good scholastic rating in their senior year.

“I finished my BS Tourism degree last year and I know how empowering education is in our lives. Now that I have the opportunity to serve, I would like to help the youth empower themselves. I know that not all parents can afford to support the studies of their children and there are a lot of good students who would like to pursue their studies further,” Garcia said.

“Aside from winning the Mutya ng Olongapo 2013 title, I am also awarded with opportunities to serve our people,” she said. She also added that the scholarships she awarded were part of her winnings and she is offering it back to the city for deserving students.

Junver Manalabe, Rodney Hernandez, Kimberly Carino, Beverly Dioquino and Judith Calistro were the recipients of the certificates of scholarship.

Last month Garcia’s prize of P100,000.00 for her chosen charity as Miss Silka Philippines was awarded to the Reception and Study Center for Children in Lubao, Pampanga.

Meanwhile, last March 19, 2014 Garcia with her sister Diane Kimberly was in San Narciso, Zambales for an outreach project. The sisters have their regular outreach program called “a Day to have Faith”. They partnered with friends and relatives to bring joy among the marginalized children in Olongapo City and in the province of Zambales.

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Paite Mabato Day Care Center and Elementary School as well as all the other students were treated to a two-hour of fun, learning and gift giving. This is the fourth learning institution catering to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries that the sisters visited.

“Re-packing of gifts for the children and the schools has become part of our regular family bonding. We hope to reach more children in the coming days,” Diane said.

The sisters express profound gratitude for the opportunities to serve that were given them.

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RSCC benefits from Miss Silka 2013 pageant

One hundred thousand pesos was handed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) on February 24 as donation to its Reception and Study and Reception Center (RSCC) in Lubao, Pampanga. The donation came from Cosmetique Asia Corporation, makers of Silka papaya soaps and lotions.

The donation was part of the winning prize of Alexandra Faith Garcia as Ms. Silka Philippines 2013. Before the Ms. Silka pageant last year, Garcia identified RSCC as her chosen charity.

Last Saturday, after the Road Show of Sec. Corazon Juliano-Soliman in the region, she expressed her gratitude to the owners of Cosmetique Asia Corporation for their donation.

Meanwhile, during the turn-over ceremony, held at the grounds of DSWD FO III, Assistant Regional Director Maura H. dela Rosa said that it was the first time for the field office to be visited by a beauty queen, and for a noble purpose. She also welcomed the executives of Cosmetique Asia Corporation headed by its Chief Financial Officer Juanita Co, and its distributors to the regional office.

Regional Director Adelina S. Apostol said, ”the donation will go a long way for the agency’s efforts of bringing a brighter future for the abused, neglected and abandoned children of RSCC.” She thanked Garcia and Cosmetique Asia for the good deed. She also commended Cosmetique Asia for demonstrating Corporate Social Responsibility and for selecting RSCC as its beneficiary.

After the turn-over ceremony, the officials of Cosmetique Asia and Garcia went to visit RSCC.They met with the staff and had the chance to know the children better. They were briefed on the stories housed in every cottage and on the history of the center.

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Listahanan conducts Pilot Testing in Municipality of Porac, Pampanga

The Department of Social Welfare and Development through National Household Targeting Office in coordination with the National Household Target Unit Field Office III conducted the Pilot Test for the Proxy Means Test Model last February 19 in Porac, Pampanga. This is to ensure that the other PMT model, outside NCR model, is effective.

The PMT NCR model and all regions without NCR model were created after the series of meetings of the National Technical Advisory Group which consists of DSWD, Social Weather Stations, Pulse Asia, National Statistics Office, University of the Philippines and National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). The NCR model differs from the other due to the geographical characteristics of the area.

The NHTO Statistics Unit, which spearheaded the said activity, identified Porac, Pampanga as the location for the Pilot Testing because of its geographic location and specific features of a rural community. Barangay Poblacion and Inararo were two of the chosen barangays, these are rural barangays identified by the NSCB.
Out of 3,991 identified poor households in Porac, only 106 households were assessed.

“The pilot testing was well coordinated. There are Barangay Health Workers, Parent leaders and other barangay officials who assisted us during the assessment,” said Czar Cornelius David, Regional Field Coordinator of NHTU FO III. David added that the households that were visited were well informed that this is not the real assessment. We told them that we did the said activity to really validate that the Family Assessment Form (FAF) will function well and during the assessment proper.

The FAF was improved, from 36 variables during the 1st assessment in 2009 to 45 variables this 2nd assessment. “Accomplishing the new FAF is very crucial. In the training of the field staff, we will make sure that they are really equipped before they will be deployed, hopefully in the 2nd quarter of 2014, in their respective municipalities. We want to ensure that the real poor families will be identified,” said David.
In 2nd quarter of 2014, Listahanan has a target of 1,451,248 households in all rural areas and pockets of poverty in urban areas in Central Luzon.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services. ### (Alexis Myer I. Delicano)

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Sama-Bajaus found a “safe haven” at the heart of a city

Nuraiza Abraham, a native of Jolo, Sulu, Mindanao came to Central Luzon sometime in 1997 with her family. She was forced to move out from her hometown to be safe from harm in the ocean where people are being killed and abused. She, her husband and their children left their home in the ocean with some clothes, a little money and a hope that a new life will be better in the dry land.

The beginning of their journey was difficult, they do not know where they are heading off, they were not sure if people will accept them, however, they were holding their belief that they only want to live a normal life .They stayed in the streets selling accessories so they can earn some money to buy food. The streets of Manila became their new home until their resources were exhausted then the family decided to move in Nueva Ecija in 1998 wherein they resorted to beg just to fill their empty stomachs.

The city Government of Cabanatuan initiated the relocation of the Sama-Bajaus community to a private land where they built their shanties as their temporary shelter while they are in Cabanatuan City. Nuraiza’sfamily was among those 120 households given a permit to build a small shanty and rent the place for P300.00 monthly which is adjacent to Cabanatuan City Central Terminal. Her family and other households were the one being affected by floods during rainy season. Every time a typhoon comes and totally damaged their shanty, they will immediately reconstruct, they don’t lose hope and believing that one day changes and blessings will overflow. Her husband works as a vendor of accessories and earns 4,000 pesos monthly while she stays at home to attend to her children’s needs.

Nuraiza recalls “Life is so hard at first, we were dependent to government since we do not have anything to start our life in Cabanatuan City, but the government was so helpful, they never turn their back on us but instead adopted the Sama -Bajaus Community as Novo Ecijanos”. The City Government of Cabanatuan embraced them and provided access on health, education, suffrage and other benefits given to the residents of the community. Nuraiza also participated in the birth registration of her children initiated by DSWD.

She started to dream for her family by breaking the wrong notion that they do not value education. “We do value education but in a place where we came from, we do not have opportunities at all to have one”. Nuraiza does not have any formal education but she can write her name and is able to read.

Her family was also among those 120 households for Core Shelter Assistance Program proposed in 2012. She became a DSWD Modified Conditional Cash Transfer beneficiary in November 2012 and receiving a monthly grant of P1,400.00. Nuraiza is one of the active parent leaders with 25 MCCT household members of the Sama-Bajaus Community and also serves as an interpreter for those who do not fully understand Filipino language. In October 2013, she was validated/interviewed for enrollment to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Her children Calmina, Cristina, Erica ages 12, 7 and 6, respectively are enrolled at Mabini Homesite Elementary School as Grade 4, Grade 2 and Grade 1 but were transferred last November 15, 2013 to Bakod Bayan Elementary School in Cabanatuan City since the family moved to the CSAP site in preparation for the construction of their Core Shelter Assistance Program of the DSWD Field Office III. Her family moved to Bakod Bayan CSAP site on November 10, 2013 and Nuraiza and her family attended a ground breaking ceremony. After hearing plans for the construction of their houses, productivity center and other facilities for their convenience she shared that it is far beyond her imagination that she will have a house soon. Nuraiza added “I can’t believe that I will be having my own home, I feel so happy and thankful to the government for making my dream come true.”

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