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Guagua is 3rd Gawad Listahanan awardee

Ms. Maribeth Ortiz, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Guaga, Pampanga receives the 3rd Gawad Listahanan Award from DSWD FO III Director Gemma B. Gabuya (2nd from left) under the Municipal Category. Also in photo are (from left to right) are former DSWD FO IIIDirector Adelina S. Apostol and Asst. Regional Director for Operations Venus R. Rebuldela.

(City of San Fernando, Pampanga) The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III conferred to the Municipality of Guagua, Pampanga the 3rd GAwad Listahanan Award during its 66th Anniversary Celebration held recently in this city. Guagua, Pampanga was recognized for consistently utilizing DSWD Listahanan Database in targeting and selecting the beneficiaries of its various social protection programs and services such as localized Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) for women and persons with disability; programs for children and youth, and disaster victims. The municipality has been compliant to the data sharing with the DSWD and in integrating Listahanan in all its social marketing activities.

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Model LGU Implementing Protective Programs and Services

Plaridel Mayor Jocell Aimee Vistan-Casaje (5th from left) receives the Award for Model LGU Implementing Protective Programs and Services from DSWD FO III Director Gemma B. Gabuya (6th from left). Also in photo are former DSWD FO III Director Adelina S. Apostol, Asst. Regional Director for Operations Venus F. Rebuldela and LGU staff of Plaridel, Bulacan.

(City of San Fernando, Pampanga) The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III conferred to the Municipality of Plaridel, Bulacan the GAPAS Award for Model Local Government Unit Implementing Protective Programs and Services during its 66th Anniversary Celebration held recently in this city. Plaridel, Bulacan was recognized for its invaluable support and commitment to the implementation of various protective programs, projects and activities for the benefit and welfare of the the disadvantaged sectors in the municipality.

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Model LGU Implementing Day Care Services

Ms. Josephine Tanglao, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Mabalacat City, receives the award for Model LGU Implementing Day Care Services from DSWD Field Office III Director Gemma B. Gabuya. Also in photo are (from left to right) former DSWD FO III Director Adelina S. Apostol and Assistant Regional Director for Operations Venus F. Rebuldela.

(City of San Fernando, Pampanga) The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III conferred to Mabalacat City the GAPAS Award for Model Local Government Unit Implementing Day Care Services during its 66th Anniversary Celebration held recently in this city. Mabalacat City was recognized for its invaluable support and commitment to the implementation of quality Day Care Service with 100% accreditation of its Day Care Centers and Day Care Workers and fully functional Barangay Council for the Protection of Children in all its barangays.

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Kalahi-CIDSS Region III conducts Municipal Talakayan in Natividad, Nueva Ecija

INQUISITIVE CITIZENS. Community volunteers examine the data presented about the different aspects of the municipal governance in General Mamerto Natividad, Nueva Ecija during the Municipal Talakayan, January 31.

A well-informed community is the key towards a successful and thriving society.

It is in this premise that the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Sevices (Kalahi-CIDSS) Region III conducted a participative Municipal Talakayan in General Mamerto Natividad, Nueva Ecija, January 31.

“We are conducting this Municipal Talakayan to equip everyone with the needed information about the current state of the municipal government in General Mamerto Natividad. These information that were provided by the different departments of your municipality will become helpful in your future decision making,” said Ms. Marell Wong, Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of Kalahi-CIDSS Region III.

Kalahi-CIDSS, a community-empowerment program of the Department of the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), called on to the community volunteers, barangay and municipal local government unit (B/MLGU) officials, and municipal inter-agency committee (MIAC) members to attend today’s event and learn about the current state of the municipal government of General Mamerto Natividad, Nueva Ecija.

“Ang Kalahi-CIDSS ay isang programang direktang tumutulong sa mismong barangay. Ang LGU ay narito lamang upang gumabay at magbigay ng kinakailangang tulong,” said Municipal Mayor Librado L. Santos as he acknowledged the role of the program in the overall empowerment of the communities.

The forum included four (4) sessions tackling about the background of the municipality, existing municipal projects, state of socio-economic development and people empowerment in the community, and the presentation of the municipal plans and future activities. After these sessions, the attendees participated in a gallery walk of photos and graphs of relevant information about the municipality.

After the gallery walk, the participants who were divided into four (four) groups, (community volunteers, BLGU members, MIAC members, citizens), were actively engaged in a focused group discussions.

The Municipal Talakayan ended in a synthesis, evaluation, and open forum where the participants freely expressed their insights, recognitions, and concerns about several aspects of governance in the municipality.### (Ma. Dennielle M. Lomboy)

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500 families in Balanga City receive bags of blessing

DSWD USEC. Virginia Orogo (4th from left) and Mr. Gener Payabyab of Metrobank Foundation (2nd from right) lead the distribution of Bags of Blessing to 500 family-beneficiaries of Balanga City. Witnessing the gift giving activity are (from left to right) a representative from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Ms. Gloria Abejar-CSWDO of Balanga City, Director Gemma Gabuya, and City Councilor Benjie Merino.

(Balanga City, Bataan) Some 500 families from Balanga City, Bataan received on January 28 “Bags of Blessing” donated by Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and the George Ty Foundation.

The distribution was held at the Doña Francisca Covered Court in this city with DSWD officials led by Undersecretary Virginia Orogo and Mr. Gener Payabyab, Area Head of Metrobank North Luzon Area 2.

Mr. Payabyab said that the project, which is part of the tradition in the celebration of Chinese New Year, aims to distribute 10,000 bags of groceries worth P1,000 each to 10,000 poor families in selected towns and cities in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region (NCR). The GT Foundation headed by Mr. George Ty has allocated a total of P10 million worth of donation packages for the Chinese New Year gift-giving activity, Payabyab added.

Undersecretary Orogo thanked the Foundation for helping the underprivileged families. She also encouraged the beneficiaries to be ‘masikap’ (zealous) and said that DSWD programs are here to help them so that nobody will be left behind. She also urged them to make their community a drug-free community and peaceful community.

DSWD Field Office III Regional Director Gemma B. Gabuya, City Councilor Benjie Meriño, Balanga City CSWDO Gloria Abejar, Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link Elena Dones also witnessed the gift giving activity. ###

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DSWD heads ASEAN new pillar launch in PH

MarQuee Mall, Angeles City– As the national government agency mandated to promote the social welfare of the Filipino people, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led yesterday’s national launch of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

“Ito angmagbibigay ng kulay, musika, himig, at ng malasakitsabuong ASEAN, (This will bring color, voice, hymn, and empathy to the entire ASEAN)” said Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo as she pertained to the ASCC as the third and the newest pillar of the inter-governmental organization in Southeast Asia. The two other pillars of ASEAN include political security and economic integration.

Primarily, ASCC aims to bring about a people-oriented and socially responsible ASEAN. It focuses on cultivating and preserving the human, cultural, and natural resources of member nations to achieve sustained development.

“The ASCC represents the social services and cultural arms of the government, and the vulnerable sectors of the society,” added Taguiwalo in her keynote speech. Taguiwalo also stressed that the launching of the third pillar was held in public to increase awareness on the purpose and meaning of ASEAN. She even introduced the idea of including ASEAN in the education curriculum and raising ASEAN’s flag beside the Philippine flag.

Taguiwalo also announced that the 2017 ASEAN summit will take place on November in Clarkfield, Pampanga.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Executive Director Zaldy Patron and ASEAN National Organizing Council (NOC) Ambassador Marciano Paynor attended the event along with other notable government leaders. Different societal sectors such as persons with disability (PWD), elderly, indigenous people, farmers, fisher folks, youth, women, and solo parents were also recognized and applauded in the event.

The ASEAN was ratified and founded on August 8, 1967 with the Philippines as one of the founding nations along with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. After 50 years, the organization is now hailed as one of the most successful inter-governmental organizations worldwide. ### (Ma. Dennielle M. Lomboy)

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Convergence Day celebration in Quezon, Nueva Ecija

Hindi kumpleto ang ikauunlad ng isang pamilya kung edukasyon at pangkalusugan lang, kailangang may pangkabuhayan, at kailangan ang kabuhayan ay nasa maayos na pamamahala at pamayanan,” iyan ang pinaka mensahe ng kakatapos lamang na kauna-unahang Convergence Day Celebration sa bayan ng Quezon, Nueva nitong nakaraan Disyembre 27, 2016, sa Danding Joson Covered Court, Dulong Bayan, Quezon, Nueva Ecija.

“Masuwerte ang bayan Quezon at naiimplementa o napapatupad ang mga programa ng DSWD dito ng walang political intervention o interference,” bahagi ni Gng. Avelina Dela Cruz, ang Municipal Social Welfare Officer ng nasabing bayan.

Ang pagdiriwang ay dinaluhan ng daan-daang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), at Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) sa naturang bayan.

Ang bayan ng Quezon ay kabilang sa Convergence Area kung saan naiimplementa o napapatupad ang tatlong malalaking programa ng DSWD.

Ang naturang programa ay dinaluhan din ng DSWD Field Office III staff sa pangunguna ni Gng. Margaret Santiano, Regional Convergence Coordinator, at DSWD Provincial Extension Office sa Nueva Ecija sa pangunguna ni Gng. Mardee Fe, Provincial Link. Kanilang sinaksihan ang mga kwento ng pagbabago ng mga benepisyaryo ng bayan ng Quezon. Ang ibang benepisyaryo ay nagtestimonya habang ang iba nama’y idinaan ito sa malikhaing presentasyon tulad ng pagsasayaw, pagsasadula, at pag-awit–paabot nila’y buong pusong pasasalamat.

“Tandaan natin, ang pagbabago ay hindi lamang dahil sa DSWD o LGU (Local Government Unit), kundi dahil sa ating mga sarili. Darating ang araw na aalis na ang DSWD sa inyong lugar pero alam naming mananatili kayong nakatayo sa sarili ninyong mga paa at nakaabot na Level 3 ng SWDI (Social Welfare and Development Indicator) o Self-sufficiency,” pagbibigay diin ni Gng. Santiano matapos makinig at masaksihan ang mga kwentong tagumpay ng mga benepisyaryo ng bayan ng Quezon. ### (Andyleen C. Feje)

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