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DSWD-NCR Strengthens Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program with their New Partners

To further enhance the impact of the Pantawid Pamilya Program which aims to improve the lives and well-being of each beneficiary, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) teams up with various universities, institutions, and a private company last Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 9:00 in the morning held at the Office of the Secretary, DSWD-NCR Field Office.

Led by the Regional Director of DSWD-NCR, Mr. Vincent Andrew Leyson, together with the representatives of the Far Eastern University- Tech, Far Eastern University-Alabang, San Beda College of Manila, Manila Business College, and Home Credit Philippines, signed a partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Each university and institution offered specific contributions to strengthen the Pantawid Pamilya Program. FEU-Tech and FEU-Alabang commit to provide community-based projects and services, Manila Business College will be providing Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries the assistance for scholarship grants, San Beda College of Manila will be facilitating empowerment programs, and Home Credit Philippines will be conducting financial literacy programs.

The DSWD-NCR extends its gratitude to their new partners and ensures that the vision of the program will be realized. As Regional Director Mr. Vincent Andrew Leyson said, “We value our engagement. Your contribution will definitely be a big help to our constituents and to our Pantawid beneficiaries”.


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Haven for Children marks its 14th year of efficient and responsible service for the children

Friday, January 19, 2018 was not just another day at the Haven for Children. This day marked a significant milestone as the Center reached its 14 years of providing healing and empowerment to former street children 13 years old and below who are exposed and recovering from substance abuse.

Officer-In-Charge Ms. Catherine Taleño welcomed the guests, sponsors, Center’s staff and most especially, the children, by sharing the theme, “Maagap at Mapagkalingang paglilingkod sa mga kabataan”.

“Tayo ay nilikha ng Diyos upang maging instrumento sa pagtulong sa mga bata”, Taleño added.

As the program continues, Mr. Jeffrey Dela Cruz, a former Haven for Children resident and now a Houseparent shared his success story. He was an orphan and a street dweller who was brought to the Center and was given hope to change his life in order to achieve his dream of becoming a social worker and be of service to the children. At first, Jeffrey always wanted to escape from the Center however; the center’s staff never stops caring about him and always ensure that he feels the utmost love and belongingness. That is the time that Jeffrey learned to value the people around him. Endless gratitude to his teachers, medical staff, house parents and social workers was offered by Jeffrey. “Dapat tulungan natin ang ating sarili at huwag tayong mawawalan ng pag-asa at tiwala sa ating sarili”, Jeffrey ended his sharing.

After listening to the heart-warming story of Jeffrey, the Center’s staff and children performed an exemplary dance and song number as well as role playing portraying homeless children rescued and sheltered at Haven for Children.








Children on their role playing and dance number with the Haven for Children Staff

“Haven for children would not be successful in carrying out its mandate without the undying support of our dear partners and sponsors who always share their blessings to our children,” Taleño said after the plaques of appreciation were awarded to all the partners such as BPI-Alabang Muntinlupa, De La Salle Zobel, JCI Alabang, Jose Fabella Memorial School, Rotary Club of Manila, Shell Philippines Exploration, Union Bank, University of Santo Tomas and among others.







Awarding of Plaque of Appreciation to donors and partners of Haven for CHildren

Shortly after recognizing the partners, the center’s staffs were also awarded for their hard work, dedication and commitment in providing efficient and responsible service to the children. Mr. Tolentino Agapay was awarded as Best Supervisor; Mr. Francisco Nopuento Jr. as recipient of Service Awardee; Mr. Dominic Engracia as Best MOA Sub-Pro Category; Mr. Estelito Arinal Jr., as Best MOA Professional Category; Ms. Herminilda Torres, Best Technical Staff Sub-Pro Category; Mr. Robert Tallon as Best Technical Staff Professional Category; Ms. Eliza Perez as Best Admin Staff Sub-Pro Category; and Mrs. Estela Olores, Best Admin Staff Professional Category.

Recognizing the Staffs for the hardwork and support to the institution.

The program ended with the thanksgiving speech from two (2) residents of the Center, Bernard Garcia and Jhasel Hecomo. They shared how grateful they are to the institution, donors and partners who gave them light to start anew. As they traverse their journey, they gave their full commitment to study hard to fulfill their dreams and be the person they want to be.

Truly, Haven for Children is a home of dreams and hope for the children.###





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Elsie Gaches Village Joins in the Celebration of National Autism Consciousness Week 2018


The 13 participants from Elsie Gaches Village taking a group picture during the Angels Walk at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

National Autism Consciousness Week, a celebration held every third week of January, aims to increase the acceptance, foster inclusivity and to appreciate persons with Autism. In the spirit of this event, Elsie Gaches Village joined the annual Angels Walk held last January 14, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Thirteen (13) of the center’s residents participated in the advocacy event hosted by the Autism Society Philippines. The event showcased the talents of persons with autism and the accomplishments of the advocacy through the awarding of the Autism Hero Achievement Award.

Senator Riza Hontiveros and Ms. Candy Pangilinan, among other advocates; graced the event to express their support for the cause of autism consciousness. After the program, the Angels Walk commenced with the participants traversed along Mall of Asia and the Seaside area.

Elsie Gaches Village Psychological Service also prepared different activities and games for the center’s residents in honor of National Autism Consciousness Week. Eight (8) of EGV’s residents participated in games such as fish relay and puzzle games with the assistance of the therapist on January 16, 2018.

A picnic and karaoke activity was also held on January 18, 2018. Ten of the center’s residents joined the activity which was held at the side of Meehan building in Elsie Gaches Village. The residents with autism enjoyed the activity, especially the karaoke.

The great response to the conduct of the different activities for National Autism Consciousness Week has been fulfilling and overwhelming. The overflowing love and support from the families and the members of the private sector could be felt throughout the conduct of the activity. The celebration also served as a venue for persons with autism to be given chances to discover their potential to achieve great things in their lives. ###

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DSWD-NCR’s First Conference/ Assembly for the Local Council for the Protection of Children

DSWD-NCR Regional Director with the Participants at the 1st LCPC Conference/ Assembly

Last December 11, 2017, the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC-NCR) conducted their first Local Council for the Protection  of Children (LCPC) at Icon hotel Timog attended by participants from the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC)/ Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), RCWC-NCR Members, Focal Person, Technical staff and DSWD-NCR Field Office staff.

The program aims to discuss the function and duties of each LGU to the success of the programs that will feature the welfare of the children, thus the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC- NCR) serves as the link between national agencies involved in the promotion of children’s rights and welfare and the Local Government Unit. Being the link, it provides direct assistance, promotes and enhances regional coordination and harmonization of efforts for the well-being of children. As Advocate and partner of various stakeholders in the promotion of protection of children’s rights and welfare at the NCR, the RCWC ensures the convergence in delivering of the appropriate programs and services to the children through strengthening the LCPC.

Ms. Glenda Derla, RCWC Focal Person and Social Welfare Specialist for Children, discussed and show the AVP of the Four Legacies for Children which includes the Local Development Plan for Children (LDPC), Local Investment Plan for Children (LIPC), Local Code on Children (LCC), Local State of the Children Report (LSCR). Three LGU’S were given the chance to discuss how they apply the 4 Legacies in their respective areas. First to present was the City of Makati on their LDPC followed by City of Mandaluyong- LCC and the City of Pasay- LSCR. The City of Muntinlupa shared the Good Practice on Child Participation.

The program ended with a short but meaningful speech given by the DSWD-NCR’s Regional Director Mr. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson, He emphasized the rights and welfare of the children should be on the top priorities and that everyone can be a big help in promoting the rights of every children.

Each City is requested to display their 2016 and 2017 LCPC accomplishments including their developed IEC materials to encourage or challenge other LCPC’s to adopt/ replicate the good results for children.#####

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The representatives from NCR, CARAGA and Region VII were presented with certificates and a plaque for their chosen Monitoring and Evaluation initiatives.

The submitted entry of Field Office – NCR for the M&E initiatives entitled “Ladderized Capability Building on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to FO-NCR Staff” was one of the three chosen M&E initiatives to be presented during the 3rd Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Conference along with the entries from Field Office – CARAGA and Field Office – Region VII. The forum was held on December 4 to 8 at the BSA Twin Towers in Mandaluyong City.

The entries were chosen from fifteen submitted entries from the seven Field Offices. The criteria for entries focused on the innovation in doing M&E work, responsiveness and the sustainability of the initiatives.

The presentation of M&E initiatives primarily intends to serve as a venue for the Monitoring and Evaluation officers of the different field offices to be updated on the different good practices initiated by their peers, to promote a culture of learning and feed backing in the organization and so that these initiatives may be replicated by other Monitoring and Evaluation officers in other regions. ###


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EGV Athletes Win 2nd Place in the 3rd Children’s Christmas Charity Football Cup

Herbalife Philippines organized their 3rd Children’s Christmas Charity Football Cup last December 10, 2017 at the EGV Football Field. There were four institutions invited to take part in this event which include, Tuloy sa Don Bosco, SOS Children’s Village, Elsie Gaches Village and Nayon ng Kabataan. The teams will be competing for the revolving trophy and a gift certificate for the winner’s sports development program.

In the opening ceremony, Mr. Darwin Enaracia, Marketing Manager of Herbalife Philippines, warmly welcomed the participants. Mr. Hayden Sison, the head organizer, officially declared the Charity Football Cup open. He also reminded the athletes to play tough but not rough in this game.

The game was an 11-a-side, 40-minute game for all the teams with a round robin system for the elimination matches. Nayon ng Kabataan met the SOS Children’s Village on the first game with a score of 3-1. The second game was between Tuloy sa Don Bosco and Elsie Gaches Village and ended with a score of 3-0. The game was a shared hardship of each player from Elsie Gaches Village. With the aid of two players from Mandawe City and Michael Jordan contributed their strength in the offense, while Jojo Limbaga, goalie, and Kennet Dorende, defender, strengthened the defense.

The final game was between Elsie Gaches Village and SOS Children’s Village ended with a score of 5-4, declaring the SOS Children’s Village as the champions of the Charity Football Cup and Elsie Gaches Village being named as the 2nd place winners.

Elsie Gaches Village received medals and a certificate with an additional gift certificate worth Php 40,000.00 for their sports development program. Nayon ng Kabataan received the same with Php 20,000.00 for their sports development program. The champions of the Charity Football Cup – SOS Children’s Village received medals, a certificate, a revolving trophy and a gift certificate worth Php 50, 000.00 for their sports development program.

It was a big milestone for God’s Special Children of Elsie Gaches Village to have a friendly competition among the children from other centers. In their condition with special needs, playing with a professional number of players in a football field was a learning experience for them which not only boosted their self-esteem but also the morale of each resident. ###

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RCWC- NCR celebrates the 25th National Children’s Month

In line with the commemoration of 25th National Children’s Month, the Regional Committee for the Welfare of the Children- National Capital Region (RCWC- NCR) held the 2017 Regional Children’s Congress with a theme, “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!”  in Icon Hotel Timog on November 27- 28, 2017.

There are about one hundred sixty three (163) participants from the LGUs of Makati, Manila, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Marikina, Caloocan, San Juan and five (5) finalists of Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya together with the staff and clients of centers of DSWD NCR such as Haven for Children, Nayon ng Kabataan and Elsie Gaches Village.

Ms. Glenda Derla, Social Welfare Specialist for Children tackles the objectives of the activity, the rights of the children to participate in society and the Republic Act 10661 or the declaration of every November as the National Children’s Month (NCM) with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) as lead agencies.

With its theme, the Dangerous Drug Board through Ms. Jehnmarie Dawn Frias, Program Coordinator Preventive Education Training and Information Division shares a lecture regarding the Drug Prevention and Awareness with the main highlight, the Decision-making Skills on how to avoid illegal drugs through emphasizing its negative impact.

After the lecture session, the participants divide into five groups to do the simultaneous group activity such as spoken words making, jingle making, collage making, poster making and pantomine that should related with the theme that makes the activity successfully created and present their output with each other.

The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children is composed of PSA-NCR, NCRPO, PIA-NCR, DOLE-NCR, DILG-NCR, DOH-NCR, NNC-NCR, DepEd, MMDA, Bantay Bata 163, Hope for the Youth, VMLP NCR, NAPC, BSC, Liga ng mga Barangay and DSWD NCR as the chair of the committee.###

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Urban gardening participants from San Juan City strike a pose with their bountiful harvest.

The 189 participants of the SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Urban Farmers’ Training Program from Makati and San Juan City recently celebrated their Harvest Festival and Graduation. The two events mark the end of their 12 weeks of training in urban and containerized gardening.

The Harvest Festival for Makati City was held on November 23 at the site of their garden in Santo Niño Chapel, Barangay Southside. Meanwhile, the graduation ceremony for the Makati participants was held the following day, November 24 in SM Megamall. Team Okra were awarded as the Best Farm for Makati City. Ms. Charito Hernandez and Ms. Maricris Tanglao were also awarded as the Best Farmer and the Best Team Leader, respectively.

The participants from San Juan then celebrated their harvest festival the following week at

their garden located near the Pinaglabanan Shrine at Barangay Corazon de Jesus in San Juan City. The graduation ceremony was held on November 29, 2017 at SM Sta. Mesa. The award for Best Farm was awarded to Team Okra with Ms. Delia Serrano and Ms. Geraldine Mendoza being awarded the prizes for Best Farmer and Best Team Leader.

Smiles abound as the graduating participants from Makati City proudly display their certificates.

The SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Urban Farmers’ Training Program aims to teach urban dwellers backyard and containerized gardening techniques for food security and to supplement their livelihood. The program is conducted by the SM Foundation in partnership with the Sustainable Livelihood Program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Department of Agriculture, MacPlas Academy and the City governments of Makati and San Juan. ###

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