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DSWD highlights ‘working together’ in 68th anniversary celebration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-A recognized various stakeholders in the implementation of the different programs and services for the poor during the celebration of the agency’s 68th anniversary in Alabang, Muntinlupa City last February 19.

Dir. Annie Mendoza, officer-in-charge of the DSWD Field Office IV-A, highlighted the roles and contributions of the staff and other stakeholders, including local government units (LGUs), national government agencies (NGAs) and civil society organizations (CSOs), in the achievement of the goals of the Department.

“Katulad ng tema ng selebrasyon na ‘DSWD, katuwang sa pagbabago,’ pinapahalagahan namin ang pagkakaisa at ang kontribusyon ng bawat isa sa tagumpay ng kagawaran. Kayo ang kaagapay namin sa pagpapatupad ng mga programa para mapabuti ang buhay ng mga tao, pamilya at komunidad na higit na nangangailangan,” shared Dir. Mendoza in her message during the ceremony.

Celebrating the gains of the Department

During the celebration, Dir. Mendoza presented the accomplishments of the agency for the year 2018. She highlighted the provision of services to the poor and vulnerable in the CALABARZON Region towards improving their living condition.

In 2018, a total of 309,664 household-beneficiaries were provided with health and education assistance under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. There are also 38,922 households who received livelihood assistance, either micro-enterprise or employment, through the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Other programs and services include the Kalahi-CIDSS, Supplementary Feeding Program, Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens among others.

Dir. Mendoza also took pride of the Field Office’s awards and commendations including the Outstanding Gender and Development Implementer and the PRIME HRM Level II Certification.

Recognizing partners

A total of 62 partners, which include LGUs, NGAs, CSOs and private individuals receive recognition under the Pagkilala sa Natatatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (Panata Ko Sa Bayan) Awards. 

Awardees include model LGUs in the implementation of different programs of the agency. The city of Imus and municipalities of Atimonan (Quezon) and Majayjay (Laguna) were awarded for their outstanding support to the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Meanwhile, the municipalities of Alabat, Tagkawayan and Agdangan, Quezon were recognized in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS. The municipalities of Real and Candelaria (Quezon) and city of Bacoor are recognized for their support to the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

In her acceptance speech, Mayor Bing Aquino of Real, Quezon shared the convergence of efforts of the LGU, the DSWD and other organizations in the locality to ensure sustainable livelihood and employment for the beneficiaries of the program. She highlighted that besides helping improve the condition of the families, SLP beneficiaries are now able to help with the programs and services of the LGU including the supply of goods for the feeding programs and day care services.

Other LGUs awarded are the municipalities of Cardona (Rizal), Magallanes (Cavite), Cavinti (Laguna) and Ibaan (Batangas) for the Supplementary Feeding Program and the municipalities of Teresa (Rizal), Lian (Batangas) and Alfonso (Cavite) for the Social Pension Program. The city of Tagaytay and Municipality of Carmona, Cavite received the recognition for the implementation of day care services. Further, the LGUs of Buenavista (Quezon), Paete (Laguna), Malvar (Batangas), Silang (Cavite) and Cardona (Rizal) were recognized for their disaster-related programs.

Besides the LGUs, the Department also acknowledged the contributions of non-government organizations including the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Tosoh Polyvin Inc., National Center for Mental Health, REINA Federation of Parents Association, GEMS Heart Outreach Development and Bahay Tuluyan, Inc among others.

Acknowledging staff, promoting camaraderie

During the celebration, the DSWD also recognized employees who have rendered continuous years of service to the Department, the retirees and those who have made contributions to the agency through the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE).

Moreover, the Field Office celebrates the contributions of the staff in the accomplishments of the Department through activities including ‘Palarong Pinoy,’ ‘Musikasayahan,’ Bloodletting and Cultural Dance Competitions that are lined up from February 18 to 22.#

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