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DSWD 7 jump-starts 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) Field Office 7 through its Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) held an opening salvo of the 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration with the theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin!” (Spread unconditional love through Legal Adoption).

Around 200 individuals coming from different participating agencies and child caring agencies have attended the kick-off activity on Monday, February 13, 2018 which comprises a motorcade that started from Plaza Independencia on the way to SM City Cebu where the opening program was held.

During the program, there were also series of dance and song presentations of children from different partner child caring agencies such as the Asilo de la Milagrosa, Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation, Franciscan’s Children Home and NORFIL foundation.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie Lucero during her welcome remarks for the opening salvo of Adoption Consciousness Celebration 2018, encouraged all parents to start educating their children the value and importance of adoption. This is to help adopted children in school or in the community to be completely accepted and understood by other children.

“Many of the communities are still not able to accept and understand adoption. This is why it is important that parents should be advocates in promoting the value and importance of adoption to their children and other people in the community,” said ARDO Lucero.  

ARDO Lucero has also expressed gratitude to foster parents and adoptive parents who bravely took the challenge in providing a nurturing environment to adoptees conducive to their physical, mental, social and emotional health growth.

DSWD 7 have successfully placed a number of children into legal adoption, locally and internationally.

Two adoptees of the successful child placements that DSWD 7 have made had their inspiring testimonies during the short program of the opening salvo.

An adopted child also positively highlighted during her testimony that with the nurturing environment of adoptive families, being an adopted child doesn’t make you any less loved nor does it make you any different from those children living with their biological parents.

As DSWD VII celebrates Adoption Consciousness Week, the department strongly aims to encourage couples interested in adopting a child to visit the field office, undergo the legal process of adoption and avoid simulated birth adoption to stand with the theme: “Spread unconditional love through legal adoption.”

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Danao City Youth Support Mega Cebu

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The clamor for a Mega Cebu is gaining more ground, this time with the youth from Danao City manifesting their support for the initiative.

Some 75 members of the Danao City Youth Commission (DCYC) assured Club Mega of their support during a planning and team building workshop facilitated by Club Mega and the Department of Education (DepEd) teachers in Danao City. The workshop was help last Nov. 22, 2017.

During the event, the DCYC officers and members articulated their dreams for the youth of Danao City and completed their plans for 2018.

Divine Canon, the Club Mega Executive Chairman, encouraged the DCYC to contribute to Mega Cebu’s goals.

“The youth can do so much for the community. We have the courage and energy to promote social good and actually do concrete projects that can address the pressing problems of society,” Canon said in her message.

The DCYC, in response, said they will support Club Mega and Mega Cebu through thei future projects and activities. Club Mega is a youth group composed of young leaders who want to develop themselves as role models, promote awareness, build support, be involved, and contribute to the goals of Mega Cebu.

A Danao City Youth Summit organized by the City of Danao and the DCYC will be organized this year to inspire the entire Danao City youth to contribute to nation and community building.

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Family Day culminates DSWD-7’s Adoption Consciousness Celebration

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Visayas has officially closed on February 18, 2018 the Adoption Consciousness Celebration with a Family Day at the J Centre Mall.

The activity which was participated by children from 13 Child-Caring Agencies accredited in the region, DSWD-7 Centers and Institutions, and members of Central Visayas Adoptive Parents Association (CVAPA) families featured games, stage presentations by children from different child-caring agencies and CVAPA families, a magic show, and a huge inflatable playground at the venue.

Ms. Clavel Sayson, head of DSWD-7’s Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) has expressed her gratitude to everyone who participated in the activity and contributed to its success. She also thanked Mr. and Mrs. Gullas who made the event more enjoyable and memorable for the kids.

Ms. Saycon also appreciated Gullas couple for being good examples to other partners to also adopt abandoned children and to undergo the appropriate process of legal adoption.

Mr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas, who is also the executive vice president of the University of the Visayas, has announced as well in his speech during the activity that he will pick 13 children from the centers to be scholars in the coming school year.

To conclude the event, the Gullas couple shared their blessings and gave checks worth of ₱10,000 to each of the 11 child-caring agencies while other three entities were given machines and equipment. The DSWD-7’s Home for Girls received a new projector and projection screen, additional sewing machine for the Regional Haven and a refrigerator for the DSWD-7 HerSpace.

The Family Day was sponsored by Mr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas and Mrs. Nena Gullas who are one of the members of CVAPA.

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Bantayan Island’s Barangay Workers Receive Cash Incentives from Capitol

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With posts mostly entrusted to men, two women barangay tanods of Bantayan Island proved that anyone can help when it comes to securing law and order.

Nenita Supapo and Rubielyn Lugnasin, both aged 33 from Bantayan Island, north Cebu, said that they even consider being women barangay tanods as an advantage since those who often gets into trouble, listen to them.

Supapo and Lugnasin were among the 1,855 barangay workers of the towns of Bantayan, Madridejos and Sta Fe in Bantayan Island who lined-up last Feb.15 to receive cash incentives from the Provincial Government.

Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale led the distribution of cash incentives to barangay tanods (BT), barangay health workers (BHW), daycare workers (DCW), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), lupon tagapamayapa, and barangay animal health aide (Baha).

“Gamay ra kaayo ni ikumpara sa inyong sakripisyo sa inyong barangay, salamat kayo sa inyong tabang,” said Davide in his message to the barangays workers.

Cebu Province turned over a total of P3.516 million cash to the island’s barangay workers, whom the Capitol officials refer to as community front-liners.

Magpale believes that despite the risks of the job, lady law enforcers are effective since they are good in calming down people with violent and aggressive behaviors.

Cash-for-work program

After the turnover of cash aid, Davide and Magpale went straight to Barangay Malbago in Daanbantayan town to distribute shirts to beneficiaries of the cash-for-work program.

“Ready na ang P5 million fund alang sa cash-for-work program, ug paninguhaon ko nga ma-release this month or early March,” said Magpale.

The vice governor said there are 696 beneficiaries for the Department of Labor (DOLE) cash-for-work program fund, which is downloaded to the Capitol, intended for those affected by typhoons Urduja, Agaton and Ruby.

Dubbed as Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Displaced and Disadvantaged Workers, beneficiaries come from 17 barangays of Daanbantayan. Some of them are members of Daanbantayan Women’s Federation.

Through the program, beneficiaries do community work for 30 days and gets paid by DOLE through the Capitol.

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Provincial Legal Office Begins Outreach Programs for 2018

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To help ensure peace and order at the barangay level, the Provincial Legal Office (PLO) kick-started their first round of Barangay Legal Outreach Programs (BLOP) for the year in the Municipality of Dumanjug last February 8, 2018.

The BLOP is a training-workshop for barangay officials and workers in the proper understanding, application and execution of their functions through seminars on the laws relating to their public function.

Dumanjug Mayor Reniero Asentista lauded the Province for their proactive steps to strengthen public order.

“Angay na makabalo kamo (barangay officials and staff) unsa ang inyong mga papel ug responsibilidad isip piniliang opisyales sa barangay,” Asentista emphasized.

PLO department head Atty. Orvi Ortega said the importance of the BLOP is to get rid of misguided notions and ambiguities concerning barangay functions, and to assure that personnel are always ready to serve the public. “Para dili nata mahadlok sa unsa atong buhaton isip opisyal,” Ortega added.

Around 300 barangay officials from 18 barangays attended the BLOP seminar, which was separated into three segments. Three separate seminars were conducted for the barangay captains, barangay tanods and the lupong tagapamayapa.

Sessions addressing issues related to rules and procedures on arrests and seizures were given to barangay chiefs and tanods.

Members of the lupong tagapamayapa were also guided on the provisions of Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, including its procedure of mediation and the importance of the Barangay Protection Order (BPO) by the Philippine Alternative Dispute Resolution, Inc. (PADRi).

Discussions on forensic evidence preservation procedures were also tackled by PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) personnel.

Another round of BLOP will soon be conducted for the remaining barangays in Dumanjug town.

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