NEWS ARTICLES

STB & USAID-RH administer Social and Behavior Change Communication Research on Recovering Children who Use Drugs

By: Krizelda Grace G. Sasi
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

The Social Technology Bureau (STB), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) RenewHealth Project, conducted a qualitative study on the Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Research on Recovering Children Who Use Drugs (RCWUDs) for the Yakap Bayan Program (YBP) in select areas across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao from April to May 2022.


Tally of completed interviews is as follows:

The study sought to identify the factors influencing the help-seeking behavior, media habits, and sources of information of RCWUDs, including their parents and service providers, to inform social behavior change strategies and preventive interventions. 

 

A Validation Session among the YBP Technical Working Group and participants of the interviews will be held in July 2022 to present the results of the study, substantiate the narratives, and fine-tune the analysis. The results of the study will serve as an anchor in developing the SBCC Plan and Aftercare Modules for the RCWUDs.

 

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STB Joins the ALSWDOPI 25th National Convention!

By: Kevin Antonio Bumagat
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

The Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the Philippines, Inc. (ALSWDOPI) conducted its 25th National Convention with the theme “ALSWDOPI @25: Celebrating Years of Dedicated Service, Professional Excellence and Inspiring Societal Resilience” on 15-16 June 2022 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila. 

 

In coordination with the ALSWDOPI National Chapter, the Social Technology Bureau set up a booth during the convention to showcase the efforts of the Bureau in developing social technologies (STs) that respond to the needs of the vulnerable sectors of the society. The ST Exhibit was a venue for the Department to further its mandate of providing technical assistance among Local Government Units in the promotion and subsequent institutionalization of completed/ enhanced STs.

 

Information kits, manuals, and other materials were made available in the ST exhibit and provided to Local Social Welfare and Development Officers (LSWDOs) and their representatives for them to have an initial idea of replicating completed/ enhanced STs in their respective localities. Close to 1,400 LSWDOs attended the activity.

 

Through pen and paper and Google Forms, LSWDOs and other representatives from the Local Government Units were able to express their interests in adopting social technologies. By the end of the 2-day activity, the STB received 369 Expressions of Interest from various cities / municipalities from the 16 regions.

 

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STB and STU Services are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified!

By: Kristiane Loyola Romero
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

The Department of Social Welfare and Development was awarded its expanded ISO 9001:2015 Compliance Certification on May 19, 2022, during its Midyear 2022 National Management Development Conference. The certification covers the 106 frontline and non-front line services of the DSWD on (i) General Administration and Essential Support Services; (ii) Operations Management; (iii) Disaster Response Management; (iv) Policy and Plans Development; (v) Standards and Regulatory Services Administration; and (vi) Capacity Building.

 

These services include the frontline and non-front line services of the Social Technology Bureau and its FO counterpart Social Technology Units on the provision of technical assistance on STB-developed programs and projects and on program/project development or enhancement. The services may be availed by the local government units, civil society organizations, academe, DSWD Field Offices, and other bureaus, services, or units.

 

 

 

The approved Standard Operating Procedures of these services aim to streamline, digitalize and fast-track the provision of services. The Social Technology Bureau introduces the Requests Forms, made available on the STB Website, to be filled up by requesting parties who would like to be oriented or trained in social technologies or know more about program development. Requesting parties may also send letters addressed to the Bureau Director or Field Office Regional Directors to formalize their requests. 

Requests for technical assistance on STB-developed programs would take 7 days and 2 hours if the request involves sharing data, information, or knowledge products; and 15 days and 2 hours if the request involves the conduct of an actual technical assistance activity. Meanwhile, requests for technical assistance on program/project development or enhancement would take 7 to 12 days (if the request involves actual technical assistance activity. For more details about the timelines and procedures that will be undertaken, the most updated version of the STB’s Citizen Charter may be accessed through this link.

 

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Field Office X establishes a Regional Technical Working Group for Aftercare, Reintegration, and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents

By: Martesha Maive C. Veloso, Field Office X
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

Among all the implementing regions in the country, DSWD Field Office X is the first to establish a Regional Technical Working Group for the Implementation of Aftercare, Reintegration, and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents (Cluster III).

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X, led by Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga officially made ties with the members of the Regional Technical Working Group by signing the Memorandum of Agreement on October 15, 2021, via virtual conference.

Working hand-in-hand with its partner members from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Justice (DOJ) – Parole and Probation Administration, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Technical Working Group will be responsible for the Aftercare, Reintegration and Transformation Support for the Recovering Drug Dependents.

In response to the growing number of drug dependents who have surrendered since the Duterte’s administration began its intensified campaign against illegal drugs, the national government agencies including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are undertaking convergent efforts to combat illegal drugs and to provide government-wide support treatment and rehabilitation for recovering drug dependents.

 

 

 

With this, the creation of the Regional Technical Working Group is made possible to:

  1. Intensify awareness/advocacy on Aftercare, Reintegration, and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents (Cluster III); 

  2. Prepare a plan of action, and guidelines/directions for the implementation of Aftercare, Reintegration, and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents (Cluster III)I; 

  3. Synchronize efforts toward the effective and efficient implementation of aftercare programs for the recovering drug dependents and their families; 

  4. Provide guidance, technical assistance, and capability building in an integrated manner on matters relating to Aftercare, Reintegration, and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents (Cluster III) based on their agency’s mandate and expertise; 

  5. Oversee/monitor respective implementation to be consistent with its goals and objectives; 

  6. Coordinate and facilitate linkage/networking with other National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and other possible partners/stakeholders in the provision/referral of aftercare programs/services, and 

  7. Act as a body in discussing and resolving Aftercare, Reintegration, and Transformation Support for Recovering Drug Dependents (Cluster III) related issues, complaints or grievances received from the stakeholders.

Moreover, the DSWD Field Office X through its Social Technology Section has been implementing the Yakap Bayan Program which is a rehabilitation and reintegration framework for the strategic and coordinated provision of services to recovering drug dependents. This program works with the different LGUs in Region 10 to offer community-based aftercare and reintegration model for persons who used illegal drugs. Since the program’s first implementation in 2020, DSWD FO X has already had a Memorandum of Agreement for its adoption with the 8 LGUs in Region 10 specifically in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte; Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental; Tudela, Misamis Occidental; Pangantucan, Bukidnon; Binuangan, Misamis Oriental; Salay, Misamis Oriental; Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental; and the Provincial Local Government Unit of Misamis Oriental.

The Regional Social Technology Section has also successfully endorsed the Yakap Bayan Program during the Regional Development Council X – Social Development Committee meeting for support of the RDC-X, through the Social Development Committee-X, to enjoin the: a) Local Government Units to adopt/institutionalize the YBP with corresponding resources, using the whole of LGU approach; and b) the concerned NGAs to provide technical support and resource augmentation, as applicable.

The DSWD Field Office X will always be in line with the building of a strong network of support for the recovering drug personalities, together with their families and communities, in transforming surrenderers into leaders through working hand-in-hand with its partner agencies in keeping the country comfortable, peaceful, and just. # # #

 

DSWD and DOLE Executes MOA on the Use of the CLLR System

By: Maelen Joy S. Naz-Orozco
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the use and sharing of data in the Child Labor Local Registry (CLLR) System on 28 January 2022.

The MOA is in line with the institutionalization of the Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) against Child Labor project which was developed by the DSWD Social Technology Bureau. The CLLR System is being considered to serve as the national database on child labor. The establishment of a national database on child labor is included in the Philippine Program Against Child Labor Strategic Plan for 2020-2022 approved by the National Council Against Child Labor co-chaired by DSWD. 

 

On 27 April 2022, the DSWD Social Technology Bureau provided an orientation to the DOLE Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns on the use of the CLLR System. The orientation highlighted how to navigate the system from creating an account, logging on, creating a child laborer’s profile, use of the case monitoring tools and report generation. 

 

With access to the CLLR System, DOLE would be able to encode their profiled child laborers for storage of data, checking of duplicates and monitoring of the status of child laborers. This is a step towards a child labor free Philippines.

 

 

DSWD and POPCOM Firm Up Partnership to Address Adolescent Pregnancy

By: Rebecca B. Ballesteros
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

In an effort to address adolescent pregnancies in the Philippines, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to implement the Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and their Children (SPPAMC) as mandated under the special provision of the 2022 General Appropriations Act.

This partnership was signed by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista and POPCOM Undersecretary and Executive Director, Juan Antonio A. Perez III, on June 2022.

The partnership aims to establish and implement a social protection program specifically for adolescent mothers and their children.

In support to the social protection program, the Social Technology Bureau developed the ProtecTEEN: Psychosocial Support and other Interventions for Adolescent Mothers and their Families, a new social welfare model of intervention that aims to protect and promote the rights and psychosocial well-being of adolescent mothers and their families.

First TWG Meeting on the Joint Implementing Guidelines of SPPAMC attended by DSWD and PopCom Representatives last June 20, 2022

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The End is Just the Beginning:
Conduct of WiSUPPORT Exit Conferences in Pilot Areas

By: Kelzia Louise G. Enriquez
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

The Wireless Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to Individuals and Families affected by COVID-19 and other Crisis Situations or WiSUPPORT has finally conducted its Exit Conference Workshop after the project’s successful pilot implementation on 3 identified regions – National Capital Region, Region VII, and CARAGA.


WiSUPPORT is a technology-based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support that addresses the psychosocial needs of the different clientele groups that the agency is mandated to serve in these uncertain times caused by pandemic and other crisis situations. It uses different technology-based platforms such as WiSERV, Web Portal / Email and Call Hotline.

The Exit Conference Workshop happened in three batches – For Luzon, at the DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children in Quezon City, Bai Hotel in Mandaue City in Cebu for Visayas, and at the Regional Office of DSWD CARAGA for Mindanao. All three batches were conducted in a blended environment having a combination of physical and online modes that were attended by the Social Technology Unit and Bureau Staff, internal partners from the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program, Protective Services and Social Marketing Units, and partner agencies in the Referral Network – Red Cross, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Professional Regulation Commission, United Registered Social Workers. and the Philippine Mental Health Association.

The Exit Conference is a regular process that all Social Technologies go through which aims to discuss the pilot-testing and evaluation results of the project among the project stakeholders. This also aims to develop a plan to ensure the success of the implementation of the project after the pilot testing. During the conferences, it was highlighted that as of April 25, 2022, 643 total clients were served from May 1, 2021 to April 25, 2022,  the breakdown is as follows:

 

  • NCR – 67 MHPSS Concerns, 233 Non-MHPSS = 300

  • FO 7 – 90 MHPSS, 28 Non-MHPSS = 118

  • FO Caraga –  86 MHPSS concerns, 26 Non-MHPSS – 112

  • Non-pilot 64 MHPSS concerns, 49 Non-MHPSS = 113

 

In the evaluation, the project was found to be effective, efficient, sustainable, and timely as cases of Mental Health problems rose during the pandemic, and that helped change the behavior and perception towards mental health issues. The project was also found to be responsive to the needs of individuals and families in other crisis situations such as violence in the home. Although it was reported that not all online platforms were fully utilized, recommendations were raised to continuously provide better services to its target clientele and capability buildings for the WiSUPPORT service providers especially the regular conduct of the Care for the Caregivers.

 

As the project faces its transition to its nationwide implementation, the Protective Services Units of the Field Offices signified their commitment to the continuous implementation of the WiSUPPORT in the pilot areas. 

 

The timeline of the project includes the completion of the Project Documentation by the end of June 2022. The WiSUPPORT is aimed to be turned over to the Program Management Bureau by the end of the year once the Program Manual and Guidelines are approved by the DSWD Secretary.

 

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It’s not the disability, but the ability that counts

By: Mary Nathalie D. Soldevilla, Field Office X
Photos: Arnel Q. Cabanao, Field Office X
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

Monthly meetings for the members of the Talisayan Municipal Federation of Persons with Disability have kept them solid and optimistic about one thing: their Bamboo Hub livelihood project. In 2015, the association was first introduced to Bamboo tiles and planks production through the support of the local government and other national government agencies. Later on, they diversified into Bilao making, and during the Christmas season, they made lanterns and Christmas parols. But that’s not all. Back then, they also ventured into funeral services and learned many skills.

 

Perseverance is the word that best describes the PWD association. They are persistent in putting in the work despite the difficulty, the twists and turns, the ups and downs. They are willing to learn and to sacrifice despite the delay in achieving success.

 

The PWD association is a recipient of the Sheltered Workshop for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities Program of the DSWD. Through the joint effort of the DSWD Field Office X and LGU Talisayan, a new facility awaits the PWD association for its income-generating activities.

 

“Ang mga women, pwede sila didto. Kay apil naman ang guardians and parents sa atong mga children with special needs.” (The women can have their activities in that facility since guardians and parents of our children with special needs are also part of the association) said Spencer Rosabal, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer.

 

When the main client for their Bilao products stopped getting orders, these women took the initiative to sell kakanins to use their products and have an extra income.

 

“Dili man masulbad ang among mga problema, among mga panginhananglan, at least sa among kaugalingon, naa na mi nahibaw-an, mga ideas, nga kung mag trabaho mi dinhi sa bamboo hub, dili man namo ma provide tanan sa among pamilya, naa na mi kaya. Kabalo na paghimo sa mga products, kaysa wala gyud.” (We may not be able to solve all our problems, our needs, at least on our part, we have learned something and we have the ideas. Working here in the bamboo hub, we may not provide everything for our family, we know we’re able somehow. We can create products, compared to knowing nothing at all,) said Raquel Rayon, PWD member and MSWDO staff.

 

The PWD association knows what they lack to improve their craftmanship. “Training gyud among kinahanglan aron pag haniti aning bamboo tiles ug planks.” (We need enough training to make quality bamboo tiles and planks.) shared Abnerio Ucat, Persons With Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) President.

 

Recently, the PWD Association received livelihood assistance from a partner Agency to purchase new blades for their machinery as well as additional equipment. Acquiring more training is also part of their plans. With this, they’re confident to jumpstart their bamboo hub operations again.

 

“We want to engage the families of our PWDs. So while the men work in the bamboo hub, the women can make another income-generating activity at the sheltered facility,” said Rosabal.

It can be gleaned from their experience that it’s not the physical limitations that hinder a person from realizing his potential but self-limiting beliefs that cripple a person to rise to greater heights.

Over time, the PWD association has embodied one great lesson, that their ability is stronger than their disability.

 

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Translating Design to Realities: Replicating the Comprehensive Program in General Santos City

By: Elma S. Salamat
Posted on June 30, 2022 by the Promotion and Institutionalization Division

The Social Technology Bureau develops customer-driven programs based on the emerging needs of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. One of the programs to be devolved to the LGUs relative to the implementation of Supreme Court’s Mandanas-Garcia Ruling is the Comprehensive Program for children, families, and IPs in street situations.

 

The program was pilot tested in 2011 in the National Capital Region, it expanded in 2014 in Regions III, IV-A, VII, and IX for the Comprehensive Program for Sama-Bajau, and in 2015 in Regions V, VI, and XI.

 

The program is aligned with the international standards in working and helping children and Indigenous Peoples in street situations such as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child  (CRC) General Comment No. 21 issued in June 2017 and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), particularly Article 14 that provides that Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.

The Bureau was invited by the General Santos City Social Welfare and Development Office  On June 7-8, 2022, for a Writeshop on the Project Design to replicate the Comprehensive Program for Children, Families, and IPs on street situations. Through this activity, the said Office was able to formulate a project design, contextualizing the Compre Program based on the pressing needs of children, families, and IPs in street situations in General Santos.

 

The ultimate goal of the Program is to contribute to the reduction of vulnerabilities of children, families and IPs like Sama-Bajaus in street situations. It provides a package of services, interventions, and opportunities for children and families to live productively in a safe environment.

 

Ms. Genelene G. Vidanes, the Head of CSWDO expressed her gratitude to the Field Office and to STB for giving them the opportunity to craft their own version of the Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Children, and Indigenous People especially Sama-Bajau that will respond to the needs of the children, families, and IPs in street situations. The CSWDO staff shared their views on the writeshop:

 

“It’s been a long time struggle for the city to address and provide proper and effective intervention for children on the streets. This writeshop indeed gave us opportunities to create and formulate interventions which I believe will help those children on the streets be provided with appropriate interventions.”  

 

 “It takes a team to fulfill a dream. This dream came true for GenSan, since this has been our long time aspiration to provide holistic and sustainable interventions for CISS and their families.” 

 

“This workshop gave me a lot of understanding on how to make some part of the comprehensive program. It also gave me the opportunity to realize the importance of understanding the needs of CISS and how they can be protected.” 

 

“I appreciate the process and the output in crafting the comprehensive program for children in street situations.” 

 

“The two day activity made me realize how important the consideration of cultural diversity is in addressing the issues of CISS. Aside from that I also learned that a diversified approach for this type of cases is deemed necessary. With this, I am reminded that it is very important to create an awareness on “Tumulong sa tamang paraan, Huwag sa daan.” 

 

“The technical assistance has imparted invaluable insights and introduced us to new strategies in dealing with CISS.” #Kaya basta sama-sama. 

 

This effort of the LGU materializes Section 5c of the Local Government Code or RA 7160, giving the power to the LGUs “to accelerate economic development and upgrading the quality of life of the people in the community”.

 

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