Saturday, February 17, 2018

DSWD-Caraga sends P2.8M relief aid to LGUs affected by TS Basyang

By Eunice Montaos Plaza

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 17 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga provided augmentation support to the local government units (LGUs) of the municipalities of Sison, Gigaquit, Mainit, and Carrascal, which were seriously hit by tropical storm Basyang on February 12 to 13, 2018.

With the huge number of affected families, the LGU of the said municipalities requested the agency’s augmentation support to assist the families who are still staying at the evacuation centers, as of reporting time.

The regional office mobilized its field staff stationed at the affected towns to assist the local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) in providing relief goods, both food and non-food items amounting to P2,809,139.18 in total.

In Mainit, DSWD-Caraga provided 1,000 family food packs, malongs, blankets, and plastic mats. There were also 1,150 dignity kits given.

In Carrascal, the agency augmented 1,500 family food packs, and 500 dignity kits, malongs, blankets, mosquito nets, and plastic mats.

For the municipality of Sison, the field office gave 1,364 family food packs, 70 dignity kits, 2,000 1-liter water, and 500 malong, mosquito nets, and plastic mats.

In the town of Gigaquit, 1,350 family packs, 300 dignity kits, and 990 malongs and plastic mats were given.

As of reporting time, respective Provincial/City/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (P/C/MDRRMCs) across the region are still on active status and the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team, and Provincial/City/Municipal Action Team (P/C/MAT) are constantly monitoring in coordination with the LSWDOs and LDRRMOs for data generation and reporting.

Per latest report received by the Quick Response Team (QRT) of DSWD-Caraga, TD Basyang has affected four provinces with 33 municipalities and 1 city in the region.

A total of 776 families or 3,496 persons are inside the 15 existing evacuation centers (EC) while a total of 56 families with 187 persons served outside ECs.

From the start of the disaster operation in Caraga Region, 154 ECs were activated evacuation centers.

DSWD Caraga OIC Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim, together with the whole workforce of DSWD-Caraga, extends her sympathy to the families of the eight (8) lost lives due to the landslides and floods caused by TD Basyang.

“Our prayers go to the families who have lost their loved ones because of Basyang,” expressed Lim.

The regional director also assured those affected families and individuals that the DSWD-Caraga is on active standby and in close coordination with the LGUs monitoring the status and needs in this time of calamity.

“As to those who are still staying at the evacuation camps, we at the regional office are trying our very best to assist the LGUs. Rest assured that we have ready and available resources to provide necessary augmentation support if needed.” said Lim. (EMPlaza/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Kalahi-CIDSS Caraga holds suppliers’ conference solar-powered projects

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 17 – In response to the need for supplementary energy provision through renewable energy technology, the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KaIahi-CIDSS) hosted a forum dubbed 'Suppliers Conference for Solar-Powered Sub-Projects' held at Prince Hotel Convention Center, this city.

The conference aimed to establish a common understanding and interpretation among key stakeholders on the technical aspects of the program implementation, especially with solar street light projects.

In attendance were KaIahi-CIDSS workers, Engr. Jovenal L. Bernat, Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist, Engr. Esphar Lamela, Regional Procurement Officer, and representatives from different suppliers marketing solar power materials.

The activity was a good venue especially that stakeholders were able to discuss enhancements on the designs and specifications whatever to the applicability of the new technology approach.

The conference was also an opportune time to discuss about the technicalities and details of the program implementation. Specifically, they tackled on the clarification of contracts between suppliers and DSWD-Kalahi CIDSS, bidding and signing of contract and breach of contract. It was made clear during the forum that the Regional Director will be the authorized person to discontinue any breached contracts depending on the level of violation.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga OIC-Regional Director Mita Chuchi G. Lim specifically instructed the engineering unit of the program to ensure that future engagements with the suppliers and the community should be well-planned and in accordance to the set guidelines. In more than a decade of the program’s implementation, issues with contracts and procurement have caused delays in the completion of the program implementation causing problems to the communities who are recipients of the sub-projects.

The KaIahi-CIDSS is a program of DSWD which aims to provide support to the community in alleviating them from poverty through community’s active participation. (SMLorenzo/ MDDReyes/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD Field Office X conducts field visit in Kalahi-CIDSS Caraga champion town

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 17 – Around 130 Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) workers from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 conducted a cross-learning visit in Field Office Caraga. The team was able to visit the evacuation center-community sub-project in the municipality of Hinatuan, this province.

Successfully implemented in 2017, the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project in Barangay Bitoon was considered as the biggest evacuation center nationwide.  The P14-million worth community sub-project became the subject for the visit since DSWD Caraga was the only Kalahi-CIDSS implementing region that was able to complete such infrastructure with a tight budget. This was because of the combined efforts of the different partner-stakeholders, led by community volunteers from different barangays in the municipality.

“Diri gayud nako nasulayan sa Kalahi-CIDSS kung unsa ka-importante ang transparency sa pagpadagan sa usa ka-proyekto. Bisan pa adunay mga pagsulay ang niagi sa amuang organisasyon, nagpabilin kami nga madasigon; tungod niini, naangkon namo ang proyekto nga dugay na namong gihandom. (It is only through Kalahi-CIDSS that I have experienced how important transparency in implementing a project was. Even though our organization faced trials, we remained courageous; because of this, we achieved the project that we have long been dreaming of),” Cris Tarona, the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson said during the focus group discussion (FGD).

The FGD was facilitated by the Area Coordinating Team (ACT), the Municipal Local Government Unit of Hinatuan, and the Sub/Regional Program Management Office.

The visitors commended the empowered volunteers as they narrated their stories of challenges, strategies, and best practices implementing the Community-Driven Development (CDD) Program. The said community sub-project was a great challenge for the stakeholders to complete. But with its completion, it has greatly impacted the communities in Hinatuan.

Shem “Titing” Garay, Municipal Mayor of Hinatuan, recognized the proper and consistent coordination of the volunteers in their effort to successfully finish the biggest evacuation center in the Philippines, and thanked the visitors for coming to their municipality to learn from the success and challenges encountered by Hinatuan in the implementation of the program.  (JRPMillama/ MDDReyes/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)