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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Feature: A social worker’s priceless sacrifice

By Joana Rica P. Millama

“I scheduled a Family Development Session in Sitio Babangnan that day. We were on our way when all of a sudden a massive wave struck our boat that it almost sank. I wanted to scream because of fear, but I didn’t,” said Diane Abarico, municipal link of Tubajon in the Province of Dinagat Islands, as she vividly recalled her unforgettable experience five years ago.

She was assigned in Imelda – a far-flung barangay composed of sitios with widely challenging paths to cross. Some of these can only reached through a sea trip, thus riding a pump boat is a necessity for most of the residents there, especially for her. If she cannot travel by sea, she walks seven kilometers from the town proper passing through a difficult road.

When the incident which took place in late October 2013 comes to her mind, she still experiences trauma.

“Ang ako lang gayud nasulti ato kay ‘Ginoo ko! Gusto pa nako mabuhi! Tabangi mi!’ labi na kay daghan na nangambak, ang uban nanghilak (All I silently uttered was ‘God! I still want to live! Help us!’ especially that many already jumped; some cried),” she shared through writing.

The experience made her ponder on quitting the job, but it made her think of all the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Sitio Babangnan, deprived of their basic needs for a good and healthy life.

Being a social worker awakened her enthusiasm to help the disadvantaged people experiencing hardships.

“That experience did not stop me in giving true service. In fact, it gave me more courage and passion. That is my priceless sacrifice.”

Diane is just one of the 602 field staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Caraga who compassionately serve the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors in the society. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

PNP Caraga vies for Best Regional Women, Children Protection Desk 2018

BUTUAN CITY, July 5 - The Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga has been chosen as contender for the search for the Best Regional Women and Children Protection Desk (RWCPD) 2018 nationwide, says PCSupt. Noli Romana, PNP Caraga regional director.

A team from the PNP National Headquarters headed by PSSupt. Sofronio Bumalay, Chief of the Administrative Resource Management Division of WCPC (Women and Children Protection Center) arrived July 4 to conduct validation. 

Among the parameters in the validation included the performance in administrative, operations, and investigative as well as the notable accomplishments and awards received by the RWCPD 13. 

Winners will be announced during the celebration of the 117th Police Service Anniversary in Camp BGen. Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City next month.

The RWCPD handles the investigation, rescue, counter-intelligence, surveillance, maintain and update database on all women and children concerns, conduct computer-based investigation and operations against trafficking in persons, violence against women and children and other gender-based violence cases in Caraga. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)