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Thursday, January 9, 2020


DSWD-Caraga reiterates correct process for adoption, foster care

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) - Several couples who do not have kids yet have applied for adoption and foster care of children under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga.

The said agency has stressed to all interested couples the importance of following the right and legal process of adoption.

According to Thesa Joy Musa, head of the adoption resource and referral unit of DSWD-Caraga, Republic Act 10165 states that DSWD shall issue a foster family care license based on the home study report submitted by the agency to determine the motivations, capacities, and potentials for development of the applicants.

“So far, we haven’t experienced any problem with the adoptive parents or couples because they knew their roles and responsibilities to their adopting children. We hope this will continue, as we want to ensure the safety, security, and welfare of the children within their custody,” shared Musa.

The license is renewable every three years unless revoked by DSWD. A DSWD social worker will be assigned to conduct the home study report which will be forwarded to the department.

She cited that there are two types of adoption, namely, the permanent adoption and temporary or foster care in which foster parents are authorized to provide shelter, food, parental supervision, and sometimes even educational assistance to children who are not related to them.

The appropriate process still has to be followed to ensure their readiness in emotional, mental and financial aspects as they pursue the adoption. The DSWD also conducts counseling for applicants, including children to be adopted.

Meanwhile, Musa reminded all applicants to be responsible being the second parent of the children to be adopted and to give them a bright future. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Gov’t agencies assess VAWC cases in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) -- The Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) in the Caraga region has constantly been monitoring the recorded cases of violence against women and children in the region.

With the launching of the gender-based violence observatory hub project, the RGADC aims to gather data from the case handlers or Violence Against Women (VAW) desk officers in different municipalities. This effort was also reiterated during the recently held Summit on Gender-Based Violence in Butuan City.

According to Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga regional director and RGADC chair, Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, the government has geared up its advocacy campaign at the grassroots and ensures implementation of laws that protect the rights and promote the welfare of women and children, as well as prevent any forms of violence or abuse against them.

She further highlighted that data gathering on gender-based violence and VAWC cases are regularly being conducted in the Caraga region.

This will serve as bases for the government in the creation of new policies, plan and activities for the women and children sectors.

“We need to have data as our evidence and basis for the programs, actions of the Commission on Human Rights, as well as to make these data work,” cited Bacang.

VAW desk officer Terresita Aya revealed that most of the cases she has handled are marital problems which resulted in domestic violence. She encouraged the couples to talk about their marital issues and resolve them peacefully to avoid ending up in a resentful situation.

Atty. Khalil Lamigo of the Philippine Ports Authority - Port Management Office of Agusan, stressed the significant role of the VAW desk officers in the barangays, as well as concerned government agencies so that people would become more empowered and engaging in preventing cases of gender-based violence.

“For us government workers, we should have a welcoming atmosphere in such a way that we don’t easily judge those victims of violence. It is the reason why they are usually hesitant to report their experiences of abuse because they are sometimes prejudged,” Lamigo said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) also called on the public to be alert and help the authorities in solving related cases, by way of reporting to them any untoward incident or domestic violence that they have seen and observed in their respective barangays, so the PNP could respond and provide appropriate action.

“Locals should never be afraid to report any VAWC-related incident they know in their barangay because it is in that way that they could help and save one’s life from any abuse or violence,” said Police Major Marife Farol, chief, Family Juvenile Gender And Development of Police Regional Office-13.

“We also have to encourage men to avoid committing VAW and help advocate for a VAWC-free community,” added Police Major Mirasol Torralba, chief, Women And Children Protection Desk of PRO-13. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Lands intended for 'Plant! Plant! Plant!' project inspected

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 -- The 'Plant! Plant! Plant!' Project of the AGUSAN UP! under the provincial government of Agusan del Norte is now gradually being implemented as several hectares of land in the municipality of Buenavista in Agusan del Norte allotted for the planting of the high-value crops were subjected to an ocular inspection on January 8.

A total of 253 hectares were covered on the first day of the conduct of the said inspection and will be continued in the specified areas in the said municipality. The lands in the city of Cabadbaran are set to be inspected next.

The said inspection was conducted in order to determine the exact area of land and other necessities of the groups and individuals who are tasked with the implementation of the project.

It can be recalled that a total of 8,000 hectares of land were committed by the initial batch of farmers' groups during the consultation conducted on December 11, 2019.

The said land was to make effective the vision of the AGUSAN UP!, an eight-point development agenda of the province, wherein Agusan del Norte will be considered an agri-forest processing center and economic zone of the Caraga region.

Such goal is seen to be the solution for mitigating the poverty rate in the province thereby creating a financially-secured living for every Agusanon. (DMRosales/LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Tamang proseso ng pag-aampon at pag-aaruga ng bata, binigyang-diin ng DSWD

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 9 (PIA) - Ilang mag-asawa na wala pang anak ang nag-apply para sa adoption and foster care o ang pag-aampon at pansamantalang pag-aruga ng mga bata na nasa pangangalaga ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga.

Binigyang-diin ng ahensiya sa mga mag-asawa ang kahalagahan ng tamang proseso at legal na paraan ng pag-aampon.

Ayon kay Thesa Joy Musa, head ng Adoption Resource And Referral Unit ng DSWD-Caraga, nakasaad sa Republic Act 10165 na ang DSWD ang inatasang ahensiya na siyang mag-issue ng foster family care license sa kwalipikadong aplikante base na rin sa home study report na isusumete ng social worker. Ini-re-renew ang nasabing lisensya kada tatlong taon.

“Wala namang naging problema doon sa mga magulang o mag-asawang aplikante dahil alam naman nila ang kanilang tungkulin at kung hanggang saan ang kanilang responsibilidad sa kanilang inampon na bata,” ani ni Musa.

Dagdag ni Musa, may dalawang klase ng adoption, una dito ang permanent at isa naman ang temporary o pansamantalang pag-alaga at pagbigay sa pangunahing pangangailangan ng bata habang nasa poder nila ito.

Dumadaan din ito sa proseso gaya ng pagtitiyak na handa ang emotional, mental at financial aspect ng lahat ng may kaugnayan sa adoption. Nagsasagawa rin ng counselling ang DSWD para rito.

Samantala, ipinaalala rin ni Musa sa lahat ng aplikante na maging responsable bilang pangalawang magulang ng mga batang kanilang kukupkopin at bigyan ito ng magandang kinabukasan. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Mga kaso ng VAWC sa Caraga tinalakay ng mga ahensiya

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 9 (PIA) -- Tinutukan ngayon ng Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) ng Caraga region ang pagtaas ng kaso ng violence against women and children (VAWC) sa rehiyon.

Ito ay sa tulong na rin ng paglulunsad ng Gender-Based Violence Observatory Hub Project sa Caraga at sa harap ng pagdaraos ng Summit Against Gender-Based Violence sa lungsod ng Butuan.

Ayon kay Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga regional director at RGADC chair Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, layon ng gobyerno na mas mapaigting pa ang pagpapatupad ng mga batas na layong protektahan ang karapatan ng mga kababaihan at bata laban sa anumang uri ng karahasan at pang-aabuso.

Regular na ang pagkakalap ng datos na may kinalaman sa gender-based violence lalo na sa VAWC. At magiging basehan ito sa mga gagawing hakbang ng gobyerno, maging ang mga plano at aktibidad para sa ikabubuti ng nasabing sektor.

“Kailangan natin ng mga datos para maging ebidensiya at basehan ng Commission on Human Rights sa pagbuo ng mga programa at aksyon, at para maging makabuluhan ang pagamit ng mga datus na ito,” banggit ni Bacang.

Ayon naman kay VAW desk officer Teresita Aya, isa sa mga kaso na madalas na kanilang nireresolba ay ang problema ng mga mag-asawa na humahantong sa domestic violence.
Ayon naman kay Atty. Khalil Lamigo ng Philippine Ports Authority - Port Management Office of Agusan, mahalaga ang papel ng VAW desk officers sa mga barangay, maging ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya upang mahimok na magreport ang mga biktima ng gender-based violence para sila ay matulungan din.

“Para sa ating mga empleyado ng gobyerno, dapat ay maging sensitibo tayo sa pagtanggap ng report sa VAWC at hindi dapat natin hinuhusgahan agad ang mga biktima dahil sa sitwasyon nila. Dapat ay maging patas tayo upang hindi sila magdalawang isip na ireport ang kanilang mapait na karanasan,” ani ni Lamigo.

Samantala, nanawagan naman ang Philippine National Police (PNP) sa publiko na maging alerto at tumulong sa otoridad na maipaabot sa kanila ang anumang insidente o reklamong may kinalaman sa gender-based violence at vawc upang maaksyunan agad nila ito.

“Kinakailangan po ang kooperasyon ng bawat mamamayan lalu na po sa pagreport ng mga kaso ng VAWC upang marespondehan po ito ng otoridad at mabigyang-tugon ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya. Huwag po tayong matakot dahil handa pong tumulong ang kapulisan sa mga biktima ng anumang pang-aabuso,” pahayag ni Police Major Marife Farol, hepe ng Family Juvenile Gender and Development ng Police Regional Office (PRO)-13.

“Inaasahan din natin na an gating mga kalalakihan ay tutulong sa pagsugpo ng karahasan at pang-aabuso sa komunidad,” dagdag ni Police Major Mirasol Torralba, hepe ng Women And Children Protection Desk ng PRO-13. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)