Social Welfare and Development OIC-Secretary Alicia R. Bala said today that P1 million has been earmarked for Region II for the purchase of emergency relief supplies, in addition to the prepositioned relief supplies to augment the needs of the families affected by the flashfloods.

OIC-Secretary Bala said that “2,000 family food packs, 250 boxes of noodles, and 10   tents were sent this morning to Tuguegarao City from the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) as additional standby relief resources of DSWD-Field Office II. The NROC is the DSWD central warehouse for processing and storage of relief goods that are purchased by the Department or donated to us by generous individuals both here and abroad.

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DSWD acknowledges contributions of the Youth National Service volunteers

“As a youth, I have many things to discover and when I entered DSWD as a volunteer, I found out that all the things I need to explore are here. This is not an ordinary experience because as a youth I can also give unselfish service to the public.”

Thus, said Lucky Jay Untalasco, one of the DSWD volunteers under the Youth National Service (YNS) Volunteer Program of the government. He has been assigned with the Supply Unit and has experienced relief activities of DSWD particularly during the onslaught of Typhoon Pepeng last year.

With the support of Regional Director Leonardo C. Reynoso to the plight of the youth, there are 21 YNS volunteers who are rendering voluntary services to  DSWD. Through this YNS Program, the youth are able to maximize their skills and knowledge relative to work opportunities in the different fields.

At present, they are assigned in the different centers and institutions and in the Local Government Units of Anda, Pangasinan and Offices of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur to assist in center activities and in the implementation and monitoring of rehabilitation assistance projects.

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Eye Specialists Help Elderlies, PWDs Regain Clear Sight

Two local eye specialists helped some seniors of the Home for Elderlies and clients of Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) III gain back their clear sight after conducting cataract operations last August 21, 2009 at the Central Sanitarium in Pasobolong, Zamboanga City.

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Volunteers: Free to Help, Helping for Free

Teacher Belen is all prepared with learning materials for a
one-on-one tutorial session with one of the CICLs in MYC
who has never been to school.

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They are one of society’s most unrecognized sectors helping society’s often forgotten, vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors.

They are our volunteers.

While there are many valid excuses not to have the “extra time” to rest from work, much less to render service with no tangible benefit in exchange, there are still able to find the time and offer their talents, skills and services for free.

Jecelyn Belen, is a solo parent of three children and has been a public elementary school teacher for almost two and a half decades in Bansud, Oriental Mindoro.

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DSWD Caraga Welcomes New Partner

BUTUAN CITY– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Region welcomed Ms. Caroline Sperling and Mr. Ulrich Krausse, representatives of German Development Service (DED) during the recently held partner induction at Goat2gedr Hotel and Restaurant.  Assistant Regional Director Mita G. Lim warmly greeted the partners on behalf of Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

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