Archive | February, 2013

DSWD Caraga celebrates CSAAW

DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli delivers her keynote address to the officials and staff of PNP Region XIII, highlighting the programs and services of the Department for the children in time of the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW) celebration.

DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli delivers her keynote address to the officials and staff of PNP Region XIII, highlighting the programs and services of the Department for the children in time of the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW) celebration.

BUTUAN CITY – The celebration of National Awareness week of the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation also known as Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW) is done every 2nd week of February as provided for by Proclamation No. 731.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Child Pornography Wakasan! Sa Tamang Paggamit ng Internet, Bata ay Gabaya.”

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Caraga region joined the celebration and conducted several activities to highlight this special event.

One of the activities was the sharing about the celebration by DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli during her keynote address at the PNP-Region XIII convocation after the flag ceremony on February 11, 2013. “The vision of the Philippine National Police which is to secure and protect is similar to DSWD,” said director Brigoli. She stressed that protecting children from abuse and ensuring their safety is everybody’s concern.

The government agencies, civil society organizations, local government units, the church and the people have their role in this endeavour.

An orientation on RA 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 was conducted on February 21, 2013 with 31 participants from members of the regional inter-agency committee on anti-trafficking and violence against women and children (RIACAT-VAWC), regional sub-committee for the welfare of children and regional office of the inter-agency council against child pornography. Hon. Marigel Dagani-Hugo, Agusan del Norte provincial prosecutor, explained the salient provisions of the law.

To intensify the information campaign, a radio guesting was held at the Bombo Radyo Butuan on February 24.  The resource persons for this activity were social welfare officers Ms. Jessie Catherine B. Aranas and Ms. Vilma V. Bare, adoptive parents Mr. And Mrs. Gerardo and Marieta Jandayan and regional information officer Leah T. Quintana.

Flyers on anti-child pornography were also distributed during the adoption help desk on February 22 at the Bututan City Hall. During the press conference on anti-epal launch, CSAAW was also highlighted by RD Brigoli.

The annual observance of the CSAAW aims to provide awareness to the children, parents, communities and the society in general on how to make our environment safe, protective and caring for our children.

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DSWD Caraga leads Adoption Consciousness Week celebration

feb 24 adoptionBUTUAN CITY  “Love sees beyond differences.”

This is the theme of the Adoption Consciousness Week celebration spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on February 18-24, 2013.

Director Minda B. Brigoli of DSWD Caraga said this year’s theme of the nationwide celebration gives emphasis on the unconditional love of adoptive parents for their adopted children whatever biological differences they have.

To highlight the celebration and for its continuous advocacy on adoption, the DSWD Field Office Caraga conducted several activities region wide such as the joint orientation on adoption and anti-pornography, adoption forums, radio guestings, press conference and setting-up of adoption help desks. The adoption help desks provide an opportunity for prospective adoptive parents to clarify matters on adoption.

In 2012, the DSWD Caraga’s Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) received 50 applications from prospective adoptive parents. Out of this number, 45 are still on process; five (5) were already issued court decrees and placed permanently with the adoptive parents.

The issuance of Proclamation No. 72 dated February 3, 1999 mandates the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day on the first Saturday of February.  However, the National Organizing Committee chaired by the DSWD agreed to celebrate the event on the third week of February to give ample time to advocate issues on adoption. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD Caraga Launches Anti-Epal Campaign


Butuan City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Field Office launched today, February 25, 2013 the anti-epal campaign.

Sixteen (16) members of the media and DSWD Caraga staff attended the activity. Dir. Minda B. Brigoli, explained to the participants the objectives of the campaign.


“Our Department spearheaded this campaign to insulate DSWD programs particularly Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and its beneficiaries from the control of certain politicians who claim to have the authority to delist a beneficiary if and when they will not vote for them. At the same time, this will be a great opportunity to strengthen the identity of the program that is not merely a dole-out.”


“We want to protect the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries from being used to any political aspirations,” Dir. Minda Brigoli stressed in her message during the campaign launch.

The campaign launch was covered by the press. Dir. Brigoli expressed to the members of the press that as esteemed partners in inculcating correct information to the public. She asked that the media to help in this campaign. She exhorted them to inform the public especially the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the region that only the DSWD Regional and National Offices are authorized to delist a beneficiary if he/she did not comply to the conditionalities of the program.

With the campaign’s tagline, “Makialam. Magsumbong. Bawal ang Epal Dito,” DSWD hopes to eliminate the epal in the implementation of DSWD programs especially the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is one of the poverty reduction programs of the government implemented by DSWD. The program provides cash grants to poorest households with 0-14 year’s old children to alleviate their needs in education, health and nutrition. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

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“Bawal ang Epal” – DSWD

2anti-epal for websiteButuan City – “Makialam. Magsumbong. Bawal ang Epal Dito” this is the tag line of the DSWD’s Bawal ang Epal Dito campaign that aims to eliminate the epal in the implementation of DSWD programs especially the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Moreover, the campaign also aims to empower the beneficiaries of the knowledge that no one has the right to delist a beneficiary and that only the DSWD Regional and National Office are authorized to delist a beneficiary if he/she did not comply the conditionalities of the program.

According to Director Minda B. Brigoli, DSWD Caraga Regional Director, such campaign was conceptualized because the Department would like to protect its beneficiaries from being used or threatened by politicians and other groups to gain votes for the upcoming 2013 May election.

The Bawal ang Epal Dito campaign will also directly eliminate the misconceptions of the beneficiaries about the control of politicians over them.

Campaign materials such as tarpaulins will be displayed in the Pantawid Pamilya areas and during pay-out of cash grants; brochures, flyers, stickers and button pins will be distributed to beneficiaries as well.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is one of the government’s poverty reduction programs implemented by DSWD. It has been implemented in Caraga region since 2008. To date, the program is implemented in all municipalities and cities in the region with 160, 908 beneficiaries in the region as of February 2013. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

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