Issue of July 8, 2018
Mt. Province

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With the numerous national and local government agencies, departments, and offices we currently have in this beautiful “who-you-know” and not “what-you-know” archipelago, it is not surprising that many, including this near-sighted Ibaloy writer, get confused at times on where to go when we need assistance for this, that or whatever matter. It even seems that several agencies have overlapping functions, thus, adding to the confusion. Maybe more and sustained information on what services these offices provide will help alleviate the problem. Just a thought.

In this regard, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) head Betty Fangasan said one of her office’s priorities in its community priority driven and communication plan for 2018-2020 is to inform the public on the CSWDO’s programs and services.

She said the CSWDO focuses on addressing the situation of marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities of the city’s 128 barangays.

Fangasan said marginalized sectors include children, youth, women, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities, including persons with substance use disorder, family heads and other needy adults, victims of disasters, and disadvantaged communities.

She added that the CSWDO uses the social welfare indicator matrix, which is a tool in assessing the eligibility of clients including economic sufficiency, social adequacy, result of the 2016 National Housing Targeting System, and special cases covered by laws because these groups are entitled to privileges.

Programs and services provided by the CSWDO for eligible clients are day care service, self-employment assistance, special social services, emergency assistance, financial assistance, and residential care capacity building/life skills development training service through modular sessions, counseling, and referrals.

Its facilities include the social development center in Balenben, Irisan barangay; Silungan Center at the 3rd and 4th floors of the CSWDO, Upper Session Road; senior citizens day center at Salud Mitra barangay where various senior citizen associations hold office and their IDs and purchase booklets are processed and issued.

Since many are still confused with her office’s functions and that of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Fangasan stressed that the latter is focused more on the provision of technical supervision on how local government units implement social protection programs and services within the standard of implementation.

She added that the DSWD also augments supplemental feeding programs, 4Ps, social pension for senior citizens, relief operations, and financial assistance.

Good news: Three of the Summer Capital’s child development centers (CDCs) have recently garnered level 3 recognition or outstanding accreditation rating from the DSWD.

These are the CDCs of Bakakeng Central, Lourdes Proper, and Pinsao Proper barangays which had the strong support of their barangay officials.

CSWDO’s Florecita Tul-an said the award means the CDC has demonstrated the highest compliance with standards and guidelines making it a center of excellence and enjoys a five-year autonomy for its recognition.

She added that accreditation certificates were also awarded to three child development workers who have shown exemplary work in their respective centers. They are Marilyn Bautista, Antonia Carmelo, and Cynthia Daweg of Bakakeng Central, Lourdes Proper and Pinsao proper centers, respectively. Cheers!

We are on air Wednesdays, 8 a.m., over K-Lite 96.7 FM with Hillary Johnson and every last Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. for City Hall Hour over SkyCable, DZEQ Radyo Pilipinas and Big FM. In this beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos, it’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “The Jewel” by James Wright: “There is this cave/ In the air behind my body/ That nobody is going to touch:/ A cloister, a silence/ Closing around a blossom of fire./ When I stand upright in the wind,/ My bones turn to dark emeralds.”

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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