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DSWD lauds Haven for the Elderly staff, partners

As a highlight to the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Haven for the Elderly, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) held a day-long activity last April 29, 2015 at the center’s compound in Brgy Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal.

The activity was highlighted with the recognition to the staff’s and partners’ who had continuously supported the programs and services of the Center which is, incidentally considered as among the Center of Excellence of the Department.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman led the celebration and acknowledged the staff’s continuous endeavors in providing quality services to the elderly residents of the center.

“Bawat isa sa ating mga lolo’t lola na nandito ay may naging bahagi sa lipunan. Marapat lamang na tayo naman ang maglingkod sa kanila ngayon sa isang matapat, mahusay, at magiliw na paraan,” Secretary Soliman said in her message.

Also present during the celebration were representatives of non-government organizations, private institutions, academes, the Municipal Government of Tanay, and other partner donors of the center.

“Ang lahat ng ito ay hindi po kaya ng pamahalaan lamang. Nagpapasalamat po kami sa pakikipag-kapit bisig ninyo sa amin para sa ikabubuti ng ating mga lolo’t lola,” Secretary Soliman said.

To date, the Haven for the Elderly, which is a DSWD-managed facility that provides residential care to abandoned and neglected older persons ages 60 years old and above, has a total of 259 residents. Aside from residential care, the Center also provides with services that includes medical, psychological, recreational and skills / livelihood related services.  These services are all geared towards ensuring that the said elderly residents remain happy and productive despite being in the twilight of their lives and their respective situations.

Ricky Bunao, the Haven for the Elderly center manager expressed optimism that their services for their residents will further improve with the help of their partners and the commitment of the staff.

“Naniniwala kami na kapag masaya sila lolo’t lola, mas hahaba pa ang buhay nila,” Bunao said.***

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Pursuing her mission, the right way

Jolens experienced the a lot of struggles growing up in a poor family. When her father died, this fueled her to help her family financially and dream of pursuing her education.  But she ended up being deceived by so-called missionaries of a spiritual group.

 

 

 

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PURSUING HER MISSION, THE RIGHT WAY

The lure of finally continuing her studies made her took the bait.

Jolens (not her real name) has experienced the struggles of growing up in a poor family. When her father died when she was a child, the burden became bigger. This fueled her to help her family financially and dream of pursuing her education.

So when a group of so-called missionaries of a spiritual group convinced her to join in their cause in exchange for sending her to school, she accepted without second thoughts. She did not even mind being separated from her family.

The trick

Members of the said missionary group initially shared that she has to help the group in spreading the good news of the Lord in public places. Jolens went as far as Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro to spread the word.

She also distributed envelopes asking for donations for a good cause. Whatever she gets, she gladly endorses to group.

However, the promise of being in school never came. Together with other girls like her, they were fed instant noodles and reprimanded whenever they endorse small collections. That was when she decided to run away.

The escape

Jolens’ escape wasn’t a smooth one, but she is still glad she did it.

Together with a colleague, they were caught by the coordinators in a pier in Batangas City and were abused physically. Luckily, this caught the attention of pier authorities, who assisted them in filing a complaint.

Through the interventions of the City Social Welfare and Development Office of Batangas City, Jolens was endorsed to the Regional Haven for Women, one of the institutions managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, in Rosario, Batangas.

The said residential facility provides protective and rehabilitative services to women who are victims of exploitation and abuse whether physically, sexually or emotionally.

Through the interventions provided to Jolens during her stay in the center, she learned to dream again. She was able to continue her secondary education while being provided services in the Regional Haven.

Last October 28, 2014, Jolens was integrated back to her family. Now, she is in fourth year high school.

Though she understands that her family may have not enough capacity to send her to college, she remains firm in her dreams of getting a diploma. She can get a work after graduation and save for college, but she will never be tricked again.with reports from LPerez***

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Pursuing her mission, the right way

The lure of finally continuing her studies made her took the bait.

Jolens (not her real name) has experienced the struggles of growing up in a poor family. When her father died when she was a child, the burden became bigger. This fueled her to help her family financially and dream of pursuing her education.

So when a group of so-called missionaries of a spiritual group convinced her to join in their cause in exchange for sending her to school, she accepted without second thoughts. She did not even mind being separated from her family.

 

The trick

Members of the said missionary group initially shared that she has to help the group in spreading the good news of the Lord in public places. Jolens went as far as Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro to spread the word.

She also distributed envelopes asking for donations for a good cause. Whatever she gets, she gladly endorses to group.

However, the promise of being in school never came. Together with other girls like her, they were fed instant noodles and reprimanded whenever they endorse small collections. That was when she decided to run away.

 

The escape

Jolens’ escape wasn’t a smooth one, but she is still glad she did it.

Together with a colleague, they were caught by the coordinators in a pier in Batangas City and were abused physically. Gladly, this caught the attention of pier authorities, who assisted them in filing a complaint.

Through the interventions of the City Social Welfare and Development Office of Batangas City, Jolens was endorsed to the Regional Haven for Women, one of the institutions managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-A, in Rosario, Batangas.

The said residential facility provides protective and rehabilitative services to women who are victims of exploitation and abuse whether physically, sexually or emotionally.

Through the interventions provided to Jolens during her stay in the center, she learned to dream again. She was able to continue her secondary education while being provided services in the Regional Haven.

Last October 28, 2014, Jolens was integrated back to her family. Now, she is in fourth year high school.

Though she understands that her family may have not enough capacity to send her to college, she remains firm in her dreams of getting a diploma. She can get a work after graduation and save for college, but she will never be tricked again.***

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Women’s livelihood project

Residents of Haven for Women (Rosario, Batangas) were given a firsthand experience on how to prepare sampaloc candies during a Lakbay-Aral in Padre Garcia, Batangas recently conducted by the center. The objective of the visit is to provide residents with possible livelihood activities they can engage into upon their reintegration to the respective communities.  Aside from sampaloc candy making, they also visited families engaged in magic pillow-making and horticulture.  The said visit is conducted as part of the Women’s Month celebration of the center.

The Regional Haven for Women is a residential facility managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  It provides protective and rehabilitative services to women who are victims of exploitation and abuse – physically, sexually and emotionally.  As of April 2, 2014, there are 23 women-victims of abuses residing in the said institution.***

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Singles for Christ joins ‘Friends of Haven’

Members of Single for Christ (SFC) Rosario, and Lipa City, Batangas Chapter recently conducted a socialization and fellowship activity with the residents of Regional Haven for Women to kick-off their engagement with the institution being the newest member of the ‘Friends of Haven’.

The SFC-Rosario/ Lipa are composed young men and women who single and are residents of the said localities.  As a member of Friends of Haven, the group committed to share their time and talents with the resident of Regional Haven through socialization activities.

In the group’s first activity at the center, the young partners met and got acquainted with the residents.  The residents who also belong to the same age group (18 to 25 years old) interacted more with the visitors.

Everyone has enjoyed the games and gifts for the winners. Simple program gave both the visitors and the residents a chance to show their talents in singing and dancing.

In the end, Single for Christ challenged the Haven’s residents to continuously have faith in God, despite their unpleasant experiences.

The SFC members made a committed to continue conducting regular visits to the center and advocate for the center’s needs to other private entities. Report from P. Herminigildo***

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Valentines at Haven for Women

Valentines at Haven for Women

The Regional Haven for Women, a residential center that provides care and protection to abused women, celebrated Valentine’s last month with a goal of making everyone in the center feel the greatness of being in-love and being loved.

For one whole day, the staff and residents felt the ambiance of Love through a simple celebration that includes games, singing, dancing, exchanging of love notes and even sending of love letters to love ones who are far away.

According to Ms Florita Herminigildo, head social worker of the center, activities that are interaction-focused are an important part of any client’s rehabilitation process, most especially among victims of especially difficult circumstances.

Activities such as this – Valentine’s day celebration, are forms of socialization that enable the residents to cope with the stresses caused by being separated from their loved ones, being abused and exploited.  These activities also serve as a venue to release boredom,” Herminigildo said.

The highlight of the activity was the affirmation of birthday celebrants.  Staff and residents greeted and gave good wishes to all February celebrants.

The Regional Haven for Women, which is located in Rosario, Batangas, is a residential facility managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  It provides protective and rehabilitative services to women who are victims of exploitation and abuse – physically, sexually and emotionally.  To date there are at least 20 residents in the said institution. report from F. Herminigildo***

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REGIONAL HAVEN PARTNERS WITH LA SALLE-LIPA FOR FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, in coordination with the Psychology Department of De La Salle University – Lipa, recently conducted a Family Day celebration for the residents of the Regional Haven for Women – Rosario, Batangas.

The activity, which includes sessions on teamwork, cooperation and games, was held BLUROZE, Lipa City and was participated by residents of the center, their families, and faculty members of DLSU-Lipa Psychology Department who also served as the facilitators of the activity.

According to Ms Florita Herminigildo, center head of Regional Haven for Women, the activity was conducted outside the center in order to provide the residents a new ambiance for learning and rehabilitation, and be integrated to the outside world.  The activity was also conducted to provide an residents valuable time with their family despite the difficult circumstance that they had undergone.

“We hope that through this activity our residents will appreciate the value of family and strive to be a responsible members even if they had some not so good experiences,”  Ms. Herminigildo added.

Under the theme “Nagkaka-isang Henerasyon, Matatag na Lipunan, Matatag na Pamilya,” guest faculties from DLSU-Lipa conducted sessions on deepening of self- awareness. They also conducted games and teambuilding activities that focused on teamwork, cooperation, concern of others, communication, listening skill, and perseverance.***

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