Residents attend a mass as part of the program for the Commencement Exercises of Jose Fabella Memorial School

13 years of darkness

29 July 2017

Every night, along the busy neighborhood of Bagong Silang in Brgy. San Nicholas of San Pablo City, Laguna, is a house that cast into darkness when the sun sets. This is where the family of Ms. Mary Jane Umali, 44, lives. For many years, her family endures not having electricity in their household. Her husband […]

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Poor but not ashamed

23 July 2017

“Ang hirap pala maging mahirap”. This was what Lea Robles told herself as she stood in the line where people patiently wait for the NFA rice that they could buy for less than Php20.00. It was hot that day but nobody seemed to care. At the age of 24, Lea married Joel. They were among […]

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Skills training for Sama-Bajau held

21 July 2017

2017 Fifteen Sama-Bajau participants from Brgy. Dalahican and Brgy. Barra in Lucena City, Quezon participated in the 3-day skills training on rug-making and beadworks last June 16 to 18 and June 29 to July 1, 2017. The comprehensive program for Sama-Bajau under the Social Technology Unit in partnership with the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) developed […]

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A Mother’s Story of Hope

15 July 2017

Annabel Hanaban was just 18 years old when she left Lanao del Sur to try her luck on getting a job in Manila. She was lucky to get a job in a bakery with her sister’s help but after some few months of working there, Annabel met Rommel. They ran away from the busy streets […]

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The right ‘mix’ – extending dreams outside the home

22 June 2017

The aroma of ‘pandesal’ fills the humble abode of the Macasaet Family in San Mateo, Rizal Province. For three years now, the bread has not just become a common breakfast food for this family of six. It has become their hope. “Ang pinaka-goal talaga namin sa pamilya ay maiangat ang antas ng aming pamumuhay,” shares […]

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DSWD strengthens ties with medical service providers

15 June 2017

  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) advocates for formal partnership with medical service providers across the CALABARZON Region to ensure a more efficient delivery of financial assistance to individuals and families in need. In a dialogue conducted last June 7 with representatives from 30 hospitals, five dialysis centers and one pharmacy, the […]

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Catanauan joins the fight against child labor under SHIELD

28 May 2017

The local government of Catanuan, Quezon signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-A for the pilot implementation of SHIELD against child labor project last April 24, 2016 in Catanauan, Quezon. SHIELD or Strategic Helpdesks Information Education Livelihood and Developmental Interventions is a project of the DSWD that integrates […]

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‘Mangarap muli’—a mother’s second chance at dreaming

12 May 2017

Seeing her children in school now, Maricel Ceballo cannot believe that once in her life, she has lost all her hope. Maricel, 40, a resident of Brgy. Bukal in Jomalig, Quezon Province, admitted that she and her husband Teody, 41, did not dream of sending their children to school. Despite knowing how important education is […]

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