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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012


DSWD documents orphaned children by Typhoon Sendong in NorMin

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- An initial record of fifteen children who were separated, unaccompanied and orphaned in Iligan City had been documented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10.

Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD-10 said a Social Welfare Officer (SWO) had been assigned to document cases of these children who were separated, unaccompanied and orphaned by Typhoon Sendong, in coordination with all the Camp Managers of the evacuation centers (EC’s), in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro (CDO).

However, no information yet on the consolidation/disaggregation of data in the EC’s of CDO have been completed and turned over to DSWD-10.

Solamillo said the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) is now gearing up for a series of training activities on Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR), Psychosocial Care and Support (PCS), and Social Work Case Management (SWCM).

These capacity building activities are for city social workers and child protection partners, Solamillo said.

UNICEF, in partnership with CFSI, have also organized a series of psychosocial activities for more than 1,300 children in 12 evacuation centers in both cities.

At least 3,000 children have also been reached with psychosocial and debriefing activities by CPWG members.

Meanwhile, 97 volunteers from the Education Cluster have been trained on psychosocial support and care, last Jan. 8-10, to assist teachers from the Department of Education (DepEd) in handling sessions in classroom setting.

In partnership with the SGBV sub-cluster, UNICEF also spearheaded the distribution of advocacy materials for the “Say No, Run and Tell” for the prevention of abuse in in the EC’s, Solamillo added. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)

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