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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012


Open house marks DSWD-8’s 61st anniversary fete

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- In celebration of its 61st anniversary celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Eastern Visayas will open its to doors to the public via a trade fair and photo exhibit on January 24 to 27.

Anchored on the theme ““DSWD @ 61 : Tuloy-tuloy sa Kaunlaran,” the formal opening is set at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, with a press conference set right after the opening program.

DSWD Regional Director Leticia Diokno informed that the fair will showcase various products of the beneficiaries of the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) livelihood program.

Regional Project Development Officer Hermanito Mangalao said the event will be participated in by ten groups of beneficiaries coming from Palo, Abuyog, Alang-alang, all of Leyte; Ormoc City; Calbiga and Basey in Samar; Balangkayan and Guiuan in Eastern Samar; and Allen in Northern Samar.

The trade fair will also showcase handicrafts made up of banig, abaca, and recycled paper, pili nut delicacies, dried fish, banana chips, “binagol,” and other food items.

Encouraged to visit the trade fair are not only the public but also government employees who may also provide technical assistance along product development and packaging.

Among the exhibitors are members of the Angat Kabuhayan SEA-Kabayan, Inc. of Calbiga, Samar, awardees of the Panata Ko Sa Bayan Awards under the Model SEA-Kabayan or SEA-K Level II category

The said winning KABAYAN, a merger of five SEA – K associations that have successfully graduated SEA-K level I, will receive the award at the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City, during its anniversary culmination rites this January.

The “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan” or “PANATA KO SA BAYAN Awards” aims to acknowledge the efforts of individuals, groups, and organizations whose ‘panata’ or vow is to share their resources, time and selves in providing for a better opportunity for the disadvantaged sectors.

Moreover, Director Diokno disclosed that Region Eight also won the Best Non-Government Organization category under same DSWD awards, in the name of SOS Children’s Village in Calbayog City.

On the other hand, Marcela Lim who is the Head Social Worker of the DSWD's Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Tanauan, Leyte and concurrently this year's chairperson of the anniversary celebration in the region, informed that the residents of the Center will also participate in the fair. At the livelihood fair, these minors will put on sale, buko pie and fashion accessories, at a minimal price, Ms. Lim further said.

The RRCY boys, who are Children-In-Conflict-with-Law (CICL), have undergone various skills trainings in preparation for their new life, once they are back to their respective families and communities. (PIA 8)

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