BUTUAN CITY – To celebrate the agency’s 67th founding anniversary and to honor the noteworthy contributions of its partners and staff, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga hosted an awarding ceremony on February 27, 2018 at Watergate Hotel.

Highlighting the theme, “Walang Puwang sa Katiwalian ang Paglilingkod nang Tapat sa Bayan,” the momentous event was graced by notable guests and awardees represented by various stakeholders and staff of DSWD, carrying the service brands #DSWDMayMalasakit and #DSWDParaSaNakararami.

In her welcome address, OIC-Regional Director Mita Chuchi G. Lim, acknowledged their undying support in the endeavors of DSWD.

DSWD OIC-Regional Director Mita Chuchi G. Lim thanks the hard work of the partners all throughout the years and challenges them to continue their journey with the Agency.

“You are all our inspiration. We strive hard to ensure that we are doing the best job possible because of all of you. Without you, we will not be able to achieve the success that we are enjoying right now,” Lim said in gratitude.

The highlight of the event was the awarding of the Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon (PANATA Ko) sa Bayan Awards to non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs), People’s Organizations (POs), media persons/organizations, and volunteer individual/groups.

Under the PANATA Ko sa Bayan Awards are the Salamat Po, Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan, Gawad Serbisyo, Gawad Ulat, Promoting Resurgence and Excellence of Social Welfare Officers as Transformation Agents for Inclusive Growth and People Empowerment (PRESTIGE), and Gawad sa Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan (GAPAS). These six (6) categories are for DSWD’s external partners who have showed their unwavering commitment and support, through assisting the Agency in its drive to achieve long-term goals and good practices for the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors in Caraga.

The first part of the awarding was followed by a keynote speech delivered by Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala, former DSWD undersecretary, stressing the rise of innovation and how it already is affecting everyone.

“The use of information is such a powerful tool in the empowerment of people. Work can become efficient and innovation starts. [Knowing that] resources will never be enough; we need a partnership with the private and civil society organizations,” Bala said challenging everyone to get involved.

“Know what is going on around us, [because] your voice are very important to make sure that every members of society will take part,” she added.

CSC Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala receives a plaque of recognition for delivering her keynote speech and inspiring everyone to take part in the good change.

The second part is the giving of Loyalty and Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) Awards. It is a commendation for all the exemplary employees who have rendered untiring service for ten (10) straight years and above, and exhibited outstanding performance through the delivery of DSWD’s core programs and initiatives respectively.

In her concluding message, Lim challenged the employees to uphold being fair, equal, and just service saying, “There are still a lot of work to be done – individuals to capacitate so that they could stand on their own; families who rely on the opportunities we give them for their sustenance; communities to empower so that they will be able to change for their society.”

Here are all the prestigious awardees:


  • Best Volunteer Group – Las Nieves Poblacion Rural Waterworks and Sanitation Association
  • Best Non-Government Organization
  • Gesu Eucaristico Children’s, Inc. (GECI)
  • Por Cristo Foundation, Inc.
  • Development Partner
  • Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation –Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC)
  • MASICAP MSME Development Foundation, Inc.
  • National Auxiliary Chaplaincy of the Philippines, Inc. (NACPHIL, Inc.)
  • CITY of Bislig under the leadership of Mayor Librado C. Navarro
  • Bureau of Immigration – Butuan City
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Education
  • Butuan City Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
  • Surigao Economic Development & Micro-Finance Foundation, Inc.
  • Father Saturnino Urios University
  • Robinsons Land Corporation
  • International Holistic Engagement for Life Progress (iHELP Caraga)
  • Weegol’s Garden, Butuan City
  • Youth for Christ (YFC) – Agusan del Sur Provincial Chapter

Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan Award

  • Bayabas, Surigao del Sur
  • Bacuag, Surigao del Norte

Gawad Serbisyo

  • Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (PDRRMC) – Province of Dinagat Islands
  • Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (MDRRMC) – Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur




Gawad Ulat

  • Most DSWD-Supportive Print Media Outlet  National Newspaper – Manila Bulletin
  • DSWD-Supportive TV Station
  • ABS-CBN TV Patrol Caraga
  • NMBS Bee TV 7
  • Most DSWD-Supportive Radio Station
  • Radyo Trumpeta
  • Hope Radio
  • Most DSWD-Supportive Online Media – PIA – Caraga
  • DSWD Social Media Advocate – Mayor Clarita G. Limbaro,


PRESTIGE (Promoting Resurgence and Excellence of Social Welfare Officers as Transformation Agents for Inclusive Growth and People Empowerment)

Fully Functional LSWDO

  • Mainit, Surigao del Norte
  • Tubod, Surigao del Norte

Gawad sa Paglilingkod Sa Sambayanan (GAPAS) Award

  • Model LGU Implementing Kalahi-CIDSS – Bayabas, Surigao del Sur
  • LGU Implementing Protective Programs & Services for Children – Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte
  • LGU Implementing Protective Programs & Services for Children – Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
  • LGU Implementing Protective Programs & Services for PWDs – Cabadbaran City
  • LGU Implementing Outstanding SLP-MD Model – Butuan City
  • LGU Implementing Outstanding SLP-EF Model – Bayugan City
  • LGU Supporting the Implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program – Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands,
  • LGU Supporting the Implementation of Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program – Bayabas, Surigao del Sur, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte,
  • People’s Organization –
  • Regional Federation of Day Care Workers of Caraga
  • Home Care & Support Services For Older Persons Team – Province of Dinagat Islands
  • Persons With Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) – Tagbina, Surigao del Sur
  • Municipal Federation Of Senior Citizens Association – Carmen, Surigao del Sur



10 years in Service

  • Aldie Mae A. Andoy – Regional Field Coordinator
  • Teresa M. Bidaure – Administrative Officer II
  • Janelee B. Entrada – Social Welfare Aide
  • Jay G. Galleron – House Parent II
  • Emelyn L. Mintal – Social Welfare Officer II
  • Jean Paul S. Parajes – Planning Officer IV
  • Hazel N. Vete – Administrative Officer II

15 years in Service

  • Jessie Catherine B. Aranas – Social Welfare Officer III
  • Wilma B. Geralla – Social Welfare Officer II
  • Eval B. Makinano – Social Welfare Assistant
  • Alicia T. Marquiso – Social Welfare Officer I
  • Mary Chill L. Momo – Administrative Officer V
  • Roy R. Serdeña – Project Development Officer III
  • Ramil M. Taculod – Administrative Officer V

20 years in Service

  • Mary Ann M. Manla – Project Development Officer III
  • Pio V. Japitana – Supervising Administrative Officer
  • Teresa C. Macuno – Administrative Officer Aide
  • Genelyn P. Marturillas – Planning Officer II
  • Violeto C. Marturillas – Administrative Aide IV
  • Golda V. Pocon – Social Welfare Officer IV
  • Nerisa T. Murih – Assistant Regional Director For Administration

35 years in Service

Asuncion S. Flauta – Administrative Officer IV





PRAISE (Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence)

Punctuality Award

  • Merlina Asendente – Utility Worker
  • Ramil Decamotan – Financial Analyst II
  • Esphar Lamela – Regional Procurement Officer


Gawad para sa Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo Award

  • Best Support Unit – Financial Management Office
  • Best Operations Unit Nominee – Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program
  • Best Operations Unit Nominee – Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (RPMO)
  • Best Operations Unit Winner – Capacity Building Unit

Gawad Kalihim

Rachel B. Bade – Community Development Officer III

Gawad Huwaran (MaHUsay, WAsto at Responsableng BayANi ng DSWD) Nominee

Pio V. Japitana – Supervising Administrative Officer

Gawad Huwaran (MaHUsay, WAsto at Responsableng BayANi ng DSWD) Winner

Jessie Catherine B. Aranas – Social Welfare Officer III



###(JOANA RICA P. MILLAMA/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)

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