BUTUAN CITY – In the efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) FO Caraga to acknowledge the efforts of our partners/stajeholders in the implementation of our programs and services, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Regionl Program Management Office (RPMO) conducted a regional selection of the best Pantawid Focal Persons to be recognized in the National Partners Summit this May 2019.

The Regional Validating Team headed by the RCVO Kristina Macas reviews the documents of Natividad Labial.

As a result of the series of desk and field validations, two (2) Pantawid Focal Persons in Health and Education were selected as regional entries to the summit. For education, Natividad Labial, master teacher III of Florida National High School in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte (FNHS), stood out among all other focal persons because of her innovations such as establishing a Grievance Committee to address the pressing issues within the program, such as absenteeism among Pantawid Pamilya students.

“Mrs. Labial is one of the best teachers in this school. She has established good practices on the 4Ps program especially with students with tardiness and absences. In fact, she always gives orientation about the Program during flag ceremonies,” Ramelio Polestico, school head of FNHS, shared.

Rozana Bantugan instructs one of the pregnant beneficiaries of the program and to take her medicines regularly and set up pre-natal visit regularly.

For health, Rozana Bantugan, midwife I of Rural Health Unit (RHU) in Carmen, Surigao del Sur, was selected because of her untiring dedication in serving the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries especially those who are located in Geographically Isolated Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) and members of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) group.

Municipal Health Officer Dr. Mary Michelle Paganpan was all praises about Bantugan’s work ethics; “Sa kadaghan sa trabaho, nakit-an nako sa iya ang kagustuhan na mutabang (Amidst lot of workloads, I saw her willingness to help). The heart of service and volunteerism, that no matter how hard this work is, taos-puso siya at may adhikain na makatulong (she has the heart and the goal which to help).”

The summit seeks to recognize the efforts and services of Pantawid Pamilya’s partner-stakeholders from the Schools and Health Centers which plays a vital role in contributing to the success of the program. It is also an avenue to celebrate their milestones as the linkages to key agencies, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Health (DOH). ###(JOANA RICA P. MILLAMA/Social Marketing Section/DSWD Field Office Caraga)