STU Head Fe C. Balason allows the participants to identify the problem within their communities prior choosing the best Social Technology project to replicate.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga conducted an orientation on the completed Social Technology Frontline Services to Local Social Welfare and Development Officers (LSWDOs) on May 19-20, 2022 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Butuan City.

The activity focused on the promotion of completed social technology projects developed by the Social Technology Bureau (STB) that are sustainable and effective for the target beneficiaries along with the encouragement of LSWDOs to replicate the said projects to address the distinct and basic needs of their clients in their respective localities.

The activity was spearheaded by the Social Technology Unit (STU), led by STU Head Fe C. Balason together with her technical staff The team discussed the 6 completed projects, namely; the Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender-Based Violence (CIAGV), Community Action and Resources for Accessible and Better Living Environment (CARe-ABLE), Reporting System and Prevention Program for Elder Abuse Cases (ReSSPEC) Project, Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD), Team Baliktan Rescue in Emergencies (TeamBRE), and the Yakap Bayan Program.

Jovy D. Dela Cruz, PDO II, discuss the Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender- Based Violence (CIAGV) on the first day of the activity.

Prior to the identification of a certain project, the participants during the workshop were actively given opportunities to identify problems within their community. After which, they were given choices on what project to replicate that would best address the needs of their communities. They also submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) which includes their identified Social Technology, timeframe, and action plan.

On the 2nd day of the activity, the STU recognized the LSWDOs who replicated completed Social Technologies starting 2019. These includes Tubay, Agusan del Norte and Veruela, Agusan del Sur for Home Care Support Services for Senior Citizens; Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, Tago and Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, and Tubod- Surigao del Norte for Yakap Bayan; San Miguel-Surigao del Sur for TeamBRE, San Jose- Province of Dinagat Islands for Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program, and Bislig-Surigao del Sur for Sustaining Interventions for Poverty Alleviation and Governances (SIPAG).

The participants identify their distinct programs and services offered for the Recovering Persons who use drugs program.

The STU will continue to provide technical assistance to LSWDOs for the promotion of ST Frontline Services and capacitate them in their endeavors in developing social welfare and social protection initiatives.  ###(Social Marketing Section/DSWD Field Office Caraga)

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