June 14, 2024

Recognizing the invaluable contributions of individuals and organizations in the implementation of community driven-development projects and the attainment of a well- rounded community, the Department of Social Welfare and Development is again presenting the Bayani Ka! Awards.

The Bayani Ka! Awards of the DSWD Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-Cidss) in partnership with the National Program Management Office is a knowledge management initiative that highlights the innovation and good practices of DSWD’s outstanding partners.

The panel of board of judges convened on May 22 to deliberate on this year’s regional winners.

This year, the region pooled a total of 65 nominees for various categories.

Nine entries qualified for the best advocates each for Gender and Development, and Environment Protection, while the category for Improved Local Governance received 14 entries.

The Indigenous Peoples Welfare sector accepted two nominees for Operations and Maintenance, and eight for Volunteerism.

Special awards will also be given to Exceptional Youth Volunteers with four entries, Exceptional Senior Citizen Volunteers with eight individual and organization entries, and Exceptional Person with Disability Volunteers with two nominees.

Nominees were evaluated  based  on  how they helped bridge community’s perceived future (Bisyon), promoted movements providing positive impact on the community (Aksyon), persuaded community members to participate in Kalahi-Cidss activities (Yakag), exercised resident’s skills and service for the benefit of the community (Abilidad), sustained and promoted collective action in the community (Nakikiisa), and motivated people to continuously participate in actions (Integridad at Inspirasyon).

Regional winners for each category will receive a plaque or certificate of recognition, and incentive of P10,000 for first place; P8,000 for second place, and P5,000 for third place.

Regional winners will be awarded in July and national winners in August. – Clienteast Van B. Totanes