December 3, 2023

The Department of Social Welfare and Development awarded on Aug. 30 its partners in community development.

Through the Bayani Ka awarding ceremony, partners of the agency have been recognized for their contribution in helping the DSWD uplift communities, empower individuals, and inspire hope.

The Bayani Ka award is the highest recognition given by the DSWD Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) to exemplary communities and partners in implementing and promoting community-driven development.

Recognized as regional Bayani awardees are the Kabataan Kontra Droga At Terorismo of Tadian, Mountain Pro-vince for the Just and Peace category; Pugo Women’s Association of Buguias, Benguet for Gender and Development; Barangay LGU and Barangay Development Council (BDC) technical working group (TWG) of Laylaya, Besao, Mountain Province for Indigenous People’s Welfare; and Greener Pasture Ad Holnad, Inc. of Hingyon, Ifugao for Environmental Protection.

Also awarded are the Youth Mobile Force Mountain Province for the Youth Advocate group; Besao Municipal Senior Citizens Organization for the Elderly Advocate group; Tadian Namnama Organization for the Person with Disability Advocate group; and the Barangay Camatagan, Sabangan, Mountain Province for Improved Local Governance.

Regional   awardees received plaques of recognition; P10,000; and tokens.

Certificates of recognition; P7,000; and tokens were also given to Bayani Ka finalists Barangay Ubao, Aguinaldo, Ifugao (Just and Peace); Kalipi Catengan of Besao and BDC-TWG of Pandayan, Tadian (Gender and Development); IPs of Ambabag, Kiangan, Ifugao and Barangay Pingad, Sabangan (IP Welfare).

Also recognized are the Onga ‘Ababwhujug Association of Tinglayan, Kalinga, and Mogao United Workers Association of Licuan Baay, Abra (Environmental Protection); Federation of Senior Citizens of Tadian and Na-buangan Elder’s Association of Conner, Apayao (Elderly); Sinabanan Voice Organization of Tineg, Abra; Barangay Abatan, Hungduan, Ifugao, and Association of Barangay Captains of Besao (Improved Local Governance).

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Amelyn Cabrera congratulated the awardees and expressed the department’s gratitude to the finalists and regional winners for their dedication and commitment as active partners for the Kalahi-CIDDS Community Drive Deve-lopment projects. – Carlito C. Dar