A Child’s Trust is Ours to Nurture (ACTION) received the “Salamat Po” award from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in recognition of its effort and notable contribution in strengthening the capacities of residential care facility personnel. The provision of residential care services to disadvantaged and vulnerable children is one of the core institutional programs of the DSWD being the lead social welfare agency in the Philippines.
The national award was presented to ACTION, represented by its Founder and Executive Director Mr. Hajime Yokota, during the “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan” (PaNata Ko sa Bayan) Awarding ceremony, held at DSWD Central Office on 21 February 2017. The PaNATA Ko sa Bayan is one of the highlights of the 66th anniversary celebration of the Department. The awards given to noteworthy individuals and groups included the Salamat Po Award, Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan, GAPAS (Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan) Award, Gawad Listahanan Award, and Gawad Serbisyo Award.
The DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo herself presented the awards to the various individuals, groups and organizations who have made significant contributions to the DSWD in fulfilling its mandate. She said that the “the awards are the department’s way of thanking the various groups and individuals who help the DSWD implement its mandate to serve the Filipino people, not only during calamities and emergencies, but also during the course of their daily lives as they seek to improve the lives of their children and their families”.
Aside from ACTION, the Salamat Po Awardees for 2017 included Ms. Julie Taniongan, a person with disability (PWD) from Western Visayas; the Cabanatuan City Social Welfare and Development Office Day Care Federation; Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.; Kabisig ng Kalahi; PhilSeven Foundation; Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; and International Justice Mission, as well as a few international development partners namely the Australian Embassy, World Bank, UN Populations Fund, UNICEF and Asian Development Bank. Aside from the above-mentioned awardees, several local government units were also recognized and awarded the GAPAS Award for their commendable practices and innovations, while the Gawad Serbisyo Awards were given to uniformed personnel for their unwavering support to the DSWD especially in times of calamities.
ACTION is currently working with DSWD for a capacity building project for house parents and social workers in residential care facilities (RCF) in Central Luzon and the National Capital Region, with technical and funding support coming from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The project intends to enhance the competencies of these personnel for a more effective delivery of services to children in RCF.