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29,736 Served by LVF in 2019
An out-pouring of blessings this 2019 is equal to an untiring commitment for Child and Youth Protection and Empowerment! The Laura Vicuna Foundation considered the 29,736 children, youth and parents reached not just an ‘add’ to the statistics of clients served, but now ‘active partners’ in our mission and advocacy. The twenty-nine thousand seven hundred thirty-six (29,736) children and parents served in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Palawan, Laguna, Pampanga and the National Capital Region by its lay mission partners, children and youth partners and the Salesian Sisters. Twenty-eight thousand three hundred fifty-four (28,354) has been benefited by LVF’s one-time advocacy programs while one thousand three hundred eighty-four (1,384) by its regular programs. Through hard work, dedication and teamwork, LVF has put to heart its duty to have a wide reach of children and youth most importantly in far flung areas, establishing a caring and protective environment for them and those under difficult circumstances. Together, we let our voices be heard to intensify safety and protection issues.
PARTI-HAN @ 29
One thousand five hundred (1,500) children from our Child Protection Clinic (CPC) communities and the Salesian Sisters’ oratory centers coming from Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite and Pampanga attended the Laura Vicuña Foundation’s (LVF’s) 29th Parti-han held at the Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa, Manila on December 8, 2019. This year’s theme is “PartihANG SAYA, HESUS, Ikaw ang NING-NING ng PASKO!” It was a day filled with blessings, treats and surprises when the Board of Trustees and Sponsors like Mr. Francisco Dizon, Ms. Vicky Cuisia, Mr. Eric Puno and Ms. Pilar Lee spent time with these children, youth, parent volunteers and Sisters. The JOY that the children felt is undeniably seen in their eyes as they unwrapped their bucketful of presents. A special thanks to the following donors who made these things possible: Mr. & Mrs. Joey & Marissa Concepcion, Ms. Josefina Tan, Sta. Ana Family of Victorias, Mr. & Mrs. Lynn & Mag Sy, Mr. & Mrs. Francisco & Joyce Dizon, Mr. & Mrs. Boy & Pilar Lee, Ms. Joey Sison, Batch 79 of the Assumption College-Makati, SL Agritech Corp., RFM Corporation, Constellation Travels Inc., ROLE Finance & Investment Corp., Toy Kingdom and Kettle Korn. One of the Vicunians shared her experience. She said, “ The Parti-han 2019 was unique since this was the first time I was able to share a part of myself to others. I had a beautiful experience regarding this because I was given the responsibility of distributing the food. I really enjoyed it so much especially when I saw the smiles of these children.”
A total of one thousand one hundred (1,100) students were given the LIFTS (LVF’s Initiatives to Fight Trafficking, Sexual Abuse and Commercial Exploitation of Children) /ACTS (Advocacy Against Child Trafficking in Schools and Communities) by Mr. Ryan Azucena on December 4-6, 2019 in 6 schools in Negros Occidental namely: Victorias Milling Elementary School (213) on December 4; Brgy. Alicante Elementary School (116), Villa Miranda Elementary School (104) and Alejandro Acuña Yap Quiña Memorial Elementary School (81) on December 5; Central Philippine State University-Victorias Campus (264) and Daan Banwa Elementary School (322) on December 6, 2019. The said advocacy was made possible through the partnership with the school principals and coordinators. In the part of sharing and commitment making one student emphasized the importance of one’s dignity as a gift from God where each individual is created unique and special. Another college student shared that they should be versatile and observant regarding their environment and to help victims by reporting them to the authorities.
Eight hundred students (800) from the Junior High School Department of Napindan Integrated School were given the LIFTS (LVF’s Initiatives to Fight Trafficking, Sexual Abuse and Commercial Exploitation of Children) /ACTS (Advocacy Against Child Trafficking in Schools and Communities) by LVF Social Worker – Ms. Joselyn Hugo on December 9, 2019 at their school covered court. The said advocacy was included in the school’s activities facilitated by their GAD (Gender and Development) Organization through the assistance of the school principal and the partnership with the Barangay Officials. In the sharing session, one student said that education is the key to counter human trafficking. They were very lucky compared to others because they were given an opportunity and it is their responsibility to value what was given to them. An officer of the GAD organization was very thankful for this session because this made them aware about the elements of human trafficking which are acts, means and purpose.
A CHRISTMAS STREAM OF GIVING AND BLESSING
Every year many private corporations, schools, private individuals, families and friends come to the Laura Vicuña Foundation to share their time, treasure and stories to the LVF girls, CPC Areas, Sisters and lay mission partners. Christmas outpouring of blessings, treats and surprises to the LVF family were done by following donors and benefactors like Puno and Puno Law Office, Dr. Russel and family, Philippine National Bank Overseas Remittance Department, Ms. Emma Isip and friends, Ms. GigiePeñalosa of WESTCO, VCP and PAMAV companies, Unilever Philippines, Mother Butler’s Club of Our Lady of Consolacion Parish with Fr. Gideon Lagrimas, DBS Sta. Mesa, UNILAB, Ms. Judy Araneta-Roxas for her Acrobatic show tickets, Dragon Edge, Mr. and Mrs. Dino Laurena and family and the Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc., ELKS International , Atty. Luciano and Tina Joson, Ms. Stephanie Lim, Ms. Jennifer , Kim Yoo Jung Phils., Mrs. Aleli Sibal and Batch ’69 of Miriam (formerly Maryknoll) College, Green-Jakobsen Phils., Atty Rose la Mapa, Fr. Carlo Narvasa and Friends, FRC – Family Rosary Crusade of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Mr. Miguel Dela Peña, family and friends, AIM donors ,PNP Lakambini, London Sales Corp.- Phils., Asahi Networks Phils. and 1Cube Inc., Architect Anthony Nazareno and company, Ms. Jen and family of Calamba,ErmilynGeaging and Amy Salvoro Harvey and many more.Truly, God cannot be outdone in generosity. He values people more than anything else.
CWC’S 45TH ANNIVERSARY
The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) was invited by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) to partake in its “Boodle Fight Lunch Buffet with Partners and Stakeholders On Children” during their 45th anniversary celebration at the CWC office on December 10, 2019. The event was a way of forging camaraderie, equality and partnership on children’s rights with some Civil Society Organizations and government agencies. For LVF it was a thanksgiving celebration for the fruitful and meaningful collaboration with them and a way of strengthening further their connection in the promotion of the rights of Filipino children. LVF was represented by one of their Social Workers Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia.
DILG’S CONSULTATION WORKSHOP ON HEALING AND RECONCILIATION FOR COMMUNITIES
The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) was one of the 3 non-government organizations which were invited by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) -Project Management Office (PMO) to attend the first Consultation Workshop on Healing and Reconciliation for Communities held at Brentwood Suites, Quezon City on December 3 and 16, 2019. One of the initiatives of the PCVE-PMO is the development of the conceptual framework on Healing and Reconciliation for Communities which envisioned to address the gap as to how the communities welcome the former rebels (FR) and local extremist group (LEG) surrenderees back. Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia represented LVF during the consultation workshop.
ADVENT RECOLLECTION WITH CARDINAL TAGLE
Of the thousand attendees, around thirty (30) from the Laura Vicuña Foundation attended the Annual Advent Recollection led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on December 15, 2019. The Cardinal shared his insights about the importance of the Season of Advent in the Church. He emphasized the role of Angels in their mission of bringing the good news. At the end he challenged the group to be bearers of the truth and to be missionaries in proclaiming God’s Word. The recollection concluded with a Eucharistic celebration presided by the Cardinal and concelebrated by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco. The attendees were a little bit sad because this will be the last Advent Recollection that Archbishop Tagle will give as he embarks on a new mission in Rome as Prefect to the Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples.
A HEART-TO-HEART ADVENT ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS
On Dec. 20, 2019 the LVF- Cubao girls had their moments of silence with Jesus in preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Sr. Ana Guerrero, FMA accompanied them as facilitator. The girls candidly recognized their need to keep still and find precious time to have a heart-to-heart encounter with Jesus. In their hearts they know and believe that Jesus is the ultimate reason for the season and humbly acknowledged that they need Jesus to heal and make them whole.
COUNTER-TRAFFICKING ADVOCACIES IN NEGROS OCC. & CEBU
A total of thirteen thousand one hundred sixty (13,160) students were given the LIFTS (Laura Vicuña Foundation’s Initiatives to Fight Trafficking, Sexual Abuse and Commercial Exploitation of Children/ACTS (Advocacy Against Child Trafficking In Schools and Communities) by two (2) LVF’s Social Workers Mr. Ryan Azucena and Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia in Negros Occidental and Cebu City for November 2019.
For NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, the Laura Vicuña Foundation(LVF) has reached seven thousand five hundred seventy-three (7,573) students and parents combined from November 7-29, 2019. LVF has partnered with various schools namely: Don Felix Robles Elementary School - La Castellana (78 students) on Nov.7, Home of Hope-Bacolod (21) and Alfonso Sta. Ana Memorial National High School (100) on November 9; Laura Vicuña Women Development Training Center-Malihao (135 students) on November 12;Estado Elementary School-Mimi Extension (64 students and 15 parents) and Estado Elementary School (116) on November 14; Valencia Ko Elementary School (64) and San Enrique National High School (874) on November 15;Sibucao Evangelical Church-San Enrique, Negros Occ. (275) on November 16; St. Francis of Assisi School-Silay City (314) and Brgy. Estado National High School-Victorias City (152) on November 19; Rosario Elementary School-La Castellana (73) on November 20; Nicolas L. Jalandoni Memorial School - E.B Magalona (66) on November 21;Bagonawa Evangelical Church San Enrique (99 students and 13 parents) and Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias (CSAV) (500) on November 23; Cudangdang Elementary School (99) and Sta. Teresa Elementary School (65 students and 13 parents) and Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School (DVFGMNHS) Cadiz City (1,880) on November 27; Cuaycong Elementary School (334) and Nanca Elementary School (149) on November 28; Victorias National High School-Canetown (412), Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias-Integrated School (CSAV I.S.) (1,098), Villa Victorias Elementary School (365) and Salvacion Elementary School (199) on November 29. Schools and communities work collaboratively with LVF in conducting these sessions to counter trafficking and different abuses among children. The said advocacy sessions were made possible through the partnership with DepEd Neg. Occ. and Cadiz City, school principals and barangay heads.
One student from CSAV said that we should open our minds to these situations like trafficking, abuses and exploitation. Who knows it might happen to us in the future.That is why it is good that we have this advocacy session. Another student from DVFGMNHS said they are still very lucky because they have parents who send them to school and through this advocacy was inspired to study very well. One mother from LVWDTC also said that ‘’As a parent, we are primarily responsible for our children and it is our obligation to protect and support them in their welfare and development.
As for CEBU CITY, five thousand five hundred eighty-seven (5,587) students of Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School (RDMNHS) in Guadalupe, Cebu City were given the sessions by Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia on November 4 to 28, 2019.These were some of the sharings of some students: one student learned that some obstacles in one’s life are not hindrances in reaching one’s dreams in life. Another one said in order to help the victims of abuses, trafficking and exploitation we need to speak up and take action. Then another one said, child pornography is not a joke. It has been a very real problem in the Philippines. That is why, boys should stop watching them.The RDMNHS principal was very thankful to LVF for giving them the opportunity to have these advocacy sessions. With these sessions, the students are now aware on how they can reject trafficking, abuses and exploitation.
NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MONTH KICK-OFF CEREMONY
A total of two thousand five hundred (2,500) children enjoyed, learned and had a fun-filled day at QC Circle during the launching of the 27th National Children’s Month kick-off ceremony last November 06, 2019! The celebration was doubly meaningful for it is also the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with this year’s theme: “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloyna Pahalagahan at Gampanantungosa Magandang Kinabukasan”. By the virtue of Republic Act number 10661 which declares November of every year as a National Children’s Month, the Council for the Welfare of Children(CWC) spearheaded the month-long celebration specifically for the children. With the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Youth Commission (NYC), hand in hand with other advocacy partners that promotes the rights of the children, various activities are designed underscoring every children’s rights to Survive, Develop, Participate and be Protected. Acknowledging that play is vital to child’ development, the Philippine Play Coalition has prepared inflatables, interactives booths and a space for Filipino games! The ceremony was opened with the presence of CWC E.D Mitch Cajayon-uy, DSWD Sec. Rolando Bautista, NYC Commissioner Laurence Diestro, World Vision Ambassador Bianca Umali together with the other government and non-government partners. Laura Vicuña Foundation, as a child caring institution has participated in the said activity.
“BATA, KASALI KA! FORUM”
The month-long celebration of the National Children’s Month has a weekly theme focusing on Children’s Rights. This third week of November has focused on Children’s Right to Participate with focus on Children in governance and play, thus, it is in this light that the National Youth Commission (NYC) called for a forum which involved children from different organizations, NGO’s, GO’s, and LGU’s. The activity has paved way for children to impart their insights and recommendations contributory on how the government, school, community and family’s engagement in matters affecting them, and to promote play as an integral part of a child’s learning and development process which was made possible through the NYC’s partnership with the MuseoPambata, UNILAB and World Vision. The Laura Vicuña Foundation Inc.is honored to be invited and be among the participants during the “Bata, KasaliKa!” Forum held at MuseoPambata last November 23, 2019. The forum ended with the tour at the Museo.
ORIENTATION SESSION ON GENDER POLICY
The Philippine Against Child Trafficking (PACT) represented by Ms. Salome Ujano, PACT Executive Director conducted an orientation on Gender Policy for Laura Vicuña Foundation staff with the participation of LVF Consultant Asuncion Cueto. This aims to strengthen the gender-fair policies, frameworks and approaches in moving towards achieving the goals in the context of a gender-fair society.
CYBER GUARDIANS: PINOY’S GUIDE ON DIGITAL PARENTING
This year’s celebration of the National Children’s Month in the Philippines is anchored on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) which compliments on the implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children (PPAEVAC). It is in this light that the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Plan International, together with the Facebook Philippines conducted a one-day conference on Digital Parenting on November 21, 2019 at Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros.The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF), as one of the partners of CWC in the protection of children for more than a decade, was among the invited NGOs to attend the said conference which was represented Ms. Rosea Marie Monsay, LVF Social Worker and three parent leaders from the Child Protection Clinic (CPC) communities. This conference gave focus on the effects of digital technology on the children’s mental health and some safety tips to protect oneself in the dangers of cyberspace. A study has shown that two in five children have experienced cyber violence, either through the internet or cellphone (Systematic Literature Review of the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children, 2016). Mr, Ysrael Diloy, Senior Advocacy Officer of Stairway Foundation, talked about the three effects of being an active Digital Citizen: the safe (positive), unsafe(dangerous) and the risky (not totally dangerous nor safe). He had dropped tips on how to Tech Talk with Your Kids and how to make cyberspace less risky for children. This parallels to the message from the CWC Executive Director Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy: “Our children may know a lot about how these gadgets and technologies work but we adults, parents and caregivers have our experiences and lessons that life has taught us and we must always protect them.” The conference was highlighted by the partnership launch of the CWC, Facebook Philippines and Plan International which was graced with the presence of Ms. Snow White Smelser, Safety Policy Manager, Facebook Asia Pacific, Mr. Christopher Kuzhuppilly, Public Policy Manager Facebook Philippines and Ms. Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy, CWC Executive Director. A workshop on Facebook’s Parenting Module was conducted to localize the content in the Philippine setting for effective facilitation delivery towards target participants that would promote positive discipline as an effective approach to parenting, care giving and digital citizenship.
LVF WELCOMES SR. MABEL!
Last November 26, 2019, the Laura Vicuña girls together with the LVF Sisters welcomed Sr. Mabel Pilar, FMA, Provincial Head of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, on her annual visit!They were indeed blessed to acknowledge the presence of Mary through Sr. Mabel who reminded them to look back on the blessings they have received. Give thanks and be grateful. For four days, Sr. Mabel talked with the LVF Girls, sisters and staff. This is also a chance for everyone to renew their relationship to Mary.
LVF JOINS FILM VIEWING ON POSITIVE DISCIPLINE!
Adults, educators, parents and soon-to-be-parents have a crucial role in child-rearing thus, last November 26, 2019, Laura Vicuña Foundation Inc., represented by Ms.Virginia Jison, Sr. Felicidad Boado, FMA and ten(10) mothers from Child Protection Clinic on Wheels Sta. Mesahas joined the Film Viewing on Positive Discipline for Parents and Caregivers held at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Auditorium.As part of the Children’s Month Celebration, the activity aimed to provide its participants tips on positive discipline in child-rearing. A workshop was conducted to deepen their knowledge on common issues that arises between the child’s birth to adolescence and how to positively address or counter these issues.
LVF Celebrates National Children’s Month In Brgy. Napindan!
In celebration of the National Children’s Month with this year’s theme: “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloyna Pahalagahan at GampananTungosa Magandang Kinabukasan”, Brgy. Tipas and Brgy. Napindan had a joint activity headed by the Laura Vicuña Foundation Inc (LVFI) in partnership with the Philippine Against Child Trafficking (PACT) held at Brgy. Napindan last Nov. 9, 2019. One hundred (100) participants coming from Brgy. Napindan which is composed of young people, mothers, barangay officials and community leaders had joined the COLOR FUN RUN! The said event started at 5 o’clock in the morning where the participants wore white T-shirts for a more colorful run. The event brought so much excitement to the participants as first three (3) runners who will reach the finish line will be declared winners and cash prizes will be given away. One of the winners of the said fun run came from Brgy. Tipas, Taguig. After the Fun Run, all the participants gathered in the covered court of Brgy. Napindan and ate their free breakfast. Brgy. Napindan is one of the community partners of the Laura Vicuña Foundation under its Child Protection Clinic on Wheels Program.
DSWD MIMAROPA ASSESSMENT
Social Worker Officer ll Standards Section Ms. Irene Jaballas from DSWD MIMAROPA visited the Laura Vicuna Center Palawan last November 7, 2019 for the Assessment prior to the Accreditation of the center's programs and services. Ms. Jaballas checked all the pertinent records needed for the accreditation, conducted a one on one interview with the center head, Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA, facilitated a focused group discussion among selected children and a brief orientation among the staff and volunteers. We thank Ms. Irene Jaballas, rsw for her time, presence and for facilitating the process of assessment prior to accreditation which is tentatively set by January 2020.
LVC PALAWAN CELEBRATES NATIONAL CHILDREN'S MONTH
November is declared National Children's month dedicated for the welfare and best interest of Filipino children. Ms. Christine Sumagaysay-Garobo, RSW, the center's volunteer social worker together with the three Social Work interns facilitated the Child Protection Workshop last November 14, 2019 with the theme: "WASTONG PAGTRATO: KARAPATAN AT RESPONSIBILIDAD KO." the team discussed the rights and responsibilities of children and focused on the issue on Bullying. The workshop highlighted the call fir each one to respect and acknowledge the dignity of the person. The session ended with the children themselves electing their core group officers for Child Protection.
LVC PALAWAN JOINS 2019 BUGSAYAN BUGSAYAN
LVF Palawan, Now a Learning Site for Agriculture!
Last October 21, 2019, the Laura Vicuna Foundation-Palawan has achieved another milestone as it becomes a Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA)! The Agricultural Training Institute MIMAROPA has issued its certificate with a number LSA-2019-09-123 effective on September 16, 2019 until 2024. This certification means approval and qualifies its operation.
Advocacy SessionsAgainst Child Trafficking in Victorias City, Negros Occidental
Mr. Ryan Azucena, an LVF social worker conducted an advocacy session Against Child Trafficking to the Parents, Trainees, Senior High School and Alternative Learning System (ALS) students of the Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center- Malihao (LVWDTC) last October 27 and 29, 2019 respectively with a total of 190 participants. This is made possible with the cooperation of the LVWDTC’s faculty and staff and was included in their parents’ formation and weekly Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) activities. As part of the LVF’s prevention program, this advocacy session is regularly conducted to the different partner schools and communities of the LVF to raise awareness and empower the children to reject exploitation, abuse and trafficking.
10th Kopa ng Pagsilang: A Decade of remembering and giving joy (Mr. Francisco Dizon’s Futsal tournament in honor of his late son Miguel Dizon)
A day of free friendly football tournament was held at the Navy Fleet Marine Field in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig last October 26, 2019. This was participated in by five hundred sixty (560) kids coming from different communities and foundations. Thirty-six (36) kids came from Laura Vicuña Foundation, boys from CPC ,Napindan, Taguig City and the girls from Laura Vicuna, Cubao, Quezon City. The different teams were given Filipino Values as names to instill such in the hearts and minds of the young. They have showed sportsmanship, teamwork, camaraderie, and friendship with others through sports. This 10thKopa ng Pagsilang is an annual celebration in commemoration of the late Miguel Dizon and his love for football. This year’s theme is “Football is Joy” which was reflected in Mr.Dizon’s welcome remarks: “Enjoy kayonglahattulad ng anak ko noon,nungbuhay pa sya na masayahabangnaglalaro ng football.” It was a fun-filled experience especially for the kids who enjoyed free pizza, ice cream, lunch and doughnuts and were even given lootbags. Mr. Francisco Dizon, Vice President of the Laura Vicuna Foundation sponsored the trainings of the LVF kids on futsal.
Three LVF Representatives attend DOLE-PPACL Media Training
Three representatives from Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) namely Ms. Rosea Marie Monsay, Mr. Ryan Azucena and Child Representative, Shane Valiente, participated in the 4-day seminar workshop in Media Training on Child Labor. The training was organized by the Department of Labor and Employment-Philippine Program Against Child labor (DOLE-PPACL) held at Sequoia Hotel last October 01-04, 2019. LVF has been DOLE’s long time NGO partner in addressing and combating child labor in the Philippines. It seeks to empower partner groups to reach more children, educate and form them in relevant issues that affect them.The media training consisted of different topics which underscores the use of media in making the issues on Child labor be known to the public through different mass media communications platform (print or newspaper, radio, television and internet). The participants were given the opportunity to witness actual television and radio interviews. The call to fight child labor is intensified with the newly signed Executive Order 92 (EO 92) by Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Sept. 17, 2019 institutionalizing the National Child Labor Committee(NCLC) as the National Council Against Child Labor. LVF, as one of the NCLC active members will further intensify its advocacy against child labor for the welfare and protection of children through its advocacies and educational trainings. Shane Valiente, our 11 year old participant proved this seminar-workshop effective and relevant as she has shared what she learned to her fellow Vicunians and use media techniques in facilitating the Follow your Dreams Sessions and other LVF advocacies.
LVF Social Worker attends DSWD-NCR, Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNET) GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. is one among the hundred and nineteen (119) Social Welfare Development Agencies (SWDA) who were invited for the Annual General Assembly and Capability Building conducted by the Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNET) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region at QCX Museum, Quezon Memorial Circle last October 14, 2019. Laura Vicuna Foundation, as an accredited SWDA by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), was represented by Ms.Rosea Marie Monsay. Ms.JessaminePenalosa, resource speaker shed light on the newly implemented Memorandum Circular no. 17 s. 2018 or the “Revised Guidelines Governing the Registration, Licensing of Social Welfare and Development (SWD) Agencies and Accreditation of SWD Programs and Services” which took effect last July 01, 2019. The afternoon session with Ms. Veronica Ester Mendoza discussed about the relevance in learning various emerging trends in fund-raising which was followed by her helping tips in writing grant proposals. The one-day activity indeed, showed a collaborative effort of the government and the non-government organizations in working for their common goal: for the last, the lost and the least.
LVF Social Workers at the PASWI Regional Conference
The Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc. (PASWI) organized the Regional Conference for National Capital Region (NCR) with the theme: “Social Workers: Championing Positive Human Relationships” was held last October 23-25, 2019 at the City Garden Suites, Malate, Manila. Sr. Marivic Sta. Ana,FMA was its chairperson/organizer as the PASWI’s Vice President, Manila Chapter together with its officers.The LVF Social Workers who attended the conference were Ms .Josielyn Hugo and Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia with Sr. Candy Carmen Balverde, FMA from CPC Sta. Mesa. Manila Vice Mayor Dr. Honey Lacuna - Panganin her warm welcome message said that Social Workers are their partners in reaching their dreams for their citizenry particularly for children and youth. Dr. Judy Taguiwalo, the keynote speaker stated“Practice Wisdom” - in the advancement of Social Workers, practice realities and practice derived learning is an integral part towards a better profession. She challenged everyone to respond to the ever changing environment of their evolving society. The first day was indeed insightful for having speakers like Dr. Edward Jay M. Quinto, Ms. Koleen Davila-Palaganas, Ms. Alexandra M. Eduque, Prof. Bing Fortin and Mr. Jesus Far. As emphasized by Ms. Koleen Davila - Palaganas, the Vice President, Sustainability and Development, of SM Investments: "Social Workers are the UNSUNG HEROES in a thankless mission.". The second day featured partners in development work and professional practitioners who have developed best practices derived from their experiences as development workers and social workers. The speakers were Mr. Ricky de Castro, Ms. Gisela Tiongson, Hon. Norman Baloro, Ms. Emilia Maralit, Ms. Arriane Aldeza, Ms. Glady Bunao, and Mr. Dennis Destacamento. Their efforts and commitment to service are very inspiring and admirable. The 3rd day was graced by the Chairperson of the Professional Regulations Commission - Professional Regulatory Board for Social Work Hon. Lorna C. Gabad and one of the members Hon. Rosetta G. Palma.The other speakers were Ms. Marigrace Mateum, Atty. Brenda Canapi, Mr.Froilan Maglaya and Dr.Editha Maslang. Indeed, the 3-day PASWI Regional Conference for the National Capital Region has been very successful! This is PASWI Manila's first hosting stint after its reactivation this year.
LVF at the SaferKidsPH Launch
The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) was invited by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the official launch of theSaferKidsPH program on October 22, 2019 at Makati Shangri-la Hotel. Sr. Clara Alacapa, FMA represented LVF on this occasion.SaferKidsPH dubs itself as the pioneering consortium created to reduce online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). It pledges to work and foster cooperation among the government, educational institutions, and communities involved. This program is a 6-year awareness campaign on the extent and impact of OSEC in the Philippines. SaferKidsPH dubs itself as the pioneering consortium created to reduce OSEC. It pledges to work and foster cooperation among the governments, educational institutions, and communities involved. The SaferKidsPH program's implementing consortion includes the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), Save the Children Philippines, and The Asia Foundation.
Along the 6-year plan, SaferKidsPH aims to:
JUGEND EINE WELT APPROVES LVF PALAWAN PROJECT
The Laura Vicuna Foundation Palawan's project was approved by Jugend Eine Welt of Germany which will cover repainting and repair of the center's structures, development of its farm and sustainability through income generating program. Divine Providence is always felt in God's mission among the young and for their welfare. LVF Palawan presently takes care of 60 resident children who are provided with their basic needs, psycho social interventions and human and spiritual formation.
7th Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) FAMILY CONGRESS
Two hundred (200) persons coming from our grassroots communities in Taguig, Marikina, Quezon City, Manila, Cavite as well as the Salesian Oratory Centers in Canlubang and Pansol, Laguna attended the 7th LVF Family Congress with the theme: “Pakikipag-ugnay, Kalusugang Pangkaisipan at Pamilya” (Relationships, Mental Health and Family) at the Laura Vicuña Foundation Building, Quezon City on September 22, 2019. Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, FMA the Managing Director of LVF and the community animator of LVC gave a very enlightening and appropriate welcome remarks making the latest document of the Synod on Youth, Christus Vivit known and somewhat explained some of its salient points which pertains to the topic at hand on Mental Health. She said that we should help young people to value their roots, to respect their elders and to discover the living richness of the past. Pope Francis stressed that the young should be convinced that :-
Mr. Allen Jeffrey Saraza, the founder and lead learning partner of Aspiring Visions H.R.Training and Consultancy, a sought after motivational speaker and a friend and mission partner of the Salesian Sisters gave the talk from 10:00 to 12:00 noon. In the afternoon it spilled over to a very intimate and respectful one hour and a half public conversation which has immensely helped some participants ventilate problems which they have carried on for years and has now found light, hope and strength. Mr. Saraza was the guest speaker who turned counsellor-confidante to the participants. He talked about inspiring people to be their best so that they can bring out the best in others. According to him, good mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. It was a graced-filled event for all that were present because Mr. Saraza turned the 3 hours and a half input and dialogue into a soul-searching moment. And though tiresome, all felt empowered to face life’s reality anew!
The Congress culminated fittingly with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist which has been solemnly participated in. Rev. Fr. Gino Godinez, SDB who generously presided the Mass celebration encouraged all to carry on in their lives with much faith in God. The LVF Family Congress was really a family gather. Truly Christ is alive!
Follow Your Dream (#FYD YEHEY CAMP) Roadtrip 7
“Don’t ever let others put you down, reach for the star and never turn back, You can reach out; and FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!” serves as the theme song of the #FYD Yehey Camp. A TEAM OF FOURTEEN (14) FACILITATORS composed of seven (7) Vicunians, three (3) Teachers, two (2) Social Workesr and two (2) FMA Sisters; enthusiastically braved the roads to PILA and STA. CRUZ, LAGUNA to kick-off this year’s #FYD Road trip #7 and so reaching out to young people and help them dream big! and ‘chart’ their life’s course A total of two thousand four hundred twenty-three (2,423) students from Grades 7 to 12 coming from various private schools in Pila and Sta. Cruz, Laguna namely: San Antonio de Padua College (878), Liceo de Pila (961), South Greenville School (184), Colegio Monterei de Pila Child Development Inc. (152), Southbay Montessori School and College Inc. (218) and Rainbow Institute of Learning Inc. (30) benefitted from the said youth centered Seminar-Workshop held last September 18-25, 2019. These formative activities highlight the students’ self-determination in setting their goals, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, empowering them through peer and group discussions and inspire them to live a purpose-driven life. Here are several testimonies from the young people;
LVF at NEDA Consultation (National Economic Development Authority)
Another blessing for the Laura Vicuña Foundation Inc. (LVF) for having been invited by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) as one out of only three (3) NGO participants in the Multi-stakeholders’ Consultation Workshop on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) Chapter 11 (Reducing Vulnerability of Individuals and Families) last September 23, 2019 at Max’s Restaurant, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. In the invitation letter sent to the LVF’s Managing Director, Sr. Marivic Sta. Ana it says; “We are coordinating the updating of the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 (PDP) to cover the remaining period. Inter-agency meetings and regional consultation activities have been conducted to review the strategies, policies, targets, programs and projects identified in the PDP, Result Matrices, and Regional Development Plans; and to update the same to ensure that the goals of the PDP are achieved.” Ms. Joselyn Hugo, LVF Social Worker represented our Foundation. It was such a great privilege to have been singled out by NEDA for this consultation and at the same time an opportunity to put forward in government our cause on child protection. The LVF is ever enthusiastic to move forward and continue its advocacy for the development and growth especially of the least, last and lost young people of our society.
Capacity Building Activity
The Asean Social Work Consortium-Philippines through the Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc. (PASWI) has invited the Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) to attend the Capacity Building Activity on Social Work Case Management at Linden Suites, Pasig City on September 9-13, 2019. The LVF’s Social Worker, Ms. Josielyn Hugo, is the organization’s representative to this activity. Ms. Hugo said she has learned a lot from the seminar like updating Social Work theories and perspectives in Social Work Case Management. She was also energized with the valuable inputs of the speakers and moments of camaraderie and sharing of insights and experiences among her colleagues. LVF has been very consistent in partnering with such agencies/ organization for its continued updating and educative growth; all for the good of the young.
Congratulations to our new Board Passers in Social Work!
The Laura Vicuna Foundation(LVF) new staff members Mr. Ryan Azucena , an LVF Scholar, and Ms. Rosea Marie Monsay who took oath as Professional Social Workers on September 30, 2019 at Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila. They were warmly congratulated by the LVF Family with a simple yet meaningful celebration. The LVC Girls prepared a dance number, song presentation and gave them congratulatory card. In return, Mr. Azucena and Ms. Monsay expressed their gratitude for sharing the joy of their achievements. Both shared their experiences, hardships and struggles before they became Registered Social Workers to inspire all. The two Social Workers are among the fifteen (15) of 20 Examinees of Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias in Negros Occidental and the 2,723 board passers out of 5,880 examinees of the Social Worker Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines.
Effects of Social Media on Mental Health (LVF TVET – Sta. Mesa)
On September 4, Sr. Debbie Ponsoran, FMA – Youth Ministry Coordinator facilitated a lecture on the Effects of Social Media on Mental Health for the first year trainees of the Laura Vicuña Foundation, Inc. TVET – Sta. Mesa. The lecture captured the interest of the youth, they were given the know-how on social media and its effect on their mental health. They were made aware of its effects on their relationships with others as well as in the society they lived in. The lecture empowered them to be more resilient and have great faith in God. After all, the best way to grow in relationships and to have a good mental health is still the ‘classic’ “face to face” method which is equal to meaningful relationships and meaningful sacrifices.
Trainees of the Laura Vicuña Foundation, Inc. TVET-Sta. Mesa, together with the Salesians Sisters of Don Bosco participated in the opening of Global Climate Change Kick off on September 20 – 27, 2019 with a special Morning Prayer prepared at the Provincial House garden. The trainees wholeheartedly planted vegetables on the limited plots available around LVTC a few weeks before the said Kick Off to show their sincere desire to follow Pope Francis’ call in his encyclical letter Laudato Si. Surely, with the organized activities done by the Sta. Mesa TVET Center; its Educating Communities strong commitment to take care of God’s creation has been expressed appropriately.
Lakbay Aral is one good practice for those with agricultural program as it enable us to see, observe and learn from other organizations with their good practices of farming and gardening. Last September 2, 2019, Sr. Aleth Evangelista, Matet Padul and Rubielyn Abello as LVC Palawan EC representatives, went to UP Organic Farm and Ilog ni Maria Bee Farm and learned many good farming practices that can be applied in our own farm in Palawan. Learning is not only in books and in school but also from people with passion for the environment who willingly share their skills and knowledge. Thanks to Professor Ms. Claudette Oraye and Ms. Maria Cielo Paola Rodriguez who took time to give us farming tips and even gave free seedlings.
PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOR SESSION AT MOHTIW PAMPANGA
Abuse is rampant and victims are increasing in numbers. This is one sad reality in the Philippines that needs attention and concrete steps to combat and prevent it. Last September 3, 2019, Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA, facilitated the Protective Behaviour Session among 142 students and faculty staff of Mary Help of Christians Technical Institute for Women (MOHTIW), Pampanga. Many of the senior high students have very relevant questions after the session. One asked on how a biological father can in his conscience abuse his own daughter even in the presence of the wife? How can one get totally healed from sexual abuse and the trauma experience in the past? Can a person reach for her dreams in spite her past experience of abuse? With all these questions and struggles of children and young people, as advocates and guides of the young, we are all the more challenged to build a culture of protection.
PASTORAL VISIT OF BISHOP SOCRATES MESIONA
Last September 13-15, our beloved Bishop Socrates Mesiona, MSP, D.D., bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, had his pastoral visit in our parish, San Ezekiel Moreno Parish. He concluded his first day of visit coming to our center, spent time listening to the vision mission, programs and services of the center. A shared supper delighted everyone and Bishop Soc as he is fondly called enjoyed the presentation of the children which highlighted Hope as their Home.
WELCOME TO OUR THREE SOCIAL WORK INTERNS
Last September 10, 2019, three social work interns from Western Philippines University were welcomed by the learners. They were accompanied by their school supervisor Mr. Rodgen Limpiado. Ms. Phea Ga, Ms. Delia Valledor and Mr. Selmo Adion are 4th year Social Work students and they will stay in our center until December for the Groupwork fieldwork.
FIRST QUARTER FAMILY FORMATION
During the birthday of our Blessed Lady, September 8, 2019, the educating community of the Laura Vicuna Center Palawan gathered for its first quarter Family Formation. Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA, gave an input on Teenage Pregnancy which is an alarming reality in Palawan having the highest cases in the MIMAROPA region. At the last part of the session, the parents were asked to talk to their sons and daughters about what they heard and express their thoughts and feelings about it. A new set of parent leaders were also selected in their respective areas. The day ended with a shared sumptuous lunch and ice cream to celebrate the birthday of Mama Mary.
LVC PALAWAN CONDUCTS PUBLIC SCHOOL CATECHESIS
September is declared as the month dedicated for catechesis. Heeding to the call and challenge of the present time and that of the Church to go to the peripheries, the community of LVC Palawan responded by sending the sisters as catechists to the public school. Sr. Zenaida Zamora, FMA serves as a catechist at Baruang Elementary School and Sr. Erlinda Soriano, FMA and Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA at Bahile National High School. The young people are eager and athirst to learn about God and the faith. It is also a good venue for their human and spiritual formation.
SPECIAL TRIP TO ONE OF THE WONDERS OF NATURE, THE UNDERGROUND RIVER
Every September, residents of Puerto Princesa City can avail of the free ride and free tour to the Underground River sponsored by the Municipality of Puerto Princesa. Last September 29, 2019, 44 residents, staff, volunteers and Sisters of the Laura Vicuna Center – Palawan enjoyed a day tour at the magnificent one of the wonders of nature, the Underground River. The children together with Sr. Janis Aguirre, FMA who were first timers to see the Underground river were amazed at God’s wonder in nature. As a community, we are all the more challenged to care for our common home. We are one with the people of Palawan who wish to preserve this beautiful island which is also considered the last frontier and a home of flora and fauna. Palawan is one of the most biodiverse areas in South East Asia, both in terms of the variety of marine life thriving underwater and also above sea level, with its spectacular vistas.
2nd NATIONAL CONVENTION OF EPISCOPAL VICARS
The Episcopal Commission on Clergy which is tasked to “promote the spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation of the Clergy…’of the Philippines,”…through the On-Going Formation Programs/Modules in the diocesan and national levels…” has organized the 2nd National Convention of Episcopal Vicars and the Members of the Episcopal Commission on Clergy with the theme: Safe Church for the Beloved, Gifted and Empowered Youth: “Let the Children Come to Me…Mark 10, 14 ” held at the Splash Mountain Hotel and Resort, Los Baños, Laguna on August 12-16, 2019.The Episcopal Commission on Youth through its Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Cunegundo Garganta invited Sr. Marivic Sta. Ana as resource person on the protection of minors and the implementation of the guidelines given by Pope Francis “Apostolic Letter Muto Proprio on the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Persons”. In his letter of invite Fr. Kune said; “It is a fitting occasion for these servants of each diocese to understand the important responsibility placed upon the Church and her ministers in ensuring pastoral care and protection of the younger members of every faith community. As well, they need to know how to practically apply Church Guidelines on the Protection of Minors. As I speak in behalf of the Episcopal Commission on Youth, I express deep faith and inspiration in the success story of the Laura Vicuña Foundation. Its example of living fully the guidelines on protecting minors is a great resource for the Episcopal Vicars to learn from and emulate. It can be done and LVF is a living proof. Having you as a guest speaker on this topic can surely help them look into their own realities, realize the practical and empowering ways in attending to the issue at hand and respond accordingly as pastors of their communities. Yours and the people in your foundation, especially from the young in your care, are the voices they need to hear. Please help us get this message across by accepting the invitation.”
Sr. Marivic humbly accepted the invitation as a MANDATE from the Church and at the same time as LVF’s fair share in its MISSION for the least, last and lost. The ambient that pervaded were that of attentiveness, intense eagerness to learn and the impetus to start and take on the challenge to set up networks of protection for the vulnerable of their dioceses. The Holy Spirit of compassion reigned in the assembly, Sr. Marivic walked through the Clergy to the reality of our most vulnerable children and youth who cannot defend and shield themselves from different kinds of abuses. Sr. Marivic said; “ Yes, you can say that we as NGO are doing a lot for our children and youth but our Church has the structure and the network already institutionalized in all parts of the Philippines and indeed YOU ARE A FORCE TO RECKON WITH!
Truly, WE ARE THE CHURCH! And by the power of GOD we can do all things for our beloved and gifted youth to empower them!
LVF REPRESENTATIVE: A DISCUSSANT ON ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: WEAVING THE GIRL CHILD’S EXPERIENCES: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON THE GIRL CHILD’S ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN CASES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
The Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau whose main thrust is to engage in feminist legal advocacy work-pursuing policies and programs that uphold the rights and interests of Filipino women and conducting information – education communication campaigns to raise public awareness and actions on women’s issues has invited the Laura Vicuña Foundation, represented by Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta as a discussant on their round table discussion: Session III: For the Best Interest of the Girl-Child Prioritizing Girl Children’s Access to Justice at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City on August 28, 2019. Ms. Rona discussed LVF’s most effectiveprograms and services for healing, recovery and integration for sexually abused and trafficked girls.Ms. Rona cited the paper presentation of Sr. Ma. Victoria P. Sta Ana, FMA entitled “Recovery and Reintegration of Sexually Abused and Trafficked Girls of the Laura Vicuna Foundation at the First Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska, USA which can be accessed at the Digital Ccommons and Academia. Ms. Rona spoke lengthily on the LVF’s Multi-Staged Journey of Hope Program and the LVF’s P. E. A. C. E. methodology towards healing and recovery. (P-rotection andNurturing Presence & Environment; E-xpression of their feelings, emotions without judgement, A-nalysis and A-cceptance of the Situation; C-laim Control over one’s lifeand Assertiveness training; E-powering the person to rebuild their future.)
The LVF deemed it best for Ms. Rona to represent the foundation in the said assembly as she has gone through the LVF’s Journey of Hope Program herself. The participants marveled at the comprehensive program of LVF evidenced by the discussant, herself, former resident of LVF and who is PRC a licensed teacher since 2016. Ms. Rona has definitely contributed a hefty amount of wisdom and insightful understanding on the topic and has raised involvement to the cause of women and children empowerment.
PASWI’S BROWN BAG SESSION
Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) hosts the Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc. (PASWI) Manila Chapter Social Workers’ Self Care Brown Bag Session at the LVF’s Audio Visual Room on August 17, 2019. Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, LVF’s Managing Director and PASWI Manila’s Internal Vice-President welcomed the participants. Nearly fifty (50) participated and two (2) of them were LVF Social Workers. The topics discussed were the nature of stress and its stress patterns as well as the Perks and Perils of Self-care.The attendees found the session relevant because they were given insights on their stress patterns, how to handle their stress and 8 ways to well-being. It was the first time that PASWI Manila has given these social workers the opportunity to be updated since they were reactivated this January 2019. Indeed it was a way to uplift the Social Work profession.
PROVINCIAL EDUCATING COMMUNITY (PEC) CONGRESS
The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) represented by Tricia Nadine Velasquez, Ms. Ivy Gay G. Segotier and Ms. Mercedes Carla A. Juncia has been invited to attend the Provincial Educating Community Congress 2019 on the theme: “Nurturing Mental Health Empowerment for Resiliency and Grit at the Mornese Center of Spirituality, Pansol, Laguna on August 31-September 1, 2019.The 2- day sessions were very informative. The speakers were well-chosen. After the discussions, the participants were now well equipped and responsible to enhance good mental health in our young people today by making them feel they are not invisible, being attentive to their needs, not belittling their problems and being very appreciative. There was an election of officers after the Congress and Ms. Juncia was again elected Vice President for Communities.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: BREAKOUT!
The LVF’s National Conference held last July 30, 2019 has just begun and caught the attention and concern especially of its participants. These are people who have been in the ‘field’ for years and are in the know-how not only of the reality and status of child protection and youth empowerment in our country moreover are ‘stakeholders’ in the said field. Here are some of their messages after the conference;
LVF CONVENES NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
140 participants from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao gathered at Novotel Manila, Araneta Center last July 30, 2019 for the National Conference on Child Protection and Youth Empowerment convened by the Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. This is the 4th National Conference LVF has organized for the past years. The occasion is also the opening celebration of LVF’s 30th year anniversary which coincides with the 30 years of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
“Sana poPanginoonwalana pong batangmaabuso…. Sana powala ng batangmaaapi…. wala ng batangmapagsamantalahan ….ma-traffick….ma exploit …. maibenta…. Sana powalanapoPanginoon,” the opening prayer of one of the girls of LVF, Remilyn Olediana touched the hearts of all as the Conference started
Another LVF girl, Shane Yap, welcomed the participants with her amazing address and challenge to all participants: “may I request that we all stand up and shout ”STAND UP, TOGETHER LET US BEAT AND END EXPLOITATION, ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING!” She was followed by the inspirational message of Sr. Mabel Pilar, FMA, LVF President and FMA Provincial Animator.
LVF is very much honored to have Secretary Emmanuel Leyco, former DSWD Secretary and now PLM (Pamantasan ng Maynila) President who delivered the keynote address emphasizing the importance of prevention in ending violence, abuse, exploitation and trafficking. He also gave an overview of what human trafficking is and as well as recent data and situations of victims especially in Southeast Asian countries.
Sr. Ma. Victoria P. Sta Ana, FMA, LVF Managing Director together with one LVF girl Tricia Nadine Velasquez presented the LVF Journey of Hope in perspective highlighting the best practices of the Foundation throughout this 30 years journey. Tricia shared her winning piece essay of “Hope is my Home” where she emotionally expressed her gratitude to the foundation which is her home of hope.
Four panelists were invited to share their organization’s best practices in addressing sexual abuse, CSEC and trafficking in persons: Atty Maria Margarita Ardivilla, Child Protection Specialist from UNICEF; Ms. Maria Salome Ujano, National Coordinator of PACT or Philippines Against Child Trafficking; Atty Nelisa Guevara-Garcia, Director of Legal Interventions, Manila of IJM (International Justice Mission) and LVF Advocate Ms. Hannah Babes Yap. Usage of appropriate language in addressing the issue of abuse in all its forms, bringing to justice the perpetrators, proper law enforcement, strong partnerships and networking were the summed up sharing of the invited guests. The last panelist, LVF’s very own Hannah shared from the heart her experience of facilitating the Follow Your Dream program as they encourage their fellow youth to reach for their dreams.
An open forum followed after the individual sharing of the guests and some of the participants expressed their gratitude and congratulatory messages to LVF for its continuing effort to build a culture of protection for children and families.
In the afternoon, Ms. Ana Dionela facilitated the public conversation among the participants who were grouped and asked to give their best responses to emerging child protection challenges. Among the many responses is the need to strengthen the formation of parents and the need to educate people especially the youth and children.
The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Executive Director Ms. Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy also rendered her piece of response and she gave great emphasis on parents’ formation as the key to child protection. In her solidarity message, she shared the vision mission of CWC and its effort to serve the best interest of children.
Atty. Eric Puno, LVF’s Corporate Secretary, in his closing remarks thanked everyone for coming, acknowledged the presence of Ms. Judy Araneta Roxas, and expressed gratitude to the J. Amado Araneta Foundation and the Colegio de Sta Ana de Victorias Dept. of Social Work for making the conference possible because of their partnership and sponsorship. Atty Puno also mentioned how LVF in its 30 years of existence have guided and accompanied young people reach their dreams by not only providing their basic needs but as well as teaching them to live independently in freedom and find decent jobs. In fact, some of the trainees and graduates of LVF’s technical vocational school are now working at the Puno and Puno Law Office.
The National Conference culminated with LVF’s book launching: HOPE is my HOME: Best Practices of the Laura Vicuna Foundation. Sr. Ma. Victoria Sta Ana, FMA and Ms. Ana Dionela, the two authors of the book, gave a brief introduction and a synopsis of the book before the unveiling. Sr. Mabel Pilar together with Ms. Judy Araneta Roxas, Atty Eric Puno and vicunian Tricia Nadine Velasquez led the unveiling of the LVF book- HOPE IS MY HOME. Everyone was surprised to see and have a copy of the beautiful book.
LVF’s 30th Anniversary celebration was truly a blessing! Fr. Conegundo Garganta, CBCP ECY Executive Secretary, celebrated the Thanksgiving Mass offering praises and gratitude to God who made all things possible for LVF throughout the years. The Journey of Hope continues as we STAND UP and together, beat and end Exploitation, Abuse and Trafficking!
LIFTS/ACTS sessions in Cadiz
In partnership with DepEd Cadiz, three thousand one hundred ninety-one (3,191) students were given sessions on LIFTS/ACTS (LVF Initiatives to Fight Trafficking, Sexual Abuse, Commercial Exploitation of Children/Advocacy Against Child Trafficking in Schools and Communities) in 15 far-flung schools in Cadiz City by Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia on July 9-16, 2019. The schools given the LIFTS/ACTS are the following: Banquerohan National High School (300) and Dr. Vicente Gustilo Memorial National High School (150) on July 9; Jerusalem National High School (250) and TNHS-Magsaysay Ext. (170) on July 10; CNHS-Luna Ext. (300) and Caduhaan National High School (150) on July 12; CNHS-Bonifacio Ext. (270), Mabini National High School (211) and Villacin National High School (120) on July 15; Cadiz Viejo National High School (250), Sicaba National High School (150) and Burgos National High School (150) on July 16. After the sessions the students committed to do the following: do not trust strangers, in befriending them be aware of their motives, help trafficked and abused victims, do not give personal information, report cases to the proper authorities, do not chat with strangers, block them in social media accounts, be aware of your surroundings, think first before you click, do not keep secrets from your parents, protect yourself all the time, finish your studies, fight for your rights, be wise in your decisions, do not listen to flowery words of strangers, add only friends, know your rights so as to become child advocates.
PACT Mid-year Planning Session
Ms. Joy Hugo, LVF Social Worker attended the session on mobilizing civil society organizations and government to address issues of child trafficking and migration midyear planning session at Boso-boso Highlands Resort and Hotel, Antipolo Rizal last July 3-5,2019. The planning was about pushing through with the advocacy session on gender- based violence, trafficking and community-based mechanisms.
Anti-Gender Based Violence session
Twenty-nine (29) participants from Barangay Napindan, Taguig attended the orientation session on Anti-Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking Community-Based Protection (VAWC-Referral Mechanism) given by Ms. Joy Hugo, LVF’s Social Worker on July 6, 2019 at the Conference Hall of Barangay Napindan, Taguig City. The participants are composed of the following: Barangay Chairman, Barangay Councilors, Barangay Staff, Barangay Tanod, VAWC desk officer, public school teachers,Purok leaders, Barangay health workers and LVF parent leaders. This is in partnership with Philippines Against Child Trafficking and Terre des Hommes. She discussed about the definition and elements of human trafficking, its causes and effects, the VAWC desk, the principles on how to provide services to women and children and its referral mechanism.
ASEAN SOCIAL WORK CONSORTIUM HONORS LVF MANAGING DIRECTOR
On the occasion of the Philippine Social Workers’ Day Celebration, the ASEAN Social Work Consortium Philippines honors Sr. Marivic Sta. Ana, FMA in recognition for her being an OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL WORK. The distinction was given on June 19, 2019 at the Heroes Hall, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. It was in grateful appreciation for her invaluable service, commitment and contributions to Social Work Practice and/or education. It was in 2013 that Sr. Marivic was also awarded by the Professional Regulations Commission as an Outstanding Professional of the Year. This recognition is a humble testament of LVF’s unwavering commitment to render available response to the needs of our times especially in the field of social work through the magnanimous service of its Managing Director.
LVF FAMILY WELCOMES OUR PARTNERS
“No man is an Island.” We, at LVF, believe that we can not do the mission alone. Partnership is an indispensable part of “doing our mission”. And we have generous, hard-working and resolute partners who shares our work as their own. Thanks to these wonderful people who keep us going…
THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF MISEAN CARA VISITS LVF
The LVF family, composed of the LVF girls, staff and Sisters, welcomes Mr. Justin Kilcullen, the new chairman of Misean Cara. He visited the center on June 1, 2019. The LVF girls rendered him songs and dances. How happy he was to see the self-confidence and transformation of the girls. On the other hand, the girls were very grateful and happy to see him too.
CROSS CATHOLIC OUTREACH PRESIDENT VISITS LVF
On June 7 another funder came to visit the Laura Vicuña Foundation. He is Mr. Jim Cavnar, the President of the Cross Catholic Outreach, who was accompanied by Mr. Claudio Merisio and Ms. Lot Ortiz-Luis. The girls welcomed him with some songs and dance numbers. During their interactions, Mr Cavnar mentioned that the girls can accomplish everything through education. He said money is not important. What matters is their relationship with God.
2019 LVF MEET – “LVF AKO, MAKABATA AKO!”
Sisters and lay mission partners from LVF centers gathered last June 17-18, 2019 for their Annual LVF MEET at the LVF Building, Cubao, Quezon City. The LVC Cubao girls welcomed everyone with their song and dance of the foundation's theme song Children of the World. Sr. Marivic shared the State of the Foundation where we have reached 93,239 people from 2015-2019. She also talked about the St. Francis of Sales and the beauty of our Salesian Spirituality. A short LVF orientation followed for the new Sisters and lay mission partners. An input on the Sustainable Development Goals followed. Each center also presented their accomplishment reports for the year. In the afternoon, Sr. Ana Guerrero, FMA, and LVTC teachers shared their experiences during the National Youth Day in Cebu. On the second day, the LVF Child Protection Policy was discussed. Each one signed the policy giving great emphasis on ensuring the protection of children at all cost, in all circumstances and valuing the dignity and worth of every child. “LVF AKO, MAKABATA AKO!” is our byword in this 2019 LVF Meet. Social Worker Ms. Mercedes Juncia echoed to the group the steps on how to make an advocacy plan. Sr. Aleth presented the Home study Program of UST ANGELICUM REAP program. The participants met per Center to plan for the remaining year, after which it was presented to the assembly.
LVF ACTS AT ERIS MANDALUYONG CITY
Two thousand one hundred (2,100) high school students were given advocacy sessions against child trafficking by Mercedes A. Juncia on June 13, 2019 at the Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School covered court. After the sessions they committed to do the following: report immediately cases of abuse, respect women, help victims of abuse, not to trust strangers, strengthen family ties, give priority to their studies, be observant of their surroundings and not to give their personal information.
WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR 2019
The World Day Against Child Labor Celebration organized by the National Child Labor Committee composed of the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment, FFW (Federation of Free Workers), chosen NGOs and CWC (Council for the Welfare of Children) to mention a few at the GSIS Theatre, Pasay City on June 29, 2019. The Laura Vicuna Foundation as member of the organizing team, represented by Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta (LVF UST-Angelicum Teacher) actively contributed to its success. The girls rendered the invocation to kick-off the event. Mr. Allen Ojera, currently an employee of Crowne Plaza, Ortigas and our former LVF Tech Cen. Student shared his story of growth and empowerment through the guidance of the Foundation. He gave a 10-minute presentation of how he was able to surpass the hardships in life as a child laborer and became successful through the help of LVF’s Youth Career Development Program. On the other hand, one of the girls Ms. Hannah Babes Yap shared too her cherished dream to become a lawyer; forthrightly addressing Mr. Silvestre Bello, the Department of Labor and Employment Secretary. The good secretary for his part modestly offered a scholarship once she finishes high school. The Laura Vicuna Foundation TVET- Sta. Mesa also participated via Gallery Walk presentation of its TVET Center which serves to inspire young audiences to pursue technical skill education and become productive citizens of our country in the near future.
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY STAKEHOLDERS’ CONSULTATION
Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia, LVF’s representative attended the Stakeholders’ Consultation regarding the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Memorandum Circular on Child Protection at the DICT Building on June 24, 2019. This circular will provide a framework that will enable the protection of children for the academe, telecommunications and the increasingly broad range of technology industries that develop, provide or make use of information and communication technologies in the delivery of their products and services.
LVF GIVING ITS FAIR-SHARE TO THE PROVINCIAL EDUCATING COMMUNITY CORE GROUP
LVF representative, Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia participated in the Provincial Educating Community (PEC) Core Group planning in Clark, Pampanga on June 22-23, 2019. The group discussed the upcoming activities for August 2019.
YOUTH CROSS VISITS OUR PARISH AT MACARASCAS PALAWAN
The Youth Cross from the Vicariate visits our parish from June 7-14 as part of the celebration of the Year of the Youth. The cross was also brought to our center for some days. The young people were very intense in prayer and adoration. The community together with other parishioners were also able to gather and share on the Word of God.
LVC PALAWAN CELEBRATES WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR
Last June 12, 2019, Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA gave an input on Child Labor focusing on its worst forms among the 62 learners. Child labor and child work was also discussed. They were also asked to form into groups and make their slogans and cheers to voice out their fight against child labor. At the end of the session, the participants realized through their guided sharing that EDUCATION is what will solve child labor. And they are thankful that they are given the right to education here at the center.
MOVING UP CEREMONY IN LVC PALAWAN
Nineteen (19) learners bravely faced life and now successfully reaped the fruits of their labor. Last May 31, the completers accepted with pride their Junior High School diploma during their Moving Up ceremony with the presence of UST Angelicum principal Ms. Irene Gopez. It was a grace filled day and our profound and deep gratitude goes to you for being part of the realization of their dreams. One step forward they are now ready to take another step. CONGRATULATIONS BATCH 2018- 2019!
LVF celebrates our young people’s achievements
Senior High Graduation
Arleen, a bubbly girl who was known to the LVF Family as the one who expertly performed the ‘charat- charat cha-cha’ popularized by Riza of Eat Bulaga, is now tangibly taking it slowly but surely, achieving her life’s dream of attaining quality education. After 2 years of hard work, Arlene de Guzman has finally finished high school. She graduated from Senior High School on May 3, 2019, at the Systems Plus College. LVF Social Worker Ms. Josielyn Hugo, her mother and siblings were present during the graduation rites. We share her joy in this milestone that she have reached, may her story inspire many young people to follow their dreams and reach their goals. Cudos Arlene!
UST Angelicum - Completion Rites
Two (2) of our Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) girls namely Jessabel Cos and Khayrale Leal have completed their Junior High School at Angelicum College, Quezon City on May 23, 2019. After months of taking exams and completing their thesis, they have reaped what they have sowed. Present during the completion rites were their houseparent Ms. Adelaida Braga, their teacher Ms. Ivy Gay Gantuan and the mother of Jessabel.
2019 Family Word of God Camp
The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) Palawan and Quezon City participated during the 2019 Provincial Educating Community (PEC) Family Word of God Camp at the Benedictine Nuns of the Eucharistic King Compound, Bgy. Salong, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro on May 25-27, 2019 with the theme, “Kapamilya: Kaagapay ni Inang Kalikasan Tungo sa Kinabukasan (Part 2). Sr. Aleth Evangelista with 3 companions as well as Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia represented LVF. It was a different kind of camp where in the youth leaders were the ones who conceptualized the modules. The activities were geared towards one’s mission of loving oneself, others and the world. The activities during the 3-day camp include a discussion on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, activities about I am God’s Masterpiece and Making Your Own Mannequin, a discussion on Urban farming and mangrove planting. They have all praises for the camp and have many learnings. First and foremost, to love oneself, one needs to affirm, appreciate and accept oneself as God’s masterpiece. Second, teamwork is needed in order to win in Ecolympics. Third, taking care of God’s creation should be rooted in love and lastly saving Mother Earth should start in your own small way by planting a mangrove seedling.
LVF Hosts CWC’s Planning Session
May 31, 2019- The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF), a member of the National Steering Committee on Child Rights Advocacy (NSC-CRA) hosts the Council for the Welfare of Children’s (CWC) 2nd meeting on May 31st at the LVF Building, Cubao, Quezon City. The 2nd meeting was about the planning of the 2019 National Children’s Month celebration based on the Council Board’s approved theme, “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan”.
Laura Vicuña Foundation is DSWD Accredited!
Following the renewal of LVF’s registration and license-to-operate last April, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) granted a 3 –year accreditation to LVF on May 22, 2019. Ms. Luisa Ope, DSWD accreditor, visited LVF for standard assurance of its programs for Children and Youth at risk. LVF remains true to its mission-vision by tirelessly and devotedly upgrading its standards to be at par or even excel in the field of child and youth protection and integral growth.
CWC chose 4 NGO's one of which is the Laura Vicuña Foundation for the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (Stakeholders’ Interview)
May 2, 2019- The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) was one of the 4 non-government organizations invited by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) for a Stakeholders’ interview for the development of the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) Advocacy and Communication (AdvoCom) Plan on May 2, 2019 at the Benlor IT Center, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. LVF was represented by Ms. Mercedes Carla A. Juncia. The stakeholders’ interview will serve as the first step in the consultative process prior to the development of the 3rd NPAC AdvoCom Plan. The other non-government organizations present were Plan International, Child Rights Network and the CRC Coalition.
Consultation (proper) Workshop on the 3rd NPAC AdvoCom Plan
May 8-10, 2019- The Laura Vicuña Foundation represented by Ms. Mercedes Carla A. Juncia is one of the organizations requested by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in its consultation workshop for the crafting of the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) Advocacy and Communication (AdvoCom) Plan at the Cocoon Boutique Hotel, Timog Avenue, Quezon City on May 8-10, 2019. They culled out the successes, gaps and challenges of the 2nd NPAC AdvoCom Plan and came up with a communication plan for the 3rd NPAC. These are the other organizations included during the workshop: Stairway Foundation, World Vision, Norfil Foundation, Parenting Foundation, Commission on Human Rights, Philippine Information Agency, National Council for Children’s Television, National Youth Commission, National Nutrition Council, Climate Change, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Council for the Welfare of Children.
LVF, the Only NGO, Invited to the Launch of NCCT-DepEd on: CHILD FRIENDLY CONTENT STANDARD
The Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) was the only NGO invited by the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) duringthe launching of their Child-Friendly Content Standards at Luxent Hotel on April 12, 2019. The National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT), created pursuant to RA 8370 or the Children’s Television Act of 1997 in its Section 7, ensures the broadcast of child friendly shows and formulates a set of standards for television programs shown during child viewing hours. The Standards encompasses what a child-friendly program is which comprise the 15% of the total air time of each network. The LVF girls together with Sr. Clara Alacapa, Sr. Sarah Robas, Sr. Ana Guerrero, Ms. Rona CendyDeluta and Ms. Ivy Gay Gantuan graced the occasion.Our girls also provided a special number wherein they beautifully sang LVF’s theme song “Children of the World”.
LVTC TRAINEES FROM STA MESA & MALIHAO JOIN 2019 NATIONAL YOUTH DAY IN CEBU
NYD 2019 The Phil. Church celebrates the Year of Youth with the theme “Filipino youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered’’. Organized through the ECY (Episcopal Commission on Youth) and the Archdiocese of Cebu the NYD 2019 (National Youth Day 2019) April 22-28 with seven main Festival sites, animating 12,000 young people from all over the Phil. brought together by FAITH in Jesus, Hope for renewed evangelization and Love for Mother Church. Cebu was rightly chosen because it is the cradle of our Christian faith, it is where it all begun. The Laura Vicuña Foundation TVET Schools under the ONE-SYM Phil. actively took part and profited from the encounters. Here are testimonies of our young people from LVTC and LVF Malihao:
It was a wonderful opportunity to be part of the 2019 National Youth Day. As an educator, I felt that somehow, in my own little way, I am the Servant of the Lord. The experiences were heart-warming as the people of Cebu welcomed as with such hospitality and life changing because of the everyday activities and encounter with the young people in different sectors of the society. I am thankful for the Salesian Sisters who brought me in this occasion. – Ms. Felina Narvaez, LVTC Sta Mesa teacher
I am so happy being part of the NYD 2019 as it is also my first time in Cebu. I can’t forget when “Tita Gwapa” shared her personal life on how she handled life problems such the health of her son. And because of the love she had for her son, she continued to pray. She also emphasis that for God nothing is impossible to overcome. As for me, praying to Mary will lead miracles for us. – Almar David Benjamin, LVTC Sta Mesa trainee
I am so blessed and privilege to have been given the chance by the LVTC to participate The NYD 2019 I have experience. The Church loved us young people, how eager they are to help us young people to deepen our intimacy with Jesus and our Catholic Faith. They also made us aware that we are important in the church, we are valued and most importantly this event helped us open the doors of our hearts to Christ’s plan for we are also empowered to become sensitive to socio-political realities and become missionaries in our way. Indeed we are “Servants of the Lord” like our Blessed Mother, Mary. – Ma. Aika Franco Tacud, LVF Malihao trainee
LVF TRAINEES JOIN THE SALESIAN YOUTH DAY
April 29, 2019 Right after the successful 2019 National Youth Day, the delegates of the Salesian Youth Movement have gathered at Mary Our Help Christians School in Minglanilla, Cebu to celebrate the Salesian Youth Day. It was a one whole day celebration initiated by the Holy Eucharist then followed by different activities. The youth were blessed from the funny yet informative life lessons given by the speakers on how to follow your dreams. There were also groupings to get to know more and help each fellow Salesian Youth in fulfilling the dreams of the Salesian Youth Movement. The event was successful as you can see in the actions and commitment made by the young people.
LVF REPRESENTATIVES JOINED PACT TRAINING ON ANTI-GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND TRAFFICKING COMMUNITY BASED PROTECTION MECHANISM
LVF-representatives, social worker Ms.Joy Hugo and youth advocate Hannah Babes Yap attended a three(3)-day training on Anti-Gender Based Violence and Trafficking Community Based Protection Mechanism at Leticia's Garden Resort and Events Place Calumpit, Bulacan on April 23-25,2019 spearheaded by the Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT) and Terre des Hommes. According to Hannah, LVF’s youth advocate, she is now better equipped to conduct advocacy sessions against child trafficking.
PH MOTHERS ATTENDED THE SESSION ON PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOR
Forty (40) mothers from the Provincial House (PH)attended the session on Protective Behavior given by Ms.Josielyn Hugo on April 7, 2019 at PH, Sta. Mesa. This advocacy session made the mothers aware of some safety nets for their children. They can now help their children recognize situations which are unsafe and explore practical ways to protect them.
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