Quezon City- Four individuals from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have again brought home pride from the recently concluded anniversary celebration of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) held here.

Awardees include Ms. Gloria Baltar, a Tinguian from Abra province. Baltar is a community volunteer of the Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Project Kalahi-CIDSS Project implements the Community Driven Development approach which promotes transparency, community empowerment, participation, and volunteerism.

Baltar was conferred the Salamat Po Award for Volunteerism (Individual category) for serving as the Head of the Barangay Sub-project Management Committee that is responsible in the successful implementation of sub-projects identified under the said project.

“I was really overwhelmed dahil of all volunteers, ako ang napili at na-awardan. Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa Diyos at proud na proud din ang pamilya ko saakin. Pero ginawa ko lang naman ang dapat para makatulong sa aking komunidad at sa pamamagitan yun ng pagkikibahagi sa Kalahi [CIDSS]. Kaya kong magsilbi at magsakripisyo para sa aking barangay.”, Baltar said.

Baltar was also conferred the Best Nanay Award through Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation on October 2014.

Aside from Baltar, DSWD-CAR’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Project Development Officers Rizza Tanggaan and Hamlet Mayona who are Kalangguya and Kankanaey, respectively, were also recognized during the celebration. Tanggaan and Mayona represented the region in the DSWD Got Talent contest which was joined by 16 entries from all over the country. The pair was able to bag two (2) of the five (5) awards – Best in Kakaibang Talento and Best in Costume awards through a song and interpretative dance number which showcased the Cordilleran song “Nanlayad nan Likhatan”.

“We are proud, not because we won, but because we are able to share a part of the Cordillera’s culture through the song and the dance.” Mayona shared. “We are happy that we are able to showcase Cordilleran talent and they appreciate it”, Tanggaan added.

Meanwhile, DSWD-CAR’s Administrative Officer Rose Moldero, who is an Applai, was nominated for the PRAISE Awards of the Department which aims to recognize exemplary DSWD personnel in delivering “matapat, “mahusay”, “magiliw” at “masiglang paglilingkod. Moldero is a finalist for the Best Support Staff- Professional Category, National Level.

“I would like to share this pride to all DSWD-CAR staff who continuously give their best in serving the Cordilleran people.”, Moldero shared.

DSWD-CAR OIC Regional Director Janet P. Armas expressed happiness over the received recognitions. “I am glad that the region is being recognized in the national level. And this will serve as our inspiration to continuously strive for excellence, not only in the delivery of social welfare and development programs and services, but in showcasing the treasure of the Cordilleras, be it talent or people.” Dir. Armas concluded.

The DSWD is celebrating its 64th anniversary with the theme “DSWD@64: Tuloy ang Pagbabago at Pag-unlad”. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, NERIZZA FAYE G. VILLANUEVA

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