CEBU CITY, June 4 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) has announced the three winners from each four provinces in region 7 for the 2019 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.
Having been chosen after a series of rigorous cluster and provincial desk validations, the winners will be honored during the provincial awarding ceremony this June.
The Bohol provincial winner is the Batac family of Balilihan town while the second and third placers are the Busalanan family of Dagohoy and Palingcod family from Batuan, respectively.
The provincial winner of Cebu is the Elardo family from Badian. The second placer is Vaflor family from Cordova, while the third placer is the Ejes family from Bantayan.
The Negros Oriental provincial winners are the following: Bohol family of Mabinay, first place; Villego family of Basay, second place; and Esteral family of Siaton, third place.
Siquijor's provincial winners include the Taroc family of Maria, first place; Astillero of San Juan, second place; and Ponce family of Lazi, third place.
"These families exemplified strong family ties, demonstrated positive Filipino values and had created a positive impact in their community," said DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala.
She added that their stories are truly inspirational and worthy of emulation by other PantawidPamilya family-beneficiaries.
"Through this Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya search, we can disprove the misconception that program beneficiaries become too dependent on government aid and underscores the value of working together to achieve success," Director Geamala added.
These Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya were chosen based on the following criteria: 1.) strong family ties and harmonious relationship while upholding Filipino values despite the challenges of poverty (25%), 2.) family practices and promotes healthy living and environment care (20%), 3.) family involvement in community activities (20%), 4.) family as inspiration to others in the community (20%) and 5.) strives to improve living conditions amidst difficult situation (15%).
The provincial winners will receive cash prizes and certificates of recognition.
The judges during the provincial search were from partner national government agencies like DOH, DepEd, PIA, provincial government of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor and partner civil society organizations (CSOs).
The provincial first placers will compete in the regional level search in July 2019.(HFG with report from DSWD-7).