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OHFWI 3rd NPAC Cavite Cluster

On June 19th, the Children Talk to Children Coalition (C2C) launched the re-echoing activity of its organization about the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) which focused on informing the youth members regarding the national plan made for children in the Philippines. The webinar was open for different child-led organizations, their members, parents, and other concerned parties that accommodated around 200 participants in the Zoom meeting conference. During the webinar, the former delegates of C2C called young people (YP) discussed the plan for the new members of the coalition. The children and parents shared their opinions, insights and learning before the session ended.

Mr. Orly Gallano of SM-ZOTO, C2C Project Team, C2C Adult Support Team and child-led organizations in the Cavite cluster joined hands to successfully spearhead the event. Youth speakers from OHYM, VIDES, AKKAP and AYM were chosen beforehand to discuss the plan for the children.

The webinar was led by Ms. Crystal Timbal from Open Heart Youth Movement together with her fellow youth speakers Ms. Jeanne Manegkad (OHYM), Mr. Angelo Alisna (VIDES), Mr. Roberto Vetonio (AKKAP) and Mr. Macoy Castro (AYM) who were former youth representatives for C2C Coalition. Each speaker shared their thoughts regarding the contents of the plan and made the discussion child-friendly by citing simple related information.  The webinar mainly deliberated about the importance of child rights and the movements implemented by the government as well as other concerned organizations to continuously make the plan meet reality.  The webinar was, indeed, fruitful as the child participants clearly understood how essential their rights can be and as they were empowered to spread their learning to help other children.

Prepared by: Davilyn Fajardo, Program Area Coordinator 1

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VOTER’S EDUCATION

Voter’s Education with CYPD Beneficiaries in Pangasinan, Quezon City, and Romblon

The main mission of the Foundation is to empower children and youth as well as to make them a productive member of our society.  Part of it is being an active voter.  Voting is taking a direct participation in the governance in our country as our vote determine the future of our country; either for better or for worst.  Since the national election is only a year to date, a Voter’s Education was conducted to 11 beneficiaries in Quezon City on May 10, 2021, 3 beneficiaries in Pangasinan on May 11, 2021, and 9 beneficiaries in Romblon on May 17, 2021.

The session helped them to understand the value of election and being an active voter.  They were reminded that their vote is both a right and a privilege as it can influence change in our country.  The session also gave emphasis to vote wisely and the qualities they should look for their bet.  The qualities they should look are righteous governance, person with integrity, gifted, has the heart to serve, and good track record.  The beneficiaries, then, are encouraged to get registered as a voter in their respective areas and roll out this session to their co-beneficiaries, also to their family and friends.  As it is said, “The best way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Prepared by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW/Program Area Coordinator 1

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SALAMAT, OPEN HEART!

Salamat, Open Heart! The Open Heart Youth Movement (OHYM) Official Song

It was during the Open Heart Summer Youth Camp in year 2018 when the idea of having an Open Heart theme song was floated.  After years, this idea became a reality with the help of the Open Heart Youth Movement (OHYM) members and the Center for Social Action (CSA) of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) through their community service. The team of CSA was facilitated by CSA staff Ms. Catherine Panganiban and Mr. Ron Malaluan and by a volunteer student adviser, Mr. Dante Rivero.

A Song Writing Workshop was done by Patrick John Atok, a Music Production student, from January 19-27, 2021 which was attended by 23 OHYM members.  The participants were divided into three groups for the activity, which was represented by members from different areas.  Then, they creatively produced three sets of song lyrics inspired by how the Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. (OHFWI) helps them and how they extend to others what they received.  After this, the selection of the official song was followed through votation by the OHYM Groups (per area) and OHFWI staff.  There were four entries for the official song which were the three output from the workshop and one from beneficiary which was written during Open Heart Summer Youth Camp in year 2018.  The official song was “Salamat, Open Heart” which was written by group 2 during the workshop.  The instrumentation of the song was enhanced with the help of Jungyoon Hwang, also a Music Production student from DLS-CSB, through a workshop done on March 4, 2021.

The main objective of this activity was to develop a Music ID to creatively bring identity to Open Heart Youth Movement as an organized youth group of the Open Heart Foundation.  Through music, the group and the foundation may bring joy, inspiration, and promote unity in serving the community especially the children and youth.

Lyrics:
Pusong bukas ng bente kwatro oras, Handang umagapay sa aming pagbagtas

Bago pa man sumuko nagsisilbing liwanag, Walang hanggang pasasalamat.

Bawat Delubyo’t mga suliranin buong pusong kakaharapin

Sigaw ng  kabataan kanila’y pinakikinggan, pinaglalaban mga karapatan.

Salamat Open Heart, Salamat sa pagtulong, Buo na ang aming kinabukasan

Salamat sa proteksyon, Mga puso’y naghihilom, Kami’y Taos pusong nagpapasalamat

Salamat, Salamat, Salamat, Salamat Open Heart!

Lyrics by:  Ailyn Donato, Angelika Alesna, Antonette Cometa, Henna Kenisha Aquino, Jayson Tapong, Johyses Lee, Reymark Lincallo Orilla, Wowie Mapakit.

Lyrics Arrangement & Instrumentation:  Patrick John Atok, Jungyoon Hwang.

Copyright:  Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. 2021

Prepared by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW/Program Area Coordinator 1

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OHYM Catarman Participates in the Municipal Youth Camp 2019

Six youth beneficiaries of the Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. in Catarman, Northern Samar participated in the recently conducted Municipal Youth Camp 2019 of LGU Catarman. Sharing you is the short write-up made by Mr. Jhan Jhan Balleta, 1st year BS Information Technology student from University of Eastern Philippines.

The Catarman Municipal Youth Camp 2019 theme is “Empowering the Youth in the pursuit of Development in the Municipality of Catarman, Northern Samar.” It was a two-day activity held at the Catarman Covered Court on October 24-25, 2019. The event centered on the participation of the youth from different villages or barangay and the SK or Sangguniang Kabataan in the municipality of Catarman. Our group, the Open Heart Foundation (OHF) youth was one of the invited youth organization, through our volunteer coordinator, Ms. Irmina Delorino of the MSWD Office.

It started at 8:00 in the morning with the registration of the participants, a prayer and singing of the national anthem. Ms. Irmina Delorino gave her opening remarks while Hon. Francisco Rosales Jr. gave an inspirational message. Introduced to the participants were the AFP Northern Samar brigade who expressed their support to the youth development program of the municipality. The army group is consist of different profession and high rank officials. The first topic was an Orientation on Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction given by the MDRRMO (Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office). We learned the different types of hazard, warning signal and how it works, and some tips and ways to be prepared in terms of emergency. Also discussed are the roles of the youth in environmental protection.

There was also the Gallery of Services for the Youth. Spearheaded by the MSWDO (Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office) and different agencies and organizations life PLAN International, PNP, DOLE, TESDA, MSWDO, PESO, MHO, MDRRMO and many others. It showed the mission, vision and objectives of each organization, their services and how youth can access it. In the afternoon, we played some games. The day’s activity ended by a candle lightning ritual headed by the Catholic bishop, where I was really overwhelmed.

The second day started with socialization during breakfast. Then, there was a talk on HIV/AIDs, its effects and how to prevent it. The speaker who was a doctor from Catarman Hospital, also shared about emerging issues on HIV in Catarman. In the afternoon, the speaker who was a police official gave a brief orientation on “Kabataan Kontra sa Droga at Terorismo’ Program. He talked about drugs and what NPA and the communist party are. Also, the challenges of the municipal police station about the criminalities in our municipality, the involvement of the youth in various crimes and delinquency. Other topics discussed are current issues that concerns the youth, like ALS education for out-of-school youth, teenage pregnancy, and some tips on a healthy and productive living. The program ended with the distribution of Certificates.

I gained new information and knowledge that I know I must not keep to myself alone but share to other youth like me. Also, disseminating the awareness to the youth and encouraging them to be involve in our community. The activity taught us how to be leaders and how we can create more leaders. The speakers shared the different aspects on how youth can be the agent of change, success and development in the community and society as a whole. It was a fruitful event that moved my heart to be the change agent in our own municipality.

Article prepared by Janette Corollo, RSW

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Internship Program

The Open Heart Foundation opened its door for internship programs to students since 2009 to be part in the implementation of the organization’s programs and services and to immerse them to the culture of the Philippines. For this year, two students from Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences were the third Batch of students who had their internship program. They are Klara and Leonie. The objective of the internship program is for the students to relate and describe the experiences and knowledge gained about the programs and services of the Foundation; describe culture, attitudes and behaviors of the clientele of the organization; explain the process of preparing a Social Case Study Report; discuss the administration of a social service and development agency; and enumerate and describe the procedures on how to conduct psychosocial interventions. The whole exposure lasted for 6 weeks, from August 1 to September 12, 2019.

During their first week, the students were oriented about the operations of OHFWI, they were given the tasks to make write up to get to know and be familiarized with the organization they will be working with. The following weeks, the students were exposed to the Children and Youth Development Program (CYDP), Child Abuse Prevention and Community Intervention Program (CAPCIP), and the Health and Nutrition Program (HNP), particularly in the areas of Quezon City, Cavite and Rizal. They were able to observe the process of opening the feeding program in Rizal, from pre-weighing and evaluation of target beneficiaries of the program, and the implementation process.

Each of them were assigned to one case to experience case management in the Philippines. They conducted home visitation, exploration of the program in the local government, and produced a social case study report which will be their tool for their treatment plan. They were able to conduct at least two activities in their treatment plan on each case.

Klara conducted three lessons of tutorial to evaluate her client in reading skills then left exercises for the client to continue developing his skills. Leonie on the other hand, conducted psychological session with her client for her to learn and develop her skills in dealing positively with her traumatic experiences and gain strength necessary to handle possible issues in the future.

Both of them encouraged the parents of their clients to seek capability training to equip themselves and have a better job opportunity. The two interns then facilitated two additional Psychosocial sessions. First, is the “Self-Awareness Session” to the 15 beneficiaries of OHFWI in Quezon City. The objective of this activity was for the beneficiaries to learn how to make positive and healthy decisions as an important part of preparing them for responsible adulthood. Second, is the psychosocial activities with children in conflict with the law and children who need protection in GMA, Cavite. The objective of this activity was for the children to reflect one’s own behavior and to determine the children´s need for protection and support they need.

The interns were also exposed in the process of how the government and private social work service agencies are organized and administered to develop a programs and services, mandates, etc. for the welfare of the children and youth through attending the meeting of the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children which is a government network of OHFWI and to the Local Council for the Protection of Children in Carmona Cavite and for having a visit at Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office in GMA, Cavite.

They were also able to join the outreach program of OHFWI in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro as part of the celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Foundation.

These were part of the activities for them to experience and gain knowledge on the aspect of Social Case Work and Administration of Social Welfare Administration.

The two intern students were able to complete all the activities assigned to them despite the challenges in language and time constraints. They were able to demonstrate knowledge on the strategies applicable to all types of clientele system, shows adaptability and flexibility in the system of implementing the program and services here in the Philippines. They were immersed in the Filipino culture by recognizing the uniqueness of the diverse individuals and groups’ situation including effects of personal and societal forces and influencing behavior.

Article Prepared by Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW

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