CESB-DILG Partnership Breeds New Hope-bearers

CESB-DILG Partnership Breeds New Hope-bearers

Monday | March 5, 2018 Views: 000

DILG officials pose for a souvenir photo of their 3-day Paglaum journey: (standing from left to right) Rolyn Q. Zambales, Marilou S. Ovilla, Blesilda Paule, Veronica B. Macabate, Anna Liza F. Bonagua, Hazel E. Belamide, Rose Ann B. Limon, Elouisa T. Pastor, Maria Lousella E. Lucino, Sarah Jane M. Cerezo, Loida S. Linson, Vivian P. Suansing, Reinelda Raffinan, Maria Teresa T. Vergara; (sitting from left to right) Peachy Gonzalez-Fernando, Alayda Yasmin A. Keh, Paisal O. Abutazil, James F. Fadrilan, Tomas Alejo S. Batalla, Ester A. Aldana, Josephine C. Leysa, Marjorie N. Jalosjos, Florida M. Dijan, Julie J. Daquioag, and Maria Lourdes L. Agustin.

We are hope-bearers. We must accept the challenge given to us. We must always carry this positive outlook with us and be ready to share it with others.”

This statement of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Ester A. Aldana aptly prepared the twenty-three (23) DILG officials who participated in the 18th Paglaum Training Workshop conducted on 27 February – 1 March 2018 at the Green Canyon Eco-resort Hotel, Bamban Tarlac.

In her welcome remarks, Assistant Secretary Aldana explained that the DILG entered into partnership with CESB for the conduct of Paglaum Training Workshop exclusive for DILG executives in relation to the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) of the Duterte Administration. Under the CSBP, DILG is directed to immediately provide social benefits to the police officers who get wounded or killed in the performance of their duties. “We need to go to the families at once, and yet we do not know what to do when we meet them. We end up crying with them instead of giving them support,” she said. This is what the CESB offers through the Paglaum Training Workshop.

Paglaum Training Workshop aims to build functional competencies on providing Psychological First Aid (PFA) and other mental health and psychosocial support service (MHPSS) in post-disaster situations. The workshop title “Paglaum” is a Visayan and Bicolano word for hope, which describes the program’s goal of rekindling the hope of survivors that will enable them to rebuild their lives. Paglaum training graduates are called 'hope-bearers' to affirm their newly acquired calling to give hope to others after having completed the training. The workshop was facilitated by licensed psychologists Tomas Alejo S. Batalla, Priscilla "Peachy" Gonzalez-Fernando and Alyda Yasmin A. Keh.

Paglaum Training Workshop Facilitators (from left to right): Priscilla Gonzalez-Fernando, Tomas Alejo S. Batalla and Alyda Yasmin A, Keh shared their knowledge and experiences as PFA worker

Following the framework, “Paghilom, Pakikipagugnayan, Pagsasagawa,” learners were taught first of caring for one’s self , followed by skills building in connecting with others and conducting the PFA, and concluded by planning for PFA implementation.

Hopebearers learn and develop skills from various methodologies where they actively participate

Day 1 was focused on “Healing the Healer” sessions where learners were guided through a journey towards self-healing and were taught of the importance of communication. One of the key learnings of the day is that there are techniques in transforming unpleasant memories and retaining good ones.

The next one and half day was devoted to skills building in PFA and mental health and psychosocial support services techniques, through various methodologies such as triad practice, role-playing, lecture, workshop and video presentation. One of the key learnings achieved by the learners is that PFA is different from counselling and that PFA provides opportunities for PFA workers to validate the feelings and experiences of a survivor.

Learners went through a play activity to enhance awareness on the value of play, especially in conducting PFA with children. Finally, the group was engaged in an exercise to practice their skills in planning for a PFA activity.

Region IV-B Regional Director Florida M. Dijan surmised the benefit of attending the program when she said, “I can very well use my learning not only for victims/survivors of disaster but with our family and office staff. There are always instances when such PFA may be applied at home or workplace. I look forward to my new role as hopebearer.”