Partnership Forum draws over 50 DSWD partners

PARTNERSHIP FORUM. Over 50 partners from national government agencies, non-government organizations, private sector and civil society organizations convene for the 2018 Partnership Forum hosted by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The forum aimed at mobilizing support of DSWD Partners as well as converging and harmonizing resources to best respond to the needs of disadvantaged families and communities in the Davao Region area. (DSWD)

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DSWD Onse launches UCT pilot registration to Magsaysay Listahanan-beneficiaries

Magsaysay, Davao Del Sur -Some 1,000 Listahanan-identified beneficiaries of the 22 barangays here flocked to the Poblacion Gym on Tuesday, August 7 for the registration of eligible recipients of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program.

The municipality of Magsaysay is the first municipality to be registered under the UCT for Listahanan beneficiaries in Region 11.

Listahanan, or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information management system of the Department that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

“Our pilot registration will be conducted in two days and we are thankful that the Local Government Unit of Magsaysay heeded our concerns and has expressed their support to our activity,” Mae F. Valentin, Regional Field Coordinator of the Listahanan, said in her opening remarks.

The payout activity will be scheduled as soon as the registration of the beneficiaries of the remaining 48 municipalities in the region is completed.

Padayon kami nga nagasalig sa gobyerno sa ilang mga programa para sa among mga pobre. Kami nasayod nga aduna gayud sila plano para sa amoa (We continue to trust the programs of the government for us poor. We believe that they truly have plans for us),” Ephraim Tari, a native B’laan of Magsaysay, said while waiting for his turn in the registration. For this year, the beneficiaries will receive P200 per month or P2,400 for one year. In 2019 and 2020, the subsidy will increase to P300 or P3,600 a year.

UCT is the tax subsidy provided for under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to help the poor cushion the adverse economic impact of the law for three years, starting 2018. (DSWD XI)

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Meet up at the social workers’ hub

DSWD social workers conduct consultation cum program updating at the newly-launched Social Workers’ Hub located at DSWD XI Compound. The hub was initiated by the Davao chapter of Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) and will serve as meeting point of professional social workers from government, academe, industry and medical setting,  where they can conduct consulting, research, conference, coaching and counseling relative to social work and social development. (DSWD)

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Almost 5,000 indigent elderly in Davao City and Agusan del Sur receive UCT cash grants

The UCT is the tax subsidy program under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law which seeks to provide cash subsidies to 10 million indigent Filipino families/individuals to cushion the effect of the adjustments in the excise tax of petroleum products and sweetened beverages.

DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo emphasized that the UCT grant is just an added assistance to help the poor cope with the increase in prices of basic commodities and not meant to address all their needs.

Studies have also shown that the impact of the excise tax adjustment is very minimal compared to the impact of the price increases of crude oil in the global market.

The 10 million beneficiaries include 4.6 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program recipients, 3 million social pensioners, and 2.4 million households listed under the Listahanan.

The  UCT cash grant distribution in Davao and Agusan is part of the Department’s goal to finish providing the grants to the 3 million indigent older persons the soonest time possible.

Sec. Orogo said, “the Department is currently holding continuous pay-out activities nationwide so that our indigent senior citizens can get their UCT cash grant.  We know how important the grant is to them, especially for their medicine and food needs.”

In Davao City, the 1,331 social pensioners were from barangays Centro, Gov. Vicente Duterte, Lapu-Lapu, San Antonio, and Ubaldo of Agdao District.

According to DSWD Davao Region, succeeding pay-outs will be undertaken for the other beneficiaries in partnership with the respective local government units as there are a total of 250,200 social pensioners in the region.

Meanwhile, the 3,317 indigent older persons from Agusan del Sur came from the municipality of San Francisco.

“While DSWD is fast-tracking the pay-outs for the social pensioners, the Department is simultaneously working on validating the remaining 2.4 million UCT cash grant beneficiaries identified through our Listahan poverty database.  Rest assured that we are doing our best to expedite the provision of the UCT cash grant, without prejudice to the quality of our service,” Sec. Orogo said. (DSWD/sms) ###

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DSWD cautions public vs fake Facebook accounts using agency’s name

“We would like to warn the public on the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts bearing the name of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The circulation of these accounts is alarming since they can be used to deceive the public to support or donate money for fake initiatives of the government that will allegedly help poor Filipinos.”

This was the warning of DSWD Secretary Virginia “Gee” N. Orogo after finding out about fake Facebook accounts and pages that are using the name of the DSWD to mislead the public.

One of the said fake accounts was discovered under the profile name, “DSWD PH” which uses the official social media logo of the DSWD Field Office (FO) in Central Luzon.

At present, the Department only maintains one official Facebook account under the link, and one Twitter page under the account name, @dswdserves.

Moreover, the official pages of affiliated DSWD Field Offices and attached agencies of the Department can be located in the “Pages liked by this page” corner.

“As responsible social media users, we need to learn to discern the truth from bogus information and to be cautious in providing private information in social media and messaging applications. Dubious accounts should also be reported to proper authorities,” Sec. Orogo warned.

Last June, the Department also issued a public warning against fake social media accounts and pages that promote illegal adoption of children. (DSWD/sms) ###


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DSWD strongly advocates legal adoption

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announces that only those children placed in custody of prospective adoptive parent/s approved by DSWD and by the Courts shall be considered for legal adoption.

The DSWD urges the public to support its advocacy campaign against illegal adoption of children by not participating and engaging in this practice, and by reporting any proven knowledge of practice of illegal adoption.

Illegal adoption endangers the lives of children, biological parents and adoptive parents as their rights are not protected under Republic Act 8552 of the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998.

Any person found guilty of illegal adoption shall be apprehended and punished under RA 8552.

DSWD reiterates that its services are free. Applicants will only spend to secure documents required during the administrative phase of adoption, and for the services of a private lawyer during the finalization phase of adoption in court.

Individuals or couples wishing to adopt a child should contact and transact only with any DSWD Regional Office throughout the country and with Norfil Foundation, Inc., a licensed and accredited child-placing agency located at 16 Mother Ignacia Ave. cor. Roces Ave. in Quezon City. The DSWD Office in Davao City is at cor. R. Magsaysay Ave. and D. Suazo St. with telephone numbers 227-1964 and 227-8746.

To continuously promote legal adoption, DSWD spearheads the observance of Adoption Consciousness Week every second week of February. (DSWD)

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Disability Week culminates at SM City Annex

DISABILITY WEEK. National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week culmination program held at SM City Annex on Monday with the theme Kakayahan at Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran. The program, participated by persons with disability (PWDs) from all over the region was preceded by a motorcade around downtown Davao. (DSWD)

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Land Bank officers release UCT grants

UCT GRANTS. Land Bank officers release Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) grants to social pensioners of Agdao District, Davao City over the weekend at the regional office of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The UCT is the tax subsidy under the TRAIN law which seeks to provide cash subsidies at Php 200 a month to 10 million households and individuals in the country. (DSWD)

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