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UCT validation held in region’s cities, towns

UCT VALIDATION. Registration of beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Unconditional Cash Transfer Program in Barangay Sasa, Davao City; Barangays La Filipina and San Miguel, Tagum City; Sto. Tomas; and Barangay Ising, Carmen. DSWD regional offices throughout the country currently conduct simultaneous registration and cash payout to all qualified UCT beneficiaries.

The UCT is the tax subsidy under the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) law which seeks to provide cash subsidies amounting to Php 200 a month to 10 million households and individuals in the country in 2018. Of this figure, 4.4 million are members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; 2.6 million are social pension beneficiaries; and the remaining three million are coming from DSWD Listahanan poorest households. (DSWD)

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Army engineers to construct schools for IPs in Talaingod

Davao City – The Eastern Mindanao Command through the 52nd Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army entered into an agreement with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Local Government Unit of Talaingod, Davao Del Norte for the construction of classrooms intended for lumad learners in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte.

The project under DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS will be implemented initially in seven sites of Sto. Niño, Talaingod, Davao del Norte which is considered Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA).

The agreement provides that the implementation shall adopt the strategy of convergence and “whole of nation approach” wherein communities involved will participate, as well as integration of programs of different agencies shall be observed.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Eastern Mindanao Command represented by Bgen. Dionisio Baudin, Commander of 52nd Engineering Brigade, committed to provide security, technical assistance, limited labor, and supervision until completion of the project.

In his remarks, Bgen. Baudin confirmed the sincerity of the military to carry out the task.

“The real job is after the signing and we assure everyone that we are sincere and will carry out the task of building these classrooms for our IP children and youth,” he said.

Meanwhile, the DSWD, Municipal Tribal Council, LGU and BLGU will be in charge of the procurement of materials, monitoring cultural sensitivity, and the participation of the community and tribal beneficiaries in the overall implementation of the project.

Aside from Bgen Baudin, the the agreement signing was witnessed and attended by Mayor Basilio Libayao, DSWD Assistant Regional Director Rebecca A. Santamaria, Bgen. Antonio Rosario representing Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal and other officials from the military, DSWD, and LGU. (pr)

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2nd Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers’ congress held

Cebu City – Over 300 community volunteers across the Philippines gathered for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kalahi-CIDSS 2nd National Community Volunteers’ Congress and 4th National BayanI Ka Awards last October 2-5 at Golden Peak Hotel here.

Dubbed as Pagsaulog (celebration)community volunteers from all regions convened to share their experiences and help enrich the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy as applied in Philippines setting.

It is a venue to recognize the efforts and initiatives of community volunteers, partner Local Government Units (LGUs), and other stakeholders in implementing Kalahi-CIDSS.

“The Kalahi-CIDSS program is intensifying its effort to provide opportunities for community volunteers to freely share and exchange stories, initiatives, and unique practices that helped actualize CDD in their respective municipalities,” said Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe, DSWD Undersecretary and Deputy National Program Director designate for Kalahi-CIDSS.

To maximize their learning opportunity, volunteers visited the municipalities of Moalboal, Dalaguete, Argao, and Pinamungajan.

Volunteers also discussed their learnings and experiences in Kalahi-CIDSS through various collaborative activities and focus group discussions (FGDs).

On the third day, the 4th National BayanI Ka Awardees were recognized. Community volunteers, in their cultural attires, were lauded.

The BayanI Ka! Awards is the annual and highest recognition given by Kalahi-CIDSS to its exemplary community volunteers and partners implementing and promoting the Community-Driven Development.

Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers all over the country vied in nine categories namely Indigenous Peoples’ Welfare, Environment Protection, Improved Local Governance, Gender and Development, Promotion of Just Peace, Persons with Disability, Elderly, Youth, and Sustained Community Volunteers’ Group.

Region XI volunteers were overwhelmed as they bagged nine awards.

Winners from Region XI are 1) Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) Andap, New Bataan; 2) BSPMC Cabayangan, Braulio E. Dujali; 3) BSPMC New Casay, Braulio E. Dujali; 4) BSMPC Dujali, Braulio Dujali; 5) BSPMC Tagugpo, Pantukan; 6) BSPMC Sua-on, Kapalong; 7) Council of Women,  Kapalong; 8) BSPMC Taytayan, Cateel; and 9) BSPMC Cogon Bacaca, Kiblawan.

During the congress, a national network of CDD champions and advocates was established called Kalahi-CIDSS Volunteers Association of the Philippines, composed of one community volunteer representative per region.

“Isa ka pribilehiyo ang mapili nga representante sa tanan community volunteers sa Rehiyon Onse. Ang bag-ong asosayon nga gihimo usa ka pamaagi nga mapalig-on ang CDD ug mapadayon ang hiniusang disisyon sa komunidad sa pag sulbad sa mga problema (It is a privilege to be chosen to represent the community volunteers in Region 11. This new association is one way of strengthening CDD and pursuing the collective decision in solving community problems),” said Royeca Palbe, Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer of Saranggani, Davao Occidental.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the CDD approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly partaking in local governance in identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that will address these needs. (DSWD)

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PhilHealth’s ALAGA KA held anew

Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and Social Pension programs of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) participate in the ALAGA KA Program of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in partnership with Department of Health (DOH) and DSWD on Monday, October 8 at Davao Recreation Center.

Consistent with its commitment of delivering healthcare for all, specifically to poor and marginalized families, Monday’s ALAGA KA Program Para sa Maayos na Buhay offered PhilHealth Membership services orientation, particularly educating and informing target families of their PhilHealth benefits, updating of Membership Data Record, presentation of testimonials from members, and ceremonial turnover of Member Data Record and PhilHealth identification cards to 500 Pantawid beneficiaries of Matina Aplaya, Davao City. (DSWD XI)

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Pantawid Huwarang Pamilya awarded

HUWARANG PAMILYA. The family of Jemie and Maribeth Salas of Barangay Kipalili, San Isidro, Davao Del Norte, acclaimed 2018 Pantawid Huwarang Pamilya, receives the plaque and cash award during the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Family Day Celebration at SM City Ecoland Annex Activity Area on Tuesday. Theme for this year is Tungo Sa Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino. Also in this photo are officials of Davao Del Norte Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and DSWD. (DSWD)

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Pantawid Family Day held

PANTAWID FAMILY DAY. 2018 Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child regional winner Justin Faith Sioco of Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur, performs an ethnic dance during the recent Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Family Day Celebration at SM City Ecoland Annex Activity Area. Over 300 family members participated in the festivities. Theme for this year is Tungo Sa Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino. (DSWD)

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DSWD, DPWH award Employment Assistance Fund

TRABAHONG LANSANGAN. Julius R. Duterte [rightmost], Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Provincial Coordinator for Davao Oriental and Chyrell F. Ganoy of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) award the Php 5,000.00 employment assistance fund to Trabahong Lansangan worker Marcelino Caimtang, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from Tarragona, during the Contract Signing and Turnover of Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) at DPWH Baganga on Thursday. Workers also signed the employment contract for the Localization of DPWH Trabahong Lansangan under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. SLP Davao Oriental is first in the region to disburse the EAF to hired Pantawid family heads. Also in this photo is DSWD Project Development Officer of Baganga Jerrybelle Gonzales [leftmost]. (DSWD)

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Strengthening ReSPPEC

Cynthia N. Umbaňa [rightmost] of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Social Technology Unit, conducts a Focus Group Discussion with residents of Barangay Binuangan, Maco, Compostela Valley on Tuesday to determine their knowledge, attitude and practices relative to the DSWD Reporting System and Prevention Program for Elder Abuse Cases (ReSPPEC). ReSPPEC aims at preventing all forms of abuse against older persons and enabling them enjoy a happier life, and helping perpetrators reform as well. It is being piloted in San Carlos, Pangasinan; Lambunao, Iloilo; Maco, Compostela Valley; and Valenzuela City. (DSWD)

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