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BAGANGA SENIORS UP AND ABOUT

Social pensioner Jacobina Dadong, 77, claims her pension.

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental -“Presently, there are 223 senior citizens here who are qualified and are receiving the P500 monthly Social Pension from DSWD,” said Gemma Dela Cruz, DSWD Team Leader of Davao Oriental.

Recently, DSWD released the social pension here for 27 senior citizens. “We are conducting today’s payout for the 27 grantees who failed to claim their pension during the last scheduled payout,” Dela Cruz said.

Despite the rain, they came, hailing from different barangays via tricycle which is the most common form of shuttle for villagers here. Some were escorted by their children, others by their granddaughters, the rest by friends and neighbors.

From Barangay Mahan-ub, Jacobina Dadong, 77, is still able to support herself by cultivating camote and corn.

Crispiniano Dela Salde, 78, of Barangay Lucod, is luckier as he got the support of his children when his coconut trees were felled by ‘Pablo’.

For Teodita Ongod, 86, from Barangay Poblacion, she uses her pension to buy milk. “Maayo man akong panglawas. Wala koy maintenance nga tambal (My health is fine. I don’t take maintenance medicine).”

Eighty-one year-old Lucia Alfonso of Barangay Lucod buys biscuits and milk out of her monthly pension.

“In Baganga, we have 2445 senior citizens who are members of the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) but we only have 233 with ages 77 and above who qualify for the social pension program,” revealed Emda B. Batingana who heads the OSCA here since November 2012.

Batingana of Barangay Lambajon is 66 years old and a retired teacher of Baganga National High School. She lost her two-storey house to ‘Pablo’.

As OSCA head, Batingana calls for meetings every two months with the 24 chapter presidents for the 18 barangays in Baganga. “I also convene chapter presidents after every Board Meeting in Mati to share updates and inform them of latest developments relative to the welfare of older persons. Board meetings are attended by municipal OSCA Heads and municipal federation presidents. Eleynor Mulato is our federation president here.”

“Just recently I made a proposal for the 500 new applicants for the social pension program. It’s a P2 million proposal for the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) which I submitted to the Municipal Development Council. The P2 million would be the counterpart contribution of the municipal local government,” Batingana explained.

She said, “senior citizens here usually buy medicine, milk, rice and other basic needs out of their social pension.”

The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable as well as backs the full implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The monthly stipend of P500 which took effect January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.

Potential recipients of the Social Pension Program or RA 9995 are non-pensioners who are 77 years old and up, with no regular support from the family. For 2013, Davao Region has 13251 total beneficiaries. DSWD

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COMVAL CHOSEN AS PILOT AREA FOR ENHANCED PLGU ENGAGEMENT OF KALAHI-CIDSS

ComVal Governor Arturo T. Uy [center] signs the memorandum of agreement for the pilot testing of the enhancement of the provincial local government unit (PLGU) engagement in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Project. With him are Kalahi-CIDSS National Project Manager Edgar G. Pato [left], representing DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, and Undersecretary Francisco I. Fernandez [right], representing DILG Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II.

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valey — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) signed on Thursday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy for the pilot testing of the enhancement of the provincial local government unit (PLGU) engagement in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Edgar G. Pato, Kalahi-CIDSS National Project Manager, urged the residents of the province to help ensure the success of the endeavor which will run until end of 2014.

“You are, after all, the driving force of your own progress and you have a vital part in the building of our nation,” Pato said, emphasizing that the communities are “ important participants in the planning and the design of their development strategies.”

The engagement with the provincial government was adopted 10 years after the Kalahi-CIDSS project implementation as the strategy has become successful particularly in increasing the per capita consumption by 5%, improvement in the delivery of basic services, heightened participation of residents in barangay assemblies and increasing the social capital through the strengthening of their membership in association as they have also exhibited higher trust levels on government-initiated projects.

In response, Compostela Valley First District Representative Maria Carmen Zamora called the engagement the “sunshine” as the province was among the two provinces in the region that were battered by Typhoon Pablo on December 4, the other being Davao Oriental.

“If only we give respect to the barangay development plans and we adhere to them nothing could go wrong,” Zamora said, giving credits to the officials of the province.

The Asian Development Bank, the funding institution of the project, decided to choose the province as it has supported the community-driven development (CDD) implementation since the start of the Kalahi-CIDSS in the province.

Since 2011, the provincial government already set aside 4.295 million as counterpart contrbution for Kalahi-CIDSS implementation. It has also become the beneficiary of the Kalahi-CIDSS-PAMANA with an investment of P16.71 million.

The provincial government has also adopted the CDD concept in its planning and budgeting processes through its Assistance Towards Unity for Progress thru Empowerment, Accountability, Cooperation, and Efficiency (ATU-PEACE) program.

The two agencies also saw in the province the presence of institutional capacity to lead a participatory process of planning, budgeting, execution, and monitoring and evaluation. DSWD

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TS PABLO PROTECTION CLUSTER TO CONTINUE MONITORING AFFECTED FAMILIES

DAVAO City -“In coordination with the local government units, we will continue to look into the status or conditions of the typhoon-affected families in camps or evacuation centers and those who are back in their communities,” said Raquel E. Nunez, Policy and Plans Division Chief of DSWD and Head of TS Pablo Protection Cluster.

Nunez said the Cluster will sustain the child- and women-friendly spaces and will continue to build the capacity of local structures like the councils for the protection of children and anti-trafficking in persons.

The TS Pablo Protection Cluster is tasked to ensure access of typhoon-affected communities to basic social services and assistance. It also supports these communities in preventing and responding to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect.

Further, it conducts systematic monitoring and reporting of protection issues especially among persons requiring special attention and persons with specific needs through community-based, gender-responsive, age-appropriate and culture-sensitive mechanisms.

The Cluster is composed of children and women-centered agencies like Save the Children, United Nations Population Fund, Plan International, local government units, UNICEF, DSWD, DOJ, PNP, Hope Worldwide, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Community and Family Services International.

Nunez said the Cluster was able to install 44 Child-Friendly Spaces and 3 Women-Friendly Spaces and a Referral Pathway System for Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence, and provided as well Child-Friendly Kits and Psychosocial Support to 499 children and 700 adults.

“We have trained 100 Caregivers and Service Providers on Psychosocial Support, 44 Local Facilitators on Child-Friendly Space, 40 Local Implementers on Gender Sensitivity, and over 20 LGU Social Workers and Facilitators on Women-Friendly Space.”

Further, the Cluster conducted Child Protection Rapid Assessment, Data Monitoring on Protection Concerns, Launch of Municipal Protection Profile and Free Registration for Civil Documentations. It has also published Protection Advisories which focused on Children Begging along highways, Indigenous Communities, and Anti-Trafficking in Persons.

Also vital is the organization of Protection Cluster at the provincial and municipal levels and the organization of 10 Disaster Coordinating Teams focused on Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence, Nunez added.

Meanwhile, according to Anna Charis Galaraga of the International Organization for Migration and TS Pablo Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, they were able to organize 88 camps and CCCM Clusters at the provincial and municipal levels in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

“We deployed 47 camp management support staff, installed Displacement Tracking Matrix, conducted CCCM training for 210 LGU personnel as we continue coordinating with the local government units and with other TS Pablo Clusters especially with the Shelter Cluster for families in need of either shelter materials, transitional shelter or permanent shelter,” Galaraga said. DSWD

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