Archive | October, 2013


The 51 residents of the DSWD Home for the Aged in Tagum City celebrated the Elderly Filipino Week  through parlor games and a special dinner. DSWD

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ONE STEP PROJECT. Tourism Assistant Secretary Art Boncato Jr and DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon discuss the One Step Project, a joint undertaking between DOT, USAID and DSWD that would benefit Pantawid Pamilya recipients. Also in the meeting are DSWD Asst. Director Ma. Vilia L. Vigil [second from left], Senior Tourism Operations Officer Ceasar Prudencio Regis, Tourism Officer II Judy L. Colaljo, DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Officers Jerome Gumbao and Julius Duterte.

One identified project area is the hitoan in Los Amigos, Davao City where a number of Pantawid families reside.  DOT in coordination with the City Health Office will provide them training such as Standard in Serving in a Restaurant, Food Handling and Sanitation. In partnership with Los Amigos Aqua-Culture Producers Organization, DSWD will also engage Pantawid families in hito production.

On the other hand, Pantawid communities in Samal, Davao Del Norte will be trained by DOT in Tour Guiding, Transport  Service, Food Processing, and Soap and Shampoo Making and other related trainings in coordination with DOST. DSWD

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FISHING FOR DEVELOPMENT. Pantawid Pamilya and livelihood program beneficiary Rosalina Ocho Acero tends to her fish vending business in Poblacion Caraga, Davao Oriental.

Rosalina, 43, is a resident of Purok San Flower, Barangay Poblacion, Caraga Davao Oriental, one of the towns in the east coast affected by Typhoo Pablo in December 2012.  She is married to Eleseo, 42, and they have four children.  Two of their children are presently attending school.

Rosalina has been an active Pantawid Pamilya Program beneficiary since the program started in October 2008.  Caraga is part of the Set 1 of the Pantawid Pamilya implementation along with Manay town and Davao City.

According to her, “Dako jud and natabang sa amua sa Pantawid nga program diin nakadugang suporta sa among mga anak nga nag-eskwela ug sa uban pa nga mga importanteng panginahanglanon (Pantawid Pamilya program has helped us a lot. It has supported our children’s school needs and other basic needs).”

Her husband’s income is derived from fishing and she augments the family’s income by peddling fish which she started in 2001. The couple earns a minimum of Php 800.00 every week when catch is good.

On May 22, 2013, Rosalina availed a Php 10,000.00 capital seed fund through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program. She used the amount as additional fund to scale up her fish vending business.

Ever eager to attain a better stake in life, the couple recently engaged in livestock production. Each family member in the Acero household is striving hard and is joyfully supporting each other to uplift and sustain their improved living condition.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a capability building initiative that develops the entrepreneurial and socio-economic skills of poor households through income-generating opportunities, enhancing their access to basic social services. On the other hand, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program provides “conditional cash assistance” to identified poor households. Family beneficiaries are required to send their children to school and keep them healthy in order to claim their cash grants. DSWD




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DAVAO CITY, Oct 11 (PIA)- The Department of Social Welfare and Development 11 culminated the “National Elderly Week Celebration,” Thursday (Oct. 10) by paying tribute and honor to the three of the ten “Ulirang Nakatatanda 2013” who hail from Davao Region in a simple rite at the regional office here.

Priscilla N. Razon, director of the DSWD 11 led in recognizing Norma Cansanas, 60, from Carmen, Davao del Norte who is motivated to serve the poor and the children because of her love of God and service.

She also expressed pride for Herminda Miones, 73, of Mati City, Davao Oriental who has dedicated her life supporting the pursuit for land rights of the Indigenous Peoples.

Razon also took cognizance to Julian Siarot, 91, a member of the Disaster Reduction Committee of Davao City who has saved lives in his service.

She said the three received P10,000 each and a plaque of appreciation during the national recognition slated at the Abott Lopez Hall of the San Beda College, Manila in October 6.

“Their recognition speaks of volumes of their exemplary lives by inspiring other senior citizens to purse civic mindedness and public service regardless of their age,” Razon said.

She said the government gives importance to the elderly sector by through the implementation the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens under Section 5 Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, which gives additional assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of the elderly.

Razon said the services to senior citizens have been upgraded like discounts for medicines, food and transportation, access to express lanes in the banks, pharmacy and groceries.

She said a Regional Council and Monitoring Board has been set up to monitor the compliance of business establishments in giving discounts and access.

“The elderly can always file a grievance once they are denied of the privileges as guaranteed by Republic Act No. 9994,” Razon said.

She said many violations received were allegedly committed by small business establishments like small pharmacies which declined to sell medicines at a discounted prize.

Razon said the DSWD intervenes by conducting dialogue with these establishments for them to comply with the law extending privileges to the senior citizens.  PIA

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EMERGENCY AID. Local government workers unload DSWD family food packs in Compostela town for the 106 families who fled their homes in Sitio Side 4, Brgy. Mangayon and Sitio Puting Bato, Brgy. Ngan. Based on LGU Compostela investigation, it was confirmed that no armed conflict occurred in the two areas. To date, the families have already returned to their homes. They were provided with 50 sacks of rice by the Province of Compostela Valley, 25 sacks by LGU Compostela and family food packs by DSWD. Each food pack contains 10 kilos rice, 10 cans sardines, 2 cans beef loaf, 2 cans corned beef, 15 packs noodles and 15 sachets of instant coffee. DSWD

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Davao Del Sur First District Representative Mercedes C. Cagas [left] share lighter moments with Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD when the former visited DSWD Office Wednesday to discuss implementation of community livelihood programs in her district. Earlier, DSWD XI Management Committee and technical persons conducted a courtesy call at Rep. Cagas’ office in Digos City. DSWD

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CASH FOR TRAINING FOR ‘PABLO’ FAMILIES. The 99 graduates of Carpentry under the Cash for Training of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the local government of Laak. Carpentry kits at Php 20,000 each were provided to the beneficiaries whose first project is the repair and improvement of Gawad Kalinga shelter units. The graduates will also be constructing the Modified Permanent Shelters for Typhoon Pablo-affected families in Laak. DSWD

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DAVAO City- For the continuous advocacy on the importance of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) data or Listahanan, as baseline for planning and implementation of social protection programs and services, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) conducts data sharing/focus group discussion in all municipalities in Region XI.

Part of the commitment of DSWD is to provide national line agencies, LGUs and stakeholders the pioneer database consisting of a comprehensive data of poor households as a clearer basis in the implementation of their programs and services.

“We already visited the municipalities of Davao Del Sur and Davao Del Norte. Other provinces will be visited as scheduled. Our main goal is to partner with our LGUs so that we can effectively implement poverty alleviation as we believe that LGUs have substantial control in local affairs,” said Raquel E. Nuñez, DSWD National Household Targeting Unit Regional Focal Person.

The data presented to the LGUs was gathered during the 2009-2010 household enumeration. The Second Round Household Enumeration is slated 2013-2014.

The database of poor households shows various poverty indicators like the composition of households, socio-economic condition, incidence of senior citizens, access to water and electricity, occupation, income, tenure status, among others.

Other than the government agencies and LGUs, the department will also conduct focus group discussion with non-government organizations and stakeholders to objectively identify beneficiaries of their social protection programs.

“We are very fortunate that DSWD through this system can provide us the complete data of poor. It is very timely since Gov. Claude Bautista is preparing various programs for the people of Davao Del Sur and our problem is the complete master list of our beneficiaries,” stressed Robert Bellarmine R. Bajo, Provincial Planning and Development Officer.

The Department urged LGUs and NGOs to adopt the available NHTSPR Data or Listahanan to ensure that social protection programs and services will benefit those who really need the assistance. DSWD promotes a standardized and transparent household targeting system for improved governance and accountability. DSWD



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