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Fresh water gushes forth in remote ComVal village

 

Cambagang, Maragusan, Compostela Valley – “Water is one of the basic necessities of life. Here in our Barangay, we consider water as life,” stressed Cambagang Barangay Captain Jimmy Ambasan at the blessing of the rehabilitated Potable Water System (PWS) funded through Kalahi-CIDSS DSWD.

 

After months of continuous brainstorming, rigorous planning and implementation, the rehabilitation of the Potable Water System is finally complete and is now accessible for public use.

 

Water was one of the major difficulties in the community.

 

Though, there was a water reservoir in the area, people residing in farther sitios could barely obtain water for their daily needs. Unless they hike far, they would remain waterless with their mouths and containers running dry.

 

With the few connections [water spouts] available, only a few households could readily access the water system.

 

A number of residents of barangay Cambagang would walk for an hour just to fetch water from the nearest water pipe. However, out of neglect, water pipes began bearing damages and subsequent ruptures.

 

Then entered DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) which invests in empowering people and in advancing peace-promoting community projects.

 

Having undergone the distinct Kalahi-CIDSS social preparation process which involves orientation, community assemblies, participatory situation analysis, and validation, the community then signified to pursue repair or rehab of their surviving water system.

 

In the execution of the community project, the womenfolk took a leap of faith as they registered a high participation rate.

 

 “There are only a handful of men in our barangay but I am very pleased that our women worked and heavily involved themselves in constructing this project,” Barangay Captain Ambasan proudly shared.

 

He is hoping that more projects would continue to arrive in their village because this will not only make their lives easy but would also build camaraderie within the community.

 

Having augmented the pipes and rehabilitated the impaired ones, fresh and precious water can now easily be had by households even in farthest sitios.

 

Residents are deeply grateful that Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA came to their barangay, assisting them in solving their problems.

 

Some 319 families are now enjoying the gift of water which they helped realize.

 

At the blessing ceremonies, overjoyed beneficiary-families were joined by Assistant Director Ma. Vilia L. Vigil of DSWD, LGU leaders, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS team members and volunteers.

 

In her message, Assistant Director Vigil imparted that “Kalahi-CIDSS-PAMANA guide communities to become accountable to the project. It is all up to the residents on how to maintain the water system. They have to do keen monitoring and lay down rules so that it will be easy to come up with solutions should there be any future problem with the project.”        

 

After the turnover and blessing, DSWD then launched the Kalahi-CIDSS new cycle in Maragusan. All participants from the LGU and DSWD signed the Manifesto of Support to signify their commitment to work together for peace and development. (DSWD)

 

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Pantawid grantees graduate from organic farming

The 3rd batch that graduated from Organic Agriculture Production at ACES Natural Farming Institute, Panabo City, Davao Del Norte pose with Montevista Mayor Eutropio S. Jayectin [sitting, leftmost], DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon [sitting, rightmost], and other school and government officials. The participants are Pantawid beneficiaries and ‘Pablo’ survivors of Montevista, Compostela Valley.

Half of the training cost was sponsored by DSWD through its Sustainable Livelihood Program while the other half came as scholarship grant from the school.

The training which covers 232 hours aims at generating employment and income for the recipients as well as mobilizing them to cultivate and produce healthy and environment-friendly crops and vegetables. (DSWD)

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DSWD warns of social pension scam

 

Davao City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warns senior citizens and their families of unscrupulous individuals asking for over a thousand pesos with a promise of enlisting them as social pensioners for life, receiving a Php 500 monthly subsidy.

This public advisory is being circulated after a certain Ms. Fernandez in Tagum City was reportedly deceived into paying Php 750 in exchange of a lifetime social pension being provided through DSWD.

DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon reiterates that the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens targets senior citizens 77 years old and up, with no regular source of income or support from the family, and are not receiving other pension benefits from the government or private agencies.

Potential social pensioners are identified through the DSWD Listahanan, a national assessment that points out who and where the poor are, Director Razon said.

Only those identified and duly validated by Listahanan will be included in the roster of qualified social pension beneficiaries, she added.

Currently, Region XI has 14,635 senior citizen-beneficiaries.

The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable older persons 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.

Presently, DSWD is advocating to reduce the age requirement from 77 to 70 years old. (DSWD)

 

 

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DSWD ensures smooth CCT implementation thru RAC

 

Davao City -Pursuant to the thrusts of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in alleviating poverty, the Philippines is committed to respond to five MDGs – (1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; (2) achieve universal primary education; (3) reduce child mortality; (4) improve maternal health; and (5) promote gender equality.

To achieve this, the National Government Agencies (NGAs) are enjoined to work together through sharing of resources, technology and expertise in all aspects of Pantawid Pamilya program implementation, thus, the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) was created.

The Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) is composed of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as Chair; Department of Health (DOH), Vice Chair; Department of Education (DepEd), Vice Chair; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Member; National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Member; National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Member ; and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as members.

RAC meetings are conducted quarterly in the region.

Its functions are: (1) draw inter-agency policies for program implementation in accordance with the mandates of agencies involved;  (2) coordinate the implementation or operationalization of sectoral activities to better execute program objectives and functions; (3) review operation plans and resolve concerns and requirements needing inter-agency actions; (4) review and approve norms and procedures for program implementation; (5) consolidate all inter-agency resource commitments for the convergence of agency programs and services in the target areas to ensure that  the program beneficiary can comply with the conditions set; (6) review program progress/evaluation reports and recommend policies and actions to ensure effective and efficient program implementation; (7) monitor progress in different sectors and propose changes if necessary; and (8) perform other program related duties and functions as may be designated/assigned by oversight agencies.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a poverty-reduction strategy of the national government that aims to assist poor families in sending their children to school and keeping them healthy by providing cash assistance.

These families must comply with the conditions on health and education in order to continue on receiving the cash grants.

At present, Davao Region has 194,789 household beneficiaries in all 4 provinces, 6 cities, 43 municipalities covering 2,217 barangays. (DSWD)

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Listahanan to validate social pension, MCCT grantees

Davao City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Listahanan will soon start validation of social pensioners and beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP).

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD explained that the special validation will uphold Listahanan’s objective of ensuring that all potentially poor families are assessed and included in the database which is the basis in identifying recipients of social protection programs of the national government.

For Social Pension, the assessment will legitimize the resumption of payment of the Php 500 monthly stipend to social pension beneficiaries.

Director Razon shared that Region XI has 14,635 senior citizens currently receiving the subsidy through the program.

To be conducted nationwide, this validation will ensure that only the poor will receive the monthly subsidy, and that deserving senior citizens not yet enrolled in the Listahanan database will be included since Listahanan will be the basis for eligibility,” Director Razon added.

On the other hand, the inclusion of MCCT-FNSP beneficiary-families in the Listahanan database as a result of this validation will guarantee their advancement to the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

In the house-to-house enumeration, the worker will use the two-paged (back-to-back) Family Assessment Form (FAF) with 52 variables. The use of the FAF will ensure consistency in determining the poverty status of the targeted poor families.

The newly assessed families will then be subjected to a proxy means test (PMT) for poor and non-poor identification.

PMT is a statistical formula that estimates the income of poor families based on the proxy variables contained in the FAF.

DSWD hired 10 Area Supervisors, 50 enumerators, 10 encoders to undertake and complete the special validation within 15 days.

Listahanan staffs are currently conducting orientation with the local government units as well as eliciting their support for the upcoming special validation.

Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan is a DSWD data management system that locates who and where the poor are. (DSWD)

 

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Mini-chapel up soon at Home for the Aged

DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon and Davao Del Norte Vice Governor Victorio R. Suaybaguio cover the time capsule during the ground breaking ceremonies for the mini-chapel of the DSWD Home for the Aged. The chapel is a gift from the Association of Friends of the Home for the Aged, Inc. (AFHAI) led by its president Pedro B. San Jose. Witnessing the event is Annie L. Rosalinda, center head.

With the mini-chapel rising soon at the center, the elderly residents and workers as well can readily go to a dedicated haven for meditation and prayer in relative peace without being hampered by distractions.

Presently, religious activities such as recitation of the daily Three-o’clock Prayer and Sunday Mass are held at the Social Hall where other daily occupational and social activities are also conducted.

The mini-chapel project was recently approved by AFHAI with an initial funding support of Php 100,000.00. (DSWD)

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DSWD 11 hosts Kalahi-CIDSS review


Davao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office here recently hosted the 1st quarter Kalahi-CIDSS Project Review and Evaluation Workshop (PREW) for Visayas and Mindanao clusters held at Eden Nature Park and Resort.

The workshop aimed to review the regional project implementation for the past quarter and to plan thoroughly for the second quarter of 2014.

“It is our pleasure to welcome all the participants in our beloved city and I do hope that you will enjoy the ambiance and the serenity of the venue that’s quite far from the noise and hassle of the city. A place like this that is far from distraction and offers tranquility would help us be focused on how we are going to make our plans for the next quarter,” Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon urged participants in her opening message.

As DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS embraces its new responsibility as it advances into NCDDP or the National Community-Driven Development Program, the participants were given an overview about the new endeavor, significant dates and events for the national launch, and hiring of new staffs since the program now covers a bigger scope.

Also conducted were technical sessions wherein issues and concerns of different regions were clarified.

Moreover, Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) was discussed and participants were directed to really make it more participatory by eliciting genuine involvement of various sectors at the local government level. (DSWD)

 

 

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DSWD Davao Region rated outstanding

DAVAO CITY –The Region XI Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) obtained an outstanding grade of 6.29 following the recent Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR) conducted by the National DSWD Office of Strategy Management, Policy Development and Plans Bureau, Finance Service and Office of the Secretary.

The 17 regional offices of DSWD were assessed based on the following variables or key result areas: (1) improved well-being of families; (2)  case management of poor households; (3)  expanding number of poor households identified in Listahanan availing SWD (social welfare and development) programs; (4) utilization of Listahanan by other social protection service providers; (5) increased number of fully functioning LGU Social Welfare and Development Office; (6) capacitating LGUs to implement devolved social services; (7) values-based and strategy-based allocation and utilization of resources; (8) expanding partnership in support to SWD programs; (9) application of critical competencies; (10) building a culture of innovation and convergence; (11) process excellence; (12)  leadership and competency, among others.

DSWD Davao Region garnered the highest score among the 17 regional offices.

DSWD XI was also cited outstanding in the 2013 Report Card Survey of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which measures agency compliance with the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA).

Along with DSWD, the other three outstanding agencies in Region XI are NFA Tagum City, National Prosecution Service -Mati City and PAO-Malita of Davao Del Sur.

Outstanding agencies received a score of 90 to 100. The survey was administered nationwide in 2013 to 929 national government agencies, government corporations, and state universities and colleges. (DSWD)

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