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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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