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DSWD pays social pension after validation

Davao City -Some 1878 senior citizens from different districts here finally received their social pension following a special validation conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

It was during the first quarter this year that payout for social pension was put on-hold to make way for the special validation, and cross matching process for senior citizens who are not in the DSWD Listahanan data, Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD explained.

Listahanan is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are. It aims to reduce poverty through a scientific and target-focused strategy.

Identification of social pensioners was based on the Listahanan database and the listing submitted by the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (C/MSWDOs).

82 years old Leonardo A. Busio of Bry. Tibungco said its worth waiting. “Naghulat man mi og dugay pero pasalamat gihapon nga nagpadayon gihapon akoang benepisyo kay dako gyud ni nga tabang kanamo ug sa akong asawa ug mga anak nga nag asa nalang sa tabang sa gobyerno (We waited for a long time but we are thankful that the benefit has continued as this a big help to our family who rely on government aid).”

Busio recently received Php 4,500 pension covering the last three quarters. He has 9 children.

The Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The Social Pension is the additional government assistance in the amount of P500.00 monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of needy senior citizens.

To qualify to the Social Pension Program, a senior citizen must be 77 years old and above, frail, sickly and disabled, without a regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

To date, 3887 pensioners will receive in Compostela Valley Province; 6,458 in Davao Del Sur; 4319 in Davao Del Norte; and 3709 in Davao Oriental.

Payout in the LGUs is set in November through the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO).

At the recent celebration of Elderly Filipino Week, Director Razon stressed that, “the older persons are our treasure, our wealth of knowledge, wealth of experience, strength and inspiration. They are a force and our partner in development. We need to take care, nurture and offer them the love they deserve.” DSWD

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Pantawid Pamilya heeds voice of children, holds Regional Children’s Congress

Davao City –The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct a Regional Children’s Congress and Awarding of Winners for the Search for Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya on October 29-31, 2014 at Grand Menseng Hotel.

The Regional Children’s Congress will gather 10-14 year-old children from all cities/municipalities all over Region XI. The children’s congress will discuss pressing issues/concerns that directly affect children beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.

The 3-day activity hopes to emphasize to these children the importance of letting their voices be heard on issues affecting them. Also, the activity aims to form a children organization in the region dubbed as “Hugpong sa mga Kabataan sa Pantawid Pamilya sa Onse Batok sa Kawad-on” with the selected children participants from each province acting as primary advocates.

The DSWD tapped Kamalayan Development Foundation headed by Ms. Eliza Apit to ensure that the activities conducted will be relevant to the children beneficiaries.

Moreover, the Exemplary Children of Pantawid Pamilya will be recognized during the event. The annual search that started in 2012 is a competition open to Pantawid Pamilya children beneficiaries whose age is from 10 to 18 years old by September 2014. The children must be: enrolled in school, compliant to the school attendance requirement of the program, with good scholastic standing, fully-immunized and dewormed twice in 2013 (for children 6-14 years old).

Children-nominees must also possess the following qualities/characteristics: (1) active in extra-curricular activities, e.g., contests, quiz bees, production of school paper, school organization activities, and the likes; (2) active in community activities, e.g., Sangguniang Kabataan, community/ church chorale, student catechism, and the likes; (3) talented, i.e., has awards/recognition in competitions in singing, dancing, sports, essay writing, poster making, arts, and the likes; (4) with good moral character; (5) have no indicator of behavior problems; (6) aware of good nutrition and eats nutritious food; and (7) conversant on the conditionalities of the program.

The regional winner will receive Php 20,000 in cash, while the provincial winners will receive Php 10,000 each.

Provincial entries for this year’s search are: Khrezia Jane Barraca of Monkayo, Compostela Valley; Joebel Hilario of Braulio E Dujali, Davao del Norte; Keneth Hibaya of Mati City, Davao Oriental; Reymond Bañados of Davao City and Alejandro Teogangco of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur.

Pantawid Pamilya has been keeping children in school and families healthy since its onset in 2008. At present, Davao Region has 207,000 household beneficiaries in all 4 provinces, 6 cities and 43 municipalities. DSWD

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Advancing hito culture for Pantawid, SLP beneficiaries

ADVANCING HITO CULTURE. Vicente R. Dejardo [3rd from left], President of Los Amigos 4Ps SEA-K Association receives on Monday the Php 290,000.00 livelihood assistance from DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon [3rd from right] as seed  capital for the association’s Hito Culture Project. Assisting the turnover are [from left] Marie Botona of CSSDO, DSWD Assistant Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria, Eden David of DOT and Los Amigos Barangay Captain Angelico Santander. The Los Amigos Non-Pantawid SEA-K Association with 23 members also received Php 230,000.00 for the same community project which is a joint undertaking of DSWD, DOT, DA, BFAR and Davao City City Government. DSWD

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Asuncion, DavNor: Proud Listahanan user

Asuncion, Davao Del Norte –The Local Government Unit here has chosen its locally funded Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) program as its entry to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Gawad Listahanan.

Listahanan is a DSWD national project that identifies who and where the poor are. It is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.

DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon emphasized that Gawad Listahanan was conceived to recognize LGUs that committed and actively utilized the 2009 Listahanan database as they implement their locally funded programs and services.

As one of the nominated municipalities, LGU Asuncion has been using Listahanan data for more than three years now.

Realizing the challenges to make the LGU become socially and economically developed, Asuncion adopted the Listahanan when it identified beneficiaries for CFAD under the Department of Agriculture (DA).

CFAD covers livelihood and small infrastructure projects such as farm-to-market roads, pre- and post-harvest facilities, potable water system, poultry production, animal production, and purchase of organic fertilizer.

“We opted to use Listahanan for us to easily deliver our basic services to those in the list. We find also that this system restricts overrated projects that cannot be benefited by those in priority, but this agree to our limited resources, thus, our LGU needs this targeting system in order to equitably distribute its resources and services to the needier constituents,” explained Mayor Joseph Parreňas.

Mayor Parreňas reported that their CFAD project on chicken broiler production obtained a gross income of Php 149,200.82; the pre- and post-harvest facilities generated Php 60,000.00; 8 kids (goats) were produced; a contract worth Php 86,400.00 with Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine – Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) as supplier of vermin cast was drawn; and the Agripreneurs Group was created to manage the LGU-CFAD collective projects.

The LGU has also trained a total of 389 organic farmer families.

“We are grateful that the Listahanan data really helped us especially in the identification of our beneficiaries. Because of the right targeting of beneficiaries, agricultural productivity and income of the poorest barangays increased with the sustainable agriculture and enterprise development,” shared Municipal Planning and Development Officer Mary Val E. Cortez.

“With these projects, kaya namin ang pagbabago dito sa Asuncion,” she beamed.

Other municipalities nominated for the regional level Gawad Listahanan are New Corella, Malalag and Magsaysay which have also endorsed their respective locally funded projects as entries to Gawad Listahanan.

The DSWD Regional Office Awards Committee shall select the town that will represent the region at the national level.  Awarding is set in January 2015 during the 64th Founding Anniversary of DSWD. DSWD


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DSWD issued travel clearance to over 1K minors Jan thru Sep

Davao City  -Some 1085 minors applied for Travel Clearance at the regional office here of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from January through September this year.

DSWD issues Travel Clearance to minors traveling outside the country who are unaccompanied by their biological parents.

According to DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon most of these minors travel abroad to visit parents or relatives, go on vacation, attend educational tours, renew visa/entry or residency, study abroad or  migrate. Other reasons for travel include joining world competitions, participating in educational exchange programs and attending concert crusade, Director Razon said.

Director Razon emphasized that the travel clearance certifies that the minor is authorized to travel abroad for valid reasons. ”It is important to protect them from various forms of child abuse such as human trafficking. We always ensure that children’s rights are protected while on travel and while visiting other countries.”

DSWD records show that country-destinations include Japan, United States of America, Hongkong, China, Macau, Canada, KSA/SaudiArabia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, UAE, Thailand, Bangkok, London, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Taiwan, Qatar, Cambodia, Cayman, Paris/France, South Korea, Switzerland, Brunie, Indonesia, Norway, Iraq, Brazil, Denmark, The Netherlands, Laos, Italy, Myanmar, Austria, Germany, Israel and Spain.

Application for Minor’s Travel Clearance is processed at DSWD Regional Offices throughout the country. Here in Davao, the DSWD Office is located at cor. R. Magsaysay Ave. and D. Suazo St. Further inquiries may be channeled through telephone numbers  -2278746, 2271964. DSWD


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Seniors’ Week at HA

SENIORS’ WEEK. Residents of the DSWD Home for Aged at Visayan Village, Tagum City celebrate the Elderly Filipino Week with a visit at the Queen of Apostles College Seminary whose priests preside the Holy Mass at the Home every Sunday. The older persons then proceeded to the Tagum City Bird Park. The week-long observance was culminated with an Orientation on RA 9994 or The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 which was participated by the 55 older persons at the Home as well as the members of Visayan Village Senior Citizens’ Association. DSWD

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DSWD trains KALAHI-CIDSS volunteers on finance

Compostela, Compostela Valley – The KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently conducted a Financial Management System Training for the new Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) treasurers and bookkeepers from the 16 targeted barangays here.

Initiated by the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP Area Coordinating Team of Compostela town, the activity intends to accelerate volunteers’ development in managing financial transactions and reports for KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP sub-project implementation.

Further, it aims to intensify the training and capacity-building of the community in inclusive local planning, budgeting and implementation.

“We did not source out facilitators from the regional staff of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP. The resource persons in the said activity are old KALAHI volunteers who are skilled and knowledgeable with the task,” shares Jackie Ruta, Area Coordinator of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP in Compostela.

Maezy Jacinto, one of the resource persons and a KALAHI-CIDSS volunteer for nearly 3 years is immensely thankful for the opportunity given.

“Usahay, kung kabalo ka na mas taas og posisyon sa imo ang magtudlo, maulaw ka mangutana sa imong wala nasabtan. Pero tungod kay pareho ra og posisyon ang mga mutudlo ug kauban ra sa komunidad, mas dali mangutana sa ilang kapunongan. (Sometimes when facilitators hold higher positions than we do, we feel hesitant to ask questions. But if you are on the same level, it’s easy to ask and speak up).”

Kaya namo ang pagbag-o kay gitabangan mi sa gobyerno nga molambo ang among kaalam pinaagi sa mga aktibidades nga ilang gitudlo ug gitabang sa amoa (We can change for the better because the government helped us improve our knowledge through various capacity-building activities), Jacinto said.

Ruta pointed out they are now able to submit their transaction documents on time and are already capable of training new volunteers in the barangays. “We have just taught basic procurement and budgeting procedures to a total of 60 BSPMC treasurers from the 16 barangays here.”

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP (National Community-Driven Development Program), a scale up of KALAHI-CIDSS, is a poverty reduction program of the National Government implemented by DSWD.

In 2014, it targets to cover 16 municipalities in Region XI, namely; Maco, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Pantukan, New Bataan, Boston, Manay, Tarragona, Governor Generoso, San Isidro, Caraga, Cateel, Kapalong, New Corella, Malita, and Compostela.

To date, a total of 51 KC-NCDDP sub-projects have been completed in Compostela. Another six sub-projects will be constructed for the 4th cycle of KALAHI CIDSS PAMANA, and six classroom building sub-projects through KALAHI CIDSS Australian AID. DSWD

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DSWD-DXRD MoA signed

ADVOCACY THRU RADIO. To mark the International Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD and Richard P. Reyes of DXRD Sonshine Radio sign on Friday the Memorandum of Agreement for the DSWD-DXRD Advocacy Partnership for 2014 through 2015. DSWD will join DXRD’s Serbisyo Para Sa Masa every Friday at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The DSWD-DXRD Partnership began in 1990 and still going strong until now. Witnessing the signing is DXRD Chief Technician Norly Delos Reyes. DSWD

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