Archive | March, 2015

Priming Kalahi-CIDSS implementers

KALAHI-CIDSS. Nick Elvi Digol, Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Community Development Specialist discusses Environmental and Social Safeguards during the Orientation-Training on Kalahi-CIDSS for Municipal Coordinating Teams of Kapalong, Pantukan, Compostela, San Isidro (DavOr), Boston, Caraga, Cateel, New Bataan, Malita and New Corella.

Other topics presented were Community Empowerment Activity Cycle, Community Infrastructure, Community-Based Procurement, Community-Based Finance, and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Since 1993, Kalahi-CIDSS through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and partner agencies continues to empower poor communities all over the country by letting the people decide and plan for their development through conscientiously engaging and managing community projects that help reduce poverty. DSWD

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Social pension now for 65 and up

SOCIAL PENSION. Casiano Uban, 79, of the Matigsalog tribe from Barangay Buda, Marilog District, Davao City claims his Social Pension from DSWD worker Hazel Annelou Cirunay on Monday. Uban is accompanied by grandchild Arlene U. Mongcal. To date, Davao Region has 58,195 qualified indigent senior citizens while Davao City has 8225 based on DSWD records.

Uban is married to Lomingga, 63, who will qualify in the government’s social pension program when she reaches 65 as the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has lowered the age qualification of indigent senior citizens who can receive the P500 monthly social pension as provided for by Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Starting this year, indigent senior citizens aged 65 and above will now receive the Social Pension. Originally, only senior citizens aged 77 and above received the pension.

Based on the law, indigent senior citizens or those 60 years old and above are entitled to monthly pension, however, due to limited government resources only those 77 and above were covered by the law up to 2014.

For this year, DSWD’s proposal to lower the age of qualification to 65 was approved by Congress and Senate and has been included in the General Appropriations Act of 2015.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano- Soliman said that with the lower age requirement, more economically disadvantaged senior citizens can have additional cash to spend for their basic needs such as medicines and nutritious food to support their well-being.

For 2015, the government has allocated P5.962 billion to benefit some 939,609 indigent senior citizens aged 65 and above nationwide including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). This 2015 budget for the program is P2.853-billion higher from last year’s allocation of P3.108 billion.

Qualified to receive the P500 monthly stipend are senior citizens who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; are not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Veterans Pension; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from family or relatives.

The pension is distributed every quarter through cash payment by DSWD Field Offices or city/municipal social welfare and development offices. DSWD


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DSWD@DCPO. Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Police Senior Supt. Vicente Dupa Danao Jr., Director of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), as guest speaker during the DCPO Convocation cum Culmination of Women’s Month Celebration on Monday. Also in photo is Police Supt. Marvin Manuel P. Pepino, Deputy City Director for Administration, DCPO.

In her message, Director Razon lauded the significant contribution of the women in uniform in preserving peace and ensuring public safety, and emphasized their vital role in strengthening the Philippine National Police as capable associates of the men in uniform. She also cited the pioneering Filipino women police officers who paved the way in advancing and demonstrating the distinct ability and competency of women law enforcers. DSWD

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Child-friendly Tagum City

SEAL OF GOOD GOVERNANCE. Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon receives the Certificate of Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance from DILG Davao Del Norte Provincial Director Alex Roldan, DSWD Team Leader for Davao Del Norte Ellen Nahial and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene M. Semblante. Also in photo are members of the Council of Women and Children and some Tagum City Officials. DSWD

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For the ‘Juanas’

Lorna Mandin, Chief of Davao City’s Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD) discusses Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act with the solo parent-employees of DSWD during the culmination of the Women’s Month Celebration at DSWD Regional Office. Atty. Imelda Evangelio, of IGDD Legal Service also provided an orientation on Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act.

Other events for the day as ‘treats’ for women include free Hair Cut, Make Up Session, Massage, Talent Showcase by Men for Women, Foot Spa, Manicure, Pedicure, and Cooking Demonstration and Taste Test. Theme for the month-long celebration is “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na”.  DSWD

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Php 41-M for city’s children

SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING.  DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon hands over on Monday to Davao City Mayor’s Chief of Staff Atty. Nathaniel Dalumpines the Php 32 million cheque as allocation for the Supplementary Feeding Program of the city’s 26,392 day care children enrolled in 645 day care centers. Also in photo are Liwayway A. Caligdong, City Social Services and Development Assistant Department Head and Marcelino Escalada, City Planning and Development Department Head.

On top of the fund allocation, DSWD also provided a Php 9.5 million NFA iron-fortified rice to the city government for the feeding.

As augmentation support in the feeding program of local government units, the DSWD supplementary feeding will be implemented in 120 days.

The hot meals to be managed and served by the parents must advocate consumption of vegetables.

Meanwhile, DSWD also implements the Supplementary Feeding Program for Sajahatra Bangsamoro with 550 children beneficiaries enrolled in Madrasahs, and the School Based Feeding Program in collaboration with the Department of Education covering some 18,349 children.

In her message, Director Razon said, “Our joint efforts will matter most in improving and maintaining good nurtritional status of our children so they could be brighter, faster and smarter.” DSWD

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New homes

NEW HOMES. [L-R] DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon and Marieta Palmera, Provincial Shelter Focal handover Certificates of Occupancy to ‘Pablo’ survivors of Davao Oriental. DSWD


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15874 homes completed in DavOr

PERMANENT SHELTERS.  Julian F. Pregon of Lambajon, Baganga town in Davao Oriental shows off his Certificate of Occupancy following the recent turnover of additional 1255 permanent shelters for ‘Pablo’ survivors in the towns of Boston, Cateel and Baganga.

The homes were constructed through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) as part of the continuing rehabilitation program of the Department in partnership with the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental where the national government funds the project and the provincial government takes charge of site development, land preparation and engineering expertise.

To date, 15874 shelters have already been completed in the province.

Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD said that although building shelters in such a massive scale is no easy job, the strong support of the provincial government made its implementation a lot easier.

The permanent shelters are structurally-strong and environment-friendly units which can withstand wind velocities up to 180 kph, intensity four (4) earthquakes, flooding and other similar hazards.

Shelter beneficiaries are also organized into Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA) which initiates community activities and forms community structures to help the village grow.

Also turned over were 34 units constructed by the 534th Engineering Company Battalion under the 52nd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army.

The National Housing Authority (NHA) and some private companies have also been building permanent homes in ‘Pablo’ hard-hit areas.

The new homes symbolize security, progress, opportunities and new beginnings for Typhoon Pablo survivors. DSWD (with reports from DavOr PIO)

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