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Inclusion in Listahanan survey not a guarantee for inclusion in pro-poor programs –DSWD

Davao City -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarifies that the Listahanan Survey is not a program but a nationwide assessment to come up with a data management system of poor households, targeting their name and location.

“We would like to make clear that the Listahanan assessment conducted in the different households all over the country is not a guarantee that a family will automatically be a recipient of any program of DSWD,” Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon emphasized.

“All collected information from the households will be encoded to a web application and subjected to a Proxy Means Test or PMT,” she said.

PMT is a statistical model that estimates the family income based on the variables indicated in the family assessment forms which were administered during the recent Listahanan survey.

Households with estimated income that is equal to and above the latest provincial poverty thresholds will be considered non-poor and those with estimated income falling below the provincial poverty thresholds will be considered poor.

“Once a household is identified as poor then it becomes a potential beneficiary of our social protection programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pension Program,” Director Razon explained.

According to Listahanan focal and Policy and Plans chief Estrella D. Brigole, as soon as the Listahanan database is final, it will be made available to other national government agencies, local government units and other stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of their respective social protection program and services.

Currently, nationwide validation and finalization of the list of poor households is being implemented, Brigoli said.

This critical activity shall assess and conduct a more thorough authentication of the preliminary list of poor and non-poor households at the barangay level through posting of initial survey results for everyone to see and validate the information, she added.

The DSWD with the participation of the local government units formed a Local Verification Committee at the municipal level for the resolution of all complaints and/or appeals brought by individuals and/or groups during the validation phase.

To date, DSWD Davao Region has a total of 282,980 poor households identified based on the initial survey results but is subject to change following the validation phase.

DSWD encourages the public to participate and file complaints/appeals so that deserving families would really benefit. (DSWD)

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‘Pablo’ emergency shelter aid only P10K not P30K –DSWD

Davao City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) emergency shelter assistance for survivors of Typhoon Pablo was P10,000 per family with partially damaged houses and not P30,000.00 as claimed by some groups in Davao Oriental.

This was the official statement of DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon over the weekend amidst reports that DSWD disbursed P30,000.00 per family.

“Prior to the turnover of P10,000 to every family with partly damaged house, a memorandum of agreement was signed in 2013 between DSWD and the Provincial Governments of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao Del Norte,” Director Razon recounted.

The Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) was part of the relief operations undertaken following the devastation brought by Tropical Storm Pablo (Bopha) on December 4, 2012, causing massive destruction mostly in the areas of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

“The P10,000.00 shelter aid enabled each affected family purchase basic materials to repair their homes. This amount was complemented with the shelter kit and other building materials like GI sheets, nails and lumbers donated by other responding agencies or organizations,” Director Razon explained.

DSWD records show that a total of P359,970,000.00 was disbursed under ESA –P178,760,000.00 for Davao Oriental, P166,200,000.00 in Compostela Valley, and P15,010,000.00 in Davao Del Norte.

For families who lost their homes, we provided permanent shelters through Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) with a funding of P70,000.00 per unit, Director Razon added.

Under MSAP, DSWD, in collaboration with the Provincial Governments of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao Del Norte, built a total of 26,969 units. Constructed in Davao Oriental were 18,168 houses, 8743 in Compostela Valley and 58 in Davao Del Norte.

Other assistance delivered by DSWD and Task Force Pablo, in close coordination with local government units and other disaster responders include family food packs, cash for work, financial assistance, temporary shelters, and livelihood projects. (DSWD)

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Youth power now!

YOUTH POWER NOW. Pantawid pamilya high school beneficiaries happily share their dream boards during the regional launch of the Pantawid Pamilya Youth Development Session (YDS) on Tuesday at Davao City National High School.

YDS aims to motivate adolescents to attend and finish their education. It will equip students with appropriate knowledge, attitude and skills to manage developmental challenges, access available opportunities, and overcome possible risks to aid them in achieving optimal and holistic development.

YDS modules include: Your Changing Body, Body Image and Healthy Lifestyle, Expressing Your Emotions, Changing Roles and Expectations, Appreciating Your Self-Worth, and Discovering Your Destiny.

Other pertinent topics to be discussed are reproductive health, decision making, active citizenship for nation building, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and pornography.

High school Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries all over the country are the main participants of YDS. It shall be done once a month in a school-based setting during weekdays within class hours.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) partners with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Youth Commission in advancing this undertaking. (DSWD)

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Home for the Aged marks older persons’ week

Tagum City  -Residents at Home for the Aged happily marked the Elderly Filipino Week with a tour in Tagum City’s parks and historical sites. They also showcased their flairs at the culminating program through “Elderly Got Talent” which entertained fellow seniors of Tagum City led by OSCA President Manuel S. Tamayo and Visayan Village Barangay Senior Citizen’s Association Chair Daniel Quizona.

Tasked to judge the oldies’ talents were Home manager Annie L. Rosalinda, DSWD older persons focal Angelique B. Paña, Pacita S. Ehong, representative from the Association of Friends of the Home for the Aged, Inc, (AFHAI), and a representative from City Social Welfare and Development Office of Tagum City.

The DSWD Home for the Aged works with older persons 60 years old and up. The Home staffs provide appropriate programs and services to enable residents attain their fullest potentials as human beings no matter their age, social and physical disability. On top of making their twilight years more comfortable, meaningful and productive, the Home always finds ways to bring its residents back to the bosom of their families or relatives.

To date, the Home serves over 50 older persons who need and always long for the love and understanding of their families. (DSWD)

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Juvenile justice week set Oct 19-23

Davao City –Led by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Juvenile Justice Welfare Week observance carries the theme, Bata ay Gabayan, Batas sa Juvenile Justice Bigyang Daan.

Opening the weeklong celebration from October 19 to 23 will be the flag raising ceremonies at city hall which will also feature reading of the proclamation of JJWC Week and a presentation from Bahay Pagasa children.

Following the city hall Monday convocation is a motorcade by council member-agencies from city hall grounds to DSWD Regional Office.

On Thursday, October 22, regional JJWC members and two CICL (children in conflict with the law) will be the resource persons at “I Speak” press conference while radio guesting with DXFE and DXRD Sonshine Radio, and simultaneous symposium in different districts are slated on Friday, October 23.

Members of the regional JJWC are DSWD, City Government, City Social Services and Development Office, Department of Justice, Philippine National Police, Public Attorney’s Office, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, Commission on Human Rights, Tambayan Children’s Concerns, Mariphil and two youth representatives.

The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 or Rebuplic Act 9344 establishes a comprehensive juvenile justice and welfare system and covers the different stages involving children at risk and children in conflict with the law, from prevention to rehabilitation and reintegration.  The JJWC was created to ensure effective implementation of RA 9344. (DSWD)

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DSWD launches Pantawid Youth Development Session

Davao City – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct the Regional Launching of the Youth Development Session (YDS) at the Davao City National High School on Tuesday, October 20.

The activity shall include the launching program to be followed by a press conference and simultaneously the actual conduct of the YDS modules to high school Pantawid beneficiaries.

The Regional Launching will involve the DSWD National Area Management Unit, Regional Youth Development Unit, Office of the Commissioners of the National Youth Commission, Regional officers from the Department of Education, School Heads of identified beneficiaries and some 260 Pantawid Pamilya high school beneficiaries.

“Youth are a positive force for transformational change. Their opportunities for communicating, acting and influencing are unprecedented. The challenges they face are unprecedented, too, from climate change to unemployment to multiple forms of inequalities and exclusion, in particular for youth belonging to vulnerable or marginalized groups,” said DSWd Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon.

“Our youth are engaged in public life and participate in political processes and institutions.  When young men and women understand their rights, they can become empowered to engage in civil society, public service and political processes, at all levels. Youth are agents for community resilience and they can be positive agents of change in their communities in time of conflict and disaster,” RD Razon added.

Currently, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program provides education grants to more than 7 million children aged 3-18 belonging to more than 4.3 million households.  Under the expansion, children in high school are entitled for education grants until they are 18 years old. (DSWD)

 

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Model Pantawid family

MODEL PANTAWID FAMILY. Basa Family –Marebeth, Sylka Mae and Gimmy of Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental receive their plaque and cash prize from DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon at the awards rites of the Regional Huwarang Pamilya held during the Kapehan sa Dabaw press conference at SM Ecoland Annex Activity Centre. The Basa family is just one of the 229,871 families in the entire Davao Region that has benefited from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD)

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Seniors can!

SENIORS CAN. Davao City 2014 Mutya ng Senior Citizens Fely Encinarez of Buhangin District joyfully serenades fellow seniors during the culmination program of the Elderly Filipino Week held at DSWD Compound. (DSWD)

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