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All for the seniors

ALL FOR THE SENIORS. Retired teacher and Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) – Davao City Head Azucena Bajao reminds fellow senior citizens to seize the benefits provided them by the law as she encourages them to be grateful for the several developments that focus on the welfare and advancement of older persons like the 20% discount on basic goods and services, senior express lanes in establishments and public offices, social pension, and senior-friendly facilities, among others. Bajao was guest speaker at the recent culminating event of the Elderly Filipino Week with the theme -Igalang ang Nakatatanda at ang Kanilang mga Karapatan. (DSWD)

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Social pension pa more

SOCIAL PENSION. Temoteo Baring, 77, of Matina Aplaya and Carolina Ala-an, 66, of Sto. Niňo, Dumoy, Davao City receive their social pension from DSWD Assistant Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil during the culmination program of the Elderly Filipino Week on Wednesday at DSWD Compound. To date, some 59,465 social pensioners in Davao Region are enjoying their P 500 monthly pension while DSWD XI has disbursed a total of P 267,592,500.00 social pension funds since January 2015. (DSWD)

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Kalahi-CIDSS operates in 11 towns in 2015

Braulio E. Dujali Mayor Lolita A. Moral [left] and Kalahi CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Ma. Elena S. Labrador sign the memorandum of agreement. Also in photo are DSWD and LGU officials.

Davao City – Eleven municipalities in Davao Region recently concurred to implement Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The latest batch of Kalahi-CIDSS areas in the region are Baganga, Braulio E. Dujali, Lupon, Kiblawan, Jose Abad Santos, Malalag, Sta. Maria, Don Marcelino, Montevista, Sarangani and San Isidro (Davao del Norte).

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects.

Separate municipal orientations were attended by local government officials, program beneficiaries, and DSWD officers.

The municipal orientation, one of the components in the social preparation stage of Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC), marks the official launch of the program in the municipality.

DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon said, “The Municipal Orientation is very important because it generates awareness and acceptance of the program.”

It provides forums where the technical and administrative requirements of implementation are officially agreed upon by the community, she said

Also discussed were conditionalities for local government unit enrollment and size of block grants to be downloaded.

Following the orientation was the signing of memorandum of agreement then the Administration of Panaad sa Pagsuporta (Manifesto of Support), a symbolic rite sealing the partnership and commitment between the local government unit and DSWD.

“The 11 targeted areas will have an aggregate municipal grant allocation of P 173,980,750.00 for this year,” said Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla.

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario urged his constituents to participate in Kalahi-CIDSS since it has really improved the lives of community volunteers. “Among other anti-poverty programs of the National Government, it is through Kalahi-CIDSS that we can provide development services and capacity building, and mobilize people’s participation in governance. I firmly believe through this program, we can truly fight poverty.” (DSWD)

 

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Hot meals @Serbisyo Caravan

HOT MEALS. Day care children from barangays Ngan and Panansalan in Compostela town enjoy the nutritious hot meal through the DSWD Supplementary Feeding Program during the 17th National ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan at Sitio Mambusao, Ngan, Compostela town, Compostela Valley. Meanwhile, some 5600 family food packs were distributed by DSWD to residents of barangays Ngan, Panansalan, San Miguel, Osmeňa, Tamia and Mangayon. (DSWD)

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Food packs @Serbisyo Caravan

ARENA SERBISYO CARAVAN. DSWD workers distribute some 5600 family food packs to residents of barangays Ngan, Panansalan, San Miguel, Osmeňa, Tamia and Mangayon in Compostela town during the recent 17th National ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan. (DSWD)

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ARENA services handed over

ARENA XI officers and Gov. Arturo T. Uy of Compostela Valley turnover some assistance to residents of Compostela town during the 17th National ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan at Sitio Mambusao, Ngan, Compostela, Compostela Valley. (DSWD)

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17th ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan

Officers of ARENA XI (Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies) at the 17th National ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan at Sitio Mambusao, Ngan, Compostela, Compostela Valley. (DSWD)

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New homes for 129 Ilang families up soon

MOA signing and groundbreaking rites.

Davao City – Some 129 families living along Ilang riverbanks will soon build their new homes as the joint project of Holcim Philippines, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) formally kicked off with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Agreement and groundbreaking ceremony at Pag-Asa Ilang Relocation Site.

“Several families live along the banks of Ilang River. They struggle whenever floodwaters invade their homes, leaving almost everything devastated. The relocation will provide a new life and new hope for the families.” stressed Holcim Philippines Chief Executive Officer Eduardo A. Sahagun.

For its part, Holcim Philippines donated P 54 million worth of three hectares of land through the Barangay Local Government Unit and P 43,000.00 capital assistance for livelihood through Concrete Hollow Block making.

Moreover, Holcim Philippines put in an additional P 10 million for skills enhancement training on Masonry, Plumbing, Carpentry, and Concrete Hollow Block Production. These skills would come handy for site development, water drilling, road networks, and drainage system.

Family heads will be equipped with construction skills to prepare them in building their homes, Sahagun said.

Holcim Davao Plant Manager Zita Balogo said, “Wherever our company operates, it’s our commitment to support projects that uplift the community. We saw that the families used to live in an area that becomes heavily flooded during rainy season. By backing this project, we hope to help improve their lives by providing them a safer place to live and equip them with new skills for additional livelihood options.”

DSWD, on the other hand, provided P 9 million for the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) and P 2.9 million for Cash for Work, where beneficiaries receive cash of P260 daily as they build their new community.

At the turnover of the MSAP cheque to the family-recipients, DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon said, “You will now have peace of mind and you won’t be anxious anymore. Now make an effort to improve your new village. Grow vegetables and cultivate plants. Show to all that you deserve the support you got. We are hoping for more partnership and collaboration such as this so that more disadvantaged communities will be assisted.”

The BLGU released a P 295,000.00 counterpart for Food for Training during skills enhancement sessions, P 21,000.00 for social preparation of beneficiaries, and P 250,000.00 for construction management.

Part of the recipients are 36 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and one of them is Vircelina Suarez. She is a Pantawid Parent Leader, recipient of Sustainable Livelihood Program and president of Pag-asa Ilang Homeowners Association (PIHOA).

For the immense support and assistance they have received, Suarez said, “Dako akong pasalamat sa Ginoo ug sa mga tao nga gihimo niyang instrumento nga matabangan kami. Mao kini ang sugod sa kalambuan sa among kinabuhi,” (I am very grateful to God and to the people He sent to help us. This is the start of our progress).”

The residents of Ilang may not easily forget the emotional and economic pains brought about by the floods. Rehabilitation of their homes and livelihoods will take time. But it’s the resilience of the human spirit that will always prevail. DSWD, CSSDO and Holcim unite with the villagers in Ilang in this initiative for recovery. (DSWD)

 

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