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DSWD ready to provide more support for drought-hit LGUs

The different  Field Offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nationwide are  currently conducting assessment activities at the provincial and municipal levels to determine further additional requirements  for food assistance and implementation of Cash-for-Work (CFW) in drought-stricken areas.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman reiterated that the Department has adequate funds to augment the resources of local government units (LGUs) in responding to the needs of affected families.

To date, DSWD has provided a total of P1,270,615,194.13 worth of assistance to 1,172,260 affected families nationwide. The amount includes the cost of food assistance and the implementation of CFW funded under the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Quick Response Funds of the Department for 2015-2016.

Currently, the highest number of beneficiaries came from Region XII and the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with 330,060 and 338,314 families, respectively. ###

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ABSNet turns 16

ABSNet marks its 16th anniversary celebration at Abreeza Ayala Mall following a motorcade around downtown Davao City. ABSNet or Area-Based Standards Network is an organization of DSWD-licensed and accredited Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) that implement different social welfare and development programs and services. To date there are 126 members of ABSNet XI.

A license is a certificate issued by DSWD to an agency which has complied with the statutory requirements to operate.  RA 4373 requires NGOs and government entities “utilizing social work methods and interventions to secure a license from DSWD before they can operate as a social work/social welfare and development agency.”  The DSWD, through its regulatory function provides the standards and guidelines that govern the service delivery by the NGOs to ensure that the goal of uplifting the well-being of the disadvantaged is achieved.  (DSWD)

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7K Pantawid recipients benefit from Super Radyo Anti-Dengue Project

Recipients of dengue kits.

Davao City- At least 7,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries here were served through Tepok Lamok-Anti Dengue Campaign Project of RGMA Super Radyo Davao in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Covering a total of 10 barangays here, the RGMA Serbisyo Publiko was also made possible with the support of City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), Church of the Latter-Day Saints Charities, and City Health Office (CHO).

Prioritized areas were Matina Crossing, Matina Aplaya, Talomo Proper, Toril Proper, Baliok, Ula, Buhangin Proper, Sasa, Tibungco and Biao Joaquin.

These barangays have high cases of dengue, revealed CHO Tropical Diseases Prevention and Control Division Chief Elizabeth Banzon.

“As part of our corporate social responsibility, this year we want to focus on the health aspect of the poor and disadvantaged communities in Davao City. Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are the ones prioritized because we know that these people are the most vulnerable in crisis situation,” Super Radyo Station Manager Arnie Delfin said.

The team distributed dengue kits containing Ovicial/Larvicidal Traps (device used to control aedes mosquito population), organic insect repellent (citronella oil) sponsored by T.K.O., grocery items and other giveaways.

An orientation for Pantawid beneficiaries on the Prevention of Dengue Cases was also done in every barangay to ensure that families are knowledgeable on health issues like dengue outbreak and on how to maintain cleanliness in their communities.

Feeding program was also conducted in the 10 barangays.

“We really appreciate the efforts of Super Radyo in this kind of Serbisyo Publiko because we feel that they are with us in serving the poor families like our Pantawid beneficiaries. We are happy also that they use Listahanan data in their programs and services,” DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said.

RGMA Super Radyo has been a Listahanan data user since 2013. All programs and services it offers always prioritize Listahanan-identified poor families. Further, Super Radyo actively refers to DSWD and to other appropriate agencies their radio listeners needing assistance.

Listahanan is a data management system of DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are, while Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18. To, date there are 233,985 Pantawid beneficiaries in Davao Region. (DSWD)

 

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From homemaker to community leader

Panabo City, Davao Del Norte -“Gusto ko makatabang sa akoang isig katawo kay kabalo ko nga kung sila pud sa akong kabahin motabang pud sila. Boluntaryo gyud nga pagpanerbisyo akoang ginahatag (I want to help my fellow beneficiaries because I know that if they are in my shoes they will also do the same. I am offering my service voluntarily),” said 45-year old Marriette Mordeno of Barangay New Visayas, Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

Marriette has been a Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leader since 2010. Being an active overall Parent Leader serving around 200 members in 6 clusters did not hinder her from being a loving mother of four -18-year old Alfritz John who is in 3rd year college taking up BS Human Resource Management; Mark Anthony, 16, an upcoming 1st year college student; Alyzza Marrie, 14, who is in Grade 8 and 8-year old Alfaye who is in Grade 4. Her husband, Mezraim, 45, works as a Maintenance Crew at AsiaPro earning P 301 per day.

Marriette also suffered from a mild stroke when she was 28 which resulted to her having Bell’s Palsy, a facial nerve paralysis. But even her disability did not stop her from doing what she loved most  –serving.

Before Pantawid Pamilya came, Marriette recalls her usual day being a homemaker – tending the children, doing the laundry and cleaning the house. “Karon nga naa na ang programa, malipayon ko nga midawat sa challenge nga gihatag sa akoa. Tungod sa programa namahimo ko nga abtik sa kalihokan dili lang sa amoang barangay apil na sa amoang munisipyo (Now with Pantawid Pamilya, I cheerfully accepted the challenge given to me. Because of the program, I became a dynamic member not only in our barangay but in the entire municipality as well).”

From doing plain household chores, Marriette became a much-admired community leader.

In 2012, Marriette was Leadership Awardee (Barangay Level) and became an IP Women President (Barangay Level). In 2013, she became the Vice President for IP Women (Municipal Level) and became a Provincial GAD Advocate for two consecutive years. In 2015, she became one of the Board of Directors in Davao del Norte and an active volunteer on Family Planning.

From a meek homemaker, Marriette became an applauded community leader through Pantawid Pamilya.

Sa una ubos kaayo ang tan-aw sa amoa tungod kay benepisyaryo ko sa Pantawid. Masakitan ko kung mo-ingon sila nga dole out ang Pantawid kay naghulat ra mi tagaan. Mangusog gyud ko og tubag nga dili dole out ang programa kay kaming mga pobre naningkamot ug naghago nga motuman sa kondisyon aron makadawat sa tabang sa gobyerno (People would look down on us before because we are beneficiaries of Pantawid. It hurts when they say it’s dole out, wherein we merely wait for aid. I would strongly respond that it’s not dole out because we strive and work hard to comply with the conditions to be able to receive the assistance of government),” said Marriette.

Marriette is just one of the 7,800 parent leaders of Pantawid Pamilya in Region XI who offer their selfless service to their co-beneficiaries. They are the program’s real unsung heroes.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a poverty-alleviation strategy of the national government that helps identified poor families send their children to school and keep them healthy. The program has 234,627 active beneficiaries in 6 cities and 43 municipalities in all four provinces in Davao Region. (DSWD)

 

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Organic farming: Making Pantawid families in Bansalan more productive

Pantawid organic farmers in Bansalan join the Sustainable Organic Vegetable Gardening contest.

Bansalan, Davao Del Sur -The once home-stuck Pantawid Pamilya mothers engaged in household chores, attending to their children, attending the monthly Family Development Sessions, and stuck with routine activities at home or in the community, are now more productive, happy, and earning extra for the family, said Ivan Klint C. Escaner, Project Development Officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

According to Escaner, this was made possible through the organic vegetable farming initiative of the Local Government Unit here through its Municipal Agriculture Office in partnership with Lao Integrated Farms, Inc.

He said Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are even provided the opportunity to display their organic produce at the town’s Organic Trading Post.

Moreover, they are encouraged to continue the practice in their own backyard to be more productive and be able to generate additional income, Escaner said.

He said barangay participants re-echoed the skills training to Pantawid parent leaders who then relayed the same technology to the entire Pantawid beneficiaries in the barangay during the monthly Pantawid Family Development Session.

BLGUs that participated are barangays Darapuay, Dolo, Upper Dolo, Kinuskusan, Marber and Sto. Niňo

Mayor Edwin G. Reyes stressed that “replication of Organic Farming technology at the barangay level as well as application in each household would definitely increase the family economic status as it would lessen expenses in farm inputs and at the same time encourage production of nutritious food for all family members.”

Started in 2015, the Sustainable Organic Vegetable Gardening contest kicked off with a training on Concoction Making to help beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya minimize cost on fertilizers while promoting organic agriculture, Mayor Reyes recalled.

To inspire everyone to participate, Lao Integrated Farms, Inc. through its President and CEO Mr. Benjamin R. Lao donated a check amounting to P 49,900.00 for the prizes, Mayor Reyes said.

The contest is part of the Lao advocacies in organic farming. Further, the contest served as output of participants from their training in organic farming.

Contest winners were recognized during the Municipal Agri Day Celebration. They then invested their cash prize in pork meat vending, rice retailing, and organic vegetable production.

To date, Bansalan has a total of 2437 active Pantawid family-recipients, mostly engaged in Organic Vegetable Farming. (DSWD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anti-VAWC pushed

ANTI-VAWC. DSWD focal person on women Dalmin Faith A. Igaňa orients workers of DSWD Home for Aged on Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 or Republic Act 9262. Such was conducted in support to the heightened promotion and protection of women and children rights as well as highlighting the celebration of Women’s Month. (DSWD)

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DSWD launches results of the 2nd nationwide assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) releases today the profile of targeted poor families based on the result of the LISTAHANAN second round of assessment implemented in 2015.

The second assessment, which covered 15.1 million households, identified 5.1 million targeted poor households nationwide. This latter figure translates to 5.5 million targeted poor families or 28.7 million individuals.

“The LISTAHANAN data on the targeted poor households were collected through a comprehensive, objective and transparent house-to-house assessment”, stated DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. The DSWD enumerated all families in rural-classified barangays and in pockets of poverty of urban-classified barangays.

The assessment used the Proxy Means Test (PMT) models to estimate the per capita income of the households. Through this assessment, the DSWD found that the 5.1 million targeted poor households nationwide have annual per capita income less than the poverty threshold reported by the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) for 2015. Most of these targeted households reside in Visayas and Mindanao as nine out of the 10 regions with the most number of targeted poor households are part of the said island clusters.

Result
 
The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) topped the list with 11.2% share or 573,446 targeted poor households. ARMM is followed by Region VII (Central Visayas) and Region X (Northern Mindanao) with 525,561 and 485,539 targeted poor households, respectively.

Meanwhile, 8 out of 10 or 76.6% of the targeted poor households reside in rural areas, 2 out 10 or 23.4% live in urban areas.

Of the 28.7 million individuals, 48.4% or 13.9 million are women while 51.6% or 14.8 million are men. It may be noted that children constitute 15.1 million or 52.7% of the total targeted poor population.

Of the 10.7 million children aged 5 to 17 years old, 215,244 reported having an occupation. Most of these children (123,578) are laborers and unskilled workers.
 
Fisher folks, farmers and foresters comprise about 2.8 million or 17.9% of the 15.5 million targeted poor individuals belonging to the labor force or those aged 15 years old and above. The majority (53% or 8.2 million) reported having no occupation at the time of the assessment.

Senior citizens comprise only 4.2% or 1.2 million individuals. While, 1.1% of the total targeted poor population or 313,574 are persons with disability.

“Aside from the demographics of the population covered in LISTAHANAN, other information such as access to safe water and electricity, quality of housing materials, tenure status of the family’s house and lot and their specific occupation are available upon request,” Sec. Soliman shared.

The list however of names and addresses of targeted poor households, families or individuals can only be obtained upon execution of a data sharing agreement with the DSWD. This is to ensure that the list will be only used for implementation of programs and services meant to improve their well-being.

Complete, transparent

“To ensure transparency in the data-gathering process and maintain the integrity of the list, the assessment involved public validation of the initial list of poor generated from the said assessments,” Sec. Soliman explained.

Appeals of those who were not assessed and complaints of those who contest the list of poor were received and resolved by the Local Verification Committee (LVC) at the municipal or city level during validation. LVCs are composed of the local social welfare and planning officers and three other members from civil society organizations.

“This ensured the completeness, accuracy and inclusiveness of the process,” added Secretary Soliman.

While the Listahanan can generate statistics on the targeted poor households and families, it does not provide the official poverty statistics. The official poverty statistics released by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provides data on poverty and subsistence incidences based on poverty and food thresholds.

The LISTAHANAN or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an administrative tool for targeting poor families.
 
It establishes a centralized database of targeted poor families to serve as basis for identifying beneficiaries of social protection programs and services, minimizing wastage of resources to unintended recipients.

Consistent with the definition of poor in Republic Act 8425, LISTAHANAN classifies households with approximated incomes falling below the official provincial poverty thresholds reported by the PSA as poor. ###

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Nat’l, local officials ‘no hold’ on Pantawid beneficiaries –DSWD

Davao City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterates that no national or local officials have the capacity to delist Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the program.

DSWD received reports that there are some political candidates who threaten beneficiaries of being delisted if they do not vote for them or the candidate they are endorsing.

“Beneficiaries will remain in the program based on their compliance to the conditionalities and DSWD shall ensure that beneficiaries are protected from undue politicking and must remain free of political influence and manipulation,” DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said.

Identification of Pantawid beneficiaries was based solely from Listahanan, the Department’s information management system that identifies who and where the poor are through household assessment.

Beneficiaries can only be delisted if proven that they do not adhere to the conditionalities set by the program which include regular attendance of their children in school, attendance of parent-beneficiaries in the monthly Family Development Session, and regular check-up of mothers and children in health centers, Director Jabagat said.

DSWD encourages the general public to be more vigilant and to report politicians claiming credit from the program or such activities that aim to discredit the integrity of Pantawid Pamilya.

The public may file their complaints through the Grievance Text Hotline 0918-912-2813 or via social media (facebook/ twitter: Tanggapan ng Reklamo), or they can visit the nearest DSWD Regional Office or directly report to their Pantawid Municipal or City Link.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18. To date there are 233,985 beneficiaries in Davao Region.  (DSWD)

 

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