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DSWD introduces new grievance hotline

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) introduces the new grievance hotline of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Pantawid beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries alike may now send their concerns regarding the program to 3456 which caters to all networks – Smart, Globe, TNT, TM, Sun and others. The standard text rate is P 1.00.

Beneficiaries may use the text format DSWD<space>4Ps<space>Name of Beneficiary<space>Message (Example: DSWD 4Ps Juana dela Cruz  kulang ang natanggap na payout sa Matina, Davao City) and send it to 3456.

“It is important that this text format should be correctly followed to ensure all SMS sent to 3456 will be directed to the 4Ps inbox,” said Pantawid Pamilya Regional Grievance Officer Odyssa Esther K. Matas.

DSWD has always been keen in encouraging the public to help by reporting anomalies, disparities or inconsistencies with regards to the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“Pantawid Pamilya, like any other programs, has a margin of error. The DSWD, however, exercises transparency and accountability to correct mistakes and further improve program implementation,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social development program which focuses on meeting the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, and improving maternal health.

In attaining these objectives, the program provides cash assistance to augment the school and health needs especially of children aged 0 to 14 years old. The beneficiaries will need to comply with the sets of conditions required of them to claim their cash grants. At present, the program has over 294,000 beneficiaries in Region XI. (DSWD)


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DSWD forges partnership with UM

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with University of Mindanao (UM) on Wednesday at UM Bolton Campus, Davao City.

“We are excited to be in partnership with one of the biggest universities in Mindanao. We are hopeful that this will lead to a more fruitful relationship as we continue to provide ‘maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo’  to our partner beneficiaries,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

DSWD shall engage the following services with UM: (1) Provide opportunities in order to achieve objectives/needs for volunteering, acquire new skills and knowledge, and develop personal potentials through rendering volunteer services in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; (2) Provide opportunities to take care and work with Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries in line with program implementation; (3) Provide orientation and ensure observance of the university on the Department’s policies and procedures; (4) Provide technical assistance, training, briefing and other capability building activities to UM as the need arises; (5) Provide guidance/supervision/monitoring on the services/tasks rendered by UM; and (6) Conduct a quarterly consultation dialogue in relation with the university’s work accomplishment vis-a vis work program.

On the other hand, the University shall: (1) Perform volunteer services in coordination with duly designated staffs of the Department; (2) Observe and respect the Department’s policies and procedures especially in relation to confidentiality of cases as well as observe office decorum; (3) Attend training, orientation, briefing session that will be provided by the Department and other capability building activities as needed; (4) Attend regular meetings, consultations, dialogues and supervising conferences/sessions as the need arises; and (5) Submit quarterly update reports relative to volunteer service engagement during quarterly CSO consultation meetings.

“UM will also collaborate with DSWD in the following areas -as Gabay which is a mechanism for Extending Technical Assistance and Kaagapay or provision of Livelihood Programs, Develop Referral System for Employment Opportunities, and Provision for Resource Mobilization and Professional Expertise,” explained UM President Dr. Guillermo Torres Jr.

“Focus areas in Davao City are barangays Magtuod, Catigan, Tigatto and Waan. Meanwhile, specific areas in Davao Region are Tagum City (Barangays Nueva Fuerza and Magugpo South), Panabo City, Island Garden City of Samal (Peñaplata), Digos City (Barangay Aplaya) and Bansalan,” he continued.

The university’s partnership with the department aims to enhance the economic and social capital of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The MOA will commence this September 2016 and will be enforced through May 2019. (DSWD)

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DSWD, UM forged partnership

DSWD-UM PARTNERSHIP.  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) inks a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Mindanao (UM) on Wednesday at UM Bolton Campus, Davao City. In photos are [L-R] Dr. Pedro San Jose, UM Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Guillermo Torres Jr, UM President; and Mercedita P. Jabagat, DSWD XI Regional Director.

The university’s partnership with the department aims to enhance the economic and social capital of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries through provision of extension programs of the university from September 2016 – May 2019. UM technical staffs will provide inputs during Family Development Sessions through their volunteer service engagement program. (DSWD)

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More aid

Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) Director Leopoldo J. Vega [leftmost] meets with [L-R] DSWD Assistant Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria, DSWD Undersecretary Mateo G. Montaňo and DSWD Undersecretary Vilma B. Cabrera when the DSWD Team visited on Wednesday Davao blast victims confined at SPMC. DSWD will provide Php 5000.00 each to injured individuals; Php 10,000.00 each to families with deceased member plus five family food packs; and whatever additional assistance needed by victims such as psycho-social, medical, transportation, funeral or burial. (DSWD)

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DSWD extends aid

MORE AID. Massage therapist Jasmen Merioles of Matina Pangi, Davao City receives financial assistance of Php 5,000.00 from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Administrative Officer IV Procesa V. Tipon. Merioles, 36, is pregnant and one of the 69 injured individuals following the deadly blast at Roxas Avenue Friday night.

DSWD has also provided financial augmentation of Php 10,000 plus five family food packs each to families with deceased member.  Meanwhile, DSWD social workers are conducting psycho-social sessions to traumatized individuals as the Department commits to extend additional assistance for medical, funeral and transportation requirements of the victims. (DSWD)

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Stress debriefing for Davao blast victims

THE regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao and the Davao City Government put a collaborative effort in providing immediate assistance to the victims of the deadly bomb explosion on Friday and their relatives through a stress debriefing.

This was shared by DSWD director Mercedita Jabagat in a press statement issued on Saturday, a day after the incident.

Jabagat said the agency has started to extend helping hands to the families of the victims, as social workers conducted hospital and funeral home visits to monitor their situation.

“We will also provide additional financial assistance to affected families for medical and burial expenses and in due time, we shall conduct psychosocial intervention to affected families,” Jabagat said.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has already assured the families of the victims to shoulder their needs in terms hospitalization, burial, funeral and day to day expenses through its City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO).

Based on the report of CSSDO, they have recorded 14 dead and 67 injured due to the powerful explosion.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo expressed her deepest sympathies for the victims of the bombing and affirmed that the department through its field office in the region will provide the necessary actions to assist the families.

Taguiwalo also urged the Filipinos to show and prove their resilience against tragedies and attacks against our collective safety and security.

“We must not be divided in our response against attacks such as this and unite in the call for justice for the victims and survivors of the Abu Sayyaf’s terrorism. We must be united in condemning and opposing all efforts and attempts to undermine the rights, safety and security of the Filipino people,” Taguiwalo said. (SSD)

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Sustainable agriculture for CCT, SLP recipients

FARMERS’ TRAINING. [from left] Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, SM Foundation AVP for Livelihood and Outreach Programs Cristie S. Angeles, and HARBEST Agribusiness Corp. President Arsenio Barcelona discuss the ongoing SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program on Sustainable Agriculture participated by Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood recipients.

Training venue and demonstration farm is Marilog District, Davao City. The three-month course provided inputs on Nursery Preparation, Seed Sowing, Land Preparation, Caring & Nursing of Seedling, Pruning, Trellis Preparation, Fruit Selection and Fruit Thinning, Pest and Disease Control, Irrigation & Drainage, and Postharvest Technology.

Integrated in the course is the orientation on the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) focused on Community Driven Enterprise Development approach which covers Self Awareness, Time Management, Financial Literacy, Product Management, Participatory Livelihood Issue Analysis, and Value Chain Analysis. (DSWD)

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DTI intensifies consumer empowerment among Pantawid beneficiaries

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao City is intensifying its initiative to further empower the consumers, especially among the beneficiaries of the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DTI-Davao Field Office has targeted to give an orientation on consumer rights and responsibilities to almost 1,500 beneficiaries from the indigent sector this year.

DTI-Davao Region Assistant Regional Director and concurrent head of DTI-DCFO Engr. Edwin O. Banquerigo said that this move is aimed at empowering these consumers while giving them the avenue to better appreciate the laws that protect them against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable sales acts and practices as embodied in Republic Act 7374 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

“It is our utmost commitment to empower consumers because when you know your rights, you will be more vigilant when making purchases,” he noted.

As such, the briefing will also be an avenue for the 4Ps beneficiaries to develop a critical attitude when availing a product or service, thus, improving their assertiveness when seeking redress.

Aside from empowering consumers, it is the goal of DTI as well to make the beneficiaries adopt an entrepreneurial mindset by integrating capability-building towards entrepreneurship during the orientation.

“It has always been our aspiration to increase everyone’s awareness of consumer rights and responsibilities while we promote the concept of sustainable consumption as a way of life,” Banquerigo added. (DTI)

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