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Relief goods already with LGUs -DSWD

Amid queries from survivors of Typhoon Lawin on why the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has not visited their villages for relief distribution,  DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo asked for patience and understanding on this concern, but at the same time explained that relief assistance has already been delivered to local government units (LGUs) for their subsequent distribution to their typhoon-affected constituents.

“Tuloy po ang pagtulong ng DSWD at iba pang ahensya ng administrasyong Duterte sa ating mga kababayang sinalanta ng Bagyong Lawin. Hindi po natin kayang ikutin ang lahat ng baranggay dahil daan-daan po ang mga ito. Ibinigay na po ng DSWD ang assistance at relief goods sa mga LGUs, at ang LGUs po ang mamamahagi sa mga baranggay (The DSWD and other agencies continue to serve our fellow men who have been affected by ‘Lawin’.  We cannot go around all the affected communities as these are in hundreds. Nonetheless, relief supplies have already been given to the LGUs for distribution to their constituents),” Sec. Taguiwalo said today in her Facebook page.

“Makatutulong po na malaman ang hatian at tulungan ng iba’t ibang sangay ng gobyerno para sa mas maayos na paghahatid ng mga relief goods sa mga kapatid nating nasalanta (It would help to know the role delineation of various agencies for a smooth delivery of relief assistance to the survivors),” the Secretary added.

She said that while the DSWD provides the needed basic services of disaster-affected families through the prepositioning of family food packs and standby funds, LGUs are the first responders in the occurrence of natural and man-made calamities, based on Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

Aside from RA10121,  RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 also stipulates that LGUs have the responsibility to undertake rescue operations, provide immediate relief assistance, and set-up and manage evacuation centers at the first instance of disaster occurrence.

The Local Government Code also devolved the basic services and programs of national government along disaster operations to a self-reliant local government. These include programs for evacuees and the conduct of disaster relief operations.

“The DSWD, in turn, is mandated to provide augmentation support to the LGUs and assist in capacitating them to handle emergencies or calamities,” the Secretary further said.

Sec. Taguiwalo expounded that DSWD augmentations are based on the  requests of LGUs and the corresponding assessment of Field Offices.

Although DSWD is not considered the first direct responders, the Department is always ready to provide immediate assistance to the LGUs.

Meanwhile, as of 6 am today,  a total of P51, 600,662.67 worth of relief assistance from the combined resources of DSWD, LGUs, and NGOs have been provided to affected families.

Twenty evacuation centers remain open, of which 9 are in Bulacan, 3 in Pampanga, 6 in Tarlac and 2 in Apayao, serving 1,038 families or 3,709 persons. ###

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DSWD encourages recipients of food packs to carefully examine boxes’ contents

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo encouraged beneficiaries of the department’s family food packs who are victims of calamities to carefully examine the contents of the food packs to determine if these are complete.

“Dapat naka-tape po ang kahon pag binigay ito sa inyo. Ang laman ay  6  na kilong bigas, 4 na latang sardinas, 4 na latang carne norte o beef loaf, at 6 na sachet ng kape o cereal energy drink (The box should be taped. Its contents are 6 kilos rice, 4 cans of sardines, 4 cans of corned beef or beef loaf and 6 sachets of coffee or cereal energy drink),” Sec. Taguiwalo expounded.

“Sapat po itong pagkain para sa dalawang araw para sa isang pamilyang may limang miyembro (This is enough food for two days for a family with five members),” the Secretary added.

As of October 27, 7 am, 312,586 families or 1,394,045 persons from 3,095 barangays in Regions CAR, I, II, III, and V have been affected.

To date, some 1,122 families or 4,066 persons are still taking shelter in 21 evacuation centers in the said regions.

Relief ops in far-flung villages

Sec. Taguiwalo also reported that DSWD was able to finally reach the families affected by ‘Lawin’ in Sinundungan Valley, a far-flung and poor community in Rizal, Cagayan, through coordination with the Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center (CVDRC).

Some 184 Family Food Packs (FFPs) were given to all families from Brgy. San Juan, while 156 FFPs were given to all families from Brgy. Bural. 

DSWD staff and CVDRC volunteers were able to reach the area after a three hour grueling travel from Tuguegarao City and traversing the river boundary of the municipalities of Rizal and Lasam, Cagayan.

The provision of relief was facilitated by the barangay officials and the volunteers of CVDRC. ###

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DSWD now accepts donations for ‘Lawin’ survivors

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now ready to accept donations for families affected by ‘Lawin’ following the ongoing initial ground assessment in regions struck by the typhoon.

“We have already identified the initial needs of affected residents based on the ongoing needs assessment in areas affected by ‘Lawin.’ Our doors remain open to those who offered aid assistance, as long as they do not come with conditions and are locally available already. We also appeal to the public to have patience with us as we conduct the ongoing validation of areas affected and assessment of their needs because we want to ensure that all donations and relief items will not overlap and will be rationally distributed to rightful beneficiaries,” said DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo.

For organizations and individuals who plan to donate goods, the list of goods or items that can be donated are the following:

  • Canned process goods (not expiring within six (6) months);
  • Rice;
  • New clothing and underwear;
  • Shelter materials;
  • Jerry cans;
  • Cooking and Kitchen kits;
  • Water;
  • Hygiene kits;
  • Sleeping kits (such as mats, blankets, mosquito nets, etc.)
  • Tents/tarpaulins/laminated sacks

Donors can proceed to the nearest DSWD-Field Office in their area or to the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City. Hotline numbers of NROC are: (02)852-8081 / (02)851-2681 / (02)511-1259.

Meanwhile, the Department also accepts cash donations through:

PESO SAVINGS ACCOUNT

Account Name : DSWD DONATION

Account Number : 3122-1011-84

Bank Address : Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan Branch, Constitution Hills, Quezon City

Foreign donors may also send monetary assistance through:

DOLLAR SAVINGS ACCOUNT

Account Name : DSWD FOREIGN DONATION

Account Number : 3124-0055-81

Swift Code : TLBPPHMMXXX

Bank Address : Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan Branch, Constitution Hills, Quezon City

Donors are advised to directly deposit to the DSWD donation account and notify the DSWD Finance Management Service (FMS) or Cash Division (CD) through phone or email. They can send the validated deposit slip together with the donor’s information tofinance@dswd.gov.ph and cash@dswd.gov.ph or fax to 931-8127.

“Rest assured that all donations will be appropriately handled by DSWD. All donations will be inventoried, monitored, reported and acknowledged. We will also provide donors with reports regarding the receipt and utilization of the items. For transparency, these will also be posted on our website www.dswd.gov.ph,” assured Sec. Taguiwalo. ###

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DSWD gives 12K family food packs to KMP

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil talks to rallyists right after the dialog between leaders of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas – Southern Mindanao Region (KMP-SMR) and DSWD Officials Wednesday afternoon. DSWD has assured that it will release within the day 12,000 family food packs to the 6000 KMP members affected by El Niňo. Each food pack contains six kilos rice, four cans meat loaf, four cans sardines and six sachets of instant coffee. Another dialog is set on November 3 at DSWD Compound to tackle other concerns of the group. The rallyists peacefully dispersed and marched to Bankerohan gym to claim their food packs. Meanwhile, officers of Philippine National Police were present to help maintain order and provide security. (DSWD)

 

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IP as DSWD worker

IP MONTH. Bobit Dalatag, a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) community facilitator under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples, conveys his gratefulness on how his work with DSWD helped boost his confidence and improve his economic opportunities. Dalatag’s family is a Pantawid Pamilya recipient in San Jose, Sto. Tomas, Davao Del Norte. Dalatag was resource person during the DSWD Monday convocation program which highlighted the Indigenous People’s month observance. (DSWD)

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October is IP month

IP MONTH. Julito Bayugan, a volunteer of Matigsalog-Manobo Tribal People Council of Elders Davao, Inc. shares his difficult journey in obtaining education and finally completing Bachelor of Science in Community Development, during the convocation program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday. A Matigsalog, Bayugan is the first ever college graduate of Sitio Pegalongan, Barangay Malamba, Marilog District, Davao City. He is aspiring to be a community facilitator under the DSWD Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples. October has been declared IP month and Bayugan’s victory somehow becomes a victory of IP communities. (DSWD)

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Social pension in Davao City

Valeriana Pantoja, 93, of Sasa, Davao City, is overjoyed upon receiving her social pension for October to December 2016 during a recent payout at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office. DSWD continues to implement the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens, entitling them a Php 500 monthly stipend to augment their budget for their basic needs. The qualifying age for social pensioners was lowered this year to 65 years old. To date, DSWD XI has registered 82,531 indigent older persons who are eligible in the program. (DSWD)

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DSWD warns public of impostors

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warns the public of a group known as Maharlikan Da’wah following a spot report submitted to DSWD Thursday morning by Barangay Captain Alimodin A. Usman of Barangay 23-C, Poblacion District.

According to the spot report, the group has been distributing illegal documents with the letterhead Maharlikan Da’wah Humanitarian Empowerment and the logos of DSWD and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Further, the report indicated that the group collects money for their prescribed forms and in exchange of membership in Pantawid Pamilya, in the amount of P25.00

A certain Jamil Florece Buscayno who introduced himself as the Founding Chairman of Maharlikan Da’wah with two other representatives identified as Jerson Abdul Jaleel Bonjibod and Omar Dipatuan, deceptively presented themselves as members of the organization connected with DSWD and Pantawid Pamilya.

DSWD reiterates that Maharlikan Da’wah Humanitarian Empowerment is in no way connected with DSWD.

It was previously noted in January 2015 when a certain group named Full House Multi-purpose Cooperative (FMC) falsely introduced the Pantawid Gutom Program targeting Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental.

DSWD repeatedly urges everyone to always be cautious and vigilant. DSWD only identifies its program beneficiaries through the the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). The poorest households in the municipalities will be enumerated, interviewed and validated by legit DSWD personnel.

Furthermore, DSWD will never ask money or any remuneration from families nor promise them that they will be included in any DSWD programs.

For questions or complaints, visit the Pantawid Pamilya offices located in all cities/municipalities all over the region. Information may also be directly obtained from the Pantawid Pamilya City/Municipal Links assigned in every barangay, or by texting the DSWD Pantawid Pamilya grievance hotline at 3456. (DSWD)

 

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