Archive | February, 2017

DSWD Davao opens its week-long 66th anniversary celeb

DSWD @66. Members of Management Committee of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region XI led by Director Mercedita P. Jabagat [second from right] cut the ceremonial ribbon on Monday to mark the opening of the week-long celebration of the DSWD 66th Founding Anniversary. Theme for the observance is Sama-samang Paglilingkod ng may Malasakit. Other ManCom members are [from left]  ARD for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, Chief Admin. Officer Teresita V. Mercado, Institutional Development Chief Ma. Elena S. Labrador, Policy and Plans Chief Estrella D. Brigole and ARD for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria. (DSWD)

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Convention of adoptive families held

LEGAL ADOPTION. Vivian Saavedra and daughter Mica of Davao City happily share the joys and fulfillment of being an adoptive family during the 4th Convention of Adoptive Families in Davao Region over the weekend. Advocating the welfare and human rights of adoptive children, the convention is one of the highlights of Adoption Consciousness Week which advances the theme Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption). (DSWD)

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Mass feeding held in Talaingod

MASS FEEDING. Some 1000 school-aged children from different sitios of Talaingod, Davao del Norte participate in mass feeding conducted by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with Save Our Schools Network, Salugpongan International, Solidarity Action Group for Indigenous Peoples and Peasants (SAGIPP), Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio Foundation, and the National Youth Commission.

Dubbed National Medical and Solidarity Mission, the four-day community outreach also carried out medical and dental examination, distribution of 2000 family food packs, social activities with lumad children, water testing and fecalysis to help determine causes of illnesses, and focus group discussion with community leaders and teachers. Other participants in the mission were Alliance of Concerned Teachers, University of the Philippines-Mindanao, Holy Cross of Davao College, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, Makabayan, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Migrante, and AGHAM/Scientists for the People. (DSWD)

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21% of 4Ps reach self-sufficiency

The Department of Social Worker and Development (DSWD)-Davao Region noted a 21.32 percent or 43,446 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries are now enjoying a self-sufficient status based on their 2016 assessment.

Speaking in Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Ecoland, Davao City, DSWD-Davao regional director Mercedita P. Jabagat said based on their accomplishment report for 2016, there are a total of 203,753 active household beneficiaries under 4PS in Davao region and of this number, 75 percent or 157,906 have elevated their status from survival to subsistence level.

She said that they are using indicators to determine the levels of the families’ well-being whether they have improved or remain in the classification of “poor”. Those beneficiaries identified as “survival” means they are below the poverty threshold, subsistence means they can provide just enough necessities like food and shelter to live with the program’s intervention while beneficiaries under the level of self-sufficient means they can already provide on their own without the assistance of the program, the highest level among the categories.

Jabagat underscored that in the Listahanan 2 or the National Household Targetting System for Poverty Reduction Program (NHTS-PR) data assessed in 2014 showed that a total of 1.3 million beneficiaries of the 4.2 million active household beneficiaries of the 4Ps have managed to improve their socio-economic condition and now in the transition period.

She attributed the significant improvements on the joint effort of the social workers in implementing anti-poor programs and the 4Ps members themselves in fighting inter-generational cycle of poverty or making sure that the next generation are in a better situation.

DSWD secretary Judy Taguiwalo had ordered constant monitor and evaluation of the members and assess the developments in the members’ lives from the benefits and government services they availed.

Jabagat vowed that they will continue to aim to eradicate poverty in the region and in the country and make all self-sufficient. Even those who have graduated to subsistence level will still get assistance to ensure that they do not fall back to survival level.

Meanwhile, 423,354 families were given relief assistance during the disaster relief operations in Davao Region. (Juliet C. Revita, Sun Star Davao)

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More senior citizens receive pension from DSWD

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—A total of 82,532 indigent senior citizens received a P500 per month pension from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) since 2011 in Davao region, according to the agency’s accomplishment report for 2016.

DSWD 11 Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said the pension fund has been transferred already to the local government units across the country.

“We already transferred to municipalities and cities social welfare office, the fund to payout our indigent senior citizens,” she said.

Jabagat said the payout for the indigent senior citizens will be given every quarter.

“Our schedule of payment is every quarter, so a senior citizen receives a P1,500 per pay out,” she said.

In Davao, Jabagat said that a total of 20,287 indigent senior citizens have yet to receive their pension since it will be the DSWD 11 that would release the fund, pointing out that the agency and the city government have yet to finalize the Memorandum of Agreement.

Jabagat said the agency has proposed for an increase of P1,000, saying the present P500 pension is insufficient.

“We already proposed but it is subject to the availability of funds which only Congress can mandate,” she said.

The regional director said that senior citizens who are aged 60 years old can already apply for DSWD pension.

“Last year, we lower down the qualified age to senior citizens but we cannot cater all since we only have a limited fund for this program,” she said.

She added that qualification of the senior citizens will be based from the recommendation and validation of the local government unit’s social welfare office.

Different from 4P’s

Jabagat clarified that the pension payout is different from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.  “It will not double the 4P’s and pension payout unless the indigent senior citizen is the designated guardians of his/her grandchildren,” she said.

Jabagat said indigent senior citizens should apply at the CSSDO office with their senior citizen identification, picture and birth certificate.

The DSWD also reported that in 2016 they have provided to 423,354 families relief assistance from disasters which happened last year, 45,011 clients for burial and education assistance with a fund of P179,701,833.57.

Out of 277 community development projects in 375 barangays within Davao region, DSWD completed 61 projects, while their 2,095-day care centers catered 106,136 preschool students which are also beneficiaries of supplementary feeding program.

As of 2017, Jabagat said they already released the first pay out this February, the next payout for the pension will be on April. The agency now has a P41 million budget for this year. (Maria Patricia C. Borromeo, Davao Today)

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Pantawid identifies ‘Modelong Ama’ in regionwide search

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program spearheads the first-ever “Search for Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya 2017”. Conducted nationwide, it is one of the advocacy initiatives to bring about “transformed gender relations”, as well as, push for homes that are free from gender-based discrimination and gender violence.

“The search is one of the department’s contributions to the ultimate aim of ‘gender equality’. Since majority of Pantawid household heads are mother grantees, the program recognizes the growing need to partner with men to achieve transformed gender relations among Pantawid households. The program believes that men should be made partners in pushing for and achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality by concretely contributing to advocacies against gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence within families and communities,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.

The search is open to all outstanding Pantawid fathers/husbands whose: (1) a Filipino male who is a member of the Pantawid household for at least 2 years. He may be a father, grandfather, solo parent, husband who is at least 28 years old; (2) with good moral standing and has not been indicted with any administrative, criminal, civil case especially with depravity relative to any gender-related cases in the last five years; and (3) his family should be 100% compliant to all conditionalities set by the program.

Criteria for judging of official entries are: (1) Personal Character – 30%; (2) Involvement with roles that are beyond traditional – 30%; (3) Involvement in Pantawid Pamilya and other relevant community activities – 20%; and Score in the Personal Gender Sensitivity checklist – 20%.

This year’s provincial nominees are: Wencie F. Ochoco of Digos City, Davao del Sur; Robert L. Dumapias of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley; Edsil D. Albani of Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental; Castor Deloy Palco of Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental; Welson Ruelo Cadotdot of Panabo City, Davao del Norte; and Marcial B. Gepte, Sr. of Davao City.

The 2017 Regional Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya will serve as a male ambassador of Pantawid Pamilya; can be tapped as Resource Person during Family Development Sessions (FDS) FDS and any related activity; assists in the Gender and Development advocacy efforts including the use of their photos and life stories in any GAD-related activities/promotions.

At present, Pantawid Pamilya has over 233,757 active beneficiaries in Davao Region covering 5 provinces, 6 cities and 43 municipalities. Of this number, 37,406 are male while 196,351 are female. (DSWD)


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DavOcc village gets KC health station

HEALTH STATION. At least 569 households in Barangay Kidalapong, Malita town, Davao Occidental are set to benefit from this Php 253,352.00-worth health station which was built with the active participation of community volunteers of Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Currently, Kalahi-CIDSS operates in 375 barangays in Davao Region, helping build community development projects. (DSWD/ Photos by Francis John B. Pineda)

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DSWD @66 presscon

PRESSCON. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat announces to media partners the activities lined up for the regional celebration of DSWD’s 66th Founding Anniversary during Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw press conference at SM City Davao Annex. Joining Director Jabagat are DSWD Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa who also discussed the recent National Medical and Solidarity Mission in Talaingod [center], and head of DSWD Adoption Resource and Referral Section Sheryll Ann R. Dumalogdog. (DSWD)

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