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Women in legal service

WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE. Department of Justice Regional Prosecutor Janet Grace D. Fabrero gets a certificate of appreciation from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat after her talk at the DSWD Monday Program in observance of Women’s Month. Atty. Fabrero discussed about her own share of discriminations and triumphs as a woman front liner in legal public service. (DSWD)

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Women leaders at work

WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE. Police Chief Inspector Jacquelyn Antero of the Philippine National Police (PNP) receives a certificate of appreciation from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officials [from left] Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria, Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, and Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil. Antero was guest speaker during the DSWD Monday Program in observance of Women’s Month bearing the theme “We Make Change Work for Women”. (DSWD)

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DSWD 11 releases P2.2M to senior citizens in DavSur

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Region 11 completed Friday the release of a total of P2,292,000 for 1,528 indigent senior citizens in the town of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.

The cash release was made this early even as it should cover the first quarter of 2017 or from January to March.

The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and the Municipal Treasurer’s Office here divided the 22 barangays (villages) into three for the three-day release of the pension starting last Wednesday.

Every indigent senior citizen aged 65 years old and above is entitled to receive P500 monthly pension. The age qualification eligible to receive a social pension was lowered from 77 years old to 65 years old. It was approved under the General Appropriations Act for CY 2015.

With the lower age requirement, more economically disadvantaged senior citizens can have additional cash to spend for their basic needs such as medicines and nutritious food to support their well-being.

Those who will qualify to receive the P500 monthly stipend are senior citizens who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; are not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Veterans Pension; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.

The pension is distributed every quarter through cash payment by DSWD Field Offices or city/municipal social welfare and development offices. (PNA)

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Lingap sa Masa now a DSWD pogram

What started out as a Lingap para sa Mahirap, a free hospitalization and medicines program of Davao City Government for the poor at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), which has enabled zero billing for many poor patients, is now a nationwide program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the SPMC in Davao City and Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City on Friday, March 2, for the implementation of Lingap sa Masa program.

In the 66th anniversary celebration of the DSWD Field Office (FO) at Grand Men Seng Hotel, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo together with SPMC chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega, and DRMC chief Dr. Bryan Dalid inked the MOA, which provides the details of the partnership and agreement between the DSWD and the two state-run hospitals.

Secretary Taguiwalo said in her remark that President Rodrigo Duterte has allocated P1 billion for medicine assistance to indigent patients to be sourced from the socio-civic projects fund of the Office of the President Under the Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa or Lingap sa Masa program.

The program will provide assistance through the issuance of guarantee letters for the purchase of medicines from hospital pharmacies or from partner drug stores, wherein the DSWD will be the lead agency that will manage and implement it and ensure that the program is properly distributed to indigent citizens.

“Nag set-aside si President ng pera dahil alam niya ang problema ng mga may sakit lalo na yong mahihirap na walang pambili ng gamot (The President has set aside money because he knew the problems of those who are sick especially who can’t afford to buy medicine),” Taguiwalo said.

SPMC and DRMC are two of the six public hospitals in the country that were chosen to benefit from the program. Of the P1 billion budget, P150-million were given to the two hospitals.

Each citizen has a limit up to P75,000 only. The other hospitals are in Manila, Pampanga, Cebu, and Iloilo.

The program will be assessed after three months to determine the lapses and possible improvement.

DSWD-Davao Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat, for her part, said that they have already started to implement the program last March 1 and have already assigned social workers to assist the citizens.

The program will only cover medicine and aside from that, such as the laboratory fee, professional fee and for operation will no longer be shouldered by Lingap sa Masa.

Jabagat also mentioned that they are eying to have a contact with other pharmacies near the vicinity of the two hospitals to be one of their partners in the implementation. (Sun Star)

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Social pension program for all senior citizens

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) aims to cater all senior citizens in the country aging 60 yeras old and above to be included in the list of pensioners under the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC).

“This year, let us set the goal to help even more as the budget now has been allocated to serve all indigent senior citizens,” Taguiwalo said during the DSWD-Davao 66th anniversary celebration Friday, March 3, at Grand Men Seng Hotel.

In the budget set by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), they allocated P17.9 billion for SPISC beneficiaries, which is twice higher as compared to the P8.7 billion budget last year.

Thus, the DSWD’s target beneficiaries have also increased to 2.8 million from 1.3 million in 2016. Taguiwalao said that DBM secretary Benjamin Diokno, upon the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte, has made sure that the budget allocated is for all indigent seniors.

All senior citizens could be enrolled under SPISC unlike before when applicants have to wait for replacement and this only happens through death or delisting of senior citizen pensioners.

“Wala na pong pilahan para mag-antay na may mabakante na espasyo at may mamatay,” she said.

In 2016, DSWD-Davao has assisted 82,531 indigent senior citizens who are entitled to receive P1,500 social pension per quarter or equivalent to P500 per month.

The qualified senior citizens may apply at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), the City or Municipal Social Welfare Development Office or a DSWD Regional Office.

Applicants or their representatives must bring an Osca ID, birth certificate and certificate of indigency upon the application of the program.

However, only citizens aged 60 and above who have no pension from private or government institutions, regular income, or support from their families may enroll in the program while those who have pensions from Social Security System (SSS) or Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) are not qualified.

“DSWD personnel shows indeed not just in words that service to the public and service to the people is a vocation and not merely an occupation,” Taguiwalo said. (Sun Star)

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Drug reformists in Davao Oriental receive cash assistance

After rendering community service as part of the healing process from the use of illegal drugs, around 207 drug reformists in Davao Oriental received cash assistance under the government’s cash-for-work program funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The provincial government of Davao Oriental said on Friday that each of the 207 drug reformists received PHP2,380.00 as payment for their community service, that included the cleaning of streets, highways and other forms of community works.

“This is the big thrust of the national government under President Duterte that is whole-heartedly supported by the Governor Nelson Dayanghirang,” said Art Benjie Bulaong, provincial administrator of Davao Oriental and the action officer of Anti-Drug Abuse Council in the province.

Bulaong added that the provincial government is also planning to establish a local program for drug reformists aimed at tapping national government agencies and other organizations to pool their resources to provide aid to individuals who are into illegal drugs and are willing to reform their lives.

The resources will include the support and provision of livelihood, skills development and education, he said.

“This intervention is just one of the programs being lined-up by the government for drug reformists to help them start over with their new lives,” he added.

He also thanked the 207 drug reformists for their cooperation, lauded their bravery for coming out in the open and assured them of the continued support from the provincial government.

Bulaong also encouraged them to convince others whom they know are still hooked in illegal drugs to come out and undergo rehabilitation process that is being offered and supported by the provincial government. (PNA)

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Gov’t agencies to sign deal on protection of OFW kids

Three government agencies are set to ink a joint memorandum of agreement (MOA) on March 30 at The Ritz Hotel, Garden Oases, Obrero St., Davao City to collaborate in providing protection to children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Director Eduardo Bellido on Monday, March 27, said OWWA, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will step up their effort to boost their campaign in addressing the plight of the families and children of OFWs who were left behind while they are working abroad in search for greener pastures to provide for their family a better life.

“The MOA will provide a strategic component to further enhance the campaign and coordination among government agencies to provide welfare assistance, prevention, and remedial mechanism against child abuse and exploitation, particularly on the children of OFWs,” Bellido said.

Pursuant to the joint agreement, there will be a seminar for the protection of children left behind by the OFWs.

“It aims to heighten awareness on the issue and problems concerning children left behind by the OFWs, identify appropriate intervention to ensure protection of children left behind, intensify child protection campaign on violence against children, and establish convergence program with Owwa, DSWD, DOJ and LGUs (local government units),” Bellido said.

On November 12 last year, the two-year-old son of Erlinda Cagalitan, an OFW, was mauled to death by his guardian Sarah Jane Alcain and her husband Ronilo Alcain in Lacson Village, Calinan, Davao City.

This is just an example of the case that OWWA wanted to address so that there will be no more children who will die and will be abused while their parents are away.

The event, meanwhile, will be attended by OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and Deputy Administrator for operations Brigido Dulay who are among the honored guests of the event together with DOJ Regional Prosecutor Janet Grace Dalisay-Fabrero and DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.

They are expecting around 130 participants from the government and non-government organizations while OFW Family Circles in Davao Region are also expected to participate in the activity. (Sun Star)

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Women in public service

WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE. Woman leader Atty. Angela Librado [2nd from right] receives a certificate of appreciation from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officials [from left] Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria, and Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat. Atty. Librado shared her inspiring story as a lawyer, politician, mother and public servant during the DSWD Monday Program in observance of Women’s Month. She underscored that women can only move forward and make a difference when women start to work collectively in advancing their development agenda. (DSWD)

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