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DSWD-11 releases P2.2M to indigent senior citizens in Davao Sur Town

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Region 11 completed Friday the release of a total of PHP2,292,000 for 1,528 indigent senior citizens.

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 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 500 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.

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DSWD signs MOA with 2 Davao hospitals for free medicine for indigent patients

More Filipinos will be able to avail of free medicine in the coming weeks after the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signed Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) with two more public hospitals.Late last week, DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo led the signing of MOAs with two hospitals in Davao City for the implementation of “Libreng Gamot para sa Masa (Lingap sa Masa),” the free medicine assistance program funded under President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Socio-Civic Projects Funds.

“Pres. Duterte’s free medicines program will go a long way towards easing the burdens of many Filipinos who have no means to buy medicine because they’re too expensive. In the meantime, we need to give as much support as we can to our public hospitals because they are where our impoverished kababayans go for much needed medical and health services. One of the key priorities of good governance is the improvement of public health even as we make access to other key social services easier for Filipinos,” said Sec. Taguiwalo.

Sec. Taguiwalo, together with Protective Services Bureau (PSB) Director Alicia Bonoan and DSWD Field Office (FO) XI Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, inked agreements with Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) for the provision of free medicines to indigent patients in Davao Region.

SPMC was represented by Medical Center Chief Dr. Leopoldo J. Vega and Chief Administrative Officer Ricardo S.D. Justol, while the DRMC was represented by Medical Center Chief Dr. Bryan O. Dalid.

The MOA signing was conducted during the 66th Anniversary Celebration of DSWD Field Office XI at Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City. It was witnessed by field office employees and guests present during the celebration.

FO XI has been allotted P150 million to carry out the medicine assistance program in Davao Region in partnership with SPMC and DRMC.

The DSWD has earlier signed a MOA with Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City last February for the provision of free medicines to residents in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region VII, respectively.

The “Lingap sa Masa” medicine assistance program is in response to President Duterte’s directive to give indigent Filipinos access to free medicines to help them recover from their illnesses. The program will be initially implemented in five regions, including NCR and Regions III, VI, VII, and XI. Once it expands, the DSWD plans to make the assistance available to all regions.

“We know that in the long run, P150 million will not be enough to cover all the medicine needs of so many Filipinos in Davao who are need of medicine assistance, but apart from Lingap Masa, the DSWD also continues to implement its own medical assistance program through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis (AICS) program. Filipinos can continue to access this through our field offices,” she said. (DSWD)

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DSWD, 2 Davao state-run hospitals ink deal on PHP300-M free medicine program

DAVAO CITY, March 3 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Region 11 and the two regional hospitals in Davao sealed Friday the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the PHP300-million “Libreng Gamot” program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Of the PHP 300 million, the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City and the Davao Regional Medical Center in Apokon, Tagum, Davao del Norte get PHP150 million each.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, who led the signing of the MOA during the DSWD 66th Anniversary Program in Davao City, said the program dubbed Lingap sa Masa “Libreng Gamot” is the realization of President Duterte’s promise to give free medicines to indigent Filipinos including those workers with Job Order contracts.

The free medicine assistance will also be extended to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines and those families already in financial crisis due to continued medication.

Taguiwalo said the PHP 300 million Libreng Gamot program is funded through the Social Civic Fund of the President with a total allocation of PHP1 billion.

The SPMC and DRMC are just two of the hospitals nationwide where DSWD has this engagement. The others are the Philippine General Hospital for the National Capital Region, one in Pampanga, one in Iloilo and one in Cebu.

DSWD-11 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat said each patient can avail of up to PHP75,000 in medicine assistance. They are required to present medicine prescriptions and certificate of indigency to DSWD representative stationed in the SPMC or DRMC.

On the MoA signing, DRMC was represented by its Chief Bryan O. Dalid while SPMC was represented by its Chief Leopoldo J. Vega, and SPMC Chief Administrative Officer Ricardo SD. Justol.

The provision of free medicines is covered by Memorandum Circular No. 16, DSWD field offices in Regions 3, 6, 7, 11 and the National Capital Region.

Taguiwalo said this program shows that President Duterte is very much aware of the high costs of medicines and the numerous indigent patients who cannot afford to buy prescription drugs.

Taguiwalo said DSWD is tasked under the Department of Health’s Medical Assistance Program to provide medical assistance to indigent patients through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations.

The DSWD prioritizes families or individuals who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged or those in the informal sector; government employees and contract of services workers; and those who are facing crisis situations as determined by DSWD social workers as beneficiaries of the program.

The DSWD’s Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU), an action center that responds to the needs of individuals and families in crisis situations, will facilitate the release of the medical assistance. (PNA) LAP/LCM/LDP

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4Ps beneficiaries to receive rice subsidy

Davao City – Following the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2016, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to release rice subsidy in the form of cash amounting to P600.00.

The rice subsidy will be given to all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries nationwide provided they are compliant with either health or education conditionality of the program.

The rice subsidy is included in the cash grant that the households will receive every two months until December 2017.

Further, all Pantawid Pamilya Municipal/ City Links, together with all Pantawid Parent Leaders nationwide are enjoined to ensure that the additional cash grants are used by the beneficiaries for its intended purpose.

For more information on the rice subsidy, beneficiaries are encouraged coordinate with any City/Municipal Link assigned in their respective cities/municipalities.

Pantawid Pamilya complaints or queries may be channeled through Pantawid Grievance Hotlines – 09189122813 or 3456 with the following the text format: DSWD(space)Name(space)message.

At present, Pantawid Pamilya is serving 233,757 households in Davao Region. (DSWD)
4Ps beneficiaries to receive rice subsidy

Davao City – Following the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2016, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to release rice subsidy in the form of cash amounting to P600.00.

The rice subsidy will be given to all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries provided they are compliant with either health or education conditionality of the program.

The rice subsidy is included in the cash grant that the households will receive every two months until December 2017.

Further, all Pantawid Pamilya Municipal/ City Links, together with all Pantawid Parent Leaders nationwide are enjoined to ensure that the additional cash grants are used by the beneficiaries for its intended purpose.

For more information on the rice subsidy, beneficiaries are encouraged coordinate with any City/Municipal Link assigned in their respective cities/municipalities.

Pantawid Pamilya complaints or queries may be channeled through Pantawid Grievance Hotlines – 09189122813 or 3456 with the following the text format: DSWD(space)Name(space)message.

At present, Pantawid Pamilya is serving 233,757 households in Davao Region. (DSWD)

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