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30 DSWD scholars graduate from tech-voc

30 Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) scholars from Davao City complete technical-vocational course in Driving NC II, Automotive Servicing NC I, and Automotive Servicing NC II from Davao Institute of Technical Education, Inc. The graduation ceremony was held at CAP Auditorium, Barangay Poblacion, Davao City.
The scholars are Pantawid Pamilya recipients whose training was facilitated through the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD. Pantawid families are equipped with technical-vocational skills to prepare them embark in economic opportunities when they graduate from the program. To date, over 260,000 poor families in Davao Region are benefiting from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD)

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DSWD helped assess dependents of slain AFP, PNP personnel for livelihood opportunities

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Project Development Officers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) extended services during the Capacity Training for the Dependents of Killed-in-Action/Killed-in-Police-Operations AFP/PNP Personnel under the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) of the Duterte Administration held on May 24-26 at RTC-Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center, Buhisan, Tibungco.

The three-day capacity training was provided through the office of the Department of National Defense in partnership with other national government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Housing Authority (NHA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), among others.
As one of the front-liners in terms of augmentation of the economic sufficiency of DSWD beneficiaries, DSWD Project Development Officers under the Sustainable Livelihood Program assisted in identifying prospect businesses and skills training for the dependents through one-on-one assessment with them.
All dependents will receive benefits of CSBP through the different agencies of government such as: Special Financial Assistance amounting to Two Hundred Fifty Thousand (Php 250,000.00) from the Office of the President, and additional of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand (Php 250,000.00) upon completion of Capacity Training and Capability Building for Financial Management Skills and Livelihood.

Meanwhile, the City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) replicated the DSWD Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) strategy of providing uncollateralized small loans to poor families for livelihood development, through the conduct of Livelihood Basic Business Management Training for Drug Surrenderers last May 18-19 in Matina.

Wilfredo R. Planas, External Relations Officer of DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), introduced the SEA-K strategy to the participating drug surrenderers and encouraged them to utilize and maximize whatever has been provided them by the government.

The SLP (formerly SEA-K), is a community-based capacity building effort that seeks to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status through Micro-enterprise Development and the Employment Facilitation. (DSWD)

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Life skills for DavSur beneficiaries

LIFE SKILLS. 94 beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from the municipalities of Malalag and Sulop, Davao Del Sur complete the Community-Based Skills Training Program on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II and Computer Systems Servicing NC II in partnership with Cor Jesu College, Endonela Institute of Technology Foundation, Adventure College of Malita, and the Local Government of Malalag. The graduation ceremony was held at Rizal Park, Barangay Poblacion, Malalag. (DSWD)

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Another 100K cash gift awarded

100K GIFT. A 101 year-old woman from Compostela Valley signs the payroll after receiving Php 100,000.00 from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in accordance with RA 10868 otherwise known as Centenarian Act of 2016. Under the law, Filipino citizens, poor or rich, who reached 100 years are entitled to get the cash gift, whether he or she is in or out of the country. Under the 2016 budget, eight centenarians from Compostela Valley province are eligible to receive. (Photo by LGU Monkayo)

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More centenarians received cash gift

CASH GIFT. A 104 year-old senior citizen happily receives her Php 100,000.00 from Mayor Carl Jason Rama of Kiblawan, Davao Del Sur. The cash gift was released through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) per Centenarian Act of 2016. Also in photo is Angelic P. Blasquez, DSWD focal on older persons. At least 52 senior citizens who reached 100 years old qualified in Region XI. (DSWD)

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Centenarians, families overjoyed, grateful for P100K ‘gift’

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Centenarians and their families expressed gratefulness over the recently released ‘centenarian gift’ of Php 100,000.00 through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Regional Director of DSWD Mercedita P. Jabagat personally visited the residence of some centenarians and handed over the Php 100,000.00 cash gift beginning third week of May.

“Most of them were teary-eyed and speechless upon their receipt of the large cash. Others seemed confused and even asked ‘why’, overwhelmed of the unbelievable amount they got,” Director Jabagat shared.

Director Jabagat stressed to the grantee and to other members of the family who were present that the money should only be used to buy the needs of the recipient like milk, medicines, clothing, food, vitamins, among others. “This amount is a present from the government and is solely intended for the enjoyment of our centenarians who deserve this once-in-a-lifetime reward.”

According to one daughter, they will use part of the amount to buy a hospital bed for her 104 year-old father. Another granddaughter said they can finally provide her 116 year-old grandmother a brand new wheelchair.

Witty and candid reactions from the senior grantees were noted during the payout.

Buotan ang gobyerno, very good. Pasalamat ko sa Ginoo kay gihatagan ko og taas nga kinabuhi (Government is good. I thank God for giving me a long life),” said 104 year-old Nanay Flordiluna from Davao Del Sur. Nanay Flordiluna has 10 children.

Tinood ba ni? Ako ba jud ni? Karon lang ko nakagunit og ani nga kuarta (Is this true? Is this really mine. This is my first time to have this much money). Nanay Eleuteria exclaimed. She said she will buy a rosary and a bible, adding, “Maninda ko para duna koy income (I will continue my sari-sari store to earn income).” At 105, Nanay Eleuteria is very fond of Coca Cola.

102 year-old farmer Tatay Francisco still sings the ‘Our Father’ and prays the rosary.

Tatay Sixto, 100, said he will offer a mass and share some amount with his children. “Magpa misa ko ug bahinan pud nako ang akong mga anak (I will offer a mass and will also share this with my children).”

A bubbly 104 year-old farmer Tatay Melecio still wished for a longer life. He said prayer is very important in his life. “Kanunay jud ko mag-ampo kay importante kini (I always pray because it is important).” Surprised but grateful, he even prayed twice and cried before receiving the cash. Tatay Melecio’s secret to long life is bahal (coconut wine), he claimed.

Tatay Casimero at 104 refused to receive the cash, insisting that he wanted food instead. “Dili ko (I will not accept that).” But it was made clear to him that the cash was a gift from the government and it’s his which could buy whatever food he desires.

Tatay Margarito, 102, taught it was a loan and must be repaid. He was reluctant to receive it because he believes he could not pay it when the time comes. “Wala koy ikabayad pag-abot sa panahon (I could not repay that).”

Most of the recipient centenarians have more than 10 children and have no illness nor maintenance medicine, and some are still able to talk and move around. Tatay Margarito still has a complete set of teeth.

When asked what her secret is for a long life, a 112 year-old Nanay Diosdada who bore 12 children said, “Wala koy vetsin, walay coke, walay karne. Permi ko gulay, patatas ug kamote (I don’t take food seasoning, coke and meat. I always eat vegetables, potato and camote).”

This tough lady even ably climbed the stairs to the second floor of the DSWD seminar hall where she received the cash gift on Monday. She was advised to stay and wait at the ground floor but she replied, “Makasaka pa man gani ko sa flyover (I could still even climb the flyover stairs).”

Centenarians poor or rich are entitled to receive a Php 100,000 “centenarian gift” among other incentives, as well as recognition from the government for reaching 100 years under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016.

Under R.A. 10868, all Filipinos who live up to 100 years, otherwise known as centenarians, will also receive a Letter of Felicitation from the President whether he or she is in the Philippines or not. In addition, centenarians will receive a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive from their respective cities or municipal governments, to be decided by their local government unit.

Under the 2016 budget, 52 centenarians in Davao Region are qualified to receive the Php 100,000 cash gift. Twenty-five of whom are from Davao City; eight from Compostela Valley; six each from Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur and Davao Oriental; and 1 from Davao Occidental. (DSWD)

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DSWD holds film festival

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) invites all film enthusiasts, students, hobbyists to join the first-ever DSWD Region XI Film Festival (Short Film Making Contest) with the theme “DSWD: May Malasakit”.

The contest is open to all amateur and professional videographers.

Film enthusiasts will compete in producing short films featuring the different programs and rehabilitation centers of DSWD such as Kalahi-CIDSS, Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension, Legal Adoption, Supplementary Feeding, Licensing and Accreditation of Social Welfare NGOs, Reception and Study Center for Children, Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, Home for the Aged, Home for Girls and Women, among others.

Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat emphasized that this film making competition aims to advocate DSWD programs as well as support young film enthusiasts and professionals in further enhancing their craft and creativity, and showcasing their talent through short but catchy films.

DSWD will officially announce and open the contest during the Kapehan sa Dabaw press conference at SM City Davao Annex on Monday, May 22.

Entry forms are available at the Social Marketing Unit, DSWD Regional Office, Davao City. Submission of entry forms starts on May 22, 2017 and runs until May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Deadline of submission of video entries is July 3, 2017.

“The grand winner of the film festival will receive Php 40,000, the second runner-up gets Php 25,000, third placer will bring home Php 15,000, while four more winners will each receive Php 5,000 and a plaque,” Director Jabagat said.

For more details, interested parties may contact 0943-886-0184 or email at or . Full mechanics is posted at

DSWD is the primary government agency mandated to develop, implement, and coordinate social protection and poverty-reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. (DSWD)


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Php 100,000 awarded to centenarians

CENTENARIAN GIFT. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director Mercedita P. Jabagat leads the turnover of the Php 100,000 cash gift to centenarians in Davao City on Wednesday. Centenarians will receive a P100,000 “centenarian gift” among other incentives, as well as recognition from the government for reaching 100 years under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016.

Under R.A. 10868, all Filipinos who reach 100 years, otherwise known as centenarians, will also receive a Letter of Felicitation from the President whether he or she is in the Philippines or not. In addition, centenarians will also receive a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive from their respective cities or municipal governments, to be decided by their local government unit. (DSWD)

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