Archive | January, 2018

16 livelihood groups launched in Sta. Maria

STA. MARIA, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) –Sta. Maria town is blessed anew after 16 of its livelihood associations recently received a Php 6,520,000.00 million Seed Capital Fund through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The assistance was turned over to association presidents by DSWD officials led by Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria.

Municipal Mayor Rudy P. Mariscal welcomed the economic opportunity provided to his constituents.

Each association received an amount not lesser than Php 300,000.00.

Kini usa ka kamatuoran nga ang kwarta nga gagikan sa mga tao, ang mga tao gihapon ang makapahimulos (This is a proof that the money of the people benefits the people themselves),” ARD Santamaria said in her message to the participants and municipal officials present during the launch. “Kay ang tumong sa among departamento mao ang mu-serbisyo, mu-alalay, ug mutabang sa atong mga Pantawid nga mga benepisyaryo (Because the department aims to serve, to guide, and to help our Pantawid beneficiaries).”

Dako kaayo among pasalamat nga kami usab nabubuan og grasya gikan sa panggamhanan. Kini usa ka dakong hagit sa atong mga benepisyaryo nga palamboon pa ang maong kantidad sa kwarta (We are very thankful that we are included as recipients of blessings from government. This is a big challenge to our beneficiaries to make good use and boost the capital they have received),” Jospehine Mariscal, Municipal Administrator, said.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to enhance the capabilities of poor Filipino households and individuals by strengthening their skills, competencies, abilities and resources in accessing income-generating opportunities to help improve their socio-economic well-being. (DSWD)




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Caravan in Barangay Tungkalan

SERBISYO CARAVAN. Over 1000 residents of Barangay Tungkalan, Toril District, Davao City received goods and services from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), other national agencies, city government and from private groups during the Serbisyo Cum Information Caravan over the weekend.

Basic health services were extended as well as family food packs, free haircut, massage services, tooth extraction, measles vaccination, flu vaccination for older persons, vegetable seedlings, job referrals, civil registration, registration of senior citizens, toys and treats for children, among others. (DSWD)


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Serbisyo Caravan goes to Tagurano

CARAVAN IN TAGURANO. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) participated in the recent Serbisyo Cum Information Caravan held at Barangay Tagurano, Toril. Over 1000 barangay residents benefitted from the services and goods provided by national agencies, city government and private companies.

Basic health services were extended as well as family food packs, free haircut, massage services, tooth extraction, measles vaccination, flu vaccination for older persons, vegetable seedlings, job referrals, civil registration, registration of senior citizens, toys and treats for children, among others. (DSWD)

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Over 120k children in Davao Region benefit from DSWD feeding program

Davao City (DSWD XI) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) bared that for the 7th cycle implementation of its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP), a total of 127,746 children enrolled in 2,792 Child Development Centers in Davao Region were covered.

In response to the malnutrition problem and to help achieve the millennium goal 1 of eradicating poverty and hunger, DSWD, in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs) implemented the feeding program.

Davao Del Sur with 345 Child Development Centers (CDCs) has served 14,021 children-beneficiaries; Davao del Norte with 583 CDCs served 31,774; Davao Occidental with 244 CDCs served 9,057; Compostela Valley with 542 CDCs served 25,214; Davao Oriental with 529 CDCs served 19,428; and Davao City with 549 CDCs was able to serve 28,252.

The feeding program aims to improve and sustain the nutritional status of target children-beneficiaries and improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education.

It basically provides hot meals for 120 days to children enrolled in LGU-run Child Development Centers (formerly known as Day Care Centers) and Supervised Neighborhood Play.

Regional Director of DSWD Mercedita P. Jabagat emphasized that at the start of Cycle 7 implementation, DSWD piloted the provision of twice-a-day feeding in selected LGUs based on the following criteria: malnutrition rate as per National Nutrition Council (NNC); with children in Geographically isolated and Disadvantaged Areas, (GIDA) and Indigenous Peoples (lP) areas; with nutritionally depressed areas; and with no unliquidated funds from previous implementation of the regular feeding program.

Under the program, DSWD was able to download a total of Php 242,759,227.14 million to qualified partner LGUs in 2017.

Currently, DSWD implements the regular Supplementary Feeding Program in all LGUs across the country ​to ensure that day care children are able to consume nutritious food. (DSWD)


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4 bakeries of Pantawid, livelihood beneficiaries launched in District 3

Davao City (DSWD XI) – District 3 now boasts of four bakeries owned and managed by 65 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Brgy. Biao Joaquin (BBJ) bakery was launched on December 8 of last year while the Salaysay Bagobisa Bakery SLP Association and Upian Bread Makers SLP Association, both in Marilog District, were launched on December 29. The Tawantawan Bakery SLP Association in Baguio District is set to open this last week of January.

All of the 65 Pantawid beneficiaries are graduates of the Bread and Pastry Production training, also conducted by the SLP.

Dako kaayo among kalipay nga kami nahatagan og dungag nga kapital sa among gamay nga bakery diri sa barangay. Kini usa ka hagit kanamo tanan nga palamboon gayod ang gibubo sa amo nga grasya sa panggamhanan (We are overwhelmed with happiness with the additional capital we received for our small bakery. We are all inspired to make good of this blessing from government),” Gina Bisnar, one of the members of the BBJ bakery said.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to enhance the capabilities of poor Filipino households and individuals by strengthening their skills, competencies, abilities and resources in accessing income-generating opportunities to help improve their socio-economic well-being. (DSWD)

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Another centenarian gets Php 100K

CENTENARIAN GIFT. The wife of a late 101-year old from Davao City receives Php 100,000.00 from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Social Pension Unit head Lywellyn T. Bibera, in accordance with R.A. 10868 otherwise known as Centenarian Act of 2016.

Under the law, all Filipino citizens, poor or rich, who reached 100 years are entitled to receive the cash gift.  Filipinos, here and abroad who have reached the age of 100 years old prior to the effectivity of this Act, and validated prior to his/her death shall be honored and is eligible to receive the centenarian gift which shall be presented to the nearest surviving relative. In 2017, there were 107 centenarians in Davao Region who passed the DSWD validation and were awarded the cash gift. (DSWD)

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14464 patients served through DSWD LinGap Sa MaSa

Davao City (DSWD XI) – In 2017, the Lingap at Gabay Para sa May Sakit (LinGap Sa MaSa) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provided medicine needs of 14464 patients in Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City.

Under this initiative, DSWD Region XI disbursed a total of Php 134,922,703.62 million, said Gemma D. Dela Cruz, head of DSWD’s Crisis Intervention Unit.

A medicine assistance program funded by the Office of the President’s Socio- Civic Projects and with a Php 1 billion budget, LinGap Sa MaSa helps indigent Filipinos or Filipinos in crisis needing treatment for illness or injuries.

In 2017, DSWD desks were established in identified partner hospitals in regions NCR, 3, 6, 7 and 11 to operationalize the program.

In Region XI, DSWD LinGap is lodged at the Lingap Para sa Bayan interagency one-stop shop office at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) compound, J.P. Laurel Avenue.

Lingap Para sa Bayan is a facility that caters the processing of health services offered by DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Davao’s City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO).

Expanded coverage

In October last year, LinGap Sa MaSa was amended to cover payment for prosthetics, assistive devices, laboratory procedures and medical supplies, Dela Cruz said.

Dela Cruz said apart from the initially identified hospitals, district and provincial hospitals and other regional hospitals operated by government shall soon implement the program to cater to qualified local residents.

Target beneficiaries for Lingap are: 1] Families or individuals who are indigent, vulnerable or disadvantaged; 2] Those in the informal sector and poor based on DSWD Listahanan; and 3] Those who are in crisis situation based on assessment of social workers.

Also, Dela Cruz said the program has expanded to include employees and contract of service workers of government in crisis situation and their immediate family, wounded soldiers, and dependents of soldiers and police officers who were killed or wounded in action.

Dela Cruz said the assistance can be availed only once in three (3) months and is distinct and separate from the regular DSWD AICS (Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation) which extends financial support for hospitalization, burial, education and transportation needs.

Availing clients shall present original or certified true copy of the following: 1) any valid ID of the patient; 2) if patient has a representative, any valid ID of the representative and written authorization of the patient; 3) doctor’s prescription issued within the last three months; and 4) certificate of indigency or barangay certification. (DSWD)


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136,067 seniors received social pension in 2017

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Some 136,067 indigent senior citizens in Davao Region were assisted in 2017 through the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Lywellyn T. Bibera, DSWD focal for Social Pension said the figure is higher compared with 2016 which registered only 85,532 social pensioners.

In 2017, DSWD disbursed a total of Php 816,402,000.00 million to qualified pensioners in the region’s six cities and 43 municipalities, Bibera said.

Bibera said Davao Del Norte posted the largest number of recipients with 27,312; Davao Oriental -26,407; Compostela Valley -26,265; Davao City -22,619; Davao Del Sur -20,889; and Davao Occidental with 12,575.

The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program or RA 9995 addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable older persons as well as backs the full implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The monthly stipend of P500 which took effect January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.

Potential recipients are senior citizens (60 years old and above) who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO); and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from family or relatives.

The list of potential social pensioners was based on the results of the DSWD Listahanan national assessment which was validated by the local government units (LGUs).

Qualified senior citizens who are not included in the DSWD Listahanan data but recommended by the LGU shall be assessed by the LGU social worker. Payment shall be based on the budget allocation per municipality.

Under the program, DSWD shall monitor and provide technical assistance to the LGUs through the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO) and conduct orientation, advocacy activities and meetings with the LGU Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP), and barangay senior citizens associations.

Meanwhile, 107 centenarians in Davao Region received a Php 100,000.00 cash gift last year. Centenarians poor or rich are entitled to receive the “centenarian gift” as well as recognition from the government for reaching 100 years under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016. (DSWD)










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