Archive | March 2nd, 2018

DSWD 11 marks 67 years of public service

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD is celebrating its 67 years of serving the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged constituents in Davao region.

DSWD employees, partner agencies, and beneficiaries of its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps started the celebration with a foot parade from Ramon Magsaysay Park to the Regional Office on R. Magsaysay Ave. and D. Suazo Street in Davao City.

DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco lauded the employees for their efforts of providing genuine public service to their clientele.

“I have always been proud of the employees of the DSWD as I have seen their dedication and strong commitment to providing excellent government service to the people that we serve—the poorest of the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged Filipinos,” Leyco said.

“No matter what kind of job you perform under the DSWD, please know that your labor is not in vain as every task you accomplish helps the Department achieve its strategic goals, which include helping to alleviate the lives of the poor from poverty. I urge you, my fellow public servants to uphold the principle of honesty and integrity, and to continue to provide dedicated public service to our clients as the DSWD turns another year older this year,” he added.

DSWD 11 director Mercedita Jabagat led employees on its two-day celebration that included thanksgiving mass, photo and product exhibits, DSWD market-market, wellness program, and a blood donation orientation in the Regional Office.

DSWD will also be recognizing outstanding partners, volunteer groups, people’s organizations, and employees that have greatly contributed in the implementation of the Department’s programs and services. (PNA)

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418 kids ready for adoption –DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XI revealed that a total of 418 children have been issued with certification declaring them legally available for adoption.

Social welfare adoption unit head Sheryl Annie Dumalogdog told the Kapehan sa Dabaw on Monday that 391 children have already been adopted with 17 adopted abroad, such as the United States of America and Europe among other countries. The rest have been adopted locally.

“It is our job as social workers to carefully assess our adoptive families,” Dumalogdog said. “We have to conduct series of home visitations and collateral interviews not only within the adoptive families but also within the neighborhood.”

She added that the practice is required so as to assess whether the couples or the adoptive families are really capable not only financially but as well as morally, physically, socially, spiritually and emotionally.

“For children who are and/or will be placed abroad, we monitor them through our partner, the Inter-Country Adoption Board (Icab). Not a single adopted child has been reportedly abused by his or her adoptive parent,” she said.

In line with the nationwide Adoption Consciousness Celebration 2018, February 10-17 with the theme “PagmamahalPalaganapin, Legal naPag-aamponAting Gawain” the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XI called on responsible families to give these children a home.

“Adoption is a serious legal subject, as well as a socio-legal process. Apart from urging families to take children under their wing”, she said.

Dumalogdog said that the the DSWD also encourages those parents who have not legally adopted their kids to legalize their adoption, especially those who are guilty of “simulation of birth.” They may file a petition to rectify the situation.

She added that that this is done when certain people tamper with the birth certificate of infants, to make it appear they had given birth to children who are not biologically theirs.

“Although we may see these offenses as being done with good intentions, we would still recommend that these people legalize the adoption, for which DSWD will offer support,” she added. (Edge Davao)

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DSWD-Davao assures politicians can’t meddle with 4Ps list

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region assured the public that all politicians, particularly candidates in the upcoming barangay elections, do not have a hand in selecting Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

DSWD-Davao assistant regional director for operations Rebecca Santamaria said candidates in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections do not have any access in choosing who will become a beneficiary or who will be delisted.

Santamaria said the agency has already disseminated information that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) should not be used during the election campaign. She added that the agency strictly prohibits such act.

“The beneficiaries have nothing to worry. Only the DSWD can remove them from the list of the Pantawid Pamilya due to valid reasons. We also disallow any Pantawid beneficiary to be an election campaign manager,” Santamaria said.

4Ps is a conditional cash transfer program of the government that aims to address poverty problem of Filipino households on a short-term basis, investing in health and education of the kids’ ages 18 years old and below.

Santamaria said only families who had been found to have regular income, or those who provided false information, and those who pawned their cash cards and other observable behaviors will be delisted from the Pantawid Pamilya list.

DSWD-Davao so far delisted about 13,961 beneficiaries of 4Ps in 2017 after failing to meet its conditions.

Of the 13,961 delisted beneficiaries, 231 were for Grievance Redress System (GRS) ineligibility, 11,693 for no eligible for Compliance Verification System, 352 had regular income, 356 for other concerns, 147 for fraud and 1,182 waived their 4Ps benefit.

As of 2017, the region has 231,864 Pantawid household provided with cash grants under regular Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and 29,065 under modified CCT. Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on February 20, 2018. Latest issues of SunStar Davao also available on your mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. Subscribe to our digital editions at and get a free seven-day trial. (Sun Star Davao)

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DSWD-Davao has 45 kids under its care

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao is currently taking care of 45 children in its Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) in Davao City.

In a data obtained from the RSCC, 11 of the 45 children were abandoned, eight are foundlings, three are orphaned, 12 were surrendered, 10 are dependent/neglected, and one physically abused, with ages from one month to 17 years.

The RSCC also noted 12 children have been discharged last 2017, which means these children were safely returned to their respective families.

RSCC head Lolita Roble said abandoned cases are those children left by their parents/mothers in hospitals, school, church and other places, while neglected are those who have parents but are not capable to take care of their child.

She said the agency has three social workers and 17 caregivers who look after the welfare of the children inside the center.

Roble also said that children aged five and up will be enrolled at Dumanlas Elementary School until they will be returned to their respective biological parents or ready for adoption.

DSWD-Davao also noted 384 children have been issued with Certification Declaring that the Child is Legally Available for Adoption (CDCLAA), 383 eligible children are issued with Pre-Adoption Placement Authority (PAPA), or cleared for Inter-Country Adoption (ICA), and 30 eligible children are placed under foster care.

Roble said there are also cases wherein adopted children would inquire about their biological parents. She added that some of these children who still seek for their biological parents/mothers are already professionals and some are married. (Sun Star Davao)



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DSWD-Davao spends P259M for feeding program

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region has distributed a total of P259,596,486 funds to all local government units (LGUs) here in the region for the Supplementary Feeding Program in 2017.

DSWD-Davao public information officer Carmela Duron said there are 90,057 children who benefited in this program. She added that these were only the numbers of children who have availed the program last year.

Out of the 90,057, the department has served 14,472 children in Davao del Sur including Davao City, 29,144 in Davao del Norte, 9,057 in Davao Occidental, 17,218 in Davao Oriental, and 20,166 in Compostela Valley.

The feeding program of the DSWD aims to improve the nutritional status of children enrolled in a Child Development Center or the Day Care Centers nationwide, through the provision of the supplementary feeding.

This in addition to regular meals, hot meals and alternative meals, which meet the 1/3 of the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI). Indigenous foods and locally produced foods are served to children during snack time either in the morning or afternoon.

Supplementary Feeding Program provides P15 a child per day for 120 days. Of this amount, P11 will be used for the viand per child per day and P4 will be used for the rice per child per day.

The program aims to serve 2 to 4 year-old children in Supervised Neighborhood Play, 4 year-old children enrolled in day care center, 5 year-old children not enrolled in preschools, and 5 to 12 year-old nutritionally-deficient children outside day care centers. (Sun Star Davao)


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