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New Cateel evacuation center up soon

Officials of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) discuss with Mayor Erlinda C. Nuňez of Cateel, Davao Oriental the status of the Php 34 million-worth evacuation center [right photos] being constructed in Poblacion Cateel. Similar evacuation centers are currently constructed in Tarragona, Lupon, Digos City, Tagum City, Davao City and Nabunturan, all funded by DPWH. (DSWD)

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Kapalong centenarian gets 100K cash gift

A 104-year old centenarian in Kapalong, Davao Del Norte receives her cash gift from officials of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Gemma D. Dela Cruz and Arris P. Medrano during the recent awarding. 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. (DSWD)

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Older persons in Kapalong get pension

Ponday M. Suminggil receives his social pension from a municipal disbursing officer during the recent payout in Centro Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao Del Norte. The monthly stipend of Php500 which took effect January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens. The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program 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. (DSWD)

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PASWI DavNor hosts training for social workers

Undersecretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Luzviminda C. Ilagan [seated, center] was keynote speaker during the recent training on “Social Work in Social Welfare Diverse Practices to the New Normal” hosted by Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) Davao Del Norte chapter. The training was held at RDR Gym, Sports Complex, Tagum City. With Usec. Ilagan are some officials of PASWI Davao Norte Chapter, DSWD Central Office and PASWI Davao City Chapter. (DSWD)

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Davao City centenarian gets ‘cash gift’

CENTENARIAN GIFT. A 102-year old from Davao City receives her Php 100,000.00 cash gift from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) social welfare officers Gemma D. Dela Cruz and Arris P. Medrano.

Belonging to the Bagobo tribe, Nanay has two children and she is being looked after by her granddaughter who is a beneficiary of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP).

Nanay immediately stood up and peeked from her window the moment the DSWD car parked outside her humble home in a remote village in Davao City.  Despite her age, she hastily took the five-step stairs to the ground level without assistance. She was the one who opened the door to her visitors, apparently assuming the arrival of the most awaited.

DSWD personnel were told that she has been waiting excitedly for the cash award since the validation which was conducted by DSWD last March. “Thank you very much. Thanks to God. I will buy medicines,” Nanay blurted out.

According to her caregiver, “Nanay has been praying for this day to come. She could not anymore keep still. Her favorite viands are beef and lapu-lapu. Our Nanay is generous and very close to her great grandchildren.”

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. (DSWD)

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229 completed Security Services training in DavSur

Digos City (DSWD XI) – A total of 229 beneficiaries from the province of Davao del Sur graduated during the Closing Ceremony in Security Services on June 5 at Crisbelle Crown Center, Digos City.

The training was conducted through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and the Sultan Kudarat Security Training Academy, Inc.

Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat in her speech reminded the graduates of the proper handling of clients especially of minors and senior citizens in their job as Security Guards. “Kamo modelo dili lang sa inyong pamilya, kung dili pati na pud sa inyong mga employer (You are models not only of your family but also of your employers).”

The graduation ceremony was also graced by Regional Civil Security Unit (RCSU) XI Chief Supt. Cydric Earl Tamayo. He challenged all the graduates to stand by with all the principles taught to them during the whole training. “You are soldiers of the private sector now.”

Mr. Robert H. Panes, President and CEO of the training academy, urged all the graduates to do their roles as others have done theirs already. “DSWD-SLP has done its part in providing you with the funds for your training. We have done our part in teaching you during the training. Now, as graduates, it’s time to do your part.”

Some graduates were also recognized for having aced their assessments, for having exemplary leadership skills, and for showcasing bravery all throughout the training.

SLP together with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KaLaHi-CIDSS) are the three major poverty-reduction programs of the government being spearheaded by DSWD.


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13 centenarians in Davao Region received 100K cash gift

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently awarded Php 100,000.00 cash each to 13 eligible centenarians in the region with ages ranging from 100 to 105 years.

“Our personnel had to go house-to-house in remotest villages to save the older persons from long and bumpy rides and to ensure that the eligible recipient receives the cash award and signs or thumb marks the payroll following the simple turnover,” Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said.

According to Director Jabagat, some local government units opted to conduct the awarding as a special municipal ceremony in the presence of the mayor, other local officials and the centenarians’ family members.

“We target at least 40 centenarians for 2018. Earlier, validation of centenarians was conducted by DSWD staffs to verify the documents submitted such as birth certificate or Philippine passport, senior citizen identification card or any other Philippine government-issued ID which shows age and citizenship,” Director Jabagat said.

Other alternative and acceptable documents to prove the claim include marriage certificate, old school documents, baptismal or confirmation records, birth certificate of children, or an affidavit executed by at least two (2) disinterested persons at least 80 years old with personal knowledge of the centenarian’s actual age or birth date.

DSWD focal for older persons Arris P. Medrano shared, “Most of the centenarians can still move around and some even eagerly responded to queries from DSWD personnel. 101 year-old Nanay Segundina even sang and danced to express her happiness over the unexpected “gift”. Most were shocked and teary-eyed but all, including their children and grandchildren were grateful to God and to government.”

Republic Act 10868 or An  Act Honoring and Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Filipino Centenarians, and for Other Purposes also known as the Centenarians Act of 2016, grants all Filipinos who reach the age of 100, whether residing in the country or abroad, a cash award of Php 100,000.00 as a “centenarian gift.”

Aside from the cash, they will also receive a Letter of Felicitation signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and a posthumous Plaque of Recognition for deceased centenarians who died upon the effectivity of the Act.

Centenarians are also entitled to awards and incentives from their respective city or municipality to be determined by the local government unit.

President Duterte signed the Act into law on June 23, 2016. (DSWD)







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Fisher rescued off Palau Island safe -DSWD

LOST AND FOUND. Fisherman Robert D. Dela Cruz, 39, of Pantalan Uno, Surigao City thanks Gemma D. Dela Cruz, Social Welfare Officer 4 of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) after having been reunited with his family. Drifting at sea and feeding on raw fish for 21 days after missing his fishing vessel, Dela Cruz was rescued by Indian vessel M/T Seri Begawan 51 nautical miles southeast of Anguar Palau Island. He was then turned over to Capt. Marco Antonio P. Gines, Skipper of BRB Tubbataha (MRRV-4401), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). PCG then endorsed Dela Cruz on Monday to DSWD Davao Region officials who in turn handed over Dela Cruz to his wife Ronalyn and mother Bernandita.

“I am very grateful that I am here and alive. I did not expect to survive. I entrusted all to God. Thanks to all of you who have helped me return to my family alive and well,” Dela Cruz declared. His wife said, “We are very thankful to God that my husband has been found and rescued,” while his mother added, “We did not expect him to make it because it’s been 21 days already. Thank God and thank you all.” (DSWD)

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