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Almost 5,000 indigent elderly in Davao City and Agusan del Sur receive UCT cash grants

The UCT is the tax subsidy program under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law which seeks to provide cash subsidies to 10 million indigent Filipino families/individuals to cushion the effect of the adjustments in the excise tax of petroleum products and sweetened beverages.

DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo emphasized that the UCT grant is just an added assistance to help the poor cope with the increase in prices of basic commodities and not meant to address all their needs.

Studies have also shown that the impact of the excise tax adjustment is very minimal compared to the impact of the price increases of crude oil in the global market.

The 10 million beneficiaries include 4.6 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program recipients, 3 million social pensioners, and 2.4 million households listed under the Listahanan.

The  UCT cash grant distribution in Davao and Agusan is part of the Department’s goal to finish providing the grants to the 3 million indigent older persons the soonest time possible.

Sec. Orogo said, “the Department is currently holding continuous pay-out activities nationwide so that our indigent senior citizens can get their UCT cash grant.  We know how important the grant is to them, especially for their medicine and food needs.”

In Davao City, the 1,331 social pensioners were from barangays Centro, Gov. Vicente Duterte, Lapu-Lapu, San Antonio, and Ubaldo of Agdao District.

According to DSWD Davao Region, succeeding pay-outs will be undertaken for the other beneficiaries in partnership with the respective local government units as there are a total of 250,200 social pensioners in the region.

Meanwhile, the 3,317 indigent older persons from Agusan del Sur came from the municipality of San Francisco.

“While DSWD is fast-tracking the pay-outs for the social pensioners, the Department is simultaneously working on validating the remaining 2.4 million UCT cash grant beneficiaries identified through our Listahan poverty database.  Rest assured that we are doing our best to expedite the provision of the UCT cash grant, without prejudice to the quality of our service,” Sec. Orogo said. (DSWD/sms) ###

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DSWD cautions public vs fake Facebook accounts using agency’s name

“We would like to warn the public on the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts bearing the name of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The circulation of these accounts is alarming since they can be used to deceive the public to support or donate money for fake initiatives of the government that will allegedly help poor Filipinos.”

This was the warning of DSWD Secretary Virginia “Gee” N. Orogo after finding out about fake Facebook accounts and pages that are using the name of the DSWD to mislead the public.

One of the said fake accounts was discovered under the profile name, “DSWD PH” which uses the official social media logo of the DSWD Field Office (FO) in Central Luzon.

At present, the Department only maintains one official Facebook account under the link, and one Twitter page under the account name, @dswdserves.

Moreover, the official pages of affiliated DSWD Field Offices and attached agencies of the Department can be located in the “Pages liked by this page” corner.

“As responsible social media users, we need to learn to discern the truth from bogus information and to be cautious in providing private information in social media and messaging applications. Dubious accounts should also be reported to proper authorities,” Sec. Orogo warned.

Last June, the Department also issued a public warning against fake social media accounts and pages that promote illegal adoption of children. (DSWD/sms) ###


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DSWD strongly advocates legal adoption

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announces that only those children placed in custody of prospective adoptive parent/s approved by DSWD and by the Courts shall be considered for legal adoption.

The DSWD urges the public to support its advocacy campaign against illegal adoption of children by not participating and engaging in this practice, and by reporting any proven knowledge of practice of illegal adoption.

Illegal adoption endangers the lives of children, biological parents and adoptive parents as their rights are not protected under Republic Act 8552 of the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998.

Any person found guilty of illegal adoption shall be apprehended and punished under RA 8552.

DSWD reiterates that its services are free. Applicants will only spend to secure documents required during the administrative phase of adoption, and for the services of a private lawyer during the finalization phase of adoption in court.

Individuals or couples wishing to adopt a child should contact and transact only with any DSWD Regional Office throughout the country and with Norfil Foundation, Inc., a licensed and accredited child-placing agency located at 16 Mother Ignacia Ave. cor. Roces Ave. in Quezon City. The DSWD Office in Davao City is at cor. R. Magsaysay Ave. and D. Suazo St. with telephone numbers 227-1964 and 227-8746.

To continuously promote legal adoption, DSWD spearheads the observance of Adoption Consciousness Week every second week of February. (DSWD)

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Disability Week culminates at SM City Annex

DISABILITY WEEK. National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week culmination program held at SM City Annex on Monday with the theme Kakayahan at Kasanayan para sa Kabuhayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran. The program, participated by persons with disability (PWDs) from all over the region was preceded by a motorcade around downtown Davao. (DSWD)

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Land Bank officers release UCT grants

UCT GRANTS. Land Bank officers release Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) grants to social pensioners of Agdao District, Davao City over the weekend at the regional office of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The UCT is the tax subsidy under the TRAIN law which seeks to provide cash subsidies at Php 200 a month to 10 million households and individuals in the country. (DSWD)

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UCT cash grants paid to 1331 social pensioners

UCT CASH GRANTS. Over 1000 social pensioners from Agdao, Davao City who are also recipients of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) arrive at SM City Ecoland Annex Wednesday morning to claim their Php 2400.00. Recipients are from barangays Centro, Gov. Vicente Duterte, Lapu-Lapu, San Antonio, and Ubalde of Agdao District. The UCT is the tax subsidy under the TRAIN law which seeks to provide cash subsidies at Php 200 a month to 10 million households and individuals in the country. Succeeding payouts will be undertaken in respective local government units. Grantees for Davao Region are 250,200 social pensioners, 263,088 under Pantawid Pamilya, and 76,273 poor families validated through the DSWD National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction. (DSWD)

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DSWD Onse releases Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) funds to pensioners

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI, in coordination with the Land Bank of the Philippines and the City Social Services and Development Office of Davao City, has released the UCT cash grants to some 1,330 pensioners of the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPPISC) of DSWD. Pensioners scheduled for the release of the grants on July 18 at the SM Annex Activity Center, Davao City were from the barangays Centro, Gov. Vicente Duterte, Lapu-Lapu, San Antonio, and Ubalde of Agdao District.

The UCT is the tax subsidy under the TRAIN law which seeks to provide cash subsidies amounting to P200 a month for 2018 to 10 million households and individuals in the country. Of this figure, 4.4 million are members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; 2.6 million are social pension senior citizen beneficiaries; and the remaining three million will be coming from the DSWD’s Listahanan.

“Excited nako nga muoli aron maka-pamalengke na ko og pagkaon sa balay para sa akong mga anak ug napulo ka apo sa tuhod (I am excited to go home so I can buy fresh food from the market for my children and my ten great grandchildren),” Fortunato Garupa, 67, said when asked what to do with the money.

Another social pensioner, Violeta Jabilles, 62, said she’d use the grant as capital, “Kining akong kwarta nga madawat, akong i-kapital sa uling nga buy and sell (The money that I will receive, I will use as capital for a charcoal business.)

The pensioners receive a lump sum of P2,400.

“It is our joy to have been channels of the Duterte administration’s firm commitment to promote the welfare of the Filipino people. This cash grant will truly be of great help to the poor and disadvantaged sectors of our society especially to our indigent senior citizens,” Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, Assistant Regional Director for Administration of DSWD Field Office XI, said in her opening remarks.

The UCT program is launched to help the poor Filipinos cope with the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law, also known as, TRAIN law. (DSWD)

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DSWD honors Pantawid scholars through Araw ng Pagkilala

Davao City – Some 943 graduates who are grantees under the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) were awarded the Certificate of Recognition during the special ceremonies held in Davao Oriental and Davao Del Norte recently.

This year’s ceremony was anchored on the theme “Araw ng Pagkilala, Ituwid ang Kabataan sa mas Maunlad na Kinabukasan.”

Two ESGP-PA grantees made it to the top. Jessabeth Creta finished her studies as magna cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Biological Sciences while Aivan Carl E. Guisok  graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English.

“We commend our graduates for making it this far. Learn to transform your academic skills in the professional world. Chase your dreams. Never stop trying. Never stop learning. The journey of life brings both challenges and chances. May you carry your spirit to snatch the chances and beat the challenges,” Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat challenged them during the graduation ceremony.

The ESGPPA is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

The program provides opportunities to Pantawid families that have children who are determined to pursue college education and qualify for the scholarship. A college degree for the children-beneficiaries opens an opportunity for them to access better employment and help them improve their lives.

“Through the program, we have given these poor children as well as their families a fighting chance to an improved quality of life and this may not be also possible without the support of our key partners,” Director Jabagat added.

Beneficiaries of the program are required to take up courses that are among those identified with the national development plans manpower demands. These include Information Technology (IT)-related courses in agriculture, education, science and math, and engineering and health sciences-related courses.

“Being part of ESGP-PA is really a great blessing for me. I am challenged to study well since I believe this is the only thing I can do in order not to waste the opportunity that was given to me. This scholarship helps me achieve what I had dreamed of because I can focus well on my studies and lessons since I don’t have to bother myself where to find cash for my tuition fee,” Magna Cum Laude from Davao Del Norte State College Jessabeth Creta said during the Araw ng Pagkilala.

Jessabeth is a proud daughter of a tricycle driver and she is now taking a review class for the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET).

“Let us reap what we planted and taste the delight it offers. Share it with our parents for above all, they’re the proudest of our achievements. They never gave up amidst poverty and even labored day and night to fight back and support us in any way. Let us also not forget the government who supported us throughout our four years of schooling,” Cum Laude Dachel April Ladera of Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOCST) urged fellow graduates.

For Davao Region, there are 2 Magna Cum Laude and 42 Cum Laude achievers from the different partner schools and universities (SUCs).

ESGP-PA aims to contribute to the National Government’s thrusts in effectively addressing poverty by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and to get these graduates employed in high value added occupations in order to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to national development. (DSWD)


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